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Artist Profiles (part 2): Kimberly Wheaton, Brian Allen, and Renee Leverty

Today we’d like to introduce Brian, Renee, and Kim, who are artists making custom works for STITCH. You can read about their proposals in the rewards section of this Kickstarter page for STITCH.

Kimberly Wheaton


Kimberly Wheaton, a longtime resident of Durham, is a part-owner of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. She paints, does fiber arts, and makes jewelry, but that’s all come after years of work with The Nature Conservancy as an environmental scientist. “That informs my art and shows my affinity for trees, animals, and the rest of the living world.”

Pictured here is her work, “Bay 8, Durham, NC,” an oil on canvas piece that gives you an idea of Kimberly’s painterly style. We can’t wait to see what she might make from the words gathered for STITCH.

Renee Leverty

Someone we met when we ventured into Durham’s newest art space, Pleiades Gallery, is Renee Leverty, a sculptor who works mostly with metal. She sculpts brass and steel, and uses a casting process for  aluminum, bronze or iron. Sculptures show the interconnectedness of nature, self, and community. She’s made a piece already for Durham, called “REAL.” You can read about that in the rewards section of this Kickstarter page for STITCH.

Brian Allen


When we asked Brian why he wanted to be part of STITCH, back in the days it was beginning to become an idea, he said: “I was attracted to the community involvement aspect, and the chance to reflect back to Durham some of its interesting qualities.The creative energy downtown is terrific, and I wanted to be a further part of it.”
Brian works out of one of the artist studio spaces in Golden Belt and enjoys visitors asking about his method, and process. “I love being a part of [Durham’s] burgeoning creative culture – the mix of food/wine/art/new urbanism and livability,” he says. A family of electrical engineers was surprised when he turned into a letterpress and printer, but the technical care he gives to his works is clear. Here’s a detail of one of the poster designs he’s already created for STITCH’s Kickstarter rewards: