Archive for November, 2012

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Exhibit on the Legacy of Harvey K. Littleton

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year we informed readers that 2012 was the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in America. We did a special feature on many of the glass exhibits that were being offered in celebration of that anniversary – most taking place in Western North Carolina – home to many a glass artist. We didn’t learn about this exhibit until after it was too late to fit it into our Dec. 2012 issue of Carolina Arts, but we’re bringing it to you now as best we can. Hopefully through this blog, Facebook and Twitter – the word will reach many of our readers.

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The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville, NC, is presenting Harvey’s Legacy: The Next Generation of Studio Glass in Western North Carolina, an exhibit featuring works by studio glass pioneer Harvey K. Littleton as well as 12 exceptional glass artists of generations X and Y who are working in the region, curated by Lauren Pelletier, Administrative Assistant at CCC&D. An opening reception will be held at the Center’s gallery in Hendersonville on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, from 5-7pm and is open and free to the public. The exhibition will continue through Jan. 7, 2013; the Center will be closed Dec. 21-31, 2012.

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Harvey K. Littleton, Longitudinally Sectioned Flattened Ovoid, 1981, 18 x 3 3/4 x 4 inches each.

The American Studio Glass movement began with two glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. The workshops were taught by Harvey K. Littleton, who, along with scientist Dominick Labino, introduced a small furnace built for glassworking that made it possible for individual artists to work in independent studios. Since then, glass has been embraced by artists not only for production purposes, but as a sculptural medium for exploring contemporary issues and concepts.

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Harvey Littleton at the 1962 workshop. Photo by Robert C. Florian. Collection of the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass.

The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of Littleton’s groundbreaking workshops using a small furnace built for glass craft, which helped trigger the development of studio art glass in America. Littleton settled in Western North Carolina’s Toe River valley after his retirement and that area now boasts a growing community of more than 50 notable glass artists.

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Harvey Littleton in his studio in Wisconsin. Photo by Robert C. Florian.

The other glass artists participating in this exhibit include: Kathryn Adams, Dean Allison, Alex Bernstein, Jennifer Bueno, Courtney Dodd, Ben Elliott, Micah Evans, Ben Greene-Colonnese, Clay Hufford, Mike Krupiarz, Justin Turcotte, and Hayden Wilson. To learn more about these artists visit thislink.

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Work by Ben Elliott

“This exhibition features artists early to mid career artists, 40 and under, working in Western North Carolina. The artists selected have either studied glass at universities or spent time at craft institutions like Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School or The Studio at Corning Museum of Glass with programs that have lineage to Littleton’s experimentation,” said curator Lauren Pelletier.

“I was inspired by the 50th anniversary shows like Toe River Art Council’sGlass in the Mountains that have done a thorough job highlighting the rich history of the studio glass movement in the region. I see Harvey’s Legacyas a complement to those shows, with a narrower focus on emerging talent and the influence of higher education as it relates to our mission and core programming at the Center.”

“My interest in glass began after taking undergraduate coursework in glassblowing, casting, beadmaking and stained glass and continued later during a flameworking apprenticeship I had shortly after moving to Asheville in 2011,” adds Pelletier. “Having an understanding of the material and a familiarity with artists working in this area, I made selections for this show to include variety in experience, techniques and processes.”

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Work by Clayton Hufford

“Western North Carolina is made up of incredible communities of craft artists that support each other and learn together. The Center is delighted to have the chance to present an exhibition of these emerging artists in celebration of the 50th anniversary of studio glass,” said CCC&D Executive Director Stephanie Moore.

“When glass enters the sculptural arena it is mesmerizing.  The impressive work highlights the skill of the makers who are pushing the limits of this incredibly fragile material.”

During the reception on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5-7pm, at the Center, located at 1181 Broyles Road in Hendersonville, there will be a sale of glass artworks offered. Those attending will also be able to purchase hand-made pint glasses, filled courtesy of Highland Brewing Company, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting glass art instruction in the region.

There will also be a raffle during this reception to win hot shop and flameworking classes at the Asheville Glass Center, private lessons from exhibitors Kathryn Adams and Hayden Wilson, as well as vases, ornaments, and more.

A portion of proceeds from the raffle and gallery sales will go towards subsidizing the first glass course at Warren Wilson College as well as future programming by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, from 10am-6pm, join the Asheville Glass Center staff and exhibitors Kathryn Adams, Ben Elliott, Ben Greene-Colonnese, Justin Turcotte, Hayden Wilson with special guests Alex Bernstein, Penland Resident Artist Micah Evans and exhibition curator Lauren Pelletier for exciting glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations to be held at the Asheville Glass Center, located at 140C Roberts Street in Asheville, NC’s River Arts District.

For further information call the CCC&D at 828/890-2050 or visit (www.craftcreativitydesign.org).

Some Events I Wish I Were Going to This Week in the Carolinas

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Unfortunately travel is not in my plans this week, which means I’m going to miss some of my favorite happenings including: Vista Lights in Columbia, SC; the Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC; and the opening of the new Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC.

I would have racked up some miles, but I have done such a trip in the past many times. Gas prices are down and lower in some of these areas, but even though I can’t make any of these three favorites – you can. You don’t have to be a road warrior like me in doing all three, but there are many combinations that can be very satisfying – any one would be well worth your effort.

First up is the 27th Vista Lights celebration in the Congaree Vista area of Columbia, SC, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, from 5-9pm. Kick off your holiday shopping and fun at this annual holiday street party! The entire Vista community will take part, with Gervais Street closed to traffic from Gadsden to Assembly streets, and Park and Lincoln closed from Lady to Senate.

Everyone loves a tree lighting and the Vista tree lighting promises to kick off the season! The traditional tree-lighting ceremony, will be held at 7pm. This year’s spectacular lighting will be hosted my Mayor Steve Benjamin. You will find the tree located on the corner of Lincoln and Gervais Street outside of the River Runner shop. There are many performances planned, but for me, it’s the visual art offerings that usually brings me to Vista Lights.

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Work by Wanda Steppe

City Art at 1224 Lincoln Street, just behind the River Runner where the tree is located, will offer the exhibit, Sticks and Stones, featuring an exhibit of works by artist/painter Wanda Steppe, on view through Dec. 23, 2012. See more info about more events taking place this evening by visiting (www.cityartonline.com).

if ART Gallery at 1223 Lincoln Street is offering the exhibit, 18/100 SOUTHERN ARTISTS: The if ART Contingency, on view through Nov. 17, 2012. The exhibit features works by 18 if ART artists included in the new book “100 Southern Artists”.

One Eared Cow Glass Gallery & Studio at 1001 Huger St., (just up the street from the old location) is a little ways from the center of activities, but worth the visit. The cowboys will be demonstrating glass blowing and you can pick from works that were featured this year at the “Four Seasons” display at the SC State Fair while items last. This is your opportunity to have an item associated with the largest display of hand-blown glass in SC or the Southeast. You can see that display on their website at (www.oneearedcow.com).

The Gallery at Nonnah’s at 928 Gervais Street will be offering the exhibit,Altered Cities: Melding Cityscapes with Landscapes, featuring works by Alicia Leeke, on view through Dec. 31, 2012. For more info visit (www.nonnahs.com).

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Work by Jeff Donavan and Susan Lenz of Vista Studios

Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 at 808 Lady Street, will present the exhibit,Season’s Harvest, featuring recent works by Vista Studios’ artists, on view through Nov. 27, 2012. Many of the artists will have their studios open so you can see where and how these artists create. See more about the activities there at (www.vistastudios80808.com).

Other art galleries in the area will be open, as well as many of the shops and businesses in the area. Vista Lights is free to the public and offers a great way to kick-off the holiday Season! Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, shop up an appetite and stay late. Just because the official celebration ends at 9pm doesn’t mean you can’t stay for some late-night entertainment and a nightcap. For more info visit (http://www.vistalightssc.com/about.aspx).

The 5th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters will be held indoors at the historic Luck’s Cannery, on NC 705, Pottery Highway, one half-mile south of the traffic light in Seagrove, NC, from Nov. 16 – 18, 2012. The weekend begins with the Celebration Gala on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6-9pm, which includes a catered reception, live music, and the collaborative works auction. The Celebration continues on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9am-6pm, with a silent auction, from 1-3pm, and again opens on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 10am-4pm.

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Collaborative piece by Jugtown Pottery and JLK Jewelry

The Celebration is distinctive; it is a showcase of the pottery artists of Seagrove, an area that covers the three county corner region of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery counties in North Carolina. Over 100 Seagrove potters, from 64 shops, are participating this year.

Now a trip to Seagrove is always an adventure in that there is hardly a road that you can drive down where you won’t run into several potteries. The gently rolling hills and farms make a picturesque journey while finding the next shop on the map you picked up at the NC Pottery Center in downtown Seagrove. But, if you’re a die hard shopper who feels more at home in the local Mall – the Celebration is made for you. Many of the area’s potters will be found under one roof.

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Collaborative piece by Peder Wilhelm McCanless and Michael Mahan

And, if you’re a hard core pottery collector, the Friday Night Gala is where you want to be for the collaborative works auction, matching different potters in the area to work on a one-of-a-kind item.

Admission to the Friday night Gala is $40 in advance. Gala tickets and more info are available at (www.CelebrationofSeagrovePotters.com), admission on Sat. & Sun. is $5 at the door and children 12 and under are free. For more info on potters of the Seagrove community and other local events visit (www.DiscoverSeagrove.com).

Get this – there is another pottery festival taking place in Seagrove at the same time. That’s double the pottery fun.

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Also on Friday evening of Nov. 16, 2012, from 5:30-8pm, will be the opening reception of the 2012 Holiday Show at the Art Trail Gallery’s new location at 185 West Evans Street, just around the corner from their old location on Dargon Street in downtown Florence, SC. The reception is free and open to the public. The 2012 Holiday Show is considered “the place” to purchase unique holiday gifts for every person and budget.

Gallery hours for this show will be Tue.-Thur., from 11am-6pm and Sat., from 11am-4pm. The Holiday Show will be on display until Dec. 22, 2012. Please visit the Art Trail Gallery’s website for more information at (www.art-trail-gallery.com).

The Art Trail Gallery has been a sort of backyard project for me in supporting the efforts of Jane Madden, who kept the gallery going for so many years and the volunteers and artists who have made this gallery their own. It’s never easy moving and change is hard, but this show will celebrate a successful transition from old to new, reflecting the exciting future of Florence and the Pee Dee’s growing visual art community. I wish I could be there. Maybe you can be there for me?

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Armor-dillo, by Mike and Patz Fowle, First Place Award at 2012 Pee Dee Regional

And, if you’re traveling to Florence for that event, why not go early and visit the 2012 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, on view through Dec. 16, 2012, at the Florence Museum of Art, Science and History, located at 558 Spruce Street. The Pee Dee Regional is the oldest continuing art competition in the state and is presented by the Florence Museum Board of Trustees.

You could also take in the Magic City Survey Art Competition, on view through Jan. 4, 2013, in the Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, located at 506 South Dargan Street in Florence. This juried exhibit features works created by artists from across the Pee Dee who followed the theme, “Southern Impressions-Depictions of Life in the South.”

Be assured that there are lots of other exciting and interesting visual art events taking place throughout the Carolinas during this same time frame, but these three were on my radar, but sometimes we never get to exercise our plans. I’m just saying this is what I was going to do – the publisher and editor of an arts newspaper for over 25 year. And, if you check out our Nov. 2012 issue of Carolina Arts you’ll soon see that if you can’t do any of these three – there is something you can attend somewhere near you. Now go do something.

View From A Red State

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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The November 2012 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (www.carolinaarts.com) – all 74 pages of it. Our download numbers for the October issue came in just over 175,000. That’s right – it’s not a typo.

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

The link is: (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1112/1112carolinaarts.pdf).

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

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
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