Archive for March, 2010

2nd Annual Celebration of Spring in Seagrove, NC, Takes Place Apr. 17 & 18, 2010

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

A year ago I went to the 1st Annual Celebration of Spring in Seagrove and had a great time. You can read what I said about it at this link.

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From Avery Pottery & Tileworks

I hope the weather for the 2nd annual event, taking place on Apr. 17, from 9am-5pm (mostly) and Apr. 18, from 10am-4pm (mostly), is just as nice as it was last year. But, there are some changes worth noting from last year that I think are important to know for those folks planning to go.

First, the rest stop on Hwy. 705, the Pottery Highway, has been closed due to the opening of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) two new visitor centers/rest stops on US 220 (the future I-73/74) – just outside of Seagrove. For those going south on US 220 – you’ll have to pass the normal Seagrove exit to get to the new center on that side of US 220. Folks traveling north on US 220 will get to the other facility just before the Seagrove exit. This may be a little less convenient for some folks, but the new centers have better and more facilities and great displays of area pottery and maps to the area as well as brochures from various potteries.

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From Avery Pottery & Tileworks

Of course you can always visit the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove on Saturday Apr. 17, between 10am and 4pm. The $2 admission fee will be well worth it (if you’re in need of a public facility) and you may get to see a preview of some of the pots which will be part of the Center’s 11th Annual Benefit Auction – Going, Going, Gone to Pots! – held at the Center Apr. 25, 2010. Read more about that at this link. The Center is also a source for maps and info about area potteries.

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The second difference from last year is that you’ll have absolutely no chance of running into me this year. We have some guests coming that same weekend so I won’t be roaming the roads to find the next pottery around the bend. But, I’ll be there in spirit and in print. Seagrove is now part of our regular area of coverage and delivery for the Carolina Arts family – so I’ll have been through the area before you that month and hopefully for a lot of months into the future. So you won’t run into me, but you just might see our paper there at a few of the potteries and the NC Pottery Center.

Like a lot of other folks, I have discovered that the potteries of the greater Seagrove area are open for viewing and business (that means you can buy something) just about any day – all year long. So, you and I don’t have to wait for a special occasion – even though they are nice to attend and I still hope to attend as many as a can. And, I encourage you to do the same.

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Of course you can always discover what’s going on in Seagrove at any given time by visiting the Seagrove Area Potters Association’s website at (http://www.discoverseagrove.com/) and click on the Area Events link or check out Carolina Arts Unleashed, Carolina Artsand Carolina Arts Online. We try to keep readers informed as to what’s going on – at least all we know.

Go discover Seagrove – if you haven’t already. And, if you have – well you don’t need me to tell you to go back – you’ve already been thinking about it.

NC Arts Council Community Arts Internship Application Deadline May 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

We received this e-mail at Carolina Arts – it’s about a couple of paid jobs!!!!! Act fast!

Here’s the news:

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The North Carolina Arts Council, in Raleigh, NC, is accepting applications for two paid internships with local arts councils or arts centers through Monday, May 3, 2010.

This opportunity provides two individuals with a three-month intensive internship with one of North Carolina’s local arts councils or arts centers under the supervision of the executive director or staff member who will help the intern design a training program within the spectrum of community arts administration.

Interns receive a $5,000 stipend to cover living expenses. The intensive, supervised program is designed to introduce community arts administration skills including learning organizational structure, planning, fundraising, grant writing, financial management, marketing, programming, publicity and promotion, and building interagency relationships.

The specific location is based in part on interns’ expressed interests and the nature of the operations of the host organizations. Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate a strong interest in a career in community arts administration.

About 75 percent of internship recipients have eventually been placed in full-time arts positions.

Internships are scheduled for a three month period between September 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011. For guidelines, visit (www.ncarts.org/grants_category.cfm?ID=33).

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, application and narratives and a list of three references by Monday, May 3, 2010.  Download an application at (www.ncarts.org./elements/docs/internshipapplication.pdf).

Further questions about the internships should be directed to Katherine Reynolds, NC Arts Council program assistant, by calling 919/807-6505 or e-mail to (katherine.reynolds@ncdcr.gov).

The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger, and North Carolinians – young and old – who enjoy and participate in the arts. For more information visit (www.ncarts.org).

The NC Arts Council is a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency dedicated to the promotion and protection of North Carolina’s arts, history and culture. For further info visit (www.ncculture.com).

SC Arts Commission Announces Verner Awards & McNair Award Winner

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I still have no idea as to how the SC Arts Commission or the SC Arts Foundation has come up with money to put on the Verner Awards and their Gala – when they didn’t have any money to do them last year and there is less money out there this year. I guess it’s magic!

This isn’t exactly the press release they sent us at Carolina Arts. Since we’re located in the Lowcountry they sent us one custom made to just announce winners from the Lowcountry area. I don’t know if it’s their idea to do that or based on experience that the media only is interested in news about their own area, but I think it’s a bad idea.

Here’s the news – all the news and some:

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The SC Arts Commission Board has announced the recipients of this year’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

This year’s recipients are:
Lifetime Achievement – Pat Conroy, Fripp Island
Lifetime Achievement – Jonathan Green, Daniel Island
Individual Artist – Julian Wiles, Charleston
Arts in Education – Larry Barnfield, Summerville
Government – City of Rock Hill, with special recognition for its public/private partnership with Comporium, Rock Hill
Individual – Robert (Bob) E. Howard, Greenville
Organization – Newberry Opera House, Newberry
Business – Williams & Fudge, Inc., Rock Hill

They will receive their awards during a Statehouse ceremony on May 6, 2010, and will be honored again that evening during the SC Arts Gala.

You can find out more about the awards and the recipients in a press release found on the Arts Commission’s website at this link.

Extra! Extra! We just received this info from the Arts Commission.Well, it’s a little old now, but new to most of you.

The SC Arts Foundation is recognizing former SC Governor Richard W. Riley’s leadership and dedication to the arts and arts education in SC by presenting him with the McNair Award at the South Carolina Arts Gala May 6 at the Columbia Museum of Art. You can find the complete press release at this link (www.southcarolinaarts.com/press/031810.shtml).

Established in 2007, the McNair Award is named for the late Governor Robert E. McNair, who signed legislation to create the Arts Commission in 1967 to “ensure that the arts continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experiences of our citizens.”

Funny thing, I can’t find any reference to this award being established (before this press release made in 2010) on the Arts Commission’s website, in any of their history descriptions, in searches on the Internet and their website using the name of the award – with the Arts Commission or Arts Foundation. You would think that establishing an award in McNair’s honor would have been mentioned sometime, somewhere, in the public, but I can’t find it – not even on Wikipedia. All I could find is that the SC Arts Foundation honored Gov. McNair at the Verner Awards in May 2008, but there is no mention of anyone establishing an award in his name that would later be given to other deserving individuals. Have you ever seen a call for nominations? I haven’t. So I guess this is just another secret of the Arts Foundation, perhaps mentioned only at the 2008 awards party. They seem to have lots of them – like where their money comes from.

I don’t know why public non-profits get to keep so many secrets, but they do. Try telling the IRS that you don’t want to tell them where you got your money.

The Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, Produces Photo Calendar of Member Artists – in the Buff!

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

This might be a first in the Carolina art community, but it probably won’t be the last if it turns out to be a successful fundraiser. I like it a lot better than the standard art auction idea. And, I have a suggestion. Maybe the art community should produce an annual calendar featuring nude directors of charities which produce art auctions as a fundraiser. Fair is fair.

So here’s the press release:

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Artist members of the Charleston Artist Guild have just completed their 2011 limited edition fundraiser calendar entitled “Artistic Exposures”! This will be a first of its kind published calendar from any local artist group. Thirteen highly spirited artists bare body, art and soul for a good cause. Calendars will be up for sale during the April members meeting at $20 each and can be signed by calendar participants during a public signing event held on May 7, 2010, at East Bay Meeting House, from 6 – 9pm (next door to the gallery), or purchased at the gallery during open hours at 160 East Bay Street, Suite 102, or order by calling 843/722-2425.

Gazie Nagle proposed and had undertaken the calendar project last April, 2009. “We are now ready to rock and roll!” says Nagle. “Thanks go to our listed and private sponsors who made this happen.” Each of the participating artists was given carte blanche for choosing their own pose, location, art work and photographer. It includes artists from Alterman to Wendelin and features both men and women.

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Here’s one of the images offered.

There’s a story behind each staging process and all the artists were willing to join in the fun. Each artist came up with a tongue-in-cheek caption for their own photograph. Art work in full color is supposed to be the main focus, however it appears that the portions printed in black and white first catch your eye. Revealing just enough on a sizzling red hot cover enables viewers a sneak peek. But you’ll have to buy to see all.

Inside secrets: “Mr. February” finds no qualms about sharing feelings about size; “Ms. August” took her work out into the fields, and “The Flasher” faces his onlookers highlighting several facial expressions. ”Mr. October” sings the blues while blood sucking mosquitos feast upon the subject – one of the job hazards; and ”Ms. September,” the first participant to render her photo, reminds viewers to “parish” any thoughts!

Profits from sales will be donated to a charitable children’s organization. This calendar is expected to sell quickly. Call the guild gallery at 843/722-2425 or visit (http://www.charlestonartistguild.com/) for more information.

Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, Offers Spring Community Day

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We received this press release at Carolina Arts:

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The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is pleased to present our upcoming Catch the Rhythm: Spring Community Day on Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 1-4 pm at the museum. Our biannual Community Day is a chance for all ages to experience the museum and all it has to offer. Enjoy a variety of hands-on art activities and live performances featuring young dancers from the Caldcleugh Multicultural Center’s “We Are One Cultural Arts Project.”  And, join us for a musical performance by “The Healing Force”, celebrating African culture, spirit and creativity. A schedule for the day’s events include:

•  2pm: Performance: Dancers from the We Are One Cultural Arts Project

• 3pm: The Healing Force performs The Rhythm of the Drum  (a highly participatory event!)

•  1-4pm: Art making activities will take place in the Dillard Room throughout the afternoon. Visitors may wish to bring a few non-precious items (smaller than 6″) from home to incorporate into a personal 3-dimensional assemblage that they will be able to take home at the end of the day.

•  1-4pm: Gallery activities for all ages!

This special Community Day will draw inspiration from the current Weatherspoon Art Museum exhibition Existed: Leonardo Drew (on view until May 9, 2010). Known for his massive sculptural works using rust, cotton, paper and wood as his primary materials, Leonardo Drew intertwines African-American history with the forms of minimal and abstract art.

Public Programming for Existed: Leonardo Drew is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Existed: Leonardo Drew is organized by Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston. Major funding has been provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation, the Harpo Foundation, the Linda Pace Foundation, The Fifth Floor Foundation, and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Support for the exhibition at the Weatherspoon has been generously provided by the Weatherspoon Art Museum Association.

For more information about the exhibition Existed: Leonardo Drew, visit our website (http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/).

Help the Charleston County Public Library – Donate Your CDs, DVDs, LPs and Videogames

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Well – it seems one of my favorite places needs help. I know I’ve got some CD’s and a few DVD’s I wonder why I ever purchased to begin with that I could donate. I’m not going to name names – to protect me. But, here’s an opportunity to get them out of my collection and spare me the embarrassment the next time someone is looking to see what I have and then it happens – they pull one of those mistakes out and give me that look. Oh man, it’s a look I don’t want to see again.

So, I guess I’ll be going through and doing some sorting. The Library will get some cash for my mistakes and I’ll have that warm fuzzy feeling. Like they say – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And, I’ll be clearing some space for some new – better – music and movies. You’ve just got till Apr. 15, 2010 so don’t delay.

Here’s the pitch:

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The Charleston Friends of the Library, in Charleston, SC, is holding a special Media Donation Drive to help raise money to support the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL). Now through Apr. 15, 2010 (tax day), donate your gently-used CDs, DVDs, LPs and videogames to any of the 16 public library locations in Charleston County.

With neighboring libraries like the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County in North Carolina announcing the closing of half its branches and the recent announcement of reduced library hours at CCPL starting April 1st, the Friends of the Library is looking to raise money in new and innovative ways like online sales, in addition to the popular book sales held throughout the year.

The Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit volunteer organization, raises money through book sales and membership to help fund over 4,000 Library programs each year that are free to the community. The Friends of the Library is partnering with AbundaTrade.com (formerly Millennium Music) and CCPL for this special donation drive.

The Friends of the Library accepts donation of books and media all year long, but needs your help now. Your donation is tax-deductible and supports your local Library.

If you would like to become a member of the Charleston Friends of the Library, or for more information on the Media Donation Drive, please visit (www.CharlestonLibraryFriends.org).

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Offers Downloadable Audio Books

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

It’s always a pleasure to bring you news about one of my favorite places in South Carolina – the Charleston County Public Library and libraries in general. This announcement actually involves people not needing to go to the library for service, but I will still go – as there is always something new to discover and I spend enough time on the computer anyway.

This announcement is also timely as you will be able to purchase Apple’s new iPad in April, which enables you to download digital audio books and read them with its bigger screen. You’ll be able to do a lot more with an iPad, but that’s a different entry.

So here’s the press release we received at Carolina Arts:

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Listening to a great book is easier than ever for local residents with Charleston County Public Library’s latest Web service – free downloadable audio books.

This new service, partly funded by the Friends of the Charleston County Library, gives patrons the ability to download books free from the library’s Web site just by using their library card number. Books are compatible with both PCs and Macs, and people can use iPods, iPhones and most MP3 devices to listen to the books. (I’ll add in iPads)

The library contracted with Ingram Digital’s MyiLibrary Audio service and has added more than 550 downloadable titles, ranging from the latest best sellers by James Patterson or Anne Tyler to non-fiction biographies and children’s classics like the Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

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With the system, patrons go to the library’s Web site – (www.ccpl.org) – and look for the “Listen to Me” icon on the left side of the home page, then select the link for MyiLibrary audio. Patrons will need their library card number to login and peruse the collection. Once they find something of interest, the audio book should be added to their virtual “bookshelf.” Initially, the system will prompt them to download Ingram Media Manager to their computer before downloading their first audio file. Patrons can have up to two downloadable audio books at a time checked out and up to two hold requests. The audio books can be checked out for up to 14 days.

MyiLibrary is the latest in CCPL’s efforts to provide more services online for patrons. In addition to the downloadable audio books, the library has online book clubs, databases and talking storybooks for children.

The Tumblebooks Library includes animated talking storybooks for children plus puzzles and games to encourage learning and reading. In the library’s online Reader’s Corner, patrons can sign up for Online Book Clubs, which send short snippets of a different book via e-mail each week so they can decide if they want to check it out. NextReads allows patrons to sign up to receive e-newsletters based on their areas of interest. NextReads’s 19 e-newsletters profile recent releases and offer suggestions based on the subject, such as science fiction, business and personal finance, popular culture and historical fiction.

In addition to these reader services, CCPL offers more than 100 research databases, with most available remotely on the Internet. The databases cover topics including history, genealogy, finance and investing, legal forms, career and job assistance, literature and science.

To learn about all the online offerings, visit (www.ccpl.org) or call Charleston County Public Library at 843/805-6930.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival – 25 Years of Amazing Days and Crazy Knights!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I have been to the Georgia Renaissance Festival twice and enjoyed it both times – I wish I was going this year but I can’t get the clan of fellow Ren Fest folks who do this thing with me organized this year. Bugger!

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Here’s the scoop:

Join us for an entertainment experience that’s closer than Disney and more affordable than Six Flags! It’s the 25th Anniversary of The Georgia Renaissance Festival, held in Fairburn, GA, just south of Atlanta, GA. It all takes place over eight fun-filled weekends – Saturdays and Sundays plus Memorial Day, from April 17 through June 6, 2010, from 10:30am until 6pm each day.

You’re invited to the biggest Silver Anniversary Celebration in the grandest realm since Camelot! Designed to help visitors imagine that they have time traveled back to Elizabethan England, the Georgia Renaissance Festival creates the fantasy with themed buildings and rides, costumed actors, and creative entertainment and interactive activities.

Once inside the gates of our magnificent 16-Century Kingdom, you’ll find Knights in shining armor and Maidens Faire, King Henry VIII and his Court, jolly pubs and a 32-acre World Bazaar full of elaborate treasures created by nationally renowned artisans. Feast like royalty on a cornucopia of delectable delights including our popular giant roasted turkey legs! Endless entertainment waits with ten stages featuring juggling, music, comedic storytelling and feats of incredible physical skills! Your whole family will enjoy our Royal Petting Zoo and the thrilling rides in our medieval amusement park! Entertainments not to be missed are the original extreme sport – The Jousting Tournament of Kings, and the magnificent high-flying Birds of Prey and Animal Show!

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It’s a rollicking good time, so don’t miss The Georgia Renaissance Festival, where the good life is festive and the parking is free!

Several of our weekends offer Special Discounts or Themed Activities including:

April 17 & 18 – 2-4-1 Grand Opening Weekend! Buy one adult ticket and get one free, valid online now and at the gate and not sold at Kroger.

April 24 & 25 – Highland Fling Weekend! King Henry VIII invites all merry lads and lassies to this Highland Celebration! Enjoy the exhilarating sounds of our newest act, Tartanic, watch an amazing dance performance by the Drake School of Irish Dance and enjoy the music from the world-renowned Atholl Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band! Roll up your pant legs or wear your kilt to compete in the Bonnie Legs Contest!

May 1 & 2 – Kids get in Free Weekend sponsored by WSB TV’s Family 2 Family! One free child admission, 12 years of age and under, per each full paid adult, offer valid at the gate only and not sold at Kroger.

May 8 & 9 – Mother ‘s Day Weekend! Moms can shop, feast and be honored on her special day! The first 100 Moms through the gate will receive complimentary flowers!

May 15 & 16 – Arrh! Pirates Weekend! Scalawags and swashbucklers abound for His Majesty’s Pirate Adventure! Those adults and children who think themselves worthy buccaneers can compete in the Talk Like a Pirate and Best Dressed Pirate Costume Contests! This weekend is also Knights on Bikes Weekend! Present your motorcycle license and receive $4 off an adult full price ticket purchased at the Festival Box Office only.

May 22 & 23 – FEAST for $5 Weekend! It’s a gourmet’s delight! This weekend, ALL individual food items are only $5 or less!

May 29, 30 & 31- Three-day Memorial Weekend! It’s a family affair! Watch for special surprise discounts to be announced valid for Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day Monday!

June 5 & 6 – Final Knights Weekend! It ‘s your last chance to eat, drink and make merry. After that we ‘re history until 2011!

In honor of our 25th Anniversary – new shows, food and festive fun has been added including:

Dressed in full kilt, Tartanic gives its audiences a barrage of sound! Imagine one dancer, six drums, six drones, 18 notes, fast fingers, high comedy, flying bagpipes, taste-defying stunts and scorching hot music played at over 120 beats per minute, all brought to you by five vigorous men without pants.

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The beautiful Jayna Lee demonstrates jaw-dropping and AHH-inspiring skills: acrobatics, contortion, fire-eating, and juggling on the aerial trapeze and aerial silks! Jayna has an extensive background in gymnastics and 10 years of performance experience spanning across venues all over the United States and Europe.

The year is 1534 and King Henry VIII has been the King of England for 25 years. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Georgia Renaissance Festival and His Majesty’s silver anniversary on the throne, we are going to host a re-coronation ceremony for the King! Our guests can celebrate along with the royal court, making the re-coronation of King Henry VIII a truly memorable event for all!

Click, purchase and print discount tickets on-line now at the Festival’s website at (www.GeorgiaRenaissanceFestival.com) or stop by any Atlanta area Kroger checkout registers and purchase with your Kroger Plus Card beginning April 19, 2010.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is close, conveniently located just 5 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on I-85. Take Exit 61- Peachtree City / Fairburn and follow the signs. Regularly priced tickets include tax and are available at the festival box office. Adults $19.95, senior 60+ $17.95, Youth ages 6-12 $8.95, 5 years of age and under get in free.

For more information call the Festival Hot Line at 770/964-8575 or visit (www.GeorgiaRenaissanceFestival.com).

Duke University in Durham, NC, Features Works by Mark Hewitt

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

We received a press release about this exhibit at Carolina Arts and although we don’t cover the Durham, NC, visual art scene in the printed version of the paper, we will be posting this article on Carolina Arts Online – where we include all areas of the Carolinas – as long as we receive info by our deadlines. But, since we bring our blog readers a lot of news about pottery exhibits and events I thought we would also include this here.

Here’s the press release:

Duke University in Durham, NC, is presenting the installation, Mark Hewitt: Falling Into Place, on view on the front lawn of the Nasher Museum of Art through Apr. 30, 2010 (although it could last longer).

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The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has invited Pittsboro, NC-based potter Mark Hewitt to create an installation of 12 of his large ceramic pots on the museum’s front lawn.

For nearly 30 years, Hewitt has drawn inspiration from Asian and West African ceramics, and the native North Carolina potting traditions of Seagrove, NC, and the Catawba River valley in NC. Hewitt digs the clay, mixes his own glazes and fires in a wood burning kiln on his property. For this installation, the artist selected pots from his own collection, four private collections and the collection of the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.

Falling Into Place describes my love affair with North Carolina and its venerable ceramic heritage,”  Hewitt said. “Finding this tradition was a little like an English guitar player discovering the blues.”

The installation was conceived by Sarah Schroth, the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum.

“Mark Hewitt is an internationally renowned potter whose work has been compared to icons, monuments and temples,”  Schroth said. “The huge scale of his work conveys an unmatched mastery of the medium. In this case, we are asking Mark to think like a sculptor. The daring placement of his beautiful pots with their salt glazes and incised patterns will create an organic transition between the museum’s modernist architecture and the surrounding woods.”

Hewitt was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and has lived in North Carolina since 1983. He has exhibited in New York, Tokyo and London, and co-curated the exhibition, The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery, at the North Carolina Museum of Art in 2005 in Raleigh, NC.

The exhibition is supported by Marilyn M. Arthur.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 919/684-5135 or visit (www.nasher.duke.edu).

You can view 162 photos taken by Dr. J. Caldwell on the Nasher Museum of Art’s Flicker page at this link. They cover the installation process.

Martha R. Severens is Retiring From the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, SC

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

We were first sent this news by an old friend in Greenville, SC, and then confirmed it by reading an article in the Greenville News and then making contact with the Greenville County Museum of Art. After 17 years as curator at the Museum, Severens and her husband Kenneth will do some well deserved traveling.

Linda and I knew Martha and Kenneth when they were in Charleston, SC, long before we started doing an arts newspaper – Martha was curator at the Gibbes Museum of Art and we worked with Kenneth processing black and white photos for his books on Southern architecture. We did photo processing for the Gibbes too. That was during our life as custom photo processors before publishing newspapers.

At some point a change was being made at the Gibbes and I think Martha Severens and Paul Figueroa were both up for the directors job and Figueroa got the job. Severens moved on to take a job as curator of the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, but in 1992, came back to South Carolina to take a job as curator at the Greenville County Museum of Art. That was probably during a time when folks in South Carolina couldn’t imagine a woman being director of a major museum. Now women directors are the norm.

Severens is the author of The Greenville County Museum of Art: The Southern Collection, issued in 1995. She has written books on Andrew Wyeth, The Charleston Renaissance, and a series of articles on the Museum’s collection, which have appeared in American Art Review, a national publication.

Severens will be leaving the South Carolina Museum community with a lot of knowledge and experience, and will be hard to replace, but all good things come to an end and she and her husband deserve their time to travel. And, who knows – she may still have a few books planned.