Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Cameron Art Museum Invites Community to Be a Curator for the Upcoming Exhibition “Wilmington Collects Art” – Voting Open Until Apr. 28, 2014

April 8, 2014

In the life of museums, it is the rare opportunity for the public to directly participate in the process of selecting artwork to be hung in a particular exhibition-until now. The Cameron Art Museum is inviting the public to participate as a curator in its first ever crowdsourced exhibition titled, “Wilmington Collects Art”. The exhibition has a central focus on one of its core collections of work by artists associated with Wilmington (both deceased and living). The public has an opportunity to view and vote online for their top picks for the exhibition from artwork by 52 artists represented in the online gallery.

Make your selections at (

Participants select and vote for (3) works from the gallery of fifty-two images. The twenty-five artworks with the most “votes” will be installed in the Claude Howell Gallery of the Cameron Art Museum Brown wing from May 2-June 1, 2014, with an opening reception on Friday May 2, from 6-8pm. The reception will be supported by live music performed by local artists, cash bar and food. All of the artists included are invited to attend the reception as honored guests along with complimentary admission to anyone who voted.  The entire collection of fifty-two artworks will also be shown in the exhibition via a digital gallery for visitors to enjoy.

Everyone is invited to select their top 3 favorite artworks from the selection of fifty-two artworks created by artists associated with Wilmington from CAM’s permanent collection.

1st: Register by including first name, last name and e-mail.
2nd: Click on the detail views in the gallery to see complete images, view individually or scroll through all at once.
3rd: Vote for top three selections. The voting ends Apr. 28 at 11:59pm, when all votes are tallied. Comments are encouraged.
4th: Upon logout votes are added.

For more information about the museum, please visit (

“Keep It Local” Art Show Takes Place in Oak Ridge, NC – Apr. 26, 2014

April 8, 2014

The Twice-Annual “Keep It Local” Art Show continues into its 17th year to expand the artists and artistic media exhibiting since 1997.  The Spring Home Show is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014, at Stealing Crow Farm from, 10am-4pm, at 2409 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge, NC, near Greensboro, NC. The Rain Date is Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014, at the same time and location.

This year KIL is focusing on 25 local visual artists in a variety of media in an exciting, festival-style setting supporting the “Buy Local” philosophy.

Work by Leanne Pizio

Founder, Organizer and local potter Leanne Pizio highlights, “We are so excited to continue to bring new artists to our visitors at each event. Once artists show here, they go on to other events and continue to grow artistically. I feel gratified that I can give this opportunity to my fellow artists.”

Artists participating in the Spring 2014 Show include: Leanne Pizio (pottery), Polly Anton (jewelry), Melissa Blackburn (jewelry), Christina Brown (pottery), Ed Crabtree (metal), Bobby Craddock (jewelry), Whisper Dix (metal), Dena Goldman (jewelry), Bonnie Hitchcock (pottery), Dani Keith (jewelry), Molly Lithgo & Jim Rientjes (pottery), John Malpass (pottery), Debb McDaniel (pottery), Brett McDonough (pottery), Kim McEntee (fiber-dolls), Susan Reynolds (fiber), Andrew Sedberry (painting), Lisa Skeen (multi-media) and Wrenn Pottery (pottery).

Work by Melissa Blackburn

The KIL event includes a popular and unusual way to support our local food banks: the Art Hunt takes place between 11am-2pm by requesting a donation for the local food outlets. Basic participation rules are similar to an Easter Egg Hunt: small pieces of artwork are hidden within a roped-off area of the yard; people who donate either 6 cans of food or $5 are allowed to go into the area to find one piece of artwork. In 2011, over 500 pounds of food were raised for the local food bank. The Spring KIL event’s proceeds will support the Servant Center of Greensboro; to learn about their mission visit (

The live local llama “Princess Inca” will visit the event beginning at noon and especially likes to interact with children and their families. This is a live animal that has been trained to interact with families and children. Bring your camera for photos!

The Stealing Crow Farm began in 2008 by local potter Leanne Pizio. Her studio includes a gallery space, kiln room and working studio space in a converted barn behind her home in Oak Ridge. Her work is collected and exhibited throughout North Carolina and the country. Pizio is known for her original hand-carved black on white, wood-cut style of pottery.

For more information about the Stealing Crow Farm or the bi-annual “Keep It Local” (KIL) Home Show, please contact Leanne Pizio by calling 336/643-0016 or by e-mailing to (

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Calls for Applications for CenterFest 2014 – Deadline May 15, 2014

April 8, 2014


The CenterFest Visual Artist Application is now available through the Zapplication website ( New and returning artists who wish to participate in CenterFest 2014 Sept. 20 – 21, 2014, must submit an application on-line with images and application fee. Convenient on-line payment and image upload. Application fee due with application. Booth fee due when accepted.

2014 Artist Awards

$1,000 Best of Show
$ 600 First Place
$ 500 Second Place
$ 400 Third Place
PLUS: The CenterFest Citizens’ Choice Award

In 2014, the Durham Arts Council celebrates the 40th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival and Durham Arts Council’s 60th Anniversary. CenterFest is the longest running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina and the largest arts and community festival in Durham. CenterFest showcases over 150 juried visual and performing artists from across the country and provides visitors with great food, diverse entertainment, and educational activities for families.

CenterFest historically draws 20,000+ festival visitors

Friendly and supportive festival staff

Easy load in/load out

Strong media partnerships and promotions throughout the Triangle region

Artist breakfast and lunch each day

Cash awards plus Citizens’ Choice Awards

Official Hotel offering special artist rates and amenities

VIP Breakfast on Saturday to draw targeted art buyers!

CenterFest Features Visual Artists working in: Clay, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Wood, Jewelry, Sculpture, Mixed Media and more


For more information on CenterFest please visit ( or contact us by e-mail at ( or call 919/560-2719.

Durham, NC’s, SmART Initiative RFQ – Proposals Due May 3. 3014

April 8, 2014


The Durham Arts Council, in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council is seeking a 2-3 person artist-led team to create a plan and future vision for multi-disciplinary artworks that enhance the arts & entertainment corridor of Blackwell-Corcoran-Foster Streets in downtown Durham, NC.


The goal of the project is to activate and enhance pedestrian and visitor experiences and increase visitorship and economic vitality along the corridor. The corridor will serve as the central spine or hub of cultural amenities in the downtown, with later connections to Duke University and the Nasher Museum of Art to the west and Golden Belt and the Hayti Heritage Center to the east.

Downtown Durham is undergoing an unprecedented surge of private development along and adjacent to the Blackwell – Corcoran – Foster St. Corridor that will completely transform the scale, urban economics, resident population, visitor experiences and overall identity of the city by 2016. NC Arts Council, recognizing the impact of Durham’s existing artistic, cultural, and historic assets and future needs, awarded DAC a planning grant in late 2012 as part of NC Arts Council’s SmART Initiative.

This RFQ builds on the 2012 work of the Durham City County Planning department and the Urban Design Studio that examined these issues and examined the potential role of public art in corridor vitalization. The Durham Arts Council SmART Initiative effort in 2013 extended that work with additional community participation by municipal economic development and planning staff and arts organization stakeholders focused on the corridor to assess the needs and envision future changes. Following extensive public engagement, a smaller Planning Team has also been convened to continue the process, focus on the artistic, cultural, and historic assets along the corridor, and strategize for the phasing and funding of a shared future vision.

Community partners in Durham’s SmART Initiative include Durham Arts Council (lead agency), City of Durham Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Durham City Manager, City of Durham Transportation Depart., Triangle Transit, Durham Cultural Advisory Board, Durham Public Art Committee, Bull City Connector, City/County of Durham Planning Dept., Downtown Durham Inc., Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Durham Central Park, Durham Area Designers Group, Museum of Durham History, American Tobacco District, Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Bulls, Golden Belt, Scrap Exchange, Hayti Heritage Center, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and Carolina Theatre.

Artists and designers of various disciplines and media may submit qualifications for review. Previous planning experience is required involving public art and design in urban settings, wayfinding systems, landscape and streetscape design and urban redevelopment.

Click ( to access the RFQ.

Applications to respond to the RFQ are accepted only through ( Search on the Project Title: Durham SmART Initiative – Durham Arts Council, Durham NC

Click ( to access

RFQ Submission Due: Friday, May 2, 2014 by 5pm ET

For more information contact Margaret DeMott by e-mail at ( or visit (

Town of Chapel Hill, NC’s Park and Rec Department Announce Line Up for Music and Art Series – Beginning Apr. 11, 2014

April 8, 2014


The Town of Chapel Hill, NC’s, Park and Rec Department, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, are pleased to announce our spring line up for the Live and Local! Music and Art series for the Plaza at 140 W Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. The Plaza is “A Place for Everyone” and is a facility where recreation, leisure and the arts can all be accessed. Downtown begins here!

Apr. 11, 2014, 6-9pm – Enjoy the spring awakening of “Exhale”/ 2nd Friday Art Walk; dance performance by Studio A Dancers, musical performance by Tucker Street, and Comedic Emcee provided by DSI

Apr. 25, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music and Art on the Plaza kickoff and musical performance by Tea Cup Gin

Apr. 26 2014, 3-7pm – Get up and Dance! National Dance week, musical performance by I Was Totally Destroying It; and enjoy short demos by various community dance groups

May 2, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by John G Franklin

May 9, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza/ 2nd Friday Art Walk; and contemporary dance by Justin Tornow and COMPANY

May 16, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and comedic performance by DSI

May 17, 2014, 3-7pm – Go Chapel Hill Bike Day – Bike In Events and competitions and musical performance by the Acoustic Bandits

May 23, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by Gregg Gelb’s jazz trio

May 30, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by the Capital Transit

June 6, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by Steph and the Boyfriends

June 13, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza / 2nd Friday Art Walk; musical performance by A Mad Affair; Grab a sketch book and a pencil and draw alongside the Triangle Sketch group; and Art Images Live

June 20, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza; and musical performance by The Rousters

June 21, 2014, 2-6pm – Summer Fest, with musical performance by The Waterlilies children’s band and enjoy family friendly activities

June 27, 2014, 6-9pm – Live and Local Music; Art on the Plaza/ End of the spring series; and musical performance by Thelonious A Cappella group

For further info visit (

1000 Mugs to Build a Kiln and Workspace – Don’t You Want to be Part of This?

April 8, 2014

Some people use Kickstarter to fund a project, and some people offer an opportunity to invest in an artist’s future by pre-paying for art. I first heard of this from William Halsey, one of Charleston, SC’s, best artists. He would sell shares to raise funds for a trip and “investors” could use those shares to purchase works made as a result of those trips. A deal that turned out to be a pretty good investment for those who purchased those early works by Halsey.

Chad Brown, a 5th generation Seagrove, NC, potter is using a similar technique to help fund a new work space and kiln by selling 1000 mugs to fund his project.

Work by Chad Brown

Here’s a letter from Chad Brown:

Dear Friends,

For the past 15 years, I have worked in many shops, attended craft shows, art exhibitions and worked at the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, as a demonstrator. During this time, I have been working out of a small shed on my grandparent’s farm that I built when I was in middle school, needless to say I have long outgrown it! Erin and I recently purchased a large track of land in Moore County near the site of my great-great grandfather W.H. Crisco’s kiln and shop. On this property, I am planning to build a large wood burning kiln, pole barn and workshop.

For funding to accomplish the construction, I am making 1,000 mugs, from local clays, to be sold for $25.00 each. Orders are being taken now and mugs can be picked up at our property May 31st and June 1st from 9-5. This will give you a chance to see the new kiln site. Mugs can also be shipped for an additional cost.

I appreciate your support.

Chad Brown

Photo of my great-great grandfather, W.H. Crisco standing in front of his workshop which now resides in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

For further information or to order your mug(s) call 910/571-1691.

The April 2014 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

April 1, 2014


The April 2014 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 83 pages of it.

That’s ten more pages than the March issue and May will probably be even bigger. The big ice storm we had put us a little behind. That’s what happens when you lose power and even worse – internet service. But we made it – even if it did take all the way up to the last minute.

I’m declaring that Winter is over and all of April should be 75 degrees – no warmer and no cooler. That the perfect temp for reading our paper.

The link is: (

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas this month. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending these links to your friends.

If you want to get something in the May issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Apr. 24 deadline – or you could be left out.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

Many Activities Offered in Conjunction with Current Exhibits at Greenhill in Greensboro, NC

March 31, 2014


“Select Collection | Prints of Romare Bearden,” on view at Greenhill, in Greensboro, NC, from April 15 – June 22, 2014, is an exhibition and art sale at Greenhill celebrating one collector and his extraordinary collection of Romare Bearden etchings, screenprints, lithographs, bon à tires, drawing and collage. On display will be over 40 of his works with 83 works available for sale. Romare Bearden was a seminal African American artist and is recognized as one of America’s most important 20th century artists. Exhibition Catalogue is available for view online at (

“Out Chorus, by Romare Bearden, Art © Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Apr. 26, 2014, 10-11:30am & 1:30-3pm – Romare Bearden Panel Discussion – Greenhill will host an educational program which is open to the public starting with a panel discussion about Romare Bearden in Context at 10am. At 1:30pm, a group of panelists will focus on examining the wide array of his prints, helping to articulate to viewers the experimentation, adaptation, and improvisation found in his prints. Panelists include: Alison Fleming, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art + Visual Studies, Winston-Salem State University, Diedra Harris-Kelley, Co-Director of Romare Bearden Foundation and Janet Wall, Chief Researcher on the Catalogue Raisonne Project of Graphic Works by Romare Bearden, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC. Free and open to the public. Register online for the program at ( and click on “Select Collection.”

Apr. 26, 2014, from 5:30-8:30pm – Bearden at Home Private Reception at Greenhill – Greenhill will host Bearden at Home, a ticketed private reception ($125/person.) Guest will have an opportunity to participate in a “Walk and Talk”, a walkthrough of the exhibition, highlighting works within the collection, their importance, references and influences. Tickets are available online at ( and click on “Select Collection.”

Apr. 11 – June 22, 2014 – Greenhill Exhibition, “Two Artists | One Space: John Beerman and Noé Katz”. Greenhill invites you to our upcoming exhibition, “Two Artists | One Space: John Beerman and Noé Katz,” curated by Edie Carpenter. North Carolina artists Beerman and Katz are known both nationally and internationally. In this exhibition, a mix of the artists’ new works and recently shown works will be presented to North Carolina audiences for the first time. Together, Beerman and Katz bring two divergent approaches to art-making. Even with their differing processes and aesthetics, the viewer will feel the connections made possible when seen through the curator’s lens. The Gallery at Greenhill is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.

Apr. 11, 2014, 5:30-8:30pm – Two Artists | One Space Exhibition Opening – You are invited to The Gallery at Greenhill for an intimate and exclusive first viewing of “Two Artists | One Space: John Beerman and Noé Katz”. Between 5:30 – 6:30pm Greenhill Members are invited to hear Curator Edie Carpenter’s comments in The Gallery. At 6:30pm The Gallery opens to the public. Cash Bar and light hors d’Oeuvres.

Apr. 11, 5:30 – 8:30 – Parents Night Out – Parents Night Out is an opportunity for parents to attend the exhibition openings while their children are participating in ArtQuest. Trained ArtQuest staff will ensure a safe and creative experience for your child(ren) while you enjoy adult-time in The Gallery. Reserve your child(ren)’s spot for Parents Night Out. The charge is $10 per child and is open from 5:30 – 8:30pm for Members, and 6:30 – 8:30pm for Non-Members. As the parent, you must remain within the footprint of Greenhill the entire time. In order to reserve your spot, please register below and pay using PayPal checkout.  Reservations must be made by 4pm on Apr. 11. There are 15 spots available. If you have any questions call Jaymie Meyer at 336/333-7460 x109.
Register here: (

May 2, 2014, 6-9pm – First Friday at Greenhill – Dance performance by Jan Van Dyke Dance Group – Join us for First Friday in The Gallery from 6-9pm to check out Greenhill’s current exhibition, “Two Artists One Space | John Beerman & Noé Katz”, and a live dance performance by Jan Van Dyke Dance Group from 7-7:30pm. First Friday at Greenhill is free and open to the public. Cash Bar. Donations appreciated.

June 6, 2014, 6-9pm – First Friday at Greenhill – Live Music with The Bronzed Chorus – Join us for First Friday in The Gallery from 6-9pm to check out Greenhill’s current exhibition, “Two Artists | One Space: John Beerman & Noé Katz”, and to listen to live music by The Bronzed Chorus from 6:30 – 7:30pm. First Friday at Greenhill is free and open to the public. Cash Bar. Donations appreciated.

Apr. 24, 2014, 6:30-7:30pm – Artist Talk with John Beerman – “Two Artist | One Space” artist John Beerman will discuss his recent landscape paintings. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

May 1, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm – Informal Artist Talk and Reception Noé Katz and Casa Azul – In association with Casa Azul, a book signing and an informal talk by Noé Katz. Light refreshments and a reception with live music by Café Latte – featuring Alfredo Trejo, and Alfredo Trejo Jr., guitar/violin father and son duo from Venezuela. Free and open to the public.

Greenhill is open Tue.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Wed., 10am-7pm; and Sun., 2-5pm.

For further info visit (

The Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, Calls for Participation in the Inaugural Budding & Blooming Art Show – Deadline Apr. 28, 2014

March 31, 2014


The Wilmington Art Association (WAA) in Wilmington, NC, announces a call for artists, open to Middle, High School, & Adult Artists for the “Budding and Blooming Art Show”, the first of what will be an annual event
providing opportunities for young, budding artists to be entrepreneurs for the day, selling their art or craft for their own set prices along with 20 blooming adult artists in
show of support at the Mayfaire Town Center on the Green, June 28, 2014, from 10am – 4pm.

Selected budding artists are asked to donate 10% of their sales to the Cameron Art Museum’s Children’s Art School Scholarship Fund. Selected budding artists will receive one of 40 spaces FREE of charge and 5 budding music groups will be chosen to perform on the stage throughout the day as well as sell their music related products. All artists will be under a large tent at Mayfaire Town Center on the green.

Artists will be chosen through a committee selection process. The show will provide an additional 20 paid spaces to blooming adult artists through a separate application as show of support for their budding counterparts. The show is a non-profit event sponsored by the WAA to support local youth and adult artists.

The prospectus is online at (

For more information contact the show director, Dorian Hill by e-mail at (, call 910/343-4370, cell at 305/781-0712 or visit (

The Piedmont Plein Air Paintout in High Point, NC, Calls for Participation – Deadline Apr. 4, 2014

March 31, 2014

The Piedmont Plein Air Paintout in High Point, NC, is calling for artists to participate in the Open Air Festival and Quick Paint, an inaugural event planned to take place Sept. 18-21, 2014 and is hosted by J Gallery of Fine Art.

Awards totaling $6000.00 minimum.
Selection Juror: Scott Raynor
Awards Juror: Richard Oversmith

Entry submission deadline: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014

Application information available on our website at (


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