Archive for September, 2012

Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf to Speak on History of Studio Craft at UNC-Asheville, NC – Oct. 9, 2012

September 30, 2012

Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf, authors of “Makers: A History of American Studio Craft” (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), will speak at 7pm, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in the UNC Asheville Reuter Center, home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Asheville, NC. A book-signing will follow.

“Makers: A History of American Studio Craft” is the first comprehensive history of 20th Century US studio craft, profiling artists working in fiber, clay, glass, wood and metal, and chronicling the development of craft and its interrelationship with design, fashion, art, industry and folk practices.

The scholarly research and writing, and obtaining the rights to reproduce the book’s 500 images, was a multi-year effort under the auspices of UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD).

The Koplos-Metcalf lecture is one of more than 50 activities planned in Western North Carolina as part of American Craft Week, Oct. 5-14, 2012; CCCD is regional sponsor of this national celebration of hand-made craft.

Koplos, a veteran art critic and writer, has been closely associated with Art in America magazine, and was guest editor for American Craft magazine. Metcalf is a writer and jewelry artist with many solo exhibitions to his credit, including shows at the Philadelphia Music of Art, the Royal College of Art in London, and the Museum of Art in Seoul.

This event, presented in partnership by OLLI at UNC Asheville and CCCD, with support from HandMade in America, is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit ( or call 828/890-2050.




FRANK: InFocus Festival Taking Place Throughout the Triangle Area of NC Adds New Events for October 2012

September 30, 2012

The FRANK: InFocus Festival taking place throughout the Triangle Area of NC (Chapel Hill, Durham, & Raleigh) have added new events to its offerings in October.

Image by Christopher Sims

On Oct. 4, 2012, at 4pm – Kids are getting in the photography action with a special workshop led by FRANK member artists Nerys Levy and Sudie Rakusin.

On Oct. 11, 2012, at 4pm – Ackland Museum Guided Tour of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s stunning “Lightning Fieldsled by museum educator, Betty Carr. Limit 10. RSVP to reserve a space with FRANK by e-mail at ( or call Torey Mishoe or Barbara Tyroler at 919/636-4135.

On Oct. 13, 2012, from 6-10pm at the Wallace Parking Deck in Chapel Hill – Guest musician Alison Weiner with Mahalo Arts and Friends to perform improvizational jazz to FRANK:InFocus outdoor slide show. Bring your slides. More information on FRANK Blog at (

On Oct. 20, at 1pm at Kidzu Museum in Chapel Hill – Parent workshop on creatively photographing your child with FRANK artist photographer Barbara Tyroler.

“Water in Our World,” UNC Water Institute sporsored international exhibition on view at the Friday Center and FRANK gallery in October

To keep up with changes or further additions visit the FRANK: InFocus Festival blog site at (




Blue Ridge Art Council in Seneca, SC, is Calling for Entries for the Heritage Music and Arts Festival (HAM) Exhibit – Deadline is Oct. 8, 2012

September 30, 2012

The Blue Ridge Art Council in Seneca, SC, is calling for entries for the Heritage Music and Arts Festival (HAM) Exhibit which will be held at Duke’s World of Energy, located at 7812 Rochester Highway in Seneca, SC. The HAM art show will be on view from Oct. 10 – Nov. 1, 2012. All local artists, working in 2d and 3d are invited to participate in this annual exhibit. A reception will be held on Oct. 13, from 10am-4pm.

The World of Energy is pleased to host the 6th Annual Heritage Arts and Music Festival on October 13, 2012 from 10am to 4pm. A Children’s Make and Take Art Project will take place Oct. 13, from 11am – 2pm.


Open to all local artists.  Each entrant may submit one or two original works created within the last two years and not previously exhibited in our gallery.  Information can be found on our web site at (

Entry into this competition constitutes agreement with these terms-


There is no fee for artists submitting up to (4) entries. Commission contract must be signed upon delivery of work to the  World of Energy @ Duke Power. 100% of net proceeds will go towards BRAC operating funds.


Two-dimensional works of any medium: watercolor, oil, pastel, gouache, collage, photography, acrylics, and mixed media.

Framed pieces may be no more than 44” in width and 48” in height. Three-dimensional works may not exceed 50 pounds and may include clay, wood, metal, glass and fiber. Artwork must require no assembly and sit solidly on a flat surface or be mounted for hanging. (Exceptions may be made based on availability of space.)

Non-gallery wrap work must be framed and ALL WORK wired for hanging. No clip mounts or saw tooth hangers will be accepted.


A 35% sales commission is charged by BRAC. Work must remain for the duration of the exhibit.


Exhibitor grants BRAC and its respective successors the irrevocable right to take photographs of the Exhibitor’s art work to be used strictly for advertising exhibits and BRAC.  Photos of work will not be sold.  Exhibitor can note their agreement to this on the Entry Form.


BRAC will handle work with utmost care but will not be responsible for loss or damage to the work. The Blue Ridge Art Center reserves the right to refuse any entry at its discretion.

Pickup of artwork will be on Fri., Nov. 2nd, from 1 to 5pm *artwork left at Duke after Nov. 2, 2012, will be transported to Blue Ridge and after a period 30 days becomes property of Blue Ridge Arts Center

For a copy of the entry form e-mail (

Coastal Carolina Artists and Crafters Guild Inc is Calling for Participation at the Holiday Craft Fair and Car ART Show in Jacksonville, NC – Nov. 10, 2012

September 30, 2012

On Nov 10, 2012, the Holiday Craft Fair & Car ART Show will take place at the American Legion in Jacksonville, NC, is no exception.

Event attractions include: car ART show, finalist from Local Idol Contest and Mrs. North Carolina will present the cash prize to the winner, gift wrapping station, Kids shopping area, scavenger hunt, and an array of talented artisans.  Free to attend and a kid-friendly event.

The Car ART Show is to encourage creativity and recycling any vehicle parts or whole vehicles into art. All mediums are accepted, must be non-vulgar in content. Looking forward to sculptor, paintings, photography, fiber arts, clay, wood, metal, and more … even cardboard.

For more information on the Local Idol contest, please call our D.J., Vox1 at 910/915-1858 for the next phase of the talent showcase.

Contest entry fee is $30 and submission form along with the Car ART entry are to be dropped off at the American Legion Bldg, Jacksonville, NC, on Friday, Nov 9, 2012, between 8am and 6pm. Judges will determine the winner and present the $500 cash prize on Nov 10.

For more ideas… search online for decorated cars and car art to see what other fund raising event submissions were like !!

Foss Recycling Centers are offering a 10% discount on all items you pull.  Be sure to bring the attached flyer with you  to receive the discount at Foss Recycling. Visit  ( for locations and hours.

Hotel discount rates are available for the Veteran’s day weekend. Discounts are available when reservations are called in and mention our event to participating hotels.

Feel free to contact the Coastal Carolina Artists & Crafters Guild Inc if you have any questions: e-mail to ( or phone 910/938-7077 (leave a message)

A portion of event proceeds go to Onslow Shriners & American Legion Auxiliary.  We believe in giving back to the community that supports us.




Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Celebrates Its 50th and 10th Anniversaries – Sept. 23, 2012

September 22, 2012

The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, continues the celebration of its 50th and 10th Anniversaries through a Public Day Celebration featuring special exhibits, activities and events on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, from 10am – 5pm. Come see CAM’s new exhibits and celebrate our 50 years as part of the Wilmington community and 10 years in our current location.

Enjoy family hands-on art activities, the dedication of our giant Vollis Simpson whirligig by the lake, music by Possum Creek Bluegrass Band, clay studio exhibition and demos, Civil War reenactors and more. This event is free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

10am – 2pm – Civil War reenactors with 1st North Carolina Company E and Battery “B” 2nd Regiment Artillery, US Colored Troops

11am – 2pm – Clay Studio demonstrations

Noon – 3pm – Family hands-on art activities

1pm – Celebrate with birthday cupcakes

2:15pm – Music by Possum Creek Bluegrass Band

3pm – Giant Vollis Simpson whirligig dedication

And more…

CaféJohnnie is open for the celebration from 10am to 3pm. Additional free parking is available across from the museum campus at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the former PPD lots on 17th and Independence.

The Cameron Art Museum presents 6-8 changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features its café, CaféJohnnie located in the heart of the museum.

For more information about the museum, please visit (




Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Offers Talk @ SECCA: Anne Kesler Shields Panel – Sept. 27, 2012

September 22, 2012

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will offer a Talk @ SECCA: Anne Kesler Shields Panel, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at 6pm. The even is free and open to the public.

Much has changed, and much has stayed the same over the 50+ years spanned in Anne Kesler Shields’ legendary career retrospective at SECCA. SECCA Curator Steven Matijcio and guest curator Tom Patterson will facilitate a colorful, anecdotal discussion about the evolution of the visual arts in Winston-Salem. Please join them, Anne Kesler Shields, and distinguished guests Marjorie Northup, Mitzi Shumake and Leigh Somerville, in a look back across time, technique, and the many people, places and events that have informed one of the city’s most important and enduring artists.

SECCA is a part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. SECCA is also a funded member of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem.

For further information call the Museum at 336/725-1904 or visit (




Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Offers Free Admission – Sept. 29, 2012

September 22, 2012

Admission to Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will be free Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, for visitors who present a Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Admission Ticket, available for download at the Smithsonian’s website, (

Reynolda House is one of many museums and cultural institutions nationwide participating in the eighth annual Museum Day Live!, presented by “Smithsonian” magazine. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, the day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties.

Visitors must present the Museum Day Live! Admission Ticket to gain free entry to Reynolda House. Each ticket provides museum access for two adults, and one admission ticket is permitted per household. Admission to Reynolda House for children under 18 and students is always free. Tickets and more information about participating museums are available at (

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 ( or call 336/758-5150.




Three Local Venues in Charlotte, NC, Join Museum Day Live! Offering Free Admission – Sept. 29, 2012

September 22, 2012

On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, Carolina Raptor Center, Carolinas Aviation Museum, and The Mint Museum, all in Charlotte, NC, will all open their doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which the museums will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, the museums will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at ( Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.

The Museum Day Live! Ticket is available to download at ( Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit (

The Carolina Raptor Center at 6000 Sample Road in Huntersville, NC, is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. General adult admission is normally $10. On Sept. 29, events include an 11am Live Bird Presentation, a 12:30pm Vulture Feeding, and a 2pm Meet the Keeper Program. More information at (

The Carolinas Aviation Museum devoted to the history of aviation and aircraft is at 4672 First Flight Drive near Charlotte Douglas International Airport. General adult admission is normally $12. Exhibits include a recently completed exhibit on the “Miracle on the Hudson, Flight 1549.” On September 29, visitors will be able to take a special tour of an Eastern Airlines DC-7 and a replica of Air Force One as it was during President Reagan’s tenure for a special charge of $7. More information at (

The Mint Museum, Charlotte’s oldest and largest art museum is offering free admission at both its locations: Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street. General adult admission is normally $10. Free admission will be offered to all visitors and a Museum Day Live! voucher is not required. Mint Museum Uptown’s free admission day coincides with Hola Charlotte Festival 2012, A Cultural Celebration! In cooperation with the Latin American Women’s Association and Norsan Media, the festival includes a salsa contest, live music, cuisine and a celebration of the culture of Latin heritage. Museum visitors will also experience the final weekend of the exhibition “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial,” closing Sept. 30, and will be invited to cast ballots in the “Vote for Art” project, which allows visitors to select which work or works of art from among six choices should be added to the museum’s permanent collection. At Mint Museum Randolph, visitors will experience the final weekend of Drawings of Thornton Dial, which also closes September 30. More information at the NEW (




USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Opens Native American Studies Center – Oct. 4, 2012

September 17, 2012

On Oct. 4, 2012, the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Program in downtown Lancaster, SC, will host a public open house to inaugurate the opening of its new center.

Faculty and staff of this 15,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Lancaster invite the public to tour the new Native American Studies Center at 119 South Main Street from 5-7pm. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the NAS Center’s gallery spaces, archives, classrooms, and archaeology, language, and audio-visual labs. Refreshments will be provided and performers and artists will be on hand to demonstrate Native American traditions.

Artwork in the background by Fran Gardner; large wedding jug on the right by Earl Robbins (Duke Energy Collection); and small wedding jug on the left, teaching piece by Monty Branham and Evelyn George (Duke Energy Collection).

Through a partnership between USCL and the City of Lancaster, the Native American Studies Center was established to promote regional Native American art, culture, and history. Home to the world’s largest collection of Catawba Indian pottery, the NAS Center will offer exhibits of regional Native American Art, classes and programs focused on Native American history, culture, archaeology, folklore, and language.

Following the Oct. 4 open house, the NAS Center will be open Tue.-Wed., 10am-5pm; Thur., 10am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm; and Mon. by appointment. Both the public open house and regular admission are free.

For further details, call 803/313-7172, e-mail to (, or visit (




Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Holds Annual Collectible or Curiosity? Event – Sept. 29, 2012

September 17, 2012

Have you ever wondered what valuable antiques you may have in your house? On Sept. 29, 2012, come find out at Collectible or Curiosity?, one of Greenville, SC’s most unique and enjoyable annual events, hosted by the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University. Residents and visitors from across the Southeast are invited to come and have professional antiques specialists appraise furniture, pottery, porcelain, arts and general antique items. Held on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9am to 5pm, this event promises to provide all attendees with helpful, authoritative advice and assessment on the art works, antiques, and even curiosities they bring to M&G.

M&G’s specialists are some of the finest in the Southeast with strong reputations in their fields of expertise. This year’s line-up of antique appraisers include:

Greg Peters: The owner and lead auctioneer of Golden Memories Auction Company in Mountain City, GA, Greg brings 30-plus years of experience in approximating the value of general antiques, with specialties in American period furniture and southern pottery. Greg has conducted thousands of appraisals and is a multi-state licensed and bonded auctioneer.

Dawn Corley: Affectionately known as “The Charleston Silver Lady,” Dawn is a nationally-recognized appraisal expert in the fields of estate jewelry and silver. Dawn recently provided invaluable assistance in assessing jewelry recovered from the USS Hunley, a Civil War-era submarine recovered from Charleston harbor.

Andy van Dam: A private fine arts dealer from Camden, SC, Andy is an esteemed expert in the fields of European painting, Japanese and Chinese art, and silver pieces, with more than 40 years of experience in the appraisal business.

M&G is thrilled to offer Upstate residents and guests from across the Southeast this special opportunity to learn about the history and value of their various collectibles and curiosities! The pre-registration fee is $15 per item (maximum of 3 items), includes admission for one patron and is available until September 26. Admission for additional guests is $5 per person. Regular registration after September 26 is $18 per item (maximum of 3 items) and $5 per additional guest.

For additional information and registration details for this event and others hosted by M&G please visit M&G’s website at ( or contact the Events Coordinator at 864/770-1331.