Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Appalachian Pastel Society in Mills River, NC, Offers Addren Doss During Monthly Meeting – Sept. 10, 2016

August 22, 2016

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Appalachian Pastel Society in Mills River, NC, will present a presentation and demo by Addren Doss, pastel painter, from Greensboro, NC, Sept. 10, 2016, from 10am – noon, at Grace Community Church, 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC, 28759.

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Work by Addren Doss

Using the landscape of Georgia O’Keeffe country we will explore how the colors and elements of the New Mexico landscape differ from those of the Blue Ridge, and what they have in common. We will create two small landscape paintings using an image from the Santa Fe National Forest, and an image from the Pisgah National Forest. Each painting will begin with the same under tone on the paper and notan/value thumbnail sketches. Then we will let the colors of the region take over.

For further info call Cathyann Burgess at 828/595-9518, e-mail to (cathyannburgess@gmail.com) or visit (www.appalachianpastelsociety.org).

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of “Bring Us Your Best XIII”

August 22, 2016

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The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XIII”. Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. “Bring Us Your Best XIII” is on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus through Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

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Work by David Simchock

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chair, Pat McAfee, and presented by Joan Jackson, who represented the Wax Family Memorial Funds, long-time sponsor of the awards. The following received awards:

1st Place/2-dimensional  – Barbara Zimmerman “Seasonal Reflections”

1st Place/3-dimensional – Thomas Crothers “Miss Muffet’s Last Sit”

1st Place/Photography – David Simchock “Barcelona Façade”

1st Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “Voice of the Trees”

2nd Place/2-dimensional  – Gary Cooley, “Theo”

2nd Place/3-dimensional – Bobbie Polizzi, “She had the Weirdest Dream that she had Run Away and Joined the Circus”

2nd Place/Photography – Ken Weaver, “Glass and Water”

2nd Place/Fine Craft – Didi Salvatierra, “Hip, Hip, Hoya!”

3rd Place/2-dimensional  – Megan Richard, “Smokey Mountain Midnight”

3rd Place/3-dimensional – Janet Leazenby, “Rabbit”

3rd Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “Screenwriters”

3rd Place/Fine Craft – Thomas Crothers, “Music Stand”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received checks for $100.

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Works by Holland Van Gores

In addition to the above awards, Joe Criscione, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Susan M. Hopps for her watercolor painting entitled “Communication.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life.

Ten Honorable Mention awards, $25 Gift Certificates for The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, were awarded to the following: David Adler, Terry Ashley, Lucy Clark, Samuel Dillon, Beverly Kies, Rob McKelvy, Ken Peterson, David Simchock, Diane Southen, and David Voorhees.

Henderson County artists Walter Arnold and Brian Shope sponsored an “Artist’s Choice” award. After participating artists voted for their favorite piece in the show just before the opening reception, ballots were tabulated, and Gary Cooley took home the $300 cash prize for his oil painting entitled “Theo.”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply & Custom Framing Shop, and will be announced on the last day of the exhibition. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, 1-4pm.  All artwork is for sale during this exhibition which is free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or visit (www.acofhc.org).

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, “Bring Us Your Best XIII” is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop,  the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

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 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792.  (Entrance on Fourth Ave. W.),

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Announces NC Art Outreach Project 2016

August 22, 2016

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GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, announces its second installment of the NC Artist Outreach Project, a program made possible by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation. The NC Art Outreach Project (Oct. 6-7, 2016) is designed to provide exposure to North Carolina artists by facilitating a dialogue with a nationally recognized artist, critic and curator. This year’s project is hosted in conjunction with GreenHill’s fall exhibition “Insistent Objects: Works by Young NC Sculptors” (Sept. 2 – Nov. 6, 2016).

Following on the success of the 2014 NC Art Outreach Project held during GreenHill’s exhibition Independents, this year’s project will offer the artists of Insistent Objects artists an invaluable opportunity to network with experts in the field of sculpture and receive direct feedback about their creative practices. Beginning on Oct. 6, 2016, at 6pm in The Gallery at GreenHill with a Panel Roundtable, guest panelists will present their experience working in contemporary art giving attention to the sculpture mediums. Guest Panelists include Glenn Harper, Tom Moran and Michael Ballou. Admission is Free.

On Oct. 7, 2016, artists will present slides to the panel for feedback and critique. Curated by Edie Carpenter, Insistent Objects is the first sculpture survey organized by GreenHill in a decade, highlighting works in the round by 18 hand-picked young contemporary artists who work, teach, studied or participated in an artist residency in North Carolina.  Participating artists include Ivana Milojevic Beck, Casey Cook, Andy Denton, Aaron Earley, Mario Gallucci, Rachel K. Garceau, Peter Goff, Joe Grant, Paul Howe, Kamal Nassif, Benjamin S. Reid, John Seefeldt, Austin Sheppard, Meg Stein, Frankie Toan, Kevin M. Vanek, Lu Xu and Ashley York.

Glenn Harper is Editor of “Sculpture” magazine and was formerly editor of “Art Papers”. He has written for “Aperture”, “Artforum”, “Public Art Review”, “Afterimage”, “Exit Express”, and for books on the works of artists John Van Alstine, Athena Tacha, and others. Tom Moran is Chief Curator and Director of Artistic Development of Grounds for Sculpture (GFS), a 42-acre landscaped sculpture park on the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds which has been instrumental in introducing sculpture to a wider public. During his 30 year tenure as Director of Arts Inclusion and Artistic Services at the New Jersey State Arts Council he placed thousands of works of art in the state and federal buildings. Michael Ballou is a New York-based visual artist who works in media including film, installation, performance and sculpture.  A longstanding member of the Williamsburg artist community in Brooklyn, he was one of the guiding spirits behind Four Walls, a combination of clubhouse and laboratory for the exchange of art and ideas hosted in his garage studio. He has exhibited at Valentine Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, and the Kunsthalle (Vienna), among others.

Preceding the morning private presentations, join us in The Gallery for opportunity to talk with artists and panelists during a catered breakfast from 8:30am to 9:45am.  Cost is $8/person.  Registration is available at (GreenHillNC.org/breakfast). Register before Oct. 5, 2016. An evening opening reception of Insistent Objects will be held in The Gallery at GreenHill as a Downtown Greensboro First Friday program from 6-9pm.

GreenHill is the center for NC Art. GreenHill engages a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. GreenHill is the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating contemporary visual art and artists of NC.

GreenHill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Parking is available in Davie Street and Church Street parking decks in downtown Greensboro.  The Gallery at GreenHill is open Tue.-Fri. 12-7pm, Saturdays 12-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

For more information visit (www.GreenHillNC.org).

Carolina Artists Guild in Morehead City, NC, Calls for Entries

August 22, 2016

The Carolina Artists Guild in Morehead City, NC, is calling for entries for the exhibit, “Horses of the Outer Banks”, on view at the Carolina Artists Gallery, from Sept. 17 – Nov. 4, 2016.

The show benefits The Foundation for Shackleford Horses, which is dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of these unique “banker ponies.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork in this show will be given to the Foundation. Awards will be granted in 3 different categories: 2D, Photography, and 3D.

For more info visit the Carolina Artists Gallery website at (www.carolinaartistgallery.com).

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Features Works by Sue Sneddon and Deb Hill

August 15, 2016

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Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, is showcasing two new artists, Sue Sneddon and Deb Hill, on view through Sept. 5, 2016.

Sue Sneddon works in oil and pastel. Her paintings are fleeting moments of light in the sky, on the water or on wet sand. Sneddon says, “I had my first thought of being a painter was when I was 13 or 14. My mother and I were discussing whether the pink in a bank of oyster shells was a reflection of the pink sky or in the shells themselves. We were on the south end of Pawley’s Island, SC, witnessing a glorious sunset. I said to myself, if I could paint the joy I feel in this moment, then I could be a painter.”

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Work by Sue Sneddon

A Durham, NC, critic has said, “Her scenes, which are so similar but so different, are about the light and the shapes; the water and the land are just the means by which she finds their essence and abstracts them into something much more than a traditional landscape….(Sneddon’s) views change with the tides and with the moon. She shows us the many infinite patterns the water makes as it moves to and from the shore. She considers it from every angle, in every light, and in many different mediums.”

The same critic earlier observed, “While dealing with familiar subjects—nature—in a realistically simple fashion, the artist leads us into new territory. Things are not as they seem. Nothing is easy.  The work takes more than a quick look.”

From a show held in Hilton Head, SC, a reviewer said, “Characterized as a realist, even surrealist or photorealist, Sneddon favors an approach to the re-creation of her subjects that is uniquely hers. Her special spin, her angle, her view and her interpretation amount to far more than the images in question…Sneddon offers equal doses of detail and of mystery.”

Deb Hill graduated from Coker College in Hartsville, SC, with degrees in both Fine and Commercial Art. She has worked in commercial and fine art for many years, including six years as a graphic artist for the city of Charlotte, NC. She began studying jewelry-making in the 1990s and has been creating her own ever since.

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Work by Deb Hill

Hill’s artisan jewelry features her signature hand crocheting which she incorporates with a variety of gemstones and natural objects. The multi-dimensional artist often paints porcelain with minerals mixed with flux that melts into a glazed disc during kiln firings to create a miniature piece of wearable art.

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 water media 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 on Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, NC.

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

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

July 31, 2016

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The August 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/816/816carolinaarts.html) – all 59 pages of it.

We are launching the publication early this month so we can hit the road for an overdue vacation to my birth land of Michigan.

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 September 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can.

Don’t wait till the August 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)
info@carolinaarts.com

Dare County Arts Council Calls for Applications for Regional Artist Project Grants in Eastern North Carolina – Deadline is Sept. 9, 2016

July 28, 2016

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The Regional Artist Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and 29 local arts councils throughout eastern North Carolina working as a consortium.

Residents in Dare County are eligible to apply for grants that provide financial support to artists at any stage of their career in disciplines such as visual art/craft, music composition, film/video, literature/playwriting, and choreography/dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops.

“The RAP Grant is an excellent opportunity for artists, musicians, and writers to apply for the funding they need to help make their artistic dreams a reality. DCAC helps fund this grant, which is administered regionally through the NC Arts Council, and we are delighted to offer this to our community,” said Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available online at (www.DareArts.org) and (www.PittCountyArts.org).

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as administrative arts council for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium and manages the application and review process. Applications must be received no later than Friday, September 9, 2016 to the Pitt County Arts Council, located at 404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858 or Dare County Arts Council, located at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954.

Since 1985, the North Carolina Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artist Project to support professional artists. The regional consortium of eastern North Carolina arts councils matches the NC Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists. In the East, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000, and follow a competitive application and review process.

For more information, contact Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Executive Director Holly Garriott by e-mail at (holly@pittcountyarts.org) or call 252/551-6947 or Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards at (dareartsprograms@gmail.com) or 252/473-5558.

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC, Opens Call-To-Artist for “Third Annual Juried Show: Resolutions 2017” – Deadline is October 26, 2016

July 23, 2016

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The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC, will celebrate the start of the new year by again hosting its juried fine art exhibit, “Resolutions”, from January 4 to 24, 2017.  All North Carolina two-dimensional and three-dimensional fine artists are encouraged to apply. Guest juror for the awards will be Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. Work will be displayed at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, with an opening reception on Friday, January 13, 2017, 6 – 9pm.

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“Baptism” by Jake Stephenson graphite and charcoal drawing

Original works in all fine art media are eligible. Work must have been completed within the last three years. No mass-produced prints or reproductions will be accepted. Hand-pulled prints, original digital prints and photographs are acceptable. All artwork must be the exhibitor’s original idea and be created independently by the exhibitor. Artists must be at least 18 years old and live in North Carolina. All accepted artwork must be hand delivered to HGA on January 2 or 3, 2017.

The Call-To-Artists will be open August 26, through October 26, 2016.

All entries must be submitted through digital images via (www.OnlineJuriedShows.com). Artists can reach the show prospectus directly at the link (https://onlinejuriedshows.com/Default.aspx?OJSID=8662).

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“Natural Disaster” by Jason Smith (sculpture)

Dr. Wheeler is the Director of the North Carolina Museum of art in Raleigh. Under his visionary leadership, the museum has vastly increased in size and stature and substantially expanded its collection, especially in the fields of modern and contemporary art

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned and operated by its members, established local artists whose artwork includes oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, encaustic, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber art, jewelry, glass, metal, enamels, and wood.  We strive to create an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual encouragement and to give the arts a more visible presence in the town of Hillsborough.  Openings for new members arise when current members leave the gallery. Artists interested in being notified when an opening occurs should fill out a waiting list form, available on the HGA website.

Arts Council of Henderson County in NC Calls for Entries for “13th annual Bring Us Your Best” – Deadline Aug. 4, 2016???

July 18, 2016

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The opening reception and awards ceremony for the “13th annual Bring Us Your Best” art exhibition will be held Friday, Aug. 5, 2016,  from 5-7pm. This all-media visual art exhibition will be on display through Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

First ($250), second ($150), and third ($100) place awards will be presented in four categories:  2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville is sponsoring and selecting the “One Planet, One World” award.  The winning artwork will be the best representation of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

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“Spectator Sport”, by Bobbie Polizzi, 2015 1st Place, 3D winner

For a fourth year, an Artist’s Choice award will be sponsored and presented by two artist patrons. This award is selected by all artists who have work in the show. The Artist’s Choice award winner will be announced at the opening, and will receive a $300 cash prize.

The Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop is sponsoring the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, the last day of the exhibition. This award winner will be determined by the votes of all gallery visitors who will be encouraged to cast votes for their favorite piece in the show, and will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist. Ten Honorable Mention awardees will receive $25 gift certificates from The Starving Artist at the reception.

All artwork displayed at “Bring us Your Best” is for sale. Regular gallery hours for “Bring Us Your Best XIII” will be 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday, and 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays. A prospectus for the show is available on the Arts Council’s website at (www.acofhc.org).

The exhibition is sponsored by The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact The Arts Council by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or call 828/693-8504. The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

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 St., 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.

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

July 17, 2016

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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 (www.gofundme.com/ALHC-Art-Education).

“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, (www.artleague.net). Donors can also go to the direct link at (www.gofundme.com/ALHC-Art-Education) 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 (swengbiz@gmail.com).