Archive for the ‘Hickory NC Visual Arts’ Category

Hickory, NC’s 30th Annual Oktoberfest Calls for Artists Participation – Deadline is Aug. 1, 2015

July 5, 2015

Hickory, NC’s Oktoberfest 2015 is now accepting applications for Arts and Crafts vendors. Celebrating its 30th year, this annual festival will be held Oct. 9, 10, and 11, 2015, in downtown Hickory, NC. Estimated attendance is 100,000 for the three day event.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

Oktoberfest’s Juried Arts and Crafts show is a juried event, with prizes given for the top three artisans. The Arts & Crafts area includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles, jewelry, photography and more. Booth spaces are 10′ x 10′ and limited to one craftsperson per booth.

Registration will be accepted until Thursday, August 1, 2015.

Booth fees are $200.00 for all three days with electricity available for an additional $25.00. Applications and guidelines are available on line at (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com).

Other vendors include foods from around the world, commercial businesses, and nonprofit organizations.  Applications for Commercial and Non-Profit vendors are available online at (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com).  Food vendors are welcomed into the festival by invitation only. No applications are provided online.

For more information on Oktoberfest 2015, applications and guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com) and click on vendor applications or e-mail to (info@downtownhickory.com).

Catawba Valley Community College Potters’ Workshop in Hickory, NC, Offer Lecture by Ben Owen III – Mar. 19, 2015

March 9, 2015

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The Catawba Valley Community College Potters’ Workshop in Hickory, NC, offers the 2015 Lecture Series: Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition Alive Through Contemporary Works with a lecture by Ben Owen III, Mar. 19, 2015, at 7pm, in the CVCC East Wing Auditorium in Hickory, NC.

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Ben Owen III

The Catawba Valley Community College Potters’ Workshop lecture series, “Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition alive through Contemporary Works,”   concludes with American studio potter and Seagrove, NC, native, Ben Owen III. Owen will speak on Thursday evening, Mar. 19. He will discuss how he merges tradition and vision in his work, as he honors the historic Owen aesthetic while creating a new, unique body of work.

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Works by Ben Owen III

This lecture is presented by the CVCC Potters’ Workshop and is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit (www.cvcc.edu/potters_workshop).

CVCC Potters’ Workshop in Hickory, NC, Presents Lecture Series for 2015

December 17, 2014

The CVCC Potters’ Workshop in Hickory, NC, presents a new lecture series for 2015, “Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition alive through Contemporary Works.”

The Workshop is pleased to host artist Cynthia Bringle, as the first guest speaker, on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. As a resident of Penland and an instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Bringle will speak on the Penland tradition. She will discuss the importance of this tradition and how its relevancy is maintained through contemporary instruction and practice.

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Cynthia Bringle

Bringle is a graduate of the Haystack School of Crafts in Maine, and received her masters through the NY State College of Ceramics School of Art and Design in Alfred, NY. She has been producing pottery in Penland since 1970. Bringle shares that “being a full time artist is my passion and pleasure.”

The lecture starts at 7pm in the CVCC East Wing Auditorium, located in the Administrative Building on the main campus at 2550 Hwy. 70 SE, Hickory, NC. The event is open to the public and free to all guests.

This lecture is the first in a series of three, presented by the CVCC Potters’ Workshop. Catawba Valley Potter and Workshop Director, Kim Ellington will speak on Thursday, Feb. 19; and Seagrove Potter, Ben Owen III will close out the series on Thursday, Mar. 19.

The workshop seeks to promote the understanding, appreciation and continuation of Catawba Valley pottery. The goal is to provide contemporary instruction using local, historical methods and materials to make pottery.

For more information, please visit (www.cvcc.edu/potters_workshop), or call the Workshop at 828/327-7000 ext. 4032.

Full Circle Arts in Hickory NC, Calls for Entries for “Animal Crackers” Exhibit – Deadline Jan. 10, 2015

December 14, 2014

Full Circle Arts in Hickory, NC, will be hosting an exhibition, “Animal Crackers”, on view from Jan. 15 – Feb. 21, 2015, to explore our relation to the animals around us.   Images may be of pets, domestic animals, wild animals, large or small. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Catawba County

Intake of art is Thursday-Friday, Jan. 8-9, 11am-5pm, or Saturday, Jan. 10, 10am-4pm, at Full Circle Arts.

Judge and juror is Thomas Thielemann.

We celebrate the exhibition with a opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Awards include: First prize $100, Second prize $75, Third prize $50.

Rules

1.     Open to all artists.
2.     Each artist may submit up to 3 (three) works, hand-delivered to Full Circle Arts.
3.     Visual works may be 2-d or 3-d in any medium and not to have previously won a prize in a Full Circle Arts competition.
4.     Space is limited, so FCA cannot accept any work more than 48” in any direction..
5.     All wall works should be framed and must be securely wired.
6.     FCA asks a commission of 20% from exhibiting members, 30% from associate members, and 35% from non-members of FCA for works sold.
7.     Full Circle Arts reserves the right to exclude any art objects that do not conform to Full Circle Arts’ standards of quality or good taste.

Waiver and Liability

Full Circle Arts offers insurance coverage on art works entered while they are in FCA custody, with a $500 deductible.  In order for work to be insured, a value must be declared on the FCA Inventory Sheet by the artist upon delivery of artwork. Insurance coverage for work in the show ends Feb. 28, 2015.

FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW.  FCA members are present at the gallery Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday from 11am to 2pm.

More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828/322-7545.  You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or e-mail to (info@fullcirclearts.org). Please visit our website at (http:www.fullcirclearts.org).

Hickory, NC’s Oktoberfest 2014 is Accepting Applications for Arts and Crafts Vendors – Deadline Aug. 1, 2014

June 9, 2014

Oktoberfest 2014 is now accepting applications for Arts and Crafts vendors.  Celebrating its 29th year, this annual festival will be held Oct. 10, 11, and 12, 2014 in Downtown Hickory, NC. Estimated attendance is more than 100,000 for the three day event.

Oktoberfest is a three-day, outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

Oktoberfest hosts more than 100 vendors, including food from around the world, commercial vendors and non profit organizations. The Juried Arts & Crafts include paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles and more.

Oktoberfest’s Arts and Crafts show is a juried event, with prizes given for the top three artisans. Booth spaces are 10 x 10 and limited to one craftsperson per booth.

Registration will be accepted until Thursday, Aug. 1, 2014.

Booth fees are $200.00 with electricity available for an additional $25.00. Applications and guidelines are available on line at (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com).

For more information on Oktoberfest 2014, applications and guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com) and click on vendor applications or e-mail to (info@downtownhickory.com).

Hickory Downtown Development Association in Hickory, NC, is Calling for Participation in Downtown Hickory Art Crawl – Deadline Apr. 1, 2014

January 15, 2014

The Hickory Downtown Development Association is seeking artists interested in participating in the Downtown Hickory Art Crawl on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Hickory, NC. The Downtown Hickory Art Crawl is a Juried Show with artists selected by a committee.  Artists selected by the Jury will be invited with no participation fees required. There will be room for up to 30 artists.

The Art Crawl is planned from 5:30-8pm. Artists selected to participate must be at their designated location by 4:30pm unless other arrangements have been made with the business owner hosting them.

Selected artists will be placed in a business that compliments their works. There is no charge to the artist for participation and no commissions are charged on items sold, but artists are required to pay NC taxes. Artists will need to bring all necessary display items and chairs. Failure to show for the event may lead to being banned from other downtown art events.

For an application, please contact Barbara by e-mail at (blsinclair1@bellsouth.net) or Connie at (info@downtownhickory.com) or call 828/322-1121. Please follow the application process closely as incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered.

April 1, 2014 is the deadline for submitting an application to participate in the May 15, 2014 Downtown Hickory Art Crawl.

For more information on The HDDA, membership, businesses, other events and downtown Hickory, please call 828/322-1121 or e-mail to (info@downtownhickory.com).  Please visit the website at (www.downtownhickory.com).

Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, Seeks Artists for Juried “Road Trip” Exhibition Deadline June 30, 2013

May 21, 2013

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The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, is hosting an indoor juried exhibition called “Road Trip” in conjunction with an upcoming outdoor event called “The AutoLawn,” showcasing European automobiles of all makes, models, and ages. Artists are invited to submit work for “Road Trip” that expresses a theme relating to cars, journeys, and the open road. The exhibition will be held in HMA’s second floor Coe Gallery from Aug. 31 – Jan. 5, 2014.

The Hickory Museum of Art wants you to explore the theme of the personal automobile as it relates to your generation or your life’s journey or perhaps how it defined a certain personal Road Trip or a particular phase. How have you seen life from behind the steering wheel?

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Joyce Kay Gordon, “Blue Motorcycle”, pastel on paper

The Museum is using (www.CallForEntry.org) (CaFÉ) to manage this call for artists. All entries must be submitted through CaFÉ by June 30, 2013. To view the prospectus, visit the CaFÉ website or (www.HickoryArt.org).

CaFÉ provides artists with an easy-to-use system to create a profile with contact information, upload digital images of their artwork, and apply to a number of open calls for entry at one time. There is no cost to register for this service.

Artists may submit up to three (3) images for a non-refundable $35 fee. (A $15 off coupon code is available for members of the Hickory Museum of Art. Please call Blair Phillips, Development Manager at 828/327-8576 for code.) Entry fees are non-refundable. Artists may enter their work ONLINE ONLY through CaFÉ (www.CallForEntry.org). CaFÉ accepts Mastercard/Visa.

The Museum is offering two cash prizes. Best in Show, selected by the jury panel, will receive $350 and a solo exhibition at the Museum. The People’s Choice Award will be selected by the public during The AutoLawn on Sept. 14; the winner receives $250. Voting will take place the day of event between 10am-3pm (only one ballot per person).

For further info call 828/327-8576 or visit (www.hickoryart.org).

Artists Sought for the Inaugural Sam’s Smoke Off BBQ Festival in Newton, NC – Deadline May 24, 2013

April 30, 2013

Sam’s Club is seeking artists interested in participating at Sam’s Smoke Off on June 8, 2013 from 10am-6pm. The Smoke Off will be held at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds located at 1127 US Highway 70 in Newton, NC. Application fees are $50.00 for craft vendors. The cut off date for applications is May 24, 2013. Please contact (samssmokeoff@gmail.com) for information and applications.

In addition to the BBQ cook off, there will be live music, a silent auction, arts and craft and other vendors, children’s games and hot air balloon rides. Tickets are $5.00 to enter the festival and all proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

The Smoke Off is also looking for food, commercial and non profit vendors.

More information may be found by calling 828/221-8686 or e-mailing (samssmokeoff@gmail.com).

Full Circle Arts in Hickory, NC, Calls for Entries for Art About Women 2013 – Deadline Mar. 2, 2013

February 15, 2013

Full Circle Arts in Hickory, NC, is inviting visual artists to enter their work in its upcoming competition, “Art about Women.” The purpose of this exhibition is to give area artists a means to show art featuring women and women’s issues in all visual media.

Entries should be hand-delivered to Full Circle Arts, Thursday or Friday, Feb. 28 or Mar. 1, 2013, 11am to 5pm, or Saturday, Mar. 2, 11am to 2pm.

Full Circle Arts is located at 29 Second Street NW, in the space they share with Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse.

There will be $600 in prizes offered. The exhibition will be on display Mar. 14 – Apr. 13, 2013.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the First Step Program of the Family Guidance Center in Catawba County.  The Center provides services and support for women
victimized by domestic violence.  Full Circle Arts pledges to donate 3% of the commission from each work sold from the exhibition and requests participating artists, if they wish, to pledge 3% of their share also.

We thank Carl V. Cline, III and Bob Fincher of Resource Partners, LLC, Portfolio & Wealth Management, David Millholland, and Pete and Virginia W. Sobotkin for their assistance.

The opening reception is Thursday, Mar. 14, from 5:30-8:30pm at Full Circle Arts.

FCA is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, partnering with Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse.

For more information call 828-322-7545 or visit (www.fullcirclearts.org).

Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, Offers Book Signing and Panel Discussion for VALLEY ABLAZE: Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley – Feb. 17, 2013

January 30, 2013

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The Hickory Museum of Art, in Hickory, NC, along with authors Jason L. Harpe and Brian Dedmond and photographer Melany Dawn Crouse, will host a book signing on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, from 2-4pm, for “VALLEY ABLAZE: Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley”. Collectors and authors Dr. Allen and Barry Huffman, author and collector Dr. Robert Hart of Hart Square, and Catawba Valley potter Kim Ellington will lead a panel discussion, with slide presentations, on Catawba Valley pottery and the significance of “Valley Ablaze”. A book signing will follow the presentations, and refreshments and social hour will be held in the Hickory Museum of Art’s Second Floor Coe Gallery. Harpe, Dedmond, and Crouse will raffle a dozen special commemorative pieces of Catawba Valley pottery at the end of the reception. Visitors are encouraged to tour the museum’s current exhibitions “A Tribute to Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949)” and “DISCOVER FOLK ART: Unique Visions by Southern Self-Taught Artists” in the Hickory Museum of Art Collection.

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Designed and published by Nathan W. Moehlmann of Goosepen Studio & Press, in Conover, NC, “Valley Ablaze” is a 242-page hardcover volume that chronicles the rich pottery tradition in the Catawba Valley region of North Carolina from the late eighteenth century to the present. Traditional and contemporary alkaline-glazed forms and wood-fired groundhog kilns come alive in full color photographs mixed with vintage images of potters and their work.

With a forward by Dr. Charles “Terry” Zug, and contributions from scholars Scott Smith, Jeff Pruett, and Barry Huffman, “Valley Ablaze” spotlights over 1,000 pieces of masterfully crafted utilitarian forms from the Catawba Valley’s earliest documented potters and face jugs of Burlon Craig, nationally-recognized folk potter from Lincoln County who kept this pottery tradition alive from the 1960s through the early 1980s.  Also showcased is the work of contemporary potters who directly or indirectly learned traditional methods of production from Burlon Craig, and a new group of potters who are continuing the tradition while adding their own unique and special adaptations to utilitarian forms.

The book signing, presentations, and reception will be held at the Hickory Museum of Art, 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory, NC, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, from 2-4pm. The event is free and open to the public.  The Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The retail price of the “Valley Ablaze” is $49.95. For the Hickory Museum of Art panel discussion and book signing event, the book will be available at the discounted price of $45.00, including tax. The dozen special commemorative pieces of Catawba Valley pottery will be raffled at the end of the event. Raffle tickets are free with a book purchase or available for sale.

For more information, including ordering copies of the book, payment methods, and upcoming book signings, please visit the “Valley Ablaze” website at (www.ValleyAblaze.com) or contact us via e-mail at (info@valleyablaze.com). You can also visit our “Valley Ablaze” Facebook page.

Visit the Hickory Museum of Art at (www.hickorymuseumofart.org) for information to learn more about museum’s location, exhibitions, and special offerings.