Detail of needleprint by Caitlin Cary
In the Building
Work by Caitlin Cary, Jane Cheek, Martha Clippinger, and Mar Hester
Caitlin Cary is an artist, singer, songwriter, violinist, dog mom + Skillet spouse living in Raleigh, North Carolina. In July of 2015, Cary began a six-month residency at Artspace, where she went on to occupy a studio for five years. In March of 2021, along with her husband Skillet, she signed a lease on a small gallery/studio space in the historic Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh which they named The Pocket. There, they display her needleprints and Skillet’s screen prints, along with a carefully curated selection of works by some of the area’s finest artists and makers.
Cary’s work is represented by the Horse & Buggy & Friends and PS 118 galleries in Durham, NC; Visual Index in Winston-Salem, NC; and by Yard Dog Gallery in Austin, TX. Prints are available in Raleigh at the gift shops NOFO and DECO.
Jane Cheek is a Raleigh-based mixed media artist who paints and sews archival acetate to create installations, art quilts and collages. Jane’s colorful, stylized, and whimsical work is about the moments of reflection and introspection she discovers while in nature.
Jane was born in North Carolina and received a BA in Art Studies from NC State and a K-12 Visual Arts Teacher Certification from East Carolina University. She has exhibited her art in various group and solo exhibitions throughout the Triangle, including at Artspace, 311 Gallery, and Durham Art Guild. You can learn more about Jane’s work in Studio 217 at Artspace or on her website.
Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, Martha Clippinger received a BA from Fordham University and an MFA from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2017 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council, a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, and a 2013 Fulbright-Garcia Robles research grant completed in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has been a fellow at Kohler Arts & Industry, the Sam and Adele Golden Art Foundation, Artspace, MacDowell Colony, Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Her work has been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and The Huffington Post, and is in public collections such as The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and The Columbus Museum. Clippinger is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York and Hodges Taylor in Charlotte, NC. She lives and works in Durham, North Carolina. Clippinger is a former Artspace Pop In Artist in Residence.
Mar Hester is a photosculptor studio artist and educator working in Durham, NC. Before completing her MFA in 2016, she previously worked as a concert photographer, photographing major musical artists and the traveling festival culture throughout the southeast.
Hester’s sculptural work and photographs have been shown in galleries and other venues across the US and Canada. She was awarded second place at the 4th Annual Photography competition in Jackson Hole, WY and acted as exhibition judge for the 5th Annual Juried Photo Exhibition in Fletcher, NC. Additionally, her photographs have been featured in over 15 different publications including weekly and daily newspapers as well as on four covers of a nationally distributed magazine. In 2017, her work was published internationally in Iceview, an Icelandic artist publication.
Her studio is currently at Golden Belt and she is also a member of the Durham Art Guild. Hester is a former Artspace Regional Emerging Artist. Currently, she is teaching photography at Durham School of the Arts.