Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Offers Lecture by Mark Stephenson – Apr. 2, 2015

March 24, 2015


The Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, is offering a lecture by Mark Stephenson on Apr. 2, 2015, beginning at 6:30pm. Stephenson will present, “The Creation of a Portrait – The Working Method of John Singer Sargent”.

This event is free and open to the public.

By showing examples of Sargent’s paintings and demonstrating techniques by painting from a live model, Stephenson will help explain how John Singer Sargent created his portraits.

North Carolina native Mark Stephenson is a professional artist based in central NC who through a multi-faceted background, brings a unique perspective to his work. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Stephenson earned degrees in Civil Engineering and Music.

With an initial plan to pursue a career in opera, Stephenson relocated to New York City in the 1990s where he eventually found his way to the prestige Art Students League studying with noted painters and sculptors Frank O’Cain, Leonid Gervitz, Nelson Shanks, Ronald Sherr and Leonid Lerman. Success at the Arts Students League ushered in awards and commissions including acceptance at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art’s copyists program. He has also studied with Michael Shane Neal.

Since returning to North Carolina, Stephenson has devoted much of his time to commissioned portraits. He has exhibited in many national juried shows and his work has been featured in solo shows throughout the state. In 2013 he was recognized by the Portrait Society of America with an honorable mention in the self-portrait category in their 2012 Members Only Competition. In May of 2014, Stephenson was artist in residence at La Macina di San Cresci, Italy. He and his wife Caroline have one son, James and a new daughter, Emma.

For further info call 704/983-4278 or at (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Offers Demo by Terri Otten – Apr. 14, 2015

March 24, 2015


The next meeting of the Matthews Artists Guild will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 14, at 6:30pm in the McDowell Art Center, 123 E. McDowell Street in Matthews, NC. Artist Terri Otten will demonstrate her process for painting oil portraits. Her demo will include how to set up and light the model, her favorite surfaces and color palette, mixing skin tones, and how to capture a likeness. Otten is a figure artist as well as a portrait painter. Her studio is in the Dilworth Artisan Station on Kingston Avenue in Charlotte, NC’s Southend.

6pm – View the current show in the gallery upstairs

6:30pm – Social/Refreshments and meet the artist

7pm – Artist demonstration

The Matthews Artists Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the McDowell Arts Center at 704/321-7275 or follow the Matthews Artists Guild on Facebook at (

Abbeville, SC’s French Heritage Festival Calls for Participation

March 24, 2015


The French Heritage Festival takes place in Abbeville, SC, Apr. 18-18, 2015.

This year the Festival will feature:

A French Market themed Craft Show in the Livery Stable on Trinity Street.

An antique show in the Welcome Center

A silent auction in the Livery Stable on Trinity Street

Other aspects of the festival: Tour of Homes, Churches, Gardens; Tour De Ville Bike Race, Art exhibit featuring Trinity Church, Historical Society tours, a play at the Opera House, Speakers, Food, Music

This Festival goes to support the Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church, which is a 501c3 organization that works to maintain the Church building and grounds as a historic landmark.  By participating, you are making a contribution, thank you!

For full details visit ( The application can be downloaded at (

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Hosts Second Annual Arts Fest – Apr. 8 – 11, 2015

March 22, 2015


UNC Asheville’s second annual Arts Fest, including musical and theatrical performances, exhibits, creative workshops and more, will be held Apr. 8 – 11, 2015, across campus with free and ticketed events.

Drama students will kick-off the festival, presenting “Almost, Maine,” a whimsical romantic comedy featuring nine interlocking love stories that has become one of the most frequently produced plays of the last decade. The “New York Post” described the play as “Thornton Wilder crossed with The Twilight Zone.” Show times are 7:30pm on Wednesday, Apr. 8; 10am, on Friday, Apr. 10; and an extra performance at 1pm on Sunday, Apr. 12. The performances are in the university’s Carol Belk Theatre and are free and open to the public.

Master drummer and djembe player Bolokada Conde will perform at 7pm on Friday, Apr. 10 in Lipinsky Auditorium, joined by UNC Asheville’s African Drum Ensemble and local drummers and dancers. Conde, a young musical prodigy who became a sensation in the Sankaran region of Guinea, West Africa, is now considered one of the world’s foremost djembefolas. He has performed in major venues all over the world and conducted percussion workshops all over the United States and Europe. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at (

Arts Fest will culminate with the Festival on the Quad from noon – 5pm on Saturday, Apr. 11, followed by the UNC Asheville Dance Concert. Various music and dance performances take the main stage near Ramsey Library, and visiting Cherokee artists will display and demonstrate traditional Native arts, while student organizations sell food and crafts. From 3 to 8pm. Alliance Crossroads will conduct an interactive adventure, combining improvisational theater and swashbuckling escapades in an immersive group experience. The dance concert at 7:30pm will be held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Other Arts Fest events include a poetry slam, altered books exhibit, Chinese calligraphy workshop, Indian Classical dance performance and workshop, new media student project showcase, “Art Front’s 48th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition” and more.

For the full schedule and details, visit (

Virginia Pendergrass of Brevard, NC, Gets Painting of Mt. Pleasant, SC, in “Women Painters of the Southeast” Show

March 19, 2015

“Coastal Carolina”, an oil painting by Brevard, NC, artist Virginia Pendergrass, has been selected for the “2015 Juried Exhibition of Women Painters of the Southeast” (WPSE). The 2015 WPSE exhibition will open at the Blue Ridge Arts Association in Blue Ridge, GA, on Apr. 10, 2015, with a reception from 6- 8:30pm.


“Coastal Carolina” is a view from the edge of a marsh in Mt. Pleasant, SC, on a brilliant summer day. Pendergrass hoped to express the feel of the heat and the shimmer in the distance in the beautiful marshlands.

According to Pendergrass, “I believe we naturally respond with pleasure to beauty in our environment.” Her goal is to capture her pleasure in nature, outdoors or painting from life and plein air sketches in the studio, and pass it on through her paintings.

Pendergrass is a previous WPSE award-winner. Over her 15 year painting career, her paintings have also been selected for show in national competitions of the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and Paint The Parks. Her paintings have won many local, regional and national awards. Her paintings can be seen locally at the Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, and the Silver Fox Gallery in Hendersonville, NC.

The WPSE exhibition will continue through Apr. 30, 2015.  Blue Ridge Arts is located at 420 West Main St., Blue Ridge, GA.

For further information contact Pendergrass at 828/577-0264) or e-mail to (

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville, NC, Offers Lecture by Textile Artist and 2014 Art Prize Recipient Sonya Clark – Mar. 27, 2015

March 19, 2015


The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in Asheville, NC, is pleased to present “From Hair to There”, an artist’s talk with 2014 Art Prize Recipient and Chair of the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Sonya Clark, on hair as one of the oldest art forms. The event will be held Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at 6pm and is free and open to the public.

Born in Washington, DC, of Caribbean descent, Sonya Clark is a mixed-media textile artist who incorporates human hair, hairdressing tools, and hair-braiding techniques into her sculptural objects in order to raise questions about race, culture, class, and history.

Clark’s talk will begin with the premise that hairdressing is the first textile art. Her work aims to bring out the stories held within everyday objects such as combs, cloth, and hair, ultimately creating connections between hair salons and art galleries as sites of beauty, craft, skill, improvisation, and commerce.

“Hairdressers are my heroes. The poetry and politics of Black hair care specialists are central to my work as an artist and educator,” Clark asserts, “These artists have mastered a craft impossible for me to take for granted.”

Clark’s work is currently on view in the exhibition “Loving After Lifetimes of All This”, at CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop through May 23, 2015. Including work of over 15 artists, activists, and archives nationwide, the exhibition highlights craft practice as a form of cultural resistance within historically disadvantaged communities.

For further information visit (

Bob Jones University’s Museum & Gallery Offers Free Admittance with M&G’s Community Day – Mar. 26, 2015

March 19, 2015


On Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, to say thank you to the Greenville, SC, Community, the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University offers patrons and visitors free admission to both museum locations through regular open hours. Open hours for M&G’s Wade Hampton location are from 2–5pm and from 10am–5pm at M&G’s Heritage Green location in downtown Greenville, SC.

“M&G is grateful to be an integral part of our South Carolina communities now more than 60 years,” notes M&G director Erin R. Jones. “We love sharing the Collection with students of all ages as expressed through affordability and accessibility of the educational services, outreaches, and unique exhibitions we offer. Community Day is just one more way of showing our appreciation and letting the Collection be enjoyed by everyone.”


At M&G’s Wade Hampton location on the campus of Bob Jones University, guests will have the opportunity to experience one of America’s finest European Old Master collections—completely free of charge! Featuring 30 galleries full of over 400 paintings, M&G at Bob Jones University offers visitors a unique, expansive view of differing cultures throughout history. In addition, guests can enjoy the new loan exhibition, “The Golden Age of Painting in the Low Countries”—a vivid look at seventeenth-century genre painting in Belgium and the Netherlands. These Dutch artists were known for new and daring themes, some of which included interiors, maritime scenes, and peasant life.  Finally, M&G at Bob Jones University offers a kid’s Easter Scavenger Hunt and self-guided strolling tour, entitled “The Easter Story in Art”, where select masterworks portray specific moments within the Easter narrative.

M&G’s downtown location at the Heritage Green campus will also be open free of charge to all guests. Currently, this location features the acclaimed exhibition “Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative”, which on the first floor recreates the spectrum of nineteenth-century Victorian culture through artifacts and technology—from the issue of the stinking Thames to the elitist Athenaeum Club! On the second floor, patrons of all ages will enjoy the spectacular world of Dickens’ imagination, with diverse vignettes and media presentations of Dickensian characters representing the best and worst of the Victorian era and the challenges and meaningful links to us today.

As we enter this spring season, take advantage of this fantastic offer from M&G—a chance to tour both museum sites completely free of charge!

For more information about M&G’s Community Day, please contact Amy Basinger at 864/770-1331.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Calls for “Fund Drive” Donations of Pottery for the NCPC Gift Shop

March 19, 2015


Do you happen to have a few pieces of pottery sitting around your house that need a good home? We are always looking for some “Fund Drive” pottery pieces for our gift shop here at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC,

What are the “Fund Drive” pottery pieces? The center has a couple of small shelves in our gift shop where we sell pottery pieces that have been donated to center specifically to be sold to benefit the center. Proceeds from the sale of those items are incorporated into the center’s operational funds. We are starting to run low on good “Fund Drive” pieces and need to replenish our supply!

If you have some pottery pieces in decent condition that aren’t permanent collection caliber that you would like to donate to the North Carolina Pottery Center for us to sell in the gift shop to help support our mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery in North Carolina.

For further info contact Emily Lassiter by e-mail at (

First South Bank in New Bern, NC, Features Works by Wade Dunn

March 19, 2015

First South Bank has a history of supporting the arts in New Bern, NC.  Artist Wade Dunn of New Bern is currently featured at the financial institution’s downtown location. Dunn has been painting ever since he was a teenager. Surfing for 45 years, Dunn captures the brilliant colors of the crystal coast in vivid paintings. Using a palette knife, Dunn loads the canvas with thick acrylic paint.

Brent Davis (on right), manager at First South Bank, welcomes artist Wade Dunn (on left).

To see Dunn’s works of art, visit the First South Bank at 202 Craven Street. At the next ARTcrawl, Dunn will be demonstrating his palette technique in the Isaac Taylor Garden on Apr. 10, 2015.

For further information call Brent Davis at the Bank at 252/626-2997.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Features Jugtown Pottery in its Monthly Lecture Series – Apr. 24, 2015

March 19, 2015


Jugtown Pottery will be presenting at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, for the April installment of the Monthly Slide Presentation Series, on Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. Jugtown, open since 1917, is the oldest continually operating pottery in the area. Members of the Owens family will talk about the pottery’s history, as well as what Jugtown looks like today.


Come on out and join us for a fun evening with a Seagrove classic! A potluck at 7pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentation at 8pm.

The lecture will take place at the NCPC Educational Building located behind the NC Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC, 27341.

This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430.


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