Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Calls for Applications for 60th Annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival – Deadline May 1, 2019

February 17, 2019

Artist applications are available for the 60th annual Art on Main fine art and fine craft festival in downtown Hendersonville, NC. Festival dates will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, 2019, from 10am to 5pm each day. This juried and judged show is produced by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

The Art on Main Committee is announcing that this year’s show will be set up on Main Street for a third year. The committee has been working with the city to move the show into the street for several years. This allows for a show with a more connected layout, storage space behind booths, and a safer environment for everyone.

Artists may download an application from the Arts Council’s website at ( An application can also be requested by e-mailing the Arts Council at (, or by calling 828/693-8504. Artists must send four images of their work plus a photo of their booth along with their applications.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019 (postmark).

$3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Breakfasts, booth sitters, and a complimentary accommodations program, which provides housing for traveling artists in the homes of members of the Arts Council community will be provided as needed.

The Arts Council has an aggressive marketing campaign planned to draw audiences from Henderson County, the broader North Carolina region, South Carolina, and Georgia. Residents and tourists alike enthusiastically look forward to this popular annual outdoor festival.

Morris Broadband is a major sponsor for this event. For further information about Art on Main, please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County by e-mail at ( or 828/693-8504. The web address is (

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 2700A Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.


Arts Council of Moore County & Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities Fine Arts Lecture Series in Southern Pines, NC

February 15, 2019

The Fine Arts Lecture Series presented by the Arts Council of Moore County & Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities will take place at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, NC, on the following dates:

Lecture #1 – Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 5:30pm, Molly Gwinn will present “TEAM TEACHING: Josef & Anni Albers at Black Mountain College”

Lecture #2 – Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 5:30pm will present “Ellen Burke: NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: Portrait Painters – Alchemist of Humanity”

Lecture #3 – Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 5:30pm, will present Denise Drum Baker “ARTISTS & MUSES: Lee Krasner Pollock, Elaine de Kooning Georgia O’Keeffe”

Cost (per lecture): $15 for ACMC & Weymouth Members or $20 for Nonmembers. All lectures will be presented at
Weymouth Center, 555 E Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines. Space is limited, so lease register now with full payment at the Arts Council’s offices at 482 E. Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines.

For additional information, call 910/692-2787 or visit (

Greg Weber Named the New President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC

February 15, 2019

The new President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County has more than 30 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, including stints at arts organizations in San Francisco, Houston, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Greg Weber was chosen after an extensive nationwide search conducted by a firm that specializes in finding the best of the best in nonprofits management,” said David Phillips, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Arts Council. “More than 100 candidates applied for the position, and both the Board and senior staff members of the Arts Council were a vital part of the selection process which spanned several months.”

Weber replaces Deborah Martin Mintz, who has been with the Arts Council for 25 years, 17 of those in the top leadership role. Mintz describes Weber as “an innovator with a keen business sense who has helped lead creative initiatives in the diverse communities that he has served.”

To ensure a smooth transition, Mintz has collaborated with Weber since the first of the year, and Weber also is spending time in Fayetteville on select dates in February and March, working with the staff in strategic planning sessions. He also is expected to meet with city officials and cultural group leaders before assuming his new position on April 1.

Weber comes to Fayetteville from Tulsa, OK, where he rose from Managing Director to General Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa Opera, Inc. Prior to Tulsa, Weber worked as the Director of Production for the San Francisco Opera Association and as Technical Director for the Houston Grand Opera Association.

He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Technology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Design and Technology from Ball State University in his native Indiana. Weber also completed a Residency in Technical Theater from the Moscow Art Theater in Russia.

Weber researched several metropolitan areas when considering a possible career move, but all arrows kept pointing back to Fayetteville. “Fayetteville is a city on the move!” he said. “Great cities are not gauged by their width or length, rather by their visions and dreams. The growth and investment attracted me, but when I visited Fayetteville, it was the passion and excitement of the people that captivated me.”

He added, “The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County has been a leader in growing this region. I am thrilled to be part of an organization where I can work to guarantee our next generation the opportunity to explore ideas, imagination and ingenuity through the arts.”

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

For further info visit the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County at (

41st Annual “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” Award Recipients Announced in Manteo, NC

February 15, 2019

Over a hundred people gathered at Dare County Arts Council on Saturday, January 26 for the 41st “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” opening reception in Manteo, NC. This year’s “Frank Stick Show” is dedicated to the late Glenn Eure recognizing his contributions to the arts on the Outer Banks and beyond.

Glenn’s wife Pat Eure, who is an author, poet, curator, archivist and gallery owner, carefully selected the following award recipients from 103 entries:

Eure Best In Show- James Melvin’s “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage). Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements.

Eure Best In Show: James Melvin “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage)

Excellence Awards: Rick Tupper “Early Evening Fireflies” (acrylic), James Perry “Epic Sunrise” (mixed media), Mary Ann Remer “From The Mountains To The Sea 1” (hand-colored collograph), and Michael Halminski “Tribute in KC” (photography)

Honorable Mentions: Carolina Coto “Small Town Girl” (acrylic), Mike Bennett “Moon Bath” (acrylic), and Jim Bumpass “Large Urn” (turned wood)

People’s Choice Award: Taylor Williams “Sandy Wave” (oil)

“I think the entries in this year’s “Frank Stick Show” are extraordinary and it’s good to see such a variety of approaches,” said Pat Eure. “I used three criteria when judging the show. The first was originality- something conceived in the creative mind and explored in the chosen medium, so that the work invited me into its world, had meaning for me as an observer. The second was technical proficiency. And, of course, I tried to understand what Glenn Eure might see in the work. I hope that he was somewhere around when I was selecting the pieces, influencing me. I know, because he has actually done it in judging, Glenn Eure would have wanted a blue ribbon beside each piece in the show. He loved art and the artist in each of us- so in spirit each creation presented at this show is a winner. To the artists represented in this exhibition, I am sure he would say “Eure Great!”

Nags Head artist James Melvin won the 2019 Eure Best In Show award. “The Glenn Eure Experience” was exciting to create and gave me an opportunity to reflect on the super creative work and extraordinary life of my wonderful friend, Glenn Eure,” said James Melvin. “He had such a big and generous heart and was the essence of love. I am humbled that my entry was chosen to receive this honorable award. I am also looking forward to my solo exhibit at Dare County Arts Council in March.”

22 year-old Outer Banks artist Taylor Williams received an overwhelming number of votes for the 2019 People’s Choice award. “I am so grateful that so many people noticed my painting and voted for it for the People’s Choice award,” said Taylor Williams. “Receiving so much support made me excited and inspired to work on new pieces for my solo show at the Dare County Arts Council in July.”

The annual show is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick, and is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County.

The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

A special thank you to Muse Originals, Down Creek Gallery, Jewelry By Gail, Inc., Tar Heel Trading Company, KDH Cooperative, Michael Halminski Photography, Mama Kwans, The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Sam & Winston, The Blue Point, and Outer Banks Fiber Guild for sponsoring the show.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

For more information about this show or upcoming Dare County Arts Council events and exhibitions, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (

Lee Hansley of the Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, NC, Has Died

February 8, 2019

I received this e-mail from Mark Tulbert on Jan. 31, 2019

A Sad Day in Raleigh

Our good friend, inspiration, and eminent arts visionary Lee Hansley died of heart failure today, January 30, 2019, in North Carolina Heart and Vascular Hospital in Raleigh, NC. Lee had been hospitalized for more than three weeks and, after noble efforts by patient and caregivers alike, he died peacefully in the early afternoon.

Let us all be thankful that so many came together to support Lee, his gallery and his passion for making our homes and our communities better places to live and learn by bringing art into our everyday lives.

Thank you so much for your role in the success of Lee Hansley Gallery and the satisfaction of its owner who, you must admit, was one of a kind. We will all miss him.

Lee Hansley Gallery will be open through March 1, 2019. Lee’s personal art and the gallery furnishings will be auctioned in a few months by Leland Little Auctions. Information about a memorial service will be forthcoming.

For inquiries please contact Lee Hansley Gallery at:
Telephone: 919/828-7557
1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd. Raleigh, NC 27604

I did not know Lee Hansley, I only met him once many years ago when I was delivering papers to galleries in Raleigh when we first started Carolina Arts in 1997. That’s when his gallery was in the Capital Club Building in downtown Raleigh. I remember that meeting due to the exchange of comments we had. I had dropped off a stack of papers on the gallery’s front desk that Hansley was sitting at, did a quick look around the gallery, and then headed out as I had many more deliveries to make. As I left he said tell Tom Starland thanks for his effort in promoting the visual arts in the Carolinas. I said thanks back and he asked if I was Tom Starland and I said I was. He then asked, “Why are you delivering these papers?” I explained that there was no one else to do it and I like seeing the galleries where they are going. I then asked if he was Lee Hansley and he replied – “I see what you mean”.

Throughout the years, I had a hard time getting the galleries and art spaces in Raleigh to send us info about their exhibits being offered there and that was the case with the Lee Hansley Gallery. Many times when they did post info about exhibits on their website, by the time I saw it our deadline had passed. In our February issue I did find current info about what they would be showing – it was “Hobson Pittman (1899-1972) and His Contemporaries” on view through Mar. 6, 2019 (the gallery will now close on Mar. 1). We even had an image to go with the gallery listing. Then after our Feb. issue was put together I see a notice that the gallery would be closing due to Lee Hansley’s health and a few days later as we’re launching that issue we receive the e-mail from Mark Tulbert that Hansley had died.

Many galleries in the Carolinas are owned and run by pretty much one person, some will have a few helpers, but most are dependant on one person. If that one person no longer wants to be a gallery owner, has a problem with their health, or runs into financial troubles – that gallery with go with them. So my message to artists and art lovers is – be grateful – very grateful to those folks who are running art galleries in the Carolinas. In many cases they are on the edge of being gone any day without your support.

The February 2019 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

January 31, 2019

Editor’s Note: We’re launching early again this month as so many events will take place on Feb. 1st

The February 2019 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at ( – all 56 pages of it.

On our cover this month we bring you the Letter “R” by Claire Farrell of Columbia, SC. The work is part of the exhibit, “A is for Art,” a collection of 26 mixed media monotypes, one for each letter in the alphabet, on view at City Art in Columbia through Mar. 30, 2019. You can read all about the exhibit on Pages 15 & 16 of this issue.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our March 2019 issue will be Feb. 24 at 5pm. That only leaves us 4 days to put that issue together, so don’t be late – in fact, be a pal and be early this month. I mean it this month – I kind of jumped the gun last month.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

Halifax County Arts Council in Roanoke Rapids, NC, Calls for Entries – Deadline is Mar. 31, 2019

January 29, 2019

The Halifax County Arts Council in Roanoke Rapids, NC, is pleased to feature the Apr. 7 – May 17 – “2019 All Media Juried Art Show” in a six-week long exhibit this spring. The location of the gallery is 1027 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

There will be a total of $1200 in prize money awarded. Both two and three-dimensional work may be submitted. Prize offerings will be $500 first place, $300 second place, $200 third place, and $100 fourth place, with four honorable mentions, $25.00 each. All work to be considered must be original – conceived and created by the artists. The fee is a non-refundable $10 for each entry. There is no limit on the number of pieces that an artist may enter. The juror is Mark Gordon, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art at Barton College in Wilson, NC.

Deadline for entry is Mar. 31. 2019.

The “Call for Artists” will bring in artists from the Roanoke Valley, Lake Gaston, and surrounding areas in Virginia and North Carolina. The Rules and Application are available at ( The public is invited to the opening Awards, Sunday, April 7th (3:00-5:00 pm.) as well as the Sip n’ See, at Halifax County Arts Council, on Roanoke Avenue, Monday, April 8t (6:00-8:00 pm.)

Artist/President of Lake Country Artisans Guild, Sarah Bolduc, remarks, “Halifax County Art Council Gallery, in Roanoke Rapids, is an exceptional exhibit opportunity with great wall and open space. Excellent lighting enhances the exhibit. Plus, there is plenty of parking around the gallery and across the street. The receptions offer find food and beverage, as well as vibrant artistic conversation.” Exhibit Chairwoman, Carol Moseley, says, “I look forward to chairing this exhibit!”

For more information call 252/537-8657 or visit (

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Artists to Participate in Several Exhibits

January 29, 2019

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, has placed an open call for artists to submit artwork in 2019 for the following open shows: “Balance”, “Figure & Form” and “Small Wonders – Small Works”. TC Arts will also host the White Squirrel Photo Contest and the July 4th Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase. “These are all opportunities for local artists of all ages and mediums to be in an art exhibit”, said Tammy Hopkins, executive director of TC Arts. “We just ask that they follow the theme presented at each exhibit. We are proud that we have 425+ artists a year participate in the TC Arts Council’s gallery exhibits.”

“Balance” an open art exhibit will accept all mediums that fit the theme. It is up to each artist to interpret the theme. The exhibit will run from May 24 – June 21. Artwork should be delivered with the paperwork on May 20 or 21. There is a $5 entry fee if you are not a member of the TC Arts Council. An opening reception will be held on May 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

The 2019 White Squirrel Photo Contest will be on display in downtown Brevard from May 24 – 27 as part of the White Squirrel Festival weekend. Each photographer may enter up to two photos. There is $5 entry fee, per photo, that goes towards the awards. Photos may be delivered to the TC Arts Council from April 15 – May 17. Judging will happen on May 20. To get a list of the rules and an application e-mail to (

“Figure & Form” is an open art exhibit that will hang in the TC Arts Gallery from Sept. 27 – Oct. 18. All mediums will be accepted, as long as it fits the theme. Artwork should be delivered with the paperwork on Sept. 23 or 24. There is a $5 entry fee if you are not a member of the TC Arts Council. An opening reception will be held on Sept. 27 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

“Small Wonders – Small Works” is an open show from Nov. 22 – Dec. 20. All mediums will be accepted, artwork just needs to fit the theme. Artwork should be delivered with the paperwork on Nov. 18 or 19. There is a $5 entry fee if you are not a member of the TC Arts Council. An opening reception will be held on Nov. 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

The TC Arts Council will present the 47th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase on Main Street during the 4th of July Celebration. TC Arts Council juries in more than 40 visual artists to sell their artwork on West Main Street – the Art Block during the festival. The event takes place in conjunction with the Heart of Brevard’s annual 4th of July Celebration and the Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show. Artists who apply should have their own tents and display items. This is a juried show with a fee.

To get more information on any of the exhibits or to request an application e-mail to ( or call 828-884-2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. TC Arts is a 501-c3 non-profit arts organization promoting arts in Brevard and Transylvania County and beyond.

Delhom Service League at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, Offers The Ceramics Series

January 29, 2019

The Delhom Service League at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, offers The Ceramics Series Programs which take place at Mint Museum Randolph unless otherwise noted. The Programs are free and open to all.

January 29, 2019, at 10am ***
Curator’s Tour at Mint Museum Uptown -“Michael Sherrill Retrospective “ Exhibition- Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion, at The Mint Museum Uptown

February 13, 2019, at 5:30pm
STIMULUS – What inspires artists to create? An Interactive program coordinated by Bob Scheer, VP of Development, McColl Center for Art + Innovation

February 25, 2019, at 10am ***
Porcelain and Place: Thinking Through Ladislav Sutnar Tea and Dinnerware Sets Emily Pazar, Assistant Editor, Art Reference at Oxford University Press New York, New York, & Former Curatorial Assistant of Craft, Design and Fashion, at The Mint Museum Uptown

March 13, 2019, at 5:30pm
New Discoveries in the History of American Porcelain
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

March 25, 2019, at 10am
Making a Big Intricate Ceramic Platter, Film and Talk
Herb Cohen, Ceramic Artist

April 10, 2019, at 5:30pm
Folk Art Ceramics-Catawba Valley Pottery
Dr. Allen Huffman, Collector

April 29, 2019, at 10am
History of Salt Firing
Kira Campbell, Ceramic Artist and Instructor

*** Space is limited, Reservations required at (

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, Calls for Entries for “37th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale” – Deadline is Feb. 10, 2019

January 20, 2019

The Wilmington Art Association (WAA) in Wilmington, NC, invites artists to submit work for its “37th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale”. This show will be open March 30 and continue through April 7, 2019, in Wilmington, NC, during the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival.

Deadline for entry is Feb. 10, 2019 at 5pm.

The show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older and will include original works in painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed media and three-dimensional work. Monetary and merchandise awards will be in excess of $4000.

Interested artists are encouraged to visit ( or e-mail to ( for a full Prospectus.