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South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Art Day – Mar. 7, 2015

February 28, 2015

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, will celebrate and immerse guests in South Carolina art during Art Day on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, from 10am– 4pm. The annual event will feature demonstrations and discussions by South Carolina artists, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, live music, hands-on activities, art exhibits, live performance art and the opportunity to participate in the destruction of a massive art installation.

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Part of the installation piece by Jonathan Brilliant

Art Day offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into South Carolina art and artists with live, unique and interactive opportunities throughout the day. Several artists featured in the museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe,” will be onsite representing their work, including Jonathan Brilliant, who is inviting the public to help “destroy his Universe” by partaking in the breakdown of his massive installation made up of 50,000 coffee stirrers held together by tension. In addition, Jon Prichard and Will Johnson will present their multidisciplinary ritual performance art piece, “Color Code.” Printmaker Gene Speer and ceramist Virginia Scotchie will also be onsite discussing their work. “Building a Universe,” closing Saturday, Mar. 15, features original work from a variety of South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The day will also feature live plein air painting from members of About Face, a group representing a wide range of ages and abilities, and demonstrations of pottery, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and painting by South Carolina artists. Throughout the day there will be special guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, which include more than 4,000 works of art dating between 1590 to present, live music and a variety of “creation stations” in which guests can participate in hands-on art projects inspired by the State Museum’s collection.

“South Carolina is culturally diverse and has an incredible visual representation that spans more than 300 years,” said Paul Matheny, State Museum chief curator of collections. “Art Day is a celebration of the many great artists from our state and the works they have produced and continue to produce every day.”

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Work by William Halsey

“Halsey 100,” a new mini-exhibit that examines the work of Charleston artist William Halsey in the 100th anniversary year of his birth will open during Art Day. The exhibit includes original works of art that look into the important career of Halsey, who was a pioneer of contemporary art in the Palmetto State and helped pave the way for other contemporary artists. For those looking to take home a piece of art, there will be a Guy Lipscomb art sale, in which all proceeds will benefit the South Carolina State Museum Foundation.

In addition to the excitement at Art Day, the museum will open its doors the day before to aspiring art students at the second annual College Art Day on Friday, Mar. 6, 2015, from 10am – 2pm. Aspiring art students will meet current students and faculty from colleges around the state and hear from alumni applying art degrees in their professions.  Advance reservation is required. To sign up, call 803/898-4999 or e-mail to (groupvisits@scmuseum.org).

Both Art Day and College Art Day are included with museum general admission or membership. Visit (scmuseum.org) to learn more.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  Guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.

Visit (scmuseum.org) to learn more.

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Spring Forward to the Harrisburg NC ARTwalk on April 18, 2015

February 28, 2015

The first Harrisburg ARTwalk of the year will take place Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, from 10am to 2pm at Harrisburg Town Center, 4351 Main Street in Harrisburg, NC. The event is free to the public.

“The ARTWalk helps the town celebrate and showcase local art, creativity, and cultural activities, “said Teresa Stern, the event’s coordinator who launched the first event in 2012. “This event also helps create opportunities to educate, inform, and engage the community in all areas of art, photography, design, music, horticulture, culinary arts, literature, drama, and dance. It’s a way of bringing together the whole community – from tots to senior citizens – with something for everyone!”

Food and refreshments will be available at and from local restaurants and multiple bands and local talent will entertain.

Subsequent ARTwalks are planned for June 20, Aug. 15, and Oct. 17, 2015. Booths are $20 for a 10’ x 10’ space. Booth registration fees go toward an art scholarship to a local high school.

If you wish to participate or need further information, contact Teresa Stern by e-mail at (info@harrisburgartwalk.com) or join us on Facebook at (facebook.com/harrisburgartwalk).

City of Lancaster, SC, 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Awards Recipient for Government

February 28, 2015

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The South Carolina Arts Commission announces the 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts. Established in 1972, the annual awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

The City of Lancaster, South Carolina, nominated by Lancaster County Council of the Arts – as the 2015 Government Award

In recent years, the City of Lancaster has shown a remarkable commitment to serving the community through outstanding support of the arts. The vital nature of the municipal government’s efforts stands out given the severe social, cultural and economic challenges facing the city. High rates of adult illiteracy, unemployment and poverty have been barriers for the city and its citizens. The arts have been a central means through which the city has sought to address these challenges and positively shape the destiny of a rural community.

The city provides substantial in-kind and direct financial support to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. This partnership has resulted in an impressive and rapidly growing portfolio of community-wide art projects and programs, including Night of the Living Arts, Ladies Night Out, the Spring Arts Crawl, community concerts, the Nutcracker Ballet, the Student Art Banner and Art Cubes Public Arts Project, public sculpture and mural projects, and storefront art exhibits. The city partners with USC Lancaster to support the Native American Studies Center, bringing Native American Arts and educational opportunities to the region.

Recently the City of Lancaster has achieved a high profile across the state through the success of the Ag+Art Tour initiative – providing leadership to other SC counties in developing tourism around the convergence of agriculture and the arts. Lancaster stands out as a model of civic commitment to draw upon the power of the arts to enrich communities in myriad ways.

“South Carolina’s quality of life, education and economy are enhanced tremendously by those who dedicate their work and lives to the arts,” said SC Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz. “The Verner Awards recognize that service of commitment and passion. We are honored again this year to present the awards to a most worthy group of organizations and individuals. We are grateful for their contributions to our state.”

Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Columbia on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The SC Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the SC Arts Commission.

For more about the Verner Awards or the SC. Arts Gala, call 803/734-8696 or visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com).

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers Spring Tour of Homes – Mar. 7, 2015

February 28, 2015

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Six unique Myrtle Beach, SC, homes in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary will open their doors on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, for the 15th Annual Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Spring Tour of Homes.

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Tour hours are from 10am- 4pm. Tickets for the event are $40 in advance, $45 the day of the tour. A buffet luncheon at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club accompanies the tour. Tickets for the luncheon, served from 11:30am-3pm are $18 per person (for Tour ticketholders only.) Reservations are required and can be made through the Art Museum, call 843/238-2510.

Besides displaying lots of eye-popping design details – some of which are sure to provide inspiration for visitors’ own homes – the tour serves as the Art Museum’s major fundraiser. This year’s tour includes:

The Cline Home, 26 Center Drive, Briarcliffe
“Southern Elegance” sums up this contemporary home, in which despite some 6,000 square feet under roof, still manages to feel cozy and intimate. Maybe it’s the rich hues of the coffered ceilings, the dark-stained bamboo hardwood floors, the large collection of Lowcountry art or the comfy screened patio with massive stone fireplace — one of four in the home. Don’t miss the luxurious master bedroom and bath, tiled in gorgeous Travertine marble, and the temperature-controlled wine cellar — complete with wine-themed art.

The Nardslico Home, 7900 Beach Drive
It’s hard to believe that this spacious beachfront beauty was once a plain-Jane 1970s block-style house. While keeping its original footprint (five bedrooms, six baths and 3,800 square feet), the owners raised the roofline to dramatically change the interior space, adding Travertine tile floors and whitewashed ceiling planks to create a light and airy feeling. Closets were removed to become shower “rooms.” Note the custom cabinetry, made from both new and old wood; the staircase with dramatic octopus sculpture by local artist Robert Sadlemire; the hand-painted wall and ceiling murals; the huge upstairs rec room (with pool table), and the pool area at rear complete with spa, hammocks — and an ocean view that goes on forever.

The Pegram Home, 322 Wildwood Dunes Trail, The Dunes Club
This one-story ranch was extensively remodeled in 2014 to reflect its owners’ lifestyles; its approximately 5,500 square feet include a main house for an older couple and a separate suite for their adult daughter. Its eclectic style incorporates contemporary and traditional furnishings, antiques and family heirlooms. Animal prints on chairs and throw pillows echo a prized zebra-skin rug in the living room; Chinese sculptures, screens and wall panels recall the owners’ foreign travel. Don’t miss the antique Oriental rugs, including an authentic Persian Heris rug; the two Audubon prints and the Chinese silk panels in the dining room.

The Stewart Home, 36 Chapin Circle, The Dunes Club
The owners’ extensive collection of antiques seems right at home in this stately Colonial, built in 1987 but modeled on a historic house the couple happened to see — and fall on love with — while passing through Winnsboro, SC. Many of the pieces are not only historic but family heirlooms, including several exquisitely decorated secretary desks in near-immaculate condition, an authentic Persian rug in the dining room and a Japenese-made grandfather clock with mother-of-pearl inlays. But don’t miss such modern comforts as the dining room chandelier of Murano (Italy) glass; the stained-glass window in the master bathroom; the cozy dark-shuttered study and the inviting sunporch with its soothing woodsy view.

The Shane Home, 7846 San Marcello, Grande Dunes
La dolce vita! This elegant Italian Mediterranean has what it takes to indulge every mood, from its spacious interior — with 10 to 13-foot ceilings, four bedrooms and four baths in 4,500 heated square-feet — to the luxurious backyard pool area, with covered lanai, cookout cabana and outdoor shower. The state of the art kitchen includes its own wine pantry. And when it’s time to relax, head for the custom-built “theater room” with massive flat-screen TV.

The Serena Drive Home, 1563 Serena Drive, Grande Dunes
Soothing waters entice throughout this luxurious 4,500- square-feet Italian villa overlooking a shimmering golf-course water feature. Whether it’s the splashing tiered fountain in the driveway, the azure pool and spa beckoning beyond arched windows, the circular garden tub in the marbled master bath or the spacious pond views, this home whispers, “Water.” Rich woods abound in the tray ceilings, arched doors, exquisite cabinetry, detailed master closet and elaborate furnishings — the four-poster beds covered in brocades are fit for royalty! Be sure to take in the elegant chandeliers and lighting throughout, and note the extras in the second kitchen for outdoor dining, including a dishwasher and wine cooler.

Patron Sponsors are State Farm/Bobby Kelly, Agent; Supporting Sponsors are B. Graham Interiors, Babb Custom Homes, Living Beach and Swift Services Heating & Cooling; and Media Sponsors are EASY 105.9, Grand Strand Magazine, The Sun News and WBTW News 13.

Tickets are available by calling the Art Museum at 843/238-2510, and at locations around the Grand Strand.

Ticket Locations:
Myrtle Beach:
Four Seasons Interiors, 7730 N. Kings Highway
Knotting Hill Interiors, 7753 N. Kings Highway
Studio 77, 5001 N. Kings Highway

Calabash:
Sunset River Market Place, 10283 Beach Dr.
Victoria’s Ragpatch, 10164 Beach Dr.

Conway:
Bodega, 301 Main St.
Hucks & Washington Furniture, 1506 Main St.

North Myrtle Beach:
Hope Taylor & Company, 312 Main St.

Pawleys Island:
Cheryl Newby Gallery, The Shops at Oak Lea

For more information call 843/238-2510 or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Awards Three Members

February 28, 2015

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Patrons of the visual arts in Spartanburg, SC, cast their votes on the current Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg exhibition of members’ works, and the top three winners were Carlton Mullinax, Susan Hopps, and Cleveland Gossett.

Respectively, they were awarded $100 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third. The awards were made Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at a public reception, held during the city’s monthly ArtWalk, which is a public event when downtown art galleries and museums stay open until 9pm. This Members Exhibition was installed for February and will end Sunday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center is open for free public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm.

The People’s Choice awards were 1st place, Carlton Mullinax’s “The Saint & The Sinner”; 2nd place, Susan Hopps’s “Botany Bay Rd.”; and 3rd place, “Cleveland Gossett’s Faithful”.

For further information, please contact Caitlin Boice by e-mail at (artistsguild@spartanarts.org), or call 864/764-9568.

Leath Memorial Library in Rockingham, NC, is Calling all Photographers and Digital Medium Artists – Deadline Mar. 30, 2015

February 28, 2015

The Leath Memorial Library in Rockingham, NC, in conjunction with the Friends of the Library are pleased to announce its’ upcoming Photograph and Digital Medium show. The library located in Rockingham, NC, is excited about bringing this gallery show to the public.

This is the first of this kind of exhibit to promote Photograph and Digital Art being held at the library. This exhibit is open to all. There are no commissions or hanging fees for this show. The show will run from April 13 – June 5th, 2015, there will be an opening reception on Monday, Apr. 13, 2015, from 4:30 – 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity for the public to get to meet the artist.

We will be receiving the artwork at the library’s Calvin Little Room on March 30, from 2 – 6:30pm. If you would be interested in participating contact Pat Halligan by e-mail at (plantation9476@gmail.com) or Peg Andersen by e-mail at (pegandersen@carolina.rr.com) for guidelines and entry forms.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Slideshow Presentation by Judith Duff – Mar. 8, 2015

February 28, 2015

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On Sunday, Mar. 8, 2015, the North Carolina Pottery Center, located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC, will be open to the public from 12:30-4:30pm. From 2-2:45pm, in conjunction with the NC Potter’s Conference put on by the Randolph Arts Guild, Judith Duff of Brevard, NC, will be giving a presentation here at the North Carolina Pottery Center relating her journey as a potter and the significant influence of the Japanese aesthetic and pottery on her work. She will discuss her several trips to Japan, the grant she received to replicate traditional Japanese Shinos, and the various kilns she has built and still fires.

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Duff also guest curated the center’s current exhibition, “Quiet Inspiration: Japanese Influence on North Carolina Potters,” which runs through May 16, 2015. Duff states, “As a potter profoundly influenced by my own study in Japan, it has been deeply gratifying to curate an event celebrating that same vital impact on my fellow North Carolina potters, many already shaped by a two hundred year tradition of the state’s traditional ceramic art. It is a joy to bring to you a show exploring the rich depth and breadth that occurs when two great traditions become entwined.”

Twenty-three potters from across the state have works in this exhibition.

Featured Artists include: Tacy Apostolik, Cynthia Bringle, Josh Copus, Adrienne Dellinger, Judith Duff, Susan Filley, Warner Hyde, Fred Johnston, Matt Kelleher, Eric Knoche, Jan Lee, Linda McFarling, Reiko Miyagi, Ben Owen III, Ron Philbeck, Akira Satake, Jason Serres, Michael Sherrill, Hitomi Shibata, Takuro Shibata, David Stuempfle, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, and Shoko Teruyama.

Many of the outstanding pieces by the highly recognized artists featured in this exhibition will be available for purchase. Any pieces purchased must remain in the exhibition until its takedown date, May 18.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes 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, visit (ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.

List Revealed for Columbia Open Studios Tour, Presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, on Apr. 11-12, 2015

February 28, 2015

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The roster of 41 participating visual artists, including 7 newcomers, has been released for Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. The free, self-led driving tour of artists’ studios will take place Apr. 11 and 12, 2015 across Richland and Lexington Counties.

Now in its fifth year as a signature event presented by 701 CCA, the popular, self-guided tour opens the doors of visual artists’ working studios across the Midlands. Thanks to major support from the City of Columbia and Richland County and other sponsors, visitors enjoy free admission to all studios, and artists keep 100% of artwork sales.

701 CCA will host a #ColaOpenStudios tour stop as well. Polymedia artist Eto Otitigbe will appear live while creating new work throughout the weekend in the 701 CCA gallery at 701 Whaley. Otitigbe is a multi-media artist based in Brooklyn, NY, and Austin, TX, whose sculpture, performance and installation work investigates issues of race, technology, politics and human interaction.

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2015 Participating Artists.

The 7 artists who are new to the tour are marked in bold italics. The 4 artists who are returning after a two-year or longer hiatus are marked in italics. (41 total.)

Christy Aitken

Jeremy Butler

Nancy Butterworth

Khris Coolidge

Michael Donkle

Clark Ellefson

Renea Eshleman

Betty Evans

Henry Foster

Diane Gilbert

Ron Hagell

Lyssa Harvey

Mary Ann Haven

Ruby Haydock-Deloach

Howard Hunt

Judy Bolton Jarrett

Russell Jeffcoat

Alicia Leeke

Susan Lenz

Patrick Mahoney

Sean McGuinness

Regina Moody

Julia Moore

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Patrick Parise

Carol Pittman

Marie Powell

Carolyn F. Ramsey

Dave Robbins

Jane Schwantes

John & Venetia Sharpe

Kelly and J. Spencer Shull

Marian Soule

Laura Spong

Curran Stone

Jan Swanson

Christian Thee

Kathryn Van Aernum

Carey Weathers

Charlene Wells

Ellen Emerson Yaghjian

Details and full guide will be available at (http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art will host a Preview Party for Columbia Open Studios on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 7-9pm on the second floor of historic 701 Whaley, next to the 701 CCA gallery. DJ Irv of Art Bar Fridays fame will spin, and guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

About 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, Apr. 11-12, 2015

Preview Party Thursday, Apr. 9, from 7-9pm at 701 CCA

Saturday, Apr. 11: 10am – 6pm

Sunday, Apr. 12: noon – 6pm

This free, self-led driving tour of fine artists’ studios throughout the city of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties showcases the Midlands’ talented visual art community. Artists will open their studios and be on hand to share their personal stories, backgrounds and inspirations as well as introduce visitors to techniques and tools specific to their trade. Artists’ work will be available for purchase with no markup. Visit Columbia Open Studios for more information on participating artists and to map out your Columbia Open Studios tour.

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2015 Facebook event:

(https://www.facebook.com/events/352696508237582/)

About 701 CCA

701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community via its gallery & artist-in-residence program at historic 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. 701 CCA also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. For more info visit (http://www.701cca.org).

Facebook at (http://www.facebook.com/701CCA)

Twitter at (http://www.twitter.com/701CCA)

Hashtag: #ColaOpenStudios

2015 Pawleys Island (SC) Festival of Music and Art Poster Competition – Deadline Mar. 20, 2015

February 28, 2015

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art in Pawleys Island, SC, is accepting entries for its poster design competition to advertise the 25th annual event. We are looking for something spectacular this year as we celebrate our silver anniversary.

All graphic media is acceptable. The winning design will be used in promotional materials, including a poster and tee shirts that will be sold during the Festival. The winning designer takes home $300.

Poster deadline is Mar. 20, 2015.

The poster image should reflect the concept and mission of the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, depicting the Lowcountry, art, music and wine. It will be selected for its design qualities and marketability.

COMPETITION RULES and SPECIFICATIONS
Only original artwork submitted by the artist or the artist’s representative will be accepted. Limit two entries per artist. Artwork must not have been previously exhibited in any Horry or Georgetown County or City program. Size should not exceed 36” x 36”. Submit actual artwork; no slides accepted. We prefer that you do not include the words “Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art” on the image. Completed entry form must be secured to the back of the artwork. Artists will be divided into one of three categories: 8th Grade and below, 9-12th Grades, and Adult.
All graphic media is acceptable: Paint, markers, photography, digital art, crayons, and chalk.

The winning design will be used for our promotional materials, including a poster and tee shirts.

ADJUDICATION – A panel of arts professionals will make the final selection based, on applicant meeting specifications, design and marketability requirements.

POSTER COMPETITION TIME-LINE
Drop-off:  Friday March 20, 2015, between 9am – 5pm.  Entries must be delivered to Strand Media Group offices located at 3955 Hwy 17, Suite D, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.  Please call if you need directions: 843/626-8911.
Notification of winner: Selected artist will be contacted by telephone no later than Apr. 13, 2015.

AWARDS
Recognition as the official 2015 Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art poster artist. Winning image will be produced as the cover for the Festival program books (over 2500 distributed). Winning image will produced as the Festival poster, and winning artist will receive $300, two all access passes to the Festival and 10 posters. Winning image will be auctioned at the 16th Annual Pawleys Island Wine Gala. All proceeds will go to the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art retains possession and all legal rights to the artwork selected, including all reproduction and photographic rights, with credit for the artwork given to the artist in all marketing materials.  All copyright of the winning image will be assigned to the Festival.

A $100 cash award will be given to the first place category winner. A $50 cash award will be given to the second place category winner.

For further info and an entry form contact Susan Bryant
Sales and Marketing Director, Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art by e-mail at (sbryant01@strandmedia.com) or call 843/626-8911.

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Awarded Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership Grant

February 28, 2015

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The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced an award of $5,000 to the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, to support research and planning of a new exhibition on the role of women in the Craft Revival.

Tentatively titled “History of Craft Development Among Appalachian Women,” the exhibition will focus on the influence of women immigrants to Southern Appalachia on female craft artists during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In this grant cycle, the BRNHA Partnership awarded 22 grants totaling $170,000 in funding to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage.

“We appreciate and are grateful for all the wonderful work that is being done throughout the region to preserve our heritage and improve our communities,” said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. “This year’s grant cycle was extremely competitive—we had 52 applicants and some great projects presented, but we simply could not fund them all.”

Funded by the federal dollars the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership receives, the grant awards will help support diverse initiatives across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions, and the region’s legacy in agriculture. These five facets of the region’s heritage earned the 25 counties of Western North Carolina a Congressional designation as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003.

Grants were also awarded to:

John C. Campbell Folk School: $10,000 for renovations and improvements to the interpretive Rivercane Walk and Little Brasstown Creek Park on the school campus

Penland School of Crafts: $10,000 to establish a rotating interpretive exhibit about the school’s craft heritage in the visitor center on campus

Surry Arts Council: $5,000 for sound system and exhibit improvements at the Earle Theatre/Old-Time Music Heritage Hall in Mount Airy

All of the grant awards will be matched with local or state funding and donated services.

Since its inception in 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, a public charity, has awarded 133 grants totaling over $1.9 million and leveraging another $4.2 million in matching contributions from local governments and the private sector. These grants have funded projects in all 25 counties of Western North Carolina.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

Additional information on upcoming exhibitions and public programs at the Museum can be found online at (www.ashevilleart.org).