Archive for the ‘Coastal NC Visual Arts’ Category

Rock The Cape Festival Returns To Hatteras Island, NC – June 8 – 10, 2016

April 15, 2016


The Dare County Arts Council will host their fourth annual Rock The Cape Festival, June 8-10, 2016, on Hatteras Island, NC.

Rock The Cape is a three-day celebration of the creative community of Hatteras Island with live music, art demonstrations and activities for children.

On Thursday June 9, Koru Village’s Beach Klub in Avon, NC, will open its doors at 6pm for the Rock The Cape concert. This year’s concert will be headlined by cajun-zydeco band Unknown Tongues of Gloucester, NC. Blending progressive folk, Americana and bluegrass, The Midatlantic band of Wilmington, NC, will open for Unknown Tongues.

Rock The Cape concert tickets are $12 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets are available online at ( and at Koru Village in Avon, Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, and Cloud Nine Gallery in Nags Head, NC. Additional ticket outlets will be announced at a later date.

New in 2016, Rock The Cape will feature The Island Art Show and Experience Art events at numerous galleries on the island.

“Get up close and personal with art by making your own unique creation or meeting an artist during Experience Art sessions June 8 and 9 at participating galleries on Hatteras Island,” said Carolyn Schena, owner of Studio 12 in Avon.

Rock The Cape will conclude with The Island Art Show at the Community Center in Rodanthe, NC, on Friday, June 10 from 10am-5pm.

Hatteras Island artists, galleries, businesses and civic organizations wishing to participate in the festival are invited to contact Dare County Arts Council via e-mail to ( to reserve their space.

This project is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau.

For more information visit ( and (, or contact Dare County Arts Council at ( or call 252/473-5558.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC, Features “2016 Senior Art Exhibition”

April 13, 2016


The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s “2016 Senior Art Exhibition” opens April 14, 2016, with a reception from 5:30-7pm, and will be on display until May 7, 2016. The show is located at the Art Gallery in the Cultural Arts Building at UNCW in Wilmington, NC. Both the reception and gallery are free and open to the public.


This juried show features 15 graduating seniors majoring in Studio Art including: David Atkinson, Kelli Blowers, Logan Brantley, Emma Bullard, Sarah Hathcock, Megan Huntington, Kristen Hutchinson, Ayla Jones, Kayla Kreh, Elizabeth Mulnix, Daniel Robb, Lori Ross, Jordan Turner, Wesley Walker, Jessica Wallace. The Senior Art Exhibition is a capstone requirement for UNCW seniors graduating with a degree in Studio Art.

The artists work in paint mediums such as acrylics, oils, watercolors, and gouache, as well as in 3-D mediums such as ceramics and sculpture. Pieces from artists in darkroom photography and alternative processes as well as collage, drawing and digital painting will also be featured.

The exhibition features a variety of subjects ranging from literature and fantasies to abstractions of the human form as well as portraits, nightlife, simplicity and shape, nature, and astrology.

The gallery is located in the Cultural Arts Building at the corner of Randall Drive and Reynolds Drive.

For more information please call 910/962-7958 or visit our website at (

Arts Council of Carteret County Invites Artists to Participate in Be Here en Plein Air: Art Competition & Wet Paint Sale in Beaufort, NC – May 7, 2016

March 30, 2016


The Arts Council of Carteret County and the Downtown Beaufort Development Association announce the second annual Be Here en Plein Air Art Competition & Wet Paint Sale from 8am – 2pm, Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Beaufort, NC.

From 8am – noon, artists will spread out around Downtown Beaufort to work on their plein air paintings. Judging begins at 1pm at the First Citizen’s Bank parking lot along with the Wet Paint Sale, which continues until 2pm.

Artists of all skill levels, including art students 16 and over, are encouraged to register. Participants can register online until Wednesday, May 3, at $15 per entrant, or $20 the day of the event.

Entrants will paint throughout the downtown area and adjacent historic district – from the shady 300-year old live oaks at the county courthouse to the historic homes along Ann and Broad streets and up and down Taylors Creek. During the 4-hour contest, art enthusiasts are invited to stroll downtown, viewing works as they are created. Maps will be available at the First Citizens lot.

Professional artists will judge entries, and $1,000 in total cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Each entrant and a guest are invited to a casual lunch reception after the competition.

Artists may choose any two dimensional medium and substrate to work with. Due to the nature of the event photography is not included in the competition.

For more information or to register, visit ( or e-mail to ( Registration can also be completed in person at Craving Art Studio, 121 Craven Street, Beaufort or by mail. Call Heather at 252/728-0243 to have an application mailed. Late entries, including day-of entries, are accepted at a registration fee of $20.

Learn more about the Arts Council at (, and about the DBDA at (

Dare County Arts Council Calls for Participation in 35th New World Festival Of The Arts in Manteo, NC – Deadline Apr. 1, 2016

March 22, 2016


Celebrating its 35th year, the New World Festival Of The Arts will be held Aug. 17 and 18, 2016, from 10am-5pm on the waterfront in downtown Manteo, NC.

New World Festival Of The Arts offers 85 local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work and compete for awards.

Artists wishing to participate can find a prospectus for the juried show online at ( The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016.

The free community event will feature world-class art from up and down the East Coast, including Outer Banks artists LeMair Handcrafts.

LeMair Handcrafts is the work of Lisa LeMair and Christopher Proto and includes wearable art, jewelry, accessories and stoneware pottery. In 2015, Lisa won 3-D Best In Show for her jewelry.

Dare County Arts Council Gallery Manager Louise Sanderlin, Artist Lisa LeMair, Dare County Arts Council Volunteer Erin Johnson, and Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin (left to right) at the 2015 New World Festival Of The Arts.

“As an artist who has traveled to shows from California to Connecticut, it is so refreshing to have this little gem of a show right in my backyard. The organizers are enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to making this a good show for everyone involved. We have strong support from locals and visitors alike. And, of course, I especially appreciate the meaningful cash awards for best in show- many thanks to the sponsors who make that possible,” said Lisa LeMair.

For more information, or if you would like to be an exhibitor at New World Festival Of The Arts, please contact the Dare County Arts Council by e-mailing to ( or call 252/473-5558.

The Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, NC, is Calling for Participation in Plein Air Paint Out 2016, an Official Event of the BBQ Festival on the Neuse – Deadline Apr. 1, 2016

March 8, 2016

The Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, NC, is calling for participation in Plein Air Paint Out 2016, an Official Event of the BBQ Festival on the Neuse. John Poon, a nationally known landscape artist from Liberty, UT, will be the juror.

REGISTRATION FEE: $30 on or before Apr. 1, 2016, then $35 per participant; artists may paint any number of days; no prorated rates


Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9am — Meet at the Arts Center, 400 North Queen Street, for refreshments and registration.  All panels will be stamped at this time. Each registrant will receive a welcome packet, which will include an area map and a free admission ticket ($35 value) to Evening with the Stars, the Arts Council’s sponsored cocktail party, art show and sale. This event is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, from 6-9pm, at the Red Room in downtown Kinston.

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 9am — Registration at the Arts Center for new arrivals and canvases stamped; artists free to paint.

Friday, May 6, 2016, 9am — Registration at the Arts Center for new arrivals and canvases stamped; artists free to paint.

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9am-3pm — Participants free to paint. Artists submit work to the Arts Center by 3pm. Up to three (3) marked canvas paintings may be entered in judging. An artist’s reception and judge’s critic will begin at 4pm. Public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Artists may enter more than three (3) plein air paintings in the wet paint sale. A commission will be charged on all works. Art work entered will be on display and for sale at the Art  Center.


1st Place: $800 and featured as 2017 BBQ Festival on the Neuse limited edition poster

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $300

Honorable Mention:  Gift Package

Special Recognition Category Awards will receive a certificate and gift package. These categories include: Best Architectural, Best Garden Scene, Best River Scene, and Best People Scene.

INSTRUCTIONS: Up to three (3) works created during Plein Air Paint Out may be entered in the juried competition. Canvases will be stamped upon registration. Canvasses not stamped at the time of jurying will not be permitted into the jurying process. A commentary by the juror with awards presentation and reception will be held at the Arts Center Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 4pm. Artists may enter more than three (3) plein air paintings in the wet paint sale. Artists may have paintings framed if they desire. The public is invited.

Any paintings not sold will be on display and for sale at the Arts Center from May 10, 2016 through June 28, 2016. The Arts Center will charge a commission for the sale of paintings.

For further information call Sandy Landis, Director at 252/527-2517, e-mail to ( or visit (

Call for Photographers to Participate in 2016 “Southern Exposure: A Photographic Arts Show” in Wilmington, NC – Deadline Mar. 11, 2016

February 28, 2016

Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews and Kelly Starbuck Photography, in Wilmington NC, are thrilled to announce “Southern Exposure: A Photographic Arts Show” on Sunday, May 15, 2016. We are seeking creative and innovative photographers to display and sell their beautiful work in our church. We invite photographic artists to submit an application to be considered for this benchmark event in the photo and arts community of Wilmington, NC!

Application deadline is Mar. 11, 2016.

To participate in the show, fill out our online application found at this link (

The “Southern Exposure: A Photographic Arts Show” presented by Kelly Starbuck Photography at the Brooklyn Arts Center will take place Sunday,  May 15, 2016, from noon-6pm.

The Brooklyn Arts Center is located at 516 North 4th Street in Wilmington, NC, 28401.

Show URL:  (

The Brooklyn Arts Center has partnered with Kelly Starbuck Photography to create and present what we fully intend to be the coolest photographic arts show in the Southeast.

Kelly Starbuck Photography offers a wide range of photo services from commercial photography to portraiture and curatorial services for photo events. Starbuck made her mark in the Wilmington art community by curating fine art photography shows at her gallery, SALT Studio Photography, in the Brooklyn Arts District. Starbuck’s gallery featured national and local photographers during the Fourth Friday Gallery night openings from 2013 through 2015.

Local sponsors for the event are: Southeastern Camera, Frame Masters and Canvas Giclee Printing!

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and Dare County Arts Council Collaborate in Art Competition for 2016 Forum Playbill Cover – Deadline Apr. 13, 2016

February 10, 2016


The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and the Dare County Arts Council are co-presenting the third annual competition to select the Forum’s next Playbill cover. The winner will be featured on the 2016 Forum playbill cover.  Artists are invited to submit original photos and paintings to be featured in an exhibit at Trio in Kitty Hawk, NC, from April 14-May 31, 2016.

“The playbill competition with the Outer Banks Forum has proven to be a wonderful partnership for the Arts Council,” said Chris Sawin, executive director of the Dare Arts Council. “The opportunity to connect the Forum’s performances with the visual arts has opened DCAC and its members to an important arts audience on the Outer Banks.”

“We are excited about continuing this joint venture with DCAC,” said Eddie Cooke, president of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. “This art competition and exhibit always reflects the many facets of the performing arts as artists are invited to submit works of art in two dimensional visual arts media. And we are delighted to feature the winner on the cover of our playbill.”

The art competition criteria include: Theme: “Spotlight on Performing Arts”. Artwork should reflect a representation on any facet of the performing arts. Examples could include musicians, singers, musical instruments and scores. Eligibility: The competition is open to all artists who are members of either the Forum, Dare County Arts Council, or are residents of Dare County, and are 18 years of age or older. Entry Fee: Entry fees are $20 for DCAC/Forum members or $25 for nonmembers for up to three (3) original entries in a two dimensional format (portrait orientation requested).

Exhibit: The show opens to the public on April 14 and remains on exhibit at Trio in Kitty Hawk, NC, through May 31, 2016. The exhibit and artists’ reception is free and open to the public on the evening of April 14 from 5:30-7:30pm. A People’s Choice Award will be selected by ballot during the opening reception. In addition, the winning entry and People’s Choice will be on exhibit at the Forum’s final performance of the Virginia Symphony on May 26 at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

Artwork drop-off will be Apr. 12 & 13, 2016, at DCAD Gallery, 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue in Manteo, NC.

A full prospectus is available for download at (, you may pick one up at the Dare Arts Council Gallery in downtown Manteo, or call DCAC to have one mailed at 252/473-5558.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts.  All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Wilmington Art Association Calls for Entries for Its “34th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale” in Wilmington, NC – Deadline Feb. 29, 2016

December 30, 2015


Wilmington Art Association (WAA) solicits the work of artists for its “34th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale”. This show will be open April 8-10, 2016 in Wilmington, NC, during the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

The juror/judge for this show will be Chad Matthew Smith of Durham, NC. Smith is represented nationally in galleries from New York to Colorado and his work is collected internationally. He has garnered awards at the Finger Lakes Plein Air Show and at the American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibition and has conducted numerous workshops.

Submissions may be made from 11 January through 29 February 2016.

The show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older and will include original works in painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed media and three-dimensional work. Monetary and merchandise awards will be in excess of $4000.

Interested artists are encouraged to visit ( or call 910/343-4370 for a full Prospectus.

The Arts Council of Carteret County in Morehead City, NC, Offers “26th Annual Regional Artshow – Art From The Heart 2016”

December 16, 2015


On Friday, February 19, 2016, The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) will open its signature event, “ART FROM THE HEART”, an exhibition and sale of original artwork created by area artists of all levels of expertise.

A non-juried show, “Art From The Heart 2016” will be held in Morehead Plaza between Arendell and Bridges streets in Morehead City, next to the Snap Fitness Center.

Artist registration for “Art From The Heart” will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 12th and 13th  from 10am until 4pm, and Sunday, February 14th  from 9am until 1pm.

“Art From the Heart” will be on display for the public at no charge for two weeks, beginning Friday, February 19th at 6pm and ending Saturday, March 5th  at 5pm.

This show is open to artists over eighteen years of age from Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Onslow Counties.  Participants from those counties are encouraged but not required to be members of the ACCC.  Additionally, artists from counties other than the four listed above may participate if they are members of the ACCC. Levels of Arts Council memberships for artists begin at $25 per year. Artists may renew their membership or join the ACCC at registration for this show.

“Art From The Heart” entries may include oils, acrylics, pastels, water media, drawings, mixed media, photography, computer generated art, fiber arts, jewelry, sculpture, pottery and all types of three dimensional artwork including those created from wood, metal and glass. Entries must have been created within the last two years and may not have been entered in previous “Art From The Heart” shows.

All artwork entered into this show must be for sale. The ACCC will charge artists a 30% commission on artwork sold at this show.

Artists may enter one or two pieces of artwork in this show. Entry fees are $10 for each piece entered. Please check the rules for entry for size limits and other important information.

Artists receiving Awards of Excellence will each receive $200 and those receiving honorable mention recognition will be awarded $50. A People’s Choice award of $200 will also be given at the end  of the show. Awards typically total over $5,000 based on number of entries.

A full calendar of events for “Art From The Heart 2016” can be viewed and downloaded at the Arts Council’s website at (

Rules for entry and entry forms will also be posted on that site by early January 2016.

The judge for “Art From the Heart 2016” will be Raleigh, NC, artist, teacher and gallery owner, Nicole White Kennedy. To view Ms Kennedy’s full resume and selections of her work please go to her website at (

A critique and commentary session for artists will be conducted by Ms. Kennedy at  6:30pm on Monday, February 15th at the “Art From The Heart” gallery.  Artists may sign up for the session at AFH registration. The cost will be $10 per participant.

For more information please contact the Arts Council of Carteret County at PO Box 2294, Morehead City, NC (28557), or call 252/726-9156 and leave a message for a Council representative.

Summer Rest Art Benefit to Benefit Museum School Scholarships at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, for Underserved Students – Nov. 13 and 14, 2015

October 31, 2015

The two-day, Art Show and Sale Summer Rest Art Benefit will be held at 211 Summer Rest Road, Wilmington, NC, on Fri., Nov. 13, 2015, from 5-8pm, and Sat. Nov. 14, 2015, from 1-5pm. Funds raised at this pop-up exhibition and sale will go for Museum School Scholarships at Cameron Art Museum for underserved students in our region. The agencies that CAM works with primarily are Wilmington Housing Authority, DREAMS, Brigade Boys and Girls Club and the Yahweh Center. Participating artists will be displaying their artwork for sale with 30% of profits going to the scholarships. Original artwork for sale. Come meet the artists and give the gift of original artwork this Holiday Season. Support your local artists!

Participating artists include: Maria Borghoff. Betty Brown, Joanne Geisel, Mitsuyo Ito, Barbara Bear Jamison, Fritz Kapraun, Gabriel Lovejoy, Rena MacQueen, Jenny McKinnon Wright, Jodie W. Rippy, Curtis Krueger, and Margie Worthington.

The times for this free event are Friday, Nov. 13, 5-8pm. Delicious food and wine will be provided by Cameron Art Museum’s CAM Café along with live music. Valet Parking will be available. Saturday, Nov. 14, the benefit will be from 1-5pm with live music and light refreshments. Valet Parking will be available.

Barbara Pugh is the Host of this benefit. She is a local REALTOR and the listing agent of this Charleston-styled property on the Intracoastal Waterway. Other sponsors include Sanco Homes, Don Bullard Insurance and Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage.

The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients, and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); and Healthy Living Classes.

For more information refer to the Cameron Art Museum website at ( or call the museum at 910/395-5999.