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Get Artistic Announces Noraa James as 2021 Artist-in-Residence

Noraa James. Credit: Creature Comforts.

Creature Comforts’ Get Artistic campaign has selected local graphic designer, painter and photographer Noraa James as the brewery’s 2021 Artist-in-Residence. After relocating to Athens from Norfolk, VA in January 2020, James quickly established himself as co-founder of both Finley Light Factory and tacky! magazine. James’ distinctive style amplifies the sublime beauty and magic of Black people through Afro-surrealism and Afro-futurism, the influences of which carry over onto the label art he created for this season’s Get Artistic Berliner Weisse. James will hold a live art session on Sunday, Sept. 5 from 3–6 p.m., as well as on other select Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through Oct. 20.Additionally, Get Artistic is accepting applications through Sept. 12 for its DIY Fund, an annual program that exists to empower emerging artists by funding collaborative, community-based projects, such as the Classic City Wax Vol. 2 compilation featured on Flagpole’s cover this week. The winning applicant will receive $2,000, and finalists will receive $250 stipends for participating in a DIY Fair (Oct. 6) where the public can vote on their favorite projects. Visit for details.