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Southern Highlands Craft Guild Holds Summer Crafts Fair in Asheville, NC – July 21 – 23, 2017

July 12, 2017

Entering its seventh decade this July, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands offers the public the opportunity to cultivate craft in their daily life. Presented by Asheville Color and Imaging and “Asheville Citizen-Times”, this fine craft event will return to the U.S. Cellular Center. Doors open at the downtown Asheville venue on Friday, July 21 at 10am and will last until Sunday, July 23 at 5pm. Transitioning to a three-day show, the Fair is bringing new, dynamic elements that celebrate the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s creative community.


Arena floor view

Design vignettes will demonstrate how one can utilize craft in both form and function for the home, and are made possible by local interior designers, architects and builders. Combining the talents of Guild makers with spacial creatives allows for building a stronger trade community. Collaborating sponsors include Alchemy Design Studio, ID.ology Interiors & Design, Rusticks, Platt Architecture, P.A., Samsel Architects, and Living Stone Design + Build. At 11:30am on Friday, visitors have the opportunity to hear more about the design process from the collaborators themselves.

Additionally, there will be more craft demonstrations with interactive activities for visitors. Through Asheville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau the Buncombe County Festival and Cultural Event Support Fund this summer edition has more than ten makers showing their skills and techniques. Local Cloth will be offering hands-on fiber experiences in silk painting and shibori dyeing, as well as spinning and weaving. Several other educational demonstrators include Brandy Clements of Silver River Chair Caning Center, mixed media artist John Richards, WNC Fiber/Handweavers Guild, Asheville Quilt Guild, and dyer Dede Styles.

The Fair will feature nearly 150 makers with both contemporary and traditional work in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. The members will fill both floors of the U.S. Cellular Center on its upstairs concourse and downstairs arena level. All exhibitors have undergone a two-step jury process as a part of the Guild’s legacy to uphold a set of standards established by their creative peers.

Each day provides various experiences in addition to shopping. At 1pm Local Cloth will also be putting on a mini fashion show, “15 Minutes of Fashion,” in which models will be adorned with exhibitor’s handmade garments and jewelry. Mountain musicians, from old time to bluegrass, perform live on the arena stage daily. Since the first fair, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience.

The U.S. Cellular Center was a shift in landscape for this event as it first took place under canvas tents in 1948 on the grassy lawns of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Downtown Asheville provides a robust experience for visitors, as the time honored gathering is representative of the creativity that flows in Western North Carolina. As a venue to provide a regional marketplace for mountain craftspeople, the Guild Fairs have since evolved into a popular celebration of craft in the country.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is made possible from the additional following sponsors: “The Laurel of Asheville”, “Our State Magazine”, “Smoky Mountain Living”, WLOS News 13 and “WNC Magazine”.

Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild, chartered in 1930, is today one of the strongest craft organizations in the country. The Guild currently represents nearly 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 southeastern states. During the Depression the Guild cultivated commerce for craftspeople in the Appalachian region. This legacy continues today as the Guild plays a large role in the Southern Highlands craft economy through the operation of four craft shops and two annual craft expositions. Educational programming is another fundamental element of the organization, fulfilled through integrated educational craft demonstrations at retail outlets and expos, free educational community events, and an extensive public library located at its headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hours: Friday thru Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Admission: General ($8.00), Weekend Pass($12.00), Children Under 12 (Free)

Exhibitor Lists at (www.craftguild.org/craftfairsh).

Full Circle Arts in Hickory, NC, Calls for Entries for Exhibit “Assemblages” – Deadline July 22, 2017

July 12, 2017

Full Circle Arts of Hickory, in Hickory, NC, is looking for artists in the greater Hickory area to enter work for a new themed exhibition entitled “Assemblages”. For this competition we are asking artists to submit works which are made up of different things put together in a cohesive artwork hence the name “assemblages”. The show will run from July 27 until August 26, 2017. We believe that this theme will add a more varied creativity and explore different mediums in the artists work. Visitors to the show will be able to experience diverse and whimsical creations as the artists portray their ideas in their work in a variety of techniques and materials.

The show will be judged and juried for acceptance. The judge for this show is yet to be determined. We will be giving cash awards of $100, $75 and $50 for First, Second and Third place winners. Honorable Mentions will be awarded with ribbons. Artists are allowed to enter up to 3 works of art for a fee of $35 for non-members, $25 for patron and associate members and $10 for Exhibiting members. No work may be larger than 48″ in any direction. All 2-D work must be framed or wrapped and properly wired for hanging. 3-D artwork must be on a base or pedestal. Artwork should be hand delivered to our gallery, 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, in Hickory, NC, Thurs. and Friday July 20 and 21, 11am-5pm and Sat., July 22, 10am – 2pm. Any pieces which do not make it into the show may be picked up at the reception or that weekend, July 27, 28 and 29 during gallery hours.

We will have an opening reception for the show on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6-8pm, where refreshments will be provided and awards presented.

Full Circle Arts will retain a 35% commission on any work sold for non-members, 30% for Associate Members and 20% for Exhibiting Members.

FCA is an artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available by calling 828/322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or e-mail to (info@fullcirclearts.org). Please visit our website at (www.fullcirclearts.org).

Appalachian Pastel Society Presents Bev Kies at Monthly Meeting in Mills River, NC – July 8, 2017

June 29, 2017

The Appalachian Pastel Society will present a demonstration by Bev Kies at their monthly meeting held at the Grace Community Church, located at 495 Cardinal Road, in Mills River, NC, 28759, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 10am to noon. The meetings are open to the public.

Kies will present painting animals with pastels with vibrance! Her work features brilliant colors, dimensional modeling and near Pop-Art vitality. She will demonstrate and speak to us about how she creates.

Beverly Kies is a regionally recognized pastel artist residing in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Her interest in art began at the age of five, when her mother sent her to the Atlanta School of Art. This early passion eventually led to a degree in art education from The Ohio State University.

Although she has worked in other mediums, pastels are what she loves. “The immediacy of pastels and the layering of colors works well for me.” Some people associate pastels with muted colors, but in Beverly’s paintings the colors explode off the paper. Her paintings are represented in a medley of work, with her most recent emphasis on the animal world, primarily horses, dogs, cats, bears, and cows. Although her studio is in her home, she is currently represented by Firefly Craft Gallery in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

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

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Call for Artists for 14th annual “Bring Us Your Best Art Exhibition” – Deadline Aug. 1, 2017

June 29, 2017

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville NC, is making a call for artists to enter ‘Bring Us Your Best XIV”, an all media visual art exhibition, which will open with an awards reception on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, from 5-7pm. Regional visual artists from across the spectrum, from part-time hobbyists to full-time professionals, are called to enter their work in “Bring Us Your Best”, now in its fourteenth year. The popular exhibition will be cohosted by Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building. Entries will be received on Monday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 10am to 4pm. No late entries will be allowed. There are no geographic restrictions for entrants.

A juried and judged competition, “Bring Us Your Best XIV” offers more than $3,000 in cash prizes and gift certificates. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded in each of four categories: two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Artist’s Choice Award of $300 will be announced during the opening reception; this award is being presented by two sponsoring artists, Walter Arnold and John Patrick McAfee, and will be selected by the artists who have work in the show.

The winner of the One Planet, One World award sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville will be announced at the opening reception. The $250 cash prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings; and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

All gallery visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show, and the “People’s Choice” award winner will be announced at the end of the show. Sponsored by The Starving Artist Art Supply and Framing Shop, the winning artist will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist.

“Bring Us Your Best XIV” will be on display weekdays from 10am to 4pm from Monday, Aug. 7 – 18. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public, and accessible to all. All artwork is for sale during the reception and during the course of the exhibition.

Artists can find the prospectus with information for entering the show by contacting the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or call 828/693-8504. The prospectus and more information are also available at (www.acofhc.org).

“Bring Us Your Best XIV” is sponsored in part by the Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or 828/693-8504.

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 North Main St., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance is on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

HotWorks.org’s Asheville Fine Art Show in Asheville, NC, Announces Youth Art Competition Award Winners

June 23, 2017

Hot Works’ inaugural Asheville Fine Art Show held May 20 & 21 at US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC, was a positive experience for the many families who call Asheville home, along with our patrons, sponsors, and last but not least, the artists. Inclement weather on Sunday notwithstanding, the show featured 100 professional, juried artists whose work was original and personally handmade by the artist who was present at the show.

As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, a youth art competition for grades K-8 (or ages 5-13) is integrated into the art fair. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education (IA&E), the non-profit arm of Hot Works which focuses on visual arts, ethnic diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among young students, the Youth Art Competition is a tradition in all five of Hot Works shows. To date, more than 1,325 students have participated in this program nationwide.

The competition gives budding, young artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition. It exposes young artists to the opportunity of creating his or her art for a living – doing something he/she loves to do, and most importantly, how to do it. The art show provided these students with an unmatched learning experience, and exposed families to artwork that they would not have otherwise seen. Young artists were encouraged to speak with the artists in the show – all professionals — and to ask them questions about participating in art shows as a career.

This year’s youth art contest included 12 student entries from eight schools; all of the youth art entries were displayed in the art fair. Alonzo Hubbard, a professional mixed media artist in the show, was the Youth Art judge. Criteria for judging the youth art was based on technique/execution and originality, which is similar to the criteria for the judging of the professional artist awards. There was $250 in cash awards provided to four young winners, along with a beautiful, colorful, two-foot-long ribbon – which is the same-size ribbon provided to the professional artist award winners.

Most of the young artists and their families attended the event on Sunday afternoon, when the winners were announced at 3pm. At the beginning of the award presentation, it was explained, “If you do not win, do not give up. Even the best artists do not get accepted into all the art shows that they want to do, nor do they win a prize at every show they participate in. If you enjoy creating art, continue doing it. Art is subjective, and if one judge does not like your work, another one might. Also, please congratulate those who do win.” As part of the presentation of awards, an explanation was provided as to why Mr. Hubbard selected each of the winning pieces –another educational experience to the students.

Lila Jones, age 6 of Isaac Dickson Elementary School, won the coveted $100 Best of Youth Art with her clay art. Below please find the Youth Art award winners:

Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show
May 20 & 21, 2017
$250 Youth Art Competition Awards

One $100 Best of Youth Art:
Lila Jones, Clay, Age 6, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Asheville

Three $50 Youth Art Awards of Excellence:
Lily Ortiz, Jewelry, Age 7, Claxton Elementary, Asheville
Mary Margaret Bowles, Drawing, Age 5, Pre-Kindergarten
Anya Uscocovich, Painting, Age 8, E. E. Waddell Language Academy, Charlotte

Join us….

2nd annual
HotWorks.org Asheville Fine Art Show
May 2018
Asheville, NC
Youth Art Competition
Grades K-8 or Ages 5-13

For further info visit (http://hotworks.org/).

The First HotWorks.org Asheville Fine Art Show, Which Took Place May 20 & 21, 2017, Announces Professional Artist Award Winners

June 23, 2017

Hot Works’ inaugural Asheville Fine Art Show held May 20 & 21, 2017, at the US Cellular Center brought 100 artists to showcase and sell their art in all forms of disciplines including: painting, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, digital, jewelry, photography and more. This fine art and fine craft show was juried by art professionals with 120+ years combined art education and/or art show experience and brought many artists to Asheville for their very first time. All artwork was original and personally handmade by the artists who participated in the show. There was something for everyone, in all price ranges.

The Asheville Fine Art Show is sponsored by Hot Works, a professionally produced fine art fair with an outstanding national reputation for producing top-notch art shows. Hot Works has four other established quality juried fine art and fine craft shows in Estero and Boca Raton, Florida and West Bloomfield, Michigan – all voted top 100 art shows in the nation. Institute for the Arts & Education is the associated 501(c)3 non-profit organization 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, the Youth Art Competition for students in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 was integrated into the art fair. This year included 12 entries from 8 schools. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, there were four prizes with $250 in Youth Art awards. This program exposes students to the entrepreneurship of doing something they love for a living, which is creating their art. It also brings families to the art show who may not have otherwise attended, and exposes them to great art.

In order to recognize exceptionally talented artists in the show, there were seventeen Professional Artist Awards. Mark Forman, a retired art educator and artist with 60+ years of art education and/or art fair experience was the selected “Artist Judge”. Forman traveled from Boca Raton to judge this art show. On Saturday, he judged the artists, with criteria centered on technique/execution, originality, and booth appearance.

Following the selection of awards, a “Prize Patrol” team distributed the awards. Included were:
· Mark Forman, Artist Judge
· Cecil Bothwell, Council Member, City of Asheville
· Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Asheville Fine Art Show

Each of the 17 winning artists, who travelled to Asheville from eleven different states, were met and greeted by the “Prize Patrol” team and provided with a beautiful two-foot long ribbon that they displayed in his/her booth for the remainder of the art fair. It was a very positive experience for the artists to meet Councilman Bothwell, who took the time to attend the art show and be there to distribute prizes and to congratulate the winning artists in the show. On behalf of Hot Works and the artists in the show, we are very grateful to have had Councilman Bothwell present at the show, and look forward to returning to Asheville for many more years to come.

2017 Asheville Fine Art Show Professional Artist award winners were:

Two $500 Best of Show Awards:
Brian Moroney, Sculpture, Westminster, SC
Carrie Pearce, Painting, Peoria, IL

Five $100 Awards of Excellence:
Lynn Harrisberger, Jewelry, Virginia Beach, VA
Lisa Le Mair, Jewelry, Southern Shores, NC
John Sterling, Wood, Millmont, PA
Mia Tyson, Fiber, Tega Cay, SC
Mark Whitley, Sculpture, Smiths Grove, KY

Ten Awards of Distinction (non-monetary):
Kent Epler, Sculpture, New Albany, IN
Nancy Green, Clay, Watkinsville, GA
Beverly Hayden, Mixed Media, Chattanooga, TN
Gary Keener & Mark Schultz, Wood, New Carlisle, OH
Julie Merrill, Jewelry, Asheville, NC
Kipley Meyer, Mixed Media, Madison, GA
James Pearce, Wood, Peoria, IL
Lynn Saad, Fiber, Holland, OH
David Talley, Wood, Tenants Harbor, ME
Verna Witt, Clay, Waxhaw, NC

For further info visit (http://hotworks.org/).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Announces Winners of “41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition”

June 22, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce the winners of the “41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition”. Forty-five artists are represented in this exhibit, and artwork will remain on display through July 29, 2017.

Juror, Sondra Dorn is a studio artist living in Asheville, NC. She received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1996. Following graduate school, Dorn went on to a one year Artist-in-Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and then a three-year Artist-in-Residency at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. She was also a CORE fellowship student at Penland between the years 1992 through 1994. Dorn shows her work in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Visit her website at (http://sondradorn.com).

Best of Show; $350

“Man In His Fuzzy Onesie Suit” by Carole Childers

“This painting appealed to me right away. I really loved the deep colors, the compressed space and the way that the different patterns were densely packed together. This could have been claustrophobic but the peacefulness of the relaxed man offset the surroundings beautifully,” said Sondra Dorn.

2nd Place; $200

“Thank You” by Marti Kardol

“I really enjoyed the use of materials in this collage and how they blended together. The artist created an interesting suggestion of a narrative while letting me wonder what the whole story was. I also enjoyed the contrast between the realism and the hand drawn. The use of empty space was particularly effective and added to the composition,” said Sondra Dorn.

3rd Place; $150

“East Side Blues” by Mary Dobbin

“In this collage, I was impressed by the way the artist transcended the materials,” said Sondra Dorn. “Although many elements could have been identified, the way it was assembled brought the separate components together, creating a compelling and believable space.”

People’s Choice; $150

“A Dog’s Life” by Roberta Kogut

Judges Merit Awards, not in any particular order; each received $100:

“Blooms in Grey” by Kat Thomas

“This painting jumped right out at me. I loved the pattern and the contrast of the bold bright ‘blooms’ floating in unformed neutral space,” said Dorn.

“Still Life With Tomato” by Ed Dyer

“Simply a lovely painting. Quiet and rich, it felt as if I could just be with this vignette for a long time just enjoying the environment the artist created,” said Dorn.

“Pressure” by Brenda Lyday

“This piece caught my attention. It is an interesting mix of the real and unreal. An actual object combined with a semi-realistic and disembodied head was compelling. It made me want to look away and look closer at the same time,” said Dorn.

Honorable Mentions:

“Help Yourself” by Karen M. Yost

“This quiet little print was a pleasure to look at. I loved the way the easy drawing style and gesture is echoed in the relaxed and somewhat ambiguous narrative,” said Dorn.

“Game Pieces” by Anna Cate Franklin

“This painting has a great use of space and color. I liked the way the colors seemed nearly monochromatic even though they are not. I also enjoyed the dynamic push pull between a very flat surface and a deeper sense of space,” said Dorn.

“The Wise One” by Brenda Lyday

“The use of materials in this piece was very clever and effective. The contrast between the actual wood and the sculpted and drawn elements is interesting, and I enjoy the way the piece rides the line between painting and object,” said Dorn.

“Circinate Veneration” by Melissa Jaroszewski

“I really like the somewhat strange realism of this painting. The pattern of the background with the superimposed flowers occupying the same plane intrigued me,” said Dorn.

The Caldwell Arts Council’s mission is to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County, to encourage participation in art events, and to offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences.

For more information, call 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Sculptors to Participate in the “32nd Annual Sculpture Celebration”

May 28, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, calls for participation in the “32nd Annual Sculpture Celebration” held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.


Work by Betty Branch

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, potential sales and commissions. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir North Carolina. Early registration discounts are available.


Work by Stefan Bonitz

Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

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

Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC, Offers Fiber Weekend – May 13-14, 2017

May 11, 2017

On Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 2017, the fiber community of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will gather in sharing their knowledge and skills. An open and free event to the public, Fiber Weekend is held annually at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. From 10-4pm on Saturday, more than two dozen members will be demonstrating their craft processes, with and invitation for visitors to get hands-on with all sorts of fiber. Sunday will hold the 18th annual Fashion Show of Wearable Art from 1-4pm. Southern Highland Craft Guild is proud to announce Echoview Fibermill, JB Media Group and SPC Manufacturing as sponsors of Fiber Weekend.

Generally, fiber wares and products undergo a minimum of five processes for its completion, including carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving and sewing. Due to these multiple stages, often small, specialized groups form in mastering a single process. Groups such as the Embroiderer’s Guild, Tarheels Ruggers, and The Mountain Lacers all will be showcasing these niche skills on Saturday.


Spinners from the Blue Ridge region gather at their wheels as they process fibers into yarn. Photo by Diana Gates.

“These organizations provide space for collaboration, innovation, as well as education,” says Guild Education Coordinator Deb Schillo. “Throughout history there have been groups forming around fiber, and it is certainly a testament to how important craft is in building community.”

Schillo is also the librarian and archivist at the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She and regionally acclaimed weaver Barbara Miller just finished their second publication about fiber. Frances Goodrich’s “Coverlet and Counterpane Drafts” will be available to the public for purchase at the event for $45. Miller’s knowledge about fiber is extensive, and has been able to highlight how certain processes have transformed.

“When we first began to read the different dye recipes that were being used several decades ago, we had to make sure that folks did not repeat them,” says Miller. “With some asking to add lye, following with directive to taste the water for sweetness…well, we had to say, ‘don’t try this at home’!

The dye process of yarns and fabrics is often one of the more laborious parts of transforming fiber. Master dyer Dede Styles will be using many natural flora found in the Western North Carolina region.

Beginning with the source, Anthony Cole will be up on the hill shearing sheep throughout the day. Julie Wilson will also be working with different animals, such as alpacas and rabbits, in studying various fiber structures. She also will be carding and spinning. Other members will be showcasing tapestry weaving, crochet, knitting, macrame, doll making, sewing, quilting, felting, tatting, rug hooking, embroidery, lace making and more.

To see these processes in finished pieces, be sure to attend the two fashion shows on Sunday hosted by weaver Liz Spear of Waynesville. Almost two decades in production, Spear has consistently elevated the works of members with ample commentary on design and technique. There will be work from 40 Guild members, showing a total of almost 100 different outfits.

Textile arts are known for building a sense of community, and to celebrate this, the Guild invites visitors to Fiber Weekend to bring their own handwork, whether it be crochet, embroidery or spinning. Weather permitting we would like to fill the hill behind the Folk Art Center auditorium with people engaged in fiber arts. Bring a blanket and enjoy a spring afternoon of craft.

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.

JB Media Group is a digital marketing agency providing strategy, SEO, social media, content writing, advertising, and PR services. We help social enterprises, mission-driven companies, and nonprofits build a better world.

Echoview is an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub that’s  a catalyst for connecting community with commerce. We deliver products and services that fuel the American spirit of hard work and self-expression.

SPC Manufacturing Company is a contract, sewing/manufacturing company located in Eastern Tennessee that provides full service for custom products – specializing in bags, cases and containers – from design and development through prototyping, production, silk screening and packaging.

Fiber Weekend 2017, Demonstrating Makers:
Sandy Adair, tapestry weaving
Rita de Maintenon, heritage lace + crochet
Jim Gentry, macrame
Lin Oglesby, knitting + crochet
Amy Putansu, dyeing + weaving
Embroiderer’s Guild, embroidery
Charlie Patricolo, doll making
Lorraine Cathey, felting
Barbara Miller, weaving
Mary Nichols, spinning
Dede Styles, natural dyes
Connie Brown, quilting
Martine House, embroidery
Laura Gaskin, quilting + embroidery
Elizabeth Garlington, quilting
Carlson Tuttle, tatting
Tarheel Ruggers, rug hooking
The Mountain Lacers, lace making
Anthony Cole, sheep shearing

For further information contact Hannah Barry, Public Relations + Communications, Southern Highland Craft Guild, by e-mail at (hannah@craftguild.org) call 828/298-7928 x 309 or visit (www.craftguild.org).

Caldwell Arts Council is Calling for Artists in Caldwell County, NC, to Participate in Visual Artists Competition and Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour – Deadline May 27, 2017

May 10, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce the 41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition scheduled for June 2 – July 29, 2017. Sondra Dorn, a visual artist from Asheville NC, will judge the competition and cash prizes will be awarded.

This competition is open to 2-D (paintings, collage, etc.) and 3-D (pottery, small sculpture, etc.) visual artists 18 years of age or older who reside, work, attend school or take art classes in Caldwell County. Photography is excluded from this competition.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 entitles each artist to display two works of art, to be delivered on either May 26th (9am-5pm) or May 27th (10am-2pm). Cash awards have been increased to include: Best in Show $350, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $150, People’s Choice $150, and up to three merit awards of $100 each.

Artists from Caldwell County and contiguous counties are also invited to open their home studios or set up in a local business in Caldwell County on Saturday, June 24th, 9am-4pm for the Art Around Ca;dwell Studio Tour. Artists participating in both events will receive recognition in the Caldwell Visual Artists Competition exhibit, and a discount on the entry fee for this studio tour.

All details on both events are available by calling the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visiting the website at (www.caldwellarts.com).

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Avenue, Lenoir, and open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.