When two sisters with different art skills realized they could combine their talents to start their own business, they did exactly that – and never looked back.
By Molly Weybright Kim Maitland founded Creative Metalsmiths gallery 41 years ago with her husband Don Johnson and fellow artist Barbara McFadden. It is one of the only all-metals galleries in the southeast and has won many awards since its inception. But Maitland began exploring art and “wearables” long before. She grew up in Iowa… Read More →
Marcela Slade’s life story is as vibrant as her art. Soft blues, bright greens, and flashy pinks adorn the canvases on her walls and deep reds and golden yellows are stitched into the clothing she designs. Her art is alive – always changing, reflecting her current stage in life as well as the world around… Read More →
It’s no secret that Orange County, North Carolina, is home to an astounding number of artists. We see their art in galleries, hear their words at readings, and view their productions both onstage and on the screen. But, what many may not be aware of, is the incredible young artists we have in our schools…. Read More →
By Alicia Stemper/Vitamin O Fittingly, Norman Douglas arrived in Carrboro the day before its West End Poetry Festival. He offers poetry on a pay-what-you-will basis, often setting up outside the Farmers Market. He composes on a manual Smith-Corona typewriter while music streams from his laptop via a Bluetooth speaker. Douglas eschews the term “Pop-Up” Poetry…. Read More →
By Alicia Stemper Poet Emilio Taiveaho is a first generation immigrant. Born in Quito to a Finnish father and an Ecuadorian mother, he also has three younger sisters living in Finland. They cannot speak to each other in words; body language is the only language they have in common. “My life is an interesting story… Read More →
By Alicia Stemper/Vitamin O Although it is easy to immediately make beautiful music on the harp, mastering the instrument is difficult. Musician Leigh Stringfellow has loved the harp since she saw one at age four; she started playing at nine. The strings are the same as the white keys on a piano. Therefore, in addition… Read More →
By Alicia Stemper Founded in 1982, North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) is a repertoire company with roughly 40 dancers, all age 18 or younger. Surprisingly, founder and artistic director Gene Medler did not start dancing until age 28. He quipped, “I didn’t want to blossom too young.” Likewise, regarding NCYTE’s nationwide and international reputation,… Read More →