CAM Raleigh offers a unique art experience to mix into your First Friday. MIXTAPE is an hour of Triangle-area artists performing, showing, and talking about their work – all jiving with an ongoing exhibition at CAM Raleigh. Artists in your midst doing world-class work that matters – come get some!

First Friday, December 7, at 8:00pm, in conjunction with the GirlTalk: Women and Text:

— Multimedia artist STACY LYNN WADDELL (Chapel Hill) creates an impromptu installation with projections and text
— Singer/songwriter CHRISTY SMITH (Raleigh) of the Tender Fruit croons a set to break your heart
— Painter HEATHER GORDON (Durham) discusses text, sound and codes in her cryptic work

An unforgettable hour of live performances and presentations curated and hosted by Triangle-based arts writer and Mixtape founder Chris Vitiello.

First Friday admission is $5 and FREE to all members, children 10 and under, and NC State College of Design students, faculty and staff.

More about the artists and performers…

Chapel Hill-based artist STACY LYNN WADDELL creates works that structure sites of intersection between both real and imagined realities of American history and culture. She combines media and methods such as burned and branded paper, watercolor and gold leaf and mines image and text for iconographic meaning. Since finishing her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007, Waddell’s work has been in exhibitions at Raleigh’s NCMA, Winston-Salem’s SECCA, Durham’s John Hope Franklin Center and Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum. She’s also shown at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her first solo museum exhibition The Evidence of Things Unseen, began at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC before traveling to the Weatherspoon in January 2011. Check out Stacy Lynn’s work at

Raleigh-based singer/songwriter CHRISTY SMITH is the driving creative force behind the country+pop amalgam the Tender Fruit (with Patrick Dyer Wolf and others). She received a 2011-12 music fellowship from the N.C. Arts Council and has rocked familiar festivals such as Hopscotch, Shakori Hills and Troika. She writes songs about dreams, memories, heartache, meditation, space, the ocean—you know, her life and yours too. Smith teases out that kind of melancholy that you want to hold onto. The Tender Fruit’s debut album, “Flotsam & Krill”, came out in 2010. They’re heading into the studio to record a follow-up any day now. Check out Christy’s work with the Tender Fruit at

Durham-based artist HEATHER GORDON combines art and design talents to represent cultural and personal information in fascinating ways. She plots personally important points on a map, and uses the resulting diagram to create a foldable abstract figure. Or she converts the binary code of MP3 recordings of charged cultural moments into black-and-white coded circles. She is the artist liaison at Golden Belt where she keeps her studio and coordinates events and professional development for the 40+ artists there. She had a solo show at the Durham Arts Council early this year and participated in group exhibitions recently at Greensboro’s Green Hill Center, Raleigh’s Flanders and Block galleries. She’s currently working toward a solo show in early 2013 and a collaborative show at Chapel Hill’s Ackland Museum. She received her MFA from New Mexico State in 1995. Check out Heather’s work at

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