Monday, May 12, 2014

More Family Fun For May

April showers bring May flowers...

Come celebrate spring with the arts council at this month’s Family Fun Day!  The gang will be making spring-themed arts and crafts from 10-12 this Saturday.  There will be five crafts for the kids to complete:

  1. Origami tulips
  2. Circle tree, inspired by Russian artist Kandinsky
  3. Crepe paper and cotton ball rainbow
  4. Flag art in honor of Armed Forces Day on Sautrday
  5. Surprise- turn up to find out!

The cost in $3 per family, and there will be music and other fun activities including the opportunity to win door prizes! It is a morning you won’t want to miss, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Art Appreciation Event at Elon

Time to Unplug!

Elon University is hosting their first ever College of the Arts and Sciences festival "Time, Unplugged," celebrating a widespread of visual, digital, and performing art forms.  The Alamance Arts Council and other member groups, including the Alamance Chorale, Alamance Artisans Guild, Studio and Burlington Writers Club had the privilege of collaborating with the university on the event.  Previous Arts Council intern, Bridgette Barnette (Elon University 2015) was the volunteer coordinator for the inaugural event and worked with Executive Director Cary Worthy on the Arts Council's part.  Bridgette agreed to give us a behind-the-scenes look on the concept and preparation of the event.

Tell us a little bit about your involvement with the event, how you got started and what your role is, etc.

"I first became involved with the festival when I was interning at Alamance County Arts Council. I attended a few brainstorming meetings with Cary Worthy and our partner arts groups which then led to a meeting between us and Elon University. The Elon College of Arts and Sciences was interested in partnering with the Arts Council to put on a campus wide event. I spoke with Chris Burnside after our meeting and was eager to help out at the festival after my internship with the Arts Council ended. I eventually became a Volunteer Coordinator along with another student Jeffery Flitter." 
How did you collaborate with the Arts Council on the event?

"At our brainstorming meetings at the Arts Council I was responsible for taking detailed notes for the group and also offered my advice. It was helpful that I had a connection to Elon for them." 
Why do you feel this festival is important for Elon and/or the community?
"There are such diverse disciplines categorized under the umbrella of the Arts and Sciences. Often we fail to find the connections between say, Theatre and Chemistry, or Religious Studies and Fine Art. This festival is meant to break down the mental barriers that strictly divide these disciplines and allow attendees to see how everything is connected." 
Why was the name Time, Unplugged chosen? 
"The festival is a conversation on the relationship between Time and the Environment. The festival will be low technology to minimize energy waste, hence "unplugged"."
What are you most looking forward to about this event?
"I can't wait to see how all of the booths at the festival will work together to form a cohesive and diverse experience for attendants. Where else can you walk through a sculpture garden to come upon a dance performance that takes place next to a lecture on herpetology? I think it's such a unique event and I am excited for the greater Elon community to experience it."

There you have it! This is a must-see festival, so head on over to Elon University's main campus tomorrow between 2 and 5:30. In lieu of tickets, please bring along a non-perishable canned food item to support Allied Churches. 


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Q&A with Frank Holder: Feature Artist

If you noticed on our webpage, we are celebrating a new feature artist whose innovative work is for sale in our Picasso's gift shop. Read on to learn more about his expertise and inspirations and view some samples of his work!

About Frank Holder

Frank Holder’s sculptures convey a unique sense of movement and activity. They are beautiful pieces, and each invokes an intense visceral reaction from the viewer. As a self-taught artist, Holder’s creations are experimental, fresh, and unlike anyone else’s work. Holder’s career as both a visual and theatre artist began by happenstance. Holder attended the University of Arkansas with a scholarship and planned to study botany until one day he accidentally walked into a dancing class rather than his usual botany lab, and he says that his life changed forever. Today he creates art out of Greensboro.

I know that you have backgrounds in several academic areas, but how did you begin working as a sculptor?
"I was a professional dancer for twelve years and owned a dance company. I was focused on theatre arts for years, such as lighting, choreography, and costuming, until the dance company closed. I was always inspired by the work of Alexander Calder, especially the fluidity and movement of his pieces, and began considering working with water as a medium. I bought lava stones to sculpt from a friend with the intention of utilizing water with the stone. I soon went back and purchased scrap materials and began making other work."

What do you consider the most challenging aspect of your career as an artist?
"I was never educated in visual artistry and consider myself a self-made artist. It is a challenge to explore and teach myself new techniques and methods of expression since I was never given much of a formal background in the technicalities of sculpture and visual art. But the frustration isn’t in vain. I never had someone tell me to facilitate my art in one way, and I have the freedom to explore what works and doesn’t on my own. I think it is an important part of my process".

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work as an artist?
"The process of taking a concept, to beginning to tangibly build it, and finishing it or letting it fall apart if it needs to is incredibly stimulating. I enjoy the work itself. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I always like it."

What is your creative process like? What inspires your art?
"My process mainly involves observing nature. I find inspiration in organic matter like trees, moss, rocks, and everything around me. My current work is inspired by fossils and seashells from my childhood in Arkansas. I also listen to classical music all day."

How has your work changed or evolved over the course of your career?
"I try to give my art diversity. I am constantly looking for inexpensive and readily available materials to make art from. Every year for Christmas I give myself the gift of new material to work with. I play with the materials all year and familiarize myself with them. My work as a whole has become more varied from this process of reaching out of my comfort zone."

Who are your favorite artists? Are there any particular art pieces that you consider your favorite?
"I love Matisse’s cutout work. I’m not as crazy about the paintings. His later cutout work is abstract but still relatable, which I try to emulate in my art as well. It seems as though he is channeling the essence of his subject. I also love Pollock’s work, because he had no idea what he was doing."

Below are some photos of Frank's work. More can be seen displayed at the Arts Council and available for purchase at the Picasso's Gift Shop! 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

40 Under 40 Finalists

Remember our post about our "40 under 40" Art Competition? The finalists have been selected! We received a total of 71 entries from 35 artists coming from local areas, such as Burlington and Chapel Hill, and across the country, as far as Philadelphia, Boise, and San Francisco! We selected 40 works of art from 26 artists to be displayed in the Sister's Gallery through June and have a chance to win the $500 Best in Show Prize! 

The opening party is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Pi Omicron Omega Chapter and will take place on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Come meet some of the artists (listed below):

Brent Hampton | age 33 | Greensboro, NC                      Emily Jean Lovitch | age 23 | Greensboro, NC
Todd Behrendt | age 37 | Cold Brook, NY                        Benjamin Madeska | age 33 | Chicago, IL
Caleb Branson | age 23 | Whitsett, NC                             Katy Mixon | age 30 | Chapel Hill, NC
Jennifer Calfee | age 39 | Washington, NC                      Estevan Saldivar | age 23 | Boise, ID
Emily Carrouth | age 22 | Graham, NC                            Stewart Sineath | age 34 | Burlington, NC
Bradley Carter | age 36 | Wilmington, NC                       Jane Stairs | age 21 | Houghton, NY
Katie Chirichillo | age 24 | New Paltz, NY                       Jessica Stalvey | age 23 | Thomasville, NC
Corey Gillespie | age 36 | Elon, NC                                   Isaac Talley | age 29 | Oxford, NC
Justin Holdren | age 35 | Snow Camp, NC                     Shaun Whiteside | age 35 | Christiansburg, VA
Sidra Kaluszka | age 29 | Christiansburg, VA                 Daniel Whitmer | age 27 | Nashville, TN
Chris Lange | age 27 | Graham, NC                                   Hillary Whitt | age 34 | Greensboro, NC
Linnea Lieth | age 18 | Chapel Hill, NC                            Elizabeth Younce | age 20 | Newport, RI
Carole Loeffler | age 38 | Philadelphia, PA                      Anna Zusman | age 36 | San Francisco, CA 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kitchen Capers

"Mom, Dad- What's for dinner?"  

Parents that get this question a lot may want to turn around and ask their children sometimes... Wouldn't it be nice if they could cook?  Introducing Kitchen Capers, an Arts Council original program that teaches children ages 9-14 how to prepare and cook healthy recipes! Although we can't guarantee that your kid will cook for you, we will provide them with the skills to prepare a meal (and clean up afterward)! Each class will focus on food for a different holiday or theme, and your child will come home with shopping lists, recipes and cooking techniques with an emphasis on safety, prep, and cleanup.

The class is taught by mother-daughter pair Susan and Chandler Holland whose chemistry in the kitchen inspired the idea for the class in hopes that more parents and kids will cook together!

The first class is on May 2nd, and the theme is a Mother’s Day Brunch menu to include a mini frittata, creamsicle smoothie, and seasonal berries with creme anglaise.  To register you can visit or call 336.226.4495.  Space is limited, so don't wait!

In the meantime, you can start your child's culinary ed (or maybe just answer the question, "what's for dinner") with the easy recipes from Betty Crocker below!

Chicken Fajitas
Pasta Bolognese


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Fever

Temps are rising-- have you caught the fever?

Springer Theatricals performing California Dreaming
It is Throwback Thursday and a great time to spotlight the era that brought us upbeat songs celebrating the sunshine. Wouldn't it be nice to Celebrate those Good Vibrations, have some Fun, fun, fun- Catch a Wave and go Surfin’ USA? (See what I did there?)

If you are sitting back thinking, "I wish," consider attending Springer Theatricals' upcoming production at the Mebane Arts and Community Center next Sunday, April 6.  The nationally touring group will be performing a tribute to the musical movement in our country's history that celebrated peace, fun, and good grooves. There is still time to get a ticket- $12.81 through the arts council or $16 at the door. 

Travel back in time with our favorite tunes by listening to our Youtube playlist. The list of tracks are below:

1. Iko-Iko- The Dixie Cups
2. Fun, Fun, Fun- Beach Boys
3. Surfin’ U.S.A.- Beach boys
4. Surfer Girl- BeachBoys
5. Catch a Wave- Beach Boys
6. Wouldn’t It Be Nice- Beach Boys
7. Barbara Ann- Beach Boys
8. Good Vibrations- Beach Boys
9. Dream a Little Dream of Me- Mama Cass
10. Monday, Monday- The Mamas and the Papas
11. CaliforniaDreamin’- The Mamas and the Papas
12. Aquarius (Let the Sun Shine In)- The Fifth Dimension
13. Up, Up and Away – The Fifth Dimension
14. Our House- Crosby, Stills& Nash
15. Woodstock- Crosby, Stills& Nash
16. Carry On- Crosby, Stills& Nash
17. Celebrate- Kool and the Gang

Monday, March 31, 2014

How to Earn $500+ for Your Art!

Last week, the arts council hosted the Visual Arts Competition and had great success, receiving around 200 submissions from artists ages 11 to 18.  This week, the council is moving up an age bracket to 18 to 40 year olds in the inaugural 40 under 40 art competition with a Best in Show prize of $500!!  

This is a great opportunity for pre-professional and professional artists to add work to their portfolios and resumes while also networking each other at the grand opening reception!  Elon professor Michael Fels who has worked for Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold, Donald Sultan, and Dutch artist Karel Appel, will be jurying the competition.  

All artists selected for judging will be on display at the Alamance Arts Council through June, and their work will be available for purchase.  Wondering how to enter? Follow the infographic below to take you through the steps to success. Comment on the blog or Facebook any additional questions!