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).

See Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participants for 12/02/17 Winter Block Party

June 29, 2017

“See Lancaster Live”, a subsidiary of Lancaster Performing Arts is seeking participants for the fifth annual Winter Block Party. Entertainers, artisans and craftsmen, and food vendors are invited to apply for this family-oriented event that will be held from 10am until 4pm on December 2nd, 2017.

The outdoor Winter Block Party, located in the Cultural Arts District at 216 S. Catawba Street, Lancaster, invites musicians, dance troupes, theatre troupes, choral groups, and other Christmas-themed performers to entertain the holiday crowds that descend upon downtown for Christmas in the City. Artisans, craftsmen, and food vendors are encouraged to apply early as a limited number of outdoor spaces are available. Winter Block Party is one element of a downtown-wide holiday celebration that includes gingerbread contest, free trolley rides, Santa photos & letters, Santa’s workshop & carousel, artisans holiday market, Native American artisan sale, holiday open houses, L & C train museum, Lancaster history museum, historic Springs house, jewelry trunk show, artists exhibitions, stories with Mrs. Claus, costumed characters, and more.

Admission to the day-long activities is free and convenient parking is plentiful. Those interested in participating in the Winter Block Party should complete an application and return it to April Joplin, Peforming Arts Manager, P.O. Box 1149, Lancaster, SC 29721. Applications are available at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba Street or Springs House, 201 W. Gay Street or apply online at (https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=pas).

Information on all upcoming events can be found at (www.lancastercitysc.com).

Mint Hill Arts in Mint Hill, NC, Calls for Entries for Annual “People’s Choice Award” Art Show – Deadline July 29. 2017

June 29, 2017

Mint Hills Arts, located at 11205 Lawyers Rd., Ste. A, Mint Hill, NC, 28227 is calling for entries for its Annual “People’s Choice Award” Art Show, which will be on view from August 4-23, 2017.

The Mint Hill Arts (MHA) annual “People’s Choice Award” show will be held August, 2017 and is open to MHA members and non-members. Artists are encouraged to submit their work using any mediums and subject matter. MHA will be accepting submissions Friday, July 28, from 4-6pm and Saturday, July 29, from 10am–noon. Additional information and forms for entering the show are available on the Mint Hill Arts website; (www.minthillarts.org).

Awards will be given to the artwork with the most votes in five categories: Best in Show, Prettiest, Funniest, Most Creative, and Best Repurposed Art. Awards are determined by the number of votes a piece of art receives in each of the five categories. To kick-off voting in the “People’s Choice Award” show, MHA will host a reception, from 7-9pm, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. The reception is free (donations are greatly appreciated) and open to the public.

Ballots will continue to be accepted until Aug. 23, 2017. Please stop by to cast your vote and visit the gallery and gift store.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

Admission Fees:
MHA Members: $10 for up to 2 pieces.
Non-members: $30 for up to 2 pieces.

Sizes: 2-D work cannot exceed 60″ x 60″ vertically or horizontally and 3-D work cannot exceed a 36″ footprint x 7′ in height, and must be easily transportable, fit through the door, and be displayed appropriately.

Rules:

Each artist may enter up to two (2) individual pieces in any medium.

All work must be original. Reproductions of work done by other artists will be disqualified.

All 2D artwork must be properly framed and wired (see website for more information). If your 2-D work does not require a frame, hanging must be thought out so it is ready to be displayed. Please try to avoid using poor quality frames (we’ve had artwork fall and break due to this).

All artists must fill out our Gallery Registration Form and affix our Intake Labels. See the MHA website for more information and links to these forms. It will save you time at Intake to print them, fill them out and bring them in with your artwork, but they will be available at Intake for those who choose to fill them out in the gallery.

Mint Hill Arts accepts all artwork but reserves the right to turn down any artwork that it deems as inappropriate, unsafe for public display or too difficult to install.

Entering artists must be 18 years old or have written permission from a parent/guardian.

All artwork must remain in the show until its closing, unless it is sold in which case it can be taken from the gallery at the time of the sale. If you have an emergency and must remove your artwork, you must notify the Gallery Chair (tbarbato@carolina.rr.com) and make arrangements accordingly.

For all sales, MHA withholds a 20% commission.

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.

Red White and You!!!! A Pop Up Party in Cheraw, SC – June 29, 2017

June 24, 2017

An Art Pop Up Party at 192 McMillan Road, Cheraw, SC, on Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 2-7pm.

Look for the signs and balloons!

Participating artists include: Brenda Branson (jewelry, mixed medai, textiles), Jane Crossman (ceramics), Foundry G Art Glass (hand blown glass), MJ Martin (textiles), Beth Wicker (jewelry & photography).

For info call 843/910-0317.

 

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/).

Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC, Offers Stepping into the Craft Events During July 2017

June 22, 2017

Experience something new and adventurous as you spend a Saturday in Seagrove, NC. During the month of July 2017, the pottery shops in Seagrove have something planned each Saturday. Observe demonstrations of wheel turning, carving techniques, raku firing and much more. If you’ve been wanting to get your hands into some clay, this is your opportunity. You can participate in hands-on activities during this special month long event. Try making pottery on the wheel, learn a hand-building technique or make a pottery keepsake of your very own. The participating potters are willing to share behind the scenes activities, so you can join in the craft.

Stepping into the Craft – Saturdays in Seagrove, NC, will take place on July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017, from 10am – 5pm.

Each participating shop will share their own special style and have their own specific event. Each Saturday is different. For a list of participating shops and event schedules go to (https://discoverseagrove.com/saturdays-in-seagrove/). Print or download the detailed listing. Pickup an area map and guide at your first stop and have a fun Saturday in Seagrove.

Seagrove is in the central piedmont of North Carolina where more than 100 ceramic artists call home. Visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway. Tour the Seagrove shops to experience the 200-year old pottery making tradition. The pottery shops of Seagrove are open year-round.

For further information visit (http://discoverseagrove.com/saturdays-in-seagrove/) or visit Facebook at (http://www.facebook.com/seagrovepotters).

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).

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, Calls for Entries for the “The Bicycle: Art Meets Form” Exhibition – Deadline July 31, 2017

June 22, 2017

Theatre Art Galleries, located in the High Point Theatre in downtown High Point, NC, and representing High Point’s only non-profit organization dedicated to the visual arts, today announced that “The Bicycle: Art Meets Form” exhibit will return, for the first time since 2014, from Aug. 29 through Sept. 22, 2017, in conjunction with the Sept. 9 return of the High Point Cycling Classic benefiting the Bobby Labonte Foundation.

Theatre Art Galleries, who will transform the Main Gallery and the Hallway Gallery into a bike-themed exhibit, has announced a call-to-artists, who are 18 years of age or older, to submit art, relating in some way, shape or form, to bicycles or cycling, with a maximum of three entries allowed, in any medium, including photography. Work, which must be entered by July 31st, must be original and completed within the last ten years. Judging will be conducted from digital images, with awards selected from the original works of art.

Entry Forms are available at (www.tagart.org), and can be found under “For Artists”. Two entry procedures are available, e-mail and mail, each with a non-refundable fee of twenty dollars. Artists may call the Theatre Art Galleries office at 336/887-2137, or e-mail to (info@tagart.org), for more information, to request an entry form and to pay with a credit card. Artists may also enter and pay online at (http://tagart.org/call-for-artists-2/) or mail a check, payable to Theatre Art Galleries, along with the entry form, to 220 East Commerce Avenue, High Point, NC 27262.

Notifications will be sent out by Aug. 8, and work will need to be dropped off between Aug. 16 – 18, between noon and 5pm each day.

The Theater Art Galleries exhibit, and opening, is made possible through a generous donation by long time TAG supporters Carolyn and Donald Shaw. Prize money will be given to First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500) and Third Place ($250) Winners, along with additional non prize money winning Honorable Mentions.

Jeff Horney, Theatre Art Galleries Executive Director indicated “everyone in High Point is excited about the return of the Cycling Classic in September. Theatre Art Galleries looks forward, once again, to welcoming cycling lovers and art lovers to experience a thrilling weekend. With our location in the heart of the action, we are an integral part of the event. Our exhibits will focus on ‘all things cycling’ and will include works from all media. The variety of art will prove to be a real crowdpleaser.”

In partnership with the Bobby Labonte Foundation, the City of High Point, NC, as well as USA Cycling and the Carolinas Cycling Association, the Sept. 9 High Point Cycling Classic will combine a fundraising ride in the morning with the exciting action of criterium racing in the afternoon and into the evening in downtown High Point, North Carolina. High Point Cycling Classic criterium racers, as well as Bobby Labonte Charity Bike Ride participants, can now visit (www.highpointcyclingclassic.com) to register for either event.