Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

NC Artist Ed Walker Installs 9’ Tall Sculpture in Durham, NC

August 8, 2015

Carolina Bronze Sculpture, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry, located in Seagrove, NC, recently fabricated and installed a sheet aluminum sculpture for artist and owner, Ed Walker. The piece titled “Balancing Time” was installed at the REALM Patterson Place Apartments in Durham, NC, for the Bainbridge Companies.


Once the metal was cut, the sculpture was welded together, with structural supports added inside. Stains were added to the surface to color the metal. “This is a great way to get the look of a bronze sculpture without the expense”, Ed said.

Ed Walker, is originally from Burlington, NC. After graduating from East Carolina University with a BFA degree in Sculpture in 1975, he attended graduate school at the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, obtaining his MFA in Sculpture in 1979. Walker moved to New Orleans in 1980 and began doing metal fabrication for the well known kinetic sculptor, Lin Emery. In 1982, he started teaching sculpture at Tulane University, where he remained for 5 years until opening a small foundry in his studio in New Orleans. Walker returned to North Carolina in 1989 and founded Carolina Bronze Sculpture. The foundry was originally located in Asheboro, NC, and relocated to it’s present facility in Seagrove, NC, in 1994. Walker has continued to create his own sculpture and is currently accepting commissions for sculpture.

Carolina Bronze Sculpture is a premier fine arts foundry serving artists, architects, museums and non-profits throughout the United States and abroad. We specialize in bronze casting and fabrication, using both traditional techniques and in-house, state of the art digital tools which include high resolution 3D scanning and enlarging, CNC machining, rapid prototyping, 3D modeling and animation tools, and reverse engineering CAD.

For further info visit our website at (

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! – Free Admissions to Museums in the Carolinas – Sept. 26, 2015

August 5, 2015

Beginning today, museum-goers can download one free ticket, good for two people, for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!. Each ticket grants free admission on Sept. 26, 2015, to the ticket holder plus a guest, valid at participating museums across all 50 states.

To register, see the full list of museums and download a ticket please visit:

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015

WHERE:  Participating museums nationwide

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, “Smithsonian magazine”, as well as “Air & Space”, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media overseas the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

PRESS CONTACT: Anne Muscarella, High10 Media, 212/918-2044, or e-mail to (

Open Studios Art Tour on Historic Grovewood Grounds in Asheville, NC – Sept. 5, 2015

August 5, 2015

On Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, from 11am-4pm, art lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and local history buffs are encouraged to go behind-the-scenes and take a free, self-guided tour of the artist studios on the historic Grovewood grounds (adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn) in Asheville, NC. Open studios presents an opportunity for visitors to interact with professional artists, see artwork at the source, and expose them to the rich talent that Asheville has to offer.

Artist Kathleen Doyle at Grovewood Studios

Grovewood Studios, a group of workspaces occupied by 11 artists, is located directly next door to Grovewood Gallery, tucked away in the Grove Park neighborhood in North Asheville.
The history of Grovewood Gallery and Grovewood Studios and its connection to craft is important. The gallery and studios are part of a 6 building complex that was constructed in 1917 by the Grove Park Inn’s architect, Fred Loring Seely, to house Biltmore Industries, an Arts and Crafts enterprise once renowned for its hand-loomed fabrics.

In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing bolts of some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country. Biltmore Industries’ fame for quality wool fabric even extended to the American presidents. Coolidge Red was designed specifically for Mrs. Calvin Coolidge and Hoover Gray for President Herbert Hoover. President Franklin Roosevelt was particularly fond of the Industries white wool fabric, and was presented with a weaving loom when he visited in 1934.

Rings by metalsmiths Thomas Reardon and Kathleen Doyle

Local entrepreneur Harry Blomberg purchased the property in the 1950s, providing the leadership and resources necessary to keep the homespun fabric business going for several more years. In 1992, carrying on the tradition of supporting local craftspeople, Blomberg’s family opened Grovewood Gallery and Grovewood Studios, breathing new life into Biltmore Industries.

Today, Grovewood’s resident artists create jewelry, pottery, sculpture, furniture and more, in the same workshops where Biltmore Homespun was once created.

The following artists will have their studios open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 5: Chris Abell, Kathleen Doyle & Thomas Reardon, Carl Powell, and Helen Purdum.

Private appointments for studio visits are welcome throughout the year.

Grovewood Gallery is a family-owned, fine crafts destination that showcases traditional and contemporary crafts, all handmade by American artisans. Grovewood Gallery has received several honors, including “NICHE” magazine’s Retailer of the Year and the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Grovewood is also home to 10 working artists’ studios, as well as two nonprofits: The Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum and the North Carolina Homespun Museum. In addition to the historic buildings, museums, and art offerings, visitors can enjoy outdoor sculpture gardens complete with picnic areas and panoramic views across the valley to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. A new restaurant is slated to open in the former Grovewood Café spot this fall. Free parking for Grovewood patrons is available on site.

To learn more about Grovewood’s studio artists, attractions, and upcoming events, visit ( or call 828/253-7651.

Burke Arts Council in Morganton, NC, Calls for Entries for “Second Annual Autumn Photography Exhibition” – Deadline Aug. 17, 2015

August 5, 2015


The Burke Arts Council in Morganton, NC, is calling for entries for its “Second Annual Autumn Photography Exhibition” on view at the Burke Arts Council Gallery, from Sept. 25 through Nov. 6, 2015

Entry Deadline: All entries must be received by Monday, August 17, at 5pm.
Artists will be notified of acceptance via e-mail by Tuesday, August 25.
Delivery of accepted artwork: September 16 – 18 and 21 – 24, 10 am-1pm.
The exhibit will run September 25 thru November 7,  2015.
Reception and distribution of awards: Friday, October 2, 5-7pm.

All work must be original, shot in the last two years and never shown at the Burke Arts Council Gallery. No composite or mixed media images will be accepted.

FEES: A non-refundable entry fee of $15 for one entry OR $50 for 5 entries.

JUROR  OF  AWARDS:  Artwork will be judged for selection by a committee of arts professionals. Awards will be judged by Greg Stewart. (

First (In each category): $200
Second (In each category): $100
Honorable Mentions  (One in each category):  An opportunity to have a solo exhibit at the Burke Arts Council.

BLACK & WHITE (Photo must be black & white)
EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE (At least one of the three elements)
REFLECTIONS (Represents mental or physical reflection)

5. HOW  TO  APPLY :   (Regular Mail or Digital Submission)

DIGITAL/ ONLINE APPLICATION:  Please complete the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM and upload your images (JPGS Only, 72 dpi).

REGULAR MAIL:  Please print and mail the completed APPLICATION FORM (pdf) and a CD containing your images (JPEGS Only, 72 dpi) to:
The Burke Arts Council, 115 E Meeting Street Morganton, NC 28655. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your images and notification letter (if desired).


For further info call 828/433-7282, e-mail to ( or visit (

The August 2015 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

August 1, 2015


The August 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 61 pages of it.

Our cover this month features a work by Fletcher Williams III, a native of Charleston, SC. The work is a response to the shooting of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston.

For single page format use this link (

For side by side page format use this link (

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 this month. 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 these links to your friends.

If you want to get something in the September 2015 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the August 24 deadline. But, you do know that you don’t have to wait until the deadline comes up to send us stuff – 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

Final Award from “Carolina’s Got Art!” Competition and Exhibition Held in Charlotte, NC, was Given to Tyrone Geter

July 29, 2015


Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s most anticipated juried art competition, awarded $26,000 in cash and prizes to winners at opening receptions at Elder Gallery, in Charlotte, NC, held during May and June, 2015. Mediums including paintings, photography, sculptures, weavings, drawings, glass and ceramics were included. CGA! continues to build on the success of its past competitions and attracted just under 3,000 entries this year.

For those not selected by this year’s juror for the main exhibit of Carolina’s Got Art!, a second show, chosen by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 125 pieces were exhibited during the month of June.

Tyrone Geter of Columbia, SC, was selected as the “People’s Choice” award winner in Carolina’s Got Art! Salon 2015 competition. His powerful drawing on torn paper entitled “Backache” won him a cash award of $500.

Backache by Tyrone Geter

In 2009, as a reaction to the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life to provide financial support to Carolina artists. Now in its fourth year, Carolina’s Got Art! has emerged as the pre-eminent competition, exhibition and sale for Carolina-based artists and will have awarded over $60,000 in prizes since its inception.

“When I founded Carolina’s Got Art! in 2009, I wanted to create a competition that would support local artists and help showcase the amazing talent within our two-state area,” says Elder. “For many artists, juried competitions are an important part of launching and sustaining successful careers. Our goal is to continue to offer opportunities to support their livelihood and to encourage their creative process.”

For further information visit (

Sculpture by Bob Doster Installed at Marvin Ridge High School, in Waxhaw, NC

July 28, 2015

Here are some images of a globe sculpture by Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, being installed at Marvin Ridge High School, in Waxhaw, NC. Photos Courtesy Wendy Cavallone and Cherry Doster.





For more than fifty years, Doster has created art that ranges from whimsical collectibles to monumental public works of art. As a teaching artist, he has worked with more than 150,000 students of all ages.

Visit Doster’s Backstreet Studio, Gallery, and Garden, located in downtown Lancaster, SC, at 217 East Gay Street.

For further info visit (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Offers Terry Thirion for Monthly Meeting – Aug. 11, 2015

July 28, 2015

Artist Terry Thirion presents a demonstration, “Texture – the Special Ingredient to Successful Abstracts and Landscapes”, at the monthly meeting of the Matthews Artists Guild on Aug. 11, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street in downtown Matthews.

Work by Terry Thirion

Thirion will demonstrate her techniques for using texture in her paintings. Terry’s demonstration will give you a glimpse into her creative process. View her works at (

6:00pm – View the current show in the gallery upstairs
6:30pm – Social/Refreshments and meet the artist
7:00pm – Artist demonstration

The Matthews Artists Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the McDowell Arts Center at 704/321-7275 or follow them on Facebook, at (

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC, Offers 9th Annual Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show – July 31 – Aug. 2, 2015

July 21, 2015

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) in Blowing Rock, NC, presents its ninth annual Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show, on Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.

This year’s show includes over 5,000 square feet of fine art and antiques with more than 20 vendors from eight different states. According to the event organizers, “This is one show you don’t want to miss. Here you will find exclusive items including mid-19th to mid-20th Century American and European paintings, antique clocks and music boxes, period furniture, vintage linens and textiles, maps, estate jewelry, silver, equestrian and sporting pieces, rugs, porcelain, pottery, lighting fixtures and more.”


For a complete list of item categories and vendors, visit (

The Art and Antiques Show begins with an evening Preview Party including an auction on Thursday, July 30. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase that ‘must have’ item and bid on exclusive auction items, including a week long vacation in Florida, UNC Chapel Hill vs NC State Basketball tickets and a 50 inch Samsung Smart TV. Tickets to the Preview Party are $80 per person and advance reservations are required.

Art and Antiques Show hours are 10am to 6pm, on Friday and Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Tickets to the show, which are good for entry throughout the weekend, are $10 and may be purchased at the door, on line at ( or by phone at 828/295-9099.

The Art and Antique Show is sponsored by Hendrick Northlake Luxury Auto Mall.

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Application for Exhibitions – Deadline Sept. 20, 2015

July 21, 2015


Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is seeking innovative artists working in all media for solo and/or group exhibitions. Deadline: Sept. 20, 2015. All entries must be submitted through ( (CaFE).

Exhibitions will be scheduled for Sept. 2016 and beyond. Exhibitions typically run for 6-8 weeks with an ongoing reception being held during First Friday Gallery Walks. Many exhibitions include an artist’s talk or demonstration Exhibits are free and open to the public. All exhibitions are supported through press, insurance coverage and small stipends to support the work of artists. Artspace creates an essay and brochure for each exhibition. While Artspace emphasizes the educational aspect of the exhibitions,  works of art may be for sale. Artspace takes a commission of 40% on works sold in our galleries.

For full details about the submission please see our website: (

Artspace’s gallery space is fully accessible and we strive to make the submission process accessible for artists as well.  We encourage anyone to submit for our open call-for-art.

If you need any additional assistance please contact Annah Lee by e-mail at ( or call 919/821-2787.


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