August 30, 2010

Cherokee County Arts Council Calls for Artists and Crafters

The Cherokee County Arts Council, a newly formed non-profit organization, has  announced plans for promoting all forms of art. One of the first major goals of the Arts Council is to create more arts programming in the local public school system. The Council is compiling a database of local artists and craftspeople who would like to be involved with arts programming in schools and other Arts Council activities. Artists will benefit from recognition and exposure for their work, while the Arts Council will have a strong core of artists to work with.

If you are an artist who would like to participate in, and be informed of the Cherokee County Arts Council's activities, please contact Kathleen Nolte at 828-361-9584. Visit the website at

Labor Day Event: Friday Art Crawl in Boone

Sept 3 in Boone NC the Friday Art Crawl features local and regional artists of all genres ranging from traditional crafts, pottery, paintings, metalwork, jewelry and glasswork to music and live entertainment.  Several of the participating artists will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate their skills.  Galleries and shops are open until 8 p.m.  Restaurants and bars are open until 10 p.m. or 2 a.m.  Two underground galleries are open from 7 p.m. to midnight—only on Art Crawl nights   Blue Ridge Parkway 75 event, milepost 285.

August 28, 2010

Block Printing and Book design demo at the Parkway Craft Center today

August 27 - 29  Live Craft Demonstration by Ellie Kirby (block printing and book design) at the Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor, Milepost 294 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock North Carolina. The Parkway Craft Center is one of the five shops of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features work from over 300 Southern Appalachian craftspeople.

August 27, 2010

John C Campbell Craft Shop Special For Locals!

The Craft Shop at John C Campbell Folk School would like to thank local customers for shopping with us and bringing friends and family to see us this summer. We are offering a 10% off coupon - print it out and bring it to the Craft Shop to save 10% on all our merchandise. We have some new seasonally inspired items. Holiday cards (Halloween and Thanksgiving) by Murphy artist, Sherry Beaulieu, porcelain goblets by Robin Bloom of Marble, NC, and glass jewelry from Asheville's "fire fairy", Jennifer Kelting. This local customer appreciation sale will last through Labor Day. Don't forget, for your convenience, the Craft Shop is open on Thursdays until 6:00. Stop by after work! John C Campbell Folk School is located at 1 Folk School Road,  Brasstown North Carolina.

Save 10%Craft Shop Special For Locals!
Print this coupon and bring it with you to the Craft Shop to save 10% on all merchandise. Good for in-store purchases only.
Offer Expires: Monday, September 6, 2010 at 5:00 pm.  

August 26, 2010

4th Firday Gallery Walk in Brevard

August 27  from 5 PM - 9PM   Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walks   Enjoy an evening of Art, Wine and Food. Over a dozen Galleries and museums in downtown Brevard North Carolina welcome art lovers and evening strollers. Gallery Walk participants include:

Art and Soul Marketplace and Gallery  An art co-op of 29 of the finest local and regional artisans working in a variety of media and featuring the remarkable fine art photography of Susan Stanton.

Bluewood Gallery  Specializing in fine art photography, and all other mediums and fine crafts by well-known local and regional artists.

Continental Divide   Reproductions of art and artifacts from all over the world along with solid cherry furniture.

Drew Deane Gallery   Representing the fine art of established and emerging regional and nationally-known artists.

Gallery on Main   Featuring limited edition prints, originals by local and regional artists, sculptures, hand-crafted furniture and custom framing.

Gravy    Host to several local artists, this co-op is a program of the Boys and Girls Club.

Hollingsworth Gallery   Showcasing local and emerging artists. Located in the exhibit space between Main Street Ltd. and Quotations.

Hunters and Gatherers    www.huntgatherandshop.comAn arts co-op with an eclectic mix of many local artists and handcrafters.

Local Color  Featuring local srtists and crafters, plus antiques, jewelry, and resale. Artist demos each Gallery Walk

Number 7    Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery   A fine arts and crafts cooperative featuring works by 25 Transylvania County artists in a wide variety of mediums. A program of the Transylvania Community Arts Council.

Red Wolf Gallery   Showcasing the paintings, ceramics, sculpture, original prints, and jewelry of regional, national, and international artists.

Transylvania Community Arts Center   Host to nine major exhibits annually, featuring artists from throughout the region and showcasing all mediums. Home of the Transylvania Community Arts Council.

Transylvania Heritage Museum   Features permanent and changing displays of heirlooms, artifacts, genealogical exhibits, vintage photographs and other exhibits reflective of the history of Transylvania County

August 25, 2010

Work of the Week at the Asheville Art Museum

The "Work of the Week" in the Asheville Art Museum's permanent collection is a 1983, Serigraph on paper, 20.1"x15.1", Gift of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. 1997.01.03.65A by Anni Albers, untitled from Connections Portfolio.

The wife of color theorist and abstract painter Josef Albers, Anni Albers contributed significantly to the world of art with her detailed skill in textiles and weaving.  Anni Albers became especially interested in experimenting with various weaving materials such as silk, cotton and linen and came up with her own unique weaving style reminiscent of abstract paintings, creating geometric shapes from the threads.

This piece is from Anni Albers’ collection called the Connections Portfolio, consisting of nine unique works in Geometric Abstraction created between 1925 and 1983. The Asheville Art Museum currently holds all nine pieces from the Connections Portfolio. Part of the collecting focus at the Asheville Art Museum is on significant pieces from Black Mountain College artists. During the Albers' 16-year tenure at the college, Anni Albers founded the weaving workshop and taught weaving and designing with a hands-on approach.  For more information about this artist, visit the museum's Permanent Collection online.

August 24, 2010

Save $100 on John C Campbel Folk School Classes

As a  "Thank You" to John C Campbell Folk School loyal students who spread the word about how much fun the Folk School is are offered a limited time only discounted tuition. As part of the 85th anniversary celebration, Alumni students who refer a friend to take a Folk School class will receive a $100 voucher on tuition for their next class. Also new students to the Folk School will receive the same $100 off offer. Click here to find out how to save $100 on your next Folk School class.

August 23, 2010

Back to School Sale at Quilter's Quarters in Waynesville

Quilter's Quarters, located at  2020 Dellwood Road, Waynesville NC has announced a Back-to-school-Sale with over 75 bolts at $5.95 or less. Fall fabric arriving from Moda:  "October",  "Salt Box",  "Awesome",  "Halloween Night" and "Haunted Mansion".  "Bali Pops" is in stock and NEW from Timeless Treasure, "Tonga Treats". Don't miss the Trunk Show "Crazy Curves" by Elisa's Back-porch with Stunning quilts using 7" and 3-1/2" templates. And Join us for a class on curves, Fri-Sept 27th, 3-6:30

August 21, 2010

Labor Day NC Events: LAAFF Annual Celebration

September 5    Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival  (LAAFF)  Annual FREE end-of-summer celebration of Asheville's artistic and musical communities. LAAFF is entering it 9th year of filling three blocks of N. Lexington Ave in downtown with all local art, food, beer, music, street performers, and random acts of creativity. Asheville North Carolina.

August 18, 2010

HandeMade Launches 50K50 Campaign

HandMade in America has launched a campaign to ensure that their nationally recognized models for growing local economies continue into the next decade, The 50K50 Campaign: 50 Days - $50,000. Donate Today and Give A Hand To HandMade.

August 17, 2010

Echo Gallery hosts reception for new summer show, "CLAY"

August 20, 5 PM - 8 PM the  Echo Gallery at Biltmore Park will host a reception for its Summer exhibition entitled “CLAY”. The show features new work by member artists Dawn Dalto, Anna Koloseike and Lori Theriault, as well as work by guest ceramic artists Heather Allen-Swarttouw, Holly de Saillan, Jennifer Goff, Becca Floyd, Cynthia Lee, Adele Macy, Joey Sheehan, Angelique Tassistro, Heather Tinnaro, and furniture artist Timothy Maddox.The Echo Gallery is located at 8 Town Square Blvd, Suite 160, Asheville, NC   Echo Gallery donates 5% of all sales to MANNA FoodBank.

August 15, 2010

2010 Celebration of the Arts Show and Sale Open to Regional Artists

The Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild invites regional artists to participate in the 2010 Celebration of the Arts Show and Sale at the Foundation Performing Arts Center on the campus of Isothermal Community College in Spindale from September 15 through September 19.

Awards will be given in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art categories. The deadline for applications is September 8th. Information and applications may be picked up at the Visual Arts Center, 160 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, or downloaded from the Guild website.Awards will be presented at the Event Reception Friday, September 17. The public is invited to attend.

August 12, 2010

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Basket Weaving Class at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

August 28, 10 AM - 3 PM the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will host a beginner’s level basket weaving class. Participants will make a small Market Basket. Before there were brown paper bags or plastic totes, there was the Market Basket. It was used to carry produce to market to sell, and then brought home full of needed staples. These baskets were functional and generally rather plain. Their beauty lies in the memories they evoke and the suggestion of a return to the simpler life. The class is $35 which includes the materials needed to make an 8” x 12” basket with handle. Participants should plan to bring a bag lunch and a few supplies from home. For more information and to register, call 828-479-3364. The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is located at 121 School House Road (Stecoah) Robbinsville North Carolina.

August 9, 2010

Folk Art Center Special Event

August 14 from 10 AM to 4 PM come the the Folk Art Center for Wood Day! Carve, turn, build - celebrate wood crafts at this free event with fun for the whole family, featuring demonstrations, hands on activities and the 10th Annual Carve Off Competition. The Folk Art Center is located at Mile post 382, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville North Carolina.

August 8, 2010

UNC Press Announces September release of "A Chosen Path"

A Chosen Path
The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes

Edited by Mark Shapiro
University of North Carolina Press
192 pp., 8 x 11, 82 color, 39 b&w photos, notes, bibl., index
Cover Price $40
This book was supported by CCCD with a 2008 Craft Research Fund grant.

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Renowned ceramic artist Karen Karnes has created some of the most iconic pottery of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The body of work she has produced in her more than sixty years in the studio is remarkable for its depth, personal voice, and consistent innovation. Many of her pieces defy category, invoking body and landscape, pottery and sculpture, male and female, hand and eye.

Equally compelling are Karnes's experiences in some of the most significant cultural settings of her generation: from the worker-owned cooperative housing of her childhood, to Brooklyn College under modernist Serge Chermayeff, to North Carolina's avant-garde Black Mountain College, to the Gate Hill Cooperative in Stony Point, New York, which Karnes helped establish as an experiment in integrating art, life, family, and community.

This book, designed to accompany an exhibit of Karnes's works organized by Peter Held, curator of ceramics for the Arizona State University Art Museum's Ceramic Research Center, offers a comprehensive look at the life and work of Karnes. Edited by highly regarded studio potter Mark Shapiro, it combines essays by leading critics and scholars with color reproductions of more than sixty of her works, providing new perspectives for understanding the achievements of this extraordinary artist.

August 6, 2010

Could you, Wood a Folk Art Center?

Tomorrow, August 7,  The Folk Art Center in east Asheville will host its annual celebration of wood crafts, Wood Day. The festivities include live demonstrations and the Tenth Annual Carve-Off Competition from 1 to 3pm. Admission to Wood Day and the Folk Art Center is free. The Folk Art Center is located at milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville North Carolina.

August 5, 2010

Asheville's Gallery Minerva featured Artist Anne Bachelier

Gallery Minerva is pleased to feature Anne Bachelier. Her paintings are filled with ethereal, timeless characters best viewed in person to capture their dreamlike whimsy and remarkable detail. Anne, tucked away in the foothills of the French Alps and surrounded by family, creates these inspired works from her living room studio. Gallery Minerva is honored to offer this exquisite collection of Anne's paintings. The Gallery is located at 8 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville North Carolina.

August 4, 2010

Asheville Art Museum Opening Reception Sewell Sillman: Pushing Limits

The Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square Asheville North Carolina, hosts the Opening Reception for Sewell Sillman: Pushing Limits  on Friday, August 6 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The reception is free with Museum Membership or Admission. Sewell Sillman: Pushing Limits celebrates the life and work of groundbreaking artist Sewell Sillman (1924 - 1992). In the late 1940s, Sillman studied with Josef Albers at Black Mountain College and continued to work with Albers until the 1970s. Sillman absorbed Albers's approach to color, design, drawing and education over the decades of their work together, bringing Albers's lessons to bear on his own art and teaching. This exhibition features many of Sillman's graceful abstract drawings and watercolors alongside powerful color studies.

Cloth Fiber August Workshop

Thiox: Removing Color Using Pattern & Design with Heather Allen-Swarttouw on Saturday, Aug 28, 10 AM - 5 PM. Using a wide variety of surface design techniques you'll explore taking color out of dyed cloth. Using Thiorea Dioxide (more commonly known as thiox) in a print paste you'll discover the possibilities of removing color from a variety of prepared cloth and/or your own hand dyed. This is a great way to revamp and recharge dyed cloth and explore a reductive way of creating pattern and color. Level: all levels, fee: $85 + materials. Cloth Fiber Workshop, 122 Riverside Drive, Studio D,  Asheville North Carolina.

August 3, 2010

Penland School of Crafts work-study scholarship applications due

Work-study scholarship applications for the fall eight-week Concentration classes at Penland School of Crafts are due by Friday, August 6.

This is also the deadline for our two special work-study scholarships: the Samuel A. Almon Scholarship, which can be used for a fall or spring Concentration in textiles; and the Christy Wright Scholarship for Glass Art,which can be used for a fall or spring Concentration in glass. These are fully funded work-study scholarships that cover all room, board, and tuition. The catch here is that you have to apply by August 6 whether you are applying for a fall class or a spring class. Complete fall class information here.  Work-study applications for spring Concentration classes are due on December 3.

August 2, 2010

Asheville Quilt Guild 28th Annual Show

August 6-8  Asheville Quilt Guild Annual Show: The North Carolina Arboretum hosts the Asheville Quilt Guild’s popular annual show, a juried event featuring more than 250 quilts of exceptional craftsmanship from across the U.S. and worldwide. The three-day show offers live demonstrations, a merchant’s mall and more! Fee. The North Carolina Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville North Carolina.