September 2015

Join Us Sept. 13 for “2nd Sunday CITY mARTket Fair”


Longleaf School Dancers “All the Single Ladies Dance Along”

Indigo Dance Evolution Academy “Bollywood”

NC Opera “Pop-Up Chorus”

Triangle Chapter of USA Dance Salsa at 2:45 and Rumba at 3:45

After the success of its July and August mARTkets, Artsplosure is excited to continue its partnership with Hakan Properties on its “2nd Sunday CITY mARTket Fair” on Sunday, September 13th from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. As with the past events, the fair will take place in historic City Market located at 215 Wolfe Street, Raleigh. Both Artsplosure and City Market executives are thrilled with the success of the past two fairs!

“It’s an opportunity to bring to the community on a monthly basis a little of what makes our namesake spring festival so special” said Artsplosure Executive Director Michael Lowder. “Artsplosure is one of the Southeast’s most prestigious and competitive art and craft exhibitions, and we envision ‘2nd Sunday’ becoming an equally anticipated event for area art lovers.”

With just over 20 local artists around the breezy cobblestone streets in City Market, patrons were able to shop ceramics, jewelry, painting, photography and more original works of art. While adults and children alike enjoyed the participatory dance inside Market Hall, children were most excited for the make-and-take crafts that Artsplosure children’s programming is known for. Patrons were overheard saying it was the perfect “Sunday activity that both we as parents and our kids can both enjoy.” Children can certainly expect new art-making activities at this month’s event as well with beads for jewelry and more fun crafts.

On September 13, patrons can expect even more artists and a slightly extended footprint within the City Market streets. At 12:00 p.m., Artsplosure is excited to welcome the Longleaf School Dancers who will lead a participatory “All The Single Ladies Dance Along”.  In addition, the dance group Indigo Dance Evolution Academy will be inside Market Hall and invite patrons to learn their sizzling Bollywood numbers, which adults and children of all ages can join in on from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Afterwards, The NC Opera singers return with another “pop up chorus” from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. and USA Dance will teach Salsa steps at 2:45 p.m. and the Rumba at 3:45 p.m. for free in an effort to promote their mission of bringing the pleasure and benefit of ballroom dance to the public.

This free-to-the-public art market fair will continue every second Sunday through October.

Artists Announced for Art Market at Wide Open Bluegrass 2015

Due to the chance of inclement weather, the Wide Open Bluegrass Art Market will be moving inside to the Raleigh Convention Center, along with all other activities and performances. All events will go on as scheduled!

We are thrilled to have such a talented array of artists and craftsmen at this year’s Art Market at Wide Open Bluegrass 2015! The list of participating artists is below, along with examples of their work and links to their sites.

The WOB art market is an intimate showcase, designed to recognize North Carolina’s talented and enthusiastic art community and feature unique artisans from across the United States. Local makers, and those who sell works that will appeal to a music-loving audience are encouraged. The World of Bluegrass event will attract over 6,000 national and international traditional music performers, presenters, and fans — in addition to over 75,000 local attendees anticipated for the two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival.

We look forward to seeing all of these artists October 2nd and 3rd, between the Martin Street and Hargett Street block in Downtown Raleigh, as apart of Wide Open Bluegrass 2015.

2015 Participating Artists and Craftsmen:

Amy Barnard Fiber Leather
Amy Barnard
The Wayward Stitch
Fiber & Leather
Raleigh, NC

Clutch style handbags made from a variety of eco-friendly, recycled vinyl fabrics. Each bag is handmade, one of a kind, and adorned with vintage buttons.

Amy Friend Mixed Media
Amy Friend
Amy Draws
Mixed Media
Raleigh, NC

Hand embroidered silkscreen prints of birds in precarious situations. These prints are sold as stretched canvases, bags, pillows, t-shirts and more.

Angie Strickland Clay Glass
Angie Strickland
Angie Strickland
Clay & Glass
Wendell, NC

I melt vintage & re-purposed bottles as the focus of my art and then attach them to farmhouse boards/windows and then adorn them with vintage valve handles as flowers as well as chunks of stained glass and other vintage items.

Ann Aklund Clay Glass
Ann Akland
Ann Akland Pottery
Clay & Glass
Knightdale, NC

My work relies on my NC farm heritage. I sketch images and then throw the main body, such as a jug on the potter’s wheel. I alter the thrown forms by adding hand sculpted objects. The items are stained, glazed, and fired in either an electric or gas kiln.

Annette Winstead Fiber Leather
Annette Winstead
North Ridge Shoe and Luggage Repair Inc.
Fiber & Leather
Raleigh, NC

Custom made leather belts, arm bans, leather accessories, guitar straps, cowhide rugs, etc.

Ben Covington Metal Wood
Ben Covington
Metal & Wood
Clayton, NC

Woodworking and handcrafted jewelry – using both local and exotic woods, upcycled cotton mill bobbins and estate grade jewelry re-purposed, on-site woodworking demonstrations with portable lathe. All NC/Raleigh local crafts by husband/wife team.

Bob Batura Metal Wood
Bob Batura
Cutting Edge Woodworks
Metal & Wood
Raleigh, NC

Contemporary wood furniture and home accents. Many pieces constructed from locally harvested trees.

Candy Pegram Traditional Folk Art
Candy Pegram
Candy Pegram
Traditional Folk Art
Wilmington, NC

My canvas of choice is usually scrap wood. The piece begins with a colorful, folky character or scene painted in layers on the wood. It is then hand distressed until the desired look is achieved. The last step is a waxy finish that gives it an instant patina.

Carol Joy Shannon Mixed Media
Carol Joy Shannon
CJS Geometrix
Beaufort, SC

Original 2D and 3D artwork created with wood, maps, canvas, acrylic paint, prints of my own images, and with a site specific theme – i.e., Nashville, Raleigh, Memphis. All are one of a kind and at least 1/3 will be created specifically for Wide Open Bluegrass.

Cynthia Mollenkopf Fiber Leather
Cynthia Mollenkopf
Fiber & Leather
Cary, NC

Handmade Felt Artworks and Wearables including hats, scarves, purses, wallhangings.

Dana Minette Clay Glass
Dana Minette
Dana Minette Studios
Clay & Glass
Bryson City, NC

I design and create stained glass in the Tiffany method of copper foiling. Some of the items I make are sun catchers, nightlights, 3-D whirls, lanterns and panels in a variety of themes. My themes include instruments, birds, animals, beach, and others.

David Epps Photography
David Epps
David Epps Photography
Raleigh, NC

Digital capture printed on metal with no photoshopping or post processing saturation. Long exposure and other in-camera techniques are used to create the feel/colors represented in my prints.

David Lineback Photography
David Lineback
Winston-Salem, NC

Fine art photography as prints, matted prints, framed and matted prints and note cards.

Dolores Fawkes Jewelry
Dolores Fawkes
Camerton Enterprises
Ruther Glen, VA

Hand constructed sterling and 18kt gold. Hammered, etched, roller embossed. Set with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. Oxidized for color.

Elizabeth Swing Fiber Leather
Elizabeth Swing
Fiber & Leather
Greensboro, NC

I sew handmade cloth rag dolls and soft plush animals from organic or locally sourced fabrics. They are made to reflect traditional American cloth dolls and encourage storytelling and imaginative play in childhood. All my items are designed and made by me.

Eric Schreffler Painting
Eric Schreffler
Goldsboro, NC

Music-inspired acrylic and photorealistic airbrush artwork done live.

Eric Sweet Painting
Eric Sweet
Cary, NC

Impressionistic watercolor spirit animal paintings.

Glenn Mace Metal Wood
Glenn Mace
Woodworks Gallery
Metal & Wood
Mocksville, NC

Lathe turned vessels made of exotic and domestic hardwoods. Each is kiln-dried, highly sanded and lacquered. Most have a top that is either a turned wood finial or embellished with a fossil or found object. Platters may be carved additionally.

Heather Baldwin Jewelry
Heather Baldwin
Heather Leigh Designs
Richlands, NC

Jewelry made from flame painted copper and aluminum. Wall art made from copper, aluminum, steel and wood. Clocks made from metals, natural stones and other materials.

Heather Love Photography
Heather Love
Heather Love Photography
Greenville, SC

Black/white & sepia photography, matted/framed or printed on canvas. Frames: handmade, mats/glass are custom cut by a local framemaker. Images: digital but true to traditional technique – no adjustments made that could not be recreated in a traditional darkroom.

Heidi Amash Fiber Leather
Heidi Amash
Baskets 2 Luv
Fiber & Leather
Greensboro, NC
Jeff Lisa Ross Clay Glass
Jeff & Lisa Ross
Piedmont Pottery, Inc.
Clay & Glass
Apex, NC

Hand-crafted functional stoneware pottery in the Southern folk-pottery tradition, featuring jugs, serving dishes and platters, storage crocks, pitchers and drinking vessels. All food-safe and made by us using traditional wheel and slab building techniques.

Jenn Hales Painting
Jenn Hales
Patina by Jenn Hales
Raleigh, NC

I work in acrylic paint on baroque wood panels. I use light-fast acrylics which I lay down in thin glazes and then varnish. A typical painting takes me 2 weeks to 1 month to create.

Jennifer Casterline Jewelry
Jennifer Casterline
New World Glass
Mountain Top, PA

I work in both flameworked and kilnworked glass creating jewelry and home decor, incorporating hand fabricated metalwork.
Jenny Marsh Metal Wood
Jenny Marsh
Marsh Welding
Metal & Wood
Durham, NC

I create custom metal art for the home and garden, I have a variety of musical themed pieces created for this show.

Jon Pitts Jewelry
Jon Pitts
Raleigh, NC

The designs I create in my work are assemblies of tiny pieces of different colored recycled woods, all carefully cut and composed by hand. These designs are the embellishments that I use to create truly unique wooden jewelry and accessories.

Julie Joyce Mixed Media
Julie Joyce
Artistic Tile Design
Mixed Media
Earlysville, VA

Hand made wrought iron table frames with stained glass or tile tops & stained glass pieces surrounding beveled mirror. Along with sterling silver, natural stone, crystal, & glass jewelry & hand-made Kazuri beaded jewelry.

Kathy Johnson Jewelry
Kathy Johnson
The Bronze Flower
Zebulon, NC

Mixed metal jewelry using traditional metal smithing techniques including: etching, enameling, forging, and colorful, non-toxic patination, often combined with semi precious stones, leather and upcycled materials. Wearable art with a little bit of whimsy.

Keith Norval Painting
Keith Norval
Keith Norval
Raleigh, NC

Whimsical pop art oil paintings on canvas and wood panel.

Ken Vrana Painting
Ken Vrana
Ken Vrana Art
Cary, NC

Oil and Acrylic paintings on Wood Panel or Canvas depicting; Landscapes, Life Scenes and Whimsical compositions from the personality of the artist. Many painting techniques and styles are combined to create a realism feel.

Lealon McLeod Painting
Lealon McLeod
Lealon McLeod
Inman, SC

I do pen/ink/ and watercolor depicting rural America barns and buildings. I draw the pictures in pencil, then I ink them in, which is the longest process. I then paint thej pictures using water color. I also draw and paint nature scenes.

Leigh Griffin Jewelry
Leigh Griffin
Ara Leigh Studios
Raleigh, NC

Handcrafted necklaces and earrings incorporating Sea glass and semiprecious stones in silver.

Linda Mace Metal Wood
Linda Mace
Woodworks Gallery Inc.
Metal & Wood
Mocksville, NC

Mixed media primarily using metals such as aluminum, sterling silver, copper, brass. Each piece is hand chased into the metal usually with a focus on botanicals and available in 2-D wall art or art to wear.

Lisa Stewart Fiber Leather
Lisa Stewart
Lisa Stewart Designs
Fiber & Leather
Raleigh, NC

Motivated by the need to exhibit individualism, I’m drawn to design, innovation, and accessibility. Combining leather and fine materials featuring my art are used to create and transform everyday items into personal expression.

Liz Bradford Painting
Liz Bradford
OXHIP Studio
Raleigh, NC

OXHIP is my scientific illustration & design studio. I sell prints, cards and apparel with my original artwork on them. I hope to share my love of nature through my thoughtfully designed product line. I work most often in pen & ink, watercolor & acrylic.

Maggie Sedelmeyer Fiber Leather
Maggie Sedelmeyer
Owl Ridge Farmstead
Fiber & Leather
Big Island, VA

Handmade goods, designed and made by husband and wife team on our farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Mark McDevitt Mixed Media
Mark McDevitt
Methane Studios, Inc.
Mixed Media
Sharpsburg, GA

We create and screen print limited edition music related posters, towels, and cards.

Mark Watts Metal Wood
Mark Watts
EZ Hang Chairs
Metal & Wood
Fletcher, NC

Steam-bent hanging chairs.

Ruben Corzo Jewelry
Ruben Corzo
AdaArt Jewelry
Wilmington, NC

Micro-macrame and silver filigree combine with semi-precious stones and fossils to create unique, wearable art. Macrame is an ancient technique of knotting that we have adapted and modernized with thin waxed cord. Filigree is created with a hammer and anvil.

Scott Harris Photography
Scott Harris
Scott R. Harris Photography
Wake Forest, NC

Photographic prints captured with a digital camera. In post processing I use several software programs to fine-tune my vision. I print on a professional quality ink jet printer. Prints are limited editions, signed, numbered, mounted & matted ready for framing.

Stuart Madey Photography
Stuart Madey
Raleigh, NC

Oil painting portraits of musicians. the work is on wood panels, linen, or canvas. I am trying to capture the musician’s feeling at a specific time or the interaction of a group of musicians.

Suzanne Love Jewelry
Suzanne Love
Suzanne Love Jewelry
Raleigh, NC

Copper or silver sheet is cut and formed, then enamel is applied by sifting or dipping. Pieces are kiln fired then torched to create unique designs on top. Pieces are set in sterling and/or copper and chains are handmade with sterling/and or copper.

Tim Lee Painting
Tim Lee
Cary, NC

Low-Brow-Folk-Pop Original art created on carved wood, canvas, signed limited edition giclee prints, and hand-made screen printed apparel. Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Ink.