by Brandon Cordrey
If you’ve spent time in the Five Points area of downtown Durham in the past month, you may have noticed some curious activities inside the glass storefront of 109 East Chapel Hill Street. This very contemporary space will soon house a new fine art gallery, the newest adventure of entrepreneurs Renee Leverty and Kimberly Wheaton. After having mulled identical ideas over individually, they teamed up while working together at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. Both thought downtown Durham needed a fine art gallery whose main purpose would be to promote artists and sell their work. … Read More
Tags: Art Gallery, creative business, Durham, for profit arts businesses, gallery, Pleiades Gallery, visual arts
by Brandon Cordrey
Sound Pure is the Triangle’s newest independent music store. Since 2000 their online store has been selling high-quality equipment to musicians around the world. The new storefront marks the company’s newest chapter and strengthens their continued commitment to the local music community. Sound Pure recently purchased the Raleigh music store Indoor Storm as well as the vacant building next to their preexisting one on Washington Street in downtown Durham in order to provide even more services to their clientele. … Read More
Tags: creative business, Durham, economic impact of the arts, for profit arts businesses, Soundpure
The number two need we hear from all creative disciplines in the Triangle is the need for “space”. Space to rehearse, space to show work, space to perform…whatever. We are happy to report that there is a new flexible space just coming online in Durham.… Read More
Tags: Durham, Jim Haverkamp, Shadowbox, venues
This article is the third in our series of “Conversations With” members of the creative community in the Triangle who are thinking big, working hard and making a difference in our Region.
Today, writer Tim Scales talks to Leah Wilks of LeahWilkesDance. In this interview, Leah talks about her work, how she works and, perhaps more importantly, why she has chosen to do it in the Triangle. For more on this, listen to Leah’s Interview with David Dower on the Theater Blog “HowlAround”.
by Tim Scales
Tags: Durham, durham arts community, Howl Around, Joel Haas, Leah Wilkes, Leah Wilkes Dance, Tim Scales, Triangle Dance
Come to Triangle ArtWorks Durham Mixer!
Triangle ArtWorks has been busy busy busy these last six months, as our work is really starting to take off. The word is getting out about what ArtWorks is doing, and what we are trying to do, and the “buzz” is building! But there are still many people who don’t know about us, or just want to learn more.
So, we are having a little get-together! The Carrack Modern Art in Durham has been kind enough to offer us their space for the event. If you have not been to the Carrack and seen what they are doing to support the arts community, then this is a great opportunity! … Read More
Tags: arts community, arts industry, Carrack Modern Art, Durham, durham arts community, triangle artworks
by India Ali
Katie DeConto and Megan Jones have been faithful Durhamians for a couple of years, but Mercury Studio, located at 407 N. Mangum Street, is new to the scene. With less than two months under its belt, Mercury Studio, like any newborn, is already causing a great stir. Artists and others alike have happily accepted the studio into the community with arms wide open.
Mercury Studio does not meet any standard definition. Its a co-working space for all types of creative people. It offers artist studio space, as well as “desk memberships” or “cafe memberships” in the co-working space. It’s art studio meets The Office: a creative, family-like, co-working environment. A collaborative, cross-occupational mash-up. … Read More
Tags: "creative placemaking", artist studios, Durham, India Ali, Katie Deconto, Megan Jones, Mercury Studio, venues
By Lindsay Gordon
I arrived at Dogstar Tattoo’s new location in downtown Durham’s Golden Belt complex at the peak of their grand opening festivities. The opening coincided with Golden Belt’s Third Friday open studio, an auction to benefit David Alsobrook’s “New Neighbors” project, and a party at the relocated Scrap Exchange. The visitor’s parking lot was filled with people: in line at the numerous food trucks, waiting at the Fullsteam Brewery tap, or hanging out and watching Beverly Botsford’s African-flavored music group, “Drums Alive”. … Read More
Tags: "creative placemaking", Beloved Binge, Blood Red River, Center Studio Architecture, creative business, David Alsobrook, Dogstar Tattoo, Durham, Golden Belt, venues
By Teri Saylor
Scrap Exchange is finally getting some return on the good Karma it has invested in the Durham community. After an epic moving odyssey, the creative re-use facility, is finally settled into a new home, which in time, could be permanent.
“We’ve been through hell,” said Executive Director Ann Woodard, sitting in a tiny, crowded office next to the huge concrete and steel space that will soon be converted into a spacious environment housing a gallery, retail store, and workshops. She allows that the experience worked in the organization’s favor after all, and after two moves in 10 days, The Scrap Exchange is back in business. This last move, which took place over the Memorial Day weekend was the third relocation in 10 days. Its new home is at 923 Franklin Street in Durham. … Read More
Tags: creative business, Durham, Scrap Exchange, triangle arts organizations, visual arts
This is first in a series of articles on creative resources in the Triangle that are either little known, or you may have heard of them, but may be unaware of the extent of the services and resources they offer. Have an idea for a future article? Let us know.
By Teri Saylor… Read More
Tags: Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, hidden gems
by Teri Saylor
The Durham Arts Council showed off a sparkling clean Clay Studio when they cut the ribbon on the studio’s new space April 5 at Northgate Mall. “This is the cleanest you’ll ever see the Clay Studio,” Durham Arts Council Executive Director Sherry DeVries told a small group who had gathered for the occasion. She said the studio would be a place of laughter, conversation, wheel-spinning and friend-making, a place to “make art an experience, to create a community, to release tension and let creativity grow.” Durham Mayor Bill Bell participated in the ribbon-cutting along with Arts Council President Eddie Blount, members of the Arts Council Board of Directors and staff. Ginny Bowman, managing general partner of Northgate Associates and Chuck Wilson of CT Wilson construction also cut the ribbon. … Read More
Tags: Clay Studio, Durham, Durham Arts Council, visual arts