Category: Art and Culture

Beauty Forged

by Hampton Williams Hofer photographs by Peter Hoffman In the back of a Five Points warehouse,  blacksmith Ben Galata produces custom ironwork using tools he’s made himself. On one side of his workshop is a pneumatic power hammer that pummels molten metal…

Woodshop Wonders, Fiddle-maker Mike Anderson

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Annie Cockrill A wall in Mike Anderson’s backyard woodshop is marked with descending lines, each bearing a small inscription. These aren’t childhood height-markers – they’re records of the trees Anderson has cut down over the years. Red maple,…

Spotlight: Shifting Roots, The Gregg Tree Project

courtesy Gregg Museum of Art and Design by Jessie Ammons Wise people know that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. The Gregg Museum of Art and Design at N.C. State knows that when a massive building renovation forces you…

A Home in Raleigh

by Mimi Montgomery Home. It’s a broad concept with a myriad of meanings. Homer touched on it a bit with his boy Odysseus and his travels after Troy’s fall; Faulkner obsessed over home and its rootedness in the past; and I’m…

The Long View, A New Purpose for the Poe House

by Jessie Ammons Tucked behind WakeMed hospital at the end of an unassuming side street stands a stately stone house, a gracious counterpoint to the health care center’s sprawling clinical grounds. “It’s always  had a great spirit,” says Diane Smith, whose…

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