Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Receives $22,000 from Lincoln Financial Group

April 17, 2015


Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, has been awarded $22,000 from Lincoln Financial Group. This grant will support Guilford County Head Start/Title I Tour and Enrichment program in school year 2015-2016.

Guilford County Head Start/Title I Schools Tour and Enrichment program is a program at Greenhill for under-served pre-school age children, offering age-appropriate enriched cultural arts curriculum that supports school readiness. With continued support, Guilford Child Development Head Start, Title I Schools, and United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Thriving at Three, teachers and students will continue to benefit from Greenhill’s Group Visits. All activities are designed to support language development and literacy skills and make explicit connections to the core curriculum as outlined in NC essential standards, Common Core, Head Starts Early Learning Framework, and the National Art Standards. ArtQuest facilitators will lead participants (Pre K – Eighth grade) in a two-part tour featuring a discussion of NC artists and art in The Gallery and hands-on art activities in ArtQuest. The tours expose children to visual art and age appropriate strategies for viewing and talking about art while folding in literacy outcomes formerly introduced in the Read Yellow Blue program. In addition, activities in ArtQuest will strengthen small motor skills, foster social and emotional development and strengthen higher level cognitive skills such as critical thinking.

Through the program, children are invited to experience the exhibition in The Gallery at Greenhill where they gain observation and interpretive skills. The children are asked to decipher and decode symbols, promoting the same skills used in reading and writing, enhancing visual thinking strategies, an essential component in the development of critical thinkers. After participating in activities in The Gallery, the groups move to the ArtQuest studios where the children freely express themselves with art mediums such as clay, paint and collage. Children create individually as well as collaboratively with other children and adults.  A facilitator records the child’s dictation about their artwork so they can take it home to later read to their parents and caregivers. “For many children, this is their very first gallery experience where looking and talking about art act as interpretive practices that strengthen language development while also learning about gallery settings. In the ArtQuest studios children make important connections between what they have seen or read while learning new art vocabulary, creating their own stories and learning about the world around through art techniques and mediums,” explains Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph.D., Greenhill’s Director of Programs.

Traci McLemore, Manager, Community Impact Initiatives at United Way of Greater Greensboro explains, “We absolutely love the opportunity for our children to experience language and literacy through this medium.  In the past two years I’ve seen the teacher’s anxiety lessen and comfort levels grow when coming to The Gallery.  Now they know they can bring children into a gallery or museum setting and teach them about the various art forms; Greenhill has shown it is a welcoming place for children, even outside of the ArtQuest studios.”

Since 2011, Greenhill has served 9,248 children through the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation. Greenhill focuses on early childhood because it is the foundation for in-school success. Research shows that sustained participation in the arts is of significant benefit to learners. A seminal longitudinal study examining the importance of sustained arts in the development of children demonstrated that intensive involvement in the arts was associated with higher level of achievement, college attainment, and prosocial behavior (Catteral, 2009). According  to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth:  Findings  from  Four Longitudinal Studies,  underserved students “who  have access to the arts  in or out of school also tend  to have better academic  results, better workforce opportunities, and more  civic engagement. Now, Greenhill is able to strengthen the Group Visit program, and as a direct result of Lincoln Financial Foundation support, Greenhill has expanded the impact of educational programming by increasing art enriched opportunities for underserved learners. “Lincoln Financial Foundation’s sustained commitment to this program means that many children are able to return to Greenhill year after year building their knowledge of galleries, art making, and literacy,” says Sanders-Bustle.

Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Greenhill promotes the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art.

For more information visit (

Charleston Supported Art in Charleston, SC, Reveals Second Year’s First Round of Artwork on Apr. 23, 2015

April 17, 2015


April has been branded “Eat Local Month” in the Lowcountry and Charleston Supported Art, LLC, is offering up a visual feast for “localvores” consisting of curated collections of artwork by artists living and creating in our community. The group has established an easy, affordable, and fun way to get original pieces by Charleston artists into the hands of new and seasoned collectors through the sale of seasonal shares of art based on the community supported agriculture model. Individual shares are priced at just $425, and contain four original pieces of artwork produced by a select group of local, established and emerging artists. The shares are limited and will be delivered through exclusive pick-up events for each season – spring, summer, and fall. The debut pick-up event of the year, dedicated to the spring season, takes place on Thursday, Apr. 23, at Faculty Lounge (391 Huger Street, downtown Charleston). Shares may be purchased at (, or at the event.

The twelve artists participating in the second year of Charleston Supported Art (CSA) were announced in February and the public was invited to get to know them and their work at a Meet and Greet event at Redux Contemporary Art Center shortly after. The gathering provided potential shareholders a glimpse of the quality and variety in styles and media of the works offered in each of CSA’s 2015 seasons.

CSA’s spring season features works by Chambers Austelle, Elizabeth Calcote, Chris Nickels, and Karin Olah. The four artists will be present at the April 23 pick-up event to mingle with patrons and speak about the 32 pieces of original artwork they each created specifically for and exclusive to Charleston Supported Art. The pick-up event, open to current and prospective shareholders, will be the first time these works will be revealed. The pieces, which include paintings, block printed textiles, digital illustrations, and mixed media works, will not be available for purchase anywhere else.

For more information about Charleston Supported Art or to purchase a share online, visit ( Spring shares may be purchased and carried home on the night of the pick-up event. Summer and fall shares may also be reserved, with pick-up events scheduled for Aug. 6 and Nov. 5 respectively. Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed by e-mail to (

About CSA’s Spring Artists

Chambers Austelle is an artist and educator born and raised in Charleston, SC. She received her BA in Studio Arts from the College of Charleston. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is currently featured on the cover of the April 2015 issue of “Fresh Paint Magazine”. She participated in Piccolo Spoleto’s 2014 Juried Exhibition at the City Gallery and was the recipient of the President’s Choice Award for Photography from the College of Charleston in 2011. She currently teaches at Redux Contemporary Art Center. Austelle works from her home studio as a photographer and painter. Her work is surreal in concept, influenced by her interest in Biology and Psychology. She employs fundamental elements and principles of design to explore the complexity of human perception.

Elizabeth Calcote started printmaking while attending the College of Charleston. After graduation, she worked in a Chelsea PR firm until she returned to the Lowcountry and became the Teacher’s Assistant at the College of Charleston printmaking studio, eventually becoming an instructor. Then she began conservation mounting, stretching, and framing at Artizom Framing Gallery. Inspired by textiles she framed for collectors in Charleston, Calcote researched ways she could start creating them herself. Since 2013, she has applied her printmaking background to textiles, creating a system of linoleum printing on naturally dyed silk that uses both Western and Eastern methods. With an interest in design, pattern, and nature, she uses symbols to illustrate the narratives of figures from the past. Her collections of scarves and pocket squares are available for purchase at IBU at 183 King Street in Charleston, SC.

Chris Nickels is a digital illustrator who lives and works in Charleston, SC. Originally from Athens, GA, Nickels attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA in Illustration. When he puts down his pen he enjoys the outdoors, graphic novels, old cameras, and trying new foods. He loves conveying a narrative through images, whether it be an abstract interpretation or a memorable scene.

Using fabric, Karin Olah works in a manner that mimics the flow of paint from a brush. Intricately cut, placed, and pasted textiles are combined with gouache, acrylic, and graphite to create Collage Paintings that are deep in color and texture. From a small-town upbringing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, her interest in Amish quilts and textile traditions led her to study Fiber Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. For several years following art school, Olah managed a textile studio in New York City, developing colors and patterns for clients, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Peter Marino Interior Architects.Now applying her fabric know-how to the realm of painting, Olah exhibits her collage art in solo and group shows throughout the Southeast. Her work has been featured in “American Contemporary Art”, “Art Business News”, “Charleston Style and Design”, and “Charleston Magazine”, on the covers of “Black and White: Birmingham’s City Paper” and “Carolina Arts”, and as the image for the Charleston Farmers Market 2006 and 2007 posters and street banners. Corporate Collections include pieces in the Carolina Contemporary Collection of MUSC Ashley River Towers, Citadel College, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, and Shoestring Publishing Company. She is a former board member of Redux Contemporary Art Center. Olah is the Client Happiness Officer for (

Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in Nov. 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston. Organizers include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson, and Ann Simmons. Supporters include Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Blue Ion, Cannonborough Beverage Company, Charlie Town Prints, Faculty Lounge, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, Ink Meets Paper, Lowcountry Local First, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Paige Schaberg Photography, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, and Wine Awesomeness.

Merchants in Downtown Pittsboro, NC, Offers Works by Members of Chatham Artists Guild – May 1 – June 1, 2015

April 17, 2015


Merchants of downtown Pittsboro, NC, have given visitors yet another reason to enjoy their stroll up and down Hillsboro Street.  Between May 1 and June 1, 2015, eighteen merchants are displaying the art works of the Chatham Artists Guild in their windows. Come take a saunter and be inspired by the high quality creations made from diverse medium:  metal, glass, clay, wood, stone, and gourds. As you meander, you’ll see sculptures, paintings, pottery, and colors galore. Enjoy your amble and look for the Chatham Artists Guild logo in the merchants’ windows.

The Chatham Artists Guild is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

For further info call 919/200-8508 or e-mail to (

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, Calls for Participation in the 10th Annual Live Oak Art & Music Fest – Deadline Sept. 26, 2015

April 17, 2015


CREATE! Conway is excited to present the 10th Annual Live Oak Art & Music Fest on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, from 10am – 5pm in Conway, SC. It’s a fun, family event presented under the oaks and on the lawn of the Horry County Courthouse (3rd & Elm). This year’s celebration of creativity features an Artisan Market with fine arts & crafts for sale, a KIDS CREATE! Makers Zone and an awesome line up of talented musicians to keep you entertained throughout the day.

The deadline for registration is Sept. 26, 2015.

The 10th Annual Live Oak Art & Music Fest is hosted by Create! Conway, a non-profit community art promotion and art education organization. We celebrate creativity and community at this event by showcasing local artists and musicians, fine arts and crafts for sale, free live music, and the Kids CREATE! Makers Zone. The Live Oak is held each year in conjunction with the City’s Fall Festival so there is LOTS to do throughout day in historic downtown Conway.

If you are a first-time exhibitor to the Live Oak Art & Music Fest, please e-mail (3) photos of your artwork and (1) booth photo to ( We will notify you of final acceptance status.

More information and online registration: CALL TO ARTISTS: Live Oak Art & Music Fest (

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Entries for “FRESH” New Works by North Carolina Artists – Deadline May 21, 2015

April 17, 2015


Artspace in Raleigh, NC, calls for entries for “FRESH” a juried exhibition on view in Gallery One at Artspace from May 29 – June 26, 2015.

“FRESH” is an exhibition of new works by North Carolina artists. But with a twist!

Be part of an exhibition that features two opportunities for all artists who submit artwork to show and sell their work at Artspace before the juried exhibition opens June 5th.

A portion of exhibition proceeds will support the Artspace Summer Arts Program Scholarship Fund, nurturing the next generation of visual artists.

Find out more and apply now at (

Artist Submissions: Open to artists ages 18+ working in NC in all media. Submissions must be available for sale, less than two years old, and limited in size to 48″. Artists may submit one piece.

Online applications due before May 21, 2015. Work must be delivered to Artspace May 21-23, 2015.

Submission fees: $15 for members, $25 for non-members.

Contact Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs, with questions by e-mail at (

​Sales & Commission: All artwork must be available for purchase. Artists will receive 50% commission from sales.

Artists may donate all or a portion of their commission to Artspace for a tax-deductible contribution to the Artspace Summer Arts Program Scholarship Fund.

Juror & Awards: The exhibition and awards will be juried by Cora Fischer, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC.

Cash awards for Best In Show ($500), 2nd Place ($250), Third Place ($100) and People’s Choice ($75).

“FRESH” Events: “FRESH” Look: Pre-Jury Viewing Party on Friday, May 29th and Sat., May 30th; “FRESH” Opening: First Friday, June 5th; and “Fresh” Discussion: With Cora Fischer, SECCA; Bill Thelen, LUMP and guests on Thurs., June 11th.

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Seeks Artist Submissions for Bassett Gallery’s 2015-2016 Season – Deadline May 18, 2015

April 17, 2015

The Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC), in Camden, SC, is currently accepting artist materials for consideration for exhibition in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from Sept. 2015 through May 2016. All submissions will be considered for both solo and group exhibitions.

Artists must submit samples via e-mail, link to a “cloud” portfolio, or by sending a CD with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles to the FAC. A resume, submission form, description of the style of work, its size and medium used should all be included. Submissions must also include a brief artist statement and be representative of the work that will be on exhibition. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

Submission forms can be found on the Fine Arts Center website at (, or you may drop by the FAC Box Office to get a copy. If you need your materials returned, please include a pre-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials.

Materials will be accepted through May 18, 2015.

Send to:
Exhibits Committee
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC  29020

Please e-mail your submissions to ( For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson by e-mail at ( or by phone at 803/425-7676 ext. 305.

Artists are responsible for load-in, hanging of the exhibition as well as tear-down. Any expenses incurred by the artist(s) for travel, set-up, tear-down, etc. of any exhibition are not covered by the FAC. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s.) Artists should be willing to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. However, special consideration could be made for unique exhibitions where the artwork is for display only. The selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than June 30, 2015. Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to eight weeks.  The Gallery is free and open to the public.  Hours are 10am to 5pm, Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10am to 6pm Thursday.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

For more information about the FAC, please visit ( or call 803/425-7676, ext. 300.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

Baldwin, Markey and Nadler Introduce Legislation to Level the Playing Field for American Visual Artists

April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, US Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation to level the playing field for visual artists in the United States by establishing copyright protections for their intellectual property.

“Our quality of life is improved when artists and arts organizations can make valuable contributions to our communities in Wisconsin and across the country,” said Senator Baldwin, who serves on the National Council on the Arts. “The ART Act is a commonsense measure that helps protect the intellectual property of our artists. Just as our copyright laws extend to musicians and authors to encourage their artistic creativity, they should also apply to our visual artists.”

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) said, “The creativity of America’s visual artists is a currency that should be properly valued, and the ART Act ensures they are fairly compensated for their work. More than 70 other countries provide visual artists’ copyright protections for their intellectual property, and the ART Act brings the United States in line with the international community so that American artists can receive reasonable royalties when their works are sold overseas. I thank Senator Baldwin and Rep. Nadler for their partnership on this legislation that ensures we recognize these important contributors to our culture.”

“We have made great progress in the past year in building support for the ART Act, but our work is not yet done,” said Congressman Nadler (D-NY), who first introduced a version of the ART Act in 2011 and serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. “I have spent the past year speaking directly to artists and at forums with lawyers and others who specialize in art and intellectual property issues to discuss the merits of the proposal.  The idea has been embraced and endorsed by many Members of Congress, and we have discussed the legislation in formal hearings within the House Judiciary Committee.  At a time when more than 70 other countries properly compensate visual artists for their work, it is time for the United States to do the same. I am proud to join Senators Baldwin and Markey in this effort to bring some small measure of fairness to American visual artists.”

Under current copyright law, visual artists – painters, sculptors, and photographers – are denied the ability to fully benefit from the success of their work over time. Unlike recording artists or publishers who, if successful, sell thousands of copies of their work and recoup a royalty from each purchase, artists sell their work only once.  If they are successful, the price of their work increases but they recoup nothing if their original work is resold at a much higher price. The benefits derived from the appreciation in the price of a visual artists’ work typically accrues to collectors, auction houses, and galleries, not to the artist.  In addition, United States artists are at a disadvantage in the global art market where more than 70 other countries have provided resale royalty rights for visual artists.  The American Royalties, Too (ART) Act of 2015 remedies this inequity by providing a modest resale royalty right for visual artists.

The ART Act would:

· Provide a competitive resale royalty of five percent of the sales price (up to $35,000) for any work of visual art sold at auction for $5,000 or more.

· The resale royalty applies to any auction where the entity conducting the auction has sold at least $1 million of visual art during the previous year.

· Royalties are collected by visual artists’ copyright collecting societies who must distribute the royalties to the artists or their heirs at least four times per year.

· Allows US artists to collect resale royalties when their works are sold at auction in the EU and more than 70 other countries.

· The ART Act requires further study by the Copyright Office after five years to determine the effects of the resale royalty on the art market and whether it should be expanded to cover works sold by dealers and other art market professionals.

For further info contact: Meghan Roh (Baldwin) 202/224-6225; Giselle Barry (Markey) 202/224-2742 or John Doty (Nadler) 202/225-5635.

2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show Emerging Artist Grant Recipients Announced in Charleston, SC

April 17, 2015


Fine Craft Shows Charleston is pleased to announce the two exhibiting artists awarded Emerging Artist Grants for the 2015 shows. This is the first year in the 36-year history of the events that such grants have been awarded. These events have always been superior venues for talented, skilled craft artists to enter the professional show arena. The feedback from show patrons and other artists is always helpful in making artistic career choices.

These grants are awarded to artists new to the show/exhibit arena in a professional capacity within the past two years. Each grant is equivalent to the artists’ booth fees for their featured weekend. In addition, each artist will be featured in press releases and show promotional materials. The Applicants are juried by a professional group of slide jurors. Awardees are selected based on eligibility, juror panel scores, and outstanding artistic ability.  These events are a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival held annually in Charleston, South Carolina.

This year, the recipients are

May 22-24 show:  Melina LaVecchia, Clay Artist from Boone, North Carolina


May 29 – 31 show: Jan Barco, Leather Artist, from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Melina LaVecchia earned a BFA in Art Education from Appalachian State University in 2014, with a concentration in ceramics and drawing. Growing up in an Italian family, Melina gained inspiration from her mother’s table settings and her father’s attention to culinary detail. After studying the American Craft movement from the 1950’s, LaVecchia knew she wanted to reclaim the ”American Dream” by designing and producing her own tableware. From hand-throwing each piece, to carefully designing and illustrating, to setting the table, LaVecchia wants her work to curate a relationship between the food, the tableware and the people breaking bread.

Photo courtesy of Melina LaVecchia

Jan Barco says, “Leather is one of the greatest materials known to man. Its uses are unlimited. An ancient canvas, its feel, smell, touch excites me. I lose myself. First I cut 10 to 12 ounce saddle skirting into the shape I want. Then carve piece with a swivel knife and tool when flat. I apply dies and burnish. Soak piece in water and mold it. As it dries fabric is shaped. Final product is burnished. Each process adds a new dimension. I dream leather.”

Photo courtesy of Jan Barco

For additional information, please contact Fine Craft Shows Charleston by e-mail at (

13th Annual Juried Fine Art and Craft Show to be Held at Historic Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC – Apr. 25 & 26, 2015

April 14, 2015


The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, on Hilton Head Island, SC, a juried fine art and craft outdoor festival, is set for Saturday, Apr. 25 and Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to announce that artwork in media including: clay, wood, fibers, metals, glass, jewelry, watercolors, oil, mixed media and photography will be on display and for sale.

The event will host nearly 90 artists from as far away as Wisconsin and well-known local artists as they share the spotlight during this weekend-long event. Each artist will compete for prizes up to $5,000. The Judge for this year’s show is Kristen Watts. Watts is the Director of Collections and Exhibitions for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.  Watts has served as a judge or juror at many regional and local art festivals throughout the southeast, most recently as a juror for the ArtFields© competition in Lake City, SC.

The show is open to the public on Saturday, from 10am – 5pm and on Sunday, from 11am – 4pm. There is a $6.00 per car parking donation, while admission to the show is free.  Demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend.  Food and beverages will be available for sale during the event.

Honey Horn is a name that has existed for over two centuries, possessing a rich cultural and natural history legacy.  It is described by many as the last significant parcel of undeveloped open space on Hilton Head Island. Consisting of 69 pristine acres at the juncture of the Cross Island Expressway and Highway 278, the property is filled with salt marshes, stands of live oaks, open fields, and a unique collection of some of the oldest structures that exist on Hilton Head Island. The Discovery House at the Coastal Discovery Museum is open daily from 9am – 4:30pm and Sunday, 11am – 3pm.

For further information visit (

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Welcomes Jason Andrew for Gallery Talk on Jack Tworkov – Apr. 22, 2015

April 14, 2015


The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, is pleased to welcome back Jason Andrew for a special gallery talk on Apr. 22, 2015, at 5:30pm in conjunction with the exhibit, “Jack Tworkov: Beyond Black Mountain, Selected Works From 1952-1982″.

Andrew is the Manager and Curator of the Estate of Jack Tworkov and has organized many exhibitions of the artist’s work, including the 2009 retrospective “Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes, Five Decades of Painting”. He is an independent scholar specializing in Post War American Art and is currently directing and editing the online Catalogue Raisonne Project of Works on Canvas by Jack Tworkov. In addition, Andrew is a prominent figure in the Bushwick, Brooklyn art scene and is the co-founder/director of Norte Maar, a non-profit now celebrating its 10th Anniversary encouraging, promoting and presenting collaborative projects in the arts.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

The event is free with membership or Museum admission

Additional information on upcoming exhibitions and public programs at the Museum can be found online at (


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