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STARworks in Star, NC, Offers Lectures by Resident Artists – Mar. 15, 2017

March 7, 2017

STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Deighton Abrams, and STARworks Glass interns Brianna Gluszak and Andrew Thompson will present slides and discuss their work, Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm at STARworks, located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, NC.

The presentations are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase.

Work created by STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Deighton Abrams

Deighton Abrams is originally from Alaska and has an MFA with a concentration in ceramics from Clemson University. He has been awarded numerous grants, including the Clemson Art Department Scholarship for study in Jingdezhen, China and the Professional Enrichment Grant for artist research in Iceland. Abrams utilizes ceramic forms, both figural and geologic, to create complex narratives about the human psyche and its impact on the surrounding landscape.

Work created by STARworks Glass intern Brianna Gluszak

Brianna Gluszak is from Calgary, Canada and holds a BFA with distinction in Glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, Corning Museum in New York and Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. Her work is focused on re-imagining the imagery that one sees in passing through glass.

Work created by STARworks Glass intern Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson grew up in Birmingham, AL. He was inspired to study glass by his father, Joseph Thompson, who built a hot shop in their back yard when Thompson was young. He studied glass at Tennessee Tech University under Professor Curtiss Brock and recently had a solo exhibition, Uncertain Consciousness, at the Appalachian Center for Craft. His work focuses on the optic qualities glass can produce and combines these properties with two dimensional, mixed media compositions.

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

For more information, call 910/428-9001, e-mail to ( or visit (

STARworks Hot Glass Cold Beer Takes Place in Star, NC – Feb. 9, 2017

January 31, 2017

STARworks resident artist Kazuki Takizawa will take the lead at Hot Glass Cold Beer (HGCB), Feb. 9, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. River Wild food truck, based out of Lake Tillery, will be on site with offerings of fish tacos, burgers, pimento cheese fries and more.

Work made by STARworks resident artist Kazuki Takizawa for his Minimalist series.
Takizawa first came to STARworks in 2015 as a glass intern. He has returned as a resident artist and will stay and create work at STARworks through mid-April. Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated with high honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has taught at various glass educational facilities, including Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. For the past decade, Takizawa has been making work related to mental health and therapy. His most recent glass installation, Breaking the Silence was installed at STARworks in 2015. Photos and a video of the installation can be viewed at (

Takizawa and STARworks glassblowers will work together to create a piece for his Minimalist series. All ages are invited to watch the free demonstration. Visitors ages 21 and older who purchase a hand-crafted STARworks drinking glass will receive tickets for complimentary beer or wine during the demonstration.  Beer and wine may also be purchased directly at the bar.

HGCB, held on the second Thursday of each month, features beer from Four Saints Brewing Company, based in Asheboro, NC, and wine from Stony Mountain Vineyards, based in Albemarle, NC.

STARworks is a Central Park NC project. Central Park NC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources.

STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

For more information, call 910/428-9001, or visit (

STARworks Holds Annual Ornament Sale in Star, NC – Dec. 5, 2015

November 29, 2015


The STARworks Gallery, at STARworks in Star, NC, will be decorated for the holiday season with 2,000 colorful hand-blown glass ornaments Dec. 5, 2015, from 10am to 2pm. Ornaments are handmade by STARworks glassblowers and come in all sizes, shapes and colors.


There will be no advanced or reserved sales. Ornaments left after the sale will be available in STARworks Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm while supplies last. They are priced between $22 to $35. Payment options include cash, check or credit cards.

STARworks recommends people arrive at the ornament sale as close to 10am as possible to ensure a good selection. Doors will open at 9am for those who like to arrive early, but the sale will not begin until 10am.

“Our glassblowers have been working hard to create a great variety of ornaments this year,” said STARworks Glass coordinator Joe Grant. “We have a nice selection of colors and unique shapes, including candy canes and icicles.”

STARworks Glass is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. Proceeds from the ornament sale help fund STARworks programs, including the high school glassblowing program.

STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, NC, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

For more information, call 910/428-9001, or visit (

STARworks Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale Takes Place in Star, NC – Oct. 3, 2015

September 23, 2015


Hand-blown glass pumpkins will be ready to harvest at the STARworks Glass Pumpkin Patch sale on Oct. 3, 2015, from 10am to 1pm.  This is the only time of year the popular glass pumpkins are available.

More than 2,000 pumpkins in all colors, shapes and sizes will be ripe for the picking and available for purchase. Each one a unique work of art, the pumpkins will be displayed on hay bales in the grassy area in front of STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise. If the weather is bad, the Pumpkin Patch will be moved inside to STARworks Gallery.


Proceeds from the event help fund STARworks programs. “The Pumpkin Patch is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Central Park NC Executive Director Nancy Gottovi.  “The event starts at 10am and they go fast. We encourage people to show up early for the best possible selection.”

Pumpkins cannot be reserved and will not be available for purchase before the Pumpkin Patch in order to guarantee the largest selection possible for the event. If there are pumpkins remaining after the event, they will be available in the STARworks Gallery and online while supplies last.


Vendors from the Montgomery County Farmers Market will set up booths and offer hot beverages, snacks and other locally grown produce and homemade goodies during the Pumpkin Patch.

The Pumpkin Patch is STARworks’ most popular fundraising event. STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the local economy by focusing on the cultural arts and natural resources of central North Carolina.

STARworks has a glass studio, a ceramics facility and a metal studio. They offer classes and workshops in each medium, high school glassblowing programs and hold several fun and educational events throughout the year.  The STARworks building also acts as an incubator for small creative businesses, including Wet Dog Glass, an equipment fabricator for glass artists and craftspeople, Blankenship Business Solutions, and echo3, a graphic design studio.

STARworks is located just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County. The address is 100 Russell Drive in Star, the geographical center of North Carolina.

For more information, visit ( or call 910/428-9001.

STARworks in Star, NC, Calls for Artists for FireFest – Deadline Mar. 11, 2013

February 22, 2013


STARworks in Star, NC, invites all professional and emerging artists to apply to compete, exhibit and sell their works during FireFest, May 3-5, 2013. The exhibit will continue in the STARworks gallery until May 31.  This is a juried exhibition and art sale.


Artists who create three-dimensional works in ceramics, glass, metal or multimedia can visit ( and click the FireFest slide to answer the call for entry. Artists may enter three works, scaled to indoor spaces. The entry fee is $25, and the application deadline is March 11.  Applicants must apply online.

STARworks, in partnership with the Town of Star is hosting Firefest, a three-day festival that will celebrate the role of fire in the creation of art. Internationally known featured artists specializing in glass, metal and ceramics have been invited to participate, demonstrate and lecture. Each artist will create a sculptural piece that will be installed at STARworks. The special guest artists are glass artist Hank Murta Adams, metal artist Ben Galata, and ceramic artist Hyang Jong Oh.

STARworks has a variety of activities planned for Firefest, including three days of workshops, demonstrations, performances, entertainment, and locally made food and drinks.

FireFest is made possible in part thanks to an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

STARworks is a project of Central Park NC. CPNC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a new economy based on the sustainable use of the natural and cultural resources of the Central Park region of North Carolina.

For more information, visit ( or call 910/428-9001.

Three Towns in NC are Awarded “Our Town” Grants from the NEA

July 27, 2012

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded 80 Our Town grants totaling $4.9 million across the country including projects in Charlotte, Kinston and Star, North Carolina.

The Our Town program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at the core. Projects revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, instill a sense of place and pride in residents, attract creative workers and cultural travelers and create sustainable economic development.

Funding for the North Carolina projects total $250,000. Recipients include:

The Arts & Science Council in partnership with the City of Charlotte and the McColl Center for Visual Arts, have been awarded $100,000 to commission public artwork to help in the revitalization of the North Tryon Street Corridor in downtown Charlotte.

The City of Kinston, in partnership with the NC Arts Council, and the Kinston Community Council for the Arts, have been awarded $100,000 to finalize the African American Music Trail Park and promote connectivity around existing culturally significant African American music locations and the arts around downtown Kinston.

The STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise, the Town of Star and Central Park North Carolina have been awarded $50,000 in its effort to grow a vibrant glass arts community in the area, as well as launch a major event next spring.

“These projects show how a community with rich arts and a strong, unique sense of place can partner with state and local government and nonprofits to create economic growth,” said Wayne Martin, Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council. “These awards are a tribute to the vision of the leadership in Charlotte, Kinston and Star.”

The announcement from the NEA brings the total investment in creative placemaking to $11.5 million in Our Town projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The program, created by NEA Chair Rocco Landesman, started in 2011. “Cities and town are transformed when you bring the arts — both literally and figuratively — into the center of them,” Landesman said. “Communities are pursuing creative placemaking, making their neighborhoods more vibrant and robust by investing in the performing, visual and literary arts. I am proud to be partnering with these 80 communities and their respective arts, civic, and elected leaders.”

In Charlotte the grant will be used to improve the neighborhood livability of the North Tryon Street Corridor by commissioning public artwork as part of planned neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including a “green” streetscape infrastructure project. The partners will work with a selected artist and residents to integrate the environmentally based artwork into the new streetscape plan, and into a proposed urban farm project by local partners Vision Ventures and Cultivatis.

Project activities will include an artist selection process, a three-month residency for an environmental artist to work with local citizens and stakeholders, and the design, fabrication, and installation of public art. Together these projects will position the North Tryon Street Corridor as a model for sustainable initiatives in Charlotte, benefiting the entire center city area as well as approximately 2,700 residents, 562 businesses and more than 5,500 employees in the neighborhood.

“The Our Town grant and partnership with the City of Charlotte and McColl Center for Visual Art provides a unique opportunity to revitalize a central neighborhood through creative placemaking,” said ASC President Scott Provancher. “We are excited to help transform the North Tryon Street Corridor for future generations.”

In Kinston the project has three major components: Finishing the design and construction of the music park, creating a new African American Music Trails cultural district along South Queen Street; Connecting culturally significant areas that are directly related to the trails as well as other arts-centered areas around downtown Kinston; and continued planning for the development and the promotion of the music trails project.

“This is a great opportunity to put Kinston and the arts on the national stage,” said Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy. “This is further proof that the African American Music Trails is having a tremendous impact on Kinston and the region. I am proud to see a project funded that highlights the cultural contributions of Kinston’s African American community.”

The Kinston Community Council for the Arts was an early partner with the N.C. Arts Council in documenting the African American musical traditions in the region. “It is to the credit of the musicians, community stakeholders, the City of Kinston and the N.C. Arts Council to have faith in our belief that that the arts not only impact the quality of life in a community but are key catalysts in economic and tourism development,” said Sandy Landis, Executive Director of the Kinston Community Council for the Arts.

Central Park North Carolina (CPNC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting an economy based on the sustainable use of natural and cultural resources. The region is nestled near the Uwharrie Mountains, and the eight counties of Anson, Davidson, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, and Stanly surrounding the Yadkin-Pee-Dee River.

Starworks is located in Montgomery County and is a 187,000 square foot former textile mill site converted into the Center for Creative Enterprises where there are ceramic and glass studios as well as other entrepreneurial businesses in agriculture, and alternative energy.

“Primarily, this funding will allow us to launch a major event next spring that we’re calling FireFest,” said Nancy Gottovi, executive director of CPNC. “FireFest will celebrate the role of fire in the creation of art, with a focus on sculpture.”

FireFest has been in the works for some time and NEA Funds will allow the region to grow a vibrant glass arts community in Star, Gottovia said.

“We are thrilled to have STARworks in our community,” said Star Mayor Susan Eggleston. “We are especially excited about this project that promises to bring thousands of people to our town. Growing a glass community here fits perfectly with the work we are doing to revitalize Star.”

The NEA received 317 applications for the Our Town program in three primary categories: Arts engagement, Cultural Planning and design; non-metro and tribal communities.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at (

Media contacts for North Carolina Projects:

Charlotte: Krista Terrell, Arts & Science Council, e-mail at ( or call 704/335-3035

Kinston: Sandy Landis, Community Council for the Arts, e-mail at ( or call 252/527-2517

Central Park: Rhonda McCanless, e-mail at ( or call 910/428-9001

The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger and North Carolinians—young and old—who enjoy and participate in the arts. For more information visit (

The NC Arts Council is a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council, and the State Archives. The NC Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit (




STARworks Glass in Star, NC, Offers Creative Valentine’s Experience – Feb. 10, 2012

February 6, 2012

This Valentine’s Day, how about creating a special work of art for that someone special in your life during STARworks Glass Valentine’s Open House. For just $25, STARworks glassblowers will help participants create their own Valentine’s flower on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, from 5:30-7:30pm.

No experience is required and anyone 12 years old and older can participate. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The glass art flowers will be available for pick-up on Monday, Feb.13 just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“The Valentine event is one of the only times each year when anyone can actually try their hands at working with hot glass,” said Nick Fruin, STARworks Glass coordinator. “The event offers a really unique and special Valentine’s experience for husbands and wives, as well as dating couples.”

A variety of Valentine gifts, including hearts, paperweights, flower vases, and jewelry made by local artist Anna Josefiina, will be available for purchase. “We will also introduce new original glassware designs for this year,” Fruin added.

It isn’t necessary to arrive right at 5:30 p.m. “No one likes to stand in line, but we do want anyone who is planning to participate to sign in by 7pm.”

The Open House is free and refreshments will be served. The event will be in the studios of STARworks Glass, located at the rear of STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise at 100 Russell Drive in Star.

For more information, contact Nick Fruin by e-mail at (, visit the website at ( or call 910/428-9001.

Central Park NC in Star, NC, Presents an Evening of Creative Thinking – Oct. 27, 2011

October 17, 2011

Central Park NC is inviting people to an evening of creative thinking entitled, Lets Make Something, at the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise, located at 100 Russell Drive, Star, NC, on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

The events agenda includes:

From 2 – 5pm – Afternoon Program: A Call for a New NC

Join Central Park NC for an interesting program led by Eric Henry (TS Designs, Company Shops Coop), Carol Hewitt (Slow Money NC), Dean Naujoks (Yadkin Riverkeeper), John Parker (Good Work), and Roger Dick (Uwharrie Capital Corp). Learn about an exciting new initiative to help build a more sustainable NC that will guarantee positive economic and social choices for present and future generations through the development of a statewide triple bottom line economy.

At 5pm – Tour of STARworks

From 5:30 – 9pm – The Annual Gathering, featuring Jonah Sachs, Free Range Studios

Jonah Sachs is an internationally recognized storyteller, author, designer and entrepreneur. As the co-founder and creative director of Free Range Studios, Jonah has helped hundreds of social brands and causes break through the media din with breakthrough campaigns. His work on legendary viral videos like The Meatrix and The Story of Stuff series have brought key social issues to the attention of more than 60 million viewers and his interactive work has three times been honored with Best Of awards at the standard setting South By Southwest digital festival.

Jonah’s passion lies in exploring the intersection of ancient storytelling techniques, social responsibility and emerging technologies. In his upcoming book, Story Wars to be published in 2012 by Harvard Business Review Press, he argues that brands that tell values-driven stories through the right channels will not only revolutionize marketing, they may become humanity’s greatest hope for the future. Jonah’s work and opinions have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX News, Sundance Film Festival, NPR and in FastCompany Magazine who named him one of the 50 most influential social innovators.  He lives in Oakland, California.

From 8 – 9pm – Night of Fire

Come see the sparks fly during the visual studio glass performance and the outdoor iron pour rematch!

Though this is a free event, registration is requested. Register by 10/20 to be included in a drawing for a giant blown glass Jack O’Lantern. You can register at (

The mission of Central Park NC is to promote a new economy based on the sustainable use of the natural and cultural resources of the Central Park NC region, encompassing Anson, Davidson, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, and Stanly counties.

For more information please e-mail ( or call 910/428-9001.