Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, Calls for Entries for Its “36th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale” – Deadline Feb. 26, 2018

December 10, 2017

The Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is calling for entries for its “36th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale” which will take place at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center, from Apr. 7 – 15, 2018.

The “36th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale”, the Official Art Show for the Annual Azalea Festival, will be here before you know it! WAA is pleased to announce that this year’s show has been extended over two weekends giving the artists more days to display and sale their work. Other changes are in the works as well and soon to be announced.

Online submission opens Jan. 8 closing Feb. 26, 2018. The Show will once again be at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

Download the Prospectus at (http://wilmingtonart.org/uploads/prospectus2018.pdf).

For further info visit (www.wilmingtonart.org).


Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Announces Call for Exhibit Proposals – Deadline Jan. 12, 2018

December 9, 2017

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, invites established and emerging artists (ages 18+) to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2019/2020 exhibition calendar. The GCCA Main Gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, national, and international artists from all disciplines in 6 – 8 shows per year. All mediums will be considered for exhibition.

Deadline for Exhibition Proposals: January 12, 2018.

Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and scored by the GCCA Exhibition Committee using the following criteria:

Work reflects consistency of quality
Work reflects clear objectives and a strong overall concept or theme
Work represents GCCA’s mission to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration
Only original artwork created and executed by the applicant will be considered for exhibition

Submission Requirements:
Artist Statement or Exhibition Description
Artist Bio
CV or Resume
6 – 8 images of work
$30 application fee submitted electronically with application form

CLICK HERE (https://podio.com/webforms/17017714/1144294) to submit a solo or group exhibition proposal to GCCA.

Notification e-mails will be sent mid March. A contract and additional information will be provided if the proposal is accepted. Work will be insured by GCCA while on display. The artist is responsible for delivery of work to and from GCCA. Shipping costs will be the responsibility of the artist.

Contact (exhibitions@artcentergreenville.org) if you have any questions or call 864/735-3948.

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is Calling for Entries for 13th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” – Deadline is Feb. 25, 2018

December 9, 2017

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the thirteenth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).

“Lightning Over the Mississippi” by Ed Walker (2017/18 Best of Show).

The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Lilly Wei, a New York-based independent curator, writer, journalist, lecturer, and critic. Wei has written for dozens of publications here and abroad and is a longtime contributor to Art in America and a contributing editor at “ARTnews”. She is the author of numerous artists’ catalogues and monographs and has curated exhibitions in the US, Europe, and Asia. Wei lectures frequently on critical and curatorial practices and sits on the board of several non-profit art institutions and organizations including AICA/USA, Bowery Arts & Sciences, and Art Omi International. She was a former board member of Art in General, and is a fellow of the CUE Foundation. Wei was born in Chengdu, China and has an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York.

The 13th Annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1, 2018, through March 24, 2019, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston, SC. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, Award Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell Regional Artist Project Grants

December 9, 2017

The Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, has announced Union County artists Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell have been awarded Regional Artist Project grants through the region’s RAPG program. Regional Artist Project Grants provide awards for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development. The RAPG is open to eligible artists in all disciplines and provides an all or nothing grant of up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.

Botz attended NYU where he met some of America’s greatest painters and photographers and felt encouraged to pursue his vision in photography. His photography talents have taken him to the Himalayas where he photographs some of his greatest work. His grant award will allow him to purchase a field view camera for distance photographing.

Bell, an Emmy-award winning staff television producer, will use her grant award to develop a crowdsourcing website to raise funds to support her documentary film based on Union County author Gene Stowe’s “Inherit the Land”. The book recounts the story of a white family in Union County who, in the early 1900s, bequeathed a fortune to the African-American branch of their family.

“The Union County Community Arts Council recognizes that Union County has a strong arts community that can benefit from these grant funds”, said Barbara Faulk, executive director. “As an arts council, our goal is to assist artists by providing services and opportunities that help them evolve as artists.”

The grant program is offered by the arts councils of Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln, Rutherford and York, SC, counties. Artists who have lived in these counties for one year are eligible to apply through the arts councils where they live. The North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment and the participating arts councils support the program.

Union County Community Arts Council is located at 120 N. Main Street in Monroe, NC 28112.

For further information call 704/283-2784 or visit (http://unionarts.org/).

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Call for Artists for 2018 Open Exhibits

December 4, 2017

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, has announced their Open Exhibits for the 2018 season. Tammy Hopkins, executive director with TC Arts said, “Each year we present 12 – 14 art exhibits with more than 425 artists showcasing their creative work. The Open shows are some of my favorite. We put out a theme and any artist in any medium can enter that exhibit as long as their artwork fits the theme. There will be five opportunities for local and regional artists to participate in an open art exhibit at the TC Arts Council Gallery in 2018.”

The 2018 themes for the Open Exhibits include:

“CONNECTED” – this open exhibit will be on display from February 9 – March 2 with artwork due at the TC Arts Council on February 5 and 6.

“BREVARD – Where Music Meets the Mountains” – this open exhibit will be on display from May 11 – June 8 with artwork due at the TC Arts Council on May 7 and 8. This event is part of the of City of Brevard’s 150 Anniversary Celebration.

The White Squirrel Photography Contest runs May 25 – 28 in downtown Brevard as part of the White Squirrel Festival. Photos should be delivered to the TC Arts Council Monday thru Friday from April 16 – May 15. This event is part of the of City of Brevard’s 150 Anniversary Celebration.

“INTERACTIVE ART” – this open exhibit will be on display from August 24 – September 21 with artwork due at the TC Arts Council on August 20 and 21. TC Arts is looking for artwork that the visitor can interact with.

“GROUNDED” – this open exhibit will be on display from October 26 – November 16 with artwork due at the TC Arts Council on October 22 and 23.

The theme’s for each exhibit should be interpreted by the artist. All art mediums will be accepted as long as it fits the theme. There is a $5 entry fee to enter each exhibit. To get an application for an exhibit e-mail the TC Arts Council at (tcarts@comporium.net) and request the specific exhibit you are interested in or call TC Arts at 828/884-2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of 2017 “York County High Schools Art Show”

December 4, 2017

The Arts Council of York County hosted the opening reception for “Vernon Grant’s Winter Wonderland” and the “York County High Schools Art Show” at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, November 30, 2017. During the reception, the winners of the “York County High Schools Art Show” were announced. This year, 16 art teachers from 6 York County high schools, representing 3 districts, selected works by 86 students for exhibition. The students’ work will be on display in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery through December 29, 2017.

The following students received awards sponsored by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild for their artwork:

Best of Show – “Beneath the Veil” by Hannah Huffmon of Northwestern High School – Teacher: Kim Grant

Work by Hannah Huffmon

First Place – “Forever Friends” by Kalia Honaker of Fort Mill High School – Teacher: Jessica Calloway

Second Place – “Belair” by Lily Morris of Rock Hill High School – Teacher: Tina Vincent

Third Place – “Girl on Bike” by Noel Heil of Nation Ford High School – Teacher: Erin Mountain

Honorable Mention – “Passage of Time” by Morgan Winters of Fort Mill High School – Teacher: Jessica Calloway

Honorable Mention – “Haiti” by Janie Edwards of Northwestern High School – Teacher: Sandy Queen

Honorable Mention – “Dreadfully Chronic” by Rebekah Wood of Northwestern High School – Teacher: Shelley Threatt

Honorable Mention – “Jenny” by Hannah Johnson of Rock Hill High School – Teacher: Tina Vincent

Honorable Mention – “Lavender World” by Kateryna Hunicheva of Fort Mill High School – Teacher: Kellly Lucarelli

Honorable Mention – “Stereotypical” by Brooke Vernier of Northwestern High School – Teacher: Sandy Queen

Jack Bolin and Sandy Brindle-Carter of the Yorkville Artists’ Guild, and Dr. Bradley Sabelli of the Catawba River Art Guild served as jurors for the show. The “York County High School Art Exhibit” is coordinated by the Arts Council of York County and the Catawba River Art Guild, and is sponsored by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district.

For further information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Pink Dog Creative in Asheville, NC, Offers New Mural in Asheville’s River Arts District

December 4, 2017

Pink Dog Creative is pleased to announce a new mural on its’ containers across the street from 342 Depot St. in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.

In a continued effort to build bridges between the River Arts District and the Southside community. Pink Dog Creative has commissioned the second of our Southside neighbors, Jenny Pickens, to design and paint a mural. Pickens grew up in the Southside community and is an accomplished artist. Her design, entitled “Zolas Embrace” (peaceful earth) depicts a woman stitching the world back together.

Mural by Jenny Pickens

Pickens says, “With so much negative energy going on worldwide, I wanted to show mother nature repairing the world with the love that’s been lost. We all share a common goal. Peace on earth.”

Stop by Pink Dog Creative, 342-348 Depot Street, to see the completed mural.

For further information contact Hedy Fischer by calling 828/216-1331 or e-mail to (hedy@pinkdog-creative.com).

Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC, Offers Works by Alice Ballard, Katrina Majkut, Lynne Riding, and Katya Cohen

December 3, 2017

Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC, is presenting an exhibition entitled, f word, featuring works by Alice Ballard, Katrina Majkut, Lynne Riding, and Katya Cohen, on view at RIVERWORKS Gallery, located along the Reedy River in Greenville, through December 16, 2017.

F word is usually a more palatable, polite, hushed version of a caustic, curse. This exhibition, f word, politely whispers an all too often misunderstood term, “feminist”– feminist as the curse of cuckolding, uppity women.

The f word defines feminist as regenerative, life-giving nature as seen in Alice Ballard’s exquisite ceramic wall pods. Ballard defines her process: “I spend countless hours contemplating a particular form in order to feel its energy.  It becomes a Zen-like connection not unlike a meditation.” Ballard, a grandmother, currently teaches at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts (SGCAH) and Humanities and Christ Church Episcopal Middle School and maintains a studio here in Greenville.

Work by Katrina Majkut

The f word is intricate, petite, cross stitched samplers of contraceptive products from Katrina Majkut’s “Control” series. She states, “Such mediums contain their own patriarchal or submissive history, and modernizing them to convey how particular cultural practices are often at odds with women’s parity.” Majkut is a visual artist and writer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She is dedicated to exploring and understanding feminine narratives and civil rights.

Lynne Riding’s “Concerning Beings” fills the floor of RIVERWORKS with strikingly fragile white paper bowls – vessels, the ancient, mythological female symbol. According to Riding, “It occurred to me that the daily practice required when making these bowls references the daily chores and some of the tedium involved with many daily domestic chores, aligned with attention to detail and the care required.” Riding is a practicing artist in Charleston and on the faculty of the College of Charleston and the Art Institute of Charleston.

Works by Lynne Riding

Katya Cohen states, “Contemporary Art cannot be addressed without tracing its roots to Duchamp’s readymades; his most (in)famous being Fountain done in 1917…” In homage to the 100th Anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, Cohen paints, in the manner of Rubens, details of this classic male fixture as seductive, sensuous, female curves. Cohen lives and maintains a studio practice in Clemson after gracefully retiring from teaching classes, ranging from printmaking to seminars in contemporary art theory, at UGA, Clemson, Anderson, Furman and at the SGCAH.

f word’s subtle images and palette invite contemplation and possibly a rethinking of the cultural myths of feminism. Through its quiet images, forms, and tones it politely asks for consideration of women as equals.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Greenville Technical College. The gallery is located on River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville.

For further information call 864/271-0679, e-mail to (elizabeth.markel@gvltec.edu), or visit (www.gvltec.edu/dva) and click on RIVERWORKS.

The December 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

December 1, 2017

The December 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1217/1217carolinaarts.html) – all 56 pages of it. That’s 13 pages less than last month.

This month’s cover art features a work by Herb Jackson. Jackson is being presented in an exhibit at NC State University in Raleigh, NC, entitled “A Door is not a Window,” on view at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, The Historic Chancellor’s Residence, through Jan. 28, 2018.
So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

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

If you want to get something in the January 2018 issue about an exhibit – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the December 24th deadline. Yes, that’s Christmas Eve, but it’s also our deadline, so maybe it’s time to get us your info for January early.
And, have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

At Turtle Island Pottery Holiday Happiness is in the Details

November 28, 2017

Take time to look a the details in our work.




















Our showroom will be open this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10am-4pm. It is full and ready for you to select from the whole lot! When we have a full display, you will see something different every time you turn around. Come visit, look at the details and find that special gift. Enjoy a warm drink and snack.

Dec. 8-9, 2017, we will be in Hickory at A Crafty Christmas. Click here for a list of exhibitors, several Southern Highland Craft Guild members and many artists from the region will be there.
Contact me ASAP for free tickets, I have 4 to give out, waiting at the ticket booth with your name!

As always, if these dates don’t work for you, give us a call and we can meet you at the showroom!

Turtle Island Pottery, 2782 Bat Cave Road, Old Fort, NC.

For further info call 828/669-2713 or visit (www.Turtleislandpottery.com).