Archive for June, 2010

SC Arts Commission May have Dodged a Bullet – But More Cuts Are Coming for SC’s Non-Profit Arts Groups

Monday, June 28th, 2010

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Yes, the SC State Legislature may have stopped Governor Mark Sanford’s veto of the SC Arts Commission’s budget cut, but more cuts will come to the SC Arts Commission’s budget as our state adjust to shortfalls in revenue that legislators just ignored (after Tue. June 29,2010, that is). It’s easy to override a veto, it makes you look like you’re a friend of the arts to some folks back home, but those legislators know the State will be doing their dirty work for them when adjustments have to be made throughout next year’s budget cycle as projected revenues fall short. It’s SC’s official dance – pass the buck and pass the responsibility.

So, what will we see from our saved Arts Commission under the leadership of Ken May – its newly named director?

Our old friend Jeffrey Day continues in his position as the unofficial press agent for the SC Arts Commission by offering heaps of praise on Ken May in an issue of Columbia, SC’s Freetimes.

According to Day, one of May’s positive attributes is that he can be seen at art events all around Columbia. I bet he can also be seen at Columbia grocery stores, movie theatres, and book stores, but what good does that do the rest of SC’s art community? Yes, the Charleston, SC, community might see him there during the Spoleto Festival, but that’s one of the things wrong with the Arts Commission – it is the poorest form of centralized government. The entire staff sits in Columbia most of the time. And, with more budget cuts – they won’t be going anywhere too soon.

As far as I know – until proven differently – May represents the same old, same old, from the Arts Commission – which is great for the sector of SC’s art community that has been living off the Arts Commission’s funding for decades. Not so good for those who have gotten nothing and not so good for new groups pulling up to the Arts Commission’s trough – only to find no room.

So what’s the future look like? Well with the prospects of a new governor on the way – one who looks like they could prove to be a Sanford style governor on steroids – not too secure.

Non-profit arts groups are going to have to deal with less public funding, the SC Arts Commission will have to deal with less funding and the list of groups who get it will get smaller and smaller. It actually could get very ugly – during the fight over who is more deserving or more connected to get that funding. In fact, I’d be concerned if I was an arts group outside of Columbia. It’s easier to cut funding of groups you don’t attend on a regular basis. Of course May doesn’t determine who gets funding and how much – the Arts Commission Board does that – at least they would if they were really leading the Arts Commission. But, we all know the staff really does.

Again, I haven’t noticed that this current crop of Board Members are less rubbery than former Board groups. It’s so easy to just go along with the staff recommendations – they know what’s best. They know the right people, the deserving – those who will praise them – they’re buddies.

The Who said we won’t get fooled again, but I think we just did.

5th National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition on View in North Charleston, SC

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I went into North Charleston, SC, to turn our July 2010 issue of Carolina Arts into the printer, so I decided to go over to the North Charleston Riverfront Park at The Navy Yard at Noisette (former Charleston Naval Base), even though the temps were in the mid-90’s. It was a little overcast so I figured it would be a good day to photograph the 11 sculptures that were part of the 5th National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, on view through Mar. 2011. The exhibit and competition is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The competition was juried by Stuart Horodner, Artistic Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The exhibit features eleven sculptures by eleven artists from seven states.

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Two Headed Ass (steel) by George Long

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Mass Murder Machine (steel, iron, and aluminum) by Doug Barton

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Prism Arc SC (painted steel) by Carl Billingsly

When I arrived at the parking area it was almost full, which was a surprise considering the heat, but it was lunchtime so maybe folks were enjoying their lunch in the park, but as it turned out all the cars were there for either the aftermath or preparations for filming of the Lifetime drama, Army Wives. They do filming all over the former naval base and shipyard.

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Cube (corten steel) by Dana Gingras

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Fools Buoy (steel and concrete) by Roger Halligan

It’s been a year since I was in this park and a lot has changed. The landscaping is further developed giving the park a not so new feeling – which is a good thing. There are some new additions – a covered picnic area and a children’s playground next to it. There were also some new additions to the memorial to the Charleston Naval Yard – which I think is finally finished. It also looks like a new restaurant is in the works, which will be good – especially if you can get drinks there.

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La Fleur da Vie (steel) by Teresa Howachyn

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Boat Nest, Elevation of Divergence (steel) by Corrina Mensoff

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End of Time (recycled metal) by Jim Shultz

There was a nice breeze at the park and it wasn’t until I finished and returned to my car that I felt hot – really hot without the breeze.

I hope you enjoy the photos. It seems that this year’s primary color is – rusted brown.

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Between Hope and Despair (steel and stone) by Philip Smith

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Ball Joint (cast iron and bronze) by Kristy Summers

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Inside the Vee (steel and recycled materials) by Bob Turan

The results of the competition are as follows: Division I – Best in Show went to Two Headed Ass (steel) by George Long of Roswell, GA; and 2nd Place went to Mass Murder Machine (steel, iron, and aluminum) by Doug Barton of Athens, GA. Honorable Mention awards were given to: Prism Arc SC (painted steel) by Carl Billingsly of Ayden, NC; Fools Buoy (steel and concrete) by Roger Halligan of Chattanooga, TN; and Ball Joint (cast iron and bronze) by Kristy Summers of Carbondale, IL. Other works in this division include: Cube (corten steel) by Dana Gingras of Moorseville, NC;Boat Nest, Elevation of Divergence (steel) by Corrina Mensoff of Atlanta, GA; Between Hope and Despair (steel and stone) by Philip Smith of Columbia, MD; La Fleur da Vie (steel) by Teresa Howachyn (TEKLA) of Black Mountain, NC; and Inside the Vee (steel and recycled materials) by Bob Turan of Earlton, NY. Division II – End of Time (recycled metal) by Jim Shultz of North Charleston, SC.

I’ve also included some wide views of the park and a few images of the shipyard memorial, which includes a lot of art also.

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You can see last year’s entry about this exhibit at this link.

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For further information contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or visit (www.northcharleston.org).

Friends of Berlin Committee & Sculpture in the South Unveil Sculpture of Mayor Berlin G. Myers in Summerville, SC

Friday, June 25th, 2010

We received this short press release at Carolina Arts.

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The Friends of Berlin Committee & Sculpture in the South would like to invite the citizens of Summerville, SC, to the public unveiling of “Honorable Mayor Berlin G. Myers” Portrait Sculpture by Garland Weeks on Monday, June 28, 2010, at 7pm, at the Summerville Municipal Complex, 200 South Main Street in Summerville.

In honor of Mayor Berlin G. Myers lifetime of dedicated service to the Town of Summerville and it’s citizens.

We’d love to see you and your family there!

For more information contact Janet Meyer at by e-mail at (askus@sculptureinthesouth.com) or call 843/851-7800.

Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, Offers Summer Student Exhibit

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Well, this is the first – after deadline – press release we received at Carolina Arts for July. And, by all means don’t forget about our offering an Alfred Hutty print for sale at Carolina Galleries in Charleston, SC. Just read the entry below this one to learn all about it.

Here’s the press release:

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Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, is proud to present the2010 Summer Art Institute Exhibition. The Summer Art Institute (SAI) is an educational program presented in cooperation with the Charleston County School District for high school students with talents in the visual arts. This year, 30 talented high school students have been selected through a highly competitive process to participate in three weeks of intense training in painting, drawing and sculpture. The program took place June 7 – 25 at Redux and Burke High School. At the end of the program, the students will mount a full exhibition in the Redux galleries of the work produced. This is truly a unique experience in the students’ high school career. The exhibition will be on view July 23 – 31, 2010. All Redux exhibitions are free and open to the public.

An objective of the program is to provide visual art experiences, instruction and production beyond the scope of the regular visual art curriculum for students with exceptional visual art talent. Their instructors were Sara Ferguson, Brian Kane and Tony Csavas. All SAI instructors are professional working artists. These instructors have devoted their lives to the visual arts, thus creating a vibrant and energetic environment which encourages students to recognize and use their talents in high school and beyond. It is amazing to see what students can do when they are provided the opportunity, enthusiasm and materials to pursue a life in the arts. The growth of each student is immeasurable. The energy and passion that developing young artists have for their studio practice is a source of inspiration for those who work directly with them and for those who have the opportunity to witness see their rapid progress first hand. Their ambition for their art and the fearlessness with which they approach learning is an example to everyone.

For the students, the SAI program is an introduction to a community of artists who will form the foundation of their professional network. They will gain confidence as a result of mentorship and support. They will experience, first hand, how groups of individuals collaborate to create art and exhibit it to the public. This understanding will be critical in helping them discover how they can contribute to the arts community of Charleston and beyond.

Redux Contemporary Art Center is located at 136 St. Philip St. in Charleston, SC.

For further information call the gallery at 843/722-0697 or visit (www.reduxstudios.org).

Help Carolina Arts – Add to Your Art Collection

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Well, it’s no secret that Carolina Arts has been struggling just like everyone else in the art community during this economic downturn. That’s the pleasant word for what’s been happening. We’ve been cutting back where we can so much so that in our last issue I had only a few inches of space left for my commentary. It’s a good thing I have this blog. We’ve even began selling some of our art works collected throughout the years of doing this paper. We’ve started with the works by artists who are no longer with us and don’t have to share in this current misery.

Our first offering was a small sculpture by Willard Hirsch, a Charleston sculptor from the Charleston Renaissance period. It sold within a few days of our offering it. We’re offering these works through one of the commercial galleries we deal with. We didn’t want to compete with the folks who support our paper. They have enough problems these days as is.

The next work we are offering is a work by Alfred Hutty, another artist credited with the Charleston Renaissance, although he was a transplanted Yankee like me. He also knew when he found a better place to live.

Here’s the work:

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You can find it on the wall at Carolina Galleries, 106-A Church Street in downtown Charleston, SC. It’s priced at $3,500.

If you want a piece of Charleston’s history and Carolina Arts‘ history, give Johnson Hagood a call at 843/720-8622, e-mail at (info@carolinagalleries.com) or visit (http://www.carolinagalleries.com/).

We hate to give these works up, but we’ve lived with them for a long time now and we’d like to keep doing Carolina Arts. Like everyone else, we’re making sacrifices for the future. The paper made it possible for us to get these works, now maybe these works can help keep the paper going.

That’s the great thing about art works – they’re not consumed after you purchase them. They can have a long life, appreciate in value and go on to give joy to others – over and over again.

If you’ve got some money to invest, if you don’t buy this work of art, go to a gallery near you and buy something – you’ll make at least three people happy. The gallery owner, the artist and yourself.

Waynesville Gallery Association Celebrates Folkmoot USA on July 2, 2010 in Waynesville, NC, with Arts After Dark

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

They call it Art After Dark in Waynesville, most of us would call it an art walk. We received this press release from the Waynesville Gallery Association who have tied their July 2 art walk into a celebration of  Folkmoot USA. This gave us the opportunity to inform reader as to just what Folkmoot USA actually is. But first – the art walk info.

The Waynesville Gallery Association in Waynesville, NC, presents Art After Dark on Friday, July 2, 2010 from 6–9pm. Waynesville’s Art After Dark takes place the first Friday of each month, May through December. July’s Art After Dark theme celebrates Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s Official International Festival with many galleries selecting a country to represent in their space as well as food, music or festivity in celebration of the selected country. There will be a drawing that evening for a pair of free tickets to one of the Folkmoot USA performances.

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Enjoy a stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street and in Historic Frog Level in Waynesville. Festive flags identify the participating galleries: Art on Depot; Blue Owl Studio and Gallery; Burr Studio and Gallery; Earthworks Gallery; Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery; Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86; Ridge Runner Naturals; Studio Thirty-Three; Textures; The Jeweler’s Workbench; TPennington Art Gallery; and, Twigs and Leaves Gallery.

A sample of planned events include:

Burr Studio will be featuring local potter Susan Phillips for the month of July. Susan lives in Dillsboro, NC, and is a member of Flying Cat Studio in Haywood County.

Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 is hosting an artist’s reception on Friday, July 2 during Art After Dark for its new show featuring works by faculty members of the Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program. The exhibition will continue through July 31, 2010.

Ridge Runner Naturals Studio/Gallery presents the exhibit, Swirling Around Abstraction, a collection of twenty new works on canvas by Waynesville artist, Jo Ridge Kelley. Kelley will be painting live from 7:30 to 8:30pm in her studio.

Twigs and Leaves Gallery will be kicking off Folkmoot USA’s International Festival with an Irish celebration. The gallery will be feature jewelry artists Bob and Lucy Gibson, of Irish decent, and Bill Stecher will be at the piano “with an occasional Irish jig”!  Bob and Lucy will have an expanded display of their one-of-a-kind jewelry as well as their unique clocks.

For more information about Art After Dark or the Waynesville Gallery Association call 828-452-9284 or visit (www.waynesvillegalleryassociation.com).

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by up to 350 performers from ten to twelve countries.

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Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. During its 26-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at the Folkmoot Festival.

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Countries invited to perform in the 2010 Festival include: Russia, Latvia, UK (Irish step dancers), France, Switzerland, Peru, Jordan, Portugal and Poland. The Folkmoot Festival features public performances at venues throughout Western North Carolina in the towns of Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, Highlands, Bryson City, Cullowhee, Asheville, Columbus, Burnsville, Marion, Mars Hill, Flat Rock, Stecoah and Franklin.

Other events held during the Festival include: Parade of Nations on July 23 and Folkmoot 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run on July 31. International Festival Day is also July 31, 2010. All take place in Waynesville, NC. For information and vendor applications call Haywood County Arts Council at 828/452-0593 or visit (www.haywoodarts.org).

We just received this detailed info on the International Festival Day.

The Haywood County Arts Council presents the 25th Annual International Festival Day on Saturday, July 31, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in downtown Waynesville. International Festival Day is the highlight of regional performances by international folk dancers and musicians from Folkmoot USA.

On International Festival Day, Main Street is transformed into a world bazaar where over one hundred artists, craftsmen, and international guests sell all forms of art and craft. Art lovers can browse booths filled with handcrafted items and even catch a demonstration or two by artisans including flame workers, potters, and woodworkers. From Russian nesting dolls to Seagrove pottery, traditional Appalachian baskets, and Guatemalan carvings from vegetable ivory, art lovers will find treasures at every stop.

The international theme of the day continues at opposite ends of Main Street where food courts feature a wide variety of choices including Gyros, Asian spring rolls, Crepes, Beignets, Caribbean Shawarmas, Fajitas, and—a North Carolina staple—pulled pork barbeque.

Thanks to sponsor United Community Bank, the Passport to the Arts children’s area is where children are issued a “passport” and “travel” to countries like Russia, India, Latvia, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Jordan, Portugal and Poland creating Indian twirling palm puppets, Kufi hats, and other one-of-a-kind crafts to take home.

Festival entertainment will be provided by Folkmoot USA’s international dancers and musicians; Voices in the Laurel Children’s Chorus; and, students from the Haywood County Arts Council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians program. The cultural exchange takes place on stages at each end of Main Street beginning at 10:15 a.m. at Town Hall in Downtown Waynesville.

International Festival Day is a family event for all ages. Whether you’re an art lover coming to browse booths of jewelry, paintings, photography, and woodwork; a child traveling the world at Passport to the Arts; or a family out to get a glimpse of international dancers, International Festival Day is filled with fun for everyone.

For further info about Folkmoot USA, call 1/877/FOLK-USA or visit (http://www.folkmootusa.org/).

A Look at a Couple More Spoleto/Piccolo Festival Exhibits

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Both the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals are over, but as usual with the art community, while most of the performing arts groups have packed up their seasonal offerings – the visual arts are still here and you can still see both of these exhibits I’ll be talking about.

While the festivals were still going on I found a nice parking space very close to the front door of the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in downtown Charleston. Lucky me! I wanted to see what Mark Sloan, curator at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art was offering festival viewers this year. It’s always something funky and very interesting. I liked what I had already seen of publicity images.

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This year it was the exhibit, Call and Response: African to America/The Art of Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo, on view through July 16, 2010. Sloan’s exhibitions are so popular that both Spoleto and Piccolo were claiming it as one of their offerings, but I think Spoleto would win that tug of war.

(We just received new info this afternoon. Mark Sloan has told me that they changed the ending date of this exhibit to June 26, 2010. That’s unfortunate for us and a lot of folks who won’t get to see this exhibit. Our July issue of Carolina Arts will still carry the July 16 ending date. We’re sorry to bring you this news. We now have an answer why this exhibit is being closed early – Sloan says the College has decided to tear up the concrete floors of the Cato Center and replace them with blue tile during July.  They had no choice.)

I wasn’t disappointed and I doubt anyone else who saw this exhibit was either. Nick Cave’s “sound suits” were spectacular as were the photographs of Phyllis Galembo of African costumes. Right off, walking in the gallery I was blown away by the lineup of several of Cave’s colorful costumes. That’s what you want in an exhibit – a knock out visual as people enter the gallery space.

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After a quick look around I sat and watched a video of Cave’s “sound suits” in action. The first part was set to music and the repeated phrase, “This is a journey into sound”. The second part was just the sound the suits made on their own as a dancer moved around. I liked the second part better, but sat there in the cool viewing room imagining what an event it would have been to have live dancers in each of Cave’s suits – coming to life – off and on, as viewers jumped when the dancer began to move. Now that would have been a heck of a performance art event, but I wouldn’t want to be the person inside one of those suits – for very long. But, the video gave us enough idea of what we would see – when the suits are in motion.

You would think that photos hanging on the wall wouldn’t stand a chance next to Cave’s “sound suits”, but Phyllis Galembo served up striking images of real African costumes which hold their own next to an “Americanized” version. In fact, I tended to appreciate these costumes more as they were made by people reflecting their natural surroundings and local customs. Actually, I think I felt that way as Cave’s suits reflected America’s culture – which isn’t always the prettiest picture. And, at that moment I felt a little embarrassed of what Africans would be thinking about us if this exhibit was shown there. Which is what I expect Sloan wanted us to see in this exhibit – the contrast of cultures. Maybe not, but then you have to go see this exhibit and come up with your own ideas.

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I ran into Sloan while I was at the exhibit and he said that a few gallery spaces in Japan were interested in this exhibit. That was no surprise to me as the new generations in Japan have developed a pretty funky culture themselves – funkier than ours.

You can read a press release we posted at Carolina Arts about this exhibit at this link.

After viewing this exhibit I looked at the art on display in the Hill Exhibition Gallery just outside the Halsey Institute. I’ve got to find a way to get the folks at the College to inform me of these exhibits – how long they will be up, so I can inform readers about them. Upon viewing what was there, my favorite was a print by Samantha Theall entitled Rachel in nice Lighting.

Next, I went to the City of Charleston’s City Gallery at Waterfront Park to see the exhibit, Contemporary Charleston 2010, on view through July 3, 2010. This show has a shorter life than the Halsey Institute show, so you better go see it – if you’re going.

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This exhibit is a production of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, curated by Erin Glaze, (City Gallery at Waterfront Park) coordinator and artist Max Miller.

The premise of this exhibit was to have 10 local visual artists create works specifically for the exhibit that have been inspired by the work of 10 local poets. So ten artists were matched up with ten poets.

My first impression was that this year’s show was not as strong as last year’s offering. (See my entry on the 2009 exhibit at this link. I guess since I hadn’t the time to attend the poetry readings by the poets matched up with the visual artists – I was missing the connections or inspiration that was supposed to have inspired these works. I tend to like my visual art – straight up – stand alone. That’s me, but I wasn’t seeing a lot of connections, but I also don’t have the inclination to work too hard to find connections. It’s like having to read an artist’s statement (several pages long) telling you what a certain work means. If I’m looking at the work and I don’t get the message – I usually don’t see it after reading the statement either. It’s either there or it isn’t. Anyway – I wasn’t feeling the connections. The closest I came is when painter Sarah Haynes painted a portrait of Dennis Ward Stiles, the poet she was matched with, entitledDenny.

I don’t think that’s what the curators had in mind, but the good thing is – I really enjoyed Haynes’ works – whether it had a connection to Stiles poetry or not. To me, her paintings were one of the high points of the exhibit. Of course I would have liked to see the Waterfront space filled with her work over a group show any day.

There were other works I liked there too. I liked the (sort of bleached out looking photos) by Timothy Pakron. Having spent almost 20 years working in a darkroom, I’m still thinking about his process, but I’m not concerned if I ever figure it out completely – I liked the technique. Why get hung up on the process?

I also liked the pop art style works by Juilo Cotto. Perhaps I’m showing my age, but I’m not a conservative when it comes to art. I like works that make other people cringe too.

Maybe I wasn’t falling in love with a lot that I saw, but it’s worth the visit and you’ll probably think I’m nuts or at least find things that speak to you. Frankly, if I see a show that I really don’t like – you probably won’t see anything written about it from me, and there was enough of that to go around this year, but I didn’t see everything. There is never enough time to see everything. So, don’t just assume that all the shows I haven’t mentioned were unmentionable.

Hopefully the powers that be will step out of the formula they are using to select Piccolo Spoleto exhibits next year. The formula is worn out and the results are showing. At least that’s how I felt when looking at the lineup of offerings, but then again – this whole festival thing is nothing new to me – like others.

You can read a press release we posted at Carolina Arts about this exhibit at this link.

Now, lets see what wonders the dog days of summer bring. I mean as far as the visual arts goes – as most of the performing arts community will be taking the summer off.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Announces 11th Annual Benefit Auction Results!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

I received this info at Carolina Arts about the fundraiser which took place at the NC Pottery Center in April. As you read this and start thinking – I should have been there, you can still be there by sending in a nice check to support the NC Pottery Center. They can even take your money online at this link.

Here’s the press release:

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The North Carolina Pottery Center in partnership with Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have raised $24,800 at the 11th Annual Benefit Auction “Going, Going, Gone To Pots!” held Sunday afternoon, April 25, 2010, at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC. The auction featured over one hundred fifty pieces of fine contemporary and historical North Carolina pottery.

The evening was made possible through the generosity of North Carolina potters and collectors, Signature Sponsors included: Community One Bank, First Bank, and Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales, Ltd., along with Gold Sponsors included: Progress Energy, Insurance Associates of the Triad, Total Communications, the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Sodexho, and Pugh Funeral Home.

Our Silver Sponsors included: Cabot Cheese, Seagrove Stoneware Inn, Eco Ornaments, Duck Smith House, Village Printing, Rock Ola Cafe, Klaussner Foundation, Kirk McNaughton and Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Energizer Battery, Asheboro, and the NC Zoological Society. Our volunteers were many and they made this a wonderful event. The Auction Committee comprised of the NCPC Board members, the NCPC staff and Bonnie Burns and Dick and Joanne Peterson put in many hours planning and fund raising.

During the Auction Preview hour Bluegrass music was featured by Matthew Nance and friends and attendees enjoyed a light buffet.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. Thank you!

Back to me.

If you’re going through that area or are interested in learning about NC pottery, visit the Center. They are currently presenting the exhibition, The Pottery of Buncombe County, A Historical and Contemporary Overview, featuring two separate, but related exhibitions, on view through July 31, 2010. You can read about the exhibits and see some images at this link.

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The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue – Sat 10 am – 4 pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

West Lincoln Middle School in Lincolnton, NC, Calls for Potters for Tradition Turners Pottery Festival

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This press release came to us at Carolina Arts in the middle of the Spoleto/Piccolo Festival scramble and I put it in a place where I could deal with it later. My mistake. I just found it and I already cost early applicants a discount on their fee. My bad. Especially when I’m trying to pay special attention to all things involving clay.

Here it is – better later than never:

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The West Lincoln Middle School and TTPFC organizers are proud to announce the first Tradition Turners Pottery Festival to be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. The festival will be held indoors at West Lincoln Middle School, 260 Shoal Road, (just off Hwy. 27), in Lincolnton, NC (Vale community). The Gym and Cafeteria areas have been reserved for this event. The show times will be from 10am until 4pm. This is a great opportunity to help the school, as well as give the area’s many talented potters a venue to showcase in October.

Proceeds will go to the WLMS Student Involvement and Instruction Fund. We are currently accepting applications for pottery vendors. We are offering a 10X10 booth space for a fee of $75. Electricity will be available for an additional $10 (limited basis). You must note on your application if you need electricity so you can be assigned a booth with electrical access. You can request an application by e-mailing to (TraditionTurnersFestival@charter.net).

The day of the Festival, we will have a booklet for the patrons listing everyone involved with this event, including biographies of the potters exhibiting. We are very excited about this festival and anticipate a wonderful turn out for both vendors and shoppers!

Please return your applications (available at www.TraditionTurnersPotteryFestival.com) soon as spaces will be assigned in order received (and with regards to electricity).

If you have any questions please e-mail us at (TraditionTurnersFestival@charter.net) or visit (www.TraditionTurnersPotteryFestival.com).

Charleston County Public Library is Presenting a Summer Book Sale in Charleston, SC – June 18-20, 2010

Monday, June 14th, 2010

I received this press release at Carolina Arts. I think public libraries are one of the great resources we have in this country and will be willing to pay higher taxes any day – as long as that extra money goes to support our libraries. Go buy some books.

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Cheap books abound at the upcoming summer book sale held by the Charleston Friends of the Library. That SUMMER Book Sale will be at the Main Library in downtown Charleston, SC, on June 18-20, 2010. It’s a great way to do some guilt-free, green shopping!

WHO: The Charleston Friends of the Library is a 501c3 membership organization that supports and advocates for the Charleston County Public Library. The Friends raise money for over 4,000 library programs like Summer Reading for kids and teens, computer classes, Opera at the Library, concerts, film screenings, author events, new technology and more.

WHAT: Join the Friends of the Library at That SUMMER Book Sale. The books are cheap, the cause is worthy, and it’s a great way to do some guilt-free, green shopping! All books were donated to the Friends by the community.

WHERE: Main Library Auditorium, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

WHEN: Friday, June 18th & Saturday, June 19th, 9am-5:30pm and Sunday, June 20th, 2-4pm.

A special Friends of the Library Member Sale will be held prior to the public sale Thursday, June 17th, 5:30-7:30pm. People are welcome to join the Friends of the Library at the door.

For more information or questions, please visit (www.CCPL.org) or call 843/805-6930.