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Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine, NC, Hosts Online Benefit Auction to Raise Lost Funds – July 17 – 19, 2020

July 8, 2020

Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine, NC, will hold its inaugural online auction July 17 – 19, 2020 to raise operational and programmatic funds lost as a result of gift shop and gallery closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Past auctions to support the organization have taken place in person, where supporters gathered to celebrate the arts and community. The tradition continues this year, albeit online, allowing patrons of the arts to contribute safely from their homes.

The online auction will feature approximately forty pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork, spanning a multitude of media, with the majority of pieces being made in Mitchell, Yancey, and Avery counties. Supporters will recognize work by renowned Toe River Artists like Jim Waters or Kenny Pieper and will be introduced to new members Melanie Risch and Noah Styles.

Work by Jim Waters, “Still Got the Blues”, 24H x 24W x 1.25D in, oil and cold wax on panel

Work by Kenny Pieper, “Ripple Vase Urn”, 2020, 9H x 7W x 7D in, blown glass

Donated works came from: Garold Amsberry, Bill Brown, Debra Carpenter, Carrie DeVee, Nathan Favors, Loretta Forde and David Wilson, Lisa Gluckin, Becky Gray, Bea Hensley, Sarah Holt, Jerry Jackson, Hasui Kawase, Beth Kokol, Delphia Lamberson, Robin Martindale, Dennis McAvoy, Jeff McDowell, Mary Mikkelsen and Henry Pope, Aldina Nash-Hampe, JR and Kristen Page, Gaylene Petcu, Kenny Pieper, Linda Powell, Melanie Risch, Nena Rowell, Rutkowsky Pottery, Valerie Schnaufer, Martin Stankus, Noah Styles, Yaffa and Jeff Todd, Kat Turczyn, Jim Waters, and Mark Woodham.

In addition to artwork, the online auction will feature a Call to Action for Toe River Arts educational programming. Bidders are encouraged to donate any amount to this call. Since 1976, Toe River Arts has worked with educators and students in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties to ensure both students and educators have access to inspirational arts programming and professional development.

Work by Melanie Risch, “Volcano Vase”, 6.75H x 9.75W x 5D in, iron-heavy clay with glaze washes

Work by Noah Valentine Styles, “Waking”, 8.25H x 15.25W x 9.5D in, clay

Over the past year, Toe River Arts has continued to offer free guitar and banjo lessons to middle school students through its TAPS (Traditional Arts Programming for Students) programming, brought the John Brown Little Big Band to area elementary schools, and worked with community partners to assemble and distribute 600 art activity packets to students sent home due to school closures. Toe River Arts staff is working diligently to reengineer existing programming into an online format, as well as develop new opportunities for educators. This October Toe River Arts, along with BIG INK, will bring a large-scale printmaking workshop to the community. Now more than ever, ongoing public support is critical to the organization’s educational programming.

Funding helps Toe Rivers Arts place instructors like Sam Maren in area schools. Maren, a guitar and banjo instructor, is “an arts educator and without places like the Toe River Arts … I have a hard time connecting. I give private lessons, but I much prefer to work in the school system, and in the community.” It is this connection that arts educators like Melisa Cadell deem essential to their students’ development. “I think the most critical part that Toe River Arts can play in arts education, at least for my students, is to provide a connection with the artists of the region to the students to be able to talk to artists … and make a real connection,” says Cadell.

Individuals interested in bidding on auction items can view listings and preview auction artwork online at ( beginning Friday, July 3. A full list of participating artists can be found at (

Auction items can be viewed in person at the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Gallery during normal operating hours leading up to and during the auction. The Gift Shop & Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm.

For more information, call 828/765-0524 or e-mail to (

Cedar Hill Gallery in Waynesville, NC, Holds “Auction for the Arts” from June 24 – July to Benefit the Haywood County Arts Council

June 12, 2020

The Haywood County Arts Council is holding its silent auction, “Auction for the Arts”, of original artwork from June 24 – July 11, 2020, at Cedar Hill Gallery. Bidding will begin at noon on Wednesday, June 24 and end on Saturday, July 11 at 4:30pm.

The auction items will each have a “Buy Now” price so that visitors to our fine town will be able to take home their purchase on the day they see it. Bidders do not need to be present at the end of bidding in order to win. Winners will be called Monday, July 13 and may pick up items on July 13 – 18 between noon and 4:30pm at Cedar Hill Gallery, 196 N. Main Street in Waynesville, NC.

100% of the proceeds from the auction will go toward HCAC’s Arts Now! Our Campaign for the Future. The goal of the campaign is to establish a fund for the eventual purchase of a building large enough to provide gallery space for over 100 artists, an emerging artist incubator with affordable studio space, creation space for youth arts educational programs, a dedicated music classroom, three additional classrooms, and an endowment.

Join us at the Auction for the Arts! There is a wonderful variety of handcrafted jewelry, painting, pottery, stained glass, sculpture and household treasures.

Artwork donated by: Mark Matheny, Barbara Brook, Remi Dawkins, Cayce Moyer, Jerry Stuart, Diannah Beauregard, Gretchen Clasby, Mary Decker, Dominick DePaolo, Janice Huse, Jan Kolenda, Gregg Livengood, Susan Livengood, Jude Lobe, Francoise Lynch, Jeremiah Maitri, John Nelson, Dee Noelle, and Debbie Skelly will be featured.

Artists interested in donating artwork for the auction may request a contract via e-mail at ( or by calling 828/452-0593.

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Teams Up with PORCH to Feed the Community

May 7, 2020

Shop Online and Help Feed Local Families

“Over 14% of adults and 20% of children in Orange County are “food insecure”, meaning that they lack sufficient food for an active, healthy life.” With COVID-19 and current lock-down regulations, now more than ever local families need help in getting access to healthy meals. “Since its founding in 2010, PORCH has provided $2.8 million in hunger relief to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community,” and we are thrilled to help this fantastic organization add to that number.

Work by Carol Retsch-Bogart

Work by Emily Booker

Thanks to the generosity of FRANK artists, we are excited to announce that we have set-up an online gift shop with 20% of the sales proceeds going to local organization PORCH. PORCH is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization based in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area.

The shop will be updated regularly, so please check back often. The items in the shop are available for pick-up or non-contact local delivery weekly.

Work by Gordon Jameson

Work by Susan Filley

Click here to start shopping (

For further info e-mail to (

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, an Arts Council Affiliate, Launches Artist Relief Impact Fund

April 14, 2020

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, an affiliate of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, has established an “Arts Council Artist Relief Impact Fund” and launched an online “GoFundMe” campaign to raise funds for it. The initial goal for the Fund is $10,000; all funds raised in the campaign will be used exclusively to support local individual artists who are being devastated by the impact of COVID -19 virus. GoFundMe is a free, crowdfunding platform that allows people and organizations to raise money for a host of worthy causes.

Shannon Stokes, Patron Services and Events Manager at The Arts Council, is working with Art Nouveau co-chairs Lauren Carroll and Toni Tronu to coordinate the campaign. Contributions can be made by visiting ( and searching for “Art Nouveau NC”. This special Art Nouveau fundraising initiative is parallel to, but separate from, The Arts Council’s 2020 Community Fund for the Arts annual campaign, which raises funds to provide substantial general support to a wide range of local artists and arts organizations.

“Theatres are dark. Galleries are closed. Music venues are silent,” said Stokes. “Artists’ livelihoods have been destroyed, but the bills keep coming for the necessities of life. People are suffering, and the need is now. The leadership of Art Nouveau — which is comprised of young leaders in the arts community who also work in the business, education, government, technology and medical sectors of our community — stepped forward enthusiastically to lead this effort,” added Stokes.

“We have artists who already are in distress,” said Lauren Carroll, “and we want to create capacity for relief as quickly as possible. Obviously the need is much greater than the $10,000 initial goal, and we will be looking for creative ways to accumulate more resources.”

Stokes noted that the local restaurant industry, which is a strong supporter of charitable events sponsored by the arts community, has included Winston-Salem/Forsyth County artists in its “Heard Collaborative Café” project, which provides lunches for food service employees and artists negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This demonstrates so well how we are a community. One big family. And like family, we are going to stick together and help each other in a crisis,” she said.

Fundraising has just begun and an application will be available on online soon at ( Meanwhile, anyone interested in asking for assistance can send contact information by e-mail to (

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, by building awareness of cultural opportunities and encouraging participation, strives to cultivate a community of young people with a commitment to supporting the future of arts and culture in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Winston-Salem, known as a “City of Arts & Innovation,” and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition the community is receiving as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports 5,559 full time equivalent jobs; accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income, and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.

For additional information, please contact Shannon Stokes, Patron Services and Events Manager, The Arts Council by calling 336/747-1416 or e-mail to (

Artists Collective | Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Offers 10th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser – Mar. 21, 2020

March 10, 2020

Artists Collective | Spartanburg, formerly West Main Artists Cooperative, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and rebranding with a fundraiser, “Sparkle & Shine,” March 21, 6 – 8pm. The event will feature an art exhibit with works for sale by member artists, performance art by the Madddartist, an interactive art installation by Jimmy O’Neal and a scavenger hunt, as well as hors d’oeuvres and wine.

This fundraising event is a coming-out party for the organization’s new image, one that it hopes will showcase more completely the over 50 member artists who live in all parts of Spartanburg and surrounding counties. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the 32 artists’ studios that are housed in the former church building at 578 W. Main St. in Spartanburg.

“Our name, West Main Artists Co-Op, suggested a neighborhood organization with a small number of members and a limited reach in the community,” Dave Sawyer, fundraising chair of Artists Collective | Spartanburg, explains. “We came to realize that a clear and defining name and a dynamic and recognizable logo are extremely important to the overall success of our organization and the fulfillment of our mission.”

Beth Regula has been the Chair of the Management Board for the past seven years and witnessed the growth, challenges and change. “I know that opportunities have not always been available for young artists or young-at-art artists, and this is what keeps me involved,” she says of the process of creating art space out of an abandoned church that now houses the largest collection of locally-made art for sale in the county.

The organization became increasingly aware of the fact that to be sustainable they needed to tell their story better and increase sources of funding through grants and sponsorships. This fundraiser is a step toward involving the community in the important process of realizing the mission of making art and artists more accessible.

Tickets for the event, $40 for singles, $75 for couples, may be purchased online at (, at the Retail Shop at 578 W. Main Street, or at the door the night of the event.

Art donated for the Sparkle and Shine fundraiser will be on display and for sale in Galleries 2 and 3 and for sale for the month of March. All proceeds will benefit the collective.

For information contact Artists Collective | Spartanburg or Beth Regula, by calling 864/804-6501, or e-mail to (

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Offers Art in Bloom – March 19–22, 2020

February 7, 2020

The North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, NC, will hosts its annual Art in Bloom fundraiser, presented by PNC Bank, on March 19–22, 2020. Featuring more than 50 floral designers from around the country, the popular fundraiser tasks designers to create unique floral pieces inspired by works in the NCMA’s collection. More than 21,000 people attended the 2019 fundraiser and sold-out related events, marking its most successful year to date.

The four-day event also includes floral workshops, lectures, and events, as well as special extended hours and expanded food options. See more information on related events below or by visiting ( or calling 919/715-5923.

The community-favorite trash can bouquets, which popped up around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill last year in anticipation of the event, will appear in new locations in the weeks leading up to Art in Bloom. Additional community partnerships, including specialty tea with Heirloom Brewshop in Raleigh, are also to come. Follow along on the Museum’s social media channels @ncartmuseum and hashtags #NCMAbloom and #PNCartinbloom.

In preparation for Art in Bloom, the Museum’s West Building (including the galleries, Iris restaurant, and the Museum Store) will be closed on Wednesday, March 18. East Building and the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park will remain open for visitors. Proceeds from Art in Bloom support Museum programming and exhibitions and benefit the NCMA Foundation.

During the four days of Art in Bloom, tickets are required for admission to the Museum’s collection in West Building. East Building and the Museum Park will remain open and free to visitors. Tickets for members go on sale Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10am, and for nonmembers Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 10am. Reservations for Iris restaurant open for members and nonmembers Tuesday, Feb. 4.

$16 Members
$20 Nonmembers
Free for children 6 and under

Tickets available at ( or by calling 919/715-5923.

Art in Bloom tickets are good for same-day admission to the NCMA’s spring exhibitions “Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting”, “Art in Translation: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook”, and “Christopher Holt: Contemporary Frescoes/Faith and Community”.

Related events are ticketed separately. Additional fees are charged for workshops, presentations, and other events (schedule below).

Thursday, March 19, 9am–5pm; last entry 4pm
Friday, March 20, 9am–9pm; last entry 8pm
Saturday, March 21, 9am–9pm; last entry 8pm
Sunday, March 22, 9am–5pm; last entry 4pm

Art in Bloom Opening Event: Rose Gold Party
Thursday, March 19, 7:30–10pm
West Building
$45 Members, $50 Nonmembers

Come dressed to dazzle! Designers will be on hand to talk about their interpretations, answer questions, and congratulate the winner of the Director’s Choice ribbon. Ticket includes light snacks, beer and wine, and a specialty cocktail.

For further info visit ( or call 919/715-5923.

Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, Kicks Off Its 12th Year in 2020 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Jan. 20, 2020

January 19, 2020

The Hub City Empty Bowls will present its first two bowl-making sessions of 2020 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, from 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

Bowl-making sessions are public events where anyone from professional potters to beginners can make hand-shaped pottery bowls. Volunteers will provide you with materials and assist you when necessary. The bowls are then glazed and fired by members of Carolina Clay Artists and other volunteers.

“Most people find these bowl-making events to be fun and creative,” said HCEB chairperson, Bruce Bowyer. “This is perfect for people who have never done pottery but want to try, or for experienced potters to give back to the community. It is also a great place to come with your family. We love seeing everyone having fun while they make bowls.”
Every year, HCEB partners with a charity to donate their proceeds to. For the past few years, they have partnered with TOTAL Ministries, a nonprofit that donates food to locals in need.

In the fall, Hub City Empty Bowls hosts Soup Day, a public event that allows patrons to donate $20 and receive a previously-made bowl. In addition, patrons get to enjoy soup donated to the event by local restaurants.

“We are now going into our 12th year of Hub City Empty Bowls,” said Bowyer. “Time and again, Empty Bowls has proven to be one of Spartanburg’s most popular fundraisers. Last year, we donated more than $25,000 to TOTAL Ministries, and it was all done by members of the community who made simple pottery bowls.”

For more information and to find out about upcoming events, visit ( or check out their Facebook page, Hub City Empty Bowls.

Hub City Empty Bowls is one of Spartanburg County’s most respected and successful grassroots fundraisers organized by Carolina Clay Artists. Its purpose is to use the making of pottery bowls as a means to raise money that will help feed local citizens who don’t have enough to eat. Each year, Hub City Empty Bowls raises tens of thousands of dollars that are given to a local charity that is aligned with this purpose.

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Offers Sale of 2020 “Seasons of Haywood County” calendar

November 26, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, has announced the eight local photographers who have been selected for publication in the 2020 “Seasons of Haywood County” calendar. This 12-month calendar features 13 photos of beautiful Haywood County. The $15 calendar is available for purchase at the Haywood County Arts Council Gallery & Gifts beginning on Dec. 2, 2019.

The photographers that are included in our 2020 Calendar “The Seasons of Haywood County” include:
January-Peter Brown-“Winter in Haywood County”
February-Kelley Jakelis-“Winter Barn”
March-Russell Wyatt-“Elk at Cataloochee Valley”
April-Donald Raff-“Spring Thaw”
May-Denise Seay-“Dahlia”
June-Donald Raff-“Cairn”
July-Beverly Sloan-“Weeping Mountain”
August-Marnie Brooks-“Water Knob”
September-Journal Thomas-“Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly”
October-Marnie Brooks-“Autumn Blue Ridge”
November-Peter Brown-“November in Haywood County”
December-Beverly Sloan-“Snowy Drive”

The cover photo “Fall at Fines Creek” by Kelley Jakelis is also attached.

For further info call 828/452-0593 or visit (

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Announces Results of 2019 Annual Gala & Auction and Thank Yous

October 30, 2019

The Annual Gala & Auction this past Saturday evening at CAM Raleigh in downtown Raleigh, NC, was a fun event that raised a net of $40,000 to help support our mission of Sharing North Carolina’s Clay Stories, Past and Present!

Photo courtesy of Michael Mahan of From the Ground Up Pottery.

We would like to thank all of the following:

Stoker Level Sponsors
Jenny & Marshall Lamb (Cameron Clothing) Marion Church, Lucy Daniels, Thomas S. Kenan III, Brian & Gail McCarthy, Glen Medders & Paul Coggins, Larry & Debbie Robbins, David & Kendall Zmiewsky, Terry Zug & Daphne Cruze-Zug

Decorator Level Sponsor
Nancy O’Donohue

In-Kind Sponsors
Alpha Production Group

Robin Bayer, Richard Blanton & Candance Haigler, Jane Bridges, David & Laura Brody (Ethel S Brody Charitable Foundation), Rebecca Burgess, Linda Carlisle, Ray Carroll & Grady Helms, Linda Dougherty, Jaye Day-Trotter, Nancy J. Farmer, Tim Gupton & Brent Moore, David & Sherri Henderson, Terry & Thomas Henson, Mark & Carol Hewitt, Marjorie Hodges, Bran Holland & Joel Arnold, Mary Holmes & Michael Mahan, Bernard & Patricia Hyman, Michael Joyner, Bobby & Claudia Kadis, Fred Livingston, Vince Long & Cameron Furr, Matt Musselwhite, Dr. Cynthia Payne, Koala & Frank Phoenix (Fenwick Foundation), Roberta Price, Mary Regan, David Reid, John & Jane Riley, Ralph & Francine Roberson, Jo Anne Sanford & Billy Brewer, Kay Schoellhorn, Lynn & Jim Sears, Patricia Tector, John Watson & Betsy Blackwell, Lane & Linda Wharton, Susan Willard, and Randall Williamson.

[My apologies if I missed any of the Hosts who signed up in the last couple of days before the event.]

We want to extend a sincere thank you to CAM Raleigh for allowing us to host our event there.

We would also like to thank all of the potters who donated their pots, time, and enthusiasm to the event, as well as all those who have donated other items and experiences.

Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Thank you also to all of the North Carolina Pottery Center staff, artists-in-residence, auction committee members, volunteers, and others who helped make the evening possible.

For further info visit (

Join A Season for CERF+ Today & Support the Artists Safety Net

October 29, 2019

It’s not too late to get involved in A Season for CERF+! From now until Dec. 31, 2019, galleries, artists, show producers, and other supporters participate by raising funds in a number of ways, including contributing a portion of their sales, hosting a raffle, encouraging customers to “round up” their purchase, or holding a fundraising event.

This is an easy way to support CERF+ AND gain visibility for your business. Businesses like Tom Reardon and Kathleen Doyle’s Handcrafted Jewelry in Asheville, NC, who donated 10% of the proceeds from their Grovewood Gallery sales during American Craft Week to CERF+. We also want to send a special thank you to Zig Zag Gallery, Syma Studios, Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show, Freehand Gallery, and Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2 for participating in a Season for CERF+ this year!

Sign up today at this link or contact us by e-mail at ( for more information.

CERF+ headquarters are located at 535 Stone Cutters Way, Suite 202, Montpelier, VT 05602

For further info call 802/229-2306 or visit (