Come together right now at Earshot

by Brittany Mollis

If art was John Lennon, and music was Paul McCartney, it can be said that both had enough power to stand on their own. Art can be mysterious at times and bold at others. It can be misunderstood, and depending on whose eyes are looking, it can be loved or lost. Those who love it will love it forever, and they will create their world around it. Those who don’t understand it will never appreciate it as much as they appreciate music. Music is easy to love because, while it may be split into unique genres, it does offer something for everyone.

Lennon and McCartney were great solo, but when they were intertwined with The Beatles, they were magical. A special kind of magic happens when art and music are combined. On March 21, a special kind of magic will be happening at Earshot in Winston-Salem.

Earshot is a record store located in the Silas Creek Crossing Shopping Center that offers more than just vinyl. Earshot offers experience and opportunity for both customers and artists. Jane Buck is the curator of Earshot’s art shows, and the idea to incorporate art with music began years ago while helping friend and store manager, Phred Rainey, decorate the walls.”

“It started with me doing murals on the walls,” Buck says, “and then it turned into, ‘let’s get local artists involved.’” In April of 2012, Earshot launched Art on Record, which called for local artists to do artwork on vinyl records. Twentyfive artists contributed to the show, and 44 pieces were featured on the walls of Earshot. The vinyl collection had everything from Bill Cosby to The Beastie Boys painted on the records. The art was up for about a year so that customers could purchase the pieces, and in March 2013, they began Art at Earshot.

“We invited some of the Art on Record artists back to do solo shows of music inspired art,” Buck explains, “this is our second year of the shows and we’ve had incredible diversity and some great art. Each show is up for 2 months.”

Art on Record gave one, specific guideline that artists had to follow: the art had to be done on vinyl. Art at Earshot offers artists an opportunity to be as creative as they feel. They are allowed to use any canvas they chose, but whatever they create

Ian Bredice is the artist that will be showcased this month through the end of April. The unveiling of his show is set for Friday, March 21 from 6pm-8pm. Bredice’s show features pieces that were inspired by punk rock, and his show is titled “God Save The Machine.”

“I took inspiration from the music I’m into and culture I’m part of,” Bredice says, “The pieces will have a mix of my love of robots, cartoons, punk and lowbrow art. I find my inspiration readily in these things and my love of all things weird.”

EARSHOT: ‘It started with me doing murals on the walls’

iar with one another because Bredice contributed pieces to the Art on Record showcase. Both records he created for that show were robot inspired.

Buck is curating Bredice’s show but has only seen one piece of his new work thus far.

“I am really looking forward to seeing what Ian has to offer this time around,” Buck said. “It’s been fun this time because we’ve seen all different kinds of approaches.”

Once Bredice’s showcase is over, Earshot will feature artwork by Mike Duggins (May-June), Mitch Tilley (July-Aug) and Richard Boyd (Sept-Oct). At the end of the year, Earshot will give a collective showing for any art that did not sell during the year so that the holiday shoppers have another opportunity to purchase pieces.

All artists will have a unique theme, and like Bredice, each artist will have their own opening. Admission to the openings are free to the public, and they offer free refreshments.

“The artists’ unveilings always offer something different, “Buck said. “Last month’s artist was inspired by 80s’ mu sic,

so we all dressed up in 80s’ attire for the opening. It was fun.”

Because all the artists were inspired by music, they are encouraged to incorporate music into their unveilings.

“Some artists bring live bands to their openings,” Buck said. “Others (like Bredice) work with Phred to create a mix of music that goes along with the theme of the show.”

Because Buck and Rainey are artists, they know how important it is to be given a chance in this industry, and they know how difficult it can be to succeed.

“It’s really sometimes just a labor of love,’” Buck said about working in the arts.

While Jane works a lot with the artists of the area, it is Phred who tries to build interest in the local musicians.

“There is a local music section in the store, and Phred will invite local bands to do in-stores,” Buck said. “He really helps the local music scene.”

Buck recognizes and appreciates how far Winston-Salem has come in promoting the arts, especially in the downtown area.

Bredice’s favorite genres of music are Punk, Old Country/Honky Tonk, Rockabilly and Thrash. He cites Everymen, Johnny Cash and American Speedway as some of his favorites on his long list of inspirational artists. Ian Bredice and Jane Buck are famil “When I lived here in the mid-90s’, people really didn’t even go downtown unless it was for work,” Buck said. “But you certainly didn’t hang out there after work. Downtown has gone through a revitalization, and that’s great.”

Now, she says, places like Trade Street offer local artists opportunity for showcasing their work. It is her hope that the location of Earshot will expand the growth for art culture beyond downtown. Earshot is located in the Silas Creek Crossing Shopping Center near Marshall’s and AC Moore, and it is almost directly across from Hanes Mall.

“This brings art to a different market,” Buck said. “It is a retail market. We get traffic from the stores around us. There are not a lot of record stores or art galleries around us.” There will always be a market for the art crowd, and there will always be an audience for the music lovers. When these two groups of people are brought together, something special happens. A unique community is formed, and they are all there for one, specific reason. They are there to show support, and together, they are creating something special.

Peanut butter can be alone, but jelly makes it better. Macaroni can be alone, but it’s bland without its cheese. Art can stand alone, but it feels better with music.

Music can stand alone, but it feels better with art.

Come to Earshot on Friday, March 21 from 6pm-8pm to be a part of something special in Winston-Salem. !