Artist Directory

Mitchell Kearney Photography
AKA: Mitchell
Pronouns: He/him/his
Preferred Payment Methods: Venmo

Left Brain : commercial advertising photographer :: Right Brain : Fine Art Image Maker/Percussionist
Personal Retreat Day
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Preferred Payment Methods: Venmo, Zelle, PayPal

Wende Whitus, author of Your Rhythm of Rest and Reflection, works in the film industry as a freelance location scout and production coordinator. She credits her success in discovering her dream job to one thing: setting aside one day every month to reflect, rest, and plan. Wende is passionate about teaching others how they, too, can maximize their potential and design their best lives by taking regular Personal Retreat Days. Wende and her husband reside in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and they are the proud parents of two grown daughters who live nearby. Connect with Wende online at

Charlotte's Off-Broadway
AKA: Charlotte's Off-Broadway
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Preferred Payment Methods: Zelle

Under the banner Charlotte’s Off-Broadway, Anne Lambert and her artistic collaborators produce projects that portray authentic female experiences, dramatize questions of social injustice and inequality, and illuminate the role women play to advance socially progressive, transformative possibilities and solutions to enduring questions of gender privilege and bias. COB entertains audiences with provocative, innovative, and contemporary work. Recent shows include Everybody’s Got A Story To Tell: The One Person Play Project; An Evening of Jacques Brel Songs; Thumbs; She Kills Monsters; My Dinner with Andrea; Confidence (and The Speech) in Charlotte and as an AEA Showcase Off-Broadway in NYC; Exit, Pursued by a Bear; Barbecue Apocalypse; and Three Days of Rain. Anne is a co-founder of and producer for Chickspeare, Charlotte’s all-female Shakespeare company, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Anne is a founding member artist for the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA).
Toushea Skincare
Preferred Payment Methods: Venmo, CashApp, Zelle, PayPal

Hello! My name is Shanon and I’m the owner/product formulator of Toushea Skincare. The name Toushea (pronounced tooshay) pays tribute to shea butter, which is one of my favorite skin delicacies. I created a body butter for my oldest daughter in 2010 when she was a few months old. I had tried several brands of baby lotion to soothe her dry skin and mild eczema and they just weren’t helping. Now she has softer skin and the eczema outbreaks have been reduced. Seeing the positive results on my baby’s skin (and mine), I became passionate about making other skincare products for my family that were as natural as possible. At the urging of family and friends, I began selling my creations in 2014. Give the gift of soft skin to a loved one, client, or yourself.
Red Calaca Studio
AKA: Rosalia
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Preferred Payment Methods: Venmo, Zelle, PayPal

As an artivist, my voice resonates with passion, empathy, and a profound sense of
purpose. I delve into themes deeply significant to immigrant communities, addressing
issues such as family separation, access to education, racism, and the struggle against
stereotypes. My artistic expression transcends mere visual captivation; it ignites
conversations, provokes thought, and advocates for social justice. I view my art as a
powerful tool for raising awareness and shedding light on the experiences and
challenges faced by immigrants. For me, it’s more than just embellishing spaces; it’s
about fostering connections, bridging divides, and enriching societies. My art catalyzes
dialogue, understanding, and collective action.
AKA: Jakub
Pronouns: He/him/his
Preferred Payment Methods: Venmo, PayPal

Jakub, a dynamic young director, boasts a wealth of experience across blockbuster commercials for McDonald’s, Velux, Skoda, Seagate, and visually captivating music videos for SZA, Mikky Ekko, and Charlotte Lawrence. His thought-provoking documentaries have earned international acclaim at prestigious film festivals, including a nomination for the SHOTS Best New Director Showcase. What truly distinguishes Jakub is his passion for capturing the essence of the human experience, evident in his dedication to crafting compelling narratives that resonate deeply with audiences.
Shepherd Shakespeare Company

Shepherd Shakespeare Company offers performances of Shakespeare’s plays adapted for audiences PreK-12th grade as well as workshops, residencies, and text coaching. We believe in bringing the joy and wonder of the Bard’s timeless stories to all people. We believe the plays of Shakespeare are a shared cultural inheritance and should be accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary
AKA: Pauline Teabar
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Preferred Payment Methods: Venmo

The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary is a tea and respite lounge that’s available for private rental for groups.
Has worked with CIC
HUG Recipient
HUG Recipient
Abre La Boca Photo
AKA: Héctor
Pronouns: He/him/his
Preferred Payment Methods: Venmo, CashApp, Zelle

I am a Latino documentary photographer based in Charlotte NC. Born in NY and raised in SC, I am of Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican heritage.

“Abre la boca, para que te escuchen” is a motto by which I have lived my whole life. It means open your mouth, if you want to be heard.

As the son of immigrants living in the south, I grew up understanding what it means to feel different. These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation of the value of speaking up to be heard.

Through photography, I explore themes of privilege, immigration, racism, nationalism, colorism, classism, and identity. I make my images, to spark dialogue, in order to better understand these issues and find solutions. More importantly, my photos give a voice to those who have felt stifled by a society based on privilege, prejudice, and oppression.

After 18 years as a community organizer, I decided to open Abre La Boca Photo, in order to document and tell stories from our community.
Has worked with CIC
HUG Recipient
HUG Recipient
Singleton Sr.
AKA: SeeSings
Pronouns: He/him/his
Preferred Payment Methods: Venmo, CashApp, PayPal

SeeSings creates music that is thought provoking as well as motivational. His primary choice of expression is singing, but he started his journey as a poet. He is known for catchy yet impactful hooks and looks forward to sharing them in spaces in and around Charlotte.

“Don’t Be Scurred” is a song about his journey with imposter syndrome and it’s available to stream everywhere!

“Kids need to be singing this in schools”

“Don’t Be Scurred” was written specifically for the Rise themes Creative Mornings.

Outside of performing SeeSings is also a Children’s Book Author who is passionate about 🎹 and making it more accessible.

“Chris and Frankie: Intro To Our Ebony & Ivory Keys” is available to borrow from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system!