Category: Artist Spotlight

Design thinking: Zang Toi

by Liza Roberts photographs by Jillian Clark A burst of creative energy shook up professor Justin LeBlanc’s class at N.C. State School of Design one recent morning: New York designer Zang Toi stopped by. A whirl of beaming smiles, charming…

Looking at death, seeing life

by Ippy Patterson At 63, having been preoccupied with death as long as I could remember, squeamish, and having never taught anything in my life, I was asked whether I could help run a drawing group in the Duke University anatomy…

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…

Eric McRay

by Tina Haver Currin photographs by Christopher T. Martin The first thing you see when you walk into painter Eric McRay’s studio is a wall populated by small square canvases filled with colorful hearts. Inside each heart, there are emblems of North…

If you can make it here…

Raleighites on Broadway by Merrill Rose If you can make it here, can you make it on Broadway? For many young people whose dreams of a life in theatre are shaped by their time in Raleigh, the answer is a resounding…

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