The Trade Alley Art Gallery in Hickory, NC, is Calling for Entries for Its “Annual Juried Arts Exhibition” – Deadline August 31, 2020

August 6, 2020

Artists of all ages are invited to apply for an open-themed, juried exhibition presented by Trade Alley Art Gallery, held Tuesday, October 6th through Friday, October 23rd, 2020. Trade Alley Art is a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of historic downtown Hickory, North Carolina. Cash prizes of $1,200 to be awarded. All hanging, 2D media and art styles will be considered.


Entries must be original 2-dimensional works of art that have been completed within the last three years. Works must not exceed 24” in any dimension, including the frame. All 2D work must be suitably framed (or sides cleanly finished or painted), wired, and ready for hanging. D-rings should be used for heavy works. 2D works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass. Must have securely attached wire to hang. No saw tooth hangers, and no work can be hung from ceiling.


Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the entered image or it does not meet eligibility requirements. Absolutely NO substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.


Artists selected to be in the show will be notified by email by September 14, 2020 and expected to deliver the chosen artworks during the drop-off dates of September 27 and 28, 2020, 10am-4pm. The judge for the exhibit is esteemed artist, Clay James, a native to Maiden and former Art program coordinator at LRU from 2012 – 2017. He received his MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, San Francisco and is currently the set designer for HCT.


Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:
1st place–$500.00
2nd place–$300.00
3rd place–$200.00
People’s choice award–$100.00
Honorable mention (2 winners)–$50.00 each


Deadline for entry: August 31, 2020
Artist notification: September 14, 2020
Delivery of accepted art: 10am-4pm
Sunday, Sept. 27th & Monday, Sept. 28th, 2020
Show opens: October 6, 2020
Reception and awards ceremony: 6pm-9pm–October 9, 2020
Show close: October 23, 2020
Pick-up art: 10am-4pm–Saturday, October 24, 2020


* $35.00 non-refundable fee for up to 3 works of art.


Trade Alley Art Gallery
25 2nd Street NW, Hickory, NC 28601
October 9, 2020–6-9pm


All art must be for sale and marked as such with applicable pricing. Trade Alley Art will retain a 30% commission on all artworks sold during the show’s duration.


All accepted work must be hand-delivered on the drop-off dates of September 27 and 28, 10am-4pm. All accepted work must be picked up on Monday, October 26 through Friday October 30. The gallery accepts no responsibility for work not retrieved on pick-up date. After 30 days the gallery may dispose of the work.


For more information, please contact Robert Havens, TAA art show coordinator at (

Entries will be accepted no later than August 31, 2020. A non-refundable $35 entry fee enables each artist to submit up to 3 works. Please follow the instructions at this link (

For further information call 828/578-1706, e-mail to ( or visit (

The August 2020 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

August 1, 2020

The August 2020 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at ( – all 48 pages of it. That’s 1 more page than last month’s issue – still Pandemic and now it’s Summer too!

This month’s cover is by Charles Edward Williams, part of the exhibit, “Protect + Serve”, which will be on view this August in New York City and Williams will have work in a group landscape show, “2020 TWENTY”, during the month of August at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC. Williams is from Georgetown, SC, and went to school in Savannah, GA, and Greensboro, NC. He’s a rising star on the Carolina art scene. This is his second cover with “Carolina Arts”.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading when you’re ordered to stay at home. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible. Visiting their websites would be a way to start, you might be surprised what you’ll find there. You might even want to buy something you find there.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our September 2020 issue will be August 24 at 5pm. Send us info about what you’re offering our readers, so that those who can and wish to respond can.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
“Carolina Arts”

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC, Presents the Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival – Aug. 19-22, 2020

July 31, 2020

The Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival, sponsored by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) is a four-day plein air painting event. It takes place Aug. 19 – 22, 2020 in the beautiful mountainous area surrounding the town of Blowing Rock in western North Carolina. Its aim is to bring painters together from around the world to paint outside in the fresh air while getting to know each other and sharing their work. The event prompts applicants to explore the unique Blowing Rock architecture, spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views, and overall Appalachian feel of one of the most scenic areas in the country.

Brian Murphy painting

After three days of painting “en plein air,” painters are invited to display their completed works at the “Wet Paint Art Show & Sale” on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22nd. Collectors and the public are invited to attend this impressive display of Plein Air paintings to both view and purchase the unique works that highlight the incredible beauty of the High Country.

The “Wet Paint Show & Sale” will be open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 22nd between 2-3pm. The Wet Paint Sale is a free ticketed event allowing 25 people to enter the show every 15 minutes. All previously unsold artwork will be available for purchase at that time. All pieces must remain on display until 3:30pm. BRAHM handles all sales, and retains a 30% commission as a fundraiser for our non-profit community programs.

For questions concerning the Festival, please contact Jennifer Garonzik, BRAHM Education Center Director at 828/295-9099 ext. 3004 or e-mail to ( Artist registration for the event and free tickets for the “Wet Paint Show” are available now online at (

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is located at 159 Ginny Stevens Lane off of Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock, NC, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Gift Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm.

For more information, please call 828/295-9099 or visit ( Follow along with us from home by visiting (

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Offers Results of “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”

July 31, 2020

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” award recipients, from the competition founded by Mollie A. Fearing & Associates

After being rescheduled from May to July due to Covid-19, the “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” still hosted over 60 entries from local and regional artists.

From those entries, an anonymous judge carefully selected the following award recipients:

Best In Show piece by Julien McCarthy titled “Irrevocable Union” (wood, turquoise). Photo courtesy of Dare County Arts Council.

Best In Show: Julien McCarthy “Irrevocable Union” (wood, turquoise)

Excellence Awards: Kinga Rojek “The Love Source” (acrylic), Rick Daley “Surf Monster” (latex house paint on canvas drop cloth), Marilyn Heiser “Issah Asana” (oil), and Lori Goll “Peacock Mug” (pastel)

Honorable Mentions: Bob McCormick “Two Fish” (sprayed acrylic), Beth Burns “Take Cover” (textiles), and Kelly Lonergan “Self-Portrait with Book and Cat” (oil on canvas)

People’s Choice Award: Sue Freeman “Moments of Reflection” (wood)

“I am very proud to have been encouraged by Chris, Lynne and Lou to enter the ‘Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show’,” said Best In Show award recipient Julien McCarthy. “I am even prouder to have won Best in Show amidst such a stellar display of artistic talent. I am grateful to all who work to support the Arts Council and its activities.”

The show was held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council, and is known for showcasing vibrant, eclectic artwork.

Mollie A. Fearing & Associates is the founding sponsor of the “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”.

A special thank you to Best In Show award sponsor Michael Halminski Photographer and our Excellence award sponsors Gene and Bonita Shoap, Lucky 12 Tavern, The Willey Agency, and The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. Also, a special thank you to David Bundy and Roy Revels for their support of the “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” over the years.

For more information about the show, please visit ( or call 252/473-5558.

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.

La Petite Gallerie in Bluffton, SC, Donate Part of Sales to Help the Bluffton Community

July 22, 2020

La Petite Gallerie artists were happy to donate a portion of May sales to Bluffton Self Help, a wonderful local organization that helps those in our community in need of food, clothing, educational and financial assistance. They provide programs that promote self-worth, dignity, and create a pathway to personal success. We couldn’t think of a better cause during these tough times! Thank you Rose Cofield for organizing us!

The gallery gals from (left) Murray Sease, Rose Cofield, and at (right), Lauren Terrent presenting $400 to Kim Hall, Executive Director of Bluffton Self Help. You may not be able to tell but we are smiling behind those masks and social distancing all around! Our guys (not pictured) also participating are Don Nagel, Bill Winn, Wally Palmer and Kevin Palmer.

For further info visit (

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, Call for Applications to Exhibit at Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries

July 22, 2020

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, is calling for applications to exhibit at the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries on CPCC campuses.

Now accepting exhibit proposals for 2021-2023.

Submission deadline is August 15, 2020.

Entries: All works must be original – no copies or photographs of other art will be accepted. Work may be paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, or fiber art. Prints and photos must be original and printed by the photographer.

Please include the following:
*cover letter outlining your exhibition proposal
your bio
*a résumé including your last three exhibits
*5-10 digital images
*an image list detailing title, date, medium, and dimensions
*your affiliation, if any, to the college

Central Piedmont’s Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries are non-traditional gallery spaces.

For more information on the galleries, please contact Vanessa Shelton Stolen by calling 704/330-6869, or visit

Submissions may be e-mailed to (

Mail packets to:
Central Piedmont Foundation
Attn. Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery
P.O. Box 35009
Charlotte, NC 28235

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for the “2020 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” – Deadline Sept. 18, 202

July 20, 2020

The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition, now in its 37th year, is an annual showcase of art and artists from Lancaster County. Accepting any county resident artist of high school age and older, the exhibition features the types of media and materials that Marian Hagins used in her own work. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is pleased to host this celebration of Marian Hagins and Lancaster County artists.

Friday, September 18, 2020 | 5 PM
Online Entry Deadline for Intent to Submit Work

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Deliver Work to the LCCA
Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Deliver Work to the LCCA
Friday, October 2, 2020 | 10 AM – 3 PM
Final Day to Deliver Work to the LCCA

Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 3:00-5:00 PM
Outdoor Reception & Awards Ceremony
The Historic Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, SC
The Reception is FREE and Open to the Public.
Please Invite Your Friends and Family.

October 12 – October 27, 2020**
Exhibition at the Historic Springs House by Reservation

October 28 – 30, 2020
Exhibited Work Must Be Picked Up by 3 PM, October, 30

October 11 – November 27, 2020
Virtual Exhibition Dates

**at present we plan to hang the exhibition at the Springs House for limited viewing in small groups. Should this change due to COVID-19 circumstances, we will alert you prior to the delivery date of any schedule and exhibition redesign.

Click this link for more information and a full prospectus (

A Message About the Pending Celebration of SC Artist Alex Powers’ Life

July 20, 2020

Alex Powers, 79, was born in Coeburn, VA. He passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Garden City, SC, of severe dementia. William Alexander Powers was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie May Weston Powers and William “Bill” Coscar Powers; and brother, Michael Thomas Powers. Surviving are family members, Emma Lou Powers of Williamsburg, VA, and Allen Weston Powers of Bell, FL.

Work by Alex Powers

Alex graduated from Coeburn High School in 1958, where he was admittedly not a serious student but was a very good athlete. He was selected Captain in all three sports (football, basketball, and baseball at which he had a workout with the Chicago Cubs) in his senior year. He attended and graduated from Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA, with a degree in Mathematics in 1963. After trying his hand at teaching math and art in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida he was hired by the fledgling space program, NASA, where he was a computer scientist. This was so new that he had not studied computers in college, so he had to learn on the job. He related later with a grin that he had spent three days looking for a misplaced comma in a program. While in the Cape Canaveral area he became familiar with a group of serious artists and pretty soon decided that he wanted to follow that lifestyle.

Work by Alex Powers

In order to make a living starting in 1970 he supported himself by doing caricatures of tourists on the beach at Myrtle Beach at $4 each. He gradually gained knowledge and a following for his work and became a popular painter (won the 1997 American Watercolor Society Gold Medal), and taught classes in his apartment studio and in other venues like the annual SpringMaid Workshops, and workshops in Taos, NM, with several teachers and lots of students who rotated around from day to day. He also has judged many art shows all over the United States and a few foreign countries.

He authored a book “Painting People in Watercolor, a design approach” which stayed in publication for 17 years and was translated into French and was published in France. We are all proud of a boy who grew up among the coal mines of the Appalachians to do it his way!!!

Work by Alex Powers

Due to the current pandemic there will be no service at this time, but with the help of his long-time artist friend and helper in his group classes, Vera Tracy we are planning a celebration of life for Alex in Myrtle Beach this fall.

For further info contact Vera Tracy by calling 423/360-3005 or e-mail to (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announced Winners of the “31st Annual Juried Competition”

July 20, 2020

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, announced the awards for the “31st Annual Juried Competition” in an online Gallery Talk with juror David M. Detrich. This video was released on Thursday, July 16, 2020, and is available to watch on the Arts Council’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube page. Works accepted to the Juried Competition exhibition are currently on exhibition in the Arts Council’s online Virtual Gallery at (

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Professor of Art, Clemson University

Originally from East St. Louis, MO, Detrich received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in New York. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including venues at the Tallina Kunstiulikool in Tallin, Estonia and at the American Cultural Center in Taipei, Taiwan. His work is also represented in public and private collections nationally.

One hundred nine entries by 54 artists from 21 cities and 6 states were submitted to the “31st Annual Juried Competition”. Of those entries, Detrich selected 35 works for exhibition.

Awards were presented to:
Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: “Jump Castle, Sheet Cake, Asthma” by Emily Furr of Charleston, SC

“Jump Castle, Sheet Cake, Asthma” by Emily Furr of Charleston, SC

1st Place – “I Shine, You Shine (invertible shoeshine chair)” by Oscar Soto of Rock Hill, SC

2nd Place – “Fast Satisfaction” by Ronni Brashear of Madison, MS

3rd Place – “November 3, 2019” by Janice Mueller of Charlotte, NC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson.

Honorable Mention – “Consumer Column IV” by Jordan Fowler of Adairsville, GA

Honorable Mention – “Serial” by Robert Simoneau of Columbia, SC

Elizabeth (Lib) Louise Dunlap Patrick, a Rock Hill native, was born in Feb. 1936 in Rock Hill. Lib was an avid supporter of the arts. She gave freely of her time and patronage to the Arts Council; served on the Gallery Committee and underwrote the awards for the annual “Juried Competition” for nearly ten years. Lib was a generous and ardent participant at the annual art auctions for many years, and she collected pottery from North and South Carolina potters whose work she championed. She also sponsored activities and events for the Yorkville Artist Guild. She supported her alma mater, Winthrop University, serving on alumni boards and reunion committees. Because of her generous support of the arts at Winthrop, the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery was named in her honor in 1999. Also, Lib was among the first group of honorees for the Medal of Honor for the Arts. Kathy Wilson continues her mother’s legacy by sponsoring the Arts Council’s Juried Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Arts Council of York County’s offices and galleries are closed until further notice. The Arts Council is looking to the guidance and directives of local, state and federal officials to amend plans as necessary. The decision to close affects all ACYC events and facility rentals. Cancellations and postponements are precautionary measures taken to minimize exposure. By activating social distancing, the Arts Council removes the opportunity for people in the community to be exposed. Please check the Arts Council’s Facebook pages (@yorkcountyarts and @uffyc) and websites ( and ( for the most recent updates regarding scheduled events.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County by calling 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Applications for Artist Support Grants – Deadline Sept. 11, 2020

July 20, 2020

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, seeks applications for Artist Support Grants for 2020–2021. The deadline to apply is Sept. 11, 2020. These grants support artists in all disciplines with funding for projects that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their professional artistic careers.

The Artist Support Grant program is managed through a partnership with Craven Arts Council to serve artists in Craven, Carteret, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, and Pamlico counties. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council. Artists at any stage of their careers, emerging or established, are eligible to apply for grants in all disciplines, such as visual art and craft, traditional art forms, music composition, film/video, literature and playwriting, and choreography and dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops.

Complete funding guidelines and applications are available online at ( Grant awards generally range from $500-$1000.

Applications must be received by Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

For more information, contact Jonathan Burger at 252/638-2577 or e-mail to ( Workshop(s) for interested artists will be offered at online via Zoom in the near future. Please contact Craven Arts Council for dates and times.