Archive for the ‘Arts Lectures’ Category

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).

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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.

STARworks in Star, NC, Offers Lectures by Resident Artists – Mar. 15, 2017

March 7, 2017

STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Deighton Abrams, and STARworks Glass interns Brianna Gluszak and Andrew Thompson will present slides and discuss their work, Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm at STARworks, located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, NC.

The presentations are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase.


Work created by STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Deighton Abrams

Deighton Abrams is originally from Alaska and has an MFA with a concentration in ceramics from Clemson University. He has been awarded numerous grants, including the Clemson Art Department Scholarship for study in Jingdezhen, China and the Professional Enrichment Grant for artist research in Iceland. Abrams utilizes ceramic forms, both figural and geologic, to create complex narratives about the human psyche and its impact on the surrounding landscape.


Work created by STARworks Glass intern Brianna Gluszak

Brianna Gluszak is from Calgary, Canada and holds a BFA with distinction in Glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, Corning Museum in New York and Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. Her work is focused on re-imagining the imagery that one sees in passing through glass.


Work created by STARworks Glass intern Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson grew up in Birmingham, AL. He was inspired to study glass by his father, Joseph Thompson, who built a hot shop in their back yard when Thompson was young. He studied glass at Tennessee Tech University under Professor Curtiss Brock and recently had a solo exhibition, Uncertain Consciousness, at the Appalachian Center for Craft. His work focuses on the optic qualities glass can produce and combines these properties with two dimensional, mixed media compositions.

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

For more information, call 910/428-9001, e-mail to (contact@starworksnc.org) or visit (www.STARworksNC.org).

The Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Lecture by Metropolitan Museum Curator, Sylvia Yount – Mar. 15, 2017

March 7, 2017

Before ascending to one of the most coveted curatorial jobs in New York, Sylvia Yount spent years working in the South, where she developed a deep appreciation for the region’s culture. As the keynote speaker for the fourth annual installment of Voices in American Art, Dr. Yount, who now serves as the first female curator of the Metropolitan Museum’s iconic American Wing, will deliver a lecture that connects her Southern experiences and her achievements as a pioneering female professional with a recurring theme in her scholarship: art created by women.

Her presentation, “A Region of Their Own: Southern Women Artists,” is the centerpiece of the popular yearly symposium sponsored by the Johnson Collection. Open to the public at no charge, the event will take place at Chapman Cultural Center on Mar. 15, 2017, at 7pm. No reservations or tickets are required.

Sylvia Yount became the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in September 2014. She is responsible for the administrative oversight of the Wing, with its ten curators and twenty-five other staff and volunteers. She also provides vision and leadership, while defining collecting, interpretation, and audience-engagement goals for the historic department of fine and decorative arts from the colonial period to the early-twentieth century. Before moving to the Met, she spent seven years as Chief Curator and the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and six as the Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art and department head at the High Museum of Art. She began her curatorial career at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, America’s oldest art school and museum, in 1993.

In addition to completing pivotal collection reinstallations at her former institutions, Yount has organized major exhibitions (with accompanying catalogues) on Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, and American modernism, among other topics. She received a Ph.D. and a M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Italian from New York University. Yount has lectured and published widely on late nineteenth and twentieth century American art and culture as well as on issues of curatorial responsibility and current museum practice.

Created in support of the Johnson Collection’s mission to increase understanding of the dynamic role that art of the South plays in the larger context of our national history, Voices in American Art brings arts professionals from across the country to Spartanburg for annual symposiums that engage the cultural and college communities. Previous VIAA speakers include Jane Panetta, Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Jan Postma, Chief Financial Officer of the Museum of Modern Art; Elizabeth Pochoda, former editor of “The Magazine Antiques”; and Sarah Cash, Associate Curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Hailed by “The Magazine Antiques” with staging a “quiet art historical revolution” and expanding “the meaning of regional,” the Johnson Collection offers an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American South from the late eighteenth century to the present day. In May 2016, the Spartanburg-based collection received the Governor’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for the Arts, South Carolina’s highest honor in the field.

For more information, please visit (www.thejohnsoncollection.org).

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Offers Reception and Lecture with Yvette Cummings – March 17, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce an afternoon reception and lecture with contemporary South Carolina artist, Yvette Cummings.

The lecture, titled “Remember Everything” will address her current body of work, including the ongoing “Voyeur Series”, which deals with psychological, social, and gender issues, and their personal and cultural contexts in her art.

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Yvette L. Cummings, pictured with her 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition 1st place painting, “When the Magpie Came”.

In addition to winning the First Place award in the museum’s 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, Cummings has recently received the 701 CCA Prize, 2016, for artists 40 years and younger.

The lecture will be held in the FCM Waters Gallery reception hall, 125 South Dargan St, from noon to 1pm, Friday, March 17, 2017. The event is free to the public.

For more information about its free public programs, contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit (www.flocomuseum.org).

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Clay Talks with Ray Owen – Mar. 5, 2017

February 27, 2017

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Please join us for a special slide presentation by Ray Owen at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Sunday, Mar. 5, starting at 2pm. The open house at the center that day will start at 1pm.

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Owen’s presentation, “The Busbees and the Jugtown Legacy,” is being held in conjunction with “The Busbee Legacy: Jugtown & Beyond, 1917-2017,” an exhibition that is currently up through April 22, 2017. His presentation in being done in conjunction with the NC Potters Conference.

Owen will be describing the context for establishing the Jugtown pottery, the relationship between regional potters and the Sandhills resorts, and how Jugtown continues to thrive.

Owen is a writer and conservationist who has been a contributor to “O. Henry” and “PineStraw” magazines. Recent projects include writing the words for composer David Ludwig’s “Songs from the Bleeding Pines,” commissioned in 2016 by the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Other recent work includes writing the forward for “Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017: A Century of Art & Craft in Clay,” featured guest for UNC-TV’s Collecting Carolina series, and narration for the film “More Than Pine Trees and Sand: Disappearing Frogs Project.” Film work includes writing and directing “Siren of the Round Timber Tract,” premiering in April 2017. Public service has included the Stewardship Council of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and Vice President of Friends of Weymouth.

While most of our Clay Talks! are potlucks, this particular event is not. Light refreshments will be available courtesy of the Pottery Center starting at 1:30pm.

Location: North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341. This presentation is free and open to the public.

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

Appalachian Pastel Society Holds Monthly Meeting in Mills River, NC, – March 11, 2017

February 27, 2017

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Appalachian Pastel Society will presents Pamela Winkler at their monthly meeting at Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC, Mar. 11, 2017, from 10am-noon. Winkler’s presentation will include a Power Point Presentation “Painting Shiny Things” covering preparation and editing of photographs to enhance reflections prior to the painting process. In addition she will present a demo showing process and techniques for painting shiny things.

Meeting location and address:
Grace Community Church
495 Cardinal Road
Mills River NC 28759

For further information contact Cathyann Burgess by calling 828/595-9518, e-mail to (cathyannburgess@gmail.com) or visit (www.Appalachianpastelsociety.org).

STARworks in Star, NC, Offers Talks by Kazuki Takizawa and Christina Bendo – Feb. 15, 2017

February 8, 2017

STARworks Glass resident artist Kazuki Takizawa and STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Christina Bendo will present slides and discuss their work during artist talks at STARworks, on Feb. 15, 2017, at 5:30pm. The presentations are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase.

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Work by Kazuki Takizawa

Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated with high honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has taught at various glass educational facilities, including Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. For the past decade, Takizawa has made work related to mental health and therapy. His most recent installation, “Breaking the Silence”, was installed at STARworks in 2015, when he was an intern at STARworks. The installation was created to increase awareness of suicide. Takizawa is the glass resident artist at STARworks until mid-April. Learn more about Takizawa and his work at (www.kazukitakizawa.com).

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Works by Christina Bendo

Christina Bendo grew up in rural northern Virginia in a family of serious cooks and gardeners, giving her an appreciation for the production, preparation and consumption of food from an early age. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington. She worked as a studio assistant to Trista Chapman in Fredericksburg, VA, and recently completed a residency at LibertyTown Arts Workshop. Bendo makes functional pots that add joy and meaning to the everyday ritual of consuming food and drink with others. Bendo will stay at STARworks until mid-March. Learn more about Bendo and her work at (www.facebook.com/christinabendopottery).

Star Drawing Club will meet immediately following artist talks. Guests are welcome to stay and join in the fun. Star Drawing Club is free and open to the public. A new still life will be set up for each meeting. Participants need to bring their own art supplies.

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

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

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Pam Owens Lecture About Traditional Women Potters Exhibit – Feb. 2, 2017

January 27, 2017

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Please join us for a slide presentation at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Feb. 2, 2017, from 6-8pm by Pamela Lorette Owens of Jugtown Pottery.

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Owens will discuss one of the North Carolina Pottery Center’s current exhibitions, “North Carolina’s Traditional Women Potters,” which she curated. “North Carolina’s Traditional Women Potters” is on exhibit through Feb. 11, 2017. The exhibition is the culmination of a study and lecture presented by Owens at the Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival, in Hickory, NC, in 2015.

The twentieth century saw the emergence of women potters from the lineage of European settlers, and while Native American women had been making pottery here for thousands of years, their names and work were definitively recorded through writing and images only as the century progressed. This exhibition is an examination of North Carolina women who were established potters by 1975 and who came from or chose to work and learn through a traditional approach. The focus is on women who made and/or decorated pots, but all of the women who worked daily in potteries were integral to the process.

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! This presentation is free and open to the public.

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

For more information, call the Pottery Center at 336-873-8430.