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She's at the Hudson

She's at the Hudson

THE HUDSON PROJECT | Raleigh, NC
EXHIBITION

This Fall, Artsuite is pleased to present an all women's exhibition at the historic Hudson building in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Located at 319 Fayetteville Street, the 4,200 sq. ft gallery provides a perfect venue for these remarkable works.

She's at the Hudson...

Jens-Peter Brask

Jens-Peter Brask

Copenhagen, Denmark
COPENHAGEN,
DENMARK

You don’t have to be an art expert to know what you like — what pulls you in or lights you up. Even with his depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in the art world, Danish curator, collector and publisher Jens-Peter Brask says what he ultimately looks for is art...

Chandra Johnson

Chandra Johnson

Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE,
NORTH CAROLINA

There are the people who keep their fine china locked away in a cupboard… And then there’s Chandra Johnson, who uses hers on the daily, and runs it (and her silver flatware!) right through the dishwasher. Her rationale? What’s the point of having these treasures if not to enjoy them?...

Branford and Nicole Marsalis

Branford and Nicole Marsalis

Durham, NC
DURHAM,
NORTH CAROLINA

Art can be many things to many people. For Nicole and Branford Marsalis, it’s personal. The Durham, North Carolina home the couple shares with their two daughters is filled with works that have a story to tell, shining a light on parts of their lives. One piece in particular provides...

Charlotte Lucas

Charlotte Lucas

Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE,
NORTH CAROLINA

Never underestimate the potential of a vision to become reality. As an interior designer, Charlotte Harris Lucas says one of the most rewarding things about her job is seeing something that started as a mood board or sketch morph into a full-blown home or design that gives a family a...

Barrie Benson

Barrie Benson

Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE,
NORTH CAROLINA

For many collectors, discovering and selecting art is a process that starts slowly. Maybe they buy work from artists they know or pick up a few pieces on their travels. Charlotte-based interior designer Barrie Benson’s first experience building a collection, on the other hand, was something altogether more intensive. Right...

Branching Out

Branching Out

BRANCHING OUT: NORTH CAROLINA CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS INTERPRET NATURE  | The Umstead, Raleigh, NC
EXHIBITION

"There is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." — Henry David Thoreau

Over the past year, the power of the natural world became amplified as our...

Scott Avett

Scott Avett

Concord, NC
CONCORD,
NORTH CAROLINA

Hanging alongside a 17th-century painting in the Old Masters section at The North Carolina Museum of Art is “Julianne in Vain,” a striking chiaroscuro portrait North Carolina artist Scott Avett painted in 2009. The anachronistic placement is a recognition of the deep influence artists like Caravaggio have had on his...

Beverly McIver

Beverly McIver

Chapel Hill, NC
PAINTING

“Artist Beverly McIver paints portraits that distill the emotions of a moment down to their essence. From the bright joy of the first bite of a summer peach to the bitter pain of hyper-visibility, racism and police brutality — she lifts the emotional veils from her subjects and connects...

Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell

Wilson, NC
SCULPTURE

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” To that much-quoted Benjamin Franklin aphorism, artist Jeff Bell might add: Yes, but at least you won’t be bored. In his early work as a sculptor, Bell was very much a planner, until he realized all that prep work left...

Barbara Campbell Thomas

Barbara Campbell Thomas

Greensboro, NC
PAINTING
QUILTING

Barbara Campbell Thomas refers to her art studio as a self-generating system, where failed paintings get cut up and pieced into new works. But the North Carolina artist (and associate art professor) also keeps another category of scraps that could be more accurately described as ‘mother-generated’: pieces of fabric...

Martha Thorn

Martha Thorn

Raleigh, NC
PAINTING

For abstract artist Martha Thorn, diligence and dedication to her craft are paramount — but excessive planning is something to avoid. She prefers to paint intuitively, focusing on materials and the process of making, allowing meanings and underlying themes to reveal themselves slowly, sometimes after she has finished a piece....

BA THOMAS

BA THOMAS

Raleigh, NC
PAINTING

In the life of an artist, the daydream of being part of an artist colony probably plays in heavy rotation at one stage or another: the supportive, creative, collaborative environment; fellowship with and inspiration from other artists; time and space to focus and create without the distractions and demands of...

Brandon Dudley

Brandon Dudley

Kinston, NC
PAINTING

North Carolina native Brandon Dudley comes from a long line of artistic minds. Though he might be the first in his family to work as a full-time artist, his father, grandfather and uncle are all creatives. “My grandfather, who I admire dearly, is the most creative person I know, says...

Jordan & Paul Ferney

Jordan & Paul Ferney

New York, NY
NEW YORK,
NEW YORK

What do you get when two people who each grew up with artist parents meet, fall in love and build a life together? The crazy-colorful, art-filled NYC home of Jordan and Paul Ferney. From her mother, Jordan learned clever ways to create cheery spaces without spending a...

LOVE OVER RULES

LOVE OVER RULES

HANK WILLIS THOMAS | Raleigh, NC
PUBLIC ART

What does it mean to let love break the rules we have in our lives? That is the question built into Artsuite’s inaugural project, LOVERULES — a new large-scale installation in Raleigh’s warehouse district created by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas. Unveiled in October 2020...

The Hudson Project

The Hudson Project

THE HUDSON PROJECT | Raleigh, NC
EXHIBITION

There’s something about Raleigh. Among the top 10 fastest growing cities in the US, being a college town among college towns has helped it cultivate an especially vibrant arts community. And now, a new bright spot downtown: The Hudson Project by Artsuite. Located at 319 Fayetteville...

Marie Cox

Marie Cox

Raleigh, NC
RALEIGH,
NORTH CAROLINA

When Raleigh resident Marie Cox began collecting art in 2013, she was an only child, or so she thought. Last year, more than any new art acquisitions, the discovery of hidden branches of her family tree — four siblings she didn’t know she had! — rocked her...

Leigh Suggs

Leigh Suggs

Richmond, VA
PAINTING

Here’s what I’m seeing, but tell me how you see it?

It’s the kind of conversation commonly overheard at galleries showing artist Leigh Suggs’ work — intricately crafted cut paper works that often double as optical illusions, 2D art that looks 3D depending on where you’re standing. Though her...

William Paul Thomas

William Paul Thomas

Durham, NC
PAINTING

Of the hundreds of portraits artist William Paul Thomas has painted, he says the large scale oil painting of his grandmother Carolyn Thomas is probably his favorite, and not just because it was selected by Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to be featured in its annual Black Creativity exhibition. The affinity...

Dustin Patrick Smith & Burton Buffaloe

Dustin Patrick Smith & Burton Buffaloe

Raleigh, NC
RALEIGH,
NORTH CAROLINA

A recent YouTube video for Raising Buffaloes, the family vlog Dustin Patrick Smith and his husband Burton Buffaloe launched this summer, finds the handsome Raleigh couple en route to “test drive an Alpaca.” What the less imaginative among us might call a tour of a local...

Rob Matthews

Rob Matthews

Nashville, TN
PAINTING

An encounter with one of North Carolina-born artist Rob Matthews’ works can be curiously disorienting. In one way, you’re sure you’ve never seen anything quite like it before. But on the other hand, something about it feels familiar, making you linger a little longer as your brain tries to...

Sangsun Bae

Sangsun Bae

Kyoto, Japan
PHOTOGRAPHY
PAINTING
SCULPTURE

Among the reasons a person might uproot her life and move to another country — a job, school, love — 'there was a statue that made me cry’ is not high on the list of common explanations. But Korean artist Sangsun Bae does not take lightly such...

David Agger + Kalah Espinoza

David Agger + Kalah Espinoza

San Francisco, CA
SAN FRANCISCO,
CALIFORNIA

In the early stages of California couple Kalah Espinoza and David Agger's art collecting journey, proximity was paramount. For David, it began with on-the-job exposure to multiple genres of art while working at art auction house Butterfield & Butterfield. Even closer to home, he started collecting work...

Jack Early

Jack Early

New York, NY | Edenton, NC
PAINTING
MIXED MEDIA

Picture this. You’re a young artist living in New York City in the early 90s. You’ve lived at the Chelsea hotel, worked as an assistant to painter and sculptor Richard Artschwager, and now you’re partnering with another artist to create genre-blending work combining...

Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea

New York, NY
MIXED MEDIA
PAINTING
PHOTOGRAPHY

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, multi-disciplinary artist Anthony Goicolea describes his childhood growing up as “a gay Cuban Catholic boy in the South in the 70s” as “uniquely challenging.” As a talented art school grad who moved to New York in the 90s, he challenged himself to...

Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt

Raleigh, NC
RALEIGH,
NORTH CAROLINA

Nothin fancy, Nothin fake / Nothin wasted and no deal to make / What you need is what you want to take / And what you take, you use. Though Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tift Merritt was probably not writing about collecting art in her song Sweet Spot, those lyrics do...

Michael Whittle

Michael Whittle

Hong Kong
PAINTING
MIXED MEDIA

What if the solution to a puzzle you’d been struggling to solve ended up being the METHOD you were using to solve it? Sounds strange, but that’s exactly how English artist and researcher Michael Whittle came up with the idea for his award-winning 2015 PhD thesis, which has since...

Anna & Amir Barzin

Anna & Amir Barzin

Chapel Hill, NC
CHAPEL HILL,
NORTH CAROLINA

Collector and commercial photographer Anna Barzin has almost convinced herself that she’s not a real artist, but we have discriminating evidence to the contrary. To start, the way she captures light in her portrait work is beyond masterful. And from the ‘takes one to appreciate one’ category, in...

Susan Harbage Page

Susan Harbage Page

Durham, NC | Spello, ITALY
PHOTOGRAPHY
PAINTING

A red blanket caked with mud. A child’s shoe, pink and white and filled with sand. These are two of the roughly 1,000 items included in the Anti-Archive of Trauma, part of artist Susan Harbage Page’s 13-year U.S.-Mexico Border Project. These objects tell the stories...

Shaun Richards

Shaun Richards

Raleigh, NC
MIXED MEDIA

It’s not terribly uncommon for a one-day home improvement task to expand into a one- or two-week project. But it is rare that such a project would lead to a creative breakthrough that changes the focus of your career. Artist Shaun Richards would know. It was 2006 and he...

Nick Olsen

Nick Olsen

New York, NY
NEW YORK,
NEW YORK

Nick Olsen's final project in architecture school was a media center shaped like a life-size wedding cake, complete with real icing and plastic columns. The in-person critique included words like ‘failure’ and ‘waste of a college education,’ but the silver lining was the push it gave him...

Tim Lytvinenko

Tim Lytvinenko

Raleigh, NC
PAINTING
MIXED MEDIA

Unlike the kids his age who were afraid of the dark, photographer and printmaker Tim Lytvinenko spent a good chunk of his childhood angling to spend more time in dark rooms. He took his first photography class in third grade and was fascinated by all of it, but found his...

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