Archive for the ‘NC Visual Arts’ Category

Nancy Smeltzer Offers Lectures at Mar. 13, 2016, Meeting at Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC

January 31, 2016


The days of submitting slides and CDs of your art work to most exhibitions, especially those nationally and internationally, have gone by the wayside, with most entry forms being done on-line now. That means that artists need to know how to take photos of their work and turn them into .jpegs, the preferred format for submissions. Nancy Smeltzer, nationally recognized fiber artist and Publicity Co-Chair of the Art League of Henderson County, will show some of the ins and outs of that process as part of the free Mar. 13, 2016, meeting held by the Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC.

“This is a critical skill for artists these days” Smeltzer said, “yet many are stymied by trying to read the manuals that are out there or watch videos on YouTube.” Smeltzer has lots of patience, having taught 7th graders for 27 years, and one of her favorite phrases is “Stop me right when it doesn’t make sense”. The audience will be able to ask lots of questions and there will be a handout.

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 The Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. (ample on-site parking; 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 and encouraged to come early to view the month’s exhibit of members’ paintings and vote for their favorite.  The winning artist is named Artist of the Month.

For further information contact Nancy Smeltzer, publicity, at 828/513-1024 or e-mail to (

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Monthly Lecture Series with Kate Johnston

January 31, 2016


Join us on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, for a slide lecture by Seagrove potter Kate Johnston!

Johnston grew up in New Jersey and has been interested in the arts since childhood, assisting a plein air painter beginning at the age of 9. After she dove into clay, she worked with potter Terry Plasket at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville. At age 16, she became Wheaton Arts’ youngest ever production thrower. Johnston left the studio to earn a BFA at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. In 2010, Johnston opened her pottery studio here in Seagrove.

Johnston’s pots are made with local materials, carved with organic patterns inspired by Art Deco design, and fired in a large wood-burning kiln. Johnston shows her pots throughout North Carolina and has lectured and taught in North Carolina, Tennessee, and New Jersey.

Johnston’s slide lecture will focus on her work, process and inspiration. A potluck at 6pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the presentation at 7pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!

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

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

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

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

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (, or find us on Facebook.

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Gives Gift Certificates to Local Art Teachers

January 19, 2016


Nine Henderson County, NC, art teachers will be awarded gift certificates at the Feb. 14, 2016, meeting of the Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC. The presentation of a total of $1,700 in gift certificates to The Starving Artist and $500 for on-line School Specialty Arts and Crafts for the purchase of art supplies for classrooms will be held at The Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC, during the meeting beginning about 2pm.

The teachers being recognized are:

Courtney Hoelscher, Hendersonville High School – $335

Elizabeth Weisel, North Henderson High School – $500

Kelly King, West Henderson High – $335

Robert Wallace, East Henderson High School – $500

Martina Zinn, Balfour High School – $250

Terry Northrup, Apple Valley Middle School – $70

Maureen Rhodes, Rugby Middle School – $70

Kathryn Beasley, Hendersonville Middle School – $70

Stephen Harrison, Flat Rock Middle School – $70

The ALHC was founded in 1960 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 education grants to local schools and student artists, 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 further info contact Nancy Smeltzer, publicity, at 828/513-1024 or e-mail to (

Artist Bethany Salisbury Presents a Demonstration at the Monthly Meeting of the Matthews Artist Guild in Matthews, NC, Feb. 9, 2016

January 16, 2016


The next meeting of MAG will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at 6:30pm in the McDowell Arts Center (MAC) at 123 E. McDowell St. in Matthews, NC.

In her lecture, Pet Portraits and using Social Media to Market Artwork”, Salisbury will demonstrate how she uses acrylic paints to create her pet portraits on gallery wrapped cotton canvases.  In addition, she will talk extensively about using social media and other forms of communication to

6:00 pm:       View current show in the MAC Gallery upstairs
6:30 pm:       Refreshments downstairs at the MAC
6:50 pm:       “Another Tidbit” of info from one of our artist members
7:00 pm:       Demonstration by artist Bethany Salisbury

The Matthews Artists Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month.  Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the McDowell Arts Center at 704/321-7275 or follow MAG on Facebook at (

Litmus Gallery & Studios in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Entries for “Petcasso: Animals in Art” – Deadline is Feb. 8, 2016

January 16, 2016

Litmus Gallery & Studios in Raleigh, NC, calls for entries for “Petcasso: Animals in Art”.


All creatures large and small, whether canine, feline, reptile, rodent, insect, or aviary – pets and animals bring us joy. This exhibit’s theme showcases art featuring pets and animals of all kinds, shapes, and sizes in painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. A portion of proceeds goes to the SPCA of Wake County and Piedmont Farm Animal Rescue.

Artist entry information must be received by Feb. 8, 2016.

For more info visit (

The exhibit will take place at Litmus Gallery & Studios, 312 West Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

For further info e-mail to (

TC Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Places Open Call for Artists for 2016 Art Season – Various Deadlines

January 16, 2016


The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, has announced their open calls for the 2016 Art Season. Artists are invited to enter shows/exhibits and a street festival hosted by the TC Arts Council. The TC Arts Council is a 501 – c 3 non-profit arts organization that promotes all arts in Brevard and Transylvania County and partners with regional art groups to promote WNC as an arts destination.

In March the TC Arts Council will host “Pigments of Your Imagination” an open art exhibit at the TC Arts Council Gallery. They are looking for all mediums that fit the theme. The exhibit will run from Mar. 4 – 31, 2016.

Applications and artwork are due Feb. 29 –Mar. 2, 2016.

In May the TC Arts Council will host “Blast From the Past” an art exhibit featuring past members of the TC Arts Council Board of Directors and committees as well as past members of Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative. The exhibit will run from May 6 – 27.

Applications and artwork are due May 2-4, 2016.

Also in May the TC Arts Council, in partnership with the Heart of Brevard and the White Squirrel Festival, will host the “12th Annual White Squirrel Photo Contest”. Each photographer may enter two photographs featuring Brevard’s White Squirrels. Photo’s must be delivered to the TC Arts Council between Apr. 20 and May 20, 2016. There is a $5 entry fee per photo. Photo’s will be on display in downtown Brevard for the White Squirrel Festival weekend which runs May 27 – 29, 2016.

This year marks the TC Arts Council’s 44th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase in downtown Brevard during the July 4th Street Festival. The TC Arts Council organizes the juried art block for the festival.  10 x 10 booths are available for artist to apply for. Artists must have their own tent, tables, chairs and display equipment. TC Arts is accepting applications now thru June 1 for the festival. Jury selections will be announced June 3, 2016. This juried art block houses 30 – 40 fine art and crafts artists from all over the southeast. Booth fees are $125 with a $25 non-refundable application fee.

In August TC Arts will host its annual fundraiser called ART SPARK 2016.  TC Arts is looking for donated artwork that fits this year’s theme “The Wonderful World of Colors”.  This artwork will be auctioned off at Art Spark 2016 on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at Old Bishop Place Farm. All artists who participate will have their donated artwork featured in an exhibit at the TC Arts Council from July 22 – Aug. 12, with a public reception during the July 22nd Gallery Walk.

To get an application for any of these upcoming 2016 events, please call the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or e-mail to ( The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.

For more information go to ( To learn more about the Arts in the Brevard area go to (

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, Offer Demos by Clark Kellogg and Matt Tommey – Feb. 19 and 20, 2016

January 7, 2016

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, will be hosting demonstrations and displays by letter carver Clark Kellogg and world-class sculptural basketry artist Matt Tommey on Feb. 19 and 20, 2016, from 11am – 4pm on both days.


Clark Kellogg studied letter carving under master carver Chris Pye and has been carving letters on commission and spec ever since. His work has appeared in Fine Woodworking, Woodworker West, and Letter Arts Review.


Matt Tommey, who has a studio in Asheville’s River Arts District, is a leader in the contemporary basketry movement and was named an “American Artist Under 40 to Watch” by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

For further information contact Ashley Van Matre, Marketing Manager, Grovewood Gallery, 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804 by calling 828/253-7651 or visit (

North Ridge Country Club Art Society in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Entries for Juried Art Competition – Deadline Jan. 13, 2016

January 6, 2016

The North Ridge Country Club Art Society in Raleigh, NC, wishes to promote art and area artists, while also developing increased art appreciation within its membership. The NRCC Art Society continues to expand the permanent art collection in the clubhouse for members to enjoy. To achieve these goals, the North Ridge Country Club Art Society sponsors a juried art competition each year, culminating in a special event to showcase the work of the selected artists.

Roger Manley, Director of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at North Carolina State University, will serve as juror and select 25 pieces for the show from submitted artwork. Those selected artists will have 10 X 10 booths to offer additional work for sale at the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala on Feb. 27, 2016 at 6pm. Club members and their guests will attend the party to view the work and possibly add pieces to their personal collections. The juror will choose Best in Show, Second and Third Place award winners, who will receive recognition at the Gala and the opportunity to display their work in Gallery Hall for a designated number of weeks at North Ridge Country Club.  North Ridge Country Club will purchase the Best in Show piece to hang in the permanent collection.


All work must be original.

Media accepted: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Scratchboard, Photography, Mixed Media, meant to hang on a wall – no freestanding pieces. All entries must be for sale.

Artists must be prepared, should they be chosen, to have a 10 X 10 booth of artwork for sale at the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala on Feb. 27, 2016.

$10 entry fee per each work submitted. (5 entries X $10 each = $50 max)
Limit of five total works submitted per artist.
Please note that this is a juried show, so not all entries will be exhibited. Entry fees are non-refundable.


Entries should be in the form of a digital photo of the artwork, with the completed entry form found in the link below.

Each entry MUST include: Artist’s name, Artist’s e-mail address, Artist’s address and contact phone number, Title of artwork, Size of artwork, Medium (from accepted list) and Price.

Entry fee checks, made out to North Ridge Country Club, should be mailed to: George Wallace, 1916 Hunting Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27615

PLEASE NOTE: E-mail entries will not be considered complete nor submitted to the juror until the entry fees are received.


Roger Manley is the Director of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University. He has worked as a curator with more than forty other institutions in this country and abroad, including the NC Museum of Art, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Asheville Art Museum, the Center on Contemporary Art/Seattle and the Collection de l’Art Brut in Switzerland. He also curated the inaugural exhibition for the opening of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. As an artist (photographer, filmmaker, writer), Mr. Manley has been a fellow of the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, the Fondation d’Art de la Napoule in France, and Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Israel.  His feature documentary film “Mana-beyond belief” premiered at Lincoln Center in New York in 2005 and has won awards at several international film festivals.  Mr. Manley graduated from Davidson College, spent two years living in the Australian Outback with a tribe of Aboriginals, and later completed graduate work at the University of Denver and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Entries accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
Entrants will be notified of acceptance by Jan. 29, 2016.
Set-up for Art Gala begins at 9am, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 and must be finished by 3:30pm that day.
The North Ridge Country Club Art Gala is the evening of Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, with a possible preview event late that afternoon.
Breakdown for Art Gala is immediately following, or Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 before noon.

North Ridge Country Club will retain a 15% commission on all sales at the Gala, related exhibits and commissioned work. Commissions collected will be used to purchase artwork for North Ridge Country Club.


The following awards will be presented at the Gala:

Best In Show/Purchase Award
Artwork will be purchased by the North Ridge Country Club Art Society to hang in its permanent collection in the clubhouse (Purchase Award not to exceed $5,000)
Two month exhibit at North Ridge Country Club in November and December Dinner for four in the North Ridge Country Club Bluebird Grill
Golf for four at North Ridge Country Club
Second Prize
One month exhibit at North Ridge Country Club
Golf for four at North Ridge Country Club
Third Prize
One month exhibit at North Ridge Country Club
Dinner for four in the North Ridge Country Club Bluebird Grill

ART GALA – Feb. 27, 2016

Club members and guests will be invited to attend a special evening reception and sale featuring the artists selected by our juror.
Each selected artist will have a designated 10 X 10 booth in the North Ridge Country Club ballroom to display additional artwork for sale.
Pre-Gala announcement to the artists of the Purchase Award, 2nd and 3rd by juror before the Gala opens.
The award winners will be announced and introduced at the Gala.
The selected artists and one guest each may attend free of charge.
Artists may invite additional guests for $35 apiece.


North Ridge Country Club will take every precaution against damage or theft, but will not be responsible for loss, whatever the cause.  Concerned artists must provide their own insurance coverage.  North Ridge Country Club reserves the right to decline any entry or withdraw any entry from the exhibition at its discretion. North Ridge Country Club also reserves the right to photograph and reproduce any entry submitted for educational or publicity purposes.  Submission of an entry to the exhibition constitutes agreement of the artist to all terms and conditions in this prospectus.


Should you have any questions regarding the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala, call 919/889-2010.

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

January 1, 2016


The January 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 51 pages of it. With this issue we enter into our 20th year of covering the visual art in the Carolinas and our 30th year of producing an arts publication in Charleston and South Carolina. It has been and continues to be a heck of a journey. Thank you all for your support.

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 in this new year. 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 February 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the January 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
843/693-1306 (a new number)

Appalachian Pastel Society Holds Meeting in Mills River, NC – Jan. 9, 2016

December 30, 2015

The Appalachian Pastel Society is pleased to announce a Swap and Shop meet at the Grace Community Church exhibition hall,  495 Cardinal Dr., in Mills River, NC, on Jan. 9, 2016, from 10am-noon. Members will be offering an array of art materials and supplies, books, paintings, videos as well as paintings by a variety of artists including oils, acrylics and pastels at bargain prices. Visitors are welcome and invited to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase art related merchandise.

For further info contact Cathy Ann Burgess by calling 828/595-9518 or e-mail to ( or Suzy Hart, Membership Chair at (


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