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Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, Offers Lecture by Ceramic Arts Legend, Wayne Higby – Nov. 13, 2019

November 5, 2019

Wayne Higby, an internationally recognized ceramic artist and educator from Alfred University, will present “Light Falling on Grass” a lecture, on Nov. 13, 2019, at Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC. The presentation will be an autobiographical reflection with images that mark career highlights representing a half century of Higby’s work as a ceramic artist. It will include personal philosophy and concepts as well as a report on the new Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. It is sponsored by Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum, as part of The Ceramics Series.

Since 1973 he has taught at Alfred in New York. As professor and advisor to students he has influenced many potters in North Carolina, as well as throughout the world. Ceramic artist, Carol Gentithes, of Johnston and Gentithes Studios, Seagrove, NC, says that as his student “His boundless energy and insightful commentaries propelled me to be bold and expressive in my artistic endeavors.” Her husband and ceramic artist Fred Johnston credits Higby with introducing him “to the idea of illusionistic perspective and the power of theatrics.”

Acknowledged for his articulate lectures, essays and critical evaluations, Higby is a Professor of Ceramic Art and the Wayne Higby Director and Chief Curator of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. The American Craft Museum named Higby a Visionary of the American Crafts Movement. He is a published authority on ceramic art, and since 1991 has traveled and taught extensively in the Peoples Republic of China.

Ceramic artist Samantha Henneke, of Bulldog Pottery, also in Seagrove, remembers being a student of Higby’s. “He always encouraged the functional potters to think beyond the function of the pot and imagine what the functional pot could be alluding to”. For instance, says Henneke, water flowing through the rocks in a stream “could be like water flowing through a pitcher’s spout.”

Higby’s unique vision of the American landscape is manifested in his own work, ranging from vessel form, to tile, sculpture and architectural installation. Another North Carolina potter, Kate Johnston, recalls that she was a freshman at Alfred when a gallery exhibition of Wayne Higby’s “Earth Cloud” opened. “It included a massive wall of planning sketches on diner placemats and napkins, which morphed into formal drawings, then glaze test tiles, and mini-installs of sample tiles, finally ending in the manufacturing tools and equipment.” She continues, “The first time I ever skipped class was to attend a talk by the artist. I can remember sitting on the cold cement floor while Wayne lively described his thought process, his love of glaze chemistry, and his broader ideas about being an artist. He gave us advice for being good students and successful artists which I remember and find myself repeating to others.” Eventually the final piece was installed in the Miller Performing Arts complex on campus. “EarthCloud”, is the largest hand cut porcelain, architectural installation in the world, and features 12,000 tiles.

Higby has an exceptionally long list of accomplishments and awards. Among them is a member of honor of the United States National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), a Life Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Vice President Emeritus of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Honorary Professor of Art at Shanghai University and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, and in 2004 he became the first foreign national to be acclaimed an Honorary Citizen of the “porcelain city” of Jingdezhen.

Wayne Higby’s work is held in the permanent collections of numerous art museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, the Hermitage Art Museum, St Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and The Mint Museum, Charlotte.

Details of the talk:
A wine and light bites reception will be held in the atrium of Mint Museum Randolph at 6pm. “Light Falling on Grass” will begin in the Van Every Auditorium at 6:30pm. The reception and presentation are free and open to all.
The museum galleries are also open on Wednesday evenings at no charge, at 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.

For further info call 704/337-2000.

The Delhom Service League was founded by M. Mellany Delhom as an affiliate organization of The Mint Museum in 1975. The group—credited with boosting interest and funding for The Mint Museum’s vast ceramics collection—is comprised of a diverse group of artists, teachers, corporate leaders, writers, librarians, doctors, collectors, and lifelong learners. Over the last 40 years the focus of the group has expanded, but the mission of the group is the same: to promote ceramic arts and education.

Delhom Service League’s signature fundraising event is Potters Market at the Mint – a show and sale of North Carolina potters on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph. It showcases the depth and breadth of talent in the North Carolina ceramics community in what has become known as the Pottery State. The potters quoted here have all participated in the event. The next Potters Market is being planned for September 26, 2020.

Today the league presents nationally and internationally known speakers, like Wayne Higby, through its Ceramics Series and supports the Delhom-Gambrell Reference Library for the decorative arts. It has funded the acquisition of numerous objects for the Mint’s ceramics collection.

View the Delhom Service League rack brochure and Ceramics Series calendar.

Find Delhom Service League on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

More information on Potters Market at the Mint can be found at (pottersmarketatthemint.com).

Contact Susan Kooiman by e-mail at (delhomserviceleague@gmail.com) or call 704/293-3921.

Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, Seeks Entries for Juried Art Exhibition – Deadline Dec. 15, 2019

November 5, 2019

Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, invites artists to submit entries for a juried art exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Artists in North Carolina are invited to submit works that relate to this event, as well as art related to women’s rights and general voting rights.

Deadline for digital entry is December 15, 2019.

The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 6 through Apr. 25, 2020, in Salem College’s Elberson Fine Arts Center at 500 East Salem Avenue in Winston-Salem. The exhibition entry is free and open to all artists in North Carolina who are 18 years of age and older.

Salem Academy and College is the oldest educational institution for girls and women in the United States. With more than 18,000 alumnae who serve as entrepreneurs, physicians, researchers, artists, lawyers, teachers, community volunteers, and corporate executives, Salem Academy and Salem College continue to educate the next generation of global leaders. For more information about Salem Academy, please visit (salemacademy.com). For more information about Salem College, please visit (salem.edu).

For complete instructions please download the prospectus from the website at (salem.edu/100in2020).

City of Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for 2020 Piccolo Spoleto Festival – Deadline Dec. 6, 2019

November 5, 2019

Annually presenting over 500 performing, literary, and visual arts events, the 17-day Piccolo Spoleto Festival transforms Charleston, SC, into an exhilarating celebration of the cultural vitality and diversity of the South Carolina Lowcountry. With a focus on accessibility and community participation in the arts, Piccolo Spoleto is the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA.

For more info about applying visit (http://www.piccolospoleto.com/piccolo-applications/).

Applications may be submitted online via Formstack at (https://office_of_cultural_affairs.formstack.com/forms/piccolo_spoleto_2020_application_to_participate) or submitted by mail/hard copy.

Should you need assistance, please call 843/724-7305.

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, is Calling All Artists, Artisans, Crafters, and Food Truck Vendors for HOLIDAY BAZAAR 2019 – Dec. 14, 2019

November 5, 2019

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, presents HOLIDAY BAZAAR 2019 complete with live music, food truck vendors, over 50 exhibiting artists, designers, and crafters. We will be transforming the auditorium and parking lot of Ekklesia Christian Church into a holiday shopping wonderland and we need you!

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 10am – 5pm
Where: 2469 Highway 501 East, Conway, SC (Ekklesia Christian Church)

10′ x 10′ indoor space is $60
10′ x 10′ outdoor space is $35
Food Truck Vendor space is $50

Have questions? E-mail inquiries to (createconway@gmail.com) or call Dee at 810/923-3334.

Stamie Cline From Anderson, SC, is the 2019 Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Quilter of the Year

November 5, 2019

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail (UHQT) honored Stamie Cline, from Anderson, SC, as the 2019 Quilter of the Year. The Quilter of the Year award was initiated in 2010 to recognize a quilter who has provided community service and leadership through their quilting. She was present her award on Nov. 2, 2019, at a reception provided by the Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild and the UHQT, held at the Anderson County Library and attended by family and community members.


Stamie Cline

Stamie is small in stature with a voice and passion for life that belies her physical self. She started sewing at the age of 12 making her own clothes and learning to embroider. During the Bicentennial in 1976, she began quilting. As a young adult, maybe 25 – 26 years old, she went to the local library in Dyer, Indiana, and searched through all 141 books of patterns, ideas, and sewing directions. Her plan was to display handmade items – clothing and quilts -in the glass case at the library featuring these books.

Stamie comes from a long and distinguished family of seamstresses. Her Aunt Nell taught her to sew and both grandmothers sewed. Her mother’s Aunt Jeanine made custom suits for men. Stamie still has the Slant-a-Matic Singer machine she learned how to sew on as a girl. Her Aunt Floss also inspired her because she did alterations on wedding gowns. Stamie said, “I can still see her at night in a pool of light bent over her machine.”

While living in Indiana, Stamie joined a group of women and learned to hand quilt. When she was 28, she moved to Simpsonville, SC, and two years later to the Anderson area. Now, as a retiree, she devotes her time to philanthropy sewing efforts. Stamie is the philanthropy coordinator for both of Anderson’s quilt guilds, Electric City and Prickly Fingers.

She also is active in the Production Team of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail and assists in painting the blocks and teaching others how to master the craft every Friday. She had been teaching a friend, Laura Shiffler to sew – simple blocks and nine patches for PAWS- cats and dogs. Laura says, “Stamie was an introvert when we first met- shy and quiet. Now she is self-confident and when she talks- you know it is her heart coming out.”

Stamie spends much of her time making quilts for children, Quilts of Valor, the Cancer Association and sometimes family or custom orders. After Stamie’s mother passed, she chose to donate the use of that home for teaching quilting, promoting philanthropy efforts, utilizing a midarm quilting machine, and storing the guilds’ library and donated fabrics. Stamie is also part of Quilts of Valor for Veterans and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to have classes there.” The house, dubbed the Sew Inn, is open to anyone who wants to learn sewing and machine quilting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

In 2009, Stamie lost her job at Bosch and recounts, “I believed my dream of the Sew Inn was unattainable. But I remembered what Pastor Berry said and stepped out in faith – and look where we are now!” When asked what encouraged Stamie to be involved in philanthropy sewing she said, “Pastor Berry used to say, ‘Pursue your passion – God gives everyone a gift- find your gift, your passion, and pursue it.’” Stamie continued saying, “When you pursue your passion, you will find your purpose. These children who receive our quilts and other gifts will never know who we are. But as adults, they will remember someone did something for them who didn’t have to – and I hope that makes a difference.”

At one point, Stamie owned her own craft shop and was dedicated in teaching many students and encouraging their creativity. Her work – much of it unique and her own design – has been displayed in several venues, including the Anderson County Museum, the Anderson County Library, and the Anderson Quilt Show.

Across the nation, many quilters see that the art of quilting is enjoying a resurgence. Stamie states it is because “People have a need for self-expression that remains after we are gone – something that says I was here – a legacy of love and time.”

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

The November 2019 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

October 31, 2019

We’re launching a little early this month in order to remind folks of all the first of the month artwalks taking place throughout the Carolinas.

The November 2019 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1119/1119carolinaarts.html) – all 66 pages of it.

On our cover this month are works by Seagrove, NC, potters which will be up for sale or auction at the 12 Celebration of Seagrove Potters, held at the historic Luck’s Cannery in Seagrove on Nov. 22 – 24, 2019. You can read about the Celebration on Page 26.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our December 2019 issue will be November 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

Artists in All Disciplines Sought to Perform or Present at the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Dec. 15, 2019

October 30, 2019

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held Apr. 29-May 3, 2020, at various venues throughout North Charleston, SC. National, regional, and local artists, cultural groups, and community organizations are welcome to submit an application to perform on stage or present their talents through programs such as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more.


Hiyas-Min Philippine Cultural Society (Credit Gavin Shelton)

The application can be accessed at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). Agents submitting applications on behalf of two or more artists or groups should contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or by e-mail at (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) for special application instructions. There is NO fee to apply. Applications will be accepted through the online submission platform until midnight on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.


Vik Hart (Credit Gavin Shelton)

The North Charleston Arts Fest, now entering its 38th year, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually. The festival features a fabulous array of events and activities such as concerts, theatre presentations, exhibitions and installations, children’s programs, film screenings, workshops and demonstrations, and more. Flagship events include the World Arts Expo at Riverfront Park, highlighting cultures from around the globe, the Arty Block Party on East Montague Avenue, which combines a street dance and art market, and the Exhibition Encore at the Charleston Area Convention Center, which serves as a closing celebration for the numerous visual art exhibitions on display throughout the entirety of the festival. The Arts Fest review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that will work well in the available venues and are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Proposals for new concepts or programs are encouraged.


The Bryan Anderson Project (Credit Jonathon Stout)

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or by e-mail at (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Artists & Models to Participate in Competitive Portrait Drawing

October 30, 2019

Forget March Madness. Think ART Madness. The Arts Council of York County’s Competitive Portrait Drawing is a tournament style knockout battle that begins with sixteen artists paired off in sets of two. Each pair is in competition to create their best portrait of a model with just five minutes on the clock. Pencils down at the sound of the buzzer. The model in each pairing serves as judge and jury, choosing their favorite of the two portraits drawn of them. The winning artist from each pair then moves on to the next round until only two artists remain. The final two artists go head-to-head in Round 4, with the decision going to the final model of the evening. The winning artist of the competition is crowned champion and is awarded the $100 grand prize.

The event takes place on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019, from 6 – 7pm at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730

NEEDED: 16 artists, 15 models

ARTISTS: No Fee to Participate
E-mail Michael Gentry, Gallery Manager at (mgentry@yorkcountyarts.org)

MODELS: $10 sitting fee – register online at (yorkcountyarts.org/competitiveportraitdrawing).

Each model serves as the judge of their match! After sitting for their portraits, the models will choose their favorite portrait of themselves, and the winning artist will move on to the next round. Models will be able to pick up their portraits after November 25.

Round 1 – 16 artists paired off in 8 sets, sketching/drawing 8 models
Round 2 – 8 artists paired off in 4 sets, sketching/drawing 4 models
The 8 artists competing in Round 2 are the winning artists from Round 1
Round 3 – 4 artists paired off in 2 sets, sketching/drawing 2 models
The 4 artists competing in Round 3 are the winning artists from Round 2
Round 4 – 2 artists go head-to-head, drawing a single model
The 2 artists competing in Round 4 are the winning artists from Round 3

Competitive Portrait Drawing is organized by the Arts Council of York County. It is a part of the Friday Arts Project’s 2019 ART PARTY. More info at (artparty.fridayartsproject.org).

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 (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Announces Results of 2019 Annual Gala & Auction and Thank Yous

October 30, 2019

The Annual Gala & Auction this past Saturday evening at CAM Raleigh in downtown Raleigh, NC, was a fun event that raised a net of $40,000 to help support our mission of Sharing North Carolina’s Clay Stories, Past and Present!


Photo courtesy of Michael Mahan of From the Ground Up Pottery.

We would like to thank all of the following:

Stoker Level Sponsors
Jenny & Marshall Lamb (Cameron Clothing) Marion Church, Lucy Daniels, Thomas S. Kenan III, Brian & Gail McCarthy, Glen Medders & Paul Coggins, Larry & Debbie Robbins, David & Kendall Zmiewsky, Terry Zug & Daphne Cruze-Zug

Decorator Level Sponsor
Nancy O’Donohue

In-Kind Sponsors
PoshNosh
Alpha Production Group

Hosts
Robin Bayer, Richard Blanton & Candance Haigler, Jane Bridges, David & Laura Brody (Ethel S Brody Charitable Foundation), Rebecca Burgess, Linda Carlisle, Ray Carroll & Grady Helms, Linda Dougherty, Jaye Day-Trotter, Nancy J. Farmer, Tim Gupton & Brent Moore, David & Sherri Henderson, Terry & Thomas Henson, Mark & Carol Hewitt, Marjorie Hodges, Bran Holland & Joel Arnold, Mary Holmes & Michael Mahan, Bernard & Patricia Hyman, Michael Joyner, Bobby & Claudia Kadis, Fred Livingston, Vince Long & Cameron Furr, Matt Musselwhite, Dr. Cynthia Payne, Koala & Frank Phoenix (Fenwick Foundation), Roberta Price, Mary Regan, David Reid, John & Jane Riley, Ralph & Francine Roberson, Jo Anne Sanford & Billy Brewer, Kay Schoellhorn, Lynn & Jim Sears, Patricia Tector, John Watson & Betsy Blackwell, Lane & Linda Wharton, Susan Willard, and Randall Williamson.

[My apologies if I missed any of the Hosts who signed up in the last couple of days before the event.]

We want to extend a sincere thank you to CAM Raleigh for allowing us to host our event there.

We would also like to thank all of the potters who donated their pots, time, and enthusiasm to the event, as well as all those who have donated other items and experiences.

Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Thank you also to all of the North Carolina Pottery Center staff, artists-in-residence, auction committee members, volunteers, and others who helped make the evening possible.

For further info visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Announces the Winner of our Haywood County Open Studio Tour Logo Contest

October 30, 2019

The logo design was chosen by a panel of professional artists and the winning logo designer is Deb Parmele of Canton, NC. Deb Parmele is an HCAC artist member, art glass bead maker, and jewelry artist. The new Haywood County Studio Tour logo, designed by Deb, features a NC brown bear.

The 2020 Haywood County Artist Studio Tour is scheduled for June 27 and 28, 2020, from 10am to 5pm both days. The free, two-day self-guided tour will allow participants to visit approximately 30 working artist studios. Haywood County has a vibrant community of artists who have chosen to live and work in Western North Carolina, making it one of the premier destinations for visitors. During the studio tour, everyone will have a chance to explore Haywood County and experience the diverse artistic talent within our community. Participating artists work in diverse media, including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, mixed-media, sculpture, and two-dimensional applications.

The late June dates were chosen with the hope of ensuring good weather for the tour. Additional information regarding artist participants, locations where maps will be available and participating artist preview reception at the HCAC Gallery on Main Street will be forth coming. Please mark your calendar now for an interesting and enjoyable outing in Haywood County June 27th and 28th, 2020. Plan to pack a picnic for your adventure or stop by one of Haywood County’s wonderful restaurants.

For further info call 82/452-0593 or visit (Haywoodarts.org).