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THE KIRK ADAM GALLERY, occupying the second and third floors of funky Father & Son Antiques in downtown Raleigh, sold a piece of art to Martha Stewart last week. Gallery owner Kirk Adam said designer Kelly Von Patter, who is working for Stewart on the interior design of a set of model homes in Cary, bought a charcoal piece by Raleigh artist Mark Corson on Saturday. Adam described the piece as "abstracted, with a lot of lines," and said it is part of a series by Corson called Gun Metal Studies. He would not disclose the price.

The model homes are part of Twin Lakes, a subdivision of 650 homes being built by national homebuilding conglomerate KB Home. Stewart's Web site describes Twin Lakes as "a unique community ... featuring houses inspired by my own homes in New York and Maine."

It's unclear whether or how the piece of art might be used, but Adam says Von Patter has visited the gallery twice looking for pieces to decorate the rooms of the houses.

"Hopefully, Mark will sell more pieces of art now," Adam said.


PRINCEVILLE is rising from the floodwaters of Hurricane Floyd, with a little help from the Princeville and North Carolina Language and Life Project at NCSU. The coastal town was founded by freed slaves in 1865, and after enduring more than a century of racism and economic hardship, it was almost completely destroyed by Floyd in 1999. The premiere screening of a documentary film about Princeville's history and survival will help to raise money for an African-American history museum there. This Side of the River: Self-determination and Survival in the Oldest Black Town in America premieres Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham. Filmmakers Ryan Rowe and Drew Grimes will be on hand, as will Princeville citizens including blues artist George Higgs. North Carolina NAACP president the Rev. Dr. William Barber II will speak, and a panel discussion will follow the film. See for more info.


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