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The Historic West End ARTSfest has announced the cover artist for this year’s 7th biennial juried fine art and fine craft festival.

Congratulations to Diana Caldwell! Her work, “Bookish” will grace this year’s tee shirt and all promotional materials.

From Diane: “My work is an eclectic collection of original digital, photo/illustration, fine art prints and papergoods inspired by the rural North Carolina farm where I live, work and play. As an artist using modern-day tools, I create images removed from reality- some by just a little, and some more completely. My prints are original pieces of art created digitally, not reproductions of another form of art. Through image/photo manipulations I combine multiple layers of altered original photographs, illustrations and illustrative techniques and textures- part photography, part collage and part illustration.

The resulting images range from primarily photographic to largely illustrative, richly textured explorations of color and light. My images are influenced by my fine arts background, my long career in advertising and graphic design as well as my rural surroundings. I celebrate the beauty found in the flowers, birds and animals that that exist in my immediate world. I also produce papergoods, offering a wide assortment of designs in spiral-bound notebooks and notecards. Though my current tools are primarily digital, my subject matter and techniques are continually evolving and changing. I find inspiration and new ideas to explore every day in the world around me and never know where it will take me next.”- Diana Caldwell The first deadline for entries was June 1st. The Cover Award was chosen from this group.

The final deadline for all artists is July 1st, 2015. Artists may apply directly through our Artist Info page on our website. All additional information is provided on our website and you may e-mail us with any questions at ws.artsfest@gmail.

ARTSfest is also currently accepting qualified media and corporate sponsors. Some of our past media sponsors include Our State Magazine, NC Signature Magazine, WS Journal, 88.5 WFDD, Go Triad and a multitude of others.


Students from the STEM Early College at N.C. A&T will showcase their engineering skills on a national stage after being named North Carolina’s Real World Design Challenge State Champions.

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual competition that provides high school students with the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment.

This year, Team AeroHead from the STEM Early College at N.C. A&T impressed state judges by identifying a strategy and designing an associated unmanned aircraft system to target application of pesticides to ensure the health of the crops while reducing the negative effects of broad-based application.

“I am extremely proud of our all of our participants,” says teacher Calvin Miller. “At The STEM Early College at N.C. A&T we really push our students to be the best they can be with rigor, including projectbased learning and innovative real-world opportunities. This year’s winning team is truly a cut above the rest because they had to manage first year college classes, AP High School classes and the demanding schedules.”

“You demonstrated innovation by experimenting with the unfamiliar, challenging familiar processes and methods, pushing the limits of current team thinking and adapting or creating tools/processes to increase efficiencies in your design,” said Ralph K. Coppola, founder of Real World Design Challenge in a letter to the team.

Team members are Todd Baldwin, Andrew Harvey, Meenakshi Immenani, Dylan Jordan, Vittorio Lagnerini, Carlo Lindner, Max Markovics, Emma Mengistu and coach Calvin Miller. The national championship will be held online over the summer. !