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Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Calls for Participation in Art Trek 2018

July 28, 2018

Calling all “Last minute Lucys”! You know who you are! If you’re planning on participating in Art Trek 2018 as an artist with open studio or as a sponsor, we need your paperwork and payment ASAP!

The popular annual tour of studios will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon-5pm. There will be a preview reception and silent auction Friday evening, Sept. 28 starting at 5pm, and a closing reception to thank the artists, Friday evening, Oct. 12 at 5pm. The silent auction will close at 6pm and results will be announced.

Visit Upstairs Artspace online to download artist and sponsor applications at this link (http://upstairsartspace.org/art_trek.php). Let us hear back from you soon!

In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, we’d like to welcome at least 40 artists to the tour, but we’re hoping for more! We like to see artists return year after year, but we’d also like to welcome new artists who have not participated before. Ann Gleason (e-mail at arttrek@upstairsartspace.org) is heading up the organization of this year’s trek. A big thank you to her!

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds #216 to the Quilt Trail

June 7, 2018

The UHQT’s latest addition to the Trail in Pickens County is number 216 an 8×8 rendition of the traditional 1930s Puss-in-a-Corner quilt pattern, also known as Kansas City Star and Puss in Boots (1935). The design was also featured in the Aunt Martha series of Quilt Designs, ca. 1952. The quilt block is located at 446 Dacusville Highway Easley, SC.

This gorgeous family quilt was made by Hattie Porter Willis, nee Rampey, who was born and grew up in Liberty, SC. She created this quilt in 1954 with assistance from her sisters and friends who gathered after church services or when they were visiting the family to complete this piece. The quilt, when completed, was gifted to Wallace, (Hattie’s grandson), and Faye Rogers, on the occasion of their wedding. Wallace was also born in Liberty and then moved to Easley after his marriage.

Since that time, the quilt has been handed down to Wallace’s son, Bart Rogers, and his wife Kim. It is installed on a small barn on their property in Easley, SC. This property on Dacusville Highway was originally a grist mill owned by the father of Sarah Hamilton. Two of the millstones from the grist mill are displayed at the Hagood Mill in Pickens County. Sarah Hamilton gifted the property, as well as other parcels to the Easley Baptist Hospital. The Rogers, Bart & Kim purchased the property from the hospital in March of 2015 and have lived there with their family since that date. The old farm is adjacent to the Easley Baptist Park and Walking Trail and the block can be viewed from the park.

For further information about the Quilt Trail call 864/723-6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

Lakeside Artists Studio Tour in the Lake Norman area of NC, Calls for Participation – Deadline is August 25, 2018

May 30, 2018

The annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour has become a very popular cultural event in the Lake Norman area of NC (near Charlotte). The 2009 inaugural event drew over 500 attendees over a day and a half period. Each year since people have told us they look forward to this event and we have had excellent attendance due to publicity, word of mouth and the high quality of work by participating artists and craftspeople. We expect even more visitors this year because we are again extending the event to three days; Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our tag line is “one of a kind art directly from the artists”, ensuring visitors unique works of art they won’t find everywhere else. We also offer visitors an open tour of our studios providing an insider’s view of the artists working environment. There will be several studios and houses open where multiple artists can show their work. Mediums include wood, fiber, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, etc.

For the convenience of our visitors, each location will have several artists. You may be a guest at an existing studio, or host your own studio location on the Brawley peninsula. While this is mainly a studio tour, there may also be an opportunity for some participating artists to occupy vacant upscale homes for sale in The Point area. Every effort will be made to combine artists with varying mediums at each location. An example of a typical configuration would be: A painter, a wood artist, and a jewelry artist. No single location will have more than one artist of a certain medium/style. Because of our need to have a good mix at each location, it may be necessary to limit the number of artists accepted in each medium. This does not necessarily reflect the quality of your work.

Each year we enjoy publicity in nearly every local publication, and this year we plan to do the same. Large banners will be posted in prominent locations in the weeks preceding the show, and on the dates of the show we will have signs directing visitors to each studio location. High quality brochures or postcards will be distributed in the area and will also be furnished to the artists for their own distribution. We also have a professional website that you can reference on your e-mail communications, website, and other social networking methods. It will have a page for each studio location as well as for each artist and representations of your work. It also serves as a link back to your personal website. Although the website is temporarily vacant until we get new 2018 data/information from our artists, you can access the website here (http://www.LKNStudios.com).

Even if you were a participant in last year’s event, the jury process is still required. Please read the full prospectus with the new rules and if you are in agreement, fill out the attached application, sign and send your checks totaling $200.00 as described below. Send new images of your work so we can publish on the post card as space allows and on the website (previous years images will not be used).

FEES: A non-refundable fee $25.00 is due with the application for the jury process. You should also submit a separate check for $175 (with a self addressed stamped envelope) to contribute to expenses for advertising, website, and other related items. If your work is not accepted for this show, your $175 check will be returned uncashed. Please make checks payable to: Lakeside Artists Studio Tour and mail to: Lakeside Artists, 269 Kemp Road, Mooresville, NC  28117.

If you are entering in more than one category (such as painting and sculpture, or ceramics and jewelry), a separate $25 entry fee will apply to each. Total fees are $200.00 for one category, $225 for two, etc..

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Artists and Crafters to Participate in “Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour” – June 23, 2018

May 8, 2018

Artists and Crafters from Caldwell County, NC, and contiguous counties are invited to open their home studios or set up in a local business within Caldwell County on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 9am-4pm, for the “Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour”.

Registration is $35 which includes a listing in the colorful studio tour brochure and marketing efforts to encourage visitors to visit your location.

Discounted registration is available to Caldwell County artists who are also participating in the Caldwell Visual Artists Competition.

Registration deadline is June 1, 2018, to allow time for tour guide design & mailing.

All details and the registration form are available on the website at (http://www.caldwellarts.com/350-art-around-caldwell-studio-tours/).

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave., SW, Lenoir, NC.

For further info call 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Installs #210 Bee Well Honey Quilts in Pickens, SC

May 6, 2018

Donna and Kerry Owen, owners and operators of the Bee Well Honey business in Pickens, SC, are now also the proud owners of an array of quilt blocks on their Natural Market & Gift Store. The original quilts were fashioned by a variety of quilters and reproduced in graphic form, to display on the exterior of the business that will be enjoyed by visitors to downtown Pickens, the Doodle Trail and Park. These quilts were supported through the Pickens County ATAX Commission grant to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.

“Buzz In” a quilt square created by Joy duBois and Sue Hackett, was made at the request of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail to honor the Owens’ honey business. Joy found a pattern that everyone loved, pieced and quilted a lovely wall hanging that is now hanging inside the market. Sue Hackett, a quilter and member of the Oconee County Quilt Trail Production Team, did the embroidery on the quilted wall hanging. Joy loved the square so much that she has also produced the entire quilt for fun!

“Star Puzzle”, a vintage quilt from Donna’s side of the family, was discovered on a shelf at her mother, Pat Fisher’s, home in Rosman, NC. It was quilted by Donna’s grandmother, Alma Galloway Bruner, whom she called “Nanny.” Alma was born in Transylvania County, NC, on December 24, 1912. She married Addison William Bruner and lived on Highway 64 in that same county. The Bruners had 3 children, Pat Fisher, who was Donna’s mother, Jimmy who died in a drowning accident in his early 20s, and Bill Bruner who is a preacher at Rocky Bottom Baptist Church in Pickens County. “Star Puzzle” was made during the 1940-50s, squares sewn by Alma and quilted with the help of Geniva Holcombe and Madari Powell.

Donna’s fondest memories of Alma’s quilts were their comfort and heaviness while sleeping at her Nanny’s home, where there was no central heating. “The weight of those quilts would make me feel toasty on the coldest of nights and made me feel safe during summer thunderstorms!”

“Ode to a Sunflower”, was created by Vivian Perry, a member of the Upcountry Quilters’ Guild in Pickens County. Vivian and her husband, Tommy, moved to the upstate 5 years ago and live in Easley. She bought a long-arm quilting machine in 2004 and began quilting for customers, which she continued for 12 years. She now makes T-shirt quilts, has an Etsy shop called EggMoneyQuilts and an internet business: (https://tshirtquiltcompany.com).

Vivian’s inspiration for the “Sunflower Quilt” came from her love of the outdoors. She grew up in the country and she’d rather be outside than inside! She has always loved how sunflowers seem to stretch to soak in all the sunshine. There’s no pattern for this quilt; Vivian doesn’t use patterns. She prefers to make it up as she goes!

“Landscape” created by the well-known art quilter, Dottie Moore, whose work can be found in fine galleries throughout the world, was found at Boxwood Manor, the home of Annette Buchanan, during a UHQT Board meeting. Kim Smagala, Director of the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce, took one look at this tiny wonder, and said, “We have to paint this!”

Dottie has been creating what she calls visual conversations with fabric and thread since the 1980s. She is inspired by nature and every piece she fashions includes some part or all of a tree. Dottie lives in Rock Hill, SC. She teaches, lectures throughout the country and is the founder of Piecing a Quilt of Life, an international project dedicated to empowering senior women by recognizing their creative abilities. Her web site is (http://www.dottiemoore.com).

Bee Well Honey is known across the Southeast as a producer of delicious raw honey. They also offer a full line of beekeeping supplies. Kerry Owen was introduced to honeybees as a child growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His father, grandfather and neighbors had beehives or “bee gums” as a source of honey for the family. “You know sometimes, you just trip and stumble into the path you’re supposed to take,” Kerry explains, “but that is exactly what happened to me and my family. Bee Well Honey started in our kitchen, expanded into the garage, then into a rough sawn lumber barn and now we have buildings and honeybees scattered all across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. We are still paying our dues and if it where not for my beekeeper friends there would be no Bee Well Honey and I will always remember that.”

Bee Well Honey and the Owens family offer a full line of beekeeping supplies, honeybee packages, queens and 100% pure raw honey, as well as a natural market featuring organic and natural foods. For further info visit (http://www.beewellhoneynaturalmarket.com).

For further info about the Quilt Trail call 864/723-6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

Upstate Heritiage Quilt Trail in SC Adds 209th Quilt Block

April 28, 2018

Upstate Heritiage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, adds 209th quilt block to the quilt trail entitled “A Piece from Chris” / Tommye’s Quilt.

The artist, Christine Tedesco tells her story. “I am a woman who was brought up in the south learning the domestic arts of cooking and sewing. I grew to love the creativity in doing these things: the making of soups and casseroles, pants and shirts, jumpers and handbags. Later, the study of architecture furthered my visual awareness for things in the built environment. The act of making or creating anything, whether it is a simple tile pattern, drafting a complex technical drawing, or making a quilt or garment has always been an artistic endeavor for me.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to live in Italy for an extended period of time. I began to notice the beautiful tile work that was everywhere throughout the country. I began to photograph, draw and make watercolors of these tiles whenever I encountered them, attempting to create a visual library for myself. This study of tile design, in combination with my education in architectural design has given me a rich vocabulary for my work in textiles. Using vibrant, iridescent silks, I create dynamic compositions inspired by the patterns I saw in Italy. I also began to incorporate the gold and jewel tones of mosaics in Italian and Byzantine churches. I can see this influence emerging after looking at the many churches the artisans lovingly created. This study in combination with my architectural design education has resulted in my interest in non-traditional textile work.”

Tommye Hurst worked in the same office with Chris Tedesco for some years and was delighted each day by her work hanging in their office. Looking at the play on light that her silk creations revealed, gave the art a new look from different directions. The piece of Chris’s that Tommye choose came from the collection at The Arts Center of Clemson, and that play on light made it a challenge to paint.

“A piece from Chris”, the name came from two artists that Tommye greatly admires and appreciates. The fiber artist is Chris Tedesco, and the Quilt Square was painted by Chris Troy. Although Chris is primarily a ceramic artist, with the help of Elly Castle, took on the challenge. In the UHQT workshop these artists made magic in capturing the essence of the art on the metal square.”

The “Quilt Square” is exhibited on the outside of the Hurst’s home at 272 Stonehaven Way in Seneca, SC.

For further info about the Quilt Trail call 864/723-6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

2018 Open Studio Tour of Henderson County, NC, Calls for Participation – Deadline June 1, 2018

April 21, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Open Studio Tour of Henderson County, NC. Registration information can be found online at (www.hcost.org). One of the largest open studio events in WNC, this free, self-guided tour showcases the fine art and craft studios throughout Henderson County. For two days on Sept. 22 & 23, 2018. more than 50 artists in 30+ studios welcome art enthusiasts to their workplaces with plenty of new artwork to view and purchase.

All proceeds earned during the Open Studio Tour are retained by the artists. In addition to the tour dates guests can view all the artists’ work at a Preview Party on Sept. 20 as part of the free Rhythm and Brews outdoor music series in downtown Hendersonville.

Applications close on June 1, 2018.

The 8th annual Open Studio Tour is sponsored by the Art League of Henderson County.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offer Tour to Winston-Salem, NC, to See Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition – Sept. 21, 2017

August 31, 2017

The Arts Council of York County is hosting a bus trip from the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, to the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, to see the exhibit, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern”, on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The bus will depart from the Center for the Arts at 9am, and will return at 5pm.


Bruce Weber (American, born 1946). “Georgia O’Keeffe”, Abiquiu, NM, 1984. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York. © Bruce Weber

From the Reynolda House Museum of American Art: “The Reynolda House Museum of American Art marks its centennial as an estate and its fiftieth anniversary as a museum with an exhibition of the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” explores how the artist’s modern sensibility saturated her art, her life, her homes, and her carefully fashioned public (and private) personas. In addition to a number of carefully chosen paintings by O’Keeffe, and photographs of her homes, the exhibition features selected items from her personal wardrobe that highlight her preferences for compact masses, organic silhouettes, and minimal ornamentation. The Reynolda House is one of only three venues to host the exhibition, and the only venue south of New York.”


Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). “Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock—Hills” (Ram’s Head and White Hollyhock, NM), 1935. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.28. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Tickets are $75 for members of the Arts Council, and $85 for the general public. They include transportation, and admission to the museum and the O’Keeffe exhibit. Tickets for the trip must be purchased in advance by 5pm on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 – online at (www.yorkcountyarts.org), by phone at 803/328-2787, and in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. There will be time to shop and eat in Reynolda Village prior to the museum visit.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, 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 (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Discover Old Fort, NC’s Artist Trail – Sept. 2-3, 2017

August 29, 2017

Discover the local artists in our Old Fort, NC, community on Sept. 2 – 3, 2017, from 10am-4pm

GPS or Google maps should easily give directions or you may call the location for details. There is a MAP at this link to all addresses below.

*Turtle Island Pottery – Maggie and Freeman Jones, Southern Highland Craft Guild members.
Located at 2782 Bat Cave Rd. 28762 . Functional and decorative stoneware pottery in Old Fort since 1984. We have a small gift for you and 10% off everything. Come on in and see what is under that blue roof!
For info call 828/337-0992.

*Anne Bevan – located at 84 Harlowe Noblitt Rd. 28762 Anne is known for her dynamic, large scale landscapes and peaceful, spiritual still life work. She has smaller paintings available, just as dynamic and is offering classes.
For info call 828/803-4858.
Susan Mace with her handmade cards and painted rocks and Treavor Gouge with his paintings on glass windows will be Anne’s guest artists.

*Susan Taylor – From the Heart Baskets. Located at 170 Olympic Dr. 28762. Susan Taylor’s studio, From the Heart Baskets, is located just three blocks off Bat Cave Road, and less than 2 miles from the I-40 Exit 73. A juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Susan is a fiber artist. Her interests include gourd crafting, wool felting, and bead stringing, in addition to basket making! Joining Susan for the Artist’s Trail will be John Roller, a wood turner. John’s expertise is making functional art from various domestic and tropical hardwoods. Please join Susan and John for a glass of tea and home-made cookies! Follow the signs.
For info call 828/668-9546.

*Pamela and Henry Harvey, Author and Sculptors. Located at 2946 Catawba River Rd. 28762. :
“We are located about 800 feet from the entrance to the falls. You’d be hard-put to miss us on Catawba. We have 12 acres, of which about 7 are dedicated as sculpture gardens. And there’s a 60 foot black schooner with wild sails overlooking everything. The “ship” is basically a staging area for bluegrass, concerts, etc. We just had our first “gig” about two weeks ago.”
For info call 828/668-1185.

*Donna Rohlf’s – Peace Patterns, located at 154 Brooke Lane 28762. Dr. Donna, PhD is, former 30 year holistic NYC psychotherapist and founder of a peace flag. In retirement she has morphed into a feng shui artist as well as a human design analyst and enthusiast. Donna Rohlf of (www.sashiflag.org) shares her outdoor Peace Pattern Studio on both 9/1 and 9/2 weather, permitting. Come join her for a cup of tea and possibly making your own family peace pattern. She will also have prints and cards handmade by Laura Elliott. Lee Entrekin of Dreamwind Flutes will have his beautiful wooden flutes on Sunday. Lee is a Southern Highland Craft Guild member.
It is 5 and ½ miles South of I-40 on Bat Cave Rd. Brooke Ln. is on the Left .3 miles past Bethlehem Rd. Tall Evergreens hide the road sign. Turn around at Crimson Rd. if you miss it.
For info call 828/668-0707.

*Grove Hill Pottery, located at 498 Greenlee Rd. 28762 Leslie Bradsher is on the other side of Old Fort, a few miles east on Hwy. 70, then Right onto Greenlee Rd. Her studio is at her families old farm with functional stoneware pottery.
For info call 828/925-1598.

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 (https://discoverseagrove.com/saturdays-in-seagrove/). 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.

For further information visit (http://discoverseagrove.com/saturdays-in-seagrove/) or visit Facebook at (http://www.facebook.com/seagrovepotters).