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Chatham Arts Council’s event features JumpstART artists eager to share their works

November 03, 2021

From the Chatham Arts Council

PITTSBORO — Ready for an outdoor event that has a little something for all arts lovers?

The Chatham Arts Council’s Chatham Experience, Featuring JumpstART artists, promises to deliver. The event, sponsored by Mosaic and Chatham Park, is being held in partnership with The Pittsboro Business Association and Main Street Pittsboro.

 

It will take place on Nov. 7 as part of Pittsboro First Sunday. 

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Meet This Artist: Muralist and multimedia artist ~buffy of Cope Aesthetic
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Take a look. Meet your very inspiring neighbors. Meet This Artist. 

November 02, 2021

The Chatham Arts Council is investing in artists through our Meet This Artist series, introducing you to 12 Chatham County artists each year in a big way.

The fine folks at Hobbs Architects in downtown Pittsboro are powering our Meet This Artist series this year. Architecture is art, and the Hobbs crew values art in our community.

Buffy Taylor’s art career to date has taken her on a long and winding road, and it includes a plethora of mediums, including web design, graphic design, murals, chalk, body painting, and photography, to name just a few! With her early career in graphic design, her art often begins on the screen rather than in the sketchbook, which gives her work a unique quality. Buffy is not just a passionate and multifaceted artist; she also is a deep empath, with a strong desire to give back to the community, to ultimately help young artists find their confidence and voice. We encourage you to read more about this talented artist!

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Take a look. Meet your very inspiring neighbors. Meet This Artist. 

Chatham Experience 2021 Schedule

November 01, 2021

Chatham Experience, featuring JumpstART Artists
Sponsored by MOSAIC and Chatham Park 
Sunday, November 7
Noon-4 p.m.
Downtown Pittsboro

Performance Schedule (at The Welcome Center downtown)

Visual Art Exhibition Locations

More on the Chatham Arts Council Website

JumpstART Grant Awarded to 15 local Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 2021

Chatham Arts Council Proudly Awards JumpstART Grants to 15 Local Artists 

Grant Designed by Artists for Artists to Put the Arts in the Public Sphere

Pittsboro, NC—During the pandemic, emergency funding for artists and arts-workers has been essential. Now, the clouds are beginning to lift and emergency funding is shifting to a new phase of artist relief. The Chatham Arts Council (CAC) is excited to announce our new JumpstART Grant awardees– fifteen local artists and arts-workers. This grant is designed to help get Chatham County artists and arts-workers back to work by paying artists to make art–and to put the arts in the public sphere as we re-connect with one another in our public spaces.

More on the Chatham Arts Council Website

The Town of Benson is excited to announce: First commissioned mural is now complete!

November 13, 2020

Project lead Jennifer Wood and partner Buffy Taylor, from Raleigh and Pittsboro respectively, put the finishing touches to the mural on the side of the Neighbors & Associates, Inc. building along Main Street this week — capping off just over a month of work.

“So many people have stopped and honked and commented,” said Wood about her time painting the mural. “Clearly, everybody is appreciating it and liking it and wanting me to know that — so I think people are excited about it.”

“Since being here and talking to the people and hearing their history and their stories… I feel like I’m part of Benson and I can’t wait to come back for Mule Days and all the other events you have,” added Taylor.

The two were chosen following a “call to artists” in June put out by the Benson Art Advisory Board. After sifting through some very talented artists from across the state, the Board ultimately chose Wood and Taylor for their spot-on render of the desired theme — a vintage inspired postcard.

With it’s bold “Greetings from Benson” text harkening back to a time when these postcards were available in drug stores and five-and-dimes, Benson’s first mural really does have a little bit of everything — from mules and gospel singers to sweet potatoes and trains.

“People that don’t normally get to see art, now can just drive by and see it all the time,” said Wood. “Everybody has just been so kind and supportive — just a lot of thumbs up.”

This opportunity was made possible by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau (Visit Johnston County, NC) through occupancy taxes collected from Benson hotels.

The Town encourages everyone to stop by Neighbors & Associates (located at 104 E. Main Street — the mural wall faces SE Railroad Street) and snap a photo.

More on the Town of Benson Facebook page

Local artists continue to paint Raleigh sidewalks

By Robert Judson

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Raleigh ArtBeats program is in full swing! 

What started as a pizza slice on a downtown Raleigh sidewalk, is now a full blown art landscape around the city. 

Back in September, the City of Raleigh Department of Transportation and Raleigh Arts Office, in partnership with Artspace and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced Raleigh ArtBeats, a series of 16 painted sidewalk interventions.

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Keeping it Copeasthetic with Buffy Taylor

 

By Heather Burns

Jul 24, 2018

“What purpose does art have? What can I do that creates awareness – getting people to think about relevant issues and affect positive change?” These are the thoughts that permeate Buffy’s consciousness, as she works to get her mural art launched in Raleigh. In an all day symposium “Articulating Value in Arts” at the Living Arts Collective, Buffy was inspired to start a new series of paintings. She started writing words on her paintings that reflect the emotions you don’t talk to others about and overlapped them with a portrait, in a style that she calls a modern mashup influenced by contemporary, pop, street, and graffiti art. “The skin (in my paintings) was transparent, to reveal thoughts and emotions that live just beneath the surface.”

Buffy has always been creative with a tendency toward wanderlust. “The teachers had to move me away from the window – I was always daydreaming. Third grade brought summer school and an art class; from then on, I was hooked.”

As a mom, Buffy was always creating new art projects and crafts with and for her son, one time creating her own artistic fireplace, floor to ceiling during the holidays because he asked how Santa would get in. Colleagues nicknamed her “Adventure Girl”, because she played as hard as she worked – hiking mountains, camping, kayaking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, hang gliding, dog sledding, dirt bike riding, skydiving, flying around the country to run half marathons in the 2008 Rock n Roll race series, and becoming a licensed motorcycle rider. After being laid off, she struggled to keep up with the financial responsibilities as a single mom, trying to support a life for herself and her now teenage son on her own. Unemployment was not enough and eventually they had to put all their belongings in storage and move out. They temporarily stayed with her brother in Florida, but months before having to move there, Buffy had enrolled in and was accepted to college on financial aid. They returned to Massachusetts, but because she lost her home she had to move into a dorm room at the age of 38 while her son, now 18, stayed with friends and sometimes slept on her dorm room floor. She earned a Bachelor degree in Communication Arts concentrating in Visual Communications and minoring in information Systems and Art Studio. In her last semester of college, she met her husband Todd. Two years later the couple settled in Raleigh. A setback turned into a positive, as Buffy suffered an injury that required surgery and months of physical therapy. The many weekly medical appointments in that 13 month recovery period interrupted her ability to work a traditional job, so she used the time in between appointments to paint and “keep my sanity”, entering her paintings and drawings in local art shows. When she began developing her craft it was with the hope that she would one day paint murals. Recently, she partnered up with Natasha Walker of Edith Gray Designs to apply as a team for the Durham Neighborhood Mural Project. While they were not one of the selected artist/teams for that call, the partners motivated each other to do more, apply for shows and now hope to collaborate on future opportunities.

 

Last September, Buffy started attending the Tuesday night Drink & Draw event at Imurj. When it was time for Imurj to start the bathroom murals series, Buffy was an easy choice. She has recently completed a brightly colored mural in the women’s restroom that features a diverse array of women enjoying the vibe of Imurj. “Those figures originated from charcoals I worked on at Drink & Draw. I wanted to do something that relates to Imurj so people could connect to the space. The crowd scene has warm, bright colors to reflect the electric vibe at Imurj. I wanted people to feel an energy here that affects their mood.”

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