With our Triad Best Of issue coming out at the end of the month (May 6 to be exact) we wanted to round-up some of our most memorable artist spotlights over the past year, some of which have been nominated in this year’s friendly poll. Keep your eyes glued to our website as we run down past winners and more features on the artists who make our cities sparkle.

Kimi Douglas, owner of Intrepid Iron- Works, first discovered her passion for jewelry design when nothing could quite measure up to what she wanted in her accessories. “I’m so particular about small details in the pieces that I wear. It’s the little things that make a good item great,” Douglas said. With that, she decided she wanted to create jewelry to be exactly what she was looking for. This is how Intrepid IronWorks was born.

Over the past year, Douglas has really dived into the art of metal smithing and stone selection. Building the basics in her own basement, she would spend countless hours learning from trial and error on what worked and what didn’t. From there, she rented studios by the hour to perfect her art and make it into what it is today. “They just had all the tools I needed and could never afford even starting out,” Douglas said. – Megan Young

The sense of smell is powerful. Certain scents can transport you to a memory – the wafting aromatics of your mother’s flower garden from your childhood home, the commanding smoky flavors of aged tobacco in your grandfather’s beard on a blustery night, the fresh-from-the-oven desserts you were welcomed with coming home from a first year at college.

Megan Thompson, a 23-year-old entrepreneur who calls Winston-Salem home, has taken the world of scents one step further by implementing them, the potential memories of days gone, into her successful Wild Rituals Soap Company.

“I traveled for a bit, and the camera was always with me,” said Caleb Smallwood, 29, looking back on the past 10 years of his life. “I’d be visiting these cool spots and when you have shit technology or just a bad camera, you don’t get what you see. I was spending a lot of money traveling to Hawaii or Europe, and I wasn’t getting back what I wanted.”

This, plus a host of other reasons, led Smallwood to where he is now, which is a photojournalism student at Randolph Community College. Prior to this, though, Smallwood’s life took a series of u-turns and switchbacks.

“I was at Appalachian State University from 2003 to 2005 when I heard about the photo program at RCC. I moved back here in 2011 and remembered the photo program I heard about and decided to check out the facilities,” he said.

Food trucks aren’t the only former-brickand-mortar establishments making waves in their respective communities: S2dio Supplies sells art materials whenever it can find a decent parking spot.

The bus, a shortened version of your typical school bus, travels around the Triad full of supplies to meet artist’s needs who might be coming up short while shopping at the big-box supply houses. But just this week, Hieronymus’ work will be covering the bus as it moves around the cities.

“This kind of came out of Bibi’s concept of her store — an art store on wheels — it was a blank canvas in terms of what I was looking at,” Hieronymus said, shortly after finishing.

This past Sunday, Hieronymus and Bibi Coyne, owner of S2dio Supplies, set up shop across the street from the Milton Rhodes Art Center. The project was originally slated to take one day, but due to daylight savings time, more time was needed. Coyne scrambled to find a location that would allow her and Hieronymus to finish the piece, even if it meant simply setting up in her driveway, but ultimately the MRAC allowed them to finish in the driveway on Monday. !