Shane Fernando

Commentator

Shane Fernando grew up in Wilmington, NC, being an avid WHQR listener during his childhood during the station's first years.  He also served as WHQR's first intern.  After graduation from UNCW in 2000, where he spearheaded the project and fundraising for the UNCW Millennium Clock Tower, he moved to Washington, DC to work in the U.S. Senate.  In 2005, Shane returned to Wilmington, receiving his master's degree in Public Administration.

He currently serves as Director of Campus Life Arts & Programs/UNCW Presents, Chief Curator of the Boseman Gallery and teaches in the Department of Communication Studies at UNCW.  Shane serves as President of the Board of Trustees for Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, is an actor, property master and set designer for our local theatre community, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and is a backyard beekeeper in historic downtown Wilmington.

Traveling by Train

Jul 29, 2010

"Mom woke my brother and I up early in the morning before sunrise - I wasn't able to sleep very much that night anyway..."

Wilmington NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Castles Made of Sand

Jun 29, 2010

"My favorite beach activity which usually follows a good swim and some bodysurfing is sandcastle building.'"

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Bottle Dance

Jun 15, 2010

"Bottle dance, which in Yiddish is pronounced flaschen-tanz, is a traditional Eastern European Jewish folk dance set to klezmer music."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Go See Alice

May 19, 2010

"[Alice is] the newly installed grand chandelier which hangs from the center gold-gilt ceiling grill in the historic auditorium."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Clock Tower

May 4, 2010

"If you haven't seen it, you may have heard its deep, full-toned Westminster chimes on the hour."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Ice-Scraper

May 3, 2010

"I peered out to see the winter wonderland of early morning frost shimmering across the yard, and I got an idea."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Anticipatory Art

May 3, 2010

"This is the art show of the year on campus for students, the annual juried all-student show."

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

Keys with a View

May 3, 2010

"As our walk along the river ends, we turn up Princess Street to head back towards home, the trek leads us past Keys with a View, the public art installation on the fence along Front and Princess Streets. "

Wilmington, NC –

Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW. He lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington.

 

"The building's gone through many stages and looks, and through each stage of the work, surprises have emerged," says commentator Shane Fernando as we glimpse through his eyes at the architecture of this spectacular building over the years.

 

Wilmington, NC –

Commentator Shane Fernando lives with his partner in historic downtown Wilmington and is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

 

Lost Baggage

Dec 21, 2009

"That night, when we returned to our place near the shore, we realized how lucky we were. Homes were flattened, cars were in trees, and catamarans were sticking out of the sides of buildings... the aftermath of one of the greatest natural disasters in history, occurring all in a moment."

There is much to be thankful for, especially this time of year, and sometimes we need to realize that we should be thankful for things even if they do not go our way, for it might just work out for the better.

Tree Traditions

Dec 8, 2009

"No matter how you spend this holiday season, I hope it is in peace."

Flocked trees, aluminum trees, artificial trees, fir trees, or no tree... how do you celebrate your holiday season? I encountered many trees this past weekend.

Winter Bees

Nov 23, 2009

"This Thursday when you are gathered with those special to you... think of the honey bees, doing the same, gathered close together, warm in their hives..."

What does our honey producing friend, the honeybee, do over the winter? Does she sleep? Does she perish in the cold or does she fly down to Florida for a few months? Beekeeper and commentator Shane Fernando gives us a peak into the secret winter life of the honey bee.

Olive Oil

Nov 10, 2009

"At one olive grove that began at the coast and spanned inland, we saw thousands of beautiful olive trees, each tree oddly perched on a very large, knarled tree stump."

Sights, sounds and tastes constantly stoke memories of good times and good people.

Ancient Sands

Oct 27, 2009

"With the much-needed restoration of the historic Thalian Hall auditorium, the seating, flooring and joists of the main hall have been completely removed, exposing the ancient hill of sand on which the building perches."

Wilmington, NC – Sand, sand, sand. We deal with it every day living in our coastal region and have numerous associations from its existence in our lives.

"The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean, Martin Frobisher. His Thanksgiving celebration was held in 1578 in Newfoundland, after he and his crew arrived safely from their long exploration back to charted territory."

Wilmington, NC – Shane discusses how a borrowed tradition has evolved, paying tribute to close friends, as well as to our northerly neighbors.

Prisms

Sep 15, 2009

"A coat really isn't gray, a car isn't red and skin color really isn't brown, flesh, or olive toned. Everything in our world is simply our own perception of the reflection of light from our universe."

Wilmington, NC – This past weekend, I let my imagination take control, introducing playfulness to my afternoon.

Prop Master

Aug 31, 2009

"What I enjoy best as prop master is being able to transport others to various times and places... the audience as well as the actors."

Wilmington, NC – The magic of the theatre can be brought about by hands many in the audience never see.

Hasankeyf, Turkey

Aug 3, 2009

"A modernization project on the Tigris, the Ilisu Dam a few years from completion will flood this city with its reservoir...I began to think of home [in] southeastern NC and all that we have lost."

Wilmington, NC – Speaking of summer travels to Turkey, commentator Shane Fernando talks about how some events from faraway places can bring his thoughts right back home again.

Mount Nemrut

Jul 7, 2009

"The Euphrates River below glistened like diamonds... the rich blue of its water, rivaling Caribbean seas. Everyone sang out in joy and applauded."

Wilmington, NC – This week, commentator Shane Fernando, speaking of recent travels to Turkey, discusses how some events gain meaning when experienced as a community.

Cay!

Jun 23, 2009

"In (Turkish) bazaars, roadsides, even caves and deserts, all one has to do is call out "Cay!" for the beverage is always within shouting distance."

Wilmington, NC – Shane Fernando, returning from recent travels to Turkey, talks about the country's most iconic symbol of hospitality and mutual understanding.

Vaseline Glass

Jun 8, 2009

"Vaseline glass is a type of glass which began to be produced in the 1830's by artisans. It is a type of glass traditionally with a yellow or pale green color."

Wilmington, NC – Shane Fernando is curator of the Boseman Gallery at UNCW.

Layers

May 11, 2009

"The time machine in my mind began pulling me back, pondering all of the history that this land has been witness to: the depression, the roaring twenties, World War I, the Victorian era, Civil War, the Colonial era, all the way back to prehistoric time."

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Shane Fernando discovers how simple objects can spur the imagination.

"Not only is beekeeping a responsible hobby in terms of environmental sustainability and recognizing the importance of this insect's relationship to our food sources, it can be an extremely rewarding, relaxing, and educational hobby."

Wilmington, NC – Commentator Shane Fernando explores unique relationships between strange bedfellows, and how they can educate each other about adaptability during trying times.

"Though no one else may fully understand the significance of this ceiling when they enter this room, it will serve as a constant reminder to me to appreciate and ponder my own traditions and roots."

Wilmington, NC – In old homes, it seems that storytelling can be all around. Even a decorative touch can hold very deep meanings, long after the home owner has come and gone.

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