Jason Craighead Contributes “Recycled” Art to Green Frame Exposition

"Self & System" by Jason Craighead, mixed media on encyclopedia and column.

April 12, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) –  Jason Craighead, an artist and the newest member of the Raleigh Arts Commission, is one of only 16 local artists who were invited by Builders of Hope to recycle discarded materials into works of art for “Green Frame: An Exposition in Reclaimed Materials” fundraiser. His composition, entitled “Self and System,” will be up for auction on April 24 at the Raleigh City Museum in downtown Raleigh along with the other artists’ works.

Builders of Hope CDC is a non-profit, tax-exempted corporation that works to provide quality affordable housing in cities and towns across the United States to stimulate revitalization and develop health, safe communities. “Green Frame, An Exposition in Reclaimed Materials,” is a fundraiser that, according to the website, “celebrates the mission of Builders of Hope through the vision of local artists. Using materials reclaimed from Builders of Hope, 16 invited artists have created unique interpretations of what it means to recycle, rebuild, and renew hope.”

Craighead and the other artists were asked to use items and materials that would otherwise be thrown away to create something of beauty and function. “Self and System” is a mixed media on encyclopedias and column sculpture. The artist describes his inspiration:

“This piece is commenting on education and the renewal of belief in the human self, how we lose it in our educational system and our efforts to achieve ‘status,’ then find ourselves feeling empty, even worthless, by this society’s definition. Returning focus to the self and not the struggle can bring about a community that works collectively and honestly. Less division and competition….no more good, better, best….education vs. inspiration.”

An accomplished artist who has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, Jason Craighead was appointed to the Raleigh Arts Council earlier this month. Before that, he served on the Council’s Public Art Program. He has also donated numerous paintings to charitable art auctions for many years, including the Works of Heart auction for the Carolina AIDS Alliance and Visual Art Exchange’s annual fundraiser.

Builders of Hope’s Green Frame Exposition began with an “Official Opening Bash,” free and open to the public, at the City Museum on Friday, April 9. The Auction Party will be held in the Museum at Saturday, April 24, from 7-10 p.m. Auction tickets are $100 each or $175 per couple. The City Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville Street. To reserve tickets, call 800-277-6138 or email: Emily@buildersofhope.org.

For more information on the event, including the list of all participating artists, visit www.buildersofhope.org/events/green-frame.

For more information on Jason Craighead, go to www.jasoncraighead.com.

About Jason Craighead:

Jason Craighead has been named Best Artist in Raleigh Metro Magazine’s annual MetroBravo reader’s poll for five consecutive years. His paintings have been featured in numerous gallery exhibits and belong to many public and private art collections. An active member of the North Carolina arts community, he has worked with the Raleigh Arts Commission on its plans for future public art and frequently donates his paintings to charitable causes, including Works of Heart, the Triangle area’s annual premiere art auction to benefit The Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina. For more information visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

CIA Officer To Present Jail House Videos During Raleigh Spy Conference

rsc_logo-smallFebruary 24, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Former CIA officer Brian J. Kelley will relate the drama of notorious traitors — male and female — including videotaped prison cell interviews during the 6th Raleigh Spy Conference (www.raleighspyconference.com)  to be held March 25-27 at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

Kelley, who was identified in 2003 as the “wrong man” in the Robert Hanssen investigation, will also discuss the Felix Bloch case in his session scheduled for Thursday, March 26, from 3 pm – 4:15 during the 2-day conference.

The theme of this year’s event is “Sexspionage: Famous Women Spies and the Ancient Art of Seduction.”

Kelley retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2007 following a 42-year career, which included 20 years as a United States Air Force officer. Kelley was a specialist in counterintelligence, serving as a case officer for both organizations involved in double agent operations and counterespionage investigations.

Kelley had five overseas tours as a case officer, serving in various locales in the Far East, Middle East, South America and Europe. He has received the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal; Intelligence Achievement Medal; Commendation Medal and the “Collector of the Year” presented to him by the Director of CIA.

Other speakers for this year’s conference include Ron Olive, the special agent who served on team that captured Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard; IC Smith, former FBI special agent who worked to capture Chinese female spy Katrina Leung; British espionage writer and researcher Terry Crowdy, Cold War journalist Jerrold Schecter and his wife Leona; and keynote speaker Nigel West, former Member of Parliament and author of the forthcoming “Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage.”

The Raleigh Spy Conference is hosted by Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine. Sponsors include Rosemary and Smedes York and Florence and Charles Winston. This year the conference is presented in association with NC State University’s Department of Political Science, Andrew Taylor, Chairman.

For more information, including registration, ticket prices, a complete list of speakers, sessions schedule and local accommodations, go to http://www.raleighspyconference.com.


Recording Artist Alisa Turner To Perform at CHAIRity Gala & Auction for Habitat/Wake

Alisa Turner
Alisa Turner

October 6, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Purple Armchair, host for the 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, is pleased to announce that recording artist Alisa Turner will perform live during the free event, which will be held Saturday, October 11, from 7-11 p.m.

Turner, a singer and songwriter, has been compared to Sarah McLachlan, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. An accomplished pianist, she accompanies herself on keyboard.

Turner recently signed with the Gotee Records/Warner Brothers label, although she has already completed two CDs: “Bittersweet” and “…I Write Sad Songs.” Both can be found on iTunes. Her work can also be heard on http://www.myspace.com/alisaturner.

Alisa Turner was born in Hawaii and “moved around a lot,” she said, since her father was a pastor. Raleigh is now her home base.

The 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction involves the efforts of nearly 40 local artists who have “recycled” old wooden chairs from Habitat/Wake’s ReStore into original works of art, which will be auctioned off to benefit Habitat/Wake.

Besides the auction and Turner’s musical entertainment, the event will include food by Margaux’s, Humble Pie and Coco Rue Confections, wine, and more. The event is free and open to the public with everyone registering at the door to potentially bid on the chairs-turned-art.

Co-sponsors include: the Raleigh Downtowner and Raleigh Chronicle, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Margaux’s, Humble Pie, Coco Rue Confections, Killer Creative Group, blueplate pr, and professional auctioneer Cheri Faux.

Purple Armchair is located on North West Street one block from Glenwood South. Normal Business hours are Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The store is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information on Purple Armchair or the upcoming CHAIRity, visit http://www.purplearmchair.com/chairity, or call Kim Weiss, blueplate pr, at 919-272-8615.


Take the CHAIR Trail for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Purple Armchair has announced the hosts for the chairs-turned-art for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction, to be held October 11, 7-11 p.m. at Purple Armchair, 600 N. West St., in downtown Raleigh.

From now until October 10, the 30-plus chairs that area artists “recycled” into works of original art can be seen at:
The Cupcake Shoppe – Glenwood South
Turkish Delight – Glenwood South

Kohn Associates – Glenwood South

Edge Office – Glenwood South

Helio’s – Glenwood South

Hardtimes Café – Glenwood South

The Globe – Glenwood South

FM – Glenwood South

Catch 22 – Glenwood South
Little Art Gallery – Cameron Village

Antiques Emporium – Cameron Village
Visual Art Exchange – 325 Blake Street in City Market
Flanders Gallery –  18 Seaboard Avenue

Margaux’s (4 chairs) – 8111 Creedmoor Road

Humble Pie – 316 S. Harrington Street

The George – Glenwood South

Local Color Gallery – Glenwood South
Raleigh Downtowner offices – 617 W. Jones St.

Downtown Raleigh Alliance offices – 120 S. Wilmington St.

Modern Times gallery – 10 E. Hargett St.

Purple Armchair – 600 N.West St.


Purple Armchair Announces Co-Sponsors for 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction for Habitat/Wake County


August 28, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – As the October 11 date draws nearer for Purple Armchair’s 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, co-sponsors have lined up to show their support by donating their services.

The Raleigh Downtowner, the city’s monthly magazine covering the downtown area, and its online sister publication, the Raleigh Chronicle, are serving as the event’s media partner by donating advertising and editorial coverage.

Dave Killian of Killer Creative Group, an award-winning graphic design firm also in downtown Raleigh, is donating his services to produce the event’s ads, posters and other promotional materials.

Margaux’s, a restaurant in North Raleigh known almost as much for its artistic décor and art exhibits as Chef Andrew Pettifer’s fine food, is providing culinary refreshments for the gala.

Humble Pie, an award-winning downtown eatery known for its mastery of the tapas-style menu, is also providing food and wine.

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is providing in-kind promotional sponsorship by adding the CHAIRity to its website calendar of events (www.GoDowntownRaleigh.com), to the events section of its October-December publication of the “Discover Downtown” map/guide, and by including the event description in the DRA’s October e-newsletter.

Cheri Faux, a professional auctioneer, is donating her expert services for the live auction.

The 2008 CHAIRity, to be held Saturday, October 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. also involves the efforts of nearly 50 local artists who are “recyling” old wooden chairs from Habitat/Wake’s ReStore into original works of art, which will be auctioned off during the gala with proceeds going to Habitat/Wake. The evening will include live music, food, wine, raffles and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public, although potential bidders will have to register at the door.

Purple Armchair, the host for the 2008 CHAIRity gala and fundraiser, is located at 600 N. West Street, one block from Glenwood South. An emerging marketplace in the midst of the downtown area, Purple Armchair is a member of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, DowntownRaleigh.com, and First Friday Art Walk. Business hours are Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridan and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The store is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information, visit http://www.purplearmchair.com. For more information on the CHAIRity, including a list of participating artists, go to http://www.purplearmchair.com/chairity.