by Liza Roberts
photographs by Catherine Nguyen
“I’m a bit of an art addict,” says Raleighite Carole Anders, “and enjoy using my home as a ‘gallery.’” Sharing her love of North Carolina painting, sculpture, glass, and ceramics – with friends, charitable organizations, and publications like Walter – is meaningful for someone as involved in the art world as Anders. “Sometimes,” Anders says, “sharing … causes others to be more interested.”
With a collection gathered over many years that includes works by esteemed artists like George Bireline, John Beerman, Will Henry Stevens, Sarah Blakeslee, Francis Speight, Maud Gatewood, Dorothy Gillespie, Jacob Cooley, Noyes Capehart Long, Wolf Kahn, Howard Thomas, Hobson Pittman, Margaret Cogswell, Ben Owen, Ani Kasten, Lucy Dierks, Pat Scull, Alex Gabriel Bernstein, Katherine and William Bernstein, Rick and Valerie Beck, John Geci, and others, the Anders’ collection is undoubtedly an inspiration.
Carole, a longtime community leader with the Raleigh Arts Commission, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, and Junior League of Raleigh; and her husband Cloyce, former president of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, have the perfect house to showcase it all. When the couple first visited the 1920s Hayes Barton Mediterranean as guests in 1986, Carole was immediately taken with its elegance, welcoming center hall, and spacious rooms. “I love this house,” she told her hosts, “and if you ever decide to part with it, please let me know.”
When her wish came true, Carole got busy making it their own. With the help of architect Meg McLaurin and interior designer Stewart Woodard, she oversaw three separate renovations to update the kitchen and bathrooms and add a family room, then filled it all with fine English antiques, one-of-a-kind objects, and beautiful fabrics in a bright, refined palette.
Through it all, art played a central role. The kitchen was made more neutral in order to provide a backdrop for ceramics and paintings, and the placement of art took precedence in every room.
Each work of art in the house is meaningful to Anders; every piece evokes a story about its meaning, the time and place she bought it, and what she loves about it most. She is knowledgeable about every artist, and in many cases, knows – or knew – them personally. “It’s fun to know your artists,” she says. She has purchased some works directly from studios; in others, she has worked with gallerists including Raleigh’s Lee Hansley, whom she credits with guiding her for years. “If you want to have an art collection,” she says, “you need a dealer.” As well as a world-class fountainhead of creativity. “North Carolina is stocked with talent,” Carole Anders says. “We live in a wonderful state.”