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September 2013

28th Annual Sculpture Celebration will Take Place in Lenoir, NC - Sept. 7, 2013

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, in partnership with Tri State Sculptors Association, announces the 28th Annual Sculpture Celebration to be held 9am to 4pm, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir. Admission is free.

The Celebration will feature sculptural artwork by artists from across the United States who are competing for cash prizes totaling more than $10,000. More than 150 sculptures – realistic and abstract, traditional and contemporary, movable and stationary, indoor and outdoor – will be on display and entered in the juried competition. The juror for this year’s event is Craig Pleasants, Artistic Director of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Lenoir’s Annual Sculpture Celebration is recognized as the longest-running sculpture competition in the Southeast and a driving force in the area’s sculptor-friendly environment. The event started small but now attracts artists and visitors from across the United States. “This is a great show for experienced artists and for a first-time art experience,” says Lee Carol Giduz, Caldwell Arts Council Executive Director.

Food vendors, art for children, and live music are featured throughout the day.

The Blue Jeans Preview Party takes place on Friday, Sept. 6, beginning at 7pm. 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. Cost is $20/person, with registration and prepayment due by Sept. 4.

Artists may submit entries through Sept. 7, 2013. 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 (www.caldwellarts.com). Cost to register the day of the Sculpture Celebration is $65; discounts are available for early registration.

Lenoir is located in Caldwell County in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, off Hwy. 321 between Hickory and the Blowing Rock / Boone area.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Council at 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

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