Vanessa Infanzon

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Meet PCG Member – Julia Simon: Vegan Encourager, Educator, & Promoter


An experience at Grand St. Settlement in New York City changed the trajectory for PCG Professional Member Julia Simon.

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A Stage for All


More than 20 years ago, Monica Pettiford staged a sit-in on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at Queens University of Charlotte. The silent protest led by Pettiford, then an undergraduate at the liberal-arts university...

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This Charlotte artist is about to head to the Arctic. ‘My life is going to be changed’


For almost a month now Charlotte artist Ruth Ava Lyons has been taking cold showers to prepare for her trip to the Arctic.

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Art House


Last year, Nick Stout challenged his parents with a question: “Do you want to live in a piece of art or in a regular house?” His query came during Gray Stout and Heather St. Aubin-Stout’s search for a new home.

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Pillars of NC: Harvey Gantt makes history with architecture practice


Harvey Gantt’s always been a trailblazer. As a teenager, he sat at lunch counters closed to people of color. He became the first African American student to attend Clemson University in 1963.

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Pillars of NC: Sheila Ogle’s pioneering career


Sheila Ogle was among a small group of women business owners when she opened her marketing company, Media Research Planning & Placement Inc. in Cary, in the late 1980s. Photo by Christer Berg. 

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Mint Museum Randolph: Behind the Exhibition


Tony DiTerlizzi drew monsters and dragons as a kid. He still does. DiTerlizzi, 49, is a New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator. He’s known for his...

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The Levine Museum historian shares one of Charlotte’s best kept historical secrets


When he shared material from his master’s thesis on the origins of Charlotte’s thriving civil rights movement, Willie...

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This sculptor from the Charlotte area makes works of whimsy that are gaining attention


For the first time in 13 years, Debbie Whitsett answered a gallery’s call for artwork. Her sculpture, “The Dinner Guest,”...

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Need a weekend getaway? Here’s 5 ways to fall in love with Floyd, Virginia


Our first trip as a couple was to New Orleans. I surprised my boyfriend — who is now my husband — with a AAA triptik planner (This was before...

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Four of our favorite comfort foods and where to find them in the Carolinas


Cooler weather begs for foods that warm our souls and fill our bellies. Comfort foods remind us of family dinners and reunions, and Sunday suppers...

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Jekyll Island, Georgia: Adventure, history and nature packed into one tiny island


I hop on the red tram parked behind the Mosaic museum on Jekyll Island, Georgia. A young and enthusiastic tour guide...

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‘Everyone needs an outlet to express themselves.’ Their art studio is just the start.


David Galloway finds it hilarious that his son, Dion Galloway, and daughter, Davita Galloway, named their creative studio, dupp&swat, after the random nicknames he gave them as children growing up in Winston-Salem.

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To expand on his studio work, this artist picked up spray paint and stepped outside


Public artist Ivan Depeña expected a hyper-competitive environment at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. But the community of artists surprised him: “It felt like...

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Find out the stories behind three treasured works in the latest exhibit at the Gantt


“A Woman’s Work” is a selection of 25 pieces by 11 artists from the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African American Art, donated to the Gantt Center in 1998 by Bank of America.

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Exclusive: Popular Matthews Community Farmers’ Market booth expands to brick and mortar shop


Two years ago, Debbie and Joshua Chopas purchased Good Cup, a coffee booth at Matthews Community Farmers’ Market.

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Fancy yourself a writer? A poet? You can join the Charlotte Lit community


I hesitated when a longtime friend suggested we meet at Pen to Paper, a free writing workshop at Charlotte Center for Literary Arts. 

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