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55th Annual
Art on Main

Fine Art/Fine Craft Festival
October 4 & 5, 2014

The Arts Council of Henderson County presents the 55th annual Art on Main fine art/fine craft festival along Hendersonville's historic Main Street, October 4 and 5, 2014. Festival hours will be 10am-5pm both days.

One of the region's most popular outdoor arts festivals, Art on Main will feature fine arts and fine crafts from local and regional artists, as well as many artists from states beyond the southeast region. More than 70 artists will participate in this juried and judged festival.

Among new artists for this year is jeweler Ivy Solomon. Ivy comes to Art on Main from Oak Park, MI, where she creates her silver and resin jewelry. She has won recognition for her colorful pieces from publications and art fairs across the country. Keith Berner uses upcycled materials to create his metal art. His work includes wall pieces and wrist cuffs that make an unusual and visual statement. Keith is a recent Regional Artist Project Grant awardee. Amy Perrier, new to Western North Carolina, brings her acrylic paintings of nature to us from Michigan. Brian Kuehn, local pastel artist, has had one of his images chosen as our marketing image for 2014. "The Pond" will be seen on postcards, posters and t-shirts promoting this year's show. Nancy Strailey, of Columbia, SC, will return to Art on Main with her wildlife drawings. Nancy uses colored pencils on exotic handmade papers to achieve the visual richness of her drawings.

The Art on Main committee has also gathered a diverse group of artists for live arts demonstrations which will be interspersed throughout historic Main Street this year. Demonstrations will include pottery, journal crafting, calligraphy, blacksmithing, basket making, pastels, and painting. Artists will take time to explain their processes and motivation and many will have finished work for sale.

The Art on Main committee is honored to have three distinguished judges for the 55th Art on Main. Stephanie Moore is the Executive Director of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, a nationally recognized nonprofit based in Asheville, NC. Joel Smeltzer is School Programs Coordinator for the Mint Museums. Susan Buser is currently the Director of the Tryon Arts and Crafts School, where she is working to provide a strong new direction for the school as it developes into a regional school for teaching of traditional and contemporary craft.

Art on Main is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. Support is also received from two grant partners:  Henderson County Visitors Information Center, Hendersonville, NC, 800-828-4244 (www.historichendersonville.org), and the City of Hendersonville. Other sponsors include the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Mast General Store, and Bold Life Magazine.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is also supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


2014 AOM Application
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2014 AOM Demonstrators App

 


Bring Us Your Best XI
Opens August 8, 2014
2014 Prospectus

The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held Friday, August 8th, from 5pm to 7pm, for the eleventh annual Bring Us Your Best exhibition. This all-media visual art exhibition will be held at Blue RidgeCommunity College, inthe Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building in Flat Rock, NC. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

First ($250), second ($150), and third ($100) place awards will be presented in four categories:  2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, fine craft, and photography. Judges for the four categories include:  Drew Deane, artist and owner of the Drew Deane Gallery in Brevard for 2-dimensional work; sculptor Dale McEntire (www.dalemcentireart.com) will judge 3-dimensional work; and Susan Buser, Executive Director of Tryon Fine Arts & Crafts School, will judge the fine craft category. Fine art photographer and educator, Les Saucier, will be judging the photography category (www.lessaucier.com).

In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville is sponsoring and selecting the "One Planet, One World" award for the artist whose work best exemplifies respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part. Selected by members of the UUFH, this award of $250 will be presented by UUFH Board Past President, Barbara Eck. The Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop is sponsoring ten Honorable Mentions from across all four categories in the form of $25 gift certificates.

For a second year, an Artist's Choice award will be presented, sponsored and selected by artists who have artwork in the show. The Artist's Choice award winner will receive $300.

A People's Choice award will be announced on Friday, August 29, the last day of the exhibit. This award winner will be determined by the votes of all gallery visitors who will be encouraged to cast votes for their favorite piece inthe show. The winner of this award will receive a $250 gift certificate from Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing.

Regular hours for Bring Us Your Best XI will begin Monday, August 11, and run through Friday, August 29. The gallery will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and 19. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. All artwork will be for sale.

The exhibition is sponsored by The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the Starving Artist Fine Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at acofhc@bellsouth.net, or 828-693-8504

 

 

 
 
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