Charlotte Millennial Art Program in Charlotte, NC, Announces Bechtler Museum Curator as Speaker for August 31, 2016

August 22, 2016

Who better to educate a group of young Charlotteans on contemporary art than the Bechtler Museum’s curator, Jennifer Edwards? Her life in the world of art has been surrounded by the work of artists who have helped redefine the contemporary art world. Some are dead but many are alive and creating exciting new work. Edwards is the fourth speaker to present at the Charlotte Millennial Art Program’s meeting set at Elder Gallery, located at 1520 South Tryon Street, on Aug. 31, 2016, from 6-7:30pm.

Edwards comes to Charlotte after earning her Ph.D. in fine arts from New York University and living in Los Angeles where she held curatorial positions at Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.

Charlotte Millennial Art Program (CMAP) is the result of Elder Gallery’s desire to connect with the growing number of young professionals who now live and work around the gallery’s SouthEnd District location. The intent of CMAP is to bring together young people who would like to gain a better understanding of art and to learn what constitutes “good art.” Discussion topics were chosen by attendees at the initial meeting and are delivered the last Wednesday of each month by qualified presenters. Meetings are free and open to the public who are within the age group of 21 to 35.

Future programs will be directed to “The Business of Art”, “One Person’s Passion for Public Sculpture”, and art demonstrations and art critiques.

For further information call Elder Gallery at 704/370-6337.

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Offers Fall Lineup of Exhibits

August 22, 2016

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The Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, galleries will host several events in the fall months. Please take a look below and mark your calendar so you do not miss your favorite events. These events are free and open to the public.

Artist-in-Residence with Keith Brown, Catawba potter will be at the Center on Thursday, Friday, and every other Saturday from 10am until 4pm starting August 25, 2016. The residency will run through December 17, 2016. This event is grant funded and supported by the South Carolina’s Art Commission

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 4-8pm
Happy Halloween! Come join us for storytelling and Artist-in-Residence demonstrations. Come by the Center between 4pm and 8pm for a trick and a treat! Keith Brown will be in the gallery providing pottery demonstrations and talking with visitors about the Catawba pottery tradition. Catawba Storyteller Beckee Garris will also be available telling Native stories to visitors throughout the afternoon.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 9am-4pm: Native American Art and Crafts Annual Winter Sale Catawba pottery, jewelry, baskets, and other works handmade by Native American artists and craftspeople will be available Saturday, December 3rd at the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center from 9am to 4pm. Vendors will be offering a wide variety of artwork, crafts, decorative items, and unique handmade objects perfect for holiday gift-giving. Visitors will also have the opportunity tour the exhibits in the Native American Studies Center and to see demonstrations of Catawba pottery by artist in resident Keith Brown.

For further information call 803/313-7172 or visit (http://usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS/).

The Artisans Holiday Market in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline Oct. 31, 2016

August 22, 2016

Artisans are invited to apply for the Artisans Holiday Market to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from 10am until 4pm.  Located in a new location, indoors at Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse, 100 N. Main Street in the Cultural Arts District, the fourth annual event offers free admission to a holiday shopper’s paradise.

Artist fees begin at $75 and deadline for application is Oct. 31, 2016.

Dozens of artisans and craftsmen will be showing and selling wares and visitors will find a great selection fine art, folk art, and traditional art from throughout the Southeast. The event is a partnership of Avant Garde Center for the Arts, a non-profit providing arts opportunities and Olde English District Visitor Center & Artists Market and is a featured event of See Lancaster, SC’s Christmas in the City, designed to increase tourism during the first weekend of December.

For artist applications or information on the Artisans Holiday Market, visit (https://www.facebook.com/avantgardeartist), e-mail to (cmstevens@comporium.net), call 803/287-7853, or mail at Avant Garde Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

Appalachian Pastel Society in Mills River, NC, Offers Addren Doss During Monthly Meeting – Sept. 10, 2016

August 22, 2016

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Appalachian Pastel Society in Mills River, NC, will present a presentation and demo by Addren Doss, pastel painter, from Greensboro, NC, Sept. 10, 2016, from 10am – noon, at Grace Community Church, 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC, 28759.

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Work by Addren Doss

Using the landscape of Georgia O’Keeffe country we will explore how the colors and elements of the New Mexico landscape differ from those of the Blue Ridge, and what they have in common. We will create two small landscape paintings using an image from the Santa Fe National Forest, and an image from the Pisgah National Forest. Each painting will begin with the same under tone on the paper and notan/value thumbnail sketches. Then we will let the colors of the region take over.

For further info call Cathyann Burgess at 828/595-9518, e-mail to (cathyannburgess@gmail.com) or visit (www.appalachianpastelsociety.org).

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of “Bring Us Your Best XIII”

August 22, 2016

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The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XIII”. Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. “Bring Us Your Best XIII” is on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus through Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

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Work by David Simchock

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chair, Pat McAfee, and presented by Joan Jackson, who represented the Wax Family Memorial Funds, long-time sponsor of the awards. The following received awards:

1st Place/2-dimensional  – Barbara Zimmerman “Seasonal Reflections”

1st Place/3-dimensional – Thomas Crothers “Miss Muffet’s Last Sit”

1st Place/Photography – David Simchock “Barcelona Façade”

1st Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “Voice of the Trees”

2nd Place/2-dimensional  – Gary Cooley, “Theo”

2nd Place/3-dimensional – Bobbie Polizzi, “She had the Weirdest Dream that she had Run Away and Joined the Circus”

2nd Place/Photography – Ken Weaver, “Glass and Water”

2nd Place/Fine Craft – Didi Salvatierra, “Hip, Hip, Hoya!”

3rd Place/2-dimensional  – Megan Richard, “Smokey Mountain Midnight”

3rd Place/3-dimensional – Janet Leazenby, “Rabbit”

3rd Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “Screenwriters”

3rd Place/Fine Craft – Thomas Crothers, “Music Stand”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received checks for $100.

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Works by Holland Van Gores

In addition to the above awards, Joe Criscione, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Susan M. Hopps for her watercolor painting entitled “Communication.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life.

Ten Honorable Mention awards, $25 Gift Certificates for The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, were awarded to the following: David Adler, Terry Ashley, Lucy Clark, Samuel Dillon, Beverly Kies, Rob McKelvy, Ken Peterson, David Simchock, Diane Southen, and David Voorhees.

Henderson County artists Walter Arnold and Brian Shope sponsored an “Artist’s Choice” award. After participating artists voted for their favorite piece in the show just before the opening reception, ballots were tabulated, and Gary Cooley took home the $300 cash prize for his oil painting entitled “Theo.”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply & Custom Framing Shop, and will be announced on the last day of the exhibition. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, 1-4pm.  All artwork is for sale during this exhibition which is free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or visit (www.acofhc.org).

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, “Bring Us Your Best XIII” is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop,  the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, 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 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792.  (Entrance on Fourth Ave. W.),

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Announces NC Art Outreach Project 2016

August 22, 2016

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GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, announces its second installment of the NC Artist Outreach Project, a program made possible by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation. The NC Art Outreach Project (Oct. 6-7, 2016) is designed to provide exposure to North Carolina artists by facilitating a dialogue with a nationally recognized artist, critic and curator. This year’s project is hosted in conjunction with GreenHill’s fall exhibition “Insistent Objects: Works by Young NC Sculptors” (Sept. 2 – Nov. 6, 2016).

Following on the success of the 2014 NC Art Outreach Project held during GreenHill’s exhibition Independents, this year’s project will offer the artists of Insistent Objects artists an invaluable opportunity to network with experts in the field of sculpture and receive direct feedback about their creative practices. Beginning on Oct. 6, 2016, at 6pm in The Gallery at GreenHill with a Panel Roundtable, guest panelists will present their experience working in contemporary art giving attention to the sculpture mediums. Guest Panelists include Glenn Harper, Tom Moran and Michael Ballou. Admission is Free.

On Oct. 7, 2016, artists will present slides to the panel for feedback and critique. Curated by Edie Carpenter, Insistent Objects is the first sculpture survey organized by GreenHill in a decade, highlighting works in the round by 18 hand-picked young contemporary artists who work, teach, studied or participated in an artist residency in North Carolina.  Participating artists include Ivana Milojevic Beck, Casey Cook, Andy Denton, Aaron Earley, Mario Gallucci, Rachel K. Garceau, Peter Goff, Joe Grant, Paul Howe, Kamal Nassif, Benjamin S. Reid, John Seefeldt, Austin Sheppard, Meg Stein, Frankie Toan, Kevin M. Vanek, Lu Xu and Ashley York.

Glenn Harper is Editor of “Sculpture” magazine and was formerly editor of “Art Papers”. He has written for “Aperture”, “Artforum”, “Public Art Review”, “Afterimage”, “Exit Express”, and for books on the works of artists John Van Alstine, Athena Tacha, and others. Tom Moran is Chief Curator and Director of Artistic Development of Grounds for Sculpture (GFS), a 42-acre landscaped sculpture park on the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds which has been instrumental in introducing sculpture to a wider public. During his 30 year tenure as Director of Arts Inclusion and Artistic Services at the New Jersey State Arts Council he placed thousands of works of art in the state and federal buildings. Michael Ballou is a New York-based visual artist who works in media including film, installation, performance and sculpture.  A longstanding member of the Williamsburg artist community in Brooklyn, he was one of the guiding spirits behind Four Walls, a combination of clubhouse and laboratory for the exchange of art and ideas hosted in his garage studio. He has exhibited at Valentine Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, and the Kunsthalle (Vienna), among others.

Preceding the morning private presentations, join us in The Gallery for opportunity to talk with artists and panelists during a catered breakfast from 8:30am to 9:45am.  Cost is $8/person.  Registration is available at (GreenHillNC.org/breakfast). Register before Oct. 5, 2016. An evening opening reception of Insistent Objects will be held in The Gallery at GreenHill as a Downtown Greensboro First Friday program from 6-9pm.

GreenHill is the center for NC Art. GreenHill engages a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. GreenHill is the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating contemporary visual art and artists of NC.

GreenHill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Parking is available in Davie Street and Church Street parking decks in downtown Greensboro.  The Gallery at GreenHill is open Tue.-Fri. 12-7pm, Saturdays 12-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

For more information visit (www.GreenHillNC.org).

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition – Deadline is Sept. 2, 2016

August 22, 2016

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The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition is calling all county-wide artists! Any resident of Lancaster County high school age or older is eligible to participate in this annual competition.

Deliver your paintings between August 31 -September 2, 2016, during Arts Council hours, Monday – Thursday 9am to 5pm and  Friday 9am to 3pm.

The Artist Reception is Sunday, September 18,  3 to 5pm. This is a free, public reception, so please invite your friends and family!

This exhibit is sponsored by the Hagins family, Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information or competition guidelines call 803/285-7451 or visit (www.lccarts.net).

Barn Quilt from Landrum, SC, Selected to Represent South Carolina in Quilt Barn Book

August 22, 2016

Artwork on a Landrum, SC, property is featured in the newly released book “Following the Barn Quilt Trail,” by Suzi Parron, which highlights barn quilts from across the U.S.

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The building, which features a pattern titled “Bow Tie,” is home to the dental office of Paul Walters. The design was chosen to represent South Carolina in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection.

Barn quilts from 13 states were selected for the redwork mini-ornament kit, which features embroidery that uses red floss on muslin fabric. This historic needlework technique is known to be simple and fast to complete.

Posy Lough, owner of the Posy Collection, explained that barn quilts are colorful quilt patterns painted on panels and hung on barns or buildings that capture the spirit of American quilting and local heritage.

“We spent two years traveling cross-country interviewing barn quilt owners,” Parron said. “The book takes the reader on that journey across rural America to visit the folks whose stories inspired me.”

“We took some of the most iconic quilt squares and put them together in a kit for quilt lovers and stitchers to enjoy,” Lough said.

In addition to being a work of art, each barn quilt tells a story unique to its owner or property. Walters chose the bow tie pattern because he has a quilt with the same pattern, made for him as a child by an elderly neighbor.

Donna Sue Groves originally conceived the barn quilt trail concept in 2001. She worked with her Ohio community to create the first quilt trail to honor her mother, thus inspiring a movement. Now, thousands of barns across the United States feature quilt patterns.

Lough and Parron worked together to choose the patterns and interpret them for the redwork design. Kits may be purchased at (www.barnquiltinfo.com).

Carolina Artists Guild in Morehead City, NC, Calls for Entries

August 22, 2016

The Carolina Artists Guild in Morehead City, NC, is calling for entries for the exhibit, “Horses of the Outer Banks”, on view at the Carolina Artists Gallery, from Sept. 17 – Nov. 4, 2016.

The show benefits The Foundation for Shackleford Horses, which is dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of these unique “banker ponies.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork in this show will be given to the Foundation. Awards will be granted in 3 different categories: 2D, Photography, and 3D.

For more info visit the Carolina Artists Gallery website at (www.carolinaartistgallery.com).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Applications for 701 CCA Prize 2016 – Deadline Sept. 3, 2016

August 22, 2016

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, announces the third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a bi-annual art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The project will take place with a juried process resulting in a November – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize by completing and submitting the application package. The application guidelines and package can be downloaded at (www.701cc.org).

Crucial dates are as follows:
September 3, 2016: application deadline; applications need to be in 701 CCA’s possession by that date at 5pm;
September 21, 2016: announcement of the three 701 CCA Prize 2016 finalists;
November 3, 2016: opening reception for the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition featuring the three finalists;
December 1, 2016: presentation of the 701 CCA Prize 2016 Winner during the 701 CCA Prize 2016 Celebration;
December 18, 2016: last day of the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition.

With this third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has made an important change to the eligibility requirements, dropping the requirement that applicants should have had a solo exhibition in a professional exhibition venue in the past two years. “During the past two installments, we noticed that several serious, talented young artists wouldn’t apply for the 701 CCA Prize because they hadn’t had a solo exhibition in a professional venue in the two previous years,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “To open up the competition and exhibition and include all young, major talents in the state, we, therefore, have decided to drop that particular requirement.”

“The 701 CCA Prize continues to add a crucial component to the eco-system and infra-structure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “The 701 CCA Prize is the most important platform to highlight some of the extraordinary young talent in South Carolina, and as such, this competition and exhibition has come to fill a void, not unlike 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial has with respect to a regular overview of contemporary art in our state for artists of all ages.”

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in it originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2014. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. The application fee is $25.

An independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The three finalists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition at 701 CCA. The three members of the jury panel will be announced later.

The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art publication. The previous two winners were James Busby of Chapin in 2012 and Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia in 2014.

For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Wim Roefs at (803) 238-2351.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.  During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 11-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit (www.701cca.org).


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