Archive for August, 2013

High Point Art Link, a Fall Gallery Tour in High Point, NC, Takes Place – Sept. 19, 2013

August 30, 2013

A tour of art gallery viewings “linking” up two of High Point’s most important art venues; Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) and the Sechrest Gallery at High Point University, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, from 5:30-8pm.

You will arrive at one of High Point’s most innovative new restaurants, Maize Cantina, located at 2140 N. Main Street. Then High Point University’s luxury Trolley will take you to the University’s Sechrest Art Gallery located at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. We begin with a viewing of the invitational exhibition, “VISIONS 2013 – Making the Ordinary Extraordinary.”

Next you will go to the Theatre Art Galleries at 220 East Commerce Avenue, which features the exciting juried invitational exhibit, “The Bicycle: Art Meets Form” and enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by the Vino Shoppe. Finally you will return to Maize Cantina for “Artful Tastings” samplings from their creative menu. Drinks on your own. Any who wish may remain for dinner.

Reservations are required, fee is $20 and space is limited. Call TAG at 336/887-2137 or visit (

Jean Grosser and Jim Boden, Coker College Art Professors to Participate in “South Carolina Biennial 2013” Exhibition at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC

August 30, 2013

Revised 9/1/13

Two Coker College (Hartsville, SC) professors have been selected to exhibit their artwork in the “South Carolina Biennial 2013” exhibition, which opens with a reception from 7 to 9pm Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC.

Jean Grosser, professor of art and chair of the art department, and Jim Boden, professor of art, were two of the 25 artists selected from more than 120 applicants.

Work by Jean Grosser

“The inclusion of Jean Grosser and Jim Boden in the 701 Center for Contemporary Art “South Carolina Biennial 2013” indicates that they are among the artists in South Carolina producing some of the most exciting and best contemporary art,” said Wim Roefs, chair of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s board of directors. “Many of us who are well-versed in the South Carolina art scene already knew that, of course. After all, both Boden and Grosser have a long track record of producing first-class contemporary art, and both are widely and highly regarded in the state’s art scene.”

Roefs had selected Grosser and Boden as award winners in previous art competitions. He was pleased to see that the two out of state jurors for the biennial, who might be less familiar with South Carolina artists, felt that both Coker faculty members were among the best in the state and should be included in the “SC Biennial 2013”.

“Having Jean and Jim is a great credit to the Coker College Art Department, too,” added Roefs. “That speaks very well of the department.”

Work by Jim Boden

Grosser has been a Coker faculty member since 1985. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Barnard College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Alfred State College of Ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Ohio University. Grosser was awarded the Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission and was a finalist for the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowships in Sculpture.

Boden has been a member of Coker’s faculty since 1999. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in art education from the University of Minnesota. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Cecelia Coker Bell College Art Gallery; 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; the Florence Art Museum, Florence, SC; and solo exhibitions at the Rabold Gallery, Aiken, SC; and Black Creek Arts Council Gallery, Hartsville, SC. His awards include First Place at StateWide, Florence Art Museum, Florence, SC; and First Place and Purchase Award at Drawing From Perceptions – Biennial Drawing Exhibition, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

For more information about the Coker College Art Department, contact Grosser at 843/383-8150 or e-mail to (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Family Day, on Sept. 21, 2013, in Celebration of Seagrove’s Centennial

August 30, 2013


On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, the town of Seagrove, NC, is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a Centennial Celebration. Wishing to contribute to the day’s celebration of the area’s history and the festive atmosphere of the occasion, the North Carolina Pottery Center is having a Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in cooperation with Seagrove’s Centennial Celebration.

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be contributing to the day by showcasing the tradition of pottery through demonstrations and other activities! Please join us as we help to celebrate Seagrove’s 100th anniversary.

All NCPC activities will be taking place on NCPC property except for the 12:00-2:30pm NCPC booth at the Seagrove Centennial Celebration. Alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and other weapons are prohibited. No pets, with the exception of service animals, will be allowed onsite on Family Day due to liability issues.

It is recommend that attendees bring folding chairs, blankets, etc. as some of the day’s activities will be located outside.


Schedule of North Carolina Pottery Center Activities on Family Day, Saturday, September 21, 2013, include:

12:00-2:30pm – Pottery Identification by Dr. Terry Zug and Steve Compton (Inside the NCPC). Dr. Terry Zug is a pottery expert who is the former chair of Southern Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of “Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina”. Steve Compton is an avid longtime pottery collector who was the first president of the North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild.
· Maximum of three pottery pieces per person.
· Donations are welcomed and encouraged, but not mandatory, for this service. Suggested donation: $5.

12:00-2:30pm – Pottery Ornaments for Kids & General Info with Seo Eo and his students (NCPC Booth at the Seagrove Centennial Celebration on Old Plank Road). Seo Eo, an Associate Professor of Ceramics at East Carolina University, and some of his students will be helping kids paint bisque ornaments.
· Free – Donations are welcomed.

12:15– 2:15pm – Native American Pottery Demo by Caroleen Sanders (On the grounds of the NCPC). A Catawba Indian master potter, Caroleen Sanders, learned to make pottery in the traditional Catawba method by watching her mother and other family members and will be demonstrating her craft for visitors.
· Free

1:15 – 3:15pm – Raku Firing Demo by David Garner & Dan Triece (On the grounds of the NCPC). David Garner is a life-long local potter who has stretched his creative boundaries and is known for his horsehair and Raku pottery. Garner is the owner of Turn & Burn Pottery in Seagrove. Dan Triece is another local potter who makes use of a variety of colors and glaze combinations and is known for his copper luster Raku pottery. Triece is the owner of DirtWorks Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.
· Free

2 – 3pm – Pottery Turning Demonstration by Chad Brown (NCPC Education Building). Chad Brown is a local 5th generation potter who is recognized as an up and coming potter and who has been invited to show at this year’s Potters Market Invitational in Charlotte, NC, on Sept. 7, 2013. Brown has purchased some land recently and is also in the process of building a kiln.
· Free


3:30 – 4:30pm – Agate-ware Turning Demo by Eck McCanless (NCPC Education Building). Eck McCanless, a local potter, has been turning pots since the age of 18 and is known for his distinctive “agateware” pottery. He and his family were the subjects of Jim Sharkey’s film, “The Fourteenth Shop”, which won the Award for Creative Excellence at the 2002 International Film and Video Festival in Redondo Beach, CA. McCanless is the owner of Eck McCanless Pottery in Seagrove.
· Free

5:00-7pm – Evening Festivities (On the grounds of the NCPC).
· Music – Bluegrass Experience. The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast’s most respected traditional music groups.
· Food – BBQ sandwiches, fixings, dessert and drinks. (While quantities last – Donations are welcomed.)

This schedule of events is subject to modification by the North Carolina Potter Center. Inclement weather may affect the feasibility of some activities.

For more information about the schedule of activities (parade, booths on Old Plank Road, historical displays, etc.) being undertaken by the Seagrove Centennial Celebration, please visit the “Seagrove NC Centennial” page on Facebook.

The North Carolina Pottery Center looks forward to adding to a fun and festive atmosphere and celebration of Seagrove’s 100th anniversary!

North Carolina Pottery Center activities and projects are supported, in part, by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit ( or on Facebook.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Offers Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Sept. 7, 2013

August 30, 2013


Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will offer a guided walking tour of the farm and working buildings of Reynolda Village on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at 10am. The two-hour tour will begin at the museum. Admission is $15 or $10 for museum members and students.

In 1917, Reynolda was seen as the experimental farm to which students of agriculture, dairy production and animal husbandry in the Piedmont Triad and beyond would look for the newest and best farming methods. The Reynolda Village tours will take guests on a walking tour of the barns, dairy and staff quarters, and share oral histories of the people who lived and worked on the estate.

In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled.

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, 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.

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Holds Meeting – Sept. 14, 2013

August 30, 2013

The Log Cabin Art Guild will hold its regular meeting on Saturday, Sept., 14, 2013 at 9:30am in the Training Center at Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC. The entrance to Park is located at 9564 Two Notch Road in Columbia. All artists and those interested in art are welcome to attend.  When entering the park tell the attendant that you are going to the log cabin art guild.

Guest speaker Van Martin considers himself a Renaissance Man. Educated in science, music and art, his work is in too many collections to mention. Martin works in oils, acrylics and sculpture mediums creating portraiture, landscape, wildlife and abstract paintings.

For further info call Marcie Marshall at 803/738-9348.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, NC, Offers Annual Fashion Show

August 30, 2013

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is happy to present its annual fashion show on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 2pm. This year’s show “Fall Fashion Forecast” features local realtors hitting the runway modeling the styles of Lucy Anne’s in Asheville. Tickets are $30 and available at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts located at 225 W. State Street in Black Mountain, NC, or by phone at 828/669-0930.

The afternoon will begin with light refreshments including a variety of iced teas and mimosas upstairs in the dance studio, followed by a high-energy runway show in the theater on the main level. The “Fall Fashion Forecast” will feature a wide range of beautiful clothing from sportswear to office attire, eveningwear to cocktail attire. One of the boutique’s owners, Lucy Stella, will emcee the event adding additional color with her detailed descriptions of the clothing. Proceeds from this year’s fashion show will benefit the many programs for children and adults at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Don’t miss the spectacle of at least eight Swannanoa Valley Realtors strutting their stuff in styles that fit their personalities: sassy and sophisticated, classic and elegant, always confident and charismatic. Currently Kathy Begley and Sharon McConnaughy from Greybeard Realty, Dawn Wilson of Dawn Wilson Realty, Joan Hall Weaver and Vicki Dunkerley with Keller Williams, Donnette Moore of Beverly-Hanks, Amy Wilson with the Patton Property Group, and  Arts Center board chair and retired realtor Diane Hutchins will model the varied attire. The very talented and handsome Joe Dinwiddie will provide piano accompaniment throughout the event.

Door prizes will be presented to several lucky ticket holders. Last year’s event sold out and limited seating is available. Call the Black Mountain Center for the Arts now to reserve your ticket to enjoy this delightful afternoon previewing the latest styles for the season.

For more information visit (

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, is Looking for Volunteer Docents

August 30, 2013


The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, is looking for volunteers to train as docents for the fall exhibition “Graphic Design: Now in Production”.

The exhibition will open Oct. 26 and close Feb. 23, 2014. Docent training will be held weekly on Tuesdays from Sept. 17 through Oct. 29. Interested individuals can chose lunchtime (11:30 am – 1 pm) or evening (5:30 – 7 pm) training sessions. Sessions will be held at SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive. Once trained, docents will be required to volunteer a minimum of two hours per week from Oct. 24 through Feb. 23.

SECCA is an affiliate of the NC Museum of Art, within the NC Department of Cultural Resources and a funded partner of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

SECCA’s Curator of Education Deborah Randolph said, “This is a landmark graphic design exhibition. It covers international design work created since 2000. SECCA is the only art center in the Southeast to have the privilege of showing this exhibition. To make the visitor experience the best it can be, we’re looking for volunteers who are interested in design to be trained as docents and serve as gallery hosts.”

Today, design is all around us. We’re immersed in it. It permeates our daily lives, influences our behavior and is defining the human experience as a strikingly visual one. Once the exclusive domain of skilled professionals, new tools, channels and software have emerged in the last decade to create opportunities for anyone to design, distribute and put their ideas on display.  Visitors are invited to view “Graphic Design: Now In Production”, to explore design as it exists today—in a state of constant re-imagination.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, SECCA will host dynamic programming related to design for both professionals in the industry as well as the general public.

“Graphic Design: Now in Production” is co-organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York. The show was co-curated by Andrew Blauvelt, Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement and Curator of Design, and Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

If you would like to discuss docent training, please call Deborah Randolph at 336/397-2109 or e-mail her at (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Groundhog Wood Firing – Aug. 31, 2013

August 30, 2013


Join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, to learn about the  groundhog wood firing process with Seagrove potter Chad Brown as he fires the groundhog kiln on the pottery center lawn. Brown will be available to explain the groundhog wood firing process and answer questions from 10am – 4pm.  Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Sid Luck have been working recently on making some necessary repairs to the groundhog kiln, and the kiln is now ready for firing again. The firing of the groundhog kiln takes approximately 15 hours and uses 2 cords of wood.

Brown is a 5th generation potter; his great-great grandfather was William Henry Chriscoe. Brown learned his technical skills in the more traditional Seagrove fashion, working for years as a production potter for many studios. He expanded his skills by working as a journeyman potter, traveling from studio to studio and turning the various shapes required. Brown has participated in numerous wood firings with various potters including Sid Luck, Terry Hunt, David Stuempfle, Mark Hewitt and Donna Craven. He does turning demonstrations at the pottery center on most Saturdays. This year, Brown has been invited to show at the 9th Annual Potters Market Invitational held at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

While you are at the center, you can also explore our current temporary exhibition, “Foodwares: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food.” Pottery and food – What a natural combination! Art in everyday life is highlighted in the NCPC exhibition of NC pottery used for food storage, food preparation, and cooking. One half of the wares displayed are historical, the rest are contemporary. This exhibition, curated by Mary Farrell of Westmoore Pottery, runs through Oct. 26, 2013.

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.

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 (

Smithsonian Magazine Offers the Public Free Admission of Museum Across the US

August 30, 2013

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event, held on Sept. 28, 2013, hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket… for free, to one person, plus a guest.

Read more at (

Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found at the Museum Day Live! website. One ticket per household, for two people. A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.If museum reaches capacity, museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes avaliable.

2013 International Folk Festival in Fayetteville, NC, Calls for Volunteers!

August 30, 2013

Come join the incredible International Folk Festival Volunteer Team Sept. 27-29, 2013, and help make Fayetteville, NC, a better place!

To sign up, e-mail Gretchen Anderson at (, or call 910/323-1776, ext. 233 and leave a message stating how you may be reached (phone number or e-mail address) and what time or times you are available to volunteer.

The International Folk Festival needs hundreds of volunteers to set up/break down, carry boxes, pass out information, distribute drinks, and assist artists and vendors to keep everything moving safely and efficiently.

Volunteers are needed for the following (Note: Times are approximate):

Friday, Sept. 27:
• Vendor Load-In
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28:
• Parade of Nations
7:30 a.m. to Noon

• Vendor Load-in
7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Festival Support
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 29:
• Festival Support
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Vendor Load-Out
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hundreds of volunteers donate their time for the International Folk Festival each year. They are students and teachers from high schools and colleges, boy/girl scouts, church groups, military personnel, families, business groups and individuals who answer the volunteer call. Everyone age 16 years and older is welcome (and needed) to participate in this most exciting event! Please note: If you are under 16 years old you may still participate, but you will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Thanks, in advance, to this year’s volunteers for giving of your time and talents to make our community a better place to live. We truly cannot do this without your help!

The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources.