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Art to Anchor Dowdy Park in Nags Head, NC, Grand Opening – May 13, 2017

January 27, 2017

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The Town of Nags Head, NC, is partnering with the Dare County Arts Council on the Grand Opening of Dowdy Park, which will be held May 13, 2017, from 10am-8pm.

The Grand Opening, a free, family-friendly event, will celebrate the visual, performing and culinary arts. The event will feature the Dare County Arts Council’s 28th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival from 10am-3pm, followed by a free outdoor concert from 3-8pm. The entire day will be complemented by local restaurants providing artistically inspired cuisine.

“We are excited to be working with the Dare County Arts Council to make Dowdy Park’s grand opening really special and an event that people of all ages will want to attend,” said Nags Head Mayor Bob Edwards. “The goals of Artrageous correlate perfectly to Dowdy Park’s design elements: fun for all ages, a free, safe space for the community to gather, with elements that pay homage to our heritage such as our art and our family-friendly atmosphere.”

“We are grateful to the committee of Nags Head citizens, as well as many other members of the public, who worked hard to bring the park’s design to fruition,” Mayor Edwards further said. “In addition, the project would not be possible without generous grants from Trillium Health Resources, the Dare County Tourism Board, and the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Their support for our vision for a park for all ages and abilities was unqualified.”

The event’s theme, Art is the Heart of the Park, focuses on the importance of art in the community. Artrageous is an annual community event that brings families together to paint, sculpt, dance, and be creative.

“This project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for DCAC,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “It is beyond remarkable that the Town of Nags Head has envisioned Dowdy Park as an art park – and that the Arts Council would be asked to help with its grand opening. For decades, the Town of Nags Head has taken a leadership role in the Outer Banks arts community and I applaud and thank them for taking it to a new level with the creation of Dowdy Park.”

Volunteers interested in being part of the event can contact Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards by e-mail at (dareartsprograms@gmail.com) or call 252/473-5558.

Purchased in 2013, with the plan to develop a fully accessible, inclusive gathering space for all ages, the five-acre Dowdy Park sits at the corner of South Croatan Highway and Bonnett Street.

For more information about the grand opening, contact the Town of Nags Head at 252/441-5508.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County. DCAC programming is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council.

The Town of Nags Head, North Carolina, is located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a chain of barrier islands along the Atlantic Ocean, 90 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia.  A unique resort community, Nags Head takes pride in its clean water, low density of development, and abundant open spaces.  Its 11 miles of oceanfront and 6.5 square miles of area are home to a year round residential population of 2,800 and a summer population of approximately 40,000.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Pam Owens Lecture About Traditional Women Potters Exhibit – Feb. 2, 2017

January 27, 2017

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Please join us for a slide presentation at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Feb. 2, 2017, from 6-8pm by Pamela Lorette Owens of Jugtown Pottery.

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Owens will discuss one of the North Carolina Pottery Center’s current exhibitions, “North Carolina’s Traditional Women Potters,” which she curated. “North Carolina’s Traditional Women Potters” is on exhibit through Feb. 11, 2017. The exhibition is the culmination of a study and lecture presented by Owens at the Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival, in Hickory, NC, in 2015.

The twentieth century saw the emergence of women potters from the lineage of European settlers, and while Native American women had been making pottery here for thousands of years, their names and work were definitively recorded through writing and images only as the century progressed. This exhibition is an examination of North Carolina women who were established potters by 1975 and who came from or chose to work and learn through a traditional approach. The focus is on women who made and/or decorated pots, but all of the women who worked daily in potteries were integral to the process.

A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the slide talk at 7pm. Come out for a great night of food and community! This presentation is free and open to the public.

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

For more information, call the Pottery Center at 336-873-8430.

Waynesville Public Art Commission in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Art Proposals

January 27, 2017

The Waynesville Public Art Commission in Waynesville, NC, is sending out a Call for Artists for a new piece dedicated to the Plott Hound. The Plott Hound originated in Hazelwood (an area of incorporated Waynesville) and is the state dog of North Carolina.  All information related to the specifics of the project, the location for the finished product and an overview of the Plott Hound characteristics are included in the attached PDF.  Should you have any questions, please contact Amie Owens, Assistant Town Manager by e-mail at (aowens@waynesvillenc.gov).

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Saluda, NC, Calls for Participation in Annual Arts Festival – Deadline March 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

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Saluda Grade painting by Beverly Pickard.

Celebrating its 14th year, Saluda, NC, will bloom in May 20, 2017, from 10am-4pm, with artists from all over NC and SC with the 14th Annual Saluda Arts Festival. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location. Come showcase your work and sell, sell, sell!

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the Arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 20, 2017. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina as well as local residents in our tri-state area.

Cresting at the top of the Saluda Grade, the steepest standard gauge mainline railroad grade in the US, is the quaint town of Saluda where the Foothills end and the Blue Ridge Mountains begins. Visitors experience a  slower pace of life, a warm community spirit, good food, lodging in charming B&B’s, and leisurely strolls among tree-lined streets of lovely Victorian homes. Saluda abounds with natural assets. The art show celebrates Saluda’s art heritage, historic buildings, and the natural beauty of its mountains and waterfalls.

Application Deadline: Completed applications must be postmarked  by March 17, 2017.  Notification of acceptance will be mailed in April. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location.

Entry Guidelines and Application Fees:  All work must be original and current. A non-refundable exhibit fee of $100 along with 4 printed images of your work must accompany each application payable to the Saluda Business Association, as an option, you may also e-mail the images in jpeg format to (saludancartsfestival@gmail.com).  If your entry is not accepted, your $100 will be refunded. Even if you have participated in past festivals, you are required to send images with your applications this year.

Artist Statement:  Please submit a short artist statement (i.e. bio, resume, inspiration) with application.

Exhibit Descriptions: 10 ft. by 10 ft. area in designated areas. Exhibitor is responsible for exhibit display, equipment and supplies, tables, and signage. Please prepare a canopy in case of rain. All canopies must be weighted as it is often windy in May. Some exhibit areas may not be level, so plan accordingly. Tobacco and alcohol use is prohibited in exhibit area. We encourage you to exhibit your work in a creative and well maintained booth to meet with the quality standards of Saluda artists exhibiting at the arts festival.

Taxes: Any applicable sales tax or business permits are the responsibility of exhibitor.

Exhibit Fee: $100 payable to Saluda Business Association.

Send application and payment to Saluda Business Association, PO Box 1085, Saluda NC 28773.  Exhibit fee is refundable if your work is not accepted.

Cancellations:  An application is a commitment to show.  No refunds are given unless work is not accepted.  Rain or Shine event.

Set Up and Breakdown: Official hours of the show are 10am to 4pm.  Set-up time begins at 7am.  Exhibitors will receive instructions one month prior to the show regarding booth number, set up and unloading, contact information of assigned volunteer and general information. Breakdown is not allowed until after exhibit hours.

For more information about the Saluda Arts Festival please contact Alexia by e-mail at (saludancartsfestival@gmail.com) or Mary at (mmmason60@gmail.com) or call 817/946-1284.

Arts Council of Wilmington in Wilmington, NC, Calls for Entries for an Exhibit to Show Off Wilmington Locations – Deadline Feb. 10, 2017

January 17, 2017

Wilmington is a unique city that is home to an amazing arts community. We all have our favorite spots, from the Cape Fear River to the beaches or Castle Street to Lumina Ave.  Anything goes in this call to local artists to exhibit work that depicts their local stomping grounds.

The Arts Council of Wilmington will showcase the chosen artists at Wilmington International Airport during one of the busiest times of the year, The Azalea Festival and the Wells Fargo Championship. This is an opportunity to show visitors the multifaceted character of our fair city and the surrounding area.

Entry Deadline: Feb. 10, 2017

Visit our website at (www.ArtsWilmington.org), for complete rules.

The January 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

January 1, 2017

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The January 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/117/117carolinaarts.html) – all 56 pages of it – a few less than last month. It’s a new year and some people are never ready for it. The cover image is by Yvette L. Cummings of Conway, SC.

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. 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 this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the February 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Jan. 24th deadline. You do know 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
info@carolinaarts.com

Arts Council of Carteret County in Morehead City, NC, Calls for Entries for “Art From The Heart 2017”

December 30, 2016

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The Arts Council of Carteret County in Morehead City, NC, announces the 28th annual show and sale of original artwork, “Art From the Heart”. The exhibit will open on Friday, Feb. 17 and will close on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017.

This non-juried show is open to artists 18 years of age or older who reside in Carteret, Craven, Onslow and Pamlico Counties. Artists from those counties may participate whether or not they are members of the ACCC. All ACCC member artists may participate regardless of their county or state of residence.

Artist registration will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10th and 11th from 10am – 4pm, and Sunday, Feb. 12th from 9am – 1pm.

The show will be held in Morehead Plaza in the 2900 block of Arendell Street in Morehead City, in the commercial unit between Snap Fitness Center and The Tractor Supply Store on the west end of Morehead Plaza.

Judging “Art From the Heart 2017” will be professional artist, art teacher and gallery owner Nicole White Kennedy from Raleigh, NC. To view Kennedy’s full resume and selections of her work please go to her website at (http://www.nicolestudio.com/bio.html) and (http://www.nicolestudio.com/images/nicoleart.html).

Kennedy will conduct a critique and commentary session on Monday, Feb. 13 at 6:30pm. Artists may sign up for that session during registration. The cost will be $10 per participant.

“Art From The Heart 2017” participants will be allowed to enter two pieces of original artwork for a fee of $10 per piece. All work must be for sale.

Complete rules for entry and downloadable entry forms will be available at the Council’s website (www.artscouncilcarteret.org) after Jan. 1, 2017.

Appalachian Pastel Society Holds Monthly Meeting on Jan. 14, 2017, in Mills River, NC

December 30, 2016

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The Appalachian Pastel Society will hold its monthly meeting on Jan. 14, 2017, from 10am-noon, at Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC.

The meeting will be a “Paint Around” with members and guests participating. We will have five easels set up in the room, each with a sketch on pastel paper. Each easel will
have a “Host Artist” who is providing a set of basic pastels for us to use. We will each take  turns painting on one easel for a few minutes then moving along to the next easel, etc. so we will collectively create five different paintings over the two hours. Should be both fun and educational.

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

For further information contact Cathyann Burgess by calling 828/595-9518, e-mail to (cathyannburgess@gmail.com) or visit (www.appalacianpastelsociety.org).

Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, Rebrands Its Image

December 23, 2016

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After undergoing an extensive eight-month rebranding process, Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, has released a new logo and supporting messaging. The 86-year-old nonprofit organization boasts over 850 members from 293 counties that span the mountains from Maryland to Alabama. In April 2016, the organization employed consultants Lisa and Dean Peteet of local firm Atlas Branding as co-collaborators in a much desired evolution.

The main focus of this initiative was to re-align the organization with its values by putting infrastructures in place to continue its sustainability in the marketplace, growing membership and attracting new members of all generations.

“We wanted to make sure we’re here for another eight decades and we’re putting policies in place to do so,” says Hannah Barry, Director of Public Relations and Technology.

The Guild’s new look will roll out over several months through the organization’s website, signage, advertising, and brochures. Starting in 2017, there will be a push towards membership recruitment to invite makers and educational centers to utilize the creative benefits and opportunities of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Membership in the Guild is open to makers in eleven different craft media; clay, glass, wood, fiber, metal, leather, natural materials, paper, jewelry, manmade materials, and mixed media. An updated mission statement clearly defines the Guild’s relevance to the creative community today: Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation.

“This process has been very constructive for the Guild as we continue to seek growth and success for our members and organization,” says Executive Director Tom Bailey. Being an Asheville native, Bailey has seen first-hand the impact of craft and art on the community and its rise within Appalachia. “We certainly have enjoyed the arrival of new artists and businesses here, and it’s pushed us to have integral conversations for building our future.”

Though the organization will keep its name, the four retail shops will change their names to align with the Guild brand; Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village, Southern Highland Craft Guild at the Folk Art Center, Southern Highland Craft Guild on Tunnel Road, and Southern Highland Craft Guild at Moses Cone Manor.

“One of the essential goals from this initiative is to build a unified and clear identity for all locations and activities of Southern Highland Craft Guild,” says Barry. “With such a mature organization, it’s not surprising that time has produced brand creep.”

The key feature of the rebranding is a new logo, which incorporates historical imagery to highlight the unique story of the Guild’s inception. A cabin among the pines in is where founder Frances Goodrich established Allanstand Cottage Industries in 1899. A Presbyterian missionary, Goodrich had come south to work with mountain folk and discovered women weaving coverlets. Inspired by their skill, she encouraged crafts production as an economic opportunity for the women. Prior to its official formation, Southern Highland Craft Guild opened its first shop in 1902 in Madison County. As tourism increased, Goodrich relocated the retail space to downtown Asheville on Haywood Road in 1908. It remained the main presence of craft retail in Asheville for nearly seven decades. In 1980, the Southern Highland Craft Guild moved the store and its headquarters to the newly built Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

During its history, the organization has operated a total of sixteen retail spaces throughout the Southern Highlands. Today, it has three shops in Asheville, as well as another in Blowing Rock at the Moses Cone Manor. The Guild also hosts two Craft Fairs of the Southern Highlands at the U.S. Cellular Center in July and October.

Southern Highland Craft Guild has always operated as a support network for makers to utilize in furthering their businesses, while also promoting their work and creativity to buyers throughout the region.

There have been seven iterations of a logo since the Guild’s formation in the early 1900s. All but one incorporated a cabin structure, symbolizing the original Allanstand Cottage Industries in the mountains of Madison County. The last time the Southern Highland Craft Guild updated a logo was in 1997.

“As Asheville’s craft industry has exploded in the past decade, we at the Guild found ourselves having conversations about the shifting landscape for our business,” says current Southern Highland Craft Guild Board President Lynn Jenkins. “We felt that it was time for a deeper look into the community. Our operations have been Asheville-centric for many years, and we have felt the pressures of market saturation.”

With its large territory and lengthy operation, the Guild has embraced many challenges and changes. From the impact of technology to the economic crises, the Southern Highland Craft Guild has survived and thrived at the helm of the fine craft scene in the United States.

Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation.

For further information contact Hannah Barry by calling 828/298-7928 x 309 or e-mail to (hannah@craftguild.org).

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Offers Art of the Bloom – Jan. 5-8, 2017

December 23, 2016

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Art of the Bloom weekend will pair the area’s finest floral designers in a design challenge to create artistic floral arrangements inspired by art at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.

The Museum is opening its Vault and traveling thirty works from the permanent collection to Blockade Runner Beach Resort on Wrightsville Beach Island.

21 Designers will interpret the art through floral design in an installation of CAM’s art and floral arrangements. Visitors will enjoy experiencing designers’ interpretations of art.

The Design Divas from Florida will be on hand and select the First, Second & Third place winners, as well as Best of Show. You be the judge… by voting for your favorite – all for a good cause – Cameron Art Museum and New Hanover Garden Club – Hands On Community projects.

A Preview Party will take place Thursday Jan. 5, 2017, from 7-9pm. $35 – CAM & NHGC Members (includes 3 day admission) $45 – Non – Members (includes 3 day admission).

See it First! A ticketed fundraiser to Meet and mingle with the talented designers & artists. Award winning desserts by EAST. Music by Grenoldo Frazier, Julie Rehder and Carol Green.

The three day event kicks off with a dessert and champagne preview party to open Art Of The Bloom.
Art Of The Bloom – Exhibition will open to the public:
Friday Jan. 6, 2017 – 9am – 9pm
Saturday Jan. 7, 2017 – 9am – 5pm
Sunday Jan. 8, 2017 – 9am – 4pm

$10 – CAM & NHGC Members (3-day admission)
$15 – Non – Members (3-day admission)

Tickets for all events will be available at the Cameron Art Museum at (http://cameronartmuseum.org/artofthebloom/) and Blockade Runner Beach Resort at 910/256-2251. East has special menus throughout the weekend.

Throughout this inspiring weekend noted speakers and hands on demonstrations in floral design, the arts and party planning. (some events may have an additional ticket.) Be a part of a new Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach tradition. Come be inspired and beat the winter blues at the beach!

The Event Host – known for their gracious and chic hospitality: Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wilmington Art Association, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Art In Bloom Gallery, Baker Roofing, Fogelman Homes, Othera Family Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, Tinga Nursery, and Trader Joe’s.

Benefits: Cameron Art Museum – your art museum and more. CAM is dedicated to inspiring critical thinking, fueling creativity and fostering open and accessible conversation for everyone. CAM is a catalyst for transformation whose various elements create a synergy that define CAM, Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach Island as a dynamic cultural destination.

New Hanover Garden Club’s Hands On Community Projects. Founded in 2014 and federated by the National Garden Clubs.

The proceeds from this event will support the community work of both NHGC and Cameron Art Museum.

Together Let’s Dig Deep!

More info contact Jayme Bednarczyk @CAM by calling 910/395-5999, e-mail to (jaymeb@cameronartmuseum.org) or visit (http://cameronartmuseum.org/artofthebloom/).