Archive for the ‘Piedmont NC Visual Arts’ Category

Giant Mexican Mermaid Mural Coming to South End in Charlotte, NC

June 27, 2018

Local Artist Sharon Dowell is currently painting a 10′ x 90′ long mural on the brick exterior of The Design Center of the Carolinas, located at 1999 Hawkins Street in Charlotte, NC. Commissioned by Asana Developers, who own and are revitalizing the building, Dowell’s mural will feature a mermaid of Mexican heritage with tattoos that represent historical and current businesses in the South End district. The model for the mermaid is Karla Sosa, an artist who resided in Charlotte for several years and now is back in her hometown of Merida, Mexico. Attached are in progress photos.

Dowell is a painter with a focus on works on canvas, murals and public art. She received a Masters in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in 2017 and earned a BFA from UNC Charlotte in 2002. Post UNCC graduation, she lived in NYC and her work was greatly influenced by the city. She returned to Charlotte and has served in various roles with local galleries, most notably as as an Adjunct Professor and Rowe Galleries Coordinator at UNC Charlotte and as Director for Center of the Earth Gallery.

Dowell will begin a large scale public art project in Boulder, CO, in 2019. Her recent commissions include three CATS Transit projects for Charlotte; the I-277 and 11th St. underpass murals, signal house art, and art for the 25th Street light rail station, as well as murals for UNC Charlotte, the cities of Rock Hill and Concord, and bus shelter art for Durham. Her residencies include The McColl Center for Visual Art, Can Serrat in Barcelona, Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland, NES in Iceland, United Buddy Bear Studios in Berlin, and the Julia and David White Colony in Costa Rica. Sharon received multiple Arts and Science Council Regional Artist Project Grants and was voted Best Artist by “Charlotte Magazine”. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Federal Reserve Bank, SPX, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Fidelity Investments, and Duke Energy, among others.

Heavily involved in the arts community in Charlotte, she has served on the McColl Center for Visual Art Exhibition Committee, teaches community art workshops and donates her time for various charities and social or political causes.

Dowell offers the following artist’s statement, “Intertwining themes course through my paintings and installations; the energy of place, renewal, regeneration, and redemption, part of human nature and thus, part of the fabric of the identity of our place and culture. I am interested in the underpinnings, the stimulating happenings and the stories of the inhabitants that bring places into fruition. Largely illustrative and vibrant acrylic works on canvas, I experiment with various layers, texture and transparency, breaking down the imagery into fractured architecture, organic imagery and at times, interwoven portraiture.”

“I believe that creative place making communicates distinctiveness and generates connections across communities,” adds Dowell. “Thus, my other focus, murals and public art, has the ability to remove the intimidation factor of art that so many people in our society experience. Art in public spaces becomes embedded in one’s sub-conscious, a part of daily life that one embraces without contemplation. It is important for my work to serve as a vehicle to give back and shape communities for the better.”

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Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, Offers Photo Contest

June 27, 2018

“Snap It! Summer Photo Contest” with a grand prize of $500

The contest theme is WATER!

Contest begins July 1 at 10am
with entries accepted through July 16 at 10am
Voting begins July 17 at 10am
and concludes July 31 at 10am

Photography compositions must contain WATER as the focal point. Submissions will be accepted on the UCCAC Facebook page under the Snap It! Summer Photo Contest tab.
(The tab will not be “live” until contest opens July 1.)

The contest is open to Union County residents ages 18+.
For information and contest guidelines, visit our website here (http://unionarts.org/community-programs/snap-it-photo-contest-rules/).

For further info call 704/283-2784 or visit (www.unionarts.org)

Lakeside Artists Studio Tour in the Lake Norman area of NC, Calls for Participation – Deadline is August 25, 2018

May 30, 2018

The annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour has become a very popular cultural event in the Lake Norman area of NC (near Charlotte). The 2009 inaugural event drew over 500 attendees over a day and a half period. Each year since people have told us they look forward to this event and we have had excellent attendance due to publicity, word of mouth and the high quality of work by participating artists and craftspeople. We expect even more visitors this year because we are again extending the event to three days; Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our tag line is “one of a kind art directly from the artists”, ensuring visitors unique works of art they won’t find everywhere else. We also offer visitors an open tour of our studios providing an insider’s view of the artists working environment. There will be several studios and houses open where multiple artists can show their work. Mediums include wood, fiber, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, etc.

For the convenience of our visitors, each location will have several artists. You may be a guest at an existing studio, or host your own studio location on the Brawley peninsula. While this is mainly a studio tour, there may also be an opportunity for some participating artists to occupy vacant upscale homes for sale in The Point area. Every effort will be made to combine artists with varying mediums at each location. An example of a typical configuration would be: A painter, a wood artist, and a jewelry artist. No single location will have more than one artist of a certain medium/style. Because of our need to have a good mix at each location, it may be necessary to limit the number of artists accepted in each medium. This does not necessarily reflect the quality of your work.

Each year we enjoy publicity in nearly every local publication, and this year we plan to do the same. Large banners will be posted in prominent locations in the weeks preceding the show, and on the dates of the show we will have signs directing visitors to each studio location. High quality brochures or postcards will be distributed in the area and will also be furnished to the artists for their own distribution. We also have a professional website that you can reference on your e-mail communications, website, and other social networking methods. It will have a page for each studio location as well as for each artist and representations of your work. It also serves as a link back to your personal website. Although the website is temporarily vacant until we get new 2018 data/information from our artists, you can access the website here (http://www.LKNStudios.com).

Even if you were a participant in last year’s event, the jury process is still required. Please read the full prospectus with the new rules and if you are in agreement, fill out the attached application, sign and send your checks totaling $200.00 as described below. Send new images of your work so we can publish on the post card as space allows and on the website (previous years images will not be used).

FEES: A non-refundable fee $25.00 is due with the application for the jury process. You should also submit a separate check for $175 (with a self addressed stamped envelope) to contribute to expenses for advertising, website, and other related items. If your work is not accepted for this show, your $175 check will be returned uncashed. Please make checks payable to: Lakeside Artists Studio Tour and mail to: Lakeside Artists, 269 Kemp Road, Mooresville, NC  28117.

If you are entering in more than one category (such as painting and sculpture, or ceramics and jewelry), a separate $25 entry fee will apply to each. Total fees are $200.00 for one category, $225 for two, etc..

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, Calls for Participation in 2018 Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

April 28, 2018

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, is excited to coordinate the Artists’ Village of the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival on October 6, 2018 in Historic Downtown Fuquay’s Arts District.

This highly successful, FREE, family-friendly festival was attended by over 10,000 visitors in 2017, and is a combination of live entertainment, children & youth activities, classic cars, fabulous food, and an Artists’ Village show and sale.

The Artists’ Village is open to all artisans/crafts-persons who create and exhibit work of their own original concept, design and execution for sale. (For resale items, distributors are instead encouraged to apply for a Merchant Vendor booth at (http://www.celebratefv.com/sponsors-vendors/). Registrants are subject to FVAC’s review of their website/social media link displaying examples of their work to ensure they are the original artist or maker. Our goal is to provide the best possible mix of artists’ offerings within the Artists’ Village, both for the pleasure of festival-goers, and also to provide an optimal setting for artists’ sales potential. In order to achieve an ideal balance of mediums and styles of work, FVAC reserves the right to wait-list registrants.

Artist’s vendor booths are $75 for FV Arts Council Members, and $100 for non-members for a 10’x10′ space located in the street fair in Fuquay-Varina. Additional, adjacent spaces are available for $100.

North Carolina law requires that all artisans and vendors collect and remit sales tax on the items they sell, display the NC Certificate of Registration issued by the state with their state tax ID in their booths, and provide their state tax ID number to the event organizer. To apply for a Certificate of Registration, please go to (https://www.ncdor.gov/) and search NC-BR. Once you begin the application, you may select to only apply for Sales and Use Tax purposes.

For further information visit (www.FVartscouncil.org), e-mail to (fvartscouncil@gmail.com) or call 919/399-3183.

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).

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).