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Help CERF+ Help Artists Recovering from Recent Disasters

November 12, 2017

CERF+ faces an unprecedented challenge as we respond to the recent devastating disasters from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in Northern California. To date, we’ve heard from over 100 artists in Texas, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, California, Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana.


Artist Brenda Barnett’s store, Potters on Cotter, Port Aransas, TX

CERF+ has set a fundraising goal of $1 million for our Disaster Relief Fund. Thanks to some very generous gifts early on from Windgate Charitable Foundation, Etsy, the sponsors of our recent Molten Glass Magic Show in St Louis and many others, we are close to $300,000 toward that goal.

“This work will require the involvement of our whole community to ensure that we can be effective in our response to the significant losses suffered by artists in craft disciplines. I encourage anyone who cares about craft artists to find their own way to raise much-needed funds at this very challenging time,” notes CERF+ Executive Director, Cornelia Carey.

CERF+ Disaster Mobilization Plan

We are committed to helping individual artists and their creative communities through the extended recovery process. In consultation with our friends at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, we have created an over-arching response plan to guide our work in the coming months.

Key components of our action plan as a national artist responder include:

* Providing ongoing communication to each of the affected geographies about our disaster recovery resources and emergency financial assistance information.

* Networking with local, state, and regional arts organizations, businesses and individuals for their assistance with outreach and assessing the losses and needs of artists working in craft disciplines.

* Traveling to communities as recovery proceeds to organize artists’ gatherings and visit individual artists.

* Providing counseling and referrals to artists who are seeking information and assistance.

* Expediting the processing and review of applications for emergency relief assistance.

* Working with businesses, suppliers, manufacturers, show producers and others to broker donations of materials, tools, equipment, booth waivers and any other needs that will help artists return to their work

* Maintaining active communication with our national network of artist responders to share information and resources and to foster collaborative efforts.

* Partnering with cultural workers and organizations on the ground in affected communities to organize technical assistance programs for artists’ disaster recovery.

* Continuing our advocacy efforts on a regulatory change at FEMA, which would enable self-employed workers (including artists) to access their Other Needs Assistance program so that they can replace their tools and equipment.

Please give now or organize a fundraiser in your area.

CERF+ is located at 535 Stone Cutters Way, Ste. 202, Montpelier, VT, 05602.

For further information call 802/229-2306 or visit (https://cerfplus.org/).

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The Arts Center of Clemson in Clemson, SC, Offers TRIO 2017 – Nov. 16, 2017

October 30, 2017

The Arts Center of Clemson and Clemson Free Clinic in Clemson, SC, announce TRIO 2017 – Art, Food and Spirits at The Arts Center of Clemson, 212 Butler Street, Clemson, SC, on Thursday, Nov, 16, 2017, from 6-9pm.

The Arts Center of Clemson and Clemson Free Clinic invite you to celebrate two nonprofits serving the Clemson Community with an evening of art, food, spirits and entertainment.

Mark your calendars for this special, fun filled evening to benefit two important non-profits serving the Clemson community. Your ticket gives you the opportunity to enjoy Wine and Beer Tastings, Hearty Hors d ’Oeuvres, a Silent Auction and Music by B J Callahan.

Tickets are $40 each or 4 for $150 and are available at (www.explorearts.org) or by calling Clemson Free Clinic at 864/654-8277. All proceeds benefit The Arts Center of Clemson and Clemson Free Clinic.

Handicapped Parking ONLY is offered at The Arts Center, 212 Butler Street in Clemson. General Parking is available behind Beef O’Brady’s, 101 Canoy Lane in Clemson with frequent round trip Catbus transportation to and from the event.

For further info e-mail to (info@explorearts.org) or call 864/633-5051.

CVCC Student’s Artwork Selected by Hickory Museum of Art Guild to Represent 43rd Annual Angels of the Arts, Evening for the Arts in Hickory, NC – Nov. 11, 2017

October 30, 2017

The Hickory Museum of Art Guild, in Hickory, NC, in a cooperative effort with Catawba Valley Community College, has announced the winner of a graphic design competition for advertising a November 11 Guild event. The submission by Melissa Mooney, a second-year student majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design, was chosen from among eleven different presentations by CVCC students. Hers was selected by the HMA Guild to represent the 43rd Annual Angels of the Arts, Evening for the Arts. Posters, online information, and mailed invitations for the HMA Guild event will feature Melissa’s artwork.

Mooney, 18, resides in Alexander County and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Student Leadership Academy. She also participated at SkillsUSA as the graphic designer for CVCC’s entrepreneurship team. The team received gold at the state level and silver in the national level for 2017. Melissa’s volunteer efforts include being a youth soccer coach at the YMCA and summer youth programs at Hickory Cove Bible Camp where she has been a counselor, lifeguard, photographer, and assistant to the marketing director. In her spare time, she enjoys art and sharing her creative skills with others.

“We have been doing this with CVCC for about four years,” says Robyn Parker, HMA Guild chair of Evening for the Arts. “They have designed our invitations for one of our spring events and three of our fall Angel of the Arts events. During this whole time the students have turned out beautiful work. Each student has different talents, so it is fun to see what choices they give us. We are always excited to work with them and their instructor, Jennifer Cobb.”

The Advertising and Graphic Design program is part of the Fine and Applied Arts department at CVCC. It is a two-year degree that explores multiple areas of design including print design, packaging, typography, interactive design, web design, and more. For information about the program, contact the program head, Jennifer Cobb, at 828/327-7000, ext. 4020 or by email at (jcobb@cvcc.edu).

Evening for the Arts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, from 6-9 pm at Lake Hickory Country Club. Guests will enjoy live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, two tickets for the beverage of their choice, and participation in both live and silent auctions. Reservations are $50 and should be placed by Friday, Nov. 3rd via (www.HickoryArt.org) or by contacting the Kelly Smith with Hickory Museum of Art at 828/327-8576.

This year’s event will again include a raffle drawing. The winner will have a choice of one of the following trips: a Royal Caribbean Cruise for Two (4 or 5 nights), a Fairmont Scottsdale Golf and Spa for Two in Scottsdale, AZ, or a $1000 Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago Shopping Spree. The winner does not need to be present on Nov. 11 in order to win. Raffle tickets are $35 each and may be purchased on the website, the museum office, or from any HMA Guild member.

Major sponsors of this year’s Evening for the Arts are David E. Looper & Company, and Alex Lee/Lowes Foods/ Mr. and Mrs. Boyd L. George. Other sponsorship levels are still available and can be arranged by contacting the museum at 828-327-8576.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory NC. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art, classes, field trips, and events, visit (www.HickoryArt.org) or call 828/327-8576.

Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, Says Soup’s On – Oct. 28, 2017

September 30, 2017

Hub City Empty Bowls will host its annual Soup Day, on Oct. 28, 2017, from 11am-4pm, at the Chapman Cultural Center, to raise money and awareness for hunger in Spartanburg, SC, where about 16 percent of the people are not sure where their next meal is coming from. Spearheaded by Carolina Clay Artists, Soup Day is a community event where citizens can make $15 donations to receive locally handmade pottery bowls and a simple meal of soup, bread, tea, and the fellowship of others who want to make Spartanburg a better place to live.

All money raised will be given to TOTAL Ministries, a local nonprofit charity that helps Spartanburg citizens in dire financial straits. Last year, 2016, Hub City Empty Bowls gave more than $33,000 to TOTAL Ministries. For every bowl taken by a patron, 83 pounds of food can be secured for those in need.

In addition to several hundred pottery bowls to choose from and about two dozen soups donated by local restaurants, patrons will be able to enjoy live music, a silent auction, and a drum circle on an autumn day.

During the summer, Hub City Empty Bowls hosted three public bowl-making events, where the general public was able to make handmade pottery bowls at no cost. All supplies, space, and instruction were donated. These were wholesome, creative, and well attended community events that welcomed everyone, even children who made some of the most endearing bowls. The hand-shaped bowls were left in at the host studios – West Main Artists Co-Op and Spartanburg Art Museum – for touch-ups, painting, and firing. In addition, several experienced and professional potters donated bowls, many of which were wheel thrown and of professional quality. All of those bowls will be available on Soup Day. Many people do their Christmas shopping at Soup Day, securing gifts that have significant social and creative meaning.

Empty Bowls is a worldwide charitable and social phenomenon without any oversight or headquarters. It was started in 1990-91 by a high school art teacher who wanted to involve his students in an art-based community project of making pottery bowls that could be used to raise money to feed the poor. From that humble beginning, the concept spread around the world, taking on many different aspects, but always keeping locally made pottery bowls as the source of the fundraising.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls’s 2017 Soup Day, please visit online at (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com).

This program is funded in part by Chapman Cultural Center, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission that receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

Yard Sale to Raise Money for Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC – Sept. 16, 2017

August 30, 2017

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is reaching out to members and friends to donate art, art-related supplies or other materials to sell at a yard sale, proceeds from which will benefit SoBA maintenance and programs.

Those interested can bring items to the Center for Creative Arts, the building next to the gallery, after 1pm, Sept. 14, all day Sept. 15 and by 9am, Sept. 16.

The SoBA Yard Sale will take place from 10am to 4pm, Saturday, Sept. 16th at the SoBA gallery, located at 6 Church Street.

SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more.

Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces A Call For Entry For Mask Exhibit – Deadline Sept, 29, 2017

July 30, 2017

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces a Call for Entry for the “Art of the Mask”: A DCAC Special Exhibit, presented as a compliment to DCAC’s annual fundraising event the Black Opal Masquerade Ball, which will be held on Oct. 28, 2017.

Outer Banks artists working in: metal, wood, cloth, papier mâché, glass, paint, clay, leather, enamel and jewelry artists are invited to create masks that encourage viewers to explore their imaginations.

“Art and identity form some of the strongest visual images we know,” said “Art of the Mask” Exhibit Curator Carol Willett. “This year’s annual fundraiser, the Black Opal Masquerade Ball, is intimately linked with our month-long exhibit, “Art of the Mask”. Artists from all different media have a unique opportunity to turn their talents toward producing masks and mask-related art that will excite the community and prepare us for a splendid night at the Ball.”

Artists wishing to participate in the “Art of the Mask” exhibit can find a prospectus online at (DareArts.org/mask) and at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo.

The “Art of the Mask” is open to Dare County Arts Council members and residents of Dare County age 18 and over. Entries can be dropped off Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept, 29, 2017, between 10am and 5pm at the DCAC Gallery, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave. Manteo, NC.

An opening reception for the mask exhibit will be held at Dare County Arts Council on First Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 6-8pm.

Everyone is encouraged to visit this special exhibit to find the perfect mask for Black Opal. The event will celebrate the spirit of creativity and imagination. Tickets to Black Opal can be purchased online at (DareArts.org/blackopal) and at Dare County Arts Council in Manteo.

“Every year, our big fundraiser enables us to make nearly all of our arts programming free and open to the public,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “The mask exhibit is meant to be a preview of this year’s Black Opal event, which promises to be a ton of fun! Costumes and masks are optional at Black Opal, but highly encouraged.”

The “Art of the Mask” exhibit will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

As Black Opal’s Michelangelo sponsor, TowneBank supports the “Art of the Mask” exhibit along with Dare County Arts Council’s Emerging Artists Series and Power of Art program.

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

For more information about “Art of the Mask” exhibit, please visit (DareArts.org/mask) or call 252/473-5558.

Monster Drawing Rally Returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Aug. 25, 2017

July 30, 2017

The second annual Monster Drawing Rally, featuring more than 70 artists at all stages of their careers taking shifts to draw for an hour in front of a live audience. As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged works of art. Finished drawings are immediately available for $50 each. DJ Forge will be spinning beats, and a variety of food trucks will be on hand. The evening also includes a collaborative art project sponsored by Flight Fund.


View from past event

Monster Drawing Rally makes art more accessible as a way to view new talent, interact with North Carolina’s artistic community, and support NCMA programming. Inspired by the San Francisco artist-centered nonprofit Southern Exposure, whose mission is to show support to local artists, we’ve adopted this fund-raising idea to bring North Carolina artists to the Museum for a night of creating, mingling, drinking, and fun.

Artists include Ben Shafer, Miriam Zimil, Drew Hill, Greg Baldwin, Kiki Farish, Maya Freelon Asante, Rio Aubry Taylor, Sean Kernick, Marx Myth, Bart Cusick, and more.

Food trucks include The Parlour, Stuft, Flirting with Fire, Bulkogi, and Soomsoom Pita Pockets.

The event takes place in the East Building at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, NC, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, from 5:30 to 9pm.

Tickets: $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, free for children under 6 with ticket. Purchase online or through the Box Office at 919/715-5923

The NCMA hosts a special related event, ArtCast Live Podcast, on Thursday, August 3, featuring artists from the Monster Drawing Rally and local podcasters Jen Dasal, NCMA associate curator of contemporary art (ArtCurious) and Jeff Bell, host (Don’t You Lie to Me). The event is free with ticket. The ArtCast Live event is also the debut of the Art-o-Mat art vending machine. For $5, attendees can get a unique piece of art, dispensed through a one-of-a-kind vintage vending machine. Learn about the podcast hosts and artists on the Museum site.

For further info visit (http://ncartmuseum.org).

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Will Present Exhibit of Dinnerware and Hosts Three Intimate Dinners

June 29, 2017

“What’s For Dinner?”, an exhibit of handmade dinnerware, will be presented at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Aug. 5 through Nov. 25, 2017.

Handmade dinnerware does more than feed a hungry body—it provides the user with visual nourishment and tactile delight. “What’s for Dinner?” celebrates the connection between ceramics and food through the work of twenty North Carolina makers, including:

Contributing works to this exhibit include: Cady Clay Works, Courtney Martin, David Vorhees, Dean & Martin Pottery, Doug Dotson, East Fork Pottery, Great White Oak Gallery, HAAND, Heather Mae Erickson, Jugtown Pottery, Mangum Pottery, Melissa Weiss, New Salem Pottery, Nick Moen Studios, Nine Toes Pottery, Original Owens Pottery, Sedberry Pottery, Stanley Mace Andersen, Tom Gray, and Westmoore Pottery.

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 from noon-2 pm. The reception is open to the public and free of charge. All dinnerware in the show will be available for purchase. Purchased dinnerware must remain in the show until its end date.

Have Dinner @ The North Carolina Pottery Center

We’re hosting three intimate dinners at the North Carolina Pottery Center featuring the dinnerware that’s on display.

The first of these dinners is Friday evening, Aug. 4, 2017, the day before the exhibition officially opens, which combined with a delightful four-course dinner and wine from Elliots on Linden of Pinehurst, NC, makes this dinner extra special! Executive Director Lindsey Lambert will be your host for the evening.

Tickets are $160 each. Only 20 available.

Call 336/873-8430 or visit the North Carolina Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC, to make reservations.

The North Carolina Pottery Center is a nonprofit organization. All proceeds will support the center’s mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in our great state!

Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, Launches 2017 Program

May 31, 2017

Hub City Empty Bowls – an annual fundraiser that uses handmade pottery bowls to feed hungry Spartanburg citizens – has set the 2017 dates for its well-attended events. There will be three regularly scheduled bowl-making events: Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s pottery studio at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC; Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 5-8pm at West Main Artists Co-Op, during ArtWalk; and Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at 10am-noon and 1-3pm at Chapman Cultural Center. Soup Day will be Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, from 11am-4pm at Chapman Cultural Center. All events are free and family friendly.

Hub City Empty Bowls is a localized fundraiser inspired the international Empty Bowls decentralized program. Locally, the program’s spearhead Carolina Clay Artists coordinates public bowl-making sessions. At no charge, citizens of all ages are given supplies, tools, space, and instructions on how to make hand-shaped pottery bowls. Those unfinished bowls are left at the venue to be painted and fired by experienced potters. Bowls often made by children can be simple, primitive, and charming. Others made by experienced potters can be precise, intricate, and sophisticated.

With hundreds of bowls created by local citizens, Carolina Clay Artists then hosts Soup Day, an event where patrons receive the bowls – each for a $15 donation to TOTAL Ministries, a local charity that provides food and other resources to people in financial crisis. In addition to receiving bowls, the patrons can enjoy a meal of soup, bread, and tea donated by the community’s leading restaurants, hear live music, bid in a silent auction, and enjoy the fellowship and comradery of knowing they are helping to feed people in need. In 2016, the Carolina Clay Artists donated a record-breaking $33,000 to TOTAL Ministries.

“Coordinating Hub City Empty Bowls is a massive undertaking,” 2017 Chairman Bruce Bowyer said. “People want to know as soon as possible about our dates so they can plan accordingly. Some people come to all of the bowl-making sessions and Soup Day. Plus, by setting the dates early, we can better handle the large crowds of people who normally show up. It is not unusual for us to have several hundred people come to a bowl-making session. And come Soup Day, we’ll see more than a thousand.”

Despite the crowds, it is seldom anyone has to wait to make a bowl or enjoy Soup Day. Space, volunteers, and experience are plentiful enough to keep everyone engaged.

Carolina Clay Artists is a local group of hobbyist and professional potters who come together monthly to share ideas, hold workshops and demos, and tour pottery studios to see other artists’ work and learn new ideas. It is open to all who have an interest in learning and sharing about pottery. Annual dues are $35. Hub City Empty Bowls is the group’s annual charity fundraising event to help feed the hungry.

TOTAL Ministries got its start in 1982 as Project Eat. Founder Dannie Horne saw an unemployment rate of 9.7% and that many people in Spartanburg County were hungry. During the first 17 months of Project Eat’s existence, $190,000 of groceries were distributed in an effort to alleviate that problem. In 1983, TOTAL Ministries of Spartanburg County, Inc. was incorporated by 12 Spartanburg churches to carry on the work of Project Eat. Since then, additional emergency services have been added to the TOTAL mission in an effort to help those in need. For those in need, TOTAL can help with utility services, food, and medications.

Empty Bowls started in 1990 by Michigan art teacher John Hartom, who organized a charitable event to give his art students a way to make a personal difference in the lives of others in their community. Hartom’s students made pottery bowls in their high school art classes, and the finished products were then used as individual serving pieces for a fundraising meal of soup and bread. From that simple beginning, Empty Bowls has spread around the world, taking root in communities both small and large. Spartanburg had its first Empty Bowls program in 2009. All Empty Bowls efforts are locally based with all proceeds going to a local charity with a mission to alleviate hunger in its community. None of the money raised leaves the community. The lead agency, Carolina Clay Artists, donates all of its time and talents, and receives no monetary benefit. Locally, all proceeds go to TOTAL Ministries.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please visit online at (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com) or call 864.706-3739 or 864/585-9167.

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.