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The Arts Council of Carteret County will Present Art, Chowder and Cheer, in downtown Morehead City, NC – Dec. 7, 2013

December 4, 2013


The Arts Council of Carteret County will present Art, Chowder & Cheer in downtown Morehead City, NC, and on the waterfront, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, from 1-5pm.

Tickets are $20. The Arts Council of Carteret County will have several artists in most of the participating restaurants with the artists’ original art on display and for sale.

There will be chowder to sample in all of the restaurants, and in most of the galleries on the crawl.

ACCC will also have mini canvases of original art in some of the locations. In exchange for donations of $10 you may select the mini-masterpiece of your choice. All of these donations will aid the County Art teachers.

Sponsored by the Downtown Morehead Revitalization Association – details can be found at (

Tickets are available in advance by calling 252/808-0440 or by e-mailing Lisa at (

For further info call the Arts Council at 252/726-9156 or visit (

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Announces Duke Energy as New Education Partner

September 11, 2013


The Cameron Art Museum (CAM) in Wilmington, NC, has designed a series of workshops for youth inspired by the current exhibition “Well-Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme” that will give students an in-depth museum experience. The program allows targeted youth from local youth development organizations to study Wilson’s work at the museum, tour the museum, work with teaching artists,  to dialogue directly with the artist about his work and the process of creating a museum exhibition, and display their own work in a special reception at the museum.

With a focus on education, Duke Energy becomes a natural partner with the Cameron Art Museum whose intrinsic educational mission is realized through opportunities served across the community through the only art museum in southeastern NC. On Sept. 12, 2013, at 4pm Duke Energy will present a check for support of educational programming at the museum. The public is invited.

“Duke Energy’s partnership with Cameron Art Museum creates opportunities for our community’s youth to experience the arts, not only as spectators, but as creators,” said John Elliott, Duke Energy district manager. “We’re proud to support this program.”

The series of workshops will serve 100 children from the participating agencies.  Children tour the Alonzo V. Wilson exhibition with a guide and begin a unique hands-on art project developed especially for them by a teaching artist. The teaching artist subsequently visits the agency site to assist the children in completing projects begun at the museum. Finally, the series culminates in a celebration at the Cameron Art Museum where children, their families and friends are invited to attend the museum exhibition of their own artwork on display Nov. 2 and meet costume designer Alonzo V. Wilson. Wilson is a successful African-American/ Native American artist with roots in their community who is a rising star in the film industry. Following this celebration, images of the children’s work will be posted in a special section of the museum’s website.

The benefits of the arts for at-risk youth have been well researched. Heath and Roach conducted a 10-year study of over 30,000 young people to determine the benefits of arts education programs for youth after school. The study showed that the arts set the stage for an increase in self-esteem, while also providing an opportunity for youth to develop mentoring relationships with adults and older peers.

A study at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston confirms the benefits of the arts for young people. This study found that grade-school students who spent time looking at art performed better in seven areas of critical thinking than students without such art experience. Additional studies report that students who participate in the arts do better on the SAT than their peers. Locally, New Hanover County educators have told the museum again and again that the background knowledge the museum provides about artists, art history, art traditions in other cultures, and art processes is essential for learning across the curriculum.

Children who participate in the arts are:
Four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
Four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
Three times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
Three times more likely to win an award for school attendance

The arts clearly make a positive impact on young people. Duke Energy’s support of this series of outreach workshops will bring the powerful impact of arts education to an underserved population and make a true difference in these children’s lives.

The Cameron Art Museum presents 6-8 changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident, master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features the CAM Café.

Cameron Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm; Thursday from 10am to 9pm. Cameron Art Museum is located at 3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28412.

For more information about the museum, please visit (

Dare County Arts Council Preps for 24th Annual Artrageous Extravaganza in Kill Devil Hills, NC – Sept. 28, 2013

September 11, 2013


The Artrageous Art Extravaganza daytime event for children will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Dare County Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills, NC, from 10am-3pm.

Artrageous is an annual community celebration of the arts that features live art demos, creative hands-on booths, activities for kids, youth art, live music, food and more.


This year, the theme for Artrageous is “The Art of Compassion”. Each of the many arts and crafts activities for children will be co-hosted by one of the many organizations that make Dare County a more compassionate, caring and giving community.

Among the charitable organizations featured at Artrageous will be Beach Food Pantry, who is working with DCAC culinary artist Chris Carroll.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with the kids at Artrageous this year. The county poverty rate is approximately 11% and we estimate serving more than 1,100 children this year.  We hope to highlight the work that we do in a really fun environment for kids,” said Beach Food Pantry president Lorna Ernst.

Artrageous is organized and staffed by volunteer artists, musicians, crafters, dancers, writers, photographers and other creative people who dedicate their time and energy to the event each year.

“The idea of The Art of Compassion caught on quickly because our county is so active in compassionate pursuits. We want the kids to take home artistic products to remind them of the importance of caring for those who are in need,” said Dare County Arts Council board member Martha Butcher.

Proceeds from this community-wide event benefit art education and cultural programming in all Dare County schools, the DCAC endowment fund, and the Artrageous Youth Scholarship fund, which awards one scholarship to a graduating senior at each Dare County high school.

Sponsors, volunteers, and artists are encouraged to become involved in this Dare County community tradition.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

For more information about Artrageous or Dare County Arts Council, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (

The Council for the Arts in Jacksonville, NC, is Seeking Applications for the 2013–2014 Regional Artist Project Grants – Deadline is Sept. 13, 2013

July 19, 2013

The Regional Artists Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and 29 local arts councils throughout Eastern North Carolina working as a consortium. Counties include Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.

Residents in these counties are eligible to apply for grants which provide financial support to artists in all disciplines, such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting and choreography/dance, and at any stage of their career. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work; purchase of equipment and materials and professional development workshops. Complete funding guidelines and applications are available online at (

Since 1985, the state Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artists Project program to support professional artists. The regional consortium of eastern North Carolina arts councils matches the NC Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists. In 2009-2010, more than $200,000 was awarded to 142 artists statewide for projects that advanced individual artistic development. In the East, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $2,000, and follow a competitive application and review process.

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as lead arts council for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium and manages the application and review process. Applications must be received no later than Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 either online, or packets may be delivered to Council for the Arts, 826 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC, by 4:30pm.

For more information, contact Holly Garriott, executive director, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, by e-mail at (, call 252/551-6947 or Connie Wenner, Council for the Arts at 910/455-9840 or e-mail at (

Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild in Morehead City, NC, Offers Annual Quilt Show – May 17 & 18, 2013

May 15, 2013

The Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild will present its 31st Annual Show which will be at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street in Morehead City, NC, Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9am to 5pm each day.  Admission is only $6 and children under 12 are admitted free!

Visitors can purchase tickets to win the 2013 Opportunity Quilt which will be awarded on Saturday, May 18 at 4:30pm. (Need not be present to win.)  Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and can be purchased from guild members or at the show.

Special exhibits which will appeal to the art community are two travelling exhibits. A special trunk show, “This Is a Quilt”, will showcase a collection of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) members’ creations. SAQA members are well known internationally and this is the first time an exhibit of theirs has been offered locally.

The second special exhibit is from the Artrageous Quilters’ 2013 Collection. Their work is “back by popular demand” and will surely please viewers as much as the past exhibits have.

The Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild (CCQG) is a non-profit organization of quilters in eastern North Carolina dedicated to furthering the art of quilting.

Since 1982, our guild members have included quilters from several counties near Morehead City, as well as out-of-state members. In addition to hosting an annual quilt show each spring, members make and donate quilts to support local community charitable projects. The guild is committed to education and sponsors several workshops throughout the year, in addition to programs presented at the monthly meetings.

Guild membership is open to the public, and we invite you to join us at a meeting soon.  Come and see what the Crystal Coast Quilters’ Guild has to offer you!

For further info visit (

Mr. Bruce Barclay Cameron, Jr. Leaves Legacy of Philanthropy to the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, in Honor of His Late Wife

April 20, 2013


“The museum family of trustees, volunteers, members and staff are mourning the passing of a great man,” Anne Brennan, executive director of the Cameron Art Museum said. She continues, “It is through his love for his wife, Louise Wells Cameron, that he worked diligently toward the realization of the Cameron Art Museum in her honor. Anyone who passes through these doors can feel the strength of this tribute and its profound inspiration to the community. Since Wilmington’s establishment over 270 years ago, Bruce Cameron still stands as one of our city’s most generous cultural philanthropists.”

Mr. Bruce, as he was fondly called, left a generous legacy of philanthropic giving that has impacted both the region and the state. In 2002, with a gift of land and seed money, he helped launch the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, re-establishing St. John’s Museum of Art in a larger, state-of-the-art facility. The new museum provided more space for public programming as well as expanded exhibition space, secure vault for the permanent collection, a 9.2 acre nature park and an historic Civil War site.

Brennan concluded, “Mr. Bruce, through the Cameron Art Museum, changed the cultural expectation for eastern North Carolina. He will be missed.”

The Cameron Art Museum presents 6-8 changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features its café, CaféJohnnie.

For more information about the museum, please visit (

Coastal Carolina Artists & Crafters Guild Inc. Calls for Entries for the Car ART Show 2013 – Deadline Apr. 30, 2013

April 8, 2013


The Car ART Show 2013 will be displayed at the Spring Craft Fair & Car Show on May 4, 2013, at the American Legion Building, 146 Broadhurst Road, Jacksonville, NC.

Eligible media includes: drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, installations, ceramics, fiber art, metalsmithing, wearable art, jewelry and mixed media. Media not accepted: video/film and live performance pieces.

Coastal Carolina Artists & Crafters Guild Inc. presents Car ART Show 2013, the first bi-annual competition for group exhibition and awards. Open to all artists working in any media this event is devoted to the discovery, introduction and promotion of artists.

Entry Guidelines and Rules

Eligibility and restrictions: The competition is open to all artists working in all media except video and live performance. All forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, digital and installation art, etc are eligible.  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older or accompanied by parent/guardian.

Exhibition and awards: All entries will be featured in a group exhibition at the American Legion, May  4, 2013.  Cash prizes awarded to 1st place $400, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50. Entries may be marked for sale. Sale price is determined by the artist. The artist is responsible for negotiating all sales.

Entry Fee: There is a $20.00 entry fee for one to two artworks entered. There is a $5.00 fee for each additional artwork above two. Payments by credit card, check or cash at time of entry on April 30.  Entries accepted 10am -6pm on May 3rd at the American Legion Building, 146 Broadhurst Road, Jacksonville, NC. Make checks payable to CCAC Guild Inc.

Image use / copyrights. Artist retains all copyrights to submitted images and represented artwork. By entering the competition, artists grants CCAC Guild Inc rights to use the selected images on printed materials and Guild website for promotional purposes only.  CCAC Guild Inc retains no copyrights to artists work.

Privacy Policy: Artist Contact information is only held for the purpose of contacting artists and is not sold. Artists who do not wish to be on an e-mail list may unsubscribe at any time.

Liability:  CCAC Guild Inc will exercise the best possible care in the handling of work, but shall not be held for loss or damage for any cause.

Deadline: Photo of entry and entry fee deadline is April 30, 2013.  Mail to CCAC Guild Inc, PO Box 1044, Jacksonville NC 28541. Credit cards are accepted at CCAC Guild Inc meetings. Entries accepted 10am -6pm on May 3rd at the American Legion Building, 146 Broadhurst Rd, Jacksonville NC.  Entries must be submitted by the end of this date.

Jurors:  The exhibition is publicly juried May 4, 2013.  Visitors to the site submit their choice for first, second and third place. Every artist has equal opportunity regardless of the past exhibitions.

Saturday May 4, 2013  Work should be picked up between 4pm-6pm at American Legion Building 146 Broadhurst Rd, Jacksonville NC.  No exceptions*
*Work not picked up during scheduled time will be charged a minimum of $10/per week storage fee.  Work not picked up after 30 days becomes the property of the CCAC Guild Inc.

For further information call 910/938-7077, e-mail to ( or visit (  On Facebook at (

Calling for Entries for Bra Art Showcase to Support Breast Cancer Awareness at Spring Craft Fair & Car ART Show in Jacksonville, NC – Deadline May 1, 2013

April 8, 2013


Get creative and find the glue, thread and needle, fluff a few feathers, prepare your paints or string some beads. Bras for a Cause fundraiser presented by Coastal Carolina Artists & Crafters Guild Inc. invites individuals of all ages to create a decorated piece of bra art that represents the fight against breast cancer!

Bras for a Cause bra art pieces will be displayed at the Spring Craft Fair & Car Show on May 4, 2013, at the American Legion Building, 146 Broadhurst Road, Jacksonville, NC. During the event, people will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design with $1 tickets. The design with the most tickets will win the People’s choice award. There is no charge to enter this fun event. Funds raised go to Relay for Life.

Entry forms and complete details will be available at ( Drop off entries on May 1, 2013, at 4pm, at All About Quilting, located at 3736 Henderson Dr., Jacksonville, NC. For directions call 910/577-9200. There is no fee to enter a decorated bra. Submissions should be properly packaged to ensure lack of possible damage i.e., placed in a shoebox. Unprotected entries will not be accepted.

The bra showcase is meant to be fun and whimsical while providing an important health message to the community. Bras should be selected and decorated in a manner that is tasteful; no inappropriate or offensive entries will be put on display for this program. Entries will be accepted from individuals, businesses or groups.

Through this event we hope to educate women and men  in our community about the importance of regular mammograms to help diagnose cancer at an earlier stage when treatments are more effective. Early detection is one of the most powerful tools in fighting breast cancer.

Everyone is invited to participate in this event.

Entries may be picked up between 4-6pm on May 4, 2013.  Entries not picked up on May 4 will become property of the Coastal Carolina Artists & Crafters Guild Inc. There are no returns after this date.

For further information call 910/938-7077, e-mail to ( or visit (  On Facebook at (

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Presents Iconic Historian Jack Thompson to Address Calabash Art Gallery – Apr. 11, 2013

March 31, 2013


On Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013, at 10am, Myrtle Beach historian, photographer and beloved local icon Jack Thompson, will make a presentation at Sunset River Marketplace as part of the Calabash, NC, art gallery’s Coffee With the Author series. His book, which is titled “Memories of Myrtle Beach: a Pictorial History of the Grand Strand Through the Eyes of Jack Thompson,” features over 175 Grand Strand images that take the viewer on a journey through the author’s life at the beach.

Originally from Greenville, SC, Thompson has been photographing Myrtle Beach happenings since he stepped off a bus and accepted a job at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion back in 1951. That was Jack behind the camera snapping “mug shots” at the Myrtle Beach Jail. He was there during the heyday of the Ocean Forest Hotel and he was there when it imploded. Last year the state of South Carolina recognized Thompson as the Official Chronicler of South Carolina’s Grand Strand and celebrated his birthday, Sept. 21, 2012 as Jack Thompson Remembering Myrtle Beach Day in Myrtle Beach.


Thompson admits to his love at first sight with Myrtle Beach. “ …She has an alluring charm about her … If you give in to her promise … she will cast a spell over you and fill your shoes with sand that will sweep into your blood and melt your heart. That’s Myrtle, she’s a lady and she has my number … and continues to call!”

During the Coffee With the Authors event, Thompson will discuss some of his famous images including the now defunct local Ocean Drive dance joint, The Pad; the implosion series of the Ocean Forest; and chronicling the city’s Sun Fun Festival through its 60-year run.


The event at Sunset River Marketplace is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. Call 910/575-5999 or send an e-mail to ( Join the mailing list for notice of future events at the same number and e-mail address.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both NC’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, SC.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information call 910/575-5999 or visit ( For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Offers Lecture by Ben Billingsley on Zelda Fitzgerald – Mar. 10, 2013

March 8, 2013


The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, will present the lecture, “Zelda In Context – Madness and Modernism”, by Ben Billingsley, on Sun., Mar. 10, 2013, in the Reception Hall and Brown Wing at 3pm.

The fee for CAM Members and Students is $5.00 and for Non-members $10.00

Artist and art teacher, Ben Billingsley offers an illustrated lecture on Zelda Fitzgerald and tour of CAM’s current exhibition on her art.

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald remains a literary and cultural celebrity, but her visual art is all too often overlooked.  Her art career represents a fascinating “what if” scenario – had she devoted herself to painting, might she have earned a position among the pantheon of American modernists whose careers bloomed during her brief lifetime?  We’ll explore the culture of the Roaring Twenties – a rebellious time that shaped both Fitzgeralds – and then consider what remains of Zelda’s painting in comparison to the work of other artists of her generation.

This is the closing program for and held in conjunction with the exhibition “Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: The Artwork of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald” (ends March 10, 2013) and The Big Read Greater Wilmington in celebration of The Great Gatsby.

For more information and schedule of local Big Read events visit ( The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Ensure you have your seat, purchase on CAM’s website at (

Benjamin Billingsley is a painter and printmaker living in Wilmington.  He holds an MFA from UNC Greensboro, and has exhibited work in the Southeastern United States as well as in Estonia, Russia and in a woodcut print exhibition in Kyoto, Japan (2011). He participated in the Big Print Block Party in Carolina Beach in 2010 and 2012, printing 4’x8’ woodblocks with a steamroller.  In 2012, Billingsley’s “City of Crows” was awarded First Place in the Living Totems exhibition at 2TENhaustudio gallery in Ivanhoe, NC.  Upcoming projects include a two-person exhibition at WHQR in April 2013 and a summer residency at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Sabile, Latvia.  The Pedvale project, “Tree Spirits” consists of a series of woodblock prints adhered to trees – this temporary, bio-degradable, print-based, sculptural installation will debut at the opening ceremony for the museum’s summer season. Billingsley has provided artwork for the covers of three books of poetry – Hide Behind Me by Jason Mott, Days of Dark Miracles and Waxwings both by Daniel Nathan Terry.

Billingsley is the third generation artist and art instructor in his family. He has taught studio art and art history at Cape Fear Community College full-time since 2001. In 2006 Billingsley received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a frequent guest lecturer for the Cameron Art Museum’s docent program, the Wilmington Art Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW.  An overview of Ben’s work may be viewed at (


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