Copyright © 2014 by Bryan L. Allyn
This exhibition is designed to give artists at all skill levels, an uninhibited opportunity to display their work in a professional manner and to compete for cash prizes. Sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation in support and cooperation with the City of Raleigh and the County of Wake, the exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals in amateur, intermediate, professional and youth classifications.
A reception will be held on December 5, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public from December 5, 2013 - January 15, 2015. The exhibit is free to the public.
The Block Gallery
Raleigh Municipal Building
222 West Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27610
On Saturday, I competed in the annual art contest at the North Carolina Comic Con…and I’m excited to say, I won second place! There were so many great artists in attendance from all over the state, and I am truly honored to have placed in the top three.
All entrants had one hour to produce a piece at the convention during the allotted time for judging. Each contestant was supplied with an 11×17 sheet of professional Strathmore comic art board but each artist was welcome to bring additional supplies to complete their entry (pens, brushes, ink, etc.).
Now in its fourth year (but only my second year attending), the N.C. Comicon returned to the Durham Convention Center with twice the exhibition space and much more to do. More than 100 publishers, dealers, artists and retailers occupied the main exhibition hall. This year’s events included panel discussions, art classes, costume contests, a special appearance by comedian and nerd culture icon Chris Hardwick, a film festival at the adjacent Carolina Theatre, and many other special events. My friends over at Ultimate Comics (Chapel Hill, NC) really did a great job organizing this event.
Copyright © 2013 by Bryan L. Allyn
This is the painting that I completed at the Band Together Music Festival located at Cary’s Booth Amphitheater. Proceeds of the auction of this painting went to benefit the Tammy Lynn Center for Develpomental Disbailities. The music festival featured artists Lyle Lovett, Delta Rae, Chatham County Line, and the Mac and Juice Quartet (the 2013 Last Band Standing Winner). Due to the generous support of the lovely woman that purchased my painting, concert goers, volunteers, and Band Together sponsors the benefit raised more than $852,000.
Proceeds raised at the 2013 event will go to expanding the services offered at TLCDD, allowing the organization to make a difference for the nearly 400 families it serves. This includes investing in interactive learning technology to allow for enhanced communication, as well as securing life-saving medical equipment at TLCDD. In addition, the partnership with Band Together will allow TLCDD to hire a bilingual therapist to serve the growing needs of the Spanish-speaking community in Wake County.
To learn more about Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, visit www.tammylynncenter.org.
One of the hardest parts of moving away from the area that you spent most of your life is losing touch with your friends. Social Media makes it easier to stay in touch, but it also can be a constant reminder that you are now somewhat of a ghost. It’s hard to see life moving on without you. Pictures of missed parties, weddings, flag football games, camping trips, and pictures of group outings leave me homesick. I miss you Albany.