Arts calendar for Aug. 30, 2013

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 01:39 AM

There will be a reception 5-7 p.m. today, Aug. 30, to meet the artists behind the exhibits “Far and Wide” and “Teeming” at the Caldwell Arts Council. The exhibit, which will be on display through Sept. 27, features artwork by Hank Foreman, Nicolas Amortegui and Ana Jofre at Caldwell Arts Council.

The annual Quilt Show hosted by the Wilkes County Quilters this year features an exhibit by Lenoir native JoAnn Nichols, including her quilt Jacobean Royalty, which won Best Hand Workmanship at the American Quilters Society Show in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2012. The show will be Sept. 6-7 at the Stone Center, 613 Cherry St., North Wilkesboro, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. Exhibits include bed-size quilts as well as wall hangings, novelty items, art quilts and challenge quilts, and there will be a presentation of vintage quilts where their stories will be told. Admission is $3, with children under 12 admitted free. Admission includes a raffle ticket for a quilt.

The 28th Annual Sculpture Celebration will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7 at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir. Admission is free. It will feature more than 150 sculptures – realistic and abstract, traditional and contemporary, movable and stationary, indoor and outdoor – by artists from across the United States who are competing for cash prizes totaling more than $10,000. Registration to the juried Sculpture Celebration is open to any 3-D artist up to the day of the event, and each sculptor may present up to three sculptures. A registration prospectus is available by request from Caldwell Arts Council or online at Cost to register the day of the Sculpture Celebration is $65; discounts are available for early registration. The Sculpture Celebration is the longest-running sculpture competition in the Southeast and a driving force in the area’s sculptor-friendly environment. Food vendors, art for children, and live music are featured throughout the day. Many sculptors arrive early to install larger sculptures and to pick the best spot for their artwork. A buffet dinner will be held to welcome them and to introduce the judge and sponsors of the event at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6; the cost is $20 a person, with registration and prepayment due by Sept. 4. For more information, contact Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486,, or visit

The paintings of Dean Mitchell, an internationally-known figurative artist, will be on exhibit at the Burke Arts Council through Sept. 13. The exhibition, titled “Traces of Humanity,” contains more than 30 original works. Mitchell has achieved great acclaim for his watercolor paintings, landscapes, portraits and still lifes. Some of his most powerful works portray life in the African-American community. He is also known for landscapes of the American South and West. The Burke Arts Council is at 115 E. Meeting St. in downtown Morganton. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August-September at Caldwell Arts Council’s Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital – Birds and Blooms: New Works in Cut Paper exhibit featuring artwork by Ingrid Erickson of Salisbury NC on display in Caldwell Arts Council’s Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital (Mulberry Street entrance) - open daily 7am-8pm; call 828-754-2486 for information.

ARTIST CALL ongoing for Sept. 19 event – artists, crafters, musicians invited to participate in Lenoir Alive Art Walk, Downtown Lenoir, 6-8 p.m. on the Third Thursday each month. For more details, contact Chris Zalensky at

Artist call for ArtFEST on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Newton. ArtFEST will feature local artists demonstrating their craft, a sidewalk chalk art contest, a free children’s activity tent, live music, food vendors and a merchant art crawl. There is no fee for artists to set up a booth if the artists demonstrates their craft. For more information, contact Jessica Setzer 828-578-0127 or

Caldwell Memorial Hospital’s Art-in-Healing Gallery will feature cut paper and mixed media artwork by Salisbury artist Ingrid A. Erickson through Sept. 27. This gallery is inside the Mulberry Street entrance to Caldwell Memorial Hospital and is open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

ARTIST CALL, no deadline for September event - The Bethlehem Community Development Association is now accepting arts/crafts vendor applications for the fourth annual Bethlehem Day & Classic Car Show to be held Sept. 28 at the Lowes Foods Business District at Bethlehem Crossroads in Alexander County. Food and vendor applications are $20. For more information regarding food Vendors contact Terry Riardon at 828-896-9223 or and for craft vendors contact Bud Caywood at 828-495-1057. All applications are available at or can be requested at

Tuesdays in September (Sept. 3, 10, 17), 6-8 p.m. - Kaye Warren will teach Beginning Embroidery at the Crow’s Nest Antique Mall & Emporium (corner of Mulberry and West downtown). $30 for 4 sessions or 6 hours of instruction; take home a usable, personalized handbag when you finish this simple, beginning class in the historic art of hand embroidery. Basic supplies, pattern and instruction are included in this 4-session class. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council required; call 828-754-2486.

Saturdays, September 14 and 21, 1-4 p.m. Patrick (Pat) Grant, an acrylic artist from Todd, will teach a 2-part workshop at the Caldwell Arts Council on Saturdays September 14 & 21, 1-4pm each day for $30/class. A landscape and a still life will be taught. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council required; materials list to be provided; call 828-754-2486.

Sept. 27 or 28, noon – Cut Paper demo & talk with Ingrid A. Erickson, whose cut paper and mixed media artwork is on display at Caldwell Arts Council’s Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Demonstration/talk at Caldwell Arts Council. Free, but registration of at least 8 people required by September 25; call Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486.

There are only a few spots left for an art tour of Turkey and Greece with Appalachian State University art professor Lillian Nave Goudas, May 21-June 1, 2014. The group will journey to the ancient sites of Turkey and Greece with a group of mature, fit adults, starting in Istanbul with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar, then see Gallipoli, Ephesus, and the ancient cities of Troy and Pergamon. Then a three-day cruise goes to Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini and then to Athens for the Acropolis and mountain monasteries in Meteora. Email Goudas at or for more details or see

Tucker’s Gallery, an outdoor sculpture gallery in downtown Lenoir, is seeking sculpture artists to feature. Artists interested in being considered should send photos of up to six pieces to Artists selected to exhibit will be guaranteed a one-year contract in the gallery. All works must be suitable for outdoor display, and there are some guidelines for the pieces. The gallery takes a 30 percent commission and provides a small stipend for delivery of the work. For more information on Tucker’s Gallery visit or call 828-754-2486.

The Harper Concert Band is seeking adults with high school band experience to join this group. There is a special need for clarinet and French horn players. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7-8:45 p.m. in the band room of Hibriten High School. The first rehearsal of the fall will be on Sept. 9.

“The Sound of Music” will be presented as dinner theatre at the HUB on Oct. 11-12, and Oct. 16-19. For further information, call 322-3169.