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Craft Emergency Relief Fund is on Hold Pending Future Donations – Give Now If You Can

June 10, 2018

As we enter another hurricane season this month, I’m writing to share an important announcement and a call for unprecedented need for relief funds.

Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change have exponentially increased the demands on our Craft Emergency Relief Fund to help artists recover from disasters that affect their art and their livelihoods. Since last Fall, we have provided three times more grants and loans than last year – depleting available funds for relief.

We have made the difficult and unprecedented decision to put the Emergency Relief Program on hold until we can raise more money to meet artists’ needs. We are currently not taking any applications until we can raise at least $200,000 to reinstate this critical program.

Thank you for all you contributed in the past to CERF+ to help sustain the Artists Safety Net! Our new 2017 Impact Report shows how much of a difference you have made. We are proud to have served dozens of artists with emergency relief and 114% more artists with our preparedness programs as a result. Our message to “Get Ready” has reached thousands of artists over the years.

Now, it’s our turn to get ready again – and we need your help.

PLEASE HELP US RAISE $200,000 so we can reopen the Craft Emergency Relief Fund ASAP.

Donate at this link (https://cerfplus.org/donate/?org=808&lvl=100&ite=1053&lea=696551&ctr=0&par=1&trk=).

“Words cannot explain the gratitude we feel right now. Your help has been a tremendous example of solidarity to people in need. We will never forget it,” said Lemuel Maldonado, Woodworker, Puerto Rico.

Editor’s Note: The President and FEMA won’t help Puerto Rico’s artist, but we can – give today, every little bit helps and share this post to let others know.

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Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Donations for Its Annual “ArtShare” Fundraising Exhibition

June 9, 2018

This year marks the sixth year of the Haywood County Arts Council’s (HCAC) “ArtShare” exhibit in Waynesville, NC. “ArtShare” is a showing of fine works of art which have been donated to or consigned with the HCAC. The HCAC welcomes pieces from collectors that may be downsizing, changing décor, or who wish to consign estate items to benefit the arts in this community. “ArtShare” was born out of a desire to allow collectors to be able to pass on art for someone else to enjoy.

The Haywood County Arts Council will accept donations or consigned items in the gallery beginning July 11, though inventory sheets may be turned in prior. Inventory sheets are due no later than July 20, 2018. Even if collectors have participated in the past, we encourage them to participate again. Artists may participate by sharing their own work, but only if donating. If you have questions, please call the Haywood County Arts Council at 828/452-0593. “ArtShare” runs from August 3-25, 2018.

More information about donating, including show contracts and inventory lists, can be found at (www.HaywoodArts.org).

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves all artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

For more information call 828/452-0593, e-mail to (info@haywoodarts.org) or visit (www.HaywoodArts.org).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Entries for 33rd annual Sculpture Celebration Held on September 8, 2018

June 9, 2018

The 33rd annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC, takes place on Saturday September 8, 2018, at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, North Carolina.

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, along with potential sales and commissions. This annual event attracts sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir, North Carolina. Last year, over 4,500 people throughout the southeast attended the family-friendly celebration.


Work by Betty Branch


Work by Stefan Bonitz

Early registration discounts are available. For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council by calling 828/754-2486, e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com), or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Subject: Call for Sculpture Artists – 33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration

Who: Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, North Carolina

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9am-4pm.

Where: T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Drive, Lenoir, NC

Cost: $50-80 (Discounts available for early registration)

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, Calls for Bicycle Art – Deadline July 25, 2018

June 9, 2018

The Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, is pleased to host the annual Juried Invitational Art Exhibit titled “THE BICYCLE: Art Meets Form” opening August 30th and on view until September 28th, 2018. This is the fourth year for the exhibit and it will be held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic benefiting the Bobby Labonte Foundation in downtown High Point. The Opening Reception will be held Thursday, September 6th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at TAG. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


Work by Margot Holloman

The exhibition will feature original works of art by artists from across the US and all of the art must relate in some way to bicycles or cycling. Interested artists will find the Entry Procedure for submitting art work and additional information at (http://tagart.org/call-for-artists-2/) or by calling the TAG office at 336/887-2137. Prizes will be awarded during the Opening Reception on September 6th for First Place: $1000, Second Place: $500, and Third Place: $250.

The deadline for entries is July 25, 2018.

The High Point Cycling Classic is one of the most well attended and celebrated sports and entertainment events in High Point, North Carolina’s history. Founded in 2010 by avid High Point cyclists Chip Duckett, Randy Carda and Rodney Simpson, the High Point Cycling Classic quickly became one of the community’s most anticipated gatherings. The High Point Cycling Classic and the Bobby Labonte Foundation generates substantial funds available as grants to community nonprofit organizations. All of your entry fees, sponsorship dollars, ticket purchases and any other dollar you spend at the Classic will go right back out to families here in our neighborhoods and benefit building stronger futures for our children!

For more information about the weekend visit (http://highpointcyclingclassic.com) or (http://bobbylabontefoundation.org).

Hub City Empty Bowls Celebrates 10 Years with a New Event in Spartanburg, SC – Sept. 28, 2018

June 7, 2018

Hub City Empty Bowls 2018 marks 10 years of pottery bowl-making as a way to raise funds that feed hungry people in Spartanburg, SC, who are not sure where their next meal is coming from.

To celebrate 10 years of helping the public make thousands of hand-shaped pottery bowls and donating tens of thousands of dollars to local charity that provides food to the needy, the lead agency Carolina Clay Artists will add a special event to its lineup of activities. In addition to three bowl-making sessions and Soup Day, “10 Years of Filling Empty Bowls” will be a ticketed party on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at Indigo Hall in downtown Spartanburg. Patrons will purchase $50 advance tickets that will admit them to the event and will include first dibs on selecting pottery bowls (one bowl is included in the ticket price); beer, wine, and finger foods; and a silent auction. The event starts at 5:30pm and ends at 8pm.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Traci Kennedy at 864/585-9167, ext. 202 or e-mailing her at (Director@TotalMinistries.org).

“This is a special year, and we wanted to do something special to celebrate,” Hub City Empty Bowls 2018 Chair Bruce Bowyer said. “After nine years of doing this, we’ve noticed some things that people really like about Hub City Empty Bowls. They like the pottery bowls. They like looking at them and getting the ones they really want based on shape, color, and personality. They like being together. People really have a good time when they attend bowl-making sessions or Soup Day. They like coming together for a common cause. So, we are giving them another opportunity to enjoy what they like the most. The night before Soup Day, we’ll host this party for people who want the best selection of bowls and who want another reason to get together in their efforts to end local hunger. I think a good time will be had by all, and, of course, all of the money will be given to TOTAL Ministries, the local faith-based charity that provides food to local people in dire financial straits.”

In recent years, Hub City Empty Bowls as averaged donating about $33,000 a year to TOTAL Ministries, which now helps with the administration of the annual event, freeing members of Carolina Clay Artists to focus their efforts on actual pottery making.

“Carolina Clay Artists has filled many empty stomachs in Spartanburg in the past nine years,” TOTAL’s Director Traci Kennedy said. “So many people — not just the homeless but average people who have lost jobs or fallen on hard times — have been saved from the pangs of hunger because someone made a pottery bowl and someone else bought it. Hub City Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort that has struck a nerve in Spartanburg. It is much anticipated and much loved. It is a creative program, it is an inclusive program, it is an effective program. Look at it this way: a $20 pottery bowl produces about 100 pounds of food from the local food bank. One hundred pounds of food can feed a family of four for about a week.”

According to Feeding America, a leading national agency dedicated to stopping hunger, about 13.6 percent or 39,690 people in Spartanburg are “food insecure,” which is usually defined as people who aren’t sure if they will have their next meal. The State of South Carolina has a rate of 15.3 percent or 746,810 people out of the total population of 4,896,146, based on 2017 statistics.

“Spartanburg may not be the worst county in the state for food insecurity, but we certainly have a problem,” Kennedy said. “I see it every week as people who need help line up outside our doors.”

The first bowl-making session will be Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), housed at Chapman Cultural Center. The morning session will be 10am to noon; the afternoon session will be 1-3pm. Anyone can attend, and there is no charge. All clay, studio space, and professional instruction are donated. This is an excellent family event.

The second bowl-making session will be Saturday, July 7, 2018, at West Main Artists Co-op, from 1-4pm. The third and final bowl-making session will be Saturday, July 14, at SAM, from 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

Soup Day will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, from 11am-4pm at Indigo Hall. Hundreds of finished pottery bowls will be on display and available for purchase/donation at $20 each. Included in the day’s activities will be about two dozen gourmet soups donated by local restaurants. The meal will include tea, water, and bread. Also, there will be live music.

“Bowl making is the creative part of Hub City Empty Bowl,” Bowyer said. “Individuals and families come to experience pottery or to scratch a creative itch. Soup Day is when it all comes together. I’ve seen people get a dozen or more bowls at a time. They use them for Christmas gifts, and I know of one lady who gets them to be used at her Thanksgiving meal. Then they all congregate to eat soup, listen to the music, and feel good about helping others. It really is one of Spartanburg’s most heartwarming events.”

This year’s sponsors are West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Art Museum, Chapman Cultural Center, Allegra Printing, JM Smith Corp., and Chris Williams.

Empty Bowls is an international phenomenon that uses art to fight hunger in local communities. It started in 1990, when Michigan high school art teacher John Hartom wanted to create an outreach program for his students to use art as a means to raise money that would be used to feed local citizens. From there, the concept spread globally, with each community tweaking the concept to fit its unique circumstances. Most communities engage local potters to help citizens make pottery bowls that are eventually sold at a public event, such Hub City Empty Bowls’s Soup Day. Other communities use different types of art and/or different fundraising events. There is no centralized authority: each community coordinates its program based on the original concept but individualizes it to suit its ways, means, and goals.

For more information about “10 Years of Filling Empty Bowls” or Hub City Empty Bowls, please visit online (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Artists and Crafters to Participate in “Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour” – June 23, 2018

May 8, 2018

Artists and Crafters from Caldwell County, NC, and contiguous counties are invited to open their home studios or set up in a local business within Caldwell County on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 9am-4pm, for the “Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour”.

Registration is $35 which includes a listing in the colorful studio tour brochure and marketing efforts to encourage visitors to visit your location.

Discounted registration is available to Caldwell County artists who are also participating in the Caldwell Visual Artists Competition.

Registration deadline is June 1, 2018, to allow time for tour guide design & mailing.

All details and the registration form are available on the website at (http://www.caldwellarts.com/350-art-around-caldwell-studio-tours/).

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave., SW, Lenoir, NC.

For further info call 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council Calls for Participation in Artists’ Village of the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival in NC – Oct. 6, 2018

May 6, 2018

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council is excited to coordinate the Artists’ Village of the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival on October 6, 2018 in Historic Downtown Fuquay’s Arts District.

This highly successful, FREE, family-friendly festival was attended by over 10,000 visitors in 2017, and is a combination of live entertainment, children & youth activities, classic cars, fabulous food, and an Artists’ Village show and sale.

The Artists’ Village is open to all artisans/crafts-persons who create and exhibit work of their own original concept, design and execution for sale. (For resale items, distributors are instead encouraged to apply for a Merchant Vendor booth at (http://www.celebratefv.com/sponsors-vendors/).

Registrants are subject to FVAC’s review of their website/social media link displaying examples of their work to ensure they are the original artist or maker. Our goal is to provide the best possible mix of artists’ offerings within the Artists’ Village, both for the pleasure of festival-goers, and also to provide an optimal setting for artists’ sales potential. In order to achieve an ideal balance of mediums and styles of work, FVAC reserves the right to wait-list registrants.

Artist’s vendor booths are $75 for FV Arts Council Members, and $100 for non-members for a 10’x10′ space located in the street fair in Fuquay-Varina. Additional, adjacent spaces are available for $100.

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 (https://www.ncdor.gov/) and search NC-BR. Once you begin the application, you may select to only apply for Sales and Use Tax purposes.

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, Calls for Participation in 2018 Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

April 28, 2018

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, is excited to coordinate the Artists’ Village of the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival on October 6, 2018 in Historic Downtown Fuquay’s Arts District.

This highly successful, FREE, family-friendly festival was attended by over 10,000 visitors in 2017, and is a combination of live entertainment, children & youth activities, classic cars, fabulous food, and an Artists’ Village show and sale.

The Artists’ Village is open to all artisans/crafts-persons who create and exhibit work of their own original concept, design and execution for sale. (For resale items, distributors are instead encouraged to apply for a Merchant Vendor booth at (http://www.celebratefv.com/sponsors-vendors/). Registrants are subject to FVAC’s review of their website/social media link displaying examples of their work to ensure they are the original artist or maker. Our goal is to provide the best possible mix of artists’ offerings within the Artists’ Village, both for the pleasure of festival-goers, and also to provide an optimal setting for artists’ sales potential. In order to achieve an ideal balance of mediums and styles of work, FVAC reserves the right to wait-list registrants.

Artist’s vendor booths are $75 for FV Arts Council Members, and $100 for non-members for a 10’x10′ space located in the street fair in Fuquay-Varina. Additional, adjacent spaces are available for $100.

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 (https://www.ncdor.gov/) and search NC-BR. Once you begin the application, you may select to only apply for Sales and Use Tax purposes.

For further information visit (www.FVartscouncil.org), e-mail to (fvartscouncil@gmail.com) or call 919/399-3183.

Travelers Rest Artists Alliance in Travelers Rest, SC, Calls for Participation in Art on the Trail 2018

April 21, 2018

The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance in Travelers Rest, SC, is calling for participation in the Art on the Trail 2018 taking place in Trailblazer Park, on Oct. 20, 2018, from 10am-4pm.

Now is the time to apply for your space! The application fee is still $25 – Click on this link (http://www.artonthetrail.com/online-application.html) to get started!

Trailblazer Park is located at 235 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest, SC

For more info call 864/610-2732

2018 Open Studio Tour of Henderson County, NC, Calls for Participation – Deadline June 1, 2018

April 21, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Open Studio Tour of Henderson County, NC. Registration information can be found online at (www.hcost.org). One of the largest open studio events in WNC, this free, self-guided tour showcases the fine art and craft studios throughout Henderson County. For two days on Sept. 22 & 23, 2018. more than 50 artists in 30+ studios welcome art enthusiasts to their workplaces with plenty of new artwork to view and purchase.

All proceeds earned during the Open Studio Tour are retained by the artists. In addition to the tour dates guests can view all the artists’ work at a Preview Party on Sept. 20 as part of the free Rhythm and Brews outdoor music series in downtown Hendersonville.

Applications close on June 1, 2018.

The 8th annual Open Studio Tour is sponsored by the Art League of Henderson County.