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2015 Salisbury, NC, Sculpture Show Awards Announced

November 29, 2015

Durham, NC, artist Stephen Hayes has taken top honors in the 2015 Salisbury Sculpture Show “Discover What’s Outside.” going on in Salisbury, NC. Hayes also is an adjunct instructor in the art department at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

His 12-piece kinetic installment “Under the Maple Seeds” has been on display at Livingstone College since April. All 20 pieces selected for this year’s show may be viewed at various locations in downtown Salisbury and on each of the four local college campuses – Catawba, Livingstone, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Hood Theological Seminary.

Local and nationally known multi-media artist Whitney Peckman selected this year’s winners. Peckman noted that as a judge she looks for excellence in composition, creativity in design and concept, use of both positive and negative space, appropriate scale, craftsmanship, and finally, the most subjective quality which expresses emotion/meaning and causes the viewer to want to continue looking.

Here are her comments about the winning pieces:

Norvell Best in Show:  “Under the Maple Seeds” by Stephen Hayes, Durham, NC, on view at Livingstone College. “The kinetic aspect of the multi-piece sculpture pulls me to stand dreamily, recalling childhood, and experiencing the lyricism of Nature so beautifully interpreted.”

2nd Place:  “Fighting for Alpha” by Todd Frahm, Swannanoa, NC, on view at Catawba College. “Todd Frahm’s Fighting for Alpha” fully achieved excellence. Its narrative is fully expressed, the fighting fish powerful and graceful at the same time, expanding out of the confines of their implied space.”

3rd Place:  “Red Green Construction” by Ray Katz, Pontiac, MI, on view at Yadkin Bank. “The fun, or joyful aspect of this piece kept me enjoying it for quite some time, and the visual impression stays with me.”

This is the seventh consecutive year that Salisbury has hosted the show. The 20 pieces in the show will remain in place until early January 2016. Brochures are available at the Visitor’s Center, Rowan Museum, Rowan Library, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, and other downtown locations. The next nine-month sculpture show will be installed in early April 2016.

The City of Salisbury, America’s first 10-gigabit city, is located in the heart of the Piedmont region of North Carolina, midway between Charlotte and Greensboro. Salisbury is the county seat of Rowan County, and provides a full range of municipal services, including law enforcement, fire protection, zoning and code enforcement and water and sewer systems.

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Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC, Receives Re-Accreditation from the American Association of Museums

July 18, 2012

Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC, has again achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.  Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, and to the museum-going public.

AAM Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.  It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources, and remain financially and ethically accountable – all in order to provide the best possible service to the public.

Anne Scott Clement, Executive Director of Waterworks states, “We are honored and privileged to receive this prestigious re-accreditation. At Waterworks, we diligently strive to provide our community with a cultural asset and a collaborative space for lifelong learning.  We take great pride in being a leader in the exhibition of art and in museum education. This is the result of the enormous amount of support we receive from our community, which is greatly appreciated, and we all should share the acceptance of this re-accreditation.”

Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. Waterworks Visual Arts Center is one of only 12 art museums accredited in North Carolina.

Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. “Accreditation is emblematic of an institution’s commitment to public service and to overall excellence,” said Ford W. Bell, AAM president. “Attaining accreditation involves taking a hard look at yourself, allowing your peers in the field to do the same, and being judged to be superior in all areas. The people of Salisbury can take great pride in the fact that their local institution is one of America’s premier museums.”

Waterworks Visual Arts Center’s mission is to provide diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, and outreach programs. We are open, free of charge, six days a week. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 5pm; Tuesday, Thursday 10am – 7pm; and Saturday,  11am – 3pm.  We are located at 123 E. Liberty Street in the East Square Cultural Arts District of historic downtown Salisbury.  For more information, visit ( or call 704/636-1882.

The American Association of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. With more than 15,000 individual, 3,000 institutional, and 300 corporate members, AAM is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. For more information, visit (

Rail Walk Studios and Gallery in Salisbury, NC, Holds Fundraiser for American Red Cross with Red Works of Art

March 15, 2012

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery, located at 409 – 413 N Lee Street in the Rail Walk Arts District of Salisbury, NC, are presenting The Red Show, featuring the 2nd annual show by gallery artists who explore the color red. The show closes Mar. 31, 2012, with a silent-auction fundraiser to benefit the Red Cross. The fundraiser event runs from 6-8pm.

Work by Annette Ragone Hall

Rail Walk artists will exhibit red-themed artwork in the north gallery and will donate 25% of their sales to the Red Cross. The south gallery will display artwork donated by artists from the local community as well as pieces donated by Rail Walk artists. The donated works will be offered in the Silent Auction on Mar. 31, which is the main event of the evening. The silent-auction bidding will close at 7:30pm.

Work by Karen Frazer

Rail Walk artists include: Ingrid Erickson, Sharon Forthofer, Karen Frazer, James Haymaker, Annette Ragone Hall, Elizabeth McAdams, and Marietta Foster Smith. Each of the artists has a unique style and body of work. Visitors will find original art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and other mediums, as well as sculpture, hand-made jewelry, pottery, and digital photography, making Rail Walk a great place to purchase a wide variety of original art in all price ranges.

Gallery hours are : Thur.-Sat., 11am-4pm.

For further information call the gallery at 704/431-8964 or visit (

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery in Salisbury, NC, Offers Works in Red to Benefit the Red Cross

February 14, 2012

It’s Valentine’s Day and while you’re thinking red – think about the Red Cross. Here’s news of a commercial gallery helping out the general community. You can help too.

Rail Walk Studios & Gallery in Salisbury, NC, explores the color red in the second annual The Red Show, featuring works by gallery artists, on view through Mar. 31, 2012.

Work by Karen Frazer

Rail Walk artists Ingrid Erickson, Annette Ragone Hall, Sharon Forthofer, Karen Frazer, Elizabeth McAdams, and Marietta Foster Smith will exhibit red-themed artwork in the north gallery and will donate 25% of their sales during the exhibit period to the Red Cross. The south gallery will display artwork donated by artists from the local community as well as pieces donated by Rail Walk artists. The donated works will be offered in the Silent Auction on Mar. 31, 2012, from 6-8pm, which is the main event of the evening. The silent-auction bidding will close at 7:30pm.

There will be food, drink, and entertainment in a café-style environment, as well as chances to win prizes. Tickets for the event are $5 at the door, and 100% of the entry fee and the proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Red Cross.

Work by Annette Ragone Hall

Rail Walk Gallery is located in the Rail Walk Arts District in downtown Salisbury, just four blocks north of Salisbury’s Visitor Center. In addition to the large gallery space all the artists share, which spans the front of the building, each of the artists has his or her own working studio space. Each of the artists has a unique style and body of work. All throughout the gallery and in the individual studio spaces, visitors will find a wide variety of original works of art in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, encaustic, mixed media, sculpture, digital photography, and other mediums, making Rail Walk Studios & Gallery a great place to purchase original art in all price ranges. Some of the artists also offer lower-priced reproductions of their work, including greeting cards.

For further information call the gallery at 704/431-8964 or visit (

Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC, Presents Gallery Talk by Dr. Sharon Raynor – Nov. 1, 2011

September 30, 2011

The Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC, will host a gallery talk by Dr. Sharon D. Raynor in conjunction with our fall exhibition, Imprints, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at 7pm. Dr. Raynor’s oral history project “Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans” is a powerful addendum to the exhibition, Through a Soldier’s Eyes: Remembering Vietnam.

Dr. Raynor’s oral history highlights the war experiences of Vietnam veterans in different parts of North Carolina. Funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council, her program explores the concepts of trauma, silence, healing, and recovery. The project evolved from her father’s war experiences as seen and told in his photographs and diary kept during his tour of duty. During the project, veterans who were once silenced by their memories of war shared their stories of indignities and pride, disappointment and sacrifice, honor and death, healing and recovery. The program focuses on the stories of the community of veterans who once shared a strict code of unbreakable silence and who now have formed a brotherhood to heal their wounded souls. Dr. Raynor also shares videotape clips of the public forums as well as excerpts from the oral history interviews, photographs, newspaper articles, and memorabilia from the war.

Sharon D. Raynor, Associate Professor of English, is the Mott University Distinguished Professor at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC. She holds a PhD in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University in Pennsylvania. She is also the recipient of the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship through the Fletcher Foundation and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. In previous years, she served as the Interim Director of the Honors College and the Department Chair of English and Foreign Languages at Johnson C. Smith University and as a Lecturer in the English Department at East Carolina University. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and her Master of Arts degree in Multicultural Literature from East Carolina University.

Since 1999, Dr. Raynor has written and directed two oral history projects sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council entitled “Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans,” and “Soldier-to-Soldier: Men and Women Share Their Legacy of War.” As a Road Scholar for the Humanities Council, she has conducted numerous community forums highlighting the work involved in the veterans oral history projects. As a member of the American Folklore Society and the Oral History Project, she conducted several oral history workshops and programs. She teaches classes in and publishes in the areas of Vietnam War Studies, Multicultural and Contemporary Literature, Women’s Studies and African American Studies. She works extensively with Vietnam War veterans in North Carolina. She has also collaborated with LEARN NC (a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education) – North Carolina Digital Textbook to post excerpts of oral history interviews she conducted with Vietnam Veterans to their website.

Dr. Raynor was the 2007 recipient of the Johnson C. Smith University Par Excellence Teaching Award. She was born and raised in Clinton, NC.

Waterworks Visual Arts Center is located at 123 East Liberty Street in downtown Salisbury. Admission is free.

For more information, please call 704/636-1882 or visit (

Plein Air Carolina Will Host a 2011 Oil Painters of America Paint Out in Salisbury NC – Oct. 8, 2011

September 16, 2011

Plein Air Carolina will host a 2011 Oil Painters of America Paint Out in Salisbury NC, on Oct. 8, 2011, from 9am-4pm.

All interested artists will gather to paint on location, with the medium of their choice. In this artistic endeavor, Plein Air Carolina will partner with the Historic Salisbury Foundation and the Waterworks Visual Arts Center, allowing the artists to paint historic sites in the 36th Annual October Tour.

The Tour this year includes 3 private homes, 2 commercial properties, 2 museums, a living history encampment with enactors in period dress and an historic medical display at the Civil War home of Dr. Josephus Hall and 2 early American cemeteries. Trolleys and horse drawn carriages will be evident throughout the weekend. Food and vendors will be on hand during the day.

A reception, hosted by the Historic Salisbury Foundation,  will be held Saturday evening from 5 to 7pm, at the Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St., in the historic district. There, you are invited to exhibit your paintings, from that day, and 100% of all sales go to the artist. Following the reception, the North Carolina Symphony will be in concert at Catawba College for those who might wish to stay.

All participating artists will meet at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 East Liberty Street, at 9am on Saturday morning to receive brochures, maps, and enjoy juice, coffee and donuts.

Check the OPA web site for more information at ( or visit (

Plein Air Carolina is a group of professional and amateur artists who meet each week to paint “en plein air”, French for “in the open air”.  The artists of Plein Air Carolina seek to educate the public about art and plein air painting, and encourage interested artists. The organization is sponsored by the Waterworks Visual Arts Center.

The rain date for this Paint Out is Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.

Please respond to Phyllis Steimel at ( if you wish to participate.

Susan Lenz has a Solo Show at Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC – Opening Feb. 19, 2011, 6-8pm

February 17, 2011

We have a sneak peek at Susan Lenz’s exhibit to open at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC. I haven’t received a press release from the Center on this exhibit (which we should have had by Jan. 24 for our Feb. issue of Carolina Arts), but I don’t think it’s fair to hold back this info from our readers who might want to attend this opening.

The photo came from Lenz’s blog Art in Stitches.

Here’s the info:

Personal Grounds opens on Friday, Feb. 19, 2011 at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC, and runs through May 14, 2011. This solo show features a selection of Susan Lenz’s Decision Portraits, an installation of tagged keys, and a sculptural unit of doors covered in framed and unframed keys. The exhibit will be on view in the museum’s Osbourne and Woodson Galleries.

Center hours are: Mon. – Fri., 10am –  5pm; Tues. & Thurs. until 7pm; and Sat. 11am – 3pm. The museum is free to the public.  The opening reception is on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, 6 – 8pm.

For further info visit Lenz’s blog at ( or visit (