ARTISTICALLY SPEAKING-CALENDAR OF ART EVENTS

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ARTIST & CRAFTER CALL – CALDWELL COUNTY – Caldwell County Agricultural Fair seeks artists and crafters to participate, along with selling vendors.  Also need a judge for photography category and for arts/crafts categories. Contact Revonda Cassavaugh at 828-758-0617. Entries to be received 9/19/16 and judging on 9/20/16.

ARTIST CALL – HICKORY – Hickory’s Oktoberfest 2016 is now accepting applications for Arts and Crafts vendors; the event will be held October 7, 8 & 9 & estimated attendance is 100,000 for the three-day event; www.hickoryoktoberfest.com

ARTIST CALL – VALDESE – New Window Gallery seeks artists to display in June, July, September, October, November, December & January – Contact David Mench at the Play It Again Records Building, 150 West Main Street in Valdese; 828-874-1800

ARTIST CALL - HENDERSONVILLE - Artists are needed for the 57th Annual Art On Main Fine Art/Craft Festival on October 1 & 2. Go to acofhc.org for more information and to view the application. 

ARTIST CALL – NEWTON – Foothills Folk Art Festival is now accepting artist applications for the juried festival to be held in downtown Newton on Saturday, October 1. Artists should be primarily self-taught and must submit three to five digital or hard-copy photos of their art to the selection committee; more info: Hickory Museum of Art, Clarissa Starnes: cstarnes@hickorymuseumofart.org or 828-327-8576 ext. 210

 

ONGOING EVENTS (Current events below this section)

now through APRIL 30 - MORGANTON - McMahon's "Quilts for a Lifetime" on display in Morganton City Hall through the month of April. 

now through APRIL 30 – BANNER ELK – 2015/16 Winter Group Exhibition featuring various artists & “Small Works” at The Carlton Gallery www.carltongallery.com/schedule/ 

now through APRIL 30 – HIDDENITE – Emerging Artists Wall at Hiddenite Center features paintings by Shirley Patterson Bunton; www.hiddenitearts.org

now through APRIL 30 – HICKORY – CVCC presents Photography Exhibit: Guatemala

now through APRIL 30 – HIDDENITE – Hiddenite Center hosts Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition-Adult Division; www.hiddenitearts.org; 828-632-6966

now through MAY 8 – HICKORY – Unexpected Beauty: Views Captured Through the Lens of Steve McCurry at Hickory Museum of Art; www.hickorymuseumofart.org

now through MAY 13 - MILLS RIVER - Appalachian Pastel Society will have pieces on display at the Grace Community Church in Mills River NC with the theme of "The Dance of the Pastel". The opening reception for this event in May 1st at 10 am. The gallery is available for viewing Mon-Thurs. 9-5, and Sunday 8-12. 

now through MAY 26 – BETHLEHEM – Robbin Isenhour-Stewart Art Exhibition “Meditations” at Bethlehem Branch Library; opening reception April 7, 5:30-7pm

now through MAY 28 - LENOIR “Art Mix: Creative Women Making Art” and “Mountain Whimsy” featuring art by Alan F. Gordon at the Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486 www.caldwellarts.com

now through MAY 28 – HICKORY – Foothills Painters exhibition and sale at Taste Full Beans Coffeeshop (south entrance Hickory Furniture Mart), 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday.

now through MAY 29 - HICKORY - Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance at the Hickory Museum of Art. www.hickorymuseumofart.org; 828-327-8576

now through JUNE 30 - LENOIR -  “Scenic Perspectives” photographic art exhibit by Daniel Amick at Caldwell Arts Council’s Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. 828-754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com

now through JULY 17 - Catawba Valley Photography Club and Hickory Museum of Art present the 9th Annual Open Photography Competition “Image*Ination”; opening reception April 16, 6-7:30pm in the entrance gallery www.hickorymuseumofart.org

now through July 24 – BLOWING ROCK – Blowing Rock Art & History Museum exhibits: Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision; Elliott Daingerfield: Collected; The Art of Native Plants; History of the Horse Show; and The Annual Young at Art Student Spectacular; www.blowingrockmuseum.org

now through JULY 24 - HICKORY - "Memories of Appalachia: Paintings by Arlee Mains" Hickory Museum of Art; www.hickorymuseumofart.org; 828-322-8576

now through AUGUST 14 – HICKORY – Collecting Starkweather: Then & Now at Hickory Museum of art; www.hickorymuseumofart.org

 

 

through MAY 1 – WILKESBORO – MERLEFEST at Wilkes Community College; details visit www.merlefest.org

APRIL 30 DEADLINE FOR MAY 5-28 EVENT – CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS – Full Circle Arts will recognize talent photographers in our area and feature their photos in an exhibition and competition to be displayed in its gallery; www.fullcirclearts.org Intake April 28 11-5, April 29 11-5 & April 30 10-2. Entry fee $10 for up to 3 photographs in any format; exhibit runs May 5-28; Reception May 19 5-8:30pm; 828-322-7545; Full Circle Arts Gallery, 42 B Third St NW, Hickory

APRIL 29 – BLOWING ROCK – Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach will be sharing the ancient art of live storytelling at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in Blowing Rock; 7pm. www.arneach.com; www.blowingrockmuseum.org; 828-295-9099

ARTIST CALL – APRIL 29TH EVENT – LENOIR – Davenport Elemenentary announces April 29th is our Cultural Arts Extravaganza! If you would like to share the date with any local artists that would be great! It is a volunteer day and artists can stay for as many sessions as they can make it. We usually start at 8:30 and do 30-45 minute sessions (depending on how many artists volunteer) with each artist. Lunch is provided so we encourage all visitors to stay and eat! We are adding Culture to our event this year so there will also be presentations on other cultures so if anyone would like to participate in that way or even if they specialize in art from another culture we would love to have anyone available. Thank you so much for participating this year! We are very excited! Please let me know if you have any questions. All artists interested are welcome to contact me (jyoungsmith@caldwellschools.com) for further information or to confirm they'd be willing participants!

 

APRIL 29 – LENOIR – The Djangovers perform in the Brown Mountain Bottleworks in downtown Morganton

 

APRIL 29-30 – HICKORY – Various artists from the Foothills Painters will be present during the Spring After Market Sale at The Hickory Furniture Mart, 2220 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory NC 28602 (Friday & Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 12noon-5pm)

 

APRIL 30 – MORGANTON – The Grind Cafe Coffeehouse presents The Original King Street Jazz Band

APRIL 30-JULY 24 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of art exhibit “We Are The Music Makers” www.hickorymuseumofart.org; 828-322-8576

APRIL 30, 10am – LENOIR – Caldwell Arts Council’s Spring FUNdraiser pARTy Series -  Grilling and Brewing with instructor Kevin Smith of the Grill & Brew Club at Studio 102 in downtown Lenoir. Introduction to home beer brewing. Try craft beers and enjoy delicious hamburgers grilled by members of the Grill & Brew Club; limited to 14 guests at $25/person. 828-754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com                               

APRIL 30, 7pm – LENOIR – Caldwell Arts Council’s Spring FUNdraiser pARTy Series -  Exploring Creative Photography with photographer and dentist Douglas Terry at Studio 102.  Enjoy light snacks and a pint or two of craft beer or wine while Doug inspires you with his creative images to pursue or revive a photography passion. 20 guests at $25/person. 828-754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com

APRIL 30 – WEST JEFFERSON – Florence Thomas Art School presents a workshop on Mixed Media Collage with Marion Cloaninger; www.florenceartschool.org or 336-846-3827 

 

 

 

MAY through JUNE - MORGANTON - “Folk and Americana Art” – Charlie Frye  at the Art in the Hall gallery in Morganton

MAY 1 – WILKESBORO – Patrick Crouch will be picking two shows at Merlefest with Jim Avent, Creekside Stage at 11am (gospel show), and on the Cabin Stage at 12:15pm (Jim’s original material).

MAY 1 - BOONE - Live music at the Turchin Center in Boone, NC from 6-9 p.m. There is no Exhibition Celebration on this date. 

MAY 1 – LENOIR (HAPPY VALLEY) – The Chapel of Rest presents MayDay Concert featuring Lenoir Sax with music from their latest CD “High Standards,” playing the best of classical and chamber jazz standards in the acoustically perfect Chapel of Rest. A reception with the musicians will follow the concert; Admission $15. chapelofrest.org or 828-758-0906

MAY 2 ARTIST CALL DEADLINE FOR OCTOBER EVENT – HENDERSONVILLE – CFA for 57th Annual Art on Main fine art/fine craft festival, 10am-5pm in Hendersonville October 1& 2; acofhc.org; acofhc@bellsouth.net; 828-493-8504 – The Arts Council of Henderson County

MAY 2 - FRESH is an exhibition of new works by North Carolina artists with two opportunities for all participating artists to show and sell work at Artspace. Open to artists ages 18+ working in NC in all media. Entry Fee. Sales and commissions: All artwork must be available for purchase. Artspace is a visual arts center inspiring innovation through opportunities to experience the creative process. Details: 919-821-2787 OR http://artspacenc.org/artists/opportunities/call-for-exhibitions/fresh OR alee@artspacenc.org

MAY 2 - The Artist's Magazine's Annual Art Competition wants to honor your most outstanding work. If your art is deserving of being celebrated in the pages of The Artist's Magazine, this competition is for you! $24,000 in cash prizes plus publication in The Artist's Magazine. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/23ABINJ

MAY 2 – HICKORY – Cooking Classes at Turnip The Arts – Appetizers & Desserts with Chef Calvin Kerr, $35, 6-8pm limited to 10; 828-441-2014

MAY 2-3 – HUDSON – Auditions for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at Foothills Performing Arts;www.fpatheatre.org

MAY 4 – BOONE – Pat Donohue in concert at the Jones House: http://www.joneshouse.org/indoor-concerts/ or 828-268-6282

MAY 5 – LENOIR – Tucker’s Barn Singer Songwriters Series continues featuring Mary Elisabeth, Gwyn Call, and Jill & Kurt Benfield at 1841 Cafe, downtown Lenoir at 7pm-9pm; www.tuckersbarn.com or www.theharperschool.org; no cover charge; donations gratefully accepted.

MAY 5 – BLOWING ROCK – Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) opening reception 5:30-7pm for five new exhibits; www.blowingrockmuseum.org; 828-295-9099

MAY 5 – NORTH WILKESBORO – Mother/Daughter Art Party 6-8pm, $35 per person; call 336-667-2841 to reserve a spot.

MAY 5-8 - LENOIR - Foothills Performing Arts presents "PYGMALION" at the JE Broyhill Civic Center; www.fpatheatre.org

MAY 5-28 – HICKORY – Full Circle Art Photography Show; www.fullcirclearts.org Opening Reception May 19, 5-8:30pm

MAY 6 – MORGANTON – Sol Driven Train performs on the Courthouse Square in Morganton 7pm

MAY 6 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art youth class “Mother’s Day Painted Canvas Workshop, 3:30-5pm for grades 1-5; call 828-327-8576 or visit www.hickoryart.org

MAY 6 – WEST JEFFERSON – Florence Thomas Art School presents a workshop on Silk Scarf Dyeing with Joni Ray 6-9pm; www.florenceartschool.org or 336-846-3827

MAY 6 & 7 - HICKORY - The Hickory Community Theatre presents "Young Frankenstein" at 8 p.m. Call 828.328.2283 or visitwww.hickorytheatre.org  for more information. See also May 12-15 & May 19-22.

MAY 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 – Young Frankenstein at The Hickory Community Theatre; www.hickorytheatre.org; 828-328-2283

MAY 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 – NEWTON - The Addams Family to be performed at The Green Room Community Theatre in Newton; www.thegreenroomtheatre.org; 828-464-6583

MAY 6-31 – VALDESE – New Window Gallery at the Play It Again Records Building (150 West Main Street in Valdese) presents Alvin Ward: “Thrift Store Beauties” - Found And Re-Imagined Artworks; 828-874-1800 or waggletone@yahoo.com

MAY 7 – LENOIR – 7pm Lenoir Comedy Club event benefiting the Caldwell Arts Council at the JE Broyhill Civic Center (Upstairs) $30/person in advance, $35 at the door; table for 8 is $200 www.caldwellarts.com/comedy or 828-754-2486

MAY 7 – GRANITE FALLS – The 15th Annual Spring Art at the Farm will be held at 5726 Grace Chapel Road in Hickory/Granite Falls 10am-5pm. From 321 turn on to Grace Chapel Road, travel 7/10 of a mile, turn right onto the dirt road marked with a sign and balloons; 828-228-4142; hosted by Lynn Blackwelder & Rick and Mary Berry

MAY 7, 9AM-4PM – LENOIR (HAPPY VALLEY) – Join us at the Jones Family Farm for a glimpse into early farm life by watching plowing in the fields by horse driven plows. Don’t forget your pickin’ instrument and sit in on one of the many pickin’ sessions throughout the fields along the Yadkin River, as well as several antique tractors on display. And we’ll have lots of great food for purchase.  The event is free.  There will be no rain date. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. From Lenoir: 9 miles east on Hwy 268 from Hwy 321. From Wilkesboro: 18 miles west on Hwy 268 from Hwy 421

MAY 7 – LENOIR (HAPPY VALLEY) – 7pm; Poor Man’s Supper and Old Fashioned Barn Dance with Music by The Neighbors, Christine Horton and others; caller Arvill Scott; lessons at 6:30pm. Join us for a free old-fashioned barn dance in the 100 year old white barn on the Jones Family Farm in Happy Valley. The dance is open to the public. 9 miles east on Hwy 268 from Hwy 321 in Lenoir. 18 miles west on Hwy 268 from Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro. Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Caldwell Arts Council and Boy Scout Troop #299, Patterson.

MAY 7 – LENOIR – Caldwell Heritage Museum presents Bobbie Triplett Curtis as “Birdell” in a performance of Gary Carden’s one-woman show, 7pm at the Museum, 112 Vaiden St, downtown Lenoir. Tickets $email caldwellheritagemuseum@yahoo.com

MAY 7 - HUDSON -  Butterfly festival 2016 in downtown Hudson

MAY 7 - HICKORY - Cuff Project: Alcohol ink on Aluminum with instructor Ellen Ball at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library; 828-438-1595; ellenballstudios.com; FREE/limited to first 15 students registered.

MAY 7 - HICKORY - Derby Party on the SALT Block from 4 - 9:30 pm. Tickets $30 in advance(go on sale March 1st)  and $40 after April 15. Go to www.SaltBlockFoundation.org for more information. 

MAY 7 – VALLE CRUCIS – Contra dance with Patrick Crouch, Bob Kogut, Billy Helms & Becca Eggers Gryder in the Apple Barn: http://boonecountrydancers.org/

MAY 7TH & 14TH DEADLINES – LENOIR - ARTIST/CRAFTER CALL – Seeking artisans of all kinds to join us at My Happy Place Gallery, 210 Main Street NW in Lenoir (original Abigail’s location downtown) and bring samples of your handmade, handcrafted work only. This also includes artisans who create baked goods, spice mixes, candles, home canned goods or local honey, goat soaps and lotions, wool or exotic fleeces, hand-dyed and spun yarns, weavers and other fiber arts, pottery, sculpture, wood carving, cut work or burning, iron and metal work, glass work, etc.  828-572-2688

MAY 9 DEADLINE FOR MAY EVENT - WILKESBORO - CALL FOR ARTISTS- All western region members of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina who have previously been accepted in the WSNC Annual Exhibit are invited to display their work at the Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro from May 27-June 25, 2016.  Contact JoAnn Pippin, Western Region Director, rj2pippin@me.com  to get a form, send an image, and get more information about  participating in this exhibit.  The first 50 artists who respond will be included in the show. Please submit one entry per person.  WSNC will charge a $15.00 fee to those who are included in the show.  The DEADLINE for receipt of entry forms is MAY 9.  The delivery  date for your painting is Saturday, May 21, 10-2, and Monday, May 23, 12-6.  We are in the process of finding coordinators from each area of western North Carolina to deliver paintings to Wilkesboro if you cannot. Pickup dates will be June 25, 28, and 29th.  Art work must be wired and ready to hang, and should not have been previously exhibited within two years at the Wilkes Art Gallery.  Wilkes Gallery will host a public reception at the opening of the exhibit on May 27th,  Wilkes Art Gallery website at www.wilkesartgallery.org for more information.

MAY 9 – LENOIR – Harper School annual student recitals will be held at College Avenue Baptist Church 6pm day of event with refreshments served at the Harper School after recitals. 828-754-2297 or theharperschool.org

MAY 9-14 – CULLOWHEE – Opportunity open to all artists & writers to get away and rediscover your Muse – Spring Retreat: Plein Air, Studios, Writing Room, Mindfulness & Yoga - http://www.cullowheemountainarts.org/lake-logan-artist-writer-workshop-retreats/spring-retreat#sthash.M1av2V4P.dpbs

MAY 11 – LENOIR – The Caldwell Heritage Museum’s monthly Coffee with the Curator program for May will be facilitated by retired Superior Court Judge Beverly Beal, and will highlight the unique contributions to Caldwell County and the stories of 10 women and men whose lives have largely become forgotten over the years, but deserve our remembreance. The program will be held at the museum, 112 Vaiden St SW, Lenoir behind Davenport School; $5 suggested donation; questions email caldwellheritagemuseum@yahoo.com; 828-758-4004

MAY 11, 18, 25 (Three Wednesdays) – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art presents “Art in the Round” art classes for grades 2-6 creating 3-D art, including sculptures from wood, clay and recycled or found materials.

MAY 12 – Fiber Options Exhibit: Call For Entries - Original 2D and 3D fiber art by North American artists is eligible for entry. Juror is Susanna Fields-Kuehl, asst. director at Montpelier Arts Center. Exhibit is 7/14-8/6/2016 at Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery. Entry fee. Details: 410-268-4566 ORhttp://www.mdfedart.com/portfolio/67 OR info@mdfedart.org

MAY 12-15 - HICKORY - The Hickory Community Theatre presents "Young Frankenstein" at 8 p.m--show will start at 7:30 p.m. on the 12th and at 2:30 p.m. on the 15th. Call 828.328.2283 or visit www.hickorytheatre.org  for more information. See also May 19-22.   

MAY 12-15 – BLACK MOUNTAIN – LEAF Festival; drum circles, poetry slams, international cuisine and multiple stages featuring many styles of music; www.theleaf.org; 828-686-8742

MAY 12-15 – GRANITE FALLS – Caldwell Arts Council’s Spring pARTy Series– ShadowLine Vineyard’s Winery Weekend offers several opportunities to taste all the wines made at their winery; $10/person. A portion of the proceeds from this wine tasting will benefit the Caldwell Arts Council. 828-754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com

MAY 13, 7pm - LENOIR – Caldwell Arts Council’s Spring pARTy Series - Kay and Patrick Crouch will perform their eclectic repertoire of modern folk songs, jazz, traditional and contemporary bluegrass, Celtic airs and dance tunes while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages at the Caldwell Arts Council. 35 guests at $15/person. 828-754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com

MAY 13 DEADLINE FOR MAY 20 EVENT– CALL FOR ARTISTS – SAWMILLS – Contact Brad Wright at Sawmills Elementary to participate in their Art Extravaganza featuring artists demonstrating and/or selling their art May 20th 5-8pm

MAY 13 DEADLINE – CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR JUNE 9-17 EVENT – Grace Ridge Retirement Center and Burke Arts Council invite senior artists, 60 years or older, to enter up to two works of art for their Creative Age Senior Art Exhibit. Details at graceridge.org/art-submission or graceridgeart@walker-marketing.com

MAY 13-14 – STATESVILLE – Carolina Roots Music Fest, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville 3-10:30pm; Tickets: www.carolinarootsmusicfest.com

MAY 13-15 – FERGUSON – Daniel Boone Festival at Whippoorwill Village featuring early American craft demonstrations, black powder shooting, blacksmithing, clogging, live music, an art exhibit and more. http://www.explorewilkes.com/whippoorwill.php and on Facebook: Whippoorwill Academy, www.whippoorwillacademy.com

MAY 14 - LENOIR - 3rd Annual Woman's Expo at the JE Broyhill Civic Center from 10 am - 3 pm promoted by Just For You Events; details and Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481884715454137/

MAY 14 – HICKORY – Free blues performance in the Drendel Auditorium (formerly the SALT Block Auditorium) featuring Cool John Ferguson, Bubba Norwood, Big Ron Hunter and many more; order BBQ plates by calling 828-327-8576; free admission ; Hickory Museum of Art; www.hickorymuseumofart.org

MAY 14 – MILLS RIVER – The Appalachian Pastel Society Meeting/Workshop at Grace Community Church on Cardinal Road in Mills River; morning program “The Other Side of Art: Organizing and Promoting Your Artwork” with instructor Regina Burchett. Afternoon workshop to include taking photos of artwork, editing your images, artwork management & tracking, social media options, creating an art website and selling art prints online. www.appalachianpastelsociety.org 828-595-9518 Cathyann Burgess, Program Chair

MAY 14 – NEWTON – Jazz and Juleps on the Terrace 2-4pm Western Piedmont Symphony to perform at  at Carillon Assisted Living of Newton; 1088 Radio Station Road; tickets: 828-785-5407

MAY 14 & JUNE 25 – WEST JEFFERSON – Spend the afternoon of May 14th with Jane Munroe Floyd collecting wild plants, pressing & storing them; return June 25th for the workshop on using your pressed plants to create beautiful Botanical Collages; www.florenceartschool.org or 336-846-3827

MAY 15 – HICKORY – Hear Sounds of the Sixties with Hickory Choral Society, 5pm “Under the Sails” downtown Hickory – Union Square; 828-322-2210; www.hickorychoralsociety.org

MAY 16 – LENOIR – Harper School annual student recitals pm at College Avenue Baptist Church, followed by refreshments at the Harper School; 828-754-2297 or theharperschool.org

MAY 16 – GRANITE FALLS – Art in the Park FREE Concert featuring Fox and Company 6:30-8:30pm sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council and the Town of Granite Falls. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes too!  In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Granite Falls Middle School auditorium.

MAY 16 – HICKORY – Auditions for Hickory Choral Siciety; contact Bonita Ferretti at Hickory Choral Society 828-322-2210 for appointments.

MAY 16 – HICKORY – Cooking Classes at Turnip The Arts, Pad Thai & Asian Salad with Chef Rick Doherr; $35/person, 6-8pm limit 10; 828-441-2014

MAY 19-22 - HICKORY - The Hickory Community Theatre presents "Young Frankenstein" at 8 p.m--show will start at 7:30 p.m. on the 19th and at 2:30 p.m. on the 22nd. Call 828.328.2283 or visit www.hickorytheatre.org  for more information. 

MAY 19 - HICKORY - Downtown Hickory Art Crawl 5-8pm; www.downtownhickory.com; 828-322-1121

MAY 19 – HICKORY – Full Circle Arts opening reception 5-8:30pm for Photography Show & Competition; Full Circle Arts Gallery, 42 B Third St. NW, Hickory 828/322-7545

MAY 19-20 – WEST JEFFERSON – Florence Thomas Art School presents Scratchboard As Fine Art with Lorelle Bacon; www.florenceartschool.org or 336-846-3827

MAY 20, 7pm LENOIR – Caldwell Arts Council’s Spring pARTy Series - Dr. Mark and Kim Picton will host a concert party with the legendary Bob Henson of ‘The Neighbors.’  Bluegrass music will float through the air, and the pool and hot tub will be open if you want to swim or soak.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Limited to 20 guests at $20/person; 828-754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com

MAY 20 – NORTH WILKESBORO – Wilkes Art Gallery presents their First Annual Art Auction Fundraiser, 6-9pm, featuring legendary artists with ties to the area, providing you with a rare chance to own a bit of the past – and future – of Wilkes Art Gallery. www.wilkesartgallery.org

MAY 21 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art opening reception for the exhibit “On Common Ground: Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea, 6-8pm in the Coe Gallery; free admission

MAY 21, 6pm – LENOIR – Caldwell Arts Council’s Spring pARTy Series - Dr. Steve and Dawn Mathews will prepare a Middle East Feast for your enjoyment at the Caldwell Arts Council – take a tour of the Middle East, where the food is delicious and the spices are intoxicating!  Limited to 12 guests at $25/person. 828-754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com

MAY 21 – WEST JEFFERSON – Florence Thomas Art School presents an Alcohol Ink workshop with Lorelle Bacon; 10am-3pm; www.florenceartschool.org or 336-846-3827

MAY 21 & 28, JUNE 4 & 11, 10AM-2:30PM – LENOIR – Pick any day or multiple days to attend - Violin Maker Bob Kogut to teach Violin/Fiddle Repair & Set-up in Happy Valley - Patterson School Foundation will host a series of four introductory classes to be taught at the historic Patterson School campus in Happy Valley; $45/session & registrants may attend multiple sessions. Call the Caldwell Arts Council to register: 828-754-2486.

MAY 22 – BLOWING ROCK – Laura Boosinger & Josh Goforth play at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 5:30pm; 828-295-9099 x3001 or www.blowingrockmuseum.org

MAY 23-27 - BLACK MOUNTAIN - Pastel Workshop hosted by Elizabeth Mowry in Conjunction with the 2016 Statewide Juired Pastel Show. For more information please contact the Appalachian Pastel Society. 

MAY 24 – HICKORY – Free Adult art classes at the Hickory Museum of Art with folk artist Theresa Gloster; Call 828-327-8576 to register

MAY 26 – HICKORY – Special screening at 7:30pm – one night only at Carmike 15 on Catawba Valley Rd in Hickory of MINIMALISM (http://minimalismfilm.com Reserve tickets now at http://gathr.us/screening/14586 - online sales only, no tickets will be sold at the theatre.

MAY 27-28 – NEWTON – Newton-Conover Auditorium presents Louis Nunnery Ballet; www.newton-conoverauditorium.org; 828-464-8100

MAY 29 – BOONE – A Memorial Day Salute with The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone, 7:30pm; www.mountainhomemusic.com

MAY 31 DEADLINE FOR JUNE 18 EVENT – LENOIR – Just For You Summer Kickoff Festival seeking 150 vendors to fill up the Caldwell County Fairgrounds June 18 10am-8pm – http://justforyouevents-nc.wix.com/site - or justforyoueventsnc@gmail.com

MAY 31 DEADLINE – LENOIR – Caldwell Visual Artists Competition delivery deadline for artists (over age of 18) residing in Caldwell County or who attend school or work full time in Caldwell County; details at www.caldwellarts.com 828-754-2486

 

 

JUNE 3 – LENOIR – 5-7PM Opening reception for the Caldwell Visual Artists Competition at the Caldwell Arts Council hosted by Lenoir Service League; 828-754-2486 www.caldwellarts.com

JUNE 3 – JULY 9 – LENOIR – Caldwell Visual Artists Competition at Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486 info@caldwellarts.com

JUNE 3 – NEWTON – Newton-Conover Auditorium presents Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; www.newton-conoverauditorium.org; 828-464-8100

JUNE 3, 6-10pm - LENOIR – Strictly Clean & Decent will play for the Taste of Caldwell, sponsored by Communities in Schools at Cedar Rock Country Club: http://www.ciscaldwell.org/a_taste-of-caldwell-celebrate-the-children/

JUNE 3 DEADLINE FOR AUGUST EVENT IN ATLANTA – Piedmont Park Arts Festival 2-day outdoor event presenting visual arts featuring up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal work, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters – details http://www.piedmontparkartsfestival.com; 404-873-1222

JUNE 3-4 – WEST JEFFERSON/ASHE COUNTY – Ashe County Studio Tour; www.ashecountyarts.org; 336-846-2787

JUNE 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 – NEWTON – Dixie Swim Club to be performed at Green Room Community Theatre in Newton; www.thegreenroomtheatre.org; 828-464-6583

JUNE 4 – NEWTON – Newton-Conover Auditorium presents Finding Nemo; www.newton-conoverauditorium.org; 828-464-8100

JUNE 4 – SAWMILLS – Just For You Events presents their 2nd Annual Sherry’s Dance Studio Fundraiser Event; justforyoueventsnc@gmail.com seeking artists/craft vendors etc. 828-215-0859

JUNE 5 – HICKORY – Afternoon Art Tea, 4:30pm at Hickory Museum of Art; www.hickoryart.org

JUNE 6 - HICKORY - The Hickory Community Theatre presents "2016 Vacation Extravaganza" Call 828.328.2283 or visitwww.hickorytheatre.org  for more information. 

JUNE 6-7 AUDITIONS - HUDSON - From Keith Smith: I am happy to announce that our Town of Hudson fall dinner theatre production will be “Children of Eden.”  This is the story of the Father, Adam and Eve, Noah and his family and dealing with the joys and heartbreaks brought about by children.  The fine music and delightful, clever lyrics are the creation of Stephen Schwartz, the composer of “Godspell,” “Pippin” and “Wicked.”  This is an actor’s and singer’s show for sure! Tentative First Auditions for Children of Eden: Monday and Tuesday, June 6th and 7th – this is early and rehearsals will not ensue until later, but I want to get it cast ASAP. Dates for Fall Dinner Theatre: Fall Dinner Theatre Production Dates: October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29. This show requires a large chorus that will be more involved than in any of our past musicals.  They are called storytellers, resembling an ancient Greek Chorus and this will involve young folks (including YES) and adults.  I can honestly tell you that I am more excited about this show than any musical we have done to date! Call Keith Smith, Director of Hudson Dinner Theatre at Hudson Town Hall, 828-728-8272

JUNE 7 – JULY 2 – HICKORY – Full Circle Arts Member Show; www.fullcirclearts.org Opening Reception June 9th, 6pm

JUNE (SEVERAL DATES) – FERGUSON – Fairy workshops for children, parents & grandparents at Whippoorwill Academy in Ferguson; http://www.explorewilkes.com/whippoorwill.php and on Facebook: Whippoorwill Academy

JUNE 9-17 – MORGANTON – 2nd Annual Creative Age Senior Art Exhibit at Grace Ridge Retirement Community; www.graceridge.org/art

JUNE 13-17 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camp for Kids: Ages 4-6 Super Heroes & Fairytales; Ages 7-9 eD Art; Ages 10-14 Ceramics & Sculpture; www.hickoryart.org

JUNE 16, 17, 18 19, 23, 24, 25, 26  – HICKORY – Blythe Spirit at Hickory Community Theatre; www.hickorytheatre.org; 828-328-2283

JUNE 17 – BOONE – Jack Lawrence & Patrick Crouch play at the Jones House in Boone for the Doc Watson Celebration, joined by Jeff Little Trio, David Holt & Josh Goforth, and Charles Welch and John Kirby. http://www.joneshouse.org/outdoor-concerts

JUNE 17 DEADLINE FOR OCTOBER EVENT – ROCKY MOUNT NC SCULPTURE SALMAGUNDI XX 20th anniversary year at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center. Exhibition dates October 3, 2016-September 15, 2017; Juror Phil Proctor; $1,000 honorarium for each sculpture chosen for the show: MVHArtsCenterSubmissions@gmail.com; prospectus at www.imperialcentre.org/arts (click on Artist Opportunities); 252-972-1175

JUNE 18 – LENOIR – 1st Annual Just For You Summer Kickoff Festival 10am-8pm Caldwell County Agricultural Fairgrounds; seeking artists/craft vendors; justforyoueventsnc@gmail.com or 828-215-0859

JUNE 19 – BLOWING ROCK – Bill and the Belles to play at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 5:30pm; 828-295-9099 x3001 or www.blowingrockmuseum.org

JUNE 19 – MORGANTON – Kay & Patrick Crouch join Tom Garlow at the Silver Fork Winery for a singer/songwriter event: http://silverforkwinery.com/events/

JUNE 20-24 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camp for Kids: Ages 4-6 Mini Masters & Surf Sand & Sea; Ages 7-9 Animal Planet; Ages 7-14 Lights Camera Action; www.hickoryart.org

JUNE 25-JULY 3 – BLOWING ROCK – Ensemble Stage presents The Melville Boys by Norm Foster – a Carefree Comedy; www.ensemblestage.com

JUNE 27-JULY 1 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camp for Kids: Ages 4-6 Story book Art & Frozen; Ages 7-9 Ancient Arts, Drawing & Painting; Ages 10-14 Book-It Creative Arts; www.hickoryart.org

JUNE 27-JULY 1 – HICKORY – Hickory Choral Society Children’s Choral Camp; one-week, half-day program (8:50a.m.-Noon) for rising 4th-6th grade students to gain basic choral fundamentals through vocal classes; 828-322-2210; hickorychoralsociety.org

 

 

JULY 1 - BOONE- TCVA Lecture Series: Show Me the Way to Go Home: Brad Thomas at 4 pm.   For More Information Contact: Emily Nunn, nunner@appstate.edu

JULY 1 - BOONE - Summer Exhibition Celebration and App Summer Festival Kick-Off at the Turching Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC from 6-10 p.m.  - Main Gallery: International Series: Brazil; Mezzanine Gallery: Contemporary Art: Jewelry; Community Gallery: Eliana Arenas; Gallery A: Melting: Marietta Patricia Leis & David Vogel; Gallery B: Show Me the Way To Go Home: Brad Thomas; www.tcva.org

JULY 1 – MORGANTON – Lonesome River Band to perform at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton at 9pm

JULY 2 – BLOWING ROCK – Ensemble Stage presents The Commedia Cinderella as one of their Saturday Kids Theatre Series; www.ensemblestage.com

JULY 3 – MORGANTON – Marty Rabon to perform at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton 6:30pm

JULY 4 – BLOWING ROCK – Bluegrass and Brass – A Fourth of July Dazzle featuring The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and King Street Brass at Blowing Rock School Auditorium 7pm

JULY 5-8 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camps for Kids; Ages 4-6 Junk Jam; Ages 7-9 Comic Book Clinic; Ages 10-19 Drawing & Painting; www.hickoryart.org

JULY 9 – BLOWING ROCK – Ensemble Stage presents The Commedia Robin Hood as one of their Saturday Kids Theatre Series; www.ensemblestage.com

JULY 9 – BOONE - Prairie and Mountain Homes meet Linda and Robin Williams at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone, 7:30pm; www.mountainhomemusic.com

JULY 10 – BLOWING ROCK – Don Flemons to play at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 5:30pm; 828-295-9099 x3001 or www.blowingrockmuseum.org

JULY 11-15 – LENOIR – Sculpting Our Future Summer Sculpture Camp for chilren in grades K-8th, 10am-12pm $65/child (Registration for Sculpture Celebration included). Campers will focus on creating three-dimensional art forms using established public and outdoor art as insporation. Tuition covers cost of materials and entry into the Youth Cat4egory of the Caldwell Sculpture Celebration. All entries eligible for prizes. Registration Deadline June 1. $15 deposit due at time of registration. 828-754-2486 or www.caldwellarts.com Scholarships available.

JULY 11-15 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camps for Kids: Ages 4-6 Dragons & Fairies, Animal Planet; Ages 7-9 Art Explosion; Ages 7-14: Puppets & Plays; Ages 10-14: Ancient Arts; www.hickoryart.org

JULY 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 AND AUGUST 2 & 4 - LENOIR - Harper School of Music ‘Music Seminar’ instructed by Jonathan Beal from 7-8 pm every night.   Have you ever wanted to know more about music and understand music history? Join this fun & educational class at the Harper School; 828-754-2297; brittany@theharperschool.org

JULY 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, AND AUGUST 2 & 4 - LENOIR - Harper School of Music to host Guitar Group from 6-7 pm instructed by Jonathan Beal. 

JULY 13-AUGUST 24 (Consecutive Wednesdays) DOWNTOWN LENOIR, AND SEPTEMBER 3RD AT HAPPY VALLEY FIDDLERS CONVENTION – LENOIR -  Come pick your heart out this Summer with the Caldwell JAM Summer Camp, for students ages 7 years and up. Want to join a band this summer? Want to learn how to play an instrument? $80/student, registration deadline is June 1. Call 828-754-2486 or visit www.caldwellarts.com. Scholarships available.

JULY 15-17 – HUDSON – Foothills Performing Arts presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” www.fpatheatre.org

JULY 16-24 – BLOWING ROCK – Ensemble Stage presents TOYER by Gardner McKay – a Suspense-Thriller; www.ensemblestage.com

JULY 18-22 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camp for Kids: Ages 4-6 Garden Art; Ages 7-9 Mini Masters and Surf Sand & Sea; Ages 10-14 Printmania; www.hickoryart.org

JULY 18 - 21 & 25-28 - LENOIR - Harper School of Music Two Week Summer Music Cmap Experience - Camp Treble. Camp runs Monday through Thursday from 10 am - 4 pm. Students will perform and show off what they have learned at a concert at the end of this 2 week camp. 

JULY 18 – HICKORY – Auditions for the Hickory Choral Society – contact Bonita Ferretti at Hickory Choral Society 828-322-2210 for an appointment.

JULY 22-24 – HUDSON – Foothills Performing Arts presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” www.fpatheatre.org

JULY 23 – FERGUSON – Tom Dooley Day at Whippoorwill Village in Ferguson; http://www.explorewilkes.com/whippoorwill.php

JULY 23 - BOONE – Rare Old Time Band Reunion – Tom, Brad and Alice – at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue, Boone, 7:30pm; www.mountainhomemusic.com

JULY 23 – BLOWING ROCK – Ensemble Stage presents The Commedia Cinderella as one of their Saturday Kids Theatre Series; www.ensemblestage.com

JULY 26 – BOONE – Special Matinee – Old Time Jamboree by the Young for the Young at Heart with Strictly Strings & Rodney Sutton; 2:30pm at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone; www.mountainhomemusic.com

JULY 25-29 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camp for Kids: Age 4-6: Art Explosion and Super Heroes & Fairytales; Ages 7-9 Drawing & Painting; Ages 10-14 Art Explosion; www.hickoryart.org

JULY 30 – BLOWING ROCK – Ensemble Stage presents The Commedia Robin Hood as one of their Saturday Kids Theatre Series; www.ensemblestage.com

JULY 30 – BOONE – Ireland in Poetry and Song with Hickory-based musical duo g Rock School Auditorium; 7:30pm; www.mountainhomemusic.com

 

 

 

 

AUGUST 1 DEADLINE - HICKORY – Hickory Downtown Development Association seeks artists to participate in the Downtown Hickory Art Crawl September 15th – juried, room for 30 artists. blsinclair1@bellsouth.net or info@downtownhickory.com; 828-322-1121

AUGUST 1-5 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camp for Kids: Age 4-6 Surf Sand & Sea and Dragons & Fairies; Ages 7-9: Garden Art; Ages 10-14 Ceramics & Sculpture; Ages 7-14: Masquerade; www.hickoryart.org

AUGUST 5 – LENOIR – 5-7PM opening reception for “Sculpt Mettle: Redux” and “Thinking Outside the Box” at the Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486 www.caldwellarts.com

AUGUST 5 – OCTOBER 1 – LENOIR – “Sculpt Mettle: Redux” featuring sculptural and other creative artwork by Dr. Gaston Henry Michaux and “Thinking Outside the Box” with artwork by Bob Ebendorf, Jane Harrison, et al, on display at the Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486www.caldwellarts.com

AUGUST 6 – BOONE – The Law Firm – Representing Old-Time Musicians: Craver, Watson, Hicks and Newberry at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone, 7:30pm. www.mountainhomemusic.com

AUGUST 6-14 – BLOWING ROCK – Ensemble Stage presents Visiting Mr. Green by Jeff Baron, a Dramatic Comedy; www.ensemblestage.com

AUGUST 8-12 - LENOIR - Harper School of Music to host Beginning Band Camp from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for rising 6th grade band students.  www.theharperschool.org

AUGUST 8-12 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camp for Kids:  Ages 4-6 Frozen and Garden Art; Ages 7-9 Lights Camera Action and Art Explosion; Ages 10-14 Comic Book Clinic; www.hickoryart.org

AUGUST 13 – BOONE – Piano Man of the Blue Ridge – Jeff Little Trio perform at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone 7:30pm

AUGUST 15-19 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art Summer Art Camp for Kids: Ages 4-6 Animal Planet; Ages 7-9 Surf Sand & Sea; Ages 7-14 3D Art; www.hickoryart.org

AUGUST 20 – BOONE – Family Bluegrass Gospel Harmonies with The Cockman Family at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone, 7:30pm; www.mountainhomemusic.com

AUGUST 26 – BOONE – Special Matinee – From Across the “Big Pond” to Appalachia: A Musical Journey with Little Windows (Julee and Mark Weems) at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone, 2:30pm; www.mountainhomemusic.com

AUGUST 27 – BLOWING ROCK – The Family That Plays Together Stays Together – Whitetop Mountain Band performs at blowing Rock School Auditorium, 7:30pm; www.mountainhomemusic.com

AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 4 – BLOWING ROCK – Ensemble Stage presents Waiting for MacArthur by P. Paulette MacDougal, a Historical Drama; www.ensemblestage.org

 

 

SEPTEMBER 4 – BOONE – A Special Labor Day Tribute to American Workers with Laurelyn Dossett at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone, 7:30pm

SEPTEMBER 9 - LENOIR -  Sculptor Welcome Dinner -  welcoming sculptors to Lenoir for the 31st Annual Sculpture Celebration, 7pm, Broyhill Walking Park; 828-754-2486 www.caldwellarts.com

SEPTEMBER 10 - LENOIR -  31st Annual Sculpture Celebration at the Broyhill Walking Park 9am-4pm FREE (awards announced at about 3:30pm followed by Judge’s Walking Tour of winners) Caldwell Arts Council 828-754-2486 www.caldwellarts.com

SEPTEMBER 14 – FIRST DEADLINE to jury in handmade items for the Satie’s Holiday Sale at the Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486www.caldwellarts.com

SEPTEMBER 15 - HICKORY - Downtown Hickory Art Crawl, 5-8pm; www.downtownhickory.com; 828-322-1121

SEPTEMBER 18-22 – CULLOWHEE – Opportunity open to all artists & writers – an opportunity to get away and rediscover your Muse – Late Summer Retreat at Lake Logan: Plein Air, Studios, Writing Room, Mindfulness & Yoga; http://www.cullowheemountainarts.org/lake-logan-artist-writer-workshop-retreats/late-summer-retreat-at-lake-logan#sthash.K3QnoaaA.dpbs

 

OCTOBER 1-2 – HENDERSONVILLE – 57th Annual Art on Main fine art/fine craft festival; 828-495-8504 or www.acofhc.org) 

OCTOBER 2 SECOND DEADLINE to jury in handmade items for the Satie’s Holiday Sale at the Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486www.caldwellarts.com

OCTOBER 7 – LENOIR – 5-7pm opening reception for “2 Squared” exhibit featuring artwork by Rob Amberg, Mercedes Jelinek, Jon Sours & Tamie Beldue - reception hosted by Foothills Performing Arts 828-754-2486 www.caldwellarts.com

OCTOBER 7 – NOVEMBER 19 – LENOIR – “2 Squared” exhibit of artwork by Rob Amberg, Mercedez Jelinek, Jon Sours & Tamie Beldue at the Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486 www.caldwellarts.com

OCTOBER 20-29 - HUDSON - Hudson Uptown Building & dinner theatre presents “Children of Eden.”  This is the story of the Father, Adam and Eve, Noah and his family and dealing with the joys and heartbreaks brought about by children.  The fine music and delightful, clever lyrics are the creation of Stephen Schwartz, the composer of “Godspell,” “Pippin” and “Wicked.”  828-726-8871

OCTOBER 23 – HICKORY – Hickory Choral Society concert at First Baptist Church in Hickory

 

 

NOVEMBER 5 – LENOIR – Shop-A-Paloozza! 10am-3pm at Rooster Bush Automotive Showroom – Over 35 vendors & crafters; 828-455-1289; shop.a.paloozza@gmail.com  

NOVEMBER 5 FINAL DEADLINE to jury in handmade items for the Satie’s Holiday Sale at the Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486www.caldwellarts.com

 

DECEMBER 2, 3, 4 – HICKORY – Hickory Choral Society concerts at Corinty Reformed Church in Hickory. 

DECEMBER 2-23 – LENOIR – Satie’s Holiday Sale at the Caldwell Arts Council – the entire house changes over to a gift shop full of local and regional handcrafts. 828-754-2486 www.caldwellarts.com