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Centerpiece Gallery Opens in Person Street Neighborhood

Centerpiece Horizontal LogoRaleigh has a new gallery showing the work of local and international artists, with the opening of the The Centerpiece in Raleigh’s Person Street neighborhood. The Centerpiece focuses on contemporary fine art, including paintings and glass works, both by established and emerging artists. The Centerpiece is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturdays from 11 – 6 PM.

In addition to gallery space and framing, The Centerpiece is also hosting artists workshops at all career levels. The Centerpiece welcomes artists interested in teaching workshops to contact Miranda Estep. Artists interested in showing their work at The Centerpiece should send digital copies of their work to Katie Brown at Centerpiece to be considered for a Spotlight Show.

Katie Brown and Miranda Estep at The Centerpiece.

Katie Brown and Miranda Estep at The Centerpiece.

The Centerpiece prides itself in providing high quality service in everything it offers. From hand-selecting original art to showcase in the gallery to working individually with clients to design frames made specifically for them, they work to fit the needs of everyone that walks through their doors. They bring the same attention to detail to their art worksho
ps, bringing in only the highest quality instructors, guaranteeing an amazing, enriching experience for participants.
The gallery will be hosting a two-day Grand Opening event on June 7th and 8th! These events will feature a sneak preview in tandem with First Friday, and the official grand opening on Saturday, June 8th. The Saturday event will feature artist demos, raffles, refreshments, and more! You can check out their social media for updates closer to the event.

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Triangle Cultural Art Gallery Opens in North Raleigh

IMG_5139Jason Franklin wanted to create a gallery that “engaged a community with a cultural narrative” and nest that space in a part of the Triangle that would support it.  So, he opened Triangle Cultural Art Gallery on Litchford Road in Raleigh with a Mission to cultivate and exhibit “art that reflects the Triangle’s diverse cultural heritage and artistic expression. IMG_5137Through the engagement of cultural art awareness and events, we help build our local community.” An NCSU Design School graduate, an artist, a teacher and a designer, Franklin is working to create a space that “includes all types of voices that reflect the diversity of the Triangle – including marginalized voices”.

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In addition to featuring artists in rotating exhibitions, the Gallery has a classroom space that hosts a variety of programming through their Gather and Create workshops.  Visual artists will be able to join the TCA Guild to participate in regular peer critiques.

 

Find out more at their website.  If interested in showing at Triangle Cultural Art Gallery, contact Jason by email or phone.

Cecy’s Gallery & Studios Opens – New Art Venue In Durham Central Park District

Cecy’s Gallery & Studios at 417 Foster Street in Durham is providing a new retail venue for artists to sell their work on commission or to lease studio space. The Gallery had its soft opening on March 1, 2019 and will hold a grand opening party on March 16.

A Vision of Creating Community Through Art

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Cecy’s Gallery is the vision of owner Cecilia Henaine de Davis, a jewelry designer and former manager of the Vega Metals Gallery at 214 Hunt Street. Henaine de Davis seeks to create an inviting and diverse community space that makes art accessible and exciting. She hopes that Cecy’s will become a destination along with the other attractions in Durham Central Park, such as the Farmers Market, Food Truck Rodeos, and the upcoming Durham Food Hall.

Durham Saturday Art Market

Durham Saturday Art Market

Preserving Durham Traditions

Another key element of establishing Cecy’s was to preserve the Durham Art Market (formerly the Art Market at Vega Metals), a weekly outdoor market taking place in Durham Central Park on Saturdays. Henaine de Davis founded the Art Market in 2008 and it has steadily grown as a platform for artists to sell their work, engage with their customers and find support among other artists. The Art Market has been the launchpad for many artists to establish brick and mortar stores or become full-time professional artists. With the closing of Vega Metals in 2019, the Art Market needed a new sponsor, which will be provided by Cecy’s going forward.

Although construction on studio space and other refinements is underway, Cecy’s was open for a recent Saturday art market.

Durham is also renowned for the signature Vega Metals butterfly benches and other spectacular metal work by artists Francis Vega and Neal Carlton. That business will now operate under new management as Cricket Forge and will have a showroom at 2314 Operations Drive in Durham in Durham. Visitors to Durham Central Park won’t miss seeing the latest designs though, as Cecy’s Gallery will carry Cricket Forge items, including the benches, chairs, tables, garden ornaments, holiday ornaments, and planters.

Adding Studio Space For Artists And Class Space

Cecy’s will provide studio space for three artists. Artists who lease the space will have a dedicated area in the shop where they can sell, and they can also use the class space at Cecy’s to hold workshops and lessons. However, artists do not have to lease space there to sell their work at Cecy’s, as they will be accepting artwork for commission sales effective March 1.

Anyone interested in learning more about Cecy’s can attend the Grand Opening on March 16 from 6 to 9 pm. There will be refreshments, raffles, a silent auction, and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public. Regular business hours have not been posted, but the gallery is currently open every Saturday during the Art Market hours (10 am to 1 pm winter, 9 am to 1 pm spring and summer). Check out Cecy’s website for more information, as the space grows!

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Shopspace is expanding space, classes, community

20181206_185532If you’ve ever driven on Capital Blvd. towards downtown Raleigh, chances are you’ve see the row of warehouses stretching along south of where Wake Forest merges onto Capital Blvd. One of those buildings is the new and much expanded home of Shopspace. Shopspace is a community forging and welding shop that has been in Raleigh since 2016. Read more about the original space here.

The expanded space will allow room for more classes. Shopspace currently has two classes, Introduction to Forging and Introduction to Welding, where students get to learn making small metals before diving into the more complex tools. For those who have already taken intro classes, the shop offers Personal Project Time, using Shopspace’s equipment to make more of what they desire. Thanks, in part, to the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire”, more and more people are becoming interested in working in metal crafts.

With the new space, the folks behind Shopspace have big plans for the future to expand not only the classes, equipment and programming offered and to respond to broader community needs.  Lucas House explains that they hope to provide the equipment and space for hands-on craft that the community needs, be that increased metal work, or other craft areas. You can see their plans here. They hope to host team buildings for companies, provide meeting space and even a library. More instructors are on the way, all of whom would be local artisans who are dedicated to the craft. Check out updates on their website.

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Golden Belt Expansion Includes New Arts Studios, Exhibition Space

Cushman Wake recently led a tour of the studio space for current studio artists, as well as those interested in applying.

Cushman Wake recently led a tour of the studio space for current studio artists, as well as those interested in applying.

Are you looking for studio space?

Golden Belt new owners, LRC Properties, are bringing exciting changes to the Golden Belt campus, including new office space and retail. And, of biggest interest to the arts community, they are relocating and upfitting the artists studios, adding more art exhibition space, as well as performance and outdoor event space. LRC is working with a Steering Committee including a studio artist representative, neighborhood representative and other Durham locals, to help them select the group of artists for the studio spaces and guide future programming and exhibitions.

The studios, currently under construction, are moving to one of rear buildings, near space formerly occupied by Scrap Exchange and will cover two floors. Durham Art Guild will also have space nearby, with their own offices, classroom and exhibition space.  Outside these studios will be a Grand Hall that will connect the buildings and provide more exhibition and event space. Layout and prices for the spaces at the bottom of this page. Most studios are renting for $250/month.

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The Grand Hall – entrance to the artists studios is along the new wall on the right.

As development of the campus progresses, LRC will also include performance art. They are working with Cecily Mitchell to book music performances on a outdoor stage, as well as creating areas for festivals, craft/maker shows, and other types of performance and events. The Steering Committee will help guide LRC in this work, but they are willing to take ideas from the community, once the space is open.

 

 

For those interested in studio space, here is recent information from Golden Belt property managers, Cushman & Wakefield.

The design and construction teams at Golden Belt are working feverishly to prepare a new studio environment for Durham’s finest artists at our 800 Taylor Street warehouse building. Please read on for more information, or feel free to forward to artists in our community.

Step 1: Please take a look at the attached plans to see if there is a space that may be of interest to you. The rates for the various units are shown in the right column on the table. Note that the following studios are pre-leased to our existing Golden Belt artists: ST02, ST03, ST04, ST05, ST07, ST08, ST09, ST10, ST11, ST21

Step 2: In order to ensure an active studio environment, artist participation is important! Please determine if you are able to meet the following criteria:

  • All artists are expected to spend at least 20 hours/week in their studio space.
  • All artists are expected to participate in Third Friday Artist Show events within the year. If you are unable to be present for the Third Friday Art Show, a surrogate host is permissible.
  • All artists will need to have commercial general liability insurance upon move in and throughout their entire lease (see details below).

Step 3: If you are willing and able to commit to the terms above, then please click on this link to apply .

All applications are due by Friday, October 19th, at 5 PM. Applications will be reviewed by the Golden Belt Arts Steering Committee. Our intention is to contact all applicants by 5pm on Friday, October 26th regarding whether or not the application has been accepted. If you have been accepted, you will receive confirmation of which studio has been assigned to you as well as a lease to review, sign and return. The security deposit and 1st month’s rent will be due upon lease signing. Feel free to indicate a second, third, or even fourth choice of studios should your first choice be unavailable.
Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do the studios have ceilings? Do the walls go all the way up to the ceiling? The studios on and below the mezzanine have floor to ceiling walls. The studios to the side of the mezzanine/directly below the skylights have partial height walls (the walls to are not floor to ceiling).
  • Do the studios have skylights? The studios on and below the mezzanine do not have skylights. The studios on the ground floor to the side of the mezzanine, are open to the skylights above.
  • Do any of the studios have windows? The studios on ground floor do not have windows nor do the studios on the left side of the mezzanine. The studios on the right side of the mezzanine have a window which allows for natural light into the studio space (ST21, ST22, ST23, ST24 and ST25). The windows are approximately 2’x7’ in size. All studios have an entry door that is a sliding barn door with a window in the door.
  • Do I have to upload 10 images of my artwork? No, we only ask that you upload no more than 10 images. On the attached site plan, what are the crisscrossed lines in the hallways on the ground floor and over studios 1, 2 and 3?  Those lines mark where the skylights are located.
  • If I want more space, may I rent more than 1 studio at a time? No, unfortunately in order to preserve a diverse group of artists, we are limiting rentals to one space per artist at this time.
  • I am not a potter but am looking for a larger studio space, ST25 looks to be designated for pottery/ceramics, am I allowed to apply to lease this space? No, we will only accept pottery/ceramic artists for ST25. If you are not a potter nor work with ceramics then please do not apply for this space. Depending on the number of applicants, we may propose leasing this space to more than one ceramic artists.
  • Is there any space for me to show an exhibit while leasing the studio space? The Golden Belt studios will have a dedicated gallery space for showcasing works created by the artists. There are also other areas on the campus that will showcase a quarterly art rotation selected by the steering committee.
  • Is the Classroom (CR01) space available for anyone to use and host classes in? Is there a fee to use the classroom? There will be a signup sheet coordinated by property management for artists to schedule classes. There will be no initial charge for use of the classroom, however if individual artists are monopolizing use of the space charges may apply. This space will also be made available for community uses at no charge.
  • Is there WiFi available onsite? Yes, there is a free WiFi that all artists share. A password will be provided to those whose applications are accepted. This wifi network is used at your own risk.
  • Are there sinks or bathrooms in the studio spaces? A community sink is located on the ground floor near the public restrooms. There are no private sinks nor bathrooms inside the individual studio spaces.
  • How can one access the second floor? There is a stairway as well as an ADA / wheelchair lift that provides access to the second floor studio spaces.
  • How much is the security deposit? The security deposit is the same as the monthly rent. For example, if the monthly rate is $250/month, then at lease signing $500 total will be due ($250 security deposit + $250 first month’s rent).

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Craft Habit Opens in Raleigh with Supplies, Class & Work Space

HaCraft Habit Raleighve you been looking for a new teaching venue? Craft Habit Raleigh will open their doors on July 14th. Both a retail craft supply store and a modern craft teaching venue, this shop will focus on unique and locally-made supplies such as Raleigh-dyed yarns and embroidery kits designed by Triangle artists. The store will be the first new tenant in the Gateway Shopping Center, a redeveloping strip center just inside the beltline off Capital Boulevard.

fullsizeoutput_4cWith supplies ranging from silversmithing to sewing, the shop will offer classes by artists from the area in jewelry and metalsmithing, paper flower making, fiber arts (felting, basic sewing, garment construction, macrame and embroidery) and other crafts. The store includes a Customer Lounge; a flexible work space that will be available for craft groups and makers, as well as a more traditional craft classroom. Owners Sarah Ferguson and Taylor Lee have long histories of teaching and participating in the indie craft scene and are looking forward to creating a home for Triangle creatives.

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  • Retail craft supplies and tools for Jewelry-making, Fiber Crafts, and Paper Crafts
  • In-store classes offered in traditional, trending, and innovative crafts at various skill levels
  • In-store customer work-space with basic tools available for completing small projects and socializing
  • Small Batch Craft Bar – crafting equipment for in-store rental use (ex: sewing machines, roll-thru die-cutter, Cricut, badge-press, more)
  • Birthday Parties for Children ages 5+ and Adults
  • Private Crafting Events (Holiday parties, Bachelorette parties, Baby Showers, etc)
  • Summer and Track-out Crafting Camps for elementary-age students
  • Social crafting nights and meet-up space for local craft organizations

To find out more about Craft Habit Raleigh, visit the website or connect with them through facebook or instagram.

 

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Micro-Entrepreneurship: Supporting the Dreams of Triangle Artists With Disabilities

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The Power of the Dream is a local nonprofit with a mission to create jobs and advocate for adults with autism and developmental/intellectual disorders (autism/IDD) in the Triangle. One of the ways it accomplishes this mission is by helping artists become micro-entrepreneurs, or small business owners, by creating a business and selling their work.

For example, Walter Magazine’s latest issue profiled King Nobuoyshi Godwin, an artist with autism whose paintings use bright colors and numbers to express his unique perspective and emotions. Godwin’s art is currently on display at Artspace and can also be found at The Power of the Dream’s thrift store, HANDmeUPS, as well as Lucky Tree, Moondog Fine Arts, and Read With Me.

P1040564-225x300The Power of the Dream offers micro-enterprise workshops for artists and other entrepreneurs with autism/IDD. The students bring their artistic ability; The Power of the Dream brings the business knowledge. Together with the artists’ support teams, they build business plans to help the artists start selling their work. The current class includes a painter, a soap maker who already has his own family business, and a jeweler who also creates handmade cushions and pillows.

The class takes the students through the components of a business plan, one piece at a time, and they finish with a complete plan, ready to start selling their art. Building business acumen also helps the students build confidence in themselves. In fact, Tirthna Badhiwala, the employment and outreach coordinator at The Power of the Dream, says, “My favorite thing is seeing our micro-entrepreneurs gain confidence in who they are, often after years of being discouraged from pursuing their dreams. Hearing new micro-entrepreneurs talk about their first sales and seeing how self-empowering that is for them never gets old.”

“A difference in communication or style does not automatically negate skills or abilities,” says Nichole Brownlee, executive director of The Power of the Dream. “Whether it is their primary source of income or a supplement to their income, our micro-entrepreneurs also receive the benefits of empowerment and self-determination that can be lacking with this population.”

“Micro-enterprise is one of the most empowering options in the face of un(der)employment,” says Badhiwala, “not only because it can be an income supplement for artists with autism/IDD, but because it’s an income supplement that comes from creating what they genuinely love.” Any artist can agree that the sense of empowerment, independence and creative freedom that comes from supporting yourself by doing something you love is worth all the hard work it takes to get there. The Power of the Dream helps micro-entrepreneurs with that hard work.

Want to know more? Visit The Power of a Dream website or contact them by email.  Check out some of the art on sale at HANDmeUPS thrift store, or come to the next PowerUP pop-up market on May 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hero’s Pub in Raleigh.

Taryn Oesch is an award-winning editor and writer with a passion for inclusion and the arts. In her spare time, she volunteers with Miracle League of the Triangle and The Power of the Dream, plays the flute at her church, and battles for apartment space with an ever-growing collection of books. 

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2018 Cucalorus Indie Film Grants Close Jan 31

Heads up, North Carolina Indie filmmakers – applications are closing on January 31 for the Third Annual “Filmed in NC” Cucalorus Indie Filmmakers Fund.  Funding ranges from $500 to $3,000 per project.

Cucalorus grant program Filmed in NC

Applications are open to permanent residents of North Carolina as well as full-time students at North Carolina colleges and universities. The grant program will fund projects by emerging and established artists with a proven record for producing singular and original work. Additionally, projects should exhibit potential for generating meaningful community impact and substantial economic activity in North Carolina. Funding is prioritized for female filmmakers and African American and Latino artists.  Additional information and an application are available on the Cucalorus website.

Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization located in Wilmington, NC; it supports emerging and innovative creative professionals with an annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a community cinema, and an extensive community engagement program. The Indie Filmmakers grant program is a project of the Cucalorus Film Foundation made possible through a partnership with the NC Film Office and by a gift from Artless Media in conjunction with The Magnifying Glass.

According to Cucalorus Executive Director Dan Brawley, “The Filmed in NC program holds so many of the values that Cucalorus champions. From celebrating emerging artists to building a sustainable film industry in our state, this program really has the potential to do great things for filmmakers in North Carolina starting from the ground up. There are so many talented people making films in our state, we wish we could fund them all.”

Grant recipients will be announced in March.

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NCCU Debuts Teaching Artist Certificate Program for Visual and Performing Artists

North Carolina Central University has introduced a new online certificate program for visual and performing artists who want to bolster their arts education credentials. The NCCU Teaching Artist Certificate Program (TACP), will concentrate on skills required to plan, design and implement arts experiences for general audiences, such as auditorium performances, school residencies, and cultural-arts programs for schools and community-based organizations.nccu logo

The Teaching Artists program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, is open to junior and senior NCCU students and members of the general public who have either an Associates degree and background in the arts, a Bachelors degree in an arts discipline, or five years as a professional practicing artist with a high school diploma. The 16-hour program consists of seven courses such as Cooperative Learning for Teaching Artists, The Business of Art for Teaching Artists and   Methods and Teaching Practicum for Teaching Artists.

According to According to Carlton E. Wilson, Ph.D., NCCU interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, the program is ““The certification is unique to the University of North Carolina System and the first of its kind at a Historically Black College or University.”

More information on the program is available on the NCCU website.

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Artist Link Project – Arts Access Promotes Accessible Arts & Artists with Disabilities

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Arts Access recently launched the Artist Link Project – a directory of North Carolina artists, teaching artists, and advocates. Program Coordinator Jennifer Marshburn explains, “The Artists Link Project is primarily designed as a database for artists of all mediums who identify as having a disability, and for arts educators who offer (or wish to offer) inclusive arts programming.” The Artist Link Project will allow the public to search for a unique artist based on a variety of search criteria or to search for teachers of varied art disciplines who welcome all abilities in their programming. Inclusion in the database will enable artists to exhibit and promote their work and fully participate in the cultural and artistic life of our state. To join the database, click here.

“We suggest three broad categories of art form: Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary Arts and allow our artists to categorize their work however they see fit.” Marshburn states, “Our current database is populated with 32 artists ranging from painters, photographers, actors, musicians, and writers. All of our artists range in skill level from the Novice or Hobbyist to Professional. The purpose of our program is to support and promote the work of artists who have disabilities and wish to develop in their craft.”

Arts Access also offers monthly opportunities for the group to get together and enjoy cultural events around the Triangle. These events double as a networking opportunity for the artists. Future meetings will include an evening at Imurj’s Just Make Something and a tour of the Museum of Natural Sciences’ current featured exhibit “Race: Are We So Different.” These events are determined based on polling members and venue availability. Check Art Access’s website for more details.

Arts Access, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, enables North Carolinians with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities. Arts Access provides audio description, consulting and training services, as well as on online resources on their website which connects individuals, artists, educators and organizations throughout the state. To learn more about Art Access’s programs, click here.

Annie Poslusny is an art history major and interior design/studio arts minor at Meredith College. She enjoys drawing and creating three-dimensional works of art, writing, and research.