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An Evening with Outsider Artist Eddie Hayes 

When: Wed., Sept. 28, 5:30-8 p.m. 2011
Price: Free

Outsiders Art & Collectibles—Atkinson, N.C., native Eddie Hayes will be on hand for the opening of his exhibit at the Triangle's premier outsider art space. Raised on his grandparents' farm, Hayes turned to drawing when a grade-school teacher asked him to write what he did during the summer; instead of prose, lovingly wrought scenes of farmyard labor came out of his pencil. Hayes reveres what he has seen and done, capturing the liveliness of Sunday church pews and the embrace between farmers and the land. Retaining the energy of the sketch, his scenes jitter with shifts of perspective and depth but cohere through the blending of color in pencil, marker and watercolor. Had Wesley Willis grown up in rural North Carolina, he might have made similar-looking work, but Hayes is a full-blown visual storyteller. His work is a frank record of family and community life that's disappearing from rural towns. The KoKyu food truck will sling Korean barbecue, Girl Trouble will play music and the gallery will be collecting gently used kids' books for Book Harvest at the free event. —Chris Vitiello

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