Friday, August 27, 2021

Call for art for "Local Inspirations" at the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League

Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) in Old Fort, NC
Call for Art for "Local Inspirations"

THEME: “Local Inspirations” - What a beautiful area we live in! Rivers, mountains, exquisite flowers, trees abound & change of seasons as well. There are many activities here from mountain biking and hiking, to walks by quiet streams. Let the beauty of the area sink in and submit creations based on this theme. 2D & 3D welcome.

KEY DATES: October through November Exhibit.
Intake will be on October 7th from 1-6 P.M. (no exceptions unless you make arrangements in advance. If you can't come, send it with someone else.) The show will be hung and judged October 8th.

The awards ceremony will be held Saturday, October 9th from 2-3:30 P.M. Best of Show, 1st, 2nd 3rd places and honorable mention. are the ribbon awards. There will also be a People’s Choice Award, available for visitors to choose their favorite throughout the months of the show.

The winners will have their art featured on both the AGS and the A3L web-site, A3L newsletter, our Facebook page and in press releases in the local paper.

ELIGIBILITY: Everyone is eligible to enter (need not be an A3L member) and are encouraged to submit their best works. Both 2D and 3D work will be accepted as long as they are in good taste and go by the guidelines. All work must be ORIGINAL.. NO Prints or reproductions accepted.

Click here for prospectus:

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Greening Up the Mountains Festival this Saturday in Sylva, NC

The Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Saturday, August 28th in Sylva, NC
10am - 4pm

From the festival website:

The Greening Up the Mountains Festival, now in its 24th year, is a heritage arts festival that celebrates the arrival of Spring through both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food, and beverage which honor our community and local artisans. The festival is sponsored by both the Town of Sylva and the Main Street Sylva Association and will be held in historical downtown Sylva, North Carolina. The Greening Up The Mountains Festival enjoys crowds upwards 12,000 attendees and has 175 vendor booth spaces. In addition to a variety of arts, crafts, and food vendors, attendees can enjoy a 5k run, youth talent contest, beverage arts featuring local craft breweries, and live music throughout the day.

More info:

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Mica Gallery Presents September’s Featured Artists


Mica - the members owned cooperative fine craft gallery in downtown Bakersville - presents a monthly special “Featured Artist Spotlight” exhibiting the work of its member artists.

During the month of September, the Featured Artist Exhibit, “Weaves and Tapestries,” will feature new work by Bakersville‘s Fyreglas Studio.

Owned and operated for more than 20 years by artists JJ Brown and Simona Rosasco, Fyreglas Studio is noted for its enhancement of a process of making kiln-formed glass art by first making colorful pattern bars that are cut with a wet-diamond saw, arranged, and repeatedly fired to achieve unique designs. “This September, we will introduce new woven designs, continuing an evolution of colors and patterns, Brown notes, “and we will present a new process and series of colorful and dramatic geometric designs entitled: Tapestries.”

Mica showcases the craft work of its 15 artist-members including sculpture, glass, jewelry, fiber, wearables, painting, printing, and functional pottery. This extraordinary collection, enhanced by a yearlong rotation of featured artists and the welcoming and beautiful setting, make Mica a must-see destination for those who appreciate the handmade.

Mica is located at 37 Mitchell Ave, Bakersville, NC. Mica is open daily, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12–5 p.m. For more information call 828.688.6422 or visit Follow the gallery on Facebook at Mica Gallery NC, or on Instagram at micagallerync.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Kiln for sale in Spruce Pine

Here are the details from Bethany Berres:

I am selling a 1977 L&L ceramic kiln. I bought this to cast glass, and built an electronic controller box for it. I have changed my path toward climbing and traveling with my dog so it feels like the right time to sell this. I am selling it for $800. And comes with a 40 foot 50amp wire, the outlet, and breaker switch.

I put together the controller box myself, however I was instructed by Eddie Bernard of Wetdog glass who makes glass making equipment.

If interested,
Or call/text 920-716-0563

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Come to Leicester Studio Tour this weekend

Come to Leicester Studio Tour
Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd
10am - 6pm both days

Note (from an announcement in the Mountain Xpress): "Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, visitors will be required to wear masks  at all indoor locations on the tour. [...] Artists are taking additional precautions in their studios with capacity limits and extra sanitation."

From The Laurel of Asheville:

For the 16th year in a row, artists in Leicester open their studios to the public for the annual Come to Leicester Studio Tour. This free, self-guided event is held every third weekend in August. Upcoming tour dates are Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors choose their own tour stops along the scenic route using a printed map of the area, along with pictures of each artist’s work. Detailed brochures with maps are available at various locations in Leicester and the surrounding communities before the tour, as well as at each stop on tour days. Signs along the route direct visitors to the individual studios.

“The artists are open, friendly and eager to share about their art and the process of making it,” says participating potter Barbara Hebert. “Many artists invest much time in readying their work and their property for visitors.”

The tour comprises both local and visiting artists working in a variety of media including clay, fiber, jewelry, metal, glass, wood, natural materials, painting and mixed media. Many artists open the doors to their home studios only on this weekend, providing a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the mountain community while getting a glimpse behind the scenes of the artist’s life and work. Some stops also offer insight into Appalachian tradition, art and folklore.

Read the full article here:

Mountain Xpress article:

More info, including studio tour map:

Friday, August 13, 2021

Studio equipment for sale in North Asheville

***8/14/21 update: everything has sold except the Master gear motor wheels that are great for throwing large pots; details below.***

Here are the details from Sandy and Bob Kinzie:

We have a Skutt KM-1027, with rolling stand, environvent, many shelves and posts, asking $2500, a complete Laguna spray booth Pro-V, including stand, shelf, fan ($845 new) compressor, and excellent spray guns and regulators, and compressor starting at $2000 and is negotiable. An extruder, wall mount with lots of dies, for $150, etc. A throwing stool ($50) Slab roller and wedging table are gone.

If you know anyone who throws large, we also have 2 of Bob’s old Master gear motor wheels that are great for throwing large pots, with many wheel heads to use with them. Prices negotiable.

We are unable to disassemble or move any of the equipment, so the buyer is responsible for that.

Text 831-332-1779 for details.