They say you can't go home again, but artist Beverly McIver keeps proving them wrong. Cutting short a yearlong Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation studio residency in New York in 2004 to return to her native Greensboro when her mother passed away, McIver had to balance being poised at the start of a promising career and caring for her mentally retarded sister Renee. That moment—and the sisters' mutual transition out of it—was documented in the award-winning film Raising Renee
, which ended with Beverly moving to Durham to take a position at N.C. Central University and Renee moving into her own apartment in Greensboro.
When the folks at the Sharpe Foundation saw the documentary, they encouraged McIver to apply for another residency. Now Craven Allen is showing New York Stories, featuring the work McIver did in the Sharpe studio in 2012. Her familiar self-portraits mix with portraits of friends and inspirations such as choreographer Bill T. Jones, as well as strangers on subway trains and in stations. Saturday's opening reception for the exhibit, which runs through Dec. 28, offers a chance to meet the artist while viewing the work she did during a period of both finding closure and seeking new ground.