Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Grovewood Gallery and Grovewood Studios in Asheville, NC, Offers Behind-the-Scenes Tours – Aug. 1 and Sept. 5, 2015

June 29, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 1 and again on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, 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. 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, NC.

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.

Woodworker Russell Gale, Photo by Forest Woodward

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.

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, August 1: Chris Abell, Kathleen Doyle & Thomas Reardon, Russell Gale, Lisa Gluckin, Carl Powell, Helen Purdum, and Brent Skidmore.

Saturday, September 5: Chris Abell, Kathleen Doyle & Thomas Reardon, Carl Powell, and Helen Purdum.

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

Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir, NC, Holds 24th Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening – June 27, 2015

June 17, 2015

Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir, NC, will hold their 24th Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The event hours are 10am until 4pm. Pottery, live music, regional arts and crafts, and interactive events will take place.


The purpose of the event is to educated the public on some of the traditional ways of life. Through demonstrations of heritage arts, crafts, and interactive events, visitors can get a glimpse of the way their grandparents may have lived, worked, and entertained.

Lula Owens Bolick is a 5th generation potter from the Owens Family of Seagrove, NC. Janet (Lula’s daughter) is a 6th generation. Together, with their husbands, Glenn Bolick and Michael Calhoun, they produce shapes that have been in their family for more than 190 years. Each potter also has their own designs and techniques. The groundhog wood kiln (the old method of firing pottery before electricity) will be unloaded at 10am.  Customers are encouraged to be present at this time for the best selection of wood fired items.  Wares in the kiln will include Michael’s much sought after face jugs including Santas, Mrs. Claus, Harry Potters, and Clay Spirits. Lula’s well known Monday / Friday double face jugs, (one happy face and one sad face).  Lula has also paired with her sister, Ina Owens Bolick, and they will offer owl mugs, and sculpted chickens. Glenn will have pitchers, vases and swirl items. Janet will offer her traditional shapes of Rebekah pitchers,  teapots, and candlesticks. Both galleries will be well stocked with functional, decorative, and folk art pottery.

The valley will fill with sounds from the stage featuring the Dollar Brothers, (a festival favorite), and Glenn Bolick & Friends. Bluegrass, Gospel and old time music. John Peterson and Charlie Glenn will be selling and demonstrating their handmade instruments as well.

The festival features regional artist that will demonstrate, educate, and sell their works. The line up includes stain glass, weavings, leather works, wooden bowls, utensils, toys, stools, and chairs. The Thankful Goat body products, and more.

Interactive events include a quilting party, a gee-haw-whimmie-diddle contest, dancing, and horse and wagon rides.

Pintos, and cornbread will be served for lunch

This event is free, bring chairs.  No pets and no alcohol please.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery is located at 4443 Bolick Road in Lenoir, NC, 28645, just 3 miles south of Blowing Rock, (14 miles north of Lenoir) Highway 321. Turn left on Blackberry Road, go 1/2 mile then right on Bolick Road.

For further info call 828/295-5099, 828/295-3862, e-mail at ( or visit (

Carolina’s Got Art! in Charlotte, NC, Awards More Money to Ceramic Artists in North and South Carolina

June 16, 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 May and June. 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.

Now in its fourth year, CGA! offers professional and amateur artists a unique opportunity to gain exposure among potential buyers, receive recognition in the art community, and compete for $26,000 cash and prizes.

Entries were reviewed by this year’s jurors, Eliza Rathbone, who served as chief curator of the Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC, for more than 20 years, internationally known ceramic artist, Peter Callas, and Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery.

The competition is a two-month long exhibition and sale.  Rathbone chose 110 pieces for a show during May and Elder selected 125 pieces which are on display throughout the month of June.

New to the competition this year is a special ceramics component selected by Callas who assisted in the awards ceremony on June 5th. Ceramic artists were awarded $6,000 in cash prizes and all selected pieces will be shown at Elder Gallery during the month of June.

Ceramic award winners from the exhibition of 31 pieces he selected from approximately 400 entries:

$3,000 First Place award to Eric Knoche of Alexander, NC for “Heavy Cloud”

$1,500 Second Place award went to Mark Gordon of Wilson, NC for “Cube Ring”

Third Place award of $750 went to Jennifer Halli of Taylors, SC for “Podcast 1″

A $375 Honorable Mention award went to Nick Lafone of Asheville, NC for “Strider”

Tacy Apostolik of Weaverville, NC was awarded a $375 Honorable Mention award

Juror’s Commendation for Excellence went to Carol Gentithes for “Chrometophobia”

Juror’s Commendation for Excellence went to Suzanne Zucker of Fairview, NC for “Blue Crouch”

“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 Larry Elder, founder of Carolina’s Got Art!. “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.”

In 2009, as a reaction 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.

For further information visit (

Art MoB Studios and Marketplace in Hendersonville, NC is Seeking Vendors for the Third Annual Art MoB’s Fine Art and Craft Show

June 14, 2015

The show will be held June 27 & Oct.  24, 2015, from 10am to 3pm in the parking lot next to Art MoB Studios and Marketplace, 124 4th Avenue East in downtown Hendersonville. Next to city Azalea Parking  lot. With  traffic attention from King Street and Main street  this show has a wide range of visitors.

Local artists display and sell their work in the categories of painting, jewelry, photography and pottery. There are a limited number of spaces available for this event. Vendors may apply for individual shows or the entire season.

The cost is $40 per show. For this is a juried show, and each artist’s work is juried and approved by Art MoB.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for local artists to display uniquely crafted items,” said Michele Sparks, owner of Art MoB. “It’s a wonderful event for both locals and tourists.”

To receive an application or for more information, call Michele Sparks at Art MoB Studios at 828/693-4545.

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Presents Constructing an Exhibition: “Creating Claude Live!” – June 18, 2015

June 14, 2015


In the upcoming Cameron Art Museum Gallery Talk, “Creating Claude Live!” on Thurs., June 18, 2015, at 6:30pm, visitors are invited to join in the conversation and hear from some of the participating artists what it took to bring together artists from various disciplines to select an art work of Claude Howell’s for inspiration and create a new work for the exhibition “Claude Live!”.

CAM Members free, Museum Admission General Admission: $8, Seniors/Military/Students: $5 Children (Ages 2-12): $3. Gallery Talk is in the Hughes Wing.

“Claude Live!” Celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of Wilmington native and artist, Claude Howell, focuses on the life and work of one of North Carolina’s most notable artists. This exhibition also brings together another level of experience through interpretation of select pieces of Claude Howell’s artwork utilizing various artistic disciplines, methods and media by more than 26 artists. Animation, film, theater, dance and contemporary multimedia were all utilized to bring the select artwork “to life.”

Artists participating in the Gallery Talk include Phil Abbott, Jeri Baker, Mirla Criste, Clyde Edgerton, Carolyn Evans, Fritzi Huber, Andre Silva and Gary Ralph Smith. Held in conjunction with CAM’s exhibition “Claude Live!” on view through July 26, 2015.

To learn more about the Cameron Art Museum, please visit (

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Invites You to a Fundraiser – The Underground! – June 26, 2015

June 8, 2015

A sensational new venue in Tryon, NC, will soon have its grand opening along with a fundraising event for the Upstairs Artspace. 

On June 26th from 7-9pm, there will be a live auction of fine art by nationally recognized and award-winning artists from the collections of Upstairs supporters. Guests will be regaled with music, theater, and an opportunity to create a collaborative, permanently-installed artwork dedicated to the inauguration of The Underground space.

Prepare to be surprised by the incredible assortment of programs, performances, and community art happenings that will be offered on the gallery’s lower level.

While enjoying the performances, patrons will also wine and dine on scrumptious cuisine provided by local caterers, restaurants, and vineyards.

For info about tickets or the event call 828-859-2828 or visit (

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Calls for Entries for “Summer Art Explosion Annual Show” – Deadline July 11, 2015

June 8, 2015

Sponsored by the “Stanly News and Press” the “Summer Art Explosion Annual Show” will take place July 14 – August 7 2015.

We are getting ready for our “Annual Summer Art Explosion” at Falling Rivers Gallery. It’s time to frame your latest masterpiece, or get busy with your tools, pottery wheel, paints and cameras to create new art to enter in the show. Since there are 4 categories, everyone’s medium will have a greater chance of winning an award. Also, new for this show, each artist may enter 4 items. 

For a prospectus for the show visit (

The deadline is July 11, 2015.

The Falling Rivers Gallery is located at 119 West Main Street, Albemarle, NC.

For further info call 704/983-4278 or visit (

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Presents Monthly Lecture Series – June 12, 2015

June 7, 2015

Charlie Tefft will be presenting at the North Carolina Pottery Center for the June installment of the Monthly Slide Lecture Series. Tefft is the ceramics teacher at Guilford College, in Greensboro, NC, and will present images of his life and work, influences and experiences as an artist, potter and educator. 

Of his own work, Tefft tells this story, “In the spring of 2003 a pair of Carolina Wrens took up residence in the rafters of my studio.  I watched them raise two sets of babies over that summer.  Day in and day out they would move upon the rafter calling down to me, always feeding their babies.  The summer of Carolina wrens nestled into the depths of my mind, and over time I began to create work about that experience.  In hind sight I can see a similar path in many of the pieces I design.  They are born out of something outside of clay, and evolve over time.  The theme that reoccurs most often is movement.  I am always looking for ways to make the surface or the actual pots seems as though they have captured a moment in time.  I balance this movement and life in the pots with a desire to make them functional.  This is the challenge that brings me back to the studio eager to make pots.”

Come on out and join us for a fun evening! A potluck at 7pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by Tefft’s talk at 8pm. For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

Location – NCPC Educational Building located behind the NCPC at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341

7-8pm: Community Potluck and Social Hour 

8-9pm: Slideshow Presentation


Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue – Sat 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (, or find us on Facebook.

Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove, NC, Receives $50,000 REAP Grant for Green Energy

June 7, 2015

Carolina Bronze Sculpture, in Seagrove, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry, has recently received a Rural Energy for America Program Grant for $50,000. This grant will help fund solar panels and a geothermal system for heating and cooling. The solar panels will generate over 75% of the current electrical usage and the geothermal project will heat and cool over half of the facility. An added bonus will be the pond used for the geothermal system. It will do double duty as a sculpture park and walking trail.  Anticipated completion is December, 2015. 

Carolina Bronze is dedicated to being environmentally responsible. Recycling and reusing materials is done as often as possible. “This grant will help continue our commitment to the environment and provide a sculpture park and trail that can be used by the community and visitors to the Seagrove area. This has been a dream of mine since I first built the foundry on this property 20 years ago. I am elated that it is finally becoming a reality,” says Ed Walker, owner. An additional pond with more sculpture and trails are in the planning stages.

The Rural Energy for America Program is sponsored by the USDA Rural Development Department. It offers small businesses in rural areas grants and loans to help pay for energy efficient and renewable energy projects. Area Specialist, Lynn Straughan, guided Carolina Bronze through the grant writing procedure. Carolina Bronze will be working with The RED Group from Lewisville, NC, ( who will be providing the solar panel array and Comfort South from Biscoe, NC, ( who will be installing the geothermal system.  

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 (

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

June 1, 2015

The June 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 65 pages of it.

A good number of folks missed the deadline this last month. Some folks with extended dates will get in the next issue – some folks missed the boat completely. A few we could send along to the blogs and social media, but it’s not the same as making the issue, which is seen by many more folks. So don’t be late – make the date. Or, send your info in early.

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


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