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Saluda, NC, Calls for Participation in Annual Arts Festival – Deadline March 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

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Saluda Grade painting by Beverly Pickard.

Celebrating its 14th year, Saluda, NC, will bloom in May 20, 2017, from 10am-4pm, with artists from all over NC and SC with the 14th Annual Saluda Arts Festival. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location. Come showcase your work and sell, sell, sell!

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the Arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 20, 2017. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina as well as local residents in our tri-state area.

Cresting at the top of the Saluda Grade, the steepest standard gauge mainline railroad grade in the US, is the quaint town of Saluda where the Foothills end and the Blue Ridge Mountains begins. Visitors experience a  slower pace of life, a warm community spirit, good food, lodging in charming B&B’s, and leisurely strolls among tree-lined streets of lovely Victorian homes. Saluda abounds with natural assets. The art show celebrates Saluda’s art heritage, historic buildings, and the natural beauty of its mountains and waterfalls.

Application Deadline: Completed applications must be postmarked  by March 17, 2017.  Notification of acceptance will be mailed in April. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location.

Entry Guidelines and Application Fees:  All work must be original and current. A non-refundable exhibit fee of $100 along with 4 printed images of your work must accompany each application payable to the Saluda Business Association, as an option, you may also e-mail the images in jpeg format to (saludancartsfestival@gmail.com).  If your entry is not accepted, your $100 will be refunded. Even if you have participated in past festivals, you are required to send images with your applications this year.

Artist Statement:  Please submit a short artist statement (i.e. bio, resume, inspiration) with application.

Exhibit Descriptions: 10 ft. by 10 ft. area in designated areas. Exhibitor is responsible for exhibit display, equipment and supplies, tables, and signage. Please prepare a canopy in case of rain. All canopies must be weighted as it is often windy in May. Some exhibit areas may not be level, so plan accordingly. Tobacco and alcohol use is prohibited in exhibit area. We encourage you to exhibit your work in a creative and well maintained booth to meet with the quality standards of Saluda artists exhibiting at the arts festival.

Taxes: Any applicable sales tax or business permits are the responsibility of exhibitor.

Exhibit Fee: $100 payable to Saluda Business Association.

Send application and payment to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda NC 28773.  Exhibit fee is refundable if your work is not accepted.

Cancellations:  An application is a commitment to show.  No refunds are given unless work is not accepted.  Rain or Shine event.

Set Up and Breakdown: Official hours of the show are 10am to 4pm.  Set-up time begins at 7am.  Exhibitors will receive instructions one month prior to the show regarding booth number, set up and unloading, contact information of assigned volunteer and general information. Breakdown is not allowed until after exhibit hours.

For more information about the Saluda Arts Festival please contact Alexia by e-mail at (saludancartsfestival@gmail.com) or Mary at (mmmason60@gmail.com) or call 817/946-1284.

Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, Calls for Participation by Sculptors

October 28, 2016

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The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC, seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery located on pedestals throughout downtown Lenoir, NC. Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council.

Interested sculptors will find the application form and more details at (http://www.caldwellarts.com/245-tuckers-gallery/). This call for sculpture artists is ongoing; sculptures are placed in the gallery for one year.

To learn more about the Caldwell Arts Council call 828/754-2486, e-mail at (info@caldwellarts.com) or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Announces NC Art Outreach Project 2016

August 22, 2016

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GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, announces its second installment of the NC Artist Outreach Project, a program made possible by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation. The NC Art Outreach Project (Oct. 6-7, 2016) is designed to provide exposure to North Carolina artists by facilitating a dialogue with a nationally recognized artist, critic and curator. This year’s project is hosted in conjunction with GreenHill’s fall exhibition “Insistent Objects: Works by Young NC Sculptors” (Sept. 2 – Nov. 6, 2016).

Following on the success of the 2014 NC Art Outreach Project held during GreenHill’s exhibition Independents, this year’s project will offer the artists of Insistent Objects artists an invaluable opportunity to network with experts in the field of sculpture and receive direct feedback about their creative practices. Beginning on Oct. 6, 2016, at 6pm in The Gallery at GreenHill with a Panel Roundtable, guest panelists will present their experience working in contemporary art giving attention to the sculpture mediums. Guest Panelists include Glenn Harper, Tom Moran and Michael Ballou. Admission is Free.

On Oct. 7, 2016, artists will present slides to the panel for feedback and critique. Curated by Edie Carpenter, Insistent Objects is the first sculpture survey organized by GreenHill in a decade, highlighting works in the round by 18 hand-picked young contemporary artists who work, teach, studied or participated in an artist residency in North Carolina.  Participating artists include Ivana Milojevic Beck, Casey Cook, Andy Denton, Aaron Earley, Mario Gallucci, Rachel K. Garceau, Peter Goff, Joe Grant, Paul Howe, Kamal Nassif, Benjamin S. Reid, John Seefeldt, Austin Sheppard, Meg Stein, Frankie Toan, Kevin M. Vanek, Lu Xu and Ashley York.

Glenn Harper is Editor of “Sculpture” magazine and was formerly editor of “Art Papers”. He has written for “Aperture”, “Artforum”, “Public Art Review”, “Afterimage”, “Exit Express”, and for books on the works of artists John Van Alstine, Athena Tacha, and others. Tom Moran is Chief Curator and Director of Artistic Development of Grounds for Sculpture (GFS), a 42-acre landscaped sculpture park on the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds which has been instrumental in introducing sculpture to a wider public. During his 30 year tenure as Director of Arts Inclusion and Artistic Services at the New Jersey State Arts Council he placed thousands of works of art in the state and federal buildings. Michael Ballou is a New York-based visual artist who works in media including film, installation, performance and sculpture.  A longstanding member of the Williamsburg artist community in Brooklyn, he was one of the guiding spirits behind Four Walls, a combination of clubhouse and laboratory for the exchange of art and ideas hosted in his garage studio. He has exhibited at Valentine Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, and the Kunsthalle (Vienna), among others.

Preceding the morning private presentations, join us in The Gallery for opportunity to talk with artists and panelists during a catered breakfast from 8:30am to 9:45am.  Cost is $8/person.  Registration is available at (GreenHillNC.org/breakfast). Register before Oct. 5, 2016. An evening opening reception of Insistent Objects will be held in The Gallery at GreenHill as a Downtown Greensboro First Friday program from 6-9pm.

GreenHill is the center for NC Art. GreenHill engages a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. GreenHill is the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating contemporary visual art and artists of NC.

GreenHill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Parking is available in Davie Street and Church Street parking decks in downtown Greensboro.  The Gallery at GreenHill is open Tue.-Fri. 12-7pm, Saturdays 12-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

For more information visit (www.GreenHillNC.org).

Hub City Empty Bowls 2016 Aims to Feed Local Hungry Citizens in Spartanburg, SC

July 12, 2016

Hub City Empty Bowls anticipates another great art-based campaign in 2016 to feed the hungry people in Spartanburg County, SC, and invites everyone to make hand-crafted pottery bowls at free public events this summer. The finished bowls will be used for the annual Soup Day fundraiser in the autumn. This year, there will be three bowl-making opportunities for public participation: Saturday, July 16, 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center; Thursday, July 21, 6-8:30pm at West Main Artists Co-Op; and Saturday, Aug. 27, 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center. The Soup Day fundraiser will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 11am-4pm at Chapman Cultural Center.  The food pantry at TOTAL Ministries will receive the proceeds from the fundraiser to help feed the needy in Spartanburg County.

According to a 2016 report by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 15 percent of Spartanburg’s population – that’s 42,980 people – is “food insecure.” In Greenville County, the percentage is 14. The lowest ranking county in the state is Lexington with 12 percent, and the highest ranking county is Allendale with 28 percent. Overall, 17 percent of the people in South Carolina “lack adequate access to food.”

“We might not be the worst county in South Carolina with a hunger problem,” Traci Kennedy, Director of TOTAL Ministries, said. “But 42,980 is a lot of people – our friends and neighbors – who don’t have enough to eat. For children it is even worse. 22.5 percent of the children in Spartanburg – almost one out of every four – is going hungry. It is TOTAL Ministries’ mission to help feed the hungry, and thanks to Hub City Empty Bowls, we are making headway. I just pray we have another good turnout of people to make the bowls and then have them and their friends come back on Soup Day to make donations, take the bowls home, eat some truly wonderful soup, and take comfort in knowing they have helped someone in need.” TOTAL Ministries has an annual budget of about $300,000, normally helps more than 4,500 households each year.

But first, you need to make pottery bowls. Bowl-making events provide a unique opportunity for members of the community to experience the pleasure of working with clay at no cost and at any level of experience, including no experience. The clay, facilities, and instruction are all donated.  Members of Carolina Clay Artists and volunteers will be on hand to instruct participants in the techniques of bowl-making.  Many of the bowls will be simple and primitive, which has a beauty all of its own. Some participants are experienced potters, who make their bowls on pottery wheels, often producing professional-grade bowls. The events are open to anyone willing to give of their time and effort, and make for wholesome and free family activities. The bowls are left at the studios and are later glazed and fired by experienced volunteers.

“People look forward to our bowl-making events every year,” Nancy Williamson, publicity leader on behalf of Carolina Clay Artists, said. “I see some of the same faces and families come back each year. It’s fun, easy, creative, free, and, of course, it is for a good cause. I am truly amazed at some of the raw talent I is see. Even more amazing is to see all the finished bowls laid out on Soup Day for the public to take home. It’s almost like an art exhibit – a huge art exhibit with every color of the rainbow and shape imaginable.”

Proceeds from last year’s campaign allowed Hub City Empty Bowls to make an all-time high donation of $26,000 to TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based organization with a primary mission of helping the financially disadvantaged citizens of the community. Most of the money was raised on Soup Day, when citizens would receive the handmade bowls by donating $15. As part of the festive occasion, local restaurants donated gourmet soup that the donors could enjoy, along with live music and fellowship. 2016 marks the eighth year that Carolina Clay Artists has spearheaded the local effort of the internationally successful Empty Bowls concept of feeding the needy through the creation of pottery bowls.

On Soup Day, the hundreds of finished and colorful bowls will be displayed in Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center. For every $15 donation, the donor gets to keep a bowl of his or her choice and enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, and tea, served in Chapman’s theater lobby. Along the perimeter of the lobby will be various serving stations set up by local restaurants that donate a wide selection of soups to the occasion. Patrons can enjoy soups from some of the best restaurants in Spartanburg, while dining under a large canopy set up in the outdoor plaza, and enjoy listening to live music and sharing in the fellowship of knowing they are helping feed citizens in the local community. A silent auction of donated items also takes place as another means of raising money. The tradition of having a drum circle in the lobby or plaza will continue this year.

Empty Bowls was started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a high school student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon.  There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry. Each Empty Bowls organization is independent and self-governed.

Thus far, this year’s sponsors are Spartanburg Regional Foundation Healing Arts Fund, Carolina Clay Artists, West Main Artists Co-Op, Action Printing, Milliken & Company, Wheresville Productions, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, and Chris Williams. The project is still seeking more sponsors: companies and individuals willing to donate funds; restaurants to donate soup, bread, and tea; other businesses to donate eating utensils, such as paper cups, plastic spoon, and napkins; individuals and businesses to donate silent auction items; and potters to make the bowls.  Those willing to donate should contact Traci Kennedy by e-mail at (Director@TotalMinistries.org) or call 864/585-9167. For more information about TOTAL Ministries please visit (www.TotalMinistries.org).

Hub City Empty Bowls is a component fund of the Spartanburg County Foundation. It was established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food insecurity, and to help local organizations fight hunger.  For more information, please visit online at (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com). For the latest information on Hub City Empty Bowls, please like the organization on Facebook.

Travelers Rest Artists Alliance in Travelers Rest, SC, Calls for a Gathering – June 30, 2016

June 20, 2016

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What is art? Everything! What is art to our community?  That is what Travelers Rest Artists Alliance needs to hear from you!  So, we invite you to gather.

If you are an artist, this is your opportunity to meet your fellow artists, your community business leaders, and city leaders.

If you are an art lover, it is your chance to meet the artists; explore their creative process; and express your hope for art in our community.

Should you be business leader, city leader, or community activist you will hear of the passion for art in our community.

For us at Travelers Rest Artists Alliance, we hope that you will become as excited about the future of the arts here in Travelers Rest and our surrounding area. We will present our refreshed organization; our future art programs; and we will kick off Art on the Trail!

So, come gather! Bring friends! Join use Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 5-7pm at Café Williams Hardware (Thank you Café Williams Hardware for sponsoring this event).

RSVP to Susan Savage at 864/903-3371.

Tri-State Sculptors 38th Annual Conference Takes Place in the Seagrove Area of NC – Oct. 6-9, 2016

June 20, 2016

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Sculptors from around the country will be converging on the Seagrove area to participate in the 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference, “Creativity, Communication and Collaboration”, Oct. 6-9, 2016, hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise. Located in the center of NC and the Tri-State area of VA, NC, and SC, the Seagrove area offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing conference.

This conference is designed to meet the needs and interests of sculptors and educators working in a variety of 3-D media, including metal, clay, glass, fibers, stone and mixed media. It will be a valuable educational experience that includes not only technical information, but marketing and business information as well.

The Conference format will consist of one day of area tours, and two days of technical and educational presentations, demos and workshops, a sculpture trade show on Friday along with round table discussions, 4 member exhibitions, and evening events. Artist Noah Scalin, author of several books on creativity, art and design including the award winning “Skull-A-Day Art Project”, will be the Friday evening keynote speaker and Daniel Johnston, well-known potter and sculptor, will be the keynote speaker Saturday evening.

Both keynote addresses are free and open to the public along with Friday evening Tri-State Sculptors art opening at the Sarah Smith Self Gallery in Asheboro, NC, and the Saturday afternoon events from 1 – 8pm at Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove which include the creation of sand molds, and watching the molds being poured with molten iron courtesy of Liberty Arts. This project receives support from the NC Arts Council. Saturday afternoon and evening will also include the firing of a large clay sculpture by Daniel Johnston that will still be aflame when revealed Saturday evening along with an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the newly dedicated Sculpture Garden.

We are anticipating that attendance will exceed 150 sculpture professionals and educators, giving attendees ample networking, education and exhibition opportunities. Attendance and exhibition opportunities are open to current Tri-State Members. Membership is $35 and $20 for students. Registration will open in June of 2016.

For more information about the conference, visit (www.tristatesculptors.org). Please contact Catherine at 336/873-8291 or e-mail to (catherine@carolinabronze.com) if you have questions about attending or being a vendor for our conference.

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, gallery relations, etc.

The 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference is being hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture, (www.carolinabronze.com) and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises, (www.starworksnc.org) with support from Tri-State Sculptors, the NC Arts Council, the NC Zoo, the NC Pottery Center, the Randolph Arts Guild and the Seagrove Area Pottery Association.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Entries for “31st Annual Sculpture Celebration” – Sept. 10, 2016

June 20, 2016

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The Caldwell Arts Council (a Caldwell County, NC non-profit) announces the “31st annual Sculpture Celebration” in Lenoir, NC, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

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Work by Betty Branch

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards and potential sales. No commission in event of sales. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir for this event. Early registration discounts available.

For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council, 828/754-2486, e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com), or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Calls for Volunteers for Public Art Project – Deadline May 18, 2016

May 9, 2016

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The Arts Council of Henderson County, in Hendersonville, NC, is seeking volunteers who are interested in volunteering time toward planning and implementing a public art project for downtown Hendersonville. Interested persons are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 5:30pm at the Arts Council, 401 N. Main St., Ste. 302 (please use entrance on 4th Avenue West.)

For more information please contact the Arts Council by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or 828/693-8504.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Invites You to LEGO® Events – May 14, 2016

May 9, 2016

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Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is pleased to announce two upcoming events, a new LEGO® brick sculpture building contest entitled “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Creation” and a LEGO Robotics Day Celebration.

On May 14, 2016, from 11am – 3pm, Brookgreen Gardens First LEGO League (SCFLL), and Grand Strand Technology Council (GSTC) will host the Robotics Celebration Day. The event venue will be next to Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo. Participants can discover how to become involved in a First LEGO League team and how to improve their FIRST LEGO League Team.  They also will be able to start on next season’s “Animal Allies” research project. Guests can connect with other teams in the Working Together sessions that are part of the Core Value activities. Guests and team members will engage in a wide range of other activities, including visiting the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks.” All the events are free with garden admission.

From Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 3, all LEGO fans are invited to initiate participation in a sculpture building contest entitled “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Creation.” To enter the contest, participants need to visit http://www.brookgreen.org to download the complete rules. All sculptures must be made from LEGO bricks and be submitted via Facebook or Instagram with the appropriate hashtags. Semi-finalists will be selected in three categories of age groups from online posts of photographs.  Sculptures of semi-finalists will be displayed at Brookgreen Gardens from June 11-August 27, and three winners will be selected by popular vote.

“We are proud to partner with SCFLL and GSTC to host the Robotics Celebration and to offer the “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Showcase” as part of the activities for “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks” said Helen Benso, Vice-President for Marketing. “This award-winning exhibit, created by New York artist, Sean Kenney, is included in gardens admission and on display daily through September 5 in Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo.”

Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit organization located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is open daily to the public.

For more information, visit (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Plans Trip to ArtFields© 2016

March 30, 2016

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Join the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, for a fun-filled day experiencing the art of ArtFields© in Lake City, SC, Monday, April 25, 2016, from 8:30am – 4pm.

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The fee is $60 for members or $65 for non-members (includes transportation, ArtFields© guide with map and lunch).

Watch a video about ArtFields© (https://vimeo.com/126649339)

Tommy Davis and Billy Miller, Myrtle Beach artists and Museum Board Members who both have works in this year’s competition, will be joining us.

Schedule:
8:30am – Bus leaves from the Art Museum. Please BYO coffee and snacks.
10:30am – Arrive in Lake City. ArtFields© Education and Community Outreach Coordinator, Carla Angus, welcomes us and gives us this year’s highlights.
11:15am – 12:30pm – Walking tour of ArtFields© with an ArtFields guide.
12:30pm – Lunch at Crossroads on Main, Lake City’s new boutique hotel.
1:45 – 3:30pm – Walking tour of ArtFields© with an ArtFields© guide.
3:30pm – Tour of the Winners of the 2015 ArtFields© art competition at the ROB.
4pm – Bus leaves for the Art Museum. Beverages and snacks are provided.

Reserve your seat by Wednesday, April 20, 2016. For reservations and information, call the Art Museum at 843/238-2510 or purchase your tickets online by following the links below:

Art Museum Member ArtFields© Roadtrip Ticket ($60) at (http://myrtlebeachartmuseum.myshopify.com/products/2016-art-fields-road-trip-art-museum-member).

Non-Member ArtFields© Roadtrip Ticket ($65) at (http://myrtlebeachartmuseum.myshopify.com/products/2016-art-fields-road-trip-non-member).

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

For further information call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).

Editor’s Note: Why are there not more arts organizations in the Carolinas planning road trips to ArtFields©? Seems like a good idea and a good price for a worry free trip.