Category: Artist Spotlight

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…

Aly Khalifa

Trailblazing shoe designer by Tina Haver Currin photographs by Travis Long Last year at SPARKcon, downtown Raleigh’s annual festival of innovation and creativity, Aly and Beth Khalifa, local designers and entrepreneurs, had to apply to participate. The couple had that…

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