A Rescue Plan That’s Saving Black Businesses

A Rescue Plan That’s Saving Black Businesses

The vendors at MELANnaire Marketplace, created by Nachand Trabue, sell a variety of products, from handcrafted jewelry, skincare products and clothing to fresh goods and cafe foods. This month the marketplace will be open Saturday, October 9, at 4th Street Live! and...
Crystal Wilkinson, A Voice to be Heard

Crystal Wilkinson, A Voice to be Heard

“I see myself as a role model, or at least a symbol for young women across the state, particularly young women of color in thinking about what they want to do in terms of writing but also anything they want to do. I hope there’ll be some young women motivated by...
Artisan Courtney: Beautiful Tastes

Artisan Courtney: Beautiful Tastes

“…I took an aptitude test, and it said I should be a mechanic or carpenter. Now I get it. I make things,” says Courtney Yopp Norris. From the palette to the palate, Courtney Yopp Norris’ creations are multi-sensory. Not only is her art appealing to...
Artisan Tammie: Energetic Art

Artisan Tammie: Energetic Art

“I don’t usually have a plan when I begin a piece, I just know color and use color as expression,” says Tammie Demessie. Tammie Demessie hadn’t painted for 21 years when her sister asked for a favor. She wanted an original painting as a gift, but what Tammie didn’t...
Artisan Cathy: The Details of Nature

Artisan Cathy: The Details of Nature

“I look for little things . . . like a fern uncurling its fronds in the sun,” says Cathy Hillegas. There is magic in Cathy Hillegas’ trees. A play of light and shadows gives a sycamore divinity. In her painting “Rise Up,” the vantage point from the lowly ground makes...
Artisan Faith: A Grape Adventure

Artisan Faith: A Grape Adventure

“When you create, all the hard work is worth it in the end,” says Faith Hatcher. Meet Faith Hatcher, winemaker and champion of women. Faith’s path to the artisan craft of winemaking began in college where she studied biology and chemistry, prerequisites for her...