Cousins in Clay June 4th & 5th

6633_samantha_Henneke_accJune 4-5, 2016: 8th annual “Cousins in Clay”: A show and sale of Contemporary Ceramic Art at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, NC.  Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke will host pottery artists Michael Kline, Julia Galloway, Tara Wilson, and Dug Stanat.  During Saturday, Chronis Pou Vasiliou of Greensboro will fill the air with his enchanting Greek Bouzouki music. Julia Galloway and Tara Wilson will present a pottery demonstration on Saturday at 3:00pm. Enjoy music and conversation at the annual potters’ potluck on Sunday at noon, all are welcome to bring a dish and share. On Sunday at 1:30 Dug Stanat will present a pottery demonstration.  This special two-day event is a wonderful time to meet the potters, ask questions, and add to your pottery collection or begin one. More information at , e-mail or call Bruce or Samantha at 336-302-3469 or 910-428-9728. Bulldog Pottery is located at 3306 US Hwy 220 Alt., 5 miles south of Seagrove — look for the blue water tower beside their driveway.

‘Star Wars’ themed trivia night to support Randolph Library Friends

ASHEBORO – The Friends of the Randolph County Public Library are bringing back their fun and successful trivia night fundraiser, this time with a Star Wars twist.

“Spring Fling in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” will take place from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, May 20, at AVS Catering & Banquet Center in  Asheboro. The public is invited.

Tickets, which include dinner and the trivia contest, are $50 per person and are available at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street. Proceeds go to support Friends programs, including author appearances, musical performances and enrichment activities for children, teens and adults.

During the friendly competition, participants will answer three rounds of trivia questions in teams of four, with some questions focusing on the Star Wars saga. Participants may sign up in groups of four as teams, or join a team on arrival. Prizes and bragging rights will be offered.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available; contact George Taylor, 336-318-6814, for further information.

RSVP Announces Auditions For Once Upon A Mattress

RSVP Community Theatre announces auditions for Once Upon a Mattress on Saturday, May 21, from 10 am to 12 noon and Monday, May 23, from 7 to 9 pm upstairs at the Moring Arts Center, 123 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro NC  27203.  Auditions are for high school age and up.  Jim Shover will be Artistic Director and Choreographer.  Kathleen Gee will be Music Director.  Performances will take place at the Sunset Theatre July 22-24 and 29-31.

To audition:  Prepare a 16 bar song, preferably not from the show. Bring sheet music for the accompanist or CD and player for recorded accompaniment.  Come dressed comfortably for a dance/movement exercise. You will be asked to read from the script.  Some improvisation may be required.  A conflict calendar is a part of the registration process with the proviso that schedule conflicts affect casting.

Once Upon a Mattress is the show that brought Carol Burnett to the forefront in 1959.  It is an adult (PG) telling of the Princess and the Pea.  Characters (with vocal ranges) include:  Princess Winnifred the Woebegone (mezzo-soprano), Prince Dauntless (baritone), Queen Aggravain (alto), Jester (tenor), Minstrel (tenor), King Sextimus the Silent (non-speaking), Lady Larkin (soprano), Wizard (baritone), Sir Harry (tenor), and a host of ladies-in-waiting, knights, soldiers, servants, etc.

Cursed King Sextimus cannot speak; Queen Aggravain has wrested control of the kingdom from him.  She wants to keep Dauntless single.  Only a princess that can pass a certain test may marry him.  And until he marries, no one else may marry.  Sir Harry, who wants to marry Lady Larkin, is able find an available princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, whom Dauntless likes very much.  Winnifred is able to pass the queen’s sensitivity test and, in short order, Dauntless and the Princess marry, the curse on Sextimus is broken, and Aggravain is prevented from further mischief.  All is now well.

Music for the show was written by Mary Rodgers, daughter of Richard Rogers.  The book was written by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer with lyrics by Marshall Barer.  The show opened Off-Broadway, then moved to Broadway.  It has been staged internationally with a Broadway revival in 1996 starring Sarah Jessica Parker.  Once Upon a Mattress is a jolly romp of song, dance, comedy, and spectacle which will be fun to work on and fun to see.

Questions?  Call 336-736-3120 for information.  To learn more about RSVP Community Theatre visit online or, on Facebook, at RSVP Theatre.

Orchid Workshop at the NC Pottery Center

Warner HydeOn Saturday, May 21st, grow your ‘Flower Power’ with an orchid extravaganza at the North Carolina Pottery Center! Learn the basics of caring for and presenting orchids, as well as how color, symmetry, and form affect the desirability of different species. Participants will also learn about the correct containers for orchids and create a slab-built orchid pot!

Meredith College professor of ceramics and orchid specialist Warner Hyde will share his extensive knowledge as the workshop presenter. Warner has served as a judge for the American Orchid Society and has over a decade of experience caring for and propagating orchids. He will have a variety of cuttings on display for participants to examine.

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.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the North Carolina Pottery Center’s current exhibition, “Flower Power: Pottery and Plants”. Flower Power runs through July 2, 2016.

NCPC Announces Spring Classes

The North Carolina Pottery Center is pleased to present a series of Spring Saturday classes. The classes will be facilitated by Emily Lassiter, Educational Program Manager.

Saturday Classes for Kids: Animal Magnet Menagerie

May 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

$ 8 NCPC Members | $ 10 Non-members

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! We’ll choose from over 50 (!) animal shapes to create a colorful menagerie for your refrigerator, filing cabinet, or other metal surface. Each participant will cut, carve and decorate 5 animals each.

Limited to 10 participants. All materials included. Kids of all ages are welcome in this program!

Kids must be registered and paid for in advance. You can register your child by calling 336-873-8430 or emailing!

All classes held in the Education Building at the North Carolina Pottery Center

233 East Avenue | Seagrove, NC 27341

Upcoming Events at Brightside Gallery

Creative Panda Trunk Show Featuring Shonda Proffit at Brightside Gallery May 7, 2016 11 am to 4 pm

Join Shonda Proffit on the front porch of Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7. Shonda’s artist name is “The Creative Panda” and she specializes in making gift baskets, all natural body scrubs and body oils, crocheted dish cloths and floral arrangements.

Shonda is a stay at home wife and aunt. She is very passionate about caring for babies and children. Over the last fifteen years, she has welcomed 14 babies into her home. Shonda’s other passion is creating and designing. Her dream has always been to start her own business.

This is a perfect shopping opportunity for special ready-to-give Mother’s Day gifts, as well as supporting a local artist!

Local Author Book Signing Featuring Bette Burgess May 7, 2016 11 am to 4 pm

On May 7 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Elizabeth Burgess will greet visitors on the porch of Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth Street, Asheboro, NC. She will be selling and signing copies of her poetry anthology, “Meadow Keep, A Celebration of the History, Folklore and Superstitions of Herbs.” North Carolina Poet Laureate, Dr. Shelby Stephenson, introduced “Meadow Keep” at the Asheboro Rotery Club several months ago. The collection celebrates the history, folklore and superstitions about herbs. It is a journey into the world of herbs that have delighted mankind for centuries.

She will also bring along her three southern novellas, “Prison Camp Road”, “ A Day in Cascilla”, and “The Twins Café”, as well as her children’s book, “Jodi and the Backyard Bullies.” Burgess will also be selling her own handmade pottery wall pockets and small pottery bowls. She is a retired teacher and writing and pottery are her favorite hobbies.

This is a perfect shopping opportunity for a special Mother’s Day gift, as well as supporting a local author!

Nature Inspired Exhibit – Gore, Greer, Barney – Moore County

The Arts Council of Moore County’s May Gallery Show features Beth Gore’s pottery creations, oil pastels by Ellen Greer and paintings and stained glass works by Amy Keith Barney.  The three artists will fill the galleries with color, texture, pattern and whimsy.Nature_Inspired_Back Nature-Inspired

GSO Curb Market – MADE 4 Market Spring Arts, Crafts, & Pottery Show

Greensboro, NC – MADE 4 Market is scheduled for Sunday May 1st at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, 501 Yanceyville St., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. MADE 4 Market is an all local, NC made arts, crafts, & pottery show that showcases close to 100 artists every spring and fall.  The artists bring a variety of handcrafted jewelry, pottery, wood, fiber art, fine art, packaged artisan foods, and so much more!  It’s a perfect market for gifts – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, wedding gifts, or birthday.

Customers will be able to choose from a wide variety of mediums that include edible gifts by Fudge A Little, gifts from Silo Knoll Pottery, hand crafted skin care products, or lawn art.   There is something for everyone.

“The market offers a chance to discover emerging artisans and shop for fresh work from their favorite returning artist,” Lee Mortensen, Executive Director. Porterhouse Food Truck and Zeko’s 2 Go will be on site for the event serving up lunch and dinner.  Patrons can enjoy picnic style seating while they enjoy this locally prepared food.

Julien McCarthy, The Ol’ Folkie, will be performing live from 11 am – 2 pm.  Julien will take you back with the tunes originally performed by Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, and Neil Young.

MADE 4 Market helps keep our dollars in our community and supports talented North Carolina artists.

The Market is an indoor facility with free admission, WiFi, and plenty of free parking as well as an ATM on site.

NCPC – Clay Talks! with Matt Jones – May 5, 2016


Join us on Thursday, May 5th, at 6:00 pm for a slide talk by Matt Jones, a potter based in Leicester, NC, and a participant in NCPC’s current exhibition, “Flower Power: Pottery and Plants.”

Matt was born in Minnesota but raised in Wilmington, NC, and Charleston, SC. After taking a pottery class in college, he opted to become an art major; after graduation, he served as an apprentice to Todd Piker in Cornwall, CT, and Mark Hewitt in Pittsboro, NC. In 1998, Matt built his pottery and kilns in Leicester’s Big Sandy Mush Valley and has been continuously producing work since then. He has several pieces in the Mint Museum’s permanent collection and has participated in shows and exhibitions throughout North Carolina.

“All potters struggle to find a balance between form and function, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Pottery can be a full education. From aesthetics to geology, history, anthropology and philosophy, pottery can lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.,” Matt says. “I am proud to make strong, functional wares out of locally dug clay, walking the tightrope between our cultural past and twenty-first-century tastes. I mine and process most of my own glaze materials and borrow aesthetic concepts and techniques from around the world. My best work is simultaneously humble and dynamic.”

Matt’s slide talk will focus on his work, process, and inspiration. 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 NC Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341.

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.

Call to Artists – Artspace – FRESH


FRESH is an exhibition of new works by North Carolina artists. But with a creative twist! All submitted artwork will be on display and available for sale during the FRESH Preview May 19-30. The final juried exhibition opens June 3 and runs through June 24.

Two events held before the jurying process allow visitors to view all the artwork entered into the exhibition before the jurying takes place. All entered artwork will be available for sale during these events even if it is not selected for the final exhibition.

Exhibition proceeds support the Artspace Inspiration Fund, nurturing the next generation of visual artists.

Open to NC artists, 18+. All media. Must be new work, less than 2 years old, limited in size to a max of 36″ wide and 48″ high and available for purchase. Artists may submit one piece. Artists will receive 50% commission of sales. Artists may choose to designate all or a portion of art sales to Artspace for a tax-deductible donation.

Applications and work due May 2. Submission fees: $15 for members, $25 for non-members.

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