Archive for October, 2010

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by NC Society of Goldsmiths

October 28, 2010

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC, is hosting the NC Society of Goldsmiths this fall with an exhibit titled Handcrafted Adornments. Fifteen members will exhibit approximately 90 one-of-a-kind pieces, on view from Nov. 5-28, 2010.

The NC Society of Goldsmiths (NCSG) members are a diverse and dynamic group of artisans working in all metals using a wide variety of metalsmithing techniques from chain maille to metal casting.

Sheila Stillman of Durham, NC, works exclusively in high-karat gold using the ancient technique of granulation – fusing tiny granules of gold to the surface of a piece of jewelry. She frequently incorporates precious stones into her work as well.

Work by Janet Harriman

Janet Harriman of Smyrna, NC, has been creating original designs as a metalsmith and jeweler for 35 years. She has won numerous awards including purchase awards at Artspace and Carolina Designer Craftsmen. She was educated at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She has taught at the Duke University Craft Center and currently gives workshops on enameling.

John Fetvedt, one of the Society’s co-presidents, works primarily in silver, gold and titanium using casting, chain making, etching, fold forming, forging and stone setting techniques. He is particularly skilled in chain making and creates many beautifully intricate chain maille pieces. He teaches chain making classes and has had several articles published in Art Jewelry magazine about wirework.

Monica Hunter’s jewelry ranges from simple to complex using an extensive repertoire of fabrication techniques and assorted metals and materials including stones, pearls, polymers, paint and found objects.

Work by Mirunda Kossoff

Mirinda Kossoff began her creative life in mixed media collage and found that the same line, color, form and self-expression issues lent themselves perfectly to creating jewelry. She likes to work with precious metal clay and sheet metal and sometimes uses resin, gemstones and found objects in her work. She also likes to use Keum Boo, an ancient Korean technique for applying 24k gold to fine silver.

These are just a few of the members exhibiting to give an idea of the scope of experience of the group. NCSG was founded in 1989 to provide opportunities for education and information exchange among members. They are a non-profit organization which seeks to support and advance the work of member metalsmiths and artisans. Membership is open to practicing metalsmiths, retail or manufacturing jewelers, students and persons who are interested in the art and wish to be contributing members of the Society.

For further information call 919/733-7450, ext. 360 or visit (

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, Offers Free Day for Kids – Nov. 6, 2010

October 27, 2010

Go beyond crayons at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Family Day Nov. 6, 2010. The event will provide hands-on art activities for kids of all ages and specially-designed museum tours for families. Art projects take place from noon to 4:30pm in the museum’s classroom and video gallery, both located on the second floor.

Activities will include: Abstract printmaking; Paper “stained glass”; and Interactive computer art.

Most art activities illustrate techniques and styles used by artists in the museum’s current exhibition, School of Paris: European Abstraction Post World War II, on view through Jan. 3, 2011.

Tours of the museum for families will be offered on the hour between noon and 3pm and special tours just for kids will be offered at 1 and 3pm. All tours are docent-led and include sketching, scavenger hunts and a junior art critic game.

Museum admission on Nov. 6 is free for those under 18 years old, all others receive a discounted ticket price of $4. All Family Day activities are free.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures in modernism. The museum is located at 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte. Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday noon – 5pm; closed Tuesdays. The museum is open until 9pm the first and third Fridays of each month. Regular admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students and educators; $4 for youth (11 to 14) and free for children (up to 10).

For museum details visit (

South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Forms to Help SC’s Artists

October 25, 2010

The University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, SC, has partnered with area arts organizations to give them and the low-income artists they represent a new resource for legal assistance.

The South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will offer an online service that provides pro-bono assistance to the arts community.

This new resource is available at (

The SCVLA is a project of the school’s Pro Bono Program and Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, as well as the SC Arts Commission and the SC Bar Pro Bono Program. It refers those needing legal assistance to lawyers who have agreed to donate their time.

“This collaboration has been in the works for many years,” said Ken May, executive director at the SC Arts Commission. “We’re proud to see that it has come to fruition and is now providing the South Carolina arts community with this valuable service.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the law school to expand its relationship with the communities surrounding it,” said Walter F. Pratt Jr., dean of the School of Law. “Building on our nationally known Pro Bono Program, this new venture will allow even more students to learn the value of service to their community while, at the same time, acquiring skills that will make them better lawyers in the future.”

The service uses an online application system to gather facts from artists and arts organizations to match them with appropriate legal representation. SCVLA, cannot assign an attorney to a specific client, nor can it assist all clients. Some clients may be referred to an attorney outside the program.

Artists and arts organizations seeking legal advice or lawyers interested in volunteering their service can visit ( to complete an online application.

Anderson Arts Center’s 28th Annual Arts Auction Takes Place in Anderson, SC – Nov. 13, 2010

October 24, 2010

Come discover the difference art makes and help support the Arts in Anderson by attending the Anderson Arts Center’s 28th Annual Arts Auction. Be prepared to bid on spectacular artwork, exotic getaways, items for your home and packages beyond belief!  This first class event is sure the attract travelers seeking adventure and an escape from the ordinary.

The Anderson Arts Center shares with you each year many distinctive programs, free exhibits, special events, and much that cannot continue without your support. The auction exists to help fund these important community offerings.  Get your passport ready to be creatively stamped and send a postcard from paradise!  Our exotic adventure is on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, for one night only, that will be held at the beautiful Arts Warehouse located at 110 Federal Street in Downtown Anderson.

There are two levels of patrons for the evening. “First Class” Patrons will have a special patron preview one hour before the official event begins, and it will include delectable hors d’oeuvres, plus selected wines. They will also enjoy reserved seating, be able to preview auction items prior to the events, and other unique benefits. These are added to the benefits shared with the “Premium Class” Patron. The “Premium Class” Patrons will be able to bid on original artwork donated by local artists, unique items, exciting services, and adventurous outings. The event will feature an elegant banquet of exquisitely presented fare with complimentary wine and beer.

The schedule for the evening Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010:

“First Class” Patron Arrival, 6:00pm
“Premium Class” Patron Arrival, 7:00pm
First Live Auction & Golden Ticket Drawing, 8:00 – 8:30pm
Artist Gallery Silent Auction, 8:30 – 9:00pm
Final Live Auction, 9:15pm
After Party, 10:00pm

Ticket prices are:

“First Class” Patron Level Tickets
– $150 per person

“Premium Class” Patron Level Tickets
– $85 per person for Arts Center Members
– $95 per person for Non-Members
– $105 at the door

This is a major fundraiser for the Arts Center and supports our annual budget for Artist in Education, Art School, Art Camp and gallery exhibit programs. “It is an exciting event every year and we hope to rise to the challenge of making the evening a memorable one” said Executive Director, Kimberly Spears.

As a center for culture and creative expression, the Anderson Arts Center is a vital force in the quality of life for all residents of Anderson County and for many beyond its borders. From its Arts Warehouse home to a notable permanent collection to creative experiences for those ages 4 to 104, the Arts Center is more than a building, more than an art gallery. Please contact the Anderson Arts Center for ticket information or to request an Auction Catalog!

For further information call 864/222-2787, e-mail to ( or visit (

Columbia Design League Offers Debate on Copyright Laws in Columbia, SC – Nov. 4 & 5, 2010

October 22, 2010

The Columbia Design League, an affiliate membership group of the Columbia Museum of Art, hosts, Copyright Smackdown, a debate to answer all questions related to copyright and wrong.

The Smackdown begins on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, with a screening of Copyright Criminals at the Nickelodeon Theatre at 8pm, followed by conversations with director Ben Franzen.

The Columbia Design League then hosts a spirited discussion of copyrights and wrongs on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at 6pm, at the Columbia Museum of Art. The conversation is led by independent filmmaker Ben Franzen, Renee Hobbs of Temple University’s Media Education Lab, DJ Rasa Don of Arrested Development, Columbia’s own Preach Jacobs, rapper and host of Mo’ Betta Soul, Mark Cooper, Director of the Moving Image Research Collections at USC and copyright lawyer Craig Killen of Nelson Mullins.

“The use of other people’s intellectual property is a natural part of the creative process; to others it’s a crime. The Copyright Smackdown brings together local and national figures to wrestle with the complexities of ownership. We hope it will help us all understand the shifting copyright landscape and decide for ourselves where we stand – and have some fun in the process,” Columbia Design League board member, Betsy Newman, said.

During the event, the audience has an opportunity to create their own intellectual property and decide for themselves whether to obtain a Creative Commons license for their creation.

The Copyright Smackdown is an event in partnership with the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina Film Commission, the Film and Media Studies Program at USC, the USC Department of Art, the Moving Image Research Collections and the Columbia Design League.

$5 / free for Columbia Design League members.

For more information, visit (

Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, Offers Group Critique Night – Oct. 19, 2010

October 14, 2010

Everybody needs a little positive reinforcement, right? The Randolph Arts Guild is hosting a Group Critique Night for the creative peoples in Randolph County, to be held on Tuesday Oct. 19, 2010, from 7-9pm at the Guild’s facility located at 123 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, NC.

The event will be loose and informal with the goal that we talk a bit and listen a bit about whatever it is we are creatively up to.  Folks are encouraged to bring whatever it is you would like to share – a song, a recent painting, sketch work, short story, etc. – and we’ll provide a supportive audience. The event is free. Because of the nature of the event it is limited to the first 25 people.

For more information, and to place your name on the list, please contact the Randolph Arts Guild at 336/629-0399.

6th annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival Takes Place – Oct. 17 – 24, 2010

October 10, 2010

The 6th annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held, Oct. 17 – 24, 2010, in the charming and eclectic historic district of Bluffton, SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is an eight-day event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Lowcountry cuisine, rich history, great art and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton. There is truly something for everyone!

The 6th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival Juried Fine Art and Craft Show is the highlight of the week long festival activities. The Calhoun Street art show which takes place on Saturday, Oct, 23, 10am-5pm and Sunday, Oct. 24, 10am-5pm, will feature 70 fine art artists from 10 different states. Festival goers will enjoy seeing a variety of art media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, metals, clay and wood. Come out and join the thousands who enjoyed last year’s show.

The galleries of Old Town Bluffton will again feature special demonstrations and presentations throughout the week. This is an opportunity to see some of Bluffton’s unique and talented artists at work. Contact individual galleries for more information.

The schedule includes:

Monday, Oct, 18 – Pluff Mudd Gallery, 843/757-2633
From 10am-1pm – Diane Dean, an award winning mixed media and encaustic artist who also teaches mixed media abstract painting and Photoshop for artists will demonstrate both encaustic and mixed media.
From 11am-3pm – Laura Cody, an accomplished artist in both oil and pastel and specializes on Lowcountry landscapes and seascapes will be on hand working on the gallery porch.
From 3-5pm – Lynda K. Potter will do a painting exhibit and discuss her work. Potter is known for her exquisite use of color and texture in works that often utilize watercolor and acrylic techniques in innovative ways. Impressionistic in style, floral and architectural themes dominate Potter’s work.

Tuesday, Oct 19 – Maye River Gallery, 843/757-2633
From 10am-2pm – Bobsy Simes, whose  goal as an oil painter is to give the viewer a sense of light, atmosphere and beauty of the Lowcountry will be demonstrating.
From 11am-noon – Marci Tressel, an award-wining fine art photographer, portrait, and pet photographer also captures local lore with her hand made Gullah mirrors will talk about her work.
From noon-2pm – Jewelry artist Susan Knight loves the interplay of hammer, torch, saw and various metals to express herself in her one of a kind jewelry.  She will be demonstrating her techniques.

Kathy Tortorella working in pastel on Calhoun Street

Tuesday, Oct 19 – Society of Bluffton Artists, 843/757-6586
From 11am-4pm – SOBA artists will be demonstrating at the Gallery including: DJ Murray (colored pencil), Rosemary Hurcamp Meidenbauer (acrylic), Stan Leavitt (acrylic) and Dee Johnson (watercolor).

Wednesday, Oct 20 – The Filling Station, 843/263-4796
From 11am-3pm – Sculptor David Musial will give a demonstration. Musial’s paintings, drawings, caricatures and sculptures can be seen around the Hilton Head area. He studied with French sculptor, Robert Laurent and Joe Brown at Princeton University.
From 11am-3pm – Painter Kelly Graham will demonstrate his techniques of creating Lowcountry scenes. Graham often paints from his boat, but this event will bring him to Calhoun Street.

Saturday, Oct. 23 – Four Corners Art Gallery and Fine Framing, 843/757-8185
From 10am-3pm – Howard Costa, long time eco tour guide and photographer will be on hand with a slide show presentation, “The Secrets of the Salt Marsh”. Costa is active member in our local as well as State Audubon Societies.

Other galleries participating during the festival include: “Gallery without Walls” with Pierce Giltner an Outsider folk artist; Old Town Vintage Posters, featuring over 200+ original posters from the 1890’s to the 1950’s; and Jacob Preston Studio. Preston will be working at his craft in the old Bluffton Tabernacle on Church Street. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the artists as he creates custom sinks and decorative pieces.

For further information call 843/757-2583 or visit (

10th Annual Silver Brush Holiday Art Show and Sale Takes Place in Matthews, NC – Nov. 12 & 13, 2010

October 10, 2010

The 10th Annual Art Show and Sale of the Silver Brush Art Society will be held at the Weaver, Bennett, and Bland building, 196 N. Trade Street in historic downtown Matthews, NC, on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, from 5:30-9:30pm and continuing Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, from 9:30am-5pm.

This is the 10th year that members of the Silver Brush Art Society have supported the Matthews Help Center from the sale of their art works. Prudy Weaver, one of the founding partners says, “Over the years, the Silver Brush Art Society has donated close to $25,000 to the Help Center,” a charitable organization which operates only from donations.

Four important components embrace this event. The first is the Silver Brush Art Society comprised of fine art artists Prudy Weaver, Peggy Simmons, John Moeslin, Cynthia Howard, Sharon Schwenk, Shane Somerset, Sharon Furner and jeweler, Julie Johnson. The artists work in all the major mediums. Each has a distinctive style in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and subject matter at reasonable prices for the holidays.

The second component consists of the attorneys and employees of the law firm of Weaver, Bennett and Bland who generously stop working for two days while furniture and existing works of art are stored allowing each artist an entire office space for displaying his/her art work.

The third component is the Matthews Help Center. Kim Rhodarmor, Executive Director, says, “This is the 31st anniversary of the Matthews Help Center and the 9th year with the Silver Brush Art Society.” Six employees and 150 volunteers offer many services such as crisis assistance; health, food and nutritional; school clothing and supplies; holiday adoption; and temporary housing. The Thrift Shop offers high quality clothes, shoes, home goods, house wares, books, and it takes in donations of any kind. The Center has more than quadrupled its services in just this past year.

The Silver Brush Art Society along with Weaver, Bennett and Bland, and the Matthews Help Center need you, the fourth component and the most important one, to come and make Nov.12 & 13, 2010, a very special and successful event.

For further information contact Prudy Weaver at 704/843-1354 or Cynthia Howard at 704/541-0680.

Opportunity is Knocking for Artists Who Want an Exhibit in Charleston, SC in 2011

October 8, 2010

I did an entry about this opportunity a few weeks ago and I’ve received a note that the folks at the Charleston County Public Library’s Main Branch in downtown Charleston, SC, have not yet received many application to show at the Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery – so far.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2010. Here is a link to the information you need to apply (

If you didn’t see that first notice – here’s the link to it (

This is an opportunity open to all artists living in South Carolina who can meet the requirements of the application process.

What are you waiting for?

Stanly County Arts Guild Presents an Exhibit of Works by June Rollins at the Stanly Agri-Center in Albemarle, NC – Oct. 2 -29, 2010

October 8, 2010

The Stanly County Artist Guild is hosting, From The Art, an exhibit of works by June Rollins featuring art and essays at the Stanly Agri-Center in Albemarle, NC, on view from Oct. 2 – 29, 2010.

Rollins lives in Wadesboro, NC. Inspired by the bearded iris she planted last year, she photographed and is currently painting the “All About Iris Series”. This painting shown, along with 20 others of varied subjects will be included in the exhibit at the Stanly Agri-Center.

Lady Amethyst by June Rollins

The exhibition is sponsored by the Stanly County Arts Guild. Hanging beside each painting will be From The Art essays written by the artist explaining the inspiration behind the individual works.

See the step-by-step painting demonstration for Lady Amethyst at (

Lobby hours for Stanly Agri-Center are Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm. For additional hours dependent on evening and weekend scheduled events, call 704/986-3666 during regular lobby hours.