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Figure Painting Class

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DETAILInternational award-winning figurative painter and NoDa resident, Osiris Rain, has recently moved his studio into the Hart-Witzen Annex (3224-B Bernard Ave.), and he will be holding a full day figure painting workshop on October 25th.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to paint and draw like the Old Masters, a class at Osiris Rain Studios may be just what you're looking for.

Osiris Rain's work has been featured in publications such as Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and The Huffington Post. To learn more about Osiris Rain and the classes his studio offers, visit


Image: Detail of "An Unbearable Darkness" by Osiris Rain. Oil on Linen

UMAR Art @ Smelly Cat

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There is a beautiful partnerhsip going on between UMAR Arts Center, Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roasters, and the McGill Rose Garden. The fruits of this can be see at the Smelly Cat Community Garden on the corner of 36th Street and Yadkin.

UMAR Arts Center ("Empowering Adults with Development and Intellectual Disabiities") sets up a booth at Smelly Cat with participant artwork for sale on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.

UMAR participants are in charge of maintaining a small flower bed outside Smelly Cat, where you may see very impressive Sun Flowers blooming now! You may spot one of the participant artists watering them in the afternoons. Also, some of their artwork is currently hanging for sale inside Smelly Cat. 40% commission always goes directly to the artist who created the piece, the rest goes into keeping the arts center afloat!

NoDa NBA President nominated for City Award

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Vote Now to select the People’s Choice Neighborhood Leadership Award Winner!

CharMeck's Neighborhood & Business Services presents the 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Awards on September 27th at BB&T Ballpark.

The NLA People’s Choice award recognizes an everyday hero – someone who devotes hours to making their street or neighborhood a better place. This person succeeds in getting neighbors to identify and solve problems together, they know how to get things done and are someone anyone in the city would be proud to call neighbor.

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NoDa NBA President, Hollis Nixon, has been nominated.

  • NoDa Neighborhood & Business Association President for ten years, she works tirelessly at helping move NoDa forward both as a community and business district. 
  • She has chaired multiple committees and directed the organization's leadership into a more professional and consistent manner. 
  • Having gone through tough economic times, the NoDa neighborhood is poised to undergo quite the transformation with so many developments and the light rail construction, Hollis has helped lead the charge on many vital issues facing NoDa.


NoDa's a helpful community! Residents Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell were also nominated for this award.

To cast your vote ASAP, scroll to the bottom of the page: