“Highest Design” Water Tower Art Contest Names Winning Artist and Awards Billingsville Elementary $5,000 in School Supplies

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The Design Center of the Carolinas unveiled the winning work of art in its 3rd annual “Highest Design” Water Tower Art Contest, sponsored by Ram Realty Services, at a special Design Center event on May 2nd. With more than 17,000 votes cast for 36 works of art, Jeff Thomas and his original work “I Am/We Are” garnered nearly 5,000 votes to capture the prize.

Jeff was presented with a $1,000 check by Ivy Greaner, Chief Operating Officer, Ram Realty Services. Thomas said about his inspiration for the winning piece, “As artists, everything we create is part life experience and part environment, the product of countless decisions and choices, little and big. All of them influenced in one way or another by where we are and what surrounds us. Yet as we choose where we rest our heads, we become a part of our surroundings. A part of the influence. A part of the inspiration.”

Carolina Pad is generously donating $5,000 in school supplies to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School, Billingsville Elementary, that Jeff championed. Principal Arlene Harris was on hand to accept a certificate from Carolina Pad for the school supplies. The supplies will be delivered at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

Local artists competed online for votes to win the chance for his or her work to be displayed on the highest canvas in the city, a 125’ water tower. “I Am/We Are” will be replicated onto a large horizontal vinyl canvas and installed on the Design Center water tower in place of the 2011 artwork, “Jane’s Dancing Addiction,” created by Ashley Plyer, last year’s winner.

“We are excited about the momentum the Highest Design Contest continues to build every year. The community support has been wonderful. We are honored to showcase Jeff’s work on the water tower as the winner of 2012. Jeff and his wife are recent transplants to the South End and have embraced their new community with heart and soul,” said Ivy Greaner, Chief Operating Officer, Ram Realty Services.

About the Design Center

The Design Center of the Carolinas is ideally located between Camden Road, West Tremont and Worthington Avenues in the Historic South End of Charlotte, NC, along the LYNX Light Rail at East/West Blvd. A signature example of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, DCC is comprised of three distinct buildings featuring exposed brick, expansive windows and compelling architectural details, giving a vintage vibe to contemporary workspace. Its trademark water tower is also a landmark of Historic South End and a symbol of its urban redevelopment. This unique workspace is designed to bring life to a progressive mix of showrooms, studios, offices and event spaces, resulting in a one-of-a-kind gathering place for creativity and forward-thinking businesses. For more information, please visit www.designcentercarolinas.com or contact Meredith Dickerson at (704) 971-6517 or meredith.dickerson@cbcmeca.com regarding leasing opportunities.

About Carolina Pad

Carolina Pad™ is a leading supplier of fashion school, office and organizational products. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Carolina Pad is one of the fastest growing stationery companies in the world. Its school, office, and arts and crafts products can be found at mass merchant, office supply, grocery, and drug stores. The Carolina Pad™ portfolio of brands include Studio C™, Note2Self™, Ghostline®, Notebound®, Sasquatch™, and u:create™. Learn more about Carolina Pad at www.carolinapad.com.

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