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The University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design Offer 62nd Annual Art Auction, on Mar. 29, 2017, at McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC

February 28, 2017

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The 62nd Annual Art Auction will be held on Mar. 28, 2017, from 6-9pm at the McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC. The event 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:

Alfred Birdsey
Jeremy Butler
Jamie Berry
Carl Craighead
Olivia Daouphars
Naomi Falk
Sharon Funderburk
Bonnie Goldberg
Lauren Greenwald
Julie Hamer
Edmari Hernandez-Silen
Mana Hewitt
Howard Hunt
Joshua Jackson
Wesley Nicole Jefferies
Bri Kinard
Marcella Kuykendall
Bobbi Leavens
Alicia Leeke
Shannon Rae Lindsey
Sean McGuinness
Erin Mitchell
Jane Nodine
Carol Pittman
Cameron Porter
Kathleen Robbins
Mary Robinson
Ellie Rose
Sara Schneckloth
Virginia Scotchie
Blue Sky
Greyson Smith
Alexandra Stasko
John Henry Tecklenburg
Olaf Tollefsen
Moses Tsai
Cody Unkart
Noah Valentim
Evelyn Wong

These artworks will go to the highest bidders Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 6-9pm in the McMaster Gallery at the 62nd Annual USC Art Auction. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

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Work by Alicia Leeke

The artwork will be on display for public viewing starting at 1pm on March 29. 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.

Please see website for additional details and image gallery at (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art/62nd-annual-art-auction).

For more information, contact Shannon Lindsey, Gallery Director and organizer of this year’s event, at 803/777-5752, 803/777-4236, or e-mail to (slindsey@email.sc.edu).

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Presents Fine Art & Fine Wine Fundraiser – Feb. 11, 2017

January 7, 2017

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What better way to celebrate ART and LEARNING than with a festive wine tasting and art auction! The Society is hosting a fundraiser event to benefit SOBA’s Center for Creative Arts which covers adult programs, free after-school programs for local 4-5th graders, events such as the K-5 Childrens’ Art Expo, and scholarships for Bluffton high school students to attend college or universities to work towards art-related degrees.

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“Fine Art & Fine Wine” will be held on Feb. 11, 2017, from 5-9pm in the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Community Park in Bluffton. Tickets are a mere $25 and include the wine tasting, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to bid on great art donated by local artists. Wine will also be available to purchase, by the bottle or the case, from two well-known distributors: Aleph Wines Corporation and Alvintage Wines. Representatives will be in attendance to answer questions and guide the party-goers in their selections. Cheese for the tasting will be furnished by Murray’s Cheese of Bluffton Kroger. Hors d’oeuvres platters will be donated by The Complete Home.

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Tickets are available at the SOBA Gallery and from SOBA members each of whom have been given a handful they are responsible for selling.

SOBA is a non-profit organization established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities. Help to continue the tradition of sharing the love of art and learning with our community!

For further information call the Society at 843/757-6586 or visit (www.sobagallery.com).

The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC, Offers Fundraiser on Feb. 4, 2017

December 30, 2016

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The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC, will be presenting all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 7-10pm, with Hearts for the Arts Goes to Vegas!. Guests will enjoy extravagantly decorated tables by local artists, an elegant buffet dinner, and fabulous Vegas entertainment from local “rat-pack” styled performers and ELVIS will be in the building!

Attire: Cocktail Glitz
Admission: Members, $95 couple/$50 single | Non-Members, $110 couple/$60 single advanced ticket sales only, guaranteed seating, cash bar available.

For further info call 864/388-7800 or visit (http://www.emeraldtriangle.us/arts-center).

Hub City Empty Bowls Soup Day Slated for Oct. 15, 2016, in Spartanburg, SC

September 30, 2016

Hub City Empty Bowls’s annual Soup Day – a grassroots fundraiser to help feed local hungry people – will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, from 11am-4pm at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC. The public is invited to select handmade pottery bowls and enjoy a wide selection of gourmet soups in exchange for $15 donations. All proceeds go towards feeding the hungry at TOTAL Ministries, a local non-profit, faith-based agency that helps citizens who are facing financial crisis.

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Last year, Hub City Empty Bowls donated $26,000 to TOTAL Ministries. Carolina Clay Artists has spearheaded Hub City Empty Bowls since its inception in 2009. Since then, this group of potters has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help feed people in Spartanburg County.

For the past several months at Spartanburg Art Museum’s pottery studio and West Main Artists Co-Op, the general public has been making clay pottery bowls in preparation for Soup Day. Average citizens, as well as trained potters, have made hundreds of bowls at free bowl-making events. Those bowls have been glazed and fired by volunteers and will be displayed in Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman on Soup Day. The display of hundreds of colorful bowls is an impressive sight. Patrons can select the bowls of their liking in an exchange for $15 donations. Afterward, the patrons may enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, and tea while enjoying live music and fellowship.

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“As much fun is generated during Soup Day, we always want to keep in mind the real reason why we do this,” Bruce Bowyer, Chairman of the event said.

“Latest statistics say that about 15 percent of the people in Spartanburg are what professionals call ‘food insecure.’ Food Insecurity causes 43,000 Spartanburg County residents to struggle with putting food on the table or keeping a roof over a families head. TOTAL Ministries can help relieve the stress of these families by making sure they can put food on the table. The Carolina Clay Artists and all of the many people who help with Empty Bowls do it because we want to make sure everyone has enough food to eat. It really is just that simple.”

“The need in Spartanburg is dire,” Traci Kennedy, Executive Director of TOTAL Ministries, said. “If it weren’t for Hub City Empty Bowls, I don’t know what we do. Carolina Clay Artists is a Godsend. We literally have people lined up outside our door needing food. Our resources are limited, and I hate to admit that we cannot meet the entire need of the community. But thanks to Empty Bowls a lot more people are able to get much needed food. If you’ve never been in the situation of not knowing how you will feed your children, you’ll never fully understand how important Empty Bowls is.”

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TOTAL Ministries has become an official organizing partner with Carolina Clay Artists in the annual Hub City Empty Bowls project and the recipient of the proceeds. In past years, the proceeds were donated to various hunger-related agencies.

The soup – donated by local restaurants – will be served in Chapman’s theater lobby, where the music will also be performed. More than two dozen restaurants or food providers have been recruited to donate at least five gallons of soup. Those restaurants are Andre Nguyen, Basil’s Grille, Country Club of Spartanburg, Cribb’s Catering, Cribb’s Kitchen On Main, FATZ Café, Garner’s Cafe, Gerhards Cafe, Hub City Co-Op, Lime Leaf, Lowes, McClellan’s Urban Eatery, Mon Amie Morning Cafe, Moveable Feasts, Nu-Way Restaurant & Lounge, Palmetto Palate, Renato In Centro, Skillet Restaurant, Southern BBQ, Sparks, Sun King Chinese Restaurant, II Samuels Restaurant, Wild Ace’s, and Willy Taco. Donors of bread, tea, and supplies include The Beacon Drive In, Cakehead Bakery, Little River Roasting Co., Long Horn’s, Wade’s Southern Cooking, and Chick-fil-a.

During Soup Day, there will also a silent auction and live music. Collectors take note: the silent auction will feature finely crafted ceramics created by local and regional artists. The musicians donating their talents are Daniel Z, Fayssoux & Brandon, Rick Praytor, Frank Walker, and Mark Miller & Friends. Public drum circles, led by Melisa Emkjer, will be held in the plaza noon-1pm and 2-3pm.

“We are getting down to the wire on this year’s Hub City Empty Bowls’s project,” Bowyer said. “We’ve got the bowls, we’ve got the soup, now we need the people to come and get them.”

The event’s sponsors are Carolina Clay Artists, Spartanburg Art Museum, West Main Artists Co-op, Chapman Cultural Center, Chris Williams, Action Printing, The Healing Arts Fund at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Milliken, Fairway Outdoor, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, and Wheresville Productions. This program is supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. Proceeds from this event will be directed to the Hub City Empty Bowls Project Fund, a component fund of The Spartanburg County Foundation established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food security, and to raise funds to help local organizations fight hunger. This year’s beneficiary organization is TOTAL Ministries.

For more information about Bowls Soup Day, please visit (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com) or call 864/706-3739.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg (SC) Event to Raise Money to Mentor Artists, Outreach with Artists Going Live – Oct. 13, 2016

September 30, 2016

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Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, will hold its 4th annual fundraiser event, Artists Going Live, on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at Drayton Mills Lofts. The night will be hosted by WSPA’s Christy Henderson and will feature live painting by local artists and local celebrities. There will be live and silent auctions, food by Cribb’s Kitchen, ARTinis, and much more.

All funds raised will go directly towards promotion of the visual arts locally by hosting collaborative events for professional artists to mentor aspiring artists. The Guild plans to accomplish this by creating a platform for artists to share knowledge about creating, presenting, and promoting themselves and their works. It also plans to use Artists Going Live proceeds to assist outreach programs for educational institutions in the region.

Last year’s event was a large success, raising over $18,000.

When: Oct. 13, from 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Drayton Mills Lofts
Tickets are $50 each and includes all food and beverages
Tickets are available at (www.artistsguildofspartanburg.com) or at the Chapman Center Box Office.

For more information or to support Artists Going Live, please contact Executive Director of Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Nikki Hicks at 864/764-9568 or e-mail to (nhicks@SpartanArts.org).

At the Art League of Hilton Head, SC’s Annual Fundraising ‘Got Art?’ EVERYONE Gets Art! – Oct. 1, 2016

September 8, 2016

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The Art League of Hilton Head, SC’s annual fundraising benefit, Got Art?, promises to make collectors out of art enthusiasts. Each $100 ticket admits two guests into the event and participation in a live drawing that guarantees the ticket holder one original piece of art. Only 100 tickets will be sold. This fun and popular event is sure to be a sell out!

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What makes this event special is that ticket holders go home with an original piece of local art created and donated by Art League member artists. Artwork may include paintings, drawings, photography, collage, jewelry, ceramic and sculpture; each valued at $200 or more.

Not knowing when your name will be called adds a certain element of fun and suspense. You never know which pieces will still be available when it’s your turn to choose. It always proves to be a lively night.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 1, 2016, starting at 4pm. Artwork preview and reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by the exciting main event drawing. When your ticket is drawn, choose an original piece of art! Every ticket is a winner.

More than 100 Got Art? artworks will be on view from Sept. 27-30 from 10am-4pm and on October 1 from 10am-1pm at Art League Gallery.

Purchase a $100 ticket. Visit (www.artleaguehhi.org) or call 843/681-5060. Tickets also available at Art League Gallery and Art League Academy.

Only 100 tickets will be sold. You must have a ticket to attend. Each ticket admits two guests and awards one piece of art.

The Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Call 843/681-5060 for more information.

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic Art Gallery and teaching Academy that welcome artists and students at all skill levels and in all media.

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 of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Fundraiser for Art Education

July 17, 2016

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Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles of middle and high school students – you’ve been issued a challenge.  The Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, challenges you to support our local art teachers and students by donating to a Go Fund Me page to help buy art supplies for classrooms during the year.

Recognizing that art education is an essential part of our children’s growth and development, ALHC established an Education Fund years ago and has provided local art teachers with supplemental funds in the form of gift certificates to purchase needed art materials for many years.

“The money from the Art League makes sure I have what I need without using my own paycheck,” one teacher explained. “I often buy things for my classroom when I see sales and good deals, and the ALHC money allows me to get more for my money than some of the state contract supplies.”

To help raise funds for 2016, the ALHC created a Go Fund Me page at (www.gofundme.com/ALHC-Art-Education).

“If Henderson County parents and student relatives would all donate just a few dollars,” challenged ALHC member Sharon Eng, “it wouldn’t take long to reach or exceed our $2000 goal for this year.”

Hendersonville art teachers often find themselves digging into their own funds to buy supplies for their classrooms.  “We typically order all of our supplies for the entire year in the fall,” explained one teacher who preferred to remain anonymous, “and the budget hasn’t changed in probably a decade.    You never know whether the black paint or the white charcoal pencils will last for the whole year.  I want my two semesters of classes to have the same supplies/opportunities,” she said.

In February, ALHC provided local middle and high school art teachers with $2200 in gift certificates to purchase art supplies for the classrooms. In addition, secondary student art winners at the Students and Mentors exhibitions received prizes provided by the Art League.

“The Art League has been supporting the art teachers in Henderson County for over 50 years,” ALHC president Sharon Carlyle said. “Our purpose is to promote appreciation and understanding of the creative arts among the students. With our yearly gift we hope to foster future generations of artists with supplies and opportunities that they may not get with the limited budgets our teachers work with.”

The Go Fund Me page is being promoted through the Art League of Henderson County Facebook page, as well as its web site, (www.artleague.net). Donors can also go to the direct link at (www.gofundme.com/ALHC-Art-Education) or to the Go Fund Me home page and input Art League of Henderson County in the search bar to access the donation site at their convenience. The Art League hopes that with the convenience of the Go Fund Me page, the public will become involved and even start other challenges to help fund the Arts in Education Program.

Martina Zinn, one of last year’s teacher recipients and ALHC member, said, “I feel the partnership between the Art League and our schools has been really special. It means a lot to the teachers and the students to know that we have support in the community from other artists. I know the students are often surprised that adults who don’t even really know them, take an interest in what they are doing and want to help them succeed.”

The ALHC was founded in 1962 with a mission to encourage and assist in the development of individual artistic talent, as well as the enjoyment of art. The organization honors this legacy by providing financial support to local art teachers and prize awards to student artists, as well as community outreach, and exhibitions and educational programs. The public and artists of all skill levels and “art lovers” are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings and programs.

The Art League of Henderson County meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month (except May, when it will be the 3rd Sunday) at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. A social hour usually begins around 1:30pm, with the meeting starting about 2pm. An art-related presentation is offered following the meeting. Guests are welcome.

For more information, contact Sharon Eng, publicity, at 828/685-8959 or e-mail to (swengbiz@gmail.com).

Hub City Empty Bowls 2016 Aims to Feed Local Hungry Citizens in Spartanburg, SC

July 12, 2016

Hub City Empty Bowls anticipates another great art-based campaign in 2016 to feed the hungry people in Spartanburg County, SC, and invites everyone to make hand-crafted pottery bowls at free public events this summer. The finished bowls will be used for the annual Soup Day fundraiser in the autumn. This year, there will be three bowl-making opportunities for public participation: Saturday, July 16, 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center; Thursday, July 21, 6-8:30pm at West Main Artists Co-Op; and Saturday, Aug. 27, 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s studios at Chapman Cultural Center. The Soup Day fundraiser will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 11am-4pm at Chapman Cultural Center.  The food pantry at TOTAL Ministries will receive the proceeds from the fundraiser to help feed the needy in Spartanburg County.

According to a 2016 report by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 15 percent of Spartanburg’s population – that’s 42,980 people – is “food insecure.” In Greenville County, the percentage is 14. The lowest ranking county in the state is Lexington with 12 percent, and the highest ranking county is Allendale with 28 percent. Overall, 17 percent of the people in South Carolina “lack adequate access to food.”

“We might not be the worst county in South Carolina with a hunger problem,” Traci Kennedy, Director of TOTAL Ministries, said. “But 42,980 is a lot of people – our friends and neighbors – who don’t have enough to eat. For children it is even worse. 22.5 percent of the children in Spartanburg – almost one out of every four – is going hungry. It is TOTAL Ministries’ mission to help feed the hungry, and thanks to Hub City Empty Bowls, we are making headway. I just pray we have another good turnout of people to make the bowls and then have them and their friends come back on Soup Day to make donations, take the bowls home, eat some truly wonderful soup, and take comfort in knowing they have helped someone in need.” TOTAL Ministries has an annual budget of about $300,000, normally helps more than 4,500 households each year.

But first, you need to make pottery bowls. Bowl-making events provide a unique opportunity for members of the community to experience the pleasure of working with clay at no cost and at any level of experience, including no experience. The clay, facilities, and instruction are all donated.  Members of Carolina Clay Artists and volunteers will be on hand to instruct participants in the techniques of bowl-making.  Many of the bowls will be simple and primitive, which has a beauty all of its own. Some participants are experienced potters, who make their bowls on pottery wheels, often producing professional-grade bowls. The events are open to anyone willing to give of their time and effort, and make for wholesome and free family activities. The bowls are left at the studios and are later glazed and fired by experienced volunteers.

“People look forward to our bowl-making events every year,” Nancy Williamson, publicity leader on behalf of Carolina Clay Artists, said. “I see some of the same faces and families come back each year. It’s fun, easy, creative, free, and, of course, it is for a good cause. I am truly amazed at some of the raw talent I is see. Even more amazing is to see all the finished bowls laid out on Soup Day for the public to take home. It’s almost like an art exhibit – a huge art exhibit with every color of the rainbow and shape imaginable.”

Proceeds from last year’s campaign allowed Hub City Empty Bowls to make an all-time high donation of $26,000 to TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based organization with a primary mission of helping the financially disadvantaged citizens of the community. Most of the money was raised on Soup Day, when citizens would receive the handmade bowls by donating $15. As part of the festive occasion, local restaurants donated gourmet soup that the donors could enjoy, along with live music and fellowship. 2016 marks the eighth year that Carolina Clay Artists has spearheaded the local effort of the internationally successful Empty Bowls concept of feeding the needy through the creation of pottery bowls.

On Soup Day, the hundreds of finished and colorful bowls will be displayed in Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center. For every $15 donation, the donor gets to keep a bowl of his or her choice and enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, and tea, served in Chapman’s theater lobby. Along the perimeter of the lobby will be various serving stations set up by local restaurants that donate a wide selection of soups to the occasion. Patrons can enjoy soups from some of the best restaurants in Spartanburg, while dining under a large canopy set up in the outdoor plaza, and enjoy listening to live music and sharing in the fellowship of knowing they are helping feed citizens in the local community. A silent auction of donated items also takes place as another means of raising money. The tradition of having a drum circle in the lobby or plaza will continue this year.

Empty Bowls was started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a high school student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon.  There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry. Each Empty Bowls organization is independent and self-governed.

Thus far, this year’s sponsors are Spartanburg Regional Foundation Healing Arts Fund, Carolina Clay Artists, West Main Artists Co-Op, Action Printing, Milliken & Company, Wheresville Productions, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, and Chris Williams. The project is still seeking more sponsors: companies and individuals willing to donate funds; restaurants to donate soup, bread, and tea; other businesses to donate eating utensils, such as paper cups, plastic spoon, and napkins; individuals and businesses to donate silent auction items; and potters to make the bowls.  Those willing to donate should contact Traci Kennedy by e-mail at (Director@TotalMinistries.org) or call 864/585-9167. For more information about TOTAL Ministries please visit (www.TotalMinistries.org).

Hub City Empty Bowls is a component fund of the Spartanburg County Foundation. It was established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food insecurity, and to help local organizations fight hunger.  For more information, please visit online at (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com). For the latest information on Hub City Empty Bowls, please like the organization on Facebook.

Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine, NC, Hosts 39th Annual Benefit Auction – July 9, 2016

May 30, 2016

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The Toe River Arts Council hosts its “39th Annual Benefit Auction” on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in downtown Spruce Pine, NC, just an hour or so north of Asheville. But the event begins a few weeks before on June 18 when Silent Auction bidding begins and a special 8×8 Exhibit opens downstairs at the Spruce Pine Gallery.

This year the gallery will showcase the best in artistry and crafts in both the Live and Silent Auction from June 18 through the day of the Live Auction and Party on the 9th. Local artists, many internationally known, who call this mountainous rural region of the Blue Ridge home, have donated work.

Also, the Arts Council is mounting an exhibit and sale of 8” x 8” works of art. In addition to inviting artists to participate, TRAC has opened up the creative minds of Mitchell and Yancey school art students and invited them to use their young talents and support the Council. TRAC provided each donating artist and student a wood frame on which they could create and donate it back. Two-dimensional artists colored the fronts while other three-dimensional artists worked with the recessed back, all demonstrating the inventiveness of folks in the area. These pieces will go on exhibit and sale June 18. The adult works will be sold for $75, the student work for $50. And when they’re gone, they are gone.

Even though the Live and Silent Auction pieces will be side by side on the first floor of the Spruce Pine Gallery, the Silent auction pieces really hold sway during the two weeks leading up to the live event. Silent bidding happens from 10:30am on June 18 through 6pm on July 9; there is no bidding fee. And those who can’t make the event can enter sealed bids via phone or in person and keep their fingers crossed.

The Live Auction and Party begins at 7pm upstairs in the Arts Resource Center. A real down-home dinner is being provided by the 2015 Spruce Pine BBQ Festival winner, Wayne Jackson. Frozen daiquiris and  Jeff McDowell’s handmade beer will flow along with the instrumentals of guitarist Jared McQueen and keyboardist Bill Gerhardt. At 7:30pm, Jeff Goodman will begin auctioning off work from some of the most renowned artists in the country—all in support of the non-profit TRAC. Monies raised support the many Arts Council-sponsored school and community programs in the region. Although partially funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, TRAC depends upon the generosity of their patrons in order for them to keep providing arts experiences, interactions, and education to those who call the Toe River Valley home.

Tickets are $40 per person, and there is limited seating. For those who can’t make the Live Auction & Party, there will be a special wine and cheese reception (with root beer floats for students and their friends) earlier in the afternoon from 4:30 to 7pm in the Gallery.

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“Red Lily” by Yaffa and Jeff Todd (photography by Mary Vogel)

Each year, TRAC features one signature piece. 2016 puts Yaffa and Jeff Todd’s “Red Lily” on center pedestal. Yaffa was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She received her MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has taught at Penland  School of Crafts (the second woman to do so) and Goddard College. Jeff Todd, from Philadelphia, majored in jewelry and glass at Southern Illinois University. He became interested in glass in the early 1970s, taking classes at SIU and at the Penland School. His talent for design, drawing and equipment building made him a perfect match for Yaffa. They met in 1980, when Yaffa was building her studio and Jeff stopped by to see if he could help. Within a few months they were working together, a few years later they married and now make their home and studio in Celo, NC.

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“Poppies” 8×8 Encaustics by Barbara McGuire

The TRAC Annual Benefit Art Auction should prove to be another winner for those who donate and those who bid and win. The first Auction was held 39 years ago. Artists have come and gone; a lot have stayed to raise their families and awareness of the arts. Some nationally recognized artists, like Jane Peiser and Kenny Pieper continue to lend their support by donating “best pieces” to the Auction. Over three decades years later, the membership has grown, the support and enthusiasm with it.

The Spruce Pine Gallery (269 Oak Avenue) is open from 10:30am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday. Go online (www.toeriverarts.org/auction-reservations) or call (828/682-7215) to make your reservation for TRAC’s 39th Annual Benefit Auction now. Then plan to visit the Spruce Pine Gallery and place your silent bids or purchase an 8×8 work of art off the wall from June 18 until the day of the Auction, July 9.

The Toe River Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to promote the arts in Mitchell and Yancey Counties and partially funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Natural and Cultural Resources Department, a state agency, and from people around the community and the county who understand the benefits the arts play in developing a individual and a thriving region.

For more information, please visit the website at (www.toeriverarts.org).

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Participation in “7Squared”, a Community Exhibit – Deadline July 1, 2016

May 30, 2016

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GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, is excited to announce “7Squared”, on view July 7 – 13, 2016. “7Squared” will be an inclusive community exhibition inviting NC artists of all ages and stages to submit an original piece measuring exactly 7in x 7in.

Deadline to enter is July 1, 2016.

Some of GreenHill’s staff took a stab at their 7 x 7 squares, including a collage by Lauren Gordon, Marketing and Design Guru, Toni Tronu, Shop Manager and Registrar, and Laura Way, Executive Director.  Participating entrants who submit their work early will be considered for promotional materials and/or social media posts.

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Work by Lauren Gordon

Laura Way, explains, “7Squared is such a simple idea that is so fun.  It is for everyone–to make, to buy or to view. With 7Squared you can walk in and do any one of these things, or all three. I think that is just great we offer this inclusive experience at GreenHill.”

Each person is permitted one piece each, and must be made of a lightweight material that can be hung by a magnet.  The artwork does not have to be signed on the front side, but must include artist name, title, e-mail and phone number on the back of each piece of artwork.  All work will be for sale at $49 (another play on 7squared) and each artist will receive 50% of the commission on sold works.

The full details of Guidelines and important dates can be found at (www.greenhillnc.org/7squared) and all submissions are due by July 1, 2016.

GreenHill is the preeminent center for contemporary visual art celebrating North Carolina’s art and culture. GreenHill is comprised of four spaces: The Gallery, InFocus Gallery, the ArtQuest Studios and The Shop. The exhibition will be set in the InFocus Gallery and will be on display during normal GreenHill hours. GreenHill is located at 200 North Davie Street inside the Greensboro Cultural Center in Downtown Greensboro.