March 29, 2014

Penland's Gallery Launches Online Shop

The Penland Gallery has launched an online shop featuring a wide range of work by artists affiliated with Penland:  Shop the Penland Gallery HERE.

The Gallery has also started their own Instagram account.  If you're on Instagram, follow the Penland Gallery here. 

Penland School of Crafts  - A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Classes are offered for both those with an art avocation and professional working artists. Penland NC

March 26, 2014

ColorFest is Looking for Fine Artists and Crafters

Colorfest, a Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, is looking for artists of all media to participate in this 6th annual fine art festival to be held on October 4, 2014 in the historic town of Dillsboro, NC. Regional fine artists and crafters are encouraged to apply.
Within the colors of autumn, the town of Dillsboro will welcome visitors to this walk-about town where the artisans will be displaying their works. ColorFest participants will be showcased in a new format for this year's festival, in which they will be set up continuously and conveniently directly on Front Street. Church Street will be sectioned off for food booths. 
Interacting with the public from 10 AM until 4 PM on October 4,  artisans have the opportunity to show how their art is created as well as selling their artwork.

This year cash prizes, sponsored by Champion Credit Union, will be awarded to the artisans. Categories:  First place for fine art $100; Second place for fine art $50. First place for fine craft $100; second place for fine craft. Best of Show—Booth $150.

For an application, visit or call 828-506-8331 for more information, or stop by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Food vendors may also download the food application from the website.
Applications Due by July 1, 2014

ColorFest, Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, is produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, in partnership with Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. This project received support from the Jackson County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact:  Connie Hogan, or Brenda Anders, 828-506-8331
Dillsboro Merchants Association, a 501c6 nonprofit organization

March 25, 2014

John C Campbell Folk School Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

March 29   Empty Bowls at John C Campbell Folk School   The event takes place from 5-7 PM and tickets are $25.00 (includes a handmade bowl by a local potter, soup, bread, salad and dessert). Support food banks while sharing a hearty meal with friends and enjoying a fun evening at the Folk School. 

Extra bowls will be for sale for $20.00 after the event. Enjoy live music by the Dog Branch Cats as well as the company of new and old friends. 

March 20, 2014

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Hosts Expressive Arts Roundtable Today

March 19   Expressive Arts Roundtable   "Coffee and Conversation" in conjunction with The Painted Song exhibition. BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art and History Museum) is hosting this roundtable 10 AM - 12 PM in the Community Meeting Room in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Painted Song: Art of Wiili Armstrong.

The discussion will be facilitated by Katrina Plato, Jimmy Poplin, Kelly Baruth, Joey Dickson, and Deborah Tallarico through Appalachian State University's Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling. Free and open to the public.

March 17, 2014

Mary Beth Shaw at Random Arts

March 28 -30  at Random Arts, 481 Louisiana Avenue in Saluda NC -Meet the Artist Mary Beth Shaw, Golden Paint Educator and "Stencil Girl" this weekend.

March 28 - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from 5 PM - 9 PM
. Everyone is welcome and there will be Refreshments, Door Prizes and more. Enjoy  the Trunk Show, Stencils from the Stencil Girl,  Mary Beth's newest book, New DVD's with tons of techniques, Wood Icing, and maybe a demo or two....

March 29  and 30 from 10 AM to 4 PM  - 2 full days of a "hands on" approach to the inside story and techniques for using Golden Acrylic Paints:

-Explore fascinating effects that will help you move your painting up to the next level.

-Fiber Paste and Absorbent Grounds to achieve a water color look.

-The magic of Acrylic Skins for layering that is super natural.
-Mixed Media Monoprinting, using Open acrylics and the Gelli plate.

-Learn new Color palettes 

-Metallic and Interfence that 'pop' your top (layers, that is).

She will share specific color information, bring you up to speed on which texture mediums to use for which tasks, and introduce you to High Flows and Open Acrylics. Collage, Painting, Printmaking, Skins.  Prepare to be astonished.


*Surfaces to work on - rigid substrates - could be canvas panels, wood panels or gesso panels, whichever you prefer. If you are traveling, it is easiest to bring flat panels that don't have a cradle behind them. Bring from 2-4 in any size up to 12x12. If you work fast, bring more, if you work slow, bring less, but be prepared to work back and forth across more than one piece.

*Bring your favorite Golden Fluid Acrylics - a couple colors only.  There will be will bring a lot of additional colors so you can develop a specific palette around colors you already own.

*Brushes suitable for painting. Inexpensive brushes (such as the ones by Robert Simmons) work fine and Shader and Angle Shader brushes about an inch wide are Mary Beth;s preference. Bring a glue brush also.

*Water container, apron, gloves, pencil, scissors, small cutting mat, palette knife (if you already own one) and a small selection of collage items.

*Your $20 kit fee includes use of a wide variety of Golden products including paints and texture mediums. There will also be additional substrates for everyone to try including Watercolor paper, printmaking paper and Claybord. Plus there will be pencils, markers, Gelli plates, deli paper and other items to share. If you happen to own a small Gelli Plate and wish to bring it, feel free.
The fee is $250 for both days and evening activities. Contact Jane Powell at Random Arts to register.
828-749-1165 or email.

March 13, 2014

BRAHM and Mountain Home Music Host St. Patrick's Day Benefit Concert 

March 16   St. Patrick's Day Benefit Concert   BRAHM (The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum)  and Mountain Home Music will partner to present an all-Celtic St. Patrick's Day benefit concert on Sunday at 4 PM in the atrium at BRAHM.

The concert will feature Strictly Clean and Decent, The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys, and members of the The Forget-Me-Nots. The concert will benefit Joe Shannon, the founder and "guiding light" of Mountain Home Music for 20 years. He recently retired from his position as executive director due to health concerns. A $20 donation is suggested at the door and all proceeds will go to help Joe with his medical expenses.

Get more information about Blowing Rock NC events and attractions HERE.

March 10, 2014

Open House at John Kah's Studio H this Weekend

March 15 at John Mac Kah's Studio H in the Cotton Mill Studios at The River Arts District, Asheville NC - Annual Open House and Anniversary Sale from 10 AM - 5 PM in celebration of the Studio's twelfth Anniversary. Meet Asheville artists John Mac Kah, Alisa Lumbreras and Jason Rafferty and view their works.

NC Artist John Mac Kah

March 9, 2014

Expressive Arts Roundtable at BRAHM

March 10 at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum - Expressive Arts Roundtable  "Coffee and Conversation" in conjunction with The Painted Song exhibition. BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art and History Museum) is hosting this roundtable 10 AM - 12 PM in the Community Meeting Room in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Painted Song: Art of Wiili Armstrong.

The discussion will be facilitated by Katrina Plato, Jimmy Poplin, Kelly Baruth, Joey Dickson, and Deborah Tallarico through Appalachian State University's Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling. Free and open to the public.

March 6, 2014

Jodi Ohl Mixed Media Workshop this weekend at Random Arts

March 7-9 at Random Arts, 481 Louisiana Avenue in Saluda NC: Jodi Ohl teaches 3 special workshops this weekend:

March 7, 1 PM - 4 PM    Angelic Inspirations   Summon your Guardian Angel, your muse, you most trusted source of inspiration during this paint and collage mini class. Using limited color palettes, texture, and simple yet layered designs, participants will create 2 6x12 "Angelic Inspiration" works during this 3 hour session. Come play and have fun and walk away with great pieces to keep or give as inspirational gifts to those you love. $65 fee.
March 8, 10 AM - 4 PM    Podabilities   Re-discover your inner child with doodles and playful finger painting as you layer your way to abstract windows to our world of "Pods-Abilities". Create colorful abstracts that are a touch on the side of whimsical, full of playful marks (you will even make own stamps and stencils), and truly deep layers of fun scribbles, doodles, and little windows of fun. This is a full day of class where you will explore many painting techniques that you can carry forward in a variety of ways, not just for this amazing project. Some painting knowledge helpful but more important, your willingness to explore and let go of what you 'know' and discover a whole new world of mixed media art and fun. $110 fee.
March 9, 10 AM - 4 PM  Texturize This Live!    Are you ready to be immersed in color and luscious texture, or looking for something new to add to your work?  Are you willing to let go, experiment and be open to possibilities, even happy accidents?   You'll dive into a world of shimmering color, tantalizing texture and mysterious layers during this full day of experimenting on a surface that will make your paintings sing with intensity. Be a painterly scientist as you uncover ways to work with contemporary abstract compositions that employ exciting textural designs and layers.  By manipulating the surface with heat, glazes and 3D mediums, you will be creating work that is truly unique and fascinating. Your work will amaze everyone. $110 fee.
Jodi Ohl is a self-taught mixed media artist, originally from Dunkirk, NY, who now resides in Aberdeen, NC. Having recently left her day job to pursue her artistic career full time, she is has built a body of work that is known for its distinctive texture, bold color combinations, often whimsical or abstract compositions, as well as motivational in nature.  Her art appeals to those that seem to be young at heart and who appreciate the positive side of life whether communicated through words, colors, or composition.    
Published in a variety of international mixed media magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, Artful Blogging, Artful Journaling, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, as well as a contributor to two mixed media books, Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker and Cloth Paper Scissors, The Book by Barbara Delaney, Jodi enjoys writing about her art and sharing the love of healing and motivation through creativity.  She is represented by regional galleries in North Carolina  and in her home state of NY.  In addition, Jodi is a popular mixed media art teacher online and in person, teaching at both large and small local and national workshops around the US.  When not painting, she enjoys time with her two sons, Josh, 12 and Zach, 18 as well as other friends and family.  

Jodi welcomes visitors to her blog, Sweet Repeats  where you can find a full listing of classes, weekly musings, and additional artwork for sale.

March 5, 2014

Philip Moose Exhibit at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

March 4 - April 30 at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock NC:  High Country Landscapes: Philip Moose exhibit opened on March 4 in the Community Meeting Room and will be on display through April.

This collection of art highlights a bequest to the Museum from Dan and Jane Wolfe of Charlotte, who summered for many years in Blowing Rock. BRAHM acknowledges their contributions to the Museum and the community. 

Phillip Moose Exhibit