Archive for April, 2011

The May 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready

April 30, 2011

The May 2011 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (www.carolinaarts.com) – all 71 pages of it. We had over 32,000 downloads of the April 2011 issue – a drop of almost 12,000 downloads from March. So you folks will have to work very hard to get us back up into the 40,000 numbers. But, spreading the link around to  your e-mail lists and posting it on your Facebook page is what it will take. Once people see all that is going on in the visual art community of the Carolinas they will spread it around to their lists and on their Facebook page.

So download that PDF and dig in – it’s going to take a while to get through this issue. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

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Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Joins Anti-Litter Movement

April 29, 2011

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, and Wake County’s 86it Anti-Litter Movement have partnered together for “Respect the Can-vas,” a campaign in which nine professional artists will each paint and create their own industrial trash can-vas. Participating artists include Mathew Curran, David Eichenberger, Paul Friedrich, Andre Leon Gray, Eric McRay, Keith Norval, Casey Porn, Pete Sack, and Garrett Scales. The trashcans they create will be functional pieces of art designed to entice people to 86 – or throw away – their trash.

The objectives of the Respect the Can-vas project are to make people knowledgeable of litter and its impact on the community, entice people to 86 their trash, and align the movement with the arts to remind people that getting rid of litter makes the community more beautiful.

Mary Poole, Executive Director of Artspace, spoke about the organization’s involvement, saying, “I’m so pleased that Artspace can partner with the 86it Anti-Litter Movement. Not only do we want to leverage the arts to inspire the community to get involved in preserving the County’s landscape, but we are always excited to promote the exceptional artistic talent that the County has to offer, including student talent.”

Respect the Can-vas trashcans will be unveiled at the 2011 Artsplosure Festival on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. The cans will then go on display as a functional exhibit throughout Wake County.

In 2008, the Wake County Board of Commissioners adopted a goal to address roadside litter in Wake County, NC. Wake County Environmental Services launched the 86it Anti-Litter Movement in January 2011 to thoughtfully engage citizen participation and support for a litter-free Wake County. Learn more about the movement and how to become an 86er by visiting (http://www.86it.com).

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 more information about Artspace, exhibitions, or membership, visit (www.artspacenc.org).

The Treasure Nest Art Gallery in Mount Pleasant, SC, Holds Customer Appreciation Day – May 14, 2011

April 29, 2011

The Treasure Nest Art Gallery in Mount Pleasant, SC will host a “Customer Appreciation Day” on May 14, 2011, from 10am to 6pm, where the public can meet artists, sip refreshments and nibble delicacies as they enjoy artwork, and maybe win one of several door prizes. Since the gallery opened in 2002, The Treasure Nest has developed a loyal following throughout the South.

The gallery continues to focus on high quality, hand-painted oils and acrylics available at remarkable value.   The Treasure Nest represents over 100 artists from local, other US and international locales. While it does not carry giclees or canvas transfers, it additionally offers some watercolors, pastels and antique works. Subjects range from marshes and wildlife by Charleston artists, to cubism torsos by Bulgarian talent. The gallery also stocks hundreds of high quality frames at competitive pricing. The public is invited to view the artwork and enjoy the day!

The Treasure Nest Art Gallery is located at 1055 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard (US 17 frontage road), Crickentree Village Shopping Center, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.

For more information, please call the gallery at 843/216-1235 or visit (www.treasurenestartgallery.com).

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Offers Historic Walking Tour – May 21, 2011

April 29, 2011

This is an old photo of the Aethelwold Hotel in 1910. The lobby has recently been renovated by Tim Hall and will be featured on the TC Arts Council’s Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Brevard.

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, is offering a Historic Sesquicentennial Walking Tour of Downtown Brevard on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 9:30am – 4:30pm. This is a fundraiser for the TC Arts Council and their youth programs. Tickets are $20. This event is part of the Transylvania County Sesquicentennial 150th Celebration.

Participants on the Historic Walking Tour will walk their way around downtown Brevard and as they enter each block featured on the tour they will be greeted by a history docent who will share information on that area and then invite the participants into that featured location to explore. Highlights of this self-guided walking tour include: Transylvania Heritage Museum, The Red House Inn, Harris Architects-the old phone company, first floor of the County Courthouse, the newly renovated Aethelwold Hotel Lobby, St. Philips Episcopal Church & Graveyard, The Inn at Brevard, Silvermont Mansion, and East Main Street with two homes open to explore: Dottie Marcinko and Mack and Paula McKeller have opened their homes for this tour.  There will be a shuttle vehicle at the end of the walking tour to bring participants back to the center of town.

For more information call Tammy at TC Arts Council 828/884-2787. Tickets are $20. Call TC Arts at 828/884-2787 to buy your tickets today. This event is sponsored by College Walk, Mimi & Hugh Haston, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the NC Arts Council and the Transylvania County Sesquicentennial 150th Celebration.

Gold Hill’s Merchants’ Association Calls for Artists Participation in the Art & Crafts Walk at their Strawberry Festival in Gold Hill, NC – May 14, 2011

April 29, 2011

The Historic Gold Hill’s Merchants’ Association is sponsoring an Art & Crafts Walk at their Strawberry Festival, Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 10am-4pm. If you have never been to Gold Hill (approximately 15 miles from Salisbury, Albemarle, Concord), it is a quaint historical village with about 10 shops, a restaurant, public Arbor with restrooms and park. It  is a unique village with historical ambiance and a perfect setting to showcase and sell your work.

There is NO booth fee or pre-registration for the festival. We would be honored if you would join us to share, display and sell your art, or if you just want to set up your easel or workstation and work, that is fine too.

Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis but we have lots of room! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me, Sandy Hickman at (goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com).

If you know of other artists who might be interested in attending we would appreciate it if you would forward this note on to them.

For additional information on Gold Hill with maps of the village and how to get here, you may go to (www.backhomeingoldhill.com) or (www.historicgoldhill.com).

McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Names New Director

April 29, 2011

Dr. Jane Przybysz has returned to the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum as its new director.

Przybysz, former executive director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, succeeds Lynn Robertson, who retired earlier this month.

From 1993-1998, before taking the post in San Jose, Przybysz was curator of research and folklife at McKissick,  where she curated an exhibit of contemporary African-American quilts, as well as Knowing Nature, a survey of early natural history study in the Southeast. She also served as project director of the NEH-funded Jewish Heritage Project that spawned the national traveling exhibition, A Portion of the People: 300 Years of Southern Jewish Life.

While in San Jose, she forged a partnership with Tsinghua University’s Fiber Arts Institute to co-curate the first exhibit of contemporary Chinese fiber art in the United States and launched a signature event – the International TECHstyle Art Biennial – to coincide with San Jose’s biennial art and technology festival. She also secured the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles a permanent home in the city’s arts and entertainment district, successfully managing a capital campaign and facility project.

In addition to her continued interest in textiles as key to understanding the history of women and performance, Przybysz follows emerging contemporary craft theory and how contemporary artists address social justice issues.

Przybysz earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Emory University, a master’s degree in theater directing from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. in performance studies from New York University.  She has been involved in many community engagement projects while in San Jose, including serving on the boards of ARTSHIFT San Jose and the San Jose Downtown Association Foundation. She has also been published and presented in numerous publications on textiles.

“The college is delighted that we were able to recruit a nationally recognized arts administrator like Dr. Przybysz to lead our treasured McKissick Museum,” said Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The McKissick Museum was established to serve as a general university museum and to engage in education, research and collections development, as well as campus and public service. Today it provides educational, family-friendly exhibitions and public programming that enrich our culture and community and preserves the rich heritage of the University of South Carolina and the Palmetto State.

For further information, contact Frenche Brewer by calling 803/777-5400 or e-mail to (brewer4@mailbox.sc.edu).

Spring Art Draw (Crawl) in Lancaster, SC – April 29, 2011

April 27, 2011

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will have the Spring Art Draw (Crawl) Friday, April 29, 2011, starting at 5:30pm at the Springs House, 201 West Gay Street in Lancaster, SC.

The event will highlight artists exhibiting in the arts council gallery, Picture Perfect, The Edward Scott House, Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio and Chastain’s Studio Lofts. There will be more than 20 artists on exhibit, live music, live artists demonstrations and refreshments.

This is a free event for the public but a draw ticket purchase of $20 is strongly encouraged to help promote and ensure vital arts programming for Lancaster County. Draw tickets are entered for a chance to win original art and baskets donated by local businesses. Tickets may be purchased at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. Maps will be available the day of the event.

For more information, please call the LCCA at 803/285-1451 or visit (http://www.lccarts.net/).

Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce Presents an Artwalk at Bohicket Marina on Johns Island, SC – Apr. 22 & 23, 2011

April 22, 2011

The Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce presents an Artwalk at Bohicket Marina on Johns Island, SC, located between Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island.


Work by Kevin LePrince

Looking for something relaxing to do this Friday and Saturday? Come stroll the docks, enjoy the music, have a cocktail at Red’s Ice House on Bohicket Creek and see the new originals from 13 artists in the Fine Art Invitational, hosted by The Sea Islands Chamber.

Bohicket Marina – this Friday and Saturday!  It’s a festive family atmosphere…hope you can come.

Friday, April 22 – noon – 7pm
Saturday, April 23 – 10am-7pm


Work by Amelia (“Mimi”) Whaley

Participating artists include: Bob LeFevre, Colleen Wiessmann, Hilarie Lambert, Jennifer Black, Karen Hewitt Hagan, Kathy Clark, Kevin LePrince, Lisa Willits, Amelia (“Mimi”) Whaley, Rick Reinert, Tate Nation, Tiffany Maser, and Tina Edwards Mayland.

For further information visit (www.seaislandschamber.org).

Northern Moore Family Resource Center in Robbins, NC, Offers Behind the Scenes Pottery Tour in Seagrove, NC – May 15, 2011

April 20, 2011

The Northern Moore Family Resource Center in Robbins, NC, will present the 1st Annual Behind the Scenes Pottery Tour in Seagrove, NC, on Sunday, May 15, 2011, from 2 – 7pm.

Enjoy delicious appetizers and wine at each pottery and have dessert and coffee at our main gathering place in Robbins. Learn from the potters what makes their work unique. A shuttle service will be available to and from our gathering place to potteries.

Patron tickets:$100
(commemorative pottery piece included in price)

Individual tickets:$45

We welcome sponsors, benefactors and underwriters for this event!
Sponsors: $1,000-$2,499
Benefactors: $2,500-$4,999
Underwriters: $$5,000 and up

Featured Potteries include:

From the Ground Up Pottery – Michael Mahan, will be crafting platters that feature elegant trees.

Dean and Martin Pottery – Stephanie Martin and Jeff Dean will show guests how they hand build unique boxes and tableware.


View inside Dean and Martin Pottery

Luck’s Ware – Fifth generation potter and North Carolina Treasure, Sid Luck, will throw pots in his family’s traditional style. His family has always fired their wares in a wood-burning groundhog kiln. The kiln will be firing for this event.

Bulldog Pottery – Samantha Henneke and Bruce Gholson will be demonstrating the glazing techniques they use to create their vibrant collection.


Works from Bulldog Pottery

Seagrove Stoneware – David Fernandez will have all three of his wheels on the floor of his gallery! Become a potter for a day! Turn your own pot with an expert.

Avery Pottery and Tileworks – Blaine Avery, who looks to early American folk art for inspiration, will show how he creates his exclusive tile work.

McCanless Pottery – Observe Will McCanless’ talent as he paints intricate designs free-hand using Chinese calligraphy brushes on delicate hand-turned plates.


Works from McCanless Pottery

*Potters will donate 15% of sales to the Resource Center*

The Behind the Scenes Pottery Tour is a fundraiser for the Northern Moore Family Resource Center, located at 130 S. Middleton Street in Robbins, NC. They help with after school programs for three local schools and help send children to summer camp, among other projects.

To register for the tour and complete details contact Clare Ruggles, Executive Director, Northern Moore Family Resource Center by calling 910/948-4324, e-mail to (nmfrc@embarqmail.com) or visit (http://www.nmfrc.com/).

Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC, Presents Victoria Wyeth to Talk About Greenville’s Wyeth Collection – May 14-18, 2011

April 19, 2011

The Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC, has achieved international attention for its association with Andrew Wyeth, the icon of American realism. This May, the Museum is collaborating with Wyeth’s granddaughter, Victoria Wyeth, to offer the community a deeper, more personal understanding of its collection of watercolors that span every phase of the late artist’s career.

Victoria Browning Wyeth is the only child of Nicholas and Jane Wyeth, and she has been sharing her knowledge about Andrew Wyeth’s work since she was fifteen years old, serving as a tour guide at both the Farnsworth Art Museum in Maine and the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Last fall, Victoria was the keynote speaker here for the 25th annual Museum Antiques Show, discussing paintings in the Wyeth family’s private collection, many of which had never before been seen publicly. While attendance at that lecture was standing-room-only, people were hungry to hear Victoria’s insights into the paintings in Greenville’s Wyeth Collection, and she enthusiastically promised to return to South Carolina this year to talk about them.

Victoria Wyeth will be in Greenville from May 14–18, 2011. On Saturday, May 14, she plans gallery tours of the Wyeth Collection at 11:15am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm, followed by a social event with the Museum’s Young Collectors on Saturday evening. Sunday, May 15, features a 2pm lecture, “Wyeth Models and Muses.” On Tuesday and Wednesday, additional tours are available for the public. Gallery talks will be offered at 10am and 3pm on Tuesday and at 10am and noon on Wednesday. She will also be meeting with children from local schools during her visit.

The tours are free, but you must make a reservation to attend, a step that’s necessary to control crowd size so everyone can hear and enjoy the programs. Call 864/271-7570, ext. 21, Tuesday–Friday between 9am and 4pm to make arrangements to attend.

Victoria Wyeth has also loaned the Museum four works from her personal art collection. Three studies relate to the Museum’s 1988 watercolor, Last Light. The painting is one of Victoria’s favorites, and she shares family stories that will enhance a viewer’s appreciation of the work. She has also loaned the 1965 watercolor, Master Bedroom. A painting of a dog cuddled against pillows on his master’s bed, it is one of the most popular images Andrew Wyeth ever created. These four works will be on view in Greenville only until May 22, 2011.

Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville Collection will be on view through Sept. 18, 2011. The exhibition is augmented with watercolors by notable Southern artists, such as Stephen Scott Young, Hubert Shuptrine, and Henri Casselli, all of who have followed in the Wyeth tradition

The Greenville County Museum of Art is located at 420 College Street, on Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, SC.

Admission is always free.