Archive for April, 2015

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, Welcomes Gordon Peterson as its New Executive Director

April 30, 2015


“I am thrilled that Gordon Peterson has taken on this important role,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the NC Department of Cultural Resources (DCR). “His enthusiasm for the arts and for the Winston-Salem community are an asset to his new position.”

A marketing consultant, Peterson also serves on the SECU Family House Board in Chapel Hill, the Advisory Board for Triad Stage and the Clemmons Friends of the Library Board. He served six years on the Piedmont Opera Board and formerly served on the boards of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Reynolda House Docents and was president of the SECCA Foundation. He is currently a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

“Gordon Peterson brings imagination, experience and a lively energy to SECCA at a time when community engagement and growth are central priorities,” said Lawrence J. Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

A graduate of the University of NC School of Journalism, Peterson has spent the majority of his career in the advertising agency business, both in New York and North Carolina. His experience and extensive skill sets include arts management, both museum and board leadership; strategic planning; fundraising; finance; education and community relations.

“I am excited about this opportunity to work with the talented staff here at SECCA to help fulfill its mission of bringing art, technology and engagement to enhance perspectives, inspire our community and ignite new ideas,” said Peterson.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please visit ( SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is improve our state’s quality of life by creating opportunities that promote economic development, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and spark creativity to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the NC Arts Council, the NC Symphony and the NC Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues.

For more information, please call 919/807-7300 or visit (

Biltmore Industries in Asheville, NC, Welcomes Karen Babcock as New General Manager

April 30, 2015

Biltmore Industries in Asheville, NC, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Babcock as general manager, overseeing operations for the historic Asheville attractions located next door to The Omni Grove Park Inn. Biltmore Industries owns the very well-known Grovewood Gallery, and also owns another American fine craft retail operation, Gallery of the Mountains, inside The Omni Grove Park Inn.  Located on the same 11-acre property as the Grovewood Gallery are the nonprofit Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, The North Carolina Homespun Museum, Outdoor Sculpture Garden, The Grovewood Café, and Grovewood Studios, where many of Grovewood Gallery’s artists create their own work. All of these enterprises are housed in the historic weaving and woodworking buildings of Biltmore Industries in North Asheville.

Babcock was most recently executive director of The North Carolina International Folk Festival, known widely as Folkmoot USA, based in Waynesville, NC. As one of several notable accomplishments during her tenure with Folkmoot, she helped facilitate Haywood County’s 2014 donation of the $1.3 million historic Hazelwood Elementary School to the Folkmoot organization. Prior to 2008 she served as associate director of Ladew Topiary Gardens, a multi-faceted tourist destination based in Monkton, Maryland, where she attracted the attention of Antiques Roadshow and Martha Stewart.

Developing all the Biltmore Industries components into a popular destination for tourists and locals is part of the charge given to Babcock. “Expanding partnerships throughout the Western North Carolina region, engaging audiences with the compelling history of Biltmore Industries and enhancing the visitor experience are important to our success,” says Babcock. Owner Barbara Blomberg states “the opportunities abound for attracting more visitors to the property’s beautiful gardens, café and galleries. Once here, most people are surprised that they can spend a good half-day or more touring the museums, having lunch and shopping. There is literally something for everyone!”

Started in 1901 by George and Edith Vanderbilt and once housed in Biltmore Village, Biltmore Industries began as woodworking classes for sons of Biltmore Estate workers. The Vanderbilts were strong supporters of mountain arts and crafts and developed the business to include production of quality hand-loomed woolen material which clothed American President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Mrs. Calvin Coolidge. Biltmore Industries was purchased from Fred Seely, Jr. by Harry Blomberg in 1953 and is currently run by the Blomberg and Patton family.

To learn more about Biltmore Industries, call 828/253-7651 or visit (

ArtMarket Returns to Sundays Unplugged at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC

April 30, 2015


Spartanburg, SC, is a city that takes pride in its unique arts and culture. With the reappearance of warm weather, patrons can now show that pride by purchasing a piece of affordable, regionalist art at Chapman Cultural Center’s ArtMarket, 1-5pm, every Sunday.

During the Center’s Sundays Unplugged program, which provides casual and cultural entertainment in the form of free concerts and free admission, local artists set up shop to sell their work. On any given Sunday, patrons may find photography, paintings, artisan jewelry, woodwork, pottery, metalwork, soaps and candles, edibles, and more.

“You won’t find any ‘Made in China’ stickers here,” Melissa Earley, ArtMarket and Ticket Office Manager at Chapman Cultural Center, said. “Why have a stock image from a chain store on your wall that’s a carbon copy of a million others when you can easily buy a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and support your local economy?”

All items in the ArtMarket are locally handcrafted and designed to be affordable for all budgets. All proceeds from individual sales go directly to the local artist.

“We’re invested in local artists,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman, said. “We don’t claim any of their sales. The ArtMarket is about connecting regional artisans and local residents to show everybody what amazing creative talents are in our community, and it’s about giving artists another opportunity to support themselves and be successful.”

Chapman Cultural Center’s ArtMarket has been occurring seasonally since 2013, inviting the public to engage the arts every Sunday in Zimmerli Plaza, weather permitting.

Artists interested in participating should search “ArtMarket” and select “Sundays Unplugged” on (, then review and complete the artist contract. Participation is a minimal annual fee, and all products for sale must be locally handmade.

For more information on the ArtMarket, please call 864/542-ARTS.

Greenhill and The Green Bean in Greensboro, NC, Partner for Summer Exhibitions

April 30, 2015


In conjunction with Greenhill’s summer exhibition, “Jonathan Brilliant On-Site” (June 19 – August 30, 2015), The Green Bean is hosting a call for artists for “Grounding Grounds” on display June 13 – August 1.

“Jonathan Brilliant On-Site”, curated by Edie Carpenter, explores the work of Jonathan Brilliant who will create a site-specific installation from repurposed materials sourced primarily from coffee shop culture such as disposable wooden stir sticks, iced coffee straws, paper cup sleeves and plastic cup lids. In the spirit of Brilliants exhibition, Tricia Cooke, curator at The Green Bean is announcing a call to artists for “Grounding Grounds | A Community Art Project and Exhibition” comprised of works submitted by artists of any skill level using similar coffee house materials; coffee cups, lids, straws, stir sticks, filters, used coffee grounds, etc. Cooke said, “It’s exciting to be able to work together – to have the support from Greenhill as we support their ideas and vision.”

In Jonathan Brilliant’s work he explores the ideas his work “that the coffee shop and related consumer environs are more organic and nurturing than the ‘real’ natural environment.”  At Greenhill, he will develop a site-responsive work focused on the unique features and architecture of The Gallery. The installation, containing between 30,000-50,000 stir sticks woven entirely with tension and compression without adhesive, creates an uncanny sculptural environment for the viewer where they are literally immersed in an environment formed from nothing but the repurposed materials.  His work reflects his interests in the effects of labor, performance and materials applied to an exhibition space.

More about the Call to Artists

The Green Bean is looking for artists who are interested in creating works made out of materials and supplies found in coffee shops; cups, lids, straws, stirrers, filters, used coffee grounds, etc. Finished pieces need not be solely comprised of these items, but these items must be somehow incorporated into pieces. Any and all are encouraged participate, from the novice to the professional.  Works will be on display at The Green Bean located on Elm Street, downtown Greensboro, NC, from June 13 – August 1, 2015.  All work is for sale.  Artists receive 100% of commission.

To register go to ( Purchase any of the $25 packages on The Green Bean’s Etsy store. Materials package can be picked up at The Green Bean on May 15. To use personal coffee materials, choose the “REGISTRATION ONLY” package. (NOTE: This option does not include a materials starter kit. It will simply be your registration fee.)

See Lancaster SC Seeks Cultural District Designation

April 30, 2015


Lancaster, South Carolina, may soon have another reason to visit –  a state-recognized cultural district in the downtown area.  See Lancaster, a department of the City of Lancaster which oversees tourism development, has been working with local and state leaders to apply for cultural district designation.  The program is a new initiative approved by state lawmakers late last year, which authorized the South Carolina Arts Commission to grant official state designation to Palmetto State cultural districts.

The SC Arts commission defines a cultural district as a geographic area that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets and is easily identifiable to visitors and residents as a center of cultural, artistic, and economic activity.  Gaining recognition for downtown Lancaster as a cultural district is expected to be another tool in See Lancaster SC’s efforts to attract visitors and businesses to its downtown area. With Lancaster’s growing diverse art and culture sector, state cultural district distinction will assist in marketing and promoting the downtown area as a “creative” destination.

Potential benefits include attracting more businesses to downtown and increasing the city’s opportunities for grant applications to support local art and cultural activities. The goal is for downtown Lancaster to be a center of economic and cultural activity. Goals of designated cultural districts include attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs, preservation and reuse of historic buildings, and provision of a focal point for celebrating and strengthening local cultural identity.

City Council passed a required resolution and appointed a steering committee to develop a map of the proposed district and an inventory of arts-related businesses and venues, public art collections, and locations which provide opportunity for arts experiences.

If approved, Lancaster’s cultural district designation will be in effect for five years, with See Lancaster tracking  investments and growth in the area. Cities with cultural districts will track the number of visitors to the area, the building occupancy rate, tourism activity, sales tax collections, employment figures, and the volume of art-based industry.

For further information, please contact Cherry Doster, Marketing & Development Manager, See Lancaster, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.  E-mail to ( or call 803/289-1492.

Spring 2015 Behance Portfolio Review Takes Place in Columbia, SC – May 16, 2015

April 29, 2015

Calling all artists!

We want you to come to the first Behance Portfolio Review of Columbia, SC, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 10am-1pm, at The Graphics Source, located on 2122 Platt Springs Road in West Columbia, SC.

Behance is a global arts community in the Adobe family (the same Adobe that brought us Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign!) that hosts your art portfolio for free so that you can share your work with other artists worldwide, and gives you a chance to get discovered by companies like Google, Nike, and Apple.

Twice a year, Behance encourages creative individuals to host portfolio reviews within their local community to bring together artists from all walks of life.  There has never been one within 75 miles of the Columbia area, and now is the time to start something great!

The Portfolio Review is free to attend, and is a nonprofit event.  You do not have to be involved in the Behance community to join us.  All we want to do is bring you together with your peers, local professional artists, and local businesses that support what you do!

There is limited space, so you must register for a free ticket on our Eventbrite page in order to attend.

Have any questions?  Check out these pages:
On Eventbrite: (
On Facebook: (
On Twitter: (

As a perk for attending, you will get a raffle ticket that gives you a chance to win some cool door prizes, including a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for free!

For more questions, contact the organizer, Evelyn Wong at (

7th Annual Front Porch Art Walk and Sale Takes Place in Raleigh, NC – May 9, 2015

April 29, 2015

On May 9, 2015, from 10am-6pm, Rain or shine, come and shop locally in one of downtown Raleigh’s most treasured neighborhoods, NOPO neighborhood (NOrth of POlk Street), at the 7th Annual Front Porch Art Walk and Sale. The home and business owners of this neighborhood will graciously host over 35 artists on their porches and in their yards.  It’s an event that should not be missed.

Come and see all that this neighborhood has to offer.  Its streets are lined with beautiful older homes, there are wonderful restaurants, art galleries and unique shops.  It is a great opportunity to buy artwork from up and coming artists as well as long established artists. The artists will be selling ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, handmade bath and body products, sculptures, metal works and more. There will also be live music and activities in conjunction with Second Saturday events.

The Front Porch Art Walk and Sale area is bounded by Polk Street to the south, Seaboard Station to the west, Mordecai to the north, and Oakwood to the east. Artists and musicians will exhibit on porches on Blount Street, Pace, and Franklin.

This event is free to the public.  Food trucks will be on site along with the artists and craftsmen.

For further info visit (

Rockingham County Arts Council’s Grassroots Grants Applications Due – June 30, 2015

April 29, 2015


Grassroots Grants are investments in the local community, bringing Culture and Arts programming through collaboration and support with funds from the Rockingham County Arts Council and the NC Arts Council.

Grassroots Grants applications provide funding for a variety of arts programs each year throughout the state of North Carolina. As the Designated County Partner of the NC Art Council, the Rockingham County Arts Council in Wentworth, NC, will be accepting Grant Proposals through June 30, 2015.

Organizations that are non-profits or considered non-profits are encouraged to apply, with any questions welcome by the Director.  “Grassroots Grants are an opportunity to fund projects in our community and schools, helping to increase budgets of non-profits. New applicants are invited to contact us, discuss their project and receive assistance with the application. This is not a difficult grant application, though there are several important qualifications and documents needed. ”  Grant applicants should read the guidelines, applications and report to determine if this is a grant that fits their project.

Grant guideline and applications may be found online at ( and by contacting the RCAC. After applications are collected, a committee selected from Rockingham County will review the proposals. After this review, the Rockingham County Board votes on accepted proposals and organizations are contacted.

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils.

Other funding provided through the Rockingham County Arts Council maybe found on the website at (

The Rockingham County Arts Council is the focal point/umbrella organization for the arts and information about the arts in Rockingham County. Our mission is to nurture and enrich the cultural life of Rockingham County. We seek to encourage excellence in the arts and to make fine arts experiences.

Appalachian Pastel Society Presents Barbara Jaenicke on May 9, 2015, at Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC

April 29, 2015

The Appalachian Pastel Society presents Barbara Jaenicke, PSA, OPA, IAPS MC, on May 9, 2015, at Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC, from 10am-Noon.

Work by Barbara Jaenicke

Grace Community Church is located at 495 Cardinal Road in Mills River, NC 28759.

The Appalachian Pastel Society’s meetings are free and open to the public.

For further information contact Kitty Williams by calling 423764-2911, e-mail to ( or visit (

Artists From Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Hold Benefit for The Arts and Science Council

April 29, 2015


Admit it — you’ve looked at more than a few artistic masterpieces and thought, “I can do that!” The artists of Ciel Gallery have taken tools in hand to have a go at the works of masters throughout the ages. Please join us for “Skew the Masters,” an exhibition featuring fanciful takes on art we all know and love, May 1 – 30, 2015.

An Opening Reception will be held Friday, May 1, 6-9pm during the Southend Gallery Crawl, and exhibiting artists will be present. The reception will also feature opportunities for visitors to Skew themselves à la Picasso or Magritte.

Among the artists Skewed will be Monet, Botticelli, DaVinci, Michelangelo, Manet, Rothko, Wyeth, Van Gogh, Matisse, Rauschenberg, Picasso, Hockney, Toko, Chagall, Klimt, O’Keefe, Caulder, Derain, Cornell, Shubun, Rigaud, Hokusai, van Oosterwijck, Rembrandt, and Dr. Seuss.

Prior to the Opening of “Skew The Masters” art exhibit, Ciel Gallery will host an online silent auction of member work to benefit the Arts and Science Council of Mecklenburg County. It will be the first time any group of artists hosts a benefit for this organization. This is one way Ciel Gallery and its artists thank  the Arts and Science Council for all it does to provide wonderful opportunities for our local artists, many of whom are associated with Ciel Gallery.

Online bidding is open to the public beginning April 27 at Noon and ends at 8:30pm Thursday, April 30, 2015.

To bid, go to (

For more info about Ciel Gallery you can visit (

Located at 128 E. Park Avenue, Charlotte, Ciel is a fine art collective with a focus on local artists, and offers rotating exhibitions, a varied slate of art instruction for all levels, and both private and public commissions. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am6pm.