Archive for the ‘Piedmont NC Visual Arts’ Category

Hickory, NC’s Oktoberfest Calls for Artists to Enter Oktoberfest Juried Arts and Crafts – Deadline August 1, 2018

March 31, 2018

Hickory, NC’s Oktoberfest 2018 is now accepting applications for Arts and Crafts vendors. Celebrating its 33rd year, this annual festival will be held October 12, 13, and 14, 2018 in Downtown Hickory NC. Estimated attendance is 100,000 for the three day event.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest is an outdoor festival held annually on the second weekend in October. It features four stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.

Oktoberfest’s Juried Arts and Crafts show is a juried event, with prizes given for the top three artisans. The Arts & Crafts area includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, handmade swings, candles, jewelry, photography and more. Booth spaces are 10 x 10 and limited to one craftsperson per booth. Registration will be accepted until August 1, 2018. Booth fees are $200.00 for all three days with electricity available for an additional $25.00. Applications and guidelines are available on line at (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com).

Other vendors include commercial businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Applications for Commercial and Non-Profit vendors are available online at (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com). Food vendors are welcomed into the festival by invitation only. No food vendor applications are provided online.

For more information on Oktoberfest 2018, applications and guidelines or sponsorship information please visit the website (www.hickoryoktoberfest.com) and click on vendor applications or e-mail to (info@downtownhickory.com).

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Annual Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival Takes Place in Hickory, NC – Mar. 24, 2018

March 9, 2018

Today, the Historical Association of Catawba County announced that the 21st annual Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival (CVP&AF) will take place Saturday, Mar. 24, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. This acclaimed event brings together 110 potters and vendors from across the southeast to exhibit and sell their unique artistry and craftsmanship, including historical pottery, textiles, folk art, baskets and furniture.

Saturday’s festival also includes pottery videos, live demonstrations and a special lecture and exhibit: “The Hilton Family Potters from Craft Art,” presented by Dr. Terry Zug. The Hilton family of potters worked in the Catawba Valley from the late 1800s into the early twenty-first century (nearly 300 years!). The exhibit, curated by Dr. Zug, demonstrates the family’s skills and products as they changed over time – from traditional jars & jugs to sculptural forms like dolls & log cabins. The lecture is at 11am and is included in the Saturday ticket price.

The CVP&AF will also host the Friday Night Preview Party on Mar. 23, 2018, from 7-10pm at the Hickory Metro Convention Center featuring a Southern supper, cash bar and live music. The Preview Party is the primary fundraiser for the festival and provides guests with the opportunity to purchase festival items early. And new this year, all Preview Party ticket buyers will be entered in a drawing for a $200 gift certificate to be used on Saturday at the festival. To be eligible, tickets must be purchased by the Mar. 16 deadline. The raffle winner will be announced during Friday’s event.

Tickets for the Friday Night Preview Party are $45 and include admission into Saturday’s festival. These can be purchased online or through direct mail. Tickets for Saturday’s festival are $6.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 3 to 12, and can be purchased at the door.

The CVPA&F began in 1998 with a mission to showcase the history of Catawba Valley alkaline glazed stoneware and the potters who continually produce this traditional utilitarian ware. Development and growth have allowed the festival to include potters from across the state and the South, as well as dealers offering historical pottery and antiques, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South. The Festival is a non-profit event benefiting the Historical Association of Catawba County in Newton, and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. More than $500,000 has been donated to the institutions over the past 18 years.

For more information about the CVP&AP, please visit (http://www.catawbavalleypotteryfestival.org).

Robeson Roadrunners in Lumberton, NC, Call for Participation in the 2018 Rumba on the Lumber Taking Place Mar. 3, 2018

January 17, 2018

One of the several events that the Robeson Roadrunners coordinate and promote at the Rumba on the Lumber is the Arts/Crafts/Business show on Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018, from 10am – 5pm. More than 75 arts, crafts, small business, home based business, and food vendors will fill the Downtown Plaza and West 3rd Street in Lumberton with their wares.

The Roadrunners are particularly interested in arts and crafts and home based businesses, e.g., Scentsy, It’s a Wrap, Paparazzi Jewelry, and others as well as small businesses and professional organizations. Many of the past vendors return year after year for the Saturday show.

Click on this link (https://drive.google.com/file/d/15Vvlqsa1asjheijlJfyoDEbDdCCRdXin/view?usp=sharing) to open the Vendor Application that can be used to reserve your space.

For questions or more information contact Hubert Bullard, Vendor Chair, a the Rumba on the Lumber, call 843/385-3180 or e-mail to (hbullard@sc.rr.com).

Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, Award Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell Regional Artist Project Grants

December 9, 2017

The Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, has announced Union County artists Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell have been awarded Regional Artist Project grants through the region’s RAPG program. Regional Artist Project Grants provide awards for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development. The RAPG is open to eligible artists in all disciplines and provides an all or nothing grant of up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.

Botz attended NYU where he met some of America’s greatest painters and photographers and felt encouraged to pursue his vision in photography. His photography talents have taken him to the Himalayas where he photographs some of his greatest work. His grant award will allow him to purchase a field view camera for distance photographing.

Bell, an Emmy-award winning staff television producer, will use her grant award to develop a crowdsourcing website to raise funds to support her documentary film based on Union County author Gene Stowe’s “Inherit the Land”. The book recounts the story of a white family in Union County who, in the early 1900s, bequeathed a fortune to the African-American branch of their family.

“The Union County Community Arts Council recognizes that Union County has a strong arts community that can benefit from these grant funds”, said Barbara Faulk, executive director. “As an arts council, our goal is to assist artists by providing services and opportunities that help them evolve as artists.”

The grant program is offered by the arts councils of Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln, Rutherford and York, SC, counties. Artists who have lived in these counties for one year are eligible to apply through the arts councils where they live. The North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment and the participating arts councils support the program.

Union County Community Arts Council is located at 120 N. Main Street in Monroe, NC 28112.

For further information call 704/283-2784 or visit (http://unionarts.org/).

Mint Hill Arts in Mint Hill, NC, Calls for Entries for “Ann and Bill Litaker Exhibit” – Deadline Dec. 2, 2017

November 13, 2017

Mint Hill Arts, in Mint Hill, NC, is proud to announce for December and January its biggest show of the year, the “Ann and Bill Litaker Exhibit”. This annual juried show is dedicated to longtime members Ann and Bill Litaker. Bill is with us in spirit and Ann graces our “art oasis” on an almost daily basis. The show is open to members and non-members alike and has four categories including Water Media, Photography, Painting and Other Visual Arts.

In addition to a Best in Show Award of $300, the following prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75, 3rd Place – $50, and two Honorable Mentions – $25 gift certificates.

Intake for the show will be held from 4-6pm on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, and 10am-noon on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in the Gallery located at 11205 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill, NC. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be on Friday, Dec. 8, awards will be presented beginning at 8pm. The show will hang until Jan. 24, 2018. The Gallery is open weekly from 10am to 4pm. Wednesday through Saturday.

For more information please visit our website at (www.minthillarts.org) or call the gallery at 980/226-5532.

The Mint Hill Arts Monthly Meeting Held at the Gallery in Mint Hill, NC, Offers Talk by Sandra Smith on Jewelry – Nov. 28, 2017

October 30, 2017

“What’s In Your Jewelry Box?” A journey exploring the value of costume jewelry will be the topic of the November Mint Hill Arts Monthly Meeting. Sandra Smith, award winning jewelsmith, will present information to help you determine if there are valuable pieces of costume jewelry hiding in your collection. On display will be costume jewelry that spans a 95-year period with items made in over ten countries.

The presentation will be held from 7:00 – 8:30pm on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the gallery at 11205 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill, NC. There will be a drawing for an item of Sandra’s handcrafted jewelry at the conclusion of the program.

For further info call 980/226-5532 or visit (www.minthillarts.org).

Seagrove Potters will Present the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Seagrove Potters at Luck’s Cannery in Seagrove, NC – Nov. 17 – 19, 2017

October 6, 2017

Historic Luck’s Cannery, located in Seagrove, NC, will be the site of the 10th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters, on Nov. 17-19, 2017.

Recently voted #1 Town for Craft Lovers, Seagrove is in central North Carolina, making it the perfect day trip destination.

This festival weekend begins with the Friday Night Gala, 6pm to 9pm. Guests will enjoy a catered reception, wine, craft beer, and live jazz music. Meet and greet with your favorite Seagrove potters and be the first to purchase new pottery creations. The evening leads up to the live auction when patrons have the opportunity to bid on a select collection of unique, collaborative pottery pieces. The $45 Gala ticket includes admission to the Saturday and Sunday event and can be purchased online at (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebration-of-seagrove-potters-gala-2017-tickets-37082075486?ref=ebtn) or at the door. Come Early! The first 100 Gala guests will receive a 10th Anniversary commemorative mug made by the Seagrove Potters.


Work by Frank Neef & Paul Ray


Work by Bonnie Burns & Alexa Modderno

Pottery sales continue Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, Nov. 19, from 10am to 4pm. $5.00 admission at the door. Enjoy pottery sales, food trucks, children’s activities and demonstrations. Saturday silent auction from 1-3pm and Sunday craft beer garden from noon-4pm.

Historic Luck’s Cannery is located at 798 NC Pottery Highway 705, Seagrove, NC 27341. The pottery shops of Seagrove will be open all weekend.

Visit our website for more details and a listing of participating pottery shops at (www.DiscoverSeagrove.com)
We hope you will join us!

 

Mint Hill Arts in Mint Hill, NC, Features Maria Elena Ferran at Monthly Meeting – Sept. 26, 2017

August 31, 2017

Mint Hill Arts is very fortunate and honored to host at its September monthly meeting Maria Elena Ferran, one of New York’s early 80’s artists. After studying painting, photography, and design at Sweet Briar College and New York’s School of Visual Arts, she entered the New York art scene. Her abstract paintings continually express themes of the human subconscious, nature, spirituality and world events.


Work by Maria Elena Ferran

The program is free and open to the public. Mark your calendars to attend this special event on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from 7 to 8:30pm, at Mint Hill Arts at 11205 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill, NC.

Ferran will give a short talk and guided discussion, followed by guided exercises, focusing on human themes, movement, color, and expression. We will then work in mixed media including acrylics, spray paint, paper, and found materials that come together to create a large, collaborative group mural that will be donated to Mint Hill Arts.

The impulse and desire to communicate with each other has been a driving force in society from the very beginning of human history. Inspired by the cave paintings at Lascaux, “Cave Walls: Express, Empower, Transform,” this collaborative program is designed, for artists of all skill levels, to open up the creative mind, remove blocks, and empower and build expressive confidence with art materials while connecting with other participants through intuitive visual messaging. Developing a creative visual dialogue with others will help build both confidence and empathy, and foster an atmosphere of cooperation and community connection.

For further info call Carol A. Clayton at 704/968-4345 or e-mail to (Bizbrokercc@gmail.com).

ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, NC, Makes A Splash with New Website

August 30, 2017

ClearWater Artist Studios, in Concord, NC, the artist haven and community hub housed in the City of Concord’s nearly century-old water works and utility operations facilities, is turning a page. A set of pages, in fact—it launches a brand-new website today. The new site is available at the same URL (www.clearwaterartists.com).

The new site features dozens of photos and a polished design to peak visitors’ curiosity and offer a more complete glimpse of what ClearWater is all about. The site features a gallery of the tenant artists, offering biographies, a sampling of each artist’s works, and contact information. Also prominent are the calendar of events, class listings, and online reservations for ClearWater’s various event spaces, along with plenty of other interactivity.

“This gives us a polished, interactive gateway to what is becoming a welcoming creative center for the community,” said Sarah Gay, Manager of ClearWater Artist Studios. She built the site over the past eight months, with some design help from resident CW artists Walter Stanford and Regina Burchett. A consultant helped define the overall design and navigation elements early in the process.

The new design of the site improves awareness of events produced by ClearWater Artist Studios, such as the annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off, a live painting challenge enjoyed for free by audiences every February. The ongoing Guest Artist Exhibit Series is also popular, which showcases talented local or regional artists who may not be widely known yet. Each artist in turn is asked to provide an Artist Talk for the public. To date, these have attracted audiences of 20-50 people on average.

ClearWater Artist Studios hopes to increase its offering of events and classes this year, and to start bringing in guest teachers for major workshops. One such intensive, 3-day workshop, taught by Charlotte painter Robin Wellner, is already scheduled for the first weekend in October. Wellner was a Featured Painter at the 2017 Portrait Paint-Off. The new website, with its homepage slideshow to feature such upcoming events, will let people know more effectively and more consistently what creative activities they have right at their fingertips, in Concord.

Feedback on the new (www.clearwaterartists.com) is welcomed. E-mail to (clearwatermgr@gmail.com) or connect on Facebook @ClearwaterArtistStudios.

Mooresville Arts in Mooresville, NC, Calls for Participation at Arts at the Mill – Nov. 10-12, 2017

July 30, 2017

Arts at the Mill is a three-day indoor juried national fine arts festival at the historic Mill in downtown Mooresville, NC, allowing nationally selected artists to display and sell original art. This festival is a collaborative effort between Concord Properties, Inc. and Mooresville Arts, both located in historic downtown Mooresville, NC.

The event takes place Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 (12-8pm); Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 (10am- 6pm); and Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 (10am-5pm). An opening reception will be from 6-8pm on the first day of the festival.

Event Location: 500 S. Main Street, Mooresville, NC 28115

Application Deadline: Ongoing through Monday, October 2, 2017 Application Fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Booth Fee: $200

For more information and to download the Festival prospectus, please visit (www.artsathemill.com) or e-mail to (info@artsatthemill.com).