Archive for May, 2012

Beat the Heat with Behind the Scenes Tours at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC

May 31, 2012

Have you ever wondered how people survived the summer heat before air-conditioning as we know it? Visit Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, and learn about the “air-washing system” of the early 1920s and the later system that used 100-pound blocks of ice to cool the vast interior of the 64-room home in the 1930s.

The museum’s “Beat the Heat Tours” offered this summer will reveal those secrets and more. The tours will be offered twice, on Sunday, June 17, 2012, and Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. The tours start promptly at 2:30pm.

Admission is $10 for members and students, $15 for non-members. Guests are encouraged to arrive early on the day of the tour to purchase tickets. For information, please call 336/758-5150.

During these popular behind-the-scenes tours, visitors will see areas of the historic house normally closed to the general public and hear the history behind each location in the 1917 Reynolds home. Visitors will explore the kitchens, laundry and mechanical rooms, the squash court, and work areas below the swimming pool. The tour will conclude with a visit to the former roof garden to enjoy a spectacular view across the estate.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection. Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events. The museum is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails.

For more information, please visit (www.reynoldahouse.org) or call 336/758-5150.

HIGH NOON Saturdays at City Art in Columbia, SC

May 31, 2012

City Art in Columbia, SC, will be offering free arts related presentations lasting an hour or less on Saturdays at HIGH NOON in the main gallery. These events will begin on June 9, 2012, featuring HIGH NOON with the Editors of Jasper Magazine. Cindi Boiter will be reading short fiction from her new book Buttered Biscuits, Ed Madden reading poetry from Prodigal, Mike Miller reading short fiction from Lonesome Pines, and Kristine Hartvigsen reading poetry from To the Wren Nesting.

The next Saturday, June 16, 2012, Esther Melton will be working with  R&F oil pigment sticks to create one of her nature paintings in her new “Landscape Reflections” series.

Do you wonder how to make a good composition, to find the underlying structure in your subject? Do you struggle to keep your painting from turning into mud? On Saturday June 23, 2012, join Mary Bentz Gilkerson when she will be doing a demo painting in oil and giving you 7 steps to help you jumpstart your painting practice.

And to finish the month on June 30, 2012, award winning painter Anne Hightower-Patterson White will offer her expertise to artists during a walk-in critique.

In the coming weeks look for more demos and presentations from area artists and arts professionals and have lunch in the Vista while you are here.

For up to date information, “like” us on Facebook, join our e-mail list or visit our website at (www.cityartonline.com).

City Art is located in the Vista at 1224 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC.

The Guerrilla Artists Group Will Host Several “Sip and Paint” Events in Mooresville, NC – June 9 and June 23, 2012

May 30, 2012

The Guerrilla Artists Group will host several “Sip and Paint” events at the Andre Christine Gallery, located at 148 Ervin Road in Mooresville, NC. (Behind the Lone Star, off of 150.)

Bring your favorite bottle of vino and a glass. We’ll provide the canvas, acrylic paint and brushes. If weather permits we will paint outside.

June 9, 2012, from 4-6pm

June 23, 2012, from 4-6pm

$40 per person per date.

Tickets can be purchased on our Events Calendar page at
(http://www.guerrillaartistsgroup.org/events-calender.html).

For further info contact Ilisa M. Millermoon by calling 704/657-2324 or visit (www.guerrillaartistsgroup.org).

City Art in Columbia, SC, Will Present HIGH NOON Events on Saturdays – Got An Idea For One?

May 30, 2012

A Saturday art event! The time will be 12pm noon and activities will vary as much as the audience will want. We need folks to do programs (limited to an hour or shorter) as well as folks to give us ideas of their interests. We plan to have some Art Industry people show and talk about art materials, artists show us how they work, critiques of work brought into City Art, talks on marketing, AV presentations…the sky is the limit for ideas.

Go to our website (www.cityartonline.com) and click on Contact us to give us your name, contact information, and ideas of what you can show folks and what you want to see and learn about.

We normally want to schedule this at least a month in advance but will start in June 2012.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, and Blue Star Museums Offer Free Admission to Active Duty Military and Their Families

May 30, 2012

For the third consecutive year Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will join more than 1,500 museums nationwide offering free admission to active duty military and their families from Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012, through Blue Star Museums. The offer is part of a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums throughout the United States.

“We hope active duty military personnel and veterans will find respite in Reynolda as a quiet place to reconnect with their families this summer,” said Allison Perkins, Reynolda House executive director.

The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members) including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

“This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

Reynolda House plans additional programs for veterans and their families in the fall, partnering with local organizations and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Reynolda House extends free admission year-round to active military personnel.

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable through programs and partnerships like Operation Honor Cards, MilKidz Club and Blue Star Museums. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and the civilians who strongly support them. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit (www.bluestarfam.org).

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at (www.arts.gov).

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection. Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events. The museum is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails.

For more information, please visit (www.reynoldahouse.org) or call 336/758-5150.

The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, to Offer Free Admission to Military and Veterans’ Families from Memorial Day through Labor Day

May 30, 2012

The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, and two of its uptown neighbors are joining Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel, including active Reserve and National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.

All Blue Star Museums, including the Mint, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and Levine Museum of the New South, are offering free admission to all military ID holders and up to five family members. In addition, the Mint is offering free admission to any veteran with a Veterans Identification Card and up to five of their family members for the summer. The initiative applies to both Mint locations.

“We are happy to be able to offer ourselves as a resource to support military families and veterans this summer,” said Hillary Cooper, director of communications and media relations at The Mint Museum. “We are an ideal family-friendly attraction and this initiative offers a chance to deepen and broaden our community connections.”

The Mint recently acquired the work “Defiant Gardens” by Texas artist Dario Robleto, and the seven-foot-tall, five-foot-wide wreath-shaped sculpture has proven thought-provoking for veterans and military families because of its powerful themes of wartime memories. “Defiant Gardens” incorporates paper pulp made from American soldier’s letters, Victorian hair flowers braided by war widows, dried flowers from various battlefields, and even tiny carrier-pigeon message capsules among its materials. The work was added to the museum’s permanent collection through the generosity of the Mint Museum Auxiliary. The museum is inviting military families and veterans to experience the work along with its other collections and exhibitions, and plans to offer special programming incorporating “Defiant Gardens” later in the summer (details will be announced at a later date).

The Blue Star Museums initiative is just one part of the excitement going on this summer at the Mint. Spots are still open at the Mint’s Summer Art Camps, and new exhibition openings, educational programs, celebrations, and more will continue while school is out. For more information, visit (www.mintmuseum.org).

The Mint’s announcement follows a national announcement of the Blue Star Museums initiative in New York City. “Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,600 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”

This year, more than 1,600 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,600 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. To see which museums are participating, visit (www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums).

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable through programs and partnerships like Operation Honor Cards, MilKidz Club and Blue Star Museums. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and the civilians who strongly support them. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit (www.bluestarfam.org).

Phil Mechanic Studios Public Darkroom in Asheville, NC, Calls for Kickstarter Patrons

May 30, 2012

The Phil Mechanic Studios Public Darkroom has launched a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign to start a new project, The Asheville Darkroom in Asheville, NC. The darkroom space, to be overseen by Bridget Conn and Miranda Maynard, will work towards broader public access, improvements to equipment, expanded classes and workshops, and an eventual non-profit status. The darkroom must meet its fundraising goal of $4,000 by June 18, 2012, or its doors will close. Your involvement will make all the difference!

To contribute to the Kickstarter campaign visit (http://kck.st/JzWVzK).

To offer goods or services for an auction and raffle (benefit with bands at the Lexington Avenue Brewery on Saturday June 16, 2012, e-mail to (bridgetconn@gmail.com).

To learn more about what the darkroom currently does visit (www.theashevilledarkroom.com).

And come visit us during the River Arts District Studio Stroll, June 9 & 10, 2012. 10am-6pm. Thanks so much!

University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Symposium on Potter Walter B. Stephen – June 22, 2012

May 23, 2012

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present the work of an artist considered among the most imaginative and beautiful in American ceramics. The exhibition Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Potteries of Walter B. Stephen will run from May 26 –through July 27, 2012.

Stephen was a gifted designer and craftsman with a remarkable range. Through the artistic influence of his mother and his own curiosity, Stephen became known for his cameo wares and crystalline glazes. Stephen’s “American Cameo” was inspired by early Americans, literature and ancient history similar to Wedgwood’s Jasperware.

The exhibition highlights 76 rare examples of Stephen’s work, including the first pots he fired near Nonconnah Creek in Tennessee to crystalline vessels produced near Asheville, NC.

Stephen’s work spanned arts and crafts and art nouveau to the modern era. His decorative themes were widely diverse, ranging from memories of his young life on the Nebraska frontier, Bible references, and Asian art. He also explored Mayan and Egyptian motifs as well as Wedgwood influences.

McKissick Museum will host a reception with a gallery talk and book signing 5:30 – 7:30pm, on Thursday, June 21, featuring Rodney Leftwich, author of Pisgah Forest and Nonconnah: The Potteries of Walter B. Stephen.

On Friday, June 22 from 10am – 4pm, McKissick will host a symposium, The Art of Collecting Southern Pottery, featuring Rodney Leftwich, Karen Swager of Brunk Auctions,  crystalline potter Frank Neef, Winton and Rosa Eugene of Pottery by Eugene, and Barbara S. Perry, Ph.D., noted author an American ceramics.

The symposium is $40 for museum members and $50 for non-members.

For additional information about the pottery exhibition or symposium, visit (http://www.cas.sc.edu/mcks/general/calendar.html) or call 803/777-7251.

Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC, Calls for Entries for Juried Show – Deadline July 19, 2012

May 23, 2012

The Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC, is calling for entries for its Juried Exhibition, which is open to all US artists 18 years of age or older who reside in eastern North Carolina, as well as the triangle counties of Wake, Durham, and Orange.

Work must be original, executed within the past two years, and not previously exhibited at the GMA. Entry in this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions listed in the prospectus and is a contract to exhibit entries selected by the juror. Substitutions for entries sold or otherwise committed before acceptance are not allowed.

A prize fund is guaranteed for the Best in Show, Second and Third places. Award money is dependent upon the number of entries received. Award winners will be selected by the juror and announced at the reception on September 7th at 6pm.

The juror will be Adam Cave, co-owner, along with his wife, of Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, NC. He has degrees in both Fine Art and Art History from Connecticut College. He began his art career in Santa Fe, NM, in 1992 and spent over ten years as the director of Gallery C in Raleigh. He has served on the Town of Cary Public Art Advisory Board as well as lectured for The Visual Art Exchange and The Fine Arts League of Cary. Most recently Cave was asked to be a juror for Artspace in Raleigh. In 2010, he served for the third year in a row as art chair for the Alliance of Aids Services – Carolinas “Works of Heart” auction, the largest art auction and fundraiser in the Triangle.

To download a prospectus for the juried exhibition visit (http://gmoa.org/exhibitions).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Participates in Blue Star Museum Initiative this Summer

May 21, 2012

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces participation in the Blue Star Museum initiative, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day (May 28) through Labor Day (Sept. 3) 2012.

“We are so grateful to all military families for their service and sacrifice. Free admission is our way to say thank you and to encourage a connection between the Museum and these families that can continue throughout the year,” executive director, Karen Brosius, said.

This year, more than 1,500 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 500 new museums this year. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of The American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, and the American Association of State and Local History. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums.

Participants include The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA, The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland, ME, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, IA, the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, CA, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA, and the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, OK.

For further information call the Museum at 803/799-2810  or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).