Archive for March, 2015

A New Artist Collective is Being Founded in Morganton, NC

March 31, 2015

An expanding group of artists, the Katz Arts Collective, is getting ready to set up in the old Katz Department store building in downtown Morganton, NC. For several weeks, they have been pulling up old carpets, setting up the shop windows, and cleaning up spaces. The old place is cleaning up rather well.  The group plans to have spaces for artists to work, give demonstrations, provide classes for children and adults, have a gallery space and rent shelf spaces to local artists.

The membership process: Interview, complete membership dues, Orientation (Includes shop software overview, and Facebook Introduction).

This is the brainchild of Autumn Samen, a local photographer and mother of three.

The Grand opening and launch of this new organization is scheduled for May 1st, 2015, from 5-9pm at the Katz building, 116 West Union Street in Morganton.

For further info about the group or joining contact Samantha McKinney by phone at 828/439-3626 or e-mail to (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Pendleton, SC

March 31, 2015


The Mercantile, a family business housed in a historic building in downtown Pendleton, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Connie Earl opened The Mercantile at 149 East Queen Street in 1988. The Mercantile was Earl’s dream. She and her husband were in the area while he was on sabbatical and she fell in love with Pendleton upon her first visit. After they returned home (Alfred, NY), she had a dream one night that she had opened a gift shop in Pendleton. When her husband retired, they moved to Pendleton and worked to make her dream a reality. The Mercantile is a gift store with something for most everyone, including old-fashioned candy, candles, toys and creative supplies and classes.


Spearheaded by Earl’s daughters, the family decided to sponsor the quilt in her memory. Earl loved pink dogwood, so the family chose to have the flowers featured on a dimensional curved piecing technique developed by Annette Ornelas of Southwind Designs. One of Earl’s daughters, Susan Earl Congdon, who resides in Aiken, SC, completed the cloth quilt in 2014.

Congdon has fond childhood memories of learning to sew in the 4H Club, which led to her learning more sewing techniques through magazines, local classes, state retreats, and quilt shows. After choosing the pink dogwood design, she found a pink ribbon batik that features the words “Hope” and “Love.” According to Congdon, this fabric is in two of the three blossoms as a fitting memorial to a mother “who shared with us her hope and love.

Her daughters recall that their mother was supportive of all 6 of her children (4 girls & 2 boys) in their endeavors. This meant sometimes attending sporting events or band/choral concerts, helping them make their own Valentines cards and Easter baskets and much, much more. As a member of the community, she was also very supportive. She was warm and welcoming, greeted everyone with a smile and treated customers that entered the store as if they were guests in her home. She was very active in her breast cancer support group (1 in 8 in Anderson) and often people came to her to share about their journey. Even when in Hospice, she reached out to someone else who was battling cancer and sent them a message that she was praying for them.

The Mercantile web site is ( and they are also on facebook.

Additional information about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail can be found on the web site at (

FMU’s Arts International Features Blue Dogs, for Pee Dee’s Spring Tradition in Florence, SC – Apr. 11, 2015

March 31, 2015


The longstanding festival, Arts International, one of the Pee Dee’s great spring traditions, will bring its regular mix of art, music and food to its new location, FMU’s Performing Arts Center, on Apr. 11, 2015. The 38-year-old festival has been held in previous year on FMU’s campus.

The festival runs from noon to 6pm. There is no admission charge and all the entertainment is free and open to the public. There is a charge for food and craft items that are on sale.

The premier event at this year’s festival will be a 2pm performance by the Blue Dogs in the PAC’s amphitheatre. The “Dogs” are an earthy, Southern rock band from South Carolina, and a well-known favorite of Pee Dee music fans. FMU’s Music Industry Ensemble and the Celtic rock band Stirling Bridge are also slated to perform in the PAC amphitheatre.

The Blue Dogs

The FMU String Ensemble, Vocal Edition, pianist Paolo Gualdi, violinist Terris Roberts and pianist Sumire Worman are all scheduled to perform in the PAC Black Box.

Other scheduled acts include the Jabali African Acrobats, the Chief Kamu Fire and Hula Show and the Chinese Acrobats. They will offer festivalgoers a unique perspective on arts from around the world on the festival’s International Stage. A variety of strolling musicians and performers will patrol the festival area, providing impromptu entertainment throughout the day.

Other events will include Florence-Darlington Technical College’s famous welding sculpture competition. The competition will feature teams of experienced craftsmen who will create breathtaking pieces of art on the fly, using a pile of scrap material brought in for the occasion.

Also on tap: an arts and crafts fair featuring the work of local and regional artisans, children’s activities, art displays in the Florence County Museum and Waters Building Annex, and an international food court.

The City of Florence is joining FMU as a major festival participant for this year’s events. Other sponsors include FDTC; St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is providing space for festival parking and events; Honda of SC; Nan Ya Plastics; Florence County; Pepsi Cola of Florence; and the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The festival is the union of two former festivals, Art’s Alive and the Pee Dee International Festival. Its roots date back to 1977.

For more information on this year’s Arts International festival, go to (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Receives $45,000 Grant from The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation

March 31, 2015


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, will be receiving a $45,000 grant from The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation to be used toward continued funding of the executive director position.

Located in Winston-Salem, NC, the Hanes Foundation “has always been interested in improving the life of the citizens of North Carolina” through grants for “charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.”

Over the past couple of years, the North Carolina Pottery Center has been successful in building traction and starting to convert that traction to momentum with the addition of an educational program manager/project coordinator and the restarting of the artist-in-residence program, as well as a successful ongoing collaboration with East Carolina University’s ceramics program. Increased educational activities are a noticeable and noteworthy enhancement of the center’s outreach and represent a natural growth in terms of programming that the center is able to offer to visitors of all ages, as well as other potters.

Lindsey Lambert, NCPC executive director, notes “On behalf of the North Carolina Pottery Center board and myself, I would like to express our sincere thanks to the board of the Hanes Foundation for their acknoledgment of what we are working to accomplish here at the center. The grant funding from the Hanes Foundation will allow us to maintain stability and continuity at the level that oversees, in conjunction with the board, not only the running, but also the future direction, of the center.”

Lambert adds, “Our mission here at the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, and great exhibitions, permanent and temporary. We encourage people to come visit us, learn more about this quintessential North Carolina tradition and our state’s potters past and present, and then enjoy visiting our potters across the state.”

The North Carolina Pottery Center, located at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC, 27341, is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10am – 4pm. The North Carolina Pottery Center, which is a nonprofit, charges a small admission fee to help it better fulfill its mission and serve our guests.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430.

Florence Regional Arts Alliance in Florence, SC, Calls for Entries for “Once a Part Now Art” – Deadline – May 2, 2015

March 30, 2015


Smart Phone Repair in collaboration with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance announces an art contest in which artists are called to find new and creative purposes for discarded phone or tablet parts. Interested artists must register for this project by either stopping by the store located at 190 West Evans Street or by calling Smart Phone Repair at 843/536-0239.


On Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015, at 6:15pm Smart Phone Repair will host an artist gathering at which artists will receive materials to use in their creations as well as an overview of the contest. Artist must be 18 or older to participate and the submission deadline is May 2 by 6pm.

Prizes will be awarded with first place being an iPad Air. Smart Phone Repair customers will also have the opportunity to participate by voting on their favorite creation from May 4 – May 21. A People’s Choice Award will be presented as well.

Completed artwork becomes the property of Smart Phone Repair and will be placed on exhibit within the store.

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to partner with this downtown business in this innovative contest celebrating sustainability and the visual arts.

An Awards and Artist reception for “Once a Part Now Art”  will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30pm at Smart Phone Repair celebrating this upcycled exhibition of repurposed materials.

Inquiries may be directed to Smart Phone Repair at 843/536-0239 or stopping by the store during normal business hours.

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Entries for Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase – Deadline May 30, 2015

March 30, 2015


Artists who wish to exhibit in the 43rd annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase on Main Street in downtown Brevard, NC, for July 4th may apply for a booth space through the Transylvania Community Arts Council until May 30, 2015. Applications and more information are available by calling the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or by e-mailing to ( All art vendors must have their own tent, tables and chairs.

Each year, the Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase features up to 45 regional artists and crafters who are juried into the show based on their excellent original art and craftwork. The event will take place from 9am to 5pm, in conjunction with Heart of Brevard’s Fourth of July Celebration and Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show in downtown Brevard. These three-festivals-in-one attract up to 14,000 people annually with music, arts, crafts, food, children’s activities and more. This year the event will take place on Saturday, July 4. Non-artist vendors must contact the Heart of Brevard at 828/884-3278.

The application and jury fee is $125. Applicants will be notified of jury decisions and receive important event information by June 5, 2015.

For more information, contact Tammy Hopkins at the Transylvania Community Arts Council by calling 828/884-2787 or e-mail to (

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers Off the Wall Fundraiser – Apr. 18, 2015

March 30, 2015


It is with a feeling of genuine accomplishment that FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, prepares to celebrate its 5th birthday as a non-profit organization that champions the arts, the general community, and, of course, downtown Chapel Hill. As an art gallery that displays the work of so many accomplished local artists, our reputation stands second to none. Of equal importance to us is our relation to many local out-reach programs—our ongoing mentorship of the Karen Youth Art Group, our creative collaboration with members of the Autism Spectrum Disorder community, and our creative liaison with many local young artists (Rubbish 2 Runway!)

Please mark your calendars: this year our annual Gala—the fundraising event so necessary to support FRANK’s contribution to the arts and to the community—will be held on Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, beginning at 6pm. This year’s Gala, newly designed for a special audience of our supporters, will feature an exclusive collection of 55 pieces of high-quality art, all donated by local artists. Every Art Ticket-holder is guaranteed to leave FRANK Gallery not only with a work of art, but with the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve contributed to the well-being of this important Chapel Hill institution. The addition of a Patron Ticket now allows partygoers, those with less available wall space, to join us for the festivities. All ticketed guests will be included in the live auction portion and giveaways on this special evening. Because of the select nature of this event, space is limited, be sure to purchase your tickets soon.

Participating artists include: Keith Allen, Kathy Armacost, Peg Bachenheimer, Sasha Bakaric, Marty Biernbaum, Natalie Boorman, Alan Dehmer, Mark Elliott, Carmen Elliott, Judith Ernst, Peter Filene, Jane Filer Susan Filley, Peg Gignoux, Catherine Gregory, Linwood Hart, Shelly Hehenberger, Warren Hicks, Paul Hrusovsky, Gordon Jameson, Mirinda Kossoff, Mary Lamb, Carroll Lassiter, Jean LeCluyse, Nerys Levy, Michele Maynard, Bill McAllister, Rebecca Neigher, Jim Oleson, Elaine O’Neil, Linda Prager, Sudie Rakusin, Luna Lee Ray, Carol Retsch-Bogart, Noah Riedel, John Rosenthal, Carolyn Rugen, David Spear, Barbara Tyroler, Anita Wolfenden, and Aggie Zed.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 6:00PM

Ticket options:
Art Ticket (only 55 available!)
Admits one person to the Gala and includes the holder in the OFF THE WALL drawing – support FRANK AND take home a great piece of art!

Patron Ticket
Admits two people to the Gala. Enjoy a great evening out and show your support for FRANK.

Companion Ticket
Available to Art Ticket buyers who want to bring a guest.

Tickets can be purchased online at this link (, by phone, or in person at the gallery.

FRANK Gallery is located at 109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

For further info call 919/636-4135 or visit (

“2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” in Charleston, SC, Calls for Submissions – Deadline Apr. 17, 2015

March 30, 2015


The “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is open to all SC residents. Awards for the exhibition include $100 each for Best Photography, Best Printmaking, Best Sculpture, Best Painting, and Best Drawing; Best in Show is $500. This year’s juror is artist Tyrone Geter.

The “2015 Juried Art Exhibition” will be held May 22 – June 7, 2015, at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, in historic downtown Charleston, SC, with an art delivery date of May 14. Entry Specifications/Eligible Works: Submitted work must have been completed within the last two years. Work previously exhibited in the 2013 or 2014 “Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibitions”, the 2013 or 2014 “MOJA Arts Festival”, or at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park at any time and work exhibited at the 2015 ArtFields© or that will be entered into the 2015 “North Charleston Judged Art Exhibition” will not be considered. Craftwork or jewelry is ineligible. Painting/2D: 2D fine artwork in all media is eligible. Traditional oil, watercolor, acrylics, etchings, and pastels as well as fiber art, collage and other media are acceptable.

Artwork must be original and not copies of the work of others. Painted or enhanced photographs must be submitted in the Photography category. Photography: All types of fine art photography- from prints to digitally or manually altered images- are acceptable. All artwork must be framed or have a finished edge wrap and be gallery ready for hanging. No pieces will be accepted with saw-tooth hangers. We reserve the right to exhibit sculpture in alternate locations to accommodate work of varied size or scale. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from next year’s exhibition. An exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display.

To Submit:
My submission of this form confirms that the submitted artwork complies fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion:
(1) The artwork is my original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any other person’s work or photograph and
(2) the artwork was created solely by me and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Received upon submission:
Thank you for your submissions for the “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition”.

Selections for the exhibition will be made by early May and you will be notified of your status by e-mail.

Deadline: April 17, 2015
Application Fee (USD): $20.00
Application Link: (

For More Information Contact:
Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery at Waterfront Coordinator
843/958-6484 or e-mail to (
City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau Street, Unit A,  Charleston, SC 29401
visit (

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Offers Lecture by Mark Stephenson – Apr. 2, 2015

March 24, 2015


The Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, is offering a lecture by Mark Stephenson on Apr. 2, 2015, beginning at 6:30pm. Stephenson will present, “The Creation of a Portrait – The Working Method of John Singer Sargent”.

This event is free and open to the public.

By showing examples of Sargent’s paintings and demonstrating techniques by painting from a live model, Stephenson will help explain how John Singer Sargent created his portraits.

North Carolina native Mark Stephenson is a professional artist based in central NC who through a multi-faceted background, brings a unique perspective to his work. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Stephenson earned degrees in Civil Engineering and Music.

With an initial plan to pursue a career in opera, Stephenson relocated to New York City in the 1990s where he eventually found his way to the prestige Art Students League studying with noted painters and sculptors Frank O’Cain, Leonid Gervitz, Nelson Shanks, Ronald Sherr and Leonid Lerman. Success at the Arts Students League ushered in awards and commissions including acceptance at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art’s copyists program. He has also studied with Michael Shane Neal.

Since returning to North Carolina, Stephenson has devoted much of his time to commissioned portraits. He has exhibited in many national juried shows and his work has been featured in solo shows throughout the state. In 2013 he was recognized by the Portrait Society of America with an honorable mention in the self-portrait category in their 2012 Members Only Competition. In May of 2014, Stephenson was artist in residence at La Macina di San Cresci, Italy. He and his wife Caroline have one son, James and a new daughter, Emma.

For further info call 704/983-4278 or at (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Offers Demo by Terri Otten – Apr. 14, 2015

March 24, 2015


The next meeting of the Matthews Artists Guild will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 14, at 6:30pm in the McDowell Art Center, 123 E. McDowell Street in Matthews, NC. Artist Terri Otten will demonstrate her process for painting oil portraits. Her demo will include how to set up and light the model, her favorite surfaces and color palette, mixing skin tones, and how to capture a likeness. Otten is a figure artist as well as a portrait painter. Her studio is in the Dilworth Artisan Station on Kingston Avenue in Charlotte, NC’s Southend.

6pm – View the current show in the gallery upstairs

6:30pm – Social/Refreshments and meet the artist

7pm – Artist demonstration

The Matthews Artists Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the McDowell Arts Center at 704/321-7275 or follow the Matthews Artists Guild on Facebook at (