Stories tagged: "arts"


Armed with a chainsaw, Mountain Mike will carve you animals, superheroes, just about anything.
Elk, Chainsaw Carving, and Building a Good Drum: Our Guide to NC’s Blue Ridge Craft Trails

A tour of western NC’s craft secrets, from Cherokee to the High Country.

North Carolina artist Skye Tafoya in her studio. Tafoya once avoided featuring her Cherokee heritage in her work. Now it's front and center in a North Carolina art gallery.
A NC Artist Steered Clear of Her Cherokee Heritage In Her Work. Now She’s Putting It Front and Center.

Skye Tafoya's work is featured in galleries across the country. Here's how she connected with her passion, and her family, at the same time.

The Durham artist is a leader in the local music scene. (Image via Sonicbids.com)
Being Shirlette Ammons: The Durham Musician on Embracing Life as a Queer, Black Woman in the South 

"Spectacles," the forthcoming album from the Durham artist, delves into a lifetime navigating a hybrid identity: QPOC, artist, and rural Southerner.

A NC bookstore owner curates her book selection by focusing on the joys of Black childhood. (Shutterstock)
Why Children’s Books Centering Black Children Are So Important

For Banned Books Week, a North Carolina bookstore owner on raising a generation of Black children that see themselves on the page.

Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books that have been the subject of complaints from parents in Salt Lake City on Dec. 16, 2021.  The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year's totals, which were the highest in decades. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Why Banning Books Is A Jim Crow Practice

For Banned Books Week, an N.C. State professor of English explains how the recent surge in bans is targeting Black people and LGBTQ people.

Film and television producers think this Wilmington bookstore looks good on film. Hence, they shoot here often. We think it's a great place to buy a book too. (Image courtesy of Old Books on Front Street)
Each of These 20 Indie Bookstores In North Carolina Has a Story to Tell 

Independent bookstores are as much a community as they are a business. And business is booming. From Buxton to Boone and parts in between, here are our picks for the best ones to check out. 

Durham artist Darius Quarles at work on a mural honoring local hip hop icons Little Brother. (Photo courtesy of Darius Quarles)
How Durham’s Darius Quarles Went From Fledgling Painter to a Leader in North Carolina’s Arts Scene

Quarles battled racism, a pandemic, and a breakneck pace to become a major artist of color in a predominantly white North Carolina scene.