May 27, 2016

Art on the Green in Historic Banner Elk NC

May 28 - 29, 2016    Art on the Greene   Three times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans. 

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. The festivities include food vendors and other entertainment. Get details online. Admission: Free 

Get a map, lodging and complete information on our Banner Elk NC Visitor Guide

May 23, 2016

Franklin NC Hosts Spring Into Summer Craft and Art Show for Memorial Day Weekend

May 27 - 28, 2016            Spring Into Summer Craft and Art Show    Held at the Macon County Fairgrounds. There will be food and outside activities along with about 20 – 25 local crafters. 

Admission is free but they do ask for a donation of a can of Friskies or 9 Lives cat food for the Catman2 No Kill Shelter. 

Show hours: Friday 10 AM – 5PM and Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM.

May 17, 2016

Random Arts Hosts Annual Arts and Crafts Supplies Sale

May 21, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Random Arts, 481 Louisiana Avenue in Saluda NC - Annual Outdoor Arts and Crafts Supplies Sale.


Artists have cleaned out their studios and craft rooms ultimately packing it up and taking it to Random arts. You will find new, used, unwanted art supplies and creative items at this outdoor flea market event. All priced to sell.


You'll find die cuts, rubber stamps, Stamp Pads and Adirondak Spray, Somerset magazines and Art Doll Quarterly magazines just to mention a few. Get huge bargains on vintage, antiques, fabric, stamps, inks, paint, quilts, fibers, beads, found objects, ribbons, scrapbooking and lots more. Bring your shopping bags, and fill them up.

What's new at Random Arts this month?  
  • New "artsy and funky" clothing
  • New creative workshops 
  • New eclectic necessities for inside and out

This is one the Mica Dress Designs. So many ways to wear it. Go ahead and play. Super Mod Large Polka Dots on White Rayon with Contrasting Black and White Polka Dot Pockets and Adjustable Straps.

May 16, 2016

This Week at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

May 20, 3016 at 5:30 PM - Cork & Canvan. Enjoy an evening of wine and painting in a relaxed atmosphere facilitated by a trained instructor. Each participant goes home with a finished work of art.

Image credit: Sunflowers by Emil Nolde
The guest instructor this month is Carol Childers. Join in as partivipants paint Sunflowers by Emil Nolde. All materials, including canvasses, are provided. Wine and snacks will be served. $35 for Members / $45 for Non-members.

May 22, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM - Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth Concert. Laura Boosinger has won glowing reviews wherever she appears and is blessed with an “essence of the mountains” spirit that can take you back to the good old days when folks used to huddle around the radio. 

It’s said that people who haven’t seen her live should prepare themselves for a “goose pimples experience”. 

photo courtesy of BRAHM
Laura will be in the company of Josh Goforth, an outstanding musician, acclaimed fiddler, guitar picker, and mandolin player, from Madison County, North Carolina. 

Josh has already garnered a Grammy nomination and has established himself as a “one to watch” musician who is heading for the premier league. Sing Out magazine called their latest CD, Most of All, “simple, direct and as good as it gets.” 

This Concert is made possible with the generous support of Alex and Anne Bernhardt. 

TICKETS:  Day of Show: $15 members, students, senior citizens / $20 general admission *** Advanced Purchase: $13 members, students, senior citizens / $18 general admission.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum 
is located at  159 Chestnut Street in Blowing Rock NC

May 13, 2016

Folk Art Center Fiber Weekend Celebrates Textile Arts

May 14 - 15, 2016    Fiber Weekend at The Folk Art Center   Come enjoy a celebration of textile arts. Throughout the weekend, craftspeople will be sharing their inspiration and expertise as the Southern Highland Craft Guild hosts Fiber Weekend 2016. 

Educational craft demonstrations will include: spinning groups, quilting bees, yarn circles, weaving and more.  The Annual Fashion Show of Wearable Art will be held on Saturday.

Known for demonstrating the raw labor of processing fiber, Cassie Dickson will be presenting silk worms to silk fabric. “The silk worms will be babies on Fiber Day, but they will be looking for a place to spin their cocoon,” says Dickson. Other participants in attendance will be the well-known quilter Georgia Bonesteel, alongside Sheila Rauen working on blocks and patterns. Lin Oglesby and Rita de Maintenon will have their knitting needles ready, and Mary Nichols will be at her spinning wheel with the Blue Ridge Spinners.

The annual Fiber Wearable Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, May 15 at both 1 PM and 3 PM. In its seventeenth year it will continue to honor fiber wearables from a selected pool of artists within the Guild. With 20 years of membership in the organization, weaver Liz Spear will be emceeing. She will explain many of the techniques and processes, as well as pointing out the education centers within the region that offer opportunities of workshops or classes in the textile arts, for all experiences.   

Fiber Art Weekend is a FREE event held annually at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville NC


May 10, 2016

Lake Eden Art Festival - LEAF - This Weekend in Black Mountain NC

May 12 - 15, 2016      LEAF - Lake Eden Art Festival    LEAF is one of the treasured traditions for families and friends across the southeast. 

Held annually in May and October at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, a weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey to "recharges your batteries". 

A few aspects that make LEAF popular is the family friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the beautiful setting, and the intimate size. Get schedules and details online.

Get local information on the 
Black Mountain NC Visitor Guide 


May 9, 2016

This Week at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

May 12, 2016 at 11 AM: Beekeeping: On the ground and in the cloud. Beekeeping has a rich tradition all around the world and the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina have their own unique place in that tradition. An overview of beekeeping and the use of technology in beekeeping will be presented. The talk will be accompanied by fresh coffee and locally-baked goods. Suggested $5 donation.

May 6 - 21, 2016:   Young at Art Student Spectacular. Come and see the wonderful works of art created by BRAHM's Young at Art students this year. Young at Art is an outreach program created by BRAHM to augment the arts curriculum for kindergartners through second graders at the Blowing Rock Elementary School. Students visit the museum once a month for a hands-on art class where they are introduced to a variety of art vocabulary, styles, techniques, and materials, as well as the art of visiting a museum.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) 
is located the corner of Chestnut and Main Street in 
Blowing Rock NC.

May 5, 2016

Upcoming Events at the Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 South Pack square in down town Asheville NC.

First Friday Art Walk
Friday, May 6, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pay-as-you-wish admission

On the first Friday of each month from April through December, the Museum extends its hours and offers pay-as-you-wish admission from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. as part of the Downtown Asheville Art District’s First Friday Art Walks.

More Than Math: FREE Professional Development for Math Teachers
Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Teachers of Grades 7–8
Free (registration required)

More Than Math integrates the visual arts into problem-based mathematics units developed for grades 3 through 8, drawn from the context of works of art in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. For more information or to register, click here or call 828.253.3227, ext. 124.

Home School Program
Tuesday, May 10, 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
$4 per student
For Students in Grades 1–4

The Asheville Art Museum presents a home-school program on the second Tuesday of each month. Each 90-minute session includes a guided tour of the Museum’s Permanent Collection or a special exhibition, plus a hands-on activity in the Museum’s studio. Museum admission for students and all materials necessary are included in the cost. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, click here or contact Sharon McRorie at 828.253.3227, ext. 124.

Discussion Bound
Why a Painting Is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art by Nancy G. Heller
Tuesday, May 10, 12:00 p.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission

The first time she made a pizza from scratch, art historian Nancy Heller made the observation that led her to write this entertaining guide to contemporary art. Comparing modern art not only to pizzas but also to traditional and children’s art, Heller shows us how we can refine analytical tools we already possess to understand and enjoy even the most unfamiliar paintings and sculptures. For more information, click here.

Tot Time
Tuesday, May 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission (children under 5 always free)

Come discover the art of play in our interactive Art PLAYce! Art PLAYce is open daily, but each month we will feature a fun activity designed especially for our young visitors plus time to explore the Museum galleries.

International Museum Day
Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free admission to Museum

Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is organized on May 18. From America to Oceania and from Africa and Europe to Asia, this year’s event celebrates the theme, Museums and Cultural Landscapes. Institutions around the world open their doors and organize programs that explore how museums are responsible for their landscapes – both inside or outside their walls, and both physical and cultural – by contributing knowledge and taking an active role in their management and upkeep.

To celebrate, the Museum is hosting the following FREE events on that day:
Art Break: Stories From the Vault, 12:00 p.m.
As we undertake the processes of inventory, packing, and moving before our expansion, staff members are making new discoveries about the Museum’s collection every day. In this series, curators, educators and special guests tell tales of connoisseurship, conservation, collecting and conundrums as we delve into the recesses of our storage vaults.

Family Open Studio, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Take a break from viewing the Museum’s exhibitions during International Museum Day and join us in the studio for family-friendly, hands-on art activities!

Make It Yours Listening Session, 3:00 p.m.
Come one, come all: Make your voice heard! We invite YOU to participate in the creation of the new Asheville Art Museum. The Museum is excited to have begun a major renovation and construction project that will transform our space and programs. Join us for a preview of the new Museum, an update on construction and give us feedback on areas of growth, opportunity and sustainability. We want to hear from our community as we prepare for our grand reopening in 2018! Light refreshments are provided. For more information, call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.

photo courtesy of Asheville Art Museum
Up for Discussion – The Creative Use of Industrial Processes for Artists
Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Museum and SNAG Members: $35
Non-members: $45

In this interactive artist talk, discover a portfolio of examples of how clever artists utilize industrial resources such as casting, commercial photo-etching, water jet and laser cutting, spinning and rapid prototyping to help make both one-of-a-kind and production objects. Click here for more information and to register, or call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.

Kate Clayton(Granny) Donaldson Cow Blanket, wool 

Art Break
Tryon Toy Makers: The Art and Craft of Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale
Friday, May 20, 12:00 p.m.
Free with membership or Museum admission

For this Art Break, Bruce Johnson, Director of the National Arts and Crafts Conference, will lead the discussion. This event is held in conjunction with Appalachian Innovators: Women in the Southern Highland Craft Guild, 1930-2000.

Workshop Series: Make It Last
How to Research Your Artwork
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Member: $20 per workshop
Non-member: $30 per workshop

Every artwork comes with its own set of mysteries: Who made it? Where did it come from? Whom was it for? Who owned it since its creation? The answers to these questions not only establish a history of ownership, but they also often tell fascinating tales about unique works of art. Learn about how to use print resources, online databases, art appraisal and connoisseurship to discover more about any artwork. 
Speakers include:
  • Brandy Bourne, Public Services Librarian, Ramsey Library at UNC Asheville
  • Carolyn Grosch, Assistant Curator, Asheville Art Museum
  • Lise Johnson, Associate Appraiser, Campbell Fine Art
  • Leisa Rundquist, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and Department Chair, UNC Asheville
For more information and to register, click here or call 828.253.3227, ext. 122.

May 3, 2016

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Announces 2016 Windgate Fellows

Now in its eleventh year, the Windgate Fellowship Award continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in the United States. Each year more than 100 universities from across the country are invited to nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.

The results of such early support are already beginning to emerge. Today, Windgate Fellows hold full time faculty positions, are accepted into nationally renowned residency programs, mount solo shows, and establish successful studios. Over half have gone on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree. Their work can been seen in nationally traveling exhibitions, represented in galleries, and published in periodicals such as American Craft. Supporting the next generation is one of CCCD's main focus areas identified to build a thriving national craft field. 

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Windgate Fellowship Award, CCCD announced that it would award a total of ten, $10,000 Windgate Project Grants to previous Fellows over the course of three years. The first three grants were awarded in 2015 to Andrea Donnelly (Richmond, VA), Aaron McIntosh (Baltimore, MD), and Mark Reigelman II (Brooklyn, NY). Three more grants will be awarded this year, and the final four grants will be awarded in 2017. This year, sixty Fellows from the first six years of the program were invited to submit applications for projects to be completed and presented at CCCD.

The 2016 Windgate Fellows are:

Anna Clark
Herron School of Art and Design - Wood/Furniture

Kaitlin Dunn  
State University of New York at New Paltz - Jewelry/Metalsmithing
Ean Escoto
San Diego State University - Ceramics/Jewelry/Metalsmithing
Christine Fashion 
Pennsylvania State University - Ceramics/Sculpture
Kira Keck
 Maryland Institute College of Art - Fiber/Textiles
Jenna Macy
 Maryland Institute College of Art Ceramics/Fiber/Textiles/Glass
Jennie Maydew
Colorado State University - Fiber/Textiles
Stacy Motte
California College of the Arts - Wood/Furniture/Photography
Katharine Payne
California College of the Arts Ceramics
Brandon Kento Saisho
Rhode Island School of Design - Wood/Furniture
The 2016 Windgate Project Grant recipients are:
Dustin Farnsworth 
Madison, WI
2010 Windgate Fellow
Woodworking/Functional Art

I will be working as an Artist-In-Residence of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina. For the project, I will conduct o
n-site interviews with local youth, included as an audio element in a final work, and also present visual documentation of those interviewed. Participants and visitors to the studio will gain an understanding of how their specific offerings inform and shape the artistic process.  

Rebecca Manson
Bedford Hills, NY
2011 Windgate Fellow

My project will demand me to balance detailed, creative work with the big picture in order to take a great leap in actualizing goals for my studio practice. I will create an eight foot diameter sphere made of small porcelain parts that will be clear coated in UV resistant resin, fully lined in fiberglass, and supported internally with a steel structure. The sculpture will be suitable for year-round outdoor display. 

Rachel Mauser
Louisville, KY
2011 Windgate Fellow
Book Arts

I will use this grant to develop three new artist books. Through these artist books I will advance several conceptual ideas, work towards maturing my combination of text, image, and form, create original text for my books, and further develop the intersection between my life as an artist and my life as an educator.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design advances the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States. The Center is located at 67 Broadway St. in Asheville NC

May 2, 2016

Pastel Painting Workshops in the Blue Ridge

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia's Co-founder, Doreyl Ammons Cain, is offering a wide variety of opportunities to those desiring to learn about the basics of pastel painting while enjoying the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
In 2016 beginning in May and throughout the year, a variety of workshop experiences are offered.
"Exploring your own creativity while painting wildflowers, birds, portraits, nature scenes and still life is the focus, yet learning the basics of color, composition and tonal qualities as you experience the fun of painting. This makes for exciting art workshops!' says Cain.

A Fresh Start" by Doreyl Ammons Cain

In May three "Wildflower Pastel Painting" workshops happen at different locations, the Southwestern Community Collage Sylva Campus, the Cashiers Senior Center, Nature's Home Preserve in Tuckasegee and the Stecoah Valley Center. 

On June 4th 2 PM- 5 PM an art workshop will be at the Hooper's Homestead in Tuckasegee where participants will learn about life on a mountain farmstead as they enjoy painting wild flowers. 

Other art workshops will be at various locations, with a continuing Pastel Painting Class at the Cashiers Senior Center every last Thursday at 1:30- 4:30. 
"This class makes it easier for us youthful, yet aging artists" says Cain. For more information contact Doreyl Ammons Cain at 828-293-2239.

2016 Pastel Painting Workshop Schedule: May 20, 2 PM-5 PM- Stecoah Valley Center- Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting May 25, 2 PM-5 PM- Sylva Campus SCC, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting May 26, 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM- Cashiers Senior Center, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting June 4, 2 PM- 5 PM- Hooper Homestead, Tuckasegee, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting
June 7, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM- Sylva Campus SCC, Outside Wildflower Pastel Painting
June 23, 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM- Cashiers Senior Center, Outside Birds Pastel Painting July 9, 2 PM- 5 PM- Nature's Home Preserve, Tuckasegee, Outside Birds Pastel Painting July 13, 2 PM-5 PM- Sylva Campus SCC, Outside Birds Pastel Painting July 15, 2 PM-5 PM- Stecoah Valley Center- Outside Birds Pastel Painting July 23, 10 PM-12 PM- Stecoah Valley Center-  Pastel Painting for Kids July 28, 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM- Cashiers Senior Center, Portrait Pastel Painting August 6, 2 PM- 5 PM- Nature's Home Preserve, Tuckasegee, Outside Landscape Pastel Painting August 25, 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM- Cashiers Senior Center, Figure Pastel Painting September 29, 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM- Cashiers Senior Center, Still Life Pastel Painting October 14, 2 PM-5 PM- Stecoah Valley Center, - Outside Birds in Fall Landscape Pastel Painting October 27, 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM- Cashiers Senior Center, Outside Fall Landscape Pastel Painting 

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is a non profit organization dedicated to preserving mountain heritage and promoting local arts and literature.  Located near Sylva NC.