Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

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

June 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Southern Highland Craft Guild Celebrates Summer of Glass at the Guild’s Biltmore Village Gallery in Asheville, NC – June 16, 2018

June 9, 2018

The gallery of Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village in Asheville, NC, will showcase two generations of glassblowers on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 2:30 to 5pm. Celebrating Asheville’s summer focus on glass with the ongoing Chihuly installation at the Biltmore Estate, the Guild is offering an afternoon for the public to meet glass makers to learn more about the craft of glass and their stories. Wine, cheese and other lighter fare will be provided, as well as live entertainment.


Work by Loretta Forde

Members David Wilson and his wife Loretta Forde will be at the gallery sharing their technique and passion for this craft. Wilson has been blowing glass for over 35 years, and has been heavily involved with Penland School of Crafts both as a student and an instructor. Forde, has also been a student of Penland, and spent many years apprenticing with local glass blowers to refine her technique. The two own and operate Toe River Studio Glass in Burnsville, NC, making a range of functional to one-of-a-kind objects. From vases to paperweights, to large bowls and plasma sculptures, the gallery will showcase a selection of their work.


Work by Hayden Wilson

In addition, their son and well-known glass artist, Hayden Wilson of the NC Glass Center, will also be showcasing his work and talent. Hayden was raised in the glassblowing scene of Western North Carolina and has worked professionally in glass for the past six years. He also has ties with Penland, as well as Chihuly’s school in Washington State, Pilchuck Glass. His aesthetic carries clean lines inspired by modern and utilitarian design. Many of his vessels and sculptures, as well as lighting, have been commissioned by local restaurants in the Asheville area.

This event is the first in a series of glass-focused happenings at the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s gallery in Biltmore Village. The event is free and located at 26 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Parking is available in the rear of the building, or down the street in the garage. The gallery features nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highlands.

More information is available at (https://www.southernhighlandguild.org/event/generations-in-glass/).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Entries for 33rd annual Sculpture Celebration Held on September 8, 2018

June 9, 2018

The 33rd annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC, takes place on Saturday September 8, 2018, at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, North Carolina.

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, along with potential sales and commissions. This annual event attracts sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir, North Carolina. Last year, over 4,500 people throughout the southeast attended the family-friendly celebration.


Work by Betty Branch


Work by Stefan Bonitz

Early registration discounts are available. For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council by calling 828/754-2486, e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com), or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Subject: Call for Sculpture Artists – 33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration

Who: Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, North Carolina

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9am-4pm.

Where: T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Drive, Lenoir, NC

Cost: $50-80 (Discounts available for early registration)

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

June 9, 2018

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


Work by Margot Holloman

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

The deadline for entries is July 25, 2018.

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

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

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Entries for “Artist Member Show”

June 7, 2018

This July, the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites its artist members to participate in its annual “Artist Member Show”. The show is a celebration of our community of artists, allowing them to share their great work at the height of the summer season. It will be a show filled with variety, including local painters, potters, jewelers, and much more. The show will run from July 6 – 28, 2018.

To participate, member artists should please pick out 2-3 pieces of work that they would like to feature in the show. Then, download a show contract/inventory sheet from the Haywood County Arts Council website at (www.haywoodarts.org) or pick one up from HCAC Gallery & Gifts. E-mail completed forms to (Artist@haywoodarts.org) or mail to P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786. The actual number of pieces shown per artist may vary, depending on space and number of participants.

If you are not current member but still want to participate, there’s still time to join! For a $40 annual fee or $30 Young Innovator (age 18-39 years) fee, artists get all the benefits of membership: participation in the member show, an artist page on the HCAC website, first calls for work to artists, and more. Artist membership information can also be found on the website.

For more information about HCAC programs and events, visit the Haywood County Arts Council website at (www.haywoodarts.org).

The June 2018 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

May 31, 2018

The June 2018 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/618/618carolinaarts.html) – all 59 pages of it.

This month’s cover art features images of the Chihuly at Biltmore installation, part of the Summer of Glass in Western North Carolina, on view through Oct. 7, 2018. Things are a little damp in WNC right now, but they’ll dry out soon. Water doesn’t hurt glass anyway. So make sure you make plans to visit Asheville and other places in WNC. Don’t let a little rain spoil your Summer of fun in the mountains. But you can still visit the Carolina beaches too.

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 July 2018 issue will be June 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

HotWorks Announces Professional Artist Award Winners at Asheville Fine Art Show in May 19 & 20, 2018

May 31, 2018

Hot Works’ 2nd annual Asheville Fine Art Show held May 19 & 20, 2018 indoors at the WNC Ag Center’s David Event Center in Fletcher, NC, brought professional artists to showcase and sell their art in all forms of disciplines including: painting, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, digital, jewelry, photography and more. This fine art and fine craft show was juried by art professionals with an art education and/or art show experience. Many artists were in North Carolina for their very first time. All artwork was original and personally handmade by the artists who participated in the show. There was something for everyone, in all price ranges.

The Asheville Fine Art Show is sponsored by Hot Works, a professionally produced fine art fair with an outstanding national reputation for producing top-notch art shows. Hot Works has four other established quality juried fine art and fine craft shows in Fort Myers and Boca Raton, Florida and West Bloomfield, Michigan – all voted top 100 art shows in the nation. Institute for the Arts & Education is the associated 501(c)3 non-profit organization which focuses on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth.

As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, the Youth Art Competition for students in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 was integrated into the art fair. This year included 22 entries from 9 schools and one home-schooled. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, there were four prizes with $250 in Youth Art awards. This program exposed students to the entrepreneurship of doing something they love for a living, which is creating their art. It also brought families to the art show who may not have otherwise attended, and exposed them to great art.

In order to recognize exceptionally talented artists in the show, there were seventeen Professional Artist Awards. Constance “Connie” Vlahoulis, a resident of Mills River and painter with 30+ years’ experience, was the “Artist Judge”. On Saturday, she judged the artists, with criteria centered on technique/execution, originality, and booth appearance.

Following the selection of awards, a “Prize Patrol” team distributed the awards. Included were:
· Constance “Connie” Vlahoulis, Artist Judge
· Mayor Rod Whiteside, Town of Fletcher
· Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show

Each of the 17 winning artists were met and greeted by the “Prize Patrol” team and provided with a beautiful two-foot long ribbon that they displayed in his/her booth for the remainder of the art show. It was a very positive experience for the artists to meet Mayor Whiteside, who took the time to attend the art show, be there to distribute ribbons, and to congratulate the winning artists in the show. On behalf of Hot Works and the artists in the show, we are very grateful to have had Mayor Whiteside present at the show; we look forward to returning to the WNC Ag Center for many more years to come.

May 2018 Asheville Fine Art Show Professional Artist award winners were:

Two – Best of Show – $500 Award Winners: Lily Engebretsen, Wood, Fort Mill, SC, and Kent Epler, Sculpture, New Albany, IN

Five – $100 Awards of Excellence: Amy Brandenburg, Jewelry, Asheville, NC; Michael Brennan, Mixed Media, Tallahassee, FL; Scott Deming, Wood, Butler, TN; Tanya Gerard & Rob Thomas, Wood, Beach Mountain, TN; and David Goldhagen, Glass, Hayesville, NC

Ten – Awards of Distinction – Non-Monetary: Derrick Crossland, Wood, Islamorada, FL; Holly Sue Foss, Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN; Raul Hernandez, Mixed Media, Hialeah, FL; Bill Hickman, Sculpture, Raleigh, NC; Craig Kassan, Wood, Franklinton, NC; Don McCoy, Jewelry, Salida, CO; Steve Miller, Wood, Black Mountain, NC; Sheree & Ken Sorrells, Fiber, Waynesville, NC; Kim Thompson, Jewelry, Waynesville, NC; and Kathleen Weir-West, Fiber, Hendersonville, NC

Save the Dates
Hot Works’ bi-annual Asheville Fine Art Shows
October 27 & 28, 2018 – outdoors at Pack Square Park, Asheville
May 18 & 19, 2019 – indoors at WNC Ag Center, Fletcher

For more info visit (www.hotworks.org).

Lakeside Artists Studio Tour in the Lake Norman area of NC, Calls for Participation – Deadline is August 25, 2018

May 30, 2018

The annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour has become a very popular cultural event in the Lake Norman area of NC (near Charlotte). The 2009 inaugural event drew over 500 attendees over a day and a half period. Each year since people have told us they look forward to this event and we have had excellent attendance due to publicity, word of mouth and the high quality of work by participating artists and craftspeople. We expect even more visitors this year because we are again extending the event to three days; Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our tag line is “one of a kind art directly from the artists”, ensuring visitors unique works of art they won’t find everywhere else. We also offer visitors an open tour of our studios providing an insider’s view of the artists working environment. There will be several studios and houses open where multiple artists can show their work. Mediums include wood, fiber, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, etc.

For the convenience of our visitors, each location will have several artists. You may be a guest at an existing studio, or host your own studio location on the Brawley peninsula. While this is mainly a studio tour, there may also be an opportunity for some participating artists to occupy vacant upscale homes for sale in The Point area. Every effort will be made to combine artists with varying mediums at each location. An example of a typical configuration would be: A painter, a wood artist, and a jewelry artist. No single location will have more than one artist of a certain medium/style. Because of our need to have a good mix at each location, it may be necessary to limit the number of artists accepted in each medium. This does not necessarily reflect the quality of your work.

Each year we enjoy publicity in nearly every local publication, and this year we plan to do the same. Large banners will be posted in prominent locations in the weeks preceding the show, and on the dates of the show we will have signs directing visitors to each studio location. High quality brochures or postcards will be distributed in the area and will also be furnished to the artists for their own distribution. We also have a professional website that you can reference on your e-mail communications, website, and other social networking methods. It will have a page for each studio location as well as for each artist and representations of your work. It also serves as a link back to your personal website. Although the website is temporarily vacant until we get new 2018 data/information from our artists, you can access the website here (http://www.LKNStudios.com).

Even if you were a participant in last year’s event, the jury process is still required. Please read the full prospectus with the new rules and if you are in agreement, fill out the attached application, sign and send your checks totaling $200.00 as described below. Send new images of your work so we can publish on the post card as space allows and on the website (previous years images will not be used).

FEES: A non-refundable fee $25.00 is due with the application for the jury process. You should also submit a separate check for $175 (with a self addressed stamped envelope) to contribute to expenses for advertising, website, and other related items. If your work is not accepted for this show, your $175 check will be returned uncashed. Please make checks payable to: Lakeside Artists Studio Tour and mail to: Lakeside Artists, 269 Kemp Road, Mooresville, NC  28117.

If you are entering in more than one category (such as painting and sculpture, or ceramics and jewelry), a separate $25 entry fee will apply to each. Total fees are $200.00 for one category, $225 for two, etc..

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Artists and Crafters to Participate in “Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour” – June 23, 2018

May 8, 2018

Artists and Crafters from Caldwell County, NC, and contiguous counties are invited to open their home studios or set up in a local business within Caldwell County on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 9am-4pm, for the “Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour”.

Registration is $35 which includes a listing in the colorful studio tour brochure and marketing efforts to encourage visitors to visit your location.

Discounted registration is available to Caldwell County artists who are also participating in the Caldwell Visual Artists Competition.

Registration deadline is June 1, 2018, to allow time for tour guide design & mailing.

All details and the registration form are available on the website at (http://www.caldwellarts.com/350-art-around-caldwell-studio-tours/).

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave., SW, Lenoir, NC.

For further info call 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).