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Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, has Gallery Artist, Louis Aliotta, Selected for SC State Park Artist in Residence Program

February 19, 2014

Photographer Louis Aliotta of Southport, NC, has been awarded a space in the 2014 Artist in Residence program of the South Carolina State Park Service. According to park manager, Harry Hafer, the placement committee was “extremely pleased with the quality of artists that applied this year. This quality made the final selection a tough decision for the jurors.”

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The program includes a one week stay in a fully furnished park cabin on South Carolina’s Dreher Island, where Aliotta will be inspired by the nature trails, fishing spots, recreational activities and shoreline of Lake Murray.

Aliotta first became interested in photography at the age of 14. As a staff photographer for his high school yearbook and student newspaper, he gained experience shooting candid photographs, portraits, sports images and group photos. It was during this time that he began to study and work under master photographer John Freni.

After a stint in the Navy, where he served as photographer’s mate, he returned home to Poughkeepsie, NY, and spent the next five years working in commercial photography. Eventually losing interest in the commercial aspects of photography, he began working as a custom picture framer while he also pursued a more relaxed form of photography. Says Aliotta, “Custom framing exposed me to a variety of fine art and techniques used by artists and photographers. It really gave me the opportunity to experiment and refine my technical and artistic abilities.”

In 1983, Aliotta opened his own gallery and framing business, Framecenter/Hudson River Graphics. The gallery showcased photography of New York’s majestic Hudson Valley. After several visits to North Carolina, he relocated to Southport in 2005 and began a new portfolio of images that include the Cape Fear region and the Carolina coast. Aliotta is known for has panoramic photographs of harbor scenes, wild flowers and coastal images. In addition to photographing whatever moves him, he also photographs artwork at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery, where he has worked as the staff photographer and custom framer since 2007. Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “Lou has a special eye for composing local landmark scenes that stand out both for their photographic quality and their emotional appeal.”

Photographic works by Louis Aliotta are on display at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash (910/575-5999) and also at Art Shak Studo and Gallery in Southport (910/457-1757).

New Bern, NC’s Valentine ARTcrawl Takes Place on Feb. 14, 2014

February 11, 2014

Love of art is in the air during the Valentine ARTcrawl on Feb. 14, 2014, from 5-8pm. Stroll through galleries, exhibits, shops and performance venues to see the arrival of creatives feats, interactive art measures and live performances in historic downtown New Bern.

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On Craven Street

Greater Good Gallery presents a one-night-exhibit of “Raw Reflections” displaying life drawings, sculpture and paintings of the human form, not suitable for all ages. See the figurative work of Brandy Baxter, Se’rah Cheatam, Rachel Wheeler, Donna York, Becky Coleman, Jerry Scott, Lee Hood, Marvin Maune, Bernice Abraham, Becky Preece and more artists. For details, call 252/649-1712. See the soaring light sculptures by Stan Harmon in the Isaac Taylor Garden. Betsy Drake and R. B. Hamilton open their door to feature realistic renderings of scenes from their travels on home decor items. See handmade crafts by Joyce Kotting Basye and Ross Sinfield at Mitchell Hardware. Reserve studio time to paint your own pottery at Accidental Artist, call 252/634-3411. Top Shelf Consignment showcases artwork by Kathleen Bailey and handmade jewelry by other artists.

On South Front Street

Gracing the walls of Next Chapter Bookstore are local photographer Gary Hollar’s  beautiful landscapes, “Chasing the Light in the Carolinas.”

On Pollock Street

Visit Baxter’s Studio to view many artisans working in their studios including GeeVee Meyer. See the raku pottery bears by Mitch Lewis and Jim Bisbee at Baxter’s Fine Art. Handmade by students, valentine’s cards are featured at Carolina Creations. Robert Daniels’s artwork exhibit and Wine Tasting at Galley Store.

On Middle Street

MJ’s Raw Bar features canvas art installation by Scott Coleman. Maxwell House Studio Gallery has an open reception for the works of Marvin and Dietrich Maune. See the Civil War limited editions at Framing Fox Art Gallery. See the hand-crafted work of Rose Ann Schank and Grant Harrison at Midtown Olive Oil. Grand opening reception of Antiquery Gallery will be held at its new location on 219 Middle Street. Bear City Fudge Co showcases works of art representing sweets. Blaine Kruger will be giving a painting demonstration at The Boathouse.

Near the corner of Broad and Middle Streets

See the pottery by Michelle DePietro and paintings by Pamela Anne Johnson at Cheshire Moon Gallery, and ask for a tour of Artists Nest where Lee Hood and Brandy Baxter setup their studios. The young generation of BOHO presents a family-friendly “Overwhelming Force of Love Exhibit” and “1920’s Speakeasy” in the Atrium between Bear Towne Java and Cheshire Moon Gallery.  Bear Towne Java features the works of Ron Lamm. Studio Four-Thirteen Interior Design and Art Gallery is open to showcase the works of artists Ed Macomber and Laura Overman.

“Make a Bead, take a Bead” in bohemian fashion with interactive opportunities at the studio of Michaele Rose Watson, behind Bear Towne Java. Come and make a bead or two or three and take a finished bead. By December 2014 BoHo/ArtCrawl, you will have 12 beads. Ben Watford, will setup a pottery fundraiser to benefit Community Artist Will which recently was recognized by the IRS as a 501C3 nonprofit organization. CAW promotes the effort of all creative folk and offers opportunities for people to become creative. At both Greater Good Gallery and the Studio of Michaele Rose Watson, some of Ben’s pottery will be for sale for as little as two dollars each in an effort to raise funds for CAW’s upcoming bisque-ware activity for the elderly.

Later in the evening

Be entertained at Trent River Coffee to catch Gumbo Lily featuring the music by Pegie Douglas, Rebecca Marks, Bobby Chandler and Rex Hawkins, starting at 7pm. Try your hand in painting starting at 7pm at Bear Hands Art Factory, details call 252/514-2787. Become a rockstar during Karaoke starting at 8pm in Christophe’s Lounge at the Doubletree. “The Color Purple” theatrical performance starts at 7:30pm in the Civic Theatre. Call for details about the Valentine Dance at Rivertowne Ballroom on 305 Pollock St., call 252/637-2003.

Early in the day

Antique Show & Sale 10am-5pm at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center raffles a miniature bakery store box crafted and donated by the Tiny Tinkers of New Bern in memory of Joanne Weinberg.

For an online map of the ARTcrawl, visit (www.communityartistwill.com) or stop by the CAW headquarters at 228 Craven Street to pick up a copy.

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, Calls for Entries for the “32nd Annual Spring Art Show” – Online Entry Begins Jan. 13, 2014

January 10, 2014

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The upcoming Wilmington Art Association (WAA) “2014 Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale” will mark the 32nd anniversary for the art show.  The WAA is a non-profit organization which seeks to educate members and the public in the fine arts, provide scholarship assistance to deserving college students, and provide an outlet for emerging and professional artists.  The upcoming event will be held Friday, April 11– Sunday, April 13 during the 2014 North Carolina Azalea Festival.

The WAA is excited to announce the addition of three-dimensional (3-D) art to this year’s show.  Three-dimensional work may be executed in any medium to include metal, ceramic, glass, wood, paper, and mixed media. WAA expects that this addition will be a tremendous opportunity for regional 3-D artists as well as provide visitors with an additional visual experience.  The Show is expected to attract more than 300 artists from across the Southeast with over 150 artists selected to display their work.

Online entry will begin Monday, January 13, 2014.

The Show will once again be held in the Hannah Block Historical USO Building/Community Art Center, 120 South Second St. Wilmington, NC.
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This year, WAA welcomes Bob Rankin as the juror/judge for the Show. Rankin earned his BS Degree in Art Education from East Carolina University in 1971.  He also studied at NC State University’s School of Design and the American Institute of Foreign Study in London. His career as an art educator spanned more than 25 years in the Wake County Public Schools.  Additionally, he served as the Co-Chairman of the NC Art Education Association, Secondary Division from 1982-1985. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Aspen, and Marrakesh among other national and international cities. Rankin has received numerous awards including East Carolina University Alumni Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award, the “Secondary Art Educator of the Year” by the NC Art Education Association, and the “Raleigh Medal of Arts” in 1992. He is a seven-time winner of the “Best Spectator/Metro Magazine Best Artist in the Triangle.” The National Scholastic Art Awards Organization recognized him as the creator of one of the nation’s premier high school art programs. He currently maintains active studios in Raleigh, NC, and Leesville Lake, VA, as well as conducts art workshops across the country and in Italy.

For further information, please visit (www.wilmingtonart.org).

ARTcrawl in Downtown New Bern, NC, Takes Place Jan. 10, 2014

January 5, 2014

ARTcrawl will take place on January 10, 2014, starting at 5pm in downtown New Bern, NC, with visual arts, performances and creative demonstrations.

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Scott Coleman acrylic painting titled “SURFS UP” at MJs Raw Bar

On Middle Street, see the canvas art installation of Scott Coleman at MJ’s Raw Bar. Coleman says, “The acrylic painting sequence is an expression of the spiritual journal of life, a zen symphony in blue. This is my wave.” Titled, “Surf’s Up,” the work of art is dedicated to Brian Wilson, the original beach boy. The Maune’s will be opening their newest venture to the public, see their works of art at Maxwell House Studio. Framing Fox will be displaying civil war art. Blaine Kruger will be at The Boat House, painting boats on navigational charts.

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Artist Carol Jones’ oil painting of giraffe at Greater Good Gallery

On Craven Street, stop by Trent River Coffee to see new works by Se’rah Cheatham and Tessie Ann Adams. Drake Interiors will be showcasing artwork on home decor. At Greater Good Gallery, Carol Jones will be demonstrating the skills of oil painting. In attendance, more artisans will hold creative demos such as Alice Bilello, Lee Hood, James Herring and Elisa Schulman. See the soaring light sculptures by Stan Harman in the Isaac Taylor Garden.

On Pollock Street, check out working artisans such as Dee Mayer and Jill Eberle in their studios at Baxters Fine Art Gallery.

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Ed Macomber’s en plain air water-color painting of the original bohemian artists at the studio of Michaele Rose Watson

Find the Bohemian artists scattered around town. See the bohemian artists in action at Bear Towne Java hosting Lilly Stith, Braedon Welsh, Beth Gosnell, Mattie Cordio, and Sarah Thrasher as they demonstrate their various crafts and art. Visit the original site of bohemian artists at the studio of Michaele Rose Watson to see Ben Watford throwing clay pots. Around the corner on Broad Street, see new works by Ed Macomber in Studio 413.

Further into the evening, Artcrawl continues on with performances. Ratio Theatre will be presenting “CLYBOURNE PARK ” a black and white comedy starting at 8pm in the Cullman Performance Hall at the history centre. Become a performing artist at Christophe’s Lounge in the Doubletree to sing KARAOKE, for details call 252/638-0305. See a concert by Dana and Susan Robinson at 8pm at Trent River Coffee. Enjoy the international film series, “As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me” at 7:30pm in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. Open Dance Party will start at 7:30pm at Rivertowne Ballroom, call 252/637-2003 for details. Watch the play “The Underpants” in Athens Theatre starting at 7:30pm by New Bern Civic Theatre, call 252/633-0567 for details.

To see the google map of the ARTcrawl in action, visit (www.communityartistwill.com) or call 252/649-1712 for details.

The Gibbes Museum of Art and the Center for Women Present “The Art and Heart of Philanthropy” – Jan. 14, 2014 at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC

December 31, 2013

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The Gibbes Museum of Art and the Center for Women, in Charleston, SC, are pleased to announce “The Art and Heart of Philanthropy” discussion and luncheon on Jan. 14, 2014, at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC. Panelists Laura Gates, Carolyn Hunter, Susan Romaine, and Anita Zucker will talk with moderator Jane Perdue about the art of giving back.

“We are so thankful to the distinguished panelists and the moderator, Jane Perdue, for their participation in this important event. Nonprofits exist because of the generosity of philanthropic people and through collaboration that strengthens a community,” says Center for Women Executive Director Amy Brennan. “We are excited to work with the Gibbes Museum of Art and know that these women will be an inspiration for us all.”

Speaker Bios:

Laura Gates: Board President of the Carolina Art Association/Gibbes Museum of Art, Mrs. Gates is the former Vice President of the Field Museum of Natural History and Principal at McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Carolyn Hunter: President of C&A Unlimited, Ms. Hunter is the owner of three local McDonald’s franchises.

Susan Romaine: A nationally recognized artist, Ms. Romaine is represented by galleries in Charleston, SC, and Santa Fe, NM.

Anita Zucker: Chairperson and CEO for the InterTech Group, Mrs. Zucker is past Board Chair of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Coastal Community Foundation, Trident United Way, and Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston among others.

Jane Perdue: CEO/Principal of Braithwaite Innovation Group, Ms. Perdue is a leadership futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about challenging stereotypes and gender bias. Ms. Perdue is president of the Board of Directors for the Charleston, SC Center for Women.

Schedule of Events:

Coffee and registration will begin at 10:30am followed by a panel discussion at 11am. Continue the conversation over a delicious lunch at Jasmine’s Porch. The Wells Gallery will host a champagne social following lunch.

Registration:

$75 (includes presentation, luncheon, and a $50 tax-deductible contribution to the Gibbes Museum and the Center for Women). Registrations are accepted on the Center for Women website at (www.c4women.org), or please call 843/763-7333. Advance registration required.

Thank you to the following sponsors: JMC Charleston, Kiawah Fine Jewelry, RTW Charleston, Wells Gallery, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The Center for Women is an educational resource and nonpartisan advocate for enhancing South Carolina women’s economic growth and personal development to encourage success – personally and professionally – every day, every way. Through programs, workshops and special events we assist over 6,000 people annually!

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.

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is Calling for Entries for the “32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale” – Deadline Mar. 3, 2014

December 18, 2013

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Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is calling for entries for the “32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale”,  to be held April 11-13, 2014. The deadline for entry is Mar. 3, 2014 at midnight.

Each spring during the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the Wilmington Art Association (WAA) presents its “Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale”. This year, we are celebrating our 32nd year. The WAA is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate members and the public in the fine arts, provide scholarship assistance to deserving college students, and provide an outlet for emerging and professional artists.

ELIGIBILITY
The Show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists may submit ORIGINAL two-dimensional (2-D) work to include painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, and mixed media, and three-dimensional (3-D) work.

MEET THE JUROR
The WAA welcomes Bob Rankin as the juror/judge for the 2014 WAA Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. Rankin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from East Carolina University in 1970. Following his graduation, he studied at NC State University’s School of Design and the American Institute of Foreign Study in London. His career as an art educator spanned more than 25 years at Sanderson High School in Wake County. In addition to teaching, he served as the Co-Chairman of the NC Art Education Association, Secondary Division from 1982-1985. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Aspen, and Marrakesh – among other national and international cities. Rankin has received many awards, which include the East Carolina University Alumni Association 2012 Distinguished Service Award, the “Secondary Art Educator of the Year” by the NC Art Education Association, Seven-time winner of the “Best Spectator/Metro Magazine Best Artist in the Triangle”, and the “Raleigh Medal of Arts” in 1992. The National Scholastic Art Awards Organization also recognized him as the creator of one of the nation’s premier high school art programs. He currently maintains active studios in Raleigh, NC, and Leesville Lake, VA, as well as conducts art workshops across the country and in Italy.

AWARDS
Monetary and merchandise awards are in excess of $4000.

To download the complete prospectus visit (http://www.wilmingtonart.org).

The Holiday ARTcrawl in New Bern, NC, Will Take place Dec. 13, 2013

December 6, 2013

The Holiday ARTcrawl in New Bern, NC, will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, as many locations in downtown New Bern will extend their hours into the evening from 5pm to 8pm.

On Craven Street, see the creative escapades of Lee Hood, James Herring, Mary Ann Horn, Daniel Evan Weddle, Meg Wethington, Stan Harmon, Se’rah Cheatham, Lisa Bisbee-Lentz, Brandy Baxter and more artists in the Isaac Taylor Garden on 228 Craven St. The artists will be demonstrating creativity in bohemian fashion with patio heaters to keep the chill away.

Watch creative demos inside the Greater Good Gallery by Alice Bilello, Elisa Schulman, and Carol Jones. See new works by Sam Love, Earl Mills, Ashley McDaniel, Sue Lawrence, Tim Darr, Jon Derby, Ben Watford and more. The gallery is full of artwork by more than seventy artists including Norm Robbins, Corinne Corr, Jennifer Delamar-Goss, Karen Dodd and Curt Wright! And if you haven’t yet, here is your chance to buy local jazz: Andrea Owen’s CD of music at 228 Craven St.

Betsy Drake & R. B. Hamilton Designs will showcase their painted decor. Find handmade potter by Joyce Kotting Basye and Ross’ handmade candles plus hundreds of gift items at Mitchell Hardware on 215 Craven St. Two-for-one Studio Fee from 5-9pm at Accidental Artist on 219A Craven St. For reservations call 252/634-3411. See Kathleen Bailey’s paintings at Top Shelf Consignment, open until 6pm, 206 Craven St.

Robert Daniels’s artwork exhibit and Wine Tasting at Galley Store, 5pm to 7pm at 300 E. Front St., 252/633-4648

On S. Front Street, Joni Aldrich’s family photography is featured at Next Chapter Bookstore on 320 S. Front St.

On Pollock Street, artist Dillon Gunn will give a “creative painting demonstration” at Ribeye’s restaurant, 313 Pollock St. See art and hand-crafted gifts! At Carolina Creations, 317-A Pollock St., our “Make this a Hand Crafted Holiday” show continues with hand crafted and hand blown ornaments, jewelry, paintings and clay by gallery artists. Including ornaments by Felix Kniazev, Lisa Oakley, Rick and Val Beck, Clayton Dickson, Peter Newton, and Teresa Thibault and others. A beautiful collection of hand crafted Nativities have been created by Steven Wise, Terre Christensen, Sandra McKenzie Schmidt, Sara Meadows and Clayton Dickson. New ceramics include potters Shayne Greco, Hamilton Williams, Geoffrey Lloyd, Paul and Sheila Ray and Tonda and Joe Jeffcoat. New paintings are by Jan Francoeur, Pat Holscher, Maggie Arndt, Robert Rigsby, Sally Anger and others.

Fine Art at Baxters Gallery, 323 Pollock St., showcases “Gifts under 100” reception. Plus see new artwork by Jim Bisbee, Michaelé Rose Watson, Donna Slade, Martha Williams, Vicki Vitale and sixty more artists. In Baxter’s studios, browse the studios of working artisans including Sandy Bruno, GeeVee Meyers, Maggie Peacock, Jill Eberle, Candace Young, Pat Tencza, Janet Jaworski, Pat Eglinton, Donna Slade, Barbara Hesketh, Nada Bear, Dee Mayer, Audry Cushman and  Justin Bernel.

On Middle Street the forecast is stormy as Downtown Merchants create SNOW in Bear Plaza from 6-8pm. Blaine Kruger is painting at The Boathouse on 220 Middle St. Ask about Butch Miller’s photos of “New Bern Skyline”, Maritime Limited Edition Prints by Len Tantillo and fine art collectibles exhibited at Framing Fox Art Gallery on 217 Middle St. It’s an open house at Maxwell House Studio! Dietrich, Marvin & Linda Maune, 119 Middle St.

News Flash! Artist Jane E. Whitten announces her newest venture to host artists’ exhibits behind Bear Towne Java, where New Bern Artworks previously resided on 323B Middle St. Call to Artists: rent the space for your own solo exhibit, for info phone 252/557-9783. For the ARTcrawl, Whitten kindly offered her space to host some of the Bohemian Artists such as Sarah Thrasher, Mattie Coridio, Rachel Wheeler, Beth Gosnell, Sara Elizabeth Arje, Dan Wilson, Braedon Welsh. See creative demonstrations and the process of hand-crafting wares! Plus the girl scouts will be singing x-mas carols!

On Broad Street, Sandy Slaughter represents artists Ed Macomber & Laura Overman  at Studio Four-Thirteen Interior Design & Art on 413 Broad St. See more bohemian artists in action at Michaelé Rose Watson’s little yellow studio in the parking lot behind Bear Towne Java. The bohos will be potting, painting, sketching, and poetry reading! Meet Chris Wagner, Ben Watford, Earl Mills, Donatella Cristoforetti, Ed Macomber, Sam Love, Janice Peterson, Rachel Wheeler, Scott Coleman, and Michaelé Rose Watson.

Even further into the evening during ARTcrawl, “Fools Rush In” Live Jazz Music and Open Dance at Rivertowne Ballroom 305 Pollock St. from 7-10pm, details call 252/637-2003. Become an artist as you sing your heart out with KARAOKE at Christophe’s Lounge in the Doubletree at 8pm on 100 Middle Street. The trio of Lynn Philyaw, Liz Philyaw & Hank Barbee perform as “Belle Vici” in Trent River Coffee Co at 7:30pm on 208 Craven Street. Ratio Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Justen Nast at Craven Community College (New Bern Campus) Orringer Auditorium, 800 College Court at 7pm.  Buy tickets at Ratio Theatre Box office on 901 Pollock St. or call 252-626-0358.

Not up for walking? Sing your heart out while Christmas Caroling on board the Christmas Bear Trolley Tour, 5:30pm and 7:30pm. To Reserve your spot, call 252/637-7316.

ARTcrawl through the landmarks and showcases of art exhibits, live performances and artisan demos on the second Friday of Every Month! More info and map at (http://www.communityartistwill.com/artcrawl.html) or call 252/649-1712.

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

December 4, 2013

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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 (http://www.downtownmoreheadcity.com/christmas_2013.html).

Tickets are available in advance by calling 252/808-0440 or by e-mailing Lisa at (dmcra2@embarqmail.com).

For further info call the Arts Council at 252/726-9156 or visit (www.artscouncilcarteret.org).

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

September 11, 2013

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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 (www.cameronartmuseum.com).

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

September 11, 2013

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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.

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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 (www.darearts.org).


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