January 31, 2010

Work of the Week at the Asheville Art Museum

Jan 25-31, The Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville North Carolina. For almost thirty years, Clyde Jones has been making creatures out of wood with chainsaws, decorating them with found objects. A North Carolina native, Clyde lives and works in Bynum, NC, south of Carrboro and Chapel Hill. He was born in 1938 or 39, he thinks, but it does not really concern him. His property is littered with his works, hundreds of whimsical creatures that he does not like to sell but loves to share with children, teaching them to make their own.

January 30, 2010

Artist Reception at The Swain County Center for the Arts

February 6, Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City North Carolina. Immediately following the evening's original folk music concert there will be a reception for artist, Susan Lingg of Cullowhee, whose watercolor and acrylic landscape and floral paintings will be on exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts through the end of March.  The imagery in the artwork reflects that in the music for the evening.  Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the public is invited to attend both the concert and the reception free of charge.  This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the department of Cultural Resources.

January 27, 2010

Artist Philip Jackson Reception and Talk in Asheville

Feb 2, 4PM-6PM, UNC-A, Asheville North Carolina. "Still Life as Theater," an exhibition of some 30 paintings, drawings and photographs by noted artist Philip Jackson, will be on view at UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery through February 2. A closing reception and artist talk will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Jackson is a contemporary realist painter whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Evansville Museum of Art and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, both in Indiana. Jackson has been featured in a number of premiere magazines, including Southwest Art, American Artist and Art in America. More details...

January 26, 2010

David Shombert & Elizabeth Ann Garlington at the Focus Gallery

Now through Feb 23, The Focus Gallery at the Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville North Carolina. The turned wood art of Dave Shombert and the fiber art of Elizabeth Ann Garlington is on display in the Folk Art Center's Focus Galler. David Shombert of Elkins, WV has been turning wood for over ten years and has been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 2004. His specialty is segmented work. Elizabeth Garlington grew up surrounded by artists in a home filled with all forms of creative activity. She has been implementing community visual arts initiatives since 1985 as a visual arts educator, expressive arts therapist, and as a fiber artist.

January 24, 2010

"Women in Wood" at Asheville's Grovewood Gallery

January 30-April 4, The Grovewood Gallery, 111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville North Carolina.  Women in Wood Exhibition at Grovewood The Grovewood  presents “Women in Wood,” an exhibition to bring light to the exceptional quality of work being created by women artists working in the medium of wood – both woodturning and constructed wood. The gallery features ceramics, glass, jewelry, garden sculpture, and an impressive second floor studio furniture collection. Come see for yourself why Grovewood Gallery is considered one of Western North Carolina's premier showcases for fine American craft.

January 21, 2010

CMLC Calls for Artists for Summer Twilight Art Opening

CMLC (Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy) needs artists - Sign up to participate in the art show by May 31st!  We can only take the first 75 entries so please sign up early. Participating Artists attend the Twilight Event on June 5th for free. Find details here..

CMLC's Summer Twilight Art Opening, Saturday June 5th 5-7pm at CMLC's office in Hendersonville North Carolina. Enjoy wine and fine art in the summer twilight! This is CMLC's first show in their second annual series of art shows. All the art is local and conservation-themed, and 25% of the sales go toward CMLC's mission to save the places you love!

"Work-of-the-Week" at the Asheville Art Museum

Jan 18-24, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville North Carolina. Dorothy Gillespie's sculpture is a permanent fixture in the Asheville Art Museum's foyer, hanging above the library frieze and hovering over the heads of guests in the Holden Community gallery. Composed of three separate pieces, Gillespie redesigned this sculpture to fit in its current location. At its previous location, in Chapel Hill, two of the units were connected together so there were two segments hanging down, one long and one short. Today, three large pieces hang down from the ceiling as you walk in to the Asheville Art Museum. Don't forget to look up! Read more...

January 19, 2010

T-Shirt Contest at Penland

Deadline is February 28 for Penland's 2010 T-Shirt Contest. We are looking for fun, inventive designs that express the Penland spirit. The winner gets a free shirt with their winning design. Your beautiful, crazy, magnificent, head-turning, realistic, surreal, hilarious, in-joke, out-joke, craft-related, unrelated, sublime, or simply great drawing/sketch/print/design could be next year's special Penland T-shirt. Be inspired by the landscape, your experience here, Jackson Pollock, or your own deep well of original thinking. Find details here...

January 17, 2010

Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Friday, January 22 - Sunday, February 14, Pack Place Community Gallery, Asheville North Carolina. The Asheville Art Museum, with the assistance of its volunteer docents, partners with the Asheville Area Section of the American Institute of Architects each year to sponsor the Western North Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Middle school and high school students from 20 Western North Carolina school districts are invited to submit work for this special juried competition. The exhibition of their artwork will be on view at the Pack Place Community Gallery from January 22 to February 14, 2010. The regional award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on Sunday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Diana Wortham Theatre. http://www.ashevilleart.org/

January 15, 2010

The Penland Potters

The Penland Potters is a group of seven clay studios located within a three mile radius of the Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. There is rich diversity in the way these artists work in clay, from quiet well-designed functional pots to thought-provoking figurative sculpture. Each artist has a clear, distinct and personal approach to their clay work. Some of the studios represent the work of one artist, while other studios are shared by partners, often working in different media. All the artists welcome visitors, and their close proximity to one another makes it easy to see all seven studios.

January 14, 2010

Apply for "Art in the Airport"

Application deadline January 29. The Art in the Airport program and policy was approved by the Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board in February of 2007. Since its inception, Art in the Airport has featured the work of artists within the 11-county service area of the airport on a rotating schedule, allowing for the display of a variety of local artwork. Exhibits last approximately 120 days, with artwork displayed in a dedicated gallery space and throughout the terminal. For details and application...

January 13, 2010

MLK Celebration

Jan 18, 7PM, The Ashe Arts Center, West Jefferson North Carolina. The Ashe County Arts Center will be sponsoring a community celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King with featured performer Mike Wiley, a NC actor who has performed over ten years in theatre, film and television. Wiley will perform excerpts from "Tired Souls." The play documents the tales of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others of the hundreds of men and women who stood up to Jim Crow’s segregation, held tight to their bus money and walked for freedom for 381 days. Students and community members will also be reading essays, speeches and tributes highlighting the message of Dr. King and his teachings of peace, unity and equality in our society. Special music will be presented by a community chorus under the direction of Diane Bryan-Leeper. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call 336-846-ARTS.

January 12, 2010

River Arts District Open Studios

Jan 15-16, River Arts District, Asheville North Carolina. Studios open this weekend:
10am-4pm : Hofman Studios, 111 Roberts St.
10am-4pm : Potters Mark , 122 Riverside Drive
11am-4pm : Curve Studios, 6 Riverside Drive
11am-4pm : Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street
8:30am-6pm : Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, 238 Clingman Avenue
9:30am-3:30pm : 310 ART (Riverview Station), 191 Lyman Street

January 10, 2010

Black Mountain Center for the Arts

January, The Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Black Mountain North Carolina. Pottery Show. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio, located in the renovated City Garage in the backyard of the Center, offers classes and workshops throughout the year. In December and January they present an annual show of work from resident potters, community members, and students of work produced in the studio. http://www.blackmountainarts.org

January 9, 2010

Featured North Carolina Artist

Akira Satake
Swannanoa North Carolina
Media: clay
Pottery, functional,Sculptural,thrown, hand-built, stoneware, porcelain. For me, the beauty of functional pottery — whether a dish, cup, or a vase — lies in its simplicity, and how eloquently it complements what it contains.
Galleries: Blue Spiral
Affiliations: Southern Highland Craft Guild, American Concern for Artistry and Craftsmanship
Contact:  828 686-9320    akira8satake@yahoo.co.jp

January 7, 2010

Charles Counts: A Retrospective Exhibition

January 16 - May 2, Folk Art Center Main Gallery, Asheville NC. The show features over 146 objects including ceramics, quilts, drawings and paintings as well as photographs and other archival material. As an artist, as a potter, Charles Counts was an amazing combination of traditional skill and modern design, an old fashioned craftsman with a love for the materials and techniques, for repetition and production, but also very much of an innovator and designer. Read more...

January 6, 2010

Ceramic Arts Classes

January - March pottery and ceramics classes at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, 236 Clingman Avenue Asheville NC include figure sculpting, dinnerware, tile designs, beginning wheel throwing, hand-building, surface decorating and more. Visit the site for fees and schedules.

January 4, 2010

Local Giveaways at John C Campbell

Free Classes for Local Students

Live nearby? You may be eligible for free or discounted classes if you're a local student.
Free classes (local giveaways) are occasionally available from the Folk School for local students (as defined below). The fine print:
  • Each person may only claim a giveaway one time every 12 months.
  • You must be "local." Read below in the Am I Local? section to see if you qualify.
  • Tuition is FREE, but each student will be required to pay a $25 registration fee and any additional materials costs. If there is space available and you choose to stay on campus, regular housing and meals rates apply.
  • Local Giveaways are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis and may not be used on a class for which you are already registered.
  • If you choose to register, you must do this by phone or in person - no online registrations, please. Call our Registration Staff (828-837-2775 or 800-365-5724) and be sure to mention Local Giveaways to the person answering your call.  https://www.folkschool.org

Random Arts at The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace

Jan 8-9, 9AM-5PM, The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace, the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center,1801 Nash St., Sanford, NC. The Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace features more than 38 shops under one roof & the variety of goods will be sure to interest those of us who love fabric, ribbons, fibers, beads & more. Shoppers will find lots of fabric, both cottons and woolens, as well as quilting supplies, beads, mixed media paints, ribbons, vintage buttons, obsolete found objects, antiques, photo transfer methods to fabrics and paper, samples of completed projects and a room full of inspiration and free ongoing demonstrations. Random Arts "Savings Coupon" available at the door. Each person who comes to this event will receive a special discount coupon which they can use at our booth. http://www.randomartsnow.com/home.html

January 2, 2010

Asheville Art Museum Monthly Book Discussion

Jan 12, 3:00 - 4:45 PM, Asheville Art Museum, 2 Pack Square, Asheville NC. January's read, A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World, by Marcia Tucker, is a memoir by the contemporary art curator and feminist Marcia Tucker (1940 - 2006), who was the first woman curator at The Whitney Museum and founder/first director of The New Museum. Pop into our monthly book discussion as we read and discuss books that relate to artwork in our galleries. Moderated by a member of the Museum's staff or a volunteer, we look forward to exchanging ideas and learning about books, art and each other! We meet in the Museum's Library and venture out into the galleries as well. Bring your copy of the book; each book will be available for purchase through the Museum Shop as well as area bookstores. Suggestions for future books are most welcome! Contact Nancy Sokolove, Adult Programs Manager, at 828.253.3227, ext. 120 or nsokolove@ashevilleart.org to register, for more information or with book suggestions. http://www.ashevilleart.org