Community Arts Bulletin: Upcoming Out and About

This year’s Line up of Out and About Friday Evening is off to a great start!  Come join us on May 19th, from 5 pm until 8 pm.  Special Out and About Workshops will be available at Randolph Arts Guild.  In the meantime, take a look at what others in the area will be offering:


Entertainment at Brightside Gallery by Musician Jack Gorham, May 19, 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.

Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC, hosts its second “Front Porch Evening” of the season on May 19, 2017 from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. with music on the front porch provided by Jack Gorham! This delightful event is FREE and open to the public.

Jack Gorham is a “Junkman – Songwriter” – it says so on his business card. He is known around Asheboro for managing Collector’s Antique Mall since the day it opened in 1993. When he’s not at the shop he can be found playing keys in bands such as “The El Dorados, Stained Glass Canoe, The Gooseberry Jam, Shaken and Stirred, or goofing off at the Randolph Arts Guild. Gorham’s songs shed light on ideas about time, place, love and the human condition; loaded with imagery and metaphor, delivered by engaging melodies and thoughtful piano accompaniment.

Come out and enjoy a fantastic evening with this very talented local musician on our front porch at the coolest corner in town!!!!




Spinning Wheel Demo at Brightside Gallery with Grace McFetters on May 19, 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be a live spinning wheel demonstration by Grace McFetters in the front yard at Brightside Gallery on May 19 , 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Grace McFetters says her mother guilted her into learning to knit, but in reality, the fiber arts have been in her hands since she was cross-stitching as a child. She started knitting three years ago, and hand spinning quickly followed the year after. An insatiable learner, she picked both up quickly and pursued advanced techniques within the first year of her first attempts. Her newest prospects include learning to weave and bobbin lace. Her artistic pursuits include more than just fiber, as well. Grace and her mother, Karen, have taught Pysanky, Ukrainian Easter Eggs, for years. Their eggs have been featured on Roy’s Folks and in Thrive magazine. Grace is an OIF/OEF veteran and hopes to one day open the Randolph County Fiber Arts Academy along with her own fiber farm.

Stop by to visit with Grace and step back in time with this amazing local fiber artist!



Carriage House Tea—Free Tea Tasting: Icewine Black Tea, May 19, 2017, 5 to 8 p.m.

Carriage House Tea will be holding a free tea tasting on March 11, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC. This tea tasting will be featuring their “Luck of the Irish!” Green Tea–an exquisite green tea blend from Sri Lanka. This is a FREE event and the public is invited.

About the tea: There’s no blarney about how delicious this tea is! Hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla meander in natural aromatic bergamot. (It’s magically delicious!) It is pure magic in a teacup or a glass! This tea makes an absolutely tremendous iced tea or a heavenly hot tea. It is high in antioxidants and low in caffeine content. Carriage House Tea will be serving this selection as a hot tea with a whoosh of whip cream.

Please join them for a tasty visit!

Songwriter Jack Gorham, 3/20

Jack Gorham, Songwriter

You may know Jack from The Collector’s Antique Mall in downtown Asheboro, but he’s also an accomplished songwriter and musician. He has skill on multiple instruments, and he stops by the Arts Guild to play the piano as a song evolves and develops in his mind. In this Gallery talk, he will explain how a phrase, or a singular thought moves from his mind to paper, ink and ivories. He is in much demand as a musician, and his actual musical  process will astound even the most experienced. Come to the Sara Smith Gallery at The Randolph Arts Guild on March 20 at 8PM for a night you are not likely to forget.

Writer Lynne Hinton – 2/21, 7-8 pm

Born and raised in NC, Lynne has authored over 20 books including the bestseller, Friendship Cake. During her visit to the Randolph Arts Guild, she will read from her soon to be released book, Traveling Light, and talk about a Co-Pastor’s life at the church that provided the inspiration for Friendship Cake. Her favorite endorsement came from Dr. Maya Angelou, “I would welcome a friendship with Lynne Hinton. I would welcome an invitation to sit down at her table, but mostly, I would welcome her next book.” This event will take place in the Sara Smith Gallery at the Arts Guild on February 21, from 7-8PM. It is a free event and is open to the public.

An Artful Call for “Asheboro Saints”

Do you know of someone deserving of recognition for the positive impact they are making in the local community — someone you would consider an “Asheboro Saint”?  Area microbrewery, Four Saints Brewing Company (F.S.B.C.) located at 218 South Fayetteville Street in downtown Asheboro invites you to nominate a person deserving of this honor for an artful reward.

Four selected “Asheboro Saints” will be creatively rendered by North Carolina portrait artist, Mark Stephenson.  He is the second of five visual artists participating in the Inaugural F.S.B.C. Art Wall Project.  Each selected artist creates a temporary installation of art that will be on display inside the Four Saints tasting room for three months.  Stephenson’s selected proposal includes creating four “Asheboro Saints” portraits.  The completed portrait sketches will be on exhibit August through October 2016.  In addition a meet-and-greet reception is planned for the artist, the ‘saints’, and their nominators on Friday, September 16 from 5:30 p.m. — 7 p.m.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Nominees should exemplify a modern-day ‘saint’ — the definition of which can be interpreted loosely.  Nominees may include anyone making a positive impact on the community, either in the public eye or not.  This is an opportunity to celebrate good works through art and fellowship.  Chosen models will be asked to pose at a pre-arranged time during Four Saints business hours.  The atmosphere will be casual and relaxed.  Stephenson is not looking for traditional ‘model’ types.  Adults of any age, race, ethnicity, and background are welcome.  The entire process from nominating to portrait sitting is completely free of charge.  The time commitment per portrait will be approximately 2 hours.

Simply complete and submit a short nomination form by visiting this link:  Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.  Selection of saints will be made by Wednesday, June 29


For more information, contact Four Saints Brewing Company’s Art Wall Project Manager, Les Caison III at .  To learn more about the featured visual artist, Mark Stephenson visit his website: .

NCPC to offer Beginning Bonsai Class

On Saturday, June 4th, learn the bonsai basics at the North Carolina Pottery Center! Enthusiastic bonsai teacher Harold Johnson will give participants a thorough introduction to the beautiful world of bonsai in this workshop. Harold has practiced the art of bonsai for over 20 years, studying it throughout the US and even Japan. He has been an integral part of the North Carolina bonsai scene and currently serves as the Vice President of the Triangle Bonsai Society.

Participants will learn how to create, style, and care for these living landscapes. Harold will have a variety of bonsai on hand to show which species make good bonsai and will demonstrate how to turn nursery stock into a starter tree. After learning about the aesthetics of bonsai pots, participants will create their own ceramic planters!

NCPC Members: $30
Non-Members: $35
(Cost includes all materials, firings, and a boxed lunch.)

To register, please call (336)873-8430 or email

This workshop will take place in the Education Building at the North Carolina Pottery Center.

NCPC – Korean Potters Lectures

Jong Pil Kim - 1Slide presentation at the North Carolina Pottery Center on June 2 by three mid-career Korean potters:  Yeon Tae Park, Kyeong Hee Lee, and Jong Pil Kim. The presentation at the Pottery Center will focus on the current work of the Korean potters and their thoughts on traditional and contemporary pottery as well as their apprenticeships in Mungyeong.  The Mungyeong potters have learned traditional Korean ways of teaware making from Master Potter and Intangible Living Treasure Cheon Han Bong and are building on those skills to make contemporary creations steeped in traditions.

The potters, hosted by Seagrove potters Jeff Brown and Phil Pollet, are visiting local Seagrove studios while participating in East Meets West, an international cultural exchange exhibition being hosted at Campbell House Galleries in Southern Pines. That exhibition runs from June 3 – July 15th and focuses on Gong Fu tea sets, teapots, tea bowls, and vases. (More info –!/90664-art-exhibit-east-meets-west) The opening reception for the Campbell House exhibition is Friday, June 3, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

On Saturday, June 4, potters from Moore County and Seagrove will join the Korean potters at Cambell House Galleries for “Pottery on the Grounds” – a day of demonstrations of traditional techniques and tea making – creating an exciting and enriching day of cultural exchange for potters and the public.

The Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival has invited international potters from Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and the US, including Seagrove potter Jeff Brown.  For the past four years, Jeff’s pottery has been invited to the Chasabal Festival, and he has given demonstrations to festival visitors, shared his techniques with his international pottery colleagues, fired pots, and visited with area potters there. The Chasabal is the Korean name for the Teabowl used in the traditional tea ceremony which is the focus of the annual spring event.  Mungyeong, in central S. Korea, is a popular tourist destination with gorgeous mountain hiking,and a nearby Buddhist Monastery. Mungyeong hosts the pottery festival at MunGyeong SaeJae,  a restored Korean Village nestled in the hills and a location often used in movies due to its beauty and uniqueness.

A potluck at 6 pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the slide talk at 7 pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!

Location: The NCPC Educational Building located behind the North Carolina Pottery Center

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at 336-873-8430. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

Tea with Seagrove Potters – June 11th


Tea with Seagrove Potters

June 11, 9am – 5pm

Enjoy delicious treats and tea samples at Blue Hen Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, From the Ground Up Pottery, Pottery Road Studio & Gallery, and Thomas Pottery. Tea samples provided by Carriage House Tea.
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Tableware at Jugtown Pottery this Weekend

Jugtown Tableware

From Jugtown Pottery:

“This Saturday, May 21, 2016 – A special event requested by our customers. Recently, we’ve had a lot of people asking to buy individual table setting piece to create their own dinner set. We are going to have a great selection of plates, platters, serving bowls, pitchers, mugs, tumblers and lots more in a wide variety of colors, so that everyone can create their own table presentation. We don’t usually offer dinner set pieces in the shop for individual sale, so this is a special opportunity to put your own selection of pieces and glazes together. We plan to have a great variety of pots, and as always, we will still be taking orders for dinner sets or whatever pieces you desire. This looks to be a fun day at Jugtown and we are excited to see everyone this weekend! Hours-8:30-5:00”

North Carolina Pottery Center receives $95,000 grant

The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove has received a $95,000 grant over two years from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to be used as continuation funding towards the center’s artist-in-residence program and educational program manager position and for some renovations to the center’s educational building.

A private charitable foundation located in Arkansas, the Windgate Charitable Foundation is well-known for its support of institutions and programs which focus on crafts and craft education.

Increased educational activities are a noticeable and noteworthy enhancement of the center’s outreach and represent a natural growth in terms of programming that the center is able to offer to visitors of all ages, as well as other potters.

Lindsey Lambert, NCPC executive director, notes “On behalf of the North Carolina Pottery Center board and myself, I would like to express our sincere thanks to the board of the Windgate Charitable Foundation for their acknowledgment of what we are working to accomplish here at the center. This grant funding from the Windgate Charitable Foundation will allow us to maintain stability, continuity, and continued growth in terms of the center’s educational activities and direction.”

Lambert adds, “Our mission here at the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage and ongoing tradition of pottery in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, and great exhibitions, permanent and temporary. We encourage people to come visit us, learn more about this quintessential North Carolina tradition and our state’s potters past and present, and then enjoy visiting our potters across the state.”

The North Carolina Pottery Center is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. The North Carolina Pottery Center, which is a nonprofit, charges a small admission fee to help it better fulfill its mission and serve our guests.

Upcoming Events at Brightside Gallery

Entertainment by Local Folk Musician Richard Johnson May 20, 2016 5 to 8 p.m.

Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC, continues it’s “Front Porch Evening” season on May 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. with music on the front porch provided by Richard Johnson! Richard will play guitar and sing during this delightful spring evening FREE event.

You never know what you might hear on the front porch with singer-songwriter Richard Johnson, probably because what with his nearly thousand song repertoire, neither does he. Each day brings a new perspective; each song shines a different light. He’ll be joined by a few musical friends including Clay James (the Living Jukebox), Renette Cranford and Norman Gray.

Come out and enjoy a fantastic evening with this very talented local musician on our front porch!!!!


Local Author Book Signing Event Featuring Chip Womick May 20, 2016 5 to 8 p.m.

On May 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m., local author, Chip Womick, will be greeting visitors and selling copies of his new children’s book, “Mrs. McGillicutty’s Last Sunflower” at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC. Chip recently shared this about himself: I have been writing, mostly for newspapers, and mostly for The Courier-Tribune, for more than 30 years. I wrote “Remembering Randolph County: Tales from the Center of the Tar Heel State” and helped the late John Pugh Jr. with his memoirs, “What’s Next: 100 Years Of Inspired Living By A Man With An Unseen Handicap,” but have always wanted to see some of the stories I have written for children on the printed page. I hope “Mrs. McGillicutty’s Last Sunflower” is the first of many children’s picture books (as well as books in other genres) that will be published by my new publishing company, PeaceLight Press. It is available in paperback ($10.95) or hardcover ($22.95).

About the book: “Mrs. McGillicutty’s Last Sunflower” is built around a basic idea: An old woman grows too frail to plant her always-lovely flower garden. Without it, the balance in the world shifts from beauty to ugliness. What happens? This story was written many years ago and submitted to a laundry list of big-time book publishers. I still have a fistful of rejection letters. Over time, I polished and shortened the tale and held the thought in the back of my mind that I would send it on the publishing rounds again. But I never did. Eventually I decided to find an artist to illustrate it and publish it myself. It took several years to find the right one. Marina Saumell, who illustrated the book, was working as an architect when her first child was born. She opted to stay home and pursue work as a freelance artist and has illustrated some 20 books since then. Marina lives in Argentina. I found her via an online marketplace that connects freelancers from around the world with clients. I viewed hundreds of resumes before coming across hers. She captured the story perfectly with beautiful pictures.


Renowned Herbalist Henrietta Cummings is back at Brightside Gallery May 20, 2016 5 to 8 pm

Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC, is hosting the incredibly knowledgeable herbalist, Henrietta Cummings, for another visit on May 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. Henrietta will bring her tinctures and salves and make time to visit with folks who have natural remedy health questions. Working with herbs is definitely an art. Henrietta just happens to be the best at what she does! Come out to show her plenty of support!

About the artist: Henrietta Cummings is an herbalist and teacher in eastern Randolph county where she grows many of the herbs that go into her tinctures, elixirs, salves and creams. She has been studying herbs for over 30 years.


Carriage House Tea: FREE Raspberry Green Tea Tasting May 20, 2016 5 to 8 p.m.

Carriage House Tea will be holding a FREE tea tasting on May 20, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC. This tea tasting will be featuring their scrumptious Raspberry Green Tea–an exquisite tea combination from China. This is a FREE event and the public is invited. About the tea: Ooh-la-la the refreshing raspberry flavor is delicate, sweet and mouth-watering, combined with smooth green tea notes. This tea is high in antioxidants and medium in caffeine content. It makes an absolutely tremendous iced tea or a heavenly hot tea. Carriage House Tea will be serving this selection as a chilled tea.

Please join them for this tasty event!

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