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Greensboro photography, Greensboro NC photography studios, Tate St coffee artwork

Greensboro photography, Greensboro NC photography studios, Tate St coffee artwork

Tate Street Coffee in Greensboro, NC is one of my favorite coffee shops in the country. Located adjacent to UNCG, it not only features great coffee but interesting artwork which often includes great photography. I ran into someone recently who I have known for many years, Richard Krol. As often is the case with me, I learned something about Richard I was not aware of. Not only is he a friend of a family member, but he is also an accomplished photographer. And not only is he an accomplished photographer, but he has captured on film some of my favorite images, memories from Tate St. Coffee.

Here is some information about Richard Krol.

Richard does portraits, snapshots, head shots, as well as pet photos. Richard’s photography covers many areas including art projects, time period photography (historical), model portfolio starters, and product/merchandise photography.  Richard also offers engagement and small wedding photography.

Richard Krol’s bio:

Richard was first exposed to photography over thirty years ago when he tagged along with his father who was taking a photography course in Virginia Beach, VA.  He was given an old 35mm and wandered around that summer snapping pictures of ducks, fish, and assorted lake life.  During this period he learned about black and white film developing and printing. In high school he received his first 35 mm that was his own and used it to document organizations in which he was involved.  That camera was the PENTAX K1000 (which he still has among his cameras).

With the advent of the digital age of photography Richard experimented with point and shoot digital cameras.  These cameras did not give the freedom of creativity that a SLR provided.  With the release of the PENTAX *ist D family he finally had his Digital SLR.  When the PENTAX K10D came out Richard was able to incorporate his older lenses and continues his use of PENTAX products.

        Richard has participated in several group showings in Greensboro, most recently at New York Pizza on Tate Street.  He also assists NYP by taking photos when requested.  Locally he has provided photography for print ads, for display in restaurants, and for local bands. Richard has also sold images in several countries via the Internet.

Visit Richard Krol’s website and view some of the incredible photos on display.

http://Krols.com

Richard Krol Self Portrait

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Charlotte observer, book reviews, Susan Wells, A game called Salisbury, snubbed?

There is a rumor circulating that the Charlotte Observer has snubbed Susan Wells, penname Susan Barringer Wells. Susan has written a new book, “A Game Called Salisbury.” The book is about the murder of the Lyerly Family in 1906 and the subsequent  arrest and later lynching of 3 sharecroppers. The book is also about racial attitudes in the south and the nation. There is a Charlotte connection beyond any racial aspects. The 3 prisoners were brought to Charlotte for their safety before the trial was to begin. After their return to the Rowan County jail, an angry mob, stirred up by outsiders, lynched the 3 men.

Book signings have been taking place all over the state and the Greensboro Daily News, The Asheville Citizen and Salisbury Post have written articles about Susan and the book. With the involvement of the Mecklenburg County Jail in the story and Susan’s ancestral roots going back over 250 years all around Charlotte, one would think that sufficient to warrant coverage. Is there some other reason? Is this just a unjustified rumor? Are there still remnants of racism in Charlotte? Charlotte Observer, do you have a response?

A Game Called Salisbury, Susan Barringer Wells, review by Professor George Tex Wood

Professor George Tex Wood of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has provided a review of “A Game Called Salisbury”, the new book by Susan Barringer Wells:

“…Faulknerian in its revelations and observations of human nature, clearly spotlighting the question of real responsibility not just for active human evil, but also for spawning its activity. Those PEOPLE in the media (not some amorphous Media) are held to account. I doubt they’ll appreciate seeing that fact bared, so I doubt we’ll see many reviews of this thorough indictment. Wells shows us that lynchings were (and are) the tip of the iceburg, the cruel result of calculated manipulation of our base human natures and our cowardliness in not confronting evil when we see it, either now or then.
While this book lacks Twain’s humor, it rivals his incisiveness.”

Salisbury history club, innocents lynched?, A Game Called Salisbury, Susan Barringer Wells

Susan Barringer Wells has written a new book, “A Game Called Salisbury” about the murder of the Lyerly Family in Salisbury NC over a hundred years ago and the lynching of 3 suspects. The book explores the evidence and the racial undertones leading to the lynching of three black sharecroppers. Susan is a distant relative of the Lyerly family and Susan, as well as other Lyerly descendants, have disagreed about various aspects of the case and purported facts. There has been a lot of controversy about the alleged guilt of the three men who were hanged. Susan just commented that at a recent history club speech, a descendant of Deputy Pat Sloop, who attempted to defend the jail from the lynch mob,  remarked that her ancestor claimed that the guilty parties got away with murder. I would like to hear from this descendant or members of the history club.

Charlotte dining, restaurant reviews, Maestro bar and Bistro, Pineville NC

I am getting to be a regular at Maestro Bar & Bistro, a great restaurant in Pineville NC, just south of 485 in Charlotte. My lady and I started out riding our bicycles from Park Crossing and rode around the back side of Carolina Place Mall. We ended up in Pineville and were close to the Maestro restaurant, so we decided to stop. It has been a beautiful day today in the sixties, so we sat on the restaurant porch. Pam, part of the husband and wife team waited on us and we had a good chat as well. Every time I eat there I am amazed at how good the food is. Ok, I had a burger and mixed vegetables. The burger was incredible and the vegetables are unsurpassed in taste. Even the bun that the burger was served on was delicious. Pam’s husband, the chef has won awards for his pastries, but he is an incredible all around chef. Pam tells me they are considering having music when  the weather is consistently warmer. They have a great location for outside seating and also have plenty of parking.

I highly recommend the Maestro Bar & Bistro.

Kristin Wells, Kristin Wells tv show, Kristin Wells posters, photos, tools, books

Kristin Wells posters, photos, tools - would you prefer?
1) Kristin Wells posters
2) Kristin Wells photos
3) Kristin Wells tools
4) Kristin Wells books

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Kristin Wells was cohost of HomeMakers on Turner South, an all female home renovation show. Kristin is filming a new home remodeling show for HGTV in Charlotte NC. Based on demand for Kristin Wells posters in the past, we would like to know of interest in Kristin Wells posters, photos, tools, books or anything else the public may be interested in. If you have an interest in Kristin Wells posters, photos, tools, books, etc, place your vote or give us a comment. Thanks.

Kristin Wells tv show, vote for Kristin Wells’ brother to have tv show

Should Kristin Wells' brother have his own tv show?
1) Yes
2) No

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Kristin Wells, former cohost of HomeMakers, a home renovation show on Turner South, is filming a new renovation show for HGTV. Her younger brother has done some incredible home renovations and has a great outgoing personality and the look. Look at the photos below and give us your vote for the brother having his own tv remodeling show.

Some before pictures:

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Some after pictures and Kristin with her brother

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