Archive for December, 2011

Western North Carolina Arts Councils Announce Grants

December 30, 2011

The Arts Council of Henderson County, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, all in North Carolina, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2011-12. This grant is for professional artists who wish to further their career through purchase of equipment and materials, professional development workshops, travel expenses associated with a professional opportunity, or development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures and websites.

Work by Elynn Bernstein

The Arts Council of Henderson County is the Designated County Partner for the distribution of funds provided by the North Carolina Arts Council. These funds are matched by the three participating counties.

Work by John Popiel

A total of $4,500 in RAPG grants were awarded to: Susan Barrett of Henderson County for marketing materials; Karen-Eve Bayne, Henderson County, for creation of a professionally produced audition demo for storytelling events; Elynn Bernstein, Henderson County, to create a booth to display work effectively for Southern Highland Guild shows and similar venues; Mark Connelley, Transylvania County, for materials for creation of a large scale monolithic sculpture; David Day, Transylvania County, to build a body of photographic work; John Popiel, Transylvania County, to attend a woodturning workshop at John C. Campbell Folk School; and Susan Webb Tregay of Henderson County, for art supplies and a brochure for a Hickory Art Museum solo show in 2012.

Work by Ssuan Barrett

“The panel, which consisted of artists who represented corresponding artistic endeavors, had to make extremely difficult decisions in granting the funds,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, “because the fourteen artists who applied from across Henderson, Polk and Transylvania Counties are exceptionally talented.”

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.  The Arts Council is located at 401 N. Main St., third floor (entrance on 4th Avenue West) in Hendersonville, NC.

Work by Susan Webb Tregay

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council which is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

For more information contact The Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504, e-mail to ( or visit (

The Arts Council of Henderson County in WNC Awards Funding to Local Organizations

December 30, 2011

The Arts Council of Henderson County has awarded $12,774 in Grassroots funding to 12 local organizations. The North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program is designed to provide program or operating support for nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming. The grants panel evaluated fourteen applications based on artistic quality, community impact, ability to plan and implement the project, and stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization.

“The Arts Council of Henderson County is happy to serve as the North Carolina Arts Council’s Designated County Partner in awarding these subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Henderson County,” said John Flinchum, Board President of the Arts Council of Henderson County.

Recipients of Grassroots grants for 2011-12 include:  Blue Ridge Community College, Carolina Concert Choir, Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Flat Rock Middle School, Fletcher Arts & Heritage Association, Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery, Henderson County 4-H Clubs (Do Tell Storytelling Festival), Hendersonville Children’s Choir, Hendersonville Chorale, Hendersonville Film Society, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Latino Advocacy Coalition.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County. The Arts Council is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd floor, (entrance on 4th Avenue West), in Hendersonville, NC.

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

For more information contact The Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504, e-mail to ( or visit (

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Offers Artreach 4 Kids Gala & Photo Exhibition – Jan. 26, 2012

December 30, 2011

On Jan. 26, 2012, Artspace will host the Artreach 4 Kids’ Gala & Photo Exhibition in its newly painted building located at 201 E. Davie Street from 7-10pm. Artreach 4 Kids is committed to empowering self-discovery and enhancing education and personal growth through art. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Artspace Outreach Program, which partners with local social service organizations (this year Hope Elementary and the Brentwood Boys & Girls Club) and schools to provide constructive, project-oriented art classes for at-risk and underserved youth.

Throughout the year, Artreach 4 Kids has held monthly photography competitions culminating in the Gala & Photo Exhibition. This event is a unique opportunity for guests to vote for their favorite of these aspiring artists and purchase artwork featuring these limited-time editions. Judges will be invited to critique and score the photo entries for Artist of the Year. Winners will be recognized at the Gala and awards will be presented to Artist of the Year, Peoples Choice and Top Featured Artist.

This eventful evening will include:
– A Wine Tasting & Chocolate Pairing provided by… The Wine Feed
– Live Jazz with the Soulful and Sultry…Kim Arrington
– The best cover band in Raleigh -bar none… The Lawn Darts
– Delicious Local Food! (serving heavy Hors ‘dOeuvres and desserts)
– Silent Auction items provided by local artists and businesses

Doors open on Jan. 26 at 6:30pm; the evening’s scheduled events will take place from 7-10pm. Tickets may be purchased at ( General admission tickets include event entry, wine and chocolate tasting, heavy hors d’ouvres, and a photo booth ticket. VIP tickets include beverages (including the VIP food and bar stations), photo booth, and special VIP servers throughout the evening. Early ticket purchasers (by December 31) receive $10 off and a chance to win a one-night stay at The Umstead Hotel and Spa.

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 (

Artreach 4 Kids was born out of the belief that art is an essential medium for human development and can enhance children’s learning in all areas. Artreach 4 Kids is made up of a team of passionate individuals on a mission to raise awareness as a community-based endeavor on how art empowers self-discovery and to raise funding to provide the necessary outlet in school programs that will enhance cognitive and social development in kids. For more information, visit (

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Offers Lecture by Charlie Brouwer – Jan. 12, 2012

December 30, 2011

The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, will offer the lecture, Rise Up Wilmington, by Charlie Brouwer, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, from 6:30-8pm. Program admission: CAM Members: Free, Non-members: $5.

Brouwer is an artist from Floyd County, VA. Ladders have often occurred in his sculptures and installations. Rise Up Wilmington will be the latest in a series of temporary public art projects he has been creating with communities. These projects are designed to bring the art and artist into closer contact with his audience – especially new audiences. He does this by inviting all parts of the community to help create a sculptural metaphor for itself by lending their individual ladders to be part of the whole – rising up to a magnificent crescendo.

Working together with the museum staff and volunteers he will spread the word through all available media about the need for ladders. They will also distribute flyers, and go door to door in an attempt to invite all parts of the community. The result will be a substantial sculpture made of hundreds of ladders held together with heavy duty cable ties – each one carefully tagged and recorded to ensure that they all will be returned after the month long exhibition.

Installations have given me opportunities to work with a variety of places, spaces, and materials. They have provided contact with people in contexts other than traditional gallery settings. The temporary nature of installations allows for more experimentation, flexibility, and larger scale. Audience participation can be greater and when an installation fills a space, viewers are often able to walk into and through the work. Sometimes I have invited whole communities to become engaged in the process by loaning me the ladders I needed to create an installation about the community.

For further information call 910/395-5999 or visit (

Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, Celebrates its First Year – Jan. 1, 2012

December 22, 2011

It is hard to believe, but we are coming up on our first anniversary here at Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC. It was this time last year that we were building walls, tearing up carpet, and installing the correct lighting. Dust and excitement were in the air as we approached our opening on New Year’s Day!

Work by Richard Christian Nelson

Looking back, it has been a fantastic and art filled year! We’ve hung eight different shows, hosted a lecture, a concert, an auction, a jewelry party, and started a town gallery crawl. As we look forward to our second year here in Tryon, we’d like to start off by celebrating the past year, and ringing in the next with an open house here at the gallery.

Please join us on Jan. 1, 2012, from 1-5pm here at Skyuka Fine Art. It’s gonna be another great year!

For further info call 828/817-3783, e-mail to ( or visit (

Scott Cunningham Chats With Santa About Gifts for the Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC

December 19, 2011

It’s that time of the year, when Scott Cunningham, Associate Director of Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, will do just about anything to raise end-of-year funds – even sit on Santa’s lap.

On Cunningham’s Christmas list is unrestricted funds to help support the art museum, COLORS program, and the Art School.

Dude, I’ll Bring You Whatever You Want, Just Get Off My Lap

“Santa, we’ve all been real good this year,” Cunningham told the Jolly Old Man. “We had some great exhibits, we gave kids scholarships, and we provided classes for children and adults. But we need cash flow. I’m dreaming of 2012 being an educational and family-oriented year with lots and lots of tax-deductible donations this year.”

Donations can be made by calling the Museum at 864/582-7616.

Currently on view at SAM through February 18, 2012, are two exhibits including: Voices from the Vault: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Spartanburg Art Museum. Originated by the Spartanburg Arts and Crafts Club in 1907, the Palmetto Bank Endowed Permanent Collection includes works by George Aid, Henry Gasser, Albert Capers Guerry, Robert Henri, Harold Krisel, and G. Thompson Prichard, as well as many regional artists, such as Margaret Law, and Josephine Sibley Couper.

and Laura Spong: Chasing the Undertow. Spong is one of South Carolina’s best known non-objective painters. In a career that started in 1948, her reputation has soared in recent years. This exhibit will feature early works from that career as a means of examining the evolution of Sprong’s Abstract Expressionist style, and how that style “visually portrays her ‘inner journey’ as she has searched for meaning and purpose in life.”

For more info visit (

Robin Anne Cooper of Walhalla, SC, Works on Commission for Abrakadoodle

December 19, 2011

Like an elf in her new studio, newlywed Robin Anne Cooper of Walhalla, SC, has been busy at work creating 52 original 12″ x 16″ art pieces thanks to a holiday gift commission by international creative art education company Abrakadoodle. Cooper’s work caught the attention of Abrakadoodle staffer Kathy Armstrong and Abrakadoodle franchise owner Lisa Hoffmann during a visit to a gallery in Maryland, where they appreciated her fresh, distinctive style. Cooper uses a unique style of canvas collage, which she paints, cuts up and then produces a new piece featuring such whimsical subjects as cats and dogs. Abrakadoodle’s mascot happens to be an arty dog named Splat. When Rogers first approached Cooper, she inquired about acquiring one original that could be replicated. Cooper, a big believer in the importance of creating original, affordable art, convinced Rogers that every gift needed to be unique.

Abrakadoodle’s mascot Splat

Cooper has been working as a professional artist for eight years, having recreated herself after a layoff in the IT industry. She experimented with techniques that would satisfy her need for collage material that was both thick, stiff and would give her control of the color.

“Kids so often associate art with well known artists of the past like Picasso and Rembrandt,” Rogers said, adding, “Abrakadoodle features these classic artists, as well as some of today’s working artists like Robin Anne Cooper, who create amazing artwork that inspires kids to be creative and see how real people incorporate art into their lives and their work.” Cooper said, “I knew I was onto something when I did an art demo at a local school, and a second grader recognized my art at a subsequent event and brought his parents to see my creations.” Rogers remarked, “I am delighted to help support Robin and thereby her local economy, while buying customized art made in the US.” The original artwork is being shipped as holiday gifts to Abrakadoodle franchise directors across the United States, as well as its international franchise locations.

Cooper’s artwork will also be featured in Abrakadoodle’s springtime Kids on Canvas instructional art series for children, which will reach tens of thousands of children in the US and at Abrakadoodle’s international locations. According to Rogers, “We feel it’s so important for kids to learn about artists who are actually working today, creating fresh wonderful art and are in fact making a living doing so.”

Cooper expressed great excitement that children will learn her unique collage style of art. “I think it’s great for kids to learn about art, different techniques and make choices about design that reflect their own sensibilities. I was really happy when Abrakadoodle called,” commented Cooper. “Abrakadoodle stands behind artists and creativity.”

Abrakadoodle is a mobile art program offered at schools and community sites throughout the US, as well as via art studios in several international locations. Abrakadoodle programs feature hundreds of classic and contemporary artists representing unique styles from all over the world. Children benefit from comprehensive, multi-arts programs. Abrakadoodle has been the recipient of numerous Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks Awards.

Abrakadoodle was co-founded in 2002 by award-winning educator/franchise developer Mary Rogers, CFE, MA.Ed, and children’s services franchising expert Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE. Abrakadoodle is the most comprehensive creativity and art education company of its kind, offering extensive visual arts classes, camps, parties and programs for children ages 20 months to 12 years old.

For further in contact Robin Anne Cooper by calling 864/506-6116 or e-mail to (

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Lecture by Julie Heffernan – Mar. 17, 2012

December 16, 2011

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will host a lecture by Julie Heffernan, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ, on Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012, at 3pm in Room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts located at 54 St. Philip Street in downtown Charleston, SC. Heffernan has been chosen as the official guest juror for the “Young Contemporaries 2012” exhibition that opens with a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012, from 5-7pm. Both the lecture and the opening are free and open to the public.

Each spring, current College of Charleston students may submit recent work to the “Young Contemporaries” annual exhibition, giving them an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. Works are available for sale at the discretion of the artist, offering the community an opportunity to purchase artwork by these emerging artists. “Young Contemporaries 2011”, along with the concurrent “Salon des Refusés” exhibition, will open with a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, March 29 from 5-7pm and run through Tuesday, April 28. “Young Contemporaries 2012” is co-produced by the Visual Arts Club, Department of Studio Art and the Halsey Institute. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Lee and Ann Higdon. Admission is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Julie Heffernan will talk about her work and process. Heffernan says, “I began painting in the 70’s when Pop had taken over figuration and Minimalism had supplanted Abstract Expressionism. I needed to re-engage the emotions in art, and eventually went my own way, going forward by looking back to the long history of imagery that was still as ripe and potent as ever to me—the golden persimmons of Spanish Still Life Painting, the skirts of Ter Borch, the wigs of Las Meninas. Seen through the lens of feminism, those early paintings had an erotic charge that I mined for my own purposes. What kept me interested in painting throughout the ironic 80’s were the pictures that would stream into my brain just as I was falling asleep. They were like a movie in my mind that I would close my eyes and watch. I began to jot down quickly in paint some of these individual “film stills”, and then to use them in larger still life paintings as mini “projections” onto enlarged apples and pears. I came to see these thought bubbles as accumulated features of an interior self, and as a way into painting a different kind of self-portrait, one more akin to a truer self, conceived without the distortion of a mirror.

“Gradually I was able to pierce the space of the still life and find landscapes that mirrored a similar interiority. They invited you to enter them more and more deeply in a kind of quintessential feminine space. After awhile I came to understand that this “image streaming”—a sort of mental montage—as well as designs I would find in those landscapes, were making a peculiar kind of sense out of my experiences, giving me the components in abstract form to tell my own story.”

“I became very interested in what narrative painting could mean in an age where we look to film and video for our visual stories. When any kind of story is well told the reader or viewer will, at a point, find herself in the realm of the imagination as the so-called “real” world falls away and we take on the identity of the character around whom the events take place, assuming his or her body. This is the fundamental phenomenon that is central to a good narrative—the assumption of the body of another, the empathic event. Empathy is, at its core, imagination.  Our minds create the linkage that allows us to care. In painting, this occurs through the tactile imagination, the ability to feel through our eyeballs.”

Julie Heffernan, this year’s guest juror for “Young Contemporaries”, is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ. She received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Yale School of Art and Architecture. Heffernan has been actively exhibiting her paintings around the world since 1988 and is represented by PPOW Gallery in New York City, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010-11 she had solo exhibitions at PPOW Gallery in NYC, Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and Catharine Clark Gallery in SF, CA.  In 2009-11 Heffernan was invited to participate in 26 group shows including The 183rd Annual: “An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art” at the National Academy Museum in NYC; “Old School”. At Hauser and Wirth Gallery, London, England and Zwirner and Wirth Gallery in NYC; and “Arcimboldo-Artista Milanese tra Leonardo e Caravaggio,” at Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy Heffernan was invited to be a member of the National Academy of Art in 2011 and was the 2010 Commencement Speaker at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She was also invited to be the Clive Distinguished Artist Lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2010 and the 2009 Spring Season Guest Artist at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Heffernan has received a number of grants and fellowships over the years including a Thomas Bennett Clark Prize from the National Academy Museum, NYC in 2008 and the Thomas R. Proctor Prize also from the National Academy Museum, NYC in 2004; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (NYFA), a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to West Berlin.

Heffernan’s work has been published and reviewed in major newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art, Harpers, The Chicago Tribune and Art and Auction.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is administered by the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston and exists to advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located on the campus of the College of Charleston, on the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip Streets. HICA offers a comprehensive contemporary arts program that is committed to providing a direct experience with art works in various media, in an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and learning. The Halsey Institute serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College of Charleston and as a cultural resource for the region by producing exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions, film series, publications, and a comprehensive website. In addition, the Halsey Institute seeks to foster meaningful partnerships with local organizations in order to further the reach of contemporary art within the Charleston community. Admission into the galleries and to most programs is free with the public encouraged to attend.

For further information contact the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art by calling 843/953-422 or visiting (

North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, NC, Offers Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference – Feb. 11, 2012

December 16, 2011

The Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference is an event specifically designed for emerging, mid-career professionals and students in the literary, performing, and visual arts. This conference is designed to teach practical skills that can be implemented in your business tomorrow and beyond!

The conference takes place on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, from 9am-6pm, at the Elliott University Center at UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, NC.

Learn how to turn artistic passion into a living. This artist-led conference will present entrepreneurial strategies and resources for student artists and emerging artists to become self-supporting. The conference will feature numerous speakers in breakout sessions covering the areas of Literary, Performing and Visual Arts.

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and network with successful artists and make strong connections for the future.

Registration (Before Feb. 10) $53 (student discount rate $38)
Registration at Door $65 (students $45)
(Fees include all sessions, meals and reception)

Visit the conference website at ( to get more information, which includes a list of speakers, registration, agenda and schedule of the event. Registration is now open. Visit the website to sign up for this great opportunity at such a reasonable price. Please spread the word on this wonderful opportunity to grow successful artistic entrepreneurs.

For conference questions: visit our website at (, e-mail to ( or phone 336/256-8649.

Also consider joining the Tri State Sculptors Association at an optional Iron Pour Demonstration on Friday, Feb. 10, 2011. (Admittance to Iron Pour not included in registration ticket; you must purchase a separate ticket to this event in order to attend – $15).

Optional Friday Evening Reception on Friday, 2/10/11 (Admittance to Friday Reception not included in registration ticket; you must purchase a separate ticket to this event in order to attend – $10).

If You’re a Nonprofit Executive, Clemson University and the National Development Institute, Needs Your Input

December 15, 2011

I received this e-mail today. It’s just another group that thinks Carolina Arts is a nonprofit. We can’t help them but I’m putting this out there for the people who can in NC, SC, and beyond – if they are reading this.

Here it is:

Dear Nonprofit Executive,

We would like to invite you to begin a personal friendship with Clemson University and the National Development Institute.

As a nonprofit professional you are being provided an opportunity to connect with our Nation’s leading practioners who look forward to supporting your leadership and raising your profile as you serve the sector.

Here’s what we would like to do together.

The National Development Institute and Clemson University, through the Institute of Family and Neighborhood Life, would like to invite you to participate in a one time, short yet critical research study to examine nonprofit executive’s views of organizational capacity building.  This study is supervised by Dr. Kathleen Robinson, Research Professor at Clemson University and is being managed by Kimberley Brown, a PhD candidate in International Family and Community Studies.

The survey can be completed in 20 minutes or less and your involvement is completely voluntary.  You may choose not to complete any questions in the survey that you don’t wish to, although we hope you will be as thorough as possible.

No personal or organizational identifiers are asked for that could link your answers with you or your organization.  All information will be reported in summary form.   All data will be kept confidential and secure and only Dr. Robinson and Ms. Brown will see the raw data.  It will be kept on password protected computers in locked offices.

There are no known risks associated with participation in this survey.  The benefits include nonprofit leaders having a clearer picture of the capacity building efforts you’ve been involved in and hope to do in the future.

We only need 381 directors of nonprofits to participate to secure a valid sample.

We hope you will be one of them!

Please participate by visiting: (

If you would like, after you’ve completed the survey, please feel free to e-mail Kathy Robinson at ( and Jimmy LaRose at ( to let us know that you played a part in this important project so that we can begin to build our friendship with you and support you in your nonprofit career.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Kathleen Robinson, Ph.D.
Research Professor – Clemson University

Kimberly Brown
PhD Candidate – Clemson University

James P. LaRose, CFRE, CNC
Founder – National Development Institute