About Art From The Heart
The Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) concluded it's 2019 Art From The Heart on March 14.
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 $6,800 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.