Creating a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington

The heart of any city beats in its downtown. It’s the central point that historically ties all parts of a city to local government, commerce, churches, libraries, public services, transportation and information. So a strong heartbeat downtown is essential to the lifeblood of a thriving city. Ensuring a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington is the … Continue reading Creating a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington

Murals can visually define a downtown. Denver is one example (photo galleries)

As artist Mauricio Ramirez wraps up his mural in downtown Burlington today -- and let's just say it's a dynamic and stunning achievement visible behind Bella's House on display for Webb Avenue traffic -- I thought it might be a good idea to look at how a mural can help define a downtown area as … Continue reading Murals can visually define a downtown. Denver is one example (photo galleries)

An emerging symbol for transformation in downtown Burlington

Mauricio Ramirez got his first taste of good ol' North Carolina humidity on Thursday. It was just about the hottest September day I can remember -- 97 degrees with humidity registering at about the same number. It was the very definition of "sweltering." For Ramirez, the Chicago-born and based artist selected to create the first … Continue reading An emerging symbol for transformation in downtown Burlington

Public displays of art coming to downtown Burlington

People driving on Webb Avenue past downtown Burlington next week will likely notice something different. Along the back of Bella's House, a consignment furniture store that faces Front Street, an artist will begin crafting a new piece of public art that will the beginning of a three-mural project for downtown. Chicago artist Mauricio Ramirez was … Continue reading Public displays of art coming to downtown Burlington

It’s time to honor legendary musician Joe Thompson who linked past and future

They call it the Joe and Odell Thompson Legacy Project. There is something so right about it. In fact, it might be the rightest thing I've read about in a while. What was presented to Mebane city leaders Monday night and reported in the Burlington Times-News was an overview of the Joe and Odell Thompson … Continue reading It’s time to honor legendary musician Joe Thompson who linked past and future

A tradition continues at Bourbon, Dogs and Art (includes photo gallery)

When we bought our first piece of original art created by Steve Durland he gave us something extra to take home, too -- a shot glass. That was a first. Then again, what else would the proprietor of a place called "Bourbon, Dogs and Art" do? That initial trip came because of the first Studio … Continue reading A tradition continues at Bourbon, Dogs and Art (includes photo gallery)