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Monday, September 29th, 2014

We got access back to the blog, but in the process it made a new file, and the old information is no longer in it.  We hope to have everything back soon…

View From A Red State

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

I know my vote Tuesday won’t make much difference as far as the Electoral College goes, but I’m going to cast it for our President anyway – because I’m a free American. The popular vote counts too – really. It’s my privilege as a registered voter and I’m going to cast my ballot – no matter how long the line and no matter that I’ll be surrounded by folks voting for the other guy. I’ll also be voting to make this state a little less red. I never vote a straight ticket as there are good people on both sides.

In America, we’re not born red, blue or undecided – we’re born free. Although some are born more free by their economic circumstances, but on election day – we’re all equal – if we are registered and exercise our privilege to vote. And when the voting is done – most of us – not all, accept the results. Some go on to fight the winner until the next election. They’re the “my way or the highway” folks. It would be nice to not have our country wagging a campaign all the time. It would be nice if after the election our “representatives” got to work on building the best America we can – for all – in the spirit of compromise.

That’s why I’m voting Tuesday – even though I live in a solidly red state. If you’re registered – go vote. Exercise your privilege as an American. A lot of folks around the world would have no idea what that feels like. I always feel great when I vote – I wish we voted more often.

And, you folks in North Carolina – you do the same.

The July 2012 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready to Download

Sunday, July 1st, 2012


The July 2012 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 60 pages of it. We had over 110,000 downloads of the June issue. That’s pretty good for a Summer issue and the third month in a row with over 100,000 downloads each month.

We ask that you help us bring the news about the Carolina visual art community to others by spreading the link for the download around to your e-mail lists and posting it on your Facebook page. Once people see all that is going on in the visual art community they will spread it around to their lists and on their Facebook pages.

The link is: (

If you would like to get direct notice that our latest issue is ready to be downloaded you can send us an e-mail to ( to be placed on our mailing list.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good lazy Summer reading. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

By the way – July 2012 marks our 25th year of producing an arts newspaper. Thank you all for making that possible.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

A Poem I Heard on the Radio

Monday, February 6th, 2012

I heard this poem read on the radio the other day.

Let America be America Again

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed–
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek–
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean–
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today–O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home–
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay–
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose–
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath–
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain–
All, all the stretch of these great green states–
And make America again!

Think about when this poem was written. Of course many of the words give it away.

I sure didn’t hear this on the campaign trail by a Republican Presidential candidate. I’ve heard them say , “Let American be America Again” or “Let’s Take Back America” but they were talking about a different America – their America – the America of the 1%.

When I heard it, I heard a family standing in front of their foreclosed home; I heard men and woman standing in front of the factory and buildings they used to work in; I heard thousands and thousands of college graduates holding a diploma in one hand and the tally of their college loans in the other; I heard the people who have picked our fruit and vegetables for next to nothing and now are being shown the exit door; I heard our veterans checking out a public bench – their bed every night – I heard my self wondering how long before I’ll be voicing these words.

This poem was written by Langston Hughes, a black man in 1938. But, how true it rings today.

Tracking Internet Numbers on the New Online Version of Carolina Arts

Friday, January 14th, 2011


From the minute we first talked with some of our longtime advertisers about taking Carolina Arts totally online, the question asked was – “How will I know how many people see my ad?”

An important question for all advertisers, but one hard to answer for any media outlets.

A few days ago I went to our internet server’s page that tracks statistics and found out some of the info people are wanting to know.

As of Jan. 10th, 3,880 visitors had downloaded the PDF of the entire paper – all 49 pages. We don’t know if they looked at all 49 pages, but we started getting positive e-mails about the new look of the paper by the afternoon of Jan. 1. But, once you download the paper to your computer you can look at it whenever you want – as often as you want.

Now, we have no way of telling how many people just looked at the whole paper on their browsers – our server can’t track that. Some people don’t like downloading anything. Our overall visitations to the website are holding at an average of more than 50,000 a month. Considering the holiday and the weather – that’s good.

Actually the download is just over 10mb which is smaller than some images people e-mail to us. And the download takes less than 2 minutes – sometimes less than a minute on our computers and they’re not so new. But the older your computer or browser is – it could take longer.

Now, we posted individual pages for those who don’t like to download files and we could see those numbers in the hundreds. Some pages attracted more viewers than others – those were pages with colorful ads and color images.

Carolina Arts – the website got over 20,000 visitors in that same timeframe and they looked at 10,000 different pages – some going as far back as 1999. Usually what happens in a search, a viewer finds one link to our paper and then ends up going to different places in time in our archives which date back to 1999. Regular views go straight to where they have bookmarked a page. So ten years from now people will still be looking at pages in this Jan. 2011 issue and downloading the entire PDF for a walk back in time to see what was going on in the Carolina visual art community. It’s amazing.

But our advertisers are more concerned with the present time.

If you haven’t seen our Jan. 2011 issue of Carolina Arts( – what are you waiting for?

While you’re viewing that issue, we also ask you to click on some of our advertisers’ ads and go check out what they have to offer. After all, they make the paper possible. They need to know you appreciate their support.

Carolina Arts Enters the World of Facebook

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Well, like all things it had to happen eventually – we now have a page on Facebook. And, we invite all our readers out there to Like us. I always hoped you did anyway, but now this is a way of showing it – just like we all want you to feel the same about all our supporters who help make Carolina Arts, Carolina Arts Unleashed and Carolina Arts News possible.

This is all new stuff for us and it will take us some time to get everything just right, but hang in there with us, eventually we may even be Tweeting soon. After all, spreading information about what’s going on in the visual art community in the Carolinas is what we’re all about.

If you have a Facebook account – type Carolina Arts in the search field and pick the one with this image
(the one and only true Carolina Arts Facebook page).

Then Like us. Then see what we’ve posted there.

Big Art Events Taking Place in the Carolinas – Nov. 18 – 21, 2010

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Starting this Thursday evening with Columbia, SC’s 25th Annual Vista Lights celebration and ending with Seagrove, NC’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters – this week offers some great visual art events – for both viewing and buying. Make your plans now.

Columbia, SC’s 25th Annual Vista Lights celebration, sponsored by the Vista Guild, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, from 5-10pm in Columbia’s Congaree Vista area along the Congaree River. Click on the name of the event to read an article from Carolina Arts newspaper).

Some of the highlights include:

Fabric artist Susan Lenz will be collecting socks for her art project called, Looking For a Mate, a community based art quilt. The public is invited to bring their “mate less” socks to River Runner, at 905 Gervais Street, as donations to the project. Lenz will be hand stitching these “found objects” onto recycled acrylic felt in order to create a unique art quilt. The felt was formerly packaging material for canoes and kayaks being shipped by distributors to retail shops like River Runner. If you bring a sock – children or adult; serious or comic – you may discover it in the final quilt, which will be unveiled at Artista Vista in Apr. 2011. Here’s a link to a blog entry I wrote about this project.

Poster image by Jeff Donovan

Vista Studios, one of the first art venues to locate in Columbia’s Vista area is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a special 20th Anniversary Show which will be on display from Nov. 16-30, 2010. The show will open on Nov. 18 in connection with this year’s Vista Lightscelebration. At Vista Studios, more than 30 artists (current and past members) will be exhibiting paintings, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture in Gallery 80808. For further info call the gallery at 803/252-6143 or visit ( Here’s a link to a blog entry I wrote about this exhibit.

Work by Bruce Nellsmith

Homeland, a collection of new paintings by Bruce Nellsmith, is another highlight of the Vista Lights celebration in the main gallery at City Art Gallery. This exhibition will be on view from Nov. 18 through Dec. 30, 2010. Various other types of art including textiles and jewelry will be featured at City Art Gallery during the celebration. For further info contact Wendyth Wells at 803/252-3613 or visit ( Here’s a link to an article we presented in Carolina Arts. A collection of handmade jewelry by Cindy Saad will also be featured during the Vista Lightscelebration.


And, no Vista event is complete without stopping by One Eared Cow Glasswhere Tommy Lockart, Mark Woodham, and their assistant, Ryan Crabtree will be doing the dance of glass blowing for everyone to see. They’ll have plenty of wonderful glass objects – just right for holiday gift giving and some pretty spectacular fine art objects for collectors. Here’s a link to a blog entry I’ve done in the past showing you just a peek at what you’ll be able to witness during Vista Lights.


To learn more about the Vista Guild, call 803/269-5946, e-mail to ( or visit (

The 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters will open on Friday evening, Nov. 19, 2010, at 6pm with a Gala Preview Party at the historic Luck’s Cannery in Seagrove, NC. Meet the artists and enjoy the opening night festivities of this fabulous event as visitors have the first opportunity to browse and purchase from the thousands of pieces, sip a favorite beverage and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, while listening to the jazz band of Joe Robinson. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to preview a select collection of unique collaborative pieces to be auctioned. This highly successful venture, teaming Seagrove artists, to produce highly collectable one-of-a-kind pieces was very popular in prior years. This artwork will be auctioned at 8pm on Friday evening.

Ben Owen III holds a pot created by himself and Will McCanless

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. They may be purchased on-line at ( Gala ticket price includes admission to the event on Saturday and Sunday as well. Here’s a link to an article we offered in Carolina Arts newspaper.

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, the show is open from 9am to 6pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. For further information visit their website at (

Jug made by Sid & Matt Luck

But here’s a link to a blog entry we posted at Carolina Arts Unleashed.

And, finally, this is the last weekend to see the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 33rd Annual Exhibition, on view at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC, through Nov. 21, 2010. Here’s an article we offered at Carolina Arts newspaper ( and a link to a blog entry we posted on this exhibit, with more images.

Work by Steve Garner

The gallery at the Center for the Arts is open Fridays, 9am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-2pm; and Sundays, 2-4pm. For further info call 803/328-2787 or visit (

There, that’s three good possibilities to fill your weekend.

7th Annual Hilton Pottery Festival Takes Place in Newton, NC – Oct. 9, 2010

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Here’s another item we received about a pottery event at Carolina Arts.

The 7th Annual Hilton Pottery Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct, 9, 2010, from 9am to 5pm, at the old Hilton home place in the community of Blackburn, outside of Newton, NC.

Work by B. R. (Bob) Hilton

Work by B. R. (Bob) Hilton

Featured potters are B. R. (Bob) Hilton, 4th generation potter of the Hilton family, John Hilton, grandson of famed post-Civil War potter John Wesley Helton, Sybil Scronce Hedspeth of Pottery by Sybil, and Melany Dawn Crouse, Image One NC Photography.  All potters will feature pieces for sale all during the day.

Bob Hilton, who resides at the home place, has renovated an old building on the property that he uses as a gallery full time. Seven years ago he decided to do the festival to honor his heritage and share some of the long history of the Hilton family with others who are interested in pottery as traditional vessels. The Hilton’s were known for usable, functional pieces, and Bob continues his work in that same tradition, as the family has for close to 150 years.

John Hilton at kiln

All of the featured potters have a connection to the Hilton family.  John Hilton is the grandson of John Wesley Helton, who began the pottery industry for the Hilton family after the Civil War. The home place is about two miles from the original site of John Wesley’s pottery shop.

Sybil Scronce Hedspeth at the wheel

Sybil Scronce Hedspeth of Pottery by Sybil grew up in the Blackburn community and now lives and turns in Granite Falls, NC. Melany Dawn Crouse of Image One NC Photography has published works of many of North Carolina potters.

Light refreshments will be served, live turning demonstrations will occur throughout the day, and many historical pieces will be on display at the B. R. Hilton gallery.

The address is 4026 Old State Road in Newton.

For directions, a map or any other information, call 704/462-1304 or visit (

An Anniversary Blog Entry

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Notre Dame 24 – University of Michigan 28


Way to go



HAM Festival on July 24, 2010

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Somehow we got the date wrong for the HAM Festival taking place in Seneca, SC. See the posting – two down. It’s not July 14 – it’s July 24, 2010. I’m sorry for this mistake and hope no one misses the event due to that mistake.