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Durham, NC
located at 609 trent drive in the historic wild bull's pizza building, MoBo is home to two artists: joe galas and dianne freund. we host a variety of events: these are usually updated on our FB page. We are happy to share our space with others who wish to host their own events, public or private: see info below and please contact us for this. on FB: address below.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Open Call For Artists: Scrap Exchange Fundraiser June 18 at MoBo

Dear Artist,

I'm writing to invite you to participate in Durham’s second Pop Up Art Show andfundraiser in honor of The Scrap Exchange, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.

(ARTISTS ARRIVE AT 4-5PM with work)

GENESIS OF THE PROJECT: The Scrap Exchange was forced to move out of their space on Foster St.after city inspectors condemned the Liberty Warehouse building. We want to help with the costs of relocating, and their ongoing capital campaign.Many local artists value The Scrap Exchange; this is an opportunity to give back by exhibiting a piece of art in the show and donating a portion of the sale.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ukulele by Bike Tour: concert sat April 30 6 PM

Monkey Bottom Collaborative will be hosting a concert April 30 as a part of the spring/summer 2011 continuation of Aaron Lee's "Ukulele by Bicycle Tour".

The concert will start at 6 p.m. Bring food to share for a potluck, and bring your ukuleles/ other acoustic instruments for an open jam afterwards. And/or bring your hands for clapping, your feet for stomping, your body for dancing, your hoop for hooping!

Read on for more details (and links) about Aaron Lee and the show. We hope to see you; help us show what a great community we have and welcome this cycling musician to our hood.

Lisa Marie Albert's provocative documentary photo exhibit , Streetkids Have a Voice, is currently showing at MoBo also: if you missed the discussion event this is your chance to see the show before it goes to wilmington.

This event is free; donations are much appreciated.
Aaron is a solo ukulele performer who recently released an album titled "The Ukulele Project" in which each song creatively contains the word ukulele. Last fall he toured between concerts by bicycle, and performed 40 concerts while riding over 2000 miles between Maine andGeorgia. In April and May he'll be riding north through North Carolina and Virginia, then heading towards Michigan and Wisconsin in June, July and August.
For each concert, Aaron partners with a group or organization that has a community, local action or sustainability focus. For more information about his tour, and to hear some of his music, please visit his website at http://ukulelebybicycle.blogspot.com

Monkey Bottom's facebook page

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Help Us Host Ukulele by Bike Music Tour April 30

Monkey Bottom Collaborative will be hosting Aaron Lee, a cross-country cyclist and ukulele player, Saturday, April 30 at 7 pm for a concert. We'd like to have our community involved to create a spirited welcome for him: if you wish to offer your time and skills toward this effort please let me know ASAP! A community potluck perhaps?; a pre-concert/post concert family music/jamming hour perhaps?; a bike clinic/ something fun and bike-related...????
whatever gets your wheels turning and your strings humming!
please get back to me with not just your idea but your willingness to actively participate and get friends/family to show up!

"eighty percent of success is showing up."
-woody allen

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

windmill, legs, moose : writing exercise two

(please see "thanks for playing" posted feb 24 for info)

windmills hunkered in the field, bigger than i'd imagined. modern, utilitarian, obviously man-made: not wooden, creaky or romantic. there were many; i didn't count; one windmill won't make much energy so the whole field was planted with them. one could imagine a NIMBY situation, not one where folks were clamoring to have one in their fields. that's how that goes: the imagination is not close to the reality; it attaches meaning and dream and a story where there is a big noisy metallic hulking thing. now that is the past, and has once again entered the realm of fantasy. in truth, unless i'm referencing something that is now, right now, i'm verging on fantasy. i can tell you: the television is on mute; the american version of "the office" is playing; my husband reads "the new yorker" with his glasses on in low light, reflecting off the ceramic mug his forehead and arms. the cat, past middle age, clunks heavily down the stairs sounding like a child dragging a toy behind her.

legs only last so long: the joints are complicated, like the windmill parts they wear out, the tendons dry and strain, crack and tear and wither; the fluid gels, leaks, forms crystals; the space compresses and is not enough space to move bones through without grinding. those windmills will stop working smoothly after awhile: they will require repairs: oiling? resurfacing? screws will work loose, or the threads will rust together and disable adjustments. sitting in the field, uselessly spinning or not spinning, no energy being generated. waiting for dismemberment. a leg weighs about twenty pounds. a moose weighs about three hundred pounds full grown i'd guess, its legs comparatively smaller than ours, stalky almost spindly; again i speak about something i don't know. i doubt i've ever seen a moose: everything i read, everything i hear or do is all mixed together. i'm uncertain of it. it can't be trusted. in truth, the truth right here now: again the light, the magazine, the television, its images, the cup, the tea, the little swallowing noise.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Shawnna and Matt are hitched

and will be celebrating at MoBo tomorrow. Shawnna and Matt, may your life together be filled with joy and wondrous adventures. May all our lives be filled with joy and wondrous adventure.

Friday, March 11, 2011

art advocacy /streetkids have a voice / documentary photo exhibit & discussion

at MonkeyBottom Sat April 17, 7 pm to 10 pm

We would like to invite you to "advocacy & art :: street kids have a voice" , an exhibit of artwork & documentary photography, a discussion about how the work was used in an advocacy campaign for child rights in Lira, Uganda, and a multimedia slide-show.

While living in Uganda, Lisa Marie Albert worked with a group of street kids: she taught them to use a camera, and helped them tell their stories visually and through interviews
. What grew from that is both harsh and beautiful. This show will present the children's and Lisa's stories: in words, photos and drawings.

This event is a fundraiser, and a portion of sales will go to Child Restoration Outreach Uganda,
www.CROUG.org, the organization that hosted the workshops in Lira, Uganda where these street kids are able to find food, showers, skills training, and family reconciliation.

Lisa Marie Albert is a documentary photographer, videographer, and multimedia storyteller. Her passions include using images and multimedia for raising awareness about health, social, and environmental justice issues and for projects that bring support and education to communities experiencing disparities. Past projects have included: disaster relief, homelessness & addictions in the U.S., HIV/AIDS, and cultural vignettes. She also teaches photography and storytelling workshops for children and adults.

Lisa received her certificate in documentary studies from Duke Center for Documentary Studies and has taken multimedia journalism courses from UNC, while obtaining her Master’s in Public Health, which she completed in May 2010.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

thanks for playing

i'm revisiting a writing exercise for which i need your help. many things might be said or thought of this activity regarding discipline, work, play, stimuli, focus, creativity, interaction, etc.. ; i'd prefer to just do it (and invite you to join in as well! feel welcome to post your own writings if you desire.) i shall need three words a day: i'll choose among the words i've received the next time i check my account, and write extemporaneously for fifteen minutes, then quickly pare and post. it's fun. so: words, anyone? thanks for playing!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Iron Pour Workshops offered at Liberty Arts, Durham

this post's content courtesy liberty arts
Sign up for our Iron Pour Workshop now!!! There are two weekend workshops to prepare molds for the Iron Pour:
The first meets Friday February 25, from 6 to 8 PM, and Saturday February 26 and Sunday February 27 from 10 am to 1 pm.
The second one meets Friday March 11, from 6 to 8 PM, and Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13 from 10 am to 1 pm.
March 25th is a prep day at the MMOA in Moncure, NC breaking up and bagging iron and coke. The casting is an all day event on March 26th. March 27th is a clean up day.
If you are interested in this workshop email wallerfoushee@embarqmail.com. Only 6 spaces per class.
Iron Pour Workshops Fees - Pattern Sand Molds are $150, Lost Wax Molds $175, payable to Liberty Arts. $25 MMoA membership fee to have work cast at Moncure, payable to MMoA.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Did someone say Wood and Soda Firing, Cone 6?

two sculptures (Joe Galas/Dianne Freund) excited to be going in the fire

Dianne Freund, Liz Paley, Rob DeKroon and Friends will be firing this weekend at Cedar Creek.
Wood and Soda, Cone six.
Some say this type of firing is better than sex, or chocolate. We haven't sworn off of any of that, but we sure do like it!
Wadding and loading Sat, 10 AM- we're done (five PM? we hope)
Firing Sunday, 8 am until we're done.
Unloading and Cleaning: TBA.

It's our first cone six (we've been firing at ten.) So we anticipate many surprises. You are invited to visit: most welcome to bring food and/or libation to share (though the kiln stokers must remain sober!)

Friday, February 18, 2011

bronze pour tonight at Liberty Arts 8 PM

A bronze pour is a thing of beauty. either wait for a description, or go to one.