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Aubrey Zinaich

Aubrey Zinaich

Aubrey Zinaich

Aubrey began her career in the restaurant world at the local Dairy Queen when she was 16-years-old. “I can deep fry anything and spin the best blizzards—strawberry with Oreo cookies was my personal favorite.” It wasn’t a glamorous introduction to the culinary world, but that (combined with studying literature in college) was a foreshadowing of her future in food and hospitality.

After spending a year living abroad in France, she came home fluent in French and in love with organ meats and stinky cheese. Her host family initiated her into food and dining as an emotional experience. Living and traveling in Europe also taught her an important lesson--food doesn’t have to be fancy or pretentious to be delicious. Knowing what you like and how to prepare food well is what matters most. 

During her restaurant career, Aubrey has worked every station possible from prep chef to dish washer to waiting tables to cooking on the line to creating cocktails to expediting to managing the front of the house. Now a co-owner of Nana's, Bar Virgile and NanaSteak in Durham, her hands-on, intimate knowledge of the food and beverage world, combined with her solid work ethic, made her transition to being a restaurant owner seamless. After 24 years in the industry, she still loves the experience of eating and drinking with friends and family.

Kimberly Foytlin

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Kimberly Foytlin

Growing up in Durham was an adventure. There was a quality to it that you could not find in any other city. It had a starving artist charm that drew you in and kept you here, no matter how hard the lifestyle could be. This place challenged me to become an artist and represent the growing culture that Durham is quickly creating for itself. After leaving Durham for a few years to attend East Carolina University and acquire my BFA in sculpture it wasn’t hard to make the decision to return to my hometown. Durham has become a beautifully creative city. I was lucky enough to discover Liberty Arts and began my life as a sculptor.

Something that Durham has taught me while growing up is to live as freely as possible, making the most out of life. There is nothing on this planet that lives more openly and without boundaries that the animals that coincide with us. Those creatures that do struggle to maintain that spirit only do so because of the consequences of our pour decisions. My body of work centers on these beautiful animals, those still living wildly, and those that need a little help from the people that can save them. I strive to shed light on these issues and create works of art featuring these beautiful animals that deserve out respect.