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 (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

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 (www.neh.gov).

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 (www.gibbesmuseum.org).

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Calls for Submissions for Exhibits at Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery – Deadline Sept. 30, 2014

July 22, 2014


The Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery at CCPL’s Main Library, in downtown Charleston, SC, provides space for juried art exhibitions from individuals or groups. Preference is given to works reflecting experiences and viewpoints of South Carolina residents.

Artists interesting in displaying their work during 2015 should complete and submit an application by Sept. 30, 2014. A Gallery Committee composed of local art professionals select artists and craftsman for one-month exhibition periods. Decisions are based solely on the quality of the work submitted.

Submission guidelines:

In addition to the application, artists must submit a current resume plus photographs or digital examples of eight-12 pieces of their work. The examples must represent the style and type of work intended for display. Each example should be labeled with the artist’s name, the title of the artwork, the medium used and the size. The work should not have been previously exhibited at the library. Preference is given to newly created works. Artists must be at least 18 years old.

Once the Gallery Committee makes its selections, the chosen artists will be contacted and notified of when their items will be displayed. The library’s executive director has final approval for all exhibits.

How to apply:

Submissions to exhibit will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2014. The works of each selected artist or group will be exhibited for one month beginning in February of 2015. Applications, which must be included with an artist’s submission, can be downloaded online, picked up at the Main Library’s Reference Department or received by calling 843/805-6949. For more information, please e-mail to (manningm@ccpl.org).

Gallery Exhibit Standards:

Works on paper and photographs should be protected with glass or acrylic glazing. Acetate or shrink-wrapped works are not acceptable.

Alternative framing (with artwork sandwiched between glazing and backing) held together by plastic or metal brackets is acceptable if a secure hanger is provided.

For mediums not requiring glazing, such as paintings on canvas or fiber art, a sturdy framework with hanging wire is required. Lattice strip framing is acceptable for paintings on canvas.

The gallery utilizes a cable suspension system. A secure hanging wire attached to the picture is required.

Artists will be required to hang their own works. Special hanging arrangements will be made for library sponsored exhibitions. All hangings are subject to the approval of the gallery committee.

Case displays will be subject to the approval of the gallery committee.

Dimensions of the Saul Alexander Gallery are as follows: When entering the gallery, the left wall is 17’8″, the rear wall is 14’6″ and the right wall is 19’2″. The room height is slightly more than 8′.

Installation Standards:

A committee member will approve the installation of exhibits in advance and after completion.

Artwork, labels or business cards must be on heavy stock and must not be glued or nailed to the wall. Double-sided tape or pushpins are permitted.

If the artwork is for sale, the artist must submit a list containing titles and descriptions as well as prices. The list will be available to the public at the information desk. The artist may have business cards at the exhibit.

Works that are sold must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition, except under special circumstances.

The library will not be responsible for artwork not picked up at the agreed upon time.

The library will generate press releases for the opening of an exhibition and an announcement of the exhibition will be included in the library’s monthly calendar. The artist may send out their own publicity at their own expense.


It is agreed that the Charleston County Public Library will not be responsible in any manner to the exhibitor or the owner for the items or fixture pertaining thereto, in the exhibition in case of theft, destruction or injury thereto from any cause.

It is agreed also that the exhibitor or owner or both named hereto, are responsible for timely delivery, hanging and pickup of their work.

It is agreed that the number of items, including frames and mountings, which may be exhibited in a given space and the arrangements thereof, will conform to all requirements as may be prescribed by the gallery committee.

It is agreed that the exhibitor is responsible for transporting the art works to the library, for planning the display, arrangement or hanging of the exhibit, and for providing necessary materials and tools.

For further information call Mallery Manning at 843/805-6949 or e-mail to (manningm@ccpl.org).

Waynesville Gallery Association in Waynesville, NC, Offers Art After Dark – Aug. 1, 2014

July 22, 2014


The Waynesville Gallery Association is excited to present the August edition of Art After Dark, happening Aug. 1, 2014, in Waynesville, NC. Enjoy the bountiful fruits of Haywood County’s many artists by wandering through the galleries and working studios on Main Street, Depot Street, and Frog Level. Festive Art After Dark flags denote the participating galleries, which stay open late, offering a wonderful opportunity to spend the evening viewing art, in addition to witnessing its creation.

Members include the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, The Jeweler’s Workbench, Burr Studios, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Cedar Hill Studios, The Mahogany House, Art on Depot, and the Village Framer.

Happenings this month include:

Burr Studio is offering a bookbinding demonstration, conducted by local artist Becki Kollat. Her altered journals are all one of a kind, and available for purchase in the gallery. Join Becki as she shares her wonderful techniques, and enjoy refreshments.

Twigs and Leaves will feature Haywood County native, Melissa Burrell, who will be demonstrating her torn paper collage technique at Art After Dark, Friday evening, from 6-9pm. Burrell’s unique collage technique combines hand painted papers with “found” papers.  Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery’s 145+ primarily regional artists, enjoy piano music by Waynesville’s Dr. Bill Stecher and delight in the savory hors d’oeuvres. Twigs and Leaves Gallery is located at 98 North Main Street.

Work by Melissa Burrell

The Mahogany House will feature the heavenly Betina Morgan on the harp for your entertainment. Visit our lively gallery, for refreshments, and watch as Dawn Behling demonstrates the process of screen printing.

Gallery 86 will spotlight Mark Menendez – artist, teacher and mentor. Nationally recognized painter and illustrator, Menendez offers instruction to locally aspiring, and experienced artists. Stop by the gallery for refreshments, and visit with Menendez and his students, many of whom are featured in the exhibit.

For further info visit (http://www.waynesvillegalleryassociation.com/).

Jim Harrison Honored with the Naming of Harrison Crossroads in Denmark, SC

July 22, 2014

Renowned Southern artist Jim Harrison was honored in the recent legislative session by the South Carolina Legislature with a Concurrent Resolution designating “Harrison Crossroads” in his hometown of Denmark, SC, at the intersection of US Highways 321 and 78. The effort to create the “Harrison Crossroads” designation was led by Representative Bakari Sellers and Senator Brad Hutto.


For further info call 1-800/793-5796 or visit (http://jimharrison.com/).

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC Calls for Applications for 55th annual Art on Main Festival – Deadline Aug. 15, 2014

July 17, 2014


The Arts Council of Henderson County is looking for artists who are interested in demonstrating and selling their art or craft at the upcoming 55th annual Art on Main Festival, which will be held along downtown Hendersonville’s historic Main Street, Oct. 4 & 5, 2014. Hours are 10am–5pm both days.

Artists will be required to demonstrate on both days of the festival. The Arts Council is looking for candidates in media such as plein air painting, carving, wood turning, blacksmithing, spinning, jewelry, weaving, lampwork, etc.

Artists will be juried for this event and should submit three images (CD or prints) of finished pieces. The requirements for the booth will be included on the demonstrator’s application. The booth fee will be $50. The application is available on the Arts Council’s website at (www.acofhc.org), or by e-mailing the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net).

Deadline for consideration is Aug. 15, 2014. Applications may be dropped off or mailed to Arts Council office at 401 North Main Street, Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

One of the region’s most popular outdoor arts festivals, Art on Main features both fine arts and fine crafts. Artists from throughout North and South Carolina, and many other states, will participate in the 2014 Art on Main.

Art on Main is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. Other supporters include Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, the City of Hendersonville, the Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Mast General Store, and “Bold Life Magazine”.

For more information contact The Arts Council at 828/693-8504 or e-mail to (acofhc@bellsouth.net).

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County; Henderson County government, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Smithsonian Magazine’s 2014 Museum Day Live! Takes Place – Sept. 27, 2014

July 17, 2014

“Smithsonian” magazine designates Saturday, Sept. 27 the tenth annual Museum Day Live!. For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

The public can visit (www.smithsonian.com/museumdaylive) to learn more, and, beginning in August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Each ticket grants the ticketholder (plus one guest) free access to any participating museum on Sept. 27, 2014. One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address. A list of participating museums, which will be updated as more museums sign on, can be found at (www.Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues).

“Museum Day Live! embodies Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone,” says Stephen Giannetti, VP Advertising Sales and Marketing at Smithsonian Media. “For a decade, we’ve partnered with a wonderful array of museums – from the small and niche, to world-renowned institutions – and are looking forward to welcoming more guests this year than ever before.”

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine’s 2014 Museum Day Live!, the largest event of its kind. Over 1,500 museums are expected to participate this year. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau is the leading advertising sponsor for the 2014 event.

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space magazine, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

For more information, please visit (www.Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive).

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Offers Student Exit Portfolio Show – July 24, 2014

July 17, 2014


The members of the graduating class cordially invite you to their Summer Exit Portfolio Show on July 24, 2014, from 5:30-7:30pm, in the Trident Technical College’s College Center, building 920, 700 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, SC.

The evening showcases student work from all Film, Media and Visual Arts majors including certificate programs. Faculty will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Please show your support for these talented individuals by helping them celebrate the triumphant end of their visual arts studies and the beginning of new adventures.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please visit (www.tridenttech.edu/create.htm) for more information.

Chastain’s Studio Lofts in Lancaster, SC, Hosts Fundraiser Exhibition for American Cancer Society – Deadline Aug. 1, 2014

July 17, 2014

Chastain’s Studio Lofts in Lancaster, SC, is proud to present “Silhouette of a Woman Showcase of the Arts” in September and are looking for participants to display their talents.

This show is to benefit the American Cancer Society Making strides Against Breast Cancer and presented by Primax Pink Warriors and hosted by Pfeiffer University at the Park Road campus in Charlotte, NC.

Last year’s Art exposition held at Chastain’s Studio Lofts in Lancaster raised $2,600 to go toward the $47,000 that the team raised for the Making Strides.

We have set our goals higher and this year’s event is expected to draw 300 plus supporters.

We expect to reach out to previous donors, fundraising team members and their contacts Pfeiffer University Alumni and friends, professional organizations as well as many more.

You can read more about our team and our mission at (http://theprimaxpinkwarriors.wordpress.com/).

In the attached flyer you will find information on how to submit your work for admission. We are looking for submissions to be completed by Aug. 1, 2014, and you will be notified either way as to whether your work has been selected no later than Aug. 10, 2014.

We are searching for artisans for our fundraising event “Silhouette of a Woman – Showcase of the Arts” to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society. This event is presented by The Primax Pink Warriors and sponsored by Pfeiffer University, Charlotte Campus, on Sept. 13, 2014.

The event will be held at Pfeiffer University, 4701 Park Road, Charlotte, from 7-11pm.

Areas for your displays will be limited to approximately 6 feet wide with no limit to the amount of art as long as it can be displayed in your area.

No art may be hung on the walls

No easels will be provided but tables are available

A $35 donation to American Cancer Society is required to hold a space after notification of your inclusion

Please plan on one piece of your art to be donated for a silent auction held that evening.

This is a great opportunity for exposure of your craft to a new audience while supporting a worthy cause. We expect 300 guests will join us for the event. You will also be featured in our blog and on the Primax Pink Warrior Facebook page. The event will also be advertised on the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer webpage.

“This is our eighth year participating with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Our team started off with 12 walkers and our team now has over 200 walkers each year. Can we beat that this year? I hope so! We started off as a small group of co-workers walking in honor of my Mom who lost her third battle with breast cancer. Now we are a team committed to raising awareness for early detection, raising funds to support the programs offered by the American Cancer Society, and most importantly funding research to help find a cure for breast cancer. Over the past seven years over 800 Primax Pink Warrior tee shirts have been worn and we have raised over $150,000. We would love to have your help to celebrate more birthdays!” Laura Renegar- Team Leader.

Space is limited to the first 40 artists that apply and the deadline for submission is Aug. 1, 2014. If you would like to be considered to be a part of this special event, include your name, contact information, type of medium you will be displaying and a photo of your recent work in JPG format with the file named for example (Mary Smith_pic.1.jpg), and e-mail to (rharriger@primaxproperties.com) (Images should be sent in 300 DPI as JPG files tagged with your name).

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Announces Winners of “Summer Art Explosion” Exhibit

July 17, 2014

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, has announced the winners of the Summer Art Explosion exhibit on view through Aug. 5, 2014, at the Falling Rivers Coop Art Gallery. The juror for this exhibit was Paul Keysar, an oil painter of note and art instructor in Charlotte, NC.

Best of Show – Judy Mizell – “Farm House”

2-D Art
1st place – Malia Bryngelson – “Early Spring”
2nd place – Stephanie Hudson – “The Dreamer”
3rd place – Carol Benston – “Summer Sky”

3-D Art
1st place – Judith Williams – “Raku -Turquoise”
2nd place – Susan Lackey – ‘Inside-Out”
3rd place – Vicki Galloway – “Sunflower Stool”

Modified Photography
1st place – Deb Russell – “Needs a Rainbow”
2nd place – Ed Lipe – “The Master’s Touch”
3rd place – Reda Icenhour – “Broken Angel”

Unaltered Photography
1st place – Randy Marsh – “Netted Memories”
2nd place – Ed Lipe – “Splash Dance”
3rd place – Merlin Amirtharaj – “Twilight in Albemarle”

Honorable Mention Awards
Ed Lipe – “Whirly Pops”
Clarice Martin – “Sustenance”
Carole Benston – “Fall Colors”
Pattie Duncan – “Icey Falls”
Randy Marsh – “Wings Down”
William Dixon  – “Bat Shot”
Jim Thompson – “Bluebird Over the Mission”
William Dixon – “Leopard in a Tree”

Come see great art in many different mediums. Falling Rivers Gallery is open 10-5 Tues, Wednesday & Friday, 10-6:30 Thursday and 10-4 Saturday.

For further info visit the Stanly Arts Guild and the Gallery’s website at (http://www.fallingriversgallery.com).


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