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The Weight on My Shoulders Opening June 2024 

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In June 2024, Drinking Gourd Gallery presents “The Weight on My Shoulders” to highlight the pervasive, but often overlooked issue of men’s mental health. This group exhibition seeks to shed light on the challenges faced by men coping with mental health issues, particularly within the context of civilian and veteran life. Featuring paintings, drawings, photography and video, this artistic showcase will offer an exploration of the shared struggles, psychological stressors, and resilience found within these diverse populations. The exhibition will run from June 1 through June 30, 2024, at the Southeast Regional Library in Garner, commemorating Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Visitors are invited to experience the exhibition daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.


WRAL Out & About Podcast 

"Why am I burning up in here when everyone else is freezing?" "Why do I keep forgetting words that I know I know?!" "Am I going crazy or is this menopause? In this WRAL Out & About Podcast episode, host Diane Ramsey interviews Carol Torian and Kirsten Moore, co-curators of "M is for Menopause, Baby!" a new art exhibition at Rocky Mount Mills that explores menopause and opens a dialog about this natural phase of womanhood. Click the image below to listen to the episode: 




M is for Menopause, Baby! Exhibition Opens October 18, 2023 

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M is for Menopause, Baby! is a group exhibition that aims to raise awareness and challenge the myths, stereotypes, and stigma that surround the menopausal journey. By 2025, it’s estimated that 1.1 billion women will be experiencing menopause, or “The Change” as it is frequently called. But what is menopause? What exactly does it mean to be perimenopausal or postmenopausal? What is surgical menopause? What happens to the body during a hot flash? We’ll answer these questions and more by using art to help reframe the narrative about menopause. The exhibition is being presented by Drinking Gourd Gallery in partnership with Rocky Mount Mills, Kiki Piper, and UNC Health Nash. Curating this exhibition are Carol Torian, founder of Drinking Gourd Gallery and Kirsten Moore, founder of Kiki Piper.

M is for Menopause, Baby! opens to the public on World Menopause Day, October 18, 2023. The exhibition will be on view at Rocky Mount Mills, which is located at 1151 Falls Rd in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and it will be available virtually, as well. 



Canvas Rebel Magazine: Meet Carol Torian

Canvas Rebel magazine recently interviewed Carol Torian as part of their "Risk and the Stories of Triumph and Failure" series, which features articles about entrepreneurs and creators from around the country. (Click image to read the full article.)



The Standard Banner: Negro Leagues Come Alive at Parrott-Wood Memorial Library in Tennessee (click image to read the full article)




Drinking Gourd Gallery Presents: HER Exhibition at Rocky Mount Mills March 1-31, 2022 (click image to view information card)



Darryl Matthews: Black Diamond Tours to American Tobacco Campus - Reed Art Gallery in Durham, NC February 7-May 31, 2022 (click image to view information card)


Drinking Gourd Gallery Presents: Darryl Matthews: Black Diamond at Rocky Mount Mills October 15-31, 2021 (click image to view information card)

In the Spotlight: Darryl Matthews' Work Selected for Piedmont Triad International Airport Walking Tour of Art (click image to view press release)


Drinking Gourd Gallery Presents Black Diamond to Celebrate Negro Leagues Baseball   (click image to view press release)




Meredith Alumna Carol Torian Curates Virtual Art Exhibition

Triangle Business Journal The Promise Of: Drinking Gourd Gallery

WCPE: The Classical Station's Virtual Art Exhibition "The Fire Inside" by Carol Torian


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