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Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, Announces First Pop-Up Resident, Allison Luce

May 7, 2015


Greenhill in Greensboro, NC, is excited to announce their first 10-day Pop-Up resident, Allison Luce. Luce will work in the ArtQuest studios during regular business hours from May 27 – June 5, 2015. In addition to studio hours she will be available for visitors during Free Family Night on June 3 (5-7pm) and First Friday on June 5 (6-9pm).

Luce graduated with dual BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. Currently, she lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is a studio artist and an adjunct art instructor.

In 2014, Luce was awarded The Antinori Fellowship for Ceramic Artists at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia. She also participated in The Arts and Science Council of Charlotte’s Community Supported Art Program, where she was commissioned to make fifty sculptures for the project. Her artwork was recently featured in The Charlotte Observer’s small business section.

Luce has a history of working closely with communities and makes this an important part of her vision for her work at Greenhill. She explains, “I would like to create a partnership between artist, ArtQuest and the community. I enjoy teaching and sharing my love of art with others. By using my artwork as a departure point, I would like to introduce the Greenhill community to contemporary and conceptual uses of clay.”

As part of her residency Luce will use clay and collage elements such as fake fur, wire, and natural objects to develop a new body of work titled Contain and Conceal. She will also work with visitors to create textured ceramic tiles which will be featured in one of Luce’s large installations titled Ancient Expanse. Luce will also provide examples of her work in various stages of the ceramic process for visitors to explore.

All activities will take place in ArtQuest in Greenhill’s one-of-a-kind hands-on education studios for children and families. A new program Greenhill’s pop-up residency program provides a space and materials for North Carolina artists to create and exhibit artworks in an education setting deepening visitors’ experiences through discussions about artists creative practices helping visitors make important connections between processes and works in The Gallery.

The next Pop-Up residency is scheduled for Aug. 26 – Sept. 4, 2015. Applications are due on May 15, 2015. All interested applicants should fill out an application online at (

For more information, contact Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph.D., Director of Programs at 336/333-7460 x 103 or e-mail to (

Toe River Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild sponsor the Plein Air Paint Out in Burnsville, NC – May 16, 2015

May 7, 2015

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 16, 2015, and prepare for a fun day in Burnsville, NC. For the 9th year in a row, the Toe River Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild sponsor the Plein Air Paint Out. Anyone who paints or draws is invited to participate. Following an early morning registration ($30 per artist; free for ages 5-18), artists will walk into an outdoor arena of two-dimensional possibilities in and around Burnsville. And folks who aren’t participating will appear from business and homes to watch them. Brushes and pencils in hand, artists will spend the entire day transforming blank “slates” into depictions of our rural community.

As the sun follows the slope of the day, the artists will return to hang and tag their work. This year’s juror, John Mac Kah, is a well known in Asheville, NC, for his plein air painting and teaching. Following the judging, first, second, third place, and student winners will be announced during a dessert reception beginning at 6:30pm that evening.

Juried artwork from this year’s Paint Out will be on display at the Burnsville Gallery (102 W. Main Street) from May 16 through June 20, 2015; many available for sale.

If you draw, paint, enjoy the outdoors, then May 16 is the date and Burnsville the place to be. Bring an umbrella because rain or shine, the TRAC Plein Air Paint Out is happening.

For complete details and an application form, please visit the TRAC website at (, or call 828/682-7215.

TRAC Paint Out is supported by a Grassroots Art Grant, through the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild and from generous assistance from an anonymous donor.

New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Mary-Ann Prack

May 7, 2015

New Gallery of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, is presenting “Body Language”, featuring boldly-colored, abstract, figurative sculpture by Mary-Ann Prack, on view through May 31, 2015.


Mary-Ann Prack was drawn to the unlimited potential for creative expression that is characteristic of clay, her medium of choice for over 30 years. She uses a non-traditional approach to the use of clay in terms of design, scale and finish techniques. Her designs and construction are distinctive, colorful, precise and display a geometric purity of form and surface detail.


“I love the challenge of using color, line, texture and geometric shapes to create sculpture that comes alive with real human qualities and emotion,” says Prack.

Prack’s background in the arts really began over a century ago with the creation, by her grandfather, of an architectural design firm in Pittsburgh, PA. By 1910, the firm had added an office in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and several more members of the Prack family, including her father.  “Prack & Prack – A & E” became the quiet start of an iconic architectural, engineering and fine art family tradition that has spanned three generations and two countries.


Prack began her formal fine art education at the University of Guelph in Ontario; continued at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Florida Atlantic University where she studied both fine art and interior design. From this extensive arts foundation she has developed figurative sculpture that transforms the visual language of form, color, line and texture into what are, for her, serious but spirited and elegant abstractions of the human form.

New Gallery of Modern Art is located at 435 South Tryon Street, Suite 110, in Uptown Charlotte, across the street from the Bechtler and Mint Museums.

For further information visit (

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

May 1, 2015


The May 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 75 pages of it.

Single page downloads are still adding up to more than double the amount for side by side format – which is good as many people desired one or the other. We’re here to please all we can so we’ll continue offering you the choice of two ways to download the paper:

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 June 2015 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the May 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

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, Welcomes Gordon Peterson as its New Executive Director

April 30, 2015


“I am thrilled that Gordon Peterson has taken on this important role,” said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the NC Department of Cultural Resources (DCR). “His enthusiasm for the arts and for the Winston-Salem community are an asset to his new position.”

A marketing consultant, Peterson also serves on the SECU Family House Board in Chapel Hill, the Advisory Board for Triad Stage and the Clemmons Friends of the Library Board. He served six years on the Piedmont Opera Board and formerly served on the boards of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Reynolda House Docents and was president of the SECCA Foundation. He is currently a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

“Gordon Peterson brings imagination, experience and a lively energy to SECCA at a time when community engagement and growth are central priorities,” said Lawrence J. Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

A graduate of the University of NC School of Journalism, Peterson has spent the majority of his career in the advertising agency business, both in New York and North Carolina. His experience and extensive skill sets include arts management, both museum and board leadership; strategic planning; fundraising; finance; education and community relations.

“I am excited about this opportunity to work with the talented staff here at SECCA to help fulfill its mission of bringing art, technology and engagement to enhance perspectives, inspire our community and ignite new ideas,” said Peterson.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please visit ( SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is improve our state’s quality of life by creating opportunities that promote economic development, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and spark creativity to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the NC Arts Council, the NC Symphony and the NC Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues.

For more information, please call 919/807-7300 or visit (

Biltmore Industries in Asheville, NC, Welcomes Karen Babcock as New General Manager

April 30, 2015

Biltmore Industries in Asheville, NC, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Babcock as general manager, overseeing operations for the historic Asheville attractions located next door to The Omni Grove Park Inn. Biltmore Industries owns the very well-known Grovewood Gallery, and also owns another American fine craft retail operation, Gallery of the Mountains, inside The Omni Grove Park Inn.  Located on the same 11-acre property as the Grovewood Gallery are the nonprofit Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, The North Carolina Homespun Museum, Outdoor Sculpture Garden, The Grovewood Café, and Grovewood Studios, where many of Grovewood Gallery’s artists create their own work. All of these enterprises are housed in the historic weaving and woodworking buildings of Biltmore Industries in North Asheville.

Babcock was most recently executive director of The North Carolina International Folk Festival, known widely as Folkmoot USA, based in Waynesville, NC. As one of several notable accomplishments during her tenure with Folkmoot, she helped facilitate Haywood County’s 2014 donation of the $1.3 million historic Hazelwood Elementary School to the Folkmoot organization. Prior to 2008 she served as associate director of Ladew Topiary Gardens, a multi-faceted tourist destination based in Monkton, Maryland, where she attracted the attention of Antiques Roadshow and Martha Stewart.

Developing all the Biltmore Industries components into a popular destination for tourists and locals is part of the charge given to Babcock. “Expanding partnerships throughout the Western North Carolina region, engaging audiences with the compelling history of Biltmore Industries and enhancing the visitor experience are important to our success,” says Babcock. Owner Barbara Blomberg states “the opportunities abound for attracting more visitors to the property’s beautiful gardens, café and galleries. Once here, most people are surprised that they can spend a good half-day or more touring the museums, having lunch and shopping. There is literally something for everyone!”

Started in 1901 by George and Edith Vanderbilt and once housed in Biltmore Village, Biltmore Industries began as woodworking classes for sons of Biltmore Estate workers. The Vanderbilts were strong supporters of mountain arts and crafts and developed the business to include production of quality hand-loomed woolen material which clothed American President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Mrs. Calvin Coolidge. Biltmore Industries was purchased from Fred Seely, Jr. by Harry Blomberg in 1953 and is currently run by the Blomberg and Patton family.

To learn more about Biltmore Industries, call 828/253-7651 or visit (

Greenhill and The Green Bean in Greensboro, NC, Partner for Summer Exhibitions

April 30, 2015


In conjunction with Greenhill’s summer exhibition, “Jonathan Brilliant On-Site” (June 19 – August 30, 2015), The Green Bean is hosting a call for artists for “Grounding Grounds” on display June 13 – August 1.

“Jonathan Brilliant On-Site”, curated by Edie Carpenter, explores the work of Jonathan Brilliant who will create a site-specific installation from repurposed materials sourced primarily from coffee shop culture such as disposable wooden stir sticks, iced coffee straws, paper cup sleeves and plastic cup lids. In the spirit of Brilliants exhibition, Tricia Cooke, curator at The Green Bean is announcing a call to artists for “Grounding Grounds | A Community Art Project and Exhibition” comprised of works submitted by artists of any skill level using similar coffee house materials; coffee cups, lids, straws, stir sticks, filters, used coffee grounds, etc. Cooke said, “It’s exciting to be able to work together – to have the support from Greenhill as we support their ideas and vision.”

In Jonathan Brilliant’s work he explores the ideas his work “that the coffee shop and related consumer environs are more organic and nurturing than the ‘real’ natural environment.”  At Greenhill, he will develop a site-responsive work focused on the unique features and architecture of The Gallery. The installation, containing between 30,000-50,000 stir sticks woven entirely with tension and compression without adhesive, creates an uncanny sculptural environment for the viewer where they are literally immersed in an environment formed from nothing but the repurposed materials.  His work reflects his interests in the effects of labor, performance and materials applied to an exhibition space.

More about the Call to Artists

The Green Bean is looking for artists who are interested in creating works made out of materials and supplies found in coffee shops; cups, lids, straws, stirrers, filters, used coffee grounds, etc. Finished pieces need not be solely comprised of these items, but these items must be somehow incorporated into pieces. Any and all are encouraged participate, from the novice to the professional.  Works will be on display at The Green Bean located on Elm Street, downtown Greensboro, NC, from June 13 – August 1, 2015.  All work is for sale.  Artists receive 100% of commission.

To register go to ( Purchase any of the $25 packages on The Green Bean’s Etsy store. Materials package can be picked up at The Green Bean on May 15. To use personal coffee materials, choose the “REGISTRATION ONLY” package. (NOTE: This option does not include a materials starter kit. It will simply be your registration fee.)

7th Annual Front Porch Art Walk and Sale Takes Place in Raleigh, NC – May 9, 2015

April 29, 2015

On May 9, 2015, from 10am-6pm, Rain or shine, come and shop locally in one of downtown Raleigh’s most treasured neighborhoods, NOPO neighborhood (NOrth of POlk Street), at the 7th Annual Front Porch Art Walk and Sale. The home and business owners of this neighborhood will graciously host over 35 artists on their porches and in their yards.  It’s an event that should not be missed.

Come and see all that this neighborhood has to offer.  Its streets are lined with beautiful older homes, there are wonderful restaurants, art galleries and unique shops.  It is a great opportunity to buy artwork from up and coming artists as well as long established artists. The artists will be selling ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, handmade bath and body products, sculptures, metal works and more. There will also be live music and activities in conjunction with Second Saturday events.

The Front Porch Art Walk and Sale area is bounded by Polk Street to the south, Seaboard Station to the west, Mordecai to the north, and Oakwood to the east. Artists and musicians will exhibit on porches on Blount Street, Pace, and Franklin.

This event is free to the public.  Food trucks will be on site along with the artists and craftsmen.

For further info visit (

Rockingham County Arts Council’s Grassroots Grants Applications Due – June 30, 2015

April 29, 2015


Grassroots Grants are investments in the local community, bringing Culture and Arts programming through collaboration and support with funds from the Rockingham County Arts Council and the NC Arts Council.

Grassroots Grants applications provide funding for a variety of arts programs each year throughout the state of North Carolina. As the Designated County Partner of the NC Art Council, the Rockingham County Arts Council in Wentworth, NC, will be accepting Grant Proposals through June 30, 2015.

Organizations that are non-profits or considered non-profits are encouraged to apply, with any questions welcome by the Director.  “Grassroots Grants are an opportunity to fund projects in our community and schools, helping to increase budgets of non-profits. New applicants are invited to contact us, discuss their project and receive assistance with the application. This is not a difficult grant application, though there are several important qualifications and documents needed. ”  Grant applicants should read the guidelines, applications and report to determine if this is a grant that fits their project.

Grant guideline and applications may be found online at ( and by contacting the RCAC. After applications are collected, a committee selected from Rockingham County will review the proposals. After this review, the Rockingham County Board votes on accepted proposals and organizations are contacted.

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils.

Other funding provided through the Rockingham County Arts Council maybe found on the website at (

The Rockingham County Arts Council is the focal point/umbrella organization for the arts and information about the arts in Rockingham County. Our mission is to nurture and enrich the cultural life of Rockingham County. We seek to encourage excellence in the arts and to make fine arts experiences.

Appalachian Pastel Society Presents Barbara Jaenicke on May 9, 2015, at Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC

April 29, 2015

The Appalachian Pastel Society presents Barbara Jaenicke, PSA, OPA, IAPS MC, on May 9, 2015, at Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC, from 10am-Noon.

Work by Barbara Jaenicke

Grace Community Church is located at 495 Cardinal Road in Mills River, NC 28759.

The Appalachian Pastel Society’s meetings are free and open to the public.

For further information contact Kitty Williams by calling 423764-2911, e-mail to ( or visit (


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