Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, to Host Symposium on African Art on Nov. 15, 2014

October 13, 2014

A special one-day symposium, “The Arts in Global Africa,” will be held at Mint Museum RANDOLPH, in Charlotte, NC, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, from 10amto 5:30pm. Presentations by leading scholars of African art will be capped by an Egungun masquerade by Oyotunji African Village Yoruba performers from Sheldon, SC.

The symposium accompanies an exhibition of African art at The Mint Museum, Arts of Africa, which includes objects from the museum’s permanent collection along with loans from several private individuals, with a significant number drawn from the collection of Michael Gallis of Charlotte. It also marks the publication of a new catalogue titled “Art in the Many Africas”. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Herbert M. Cole, professor emeritus in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who also wrote an essay for the catalogue.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Michael Gallis and Dr. Cole on both the catalogue and symposium,” said Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, the museum’s Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art. “Their generosity and their dedication to helping the museum develop and enliven this important area of its collection is inspirational.”

The Mint Museum has long been a leader in exploring global themes in art and relating them to the broader community. In addition to African art, Mint Museum Randolph hosts ongoing exhibitions from its permanent collections of European Art and Art of the Ancient Americas. And at Mint Museum Uptown, Dr. Stuhlman has organized an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Panama Canal, “Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100″, and the museum is playing host to many affiliated events emphasizing the Charlotte region’s global ties. “Panama Canal at 100″ is on view Nov. 1, 2014 through Feb. 1, 2015.

“The Arts in Global Africa” symposium speakers include Cole along with Drs. Akinwumi Ogundiran, UNC Charlotte; Henry John Drewal, University of Wisconsin; Cécile Fromont, University of Illinois; Victoria Rovine, UNC Chapel Hill. Their presentations will focus on the interactions of Africa with the wider world, especially as reflected in the arts both within and outside the African continent. The masquerade performance will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a brief reception. Admission to the symposium is free and pre-registration is required at ( or by calling 704/337-2107.

Attendees will be able to choose a box lunch from Panera Bread at check-in on the morning of the symposium; these will be available on a cash-only basis, prices TBD.

What: Free one-day symposium, “The Arts in Global Africa”

Where: Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207

When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 10am – 5:30pm

Registration at ( or 704/337-2107

The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of our global community. Established as the first art museum in North Carolina in 1936, The Mint Museum has grown to include two dynamic facilities, Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, and currently boasts one of largest collections in the Southeast. The Mint proudly offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via its renowned collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and scholarship.

Mint Museum Uptown houses an internationally renowned Craft + Design Collection, as well as outstanding collections of American and Modern & Contemporary Art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 175,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s dynamic center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium; the Lewis Family Gallery; art studios; a museum shop, and a critically-acclaimed restaurant, Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the Art of the Ancient Americas, Decorative Arts, Fashion, European and African Art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop.

For more information, visit (

The Native American Resource Center at UNC-Pembroke, in Pembroke, NC, Offers Native Artist Meet and Greet – Oct. 11, 2014

October 10, 2014


The Native American Resource Center at UNC-Pembroke, in Pembroke, NC, will be hosting a “Native Artist Meet and Greet” on Oct. 11, 2014, from noon-2pm. Come out and visit with our local artisans and purchase some of their handmade items. There will also be visitors here in association with American Craft Week (

Participating artists:

Alicia Chavis – beadwork

Jessica Clark- painter, prints

Bernice Locklear- woodwork

Jordan McGirt- digital art

Herman & Loretta Oxendine- pineneedle baskets, chinaberry necklaces and pottery

Joan Blackwell- contemporary gourds

Hubert Sampson- carvings and walking sticks

Nettie Jacobs Amendola- contemporary gourds

For more information contact Alisha Locklear Monroe at 910/521-6282 or e-mail her at (

Find us on Facebook at The Museum of the Native American Resource Center or on the web at (

Rockingham County Arts Council in Wentworth, NC, Features Works by Leigh Rodenbough and 2014 Artist Open Studio Tour Raffle

October 9, 2014


Artist Leigh Rodenbough recently passed on after a battle with cancer. Throughout his illness, Rodenbough remained positive, creative and grateful for the opportunity to spend his retired years pursuing his love of painting. In a recent conversation with the Rockingham County Arts Council, Rodenbough stated that in his career as a lawyer he was able to use one side of his brain, the analytical one and had not had a chance to use the creative side. Painting gave him that opportunity and he believed would keep him balanced.

The paintings of Rodenbough have stories and specific locations attached to them. This backstory adds to the texture that is such a prominent part of his artwork. Many local collectors have Rodenbough’s unique paintings, several of our public buildings contain paintings.

During the Month of October and November, the Rockingham County Arts Council’s Dan River Art Market & Gallery has a collection of paintings, selected just before Rodenbough’s death, on exhibit  to share with the public during the time before and after the 2014 Artist Open Studio Tour ( Additionally, Rodenbough has donated a painting as a raffle item.

The Studio Tour Raffle Painting “Whiteside Mountains” will be on view through Rockingham County: 10/7-8 at Home Trust Bank, 10/9-10 at NewBridge Bank and 10/11 at the library in Eden, NC. 10/13-18 in Reidsville, NC, locations and 10/20-25 in Madison, NC, and Mayodan, NC locations.

Throughout his life, Rodenbough donated to many charities, non profits and causes, supporting the community. The Rockingham County Arts Council’s Artist Studio Tour is honored to benefit from his continuing generosity.

The 2014 Artist Open Studio Tour dates are Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, from 1-4pm; Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10am-4pm; and Sunday, Nov. 2, from 1-4pm with a closing reception from 5:30-7:30pm. The Raffle drawing will be around 6:30pm. The public is invited to the entire Studio Tour, featuring over 34 artists at 19 locations throughout Rockingham County.

Maps and more information are available online at ( Printed maps are available at the Tour business sponsors and advertising locations at this link (

For further info visit the Rockingham County Arts Council
web page at (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Presents Monthly Lecture Series, Starting Oct. 17, 2014

October 8, 2014


This on-going lecture series will be facilitated by Josh Floyd, the new Artist-in-Residence at the center. Floyd comes to the center with a Bachelor of Arts with Art Concentration from Fairmont State University in West Virginia, and he has been making pots for over ten years. He studied for two years as an Artist-in-Residence at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA, and has worked two years as a studio and gallery assistant for Smicksburg Pottery in Pennsylvania. He has also been a studio assistant at the Penland School of Craft. Before accepting the position as the North Carolina Pottery Center’s AiR, he was working for the Laguna Clay Company in Byesville, OH, testing clays and glazes. “The goal of these talks is to engage the local pottery community and help to foster networking opportunities with presenters and the audience, while exposing the local artists and the community to influences outside of our region,” according to Josh.

Lindsey Lambert, executive director, says, “Having Josh as our new AiR is literally a breath of fresh air. He will enable us to offer more educational programs and workshops, things which help us better fulfill our mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery making in our great state. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public and potters to meet out new Artist in Residence and enjoy an evening of NC pottery education and entertainment. ”

Fred Johnston

The first potter to present in this series is Seagrove potter Fred Johnston. Johnston is a well-known, lively personality and story teller. According to him, “As a potter I will talk about developing and creating an ongoing vision for my work. Being an art museum junkie, I recently visited the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco which has the most comprehensive collection of Asian ceramics in the western world. I photographed many examples that will be presented as well as other cultural influences.”

Future topics of the series include; Regional and National Ceramic Artists, Curators and Authors. A more detailed schedule will be posted shortly.

Fred Johnston learned to make pots in the Seagrove area in the 1980’s. Working odd jobs around the different potteries, he worked for many of the old Seagrove pottery families: Owen, Teague, Chrisco, and McCanless. This experience was the catalyst for Johnston’s commitment and passion to the pottery vernacular, which turned into an adventure and education. After attending Montgomery Community College, Johnston went on to attend the New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University where he received a BFA with honors and then a MFA from the College of Art & Architecture at Penn State University. He was artist in resident at Arrowmont School of Arts in Tennessee, the Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China and  ArtLink in Tallin, Estonia. In 1997. Johnston and his wife Carol Gentithes established Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery in Seagrove, NC, where they presently make and sell their work. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Pottery Center, the Hermitage Museum and Mint Museum.

Schedule: 7 to 9pm, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Meet & Greet from 7 to 8pm, a social hour, with a slide presentation to follow.

Location – NCPC Educational Building located behind the NCPC at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341

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 N.C. 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.

Carolina Artist Gallery in Morehead City, NC, Calls for Entries for “Heart of a Man” Exhibition – Deadline Nov. 2, 2014

October 8, 2014

That man in your life dragging you down or, on the other hand, “rockin” your world?  We all have relationships with men.  Some are good.  Some are very good but others are unpleasant or downright  bad. “Heart of a Man”, a show by Carolina Artist Gallery, in Morehead City, NC, will feature art that tells the story of our relationships with men. All have a father. Some were kind and loving; others were self centered and demanding. Some were just down right mean. Others were missing or not around much. Many have or have had a husband or significant other. Again, some of those men were respectful, loving and made the world wonderful. Others brought conflict, anger and disappointment. Many have brothers, sons and uncles. All have male heroes and male villains. Tell us the story of these relationships through art.

“What Have I Done,” by Ike Terrell

Bring us the “Heart of a Man” through talent and skill.  This will be an opportunity to pay tribute, ridicule, express gratitude, get in touch with feelings and emotions and perhaps have a therapeutic experience. For this show art should show emotion, tell a story and connect with gallery visitors.

Carolina Artist Gallery is accepting artwork, both 2D and 3D,  for “Heart of a Man” through Nov. 2, 2014, and the show will run until Jan 3, 2015.

Entries will be judged by Cathy Crowell who recently retired from the program she began in 1983 as Coordinator of the Photography Technology Program at Carteret Community College.  Crowell earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Florida State University in 1982, a Master of Arts in Teaching: Art, from the University of South Carolina in 1977, a Bachelor of Art: General Studio from the University of South Carolina in 1975, and studied during the Summer Session at the University of Dijon in Dijon, France in 1974. Crowell has been the recipient  of a number of artistic grants and awards and has exhibited her work in a number of well known exhibitions.

Specific information about requirements for entries and entry forms are available at Carolina Artist Gallery or on our website at ( Carolina Artist Gallery is a nonprofit artists’ co-op located at 800 Evans Street, at the corner of 8th Street on the historic Morehead waterfront.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for “Heart of a Man” on Nov. 14, 2014 from 4 to 7pm at Carolina Artist Gallery. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2015 and all work is available for purchase.

North Carolina Pottery Center’s 15th Annual Gala and Auction Was A Fun Success

October 7, 2014


The North Carolina Pottery Center’s 15th Annual Gala & Auction – “Going, Going, Gone to Pots!” – held on Saturday evening, Sept. 20, 2014, at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, NC, was a fun-filled evening and a great success! The event raised over $90,000, with net proceeds of $76,500. The amount raised this year is the most that the Pottery Center has ever raised with one of its annual gala and auctions.

Executive Director Lindsey Lambert notes, “Our annual auction and gala is an integral part of our annual funding, so to have an exceptionally successful event such as this, raising more than ever before, is especially satisfying and allows us a little more flexibility in finding ways to better achieve our goals. This couldn’t have happened without a great group of sponsors, hosts, attendees, auction steering and committee members, others who donated or contributed in other ways, and, most importantly, this event could not have happened without all of the great potters who donated their pots, time, and enthusiasm to the event! We are deeply appreciative of their support for the Pottery Center and will continually strive to find ways to better fulfill our mission.”


Funding raised by the event will be used to help support the center’s mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery and pottery making in North Carolina through exhibitions, educational programming, and special events.

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.

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Artists for ArtMart Holiday Show and Sale

October 7, 2014


The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, is looking for artists and crafters to sell work at its 12th annual ArtMart fundraiser. Contributing artists are able to sell work that tends to clutter studios – pieces that may not have sold in the past or did not turn out exactly as expected. So set aside a box in your studio and start collecting that clutter now!

Artists receive 60% of sales and 40% goes to TC Arts Council to support its youth art programs.

The ArtMart public sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9am – 4pm. A casual wine and cheese preview party will precede it on Friday, Nov. 14, from 5-8pm. The preview party is attended by members, friends, sponsors and donors of the TC Arts Council. Artists will be able to set up their artwork at the TC Arts Council on Nov. 13 and 14 from 9:30am – 5pm. TC Arts’ volunteers will staff the gallery and handle sales on Friday and Saturday.

Applications and additional information are available at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard or by calling TC Arts at 828/884-2787. You may also e-mail to ( to request an application.

TC Arts is a nonprofit organization with the mission to “To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County.”

The TC Arts Council is open Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

For more information, call 828/884-2787 or visit (

Falling Rivers Gallery, in Albemarle, NC, Calls for Participation in Annual Holiday Craft Show

October 7, 2014


Falling Rivers Gallery, in Albemarle, NC, would like to invite you to participate in our annual craft show. “From Our Hands” will take place Nov. 18 through Dec. 31, 2014.

Our booth sizes are 4′ x 4′ ($30 for Guild members, $35 for non-members) or 6′ x 4′ ($40 for Guild members, $50 for non-members). We have only 6 6’x4′ booths and 22 booths total that will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  The Gallery will be taking a 12% commission on sales from Guild members, 22% for non-Guild members.

The Falling Rivers Gallery has become a well-known downtown Albemarle place to shop for exciting, one of a kind artwork and gifts. To join in the fun and set up a booth at this 6 week long show and sale, Click ( to print the Vendor Information and Registration form.  If you are new to this annual event, we ask that you submit photos of your work along with the registration agreement.

For more information call Falling Rivers Gallery, 704/983-4278.

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

October 1, 2014


The October 2014 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 86 pages of it. Fall weather actually arrived on time this year. You can probably read the paper outside this month.

Single page downloads are more than 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 November 2014 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Oct. 24 deadline – or you could be left out. It happens.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

The Fifth Hillsborough, NC, Handmade Parade Takes Place – Oct. 19, 2014

September 30, 2014


Residents young and old with fantastic, locally created art will march down Churton Street through Historic Hillsborough, NC, as stilt walkers, giant puppets and drummers, Sunday Oct 19, 2014, beginning at 2:30pm, at this year’s  bi-annual Handmade Parade.

Image taken during last year’s parade.

The Hillsborough Handmade Parade is a grass roots community participation celebration sponsored and organized by the volunteers of the Hillsborough Arts Council. The parade starts at 2:30pm on the corner of East Margaret  Lane and Churton Street. It will end with a grand Finale at the Burwell School lawn. The Hillsborough Arts Council has spent several months holding workshops for anyone wanting to parade their creations down the main street of town. There will also be dancing and drumming from the Magic of African Rhythms Troupe , The Durham Bull Struters and many more. The theme of this year’s event is “Is Flight on the Eno” paying tribute to the river that runs through town.

If you are interested in participating it’s not too late! Final workshop is Sunday Oct.12. Go to ( for more information then decide if you want to join the parade with your friends or family, or come and watch this amazing spectacle of fun and creativity.


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