Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Maxine Tatreau for Monthly Meeting – Apr. 10, 2016

April 6, 2016


The Art League of Henderson County is looking forward to a presentation on freeform watercolor by member Maxine Tatreau at 2pm, on Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016 at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. The monthly meeting  will be a treat for the viewers as the outcome is always a surprise, according to Tatreau.

“When I start, I don’t know what it’s going to be,” says Tatreau. It’s this playful and experimental approach to the medium that has made her works frequent winners in shows that she has entered.

Using a wide variety of materials, Tatreau lays them out in an interesting arrangement on thick paper. Just about anything that will make a resist, such as thick gauze, window screen, burlap, torn paper, lace medallions, and Punchinella, the waste material left over from making sequins is fair game for use. Then, the creative part comes in as various colors and thicknesses of watercolors are sprayed onto the paper over the resist materials. Depending on the effect that she is trying to achieve, the paper might be lifted on a corner to get the paint to bleed down one side.

Trudeau’s husband made her a large box to allow the drippings to stay sort of contained, and fortunately, the Art League has an overhead viewing mirror to watch the fun as the magic unfolds on the paper. The resist materials keep the paint from coloring the paper underneath, or sometimes it partially seeps underneath. “That’s part of the mystery of the medium “ says Trudeau, and keeps her constantly experimenting with new materials.

The Art League of Henderson County, NC, is open to all who are interested in fine art. The organization meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month (3rd Sunday in May), at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. (There is ample on-site parking which is handicapped accessible.) The social time begins at 1:30pm, with a short business meeting beginning at 2pm.  An art related presentation then follows until 4pm. Guests are welcome.

For further information call Nancy Smeltzer, publicity, at 828/513-1024 or e-mail to (

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

April 1, 2016


The April 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 77 pages of it. In my commentary I talk about ArtFields© 2016, scheduled to take place in Lake City, SC, Apr. 22 – 30, 2016. We’re making that event a special focus this month in an attempt to get more folks to go see this major visual art event hosted by this small Southern town.

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 in this new year. 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 May 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the April 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
843/693-1306 (a new number)

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers 6th Annual Fundraising Gala Off The Wall – Apr. 16, 2016

March 30, 2016


FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, will offer the 6th annual fundraiser gala, Off the Wall, on Apr. 16, 2016, beginning at 6pm.

Only 55 Art Tickets will be sold, equal to the number of donated artworks, ensuring that each Art Ticket holder will take an original piece of work of art home directly Off the Wall. FRANK artists and other well-known area artists have donated 55 works of art to our 6th Annual Gala Celebration, each valued between $350 to $3,000 (or more)! During the event, excitement builds as the evening’s MC randomly draws names, and each lucky individual takes a turn to select a piece of his or her choosing.


Art Ticket holders participate in the OFF THE WALL drawing, a live auction, and the end of the evening raffle. Every Art Ticket holder can add on a companion to join them for the evening.


Companion Tickets can be purchased to accompany an Art Ticket holder. Companions do not receive a piece of artwork from the wall, but are invited to enjoy the festivities, participate in the live auction, and will be entered into our final raffle for special prizes which will take place at the end of the evening.

PATRON TICKETS: $150 (admits two)

Patron Tickets will be available again this year; one of these tickets admits two to the event. Patron Ticket Holders can join in the celebration, bid in the live auction, and will be entered into our final raffle drawings. Patron ticket holders do not receive a piece of artwork from the wall.

You can view the donated works of art at this link (

For further information call the gallery at 919/636-4135 or visit (

Arts Council of Carteret County Invites Artists to Participate in Be Here en Plein Air: Art Competition & Wet Paint Sale in Beaufort, NC – May 7, 2016

March 30, 2016


The Arts Council of Carteret County and the Downtown Beaufort Development Association announce the second annual Be Here en Plein Air Art Competition & Wet Paint Sale from 8am – 2pm, Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Beaufort, NC.

From 8am – noon, artists will spread out around Downtown Beaufort to work on their plein air paintings. Judging begins at 1pm at the First Citizen’s Bank parking lot along with the Wet Paint Sale, which continues until 2pm.

Artists of all skill levels, including art students 16 and over, are encouraged to register. Participants can register online until Wednesday, May 3, at $15 per entrant, or $20 the day of the event.

Entrants will paint throughout the downtown area and adjacent historic district – from the shady 300-year old live oaks at the county courthouse to the historic homes along Ann and Broad streets and up and down Taylors Creek. During the 4-hour contest, art enthusiasts are invited to stroll downtown, viewing works as they are created. Maps will be available at the First Citizens lot.

Professional artists will judge entries, and $1,000 in total cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Each entrant and a guest are invited to a casual lunch reception after the competition.

Artists may choose any two dimensional medium and substrate to work with. Due to the nature of the event photography is not included in the competition.

For more information or to register, visit ( or e-mail to ( Registration can also be completed in person at Craving Art Studio, 121 Craven Street, Beaufort or by mail. Call Heather at 252/728-0243 to have an application mailed. Late entries, including day-of entries, are accepted at a registration fee of $20.

Learn more about the Arts Council at (, and about the DBDA at (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Presents a Demonstration by Mark Stephenson at Monthly Meeting – Apr. 12, 2016

March 28, 2016


The Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, will present a demonstration entitled, “Painting Like a Sculptor Thinks”, during its monthly meeting on Apr. 12, 2016, at 6:30pm.

A sculptor begins with the largest of masses and shapes, unconcerned with the ‘likeness” of his subject, and so it can be when you paint! Sargent and Cezanne both used color – and not line – to indicate form. These large masses and tones are the foundation of the subject’s recognizable characteristic. It is by refining these masses that other features will begin to appear and in their proper place. The solid shape growing out of and into the background.

In this demonstration, Stephenson will begin painting a head by laying in masses of color and discussing throughout how he looks for the changes in surface planes and shapes, just as a sculptor looks at his subject and indicating these with color and value such that the head begins to appear.

The next meeting of MAG will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 6:30pm in the McDowell Arts Center (MAC) at 123 E. McDowell St. in Matthews, NC.

6pm – View current show in the MAC Gallery upstairs
6:30pm – Refreshments downstairs at the MAC
6:50pm – “Another Tidbit” of info from one of our artist members
7pm – Demonstration by artist Mark Stephenson

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 MAG on Facebook.

Artists Wanted to Participate in Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase in Brevard, NC – Deadline June 1, 2016

March 28, 2016


Artists who wish to exhibit in the 44th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase on Main Street in downtown Brevard, NC, for July 4th may apply for a booth space through the Transylvania Community Arts Council until June 1, 2016.

Applications and more information are available by calling the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or by e-mailing to ( All art vendors must have their own tent, tables and chairs.

Each year, the Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase features up to 48 regional artists and crafters who are juried into the show based on their excellent original art and craftwork. The event will take place from 9am to 5pm, in conjunction with Heart of Brevard’s Fourth of July Celebration and Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show in downtown Brevard. These three-festivals-in-one attract up to 14,000 people annually with music, arts, crafts, food, children’s activities and more. This year the event will take place on Monday, July 4, 2016. Non-artist vendors must contact the Heart of Brevard at 828/884-3278.

The application and jury fee is $150. Applicants will be notified of jury decisions and receive important event information by June 5, 2016.

For more information, contact Tammy Hopkins at the Transylvania Community Arts Council by calling 828/884-2787 or e-mail to (

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Clay Talks! with Michael Hamlin & Julie Wiggins – April 7, 2016

March 28, 2016


Join us in Seagrove, NC, on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 6pm for a presentation by Michael Hamlin and Julie Wiggins, members of the Thrown Together Potters collective, and participants in North Carolina Pottery Center’s upcoming exhibition, “Flower Power.”


Michael Hamlin grew up in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH. Early on, Hamlin developed a desire to work with his hands. As an elementary student, he visited the library so often to check out pottery books, the librarians began asking him to consider different subjects. Yet, his fondness for handmade crafts never diminished. In 1987, he bought and installed a kiln in a friend’s basement and taught himself how to hand build, make glazes and fire his work. Hamlin later graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1996.

Hamlin has a great passion for gardening and flower arranging. He uses the plants and flowers he grows as tools of inspiration for designing the vases and bowls he creates. Hamlin says, “My aesthetic is influenced by midcentury modern, Scandinavian design as well as twelfth through fifteenth century Persian ceramics, Sung Dynasty vessels and Japanese Ikebana arrangements. I look at how the vessel will interact in interior settings: Will it detract from the whole interior or will it enhance an environment?”

Originally from Jacksonville, NC, Julie Wiggins graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from East Carolina University. In 2005, she received an honorary degree from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, where she focused her studies on traditional Eastern techniques. Wiggins has nearly a decade of experience as an educator, including courses taught at Clayworks and The McColl Center for Visual Art.

Wiggins’ functional pottery is created in porcelain and glazed in soft grays, greens, blues, and yellows. “As a studio potter, I make objects of enjoyment that strike a balance between uniquely functional forms and narrative design,” she says. Her work features decorative inlay floral designs in dark slip, contrasted against a light porcelain background.

Wiggins has fond memories from growing up, surrounded by warm blue skies, expansive beaches, and bright green farmland. Though her work as a ceramicist has taken her to Europe, Mexico, Morocco, and beyond, she still holds a place in her heart for the easy-going Southern lifestyle.

Hamlin and Wiggins’ slide talks will address their work, process and inspiration. A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentations at 7pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!

Location: The NCPC Educational Building located behind the NC Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430 or visit ( This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

Dare County Arts Council Calls for Participation in 35th New World Festival Of The Arts in Manteo, NC – Deadline Apr. 1, 2016

March 22, 2016


Celebrating its 35th year, the New World Festival Of The Arts will be held Aug. 17 and 18, 2016, from 10am-5pm on the waterfront in downtown Manteo, NC.

New World Festival Of The Arts offers 85 local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work and compete for awards.

Artists wishing to participate can find a prospectus for the juried show online at ( The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016.

The free community event will feature world-class art from up and down the East Coast, including Outer Banks artists LeMair Handcrafts.

LeMair Handcrafts is the work of Lisa LeMair and Christopher Proto and includes wearable art, jewelry, accessories and stoneware pottery. In 2015, Lisa won 3-D Best In Show for her jewelry.

Dare County Arts Council Gallery Manager Louise Sanderlin, Artist Lisa LeMair, Dare County Arts Council Volunteer Erin Johnson, and Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin (left to right) at the 2015 New World Festival Of The Arts.

“As an artist who has traveled to shows from California to Connecticut, it is so refreshing to have this little gem of a show right in my backyard. The organizers are enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to making this a good show for everyone involved. We have strong support from locals and visitors alike. And, of course, I especially appreciate the meaningful cash awards for best in show- many thanks to the sponsors who make that possible,” said Lisa LeMair.

For more information, or if you would like to be an exhibitor at New World Festival Of The Arts, please contact the Dare County Arts Council by e-mailing to ( or call 252/473-5558.

The Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

Call for Artists to Participate in RockyFest, on Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016, in Alexander County, NC

March 21, 2016

Vendor applications are currently being accepted for the 4th Annual RockyFest being held on Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016, at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (Rocky Face Park) near Taylorsville, NC.

Fees for vendors are non-profit ($0), arts/crafts ($25), commercial ($35), and food ($50) vendors. The vendor application is now available online at ( Once submitted, vendor applications will be reviewed by staff who will ensure a good fit with the event. Vendors will need to be set up by 10am and be prepared to stay until at least 6:16pm that day..

The event will also feature 5K/10K/20K trail races, live music, rock climbing and rappelling, children’s activities, food/arts/crafts vendors, Cherokee storytelling and demonstrations, and more.

Attendees should note that the parking lot at Rocky Face Park will be closed during the event; however, ample parking will be available at Rocky Face Baptist Church and other nearby parking areas. Greenway Public Transportation will transport visitors to and from the event.

Alexander County Government expresses its appreciation to the fine sponsors of this year’s event:  Duke Energy – Platinum Sponsor, EnergyUnited, Craftmaster Furniture, Huntington House Furniture, Schneider Mills, Taylor King, and West Consultants.

For more information about RockyFest 2016, visit ( or call Park Ranger Alisha Stamey at 828/632-1093.

The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, in association with Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department, Will Present the Inaugural Wilmington Arts Summit, April 15-16, 2016, at CFCC in Wilmington, NC

March 21, 2016

The Wilmington Arts Summit will offer more than 30 expert-led workshops on professional development and capacity-building for artists and arts organizations throughout southeastern North Carolina. Best of all, it’s free of charge!

The kickoff will be held on Friday, Apr. 15, 2016, from 6-9pm, in CFCC’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery and will include networking opportunities by discipline and other focus areas. Concurrent breakout sessions on Saturday, Apr. 16, from 10am-4pm, will be held in 10 classrooms in the academic wing of CFCC’s new Humanities & Fine Arts Center. The seating capacity will be 24 per classroom per session. Hourly panel discussions will be held in the center’s Black Box Theater, which has a seating capacity of about 125.

A Few of our Panel Discussions”

CYA: Cover Your Arts – with John Staton – Star News, Shea Carver – Encore, and Gina Gambony – WHQR

Give A Damn! – Karen Wells – Arts North Carolina

Dynamic Models for Activating Space – with Nina Bays Cournoyer, Alisa Harris, Karola Luettringhaus, and Jennifer Mace

A Few of our Workshops:
Board 101
Understanding Financial Reports
Volunteer Management
Most Common Grant Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
Fund Development
Donor Retention
Friend raising NOT fund raising
Evaluating and Determining Program Strategy

April 15-16, 2016
Cape Fear Community College
Humanities & Fine Arts Center
703 North Third Street
Wilmington, NC

For further info call 910/343-0998; e-mail to ( or visit (


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