ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, NC, Makes A Splash with New Website

August 30, 2017

ClearWater Artist Studios, in Concord, NC, the artist haven and community hub housed in the City of Concord’s nearly century-old water works and utility operations facilities, is turning a page. A set of pages, in fact—it launches a brand-new website today. The new site is available at the same URL (www.clearwaterartists.com).

The new site features dozens of photos and a polished design to peak visitors’ curiosity and offer a more complete glimpse of what ClearWater is all about. The site features a gallery of the tenant artists, offering biographies, a sampling of each artist’s works, and contact information. Also prominent are the calendar of events, class listings, and online reservations for ClearWater’s various event spaces, along with plenty of other interactivity.

“This gives us a polished, interactive gateway to what is becoming a welcoming creative center for the community,” said Sarah Gay, Manager of ClearWater Artist Studios. She built the site over the past eight months, with some design help from resident CW artists Walter Stanford and Regina Burchett. A consultant helped define the overall design and navigation elements early in the process.

The new design of the site improves awareness of events produced by ClearWater Artist Studios, such as the annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off, a live painting challenge enjoyed for free by audiences every February. The ongoing Guest Artist Exhibit Series is also popular, which showcases talented local or regional artists who may not be widely known yet. Each artist in turn is asked to provide an Artist Talk for the public. To date, these have attracted audiences of 20-50 people on average.

ClearWater Artist Studios hopes to increase its offering of events and classes this year, and to start bringing in guest teachers for major workshops. One such intensive, 3-day workshop, taught by Charlotte painter Robin Wellner, is already scheduled for the first weekend in October. Wellner was a Featured Painter at the 2017 Portrait Paint-Off. The new website, with its homepage slideshow to feature such upcoming events, will let people know more effectively and more consistently what creative activities they have right at their fingertips, in Concord.

Feedback on the new (www.clearwaterartists.com) is welcomed. E-mail to (clearwatermgr@gmail.com) or connect on Facebook @ClearwaterArtistStudios.

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Get Your Free Tickets Now for “Smithsonian” Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Taking Place Sept. 23, 2017

August 30, 2017

Beginning today, museum-goers can head to the Museum Day Live! website to download one free ticket, good for two people, for “Smithsonian” magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live!. Each ticket grants the ticketholder, and one guest, free access to any participating museum on Sept. 23, 2017. One ticket is permitted per e-mail address.

This year, Museum Day Live! is partnering with Microsoft to create special interactive lesson plans using Minecraft: Education Edition. Participating museums can download the lesson plans to enhance the Museum Day Live! experience at their facility. The Minecraft: Education Edition extensions are based on Smithsonian materials and are available on the Museum Day Live! website. Following the event, Microsoft will provide schools with access to the Minecraft: Education Edition extensions.

To register, see the full list of museums, and download a free ticket please visit: (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive).

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, “Smithsonian” magazine, “Air & Space” magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonian.com/si.edu)

Yard Sale to Raise Money for Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC – Sept. 16, 2017

August 30, 2017

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is reaching out to members and friends to donate art, art-related supplies or other materials to sell at a yard sale, proceeds from which will benefit SoBA maintenance and programs.

Those interested can bring items to the Center for Creative Arts, the building next to the gallery, after 1pm, Sept. 14, all day Sept. 15 and by 9am, Sept. 16.

The SoBA Yard Sale will take place from 10am to 4pm, Saturday, Sept. 16th at the SoBA gallery, located at 6 Church Street.

SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more.

Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline Aug. 31, 2017

August 30, 2017

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts, in Lancaster SC, is issuing a Call for Artists for the “2017 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition”. This juried show is open to all Lancaster County artists, high school age and older. Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award. Artists may submit up to two paintings which must be delivered to the LCCA, 201 W. Gay Street, August 29 – 31, 2017, during office hours. This community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries during September and October. The Opening Reception is Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Gallery Exhibit and Reception are free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hagins Family, LCCA and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information or to submit entry form, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, 803-285-7451 or visit (www.lccarts.net).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC, Adds New Quilt Block

August 30, 2017

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC, continues to grow as a destination for travelers interested in quilts, barns, outdoor art and the history of the Upstate.

Heidi Wolko, a renowned quilter whose creations have been exhibited at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky told us that this work was “one of 31 pieces from three different art quilt groups. They were all part of the Everchanging River that Bonnie Ouellette, our “Thread Heads Mother”, had dreamt up. Needless to say, all of us felt extremely honored about the invitation from the museum to exhibit after the “River” had traveled around the U.S. for about three years. Following the exhibit at the museum, the “River” made one more long trip – to Taiwan – until the individual pieces were returned to their creators.”

Her quilt, “Illusion”, is the two hundredth two addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail sponsored this quilt for the Anderson Arts Center and it will join the other painted art quilt already on display at the Art Center Building located at 110 W. Federal Street, Anderson, South Carolina. The inspiration fabric quilt was shown along with another of Ms. Wolko’s quilts at the Double Illusions show sponsored by the Anderson Arts Center in 2015. Attendees at the show cast their votes for the quilt they thought should be added to the Arts Center building. The Illusion quilt had been displayed in Wolko’s Fair Play, SC home but after its selection for the UHQT, Ms. Wolko donated the quilt for an auction to benefit the Arts Center.

Wolko is a self-taught quilter who designed and made this quilt in 2008. The quilt was inspired by the book Blockbender Quilts written by Margaret J. Miller. This book encouraged Wolko to experiment with color. Wolko is a fiber artist whose use of texture, color and design has made a name for herself in the quilting community. She is the recipient of several quilting awards and continues to share her ideas and encouragement with other quilters. “One thing is for sure – I certainly LOVE color.” Images of some of her creations can be found by Googling Heidi Wolko.

For further info call 864/723-6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

Art on Tap and Art Market in Rock Hill, SC, Takes Place Sept. 22, 2017

August 30, 2017

Brand new for 2017! The Arts Council of York County presents Art on Tap and Art Market at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, 29730 on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Art on Tap features interactive art activities for all ages, music by Small Axe with Ashley Peeples, Jason Poore, and Adam Snow, and craft beer. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket, take a seat in the parking lot of the Gettys Art Center, kick back, and relax! Listen to a unique blend of reggae/rocksteady/ska music performed by Small Axe while enjoying a craft beer. Adults and children are invited to help renowned artist John Daso create three public works of art to be displayed in Old Town Rock Hill during the 13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival on Friday, October 6. Design a #RockHillRocks painted rock to hide in and around York County! Stroll through the Art Market where affordable, original works of art crafted by local artists are available for purchase. Head inside the Gettys Art Center. Many of the studio artists in the Gettys are keeping their doors open throughout the event. Stop in to find out what’s new in Old Town!

Admission is free. Tickets for Painting with John Daso are $5, and are available at the event and in advance online at (www.yorkcountyarts.org), by phone at 803-/28-2787, or in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. All painting supplies are furnished. Sponsored by B&B Distributors, Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Wells Fargo, Williams & Fudge, and the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

There is Still Booth Space Available at the LIVE OAK ART + MUSIC FEST in Conway, SC, – Oct. 7, 2017

August 30, 2017

LIVE OAK ART + MUSIC FEST is a showcase of the areas best local artists, crafters, makers, and musicians, that takes place in Conway, SC. Plan to bring a bring a chair and enjoy a full day of music under the oaks. Coolers are welcome.

When: Saturday, October 7th, 10 am – 5 pm

Where: 1102 3rd Ave. (under the oaks at the Horry County Court House)

Our LIVE OAK MARKET features a wide variety of goods for sale from local artists, artisans, and makers. There will also be local culinary and produce for sale. The market is all about handmade, homemade and local; a perfect place to shop for those unique holiday gifts. Food vendors accepted!

Reserve Vendor Space Here (https://liveoakartandmusicfest.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php).

Discover Old Fort, NC’s Artist Trail – Sept. 2-3, 2017

August 29, 2017

Discover the local artists in our Old Fort, NC, community on Sept. 2 – 3, 2017, from 10am-4pm

GPS or Google maps should easily give directions or you may call the location for details. There is a MAP at this link to all addresses below.

*Turtle Island Pottery – Maggie and Freeman Jones, Southern Highland Craft Guild members.
Located at 2782 Bat Cave Rd. 28762 . Functional and decorative stoneware pottery in Old Fort since 1984. We have a small gift for you and 10% off everything. Come on in and see what is under that blue roof!
For info call 828/337-0992.

*Anne Bevan – located at 84 Harlowe Noblitt Rd. 28762 Anne is known for her dynamic, large scale landscapes and peaceful, spiritual still life work. She has smaller paintings available, just as dynamic and is offering classes.
For info call 828/803-4858.
Susan Mace with her handmade cards and painted rocks and Treavor Gouge with his paintings on glass windows will be Anne’s guest artists.

*Susan Taylor – From the Heart Baskets. Located at 170 Olympic Dr. 28762. Susan Taylor’s studio, From the Heart Baskets, is located just three blocks off Bat Cave Road, and less than 2 miles from the I-40 Exit 73. A juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Susan is a fiber artist. Her interests include gourd crafting, wool felting, and bead stringing, in addition to basket making! Joining Susan for the Artist’s Trail will be John Roller, a wood turner. John’s expertise is making functional art from various domestic and tropical hardwoods. Please join Susan and John for a glass of tea and home-made cookies! Follow the signs.
For info call 828/668-9546.

*Pamela and Henry Harvey, Author and Sculptors. Located at 2946 Catawba River Rd. 28762. :
“We are located about 800 feet from the entrance to the falls. You’d be hard-put to miss us on Catawba. We have 12 acres, of which about 7 are dedicated as sculpture gardens. And there’s a 60 foot black schooner with wild sails overlooking everything. The “ship” is basically a staging area for bluegrass, concerts, etc. We just had our first “gig” about two weeks ago.”
For info call 828/668-1185.

*Donna Rohlf’s – Peace Patterns, located at 154 Brooke Lane 28762. Dr. Donna, PhD is, former 30 year holistic NYC psychotherapist and founder of a peace flag. In retirement she has morphed into a feng shui artist as well as a human design analyst and enthusiast. Donna Rohlf of (www.sashiflag.org) shares her outdoor Peace Pattern Studio on both 9/1 and 9/2 weather, permitting. Come join her for a cup of tea and possibly making your own family peace pattern. She will also have prints and cards handmade by Laura Elliott. Lee Entrekin of Dreamwind Flutes will have his beautiful wooden flutes on Sunday. Lee is a Southern Highland Craft Guild member.
It is 5 and ½ miles South of I-40 on Bat Cave Rd. Brooke Ln. is on the Left .3 miles past Bethlehem Rd. Tall Evergreens hide the road sign. Turn around at Crimson Rd. if you miss it.
For info call 828/668-0707.

*Grove Hill Pottery, located at 498 Greenlee Rd. 28762 Leslie Bradsher is on the other side of Old Fort, a few miles east on Hwy. 70, then Right onto Greenlee Rd. Her studio is at her families old farm with functional stoneware pottery.
For info call 828/925-1598.

Charleston Gallery Association in Charleston, SC, Offers Wine and Art Event – Aug. 27, 2017

August 9, 2017

On Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from 5 to 9pm, the Charleston Gallery Association (CGA) will host its inaugural Summer Wine Bouquet, with more than 20 local galleries displaying artwork atop the roof of the Mills House Grand Wyndham Hotel, in downtown Charleston, SC. Think CGA’s Art Walks — minus the walking, plus fine wine and delicious food!

Guests will also have the chance to taste a variety of wines, which will be paired with hors d’oeuvers prepared by Executive Chef Justin Hunt of the Mills House. In addition, several local artists are queued up for live painting demonstrations and artist lectures.

“This is a great opportunity for Charleston to see the strength and variety of our gallery scene all in one place,” says Sarah Miller, CGA President and owner of Miller Gallery. “Our hope is to make this an annual event that people use as an excuse to travel to Charleston in what would typically be considered the ‘off-season.’” The CGA’s mission is to promote Charleston as a destination known for its outstanding and diverse art, in addition to its historic charm and creative culinary scene.

Participating galleries include: Anglin Smith Fine Art, Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture, Edward Dare Gallery, Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, Ellis – Nicholson Gallery, Fabulon, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Hagan Fine Art, LePrince Fine Art, Mary Martin Gallery, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Miller Gallery, Mitchell Hill, Principle Gallery, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Revealed, Sandpiper Gallery, Srebnik Gallery, The Sportsman’s Gallery, LTD, and The Wells Gallery.

The inaugural reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from 5 to 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at (www.charlestongalleryassociation.com/summer-wine-bouquet/).

Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Invites Area Artists to Submit Work – Deadline Aug. 16, 2017

August 9, 2017

The Asheville Gallery of Art, in the exciting upscale venue at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, NC, invites area artists to apply for membership. The Asheville Gallery of Art (AGA) is artists’ cooperative, which exhibits original, two- dimensional works by 31 artists.

Interested artists should obtain a copy of prospective member information and a copy of a membership application, both of which are available at the gallery or may be downloaded from the AGA website (www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com). Jury entrants must deliver five finished original pieces ready for hanging, six copies of a current resume, and six copies of the completed membership application to the gallery between noon and 5:30pm on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. All work must be picked up between 2 – 5:30pm on Thursday, Aug. 17. The gallery will endeavor to preserve and protect submitted work, but cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage.

For more information, call 828/251-5796 or e-mail questions to (ashevillegalleryofart@gmail.com). The Asheville Gallery of Art is located across from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Founded in 1988, AGA is Asheville’s longest-established downtown art gallery. The gallery offers works ranging from representational to abstract, in a wide choice of subject matter, styles and media. Photographs and computer art are not accepted at this time.