A Van Gogh!

A Van Gogh!
From the artists at ArtWorks945

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Delays, Changes, and A New Plan

The beginning of the school year always throws me off.  I suppose that I shouldn’t be too surprised by that.  I go from having nothing but free time for three months to a life of real responsibility.  But every year I find myself in a state of near total confusion:  wait, this is what most people do every day?  How do they manage?   How am I going to get rich?  Surely, I can’t put up with the indignity of going to work every day for the next few months.   

After about a week or so of thrashing about, however, I usually settle down and even come to enjoy the rhythms of the school year.  But during the first part of the year, I get very little done besides complaining to my girlfriend about how unjust the world is.

That is part of the explanation for my not writing a blog entry recently.   But there is another reason: I have become increasingly less satisfied with my idea of holding the auction for Charlie’s painting at the Brickhouse and have been trying to figure out what to do before writing something.

I have two reasons for my dissatisfaction.  First, planning and holding an event takes an enormous amount of organizational skill.  Now, I do have my ally, Shelly.  And she has been quite helpful in generating ideas.  But as we have been talking about the matter I have realized just how difficult it is to pull off a successful event of the sort we had envisioned. 

The second reason, however, is what really has persuaded me.  If I hold the auction at the Brickhouse, I will lose the potential participation of everyone on the internet including just about everyone who has been reading this blog.  And that strikes me as a very bad move.  Why would I want to limit the number of people who might bid on Charlie’s painting to the few who might show up the night of the auction?  To my mind, that makes very little sense.

So, I have a new plan:  I am going to conduct the auction right here on this blog.  How I am going to do that is still a bit of a mystery to me, since conducting an auction on the internet is as new to me as conducting an auction at a bar.  But the basic idea seems pretty straightforward.  And I even have a new wrinkle.

I will conduct two different types of auction: one will be cumulative; and one will be non-cumulative.  I will explain in my next post what exactly that means and why I want to have two different auctions.  But I will say that I am now as excited about the new two-fold plan as I was about the old plan.  And since I have finally grown accustomed to the cloak of responsibility, I should be able to post my next entry fairly soon.  

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Yesterday, I visited ArtWorks945 again. This time I brought my camera so that I could take pictures of the art there.

Although I didn’t get to talk to all of the artists, I did talk briefly with some of them.

Here is a little bit about them and their art.

William Pumphrey

Ever since visiting the U.S.S. North Carolina at the age of 13, William has been obsessed with naval history. He has collected what he describes as a library of books devoted to the topic.

William makes remarkably intricate models of World War II ships from garbage he collects on the street.

The model displayed here is called ‘Fukushima’ in honor of the nuclear disaster that recently struck Japan.

Paul Kolbe

Paul paints beautiful landscapes. He has been painting since he was 15.

He shares with his landscapes a self-reflective intensity.

Leroy Philips

Believe it or not, this is Leroy’s first painting.

Although he is quite an accomplished drawer, this is the first time that he put paint on a canvas. I was thrilled to get picture of it.

Christopher Johnson

Christopher didn’t like this hand -- he erased it shortly after I took this picture. But he loves to draw.

Michael and Chris

Michael and Chris sew stuffed animals.

Michael has been sewing animals for eight years now, and Chris has joined Michael in the last four months.


I didn’t get to meet Tatiana, but I had to include at least one of her paintings, since they have such an amazing intensity.

Tatiana has one leg and signs most of her paintings ‘anonymous’.

Many more artists produce art at ArtWorks945 – I was only able to talk to the few that were there when I visited.  The collection of art is, to say the least, inspiring.

ArtWorks945 holds an auction every year.  This year the auction will take place September 10, 5-7 at their gallery at 945 North College Street, Charlotte 28206.  Anyone interested in any of these paintings, or any of the many other paintings, produced by some remarkable artists should be sure to attend.  Without a doubt, it will be time -- and if you purchase a painting, money -- well spent.