Archive for May, 2016

Jerald Melberg Gallery Opens Summer Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC

May 31, 2016

Charlotte, NC-based Jerald Melberg Gallery will open a satellite location in Blowing Rock, NC, for the summer and fall of 2016. Located at 110 Sunset Drive, just steps from Main Street, the gallery will exhibit works of art by prominent living artists such as Wolf Kahn, Raul Diaz, Brian Rutenberg, Thomas McNickle and Charles Basham.  In addition, works from some of America’s most important artist estates will be shown, including Romare Bearden, Robert Motherwell, Hans Hofmann, Esteban Vicente and Ida Kohlmeyer. Throughout the duration of the six month stay in this charming mountain town, the gallery aims to form and strengthen relationships with collectors in the Blowing Rock region.

Work by Charles Basham

Work by Wolf Kahn

Work by Romare Bearden

A public opening will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from noon-7pm.

“We welcome the Jerald Melberg Gallery as the newest gallery in the Blowing Rock region.  The Melberg gallery has been generous in loaning works to the museum for past exhibits and we look forward to having their gallery in the community,” says Lee Carol Giduz, Executive Director, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

Jerald Melberg Gallery has been in business for over 32 years, bringing an expertise as well as the highest quality art to the region. The gallery’s reputation is both national and international, having worked closely with private collectors, corporations and museums including the Mint Museum of Art, BRAHM, the Hickory Museum of Art, the Asheville Museum of Art, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Representing emerging and established artists of distinction and important estates.
Exhibiting regularly rotating solo shows by gallery artists as well as invitationals.
Holding an extensive inventory of paintings, works on paper, sculpture and fine prints.
Consulting corporations and private individuals on new and existing collections.
Educating through lectures and Q&A events with our artists.

Charlotte Location
625 South Sharon Amity Road
Monday-Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-4

Blowing Rock Location
110 Sunset Drive
Wednesday-Saturday 12-7
Sunday 12-5

For more information about the pop-up space in Blowing Rock call 704/365-3000 or visit our web site at (

Midlands Clay Arts Society in Columbia, SC, Invites You to Meet the Locals – June 3 – 5, 2016

May 31, 2016

Enjoy meeting local ceramic artists and potters who will have their work available for sale and will be performing demonstrations and challenges throughout the days from June 3 – 5, 2016, at Southern Pottery, located at 3105 Devine Street in Columbia, SC.

Friday, June 3, 2016, from 4-9pm…opening reception
Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11am-7pm…challenges, demonstrations and artist sale
Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 11am-4pm…artist sale continues

All happening in the upstairs gallery and front parking lot at Southern Pottery.

A fun event designed to bring together artists with their community!

For more information, call 803/251-3001.

Mayo Mac Boggs Sculpture on Display at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC

May 30, 2016


Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has received the modern stainless steel sculpture — “Chariot” — made by the late Mayo Mac Boggs, one of Spartanburg and South Carolina’s most noted artists. It is now proudly displayed on Chapman’s campus, thanks to the artist’s widow Ansley Boggs, Ed.D., an education professor at Converse College.


Created in 2005, the piece was first named “Constellation” by Boggs. However, in 2010, during Boggs’ “40th year Retrospective Exhibition” on the college campuses of Converse, Wofford, and USC-Upstate, he redubbed it “Chariot”. In recent years, the piece has been showcased at USC-Upstate’s library. Boggs passed away in March 2014.

Boggs had a long and celebrated career in the arts, after humble beginnings as the son of a welder in a Kentucky industrial city. In addition to his more than 40 years of teaching art at Converse College, he kept an active and productive career in creating art. Some of his noted achievements include receiving a 2013 Verner Award, the highest art award given in South Carolina; being named “Professor Emeritus of Art” by Converse College in 2013; and being named “Honorary Artist of Spartanburg” in 1991. Boggs’ art is placed in the Presidential Libraries of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. His work is located also internationally in permanent collections of numerous corporations. In addition, he has received many sculpture commissions for city parks, public libraries, college campuses, schools, local businesses, and private residences, one of which was for the home of author Lillian Jackson Braun.

In regards to his inspiration and preferred medium, Boggs once said, “The welded steel sculpture has remained a constant as my medium of expression. I love the look, feel, taste, smell and sound of steel. My great-grandfather was a blacksmith in Kentucky; both my grandfathers and my father were welders and steelworkers. I grew up watching steel pouring from the blast furnaces and the nightly spectacular display of slag being dumped from huge, railroad-sized crucibles. I walked the railroad tracks and picked up scrap metal that had fallen from freight cars. The ironworker’s material and process were an everyday part of my childhood in Ashland, KY. I have taken this material and its process and made art, continuing a family tradition of ironwork.”

In his artist statement, dated March 2011, he wrote: “There are many things one can do to occupy his time while on this earth. I prefer to have non-verbal conversations with my soul. My art is the residue.”

“Chariot” can be viewed daily at Chapman Cultural Center.

For further info contact Steve Wong, Marketing Director, Chapman Cultural Center by calling 864/278-9698 or e-mail to (

USC-Beaufort and SC Humanities Festival in Beaufort, SC, Presents “Digital Media in the Lowcountry” – June 10, 2016

May 30, 2016

USC-Beaufort & SC Humanities Festival in Beaufort, SC, presents “Digital Media in the Lowcountry”, featuring the work of USC-B Fine Arts and Computational Science Faculty and Students at the Sea Islands Center Gallery. The exhibition will host a public reception Friday, June 10, 2016, from 7-9pm.


The gallery reception will showcase media arts, animation, and video games designed by USC-B students and faculty. Presentations include “Teaching Practice-Based Media Arts Research to Fine Artists” by USC-B Media Arts faculty Topher Maraffi at 7:30pm, and “Bugs ‘N Boo Hags Video Game: A Marriage of Folklore and Technology” by USC-B Computational Science faculty Brian Canada at 8pm.

Refreshments and snacks will be served and the exhibition is free and open to the public. The Sea Islands Center is located at 1106 Carteret Street and is on the university’s Historic Beaufort campus. Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, USC-B is a baccalaureate member of the USC system and houses an innovative Studio Art Program.

For more information about the “Digital Media in the Lowcountry” reception, contact Topher Maraffi by e-mail at ( or visit the following websites at (, ( and (

Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, On the Move Around the Carolinas

May 30, 2016

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, located in the heart of Lancaster, SC’s, Cultural Arts District is owned and operated by the artist, but it is becoming rare to find him there.  The sculptor is in his studio, with artist assistant Jamie Ouzts, just long enough to create new sculptures, fabricate student-designed works, and meet deadlines for commissioned works. More often, Doster will be found traveling throughout the Carolinas conducting artist residencies in schools, teaching summer camps, and delivering work to public art and gallery exhibitions.

As is typical for the well-known artist, April proved busy month, with Doster’s “Summer Wind” exhibited at Lake City, SC’s ArtFields, a diverse competition comprised of over 360 works selected from submissions from across the Southeast. From there, “Summer Wind” travels to Willow Walk, a biannual signature event in Burlington, NC’s. Willowbrook Park. Alamance Arts, with the City of Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, coordinates the outdoor exhibition and which features more than 35 artists from all over the nation, whose works are chosen based on originality, creativity, and quality of workmanship and design.


Another of the “Wind & Waves” sculptures, “January Wind” traveled from Anderson, SC, after being part of a public exhibition to North Charleston, SC, where it received an Honorable Mention at North Charleston’s “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, and compete for monetary prizes. Sculpture sites are located throughout Riverfront Park on the banks of the Cooper River and the exhibition will be on view until April 2017.

A second sculpture from Doster’s “Wind and Waves” series, “February Wind” was accepted to “Beyond Walls”, an annual national outdoor sculpture exhibition in Robbins Park, Cornelius, NC. One of ten sculptures selected by a jury from thirty applicants, it will remain on exhibit until March, 2017, in this annual public art project coordinated by Cornelius Art Center. The City of Anderson, in partnership with Anderson Arts Center coordinates an annual public art project in downtown, and a massive sculpture from Doster’s “Portal” series was chosen as part of the exhibit, which is on view until April of 2017.

Several monumental works by Doster are currently exhibited at University of North Georgia and new works by the artist, including one from the “Portal” series, have been accepted into the annual outdoor exhibition that represents artists living in the Appalachian states. The exhibition is open year-round in Dahlonega, GA. Doster’s “Dancer”, a ten-feet high stainless steel sculpture that has been shown in public art exhibitions in four states, was one of three sculptures chosen by Boone, NC, Downtown Development Association to be displayed next to Boone Town Hall until June 2017.

In September, look for Doster’s work in Lenoir, NC, at Caldwell Arts Council’s “31st Annual Sculpture Celebration”. Year-round, Doster’s work can be viewed in public art exhibits, collections, and art galleries in NC cities of Raleigh, Lenoir, Chapel Hill, Black Mountain, Sunset Beach, Charlotte, Pinehurst, Waxhaw, Weddington, and others. SC locations to find the artist’s work includes Lancaster, Chester, Spartanburg, Greenville, Cheraw, Anderson, Rock Hill, Richburg, Charleston, Columbia, North Charleston, Beaufort, Pageland, Chesterfield, Clemson, Laurens, Clinton, Florence, Fort Mill, Orangeburg, Mt. Pleasant, Van Wyck, Indian Land, Camden, Bennettsville,  and others. In Georgia, look for the artist’s creations in Dahlonega and Atlanta and in Chattanooga, TN.


Doster has been conducting artist residencies in public and private schools since the 1970’s and recent residencies include Dorchester County’s River Oaks Middle School and Eagle Nest Elementary. SC schools now boasting sculptures designed by students under Doster’s instruction include New Prospect Elementary School in Inman and Blythewood High School. Lancaster residencies included South Middle School, Buford Elementary School, Heath Springs Elementary School, and Andrew Jackson Middle School. Lancaster students also designed and painted downtown banners and large art “cubes” that remain on public exhibit from March until October. More SC schools that participated in artist residencies include Ebinport Elementary School in Rock Hill, Laurens Elementary School in Clover, Duncan Elementary and Chapman High School in Spartanburg. Cary, NC’s, Weatherstone Elementary School recently completed and installed a large stainless steel sculpture honoring the “Class of 2016”.


Doster became interested in making art when he was eleven years old and watched his father create sculptures from metal and other materials. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC and a Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University. A native of Lancaster, he opened his studio in the downtown area in the 1970’s, where he continues to work. Arts workshops and classes are held there on a regular basis, many by other local artists. Ever the teaching artist, Doster conducts one-day metal sculpture workshops throughout the year. Participants design, weld, and polish their own individual works of art while Muddy, the “art dog” helps supervise the activities. Upcoming workshops are scheduled for Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec and information can be found at (

The studio, gallery, and garden at Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC will be open on June 11 and 12 for Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County and for the annual gallery open house on the first weekend of December. Visitors are always invited to tour the artist’s studio and group tours can be scheduled by calling 803/285-9190 or e-mailing to (

Learn more by visiting (

Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine, NC, Hosts 39th Annual Benefit Auction – July 9, 2016

May 30, 2016


The Toe River Arts Council hosts its “39th Annual Benefit Auction” on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in downtown Spruce Pine, NC, just an hour or so north of Asheville. But the event begins a few weeks before on June 18 when Silent Auction bidding begins and a special 8×8 Exhibit opens downstairs at the Spruce Pine Gallery.

This year the gallery will showcase the best in artistry and crafts in both the Live and Silent Auction from June 18 through the day of the Live Auction and Party on the 9th. Local artists, many internationally known, who call this mountainous rural region of the Blue Ridge home, have donated work.

Also, the Arts Council is mounting an exhibit and sale of 8” x 8” works of art. In addition to inviting artists to participate, TRAC has opened up the creative minds of Mitchell and Yancey school art students and invited them to use their young talents and support the Council. TRAC provided each donating artist and student a wood frame on which they could create and donate it back. Two-dimensional artists colored the fronts while other three-dimensional artists worked with the recessed back, all demonstrating the inventiveness of folks in the area. These pieces will go on exhibit and sale June 18. The adult works will be sold for $75, the student work for $50. And when they’re gone, they are gone.

Even though the Live and Silent Auction pieces will be side by side on the first floor of the Spruce Pine Gallery, the Silent auction pieces really hold sway during the two weeks leading up to the live event. Silent bidding happens from 10:30am on June 18 through 6pm on July 9; there is no bidding fee. And those who can’t make the event can enter sealed bids via phone or in person and keep their fingers crossed.

The Live Auction and Party begins at 7pm upstairs in the Arts Resource Center. A real down-home dinner is being provided by the 2015 Spruce Pine BBQ Festival winner, Wayne Jackson. Frozen daiquiris and  Jeff McDowell’s handmade beer will flow along with the instrumentals of guitarist Jared McQueen and keyboardist Bill Gerhardt. At 7:30pm, Jeff Goodman will begin auctioning off work from some of the most renowned artists in the country—all in support of the non-profit TRAC. Monies raised support the many Arts Council-sponsored school and community programs in the region. Although partially funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, TRAC depends upon the generosity of their patrons in order for them to keep providing arts experiences, interactions, and education to those who call the Toe River Valley home.

Tickets are $40 per person, and there is limited seating. For those who can’t make the Live Auction & Party, there will be a special wine and cheese reception (with root beer floats for students and their friends) earlier in the afternoon from 4:30 to 7pm in the Gallery.

“Red Lily” by Yaffa and Jeff Todd (photography by Mary Vogel)

Each year, TRAC features one signature piece. 2016 puts Yaffa and Jeff Todd’s “Red Lily” on center pedestal. Yaffa was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has taught at Penland  School of Crafts (the second woman to do so) and Goddard College. Jeff Todd, from Philadelphia, majored in jewelry and glass at Southern Illinois University. He became interested in glass in the early 1970s, taking classes at SIU and at the Penland School. His talent for design, drawing and equipment building made him a perfect match for Yaffa. They met in 1980, when Yaffa was building her studio and Jeff stopped by to see if he could help. Within a few months they were working together, a few years later they married and now make their home and studio in Celo, NC.

“Poppies” 8×8 Encaustics by Barbara McGuire

The TRAC Annual Benefit Art Auction should prove to be another winner for those who donate and those who bid and win. The first Auction was held 39 years ago. Artists have come and gone; a lot have stayed to raise their families and awareness of the arts. Some nationally recognized artists, like Jane Peiser and Kenny Pieper continue to lend their support by donating “best pieces” to the Auction. Over three decades years later, the membership has grown, the support and enthusiasm with it.

The Spruce Pine Gallery (269 Oak Avenue) is open from 10:30am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday. Go online ( or call (828/682-7215) to make your reservation for TRAC’s 39th Annual Benefit Auction now. Then plan to visit the Spruce Pine Gallery and place your silent bids or purchase an 8×8 work of art off the wall from June 18 until the day of the Auction, July 9.

The Toe River Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to promote the arts in Mitchell and Yancey Counties and partially funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Natural and Cultural Resources Department, a state agency, and from people around the community and the county who understand the benefits the arts play in developing a individual and a thriving region.

For more information, please visit the website at (

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Participation in “7Squared”, a Community Exhibit – Deadline July 1, 2016

May 30, 2016


GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, is excited to announce “7Squared”, on view July 7 – 13, 2016. “7Squared” will be an inclusive community exhibition inviting NC artists of all ages and stages to submit an original piece measuring exactly 7in x 7in.

Deadline to enter is July 1, 2016.

Some of GreenHill’s staff took a stab at their 7 x 7 squares, including a collage by Lauren Gordon, Marketing and Design Guru, Toni Tronu, Shop Manager and Registrar, and Laura Way, Executive Director.  Participating entrants who submit their work early will be considered for promotional materials and/or social media posts.

Work by Lauren Gordon

Laura Way, explains, “7Squared is such a simple idea that is so fun.  It is for everyone–to make, to buy or to view. With 7Squared you can walk in and do any one of these things, or all three. I think that is just great we offer this inclusive experience at GreenHill.”

Each person is permitted one piece each, and must be made of a lightweight material that can be hung by a magnet.  The artwork does not have to be signed on the front side, but must include artist name, title, e-mail and phone number on the back of each piece of artwork.  All work will be for sale at $49 (another play on 7squared) and each artist will receive 50% of the commission on sold works.

The full details of Guidelines and important dates can be found at ( and all submissions are due by July 1, 2016.

GreenHill is the preeminent center for contemporary visual art celebrating North Carolina’s art and culture. GreenHill is comprised of four spaces: The Gallery, InFocus Gallery, the ArtQuest Studios and The Shop. The exhibition will be set in the InFocus Gallery and will be on display during normal GreenHill hours. GreenHill is located at 200 North Davie Street inside the Greensboro Cultural Center in Downtown Greensboro.

Art Pops Up @ FABulon in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC – June 11, 2016

May 30, 2016

Artist, crafters, and makers, come help celebrate the revitalization of West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, on June 11, 2016, from 5-8pm.

Show and Sale presented by the West Ashley Arts Initiative featuring Local Artists.

FABulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road – West Ashley 29407

Music provided by Clelia’s Guitar Studio – 856 Dupont Road, West Ashley 29407.

Demonstrations of weaving and spinning by Palmetto Fiber Art’s Guild

Food Truck selling food.

Information will be provided by the City of Charleston about the redevelopment of the DuWap area of West Ashley.

The West Ashley Arts Initiative (WAAI) was formed by residents to develop, promote, and support local arts and artists.

DuWap is part the focus of the WAAI as they work to introduce the public to artists already existing in West Ashley and encourage new artist to show their work here.  This is the first of many Art Pops Up events planned. Let’s make

West Ashley the creative southern gateway in the Charleston metro area.

For further info call 843-566-3383 or visit (

Travelers Rest Artist Alliance (SC) Calls for Artist’s Application for 2016 Art On the Trail – Deadline Sept. 19, 2016

May 30, 2016

Travelers Rest Artist Alliance, a non-profit arts organization, announces a ‘Call for Artists Applications’ for the 5th annual Art on the Trail, Oct. 22, 2016. This highly successful event will take place in Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest, SC.

Art on the Trail is a juried event that presents fine arts, sculpture, fibers arts, upcycled arts, musical and theater performances. Expected attendance is over 2000 people.
Artist applications are available until Sept. 19, 2016.

For more information about fees and booth costs go to (

Address: Travelers Rest Artist Alliance, PO Box 54, Travelers Rest, SC  29617
E-mail at ( or visit (

Contact: Call Susan Savage, Chair, Art on the Trail 2016
at 864/903-3371.

Turtle Island Pottery to be at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, for WOW “Wine on Wednesday” – June 8, 2016

May 29, 2016

Turtle Island Pottery, a WNC pottery staple, will be at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, on June 8, from 5:30-9pm, for “Wine on Wednesday” at the Mint. Admission is free. They will have music, wine (cash bar) and possibly a chocolatier. Come out and enjoy a relaxing evening of wine, music, art and craft from Turtle Island Pottery!

Turtle Island Pottery features handmade pottery by Maggie and Freeman Jones, who create one of a kind, functional, decorative stoneware items.






For more info about Turtle Island Pottery call 828/669-2713 or visit (

For more info about the Mint call 704/337-2000 or visit (