Wendy Hickey is the juror for the upcoming show "Back to the Garden." Ciel partner artist Claudia Soria met with Wendy last Friday at their favorite restaurant, Luna's Kitchen, located in the SouthEnd neighborhood.
This is what we learned about Wendy…
Job Title (or ArtPop Title): Founder, ArtPop & National Sales Representative, Adams Outdoor Advertising
Hometown: Murrells Inlet, SC
Claudia Soria: How long have you been in Charlotte, and what brought you here?
Wendy Hickey: 2 years and 5 months. I transferred here with my job.
CS: How did you get involved in the Arts & Culture sector?
WH: Started with my first board of director’s position with a local arts council in PA. I have always had a huge love for art and music.
CS: What is ArtPop and how did it get started?
WH: Art+Public Outdoor Project = ArtPop. I came up with the idea in about 2002 in the Pocono Mountain, PA area, where I worked as a sales manager for Adams Outdoor Advertising and served on the board of Directors for the Monroe County Arts Council. ArtPop’s Mission: To promote local artist work through available billboard space.
CS: What lies in the future for ArtPop and do you have other projects in the horizon?
WH: My goal is to bring ArtPop to every city that has billboards. I have 3 additional cities in the works right now. Many more to come!
CS: When it comes to our community in the Queen City, what is your “dream” or aspiration?
WH: To continue to promote local artists work and inspire our commuters and community. I want to be the voice of our local artist.
CS: Do you have a favorite artist (painter, musician, etc.)?
WH: Favorite local artist would be impossible for me to answer. Favorite musician is Eric Clapton.
CS: Do you have a favorite book and why is it your favorite?
WH: My favorite book is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Why, it brings me back to my childhood, I am a dreamer.
CS: Please leave us with a favorite quote:
WH: “She was a lady and ladies always know when to leave” - From Fried Green Tomatoes.
CS: Thank you so much for your time!!!
WH: My pleasure! :)
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