For the 12th year, local and visiting artists this weekend will open their studios and demostrate their talents for visiting art and craft lovers as part of the Come to Leicester Studio Tour.
The tour dates are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20. The tour has continued to grow since its inception, this year including 26 artists.
It's a free, self-guided event that encompasses a variety of media, including clay, fiber, jewelry, metal, mixed media, natural materials, painting and wood. The resulting works of fine art and craft include dolls, brooms, candles, furniture, pottery, iron work, quilts, wearable art and more.
A raffle for three $50 gift cards will be held, with one going to the patron who visits the most studios and two to participants drawn at random.
In addition to being one of the stops hosting a handful of artists, Addison Farms Vineyard will be offering wine tastings, and three food sponsors will offer lunch for purchase: Gossett Grocery and Deli (only open Saturday), Turkey Creek Grill and Sandy Mush Community Center.
Artspace invites artists working in a variety of craft media to enter the Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition, a biennial national juried exhibition. Work will be juried by Roger Manley, Director of the Gregg Museum of Art + Design. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper and wood. Entries will also be juried for cash prizes. A brochure will be produced for the exhibition.
While Artspace’s gallery space is fully accessible, we strive to make the submission process accessible for artists as well. We encourage anyone to submit for our open calls-for-art . If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter a call-for-art please contact Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee at 919.821.2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The post-studio tour meeting is this Wednesday - here’s the info from TRAC:
We have scheduled a post tour meeting for Wednesday, August 16th from 6 to 7 pm at the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine. We will be presenting the results from the June Tour survey, and introducing our new tour chair, Liz Summerfield.
Please try to attend. Light refreshments.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, TRAC is changing their membership fee structure. Dues for artists who want to participate in studio tours will go from $35 a year to $100 a year. (There are some other additional benefits, too.) Going forward, all memberships will run from August-August, rather than on a rolling basis as they have been. There is a $50 discount for the first year of the new fees, and, if you’ve already paid for a membership in 2017, there is also a pro-rated discount. Here's the letter I received about these changes and the new membership form (pdf versions here: goo.gl/emNU4D):
If you’re considering whether to participate in the December studio tour, the application deadline is August 30th. It looks like guest artists from outside Mitchell and Yancey counties can still participate if they pay the new $100 membership fee. (It’s unclear whether artists outside this two-county area will be able to benefit from other membership benefits.) It looks like the studio tour fee for artists is unchanged at $100, but the non-volunteer fee has been raised from $20 to $40.
I will be moving from my studio and need to remove my gas kiln from the outbuilding. I'll be scaling down and learning to fire cone 6 electric. I'll include the 2 Ward burners, ($1500 ea. new) and the oxygen probe upon removal of the fiber, steel and bricks.
ABOUT THE KILN:
The roof is made from 12" x 12" x 10" high, 2800 degree fiber blocks. These are suspended with 1/4" Stainless bolts and with care could be salvaged for rebuilding a flat top kiln. The walls are made with 10" of fiber in 4 layers pinned with pins of my own design, (My pin design is easy and works better than those commercially available). This kiln has about 60 cubic feet of stacking space. With careful salvage, a kiln of 25 to 40 cubic feet of stacking space could be constructed. Some new materials would be needed but the savings could be significant.
Ceramic artists Yang Chen and Levi Mahan, and glass artists Josh Fredock and Grace Phillips will present slides and discuss their work.
Artist talks are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company is available for purchase.
Yang Chen is a ceramic sculptor and installation artist from Bejing, China. Levi Mahan is a ceramic artist from Seagrove, NC. Josh Fredock is a metal and glass artist from Merriam, Kansas. Grace Phillips is a glass artist from Chicago, Illinois.
My son and his wife, who are both actors, have a two week job in Raleigh, NC, October 11 to the 22nd and are looking for an inexpensive place to stay. I don't think I know of anybody who actually lives in Raleigh who I can ask, but I thought someone in the NC Potters might possibly know something or someone who could give me information about possible places for them to stay. I'd be grateful for any suggestions you might be able to make.
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A quick note about upcoming Clay Club meetings: we won’t have a meeting in August (folks are busy!), but please save the date and plan to come in September when Clay Club will be held at Mudhoneyz Studio in Weaverville from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, September 13th. Thanks to Missy Batten, LeElaine Comer and Molly Walter for hosting us! I will share more detailed info closer to the date.
The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair takes place this Friday and Saturday, August 4th and 5th, from 9-5 each day on the Burnsville, NC town square. Here’s the press release:
On the first weekend of August, Burnsville’s historic Town Square and quaint Main Street reflect Americana at its finest during the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair.
On Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5, crafters line the street with handmade quilts, blown glass, wooden carvings, paintings, pottery and furniture. Attendees watch as potters mold clay on their wheels, chair makers braid strips of cane to form seats, and weavers push and pull looms to turn yarn into textiles.
“The quality and variety of the work really set the crafts fair apart,” says Ginger Johnson, executive director of the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event. “Artists come from all over the Southeast.”
More than 200 vendors set up to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills, while approximately 20,000 people browse and shop. Now in its 61st year, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Yancey County and the surrounding Toe River Valley are known for the large concentration of artists with a diverse array of talents.
Local musicians and dancers provide entertainment each day. Friday’s lineup includes: Roberta Whiteside, Rob Levin, Jonah Riddle, Thistle Dew, Hot Duck Soup, Ragged But Right, Broke Holler, Austin Sound and Debbie Phillips & The 42nd Street Jazz Band. Saturday’s performers are: Logan Boone, WCD Cloggers, Kirby Troutman, David Wiseman, Dance Express, Ron & Minnie Powell, Sparkle N Shine All-Star Cheerleaders and Typical Mountain Boys. Actors from Parkway Playhouse will also perform.
No Southern festival is complete without a variety of tasty treats. Crafts Fair staples include barbecue, sweet tea, kettle corn and homemade ice cream.
“It’s a great two days to be in Burnsville,” Johnson says. “The mountain weather is fabulous. After you browse the crafts, you can bring a lawn chair and sit under the shade trees on Town Square to listen to the music and people watch.”
Hours for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Admission to the fair is free. For more information about the crafts fair, and other attractions and lodging options in Yancey County, visit www.ExploreBurnsville.com or call (828) 682-7413.
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.