Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is Calling for Entries for the “Fine Contemporary Crafts of the Southeastern US” Exhibit – Deadline is Sept. 22, 2014

July 29, 2014


Artspace in Raleigh, NC, invites artists working in a variety of craft media to enter the “Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition of the Southeastern US”, a biennial national juried exhibition. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper and wood. Entries will also be juried for cash prizes.

This year’s juror is Stefanie Gerber Darr, Gallery Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Application Fee is $30. Submit applications ONLY to CaFE at ( For more information, visit Artspace website at (

Artspace is a nonprofit visual arts center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of 120 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.

For more information about Artspace, exhibitions, or membership, please visit (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for the “2014 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” – Deadline is Aug. 28, 2014

July 29, 2014


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is issuing a call for entries for the “2014 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition”. This juried show is open to all Lancaster County artists, high school age and older.

Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award. Artists may submit up to two paintings which must be delivered to the LCCA, 201 W Gay Street, in Lancaster, between Aug. 25-28, 2014, during office hours.

This community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries from Sept. 8 through Oct. 27, 2014. A reception will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 3-5pm.

The gallery exhibit and reception are free and open to the public and is sponsored by the LCCA, the Lancaster County Art League and the Hagins Family.

For more information or a registration form, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, by calling 803/285-7451 or visit (

Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild in Rutherfordton, NC, Calls for Entries for Celebration of the Arts – Deadline is Sept. 5, 2014

July 29, 2014

Artists are invited to participate in “Celebration of the Arts” (COTA), the annual judged art show/competition sponsored by the  Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild in Rutherfordton, NC. The 2014 event is set for Sept. 18-21, 2014  at The Foundation Conference & Performing Arts Center located on the Spindale Campus of Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC. Entries are not limited to Guild members or Rutherford County residents and all 2D and 3D artists who meet eligibility and other requirements as outlined in the COTA application are invited to participate.

Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in 2D and 3D categories. Ribbons for Honorable Mention and for People’s Choice, in both categories also will be awarded.  Awards are to be presented at a private Artists Reception on Thursday evening, September. All artists with entries and a guest are invited to attend free of charge.

Artists may submit a total of three pieces of 2D or 3D art.  Submissions must be ORIGINAL works (painting, drawing, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, wood, basketry) completed within the last two years and not previously displayed at a Celebration of the Arts. Items made from kits, commercial molds or patterns, computer generated works, or instructor-assisted works are not eligible for inclusion in the competition.

The entry fee for a RCVAG Guild member is $20 per person ($15 if submitted by Aug. 30) and $35 for a non-Guild member. The deadline for entries is Sept. 5, 2014 and no late entries will be accepted. Complete requirements and other information about entries and participation can be found at ( or by calling 828/288-5009.

Information is also available by visiting the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC, Tue.-Sat., 10am until 3pm.

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Sets Dates for Holiday and Spring Markets During Art Walks

July 29, 2014


Mark your calendars!

The date of the 2014 Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is Nov. 22-23, 2014.

The date of the 2015 Durham Art Walk Spring Market is May 2-3, 2015.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday & Spring Markets celebrate the creative energy of our local artists by showcasing them throughout downtown Durham!

The Durham Arts Council and other downtown Durham galleries and shops host artists, performers, and special live events to create a festive atmosphere that encourages visitors to buy art from local fine artists and craftspeople.

For more information about the Durham Art Walk, visit (

For more information about artist registration, please contact Brandon Adams, Artist Services Manager, by e-mail at ( or call 919/560-2719.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday & Spring Markets are presented & produced by the Durham Arts Council.

Mooresville Arts in Mooresville, NC, Calls for Entries for Artoberfest – Deadline is Sept. 27, 2014

July 29, 2014

The Mooresville Arts in downtown Mooresville, NC, announces a call for artists for its’ upcoming judged competition and art show, “Artoberfest”. This popular and continuously growing exhibit is, again, proudly sponsored by Speedball Art Products, located in Statesville, NC. Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories, plus separate awards will be given to artwork made with Speedball products.

Friday, Sept. 26, from 1-5pm and Saturday, Sept, 27, from    1-5pm

Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Saturday, Nov. 1, from 1-5pm and Sunday, Nov. 2, from 1-4pm

Friday, Oct. 10, from 6-8pm . Award presentation at 6:30pm

Additional information and a complete show prospectus are available at ( or a copy can be picked up at:

Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 West Center Ave., Mooresville, NC 28115.

For additional information and questions e-mail Shelly Zulli, Artoberfest Chairperson at ( or call 704/663-6661

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Hires Emily Lassiter as Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator

July 29, 2014


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Lassiter as our new Educational Program Manager & Project Coordinator. A native of Burlington, NC, Lassiter also has local ties to Star, NC, and Troy, NC, as her grandparents grew up in the area. She comes to us with a BA in History from UNC-CH and a MA in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies from UNCG.


Lassiter has worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce, both in WV. While working in WV, she secured and administered a grant that facilitated magazine and newspaper advertising, as well as coordinated volunteers for the West Virginia Roadkill Cook-off. She has also worked at Korner’s Folly in Kernersville, NC, where she worked with development and membership issues, and at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, NC, where she gained valuable experience with visitor services, educational tours and historic interpretation.

Lassiter is a member of the National Council on Public History, the American Association of State and Local History, and the North Carolina Museums Council. Regarding her new position with the Pottery Center and pottery in North Carolina, Lassiter says, “I am looking forward to helping promote awareness and appreciation of North Carolina pottery and potters through a variety of educational programming. North Carolina has such a rich tradition of pottery, and it is important to share that with people through exhibitions, workshops and interactive activities.” She brings with her an energetic, enthusiastic spirit and strong desire to learn and help others.

Funding for the educational program manager portion of the position comes from a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., 10am-4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (, or find us on Facebook.

A Trip to See Several Exhibits in the Pee Dee Area of South Carolina in July 2014 – Part III

July 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: For some reason I could not place this a Carolina Arts Unleashed this morning. Don’t know why. So we’re launching it here today.

OK – it was a rainy, stormy, day here in Bonneau, SC, and I decided to go to check out some exhibits in the Pee Dee area of SC – yada, yada, yada. This happens sometimes – I go see something, I take photos and notes on what I see and think to help me remember things and when I get back home – life and business gets in the way. So here we are in Part III and the exhibit I saw at the Art Trail Gallery in downtown Florence’s growing arts district has ended.

The blog entry ended up being given in three parts (nothings is ever brief with me) and between Part II and Part III came time to put the Aug. 2014 issue of Carolina Arts together. So, I apologize to the folks who run the gallery and the Pee Dee Artist Guild, but I’m still going to write it up. I can’t inspire anyone to go see the exhibit, but I can validate that it happened for history’s sake. That’s the best I can do.


So after I was mucking around outside taking in all the outside improvements to the arts district in downtown Florence, SC, I headed into the opening reception for Reflections of the Pee Dee, which was on exhibit at the Art Trail Gallery, supported by the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, from July 5 – 26, 2014.


It had been almost a year since I had been to a reception of an exhibit at the Art Trail Gallery and things had really changed. The space had been renovated and was under new management. I did my first go around to see the exhibit, and then checked out the no-longer hidden space of Alex Palkovich which shares the space. Palkovich’s work is not the kind of thing you want to hide and you couldn’t keep people away if you tried. Some people might think of it as a distraction to other works on display, but all gallery spaces should have such inviting distractions.





For some reason I got the impression that the artworks were displayed much better than in the past. Most of the works, not all, by the same artist were together, which is the best way to display works. But in the past, most of the exhibits at the Art Trail Gallery that I have seen were juried shows where works were placed by category, where an artist can have works spread all over the place. This was not a juried show, so that might be what I was thinking. In the past I have tried to encourage the Gallery to present planned shows – that could be promoted ahead of time with press releases. Most juried shows you don’t know what you’re getting until the deadline passes and that’s usually just before the show goes up. That makes it hard to promote in advance.

The back of the gallery space serves as Alex Palkovich’s showroom

Gosh – who would think you would fine a nude in an art gallery? (inside joke)

Go see the final sculpture of General Francis Marion in Johnsonville, SC.

After the first go around I spotted Jane Madden, the person who started the Art Trail Gallery. And, as usual, she and I had a number of discussions about this and that in the art world – until others demanded her attention. Madden is the go to person for info about funding, publicity, and just about everything. So, our time was up and it was a good thing too, as I noticed I was hungry.



Plenty of places to sit – as they also have concerts at the gallery

The one thing you can always count on at an Art Trail Gallery reception is good food. There’s always a good selection of goodies. So, I filled a plate and found a place to sit and review the photos I took and made some notes. Another good thing about the Art Trail Gallery space – there are always plenty of places to sit. Up to this point I had been on my feet a good bit of time. While sitting there a work on the far wall kept demanding my attention. It wasn’t a work that stood out that much during my first inspection, but it just kept interrupting my concentration.

This work “Jeffries Creek Swamp,” by Matt Cook kept grabbing my attention


The show had a good selection of works in a variety of media. Almost half of the exhibit was photographs (22/48) and there were works by artists I knew, but I didn’t have to recognize anyone’s style as all works were properly identified with tags. And I didn’t have to get on my knees to read any of them. (You folks know who I’m talking about.)

There were interesting works there by Lynda English, Jaclyn Wukela, Jim Gleason, Suzanne Muldrow, and others I did not know, but the surprise of the afternoon was the paintings on silk by Aggie Palkovich. I did not know that Alex Palkovich had to share a house and spotlight with another talented artist.

“Good Morning Friends,” by Lynda English

“Pink & Blue Scarf,” by Aggie Palkovich

“Beware the Venum of the Rebel Spirit,” by Jim Gleason

Keep in mind that I can’t show you everything I liked as some works were under glass and that makes it hard to get a good photo.

So, I made another trip around the gallery to make sure I didn’t miss anything and then headed home after a day of filling my eyes and mind with lots of good visions and questions. Most of all I wondered how can towns and cities like Lake City and Florence put so much into developing art districts to lure businesses back into downtown areas, as well as attracting tourism, and some bigger cities ignore the arts all together?

Of course some big cities have so much arts that they can’t support or fund them all, causing them to select a few to keep afloat, while others have to fend for themselves.

If what’s happening in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina pays off – there will be leaders from towns and cities all over the Southeast showing up to find out – how did you do it?

The next exhibit at the Art Trail Gallery will be, Visualicious 2014, on view from Aug. 1 – 28, 2014. A reception will be held on Aug. 8, from 5:30-7:30pm. If you go, you might see a lot of works by many of the artists I mentioned. But, the whole thing is – you need to good and support the arts yourself – it could be the thing that’s pumping new blood into your economy.

The Art Trail Gallery is located at 185 West Evans Street, just around the corner from their old location on S. Dargon Street, in downtown Florence, SC. For further info visit (

Read Part I at this link (

Read Part II at this link (

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, Calls for Entries for 3rd Annual North Carolina Emerging Artists Exhibition – Deadline Aug. 15, 2014

July 29, 2014


Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, an affiliate organization of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for ages 21-40, has scheduled its third annual “North Carolina Emerging Artists Exhibition” on view from Oct. 17 – Nov. 29, 2014, and is issuing a call for art work.

Emerging artists from across the state working in all media are encouraged to submit one to five original works or one comprehensive project for consideration. Artists must be at least 18 and are required to submit a description of the work (materials, dimensions, date), an artist statement, and a biography. All submission materials must be digital and submitted to ( by Aug. 15, 2014.

This year’s exhibit will have a select panel of jurors from museums, galleries, and universities. Kelly Bennett, co-chair of Art Nouveau Winston Salem, said, “Besides encouraging emerging artists from our city and throughout North Carolina, the exhibition gives them an opportunity to expose their work to a larger, more diverse audience than they ordinarily may enjoy, to raise their visibility and to develop contacts that will enhance their careers.”

The exhibition, at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, is free and will open with a public reception, 6-8pm, Friday, Oct. 17.

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem provides leadership opportunities for its members while engaging younger arts audiences and helping develop, support and sustain the arts in Winston-Salem.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, makes grants for arts in education, sponsors events with other arts organizations, strengthens cultural resources, develops social capital, and aids economic development. In its 2012 grant cycle, The Arts Council made Organizational Support Grants to 21 Funded Partners totaling $1,625,000. Grants made in its four grant categories totaled $1,801,150, and it also made it possible for funded partners to receive about a quarter million dollars in advertising opportunities with local media through its Advertising Assistance program.

For more information, please contact, Eliza Walmsley, The Arts Council by calling 336/747-1422 or e-mail to (

East Carolina University Students Fire the Groundhog Kiln at North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC – Aug. 1, 2014

July 23, 2014


Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, to learn about the wood firing process with East Carolina University students as they fire the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Also, on Saturday, Aug. 2, there will be a Raku firing demonstration at the center.

These two days of firings are the finale of the summer internships conducted at the NC Pottery Center by East Carolina University Ceramics Graduate students Erin Younge and Devin McKim. They will be available to explain the process and answer questions from 10am – 4pm on Friday and Saturday.

Left to Right: Joseph Sands, Devin McKim, & Erin Younge

As part of an on-going collaboration between the NC Pottery Center and East Carolina University, Erin Younge, a 3rd year graduate student in ECU’s Ceramics Program, has been interning with us this summer and teaching a number of clay programs for all ages. Devin McKim is a 2nd year graduate student who has been working with local Randleman, NC, potter Joseph Sands to learn production ceramic techniques.

The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood. “Firing a groundhog kiln is a great introduction to Seagrove pottery,” explains Devin. “I am excited to be joining in on that traditional style of salt firing.”

The Raku firing will be broken up into smaller, more manageable batches to fire, remove, and fume – and then repeat with each following batch. That will give visitors a chance to see finished pieces more quickly than most other types of firings. Erin says, “I am amazed by the range of color that Raku firings produce. The transformation that takes place in both the clay and the glaze by using simple combustible materials like sawdust or flowers is always a treat.”

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue – Sat 10 am – 4 pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Receives $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

July 23, 2014

On Monday, July 21, 2014, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $34 million in grants for 177 humanities projects. The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston is pleased to be one of two recipients in the state of South Carolina with an award in the amount of $250,000 to improve storage conditions for the Gibbes Museum’s collections, which focus on American art.

Storage furniture will be installed in a new collections suite that is being created as part of the major renovation and expansion of the museum, which will begin in the fall of 2014. The renovation and storage/study suite will go far to help make this knowledge accessible to diverse audiences, and add richness to the visitor experience.

“The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support these exceptional research, educational, and public programs in the humanities,” said NEH Acting Chairman Carole Watson. “The projects made possible by these grants will enrich our knowledge of our history and ourselves, encourage reflection on the traditions and values that have shaped our culture, and help preserve and make accessible our nation’s diverse wealth of humanities materials and resources.”

“We are thrilled to receive this wonderful recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities as the Gibbes Museum is at a defining moment in its history.  The storage project is at the core of our renovation design to ensure long-term, energy-efficient, sustainable preservation upon the collection’s return,” says Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections Administration and project manager for the grant.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at (

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located along Charleston’s Museum Mile in the heart of historic district, the museum is dedicated to collecting and presenting Southern art from the Colonial period through today. The Gibbes’ permanent collection consists of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection.  The museum offers an impressive roster of special exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

For further information visit (


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