The Artisans, who manage the Artisan Gallery and the non-profit organization Stepping Up For Arts, is facing two major challenges in 2018. First, our Gallery is losing its rental space as of October 2018, where more than 70 local artists display and sell their fine art. Losing this space negatively impacts the individual revenues of our local artists, minimizes our presence in the community and reduces our ability to support both in human and financial resources our non-profit Stepping Up For Arts.
Meeting the art needs of our county teachers and students is our second challenge. We have recently become aware that the county teachers receive about $1.00 per student for art supplies each year. Stepping Up For Arts, our non-profit, has consistently provided financial resources to those teachers and students, having contributed more than $30,000 to those endeavors. Now we are faced with having to increase our revenues to support these needs. With the potential disappearance of the Gallery, due to lack of space, we risk losing the help they have given us.
In the past, our overhead had been reduced due to assistance from kindly and generous folks like yourself. Now the process of moving and renting new space presents short term financial challenges that we hope you can help us overcome. Thank you in advance for your generous help. And thanks to everyone who has supported the Artisans Gallery for the last 8 years!
Title: Shiver Me Timbers …The Pirate Invasion
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Doors Open at 1:30
Location: St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road SE, Southport
Artifacts and props of the Age of Sail representing the Golden Age of Piracy will be displayed as well as drawings for chances to select your prize from the pirate’s chest, photo opportunities, pirate artisans and, of course, pirate snacks. Costumes encouraged - prizes awarded for best pirate costumes!
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Don't miss your chance to see how creative St James Artisans are on May 19th! They've taken 30 mirrors and transformed them into 30 works of art. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit the arts in Brunswick County Schools. You can pay at the door on May 19th from 3 to 5 pm at the St James Community Center or buy your ticket in advance at any of these locations:
May11, 5:00-6:00pm, St James Community Center
May 15, 9:00 - 10:00 am, St James Community Center
May 17, 2:30-4:00, St James Community Center
On Friday evening, the 6th of April, more than 20 participants enjoyed a program that included middle eastern dance history, a fashion show of various dance costumes both folkloric and cabaret, tasty snacks, and a dance lesson in a popular Egyptian dance. This event was presented by Jasara (Tanya Nickson), a professional belly dancer with more than 40 years experience, and addressed the fine art disciplines of music, dance and fiber art.
Fun was had by young and young at heart! SUFA volunteers painted many little faces on a brisk windy Saturday morning. Princesses, Wonder Women, Spidermen, and pirates (to name a few) were running on the Members Club practice field to gather eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Thank you to Troon and the many grandparents and parents who donated to a worthy cause. Monetary donations will be distributed to Brunswick County art teachers.
Volunteers were Nancy Adelis, Donna Kanich, Allie Lull, Marian MacKerer, Kathy Pace, and Herb Pritchard.
Susan Sokoloski is the St James Sales Center Featured Artist this month. Read more abou her work at http://www.stjamesartisans.com/sales-center-featured-artist.html. Congratulations to Susa!n
Escape to the exotic world of middle eastern dance: learn the history, see a fashion show of elaborate costumes, get your own hip scarf and learn a simple Egyptian pop dance. Jasara: has been a Middle Eastern dancer for 40 years; studied dance in Morocco, Turkey and Greece; has performed at Wolf Trap and National Theatre. You are never too old to dance! This fun event will be held at St. James Community Center, limited to 36 students for $25.
Refreshments provided. BYOB event: wine/beer only.
CHECKS PAYABLE TO STEPPING UP FOR ARTS (SUFA) can be mailed to
Nancy Adelis, 3863 Ridge Crest Drive, Southport, NC 28461
or left at the Artisans' Gallery. PLEASE INCLUDE: CLASS, PHONE, and EMAIL on your check.
SUFA (Stepping Up for Arts) is holding many interesting and varied workshops this year. A ZONE Photography Class, was held on March 29th at the St. James Community Center, with Instructor Stefano Sagri. This was a hands on workshop with 7 students who learned how best to determine exposure using the Zone technique. Steve provided examples along with a slide presentation. He then took the class outside where they got a chance to practice their newly learned information using their own cameras. Check out the slideshow below from the workshop!