Movie Reel

The movie reel is in place.  I wanted to post pictures of all the stages, people, and help that went in to completing this project.  It took a lot of hands and help from the public to create this public art.  I am truly grateful to everyone that helped pull this off:  Donna Belt, Julia Mastropaolo, Lidia Churakova, Lorry McCoy, Ia Ormond, Anna Langston, Joann Ingoglia, Jim Belt, Art Whitley, Sue Ann Glennon, Tutu School of Raleigh, Glenwood South Neighborhood Collective, Downtown Raleigh Alliance, United Arts Council, Visual Art Exchange, Office of Raleigh Arts, Raleigh Public Works, and the Raleigh Transportation and Planning Department, and the many other volunteers that I have failed to name.




Join us Wednesday, March 18th, at the next Hampton Inn Artist Installation featuring NCSU Artists Lidia Churakova, Amanda Snavely, Bethany Minervero, and Julianne Gonski.

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TextureScapes: Artists from NCSU College of Design

ART by BEST artists Amanda Snavely, Lidia Churakova, Bethany Minervero, and Julianne Gonski

Come celebrate spring on Glenwood South at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Wednesday, March 18th for our latest BEST artist installation and reception featuring "TextureScapes: Artists from NCSU College of Design".

Join us from 5:30p-7:30p for a lively evening of flavorful bites courtesy of Sullivan's Steakhouse, complimentary specialty drinks provided by The Wine Feed, and live music by Tom Blazejack & Friends. 

ART by Amanda Snavely, Lidia Churakova, Bethany Minervero, and Julianne Gonski
MUSIC by Tom Blazejack & Friends
FOOD provided by Sullivan's Steakhouse
DRINKS provided by The Wine Feed 




  • Where: Hampton Inn, 600 Glenwood South in Downtown Raleigh
  • Time:  Wednesday, March 18, from 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • What: BEST artist reception featuring NCSU Artists Amanda Snavely, Lidia Churakova, Beth Minervero, and Julianne Gonski; Tom Blazejack & Friends singing popular favorites with vocal harmonies; Complimentary eats by Sullivan's Steakhouse; Complimentary sips byThe Wine Feed
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Glenwood South's 'Scarf Tree'


Downtown Living Glenwood South Published December 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm No Comments

On Wednesday, December 3 at 9:30 knitters from Glenwood South gathered to finish wrapping more than a hundred scarves around one of the oldest and largest trees on the block at 201 Glenwood Avenue.  This year it took two lifts to allow artists to reach branches that loom high over the two story Duncan-Parnell building, whose history on the street dates back to 1978, (when they were located at 400 Glenwood Ave.)

More than sixty knitters have participated in Glenwood South’s second annual tree sweater project, this time attracting knitters from as far away as Hawaii, Texas and even Ontario.


“Sweaters have been flowing in, sometimes made by mothers of Glenwood South residents, who have heard about the project,” comments Donna Belt, project organizer, “I was really surprised to find a box at my door this week, sent by one of last year’s knitters, who has since moved out of the country.”

But most of the scarves were made by community knitters who met at St. Saviour’s Center to stitch with seniors who were recipients of last year’s tree sweater blankets.  Inspired by the colorful statement of community shared with them, knitters at St. Saviors and Glenwood Towers determined that this year they would host the knitting and pass the scarves on to Love Wins, a ministry to the homeless led by Hugh Hollowell in the Glenwood South neighborhood.

Other additions this year include three large fiber sculptures created by Amanda Snavely, a 1996 graduate of NC State University College of Design.

The project was organized by the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative, and in addition to all the knitters, was made possible by artist Amanda Snavely, St. Saviour’s Center, Duncan-ParnellUnited Arts Council, (whose volunteer Julia Mastropaolo helped at every step).  Sponsorship for hanging the scarves provided byDowntown Raleigh AllianceHampton Inn & Suites and HibernianCornerstone Tavern; and finally Brueggers for  hosting the knitters on December 3.                                          -As Published by Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates


What We Leave Behind

I recently heard the question, "What will archaeologist uncover from our generation?"  Grecian urns, Mayan carved bowls, Russian samovars...........No!  Sadly, we will leave behind Styrofoam take out containers, GladWare, and other atrocities.

With this thought circling my mind, I began my first outdoor sculpture for a local public art project. The sculptures will hang for a month from a tree in the Glenwood South District of Raleigh, NC. The largest challenge in the project is how to convert fiber art into an outdoor sculpture that can withstand the elements.  I will be creating three or more sculptures using various multimedia materials that are then hardened with a textile hardener, Paverpol.  In a future blog, I will discuss the materials and process in more detail as well as detail the complete public art project happening in Glenwood South.

Shattered, the first sculpture for this project, is based on the question of "What will we leave behind?"  Using cotton, felt, and silk I created my vision of an Urban Vessel.  I wanted to illustrate a shattered relic of our time using graffiti coloring as an alternative to the depressing thought of unearthed plastic ware.