Join us for Third Friday at Durham Community Media featuring Randy C. Rogers freedomclay & Allison Mathews!
This is the premiere event for our new artists, stop on by. It all starts at 6pm tomorrow night! Check it out the event on Facebook.
Randy C. Rogers freedomclay
Randy is currently a Staff Development Specialist with the Dept. of Social Services at Durham County Government.  He has been involved in multiple research and service projects in the past, many focusing on Black men’s wellness in the fields of HIV and prostate and colorectal cancer awareness and prevention.
With all his intensive (and incredibly important) work, training people in the health department and local government to be empathetic with each other, Randy navigates the strain of addressing sensitive issues with people as well as maintaining his beaming energy under substantial bureaucratic weight.
His painting has become his creative release from these pressures.
Inspired by the beauty in life – especially flowers (sunflowers are his favorite) – Randy experiments with colors and playful applications of acrylic on canvas.  The most important thing for him is creating without direction.
“I can be so formal in my learning process for other things, and I did not want to be formally trained in terms of painting.  I don’t want to be bridled. As much as I celebrate direction in other learning modalities, in this artistic expression, I just wanted it to be what it is. I don’t paint to be labeled an artist or for exposure.  I paint for the sheer joy of it.”
Painting not only brings a balance to formality and freedom in his life, it is also a continued lesson in patience. As acrylics dry, the colors change slightly, often requiring layers and layers of alterations to create the effect that he desires.
He also uses visuals from critical and artistic articles as inspiration.  Recently, he created a painting based on cover of JET Magazine for an article about missing black children going under the radar and not receiving the same media coverage.
No matter the subject, Randy brings a playful spirit to his brush strokes and color choices.  Like his personality, his paintings are effusively joyful – and enable him to remain so.
DCM18 will also be featuring the photography of Allison Mathews:
Allison Mathews is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Humphreys Fellow with the Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Allison is from Dallas, TX and earned her MA in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill and her BA in Sociology from Howard University.
Her dissertation research focuses on the role that Black and gay identity play in Black gay men’s religious choice and participation.  Her research interests include race and ethnicity, masculinity and sexuality, religion, and health disparities. She has experience conducting community-based participatory research and seeks to understand how inter-sectional identities influence mental and physical health outcomes for African Americans. Allison is a recipient of the Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant and member of the Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Honor Society.  When she’s not doing research, she’s pursuing her passion for photography.
Allison showcased her photography at the Durham Art Walk and the Carrack Art Gallery in Durham, NC. She received training in photography at Howard University, and credits James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and Annie Liebowitz as her main photographic inspirations.
The mission of Allison Mathews Photography mission is to create beautiful photos informed by a sociological, scholar-activist eye.
Premiere art show Friday Oct. 18th from 6pm – 9pm at Durham Community Media
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