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Artist finds space for big studio in Winston-Salem

By FRAN DANIEL/None
April 19, 2011 at 10 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Artist Kate Magruder Lambeth was all set to move into a small studio space downtown.

Then, she found a larger building and fell in love with it.

"I walked in and I just saw the potential of the building right away," said Magruder Lambeth. "It already had an upstairs gallery and had the perfect place for my ceramic studio. So I just knew that I could rent the spaces, plus have my studio here."

On April 1, she opened Inter_Section Gallery and Art Space on North Trade Street.The 3,000 square-foot gallery is in the former Timothy Nichols Design space, just a few blocks away from Magruder Lambeth's old studio on Trade Street.

Inter_Section has two galleries, one of which is upstairs, and currently has an exhibit of the works of students from the UNC School of the Arts.

The space also has two art studios. Magruder Lambeth has her own painting studio and she shares a ceramics studio with potter Kathy Townsend.

"It's an intersection of art forms and ideas," Magruder Lambeth said.

Magruder Lambeth is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. She has led a varied career, including working as a scene painter for the Seattle Opera Company. She also designed sets for local theater in Seattle and painted show drops for the drama department of the University of Washington.

She moved to Winston-Salem in 1983 and has maintained a studio in the Arts District since 1984. She has been a member of the Artworks Gallery, an artists' cooperative, for 26 years.

Magruder Lambeth said she was excited to find out that the exhibit organizers are interested in small venues.

In October, Inter_Section will host the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour. The tour is an international exhibit of sacred Buddhist relics.

"It's been everywhere," she said. "It's just a rare opportunity."

Jason Thiel, the president of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, said that the gallery is an asset to the Arts District.

"When you look at the Arts District, having galleries is just a classic example of the perfect user for this area," Thiel said. "They are going to be in the company of many other great gallery owners, and there is a great organization up there that works together."

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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