Working on street mural Erradica El Racismo, painted on East Davie Street outside Artspace. This project was led and organized by Artspace Board Member Pepe Caudillo and created in collaboration with Latinx artists Lety Alvarez, Cornelio Campos, Jose Manuel Cruz, Peter Marin (Artspace Studio Artist, Studio 105) and Luis McKeney and with the help of many volunteers.

Artspace In the Community

Banners created by Michelle Angela Oritz that was displayed on the side of Artspace

Familias Separadas at Artspace

June 2021

On June 4, 2021, artist Michelle Angela Ortiz unveiled Phase 3 of her Familias Separadas project, which focuses on the stories of families living in the US and how they have been impacted by detention and deportations.

On Artspace’s exterior, Ortiz installed three banners, 10 x 20 feet, of portraits that highlight the stories of undocumented community members that reside in or near Raleigh:

  • Angelica Davila worked with her family in farms and then became a Mechanical Engineer for Duke Energy. In 2011, Angelica’s brother was detained when he went to pay a traffic ticket. He was held in detention at Cary Prison where he would be transferred to another detention center. Angelica shares her family’s fight to stop the possible deportation of her brother to Mexico. “We are the pillars of our family…” shares Angelica. She and her brother are both DACA recipients and spent the majority of their lives in the US.
  • Carmen Rodríguez Rios is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. Carmen is a mom and activist in her Raleigh community. On October 29, 2015, Carmen made a civil disobedience against the then governor of NC, Pat McCrory, because he had just signed an anti-immigrant bill, HB 318. Carmen coordinates meals every Sunday to raise funds for undocumented families who are most in need. As a participant in the project, Carmen shared her story and firmly believes that “A movement would be useless if we don’t get involved.”
  • Oscar Menendez Serrano is from El Salvador and immigrated to NC 14 years ago. He remembers being in chains on a bus to Atlanta and the trauma of being detained. Oscar believes in the importance of being prepared and having the support of the community when faced with the threat of deportation. He works in construction and performs as Gaga L’Draga, his drag persona. Oscar shares, “When I am in drag, I feel free.”

The project’s Creative Team led by Ortiz in NC includes Playwright Paul Flores and Artspace studio artist Peter Marin. MomsRising / MamasConPoder was the national connector to the project’s local community partners that include the Diamante Arts and Cultural Center in NC. Funding for the project is provided by the Art for Justice Fund.

Carly Jones, image courtesy of INDYweek. Art by Jane Cheek; Brooch and earrings, by Bongsang Cho and Rings and bracelet by Hsiang-Ting Yen. All artists are studio artists at Artspace.

INDYWeek // Carly Jones Starts a New Chapter at Artspace

September 2021

Recently Carly Jones, our new CEO, sat down with Kyesha Jennings of INDYweek, and shared her path to Artspace and her plans looking forward. 

Participants working on batiks at an Artspace Connect + Create at Dix Park

Artspace partners with Dix Park


Artspace is happy to be partnering with Dorothea Dix Park to offer free family friendly Connect + Create classes in their newly renovated chapel. Our Tuesday evening classes this fall are sold out, but a waitlist is available.

Allison Coleman and the Lemonade Stand Project

The Lemonade Stand Project

September 2021

Artspace Studio Artist Allison Coleman’s (Studio 107) Lemonade Stand Project is coming to the Pocket Gallery (222 N Bloodworth St, #102, Raleigh) on Saturday September 18.

The Lemonade Stand Project is a mobile art-making, story telling, recipe gathering receptacle in the guise of a traditional lemonade stand. Traveling throughout the city, Allison invites people to enjoy free lemonade, and in return, she hopes to encourage people to share their stories, favorite family recipes and make some art. The Lemonade Stand Project seeks to activate nontraditional spaces with art and community dialogue.

Stop by the Pocket Gallery this weekend to share your recipe and be a part of the Lemonade Stand Project!

Want to host the Lemonade Stand Project? Contact Allison directly.

Clarence Heyward, Birth of a Nation; featured in Visual Vanguard exhibition

Visual Vanguard at the Harvey B. Gantt Center

September 2021

Next time you’re in Charlotte – check out Visual Vanguard: An Exhibition of Contemporary Black Carolina Artists at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Curated by guest curators David Wilson and Stephen Hayes, Jr., the show, “surveys the struggles, strengths, and celebrations of Black creativity in the Carolinas through visual art, performance, video, and poetry. By examining the ambiguity and origination within retakes and variations, each artist amplifies the ideals of racial pride, social power, identity, and the importance of heritage and culture.”

The exhibition is up through January 17, 2022 and features twenty-five artists working in a variety of media, many of whom have been involved with Artspace throughout the years, including: Marcus Kiser (Marcus’ exhibition, MMXIX: I’M GLAD YOU BELIEVED ME, opens at Artspace later this month); Clarence Heyward (current Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence); Lakeshia Reid (Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence, 2019); Antoine Williams (past Artspace exhibiting artist); Jermaine Powell (past Artspace Studio Artist); and André Leon Gray (Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence, 2000). Learn more about all of the artists in this exhibition here.

We Made a Happy Little Tree

We Made a Happy Little Tree

August 2021

Jane Cheek, (Artspace Studio Artist 217) has created an installation at Trophy Pizza on Morgan StreetWe Made a Happy Little Tree. Invited by Artsplosure to add kinetic elements to the original sculpture by Jennifer van Orton, Jane created the colorful leaves that move in the wind. The piece will be on display until October.

Ashlynn Browning working in her studio

Ashlynn Browning talks with Let's Talk Durham

August 2021

Past Artspace studio artist, Ashlynn Browning was recently interviewed in Let’s Talk Durham magazine, an independent, interview-based online magazine that focuses on local community, and especially artists. Check it out to delve into Ashlynn’s creative process, her studio life, and thoughts on living in the Triangle.

“I often think about my work as being 50% autobiographical and 50% just about the adventurous act of painting itself. So much of what’s going on in my life at any given time makes its way into the work. I can see when I look back with some perspective, and the paintings always serve as a visual journal.” 

Ashlynn is currently working towards a show in November at the newly renovated Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh.

Venus Flytrap specialty plate, designed by Preston Montague

Preston Montague Creates Specialty License Plate

August 2021

Current Artspace artist member, Preston Montague created a specialty Venus Flytrap license plate that has been proposed in NC, in collaboration with North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation and Friends of Plant Conservation. The venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), featured on the plate, is native almost exclusively to North Carolina, and is considered a threatened species, largely due to habitat loss from development and poaching (which has been such a serious issue that it became a felony offense in 2014).

Right now The Home of the Venus Flytrap specialty plate is in a combined bill (House Bill 435) that was unanimously passed by the NC House of Representatives (116 to 0) and now languishes in the Rules and Operations Committee of the Senate. Please consider helping make this plate a reality by signing the petition and/or contacting your local senator.

Proceeds from plate purchases will support the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation and Friends of Plant Conservation to conserve native plants and promote restoration of healthy landscapes across NC.

Olivia Gone and Skully Gustafson performing for their Get Born Song-Poem project

Get Born Song-Poems

July 2021

Get Born Song-Poems is a collaborative project by Olivia Gone and Skully Gustafson, both artists and musicians based in Hillsborough, NC (and both also teach with Artspace!). The project brings art to the streets of the Triangle Area every weekend by asking the public to give a word prompt for them to write a poem on. After the poem is written the duo offers an improvised song played on their guitar and Omnichord 84 synthesizer. The poem is sung and the participant gets to take the typewritten piece home with them. Their quirky gesture hopes to bring joy and happiness to the communities of the Triangle. Olivia (@caterpillarmother) and Skully (@skullygustafson) will announce where they’ll be performing next on their Instagram accounts!

Director of Artistic Programs Annah Lee being interviewed for PBS North Carolina Weekend in Danyelle Lakin’s studio (then Studio 213). Photo courtesy of Hsiang-Ting Yen (Studio 201).

Artspace on PBS North Carolina Weekend

July 2021

Artspace was featured on PBS North Carolina Weekend, Thursday, July 22, where Artspace Director of Artistic Programs Annah Lee and the show’s host Deborah Holt Noel chatted about and toured Artspace. The special focused on different creative making spaces across the state, including in addition to Artspace, Penland, the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center, Mary’s Gone Wild, and Bolick Pottery. 

past Curated Craft Market

Curated Craft Summertime Market

July 2021

// Saturday August 14, 2-6pm at Cultivate Coffee in Fuquay-Varina, NC

Curated Craft Market is an artisan pop up market that showcases the talent of artists, makers, and unique small businesses who create handmade goods and original artworks with a story (and was also founded by Taylor McGee, our Education Coordinator). Join them in August for one of their Summertime Markets, where you can meet and shop the work of local artists, enjoy freshly roasted coffee and homemade ice cream, and hear live music from a local musician.

Artspace Studio Artist, Fernanda Batista (Studio 103) and local artist, Rebekah Evans will be at the August 14th market!

Peter Marin, The Present Was Evident in its Contradictory Point of View

Peter Marin (Studio 105) featured at The Pocket Gallery

June 2021

Peter Marin will be the featured artist at The Pocket Gallery for the month of June 2021. Marin has been painting over 20 years, and exhibits both nationally and internationally in Mexico, Spain, California, New York and North Carolina. In addition to painting and educating, he is also a curator emphasizing contemporary painting and an arts community advocate who supports 501c3 organizations by volunteering, fundraising, and donating artwork.