Archive for September, 2013

Planning for the 6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC, is Under Way – Make Your Plans to Attend Now

Monday, September 30th, 2013


It’s that time of year again. Time for the Celebration of Seagrove Potters – your opportunity to shop from the potters of Seagrove under one roof. And that includes being able to purchase works from the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient, Sid Luck, a fifth-generation potter from Seagrove.

Sid Luck

Make plans now to go and rub elbows with the throngs of shoppers and talk with the potters – try and come up with a question they have never heard before – like “how will your pottery change after the ending of Breaking Bad?”.


There is plenty of parking and great food will be offered.

Here’s the official press release:

Planning for the 6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC, is Under Way – Make Your Plans to Attend Now

One of North Carolina’s biggest pottery events, featuring more than 100 authentic Seagrove, NC, artists and 58 Seagrove pottery shops under one roof is the Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters.

Planning for the 6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters is well underway and the collective artists are all busily working on special pieces for the Celebration weekend, as well as on collaborative pieces to be auctioned at the Friday night Gala, Nov. 22, 2013. A second, silent auction will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1-3pm.

The Celebration is distinctive; it is a showcase of the pottery artists of Seagrove, a community that covers the three county corner region of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery Counties in NC. Over 100 Seagrove potters, from 58 shops, are participating this year.

Participating shops are: Avery, Ben Owen, Blue Hen, Blue Stone, Bulldog, Caldwell-Hohl, Chad Brown, Chris Luther, Crystal King, Daniel Johnston, David Fernandez, David Stuempfle, Dean & Martin, Dirt Works, Donna Craven, Dover, Eck McCanless, Fireshadow, Frank Neef, From the Ground Up, Gingerbread House, Great White Oak Gallery, Hatfield, Hickory Hill, JLK Jewelry, Johnston & Gentithes, Keith Martindale, King’s, Koepnick, Kovack, Lantern Hill, Latham’s, Levi Mahan, Luck’s Ware, Lufkin, Matthew Kelly, McKay, McNeill’s, Michele Hastings & Jeff Brown, Nelda French, Nichols, Old Gap, Patrick Rowe, Pebbles, Potts, Ray, Riggs, Rockhouse, Seagrove Stoneware, Snowhill, Studio Touya, The Hutch, Tom Gray, Triple C, Turn & Burn, Whynot, Windsong and Zehmer.

COSP is held indoors at the historic Luck’s Cannery, on NC Hwy. 705, the Pottery Highway, one half-mile south of the traffic light in Seagrove. The Celebration potters admire and continue the spirit of the original Luck’s Cannery – people of the Seagrove area working together to provide a future for their community. The festival offers shoppers a one-stop, indoor-shopping opportunity to purchase authentic Seagrove pottery. It is the only time of year that the majority of Seagrove potters are together under one roof!

The show offers the chance to meet the Seagrove artists, to learn about and purchase their work. There is excitement in every booth, where the exhibits embrace a striking variety of forms and functions. Seagrove is the largest working community of potters and clay artists in the country, and offers something for everyone. Children have a special dedicated area, where they can try their hand in clay and also purchase specially “Kid Priced” pieces of pottery. A donation from the proceeds of the children’s area is given to the arts programs of our local elementary schools.

The event kicks off with the opening night Gala. Guests can peruse and purchase first picks from the booths, while enjoying locally catered food and beverages, live music and enjoy the opportunity to view and bid on collaborative, one-of-a-kind, collectable pottery pieces.

“The celebration brings the pottery families of Seagrove together to spend the weekend with the families of our customers, new and old. It’s a celebration for everyone,” says Mary Holmes, Chair of COSP. The planning and implementation of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters show is a strong example of community and teamwork. Many committees work together to bring this professional and creative event to life. Local companies and organizations provide sponsorship and there are many opportunities available to partner with additional sponsors who recognize the unique prospects provided by the distinctive demographics of the Celebration attendees. Contact Mary Holmes for additional sponsor information at 910/783-5358 or e-mail to (

Volunteers serve as the backbone of the festival. We strive to provide Celebration attendees the finest experience possible, warmly welcoming them to spend a leisurely time browsing and shopping, seeing the process, developing and renewing relationships with the potters of Seagrove. This would not be possible without the immense dedication of our volunteers, including members from the Asheboro City Council, The Randolph Arts Guild, auctioneers, educators, pottery lovers and collectors. We are always looking for ways to build on this essential team. Volunteers have the opportunity to work on many aspects of the festival, including the auctions, artist relations, gala preview event, production, special projects and more. Contact Bonnie Burns at (, ( or call 336/953-5491.

Seagrove pottery has long been known for its collectability and the Seagrove name is recognized worldwide. Located in the central piedmont, the town of Seagrove is at the intersection of NC Business Highway 220 and NC Highway 705, which in 2002 was designated as Pottery Highway because it runs through the heart of pottery country. Seagrove potters are located throughout the countryside, all around these two major roads, and are all easily accessible from them. The Celebration of Seagrove Potters merged with SAPA, (Seagrove Area Potters Association) a local non-profit marketing entity that promotes, publicizes and markets the Seagrove community of potters in August of 2008.

For up-to-date information and photos on the upcoming Celebration visit ( Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook at Celebration of Seagrove Potters for ongoing details.

6th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters – Nov. 22 – 24, 2013

Friday Nov. 22, Gala 6-9pm – Catered reception, live music, collaborative auction, 1st pick of pottery.

Saturday, Nov. 23, pottery sale from 9am-6pm, silent auction from 1-3pm, and demonstrations from 11am-5pm.

Sunday Nov. 24, pottery sale from 10am-4pm and demonstrations from 11am-4pm.

Saturday & Sunday Show Admission $5, Children 12 & Under Free

Friday night Gala $40 in Advance, Gala tickets and more info available at (

The 2014 ArtFields Competition and Exhibition in Lake City, SC, is About to Start

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Before we start promoting this event, there are still a few unanswered questions about last year’s event and this upcoming event that you as an artist should be wondering about. Like what are they going to do differently?

A recent report tells us that 22,000 visitors attended the event – that’s an estimate as there where no ticket sales to base attendance on. Of those 22,000 visitors only 5,965 people registered to vote in the competition and only 2,443 votes were cast. Why did so few visitors want to participate in the vote – which is the core of the event and then why did less then half of the people who registered to participate actually cast a vote?

We still have not been offered how many votes the top winners received – with almost 400 possible works to be voted on did the winners get over 100 votes or maybe even over 500 votes? What does it take to win this competition?

As far as this year’s event goes – who are the judges for entry and who will make selections on the winners. Are they the same as last year, different or a mix?

What does “ONE” work really mean? Can it be an installation of a lot of works related to each other? Can it be a sculptural piece of 100 or 1000 pieces? Can the one work be a site specific installation that fills a whole room? I know a lot of artists who submitted one painting that was maybe 16″ x 20″ last year who were surprised when they saw some of the “one” works of art at last year’s event.

And finally, if you are interested in entering, I suggest you read the rules very carefully. It cost one person $25,000 last year by not understanding the rules or thinking they didn’t matter.

Just remember, I support this event and feel the folks in Lake City did a wonderful job on their first effort, but there is room for improvement. I have yet to hear anything about those issues.

Here’s the official call for entries:


Starting Oct. 30, 2013, You Can Register for the 2014 ArtFields Competition and Exhibition in Lake City, SC

The 2014 ArtFields Competition and Exhibition takes place in Lake City, SC, from Apr. 25 through May 4, 2014.

Whether you’re an established or emerging artist, get ready to submit your artwork to the 2014 ArtFields Art Competition for a chance to win $100,000 in total cash prizes! The Call for Submissions will open October 30 and will close December 13, 2013 at ( that link will be closed until October 30.

Artists may only submit ONE piece of artwork to the competition, and there is a $25 non-refundable entry fee. Artists must reside in one of the 12 Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) for 6 consecutive months prior to the submission date. Eligible artists must be 18 years of age on or before the submission deadline of Friday, December 13, 2013. Artwork must have been completed within two years of the submission deadline of Friday, December 13, 2013, and artists may submit one 2-D or 3-D piece of artwork, including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, digital media, and installation art.

View the full entry rules at (, information on prizes (see below) and artists FAQs ( If you’d like to get inspiration for the Competition, visit our online gallery of last year’s finalists at (

For any art related questions, please e-mail to (

$100,000 in Prizes:

Prizes will be awarded in three amounts:

$50,000 – Top Prize awarded by a combination of visitors’ votes and a jury of visual arts professionals.

$25,000 – Juried Panel Prize awarded by a jury of visual arts professionals who will be present in Lake City, SC during ArtFields.

$12,500 – People’s Choice 2-Dimensional
$12,500 – People’s Choice 3-Dimensional

Each of the People’s Choice is determined by visitors’ votes throughout the ten-day artfest. Visitors will register in Lake City, SC, and vote for their favorite entries during ArtFields. Visitors may only vote once per entry.

For further info visit (

The September 2013 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready to Download

Sunday, September 1st, 2013


The September 2013 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 76 pages of it.

It’s the Labor Day holiday so we’re not asking you to work – if helping us distribute the paper to your contacts is work. So when you get back to work – don’t forget about us. But, if you want to get the word out right away – go right ahead.
Last month we got over 120 new “Like” on our Facebook page, which would be nice to repeat or exceed this month.

The link is: (

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