Local Students and Volunteers Work with Famed Artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner to Create a Mural for the West End Beatties Ford Corridor at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC

September 18, 2019

The Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Association (LHNA) and Northwest School of the Arts partnered with award winning Charlotte artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner to write a grant that was awarded by the City of Charlotte to create a mural on Beatties Ford Road. LHNA wants the neighborhood to be seen as an artistic, creative space, and had the artist incorporate the neighborhood’s cultural identity into the mural. According to Torres-Weiner, “We believe that NWSA is building the future generations of artists who will challenge, enrich and inspire our world, and having this on the Beatties Ford Road Corridor at NWSA highlights the rich artistic history of the area and the value of NWSA to the region.”

Rosalia Torres-Weiner immigrated to Charlotte with her family in 1996. In 2011, she redirected her art from commercial art to activism and telling the stories of Charlotte’s Communities. She combines her creative process with community engagement and action in a practice she calls “Artivism.” Through initiatives like the Papalote Project, The Magic Kite, Day of the Dead Charlotte, and the Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio, she works to harness the power of stories in service of the Charlotte’s underrepresented communities. Her public murals celebrate Charlotte’s diverse population and unique and changing style.

The process involved community input in which community members were invited to brainstorm concepts for the mural. In this way, the project engaged the organization and its community in the collaborative artistic process, and the mural volunteers were then able to work together to condense the ideas into a cohesive mural concept. All involved became a part of the design process and contributed their drawings, research, and opinions to the project. NWSA students were given direction, taught basic painting techniques, encouraged to share their strengths and styles, and were often paired with the artist for additional support.

Northwest School of the Arts is recognized internationally and is the only public arts magnet school serving Mecklenburg County students in grades 6 through 12. The school’s unique educational approach combines elements of creativity, art, and technical prowess with a strong academic foundation. The history and prestige that comes with Visual & Performing Arts means something different to everyone – that’s why our students have multiple ways to launch into a professional career down the path they choose in Band, Chorus, Costume Design, Dance, Musical Theatre, Orchestra, Piano, Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Visual Arts.

For further info call Donald Nagel at 980/343-5500 or e-mail to (Donald1.nagel@cms.k12.nc.us).

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces 2019 New World Festival of the Arts Award Recipients Presented by PNC Bank

September 18, 2019

Manteo, NC, was filled with talent on Aug. 14 and 15, 2019, when over 60 East Coast artists gathered along the town’s waterfront for the 38th Annual New World Festival of the Arts.

Artist Nora Hartlaub, owner of the OBX Art Truck and adjunct professor at Elizabeth City State University judged the show. Photography, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, watercolor, basketry and wood design were some of the media she observed.

Hartlaub carefully selected the following winners:
Best In Show- Kristen Dahms from Hampton, VA (mixed media paintings)
Second Place- Pete Lewando from Avon, NC (photography)
Third Place- Maureen Hearn from Copper Hill, VA (jewelry)
Honorable Mentions- Skip Stang from Ayden, NC (metals), Pembroke Bryant IV from Manteo, NC (jewelry), Meg Rubino from Kitty Hawk, NC (watercolor), and Donna Silvestri from Richmond, VA (jewelry)

“Kristen Dahms’ textured and layered works evoke the depths of imagination inherent in the natural world,” said Nora Hartlaub. “Her pieces impressed me with their labor intensiveness and light-heartedness, two opposing concepts that she marries successfully in her complex pieces.”
Kristen uses nature and animals as the foundation of her paintings. Her art focuses on the exploration of color, layering, texture and patterns. Kirsten starts by using coffee to stain her paper then moves on to utilizing watercolor paint, ink, chalk pastel, oil pastel, color pencils and markers to add details.

“It is an honor to win Best In Show among many talented artists,” said Kristen Dahms. “The show is in a gorgeous location on the Manteo waterfront.”

New World Festival of the Arts is the Outer Banks’ longest running art show. The festival was started by Manteo business owner Edward Greene in 1981.

New World Festival of the Arts is presented by PNC Bank. A special thank you to the Town of Manteo, Kitty Hawk Kites, Manteo Rotary Club, Atlantic Elevators, Outer Banks Ace, McCown & McCown, Lone Cedar Café, White Doe Inn and Holiday House Weddings and Events for sponsoring the event.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

For more information about New World Festival of the Arts, visit (DareArts.org) or call 252/473-5558.

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Call for Submissions to “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” – Nov. 3, 2019

September 18, 2019

The Florence County Museum is proud to present the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Florence. The competition aims to highlight the best contemporary art in the Pee Dee region. This year’s exhibition will be on display in the FCM Waters Gallery located at 135 South Dargan Street in Florence.

Any person who is a native or resident of the following Pee Dee counties is eligible to enter: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg. The 1st place award receives $1,000. The 2nd place award receives $500. The 3rd place award receives $250. Honorable Mention receives $100. People’s Choice receives $50.

We are excited to announce this year’s online submission and judging process for the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”. Artists are invited to upload digital imagery of original work for consideration. Please visit (flocomuseum.org/pee-dee-regional).

Online submissions will be accepted through 10pm on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. After which time, the competition juror will select works from online submissions. Artists will be notified by e-mail as to each entry’s acceptance status during the week of Nov. 18, 2019.

Artists whose work has been accepted by the juror into the semifinal round will be required to drop off their work at the FCM Waters Gallery, Dec. 2-13, 2019.

North Carolina Museum of Art Partners with El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano, and the Nasher Museum of Art Teen Program to Bring Two Murals to Downtown Durham, NC

September 18, 2019

Artists Cecilia Lueza and Cornelio Campos, inspired by Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, will install two murals in downtown Durham, NC, on the Durham Convention Center in partnership with the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program and Spectra Venue Management. The artists will complete the murals with help from Triangle students from the NCMA Teen Arts Council, El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University’s Teen Program.

 

Detail from Cecilia Lueza’s concept drawing of her Frida Kahlo–inspired mural.

In celebration of the upcoming fall exhibition at the NCMA, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, opening Oct. 26, 2019, through Jan. 19, 2020.

The murals are located at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan Street, Durham, on the East Chapel Hill Street side.

The finished murals will be celebrated with an unveiling Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, during the free CenterFest Arts Festival in downtown Durham. Visitors can visit the new murals, have their portrait taken in front of them by a local photographer, enjoy a family art-making activity, and learn about special exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism. Please get in touch with Kat Harding by e-mail at (kharding@ncartmuseum.org) to attend an installation day for photos and interviews.

Oconee County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Announces an Artist-In-Residence Program in Upstate, SC

September 18, 2019

The Artist-In-Residence program provides artists with an opportunity to experience the natural and cultural resources at one of our three County Parks in order to create a unique piece of art for the park. Oconee PRT will provide a campsite for up to 7 nights during a non-holiday week.
Artists must provide their own tent, camper or RV for the stay.

In exchange for the stay, the artist will deliver an original piece of art representative and inspired of their stay to the Park within 90 days of the completion of their residency.
The artwork will be displayed at a location to be determined by the PRT Director to highlight the program.

The Artist-In-Residence program allows for one artist per year at each park and is open to all artist and art mediums.
In addition to this form, Artist should submit a one-page statement explaining their goals for the residency, desired dates for the residency, as well as, samples of previous work.

PRT staff will evaluate the submissions and make selections based on availability and desired artwork.

Submissions for the 2019-20 fiscal season will be accepted beginning September 1st and will remain open until filled.

All applications should be sent to:
Oconee PRT
Artist in Residence Program
1099 South Cove Road
Seneca, SC 29672

It is the desire of Oconee PRT to make this an annual program. For more information, call 864/888-1488 or e-mail to (pshirley@oconeesc.com).

2019 Lakeside Artists Studio Tour Scheduled for Oct. 11-13, in the Lake Norman, NC, Area

September 18, 2019

The annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour has become a very popular and eagerly anticipated cultural event in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. The tour is open to the public, and there is no charge for the event.  It’s an opportunity for the public to see local artists’ working environment and chat with them about their process. One of a kind art can be purchased directly from the artists! Our goal is to promote a quality, fine art event, and ensuring visitors unique works of art that they won’t find everywhere else.

The 2019 tour will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 10am to 6pm, Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon until 4pm.

We also offer visitors an open tour of our studios providing an insider’s view. Mediums include wood, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, leatherwork, etc. For the convenience of our visitors, each location will have multiple artists. All studios are located on the Brawley peninsula, starting at McKendree Road, and continuing beyond The Point. Banners and signs will be posted leading to participating locations.

For more information about the artists and locations visit (www.lknstudios.com).

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery on the Move Again to the Market Area in Charleston, SC

September 18, 2019

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery is moving to a new location at 84 North Market St. across from the Historic Charleston City Market in downtown Charleston, SC. Charleston Crafts is a cooperative Arts and Crafts gallery located in downtown Charleston and is open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm. While preparing for the move from 161 Church St. to its new location at 84 North Market St. the store will be closed intermittently over the coming weeks. The Co-op has plans of re-opening on Oct. 1, 2019.

Charleston Crafts began 30 years ago, in May 1989, as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and currently features 41 local and regional South Carolina artists in a variety of traditional and contemporary art and craft media, including clay, woodworking, jewelry, glass, photography, fiber, metal, paper, polymer, and leather. Over the years, Charleston Crafts has been a springboard for over 315 artists. The co-op is moving from its former location, at 161 Church Street, where it has been for 11 productive years, since 2008.

A cooperative gallery, Charleston Crafts is owned and operated by its exhibiting members. Each juried member is an equal partner and shares the responsibility of operating the business. It is the only cooperative arts gallery in the Charleston area. The main focus of Charleston Crafts is to sustain a viable gallery for artists to consistently sell and market their work. Experienced craft artists have been able to exhibit and sell their work while emerging artists have a safe platform to mature and let their careers flourish.

For further information visit (www.charlestoncrafts.org).

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, is Calling for Entries for “Traditions: Culture, Family and Holidays” – Deadline Sept. 19, 2019

September 18, 2019

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, is accepting submissions for its upcoming juried exhibition, “Traditions: Culture, Family and Holidays”. Showcase your artwork representing the heartfelt joys of traditions related to culture, family and holidays.

A Committee will select works from artists across North Carolina to include in the “Traditions” exhibition at the Arts Center galleries, 301 Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville, NC, from October 25, 2019 – January 18, 2020.

Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 11:59 PM

Click here (http://www.theartscouncil.com/sites/default/files/Traditions%20Call_Final%20%281%29.pdf) for complete call for art details.

City of North Charleston, SC, is Now Accepting Applications for North Charleston City Gallery 2020-21 Exhibitions – Deadline Nov. 30, 2019

September 18, 2019

Established and emerging professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery. The gallery features artwork by national, regional, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A Review Panel will convene in Dec. 2019 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2020-June 2021. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com) by Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in order to be considered.


View of works by Pascale Bilgis on exhibit

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. The exhibition space is at the northwest corner of the Convention Center adjacent to the Coliseum, facing International Boulevard. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5-7pm.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free-standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work.

Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating free-standing sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (northcharleston.org), e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, is Searching for Local Artists to Join the Group

September 18, 2019

The art district in Bluffton, SC, is growing, but where do local artists go to network, to exhibit or to sell their works?

The founding members of The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) had this in mind when they started the non-profit organization in 1991. Today, SoBA is a thriving community with an eclectic art gallery and Center for Creative Arts instructional studio in Old Town Bluffton.

The group’s organizers are ramping up their membership drive in search of new local artists — from painting and collage to print making and sculpture.

“Members are the lifeblood of SoBA,” said Bill Bogle, SoBA president and a local photographer. “Membership provides 11 display opportunities for the year, discounts on the annual Judged Show, consideration for our Featured Artist exhibition, workshops led by renowned art instructors and camaraderie with other artists.”

There are three levels of membership:

Starting Membership is $75 and includes discounted rental fees of the Center for Creative Arts for private events, invitation to artist member networking events, discounted classes and workshops, as well as promotional opportunities on the SoBA website and newsletter.

Exhibiting Membership starts at $200 and includes the starting membership. This level of membership offers artists the opportunity to display and to sell their artwork at the SoBA gallery.

The Friends of SoBA donor membership offers three levels of giving that range from $125-$500 and includes all of the benefits of the starting membership. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible will help support SoBA.

Membership is open in all visual art categories: painting, collage, photography, print making, jewelry design, sculpture and more. The jewelry membership categories are filled, but those interested can be added to a wait list.

“Running a Gallery is a business and our members help in this endeavor by taking advantage of the many volunteer opportunities, including staffing the gallery, where they greet visitors and promote member art,” said Bogle.

For more information about SoBA membership, visit (https://sobagallery.com/memberships/) or contact Mary Burrell, SoBA’s chairwoman of the membership committee, by e-mail at (maryellenburrell@aol.com).

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is a non-profit organization established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities. SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows and exhibitions. Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.