Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2019

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30 Summer 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine "Varnam where?" he said when in 2013 he •rst heard of the place that has since embraced him as he has embraced it with his art. "I'm not a sailor. I'm a rider. ‚ere's a big diƒerence," he said in his bright Durham studio, •lled as it is with nautical themed art- work, largely from his adopted land of Var- namtown. "But I'm at the water as much as possible. … I always end up in Varnamtown. My truck goes there by itself." And there, he has captured life as it is and where it might be headed. "‚e people. ‚e history. ‚e dying com- munity," he said of a place struggling to make a go of •shing along the North Caro- lina coastline and caught up in what appears to be a vanishing way of life. "‚ey're sweet people," he said. "It's a hard life. Kids, if they go to college, they're gone. A lot (of parents) don't want their sons to do the hard work they had to do." ‚eir lives — right down to the detail work of the hallmark white rubber boots worn by those •sherman — are his passion. "Every painting, I can tell you the story behind it," he said. "It has to touch me on an emotional level, or I won't do it." ‚e sea wasn't always the stuƒ of his artistic mastery. It had been theological. You see, in 1983, Alderman completed his degree in religious studies but returned to school at the Univer- sity of Mobile on a full scholarship to obtain his bachelor's degree in •ne art, soon making the move to Durham. "My wife (Catherine) and I are Air Force brats," he said of their one-time nomadic lives. In the interim, he captured scenes from Durham, whether the ™ag pole atop the downtown art deco S. H. Kress & Co., the 1930s era "•ve and dime"; or the painting "Beyu' Morning," the facade of the Beyu Caƒe coƒee house in Durham. ‚en, there were the murals, until disinterest set in. "I've done a lot of Bambi, Little Mer- maid," he said of the mural characters. "‚ere was no passion in it. A few, but that was few and far between." Today, the sea rules, so much so that his paintings and stories have been bound in "Varnamtown: An Aging Life," (tonyalder- manarts.com) whose introduction begins with the poem "Sea Fever" by John Mase•eld: "I must go down to the seas again," it begins, "for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied." But back at his landlocked studio, it's all about putting brush to canvas. "I try to spend, if I'm lucky, probably three hours a day (painting)," he said of his craft. Not far away in his studio manager, sister Amy Alderman Norton, whose artistic résumé includes running a faux •nish business. "I can paint a wall and make it look like leather," she said, "but I can't do what he does." ARTWORK COURTESY OF TONY ALDERMAN 8SR]%PHIVQER´W±,MKL6MHIV°'SQMRK,SQI²GETXYVIWE½WLMRKFSEXSRMXWVIXYVRXSTSVX&IPS[XLIVI[EWEXMQI[LIR %PHIVQERTEMRXIHMQEKIWJVSQLMWPERHPSGOIH[SVPHMR(YVLEQWYGLEWXLMW[SVOWLS[MRKXLI¾EKTSPIEXSTXLISPHEVXHIGS 7,/VIWW 'S±½ZIERHHMQI²HS[RXS[R±-HMHEJI[TEMRXMRKWSJHS[RXS[R(YVLEQFYXQ]TEWWMSRMW[EXIV²LIWEMH

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