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February, 2013            


workshops at the art center
Workshop Schedule 
"Classy Lady" Ceramic Pins
February 16, 10:00 - 1:00 
For ages 12 and up 
Cost $25 
Instructor: Mary Ann Gantt

Batik Painting
February 23, 10:00 - 2:00 
Cost: $35 
Instructor: Anna Walker

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
1:00-3:00 PM
$15 Per Class
Prior Experience Necessary
Instructor:Vicki Galloway
Bring something to paint on

 Pre-registration and payment is required for all classes  


For more information call

Falling Rivers Gallery


Artist Opportunities
Monthly Meeting - February 7 at 6:45 PM

Our monthly SAG meeting, Thursday, February 7 will be another "don't miss" event for all of you looking for more information about using social media. Katie McCree, a fabric designer from our area will be discussing the wildly popular website, Pinterest!!! Don't miss this event!

Agri-Civic Center in January
Barry Moore is a digital artist who transforms photographs into art. Growing up in a family of visual artists - his mother is a painter and his father was an award winning news photographer - he developed an appreciation for the impact of the visual arts, pursuing both painting and photography as hobbies. He is primarily self-taught in both traditional and digital mediums. Moore has worked with such organizations as the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Piedmont Dance Theatre, Cannon Foundation, UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Oakboro Regional Museum of History, and the Kannapolis Historical Society. 
Barry Moore 
Today, Moore's company, RBS Productions, offers services related to photographic restoration and the transforming of photographs into art.  

His current exhibit at Stanly County Agra-civic Center is entitled "All Digital". Everything behind the glass, including the mat, is digital, " says Moore. The exhibit is a mix of digital restoration and art. He paints with a digital paint brush and palette. "It's just like painting with paint and a brush, except I don't have to clean up," he remarked. The exibit runs for the month of February. Additional pieces will also be on display at the Falling Rivers Gallery in Albemarle. For more on Moore's art, see www.rbsdigitalart.com.

From Your President....

I hope everyone has rested from the holidays and is ready to be energized for the 2013. The Guild and Falling Rivers Gallery has a ton of activities planned already for this year, starting with the FROM THE HEART jewelry show beginning February 1. We are also very fortunate to have the Gaskin Family again sponsoring the Nature At It's Best show this spring so everyone get those new creations finished and be ready to participate in this event. The list of activities is growing, so keep up with us through the newsletter and on Facebook.

Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, February 23 for the Stanly Arts Council Annual Fund raiser. This organization supports all of the Arts in Stanly County and their fund raiser (really a FUN raiser) is a great night of entertainment from local talent with a great meal! The Council is also holding a silent auction at this event and is asking local artists for donations. Get creative and whether you donate a piece of your work, or donate a one on one teaching session using your talents, it will all go to support the organization that supports us. You can drop off your donations at Falling Rivers Gallery or the Arts Council Office at the Agri-Civic center. You can also pick up your tickets at the Gallery. I am looking for volunteers to help with the SAG display and presentation the evening of the 23rd. Any volunteers will have a seat at the meal and the festivities that evening.


Remember that our Guild Election of Officers will take place in April. We are always in need of your time and talents so please consider putting your name on the ballot. All elected positions are available for your consideration. Though I have enjoyed my tenure as President of this group, I will not be in the running for another term. The Stanly Arts Guild is a vital, growing organization and I promise you will be energized and inspired even more by joining our Board. If you have questions or would like to submit your name for election, please contact any Board member.


I look forward to seeing you all on February 7. Remember that our meetings are open to the public, so bring a friend!!



Bobbie Listerman

Patricia Blake Hartley Scholarship

It's time once again for students from Stanly county that are pursuing an arts degree in college to apply for the annual scholarship sponsored by the Hartley family.  The scholarship amount this year is $1000 and applications can be picked up at the gallery.  The deadline for application and artwork submissions is April 30.  More details in next month's newsletter and soon on the Stanly Arts Guild website.

From the Heart Show has Openned!

Theresa Mauldin is the chair for our jewelry show that will run from February 1 - 16 in the Gallery.  This year's theme will be "From the Heart - Gifts for Her" and the products have expanded to include jewelry, wearable art, and accessories for women.  Art of the Vine has rescheduled to Thursday, February 14th with a couple themed event.  

Gallery News

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On January 14th, we once again had a "quarterly" gallery members meeting.  As usual, attendance was not sufficient to decide some important issues such as hours of operation, gallery layout and potential events.  Our next meeting is scheduled for April 8th.  Please plan to attend and help us make the best decisions for this Gallery.  We need your ideas and assistance to increase our success.

  1. Ed and Nancy Lipe  have staffing again for February. Jackie Layman will be responsible for staffing in March. Please sign up as soon as possible.  As was discussed at the meeting, two shifts a month is insufficient to maintain our store hours given how many members we currently have.  We rely on our awesome volunteers to fill in many gaps but if you can sign up for a third shift in a month that would help tremendously and reduce the burden on all of us.
  2. One item brought up at the meeting was the need to have your business cards available for purchasers of your work.  I have set up a card box at the front counter to store everyone's business cards.  Many of you do not seem to have cards printed.  They are cheap and easy to do on VistaPrint.com or even at our local printers OfficeMax or Albemarle Printers.  Please get your own business cards.  If you need help with design or logistics contact me or anyone who has completed this task.
  3. The Winter Wine Festival will once again be held in downtown Albemarle on February 23rd.  As a member of the ADDC board I have been asked to sell tickets. Tickets will be available at the front desk for $20/each.  We can make change but all moneys should be kept separately.  Checks should be made payable to ADDC.  Thanks for helping me sell tickets. We will also have a booth again this year.  I already have many volunteers who have expressed an interest in selling at the Wine Festival (more than our booth can handle, I'm afraid).  If we can fit you in (I expect 10 artists total), The Gallery will invoice you $10 to cover the cost of the booth.  In addition, ADDC needs volunteers to put this event on so if you can help out, contact Victoria at (704) 984-9415.
  4. I am seeking hosts for Art of the Vine for April, May and June.  If you have an idea and would like to host please contact me as soon as possible.  Art of the Vine will be held on April 18, May 16, and June 20 from 5:30-7:30 and you will be compensated for your time and talents.

Thank you to all the members and volunteers who have continued to put forth the extra effort each month to keep the doors open and make the Gallery look great!




Featured Artists


Dwight Dennis is the featured artist in the gallery through February 18th. Stop by and see Dwight's nature-inspired photography. Dwight's ancestry stems from Stanly County, and he has an interest in learning about the history of the region. His knowledge of Stanly County has deepened his love and respect for the area, and he uses photography as an outlet to express the connection he feels. He sees his photography as a natural way of sharing this connection with others.

Nature at Its Best - Call for Artists

This is the time to show off your art! Get your creative mind working and join this beautiful show. All entries must include art that reflects a theme from nature; fish, feather, fur, field, forest, or flowers.

The Fifth Annual Ellen Cook Gaskin Memorial Art Show
March 12 - April 6
Delivery dates at falling Rivers Gallery: Friday, March 8, 12:00 - 5:00 PM and Saturday, March 9, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

First place:  $500
Second place:  $300
Third place:  $200
Honorable Mentions:  $50  (4)

For questions about the show, contact Anita Ammerman or Jackie Layman.

Member News

  1. Vicki Galloway is planning a chair painting class using her One Stroke techniques.  There is no date set yet but if you are interested, be on the look out for a chair to paint.  You can find then at yard sales, consignment stores, or your own basement or attic.  You chair must be cleaned and have a base coat of paint when you bring it to the class to apply One Stroke designs.  The class will be an all day Saturday class with a break, 6 or 7 hours.  She will price the class for participants that bring their own paints and brushes and for those that would like to use Vicki's paints and brushes.
  2. Millie Campbell would like to alert guild members about free heart health awareness event.   Feb. 25 there is a lunch and learn in the Magnolia Room at Stanly Memorial Hospital at 12 noon - 1:30 PM.  There is no cost but a reservation is required.  The speaker will focus on women's heart health.  Lunch is heart healthy.  Contact Millie if you are interested. 


2011-2012 Guild Officers

Bobbie Listerman, President; Millie Campbell, Vice President;

Susan Lackey, Recording Secretary; Reda Icenhour, Corresponding Secretary; Pat Mitchell, Treasurer; Nancy Lipe, Gallery Director; Jackie Layman, Member-at-Large; Carole Poplin, Past President; Community Liaison, Vicki Coggins; Public Arts Coordinator, Anita Ammerman;

Workshop Chair, Anna Walker

  NC Arts Council
The Stanly Arts Guild is sponsored in part by the Albemarle Improvement LLC, the Stanly County Arts Council, and receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

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