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STARworks Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale Takes Place in Star, NC – Oct. 3, 2015

September 23, 2015


Hand-blown glass pumpkins will be ready to harvest at the STARworks Glass Pumpkin Patch sale on Oct. 3, 2015, from 10am to 1pm.  This is the only time of year the popular glass pumpkins are available.

More than 2,000 pumpkins in all colors, shapes and sizes will be ripe for the picking and available for purchase. Each one a unique work of art, the pumpkins will be displayed on hay bales in the grassy area in front of STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise. If the weather is bad, the Pumpkin Patch will be moved inside to STARworks Gallery.


Proceeds from the event help fund STARworks programs. “The Pumpkin Patch is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Central Park NC Executive Director Nancy Gottovi.  “The event starts at 10am and they go fast. We encourage people to show up early for the best possible selection.”

Pumpkins cannot be reserved and will not be available for purchase before the Pumpkin Patch in order to guarantee the largest selection possible for the event. If there are pumpkins remaining after the event, they will be available in the STARworks Gallery and online while supplies last.


Vendors from the Montgomery County Farmers Market will set up booths and offer hot beverages, snacks and other locally grown produce and homemade goodies during the Pumpkin Patch.

The Pumpkin Patch is STARworks’ most popular fundraising event. STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the local economy by focusing on the cultural arts and natural resources of central North Carolina.

STARworks has a glass studio, a ceramics facility and a metal studio. They offer classes and workshops in each medium, high school glassblowing programs and hold several fun and educational events throughout the year.  The STARworks building also acts as an incubator for small creative businesses, including Wet Dog Glass, an equipment fabricator for glass artists and craftspeople, Blankenship Business Solutions, and echo3, a graphic design studio.

STARworks is located just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County. The address is 100 Russell Drive in Star, the geographical center of North Carolina.

For more information, visit ( or call 910/428-9001.

13th Come Out and Play Sculpture Show Takes Place in Pittsboro, NC

August 12, 2014

For the 13th year in a row, sculptors will display their creations at the Come Out and Play sculpture show at JimGin farm just outside Carrboro in Pittsboro, NC. Many of the works will be for sale. Artists keep 100% of the proceeds.

The opening party will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, from noon until dark. There are also picnic receptions on Saturday, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Sept. 13, and Sept. 20, beginning at 4pm and going until dark. There is no admission, and all are welcome, including dogs if they are on leashes. On opening day, there is a free shuttle running from Storybook Farm, 231 Storybook Lane, Chapel Hill, NC.

Work by Holly Felice and Gary Caldwell from 2013

Sculptures of many media and form, created by over 60 artists, will dot the landscape of this 17-acre horse farm at 150 Wild Horse Run, Pittsboro, NC.

This show began in 2002 as part of a group of shows put on by Hunter Levinsohn, Jackie Helvey, Anke Gassen, Hollie Taylor, and Debbie Meyer to honor the victims of 9/11. Attendees, who loved seeing sculpture in an outdoor setting, and artists, who often don’t have a place to display larger sculptures, asked for it to continue. Over 1700 people attended last year’s show during its five-week run.

Ken Maynor installing Trex for 2014

For further information contact Debbie Meyer by e-mail at ( or call 919/942-3252. She and her husband, Eric Brantley, put on the show each year as a gift to the community.

The link to the invitation which shows all the participating artists, directions, and more at (

STARworks in Star, NC, Calls for Artists for FireFest – Deadline Mar. 11, 2013

February 22, 2013


STARworks in Star, NC, invites all professional and emerging artists to apply to compete, exhibit and sell their works during FireFest, May 3-5, 2013. The exhibit will continue in the STARworks gallery until May 31.  This is a juried exhibition and art sale.


Artists who create three-dimensional works in ceramics, glass, metal or multimedia can visit ( and click the FireFest slide to answer the call for entry. Artists may enter three works, scaled to indoor spaces. The entry fee is $25, and the application deadline is March 11.  Applicants must apply online.

STARworks, in partnership with the Town of Star is hosting Firefest, a three-day festival that will celebrate the role of fire in the creation of art. Internationally known featured artists specializing in glass, metal and ceramics have been invited to participate, demonstrate and lecture. Each artist will create a sculptural piece that will be installed at STARworks. The special guest artists are glass artist Hank Murta Adams, metal artist Ben Galata, and ceramic artist Hyang Jong Oh.

STARworks has a variety of activities planned for Firefest, including three days of workshops, demonstrations, performances, entertainment, and locally made food and drinks.

FireFest is made possible in part thanks to an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC. CPNC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a new economy based on the sustainable use of the natural and cultural resources of the Central Park region of North Carolina.

For more information, visit ( or call 910/428-9001.

Saxapahaw Art Gallery in Saxapahaw, NC, Also Needs Help With It’s Kickstarter Project and Time is Running Out

May 5, 2012

Editor’s Note: I received this e-mail: I saw your release for the kickstarter for the Charlotte Artist-  The Saxapahaw Art Gallery lost our lease and we are relocating into a fabulous new space- We are also raising funds via kickstarter- not as much as the charlotte photographer- we are only looking to raise $6000- have pledges so far of just over $2500- with only 4 days left we could sure use some help reaching out to reach our goal. If you can help, we would appreciate it.

Here’s their info:


My name is Suzanne Connors, I am the Director of the Saxapahaw Art Gallery. The gallery has been open in it’s current location for just a year, and I am proud to represent over 60 local and regional artists. I think we have outstanding work. We have paintings of all media, woodworking, sculpture, fiber-arts, jewelry, pottery and anything else artistic. We are located in Saxapahaw, NC near the Haw River. Saxapahaw is a very great place to be and the home of many fabulous artists.

We have lost our lease, but in the end it will be better- While our present space looks great, it is on 2 floors and our collectors need to come up stairs. The new space will all be on one floor and provide space for our workshops and classes. The new space is also FREE for the 1st year, so it will make it easier to stay afloat and offer space for more artists to exhibit their work. The only glitch- we must do all the improvements. Not a problem as we have many skilled artisans and the new space will be more fabulous than the old- We are just a bit short on funds- this winter was not a great selling winter, but anyone who knows Saxapahaw, knows that the summer is when EVERYONE comes to Saxapahaw. We need to get moved into our space as soon as possible so that our hard working artists can sell their work- Please help us if you can!!!!!

Pledge to their project here (

The Saxapahaw Artists is a non-profit organization that was founded with simple goals- to showcase “local” and “regional” artists, and in the process, highlight Saxapahaw as a positive, growing, creative cultural community. We strive to reach this goal by creating a greater community awareness of the arts and art related events.

Located in the heart of Saxapahaw, in the historic Sellars building, the Saxapahaw Artists is proud to represent over 60 mid-career and emerging artists and craftsmen.

New shows are mounted each month featuring 2 selected artists work on display. A rich diversity of mediums and subject matter are evident in the selection of works exhibited. Artist receptions are held on the 1st Friday of each month from 6-9 PM and always include great music!

Future plans for Gallery include moving to a larger location that will include increased Gallery space and The Sax- ArtCenter where both children and adults will explore and learn about art both indoors and outdoors. The ArtCenter will become the cultural hub of the community and enhance a quality of life for all through high quality exhibitions and educational programs covering a wide range of themes and formats: workshops, on-going classes, Family Art Experiences ,youth programs, artist presentations, lectures/demos and accessible studio time.

Unfortunately our future is at stake, our landlord leased our space out from under us and we must move by May 1st, 2012. While we have been talking about moving the gallery- we were not prepared to make the move within a 30 day window. The landlord has offered us a space that has wonderful potential and at great terms: a 5 year lease starting with FREE rent the 1st year and then increasing by only $100/year; however the space needs intensive renovation and remodeling.

The space we were in was basically in the same condition when we started in November 2010. With 100’s of hours of volunteer labor we painted, cleaned, hung lights and turned our space into the beautiful gallery I am proud to be associated with right now. We own beautiful display fixtures and they will look fabulous in our space! We also have talented artists who are capable of making this space beautiful.  You can be assured that 100% of your donations will be put to good use; purchasing supplies, painting, buying and hanging lights, sanding floors and building partitions so that we can remain open and continue to exhibit the fine art & craft of our artists.

For further info visit (

Central Park NC in Star, NC, Presents an Evening of Creative Thinking – Oct. 27, 2011

October 17, 2011

Central Park NC is inviting people to an evening of creative thinking entitled, Lets Make Something, at the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise, located at 100 Russell Drive, Star, NC, on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

The events agenda includes:

From 2 – 5pm – Afternoon Program: A Call for a New NC

Join Central Park NC for an interesting program led by Eric Henry (TS Designs, Company Shops Coop), Carol Hewitt (Slow Money NC), Dean Naujoks (Yadkin Riverkeeper), John Parker (Good Work), and Roger Dick (Uwharrie Capital Corp). Learn about an exciting new initiative to help build a more sustainable NC that will guarantee positive economic and social choices for present and future generations through the development of a statewide triple bottom line economy.

At 5pm – Tour of STARworks

From 5:30 – 9pm – The Annual Gathering, featuring Jonah Sachs, Free Range Studios

Jonah Sachs is an internationally recognized storyteller, author, designer and entrepreneur. As the co-founder and creative director of Free Range Studios, Jonah has helped hundreds of social brands and causes break through the media din with breakthrough campaigns. His work on legendary viral videos like The Meatrix and The Story of Stuff series have brought key social issues to the attention of more than 60 million viewers and his interactive work has three times been honored with Best Of awards at the standard setting South By Southwest digital festival.

Jonah’s passion lies in exploring the intersection of ancient storytelling techniques, social responsibility and emerging technologies. In his upcoming book, Story Wars to be published in 2012 by Harvard Business Review Press, he argues that brands that tell values-driven stories through the right channels will not only revolutionize marketing, they may become humanity’s greatest hope for the future. Jonah’s work and opinions have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX News, Sundance Film Festival, NPR and in FastCompany Magazine who named him one of the 50 most influential social innovators.  He lives in Oakland, California.

From 8 – 9pm – Night of Fire

Come see the sparks fly during the visual studio glass performance and the outdoor iron pour rematch!

Though this is a free event, registration is requested. Register by 10/20 to be included in a drawing for a giant blown glass Jack O’Lantern. You can register at (

The mission of Central Park NC is to promote a new economy based on the sustainable use of the natural and cultural resources of the Central Park NC region, encompassing Anson, Davidson, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, and Stanly counties.

For more information please e-mail ( or call 910/428-9001.

From The Ground Up Pottery in Seagrove, NC, Offers Annual R.D. Mahan Kiln Opening and Turkey Roast – Oct. 1, 2011

September 10, 2011

Michael Mahan and his son, Levi, will be making new tree pots, large pots and shino-glazed pots from clay they dig on their land and firing them in their wood kiln for this year’s R.D. Mahan Kiln Opening and Turkey Roast, Oct. 1, 2011, from 9am-5pm, at their studio in Seagrove, NC.

Soul Pots

Plan to come to the studio – From the Ground Up- hungry for pots and food as Michael’s wife Mary will be making Irish scones (with fresh cream and jam) in the morning, Michael will be making his freshly roasted organic coffee and Levi will likely add a dish of some sort using his culinary skills. Turkey will be served for lunch. Last year, it was roasted on the grill. The previous year, it was deep-fried.

Why the R.D. Mahan name? “I wanted to create an annual commemoration of my father, so we call the kiln opening the R.D. Mahan Kiln Opening and Turkey Roast. This is our third year. It seems appropriate to pay homage to him as it is he who gave me the determination and drive to manifest my dreams”.

Works by Levi Mahan

Michael Mahan has been making decorative and functional pottery in the Seagrove area since 1985. He lives and works in Westmoore, seven miles south of Seagrove at his pottery, From the Ground Up. He owned and operated Wild Rose Pottery in Whynot until 1998 when he moved to Westmoore to renovate a barn and outbuildings on the site where Moore County traditional potter W.J. Stewart worked in the 1890s.

Shino-glazed bowls (lower right bowl glazed with alberta slip glaze)

Mahan came to Seagrove as a newspaper reporter. Soon he was taking classes and changed careers to pottery. His youngest son, Levi, is currently an apprentice with him and his daughter Chelsea is also a potter.

Mahan processes some clay from his property and uses mainly North Carolina sourced clays and materials for his clay and glazes. He combines ancient and modern firing techniques to achieve pieces that reveal the unique relationship between clay and fire. Michael’s latest work involves trees. He continues to create functional dinnerware using his trademark southwestern and ash glazes.

Tree Pot

From the Ground Up is located at 172 Crestwood Road in Robbins, NC. To see his latest work, check out Michael’s blog at (

For further info call the pottery at 910/464-6228, e-mail to ( or visit ( Also on Facebook.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Crystalline Potters of Seagrove – Sept. 24, 2011

September 8, 2011

The “Crystalline Potters of Seagrove” event will be at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Sept. 24, 2011, from 10am-4pm. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Oct. 1, 2011. This is the first event of its kind at the NCPC and will be held in the oak grove behind the building.

Seven different crystalline pottery shops from the Seagrove area are coming together to show the amazing range and versatility of this special effects glaze.

The show will feature both zinc silicate and molybdenum crystalline. Participating shops include Bulldog Pottery, Dover Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, McCanless Pottery, Uwharrie Crystalline, and Wyndham and Brooke Haven Pottery.

Each pottery shop will set up a booth to sell wares. Everyone will have crystalline available, as well as other items featured in their shops. Several door prizes will be given away, as well.

Admission to the event is free. Admission to the NCPC is $2 for adults, $1 for students 9th through 12th grade, and children 8th grade and under are admitted free.

The NCPC is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC.

Crystalline is a tricky glaze technique to master, but can produce a wonderful array of eye-catching results in nearly every color of the rainbow. Crystals are formed on the pots by adding certain chemicals, like zinc or molybdenum to the glaze. The pots are then fired to a high temperature. Once the peak temperature is reached, the kiln is then lowered to a soak temperature and held there for a number of hours. Crystals form during this soak time. Potters have very little to no control over the number of crystals on a pot or where those crystals form, which makes each crystalline pot one-of-a-kind.

Whether you’re a long-time pottery collector or someone who’s just discovered the wealth of talent in the Seagrove area, “Crystalline Potters of Seagrove” is sure to be an event worthy of attendance.

For more information, contact Rhonda at 336/873-7412 or e-mail to (

Stanly Community College in Albemarle, NC, Offers Free Marketing Seminar to Artists – Sept. 8, 2011

September 4, 2011

Want to know how to best share and sell your art??

Want to learn how to make marketing FUN?

Want to get in touch with your unique artistic vision and make your work irresistible?


“Creative Marketing for Artists and Crafters: How to Paint Your Marketing Palette and Sell Your Art” presented by Dr. Barnsley Brown, will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2011, from 6-9pm, at the Stanly Community College Small Business Center, The Groves Building, 143 N. Second Street in Albemarle, NC.

SPACE IS LIMITED… Call today to reserve your free space at 704/991-0192!

Here’s what folks are saying about Dr. Barnsley Brown
and this life-changing seminar: “Hi Barnsley, I want to let you know how much I enjoyed your creative marketing for artists seminar at the Arts Incubator the other night! We were talking on the way back to class and everyone in our group said they thought yours was the best motivational/marketing/coaching experience we’ve ever had! Thanks again.” Libba Adams, River Road Pottery, Chatham County, NC

“Just want to thank you, Barnsley, for all you do in the realm of assisting people to ‘live their dream.’ It is really important work to assist people into their joy and true work. I am making headway on all the things I learned from you… And it is joyful and fun too! Thank you for all your help!” BJ, Artist and Art Educator in Carrboro, NC.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Receives Grant from NC Arts council

August 7, 2011

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Randolph County has been awarded $20,412 from the North Carolina Arts Council for State Arts Resources, and $8,000 for the Traditional Arts Program in the Schools held each year in the Center’s educational building for fifth grade students from the Seagrove Elementary School in Seagrove, NC.

Board president, Linda Carnes-McNaughton said “State funds allow Randolph County to provide quality arts programming for students and adults, while also sustaining our local economy.”

Last year, the North Carolina Pottery Center provided programming for more than 11,000 visitors, including students. Highlights of our programming is the Traditional Arts Program In Schools held each year at the Center’s education building in partnership with the Seagrove Elementary School. The two ten-week workshops are conducted by local fifth-generation potter Sid Luck. Educational programs are also provided by the Center at the Catawba Valley Pottery Festival held in Hickory, NC, each March by well-known pottery historian, Dr. Charles “Terry” Zug of Chapel Hill, NC, and at the local Seagrove Celebration of Seagrove Potters held each November which provides exhibits and educational information to pottery attendees.

“The support of our grants program by the General assembly during these economically challenging times demonstrates the role the arts play in our economy and our quality of life,” said Mary B. Regan, executive director of the NC Arts Council. “Nonprofit arts organizations employ workers, stimulate commerce, generate tax revenues and help communities retain their vibrancy.”

More than 8.7 million people participated in NC Arts Council-funded projects last year in schools, senior centers, museums, concert halls and community centers. Nearly 2.9 million of these were children and youth.

The NC Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens to all 100 counties of NC. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $6.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.

The NC Arts Council is a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at (

The North Carolina Pottery Center offers educational opportunities to statewide schools and individuals, changing historical and contemporary exhibitions, demonstrations, and information about statewide potters. The NCPC is a private nonprofit entity, funded primarily through memberships, grants, admissions, and appropriations.

The Center is open, Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am to 4pm, admission (excluding free special events): $2 – adults, $1 – students 9th through 12th grades, free – children through 8th grade, and free – NCPC members.  Handicap accessible. Groups and tours welcomed.

For further information and details call 336/873-8430, e-mail to ( or visit (

The Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Announces Winners of 2011 Summer Art Explosion

July 18, 2011

The Stanly Arts Guild’s annual art show “Summer Art Explosion” opened at the Falling Rivers Gallery, located at 119 West Main Street in downtown Albemarle, NC, on July 12, 2011, with judging completed by Bill Colt. The show will conclude on Aug. 5, 2011, with an artist reception to be held from 6-8pm in the gallery. The awards will be presented to the artists at that time and the public is encouraged to attend.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Matt Steed of Albemarle.

Colt is an award winning artist from Cabarrus County who studied art at the University of Virginia. He is represented by the Wilde Meyer Galleries in Arizona and the A.T. Hun Gallery in Savannah, GA.

First Place was awarded to the Stanly Arts Guild’s own Jessica Datin for her oil and gouache painting entitled “Man of Prayer”. Datin is a resident of Montgomery County and her work is available for sale at the Falling Rivers Gallery.

Man of Prayer by Jessica Datin

Second Place was a awarded to Karen Lowder for her acrylic painting titled “My Monet”. She is a resident of Stanly County, member of the Stanly Arts Guild and instructs at Stanly Community College in Graphic Design and Advertising.

Third Place was awarded to Walt Devine for “Rodanthe” a watercolor. He is from Union County and a member of the Southern Piedmont Artists Guild.

Honorable mention ribbons were also awarded for a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, acrylics, collage and photography. They were awarded to Geri Dowd (Montgomery) for “Swept Away” in acrylic, Florence Graham (Union) for “Memory Lane” a collage, Fran Hendrick (Stanly) for “Watching the Ducks” in oil, Reda Icenhour (Cabarrus) for “Bridge to Nowhere” and “Blue Angel” both photographs, Ed Lipe (Stanly) for “Central Lunch” photograph, John Lomax (Mecklenburg) for “The Guest Room” in watercolor, John Moeslein (Mecklenburg) for “No Vehicles Allowed” and “Tis The Season” both watercolors, and Paula Montgomery (Moore) for “Poppies 1” in acrylic.

For more than 10 years the Stanly Arts Guild has been the host to many artists from Stanly and surrounding counties for this summer art show. Originally held at the Agri-Civic Center in Stanly County, the show was moved to the Falling Rivers Gallery in 2009 and now includes both 2D art and 3D sculpture. Over 70 works of art were entered in this year’s show. In addition to the gallery’s usual offerings, entered work will be on display at the Gallery and most are available for sale until Aug. 5.

The Stanly Arts Guild is sponsored in part by the Albemarle Improvement LLC, the Stanly County Arts Council, and receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

The Falling Rivers Gallery, located at 119 West Main Street in Albemarle, North Carolina is a cooperative sales venue of the Stanly Arts Guild. Follow the events in the gallery on their website at (