This September, the world is coming to Raleigh for bluegrass. In case you haven’t heard, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is bringing the World of Bluegrass to Raleigh the week of September 24-28, 2013. This will be a the first year of a three year committment to hold this event in Raleigh.
The event, previously held in Nashville, draws over 16,000 fans, artists, and music industry professionals from around the world. IBMA is a group of professionals and fans from 50 states and 30 countries working together for the future of bluegrass music. The event is part annual industry summit, part bluegrass family reunion, includes a glitzy awards show and music festival and celebrates all things bluegrass. … Read More
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By Taryn Oesch
Michelle Smith, founder of The Rock & Shop Market and indieNC, is a product designer who saw an unmet need in the Triangle creative community and really wanted to fill it. For a while, she’d been thinking about opening a boutique highlighting local artists and fashion designers, but kept getting cold feet., especially with the struggling economy.
Then along came Entredot, a local nonprofit business mentoring organization that had been working on setting up a downtown incubator for the fashion industry called ReDii, but needed help on the creative side. They approached Smith to become Creative Director of this Incubator, to help get it set up and bring in artists. Smith took on the challenge and worked quickly to expand the scope of the incubator to include art, design and craft, as well as fashion, and to rebrand the space as Kindred. Fast forward to today and Kindred is signing on artist and craftspeople and getting very close to opening. … Read More
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By Jess Moore
BEST is a new initiative in downtown Raleigh that fills unoccupied storefront windows with art. BEST, which stands for Beautifying Emerging Spaces Together, formed late last year with their first installations starting in February 2012.
One of the group’s creative minds is Donna Belt, an interfaith minister, writer, and artist. An advocate for the “transformative value of art in people’s lives,” Belt sees the storefronts as an opportunity to change a negative – empty space – into a positive – a new vehicle for integrating art into daily life.
A goal of BEST is to actively involve the community and include a variety of voices. The first group to hang work in a storefront is ARTHOUSE, a children’s art studio. The window is located at 300 W Hargett St. and includes the children’s work along with quotes from each child speaking about their art. BEST is also creating interactive projects, like constructing a city skyline with sticky notes. The pieces of paper will include quotes from Raleigh citizens describing what they love most about their city. … Read More
Tags: "creative placemaking", artists, BEST, Downtown Living Associates, Jess Moore, Pop-Up, Raleigh
If you are a visual artist and have never heard of Visual Art Exchange, then you are missing out on a great resource. Not only does VAE now oversee SPARKcon, but they also provide tons of services for the visual arts community, such as the annual “Business of Being an Artist” seminars, as well as other programs. They describe themselves as a “non-profit creativity incubator and gallery that supports and educates emerging, professional and student artists” … Read More
Tags: artist incubator, artists, arts, arts support, Raleigh, Sarah Corpron, Sarah Powers, triangle arts organizations, VAE, venues, Visual art exchange, visual arts
Raleigh’s Artspace new term limits and more residencies increase opportunities for artists.
by Jess Moore
Sitting at the corner of Davie and Blount Street, Artspace has anchored the downtown Raleigh art scene for over 25 years. Inside the deceptively unassuming building, on any given day, there are over 30 professional artists, 2 artists-in-residents, several exhibition spaces, and numerous arts education programs. All in furtherance of Artspace’s mission – to inspire individual creativity by engaging the community in the process of the visual arts by presenting quality exhibitions and educational programs within an open studio environment. … Read More
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Triangle Hidden Gems – NCSU’s Gregg Museum of Art and Design
By Melinda McKee
There are museums where visitors feel compelled to stand at a reverent distance; where they are expected to look but not touch; where they understand they’re gazing at the work of an elite club of creators. Not so at the Gregg Museum, an institution on a mission to make art accessible. Here, art is not held at a distance, but placed right in the palm of your hand. … Read More
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by Melinda McKee
You may have noticed Raleigh’s warehouse district enjoying an artistic resurgence recently, from the Contemporary Art Museum setting up shop in April, to the Visual Art Exchange’s planned move this fall. They join, of course, several other galleries who’ve been paving the way for a cultural renaissance in the Martin Street area.
Fortunately for local art lovers, though, downtown Raleigh isn’t the only region experiencing a creative facelift these days. Hillsborough Street, once home to bulky construction equipment and disruptively churned-up pavement, is now poised to reclaim its place as a destination of choice along the city’s western edge — particularly due to one of its newest inhabitants, the Roundabout Art Collective. The 2-month-old gallery is the new home for 25 Triangle-area artists, whose creations come in an array of forms: glass, paintings, jewelry, metal, mixed media, pottery, apparel, furniture, sculpture, wood and photography grace the gallery’s 1,250 square feet. … Read More
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The 2011-2012 budget proposed for the City of Raleigh cuts funding to the City of Raleigh Arts Commission (CORAC) from the current $4.50 per capita, back to $4.00. While this funding supports CORAC programs, such as Arts On the Move, Art on City Plaza, Block Gallery and other great work that Raleigh’s citizens have come to expect, the majority of the funding goes directly to the City’s arts groups in grants. … Read More
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by Cristina Virsida
Walking into City Market’s newest gallery, Amplified Art, is like taking a peek inside a famous musician’s private studio, complete with rare performance photos, original artwork and a fully loaded stage for intimate jam sessions. Opened in October of 2010, the 1,900 square foot addition to downtown Raleigh’s City Market showcases music-inspired pieces ranging from photography and jewelry to concert prints and t-shirts, with space devoted exclusively to the work of local artists. Currently, the works of local photographer Sandlin Gaither are on display in the main “sound booth”. In June, the spotlight turns to local screenprinter, JT Lucchesi. … Read More
Tags: Amplified Art, music, Raleigh, visual arts