Ever since she was a child, Michelle Bowers loved to explore the abandoned homes she found in the woods near her neighborhood.
As an adult, Bowers has transformed that childhood fascination into an art form. She is the creator of the popular photo blog Abandoned Homes of North Carolina.
Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema will showcase Bowers’ beautiful, occasionally haunting, but always fascinating work as part of a two-month summer exhibition simply titled “11 Homes” at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Bowers will launch her photography with an opening reception and artist talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21st. The reception is open to the public and admission is free.
Before the show concludes, Geeksboro will host a ‘write-in’ wherein local and regional writers are invited to create short poems and stories inspired by Bowers’ photography (DATE: TBA). The writers who pen the best poems and stories will win a free original print from the show.
“11 Homes” will feature large scale prints of 11 of Biggest finds, accompanied with smaller glimpses into the interior and exteriors of these abandoned, former dwellings. In addition, Bowers will present a smaller side exhibit to showcase some of her other discoveries including a series of abandoned churches.
An online poker enthusiast and ‘self-proclaimed doctor trained by Google,’ Bowers says she used to share her childhood passion for abandoned homes and dwellings with her sister Jennifer. The two would explore the woods near their homes in search of old shacks and forgotten houses in search of ‘arbitrary homes’ for neighborhood friends.
Bowers adds that she rediscovered this childhood passion after her sister’s recent and sudden death.
“Even though she’s no longer with me in physical form, I feel she is with me in spirit as I document the existence of as many of these structures and homes as I can,” Bowers says.
Geeksboro is located on 2134 Lawndale Drive at the historic Lawndale Shopping Center near Acme Comics and the William Mangum Artist Gallery. For more information, visit their website at www.Geeksboro.com or www.facebook.com/geeksboro.