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The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and Dare County Arts Council Collaborate in Art Competition for 2016 Forum Playbill Cover – Deadline Apr. 13, 2016

February 10, 2016


The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and the Dare County Arts Council are co-presenting the third annual competition to select the Forum’s next Playbill cover. The winner will be featured on the 2016 Forum playbill cover.  Artists are invited to submit original photos and paintings to be featured in an exhibit at Trio in Kitty Hawk, NC, from April 14-May 31, 2016.

“The playbill competition with the Outer Banks Forum has proven to be a wonderful partnership for the Arts Council,” said Chris Sawin, executive director of the Dare Arts Council. “The opportunity to connect the Forum’s performances with the visual arts has opened DCAC and its members to an important arts audience on the Outer Banks.”

“We are excited about continuing this joint venture with DCAC,” said Eddie Cooke, president of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. “This art competition and exhibit always reflects the many facets of the performing arts as artists are invited to submit works of art in two dimensional visual arts media. And we are delighted to feature the winner on the cover of our playbill.”

The art competition criteria include: Theme: “Spotlight on Performing Arts”. Artwork should reflect a representation on any facet of the performing arts. Examples could include musicians, singers, musical instruments and scores. Eligibility: The competition is open to all artists who are members of either the Forum, Dare County Arts Council, or are residents of Dare County, and are 18 years of age or older. Entry Fee: Entry fees are $20 for DCAC/Forum members or $25 for nonmembers for up to three (3) original entries in a two dimensional format (portrait orientation requested).

Exhibit: The show opens to the public on April 14 and remains on exhibit at Trio in Kitty Hawk, NC, through May 31, 2016. The exhibit and artists’ reception is free and open to the public on the evening of April 14 from 5:30-7:30pm. A People’s Choice Award will be selected by ballot during the opening reception. In addition, the winning entry and People’s Choice will be on exhibit at the Forum’s final performance of the Virginia Symphony on May 26 at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Artwork drop-off will be Apr. 12 & 13, 2016, at DCAD Gallery, 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue in Manteo, NC.

A full prospectus is available for download at (, you may pick one up at the Dare Arts Council Gallery in downtown Manteo, or call DCAC to have one mailed at 252/473-5558.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts.  All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville, NC, Calls for Applications for Curatorial Fellowship – Deadline Mar. 28, 2016

February 10, 2016


Since 2010, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville, NC, has supported the careers of emerging curators with an interest in contemporary craft through its Windgate Museum Internship Program. This year, CCCD is proud to announce a new initiative that will support curators by giving them resources, space, and technical assistance to nurture their talents.

The Curatorial Fellowship is a yearlong program created to give emerging craft curators a platform to explore and test new ideas about craft. Three Curatorial Fellows will be selected to fully develop and mount their proposed exhibition in CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, located in Asheville, during the 2017 exhibition season. The Curatorial Fellows will work with Assistant Director Marilyn Zapf to produce the exhibition, develop didactic material and an exhibition catalog, and deliver a curatorial talk.

Selected curators will receive at no cost:

* $5,000 honorarium (50% in advance, 50% upon completion of project)

* $8,000 exhibition budget

* Expenses paid Summer 2016 site visit to CCCD in Asheville, NC

* Marketing of exhibition through print and web material

* 20 page exhibition publication produced by CCCD

* Professional exhibition photography

* Curator’s talk at CCCD during exhibition

* 1 year, individual membership to Association of Art Museum Curators

Deadline: March 28, 2016, Fee (USD): $10.00

Apply here (

For further information call 828/785-1357 or at (

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, Offers Lecture by Riccarda de Eccher – Mar. 1, 2016

February 9, 2016


The Halsey Institute presents an artist lecture by Riccarda de Eccher, entitled “Mountain and Watercolor: Riccarda de Eccher,” on Mar. 1, 2016, from 6 – 7pm.  The lecture will take place in the auditorium of the School of Sciences and Mathematics at the College of Charleston, 202 Calhoun Street, in Charleston, SC, and is free and open to all. The artist’s subject is mountains, more specifically the Dolomites, which are a stunning group of mountains and part of the Alps in Northern Italy. Her obsession with these mountains is evident in the way each watercolor painting in this series appears to be a tender portrait. In this lecture, de Eccher will discuss her fascination with these mountains and the artwork that has resulted from her lifelong conversation with the natural world.

Riccarda de Eccher was born in Bolzano, Italy and started painting, mostly in large format watercolor, later in life. In addition the artist has published several small books in collaboration with various writers. While her work has focused on the Dolomites, she has also climbed and hiked mountains throughout her life. She currently lives on Long Island in New York.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts provides a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world. As a non-collecting museum, we create meaningful interactions between adventurous artists and diverse communities within a context that emphasizes the historical, social, and cultural importance of the art of our time.

For further info contact: Mark Sloan, Director & Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts by calling 843/953-5659 or e-mail to (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Applications for Small Arts Grants – Deadline Mar. 1, 2016

February 9, 2016


Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools throughout York County, SC. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5pm on Mar. 1, 2016.

The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves. Previous grant recipients include: the African American Cultural Resources Committee (public art), Marcia Kort Buike (art workshop), Carolina Crown (middle school music clinic and performance), Rock Hill Community Theatre (musical theatre production), and the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation (public art).

Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.  Applications for the April – June 2016 granting period are due by Mar. 1, 2016 at 5pm. The Arts Council’s offices are closed the first, third (and fifth) weekends each month. Should the deadline fall on a weekend, grant applications must be submitted by 5pm the Friday before. Prospective applicants MUST discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director at least 10 days in advance of the application deadline date. Information and applications are available through the Arts Council at 803/328-2787, or on the Arts Council’s website at (

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

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 (, or visit our webpage at (

ArtFields© Calls for Volunteers for Upcoming Lake City, SC, Art Competition – Deadline to Volunteer is Apr. 17, 2016

January 31, 2016


ArtFields©, the South’s largest and most engaging art competition and festival, is seeking volunteers for the 2016 event. This year’s ArtFields© will take place Apr. 22-30, 2016, in downtown Lake City, SC.

ArtFields© is looking for volunteers to greet guests in the reception center and galleries, host and assist visiting artists, help stage the artwork for exhibition and assist with festival events and celebrations.


“Our volunteers serve as the heart and soul of ArtFields©, offering their time and commitment to make the event a success for the visitors and artists alike,” said Carla Angus, ArtFields© Volunteer Coordinator. “These volunteers get the true, hands-on ArtFields© experience.”

In 2015, 190 active volunteers logged in over 2,700 hours of volunteer time. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and attend a volunteer orientation. The first orientation and kickoff will be held at 6pm, Feb. 4, 2016, at the Bean Market in Lake City.

Those interested in joining this year’s team of volunteers are encouraged to visit the ArtFields© volunteer page at ( The volunteer recruitment deadline is Apr. 17, 2016.

To learn more about ArtFields© 2016, visit ( and/or connect with the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ArtFields© is a charitable program and event sponsored by Lake City Partnership Council, which is a federally-recognized Section 501(c)(3) organization located in Lake City, SC. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of citizens residing within the greater Lake City area through, among other things, educational offerings and activities that foster and develop culture and arts within the community.

To learn more about ArtFields©, visit (

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Calls for Entries for The Eighth Annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show “Nature At Its Best” – Deadline Mar. 5, 2016

January 31, 2016


The Eighth Annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show “Nature At Its Best” will take place from Mar. 8 – Apr. 9, 2016, at the Stanly Arts Guild’s Falling Rivers Gallery, 119 West Main Street, Albemarle, NC.

Art will be accepted Friday, Mar. 4, 2016, noon to 5pm and Saturday, Mar. 5, noon to 4pm.

All art must include elements of nature.

Entry fee is $25 members and $30 non-member.
For more information or a copy of the Prospectus at (

Copies of the prospectus are also available at ( or at  Falling Rivers Gallery, 119 W. Main St, Albemarle, NC 28001, or call 704/983-4278.

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Offers a Presentation by Mike Mullins and Travis Furr at Falling Rivers Gallery – Feb. 4, 2016

January 31, 2016


Mike Mullins and Travis Furr will present an interesting program showing us how they create art out of scrap metal at the next monthly meeting of the Stanly Arts Guild at the Falling Rivers Gallery in Albemarle, NC, on Thursday evening, Feb. 4, 2016, beginning at 6:30pm.

Mike and son Travis started late 2013 with small welding repairs for themselves but the act of melting metal together never lasted. They started practicing with a variety of scrap metals to build things that are often much harder than typical welding projects. The variance of coatings, thickneses, and heat treatments can add to the difficulty level as opposed to building a trailer from all milled steel, as an example.

Work by Mike Mullins and Travis Furr

Their metal pieces usually start with a lone item that catches the mind’s eye and open them up to finding the appropriate parts to complete the vision. They have gathered about 10 tons of discarded metal from industry, agriculture and everyday life to help find the perfect item they have in mind. They are not limited to any type of metal: stainless steel, steel, bronze, brass and copper are all in play when they are hunting. Once they have enough parts to get started, there is torching , plasma cutting, welding and lots of grinder work. Every completed piece has gone through hours of adapting itself, which makes the initial ideal just a faint thought by the time it is finished.

Mike and Travis plan to continue building functional pieces as well as pieces purely for the aesthetics that only interesting metal combinations can achieve.

We gather for a few minutes of socializing and a brief business meeting and the demonstration begins at 7pm.

As with all of our meetings this demonstration is open to the public.

Falling Rivers Gallery is located at 119 W. Main St. in downtown Albemarle.

You can call the Gallery with questions at 704/983-4278.

Nancy Smeltzer Offers Lectures at Mar. 13, 2016, Meeting at Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC

January 31, 2016


The days of submitting slides and CDs of your art work to most exhibitions, especially those nationally and internationally, have gone by the wayside, with most entry forms being done on-line now. That means that artists need to know how to take photos of their work and turn them into .jpegs, the preferred format for submissions. Nancy Smeltzer, nationally recognized fiber artist and Publicity Co-Chair of the Art League of Henderson County, will show some of the ins and outs of that process as part of the free Mar. 13, 2016, meeting held by the Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC.

“This is a critical skill for artists these days” Smeltzer said, “yet many are stymied by trying to read the manuals that are out there or watch videos on YouTube.” Smeltzer has lots of patience, having taught 7th graders for 27 years, and one of her favorite phrases is “Stop me right when it doesn’t make sense”. The audience will be able to ask lots of questions and there will be a handout.

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 The Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. (ample on-site parking; 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 and encouraged to come early to view the month’s exhibit of members’ paintings and vote for their favorite.  The winning artist is named Artist of the Month.

For further information contact Nancy Smeltzer, publicity, at 828/513-1024 or e-mail to (

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Monthly Lecture Series with Kate Johnston

January 31, 2016


Join us on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, for a slide lecture by Seagrove potter Kate Johnston!

Johnston grew up in New Jersey and has been interested in the arts since childhood, assisting a plein air painter beginning at the age of 9. After she dove into clay, she worked with potter Terry Plasket at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville. At age 16, she became Wheaton Arts’ youngest ever production thrower. Johnston left the studio to earn a BFA at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. In 2010, Johnston opened her pottery studio here in Seagrove.

Johnston’s pots are made with local materials, carved with organic patterns inspired by Art Deco design, and fired in a large wood-burning kiln. Johnston shows her pots throughout North Carolina and has lectured and taught in North Carolina, Tennessee, and New Jersey.

Johnston’s slide lecture will focus on her work, process and inspiration. A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentation at 7pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!

Location: The NCPC Educational Building located behind the NC Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (, or find us on Facebook.

Artist Bethany Salisbury Presents a Demonstration at the Monthly Meeting of the Matthews Artist Guild in Matthews, NC, Feb. 9, 2016

January 16, 2016


The next meeting of MAG will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at 6:30pm in the McDowell Arts Center (MAC) at 123 E. McDowell St. in Matthews, NC.

In her lecture, Pet Portraits and using Social Media to Market Artwork”, Salisbury will demonstrate how she uses acrylic paints to create her pet portraits on gallery wrapped cotton canvases.  In addition, she will talk extensively about using social media and other forms of communication to

6:00 pm:       View current show in the MAC Gallery upstairs
6:30 pm:       Refreshments downstairs at the MAC
6:50 pm:       “Another Tidbit” of info from one of our artist members
7:00 pm:       Demonstration by artist Bethany Salisbury

The Matthews Artists Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month.  Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the McDowell Arts Center at 704/321-7275 or follow MAG on Facebook at (


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