Archive for the ‘Piedmont NC Visual Arts’ Category

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Announces Award Winners for “People’s Choice Show”

June 19, 2017

The Arts Council walls and pedestals of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, in Fayetteville, NC, are covered with over 200 colorful creations! During the show’s opening, these winners were chosen as the People’s Choice:

1st Place: “Venezia Grand Canale” by Robson Spinelli

2nd Place: “Timshel” by Michelle Bir

3rd Place: “My Dream” by Sunyoung Kim

Honorable Mentions:

“Delightfully Redundant” by Griffin Carrick
“Bear Family” by Nancy Whaley Chandler
“The Wonderland of Childhood” by Marlene Wellard

Brought to you by Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Public Works includes art by people of all ages and abilities from our community. The artwork is on display through July 22, 2017.

The Arts Council’s galleries are free and open to the public 6 days a week during exhibitions. Come visit us!
The Arts Council’s 2016-17 exhibitions are curated by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.

The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

For further information visit (www.theartscouncil.com).

STARworks in Star, NC, Offers Lectures by Resident Artists – Mar. 15, 2017

March 7, 2017

STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Deighton Abrams, and STARworks Glass interns Brianna Gluszak and Andrew Thompson will present slides and discuss their work, Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm at STARworks, located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, NC.

The presentations are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase.


Work created by STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Deighton Abrams

Deighton Abrams is originally from Alaska and has an MFA with a concentration in ceramics from Clemson University. He has been awarded numerous grants, including the Clemson Art Department Scholarship for study in Jingdezhen, China and the Professional Enrichment Grant for artist research in Iceland. Abrams utilizes ceramic forms, both figural and geologic, to create complex narratives about the human psyche and its impact on the surrounding landscape.


Work created by STARworks Glass intern Brianna Gluszak

Brianna Gluszak is from Calgary, Canada and holds a BFA with distinction in Glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, Corning Museum in New York and Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. Her work is focused on re-imagining the imagery that one sees in passing through glass.


Work created by STARworks Glass intern Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson grew up in Birmingham, AL. He was inspired to study glass by his father, Joseph Thompson, who built a hot shop in their back yard when Thompson was young. He studied glass at Tennessee Tech University under Professor Curtiss Brock and recently had a solo exhibition, Uncertain Consciousness, at the Appalachian Center for Craft. His work focuses on the optic qualities glass can produce and combines these properties with two dimensional, mixed media compositions.

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

For more information, call 910/428-9001, e-mail to (contact@starworksnc.org) or visit (www.STARworksNC.org).

Inside/Out Brings Art to Area Neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC

February 28, 2017

Imagine encountering Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn” outside a YMCA or emerging artist Jordan Casteel’s “Kevin The Kite Man” in the middle of a park. Charlotteans will be able to participate in this experience beginning in April when the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, in Charlotte, NC, launch Inside/Out Charlotte. The Inside/Out Charlotte initiative is a part of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s national effort to share collections and bring art into communities.

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This public exhibition and outreach program will reach into the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg area to strengthen knowledge, understanding and appreciation for visual art. The program places framed, high-quality reproductions of artworks on display at the Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center for community members to encounter and enjoy programming specifically designed for each installation. Inside/Out Charlotte will launch in the spring highlighting artworks that reflect the diversity of the museums’ collections and broad interests in the communities.

The program started eight years ago at the Detroit Institute of Arts and now includes partners around the nation; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, and Perez Art Museum Miami. The Knight Foundation has funded the expansion to additional cities including Charlotte.

“There’s something very powerful about seeing works of art in person. You become completely immersed. Inside/Out brings that experience to people, directly in their communities, and an amazing thing happens: entire neighborhoods, entire communities, start to talk about art,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

Residents, families and friends in the participating communities will be able to walk through the park or hop on a bike and encounter art in unexpected places and enjoy each exciting outdoor exhibition. The Bechtler and the Gantt Center, in conjunction with the partner communities, will plan educational opportunities and other fun activities, such as bicycle and walking tours, community discussions, musical performances and more.

Inside/Out Charlotte is now in the process of asking city and community representatives, development authorities and arts organizations interested in being part of the museums’ new program. Communities can choose one of two exhibition periods: spring, from April to July, or fall, from September to December. Selected communities will have the opportunity to host five to eight reproductions within walking or bike-riding distance from each other. In all, up to 60 reproduced artworks will be on display around Charlotte in the spring and an additional 80 works in the fall.

Communities and businesses that take part will be promoted through the Inside/Out Charlotte website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. The museum installs the reproductions and can assist community leaders in developing educational programs that engage people and inspire them to visit the Bechtler and the Gantt Center. To learn more, visit the Inside/Out Charlotte website at (InsideOutCLT.org).

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture presents, preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent. The Center is located at Levine Center for the Arts 551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Operating hours are Sun., from 1-5pm; Monday: Closed, Tue.-Sat., from 10am-5pm.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures of modernism. The museum is located at Levine Center for the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202. Operating hours are Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri, and Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm; and closed Tue.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.”

For further information contact Sharon Holm, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Director of Marketing and Communications, by e-mail at (sharon.holm@bechtler.org) or call 704/353-9204.

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Clay Talks with Ray Owen – Mar. 5, 2017

February 27, 2017

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Please join us for a special slide presentation by Ray Owen at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Sunday, Mar. 5, starting at 2pm. The open house at the center that day will start at 1pm.

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Owen’s presentation, “The Busbees and the Jugtown Legacy,” is being held in conjunction with “The Busbee Legacy: Jugtown & Beyond, 1917-2017,” an exhibition that is currently up through April 22, 2017. His presentation in being done in conjunction with the NC Potters Conference.

Owen will be describing the context for establishing the Jugtown pottery, the relationship between regional potters and the Sandhills resorts, and how Jugtown continues to thrive.

Owen is a writer and conservationist who has been a contributor to “O. Henry” and “PineStraw” magazines. Recent projects include writing the words for composer David Ludwig’s “Songs from the Bleeding Pines,” commissioned in 2016 by the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Other recent work includes writing the forward for “Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017: A Century of Art & Craft in Clay,” featured guest for UNC-TV’s Collecting Carolina series, and narration for the film “More Than Pine Trees and Sand: Disappearing Frogs Project.” Film work includes writing and directing “Siren of the Round Timber Tract,” premiering in April 2017. Public service has included the Stewardship Council of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and Vice President of Friends of Weymouth.

While most of our Clay Talks! are potlucks, this particular event is not. Light refreshments will be available courtesy of the Pottery Center starting at 1:30pm.

Location: North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For further information call the Center at 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

STARworks in Star, NC, Offers Talks by Kazuki Takizawa and Christina Bendo – Feb. 15, 2017

February 8, 2017

STARworks Glass resident artist Kazuki Takizawa and STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Christina Bendo will present slides and discuss their work during artist talks at STARworks, on Feb. 15, 2017, at 5:30pm. The presentations are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase.

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Work by Kazuki Takizawa

Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated with high honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has taught at various glass educational facilities, including Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. For the past decade, Takizawa has made work related to mental health and therapy. His most recent installation, “Breaking the Silence”, was installed at STARworks in 2015, when he was an intern at STARworks. The installation was created to increase awareness of suicide. Takizawa is the glass resident artist at STARworks until mid-April. Learn more about Takizawa and his work at (www.kazukitakizawa.com).

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Works by Christina Bendo

Christina Bendo grew up in rural northern Virginia in a family of serious cooks and gardeners, giving her an appreciation for the production, preparation and consumption of food from an early age. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington. She worked as a studio assistant to Trista Chapman in Fredericksburg, VA, and recently completed a residency at LibertyTown Arts Workshop. Bendo makes functional pots that add joy and meaning to the everyday ritual of consuming food and drink with others. Bendo will stay at STARworks until mid-March. Learn more about Bendo and her work at (www.facebook.com/christinabendopottery).

Star Drawing Club will meet immediately following artist talks. Guests are welcome to stay and join in the fun. Star Drawing Club is free and open to the public. A new still life will be set up for each meeting. Participants need to bring their own art supplies.

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

For more information, visit (www.STARworksNC.org).

Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, Offers Women2Women Museum Experience

December 6, 2016

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Round up your network and join us for a Women2Women Museum Experience! Discover the compelling life stories of women artists, experience a private tour of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” and “Fired Up”, and enjoy refreshments.

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Work by Perle Fine

This two-hour program is available for reservations on Wednesdays-Fridays December – February from noon-2pm or 4-6pm at #themintmuseum Uptown. $40 per person; maximum group size is 12. Book your group today by contacting Julie Olson Anna at 704/337-2043 or e-mail to (Julie.OlsonAnna@mintmuseum.org).

Traditional Arts Program for Students Celebrated at NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC

December 6, 2016

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The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is celebrating the work of the ten budding potters who participated in the fall 2016 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). TAPS is an afterschool pottery class hosted by the NC Pottery Center in partnership with Seagrove Elementary School and sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Each fall and spring, ten fifth grade students from nearby Seagrove Elementary School are invited to participate in the program, and learn pottery local history and skills.

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North Carolina Folk Heritage Award winner Sid Luck teaches students how to make face jugs, a traditional form in Southern pottery.

The TAPS program aims to connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists. Students receive instruction in an art form that has deep cultural roots in their community, taught by experts utilizing traditional techniques. Students learn numerous clay processes, including wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing of pottery forms drawn from traditional use and practice.  Seagrove potter Sid Luck, winner of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, leads the class. Luck is assisted by Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Susan Greene, NCPC Artists-in-Residence Owen Laurion and Kirsten Olson, and NCPC educational program manager, Emily Lassiter.

“The North Carolina Pottery Center’s TAPS program is so fortunate to have fifth-generation potter Sid Luck teaching Seagrove pottery traditions to the community’s young people,” says Sally Peterson, Folklife Director at the NC Arts Council.  “A career public school teacher himself, Sid combines high level teaching skills with time-honored pottery knowledge to present an enriching program that connects students to the very heart of their community.  Rising fifth-generation potter Chad Brown and others contribute an energy and creativity to the program that would be difficult to match anywhere outside of a university program.  I love visiting the TAPS program, because the students are so enthusiastic and really perform way beyond expectation,” says Peterson.

The fall 2016 TAPS session will end Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.  To celebrate our students’ hard work, a reception and exhibition of TAPS students’ pottery is planned for that day, from 2:45 until 4pm. The general public is invited to attend.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational 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. 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. The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., from 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Metrolina Association for the Blind in Charlotte, NC, Offer Program that Lets People who are Blind or Visually Impaired Touch Works of Art

December 6, 2016

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In this innovative, hands-on program, participants with low to no vision are able to explore and experience works of modern art by touch. Courtesy of doctors who are deeply attuned to the workings of human senses, Horizon Eye Care is supporting the Low to No Vision Program, a partnership between the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Metrolina Association for the Blind (MAB) in Charlotte, NC.

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Photo courtesy of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Wearing thin professional gloves used by conservators and curators, participants are allowed to explore and experience (depending on the current exhibition) sculptures; mid-century furniture; reproductions of paintings and prints; ceramics and more in the Bechtler collection. The program also features a series of art classes in which participants learn about techniques used by artists in the Bechtler collection and then create their own tactile works of art. Tour times and dates in 2016 are 10:30am- noon on Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 29, April 19, May 31 and June 21, 2017.

After completing a two year pilot with MAB, the Low to No Vision Program is now accessible to all in the Charlotte community. Those interested can register online through the Bechtler website at (www.bechtler.org) or call the museum at 704/353-9200.

Participants, often visibly moved by the tactile tours, are unanimous in their enjoyment of the program that began in 2014. One hundred percent said they were more interested in art after the program, they discovered something new about the art-making process and they would want to take part in another Bechtler program.

Christopher Lawing, vice president and director of programming at the Bechtler, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Horizon Eye Care to allow us to continue to make art accessible to individuals with vision loss.” Bechtler staff, teaching artists and docents were trained to work with this population by MAB Senior Vice President Laura Park-Leach.

Kathy Murray, Horizon’s chief operating officer, said the program has been well received by everyone involved. “There is powerful impact in all we are able to see, at whatever level. Our doctors’ understanding of this is part of what makes us the region’s vision care leader and why we are so privileged to support this program. Our doctors are committed to patients’ quality of life in any vision context. It isn’t just their job. It’s a part of their values.”

Horizon Eye Care, a locally owned and operated ophthalmology practice providing quality eye care services to Charlotte area residents, was formed in 1997. Horizon offers a full range of ophthalmology services including surgical and medical eye care with corneal, retinal, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, glaucoma, and pediatric exams as well as routine eye care. These are supported by preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services, including optical and contact lens departments, LASIK and aesthetic services. More information (www.horizoneye.com) or call 704/365-0555.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures of modernism.  Their mission is to share the joy and excellence of the Bechtler collection with all in order to inspire, inform and enhance cultural and intellectual life. The museum is located at Levine Center of the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202. Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am– 5pm; Sunday, noon–5pm; closed Tuesdays. For museum details visit (www.bechtler.org).

Metrolina Association for the Blind is a North Carolina based, private non-profit agency that has provided services to people who are blind or visually impaired since 1934. Metrolina Association for the Blind became a member agency of United Way in 1938, an affiliation it continues to enjoy today. In 1985, Metrolina Association for the Blind became the pioneering leader in providing Braille and large print statements and other documents for financial, utility and telecommunications corporations, and, in 2005, added auditory CD statements. MAB processes about 18,000 monthly statements, in addition to single service documents and Braille textbook printing.

Christmas In Cornelius, NC, Takes Place Dec. 4, 2016

November 11, 2016

Join us on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, from noon-6pm and shop from over 80 local artists & craftsmen for that perfect one-of-a-kind item for the loved ones on your holiday shopping list!

Christmas In Cornelius will also feature an incredible lineup of holiday performances, food trucks, kids activities and even a special appearance from The Big Guy!

So what are you waiting for?! Mark your calendars for Sunday, Dec. 4th and join us at Oak Street Mill in the heart of Old Town Cornelius for an exceptional afternoon of shopping, dining, holiday activities and good ole fashion Christmas fun!

Sponsorship opportunities available inquire by e-mail at (info@bellalove.com).

Vendors interested in participating should e-mail to (events@oldtowncornelius.com).

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Holds Monthly Meeting with Sharron Burns – Oct. 11, 2016

September 30, 2016

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The Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, will hold its monthly meeting at the McDowell Arts Center, with a demonstration by Sharron Burns, on Oct. 11, 2016. beginning at 6pm.

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Who says a squirrel has to be gray or shells have to be white?  Start with some water, add lots of color, move it around, spray more water and let dry. Then, add a few details and “VOILA” a colorful animal emerges and what fun! Watch as Burns shows you how to create wonderful and whimsical paintings that you will enjoy. This is one demo that you don’t want to miss. No matter what your medium you can create a fantastic piece of art.

Burns, a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a degree in Fine Arts, has exhibited with the Silver Brush Society, Charlotte Artists Society, Matthews Artists Guild, the Guild of Charlotte Artists, and Nancy Couick Studios and Gallery in Charlotte.  She is described as a contemporary still life painter whose works reflect her love of still life subjects plus crystal and glass and how it diffuses the light and shadows.

6:00 pm: View current show in the McDowell Arts Center Gallery
6:30 pm: Refreshments downstairs in the McDowell Arts Center
6:50 pm: “Another Tidbit” of info from one of our artist members
7:00 pm: Demonstration by Sharron Burns

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 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Matthews-Artists-Guild/296534819147).