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Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Announces “29th Annual Sculptural Celebration” – Sept. 6, 2014

July 8, 2014


The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, in partnership with Tri State Sculptors Association, announces the “29th Annual Sculpture Celebration” to be held 9am to 4pm, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Circle in Lenoir.

The Celebration will feature sculptural artwork by artists from across the eastern United States who will compete for cash prizes totaling $11,000.00. Realistic and abstract, traditional and contemporary, movable and stationary, indoor and outdoor – sculptures of all types will be on display.  The juror for this year’s event is Asheville, NC, artist Randy Shull.

Work by Betty Branch

Lenoir’s “Annual Sculpture Celebration” is recognized as the longest-running sculpture competition in the Southeast and a driving force in the area’s sculptor-friendly environment. The event started small but now attracts artists and visitors from across the United States. “This is a great show for both experienced artists and for a first-time art experience,” says Lee Carol Giduz, Caldwell Arts Council Executive Director.

Food vendors, children’s art activities, and live music from the Sylvio Martinat Swing Band and Strictly Clean and Decent will be featured throughout the day

Blue Jeans Preview Party will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

Many sculptors arrive early to install larger sculptures and to pick the best spot for their artwork. A buffet dinner will be held to welcome them and to introduce the judge and sponsors of the event on Friday, Sept. 5 beginning at 7pm.  This event is free for registered sculptors, $20 in advance for guests.

Artists May Register Now

Registration for “Sculpture Celebration” is open to any 3-D artist up to the day of the event, and each sculptor may present up to three sculptures. Cost to register the day of the Sculpture Celebration is $80; significant discounts are available for early registration. Details of participation are available on the website (

Work by Stefan Bonitz

Lenoir is located in Caldwell County in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, off Hwy 321 between Hickory and the Blowing Rock / Boone area.

For further information about the Sculpture Celebration contact the Caldwell Arts Council, by calling 828/754-2486, e-mail to (, or visit (

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Submission for US Figure Skating Championships’ Poster – Deadline Sept. 30, 2014

July 7, 2014


Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, and the US Figure Skating Championships are looking for an original artwork portraying the spirit, athleticism and grace of figure skating for the official poster of the 2015 US Figure Skating Championships taking place at the Greensboro Coliseum from January 18-25, 2015. The winning artist will receive $3000 for reproduction of their work on the poster as well as royalties from sales during the Championships. Second and third place entries will receive $750 and $500 respectively.  A People’s Choice award of $750 voted by the public will also be awarded.

Entries are due by September 30, 2014

CLICK HERE ( to submit your entry.

Winning entry of the 2011 USFC by artist Jordan Grace Owens

Rules for Submission:

1.  Eligibility: The competition is open to current residents of North Carolina (temporary or permanent) or out-of-state residents who have earned a degree from a North Carolina college or university.

2. Artworks must be 2-d.  All media (painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, fiber art) are accepted. Photography is excluded. Do not include typography or illustrated text in your artwork.

3. All submissions must be an original design by the entrant, not an adaptation of another artist’s design, and conceived for reproduction as a 40 x 30 inch poster.

4.  Artists may submit up to two entries in the form of jpeg digital images. There is a $10 fee per entry. Submit online at ( Please address any questions by e-mail to (

5. All submissions must be received by September 30, 2014.

6. Entrants must agree if they are selected as one of the 40 semi-finalists, to exhibit their work at the Coliseum from January 18-25, 2015 and prepare their work for display.

7. Semi-finalists will be notified by October 15, 2014.

8. Drop-off of semi-finalists’ work at the Orientation Room, Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 for juried review: December 11, 2014.

9. Notification of winning design and 2nd and 3rd place entries:  December 15, 2014.

10. Awards conferred during a ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum on January 16 or 17, 2015 (to be announced).

11. Works picked up at Greenhill, 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 on January 28 and January 29, 2015.

12. The winning artists give Greenhill and the US Figure Skating Championships the right to use their artwork, or part thereof, in any publication, advertising, or promotional materials.

For more information on the 2015 US Figure Skating Championships, please visit the website at (

Litmus Gallery and Studios in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Entries for 2014 Blue Grass Art Show – Deadline Sept. 4, 2014

July 7, 2014

Litmus Gallery & Studios in Raleigh, NC, is calling for entries for its 2014 Blue Grass Art Show, which will be shown from Sept. 30 through Nov. 1, 2014.

Eligibility: The exhibition is a juried exhibition to showcase outstanding original visual art.  It is being scheduled to overlap with IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Week Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2014 in Raleigh, NC.  It is open to both professional and emerging artists who are 18 years or older using visual media.  Artists may submit for consideration up to three works not previously exhibited at Litmus Gallery.  2-D and 3-D art relating to the title of this show (very broadly interpreted) will be selected for this exhibition.  All works of art entered must be for sale.  Artists who wish to participate should e-mail their name, address, phone #, e-mail address, photos (1 view of 2-D) and 2 views of 3-D of their work along with title of work, dimensions, medium, and price to the Litmus Gallery Jury Committee at ( to be considered for inclusion.  Works must be original and committed to the show for the entire exhibition period. Litmus Gallery & Studios reserves the right to refuse any work that is not properly presented, requires special installation, or is deemed inappropriate by the Litmus Gallery Jury committee.

Presentation Specifications: All 2D work must be completely prepared for hanging with wire.  Wire must not be frayed and must support the weight of the piece.  No “saw tooth” hangers may be used.  Works that are not properly wired will not be displayed.  Maximum framed size cannot exceed 50” in any direction.  2D and 3D art cannot exceed 50 pounds.

Fees: For those selected to participate there is an entry fee of $30.00.  The fee will be collected at the time the art is delivered to Litmus Gallery.  For those wishing to submit art to be considered, Litmus Gallery & Studios must receive entries by no later than Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Liability: Works are entered at the risk of the artist.  Although the utmost care will be taken in handling all art work, Litmus Gallery & Studios will not be responsible for damage or loss from any cause.  Submitting a work of art shall imply an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

Sales: Sales will be encouraged.  A 30% commission will be collected on art sold during the exhibition.  The artist is committed to the sale price submitted.  In order to encourage sales Litmus Gallery participates in Raleigh’s GRCVB SmartCard program. A discount of 10% on one work by an exhibiting artist is offered to each leisure visitor and convention attendee shopping at our gallery.  The 10% discount is taken out of the gallery’s 30% commission and the artist still receives 70% of the sales price.

People’s Choice Award: Attendees at the reception on October 3 will be allowed to vote for the art they like the most.  The artist receiving the most votes will be awarded $100 and the artist with the second most votes will be awarded $50.

Delivery of Art: All art must be hand-delivered to Litmus Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10am – 2pm.  Special arrangements for delivery at a different time may be possible: e-mail to ( to determine if a different delivery date is possible.

Removal: Unless sold, all artwork must remain on view until the close of the exhibition.  Unsold works are to be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 1, between 2pm and 4pm.


Sept. 4 – Entry information must be received by this date

Sept. 12 – Artist notified by this date if their work is juried into the show

Sept. 27 – Accepted works hand-delivered to Gallery: 10am – 2pm

Sept. 30 – Nov. 1 – Exhibit open to the public

Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 – Exhibit open 2pm-6pm. (2-9pm on Oct 3)

Oct. 3 – Reception, 6-9pm

Oct. 5 – Nov. 1 – Exhibit open Saturdays, 10am-2pm and by appointment

Nov. 1 – Exhibit closes 2pm, unsold art to be picked up 2-4pm

For further information call 919/571-3605, e-mail to ( or visit (

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC, Kicks Off Membership Challence

July 7, 2014


The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a challenge to the Charlotte community — to remember and support the mission of the Gantt Center through membership. On July 1, 2014, the Center  kicks off its 1974 Membership Challenge.

The Gantt Center will invite the public to remember and support its mission by joining the institution from July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. Every new and renewing member moves the Gantt Center closer to its unprecedented goal of 1,974 active members.


Duke Energy is offering the Gantt Center a $100,000 challenge grant when the Center reaches 1,974 members.  Why 1974?  1974 is the year that the Gantt Center – then known as the Afro-American Cultural & Service Center – was founded.  The Duke Energy Challenge Grant will benefit the Center’s ongoing programming and education initiatives, including signature programs such as Family First and Open Easels, as well as the Center’s Community Arts Project and Sister Schools Program.

“The Duke Energy Challenge Grant is designed to create excitement and momentum.  Establishing a strong core of members and supporters is key to the continued success of the Gantt Center,” said Stick Williams, President, Duke Energy Foundation.  “For the last forty years, we in the Charlotte community have benefited from the good work of the Center. We believe the Gantt Center will continue to make a difference for the next forty years.”

“Education and public programs are integral to the legacy and success of the Harvey B. Gantt Center,” said Gantt Center President & CEO David R. Taylor, “As we progress through our 40th year, we’ve placed a key focus on expanding public programs and community engagement and it is truly gratifying to know that Duke Energy supports our initiatives.”


Membership, which starts at $35, provides such privileges as unlimited free admission, private exhibition previews, and discounts on Museum Shop purchases. Supporting the Gantt Center as a member also provides important funding for outreach programs that enrich the lives of residents in Charlotte and across the region.

When patrons become Gantt Center members, they are not only participating in the 1974 Challenge, but are contributing to a much larger goal of increasing the Gantt Center’s community involvement through public programming and education initiatives.

Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and people of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey B. Gantt, the prominent Charlotte architect and community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte, the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America.

The Duke Energy Foundation actively works to improve the quality of life in its communities, lending expertise in the form of leadership and philanthropic support to charitable organizations. Duke Energy has long been committed to building and supporting the communities in which its customers and employees live and work.

For more information on the Gantt Center, please visit ( and join us on Facebook and on Twitter: @hbganttcenter.  Follow news from our fortieth year via the hashtags #Remember, #1974Challenge and #Gantt40.

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

July 1, 2014


The July 2014 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 63 pages of it.

Last month Linda presented the paper with an option to download the paper in a side by side spread or single page format. Single page dowloads were about double the amount for side by side format – which was good as a good amount of people desired one or the other. We’re here to please all we can so we’ll continue offering you the choice of two ways to download the paper:

For single page format use this link (

For side by side page format use this link (

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 August issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the July 24 deadline – or you could be left out. It happens.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Presents The Big Crafty and Family Art pARTy! – July 13, 2014

June 30, 2014


The Asheville Art Museum hosts The Big Crafty with a lively celebration of handmade commerce, on Sunday, July 13, from noon-6pm. Reviving the tradition of the community bazaar, there will be music, food and drink, in addition to the fine wares of more than 100 selected independent crafters. The Big Crafty has consistently been voted Asheville’s favorite art/craft fair. For more information, visit (

Take a break from shopping The Big Crafty and join us in the Studio of the Museum for our little-crafty area with hands-on activities for all ages on Sunday, July 13, from 1-4pm. All supplies provided. For more information please call Sharon McRorie, Education Programs Manager at 828/253-3227, ext. 122.

Artists Install a Colorful Kaleidoscope at the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC

June 30, 2014


The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, has an exciting new installation! With grant funding from the Buncombe County Culture Recreation Authority (CRA), two Asheville artists – Robert Gardner and Marc Tickle – collaborated to install a beautiful and unique kaleidoscope in the Museum’s popular Art PLAYce for Children. The kaleidoscope adds a fun and unique way for kids to interact with visual art while also serving as a learning tool. With three viewing ports, the kaleidoscope revolves 360 degrees and tips up and down, offering the viewer the ability to pivot while using a crank to activate the color wheel.


This impressive kaleidoscope was built collaboratively by two artists who brought their unique skills to the project. Robert Gardner has maintained a glass-blowing studio in Asheville’s River Arts District since 1997 and has exhibited in galleries throughout the country and shown at international events such as SOFA Chicago & New York, Art Miami and the Miami Bridge Art Fair. Marc Tickle has been designing kaleidoscopes since the late 1990s has received many awards for his work and is represented in museums and collections around the world. He spends his working hours designing and making kaleidoscopes in his home studio in Asheville.

The Museum’s Art PLAYce for Children activities promote and enrich educational development and help young children achieve their fullest potential by improving listening, observing, critical thinking, communication, problem solving and decision making skills, and by engaging various learning styles in multi-sensory activities and art exploration. The Art PLAYce for Children is the only museum gallery with art-based programming and interactive, hands-on installations for pre-school aged-children in the Buncombe County area.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

Additional information on upcoming exhibitions and public programs at the Museum can be found online at (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Features Al Torres for Monthly Meeting – July 8, 2014

June 30, 2014


Join Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, in welcoming back Al Torres as a presenter at our July 8, 2014 meeting.  Torres is a long-time friend of MAG.  In July, he will share with us his knowledge of design and composition for artists.  Always interesting and informative, Al will also share his unique art with the members and friends of MAG.

Torres is a classically trained representational artist from the New York Academy of Art. He studied under Bennet Vadnais and Andrew Reiss and was a studio assistant for Sharon Sprung at the Art Student’s League of New York. He has shown in New York  galleries: Queens Museum of Art and Katonah Museum of Art. He presently teaches art at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, and gives lessons at his studio.

Torres not only paints figures, still life and landscapes, but also multi-view paintings  These works present two related perspectives as one. Front view, of this type of work, shows both images as one. Moving to the right reveals one image and moving to the opposite direction reveals the second image. You can see examples and an explanation of these unique works at his web site at (

The topic for his presentation on Tuesday night, July 8, 2014, at 7pm at the McDowell Arts Center, is Design and Composition for Artists. All MAG meeting are free and open to the public. You are welcome to come to the social time at 6:30pm to meet and talk to Torres before the presentation.

Matthews Artists Guild is a nonprofit organization that welcomes and encourages both the beginner and established artist.  In addition to our free monthly programs, we also offer plein air painting on Tuesdays, life drawing on Wednesdays, art shows and competitions, workshops and seminars and a critique session every other month.

For additional information call 704/321-7275 or visit (

Keith Spencer Takes Part in the Sixth Annual Art Trek Tryon – June 28 & 29, 2014

June 24, 2014


This is Spencer’s sixth year to participate in this popular art event and his studio will be open on Saturday, June 28 from 10am to 3:30pm and Sunday, June 29, noon to 5pm. To start the weekend off right, there is an opening reception for the gallery exhibition part of the event, at the Upstairs Artspace on Friday evening, June 27, from 5 to 7:30pm. The gallery exhibit will showcase a representative piece of art from each of the participating 24 local artists, so please come out for that if you can manage…the openings are always fun! This year for the first time, there is a corresponding silent auction of many of the artists’ works, so there will be bargains to be had!

Work by Keith Spencer

On Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday morning at 11am you are invited to enjoy coffee and refreshments at Upstairs Artspace, where you will be able to get maps and helpful tips, before visiting the artists’ studios.

Spencer’s studio is still at 175 Glenwalden Lane, Tryon, NC, but only the studio itself will be open this year, not the whole house. Don’t worry, there will be signs. He will have artworks for sale, but please don’t ever feel obligated to make a purchase. He’d just like to open the studio to you for a visit. An Art Trek map may be viewed and printed at ( by clicking on the Art Trek link at the top of the page.

*Please note, Spencer also has a solo exhibit with an opening reception at the Pickens County Museum of Art, in Pickens, SC, on Saturday night. There are 32 pieces of his most recent works in that show and you are more than welcome to join him there. In order to make it to that opening reception on time he will need to leave his studio early on Saturday…say around 3:30. Michael Brodeur (Furman University Head of the Art Department) is having a corresponding solo show in the second gallery and they will share the reception area that night.

Cape Fear Studios in Fayetteville, NC, Presents “The Sixth Annual National 2D Competition and Exhibition” – Starting June 27, 2014

June 24, 2014


Cape Fear Studios in Fayetteville, NC, presents “The Sixth Annual National 2D Competition and Exhibition,” featuring artists from across the United States. Juror for this year’s event is Barbara Courtney Jaenicke.

“Caught in a Breeze” by Annette Szczekutek

The show opens on Friday, June 27, 2014, at 6pm in conjunction with Fayetteville’s Fourth Friday event. Awards will be announced at 7pm. The show runs through July 27 and sponsored by Drs. Gwenesta B. and Kenneth Melton and Cape Fear Orthopedics.

“The Bouquiniste” by Samuel Hoffman

For further information call 910/433-2986 or visit (


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