Archive for July, 2011

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Expands Regional Emerging Artist Residency Program

July 30, 2011

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is thrilled to expand its Regional Emerging Artist Residency Program from two emerging artists per year, to four. Beginning this month, Artspace will include additional studio space, providing chosen artists a free six-month studio space with 24-hour access.

Resident artists are selected in their early professional careers, twice a year from a regional pool of applicants. The primary focus of the program is to provide time for independent work in a supportive, thriving, artistic environment, but artists will also contribute to Artspace’s educational programs and tours, and give a presentation to the public during their residency.

“Artspace is the perfect environment to encourage emerging artists,” said Executive Director Mary Poole. “We strive to provide a place for the community to grow and not only inspire themselves, but those around them. We believe adding two additional opportunities for regional emerging artists will encourage that.”

Artspace welcomes Tanya Casteel and Julia Clift as the Resident artists chosen for the latter part of 2011. Casteel, a ceramicist, will work in Studio 215 and Clift, a painter, will work in Studio 215A, through early January, 2012. Both residency studios are located on the second floor of Artspace.

Work by Tanya Casteel

While in residence, Casteel plans to continue her exploration of hand built stoneware, porcelain vessels and wall pieces. Casteel mixes her own glazes and employs a number of techniques and stamps to embellish the surface of her works. Casteel relocated to Raleigh in 2009. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Maine College of Art and a master’s degree in teaching and learning from the University of Southern Maine, both based in Portland, Maine.

Work by Julia Clift

While at Artspace, Clift will continue to work in oil, building upon her recent series of paintings exploring the figure and contemporary architecture. Clift recently moved to Carrboro, NC, after spending the past seven months in France, studying at the studio of internationally-known painter Odd Nerdrum. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting, with a minor in English literature from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

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 information on the opportunity available in the Regional Emerging Artist Residency Program, current exhibits and programs, or how to become a tenant studio artist, call Artspace at 919/821-2787 or visit (

2011 MOJA Arts Festival Calls for Entries for the 28th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

July 30, 2011

The 2011 MOJA Arts Festival takes place from Sept. 29 – Oct. 9, 2011, throughout Charleston, SC.

Image from the 2009 poster by Doyle Cloyd

2011 marks Charleston’s 28th annual MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events for many different years, the 2011 MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites. Nearly half of MOJA’s events are admission-free and the remainder are offered at very modest ticket prices, ranging from $5 – $35. The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee, a community arts and cultural group and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy. MOJA, a Swahili word meaning “One,” is the appropriate name for this festival celebration of harmony amongst all people in our community. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more. In addition to its myriad arts presentations, MOJA also includes an active and busy educational outreach component of workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.

The 28th Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition takes place this year at the Avery Research Center For African-American History and Culture, located at 125 Bull Street in Charleston, for Sept. 25 through Oct. 30, 2011.

The 28th Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition is open to all artists residing in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Work will be juried by JPEG formatted CDs and should reflect the mission of the MOJA Arts Festival.

Click here for the page where you can download the application.

DEADLINE: August 18th, 2011 before 5pm.

For further information visit (

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Holds Public Panel Presentation on Photography – Sept. 3, 2011

July 28, 2011

Robert Frank teaching © Peter Schlessinger

Forty years ago an independent photographic project and study center called Apeiron Workshops opened in rural New York two hours north of Manhattan. Over the course of the next decade, students enrolled there to study with a veritable who’s who of mid-20th century creative photography,* and participated in the center’s programs, including publishing, documentary, teaching and exhibitions projects. This Labor Day weekend, as part of an Apeiron reunion being held in Montreat, NC, a public panel discussion entitled, Photography Then and Now, on the arc of creative photography across the four decades since Apeiron opened will be held in downtown Asheville at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, at 56 Broadway, on Sept. 3, 2011, beginning at 8pm. Admission will be $5 and seating is limited. Call Benjamin Porter at 828/281-1825 or e-mail to (

Panel members will include:

A.D. Coleman, photography critic, historian, curator, poet, teacher, lecturer, editor, and publisher. Recipient of numerous international awards for his writings on photography, nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poetry, Alan Coleman has established a substantial presence on the World Wide Web since his home page made its debut in the spring of 1995. His current projects include Photocritic International, The Photography Criticism CyberArchive, and the electronic magazine The Nearby Café, all of which can be accessed via ( Alan was a frequent guest critic at Apeiron during his tenure as The New York Times’ first photography critic.

Elaine Mayes, prolific Guggenheim-winning photographer and filmmaker, and the first woman to teach both photography and film in an academic curriculum at the college level. Elaine’s teaching posts have included Hampshire College (a founding member of the department), Pratt Institute, Bard College and New York University, from which she retired as Chair of the Photography department at the Tisch School of the Arts in 2000. Elaine was a frequent winter guest artist and summer workshop leader at Apeiron, her work was included in The First Apeiron Portfolio, and she was one of the 12 imagemakers who did commissioned work for Apeiron’s NEA-funded photographic survey, The Long Island Project.

John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. As a curator at the museum (where he has worked since 1992) he has assembled exhibitions on the works of Frank Gohlke, Elliot Porter, Richard Avedon, and Robert Adams, among others.  In addition he has done extensive research and writing about Paul Strand, reflecting the fact that earlier in his career he was Director of the Paul Strand Archive for the Aperture Foundation. Before that, he was an Apeiron staff member and manager of Apeiron’s Photographic Archives and Traveling Exhibitions Program. His Ph.D. Dissertation was “Art for Society’s Sake: Paul Strand’s Photographic Visions”.

*Bernice Abbott, Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Bruce Davidson, Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Judy Dater, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Gibson, Emmett Gowin, Robert Heineken, William Klein, Danny Lyon, Elaine Mayes, Duane Michals, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, Jerry Uelsmann, Minor White and Gary Winogrand, plus Magnum photographers Charles Harbutt, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Gilles Peress, and Burk Uzzle… among others.

For more information contact Benjamin Porter at 828/281-1825 or e-mail to (

City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, Calls for Fall Interns

July 28, 2011

The fall 2011 internship for the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, will run from mid August through December 31, 2011. Applicants must have a background in art history, studio art and/or arts management to be considered for the internship.

Interns aid gallery coordinator in one or more of the following areas: marketing, exhibition production, development and special events. For more information visit (

Internships are unpaid but most universities will award 3 credit hours upon completion.

How to apply:

Review the full internship description on the City Gallery website and then download the application. E-mail the completed application with a cover letter and resume to the (City Gallery at

Deadline: Aug. 15, 2011

*Subject line should read “Fall Internship Application”

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, is a venue for contemporary artwork that is new, vital and innovative, with a focus on broadening Charleston’s arts outlook. The City Gallery provides access to the visual arts for everyone in Charleston, S.C., visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free. The City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St. in downtown Charleston, SC, and gallery hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5pm.

For more information, please call or e-mail the City Gallery at ( or call 843/958-6484.

Broad Street Merchants Association in Charleston, SC, Hosts ‘First Fridays on Gallery Row – Aug. 5, 2011

July 28, 2011

The Broad Street Merchants Association in Charleston, SC, will continue hosting “First Fridays on Broad” on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, from 5-8pm. Come out and celebrate “Hot Time on Broad” by enjoying fine art and refreshments in the boutiques, fine art galleries, and bodegas on Gallery Row – Historic Broad Street.

Free Love by Stephanie Shuler Hamlet of the Hamlet Fine Art Gallery

Each doorway on Gallery Row offers you something special to treasure, be it a painting, a gift, or simply a wonderful memory. As you stroll from one gallery to another, enjoy the Southern charms of colorful flower boxes, enchanting hidden courtyards and gardens, and pristinely preserved architecture.

Participating merchants include: Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Hamlet Fine Art, M Gallery of Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Edward Dare Gallery, COCO VIVO Fine Art & Interior Design, Utopia, Mary Martin Gallery, Bernie Horton Gallery, Spencer Galleries I & II,  Lambert Gray Gallery & Studios, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, and SCOOP Studios.

For information please visit ( or for questions, please call Stephanie Hamlet at 843/722-1944.

First Thursdays on Main: August Heats up Columbia, SC’s Arts Corridor!

July 27, 2011

This is an example of a poorly created press release which in my opinion causes more questions than it answers. I’m just posting it as it came to me. I don’t have time to fix it. Call or e-mail Mark Plessinger with your questions.

Here it is:

August 4,

Frame of Mind: Twisted
The August FOM Series is all wired up with the return of Bohumila Augustinova to our little gallery. Bohumila will be making her third appearance with her new show Twisted, a collection of wire works inspired by an old Moravian technique called “tinkering.” Of special interest will be the current collection of wire dresses she has been working on for the last year. The warrior motif pieces will be shown on live models on the night of the FOM Series; one of these meticulously woven wonders takes the artist approximately three months to complete. She expects to complete this collection within the next year or so. We’ll also have some of her recycled dresses on display from Runaway Runway, along with other custom wire pieces (kite, masks, and jewelry).

She’s collaborated with Columbia photographer, Mark Green, and videographer, Jason Stroud, to make this a truly dynamic installation and to help deliver the high energy that her shows have become known for. And the energy will continue outside with our usual assortment of entertainment including DJ Deft Key spinning his signature electronic deep beat, Fire In Motion keeping it hot for you viewing pleasure, local slam poet Kendal Turner emceeing the event and spitting her latest creations, and James Raley awing you with his best sideshow trickery.

Gervais and Vine will be in the house (of course) to bring you some great wine.

Anastasia & Friends:  VESSELS!
For the August at Anastasia & Friends, Katherine Elliott, Kara Gunter, Paul Kaufmann, Matthew Kramer, Paul Moore, Virginia Scotchie, Roe Young, and I have collaborated with three of the area’s award-winning and most innovative floral and plant artists, Sandra Crosland Chastain, Candace Engel and Rudy Goff to create a show like you’ve never seen on Main Street! VESSELS is an art exhibition where organic meets and becomes sculpture. The exhibition will include ceramic, metal and mixed media in conjunction with a vast variety of exotic flowers and plants. The works of art that have been created will include openings for plant and floral artists to create organic sculptures that harmonize with the vessels.

Many thanks to Florida State Wholesale Flower Farm for sponsoring the incredible flowers that you’ll see in the show, and to Verde Garden for being the succulent and exotic plant sponsor for this innovative show. Special thanks to Roe Young (with Roe Young State Farm) who continues to spoil us every month with his generous sponsorship of wine and cheese. He’s been our sponsor for a year and half now, and we appreciate him so much.

S&S Art Supply: Impremio: Exploratory Prints by Grace Rockafellow
Watch a whole lineup of Hip Hop performances, make a print with this month’s artist Grace Rockafellow, watch live art making outside, and more at S&S’s show this month! Playing with Surrealism and Nature, Grace Rockafellow also implements personal memories and images of her family. “I am finding printmaking to be my visual language….I try to let the image tell me what to do next,” she says. She is a very process-oriented printmaker, working mostly with mono prints this past year. She will have a little setup inside the store where you can make a simple print to take home! This will be happening throughout the evening, so stop in and get creative!

We’re also proud to announce the “New Edition Block Party.”  The New Edition Block Party is a microcosm of NSHHL’s & Luis Skye’s newest venture especially designed for S&S Art Supply store’s First Thursdays on Main event. This live event will be bringing hiphop LIVE in full effect RIGHT in front of the store! Hosted by Luis Skye’s own Angel, this live event will feature the soaring DJ Peoples (Luis Skye/Cut Fresh Crew) & DJ Kingpin (NSHHL/Official Block Banga) on the wheels of steel; b-boys & bgirls including breakers from 3rd Dimension & Tribe SK, as well as a live piece presented by Izms of Art’s own Carlos Bilal!!

Tapp’s Art Center: Novam Project: Pilot
Don’t forget to stop by Tapp’s Art Center to check out the various and ongoing projects and installations that they always have for your review and enjoyment.

Meet us at Tapp’s to experience the opening performance of Novam Project: Pilot presented by Bonnie Boiter-Jolley and Margey Bolen. Pilot showcases the fresh vision of Columbia’s upcoming dance talent, featuring choreography by the Carolina Ballet’s Keith Mearns and the Columbia City Ballet’s Robert Michalski. Come together in celebration of a novel movement brought to you from the heart of Columbia’s next generation of dance.

Show times are at 7 and 8 p.m. and are free to the public.

Mast General Store
Don’t miss the chance to stop in and welcome Main Street’s newest (and largest) retail stop.

You may contact Mark Plessinger by calling 803/988-1065 or via e-mail at (

The Fine Arts League of Cary (NC) Calls for Entries

July 24, 2011

Call for Artists – The Fine Arts League of Cary is seeking entries for its 2011 Juried Painting and Sculpture Exhibition to be held from November 16 to January 10, 2012 in Cary, NC. Show awards total over $4000. The postmark deadline for the mail-in registration is Oct. 7, 2011. Full details and a printable prospectus are available at ( or call Allen Clapp 919-782-7745 or Toll Free 1-877/491-1500

SaxArt River-Walk Juried Art Festival in Saxapahaw, NC, Call for Artists to Participate

July 21, 2011

The word is getting out about this up-and-coming little spot on the Haw River. Saxapahaw, NC, is a historic mill village on the Haw River that is getting lots of attention these days. A major remodeling of the old mill is underway and has resulted in a fabulous art gallery, a gourmet restaurant, a great coffeehouse, a pub and the newly opened Haw River Ball Room.

SaxArt River-Walk is a juried Art Festival planned for Sept. 24, 2011, from 10am-6pm. Applications are available by e-mail from ( or by contacting Suzanne Connors at 336/693-4606. There will be “Cash Prizes” and ONLY 85 artists will be selected to participate. Deadline to apply is Aug.10, 2011.

Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, is Looking for Musical Instrument Makers and Related Art for World of Music Exhibit and More

July 21, 2011

The World of Music exhibit is seeking participation of artisans/artists who produce handmade musical instruments, as well as 2-D and 3-D depictions of music-related subjects. No photography for this exhibit.

Cash awards! No charge for participation! See website for details.

Deadline for entry is Sept. 14, 2011.

Exhibit runs Sept. 27 – Oct. 28, 2011.

Exhibit opening reception: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, from 5:30-8pm.

World of Music is sponsored by Southern Harmony Recording Studio and Yonder Music in Florence, SC!

The Art Trail Gallery is also looking for participation in the Holiday Shopping Show.

The Holiday Shopping Show will feature works in ceramics, fiber, handmade jewelry, and wood. They are seeking artists to sell or exhibit!

Deadline for participation: Oct. 26, 2011

Exhibit hangs: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2011

Gallery opens to the public Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, 5:30-8pm.
Reception is FREE!! Everyone is welcome to attend!

No fee for participation. Check the Gallery website at ( for full details or e-mail to (

Lakeside Artists Call for Participation in the Lakeside Artists Studio Tour in the Lake Norman, NC, Area

July 21, 2011

The Lakeside Artists are looking for a few exceptional artists to join our annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour Oct.14 and 15, 2011, in the Lake Norman area of NC.

The 2009 inaugural event drew over 500 attendees over a day and a half period, in 2010 that number grew to more than 750. We expect this year’s attendance to increase even more due to publicity, word of mouth and the high quality of work by participating artists and craftspeople.

Our tag line is “one of a kind art directly from the artists”, ensuring visitors unique works of art they won’t find everywhere else. We also offer visitors an open tour of our studios providing an insider’s view of the artists working environment. There will be several studios and houses open where multiple guest artists can show their work.

Mediums include wood, fiber, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, etc.

The application deadline has been extended to Aug. 10, 2011.

Additional information and a complete prospectus are available at (