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Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Entries for Annual Valentine ARTcrawl Exhibit – Deadline Feb. 10, 2015

February 3, 2015

The Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, invites any artists to submit their works depicting the human form on Monday, Feb. 9th or Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 2015.

Submissions will be showcased in the “RAW REFLECTIONS” exhibit for the Valentine ARTcrawl on Feb. 13, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm inside the Isaac Taylor House at 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC. The theme includes visual works of art reflecting upon figures of life drawing, silhouettes of human anatomy, and representations of the human form.

Chris Wagner will introduce the first in his series of paintings representing model Jennifer Stevens Alphin, a current breast cancer patient working her way to earning the title of survivor. Wagner explains, “The idea behind the project is to share her strength, beauty and spirit as an inspiration to other women in similar situations. We want to show other women that despite the physical costs of breast cancer, they will emerge from their battles no less beautiful, and no less of a woman.”  Wagner will work on the series throughout the year to encompass Alphin’s encounters with chemo, mastectomy surgery, and ultimately reconstruction surgery.

Lisa Bisbee Lentz will exhibit a brief classical art history lesson featuring her small oil paintings depicting figurative sculptures from the ancient timeline. Lentz elaborates, “In my study of the human body, I work out the fundamental proportions by copying the marble and bronze statues of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. For instance, Polykleitos, the Greek sculptor created Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) in idealistic proportions where a head equals one-seventh of the entire body.” The collection begins with the Archaic style depicting a flat Egyption standing male titled “Kouros” and evolves into Greek idealism and the naturalistic anatomy of Roman realism.

Other participating artists include Becky Preece, Jerry Scott, Carol Jones, Bernice Abraham, Lee Hood, Laura Gammons, Kristen Moffitt, and Samrae Duke. The figurative works of legendary New Bern artist, Willie Taglieri will also be on display, courtesy of the Taglieri family. Local Nexus poet, Meg Wethington will be performing sensual poetry readings.

The Valentine show continues late evening at the Brown Pelican with speciality beverages to suit the Valentine occasion.

For more information, visit ( or call 252/649-1712.

Sunset River Marketplace Art Gallery in Calabash, NC, Honors Artists with Exhibit and Reception – Jan. 20-24, 2015

January 16, 2015


Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, will present “An Artist’s Legacy,” a five-day exhibition honoring artists Ramona Batsford Bendin (oil), Betty Bee (watercolor, print making), Edward “Ed” S. Fitzgerald (oil) and Brenda “Bree” Goff (pastel), all of whom exhibited at the gallery and passed away recently. The show will run from Tuesday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. A reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 from 2 – 5pm. The public is invited and there is no charge. Works on display will include pieces on loan from family and friends as well as some for sale through the gallery.

Ramona Bendin with her oil painting “Monhegan Boats”

Ramona Bendin, who died Oct. 6, 2013, was known throughout the area for her realistic oil paintings of coastal ocean scenes and marshscapes.  She was a lifetime member of the American Artist Professional League and was elected to Hudson Valley Art Association. In the Carolinas, she was associated with Brunswick Arts Council, Waterway Art Association, Associated Artists of Southport and Wilmington Art Association. Throughout her 60-year career she earned many national and regional honors for her work.

Betty Bee

Betty Bee passed away Oct. 23, 2014. She was a member of the Backporch Painters, Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum, and Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, and SC Watercolor Guild. A charter member of the Bible Fellowship Baptist Church in Little River, SC, she donated many of her pieces to the church. A number of them will be included in the Sunset River exhibition.

Ed Fitzgerald during his flying days

Ed Fitzgerald, who died Nov. 1, 2014, began painting at age 14. He joined the US Navy Air Service when he was 17 and served on three aircraft carriers. He would later teach both acrobatic flying and skydiving. As an artist, he was known for his glossy, small oils, which he painted in the style of the Old Masters.

Bree Goff with art instructor Sterling Edwards at Sunset River Marketplace workshop

Bree Goff passed away August 23, 2014. An active member in the Art Matters pastel group at Sunset River Marketplace, she and her husband retired to Calabash from Virginia. She is an award-winning artist known for her beautifully rendered landscapes and figural paintings.

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional offers. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Winter hours, in effect from January through March, are Tuesday through Saturday,  10am – 5pm. For more information, visit the website ( or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910/575-5999.

Carolina Artist Gallery in Morehead City, NC, Calls for Entries for “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Exhibit – Deadline Jan. 11, 2015

December 10, 2014

Carolina Artist Gallery is calling for artists for the upcoming show, “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” It will be a show featuring art from objects enjoying a second life. It will be a fun show of 2 and 3 dimensional art that is a collage or assemblage with aesthetic appeal.

The deadline for entries is 5pm, on January 11, 2015.

Judges for the show are Tom Kies, the Executive Director for the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization, and his wife Cindy.

Please go to ( to get a copy of the entry form.

The public is invited to attend the show opening on Jan. 17, 2015, from 5 to 8pm.  Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Carolina Artist Gallery is a nonprofit artists’ co-op located at 800 Evans Street, at the corner of 8th Street on the historic Morehead City, NC, waterfront. The Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday and has a mission to bring art experiences to everyone on the Crystal Coast.

For more information on the co-op, community outreach programs and the show, visit the Gallery’s website at (

The 2014 Cape Fear Festival of Trees Kicks off the Holiday Season with Party in the Pines in Wilmington, NC – Fri., Nov. 21, 2014

November 11, 2014


The 2014 Cape Fear Festival of Trees kicks off the Holiday Season with Party in the Pines, in Wilmington, NC, on Fri., Nov. 21, 2014, from 6 to 9pm. The Festival continues from Nov. 22 to Dec. 7, 2014, from 10am to 7pm, at the Cameron Art Museum.

This year Cape Fear Festival of Trees has added much more to the festival experience including a gingerbread competition. Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and the Cameron Art Museum invite you to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance. Glamorous, glittering trees, inspiring performances, highlighted events all blend together for a special holiday experience. The festival kick-off event is Party in the Pines scheduled for Nov. 21 from 6 to 9pm. This celebrated event promises an evening filled with lovingly decorated trees, the highly anticipated gingerbread exhibition and contest, The Art of Gingerbread 2014 and music provided by Benny Hill and The Keith Butler Trio. Delectable hors d’oeuvres provided by CAM Café along with decadent desserts.

Tickets now on sale at our website at ( Cape Fear Festival of Trees takes place from Nov. 22 – Dec. 7 (Closed Thanksgiving Day) 10am to 7pm. Admission for 13 & up – $13;  5-12: $6; and 4 & under – free. Tickets good any day of festival and includes festival & gallery admission. Special events ticketed separately. Cape Fear Festival of Trees benefits Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation and the Cameron Art Museum.

In addition to the dazzling array of trees, enjoy performances by over 30 local musical groups and artists. Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell choirs, ukulele choirs, a capella singing and more. Included in festival admission. Learn more about festival performances at our website at (

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); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi.

For additional information about the museum, please visit (

Carolina Artist Gallery in Morehead City, NC, Announces Winners of National Show, “Soul of a Woman”

October 22, 2014

The award winners are:  Kathleen Dentinger “Obligation” 1st place, Robin Griswold-Ott “Essence” 2nd place, Romaine Riddle “Attitude” 3rd place and two Merit Awards went to Shelia Brodnick and Lorraine McElroy.  The show’s Honorable Mentions are:  Sally Anger, Lynn Goodwin, Cathy Crowell, Punam Madhok, Michaele’ Watson, Willie Baucom, Norm Kenneally, Jamison Ipock, Ike Terrell, Ron Beckham, and Linda Werthwein.

Kathleen Dentinger “Obligation” 1st place,

The judge for this show, Cynthia Bickley-Green, PHD and juror Charles Smith were able to create a perfect balance in this show of visual depth, meaning, and stunning craftsmanship of talented artists.

Robin Griswold-Ott “Essence” 2nd place

The Carolina Artist Gallery on 800 Evans Street in downtown Morehead City has beautifully arranged this creative display of art depicting the “Soul of a Woman”.  This show closes the 31st of October and our new show “Heart of a Man” will begin Nov. 14, 2014.

Romaine Riddle “Attitude” 3rd place

For further information visit (

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Offers Creativity Unleashed – Oct. 25, 2014

October 19, 2014


On Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, from 1 to 5pm, Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, will present Creativity Unleashed, an afternoon of pottery demonstrations, live readings, painters at their easels, live music, acting, and more. Appetizers  and refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. There is no charge and no reservations are necessary.

Ginny Lassiter, owner of the eclectic art gallery, says, “We wanted to share our love for all art genres and give visitors a chance to see some local artists at work.”

Lassiter, an artist herself, works in acrylic and will be one of the artists found at her easel throughout the afternoon.  Also painting will be Jefferson watermedia artist  Raney Rogers who is the host of the  Painting With Raney television program; award-winning artist Jane Staszak, the gallery’s pastel instructor; Sneads Ferry oil painter Sherry Thurston;  and abstract artist Liz Roberts. Watercolor artist Pat White will also be on hand with her note cards.

Renowned North Myrtle Beach, SC, pastel artist Jane Staszak

Wilmington, NC, clay artist Brian Evans will work on the pottery wheel throughout the afternoon. The Beaufort, SC, artist first studied ceramics under master potter Hiroshi Sueyoshi and is now renowned for his own vessels and sculptural pieces inspired by nature, architecture and the human form.

Designers Sherry Banner and Kathie Wolk will be creating original jewelry throughout the event.

Performing live music will be Lesa Hudson and Rick Strickland from the Murrells Inlet-based group the Rick Strickland Band. Both vocalists/musicians have been nominated from numerous 2014 Carolina Beach Music Academy awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Solo Album of the Year and Producer of the Year for Strickland and Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for Hudson.

Acoustic duo Obscurity, made up of husband and wife Tom and Liz Roberts, will present a program of Gaelic music and Carolina tunes.

Actor/author Stan Atamanchek (“Blackbeard’s Fun Pirate Talk”) will be in costume to entertain gallery visitors with pirate tales and adventure. Pat Gambarelli, author of “The Four Seasons of Gourmet Entertaining” and “Pasta For Men” is bring some of her favorite appetizers and sweets for gallery visitors to taste and enjoy.

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional offers. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit the website ( or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910/575-5999.

Carolina Artist Gallery in Morehead City, NC, Calls for Entries for “Heart of a Man” Exhibition – Deadline Nov. 2, 2014

October 8, 2014

That man in your life dragging you down or, on the other hand, “rockin” your world?  We all have relationships with men.  Some are good.  Some are very good but others are unpleasant or downright  bad. “Heart of a Man”, a show by Carolina Artist Gallery, in Morehead City, NC, will feature art that tells the story of our relationships with men. All have a father. Some were kind and loving; others were self centered and demanding. Some were just down right mean. Others were missing or not around much. Many have or have had a husband or significant other. Again, some of those men were respectful, loving and made the world wonderful. Others brought conflict, anger and disappointment. Many have brothers, sons and uncles. All have male heroes and male villains. Tell us the story of these relationships through art.

“What Have I Done,” by Ike Terrell

Bring us the “Heart of a Man” through talent and skill.  This will be an opportunity to pay tribute, ridicule, express gratitude, get in touch with feelings and emotions and perhaps have a therapeutic experience. For this show art should show emotion, tell a story and connect with gallery visitors.

Carolina Artist Gallery is accepting artwork, both 2D and 3D,  for “Heart of a Man” through Nov. 2, 2014, and the show will run until Jan 3, 2015.

Entries will be judged by Cathy Crowell who recently retired from the program she began in 1983 as Coordinator of the Photography Technology Program at Carteret Community College.  Crowell earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Florida State University in 1982, a Master of Arts in Teaching: Art, from the University of South Carolina in 1977, a Bachelor of Art: General Studio from the University of South Carolina in 1975, and studied during the Summer Session at the University of Dijon in Dijon, France in 1974. Crowell has been the recipient  of a number of artistic grants and awards and has exhibited her work in a number of well known exhibitions.

Specific information about requirements for entries and entry forms are available at Carolina Artist Gallery or on our website at ( Carolina Artist Gallery is a nonprofit artists’ co-op located at 800 Evans Street, at the corner of 8th Street on the historic Morehead waterfront.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception for “Heart of a Man” on Nov. 14, 2014 from 4 to 7pm at Carolina Artist Gallery. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2015 and all work is available for purchase.

Harold H. Bate Foundation Honors Community Artist Will, Inc., in New Bern, NC, With Grant

September 18, 2014

The Harold H. Bate Foundation has granted $8,000 to fund programming for Community Artist Will, Inc. CAW is a non-profit, cooperatively-run incubator for the arts in Eastern North Carolina and was incorporated in January 2013.

Ben Watford and Samrae Bruggema accept Bate Grant

With the Harold H. Bate Foundation’s grant, CAW will continue its community outreach programs, designed to motivate the public through events that encourage creativity and arts appreciation. CAW organizes Downtown New Bern’s ARTcrawl events, held second Friday of each month, as well as the Gloria Morello Bisque-ware Project, a program that goes to senior centers and schools to give free Bisque-ware painting workshops.

If you would like to learn more about Community Artist Will, Inc.’s programs, please visit their website at (

Dare County Arts Council Celebrates Its 25th birthday at this Year’s Artrageous Art Extravaganza in Kill Devil Hills, NC – Sept. 27, 2014

September 18, 2014

The Dare County Arts Council celebrates its 25th birthday at this year’s Artrageous Art Extravaganza. The annual, community-wide, family-friendly celebration of the arts, is sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council and PNC Bank and features creative hands-on art activity booths for kids, youth art, live music, professional artists show and sell, live art demos, great food and more. The Extravaganza takes place at the Dare County Parks and Recreation Center in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, from 10am to 3pm. Proceeds benefit arts education and other cultural arts programs in the community as well as the Artrageous Scholarship Fund which awards one scholarship to a graduating senior from each of Dare County’s high schools.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, this event could not have become the community tradition that it is without the support of corporate sponsors like PNC Bank, who is proud to bring back some of the legendary artists from the 10×10 Collaborative Art Project in which ten artists shared in the creation of ten works of art. “PNC recognizes that the arts are critical to the social and economic fabric of our communities,” said Brendan Medlin, PNC’s Nags Head branch manager.  “We are pleased to support Artrageous and the Dare County Arts Council, providing the community with access to this fun and unique experience with the arts.”

Recently, several of these first-class artists gathered at the Dare County Arts Council to reminisce about the early years of Artrageous and to plan for this year’s event. Steve Andrus, the creative mind behind the 10×10 Project, says that his vision came from an experiment that he did with a friend where they each took turns painting on the same canvas. The idea was then expanded to help the Dare County Arts Council in its early years. Collaborator and local artist, Glenn Eure adds, “The first year of Artrageous, we created ten paintings in an afternoon, and I auctioned them out of the back of a pick up truck — people couldn’t wait to buy them.”

TOP – Glenn Eure (one of the original 10×10 artists), Bob Muller (Bryan Cultural Series), Fay Davis Edwards (DCAC Gallery Director, will paint on behalf of Dawn Enochs, one of the orginal 10×10 artists), Chris Haltigan (one of the original 10×10 artists) and Steve Andrus (one of the original 10×10 artists); BOTTOM – Kip Tabb (DCAC President), Laura Howard (DCAC Volunteer Coordinator), Stephen Weeks (PNC Manteo Branch Manager), Linda Porter (co-chair for the first Artrageous in 1990), Chris Sawin (DCAC Executive Director), Martha Butcher (2014 Artrageous co-chair), Ginny Flowers (2014 Artrageous co-chair), Brendan Medlin (PNC Nags Head Branch Manager)

The 10×10 project will feature a posthumous work from former Mayor of Nags Head, Don Bryan, who began a painting last year prior to his passing. His legacy will be carried on as several artists work together to complete the piece, which was donated by The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series. Bob Muller of the Bryan Cultural Series says, “Our Board was very pleased to donate Don’s last unfinished work to support the Arts Council. Don was a big supporter of DCAC and really helped get Artrageous off the ground in the early 1990s.”

The original 10×10 artists were Steve Andrus, Glenn Eure, Chris Haltigan, Betty Haskins, James Melvin, John de la Vega, Dawn Enochs, Don Bryan, Denver Lindley and Cecilia Ann Hill, some of whom will be participating in this year’s installment.

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.

For more information on the 25th Annual Artrageous Art Extravaganza, please visit ( Interested parties may also stay up to date on other upcoming events and programs by following the Dare County Arts Council on Facebook at (

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Presents “Chair-ity” Transformed: An Evening of Art – Oct. 12, 2014

September 18, 2014


The Transylvania Community Arts Council, in Brevard, NC, will host a fall fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, entitled  “Chair-ity” Transformed: An Evening of Art. The event will be held from 5pm – 8pm at the new restaurant, JAIME’S, located inside the Old Grover’s Building at 44 East Main Street. Tickets are only $55 and are on sale now at Number 7 Arts on Main St. and at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard (TC Arts Council).

Tickets bearers receive heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Jaime Hernandez, two glasses of wine from Broad Street Wines or craft beer from Brevard Brewing. There will be live artist demonstrations, and silent and live auctions. The silent auction includes artwork, chairs and more. Keith Dragt, co-owner of Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques is our (trained) guest auctioneer and will sell off a juried selection of chairs and furniture.

Chair Transformed by local artist Adrienne Casteen of Number 7 Arts

Jaime’s menu for this special evening includes; delectable duck & andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya with cajun rice, New Orleans barbecue shrimp & grits, a carving station, jumbo lump crabmeat ravigote, his famous crawfish cheesecake with a cheese & charcuterie display. For dessert, there will be scrumptious white chocolate bread pudding with white chocolate sauce & raspberries, baked brie en croute with bourbon caramel & fresh berries and petite fours.

Start shopping the chairs that have been transformed by local artists now while they are displayed throughout downtown Brevard and the surrounding area and look in the shop windows. Merchants that donated window space so far are: Local Color, Broad Street Wines, Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop, D.D. Bullwinkel’s, Be-Tique, Moose Tracks, Ginger M Salon, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Roost, Fox Hollow, Mountain Quilts, Spice it to a Tea, Proper Pot, Drew Deane Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Number 7 Arts Gallery, Lilly T’s, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Cherry Tree, Pink Flamingo, Underground Salvage, Theophilus, Kiwi Gelato, Baby Ink, Main Street Ltd., United Community Bank, Blue Ridge Bakery, The Grateful Dog, and Benjamin Moore Paint Store. They will also be online at, click on Chair Auction.

Generous local artists have donated their time and talent to transform these chairs into artwork; Christine Kosiba, Drew Deane, Ellen Stinchcomb, BJ Winchester, Katy Rosenberg, Isabelle Von Losch, Mike Tiddy, Adrienne Casteen, Donna Allstaedt, Donna Hunter, Kitty Edwards, Lori Roberts, Margo Evans, Barbara Burkhart, Sacha Barnett, Elaine Bailey, Donna Ross, Tom McGow, Kay Tiddy, Barbara Hawk, Russell Newton, Jacki Walker, Sheri Walters, Barbara Bowers, Penny Mann, Lisa Fraker, Linda Lube, Lin Cotton, Ea Dossey, Francine Menor, Donna Rickard, Elizabeth Colvin, Carol Jerome Moorman, Ammie Orr, Sue Giordano, Cynthia Zimmerman, Amber Steed, Rose Camp, Becky Young, Transylvania Vocational Services and more.

Silent auction items have been donated by local artists and businesses. Donators include: Pure Pets, Healthy Harvest, Oskar Blues, Be Boutique, Suzie Knapp, Brian Kuehn, Joe Bruneau, Carlene Jerome, Melissa Kooker, Tom McGow, Francine Menor, Barbara Sammons, Sharyn Fogel, Ann Zelle, Nancy Shoemaker, Paula Poad, Carol Moorman, Amber Steed, Lucy Rodes, Paul Thomas, Hugh Tucker, Russell Newton and many more.

Major Event Sponsors include: Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Steve Owen & Associates, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Brewing, Lynne C. Joyce – Leadership First, Co. and Jaime’s Restaurant located at 44 East Main Street. Business Sponsors include: Sunset Motel, Highland Books, United Community Bank, The Grateful Dog, Number 7 Arts, Theophilus, Brevard Insurance, Ginger M Salon, Roost, Fox Hollow, and Ernie’s Rock Shop, and local artist Sacha Barnett.

Organizers and committee members for the event include: Lori Roberts, Molly Jenkins, Paul Thomas, Margo Evans, Suzie Knapp, Hesper Dickson, Joe Bruneau, Lynne C. Joyce and Kristin Kilpatrick.

The TC Arts Council is a non-profit organization that promotes all ARTS in Brevard & Transylvania County. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.

For more information call TC Arts at 828/884-2787 or visit (


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