Archive for May, 2013

Saluda Shoals Park near Columbia, SC, Calls for Participation in “unearth” – Deadline July 1, 2013

May 31, 2013

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Discover what Saluda Shoals Park inspired in you! Create your art – visual, sculptural, theatrical, dance or earth art – amidst wooded trails that wind along the banks of the Saluda River.

A juried group of artists will be invited to participate in “unearth”, a celebration of naturally inspired art held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Saluda Shoals Park.

It’s easy to apply online:
1.       Visit (www.unearthsaluda.org)
2.       Click on “Call for Artist”
3.       Fill out application and upload your images
4.       Complete/submit your application by July 1, 2013

Selected artists will be awarded a stipend ($125) for their participation in the event.

NEW this year, juried artists will also have an opportunity to display and sell original artwork at Nature’s Bazaar.

For more information, contact Cathy Carter-Scott at 803/213-2015, e-mail to (cscott@icrc.net) or visit (www.unearthsaluda.org).

Mooresville Artist Guild in Mooresville, NC, Works with The Dale Jr. Foundation to Raise Funds for Mooresville Depot Renovation

May 31, 2013

Two key players in the local community, The Dale Jr. Foundation and the Mooresville Artist Guild, are joining forces to support the renovation of the historic Mooresville Depot in Mooresville, NC, with a unique online fundraising event called the Dale Jr. Picture Mosaic.

The Dale Jr. Picture Mosaic will be a collection of 8,800 images submitted by fans of Earnhardt Jr. Once assembled, the collage will make up an eight foot by six foot mural. When viewed from a distance, the primary image of Earnhardt Jr. becomes visible, while close examination reveals that the image is comprised of numerous smaller photographs.

The donations from the mosaic will be used to support the Mooresville Artist Guild’s project to renovate the Historic Mooresville Depot, better known as “Race City USA” and home to JR Motorsports.

“Since 1863, the Historic Mooresville Depot has been the cornerstone on which the Town of Mooresville was built,” said Leo Gordon, Treasurer of the Guild and Chairperson for the renovation project. “It brought commerce to the area which led to people moving into the area. In 1973, The Depot took a new role when the Town of Mooresville leased the building to the Mooresville Artist Guild who converted part of the building to a Visual Arts Center, thus becoming the cornerstone of art for the region.

“The building needs major repairs and must conform to ADA requirements if we are to meet the growing needs of the Guild and the region. With community leaders like Dale Jr. and The Dale Jr. Foundation adding their support, we can make the Depot something special.”

To become part of the JR Nation history and have your picture included in the Dale Jr. Mosaic, an easy to use, interactive web site has been created at (www.dalejrpicturemosaic.com). The process is simple. For a donation of just $8.80, you can include a photograph of yourself or friends to pay tribute to Earnhardt Jr. for his accomplishments on the track, as an entrepreneur and community leader. These photos, combined with thousands of others will create the completed mural.

Shortly after uploading your photo(s), participants will be incorporated into the online mosaic and mural, and receive a special access code to view their photo.

“The Dale Jr. Picture Mosaic will be unveiled at JR Motorsports in mid-December of this year,” said Lauren Caldwell, Project Manager of The Dale Jr. Foundation.  ”We’ll focus a lot of our social media efforts around it so fans can share in the experience. We are truly excited to help make a difference in our community with the revitalization of the Mooresville Artist Guild.”

For more information, please visit (www.dalejrpicturemoasic.com).

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

May 31, 2013

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For the fourth consecutive year Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will join more than 1,800 museums nationwide offering free admission to active duty military and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013 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.

Military personnel and their families can take advantage of the offer at Reynolda House starting Tuesday, May 28; the museum is closed on Mondays.

“Museums are a safe, quiet place to reflect and reconnect with your families, said Allison Perkins, Reynolda House executive director. “We invite our service men and women to Reynolda this summer to experience the art, history, and beauty of this place. We are proud to participate in Blue Star Museums as a way to say thank you to our military personnel and their families.”

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.

Reynolda House extends free individual admission year-round to active military personnel. For more information, visit (www.reynoldahouse.org) or call 336/758-5150.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corp, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit (http://www.bluestarfam.org).

About the National Endowment for the Arts

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).

About Reynolda House

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).

Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, are Calling for Sculptors to Participate – Deadline June 14, 2013

May 30, 2013

The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC,  seek artists interested in participating in an outdoor sculpture sales gallery.  Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council. The “Gallery” is located in planters throughout the downtown area. Artists interested in participating should submit an application to the Caldwell Arts Council by June 14, 2013.

Application forms are available at (www.caldwellarts.com) or by calling 828/754-2486.

Selected sculptures must be suitable for outdoor installation. The pieces will be on display for one year or until sold. All selected pieces will be awarded a stipend of $200 to help with delivery and retrieval costs and if an artwork sells there is a 30% sales commission. The artwork on display will be covered by a liability insurance policy.  Twelve sculptures will be selected for display. Each artist may submit up to 3 works for consideration.

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“Golden Throat” by David Humphrey, photo by Curt Hiller.

Tucker’s Gallery was started with a Grassroots Arts Grant from the State of North Carolina. Caldwell County is known for its signature sculpture collection of 80 pieces of original sculpture that are on display throughout the county. People travel to our community to see this unique offering. While the permanent collection is installed county-wide, Tucker’s Gallery allows the resident and the visitor to see a concentrated number of sculptures within a small geographic area, and unlike the permanent collection, allows for purchases of artwork.

This program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue SW, Lenoir NC. Phone 828/754-2486; e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com); or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers Panel Discussion on Setting up an Art Business – May 30, 2013

May 29, 2013

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Are you an independent artist in the Triangle area of NC? Are you thinking about scaling your work into a full time small business? Join our panel of artists and business experts to learn more about the resources and tools that are available to you in our community. We will discuss the obstacles and opportunities of independent artists over wine and finger food provided by FRANK Gallery.

Featured panelists include:

Beth Yerxa – Triangle ArtWorks
Heather Allen – Capital H Creative
Kim Kirchstein – Leopold Designs
River Capel – River Basin Outfitters
Christina Brennan – Sofia’s
Ed Timberlake – Trademark & Copyright Lawyer
Details

Date: Thursday, May 30th

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Frank Gallery, 109 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC.

Cost: $5 at the door (cash or cards accepted)

If you have specific questions you’d like answered during the panel discussion, please e-mail those to us at (info@redressraleigh.com).

Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, Opens Its Studios to the Public – May 30, 2013

May 29, 2013

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Redux Contemporary Art Center (Redux) in Charleston, SC, invites you to see behind the curtains during Open Studios, on May 30, 2013, a reception will be held from 4-7pm. Join the artists of Redux for an insight and exploration of the talented artists occupying our private studios. Refreshments will be served, and we invite you to peruse the current exhibition, classroom, darkroom, print shop and Conolly Studio Gallery in addition to our private studios at Redux. Redux is located in the heart of downtown Charleston at 136 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC.

Studio Artists include: Lulie Wallace, Teil Duncan, Kaminer Haislip, Lauren Rackley, Paula McInerny, Kate Long Stevenson, Whitney Kreb, Jen Ervin, Mariah Channing, Taillefer Long, Sally Bennett Baxley, Alizey Khan, Kate Mullin, Charles Williams, Camela Guevara, Kate MacNeil, Todd Anderson, Jane Ann Sweeny, Greg Hart, Luke Vehorn, Austin Grace Smith, Lindsay Windham, and Marshall Thomas. Print shop artists also include Karen Ann Myers and Linnie Trettin. Photographer Douglas Carr Cunningham has led a major improvement on our darkroom facilities.

Redux is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization in Charleston, SC committed to the cultivation of contemporary art through quality arts education and outreach programming, diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for working local artists, and a multidisciplinary approach to the creative dialogue between artists and audience. We are home to the city’s only public print studio and darkroom. Redux offers over 100 classes annually in fine arts education, taught by professional, working artists. As a member of Redux, you can enjoy discounts on classes, merchandise, early notice/discounts on special events, lectures, and much more.

For further information call 843/722-0697 or visit (www.reduxstudios.org).

Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC, Calls for Entries for its Biennial Juried Art Exhibition – Deadline June 17, 2013

May 22, 2013

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The Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC, is accepting entries from North Carolina visual artists, 18 years and older for the GMA’s “Biennial Juried Art Exhibition”.  Entry fee and cash awards.

Deadline: June 17, 2013.

For more information and to download the prospectus visit  (http://gmoa.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Names Lindsey Lambert as Center’s New Director

May 21, 2013

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The board of directors of the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, are pleased to announce the hiring of Lindsey Lambert as the center’s new executive director. He will officially start at the beginning of June.

Lambert is the former director of the Brock Historical Museum and College Archives at Greensboro College, a position he held for over a decade, and he is the current board president of the North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC), an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization comprised of several hundred museum professionals across the state.

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Lambert has a BA in History from NCSU and a MA in Public History from Appalachian State University. On NCMC’s board, he has previously served as nominating chair, treasurer, and vice president. He comes to the Pottery Center with a solid array of museum, technical, networking and grant writing skills, as well as a youthful energy and a sound appreciation of pottery and its traditions. Mark Hewitt, current president of the Pottery Center’s board, says, “It is good news that the Pottery Center has someone so capable to direct its activities, and we expect his tenure to coincide with increased visibility for the Pottery Center, its mission, and all the potters of North Carolina.” Lambert was born, raised and still resides in Randolph County.

Of the Pottery Center, Lambert says, “Working collaboratively we can help the Pottery Center to better realize its full potential of promoting public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. In addition to serving as the Pottery Center’s director, I am also becoming a member at the Sustainer level because I support the center’s mission and feel that it is important to support it financially as well as through my work.”

Hewitt also says, “Thanks must be given to the tireless Board members and advisors who wrote grants to Z. Smith Reynolds and the John Hanes Foundation that provided funds for the position. Thanks go also to the members of the search committee for identifying our new director. There are many fine people working on behalf of the Center, and we are delighted to have Lambert leading such a talented and dedicated team.”

Currently on display until July 27 is an exhibit entitled “Big Red: Chrome Red and Other Red Glazes of the North Carolina Piedmont.”

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

Arts Talk Luncheon Celebrates Art and Agriculture in York County, SC – June 5, 2013

May 21, 2013

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The Arts Council of York County will host an Arts Talk Luncheon to kick off the 2013 Ag + Art Tour on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, from 11:30am-1:00pm, at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 803/328-2787. Admission is $15 and includes two guest speakers, a box lunch, beverage and dessert.

The focus of this year’s Arts Talk Luncheon for the Ag + Art Tour is gardening in urban and suburban settings and the National Barn Trail Program. Martha Charles, an expert on backyard gardening and farming in suburban settings, and Martha File, the lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, have been invited to speak at the luncheon.

Martha Charles – Charles is a graduate of Judson College in Marion, AL. She is a local gardener who employs the help of her husband and sons to keep their garden in balance. In addition to gardening and raising chickens and rabbits in her backyard, Charles also quilts, spins yarn, and knits.

Martha File – File holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. Born in Aiken, SC, she spent most of her summers in the Low Country of South Carolina. Throughout her career, File has assisted to develop and manage a wide spectrum of educational and service programs, spending much of her time focusing on educational tourism through the promotion of local artists and points of interest. She currently serves as the lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, and supports the development of the Barn Quilt Trail throughout South Carolina.

The Arts Council received a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield to purchase the materials to make permanent barn quilt blocks for farms participating in the Ag + Art Tour. A workshop was held last week at the Center for the Arts where four new barn quilts were painted. These new barn quilts will be installed at farms in the weeks leading up to the Tour.

The Ag + Art Tour, a free, weekend-long, self-guided tour, is designed to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods, and “made in York County” traditional arts. The event, coordinated by the Arts Council of York County, Clemson Extension of York County, the Olde English District Tourism Commission, the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Culture & Heritage Museums, is partially funded by the York County Hospitality Tax, AgSouth and Clemson University.

For more information on the Ag + Art Tour, please visit (http://www.agandarttour.com). For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Southern Highland Craft Guild Offers Clay Day at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC – June 1, 2013

May 21, 2013

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Celebrate Clay Day at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, on June 1, 2013, from 10am to 4pm. This free event features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults.

Clay Day has been a favorite happening at the Folk Art Center for over 20 years. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and invited guests demonstrate throwing on the potter’s wheel, hand building, and surface design on clay, among other techniques.

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Expert potters will demonstrate a variety of ceramic techniques including wheel throwing.

A highlight of the day is the “Make-and-Take” Raku Firing.  Buy a $10 pot, glaze it, and watch as expert potters, Lynn Jenkins, Gary Clontz, and Steven Forbes-deSoule, raku fire it for you.  Raku is a ceramic firing process which uses fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs.  Lynn will also demonstrate horse hair raku techniques, using horse hair to create designs on pots.  SHCG members Jan Morris and Sandra Rowland will host a children’s table where kids will be invited to play with clay and make something to take home. Clay for demonstrations has been generously donated by Highwater Clays of Asheville, NC.

Participants to Clay Day include the artists of The Village Potters located in the River District of Asheville,  sharing a myriad of ceramic techniques.  Volunteers from Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Department will be demonstrating and assisting visitors with a try at the potter’s wheel.  Southern Highland Craft Guild member Cindy Billingsley will lead a collaborative sculpture project.

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During Clay Day visitors have the opportunity to purchase a $10 pot, decorate with glazes, and wait while it is raku fired. In this picture a visitor at last year’s Clay Day decorates a pot.  Raku is a ceramic firing process which uses fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs.

While at the Folk Art Center, visitors will have the opportunity to visit Allanstand Craft Shop, the Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, as well as three exhibition galleries.  Outside the Folk Art Center, there are hiking trails, picnic tables, grassy areas for a picnic and free parking.

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A visitor to last year’s Clay Day uses horse hair to decorate a pot which will be raku fired.  Raku is a ceramic firing process which uses fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.  The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of the Hwy 70 entrance in east Asheville, NC.

For more information, including a list of participating craftspeople, call 828/298-7928 or visit (www.craftguild.org).