Be Connected: Candy Carver’s Art Brings Durham Full Circle
A North Carolina native and visual artist, Candy Carver says that her bold and brightly colored contemporary and mural artwork ranges from abstract to figurative and is more about exploration than fully defined pieces.
Posted By Ashley Strahm on Jan 29, 2018
A North Carolina native and visual artist, Candy Carver says that her bold and brightly colored contemporary and mural artwork ranges from abstract to figurative and is more about exploration than fully defined pieces. Her creativity knows no bounds, and we were honored to select her as our featured artist for this season’s activity guide. Her painting, entitled Be Connected, is acrylic on canvas, and leaps off the page and into our spirit, just in time for summer.
Inspired by her own personal need to experience positive emotions that help her move forward, Candy says her own work supports her through the challenging situations that arise around her race, femininity, and identity.
Her desire is for those who observe her work to be filled with feelings of strength, power, boldness and resiliency. “My work is for those that need to feel energized and emboldened to press forward,” she says. “My work is for everyone.”
So, about this work - what was the creative thought behind the art welcoming us to summer?
I created this painting to showcase the connectedness that permeates the city of Durham. As the skyline begins to change, I wanted to incorporate some of the important landmarks that remind us of the lessons of our past. I also incorporated some of the new aspects of the city that attempt to refine its original beauty.
I was born in Durham, NC, moved away, returned for the summers of my youth and finally moved back in 2007. I have witnessed Durham’s growth and change but the one thing that remains the same is its soul.
The people are the city and the city is what makes the people. It's a place full of vibrant people of diverse backgrounds, doing dynamic things that impact people all over the world. We genuinely care about each other and our actions show it.
One of the elements that has allowed for this culture to continue is the large number of locally owned businesses. Supporting them means that Durham stays connected. It reminds us that we all have the ability to positively impact other people.
Some cities have community, but Durham is a family.
Just for fun, we asked Candy where she enjoys bringing visitors:
I intentionally take visitors to great, locally owned spots. I want them to see how the people of Durham work together to make this city great.
- Empower Dance – to watch women build confidence in other young women through dance
- Cocoa Cinnamon – for a look at local art, a drink and maybe some churros, too
- Béyu Caffé – for a drink and some wonderfully talented music artists
- The Parlour – a scoop of salted butter caramel and whatever berry flavor is in season
- Ngozi Design – to check out locally made goods and hot new African fashions
- Letters Bookshop – a great bookstore with a friendly owner and great artwork on the walls
- Pleiades Arts – local artwork and local artists
- Geer Street Garden – the best daily specials at great prices
- Black Wall Street – to discover and share some of the city's history
- Runaway – the apparel store where you can grab your favorite DURM t-shirt and socks
- Alley Twenty Six – creative wine and cheese plate happiness
- West End Wine Bar – great wine, bartenders and views
- Durham Farmers' Market – for a cup of Romanztea and a slice of Pie Pushers breakfast pizza
Follow Candy on social media:
- Facebook: Artist Candy Carver https://www.facebook.com/candycarverart/
- Instagram: @candycarver
- Twitter @candy1carver