The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Calls for Artists to Bring Their Best – Deadline Aug. 11, 2015

July 6, 2015


The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, is making a call for artists to enter “Bring Us Your Best XII”, an all media visual art exhibition, which will open with an awards reception on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, from 5-7pm. Regional visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in “Bring Us Your Best”, now in its twelfth year.

“Red Pony,” clay sculpture by Christine Kosiba, won 1st place in fine craft category in 2014.

The popular exhibition will be hosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building. Entries will be received on Monday, Aug. 10, and Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015,from 10am to 4pm. No late entries will be allowed. There are no geographic restrictions for entrants.

A juried and judged competition, Bring Us Your Best XII offers more than $3,000 in cash prizes and gift certificates.  First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of four categories:  two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Artist’s Choice Award of $300 will be announced during the opening reception; this award is being presented by two sponsoring artists, and will be selected by the artists who have work in the show.

“Morning in Patterson, NY” pastel by Christine Mariotti, won 1st place in 2-Dimensional category in 2014.

The winner of the One Planet, One World award will be announced at the opening reception. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, the $250 cash prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

All gallery visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the end of the show. The winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Art Supply and Framing Shop.

“Bring Us Your Best XII” will be on display from Monday, August 17, through Friday, August 28, 10am-4pm weekdays. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and accessible to all. All artwork is for sale during the exhibition.

Artists can find the prospectus with information for entering the show at (, or by contacting the Arts Council at by e-mail at ( or calling 828/693-8504.

“Bring Us Your Best XII” is sponsored in part by the Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance is on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Hosts a Native American Marketplace – July 11, 2015

July 6, 2015


The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, is excited to host an Authentically Cherokee Native American Marketplace on Saturday, July 11, 2015, from noon – 5pm. This event will showcase work by members of Authentically Cherokee, a group of contemporary Cherokee artists from Cherokee, NC (historically referred to as the Qualla Boundary). Artists will not only sell their work, but also demonstrate their processes. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend, learn, support and shop! Admission is free.


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.

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

Fine Craft Shows Charleston Announces 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows Awards Made in Charleston, SC

July 5, 2015

The 36th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows, held May 22-24 and May 29-31, 2015, featured fine weather, great crowds, and beautiful crafts presented by artists from all over the US. The two weekend events held in historic Wragg Square Park in Charleston, SC, featured art by 119 artists from 21 states.

The Judge for both events was Sherry Browne, a visual artist, working paper cut and collage artist, and owner of Studio Open Gallery in Folly Beach, SC. Awards were distributed on Friday of each weekend.

Best in Show winner Nancy Michael-Susaneck with Mayor Riley.

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley distributed the awards for the May 22-24 show.  Award winners were:
City of Charleston Mayor’s Award (Best in Show): Nancy Michael-Susaneck, a Mixed Media artist from Missouri City, TX;
1st Place: Addelle Sanders, a Fiber artist from Charleston, SC;
2nd Place: R. L. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA;
3rd Place: Maggie Joynt a Jeweler from Hope Mills, NC.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Christie May, a Jeweler from Greenwood, IN; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silverhill, AL and Leslie Peebles, a Printmaker from Gainesville, FL.
The Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Justin Brady, a Woodworker from Bell Buckle, TN,
and the Emerging Artist Grant went to Melina LaVecchia, a Potter from Boone, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Molly Griggs and Lindsay Powell, a Fiber artists from Charleston, SC; R.C. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA; Susan Marling, a Fiber artist from Acworth, GA and  Doug Richard, a Woodwoorker from Satsuma, FL.

Show Judge Sherry Browne distributed the awards for the May 29-31 show.  Award winners were:

1st Place: Kevin Duval, a Metalworker from Wilmington, NC;
2nd Place: Mimi Hay, a Fiber artist from Myrtle Beach, SC;
and 3rd Place: Sabra Richards, a Glassmaker and Metalworker from Worton, MD.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to:  Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Nancy Green, a Potter from Watkinsville, GA and Honey McCrary, a Mosaics Artist from Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The Emerging Artist Grant was awarded to Jan Barco, a Leatherworker from Virginia Beach, VA.
The Slide Juror’s Choice Award went to Tanya Gerard and Rob Thomas, Woodworkers from Beech Mountain, NC;
and the Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Lucy Clark, a Potter from Clear Mountain, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silver Hill, AL; Uzo Ezekwudo, a Fiber artist from Chapel Hill, NC and Hanan Ingel and Erez Epshtein, Jewelers from Berkeley, CA.

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston would like to thank the artists, staff and volunteers who help to make this show possible. We would also like to thank the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks, and Police Department for their assistance.

More information about this show and future shows, along with photos of the award winners, is available on our website: (

Photos available from our website (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Receives $750 from NBSC to Support Arts Fund

July 5, 2015


NBSC presented The Arts Partnership, a.k.a. Chapman Cultural Center, in Spartanburg, SC, with a $750 check on Monday, June 22, 2015, to support its United Arts Fund, which fosters the arts and culture in Spartanburg County.

Community Executive Fred G. Williams and Private Wealth Relationship Manager Jennifer Cash delivered NBSC’s contribution to the 2014-2015 United Arts Fund while surrounded by local artwork in Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, one of the partner organizations that benefit from the Fund. Chapman Cultural Center’s President and CEO Jennifer Evins and Director of Annual Giving Karen Parrott were present to receive the check.

Senior Commercial Banker Fred G. Williams (far left) and Senior Vice President Jennifer C. Cash (second from right) of NBSC present the $750 check to President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center Jennifer Evins (second from left) and Director of Annual Giving Karen Parrott (far right) in the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery.

“Spartanburg is a community of giving and collaboration,” Parrott said. “When local businesses invest in what we do here at Chapman, they’re saying, ‘We support award-winning arts education for our children, the visual and performing arts, history, and science.’ They’re saying that arts are a great investment.”

“I think Spartanburg is a great place to live, work, and play,” Cash, who is an avid supporter and patron of the arts, said. “The Arts Partnership has so much to offer our community, and we are very lucky to have Chapman Cultural Center at the center.”

Chapman Cultural Center’s United Arts Fund fosters education, partnerships, economy, and entertainment in Spartanburg. The Fund supports arts education programs that reach more than 47,000 students in the county, provides more than $700,000 in operating support for partner organizations, boosts local economy by hosting 262,000 visitors annually and providing millions of dollars in economic impact, and engages citizens and visitors of all ages and backgrounds with cultural programming.

For more information on Chapman Cultural Center and how to support the arts, call 864/542-ARTS or visit (

NBSC has been a financial leader in South Carolina since 1905, providing quality customer service while practicing sound financial management. In 1994, NBSC joined Synovus Financial Corp. and in 2010 became a division of Synovus Bank. Synovus is one of the largest financial institutions in the Southeast, providing commercial and retail banking to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. NBSC has 39 branches in 16 counties and is dedicated to being an integral part of the community.

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Calls Fall Pop-Up Residencies – Deadlines of July 15 and Aug. 1, 2015

July 5, 2015


Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, is calling for proposals for two 10-day Pop-Up residencies to be held in fall 2015. The Pop-Up Artist Residency program at Greenhill provides a space and materials for emerging North Carolina-based artist to create and exhibit artworks in a family friendly education setting.

During Allison Luce’s Pop-Up residency at Greenhill in May and June she focused on art through collaboration working closely with the Greenhill curatorial interns on her Ancient Expanse installation. Luce commented, the installation, “becomes a communal project as we are [all] making decisions about the line-work, patterns and variety on how it all comes together to create an overall design. It is great being a part of an invigorating environment where people are excited about making things.” She also worked with children and families throughout the week sharing information and techniques for working with clay.

During May First Friday at Greenhill, Allison Luce with a group of adults working on a collaborative installation.

Pop-Up residencies take place in the NC Studio of ArtQuest, Greenhill’s one-of-a-kind hands-on education studios for children and families. Greenhill is looking for artists who have a genuine interest in sharing their techniques and processes with children and families who frequent the space. If desired, artists can invite visitors to participate in art making activities alongside them. Artists will be expected to work in the studio during regular business hours for a minimum of five to seven days to include one Family Night, which takes place on Wednesdays from 5-7pm, and First Friday 6-9pm offering artists a unique opportunity to share their work with visitors.

Selected artists will receive a $200 material stipend, exposure, networking opportunities, internet access, plus, close proximity to The Gallery at Greenhill and use of ArtQuest materials and equipment. The first fall residency will be Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, 2015 and the second residency will be Oct. 28 – Nov. 6, 2015.

Applications are due on July 15 and Aug, 1, 2015, respectively.

To apply, fill out an application to ( Prior to submitting an application it is recommended to view ( for information about ArtQuest and exhibitions that will be taking place in The Gallery during scheduled residencies. Applications are accepted year round and will be reviewed bi-monthly. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

For more information, contact Laura Maruzzella, MAAT, Art Educator, by calling 336/333.7460 x 107 or e-mail to (

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, Call for Artists to Participate in Art in the Arboretum – Deadline is Sept. 18, 2015

July 5, 2015


The Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is calling for artists to participate in Art in the Arboretum, held Oct. 2 – 4, 2015, in the Cooperative Extension and Arboretum located at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

The show is open to 2D & 3D artists, professional and emerging, 18 years & older.

Deadline to submit is Sept 18, 2015.

For further details visit (

The Wilmington Art Association is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for area visual artists to gain community recognition through shows and exhibitions. It offers a forum wherein artists, local craftsmen, and people interested in the visual arts can exchange ideas, learn from each other, and contribute to the community. It provides educational programs, demonstrations, and lectures, which will lead to better public understanding and appreciation of visual arts.

Caldwell Arts Council, in Lenoir NC, Calls for Entries for 30th Annual Sculpture Celebration Held Sept. 12, 2015

July 5, 2015


The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, (a Caldwell County, NC non-profit) announces the 30th annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Work by Betty Branch

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards. No commission in event of sales. 30th annual event brings sculptors east of the Mississippi River to Lenoir, NC, for this event. Early registration discounts are available.

For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council, by calling 828/754-2486, e-mail to (, or visit (

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

Fort Mill History Museum Will Soon be Moving to New Location in Fort Mill, SC

July 5, 2015


The Fort Mill History Museum will be moving from the White Street facility to the historic Wilson House at 107 Clebourne Street in Fort Mill, SC, this summer. The Wilson house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1992. Built in 1869 by Stewart Wilson it is significant as an example of Victorian residential architecture. It was one of the first homes built on Main Street and was moved to its present location in the 1920’s to make way for commercial expansion.

The new location will put the museum right in the heart of downtown activity, and present new opportunities to promote the community’s culture and rich history to visitors and newcomers alike. This is a new beginning for the Fort Mill History Museum! Staff, volunteers and board members are excited about the move and look forward to new projects, future exhibits, educational programs, seminars, and cultural activities. The Fort Mill community will be an important part of the success of these events, and of the Fort Mill History Museum’s mission to collect, preserve and promote our community’s history.

As a result of the upcoming move, the museum will be closing its N. White Street site on July 6, 2015, with plans to reopen at the 107 Clebourne Street address later this summer. A grand opening date will be announced in coming weeks. We thank the Fort Mill community for your support and patience.

For further info e-mail to (, call 803/802-3646 or visit (

Hickory, NC’s 30th Annual Oktoberfest Calls for Artists Participation – Deadline is Aug. 1, 2015

July 5, 2015

Hickory, NC’s Oktoberfest 2015 is now accepting applications for Arts and Crafts vendors. Celebrating its 30th year, this annual festival will be held Oct. 9, 10, and 11, 2015, in downtown Hickory, NC. Estimated attendance is 100,000 for the three day event.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

Oktoberfest’s Juried Arts and Crafts show is a juried event, with prizes given for the top three artisans. The Arts & Crafts area includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles, jewelry, photography and more. Booth spaces are 10′ x 10′ and limited to one craftsperson per booth.

Registration will be accepted until Thursday, August 1, 2015.

Booth fees are $200.00 for all three days with electricity available for an additional $25.00. Applications and guidelines are available on line at (

Other vendors include foods from around the world, commercial businesses, and nonprofit organizations.  Applications for Commercial and Non-Profit vendors are available online at (  Food vendors are welcomed into the festival by invitation only. No applications are provided online.

For more information on Oktoberfest 2015, applications and guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website ( and click on vendor applications or e-mail to (

Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center Calls for Artists and Vendors for 2015 Artisans Holiday Show in Lancaster, SC

July 5, 2015

Artisans, craftsmen, and holiday vendors are invited to participate in the third annual Artisans Holiday Show in downtown Lancaster, SC. The indoor show will be held at 212 S. Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, from 10am – 4pm as part of the Red Rose Holiday Tour in partnership with non-profit agencies Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center & Artists Market.

This holiday market features handmade arts and crafts and holiday vendors. Participation fees start at $50 and applications may be obtained by calling 803/287-7853 or by e-mailing to ( Vendor applications are online at ( or by mail at P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

The Artisans Holiday Market has been named a top 20 event for December 2015 by Southeast Tourism Society.  Avant Garde Center for the Arts is an all-volunteer non-profit arts agency which exists to provide opportunities to diverse neighborhoods.


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