Artists working to create Kinston’s new image

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It’s revitalization with a creative twist!

The smART Kinston Foundation is using artists and their artwork to help rehabilitate the city’s image.

“Art is really helping Kinston come back to life,” said painter Seraphim Smith.

Smith is one of more than two dozen artists who live, work and sell their artwork straight out of their Mitchelltown homes.

The historic neighborhood is full of brightly colored restored houses.

“We’re just really trying to enliven and create what’s already here,” said Smith.

Brandon and Heidi McCullar are artists who also live and work in Mitchelltown.

“I think that this program is going to be something that is going to help the community grow, and the city and bring tourism into this area,” said Heidi McCullar. 

The McCullars relocated their family from another state along with their sculpture and multimedia art business Southern Fried Metal.

It was because they believe so strongly in the potential of Kinston’s future.

“If you do not believe in this vision enough to uproot your entire family from Alabama and move here to Kinston then that show’s every kind of dedication to what you believe is going to happen,” said Brandon McCullar.

McCullar is currently working on some creative pieces that will eventually be on display around the city.

“I’ve been doing work on the renovation of Loft 419,” said McCullar. “Then I’m doing an art, sculpture piece for Art 105, then I’m doing three ten foot trees for the top of the O’neal right now.”

Since the home renovations, Mitchelltown has been rebranded as the arts and cultural district in Kinston.

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