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.
Since his recent death, there’s been a lot of media attention surrounding groundbreaking singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter for the Velvet Underground Lou Reed. His widow is performance artist Laurie Anderson. The two began dating in 1992, were married in 2008, and remained together until Reed’s passing on October 27th. Laurie Anderson has chosen the roads less traveled for more than four decades. Her groundbreaking original works seamlessly blend the worlds of art, theatre, storytelling and experimental music.
New Year’s Eve, the Greensboro Symphony Pops presents a truly unique, feel good way to ring in 2014. The symphony along with Grammy award-winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge will celebrate what would have been John Denver’s 70th birthday with the return of tribute artist Jim Curry. Jim has performed Denver’s songs in sold out shows all across the country, and he’s quickly become today’s top interpreter of Denver’s enormous legacy of multi-platinum hits. In addition to his long list of concert works performed and recorded by major orchestras and opera orchestras, award-winning T.V., and film hits, Lee Holdridge has worked with a veritable Who’s Who list of major recording artists including Barabara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, and John Denver.
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The December issue of Our State Magazine is out. This month’s cover features a Mason jar snow bottle decked out with a little cardinal in a Frazier Fir tree. Inside you’ll find beautiful hand-made Christmas gifts at the John C. Campbell Folk School, the best Country Ham for Christmas breakfast, fantastic holiday stories by award-winning NC authors, and as always incredible photographs that bring the stories to life. New to this December’s issue are a group of 16 people of faith who share their powerful reflections on Our State. The feature is called A Prayer for North Carolina. Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson told David Ford about it.
The early 20th century Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf may be one of the greatest introduction to the orchestra sorts of pieces of music ever written, but it’s also great music and a wonderful story all rolled into one. The Carolina Chamber Symphony Players will bring Peter to the Piedmont later this month. It’s part of Carolina Winter Music Festival 2013, and artistic co-director and Winston-Salem Symphony French hornist Joe Mount shares more.