October Gratitude

• Thursday, October 31, 2013 •

Today, October 31, is the last day of the National Arts and Humanities Awareness Month and the last day of the CMA membership drive month.

I want to  express my utmost gratitude to all who responded and let us at CMA know you agree with us - that the ARTS are vital but are not self-supporting. 

It takes personal investment and commitment to keep the ARTS vibrant and alive in our communities, in our country and in our world.

Everyone who "joined theParty" - the ARTS Party, hosted by CMA, has helped to make a difference. And if the falling of the leaves, the carving of pumpkins, the cutting of winter wood or the government shutdown  - whatever it may have been, kept you from making the commitment to become a CMA member, do not be dismayed! You can still “Join the Arts Party” now and make a membership pledge to CMA- just click here. 


Then watch for our new season of incredible art events and stellar artists waiting to bring fabulous workshops and their personal, rich art experiences in the art world to you! Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is about to unveil its 2014 Series of Artist Workshops, held at Western Carolina University. Following that look for our NEW artist retreats/workshops, creative writing and more, held a pristine Lake Logan in Western North Carolina.

The ARTS party has only just begun - Join in today!

Norma B Hendrix, The 4 Seasons; Autumn, 
32” x 16,” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

First 2 Weeks of the CMA Summer Series - Let the Pictures tell the Story

• Monday, July 01, 2013 •

CMA 2013 Summer Series - Week 1 & 2
The first and second week of June brought 5 stellar artists to the Western Carolina Universities School of Art and Design, for the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS 2013 Summer ARTS Series. How does that work? CMA is a non-profit organization that partners with Western Carolina University. We bring the artists and programs, and in turn we use their studios, housing and food service.

The first event of the Workshop week is the Sunday night wine reception, followed by a group, catered meal. This is a great time to get to know the other students and the instructors.

Week 1 was a synergetic week of workshops run by Rebecca Crowell of Wisconsin, Jeff Oestreich of Minnesota, and Lisa Pressman from New Jersey. Students came from all points of the US and experienced collaborative classes, artist presentations and group meals added to top-notch workshop experiences. Take a look below.

Lisa Pressman demonstrates encaustic with embellishments

Collaborative class - Rebecca Crowell and Lisa Pressmans groups work together. 
Pressman gives students quick drawing exercises that help unlock images and creative responses.

Pots drying for a bisque firing in Jeff Oestreich's ceramics workshop

Rebecca's Abstract Painting with Cold Wax Medium - advanced level class|

During Week 1 Participants were able to partake in the reception of the FAM-CMA Invitational Exhibit Reception.The exhibiti is a group show with works from all artists invited to teach during the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS 2013 Summmer Series. It was a special night with artists Rebecca Crowell, Kenn Kotara, Jeff Oestreich and Lisa Pressman each being able to offer remarks about their art. Seen with them is Interim Museum Director of the WCU Fine Art Museum, Denise Drury. Norma Hendrix is to her left side, as co-curator of this exhibit.

Week Two was all about painting – Rebecca Crowell teaching in the studio an introduction to her Oil and Cold Wax medium techniques and abstract painting concepts, while Stuart Shils had his students drawing or painting in interesting spots in the Cullowhee and Sylva landscape including abandoned gas stations, the paper mill, and other places of architectural and visual interest. The same great group meals, gatherings, after hour café meetings and presentations were all part of the week.

Stuart Shils workshop - students painting at the paper mill in Sylva - 4 miles from the WCU campus

Highlights from Crowell's week 2 class

Don't miss other opportunities this summer - workshops run through the end of July more...

Stuart Shills – The Structure of the Visual Moment

• Friday, June 01, 2012 •

At Cullowhee Mountain ARTS we are very excited about the upcoming Painting Workshop, “The Structure of the Visual Moment,”  June 25 – 29, taught by renowned artist Stuart Shils. Our enthusiasm is not merely because Shils is highly respected and widely exhibited, not only because he is a highly sought after instructor - both internationally and nationally, but moreover because his workshops are rarely offered in the South Eastern U.S. This is a terrific opportunity for artists east of the Rockies! Read about Stuart Shils recent exhibit, “The Residue of Memory” at the Steven Harvey Fine Art Project, NY, NY. 

Shils is a committed instructor, dedicated to revealing to his students the topics he passionately approaches in his own work: color, composition, mood, structure and visual perception. During this remarkable 5-day workshop students will gain a sense of what Shils refers to as the “Visual Moment” and how to distill this concept into ones’ personal work.

The workshop will be launched Sunday evening, June 24, with 

a wine reception for workshop attendees, followed by his inspiring slide lecture “The Structure of the Visual Moment.”  Stuart describes this presentation as a tool to inform both workshop student and the public about what it is to be in the “Visual Moment,” with slides of historical art works and Shils paintings as references. More than biographical, the lecture is meant to instruct workshop attendees, artists and art-lovers alike about the underlying thoughts that go into making a successful painting.

ALSO - Cullowhee Mountain Arts is offering a June Special - $100 off housing/meal plan for workshop takers. Or, if you reside in Jackson, Macon, Haywood or Swain County and plan to commute, we are offering a special of $100 off tuition for any June Workshop. The June discount is good through June 15 – Register now! to secure your spot!  

Please share
this information with friends and family about this fabulous opportunity to paint with and learn from such an accomplished and internationally-respected artist.