Feature Articles

October 2013

Some Exhibits That Are Still On View

Our policy at Carolina Arts is to present a press release about an exhibit only once and then go on, but many major exhibits are on view for months. This is our effort to remind you of some of them.

The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, is presenting a new exhibition this summer featuring folk art by former Hickory resident Larry Heath. Cutting Tin & Cake will be on view through Oct. 8, 2013, in the Museum’s Gifford, Regal and Windows Galleries. HMA acquired ten major sculptures by Larry Heath in 2012. Added to two pieces previously donated by the artist, the Museum now has the opportunity to showcase and to frame the needed discussion about the work of this little known, but amazing artist. Heath created masterful sculptures from a single piece of flattened metal.

The ARTS Center in Clemson, SC, is presenting Clay Different Ways, on view through Oct. 18, 2013. This year’s theme is “Emerging Artists” curated by Megan Wolfe of Asheville, NC. Two artists from the Ceramic program at UNC-Asheville and two artists from Clemson University’s Ceramics/Sculpture programs are being featured. The artists from UNC-A are Emily Ellison and Rosalie Midyette and from CU are Nina Kawar and En Iwamura. .

Foodwares: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food, curated by Mary Farrell. is still on exhibit at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC. This exhibition is on view through Oct. 26, 2013. The combination of pottery and food is a natural! Foodwares will explore the changes over time in North Carolina-made pottery used for food storage and for preparation and cooking of food. Half of the wares displayed are historical and the rest are from potters working in our state today. Pottery used with food is a common example of art in use in everyday life.

The Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, is presenting Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson, on view through Nov. 3, 2013. Fine, hand-sewn beadwork, archival-quality costume technique and brilliantly colored feathers; what do these features have in common with the current HBO (Home Box Office) series “Treme” set in post-Katrina New Orleans? Wilmington native Alonzo Wilson, costume designer for the series is the common thread. The exhibition includes exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits specially made for “Treme”. Additionally, Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches will be on view. This exhibition originally organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA.

GreenHill, a space for NC art, in Greensboro, NC, is presenting ANIMATED!, a comprehensive overview of the influence of animation on visual arts, on view through Nov. 9, 2013. Curated by Edie Carpenter, the exhibit presents works by 22 artists who investigate animation from 19th century animation devices to the elaboration of original animated worlds. The exhibition explores sequential art from flip books and storyboards to Claymation, and present works on paper as well as digital media. The influence of animation on other art forms including jewelry, pottery, sculpture and painting will also be explored.

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is still presenting Figures and Forms: The Glass Sculpture of Rick Beck, on view through Dec. 8, 2013. Similar to a magician, artist Rick Beck makes us look closely at what we thought we saw, only to see something different than expected, and become surprised, delighted and amazed. In his first one-person exhibition at the CMA, Beck shows figures and forms sure to capture the imaginations of visitors of all ages. Beck creates his glass sculptures using clay forms to create a silicone mold for recycled glass, which is fired to 1650 degrees Fahrenheit. As the molten glass takes the shape of the mold, it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months to cool to room temperature.

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is presenting the 8th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, on view at the Riverfront Park (former Charleston Naval Base) in North Charleston, SC, through Mar. 2014. The eleven month exhibition features nine established and emerging artists displaying imaginative and thought provoking large-scale sculpture. Visitors can enjoy the sculpture displays among ten acres of walking paths, a fishing pier, boardwalk, playground, and children’s play fountain.

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