August 31, 2011

Kids in Clay Classes at Pincu Pottery

Pincu Pottery has announced a schedule of  fall classes for kids  including:

"Halloween Face Mugs and More!" 
Ages 8 and up are welcome to make fun Halloween decorations in clay including a face mug!
"Christmas Gifts Galore!"
Ages 8 and up are welcome to come play with clay and make gifts for friends and family.
CALL TO REGISTER - 828-488-0480 Limited class size. Pincu Pottery is located at 80 Hwy. 28 South, Bryson City NC. 

August 30, 2011

Work of the Week at the Asheville Art Museum - August 29

Cabalo Valador Series #28
Therman Statom was born in Winter Haven, FL in 1953 and was raised in Washington, DC. As a young man Statom developed a friendship with Cady Noland, son of the Asheville-born abstract painter, Kenneth Noland. Statom's decision to become an artist was reportedly attributed to his acquaintance with the Noland family.

Following his early studies in glass art at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA in the early 1970s, the budding artist earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1974, and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Pratt Institute's School of Art and Design in 1978.

Work of the week: Cabalo Valador Series #28, Screen printed and assembled glass, 14.38 x 16.38 x 4.63 inches. The work is a gift of Delphia Allen Lamberson and Hoke Smith Holt.

August 29, 2011

Opening Reception for the Connestee Falls Art League

Sept. 2,  4-7 PM,  Brevard. The Land of Waterfalls Art Gallery  invites the public to a reception and cocktail party for the Connestee Falls Art League. Art works will be displayed for show and sale throughout the month of September. Hours of the reception are 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and will include a cocktail party and a meet and greet of artists from the Connestee Falls Art League, along with members of the Land of Waterfalls Gallery! Music will be provided by Dave Abel and group! 

Land of Waterfalls Gallery is located at 5388 Greenville Highway (276S) Brevard, NC 28712. For more information call: 828.883-3830

August 28, 2011

Winter Studio Rentals at Penland School of Crafts

Penland doesn't offer classes in the winter, but that doesn't mean the studios are empty. Each winter, there is a small but lively community on the hill made up of staff members and winter renters. The books, clay, glass, iron, metals, photo, textiles, and wood studios are available in January and February for folks who wish to work independently--the letterpress and print studios are available in February. Housing is also available.

August 27, 2011

Country Workshops Fall and Winter Tutorials

Registration is now open for fall and winter tutorials at Country Workshops. These courses are limited to 4 students. Tuition includes materials, meals and your private room. Specialized tools are provided for all of these courses. Drew Langsner is the instructor.  Country Workshops include woodworkers of all abilities – beginners, amateurs and professionals.

Fall Tutorials
October 3 - 7: Ladderback Chairmaking 
November 14 - 18: Rustic Windsor Chairmaking 
December 5 - 9: Carving Bowls and Spoons 

Winter 2012 Tutorials 
January 16 - 20: Ladderback Chairmaking 
January 30 - February 3: Rustic Windsor Chairmaking 
February 13 - 17: Carving Bowls and Spoons 
February 27 - March 2: Making the Hearth Chair 
March 26 - 30: Making a Corner Cabinet 

Registration can be by postal mail, phone (828-656-2280) or e-mail. The tutorial deposit is $350, with the balance due 4 weeks before each course begins. The cancellation policy and a printable registration form is on the web site.

August 26, 2011

Grovewood Gallery features Wood Work

 A Wood Collector's Home at Grovewood Gallery  featuring the works of 19 top wood artists from across North America. A Wood Collector’s Home will showcase 3 rooms with handcrafted furniture pieces, as well as wall mounted and freestanding sculptural works. The show continues through October.

August 25, 2011

Traditional Indian Crafts this weekend in Cherokee

August 26 - 27   6th Annual Festival of Native Peoples and Cherokee Art Market  A gathering of tribes from the Americas to celebrate Native culture. Enjoy traditional dancing, food and craft vendors. Indigenous tribes from across the Americas gather for the sixth Annual Festival of Native Peoples this weekend at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee, N.C. Considered the finest showcase of native dance, song and art in the southeast, the event honors the collective history, customs and wisdom of some of the oldest documented tribes.

August 24, 2011

HandMade in America Program benefits Bryson City

The streets of Bryson City NC will soon be getting  a "facelift"  thanks to Handmade in America's small town revitalization program. The organization has completed the first two phases of the program, which involved town commitment and a series of meetings with community members to understand the vision for the town. The third step is a written plan for renewal, which is scheduled for public unveiling at 7 PM Thursday, August. 25 at the senior center.

"We've got a lot of great, doable ideas, and it's a real reflection of the public information sessions," said Karen Wilmot, executive director of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. "It's completely driven by those who attended those meetings."

Currently, HandMade in America works with 13 small towns in 10 counties to connect them with funders and resources that support their community projects. Find out more about HandMade in America  Small Towns!

August 22, 2011

Brevard Gallery Walks this weekend

August 26 , 5 PM - 9 PM    4th Friday Gallery Walks  An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard NC every 4th Friday of the month, from May through December.More than a dozen art and craft galleries participate offering a variety of works from photography and pottery to painting and jewelry form local and regional artists and artisans.

August 21, 2011

Penland Summer and Fall Classes

There are still a few open classes in 7th session at Penland School of Crafts. The list includes classes in clay, glass, iron, photography, printmaking, textiles and wood.

A Fall Workshop Preview:

Metal Furniture with Vivian Beer :  September 25 - November 18
Furniture is a powerful format for expressing concepts and engaging in an imaginative and physical experience. This is a class in designing and building metal furniture, exploring work that falls between function and sculpture. Demonstrations will cover drafting, scale modeling, pattern making, welding, hollow construction, jig making, forging, hand hammer control, and a varied use of abrasives for finishing and surface development. Students will work with everything from hand hammer to TIG welder, hydraulic press, and slip roller. We will touch on proportion, ergonomics, style, history, material experimentation, design theory, and terminology. Whether your goals are sculptural, functional, technical, or conceptual, the iron shop will become your creative laboratory.

Penland's eight-week fall and spring concentrations are an unmatched opportunity in craft education: almost as long as a college semester, with the intensity of a total-immersion workshop. This is a great time to settle into the studio and make great strides in your work.  Click here to for more information and to check out our complete lineup of fall and spring classes!

Historic Preservation Workshops
Honoring the past is an important part of building the future. So we're pleased to be partnering with the North Carolina State Office of Historic Preservation offer two special workshops this fall in the craft of renovation and historic preservation.

October 14 - 15: Historic Preservation Workshop with preservation architect Joe Oppermann
October 21 - 22:Window Restoration Workshop with specialist David Hoggard
Click here for more information, pricing, and registration.

January Printmaking and Letterpress Residencies for Artists and Writers
Like snow? Like ink? Both are in the forecast for our January residency opportunities in print and letterpress. These residencies are designed for eight artists or writers in each studio who would like to work with a lead printmaker or letterpress printer for two weeks in January, 2012. The first session is January 2-15; second session is January 17-30.

The application deadline is September 15, 2011. Click here for more information and an application form.

Winter Studio Rentals
Penland doesn't offer classes in the winter, but that doesn't mean the studios are empty. Each winter, there is a small but lively community on the hill made up of staff members and winter renters. The books, clay, glass, iron, metals, photo, textiles, and wood studios are available in January and February for folks who wish to work independently--the letterpress and print studios are available in February. Housing is also available.  You can find complete information on the winter rental page here.

August 20, 2011

Leicester Studio tour this weekend

August 20 - 21,   Leicester Studio tour - FREE self-guided studio tour. Meet artists and see demonstrations of their work in Painting, Prints, Jewelry, Pottery, Fiber, Brooms, Turned Wood, Metal Work and more. Get printable PDF of the map and list of participating artists HERE.

August 19, 2011

Fine Arts & Mastercrafts Festival this weekend in Banner Elk

August 20-21    Fine Arts & Mastercrafts Festival of Avery County  International and mountain fine artists and master crafters handcrafting ,iron works portrait paintings, glass blowers and demonstrations. Juried annual event in downtown Banner Elk NC. 

August 18, 2011

Asheville art Museum Update

Friday, August 26, 2011 (12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.)   
Docent-Led Tour of works from the  
Permanent Collection
Free with Membership or Museum Admission

A Docent-led tour of works on view from the Museum's Permanent Collection, currently comprised of more than 3,000 works of American art ranging from the 20th to 21st centuries, including works of significance to Western North Carolina and the Southeast. Learn more about the Permanent Collection here
Magic Moon
Image Credit: Ke Francis, Three Friends: Loggerhead, Albino Catfish and Magic Moon, 2001, woodcut, 23.75 x 24.5 inches. Gift of Delphia Lamberson and Hoke Smith Holt. Asheville Art Museum Collection. 2002.01.05.65.

Also Save the Date for the opening of the next Permanent Collection exhibition  being installed in the second floor galleries of the Museum, titled The Elemental Arts: Air | Earth | Fire | Water. This exhibition opens on September 2, 2011. Learn more here.
Sunday, August 28, 2011 (3:00 p.m.)     
Free with Membership or Museum Admission

Man and his Monuments
Image credit: Carlos Anderson, Man and His Monuments, ca.1935, lithograph, 15 x 11.25 inches. Gift of Thelma Lowenstein. Asheville Art Museum Collection. 1993.08.04.61.
Art Working will provide a lively afternoon discussion of the role of government in art, the history of the Works Progress Administration and its legacies in public and private sector grant-making, and how to survive as a working artist today. Guest panelists include public art consultant, Janet Kagan, Arts2People Executive Director, Kitty Love, as well as artist and Assistant Professor of Art at UNCA, Mark Koven.  

August 17, 2011

HandMade in America Sponsors Free Workshop

August 18, 9 AM - 4 PM -  ILLUMINATED ARTISTRY: FREE day-long workshop for artists, artisans, and cultural entrepreneurs to learn about the legal aspects of running their art-based businesses.  Speakers at this event include attorneys and other professionals who regularly work with artists and art-focused enterprises, and who look forward to sharing their expertise with attendees!

9:00-9:05:Welcome, keynote speaker introduction
9:05-9:30:Keynote: The Changing Nature of North Carolina's Art Economy
9:30-10:15:Structuring your Small Business.  A Discussion of Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, LLC's, B-Corporations, and Corporate Structure (Thomas Beckett, Asheville)
10:30-11:15:Using Contracts in your Art-Based Business (Anna Mills, Asheville)
11:15-12:00:Panel: Financing your Small Business
12:00-1:00:Lunch (THANK YOU to our sponsor, The Van Winkle Law Firm)
1:00-1:30: Succession Planning: Preparing for the Future (Adam Shealy, Asheville)
1:30-2:30:Intellectual Property--What Artists Need to Know about Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Secret.  Bring your Questions! (Deborah Gerhardt, Chapel Hill)
2:45-3:15:Cross-Media Marketing (Anne Strickland, Cary)  
3:15-4:00:To Post or Not To Post: Legal Issues Surrounding Social Media and Business (Clara Cottrell, Greensboro & Trey Ingram, Greenville)
For more information, please contact     

August 16, 2011

BRAHAM 3rd Thursday moved to August 24

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum - This month's Third Thursday has been MOVED to THURSDAY,AUGUST 25.  Jonathan Stuhlman, curator of American art at the Mint Museum, will present "How to Read a Painting" at 4 p.m. in the BRAHM office,  upstairs in the Martin House (1098 Main Street). A reception and refreshments will follow.

Jonathan Stuhlman is the curator of American Art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte. He is a co-curator of the Mint Uptown's current exhibit "From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland." In "How to Read a Painting," Stuhlman will help art lovers learn to understand what artists hope to convey while continuing to appreciate their work from a purely aesthetic viewpoint.  For information about Third Thursdays, call 828.295.9099.

August 15, 2011

"Art of Historic Saluda Exhibit" calls for Artists

The 130th Birthday Celebration Committee is pleased to invite you to enter your artwork at the "Art of Historic Saluda Exhibit" in Saluda, NC, October 28-29, 2011 from 10am to 7pm.  The committee is calling all local and regional artists in all visual art forms to participate in showing and selling your artistic views of Saluda.
Your artwork of Saluda will be on exhibit to the public October 28 and 29 in the "Upstairs Room" at Historic Thompson's Store, 24 West Main St., Saluda, NC.  20% of your sales will be donated to the 130th Birthday Celebration fund-raising campaign. Exhibit Information and Guidelines:
  • There is no cost to exhibit your creation.  The image must be of something in Saluda.  
  • You may receive a tax deductible form denoting the amount as a donation to the City of Saluda.
  • Artistic rendering and artwork set up Thursday, October 27 from 1:00 pm -5:00 pm.
  • If needed, please bring an easel to display your work.
  • All work not sold must be picked up by Monday, October 31 between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.
  • Historic Thompson's Store is located at 24 West Main, Saluda, NC.
  • You do not have to be present during the Exhibit hours.
  • The "Upstairs Room" will be secured during the Exhibit days.
  • Call 828-749-3789 or email for more details. 

Tryon Gallery Trot this weekend

August 20   Tryon Gallery Trot   Enjoy great art, plus shop in downtown Tryon.  This event includes strolling musicians, performers and vendors. All galleries will either host opening receptions for new exhibits, or be open late hours. Other local merchants and restaurants will be open as well, creating a festive downtown atmoshphere.

The Upstairs Artspace will be featuring three exhibits all opening during the Trot; "Curvature and Color", with artists Kenn Kotara, and Dale McEntire whose shapes and bright palettes are comparable. "Carolina the Beautiful"; a photographic show featuring: Chris Bartol, Jeff Miller, John Morre, Mark Olenski, Norm Powers, John Smith and Rimas Zaliskas, with a focus on local scenic views. And finally "Cassie Ryalls: New Work"; the Upstairs proudly introduces this figurative clay artist.  Kathleen's follows suit with a duo opening exhibit; "Burnsville Potter-Claudia Dunaway", and "Real and Faux-Teddy Bears by Linda Boiter". Linda will be on hand to take orders and to answer questions about her work during the Trot.

Skyuka Fine Art continues its current exhibit of "Women of Western North Carolina". Come and enjoy the works of Linda Cheek, Sheila Wood-Hancock and Kelly Phipps. Also, artist and owner Richard Christian Nelson will be doing a live demonstration of a charcoal portrait. He will discuss his technique and give some insight into this beautiful medium's way of capturing the subject so delightfully.
Richard Baker invites you to join him at his working studio/gallery. Come see his latest luminous landscapes and commissioned pieces featuring Tryon points of interest.  Relax in his newly decorated working studio while enjoying light refreshments and a visual feast.

Green River Gallery is always ready to greet fellow "Trotters" with original artwork as well as beautiful giclee reproductions.

Vines and Stuff continuously unboxes new inventory and features stunning pottery by local artists. Kiveo regularly rotates their expansive wall space with stirring and unusual local artists as well and will be featuring pieces by Bob Neely and Diana and Catherine Gurri.

Tryon Painters & Sculptors will be hosting late hours
in their new space on Maple St. Their current exhibit will be a "Members' Show" featuring both paintings and sculptures.

August 14, 2011

In Our Own Words: Language as Craft Exhibit in Burnsville

Ten local artists/fine craftspeople are each sharing the results of a creative experiment at The Design Gallery in Burnsville, NC in an exhibit running from August 5 through September 5, 2011.

In a reversal of the usual process of making an object and then explaining it in words, a personally-resonant word was first chosen by each artist as the impetus for the making of an object. "We find not the phrasing to describe our work, but rather the craft to depict our language", says Brian Wurst, one of the artists.

Other participants in the show include Fatie Atkinson, Caryl Brt, Melissa Engler, Carla Filippelli, Wayne Fowler, Susan Link, Journel Thomas, Jenna Weston, and Jamie Womack.
  For more information, call 828-678-9869.  

August 13, 2011

Exhibit Opportunity with HandMade in America for American Craft Week

In celebration of American Craft Week, a national event taking place from October 7th through October 16th, HandMade in America will be exhibiting a show highlighting the diverse talent of the craft artists of western North Carolina. This exhibition is to be on display in the HandMade offices from September 29th until the beginning of November. To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please submit a completed exhibition entry form.

To submit work for exhibition you must be listed on our Craft Registry, and live/work in one of the 22 Western North Carolina counties we service. If you are not registered or need to know our service area, please visit Joining our registry is free and open to anyone working in the field of craft in western North Carolina.

Exhibit entries are due by Friday, September 2nd. Work must be available for exhibition from September 23rd through Wednesday, November 9th. HandMade is seeking quality, innovative, hand made work by local western North Carolina craft artists. We are searching for both traditional and contemporary craft works. Artists may submit images of up to three pieces of work for consideration. Submissions should include no more than two images of each piece for a maximum of six images total. Images should be submitted digitally, either as jpegs or put together in Power Point with a dpi of at least 300. Please be sure to include a completed entry form with your submission Exhibition Entry Form. If you would like your materials returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kari Rinn at 828-252-0121 or Proposals should be submitted on disc to: ACW Exhibition, HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington, Asheville, NC 28801. Or via e-mail to:

August 12, 2011

Asheville Art Museum Lunchtime Art Break: Color Study

Lunchtime Art Break: August 12 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) Color Study. For those who like to be in control, color is a trouble maker. Color Study provides a lively discourse between contemporary and historical works and tackles a variety of critical issues surrounding color. For the artists in Color Study, color is not a mere descriptor; instead, it is a provocative and powerful force. Learn more about the artists and works of art showcased in the exhibition during this Friday's lunchtime Art Break with Assistant Curator, Cole Hendrix. Free with Membership or Museum Admission

Color Study
will remain on view in the Museum's Appleby Foundation Gallery through Sunday, November 6, 2011.The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 South Pack Square,  Asheville  NC.

August 11, 2011

Come To Leicester Artists Reception and Studio Tour

August 12, 5:30 - 8 PM, HandMade in America Gallery at 125 South Lexington Ave., Suite 101 in Downtown Asheville - Come To Leicester Artists will  host a reception. See the beautiful artwork and meet some of the artists who created it. Refreshments will be provided.

After you see the exhibit, visit the studios! 2011 Come To Leicester Studio Tour; a free, self-guided tour of 26 studios throughout Leicester, NC that will be taking place Saturday and Sunday August 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information and a map of the tour, visit

August 10, 2011

Annual Wood Day at The Folk Art Center

August 13 Wood Day at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.  An annual celebration of wood crafts including live demonstrations and the Eleventh Annual Carve-Off Competition from 1 PM - 3 PM.  The Folk Art Center's auditorium will be filled with lathes, sawhorses, wood tools and the master craftspeople who know how to use them. Demonstrations include flute making, wood turning, broom making and furniture design and construction. Southern Highland Craft Guild members Sandra Rowland and Jan Morris will host activities for children.

Wood Day Participants include:

Will Hines -  coopering
Lyle Wheeler -  chair making
Derek Hennigar -  furniture
Bill Henry -  whittling
Don Duncan -  treenware
Jim McPhail -  wood turning

WNC Woodcarvers  include:

Walt Cottingham -  birdhouses
Friendswood - Brooms
Alan Hollar -  wood turning
Helen Gibson -  carving
Carolyn Anderson -  carving
Dana Hatheway -  chair making
Eddie Howard -  carving
Lee Entrekin -  flute making
David Crandall -  boxes
Sandra Rowland and  Jan Morris - kids activities

The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382
on The Blue ridge Parkway in Asheville NC.

August 9, 2011

Asheville Area Arts Council Sponsors the Color Ball

August 27 at 8 PM    The Color Ball is Back   The Asheville Area Arts Council is bringing back the color ball, an event with an ever-changing color requirement in the dress code. This year attendees should get decked out in their finest turquoise attire and join the party at The Orange Peel to help celebrate and support the Asheville artist community.

The event is called The Turquoise Ball - A Celebration of Our Unique Culture.
  Planned events include a fashion show and performances by Paper Tiger, DJ Marley Carroll, Members of Asheville Symphony, sage, the Eternity dance troupe, Aerial Space Cadets, Santos, Barrett Smith and more!

VIP tickets are available for $50 and general admission is $25. You can purchase them here.

August 8, 2011

Rachel Eager Featured Artist at the Asheville Art Museum Shop

After discovering a strong passion for design, Rachel Eager began creating handbags in 2010. All of Rachel's bags and clutches are handcrafted in the artist's Asheville-based studio using carefully selected fabrics that are both unique and beautiful. Rachel's goal is to provide customers with a luxury item that is affordable, yet timeless in style.  

For more information on all gift items, art and  much more available at the Museum Shop,  call 828.253.3227 ext. 110. The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 South Pack Square in Asheville NC.

August 7, 2011

NC Arts Council Endorses Exhibit with Grant

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) has been awarded a $5,000 Arts and Audiences Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council for one of the Museum’s grand opening exhibits: “Elliott Daingerfield: Art and Life in North Carolina.” The decision to support the BRAHM project during the state's ongoing fiscal crisis -- which resulted in a 15% budget cut for the Arts Council -- makes the grant even more significant.

To see the press release about the grant, click here.

August 6, 2011

Film Screening today and tomorrow at the Asheville Art Museum

Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 (2:00 p.m. daily) - Film Screenings at the Asheville Art MuseumThey Shoot Horses, Don't They?   Free with Membership or Museum Admission.

This 1969 multi-award nominated film by Sydney Pollock still packs a punch in its unblinking view of Depression-era life, the time period that spawned the federal Works Progress Administration. Starring Jane Fonda, Gig Young and Susannah York. Held in conjunction with Artists at Work: American Printmakers and the WPA.