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Tuesday, July 27, 2021
2021 Annual Juried Exhibition Calling Visual Artists
Jul 27 all-day
Online w/ Artists Collective | Spartanburg

The prospectus for our 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition is now available for download.
Summer Photo Contest – “The Many Faces of Chimney Rock”
Jul 27 – Jul 31 all-day
Chimney Rock State Park

Summer is all about outdoor fun, spending quality time together as a family and taking in the wonderful sights of nature. During this time of year, it’s easy to find many human faces in the Park, but you can also see other faces as well. Whether it’s faces of animals, faces in the rock formations, or even outlines of faces in the ground. Be sure to submit your best photo interpretation into our summer-themed “The Many Faces of Chimney Rock” Photo Contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you can win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between July 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:
    1. Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then post your photo to our wall with the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words) through your personal Facebook account. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    2. Pinterest: First, re-pin our photo contest pin to one of your boards and follow our 2017 The Different Seasons of Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Board so we can easily contact you. Then pin your photo with the hashtags #chimneyrock AND #photocontest with your personal account, and include the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words).
    3. Twitter: First, follow Chimney Rock Park and retweet our tweet about the photo contest. Then tweet your photo to @ChimneyRockPark with the photographer’s name and the hashtag #photocontest. Next, send us private messages with your brief photo caption.
    4. E-mail: If you don’t have access to any social media sites listed above, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to [email protected].
    5. Snail Mail: Send your print photo with the clearly marked photographer’s name, city & state, a brief typed photo caption and a phone number to: Photo Contest, Chimney Rock Management LLC, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption your photo of the Seasons of Chimney Rock, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
  4. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  5. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  6. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of love at Chimney Rock. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  7. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  8. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be notified and announced on Chimney Rock’s social media channels. For more 

Wings of the City Art Exhibit
Jul 27 all-day
Falls Park and on the Peace Center
WINGS OF THE CITY
Local news has shared several recent stories about a petition to remove the Wings of the City exhibit. Art can create many different reactions and emotions in viewers, and Hispanic Alliance respects the right to both share these impressions and to be civically active in the community.
We also want to reassure the community that the vast majority of responses to this exhibit have been overwhelmingly positive. Many are full of pride to have a world-renowned artist, and the accompanying tourism, brought to our home. Please read a joint statement from the City of Greenville and Hispanic Alliance regarding the City’s support for Wings of the City, as well as the real intentions behind welcoming this art.
On a personal note, Hispanic Alliance has been deeply touched by the supportive messages and generous donations of those seeking to preserve this art for everyone. We encourage you to see these impressive sculptures in-person! Please visit WingsofGVL.com to learn more, and don’t forget to use the hashtags #WingsofGVL, #AlasdeGVL, and #WingsoftheCity.
Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

SUPER SCIENTISTS Summer Camp
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – Aug 6 @ 4:00 pm
The Children's Museum of the Upstate

SUPER SCIENTISTS 
July 26-30 
Be sure to put on your lab coats and thinking caps for this STEM powered camp with TCMU! Use the scientific method, create your own slime and experience a volcanic explosion as we explore all things SCIENCE.

TCMU-GREENVILLE SUMMER CAMPS

TIMING AND PRICING OPTIONS:

PRESCHOOL AGE CAMP 

Half Day Only: 9AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM 
$150 (members) and $175 (non-members)
Campers must be three years old by the start of camp and potty trained. 

ELEMENTARY AGE CAMPS (K5-2nd or 3rd-5th)

Half Day Only: 9AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM 
$150 (members) and $175 (non-members)

Full Day: 9AM-4PM (Includes Lunch Bunch) 
$300 (members) and $350 (non-members)

Lunch Bunch Hour Add-On: 12PM-1PM 
$30/Camper for half day campers only (only at TCMU-Greenville)

Biltmore: Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty
Jul 27 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Biltmore

Image result for Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty

Included with admission

A unique-to-Biltmore, large-scale outdoor sculpture will be crafted and installed in Antler Hill Village this spring by Patrick Dougherty. Over the last three decades, this internationally-acclaimed artist has combined his carpentry skills and love of nature to build over 300 of these wondrous works, captivating the hearts and imaginations of viewers worldwide.

Image: Close Ties (2006) Scottish Basketmakers Circle, Dingwall, Scotland. Photo: Fin Macrae
NOTE: This is an example of Patrick Dougherty’s work; the artist will create Biltmore’s unique structure in Antler Hill Village this spring.

Oconaluftee Indian Village
Jul 27 @ 9:30 am – Nov 6 @ 4:30 pm
Oconaluftee Indian Village

Monday-Saturday (CLOSED SUNDAY)
Come spend the day with us! As you enter the Oconaluftee Indian Village you are swept away to the 18th century. Surrounded by lush green vegetation, your spirit is calmed by the sound of the cool mountain streams. Guided tours will take you through craft demonstrations by award-winning artists who will explain the unique Cherokee crafting techniques. Meet historical Cherokee people in the living history section. You can also view special shows throughout the season such as “Time of War” and traditional Cherokee dancing. Sit, relax and dine at the picnic tables with the Oconaluftee natives after you order from the concession area. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from the Gift Shop to remember your visit to our Cherokee Indian village.

*Hours are subject to change based on weather, road closures, etc. Please follow Oconaluftee Indian Village on Instagram and Facebook for closure announcements or call 828-497-2111 for up to date information.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
2021 Annual Juried Exhibition Calling Visual Artists
Jul 28 all-day
Online w/ Artists Collective | Spartanburg

The prospectus for our 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition is now available for download.
Wings of the City Art Exhibit
Jul 28 all-day
Falls Park and on the Peace Center
WINGS OF THE CITY
Local news has shared several recent stories about a petition to remove the Wings of the City exhibit. Art can create many different reactions and emotions in viewers, and Hispanic Alliance respects the right to both share these impressions and to be civically active in the community.
We also want to reassure the community that the vast majority of responses to this exhibit have been overwhelmingly positive. Many are full of pride to have a world-renowned artist, and the accompanying tourism, brought to our home. Please read a joint statement from the City of Greenville and Hispanic Alliance regarding the City’s support for Wings of the City, as well as the real intentions behind welcoming this art.
On a personal note, Hispanic Alliance has been deeply touched by the supportive messages and generous donations of those seeking to preserve this art for everyone. We encourage you to see these impressive sculptures in-person! Please visit WingsofGVL.com to learn more, and don’t forget to use the hashtags #WingsofGVL, #AlasdeGVL, and #WingsoftheCity.
Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

A Life in the Wild Art Exhibit
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

A Life in the Wild  features more than 30 large-format images from award-winning nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen, who has devoted decades of his life to documenting wild places across the globe and the remarkable creatures that inhabit them. For this traveling retrospective exhibition of his works, Mangelsen has hand-selected several legacy photographs from his portfolio of more than 40 years, during which time he has captured thousands of breathtaking images of wildlife under natural — and sometimes harsh — conditions. With subjects ranging from black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains to plains zebras in the savannas of East Africa, this collection of photographs serves to remind us all to slow down and take a moment to connect with nature near and far. Named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, among other accolades, Mangelsen has his work featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C..

A Life in the Wild is on display daily, May 15 – September 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Baker Exhibit Center. Face coverings are required for visitors ages 5 years and older.

Exhibit support for A Life in the Wild is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum SocietyAsheville Citizen-TimesBiltmore Farms HotelsGasperson Moving & StorageRomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine

THOMAS D. MANGELSEN – A LIFE IN THE WILD, produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.

Biltmore: Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty
Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Biltmore

Image result for Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty

Included with admission

A unique-to-Biltmore, large-scale outdoor sculpture will be crafted and installed in Antler Hill Village this spring by Patrick Dougherty. Over the last three decades, this internationally-acclaimed artist has combined his carpentry skills and love of nature to build over 300 of these wondrous works, captivating the hearts and imaginations of viewers worldwide.

Image: Close Ties (2006) Scottish Basketmakers Circle, Dingwall, Scotland. Photo: Fin Macrae
NOTE: This is an example of Patrick Dougherty’s work; the artist will create Biltmore’s unique structure in Antler Hill Village this spring.

Informing the Hand: Form, Figure and the Artist’s Journey
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

“Informing the Hand: Form, Figure and the Artist’s Journey,” an upcoming exhibition at the Artists Collective | Spartanburg, is a retrospective of the evolution of Greenville artist Nancy Thomas and the influences classical art has had on her. The show will run from July 6 through 31 in the Collective’s Solomon Gallery.
Masters Of American Photography
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upcountry History Museum

Americans embraced photography in the mid-19th century; 150 years, and countless millions of photographs later, their fervor has not diminished. It is hard to imagine an aspect of 20th- century American life, whether personal or political, intellectual or commercial, that photography has not influenced.

The exhibition examines photography in America from the 1880s through the 1980s, with an emphasis on the first decades of the twentieth century, when the medium was changing rapidly. Themes such as portraiture, landscape, cityscape, still life, motion capture, and cultural history dramatically represent America over this hundred-year period.

The selection features an impressive range of works by some of the most important artists in the history of photography, including Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and others.

Notable examples from the late 19th and early 20th century Pictorialism movement, which sought to elevate the status of photography to a fine art, are featured. Included are photographs made during the Great Depression to call attention to the challenges of rural poverty. The exhibition also emphasizes the experimental nature and evolution of photographic techniques in the 20th century and the subtle surfaces of prints developed in the darkroom.

Many of the twenty-four works are vintage prints – made by the photographer very close to the time the negative was made – or late prints, made by the photographer or an assistant years later.

Masters of American Photography is a special exhibition organized by the Reading Public Museum featuring works from the Reading’s permanent collection.

Once Upon A Time Interactive Art Exhibit
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upcountry History Museum

The bilingual exhibition (English and Spanish) is a unique and educational experience that emphasizes the importance of reading and the significance of fairy tales throughout history. From an African jungle to a giant’s castle, visitors explore larger-than-life pages of six of the world’s most famous fairy tales: Anansi and the Talking Melon (Ghana), Beauty and the Beast (France), Jack and the Beanstalk (England), Cinderella (France, China), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Germany), and Lon Po Po (aka: Little Red Riding Hood, China).

Entering the exhibit via a magical portal, visitors will be surrounded by an enchanting storybook kingdom. Each tale is brought to life through its own large-scale environment, interactive components, and costumes.

With six storybook settings designed for children ages 3-10 years old and their caregivers, Once Upon A Time will take traditional story time to a new interactive level. The result is a three-dimensional, fully developed world that resonates with young visitors, while still appealing to the grown-ups in their lives who are just as fond of the beloved stories that were a major part of their own childhood.

Social Fabric Art Exhibit
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upcountry History Museum

Award winning fiber artist Salley Mavor (born 1955) has spent four decades developing her signature style and working methods, carving out her own niche within the children’s book world and the fiber art community. Mavor’s three-dimensional embroidered tableaus have been used as children’s book illustrations, social commentary, and stop-motion animation.

A Rhode Island School of Design illustration major, Salley left traditional mediums behind, preferring to communicate her ideas with sculptural needlework. From her home studio in Falmouth, Massachusetts, she has illustrated 11 picture books using her distinctive blend of materials and hand stitching techniques. Salley has roots in South Carolina, as her maternal grandmother, Louise Hartwell, (nee Salley) was born and raised in Orangeburg.

For Salley Mavor, a needle is her tool, thread her medium, and stitches are her marks. Mavor’s needlework’s are narrative and sculptural and are presented as miniature stage sets with scenery, props and characters assembled on fabric backdrops in shadow boxes.

The Upcountry History Museum is honored to partner with Salley on a second exhibition project, titled Salley Mavor: Social Fabric. Exploring the irony, tragedy, and beauty of humanity as it “unravels and mends throughout history” the exhibition provides a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages to experience the three-dimensional quality of Salley’s storytelling. Visitors will peek into imagined miniature worlds full of characters, props, and scenery all stitched by hand, and all focused on the importance of social connectivity.

Social Fabric explores cultural diversity, migration, fashion, the natural world, and a range of social narratives, from the everyday to topical subjects. Oversized bas-relief scenarios, presented in shadow box frames, are designed to create conversations between the artist and her audience. For Salley Mavor her wish is that visitors will “connect to Social Fabric in personal and meaningful ways.”

Thursday, July 29, 2021
2021 Annual Juried Exhibition Calling Visual Artists
Jul 29 all-day
Online w/ Artists Collective | Spartanburg

The prospectus for our 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition is now available for download.
Call for Sculpture Artists – 35th Annual Sculpture Celebration
Jul 29 all-day
Broyhill Walking Park

The Caldwell Arts Council announces its 35th Annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC on Saturday September 11, 2021 at the Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, North Carolina.

 

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day event to compete for $11,000 in cash awards, along with potential sales and commissions. Registration includes free camping, a Friday Night Sculptors’ Dinner, breakfast, and a meal voucher for the day of the event.

 

This annual family-friendly event attracts sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir, North Carolina and in past years, has attracted over 4,000 people. It is funded in part by generous sponsors and by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Wings of the City Art Exhibit
Jul 29 all-day
Falls Park and on the Peace Center
WINGS OF THE CITY
Local news has shared several recent stories about a petition to remove the Wings of the City exhibit. Art can create many different reactions and emotions in viewers, and Hispanic Alliance respects the right to both share these impressions and to be civically active in the community.
We also want to reassure the community that the vast majority of responses to this exhibit have been overwhelmingly positive. Many are full of pride to have a world-renowned artist, and the accompanying tourism, brought to our home. Please read a joint statement from the City of Greenville and Hispanic Alliance regarding the City’s support for Wings of the City, as well as the real intentions behind welcoming this art.
On a personal note, Hispanic Alliance has been deeply touched by the supportive messages and generous donations of those seeking to preserve this art for everyone. We encourage you to see these impressive sculptures in-person! Please visit WingsofGVL.com to learn more, and don’t forget to use the hashtags #WingsofGVL, #AlasdeGVL, and #WingsoftheCity.
Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.