The Arts

Game on for Artistic Connection’s “Game Set” event

At the Artistic Connection, they’re not playing games, but they are hosting a special seminar and networking event that delves into the billion-dollar gaming industry. “Game Set” will take place Tuesday at Altair Casting & Production Services in Winston-Salem, and will feature a number of gaming veterans from the Piedmont Triad region.

Among those scheduled to attend are Adam Davis, who works at Epic Games; Randy Greenback, who has worked at Boss Key Productions; and Brian Heagney from High Point University, who specialized in 3-D technology.

“We still have feelers out but I feel like this is an awesome line-up,” says Amanda Hoey, one of the event’s organizers. “This can help those who want to go into a number of fields – everything from voice-over work, animation, music, and more. Why shouldn’t local artists cash in on this industry?

“I really want people to understand that the arts can pay locally if we want to recognize that. I (want) to focus on growing with the arts here and helping as many artists as possible. People are learning and starting careers from these events, so I want to help as many people as I can!”

Throughout the year, the Artistic Connection hosts special screenings, panel discussions, and regular meetings at Altair Casting Services in Winston-Salem in an effort to bring together the region’s artistic contingent as a way to promote their individual and collective endeavors, and to foster new collaborations.

Many “regulars” express their appreciation and praise for the Artisatic Connection’s ongoing series of events. “I am so thankful to have this opportunity to network with, and learn from, such a talented, driven, and supportive group of artists and friends,” says UNCSA student Thatcher Johnson-Welden. “Artistic Connection is a brilliant outlet for Triad filmmakers and artists alike,” adds Jacob Allen, who worked on the Original Hollywood Horror Show, and local make-up artist and hairstylist Marisol Feliciano Cotton sums it up by saying: “Looking to connect? Artistic Connection is the location that brings you to your artistic destination!”

Last month, the Artistic Connection rang in the holiday season with its second annual “Potluck Picture Show,” and Hoey confirms it was a merry, mouth-watering success, with almost two dozen people in attendance, enjoying a variety of dishes while showcasing the work of local filmmakers and artists.

As Hoey noted in an earlier column pertaining to that event: “The Artistic Connection really wants to emphasize that there is so much talent here that is being overlooked. We have to learn to look at the arts as more than a hobby and as what it actually is: a career choice. If we treat it as such, we will see a huge change in the growth of our local artists.”

Want to go …? The Artistic Connection’s “Game Set” event will take place 7 pm to 9 pm Tuesday at Altair Casting & Production Services, 703 Coliseum Plaza Court, Winston-Salem. Admission is $5. For more information, call 336.734.8285 or e-mail The official Artistic Connection website is You can also find them on Facebook.