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Trig Modern Raises Nearly $5000 for SAFE Haven for Cats During “The Cat’s Meow” Auction

The Dwell House by Grant Newton

Dubbed the “Dwell House,” a sleek composition of intersecting cubic volumes rendered in white laminate and natural wood, was one of six Modern cat houses created by architects and furniture designers to benefit SAFE Haven for Cats during The Cat’s Meow Cocktail Party and Auction sponsored by Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh.

For the auction, the six imaginative houses were joined by a mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis of Raleigh and New Orleans, a large neon tabby cat sculpture perched on an old radio by neon artist Nate Sheaffer of Raleigh, and an iconic mid-century modern chair from Modernica donated by Trig Modern’s owner Bob Drake.

Under The Sea by i.S. Design

Approximately 100 cat enthusiasts attended The Cat’s Meow, along with

For Perching, Playing, and Napping by Little Associates.

two three-month-old kittens that SAFE Haven’s founder and director, Pam Miller, and a few volunteers brought to the event. Trig Modern provided an abundance of party food, wine, beer, and chilled water for the crowd as they perched on modern sofas and chairs throughout the showroom.

Mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis

With entertaining encouragement from professional auctioneer Ben Farrell, who donated his services to the cause, every item sold for prices that exceeded their designers’ expectations. Proceeds went directly to SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh, a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter and clinic that, to date, has found homes for nearly 8500 formerly stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

The auction itself netted $4525 with the “Dwell House” by Greensboro furniture designer Grant Newton commanding

The Cat Cave by Corey Baughman

the highest winning bid at $1150. Other donations brought in $274 and SAFE Haven sold $59 in retail items, making the grand total for the evening $4858.

Neon sculpture by Nate Shaeffer

“We want to thank Pam and the SAFE Haven volunteers; our delightful auctioneer Ben Farrell who made the auction entertaining as well as profitable; the architects, designers and artists who contributed their time and talent to the cause: and everyone who attended, especially all of the enthusiastic bidders,” said Bob Drake. “It was a wonderful evening and we’re looking forward to another Cat’s Meow next year.”

Background: This past February, Drake and Trig Modern’s interior designer Ann

Marie Baum, a SAFE Haven volunteer, invited architects and other designers throughout the Triangle to create “cool, modern” houses for indoor cats for the fundraising auction. According to guidelines, the houses had to be modern in style and of such quality that potential bidders would welcome them in their homes. They also had to be small enough to fit through a regular residential door and light enough for two people to carry them.

Multi-Use Play Tower by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA

The following designers created the cat structures:

The “O” by Bret Page Architecture

For more information on Trig Modern, visit

For more information on SAFE Haven for Cats, visit

About Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information, visit, call 919.516.8744 and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

About SAFE Haven for Cats:

SAFE Haven’s mission is to ensure the well-being of every cat through adoption, affordable spay/neuter services, community outreach and adherence to no-kill principles. The shelter receives no government funds and relies solely on private donations for 84% percent of its budget. Visit for more information.

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Trig Modern’s Ann Marie Baum To Moderate Furniture Makers’ Panel Discussion

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Trig Modern interior designer Ann Marie Baum

“Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century” is part of summer-long exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh.

On Sunday, July 24, from 4-6 p.m., interior designer Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh will moderate an informal conversation among area furniture makers at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Raleigh entitled “Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century.”

Free and open to the public, the event is part of CAM’s summer exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press,” an award-winning printing shop and book production studio in Durham. The exhibition will run through August 7.

Baum’s conversation will include Al Frega, Scott Howell, Ben Galata, Jessica Ullom from Hawks & Doves, and Anthony Ulinski of Dovetail Woodworks — five of the furniture makers who created custom works for a “living room-esque” space in CAM where the conversation will take place. Each of the five will talk about their work. Dave Wofford of Horse & Buggy Press will briefly discuss books as original artifacts. And Baum will lead a question-and-answer session following the individual presentations.

Originally from Hopewell, Virginia, Ann Marie Baum co-founded Cherry Modern Design in Raleigh in 2004. During her years at Cherry Modern Design, she collaborated with Clearscapes Architecture on the interiors of The Hudson condo building in downtown Raleigh and worked closely with architect Thomas Pheiffer and the NC Museum of Art staff to furnish the museum’s new wing and Iris Cafe. She joined Trig Modern in 2014, where she serves as lead interior designer.

Baum and Trig Modern’s owner, Bob Drake, frequently work with local and regional furniture and casework designers for their interior design projects. They also carry local designers’ work in their showroom.

“It’s going to be a fascinating discussion,” Baum predicted. “I admire the work of each of these artists.”
For more information on this and other events associated with the exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press,” go to Even though the event is free, anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Melissa Roth at

For more information on Ann Marie Baum and Trig Modern, visit

logo_smAbout Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mil Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

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Green Hill Center Invites Jason Craighead To Join Winter Show

Raleigh artist will feature three works in Greensboro’s premiere art exhibit. 

Struggle For Comfort, mixed media on canvas, 50x by 60h

November 28, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, located in Greensboro, has invited Raleigh artist Jason Craighead to show and sell his work during the 2011 Winter Show, Greensboro’s premiere art exhibition, from December 4 – January 15.

Jason Craighead is a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeastern United States, and it is included in many private and public collections throughout the United States and internationally.

Green Hill Center is one of North Carolina’s preeminent contemporary visual art centers, celebrating the state’s art and culture. This is first time Craighead has participate in the invitation-only Winter Show of 100 artists from across the state, although he has been a part of other events at the Center.

“Having participated last year in Drawing Revisited show and knowing Edie Carpenter and the other staff members there, I have so much appreciation for what they do at the Green Hill Center,” the artist said. “It’s a great venue and a great educational

That Last Fandango, mixed media on paper, 22w by 30h

resource. I’m flattered to be asked to participate, with a group of artists I have great respect for as well.”

Craighead will have three pieces in the Winter Show: a 50w by 60h work on canvas entitled “Struggle for Comfort” and two 22w by 30h works on paper entitled “This Distance” and “That Last Fandango.”

The Winter Show opens Saturday, December 3, with the Collector’s Choice gala fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Gala-goers have an advance opportunity to purchase pieces in the exhibition before they are available to the public. The Show opens to the public on Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 5pm.

The Green Hill Center is located at 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401-2819. (Phone: 336-333-7460). For more information, go to

For more information on Jason Craighead, visit

This Distance, mixed media on paper, 22w by 30h

About Jason Craighead:

Jason Craighead has been a professional artist and an active participant in the Raleigh arts community for many years. He is a member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and chairman of its Art, Education and Collections Committee. He has donated many paintings to charitable art auctions, including the annual Art Papers Auction in Atlanta, and his paintings consistently bring in some of the highest bids. He serves regularly as a juror for art shows throughout North Carolina. He is represented by Flanders Gallery in Raleigh, NC, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, NC, and Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta, GA. For more information:


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Detachment: Jason Craighead Art Exhibition To Open At Flanders Gallery

Featuring all new works on paper, canvas, and installation. 

"compare me to no one," 76w x 80h, mixed media on canvas

August 9, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Artist Jason Craighead’s newest works will be featured in a special exhibition entitled “Detachment” at Flanders Gallery in downtown Raleigh from September 2 through October 1.

The show will include works on paper in a full range of sizes up to 22w x 30h, several large-scale works on canvas, and an installation collage of small drawings and random text.

“Detachment” marks Craighead’s first major exhibition in over a year. It also represents a dramatic evolution in his work, which has been widely recognized for the layers of paint that seem to veil the brushstrokes behind them. The Raleigh News & Observer’s Michele Natale once wrote of his paintings: “Beneath the curtains of poured paint, edges of color and hidden activity hint at the processes of building and

"who thought of the heart," 22w x 30h, mixed media on paper

rebuilding…” The Independent Weekly’s Amy White has referred to his “insistent gestural layering of painted and pencil-drawn lines, which are in turn layered and brushed over with pale washes that read as fog or atmosphere…”

According to Craighead, events and self discovery over the past two or three years have caused him to begin lifting that veil, pulling the curtain back, and washing away the fog. This is immediately evident in such works for the show as “Compare Me To No One,” a 76w x 80h mixed media on canvas painting.

“I’m no longer holding anything back,” he said. “The new work is raw, powerful, and emotional. The layers are stripped off. My tears are right there to be seen. I’m making real, honest work because I’m inspired to do so, and for no other reason. It is both scary and thrilling.”

He realizes, he said, that the inspiration for this new work was a direct result of his systematic detachment – hence the title of the show — from gallery representation that he did not feel was supportive of his evolution as an artist.

“Part of getting myself in the right place mentally was getting myself in the right places physically, like Flanders Gallery. It has been so refreshing and inspiring to work with someone like [Flanders director] Kelly McChesney, who honestly values an artist’s creativity, truly believes in the work she represents, and completely supports her artists’ careers.”

The exhibition will include the work of artist Holly Fischer, whose white clay figurative and abstract sculptures will be juxtaposed against the backdrop Craighead’s paintings and installation.

The opening reception will be held Friday, September 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. Flanders Art Gallery is located at 302 South West Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. For more information call 919-834-5044 or visit

"individuality," 76w x 50h, mixed media on canvas

Jason Craighead is represented by Flanders Gallery and by Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, NC. For more information about the artist, visit

About Jason Craighead

Jason Craighead is a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene. His work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeastern United States. He has received numerous awards and served as a juror for various art shows. He has been selected as Signature Artist for charitable art auctions, and his work has been featured in a number of publications, including Artists & Art Galleries of the Southeast. He has also been an active participant in the Raleigh arts community for many years and is a member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. For more information:

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RHA Howell To Host “Put It On The Table” Design Competition, Fundraiser

To benefit children and adults with disabilities in the Tar River and Greenville group homes.

July 26, 2011 (Greenville, NC) – Creative holiday table settings and table top design are the themes for a special fundraiser to benefit RHA Howell’s Tar River and Greenville Group Homes this year entitled, “Put It On The Table.”

On Thursday, November 3, from 4-7 p.m., local businesses — interior designers, florists, gift shops and jewelry stores, restaurants, and other entrants — will use tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, center pieces and other elements to capture the spirit of the holidays. The event will promote their brands and work, while raising funds for children and adults with disabilities. Professional designers will serve as judges to select the “Best in Show” winner, while the attending public will determine the “People’s Choice Award.”

Businesses that enter the “Put It on the Table” competition and fundraiser will pay a $100 entry fee and provide a raffle or silent auction donation valued at $100. All items may also be priced for sale. RHA Howell will provide each entrant a 48-inch unadorned table and any number of chairs.

“We can’t wait to see how creative the table top designers will be,” said RHA Howell marketing director and events planner Debbie Valentine. “And we hope those who come to see the results will be inspired to get creative with their own table tops back home for the holidays.”

For their entry fee, participating designers and businesses will receive advertisements in the “Put It on the Table” program, two tickets to the event, their companies’ names in RHA Howell press releases, and a link to their businesses on the RHA Howell website. The event will also have its own Facebook page and Twitter account. The deadline for entering the competition is September 15.

“Put it on the Table” will be held at St. Peters Catholic Church at 2700 East 4th Street in Greenville, NC. Tickets to the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Limited advance tickets will be available from the website at

Event sponsorships are also available from $250 (“Friends” level) to $2500 (VIP). Benefits for each level of sponsorship will be available soon on the RHA Howell website.

RHA Howell is a non-profit, statewide organization that has been serving children and adults with disabilities for nearly 40 years. Tar River is home to 30 children with complex medical needs who require round-the-clock medical care. The Greenville Group Homes provide care for12 adolescents with special needs.

For more information about RHA Howell Tar River contact Crystal Garman at 252-758-1101 or

For more information about Greenville Group Homes contact Jill Liles at 252-327-2063 or

About RHA Howell, Inc.

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for nearly 40 years. Integrity, high standards for quality and hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to

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Artists’ Portrait Finds A Permanent Home in Greenville Museum of Art

Allen Weiss’ photographic portrait of Frances Speight and Sarah Blakeslee is donated.

June 12, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – The 1988 black and white portrait of legendary North

1988 portrait of Sarah Blakeslee and Frances Speight by Allen Weiss has been doated to the Greenville NC Museum of Art.

Carolina artists Frances Speight and Sarah Blakeslee by Allen Weiss has been donated to the Greenville Museum of Art to accompany the permanent gallery there honoring the couple, who lived in Greenville.

The portrait was part of a recent exhibition at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh entitled, “Black & White, Color & Light: Photographs by Allen Weiss and Works by His Subjects.” The exhibition included Weiss’ portraits of 11 of North Carolina’s premiere artists, first shown in 1988 when the collection was commissioned by Melissa Peden, a respected art patron and former gallery owner. All of three of the artists are deceased now, including Speight and Blakeslee.

Marion Johnson Church of Raleigh purchased the Speight and Blakeslee portrait and donated it to the Greenville Museum of Art in honor of her grandson, John Church Bacon, who is retiring from the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

“The gift honors his service to the museum,” said gallery owner Lee Hansley who arranged the sale. Hansley’s gallery hosted the exhibition from March 13 through April 30th originally, then extended it for two more weeks.

Weiss, principal of Allen Weiss: Works on Film & Paper in Raleigh, was delighted to hear about the donation.

“It is always gratifying when someone thinks enough of your work to buy it,” he said. “As someone who has exhibited with other photographers who have work in art institutions, I’ll admit I’ve always been a bit jealous. It means the world to me to know my work is finally in the permanent collection of a museum.”

Lee Hansley Gallery also arranged the sale of six portraits from the show to Johnson Development Associates, Inc. of Spartanburg, SC, to add to the company’s extensive collection of art by Southern artists.

To see the complete collection of Weiss’ black and white portraits of North Carolina artists, go to and click on “Projects & Series.”

For more information on Allen Weiss: Works on Film & Paper, visit

For more information on the Greenville Museum of Art, go to For more information on Lee Hansley Gallery, visit

About Frances Speight and Sarah Blakeslee:

From the Greenville Museum of Art:  “Francis Speight and his wife Sarah Blakeslee are two of the most important artists who lived and worked in North Carolina during the 20th century… Speight taught painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1925 until 1961. In 1936 he married Blakeslee, who had been one of his students at the academy’s Country School at Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. In 1961 they moved to Greenville, North Carolina, where Francis became the artist-in-residence at East Carolina College. Sarah painted and taught adult classes at local art centers.”

About Allen Weiss:

After 15 years as a professional photographer in Raleigh and New York, Allen Weiss turned his attention towards short films, public service announcements and television commercials, both regionally and internationally. Recently, he launched Allen Weiss: Works on Film & Paper to offer still photography of all varieties, film and video (director, DP, cameraman), and freelance writing/branding. For more information visit

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“Birds of a Feather” Art Exhibition To Open In Wilmington in June

Featuring hand-crafted and hand-painted surfboards and stringed instruments.

May 17, 2011 (Wilmington, NC)“Birds of a Feather,” a special exhibition featuring artist Clark Hipolito’s original artwork on handcrafted guitars, ukuleles and surfboards, will open on Friday, June 10, at Deluxe restaurant in downtown Wilmington, NC.

The title of the exhibition, “Birds Of A Feather,” reflects the collaboration between Raleigh, NC-based artist Hipolito, surfboard shaper Will Allison of Wilmington, and luthier Jay Lichty of Tryon – the three North Carolina artists/craftsmen who are creating the surfboards and heirloom quality guitars and ukuleles for the show.

Hipolito, the founder of Art Co Surf in Raleigh, has been well known for several years for his hand-painted, wood-grain surfboards that are inspired by the Polynesian surfing legacy, Asian art, and Hipolito’s love of classic Chris-Craft boats.

In 2008, Hipolito applied his art to a guitar that was subsequently signed by performers at that year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee and auctioned to raise funds for charity. As word of Hipolito’s hand-painted guitar circulated, other musicians commissioned him to paint guitars for them, including Michael Franti of Spearhead and country rock star Mike Gossin of Gloriana.

Through Gossin, Hipolito met Lichty, the 2010 winner of the prestigious Made in the South Award from Garden & Gun magazine who designed and handcrafted Gossin’s custom guitar. After they agreed to collaborate on a show, Hipolito contacted surfboard shaper Will Allison, an East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame inductee (2006) who has hand-shaped boards for clients around the world, including a quiver of surfboards for Jimmy Buffet.

“Will is a legend,” Hipolito said. “He’s been creating surfboards longer than anyone I’ve ever known.”

The three agreed to collaborate on the work that will be seen in the upcoming exhibition.

The opening reception for “Birds Of A Feather” will be held at 8 p.m. on June 10th at Deluxe, 114 Market Street, in downtown Wilmington, with live acoustic music provided by Sai Collins. All three artists will attend. The show will run through the summer.

For more information on the exhibition, go to and click on the “Birds Of A Feather” link. A video on Hipolito’s and Allison’s work is also available on YouTube at

For more information on Clark Hipolito, visit

About Clark Hipolito

Clark Hipolito is an avid surfer and artist and the founder Art Co Surf, a company and a brand that caters to anyone who has ever loved fine art and the high-energy lifestyle of the surfing culture. Hipolito’s body of art work has been featured on television shows and feature films, including “Sex and the City,” “Dawson’s Creek”, “One Tree Hill,” “Zombieland,” and “The Joneses.” In 2004, the NHL commissioned Hipolito to create a large-scale mixed media installation for the NHL Draft, which was held in Raleigh, NC, that year. Among his many celebrity clients are ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, Pink, and NFL defensive end Mario Williams. For more information visit