Category: Arts & Culture

Pictures of music: Skillet Gilmore and Caitlin Cary

by Tracy Davis photographs by Tim Lytvinenko If there is a modern, downtown version of a Renaissance couple, Skillet Gilmore and Caitlin Cary may be it. They’re both musicians.  They’re both artists. They’re both mover-shaker types in the city’s arts…

Spotlight: Humans of My World

by Jessie Ammons photograph by Nick Pironio On a recent trip to Sri Lanka, Raleigh native William Moore wandered just a few streets over from the strip of five-star hotels where he was staying. “It was like entering this impoverished secret garden,”…

Memories of Vietnam: 45 years and counting

by Larry Stogner While shooting a story at RDU recently, I recalled the day I returned home from Vietnam in late 1968. There were no jetways then. There were stairs. A 50-yard walk led to the only doorway into Raleigh-Durham…

from the Prologue: Fiddledeedee

by Shelby Stephenson 2015 North Carolina poet laureate SAYING I NEED AN IMAGE TO MAKE THE WORLD I went back home and held my eyes on the hill and it said You need a word deeper than I so I took…

North State

by David Rigsbee   My father came to me in a dream to walk with me around a stadium. Not wearing the jaunty motley of his last months: the patchwork newsboy cap and paneled shirt he wore when tearing around…

All art is self-portrait

by Ann Brooke Raynal photographs by Jillian Clark “Pointed sharp things frighten us,” says Raleigh artist Kiki Farish. “Rounded things feel safer. When we see curve in design or drawing, we are not scared of it.” Farish is speaking to a group…

Mountain time

by  Ann Brooke Raynal Walk into the barn at Montreat on a Friday evening in summertime and prepare to step out of (or perhaps back in) time. The Stoney Creek Boys play traditional square dance music as they have every…

David Burris: Telling stories

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photography by Nick Pironio Everyone should have Raleigh native David Burris’ knack for remaking his career every decade or so and landing a new dream job. This time, Burris, a former executive producer of TV reality show…

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…

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