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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).

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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.

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).