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

August 1, 2014

The August 2014 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 64 pages of it.

Single page dowloads are still about double the amount for side by side format – which is good as many 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 September issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Aug. 24 deadline – or you could be left out. It happens.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Features Curt Butler at Monthly Meeting – Aug. 12, 2014

July 30, 2014


“Notan” is the Japanese word for dark-light harmony. Notan is also used to establish balance in a painting’s composition. Gastonia, NC, artist Curt Butler will be demonstrating his use of this tool to enhance composition when planning a work of art to members and friends of the Matthews Artists Guild on Aug. 12, 2014.

Please join the Matthews Artists Guild on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 6:30pm at the McDowell Arts Center, 123 E. McDowell Street in Matthews, NC, for this very special demonstration. Meetings are free and open to the public starting at 6:30pm, with refreshments and a presentation by our guest artist at 7pm.

Butler received both a BA from Kent State University and a MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. He has taught at various institutions including Braitman Studio, Gaston Day School, Gaston College and Gaston School of the Arts. In 2004, he was recognized and honored with Teacher of the Year award at Gaston Day School. He has also hosted a number of guild workshops throughout the Southeast for art students as well as professional artists. He considers himself an artist who teaches and enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge with others to create a journey for someone else.

His own journey has lead him to start his own business called Butler Studio, where he creates between 90 to 120 paintings a year for galleries, corporations and private collections. In 2009, Butler Studio opened a gallery/studio in downtown Gastonia where he currently teaches small classes and paints full time

Butler’s interest in impasto and scumbling techniques is evident in his currently medium of oil and encaustic. The word encaustic literally means to “burn in” and involves a heating tool of some kind with the addition of colored pigments or oil paints mixed into the wax.

“I enjoy the play of carving back into the wax with a palette knife to create different textures. Heating up the wax allows me to fuse layers of paint to create a surface that is varied and complex. Each layer must be carefully fused to the next to ensure there is no cracking. Stand oil is routinely applied to the wax to give it a little flexibility and makes it possible to work on a canvas surface rather than board. I sometimes put the wax and pigment on cold and melt it with a heat gun, and at other times, I start with a hot wax directly on the canvas. I have found these techniques feel very sculptural in nature. At times, I am building up the surface and at other times, I am subtracting or carving into the surface of the paint. Encaustic painting with oil has given me the emotional response that I am currently seeking in my work. To be able to suggest a subject rather than illustrate it, to literally feel the surface of the paint and to be able to engage the viewer from a distance, and yet retain them when they are close are all reasons I choose to work the way I do,” says Butler.

His work has been represented in numerous permanent collections including Dallas Art Museum, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Gaston Day Gallery, and Duke University Cancer Center.  He is currently represented by Providence Gallery, Wells Gallery, The Design Gallery, Thomas Deans Gallery, Tyler White Gallery, Stellars Gallery, and Brandt Roberts Gallery.

The Matthews Artists Guild is a nonprofit organization that welcomes and encourages both the beginner and established artist.  In addition to our free monthly programs, the organization offers weekly plein air painting on Tuesdays, life drawing on Wednesday evenings, critique sessions every other month, art shows, art related field trips, workshops and seminars.

For additional information call 704/321-7275 or e-mail to (, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MatthewsArtists).

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Features Mike Tiddy for Monthly Meeting – Aug. 10, 2014

July 30, 2014


Mike Tiddy, a well-traveled and successful artist from Brevard, NC, will be guest speaker at the next meeting on Aug. 10, 2014, of the Art League of Henderson County.  The event is held at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC, and begins at 1:30pm with a reception, followed by the meeting and program. Tiddy will demonstrate “Creating Art Using Pens and Watercolors”.

Growing up an “Army Brat,” Tiddy travelled the world.  Many years later, he still does!  However now he carries a sketchpad, pens and watercolors wherever he goes.  He paints what pleases his eye and what he wants to remember. Tiddy’s artwork is perhaps best described as a visual journal of the places he loves and the characters that live within them. He frequently makes extended visits to France. While on these journeys, he sketches, takes hundreds of photographs and paints what he sees. Sharing visually what he has learned on his journey through life is one of his greatest joys.

Tiddy’s favorite subjects are the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the French countryside and Paris street scenes. Many pieces of his artwork are in private collections in France and throughout the United States. His “French Gallery” is located at ‘Coco&Co’’ in Brevard.

The Art League of Henderson County is an association of persons interested in visual art and meets the second Sunday of each month. Each meeting features an experienced artist who presents a program on some aspect of fine arts. The League displays members’ paintings each month in the hallway at the Opportunity House. In addition to the regular monthly exhibit in August, the members have been challenged to create artwork using “animals” as the theme.  This exhibit will be displayed in the Sylvia Campbell Room. Both exhibits will be available for public viewing Aug. 9-Sept. 12, 2014.

Meetings and programs are open to the public.  For information call 828/435-1415.

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is Calling for Entries for the “Fine Contemporary Crafts of the Southeastern US” Exhibit – Deadline is Sept. 22, 2014

July 29, 2014


Artspace in Raleigh, NC, invites artists working in a variety of craft media to enter the “Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition of the Southeastern US”, a biennial national juried exhibition. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper and wood. Entries will also be juried for cash prizes.

This year’s juror is Stefanie Gerber Darr, Gallery Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Application Fee is $30. Submit applications ONLY to CaFE at ( For more information, visit Artspace website at (

Artspace is a nonprofit visual arts center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of 120 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.

For more information about Artspace, exhibitions, or membership, please visit (

Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild in Rutherfordton, NC, Calls for Entries for Celebration of the Arts – Deadline is Sept. 5, 2014

July 29, 2014

Artists are invited to participate in “Celebration of the Arts” (COTA), the annual judged art show/competition sponsored by the  Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild in Rutherfordton, NC. The 2014 event is set for Sept. 18-21, 2014  at The Foundation Conference & Performing Arts Center located on the Spindale Campus of Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC. Entries are not limited to Guild members or Rutherford County residents and all 2D and 3D artists who meet eligibility and other requirements as outlined in the COTA application are invited to participate.

Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in 2D and 3D categories. Ribbons for Honorable Mention and for People’s Choice, in both categories also will be awarded.  Awards are to be presented at a private Artists Reception on Thursday evening, September. All artists with entries and a guest are invited to attend free of charge.

Artists may submit a total of three pieces of 2D or 3D art.  Submissions must be ORIGINAL works (painting, drawing, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, wood, basketry) completed within the last two years and not previously displayed at a Celebration of the Arts. Items made from kits, commercial molds or patterns, computer generated works, or instructor-assisted works are not eligible for inclusion in the competition.

The entry fee for a RCVAG Guild member is $20 per person ($15 if submitted by Aug. 30) and $35 for a non-Guild member. The deadline for entries is Sept. 5, 2014 and no late entries will be accepted. Complete requirements and other information about entries and participation can be found at ( or by calling 828/288-5009.

Information is also available by visiting the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC, Tue.-Sat., 10am until 3pm.

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Sets Dates for Holiday and Spring Markets During Art Walks

July 29, 2014


Mark your calendars!

The date of the 2014 Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is Nov. 22-23, 2014.

The date of the 2015 Durham Art Walk Spring Market is May 2-3, 2015.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday & Spring Markets celebrate the creative energy of our local artists by showcasing them throughout downtown Durham!

The Durham Arts Council and other downtown Durham galleries and shops host artists, performers, and special live events to create a festive atmosphere that encourages visitors to buy art from local fine artists and craftspeople.

For more information about the Durham Art Walk, visit (

For more information about artist registration, please contact Brandon Adams, Artist Services Manager, by e-mail at ( or call 919/560-2719.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday & Spring Markets are presented & produced by the Durham Arts Council.

Mooresville Arts in Mooresville, NC, Calls for Entries for Artoberfest – Deadline is Sept. 27, 2014

July 29, 2014

The Mooresville Arts in downtown Mooresville, NC, announces a call for artists for its’ upcoming judged competition and art show, “Artoberfest”. This popular and continuously growing exhibit is, again, proudly sponsored by Speedball Art Products, located in Statesville, NC. Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories, plus separate awards will be given to artwork made with Speedball products.

Friday, Sept. 26, from 1-5pm and Saturday, Sept, 27, from    1-5pm

Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Saturday, Nov. 1, from 1-5pm and Sunday, Nov. 2, from 1-4pm

Friday, Oct. 10, from 6-8pm . Award presentation at 6:30pm

Additional information and a complete show prospectus are available at ( or a copy can be picked up at:

Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 West Center Ave., Mooresville, NC 28115.

For additional information and questions e-mail Shelly Zulli, Artoberfest Chairperson at ( or call 704/663-6661

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Hires Emily Lassiter as Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator

July 29, 2014


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Lassiter as our new Educational Program Manager & Project Coordinator. A native of Burlington, NC, Lassiter also has local ties to Star, NC, and Troy, NC, as her grandparents grew up in the area. She comes to us with a BA in History from UNC-CH and a MA in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies from UNCG.


Lassiter has worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce, both in WV. While working in WV, she secured and administered a grant that facilitated magazine and newspaper advertising, as well as coordinated volunteers for the West Virginia Roadkill Cook-off. She has also worked at Korner’s Folly in Kernersville, NC, where she worked with development and membership issues, and at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, NC, where she gained valuable experience with visitor services, educational tours and historic interpretation.

Lassiter is a member of the National Council on Public History, the American Association of State and Local History, and the North Carolina Museums Council. Regarding her new position with the Pottery Center and pottery in North Carolina, Lassiter says, “I am looking forward to helping promote awareness and appreciation of North Carolina pottery and potters through a variety of educational programming. North Carolina has such a rich tradition of pottery, and it is important to share that with people through exhibitions, workshops and interactive activities.” She brings with her an energetic, enthusiastic spirit and strong desire to learn and help others.

Funding for the educational program manager portion of the position comes from a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., 10am-4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (, or find us on Facebook.

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, Calls for Entries for 3rd Annual North Carolina Emerging Artists Exhibition – Deadline Aug. 15, 2014

July 29, 2014


Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, an affiliate organization of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for ages 21-40, has scheduled its third annual “North Carolina Emerging Artists Exhibition” on view from Oct. 17 – Nov. 29, 2014, and is issuing a call for art work.

Emerging artists from across the state working in all media are encouraged to submit one to five original works or one comprehensive project for consideration. Artists must be at least 18 and are required to submit a description of the work (materials, dimensions, date), an artist statement, and a biography. All submission materials must be digital and submitted to ( by Aug. 15, 2014.

This year’s exhibit will have a select panel of jurors from museums, galleries, and universities. Kelly Bennett, co-chair of Art Nouveau Winston Salem, said, “Besides encouraging emerging artists from our city and throughout North Carolina, the exhibition gives them an opportunity to expose their work to a larger, more diverse audience than they ordinarily may enjoy, to raise their visibility and to develop contacts that will enhance their careers.”

The exhibition, at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, is free and will open with a public reception, 6-8pm, Friday, Oct. 17.

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem provides leadership opportunities for its members while engaging younger arts audiences and helping develop, support and sustain the arts in Winston-Salem.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, enriches the lives of area residents every day. It raises funds and advocates for the arts, makes grants for arts in education, sponsors events with other arts organizations, strengthens cultural resources, develops social capital, and aids economic development. In its 2012 grant cycle, The Arts Council made Organizational Support Grants to 21 Funded Partners totaling $1,625,000. Grants made in its four grant categories totaled $1,801,150, and it also made it possible for funded partners to receive about a quarter million dollars in advertising opportunities with local media through its Advertising Assistance program.

For more information, please contact, Eliza Walmsley, The Arts Council by calling 336/747-1422 or e-mail to (

East Carolina University Students Fire the Groundhog Kiln at North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC – Aug. 1, 2014

July 23, 2014


Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, to learn about the wood firing process with East Carolina University students as they fire the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Also, on Saturday, Aug. 2, there will be a Raku firing demonstration at the center.

These two days of firings are the finale of the summer internships conducted at the NC Pottery Center by East Carolina University Ceramics Graduate students Erin Younge and Devin McKim. They will be available to explain the process and answer questions from 10am – 4pm on Friday and Saturday.

Left to Right: Joseph Sands, Devin McKim, & Erin Younge

As part of an on-going collaboration between the NC Pottery Center and East Carolina University, Erin Younge, a 3rd year graduate student in ECU’s Ceramics Program, has been interning with us this summer and teaching a number of clay programs for all ages. Devin McKim is a 2nd year graduate student who has been working with local Randleman, NC, potter Joseph Sands to learn production ceramic techniques.

The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood. “Firing a groundhog kiln is a great introduction to Seagrove pottery,” explains Devin. “I am excited to be joining in on that traditional style of salt firing.”

The Raku firing will be broken up into smaller, more manageable batches to fire, remove, and fume – and then repeat with each following batch. That will give visitors a chance to see finished pieces more quickly than most other types of firings. Erin says, “I am amazed by the range of color that Raku firings produce. The transformation that takes place in both the clay and the glaze by using simple combustible materials like sawdust or flowers is always a treat.”

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue – Sat 10 am – 4 pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (


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