Archive for the ‘Coastal NC Visual Arts’ Category

Abstract Expressionist Sterling Edwards Featured at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC

July 6, 2016


Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, is featuring works by Hendersonville, NC, artist Sterling Edwards through July 30, 2016, in a show titled “Sterling Edwards: Intuitive Experience”. Edwards, who works in both watercolor and acrylic, is primarily self-taught and has developed a unique style of painting that has earned him international recognition and the respect of his peers, students and collectors. He is often commissioned to jury national and international art competitions.


Edwards has been featured in “Watercolor Magic” magazine’s “Ones to Watch” and in “Watercolor Artist” magazine. He was awarded membership in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor as well as the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He was selected as a featured artist in the book “Best of America Watermedia Artists,” and is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”. He is also featured in “Masters of Watercolor,” written by Russian artist and author Konstantin Sterkhov.

He employs stylized shapes, bold lights and darks, and dramatic color rhythms to build his sought after abstract expressionist paintings. Edwards’ expressive calligraphy and splattering are signature techniques.


When asked about his recent works, the artist offers, “My non-representational paintings combine shape, line, color and texture to create a personal visual statement that allow me to say much more with a brush than I could every say with words.”

“I often refer to my abstracted paintings as an intuitive and spontaneous artistic statement. They’re a vision on display composed of energetic and expressive brushwork in some areas that are complemented with subtleties in other areas. What I demand from one of my abstracted paintings is that it truly is a spontaneous and intuitive artistic statement.”

“Sterling Edwards: Intuitive Experience” at Sunset River Marketplace includes over a dozen new works as well as a few from his personal collection.

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 150 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and four 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 program features 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.

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, Calls for Entries for “Art in the Arboretum” – Deadline Aug. 19, 2016

June 20, 2016


The Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is calling for entries for “Art in the Arboretum” taking place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 , 2016, at the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington.

Deadline to submit is Aug. 19, 2016.

Be a part of this annual show!

For further information visit (

Wilmington, NC, Calls For Artists to Participate in Art Walk for American Craft Week – Oct. 15, 2016

May 21, 2016

On Oct. 15, 2016, Wilmington, NC, will celebrate the skills and talent of craftsmen from around the Wilmington region by hosting a day long Art Walk in historic downtown at the culmination of American Craft Week. Artists that have been juried into the event will display and sell their highly regarded art with booths peppered throughout a six block radius allowing art enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy both the art atmosphere and the ambiance of the downtown shops and eateries. To enhance the craft experience venues spots will showcase film, dance, song, theater and even floral design.

American Craft Week is a nationally established effort to build awareness of the Arts, Craft and Culture in America founded by, a non-profit.

E-mail to (
for an application.

Seaside Arts Council in Swansboro, NC, Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients

May 14, 2016

The Seaside Arts Council in Swansboro, NC, is pleased to announce it has awarded four scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing a degree in the visual or performing arts at the college level. Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 6:30pm in downtown Swansboro at the Pugliese Pavilion before the SwanFest Concert.

Receiving a $500 scholarship is:
Tara Fevang from Swansboro High School. Tara has a 4.0 grade point average and medaled numerous times on her high school swim team where she served as captain this year. She is a National Honor Society member, event coordinator for Project Unify, and also participates in Student to Student and Interact. Tara is a gifted vocalist with many honors including NC Governors School, NC All County Choir, NC All State Choir, NC All Honors Choir, She has participated in Swansboro High School Choir, Jazz Band Vocalist, and National Anthem vocalist locally and in the New York area. Tara has also volunteered with Onslow County “Buddy Walk”, Carteret County Special Olympics and Queens Creek Elementary’s “After School Program”. Inspired by her little brother, Andrew, who has Downs Syndrome, Tara plans to attend East Carolina University and study Music Therapy with a desire to pursue her Masters in Occupational Therapy and ultimately open her own therapy practice. Tara stated “I want to use music to change lives, and make the world a better place”.

Madison Desmone from Croatan High School. Madison has a 4.45 grade point average and is on the Croatan Tennis Team, Beta Club and National Art Honor Society. She has volunteered in her community with the Coast Federation, Faith in Action Clinic and Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Madison plans to attend UNC-Wilmington and study Studio/Fine Art. Her goal is to create art professionally and/or work in a museum or gallery setting. Her dream is to “one day create art that inspires others to go on and create their own”.

Receiving a $250 Scholarship:
Janae Cunningham from Swansboro High School. Janae has a 3.97 grade point average and has participated in the All County Band 3 years in a row, Spring Track, and has served as Foreign Language Club President, Marching Band Section Captain and Varsity Boys Basketball Manager. She was also nominated to join the National Honors Society. Janae’s community service includes Hammocks Beach State Park, Shrimp Festival, Music Festival and Swansboro Public Library. Janae is an excellent mallet percussionist, but can perform on any instrument in the section. She will attend North Carolina A & T in the Fall and work towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a focus in Technology and Minor in Business. Janae also plans to participate in the college ensembles and eventually pursue a higher degree in Music Production.

Bryson Pinkney from Swansboro High School. Bryson has a 3.5 grade point average. Bryson served as Secretary for the Swansboro High School Pirate Gamers, Graphic Designer for the School Newscast, Representative for the Digital Media Program and a member of the Golf Team and National Technical Honor Society. Bryson is active in the Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro Parks and Recreation, Swansboro Area Youth Development Foundation, Math Tutor and Career Technical Education Showcase. Bryson plans to major in Graphic Design at Chowan University, Methodist University or The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.

Seaside Arts Council is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring the visual and performing arts to the citizens of the greater Swansboro/Western Carteret County area. Our hope is to help these students pursue art, preserve art and pass art to the next generation.

Please visit our website at ( for upcoming events. CONTACT: Debbie Peel, Co-President  by e-mail at (

Wilmington, NC, Offers “Rediscover Princess Street” on June 3, 2016

May 9, 2016

“Rediscover Princess Street” will begin Friday, June 3, 2016, at  5:30pm and close at 9pm. Businesses on the 200 block of Princess Street have come together to help people “Rediscover Princess Street”. No longer “Robbers Row,” new business owners have integrated with existing neighbors to reinvigorate the street. They hope clients will see that Princess Street is a great destination for retail, dining, and other services.

The following businesses will host an open house style reception during the event: Bespoke Coffee & Dry Goods, Bloke Apparel, Louie’s Hot Dogs, G & K Hair Studio, New Elements Gallery, SDI Construction, and Terry Richardson Attorney at Law.

Art in Bloom will host an art opening for Full Circle featuring artists Elizabeth Darrow, Susan Francy, and Traudi Thornton. Chanteuse Rebekah Todd will be providing entertainment and the Catch Food Truck will be available to patrons.

For further information call 910/343-8997 or visit (

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, To Host Annual Watercolor Society of NC Convention and Exhibit – Deadline for Entries May 30, 2016

April 19, 2016


The Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 71st statewide convention and exhibit will be hosted by the Dare County Arts Council in downtown Manteo, NC, from Oct. 9 – Nov. 18, 2016. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held at the Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2-4pm.

“I am looking forward to having outstanding artists of this caliber sharing their talents with the residents of the Outer Banks,” said award-winning watercolorist and event co-chair Peggy Saporito.

View of the 2015 exhibition.

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at (

The deadline for entries is May 30, 2016.

The exhibition is open to any watermedia artist over the age of 18 who is a resident of North Carolina and a current member of WSNC. You can easily become a member online at (

In addition to the exhibit, the Dare County Arts Council will also host four seminars, the annual meeting, a luncheon and a workshop with award-winning watercolorist and juror Mark Mehaffey for members of the WSNC.

The Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit is sponsored by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

“We are excited about the WSNC exhibition and pleased to be working with the Dare County Arts Council. Our founder Don Bryan was an accomplished painter. With this show, we will return to our roots in the visual arts,” said President of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series John Tucker.

For more information about the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit, please visit ( or (

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.