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Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Seeks New Home

March 18, 2015

After 27 years in the same location, Asheville Gallery of Art is looking for a new home in Asheville, NC. AGA will lose its lease at 16 College Street at the end of the year. The property is owned by Parsec Financial who will use the space to expand their offices.

Founded as a co-operative in 1988, AGA is Asheville’s longest-established downtown gallery. The 28 local artists of AGA are co-owners who display their work at the gallery as well as take care of all responsibilities and duties of running the business.

Sahar Fakhoury, current AGA president, says, “The success of AGA lies in our members who not only have a passion for making great art but a commitment to marketing and selling to a discriminating public. We attribute the gallery’s longevity, unique to Asheville, to our proven business practices that accommodate change and growth. ”

If you or anyone you know has space to lease, AGA would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact Karen Brown, AGA relocation liaison, at 828/231-0617.

You Are Invited to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for “Unfurled”, a Collaborative Glass Mosaic in the Southend of Charlotte, NC – Jan. 18, 2014

January 9, 2014


“Unfurled”, a collaborative glass mosaic created by over fifty professional mosaic artists, has been installed in the heart of Southend Charlotte, NC. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and dedication will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 4pm. The public is cordially invited to attend and meet many of the artists involved in the 8′ x 17′ mural.

Coordinated by Pam Goode of Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio, the mosaic covers about 100 square feet on East Park Avenue. The lush art nouveau style design was created by Lin Schorr of Lin Schorr Mixed Media Mosaics, Novi, Michigan.

“Every city benefits from public art,” says Goode, “and Charlotte is no exception. We wanted to add a piece to the Art & Design District that would be colorful, vivacious, interactive, and expertly constructed. The mosaic contains fun scavenger hunt elements such as a frog, heart, and chameleon camouflaged in the greenery. We want the public to explore the shapes and forms and hopefully become a bit inspired.”

“Unfurled” detail

The project has been underway for about a year. Having worked together on several of Schorr’s previous collaborative projects in Michigan, Goode was eager to team up in Charlotte. Once Schorr completed the design and carved it into manageable sections, Goode put out a call to artists and selected over fifty to participate. Soon the petals, leaves and ferns made their way to Charlotte from across the US as well as from Canada, Germany, and France.

“Response to the project has been fabulous,” says Goode. “All of the art was donated; in fact, we received participation requests from about three times as many artists as we could use for this project. We knew we wanted to create a piece for Charlotte that would highlight the beauty of glass mosaic as well as provide as many artists as possible with a professional piece for their portfolios. We weren’t able to secure funding through usual channels, so a successful Kickstarter campaign helped us cover the bulk of the installation costs, and Laticrete International generously donated adhesive and grout for the project.”

Installers included Schorr, during a week-long visit from Michigan, as well as artists from Hickory, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia. Most of the grouters were local, adding to the Charlotte flavor of the artwork and giving even more artists an opportunity to participate. Charlotte welder Theron Ross provided the frame. “We’re thrilled that Unfurled benefits not only art lovers in Charlotte,” says Goode, “but global and local artists as well. It just fits perfectly with the mission of Ciel.”

“Unfurled” detail

Collaborators included: Lin Schorr and Pam Goode, with assistance from: artists: Lynn Adamo, Tina Alberni, Gwen Basilica, Grace Blowers, Cherie Bosela, Cindi Buhrig, Candace Clough, Robert Crum, Judy Davis, Francesca DeLorme, Lori Desormeau, Lynn Dubnicka, Amanda Edwards, Virginia Gardner, Suzan Germond, Pam Goode, Janet Green-Althoff, Vicki Hanson-Burkhart, Mary Hinchey, Teresa Hollmeyer, Juli Hulcy, Glynnis Kaye, Sally May Kinsey, Kelley Knickerbocker, Cecilia Kremer, Jennifer Kuhns, Kim Larson, Tammi Lynch-Forrest, Kathy Manzella, Ali Mirsky, Francoise Moulet, Valerie Nicoladze, Patricia Ormsby, Erin Pankratz-Smith, Lee Ann Petropoulos, Sharon Plummer, Flair Robinson, Claire Roche, Karen Sasine, Marita Schauerte, Lin Schorr, Joan Schwartz, Carol Shelkin, Dianne Sonnenberg, Suzanne Steeves, Kathy Thaden, Susan Turlington, Linda Vaden-Martin, Susanne Vernon, Carolyn Wagner, Susan Walden, Dyanne Williams; Installers/Grouters: Tina Alberni, Susan Clegg, Candace Clough, Wendy Floyd, Pam Goode, Vernon Goode, Vicki Hanson-Burkhart, Ashley Hayward, Maria Headrick, Teresa Hollmeyer, Linda Holmes, Grace Kuelz, Beverly Lawing, Tammi Lynch-Forrest, Jason Mabry, Kate Mabry, Kira Pardue, Micheal Pardue, Maryanna Richbourg, Theron Ross, Lin Schorr, Ann Shaver, Suzanne Soucy; Supporters: Laticrete International, Robyn Abrams, Stephanie Angel, Cynthia Buhrig, Cheryl Chitayat, Line Dauvergne, Judy Walton Davis, Chrissie Diller, Jordan Duletzke, Took Gallagher, Vernon Goode, Mirka Jucha, Ashley Hayward, Mary Hinchey, Linda Hooper, Debbie Immel, Karen Kobylus, Patricia Konomos, Grace Kuelz, Lagakos, Lucile LeBourgeois, Kathy Manzella, Chad Matthews, Kathleen Foley Mckenna, Mosaics by Maria, Gwen Myers, Rebecca Naylor, Anne Marie Price, Flair Robinson, Jessica Sanders, Kimberly Shelton, Dianne Sonnenberg, Jacki Sowers, Steve, Rick T., Carole Tarr, Ann Tronzo, and Susan Walden.

Ciel Gallery has been a Southend fixture since 2008, and was the first gallery in the US dedicated to fine art mosaics. Located at 128 East Park Avenue, Ciel features rotating juried exhibitions, outreach, and a full slate of classes as well as workshops by visiting artists from across the US. Partners Teresa Hollmeyer, Tina Alberni, and Goode all participated in the Southend mural.

For further information call the gallery at 704/577-1254 or visit ( To see more images click here (

Hagan Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, SC, Holds Reception to Kick Off Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign – Nov. 5, 2013

November 4, 2013

Please join The Tiffany Circle Society of the American Red Cross along with Hagan Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, SC, for a reception to kick off the Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, from 5-7pm. Wine and nibbles will be served in the gallery and garden. The event is open to the public – please bring a friend.


Laurie Meyer’s “Shelter of the Season” was selected as the official image for this year’s regional cards that will go out to our troops. Guests will have the opportunity to sign a card to a service member and purchase cards for their own personal holiday cards.

Please see the American Red Cross Video at ( to learn more about this heartwarming holiday campaign and how you can get involved.

For further info contact the gallery at  843/754-0494 or at (

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery in Salisbury, NC, Offers Works in Red to Benefit the Red Cross

February 14, 2012

It’s Valentine’s Day and while you’re thinking red – think about the Red Cross. Here’s news of a commercial gallery helping out the general community. You can help too.

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery in Salisbury, NC, explores the color red in the second annual The Red Show, featuring works by gallery artists, on view through Mar. 31, 2012.

Work by Karen Frazer

Rail Walk artists Ingrid Erickson, Annette Ragone Hall, Sharon Forthofer, Karen Frazer, Elizabeth McAdams, and Marietta Foster Smith will exhibit red-themed artwork in the north gallery and will donate 25% of their sales during the exhibit period to the Red Cross. The south gallery will display artwork donated by artists from the local community as well as pieces donated by Rail Walk artists. The donated works will be offered in the Silent Auction on Mar. 31, 2012, from 6-8pm, which is the main event of the evening. The silent-auction bidding will close at 7:30pm.

There will be food, drink, and entertainment in a café-style environment, as well as chances to win prizes. Tickets for the event are $5 at the door, and 100% of the entry fee and the proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Red Cross.

Work by Annette Ragone Hall

Rail Walk Gallery is located in the Rail Walk Arts District in downtown Salisbury, just four blocks north of Salisbury’s Visitor Center. In addition to the large gallery space all the artists share, which spans the front of the building, each of the artists has his or her own working studio space. Each of the artists has a unique style and body of work. All throughout the gallery and in the individual studio spaces, visitors will find a wide variety of original works of art in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, encaustic, mixed media, sculpture, digital photography, and other mediums, making Rail Walk Studios & Gallery a great place to purchase original art in all price ranges. Some of the artists also offer lower-priced reproductions of their work, including greeting cards.

For further information call the gallery at 704/431-8964 or visit (

Carolina Creations in New Bern, NC, Offers Annual Valentine Card Sale and Benefit

January 9, 2012

Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Gallery, located at 317 Pollock Street in downtown New Bern, NC, is presenting its 6th Annual Valentine Card Sale and Benefit through Feb. 14, 2012.

For the past 6 years Craven County School children have created Valentines to raise funds for their art programs. Here’s how it works – Carolina Creations donates card stock and envelopes to the schools, during art classes the children create the cards, we hang them at Carolina Creations and sell them for $3 each, then we donate the funds raised back to the school art program. Twenty two schools participated this year.

Many different techniques and mediums are used and the children learn from each. A class working in black and white line, stamping, making emblems from clay, collage, a class on Jackson Pollock inspired cards, papermaking, are all used in creating the cards.

The show and sale runs through Feb. 14, 2012, with the opening reception on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, from 5-8pm during New Bern’s ArtWalk.

Many of the cards can be used for other occasions as well, so think out of the box! Anniversary, I love you, just a note…. stock up for the year!

For further info call Carolina Creations at 252/633-4369 or visit (

11th Annual Art With Heart Auction Takes Place at Founders Hall in Charlotte, NC – Feb. 5, 2011

January 17, 2011

The eleventh annual Art With Heart art auction, which raises funds for United Family Services’ domestic violence programs, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Founders Hall in Uptown Charlotte, NC. WCNC Charlotte Today Anchors Colleen Odegaard and Rob Tanner host the evening which includes silent and live auctions featuring art from many of the region’s most notable artists. Emily and Zach Smith serve as Honorary Chairs for the event.

This year’s featured artists are Alice Ballard, Carolyn DeMeritt, Jayne Johnson, Linda Foard Roberts, Virginia Scotchie and Margie Stewart. These six female artists headline the event and a piece by each artist has been donated to the auction by Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy. These featured artists were selected because of the nature of their work as it relates to the human experience, and honoring the women that benefit from United Family Services’ programs. Their work is joined by 18 other original works of art in the live auction and over 150 works of art in the silent auction. Art With Heart Emerging Artists Competition winner Laura Alma McCarthy will also be included in the live auction.

Work by Jayne Johnson

Other artists and donors represented in the auction include Andy Braitman, Brian Hibbard, Paul Simon, Libby Smart, Anne Neilson, and Charles Walker. The artwork to be auctioned includes paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and photographs and ranges in value from $40-$4000.

Among the many highlights of the auction include donated works from Honorary Chairs Emily & Zach Smith’s personal collection, a hand sculpted wall clock from Nathan Rose and pottery from the renowned Seagrove, NC, potters Original Owens Pottery, Crystal King, O’Quinn Pottery and Phil Morgan.

A raffle drawing, featuring a hand-sculpted stoneware clay elephant by Seagrove, NC, artist Crystal King, is scheduled following the silent auction.  The elephant sculpture includes special Art With Heart symbol on banner to commemorate the event and this one of a kind piece. Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the auction.

Media and corporate sponsors for the event include Bank of America, Berkeley Capital, Big Elm Nursing and Retirement Centers, The Bloom Room, Coke Consolidate, Englishman’s Fine Furnishings, Flagship Capital, Gerrard Homes, Melissa Gustafson, DDS, Halstead Designs, Hawthorne Retail Partners, James A. Herron, DDS, Impact Mailing Services, KPMG, Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, Lisa Sherry Interieurs, The Marks Family Foundation, Mecklenburg County, Moore Van Allen, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, Northwestern Mutual, Oxner Thomas & Permar, Peidmont Natural Gas, Red F, Becky and Jason Silverstein, SunStar Development Group, Syncot Plastics, WCNC Carolinas News Channel 36, and Gracy and Scott Wooster.

About Art With Heart
Started in 2000, the annual auction which has raised over $750,000 since its inception when a group of local women decided to combine their extensive resources to plan a fun and educational benefit to help United Family Services launch programs for victims of domestic violence. Over 50 strong, the Art With Heart volunteer committee is led by Co-Chairs Becky Silverstein and Gracy Wooster. For more information, visit (

About United Family Services
United Family Services, a nonprofit United Way member, is a multi-faceted family service agency. Art With Heart benefits the agency’s domestic violence programs including The Shelter for Battered Women and Victim Assistance Court Services. These programs provide safety planning and shelter, counseling and support groups, children’s services, court and legal advocacy, services for incarcerated women, and on-site emergency room response to patients. For more information, visit (

Art With Heart tickets cost $75 and include admission to the silent and live auctions, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Patron level tickets are also available for $150 and include an event ticket, a raffle ticket, premier reserved seating at the Live Auction and recognition at the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the art auction, call 704/367.2799 or visit ( or (

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Valentine Cards and Blessing Bowls During the ArtWalk – Jan. 14, 2011

January 5, 2011

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery in New Bern, NC, will start out the new year with an ArtWalk on Jan. 14, 2011, from 5 to 8pm. Janet Francoeur, gallery owner, said “we haven’t done that in many years – but this one will be special. We’ll be promoting the empty bowl project to feed the hungry. I’ll be selling my Blessing Bowls for a $20 donation. We’ll deliver the bowls to the Craven Arts Council as a donation in your name for the Empty Bowls event. If you go to the fundraiser in February you will get a bowl to take home.”

The gallery is also presenting its 5th Annual Valentine Card Show and Sale Benefit. Each year over 1000 valentines are created by Craven County school children, hung in a show at Carolina Creations and sold for $3 each. All proceeds are donated to the schools art program.

The gallery purchases the card stock and envelopes and donates it to the schools. Over 10 art classes from throughout the school system creates card using handmade paper, pastels, clay, collage and other techniques to decorate the cards. For the children, it is exciting to see their work in an art gallery, for the classes it is a way to raise some much needed cash to help buy supplies and for Carolina Creations it is a way to give back to the community for their support for the past twenty one years.

The cards will be up for the January ArtWalk and a reception for the children will be the following Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, from 4-7pm.

Empty Bowls is a joint outreach of Religious Community Services and the Craven Arts Council. It’s a project designed to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Local restaurants and churches will make, serve and donate soup and bread to serve at the event; and individuals and local artists will donate pottery bowls. Attendees get to have some soup and bread and choose a one-of-a-kind pottery bowl to take home.

This year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at Temple Baptist Church, 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, from 11am until 2pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Bank of the Arts and Fuller’s Music.

We hope you will feed your soul and at the same time help feed the hungry by stopping by the Bank of the Arts to view A Shared Promise and Responsibility and to purchase a ticket for Empty Bowls.

A Shared Promise and Responsibility, features an exhibit of photographs by Bill Lease and bowls by Eastern North Carolina potters, on view from Jan. 11 through Feb. 26, 2011, at the Craven Arts Council’s Bank of the Arts in New Bern.

Bill Lease is a third-generation artist working in digital photography. “Through my photography, I strive to examine the seemingly ordinary. My desire is to offer a perspective that creates a focus for quiet reflection or the nucleus for exploration and discovery. Photographic images are: an opportunity to capture a moment in time; a vignette by which we may examine the world in which we are privileged to live; an invitation to take a very personal and singular journey to places in our imagination; an invitation to experience, not merely view; at once, the image and the concept – a story.”

And tell a story, he does! As a prelude to our Empty Bowls fundraiser, Lease was asked to help call attention to hunger and poverty in Craven County by photographing the people who avail themselves of RCS’s soup kitchen and shelter. What he found was both moving and uplifting.

In addition to Lease’s photography, the exhibit will feature “big bowls” by local potters Joanne Ashton, Becky Badger, Joyce Basye, Jim Bisbee, Milton Bland, Carolyn Curran, Rich Daniels, Scott Haines, Misty Lupton, Carol McCracken, Linda Murdock, Elizabeth Priddy, Carolyn Sleeper, Bonnie Tinsley, Debbie Wait, Ben Watford, Michaelé Rose Watson, Debbie Wheeler, Brent Wheelright and Candace Young. Participating potters will also donate smaller bowls for the Empty Bowls event.

The Bank of the Arts is located at  317 Middle Street in New Bern. The hours are Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. For further info call 252/638-2577 or visit (

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery is located at 321 Pollock Street in New Bern. Its hours are Mon.-Thur. & Sat., 10am-6pm; Fri., 10am-7pm; & Sun., 11am-3pm. For further info call 252/633-4369 or visit (

Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, Presents Art Display for Susan G. Komen For The Cure

September 30, 2010

The Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, will present, Venus For The Cure, a window display and silent auction at the Guild Gallery to benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. The venus sculpture will be on display Oct 1 through Nov. 12, 2010.

Joy Roschella, one of the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery members, spearheaded the effort to create this work of art with the help of 12 other artists. Twelve of our very gifted exhibiting artist collaborated and have created twelve original acrylic canvases (16”x 20”) each.

Using permanent alizarine, black and white acrylics. The twelve canvases are attached to a four sided wooden shaped box. Placed on the top and bottom are custom made copper pyramids. This three dimensional art piece will be hanging and rotating slowly in our gallery’s right front window at at 160 East Bay Street in downtown Charleston. This piece was created for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure’s window competition and the silent auction/reception. The silent auction is planned for Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, from 5-8pm.

For more information regarding this event, contact Joy Roschella by e-mail at ( For further info about the Charleston Artist Guild, call 843/722-2425 or visit (

City Art Gallery and Fred McElveen in Columbia, SC, Offer Opportunity to Help Local Food Bank – Sept. 26, 2010

September 15, 2010

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, will host a collaborative event (Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, from 2-5pm featuring the sale of photography and collection of food and cash donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank (currently in desperate need of both).

Dr. Fred McElveen is an established Columbia-based physician with a specialty in dermatology, but he is also an award-winning photographer. Though largely self-taught, the artist has studied with Ansel Adams, Cole Weston, Phil Davis, and Alan Ross, among others. Working in black and white, color, and computer-assisted manipulation, McElveen builds upon established practices of American documentary photography and European fine art photography while inventing his own artistic voice.

The City Art sale includes a large variety of McElveen’s images of Columbia such as the Gervais Street Bridge, but his artistic vision transforms these familiar sights into classic and romantic icons of place. The sale will include streetscapes, landscapes, close-ups, and images the photographer captured on his travels. The City Art sale will also feature many computer-enhanced images by the photographer.

McElveen, known well for his work in black & white will have many color pieces also in a vast array of sizes and price points. All attendees will receive a ticket for their Harvest Hope Food Bank Donation that will entitle them to a 10% savings on the photography. In addition, all purchases will be accompanied by a framing coupon for savings of 50% on the molding price.

City Art Gallery is located at 1224 Lincoln St. in the historic Congaree Vista area in Columbia. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 10am until 6pm, until 5pm on Fridays and 11am to 3pm.

For more information contact Wendy Wells, Gallery Director, City Art, at 803/252-3613, e-mail ( or visit (

The Artist’s Coop in Laurens, SC, Offers Creative Opportunity and Fundraiser for Cancer

September 8, 2010

The Artist’s Coop in Laurens, SC, is one of the long time supporters of Carolina Arts. They don’t usually send info into us to spread to our readers, but last month when I was delivering papers to the Upstate area of SC I was running a little later than usual. By the time I got to Laurens, the Artist’s Coop gallery was open. And, I picked up some info about a few events taking place there.

I’m posting this at both Carolina Arts Unleashed and Carolina Arts News – for maximum exposure.

So here’s the info:

The Artist’s Coop in Laurens, SC, is presenting artists and non-artists the opportunity to participate in the Creative Cups for Cancer (Artsy Bras) Event.

First, we need creative folks to create artsy bras in 3D. You can create as many as you want. You may use any size bra (padded or non-padded) or can construct and design a 3D art bra of your own with materials of your choice. All parts to be covered inside and outside, including straps. They may be sewn, glued or papier-mâché, etc. To help inspire you, check out this link on the Quilters of SC website at (

Attach finished bra(s) to a padded hanger.

Please “title” your creation and if there is a story behind your idea, please include that info on the entry form or separate piece of paper. Entry form to be attached to the hanger. (Call The Artist’s Coop for an entry form at 864/984-9359 or e-mail to

Entry Dates: Thursday, Sept. 16 thru Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, from 10am to 5pm and Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10am to 2pm.

Silent Auction will start on Sept. 22, 2010, and will end with a reception on Oct. 7, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. All bids to be placed by 6pm that evening. You can make a bid at this link.

Proceeds to benefit the Rainbow Connection Breast Cancer Support Group and The Artist’s Coop.

These bras would be great in a shadow box for a doctor’s office, as a gift, or as a fun unique piece of art.

For further information call The Artist’s Coop at 864/984-9359 or Fay Edge at 864/923-0083 or at (

The Artist’s Coop is also presenting the “Peep Show” the 6th Annual Juried Competition Art Show and Sale to take place from Nov. 18 through Dec. 30, 2010.

Awards and opening reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Entries should be delivered on Nov. 12, 10am-5:30pm & Nov. 13, 10am-2pm.

2D art image not to exceed approx. 36 sq, in. (examples: 5″ x 7″, 6″ x 6″, 3″ x 4″, etc.); frame (or frame & mat) size or width not included in the 36 sq. in.); 3D works to be small to miniature in size; entry fee is $20 for 1-4 pieces of art work; all works must be original works of the artist; must be framed or wrapped canvases and fitted with wire hanger or secure hooks; total commission for all artists for this show will be 15% of sale price to The Artist’s Coop (artist receives 85% of sale).

Pickup dates for art after show is Dec. 30 & 31, from 10am-5:30pm.

For further information call The Artist’s Coop at 864/984-9359 or e-mail to (