Archive for December, 2010

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC, Offers Multicultural Activities – Jan. 17, 2011

December 31, 2010

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC, will present Bridging the Gap: Rhythms, Rhymes and Race in America in the Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. The multi-cultural Lecture-Concert, conceived by Yewande Austin, will cap off a day of activities at the Gantt Center which include children & adult films, a music workshop led by Austin and a two-hour drop-in crafts workshop, Bookmarks, Buttons & Protest Signs.

“The Gantt Center’s theme for this year’s celebration was inspired by a quote from Dr. King, who said, ‘almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.’  We chose to observe King’s legacy creatively through the arts and believe Austin’s workshop and lecture-concert will be powerful,” said President & CEO David Taylor.

Yewande Austin

At 12 noon, the award-winning lecturer, musician and social activist will introduce children to music from around the globe which was influenced by American Civil Rights freedom songs.  By the end of the workshop, children will have learned a song which will be incorporated into Bridging the Gap. Those who participated will be invited to join Austin onstage at 3pm in the Wells Fargo Auditorium to share what they’ve learned.

The full day’s activities – from 10am to 5pm – are free and open to the public. The Gantt Center’s three art exhibitions will also be open for viewing.

From MTV and BET to the historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Austin’s internationally acclaimed music has sung universal truths about issues that many artists shy away from – poverty, religion, war. While moments performing with the Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, India Arie and Sean Paul are memorable, it is her work as an award-winning lecturer and social activist that has become perhaps her greatest achievement.

Founded by Austin in 2004, the Global Institute for Diversity and Change (formerly the Change Rocks Institute) is committed to bridging the gap between cultural understanding, leadership excellence and social justice across the globe. As an honorary Cultural Ambassador to the United States Embassy for Malawi, Africa, her message of solidarity continues to foster critical relationships between America and the global community through the transformational power of music.

When she’s not lecturing, Austin’s humanitarian organization, the Change Rocks Foundation, produces music-based empowerment initiatives from Africa to the Americas where extreme poverty threatens the lives of millions of vulnerable children every day. As an MA candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield in England, Austin’s research is dedicated to uncovering the profound connection between music and socio-economic transformation. It is this inspiring commitment to humanity that has ignited a global movement. To learn more about Austin, visit ( and (

Founded in 1974, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) exists to present, preserve and promote African-American art, culture and history. The Harvey B. Gantt Center is an epicenter for the best in visual, performing and literary arts and leads community outreach initiatives and arts education programs.

For further information call the Center at 704/737-2657 or visit (

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC, Installs Pam Longobardi/Student Work

December 31, 2010

Internationally known environmental artist Pam Longobardi is returning to The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC, on January 9, 2011, to install a collaborative sculpture created with the help of students from the school. The piece will span the Reedy River and is constructed of recycled plastic materials collected at the Governor’s School and from materials gathered through a clean up of the Reedy.

The actual site for the sculpture is in Falls Park, just below the picnic shelter, and the piece will be installed through mid February, 2011. The sculpture deals with the problem of plastics in our waterways and oceans, and connects our community with the stewardship of our valuable waterways.

This project is made possible through a grant from the Surdna Foundation and through the generous assistance of The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department, and American Recycling of South Carolina.

For further information contact Joe Thompson, Department Chair, Visual Arts, SCGSAH, by calling 864/282-3702.

First Fridays on Gallery Row Host Wine Down After the Holidays in Charleston, SC – Jan. 7, 2011

December 31, 2010

The Broad Street Merchants Association which hosts the First Fridays on Gallery Row on historic Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC, will present “Wine Down After the Holidays,” on Jan. 7, 2011, from 5-8pm.

“Cohn” by Rodney Huckaby of Coco Vivo Fine Art and Interior Design

Come out and celebrate by enjoying fine art and refreshments in the boutiques, fine art galleries, and bodegas on Gallery Row.  Selected galleries will be offering a wine tasting with a featured wine provided by the Oak’s Steak House.

A special invitation goes out from COCO VIVO Fine Art and Interior Design at 25 Broad Street to attend their opening reception for Richard Hasenfus – a night of beautiful art, a bit of wine, and lots of friendly conversation. Hasenfus is a member of Who’s Who in American Art, Hasenfus – a classic master of soft edges and romantic compositions.

The Hamlet Fine Art Gallery at 7 Broad Street will feature exquisite, hand blown glass by Herman Leonardt who is known as the “Swamp Man” of Charleston. Leonardt’s creations reflect his true virtuosity, talent, skill, ingenuity, boundless enthusiasm and determination. Leonardt’s says “I’m a wild man. I like colors. I like it wild. I like it free.”

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art at 58 Broad Street is pleased to highlight new incoming works from our New England artists, Stapleton Kearns and Scott Moore. Both artists traveled to Charleston to spend the majority of December capturing the crisp Lowcountry winter. Both artists’ brilliant color and detail showcases the natural beauty of the area, spanning from McClellanville to Kiawah Island.

Participating galleries and businesses include: Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Hamlet Fine Art Gallery, Martin Gallery, M Gallery of Fine Art, Coco Vivo Fine Art and Interior Design, Utopia, Atmahja’s Art of Core Consciousness, Edward Dare Gallery, Mary Martin Gallery, Bernie Horton Gallery, Spencer Galleries, Scoop Galleries, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art and the Oak Steak House.

For further information contact Stephanie Hamlet at 843/722-1944 or visit (

Andre Christine Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Mooresville, NC, Hold Grand Opening – Jan. 14 & 15, 2011

December 31, 2010

The Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Mooresville, NC, invites you to its Grand Opening on Jan. 14, 2011, with a ribbon cutting at 4pm and a reception and wine tasting until 7pm. Events will also take place on Jan. 15, 2011, from 2-6pm. This is a two day Grand Opening, we welcome the public to meet the artists and enjoy a reception with a wine tasting with World Premier Wines and music by Carolina Woodwinds Quartet. On Saturday at 4pm there will be a drawing for a $100. gift certificate toward a piece of original art or sculpture.

Detail of work by Michael Ziegler

This will be a new art gallery and sculpture garden in Mooresville, presenting original fine art and sculpture by emerging artists and established artists that will be ever changing in the gallery’s showroom and on the one+ acre sculpture garden.

Artists represented by the gallery include: Dana Gingras, Aakofii, Michael Alfano, John Benton, Craig Dubois, Bruce Lacy, Theresa Leatherwood, Nancy Marshburn, Debra  McDonald, Catherine Murphy, Eric Soller, Wes Stearns, Gina Strumpf, Michael Ziegler, and Roni Ziegler.

Works by John Benton

This Grand Opening exhibit will be on display until Mar. 31, 2011.

The Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden is located at 148 Ervin Road in Mooresville, NC (on the right above Lone Star Steak House). After the Grand Opening the gallery will be open to the public, Tue.-Sat., from 10am-5pm and Sun., from noon-4pm.

For further info call the gallery at 704/664-1164, e-mail at ( or visit (

4th Annual POP – Pickens, Oconee, Pendleton Open Studio Tour Calls for Artist Entries

December 29, 2010

The Blue Ridge Arts Council, based in Seneca, SC, is once again pleased to present the POP Open Studio Tour which provides an opportunity for the public to visit local artists in their working studios in Pickens, Oconee, & Pendleton Counties in SC. The visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the artists as they demonstrate their skills and educate the visitors about the process of creating art. The event, which takes place from Apr. 30 – May 1, 2011, also allows you to purchase incredible artwork directly from the artist with no commission markups.

Artist applications are due, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Artist entry fee returns to the original $50.00 per individual artist. The 2011 application form is available online and at the BRAC office at 111 E. South 2nd Street in Seneca, SC, with detailed entry instructions and time line.

In addition to the tour itself, participating artists will display their work of art in a preview exhibit and opening reception at Duke’s World of Energy beginning April 14, 2011. Visitors are invited to meet the artists, view the artwork and select their tour studio destinations. The exhibit will continue through May 6, 2011.

“Clusters” of artist studios in close proximity to each other will allow touring visitors to enjoy multiple artists with less driving.

Partnering organizations will be offering space to artists without studios, or in isolated areas, for use on demonstrations and exhibiting during the tour. You may wish to consider this in your planning.

Please submit the required application forms, photos and fee by Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 via e-mail to: ( – Subject Line should  include: Application & photos.

Additional information may also be requested at that e-mail address or by phoning 864/882-2722 or visit (

This event is funded in part by: Clemson ATAX, Oconee County ATAX, Pickens County ATAX, and Seneca Hospitality & Accommodations Tax.

Upstate Visual Arts in Greenville, SC, Sent this E-Blast Card

December 29, 2010

Carolina Arts Suspends Printing – Future Editions will be Found Online Beginning January 1, 2011

December 28, 2010

Well, the sagging economy has finally caught up with us. Well, it caught up with us a few years ago, but we just kept hoping things would get better by now and still hope they will in the near future, but for now, we are no longer printing the paper. We didn’t want to say anything about this to our readers before Christmas – we didn’t want to be a piece of coal in anyone’s stocking.

Linda and I have used every resource available to us to keep the paper going, and we want to thank all our loyal advertisers who have stood by us, those who still are, as well as Tri-State Printing, our printer, which has been at our side supporting us for a number of years. But, we just did not get enough ads to pay all the bills – so we are taking the paper online until we can get back to printing the paper – if not in its original form, in some form that best serves the Carolina visual art community and is profitable.

This was a hard decision to make, but we have dug a hole for ourselves and it will take some time to crawl out – which I hope we will with the help of people who are still willing to support our efforts. I’m also looking for a part time job.

This isn’t the first time we have suspended printing of the paper in our 23 year history. After Hurricane Hugo struck the Charleston area in 1989, we just kept on going like nothing had happened but, within a few months we found out differently – it would take almost a year for the art community to recover. When we came back we were stronger than ever. Before the end of the 90’s we had expanded throughout South Carolina and across the border into North Carolina. Eventually we went with a color cover for almost three years before the economy took a dive putting us back – in black & white. So change is always just around the corner.

But, before I move on to the future, I just want to say – if there are any individuals, groups, or angels out there who would like to help us out of that hole – please get in touch with us.

So what about the future?

Well, right off during the month of January there are going to be a lot of folks in shock when they go looking for a copy of Carolina Arts where they used to find them. For some, they will think – well, that’s the end of Carolina Arts. A few might even think – good riddance. We’re hoping most of these folks will go to our website – where they have found our online version of the paper for over 11 years to see what’s up.

Hopefully the word will spread that Carolina Arts is not dead, but living online. Hopefully readers, artists, gallery owners, arts organizations, art museums, and all sorts of followers will be talking about our new and improved online version of the paper and reading it.

We know there are a lot of people who like to hold something in their hands when they read it, and there is a whole new generation of people who read everything in an electronic format, whether on their desktop computers, laptop computers, iPads, and smart phones. We can’t do anything about people’s habits, but online publishing has its benefits.

First off, the paper we will be presenting will be in color. It will be in a PDF format which can be enlarged to the viewer’s liking. Ads will be able to be in color, color images will be offered in some articles, from time to time we’ll add some color graphics. Because space is not as limited in the electronic form we will now be able to add reception and lecture dates back into articles and add color images into the gallery listings to break up those massive pages of text. Articles about exhibits will be featured from throughout the Carolinas – even areas not included in the past in the printed paper.

Of course with an electronic version comes reduced ad rates – so some of our regular advertisers will be able to enlarge their ads and still save money, people who have thought about advertising, but never could fit it into their budgets, probably can now, and we’ll gain new advertisers from other areas of the Carolinas. One of our goals has always been to offer an informative visual arts paper people could afford to support. Info about advertising will be posted on our website (

Now, some people have asked, how will I know people are reading my articles and seeing my ads when the paper is in an electronic form only? How many people will see the paper? How big a list do you have to e-mail people the paper? Can my ad be linked so if someone clicks it they will go to my website or blog? Can I get a report on how many people see my ad or the page my ad and article are on each month? These are all questions we don’t have the answers to (yet) and I don’t think we could have answered all of them when we were in print.

We used to print 10,000 copies of the paper and distribute most in good months and about 90% in bad months (cold and hot months). It’s impossible for any publication beyond those numbers to tell you how many people read it and how many see your ad. Surveys just guess at it.

This is all new and it will take time to grow. You could run into people six months from now who didn’t even know we had stopped printing. I’ve run into to people who had articles printed in the paper who didn’t know it when talking to me and they had a vested interest in the paper, so there is a lot of mystery involved, but with electronic media – there are ways of getting some info.

We get over 300,000 hits on our website every month – sometimes 400,000. But these are people who might have spent just a few seconds on our site. We know over 50,000 viewers spend time on the site reading every month and those numbers are growing all the time, some months it jumps to 60,000. I wish I knew what got their attention in those months so I could keep up whatever attracted so many new viewers. And, these folks are spread all over the world.

I can tell you that some of our most popular pages on our site are Carolina Arts Unleashed (one of our blogs), the gallery listings (all four sets), articles about exhibits, past juried exhibit results, and a few links to articles about Winston O. Link, an amazing photographer who did nighttime photos of old trains. We offered that info in 1999, but people still like to look at the images. But we have over 22,000 elements on our website of 11 years. That’s articles, graphics and images.

What Can You Do To Help?

What we are going to need is for our readers to let our supporters know you really appreciate them supporting Carolina Arts. These are the folks who make it happen. Without their support there would be no Carolina Arts – in any form. You need to visit these supporters and tell them. You need to send them e-mails. You need to click any links we have to their sites. You just need to let them know in any way you can. It’s really important that they get that message. And, the folks who really have to do this is those who get coverage in Carolina Arts, but do not contribute financially in any way. They really better let our supporters know – their continued coverage depends on it.

I don’t know what else I can tell you, but we think the paper is going to look good, we’re going to have a lot of info in it, and we hope you’ll make a New Year’s Resolution to be a supporter and reader of Carolina Arts in 2011.

Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, Turns 70 in 2011!

December 27, 2010

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, NC, turns 70 in 2011.

That’s right – seven decades of presenting exciting and thoughtful exhibitions, providing countless educational opportunities for all, and building a collection with a national reputation. We have a rich calendar of offerings planned throughout the year, and we sincerely hope you’ll join us as often as you can.  Among the highlights you can look forward to are our anniversary exhibition in February, Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting, which celebrates the Museum’s 70th anniversary year with an exhibition featuring 100 highlights from its nationally recognized permanent collection.

Visit our special edition 70th Anniversary Website to get a sneak-peak of the exhibition, the new museum handbook and some of the stories that make up the Weatherspoon’s unique history. We will be adding new Selected Works from the new Museum Handbook each day until the opening in February.

You can subscribe to RSS feeds for our daily posts that lead up to the exhibition opening in February 2011 or follow us on our 70 Years of Collecting Facebook page. Join in the conversation via Facebook by including your memories of the Weatherspoon, post images, or keep track of upcoming 70th programs as we enter our anniversary year. Check back often for updates.

Find out more about the 70th Preview Celebration happening on Friday, February 4.

View our anniversary edition Winter 2010-11 ARTicles newsletter on our News page.

Museum hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am – 5pm Thursday: 10am – 9pm Saturday + Sunday: 1pm – 5pm (closed on Mondays). The Weatherspoon Art Museum is located at the corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets on the UNC-G campus in Greensboro, NC.
For more information call 336/334-5770 or visit (

Triangle Community Foundation Gives $10,000 Grant to Artspace in Raleigh, NC

December 26, 2010

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, was honored with a grant from the Triangle Community Foundation (TCF) on December 15, 2010. The $10,000 grant will go to support the 2011 Artspace Community Outreach Program.

The Artspace Outreach Program brings visual art education to at-risk and underserved children where they live and play. Partnering with local social service agencies and schools, Artspace’s artist-in-residence bring their art form and teaching skills to inspire creativity in young minds. Working on a collaborative final art piece, the children build self-esteem, learn the value of teamwork, and express themselves in a positive way through the language of art. This funding from the Triangle Community Foundation will support local artists bringing inspiration to tomorrow’s leaders.

“We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve our community,” said Executive Director Mary Poole. “Artspace is all about teamwork and inspiring those around you. We hope to use this grant to repay the inspiration the community has shown us.”

Since 1983, TCF has had a reputation of philanthropic innovation and contribution to the Triangle. Paralleling the growth of our region, TCF has exemplified our community’s formula for success:  true progress means progress for everyone, especially for those most in need. Over the years, TCF has addressed community needs through a variety of initiatives and efforts—committed to expand its orientation and its activities to direct talents and resources to donors as well as to the community at large, including nonprofits engaged in seeking funding for their operations.

Artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of more than 100 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.

For further information call 919/821-2787 or visit (

Columbia, SC, Resident Doni Jordan Participates in the Dream Rocket Project

December 26, 2010

Columbia, SC, artist Doni Jordan is participating in the Dream Rocket Project, a global collaborative initiative that aims to connect art and education. A 37 story tall Saturn V Rocket replica, which stands at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, will be wrapped with 2′ x 2′ panels created by students, teachers and individuals next spring to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s lofty challenge of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”

Professor Jennifer Marsh, founder of the Dream Rocket Project, hopes to inspire individuals all over the World not only to dream, but also to recognize their power to pursue their dreams. She believes,“The Saturn V Moon Rocket is an inspiring and tangible reminder that when people work together through collaboration, any challenge can be met, any mission can be accomplished, and any dream can come true.”

The wrapping of the Saturn V Rocket will occur during May and June 2011 but the art panels are currently touring the nation. Jordan’s panel, titled @ will be included in an exhibition at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, CA, from Jan. 1 through Mar. 1, 2011.

Trained as a graphic designer, Jordan has long had a passion for symbols, punctuation and typography. She chose one single ancient symbol, “@,” which literally means “at,” but which she reinterpreted to mean “all inclusive” for her panel. Jordan dreams of a world which is all inclusive of others… one that accepts and celebrates our differences. The @ symbol is known and identified worldwide, also being “all inclusive.”

As Jordan researched the meaning of the @ symbol, she learned that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City recently acquired the @ symbol into its Department of Architecture and Design collection. The museum “dreamed big” and determined that “the physical possession of an object as a requirement for an acquisition is no longer necessary, and therefore it sets curators free to tag the world.” Because the @ symbol is in the public realm, it is free to all so this communication tool has become the most priceless object in MoMA’s collection.

Knowing that she wanted to create a fiber art solution for the project, Jordan selected a double-sided weather resistant fabric. The green fabric signifies growth and hope for the future. Black stitches were used to increase visibility while viewing the Saturn V rocket panel from below. Believing that words are equally as important as symbols, she also included the title of the project, the city and state where it will be unveiled, the year and her name, hometown and state in the design of the panel.

After completing the concept and design, EmbroidMe, an Irmo, SC based embroidery business, stitched the 2’ x 2’ panel. A normal embroidery logo project uses 8,000-10,000 stitches. The @ symbol for the Dream Rocket Project required 77,953 stitches, each stitch signifying the masses of people in our world.

For more information about the Dream Rocket Project, visit ( For information about Jordan’s panel, visit ( For more info about Doni Jordan call 803/781-8392 or e-mail to (