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Little Taste of ArtFields© 2015 in Lake City, SC, and a Little Guidance

April 22, 2015


Because the schedule for attending ArtFields© 2015 (Apr. 24 – May 2) and the schedule for producing our May 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is not too compatible – I begged for a sneak peek – which was granted. So I’m offering a little taste of what you will see in Lake City, SC, and a little advice on how to make the most of your visit to ArtFields©.

First the advice. My suggestion to save time is to go to ArtFields© website ( and browse through the artist’s gallery found under the Artists category (2015 Artists). There you will find images of all 400 + works and info about the artists by clicking on the small image. This will show you a larger image, info about the artist, an artist’s statement, and where the work is located in the downtown area. Doing this before you arrive in Lake City will save you lots of time. Unless you’re going to stay several days in Lake City there’s no way you’re going to see all 400 + works. So going through the artist’s gallery online might help you find what you really want to see and save you time.

When you arrive in Lake City follow the signs to ArtFields© and then when you get in the heart of the downtown area follow the signs to The ROB where there is plenty of free parking. At The ROB you can catch a bus, also free, to Main Street. You’ll be looking for the ArtFields© Registration & Voting Center at 108 Main Street. This is where you will register to vote or activate your pre-registration, which you did on the ArtFields© website at ( Upon registration you’ll receive your guild booklet which tells you where all the exhibits are and gives you other important info on how to enjoy ArtFields© 2015. No registration – no booklet. Remember a major part of ArtFields© is viewer participation. Except for one of the major prizes that the jury panel will select the public’s voting helps determine the other major awards.

Now that you have your guide booklet – what you do next is up to you.

You’ll get your biggest bang for your buck (time wise) by visiting The Rob and the Jones-Carter Gallery – they present nothing but art with no distractions. If you like shopping (looking) the retail stores and restaurants around Main Street will offer you lots of distractions and art. In some of the venues you’ll also be offered a bit of conversation too. It’s different strokes for different folks and ArtFields© 2015 does have something for everyone. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that all the good work will be in the gallery-like setting – you’d be missing some of the best works in the competition if you don’t check out the stores and shops.

Don’t forget that most of the works are for sale. From what I’ve heard, several “pending” sales have already been made.  They’re “pending” in that the jury panel might select them for one of the major awards that are also purchase awards and will become part of the ArtFields© collection. But you can put in a claim on a work and cross your fingers. There are only two purchase awards so the odds are on your side.

If you’ve visited Lake City for the first two events you’ll notice on your return visit that some venues have gone out of business while other new ones have opened. Lake City is like every other town or city – big or small – some people just don’t make it through a year. But some of the new venues might be better and longer lasting.

And, hey – don’t leave home without your wallet or purse. The good folks in Lake City are hoping you’re going to leave some of your money with them. You can’t look at art on an empty stomach? You can’t walk around this town seeing all the improvements they have made, just for you, without taking home something for the kids or the grand kids? And, don’t deny yourself something special you found in one of the shops. Looking at art is hard work – believe me I know. It can give you a headache, but it’s a good kind of headache – one I’d like having more often. Seeing so much fantastic work in one small town is a great thing and an opportunity no one should miss.

When you visit the ArtFields© website ( or when you have your guide booklet in hand you’ll see there are many other events being offered during the festival – than include running, beer, BBQ, listening to artists talk, and even a symphony concert at Moore Farms Botanical Gardens.

OK – a Taste of ArtFields© 2015

I’m not going to identify any of these artworks, I don’t want to give any artists a leg up on any of the 400 + in this competition, but I had to show something to give you a taste of what you’ll find there. And, I’m not saying I even like everything I’m showing here, and after all it’s only about 4% of what’s on view and I had limited time on this sneak preview.

Here are a few works you’ll find in the gallery-like settings:




Here are a few sculptures found outside:




Here are a few works found in public spaces:



Here are a few works found in some of the retail spaces:



And, here’s work you won’t find in Greenville SC:


OK – ArtFields© 2015 starts Friday, April 24 – make sure you get up off the couch and go to Lake City, SC, to see a Small Town with Big Money and World Class Southern Art.

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Receives $22,000 from Lincoln Financial Group

April 17, 2015


Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, has been awarded $22,000 from Lincoln Financial Group. This grant will support Guilford County Head Start/Title I Tour and Enrichment program in school year 2015-2016.

Guilford County Head Start/Title I Schools Tour and Enrichment program is a program at Greenhill for under-served pre-school age children, offering age-appropriate enriched cultural arts curriculum that supports school readiness. With continued support, Guilford Child Development Head Start, Title I Schools, and United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Thriving at Three, teachers and students will continue to benefit from Greenhill’s Group Visits. All activities are designed to support language development and literacy skills and make explicit connections to the core curriculum as outlined in NC essential standards, Common Core, Head Starts Early Learning Framework, and the National Art Standards. ArtQuest facilitators will lead participants (Pre K – Eighth grade) in a two-part tour featuring a discussion of NC artists and art in The Gallery and hands-on art activities in ArtQuest. The tours expose children to visual art and age appropriate strategies for viewing and talking about art while folding in literacy outcomes formerly introduced in the Read Yellow Blue program. In addition, activities in ArtQuest will strengthen small motor skills, foster social and emotional development and strengthen higher level cognitive skills such as critical thinking.

Through the program, children are invited to experience the exhibition in The Gallery at Greenhill where they gain observation and interpretive skills. The children are asked to decipher and decode symbols, promoting the same skills used in reading and writing, enhancing visual thinking strategies, an essential component in the development of critical thinkers. After participating in activities in The Gallery, the groups move to the ArtQuest studios where the children freely express themselves with art mediums such as clay, paint and collage. Children create individually as well as collaboratively with other children and adults.  A facilitator records the child’s dictation about their artwork so they can take it home to later read to their parents and caregivers. “For many children, this is their very first gallery experience where looking and talking about art act as interpretive practices that strengthen language development while also learning about gallery settings. In the ArtQuest studios children make important connections between what they have seen or read while learning new art vocabulary, creating their own stories and learning about the world around through art techniques and mediums,” explains Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph.D., Greenhill’s Director of Programs.

Traci McLemore, Manager, Community Impact Initiatives at United Way of Greater Greensboro explains, “We absolutely love the opportunity for our children to experience language and literacy through this medium.  In the past two years I’ve seen the teacher’s anxiety lessen and comfort levels grow when coming to The Gallery.  Now they know they can bring children into a gallery or museum setting and teach them about the various art forms; Greenhill has shown it is a welcoming place for children, even outside of the ArtQuest studios.”

Since 2011, Greenhill has served 9,248 children through the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation. Greenhill focuses on early childhood because it is the foundation for in-school success. Research shows that sustained participation in the arts is of significant benefit to learners. A seminal longitudinal study examining the importance of sustained arts in the development of children demonstrated that intensive involvement in the arts was associated with higher level of achievement, college attainment, and prosocial behavior (Catteral, 2009). According  to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth:  Findings  from  Four Longitudinal Studies,  underserved students “who  have access to the arts  in or out of school also tend  to have better academic  results, better workforce opportunities, and more  civic engagement. Now, Greenhill is able to strengthen the Group Visit program, and as a direct result of Lincoln Financial Foundation support, Greenhill has expanded the impact of educational programming by increasing art enriched opportunities for underserved learners. “Lincoln Financial Foundation’s sustained commitment to this program means that many children are able to return to Greenhill year after year building their knowledge of galleries, art making, and literacy,” says Sanders-Bustle.

Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Greenhill promotes the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art.

For more information visit (

Merchants in Downtown Pittsboro, NC, Offers Works by Members of Chatham Artists Guild – May 1 – June 1, 2015

April 17, 2015


Merchants of downtown Pittsboro, NC, have given visitors yet another reason to enjoy their stroll up and down Hillsboro Street.  Between May 1 and June 1, 2015, eighteen merchants are displaying the art works of the Chatham Artists Guild in their windows. Come take a saunter and be inspired by the high quality creations made from diverse medium:  metal, glass, clay, wood, stone, and gourds. As you meander, you’ll see sculptures, paintings, pottery, and colors galore. Enjoy your amble and look for the Chatham Artists Guild logo in the merchants’ windows.

The Chatham Artists Guild is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

For further info call 919/200-8508 or e-mail to (

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Entries for “FRESH” New Works by North Carolina Artists – Deadline May 21, 2015

April 17, 2015


Artspace in Raleigh, NC, calls for entries for “FRESH” a juried exhibition on view in Gallery One at Artspace from May 29 – June 26, 2015.

“FRESH” is an exhibition of new works by North Carolina artists. But with a twist!

Be part of an exhibition that features two opportunities for all artists who submit artwork to show and sell their work at Artspace before the juried exhibition opens June 5th.

A portion of exhibition proceeds will support the Artspace Summer Arts Program Scholarship Fund, nurturing the next generation of visual artists.

Find out more and apply now at (

Artist Submissions: Open to artists ages 18+ working in NC in all media. Submissions must be available for sale, less than two years old, and limited in size to 48″. Artists may submit one piece.

Online applications due before May 21, 2015. Work must be delivered to Artspace May 21-23, 2015.

Submission fees: $15 for members, $25 for non-members.

Contact Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs, with questions by e-mail at (

​Sales & Commission: All artwork must be available for purchase. Artists will receive 50% commission from sales.

Artists may donate all or a portion of their commission to Artspace for a tax-deductible contribution to the Artspace Summer Arts Program Scholarship Fund.

Juror & Awards: The exhibition and awards will be juried by Cora Fischer, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC.

Cash awards for Best In Show ($500), 2nd Place ($250), Third Place ($100) and People’s Choice ($75).

“FRESH” Events: “FRESH” Look: Pre-Jury Viewing Party on Friday, May 29th and Sat., May 30th; “FRESH” Opening: First Friday, June 5th; and “Fresh” Discussion: With Cora Fischer, SECCA; Bill Thelen, LUMP and guests on Thurs., June 11th.

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Welcomes Jason Andrew for Gallery Talk on Jack Tworkov – Apr. 22, 2015

April 14, 2015


The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, is pleased to welcome back Jason Andrew for a special gallery talk on Apr. 22, 2015, at 5:30pm in conjunction with the exhibit, “Jack Tworkov: Beyond Black Mountain, Selected Works From 1952-1982″.

Andrew is the Manager and Curator of the Estate of Jack Tworkov and has organized many exhibitions of the artist’s work, including the 2009 retrospective “Jack Tworkov: Against Extremes, Five Decades of Painting”. He is an independent scholar specializing in Post War American Art and is currently directing and editing the online Catalogue Raisonne Project of Works on Canvas by Jack Tworkov. In addition, Andrew is a prominent figure in the Bushwick, Brooklyn art scene and is the co-founder/director of Norte Maar, a non-profit now celebrating its 10th Anniversary encouraging, promoting and presenting collaborative projects in the arts.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

The event is free with membership or Museum admission

Additional information on upcoming exhibitions and public programs at the Museum can be found online at (

Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Receives PNC Grant Funding to Grow Free Family Night Program

April 13, 2015


Greenhill has been awarded over $7,000 from PNC to expand the reach of free Family Night.  Having served 3,000 children and families in 2014, Greenhill is looking to increase this number by 25% to serve an additional 750 annually.  Greenhill recognizes the need to reach more community members through the Family Night programs and with added funding from PNC, it will be able to provide an additional staffing and art supplies to support and guide increased numbers of children and families.

Family Night is a long standing tradition at Greenhill. Since 1996 Greenhill has offered Family Night, a program which provides children and families free access to ArtQuest and The Gallery on Wednesday’s from 5-7pm. Comprised of four interactive studios, the ArtQuest studios are active, social spaces where families can make art and share ideas, create one-of-a-kind paintings or work with clay or new and unexpected materials at the hands-on exploration table.  The Art Works Studio contains large painting easels, table-top projects, and a clay station; the Scrap Lab offers and array of recycled materials to make the old into something new and creative, the Imagination Station is geared to the youngest visitors and offers books, blocks and puppet making with a puppet stage for children to present their own stories; and the NC Art Studio is an open space for drawing and other activities.

ArtQuest facilitator Sam Jordan explains “On Family Night I enjoy seeing the families having fun while really getting into their art. The parents get involved with their kids and become immersed in the creations they come up with together.” Adding, “It feels like a little community of its own with our regular visitors as well as new-comers every week. I see a lot of different cultures come together and there’s a lot of laughter and comradery.”

In addition to the ArtQuest’s extended hours and free admission, The Gallery at Greenhill also has extended hours from 5-7pm on Wednesday evenings. While The Gallery is always free and open to the public, the Wednesday night evening hours offer a time of flexibility for families to participate and engage with the exhibitions.  Parent and Greenhill Board member Kess Thongteum described how the experience in a gallery setting translates to her children at home: “The Gallery is full of intangible benefits that I don’t often think about. My girls spent an hour this morning putting together their own gallery. They put together several different pieces then announced the opening and even decided their gallery hours. I thought too funny. I know exposure to art is important, but the entire gallery experience, although difficult to quantify, is also so valuable.”

Benefits of participation in the arts cannot be understated. Studies show that underserved students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities and more civic engagement. Surveys taken over a month indicated 90% of Family Night participants attend because it is free of charge, exhibiting the need for Family Night.

About the PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. For more information, please visit ( or follow (

About Greenhill
Greenhill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center.  Greenhill promotes the visual arts of North Carolina by engaging a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. For more information visit (

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Offers the 2015 Durham Art Walk Spring Market – May 2-3, 2015

April 13, 2015


Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, is producing and presenting the 2015 Durham Art Walk Spring Market on May 2-3, 2015, from 10am-5pm on Sat. and 1-5pm on Sun. Start your adventure at the Durham Arts Council, at 120 Morris Street, in downtown Durham. Join us for the festive celebration of downtown Durham at its blooming best!

With the work of more than 250 artists and 20+ sites, art lovers will make downtown Durham their destination for a weekend full of art and exploration of all that Durham has to offer including: dazzling work by visual artists in all media, interactive activities, great shopping, world-class restaurants, live music, and more!

Check out all the participating artists HERE!

The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

For further info visit (

Celebration of Spring in Seagrove, NC, by Area Potters Takes Place on Apr. 18 and 19, 2015

April 12, 2015

Editor’s Note: We covered this event in our April 2015 issue – we just forgot to include the ad associated with it. That’s about the worst thing you can do as a commercial publication, as it means we don’t get paid for an ad we left out. We apologize to the potters of Seagrove, but we’re trying to make up for it as much as we can.

Here’s the ad we forgot to include:


Here’s the article we published about the event.

Please join Seagrove, NC, Potters this year for our largest Celebration of Spring in Seagrove on Apr. 18 and 19, 2015. Forty three member shops will be offering an array of new work from over 70 potters and special events in the shops this year. This is the perfect weekend to get out, shake off the winter blues and come find some treasures to take home with you.

Work from Blue Hen Pottery

Work from Bulldog Pottery

Works by Caldwell Hohl Artworks

Work by Dean & Martin Pottery

Participating this year are: Avery Pottery & Tileworks, Ben Owen Pottery Inc., Blue Hen Pottery, Bulldog Pottery, Cady Clay Works, Caldwell Hohl Artworks, Chad Brown Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Daniel and Kate Johnston Pottery, David Stuempfle Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, DirtWorks Pottery, Donna Craven Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, From the Ground Up Pottery, Great White Oak Gallery, Hickory Hill Pottery, JLK Jewelry at Jugtown, Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Keith Martindale Pottery, King’s Pottery, Latham’s Pottery, Luck’s Ware, Matthew Kelly Pottery, McNeill’s Pottery, Michele Hastings Pottery & Jeff Brown, Nichols Pottery, O’Quinn Pottery, Pottery by Frank Neef, Pottery Junction, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery/Walton’s, Potts Pottery, Ray Pottery, Rockhouse Pottery, Seagrove Stoneware, Smith Pottery, Studio Touya, Thomas Pottery, Tom Gray Pottery, Triple C Pottery, and Turn & Burn.

Work from JLK Jewelry at Jugtown

Work by Keith Martindale Pottery

Work from Studio Touya

Work from Tom Gray Pottery

The Spring Guide can be downloaded from our website ( and includes a map, shop hours and listing of the participating shops. You can also go to Facebook to see who is participating at ( and link to the individual artists for more information.

You will also be able to participate in a chance to win a gift certificate for $150 that can be used at one of the participating Celebration of Spring shops. Pick up a card at one of the shops (or download it from our website) and get it stamped in 6 different shops and mail it back to us by May 15, 2015. Qualifying cards will be entered into the drawing, which will take place the weekend of May 23, 2015.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings for individual potteries or visit (

Bel Air Artisan’s Center in Rocky Mount, NC, Calls for Entries for “Mother’s Day Art Show” – Deadline May 2, 2015

April 8, 2015

The “Mother’s Day Art Show” was established in 1957, an idea suggested by Claude Howell, a longtime friend of the Arts. It grew in popularity and became an indelible feature of the holiday in Rocky Mount, NC. We are thrilled that the Bel Air Artisan’s Center is bringing it back!

From the very beginning, the opening event was held on Mother’s Day. Many of us remember spending a lovely afternoon at the show with our mothers, our community, and artists from Rocky Mount, Raleigh, Greenville and beyond.

We hope you’ll join us to revive this tradition. Mark your calendars for Mother’s Day weekend May 9-10, 2015!

The Artisans Center is located in a beautiful old repurposed building, the historic Bel Air Chevrolet dealership, located at 115 S Church Street in downtown Rocky Mount.

Please help us spread the good news: (Forward this info to those you think will benefit, and visit their Facebook page, Bel Air Artisans Center.)

If you are an artist, plan to enter! If you love art, this will be a great time to spend a delightful day, see and buy original art from local and regional artists.  Celebrate Mother’s Day with us!

All artwork entered will be shown in the Bel Air galleries May 7-10, 2015. Award winners will be announced at a reception Sunday afternoon; winners in both Student and Adult Divisions will remain on exhibit for the month of May.

Entry deadline: May 2, 2015. Entry fee: $10 per item. Cash prizes. Original Painting, Drawing, Pottery, Jewelry. 2D and 3D original art. Only 25% commission on works sold during the show.

For complete details or an entry form call the Bel Air Artisans Center at 252/442-8115 or e-mailed to (

UNC-Greensboro, NC, Offers Contemporary Collectors Group Brunch and Public Lecture with Mark Sloan – Apr. 26, 2015

April 7, 2015


UNC-Greensboro in Greensboro, NC, will present a lecture by Mark Sloan entitled “From Hoop Skirts to Sound Suits: Making the Case for Contemporary Art in America’s Most Historic City” on Sunday, Apr. 26, 12pm (Brunch for WAM Contemporary Collectors), 2pm (Public Talk).


Sloan will be the next guest speaker in the Contemporary Collectors Group’s continuing series of brunches with artists, curators, and critics. After speaking informally at the brunch, Sloan will offer a public lecture about some of his exhibition projects and the challenge of engaging people with contemporary art in the historic city of Charleston, SC.

Sloan has been the Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. The Halsey Institute is a multi-disciplinary, non-collecting contemporary arts museum, with an emphasis on emerging, mid-career, and oddly overlooked artists from around the world. In his thirty two-year career he has organized hundreds of exhibitions, ranging from contemporary Japanese installation art to 19th century Baluchi tribal weavings. Several of his exhibitions have traveled to institutions such as the High Museum in Atlanta, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Presentation House in Vancouver, and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. He has authored or co-authored fifteen books on subjects ranging from Russian conceptual art to early twentieth century circus life. He is also an active visual artist whose works have been exhibited, published, and collected internationally.

Watch for your invitation. RSVPs for the 12pm brunch required. $20 per person. The 2pm Public Talk is free and open to the public.

For further info call the Weatherspoon at 336/334-5770 or visit (


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