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Craft Emergency Relief Fund is on Hold Pending Future Donations – Give Now If You Can

June 10, 2018

As we enter another hurricane season this month, I’m writing to share an important announcement and a call for unprecedented need for relief funds.

Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change have exponentially increased the demands on our Craft Emergency Relief Fund to help artists recover from disasters that affect their art and their livelihoods. Since last Fall, we have provided three times more grants and loans than last year – depleting available funds for relief.

We have made the difficult and unprecedented decision to put the Emergency Relief Program on hold until we can raise more money to meet artists’ needs. We are currently not taking any applications until we can raise at least $200,000 to reinstate this critical program.

Thank you for all you contributed in the past to CERF+ to help sustain the Artists Safety Net! Our new 2017 Impact Report shows how much of a difference you have made. We are proud to have served dozens of artists with emergency relief and 114% more artists with our preparedness programs as a result. Our message to “Get Ready” has reached thousands of artists over the years.

Now, it’s our turn to get ready again – and we need your help.

PLEASE HELP US RAISE $200,000 so we can reopen the Craft Emergency Relief Fund ASAP.

Donate at this link (https://cerfplus.org/donate/?org=808&lvl=100&ite=1053&lea=696551&ctr=0&par=1&trk=).

“Words cannot explain the gratitude we feel right now. Your help has been a tremendous example of solidarity to people in need. We will never forget it,” said Lemuel Maldonado, Woodworker, Puerto Rico.

Editor’s Note: The President and FEMA won’t help Puerto Rico’s artist, but we can – give today, every little bit helps and share this post to let others know.

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Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Donations for Its Annual “ArtShare” Fundraising Exhibition

June 9, 2018

This year marks the sixth year of the Haywood County Arts Council’s (HCAC) “ArtShare” exhibit in Waynesville, NC. “ArtShare” is a showing of fine works of art which have been donated to or consigned with the HCAC. The HCAC welcomes pieces from collectors that may be downsizing, changing décor, or who wish to consign estate items to benefit the arts in this community. “ArtShare” was born out of a desire to allow collectors to be able to pass on art for someone else to enjoy.

The Haywood County Arts Council will accept donations or consigned items in the gallery beginning July 11, though inventory sheets may be turned in prior. Inventory sheets are due no later than July 20, 2018. Even if collectors have participated in the past, we encourage them to participate again. Artists may participate by sharing their own work, but only if donating. If you have questions, please call the Haywood County Arts Council at 828/452-0593. “ArtShare” runs from August 3-25, 2018.

More information about donating, including show contracts and inventory lists, can be found at (www.HaywoodArts.org).

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves all artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

For more information call 828/452-0593, e-mail to (info@haywoodarts.org) or visit (www.HaywoodArts.org).

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, Calls for Bicycle Art – Deadline July 25, 2018

June 9, 2018

The Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, is pleased to host the annual Juried Invitational Art Exhibit titled “THE BICYCLE: Art Meets Form” opening August 30th and on view until September 28th, 2018. This is the fourth year for the exhibit and it will be held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic benefiting the Bobby Labonte Foundation in downtown High Point. The Opening Reception will be held Thursday, September 6th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at TAG. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


Work by Margot Holloman

The exhibition will feature original works of art by artists from across the US and all of the art must relate in some way to bicycles or cycling. Interested artists will find the Entry Procedure for submitting art work and additional information at (http://tagart.org/call-for-artists-2/) or by calling the TAG office at 336/887-2137. Prizes will be awarded during the Opening Reception on September 6th for First Place: $1000, Second Place: $500, and Third Place: $250.

The deadline for entries is July 25, 2018.

The High Point Cycling Classic is one of the most well attended and celebrated sports and entertainment events in High Point, North Carolina’s history. Founded in 2010 by avid High Point cyclists Chip Duckett, Randy Carda and Rodney Simpson, the High Point Cycling Classic quickly became one of the community’s most anticipated gatherings. The High Point Cycling Classic and the Bobby Labonte Foundation generates substantial funds available as grants to community nonprofit organizations. All of your entry fees, sponsorship dollars, ticket purchases and any other dollar you spend at the Classic will go right back out to families here in our neighborhoods and benefit building stronger futures for our children!

For more information about the weekend visit (http://highpointcyclingclassic.com) or (http://bobbylabontefoundation.org).

Hub City Empty Bowls Celebrates 10 Years with a New Event in Spartanburg, SC – Sept. 28, 2018

June 7, 2018

Hub City Empty Bowls 2018 marks 10 years of pottery bowl-making as a way to raise funds that feed hungry people in Spartanburg, SC, who are not sure where their next meal is coming from.

To celebrate 10 years of helping the public make thousands of hand-shaped pottery bowls and donating tens of thousands of dollars to local charity that provides food to the needy, the lead agency Carolina Clay Artists will add a special event to its lineup of activities. In addition to three bowl-making sessions and Soup Day, “10 Years of Filling Empty Bowls” will be a ticketed party on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 at Indigo Hall in downtown Spartanburg. Patrons will purchase $50 advance tickets that will admit them to the event and will include first dibs on selecting pottery bowls (one bowl is included in the ticket price); beer, wine, and finger foods; and a silent auction. The event starts at 5:30pm and ends at 8pm.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Traci Kennedy at 864/585-9167, ext. 202 or e-mailing her at (Director@TotalMinistries.org).

“This is a special year, and we wanted to do something special to celebrate,” Hub City Empty Bowls 2018 Chair Bruce Bowyer said. “After nine years of doing this, we’ve noticed some things that people really like about Hub City Empty Bowls. They like the pottery bowls. They like looking at them and getting the ones they really want based on shape, color, and personality. They like being together. People really have a good time when they attend bowl-making sessions or Soup Day. They like coming together for a common cause. So, we are giving them another opportunity to enjoy what they like the most. The night before Soup Day, we’ll host this party for people who want the best selection of bowls and who want another reason to get together in their efforts to end local hunger. I think a good time will be had by all, and, of course, all of the money will be given to TOTAL Ministries, the local faith-based charity that provides food to local people in dire financial straits.”

In recent years, Hub City Empty Bowls as averaged donating about $33,000 a year to TOTAL Ministries, which now helps with the administration of the annual event, freeing members of Carolina Clay Artists to focus their efforts on actual pottery making.

“Carolina Clay Artists has filled many empty stomachs in Spartanburg in the past nine years,” TOTAL’s Director Traci Kennedy said. “So many people — not just the homeless but average people who have lost jobs or fallen on hard times — have been saved from the pangs of hunger because someone made a pottery bowl and someone else bought it. Hub City Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort that has struck a nerve in Spartanburg. It is much anticipated and much loved. It is a creative program, it is an inclusive program, it is an effective program. Look at it this way: a $20 pottery bowl produces about 100 pounds of food from the local food bank. One hundred pounds of food can feed a family of four for about a week.”

According to Feeding America, a leading national agency dedicated to stopping hunger, about 13.6 percent or 39,690 people in Spartanburg are “food insecure,” which is usually defined as people who aren’t sure if they will have their next meal. The State of South Carolina has a rate of 15.3 percent or 746,810 people out of the total population of 4,896,146, based on 2017 statistics.

“Spartanburg may not be the worst county in the state for food insecurity, but we certainly have a problem,” Kennedy said. “I see it every week as people who need help line up outside our doors.”

The first bowl-making session will be Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM), housed at Chapman Cultural Center. The morning session will be 10am to noon; the afternoon session will be 1-3pm. Anyone can attend, and there is no charge. All clay, studio space, and professional instruction are donated. This is an excellent family event.

The second bowl-making session will be Saturday, July 7, 2018, at West Main Artists Co-op, from 1-4pm. The third and final bowl-making session will be Saturday, July 14, at SAM, from 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

Soup Day will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, from 11am-4pm at Indigo Hall. Hundreds of finished pottery bowls will be on display and available for purchase/donation at $20 each. Included in the day’s activities will be about two dozen gourmet soups donated by local restaurants. The meal will include tea, water, and bread. Also, there will be live music.

“Bowl making is the creative part of Hub City Empty Bowl,” Bowyer said. “Individuals and families come to experience pottery or to scratch a creative itch. Soup Day is when it all comes together. I’ve seen people get a dozen or more bowls at a time. They use them for Christmas gifts, and I know of one lady who gets them to be used at her Thanksgiving meal. Then they all congregate to eat soup, listen to the music, and feel good about helping others. It really is one of Spartanburg’s most heartwarming events.”

This year’s sponsors are West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Art Museum, Chapman Cultural Center, Allegra Printing, JM Smith Corp., and Chris Williams.

Empty Bowls is an international phenomenon that uses art to fight hunger in local communities. It started in 1990, when Michigan high school art teacher John Hartom wanted to create an outreach program for his students to use art as a means to raise money that would be used to feed local citizens. From there, the concept spread globally, with each community tweaking the concept to fit its unique circumstances. Most communities engage local potters to help citizens make pottery bowls that are eventually sold at a public event, such Hub City Empty Bowls’s Soup Day. Other communities use different types of art and/or different fundraising events. There is no centralized authority: each community coordinates its program based on the original concept but individualizes it to suit its ways, means, and goals.

For more information about “10 Years of Filling Empty Bowls” or Hub City Empty Bowls, please visit online (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com).

Art League of Hilton Head and The Literacy Center on Hilton Head Island, SC, Present “Benches, Books & More!”

May 8, 2018

The Art League of Hilton Head and The Literacy Center on Hilton Head Island, SC, have teamed up in a collaborative effort entitled “Benches, Books & More!” This week-long exhibition features hand-painted furniture by locally well-known artists inspired by, and in partnership with, Lowcountry authors. This collaborative fundraiser is a first of its kind here on Hilton Head. The illustrations and themes of popular books by ten Lowcountry authors will be hand-painted by local artists on benches, chairs, tables and a variety of furniture. Notable artists include; Addison Palmer, Dennis Lake, Amos Hummell, Andrea Studenc and Stella Lee-Anderson. The artwork on the furniture will be inspired by both adult and children’s books.

“Both organizations have a mission to enrich Hilton Head and it’s great to work together to support our community. Stop by and place a bid. You will not only have a chance to win a one-of-a-kind work of art you can hand down for generations, but you will be supporting two community organizations.” states Mary Ann Hanna, Art League Board Member.

You must see this exhibition of two local organizations working together to enhance our community. “Benches, Books & More!” will be on exhibition at Art League Gallery, May 28 – June 1, 2018. A Gala event will be held on Friday, June 1, from 6-9pm.

Art League of Hilton Head promotes and supports the visual arts through education, exhibitions and partnerships for the cultural enhancement of the community and its visitors. Art League’s Academy instructors and Gallery exhibiting artists produce a wide array of artwork in all media, a testament to the artists quality they will reproduce on the furniture

The Literacy Center empowers adults and enriches the community by providing literacy classes for the people of Beaufort County so they can be successful with their family, at their jobs and in the community. The Literacy Center is the only nonprofit organization providing these services to about 500 people and families at four locations. “One in 11 people in Beaufort County are unable to read, write or speak English. Proceeds of this unique event will benefit the TLC’s literacy, reading, writing, English, workforce development and Citizenship programs offered by TLC,” states Pam Wall, Executive Director of The Literacy Center.

Author Book Signing Schedule:
Andrea Studenc, “Hair Brain Jane” 5/29/2018, 10-11:30am
Connie Sewell, “Summer Saltz Books” 5/29/2018, 10am-2pm
Sansing McPherson “Sweat Sisters” 5/29/2018, 10am-1pm
Howard Rankin, “God’s Waiting Room” 5/30/2018, 10am-1pm
Roger Pinckney, Right Side of the River” 5/30/2018, 12-3pm
Ann Lilly “Scoots New Home” 5/31/2018, 1:30-4pm
Elijah Heyward “Stories and Poems of a Gullah Native” 5/31/2018, 11am-3pm
Jim Jordan “Savannah Grey” 5/31/2018, 10am-2pm
Laurie McCall “Song of the Sirens” 5/31/2018, 11am-3pm
Sheila Ferguson “Journey Back to Me” 5/31/2018, 1:30-4pm

Gala Event: Friday, June 1, 2018, from 6-9pm. $10 per person. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased at Art League Gallery, at Art League Academy, and online at (www.artleaguehhi.org). Enjoy live music, wine & hors d’ oeuvres. Winners of silent auction to be announced at 8pm. The Art League Gallery is located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC,

For further info call 843/681-5060.

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls For Art Works for Two Exhibits

March 31, 2018

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, extends a call to all clay artists to participate in an upcoming May 2018 exhibit showcasing handcrafted clay mugs and creations in oil. Please submit a complete application, as well as an image of the work you plan to submit, and a paragraph explanation of that work. Timeline: Applications are due April 2 and may be downloaded from (www.haywoodarts.org). All artwork will be dropped off at the Arts Council office May 1.

A Call to Artists—Freedom: An Artist’s Point of View
The Haywood County Arts Council and local non-profit, REACH, are co-sponsoring the June Exhibit. REACH serves survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and teen dating violence. They not only operate a 24-hour helpline and emergency shelter, but also provide victim advocacy, legal assistance, counseling referrals, and community education. We ask that interested artists select one piece to donate for this show – we are seeking variety and wide participation. Work themed around freedom and the arts are encouraged. All mediums are welcome for this exhibit. Please submit a complete application, as well as an image of the work you plan to donate OR a digital sample of the donated work and a one-paragraph artist’s bio. Timeline: Applications are due April 2 and may be downloaded from (www.haywoodarts.org). All donated artwork will be dropped off at the Arts Council office May 29 & 30.

For further info contact Leigh M Forrester, Executive Director by calling 828/452-0593, e-mail to (director@haywoodarts.org) or visit (www.haywoodarts.org).

The University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design, in Columbia, SC, will Hold the 63rd Annual Art Auction in McMaster Gallery – Mar. 28, 2018

March 13, 2018

McMaster Gallery, located at 1615 Senate Street in Columbia, SC, will hold the 63rd Annual Art Auction, on Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018, from 6-9pm.

The 63rd Annual Art Auction will include original artworks of a variety of mediums including: sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, painting and ceramics made by faculty, current students, and alumni of the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design and artists within the community including (but not limited to).


Work by Virginia Scotchie


Work by Cameron Porter


Work by Alicia Leeke

The updated list of artists for McMaster Gallery Art Auction includes: Sigmund Abeles, Joseph Abuelo, Paddy Almond, Grace Barnes, Nick Boismenu, Thomas Bosse, Savannah Cagle, Lauren Chapman, Robert Courtright, Carl Craighead, Jessica Dame, Tab Donnelly, Alejandro Garcia Lemos, Jonathan Green, Mana Hewitt, Bri Kinard, Laura Kissel, Jordan Le, Alicia Leeke, Erin Mitchell, Maggie Mozdzierz, Linda Neely, Marcelo Novo, Cameron Porter, Adrian Rhodes, Kathleen Robbins, Brian Rutenberg, Sara Schneckloth, Virginia Scotchie, Rob Shaw, Brittany Sparks, Katie Slack, Alexandra Stasko, Aston Stroman, John Henry Tecklenburg, Olaf Tollefson, Marius Valdes, and Daniel Williams.

These artworks will go to the highest bidders Wednesday, Mar. 28, from 6-9pm in the McMaster Gallery at the 63rd Annual USC Art Auction. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

The artwork will be on display for public viewing starting at 1pm on Mar. 28. Anyone who cannot attend the Art Auction event can fill out an Absentee Form to participate. There will be a Preview Party at 6pm followed by the Live Auction at 6:30pm. The Silent Auction will be open at 6pm and close about 30 minutes after the Live Auction ends.

The auction is sponsored by the School of Visual Art and Design in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Proceeds from the auctioned works are divided between the artists and the university’s art scholarship and gallery fund. Credit cards (excluding Discover) and checks will be accepted.

This popular event will be held at McMaster Gallery located in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, with accessible street parking on Pickens, Senate, and Henderson.

For more information, contact Kara Gunter, Gallery Director and organizer of this year’s event, at 803/777-5752 or e-mail to (gunterkm@mailbox.sc.edu).

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.

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/).

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.