|By day, Emily Sibitzky works as marketing director for the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
In her spare time, she and business partner Chelsea Brandt of Desired Hype Design want to found a print publication focused on visual arts and artists in the Roanoke region, called “VIA Noke Magazine.”
Sibitzky wrote in an email that the pair intends to have the first issue ready by the Sidewalk Art Show in June. The publication would be free and supported by ad revenue.
“We want to actually have in-depth conversations with the artists about their work, influences, and processes. We also want to feature local students (high school and college) and how they are developing their creative process and changing as they learn in the arts. I hope it will really open up conversation between artists and between artists and the community,” she wrote.
To help fund the first issue, the pair has turned to the popular fundraising website Kickstarter.com. Their goal is $2,000, modest by Kickstarter standards, with a deadline of May 5. Find their campaign on the Web at www.kickstarter.com/projects/276999898/via-noke-magazine.