March 2, 2015
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The Leather Channel - Purses by Ann Howell Art

When Ann Howell Bullard uses the phrase "tan your hide," she means it. Literally. Thus, her soft leather evening bags were born and the beginnings of Ann Howell Art. From the first seed money of $100 won in a bet with her husband, she "hightailed" down to the leather store and bought herself half a cow!

Her journey lead her to superior-quality leather used for her hand clutches. This Raleigh artisan recruited a thick, full-grain chap leather that's really sturdy, (what cowboys use), but also buttery and soft that will age like a fine wine. With this she's achieved a balance of contrasts; the leather is natural and organic and slightly unfinished, but also polished and luxurious. Ann Howell wanted to create graphic, bold, monochromatic patterns, but with some texture and a hand-painted feel.

She's explained her thoughts in designing the handbags. "One of my fav orite parts is the streamlined, pared-down envelope shape. Simple is better!  But by using over-the-top colors the clutch becomes a statement piece. It's all about the balance!"
To her, that's what creates the visual interest and makes the bags really special and unique. And, each one is hand-painted with special paints designed to be super flexible and lightfast so that the purses resist cracking and fading. The final finish is sealing them with a protective glaze before they are shipped out to buyers. Therefore not only will you receive a one-of-a-kind evening bag, but also have a work of art.

This talented artist had been playing with her designed ideas for a while, and now is excited that Ann Howell Art is up and running with her first collection of leather evening bags; offering them in 6 different patterns. She takes custom orders as well. She sells her bags through her website.

She's in love with the drama of bright lipstick shades and black-and-white everything. Making these bags have been fun and rewarding. And to see how popular they've become so quickly has been beyond her wildest dreams.

What's Next? Beyond evening bags, Ann Howell's brain is churning with zillions of ideas for hand-painted textiles, table lamps, and home furnishings... so sign up for email updates to stay in the loop with future projects! Also, she's giving away a free evening bag to one of her email subscribers, to be randomly selected on Saturday, March 7th... so sign up 
to be entered to win!"

No more cold wintery mixes.... Finally some nice Leather we've all been waiting for!

Shop - Ann Howell Art,Website


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Art of Gold - The NC Artists Exhibition

It's no accident that this year's North Carolina Artists Exhibition juror is Herb Jackson. In 1964,
David Davenport - Durham
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it was suggested to the North Carolina Museum of Art docents, along with the staff of the Olivia Raney Library, that they mount a one-man art show in the basement of the Library. (Both NCMA and Olivia Raney were located downtown at the time.) The idea took hold, the exhibit was planned, and a talented Raleigh teenager was chosen as the featured artist -- yes, Herb Jackson. The show, a resounding success, very soon led to the formal organization of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society's North Carolina Artists Exhibitions. Since then Raleigh Fine Arts has been putting on art exhibitions featuring the talented NC artist in jurored exhibits.

In celebrating the 50th year Anniversary of Raleigh Fine Arts, the NC Artists Exhibition has just opened (yesterday) at the Betty McCain Gallery at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Jackson selected 71 works of art all media from 272 NC artists, who submitted 528 pieces to be judged. All pieces in the Exhibition are for sale. (checks or money orders accepted). The exhibit is free to the public and will be on display till April 23rd.

Herb Jackson's Works at Lee Hansley Gallery
Herb Jackson

If you'd like to see some of Jackson's works, Lee Hansley Gallery is currently exhibiting his works of art. Herb Jackson is one of North Carolina's most celebrated and collected artists. He is a Raleigh native and graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his MFA. He taught studio art at Davidson for 42 years prior to his retirement to paint full time. His paintings are in a number of museum collections including the Victoria and Albert in London and the North Carolina Museum of Art among others. All works in this exhibition were done after 2000 and most have never been shown in North Carolina until now.

Lee Hansley Gallery - 225 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. Hours: Open 11-6pm Tues - Sat | 10pm 1st Friday. Website.

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Acquisitions, Ltd -WINTER WAREHOUSE SALE OPEN FOR ONE MORE SATURDAY, March 7th! Up to 75% OFF with More Antiques Added!

This coming weekend. Saturday, March 7th from 8:30am till 2:00pm. Come explore and find some great English and French antiques & accessories. Come explore and find great treasures at the Warehouse address: 1515 Sunrise Ave. Raleigh, NC 27608. 


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311 Gallery - The March 4-27 Exhibition at 311 Gallery, 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh, is KINDRED SPIRITS-the colorful and vibrant paintings of Ivan Guayasamin, one of the last living indigenous artists of South America, and Tunde Afolayan-Famous, a Nigerian-born artist now painting in Boone, NC. These paintings celebrate the joys, sorrows, and passions of life. Reception First Friday, March 6, 6-9 pm. Website


WAKE Up and Read - A Book Drive in Cameron Village, now till March 2nd. The goal is to collect 100,000 new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12 in one month. Books will be shared at nine schools, as well as community centers and child care facilities across Wake County. Help support this goal; every child in our community has the opportunity to develop a love for reading. Five Merchants have become a Collection Site. Ten Thousand Villages, HaircolorXperts, Great Outdoor Provision Co., Uniquities and CT Weekends are designated drop sites to collect books for WAKE Up and Read. Website.  



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Contact: Jill Rekuc, Olde Raleigh Real Estate, Phone: 919.389.0555. Email, Website   

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