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Anj ponders significance of black hair and other adornments

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“When my mama finished my hair she would pull the hair from the comb, sit it in her ashtray and burn it,” Anj writes in the first line of a tender poem nestled on her website beside a photograph of people with intertwined arms, their faces obscured — his wound up with gauzy cloth and hers by an encirclement of braided hair.

“Anj” is multimedia artist, writer and creative entrepreneur Ashley Johnson, a UNCG grad who grew up in Winston-Salem and who’s recently landed her first solo exhibit in the Central Gallery at Greensboro’s Revolution Mill. Reach, a selection of Johnson’s past and contemporary works that focuses on generational aspects of Southern femininity and black-hair identity, will find a home at the old textile mill through Aug. 12.

“The crux of my work and the crux of who I am today is tied to the practices of black hair,” she says.

Johnson’s mother chemically straightened her hair for as long as she can remember. She recalls picking at scabs from burns the relaxer’s hydroxides seared into her scalp, and years of back-of-the-mind curiosity about the natural layer of growth underneath.

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Agnes Preston-Brame leaves an impression at Revolution Mill

 Preston-Brame in front of “Where Are We Going?” (2018). (photo by Lauren Barber)

Preston-Brame in front of “Where Are We Going?” (2018). (photo by Lauren Barber)

They say if you want to know what mood you are in, you best start singing,” she says. “Whatever song comes out of you, it will tell you.”

This is one of Agnes Preston-Brame’s firmly held beliefs, and for her it holds true for the colors on her painter’s palette.

Born in Budapest, she defected from Soviet-controlled Hungary and immigrated to the United States, where she felt she could become the artist she wanted to be without the threat of state censorship. She earned her fine-arts degree from New York University in 1971 before moving to Greensboro in 1986. When she’s not traveling the world, she splits time between her interior design firm, Metamorphosis Design, and painting in her home studio. Her latest exhibit, figurEtively speaking, which is on view in the Central Gallery at Revolution Mill, features her most recent works.

“What I do is depict emotions, attitudes,” she says. “Often, I have done paintings without facial character that people recognize as their daughter or someone. So, it’s a character of the body, the human form that interests me.”

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Preservation NC to Recognize Revolution Mill Campus at Celebration of First Phase Completion on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 2pm

What: Preservation NC Presenting Award for Revolution Mill Rehabilitation at Public Ceremony
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2pm to 4pm
Where1250 Revolution Mill Drive, Greensboro, NC
Who: Speakers include Congressman Mark Walker, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Preservation NC President Myrick Howard and Self-Help EVP Tucker Bartlett.

GREENSBORO, NC – Revolution Mill is hosting a public event this Wednesday at 2pm to celebrate completion of the Campus’ first phase of redevelopment. Preservation NC will also present its Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit in recognition of Self-Help’s work in preserving and rehabilitating Revolution Mill. Self-Help is owner and developer of the $100 million Revolution Mill redevelopment. 

The event comes at a critical time for historic preservation as the future of the Historic Tax Credit, as well as the New Markets Tax Credit, depend on congressional support for maintaining the credits as comprehensive tax reform legislation is considered.

“The Historic Tax Credit, as well as the New Markets Tax Credit, made it possible to attract private capital to the Revolution Mill redevelopment and projects like it nationwide,” said David Beck, Self-Help Policy Director. “Historic rehabilitation is by nature expensive and private investors need incentives because of the additional risk inherent in these projects. But the payoff is huge. Revitalizing Rev Mill not only helps preserve our history it’s helping drive Greensboro’s economy by creating jobs and providing places to live, work and play while also increasing the tax base.”

Preservation NC’s Carraway award is named in honor of the late Dr. Gertrude S. Carraway, a noted New Bern historian and preservationist. Presented since 1974, the Awards of Merit give deserved recognition to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a genuine commitment to historic preservation through extraordinary leadership, research, philanthropy, promotion, and/or significant participation in preservation.

Self-Help purchased Revolution Mill in September 2012. One of Greensboro’s most significant landmarks, the Campus is being  transformed into a multi-acre, mixed-use development. Revolution now features 1,260 permanent jobs, affordable housing, market rate housing, creative space specifically reserved for entrepreneurs/innovators, multiple restaurants, a permanent art gallery, a greenway, and multiple outdoor performance spaces for festivals, movies and concerts.

Fall Food Truck Festival

We're gearing up for Sunday's Fall Food Truck Festival! With 18 confirmed trucks and great live music we know this is going to be a winning event. If you're looking to learn more about our apartments and development, come find one of our Revolution Mill staff members to learn more about the project!

Natty Greene's + Stonefield Cellars will be serving beer and wine, and for your listening pleasure we'll have a few talented musicians taking the stage: 

12 - 1:30  Emma Lee Music
1:45 - 3:45 Star Wizard
4:00 - 6:00 The Tyler Millard Band

This is Spring Garden's last food truck rodeo of the year, so we're planning to finish the season out with a bang! 

Peruse the line-up here: 

Preservation Celebration Recap

- Food provided by Pepper Moon
- Beer provided by Natty Greene's and Mother Earth Brewing
- Live music by the Jim Mayberry Band 
- Our architect, Eddie Belk, gave remarks and spoke about Revolution
- More than 200 people attended and toured through the project

Here at Revolution Mill we're not shy about our passion for preservation. Ask one of our Self-Help developers and they might tell you it's their dream to have people who appreciate the historic beauty of our campus wandering the halls every day… so when we got the opportunity to bring a whole conference of preservation lovers to campus we leapt at the chance.

Last week we had the chance to host the Preservation Celebration as a part of Preservation NC’s 3-day Annual Conference. As North Carolina’s only private non-profit statewide historic preservation organization, Preservation NC works to protect and promote buildings, landscapes and sites that are important to the diverse heritage of our state.

Preservation Celebration was one of the first events held on the Revolution Docks and in our WAMRev gallery. After the main event, we hosted the Young Professionals After Party in the 1160 event space -- a fun, casual get-together for the young and young at heart!

Flip through images of the event below – and be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all of the upcoming campus events.