Photo fest, art events fill Wilson’s weekend

Posted 4/25/19

The fifth edition of Eyes on Main Street’s kickoff will headline a weekend of art-centric events in Wilson.

The Wilson outdoor photo festival will share Saturday with the second annual …

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Photo fest, art events fill Wilson’s weekend

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The fifth edition of Eyes on Main Street’s kickoff will headline a weekend of art-centric events in Wilson.

The Wilson outdoor photo festival will share Saturday with the second annual “Takin’ It To The Streets” public art day and the Barton College 2019 Senior Exhibition.

Jerome De Perlinghi, artistic director for the Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival, and volunteers spent Thursday installing the 60 children’s photographs taken around Wilson in 2018. The Children’s Gallery is located at the corner of Goldsboro and South streets adjacent to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.

The 2019 Kids Indoor Gallery will be exhibited at 203 Nash St. E., where the work of this year’s Kids Workshop can be viewed. Columbia College Chicago and Canon USA host this exhibit.

De Perlinghi and other organizers spent the last week affixing 100 photographic enlargements on storefronts along Nash Street and the 100 block of Tarboro Street where they will be displayed for 100 days. The photographers are from 45 countries around the world.

An exhibition of photographs shot by 13 resident photographers who each spent a month photographing Wilson between April 2018 and February 2019 will be on display at 231 Nash St. E., corner of Douglas and Nash streets, across from Imagination Station.

Resident photographers included Amsatou Diallo, Kajal Nisha Patel, Sandeep Biswas, Giovanni Urgelles, Jared Ragland, Ximena Echague, Seydou Camara, Dave Jordano, Jérôme Bonnet, Andrea Torrei, Çigdem Üçüncü Serra Akcan and Alice Kayibanda.

The Eyes on Australia show is in the festival’s new permanent gallery at 128 Goldsboro St.

“We did Eyes on India last year and Eyes on Taiwan before that and this year we did Eyes on Australia,” De Perlinghi said. “It is quite popular. This show is very different than what we do. I understand that some people may not like street photography. This is a lot more conceptual art. This is art photography.”

Photographers Hoda Afshar, Marcelle Bradbeer, Tamara Dean, Jasmine Poole, Raphaela Rosella, Prue Stent and Honey Long are featured.

“Artistically speaking, we are growing tremendously,” De Perlinghi said. “We are getting recognized all over.”

Eyes on Main Street is being featured this year at the Jeonju International Photography Festival in South Korea, the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival and the Pingyao International Photo Festival as well as receiving national and international press in the last year.

The theme this year is “Main Street: A Crossroad of Cultures.” The exhibition is curated by De Perlinghi and co-curated by Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson.

Photographers featured in this year’s edition are Bruce Gilden, Bieke Depoorter, William Klein, Meeri Koutaniemi, Carl De Keyzer, Donna Ferrato, John Stanmeyer, Renée C. Byer, Martin Roemers, Susan Barnett and Juan Arredondo, among others.

The Eyes on Main Street festival will launch at 5 p.m. Saturday with a street party on South Street in collaboration with 217 Brew Works across from the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. More than 40 international photographers will be present at the launch.

Imagination Station Science & History Museum at 224 Nash St. E. will serve as the festival headquarters, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The site will be closed on Mondays.

All lectures and workshops are free with advance registration. Register at by emailing eyesonmainstreetinc@gmail.com.

For more information, visit www.eyesonmainstreetwilson.com.


Historic downtown Wilson will hold its second public art day on Saturday.

“Takin’ It To The Streets” is a collaboration between Wilson Downtown Development, the Arts Council of Wilson, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Eyes on Main Street. The all-day event will showcase public art throughout downtown.

The public is invited to join in for a variety of activities including Paint-A-Hydrant, Artsy Alleys and a blues concert by the Thomas Taylor Sextet at Whirligig Park. Visitors can shop in downtown galleries and boutiques, eat at downtown restaurants, food trucks, breweries, taprooms and bottle shops.

A full schedule of events and activities is available at www.historicdowntownwilson.com and at the new www.explorewilson.com community calendar.


Opening reception for Barton College’s 2019 Senior Exhibition will be 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on campus.

The evening will highlight a musical performance “The Radio Room” featuring Drew Armstrong in the Kennedy Family Theatre at 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Seniors in the School of Visual, Performing and Communications Arts will have their works shown at the Barton Art Galleries through May 12.

Eyes on Main Street


7 p.m.: Opening of the Residency Gallery Year 2, 231 Nash St. E., with Sandeep Biswas, Ximena Echague, Dave Jordano, Andrea Torrei and Jose Vilchez present.


Lectures will be on the second floor at Imagination Station, 224 Nash St. E. unless otherwise noted.

10 a.m.: Lecture with Bieke Depoorter, Belgian.

11.45 a.m.: Lecture with Riccardo Bononi, Italian

3 p.m.: Opening of the Children’s Gallery, 203 Nash St. E.

5 p.m. Launch party in front of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park at 217 Brew Works, South Street.


10 a.m.: Lecture with Fati Abubakar, Nigerian

11:30 a.m.: Lecture Robert Nickelsberg, American

3 p.m.: Lecture with Shane Hulbert, Australian

4:30 p.m.: Lucy Stranger, curator of Eyes on Australia, will give a presentation about the exhibition she put together in Wilson around contemporary photography in Australia. Location is 128 Goldsboro St. in the new Eyes on Main Street gallery.

Takin’ It To The Streets


8 a.m. to 1 p.m: Wilson Farmers and Artisan Market

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Children’s activities with the Arts Council of Wilson at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

10 a.m.: Paint-A-Hydrant begins