Archive for March, 2016

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Plans Trip to ArtFields© 2016

March 30, 2016


Join the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, for a fun-filled day experiencing the art of ArtFields© in Lake City, SC, Monday, April 25, 2016, from 8:30am – 4pm.


The fee is $60 for members or $65 for non-members (includes transportation, ArtFields© guide with map and lunch).

Watch a video about ArtFields© (

Tommy Davis and Billy Miller, Myrtle Beach artists and Museum Board Members who both have works in this year’s competition, will be joining us.

8:30am – Bus leaves from the Art Museum. Please BYO coffee and snacks.
10:30am – Arrive in Lake City. ArtFields© Education and Community Outreach Coordinator, Carla Angus, welcomes us and gives us this year’s highlights.
11:15am – 12:30pm – Walking tour of ArtFields© with an ArtFields guide.
12:30pm – Lunch at Crossroads on Main, Lake City’s new boutique hotel.
1:45 – 3:30pm – Walking tour of ArtFields© with an ArtFields© guide.
3:30pm – Tour of the Winners of the 2015 ArtFields© art competition at the ROB.
4pm – Bus leaves for the Art Museum. Beverages and snacks are provided.

Reserve your seat by Wednesday, April 20, 2016. For reservations and information, call the Art Museum at 843/238-2510 or purchase your tickets online by following the links below:

Art Museum Member ArtFields© Roadtrip Ticket ($60) at (

Non-Member ArtFields© Roadtrip Ticket ($65) at (

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

For further information call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (

Editor’s Note: Why are there not more arts organizations in the Carolinas planning road trips to ArtFields©? Seems like a good idea and a good price for a worry free trip.

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers 6th Annual Fundraising Gala Off The Wall – Apr. 16, 2016

March 30, 2016


FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, will offer the 6th annual fundraiser gala, Off the Wall, on Apr. 16, 2016, beginning at 6pm.

Only 55 Art Tickets will be sold, equal to the number of donated artworks, ensuring that each Art Ticket holder will take an original piece of work of art home directly Off the Wall. FRANK artists and other well-known area artists have donated 55 works of art to our 6th Annual Gala Celebration, each valued between $350 to $3,000 (or more)! During the event, excitement builds as the evening’s MC randomly draws names, and each lucky individual takes a turn to select a piece of his or her choosing.


Art Ticket holders participate in the OFF THE WALL drawing, a live auction, and the end of the evening raffle. Every Art Ticket holder can add on a companion to join them for the evening.


Companion Tickets can be purchased to accompany an Art Ticket holder. Companions do not receive a piece of artwork from the wall, but are invited to enjoy the festivities, participate in the live auction, and will be entered into our final raffle for special prizes which will take place at the end of the evening.

PATRON TICKETS: $150 (admits two)

Patron Tickets will be available again this year; one of these tickets admits two to the event. Patron Ticket Holders can join in the celebration, bid in the live auction, and will be entered into our final raffle drawings. Patron ticket holders do not receive a piece of artwork from the wall.

You can view the donated works of art at this link (

For further information call the gallery at 919/636-4135 or visit (

Arts Council of Carteret County Invites Artists to Participate in Be Here en Plein Air: Art Competition & Wet Paint Sale in Beaufort, NC – May 7, 2016

March 30, 2016


The Arts Council of Carteret County and the Downtown Beaufort Development Association announce the second annual Be Here en Plein Air Art Competition & Wet Paint Sale from 8am – 2pm, Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Beaufort, NC.

From 8am – noon, artists will spread out around Downtown Beaufort to work on their plein air paintings. Judging begins at 1pm at the First Citizen’s Bank parking lot along with the Wet Paint Sale, which continues until 2pm.

Artists of all skill levels, including art students 16 and over, are encouraged to register. Participants can register online until Wednesday, May 3, at $15 per entrant, or $20 the day of the event.

Entrants will paint throughout the downtown area and adjacent historic district – from the shady 300-year old live oaks at the county courthouse to the historic homes along Ann and Broad streets and up and down Taylors Creek. During the 4-hour contest, art enthusiasts are invited to stroll downtown, viewing works as they are created. Maps will be available at the First Citizens lot.

Professional artists will judge entries, and $1,000 in total cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Each entrant and a guest are invited to a casual lunch reception after the competition.

Artists may choose any two dimensional medium and substrate to work with. Due to the nature of the event photography is not included in the competition.

For more information or to register, visit ( or e-mail to ( Registration can also be completed in person at Craving Art Studio, 121 Craven Street, Beaufort or by mail. Call Heather at 252/728-0243 to have an application mailed. Late entries, including day-of entries, are accepted at a registration fee of $20.

Learn more about the Arts Council at (, and about the DBDA at (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Entries for “27th Annual Juried Competition” – Deadline May 13, 2016

March 28, 2016


The Arts Council of York County presents the “27th Annual Juried Competition” at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from June 16 – September 11, 2016. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 13, at 5pm. This is NOT a postmark deadline for mailed entries. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 18, 2016 at 6pm.

The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist.

Entry Fees: Member: $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10; Non-members: $40 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10.

Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of York County. Complete guidelines and entry information are available at (

Gerald & Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – $1,000
1st Place     – $500
2nd Place – $200
3rd Place – $100

Judging this year’s competition is Seth Gadsden. Gadsden is an artist, educator, and filmmaker living in Columbia, SC, where he is the managing director of the Nickelodeon Theatre and director of the Indie Grits Film Festival. Gadsden was a founding member of the Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2003 in Charleston, SC. In 2006, while pursuing his M.F.A. from Boston University, he founded the Boston Young Contemporaries before helping to form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna, then spending the following two years developing community based art projects across North America. With a focus on public art, experimental filmmaking, and multimedia installation, Gadsden has exhibited across the United States and has completed murals and outdoor sculptures in places like Mexico, North Dakota, Boston, Houston and his hometown of Clover, SC.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC, a state-recognized cultural district.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Presents a Demonstration by Mark Stephenson at Monthly Meeting – Apr. 12, 2016

March 28, 2016


The Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, will present a demonstration entitled, “Painting Like a Sculptor Thinks”, during its monthly meeting on Apr. 12, 2016, at 6:30pm.

A sculptor begins with the largest of masses and shapes, unconcerned with the ‘likeness” of his subject, and so it can be when you paint! Sargent and Cezanne both used color – and not line – to indicate form. These large masses and tones are the foundation of the subject’s recognizable characteristic. It is by refining these masses that other features will begin to appear and in their proper place. The solid shape growing out of and into the background.

In this demonstration, Stephenson will begin painting a head by laying in masses of color and discussing throughout how he looks for the changes in surface planes and shapes, just as a sculptor looks at his subject and indicating these with color and value such that the head begins to appear.

The next meeting of MAG will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 6:30pm in the McDowell Arts Center (MAC) at 123 E. McDowell St. in Matthews, NC.

6pm – View current show in the MAC Gallery upstairs
6:30pm – Refreshments downstairs at the MAC
6:50pm – “Another Tidbit” of info from one of our artist members
7pm – Demonstration by artist Mark Stephenson

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 MAG on Facebook.

Artists Wanted to Participate in Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase in Brevard, NC – Deadline June 1, 2016

March 28, 2016


Artists who wish to exhibit in the 44th 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 June 1, 2016.

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 48 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 Monday, July 4, 2016. Non-artist vendors must contact the Heart of Brevard at 828/884-3278.

The application and jury fee is $150. Applicants will be notified of jury decisions and receive important event information by June 5, 2016.

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

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Clay Talks! with Michael Hamlin & Julie Wiggins – April 7, 2016

March 28, 2016


Join us in Seagrove, NC, on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 6pm for a presentation by Michael Hamlin and Julie Wiggins, members of the Thrown Together Potters collective, and participants in North Carolina Pottery Center’s upcoming exhibition, “Flower Power.”


Michael Hamlin grew up in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH. Early on, Hamlin developed a desire to work with his hands. As an elementary student, he visited the library so often to check out pottery books, the librarians began asking him to consider different subjects. Yet, his fondness for handmade crafts never diminished. In 1987, he bought and installed a kiln in a friend’s basement and taught himself how to hand build, make glazes and fire his work. Hamlin later graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1996.

Hamlin has a great passion for gardening and flower arranging. He uses the plants and flowers he grows as tools of inspiration for designing the vases and bowls he creates. Hamlin says, “My aesthetic is influenced by midcentury modern, Scandinavian design as well as twelfth through fifteenth century Persian ceramics, Sung Dynasty vessels and Japanese Ikebana arrangements. I look at how the vessel will interact in interior settings: Will it detract from the whole interior or will it enhance an environment?”

Originally from Jacksonville, NC, Julie Wiggins graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from East Carolina University. In 2005, she received an honorary degree from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, where she focused her studies on traditional Eastern techniques. Wiggins has nearly a decade of experience as an educator, including courses taught at Clayworks and The McColl Center for Visual Art.

Wiggins’ functional pottery is created in porcelain and glazed in soft grays, greens, blues, and yellows. “As a studio potter, I make objects of enjoyment that strike a balance between uniquely functional forms and narrative design,” she says. Her work features decorative inlay floral designs in dark slip, contrasted against a light porcelain background.

Wiggins has fond memories from growing up, surrounded by warm blue skies, expansive beaches, and bright green farmland. Though her work as a ceramicist has taken her to Europe, Mexico, Morocco, and beyond, she still holds a place in her heart for the easy-going Southern lifestyle.

Hamlin and Wiggins’ slide talks will address their work, process and inspiration. A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentations 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 or visit ( This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

Dare County Arts Council Calls for Participation in 35th New World Festival Of The Arts in Manteo, NC – Deadline Apr. 1, 2016

March 22, 2016


Celebrating its 35th year, the New World Festival Of The Arts will be held Aug. 17 and 18, 2016, from 10am-5pm on the waterfront in downtown Manteo, NC.

New World Festival Of The Arts offers 85 local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work and compete for awards.

Artists wishing to participate can find a prospectus for the juried show online at ( The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016.

The free community event will feature world-class art from up and down the East Coast, including Outer Banks artists LeMair Handcrafts.

LeMair Handcrafts is the work of Lisa LeMair and Christopher Proto and includes wearable art, jewelry, accessories and stoneware pottery. In 2015, Lisa won 3-D Best In Show for her jewelry.

Dare County Arts Council Gallery Manager Louise Sanderlin, Artist Lisa LeMair, Dare County Arts Council Volunteer Erin Johnson, and Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin (left to right) at the 2015 New World Festival Of The Arts.

“As an artist who has traveled to shows from California to Connecticut, it is so refreshing to have this little gem of a show right in my backyard. The organizers are enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to making this a good show for everyone involved. We have strong support from locals and visitors alike. And, of course, I especially appreciate the meaningful cash awards for best in show- many thanks to the sponsors who make that possible,” said Lisa LeMair.

For more information, or if you would like to be an exhibitor at New World Festival Of The Arts, please contact the Dare County Arts Council by e-mailing to ( or call 252/473-5558.

The Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers Exhibit of Exploring the Anatomical Body Through Apr. 1, 2016

March 21, 2016


The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, is presenting “Arte Corporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body,” featuring a group exhibition including works by Melissa Gwyn, Dawn Hunter, Lisa Temple-Cox, and Mallory Wetherell, on view in the McMaster Gallery, through Apr. 1, 2016.

Please join us for the Closing Exhibition Reception Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016, from 5:30-7:30pm.

The “Arte Corporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body” exhibition showcases anatomically and medically inspired contemporary art including drawing, painting, and ceramics. The artists in the exhibition employ their own connection to the study of medicine and/or anatomy through a wide range of applications and approaches.

This visual art exhibition will coincide with the two-day symposium “Art, Anatomy, and Medicine since 1700”. The symposium is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Provost’s Office and the School of Visual Art and Design, in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. The related symposium will showcase scholarly papers that address visual, theoretical, cultural, historical and/or contemporary connections, relationships, conflicts and/or collaborations among the visual arts, anatomy/dissection, and medicine from the eighteenth century to the present.

The symposium will be held at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, Mar. 31 – Apr., 1, 2016.

McMaster Gallery is located in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC with accessible street parking on Pickens, Senate, and Henderson. The gallery is free and open to the public and the hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm (closed weekends and all university holidays).

For more information contact: Shannon Rae Lindsey, Gallery Director by e-mail at ( or call 803/777-5752

Call for Artists to Participate in RockyFest, on Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016, in Alexander County, NC

March 21, 2016

Vendor applications are currently being accepted for the 4th Annual RockyFest being held on Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016, at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (Rocky Face Park) near Taylorsville, NC.

Fees for vendors are non-profit ($0), arts/crafts ($25), commercial ($35), and food ($50) vendors. The vendor application is now available online at ( Once submitted, vendor applications will be reviewed by staff who will ensure a good fit with the event. Vendors will need to be set up by 10am and be prepared to stay until at least 6:16pm that day..

The event will also feature 5K/10K/20K trail races, live music, rock climbing and rappelling, children’s activities, food/arts/crafts vendors, Cherokee storytelling and demonstrations, and more.

Attendees should note that the parking lot at Rocky Face Park will be closed during the event; however, ample parking will be available at Rocky Face Baptist Church and other nearby parking areas. Greenway Public Transportation will transport visitors to and from the event.

Alexander County Government expresses its appreciation to the fine sponsors of this year’s event:  Duke Energy – Platinum Sponsor, EnergyUnited, Craftmaster Furniture, Huntington House Furniture, Schneider Mills, Taylor King, and West Consultants.

For more information about RockyFest 2016, visit ( or call Park Ranger Alisha Stamey at 828/632-1093.