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Author: Amber E

Featured Artist: Buffy Taylor

Keeping it Copeasthetic with Buffy Taylor “What purpose does art have? What can I do that creates awareness – getting people to think about relevant issues and affect positive change?” These are the thoughts that permeate Buffy’s consciousness, as she works to get her mural art launched in Raleigh. In an all day symposium “Articulating Value in Arts” at the Living Arts Collective, Buffy was inspired to start a new series of paintings. She started writing words on her paintings that reflect the emotions you don’t talk to others about and overlapped them with a portrait, in a style...

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Imurj Look: Mandi Geiselman

Mandi Geiselman is a graphic designer and illustrator with diverse experience in strategic and visual design across print, web, and mobile media. She owns & operates Ink + Colour, an Illustration and Graphic Design studio based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She completed her Bachelor of Graphic Design from the College of Design at NCSU in 2012 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Two of the pieces in her series, “SIX LETTERS – a collection of equal & opposite pairs”, are on display in our Main Gallery this month. Q: How would you describe yourself & your artistic style? I like to say I’m the...

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In The Scene: SPCLGST

If you’ve spent any time walking around in Raleigh, I’m sure you’ve seen those round black stickers with white lettering “SPCL GST” on them… well, this post and this video is about Joe Giampino, aka SPCLGST – a Raleigh music staple, a street art style creative, and hand-painted sign artist. Check out the video, and when you’re done, go add him on Instagram!...

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Rookie Booking Mistakes

The good folks at Deep South hosted a forum (as part of their on-going “Angles” series held the first Weds of every month) entitled “Rookie Booking Mistakes and How To Avoid Them”. Panelists included John Booker (Deep South Entertainment), Kristen Hill (Cat’s Cradle), Glenn Boothe (Motorco Music Hall), and Chris Malarkey (Lincoln Theatre). The local music scene should be grateful to them for donating an evening to help musicians. The event was attended by about 50 musicians who showed that they are serious about their careers by attending. The forum was both entertaining, with strong input from Glenn and Chris, and informative, with strong input from John and Kristen. All were entertaining and informative but the stories Glenn and Chris told were especially so, as was the information passed down from Kristen and John. This forum focused on “how NOT to get a gig” at the local music venues. Some take away messages… “We hire bands to sell more beer” was quoted by all panelists. Booking agents do not care how good or bad the band is; they care about how many people your band will bring in the door. Therefore, when you email them for a gig, provide them with some evidence that your band can bring out a lot of people (e.g. Facebook likes, social media stats, etc.). Make sure your band is appropriate for the venue by doing a little research on the venue...

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