For Immediate Release: July 28, 2020
Contact: J. Nicole Bentley, Executive Director
Heart of Brevard
On Wednesday the Heart of Brevard announced the Artist Spotlight series, a compilation of interviews, stories and videos showcasing downtown artists. As the response to COVID-19 has evolved, social distancing measures have created immediate financial obstacles for many local artists. While many artists have already begun to adapt to the changes with widespread cancellation of workshops, gallery walks and show openings there are many unknowns in the coming months.
The Artists Spotlight series is a unique way to continue to support the arts and contribute to a healthy cultural community. “Social distancing is isolating by nature; art offers alternate avenues to stay interconnected when we need a break from the headlines and can’t surround ourselves with our friends and family, “said Nicole Bentley, Executive Director of Heart of Brevard. “We want this project to uplift the work of the downtown creative community and encourage support to offer stability to artists during these unprecedented times.”
Throughout the coming weeks, the series will highlight the profiles of local artists located in the Heart of Brevard. Each spotlight will share a local artist’s story and will provide locals and visitors a closer look into the vibrant arts community present in downtown Brevard.
The first featured artist is Kristen Necessary, a printmaker and owner of Starfangled Press, located at 36 West Jordan Street. “Brevard is an amazingly supportive small town that clearly values her artists and I am grateful every day to be a part of this community, “ shared Necessary.
Necessary opened her storefront and studio in the Heart of Brevard four years ago after relocating from Iowa. “As an artist who works primarily with techniques of printmaking, not many people understand exactly what it is that I do. I love how bringing my studio to downtown Brevard allows me to share not only my artwork but also my process and a little information about the revolutionary history of printmaking with thousands of visitors every year.”
Kristen’s full story as well as other local artists’ spotlights will be showcased in the Heart of Brevard’s e-Newsletter and in an online gallery. The gallery includes each artist’s interview, video and selected works. The gallery can be viewed here, www.brevardnc.org/artistspotlight
The series is open to artists of all genres and mediums located within the Heart of Brevard. If you would like to be featured in the series please reach out to [email protected] to schedule your interview.
Heart of Brevard 501(c)(3) is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. Heart of Brevard is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.