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Carolina Arts Has a New Facebook Post Queen

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

On June 1, 2014, a week from today, I posted the notice that our June 2014 issue of “Carolina Arts” was up and ready to be downloaded from our website at (www.carolinaarts.com). Right away we started getting a bunch of “shares” of that post. It looked like we were heading to a new Facebook record (for us), but I didn’t want to say anything, as the last time I mentioned we were getting a lot of shares of a post – it died instantly. So mum was the word and I proceeded as we always do to share the post on my Facebook page every day for the next five days and leave the one up on the Carolina Arts’s Facebok page up. But by day three the existing record set by a cover by Jane Filer from the Chapel Hill, NC, area was broken – big time – by a cover by Wan Marsh of Charlotte, NC.

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Don’t be sad South Carolina artists – our most popular cover ever is one by Mary Whyte of Charleston, SC – one that no one will ever catch up to – I think. For almost two years after we launched that cover it would get thousands of downloads – every month. I mean like 10,000 downloads a year after it was first launched – month after month.
It finally faded to not much this year.

Wan Marsh’s cover reached 6,440 people on Facebook. The “Carolina Arts” Facebook page only had about 2,290 likes at the time. So a lot of folks were seeing this cover from the 114 shares that post got. Through that reach the post got 451 likes and 85 comments – most I couldn’t see as they were on other people’s Facebook pages.

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“Ancient Power” by Wan Marsh

I won’t know till the end of the month how many downloads the June issue will get, but it already looks like a down month – due to the beginning of Summer, so I don’t think the June issue will ever come close to the Mary Whyte launch month – not to mention all the downloads it got month after month – for a couple of years.

But Wan Marsh’s cover makes her our new Facebook Cover Queen.

Big single images seem to be the key, both Mary Whyte’s and Wan Marsh’s were single images where Jane Filer’s was three. And guys – were looking for that image that will give us a Facebook King.

Now here’s the trick. Some of our covers are dedicated to certain events, and we try to tie in a cover with an event – exhibition, festival, or something, but we occasionally just see a work and want it on our cover. Unfortunately there have been a few times when artists could not supply us with a large enough high res file of their work. A couple just couldn’t get it to us in time and we had to quickly find a substitute. So it takes an artist who is prepared when the call comes.

Plus it takes the right timing. We try to be fair to all areas of the two states we cover and at times I see something that would make a great cover, but it’s from an artist who is from the same city the last month’s cover came from. Drat!

A couple of month’s ago we had a popular cover from an artist who just happened to notice a call for cover images I put in one of the little spacers I add to fill pages when articles fall short of filling the page. It pays to read the whole paper.

And, we receive some images by artists who feel they are ready for a cover, but we don’t agree – at least not with what they sent us. And a few of those had no clue of what a high res image was. Any image we put in the paper needs to be at least 300dpi at the size we need it. A single image on our cover can be up to 10″ wide by 14″ tall – at 300dpi, that can call for a 30-40 megabyte file. Some people don’t understand you can’t just type in 300 where 72 dpi was.

So, I’m not saying I want artists to start sending me images left and right. I”M NOT SAYING THAT. I’m saying that some artists might just be able to fit the bill of matching location, timing, and having something that when put on our cover knocks viewer’s socks off – you might want to send us a look at what you have – in a small file. Otherwise we keep an eye out for possible images that we get in press releases, Facebook post, or exhibits we see. I first saw Wan Marsh’s image at the 2014 ArtFields competition. It didn’t win an award in Lake City, SC, but it made her Queen of Facebook Posts for “Carolina Arts” – for now.

And, in compliance to a future Federal law we give equal opportunity to all fine art mediums – including installations, as long as you can supply a decent image of them. I’m waiting for the first image we get where the artist also has a video of its creation. Now that would be something.

Maybe that would stop people from asking if we have a print version of the paper available. You couldn’t have an interactive cover image in a printed paper.

You can see more of Wan Marsh’s work at this link (http://wanmarshstudio.com/#home).

A Trip to Fairhaven in the Land of North Carolina for a Taste of the Renaissance Life

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

On an open field surrounded by wooded forest in upper Mecklenburg County, just north of the Queen City in the land of North Carolina, the mist clears for eight weekends revealing the village of Fairhaven. That’s where the Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace takes place.

It’s a place where you can dress in your own fancy festival garb or come as a time traveler from the future to enjoy period entertainment, test your skill at throwing an axe or climbing Jacob’s ladder, watch a joust to the death, taste the King’s nuts, visit a privy, or just follow the King and Queen strolling throughout the village with their court at hand. There’s lots of things for your little serfs to enjoy too. Or, just eat, drynk & be merrie. Huzzah!

At about the turn of the 21st century we started receiving offers to trade advertising for tickets to this festival. At the time I knew nothing about Renaissance Festivals and had no interest in this offer. Then one day in a conversation with our godchild Zelda Ravenel (our Carolina Arts webmaster and graphics guru) – she mentioned that some friends who were in her high school’s madrigal choir were going to go sing at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. I said that I had been getting requests for an offer for tickets and the rest is history.

The first year we went as time travelers from the future in our regular cloths. I was blown away by this place – it was a real renaissance village with hundreds of entertainers, artisans, village workers, and people just walking around the village in period costumes. The next year we all went in costumes we made (Linda did the bulk of the sewing for me) and soon we all had several outfits so that we wouldn’t show up in the same one year after year. I now have three and we’ll all have new ones designed by Zelda for next year. Many times we were taken for people who work at the festival, but our costumes usually pale in comparison to the real workers’ costumes. You might have seen one of mine – Rengarr – on my Facebook page.

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Some years we had a group of 10 or 12 who went with us, but over the last five years only some small part of that group have made it, but Linda and I haven’t been able to work out the time to go. This year Linda, Zelda and I made it. But before I go into what went on at this festival – let me tell you about the journey there.

We hardly go anywhere that isn’t in some way related to work, and in this case we were not only visiting an advertiser’s event, but we did some scouting along the way. As usual we traveled from the headquarters of PSMG, Inc. located on Lake Moultrie, around the lake and over to I-26 towards Columbia, SC. In Columbia we picked up I-77 and headed north towards Charlotte, NC – the Queen City.

Our first stop was the relatively new Olde English District Artists Market & Visitor Center in Richburg, SC, just off exit 65 of I-77. The Center is located right off the exit on a frontage road off I-77 at 3200 Commerce Drive in Suite A.

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The Center carries a variety of works made by artists from the seven counties in SC which make up the Olde English District, including: Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York. The selection is good now, but I imagine as artists learn about this new outlet and travelers on I-77 learn of the Center – many more artists will soon be represented there. The Center also has a lot of info about what’s going on and can be seen in those seven counties – including art events.

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Works by Gina Bruce

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Works by Stephanie Lavery of Moonstar Creations

The Olde English District Artists Market & Visitor Center and the Avant Garde Center for the Arts in Great Falls, SC, have teamed up to bring an impressive array of artists to Lancaster, SC, for The Holiday Downtown Market on Dec. 7, from 10am-6pm, part of the Red Rose Holiday Tour (Dec. 6-8, 2013). The Holiday Downtown Market will be located at 212 S. Main Street in Lancaster. Holiday shoppers have a central location to find works of art that include stained glass, wood turnings, paintings, photography, artistic jewelry & accessories, sweetgrass baskets, pottery, wood carvings, sculpture, and more!

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The Big Sign

While writing this blog post, I noticed on Facebook that the Center was finally getting their sign which people will see as they travel back and forth on I-77, so more people will be discovering this outlet for art and info in the near future.

You see it’s all related – when it comes to Carolina Arts – you can’t throw a stone or drive for miles in your car and not find something to do involving the visual art community in the Carolinas. Just check out a copy of Carolina Arts – you’ll see.

And, in case you were wondering – while we were at the Center a couple purchased a fair number of items there and another visitor was looking very hard, but we had to keep moving as we had another destination to reach before we could check into our hotel.

We got back on I-77 and headed past Rock Hill, SC, to drive around the south of downtown Charlotte to transfer on to I-85 headed further north to Concord, NC.

I wish I had done a search on highway construction projects that might be in my travel path, but I never do. I’m a kind of jump in the car and head in the direction I’m headed kind of guy, so sometimes I pay the price of not doing any research. I-85 going north from Charlotte is under construction – adding another lane but closing one of the three that was there making it only two lanes heading north. This was Friday afternoon on an holiday weekend and many cars were flowing out of Charlotte, so soon travel was bumper to bumper. After the first half hour of getting nowhere slowly, I was thinking I might have been better off going on I-77 and getting off at Huntersville, NC, and taking NC 73 over to Concord, but we were stuck.

After a never-ending slow crawl up I-85 from Charlotte to Concord, we made it to The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council 30 minutes before they closed. The Galleries are on the first floor of the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse – a beautiful building, located at 65 Union Street South in downtown Concord.

I-85 outside of Charlotte is probably going to be under construction for years to come, so I might suggest an alternate route – especially if you’re trying to get there from Charlotte on a Friday afternoon.

For years I’ve wanted to get there to see one of their exhibits – they always seem to be showing some of the best artists in North Carolina and sometimes works by a few South Carolina artists. The current shows were a good example of what I feel is the norm for the Cabarrus Arts Council.

“Soft Focus,” includes artworks embracing impressionistic techniques and the moderating effects of time and memory. The exhibition features works by Katherine Armacost, Tamie Beldue, Nancy G. Cook, Bre Barnett Crowell, Alan Dehmer, Charles Farrar (the only local artist), Carolyn Glazener, Chris Luther, David McRary, Terri Otten, Terance Painter, Stuart Roper, Jeremy Sams, Deborah Squirem Charlie Tefft, and Wendy Whitson.

“Shop Seagrove & Piedmont Pottery,” is CAC’s annual exhibition of acclaimed potters from the Seagrove area of North Carolina and some from the Piedmont area of NC. The exhibition features works by Bulldog Pottery, Chris Luther Pottery, Crystal King Pottery, Dirtworks, Jared Zehmer Pottery, Jeff Pender, Joseph Sand Pottery, King’s Pottery, Luck’s Ware, and Pottery by Frank Neef.

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Oh look – tiles by Samantha Henneke of Bulldog Pottery

Both of these exhibits will be on view through Dec. 19, 2013.

I knew the work of many of the artists being featured in these two exhibits but I fell in love right off the bat with the paintings of Katherine Armacost. Oh, did I mention that they were abstract paintings?

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Painting by Katherine Armacost, wooden vase by Charles Farrar

If you’re a regular follower of my writings you know I love abstract works, but not just any abstracts – abstracts done well – which isn’t that easy. Armacost has joined my A-list of favorites.

In this case, I hate to single an artist out as all the works in this exhibit were excellent, but Armacost’s works were just my favorite of the day. I can’t help myself. But, if someone is looking to give me a knock-out Christmas gift – I’d take anything from this exhibit – anything.  But, like I said before – offering only the best seems to be a trend for the Cabarrus Arts Council.

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Works by Nancy G, Cook in one of the hallways – she has had work on our cover

The pottery exhibition was full of wonderful gift possibilities – all with reasonable prices for a one of a kind work of art. Believe me – no one receiving one of these works will ever remember that sweater or tie you got them in the past.

After passing through both exhibits I took a few photos to show some of what the facilities looked like in the reburbished courthouse. And it looked good. A flyer for the facility claims – “Rich wood floors and historic architectural details combine with state-of-the-art lighting to create a wonderful place to view outstanding artwork inside the historic courthouse”. And, I agree with every word of that statement.

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This is the gift shop in the old tax collector’s room.

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Here’s a view of one of the rooms making up The Galleries

Linda and I also met Pat Verner, the Communications Director for the Cabarrus Arts Council. We’ve been receiving press releases from her for years and I asked why she didn’t include more details about these exhibits and we discovered that she was sending us the short versions of her releases. From now on we’ll be getting the long versions. I might have given some folks the impression that space was limited – as it was when Carolina Arts was in print, but space is no problem now that we are online. All we ask when it comes to long version press releases, is that more photos of artworks come with them to help break up all those words.

They had an event that same evening in The Davis Theatre, also located in the courthouse, so we let them close up the galleries and get on to their next duties. It was a fast 30 minutes, but time well spent. After 25 years of doing this paper, I can see and learn a lot in 30 minutes. Future trips to Fairhaven will probably include visits to The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council to see more of their great shows.

Next stop was the hotel room in Huntersville, cutting across NC 73 which runs between I-85 and I-77. But as we headed to Huntersville we saw a long slow stream of cars and trucks who were probably trying to avoid travel on I-85. So, my wish to make a loop from I-77 to Concord probably wouldn’t have even gotten us to The Galleries in time for even a 30 minute visit. Sometimes accepting what life hands you is the best plan.

Saturday morning we were headed to Fairhaven to be there in time for the opening ceremonies of The Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace. The village doesn’t open without a preview of what the day will offer and permission from the King and Queen.

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Part of the opening ceremony

All photos offered here were taken by Zelda Ravenel. She had some device which would record what we did and saw there. How that all works I don’t know.

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This year’s costume

Once inside we started the traditional trek from one end of the village to the other and Fairhaven is no small village. We older folks think more reason should be taken, but we always lose out to the younger folks. Fairhaven needs more chairs and resting spots in between its numerous stages for entertainment. Before the day was through we would travel the length of the village several times.

This year was the Festival’s 20th Anniversary, and we were happy to see that some things had changed and that some long time favorites were still there.

One big change to me was that the Jousting Tournament was now a contest between three riders and their squires were all young women. The announcer was also a woman on horseback. This must have reflected the latter years of the Renaissance. Who knows if in the near future a mysterious jouster might turn out to be a woman.

Many of the artisans were the same. One from the village of Hickory in the land of North Carolina was Brock Martin of Warfire Forge, who specialized in armor and weapons.

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A fine piece for the head

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It’s hard work but someone has to do it

This being Pirate’s Christmas weekend the village was infested with pirates and other swarthy characters – some from lands beyond my knowledge. I think that’s why there was a lot of business being conducted around the armor and weapon shops. With a village motto of “Eat, Drynk & Be Merrie!”, who knows what might happen at any minute. I guess that’s why the King and Queen travel with a sizable number of palace guards on hand.

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I’d stay clear of these folks – if you know what I mean – Aaarrgh!

But there are many more artisans offering normal wares including all sorts of cloths and accessories like shoes, hats, leather bags & pouches, and jewelry. The village is full of tanners, blacksmiths, glass blowers, weavers, and whatever else it takes for people to get through their Renaissance days.

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Everyone needs a mug. These are by Jerry Leaders

Food and drink are a major part of the Festival. I was happy to see a new addition to the usual food offerings which came from the far Orient – ye olde chicken of teriyaki. There are plenty of choices, but here’s a hint – come to eat early or you’ll be standing in line waiting to be served. But everyone must try a taste of the King’s nuts – they’re a royal treat. And the drink flows all day, just don’t trip over the village drunk – by noon he’s sprawled on the ground somewhere.

Entertainment comes in all forms, from PG to Bawdy PG where the jokes go over the little serfs’ heads. They hear the adults laugh and laugh along, but most don’t know why. The village has six stages, but the show is going on all over the village. If you can’t find them – they’ll find you and if you’re not careful – you’ll become part of the act. There are also lots of period rides for the young serfs including: De Vinci’s Flying Machine, climbing castle walls, and camel rides, just to name a few.

The thing is – the Festival and the village are a feast for your eyes, ears, and taste buds. Every inch of it is active.

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Don Juan & Miguel (with horns) telling a tale about the Queen of Spain – nice hats

One of our favorites of the Festival has been seeing Don Juan & Miguel perform. They’ve been a fixture of the Festival for twenty years. Their shows are not to be missed. If you want to see something dangerous and stupid – these are your guys. They’re dealing with swords and whips – so don’t get too close to the stage.

There is so much more to this Festival than what I’ve talked about or the images reveal, you just have to go and see for yourself. And as a bonus – you might just run into one of these characters in full costume at a Harris Teeter in Huntersville or Concord, well after the Festival closes the gates of Fairhaven.

The Festival will still be taking place on Nov., 16 & 17 and Nov. 23 & 24, 2013.

The point of most of our blog entries is not to document a venue or an event, but to give you a taste and to encourage you to go see for yourself. Don’t live though my journey – make one of your own.

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Moved into New Diggs – We Have Pictures

Monday, June 18th, 2012

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Earlier this Spring, Elder Gallery moved to 1520 South Tryon Street, in Charlotte, NC’s SouthEnd. The new building has approximately 6500 square feet of space.

We don’t have anything else to say, so we’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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The gallery is open Tue.-Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-2pm; or by appt.

For further info call 704/370-6337 or visit (www.elderart.com).

More News About The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and Their Growing Art Collection

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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We brought you news about the new Ben Owen Pottery Gallery, which opened in The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte (NC) hotel featuring works  from renowned Seagrove, NC, artist Ben Owen III, but almost before we published that news item we received another bit of news concerning another Carolina artist.

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has added to its acclaimed modern art collection with the installation of two front-drive sculptures created by renowned British artist Shaun Cassidy.

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Installed on Dec. 29, 2010, the two wall-mounted sculptures feature an eight-foot “frame” within which a stainless steel jasmine plant is blossoming, creating a visual tension between organic and architectural. The sculptures are located in the front drive area of the hotel, the stainless steel material reflecting light and shades of pink from the hotel building, with both pieces pointing symbolically toward the hotel entrance.

Cassidy was commissioned to create 90 drawings for the hotel prior to its 2009 opening, including noteworthy pieces in the 2,900-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite. The new entrance sculptures took three months to complete and present a visual tie between pieces in that luxury suite and the exterior of the hotel.

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Originally from London, England, Cassidy received his BA from the Norwich School of Art and later completed a Master of Visual Arts at the University of Alberta in Canada. He now resides in Rock Hill, SC, where he is an Associate Professor at Winthrop University. A prolific artist, Cassidy works in a wide range of mediums, creating works on paper, installations, concrete sculptures, and welded steel sculpture. He is also a recent resident artist at The Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi.

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is located at 201 East Trade Street in the heart of the city’s most popular business, sports, dining and sightseeing district. For details and reservations, please visit (www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte), call 1-800/241-333 or contact a travel professional. The only AAA Five Diamond hotel in Charlotte, NC, The Ritz-Carlton is located at the intersection of College and Trade Streets and may be contacted directly at 704/547-2244.

Families are Focus of Mint Museum’s New Educational Programming in Charlotte, NC

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

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Here’s some news for families looking for more artistic activities for their children next year. If you want to find this news later – just remember you can now search this blog. Just type in the word Families.

New programs and amenities geared towards younger visitors are making the Mint Museums in Charlotte, NC, a welcoming destination for children and families this winter.

The Lewis Family Gallery at the Mint Museum Uptown provides a creative outlet for children to play, explore, and learn about the Museum’s collections. Featuring actual works of art, the Family Gallery offers five activity zones and a soft-play Tot Spot area for crawlers and new walkers. Visitors can pose for pictures behind a wall of ornate gold frames in the Hall of Portraits or step into a Romare Bearden-inspired collage in the interactive Memories of Mecklenburg play house. Two art-making stations, Draw the Line and Imagination Station, allow children to experiment with mark-making and create artwork to take home, while the Inspired By station offers puzzle challenges for young minds. Geared towards children up to age 12, the Lewis Family Gallery is open during regular museum hours and is free with admission.

Beginning in January, families will be able to borrow an Art Pack at the “Mint for Families” station just outside the Lewis Family Gallery for an in-depth investigation of artwork in the permanent collection galleries. Art Packs are backpacks stocked with sketching, writing, and touchable activities and games geared toward school-aged children. Also available at the family station are ARTventure scavenger hunt postcards, which encourage children and their parents to explore a new theme in the Mint Museum Uptown each month. Both of these projects are supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Mint will also launch two new education series for families in 2011: Art Studio Saturdays and Sunday Fun Days. In Art Studio Saturdays, children and adults can create art projects as a family using materials and themes provided by the Museum. This drop-in series will be held monthly on second Saturdays from 10am to 3pm, at the Mint Museum Randolph and is free with museum admission. The Art Studio Saturdays winter/spring schedule is:

Jan. 8, 2011 – Painting Party!: Experiment with a variety of paints and materials to create a work of art, and see a masterpiece by Impressionist Mary Cassatt in the galleries.

Feb. 12 – Dragon Puppets: Use crayon resist, markers, and embellishments to construct a dramatic dragon puppet to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Mar. 12 – Native American Pottery: Explore ancient and contemporary pottery of the Americas and use hand-building techniques to construct a clay animal or vessel to take home.

Apr. 9 – Springtime Collage Cards: Celebrate the season by cutting, tearing, and layering hand-made papers to create lovely collaged notecards, and visit the galleries to see how artists have depicted seasons throughout the ages.

May 14 – Mexican Tin Art: Draw inspiration from the bold, contemporary Maya textiles on display, and design and emboss a colorful, metal folk art plate.

Debuting in January at the Mint Museum Uptown are Sunday Fun Days. This monthly, drop-in series features family-friendly activities, including performances, artist demonstrations, craft projects, family tours, and more. Sunday Fun Days will be held monthly on third Sundays from 1 to 4pm, at the Mint Museum Uptown and are free with museum admission. The Sunday Fun Days winter/spring schedule is:

Jan. 16 – Glass Magic: Go on a family tour to view glass sculptures, make a sparkling sun catcher, and explore color and light at the Colorama Booth with Discovery Place ScienceReach specialists.

Feb. 20 – Art, Supersized: Add your touch to a supersized mural, search the galleries for large paintings, and play “giant games” with your family members.

Mar. 20 – Crafting Critters: Watch artist David Edgar morph recycled plastic into incredible sea creatures, take a guided “safari” in the galleries, and craft a critter to take home.

Apr. 17 – Earth Day Art: See a special “green” performance by the North Carolina Dance Theatre, watch a pottery demonstration by artist Greg Scott, craft a recycled creation, and go on an Earth Day family tour.

May 15 – Wonders of Wood: Watch the wood shavings fly as artist Charles Farrar demonstrates the art of woodturning on a lathe, then go on a wood-themed scavenger hunt in the galleries and do a simple wood project.

All 2010-2011 education programs for children, youth, and teachers are supported in part by a generous grant from The Hearst Foundation, Inc.

For further information call the Museum at 704/337-2000 or visit (www.mintmuseum.org).

RedSky Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers Group Ceramics Show

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Here is yet another pottery exhibit taking place in the Carolinas. Short, but to the point. This is a good one – don’t judge the show by the length of the press release.

RedSky Gallery in Charlotte, NC, is proud to present a collaborative ceramics exhibition from a select group of North Carolina ceramic artists. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31, 2010.

This show features a combination of sculptural and studio ceramics from Donna Craven, Kim Ellington, Carol Gentithes, Fred Johnston, Matt Kelleher and Emily Reason.

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RedSky Gallery features original works on paper and canvas, sculpture, ceramic, glass, studio furniture, art-to-wear, jewelry, and more. Over 500 regional and national artists are represented at two gallery locations in Dilworth and the EpiCentre in Uptown.

For further call the gallery at 704/377-6400 or visit (www.redskygallery.com).

The Deadline to Enter the 2010 Carolina’s Got Art! in Charlotte, NC, is August 15, 2010

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

It’s a month away, but I know some of you artists out there will have to hustle to make the deadline. Almost 500 artists from throughout the Carolinas entered last year. It’s an electronic entry process so you won’t have to haul your work to someplace just to find out if you made the cut. You won’t have do that until you know you’re in! But you have to enter first.

But, first – here’s a press release we received at Carolina Arts about last year’s event you need to read.

Unexpected things can sometimes change a life – just ask recent Winthrop University graduate, Jon Wald, who was awarded the top prize in the 2009 inaugural Carolina’s Got Art! competition.

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When asked about winning the $2,500 Best-in-Show award and subsequently selling his artwork during the show, Wald said, “First, I paid off my debts, which is a huge relief in itself. Then, I bought new supplies. One item was an Arduino (an easy-to-use microprocessor). I used the prize money to justify leaving work early every day to teach myself how to program the chip. Ultimately, I think it has helped lead me toward an entirely new method for making art.”

Wald was one of seven other artists from North and South Carolina who walked away with a portion of over $9,000 in prizes awarded by Carolina’s Got Art! that premiered in October, 2009. The initial success of the exhibition has motivated Carolina’s Got Art! founder and owner of Elder Art Gallery, Larry Elder, to launch the second annual competition, slated to open October 1, 2010, with an awards presentation to this year’s winners. The exhibition will continue through October 30, 2010, at Atherton Mill in Charlotte, NC’s Historic SouthEnd District.

“We had no idea that Carolina’s Got Art! would generate such excitement for the local visual arts community,” says Elder. “We accepted over 1100 entries and our juror selected 135 original pieces to comprise the exhibition.” During the month of October, 2009, the exhibition attracted over 2000 visitors.

Columbia, SC-based Edens & Avant, owners of Atherton Mill, is once again demonstrating its commitment to the visual arts in the two Carolinas by offering their historic property for the host location. Artists are encouraged to visit (www.carolinasgotart.com) for complete details. Carolina’s Got Art!is accepting online entries for the 2010 exhibition until August 15, 2010.

This year’s juror will be Mario Naves, an artist, writer and teacher who lives and works in New York City. He is renowned for his torn and cut abstract collages, works of art that have been described by The New York Times as being “delicate and gorgeous” and by Art in America as “joyous, sophisticated, charming, and goofy”.

The Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea represents Naves’ art. His collages are included in private and corporate collections across the world. Naves has been the recipient of awards from The National Endowment for The Arts, The George Sugarman Foundation, the E.D. Foundation and The National Academy Museum. He was recently named a Distinguished Alumni by the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah.

A critic as well as practicing artist, Naves has written on the visual arts for over twenty years. He has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, Smithsonian, New Art Examiner, Slate and, from 1999-2009,The New York Observer, where his sometimes prickly opinions earned him the reputation of being a “maverick dissenter”. He is currently a gallery critic for City Arts, a bi-weekly journal devoted to culture in New York.

Naves has taught and lectured at The Cooper Union, The New York Studio School, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, The National Academy and The Ringling College of Art and Design. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute and Brooklyn College.

For further information contact Elder Art Gallery (www.elderart.com) by calling 704/370-6337 or visit (www.carolinasgotart.com) or (www.facebook.com/carolinasgotart).

Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Partners with American Institute of Architects to Feature Works by Area Architects

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I’ve stated this a few times before in this blog – as deadlines go by, something interesting always comes in too late to do anything about. We received a press release about this exhibit – which will be included in our expanded online version of the June 2010 issue of Carolina Arts, and perhaps in our July printed paper, but I wanted to post it here ahead of time. Frankly the image sent with the press release did it for me.

Here’s the press release:

Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Area Architects

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Work by Murray Whisnant

The Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Art by Architects, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, on view from June 4 through July 31, 2010.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Hodges Taylor Gallery are co-sponsoring an exhibition of art by architects, providing an opportunity for Charlotte area architects to showcase their other creative talents – painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography.

Thirty architects submitted a variety of works that reflected their artistic interests and activities beyond their architectural careers. The works were then curated by members and staff of AIA Charlotte and Hodges Taylor Gallery with the selected works comprising the exhibition.

In business since 1981, Hodges Taylor is uptown Charlotte’s oldest gallery, committed to supporting art and artists of the Southeast, including painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors. The gallery offers a public venue uptown for viewing artwork and, having established itself as a knowledgeable and experienced resource for contemporary art, serves as art consultants for collectors and businesses.

The gallery is located at 401 North Tryon and is open Tue. – Sat., from 11am to 3pm or by appointment. For further information call Christie Taylor at 704/334-3799, e-mail to (ctaylor@hodgestaylor.com) or visit (www.hodgestaylor.com).

Let’s Hope the Musical Chairs Name Game is Over in Charlotte, NC

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We’ve been reporting on the new complex of art facilities in Uptown Charlotte, NC, ever since we started this blog – almost two years ago. The complex which includes the new Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center); the new Bechtler Museum of Modern Art; and the new Mint Museum Uptown(scheduled to open this October) was first called the Wachovia Cultural Campus. But then Wachovia was purchased by Wells Fargo, the name changed to the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus. From now on, the complex will be known as the Levine Center for the Arts – and for good reason.

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In an article offered by the Charlotte Observer on April 21, 2010, we learned that a contribution of $15 million from the Leon Levine Foundation and a second $5 million contribution from Duke Energy, topped off an $83 million arts-endowment drive launched by the Arts & Science Council in November 2006.

Of course in the future – down the road – once the $85 million endowment isn’t producing enough money to keep the complex going – if someone wanted to contribute $200 million in our name, I’m sure they would change it to the Carolina Arts Unleashed Cultural Outlet Mall.

Like I’ve always said – money is the Mother’s milk of the arts and money talks.

You go girl – Charlotte! $85 million for an endowment for the arts. Who else can do that in the Carolinas? Who?

Some Update News on the Mint Museums in Charlotte, NC

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

We have received some updated info on what’s going to be happening this year with the Mint Museums – Mint Museum of Craft + Design and Mint Museum Randolph. We have been talking about the newly opened Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art – mentioning that the new Mint Museum Uptown will be coming later this year.

Pay close attention to the part about the Mint Museum of Craft + Design Shop staying open a few more months. That’s where you can pick up a copy of Carolina Arts in the heart of Uptown Charlotte – as well as some pretty nifty artworks, art objects and art books.

So here’s some news about the Mint Museums.

The Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC, will close to the public on Feb. 7, 2010, to prepare to move its collections to the new Mint Museum Uptown. Opening in October 2010, the Mint Museum Uptown will house the Mint Museum of Craft + Design collections, as well as significant collections of American Art, Contemporary Art and a selection of European Art in a new five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility located in the heart of Charlotte’s business district.

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The Mint Museum of Craft + Design Shop will remain open for several more months, with a firm closing date to be announced later this spring.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Mint Museum Uptown, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design has launched Project Ten Ten Ten, a series of commissions created especially for the new Mint Uptown galleries by 10 of the world’s most innovative craft and design artists. When the doors open in October, visitors will see spectacular works by glass artist/designer Danny Lane (United Kingdom), conceptual jewelry artist Ted Noten (The Netherlands), furniture maker/designer Joseph Walsh (Ireland) and fiber artist Hildur Bjarnadttir (Iceland). Equally striking commissions by Kawana Tetsunori, Kate Malone, Tom Joyce, Cristina Córdova, Susan Point and Ayala Serfaty are also being planned for the new facility.

The Mint Museum expansion includes the construction of a new building in uptown Charlotte and the reinstallation of the historic US Mint facility on Randolph Road in Charlotte. When the expansion is complete, The Mint Museum’s total combined square footage will grow by more than 60 percent, allowing opportunities to showcase more works from the permanent collection and better accommodate significant traveling exhibitions.

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A postcard of the original Mint Museum – former US Mint facility.

You can see photos of the building progress of the new Mint facility at this link.

The Mint Museum Uptown will be part of the new Wells Fargo Cultural Campus. In addition to the Mint, the completed campus will include the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Knight Theater (housing the North Carolina Dance Theatre) and the Duke Energy Center. Following the grand opening of the Mint Museum Uptown, collections at the Mint Museum Randolph will be reinstalled with a fresh new vision. Galleries there will feature the Mint’s superb Ceramics, Art of the Ancient Americas, and Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress collections.

The Mint Museum Uptown is scheduled to open just one year prior to the Mint’s 75th anniversary. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston (design architect), Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals of Charlotte (architect of record), and George Sexton Associates of Washington, D.C. (museum consultant), the new facility will combine inspiring architecture with groundbreaking exhibitions to provide unparalleled art experiences for its visitors. The Museum expansion will provide larger and more flexible space to showcase the permanent collections and Mint-organized special exhibitions, as well as major touring exhibitions organized by other venues. The new facility will also house a Family Gallery to reinforce the Museum’s dual priorities of art and education.

For more information, visit (www.mintmuseum.org).