Archive for January, 2016

ArtFields© Calls for Volunteers for Upcoming Lake City, SC, Art Competition – Deadline to Volunteer is Apr. 17, 2016

January 31, 2016


ArtFields©, the South’s largest and most engaging art competition and festival, is seeking volunteers for the 2016 event. This year’s ArtFields© will take place Apr. 22-30, 2016, in downtown Lake City, SC.

ArtFields© is looking for volunteers to greet guests in the reception center and galleries, host and assist visiting artists, help stage the artwork for exhibition and assist with festival events and celebrations.


“Our volunteers serve as the heart and soul of ArtFields©, offering their time and commitment to make the event a success for the visitors and artists alike,” said Carla Angus, ArtFields© Volunteer Coordinator. “These volunteers get the true, hands-on ArtFields© experience.”

In 2015, 190 active volunteers logged in over 2,700 hours of volunteer time. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and attend a volunteer orientation. The first orientation and kickoff will be held at 6pm, Feb. 4, 2016, at the Bean Market in Lake City.

Those interested in joining this year’s team of volunteers are encouraged to visit the ArtFields© volunteer page at ( The volunteer recruitment deadline is Apr. 17, 2016.

To learn more about ArtFields© 2016, visit ( and/or connect with the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ArtFields© is a charitable program and event sponsored by Lake City Partnership Council, which is a federally-recognized Section 501(c)(3) organization located in Lake City, SC. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of citizens residing within the greater Lake City area through, among other things, educational offerings and activities that foster and develop culture and arts within the community.

To learn more about ArtFields©, visit (

“The Worlds of M. C. Escher” Exhibition Draws 116,565 Visitors to North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC

January 31, 2016

Visitors from all 50 states traveled to see the exhibition of 131 works by Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher. The North Carolina Museum of Art’s exhibition “The Worlds of M. C. Escher,” which closed Sunday, attracted 116,565 visitors in just 14 weeks. It is the highest attended exhibition since 2011’s “Rembrandt in America”, which drew 150,905 visitors.


“During ‘The Worlds of M. C. Escher’ we welcomed visitors from all but four counties in North Carolina and from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico. We had international visitors from across the globe, from France and the UK all the way to Argentina and Australia!,” says Museum Director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We are thrilled with the success of this blockbuster exhibition. Not only did we exceed our attendance goals, but we were also able to engage with a wonderfully curious and imaginative audience, some of whom had never visited the Museum before.”

“The Worlds of M. C. Escher”, open Oct. 17, 2015, through Jan. 24, 2016, brought an average of 1,371 visitors per day to the Museum. During the highest attended week (Jan. 10-16), 18,314 visitors attended the exhibition.

The Museum’s concurrent exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind”, which featured a rare 500-year-old journal handwritten and illustrated by Leonardo, drew 87,956 visitors. It closed on Jan. 17, while “The Worlds of M. C. Escher” was extended one week to Jan. 24.

The Museum offered free admission to college students every Friday night during the exhibition, and 3,000 college students took advantage of the promotion.

The NCMA is now looking forward to two exciting exhibitions opening on Mar. 19 –  “American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals” and “Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art”. “American Impressionist” features 39 breathtaking oil and watercolor paintings created by Childe Hassam on the Isles of Shoals, while “Marks of Genius” includes master drawings, watercolors, gouaches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present.

For further information call the Museum at 919/664-6795 or visit (

South Carolina Ag + Art Tour Calls for Farms to Participate in the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County in South Carolina – Deadline is Feb. 12, 2016

January 31, 2016


The Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for farms sites interested in participating in the 2016 Ag + Art Tour. in York County, SC.  Interested in participating, but not sure if your site is eligible? A farm site on the Ag + Art Tour is any business that relies on natural resources of the land – family farms, farm stands, vineyards, wineries, timber, on-farm breweries, and orchards are all eligible to participate.

Black’s Peaches

Set to take place throughout the month of June 2016 at local farms and farm stands in 9 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life.


The Tour will be held each weekend in June, on Saturdays, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sundays. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state. The Ag + Art Tour of York County will be held on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. This is a free event.

The Ag + Art Tour began in 2012 in York County, SC as a weekend-long, self-guided tour that brought visitors to farms and farm stands across the county where they were able to see first-hand where their food came from, and engaged with artists who were working and performing on-site. This is the largest tour of its kind in the United States, and it continues to grow across South Carolina each year.

Farms interested in participating in the York County Ag + Art Tour must be located in York County, South Carolina. There is no fee to participate. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 12, 2016.  Find out more and apply online at ( Once farm sites have been identified, the Ag + Art Tour will issue a call for artists and artisans, who will be placed at farm sites on the Tour.

For more information on the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit ( for details.

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Calls for Entries for The Eighth Annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show “Nature At Its Best” – Deadline Mar. 5, 2016

January 31, 2016


The Eighth Annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show “Nature At Its Best” will take place from Mar. 8 – Apr. 9, 2016, at the Stanly Arts Guild’s Falling Rivers Gallery, 119 West Main Street, Albemarle, NC.

Art will be accepted Friday, Mar. 4, 2016, noon to 5pm and Saturday, Mar. 5, noon to 4pm.

All art must include elements of nature.

Entry fee is $25 members and $30 non-member.
For more information or a copy of the Prospectus at (

Copies of the prospectus are also available at ( or at  Falling Rivers Gallery, 119 W. Main St, Albemarle, NC 28001, or call 704/983-4278.

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Offers a Presentation by Mike Mullins and Travis Furr at Falling Rivers Gallery – Feb. 4, 2016

January 31, 2016


Mike Mullins and Travis Furr will present an interesting program showing us how they create art out of scrap metal at the next monthly meeting of the Stanly Arts Guild at the Falling Rivers Gallery in Albemarle, NC, on Thursday evening, Feb. 4, 2016, beginning at 6:30pm.

Mike and son Travis started late 2013 with small welding repairs for themselves but the act of melting metal together never lasted. They started practicing with a variety of scrap metals to build things that are often much harder than typical welding projects. The variance of coatings, thickneses, and heat treatments can add to the difficulty level as opposed to building a trailer from all milled steel, as an example.

Work by Mike Mullins and Travis Furr

Their metal pieces usually start with a lone item that catches the mind’s eye and open them up to finding the appropriate parts to complete the vision. They have gathered about 10 tons of discarded metal from industry, agriculture and everyday life to help find the perfect item they have in mind. They are not limited to any type of metal: stainless steel, steel, bronze, brass and copper are all in play when they are hunting. Once they have enough parts to get started, there is torching , plasma cutting, welding and lots of grinder work. Every completed piece has gone through hours of adapting itself, which makes the initial ideal just a faint thought by the time it is finished.

Mike and Travis plan to continue building functional pieces as well as pieces purely for the aesthetics that only interesting metal combinations can achieve.

We gather for a few minutes of socializing and a brief business meeting and the demonstration begins at 7pm.

As with all of our meetings this demonstration is open to the public.

Falling Rivers Gallery is located at 119 W. Main St. in downtown Albemarle.

You can call the Gallery with questions at 704/983-4278.

Art MoB Studios & Marketplace in downtown Hendersonville, NC, Offers Pre-Valentine’s Day Open House – Feb. 5, 2016

January 31, 2016

Art MoB Studios & Marketplace in downtown Hendersonville, NC, is pleased to present a Pre-Valentine’s Day Open House on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from 4-7pm. This group exhibition features contemporary acrylic artist, Susan Webb Tregay and a multitude of local jewelry artists. Wine and appetizers will be served during the open house and Susan Webb Tregay and many of the Art MoB jewelry artists will be in attendance. Enjoy spending time at Art MoB during this festive Valentine’s themed open house.

Work by Susan Webb Tregay

Susan Webb Tregay ‘s works are bright, colorful, and playful. She describes her work as “contemporary art for adult children”. In conjunction with Art MoB’s open house, Tregay will also be displaying her works at Black Bear Coffee on Main Street in Hendersonville. Art MoB’s jewelry artists will also be delivering new designs to the shop during the open house. You can even talk with them about your ideas or customizations for that perfect wearable piece of art!

Art MoB Studios and Marketplace features over 100 local artists and craftsmen in 5,000 square feet of creative space filled with original paintings, mixed media, basketry, yard art, pottery, photography and jewelry.

For further information contact Michele Sparks by calling 828/693-4545 or visit (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Aldwyth

January 31, 2016

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, is presenting two large, mural-size collages by the center’s current artist in residence, Aldwyth. The artist created the works during her current, January 2016, residency at 701 CCA. The collage installation subsequently will be open to the public during regular hours until Feb. 28, 2016, along with 701 CCA’s current gallery exhibition, “Bound”, by artist Kristy Bishop.

Aldwyth is creating the collages as part of 701 CCA’s Dada Days, with which the center marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Cabaret Voltaire on Feb. 5, 1916, in Zurich, Switzerland. The Cabaret Voltaire is typically seen as the first organized manifestation of Dada. That art movement was the impetus for and deciding influence on most contemporary art as we know it today.

“As a contemporary art center, we thought we should mark the moment,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said.

For Dada Days, 701 CCA is turning its artist loft into a makeshift performance space for which Aldwyth’s collage installation will provide the backdrop. In the space, actors, poets, musicians and other performers who work in the Dada spirit will present performances throughout February and March, 2016. A full schedule of those performance and other Dada Days activities will follow in a future press release.

Hilton Head resident Aldwyth (b. 1935, Pomona, CA) was represented in the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial” 2011, 2013 and 2015. Her work was in the “South Carolina TRIENNIAL” 1995 and 2001 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia and TRIENNIAL Revisited in 2011 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. Her 2009 retrospective, “Aldwyth: work v./work n.: Collage and Assemblage 1991 – 2009”, was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, and traveled to the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, GA. Aldwyth’s work is represented in the Ackland and Telfair Museums as well as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, the SC State Museum and the South Carolina State Art Collection, managed by the SC Arts Commission. The Oxford American magazine listed her as one the Superstars of Southern Art in 2012. Her residencies include those at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Kohler Arts and Industry in Kohler, WI.

Known for her amazingly complex collages and assemblages, Aldwyth typically utilizes the history of art, ideas and technology as both catalyst and source material for her often epic-scaled works.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.  During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–5; Thu-Fri, 10-5; Sat, 1-5; Sun, 1-5.

For more information call 803/319-9949 or visit (

Barton College in Wilson, NC, Hosts The Scholastic Art Awards For Eastern/Central NC Region – Jan. 31, 2016

January 31, 2016


Barton College in Wilson, NC, will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. This marks the 38th year that Barton College has served as host and regional sponsor for the National Scholastic Art Awards for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region. The featured speaker for the awards ceremony is Dr. Betty McCain, former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Following a reception for Gold Key and Silver Key awardees and their families in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus at 1:30pm, on Sunday, there will be an awards presentation for the award recipients beginning at 2pm. The ceremony is open to student Gold Key and Silver Key recipients, their families, and North Carolina arts teachers and principals. The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be available for public viewing in the Barton Art Galleries beginning Jan. 31, 2016.

Dr. McCain is one of the state’s most popular speakers. She is known for her quick wit, decisive leadership, and Southern charm. She embodies the enthusiasm and energy that fuels North Carolina’s cultural network. In addition to her duties as Secretary, she has served the state through membership with many cultural and philanthropic organizations including, but not limited to, the Board of Directors of the Agency for Public Telecommunications, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, the Development Committee of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Visitors, the Information Resources Management Commission, the North Carolina Center for Public Television, and Wilson’s Whirligig Festival. She has also served as a member of the UNC Board of Governors, the North Carolina Art Society, the North Carolina Symphony Society, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Preservation Association, Inc., Imagination Station in Wilson, the Arts Council of Wilson, and the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library.

Among the many awards Dr. McCain has received during her professional career are the Distinguished Service Medal from the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993, the 1995 Carpathian Award given by NC. Equity for significant contributions to women and families of North Carolina, the Morrison Award presented by the Roanoke Island Historical Association in 1996, the 1996 Distinguished Women of North Carolina Award for Public Service, and the 1996 Most Powerful Women in the Triangle Award presented by Triangle Business Journal. Dr. McCain received the Doctor of Letters Degree, honoris causa, by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1997 and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. She was presented with the Doctor of Laws Degree, honoris causa, from Barton College in 1999. Dr. McCain was the 2009 recipient of the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian award bestowed by the state for public service. She also was a 2010 inductee into the North Carolina Women’s Hall of Fame. And, the trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council honored Dr. McCain as the recipient of the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities in 2012.

Entries from all 50 states are submitted for competition in the nationally renowned Scholastic Art Awards program. The program, created for middle and high school students, is designed to encourage student achievement, to recognize and applaud our fine art teachers and to emphasize the importance of the visual arts in the school curriculum. Barton College is proud to host the Eastern/Central Regional District in North Carolina, representing 62 counties from the piedmont to the coast.

Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College, and Susan Fecho, professor and dean of the School of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts at Barton, will bring brief remarks during the program. Jodi Aker of the Scholastic Art Awards Regional Teacher Advisory Committee will present special awards to student recipients.

The Scholastic Art Awards entries for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region are reviewed by professional art jurors at Barton College during the first week of January. This year, there were 2,897 entries and an additional 99 portfolios from approximately 147 schools presented for judging. Students submitted artwork in a variety of categories, including: architecture, comic art, ceramics & glass, digital art, product design, drawing, fashion, film & animation, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video games, and art portfolio. Jurors are charged to select entries that they consider especially worthy of recognition.

The Eastern/Central North Carolina Region has an advisory committee composed of nine art teachers. This year, the exhibition selection jury was composed of college professors, retired public school art teachers, and professional artists.

Three hundred and thirty-four artworks were selected as Gold Key awards for the exhibition as well as 11 Gold Key portfolios. Digital images of these finalist art works will be sent to New York City for judging against other regional winners for the national exhibition held in June at Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute. Also sent to New York will be five American Vision Award (Best of Show) artwork nominees, including: Sadie Cook, University of North Carolina School of the Arts [three artworks], Spence Witmer, South Stokes High School, and Christian Jegbadai, Dudley High School.

There were 419 Silver Key Awards and 10 Silver Key portfolios chosen from the entries submitted. These artworks will be displayed at the Barton Art Galleries.

There were 684 Honorable Mention Awards chosen, as well as 35 Honorable Mention portfolios; the artwork of these award recipients is available on the Barton Art Galleries’ web site at (

From the Gold Key artworks, the jury also selected works for additional regional awards to be presented at the ceremony including The Wilson Times Award to Akina Obata, West Carteret High School; the North Carolina Governor’s Student Excellence Award to Meryl Winicov, Mount Tabor High School; the Emerging Vision Award to Mindy Ji, Champion Learning Academy; the Jurors’ Choice Portfolio Award to Sadie Cook, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Recycled Materials Award to Dalton Ferguson, South Stokes High School; the Edward C. Brown Sculpture Award, which honors the long-time director of the Barton Scholastics program, to Myah Wyse, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Jerry’s Artarama of Raleigh donated a $200 gift certificate awarded to Sadie Cook, recipient of the Jurors’ Choice Portfolio Award. Blick Art Materials donated a $150 merchandise voucher for classroom materials, given to Olivia Ouyang of Champion Learning Academy, teacher of the Emerging Vision Award recipient, Mindy Ji.

The exhibition of Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will run from Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2016, in the Barton Art Galleries located in Case Art Building on campus.

For additional information, please contact Bonnie LoSchiavo, at 252/399-6559 or the Barton Art Galleries at 252/399-6477.

Nancy Smeltzer Offers Lectures at Mar. 13, 2016, Meeting at Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC

January 31, 2016


The days of submitting slides and CDs of your art work to most exhibitions, especially those nationally and internationally, have gone by the wayside, with most entry forms being done on-line now. That means that artists need to know how to take photos of their work and turn them into .jpegs, the preferred format for submissions. Nancy Smeltzer, nationally recognized fiber artist and Publicity Co-Chair of the Art League of Henderson County, will show some of the ins and outs of that process as part of the free Mar. 13, 2016, meeting held by the Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC.

“This is a critical skill for artists these days” Smeltzer said, “yet many are stymied by trying to read the manuals that are out there or watch videos on YouTube.” Smeltzer has lots of patience, having taught 7th graders for 27 years, and one of her favorite phrases is “Stop me right when it doesn’t make sense”. The audience will be able to ask lots of questions and there will be a handout.

The Art League of Henderson County, NC, is open to all who are interested in fine art. The organization meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month (3rd Sunday in May), at The Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. (ample on-site parking; handicapped accessible). The social time begins at 1:30pm, with a short business meeting beginning at 2pm. An art related presentation then follows until 4pm. Guests are welcome and encouraged to come early to view the month’s exhibit of members’ paintings and vote for their favorite.  The winning artist is named Artist of the Month.

For further information contact Nancy Smeltzer, publicity, at 828/513-1024 or e-mail to (

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Monthly Lecture Series with Kate Johnston

January 31, 2016


Join us on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, for a slide lecture by Seagrove potter Kate Johnston!

Johnston grew up in New Jersey and has been interested in the arts since childhood, assisting a plein air painter beginning at the age of 9. After she dove into clay, she worked with potter Terry Plasket at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville. At age 16, she became Wheaton Arts’ youngest ever production thrower. Johnston left the studio to earn a BFA at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. In 2010, Johnston opened her pottery studio here in Seagrove.

Johnston’s pots are made with local materials, carved with organic patterns inspired by Art Deco design, and fired in a large wood-burning kiln. Johnston shows her pots throughout North Carolina and has lectured and taught in North Carolina, Tennessee, and New Jersey.

Johnston’s slide lecture will focus on her work, process and inspiration. A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentation at 7pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!

Location: The NCPC Educational Building located behind the NC Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the NC 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.

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