Artspace Meets Mystery Build!

Artspace gives kids the opportunity to enroll in FREE art classes. Support the Artspace Summer Arts Scholarship!

We partnered with Artspace in Raleigh NC and created a special Mystery Build Kit to raise money for their Summer Arts Program. The artists created some truly amazing works, and they were auctioned to the public nationwide! We had a blast and the artists truly got into the spirit of experimentation.

The winners got prizes from Jerry's Artarama, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and Empire Eats!






Meet the Artists

Paris Alexander

Paris Alexander was born and raised in New York City where he studied art from early childhood. Since establishing himself in NC, Alexander’s work has been exhibited widely including galleries, universities, and museums, with numerous public and private commissions. His work is included in the collection of Wake Med, Duke University,UNC Chapel Hill, Saks Fifth Avenue, the R.C. Kessler Collection, SAS Institute, former president Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, and many others. Besides teaching privately, he has been an instructor for several NC Arts councils, the Artspace Arts and Outreach Programs, and the NC Museum of Art Outreach Program.

Pete Sack

Pete Sack is a painter based in Raleigh, North Carolina. His recognizable style layers watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints over nostalgic imagery to build what he calls “new narratives.” Experimentation with medium and subject matter have amassed into an extensive body of work found in private, residential and permanent collections. Since receiving his BFA from East Carolina University in 1998, Sack’s large and postcard-sized paintings have evolved with his career. He has received numerous invitations for collaborative participation with community organizations including the North Carolina Symphony and the Raleigh City Museum.


Clearscapes is a broad-based, full-service design firm. We provide architectural design services for a range of public, private, and institutional clients across North Carolina. We have also completed more than 100 public and private art installations throughout the United States. Our team is comprised of 19 individuals with diverse educational, geographic, and experiential backgrounds.

Centerline Digital

We are a content marketing agency with a passion for resolving complex communications challenges with strategic and creative digital content. We’re a random but talented bunch driven by industry savvy and wickedly creative minds. We live for accountable creative strategy driven by a fierce competitive streak. Because we don’t want more of more, we want more of better. That goes for our people, our clients and our work.

Stewart Engineering

Stewart is an engineering, design and planning firm located in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte, N.C., serving clients throughout the southeastern United States. Stewart offers a wide variety of services to meet the needs of its clients, including land planning and design, structural engineering, transportation, geomatics and construction services. Clients include education, healthcare, institutions, municipalities, architects, departments of transportation and the federal government, as well as commercial, retail, residential and mixed-use developers.

Clairemont Communications

Clairemont Communications is an award-winning agency based in Raleigh that was born out of a moment of clarity. It was a defining moment of professional passion, assessment of strengths and successes, and the realization that there was something missing from the PR agency offering. The clarity revealed an undeniable desire to do not just great, not just outstanding, but monumental work for our clients. Clarity in vision + the promise of monumental results. This is Clairemont Communications.

Tim Postell

Tim currently lives in Knightdale, North Carolina, where he pursues his lifetime ambitions as a full time artist and college teacher. On most days, Tim can be found in his studio at Artspace in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina or out on location somewhere in the countryside painting landscapes. Tim paints in a diversity of styles from Portraiture, Abstraction, Still Life, and a strong focus on the rural landscape through plein air and studio painting. Tim’s paintings are in many private and corporate collections throughout the united states as well as many other countries around the globe like Germany, Australia, England, Singapore, Japan, just to name a few.

Melinda Fine

Born in Boston, MA and raised in Greensboro, NC, Melinda Fine received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English and an MFA in creative writing form UNC-G. She studied with Fred Chappell, Robert Watson and Lee Zacharias. She studied printmaking with Beth Grabowski at UNC and attended two years of graduate school at the School of Design, NCSU, Raleigh. She taught graphic design and typography as a professor of art at Meredith College form 1997 to 2008.

Kyle Highsmith

Kyle Highsmith, a prolific painter who generates an average of 150 oil paintings a year, begins each piece on location and finishes it in his studio. Highsmith regularly travels to Europe and the Caribbean in search of subject matter for his paintings. His work is represented by 10 commercial galleries and is included in many corporate collections, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, GlaxoSmithKline, Duke Hospital, and Northwestern Mutual.

Sarah West

Raleigh visual artist Sarah West’s work resides at the intersection of jewelry and sculpture. Working from abstract drawings and collages to create diagrams of emotional landscapes, she exposes the underlying geography of memory and history through overlapping line, shadow and imagery. She is inspired by the open latticework of bridges and electric towers, and the internal architecture of buildings, maps and trajectory patterns. In 2012, West’s work was on view in Public Record, a solo exhibition at Artspace, Raleigh and in the Penland Artists Summer Show and Illume, both invitational shows at Light Art and Design in Chapel Hill. She earned a B.F.A. from East Carolina University, Greenville.

Carol Joy Shannon

Carol Joy's abstract paintings have been collected locally, nationally and internationally. They hang in venues ranging from vacation homes to banks, and donated works have raised money for everything from Gulf fishermen to Aids Alliance of the Carolinas. her work has been shown extensively in galleries and museums including The North Carolina Museum of Art, Page Walker Arts Center, Cameron Art Museum, Lee Hansley Gallery,Visual Art Exchange, and more.

Lee Ball

Lee is an award-winning native of North Carolina. She was born in Raleigh and raised in Johnston County. Lee studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design, Painting and Sculpture at Meredith College and taught Visual Art at Athens Drive High School for 10 years. She chose to leave teaching to have more time with family and more fully explore her artist’s ideas. She has a passion for theatre, museums, and travel. She lives in her city hometown of Raleigh/Cary, but returns to Johnston County often for grounding.

Michelle Lyon

Born and raised in California, self taught fabric artist, Michelle Lyon, relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina seven years ago. After 15 years as a pastry chef, Michelle decided to try something different and turned her love of crafting into a business. Inspired by the textures and colors of vintage textiles, she began to make and sell Peculiar Pets.

Garrett Scales

Garrett Scales, a self-taught artist, has spent more than seven years pursuing hand stenciled images on a variety of surfaces, including paper, wood, and textiles. A Raleigh resident, Garrett’s work has been showcased throughout North Carolina including Artspace, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission’s Block Gallery, the Visual Art Exchange, and the Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro, NC.  He has taught in the Artspace Youth Summer Arts Program for three years, completed the Artspace Outreach Teacher Training Program from 2008-2010, and was awarded the Artspace Regional Emerging Artist Residency from July 2010 to January 2011.

Kiki Farish

Subjects of text, flowers and female figurative consist of subtle and polite statements of social studies. Farish’s “Say Grace” was added to the Raleigh Municiple Arts Collecition by the Arts Commission summer 2011. Farish’s recent exhibitions include 3 person, Artspace, Raleigh NC; Earthly Musings, The Block Gallery, Raleigh Nc; A Woman’s place, An Exhibition of Seven Women Artists Exploring their identity, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC; Drawing Revisited, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC; and Paul Hartley Legacy, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC. Kiki Farish teaches figure drawing, design, and color theory at the Art Institute of Raleigh Durham in Durham, NC.

Ryan Cummings

Raleigh artist Ryan Cummings is an expert decorative painter specializing in custom wall finishes, hand painted murals, trompe l'oeil, gilding, and Venetian plaster to create both period interiors and original contemporary work. From small scale, intimate room finishes to large scale projects, from residential to commercial, Ryan works hand in hand with his clients to create unique, artistic solutions for home, office or commercial sites.

Sue Soper

Susan Soper earned a BS in Graphic Design and a minor in Art Therapy from the State University College at Buffalo, NY. For the next twenty years Soper lived with her family in Riverton, WY. It was there that she was introduced to lithography in 1988. Further education included the Tamarind Institute summer lithography program and Frogmans Print and Paper workshops in South Dakota. In 2003, Soper moved to Clayton, NC, with her family. She was juried into the Artspace Artists Association in 2006 and currently maintains Studio 102 at Artspace.

Georgia Springer

In 1990, Springer received her Masters in Product Design with a concentration in textiles from NCSU School of Design. Since 1991, she has taught at the Meredith College Art Department, specializing in color theory and surface design on fabric. Her current large, intricately designed wall quilts focus on her longtime interest in color and light, as well as artistic manifestations of spiritual concepts. Springer has exhibited regionally and nationally, winning awards in many shows.

Anna Podris

Podris earned her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her paintings always include: people, plants, animals, or buildings. Using this imagery, she creates quirky and mythic narratives. Unexpected color combinations along with a love of pattern are elements that denote her unique style of painting. Podris is committed to the transcendental nature of art.

Keith Norval

Norval was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000 before relocating to Raleigh. His paintings feature bright colors, lots of animals, and some businessmen. Norval works in his studio at Artspace and teaches painting and printmaking at the Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh. His work is found in public and private collections in the United States as well as Norway, Japan, England, and South Africa.

Judy Crane

Judy Crane has been a full time professional artist for over 30 years. Having worked pastel and watercolor, she presently works primarily in Oils. She paints in a manner that encourages the viewer to see the subject as the eye sees a scene, not in photographic focus, but with atmosphere and depth of field. She captures the sophisticated and lush color of nature and of our man made environment, and presents them in a believable and exciting way.

Warren Hicks

Hicks was born and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma and studied Architectural Design at Oklahoma State University. Prior to graduation, he decided to explore opportunities within the music industry in Miami, Florida. Hicks spent twelve years in the music world before returning to design and architecture. While working at a prestigious architectural firm in Columbia, South Carolina, Hicks began exploring freelance graphic and web design.

Max Halpern

Max is both an artist in his own right and an art critic who has appeared in national, regional and local journals. He has roamed and written about American and European galleries and museums for as long as he can remember and lectured on modern art history. A graduate of the High School of Music and Art in New York, he is a professor emeritus at North Carolina State University where he created and taught courses linking modern art to modern literature.

Nora Phillips

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nora comes from a family of artists. Pursuing her artistic passions and her love for sewing since childhood, Nora started her career as a fiber artist becoming a recognized quilter. She has been painting since 1997. In her own words “I started painting to improve my knowledge of color to work with fabrics, and I fell in love with oil and acrylic painting...I am constantly looking to challenge myself with my paintings, and I am always wllling to explore new concepts, ideas and techniques”.

Shade Maret

Shade Elam Maret is an artist living in Raleigh, NC. Shade paints coastal scenes, houses, landscapes, as well as people and points of interest with acrylics on canvas.

Veronica Samuels

Veronica Samuel was born in Pennsylvania and has lived in North Carolina for more than 36 years. She has been a member of the Artspace Artists Association for over 21 years. Samuel is a precious metal clay certified artisan as well as a painter.

Michelle Harrell

As an artist educator, I enjoy sharing my passion with others. In my art, I search to capture both the sense of place and the physical mosaic of brushstrokes and interplay of colors. I use heightened color to create an emotional intuitive response to highly personal subject matter, often landscapes of my childhood. Light saturated with color creates sense of place in both my memory (emotional response) and the atmospheric effect of season and time of day. I want to stir the same feelings in the viewer as I associate with a particular place. I have loved to paint since I was a child but find printmaking offers me the opportunity for a endless combination of color juxtaposition and surfaces.

Lauren Van Hemert

Van Hemert makes wearable art using transfer techniques, found objects, and Precious Metal Clay. She is a 2005, 2006, and 2007 Niche Award Finalist and was awarded Second Place in Jewelry as one of the Best Artists and Artisans of North Carolina (Kennedy Promotions). Her work has been widely exhibited, including at the North Carolina Craft Gallery, Artspace, Piedmont Craftsmen, and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. In addition, she has been featured in Ornament, Southern Living, American Style, and Our State Magazine and on HGTV.

Derek Toomes

Derek Toomes is an artist currently based in Raleigh, NC. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UNCG in 2004 and has since been active in the art community. Inspired by graffiti, skateboarding culture, and urban landscapes, Derek Toomes has combined these influences into his own personal technique and style. He often mimics street art and it’s transience but adds a touch of the urbane, which allows his work to communicate a sense of culture while, at the same time, commenting on that culture.

Catherine Thornton

Thornton earned a BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Longwood College (currently Longwood University), VA. Thornton has been the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Thornton’s work has also been published in Lark Publication’s 500 Cups.

Gerry Lynch

Gerry Nigro Lynch was born in Boston in 1937. She has been Painting for over 30 years. She received an MA in Painting from Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ in 1988. She exhibited her work in galleries in New Jersey, New York (SoHo), and New Mexico in the 1980s. In 1990 she moved to North Carolina .

Mary Kircher

Mary Kircher is a fiber artist and textile designer specializing in hand weaving and custom dye techniques. Through her creative process has recently been analyzing aspects of interacting with the wilderness. She interprets activities and visuals experienced while camping, canoeing, or hiking and translate these experiences into woven objects. Her techniques include woven shibori, ikat, double weave and tapestry. She makes functional objects such as rugs or accessories in addition to one-of-a-kind works for home and office.

Lincoln Hancock

By combining process painting and abstraction with found and collected graphic artifacts from promotional adverts and poster art, Lincoln Penn Hancock’s new work mines late twentieth-century visual vernacular to imbue the everyday with new indications and meaning. Interrogating cultural arenas such as sport and the art market, Hancock locates material resonances through intuitive juxtapositions of paint and print; commercial and poetic expression. He leverages improvised applications of color and collage to coax the emergence of images exploring memory, meaning, and modernity.

Becky Joye

Becky Joye is a visual artist and designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2003, with full intention of becoming an architect. After coming to her senses in 2009, she shifted course to focus on drawing and making. Now she enjoys escaping to an invented world of color, pattern, and impracticable structures.

Gustavo De Los Rios

Gustavo De Los Rios has been an Artspace artist since 2003. He began painting at the age of 10 and soon discovered that painting and drawing was the most effective way to channel his mind and energy. With a strong emphasis on surrealism, De Los Rios alters the figure he envisions through foreshortening, elongating, and exaggerating the limbs – creating a perspective that the eye is not accustomed to perceiving.

Dave Greway

An idea hits me often when I least expect it. I quickly sketch the idea on whatever is laying around. I take my doodle to the second hand stores, thrift shops, and yard sales where I look for various objects and materials that I can use to create my piece.

Hannah Costner

My work finds inspiration in fairy tales, fables, and stories. I create each work to act as a single illustration from a larger narrative. Within the works, I incorporate elements of magical realism and hidden symbols.

Jeff Bell

My studio practice is focused on gathering preexisting objects, deconstructing them and then creating sculptures from those elements. The materials I work with come from everyday things, and my references are to other commonplace objects and to popular culture. My goal for each sculpture is to bring together elements from different backgrounds to create a new object that lives in the precarious area between the known and unknown.

Nsenga Knight

Nsenga Knight is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist and filmmaker. Much of her work expands upon the common inclinations in Islamic Art, abstraction and the conceptual arts movement, and reflects her interest in subjectivity, archiving and intervention. Her approach to materials and ideas is part of a larger theoretical project that poses critical questions about process, power, representation, and the construction of communal narratives.

Pam Shank

After graduating from UNC at Chapel Hill, I studied traditional oil portrait painting at the Art Students' League in New York City. Upon returning to North Carolina, I began to experiment with various subjects and mediums. My paintings of landscapes in watercolor were developed, and gradually I began to concentrate on people and faces.

Matt Butler

He's a North Carolinian and proud of it. He's a teacher, imparting knowledge on our future everyday. He's an avid outdoorsman who mountain bikes and rock climbs whenever he gets the chance. He's also an amateur print maker.

Emily Howard

My work revolves around the idea that tradition and history will persist in the future. Our past will catch up to us in one way or another, and it is interesting to explore the path it takes to slip into our life. I use photographs, letters, journals and recipes from people in family to represent things from the past.

Catherine J Howard

Catherine J Howard is a visual artist, art technique and art history instructor, curator, and freelance arts writer. She graduated with BA in Art History from Barnard College, specializing in Contemporary African Art and art education for children with disabilities.
"My experiences while traveling have sparked a passion for using art as a tool for social activism. In 2013, I will be living in 13 countries in which the citizens have been ignored by the global community due to shrouds of cultural secrecy or suppression by hostile political movements."

Richard Garrison

Garrison, a midcareer artist based in Raleigh, is well-known to Triangle viewers for canvases that take Bay Area figuration as a point of departure. Broad planes of saturated color and a palpable sense of light are features of this work, to which Garrison has added his own idiosyncratic touches of found paper collage elements and impasto paint handling. In this show (at Tyndall Galleries), one recognizes Garrison's previous style, but sees him clearly setting forth into deeper territory."

Nancy Vannoppen

VanNoppen was the 2011 recipient of the Frances Niederer Scholar Award in studio art and has been included in various exhibitions in Roanoke such as the Senior Majors Exhibition at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum and Explorations of a Space Age at the Unicorn Stables Project. In 2012, VanNoppen earned her BA in studio art from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA where she transferred in 2009. She has recently been awarded an artist residency at ArtSpace in Raleigh, NC, where she will be working throughout fall 2012.

Amy Friend

Drawing for me began at an early age and led me to travel around the country and abroad. Life experiences and challenges are what drive my creativity, my questions, and self-exploration. My work, rooted in foundations and process, delves into the complexities of my life, the world around me, and the way the two fit together. Through drawing, painting and collage, I create a context for this exploration.

Jeannette Stevenson

After 20 years working with clay, I still get excited at the possibilities of what I can create from a formless lump. My desire is to create elegant functional and sculptural forms enhanced by rich colors or the unpredictable touch of fire. It is the fine balance between aesthetics and function which continues to guide me on my journey as an artist.

Michelle Smith

Long fascinated with making art from the colors and patterns of everday objects, designer Michelle Smith has documented her observations since she was a teenager exploring rural back roads with her camera and sketchbook. These days she incorporates pieces of these types of found images into her multimedia textile and pattern designs.

Scott Welsh

Bio coming soon...