Wide Open Bluegrass

Special Weather Statement: WOB Art Market to move to Raleigh Convention Center

With the threat of inclement weather in mind, the Art Market at Wide Open Bluegrass will take place inside of the beautiful Raleigh Convention Center. We will have artists on the first and second floors, so come out and see us this weekend and stay dry while you do so! Even a hurricane can’t take the spotlight away from the fantastic performances and wonderful Art Market that Artsplosure has curated for Wide Open Bluegrass!

For more information about our artist, read our blog post on WOB’S Art Market: Artists & Craftsmen and at WOB’s Vendor page.

For details on the change of venue for this and other WOB events, visit the Wide Open Bluegrass website.

Artists Announced for Art Market at Wide Open Bluegrass 2015

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT:
Due to the chance of inclement weather, the Wide Open Bluegrass Art Market will be moving inside to the Raleigh Convention Center, along with all other activities and performances. All events will go on as scheduled!

We are thrilled to have such a talented array of artists and craftsmen at this year’s Art Market at Wide Open Bluegrass 2015! The list of participating artists is below, along with examples of their work and links to their sites.

The WOB art market is an intimate showcase, designed to recognize North Carolina’s talented and enthusiastic art community and feature unique artisans from across the United States. Local makers, and those who sell works that will appeal to a music-loving audience are encouraged. The World of Bluegrass event will attract over 6,000 national and international traditional music performers, presenters, and fans — in addition to over 75,000 local attendees anticipated for the two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival.

We look forward to seeing all of these artists October 2nd and 3rd, between the Martin Street and Hargett Street block in Downtown Raleigh, as apart of Wide Open Bluegrass 2015.

2015 Participating Artists and Craftsmen:

Amy Barnard Fiber Leather
Amy Barnard
The Wayward Stitch
Fiber & Leather
Raleigh, NC
http://www.facebook.com/thewaywardstitch

Clutch style handbags made from a variety of eco-friendly, recycled vinyl fabrics. Each bag is handmade, one of a kind, and adorned with vintage buttons.

Amy Friend Mixed Media
Amy Friend
Amy Draws
Mixed Media
Raleigh, NC
http://amydraws.com

Hand embroidered silkscreen prints of birds in precarious situations. These prints are sold as stretched canvases, bags, pillows, t-shirts and more.

Angie Strickland Clay Glass
Angie Strickland
Angie Strickland
Clay & Glass
Wendell, NC

I melt vintage & re-purposed bottles as the focus of my art and then attach them to farmhouse boards/windows and then adorn them with vintage valve handles as flowers as well as chunks of stained glass and other vintage items.

Ann Aklund Clay Glass
Ann Akland
Ann Akland Pottery
Clay & Glass
Knightdale, NC
http://www.annaklandpottery.com

My work relies on my NC farm heritage. I sketch images and then throw the main body, such as a jug on the potter’s wheel. I alter the thrown forms by adding hand sculpted objects. The items are stained, glazed, and fired in either an electric or gas kiln.

Annette Winstead Fiber Leather
Annette Winstead
North Ridge Shoe and Luggage Repair Inc.
Fiber & Leather
Raleigh, NC

Custom made leather belts, arm bans, leather accessories, guitar straps, cowhide rugs, etc.

Ben Covington Metal Wood
Ben Covington
Banderworks
Metal & Wood
Clayton, NC
https://www.facebook.com/BanderBeads?fref=ts

Woodworking and handcrafted jewelry – using both local and exotic woods, upcycled cotton mill bobbins and estate grade jewelry re-purposed, on-site woodworking demonstrations with portable lathe. All NC/Raleigh local crafts by husband/wife team.

Bob Batura Metal Wood
Bob Batura
Cutting Edge Woodworks
Metal & Wood
Raleigh, NC
http://cuttingedgewoodworks.com

Contemporary wood furniture and home accents. Many pieces constructed from locally harvested trees.

Candy Pegram Traditional Folk Art
Candy Pegram
Candy Pegram
Traditional Folk Art
Wilmington, NC
http://www.candypegram.com

My canvas of choice is usually scrap wood. The piece begins with a colorful, folky character or scene painted in layers on the wood. It is then hand distressed until the desired look is achieved. The last step is a waxy finish that gives it an instant patina.

Carol Joy Shannon Mixed Media
Carol Joy Shannon
CJS Geometrix
Painting
Beaufort, SC
http://www.caroljoyshannon.com

Original 2D and 3D artwork created with wood, maps, canvas, acrylic paint, prints of my own images, and with a site specific theme – i.e., Nashville, Raleigh, Memphis. All are one of a kind and at least 1/3 will be created specifically for Wide Open Bluegrass.

Cynthia Mollenkopf Fiber Leather
Cynthia Mollenkopf
ARTiFELTs
Fiber & Leather
Cary, NC
http://www.ARTiFELTs.com

Handmade Felt Artworks and Wearables including hats, scarves, purses, wallhangings.

Dana Minette Clay Glass
Dana Minette
Dana Minette Studios
Clay & Glass
Bryson City, NC
http://www.facebook.com/danaminettestudio

I design and create stained glass in the Tiffany method of copper foiling. Some of the items I make are sun catchers, nightlights, 3-D whirls, lanterns and panels in a variety of themes. My themes include instruments, birds, animals, beach, and others.

David Epps Photography
David Epps
David Epps Photography
Photography
Raleigh, NC
http://www.davideppsphotography.com

Digital capture printed on metal with no photoshopping or post processing saturation. Long exposure and other in-camera techniques are used to create the feel/colors represented in my prints.

David Lineback Photography
David Lineback
mashthatbutton
Photography
Winston-Salem, NC
http://www.mashthatbutton.com

Fine art photography as prints, matted prints, framed and matted prints and note cards.

Dolores Fawkes Jewelry
Dolores Fawkes
Camerton Enterprises
Jewelry
Ruther Glen, VA
www.camertondesigns.com

Hand constructed sterling and 18kt gold. Hammered, etched, roller embossed. Set with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. Oxidized for color.

Elizabeth Swing Fiber Leather
Elizabeth Swing
Emergolde
Fiber & Leather
Greensboro, NC
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Emergolde

I sew handmade cloth rag dolls and soft plush animals from organic or locally sourced fabrics. They are made to reflect traditional American cloth dolls and encourage storytelling and imaginative play in childhood. All my items are designed and made by me.

Eric Schreffler Painting
Eric Schreffler
rockstarcanvas
Painting
Goldsboro, NC
http://www.rockstarcanvas.com

Music-inspired acrylic and photorealistic airbrush artwork done live.

Eric Sweet Painting
Eric Sweet
SignedSweet
Painting
Cary, NC
http://www.signedsweet.com

Impressionistic watercolor spirit animal paintings.

Glenn Mace Metal Wood
Glenn Mace
Woodworks Gallery
Metal & Wood
Mocksville, NC

Lathe turned vessels made of exotic and domestic hardwoods. Each is kiln-dried, highly sanded and lacquered. Most have a top that is either a turned wood finial or embellished with a fossil or found object. Platters may be carved additionally.

Heather Baldwin Jewelry
Heather Baldwin
Heather Leigh Designs
Jewelry
Richlands, NC
www.heatherleigh-designs.com

Jewelry made from flame painted copper and aluminum. Wall art made from copper, aluminum, steel and wood. Clocks made from metals, natural stones and other materials.

Heather Love Photography
Heather Love
Heather Love Photography
Photography
Greenville, SC
www.facebook.com/HLPhotographyGreenville

Black/white & sepia photography, matted/framed or printed on canvas. Frames: handmade, mats/glass are custom cut by a local framemaker. Images: digital but true to traditional technique – no adjustments made that could not be recreated in a traditional darkroom.

Heidi Amash Fiber Leather
Heidi Amash
Baskets 2 Luv
Fiber & Leather
Greensboro, NC
http://www.baskets2luv.com
Jeff Lisa Ross Clay Glass
Jeff & Lisa Ross
Piedmont Pottery, Inc.
Clay & Glass
Apex, NC
http://www.piedmontpottery.com

Hand-crafted functional stoneware pottery in the Southern folk-pottery tradition, featuring jugs, serving dishes and platters, storage crocks, pitchers and drinking vessels. All food-safe and made by us using traditional wheel and slab building techniques.

Jenn Hales Painting
Jenn Hales
Patina by Jenn Hales
Painting
Raleigh, NC
http://www.JennHales.com

I work in acrylic paint on baroque wood panels. I use light-fast acrylics which I lay down in thin glazes and then varnish. A typical painting takes me 2 weeks to 1 month to create.

Jennifer Casterline Jewelry
Jennifer Casterline
New World Glass
Jewelry
Mountain Top, PA
http://www.newworldglass.com

I work in both flameworked and kilnworked glass creating jewelry and home decor, incorporating hand fabricated metalwork.
Jenny Marsh Metal Wood
Jenny Marsh
Marsh Welding
Metal & Wood
Durham, NC
http://www.marshwelding.com

I create custom metal art for the home and garden, I have a variety of musical themed pieces created for this show.

Jon Pitts Jewelry
Jon Pitts
Woodcrafty
Jewelry
Raleigh, NC
http://www.treemefreely.com

The designs I create in my work are assemblies of tiny pieces of different colored recycled woods, all carefully cut and composed by hand. These designs are the embellishments that I use to create truly unique wooden jewelry and accessories.

Julie Joyce Mixed Media
Julie Joyce
Artistic Tile Design
Mixed Media
Earlysville, VA

Hand made wrought iron table frames with stained glass or tile tops & stained glass pieces surrounding beveled mirror. Along with sterling silver, natural stone, crystal, & glass jewelry & hand-made Kazuri beaded jewelry.

Kathy Johnson Jewelry
Kathy Johnson
The Bronze Flower
Jewelry
Zebulon, NC
http://www.thebronzeflower.com

Mixed metal jewelry using traditional metal smithing techniques including: etching, enameling, forging, and colorful, non-toxic patination, often combined with semi precious stones, leather and upcycled materials. Wearable art with a little bit of whimsy.

Keith Norval Painting
Keith Norval
Keith Norval
Painting
Raleigh, NC
http://www.keithnorval.com

Whimsical pop art oil paintings on canvas and wood panel.

Ken Vrana Painting
Ken Vrana
Ken Vrana Art
Painting
Cary, NC
http://www.kenvrana.com

Oil and Acrylic paintings on Wood Panel or Canvas depicting; Landscapes, Life Scenes and Whimsical compositions from the personality of the artist. Many painting techniques and styles are combined to create a realism feel.

Lealon McLeod Painting
Lealon McLeod
Lealon McLeod
Painting
Inman, SC

I do pen/ink/ and watercolor depicting rural America barns and buildings. I draw the pictures in pencil, then I ink them in, which is the longest process. I then paint thej pictures using water color. I also draw and paint nature scenes.

Leigh Griffin Jewelry
Leigh Griffin
Ara Leigh Studios
Jewelry
Raleigh, NC
http://www.araleighstudios.com

Handcrafted necklaces and earrings incorporating Sea glass and semiprecious stones in silver.

Linda Mace Metal Wood
Linda Mace
Woodworks Gallery Inc.
Metal & Wood
Mocksville, NC

Mixed media primarily using metals such as aluminum, sterling silver, copper, brass. Each piece is hand chased into the metal usually with a focus on botanicals and available in 2-D wall art or art to wear.

Lisa Stewart Fiber Leather
Lisa Stewart
Lisa Stewart Designs
Fiber & Leather
Raleigh, NC
http://www.lisa-stewart.com

Motivated by the need to exhibit individualism, I’m drawn to design, innovation, and accessibility. Combining leather and fine materials featuring my art are used to create and transform everyday items into personal expression.

Liz Bradford Painting
Liz Bradford
OXHIP Studio
Painting
Raleigh, NC
http://oxhip.com/

OXHIP is my scientific illustration & design studio. I sell prints, cards and apparel with my original artwork on them. I hope to share my love of nature through my thoughtfully designed product line. I work most often in pen & ink, watercolor & acrylic.

Maggie Sedelmeyer Fiber Leather
Maggie Sedelmeyer
Owl Ridge Farmstead
Fiber & Leather
Big Island, VA
http://www.owlridge.etsy.com

Handmade goods, designed and made by husband and wife team on our farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Mark McDevitt Mixed Media
Mark McDevitt
Methane Studios, Inc.
Mixed Media
Sharpsburg, GA
http://www.methanestudios.com

We create and screen print limited edition music related posters, towels, and cards.

Mark Watts Metal Wood
Mark Watts
EZ Hang Chairs
Metal & Wood
Fletcher, NC

Steam-bent hanging chairs.

Ruben Corzo Jewelry
Ruben Corzo
AdaArt Jewelry
Jewelry
Wilmington, NC
http://www.AdaArtJewelry.blogspot.com

Micro-macrame and silver filigree combine with semi-precious stones and fossils to create unique, wearable art. Macrame is an ancient technique of knotting that we have adapted and modernized with thin waxed cord. Filigree is created with a hammer and anvil.

Scott Harris Photography
Scott Harris
Scott R. Harris Photography
Photography
Wake Forest, NC
ScottRHarrisPhotography.com

Photographic prints captured with a digital camera. In post processing I use several software programs to fine-tune my vision. I print on a professional quality ink jet printer. Prints are limited editions, signed, numbered, mounted & matted ready for framing.

Stuart Madey Photography
Stuart Madey
MadeyArt
Painting
Raleigh, NC
http://www.madeyart.com

Oil painting portraits of musicians. the work is on wood panels, linen, or canvas. I am trying to capture the musician’s feeling at a specific time or the interaction of a group of musicians.

Suzanne Love Jewelry
Suzanne Love
Suzanne Love Jewelry
Jewelry
Raleigh, NC
www.etsy.com/shop/suzannelovejewelry

Copper or silver sheet is cut and formed, then enamel is applied by sifting or dipping. Pieces are kiln fired then torched to create unique designs on top. Pieces are set in sterling and/or copper and chains are handmade with sterling/and or copper.

Tim Lee Painting
Tim Lee
TimLeeArtwork
Painting
Cary, NC
http://www.timleeartwork.com

Low-Brow-Folk-Pop Original art created on carved wood, canvas, signed limited edition giclee prints, and hand-made screen printed apparel. Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Ink.

Artists Announced for Art Market at Wide Open Bluegrass 2014

We couldn’t be more excited about the talent we’re show casing at this year’s Art Market at Wide Open Bluegrass 2014. The list of artists is below, along with photos of their work and links to their sites.

The WOB art market is an intimate showcase, designed to recognize North Carolina’s talented and enthusiastic art community and feature unique artisans from across the United States. Local artists and craftsmen, and those who sell works that will appeal to a music-loving audience are encouraged. The World of Bluegrass event will attract over 6,000 national and international traditional music performers, presenters, and fans — in addition to over 75,000 local attendees anticipated for the two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival.

We look forward to seeing all of these artists October 3 and 4, between the Martin Street and Hargett Street block in Downtown Raleigh, as apart of Wide Open Bluegrass 2014.

Heather Leigh Designs
Heather Baldwin
Heather Leigh Designs
Richlands, NC
heatherleigh-designs.com

Unique, handcrafted jewelry from Heather Leigh Designs. Located in Eastern NC, Heather Leigh Designs creates jewelry and custom accessories made from semi-precious metals and stones. Some of the items Heather Leigh designs are upcycled to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Jim Barbour
Jim Barbour
ShopDog Turnery
Elon, NC
http://www.shopdogturnery.com

I make things for the joy of the making. I am careful to use only sustainable woods and food safe finishes for everything I make. If you find something you like you may purchase it here or, if you find something that triggers your creative juices, so much the better; I can and will make custom turnings using wood important to you or inlaying an important object in a custom turning.

Amy Barnard Fiber Leather
Amy Barnard
The Wayward Stitch
Raleigh, NC
http://www.facebook.com/thewaywardstitch

Handmade, unique, one-of-a-kind handbags. All clutches are made from vegan leather vinyl or vintage materials such as flour sacks, and aprons. Tote bags made from canvas, and cotton materials. Many bags are embellished with vintage and new buttons, zippers and other curios.

Allessandro Cagiati
Allessandro Cagiati
Vicious Circle Studios
New Bern, NC
http://northcarolinapottery.com

Handmade, unique, one-of-a-kind handbags. All clutches are made from vegan leather vinyl or vintage materials such as flour sacks, and aprons. Tote bags made from canvas, and cotton materials. Many bags are embellished with vintage and new buttons, zippers and other curios.

Rebecca Chaffee Violettes
Rebecca Chaffee
Violettes
Knoxville, TN
http://violettesbybecky.com

Our products are musical instrument-shaped purses and gig bags. They are an evening bag fashion statement, a unique everyday purse and a music gig bag. They are functional art designed by Becky C. in East Tennessee. We have the music handbags shown above in addition to Handmade Violin/Cello, and Banjo Purses. Our Guitar and Ukulele Purses are each hand painted by a Tennessee artist, with over 50 to choose from. Or, you can get a Bag DIY Guitar Purse for those who love to paint.

Sarah_Collier
Sarah Collier
The Charm School Dropout
Wilmington, NC
http://thecharmschooldropout.com

Generally Well Mannered Folks: Educators gone awry. Selling art-like products to the masses.

Ruben Corzo Jewelry
Ruben Corzo
AdaArt Jewelry
Wilmington, NC
http://www.AdaArtJewelry.blogspot.com

We employ ancient macramé and filigree techniques, semi-precious stones, fossils and seeds to make unique jewelry. Our products currently include necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, earrings and headbands.

Amy Friend Mixed Media
Amy Friend
Amy Draws
Raleigh, NC
http://amydraws.com

Hand embroidered silkscreen prints of birds in precarious situations. These prints are sold as stretched canvases, bags, pillows, t-shirts and more.

Peter Geiger
Peter Geiger
Peter Geiger Art
Cary, NC
http://petergeigerart.com

I create themed license plate guitars that pay tribute to musical legends, sports teams and more.

Jim_Goodwin
Jim Goodwin
Carolina Ships in Bottles
Charlotte, NC
http://carolinasib.com

Researching, carving, sanding and painting the one-of-a-kind ships, lighthouses and planes that end up in retired bottles of all shapes and sizes is a time intensive labor of love for Jim Goodwin. Ask pretty much anyone who knows him and they will tell you that Jim is rarely seen without some type of history book, carving tool, delicate piece of wood or paint brush in his patient hands.

Leigh Griffin Jewelry
Leigh Griffin
Ara Leigh Studios
Raleigh, NC
http://www.araleighstudios.com

Handcrafted necklaces and earrings incorporating Sea glass and semiprecious stones in silver.

Jenn Hales Painting
Jenn Hales
Patina by Jenn Hales
Raleigh, NC
http://www.JennHales.com

I work in acrylic paint on baroque wood panels. I use light-fast acrylics which I lay down in thin glazes and then varnish. A typical painting takes me 2 weeks to 1 month to create.

Bernard Huck
Bernard Huck
Jacob Bellecombette, France
http://www.bernardhuck.com
Kathy Johnson Jewelry
Kathy Johnson
The Bronze Flower
Zebulon, NC
http://www.thebronzeflower.com

Mixed metal jewelry using traditional metal smithing techniques including: etching, enameling, forging, and colorful, non-toxic patination, often combined with semi precious stones, leather and upcycled materials. Wearable art with a little bit of whimsy.

Ndidi Kowalczyk
Ndidi Kowalczyk
hothouse posey
Garner, NC
http://www.hothouseposey.etsy.com

I fabricate each piece you see. I really dig enamel, fibers, copper, found objects, sterling silver, brass, cold connections, soldering, paper, ceramic beads by Elaine Ray and so much more. I wouldn’t call myself a mixed-media artist…yet; I am working on it.

Eduardo Lapetina
Eduardo Lapetina
Chapel Hill, NC
http://www.eduardolapetina.com

Eduardo Lapetina is largely self-taught and constantly experiments in his studio. His ambition with his paintings is to use symbolic shapes and colors to express his deepest emotions and passion for life. This leads him to apply paint to the canvas in unusual ways — by pouring, splashing, dripping, and scratching. His paintings also require layers upon layers of paint to create a sensuous and turbulent surface texture that is as vital and as complicated as life itself.

Tim Lee Painting
Tim Lee
TimLeeArtwork
Cary, NC
http://www.timleeartwork.com

Low-Brow-Folk-Pop Original art created on carved wood, canvas, signed limited edition giclee prints, and hand-made screen printed apparel. Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Ink.

Heather Love Photography
Heather Love
Heather Love Photography
Greenville, SC
facebook.com/HLPhotographyGreenville

Black/white & sepia photography, matted/framed or printed on canvas. Frames: handmade, mats/glass are custom cut by a local framemaker. Images: digital but true to traditional technique – no adjustments made that could not be recreated in a traditional darkroom.

Glenn Mace Metal Wood
Glenn Mace
Woodworks Gallery
Mocksville, NC

Lathe turned vessels made of exotic and domestic hardwoods. Each is kiln-dried, highly sanded and lacquered. Most have a top that is either a turned wood finial or embellished with a fossil or found object. Platters may be carved additionally.

Stuart Madey Photography
Stuart Madey
MadeyArt
Raleigh, NC
http://www.madeyart.com

A few years ago I was looking through a book I had on the Blues. For fun and practice I started some drawings of these musicians. I first saw them as interesting character studies but as I worked on the drawings I began to think about more than just the interesting features and wanted to show the more personal nature of the subject, the reflection, the contemplation, and the intensity involved in their playing. In a lot of my work I am trying to create the “posed” look of these photographs but with color and maybe a more contemporary sensibility.

RitaRoykovitch
Rita M. & Rachael T. Roykovitch
INSPIRED by Rachael
Apex, NC
http://www.madeyart.com

A few years ago I was looking through a book I had on the Blues. For fun and practice I started some drawings of these musicians. I first saw them as interesting character studies but as I worked on the drawings I began to think about more than just the interesting features and wanted to show the more personal nature of the subject, the reflection, the contemplation, and the intensity involved in their playing. In a lot of my work I am trying to create the “posed” look of these photographs but with color and maybe a more contemporary sensibility.

Jenny Marsh Metal Wood
Jenny Marsh
Marsh Welding
Durham, NC
http://www.marshwelding.com

I create custom metal art for the home and garden, I have a variety of musical themed pieces created for this show.

Lealon McLeod Painting
Lealon McLeod
Lealon McLeod
Inman, SC

I do pen/ink/ and watercolor depicting rural America barns and buildings. I draw the pictures in pencil, then I ink them in, which is the longest process. I then paint thej pictures using water color. I also draw and paint nature scenes.

Dana Minette Clay Glass
Dana Minette
Dana Minette Studios
Bryson City, NC
http://www.facebook.com/danaminettestudio

I design and create stained glass in the Tiffany method of copper foiling. Some of the items I make are sun catchers, nightlights, 3-D whirls, lanterns and panels in a variety of themes. My themes include instruments, birds, animals, beach, and others.

Cynthia Mollenkopf Fiber Leather
Cynthia Mollenkopf
ARTiFELTs
Cary, NC
http://www.ARTiFELTs.com

Handmade Felt Artworks and Wearables including hats, scarves, purses, wallhangings.

Sally Mullikin
Sally Mullikin
Picea Studios
Raleigh, NC
https://www.etsy.com/shop/piceastudios

Original woodblock and linoleum block printing. These are hand drawn, hand carved and hand printed originals, not digitally reproduced.

Susan Owens Studio
Susan Owens
Susan Owens Studio
Roper, NC
http://www.susanowensstudio.com/
Candy Pegram Traditional Folk Art
Candy Pegram
Candy Pegram
Wilmington, NC
http://www.candypegram.com

My paintings tend to strike a random yet familiar chord that hopefully reminds us of our youths; when life was saturated with color and endless wonder.

Victoria Primicias
Victoria Primicias
Wake Forest, NC
http://www.arte-cera.com

I like to create art that resonates with the quieter, more reflective nature of our being. Voluminous clouds, lapping waves, or a stooped, solitary tree evoke a momentary desire for contemplation and solitude. It seeks to connect at a deeper level.

Jeff Lisa Ross Clay Glass
Jeff & Lisa Ross
Piedmont Pottery, Inc.
Apex, NC
http://www.piedmontpottery.com

We specialize in creating unique yet affordable hand-made functional and decorative pottery and jewelry items. Our pottery and jewelry creations incorporate and build upon design elements from a variety of cultures and styles. We utilize a variety of pottery firing techniques, including wood-fired, salt-glazed, soda-glazed, raku, electric kiln oxidation firing, and gas kiln reduction firing. While much of our work builds upon themes from Celtic mythology and Fantasy, we are also influenced by classical pottery forms and the traditions of North Carolina folk potters.

Eric Schreffler Painting
Eric Schreffler
rockstarcanvas
Goldsboro, NC
http://www.rockstarcanvas.com

The ability to fuse music into his art has given him a fantastic style that blends music and art. His works are created using several different Medias including airbrushing, stenciling, collage, and music all on canvas.

Curtis Sherrod
Curtis Sherrod
Curtis Blake Leather
Knightdale, NC
http://curtisblakeleather.com
Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith
tiny peepers
Raleigh, NC
https://www.etsy.com/shop/tinypeepers

Handmade gifts for your favorite people. If you have a banjo-loving sister, a mom with an airstream camper, or a bestie with the same banana seat bike as you when you were kids–you’ll find a little nostalgia, with a clean modern look in every design.

Lisa Stewart Fiber Leather
Lisa Stewart
Lisa Stewart Designs
Raleigh, NC
http://www.lisa-stewart.com

Lisa Stewart Designs is a multifaceted design studio founded and run by EC (Lisa) Stewart that creates beautiful and functional artwork which is all based on Lisa’s unique calligraphic illustration technique.

Audrey Valone
Audrey Valone
Bluestone Pottery
Raleigh, NC
http://www.lisa-stewart.com

Lisa Stewart Designs is a multifaceted design studio founded and run by EC (Lisa) Stewart that creates beautiful and functional artwork which is all based on Lisa’s unique calligraphic illustration technique.

Ken Vrana Painting
Ken Vrana
Ken Vrana Art
Cary, NC
http://www.kenvrana.com

Oil and Acrylic paintings on Wood Panel or Canvas depicting; Landscapes, Life Scenes and Whimsical compositions from the personality of the artist. Many painting techniques and styles are combined to create a realism feel.

Annette Winstead Fiber Leather
Annette Winstead
North Ridge Shoe and Luggage Repair Inc.
Raleigh, NC

Custom made leather belts, arm bans, leather accessories, guitar straps, cowhide rugs, etc.

Sean Zeph
Sean Zeph
Brushed-Up Bowls
Raleigh, NC
http://www.brushedupbowls.com

RALEIGH NC-BASED ART COMPANY WITH FAMOUS CLIENTELE, TURNING OLD VINYL RECORDS INTO HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE WORKS OF ART.

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014 – Call for Artists!

Artsplosure will present an artists’ market as part of Wide Open Bluegrass, a major public festival component of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass. The event is presented in partnership with IBMA, the City of Raleigh, Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, and PineCone-The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. It will be held Friday, October 3 through Saturday, October 4, 2014.

The WOB art market is an intimate showcase, designed to recognize North Carolina’s talented and enthusiastic art community and feature unique artisans from across the United States. Local artists and craftsmen, and those who sell works that will appeal to a music-loving audience are encouraged. The World of Bluegrass event will attract over 6,000 national and international traditional music performers, presenters, and fans — in addition to over 75,000 local attendees anticipated for the two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival.

Categories

Clay and Glass (functional or decorative), Metal and Wood (functional or decorative), Fiber and Leather (wearable/accessories/decorative), Jewelry (all types), Painting, Photography, Traditional Folk Art, Mixed Media (2D or 3D), Other Music Themed Art (*NOT made by the applicant*)

Artwork and Artists Eligible

      • All artisans and craft vendors are welcome to apply. Those who present works catering to music lovers are encouraged.
      • Independent local businesses selling music-themed artwork are also welcome.
      • We will prioritize applicants offering original hand-made art and small independent businesses. Spaces are limited.
      • A strong preference will be given to applicants who present original art that will appeal to traditional music enthusiasts,
      • Artists who represent Raleigh and/or North Carolina traditions in their imagery or craft,
      • Collectible artwork (not made by the applicant) that is specifically related to Bluegrass or other traditional music styles.
      • All work displayed must be for sale.
      • Artsplosure reserves the right to remove displays that have been misrepresented either by the artist’s submitted images or on the application.
      • Booths must be attended by the applicant on both days of the festival (Friday & Saturday).

Items and Vendors that are NOT Eligible

      • Played instruments
      • Music recordings
      • Corporate exhibitors
      • Mass-produced commercial merchandise
      • Food items

NOTE: The above categories may be incorporated within other areas of the festival. If you are interested in participating in a non-art capacity, please contact us at sarah@artsplosure.org for additional information. Artsplosure reserves the right to final interpretation of appropriateness for the art market portion of the festival.

The Application Process

Each applicant must apply online via entrythingy: http://artsplosure.org/get-involved/payment/entry-thingy/.

Instructions are on entrythingy. It will be necessary to set up an account with entrythingy in order to complete your application process.

Fees

      • Application Fee (Non-refundable)
      • $15 per application
      • Booth Fee
      • $200 for a single space (10′ x 10′)
      • $400 for a double space (20′ x 10′)

NOTE: Booth Fees will be due upon acceptance. Applicants will be notified by August 1 of their acceptance and will have until August 22, 2014 to submit their full booth fee by CHECK or PAYPAL, or forfeit their space at the festival. Artists on the waiting list will be offered any canceled or forfeited spaces, and booth fees will be due immediately upon acceptance.

Selection Process

Participants will be selected by a jury panel comprised of local visual art professionals and IBMA organizing committee members. The jury will meet following the deadline to review qualified entries. Each entry receives a numerical score from each juror, with the highest scores being selected to participate. The jury’s decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Notification of acceptance status will be sent by email no later than August 1, 2014.

Wide Open Bluegrass Art Market Important Dates

      • July 14: Application and $15 application fee payment deadline.
      • August 1: Notification of acceptance will be sent by email.
      • August 22: Booth fee payments must be received to confirm participation, or spaces will be forfeited.
      • August 30: Deadline for 50% Booth Fee Refund, upon receipt of written cancellation.
      • Show dates and hours:
        • SETUP: Friday, October 3 from 6:00 am to 10:00 am

        • OPEN TO PUBLIC: Friday, October 3 from 12:00 Noon to 11:00 pm
        • OPEN TO PUBLIC: Saturday, October 4 from 12:00 Noon to 11:00 pm
        • LOAD OUT: Saturday, October 4 from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am

    Default Instructions for Entrants After Entry is Submitted:
    THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION FOR WIDE OPEN BLUEGRASS 2014!

    To complete the application process, you must also submit the application fee. Your application will NOT be considered eligible until the application fee has been received.

    All applications require a $15 non-refundable application fee. You may pay the application fee via PayPal using the link below. Please include your Name and Entry Number, as found in the ‘General Entry Information’ section on this page. OR you can print your completed entry, and mail a signed copy with a check payable to ARTSPLOSURE (see below).

    NOTE: To be considered for the festival, the application must be submitted online by 11:59pm July 14, 2014 AND your payment must be received via PayPal or postmarked by July 14. Late submissions or payments will not be accepted.

    If you have questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Wolfe, Wide Open Bluegrass Art Market Coordinator, at sarah@artsplosure.org or (919) 832-8699 ext 803

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014

For year two of Wide Open Bluegrass, Artsplosure will again organize and manage a music-themed art and craft market in the heart of this free-to-the-public street festival held in conjunction with the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, the annual bluegrass music homecoming.

Last year’s inaugural festival drew large and enthusiastic crowds and was hailed as a major success by Raleigh city officials, music enthusiasts, and IBMA members from across the country.

The art market will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 3 – 4, from 12 Noon to 11 pm.

If you are a visual artist or fine crafter interested in participating in this year’s festival, please click this link: http://artsplosure.org/get-involved/payment/entry-thingy/#show=1645

Applications will be accepted through July 14, 2014.

For more information, contact Michael Lowder at rmlowder@artsplosure.org.