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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 this link.

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’s Glass 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 Legacy as 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.”

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 (

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The Last Bunch of Late Exhibit Arrivals for March 2011

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This will be the last time I’ll post press releases which came in after our deadline at Carolina Arts. We’re getting too busy dealing with info that comes in on time. So, I suggest that folks get their info to us before the 24th of the month. The only exception – will be advertisers.

Here they go:

Carolina Galleries in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Terri Katz Kasimov

Carolina Galleries in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Lowcountry Series, featuring collages and abstract paintings by Terri Katz Kasimov, with an opening reception on Mar. 4, 2011, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Katz Kasimov received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from the Ohio State University and her Masters of Fine Arts from State University of New York at Buffalo. She studied under Sam Russo of Niagara Falls, NY, and David Hockney, University of California at Los Angeles as well as at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and La Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City, Mexico.

Katz Kasimov works in a variety of mediums. Collage, watercolor, acrylic, and even using old canvases reworked into new paintings, she is always striving to produce engaging and communicative artwork. Her artwork is represented in numerous private. corporate and museum collections throughout the world. She currently divides her time between Buffalo, NY, and Kiawah Island, SC, just outside of Charleston.

For further information call the gallery at 843/720-8622 or visit (

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Presents a Photography Exhibit

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, is presenting the exhibit, A View Thru the Lens of Bluffton, Low Country and More, juried by Jean-Marie Cote and Donna Varner, on view through Apr. 8, 2011.

An awards presentation and reception will be held on Mar. 6, 2011, from 3-5pm.

For further information call Sandra Wenig, The Society of Bluffton Artists ( SoBA) Publicity Chairperson at 843/247-2868.

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Norma Bradley and Vicki Essig

UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery in Asheville, NC, will present, Intimacy and Contemplation, a new exhibit of fiber art using unique approaches that invite the viewer to share the artists’ quiet contemplative space. The exhibit, featuring works by Norma Bradley and Vicki Essig, opens Mar. 7 and will remain on view through Apr. 2, 2011. There will be a closing reception with the artists from 2-4pm, Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011, in Blowers Gallery.

Bradley incorporates photography and digital processes into her fiber art, contrasting handwork with technology. Essig weaves natural elements and small found objects into her works, playing with light and translucency, and the dichotomy between fragility and strength. The works are very distinct, but both artists incorporate elements of time, nature and contemplation.

Work by Norma Bradley

Bradley, who relocated to North Carolina from her native New York City more than three decades ago, is Director of Education for HandMade in America and is a teaching artist in the North Carolina State Visiting Artist Program. Her works hang in private and corporate collections.

Work by Vicki Essig

Essig grew up in the Rocky Mountains but now lives and maintains a studio in Asheville. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen, is a founding member of Ariel Contemporary Craft Gallery, and has taught at Penland School of Craft. Her works are on exhibit at Blue Spiral 1 in downtown Asheville.

The Blowers Gallery is located in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, is free and open to the public, and is usually open 7 days a week.

For further information call 828/251-6436, or visit (

Dialect Design in Charlotte, NC, Presents Works by Sharon Dowell

Dialect Design in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Shift: New Works by Sharon Dowell, with an opening reception on Mar. 11, 2011, from 6-9pm.

Dowell captures the  energy of place, the economic boom and downturn, and explores the theme of man vs. nature. She is interested in the documentation of memory and incorporates references to our changing political and social environment in this exhibition of paintings and installation.

Dowell is a painter residing in Charlotte and exhibiting internationally. Her work is in major collections such as the BLT Steakhouse (Ritz Carlton), Duke Energy, Fidelity Investments, and The Federal Reserve Bank. Recent shows include the Kipton art auction at Christies New York, UNC-Charlotte, and Duke University. An Arts and Science Council grant recipient, she is currently working on public art commissions for Charlotte’s light rail and Durham’s bus line. In 2010, she was in residence at NES in Skagastrond, Iceland, and will be an Affiliate at the McColl Center for Visual Art, in Charlotte, from Apr. 11 – Aug. 23, 2011.

For further information call the gallery at 704/488-6811.

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Features Works by Deb Russell

The Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, will present the exhibit, Landscapes of Lake Tillery & the Uwharries, featuring breathtaking photographic imagery of Lake Tillery and the Pee Dee River Basin by Deb Russell, on view at The Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, from Mar. 1 – 31, 2011.

Hosted by the Stanly Arts Guild, in cooperation with Falling Rivers Gallery, the exhibit features two of Russell’s metallic gallery wraps on loan from HD Photo Lab. Their glossy finish and metallic appearance result in striking three-dimensional imagery. Photographers often describe the effect as “chrome on paper.”

The fine art exhibit includes a series of nearly 20 photographs, ranging from large gallery wraps hand-crafted by HD Photo Lab, a division of Bullock Professional in Albemarle, to framed metallic prints. Anchoring the show are two large canvas wraps of ethereal Lake Tillery at daybreak: Golden Swift Island and In Morning’s Glow.

The exhibit showcases Russell’s signature approach to landscape photography, captured so powerfully in her recently released book, Lake Tillery: Our River, Our Beauty.

“I like to create images which evoke an emotional response in me,” says Russell, further elaborating on her inspirations. “Dramatic light and interesting composition drive my photography, and my appreciation of art generally. Fortunately, if you’re ready to really see them, engrossing vistas unfold before you on and around Lake Tillery, revealing themselves in surprising ways.”

Russell grew up just a few miles away from the lake in Mount Gilead, NC, and considers the area her “home turf.” She has seen her beloved Lake Tillery change over the years. It’s no longer the quiet, sparsely developed river of her youth, when most houses along its shores were simple weekend river cabins. Gone are the days when weekday boating could mean a long paddle to the shore if you ran out of gas.

Through her imagery, Russell hopes to convey – and, perhaps, to recapture – the quiet harmony and mystery of Lake Tillery, to remind busy Sunday afternoon boaters of the majesty of “our river.”

“For those with a life-long appreciation of this stretch of the Pee Dee River, I want to confirm that your river is still beautiful,” she says. “For everyone, I hope there can be a renewed or continued desire to preserve that which is close to us, so precious and delicate, and so critical to our way of life.”

Russell has worked at Bullock Professional, a pro lab in Albemarle, for the last 12 years. In that time she has complemented her artistic instincts with refined editing and post-processing skills that help her turn ordinary photographs into art.

“The masters canvas product is great for my landscapes because the Kodak metallic paper is ‘right out there,’ behind no framing glass, allowing the room light to play with all the vibrant color, contrast and depth in the paper,” she says. “In one of my graphic bridge shots, the morning sun hitting the glistening water is so much more enhanced by the reflective properties of the metallic paper. It brings additional life and pop to the sunlight as the viewer moves to examine at different angles. I know I smiled when I first saw that one in the lab.”

All photographs in the exhibit are available for sale by contacting Anita Ammerman of the Stanly Arts Guild by calling 704/982-0924. More of Russell’s art, including her book, are on display at Falling Rivers Gallery, a cooperative of local artists, in downtown Albemarle.
The Stanly Arts Guild and their Falling Rivers Gallery is sponsored in part by the Albemarle Improvement LLC, the Stanly County Arts Council, and the Grassroots Arts Program of the NC Arts Council, a state Agency.

For further information call the 704/983-4278 or visit (

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Some Articles About Exhibits Taking Place in the Carolinas Which Came In After Our February Deadline

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Some of these came in late – after our Jan. 24 deadline and a few came from folks just discovering us. Some think we should just add them to the paper – after all it’s not printed – it’s electronic, but I say no. That’s what deadlines are for and I don’t want several editions of the paper out there and people hearing about items they missed after they first viewed the paper. And, we might not always give these late articles a second life at Carolina Arts Unleashed. So people need to make that deadline.

If you haven’t seen our Feb. 2011 edition of Carolina Arts, you can find it at this link (Warning – this download can take several minutes) (

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Features Works by Koichi Yamamoto

An exhibition of prints by Koichi Yamamoto, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Art, is on view through Feb. 25, 2011, in the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building in Hartsville, SC.

Tochika Ni, by Koichi Yamamoto, a 12″ x 24″ intaglio print

Yamamoto’s show, 00 To 10, includes a selection of intaglio prints (a printing process wherein an image is engraved or acid etched into a metal plate, inked then printed) and prints made with a monotype process, a procedure that yields only a single impression from each plate.

Merging traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking, Yamamoto has worked with meticulous metal engravings, large-scale relief and intaglio prints. His current work is in large-scale monotypes and exemplifies a contemporary, international aesthetic developed from his upbringing in Japan and his education in Europe and North America. His prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, atmosphere, light and history through various representations of landscape.

“Surface only provides a record from recent events,” Yamamoto said. “Making critical judgments requires an understanding of what lies underneath. Addressing the landscape as subject, my work attempts to describe cross sections of history. I seek to slow down and take time for a deep level of investigation.”

Yamamoto is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has also studied at the Bratislava Academy of Art and the Poznan Academy of Art. His work has been included in a number of recent juried print competitions including the Boston Printmakers, the 7th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial Print Art in India and the Lujubljana International Printmaking Exhibition in Slovania. Yamamoto’s prints are in the collections of University of Hawaii at Hilo, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Center in the Portland Art Museum and the University of Alberta Museum and Collection.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus. Gallery hours are from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, while classes are in session.

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.

For more information, contact Barb Steadman by calling 843/857-4199.

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Features Laura Hope-Gill’s Poetry and Photographs by John Fletcher Jr.

UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library will present the collaborative work of poet Laura Hope-Gill and photographer John Fletcher Jr., on view in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery from Feb.  1- 28, 2011. Hope-Gill and Fletcher will also present a slideshow and poetry reading at 12:30pm, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in the library’s Whitman Room.

Hope-Gill and Fletcher’s book, The Soul Tree, features photographs of uniquely beautiful southern Appalachian landscapes accompanied by lyric poems, which illuminate themes of vision, faith, healing and the sacredness of nature. The Blowers Gallery exhibit will feature some of the images and poems from the book as well as more recent work inspired by The Soul Tree.

The exhibit and the slideshow/poetry reading are free and open to the public.

Hope-Gill is the Poet Laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship. She is also the founder and director of WordFest Poetry Festival in Asheville, and an instructor in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. Fletcher is a photographer for the Asheville Citizen-Times. His 20-year career has included clients such as USA Today, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

The gallery is free and open to the public daily and most evenings.

For more information, call 828/251-6336 or visit (

Greenville Technical College in Taylors, SC, Features Works by Faculty of SC Governor’s School

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the Greer campus of Greenville Technical College in Taylors, SC, is presenting an exhibit of works by members of the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities, on view through Feb. 18, 2011.

Impressive for its scope, the show includes works by photographer Carlyn Tucker, sculptor Joseph Thompson, painter Paul Yanko, ceramists Alice Ballard and Sharon Campbell, printer Katya Cohen, metals artist Ben Gilliam, and graphic designer Neil Summerour. We are pleased to showcase the creative excellence that exemplifies the commitment of arts faculty at this unique Upstate program.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings call Lisa Smith at 864/848-2044 or e-mail to (

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, Features An Exhibit of Iron Works

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, will present an exhibition showcasing the work of Oak Hill Iron that includes both fine art and utilitarian wares titled Ironology. The exhibit will be on view from Feb. 14 through Apr. 8, 2011, with a reception taking place on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, from 6-9pm.

Oak Hill Iron was born out of necessity and driven by true talent and sheer determination to create beautiful products. Founded over a decade ago by Dean Curfman, Oak Hill Iron produces custom ironwork that meets the needs of countless utilitarian applications as well producing works of fine art that are at home in a gallery space. Both high art and craft are integral parts of a healthy arts community and with this exhibition Oak Hill Iron will demonstrate it’s ability to wear both those hats.

Oak Hill Iron is staffed by a team of highly trained artistic craftsmen and offers a wide selection of ironwork for both residential and commercial projects. There is no job that is considered too big or too small.

As always events at MESH Gallery are free and open to the public. Appetizers (hors d’oeuvres) for this event will be provided by Mountain Burrito of Morganton. Wine will be served by Sour Grapes Wine Distribution.

There will be a free concert starting at 8pm on Feb. 18, during the reception with a performance from Pimalia recording artists Moolah Temple $tringband hailing from Jackson County, NC. The duo of Johnny Favorite & Eden Moor co-pilot their goat-drawn deathcart, trailing the detritus of Old Time, Musique Concrète, Honky Tonk, IDM, Minstrelsy, songs of wounded affection, cautionary tales for our age, and the aesthetics of the Fraternal, Temperance, and Evangelical Movements. Moolah Temple $tringband rarely makes public appearances, but the duo is pleased to be invited by MESH. One clown is merely a clown, but two clowns make a circus.

Mesh Gallery is located at 114-B West Union Street, Morganton, NC.

For further information call 828/437-1957 or e-mail to (

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Cheryl Baskins Butler

The Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, A Day at the Zoo: Impressions of Riverbanks, featuring works by Cheryl Baskins Butler, on view in the Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery, located in the Main Branch of the CCPL system in downtown Charleston, SC, from Feb. 1 – 28, 2011.

Butler began her sketch “safaris” at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC, when it first opened in the mid 70’s. Throughout the ensuing years, she has returned regularly to observe, sketch, paint and spend personal time with the Riverbanks residents. A Day at the Zoo: Impressions of Riverbanks is a compilation of paintings, collages and site sketches from her visits.
The Main Library is located at 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston.

For further information call Frances Richardson at 843/805-6803 or visit (

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UNC Asheville Holds Spring Ceramic and Art Sale – Apr. 30 & May 30, 2010, in Asheville, NC

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Here’s another event that came across our radar at Carolina Arts:

UNC Asheville’s Art Department will hold its annual Spring Ceramic and Art Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is free and open to the public.
A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, photography, glass and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Art Department.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Art Department at 828/251-6559.


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