Category: Arts & Culture

Bluegrass: Living in Raleigh now

by Tracy Davis This month, as more than 150,000 bluegrass lovers converge on Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual conference and the accompanying Wide Open Bluegrass festival, the city will be humming along to the music with a…

Spotlight: Hyper local Hopscotch

  by Jessie Ammons Made and played in Raleigh If you’ve been downtown during the first week of September in the last five years, you’ve likely stumbled upon Hopscotch Music Fest. “We’re one of the few festivals in America our size…

Searching for small treasures

by Dennis P. Weller, curator of Northern European Art, North Carolina Museum of Art As I watched more than 150,000 visitors file through the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Rembrandt in America exhibit I curated in 2011, a small voice in…

Up close and personal

Photographer Shawn Rocco took a trip to the N.C. Arboretum in late June. Using a 100mm macro lens, he captured some of the botanical beauties in the early evening light before a summer storm rolled in. The magnified perspective makes…

The patron fairy of Raleigh

by Liza Roberts illustration by Vanessa Mercante Boyd When Vanessa Mercante Boyd, a native of Marostica, Italy, moved to North Carolina in 1997, the trained artist was working in technology, writing code, and enjoying a flourishing, computer-tethered career. “I thought technology…

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