Archive for the ‘Arts Lectures’ Category

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Clay Talks – Sept. 5, 2019

August 30, 2019

Please join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, for a slide presentation by Seagrove potters David Fernandez, Alexa Modderno, Jinsong Kim, Carol Kim, Frank Neef and Cindy Neef to learn all about the Seagrove Delegation’s recent trip to South Korea to establish cultural exchange.

This presentation aims to establish a future cultural exchange between the Seagrove pottery community and Icheon Ceramics Village. The presentation will include a travelogue of the trip along with ideas for community projects, and potential artist exchange opportunities. Please come for a lively discussion about what we can do as a community to further Seagrove’s reputation and influence on a global scale!

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! 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 Susan Greene, NCPC Educational Program Manager.

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

For further information call 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Hosts 75th Lunch and Learn Event – June 21, 2019

June 10, 2019

Join USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, this month in celebration of its 75th presentation of the monthly Lunch and Learn lecture series. At noon on Friday, June 21, 2019, Joe Timmons, III presents “A Walk Through Lancaster County Cemeteries and Graveyards,” discussing some of the funny, twisted, and scary stories of some of those buried in Lancaster County. He also will reveal hidden graveyards and cemeteries and will explain how to preserve graves and mark them through GPS.

The series began in 2013 after the Center’s Director of Archives, Brent Burgin, and a colleague presented a similar program as guest speakers at another museum. When Burgin suggested the idea to other Center faculty members, he was charged with coordinating the programs.
“When we opened the Center, we were trying to find ways to bring people in on a more consistent level, because a lot of people may visit a museum and not come back for another year,” said Burgin. “It was just a way to reach out to the community and it’s succeeded wildly beyond my expectations.”

The series typically features six Native American-themed topics throughout the year, with other talks covering local history, natural history, southern culture, and more. Guests are invited to bring a bag lunch to Lunch and Learn events, which typically take place for an hour on the third Friday of each month.

Three programs this year are sponsored by a generous donation from OceanaGold/ Haile Operation.

The Lunch and Learn programs, as well as admission to the Native American Studies Center, are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Center, call 803/313-7172 or visit (www.sc.edu/lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).

Arts Council of Moore County & Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities Fine Arts Lecture Series in Southern Pines, NC

February 15, 2019

The Fine Arts Lecture Series presented by the Arts Council of Moore County & Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities will take place at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, NC, on the following dates:

Lecture #1 – Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 5:30pm, Molly Gwinn will present “TEAM TEACHING: Josef & Anni Albers at Black Mountain College”

Lecture #2 – Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 5:30pm will present “Ellen Burke: NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: Portrait Painters – Alchemist of Humanity”

Lecture #3 – Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 5:30pm, will present Denise Drum Baker “ARTISTS & MUSES: Lee Krasner Pollock, Elaine de Kooning Georgia O’Keeffe”

Cost (per lecture): $15 for ACMC & Weymouth Members or $20 for Nonmembers. All lectures will be presented at
Weymouth Center, 555 E Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines. Space is limited, so lease register now with full payment at the Arts Council’s offices at 482 E. Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines.

For additional information, call 910/692-2787 or visit (www.MooreArt.org).

Delhom Service League at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, Offers The Ceramics Series

January 29, 2019

The Delhom Service League at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, offers The Ceramics Series Programs which take place at Mint Museum Randolph unless otherwise noted. The Programs are free and open to all.

January 29, 2019, at 10am ***
Curator’s Tour at Mint Museum Uptown -“Michael Sherrill Retrospective “ Exhibition- Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion, at The Mint Museum Uptown

February 13, 2019, at 5:30pm
STIMULUS – What inspires artists to create? An Interactive program coordinated by Bob Scheer, VP of Development, McColl Center for Art + Innovation

February 25, 2019, at 10am ***
Porcelain and Place: Thinking Through Ladislav Sutnar Tea and Dinnerware Sets Emily Pazar, Assistant Editor, Art Reference at Oxford University Press New York, New York, & Former Curatorial Assistant of Craft, Design and Fashion, at The Mint Museum Uptown

March 13, 2019, at 5:30pm
New Discoveries in the History of American Porcelain
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

March 25, 2019, at 10am
Making a Big Intricate Ceramic Platter, Film and Talk
Herb Cohen, Ceramic Artist

April 10, 2019, at 5:30pm
Folk Art Ceramics-Catawba Valley Pottery
Dr. Allen Huffman, Collector

April 29, 2019, at 10am
History of Salt Firing
Kira Campbell, Ceramic Artist and Instructor

*** Space is limited, Reservations required at (https://mintmuseum.org/events/).

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Offers Lecture and Book Signing

September 30, 2018

The Western Caroina University Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee, NC, is pleased to announce a lecture and book signing on Oct. 4, 2018, with WCU Faculty Emerita and scholar of the American Studio Glass Movement, Joan Falconer Byrd. Her book and the associated lecture explores the life, work, and influence of Harvey Littleton. Byrd will be available to sign copies of her biography of Littleton, “Harvey K. Littleton: A Life in Glass”, after the talk. The lecture on Oct. 4, 2018, begins at 5pm in Bardo Arts Center Room 223 followed by the book signing at 6pm.

This event is a featured program of the current WCU Fine Art Museum glass exhibition, “Glass Catalyst: Littleton’s Legacy in Contemporary Sculpture”. Celebrating the efforts of Harvey Littleton, one of the greatest proponents of using glass as an expressive medium, the exhibition explores the work of contemporary artists concentrating in glass and how they are building off the foundations laid by Littleton during the early years of the Studio Glass Movement. A key work in the exhibition will be a new acquisition to the Museum’s collection: a glass sculpture by Harvey Littleton entitled “Terracotta Arc”. Donated by the Littleton Family in honor of WCU Professor Emeritus Joan Falconer Byrd, this sculpture serves as a focal point in the exhibition and a reminder of how Littleton’s impact reverberates through the generations.

For further info call Jill Jacobs, Marketing Manager, at the Bardo Arts Center at 828/227-2505 or e-mail to (jilljacobs@wcu.edu).

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Presents an Artist Talk and Book Signing with Brian Rutenberg

October 30, 2017

The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, will present an artist talk and book signing with abstract artist and author, Brian Rutenberg on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 11am – 1pm at the DoubleTree Hilton Conference Center, 3rd Floor, Springs Ballroom, 3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

This event as well as parking is FREE to the public

Join Brian Rutenberg for a talk and slide presentation about his book Clear and Seeing Places, which the artist considers a love letter to painting written by a painter.

A Q&A session as well as a book signing will be held immediately following the lecture. Please call the Art Museum at 843/238-2510 with any questions.

The Mint Hill Arts Monthly Meeting Held at the Gallery in Mint Hill, NC, Offers Talk by Sandra Smith on Jewelry – Nov. 28, 2017

October 30, 2017

“What’s In Your Jewelry Box?” A journey exploring the value of costume jewelry will be the topic of the November Mint Hill Arts Monthly Meeting. Sandra Smith, award winning jewelsmith, will present information to help you determine if there are valuable pieces of costume jewelry hiding in your collection. On display will be costume jewelry that spans a 95-year period with items made in over ten countries.

The presentation will be held from 7:00 – 8:30pm on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the gallery at 11205 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill, NC. There will be a drawing for an item of Sandra’s handcrafted jewelry at the conclusion of the program.

For further info call 980/226-5532 or visit (www.minthillarts.org).

Mint Hill Arts in Mint Hill, NC, Features Maria Elena Ferran at Monthly Meeting – Sept. 26, 2017

August 31, 2017

Mint Hill Arts is very fortunate and honored to host at its September monthly meeting Maria Elena Ferran, one of New York’s early 80’s artists. After studying painting, photography, and design at Sweet Briar College and New York’s School of Visual Arts, she entered the New York art scene. Her abstract paintings continually express themes of the human subconscious, nature, spirituality and world events.


Work by Maria Elena Ferran

The program is free and open to the public. Mark your calendars to attend this special event on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from 7 to 8:30pm, at Mint Hill Arts at 11205 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill, NC.

Ferran will give a short talk and guided discussion, followed by guided exercises, focusing on human themes, movement, color, and expression. We will then work in mixed media including acrylics, spray paint, paper, and found materials that come together to create a large, collaborative group mural that will be donated to Mint Hill Arts.

The impulse and desire to communicate with each other has been a driving force in society from the very beginning of human history. Inspired by the cave paintings at Lascaux, “Cave Walls: Express, Empower, Transform,” this collaborative program is designed, for artists of all skill levels, to open up the creative mind, remove blocks, and empower and build expressive confidence with art materials while connecting with other participants through intuitive visual messaging. Developing a creative visual dialogue with others will help build both confidence and empathy, and foster an atmosphere of cooperation and community connection.

For further info call Carol A. Clayton at 704/968-4345 or e-mail to (Bizbrokercc@gmail.com).

STARworks in Star, NC, Offers Lectures – Aug. 9, 2017

July 30, 2017

STARworks Clay Studio resident artists Yang Chen and Levi Mahan, and STARworks Glass interns Josh Fredock and Grace Phillips will present slides and discuss their work during artist talks at STARworks in Star, NC, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at 5:30pm. The presentations are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase.


Work by Yang Chen

Yang Chen is a ceramic sculptor and installation artist from Bejing, China. She received her BFA at Tsinghua University in 2014 and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited in China and the United States, including the “2014 NANTONG International Contemporary Biennial”.

Levi Mahan grew up at Wild Rose Pottery in Seagrove, NC. He studied with Syd Carpenter and Doug Herren at Swarthmore College before he began working with his father full time at From the Ground Up Pottery. Most recently, he was the kiln manager at Art Alliance ceramic studio in Greensboro, NC.

Josh Fredock combines glass and metal to create his art. Most of his work is made from salvaged materials. He has a welding degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Most recently, Fredock was a fabricator at Rock Cottage Glassworks in Merriam, KS.


Work by Grace Phillips

Grace Phillips is from Chicago, IL. She earned a double major in Art Education and Glassblowing from Illinois State University. She spent a year teaching art at the elementary level, but longed to be back in the studio and left education to pursue her artistic career. Currently, she is developing a body of work that explores different aspects of the mind.

For more information, visit (www.STARworksNC.org).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Kirsten Olsen for Clay Talks – Apr. 6, 2017

March 30, 2017

Join us at the on April 6th for a presentation by Kirsten Olson, currently an Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, for Clay Talks.

A graduate of Juniata College in Huntington, PA with a BA in Anthropology, Minor Fine Arts and an MFA Ceramics from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Olsen most recently served as Ceramics Adjunct Faculty and Ceramic Studio Technician at the Art Department of Juniata College. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center since Oct. 2016. She was named one of American Craft Week’s 2016 “Rising Stars; 30 Exceptional Crafts People under the age of 30” and most recently announced as a finalist in “Functional Ceramics” for the 2017 NICHE Awards.

Olsen says, “My inspiration as a ceramic artist is strongly grounded in anthropology, particularly cultural customs, ceremonies, and rituals. My ceramic vessels not only contain the food and drink that nourish, but also contain the ideas of culture and community.” Highly inspired by Alaskan culture and the North, her work recalls the shapes of baskets, hats, mukluk patterns, and ivory objects while the glaze and kiln firing process also reflect textures associated with natural materials, such as bone, ivory, and wood.

Olsen’s talk will address her background in clay and anthropology, as well as recent endeavors at the Pottery Center. A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the slide talk 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.

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, call the center at 336/873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Emily Lassiter, NCPC Educational Program Manager.