Raleigh, Wake County

From Larkspur FaceBook Post

The Larkspur Party

We are sad to announce that this will be our final Larkspur Party. Please make sure to join us for what we are sure will be our most incredible show yet. We have had a wonderful time putting the show on. We have met so many incredible artists and bought way too much art ourselves smile emoticon We have loved meeting so many of you and sharing our love for art and gardening with you. Make sure you join us and bring your friends to usher out a wonderful show!

Saturday, June 4th from 10am – 6pm &
Sunday, June 5th from 10am – 4pm


From the Inbox: 2nd Annual Art It Up!

Live It Up! Hillsborough Street
Fourteen arts institutions in the Hillsborough Street district have joined together for the 2nd Annual Art It Up! weekend taking place Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18.
Charles Phaneuf, executive director of Raleigh Little Theatre, said, “It is hard to find another section of the city with such a high concentration of arts, culture and recreation assets. Art It Up! gives us a chance to show off the diversity and accessibility of these resources in a walkable neighborhood.”
From Meredith College to the west all the way down east of the corridor to Irregardless Cafe, the weekend holds something for all tastes and pocket books. Many of the weekend’s events are free and open to the public, including an open dance rehearsal for A Christmas Carol at Theatre in the Park, a dance show at the Alexander Family YMCA, and an open house and salon sale at Pullen Arts Center. Advance tickets are recommended for performances of Skippyjon Jones in Stewart Theatre, The Rivals at Raleigh LIttle Theatre and Belleville, the first production by Sonorous Road Productions, the new black box theatre on Oberlin Road.Â
A seafood boil and art auction benefiting the NC Coastal Federation will mark the official kick-off to Art It Up! Raleigh Brewing Company, in partnership with NC Fresh Catch, will host the seafood boil while local artists and students from the College of Design at NC State undertake a live art demonstration. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16. The NC Coastal Federation is the only non-profit organization focused exclusively on protecting and restoring the coast of North Carolina. Only 200 tickets are available for the seafood boil and they can be purchased through the NC Fresh Catch website www.ncfreshcatch.com/artitup.
The weekend wraps up with a horse-drawn theatre production by the Rural Academy Theatre on the campus of NC State in the lush Stafford Commons outside of the new Talley Student Center. The performance is free and is presented by ARTS NC State and the Gregg Museum at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 18.Â
A full list of events, times and details can be found on the Art It Up! web site at www.hillsboroughstreet.org/ArtItUp2015.


From the Inbox: Eggsestential 2.0

chickens, 2


Backyard chicken coops have changed the way our community defines local eats (you can’t get more local than your own backyard!) but they’re also changing the local art scene.

This weekend, Tipping Paint and 311 galleries are holding a chicken-themed art exhibition, Eggsestential 2.0, as a way to get the community excited for the 11th annual Tour d’Coop.

Each year, the Tour d’Coop leads thousands of Triangle residents around Raleigh to visit urban chicken coops and celebrate backyard farming. The event raises money for the Urban Ministries of Wake County to help provide essential services (food, shelter and healthcare) to almost 27,000 Triangle residents annually.

Where: Tipping Paint Gallery at 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh N.C.


·         First Friday reception – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 1

·         Wednesday through Saturday – 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 29 to May 29

The exhibition will be a special celebration of all things chicken, featuring one-of-kind pieces created by local artists. Each piece will be for sale, and proceeds will go to the Urban Ministries of Wake County to help our neighbors in need and the featured artists. (Eggsestential 1.0 raised more than $1,000 for the Urban Ministries of Wake County!)

Please join me in spreading the word about the exhibition. I hope you can check it out. The Urban Ministries of Wake County will also be featuring some of the exhibits’ pieces on their Facebook page so head over and vote for your favorites.


North Carolina Theatre is partnering with several non-profit organizations during National Mental Health Awareness Month in May, including Foundation of Hope, NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Wake County and North Carolina and Triangle Family Services to amplify the conversation about mental health during the performance run of “Next to Normal.”

In conjunction with the production, which opens May 1 at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, NC Theatre will hold a post-show conversation after the May 3 matinee performance about the healing power of art led by Raleigh-based artist Linda Kimball, whose art is informed by her mother’s journey with schizophrenia, along with artist and long-time mental health advocate Dr. Natalie Winters. They will share a bit of their personal journeys and engage the audience in a conversation about their shared experience at “Next to Normal.”

The event, which will hosted by ArtsNow, will also feature Kimball’s artwork in the lobby of A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. Her work will be on display during the entire run of “Next to Normal.”

“Next to Normal”
May 1-10, 2015
A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater
Tickets start at $29.20
Produced by North Carolina Theatre

Related: Guest blog by NC Theatre CEO Lisa Grele Barrie about “Next to Normal” and the connection to Mental Health Awareness month. Read the blog post here.


REPRINTED FROM WEBSITE: http://raleighartsfestival.com/

Celebrating 36 years of Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival, May 15-17!

This FREE event is brought to you by Artsplosure, and all of our sponsors. As one of the Southeast’s premier arts festivals, Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival attracts more than 80,000 people to downtown Raleigh…


Carolina Designer Craftsmen – Call for Artists

Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild 46th Annual Fine Designer Crafts ShowLocation:
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, North Carolina (South)Phone: 919-460-1551
Show Dates: 11/6/15 – 11/8/15
Application Deadline: 5/15/15 Midnight EST
52 day(s) and 12 hour(s) remainingREQUIREMENTS:Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)Fee (Application fee): $30.00JURY DETAILSEvent Summary
Since 1970, the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC, has hosted a profitable marketplace for the finest contemporary crafts in the United States. Our annual indoor show in November provides a premier showcase for CDCG Exhibiting Artist Members and provisional artists in one of the fastest growning regions in our country.General Information
46th Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show
November 6 – 8, 2015Presented by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen GuildApplication Deadline: 5/15/2015 Midnight ESTREQUIREMENTS:
Images, 6 total, including 1 booth shot (with no name or identifying signs visible); and, Artist Statement
Application Fee: $30ABOUT THE SHOW:
The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, a 501 (c) (3) public nonprofit, serves the Southeast by recognizing and promoting outstanding design and craftsmanship, encouraging and stimulating creativity, appreciation and activity, and conducting the region’s major fine designer crafts show.The CDCG show is held in Raleigh, NC – a part of the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) – one of the nation’s fastest growing areas. Our extensive marketing campaign continues to build regional response to the event. On Friday night of the show, the well-attended Opening Night includes live music, cash bar, and and an energetic atmosphere for shopping that drives booth traffic and sales.  This year’s Opening Night is on First Friday – a popular monthly art gallery walk in downtown Raleigh. A unique raffle of show gift certificates is held daily for all in attendance.AT A GLANCE:
* Media partnerships with radio, television and regional weekly newspapers
* Strong and affluent regional Triangle market that draws attendees from multiple counties
* A 45-year November tradition with high-quality juried artists
* Covered load in/load out with 10 loading docks connecting directly to the exhibit hall with early set up available on Thursday
* Friendly, organized and supportive festival staff and volunteers
* CarolinaDesignerCraftsmen.com displays artist profiles, schedules, directions & maps, and supporting membership information; Facebook (Carolina Designer Craftsmen) and Twitter (NC Crafts Guild) accounts provide additional up-to-date news and images.
* Indoor venue provides a climate controlled festive shopping experience
* 6 merit awards with cash prizes totaling $2,950
* The average total sales per exhibitor at the 2014 show was $3,365VENUE:
* Indoors in Exhibit Hall B at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC
* Public Admission $7 daily or $10 for weekend pass
* Parking: Numerous parking decks in a two-block area and free curb parking on Saturday and Sunday for the public. Reserved gravel lot a block and a half from the convention center is available for exhibitors’ vehicles and trailers, and RVs for overnight camping (no water or power hook-ups)
* Booth space starting at $560 for 10′ x 10′ (double booths available) includes pipe and drape, cross bar, WIFI and more
* Security on-site during the entire event and during check-in and check-out.

Friday, November 6, 4 – 6 p.m. Exclusive, first-choice shopping for Friends of the Guild and VIPs
Friday, November 6, 6 – 10 p.m. Show opens to general admission
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

* Dino Reed Foundation Award, $1000
* Don H. Johnson Scholarship, $1000
* Jan Gregg Award, $300
* Cedar Creek Gallery Award of Excellence, $250
* Craftsmen’s Choice Award, $200
* People’s Choice Award, $200

The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild is a competitive, juried show attracting high-quality fine crafts. All work must be original and made by the artist. Designer Craftsmen are those who have perfected their craft with a mastery of technique and with originality of design. Design (harmony, unity, opposition, emphasis), quality (technical) and overall execution and presentation (aesthetic) are considered.  The body of work should demonstrate the artist’s vision, and when viewed as a whole should be seen as more than the sum of its parts.

Craft media applications accepted for the following:
* Basketry
* Clay
* Fiber
* Furniture
* Glass
* Jewelry
* Leather
* Metal
* Mixed Media
* Photography
* Printmaking
* Wood

We do not accept watercolor, acrylic or oil paintings; drawings in ink or charcoal on paper or canvas; commercial photography or reproductions. Neither are objects made from kits, imported, commercially manufactured, cast from commercial molds, embellished (painted boxes, china, furniture, ready-made clothing) nor preserved natural objects (rocks, driftwood, shells, wildlife).

The 2015 Juror is Linda Johnson Dougherty, Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, where she is currently organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and developing artists’ projects for the Museum Park.  She co-directed the public art program for the state of North Carolina for several years and prior to that she was a curator at The Phillips Collection, a research associate at the National Gallery of Art, and a research assistant at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.  As an independent curator and critic based in Chapel Hill, she contributed reviews and articles on contemporary art to numerous national art publications, and has also written exhibition catalogues and guest curated exhibitions for museums and contemporary art centers in North Carolina and throughout the United States.  She has a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University and an MA in Art History from Williams College.

To make the process as fair as possible, digital images are reviewed in a blind jury process as the identities of artists are not disclosed.  All images submitted must be anonymous and cannot include identifying markings or signs of any kind. Applicants not in compliance with this requirement will be asked to make adjustments to their images; refusal to do so will result in disqualification from the jury process.

6 total images, minimum 300 dpi:  5 images showing excellence in technique, and cohesiveness of design and intent; each piece recognizable as a particular craftsperson’s work; 1 image showing a booth display that depicts your current body of work professionally displayed for exhibition and sale.

Ours is a two-part process: slide jury and object jury. Candidates will submit completed applications through Zapplication with images, artist statemnet and application fee. Slide jury is completed digitally (online) and those who have passing scores will be invited to participate in our show. Invited artists (provisionals) submit a completed contract to exhibit in the 2015 show no later than September 1. Two hours prior to Opening Night, an object jury will take place. The juror will score exhibiting provisionals on their body of work, mastery of media and booth exhibit/display. Candidates who pass the object jury are invited to become members of the guild, and will be exempt from the jury process when participating in future Guild events. Members are required to pay annual dues in the amount of $70.

All new artists and artists applying in a different medium are required to submit an Artist Statement with their application. This should be no longer than 200 words and should include an explanation of the process(es) used to create the your craft. This information will be considered by the juror.

Artists working in more than one media, or who have two distinct bodies of work within the same media, are required to submit applications for each body of work. Please be aware that multiple applications require an application fee for each submission.

Visual Artist Applications due May 15, 2015.

The applying artist understands that the decisions of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild (CDCG) and the Jury are final and, if accepted, agrees to abide by the event rules and regulations.ARTIST ATTENDANCE:
The applying artist must accompany all exhibits on all three days of the show, exhibiting work only in the categories for which the artist was screened and accepted.

We understand that occasionally an artist will need to withdraw from the festival after having been accepted. You will be refunded 100% of your booth fees if you notify the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild in writing by September 1. After this date, there are no refunds. Application fees are non-refundable. Should you choose to not set up your booth on the first day of the event for any reason, you will not be allowed to set up your booth on the second day of the event.

Call 919-460-1551 or email Info@CarolinaDesignerCraftsmen.com

Booth Information
Booth fees (starting at $560) include a 10′ x 10′ booth space (corner and expansion options available); gray side curtains and white back curtains, pipe and one crossbar; public WIFI and three complimentary coffees during the show. Exhibitor must provide display and at least 3 light sources. Additional crossbars, carpet, drapes, tables and chairs are available for an extra fee.

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