Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers John Anderson for Monthly Meeting – Jan. 8, 2017

December 23, 2016


Local artist John Anderson will discuss the history of Whiskey Painting at the Jan. 8, 2017,  Art League Meeting
in Hendersonville, NC, beginning at 2pm. It seems appropriate that Art League of Henderson County member John Anderson be the guest speaker at the January meeting.

Work by John Anderson

As a member of the Whiskey Painters of America, Anderson knows a thing or two about miniature paintings, which is January’s special member challenge. Several times during the year, Art League members are challenged to create works of a particular subject or style. One of the most popular shows is the Miniature Show when members are challenged to create works no larger than 8 inches on any side. As a member of the Whiskey Painters of America, Anderson’s paintings must be even smaller – no larger than 4 x 5 inches to carry the official WPA label.

Whiskey painting began with Joe Ferriot who had a busy work travel schedule back in the early 1950s. He enjoyed painting and would carry small pieces of watercolor paper, an aspirin-tin palette and sawn-off brushes on his travels so he could paint, often while lounging in bars, using whatever beverage was handy as his “water.”  Thus whiskey painting was born.

Anderson is a long-standing and active member of the ALHC. His vocation as an architect gave him a solid foundation in drawing. After retiring to Hendersonville, he studied watercolor painting and has been recognized for his skill as an artist with many awards. He is a member of a number of watercolor organizations and was nominated to the Whiskey Painters of America. Membership to the WPA is limited to 150, so he had to wait until there was an opening. After over a year’s wait, he was accepted into the WPA in 2011. Anderson is represented locally by Art Mob Marketplace and Studios and his work is available in the shop at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock.

The Art League is composed of artists of many media and skill sets, as well as those who wish to support the arts in their community. It allows for exchange of ideas, artistic opportunities, and resources. It was founded in 1960 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 raising funds to support local art education teachers and students, community outreach, and exhibitions.

The Art League meets monthly from January through November on the second Sunday of each month (except May, when it will be the 3rd Sunday) at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Anderson will be the featured speaker on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (There is ample on-site and handicapped-accessible parking.) A social time begins at 1:30pm, with a short business meeting beginning at 2pm, followed by the presentation. Guests are welcome.

For more information, visit the ALHC website at (

Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, Offers Women2Women Museum Experience

December 6, 2016


Round up your network and join us for a Women2Women Museum Experience! Discover the compelling life stories of women artists, experience a private tour of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” and “Fired Up”, and enjoy refreshments.

Work by Perle Fine

This two-hour program is available for reservations on Wednesdays-Fridays December – February from noon-2pm or 4-6pm at #themintmuseum Uptown. $40 per person; maximum group size is 12. Book your group today by contacting Julie Olson Anna at 704/337-2043 or e-mail to (

Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Book Discussion on Dec. 9, 2016

December 6, 2016

The Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, will host a reception during ARTcrawl on Dec. 9, 2016 from 5-8pm at 228 Craven Street in New Bern, NC. Lisa Bisbee Lentz will be discussing the features of the upcoming book, “A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina”. Lentz is working together with local potter/author Ben Alden Watford and digital artist, Jon Derby to compile the creative publication.


Photo by Jon Darby

Derby announces, “We are calling all creative people including musicians, poets, crafters, artists, galleries, theatres, designers, etc. in eastern North Carolina to participate in the art history book.”

Watford explains the importance of the publication, “Civilizations are judged, not by their wars, not by their politics or their leaders but by the art that they produce. It is your privilege to inform the larger community and future generations of what you attempted to accomplish as an artist, who you are as a person and show all concerned samples of the art that you have produced. As designed, the books will explain who you are as an artist.”

If you would like to participate in the art history book, call 252/649-1712 or visit (

Traditional Arts Program for Students Celebrated at NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC

December 6, 2016


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is celebrating the work of the ten budding potters who participated in the fall 2016 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). TAPS is an afterschool pottery class hosted by the NC Pottery Center in partnership with Seagrove Elementary School and sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Each fall and spring, ten fifth grade students from nearby Seagrove Elementary School are invited to participate in the program, and learn pottery local history and skills.

North Carolina Folk Heritage Award winner Sid Luck teaches students how to make face jugs, a traditional form in Southern pottery.

The TAPS program aims to connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists. Students receive instruction in an art form that has deep cultural roots in their community, taught by experts utilizing traditional techniques. Students learn numerous clay processes, including wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing of pottery forms drawn from traditional use and practice.  Seagrove potter Sid Luck, winner of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, leads the class. Luck is assisted by Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Susan Greene, NCPC Artists-in-Residence Owen Laurion and Kirsten Olson, and NCPC educational program manager, Emily Lassiter.

“The North Carolina Pottery Center’s TAPS program is so fortunate to have fifth-generation potter Sid Luck teaching Seagrove pottery traditions to the community’s young people,” says Sally Peterson, Folklife Director at the NC Arts Council.  “A career public school teacher himself, Sid combines high level teaching skills with time-honored pottery knowledge to present an enriching program that connects students to the very heart of their community.  Rising fifth-generation potter Chad Brown and others contribute an energy and creativity to the program that would be difficult to match anywhere outside of a university program.  I love visiting the TAPS program, because the students are so enthusiastic and really perform way beyond expectation,” says Peterson.

The fall 2016 TAPS session will end Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.  To celebrate our students’ hard work, a reception and exhibition of TAPS students’ pottery is planned for that day, from 2:45 until 4pm. The general public is invited to attend.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., from 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Entries for Several Exhibits

December 6, 2016


The Transylvania Community Arts Council located in Brevard, NC, has placed an open call for artists in any medium that fit the following themes: “Folk Art” and “The Other Side”.  Open exhibits are for any artist living in the region that fit that particular theme.

The open exhibit “Folk Art” will run from Feb. 10 – 28, 2017.  Artwork and paperwork should be delivered to the TC Arts Council between Feb. 6 and 7. There is a $5 entry fee per art piece to participate in this exhibit. Artists may enter up to 4 pieces depending on gallery space. The public reception for that exhibit will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 from 5-7pm.

“The Other Side” art exhibit will run from May 5 – 26, 2017.  Artwork and paperwork should be delivered to the TC Arts Council between May 1 and 2. There is a $5 entry fee per art piece to participate in this exhibit. Artists may enter up to 4 pieces depending on gallery space. The public reception for that exhibit will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5-7pm.

To get information and an application for the open exhibits e-mail to ( or call TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787. The TC Arts Council hosts up to 12 exhibits a year with more than 400+ artists participating. To learn more about the TC Arts Council go to ( To learn more about the art scene in Brevard go to (

The December 2016 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

December 1, 2016


The December 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 62 pages of it – a few less than last month.

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 the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending this link to your friends.
If you want to get something in the January 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th deadline. You do know you can be early. Some folks are already several months ahead of the deadline when their press release would be due.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

My Not So Annual Trip to the Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC

November 28, 2016

We have just posted a blog entry at Carolina Arts Unleashed at ( about our latest trip to Seagrove, NC, to the 9th Celebration of Seagrove Potters.

A tile from Acacia Art Tile at Whynot Pottery

Works from JLK Jewelry

Works from Bulldog Pottery

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Applications for Exhibits in 2018 – Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

November 17, 2016


The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is currently accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for possible exhibitions in 2018. Details for submitting your portfolio are available on our website at (

Portfolios will be accepted through January 31, 2017 and may be delivered or mailed to Caldwell Arts Council Exhibit Selection Committee, 601 College Ave SW (PO Box 1613), Lenoir NC 28645 or e-mailed to (

The Caldwell Arts Council is a regional arts center that presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. Our center is housed in an historic 100+ year old home at  601 College Ave SW, Lenoir NC. There are four gallery spaces that have been renovated as professional exhibit spaces. Exhibits range from contemporary to traditional and include 2-D and 3-D exhibitions. The Caldwell Arts Council exhibits artists from across the country and has a reputation for quality exhibits. For information on the gallery space or to see a list of upcoming exhibits please visit our website at (

The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

Raleigh Fine Arts Society in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Entries of Its “39th Annual NC Artists Exhibition” – Deadline Jan. 9, 2017

November 11, 2016


The “39th Annual North Carolina Artists Exhibition” is an annual juried exhibit for two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual art featuring established and emerging artists from across North Carolina. It  is the largest all media, juried artists exhibition in the state. Prizes totaling $6,000 are awarded. All North Carolina residents ages 18 and over are eligible.

Deadline for entry is Jan. 9, 2017.

The Juror for this year’s exhibition is Michael Rooks the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. He has served as juror for numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. The High Museum is one of the leading art museums in the Southeastern United States, with more than 15,000 works of art in its permanent collection and dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists.

The Raleigh Fine Arts Society mission is to encourage the pursuit of art, music and the written word. Since the 1970s The Raleigh Fine Arts Society (RFAS)  has been involved in a variety of projects in support of arts in the community. The “North Carolina Artists Exhibition” is one of three signature arts projects executed by RFAS annually. The Literary Contest is a short story writing contest for Wake County high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12. The Choral Celebration offers choral groups in grades 4 and 5 in Wake County Schools a chance to share their music as well as enjoy the successes of other elementary school choruses performing in Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts.

Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts: Exhibition Opening Reception and Juror’s Lecture Mar. 12, 2017  4pm Meymandi Hall. Exhibition Dates: Mar. 12 – Apr. 27, 2017 at Betty Ray McCain Gallery

For further information e-mail Susan Garrity at (

Christmas In Cornelius, NC, Takes Place Dec. 4, 2016

November 11, 2016

Join us on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, from noon-6pm and shop from over 80 local artists & craftsmen for that perfect one-of-a-kind item for the loved ones on your holiday shopping list!

Christmas In Cornelius will also feature an incredible lineup of holiday performances, food trucks, kids activities and even a special appearance from The Big Guy!

So what are you waiting for?! Mark your calendars for Sunday, Dec. 4th and join us at Oak Street Mill in the heart of Old Town Cornelius for an exceptional afternoon of shopping, dining, holiday activities and good ole fashion Christmas fun!

Sponsorship opportunities available inquire by e-mail at (

Vendors interested in participating should e-mail to (