Archive for the ‘Artist Opportunity’ Category

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Hugo in 1989

October 9, 2016

Visual artists of the Carolinas who follow “Carolina Arts” – attention please. PSMG, Inc. who produced “Charleston Arts” at the time was a victim of Hurricane Hugo that kicked the art community in Charleston, SC, in the gut in 1989. For almost a year the tourist economy in Charleston was gone. The city’s hotels were full of re-builders, insurance agents, adjustors, FEMA personal, and lawyers suing insurance companies – but there were few tourist and the locals were busy recovering from the disaster. The arts were pretty much shut down. It was quite a bit later before homeowners got new homes and insurance payments to buy new art for their homes. It was a long draught for the arts. But those in the art community who suffered damages got some help – through the National Endowment for the Arts, State Art Agencies and even local art councils to recover. Some were too proud to ask for help while others dipped into the well as many times as they could. And believe me, if you’re an artist you will be harmed. Maybe the gallery you used to show your work at will close – for a few months or forever. Companies and corporations will be giving funds to help people recover not to the arts. So in one way or another you will be hurt. Maybe your studio is three feet under water or high and dry – the results will be the same – your market just took a big hit. Ask for help, ask for money – it’s going to be there for the arts. Check with the local arts council and your state agency and even the NEA, and do it now as that money won’t last forever. We run an ad for CERF+ an organization who helps craft artists and more who are victims of disasters. Contact them at ( Maybe you don’t need this help but you might know someone who does – let them know they don’t have to recover on their own – help is there – you just have to ask. Back in 1989 we didn’t ask for help – we were not a non-profit and we still are not and will never be one, but it would have been nice to get some anyway – that’s another story. You’re not us – ask.

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Calls for Application for Exhibits for July 2017 – June 2018 – Deadline is Nov. 30, 2016

September 30, 2016


Professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery in North Charleston, SC. The gallery features artwork by international, national, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A Review Panel will convene in December 2016 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2017-June 2018. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at ( by Monday, November 30, 2016, in order to be considered.


The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5-7pm.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work.

Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating freestanding sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be e-mailed to ( and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (, e-mail to (, or call 843/740-5854.

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Holds Monthly Meeting with Sharron Burns – Oct. 11, 2016

September 30, 2016


The Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, will hold its monthly meeting at the McDowell Arts Center, with a demonstration by Sharron Burns, on Oct. 11, 2016. beginning at 6pm.


Who says a squirrel has to be gray or shells have to be white?  Start with some water, add lots of color, move it around, spray more water and let dry. Then, add a few details and “VOILA” a colorful animal emerges and what fun! Watch as Burns shows you how to create wonderful and whimsical paintings that you will enjoy. This is one demo that you don’t want to miss. No matter what your medium you can create a fantastic piece of art.

Burns, a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a degree in Fine Arts, has exhibited with the Silver Brush Society, Charlotte Artists Society, Matthews Artists Guild, the Guild of Charlotte Artists, and Nancy Couick Studios and Gallery in Charlotte.  She is described as a contemporary still life painter whose works reflect her love of still life subjects plus crystal and glass and how it diffuses the light and shadows.

6:00 pm: View current show in the McDowell Arts Center Gallery
6:30 pm: Refreshments downstairs in the McDowell Arts Center
6:50 pm: “Another Tidbit” of info from one of our artist members
7:00 pm: Demonstration by Sharron Burns

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 (

Number 7 Arts Gallery in Brevard, NC, on the Move and is Looking for New Artists

September 30, 2016

Number 7 Arts, a cooperative gallery in downtown Brevard, NC, is moving to a larger space in January 2017. The gallery has been in business for 17 years and is the oldest operating gallery in Brevard. The gallery currently houses 30 artists, and is looking to add artists to begin showing their work in January 2017 in the new location.

The jury is interested primarily in the following mediums: three-dimensional metal sculpture; wood sculpture/carvings; blown glass; fiber/wearable/weavings; jewelry; 2-dimensional mixed media/encaustic. Other mediums will be considered.

To get an application, stop by Number 7 Arts, located at 12 East Main Street, Brevard between 10am-6pm, Monday thru Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. You can also send an e-mail to ( and request an application. Upon submitting an application, your work will be evaluated by the Number 7 Arts jury committee and, if approved, you will be notified when to appear in person with at least 5 examples of your work.

For more information about Number 7 Arts, go to ( Number 7 Arts is a program of the Transylvania Community Arts Council, a 501 (c)3 non-profit arts organization.

The Upstate Book Project Call for Artists – Deadline Oct. 29, 2016

September 22, 2016

The Upstate Book Project is a collaborative juried art and writing project that allows up to 30 artists throughout Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina to contribute to a published book. Applications will be accepted from artists residing in Spartanburg, Union,  Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens, Pickens, Polk and Rutherford counties. Bailie, (the project’s creator) will start the story and illustrate the first page. Selected artists will be required to write a 200 word paragraph to continue the story-line and then create an 18″ x 24″ vertical illustration to accompany their story-line then pass it to the next artist. The final product will be a completed book in bound magazine format containing the entire illustrated story.

Applications must be received between 10-1-16 and 10.29.16.

Please direct any questions to ( All e-mails will be promptly answered. Info and application at (

Art League of Hendersonville County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Amy Perrier for Monthly Meeting – Sept. 11, 2016

August 31, 2016


Most of us left finger painting behind long ago, but Amy Perrier has taken that art form to new heights. She not only revels in it, but she’s become a pro at it. The Art League of Hendersonville County is eager to host a presentation of her techniques at their upcoming meeting on Sept. 11, 2016, at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC.

Amy Perrier

Perrier is delightfully vocal about her distinctive way of creating her art as it allows her to bring out lots of color and energy. In fact when you watch her create her paintings, her abounding exuberance is evident. She describes her style this way…. “When I had a brush in my hand, the instinct was to paint every detail. The finger painting has both liberated and challenged me to find a way to tell the story with color and texture…”

She begins her process by staining the canvas with several layers of color. She is quite a gifted and amusing presenter, and she becomes more animated as the presentation progresses. Then comes the fun part, as she starts to finger paint more and more layers of color on her surface, as her fingers begin to dance across the canvas.  In what seems like magic, forms begin to appear from what a few minutes before seemed to be shapeless blobs of paint. She says that she begins with an idea in mind, but like all experienced  artists, she says that she is “prepared to go in the direction my applications are taking me.”

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 e-mail to ( or call 828/551-1478.

Matthews Artists Guild Offers Susan Lackey During Monthly Meeting in Matthews, NC – Sept. 13, 2016

August 31, 2016


The Matthews Artists Guild will offers a presentation by artist, Susan Lackey, at the McDowell Arts Center in Matthews, NC, on Sept. 13, 2016.

Susan Lackey will demonstrate a new twist on the age-old Batik process. This process is suitable for any water based medium from water color to colored inks. Lackey uses wax as a resistance on rice paper and will demonstrate the process and tools involved. There will be lots of whimsical artwork on display as well. She says this about the process: “It’s a bit unpredictable and that makes it more fun. The wax seems to intensify the color of the pigment. You are only limited by the size of the rice paper and your imagination.”

6pm: View current show in the McDowell Arts Center Gallery
6:30pm:    Refreshments downstairs in the McDowell Arts Center
6:50pm:    “Another Tidbit” of info from one of our artist members
7pm: Demonstration by Susan Lackey

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 (

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, Calls for Participation in CELEBRATE FUQUAY-VARINA Festival Taking Place Oct. 8, 2016

August 28, 2016

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council is excited to coordinate the Artists Village of the CELEBRATE FUQUAY-VARINA festival, taking place Oct. 8, 2016.

This highly successful festival is a combination of live entertainment, children and youth activities, classic cars, fabulous food and an arts and crafts show. In short, the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina festival is free, family fun in true Fuquay-Varina style!

Artist’s vendor booths are $80.00 for a 10X10 space located in the center of Main Street in Fuquay-Varina. Arrival times will be staggered from 6am-8am on Saturday morning to accommodate for the roads closed for the event. Booth set up should be completed by 9:45am, and booths are to remain open until 4pm. Breakdown will begin by 5pm.

North Carolina law requires that all artisans and vendors collect and remit sales tax on the items they sell, display the NC Certificate of Registration issued by the state with their state tax ID in their booths, and provide their state tax ID number to the event organizer. To apply for a Certificate of Registration, please go to ( and search NC-BR. Once you begin the application, you can select to only apply for Sales and Use Tax purposes.

To register and pay online with a credit card or PayPal, please go to the online registration: The Artists Village in Celebrate Fuquay-Varina. To register by paper application and pay by check, please print out the application from (

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, Calls for Participation in Live Oak Art & Music Fest in Oct. 2016

August 28, 2016


October is Arts & Humanities Month and CREATE! Conway will kick off the month with a community celebration of creativity. The Live Oak is a fun, family art event presented under the oaks and on the lawn of the Horry County Courthouse in Conway, SC.

The Artisan Market features fine art & crafts for sale. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair and enjoy a day of music. Coolers are welcome.

Join CREATE! Conway, support the arts and receive free artisan space at the Live Oak Art & Music Fest and the Indie Market.

The 11th Annual Live Oak Art & Music Fest is hosted by Create! Conway, a non-profit community art promotion and art education organization. We celebrate creativity and community at the Live Oak by showcasing local artists and musicians and promoting public participation in the arts.

Learn more at (

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for New Logo Design

August 28, 2016


Call for Artists–$500 award for winning logo submission
Due date Sept. 9, 2016.

The Caldwell Arts Council (CAC) is seeking submissions for a new logo design. The CAC is an organization that has been providing culturally-based events and programs to the citizens of Caldwell County, North Carolina for over 40 years. For more info on our organization, please visit (

Artists may submit up to 3 designs for review. Entries must comply with the following:

Each submission will contain the proposed logo design in two file formats:

1.    A vector graphic file in either .ai (Adobe Illustrator) OR .eps (Encapsulated Postscript) format, AND

2.    A high resolution (300 dpi) photo file in .jpg format

Submissions need to be received by 5pm Sept. 9, 2016. $500 will be awarded to the winning submission. However, should the received proposals not fit the vision for the project, we reserve the right not to choose a winner.

Submit your work via e-mail (in zip files if necessary) to Adrienne Roellgen, Executive Director, Caldwell Arts Council by 5pm, Sept. 9, 2016, at (