Featured Artist Archive
Handmade ties in cotton and silk
An observer of people, James Abram has always noticed how people dressed, how they put things together and what made them stand out. He began selling custom bowties in 2018. In May 2020, he opened a physical store inside Cecy’s Gallery.
Jenny Blazing, acrylic painting incorporating hand-painted original papers, pencil & oil pastel on stretched canvas, 36 x 36 inches
Jenny Blazing is a full-time working artist living in Durham, NC. In addition to ongoing representation in various exhibits, her work is regularly on view at 5 Points Gallery in downtown Durham. Blazing graduated from University of California, Davis with degrees in Environmental Design & Economics and subsequently earned a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her visual arts work focuses on the ephemeral beauty of our world and our need to do our best to respect and preserve it. From the rain-soaked days of her childhood in the Pacific Northwest through the ever-evolving arc of her artistic career, Blazing has always built imaginary worlds that shape and color her experience. Plucking pieces from her surroundings, she rearranges life’s building blocks to construct new, distinctive realities. These imaginary worlds, in turn, become lenses onto our lived reality: fictional forums to consider concrete environmental, economic and social issues.
Jennifer Jones, LoveJones Co., Mt. Rainier frogskin agate stone on brass
LoveJones has a handmade jewelry line called ‘Adorn’ consisting of a wide variety of healing stones and semi-precious metals. The artist typically makes one-of-a-kind unique pieces vs selling in quantity. For almost every jewelry item, there is only one like it anywhere in the world.
Various Local Artists
Smiling Elephant Studio • Peace Goods • Zoo&Roo • Karen Casey Fused Glass Pretty Clever Words • The Living Soaperie • Elaine O’Neil Designs • Pickle Pie Pottery • Kate Loughlin Art • Flying Owl Fiber Art • Cheryl Foiles Designs • Seasaw Crafts • Hometown Apparel • Labrottie Creations
The Artisan Market opened at 305 East Chapel Hill Street on May 19, 2017 as part of Dan Ellison’s Durham Arts Space. Dan has long been a supporter of artists in Durham and has a variety of artists in the upstairs part of his 305 space. The storefront at 305 is the home for Karen Casey’s art as well as more than 50 other local artists from across North Carolina.
As an artist herself, Karen has curated a group of people that fits the description of interesting, inviting, practical, fun and affordable! The artists in the store reflect a range of talent from the Durham Craft Market and other artists from around the state.
Sunday Love, 2022
Acrylic on canvas
5 Points Gallery
Born and raised in Louisa, Virginia, Darius Quarles is a self taught artist who has been painting seriously since 2006. He describes his style as “unleashed!” He has no particular subject matter, although when it comes to pop culture he’s drawn to the controversial and intriguing. He produces over 200 original pieces per year, including public murals like the Liberty Warehouse Mural in Durham. His works are in numerous private collections throughout the US, and he has participated in hundreds of art shows and festivals. Darius lives and works in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and their four children.
Bisa Jacket with Dragonfly Necklace, 2022
Andrea Carter / Ngozi Design
Long sleeve jacket: reversible embroidered cotton with oversized patch pockets reverse side hand pieced Ankara cotton, 32 x 50 in.
Necklace: magnesite, onyx, and pewter, 24 in.
Third Friday showing at Golden Belt Artist Studios
Ngozi Design retraces history through their ONI clothing line, honoring a long tradition of block printing, quilting and unique fashion crafted by Black women and men from West Africa to America. These collections showcase creativity and spirituality through colors, textiles and designs unique to the collective sartorial genius of black men and women here on the continent and in the diaspora. Ngozi Design provides a unique blend of inspirational design and enhanced personal style. Find them in person at Golden Belt Arts, and online at ngozidesign.com and on Instagram at @ngozidesign.
Precious Child / The Only Adult Here is the Dog, 2022
Acrylic on canvas
Third Friday showing at 21c Museum Hotel.
Hyewon Grigoni is a Durham, NC based artist who has engaged in a variety of creative practices since childhood, including painting, dioramas, and motherhood. Find her work online at hyewongrigoni.com and instagram.com/supershrinkydink.
Last Call, 2022
Found black velvet painting and neon
24 in x 36
Third Friday showing at Hex Neon.
Danielle James is a Durham N.C. based neon bender, designer and metalsmith whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Find her work in person at Hex Neon, located within The Durham Fruit, and online at instagram.com/hex.neon and djneonart.com.
Elements Case Study Mebane and Elements Case Study Badin, 2020
Acrylic and paper on canvas
30 cm x 40 cm each
Ukiyo-e Durham 5 Points, 2021
Yuko Nogami Taylor
Watercolor on paper