Tuesday night, about an hour before sunset, we felt like we were in the Land of Oz! Retrieving the mail, we saw this rainbow hovering above our house. Actually, it was a double rainbow. By the time we found the camera, the sky began to darken. At least we caught the rainbow's last hurrah. Every photographer deserves to capture a rainbow at least once. Tuesday was our night! If you haven't had your chance, we hope it will come your way soon. Some rainbow trivia.........
A rainbow's arc is directly opposite the sun. In a double rainbow, color order is reversed. To see a rainbow, the angle of light refraction needs to be 42 degrees from the observer's eyes. Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow. You can only see a rainbow if the sun is behind you. New York is the US state with the most number of families with the surname "Rainbow." Finally, if you have three and a half minutes, we encourage you to listen to the now-deceased Hawaiian Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole's version of "Over the Rainbow." The combination of his voice and ukulele playing is heavenly. If our You Tube link doesn't work, please search out the video where he sings; not just the instrumental-tribute.
The above bilingual (English/Spanish) mural is a multi-level project painted Summer 2008 by the African American Atelier Community Youth Program. As seen in the pink lettering above, the artist-instructor was Brittain Peck. Peck's work, "All City All Star/ Las Estrellas de la Ciudad," is an illustrated, narrative saga of two children whose houses have been crushed by the feet of a robot. Their story is told though dialog clouds in English and Spanish. "Wow! I am sliding up! Wow! Estoy deslizando arriba!" says the skateboarder. "Yucky! The air smells bad. Asqueroso! El aire huele malo." Fear not, the ending is uplifting mainly due to the upbeat attitude of the children.
We have several pictures of this fabulous mural to share at a future date. However, the above picture was chosen because it is a good introduction to the color and complexity of the project. If you come to Greensboro or already live here, you can find the project on the Church Street Parking Deck in the stairwell nearest the Central Branch of the Greensboro Public Library. While many names are associated with the vertical mural, the other one we want to include is Delois Bynum, assistant to Mr. Peck and Atelier staff member. Chatting with Ms. Bynum is like talking to your wise auntie. She has a gentle way of educating you and making you feel welcome at the same time.
Here we see a picture of the clay corner at Artquest, the hands-on studio located in the Cultural Arts Building on Davie St. Artquest is just one of many facets of the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art. Artquest is a fabulous studio where people can paint, weave, draw, make a collage, mold clay, and hone visual/spacial skills with twelve art stations designed by North Carolina artists. Additionally, Artquest is a great place to go for a field trip or for a birthday party. If you are looking for summer activities, they have reasonably-priced camps. Artquest is fun for children because it is so interactive and visually stimulating. It is fun for adults because you can dabble in art without being intimidated. It brings out the artist in everyone! Finally, the studio adjoins the Green Hill Gallery so you can saunter through the gallery, seeking inspiration from professional artists, before making a work of art yourself! Take advantage of a great community resource.
Here we see one small part of the O. Henry Monument at 301 N. Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. O. Henry, pen name of William Sydney Porter, was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on September 11, 1862-- at the time of the Civil War in the United States. O. Henry will always be remembered for his great short stories with clever endings (aka, the O. Henry ending). This human-sized book, dubbed "O. Henry's Book" by the artist Maria J. Kirby-Smith, was placed at the U.S. Trust Tower Plaza in 1985. In futures posts, we will see more delightful sides of the book as well as a statue of the author himself and his little dog, just a few paces away. In the meantime, if you are curious to learn more about the author or to see a picture of him, please follow the Wikipedia site linked to his name (above).
This must-see, ensemble/tribute is posted in black and white today as part of the Monochrome Monday theme day. Since the overgrown azalea was removed a few years ago, this view of the monument is actually well suited for black and white.
Yesterday, we posted a sign about the Cone Brothers. Today, we post this little hut that must have been some sort of guard house on the property of Cone Mills. It is located on Yanceyville Street, just up the hill from Revolution Mill. We will feature the repurposed Revolution Mill Studios in a future post as it is a spectacular venue featuring everything from offices to on site housing and recreation. However, we also like to document these little snippets of history before they get razed to the ground. Also, we were in search of signage, public displays of the Cone Mills sign, as well as signs with "Greensboro, NC."
If you know about this little hut, please post a comment and share your memories.
The stained glass window is found at the entrance of the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church at 800 Westridge Road. Greensboro isn't filled with stained glass like the European cities; however, we do have some beauties like the one above and will feature other examples in upcoming posts. Today crept up on us and we didn't get back to learn more about the window. If you attend this church and know the history of this window, please share the information in a comment below. From an artistic point of view, we love the way the colors of the window reflect onto the brass name plates on the wooden plaque on the left. The scene appears to be God handing Jesus to Mary (Theotokos).
If your church has stained glass windows and you need replacement pieces or you are a crafter looking for sheets of stained glass, we suggest contacting Blenko Glass Company in nearby West Virginia. Blenko has a fascinating process for hand blowing sheet glass in a process that has not changed for over 100 years.