Archive for the ‘WNC Visual Arts’ Category

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Offer Grants to Regional Artists – Deadline Sept. 30, 2019

September 11, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, is now accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artists Project Grants (RAPG) through September 30, 2019. The RAPG workshop for interested artists will be held on Monday, Sept. 16 at 5:30pm at the Jackson County Library, 310 Keener Street in Sylva, NC.

The grants will fund artists in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Macon counties at any phase of their professional development. Grants may cover equipment purchases, professional development training, marketing, and more. Projects must occur between December 1, 2019 – June 5, 2020. The deadline for applications is September 30. Grantees will be notified by Oct. 31. Final Reports will be due Friday, June 5, 2020. For application information, visit (www.haywoodarts.org/regional-artist-project-grant). In the west, grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000 and follow a competitive application and review process.

The Haywood County Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Regional Artists Project program is managed through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council and local arts organizations throughout western North Carolina working as a consortium. Consortium partners include the Cherokee County Arts Council, Clay County Historical & Arts Council, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Haywood County Arts Council, and Jackson County Arts Council. Since 1985, the North Carolina Arts Council has provided funds for the Regional Artists Project program to support professional artists. The regional consortium of western North Carolina arts partners matches the NC Arts Council to create a pool of funds for the artists.

For more information, contact Leigh Forrester, RAPG program administrator at 828/452-0593 or e-mail to (director@haywoodarts.org).

Call for Artists to Participate in the 2019 Artoberfest Juried Exhibit in Hickory, NC

September 11, 2019

Here is the call for artists flyer for Artoberfest. We have adjusted the show to be juried for this year (no categories like the typical Artoberfest show).

This year’s Juror is Kristina Anthony, Exhibitions Manager at the Hickory Museum of Art.

Here is a link to the show prospectus, (https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/6ff9335c-dca3-4181-bf78-be29b2a2b0b6/downloads/2019%20Artoberfest%20Prospectus%20.pdf?ver=1563105576431).

HotWorks.org Calls for Participation in Outdoor Asheville, NC, Art Show – Oct. 26 & 27, 2019

August 15, 2019

HotWorks.org 4th Asheville Fine Art Show™
October 26 & 27, 2019
Outdoors at Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville, NC

The Perfect Community Event to be Part Of Asheville Fine Art Show

NOTEWORTHY:
*Limited to 175 Artists – all art is original and personally handmade by the artist in the show

*Limited onsite marketing and/or community enrichment opportunities

*Reach a cultured, art buying patron with money to spend on fine art and fine craft

*Convenient parking for artists and patrons

*Comprehensive Marketing and PR campaign

*Professional Artist Awards $1,500

*Youth Art Competition Awards $250

The Asheville Fine Art Show presented by HotWorks.org focuses on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment, and fostering art education among youth. The Asheville Fine Art Show is juried by art professionals with criteria for judging based on originality, technique/execution and booth appearance. Our emphasis is on quality, not quantity.

Show Producer & Director Patty Narozny has 30+ years of media & event experience. Since 2003, she has gained a national outstanding reputation for quality juried fine art and fine craft shows. Narozny networks with local media to bring high-end patrons to the show.

Call for Youth Artists! Institute for the Arts & Association, the associated 501c3 non-profit features a Youth Art Competition. Young Artists in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 are encouraged to enter his/her art that is publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend. There is $250 in youth art awards as students begin to learn the rules and are exposed to the entrepreneurship opportunity of doing art shows for a living.

Limited On-Site Marketing &/or Community Enrichment Opportunities

Each package is tailored to meet your corporate marketing or community enrichment goals.

Come join us and see for yourself why Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show is the Best!

Contact Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show
President, Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc.
e-mail at (patty@hotworks.org)
941/755-3088
248/762-2462 Cell
(www.hotworks.org)
(www.facebook.com/hotworksartshows)

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Artist Applications to Exhibit Works – Deadline Sept. 6, 2019

August 13, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites interested artists to submit applications for inclusion in monthly gallery exhibits or retail spaces. Organizations may submit applications for monthly gallery exhibits as well. All materials are available at (www.HaywoodArts.org) under Artists: Call for Work, or paper copies may be picked up in the gallery at 86 N. Main Street, Waynesville, during business hours.

Applications are due Sept. 6, 2019, by 5pm. The jury will convene and make selections in October for several exhibits in 2020 as well as retail artists. Applicants will be notified of their status in late October.

“We felt that the jury process has helped enhance HCAC Gallery & Gifts and made the process for artists fairer,” said Leigh Forrester, Executive Director of the Haywood County Arts Council.

For an application materials or more information, visit (www.HaywoodArts.org). E-mail to (GalleryGifts@HaywoodArts.org) with complete applications or questions.

Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) is expanding beyond Waynesville, NC’s City Limits to Include the Artists and Creative Workers in Haywood County, NC

August 9, 2019

As of July 1, 2019, the Waynesville Gallery Association became the Galleries of Haywood County (GHC) under the umbrella of HCAC. Leigh Forrester, the Director of HCAC, is very excited about this cooperative initiative for “it is county-wide and not restricted to Waynesville’s city limits and all the galleries in Haywood County are invited to be a part of this new and exciting endeavor. The participation of as many county–wide galleries as possible will serve to give greater voice to our talented artists and enrich our county.”

Colleen and Jim Davis, of the Jeweler’s Workbench, see that the Galleries of Haywood County will “pool resources because HCAC’s non-profit status will enable grant funding for the GHC.” According to Colleen, “our reputation and our market are national but our talent is local.”

Richard Baker of the Balsam Ridge Gallery sees great opportunity for cooperation in the GHC. “Artists are not always associated,” he reveals, “but we are all looking for community.” Baker is keenly aware of the need for “fellowship in creative work.” Like his wonderful landscapes, Richard sees the wonders of our county and knows how much artists contribute to the economy of the county.

The Galleries of Haywood County now include Balsam Ridge Gallery, Cedar Hill Studio, Haywood County Arts Council Gallery, Moose Crossing Burl Wood Gallery, The Jeweler’s Workbench, TPennington Art Gallery, and Twigs and Leaves Gallery. Membership is open to every gallery in the county and benefits include marketing promotions and web site visibility.

The arts are thriving in or area and making major contributions to our economy. The umbrella of the Haywood County Arts Council will help artists further their work and grow their business. What is very clear is that the Galleries of Haywood County offers mutual support, increased commerce, and expanded opportunities for all involved.

For further information call the Arts Council at 828/452-0593 or visit (www.Haywoodarts.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, will Host the Pearson Sisters to Share the Secrets of Quilt Block Painting – Aug. 12 & 13, 2019

August 9, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) is proud to help build on and continue the tradition of hand painted quilt blocks that you see on many self-driving tours of western North Carolina.

Haywood County is dotted with quilt blocks. You can spot them decorating the sides of barns, welcoming at restaurants, and even advertising dentists’ offices. They are a visual emblem of Appalachia and a true art form of the people of the mountains.

Before the days of cable news, the quilting bee was how the community shared news. The quilters not only created magnificent textile art but were the source of vital information. Marriages were negotiated around the quilting frame. Quilting bees were also a form of peace talks. Families could settle disagreements by “going to the quilt” before heading to the courthouse. Feuds could be ended when the women would clear the air. No sensible man would dare defy a woman armed with a needle. It has even been suggested that the quilters were early suffragists, for the cooperative effort of making the complicated patterns allowed women to bond in highly personal and effective ways.

One of the most dramatic uses of the quilt was as a map for slaves escaping through the Underground Railroad. The quilts they carried were festooned with symbols which led the way to freedom. The Drunkard’s Path pattern warned of slave catchers and dogs in the area, so you had to backtrack. Flying Geese, headed north was a sign to “follow the birds.” A shoofly pattern told you there were helpers in the area. The Crossroads pattern signaled you were in Cleveland, Ohio, and free. The Crossroads on a quilt was also a challenge to make a life decision as to where to go next.

Many of the current quilt blocks on display in Haywood, Yancey and Mitchell Counties were hand crafted in Burnsville, NC, by Carole and June Pearson and their volunteers. As of July 1, 2019, the Haywood County Arts Council is the new headquarters for the Quilt Trails of Western NC and the associated art studio now located at the Folkmoot building in Waynesville.

Carole & June Pearson will be traveling from Burnsville, NC, to Waynesville to train interested volunteers in the techniques of Quilt Block painting over the next few months. The Pearson sisters will be sharing the secrets of quilt block painting on Aug. 12 & 13, 2019.

To discover more of this fascinating aspect of our culture, please join the team of quilt block volunteer painters, and e-mail the Haywood County Arts Council at (director@haywoodarts.org) or call 828/452-0593.

If you are interested in ordering a handcrafted Quilt Block for your home, barn, or business, please visit our website at (www.QuiltTrailsWNC.org) or come by the HCAC Gallery at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville.

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Extends Deadline to Sign up for ArtTrek 2019 to Aug. 15, 2019

August 7, 2019

The Upstairs Artspace, a contemporary art gallery in Tryon, NC, is extending the registration deadline for artists to participate in its annual ArtTrek Foothills Open Studios event to Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The previous deadline was July 31.

“This has been such a hectic summer, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for artists who might want to participate in this year’s studio tour,” Board President John Walters said. “The new deadline to sign-up is Thursday, Aug. 15.”

ArtTrek is an annual open-studios touring event that allows the general public to get an inside look at how and where artists make their creative works. The participating artists have samples of their work in the gallery, and the visiting patrons are encouraged to also visit the artists’ studios throughout the community.

The gallery exhibition will be held Oct. 4-18, and tours will be held for two days, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, Oct. 6, noon to 5pm. The opening reception and silent auction of participating artists’ works will be Friday, Oct. 4, 5-7:30pm.

There is no cost for patrons to enjoy the exhibit or take the tour. They are encouraged to start their tour at the gallery in downtown Tryon on Saturday, Oct. 5, with coffee and refreshments 9-11am or on Sunday, Oct. 6, 10am to noon. Patrons will be given a map to the artists’ studios, as well as other helpful and insightful information about the artists.

The closing reception and last day of the exhibition will be Friday, Oct. 18, 5-7:30pm, at which time artwork in the silent auction will be awarded to the highest bidders.

“Last year, we had 31 participating artists from Tryon, Columbus, Saluda, Mill Spring, and Landrum,” Walters said. “Everyone had such a great time, seeing the artwork at the gallery and then driving from studio to studio to meet the artists and actually see where the work is done. This is something that art lovers in the region look forward to each year. They make a day of it, visiting this gallery; the artists’ studios; and taking in the fall scenery, eating at our restaurants, and visiting our towns. It is showcase event for Upstairs Artspace, as well as the Foothills community.”

Foothills artists who have studios within easy driving distance of Tryon and who want to participate can get complete details and register at the gallery Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Or, visit online at (www.upstairsartspace.org).

Founded in 1978, Upstairs Artspace is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery in downtown Tryon at 49 S. Trade St. It exhibits two- and three-dimensional art and craft by leading artists of the Southeast, particularly in the Carolinas, as well as artists nationally and globally. It is supported by public and private donations, sales of art, grants, and fund-raising events. Upstairs Artspace is supported in part by the Polk County Community Foundation, the Mary F. Kessler Fund, and public and private donations.

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Announced the Winners of the “33rd Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”

July 29, 2019

On behalf of this year’s talented juror, Bill Brown, it is our pleasure to announce the winners of the “33rd Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”. As our honored juror, Brown spent considerable time with each accepted sculpture in this year’s competition examining craft, message, and visual impact.

Brown lead a comprehensive tour of the campus Sculpture Walk on Saturday morning, July 27th. There were nearly 200 guests who attended the reception. Many thanks to those of you who were able to join us for the awards ceremony.

Please join the Turchin Center and Appalachian Summer Festival staff in congratulating this year’s winning sculptors:

Rosen First Place Award: Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC), “A Memorial”, 2014-2018

Rosen Second Place Award: Glenn Zweygardt (Alfred Station, NY), “Adam Meets Eve”, 2018

Rosen Third Place Award: Derek Chalfant (Elmira, NY), “Back Home Again”, 2016

Please join the staff at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts and everyone involved with An Appalachian Summer Festival in congratulating this year’s winners.

These works will be on view throughout the Appalachian State campus through May 31, 2020.

For further information call the Center at 828/262-3017 or visit (www.turchincenter.org).

Caldwell Arts Council, in Lenoir, NC, are Calling for Sculptors to Participate in the 34th Annual Sculpture Celebration – Sept. 7, 2019

July 28, 2019

Caldwell Arts Council announces the 34th annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC, on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 9am-4pm, at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Drive, Lenoir, North Carolina.


Work by Beau Lyday, 2018 Best of Show winner

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, along with potential sales and commissions.

This year’s Juror will be Patrick Dougherty (www.stickwork.net).

This annual event attracts sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir, North Carolina. Last year, over 4,000 people attended the family-friendly celebration.

Early registration discounts are available. For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council, by calling 828/754-2486, e-mail to (office@caldwellarts.com), or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Art MoB in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winner of “Burst of Summer” Show

July 21, 2019

Art MoB in Hendersonville, NC, announces the winner of this years “Burst of Summer” miniature show, which was held during the month of June. Visitors were invited to pick their favorite of over 30 entries. It was Charlotte Brass’s entry, titled “Ducky” which received the most votes. “It’s always a pleasant surprise to see who the winner is,” said owner Michele Sparks. “We enjoyed meeting so many people who appreciate local art”.

Besides the People’s Choice award, artists competed for the “Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention”, which were given to Diane Southen and John Anderson.

Visit us on August 10 from 11am – 3pm for our Front Porch Series. Sweet tea and delicious treats will be offered during this laid-back artist talk.

Art MoB Studios and Gallery represents over 90 regional artists including 5 working studio artists.

Open 7 days a week, Art MoB is located at 124 4th Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC.

For further info call 828/693-4545 or visit (www.artmobstudios.com).