Archive for the ‘WNC Visual Arts’ Category

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Call for Artists to Participate in Art Spark Art Auction 2017 – Deadline July 10, 2017

March 18, 2017

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, has placed a call for artists to create colorful works of art for their annual Art Spark Art Auction which will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. “This year marks the fourth year of the TC Arts Council’s art auction/fundraiser and of local artist’s supporting the arts. We look for works of art in all mediums including: sculptures, paintings, photography, mosaics, fiber, jewelry, glass, pottery, woodworking, metal . . . you pick the medium, then create and donate to this fabulous cause,” says Mary Waldroff, Board member of TC Arts Council and the Art Spark Chairperson.

Art Spark 2017 will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 6 to 9pm at the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District. Proceeds from this event support all art programs of the TC Arts Council.  All artists who donate a piece for the art auction will have their work on display at the TC Arts Gallery from July 24 thru August 11. Then the work will be moved to the auction site for the Aug. 13 event. Artists have the option to get a percentage of the sale back or a free ticket to the catered event.

The deadline to enter artwork is July 10.

The TC Arts Council is a 501 c-3 non-profit organization that promotes all arts in the community and serves as the film liaison for the area. The TC Arts Council also organizes the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walks, presents 12 art exhibits a year with more than 400+ artists featured, and provides Arts In Schools programming at the nine public schools.  The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.

For an artist entry form call 828/884-2787, e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net) or visit (www.tcarts.org). Sponsors for this event include: Comporium, Platt Architecture PA, Brian N. Stretcher – Attorney and Counselor at Law, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Jewish Community, and the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Applications for Hues and Brews Artist & Craft Beer Celebration

March 18, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is now accepting applications from artists and crafters to participate in the Hues and Brews Artist & Craft Beer Celebration, Saturday, May 20, 2017.  This will be a street festival that will run from 11am to 6pm, and will be located along Main Street in Historic Downtown Lenoir, NC.

Artist booths are $30 for 10×10, $60 for 10×20, and all artist and craft work will be juried for acceptance.

All booth sites are accessible, prime locations with access to electricity at additional cost. There will be food vendors, artists and brewery booths mingled together along Main Street. Live music and children’s activities will also be on site for the whole family to enjoy.

Applications are available at (HuesAndBrews.org) and by calling the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486.  This is a fundraising event to benefit the Caldwell Arts Council

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Entries for “White Squirrel Photo Contest 2017” – Deadline May 15, 2017

March 7, 2017

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, and the Heart of Brevard present the “13th Annual White Squirrel Photography Contest”, as part of the White Squirrel Festival Weekend (May 27 – 29).

Photos may be delivered to TC Arts in Brevard from Apr. 5 – May 15, 2017.

1) No more than 2 photos per person can be submitted.
2) Photo(s) must be taken by the entrant.
3) Photo(s) must be mounted or framed for display purposes (no larger than 8”x10’ print; frame no larger than 11”x14”).
4) Photo(s) must have on the back of the photo entrant’s name, contact information, and name/title of the photo.
5) Photos cannot be digitally enhanced to change the actual circumstances of the squirrel(s) when photo was taken.
6) $5 entry fee, per photo
Prizes include: 1st Place – $50, 2nd Place $25, 3rd Place $10 and Honorable Mention Ribbons.

Photos will be on display throughout downtown Brevard businesses during the White Squirrel Festival. Photos may be picked up at the TC Arts Council between June 1 – 16, 2017.

To get an application call the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net).

Number 7 Arts Gallery in Brevard, NC, Seeks Glass and Metal Artists

March 7, 2017

Number 7 Arts, a program of the Transylvania Community Arts Council, located in Brevard, NC, is seeking artists who work in the medium of blown glass and metal sculpture. The gallery, which has been in business for 18 years recently relocated to a larger space which currently showcases 38 cooperative artists.

All metal or glass artists wishing to apply may e-mail Nancy Rosenthal, Jury Chair, at (seldomscene@comporium.net), or stop by the Gallery, to receive an application.  Upon submission, the work will be reviewed by a jury committee and, if approved, will be asked to schedule an in-person interview along with 5 examples of recent work.  In addition, an artist resume’, biography and any other pertinent information will be accepted into the process for consideration.

Please stop by Number 7 Arts Gallery, located at 2 West Main Street, Brevard, NC, or contact the jury chair for further information.

Southern Highland Craft Guild Offers Arts Education at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC – Apr. 1, 2017

March 7, 2017

Makers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild are preparing for the launch of their 2017 special event programming at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, with the second annual Glass and Metal Day. On Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017, nearly fifteen Guild members will showcase their skills and techniques of glass and metal in the auditorium of the Center. From 10am to 4pm, these masters will be blacksmithing, glass blowing, piercing and soldering metals, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, copper etching, assembling stained glass, forging and many other manipulation processes. As a non-profit organization, the Guild provides experiential learning opportunities for the public to cultivate awareness of both handmade and craft.


Michael Hatch in his furnace in Weaverville working on a vase. Photo by Sarah Carballo.

Long-time member Blenko Glass Company will be participating this year with special appearance of Walter Blenko himself, current President of the company. The founder’s grandson will be located in the Folk Art Center’s lobby at the entrance of the auditorium to sign pieces made from Blenko. Patrons and customers are invited to bring their pieces from home to have him etch the glass from 10-4pm. Located in Milton, West Virginia, Blenko Glass Company has been in business since 1893.

Member Ruthie Cohen will be one of several jewelers working with precious metals as she bezels and forges them into fine adornments. Cohen is an advocate of craft education as teaches at her Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary in Arden.


Jewelry by Erica Stankwych Bailey. She uses various techniques to forge unique collections for all.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch and learn more about two of the original craft media. Glassblower Michael Hatch of Crucible Glassworks will be using a small kiln to exhibit the quick thought process of blown glass. While Laurie Young and Christian Arnold of Australian Art Glass will demonstrate fusing and torching glass into ornate, decorative pieces.

The Guild’s education series of events are a significant channel that members use to explain their creative process. Providing craft consumers with knowledge and the story behind their investment is an equally important part of the Guild’s mission to the buying public.

For a complete list of artists participating in Glass & Metal Day, and to learn more about Southern Highland Craft Guild programs at the Folk Art Center call 828/298-7928 or visit (www.craftguild.org).

Admission to Glass & Metal Day and the Folk Art Center is free. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville. Headquarters to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Center also houses three galleries, a library, a craft shop and a Blue Ridge Parkway information desk and bookstore.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to cultivate the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of the Highway 70 entrance in east Asheville, NC.

Glass & Metal Day 2017, demonstrating artists include:

Erica Bailey, jewelry
Amy Brandenburg, jewelry
Ruthie Cohen & David Alberts, jewelry
Rachelle Davis, jewelry
Michael Hatch, glass blowing
Cecile Keith, metalsmithing
Greg Magruder, stained glass
Jay Pfeil, copper etching
Lyle Wheeler, blacksmithing
Christian Arnold, blown glass
Laurie Young, blown glass
Cheryl Stippich, stained glass
Blenko Glass, glass signing

WNC Artist Virginia Pendergrass Has Work Selected For American Impressionist Society’s Exhibit in Costa Mesa, CA

February 28, 2017

A plein air oil of the Black Balsam trailhead, titled “Summer Clouds- Black Balsam,” by Trackside Studios painter Virginia Pendergrass was selected for American Impressionist Society (AIS) “Impressions: Small Works Showcase.” This juried exhibit of 200 small works by top-flight impressionist artists will be at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA,  March 11-25, 2017.

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“Summer Clouds- Black Balsam” by Virginia Pendergrass

The Black Balsam trailhead parking area just off the Blue Ridge is a favorite spot of Western North Carolina landscape painters. A Western North Carolina summer presents some painting challenges, however. One NC artist noted that summers here are green, green green- no surprise in our huge Pisgah National Forest. He joked that he knew NC artists who moved to California in order to escape mixing greens.

Pendergrass solved the problem of greens with her tricolor palette (red, blue and yellow + white). “Yellow and blue make a green mother pool. Adding more blue to some of the original mix results in a cool green. Adding more yellow produces a warm green. Adding a little red to these mixes warms and dulls them. Adding white lightens and cools all the mixes.”

Pendergrass is a signature member of AIS. Her paintings can be seen locally at Trackside Studios in the Asheville River Arts District, Silver Fox Gallery in Hendersonville, and Art Works in Brevard, NC. More of her art is available online at (www.virginiapendergrass.com).

To see online images of the entire “Impressions: Small Works Showcase,” go to the American Impressionist Society’s website at (https://aisi.wildapricot.org).

Appalachian Pastel Society Holds Monthly Meeting in Mills River, NC, – March 11, 2017

February 27, 2017

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Appalachian Pastel Society will presents Pamela Winkler at their monthly meeting at Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC, Mar. 11, 2017, from 10am-noon. Winkler’s presentation will include a Power Point Presentation “Painting Shiny Things” covering preparation and editing of photographs to enhance reflections prior to the painting process. In addition she will present a demo showing process and techniques for painting shiny things.

Meeting location and address:
Grace Community Church
495 Cardinal Road
Mills River NC 28759

For further information contact Cathyann Burgess by calling 828/595-9518, e-mail to (cathyannburgess@gmail.com) or visit (www.Appalachianpastelsociety.org).

Hot Works™ Calls for Participation in Its Asheville Fine Art Show™in Asheville, NC, – Deadline April 25, 2017

February 27, 2017

Join us for Hot Works™Asheville Fine Art Show™at US Cellular Center (formerly Civic Center), May 20 & 21, 2017. Up to 150 juried fine art and fine crafts from around the nation will be selling their original and personally handmade art in all forms of discipline. Paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, jewelry, photography, fiber and more will be for sale to the public. There is something for everyone, in all price ranges.

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Hot Works was established in 2003 and since has gained a national standing reputation for producing four of the top 100 art shows in the nation including downtown Boca Raton, FL; Estero, FL (between Naples and Fort Myers) and its flagship show, the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show® in West Bloomfield, Michigan. This is the same quality of art that we will be bringing to Asheville.

Institute for the Arts & Education is the 501(c3) non-profit arm which focuses on visual arts, diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, a Youth Art Competition for grades K-8 or ages 5-13 encourages students to enter his/her original and personally handmade art to be publicly displayed at the art show the entire weekend.

Students from Asheville and the surrounding communities are allotted an opportunity to step out into the professional art world, as all entries will be on display at one of the top-rated and most respected art shows in the nation. There is $250 in youth art awards which criteria will be judged on originality and technique/execution of work. Each winner will also receive a beautiful, two-foot long ribbon – which is the same size gorgeous ribbon that the professional winning artists receive.

Patty Narozny, Producer and Executive Director of Hot Works™ and President of Institute for the Arts & Education™, understands the importance of motivating and inspiring the upcoming generation of artists from all socio-economic backgrounds communities where Hot Works shows take place. Pioneering this movement, Narozny and her team at IA&E continue to give back to the art world by kindling the creative sparks of our young artists and exposing them to the entrepreneurship of creating art for a living.

Applications for Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show Youth Competition can be found at (http://hotworks.org/artist-applications/). The cost is $3 per entry, with a maximum of two entries per student. Applications must be postmarked by April 25, 2017; please mail to PO Box 1425, Sarasota, FL, 34230.

On Friday, May 19, the student art is to be delivered to the show site. At that time, two complimentary entry tickets will be provided complimentary to the parents of participating artists. Children age 13 & under are free. The award ceremony will be held Sunday, May 21 at 3pm. In addition to promoting youth art development, this program brings families to the art show who may not have otherwise attended. If you would like to partner with the Institute for the Arts & Education, please contact Patricia Narozny at 941/755-3088.

For more info visit (www.hotworks.org).

58th Annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival in Hendersonville, NC, Call for Artists – Deadline May 1, 2017

February 27, 2017

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Artist applications are available for the 58th annual Art on Main fine art and fine craft festival in downtown Hendersonville, NC. Festival dates will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2017, from 10am to 5pm each day. This juried and judged show is produced by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

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View from the 2016 show

The Art on Main committee is announcing that this year’s show will be set up on Main Street rather than on the sidewalks (as it has been in the past). The committee has been working with the city to move the show into the street for several years. This will allow for a show with a more connected layout, storage space behind booths, and a much safer environment for everyone.

Artists may download an application from the Arts Council’s website at (www.acofhc.org). An application can also be requested by e-mailing the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net), or by calling 828/693-8504. Artists must send four images of their work plus a photo of their booth along with their applications.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

$3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the Artist Awards Reception on Saturday, Sept. 30.  Hospitality for participating artists includes breakfasts, booth sitters, and a complimentary accommodations program, which provides housing for travelling artists in the homes of members of the Arts Council community.

The Arts Council has an aggressive marketing campaign planned to draw audiences from Henderson County, the adjoining counties, the broader North Carolina region – and surrounding states. Residents and tourists alike enthusiastically look forward to this popular annual festival.

Morris Broadband is a major sponsor for this event. For further information about Art on Main, please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County 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 N. 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 and Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Waynesville Public Art Commission in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Art Proposals

January 27, 2017

The Waynesville Public Art Commission in Waynesville, NC, is sending out a Call for Artists for a new piece dedicated to the Plott Hound. The Plott Hound originated in Hazelwood (an area of incorporated Waynesville) and is the state dog of North Carolina.  All information related to the specifics of the project, the location for the finished product and an overview of the Plott Hound characteristics are included in the attached PDF.  Should you have any questions, please contact Amie Owens, Assistant Town Manager by e-mail at (aowens@waynesvillenc.gov).

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