Meet 16 Creatives You Can Hire Now! We did.

MEET 16 CHARLOTTE ARTISTS YOU CAN WORK WITH RIGHT NOW!
WE DID!

“Hey! Can you recommend someone creative who can help me with [FILL-IN-THE-BLANK]?”

At Charlotte Is Creative (publisher of The Biscuit), we’re asked some version of the question above about ten to fifteen times a week. And, the answer we give is always … “YES!”

The only thing we enjoy more than being engaged to manage projects that allow us to hire creatives for an event, initiative or community project is to recommend them to someone else and vouch for their professionalism. It’s one thing to pass along contact information. It’s another to be able to say, “We have worked with [NAME OF AN AWESOME CREATIVE], and they’ll do an awesome job for you. They have for us.”

Since 2015, we’ve been able to put hundreds of artists to work. In 2023 alone, our goal is to secure work (whether we’re in project managers or not) to more than 150 local creatives. And, to give you a sense of what that looks like, below are 16 local creatives we hired in just the last 30 (or so) days. Each of them exceeded our expectations, met our deadlines and were professional throughout the project described in their profile.

P.S. We’re always on the hunt for new creatives of all disciplines. And, we’re always being asked. If you’re a creative who wants to be considered for a future gig, click here. We can’t guarantee you a job, but we’ll be on the lookout.

16 CREATIVES WE’VE HIRED SINCE MID-MARCH

JESSE ARMSTRONG
VISUAL ARTIST/TEACHER
WEB: etsy.com/shop/JesseArtStrong
IG: @mrs.artstrong

What did Jesse do for us?
Jesse was one of six CMS art teachers we hired to paint a giant letter for the annual Charlotte SHOUT! festival. See all the letters here.

What can Jesse do for you?

  • Home, family and pet portraits
  • Art camps and lessons for kids

HARVEY CUMMINGS
MUSICIAN/DJ/PRODUCER
EM: harvey@harveycummings.com
WEB: harveycummings.com
IG: @harveycummings

What did Harvey do for us?
Harvey is our monthly DJ at CreativeMornings/Charlotte. Not many DJs can start a party 8:15 a.m. But, he can.  

What can Harvey do for you?

  • Live Performances for events and parties
    • Live soundtracks
    • Live bands
    • DJ services
    • Talent Booking
  • Music production 
  • Composition services for film and TV
  • Music licensing and publishing

 

DeNEER DAVIS
VISUAL ARTIST/INSTRUCTOR
WEB: linktr.ee/Neerperfection
IG: @neerperfection

What did DeNeer do for us?
We commissioned DeNeer to paint the giant Charlotte crown that was placed in The Green on South Tryon St. during the annual Charlotte SHOUT! festival. See it here and in the GIF above.

What can DeNeer do for you?

  • Mural painting
  • Shoe design/painting
  • Art instruction
  • Speaking/community engagement

TIM EDWARDS
GRAPHIC AND BRAND DESIGNER
EM: splatter.charlotte@gmail.com
WEB: splattercharlotte.com
IG: @splatter.CLT

What did Tim do for us?

We hired Tim to do splatter art (he takes a slow-motion photo of everyone who throws paint) at the SouthPark After 5 event on April 27. It was rescheduled to later on May 25, but Tim had everything ready to go before the event was rained out. 

What can Tim do for you?

  • Community Engagement
  • Splatter Painting events

KEVEN FIGUEROA
PHOTOGRAPHER
IG: @freerange_photos

What did Kevin do for us?
We hired Keven to shoot event photography/videography for our event, The Drop, at Divine Barrel Brewing on March 23. See a selection of Keven’s photos here.

What can Kevin do for you?

  • Photography/videography

ASHLEY GRAHAM
VISUAL ARTIST/TEACHER
EM: ashleygrahamarts@gmail.com
WEB: ashleygrahamarts.wixsite.com/ashley-graham-arts
IG: @grahamarts

What did Ashley do for us?
Ashley was one of six CMS art teachers we hired to paint a giant letter for the annual Charlotte SHOUT! Festival. She also repaired a broken piece of family pottery for our co-founder, Tim Miner. See all the letters here.

What can Ashley do for you?

  • Interior and Exterior Murals 
  • Custom Paintings

CHALICE MEIKLE
VISUAL ART/ART THERAPY

EM: therealchalice@gmail.com

WEB: therealchalice.com

IG: @therealchalice

What did Chalice do for us?
Chalice was one of four artists we hired for a two-hour art battle we organized for SouthPark Community Partners for their inaugural SouthPark After 5 event in Symphony Park on April 20. See shots of this event.

What can Chalice do for you?

  • Abstract painting classes for teens and adults
  • Design/execute art therapy-themed curriculums
  • Commissioned work in an abstract, contemporary or modern style
  • Custom portraits in various styles

MARK MILAZZO
VISUAL ARTIST/COLLAGE
EM: markthecutternc@gmail.com
WEB: etsy.com/shop/bathroomcomicsandart
IG: @markthecutter

What did Mark do for us?
Mark created a piece of custom collage work as a gift for a local arts supporter. (He did it in three days!)

What can Mark do for you?

  • Analog collages made of paper, cardboard, found materials
  • Collages sized 3″x5″ to 24″ x 36″ or larger

ERNESTO MORENO
GRAPHIC AND BRAND DESIGNER
EM: ernestomorenophotography@gmail.com
IG: @ernestomorenophotograhy

What did Ernesto do for us?
We hired Ernesto to take pictures during last month’s CreativeMornings/Charlotte, the free breakfast lecture series/meet-up we sponsor the first week of every month. See a few of his photos from that morning here.

What can Ernesto do for you?

  • Creative/portrait photography  
  • Event photography
  • Corporate photography/videography

CORINE OLARTE
GRAPHIC AND BRAND DESIGNER
EM: hello@corineolarte.com
WEB: corineolarte.com
IG: @corine.photo

What did Corine do for us?
We hired Corine to take professional headshots of the recently graduated, spring 2023 Creative Entrepeneurs Initiative (CEI) class and the Charlotte Is Creative team.

What can Corine do for you?

  • Creative Portrait Photography 
  • Personal Branding Photography 
  • Event Photography 
  • Editorial Photography
  • Photography Mentorship

VILOKI PATEL
VISUAL ARTIST/TEACHER
IG: @VilokiPatel

What did Viloki do for us?
Viloki was one of six CMS art teachers we hired to paint a giant letter for the annual Charlotte SHOUT! festival. See all the letters here.

What can Viloki do for you?

  • Painting
  • Set design and reative input 
  • Displays and layouts 
  • 3 dimensional art
  • Multimedia projects

LUCY PHUNG
VISUAL ARTIST
EM: aluphstudio@gmail.com
IG: @1ucysushi

What did Lucy do for us?
We commissioned Lucy to paint a new work on the Charlotte Museum of History’s Path of Portraits, a program to create original works of art to honor prominent (and often under-appreciated) Charlotteans. Arthur Rogers, Jr. painted another in February. See Lucy’s portrait of John Lawson here.

What can Lucy do for you?

  • Custom portraits
  • Paintings
  • Murals
  • Digital illustrations
  • Live Painting Events

QUISOL
GRAPHIC AND BRAND DESIGNER
EM: management@quisol.co

IG: @_quisol

What did Joseph do for us?
On just 24 hours’ notice, Quisol played an original song at the March 31 gathering of CreativeMornings/Charlotte

What can Joseph do for you?

  • Logo and branding designs
  • Audio branding

COURTNEY RILEY
VISUAL ARTIST/TEACHER
EM: csriley3@gmail.com
IG: @csrileyteach

What did Courtney do for us?
Riley was one of six CMS art teachers we hired to paint a giant letter for the annual Charlotte SHOUT! festival. See all the letters here.

What can Courtney do for you?

  • Art education experiences for children
  • Recycled/mixed media art 
  • Scenery for theater
  • Small murals

TINA VINCENT
VISUAL ARTIST/TEACHER
EM: tinagwata@gmail.com
WEB: tinagvincent.com
IG: @tinagvincent

What did Tina do for us?
Tina was one of six CMS art teachers we hired to paint a giant letter for the annual Charlotte SHOUT! festival. See all the letters here.

What can Tina do for you? 

  • Mixed-media
  • Collage
  • Painting
  • Quilting 
  • Sculpture

BRYAN WILSON
VISUAL ARTIST/TEACHER
EM: artist@bryanwilsonstudios.com
WEB: bryanwilsonstudios.com
IG: @bryanwilsonmfa

WHAT DID BRYAN DO FOR US?
Bryan was one of six CMS art teachers we hired to paint a giant letter for the annual Charlotte SHOUT! festival. See all the letters here.

WHAT CAN BRYAN DO FOR YOU?

  • Graphic Design
  • Fine Art Painting Commissions