Category: Arts & Culture

Through a pinhole

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Tim Lytvinenko Diana Bloomfield doesn’t like working in a darkroom. For most photographers who started taking photos in the early 1980s, this might have been a career-ending problem. But for Bloomfield, a Reidsville native, that…

Spotlight: Cutting edge

by Jessie Ammons photograph by Mallory Short Often, the best way to learn is to roll up your sleeves and dive in. That’s the thinking behind N.C. State’s annual Art2Wear runway show, presented by the College of Design and entirely produced by…

Mothers of invention

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Tim Lytvinenko Functional style  When Kirsten Schambra Stevens had visions of creating a catch-all handbag, she wasn’t necessarily thinking of a diaper bag.  But as a mother of two small children, she knew just how…

Saxapahaw

by Ann Brooke Raynal illustrations by Laura Frankstone The South is littered with the carcasses of former mill towns, where abandoned storefronts and unemployment tell the tale of the death of the textile industry. When Dixie Mill – in Saxapahaw,…

Christina Kodesh: Loving twice

by Todd Cohen photographs by Nick Pironio Christina Kodesh understands that babies “never choose the time or situation to be born into.” So she has made it her mission to collect donated baby clothes and give them to hospitals for newborns who…

Art romp

As I conducted a recent art romp around the Triangle, I was dazzled by the superlative exhibitions being presented all at the same time. Why go to New York or Washington for the big museum shows when we have such…

The power of writing

by Settle Monroe I was in the fourth grade when a local writer visited our classroom for a week. She came to teach us about the life of a writer, effective literary techniques, and even some of her secret tricks….

A ride on the pottery highway

by Elizabeth Lincicome “We’re very proud of our stoplight,” says potter Bonnie Burns, showing a visitor around the compact and charming town of Seagrove, population 228. The Pottery Capital of America might be small in size, but its artistic significance…

Matched by an angel

by Wanda Urbanska The call came from Ann Vaughn, my dear friend in Mount Airy, where I had lived for decades before moving to Raleigh in 2010. At this stage in my upper 50s, with one divorce and a boatload of…

Raleigh Fine Arts Society at 50

by Marion Church, President, Raleigh Fine Arts Society photograph by Jillian Clark As the Raleigh Fine Arts Society welcomes our 50th year, we have thriving organization and a vibrant local arts culture to celebrate. Since 1964, when we began putting on…

Spotlight: Green Chair Project

Heart & Home Housewarming Benefit by Anna Long What began as a fledgling idea among friends in 2010 is now a thriving nonprofit that has helped more than 1,000 area families in need. The Green Chair Project has grown from a…

Butterhead lettuce

by Kaitlyn Goalen A politician. A bribe. A business. What sounds like the basis for season three of House of Cards is in fact the story of lettuce – butterhead lettuce from LL Urban Farms, to be specific. The politician…

Urban sketchers

To learn more about the urban drawing group, see The Usual.  

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