Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Seeks New Home

March 18, 2015

After 27 years in the same location, Asheville Gallery of Art is looking for a new home in Asheville, NC. AGA will lose its lease at 16 College Street at the end of the year. The property is owned by Parsec Financial who will use the space to expand their offices.

Founded as a co-operative in 1988, AGA is Asheville’s longest-established downtown gallery. The 28 local artists of AGA are co-owners who display their work at the gallery as well as take care of all responsibilities and duties of running the business.

Sahar Fakhoury, current AGA president, says, “The success of AGA lies in our members who not only have a passion for making great art but a commitment to marketing and selling to a discriminating public. We attribute the gallery’s longevity, unique to Asheville, to our proven business practices that accommodate change and growth. ”

If you or anyone you know has space to lease, AGA would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact Karen Brown, AGA relocation liaison, at 828/231-0617.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC, Calls for Entries for “Celebrate Earth” Show – Deadline Apr. 14, 2015

March 18, 2015


Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC, would like to extend an invitation for entries into a show devoted to pieces in any medium with the focus on celebrating Earth Day or nature in general. This show is open to all members, friends and artists who work in these areas. Entries might include plant pots, wood or garden spirits, garden stakes, bee or honey related items, garden art, recycled art, etc.

Artists may submit up to 3 pieces. The Tryon Arts and Crafts School commission is 40% of the sale price with 60% going to the artists. Checks for the sold items will be mailed to artists in June, 2015.

Artwork drop-off dates: Apr. 6-14, 2015, 10am to 4pm.

Show runs April 17 to May 22

Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, 2015, from 6-8pm

Honey and Herb Garden Tea, Saturday, April 25,
$15/person – by reservation

Download the prospectus and entry form at this link.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School is located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon, NC.

For further information call 828/859-8323 or visit (

3rd Annual RockyFest at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Taylorsville, NC, Calls for Participation

March 17, 2015

Vendor applications are currently being accepted for the 3rd Annual RockyFest being held on Saturday, May 9 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (Rocky Face Park) in 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 11am.

Sponsorships are also being sought for RockyFest 2015. If your business or organization would like to be a sponsor of this event, sponsorship levels are: $250 (bronze), $500 (silver), $1,000 (gold), and $5,000 (platinum). Gold, silver, and bronze sponsors will be listed on event t-shirts and the stage banner.

Other events during the day long festival which begins at 8:30 am include the Kurt Barkley 5K and the RockyFest 10K and 20K trail races. For complete race details and online registration, visit ( or contact Rick French at 828/632-9332 or e-mail to (

Free rock climbing and rappelling sessions begin at 10am and will be offered throughout the day by Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides of Boone.

Children’s activities/inflatables, food, and vendors will be available from 11am to 6pm. Guided nature hikes will also be offered throughout the day to encourage attendees to become more familiar with the park’s trails, views, and ecosystem.

Live music will run from noon to 6pm. RockyFest will feature a mix of traditional and roots music that encompasses folk, blues, contemporary acoustic, country, jazz, and bluegrass. The musical lineup includes: Thomas Garlow (12:00-12:40), J. Patrick Warren (12:50-1:30), Mary Elisabeth (1:40-2:20), The Message (2:30-3:30), The Neighbors (3:45-4:45), and The Idle Time Band (5:00-6:00). There will also be a “picking tent” where “unplugged” musicians can gather and play.

The musical lineup includes: Thomas Garlow (12:00-12:40), J. Patrick Warren (12:50-1:30), Mary Elisabeth (1:40-2:20), The Message (2:30-3:30), The Neighbors (3:45-4:45), and The Idle Time Band (5:00-6:00). There will also be a “picking tent” where regional “unplugged” musicians can gather and play.

Randy Everett, renowned chainsaw carving artist, will perform demonstrations throughout the day. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s “Sensory Safari” trailer will also be on site. In addition, the Piedmont Amateur Astronomy Club will have solar telescopes available for public viewing.

For more information about RockyFest 2015, visit ( or call Park Ranger Alisha Stamey at 828/632-1093.

Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Invites Area Artists to Submit Work – Deadline Apr. 20, 2015

March 17, 2015

The Asheville Gallery of Art (AGA), located downtown at 16 College Street, in Asheville, NC, invites area artists to apply for membership. The work of applicants must be submitted on Monday, Apr. 20, 2015, to be juried on Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015. AGA is an artists’ cooperative which exhibits original, two-dimensional works by 28 member artists.

Interested artists should obtain a copy of prospective member guidelines and a membership application, which are available at the gallery or may be downloaded at ( Jury entrants must deliver five finished original pieces ready for hanging, six copies of a current resume, and six copies of the completed membership application to the gallery between noon and 5:30pm on Monday, Apr. 20.  All work must be picked up between 2-5:30pm on Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015.  AGA will endeavor to preserve and protect submitted work, but cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage.

For more information, call 828/251-5796 or e-mail questions to ( The Asheville Gallery of Art is located across from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Founded in 1988, AGA is Asheville’s longest-established downtown art gallery. The gallery offers works ranging from representational to abstract, in a wide choice of subject matter, styles, and media. Photographs and computer art are not accepted at this time.

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Offers ClaudeLIVE!: A Centennial Celebration Honoring the Life and Legacy of Claude Howell – Mar. 21, 2015

March 16, 2015


In honor of the life and legacy of local artist and native Wilmingtonian, Claude Howell the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, is presenting a centennial celebration, ClaudeLIVE!, on Sat., Mar. 21, 2015, from 7pm to 2am.

Claude Howell

As an artist, Howell was fascinated by the luminosity of color and light and how the human eye experiences the two. This evening of celebration highlights his artwork by interpreting it through contemporary multimedia, theatrical performance, music and dance. As an homage to Howell’s time in Europe a recreated Parisian Cabaret showcasing performances by various artists directed by Ray Kennedy and presented in the CAM courtyard. The food for the evening will be international cuisine inspired by the countries of Claude’s travels.

Tickets may be purchased at ( or by calling 910/395-5999.

Margaret Browne Named Exhibitions Curator at The Bascom in Highlands, NC

March 16, 2015


Sallie Taylor, Executive Director of the Bascom Center for Visual Arts in Highlands, NC, announced today the appointment of Margaret Browne as Exhibitions Curator.
Browne, who has managed and owned Chivaree Gallery in neighboring Cashiers, NC, since 2012, will be joining the Bascom’s staff full-time effective immediately.

Margaret Browne

“I am thrilled that Margaret is joining the Bascom team,” Taylor said.  “She has been a champion of regional artists at her gallery, and she knows a great deal about the artists and fine craftspeople of this part of the country.  She understands and cares about the community here. ”

Browne began working with the Bascom several months ago when Taylor invited her to guest-curate a show on collage-based art.  The show, entitled “Appropriation Art: Finding Meaning in Found-Image Collage”, will be on view Mar. 14- May 31, 2015, in the Bascom’s Loft gallery.  While working with Browne on the show, both Taylor and Ian Ward, the Bascom’s Interim Exhibitions Director, decided that Browne would be a great addition to The Bascom’s full-time staff. Ward, a fine artist by training, will now serve alongside Browne in the position of Exhibitions Designer.  “Together, the Exhibitions Designer and the Exhibitions Curator make up the core of the Exhibitions team,” said Taylor. “Margaret and Ian have very complementary skills and talents and they will put together compelling shows.”

Browne has contributed articles to “Raw Vision” (a London-based magazine on Self-Taught Art/ Outsider Art/ Art Brut), “Conveyer Arts”, a photography and print media magazine, and “Folk Art Messenger”, the quarterly publication of the Folk Art Society of America. She has spoken at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA, where she moderated a 2012 panel discussion on the future of Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden site. The discussion was included in the current documentary film “Paradise Garden: Howard Finster’s Legacy” (Art West Film, 2014). Browne was a keynote speaker at the Madison (GA) Antiques Show & Sale, where she presented the lecture “Elements of Connoisseurship: What Makes a Piece of Late 20th  Century Georgia Folk Art ‘Good,’ ‘Better’ or ‘Best?'” in 2013. She established Chivaree Gallery in Cashiers in the spring of 2012, which features work by Southern artists and artisans.  There, Browne produced a series of shows including new work by Highlands’ Rosemary Stiefel (2014), works in the watercolor medium by Highlands’ Janet Whitehead and Cashiers’ Carroll Rivers (2013), paintings and pastels by Alabama artist Lucy Mitchell (2012) and photography by New Orleans/ Yale MFA artist Elizabeth Bick (2012). She hosted annual Thanksgiving weekend shows with Smithsonian Craft Show artist Aaron Hequembourg, and a lecture/demo in conjunction with the Center for Life Enrichment on historical and contemporary furniture of western North Carolina, which featured curator Sherry Masters and designer/builder Brian Fireman.

“I hope to make contributions to current scholarship in contemporary art, fine craft and folk art through my work at The Bascom,” Browne says, “but I also want all kinds of audience members to connect with the exhibitions here.  The Bascom is in a unique position to reach people who don’t normally visit museums.  We don’t charge admission, we’re in a rural area, and we offer accessible art classes at every level.  We regularly host community-based shows, which attract people who want to see artwork by people they know.  These are the reasons I’m excited to be working here.  The Bascom is so important to the whole region here—it’s been getting some amazing national press lately, and it’s a huge resource for artists and artisans in the area. Places like The Bascom maintain the vitality of artistic life and craft traditions in Southern Appalachia. These things aren’t just nice and interesting—they are part of our economic base.”

Browne holds joint Master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University, and has taught as a graduate instructor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she graduated cum laude in 1997 and earned the Thomas Helde medal in German Public Affairs. She speaks fluent German and holds a certificate in Fine and Decorative Arts Appraisal from Pratt Institute.

For further information call Bonnie Potts at 828/787-2866 or e-mail to (

Historic Village of Gold Hill, NC, Calls for Applications from Artists to Participate in Gold Rush Days – Deadline is May 2, 2015

March 13, 2015

Dear Artists and Crafters,

Attached you will find the vendor application for this year’s Gold Rush Days in Historic Gold Hill, NC, on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  We hope that you will be able to join us and share your art and crafts. If you know of other artists who might be interested feel free to forward this note to them.

This year we will also have food vendors and live music throughout the village. Because the event is the Saturday before Mother’s Day we are hoping for a good turn out.

Wikipedia says that, “Gold Hill, NC, is a small unincorporated community in southeastern Rowan County, North Carolina near the Cabarrus County line. It is situated near the Yadkin River and is served by US Highway 52 and Old Beatty Ford Road. Gold was found in this small town outside of Salisbury in the 19th century.

If interested, please fill out the form attached and send to us by May 2, 2015. Artists who are accepted, I (Sandy Hickman) will meet you in front of Back Home (behind the Bakery at 850 St. Stephen’s Church Rd., Gold Hill) that morning between 8-9am with a map showing where to set up.

Gold Rush Days Application
Historic Village of Gold Hill, NC
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10AM—4PM
Vendor Application
(Limited spaces available; Early registration recommended)


State  __________     Zip  _________

Phone:  Home_____________________________

Cell__________________ ___
Description of items you plan to sell.

Space Fee $20.00.  Make Checks Payable to:  Gold Hill Merchants’ Association.
Please check in at Back Home, 1035 Back St., Gold Hill, NC 28071 (behind the Bakery)
Check in time will be Saturday 8AM-9AM
Spaces are 12×12—Some shade available, but no guarantees
No more than 2 exhibitors may share a space.
Applicants must provide tables and chairs.
Tents must be EZ-Up Style, with no ropes extended beyond space.
No electricity available at booths.
Applications are subject to approval. (Event coordinators reserve the right to decline application)

Application deadline Saturday, May 2, 2015

Mail application with check payable to the Gold Hill Merchants’ Association to:
Sandy Hickman, 1035 Back Street, Gold Hill, NC 28071

For further info e-mail Sandy Hickman at (

The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority in Greensboro, NC, Calls for Proposals – Deadline Apr. 1, 2015

March 13, 2015

The Project: The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority (PTAA) in partnership with the Cemala Foundation is accepting submissions from North Carolina artists for a suspended artwork in the Main Terminal of the airport facility in Greensboro, NC. The piece will be hung in the center section, upper level area of the newly renovated Main Terminal of the airport. The budget for the design, fabrication and installation for this artwork is $40,000.

The deadline for applications is Apr. 1, 2015.

Click here for the details of the call (

For questions e-mail Cheryl Stewart at (

Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, NC, Calls for Entries for Juried Art Exhibit – Deadline Mar. 25, 2015

March 13, 2015

The Orange County Public Library’s Main Branch in Hillsborough, NC, invites artists who live or have an art studio in Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Person, Chatham, Durham or Wake counties to participate in the Library’s Juried Art Exhibit, this summer.

The exhibit will run from May 15 – August 1, 2015. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015. Details and submission instructions are online at (

“This is the fourth time we have invited community artists to participate in a juried exhibition,” said Andrea Tullos, assistant library director. “The library exists for the public’s enjoyment and education. Displaying art on our walls is an excellent way to support our community’s enjoyment and to share the world of art with them.”

The Orange County Public Library’s Main Branch is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. Free parking is available in the parking deck and along the streets.

For library hours of operation and complete service and program information, please visit (

Robeson Community College in Lumberton, NC, Offers Arts Entrepreneurship Summit – Mar. 20, 2015

March 12, 2015


Robeson Community College in partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council and the Lumberton Area Visitor’s Bureau in Lumberton, NC, will host the Arts Entrepreneurship Summit, “Thriving in the Business of Art”, on Friday, Mar. 20 in Building 14 and Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015, in the Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development Center on the main campus. This event promises to be lively and educational featuring famed storyteller J. W. Rone as the keynote speaker. The summit will also offer a poetry slam, live demonstrations and multiple seminars/workshops designed to assist artists and craftsmen in starting and expanding their businesses. Some of the subjects of these seminars/workshops will include:

•Grant writing for non-profit arts organizations
•How to convert your hobby into a legal, profitable business
•New North Carolina taxes applicable to nonprofit organizations
•Incorporating graphic arts/design in marketing your business
•Copyrights, patents and protection of intellectual property
•How to market, price and sell yourself in the performing arts
•Creating community collaboration in support of art businesses
•Establishing a performing arts organization
•How to start and manage a successful art gallery
•How and where to market, price and sell your art: visual artist and craftspeople

The cost of this two-day event has been reduced to $27 which includes a light breakfast and lunch.  Plan now to be a part of this unique event.

Additional information about this summit and the complete agenda can be viewed by visiting this direct link: ( You may also access this information by using the following steps (1) go to ( (2) Select Contact Your Local SBC (3) Select Robeson County from the map of North Carolina (4) Select Robeson Community College Arts Entrepreneurship Summit. You may register for this event from this website or by calling 910/272-3631 or e-mailing to (


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