Café to host artists

Published 10:32 pm Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Art opening: Gloria Johnson, assistant manager of Healing Time Coffee Café, serves up a cup of coffee. Healing Time Coffee Café will be hosting “Bones So Sweet,” an art opening this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. The show will feature the work of seven local artists whose work will hang on the walls throughout the month of February.

A café in North Suffolk is working to capture the interest of the city’s arts community and to give artists a commercial place to show off their talents.

Healing Time Coffee Café will hold an art opening for the show “Bones So Sweet” Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Bridge Road café was designed to give patrons a sense of escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, manager Nathan Williams said. It serves home cooked meals and a variety of hot and cold beverages.


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For the past three months, the café has been hosting free open-mic poetry on the third Thursday of each month.

In their search for more activities to engage and entertain the community, the folks at Healing Time decided that art openings would fit the vibe of their café while also providing local artists a venue to display their work.

“We want to promote some of the local artists,” Williams said. “We wanted to give them an avenue and location to display the talent they have been blessed with.”

The event, organized by the restaurant in conjunction with local artist Mallory Jarrell, will feature the work of Jarrell, mixed media; Heather Bryant, lithography; Chelsey Barnes, paint; Elizabeth Cooke, paint; Allyson Garner, digital mixed media; Tiffany Reed, digital mixed media; and Elizabeth Levesque, paint.

The theme of the “Bones So Sweet” show is spiritual, Jarrell said. It explores the concept of life beyond death.

“It’s going to be a really great show with a group of seven local women artists,” said Jarrell, explaining her excitement for the show. “Healing Time Coffee Café is a great undiscovered spot.”

On the night of the event, artists will also have a variety of pieces for sale in addition to their work on display, including prints, reusable coffee sleeves, mousetrap magnets, clay work, paintings and more.

Williams said he hopes to hold an art opening each month and to always have the work of local artists on display in the café. The artists featured in the “Bones So Sweet” will be displaying their work through the month of February.

The “Bones So Sweet” art opening is free and open to the public.