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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

BIG LOVE at the ReSEED Group Exhibit @ Urban Artware!

Artist Chase Key with his sculpture
installation of "Eat Your Hearts Out"
I told the kids we were going to see art today. "Are we going to see tiny art again?" they asked. They were referring to our recent viewing of the Winter Miniatures show at Community Arts Cafe. That show is still running, so to see that post click HERE

"No, we're going to see lots of GIANT art today!" I shouted. The SEED Artist Collective is currently showing its ReSEED group show at Urban Artware, its current home. SEED Artist Collective, "Planting Art in the Community", got its namesake from its original location in an old seed warehouse. Established in 1988, it now consists of 14 members (6 new).

One new member is Chase Key. Chase is a local artist on a grand scale. Perhaps you remember seeing or reading in the Winston-Salem Journal about his mammoth Moravian candle display at Konnoak Hills Moravian Church (
click here for the article)? I was thrilled to meet Chase at Urban Artware. A Winston-Salem native, Chase recently returned to Winston-Salem after receiving an art degree from Eastern Carolina University. Chase describes his work as "sculpture that promotes happiness and will make you laugh. Taking cues from the Greats such as Claes Oldenburg and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, my work is of the Pop persuasion and is mostly designed with site-specific intentions. While I love a white-box gallery, I'm most passionate about designing fun, meaningful, and appropriately witty large-scale artworks...." 

Like these jumbo enormous conversation hearts. Want to share some "Big Love" this Valentine's Day? These sweet plaster hearts at Urban Artware are only $25 each and speak volumes. (I bought a purple one for myself!) 

also by Chase Key
The ReSEED exhibit is a fun show for kids, with giant crayons, a monstrous Q-tip with glittering gold ear wax, paintings of charismatic accordion-playing robots, love bunnies and even a "photo op" that transforms visitors into a magician, little person and bunny. There were so many great pieces that I had trouble only posting a few pictures for this post. This is a MUST-SEE show, folks! The show will run through the end of February. Get thee to Urban Artware! Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6.

Urban Artware
SEED Artist Collective
Chase Key

Artist & Urban Artware Owner, Millicent Greason,
center with artists George Plaza & Dave Urena 


  1. This sounds fabulous! Thank you for sharing all this great art with us!

  2. I am a big fan of Chase Key, now. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I heart your blog.

  3. Donna, you are welcome!
    SueMo, me too! You are welcome and THANK YOU! I heart yours too! It's so nice to get comments on the blog. Unlike the book of face, there is no "Like" button and folks don't comment as readily, so I appreciate it!

  4. Genius! Its great to see creative excellence created in Winston Salem. Embrace the movement! Good job Chase keep up the great work! More work like Chase's would be a great addition to the downtown area.