The Peoples Channel (TPC) is Chapel Hill's non-profit public access TV station and community education center. TPC offers community members an affordable and low-pressure place to create media of any kind by teaching classes and offering free equipment, space, edit labs, and a channel to broadcast any submitted media on. Sweat equity, volunteering, and internships available.
Participating in the 2nd Friday Art Walk aligns with the organization's mission to empower community to share their stories. Tom Griffen, a local artist, writer, sometimes-yoga-teacher, and reflexologist will be the debut artist.
TPC will host an opening reception with food, wine, live music, and video coverage. Located at 300 S. Elliott Rd. near Whole Foods. Visit the our wesbite for more information. Check out the Facebook event here.
A few words from Tom about his show:
"My showing this month at The Peoples Channel tracks three years of obsessive projects. Though they may seem unrelated they all pay tribute to specific memories and my fascination with bold colors.
The front hall includes two (partial) collections. The Heroes Project was birthed by a box of childhood artifacts which included two 1970’s-era action figures and a plastic horse. The large pieces opposite are influenced by travel adventures, including my hallucinations of Mexican cowboys who guided me through a difficult 100-mile footrace in California.
The main room features my most recent work, Farewell Red-Roofed Rocket. This title comes from a large 2010 work (I am not a Red-Roofed Rocket) which I dedicated to a friend who helped me uncover some lost memories – namely an image of a playground slide resembling a rocket ship. This original work announced my acceptance of a traumatic memory. For this new series I dismantled the original piece and others into colorful squares – making a troublesome past into a beautiful present."