Friday, December 17, 2010

Great January Workshops Planned!

Sometimes it is hard to think about the coming year, when we haven't even made it to the holidays yet, but this year we are excited to have scheduled several great workshops for January and February! As our gift to you, take a look at some of our New Year plans. And who knows... you may even decide to revise that Christmas wish list after you're seen! :)

We're pretty thrilled to have talented artist and AAWS Juried Member Pat Spainhour coming in January to teach an oil painting workshop. This is a topic we've been asked about many times, and we know she will do a great job! With years of painting and teaching experience, you'll leave this class feeling confident and secure and ready to tackle this challenging medium with ease! You can get details, including costs, via the Associated Artists website.

Joyce Teta, fabulous calligraphy artist and master book-binding and paper artist, will be offering a fun workshop on handmade leather books. Date tentatively set for January 12 so check your Weekly Notes for specifics, but these will make great personalized Valentine's Day gifts... Just saying...

Continuing our partnership with Winston-Salem Monthly magazine, professional glass artist Jody Danner Walker will offer a free gallery talk about her work. This event will be Friday January 28th at noon.

Next on our list is a wonderful series of practical presentations by professional artist agent, Lee Mecum! Lee has worked with artists her entire life it seems and has a straight-forward and easy plan to help anyone get their work together, portfolio in order, and everything needed to go out and secure gallery representation. If your goals are more simple, she can walk you through the steps for entering juried shows, creating an artist statement, or just tracking your time and making sure you're on track and headed in the right direction. Lee will begin in late January or early February. Her first talk will be "Your Artistic Portfolio: What's In There?" and from there there will be 3 others, as well as the opportunity to sign up for individual consultations. Stay tuned for more on Lee and this timely series.

Do you have ideas for workshops? Or is there a special skill that you can share? AAWS is always looking for new ideas, and we especially love it when one of our members can offer a presentation that inspires other members. You can send us an email,, or call any of our staff at 336.722.0340. We'd love to hear your thoughts!

And remember - all of our events are posted on the Associated Artists website calendar, which is sortable by event type and your interests. Check back regularly for new show prospectuses, special announcements, and more workshops!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We're Taking a ROAD TRIP!

Have you been thinking about going to see that Norman Rockwell exhibit and continuing to talk yourself out of it? The drive... the traffic... just general wishy-washiness? Well let us take a load of your shoulders and take you there hassle-free!

AAWS is taking a bus trip the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh on Friday January 21st. The museum reopened last spring after months of renovations and the building of a new structure to house the permanent collection. The previous building reopened in fall, with the Norman Rockwell collection the first of many excellent exhibits to come our way.

Your trip cost will include transportation on a charter bus, as well as admission to the special exhibit. Lunch will be on your own, but there are two cafe's to choose from within the museum facilities. (If weather is warm, you may consider packing a lunch and dining al fresco in the extensive park... but if December is any indication of things to come we're not recommending that at the moment! brrrrrrr!)

Here's a sample menu, just to get you salivating...

The best part of a bus trip is being allowed the time to relax, chat with other art enthusiasts, and enjoy the ride. We'll let the drive watch for traffic while we sit back with our coffee and newspapers on the way down. Pop in your ipod, settle in with that book you've not had time to read, and before you know it we'll be unloading and off you go!

The museum has a wonderful permanent collection of artwork and artifacts from all over the world. This collection is now housed in a brand new modern building which is truly a work of art in and of itself! There are massive outdoor sculptures on the grounds, too.

Trip cost:
$45 per person, for AAWS Members or full-time students
$55 per person, non-members

Reserve your spot w/payment by mail:
Check payable to "AAWS"
301 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem NC 27101

336.722.0340 for more info

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fimmaker Julian Semilian speaks at AAWS, Friday 12/10 at noon, FREE

On Friday at noon join us for the latest Artist in Residence!

This series of monthly gallery talks is an ongoing partnership between Associated Artists of Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem Monthly magazine. Each month writer Diana Greene interviews a local artist: writer, musician, painter, photographer, or this month - filmmaker! That artist then offers a talk at AAWS where you can view work in person, ask questions, and hear "the deeper story" behind their career.

This month's featured artist is filmmaker Julian Semilian, a lover of surrealism, writer, poet, filmmaker, and instructor in editing with the University of North Carolina's School of the Arts Film School.

These events are always FREE and open to the public. We do welcome your donations (suggested amount is $5). Feel free to bring lunch or pick up a great cup of hot chocolate next door at Brew Nerds before coming in! And don't worry if you're late or have to leave early. These lunch-time talks are open and friendly and we understand that you may not be able to stay the whole hour!

Gift Ideas from Associated Artists!

We have loads of wonderful original artwork, jewelry, accessories, pottery, and other great gift items for sale at the gallery. Please stop by, Monday through Friday 9am-5pm or Saturday 10-2, for a wide range of mediums, styles, and prices for all of your gift giving needs - from anniversaries to the holidays!

When you shop at a local gallery, you take the "Buy Local' concept much further. Not only is there the obvious tax revenues to City, County, and State.... but at Associated Artists your purchase supports independent local artists as well as the nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those artists.

You might also consider the gift of AAWS Membership for the artist in your family! Annual dues for students are as little as $20 for a full year, and for the retiree just $45. Artist members can participate in themed gallery exhibits, hang work in one of our 26 Community Exhibits locations, and receive discounts for workshops and other events.

Here are just a few of the items available in this year's Winter Showcase:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Featured Gift Shop Artist: Doris Petersham

Customers and patrons go wild over Doris Petersham's pottery.  "It's her colors!" we've been told.  Whimsical, colorful, and fun would be an accurate description of Doris' pottery.  Her vases, butter trays, bowls, mugs and other pieces are anything but boring.  They grab your attention and make you smile.  Here is a sample:

Above: Orange polka dot & black/white teapot alongside a lime green polka-dot & zebra print butter tray. These items and others are for sale in our gift shop.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, Sat, 10am-2pm.  We hope to see you soon!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Two Trips To Ecuador in Feb & March of 2011

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Work - Just in Time for the Holidays!

Winter Showcase opens this Friday night with a special holiday Open House, reception, performances by the Winston-Salem Youth Choir, and artists present with demos and tables filled with work for sale! The AAWS Gallery has been quite the buzzing bee-hive this week as volunteers painted and prepped, moved pedestals and art supports, and arranged the beautiful work that was brought in by our Member Artists. Just over 90 pieces are now on display, ranging in price from $45 to $500. Works in the gift shop include funky clay mugs and ornaments for your tree, earrings and notecards, small paintings and bookmarks. Whether purchasing for the adult child who has just bought their first home or just gathering a few teacher gifts, the gallery has loads of gift items large and small!

We hope that you will stop by - perhaps before heading to the DADA First Friday Gallery Hop, or maybe after touring through the annual Deck the Halls sale benefiting the Sawtooth School! On Saturday you can come by to warm up and do some shopping before staking out your spot for the City of Winston-Salem's Holiday Parade! Any day you choose is fine. We'll be here!

In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek of potential purchases: