Beyond a Glimpse: An Intimate Affair with Nature

Beyond a Glimpse: An Intimate Affair with Nature

May 19 – 30, 2015

This interactive exhibit showcases glimpses of the natural world through terrariums, photography, and living art displays.  Terrariums and living art displays offer opportunities to taste, touch, hear, feel, and see – a truly sensorial experience.  While the photographs magnify and capture awe-inspiring details that are easily missed when we do not take time to appreciate the intricate beauty of the natural world.

Aisha Sanders is the Botanical Curator and Living Art Designer at Urbane Terrain. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and skills for growing plants indoors and out – whether lush house plants or sustainable vegetable gardens.  You may have had the opportunity to see Aisha’s terrariums and living art at Craftland in the Scrap Exchange, at Recyclique shop, showcased at Mercury Studios, as part of the Paradise Garden Project at the Carrack Modern Art, as a mock terrarium shop for the Durham Storefront Project (Placed 3rd), or at the Durham Patchwork Mini-Market.  Aisha is also a master garden volunteer and the president at a local community garden.  Aisha has always been intrigued by the tiny miracles in the natural world and hopes to bring that same intrigue into the lives of others.  Aisha resides in the amazing city of Durham and has been designing terrariums locally for the past 8 years.

Mike Dellerman is an artist/photographer for well over 20 years. He has worked in the areas of Fashion, Sports, Fine Art, Commercial, Industrial, Advertising, Wedding, Portrait and photojournalistic photography. In third grade Mike became interested in photography when his class traveled to Washington DC. The class had a portrait done in front of the capital. The photographer was using a true panoramic camera which he demonstrated to Mike. From there he got his first camera, a Polaroid. By the 5th grade Mike was teaching darkroom technique to his peers. Mike went to the University of Cincinnati for a fine arts degree in photography and went to Ball State for a masters in journalism. He has worked for companies/organizations such as IBM, BASF, American Cancer Society, UNC and Duke just to name a few. He has taught photography to 1000′s of students in many venues. Currently he has taught photography for almost 12 years at Durham Tech. College and is an acting photographer.

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Interactive Artist Talk: Friday, May 29, 6 – 9 pm

Join photographer Mike Dellerman and living art designer Aisha Sanders as they share the intentions and processes of their Beyond a Glimpse exhibit. Their interactive artist talk will lead participants on a deeper, more intimate look at the exhibit. Mike will share his process for capturing and displaying captivating images from nature including special techniques utilized. Aisha will share her process in creating and displaying her living art pieces along with the challenges and rewards of working with living specimens. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their thoughts about the exhibit and ask questions. The evening will be concluded with tasty refreshments including Sangha Tea House Tea Ceremony Demonstration. Live music by the sweet sounds of local musician, Ashley Imani.


Friday – Sunday
12 – 3pm
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