by Brandon Cordrey
Durham’s newest art venue is scheduled to make its debut as part of May’s Third Friday events. Just across the street from the Golden Belt complex a small white church is being renovated to house SPECTRE Arts. The space will offer rotating exhibitions, two artist studios, and great indoor/outdoor space available for event and workshop rentals. Alicia Lange purchased the property two years ago and has been overhauling it for the past year.
Demolition uncovered many unique elements of the original 1910 structure. Restoring many of those details and adding modern and environmentally friendly components has created a visually interesting space. Vaulted ceilings, natural light, and an open floor plan make the space ideal for art exhibitions of both two and three dimensional works. Those characteristics and SPECTRE’s location make it ideal for hosting events.
The two studio spaces are located at the back of the building. They have private entrances and individual alarm systems, with a shared restroom and kitchenette. Additional doors that open the studios up to the gallery will allow the artist to work more publicly and welcome visitors if they choose. SPECTRE is also offering artists who rent these spaces access to a van for moving work, the option to have one solo exhibition a year and a discount on renting the gallery or outdoor spaces for events or workshops. The studios have ample wall space, tall ceilings, and tons of natural and working light.
By opening the gallery up for events and workshops, Lange hopes that SPECTRE will draw appeal to many different communities and become a hub for collaboration. Their May 17th grand opening is the perfect example of what will make this venue unique. A range of businesses from the Triangle will be pitching in for a night filled with music, film screening, photography, food and drink. SPECTRE will not only be displaying its inaugural exhibition, it will also act as a platform for many local businesses to market themselves and grow their clientele. If you’re going to be in Durham for Third Friday be sure to stop by and take part in the activities.
SPECTRE is currently reviewing portfolios for exhibitions, booking events and workshops, as well as considering artist interested in studio spaces. For more information about those items or any of the upcoming events at SPECTRE, visit their website or email.Tags: Alicia Lange, Durham art galleries, durham arts community, Durham event space, Durham venues, for profit arts businesses, Golden Belt, SPECTRE Arts, venues, visual arts
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.
After looking at numerous business models on paper and in person, with nothing but support from other galleries in Durham and the Triangle, Leverty and Wheaton chose their own unique plan. Being artists themselves, Renee a sculptor and Kimberly a painter, they decided to build a family of artists whose work would be represented consistently, in a space run by the artists themselves.
Six artists have already taken advantage of this opportunity; the gallery is continuing to accept application on a rolling basis, with the goal being 10-12 artists total. They are looking for artists who are ready to make a serious commitment to art as their career. 3D artist working in glass and fiber, as well as 2D abstract artists are particularly encouraged to apply, but artists working in any style/media are welcome. The artist already on board have come together to help with the renovations as well as sitting down over meals to talk about their art and process. These group meetings and activities are intended to create a sense of community among the artists, and further their knowledge about all the work that will be on display. Part of the uniqueness of Pleiades is that with each visit you are guaranteed to meet at least one of the artists, who will be able to talk to you confidently about all the artists represented.
The gallery has scheduled a soft opening for the first week of April and plan to be open while Durham hosts its popular Full Frame Documentary Film festival. Pleiades also encourages everyone to come to the Durham Arts Walk on April 13-14, where they will be acting as one of the hosts. The official grand opening is scheduled for Friday, April 19th, as part of Durham’s monthly Third Friday art evening.
For more information on the gallery, the call for artists, or a list of their current artists visit Pleiades’ website, follow them on twitter @PleiadesGallery or like them on Facebook.
Brandon Cordrey is a studio artist working mainly in collage with found or reused materials. He also manages the Lee Hansley Gallery on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. While his main concentration is visual art, he has love for all the arts! Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BMCordrey or email.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.
Online sales have been strong since the start, which was in owner Todd Atlas’s Duke University dorm room in 2000. The new retail space is only the latest in a series of expansions since then. The original building on Washington Street, next door to the store, houses a full professional recording studio, acoustic guitar showroom and offices.
Don’t expect to buy anything made by Fender or Gibson, you won’t find the “big name” instrument companies on either the walls of the acoustic guitar studio or in the new store. The guitars available at Sound Pure are handmade by artisans from around the globe. It is time consuming and tedious work to make instruments by hand rather than in production, for this reason some of the instruments Sound Pure carries are one of a kind while others are extremely rare. This is also the case with the wide range of items in their new store. For proof that Sound Pure is confident about the products they sell look no further than their recording studio, which is fully stocked with items they market. Everything from the computers to the furniture, down to the cables, is available for purchase.
Sound Pure has been bringing national and international clientele to Durham for many years now, advertising the city to clientele looking to tryout and purchase rare handcrafted instruments and record in their studio. They also work with several well-known musicians in the area, including Shirley Caesar, Nnenna Freelon and Clay Aiken.
Sound Pure just ordered a sign for their new location, their first in 13 years of business. The new store is also the first opportunity for customers to access all the company has to offer, without appointment. However, they have been supporting the Triangle’s music community for many years already. They sponsored the Troika Music Festival during its time in Durham as well as Centerfest. They will be participating in the upcoming IBMA in some capacity and hope to continue that for the three years it will be held in the Triangle.
Brandon Cordrey is a studio artist working mainly in collage with found or reused materials. He also manages the Lee Hansley Gallery on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. While his main concentration is visual art, he has love for all the arts! Follow Brandon on Twitter: @BMCordrey or email.
Tags: creative business, Durham, economic impact of the arts, for profit arts businesses, Soundpure
Do you have a business idea and don’t know where to start? Do you have a creative idea that you want to protect? Do you even know where to start to look into these issues?
Well, Triangle ArtWorks is here to help. A great team of law students from UNC Law School’s Pro Bono Program has scoured the internet for you and pulled together a list of the best resources and links they could find on the issues of business form and copyright. Although these resource pages are not a substitute for legal advice and CERTAINLY should not be used as such, they are a good place to start. We have done that first search for you, saving you the time of searching the internet and wasting time on irrelevant sites.
So far, we have loaded new sections of the Resource Directory on Copyright/Trademark and Starting a For-Profit Business. We will be adding resources on Contracts and other business forms after the first of the year.
If you want to help or have input for us on programs or needs, let us know!
Tags: business form, copyright, creative business, creative economy, economic impact of the arts, for profit arts businesses, legal issues for artists, trademark, triangle artworks