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June, 2013            


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Workshop Schedule 

July Workshop!!

with Anita Ammerman
Saturday, July 27
Time TBD
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
Mystery Build Arts Challenge deadline October 20
Next Monthly Meeting -
                  June 6 at 6:45 PM

Guild Meeting and Picnic,

June 6 at 6:45 p.m. at Falling Rivers Gallery  


Don't miss our last get-together of the summer. The picnic will be held in the gallery where it is air conditioned and ant-free, however a ghost or two would be welcome.

Bobbie Listerman is making BBQ for us, and the Guild will be furnishing hot dogs, buns, and drinks. We ask you to bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share with others.

This is always a fun evening, dress casual for

a picnic.  No bikinis please!


(Guess that means you can't wear your thong, Jackie!) 


Summer Art Explosion

  Summertime will be here soon and we are getting ready for our Annual Summer Art Explosion Show at the gallery.


It's time to Summer Art Explosion 2013frame your latest masterpiece or get busy with your tools, paints and cameras to create new art to enter in the show. With four entry categories (2-D Art, 3-D Art, Unaltered Photography, and Modified Photography), the chance of winning an award is greater for all mediums.


Last year's show was the biggest and best one we've had and we'd like to match (or improve upon!) that success.


Mark your calendars - we hope to see you in July!  Click here for the prospectus and details.


Anita and Jackie

Show co-chairs


From Your President....


I guess this should be addressed from the Past President!  The Guild has made an excellent set of choices for the new officers for 2013 -14 and I hope everyone will give them as much encouragement and support as you have given me during my term.


We have so very much to be proud of and thankful for.  Taking on a retail presence, with a physical location to maintain and still keeping our identity as an Arts Guild with a mission to further Arts Education has taken everyone's involvement to stay in balance.  With growth comes growing pains, but we have thrived through it all.  None of this has been accomplished by any one person alone.  In my opinion, with guidance from our new Board, we are ready to take this team to the next level of excellence.


My personal goal is to get back involved with our workshops, presentations, and other educational activities and help the Stanly Arts Guild become a more viable presence in our community through arts education.  The fun has already begun, so come join in.


Thank you to everyone who has helped me these past two years.  Some of you have had to hold me back, more of you have had to hold me UP, and the wise ones held me accountable.  I am really excited about the coming years and look forward to having fun with you all.


With love,

Bobbie Listerman     

Featured Artist - Leslie Harrington Carter

Leslie Carter is a second generation artist, and she grew up immersed in appreciation for the visual and performing arts. She believes that "each of a person's various creative interests and talents is just one valuable facet of the whole creative soul." Although she majored in Dance Education, through teaching and choreographing she found opportunities to use her drawing skills; creating booklets to enhance the curriculum, designing costumes, and helping with set decoration. She also had on-the-job training as a graphic artist and created hand-painted panels for a company that produced French and Italian provincial furniture.


After her years teaching and performing, she turned full time to painting and discovered that over time, she had grown to connect music and dance with her paintings.  She feels that "Just as the golfer, the tennis player, and other athletes must have 'follow through,' so must the painter.  The painting is not created between the tip of the brush and the canvas. It begins in the heart and flows through the arm, hand and fingers, then through the brush and onto the silk, canvas, or paper."


Make sure to stop by the gallery to view Leslie's works!



Patricia Blake Hartley Scholarship


The Stanly Arts Guild annually awards the Patricia Blake Hartley  Art Scholarship to an aspiring young artist who is currently majoring in    a college visual arts program. The 2013 recipient of the award is
Stephanie Diane Hudson, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Tommy Hudson of Norwood.  A check for $1000 to Wingate University was presented to Stephanie by Mrs. Carole Poplin, scholarship chair, at the monthly meeting of the Stanly Arts Guild, Thursday, May 2.



A dean's list student at Wingate, Stephanie is a rising senior pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.  She is also very active in her community, being a teacher cadet for middle and high school art students while in high school. Other community activities include babysitting for foster children with the Department of Social Services, volunteering with the Pregnancy Resource Center, and she will serve as intern this summer at Falling Rivers Gallery to Mrs. Nancy Lipe, Gallery Director. In a letter of reference, a Wingate professor, Dr. Louise Napier stated the following:  "Stephanie has shown responsibility and cooperation both in class and in activities outside of class. She has strong artistic potential and will use it as she furthers her art career."


Patricia Blake Hartley, a longtime member and supporter of the Stanly Arts Guild is memorialized by the Guild, and by her family as it continues to support this worthy cause year after year. . 



Agri-Civic Center in June
Pete Brown

Harrisburg artist Pete Brown is returning to the Stanly Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle, NC for the month of June with a new exhibit entitled "Transitions".  Brown is an oil painter who paints on the "edge of reality".


"The Point" 

He recently completed an Artist in Residence program at Braitman Studios in Charlotte where he has studied for the past four years. This series is inspired by the transition in his painting style and a fresh look at his older works. The exhibit is sponsored by the Stanly Arts Guild.


"The Stanly Arts Guild makes art accessible to Stanly county and surrounding areas through their vast pool of talented artists", said Brown. "I was honored to be invited back for this show."


Brown is a full time artist and teacher since retiring four years ago. 


Mr. Brown's painting "Baywatch" won first place in the 2011 Ellen Cook Gaskin memorial juried art show "Nature At Its Best", sponsored by Stanly Arts Guild.


Pete and his wife Carol live in Harrisburg, NC.  His studio at 21 Union Gallery in Concord is open to the public. His website is: www.petebrownart.com


For further information contact:

Anita Ammeran, Exhibits Chair, Stanly Arts Guild   ammeran@ctc.net

Pete Brown - 704-953-4304 - pete@petebrownart.com 


Gallery News

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Many thanks to those of you who supported our two big events in May, CashMob Albemarle and the Small Business of the Year Luncheon.  Even though we did not win the Award this year it is encouraging that the Chamber committee recognized our unique business model and as a small business success in this community and included us with some very successful businesses.  We did receive a promotional video for the effort.
Stanly County 2013 Small Business of the Year Nominee: Falling Rivers Gallery
Falling Rivers Gallery
It will be on our website soon.

We have modified our approach to our Spring show, "Hot Designs Cool Ideas", due to a small number of vendors participating.  Instead of a large event it has become a smaller venue for several vendors that were willing to participate with limited advertising.  What each member can do to help is to talk up the "mini show" to their friends and bring them into the gallery.  The show has great fiber creations, "shabby chic" creativity, and other items that we are sure you will enjoy.  Whether it is an art show, CashMob, Holiday Show, or even a fashion show, we expose the community to the wonderful art available and increase the success of our members and the viability of this business.
Always support these events as the Gallery financial success is what sustains this facility and ensures that we have this home of the Stanly Arts Guild in the future.  Whether it is your volunteer time, shopping dollars, or simply sharing an event with others on social media or a phone call, your assistance is critical to our future.



Member News

  • Karen Lowder has been involved in a project that resulted in a printed book. "Hilary's Stories" was written by Thomas Dove of Austria and illustrated by his sister, Pauline Dove Lamal of Charlotte. Karen was responsible for the compilation of the text, scanning and adjusting the illustrations, and layout of the book. "Hilary's Stories" is a book of stories Dave created to tell his daughter during their long trips around the world
  • Reda Icenhour won first place in the "Past" category in the Cabarrus Seniors Photo Club.   
  • Jackie Smith will be graduating June 11 from Stanly Community College with a Certification in Photography
  • Several Guild members took home awards at the Uwharrie Silver Arts competition. Susan Lackey received blue ribbons for her jewelry and water color entries, Jackie Layman received blue ribbons for her stained glass lamp shade and alcohol ink painting, and Vickie Galloway received a blue ribbon for her painted bee hive box. Kudos to these members for an outstanding showing!
  • Annette and Bryan Lowder of Lowder Pottery will be attending the Piedmont Pottery Festival on June 1 in Eden, NC.
  • Nancy and Ed Lipe will once again host their annual Studio Home Sale on Saturday, June 1st from 10 AM to 4 PM.  This is an excellent opportunity for bargain hunters as she will have the famous $8 table and many discounts of discontinued styles.  Call Nancy if you need directions


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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