Announcing 2020 Art From The Heart
The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) will present its 30th annual exhibition – Art From The Heart – beginning Friday, February 14, 2020 in Morehead City, NC.
Artist registration for this show will be Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm, and Sunday, February 9 from 9:00 – 1:00 pm.
The location for Art From The Heart 2020 will be on the western end of Morehead Plaza in Morehead City, between Bridges and Arendell Street (2900 block), between Tractor Supply Co. and Big Lots.
Art From The Heart is an eighteen-day show and sale of original two- and three-dimensional artwork. The show will be judged in two categories – photography and non-photography. Non-photography will include work in all media, both two- and three-dimensional.
A non-juried show, Art From The Heart is open to artists 18 years of age or older at all levels of expertise. The show typically draws over 2000 gallery visitors during the event, making it one of the largest regional shows in Eastern NC.
Artists are not required to be members of the Arts Council of Carteret County to enter if they live in Craven, Carteret, Onslow or Pamlico Counties.
All members of the ACCC may enter regardless of their county or state of residence. Artists may join the ACCC at registration if they wish to do so. Memberships begin at $25/year.
Photography will be judged separately from other artwork in the show. Typically, photography represents approximately one-third of the entries in Art From The Heart.
In 2019, the ACCC awarded $7,700 to artists who won recognition for their work. The show also produced over $10,000 in artwork sales.
The Judge for this show will be Charity Valentine, from Goldsboro, NC. Ms. Valentine is a photographer and printmaker who earned a B.S. in printmaking from Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado. Her interest in art and photography developed when she joined the United States Air Force and served as the editor of the Wright Times newspaper for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. After leaving active duty military service, Ms. Valentine earned a Masters in Fine Art (MFA) in photography from East Carolina University.
She is currently the Fine Arts and Music program Department Chair at Pitt Community College in Winterville, N.C., where she teaches subjects ranging from Visual Art Portfolio, Methods and Materials and both Digital and Traditional photography.
The ACCC can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-726-9156.
About Art From The Heart
Art From The Heart (AFTH) is an annual show and sale of original, two- and three-dimensional artwork, including photography, that typically draws over
2,000 gallery visitors during the event, making it one of the largest regional shows in eastern NC.
AFTH is open to artists 18 years of age or older at all levels of expertise. Artists are NOT required to be a member of the Arts Council of Carteret County to enter only if they live in Craven, Carteret, Onslow or Pamlico counties. Any non-member artist from outside these counties will need to join ACCC in order to participate in AFTH and may join at registration time. Current members of the ACCC may enter regardless of their county or state of residence. Memberships begin at $25/year.
On Friday, February 22, 2019, the Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) presented Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mentions in both photography and non-photography art at the Artist's Reception and Awards Event. Judge Eric McRay had made his decisions earlier in the week from 424 pieces of original artwork submitted by 177 artists to the show.
This year ACCC awarded $7,700 to artists recognized for excellence by Art From The Heart judge, professional artist, art educator and studio owner Eric McRay from Raleigh, NC. Judge McRay filmed a blog entry and posted online. Click here to view the video or visit his Facebook link.
The 2019 winners are:
Congratulations to Vicky White, owner of Hair Biz salon, won the People’s Choice Award! Vicky's paper mache piece, titled "Rising Tides & Faring Storms" had the most votes by gallery visitors, so she received a $200 award at the close of the show.
2019 AFTH Judge Eric McRay
McRay received a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he earned a four-year scholarship for his artistic talent. A native of Washington,DC, McRay moved to North Carolina and has been exhibiting since 1987. In November 1998, he was juried into Raleigh’s prestigious Artspace.
Since opening his Artspace studio in downtown Raleigh, McRay has served in the offices of Vice-President and President of the Artspace Artists Association, as well as served on Artspace’s board of directors and Executive Committee.