The Hispanic Arts Initiative provides platforms for Latino visual and performing artists; raising awareness about Latino culture, and our fast-changing social demographics. The organization’s signature event is the annual Latino Visual Artists Exhibit. Punto de Vista: Latino Perspectives opens this Friday at the Womble Carlyle Gallery of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Hispanic Arts Initiative Executive Director Maria Sanchez-Boudy spoke with me recently about the exhibition, and David Ford began by asking her how the Hispanic Arts Initiative goes about enhancing cultural inclusion here in the Triad.
On Wednesday nights in Winston-Salem, there’s a unique service happening at Centenary United Methodist Church. It’s called Roots Revival, and it features outstanding local, regional and national musicians performing live in Centenary’s newly renovated auditorium. The Wednesday night sermons are based on the song texts from that evening’s performers. Each song is carefully selected in coordination with the minister, musicians, and Roots Revival Music Director, singer/songwriter Martha Bassett. She spoke with me about a new concert series at Centenary.
What would you say if we told you that you could get back to nature through the jewelry you wear? Well, artist Susannah Ravenswing would say “…why of course you can”. For decades Susannah has created fine, hand-wrought jewelry and ceremonial objects. Susannah’s childhood fascination with myths, and ancient history initially drew her toward a career in archeology, and David Ford began by asking her how those early interests eventually found their way into her art.
Thirty years ago, singer, guitarist and songwriter Jeffrey Dean Foster co-founded The Right Profile. The Winston-Salem-based quartet played high-energy, rootsy rock and roll, and it quickly became one of the best indie bands in our state. Jeffrey’s been releasing amazing songs ever since he and his band were first signed to Arista Records in the mid-80s. He’s received the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for Songwriting and Jeffrey Dean Foster and the Birds of Prey are about to release a new album The Arrow, which they’ll share during a Triad concert on New Year’s Eve.
Bibi Coyne set out on an entrepreneurial adventure when she applied for Winston-Salem’s small business competition, earlier this year. When Coyne and her family moved back to Winston-Salem, North Carolina two years ago, the graphic designer and marketing consultant was surprised by the lack of local art stores. As the “city of arts and innovation” with a thriving arts district and numerous academic art programs, Coyne saw an opportunity to address a need. Her concept for a mobile arts supply store in the Triad won the small business competition, and as a result – her business S2dio Supplies has taken off. Her idea has taken off – on wheels in fact. Bibi recently purchased a bus to house her business – a goal she’s had since applying for the competition. She’ll fill it with art supplies to travel around the city serving selling and delivering to local artists. Bibi spoke to me about the nuance and inspiration of an artist’s tools.