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Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Fundraiser for Art Education

July 17, 2016


Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles of middle and high school students – you’ve been issued a challenge.  The Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, challenges you to support our local art teachers and students by donating to a Go Fund Me page to help buy art supplies for classrooms during the year.

Recognizing that art education is an essential part of our children’s growth and development, ALHC established an Education Fund years ago and has provided local art teachers with supplemental funds in the form of gift certificates to purchase needed art materials for many years.

“The money from the Art League makes sure I have what I need without using my own paycheck,” one teacher explained. “I often buy things for my classroom when I see sales and good deals, and the ALHC money allows me to get more for my money than some of the state contract supplies.”

To help raise funds for 2016, the ALHC created a Go Fund Me page at (

“If Henderson County parents and student relatives would all donate just a few dollars,” challenged ALHC member Sharon Eng, “it wouldn’t take long to reach or exceed our $2000 goal for this year.”

Hendersonville art teachers often find themselves digging into their own funds to buy supplies for their classrooms.  “We typically order all of our supplies for the entire year in the fall,” explained one teacher who preferred to remain anonymous, “and the budget hasn’t changed in probably a decade.    You never know whether the black paint or the white charcoal pencils will last for the whole year.  I want my two semesters of classes to have the same supplies/opportunities,” she said.

In February, ALHC provided local middle and high school art teachers with $2200 in gift certificates to purchase art supplies for the classrooms. In addition, secondary student art winners at the Students and Mentors exhibitions received prizes provided by the Art League.

“The Art League has been supporting the art teachers in Henderson County for over 50 years,” ALHC president Sharon Carlyle said. “Our purpose is to promote appreciation and understanding of the creative arts among the students. With our yearly gift we hope to foster future generations of artists with supplies and opportunities that they may not get with the limited budgets our teachers work with.”

The Go Fund Me page is being promoted through the Art League of Henderson County Facebook page, as well as its web site, ( Donors can also go to the direct link at ( or to the Go Fund Me home page and input Art League of Henderson County in the search bar to access the donation site at their convenience. The Art League hopes that with the convenience of the Go Fund Me page, the public will become involved and even start other challenges to help fund the Arts in Education Program.

Martina Zinn, one of last year’s teacher recipients and ALHC member, said, “I feel the partnership between the Art League and our schools has been really special. It means a lot to the teachers and the students to know that we have support in the community from other artists. I know the students are often surprised that adults who don’t even really know them, take an interest in what they are doing and want to help them succeed.”

The ALHC was founded in 1962 with a mission to encourage and assist in the development of individual artistic talent, as well as the enjoyment of art. The organization honors this legacy by providing financial support to local art teachers and prize awards to student artists, as well as community outreach, and exhibitions and educational programs. The public and artists of all skill levels and “art lovers” are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings and programs.

The Art League of Henderson County meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month (except May, when it will be the 3rd Sunday) at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. A social hour usually begins around 1:30pm, with the meeting starting about 2pm. An art-related presentation is offered following the meeting. Guests are welcome.

For more information, contact Sharon Eng, publicity, at 828/685-8959 or e-mail to (

Asheville Art Museum Receives Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to Re-install Permanent Collection and Produce an Accompanying Publication

July 17, 2016


The Henry Luce Foundation recently awarded the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, a prestigious two-year American Art program grant of $375,000 to support the reinterpretation and reinstallation of the Museum’s Permanent Collection and the first catalogue of the Museum’s collection of American art, which contains nearly 4,000 objects. Scheduled for completion in spring 2018, these projects follow a complete update of the collection database and importantly they will anchor the re-opening of the New Asheville Art Museum following a major expansion and renovation. The project will result in increased accessibility to the Museum’s collections of American Art, ranging in date from the late 19th century to the present, for students, scholars and the public; enhanced collaborations and interdisciplinary interpretation; and a larger role for the Museum and its collections in Western North Carolina and the country. The grant also allows for two Luce Internships, which will provide valuable professional experience for students who are passionate about a career in the arts.

“We thank the Henry Luce Foundation for their longstanding support of scholarship and access to American Art,” said Pamela Myers, Executive Director Asheville Art Museum. “The New Museum and the New Permanent Collection installation and first Catalogue of the Collection will present extraordinary opportunities for longtime residents, newcomers and visitors to be inspired and engaged with art of America and art of the region. The Permanent Collection installation and the catalogue of the Museum’s Permanent Collection will consider multiple and sometimes intersecting narratives in American art. Both the installation and the catalogue will focus on key aspects and strengths of the Museum’s holdings in all media and will provide a narrative framework within which visitors can interact with and experience works of art. The project will be organized to convey the multifaceted historical and contemporary stories of art and culture in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia set within the broader context of American aesthetic development. The project will tell the story of our area, explore our sense of place and its relationship to and national impact on the art world.”

The Permanent Collection exhibition space will encompass approximately 4,000 square feet of new and expanded state-of-the-art galleries, which will form the core of the new Museum. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition will contain several hundred pages, including color illustrations. It will highlight significant works from the Collection with entries and thematic essays by curatorial staff and members of the project team. The project team includes scholars with expertise specific to the strengths of the Collection and the interpretive plan.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. A not-for-profit corporation, the Luce Foundation operates under the laws of the State of New York and aims to exemplify the best practices of responsible, effective philanthropy.

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. The Luce Foundation pursues its mission through the following grant-making programs: American Art; Asia; Luce Scholars; Theology; Higher Education; the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs; Public Policy; and the Clare Boothe Luce Program for women in science, mathematics and engineering.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

Additional information on the Museum’s Collection, upcoming exhibitions and public programs, and the progress of construction of the New Museum can be found at (

Gallery 27 in Lincolton, NC, Calls for Entries for “Artists of the Carolinas – Juried and Judged Competition” – Deadline Aug. 10, 2016

July 17, 2016

Eligibility: All artists 18 years and older who are residents of NC and SC.

Gallery 27 members may submit 1 entry at no charge, then $5 for each additional piece. Limit 3 pieces.

Non-members pay $35 for up to 3 pieces. Age of artwork doesn’t matter.  Painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, photography, printmaking and fiber are eligible.

Prizes: First Place $100, Second Place $75, Third Place $50, People’s Choice Award $25

Presentation: All work must be framed or gallery wrapped with sides finished – no staples on sides and over an inch width – and properly wired for hanging. No saw tooth hangers. All works should be prepared in a simple, professional manner and be ready for display. There is no size limit for 2D works. Works on paper should be matted and framed under glass and mats must be neat and clean. Three-dimensional works will be limited to 200 lbs. and must sit solidly on flat surface. The artist is responsible for assembling and positioning heavy or large pieces.

All works must be available for sale.

A commission of 30% will be retained on all sales of members. A commission of 40% will be retain on all non-members. Works will be selected by a juror and prizes will be selected by a judge. Sold pieces will be removed at time of purchase. Each artist will carry their own insurance if desired. Any artist selling a piece of their own work that needs to be shipped will assume that responsibility.

Contact: Stacey Pilkington-Smith, 704/240-9060 or e-mail to (

Gallery hours: Wed-Thurs 11am-5pm, Friday 11 am-7pm & Sat 10am-2pm.

Requirements of the Artist:

· Artists are encouraged to attend. Attendance at the exhibits affects the success of the gallery.

· Artist attending should arrive an hour to thirty minutes before the show begins.

· Dress semi-formal

· Artists are encouraged to bring food and beverages to the opening.

· Artists are also responsible for sharing the event, or ads provided by the gallery, on social media sites and send out any material to collectors, friends, associates, and family to attend the event.

Important Dates:

Take In Dates: August 4, 5, 6, & 10, 2016 (please see operating hours)

Reception and Awards:  Saturday, August 13, 2016 7-9 PM

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Launches a New Website

July 12, 2016


The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, announces its new website at (  The new mobile friendly website has been completely revamped with a new menu and navigation system to help users find current information easily and efficiently.

“Information about our upcoming Bring Us Your Best exhibition, grant programs, and Art on Main is now available for the public to peruse with a visit to (,” said John Patrick McAfee, Board Chair. “The Arts Council of Henderson County is growing, and our website needs to reflect the importance of supporting the arts in Henderson County for now and the future” he continued.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main Street, Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council by e-mail at (, call 828/693-8504 or visit (

Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Book Launch

July 12, 2016

The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for “My Little Plastic Bag” on Thursday July 14, 2016, at 5:30pm, at 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC. Meet and greet the author and illustrator. Refreshements will be served.


The book with text by local poet Sam Love and illustrator Samrae Duke tells the story of what happens to a plastic bag when a little girl throws it out the window. Through brightly colored illustrations a child can follow the plastic through the ecosystem into the ocean. Finally the chemicals in the plastic come back to Amy’s family in the fish her family eats.

The story is based on a poem by Sam Love that appeared in his poetry book, “Converging Waters” and in Duke University’s “Eno” magazine. “I get really angry when I see the plastic pieces that the mowers cut up on the side of the road and I wanted to create an educational book for young children that helps them understand there is no ‘away’,” according to Love.

“This book can be valuable to teach young people about the problems plastic trash creates in our aquatic environment,” says Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper.
Diane MacEachern, publisher of the ( web site, says, “My Little Plastic Bag can help children understand how even a harmless action like throwing away a plastic bag can have serious consequences.”

“Plastic in our water is now epidemic,” states Love. He cites one United Nations estimate that every square mile of the ocean already contains 46,000 pieces of plastic and most of them are so small we can’t see them. “As the plastic is ingested by the fish and other wildlife,” Love says, “plastic chemicals can get into our food supply and affect our health.”

Love believes any child who is curious about nature will enjoy “My Little Plastic Bag”. “This book gives teachers and parents a great educational tool to build awareness of environmental stewardship. After all, the future belongs to our children.”

The book is designed for children ages 4 to 8 and it includes a discussion guide for parents and teachers.

The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for “My Little Plastic Bag” on Thursday July 14, 2016, at 5:30pm.

For more info, e-mail to ( or stop by 228 Craven St., New Bern to purchase a copy of “My Little Plastic Bag”.

Abstract Expressionist Sterling Edwards Featured at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC

July 6, 2016


Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, is featuring works by Hendersonville, NC, artist Sterling Edwards through July 30, 2016, in a show titled “Sterling Edwards: Intuitive Experience”. Edwards, who works in both watercolor and acrylic, is primarily self-taught and has developed a unique style of painting that has earned him international recognition and the respect of his peers, students and collectors. He is often commissioned to jury national and international art competitions.


Edwards has been featured in “Watercolor Magic” magazine’s “Ones to Watch” and in “Watercolor Artist” magazine. He was awarded membership in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor as well as the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He was selected as a featured artist in the book “Best of America Watermedia Artists,” and is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”. He is also featured in “Masters of Watercolor,” written by Russian artist and author Konstantin Sterkhov.

He employs stylized shapes, bold lights and darks, and dramatic color rhythms to build his sought after abstract expressionist paintings. Edwards’ expressive calligraphy and splattering are signature techniques.


When asked about his recent works, the artist offers, “My non-representational paintings combine shape, line, color and texture to create a personal visual statement that allow me to say much more with a brush than I could every say with words.”

“I often refer to my abstracted paintings as an intuitive and spontaneous artistic statement. They’re a vision on display composed of energetic and expressive brushwork in some areas that are complemented with subtleties in other areas. What I demand from one of my abstracted paintings is that it truly is a spontaneous and intuitive artistic statement.”

“Sterling Edwards: Intuitive Experience” at Sunset River Marketplace includes over a dozen new works as well as a few from his personal collection.

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 150 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and four wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors program features presentations by local and regional offers. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information, visit the website ( or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910/575-5999.

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC, Features Works by Seven Women Artists

July 6, 2016


The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC, is presenting “Inside 28605: The Art of Blowing Rock”, on view in the Alexander Community Room, through July 24, 2016.

While 28605 may be a familiar number, seven women artists from the High Country have found creative ways to express the extraordinary in the area encompassed by the Blowing Rock, NC, zip code. The group of women have met twice a month for eight years inspiring and critiquing each other’s work.

“We are bound together by a love of art and inspired by creative thinking and ideas,” says LaMae Strange. Preferring oil painting as her medium, Strange is one of the featured artists for the “28605” exhibit.

Other featured artists in the exhibit include Theresa Early (fabric art, quilting), Kat Leahey (mixed media), Ellie Lyne (photography), Priscilla Popper (photography), Linda Dease Smith (fabric art, mixed media), and Annie Stone (mixed media).

The artists have created their impressions of objects, buildings, landmarks and scenes in their chosen medium  to reflect the unique qualities of the Blowing Rock area. This exhibit is sure to amaze and inspire both natives and newcomers of the area.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 828/295-9099 or visit (

The Burke Arts Council in Morganton, NC, Calls for Entries for “2016 Autumn Photography Exhibition” – Deadline Aug. 15, 2016

July 6, 2016


The Burke Arts Council in Morganton, NC, is pleased to announce a call for entries for “The Fourth Annual Autumn Photography Exhibition” to be on view from Sept. 30 through Nov. 11, 2016.

Entry Deadline: All entries must be received by Monday, Aug 15.
Artists will be notified of acceptance via e-mail by Friday, Aug. 26.
Delivery of accepted artwork: September 9 – 24.
The exhibit will run September 30 thru November 11, 2016.
Reception and distribution of awards: Friday, Sept. 30, 5-7pm.

All work must be original, shot in the last two years and never shown at the Burke Arts Council Gallery. No composite or mixed media images will be accepted.

FEES: A non-refundable entry fee of $15 for one entry OR $50 for 5 entries.

JUROR  OF  AWARDS:  Artwork will be judged for selection by a committee of arts professionals.  Awards will be judged by Greg Stewart (

First (In each category): $200
Second (In each category): $100
Honorable Mentions  (One in each category):  An opportunity to have a solo exhibit at the Burke Arts Council.

BLACK & WHITE (Photo must be black & white)

5. HOW  TO  APPLY :   ( Digital/ Online Submission or Regular Mail)
DIGITAL/ ONLINE APPLICATION:  Please click here:  ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM and upload your images (JPGS Only, 72 dpi).

REGULAR MAIL:  Please print and mail the completed APPLICATION FORM , CD containing your images (JPEGS Only, 72 dpi), and payment to:
The Burke Arts Council 115 E Meeting Street Morganton, NC 28655.  Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your images and notification letter (if desired).

e-mail (

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

July 1, 2016


The July 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 59 pages of it.

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 August 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the July 24 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 (a new number)

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Features Suzy Hart for Monthly Meeting – July 10, 2016

June 29, 2016


Award-winning portrait artist, Suzy Hart, will demonstrate a pastel portrait painted from a life sitting during the 2pm, July 10, 2016, meeting of the Art League of Henderson County at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville, NC. From tips on setting proportions to subtle details and emotional expression, the artist describes each step as she paints. She will talk about observation and specific colors in her palette that helps her render skin tones in a natural and intuitive way.

Work by Suzy Hart.

Hart received the Butler Institute of American Art Award from the Allied Artists of America 2012 Exhibition at the National Arts Club, as well as several awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Appalachian Pastel Society of which she is a past President.

Hart is also a  Life Member of the Art Students’ League of New York. She is an instructor at the Greenville County Museum School of Art, offering classes in figure drawing and pastel portraiture.

When asked about her philosophy of art, Hart said “I believe we are all artists at heart, and can share and learn skills to fulfill our creativity. What I teach is the art of seeing. “

The Art League is composed of members of many media and skill sets. It allows for exchange of ideas and finding out about exhibition opportunities and sources for supplies. 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 info contact Sharon Carlyle by calling 828/ 551-1478 or e-mail to (


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