Creative Services (Marketing, Finance, Legal, Space, etc.)

Do you need help marketing or promoting your art or creative business? Do you need help with financial issues? Here is a list of service providers that work particularly in the arts and creative fields.

Triangle ArtWorks does not endorse or in any way guarantee the work of these firms by listing them here.  This list is only provided as a convenience to the community. These companies provide all the information contain in these entries.

Do you provide a service or resource to the visual or performing arts and creative industry?  Let us know and we will list you here.

Marketing/Publicity/Business Services

Clarion Content  –  Clarion Content is media, promotions and consulting firm. We find delight in creative, interesting and talented people. We represent a range of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs in Durham, NC and beyond. See our business here.  Our offices are located at #401 W. Geer Street, Durham, NC 27701.  Contact: Aaron Mandel by email or 919.730.6130.

Debb Hepp, Brand Strategist – Debb Hepp is a strategic marketer and creative communicator, specializing in helping individuals and organizations develop a visual identity and message. Working together with Debb, you will identify brand strategies, develop online presence and create content. She’s passionate about the arts in our community, has served local arts organizations and collaborates with individual artists to refine their brand. Website.

The Idea Shack – The IdeaShack Inc – The IdeaShack is a Creative Consulting Firm specializing in generating more leads and sales for visual artists. We offer 1-on-1 Coaching and Professional Development for artists as they excel in their careers. Whether you’re a hobbyists or a full-time working artists, we’re to help you grow what you do. Website.

Thea Fotiu Howell  – Designer & Business Developer -Thea Howell is thinking like an artist because she is one. Her web design, content writing, and business development services are designed specifically for artists and creatives in business. Thea’s service offerings range from a complete website, to online stores, product and service descriptions, artist statements, personal narratives, and branding support. Additionally, she offers free and ticketed workshops to empower creatives with resources. Her 20 year career at the intersection of the arts and business means she’s aligned with leading industry practices. In the spirit of support for artists in business, she offers her services at 1/3 of the price of other companies, without compromise to quality and service. Thea offers complimentary consultations.  WebsiteEmail.

SHE3T stands for syncing humanity, education, entertainment, environment, and technology. SHE3T is a high-end motion design and digital signage practice located in Apex, North Carolina. We love working with brands and projects that impact the lives of many people. We believe in having a collaborative partnership with our clients and providing the support they need to tell their story. Website

Susie Silver Artist Coaching – Are you an artist or maker looking to break into the market and art festival scene? Do you want to have your work noticed, but you’re overwhelmed about where and how to start? Are you a seasoned pro looking for some fresh ideas to maximize your event sales? You are in good company with the numerous makers and artists I’ve coached over the years to apply, land, and supercharge their market, festival, and juried art exhibition experiences. My artistic coaching services will provide you with a straightforward road map and useful tips to help you gain confidence in the event world. Website.

Legal Services

Will Blackton – Will Blackton is a Raleigh-based attorney who works with visual artists and content creators to obtain fair compensation for their work. He primarily focuses on copyright infringement claims, negotiating retroactive license agreements for misappropriated work, and assisting artists with protecting their portfolios. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as a web developer and graphic designer. Email. Website.

Brandon Huffman – Brandon works with the law firm of Odin Law & Media in Raleigh. The firm’s work centers around corporate, transactions and intellectual property. Brandon focuses primarily on issues dealing with interactive media and the internet. Brandon is an amateur artist and passionate about the intersections of art, new media and law. He strives to help his creative clients grow professionally and showcase their work without giving up their rights. Email. Twitter.

Shelia Huggins – Shelia A. Huggins is a business lawyer, focusing primarily on arts and entertainment. She has a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and recently screened her short film, Mechanics Film. She concentrates her practice on startup assistance and business contracts for creatives throughout North Carolina. Email.  Website.

Mike Tadych (“tah-dee”) is a partner with Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC in Raleigh. He and other members of the firm represent clients involved in publishing, broadcasting, photography, visual art, entertainment and intellectual property. Mike enjoys helping creative clients address issues involving everything from contract and licensing negotiation and drafting, to pre-publication/broadcast review, to intellectual property protection. He knows that “content is king” and the importance of preserving the value of creative efforts. Email. Website: 1101 Haynes Street, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27604-1455.


Alex Maiolo/Lee-Moore Insurance – Lee-Moore Insurance is an Independent Agent based in Carrboro. After having good experiences with local Punk Rock Lawyers and Hippie Real Estate People, it occurred to Alex Maiolo that the Creative Class was not properly represented in this area, so he set out to change that, 17 years ago. Lee-Moore not only writes policies for arts-based businesses, restaurants, artisan projects, festivals, events, and studios, they also write personal policies (home/auto) for people involved in those endeavors, and have placed in, or topped, The Independent’s “Best Of” list for many years now. Additionally, the staff are active in their own artistic projects in their personal lives.  Email Website

Insureon Small Business Insurance  – Insureon helps artists and business owners find the right business insurance. By partnering with 35 top insurance companies, Insureon makes it easy to compare insurance quotes and find a good price for liability coverage. Website.

Photographer & Videographer Insurance  – Insureon’s photographer and videographer insurance meets the needs of media professionals. Whether you want liability coverage for damage that might occur while filming on location or you need to protect your equipment, you can talk with insurance agents who specialize in coverage for photo and video professionals. Website.

Nonprofit Services

Lyn Manness – Fundraiser/Volunteer Manager —  Lyn Maness is an experienced non-profit professional who has lived in the Triangle for over 20 years.  She brings expertise to planning and executing annual campaigns, membership drives, and events utilizing the talents of dedicated volunteers.  She is available for contract or freelance work.  Contact: Email. 919.264.6711.

Art Photography

Jason Dowdle/Blue Sky Digital Photography — Fine Photography for the Artist and Craftsperson  – Jason Dowdle is the area’s premier craft photographer, with nearly 15 years dedicated to helping artists and craftspersons promote themselves and their work. Jason provides full digital photographic services of the highest quality to artists working in all media including wood, metal, ceramics, glass, fiber, sculpture and 2D art, with an emphasis on providing images for use in applications to juried shows and competitions, in addition to all forms of general marketing, Web uses and print publications.  He has photographed work for many of the area’s best artists and artists from around the country and has a long track record of getting them into top shows. Email Website

Creativity Support

Private Creative Coaching/Suzanne McDermott. Suzanne McDermott is a multidisciplinary artist with a panoramic experience in the arts, who coaches people through vague and specific creative issues by helping them to reframe their experience, redefine themselves, open creative flow, and gain clarity about who they are becoming. Suzanne creates tailored systems, encourages daily practice, and provides accountability with a personable, conversational style.  Suzanne’s creative, performance, production, administrative, and strategic work in music, theater, visual art, architecture, film, and museum design, combined with studies in Eastern philosophies, informs her coaching with authentic, insightful, and constructive feedback and suggestions. Website Email

Steevie Jane Parks, Ph.D. –Creating Without Fear  – I work mainly with visual artists to help them to successfully overcome the inner and outer obstacles to achieving their unique creative potential. In addition to being trained as a Creativity Coach, I have also been practicing as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice for over 25 years. I work with Artists at all stages of their careers. I have been successfully helping Artists with these issues since 1988. Website.  Email.

Web Design for Artists

1994– 1994 is a web design and development firm based in Durham, North Carolina. We work with startups, small businesses, and artists/makers we believe in. Founded by an maker and a musician who fell in love with code, we understand the inner life of artists, and how to build, market, and share their work with the world. Contact us for a free consultation on your project. Website.

Trudy Thomson of Website Design at the Crest of the Hill – offers web design services to many artists who are located in the Triangle area, including visual artists, writers, musicians, photographers and videographers. Thomson’s visual design highlights an artist’s unique talents, products or services. With a Masters in Media Design and over 25 years of experience, you will find Thomson’s work creative, innovative and affordable. Go to her website to see samples of her web work and get more information.  Website.

Performance/Recording/Photography Space

Durham Fruit The Fruit is a multipurpose art space/blank canvas venue. From a 24hr figurative art draw to dance performances, to theater, to photo and video shoots, to music performances, the Fruit is 22,000 sq ft of creating space with a bar and (coming soon!) cafe Website

Shadowbox Durham – Shadowbox Studio is a photo & video shooting space in Durham, North Carolina. Perfect for portraits, product photography, interviews, podcasts, movie screenings, workshops, auditions, small events, spy club meetings, and whatever you can dream up. Amenities include 25’ x 30’ shooting/activity space (with 14’ ceiling), voiceover/podcast recording area, parking lot, internet access, restroom, climate control, lobby/green room. Website.