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Louis St. Lewis and Nate Sheaffer Artwork Chosen for Artsplosure

Louis St. Lewis and Nate Sheaffer Artwork Chosen for Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. – Artsplosure executive director Michael Lowder today announced that artwork created by the team of Louis St. Lewis and Nate Sheaffer will serve as the annual spring festival’s centerpiece image.

“It’s the 40th edition of our namesake arts festival on May 18-19,” said Lowder. “Louis has created some of the festival’s most unforgettable images, in particular his controversial 1997 image that served as a call-to-arms for the arts community to fight attempts to marginalize and defund the arts. We are thrilled that Louis and his artistic collaborator Nate Sheaffer have created another bold and striking image to commemorate this milestone year.”

For the 40th anniversary, Louis and Nate pumped up the visual volume with a dashing hot pink frock coat, musical butterflies, and a neon crown. According to St. Lewis, “the artwork really brings together what we find interesting about Raleigh: The history of this great city and its handsome namesake, in pop art colours, with neon bling. It’s 21st century Raleigh meets 18th century Raleigh.”

Gallery C, which is located in the historic Russ-Edwards House at 540 N. Blount Street, is hosting a public reception and print signing for St. Lewis and Sheaffer on Wednesday, May 15 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
An exhibition of their original works will be exhibited and for sale at the gallery from May 15 through May 19. To learn more about Gallery C, visit

Artsplosure is free-to-the-public and will take place along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.
The festival’s Art Market will open at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 18, and will feature nearly 180 juried visual artists from across North Carolina and the nation. These artists and crafters exhibit and sell their original works of art in the following categories: ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, wood, other 2D and 3D works.

Performances on the outdoor Main Stage will take place from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. City Plaza will be the site of acclaimed Australian environmental artist Amanda Parer’s large scale installation entitled What’s That! Kidsplosure will fill W. Martin Street with interactive crafts and performances for children and their parents.

A complete list of the full line-up of visual artists, special activities, and music will be forthcoming at

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Click here for hi-res images of the artists.

About Louis St. Lewis

Noted artist and NC native Louis St. Lewis has been a household name in the arts community for over 30 years. His name is frequently at the top of “Best Artists in the Triangle” lists and his popularity continues to grow over time. Called “one of the most talented artists in the South” by Art Papers magazine, St. Lewis’s talents run the spectrum from mixed media painting, to collage and églomisé. St.Lewis’s works are in numerous museum collections, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Over the past few year, artist has been working closely with the international Live Nation company where his artistic and design talents have been utilized to transform numerous venues, including The Ritz, Walnut Creek Amphitheater, The Filmore, Buckhead Theater, and The Queen. Locally, Louis’s powerful creations are evident at The Renaissance Hotel at North Hills, Vidrio, Gonza’s, Mulino, and City Kitchen. “As a conceptual artist, he is a total package. If people were electrical current, Louis St. Lewis would be HIGH VOLTAGE.” Mark Sloan, College of Charleston.

About Nate Sheaffer

Nate Sheaffer has been a sculptor in the Raleigh-Durham area for over 30 years. He is the owner and founder of Glas, a neon art glass studio. He is a designer, consultant, and manufacturer of unique neon, LED, incandescent lighting fixtures, and installations. The artist is well known for monumental public art installations such as “Light the Woods with Sound” in 2018 at Dorothea Dix Park and “EyeCentennials” in 2016 at the Art Box in North Hills.

About Artsplosure

Artsplosure is an independent nonprofit organization that presents arts festivals in Raleigh, including its namesake spring festival since 1980, First Night Raleigh since 1991, and Live & Local Spring Fest since 2017. Its mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public, all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

Artsplosure is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on the recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission and is also supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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