Three Cultural Institutions in Charlotte, NC, Join Forces to Bring Latin American Programming to Region

April 21, 2014

Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects, The Mint Museum, and McColl Center for Visual Art are proud to announce a new cultural collaboration, “Perspectives on Latin American Art & Design”.

“Perspectives on Latin American Art & Design”, or PLAAD, will offer a traveling series of educational and social events in Charlotte to build awareness, appreciation, and support around Latin American contemporary art and design. The collaboration kicked off with LaCa Projects’ March 13 opening of its exhibition “Cuba: Art of the Fantastic,” featuring close twenty works by four emerging Cuban artists. This is the first exhibition of Cuban art in the region. Additionally, the curator of the exhibition, Abelardo Mena, will serve as a visiting curator with McColl Center’s Artists-in-Residence.

As part of the collaboration, these three organizations will also partner with ArtSi’s Con A de Arte, an annual, collective effort to showcase the excellence and diversity of Latin American arts, artists, and art supporters in the region. This year’s event will take place at Mint Museum Uptown on June 13, 2014 and will be a key highlight of the partnership. Additional programming, including panel discussions and events tied to each of the organization’s artistic projects, are planned throughout 2014.

Con A de Arte – A is for Art is ArtSí Charlotte’s signature event.  This is an annual celebration that showcases the Hispanic Arts and Culture in Charlotte.  There is an array of artistic mediums from storytelling, dance and poetry to film making, photography, visual art and live music. For the past 9 years thousands of people have come to learn about the work of different Latino artists in the Charlotte area.

“The Latin American community has doubled in the past ten years in our region, and with that growth we now have rich cultural diversity and strong artist development,” says Neely Verano, director of LaCa Projects. “It is time to change the perceptions that exist here about Latin Americans, and art is an excellent context for this conversation and education to occur. This collaboration has the potential for far-reaching and significant impact toward building stronger ties in our community.”

Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies and Exhibitions, says: “McColl Center for Visual Art is honored to participate in this important series of events with The Mint Museum and LaCa Projects. Our institution greatly values the contributions of the Latin American community to the advancement of our cultural scene; these events and programs collectively celebrate the Latin American creative spirit. For the Center’s Artists-in-Residence to meet with a curator of Abelardo Mena’s stature is a distinct privilege and is only made possible due to our shared support for advancing our partners’ programs and missions.”

Adds Cheryl Palmer, Director of Learning & Engagement for the Mint: “The Mint has a longstanding track record of collaboration with Latin American cultural groups across the greater Charlotte community, which was enhanced by a Latino Initiative last year thanks to funding from Duke Energy. We are pleased to take this partnership to the next level by collaborating with such esteemed institutions on this project, and to be able to offer these events and educational experiences to the wider community.”

Media inquiries and interviews may be directed to Bek Mitchell-Kidd (bekmk@mccollcenter.org); Leigh Dyer (leigh.dyer@mintmuseum.org) or 704/337-2009, or Neely Verano (neely@lacaprojects.com) or 704/837-1688.

LaCa Projects opened on March 21, 2013 with poetics of erratic materialism, a solo exhibition featuring the works of pop-surrealist artist Juan Dolhare (Argentina). Located in the heart of the revitalized FreeMoreWest neighborhood, LaCa Projects is a platform dedicated to the presentation, development, and promotion of Latin American art and culture within the United States. The gallery encourages cross-cultural dialogue by representing a small group of influential and thought-provoking contemporary, emerging, and mid-career artists, as well as exhibiting a broader range of work by established and Master Latin American artists. The gallery is part of a larger planned expansion that includes artist studios and a cafe concept.

Located in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, McColl Center for Visual Art is a nationally respected urban artist-in-residence program that engages artists from the U.S. and around the world in its programs. The Studios and Galleries are free and open to the public, Thursday and Friday from 3 to 9pm and Saturday from 11am to 6pm. McColl Center for Visual Art facilitates the creative process through ten Spheres of Impact including Social Justice, Environment, Education and Craft.

McColl Center for Visual Art is supported, in part, with a Basic Operating Grant from the Arts and Science Council as well as the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art and the generosity of corporate and individual donors.

As the first art museum in North Carolina, with one of the largest collections in the Southeast, The Mint Museum offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art and design from around the world via innovative collections, groundbreaking exhibitions, and riveting educational programs. The Mint Museum is a non-profit, visual arts institution comprised of two dynamic facilities: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph. Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, fashion, European and African art, among other collections. Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as outstanding collections of American, modern & contemporary, and European art.  Located in the heart of Charlotte’s burgeoning center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of the Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. For more information, visit (www.mintmuseum.org).

ArtSí is a community initiative that advances the Latino arts and culture in Charlotte and that facilitates connections with the Charlotte arts community at large. ArtSí will be woven into the entire community’s cultural life, providing the platform for Latinos in the arts to be a larger voice in Charlotte. ArtSí is run by volunteers and serves a membership base of over 200 individuals, and is supported in part by a group of cultural and educational institutions.

ArtSi Charlotte offers opportunities for professional development, informal networking, social events, a resource center, cultural collaborations, Con a de Arte, and an online artistic directory featuring artists from various disciplines.

For more information and to contact an ArtSi volunteer, please visit (www.artsicharlotte.org).

Waynesville Gallery Association Presents First 2014 Art After Dark – May 2, 2014

April 19, 2014

Spring is in the air and The Waynesville Gallery Association is excited to announce the season opening of Art After Dark! Daffodils are popping up in the gardens and artwork in Waynesville, NC, welcoming you to our “art stroll” Friday, May 2, 2014.

Enjoy wandering through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street, and Frog Level. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Cedar Hill Studios and the Village Framer. We are growing! The Mahogany House and Art on Depot have joined our group, making Historic Frog Level a walk not to miss! With over 12 galleries participating, everyone is sure to find inspiration through the beauty of art!

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will be featuring a show in conjunction with the Haywood County Master Gardeners Volunteer Association to celebrate gardens. The show’s theme, “Artists and Gardens — A Partnership”, will feature gardens, flowers, and crafts suitable for homes, decks, or patios. The Garden Tour itself takes place on June 21, 2014.

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Work by Sarah Sneeden

NC resident, Sarah Sneeden will be showing at Twigs and Leaves Gallery in May. “Paints that Dance” perfectly describes Sarah’s work and her love of painting out of doors, on location, where she can “study first-hand the play of light”. She will be demonstrating her distinctive style and versatility at Twigs and Leaves Gallery for Art After Dark, Friday evening, May 2, from 6-9pm. Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery featuring 145+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music and delight in savory hors d’oeuvres. Twigs and Leaves Gallery, located at 98 North Main Street in Waynesville.

While in Waynesville, stroll down to Frog Level, by way of Grace Cathey’s sculpture garden. Her show, “Metamorphosis of the Butterfly in Steel”, is a perfect blend of nature and art. While in Frog Level, visit our newest members, The Mahogany House and Art on Depot. The Mahogany House represents over fifty artists and has working studios. A must see for all art enthusiasts!

For more information visit The Waynesville Gallery Association website at (www.waynesvillegalleryassociation.com) or contact Twigs and Leaves Gallery at 828/456-1940.

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC, Announces the Formation of The Artist Guild of the Foothills

April 18, 2014

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The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC, announces the formation of The Artist Guild of the Foothills. We will honor most artists that has been juried into the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center during the 2000-2014 time period.

We noticed that our local artist guilds do not require jury results as a pre-requisite into their guild. These guilds only require a fee paid and you are in! We feel this is misleading to potential buyers and collectors. While they do hold juried shows, it is very confusing to our customers and we want to clear this up in our galleries.

We want to recognize your art abilities and set you “head and shoulders” above these unjuried organizations. We are striving for excellence. We will work to make this guild an organization that is respected in our local towns, regions, states and beyond.

If you are interested in joining The Artist Guild of the Foothills, please contact Laura M. Ballenger by e-mail at (cfac.sc@gmail.com). We will form 2 committees to assist and serve you to our best ability.

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Offers Functional and Decorative Ceramics and Art for Sale – April 25 and 26, 2014

April 18, 2014

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UNC Asheville’s Department of Art will hold its annual Spring Ceramic and Art Sale from 4–7pm, Friday, April 25, and 10am–2pm, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall in Asheville, NC.

The sale is open to the public.

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A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, glass and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art.

For more information, visit (www.art.unca.edu), or call 828/251-6559.

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Receives Valuable French Paintings from Longtime Patron

April 16, 2014

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The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, has received a gift of four early-19th-century oil paintings from longtime Museum friend and supporter Harold Hartshorne, Jr., who passed away in October 2013 at age 95.

The four donated works were all completed by artists associated with the Barbizon School of painting. The Barbizon School was made up of a group of French painters, who all resided and worked in the village of Barbizon as well as the Forest of Fontainebleau, just outside of Paris, from the early 1830s to the 1870s. Breaking away from the conventions of their contemporaries, Barbizon artists typically painted humble, realistic landscapes and pastoral scenes free of gallantry and idealism. The group is considered the first generation of French landscape painters to focus truly on nature. In technique, their brushstrokes tend to be painterly and rough, and their color schemes favor earth tones.

The paintings include a seascape by Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878), considered one of the leaders of the Barbizon School; two pastoral landscapes by prominent Barbizon artists Constant Troyon (1810-1865) and Émile Van Marcke (1827-1890); and a fourth described as in the “manner of John Constable” (1776-1837), an English artist credited with inspiring the movement.

The Barbizon paintings were purchased about 1905 by Simeon B. Chapin, one of the Art Museum’s namesakes. Hartshorne inherited them from Chapin, his grandfather, and subsequently bequeathed them to the Museum.

Hartshorne was a longtime resident of Lake Geneva, WI. The son of Marietta Chapin and Harold Hartshorne, Sr., Harry was born in New York City in 1918. Following graduation from Princeton University and a brief stint on the NY Stock Exchange, he was drafted into the Army in 1941. At his father’s urging, he transferred into the Air Force and became a pilot. Fluent in French, he was tapped to train French cadets to fly. In recognition of his work, he was awarded a pair of honorary French Wings by President Charles DeGaulle after the war.

Simeon B. Chapin, son of a prominent Chicago merchant was himself a highly successful New York stock broker and real estate investor. Chapin joined with the Burroughs brothers to form the Myrtle Beach Farms Company, the predecessor to the Burroughs & Chapin Co. Hartshorne was a director of the company from 1948 to 1998; during that time he is said to have rarely missed a board meeting.

A lifelong patron of the arts, Hartshorne supported numerous arts organizations in Wisconsin and in Myrtle Beach, among them the Art Museum.

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sundays, 1 – 4pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information, call 843/238-2510, or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete – Apr. 24, 2014

April 16, 2014

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents “Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete” on Thursday,  April 24, 2014, 7-10pm. With live music by Charleston, SC, composer and artist Nick Jenkins

7pm – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
8pm – Fashion Performance
8:30pm – Music and Video Projections by Nick Jenkins

Reception Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation.

701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., second floor, Columbia, SC 29201

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Celebrate the finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop with a fashion performance and party at 701 Center for Contemporary Art! Witness the culmination of Madame Magar’s creative workshop installation featuring the Mill Collection of work garments including, frocks, aprons and hats – inspired by Lewis Hine’s photographs of children textile mill workers. This unique “fashion show” features members of the Power Company Collaborative as models and original music compositions using found sounds, along with other surprise elements, performed by Charleston, SC-based composer and artist Nick Jenkins.

Jenkins’ musical composition of train sounds, tap dance and sewing machines come together in a great celebration of both the Mill Collection and Madame Magar. A live performance with keyboards and digital soundscapes will be performed with a video collage backdrop of trains and dance, capturing the essence of trance.

Magar, who studied millinery at the Fashion Institute in New York City, opened Magar Hatworks in Charleston in 1996. Her stylish hats, ranging from fedoras to elaborate cocktail wear, have been sold by high-end stores such as Barney’s in New York City and Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Her celebrity clients include Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt, Gregory Hines and Christina Aguilera. In 2010, she established Madame Magar, bringing her interest in fashion design full circle with a dress and accessories line.

The fashion house of Magar Hatworks and Madame Magar have come together as a workshop installation inside the gallery at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with tools of the trade that include sewing machines, patterns, cutting table, dress forms, mannequins, a showroom and a runway.  Central to the installation has been the opportunity to witness the creative process as Magar moved from concept to paper pattern to finished wearables and three-dimensional objects all culminating in her fashion performance, April 24. A collection of more than 400 museum quality antique and vintage hat forms has been featured prominently in the installation.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed., 11am-8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; & Sun., 1-5pm.

Please submit further inquiries by calling Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949, e-mail to (director@701cca.org) or visit (www.701cca.org).

Clean House and Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014, in Columbia, SC

April 16, 2014

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Spring Cleaning?

Time to part with grandmother’s glass?

Love those linens but hate to iron?

Wanting to redecorate but know it all won’t fit?

Help your good things find a new life.

Clear the clutter and support 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC.

Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014

Bring us all things “cool” and in good condition, working order or gently used. Vintage, artful and funky stuff with that je ne se quoi we especially like. Round up those household goods, art pieces, cooking magazines, books and designer paraphernalia and bring them to us at the historic 701 Whaley building. Donate at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley, 2nd floor.

Donation times:
May 7: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 8: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 9: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 10: 10am-2pm

Contact by e-mail to (info@701cca.org) to set a donation appointment if the above times do not work.

Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, to Publish New Ceramics Catalogue and Mint Museum Uptown Shop Expands Hours

April 15, 2014

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The Mint Museum, in Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with D. Giles Limited of London, is producing an illustrated catalogue showcasing its renowned collection of eighteenth-century British ceramics. And to facilitate research for the catalogue, the museum is closing its historic Delhom Gallery at Mint Museum Randolph through May 2 to enable curatorial research of ceramics items from the gallery, many of which have not been removed from their glass-enclosed cases in more than 30 years.

The catalogue is being generously funded by the Delhom Service League, the Mint’s affiliate group supporting the ceramics collections of the museum. Additional photography for the project is made possible through a digitization grant that the museum received from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2013.

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Covered Bowl and Stand, circa 1775-1785, Wedgwood (1759 – present) Manufacturer/Studio

The catalogue will be released in fall 2015, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the museum’s purchase of the Delhom Collection of British and European ceramics. The catalogue will feature 200 objects, selected because of their rarity, craftsmanship, or as important examples of particular methods of production or decoration. It will include contributions by Brian Gallagher and Barbara Perry, the Mint’s current and former curators of Decorative Arts, as well as noted ceramics scholars Diana Edwards, Patricia Halfpenny, Maurice Hillis, and Letitia Roberts.

The Delhom Gallery at Mint Museum Randolph closed to the public and most museum staff effective March 31 to enable de-installation of British ceramics. Many of those objects were put in place with the construction of that portion of the museum, which was added on to the original Mint building in 1983. The detailed study of these objects will later contribute to a plan to re-install the gallery and add more recent acquisitions from the Mint’s permanent collection.

The Mint’s collection of British pottery and ceramics numbers over 2,000 items, and includes one of the most in-depth collections of Staffordshire pottery to be found in the United States. It also holds representative examples of ceramics from most of the major eighteenth-century porcelain factories, including Chelsea, Bow, Longton Hall, Bristol, and others.

For questions about the closure of the Delhom Gallery, please contact Leigh Dyer at 704/337.2009 or e-mail to (leigh.dyer@mintmuseum.org).

ADDITIONAL MINT MUSEUM OPERATIONAL NOTE

In response to strong shopper demand for merchandise associated with two special exhibitions on view at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, the Mint Museum Uptown Shop is expanding its hours of operation. Effective April 1, the shop has now added Tuesdays from 11am-6pm to its normal Wednesday-Sunday hours of operation. (The museum galleries remain closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays). Mint Museum Uptown Shop hours are now 11sm.-6pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays; 11sm-9pm, Wednesdays; and 1-5pm Sundays. For more information or recommendations of merchandise for Mother’s Day or other seasonal stories, please contact Shop Manager Sandy Fisher by e-mail at (sandy.fisher@mintmuseum.org) or call 704/337-2038.

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The change was prompted by the opening of two special exhibitions at Mint Museum Uptown: “Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design, & Fashion”, on view through August 10, 2014; and “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment”, on view through July 20, 2014. A variety of merchandise related to both exhibitions, as well as other temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, is available in the shop. More information available at (www.mintmuseum.org/visit/shop).

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Artists to Create or Decorate Chairs for “Chair-ity” Auction

April 15, 2014

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council has placed a call for artists to help with their “Chair-ity” Auction that will be held on Sunday, August 3 at the Brevard Lumberyard and The Haen Gallery in Brevard, NC. Tickets to the event will go on sale in July.

Tammy Hopkins with the TC Arts Council said, “We are looking for artists to create chairs or find old chairs and refurbish them artistically. These chairs do not have to functionable furniture – they can simply be pieces of artwork.” The TC Arts Council has chairs in the basement that can be picked up and decorated, painted, carved, collaged etc . . . or artists can go out and find their own chair or unique piece of furniture.

The TC Arts Council would like to get the chairs back by June 20, 2014, for PR purposes. As the artists participating you can get a ticket to the event $50 value OR you can get 20% of the sale of your donated chair. If chairs are NOT your thing, we can use art items and other fun treasures for the silent auction.

Please sign up with Tammy at TC Arts Council 828/884-2787 or e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net). All proceeds from this event go to support the TC Arts Council’s youth ART programs.

Edisto Island (SC) Bazaar Scheduled For Saturday, May 3, 2014

April 14, 2014

The annual Edisto Island Bazaar will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Lions’ Club Building and grounds, located at 2907 Myrtle Street, on Edisto Beach, SC. Booths open at 10am and remain open until 3pm.

Booths include homemade baked goods, “attic treasures,” a ladies’ boutique, books and media, plants, and the ever-popular “white elephant” items. In addition, there will be over fifty guest arts and crafts vendors. Lunch can be purchased on site at the KD Cafe. And attendees are eligible to win a handmade quilt, and/or a variety of gifts donated by local merchants.

The bazaar is sponsored by the Whatsoever Circle of King’s Daughters, and the proceeds are used for the benefit of Edisto Island residents through humanitarian projects and services.

An eagerly-awaited event each spring is the King’s Daughters Edisto Bazaar, the first Saturday of May, and one of its most popular offerings is the Hand-made Quilt Raffle.

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This year’s hand-made quilt is 68 inches by 82 inches in size, and with its brightly-colored blocks will brighten any room.  Primarily red and green in color, the blocks feature a stylized-tree design which is especially apt for the holiday season.

The blocks are surrounded by a pale gray border fabric with tiny pastel flowers, and the border fabric also comprises the back of the quilt. When the quilt is turned over, it will give a very different and non-seasonal look to the room in which the quilt is used.

The quilt will be displayed at the King’s Daughters Bazaar at the Lions’ Club on May 3, and donations are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

For further information, contact Bazaar Co-Chairs Ruth Anderson at 843/869-4237 or Patti Smyer at 803/206-2029.


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