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May, 2013            


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Workshop Schedule 

May Workshops 

Clay Face Jugs
with Teresa Hunsucker 
May 4

Polymer Clay 
with Bobbie Listerman
May 25

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
1:00-3:00 PM
$15 Per Class

No 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
American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibit in Mooresville, NC May 4 - June 9: Details
TAG Art Show
 deadline May 31
Mystery Build Arts Challenge deadline October 20
Next Monthly Meeting -
                 May 2 at 6:45 PM

Guild Meeting and ELECTION OF OFFICERS - May 2, 6:45 p.m. at Falling Rivers Gallery.


Please plan to attend the Stanly Arts Guild monthly meeting Thursday, May 2!  This is the time for every Guild member to exercise their vote and select our next Board of Directors.  As the Guild has grown, the responsibilities of the SAG Board have increased as well.  We have a larger community presence, engage in many more activities, and have a larger budget than ever before.  The slate of officers presented at last month's meeting is loaded with the talent. We need to keep moving forward but we can only do that with your approval.  Please come and cast your vote.


Also at Thursday's meeting, we will have a lively presentation by Teresa Hunsucker.Teresa and her husband Ken are potters located in Badin, N.C. who specialize in stoneware and functional and decorative pottery.  Teresa will be demonstrating her technique for creating pottery Face Jugs.  Face jugs have a long and colorful history and every potter who has ever created them has a unique style and story to explain this expressive decoration.  Come and get inspired to sign up for Teresa's upcoming Face Jug Workshop where you will make your own piece of face jug history.


Looking forward to seeing you, Thursday, May 2, 6:45 PM at Falling Rivers Gallery!


Election of Officers

Stanly Arts Guild

Elections of Board of Directors


The following are candidates presented for election to the Board of Directors by the current Board.

President:                                Susan Lackey

Vice President:                       Millie Campbell

Secretary:                                Jackie Smith

Treasurer:                                 Lorrie Hatley

Corresponding Secretary:      Judith Williams

Member At Large:                   Jackie Layman



Elections will take place at the May meeting and the new board takes office at the June meeting. 


From Your President....


 There is so much good information in this month's newsletter, I will be brief and let you get to the good stuff.


I have had a blast as your President for these last two years, but it is time for me to get back to playing in the mud and making some new work!  I am amazed daily at what the Stanly Arts Guild members are capable of and the ever increasing support they are giving to the Arts in our community.  The new slate of officers that will be up for your vote at this Thursday's meeting includes a group that have the talent, drive and vision to keep us growing.  Please continue to give them help when they need it, a pat on the back when they deserve it and guidance with your ideas and suggestions.  Thank you for giving me this opportunity.  See you at the Gallery!!



Bobbie Listerman

Featured Artist - David Arey, Jr


David Arey, Jr. is a self-taught woodworking artist who was inspired to begin his work in 2000 while browsing through a book depicting hand carved spoons. His first project was a small ladle, and, after that piece turned out well, he says that he was hooked.  David says that he enjoys taking a gnarled, unattractive stump and revealing the beautiful designs hidden within it.  


Much of his work has not only an artistic impact, but also a practical application as evidenced by his bowls, spoons, pie servers, and baby rattles. He has had his art honored in a number of local art shows including Falling Rivers Gallery Members Art Show, Anson County Bluebird Competition, and the Stanly County Fair.


Agri-Civic Center in May
Paula Montgomery
The work of artist, Paula Montgomery, will be displayed at the Agri-CivicCenter during the month of May.  The show is sponsored by the Stanly Arts Guild.

Painting is Paula's passion.  Her head is always filled with images and ideas for the ever elusive masterpiece.  She took a detour from art for 20 years while working for the Central Intelligence Agency in Northern Virginia.  Since her early retirement in 1993, she has pursued a self-directed education in art by enrolling in classes and workshops, visiting museums, reading art books, and most importantly, painting a lot.  She has copied works by Vermeer, Renoir, Monet, Whistler, and Sargent in hopes that some of their brilliance might find its way into her work.


While on her artistic journey, Paula discovered that she likes to paint flowers, people, and dogs and cats.  She works in oil, acrylic, and pastel in a representational/impressionistic style.  She is also a colorist who likes to use bold color passages balanced by neutrals.


In 2006, Paula was commissioned to create a 5x7 foot mural for the historic Pine Knoll building in Southern Pines, NC.  In 2010, she painted two, 7x8 foot murals for the Fin Restaurant at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.  And in 2012, she created 7 large murals for the El Vaquero Restaurant in Southern Pines.


Paula, a resident of Pinehurst, NC, has participated in the last two summer shows held at the Falling Rivers Gallery, where she won First Place honors in the 2012 painting category.


"It takes a lot of discipline and perseverance to stay on the artistic path," says Paula.  "I have worked hard to improve my drawing skills, harmonize colors, employ eye-catching designs, and search for my own style.  I don't always get it right, but I am still passionate about creating work that reflects the beauty that surrounds us all."


More of Paula's work can be seen at www.pmontyart.com.  

Smith Splash
The Stanly Arts Guild would like to thank all of the artists that contributed pieces to Smith Splash.  The Guild and Falling Rivers Gallery have supported this wonderful event in Stanly County for the past several years. After the tragic drowning of a precious 6 year old child, Smith Splash came into being. This is an event that raises funds to teach swimming to every school age child in our county. Our donations will be put together a basket representing the Guild and raffled to raise funds for this worthy event. Smith Splash will be held on May 4th at the Stanly YMCA.  We encourage you to attend and look for our basket!
Art Explosion

 The dates for this Summer's Art Explosion Show are July 16 thru Aug. 9th. We don't have a lot of detail yet, but a Prospectus is coming soon. Look for it on the website or in June's newsletter.  

Gallery News

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The Gallery was named as a finalist for Small Business of the Year by the Stanly Chamber of Commerce and Stanly Community College.  The other finalists are Bushwhackers Landscaping, Tarheel Motors, and Seven Oaks Doors and Hardware.  The award ceremony will be held on May 13th at 12 PM at Stanly Regional Medical Center.  Guild members are encouraged to attend.  The buffet lunch is $15/person and reservations can be made by calling the Chamber at 704-982-8116.
I am also happy to announce that the Gallery will host an intern from Wingate University during the summer break.  Stephanie Hudson is an art student and will be helping with the Spring show and the Pottery Festival while assisting in our staffing needs.
The Albemarle Downtown Business Association has started a new promotion that is a phenomenon in many communities where citizens want to show their support for local businesses.  The events are called Cash Mobs. The concept is simple;  armed with $20 in their pocket, enthusiastic shoppers and supporters show up at a designated spot and "mob" a worthy local business with the intention of making a direct, immediate positive economic impact on that business by shopping.  The first such event in downtown Albemarle will be May 9th at 5pm.  Falling Rivers Gallery will be the target store!  We will be giving away a gift certificate as a promotion and participants can receive discounts at area eateries during the event.  Gallery members are stocking their areas with products in that price range with some offering discounts during the event.  As this is the first of it's kind, we really want to have outstanding turnout and participation to create momentum for future Cash Mobs and other local businesses.  We know that you show your support often, but I want to encourage you to make a special effort to participate in this first Cash Mob at Falling Rivers Gallery.



Hot Ideas and Cool Designs

The Falling Rivers Gallery will be hosting a Spring retail show for visiting and member artists and crafters called "Hot Ideas and Cool Designs:  New Concepts for Home and Garden".  The concept is to have 10-15 booths with products targeted at gifting, interior decorating, and landscape decorating. We want to encourage you to showcase your best creations for gift giving and decorating in homes,  gardens and wherever people are looking to add a creative touch.  We are looking for your creative concepts that add sparkle and chill to everyday life.  Booths will be larger than in the past (about the size of a 6 foot table) and once again, Guild members will receive a discount on booth fees and commission rate. The show will run from May 24th through June 22nd with set up scheduled on May 23rd. Sign up today to participate.  For questions and ideas contact our show chair Katie McCree.
North Stanly Middle School Art Show
NSMS Poster
The Stanly Arts Guild will once again host the North Stanly Middle School Student Art Show.   Thanks again to their instructor and long time guild member Tammy Palmer, we have the privilege of having this remarkable student work in our midst from May 2nd through May 10th. 

The judge for this show will be Josh Cross, art instructor at Pfeiffer University.  Both 2D and 3D work will be on display.  There will be a reception on May 7th at 5:30 PM and guild members are encouraged to stop in and meet these budding artists.

Member News

Nancy Lipe and Judy Abdelaziz will be participating again this year in the Carolina Clay Matters Guild Spring Pottery Festival on May 11th at McAlpine Business Park, 8300 Monroe Rd. in Charlotte, NC.  The event runs from 10 AM to 4 PM and is free to the public.
Anita Ammerman and Bobbie Listerman will be participating in the Visual Art & Wine Festival at Morgan Ridge Vineyards on Saturday, May 11 from 11 AM until 7 PM in the Pavillion. This event is being created to link arts and culture with wine and agriculture and to promote tourism into Eastern Rowan County.
Karen Lowder recently attended Touchstone Center for Crafts in southern Pennsylvania where she took a three day class in Sumi brush painting (Chinese brush painting). Touchstone is an old Boy Scout camp that is now a center for crafts, similar to the John Campbell school in western North Carolina.  
Nancy Abernathy has a Professional oval/circle mat cutter for sale. It is bigger than she needs but is a nice tool for someone that needs one.  This is a professional model and she would like to sell it to the guild or one of the members for their use. She has the instruction book as well.  Email Nancy if you are interested or want additional information at: nancyabernathy@windstream.net


2012-2013 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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