Shop local art for the holidays at GreenHill’s Winter Show
By: Terry Rader
GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, 200 N. Davie St. in Greensboro, is buzzing with events this holiday season. From early December through mid-January, the 2018 Winter Show has over 30 dates, and it is all about North Carolina art. The 2018 Winter Show will encompass 102 North Carolina artists with over 500 pieces of art on sale in time for the holiday shopping season. There will be paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, as well as fiber, glass, and wood works. Attendees can enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies while learning about the favorite artists from Weaver Academy and Grimsley High School students.
Kicking off on Dec. 1, the Collector’s Choice Holiday Fundraiser allows participants to meet the artists and purchase art before the official opening of the show while enjoying food and wine. On Dec. 2 at the Winter Show public opening, director of communications and operations Lauren Davis Gordon said everyone is welcome to come view and support North Carolina artists.
Gordon said with “First Choice,” which is an exclusive opportunity offered before the Winter Show’s opening date, anyone can buy art credits online (starting from $500) and have the first look at the art on Nov. 28. These credits may also be used toward the purchase of any art at GreenHill’s gallery or shop throughout the year.
Holiday gifts start at $10 with tax-free savings for all art purchased during opening weekend. In addition to the art exhibited, GreenHill partnered with The Forge to make a North Carolina template cut that they now use to create honor cards in-house, which are sold in packs of five for $20 and were also designed as ornaments.
“We incorporate as many artists as possible to display the best North Carolina art,” Gordon said. “This includes accomplished singer-songwriters who receive a stipend for performing at First Fridays and gallery openings.”
Edie Carpenter, director, curatorial and artistic programs shared that, “the success of our Winter Show is measured not only in terms of sales but also by the exhibition’s ability to promote an awareness of the quality of work being produced by North Carolina artists.”
Carpenter said this year’s exhibition includes “exciting new talents and well-known artists who continue to evolve in their creative practice.” Carpenter said the concentration of talent makes the show unique.
“Visitors can see works by Steven Forges-de-Soule produced in his mountain studio perched above the Blue Ridge Parkway and coastal views by Donna Lee Nyzio from New Bern,” Carpenter said, “See functional pieces for the home with influences from Appalachia to Scandinavia and Japan by Philip Fuentes. Fuentes is a furniture maker and woodturner who produces his hand-carved and forged cutlery and wooden cooking implements at his Lyndon Street studio, here in Greensboro. It is a show that must be visited before the early pick-up of sold works.”
All North Carolina artists are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Winter Show, and Carpenter invites artists to return as well as inviting new emerging artists to apply online. (Carpenter said even if they are not selected for the Winter Show, they might be a good fit for another exhibit.) GreenHill also offers an Open N.C. Art Review where an artist may send in a 15-image slideshow and receive personal feedback from Carpenter. She works with artists one-on-one to teach them how to present their work in a “very succinct Pecha Kucha format” for a five-minute presentation. She understands intimately how some artists don’t like to talk about their work, but she helps them get into galleries and also mentors them in how to select what they present. GreenHill not only exhibits North Carolina artists but also offers artists many different ways to create art, including Art on the Rocks, Arts and Wellness, adult art classes and more.
“I do my best to let people know what’s going on,” Gordon said. “My main goal is to get people who have never stepped foot in a gallery, into GreenHill. We want to introduce more young people to art, and then it will live within them forever, so we encourage school visits. It’s important to see art. People of all ages who experience art have a different perspective on life. GreenHill exists so that art lives in North Carolina and honors and supports the artists who create it. Come see us.”
For more information visit GreenHill online at www.greenhillnc.org or call (336) 333-7460. GreenHill is open from noon-5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, on Friday from 2-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Extended hours for holiday shopping is 5 to 7 p.m., Dec. 18-21.
Terry Rader is a former ad agency pro creative director, branding strategist, Earth Harmony columnist and storyteller on a mission to write stories to promote creative people, grassroots, sustainability and underground happenings in our community while she pet/home sits and writes her personal stories, songs, poems, and nature essays.
11/28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., First Choice (Winter Show), 12/1, 7-11p.m., Collector’s Choice (Winter Show) $70 members, $85, non-members, 12/2, 2-5 p.m., GreenHill Winter Show public opening, (free, up through 1/18/2019), 12/7, 6-9 p.m., First Friday, live music with Julia Goodson, 1/4/2019, 6-9p.m. First Friday, live music with John Emil (First Fridays are free, donations accepted, see website for musician details).