Posts Tagged ‘Chapel Hill NC’

Ronan Kyle Peterson Offers Annual Open Studio and Holiday Sale at Nine Toes Pottery in Chapel Hill, NC – Dec. 3-5, 2010

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Peterson writes to tell our readers to “Save the Date” for the first weekend in December. (I wonder if anything else is going on that weekend?) That is Friday, Dec 3-Sunday, Dec 5, 2010, he will be having his annual Open Studio and Holiday Sale, so swing on by for some gift buying, for others and for yourself as well!

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Peterson says more details will be coming, but you can check out (www.ninetoespottery.blogspot.com) for unfolding details, or check out the Nine Toes Pottery page on Facebook.

Here’s the catch:

The studio is located behind a home on a small private street called “The Glen” off Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The Glen looks like a driveway and is easy to miss. It is located at the crest of Franklin Street between Glendale Drive and Park Place.

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Here’s some directions to help you out and of course there is always Google Maps.

From downtown Chapel Hill: Take Franklin Street East, go past N. Boundary St, get in right lane. Look for a small white sign on the right reading “The Glen”, turn right at sign and go to the bottom of hill. Make the first right into #4 The Glen.

From Durham/Raleigh: Take 15-501 towards Chapel Hill. Take the Franklin Street exit. After Estes intersection, get in left lane. Go past Cafe Driad, when you pass Davie Circle, put left blinker on and start slowing down. At very top of hill turn left at the small black sign reading “The Glen”. Go to the bottom of hill and make the first right into #4 The Glen.

Park out front and walk along the driveway to the back of the house.

You can call 919/225-6160 if you get turned around.

For further info you can also visit (www.ninetoespottery.com).

FRANK, the Franklin Street Arts Collective in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers 2010 North Carolina Clay Invitational – Sept. 7 – Oct. 24, 2010

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I learned about this new gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, when visiting the blogAround and About With Bulldog Pottery written by Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke. It’s that blog networking thing. So I contacted the gallery and here’s the press release they sent. We get our info at Carolina Arts from a variety of sources.

Here’s what we learned:

FRANK, the lively new Franklin Street Arts Collective in Chapel Hill, NC, will spotlight more than 30 of the state’s accomplished ceramic artists in the2010 North Carolina Clay Invitational. The exhibit will open Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at 7pm and run through Oct. 24, 2010.

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Work by Bruce Gholson.

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Work by Ken Sedberry.

North Carolina is known internationally for its large and vibrant community of contemporary potters and artists working in clay, as well for a rich ceramics heritage dating back to the early settlement of the state. This exhibit will present not only the work of FRANK members and consignment artists, but also that of leading ceramic artists from across the state.

The Invitational will feature every type of work, from functional pottery to sculpture. Among the celebrated artists are Cynthia Bringle, Holly Fischer, Steven Forbe de Soule, Mark Hewitt, Nick Joerling, Leah Leitson, Suze Lindsay, and Mary-Ann Prack. Admission is free, and many of the featured artists will attend the public opening to answer questions and discuss their work.

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Work by Mark Hewitt.

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Work by Nick Joerling.

FRANK’S popular TGI Thursday Salons, held every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm, will feature talks by noted clay artists and throwing demonstrations by FRANK member Susan Filley. At the salons, musical performances will include the 1930′s band, Skeedaddle.

The TGI Thursdays schedule for this exhibition includes:

Sept. 2, 2010, at 6pm – Brand Fortner, Professor at UNC will talk about the physics of color and discuss the breakdown of histograms.

Sept. 9, 2010, at 6pm – Daniel Johnston, will talk about making large pots – traditional techniques from NC &Thailand.

Sept. 16, 2010, at 6pm – a representative from STARworks Ceramics, located in Star, NC, will give a talk about, Where and what is clay? The process of making the material.

Sept. 23, 2010, at 7pm – Mark Hewitt, a renowned studio potter, will offer a talk on his favorite NC pots.

Sept. 30, 2010, at 6pm – Terry Zug, author of The North Carolina Pottery Tradition will give a talk.

FRANK will also collaborate with Kidzu, offering a special event for Kidzu kids to see the clay exhibit, watch a throwing demonstration, and then return to Kidzu to make their own project in clay.

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Work by Samantha Henneke.

FRANK, featuring works from more than 80 artists, is the newest gallery for the visual arts in the Triangle. The 3400-square-foot gallery occupies the former Kerr Drug retail store on historic Franklin Street. The gallery offers ceramics, paintings, photography and sculpture as well as a wide selection of fine art, crafts, wearables, and gifts. FRANK hosts changing exhibitions, educational programs and community networking opportunities.

FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Hours are Tues. – Sat., 11am – 6pm; Thurs. till 8pm and Sun., 1-5pm.

For further information call Barbara Rich, Gallery Director, at 919/636-4135 or visit (http://frankisart.com/).

Update on Future Pottery Sales from Potter Ronan Peterson

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I received an update on future pottery sales from Ronan Peterson, a Chapel Hill, NC potter and blogger.

Peterson wrote: “I’m sending out one more quick reminder about the 3 Guys* and Some Pottery Sale this weekend and a short blurb about the Circle of Eight Sale the next weekend. Come out if you can and bring a pottery loving friend or two with you.”

Now Peterson’s blurb needed some cleaning up and a little extra work on my part to make it more informative for you readers, but that’s OK – I’m a seasoned translator and it’s my job.

First off, the * after the 3 Guys* is pretty simple. After doing this sale a number of years with three male potters – this year a female potter has joined the group.

The sale will take place at Doug Dotson Pottery – not near Pittsboro or Chapel Hill, NC – it takes place at 326 Mockernut Road, Pittsboro, NC – to be exact. A Google search of that address gets you a map for directions. The event – the 7th Annual 3 Guys* and Some Pottery Sale begins with a reception on Sept. 25, 2009, from 6-9pm. The sale continues on Sept. 26, 2009, from 10am-4pm and on Sept. 27, 2009, from noon-4pm. For further info or help, you can call 919/542-6439.

Peterson goes on to say, “I will have my highly decorated functional earthenware for sale alongside the earthy and comfortable soda fired stoneware of Doug Dotson and the elegant, yet familiar and colorful porcelain of Kelly O’Briant. We will be joined by Matthew Thomason who will have handmade journals, cards and some paintings on hand. Last year’s sale was great and we are looking forward to another weekend of hanging out, snacking and selling some pots (and prints!). Come on out into the woods and join us, bring your friends and spread the word about this special studio sale.”

The Circle of Eight Sale

Peterson also offers, “The next weekend, Oct. 3, 2009, I will join the Circle of Eight for their Fall Sale as an invited guest artist. The Circle is a group of Charlotte area ceramic artists which include Amy Sanders, Ron Philbeck, Julie Wiggins, Jennifer Mecca, Greg Scott and Adrienne Dellinger.  (Sandy Singletary is also a member of the Circle of Eight, but was not mentioned – perhaps she is not participating in this sale. Also, that adds up to seven potters – so I guess the 8th person represents a guest potters – don’t know.) I’m excited to be part of this sale and I am looking forward to hanging out and selling some pots with these talented potters in the Queen City. The sale will be from 10am-4pm at 1225 Dade Street, Charlotte, NC.”

Again, a Google search will get you a map. You can call 704/650-5662 for more info.

You can also learn more about Ronan Peterson by visiting his website.

The Complete Story

Friday, May 30th, 2008

On a recent visit to the North Carolina Arts Council’s (this is NC’s state arts agency) website (www.ncarts.org) under the Headlines heading I found a piece titled “Asheville in American Style Magazine” dated May 6, 2008. The short article informed me that in the June 2008 issue of American Style Magazine, Asheville, NC, was ranked second on the magazine’s annual Top 25 Art Destinations in small cities and towns category (populations of fewer than 100,000 people).

The article went on to describe Asheville’s art community and at the end suggested readers that for more info visit (www.americanstyle.com). Good thing I did.

I’m sure this news was sent to the NC Arts Council by someone from Asheville, but I’m surprised before posting this news that Jessica Orr, who posted this item for the Arts Council’s website, didn’t visit the magazine’s website and check out the lists. I’m assuming she didn’t because there was good news there about other cities in North Carolina and I can’t think of why she wouldn’t post that info along with the info about Asheville.

Also, it should be noted that this ranking of top art destinations is a readers’ poll. Only readers of American Style Magazine vote. We are also never told how many votes any of the cities on the top 25 list got. So we don’t know if a city got thousands of votes or twelve to make the list.

The poll is broken down into three categories – Top 25 Big Cities
(Populations of 500,000 or greater); Top 25 Mid-Sized Cities
(Populations of 100,000 to 499,999); and Top 25 Small Cities & Towns (Populations of fewer than 100,000).

Asheville came in 2nd on the Top 25 Small Cities & Towns list, but Chapel Hill, NC, came in 9th. I think that’s worth mentioning and I’m sure the folks in Chapel Hill think it is too. The top ranked city in this category was Santa Fe, NM.

There is more good news. Raleigh, NC, came in 24th on the Top 25 Mid-Sized Cities list (Buffalo, NY was number 1) and Charlotte, NC, came in 17th on the Top 25 Big Cities list (New York, NY was number 1). Why Orr didn’t include this news – I don’t know, but I think it’s great that Asheville was only second to Santa Fe, but I also think it’s great that three other cities in NC made the three lists.

And, since we cover the visual arts in both North and South Carolina, I’m happy to tell you that Beaufort, SC, came in 14th place on the Top 25 Small Cities & Towns list and Charleston, SC, came in 6th on the Top 25 Mid-Sized Cities list.

So the Carolinas have six cities on these lists – not bad considering many states had no cities on any of the three lists.

If you want to see the other cities on these lists, visit (www.americanstyle.com).