Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Call for Artists to Participate in Art Spark Art Auction 2017 – Deadline July 10, 2017

March 18, 2017

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, has placed a call for artists to create colorful works of art for their annual Art Spark Art Auction which will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. “This year marks the fourth year of the TC Arts Council’s art auction/fundraiser and of local artist’s supporting the arts. We look for works of art in all mediums including: sculptures, paintings, photography, mosaics, fiber, jewelry, glass, pottery, woodworking, metal . . . you pick the medium, then create and donate to this fabulous cause,” says Mary Waldroff, Board member of TC Arts Council and the Art Spark Chairperson.

Art Spark 2017 will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 6 to 9pm at the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District. Proceeds from this event support all art programs of the TC Arts Council.  All artists who donate a piece for the art auction will have their work on display at the TC Arts Gallery from July 24 thru August 11. Then the work will be moved to the auction site for the Aug. 13 event. Artists have the option to get a percentage of the sale back or a free ticket to the catered event.

The deadline to enter artwork is July 10.

The TC Arts Council is a 501 c-3 non-profit organization that promotes all arts in the community and serves as the film liaison for the area. The TC Arts Council also organizes the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walks, presents 12 art exhibits a year with more than 400+ artists featured, and provides Arts In Schools programming at the nine public schools.  The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.

For an artist entry form call 828/884-2787, e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net) or visit (www.tcarts.org). Sponsors for this event include: Comporium, Platt Architecture PA, Brian N. Stretcher – Attorney and Counselor at Law, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Jewish Community, and the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

Associated Artists of Southport, NC, Calls for Entries for Summer Regional Show – Deadline is June 19, 2017

March 18, 2017

The Associated Artists of Southport, NC, is accepting entries through June 10, 2017 for the “Summer Regional Show” (juried art show) to take place June 26, through July 15, 2017.  Robert Joyner (2D) and Shane Mickey (3D) will judge from actual work. All work will be displayed at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, NC.

For complete details go to (www.franklinsquaregallery.com).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Applications for Hues and Brews Artist & Craft Beer Celebration

March 18, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is now accepting applications from artists and crafters to participate in the Hues and Brews Artist & Craft Beer Celebration, Saturday, May 20, 2017.  This will be a street festival that will run from 11am to 6pm, and will be located along Main Street in Historic Downtown Lenoir, NC.

Artist booths are $30 for 10×10, $60 for 10×20, and all artist and craft work will be juried for acceptance.

All booth sites are accessible, prime locations with access to electricity at additional cost. There will be food vendors, artists and brewery booths mingled together along Main Street. Live music and children’s activities will also be on site for the whole family to enjoy.

Applications are available at (HuesAndBrews.org) and by calling the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486.  This is a fundraising event to benefit the Caldwell Arts Council

Upstate (SC) Heritage Quilt Trail Presents 193rd Quilt Block “Ode to Dave”

March 18, 2017

David and Diane Schonauer have added another quilt block to their 1892 Victorian house located at 707 West Market Street in the Westside Historic District in the city of Anderson, SC. The name of this pattern is Railroad Crossing.

Diane took several quilting classes in an adult continuing education program when I lived in Illinois. Each class offered a new pattern, making full size quilt tops. Since she did not have a lot of fabric at the time, nor the need for so many large quilt tops, she miniaturized each pattern the teacher gave them. The quilt is no exception in that the strips only measure ½” by 1 1/2”, and the overall quilt is 17 inches square. It was the first quilt Diane made “on point”. The backing fabric depicts old fashioned locomotives.

She named the quilt “Ode to Dave” in honor of her husband, David Schonauer. “We both worked for Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation, where we helped produce diesel electric locomotives. Dave spent his 31 year working career there, holding a variety of management level positions, including running the Aftermarket Business Unit and overseeing the installation of the SAP computer system.”

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

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, Offers Opportunity for Muralists and Public Art – Deadline Apr. 7, 2017

March 18, 2017

Theatre Art Galleries (TAG), in High Point, NC, is seeking artists to design murals for potential sites (exterior walls) in High Point. The designs will be part of an exhibit revolving around public art to be held at TAG, with prize money and potential opportunities for execution of winning mural designs.

Objective: Generate interest in and raise awareness of public art by presenting an exhibit showcasing the design concepts of muralists.


Brian’s Frog Mural

Date of exhibit:  June 1 – August 4, 2017

Concept: Potential sites (walls) will be identified and photographed by TAG.

Selected artists may design for a specific wall (to be assigned by TAG prior to the design work) or may choose to submit a design that will then be superimposed on a wall at TAG’s discretion (after the design is submitted.)

TAG will superimpose designs onto photographs and enlarged on foamcore for exhibit

Interested artists should submit images of previous mural work along with contact information to info@tagart.org.  Full information is listed on the website (www.tagart.org).

Timeframe:

March 17-April 7:  Call to artists

April 11: Selected artists notified

April 12-May 10:  Artists design

May 11:  Art submitted to TAG (deadline)

May 12-24:  Exhibit prepared (photographs enlarged with art superimposed)

May 25:  Exhibit installed

June 1:  Opening Reception

August 3:  Exhibit ends

Prize money:

1st place:  $500

2nd place:  $250

3rd place:  $100

Winners to be determined by impartial committee appointed by TAG.  Artists will retain all rights to their artwork.  Designs are for exhibit only and not for actual execution, although in some cases that could be a possibility.

For more information or questions please contact Jeff Horney, Executive Director, at 336/887-2137.

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, in Charleston, SC, Offers Book Signing for Photographer Andrew Feiler – Mar. 23, 2017

March 16, 2017

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, will present a photography exhibit and book signing with Andrew Feiler, on Mar. 23, 2017, from 5-8pm.

Feiler’s book, Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College was published by the University of Georgia Press in association with the Georgia Humanities Council. The publication includes ten historical images, sixty contemporary images and essays by Robert E. James, Pellom McDaniels III, Amalia K. Amaki, and Loretta Parham. An accompanying exhibition opens later this fall in Atlanta, GA.


Photo by Andrew Feiler

Feiler offers the following about the book, “A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the now quiet campus of Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA). Its inscription reads, in part, “Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color”.  Founded by African Americans in 1881, Morris Brown lost its accreditation to financial pressures and scandal in 2002. Today its largely abandoned campus stands as a testament to a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all of America’s historically black colleges and universities.”


Photo by Andrew Feiler

“I was granted unique access to the hauntingly silent campus of Morris Brown with the intent to illuminate the stories told in its stilled classrooms and hallways.  In the resulting body of work, the proud past remains in the extraordinary quality of the facilities, school desks arrayed ready for class, faces of students in photographs from happier days. The challenging present resides starkly in broken stained glass, evidence of havoc wreaked by scrappers, hints of homeless humanity. And the uncertain future weighs heavily in the headlines: bankruptcy proceedings, a forthcoming professional football stadium next door, recycled pronouncements of plans to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Mixed with all of these are layers of timeless emotion…. wistfulness, pride, angst, loneliness, hope.”

FABULON is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston.

For further information call the gallery at 843-566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

A Visit to the Ever Changing Charleston, SC, 3/11/17

March 12, 2017

I needed some postcards to send to someone in Washington, DC, that I hoped would be soon taking an extended vacation from politics, and what better place to get postcards but the tourist city of Charleston, SC. The city that seems to add a new construction crane every time I visit. So I figured to also make that trip a short business trip and visit a few galleries.

I’ve been wanting to visit Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education,  located at 1017 Wappoo Road, in the West Ashley area of Charleston – between Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 17. They had just opened a new exhibit, “We The People”, an exhibit of artwork that makes you think, something not seen that often in Charleston. They had the opening a day before, but I don’t like seeing art in a crowd, so the day after was good for me.

This was a great show with art from local artists and many from outside the area. As usual I took a few images with my iPhone (I guess that’s less health insurance for me), but these works are best seen up close and personal. And as always works I include are not always the best or ones I want to talk about – they are the works I can get a decent image of. But I also like the ones I’m including.

First up is a photograph by Winston-Salem, NC, artist, Owens Daniels, who offered some images poking fun at the NC House Bill (HB2). This image titled “Citizen” was created in the style of American Gothic.

Next is “Life is A OK” by local artist, Caroline Self, who was/is Artist-in-Residence for The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. Loved this work for it’s color and texture. I just can’t pass by a well executed abstract work.

Kelly Burke, from the Baltimore, MD, area offered a couple of works from her ‘Reimagined American Flags” series. This work is titled “Don’t Lives Matter?” highlighting lives lost due to gun violence.

Susan Irish, owner and manager of Fabulon, also had an interesting work in the exhibit that made a statement about Charleston, that only an outsider would understand – which I got right away, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it without my shadow all over it.

There are lots of interesting works in this exhibit, which will give you lots of reasons to think, but don’t miss the artistic skill in thinking of the message offered.

This last work wasn’t part of the “We The People” exhibit, but it caught my attention and of course it’s an abstract. It’s a work by Laura McRae-Hitchcock , who has recently moved from Charlotte, NC, to our community. So, besides the works in the show, there are also good works to see – and buy, on view by resident artists.

Fabulon may not be one of those high-end Charleston galleries, but it’s an example of all things good don’t always come in shiny packages, it’s also a working studio, classroom, and gathering center – there was a group of fiber artists on hand working away while I viewed the exhibit.

Well it was time to get my postcards which I found at Brittlebank Park on the Ashley River – not your usual place to get postcards, but I’m hoping you’ll be reading about and hearing about these special postcards on about March 16 or 17.

Next I stopped by Surface Craft Gallery,  located at 49 John Street in downtown Charleston, my old stomping grounds when Linda (my better half) and I operated a custom photo processing lab on John Street and a short lived photography gallery – many years ago. I wanted to talk with Liv Antonecchia, owner, and get caught up on how the new group, Lowcountry Ceramic Artists, was coming along and see what new things they had in the shop.

Here are some works by Margaret K. Weinberg, who is part of the Cone 10 Studios in Charleston, which may be closing soon.

Next are works by Batton Clayworks in Asheville, NC. They are the works with the carved texture. I loved these unusual shapes.

Here are a couple of fused glass works by Tanya Craig. These are incense holders, but I don’t remember seeing any that were so colorful – back in my days of burning incense. The last time I bought incense was about ten years ago just outside of Disney World in Florida, but when we got home – I couldn’t find them and to this day never have.

This last shot is of a jar by Fred Prudhomme, another Cone 10 Studios artist. I shared a Facebook post that Surface Craft had made earlier in the week which attracted a lot of remarks about how beautiful the jar was but it would be much better if it was full of cookies and then milk got involved and than more comments about food were added, but when I saw this piece in person, it was much smaller than we all thought. It was about half the size of a cookie jar. I still like the jar, but man I was really disappointed that you wouldn’t be able to fit many cookies in it. Again – here was a case where art had effected my life once more – beauty and disappointment offered in the same object. Darn you artists.

Surface Craft Gallery had become one of my favorite spots to see fine art crafts in Charleston. If you haven’t been there check it out.

Surface Craft Gallery will be opening a new exhibit, “Spring!”, a ceramics renewal show featuring local and national clay artisans in both functional and sculptural work, with an opening reception on Mar. 23, from 5-8pm. The show continues through Apr. 13, 2017. Work by Kelly Thiel will be featured in the show. She left us to live in Bend, OR, but now her work is returning to Charleston.

Well, it was time to head back home to Bonneau and as I drove out of Charleston down Meeting Street I just couldn’t believe how they are changing the skyline of Charleston – pretty soon you won’t be able to see the sky. So sad. I still love you Charleston, but now I know how the old timers felt and talked of their “lost” Charleston when I first got here in the mid 70s.

The Citadel in Charleston, SC, Calls for Designs for Its 175th anniversary – Deadline May 1, 2017

March 7, 2017

The Citadel, in Charleston, SC, is issuing an open call to all artists for designs to be considered as the image that will commemorate the military college’s upcoming 175th anniversary. The milestone anniversary will be celebrated during the 2017-18 academic year. The winning design, which will be announced at the first home football game on Sept. 2, 2017, will grace t-shirts, banners, posters, and The Citadel magazine. The winning artist will receive $1,000 (subject to tax).

For complete details visit (http://www.citadel.edu/root/open-call-for-artists-to-submit-designs-for-citadels-175th-celebration-poster).

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Entries for “White Squirrel Photo Contest 2017” – Deadline May 15, 2017

March 7, 2017

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, and the Heart of Brevard present the “13th Annual White Squirrel Photography Contest”, as part of the White Squirrel Festival Weekend (May 27 – 29).

Photos may be delivered to TC Arts in Brevard from Apr. 5 – May 15, 2017.

1) No more than 2 photos per person can be submitted.
2) Photo(s) must be taken by the entrant.
3) Photo(s) must be mounted or framed for display purposes (no larger than 8”x10’ print; frame no larger than 11”x14”).
4) Photo(s) must have on the back of the photo entrant’s name, contact information, and name/title of the photo.
5) Photos cannot be digitally enhanced to change the actual circumstances of the squirrel(s) when photo was taken.
6) $5 entry fee, per photo
Prizes include: 1st Place – $50, 2nd Place $25, 3rd Place $10 and Honorable Mention Ribbons.

Photos will be on display throughout downtown Brevard businesses during the White Squirrel Festival. Photos may be picked up at the TC Arts Council between June 1 – 16, 2017.

To get an application call the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net).

STARworks in Star, NC, Offers Lectures by Resident Artists – Mar. 15, 2017

March 7, 2017

STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Deighton Abrams, and STARworks Glass interns Brianna Gluszak and Andrew Thompson will present slides and discuss their work, Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm at STARworks, located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, NC.

The presentations are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase.


Work created by STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Deighton Abrams

Deighton Abrams is originally from Alaska and has an MFA with a concentration in ceramics from Clemson University. He has been awarded numerous grants, including the Clemson Art Department Scholarship for study in Jingdezhen, China and the Professional Enrichment Grant for artist research in Iceland. Abrams utilizes ceramic forms, both figural and geologic, to create complex narratives about the human psyche and its impact on the surrounding landscape.


Work created by STARworks Glass intern Brianna Gluszak

Brianna Gluszak is from Calgary, Canada and holds a BFA with distinction in Glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, Corning Museum in New York and Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. Her work is focused on re-imagining the imagery that one sees in passing through glass.


Work created by STARworks Glass intern Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson grew up in Birmingham, AL. He was inspired to study glass by his father, Joseph Thompson, who built a hot shop in their back yard when Thompson was young. He studied glass at Tennessee Tech University under Professor Curtiss Brock and recently had a solo exhibition, Uncertain Consciousness, at the Appalachian Center for Craft. His work focuses on the optic qualities glass can produce and combines these properties with two dimensional, mixed media compositions.

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

For more information, call 910/428-9001, e-mail to (contact@starworksnc.org) or visit (www.STARworksNC.org).