Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Lenoir NC’

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calling for Applications – Deadline Nov. 15, 2012

October 29, 2012

A scholarship has been established by the Stevens Family in honor of their mother, Allene Broyhill Stevens. Scholarship funds will be used to cover tuition & $150 in supplies cost for selected Caldwell County experienced visual artists to attend a 2013 workshop at Cheap Joe’s in Boone.

Completed applications are due by 5pm, Nov. 16, 2012.

For more information, contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visit their website at ( and click on Programs to print a copy of the application.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Announces Winners of the 27th Annual Sculpture Celebration

September 11, 2012

The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 27th Annual Sculpture Celebration which was held Sept. 8, 2012, in Lenoir, NC.

Gerald Bolas, Executive Director of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission judged this competition.

First Place: Nathaniel Miller: “Naked Snake”

“Naked Snake”, photo by Jack Daulton

Second Place: Wayne Vaughn: “Fermata”

“Fermata”, photo by Jim Crawford

Third Place: Hanna Jubran: “Rising Sun”

“Rising Sun”, photo by Jim Crawford

Fourth Place: Mike Roig: “Mirthology”

“Mirthology”, photo by Jack Daulton

Judge’s Merit: Clarence Finley: “Wild Animals”
Judge’s Merit: Lynn Duryea: “Arch”
Judge’s Merit: Joel Urruty: “Lodola”
Judge’s Merit: Charles Pilkey: “The Architect’s Dream”
Judge’s Merit: Carl Billingsley: “Convergence”
Judge’s Merit: Staton Davis: “Damp-Wood Wheel-Fiddle Drone”

People’s Choice: Betty Branch: “A Friend for Life”

“A Friend for Life”, photo by Jim Crawford

To see photos of the other winning sculptures, visit our website at (

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue in downtown Lenoir, and is open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm.

This project is supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For more information, call 828/754-2486 or visit the website (




Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Arts to Participate in Holiday Show & Sale

August 17, 2012

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is seeking artists & crafters to participate in our annual Satie’s Holiday Show & Sale, Nov. 30 – Dec. 24, 2012, when the entire Arts Council is converted to a gift shop for holiday sales.

Items the holiday sale will be juried by our Satie’s Holiday Committee. All items must be handmade, and the most successful items each year are those priced less than $50. We are always looking for a variety of exciting new gift items. We seem to especially need items for children and men. We also like having new food items for this sale.

There are two jury-in dates – please bring samples of items you wish to sell to the Caldwell Arts Council prior to Oct. 3rd or Nov. 7th, 2012. Include proposed pricing (including 30% commission to the Caldwell Arts Council).

Once accepted, you will receive further information on when to bring your items and how to mark them for sale for this show.

Thanks for considering joining us for this wonderful holiday show and sale.

For more information call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visit the website (




Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Entries for 36th Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition

August 17, 2012

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce the “36th Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition” scheduled for Oct. 5-26, 2012. This non-juried event will be held at the Caldwell Arts Council, 601 College Avenue in Lenoir.

This competition is open to 2-D (paintings, etc.) and 3-D (pottery, small sculpture, etc.) visual artists 18 years of age or older who reside in Caldwell County, or who work full-time or attend school full-time in Caldwell County.  Photography is excluded from this competition. A non-refundable entry fee of $10 entitles each artist to display up to two works of art.

Cash prizes include a people’s choice award of $100, four judge’s merit awards of $100 each, and a best in show prize of $150.

For rules and entry form, contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visit their website at ( and click on Programs to print a copy of the prospectus.




Girl Scout Troop in Lenoir, NC, Helps Keep Sculptures Clean

July 30, 2012

Non-profits around the area rely on volunteers!

Caldwell County Girl Scouts Junior Troop #10238 helped the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, by cleaning the sculpture “Talisman” at the JE Broyhill Park in downtown Lenoir Saturday July 14, 2012.

Left to right names:  Cheyenne Lee, Haley Sabey, Veronica Miller (on ladder), Hannah Wood.

This troop is led by Anissa Wood & Sharon Miller

For further info contact Cathy McCoy, Administrative Assistant, Caldwell Arts Council by calling 828/754-2486 or e-mail to (




Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Makes Plans for 3rd Annual Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour

June 8, 2012

Caldwell County artists are invited to open their home/professional studios and participate in the third annual Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour, scheduled for Saturday Nov. 10, 2012, from 10am-5pm. This event provides the opportunity for residents and visitors to visit artists in their studios and see what artists do!

An information meeting will be held at Caldwell Arts Council July 12, 2012, at 5pm for all interested.

Please contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486, e-mail to ( with questions, or visit ( for more details.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Artists and Art Enthusiasts to Bring Unwanted Art to the Council’s Porch Sale of Original Art – July 6 and 7, 2012

June 7, 2012

The Caldwell Arts Council Lenoir, NC, invites area artisans to clean out studios and homes of sketches, paintings, woodcrafts, framed and unframed artwork, pottery, unwanted art supplies etc., and participate in our “Porch Sale of Original Art” all day July 6 & 7, 2012 – 50% of all sales will go to the Caldwell Arts Council.

Artists get clean studios, purchasers get great new art for their homes and businesses, the Arts Council gets much needed cash, and we all have fun!

To participate, call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visit the website for details at (

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Announces Results of Exposures 2012 Photography Competition

April 12, 2012

The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of the Exposures 2012 Photography Competition, judged by Phil Rhyne of West Jefferson, NC. Competition photography was judged in three categories, “Found Moments” (images of everyday life), “Places” (travel images, landscapes), and “Pictorial/Photoshop” (abstract, artistic images). This exhibit continues through Apr. 27, 2012.


Photo by Dwight Keller

1st Place – Flower Child by Dwight Keller – A young child inspired by nature
2nd Place – Farm Valley by Tommy Stine
3rd Place – Snow by Irene B. Knight
Honorable Mention – Past Reflections by Harry Parsons


Photo by Amber Lee Randall

1st Place & Best of Show – Now & Then by Amber Lee Randall – A touch of class and a touch of days gone by
2nd Place – Sewing Machine by Steve West
3rd Place – Last Bloom by Sharon Hartmann


Photo by Harry Parsons

1st Place – Cathedral Rock by Harry Parsons – Good composition and great color
2nd Place – Mist of the Falls by James Batson, Jr.
3rd Place – In Living Color by Connie Pratt

The Caldwell Arts Council, located at 601 College Avenue in Lenoir, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9am-5pm and provides a wide range of art programs and activities throughout the year.

For more information, please call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visit (

Monumental Thomas Sayre Sculpture Project Set to Begin in Lenoir, NC

March 30, 2012

It’s time to start turning dirt on a project that will change the landscape of Lenoir and Caldwell County, NC, literally. The Caldwell County Arts Council, with help from various sponsors and local groups, currently is organizing the largest public art project in the history of the community.

The project begins taking shape in the next few weeks, as renowned sculptor Thomas Sayre begins the earth-casting process that will yield a sculpture that honors Caldwell County’s past, present and future.

Titled “Across the Grain,” the landscape-sized sculpture, draws inspiration from the surrounding community and pays homage to the area’s logging, woodworking and furniture-making heritage. But, more importantly, the sculpture honors the community’s strong tradition in the arts, and a bright future ahead.

“Caldwell County is known for its vast public sculpture collection.  Adding a significant work to this collection gives added value to the collection and its ability to attract visitors to the community.  Adding a work by an artist as renown as Thomas Sayre is a huge accomplishment,” said Lee Carol Giduz, director of the Caldwell Arts Council. “The Sayre project makes sense for Caldwell County. The current collection gives us a context to add this piece.  ‘Across the Grain’ will attract people into our community and once here they will see what a special community this is.”

The week of April 9, 2012, digging will begin at the site of the former Blackwelder Hospital. A metal skeleton frame will be placed in the dug ground and concrete will be poured into the mold. Following about three weeks of curing, the 26-foot diameter, 40,000-pound earth-cast sculpture will be lifted from the ground using a 90-ton crane.

“We dig around the inside and outside of the cured concrete like a cake knife trying to lift out a cake,” explains Sayre. “Because there is so much friction, we must dig from around the piece in order to lift it.”

The entire process for the sculpture and surrounding park will take three to four months, and at the final unveiling, Lenoir and Caldwell County can lay claim to one of Sayre’s earth-casted sculptures. The official unveiling will be announced by the Caldwell Arts Council at a later date.

The finished piece will resemble a circular hole saw and will be called “Across the Grain.” Sayre derived the name from many places, both from the region’s treasured past and its anticipated future.

“This ability to commit to doing something ensures that there is a future,” explains Sayre. “The act of bringing this sculpture to Lenoir is going across the grain, and I get the sense there is something unique here.”

Sayre by a previous sculpture. Photo courtesy of Donn Young

The sculpture will be bordered by a grassy plaza at the corner of Harper Avenue and Church Street in downtown Lenoir. The finished plaza will feature a sidewalk with green stepping stones that will acknowledge the financial donors for the project, which was funded by donations to the Caldwell Arts Council. There will be seating created by local artists using historic local timbers along with a grassy berm for viewing the sculpture.

Sayre’s first interaction with Lenoir was as a young, upcoming competing artist at the second Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir in 1986. More than 20 years later, he was asked to be a judge at the Sculpture Celebration by Executive Director Lee Carol Giduz.

Sayre also was invited by the Caldwell Arts Council to inventory and assess the current 77-piece sculpture collection in Caldwell County.

Sayre lived a decade in neighboring Burke and Rutherford counties and had developed a love for the area.

Sayre explains three important reasons that compelled him to agree to build one of his sculptures in Lenoir.

“First, it was the landscape itself because I lived nearby for 10 years,” he said. “Second, it was the unusual history of sculpture in this community. And thirdly, I’ve come to have enormous respect for the leadership in this town. For a town this size to elect to raise the money to do a large, prominent and contemporary sculpture in its downtown on city land is unusual. There are communities I have worked with who claim more sophistication who can’t even get out of the starting blocks. I find this inspiring.”

Sayre is known worldwide for his work. He, along with architect Steve Schuster, is a founding principal of the multi-disciplinary design firm, Clearscapes, and has collaborated to produce lighting, furniture, terrazzo floors and specialty surfaces.

Sayre has created commissioned pieces in various locations in the United States including Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco and Tampa. He has also completed projects in Turkey, Thailand, Hong Kong and Canada. In North Carolina, Sayre is well known for his creation of “Gyre” at the North Carolina Museum of Art, which includes three earth-casted ellipses on the Museum Park Trail.

Sayre’s work also moves beyond his more familiar earth-casting techniques, such as “The Shimmer Wall” at the Raleigh Convention Center or the stainless steel sculptures that hang near the Washington Nationals baseball stadium in Washington, DC.

Sayre attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship and majored in English and studio art. After graduation, he moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where he was a Michigan Fellow with a three-year grant from the Ford Foundation to make sculpture at the University of Michigan. In 1975, Sayre attended the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art for the one year.

Caldwell Arts Council invites the community to come meet Thomas Sayre on Monday evening, Apr. 9, 2012, at 6pm at the City-County Chambers, 801 West Avenue, NW in downtown Lenoir, and hear a presentation about this undertaking.

For more information on Thomas Sayre, including his background and commissioned pieces, visit (

For more information about the Caldwell Arts Council and its renowned sculpture collection, which soon will include a Sayre piece, visit ( or call 828/754-2486.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Entries for Photography Competition

March 2, 2012

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, will present the exhibit, EXPOSURES 2012 – Photography Competition Apr. 6-27, 2012

ELIGIBILITY – Open to all photographers whose primary source of income is NOT photography, and who live, work, or attend school in the counties of Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Watauga, and Wilkes.

ENTRY FEE – A non-refundable entry fee of $10 entitles the artist to display up to three (3) works in any combination of categories.

SPECIFICATIONS Work must be delivered to the Caldwell Arts Council Monday or Tuesday April 2-3, 9am-5pm. Work must be picked up after 4pm on Friday April 27 or between 9-5 on Monday April 30; another exhibit is arriving the next day. All photography must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. All work must not have been shown in the Caldwell Arts Council gallery previously. All photography must be framed and ready to hang (hooks and/or hanging wire attached). Canvas-wrap photography is fine. Photography must not exceed 3′ in any direction. Complete and attach the Title Blocks on back of this prospectus to the bottom-right-front of each framed photo. We will remove these once printed gallery tags are matched up. Any piece not fulfilling the criteria will be pulled from the exhibit and the entry fee will be forfeited. The Caldwell Arts Council reserves the right not to display every piece submitted. Call us at 828/754-2486 or e-mail to Cathy McCoy at ( with any questions.

CATEGORIES – submit up to 3 photos in any combination of these categories:
“Found Moments” (images of everyday life)
“Places” (travel images, landscapes)
“Pictorial/Photoshop” (abstract, artistic images)
The photographer shall decide category for each image submitted.

AWARDS: The following awards will be issued at judge’s discretion; all awards may not be presented
First Place in each category …………… $75, Second Place in each category ………. $50, Third Place in each category ………….. $25.

RECEPTION – A reception will be held at the Caldwell Arts Council on Friday, Apr. 6 from 5-7:30pm. Everyone is invited to attend & bring friends. Awards will be presented at 6pm.

JUDGE – Phil Rhyne is an outdoors-man who captures his experiences in photography, with primary special-ties of wildlife and landscapes. In recent years he has devoted more time to sharing the photograph experience with others, by teaching how to record an image that reflects a subject correctly. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and a member of Nikon Professional Services. Whether capturing an image of a hungry grizzly or listening to the call of a loon, he is at home outdoors.

SALES – Artwork may be marked for sale or not for sale (NFS). The Caldwell Arts Council retains a 30% commission on all sales. Any work not for sale should have an insurance value indicated. Once price/insurance value of a piece is specified, it shall remain for the duration of the exhibit. The Caldwell Arts Council will conduct all sales transactions

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

For further info call 828/754-2486 or visit (


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