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North Carolina Arts Council

NC Women Abstract Painters, now on display at the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, features five women who are abstract artists living in N.C. It is the first exhibition in 30 years to focus uniquely on women artists.

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North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council and partners in Greenville and Rocky Mount will present free concerts that celebrate eastern North Carolina’s vibrant African American musical heritage this spring.

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Story & Interview by Sandra Davidson

It was big news when Tift Merritt returned to Raleigh, North Carolina last year. Born in Houston, T.X. but planted in the City of Oaks by the age of two, the Grammy-nominated songstress began making waves in the early 2000s with her dynamic voice and evocative song writing. Last year she and her daughter Jean moved back to her hometown after a nine-year stint in New York City, marking a new chapter of Tift’s career anchored in family, writing, and roots. Tift, a 2019–20 N.C. Artist Fellowship Awardee, shared her thoughts on North Carolina arts in a 50 for 50 interview.

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Story by Sandra Davidson

Rob Levin is a glass artist and sculptor based in Burnsville, North Carolina. Like so many artists in the Toe River region of western North Carolina, Rob was drawn to the area by Penland School of Craft, where he first fell in love with glassmaking. He moved permanently to Burnsville nearly 40 years ago, and has since built a career of international renown.



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