The Beautiful Project: Arts & Activism Apprentices: (RE)CLAMATION

Durham Arts Council 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC, United States

(RE)CLAMATION explores photography as a catalyst for radical healing, inviting viewers to explore the reclamation of self through art as a way to confront harmful experiences, affirm your worth, and reclaim your power! This exhibition is supported by The Durham Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and is part of The Durham Arts Council Exhibit Program. The Beautiful Project’s (TBP) Arts & Activism Apprentices are a group of trained Black girls and nonbinary youth activists who use photography, visual arts, writing and care to explore cultural activism within their artistry.  As TBP commemorates 20 years of empowering Black girls, gender-expansive youth, and women to assertively claim their own narratives through storytelling, we celebrate the healing power of art.

Central Piedmont Community College: Forever Transient

Central Piedmont Community College 1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, United States

‘Forever Transient’ visually investigates the meaning behind transience, impermanence, continuous change and the desire to preserve and prolong the temporary moment. Inspired by Dutch still life paintings and vanitas, each artist exemplifies a different creative approach and skill set to artistically render the fragility of time. Time does not sand still. It marches forward and looks back retrospectively at the past. Therefore, the experience of time is never linear, but cyclical. ‘Forever Transient’ exhibits 8 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Through varying processes, each artist composes their work to include vibrant references, and in some cases direct interactions, with nature and humanity. Andrew Leventis’ hyper realistic refrigerator still life paintings, echo the elements of Dutch still life techniques, but with a contemporary and refreshing update of a classic art form. Brent Dedas’ “honeybee drawings” incorporate the assistance of live honeybees landing and crawling on his drawings, which Dedas then turns into cyanotype prints. Colby Caldwell, brings his flatbed scanner along on his nature walks, instead of a camera, and scans natural flora found on the forest floor. James Henkel arranges fragments of glass from destroyed vessels to create organic shapes, therefore showing transience through destruction, change and reformation. Susan Jedrzejewski also explores […]

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center: Robert Chapman Turner: Artist, Teacher, Explorer

Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (BMCM+AC) 120 College St., Asheville, NC, United States

Robert Turner (1913-2005) arrived at Black Mountain College in 1949 to establish the first studio pottery program at the College. He worked with student architect Paul Williams to design the Potshop and stayed until 1951 as a teacher and potter.  The exhibition will include work by some of Turner’s students and colleagues at BMC, Alfred University, and Penland as well as work by contemporary ceramic artists whose work fits within the context of the show. Artists include: Meredith Brickell, Cynthia Bringle, Marjorie Dial, Cynthia Homire, Bill C. Jones, Bobby Kaddis, Karen Karnes, Eric Knoche, Jeannine Marchand, Neil Noland, Daniel Rhodes, M.C. Richards, Gay Smith, Tom Spleth, Adele Suska, Lydia C. Thompson, Xavier Toubes, Jerilyn Virden, Peter Voulkos, David Weinrib, Megan Wolfe, and Kensuke Yamáda.

Blue Ridge Music Center: Half-Tone Folk Heroes

Blue Ridge Music Center Music Center Rd, Galax, VA, United States

Half-Tone Folk Heroes: Traditional Musicians as Pop Art featuring illustrations by Gina Dilg will open with a reception from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The works will be on display through October. Dilg is a Radford, Va., based visual artist and musician who brings a unique perspective to traditional American music. She created this exhibit to pay tribute to the old-time, bluegrass, early country, and folk musicians who have inspired generations. Each illustration in the series is characterized by bold black strokes and a bright color palette achieved by layering halftone dots and lines in only cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Each work is displayed with a brief biography of the featured musician and tells about their contributions to traditional music. From bluegrass legends like the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe to lesser-known musicians like Joe and Odell Thompson, Samantha Bumgarner, and Etta Baker, Dilg’s art pays homage to the greats and shines a light on widely celebrated and unsung musical heroes. When Dilg is not creating art, she can be found performing as a duo with her husband Jason Dilg as the Lovely Mountaineers or with the string band The Mustard Cutters. The duo will perform prior to the reception from […]

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Artist Showcase Series

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts 423 W. King Street, Boone, NC, United States

As we celebrate App Summer’s 40th anniversary, this series offers behind-the-scenes discussions with artists from the music, dance, and visual arts worlds that center around a common theme of legacy and longevity.

Free

Museum of the Southeast American Indian: AISES Powwow

Museum of the Southeast American Indian 1369 Old Main Rd, Pembroke, United States

The annual AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) powwow will be held at Noon until 4 p.m. in the Quad next to Old Main at UNC Pembroke. Native art vendors will be set up in the Quad.

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Artist Showcase Series

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts 423 W. King Street, Boone, NC, United States

As we celebrate App Summer’s 40th anniversary, this series offers behind-the-scenes discussions with artists from the music, dance, and visual arts worlds that center around a common theme of legacy and longevity.

Free

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: 38th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk & Competition

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

Join competition juror and sculptor Christopher Meyer on a fascinating outdoor tour of the 10 contemporary American sculptures selected as finalists for this year’s annual competition. With a rich background in iron work, Meyer’s work ranges from non-objective to representational sculptural objects, sculptural installations, and cast-iron performance work, often focusing on the interaction between the viewer and the work. The walking tour will culminate at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception and complimentary boxed lunch.

Free

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Artist Showcase Series

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts 423 W. King Street, Boone, NC, United States

As we celebrate App Summer’s 40th anniversary, this series offers behind-the-scenes discussions with artists from the music, dance, and visual arts worlds that center around a common theme of legacy and longevity.

Free

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum: 2024 Highland Tartan Gala

Appalachian State University: Grandview Ballroom 135 Jack Branch Drive, Boone, United States

The evening will include cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing, as well as both silent and live auctions to strengthen BRAHM's impactful exhibitions and educational programs.

BRAHM: Highland Tartan Gala

Appalachian State University: Grandview Ballroom 135 Jack Branch Drive, Boone, United States

BRAHM's Annual Gala is returning, again taking place in Appalachian State University's beautiful Grandview Ballroom. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing, as well as both silent and live auctions to strengthen BRAHM's impactful exhibitions and educational programs.