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WOODLAND WONDER Winding paths in a magical retreat by Ayn-Monique Klahre photography by Tyler Northrup


FRENCH LESSONS La vie en rose in North Raleigh by Katherine Poole photography by Jillian Clark


DRAWING FROM LIFE A home goes from sketch to reality by J. Michael Welton photography by Keith Isaacs


COOL & COLLECTED Color, pattern and personality pop by Katherine Poole photography by Smith Hardy

108 LOCAL HAUNTS 13 spots with their own ghost stories by Miranda Evon photography by Justin Kase Conder

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his month is our annual Home & Garden issue, one that I, as an amateur decorator and middling gardener, was particularly looking forward to. I always find inspiration for my own home when I peek into other people’s spaces! This issue offers a mix of spaces for various tastes—modern, quirky, formal and wild—but all are equally considered and dear to the people who designed them and live there day to day. I’m especially happy to showcase the home of my neighbors Jessica and Chris Gotwalt (that’s me with them, above). Since the first time I set foot in their extraordinary, immensely personal home, I have been wanting to showcase it on our pages. Find all of these spaces in the Homes & Gardens special section that starts on page 77. October is full of energy in this area. There’s the influx of alum celebrating homecoming, and Dr. Paulette Dillard, Shaw University’s president, is excited to welcome them back on campus (pg. 52). We’ve got the NC State Fair in town—is your favorite treat on page 50?—and of course, there’s Halloween. You’ll find a few nods to the holiday, including a spooky tour of the local haunts (pg. 108), a profile on an amateur pumpkin carver

who wows neighbors with his realistic portraits (pg. 130) and guide to the creepy, yet fascinating, bugs that inhabit our homes (pg. 74). WALTER will be celebrating fall’s bounty with two food-centric events this month: Taste of the Wild at Transfer Co. Food Hall on October 23—a chance to sample and learn about local food and drink—and an excursion to visit renowned chef Vivian Howard in Kinston on October 26. Learn more about these unique experiences at waltermagazine. com/savethedate. We hope you’ll join us!

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Ewen works by day as Director of Community Engagement for the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy and spends her nights using her voice as a writer and an advocate. Interviewing Dr. Paulette Dillard was an intersection of her worlds, since Dr. Dillard serves on the Dix Park Conservancy board. Ewen’s favorite professor at the University of Virginia was Julian Bond, a founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, founded at Shaw University. “As a history buff, it was awe inspiring to walk the storied grounds of Shaw.”

P HOTO GR A PH ER Hardy is a professional photographer who most frequently shoots sports, real estate and interior design photography. He got his first camera in 2002 and went on to study media communications at UNC Wilmington. Smith’s work has appeared in National Geographic, Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home and Architectural Digest. Hardy shot this month’s eclectic Oakwood home. “I have shot a variety of homes over the course of a few years, but this was one of my favorites. The Gotwalts’ house was full of color and style! Every room was unique, which made for great composition. The kitchen was stunning and by far my favorite part of the house.”


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orth Carolina native Scott Avett—best known as part of the folk-rock band The Avett Brothers—is debuting an exhibit of his art this month at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The show, I N V I S I B L E, opens October 12 and is a culmination of his work from 2001 until today. The art will display in two galleries in the museum’s East Wing: In one, a collection of large-scale oil paintings that depict both Avett and his family members; in the other, an exhibit tied to Avett’s music, with portraits of himself and of the band, prints that became concert posters as well as a sound installation. The sound component, which Avett has coined an ‘audio sketchbook,’ includes iPhone recordings from his time in the recording studio. There will also be sketchbooks and


journals from The Avett Brothers’ writing and recording over their years of producing music. Visual art is not a new medium to Avett—in 1999, he graduated from East Carolina with a bachelor's degree in art. Chief Curator of Contemporary Art Linda Dougherty says the museum always celebrates the work of North Carolinians, and seeing someone who is creative across disciplines like Avett is especially intriguing. Dougherty says this exhibit ties everything together: “Scott used to visit the museum as an art student, he loved perusing the European paintings for inspiration. The music part of his life is the public, but the visual artist side of his life has been kind of a secret until now. The exhibition is really an intersection between music and visual art.” —Catherine Currin


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he work of artistic icon Frida Kahlo will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art beginning October 26. The exhibit Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism is a highlighted curation from the renowned Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. The Gelmans began collecting art after relocating to Mexico from Eastern Europe during World War II, says Jennifer Dasal, NCMA’s curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The couple formed a close relationship with Frida Kahlo and husband Diego Rivera, commissioning pieces and collecting their work. The Gelmans also collected related art from prominent Mexican artists like Rufino Tamayo and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Dasal says the exhibit is fused with Mexicanidad, a concept coined in the early 20th century that captures a cultural movement whose goal was to define what it means to be Mexican. She says the art brings the personality of the community and its history. “That goal was so general, it was reflected in so many styles, shown in this exhibition. There is photography exploring indigenous people, abstract art and of course, Frida’s very personal and symbolic paintings. There’s a complexity to what Mexican art looks like.” The art on display at NCMA through January 19 is just a glimpse into the collection amassed over decades, says Dasal. “Even after the death of Jacques and Natasha, the

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collection is still growing, and the Gelmans set up their collection so it will grow in perpetuity.” There will also be a showcase of reproduced garments inspired by Kahlo, who developed a very distinct sense of style and identity as she evolved as an artist. “In the past decade, Frida Kahlo has become not only an artistic icon, but an icon of style as she formed her personal look,” says Dasal. “These garments, also provided by the Gelman collection, are a really interesting way to expand on that idea and interest.” —Catherine Currin

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Singing her praises: vocalist and civil rights activist Mavis Staples performs October 3 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham as part of the Duke Performances series. Staples began her long and storied career performing with her family’s gospel group, The Staple Singers, whose music became the soundtrack of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, in part due to her father’s friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. Her work as a solo artist has touched many genres from soul, rhythm-and-blues, pop and rock. She’s worked with everyone from Bob Dylan to Prince to Ludacris to Arcade Fire, and recently released an album of inspirational songs called We Get By in collaboration with musician Ben Harper. 8 p.m.; from $40; 309 W. Morgan St., Durham; dukeperformances.


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The Carolina Ballet presents its latest danse macabre, Frankenstein, October 10-27 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic director Zalman Raffael debuts his all-new interpretation featuring unique sets, costumes and an original score by J. Mark Scearce. See website for show dates and times; from $36; 2 E. South St.;

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Lighten the mood with your brood at Project Palooza October 5 at Project Enlightenment's h.q. Project Enlightenment is an early childhood education and prevention program of the Wake County Public School System and the palooza, sponsored by the Project Enlightenment Foundation, is a “fundraiser and friendraiser; a community celebration for families with young children to have a fun time and learn about the resources that the program offers,” says board member Suzanne Vining. Have fun with face painting, balloon animals, inflatables, Marbles-sponsored booths, sensory play booths, art projects, Kona ice and kidfavorite Dan the Animal Man. Meet with staff members and learn more about resources Project Enlightenment has to offer. The event is free, but donations are welcome and the money raised goes to support this vital program. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free; 501 S. Boylan St.;


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Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Cameron Village (CV) October 11-19. The iconic shopping center beckons you to Come Play With Us —turning sidewalks into a playground with interactive games. Pianos, custom-painted by local artists, will be set up around the village to play. Enjoy special activities at your favorite merchants (and do a little shopping and dining, another excellent form of play). On October 12 at 3 p.m., CV goes for the largest kazoo group assembled—humming a birthday tune, of course. Test your CV and Raleigh trivia knowledge by filling out a special crossword puzzle. Answer correctly to be entered into a drawing for one of 70 prizes valued at $7,000. (Puzzles can be filled out online or picked up at one of three special mailboxes at Cameron Village). Give back while you play: CV has partnered with the Community Music School, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for kids with limited financial resources to receive music instruction. Time to schedule a play date. See website for shopping center hours; free;



Book passage on Theater Raleigh’s globe-trotting adventure Around the World in 80 Days October 11-27 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Based on the beloved book by Jules Verne, chase eccentric millionaire Phileas Fogg around the world on a zany race over land and sea. (Yes, there will be hot air balloons!) The production is part of the company’s 2019-2020 Family Series, so even the littlest adventurers can enjoy the ride. See website for show dates and times; from $12; 2 E. South St.;

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Celebrate our state’s most enduring art form at the NC Pottery Center’s 20th annual gala, Going, Going, Gone to Pots!, at CAM October 12. The center’s mission is “sharing North Carolina’s clay stories past and present to promote awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery across our state,” says executive director Lindsey Lambert. Mix and mingle with artists—both renowned and up-and-coming—during a silent auction with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Then, join emcee and potter Joseph Sand for the live auction with auctioneer Leland Little. Auction items include pieces from over 40 artists including Fred Johnston, David Stuempfle and Donna Craven (all auction items can be viewed ahead of time on the gala website). In addition to the pottery, bid on experiential items such as a spa stay or a day hand-building a sculpture with Joseph Sand. It promises to be an evening hand-crafted for art lovers. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; from $100; 409 W. Martin St.;

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Get all the answers at Guess Who’s Giving a Glamorous Gala, a celebration of the United Arts Council’s (UAC) 30th Anniversary October 12 at the Talley Student Union Ballroom on the campus of North Carolina State University. For this milestone year, the UAC is bringing all of the elements of their annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner supper series into one glitzy evening. Mingle with a variety of artists, musicians, dancers and writers; experience special performances; bid on experiential auction items (see website for the full list); eat, drink and be the who that supports the area nonprofit’s Artist in Schools program. 7 - 10 p.m.; from $200; 2610 Cates Ave.; one.

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Come meet a girl named Maria. The NC Theatre presents West Side Story October 15-20 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. NC Theatre’s production of the Tony Award winning classic has it all: Jets, Sharks, big dance numbers and that memorable soundtrack composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Okay by us in America. See website for show dates and times; from $39; 2 E. South St.,


WILCO Will you comply? Wilco is playing the Koka Booth Amphitheatre October 16 on their Ode to Joy Tour. The Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band has been making music for over two decades and continues to be regarded as an outstanding live act. Fans will certainly consider this show an ode to joy. Take note: you can’t bring outside food and beverage, but there will be plenty of vendors on hand to keep showgoers sated. Roger that. 7 p.m.; from $35; 8003 Regency Parkway;

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our pedigreed blasts from the past will deliver new depth to the AIA Triangle’s tour of residential architecture on October 26. It’s the tour’s 10th anniversary, so the AIA added popular homes from past tours to a roster of four cutting-edge new ones. The public voted on the encore homes (like the Hillcrest House from Alphin Design Build, above); a jury of professionals selected the new work (like the LaFera/Wilson House from in RAC, right). All eight will serve as consciousness-raisers for tour-goers— and each will be explained by the architects who designed it. “We want to give the public a real-life experience about what an architect does and show how an architect designs a home,” says Chad Volk, director of the 2019 tour. “The architects will be there, the homeowners will be there and volunteers will be there to educate the public.” The homes are spread across Raleigh, Durham and Chapel 38 | WALTER

Hill, and two Raleigh firms, in situ studio and Raleigh Architecture Company (RAC), designed the jury-selected homes. Each has a pair of homes on the tour. If the architects are surprised at having two each, they don’t show it. “We thought one would get picked, because they’re good houses,” says Matt Griffith of in situ’s entries. “So we were not surprised, but really flattered.” The response from two RAC principals differed. “It seemed a little unusual to me,” says Craig Kerins. “I was surprised it wasn’t three,” quips Robby Johnston. One of RAC’s projects was a renovation and addition to a four-square bungalow in Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood. The other was new construction on two wooded acres overlooking Sunset Lake. The new house is for Susan LaFera and Jim Wilson, a retired couple that owns Beyond Blue Interiors, a North Hills

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furniture store that’s chock-full of contemporary items, some of which made their way to the 2,700 square-foot residence. Their home is sectioned into two pavilions, divided by a strong and central entry space. One side is an open living pavilion, while the other is more solid and private—nestled in the woods but buffered from the public area. “We looked at how to site it and minimize its impact on the land,” Kerins says. The renovation and addition was a response to the clients’ need for more space and a better-functioning home. The bungalow, built in 1939, has a backyard for gardening and a pet dog—so the architects respected that outdoor space while adding square footage to the rear of the house. “We wanted to preserve the look of the front and take advantage of the gorgeous backyard,” he says. “It appears from the street to be the same, but the addition is very modern.” One of in situ studio’s two projects sits on hallowed MidCentury modern ground—on Runnymede Road in Raleigh, where N.C. State’s professor George Matsumoto famously designed two homes. “Conceptually, we placed three boxes on top of the foundation walls,” Griffith says. “We were inspired by the Matsumoto house down the street—it’s a box sitting on a concrete block wall.” Here, the architects dedicated one box to a master suite, another to functional areas like stairs, dining and office space, and a third to children. “Each of the three boxes is programmed carefully,” he says. The tour starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, and ends at 5 p.m. Encore homes include the 2010 Wheeler Residence in Chapel Hill by Louis Cherry Architecture, the 2014 Durham CoHousing Community by Weinstein Friedlein Architects, the 2010 Martin Residence in Raleigh by Tina Govan Architect, and a 2016 Raleigh home by With that much talent, eight homes should be enough for anybody. —J. Michael Welton

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Take the train from platform 9 and 3/4 to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences October 25 for Adult Nights: Halloween at Hogwarts, a magical after-hours soirée for muggles and wizards 21 and over. Dress as your favorite fantastical beast and play a round of Quidditch, don the museum’s own Invisibility Cloak and get all around witchy practicing defenses against the Dark Arts. Deatheaters take note: adult potions and portions will be available for purchase. This is not Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday Party, so prepare to be spellbound. 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.; from $12; 121 W. Jones St.;

Do the monster mash at the Marbles Kids Museum Kooky Spooky Halloween Party October 26. Round up your little beasties, dress in your kookiest and spookiest and experience the magic of Marbles after dark. Special activities include: Ghoul School, a Mad Scientist Lab and a dance party. No tricks, all treats. 6 - 8:30 p.m.; from $13; 201 E. Hargett St.; KookySpooky



Who you gonna call? The historic Mordecai House calls The Ghost Guild, a local nonprofit that performs paranormal research for educational purposes. If you dare, venture over for the Mordecai Paranormal Reveal 2019 at Mordecai Historic Park October 26. Built in 1785, the house is a registered landmark in the historic Oakwood neighborhood and it is purported to be a hotspot for paranormal activity (see pg. 108 for a few other spooky locales). The reveal is part of the Haunted Mordecai Festival, a fiendishly fun afternoon of food, music, games, crafts and costume contests. Caution: visitors may experience transmogrification. 1 - 4 p.m.; free; 1 Mimosa St.,





Cue the screeching violins. The North Carolina Symphony presents Halloween Spooktacular: The Composer is Dead at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts October 26. Based on Lemony Snicket’s children’s book of the same name with music by Nathaniel Stookey, junior sleuths can join the symphony to help solve the mystery of whodunit. Pre-show activities include a costume contest and ghoulish games. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; $27; 2 E. South St.;

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AM Raleigh will be celebrating a new art form starting October 4—the souped-up motorcycle. ¡Viva Viclas! The Art of the LowRider Motorcycle explores the concept behind the Chicano-focused community on the West Coast. The exhibition, anchored by 10 intricately decorated motorcycles, is guest-curated by lowrider scholar Denise Sandoval, a professor of Chicano studies at Cal State Northridge. Sandoval says that she’s very excited to showcase this burgeoning community in Raleigh, which has a growing Latino population. “There are lots of negative stereotypes within this community, and what people miss is the other side. I think that we need more exhibits that allow people to reflect on the beauty of cultures in the United States.” Sandoval also says that the lowrider community, through both cars and motorcycles, are how many people express

what it means to be Mexican-American in the U.S. In addition to the motorcyles on display, the exhibition features eight artists, six of whom are from Los Angeles. There’s everything from oil paintings to photography and even piñata art, says CAM’s Exhibitions Director Eric Gaard. Gaard is originally from Southern California, and he says he was ecstatic to bring the art of this community to N.C. “With the Hispanic community evolving here, I thought it could be interesting. We can make people aware of this community on the East Coast because it’s not prevalent here.” Everything in the exhibit will be bilingual in English and Spanish, and CAM will feature special programming with a focus on the Triangle’s Hispanic community. “This is just a small slice of the culture,” says Sandoval. “By learning about this subculture, visitors will also learn about the people.” —Catherine Currin

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When Angela Salamanca, owner and chef of Centro, lost her sister in 2003, she struggled to find a way to express her grief. She found it with the help of her kitchen staff, who asked to create a Day of the Dead altar in the restaurant in 2008. What began as a humble tribute in the Mexican tradition of celebrating those that have passed has morphed into a beloved Raleigh tradition: Centro’s 9th annual Day of the Dead 5K. The race starts at the restaurant and makes its way through Oakwood Cemetery before looping back to Centro for more festivities including a Kid’s Dash, costume contest, awards ceremony and festive food and drinks, including a specially crafted beer for the event from Trophy Brewing Co. Participants are encouraged to dress up and bring mementos of the deceased to include in the impressive Day of the Dead altar at Oakwood Cemetery. Proceeds from the run benefit the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club, which predominantly serves our Latin American community. Non-runners can participate as well by sponsoring a Boys and Girls Club kid to run. Salamanca takes great pride in the event, “It’s been a journey of grief and healing and coming out on the other side.” See website for event information and registration; from $30; 106 S. Wilmington St.;

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ANN PATCHETT Quail Ridge Books welcomes novelist Ann Patchett as part of their Arts & Lecture Series at Jones Chapel on the campus of Meredith College October 27. The New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder will discuss her latest novel, The Dutch House, a story that explores the bond between two siblings and their turbulent past. Entry fee includes a copy of The Dutch House and one reserved seat. Please note that purchase of the book is required for entrance, so no going dutch. 2 p.m.; $30; 3800 Hillsborough St.;

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OCTOBER FESTIVAL FUN October is the month for festivals, and the Triangle has got a lot—here are just a handful.

OCTOBER 3 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival OCTOBER 4 52nd Annual Fall Pottery & Glass Festival Creedmoor

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Oak and Smoke: BBQ Competition & Bluegrass Knightdale

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OCTOBER 19 World Beer Festival Durham

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A CULTURE OF CURIOSITY Dr. Paulette Dillard preserves Shaw University’s legacy with an eye toward the future by ILINA EWEN photography by S.P. MURRAY


ou might expect greatness from anyone who asked for a proper fountain pen for her thirteenth birthday. “I just wanted to practice my signature,” says Dr. Paulette Dillard. And it’s a good thing she did, because as Shaw University’s President, Dillard signs on the dotted line many times a day. Hailing from Mount Airy, North Carolina, Dillard was the first in her family to earn a college degree. She attended segregated schools until her senior year, when she was bussed to a 52 | WALTER

new school through forced integration. In a class of 200, Dillard was one of six black students. Despite the change, she thrived: A dedicated and affable student who drove a baby-blue Mustang, she made friends easily, was an honors student and held a spot in her school’s royal court. It was in high school that Dillard sharpened her confidence, which is one reason she wants to help students today learn to identify their strengths. “I want to teach kids how to learn and to foster a sense of adventure and discovery,” says Dillard. That aligns with the

university’s mission: To advance knowledge, facilitate student learning and achievement, enhance the spiritual and ethical values of its students and transform a diverse community of learners into future global leaders. As president, Dillard cultivates the same love of learning that fueled her own journey. “At its core, Shaw University is positioned to make a difference,” says Dillard. A long-standing beacon of the community, Shaw University was founded in 1865, born out of inequalities in education at the time. It is one of the oldest historically black colleges and universities in the country; its former Leonard School of Medicine was the first four-year medical school for African Americans in the country. Today, Shaw offers majors in 34 disciplines, an adult degree program at sites across the state plus a masters through its Divinity School. The university attracts most of its students from North Carolina and feeders in the mid-Atlantic, but Dillard notes a “recent spate” of students from as far away as California, where there is only one HBCU. “I want the students of Shaw University to have the freedom to imagine,” says Dillard, whose philosophy is centered on creativity and exploration. She believes in marrying the best aspects of the scientific method with the simple notion of curiosity; she believes in integrating all aspects of learning to create lifelong students that can compete in any environment. “Success takes many forms,” she says. “It’s a matter of learning

versus teaching skills.” Dillard’s dream project is to fund an interdisciplinary institute for digital storytelling that integrates film, computer science and more. “This will preserve Shaw’s legacy and make its voices come to life.” Dillard is a self-described “whys and hows kind of person,” a trained medical technologist certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology, who enjoyed a 25-year career in medical testing before shifting to teaching. Her trajectory at Shaw began as a biology teacher in 2012. Soon she became department head, then Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Vice President of Academic Affairs and, now, President. She served





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as Interim President starting in July 2017 and was appointed the 18th President of the university in September 2018. She went through the full formal ceremony of investiture in April. The President’s office sits atop the iconic brick building on campus; it was built in 1873 as the first women’s dormitory at any school in the country. Here, Dillard recounted the rich history of Shaw and its legacy. She said Shaw University is considered the mother of four other HBCUs in North Carolina (the founding presidents of North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University and Fayetteville State University were all Shaw alum, and NC A&T State University was established on Shaw’s campus). Prominent physician Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope was educated at Shaw in 1885—his home is one of the few standing structures from Raleigh’s Fourth Ward and the only African American house museum in the state. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee was born on Shaw’s campus in 1960. (Poignant for me: one of SNCC’s founders, Julian Bond, was my professor of the History of the Civil Rights Movement at the University of Virginia.) The office looks out over the burgeoning Raleigh skyline, and as the sound of the midday bustle floated through the windows, Dillard noted Shaw’s importance not just as a university, but as part of a growing city. Dillard is an active participant in the neighborhood at large who attends Citizen Advisory Council meetings, hosts community forums and supports neighborhood initiatives to preserve the spirit of Southeast Raleigh. “My responsibility and influence extend beyond the green quad and brick buildings of campus,” she says. “Part of my role is to remind the community that Shaw belongs to it as well as to the students entrusted in my care. Invest in Shaw because we have a lot to contribute—our history proves that.” You’ll find Dillard in her office most days, with a special Montblanc fountain pen encrusted with a garnet, Shaw University’s signature color, given to her by the late Rev. Dr. Haywood Gray of the General Baptist State Convention. Gray was scheduled to lead the prayer at her inauguration, but sadly passed away just a week before. That pen serves as a reminder of both what she had dreamed of as a girl and the promise she holds for students today, students just a few years older than she was when she got her first proper fountain pen.

LOCALS Marvin Creamer at his home in Raleigh.

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SAIL AWAY At 103, local sailor recalls his journeys around the world by MIRANDA EVON


hen Marvin Creamer was five years old, his father had him stand at the Southwest corner of their barn in Vineland, New Jersey. Note, he told him, the place on the horizon where the sun sets. Day after day, Creamer watched to see if the sun set in the same place. Over time he realized the sun disappeared in different spots on the horizon with the changing seasons. “I regret never asking him why he had us watching sunsets,” 56 | WALTER

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says Creamer, who’s now 103 and living in North Raleigh. But that practice gave him one of the tools he’d need to achieve a lifelong dream: to sail around the world without navigational equipment. Creamer’s fascination with sailboats started at a young age, too. In 1921—the same time he’d watch the sun set–his father attempted to build a toy boat out of white pine board and home-sewn muslin. “By model sailboat standards, it was cruel,” he laughs. “But I thought it was the most beautiful thing on earth.” Creamer

and his older brother took to building real sailboats, teaching themselves how to sail and sailing out on the lake by their house. He knew at a young age that he wanted to be a sailor. His instincts came in part from his education—Creamer studied geography, later teaching the subject at Glassboro University (now Rowan University) before retiring in 1977. While he says he was never properly taught how to sail, Creamer took classes that would later help him—meteorology, oceanography and zoology. Between






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his time teaching and growing a family of his own, he still made time for his hobby—sailing around and across the Atlantic. And although he never received formal lessons, Creamer always pushed boundaries while on the water. On his first trip without navigational tools—not a watch, map or a compass—Creamer departed from Ireland in 1978 with his then 19-year-old son, Kurt Creamer. “My favorite memory was being able to talk with my dad about many things that we never seemed to have time for before,” says Kurt Creamer. The pair, along with a neighbor in New Jersey, traveled 3,400 miles across the Atlantic. When they arrived back at the New Jersey port, a reporter from The New York Times asked Creamer if he had ever thought about sailing around the world instead of just across the Atlantic. “I couldn’t lie,” he says. “So I told her that I’d always wanted to do a circumnavigation. I’d wondered whether it’s possible.” So a few years later, he tried it. From December 1982 to May 1984 Creamer, along with a crew of friends, guided his 36-foot sailboat, the Globe Star, around the world without any navigational instruments. The course was determined solely by the surrounding nature: positions of the stars, waves, the color of the water, the passage of the sun and flights of migrating birds. The crew began their 58 | WALTER

trip in Cape May, New Jersey, sailing to their first stop in Cape Town, South Africa. They sailed out at dusk on the first night of winter. “The sky was grey, covered in clouds. It was freezing and the air was still,” he says. “You wouldn’t think, but it was perfect.” For 17 months, Creamer and his fluctuating crew sailed to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Falklands and through Drakes Passage—the deadliest part of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between Antarctica and South America. And the final leg of their journey was sailing back home to New Jersey, completing the trip of a lifetime. Following his sailing career, Creamer and his wife, Blanche, moved to the N.C. coast at Pine Knoll Shores, to a quiet home on the canal—with enough room for a sailboat, of course. Kurt Creamer says he and his dad would go clamming at Core Sound a few miles north of Pine Knoll Shores. “Although even in his 80s he typically raked more clams than me,” says Kurt Creamer. Kurt Creamer says that his dad joined him at age 95, with his two nephews on a sail from Maine to North Carolina. “It was simply remarkable to me that he still enjoyed the rigors of ocean sailing at that age.” Kurt Creamer says he still sails on his cruising sailboat and small catamaran, while his dad retired his sea legs a few years ago.

Although Creamer’s sailing was primarily a solitary pursuit, it would not have been possible without his wife’s support. He reflects on his 59 years with his wife, Blanche, who passed away in 2005. She was never opposed to him sailing, until he planned to sail around the world, leaving him absent for a year and a half. Creamer recalls her saying: “why would I want you going off for a year and a half? You’re the best friend I ever had.” Despite her misgivings, she helped him prepare for the trip and looked forward to long distance phone calls when he would find a phone at port. In 2018, Creamer moved to Raleigh to be closer to his son and one of his two daughters. In his apartment at Atria Oakridge, he’s surrounded by model sailboats and miniature flags of the places he’s sailed to. He tells stories of his worldly travels to any neighbor with an open ear, remembering every detail down to specific dates and names of friends that accompanied him while sailing. Creamer says his life is filled with oddities, one of them being his age. Before reaching the century mark, his physician told him he might make it to 100. Now 103, Creamer says he just keeps waking up everyday. “I’ve lived a life of adventure. It’s a good feeling to know I was able to carry out one of my dreams.”


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KONDITOREI IN CARY Bavarian roots and N.C. ingredients combine in these fine German pastries by JOEL HAAS


he solid-granite façade of Annelore’s German Bakery in Cary promises Old World craft. Its logo exudes tradition, too: a shield for wordly


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protection, an angel for spiritual guidance and a boulder for stability and longevity. Inside is a Konditorei, a Bavarian-style pastry and coffee house. Breads and

sweets, all made daily by hand, fill the display cases, while tempting aromas waft from the 2,200 square-foot commercial kitchen. Here, hearty, wholesome breads are made with distinctly

German ingredients. One example: the Brötchen, a roll with a crunchy crust and soft center, is a mainstay for sandwiches in Austria. My mother tried making these in the States after our family lived there for a few years in the 1960s, but the taste was never the same without the special flour. These are the real deal—I ate five in two hours. A SWEET LOVE STORY German natives Norbert and Annelore Gstattenbauer are both descendants of gastronomes: Annelore Gstattenbauer’s family owns a brewery that dates to the 1600s (that’s where the logo came from), as well as a restaurant and a bed and breakfast near Ulm in southern Germany; In Munich, Norbert Gstattenbauer’s mother never allowed pre-packaged food on her table. According to Norbert Gstattenbauer, it only took one (well, maybe two or three) apple fritters to win his heart. He’d gone over to his classmate’s apartment to study, and this classmate happened to be Annelore Gstattenbauer’s older brother. She was busy cooking. “It was proven again: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” grins Norbert Gstattenbauer, and the two were soon a couple. They moved to New York for work 35 years ago, where they lived for 22 years. FINDING THEIR NICHE When friends started raving about the lifestyle in the Triangle—Southern friendliness, warmer winters and a lower cost of living—the couple came down to see for themselves. They fell in love with the area, but there was the practical matter of making a living. Annelore Gstattenbauer, who had worked as a private chef, wondered what she could make and sell here. She figured sweets are always a hit, and she was terrific at making pastries. They started their business with a four-foot long table at the State Farmers Market twelve years ago. Annelore Gstattenbauer baked at home until the wee hours of the morning, then Norbert Gstattenbauer would

Opposite page: Norbert and Annelore Gstattenbauer. This page, clockwise from top left: Baker Stefanie Kappelhoff pats down streusel on a Blueberry Kuchen; blueberry turnovers; Black Forest Scones; owner Norbert Gstattenbauer shapes dough.

man the table at the Farmers Market. At first, business was slow. The breakthrough came almost by chance in 2009, when Annelore Gstattenbauer made something savory: authentic Bavarian pretzels. The couple announced the new product with a little sign. Suddenly, the crowds of passers-by realized that not only were the pretzels German, but so were the rest of the items, treats many had never seen or heard of. “Incredibly, we had not thought to

label what made Annelore’s pastries different,” says Norbert Gstattenbauer. “Having long since become American citizens, we thought labeling our wares as foreign would turn customers away!” AUTHENTIC BAKING Slowly but surely, business grew. Germans in the Triangle started asking Annelore to make Christmas Stollen, traditional German bread and cakes. The couple was working 12-hour days, OCTOBER 2019 | 61

seven days a week. They engaged other pastry chefs, but soon it became clear that what they really needed was a commercial kitchen. When a run-down spot in downtown Cary went on the market, they snapped up the ideal location, tore down the building and reopened their new place in 2017. All the equipment is German or Swiss, as are many of the pastry chefs they’ve hired. (One advantage to all-European equipment: it’s set to metric measurements, like Annelore Gstattenbauer’s recipes.) Customers can see Annelore Gstattenbauer work in the kitchen as they stand at the cash register. “This is a prime example of theater baking,” says Norbett Gstattenbauer. “We’re showing the customer actual inhouse production.” One popular cake is the PrinzregentenTorte (“Prince Regent’s Cake”), which Annelore Gstattenbauer says isn’t made anywhere else in the Triangle. It was created over 135 years ago by the King of Bavaria’s royal baker on the day of his coronation: Seven layers of very thin, individually baked sponge cakes to represent the seven districts of Bavaria, with chocolate buttercream in between. The whole cake is topped with apricot jam, enrobed with semi-sweet chocolate

ganache and dotted with a single fleck of edible 24-carat gold leaf for each slice. Another signature confection, the ‘bee sting’ cake, dates back to the Middle Ages. Legend holds that residents in a besieged city threw beehives over the walls to drive away an attacking army. To honor the bees, a thick layer of sponge cake is topped with an even thicker layer of buttercream, on top of which another layer of sponge cake is added. Slivered almonds and honey are slathered on the top before baking. “The bee sting cake is so popular we make it daily,” says Annelore Gstattenbauer. While the Gstattenbauers source flour and other specialty ingredients from Germany, they use local honey, fruit and nuts when seasonably available. They met many of their sources through that first table at the Farmer’s Market. “By knowing the producer, we can trust the purity and quality of the product,” says Norbert Gstattenbauer. As we finished our interview, I asked Annelore Gstattenbauer what she likes to eat when she goes home. “After a day of sweets, I like spicy and salty food,” she laughed. Then she went back to making stacks of German-bred fritters with fresh N.C. apples.


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Owner Annelore Gstattenbauer makes Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread, left, and pastry chef Nicole Alcaide applies gold leaf to a PrinzregentenTorte.

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hen Kathy Johnson needs a woosah moment, she retreats to a room at Oak City Cares where the floor resembles grass and a gravel-look path divides the room. The walls are toned-down hues of blue, green and peach, coloring sweet country scenes. “It’s the most fun place in the building,” says Johnson, executive director at the nonprofit. The room isn’t really for her, though. It’s a place for kids to get away from the adult problems that accompany homelessness. Here, a 3D car tire spins and tex-


tured tails of a squirrel and horse invite touch. There are also soft tree stumps, animals to ride on, books to read and an enclosed play area. “It’s nice for families to have a fun and quiet space to be,” Johnson says. “Walking down the street with a suitcase and children in tow, there’s not really a place you can go and just be.” The room was designed with the help of The Kaleidoscope Project, a community initiative dedicated to “turning places kids go into places kids grow.” Founded in 2014 and funded by the John Rex Foundation, Kaleidoscope pairs organizations with creatives to design places

for children to play, learn and socialize. So far, Kaleidoscope has partnered with a dozen organizations to complete indoor and outdoor spaces, with projects underway for places like Family Promise and Wake County Regional Centers in Wake Forest and Zebulon. The goal is to create positive spaces—including public housing common areas, emergency housing environments and more—that will give kids the tools they need to navigate tough times with optimism and confidence. “Everything in this room is intentional,” says Melissa Forde, Kaleidoscope’s community engagement coordinator.

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“We want to create an environment where children and families can come in and feel safe, play together and spend time together.” Finding these safe spaces can be tough for homeless children, many of whom also harbor trauma from contributing factors like joblessness, domestic violence and mental illness. “When people think about homelessness, they rarely think about kids,” says Johnson. “We had a partner whose focus was providing a space for families, and understanding that children in these situations have experienced trauma.” Kaleidoscope creates diverse spaces that incorporate nature while fostering safety, accessibility and inclusion. “These benefit all economic groups; every single child,” says project director Angie Welsh. Each project they take on is tailored to match the needs of the place and the people it serves. “The work we do in physical spaces is a gateway to improving relationships,” says Welsh. At Washington Terrace, an affordable housing development in Raleigh, Kaleidoscope created a pocket park with picnic tables, grills and a couple of benches. There are ample walkways lined by boulders to climb on, tall grass that invites exploration of nature’s textures and even taller trees for shade. Its accessibility is less obvious, but just as intentional: wide spaces between the benches and picnic tables that have a side with no seat, perfect for a wheelchair. DHIC, the development’s owner, will fund additions to the park to preserve the culture and history of Washington Terrace, says community services coordinator LaTonya McKoy. Once it’s complete, the park will have hopscotch painted on the sidewalk, a little free library and a butterfly house painted by local artists, says McKoy. Washington Terrace resident Krisse Meeks already has noticed how the park creates a sense of community for her children, ages nine to 16, and her neighbors. “It’s really inviting,” says Meeks, who lives within sight of the park. “I’m really interested to see it blossom, to see it come alive. We’re excited to come home.”


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BRIGHT IDEA Stein’s Furniture creates colorful lacquered pieces by HAMPTON WILLIAMS HOFER photography by TYLER CUNNINGHAM


nside Stein’s Furniture and Lacquer Studio, a winsome collection of home décor includes artfully refurbished antique furniture, fine art and all manner of treasures for the home. The store, in its lively Five Points location, is thriving. But getting here wasn’t smooth sailing for the Steins. Owners Sharon and John Stein have a story much like one of the pieces in their store—it begins one way, loses its thread, shifts, reforms and turns out as bright and shiny as a lacquered table at the focal point of a room. For 38 years, the Steins ran a prosper-


“Decorators and design-lovers can turn lackluster but quality furniture pieces into bright focal points for their designs.” —Sharon Stein

ous residential and commercial painting company. But when the recession hit in 2007, they were forced into bankruptcy. “It was like a light switch turned off, and we were out of business,” says Sharon Stein. When one of their employees brought in a photobook filled with “before and after” shots of repurposed furniture, John Stein recognized a chance to pivot into a new arena. They took their paint to furniture, using a vast array of colors and sheens to create fresh, durable finishes, repurposing furniture through lacquering. They retooled their company, and have spent the last 12 years perfect-

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At right: Syroco-front credenza in Sherwin-Williams Extra White with a gloss finish with original metal hardware; Vintage mirror from Carolina Mirror in black lacquer; Vintage sconces in black lacquer with hand applied gilding


ing their craft while building a loyal following. “The bright, lacquered furniture craze shows no sign of slowing down,” says Sharon Stein. “Decorators and designlovers can turn lackluster but quality furniture pieces into bright focal points for their designs.” One such designer, MA Allen, who has turned to Stein’s for expert lacquering of pieces such as a Palm Beach modern credenza and a pair of vintage Hans Wegner wishbone chairs, says that keeping Stein’s in mind allows her to hunt fearlessly for the perfect vintage piece to complete a room: “While vintage shopping can be limiting, knowing that I can have a casegood or the wood trim on a chair lacquered in any color—or for me, colors!—gives me greater flexibility in selection and more creative license to put my spin on it.” The Steins have had several employees, but at present, they do all the repairs and finishes themselves. In the beginning, they did all the “picking” themselves as well, traveling and bringing in pieces to cultivate their style. Now, the Steins have several pickers around the country who know their brand and help them hunt. Their showroom is an oasis of color, blending mid-century and Southern styles with lacquered Hollywood

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Writer and entomologist Eleanor Spicer Rice shares the secrets of seven surprising creatures that may be lurking inside your home


s summer turns into fall, insects and spiders are at their biggest. And since you’re inside more, too, that’s when you’re most likely to notice that you’re not alone while you watch TV. No surprise: Recent research at N.C. State found more than a hundred species of bugs in even the cleanest homes. But if you take a moment to get to know your constant companions, you may end up rolling out the welcome mat instead of rolling up your copy of this magazine to squash them. Meet some of your helpful, tiny roommates…

CELLAR SPIDERS are spiders for arachnophobes. They build cobwebby-looking homes in closets and basements, hanging upside-down with their gawky long legs spindling above them. But don’t be fooled by their gangly looks: Though they can’t bite humans, they’re vicious assassins. A cellar spider visits other spiders’ webs, shaking the silk as if he were a snagged moth. When the other spider comes to eat her supper, the cellar spider tosses a net over its prey, gobbles her up and happily takes over the web, eating insects caught by its victim’s own silken home. 74 | WALTER

COCKROACH HUNTING WASPS are so tiny, you’ve likely never noticed one floating, fairy-like, near the floors of your home. Many homes host these welcome warriors, and we’re lucky to have them. Also known as hatchet wasps, cockroach hunters search for the egg cases of our least desirable housemates: cockroaches. When the wasp finds a case, she jabs a tiny hole in it and lays her eggs. Her young swim around in roach eggs, feasting on our pests and emerge as a new fleet of winged troopers, ready to help rid our homes of roaches. BEADED LACEWING LARVA are regal creatures as adults, flitting around light fixtures, but their young look and behave much differently. With no wings to lend them grace, the young beaded lacewing crawls around rotting wood, looking for its favorite meal: termites. When it finds them, it turns around and—there’s no other way to say this—breaks wind directly in the termites’ faces. The lacewing’s noxious gas causes the termites to pass out, leaving the lacewing with an allyou-can-eat termite buffet. One toot can knock out six termites at a time, more than enough for a hearty meal.

Oriental Rugs TRADITIONAL • CONTEMPORARY ODOROUS ANTS remain the most frequent visitor to drops of jam left on our kitchen counters. Of the 10 or so ant pests that can sneak into our homes, these are the most fun. For one, they do not bite or sting. For another, they smell exactly like blue cheese if you squish one. If you can get them to stick to your yard, where they belong, they’ll work wonders with pest control in your garden. (Just keep them away from aphids, which they protect and tend like cattle, milking them for a sweet liquid called honeydew and killing them for meaty snacks.)

SPITTING SPIDERS are rare scavengers among our home’s spider fauna. These lovely arachnids don’t bite humans, and they help keep our homes neat and clean by wandering around eating whatever dead insects they can find. If they can’t find anything dead to eat, they will hunt for our live household pests. Unlike most hunters, which rely on speed and strength to capture prey, spitting spiders hurl globs of venomous and sticky slobber at their suppers. Their prey gets bogged down, and the spitting spiders can eat them in peace.

If you get to know your constant companions, you may roll out the welcome mat instead of rolling up your copy of this magazine to squash them… BOOKLICE Most of us never see these miniscule creatures, but they are among our most common and prevalent housemates. Despite their name, these “lice” don’t suck blood—or even go near humans, if they can help it. Instead, they prefer to snack on any fungus or mold they can find… often in the deep recesses of our bookshelves.

CAMEL CRICKETS—also known as cave crickets, camel spiders and hippity-hops—leap unnervingly at their human hosts from dark corners in basements, sheds and crawlspaces. Startling us is their only defense; these crickets cannot bite or sting. They spend most of their time tiptoeing around the less-visited places of our homes, scavenging on dead plants and insects. Think of them as tidy, though creepy, housekeepers.

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Few places are as personal as the ones where we live. That holds true whether you start from the ground up—with a sketch, like the Trulls (pg. 90)—or with a structure decades older than you are, like the Gotwalts (pg. 98). And it's true outside, too, as our gardens demonstrate: Lisa Sandman (pg. 82) has shaped her French garden with meticulous care, while homeowner Pat Grady (pg. 78) lets paths reveal themselves in her dreamy backyard. Our spaces are a reflection of ourselves, and we're grateful that these folks have chosen to share them with us. OCTOBER 2019 | 77

Opposite page: Copious ferns line the driveway on the approach to Pat and Perry Grady’s home. This page: Flowering liriope define a path in the backyard that’s dotted with spots to sit and stay a while.


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A Tamukeyama maple shades a bench beside a seating area nestled in the yard. These secret nooks are favorite places for neighborhood children to play.


he paths aren’t really planned, they just appear—following deer tracks or the worn-down footprints of neighborhood kids. Homeowner Pat Grady embraces them. “I like to have it open when I walk, and every once in a while I see an area where a plant dies, and I put in another path,” she says. She and her husband, Dr. Perry L. Grady, a retired N.C. State professor, have lived on this land for 35 years. Over time, the eightacre plot has evolved to include dozens of winding walks through the trees, featuring plantings highlighted in pots or rising from the ground in bursts of color. The paths are dotted with benches, birdhouses, sculptures and a greenhouse half-hidden in the trees, a place


of discovery that grandkids and local children call a fairy garden. “I grew up on a tobacco farm in Duplin County where it was sunny and hot,” says Grady. “So when we first moved here, I’d try to grow gladiolas and zinnias but got no response.” But soon she got to know friends in the gardening community who turned her on to shade gardening. Little by little, through trial and error, Grady learned which plants would thrive. “I don’t have to weed a lot—I use pine straw and mulch—and I don’t fertilize or have irrigation,” says Grady, who says that in all but the hottest weeks of summer, her plants hold up. “But this past summer, I had to go out and water by hand. At least it forces me to go out on walks!” That’s where you’ll find her until mid-afternoon most days, enjoying the shade from the trees as she works in

her garden. “I like wild spaces,” she says. The yard includes wooded areas and a deep ravine that leads to a swift creek, and often Grady will find neighborhood children exploring alongside butterflies, squirrels and the occasional owl or deer. The greenhouse was a hand-me-down from master gardener Anne Clapp. She was looking to get rid of it around the time the Gradys were building their house, so the builder took the structure down and put it back together in their yard. The Gradys heat it in the dead of winter, but don’t have to cool it. “In the summer the trees shade the greenhouse, but in the winter the leaves fall off the trees so it’s heated by the sun,” she says. Here, the sounds of modern living are miles away. Dewdrops multiply the sunlight and the pathways capture the imagination. Under Grady’s gentle hand, her land has been transformed.

The greenhouse is a spot to weather plants in the cooler months, and a garden unto its own. “Even on a snowy day, it’ll be 30 degrees in the morning, but by the afternoon it’ll be 90 degrees in there," says Grady.

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A North Raleigh couple embraces la vie en rose


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isa Sandman might best be described as a bon vivant, one who truly enjoys the finer things in life—culture, the arts, gastronomy, entertaining. So when she and her husband Michael set out to build their dream home 18 years ago, they wanted to create a space that reflected their cultivated lifestyle, but with French flair. “It was my passion,” she says. “We wanted to build a truly authentic French home.” So Sandman immersed herself in all things français: The couple traveled to Paris, visited Versailles, clipped tons of pictures and meticulously planned their home alongside builder Mike Young of Mike Young Homes, Inc. Together they crafted une maison magnifique on a secluded acre in North Raleigh. The artfully landscaped grounds of the Sandman’s property match the grand home’s élan. The formal garden embodies the elements of a classic French garden: defined spaces, symmetry, decorative planters and a subtle color palette with an emphasis on green. Tea roses and creeping fig climb the exterior walls of the home, giving it the feel of an 18th century château. Manicured boxwoods line the home and border the yard, and are most elegantly shown off in a parterre. Tightly pruned hedges in a symmetrical pattern are separated by connecting paths and planted with rose bushes. Sandman loves her boxwoods. She considers them “the little black dress” of the garden. “They go everywhere and look beautiful no matter what else is going on,” she says. Landscape designer Margot DeBarmore of Miramonte Design Studio, who has worked with Sandman for over ten years, calls Sandman’s love of boxwoods “a bit of an obsession.” In fact, the two have started Sandman’s own boxwood nursery on-site— with as many boxwoods as the garden has, it is inevitable that some die or fall prey to disease, but such defined shapes can be tricky to replace. “Every time we would order a boxwood, it would never match, which would drive us crazy,” says DeBarmore. Now, they need only peruse Sandman’s collection, already planted in rustic Siebert and Rice terracotta pots, which make a lovely addition to the landscape. Despite her desire for a picture-perfect garden, Sandman admits that she’s “not a great gardener.” So she enlists the experts: She leaves upkeep of the property to Myatt Landscaping Concepts and uses Witherspoon Rose Culture to tend her roses. “I am definitely not outside trimming bushes,” says Sandman. “I would rather be cutting roses for my home and playing with tomatoes and basil and tarragon.” And that is just the way she likes it. “It just makes me so happy,” she says. For Sandman, la vie est belle— life is beautiful.


Creeping fig runs up the columns of the Sandman's loggia, where they frequently entertain family and friends. Boxwood topiaries planted in pots that Sandman imported from France flank the stone steps.

“Boxwoods are like the little black dress. They go everywhere and look beautiful no matter what else is going on.” —Lisa Sandman

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Clockwise from the top: A key element of the formal garden is the boxwood-defined parterre designed by Lisa Sandman's friend and landscape designer Margot DeBarmore. Sandman and her dog Preston, a Cavapoo, survey a planter inside the loggia.


Clockwise from left: Jasmine is trained up the wall of the Sandmans’ outdoor living space. A pink penta brightens up a planter. The Sandmans’ custom iron windowboxes were purchased in Paris. Deer and bunnies are abundant in North Raleigh neighborhoods, so landscape designer Barmore saves the most tempting plants for the safety of the windowboxes.

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Lisa Sandman, who enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients, takes a break from tending her raised garden beds, which she plants with a smattering of herbs, vegetables and zinnias. Siebert and Rice terracotta pots showcase her collection of fringe trees and boxwoods.


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A Cary couple starts from a sketch to create their dream home



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Only three mature trees were removed to insert the new home into a half-acre lot. A 22-foot glass corridor draws a clear line between private and public areas. Homeowners Michael and Sandy Trull used their own sketch, right, as a starting point to ask for openness in the public space of their house.



drawing by Michael and Sandy Trull made all the difference when it came to expressing ideas for their new home. As 2002 veterans of architect Frank Harmon’s design workshop for clients at N. C. State, the Trulls were not architects by trade—he’s a mechanical engineer, she’s now retired from a career in accounting—but had learned how to think about architecture. “Frank said that it doesn’t matter how big the space is, whether it’s 1,000 or 10,000 square feet,” Michael

Trull says. “He said to take half of it and put it in a single room big enough for a living room, kitchen and dining room.” That’s precisely what they’d done with their drawing (at left). It wasn’t perfect, they knew, but the broad strokes of it—a wide-open living area against condensed, enclosed spaces for the bedrooms, bathrooms and more; a long-and-lean single-story plan—detailed their desires. And whenever they talked to an architect, they’d pull out the sketch. “It wasn’t exactly what we were going to build, but it was indicative of how to make a home we wanted to live in,” Michael Trull says.

They’d spent a lot of time discussing and thinking about that drawing— from about 2010 until 2012, when they discovered a corner lot for sale in a Cary neighborhood. Within six weeks, they’d bought it. The design After meeting with a few other architects, they called on Matt Griffith and Erin Sterling Lewis of Raleigh’s in situ studio. “We showed them the floor plan and they looked at it and took it seriously,” says Michael Trull. “Matt and Erin were interested in the same things we OCTOBER 2019 | 93

were interested in—they made us feel like we had similar values and interests.” For the Trulls, it was about chemistry. “We liked them a lot,” says Sandy Trull. “We felt like they could provide the home we could live in.” And Griffith and Lewis, who’d both worked for Harmon before launching their firm in 2010, immediately understood what the Trulls were after. “They really wanted a lot of privacy in the private part of the house, and for that to be separated from the public part,” Griffith says. “The public part was to be as open as possible, and contain outdoor spaces like a screen porch, a deck and the courtyard.” The site That’s where the lot they’d bought threw them all a curveball. “It’s exposed on three sides, just the south edge has a natural landscape of a forest and pond,” Griffith says. So the architects turned the public space by 90 degrees, a gesture that gave it a grand view of the neighboring forest and pond. To connect the public and private areas, they added a 22-foot-long glass

This page: Architects at in situ studio gave the home a low-sloped roof reminiscent of the 1950s and ‘60s. Opposite page: The home’s southern deck overlooks a neighboring forest and pond.


atrium between the two. It’s an unusual but effective solution. “This house is backwards; it turns its back to the street corner and opens up to that rear corner,” says Griffith. “That’s a response to the site.” Drawing on North Carolina’s dogtrot roots in agrarian architecture, they added a side entry at one end of the atrium, near the driveway and carport. “It creates a less direct entry experience that introduces you to the house and landscape before you get in,” he says. Next, they wrapped the house in a slope-gable roof that harkens back to 1950s and ‘60s modernism. “As soon as that came together, it was perfect,” Michael Trull says. “It was a cohesive package that made sense.” Adds Sandy Trull: “They brought in more ideas and made it better.” The materials The architects responded to the separation of public and private spaces with transparency and opacity in their choice of materials. “Concrete block is a heavy, enclosing material that’s appropriate for

private spaces,” Griffith says. “The glass is much more open, so the public space is all glass and wood—and a much more natural and open space.” The concrete block is a polished medium gray and prevalent in the private wing, with three bedrooms and two baths. Windows are encased in aluminum that’s anodized dark bronze, with a pine interior finish. Most are direct-set, with casements in the kitchen, office, living room and bedrooms. They used glass block selectively in a half-bath, guest bath and workshop. “We chose glass block since we feel it is much more attractive than frosted glass or something similar,” Michael Trull says. “It opens up each room and generally helps to make them more appealing spaces.” Inside, the floors are red oak with a clear, water-based finish. They run across the public area’s kitchen, dining and living spaces, 52 feet long and 22 feet wide, with a 16-by-22 foot screened porch to the west. Ceilings are nine feet tall at each end, and 13 feet at gable’s peak. Outside, an eight-foot-wide, ipe-wood deck overlooks the pond and forest, then

“The public part was to be as open as possible, and contain outdoor spaces like a screen porch, a deck and the courtyard.” —Matt Griffith, in situ studio

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Above: Floors throughout the house are red oak. A screen porch opens up off of the living area and then out to a patio. Below right: Ipe clads much of the public space, while polished concrete block provides opacity in private areas. Below, far right: Although the grade drops eight feet at the southern end, the home is all on one level for aging in place.


wraps around two more sides of the public space, where it stretches out to 42-feet wide. Siding outside the public space is mostly oiled ipe, with the rest in Boral’s Nickel Gap, a composite wood product. Boral siding, kitchen soffits and trim are all painted black, while other soffits are white. “We have to give Matt and Erin credit,” Michael says. “I would never have thought to paint a house black, but it looks great.” The finished product At almost 100 feet long, this home was slipped into its half-acre wooded lot by taking out just three mature trees, so it appears to have been part of the site forever. And though the lot slopes down eight feet on the pond end, interiors are all on one level—for good reason. “They were really invested in design that allowed aging in place,” Griffith says. That was one more puzzle piece from the sketch the 60-something couple created. “It was like a police show on TV, where they do a composite drawing,” Michael Trull says. “The medium I was most comfortable with was drawing, the sketch was the way to be able to discuss all that.” The drawing was the starting point, the site was the driver and the new home is now a perfect fit—on its lot, and for its owners.

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The homeowners watch the comings and goings of their close-knit Oakwood neighborhood from the front porch.

An Oakwood couple self-designs a home full of energetic prints, rich colors and quirky, eclectic touches



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hris and Jessica Gotwalt were not looking for their dream home. The couple, high school sweethearts from Florida, had moved to Raleigh a few years earlier so Chris could pursue a Ph.D. in statistics at N.C. State. Then, one afternoon, the two were taking a walk in Historic Oakwood and happened upon a house. “I had just finished graduate school. I had not even received a paycheck from my first job and we stumbled into this open house,” says Chris Gotwalt. “And that was it. We were in! We had no money—” “We had no business buying a house!” Jessica Gotwalt interjects. “We were kids! We had no idea what we were getting into.” Still, they purchased the home in 2003. “We couldn’t believe we did it, but it was just such an incredible house,” says Jessica Gotwalt. Built in 1875, the home was designed in Greek Revival style. Then in 1893—in typical Victorian fashion—it was expanded. “It was Queen Anne-ified,” says Chris Gotwalt, with the addition of the witch’s turret and an octagonally-shaped room. The house has since gone through many renovations, including a major overhaul in the early 1990s. At the time, the house was condemned—for the renovation, its then-owner took it down to the studs. Today, the only original interior elements remaining are the fireplaces, a piece of decorative trim and, technically, the hardwood floors. These were so badly damaged that the planks had to be taken up and turned over to preserve them. The Gotwalts moved in with their meager pieces of IKEA furniture and, as Chris Gotwalt says, “it evolved from there.” Jessica Gotwalt works in the financial services industry by day, but by night and on weekends, she is a self-trained interior designer, DIY-er, seamstress and upholsterer. “It’s a hobby-slash-obsession,” her husband jokes. The couple, guided by Jessica Gotwalt’s instinctive eye for design, have decorated the home completely on their own. They’ve painted, trimmed, recovered, refinished and touched up. They’ve also gilded, a lot—Jessica Gotwalt has a thing for gilding. They’ve sourced all the furniture and decor themselves, collecting pieces from flea markets, thrift stores, antique shops, estate sales and frequent travels abroad. Each room of the home has its own personality, brimming with color, pattern, texture and many incarnations of animals—Jessica Gotwalt also has a thing

This page: The cerulean-blue den is the Gotwalts’ favorite room. It features a reproduction French colonial architect’s table with an Italian ceramic leopard rescued from an antique shop in St. Petersburg, Florida, on top. The statue is one of many that once stood guard in a high-end department store circa the 1950s. A portrait of Chris Gotwalt painted by his wife’s father hangs over the doorway.

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for animals—not just in a print, but in sculptural form, too. Lovingly curated, these rooms tell the Gotwalts’ story. The living room features a collection of framed insects and butterflies accumulated over many trips to Asia. (Jessica Gotwalt’s brother lives in Hong Kong.) A large built-in cabinet in the dining room showcases the couple’s collection of vintage barware picked up from markets all over the world. Each piece of furniture in the home has a history, like the living room sofas rescued from a neighborhood yard sale. Each item of decor has meaning: a statue they call Laundry Buddha, for example, was lugged across Southeast Asia wrapped in a protective cocoon of dirty clothes. Chris Gotwalt praises his wife for their welcoming, eclectic, highly personal home. “Jess deserves all the credit for this. This is all her vision. She makes it happen,” he says. And she is not done yet—she probably will never be. “It’s a joke among our friends, that every time they come over, the living room is a different color,” says Jessica Gotwalt. (True to form, when we showed up for the shoot, she had a newly acquired chandelier in a box, waiting to be installed, and a roll of wallpaper on the way.) “This home is a passion project,” says Jessica Gotwalt. And—from top to bottom—it shows.

This page: Black flocked wallpaper adorns the home’s entryway. “I have kind of a little fetish for decorating with black,” says Jessica Gotwalt. Animal print carpeting is a playful contrast to the formal sideboard, mirror and antique sconces. The stuffed sheep adds a dash of whimsy—an element found in every room.

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“This house is so fun,” says Jessica Gotwalt. “It can handle bold colors.” Those two adjectives—fun and bold—define the living room, which features fabric and pillows sourced from Courtland Pemberton, the “Fabric Guy” at the Raleigh flea market. Jessica Gotwalt upcycled the upholstered screen and the coffee table, applying the gilding herself.

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FINE DINING The Gotwalts enjoy hosting dinner parties for friends and neighbors, occasions to use their large collection of vintage barware and serveware. The room is pulled together by the three side tables, painted black with gold accents, by Jessica Gotwalt. The Art Deco figurine lamp and sconces add visual interest.

KITCHEN KITSCH The black-and-white kitchen with its striking tin ceiling and glamourous chandelier provide a quirky, yet neutral backdrop for Jessica Gotwalt’s colorful collection of flea market finds. The mirrored cabinet doors (pictured right) are twice-repurposed window panes: The previous owner salvaged the windows (for a six-pack of beer) and installed them in the kitchen. When the Gotwalts remodeled, they transformed them into the upper kitchen cabinet doors. OCTOBER 2019 | 105

“With $50 and a Saturday morning, you can make a big change to a room. I love to do that.” — Jessica Gotwalt This page: The butterfly wallpaper and animal print rug in Jessica Gotwalt’s upstairs home office continue the animal theme running throughout the home. Her penchant for black walls is balanced by the mod tile and touches of pink in the downstairs powder room. Opposite page: The master bedroom is awash in rich jewel tones picked up from an Indian rug made from recycled saris that the couple purchased from Green Front Interiors & Rugs.

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13 spots around the Triangle where you just might encounter a ghost or two by MIRANDA EVON

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THE GRAVEYARD AT DOROTHEA DIX PARK At the cemetery, shown here, near where the Dorothea Dix Hospital for the mentally ill in Raleigh operated from 1856 to 2012, some say they can still hear the screams of deceased patients at night. N.C. EXECUTIVE MANSION The first governor to live here, Daniel Fowler, a widower with four children, had a bed made to accommodate himself and a son who often crept in at night. “But he didn’t get to enjoy it for long—he died in this bed,” says Brad Kennedy, a guide at Tobacco Road Tours, known for its Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour. When Governor Bob Scott removed the bed, he reported hearing a “screeching sound” behind the walls. But once the antique bed was put back into position, the “knock of Governor Fowler” ceased. THE DEVIL’S TRAMPING GROUND Near Bear Creek in Chatham County lays a barren circle that never grows any grass, trees or flowers within its forty-foot diameter. It’s said that the Devil paces here at night, burning all the vegetation.

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N.C. STATE CAPITOL BUILDING “This is considered the most haunted capital in America,” says Kennedy, citing numerous reports of, among other things, the sound of a barrel going up and down the stairs (filled with whiskey for Sherman’s troops). Owen Jackson, a night guard in the 1970s and 1980s, often heard a woman screaming and observed the elevator move for no reason.Kennedy thinks this may be the work of phantom cavalryman, who was hung from the portico by Union soldiers. “He’s maintaining a vigil.”

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MORDECAI HOUSE Built in 1785 (it’s older than the city of Raleigh!), the home to Mary Willis Mordecai Turk, shown here, is also well-known for it paranormal activity. It’s been rumored that you can see Turk standing on the balcony late at night or hear a piano playing throughout the home. CRYBABY LANE Off of Bilyeu Street, near N.C. State’s centennial campus, is a grassy spot where a Catholic orphanage burned down in 1958. It’s been rumored that the air still smells like smoke and that you can hear the cries of children.

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THE CAROLINA INN Opened in 1924, this Chapel Hill hotel, shown here, is rumored to be haunted by almost 20 ghosts. The most famous of them all is Dr. William Jacocks, who lived in room 256 until his death in 1965—but no one’s ever felt threatened, as he was known to be a prankster in life and is deemed a friendly ghost. Other ghosts are said to be trying to leave, rattling door handles looking for a way out.

THE WHITEHOLMAN HOUSE The “peg-legged ghost” lives in one of Raleigh’s few 18th century homes. Here, decades of owners have reported a “thudclack, thud-clack” in a back staircase. Kennedy says the phantom’s identity is not known, but he suspects it’s either a Civil War soldier who died while the home was used as a hospital, or a kitchen servant. “These were well-heeled Southerners, and the ghost has always had a respectful nature.” OCTOBER 2019 | 113


ANDREW JOHNSON’S BIRTHPLACE A small house on the Mordecai grounds, shown here, was the home of our 17th president; here, neighbors and property managers have seen a light being held by an invisible hand through the window on the first floor, and some say another is lit simultaneously on the second—then quickly extinguished. XOCO RESTAURANT At one point a dairy processing plant, what’s now a Mexican restaurant on Glenwood South has received many reports of paranormal activity from employees over the years, including banging on the wall, ghosts running through the space, laughing and name-calling. Last year, paranormal investigators confirmed their suspicions, so now a sign warns patrons that the staff is not entirely responsible for otherworldly goings-on.

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HISTORIC OAKWOOD CEMETERY Inside the 150-yearold Raleigh Cemetery, shown here, lies the grave of Etta Rebecca White, who died in 1918 after being admitted to Dorothea Dix Hospital. Legend says that the carved angel that marks her gravestone follows you with her eyes while you walk through the cemetery. HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE This quaint farmhouse was owned by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Horace Williams. The former philosophy department chair owned the home until his death in 1940. It’s said that people have since heard Williams’ ghost, toilets flushing on their own and rocking chairs rocking with no one in them. The home is now open to the public for tours—and maybe even a conversation with Williams. CATSBURG COUNTRY STORE BUILDING The site of a Durham country store that closed in the 1980s, rumor is that on moonless nights you can see a light and hear the train’s engine and whistle on the nearby tracks— but no train comes.

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THE WHIRL Courtesey The Cardinal at North Hills

WALTER’s roundup of galas, gatherings, fundraisers and just-for-fun events around the Triangle.

Author Frances Mayes signs books at The Cardinal at North Hills

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THE CARDINAL AT NORTH HILLS SPEAKER SERIES WITH FRANCES MAYES The Cardinal at North Hills hosted bestselling author Frances Mayes as part of their Art of Living Well Speaker Series August 15. Mayes spoke to a crowd of around 200, sharing stories from Italy. She kept the crowd laughing as she shared her journey of restoring a crumbling Tuscan villa—the story that inspired her memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun. She also signed copies of her books, including her latest, See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy.

Guests attend a meet-and-greet with Frances Mayes

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Frances Mayes signs books

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THE WHIRL BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE FRANKIE LEMMON SCHOOL Ramin Karimloo, Joe Kwon, Sergio Ortega and Tania Elizabeth played at a benefit concert at Garland Restaurant/Kings on August 4 to raise funds for the Frankie Lemmon School, a school for children with disabilities.

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THE WHIRL BARBARA H. CURTIS CENTER CELEBRATION Only 2,000 days separate a child’s birth and the first day of kindergarten. So much happens in that time, and so much depends on it. That’s why DHIC and Methodist Home for Children have partnered to open the Barbara H. Curtis Center in the heart of the redeveloped Washington Terrace community. Opening in September, the center’s blended classrooms bring together children with typical development, special needs and diverse family backgrounds—all in a safe and loving environment that teaches self-discipline, problem solving, and empathy. On August 13, supporters gathered to celebrate the center’s opening.

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IMPACT LUNCHEON Celebrating the impact of past WGN Grant Recipients and welcoming new Nonprofit Partners making a difference in the lives of women and children in Wake County

Thursday, November 7 11:30am - 1:30pm • NC State Park Alumni Center For ticket information, call the North Carolina Community Foundation at 919-828-4387 Presented by

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THE WHIRL WESTERN WAKE WOMAN’S CLUB’S CHEERS FOR A CAUSE The Western Wake Woman’s Club hosted its Annual Cheers for a Cause Fundraiser and Silent Auction at the Hyatt Place Raleigh West on May 20. The event successfully raised over $12,000 for Abby’s Army NC, a local, non profit foundation dedicated to supporting children and families affected by, and fighting, pediatric cancer. Proceeds from the event will help support the pediatric cancer unit at Duke Hospital.

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WALTER EVENTS Don’t miss these upcoming experiences …

TASTE FROM THE WILD October 23 Transfer Co. Join us at Transfer Co.’s new event space for an evening of locally-sourced dining: Locals Oyster Bar, Longleaf Swine BBQ, Fullsteam Brewery and Wye Hill Brewery will collaborate on a fourcourse menu, focusing on the importance of sustainability and local farming. Sponsored by: Great Outdoor Provision Co. Green Front Interiors & Rugs Hampton Farms

AN EVENING WITH CELIA RIVENBARK November 13 The Fairview Back by popular demand, join us for a spirited evening with humorist and best-selling author Celia Rivenbark. Enjoy dinner and cocktails as you laugh along to Rivenbark’s hilarious tales. Sponsored by: Closets by Design Reliable Jewelry

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A DAY WITH VIVIAN HOWARD October 26 Kinston, N.C. Join us as we return to Kinston for an unforgettable day with chef Vivian Howard. Enjoy a private brunch at Chef & The Farmer, biscuit making with Miss Lillie, tours of Mother Earth and Social House Vodka, followed by a party in the upstairs room of Chef & the Farmer. Sponsored by: Virtue Labs Great Outdoor Provision Co.

EXECUTIVE MANSION TOUR December 11 Downtown Raleigh Join us for an exclusive holiday tour, and enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres while First Lady Kristin Cooper and members of the mansion’s Fine Arts Committee discuss the home’s history. Guests will receive tours and access to rooms that are closed to the public. Sponsored by: Pigfish Lane Antiques

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enny Krause can’t draw. Put a canvas in front of him, and he couldn’t paint a masterpiece. He has no musical talent, nor any skills in woodworking or clay. But every Halloween, 56-year-old Krause intricately carves a pumpkin so spectacular that he’s become a bit of a celebrity around Raleigh’s University Park neighborhood. “He has one medium, and it’s pumpkin,” his wife, Leigh, laughs. Each year, Krause picks a celebrity who died in the past 12 months and carves his or her portrait onto a pumpkin, painstakingly cutting and shaving the fruit’s skin to replicate facial features and hair. He has captured Eilzabeth Taylor’s piercing eyes and Andy Griffith’s pleasant smile, Robin Williams’ humor and angst—all in gourd form. It started when Johnny Cash died in 2003. Krause had used patterns to carve simple Halloween designs into pumpkins with his daughters, now 18 and 20. So when he stumbled upon a pumpkincarving pattern of the famous singer online, he gave it a shot. “I put the light in and I’ll be darned, it looked Johnny Cash,” Krause recalls. There was no turning back for Krause, who says he “sells paper bags for a living” as sales director for an international packaging company. He used patterns he found online for the next few years to carve the likes of Ray Charles and Johnny Carson. In 2007, he couldn’t find a pattern of a celebrity who died, so he used computer software to generate his own design of Luciano Pavarotti to work from. So who will grace Krause’s pumpkin this year? It’s a secret, as always. But as he does every year, he will create a pattern and go to the farmers’ market to pick out a large pumpkin with a flat-ish surface for his art. The morning of Halloween, he will set up shop in his sunroom, carving away for hours. Then, once it gets dark, he will unveil his work—the only art he ever makes. — Sarah Nagem

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