Category: Artist Spotlight

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…

Stick artist Patrick Dougherty

by Liza Roberts photographs by Juli Leonard It is fitting that famed stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty lives in a dwelling as magical as the colossal environmental art he creates out of swirling branches and twigs. Deep in the Orange County woods, down…

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