Posts Tagged ‘Raleigh NC’

Some Info for Artists at Carolina Arts News

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

We just posted some info for artists from several different sources atCarolina Arts News. Info you may want to know about like:


If you’re a visual artist or a group of visual artists (no geographic requirements) and you would like an exhibit at one of the gallery spaces controlled by the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, in 2012 – they are now accepting proposals.


If you’re a visual artist living anywhere in NC, you can apply for the Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence (July 2011 – January 2012) at Artspace in Raleigh, NC.


If you’re an artist living in Randolph County, NC, and you might like some money to help you do a certain project – you might be able to get a Regional Artists Grant from the Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC.

Go to Carolina Arts News at ( and see more details and links for even more details.

41st Annual Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s Fine Craft + Design Show Takes Place in Raleigh, NC – Nov. 26-28, 2010

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010


Join many of the Carolinas’ finest craftspersons Thanksgiving Weekend for the Annual Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild’s Fine Craft + Design Show: a spectacular showcase of fine crafts offering something for every taste and budget.

Work by Julie Olson

This year marks the 41st show. Fine crafts displayed at this year’s show will include pottery, clay, sculpture, wearable fiber, blown glass, jewelry, metal work, wood work, furniture, photography, printmaking and mixed media. There will be something for every taste and budget at this year’s show.

Show hours at: Friday Nov. 26, 2010, from 6pm – 10pm; Saturday Nov. 27, 2010, from 10am – 6pm; and Sunday Nov. 28, 2010, from 11am – 5pm.

Work by Keith Allen

The show takes place at the Exposition Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, NC.

A Day Pass is $7 and a Weekend Pass is $11.

Work by Nadine Zenobi

Have the first opportunity to purchase from our Guild Artists prior to the gates opening to the general public. Held from 4-6pm Friday Nov. 26, 2010, this event is exclusively for Friends of the Guild supporters. If you’ve attended the Preview Party in the past, you’ve seen nothing like this . . . premium catered food, beer, wine and a special “Signature Cocktail”. And the biggest addition – the VIP Raffle! Our supremely gifted artists have donated over $10,000 in art work and gift certificates to raffle off during the Preview Party. Friends of the Guild memberships begin at $30 for Individuals and $50 for Families.

For further information visit (

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:


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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

Fred Johnston and Carol Gentithes Show Work in Raleigh, NC

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Those Seagrove, NC, potters – they’re everywhere. Here’s an article about a show in Raleigh which features works by Fred Johnston and Carol Gentithes. There just never seems to be a month where there isn’t a Seagrove potter involved in an exhibit taking place in the Carolinas.

Here’s the article:

NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Fred Johnston and Carol Gentithes

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, will present the exhibit, To Prey or Not to Prey, featuring works by Fred Johnston and Carol Gentithes, co-owners of Johnston and Gentithes Studios in Seagrove, NC, on view at the Museum’s Nature Art Gallery from Oct. 2 through Nov. 1, 2009.

Fred Johnston (might not be in the exhibit)

When talking to the artists about their work they both describe it in terms of storytelling and refer to a visual “language” that they each employ, albeit with startlingly different results. If they are using the same language it is with different dialects. Growing up in the rural South gave Johnston unfettered access to its rich history and colorful characters. Cross fertilize that with a fascination with Greek, Korean, Chinese and Pre-Columbian cultures and you get a playful mix of motifs and artistic styles. His origins in clay are rooted in the Southern folk pottery tradition and he is always striving to extend that tradition. Johnston’s pots tell stories in his personal language of the forms and motifs he has developed by exploring paintings, architecture, literature and sculpture. “I rely on intuition, spontaneity and what is visceral as a mode of creating, and believe that a pot truly reveals itself over time and use,” says Johnston. “Only through deep investigation can one begin to internalize their ideas into a growing personal vision.”

Carol Gentithes (might not be in the exhibit)

Gentithes is best known for her unique sculptures, which she hand builds using clay coils to make animal forms that she then decorates with image transfers. There is often a narrative thread to her work that can veer into satire about subjects ranging from nature to humankind to politics. “To me art is a visual language. The origins of my artistic language emanate from life’s experiences, readings of literature and mythology, and visual interpretations of art history,” says Gentithes. “I leave it with the viewer to derive their personal interpretations.”

Though their work differs markedly from one another there is considerable overlap in their respective resumes. Both have earned degrees from Alfred University’s prestigious College of Ceramics. Both have exhibited separately or together at the Gregg Museum, (North Carolina State University in Raleigh), Mint Museum Potters Market, (Charlotte, NC), SECCA (Winston-Salem, NC), Blue Spiral 1 (Asheville, NC) and the Smithsonian Craft Exhibition, (Washington, DC). Charlotte Brown featured the duo in her book, The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove and the City of Greensboro commissioned each of them for work to go in the new City Center Park.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call 919/733-7450, ext. 360 or visit (

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 ( 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 ( 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 (