Archive for March, 2019

Arts Council of Henderson County in Flat Rock, NC, Announces Open House and Betty Taylor Memorial Award Presentation – Mar. 7, 2019

March 5, 2019

The Arts Council of Henderson County has moved its office to 2700A Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC, and will open its doors for an Open House on Mar. 7, 2019, from 3-6pm. At 3:30pm a special presentation will be held to recognize the third Betty Taylor Memorial Fund award winner, artist Jennifer Mills Grabosky. Administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County, the Taylor Award is funded by the Community Foundation of Henderson County and is designed to promote emerging artists in need of financial support and studying in the field of visual arts and crafts.

Work by Jennifer Mills Grabosky

“Learning is as much fun as painting,” says 2018/19 Betty Taylor Award Recipient Jennifer Mills Grabosky. “I thrive on studying talented artists, their methods, and mindset. This extremely generous award offers me the opportunity to take a huge step forward as a new artist working under the tutelage of some of the country’s finest talent. I am flattered, humbled, and excited!”

During the Open House, Grabosky will display pieces of her current artwork throughout the Arts Council’s new office space. A former television host, Grabosky also received a Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) award that recognizes her work as an emerging artist. The RAPG award is funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts Council of Henderson County, the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center.

Work by Jennifer Mills Grabosky

The Open House and Award Recognition is free and open to the public, and accessible to all. Refreshments will be provided.

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

For more information please contact the Arts Council by e-mail at (, call 828/693-8504 or visit (

“51st Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition” Takes Place at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum in Cullowhee, NC – Through Mar. 22, 2019

March 5, 2019

Western Carolina University’s Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition is one of the longest-running Catamount art traditions. For emerging artists, this exhibition is an extraordinary opportunity to share their artwork with a larger public and to enhance their skills in presenting artwork in a professional gallery setting. Their work is reviewed by an outside art professional who has the challenge of making selections from the many talented students who submit an application.

Work by Starkim Noble

The WCU Fine Art Museumin Cullowhee, NC, is pleased to showcase twenty-nine works in this year’s exhibition, on display from through Mar. 22, 2019. Created by undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines, the works on view encompass a range of mediums, including photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital animation, graphic design, book arts, painting, drawing, and printmaking.

Work by Zoe Koval

Exhibiting students include: Abigail Mosher, Alison Kabrich, Annabela Cockrell, Brandi Swisher, Casey Sweet, Christen Ray, Dustin Newton, Elijah Troutman, Elizabeth Stone, Elliott Suess, Grace Woodard, Hallie Sholar, Heather Warriner, Joel Basnett, Katherine Coyne, Katy Milke, Matthew Harris, Lindsey Turner, Luke Webb, Mitch Foust, Sarah Kunkleman, Starkim Noble, Taylor Short, Thaddeus Prevette, Victoria Alexander, Tyler Martino, Zachary Alexander, and Zoe Koval.

Work by Taylor Short

This year, the exhibition is juried by Lee Walton, Associate Professor of Art at UNC Greensboro. Professor Walton holds a Master of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts. He directs both the Graduate Program and the Interdisciplinary Arts and Social Practice program at UNC Greensboro. He has been commissioned by museums, institutions and cities, both nationally and internationally, to exhibit, lecture, and lead participatory public events.

The reception and awards ceremony for the 51st Annual Undergraduate Exhibition will take place on Mar. 21, 2019, from 5-7pm.

The WCU Fine Art Museum is always free and open to the public with free parking on site, located at 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee, NC. Regular museum hours are Tue.-Fri., from 10am-4pm and Thurs. until 7pm.

For information, call 828/227-ARTS or visit (

Arts Council of Carteret County in Morehead City, NC, Announce Winners of the 2019 “Art From The Heart” Exhibit and Competition

March 5, 2019

On Feb. 22, 2019, the Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) awarded Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mention in both photography and non-photography art at the Artist’s Reception and Awards Event of the 2019 “Art From The Heart” Exhibit and Competition. Judge Eric McRay had made his decisions earlier in the week from 424 pieces of original artwork submitted by 177 artists to the show, on view in Morehead City, NC.

This year ACCC awarded $6,800 to artists recognized for excellence by Art From The Heart judge, professional artist, art educator and studio owner Eric McRay from Raleigh, NC. Judge McRay filmed a blog entry and posted online.

The Award Winners:

Photography Awards of Excellence: Ryan Adrick, Graham Hunt, Jeanne Julian, Beth Kohutek, Sally Lumpkin, Jody Merritt, Michelle Montgomery, Mary Thomason, and Bill Ward.

Photography Honorable Mentions: Karen Doody, Charles Lee, Carol Saylor, Neva Scheve, and Molly Williams.

Non-Photography Awards of Excellence, All Media Including Mixed Media and Three Dimensional Creations: Julie Aycock, Marsha Deane, Michelle J. Fairchild, Maureen Garner, Lynn Golitz, Angel Hopkins, Janet Jaworski, Georgia Mason, Georgia Minnnich, Verena Murvin, Peggy Poe, Gretchen Seibel, Heather Sink, David Slyck, Jody Stouffer, Steve Underwood, Amy Voorhees, Chris Wagner, Vicky White, and Eileen Williams.

Non-Photography Honorable Mentions, All Media Including Mixed Media and Three Dimensional Creations: Anne B. Bell, Tim Bradford, J. Ipock, Annie Kinney, Roxanne Kitty, Lorraine McElroy, Stephen Moore, Bill Sketow, and Jason Smith.

The AFTH gallery is open seven days a week and admission is free. Gallery hours can be found at the Arts Council’s website at (

For further info e-mail to ( or visit (

Warriors of AniKituhwa Dance Group Dances at USC Lancaster’s 14th Annual Native American Studies Week in Lancaster, SC – March 15, 2019

March 5, 2019

As part of USC Lancaster’s 14th Annual Native American Studies Week celebrating Native American powwows and celebrations, the Warriors of AniKituhwa of Cherokee, NC, will demonstrate and discuss their social and traditional dances in an interactive, family-friendly performance on Friday, March 15, 2019, at USC Lancaster’s Gregory Family YMCA. The event, hosted by USCL’s Native American Studies Center, begins at 6pm in the YMCA’s gym and is free to the public.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and are sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa, designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Photo courtesy of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

The War Dance was used not only when men went to war, but also when meeting with other nations for diplomacy and peace, and within the Cherokee Nation was also used to raise money for people in need. It conveys the strength of the Cherokee Nation.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa also perform Cherokee social dances, including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance. They talk about the significance of the dances, their clothing, and Cherokee history and culture. They can provide living history demonstrations and programs in flute, storytelling, Cherokee language, beadwork, quillwork, and more.

The original members are: Bo Taylor, Sonny Ledford, John Toineeta, Daniel Tramper, Hoss Tramper, Bullet Standingdeer and Will Tushka. They are also joined at difference performances by: Micah Swimmer, Mike Crow Jr., Antonio Grant, Ernest Grant, Kody Grant, Jarrett Wildcatt and Malaciah Taylor. They have performed at: National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Palace Green in Colonial Williamsburg, United South and Eastern Tribes Conference and the National Congress of American Indians.

A performance can be viewed on the Museum’s YouTube channel at (

The USC Lancaster’s Gregory Family YMCA is located at 512 Hubbard Drive in Lancaster, SC.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa and other events offered during Native American Studies Week are sponsored in part by OceanaGold/Haile Operation. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 803/313-7172.

The March 2019 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

March 1, 2019

The March 2019 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 61 pages of it.

On our cover this month we bring you works by Meredith Heywood/ Acacia Art Tile of Whynot Pottery, which are part of the exhibit, “Evolution: Seagrove Pottery”, a group exhibition of ceramic work by contemporary potters from the handmade pottery capital of the United States: Seagrove, NC, on view at GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, through Apr. 14, 2019. You can read about it on Page 23.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our April 2019 issue will be Mar. 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts