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Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC, Offers Stepping into the Craft Events During July 2017

June 22, 2017

Experience something new and adventurous as you spend a Saturday in Seagrove, NC. During the month of July 2017, the pottery shops in Seagrove have something planned each Saturday. Observe demonstrations of wheel turning, carving techniques, raku firing and much more. If you’ve been wanting to get your hands into some clay, this is your opportunity. You can participate in hands-on activities during this special month long event. Try making pottery on the wheel, learn a hand-building technique or make a pottery keepsake of your very own. The participating potters are willing to share behind the scenes activities, so you can join in the craft.

Stepping into the Craft – Saturdays in Seagrove, NC, will take place on July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017, from 10am – 5pm.

Each participating shop will share their own special style and have their own specific event. Each Saturday is different. For a list of participating shops and event schedules go to ( Print or download the detailed listing. Pickup an area map and guide at your first stop and have a fun Saturday in Seagrove.

Seagrove is in the central piedmont of North Carolina where more than 100 ceramic artists call home. Visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway. Tour the Seagrove shops to experience the 200-year old pottery making tradition. The pottery shops of Seagrove are open year-round.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC Adds Quilt Block #199

May 31, 2017

Driving down Sandy Springs Road in North West Anderson County, SC, through rolling farm land you will find Bruce and Toni Smith’s home. They have sponsored the 199th quilt location on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC.

The Lone Star quilt block can be viewed on their barn at 1101 Sandy Springs Road. We asked the Smith’s how they selected this quilt for their barn. They said, “We were in the little Amish town of Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania, and went into a store that had quilts for sale. It was here that we were amazed with all the quilts to choose from but Toni couldn’t decide on one that she was really taken with. A young Amish girl suggested that we go out into the country side and find a lady that made quilts at her home and that she really did beautiful work. We did find her the next day and made a very satisfying purchase of this quilt at her home.” Mrs. Smith stated that she has always loved quilts and wanted a quilt for their home. She continues to use the Lone Star quilt to adorn their home and now their barn.

The Smith’s live on a farm that has been in Bruce’s’ family since 1949. His family moved to this farm the year he was born and still possess the wagon his father used to move the family to their new home. They have primarily been cattle farmers and continue to run a few head of cattle. They love the rolling hills and open spaces and have a lovely bed of roses.

Kimberly Wulfert, PhD, Quilt historian states in her article “The Lone Star Quilt Design Through Time” that, ”The Lone Star quilt block is likely one of the most recognizable quilt patterns to Americans. It is also one of the oldest patterns, along with the Mariner’s Compass, Orange Peel, Job’s Trouble and Irish chain. But this is a pattern known by many names. There are variations of it with 6 points, 8 points (the most common design) or even more…”. This old multi-pieced star block is known by many names. The Mathematical Star was an early name used in England and along the Eastern US seaboard, especially near Baltimore.

The Star of Bethlehem is a well-known name for it all around the country and is still used today. Other names for the same pattern are the Star of the East, Morning Star, which is what Native American’s call it, and Lone star, which is the name given to this pattern by Texan quilters because they are called the lone star state…The Amish liked the large central Star pattern, as did the southern states, across the US. The Central States made their fair share, but it seems more were made closer to the last quarter of the 19th century and in to the 20th century’s first two quarters.” Source: New Pathways Into Quilt History.

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail visit (

Caldwell Arts Council is Calling for Artists in Caldwell County, NC, to Participate in Visual Artists Competition and Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour – Deadline May 27, 2017

May 10, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce the 41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition scheduled for June 2 – July 29, 2017. Sondra Dorn, a visual artist from Asheville NC, will judge the competition and cash prizes will be awarded.

This competition is open to 2-D (paintings, collage, etc.) and 3-D (pottery, small sculpture, etc.) visual artists 18 years of age or older who reside, work, attend school or take art classes in Caldwell County. Photography is excluded from this competition.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 entitles each artist to display two works of art, to be delivered on either May 26th (9am-5pm) or May 27th (10am-2pm). Cash awards have been increased to include: Best in Show $350, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $150, People’s Choice $150, and up to three merit awards of $100 each.

Artists from Caldwell County and contiguous counties are also invited to open their home studios or set up in a local business in Caldwell County on Saturday, June 24th, 9am-4pm for the Art Around Ca;dwell Studio Tour. Artists participating in both events will receive recognition in the Caldwell Visual Artists Competition exhibit, and a discount on the entry fee for this studio tour.

All details on both events are available by calling the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visiting the website at (

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue, Lenoir, and open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline April 21, 2017

April 4, 2017

In partnership with the Arts Council of York County, the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County, SC, on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017. For this program, artists and artisans are defined as individuals who make handcrafted products without the use of kits or commercial models, and whose primary components are not manufactured. Examples include but are not limited to: painters, potters, weavers, quilters, jewelers, acoustic musicians, and artisan bakers. Storytellers and musicians may also apply to be considered. Those selected to participate in the Tour will be located at Farm Sites and can sell their products.

Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence. Artisans can participate on different weekends but must complete a separate application for each county/weekend. There is no fee to participate. Artists and artisans may apply online at ( Artisans whose applications are received after Friday, April 21, 2017 will not be included on printed materials; however, they will be listed on (

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free, self- guided tour of farms featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. Set to take place at local farms and farm stands in 11 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Newberry, 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 Saturday, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sunday. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state.

The first Ag + Art Tour started in 2012 in York County to bring together agriculture and art. York County hosted close to 3,000 visitors during the inaugural year. The Tour expanded to include Lancaster County in 2013 with 6,000 total visitors, and added its third and fourth counties to include Chester and Fairfield in 2014 with a total of 8,000 attendees for the entire tour. In 2015, the Tour welcomed its fifth county – Union. Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry Counties joined the Tour in 2016, and in 2017, the Tour added Florence and Newberry Counties, bringing the total number of participating counties to eleven. Overall, the Tour has seen over 20,000 visitors since launching in 2012.

The Tour is coordinated by a leadership team and county-level planning teams that are coordinated by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, chamber of commerce, tourism bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, arts councils and community volunteers.

Support for this project is provided by York Electric Cooperative, Inc., the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax/Tourism Commission, York County Hospitality Tax, the ACYC’s Annual Campaign and Small Grants Program, and the John and Susan Bennet Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information on the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit ( for details. Artists and artisans seeking more information about participating in the Ag + Art Tour of York County should contact Stephanie Castaldo by e-mail at ( or call 803/328-2787.

Upstate (SC) Heritage Quilt Trail Presents 193rd Quilt Block “Ode to Dave”

March 18, 2017

David and Diane Schonauer have added another quilt block to their 1892 Victorian house located at 707 West Market Street in the Westside Historic District in the city of Anderson, SC. The name of this pattern is Railroad Crossing.

Diane took several quilting classes in an adult continuing education program when I lived in Illinois. Each class offered a new pattern, making full size quilt tops. Since she did not have a lot of fabric at the time, nor the need for so many large quilt tops, she miniaturized each pattern the teacher gave them. The quilt is no exception in that the strips only measure ½” by 1 1/2”, and the overall quilt is 17 inches square. It was the first quilt Diane made “on point”. The backing fabric depicts old fashioned locomotives.

She named the quilt “Ode to Dave” in honor of her husband, David Schonauer. “We both worked for Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation, where we helped produce diesel electric locomotives. Dave spent his 31 year working career there, holding a variety of management level positions, including running the Aftermarket Business Unit and overseeing the installation of the SAP computer system.”

For further information visit (

Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, Offers Women2Women Museum Experience

December 6, 2016


Round up your network and join us for a Women2Women Museum Experience! Discover the compelling life stories of women artists, experience a private tour of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” and “Fired Up”, and enjoy refreshments.

Work by Perle Fine

This two-hour program is available for reservations on Wednesdays-Fridays December – February from noon-2pm or 4-6pm at #themintmuseum Uptown. $40 per person; maximum group size is 12. Book your group today by contacting Julie Olson Anna at 704/337-2043 or e-mail to (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Seneca, SC

November 11, 2016


A new quilt block (#188) has been installed on the shores of Lake Hartwell, on the wood-working shop of Jere duBois at 880 Cartee Road, south of Seneca, SC. The original quilter is the accomplished Joy duBois, whose workshop lies in the walkout basement of their beautiful retirement home. Her quilts decorate every room of the spacious home and are a sight to see and enjoy.


Joy duBois relates that her husband has always hankered after a Mariner’s Compass, but for years she told him, “No, that’s too hard.” Not after she took a class at Heirlooms and Comforts with her friend, Judy Lardiere. They did their first paper piecing and each of them made a beautiful Mariner’s Compass quilt. Joy gave hers to Jere for his birthday.

duBois is now hooked on piecing, and applique, and color selection, and 1930s reproduction fabrics! Sounds like a quilter. Visiting her workspace is a delight to the eyes, with many quilts in various stages of production.

Moving south from St. Charles, IL, forty-seven years ago, Joy and Jere opened a convenience store on Old Clemson Highway in what is now a fraternity house. They lived upstairs, while Joy ran the business and Jere worked as a real estate broker for Coldwell-Banker, where he continues to be employed. After moving to South Carolina, Joy decided to make a quilt for her daughter from old dresses she wore as a child. She planned to gift the quilt to her for her high school graduation, but shares that it was actually completed for her graduation from university. She did discover the Heirlooms and Comforts Quilt Shop during that time, and took many classes there throughout the years.

duBois has been an inspiration to the Trail. You can see reproductions of her beautiful quilting at Six Mile Park. She and Sue Hackett produced #171, Quilted Tulips and soon to be added Gardener’s Delight. Joy has worked with many quilters in the area. A technique she and Gail Sexton learned together will be added soon at the City of Pickens Chamber of Commerce, and who knows where next? We have plans!

For more information on the history of the Mariner’s Compass pattern, refer to quilt #67 on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail web site at (

Take a Tour of Grovewood Studios in Asheville, NC – July 16, Aug. 20 & Oct. 8, 2016

June 7, 2016

There will be 3 more opportunities in 2016 – July 16, Aug. 20 and again on Oct. 8 – to tour Grovewood Studios, a group of 9 workshops occupied by 12 artists who work across mediums, located on the historic Grovewood grounds adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Tours are free and self­-guided and will take place from 11am – 4pm on all 3 dates. We will also offer 6 tour dates in 2017.

Chris Abell specializes in Boehm system wooden flutes, headjoints and whistles – handmade in Grenadilla and sterling silver.

Grovewood Studios and Grovewood Gallery have a rich craft history. Both are housed in the former weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, built during 1917 – 1924 by The Grove Park Inn’s architect, Fred Loring Seely. Remnants from this Arts & Crafts enterprise can still be found throughout Grovewood, and the buildings bear the marks of the craftspeople who worked here a lifetime ago. In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country ­ worn  by US Presidents, First Ladies, movie stars, and sports figures.

For further info call 828/253-7651 or visit (

2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County Farm Sites A Part of the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour – June 11-12, 2016

May 9, 2016


The Ag + Art Tour returns this June bigger and better than ever! Each weekend, farm sites in counties across the state of South Carolina will host the Ag + Art Tour. The nine counties participating this year are Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry (June 4-5), Lancaster and York (June 11-12), Fairfield and Kershaw (June 18-19), and Chester and Union (June 25-26). On Saturdays, visitors will be able to stop by farms and farm stands from 9am-5pm, and on Sundays, from 1-5pm. The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest, free, self-guided farm tour designed to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods, and locally made traditional arts.

Each county participating in the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour will host kickoff events leading up to the Tour. The Ag + Art Tour of York County kicks off on Thursday, June 9 at the Old Town Farmers Market, located adjacent to Fountain Park, 300 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from 5-8pm. The Old Town Farmers Market is Rock Hill’s only all-local market. It features fresh, seasonal produce, farm products, handmade goods, live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, free yoga sessions and more! For further info visit (

Guinness World Record Holder Chef Smokin’ Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company will be our guest speaker for the kickoff. Chef Smokin’ Ed will speak from 5:30-6pm. Chef Currie will fill us in about how he came to grow peppers and win the 2013 Guinness World Record for the world’s hottest chili pepper. Chef Smokin’ Ed will also have a few of his pepper creations available for sampling.

Take a trip along York County’s country roads during the 2016 Ag + Art Tour. The Tour originated in York County in 2012, and has grown annually. This year, the Ag + Art Tour of York County includes 19 farms and farm stands and 21+ artisans including painters, potters, quilters, sewers, musicians, fabric artists, storytellers, and more.

Farms and Farm Stands include:
Anne Springs Close Greenway Gardens, 250 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Baker Farm, 2494 Greenwood Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Black’s Peaches, 1800 Black Highway, York, SC 29745
Bush-n-Vine, 1650 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745
*only open Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm
Catawba Cultural Preservation Project, 1536 Tom Steven Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Children’s Educational Garden, 954 Constitution Boulevard, Rock Hill, SC 29730
The Garden: Happy from my Head To-ma-tos, 2399 West Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726
J & J Family Farm, 1077 Wayfield Road, Clover, SC 29710
Ketchen Place, 3218 Cedarvale Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Myersart and Farm, 1281 Legion Road, Hickory Grove, SC 29732
Peach Tree, 2077 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745
Rock Ridge Farm, 542 Ridge Road, Clover, SC 29710
Roger Ridge Ranch | 4700 Canaan Church Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Sanders Peaches, Highway 321, Filbert, York, SC 29745
Stowe Dairy Farm, 169 Stowe Dairy Road, Gastonia, NC 28052
Tega Hills Farm | 1780 Zoar Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Windy Hill Orchard, 1860 Black Highway, York, SC 29745

Ancillary Sites include:
Cat’s Paw Winery, 1567 Fayrene Rd., Rock Hill, SC
PuckerButt Pepper Company, 235 Main Street, Fort Mill, SC, open Saturday, June 11, 10am-6pm; Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm
York Veterinary Services, l889 Highway 321 Bypass, York, SC, open Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm; Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm

Be sure to pack an empty cooler to fill with fresh, locally grown produce! Artists will be creating and selling their work, and musicians will be performing at various stops. Many farms will host family-friendly activities including hayrides, farm tours, and opportunities to check out barnyard animals.

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is coordinated by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, commerce, Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, the Arts Council of York County and community volunteers. The Ag + Art Tour of York County is sponsored by AgSouth and the York County Farm Bureau. Support for this project is provided by the York County Hospitality & Accommodations Tax, and by the Arts Council of York County’s Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For visitors’ information, including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888/702-1320.

For more information on the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County, contact Sonja Burris at 803/329-5200. For more information on the 2016 South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit ( for details.

CREATE Conway brings South Carolina AG + ART Tour to Horry County, SC – June 4 – 5, 2016

May 9, 2016


The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a FREE self-guided farm tour featuring local artisans and includes many farmers markets. During this month-long event visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase something special, and learn more about rural life.

Stay informed – become a member of the SC Ag + Art Tour Consortium! The Consortium is made up of members of agencies and organizations that touch the Ag + Art Tour mission of connecting consumers with producers. It’s free and open to everyone!

Please visit ( to learn more and become a member. Learn about the upcoming tour in all nine counties at (