James Maxey, a speculative fiction author in Hillsborough, has been selected as the 2015 Piedmont Laureate. Mr. Maxey will appear at various workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Orange and Wake counties. Co-sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council,James Maxey City of Raleigh Arts Commission & United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the Piedmont Laureate Program’s mission is to “promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.” As Piedmont Laureate, he will receive an honorarium and serve until December 31, 2015.

James Maxey writes fast-paced, action-driven pulp fiction with strong emphasis on character growth and world building, dealing with larger-than-life characters adventuring in exotic worlds. Readers who delve past the dragons and superheroes on the covers will discover stories that explore the deeper aspects of the human condition, from the highly personal - love, hate, grief, anger, faith and hope - to larger societal issues such as the balance between individual freedoms and social order, the inevitable conflict when society is built of unequal classes, and mankind's relationship with the natural world. In the course of entertaining readers with imaginary worlds, Mr. Maxey hopes to provoke them into thinking more deeply about our own world and our shared responsibility to improve it.

For Mr. Maxey's schedule & blog: www.piedmontlaureate.com

Photo of Michael J. Brown Mural by Laura Shmania
Mural by Michael J. Brown, Chapel Hill, NC

Pamela Pease Shows Pop-Up Book
Artists' Salons
Friday, May 15, 2015, 6:30-9 pm, West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter (300-G East Main St.), Carrboro. Free. For artists of all disciplines.
To attend, please RSVP to 919/968-2011 or email arts@orangecountync.gov. Topic: Market Your Events & Artist Galleries on ExploreChapelHillARTS.com. Guest presenter will be EverWondr's Amy Consiglio.
John Kernion Birdbath, 2006 Open Studio Tour
Arts Incubation
The Arts Incubation Program strives to create successful local nonprofit arts organizations by offering up to 3 years of financial support. Past recipients are the Orange County Artists Guild, Arts Advocates, Inc. (dba FRANK Gallery), and Carolina Culture Zone.
2002 Orange County Participants
Congressional High School Arts Competition
This national competition, sponsored by members of the US Congress in their districts, features 2-dimentional work. Winning entries are displayed in the corridor of the US Capital (Washington, DC). Deadline: April 6-9, 2015 (5 pm) for Orange County high school visual art students. Contact your art teacher; download the form & guidelines.
18 Thumbs Project
18 Thumbs Website Images Project
OCAC is replacing the 18 thumbnail images (on upper left side of our webpage) with local artists' images hotlinked to their websites! Submit 1 digital image (emailed or on CD) and the URL to your active website. Local artists in all arts disciplines are welcome. Images are rotated regularly. OCAC reserves the right to resize images, or to reject or suspend links and images due to content. Ongoing.
Updated April, 2015