Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

North Carolina Pottery Center Holds 16th Annual Gala and Auction – “Going, Going, Gone to Pots!” in Raleigh, NC – Sept. 26, 2015

September 11, 2015


The North Carolina Pottery Center’s 16th Annual Gala & Auction – “Going, Going, Gone to Pots!” is coming up soon on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, from 6-9pm at CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC’s Contemporary Art Museum (409 W. Martin St.). Proceeds from the annual gala and auction go towards fulfilling the center’s mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery and potters in our great state through educational programs, an artist-in-residence program, and exhibitions.

An amazing evening is in store. A veritable array of delectable heavy hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by the award winning caterer PoshNosh, whose motto is “Catering for Foodies.”  Fine wine is being supplied by Haw River Wine Man, Inc., and we will be serenaded by a trio of Seagrove potters who just so happen to also be excellent musicians.

Work by Doc Welty

Work by Ezekiel “Zeke” McCanless

Work by Jeannie Lorette Keatts

There will be a special pre-event reception starting at 5:15pm for Sponsors, Hosts, ECU alumni/affiliated, and special guests featuring Ben Owen III and other potters who graduated from ECU.

Most importantly, our great potters and ceramic artists from across North Carolina have donated fabulous creations in support of the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, and our mission. We’ll have a fantastic array auction items (plenty of pottery and ceramics, but some other treats too!), and 20 exquisite live auction items. The quality of the donated work is breathtaking.

Work by Julie Jones

Work by Kate Johnston

Electronic Bidding will be possible on all Silent Auction, Buy Now, and Raffle items. All Bidding, with the exception of Live Auction items, will be done through your own cell phone, tablet, or computer! You can bid from anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction right from your own device! You even get an update if you are outbid! Phone and absentee bidding will be available for Live Auction items. More information on the electronic bidding feature will be shared with ticket holders and via our Facebook  page and the event page on our website in a couple of weeks when the online bidding site goes live around September 12th.

Tickets, including Host tickets, are now available for purchase online. Get your tickets, and find more information, now at (

The excitement has reached a fever pitch, and we are anxious to share our impressive auction items with you. View the donated items on our publicly accessible Facebook page as they are added at (

Work by Kay Bevan

Work by William and Pam Kennedy

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.

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., 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (

Council for the Arts Jacksonville/Onslow in Jacksonville, NC, Calls for Entries for Its “Fall Juried Show” – Deadline is Sept. 30, 2015

September 11, 2015

council-for-the-arts-jacksonville_onslow-new-logoThe Council for the Arts Jacksonville/Onslow in Jacksonville, NC, announces a “Fall Juried Show” for the month of October and simultaneously a show for emerging artists.  The premier “Fall Juried Show” presents fine craft, painting and sculpture, and represents many of our local top artists. At the same time, we will display in our secondary gallery the work of amateurs or emerging artists.

Artists can submit up to three pieces of their original work on Sept. 29 & 30, 2015. For the “Fall Juried Show” the $30 application fee can be paid by cash, check or credit card.
Work will be on display through the end of October.  All work must be original and made by the artist.

Sarah Merrit, Executive Director Wayne County Arts Council, and an artist, will serve as the judge for the “Fall Juried Show”. Monetary awards will be presented based on the decision of the judge.

Emerging artists are provided the opportunity to show their work and not monetary awards. The “juried process” is a necessary career step if an artist wants to be considered as a serious artist. To help build and develop their artistic resumé artists will enter juried art competitions. Acceptance into a show such as this and having their work displayed provides an endorsement of the artist’s skill and artistic talents.

These events will showcase fresh, innovative work in most media. Applications from new and emerging artists are encouraged.

It is through juried art competitions and juried art shows that an artist’s career and professional development will progress. By successfully participating, the artist will then be taken more seriously by art galleries, art buyers and art reps. It is a progression and a process that takes time for an artist to learn and to adapt to in order to succeed.

For additional information, contact the Arts Council by calling 910/455-9840.

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

September 1, 2015


The September 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 77 pages of it. That 16 more than last month – Summer is coming to an end and it’s back to business for some.

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 October 2015 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the September 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 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Offers Lecture by Arne Emerson – Oct. 23, 2015

August 31, 2015

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, located at 56 Broadway in downtown Asheville, NC, invites the community to join us on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, from noon-1:30pm, for “IDEAS WITHOUT WALLS / IN-BETWEEN THE SPACES”, an annual presentation by a leading figure in the world of design co-sponsored by Western Carolina University Design Development Foundation.

Free for BMCM+AC members & students w/ID / $7 non-members.

This year’s speaker will be award-winning architect Arne Emerson of Morphosis Architects. Emerson will present recent work at Morphosis, spanning from large-scale urban planning projects to built work at multiple scales. Focusing on the interaction between design, technology, and fabrication, Emerson will outline how ‘process’ emerges as the central driver and catalyst for bringing theory and contextual research into realized form.

Emerson is a Principal at Morphosis Architects with more than 20 years of experience. He joined Morphosis in 2009 and has been involved in the design and construction of several key projects for the office. Throughout his career, he has played an integral role in designing and realizing several award-winning projects including Cultural, Civic, Commercial, Residential, and Master Plans, spanning four continents and fifteen countries.  He recently completed the design and construction of the first museum for Morphosis Architects, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, TX, and is currently working on several competitions, a new US Embassy in Lebanon, the world’s tallest hotel in Switzerland, and a world headquarters in Milan. Prior to joining Morphosis, Emerson was a Design Principal with Studio Daniel Libeskind for almost a decade, playing an integral role in the design and construction of many significant projects including the extension to the Denver Art Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the 18.36.54 House. Emerson lectures extensively on the design and construction process and is active in academics as a guest critic and teaching graduate studio courses.

For further information contact Alice Sebrell, Program Director, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center by calling 828/350-8484 or visit (

The Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League in Black Mountain, NC, Offers “Art on the Lawn – Fine Art Show and Sale” – Sept. 11 & 12, 2015

August 31, 2015

“Art on the Lawn – Fine Art Show and Sale”, sponsored by the Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept 11-12, 2015, in front of the beautiful Monte Vista Hotel and the historical Red House Studios & Gallery in Black Mountain, NC.

Stroll along the lawn and through the trees and enjoy the day in Black Mountain and discover – Art on the Lawn.

The event will feature original paintings, photography and unique and creative renderings from a variety of artist. Multiple sized artist prints, cards and many hand-crafted and one of a kind jewelry designs and sculpture are just a few of the items being displayed in this outdoor venue.

Then come inside the Historical Red House Studio & Gallery and experience our “48 Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibit” sponsored by The Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League. This Exhibit has become a favorite among the locals and visitors for many years.

Want to see more great artwork in one location? The Monte Vista Hotel next door is hosting “The NEW Horizons” exhibit in the Restaurant and Lobby.

There is Something here for everyone’s artistic taste.- all within a few steps of the other. “Our Goal,” said artist and Special Events Coordinator for the League, Johnnie Stanfield, “is to make our gallery and artists’ works available to everyone in the Western North Carolina area to see, appreciate and to possibly have them choose – a few pieces to be a part of their new or existing art collection. We would love to have someone start an art collection because they fell in love with a piece of art at the event. Or become an active member of our league. Or just get inspired by the energy and creativity of those exhibiting.”

“We appreciate all the support of the Black Mountain residents and those visiting from surrounding areas have given us over the years and we want to continue offering them beautiful and affordable art. This outdoor event includes art and artist throughout the western NC area.”

This is a rain or shine event… another “Art on the Lawn” outdoor art event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24, 2015, among a canopy of Fall leaves and the smell of hot apple cider inside the RED HOUSE STUDIO & Gallery -where a new art exhibit “Carolina” will be featured.

The “ART on the Lawn” outdoor art show and indoor events are located just 1 block from downtown Black Mountain on 310 West State Street, hours are 10am-4pm both days … parking and admission is free.

For further info call Johnnie Stanfield at 828/669-0351.

Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Invites Area Artists to Submit Work – Deadline Sept. 22, 2015

August 31, 2015

The Asheville Gallery of Art, located at 16 College Street in Asheville, NC, invites area artists to apply for membership. The work of applicants must be submitted on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, for jurying on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. The Asheville Gallery of Art (AGA) is an artists’ cooperative which exhibits original, two-dimensional works by 30 member artists.

Interested artists should obtain a copy of prospective member information and a membership application, both of which are available at the gallery or may be downloaded from the gallery website ( Jury entrants must deliver five finished original pieces ready for hanging, six copies of a current art resume, and six copies of the completed membership application to the gallery between noon and 5:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 22. All work must be picked up between 2-5:30pm on Wednesday Sept. 23. The gallery 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 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.

Appalachian Pastel Society in Mills River, NC, Presents Fleta Monaghan for Its Monthly Meeting – Sept. 12, 2015

August 31, 2015


The Appalachian Pastel Society in Mills River, NC, will presents Fleta Monaghan, BFA, MaED, with “Abstract Painting-What Is It All About??” for its monthly meeting at Grace Community Church, 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC, 28759, on Sept. 12, 2015, from 10am-noon.

Often we hear comments such as, “My kid could paint that!” when those unfamiliar with abstract art see work in museums or galleries.  So, what is it all about?  This discussion will touch on the development of the abstract genre since the 19th century and what is happening today.  Why is All art abstract, and what does abstraction have in common with more understood subjects such as landscapes and portraiture.  How can realist artist benefit from understanding the foundations of abstractions.  This talk will include a slide presentation and question and answer time.

Work by Fleta Monaghan

Monaghan is Founder and Director of River’s Edge Studio and 310 Art  Gallery.  This venue was founded in  2006, and is the oldest in the River Art District.  She has exhibited extensively and her art work is in collections worldwide.

She grew up on the west coast of Florida, on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. After traveling around the United States and living in San Francisco, Oregon and Virginia, she settled in Asheville, NC, in 1981.

“I have always been attracted to beautiful and historic places populated with interesting and artistically inclined people. After visiting Asheville briefly, I decided this was a perfect place to live and work. I love the thriving arts community, and enjoy working and teaching in a poetically timeworn 100 year old warehouse in the River Arts District of Asheville.

The oldest of seven children, she began painting in oils and pastels at an early age. Her earliest works still in existence are pastel copies of Bottecelli paintings, executed at age twelve.

“I have heard it said that an artist only has to look at the art work they created as a child to see the directions and themes that will resonate in their adult work. That is certainly true with me. I experimented with all kinds of materials as a kid – marbling paper with oil paint, making handmade paper, drawing and painting and creating costumes. I would read about some new technique or see some interesting art, and the next thing you knew I was trying it out. Naturally, most of my experimentation took place outside! In recent years I have been experimenting with oil and wax, oil pastels and painting with heated beeswax. These traditional materials involving beeswax are very old, and reinventing new ways to use materials has always been interesting to me,” says Monaghan.

“I am always seeking an essence of thought and feeling when I combine imagery with materials. There is an unbroken thread that weaves through all my work, no matter what materials I use or which techniques I employ. The Gulf of Mexico strongly influenced my visual, spiritual and philosophical senses as have the Mountains here in North Carolina.”

For further information contact Kitty Williams by calling 423/764-2911 or e-mail to (

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Launches New Volunteer Program

August 31, 2015


The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, launches SECCA CONNECTors, an organization that supports the contemporary art center in daily functions, exhibitions, and special projects.

Spearheaded by Nancy Peterson and Bonnie Poindexter, two active women in Winston-Salem’s arts community, the SECCA CONNECTors gives volunteers the opportunity to enjoy insider experiences, a chance to give back to the community, and to take part in Winston-Salem’s mission to be the City of the Arts and Innovation. With a variety of committees and responsibilities, including office support, exhibition support, education support, greeting, and gardening; there is something for everyone who is interested in joining.

“We are very excited ab­out the SECCA volunteer program. We look forwarding to assisting the staff and helping enhance the SECCA experience for the public,” said Nancy Peterson.

The first SECCA CONNECTor meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at 5:30pm in the living room of the historic Hanes House at SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.

For more information about how you can become a SECCA CONNECTor please visit ( or contact Connie Schroeder by e-mail at (

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located on Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the NC 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 and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. 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 Archives and Records, 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 the blind and physically handicapped.

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 (

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Calls for Entries for Annual Juried Exhibition – Deadline is Sept. 19, 2015

August 23, 2015

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC, is calling for entries for the “Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition”. The exhibit is open to Southeastern US artists, 18 years and older.

Registration deadline is Sept. 19, 2015.

Fee is $25 per entry, limited to (3) entries per person.

The theme is, “Wildlife: The Beauty, the Beast”

Best of Show receives featured exhibition at CFA in 2016. There are also additional awards.

Prospectus online at (

For further info call 704/541-0741 or e-mail to (

Several Seagrove, NC, Potteries Offer Tea with Seagrove Potters – Sept. 5, 2015

August 22, 2015

Treat yourself to a day filled with tea tastings, refreshments and special featured pottery on Sept. 5, 2015, from 9am-5pm, in Seagrove, NC.

At Thomas Pottery enjoy homemade treats served on our handmade pottery, paired with a scrumptious iced tea. Come be inspired with recipes and ideas for your next gathering with family and friends.

Works from Thomas Pottery

Join us in a gallery crawl, as we partner with Blue Hen, Dean & Martin, Eck McCanless, From the Ground Up and Pottery Road in a pottery crawl.

Blue Hen Pottery, 247 West Main Street, Seagrove NC, 336/653-9551 or at (

Eck McCanless Pottery, 6077 Old US Hwy. 220, Seagrove, NC, 336/873-7412 or at (

Dean & Martin Pottery, 7739 Nathan Lane, Seagrove, NC, 336/879-0683 or at (

From the Ground Up, 172 Crestwood Rd., Robbins, 910/464-6228 or at (

Thomas Pottery, 1295 S. NC Highway 705, Seagrove, NC, 336/879-4145 or at (

Pottery Road Studio and Gallery, 1387 NC Hwy. 705 South, 6 miles from Seagrove, NC, 910/464-2608 or at (

Visit our website for further info at (


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