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Adding New Blog Links

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

During my usual process of keeping up with what’s going on in the Carolinas and in the world of blogging I found an entry on the Arts Beat Blog at Freetimes, Columbia, SC’s alternative newspaper – where Dan Cook, the paper’s editor had talked about some of the blogs in the Columbia area and low and behold – Carolina Arts Unleashed was mentioned.

I sent Cook a Thank You and told him we’d add the blog to our list of links – which I did and added a few more we have discovered – even one he mentioned in his list. We always like to exchange links with those who make them for us – it seems the right thing to do. Of course I’m more interested in blogs dealing with the visual arts so we’re not as concerned about all blogs – forgive me for that, but we do have a focused interest.

The others we have added are a blog by Jeff Donovan, a visual artist in the Columbia, SC, area; Three Corners Clay, a blog about events taking place in the greater Seagrove, NC, area; and Joy Tanner Pottery, a blog by Joy Tanner, a potter in Western North Carolina.

Our list is getting long, but we always have a lot of content on Carolina Arts Unleashed – so I think there will always be a lot of space on the right side of the page.

Now go and explore what others are saying about art in the Carolinas. And don’t forget – if you want to know what’s going on in the visual art community in the Carolinas – exhibit listings, feature articles, news about juried shows, artist’s opportunities, non-profits, lectures, fundraisers, links to websites, etc. – click the link for Carolina Arts. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find there.

Juried Show Opportunity For NC and SC Visual Artists

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

During the month of October historic Atherton Mill, located in Charlotte, NC’s SouthEnd District, will host a month-long art event named Carolina’s Got Art!. Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery in Charlotte, has fashioned the exhibition after a long running annual art exhibit which was at one time sponsored by Springs Mills in SC. The juried show has since been discontinued but exciting memories still exist for those who participated. The eagerly anticipated “Springs Show” provided an opportunity for artists to compete for prize money and prestige. The objective of Carolina’s Got Art! is similar.

“Through Carolina’s Got Art! we hope to see the diversity of artwork being produced throughout the two Carolinas. Both states are rich in visual art history and have produced artists who have achieved national and international acclaim,” says Elder. A South Carolina artist recently reflected that his participation in the “Springs Show” was instrumental in one of his paintings being included in the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection. Acceptance into the exhibition will allow artists, both amateur and professional, to offer their work for sale, as well as evaluation by New York art critic, Brice Brown, who will serve as juror. The main goal of the event is to generate a spark of excitement within the visual arts community that has suffered due to the economic downturn.

“Our hope is that Carolina’s Got Art! will be the first of many 21st century visual art exhibitions to showcase the vast amount of talent being created in the two Carolinas. Now is a great time for residents and businesses of the Carolinas to step up and offer a strong show of support for the visual arts,” says Elder. Submissions for the exhibition can be made via ( Deadline for entries is September 1, 2009.

The Juror: Brice Brown received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MFA from Pratt Institute. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America and The Village Voice, among others, and is in numerous public collections such as Baltimore Museum of Art, The Speed Art museum, and Yale University. As a writer and art critic, he has been a regular contributor to The New York Sun, and The New York Press, and has written numerous exhibition catalogue essays. He also publishes and edits an annual arts journal called The Sienese Shredder.

Carolina’s Got Art! will take place from Oct. 2 – 30, 2009 at Atherton Mills, 2000 South Boulevard in Charlotte.

Round One: All work submitted as per the terms of the Entry Instructions will be viewed by the exhibition juror with assistance from Elder Gallery. All best efforts will be made to keep judging impartial and fair. Our goal is to select an exhibition that is broad in scope and reflects the very best quality of work submitted.

Round Two: New York art critic and writer, Brice Brown, will select prize winners from the exhibition.

Round Three:  Elder Gallery will select up to fifty pieces to be included in its November, 2009 exhibition.

Show awards include:
Best in Show – $2,500; First Place – $2,000; Second Place -$1,500; Third Place – $1,000; and Honorable Mention(s) – $500 gift certificate from Williamsburg Oil Paints and $500 gift certificate from Campania Fine Moulding.

For further info contact Larry Elder at 704/370-6337 or e-mail to (

P.S. To read some of the buzz this juried show is generating check out theCharlotte Observer article about Carolina’s Got Art!.

A Carolina Potter Needs Your Help!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I was going through my normal blog list this morning and there was a lot of news there today about all kinds of subjects and I ran across a notice of a benefit to help a potter, Liz Zlot Summerfield, on Michael Kline’s blog. Kline was passing along info he had received from Lindsay Rogers who was organizing this benefit to help a fellow potter in need. I hope all the links work and if not you may have to do a little searching to find things but here it is.

From Lindsay Rogers website:

Liz Zlot Summerfield Benefit

I am writing to announce a benefit auction to assist my friend, and fellow ceramic artist, Liz Zlot Summerfield. In April of this year Liz was diagnosed with a type of cancer called non-hodgkins Lymphoma. When she got the news of her cancer all studio work for Liz and her husband, glass blower Scott Summerfield, stopped. For most artists a halt to work, combined with illness and bills, is a hardship too large to manage alone. Like most plans, our ideas for this benefit started out small and have since bloomed in to something that I believe will be a wonderful, fun and supportive event. With all that said, there are several ways that you can participate!

1) Attend the live auction at Penland or visit the online sale as a buyer!

The live auction is August 16, 2009, in the Northlight Building at Penland School of Crafts. Doors will open at 1:00pm at which point there will be light refreshments, Bandana Klezmer will provide fabulous entertainment and visitors will have a chance to take a good look at the work available in the live and silent auctions. The live auction of work will begin at 2:00pm and is expected to last around an hour or so. At the end of the auction visitors can pick up and pay for their pieces knowing that 100% of the proceeds will go to helping Liz, Scott and their young daughter, Roby, get through this really hard time.

The online sale will be held on and will begin September 1st. I will post more information about the online auction (including the web address) as we get closer to the date.

2) Help us find more buyers by sending out an email of the postcard. You can access an image of the postcard in jpeg or pdf format by clicking the following links to the right.

3) You can make a monetary donation to a PayPal account created for Liz’s benefit. By clicking on the donate button at ( to the right/above, or using this link below, you can be assured that all donations will go quickly, safely and directly to Liz.

The link to this account is: (

Thank you so much for your generosity!

Carolina Arts Unleashed – One Year of Blogging

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

My oh my, has it been a year already? And, what a year it was. By early fall of 2008 the economy had gone South (Why does going South mean a bad thing?) – I came South 35 years ago and I think that was a good thing. In November, the first black man was elected President of United States. Both events seemed unbelievable at the beginning of this blog’s life – May 22, 2008. Here we are today – the Carolina art community is about ready to cry “UNCLE” yet there might be light at the end of the tunnel – I hope so. The world of newspapers is at a critical breaking point and arts coverage is taking it on the chin. What’s a newspaper editor to do – especially an arts newspaper editor?

“Start a blog old man!” I would have said “young” man, but that is gone, along with the West – it’s always on fire. (Referring to the “Go West Young Man – phrase.) And, with this anniversary blog, I will have offered 100 blog entries – some short ones, a lot of long ones, and the ones most read. That’s over eight years worth of editorial commentary in the newspaper. I’m sure there are a lot of folks who wish I had never learned about the blog, but I’m glad I did.

So right off I want to share the blame with those who deserve it – those people who helped make it possible. None of the names have been changed – these people are not innocent. First off, is Linda, my better half, who is my editor, safety net, web master and debate partner. She wins a few of those debates – lucky for some you know whos. Plus, she gave me this blog for my birthday last year. Then comes Will Ravenel and his daughter Zelda Ravenel, our God-daughter who help with computer tech problems. Teri Tynes, a master blogger in New York City who helped explain what it was all about. And, let’s not forget the folks at WordPress who make it all possible – and free too. At least it’s been free so far. Still can’t figure that one out yet.

Then there are the bloggers who have provided inspiration and a daily fix of reading someone else’s ramblings, but it all goes back farther than last year. A few years ago I participated on a sort of blog/community forum called Arts Ramble of the Triangle created by Andrea Gomez in Raleigh, NC. It’s no longer in action, but that’s where the seed was planted. Will Ravenel also created a few blogs that showed me the possibilities of communicating in this mode. But, over the last year, inspiration has come on a regular basis from Teri Tynes, Meredith Haywood, Christopher RicoSusan Lenz, Samantha Henneke, Michael Klein, and Doug McAbee – check out these blogs. (Click on their names.)

I’ve also received a lot of inspiration from the ongoing battle to save the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC – which still needs financial help. And, there is always the battle to make sense of the South Carolina Arts Commission – who are they and what do they do? The real life questions. Like the fact that the Arts Commission has a board meeting scheduled for June 3, 2009. Hopefully this will be the last meeting for Linda Stern (the chair of the Commission). Will this meeting take place in Charleston, SC, this year – like years past – or will it be in Columbia, SC? Are the years of the “special” meetings in Charleston during the Spoleto Festival over? Who knows? They usually don’t post an official notice of the meetings until a few days before it takes place, but the public is always welcome – only if they know about it ahead of time. I know where to look.

I’ve learned a lot along the way about blogging over this year. I also learned that it helps when you start a blog if you have already been doing commentary for 21 years and you have a built-in audience that you can call on for readers. It also helps to have the blog attached to a website,Carolina Arts Online, which is a mega site of archived content built up over ten years. It also helps to have a monthly printed paper that has been covering the visual arts in parts of the Carolinas over the past 21 years. So, we got a lot of help in making this blog what it has become.

Now, we still have a lot to learn yet. Hopefully as this next year develops we will be adding more things which make Carolina Arts Unleashed a better place to visit. No use talking about them at this point – this old dog doesn’t learn new tricks easily.

One thing that readers seem to want is for me to turn the comments switch to on, but as I said at the beginning of doing this blog – I don’t have time to monitor comments and keep the crazies at bay. People can still e-mail ( me comments about anything I say – some do, and their comments are taken into account. We’ll even post them if they are good enough to add into the mix, but I started this blog for me – to give me more opportunities for commentary about what’s going on in the Carolina visual art community and a few other things. And, after some people’s worry – I only made one entry about the SC Aquarium. Imagine that.

I may try a test run with the comments switch turned on, but it will be for a limited time – so those who want to offer their 2 cents – be alert. I’m always willing to try something once.

So there you go – Happy Anniversary to Carolina Arts Unleashed! Who knows, by next year we may master the art of FaceBook, Twitter, and whatever else they come up with – so stay tuned.

We Did It – We Helped Teri Tynes Become Best Travel Blogger In The World

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

I put out the call for help – people responded and now Teri Tynes has been voted the Best Travel Blogger in the World, in a straw poll on Times Online UK. She won the straw poll, coming out on top of the six finalists – winning 42% of the votes edging out bloggers in Lima, Peru (34%), Barcelona, Spain (15%), Marrakesh, Morocco (4%), Singapore, (2%), and Melbourne, Australia (4%). sponsored this competition and provided each finalist with a three-night hotel stay and the winner (the Singapore blogger) received a $2,500 top prize of travel. The Bloggers’ Guide will also publish a guide of Singapore, much of which will be based on the Singapore blogger’s original blog posts.

Teri sends out a – Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, to all who voted for her. And, we thank you too for helping us help her.

If you haven’t visited Tynes’ blog – click the link above or on the sidebar and take a walk on the streets of New York City. You’ll soon learn why she is our best travel blogger in the world.

Help Teri Tynes Become Best Travel Blogger In The World

Friday, May 15th, 2009

I’ve written about Teri Tynes’ blog, Walking Off The Big Apple – it’s a great blog about New York City and the art scene there. Tynes used to be the editor of the Free Times alternative newspaper in Columbia, SC, now she is in competition to be named the Best Travel Blogger in the World. The voting takes place at the Times Online (UK) – just click the highlighted words (Times Online) and then you can cast your vote for Walking Off The Big Apple or find the link on her blog. Voting ends May 18, 2009 – so don’t delay – vote now.

Let’s help this former South Carolina arts writer become the Best Travel Blogger – in the World.

Save the Cheerleader – Save the Planet – Saving the NC Pottery Center

Monday, November 17th, 2008

This was an interesting catch phrase to promote one of the seasons of the NBC TV show – Heroes. I’ve never watched that program, but I liked the phrase. I’ve used it before in commentary as it shows how interconnected we all are – one person to the next, one person to the environment, one person to the economy, etc.

Like – save your environment – save the planet; save a hungry child – save the next world leader; and save one species – save mankind. Of course some people have been saying – save the banks – save the economy or save US automakers – save millions of jobs. It just goes to show that not all combinations make sense. With some things it’s save them once – save them again and again and once more for good measure.

I’m offering the phrase – save the NC Potter Center – save Seagrove potters too.

Not too long ago we told you how the financially strapped NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, battled to raise $100,000 to keep its doors open. The Center with the help of potters around the Carolinas and pottery lovers raised almost $125,000 in three months during a downturned economy. This was hopefully a temporary situation as it is hoped that the State of NC will eventually take the NC Potter Center under its financial wing – much like it did the troubled Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, last year. But, we have all seen recently what a difference a few months can make.

A lot of that help came from local Seagrove area potters – donating pots for auctions, raffles, and for benefit sales – as well as blogging to get the word out and keeping people informed about the fundraising efforts. A lot of other people helped too.

But, now these same potters are preparing for their biggest financial event of the year – for themselves – the first annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters, taking place Nov. 21 – 23, 2008, at the historic Luck’s Beans cannery in Seagrove. The event starts off on Friday night with an opening Gala which will offer attendees a first chance at special auction items and first chance to purchase from participating potters – over 60 in all. Check out the website for complete details, there will be a lot of stuff going on. There is also a link on that site for accommodations in the area.

This will be a special weekend in Seagrove offering the beginning pottery collector a great introduction and the seasoned collector a chance to update their collections with the newest pots – straight from area kilns – still warm. Believe me, from what I have read about some of the preparations for this important weekend – some pots might be downright hot.

It will also be a great time to visit the recently saved Pottery Center. Admission is free this weekend, but you can still make a donation. And, from what I’ve heard – there may even be another pottery festival going on at the same time in Seagrove.

The important thing is that this holiday shopping season is going to be a critical time for all artists. It will determine how well the holidays and their future year will be. Support them if you can and end up with some beautiful art created by a Carolina artist.

Presidential Jetlag

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

It’s been less than two weeks since election day, but wow has time flew by. The election which was supposed to go into the wee hours of Wednesday morning was over by 9pm when New Hampshire went blue and then shortly after – Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Virginia went blue – minutes before polls closed on the west coast. Bamm, the election was over – we have a new President-Elect.

That weekend we were in the Charlotte, NC area on a little business/pleasure trip – meeting with our tech consultants and attending the 15th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. Carolina Arts is one of the festival’s media sponsors. It was hard to spot an ailing economy there and I later learned that 24,000 attended the festival that weekend.

We then had a funeral to attend and before we knew it our deadline was on top of us for the December 08 issue.

Now that the paper is at the printer, I finally have time to catch up on my blogging duties – which are important these days. Since starting Carolina Arts Unleashed we have increased hits to our website by an extra 100,000 – going over 300,000 per month – in fact 325,932 hits in October. That’s good for everyone associated with our website. The search engines love us.

Our blog represents a new adventure in promoting the visual arts in the Carolinas – with a few other thoughts thrown in the mix. It’s a move toward the future – just part of our growth into other media venues to promote the visual arts. It’s part of our – Yes We Can Too – policy.

While our county moves in a new direction – we will too. It’s going to be hard going, but we’re moving forward. It may seem like we’re marching in place at times, and even in reverse sometimes, but our direction is forward.

We hope you’ll come along with us.