The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Calls for Artists to Bring Their Best – Deadline Aug. 11, 2015


The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, is making a call for artists to enter “Bring Us Your Best XII”, an all media visual art exhibition, which will open with an awards reception on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, from 5-7pm. Regional visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in “Bring Us Your Best”, now in its twelfth year.

“Red Pony,” clay sculpture by Christine Kosiba, won 1st place in fine craft category in 2014.

The popular exhibition will be hosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building. Entries will be received on Monday, Aug. 10, and Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015,from 10am to 4pm. No late entries will be allowed. There are no geographic restrictions for entrants.

A juried and judged competition, Bring Us Your Best XII offers more than $3,000 in cash prizes and gift certificates.  First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of four categories:  two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Artist’s Choice Award of $300 will be announced during the opening reception; this award is being presented by two sponsoring artists, and will be selected by the artists who have work in the show.

“Morning in Patterson, NY” pastel by Christine Mariotti, won 1st place in 2-Dimensional category in 2014.

The winner of the One Planet, One World award will be announced at the opening reception. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, the $250 cash prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

All gallery visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the end of the show. The winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Art Supply and Framing Shop.

“Bring Us Your Best XII” will be on display from Monday, August 17, through Friday, August 28, 10am-4pm weekdays. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and accessible to all. All artwork is for sale during the exhibition.

Artists can find the prospectus with information for entering the show at (, or by contacting the Arts Council at by e-mail at ( or calling 828/693-8504.

“Bring Us Your Best XII” is sponsored in part by the Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance is on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.


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