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Arts Council of Henderson County, NC, Announces Awards for “15th annual Bring Us Your Best Art Exhibition”

September 30, 2018

The Arts Council of Henderson County has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XV”. Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. “Bring Us Your Best XV” was on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus through Friday, Sept. 17, 2018.

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chair, Pat McAfee, and presented by Joan Jackson, who represents the Wax Family Memorial Funds, a sponsor of the awards. The following artists received awards:

1st Place/2-dimensional – Hamed Mahmoodi, “Veil in Glass”
1st Place/3-dimensional – Bonnie Joy Bardos, “Gaia: Mother Earth”
1st Place/Photography – Phyllis Peterson, “A Drink of Blue”
1st Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “Accent”
2nd Place/2-dimensional – Barb Zimmerman, “Enchanted Woods”
2nd Place/3-dimensional – Janet Hickey, “Santos of the Repurposed Book”
2nd Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “So Little Time”
2nd Place/Fine Craft – David Adler, “Diamond Ball”
3rd Place/2-dimensional – Jill Hsieh, “Woman in a Scarf”
3rd Place/3-dimensional – Ed Foster, “Waiting”
3rd Place/Photography – Ken Weaver, “How to Run a Train”
3rd Place/Fine Craft – Karen-Eve Bayne, “Umbrella Magnolia”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received $100.

In addition to the above awards, Jan Partin, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Catherine Langsdorf for her painting titled “You are not Alone.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life. The award is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop awarded ten Honorable Mention awards. $25 gift cards for the Starving Artist Shop were awarded to the following artists: Suzanne Ball, Karen Eve Bayne, Lucy Clark (fine craft), Lucy Clark (photography), Maureen Chapman, Tina Duncan, Two Silversmiths – Jerry & Linda Hunter, Al Junek, Claire DeLong Taylor, and Cynthia Wilson.

Henderson County photographer, Walter Arnold, and John Patrick McAfee, author, sponsored the “Artist’s Choice” award, which was selected and announced during the opening reception. Artists who have artwork in the exhibit voted for their choice to win the Artist’s Choice award at opening reception. Connie Poulnot won the $300 cash prize for her oil painting titled “Memories.”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply & Custom Framing Shop, and will be announced after the last day of the exhibition, Sept. 17, 2018. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots for the People’s Choice Award.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or (acofhc@bellsouth.net). Visit our website at (www.acofhc.org).

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

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 Street, 3rd floor 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 & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

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Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Offers Lecture and Book Signing

September 30, 2018

The Western Caroina University Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee, NC, is pleased to announce a lecture and book signing on Oct. 4, 2018, with WCU Faculty Emerita and scholar of the American Studio Glass Movement, Joan Falconer Byrd. Her book and the associated lecture explores the life, work, and influence of Harvey Littleton. Byrd will be available to sign copies of her biography of Littleton, “Harvey K. Littleton: A Life in Glass”, after the talk. The lecture on Oct. 4, 2018, begins at 5pm in Bardo Arts Center Room 223 followed by the book signing at 6pm.

This event is a featured program of the current WCU Fine Art Museum glass exhibition, “Glass Catalyst: Littleton’s Legacy in Contemporary Sculpture”. Celebrating the efforts of Harvey Littleton, one of the greatest proponents of using glass as an expressive medium, the exhibition explores the work of contemporary artists concentrating in glass and how they are building off the foundations laid by Littleton during the early years of the Studio Glass Movement. A key work in the exhibition will be a new acquisition to the Museum’s collection: a glass sculpture by Harvey Littleton entitled “Terracotta Arc”. Donated by the Littleton Family in honor of WCU Professor Emeritus Joan Falconer Byrd, this sculpture serves as a focal point in the exhibition and a reminder of how Littleton’s impact reverberates through the generations.

For further info call Jill Jacobs, Marketing Manager, at the Bardo Arts Center at 828/227-2505 or e-mail to (jilljacobs@wcu.edu).

Tryon Painters & Sculptors in Tryon, NC, Call for Entries for Open Juried Show – Deadline Sept. 10, 2018

August 13, 2018

As part of our celebration of 50 years as a gallery in Tryon, NC, the Tryon Painters & Sculptors and cosponsor, Partnership for Horses, are holding an open juried show that will be displayed from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13, 2018. Artists age 18 and over may submit up to 2 pieces of 2D or 3D work. The works must be original, not previously shown at the TPS gallery, created in the past 2 years, appropriate to the theme, For the Love of Horses, and for sale.

Prizes include cash, gift certificates, and Viewers Choice Award, exceeding $1500. First prize will be $500, second prize is $350, and third prize is $250. Prizes will be announced at the show opening on Sept. 15 between 5 and 7pm.

This show will be juried by C. Allen Coleman, an artist, curator, and seasoned creative professional who has administered approximately two hundred exhibitions and has been involved in over four hundred exhibits, performances, and presentations. He has degrees in Art and Art Education from Brevard College and Appalachian State University with graduate and post-graduate work at New York Univeristy.

The work must be appropriately mounted for display with a maximum size of 40 inches. Member fee is $30 for first work, $20 for second. Nonmembers fee is $45 for first work, $25 for second. Attached are the complete guidelines and contract to read and sign and bring with you when you deliver your work.

Works must be delivered to the gallery Sunday, Sept. 9 between 1 and 4pm or Monday, Sept. 10 between 11am and 4pm. The judging will be held on Sept. 11. Works not selected for the show should be picked up Thursday, Sept. 13 between 11 and 4 p.m.

Guidelines for the Open Juried Show:

The theme of the show is For the Love of Horses. All 2-D and 3-D works must relate in some way to the theme (equestrian including such options as attire, farms, stables, barn life, pastoral scenes, country roads, horses, abstract interpretations, etc.) The curators have the right to deny a work that does not relate to the theme.

All works must be original, completed within the last two years, and not shown at the TPS Gallery previously

Paintings, drawings, and photography works must be no larger than 40 inches in any direction, including the frame. Water-based media and pastels must be under glass or Plexiglas.

No Not-for-Sale work will be accepted. Prices will not be changed after 4pm on the day paintings are received at the gallery.

Hanging works must be wired and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers.

Works may be photographed by TPS to use for promotion purposes.

All works should be labeled on the back with your name, telephone number, title, medium, and price

Opening night is Sept. 15 from 5 to 7pm. TPS will provide refreshments, but you may contribute either money or snacks or wine.

Pick up your artwork that was accepted for the show Saturday, Oct. 13 between 11am and 4pm or Sunday, Oct. 14 between 1 and 4pm. If you are not able to pick up at that time notify the curator by Oct. 1.

40% of the sale cost will go to TPS and 60% to the artist. Checks for artist sales will be mailed one week after the close of the show.

Membership fee is $40.

If you have questions contact Grace Lertora at 864/457-4055.

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Artists Exhibit Applications – Deadline Sept. 7, 2018

August 10, 2018

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites interested artists to submit applications for inclusion in monthly gallery exhibits or retail spaces.

The HCAC is accepting applications for monthly shows in the gallery. A separate application can be made to have your work shown in the Gift Shop for a 6 month span. Organizations may submit applications for monthly gallery exhibits as well. All materials are available at (www.HaywoodArts.org) under 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 September 7, 2018, by 5pm.

The jury will convene and make selections in late September for several exhibits in 2019 as well as retail artists. Applicants will be notified of their status in December 2018.

More information is available at (www.HaywoodArts.org/call-for-artists/).

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves all artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

For more information call 828/452-0593, e-mail to (info@haywoodarts.org) or visit (www.HaywoodArts.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Offers Nature/Art Day at Cataloochee Ranch – Deadline August 1, 2018

July 28, 2018

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, is proud to announce our 2018 Nature/Art Day at Cataloochee Ranch on Wednesday, Aug. 8 2018.

This summer we invite all artists and nature lovers to join us at Cataloochee Ranch for a day of bird watching, hiking, reading, painting and relaxing. If you are a painter, quilter, knitter, sculptor, writer, poet, reader, hiker, birder or even an all-around nature lover, you don’t want to miss a relaxing day trip and luncheon at beautiful Cataloochee Ranch.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and bringing their own art supplies, lawn chair, blanket, etc. Lunch is included with iced tea, lemonade or water.

Advance reservations and payment are due no later than August 1. The fee is $25 per person and $20 for HCAC Artist Members.

Cataloochee Ranch is located at 119 Ranch Dr, Maggie Valley, NC 28751

For more information and to make your reservation, please call the HCAC at 828/452-0593.

Penland School of Crafts Annual Benefit Auction Takes Place at Penland, NC – Aug. 10 & 11, 2018

July 28, 2018

The Penland School of Crafts 33rd Annual Benefit Auction will take place on Aug. 10 and 11 on the historic Penland, NC, campus, north of Asheville. The gala weekend event includes live and silent auctions, food, receptions at the Penland Gallery and the studios of Penland’s resident artists, and displays of work donated by Penland’s current and former instructors, resident artists, and core fellows. Absentee bidding is available. All proceeds benefit the programs of Penland School.

The featured artwork this year, by Tim Tate, is titled “8 Bats 4 Seasons”. It is a wall-mounted piece that contains an arrangement vibrantly-colored bats and seasonal foliage made of cast resin. Through the clever use of multiple mirrors, the objects are reflected back in receding layers that seem to stretch to infinity. The piece is inviting and mysterious in equal parts.

Also part of the auction are works by textile artist Natalie Chanin, ceramic sculptor Cristina Córdova, woodworker Wendy Maruyama, steel sculptors Hoss Haley and Mike Rossi, glass artists Benjamin Cobb and Alex Gabriel Bernstein, potters Gail Kendall and Ben Owen III, jewelers Stacey Lane and Tara Locklear, and printmaker Jun Lee. Along with these works are more than 200 pieces in books, clay, drawing, glass, jewelry, metals, photography, printmaking, textiles, wood, and mixed media.

During the weekend the school will honor the late Doug Sigler as the 2018 Penland School of Crafts Outstanding Artist Educator. Sigler, who died earlier this year of a heart attack, was a close neighbor of the school, a widely respected furniture maker and educator, and an instructor at Penland since the 1960s.

The auction begins on Friday, Aug. 10 with a preview of the auction work, a tribute to Doug Sigler, cocktails, music, a silent auction, dinner, and a live auction. Saturday’s festivities will start at 9am with coffee and pastries and an open house at the studios of Penland’s resident artists. This will be followed by a silent auction, luncheon, and a live auction. The weekend finishes up with a reception at the Penland Gallery. The auctioneer is Mark Oliver of Bonham’s auction house in London.

All events take place on the Penland School campus in Mitchell County, North Carolina, near Spruce Pine and 52 miles north of Asheville. Weekend tickets are $395, Friday tickets are $255, and Saturday tickets are $285. Absentee bidding is available for a $25 fee, which includes a color catalog. Reservations are required, and the event often sells out.

For more information or to make reservations, call 828/765-2359, ext. 1204, e-mail to (auction@penland.org), or follow the auction link at (www.penland.org), where you will find a complete schedule, registration information, a PDF of the auction catalog, and information about absentee bidding.

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in Western North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, printmaking and letterpress, photography, textiles, and wood. The school also sponsors artists’ residencies, an outreach program, and a gallery and visitors center. Penland is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution which receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Calls for Participation in Art Trek 2018

July 28, 2018

Calling all “Last minute Lucys”! You know who you are! If you’re planning on participating in Art Trek 2018 as an artist with open studio or as a sponsor, we need your paperwork and payment ASAP!

The popular annual tour of studios will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon-5pm. There will be a preview reception and silent auction Friday evening, Sept. 28 starting at 5pm, and a closing reception to thank the artists, Friday evening, Oct. 12 at 5pm. The silent auction will close at 6pm and results will be announced.

Visit Upstairs Artspace online to download artist and sponsor applications at this link (http://upstairsartspace.org/art_trek.php). Let us hear back from you soon!

In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, we’d like to welcome at least 40 artists to the tour, but we’re hoping for more! We like to see artists return year after year, but we’d also like to welcome new artists who have not participated before. Ann Gleason (e-mail at arttrek@upstairsartspace.org) is heading up the organization of this year’s trek. A big thank you to her!

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Invites You to Tea & Conversation July 24, 2018

July 18, 2018

Bonnie Bardos, Pat Ferullo, Carol Beth Icard and Linda Hudgins have been living and working as artists in Tryon, Saluda and Landrum for many years.

These popular artists talk about the creative journey, sharing experiences designed to inspire. Guests may also enjoy their current exhibit, “Four Women/Four Journeys”.

Each exhibits in galleries and museums in the Southeast, New England and Southwest; and are in many private collections, including those of local residents.

Please join them Tuesday, July 24, at 4:30pm, at Upstairs Artspace, to hear their stories and insights about the artist’s life!

Tea, wine spritzers & petite finger food to be served. Reservations are appreciated, but not required.

Upstairs Artspace is supported by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation and Mary F. Kessler Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council.

For further info call 828/859-2828 or e-mail to (frontdesk@upstairsartspace.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Donations for Its Annual “ArtShare” Fundraising Exhibition

June 9, 2018

This year marks the sixth year of the Haywood County Arts Council’s (HCAC) “ArtShare” exhibit in Waynesville, NC. “ArtShare” is a showing of fine works of art which have been donated to or consigned with the HCAC. The HCAC welcomes pieces from collectors that may be downsizing, changing décor, or who wish to consign estate items to benefit the arts in this community. “ArtShare” was born out of a desire to allow collectors to be able to pass on art for someone else to enjoy.

The Haywood County Arts Council will accept donations or consigned items in the gallery beginning July 11, though inventory sheets may be turned in prior. Inventory sheets are due no later than July 20, 2018. Even if collectors have participated in the past, we encourage them to participate again. Artists may participate by sharing their own work, but only if donating. If you have questions, please call the Haywood County Arts Council at 828/452-0593. “ArtShare” runs from August 3-25, 2018.

More information about donating, including show contracts and inventory lists, can be found at (www.HaywoodArts.org).

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves all artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to build partnerships that promote art and artists, explore new cultural opportunities, and preserve mountain artistic heritage. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

For more information call 828/452-0593, e-mail to (info@haywoodarts.org) or visit (www.HaywoodArts.org).

Southern Highland Craft Guild Celebrates Summer of Glass at the Guild’s Biltmore Village Gallery in Asheville, NC – June 16, 2018

June 9, 2018

The gallery of Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village in Asheville, NC, will showcase two generations of glassblowers on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 2:30 to 5pm. Celebrating Asheville’s summer focus on glass with the ongoing Chihuly installation at the Biltmore Estate, the Guild is offering an afternoon for the public to meet glass makers to learn more about the craft of glass and their stories. Wine, cheese and other lighter fare will be provided, as well as live entertainment.


Work by Loretta Forde

Members David Wilson and his wife Loretta Forde will be at the gallery sharing their technique and passion for this craft. Wilson has been blowing glass for over 35 years, and has been heavily involved with Penland School of Crafts both as a student and an instructor. Forde, has also been a student of Penland, and spent many years apprenticing with local glass blowers to refine her technique. The two own and operate Toe River Studio Glass in Burnsville, NC, making a range of functional to one-of-a-kind objects. From vases to paperweights, to large bowls and plasma sculptures, the gallery will showcase a selection of their work.


Work by Hayden Wilson

In addition, their son and well-known glass artist, Hayden Wilson of the NC Glass Center, will also be showcasing his work and talent. Hayden was raised in the glassblowing scene of Western North Carolina and has worked professionally in glass for the past six years. He also has ties with Penland, as well as Chihuly’s school in Washington State, Pilchuck Glass. His aesthetic carries clean lines inspired by modern and utilitarian design. Many of his vessels and sculptures, as well as lighting, have been commissioned by local restaurants in the Asheville area.

This event is the first in a series of glass-focused happenings at the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s gallery in Biltmore Village. The event is free and located at 26 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Parking is available in the rear of the building, or down the street in the garage. The gallery features nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highlands.

More information is available at (https://www.southernhighlandguild.org/event/generations-in-glass/).