Archive for the ‘Flat Rock NC Visual Arts’ Category

Arts Council of Henderson County in Flat Rock, NC, Calls for Entries for “16th annual Bring Us Your Best Art Exhibition” – Deadline July 30, 2019

June 14, 2019

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Flat Rock, NC, is making a call for artists to enter “Bring Us Your Best XVI”, an all media visual art exhibition, which will open with an awards reception on August 2, from 5-7pm. Regional visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in “Bring Us Your Best”, now in its sixteenth year. The popular exhibition will be co-hosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building. Entries will be received on Monday, July 29, and Tuesday, July 30, from 10am to 4pm both days.

A juried and judged competition, “Bring Us Your Best XVI” offers $3,350 in cash prizes and gift certificates in four categories: 2D, 3D, fine craft, and photography. A new cash prize will be offered this year, the Chrysalis Award, which will be given to encourage emerging artists who are new to showing their work. Three $100 Chrysalis prizes will be awarded based on excellence in design and execution, as well as potential, in any medium. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories. In addition, the Artist’s Choice Award of $300 will be announced during the opening reception, and will be selected by the artists who have work in the show. Ten Honorable Mention awards will also be presented.


Work by Molly Angel, 1st Place winner from 2018

The winner of the One Planet, One World award sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville will be announced at the opening reception. The $250 cash prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

All gallery visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the end of the show. Sponsored by The Starving Artist Art Supply and Framing Shop, the winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist.

“Bring Us Your Best XVI” will be on display weekdays from 10am to 4pm from Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 16, 2019. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and accessible to all. All artwork will be for sale.

Artists can find the prospectus with information for entering the show on the Arts Council’s website (www.acofhc.org), or by contacting the Arts Council by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or calling 828/693-8504.

“Bring Us Your Best XVI” is sponsored in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, the Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville. Other sponsors for prizes include the following artists: Walter Arnold, John Patrick McAfee, Karen Eve Bayne, and Peter Gollup.

For more information please contact the Arts Council by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or call 828/693-8504.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 2700A Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC, 28731.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Flat Rock, NC, Announces Open House and Betty Taylor Memorial Award Presentation – Mar. 7, 2019

March 5, 2019

The Arts Council of Henderson County has moved its office to 2700A Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC, and will open its doors for an Open House on Mar. 7, 2019, from 3-6pm. At 3:30pm a special presentation will be held to recognize the third Betty Taylor Memorial Fund award winner, artist Jennifer Mills Grabosky. Administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County, the Taylor Award is funded by the Community Foundation of Henderson County and is designed to promote emerging artists in need of financial support and studying in the field of visual arts and crafts.


Work by Jennifer Mills Grabosky

“Learning is as much fun as painting,” says 2018/19 Betty Taylor Award Recipient Jennifer Mills Grabosky. “I thrive on studying talented artists, their methods, and mindset. This extremely generous award offers me the opportunity to take a huge step forward as a new artist working under the tutelage of some of the country’s finest talent. I am flattered, humbled, and excited!”

During the Open House, Grabosky will display pieces of her current artwork throughout the Arts Council’s new office space. A former television host, Grabosky also received a Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) award that recognizes her work as an emerging artist. The RAPG award is funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts Council of Henderson County, the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center.


Work by Jennifer Mills Grabosky

The Open House and Award Recognition is free and open to the public, and accessible to all. Refreshments will be provided.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net), call 828/693-8504 or visit (www.acofhc.org).

Empty Bowls Event Benefiting Flat Rock Backpack Program in Flat Rock, NC – Apr. 29, 2018

March 9, 2018

The potters and artisans of Henderson County will present the second annual Empty Bowls event benefiting the Flat Rock Backpack Program, Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018, from 5-7pm at the Parish House at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, 1905 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC.


Potters Sandra Poces and David Voorhees

Tickets are $25 per person or $50 for families. Come choose a handmade pottery bowl to keep and enjoy a simple meal of soup, breads, and desserts knowing you are supporting children with hunger needs across Henderson County.

Area potters and school groups are making and donating pottery bowls for this event, and local restaurants and bakers will prepare and donate soups, breads, and desserts for our meal. All funds go directly to purchase supplemental food to be sent home on weekends with school children. Serving 160-190 children identified by their schools as being food insecure, the Backpack Program is now in its 9th year as a volunteer organization funded through grants, donations, and fundraisers such as Empty Bowls. This event raised over $7,000 last year, approximately one-third of the yearly Backpack budget.

If you are interested in donating handmade pottery bowls, please call Carol Freeman at 703/505-5247. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please call Mary Satterfield at 864/616-2698.

Tickets are available at the Parish House of St. John in the Wilderness.

For more information call 828/693-9783.

Henderson County Potters and Artisans Sponsor Empty Bowls Dinner in Flat Rock, NC – Apr. 30, 2017

March 30, 2017

On Apr. 30, 2017, potters and artisans of Henderson County, NC, will sponsor an Empty Bowls dinner benefiting the Backpack Program at St. John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock, NC. The event will be held from 5 to 7pm in the church Parish House, located at 1905 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock.

Area potters and school groups are making and donating pottery bowls for the event, and local restaurants and bakers are preparing and donating soups, breads, and desserts for the meal.

For the past eight school years on Friday mornings, volunteers have loaded about 200 backpacks with supplemental non-perishable food for children on the free- and reduced-lunch program so that they don’t go hungry on weekends. The program provides food for students attending a day care center (year-round program), two elementary schools, one middle school, and a parochial school.

Debby Staton, coordinator of the Backpack Program at St. John, said that food is provided by MANNA Food Bank weekly and then is supplemented from grants, donations, and fundraisers like Empty Bowl. “We make sure that each child has three dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts, and two snacks on a regular weekend.”

The Empty Bowls Project began in 1990 in a Michigan high school art class to raise funds for a food drive. Today it is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, personalized by artists and arts organizations on a community level.

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes one handmade pottery bowl to take home, or $50 for families, which includes two pottery bowls. Limited tickets are available at the church Parish House.

Local potter David Voorhees is coordinating the event along with Staton. “One ticket will feed seven children for one weekend,” said Voorhees. “Come enjoy a simple meal, and choose a pottery bowl handcrafted by a local artisan to take home as a keepsake, knowing you are supporting children across Henderson County who are struggling with hunger every day.”

For more information, contact the Church Office at 828/693-9783 or David Voorhees at 828/698-8775.