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Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC, Opens Call-To-Artist for “Third Annual Juried Show: Resolutions 2017” – Deadline is October 26, 2016

July 23, 2016

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC, will celebrate the start of the new year by again hosting its juried fine art exhibit, “Resolutions”, from January 4 to 24, 2017.  All North Carolina two-dimensional and three-dimensional fine artists are encouraged to apply. Guest juror for the awards will be Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. Work will be displayed at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, with an opening reception on Friday, January 13, 2017, 6 – 9pm.

“Baptism” by Jake Stephenson graphite and charcoal drawing

Original works in all fine art media are eligible. Work must have been completed within the last three years. No mass-produced prints or reproductions will be accepted. Hand-pulled prints, original digital prints and photographs are acceptable. All artwork must be the exhibitor’s original idea and be created independently by the exhibitor. Artists must be at least 18 years old and live in North Carolina. All accepted artwork must be hand delivered to HGA on January 2 or 3, 2017.

The Call-To-Artists will be open August 26, through October 26, 2016.

All entries must be submitted through digital images via ( Artists can reach the show prospectus directly at the link (

“Natural Disaster” by Jason Smith (sculpture)

Dr. Wheeler is the Director of the North Carolina Museum of art in Raleigh. Under his visionary leadership, the museum has vastly increased in size and stature and substantially expanded its collection, especially in the fields of modern and contemporary art

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned and operated by its members, established local artists whose artwork includes oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, encaustic, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber art, jewelry, glass, metal, enamels, and wood.  We strive to create an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual encouragement and to give the arts a more visible presence in the town of Hillsborough.  Openings for new members arise when current members leave the gallery. Artists interested in being notified when an opening occurs should fill out a waiting list form, available on the HGA website.

Arts Council of Henderson County in NC Calls for Entries for “13th annual Bring Us Your Best” – Deadline Aug. 4, 2016???

July 18, 2016


The opening reception and awards ceremony for the “13th annual Bring Us Your Best” art exhibition will be held Friday, Aug. 5, 2016,  from 5-7pm. This all-media visual art exhibition will be on display through Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

First ($250), second ($150), and third ($100) place awards will be presented in four categories:  2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville is sponsoring and selecting the “One Planet, One World” award.  The winning artwork will be the best representation of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

“Spectator Sport”, by Bobbie Polizzi, 2015 1st Place, 3D winner

For a fourth year, an Artist’s Choice award will be sponsored and presented by two artist patrons. This award is selected by all artists who have work in the show. The Artist’s Choice award winner will be announced at the opening, and will receive a $300 cash prize.

The Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop is sponsoring the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, the last day of the exhibition. This award winner will be determined by the votes of all gallery visitors who will be encouraged to cast votes for their favorite piece in the show, and will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist. Ten Honorable Mention awardees will receive $25 gift certificates from The Starving Artist at the reception.

All artwork displayed at “Bring us Your Best” is for sale. Regular gallery hours for “Bring Us Your Best XIII” will be 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday, and 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays. A prospectus for the show is available on the Arts Council’s website at (

The exhibition is sponsored by The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact The Arts Council by e-mail at ( or call 828/693-8504. The web address is (

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. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

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.

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education, LLC, in Charleston, SC, Announces “2016 Juried Fine Art Sculpture Contest with Exhibit and Sale” – Deadline Aug. 30, 2016

July 17, 2016

Fabulon Gallery represents a diverse group of artists working with a variety of mediums in traditional and non traditional ways. Fabulon seeks new and exciting fine art in 3-D. The theme is literally wide open,  artists may choose to explore any theme but must provide a statement that connects the words to the visual.


Sculptures will be judged on technical ability, craftsmanship, use of materials, execution of theme and ability of the artist to tie the statement to the work. All sculptures must be original and for sale.


Artists of the Carolinas and GA.

All mediums accepted.

Indoor, outdoor, and scale models considered.

Minimum age: 18

Resident of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Artist should be able to be present at the reception.

Entry Procedure:·

Submit 1 image of the sculpture you are entering in the contest.

Add 2 close up images showing details of this sculpture.

Include 2 separate images that represent the body of your work in general.

Submit an artist statement that explains the theme and process of your project.

Notate materials used and provide dimensions of finished product.

Please follow the labeling procedure found on the website.

Images must be received by 8/30

$25 Submission Fee


All applicants will be reviewed by a panel of working artists and art education professionals. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.


1st Place: $500

2nd Place: $200

3rd Place: $150

People’s Choice Award: $100

2 Honorable Mention Prizes

Winners will be announced at the show and prizes will be awarded that night.

Deadline & Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 8/30

Acceptance Announced: 9/6

Drop off and meeting: 10/8

Show: 10/14 to 11/1

Reception: 10/14, 5-8:30pm

Retrieval: 11/5

For further information visit (, e-mail to ( or call 843/566-3383.

Gallery 27 in Lincolton, NC, Calls for Entries for “Artists of the Carolinas – Juried and Judged Competition” – Deadline Aug. 10, 2016

July 17, 2016

Eligibility: All artists 18 years and older who are residents of NC and SC.

Gallery 27 members may submit 1 entry at no charge, then $5 for each additional piece. Limit 3 pieces.

Non-members pay $35 for up to 3 pieces. Age of artwork doesn’t matter.  Painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, photography, printmaking and fiber are eligible.

Prizes: First Place $100, Second Place $75, Third Place $50, People’s Choice Award $25

Presentation: All work must be framed or gallery wrapped with sides finished – no staples on sides and over an inch width – and properly wired for hanging. No saw tooth hangers. All works should be prepared in a simple, professional manner and be ready for display. There is no size limit for 2D works. Works on paper should be matted and framed under glass and mats must be neat and clean. Three-dimensional works will be limited to 200 lbs. and must sit solidly on flat surface. The artist is responsible for assembling and positioning heavy or large pieces.

All works must be available for sale.

A commission of 30% will be retained on all sales of members. A commission of 40% will be retain on all non-members. Works will be selected by a juror and prizes will be selected by a judge. Sold pieces will be removed at time of purchase. Each artist will carry their own insurance if desired. Any artist selling a piece of their own work that needs to be shipped will assume that responsibility.

Contact: Stacey Pilkington-Smith, 704/240-9060 or e-mail to (

Gallery hours: Wed-Thurs 11am-5pm, Friday 11 am-7pm & Sat 10am-2pm.

Requirements of the Artist:

· Artists are encouraged to attend. Attendance at the exhibits affects the success of the gallery.

· Artist attending should arrive an hour to thirty minutes before the show begins.

· Dress semi-formal

· Artists are encouraged to bring food and beverages to the opening.

· Artists are also responsible for sharing the event, or ads provided by the gallery, on social media sites and send out any material to collectors, friends, associates, and family to attend the event.

Important Dates:

Take In Dates: August 4, 5, 6, & 10, 2016 (please see operating hours)

Reception and Awards:  Saturday, August 13, 2016 7-9 PM

Hub City Empty Bowls 2016 Aims to Feed Local Hungry Citizens in Spartanburg, SC

July 12, 2016

Hub City Empty Bowls anticipates another great art-based campaign in 2016 to feed the hungry people in Spartanburg County, SC, and invites everyone to make hand-crafted pottery bowls at free public events this summer. The finished bowls will be used for the annual Soup Day fundraiser in the autumn. This year, there will be three bowl-making opportunities for public participation: Saturday, July 16, 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center; Thursday, July 21, 6-8:30pm at West Main Artists Co-Op; and Saturday, Aug. 27, 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center. The Soup Day fundraiser will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 11am-4pm at Chapman Cultural Center.  The food pantry at TOTAL Ministries will receive the proceeds from the fundraiser to help feed the needy in Spartanburg County.

According to a 2016 report by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 15 percent of Spartanburg’s population – that’s 42,980 people – is “food insecure.” In Greenville County, the percentage is 14. The lowest ranking county in the state is Lexington with 12 percent, and the highest ranking county is Allendale with 28 percent. Overall, 17 percent of the people in South Carolina “lack adequate access to food.”

“We might not be the worst county in South Carolina with a hunger problem,” Traci Kennedy, Director of TOTAL Ministries, said. “But 42,980 is a lot of people – our friends and neighbors – who don’t have enough to eat. For children it is even worse. 22.5 percent of the children in Spartanburg – almost one out of every four – is going hungry. It is TOTAL Ministries’ mission to help feed the hungry, and thanks to Hub City Empty Bowls, we are making headway. I just pray we have another good turnout of people to make the bowls and then have them and their friends come back on Soup Day to make donations, take the bowls home, eat some truly wonderful soup, and take comfort in knowing they have helped someone in need.” TOTAL Ministries has an annual budget of about $300,000, normally helps more than 4,500 households each year.

But first, you need to make pottery bowls. Bowl-making events provide a unique opportunity for members of the community to experience the pleasure of working with clay at no cost and at any level of experience, including no experience. The clay, facilities, and instruction are all donated.  Members of Carolina Clay Artists and volunteers will be on hand to instruct participants in the techniques of bowl-making.  Many of the bowls will be simple and primitive, which has a beauty all of its own. Some participants are experienced potters, who make their bowls on pottery wheels, often producing professional-grade bowls. The events are open to anyone willing to give of their time and effort, and make for wholesome and free family activities. The bowls are left at the studios and are later glazed and fired by experienced volunteers.

“People look forward to our bowl-making events every year,” Nancy Williamson, publicity leader on behalf of Carolina Clay Artists, said. “I see some of the same faces and families come back each year. It’s fun, easy, creative, free, and, of course, it is for a good cause. I am truly amazed at some of the raw talent I is see. Even more amazing is to see all the finished bowls laid out on Soup Day for the public to take home. It’s almost like an art exhibit – a huge art exhibit with every color of the rainbow and shape imaginable.”

Proceeds from last year’s campaign allowed Hub City Empty Bowls to make an all-time high donation of $26,000 to TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based organization with a primary mission of helping the financially disadvantaged citizens of the community. Most of the money was raised on Soup Day, when citizens would receive the handmade bowls by donating $15. As part of the festive occasion, local restaurants donated gourmet soup that the donors could enjoy, along with live music and fellowship. 2016 marks the eighth year that Carolina Clay Artists has spearheaded the local effort of the internationally successful Empty Bowls concept of feeding the needy through the creation of pottery bowls.

On Soup Day, the hundreds of finished and colorful bowls will be displayed in Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center. For every $15 donation, the donor gets to keep a bowl of his or her choice and enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, and tea, served in Chapman’s theater lobby. Along the perimeter of the lobby will be various serving stations set up by local restaurants that donate a wide selection of soups to the occasion. Patrons can enjoy soups from some of the best restaurants in Spartanburg, while dining under a large canopy set up in the outdoor plaza, and enjoy listening to live music and sharing in the fellowship of knowing they are helping feed citizens in the local community. A silent auction of donated items also takes place as another means of raising money. The tradition of having a drum circle in the lobby or plaza will continue this year.

Empty Bowls was started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a high school student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon.  There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry. Each Empty Bowls organization is independent and self-governed.

Thus far, this year’s sponsors are Spartanburg Regional Foundation Healing Arts Fund, Carolina Clay Artists, West Main Artists Co-Op, Action Printing, Milliken & Company, Wheresville Productions, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, and Chris Williams. The project is still seeking more sponsors: companies and individuals willing to donate funds; restaurants to donate soup, bread, and tea; other businesses to donate eating utensils, such as paper cups, plastic spoon, and napkins; individuals and businesses to donate silent auction items; and potters to make the bowls.  Those willing to donate should contact Traci Kennedy by e-mail at ( or call 864/585-9167. For more information about TOTAL Ministries please visit (

Hub City Empty Bowls is a component fund of the Spartanburg County Foundation. It was established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food insecurity, and to help local organizations fight hunger.  For more information, please visit online at ( For the latest information on Hub City Empty Bowls, please like the organization on Facebook.

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Offers Lecture Series with Ann Hicks – July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016


On July 12, 2016, at 6 pm, visit Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) in Greenville, SC, and spend an evening with Ann Hicks as she shares her story of starting life as a Hungarian refugee to the revered “Greenville News” art critic for 11 years.

The event is free and open to the public, no RSVP needed.

Come early and enjoy the full gallery exhibit “Telling Her Story” showcasing 11 women with ties to Greenville. Daydreams, questions of identity, motherhood, cultural stereotypes, nature, and technology are some of the themes interpreted in the artwork.  Many materials are represented, including textiles, ceramics, paint, papers and collected objects.

Please take time to become a Member of GCCA or renew your membership today. As a new organization, we rely on our membership dollars to bring high quality visual arts programming to Greenville.

For further info call 864/735-3948 or visit (

Call for Entries for the 2016 South Carolina State Fair Competitions in Columbia, SC – Deadline Sept. 1, 2016

July 12, 2016

Are You Blue Ribbon Worthy?

The South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC, is excited to announce the official call for entry registrations for the 2016 Competitive Exhibits. A state fair wouldn’t be complete without competition pies, quilts, paintings, giant pumpkins, and everyone’s favorite animals. Every year at the SC State Fair, the community’s gardeners, bakers, farmers and artisans of all ages and types come together to share their talents with half a million Fair-goers. Enter into a competition to win a coveted blue ribbon and part of the $300,000+ offered in premiums and awards.

Competitive Exhibits Include*:
·Fine Art
·Student Art
·Home & Craft Department

* These particular competitions are limited to South Carolina residents and out-of-state students attending a South Carolina school of higher learning.

The Livestock Departments are open to everyone for participation, regardless of place of residency.

Competitive Livestock Exhibits include:
·Dairy Goat
·Youth Horse
·4-H/FFA Meat Goat

All competitions require pre-registration which is open now through Sept. 1, 2016. To complete a registration form, please visit the South Carolina State Fair website at ( If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us by e-mail at (

The 2016 South Carolina State Fair runs from October 12 – 23 at the Fairgrounds on Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Blvd. in Columbia.

The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supported, charitable organization dedicated to educating South Carolina’s young adults, with over $300,000 in scholarships awarded annually. For more information about the South Carolina State Fair, its programs or licensing opportunities, contact Nancy Smith at 803/799-3387 ext. 116 or e-mail to ( or visit (

The Burke Arts Council in Morganton, NC, Calls for Entries for “2016 Autumn Photography Exhibition” – Deadline Aug. 15, 2016

July 6, 2016


The Burke Arts Council in Morganton, NC, is pleased to announce a call for entries for “The Fourth Annual Autumn Photography Exhibition” to be on view from Sept. 30 through Nov. 11, 2016.

Entry Deadline: All entries must be received by Monday, Aug 15.
Artists will be notified of acceptance via e-mail by Friday, Aug. 26.
Delivery of accepted artwork: September 9 – 24.
The exhibit will run September 30 thru November 11, 2016.
Reception and distribution of awards: Friday, Sept. 30, 5-7pm.

All work must be original, shot in the last two years and never shown at the Burke Arts Council Gallery. No composite or mixed media images will be accepted.

FEES: A non-refundable entry fee of $15 for one entry OR $50 for 5 entries.

JUROR  OF  AWARDS:  Artwork will be judged for selection by a committee of arts professionals.  Awards will be judged by Greg Stewart (

First (In each category): $200
Second (In each category): $100
Honorable Mentions  (One in each category):  An opportunity to have a solo exhibit at the Burke Arts Council.

BLACK & WHITE (Photo must be black & white)

5. HOW  TO  APPLY :   ( Digital/ Online Submission or Regular Mail)
DIGITAL/ ONLINE APPLICATION:  Please click here:  ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM and upload your images (JPGS Only, 72 dpi).

REGULAR MAIL:  Please print and mail the completed APPLICATION FORM , CD containing your images (JPEGS Only, 72 dpi), and payment to:
The Burke Arts Council 115 E Meeting Street Morganton, NC 28655.  Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your images and notification letter (if desired).

e-mail (

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Features Suzy Hart for Monthly Meeting – July 10, 2016

June 29, 2016


Award-winning portrait artist, Suzy Hart, will demonstrate a pastel portrait painted from a life sitting during the 2pm, July 10, 2016, meeting of the Art League of Henderson County at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville, NC. From tips on setting proportions to subtle details and emotional expression, the artist describes each step as she paints. She will talk about observation and specific colors in her palette that helps her render skin tones in a natural and intuitive way.

Work by Suzy Hart.

Hart received the Butler Institute of American Art Award from the Allied Artists of America 2012 Exhibition at the National Arts Club, as well as several awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Appalachian Pastel Society of which she is a past President.

Hart is also a  Life Member of the Art Students’ League of New York. She is an instructor at the Greenville County Museum School of Art, offering classes in figure drawing and pastel portraiture.

When asked about her philosophy of art, Hart said “I believe we are all artists at heart, and can share and learn skills to fulfill our creativity. What I teach is the art of seeing. “

The Art League is composed of members of many media and skill sets. It allows for exchange of ideas and finding out about exhibition opportunities and sources for supplies. The Art League of Henderson County, NC, is open to all who are interested in fine art. The organization meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month (3rd Sunday in May), at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. (There is ample on-site parking which is handicapped accessible.) The social time begins at 1:30pm, with a short business meeting beginning at 2pm. An art related presentation then follows until 4pm. Guests are welcome.

For further info contact Sharon Carlyle by calling 828/ 551-1478 or e-mail to (

Appalachian Pastel Society Holds Meeting in Mills River, NC – July 9, 2016

June 29, 2016


The Appalachian Pastel Society Holds Meeting in Mills River, NC, featuring Cathyann Burgess on July 9, 2016, from 10am-noon, at the Grace Community Church at 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC, 28759.

Burgess’ presentation: Seeing the Light..Going Outside to Paint! Presentation on plein air painting history and understanding Carlson’s rules before going outdoors, how to simplify the scene before you and more. Meeting and morning presentation free and open to the public.

Work by Cathyann Burgess

About the Artist: Burgess has been drawing or painting as long as she can remember and consciously thought of herself as artist, at age 13. She was born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a MSEd in Art from SUNY College at Buffalo, NY. Her teaching experience in art for over 25 years includes formal schools both public and private, museums and workshops. Committed to life long learning, Burgess’ studies include workshops with Danni Dawson, Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene, Matthew Mancini and Randy Sexton. Burgess with her husband, now makes her home and studio in Hendersonville, NC. She shows her work at Asheville Gallery of Art, Asheville, NC. She is Chair of Programs for APS 2016. She paints full time in oils and pastels after retiring from teaching art at Benedictine College Preparatory School, Richmond, VA, where she chaired the Department of Fine Arts she created in 1998 with a grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. Her works are in both corporate and private collections.

For further info contact Suzy Hart by e-mail at ( or visit (


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