Archive for February, 2013

STARworks in Star, NC, Calls for Artists for FireFest – Deadline Mar. 11, 2013

February 22, 2013


STARworks in Star, NC, invites all professional and emerging artists to apply to compete, exhibit and sell their works during FireFest, May 3-5, 2013. The exhibit will continue in the STARworks gallery until May 31.  This is a juried exhibition and art sale.


Artists who create three-dimensional works in ceramics, glass, metal or multimedia can visit ( and click the FireFest slide to answer the call for entry. Artists may enter three works, scaled to indoor spaces. The entry fee is $25, and the application deadline is March 11.  Applicants must apply online.

STARworks, in partnership with the Town of Star is hosting Firefest, a three-day festival that will celebrate the role of fire in the creation of art. Internationally known featured artists specializing in glass, metal and ceramics have been invited to participate, demonstrate and lecture. Each artist will create a sculptural piece that will be installed at STARworks. The special guest artists are glass artist Hank Murta Adams, metal artist Ben Galata, and ceramic artist Hyang Jong Oh.

STARworks has a variety of activities planned for Firefest, including three days of workshops, demonstrations, performances, entertainment, and locally made food and drinks.

FireFest is made possible in part thanks to an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC. CPNC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a new economy based on the sustainable use of the natural and cultural resources of the Central Park region of North Carolina.

For more information, visit ( or call 910/428-9001.

Abstract Artist, Don Mertz, Hangs Eight Paintings in Durham, NC, Mayor’s Office

February 22, 2013

North Carolina abstract artist Don Mertz of Cary, NC, recently loaned eight paintings to the City of Durham, NC, which are now hanging in Durham Mayor Bill Bell’s office at 101 City Hall Plaza.

Ranging from 20-inch squares to 48-inch squares, the mixed media on canvas paintings are from Mertz’s Watermark Series.


“The Watermark Series includes a group of paintings that are distinguishable by their background of watery, pastel, colorful ‘dripping/running’ sheets of color with a saturated, impasto, abstract area at the top or bottom,” Mertz explained.

The eight abstract paintings will remain in Mayor Bell’s office until mid-May.

Mertz donated “Watermarks on Lavender and Blue” to the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC, for that organization’s live auction fundraiser in February.

Mertz was chosen to hang work in City Hall out of the list of artists who have had shows at the Durham Arts Council. He had a solo exhibition there in 2010.

The arts program at Durham City Hall is made possible through a partnership between the City of Durham’s Office of the Mayor and the Durham Arts Council. According to Mayor Bell, the exhibition series celebrates local artists while simultaneously giving the artists exposure to a different audience in a different venue.

“I felt this was a great opportunity to further celebrate not only these artists and their work, but to show all visitors that come to my office the caliber of arts we have in the Durham community that help to make it the special place that so many of us fondly call home,” Bell said.

Mertz moved to Cary from New York City 12 years ago. Since then, his abstract paintings have been included in many solo- and group exhibitions throughout the Triangle region and sold to numerous art collectors.

For more information, visit (

Myrtle Beach Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Receives Verner Governor’s Award From South Carolina Arts Commission Board

February 22, 2013


The South Carolina Arts Commission Board recently named the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum as the recipient of the 2013 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts in the Organization category. The Verner awards are the highest honors the state presents in the arts. They will be presented at a Statehouse ceremony tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013.

“It’s heartwarming to see such well-deserved recognition of our executive director, Patricia Goodwin, and her wonderful staff. Their dedication and love of the museum are reflected in every aspect of the operation of the museum and the quality of the programs offered to the community,” said John Stewart, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “This award reflects the support that the museum receives from the city of Myrtle Beach and sponsors and members. Without their loyal support, none of this would be possible.”

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency responsible for creating a thriving arts environment that benefits the citizens. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, they work to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and artist development through state funds, the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Categories within the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards include: Individual Artist, Individual, Arts in Education, Business, Government, Organization, Special Award, and Lifetime Achievement.

“This is a wonderful award that Pat Goodwin and the Art Museum staff certainly deserve. I’m thrilled that they’ve received this award for the best arts organization in the state of South Carolina,” said Carolyn Burroughs, Trustee Emeritus. “It’s such a great thing for this community.”

Over the years, the Art Museum has become an integral part of the Myrtle Beach community and has established itself as one of the finest art institutions in the Carolinas.

“I consider this incredibly special museum to be a ‘Palmetto Crown Jewel’ to South Carolina, its community, artists, international and state visitors, adult and children students, and academic artists and creative interns,” said artist Jonathan Green. “This museum consistently through the past ten years has brought exhibitions of outstanding visual arts ranging from fine art, outdoor art, and magnificent crafts to visitors who are fortunate to see this museum.”

Visitors to the museum enjoy an array of artwork and educational opportunities, and have had the opportunity to view exhibitions of acclaimed hometown artists such as Brian Rutenberg, Frederick Hart, Sigmund Abeles and Alex Powers, and South Carolina natives Jonathan Green and Jasper Johns.

Throughout 2012, the Art Museum celebrated I Heart Art, a yearlong series of events designed to bring in new friends and funds for the museum. Events included several fundraisers (including the 1920’s-inspired Great Gatsby Affair) as well as a 9-hole mini-golf course over the summer (which was the only course in the South to use famous art as its focal point).

“The whole goal of the yearlong I Heart Art program was to increase awareness in the community and attract new patrons,” said Lineta Pritchard, co-chair of I Heart Art. “We’ve more than accomplished that goal. It’s great to see the Art Museum recognized not only within the community, but within the state as well.”

The Art Museum worked with other regional art organizations and partnered with local businesses and individuals to increase awareness of artists and available arts programs. I Heart Art concluded with new members and sponsors, and over $100,000 in new revenue.

For more information call the  Museum at 843/238-2510 or e-mail Patricia Goodwin at (

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Calls for Entries for Public Works – Deadline Apr. 20, 2013

February 22, 2013

Public Works is a community-wide art exhibit. This is an opportunity for all artists to have their work exhibited from Apr. 26 through May 18, 2013, at the  Arts Council in Fayetteville, NC.

You are eligible to participate if you live in Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montogmery, Moore, Richland, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties, Fort Bragg or Pope Field.

All artwork, any artwork, 2-D & 3-D from anybody, any age is eligible. Everything that gets hung must be in a sturdy frame with wire on the back. No Plastic box frames, uni-frames or sawtooth hangers. Entries must all be original and not previously entered into any Arts Council exhibition.

Bring your art to the Arts Council, 301 Hay Street, downtown Fayetteville, between 9am and 5pm, Thur., Apr. 18; between 9am-noon, Fri., Apr. 19; and between noon and 4pm, Sat., Apr. 20. Your pieces will be displayed until Sat., May 18, 2013.

The exhibit is sponsored by PWC Fayetteville’s Home Town Utility.

For further details download the entry form at this link (

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Entries for Craft Bar Happy Weekend – Deadline is Mar. 23, 2013

February 22, 2013


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces a call for entries for its second Craft Bar Happy Weekend inspired by the program, Craft Bar Happy Hour. Craft Bar Happy Weekend is a public market on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, 2013, that brings together artists and exceptional handmade goods from across the Southeast. All crafters and artisans are encouraged to submit their artwork for consideration.

Accepted categories include: 2D Fine Art (prints and originals), 3D Fine Art (ceramic, glass, wood, metal), Fiber Art (felted, knitted, crocheted, woven), Wearable (jewelry, clothing, purses, hair accessories), Paper Art (stationary, handmade books, paper crafts) and All Else (toys, pet accessories, home goods, garden).

Entries will be judged on quality, originality, uniqueness, if the items are handmade or made elsewhere, how well the work fits into the given categories and the need to diversify the crafts presented at Craft Bar Happy Weekend.

Deadline to enter is Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013.

Applicants must submit an online application, photo of the work and a $20 non-refundable application fee via Google Checkout by midnight on Mar. 23.

Additional details and entry form are available at (

SECCA in Winston-Salem, NC, Begins New On-Site Gallery Interpretation

February 19, 2013


The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, is using technology to provide visitors with more of the story for its exhibitions.

SECCA is placing wireless tablets in the galleries loaded with extensive stories, film clips, and exhibition background to help viewers understand more about the artwork they are viewing. The tablets show exhibition synopsis and labels for the artwork prepared by SECCA’s curators.

SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, is an affiliate of the NC Museum of Art, within the NC Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA is open to the public with free admission Tuesday through Sunday.

SECCA’s Curator of Education Deborah Randolph says, “Our goal in providing this technology is to use a tool that is very familiar to most everyone to enable visitors to dig deeper into the context of what they are seeing. For example, if a person would like more information about the artist’s technique, they can simply touch a page to read more about it.

“In addition,” Randolph continues, “the tablets make learning more fun for all ages. We’ve kept the editorial content short but meaningful.”

The first show that the tablets will be used in is Afterlife: Jacco Olivier & Jennifer West, currently on view through May 26, 2012.

Jacco Olivier, Rabbit Hole (3 minute video work), 2011

In Afterlife a painter who stitches photos of unfinished canvases into dream-like animations meets a filmmaker who physically assaults her medium in painterly acts of performance and alchemy. At the intersection, Amsterdam-based Jacco Olivier and Los Angeles-based Jennifer West detach the mark of the artist from its expected physical location (a cotton canvas or a strip of celuloid film) – allowing the imprints of events, experiences, and their very actions/materials to float in a liquid state of limbo.

SECCA is also a funded partner of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives.

For further info call 336/725-1904 or visit (

Richard Christian Nelson Studio Offers Open House in Asheville, NC’s River Arts District – Mar. 9, 2013

February 19, 2013

Nationally known, award-winning artist Richard Christian Nelson proudly announces the opening of his Asheville, NC, studio in the River Arts District. Join Nelson for an open house welcoming him to the District on Saturday, Mar. 9, 2013, from 4-7pm during the popular “Second Saturday” open studio tours. Light refreshments will be served. Nelson is thrilled to join the RAD family, and looks forward to being energized by the palpable creativity that exudes from this exciting area.


Although Nelson is widely known as a portrait artist, he also paints landscape, still life and figurative gallery pieces. He also teaches landscape, still life and portraiture workshops. Recently a DVD still life tutorial by Nelson has been made available for download at his website. His portraits and gallery pieces have been commissioned by federal and state judges, universities, hospitals and major corporations as well as families who commission him to paint or draw their children. “I am endlessly fascinated by people, places, and things and consider it a privilege and a challenge to capture some aspect of their essence on canvas.”

Nelson hails from Detroit, where he attended and eventually taught at what is now known as The College for Creative Studies. It was at CCS where he developed his love of painting, drawing, figurative art, and art history. “I work towards ‘painterly realism’; good drawing and composition, rendered with strong natural color, in such a way that you can still sense or ‘feel’ the paint. The effect of this process is that the subject begins to artfully reveal itself to me and hopefully, the viewer.”


Most recently, Nelson won 1st place in the Member’s Only Competition-Commissioned Portraits, a Certificate of Excellence, and an Honorable Mention from the Portrait Society of America. He has also served on their faculty. Nelson continually participates in invitational paint-outs; resulting in his wide range of plein air landscapes. His workshops are taught throughout the year and you can find a schedule of them at his website.

Richard Christian Nelson’s studio is located at 352 Depot St. Suite 110. Stop in anytime from 11-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, call him at 828/817-3784, or visit (

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Lecture by Cathy Horyn – Mar. 15, 2013

February 19, 2013


The Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, presents “Art of Design”, a benefit for the museum on Friday, Mar. 15, 2013. Renowned New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn will be the featured presenter at the auxiliary group’s annual spring luncheon. Guests will dine in the fabulous setting of the tented Gibbes courtyard while Horyn shares stories of life in the fashion fast lane. The gathering will be designed by Christina Baxter of CiBi Events and catered by Caroline’s Market and Catering. A silent auction featuring fine art, jewelry, fashion, and other unique items will take place in the Welcome Gallery of the Museum prior to the luncheon.

Throughout her career, Cathy Horyn’s unflinching reviews of fashion’s top designers have generated both journalistic praise and criticism. She began her career in fashion journalism in 1986, writing for the Detroit News, and has contributed to Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, among other premier fashion publications. In 1999, she became the fashion critic for The New York Times and also maintains the popular blog, On the Runway. Fueled by a mixture of passion and intelligence, Horyn’s opinions of the fashion world are never dull!


Tickets for the luncheon are $125 and must be purchased in advance at ( or by calling 843/722.2706 x22. Check-in for the seated gathering will begin at 11am, bidding for the auction items will be open from 11am – noon, and the luncheon and lecture will begin promptly at 12:30pm

A limited number of $1,000 sponsorships are available by contacting Lasley Steever at ( (843/722-2706 x24). Sponsorships include tickets to “Art of Design” as well as acknowledgement at the event. Croghan’s Jewel Box, Production Design Associates (PDA), Stems, Studio R, and Event DRS are the first major corporate sponsors to sign on for “Art of Design”. Charleston Magazine is the media sponsor for the event.

Founded in 1950 as the Gibbes Art Gallery Auxiliary, the Women’s Council currently boasts 120 active members in addition to association, sustaining, affiliate, guest, and honorary members. For over sixty years, members of the Women’s Council have donated their time, talent, and financial support to the museum.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located along Charleston’s Museum Mile in the heart of historic district, the museum is dedicated to collecting and presenting Southern art from the Colonial period through today. The Gibbes’ permanent collection consists of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection.  The museum offers an impressive roster of special exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

The Museum is located at 135 Meeting Street in Charleston.

For more info visit (

Laughing Seed Café in Asheville, NC, is Looking for Local Artists to Hang Their Work

February 19, 2013

The Laughing Seed Café is getting a new paint job and is looking for local art to hang. We are a high volume restaurant right on Wall Street in downtown Asheville, NC, offering a good opportunity for sales as far as restaurant venues go. I am open to all styles and levels of experience, although I feel more production oriented work with friendlier price tags will have more of a chance to move.  The main desire is for quality work that will enhance our atmosphere and make it more representative of what Asheville is all about, i. e. art/creativity. Craft and 3D work is acceptable as long as it is wall-mountable. I have professional experience in art installation and sales so your work will be handled appropriately, all you have to do is drop it off.

Interested parties should e-mail Hank Fuseler at ( a bio along with 5-10 JPEG images that are representative of work that you have on hand and ready to hang at this time. I am interested in all good work, even if you only have a couple of pieces available currently.

The Mooresville Artists Guild in Mooresville, NC, Calls for Entries for 9th Annual Youth Art Show – Deadline Mar. 4, 2013

February 19, 2013


The Mooresville Artists Guild’s 9th Annual Youth Art Show will be Mar. 5 – 22, 2013, at the Depot Art Gallery in Mooresville, NC.

Young artists from kindergarten through high school (including home schooled) are invited to display their work to be enjoyed by the community. One item of artwork per student can be submitted in ready-to-display condition on Mar. 3, from 3-5pm and Mar. 4, from noon-3pm. An Awards Reception will be held on Mar. 8, at the Depot, located at 103 West Center Avenue in Mooresville, from 6-8pm. It will be a fun night for the family with refreshments and musical entertainment.

All entrants will receive a ribbon, and cash prizes will be awarded to the winning pieces. The Law Group Homesley & Wingo will be generously sponsoring the show.

For further information please visit ( or call the Guild at 704/663-6661.