Object of the Week for the Fourth week of July

Sculpture  by Michael Waller

Currently residing in Hillsborough, NC, Michael Waller earned his BFA in Sculpture from East Carolina University. He has been commissioned to produce pieces all across North Carolina, and he has been exhibited several times in museums across the state. This piece pertains to the horizon and the setting and rising of the sun.

Object of the Week for the Fourth week of July

by A.R. Cole

A. R. (Arthur Ray) Cole (1892-1974) worked on his father’s pottery shop in Seagrove, North Carolina from 1915 to 1925.  He later established Rainbow Pottery in Steeds, North Carolina, and then moved to Sanford on US 1, the tourist highway linking New York to Florida. He was a creative designer who perfected unusual striped, multi-colored glazed and large forms; his work was the product of a vivid rustic imagination.
by A.R. ColeObject of the Week for the Third week of July

Object of the Week for the Second week of July

Painting by Maude Gatewood

Maude Gatewood (1934-2004) grew up in the rural isolation of Caswell County in the 1930s and ’40s, and even there she found a critical eye and vast curiosity that served her well through her visual life. She recieved an Art Education degree at UNC-Greensboro and went on to get her Master’s degree in painting at Ohio State University. During her life she earned many art awards such as the Fulbright Grant, through which she studied art history and painting in Salzburg, Austria. She has had many of her pieces exhibited in museums in North Carolina and Alabama.

Object of the Week: last week in June first week of July

Dr. Alma Cobb Hobbs by Burk Uzzle

From North Carolina to Tennessee to Washington DC, my career spanned over 36 years serving at the local, state and national levels, ending my career as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at the US Department of Agriculture. As an African-American growing up in Farmville NC, I had supportive parents (Nathan and Hazel Cobb) who empowered my three siblings and me with spiritual wisdom for every situation in life. We were reminded that, “to whom much is given, much is required.” We were always expected to do our best. My parents made supreme sacrifices to help us get an education. I was privileged to earn three degrees, including a doctorate from NC State University.

My father shared stories of our great-great-great grandfather, Crumell Bullock, born a slave in 1814. He was freed after the proclamation of Emancipation and came to own land in Edgecombe County. He was a prosperous black man envied by whites and blacks alike. His tenacity allowed him to succeed against all odds. He lived to be 106 and is buried in the Bullock Cemetery beside his wife. Burk Uzzle photographed me beside their grave site. It was a riveting experience spanning 202 years standing on that hallowed ground. I sensed my father’s spirit in the wind and I was so proud of my family’s heritage. The irony of returning to my roots reminded me that because of my great-great-great grandfather, I am, because he was.

My great-great-great grandfather broke many barriers and it is gratifying to know that the barriers I have broken as an African-American woman are attributable to his achievements, example, and the endowments he passed down through my father and me. It is my personal goal to treat everyone with love and to leave everything I touch better than I found it. I am thankful to my family for their commitment to love, family, faith, education, service, and the perpetual movement of our heritage from generation to generation.


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