Category: Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: Murphy Trogdon Ayala

MURPHY TROGDON ALAYA’S Rural Landscapes by Liza Roberts photographs by Catherine Nguyen Raleigh landscape artist Murphy Trogdon Ayala, known for her serene paintings of rural Southern landscapes and architecture, is busier than ever with the work that has made her…

Artist’s Spotlight: John Beerman

“I find solace in looking at the landscape. I think it’s a human thing. We all do.” –John Beerman   by LIZA ROBERTS photographs by LISSA GOTWALS The 34 paintings currently on view at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh – luminous,…

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…

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