January 29, 2014

Cloth Fiber Workshop Offers Screen Printing Class

February 21 - 22 at Cloth Fiber Workshop, Cotton Mill Studios at 122 Riverside Dr, Studio D in Asheville's River Arts District:  Screen Printing: Non-Traditional Methods  with Heather Allen Hietala.  In this workshop you'll explore the versatility and immediacy of using a blank silk-screen as a creative tool. With blank screens and non-toxic textile paints you'll play with non-traditional methods of screen printing to create texture and images. Level of Expertise: all levels. fee: $185 + materials fee. 

To register for any Cloth Fiber workshops call 828.505.2958,  register online  or stop by the studio, Mon-Sat, 10 AM - 4 PM.


January 26, 2014

HandMade in America Upcoming Craft Labs

HandMade in America's Craft Labs offer a comprehensive curriculum of two-hour classes on business subjects, industry-specific skills, creativity, and access-to-market courses that are tailored to meet the unique needs of our craft artists in today’s economy. 

Making money with a small business is difficult, and takes time, effort and skill. Craft Labs help artists with the basics of running a successful small business.These classes are open to all. Click here for the most up-to-date schedule.     Registration is required.

January 25, 2014

Penland Announces New Fellows

Sarah Brown
Penland School of Crafts welcomes five new core fellows next month: Jamie Karolich, Joshua Kovarik, Meghan Martin, Emily Rogstad, and Tyler Stoll. They will spend the next two years living and working at Penland, joining our returning fellows: Audrey Bell, Sarah Brown, Angela Eastman, and Will Lentz. Read more about our new fellows on the Penland Sketchbook.

Also on the Penland Sketchbook, a January studio visit with core fellow Sarah Brown.

January 23, 2014

Opening Reception for "Taking Shape" at The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design

January 24, 5 PM - 7 PM, at The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design's Benchspace Gallery and Workshop, 67 Broadway Street in Asheville NC: The Center celebrates its new location with an opening reception for  Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship at ithe Benchspace Gallery and Workshop.

This special exhibit is the first group display of Windgate Fellows' work which spans a range of approaches, media, and processes. Taking Shape features a selection of recent objects completed by Fellows awarded in years 2006-2010, revealing a cross-section of up-and-coming perspectives on craft.

Taking Shape was juried by Cindi Strauss, Assistant Director of Programming and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The show continues through May 3, 2014.

January 22, 2014

Heartwood Gallery Final Week of 29th Anniversary Sale

This is the final week to take advantage of
Heartwood Gallery's 29th Anniversary Sale.  

Get $29 off all purchases of $100.
In addition, it is winter clearance time and
select items in the gallery have been marked down 25-50%.
Sale items may be applied towards the $100 purchase price.
Great savings on pottery, jewelry, home decor, wearables, wood and more!

Anniversary Sale ends January 31, 2014

Winter Concerts at the John C Campbell Folk School

Join the John C Campbell Folk School for free Friday night concerts featuring some of the finest regional and national acts around. On most Fridays from 7-8 PM, you'll enjoy old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and Celtic music in the Keith House Community Room. There are also occasionally concerts on other evenings, so check the website often for the upcoming schedule.

Jan/Feb Concert Calendar:

Jan. 24: The Puddle Jumpers

Jan. 31: Playing on the Planet

Feb. 14: Mary Cox

Feb 21: Smith & Grimm

CLICK HERE for the Music Events page  to read more about the artists.

January 21, 2014

Ski Exhibit Opening at The BlowingRock Art and History Museum

January 24, 5 PM - 7 PM at The Blowing Rock Art and History MuseumThere's No Business Like Snow Business: History of Skiing in the High Country officially opens with a reception, free and open to the public.

The exhibit looks back at the development of the region's ski industry and winter tourism through photographs, archival materials, equipment and gear, resort histories, personal recollections, video footage, and other artifacts.

Also enjoy $3 off regular adult admission to the Museum during WinterFest weekend (Jan. 23-25). 

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) is located at 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock NC.

January 19, 2014

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Cocoa and Canvas

January 23, 5 PM - 7 PM at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM):  Kick off Blowing Rock's WinterFest with Cocoa and Canvas.  Enjoy this fun, family-friendly art class with professional art instructor, Dacia Threthewey, and take home your own piece of art.  Absolutely no experience is necessary.

BRAHM will provide all supplies, including a hot cocoa bar and snacks, for both adults and children. Normally priced at $40, this special WinterFest-themed event is now only $20 for adults (age 16+) and $10 for children (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Enrollment is limited and participants must register in advance by contacting Leila at 828-295-9099 x 3006 or leila@blowingrockmuseum.org.

Learn more about WinterFest and other local events, rentals and attractions on the Blowing Rock NC Visitor Guide.

January 18, 2014

Asheville Fringe Art Festival

January 23 - 26  The  Fringe Art Festival   serves patrons of art from Asheville and beyond by facilitating the creation and production of avant garde work that may otherwise not find a venue. In past years the artistic mix has included actors, dancers, singers, videographers, painters and musicians, presenting a varied range of interesting work including cross-genre improvisation, Butoh dance, sketch theatre, modern dance, and multi-media performance art.

Learn more about Art in Asheville on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

January 16, 2014

NC Artist William Jameson is Featured in Southwest Art

WILLIAM JAMESON is currently featured in Southwest Art, a nationally circulated art publication, with an article in the February issue available at area bookstores. The article can be found on page 82 or visit Bill's website, www.williamjameson.com and go to "Blogs and Videos."

Jameson's painting, "Highway 176 Series," is included in an exhibit of work  which has been added to the permanent collection at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA, and his work, "Wishing Creek," is also included in an exhibit of recent acquisitions to the permanent collection of the Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Born in Honea Path, South Carolina, William Jameson always felt strong ties to his native region. Today, he and his wife, Anne, also a painter (www.annejamesonfineart.com), reside and paint in Saluda NC

Bill credits growing-up surrounded by the natural beauty and rich history of South Carolina with inspiring his childhood ambitions of becoming an artist. After studying with Frank Rampola at the Ringling School of Art in Florida, Jameson continued his studies while teaching landscape painting and life drawing as a graduate assistant at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Bill has drawn inspiration from a wide array of bodies of work, ranging from the drypoint etchings of American landscape artist, Chauncey Foster Ryder to the Renaissance masterpieces of Titian.

January 15, 2014

Jim Carson Workshop offers Waiting List

Jim Carson landscape
January 23-25 - Jim Carson's January workshop, "Painting in the Studio/Brushwork Boot Camp" is currently full. Because cancellations are always problematic in January, Jim has started a waiting list.  If you are interested and would like to be added to the list, please contact Jim at jimcarson@tds.net, call 828-749-3702 or visit www.jimcarson.net.

Jim's next Saluda workshop will be "Fresh Paint/ A Plein Air Experience," on June 5-7.

January 13, 2014

Craft a Special Vacation at the John C Campbell Folk School

As we begin the New Year, we look at varied ways to improve ourselves. This year, why not focus on creating time for a more meaningful life. At the Folk School, they support that journey by inviting you to come focus on a hobby or creative pursuit. The School offers a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere and a beautiful mountain setting.

The Folk School is pleased to offer the same tuition, lodging, and meals rates for 2014. Also new for 2014, stay in one of the "Economy" priced houses and save. Stay in Bidstrup or Mill House and save on your housing and meals costs.

January 11, 2014

Tree of Life Plaque added to Dillsboro Mural "On Hallowed Ground"

January 14 at 12:00 noon in Dillsboro - a special event: the stunning three dimensional "Tree of Life" bronze plaque which was cast and finished by the Jackson County Green Energy Park and Western Carolina University art students will be attached to the Dillsboro historical mural, "On Hallowed Ground." Hanging from the bronze casting will be the permanent metal engraved donor's plaque honoring those who donated to the mural. 

Members of the bronze pour team were:
Timm Muth (GEP Director)
Chelsea Miller (WCU Art Education
Colton Williford (WCU Construction Management)
Kevin McNiff (WCU Ceramics Graduate Program)

Bronze for the tree of life was recovered from melted valve bodies, old bronze artwork, and scraps from previous pours.

The Jackson County Green Energy Park (GEP) is an award-winning project that uses landfill gas (bio-methane), waste wood, and waste vegetable oil as fuel for a series of art studios. GEP facilities currently include the only set of blacksmith forges and metal foundry in the world fueled with landfill gas, an innovative public-access ceramics kiln fired with wood & waste vegetable oil, and one of only three glass shops fired with landfill gas. The GEP hosts public tours and demonstrations, hands-on classes and the renown Youth Arts Festival each September. The GEP seeks to create art and community using renewable energy resources.

The downtown Dillsboro historical mural, painted by Doreyl Ammons Cain, was unveiled on October 6, 2013 during ColorFest. The GEP created the "Tree of Life" plaque as a donation to the mural project.

Learn more on the Dillsboro NC Visitor Guide.

January 10, 2014

Featured Artist: Blacksmith Artist Stephen Chilingirian

Stephen Chilingirian Just finished an amazing commissioned sculpture. It was a collaboration with Don Blackwell who is a master wood carver. The title of the piece is called The Guardians.

All the Ivy and vines are hand forged - this has to be explained because most people think it is real Ivy. The unveiling of the sculpture was December 14, 2013 with a great turn out. Don and Stephen are in the process of a second sculpture also with wood and Ivy vines that will be equally if not more stunning!

Stephen is also working on a series of Custom bottle openers and will be posting them on his website and Linkedin page soon.

 Stephen J. Chilingirian is a self-taught, thought provoking blacksmith Artist. Stephen earned his Bachelors Degree in Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill California, a Master of Technology Certification from Harley Davidson Motor Company, and has received his Technician Certification from Toyota Motor Co. He owned a 100% organic cattle ranch in Colorado where he invented many useful tools for the equine industry. That was where his artistic side emerged.

Stephen still studies Astronomical Science, through a 16" Dobsonian telescope that he built himself and still builds an occasional one-of-a- kind Custom Motorcycle, including, but not limited to, The East Carolina University Pirate Chopper. His passion however, lies in art and creating art where he is guided by nature and the complex creations of "The Everything" throughout the Universe. Stephen uses traditional blacksmith techniques coupled with mathematical, musical and scientific formulas which he  believes are the keys to unlocking the secrets of the Universe as we know it.

Stephen started his business The Art of Steeling at the beginning of 2005 and moved to Zirconia, NC in
September 2007.

In June 2012 Stephen was asked to teach blacksmith artistry at Camp Arrowhead for Boys in Tuxedo, NC

Stephen is a member of several art guilds and organizations including, Foothills of the Carolina's Blacksmith Guild, Tri State Sculptors Organization, Mountain Sculptors Organization and the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America.

January 9, 2014

Soup and Conservation at the Art Resource Center in Spruce Pine

January 15   Soup and Conversation   Enjoy delicious homemade soup and stimulating round-table discussion about HandMade Craft Labs and other events for the Arts Council Resource Center. 11 AM - 1 PM at the Arts Resource Center Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine, 269 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC

Learn more about Arts  and Crafts in Spruce Pine NC.


January 8, 2014

River Arts District Second Saturday this Weekend

January 1  River Arts District Second Saturday   Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios for a day of family friendly fun, educational experiences, live demonstrations and to share their creations. Visit dozens of artists working in all types of media, available for viewing or purchase.

The River Arts District  is open year around - meet 150+ artists in their studios, visit craft galleries and shops and stop to re-energize at one of the cafes or restaurants.  Schedules are available online. Twice a year, every second weekend in June and November, Asheville’s River Arts District opens to the public for two days of festivities known as the STUDIO STROLL. On SECOND SATURDAYS artists welcome you into their studios to talk with them, see their latest artwork, watch demonstrations, and experience for yourself the magic hidden inside the time-worn factories and warehouses along the French Broad River.

Click HERE for a map of the River Arts District and how to get to there.

Get complete visitor information on the Asheville NC Guide. 

January 7, 2014

Sue Grier's Pottery Artist Reception

January 15, 5:30 - 8:00 PM at Beverly-Hanks Discovery Center in Biltmore Park Town Square, 1 Town Square Blvd, Asheville NC -  HandMade in America invites all to pottery artist Sue Grier's Artist Reception.

Sue is originally from New Mexico where she studied oil and arcrylic painting at New Mexico State University. After moving to South Carolina 20 years ago, she began to pursue her interest in clay. For years she worked in Columbia, SC as a production potter, attending workshops at Arrowmont and Penland. Sue had considered herself a self-taught potter until 2004 when she decided to attend Clemson University to pursue a MFA. After graduating, she took a part-time position teaching ceramics at Clemson where she taught for 6 years.
Sue Grier currently lives in Leicester, NC, where she has her studio and focuses on one-of-a-kind functional and decrotative pieces.  

For more information about Sue Grier please visit her website www.suegrierpottery.com.

For questions about the Artist Reception and visiting Sue's work at Beverly-Hanks Discovery Center contact Lindsey Mudge at lmudge@handmadeinamerica.org or (828) 252-0121 x303.

Gert more information about NC mountain artists on the NC Art Gallery and Crafts Guide.

January 2, 2014

New Year, New Mountain Art and Crafts Gallery in Waynesville NC

NOW OPEN - the mahogany house art gallery and studios (yes, the small caps are intentional) in Historic Frog Level  at 240 Depot St. Waynesville, NC. The Gallery represents over 50 local artists in all mediums.

There are currently 5 active studios including encaustic, woodturning, oil and acrylic and assemblage with a glassblowing studio opening Spring 2104.
The Gallery's unique interior includes fall away brick plaster walls, dark plank wood flooring and embossed tin ceiling tiles,  lending a timeless appeal to the space and complementing the treasures of art displayed within. The artist studios are located in the rear half of the building through the french doors in an industrial type setting.

Visitors are encouraged to enter the studios and interact with the artists with demos daily. Visit the website at www.themahoganyhouse.com or give them a call at 828-246-0818. Regular hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM and Sunday from 12 PM - 5 PM during the months of April through December,  and Tuesday - Saturday from 11 AM - 6 PM and Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM in  January, February and March.