Learn about Randolph Quilt Trail at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Learn how to get the most out of a tour of the Randolph County Quilt Trail at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The Quilt Trail showcases the heritage of farm families in rural Randolph County, with 29 farms displaying quilt squares on their barns. Trail organizers Louella Caison and Susan Goins will talk about the self-guided tour along the backroads of Randolph County, and the meanings behind many of the squares unique to the families.

The trail began in 2010 as a project of the Piedmont Conservation Council.

The talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Annual Pottery Show and Sale September 19-26th

unnamed-4The Falling Rivers Pottery Show and Sale will feature 6 wonderful potters with a wide range of styles and processes. You will see fine examples of Stoneware, Agate Ware, Earthenware, and crystalline in both functional and decorative works.

Opening Night is Sept. 19 from 5-7pm  will give you the opportunity to meet the potters! Guest artists are Eck McCanless, Karen Wright, David Edwards, Sydney Williams, Travis Hall and Christina McNeil.

Randolph Reads: Invisible Man to feature art exhibit

ASHEBORO – “Revealing the Invisible,” an exhibition of artwork keyed to the theme of invisibility, will be on display in Gallery 101 of the Randolph Arts Guild from September 2 through October 17.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 2. The opening, which coincides with an exhibit in the Guild’s Sara Smith Self Gallery by artist Cat Collier, is free and the public is invited.

The show is part of Randolph Reads: Invisible Man, a community reading initiative exploring Ralph Ellison’s classic novel. All interested artists, including students in the Asheboro City and Randolph County school systems, were asked to create 2-dimensional, 12”x12” work on the theme.

The work will be displayed as a mosaic to celebrate the community, the individual and the value of diversity.

More Randolph Reads: Invisible Man activities are planned in September, including a jazz band at the Sunset Theatre, a screening of the PBS American Experience documentary on Ralph Ellison, a forum on banned books, a stage presentation based on Chip Womick’s series of articles on invisibility in the community now running in The Courier Tribune, and discussions at libraries throughout the county. For schedules and more information visit

The Randolph Arts Guild is located at 123 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro.

RSVP Announces Auditions for The Curious Savage

RSVP Community Theatre announces auditions for John Patrick’s comedic play, The Curious Savage. Auditions will be held at the Moring Arts Center on Saturday, September 13, from 10 am to 12pm and on Monday, September 15, from 7-9 pm. Study scripts will be available in Morings Fine Crafts after September 1st. The Moring Arts Center is located at 123 Sunset Avenue in downtown Asheboro. Please use the rear entrance and go upstairs.

Pottery Demonstration by Eck McCanless at Falling Rivers Gallery

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Pottery demonstration and talk by master potter Eck McCanless of Seagrove. See and hear his approach to his work, especially agate ware and Crystalline glaze work, there is no charge for this event. September 4th at 6:30, Falling Rivers Gallery, 119 W. Main St. Albermarle. Questions? Call 704-983-4278.
Falling Rivers Gallery is open 10-5 Tues,Wednesday & Friday, 10-6:30 Thursday and 10-4 Saturday. Please visit the Stanly Arts Guild and the Gallery’s website at for more information about upcoming events, Art of the Vine and much more.

Call to Potters – Randolph Arts Guild to host Mugapalooza Exhibit

Asheboro, NC - The Randolph Arts Guild (RAG) announces a “Call to Potters” for its upcoming Mugapalooza Exhibit.  Potters are requested to submit sample mug images at for consideration. Selected works will be displayed at the Randolph Arts Guild’s Sara Smith Self Gallery at 123 Sunset Ave. in downtown Asheboro, NC during the month of November, 2014. The submission deadline is September 26th.

The Randolph Arts Guild is planning an exhibition for the month of November to feature, celebrate and sell Mugs! Just in time for the gift buying season the Guild will be turning it’s Sara Smith Self Gallery into a Mug magnet. Potters are asked to submit three images of sample mugs for consideration. If selected , artists may display up to 10 mugs for sale in the show (All mugs must be for sale. Randolph Arts Guild retains 25% of sale price). It is free to submit to the exhibition. Artists will be responsible for deliver to and pickup from the Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC.

The show is set to open November, 4th.  Selected Artists will be notified on or before October 1st.  Artists may visit the Gallery page to sign up.

Falling Rivers Gallery Class

Beginning Pencil Sketching with Rodger S. Thomas
A unique opportunity to work with and be inspired by Stanly County’s own Rodger Thomas!  This class will be limited to 10 people  visit their website to register. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, Sept 6th from 9-12. Paper is supplied, bring your own #2 pencil. Cost is $60.00

Falling Rivers Gallery, 119 W. Main St. Albermarle. Questions? Call 704-983-4278.

Falling Rivers Gallery is open 10-5 Tues,Wednesday & Friday, 10-6:30 Thursday and 10-4 Saturday. Please visit the Stanly Arts Guild and the Gallery’s website at   for more information about upcoming events, Art of the Vine , workshops and much more.

Randolph Reads: Invisible Man events get underway

ASHEBORO – Randolph Reads: Invisible Man, the community reading initiative exploring Ralph Ellison’s classic novel, culminates in September with art, jazz, a stage presentation about invisibility in the community, discussions of the book, and more.

All events are free and the public is invited. They include:

Discuss-As-You-Read #35:30 p.m. Thursday, August 28, at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street. This is the last in a series of discussions that have considered Invisible Man in portions.

“Revealing the Invisible,” an exhibit  of work by local artists on the theme of invisibility, runs September 2-October 17 in Gallery 101 of the Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Avenue. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 2.

John Brown’s “Little” Big Band will perform an eclectic mix of jazz music that heavily influenced Ralph Ellison’s writing style, 7 p.m. Saturday, September 13, at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue.  Brown, a Duke University music professor, fronts several jazz combos including this 11-piece ensemble.

“Ralph Ellison: An American Journey,” a PBS American Experience documentary, will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 18, at the Sunset Theatre.

A Forum on Banned Books with author Jerry Bledsoe will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 25, at Randolph Community College.

Invisibility in the Community, a stage presentation based on Chip Womick’s series of articles in The Courier-Tribune about individuals in the community who feel invisible, is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 26-27, at the Sunset Theatre.

Discussions of the book are slated at the Randolph County’s public libraries as follows: Archdale, 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 23; Asheboro, 5 p.m. Thursday, October 9; Liberty, 6 p.m. Tuesday. September 30; Ramseur, 1 p.m. Thursday, September 18; and Randleman, 4 p.m. Thursday, September 25.

All Randolph County has been invited to read and talk about Invisible Man by a partnership of community groups including The Courier-Tribune, the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, the Asheboro City Schools, the City of Asheboro, the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center, the Randolph County Public Library and the Randolph County Schools.

The purpose of the project is to allow people from all walks of life to have a common literary and artistic experience around the novel, and to be able to share their views on the themes and issues of being invisible in Randolph County.

For more information, visit or contact Assistant Library Director George Taylor, 318-6814.

Call to Artists – BAL Fine Arts Competition

31st Annual Regional BAL Fine Arts Competition is coming up.  The submission deadline is Sept 30th.

Here are all the documents:

BAL Brochure

BAL Entry Agreement

Mobile Anagama Kiln Firing at the Pottery Center

Henry Crissman, a graduate Student at The NYSCC at Alfred University persuing a MFA in Ceramics, and his “Mighty Mobile Anagama” kiln are heading east from Montana and are projected to arrive in Seagrove, NC, early next week and fire his mobile kiln at the North Carolina Pottery Center on Tuesday, August 19th, barring unforeseen circumstances. Henry’s mobile anagama is a wood-fired kiln on a trailer he created with plenty of funding and assistance that is now on the last leg of a whirlwind national tour of kiln firings and exploring ceramics as community activism for the past month.

Says Henry, “My art practice is an exploration of the progressive social applications of making and using functional pottery…” His mobile anagama wood-fired kiln allows for the hosting of more communal and performative approaches to the ceramic process.

The re-assembly, loading, and firing of Henry’s moblie anagama kiln will take place at the North Carolina Pottery Center on Tuesday, August 19th starting at 9:00 am. This will be a day long process. The unloading of the fired kiln will take place on Wednesday, August 20th.

The public is invited to come out and watch the process both days. There will be no charge to the public to come out and watch the loading/firing process on Tuesday or the unloading on Wednesday, but the center will be charging its usual modest admission fee to tour the museum on those days for visitors wishing to do that as well.

This will also be a great opportunity to meet a couple of new addtions at the Pottery Center: Josh Floyd, the center’s Artist-in-Residence, and Emily Lassiter, the center’s Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator.

To learn more about the “Mobile Anagama,” visit Henry’s website at

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue – Sat 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, please call336.873.8430, visit, or find us on Facebook.

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Asheboro, NC 27203

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