BCAC seeking artists for 2008 Fine Arts Show

Published 12:48 am Friday, September 26, 2008

By Staff
Annual event will be held next month
Lifestyles &Features Editor
Area artists are invited to enter their work in the Beaufort County Arts Council’s 44th annual Fine Arts Show, scheduled for next month.
While early shows took place outside along Stewart Parkway, the event is now held at the Washington Civic Center. The show is open to the public Oct. 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pieces are being accepted in four categories — watercolors, oils and acrylics, graphics/open mixed and three-dimensional — and all work entered must be for sale, according to Toler. The fee is $20 for one or two entries and $7.50 each for up to four entries.
Artists can enter their work at the civic center on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A show prospectus with guidelines is available online at www.beaufortcountyartscouncil.org.
In the past, the Fine Arts Show has drawn up to 500 entries, according to Toler.
Over $3,900 in awards will be presented this year. The juror for the show is Tom Grubb, executive director of the Fayetteville Museum of Art.
Grubb received his MFA from East Carolina University and he’s worked in the public schools, both as an art teacher and a visiting artist through the N.C. Visiting Artist Program. In 1987 he received the coveted N.C. Visual Artist Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council for his work in the arts.
In 2003, Grubb received a project grant for his sculpture work from the National Endowment of the Arts. He has been executive director of the Fayetteville museum since 1990.
Grubb will offer a critique of the show on Oct. 24 beginning at 5 p.m. The critique is open to the public as well as participating artists, according to Toler.
Those entered in the show are eligible for first, second, third and honorable mention in each category. Cash awards of $150 for first place and $75 for second place are presented.
In addition, 12 other awards are presented. Those include the Frances M. and William R. Roberson Jr. Best in Show Award of $500, Richard W. Tripp Best Watercolor Landscape of $300, East Carolina Wildfowl Guild Award of $150, Margaret Hodges Hackney Award of $200 for Best Beaufort County Entry, Pamlico-Tar River Foundation Award of $75, Young Ones Floral Award of $100, Irene Glover Forbes Pottery Award of $50, Garden World Award of $100 given by the Washington Garden Club, Franke Rumley Textile Award of $100, People First Award given by Louise and Harold Lane and the Mark and Suzette Bardill Purchase Award of $1,000.
This year’s event will not include a category for photography, according to Toler. Due to the popularity of that category, the arts council decided earlier this year to host a Juried Photography Show separate from the Fine Arts Show. The 2009 photography show is planned for July 9 through Aug. 2.
The Fine Arts Show is presented with support from PCS Phosphate and in cooperation with the City of Washington and Washington Tourism Development Authority. For more information, call (252) 946-2504 or email beaufortcountyarts@embarq.com.
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Fine Arts Show Calendar of Events
Sunday, Oct. 19
Entries accepted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Washington Civic Center
Monday, Oct. 20
Judging of Fine Arts Show
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Juried artists are notified by phone or email regarding award selections
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Guaranteed Sales Program for preregistered patrons, 7 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Preview Party for BCAC members, artists and guests hosted by PCS Phosphate, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 23-25
Fine Arts Show open free to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24
Fine Arts Show critique by juror Tom Grubb, open and free to the public, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Artist check-out for non-juried work and purchaser pick-up for non-juried sales, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 through Dec.19
43rd Annual Fine Arts Show Award selections on exhibit in the Washington Civic Center