Thursday, January 17, 2019
This event is free but RSVP is required. Call the gallery at 828-698-7000 or RSVP on the gallery website, galleryflatrock.com
What: Reception to honor artist Michael Sherrill, with film screening
When: 1 p.m., January 19
Where: The Gallery at Flat Rock, 2702-A Greenville Highway, Flat Rock
How much: Free and open to the public; RSVP required
The Gallery at Flat Rock is pleased to host a special reception in honor of artist Michael Sherrill at the gallery at 1 p.m. on January 19. The event will include a screening of a mini-documentary film detailing the career path of one of the most respected artists living in North Carolina. A retrospective exhibit of Sherrill’s work in ceramic, metal and glass is currently on display at the Mint Museum in Charlotte until April 7. The exhibit will then travel to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Ariz. and to a third museum venue yet to be disclosed.
The afternoon reception will feature a mini-documentary that follows the trajectory of Sherrill’s work from his early functional pottery pieces to his meticulous mixed media sculptures. Sherrill’s early work revealed his innate talent for innovative thinking about shape and color as a clay artist. His later works, largely inspired by the natural forms of plants that surround his studio, located deep in a mountain cove in the Bat Cave area of Henderson County, reveal Sherrill’s continued focus on form and color while pushing structural limits using his innovative techniques in manipulating materials to create forms that reveal his careful observations of the outer world.
“I am compelled by the sensation of seeing things fresh; as if for the first time,” says Sherrill in his artist statement. “It is as if I have been asleep, and when I wake up, I am surprised by the things that surround me. In my case, it is the flora and fauna surrounding my studio that continue to surprise me. For me, these discoveries are epiphanies. My desire is to create something that might bring its observer to the same place of discovery. It's one thing too for me to respond to a stimulant and then to make work. It is another thing for that work to go the next step and bring a likewise response from the viewer.”
In 1974, Sherrill moved from Charlotte to the mountains of Western North Carolina, determined to make a living from making pottery. Mostly self-taught, he was influenced by the North Carolina folk pottery tradition and the community of artists at Penland School of Crafts and the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. A shift occurred in Sherrill’s work in the 1990s, when his functional pieces morphed into vessels that expressed more of his growing interest and focus on form, rather than function. His later work, exploding with the color and grace inherent in natural botanical forms, are the outcome of what Sherrill describes as his shift “from potter to artist.”
“(Sherrill) explores the beauty in natural growth and decay with bright colors, often through painstaking technical processes. Sherrill’s exceptional skill is based in his innovative approach to using tools, technology, and his keen sense of materials together to achieve what he calls his ‘natural narratives,’” according to the Mint Museum literature on the retrospective. “Working with clay, glass, and metal, his exquisite floral forms have the allure of Martin Johnson Heade’s passion flower and orchid paintings and the botanical engravings of John James Audubon, at the same time they are remarkably new.”
This event is free and open to the public, but participants are required to submit an RSVP in order to attend. Those interested can call the gallery at 828-698-7000 or visit the website at galleryflatrock.com.
The Gallery at Flat Rock represents finely curated art and craft, and is located in Flat Rock Square at 2702-A Greenville Highway in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 3 p.m.; or by appointment. To learn more, please visit the gallery website at galleryflatrock.com or call the gallery at 828-698-7000.
(image from the January 16, 2018 Asheville Citizen-Times)
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
David On The Corner announces the first in an ongoing series of Poetry Slams!
Monday January 21st, and every month thereafter on the 21st day of each month, everyone is invited to a poetry reading, musical open mic (unplugged version) and performances of any kind at all, at David On The Corner, 7 N. Mitchell Avenue, Bakersville N.C.
The January Slam will begin at 6 p.m., and last until ???
Minimal victuals will be provided.
Standing room only because I don't believe in chairs.
Poetry written and read by you, or loved by you, or hated by you, musical lyrics by you or by anyone else, all are invited to be performed!
Join us now, before I start charging admission!!! LOL
See you there.
Friday, January 11, 2019
North Carolina Potters Conference
March 1-3, 2019
Asheboro, North Carolina
From the North Carolina Pottery Center email:
Are you a potter or ceramic artist? If so, are you aware that the 31st annual North Carolina Potters Conference, hosted by the Randolph Arts Guild, is March 1-3, in Asheboro, NC? Registration is in full swing right now! Check it out and sign up. www.ncpottersconference.com. This year's conference features three British potters - Nic Collins, Doug Fitch, and Lisa Hammond - who will be demonstrating, as well as Dan Finnegan, Mark Hewitt, John Burrison, and Brett Riggs who will be speaking.
The North Carolina Pottery Center will be hosting an open house that Sunday afternoon, March 3, from 1:30-4:30 pm in conjunction with the conference.
More info from the conference website:
The North Carolina Potters Conference is a premier ceramics conference. Through its history the conference has featured the some of the best ceramics artists from around the world. This conference centers on simultaneous demonstrations cultivating a dialogue of techniques, concepts, and experiences between the artists and the audience. Unlike other conferences, you do not have to pick and choose which workshops to attend. All the demonstrations and presentations are scheduled for the entire group. Potters at any skill level will come away with new ideas and inspiration to improve their work. Even non-potters have found the weekend a worthwhile introduction into the world of ceramics.
Visit the conference website for more details and registration: http://www.ncpottersconference.com
(flyer from the North Carolina Potters Conference website)
The Mitchell News-Journal has a front page story about the Bank Art Building (formerly the Bank of America building) in downtown Spruce Pine. From the story:
– Mitchell News-Journal
The Bank Art building has artist studio spaces available for $200 per month.
Kent Dauderman of WNC Rentals, who is fielding inquiries for the available spaces, said three of the eight spaces had been rented.
Each space is about 200 square feet, and some of the spaces have outside windows.
There is a common area Dauderman said may one day be made into a shared artist gallery area.
Read the full story here: https://www.mitchellnews.com/news/downtown-businesses-move
This building was included in a February, 2017 tour of downtown Spruce Pine buildings - see some photos here: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2017/02/properties-available-in-downtown-spruce.html
See this earlier post for Kent Dauderman's contact information: https://ncclayclub.blogspot.com/2018/11/artists-reception-bank-of-art-open.html
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Job opening: Part-time Programs Coordinator for Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County, North Carolina
(note: the last person to hold this job is now a core fellow at Penland, which is located in Mitchell County)
Part-time Programs Coordinator
Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County
Administrate and support partnerships serving Mitchell County Schools students, and work directly with students in programs. Must be committed to serving children equitably in a rural setting. Must demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, as well as ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required. Must be able to design and execute creative activities for after-school programs. Must be an effective team member in a fully collaborative setting, providing leadership to our community partners. Supporting education or work/life experience required.
13.5 hours a week, 12 months a year, $12 an hour. Responsibilities include two middle school after school art clubs, an in-school chess club at MECHS, and Roan Readers elementary book club at the Mitchell County Library. Paid sick and personal leave provided. Questions? Contact Lori Gilcrist, 828.467.0970. Send both a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Dennis McAvoy has studio equipment for sale:
1. Venco de-airing pugmill. Works great. $1200
2. Air King studio air filter. $600
Both items are located in Gatlinburg.
Contact Dennis by phone or text at 865-414-6141 or by email at email@example.com.
Reed Handle Making Workshop
at The Village Potters
Congratulations to Joy Tanner on being awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG)! The RAPG program provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their professional development. Joy will use the award to purchase new burners.
And in case you missed it, check out Joy and her husband Will Baker in the December 2018 Ceramics Monthly. The magazine paid a visit to Wood Song Pottery, the studio Joy and Will operate together in Bakersville NC: https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/ceramics-monthly/ceramic-art-and-artists/ceramic-artists/studio-visit-wood-song-pottery-william-baker-and-joy-tanner-bakersville-north-carolina/
See all the 2018-2019 RAPG grant awardees from Buncombe, Madison and Mitchell counties here: https://ashevillearts.com/news/16000-distributed-to-artists-through-the-2018-2019-regional-artist-project-grant/
Congratulations to Joy and to all the RAPG awardees!
Calls for Entry for Twin Cups and Off the Table: Clay for the Wall
Deadline for both is January 19th, 2019
The Missouri Western State University (MWSU) Clay Guild is sponsoring two national ceramic exhibitions. The deadline for each is January 19, 2019. Both exhibitions will be offering awards of $500-Best of Show, $200-1st Place, and $100-2nd Place. If you are interested in participating, please review the information about each exhibition at the following links:
Twin Cups Prospectus and Online Application: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/orgs/clayguild/TwinCups.html
Off the Table Prospectus and Online Application: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/orgs/clayguild/OffTheTable.html
Tax and Bookkeeping Workshop for Artists
3-5pm Tuesday, January 15th
Asheville Area Arts Council (207 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801)
Free to attend (RSVP requested)
From the Asheville Area Arts Council website:
Join us on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00pm, for a FREE tax and bookkeeping workshop for musicians, artists, and other creative professionals, presented by CPAs from the Asheville accounting firm of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A. in collaboration with the Asheville Area Arts Council and Asheville Music Professionals.
Topics will include: income tax preparation and forms, getting all the available deductions, bookkeeping and record keeping, tax planning, tax structures (LLCs, and corporations), estimated taxes, crowdfunding and taxes, sales taxes, 1099s, etc. Also, the CPAs will be discussing new topics including a big federal tax act and a Supreme Court decision requiring internet retailers, including sellers of art, crafts and music recordings, to collect sales tax for the state to which the goods are shipped. ALL musicians and artists are welcome, from beginners to established pros.
Free to attend but RSVP requested. RSVP on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/263770140961587/
(note: RSVPs are requested but not required. If you want to RSVP and don't have a facebook account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
More info here: https://ashevillearts.com/event/tax-and-bookkeeping-workshop-for-artists/
Monday, January 7, 2019
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda, North Carolina
May 18th, 2019
Application deadline March 15th, 2019
From the Saluda Business Association website:
Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the Arts, the Saluda Business Association and Saluda Downtown Foundation invite you to submit your hand-made art and highlight your talents in the 16th Annual Saluda Arts Festival on May 18, 2019. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina and crowds of locals from the surrounding Tri-State areas.
Application Deadline: Completed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2019.
More info and link to application: https://saluda.com/saluda-arts-festival/