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Horse & Buggy Press Move Expands Exhibition Space

Horse and Buggy PressBy Annie Poslusny

In February 2017, Horse and Buggy Press moved to their new location at 1116 Broad Street in Durham, down the street from Duke University. Horse and Buggy Press is an award-winning graphic design, letterpress printing shop and book production studio. At their new location, they now house a 500 square foot craft and art gallery, called “Horse & Buggy Press and Friends.

Twenty-five artists from North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina are currently featured, many of whom have collaborated with Dave Wofford, the gallery curator, as well as owner of Horse and Buggy Press. Exhibits rotate every three to four months, and there is a monthly open house starting in June from 5–8 pm the second Thursday of every month, which will include musicians or local street performers on the sidewalk in front of the store. Media presently on display includes: Glass, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Fibers, Sculpture (small), Jewelry, and Wood.

Artists who are interested in having their work displayed at Horse and Buggy Press & Friends should contact Dave Wofford by email or drop by one of their monthly open houses. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11–3ish, and the open houses are the second Thursday of each month beginning on June 8th from 5–8 pm.

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.

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Liberty Arts Move Expands Arts Space & Resources


Open studio space

Liberty Warehouse has moved again … and again the move has allowed the collective to expand the resources they offer the Triangle arts community.  “With the move to our new, larger location we have been able to open a glass studio and offer classes at varying levels of skill, which is something we did not have the ability to provide in our prior spot. And with the larger footprint, we have more studio space available to offer artists.” say Board President, Diane Amato.



Glass studio


Liberty Arts offers classes in welding, glass blowing, ceramics, plasma cutting, letterpress and wood turning. Along with those classes, they have welding machines and glass blowing time available to rent by the hour. And for artists who are looking for a home, they still have a few studio spaces left.


Lady PIlot Letterpress’ studio at Liberty.


Liberty Arts Grand Re-opening is April 22 from 6-9 pm.  More info here.

For information about Liberty Arts classes, studio space or welding/glass blowing time check out the website or shoot them an email.

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Glas Offers Classes, Gallery and Venue space in Raleigh

Drains at Glas bear the logo.

Drains at Glas bear its logo.

Local neon artist, Nate Sheaffer, is creating a new space for his work, but also offering classes and space for others to show their art in his recently opened neon glass blowing studio and gallery “Glas“.  “I’m making a final home for my creative life to expand and develop” explains Sheaffer, who has previously operated three studios around the Triangle,  “This final home is more about creative diversity and experimentation than any of the previous iterations.”  The space is the former boiler room in the 190,000 square foot building now being developed as Dock 1053.


Boiler room space before renovation (minus the boilers).

The Space

Sheaffer’s vision for the space “is to teach neon glass blowing techniques to interested individuals, to open my space and self up to creative collaborations, and to provide a gallery/show space for new as well as experienced artists utilizing creative programming aimed at engaging a broad audience of art enthusiasts.”

Classes – “One of the most exciting projects is setting up neon glass blowing workshops that engage participants in the design and fabrication of their own neon pieces. Workshops run one night a week (Tuesdays 6-9 pm) for six weeks, culminating in a Saturday afternoon gallery showcase of participants’ work. When the show is over, students take their work home along with the memorable experience of having designed and created an illuminated work in glass.”


Gallery space at Glas – Art by Kathleen Jardine, Philip Ernst, Louis St. Lewis and others.

Gallery –  According to Sheaffer, “The space also features an extravagance – a beautiful gallery, where experimental art can be shown and photographed and creative collaborations with musicians, dancers, photographers, cinematographers, and beginning artists can be given a chance to stretch and explore.”

Venue – “The gallery space has turned out beautifully and simply has to be experienced. With the collection of neon in the glass blowing area and the gorgeous gallery space, I’m making the majority of the shop available for event rental to help offset expenses and to share the space with a broader segment of the area.”


Nate Scheaffer and collaborator Louis St. Lewis in the studio space at Glas.

Workshops – “The space is perfect for meetings and gatherings as well as workshops art related and non-art related. I have designed several team-building exercises for groups up to 20 that are perfect for corporate programing or simply as interesting event entertainment. In the not too distant future, we hope to add laboratory glass blowing classes and capabilities, also.”

Nate wants this space “to fill a niche in the wonderful art landscape others have forged downtown, in and around the warehouse district” and welomes ideas for collaborative programming with other galleries and workshops with other artists across different media.  Find out more about Glas or connect with them through the website. Glas is located 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 125 Raleigh, NC 27604.

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Shopspace metalsmith classes/studio opens in Raleigh

By Thea Howell

For those working or interested in working in metal, there is a new resource in Raleigh. Shopspace, a fully equipped metalsmith studio, is forging a great place for artists in downtown Raleigh. Led by Lucas House, Shopspace is making the art of metalsmithing more accessible by providing the tools, equipment, and resources to artists in a safe studio environment. “There is a wealth of knowledge in the building, metal, and craft industry here in the Triangle, and we believe it should be shared.” says House.

Operating in a space in AntFarm studios, Shopspace is currently offering artists of all skill levels the opportunity to experience forging and welding in the well-equipped studio in small-sized classes.  As they further develop, ShopSpace will expand the current 2-person classes into more class offerings and also offer the studio for rent to ShopSpace-orientated artists who will be able to execute their metalsmith projects.  Visit ShopSpace to read their great story, what resources they offer and to contact them about classes.

Thea Fotiu Howell is an artist, arts educator, and arts director. She is a contracted Teaching Artist at the NC Museum of Art, owner and facilitator of the Triangle Artists Concierge Meetup group and Arts Director for Imurj, an artist venue which opens later this year. Thea is excited about working closely with arts entrepreneurs and is creating programs to encourage and fortify a well-connected artist community. She’s passionate about getting to know other artists in dynamic ways, so you’ll find her mixing in with artists of all disciplines at local programs and events.

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Triangle Makerspaces added to ArtWorks Resources

by Dana Gentry

A makerspace provides an environment that fosters innovation, creativity, collaboration, and learning by doing and making. Makerspaces across Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill provide the opportunity for all residents of the Triangle to engage with and participate in out-of-the-box artistic involvement  by


Makerbot at Raleigh Makerspace

utilizing nuanced ways to produce their own kind of final product. Whether a participant looking for a space to be creative in has a long history of artistic engagement or is looking to tap into their creative side for perhaps the first time, the variety of opportunities to realize all types of talent in this area accommodates all that are seeking out a way to embrace and tap into their creativity.

Durham Arts Council Clay Studio. Photo by Teri Saylor

Durham Arts Council Clay Studio. (Photo by Teri Saylor)

Triangle ArtWorks has created a new Resource Page of makerspaces in the area to inform Triangle residents of what each different space has to offer to accommodate for different people’s interests, talents, and desires to become tangibly involved with the arts in their own ways. From clay studios to 3D printers to turning unconventional materials into something completely different, there are opportunities for everyone to involve themselves with the arts and to become their own kind of maker.

Find the new Makerspace Resource page here.

Dana Gentry is junior at UNC and is working at Triangle ArtWorks this semester as part of the UNC Apples (Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences & Service) program. In addition to lots of other great work, Dana researched and created the Makerspace Resource Section. This summer, she continues her service to the Triangle Arts Community, working with Durham Arts Council as an intern. 

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ArtWorks and RTF Collaborate to “Open Walls” at RTP Frontier to Artists

ArtWorks and RTF Collaborate to “Open Walls” at RTP Frontier to Artists


Since moving in to the Frontier, Triangle ArtWorks has been working with Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) to develop ways to support the artists working in RTP, and to bring more Triangle artists into RTP.  RTF has just kicked off its latest program created through this Collaboration called “Open Walls”.  If you have never been to the Frontier, it is a vibrant and engaging space full of people day and night.  RTF describes it as “RTP’s centrally located spot to plug in, collaborate and plan your next big move. The Frontier is open to anyone with bold ideas and big dreams.” Every day there are people working in “Home Base” and attending meetings or conferences, while almost every night there is an event.  Last week, ArtWorks hosted their SMASH event at the Frontier!

ArtWorks SMASH at Frontier.

ArtWorks’ SMASH at Frontier.

But there are a lot of empty walls.

Rather than just buying art to hang on the walls, RTF and ArtWorks saw an opportunity to “incubate” visual artists.  In the Open Walls program, Triangle-based art galleries, guilds, collectives and organizations will be provided access to wall space in the Frontier for display of art work for sale. Our goals are two-fold: 1) Provide a new space for artists to reach new patrons,  2) Let it be known that The Frontier is a place where creative and artistic thinking is not only encouraged but expected. As RTF writes on their website, ” We want people to feel creativity oozing through The Frontier when they come here for a meeting or event or simply to work.”

Here are the “Nuts and Bolts” from RTF’s Website:

"Home Base" in The Frontier, in the morning before it gets busy. Look at those blank walls!

“Home Base” in The Frontier, in the morning before it gets busy. Look at those blank walls!

We are limiting the application for the Open Walls program to groups, such as arts organizations, collectives, studios, galleries and guilds). To be eligible the groups must commit to changing out the art every two months for one calendar year. The applications will be examined on a rolling basis and at the end of the one year term there is an option to reapply.

The Open Walls program will be available for viewing during The Frontier’s hours of operation. The Frontier is generally opened Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm with expanded hours coming over the next six months. If there is a sale, we present two options: 1) it can be removed and given to the patron and immediately replaced with another piece or 2) remain for the remainder of the two month period. The Frontier will take 0% commission on works sold. We see this as a barter – the artists are lending us work to beautify our space and make people feel inspired and in return we are foregoing the standard commission applied. Win-win!

For more information, and to fill out the application, look here.

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ArtWorks collaborates with RTF to support artists in RTP

Call-for-artists-medTriangle ArtWorks office is located in the middle of RTP because the location makes it easy for us to serve artists in all five counties of the Triangle.  But also it allows us to engage the Research Triangle Park in the work we do.  RTP is a huge part of what “makes the Triangle the Triangle”.  It is full of people who live and breathe creativity and innovation, many of whom engage in an arts discipline outside of their “day jobs”.   So, having an office at the Frontier allows us to also support RTP artists and work to include more artists from around the Triangle in what is happening at RTP.

We are working with Research Triangle Foundation (“RTF” which runs RTP) on many short and long term projects and ideas for this work.  But one of the first efforts has just kicked off – The First RTP Art Show!  Jacob Newbauer of RTF just posted the following on the Frontier’s blog, so I am just going to repost it here (especially since a lot of the language came from me!).

The Research Triangle Foundation (“RTF”) has partnered with Triangle ArtWorks on the first annual RTP Employee Art Exhibition. The show will be held at The Frontier, from February 11 to March 11, 2016 and will showcase art created by employees across Research Triangle Park. In an effort to elevate the show, we will have Dr. Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, serving as the sole juror. There will also be cash prizes awarded to top entries.

Our team wanted to highlight the incredible creativity of RTP employees beyond what happens in research labs and entrepreneurial ventures. There is growing data that artistic creativity and scientific innovation inform one another, and we want to create a venue to express that connection.

RTP has long been recognized for amazing innovations and discoveries that happen here in the areas of science and technology, but we also recognize that among these scientists and techies there are sculptors, painters, and mixed-media artists. Bob Geolas, president and CEO of Research Triangle Foundation continuously states, “We are dreamers, believers, planners and creators. We imagine what the world could be and then roll up our sleeves and make it so.” In order to achieve this, we are aiming to increase the presence of creative thinking in RTP to include more than test tubes and pipets, but also the kind of creativity that comes across on canvas.

We recognize that the creative spirit that exists within geneticists and programmers is the same creativity that makes great artists. Our goal is to spotlight what is happening in RTP while also spurring new thought and innovation by recognizing artists that already at work within RTP companies. The RTP Employee Art Exhibition is the first event in this effort. At this time eligibility is limited to RTP employees in order to emphasize the creativity found within the 40,000 people working here each day. Our hope is that this show will spur many subsequent programs that will be open to all members of the art community, and those that have an interest in the arts. Future initiatives will be aimed at creating a place for arts in RTP prior to the completion of the Park Center development. It’s our hope that these opportunities will give artists across our great state a literal and figurative venue to show off their own form of innovation.

To view the full call for work and submission instructions, click here.


Submission deadline: December 21, 2015 by 11:59 p.m
Notification of acceptance: January 11, 2016
Delivery of accepted work: January 25 and 26, 2016 times to be announced upon notification
Exhibition dates: February 11 through March 11, 2016
Opening reception: February 11, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pick up of work: March 13-15, 2016 times to be announced upon notification

So help us spread the word to your friends in RTP!


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Raleigh’s Art Bar – Space to Work, Equipment & Classes for All Disciplines.

By Dana Kubissa

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  1. Open art studio with a community vibe. –  Art Bar is big enough to accommodate 60 working artists at a time, yet small enough that you feel part of a creative family. Art Bar’s staff is always around to inspire ideas and lend a hand. Plus, everyone gets to know each other, so there are opportunities for collaboration.
  2. Equipment/supplies free with a studio pass.  – Art Bar allows artists complimentary access to their tools, resources, and mediums. This includes paint brushes, easels, tables, wash down sinks, safe work storage, and Art Bar’s signature dry media bar.
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    Work space, with view of beer/wine taps.

    Specialized equipment for rent, or available free to all members. Thinking of starting your own print line? Rent Art Bar’s printing press! Looking to expand your clothing line? Rent Art Bar’s sewing machine! In-house tools like projectors, light pads, industrial sized easels, a table saw, dark room and screen-exposer encourage artists to step outside their creative comfort zone, and get a little messy in the process!

  4. Huge gallery & performance space for rent. – Art Bar’s 2,000 square foot gallery is available for exhibitions, shows and events, and always looking to provide more opportunities to the local art community. The venue is flexible to a variety of events, hosting occasional meet-ups, photography shoots and fine art exhibitions.


    2000 feet of open space are available for rent for shows, performance, and other creative events

  5. 5.  Full-service beer and wine bar. – Waiting to get a bartender’s attention is a thing of the past with Art Bar’s state-of-the-art self-serve beer and wine taps! Pour your own, work on your art, have a seat in the lounge or play a game of Pictionary.The quickest way to find out more info about this artist’s oasis is to visit the website, or call (919)307-8107 to ask about studio space, beginner, intermediate, and advanced art classes, and Art Bar’s extensive calendar of visiting master artists.


Dana Kubissa, Director of Artist Workshops at Art Bar Raleigh, is the engine behind bringing renowned artists to teach in the Triangle. Her passion for making every artist’s visit an experience is putting the studio on the map as a hub for instructors and students alike.

Makerspace Opens in Raleigh

By Taryn Oesch

Picture a small warehouse just outside Downtown Raleigh. It’s white, fairly nondescript. Now picture yourself going inside. Again, it’s small – but it packs a punch.  Inside, there are people milling around, looking at machines and at a variety of artwork and crafts hanging on the walls and sitting on tables. There might even be a robot or two mixed in with the guests.

Raleigh makerspace created logo1No, you’re not in a sci-fi movie. You’re at the Raleigh Makerspace.

Rebecca and Matt Cooley opened the Raleigh Makerspace about a year ago, but the idea percolated in Matt’s brain for a while before then and really has its roots in a gift Rebecca gave him: a Groupon for the local branch of TechShop (a nationwide makerspace franchise). Matt took almost every class TechShop offered, discovering the makerspace was a good diversion to “exercise his creative muscles” after working in IT during the day.

Matt and Rebecca got married, went on their honeymoon, and returned to Raleigh to find the RDU TechShop had closed, leaving a lot of local creators – Matt included – without the advanced equipment they needed to finish their projects. He decided to try to buy some equipment of his own so he could at least do his own work. The idea grew, however, especially after some focus groups helped them realize how many people were looking for the same thing.

They purchased some equipment and the space, a 1500 square foot warehouse with an industrial, “kind of hip” feel to it. They worked to make the space usable, putting up walls, painting, and installing doors. Eventually, they want to move into a larger space, with more coworking space and areas for more classes; Rebecca, for instance, wants to teach painting classes. For now, however, it’s perfect.

Laser Cutter

The Makerspace’s niche is computer-assisted designs, and to that end, their two main tools are a laser cutter and a ShopBot. The laser cutter allows makers to engrave designs onto almost any material (paper, wood, and acrylic are best). They simply load their art onto the computer, provide the software with some instructions using color-coding, and press start. Matt demonstrated the laser cutter by making me a dog tag with my name on it. He’s also made keychains, and Rebecca made earrings by creating a design, having the laser cutter engrave the design into thin plywood, and going over the finished product with a paint pen.

The ShopBot is for 3D carvings like signs on wood or other materials. It has a spindle that works like a drill, turning the cutter according to computer instructions, which, like with the laser cutter are based on your design. All makers are also required to take introductory classes to the machines at the Makerspace before using them. The machines can have a learning curve and Matt provides one-on-one assistance as well. He says they’re starting to see more makers who don’t have a tech background but are inspired to create, and they want to support them and their creativity

The back half of the space, showing work areas and Makerbot

The back half of the space, showing work areas and Shopbot

Now that the Makerspace has been open for a year, it’s easy to see that Rebecca and Matt – and the Raleigh creative community – are getting excited for what comes next. Many of their original members are still with them, and they say the “Raleigh community has really come forward” to help them grow. Both of them are passionate about providing access to equipment for people who want to create – “It’s a real part of us,” Rebecca says. They’re also collaborative and invite their members to contribute their ideas for the Makerspace – there’s a whiteboard on the wall where makers can leave suggestions and write messages.

Work by Raleigh Makerspace members.

Work by Raleigh Makerspace members.

You can get involved any way you want, from just following the Makerspace on Facebook or by email, to becoming a member. There are three membership options that range from hourly access by appointment to receiving your own key with 24/7 access. Visit the website to join or request a tour. You can also come to a Hacker Night. These events are open to the public and held on the first Friday of every month from April to October at 6:30 p.m. You can meet other Makers, see what they’re making, and see a demo of the laser cutter.

Most of all, as Rebecca says, “Just make. Just keep creating.”

Taryn Oesch is a freelance writer and long-time Raleigh resident, graduating from Wakefield High School in 2006 and Meredith College in 2010. She enjoys volunteering for The Justice Theater Project and organizations that support children and teens with chronic illness and disabilities. In her free time, she plays the piano, spoils her godchildren, and battles for apartment space with her uncontrollable collection of books. 

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Brushstoke – New Working Studio and Gallery in Raleigh –

By Lucy Gardiner

Image 4Located in Downtown Raleigh at 520 N. West Street, Brushstroke was created by Susan Bolick to be a workspace, art gallery and event space. The day I visited, Susan and fellow artists, Shade Elam Maret and Gail Scoggins were at their easels painting in the wonderful light filled space. The atmosphere was one of community and creativity.  Artists interested in joining them can contact Susan through their website.

Susan Bolick

Susan Bolick

The gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10-5. Visitors can enjoy the completed works of the artists that cover the walls, as well as meet the artists and see work in progress. Brushstroke participates in Raleigh’s First Friday Gallery Walk (6-9 PM) and often features guest artists whose work is on display for one week. If you are interested in showing your work, you can email samples of your work to Susan. Information about upcoming events are on the website.

ImageLooking for event space? This may be perfect…it’s size (1300 sf), design and location make it ideal for a variety of events including, but not limited to art shows, workshops and cocktail parties.

So if you haven’t already discovered Brushstroke, next time you are in the Glenwood South area stop in and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and see their wonderful art!

Lucy Gardiner is a visual artist working in multiple media.  One of her passions is teaching art to both adults and children in small groups in her studio.  She also is a frequent volunteer for Triangle Artworks.  Learn more about her work here.  

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