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SASI Newsletter

JULY / AUG 2013
Awards were announced before a large crowd at a public reception for the “I AM WOMAN” art competition on Saturday June 1. Judge Susan Carlisle Bell was on hand to present the awards and offer comments on the winners. “Wow, what a quality exhibit in a delightful space! I congratulate SASi for making this a truly regional showcase for diversity of media and stories of women” said Ms. Bell. First Place went to Brenda Beard Bostian of Gastonia for her painting “Mistress Mary Imagination”. Ms. Bell commented “The artist is intuitively responding to the language of color and the act of painting. There is a wonderful interplay of positive/negative space, lost/found edges, deliberate strokes/spontaneity.” Second Place went to Todd Baxter of Tega Cay for his painting “Purple Hat “. “Radiance of light and obvious brush work are combined with character to enliven this figure” commented Ms. Bell. Third place went to Nancy Valrance of Lake Wylie for her painting/ collage “Letters from the Front, 1945”. Ms. Bell says “the looseness of this watercolor echoes the faded memorabilia from a simpler time. The collaged letters strengthen the content and the choice of framing compliments the work itself.” Merit Awards went to Doug Knotts, Jessica Gordon, Lucy Warlick and Elisa Beekman. Forty-Eight artists entered 105 pieces of artwork in the show. Artists were from both Carolinas as well. View more photos and the judges comments online at

Southern Arts Society
monthly programs
There is no meeting planned for July! Have a great Holiday! As of now we have no meeting planned for August. We will send out an email if we are going to meet.

SASI meets the first Tuesday of each month. Social Time 6:30, Program 7:00. Visitors are Welcome! Bring a friend!

Shutter Light Group
(photography club of Southern Arts Society) The camera club will meet at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens on Saturday July 13 at 9 a.m. for a photo outing for their July meeting. There is an entry fee to the gardens. Plans for August 20th meeting are still being made. Check the website and email for more information. Details, please call Ellen Devenny at 704-739-1557. Shutter Light Group meets the third Tuesday each month. Social Time 6:30 Program 7:00 Visitors are Welcome! Bring a friend!

Southern Arts Society is proud to announce the return of our “Earth and Fire” Pottery Festival. Our third annual pottery fest will kickoff with a reception Saturday June 29th from 7-9pm with refreshments and live entertainment by Steven Drake on Native American flute. Pottery will be sold on a cash and carry basis. Remaining pottery will be on exhibit and available for sale thru July 26. Last year’s event was wildly successful. Sales were brisk – so come early for the best selection of finest handmade Carolina pottery. Potters on hand this year are: New Day Pottery - Judy Abdelaziz, Kenneth Beam, Ronald Blackburn, Debbie Bradshaw, Good Earth Studio - Kiowa Cilone, Renee Clemmer, Piggy Bank Pottery - Dorothy Cole, Hal Dedmond, Brian Dukes, Deborah Gerard, Vicki Gill, Allen Griffin, Peace Pots Pottery - Corine Gusman, C. Bruce Harry II, Robert Hasselle, Red Feather Pottery Dorothy Houlditch, Turtle Island Pottery - Freeman & Maggie Jones, Puzzle Creek Pottery – John & Donna King, Barry Lockman, Myers Art - John & Jan Myers, Black Crow Pottery - Katherine Petke, Ron Philbeck, Michael Suttle, Christine White. Details contact Bernice Chappell at 704-739-5723 or email at Find our ad in the July “Our State” magazine.

~ Our Deepest Sympathy ~
Charter Member Bonnie H. Price died suddenly on May 6th, 2013. Until this past year, she was Chair of the Calendar Committee and had done a calendar page each year since 1986. Bonnie was talented in every medium of art from painting, to book making, drawing, and clay. Bonnie could never keep her pencil still and even doodled throughout our monthly Board meetings. The past several years she spent making fantastic clay sculptures. She was honored with a one woman show at SASI in September of 2012. Bonnie had completed her design for the 2014 Calendar and it will be printed posthumously and included in the TwentyNinth Edition.

~ from the Gift Shop ~
Space is very limited in the Gift Shop right now, a good problem to have! Jo Ann is trying to get pottery and other items ready to show during the Pottery Fest in July. Call Jo Ann Ford at 704-629-5929 to make an appointment to exchange or bring new items while there is good space still available. The Pottery Fest is one of the biggest shows that we have, so don’t miss out on the chance to make some sales! President Vice President Secretary Treasurer

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~ NWS Exhibit ~
Hundreds of people from around the Carolina’s came to see the National Watercolor exhibit at Southern Arts Society during April and May. SASI was featured on the PBS show North Carolina Weekend. We were thrilled to have so much exposure! SASI even sold one painting out of the exhibit. SASI would like to thank all of our volunteer Host’s during the show. You made the event possible. And a special Thanks to Bernice Chappell for heading up committee to oversee the NWS coming to Kings Mountain. We were very proud to show off our beautiful building and grounds to the public.

“SASI Library”
We are almost through cataloging the 775 books donated by Sharon Hoyle of Gastonia. Beth Caveny and volunteers have been working hard to put pockets and library cards in the back of the books, and write down the names of the book and author. A tedious process! Ben Hubbard has made a new bookcase to house some of the new books. You can still check out books while they are finishing up, just see the Host on duty.

This will be the second year for our newest art exhibit and competition, “A Fresh Look”. We will accept artwork on Saturday July 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday July 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. All media of art, paintings, photography, sculpture, fiber and mixed media are welcome. All work must be able to hang or sit on a flat surface. We encourage you to use new materials, try a new medium or otherwise take a “Fresh Look” at your art. A full prospectus will be available online or at SASI. This is a judged show with prize money and ribbons. Judge to be announced.

SASI is very proud of our facilities. Part of that is the beautiful Painter’s Garden that surrounds our building. Master Gardner Cindy Hovis has transplanted numerous plantings in the past year and all have lived and flourished. Cindy could use your help in constantly weeding and watering plants as needed. If you have plants to share let her know too and we will plan a day for that in the fall. Cindy – 704-914-6999.

P.O. BOX 334 301 N. PIEDMONT AVE. KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC 28086 704.739.5585 Depot/Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 10am - 4pm US postage

~ ART TRACKS ~ June 22 – 10am to 4 pm pick up art for I AM WOMAN June 26 – Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. June 29 –Recept for Earth and Fire Pottery Fest, 7-9 p.m. July 13 – Shutter Light Group at Stowe Gardens 9 a.m. ($) July 27-28 Take In art for A FRESH LOOK July 31 - Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. Aug 3 – Reception for A FRESH LOOK, 7-9 p.m. Aug 6 - SASI Program/Membership meeting- check website Aug 20 – Shutter Light Group 6:30 p.m. Aug 28 - Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. Events are free and at the Depot unless noted otherwise ($)