Shape Maker – Entertainer Opening

Exhibition Opening Thursday, June 9th

The Shape Maker and Entertainer Exhibition opens Thursday, June 9th, with a reception from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Guild House. The Exhibition will be open through August 12, 2022. Plan to stop in and see the new display of both 2- and 3-dimensional art from local artist community.

Shape Maker and Entertainer focuses on the fact that nothing observed has lines around it or within it. Everything is perceived by overlapping objects and directional surfaces that have highlights and shadows.

Artists truly “came out of the dark” in the Renaissance and began pictorial representation in terms of light and shade. There was even a word for it: chiaroscuro, chiaro meaning light and oscuro meaning darkness. Artists also recognize that we can draw an object by drawing the space around that object. Thus, we became even more skilled at creating shapes without being dependent on non-existing lines around and within the object being portrayed. We became shape makers.

Each of the art pieces on display is an original and has not been exhibited at RAG previously. Stop in and see the broad range of expression represented.

Featured Artist: Nancy Winora Johnson

Nancy Winora Johnson

We are pleased to present Nancy Winora Johnson, the co-Featured Artist with Joan Blackwell for the June – August 2022 period. Nancy brings a rich, varied background and experience to her artwork, an excellent companion to the current Shape Maker and Entertainer exhibition.

Printmaking is the media Nancy chose as her concentration.  She has experience basket weaving, welding, photography, porcelain dolls, painting, jewelry making, ceramics, crewel, bronze casting, quilting, beadwork, and more.  Her style involves abstract expression through which she looks beyond the piece of work to see what is within.  The artist’s intention is to inspire the viewer with the images that feed the spirit of peace. 

A native of Robeson County, Nancy received a Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Science in Art, Master’s in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Business Computer degree from Robeson Community College in Lumberton.  She has volunteered as a docent and greeter at St. John’s Museum of Art, Latimer House, and the Bellamy Mansion Museum located in Wilmington, NC.  She has experience in graphic design for the “Signs of the Time” agency in Raleigh, NC. 

Nancy is a member of the Robeson Art Guild, Robeson Art Council, Robeson Historical Museum, and Carolina Art Guild.  In the past, she has served as Vice President of the Robeson Art Counsel, member of the River Roots Art Guild, and production manager for Studio One Theatre for the Public Schools of Robeson County.  She served in an interim art position in Brunswick and Columbus County.  Nancy is a retired Visual Art teacher for the Public Schools of Robeson County.  Nancy has exhibited at the Franklin Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC, Marianne’s Restaurant in Pembroke, “Art Right Now” Southeastern Regional Violence Center at the Osterneck building in Lumberton, Carolina Civic Center in Lumberton, Givens Performing Art Center at UNCP in Pembroke and Agriculture County Fair.  Nancy correlated a silent auction for New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. 

Nancy was the featured artist in “Book Em” at the Robeson Community College, in Lumberton, N.C.   Nancy was the featured artist at the Bladenboro Visual Arts Council Art Gallery.  Nancy has entered several art competitions such as Smoke Mountain Jubilee Creative Art Division 2016-2017, and the Eastern Church of God Adult talent art division.  She is a member of the “Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) International Society for Key Women Educators” where she has won several art competitions which are currently displayed on the DKG website.  Nancy has won many art competitions through the Lumber River Regional Senior Games Silver Arts and Heritage, in photography, silk painting, pottery, basket weaving, watercolor, and jewelry.  Nancy served as a reviewer for the Fayetteville Cumberland County Arts council’s Artist Support Grant Panel.  Nancy served as Vice-President of the Robeson Reading Association where she helped correlate the art competition for the Public Schools of Robeson County students.  Nancy exhibited during the Robeson County Art Stroll at Robeson County History Museum, Robeson County Art Guild, Carolina Civic Center, Adelio’s, Happening’s on Elm, and Inner Peace Art Gallery. A permanent display of one of her photographs is located at the Pembroke Family Practice and Urgent Care Center, in Pembroke, NC.

Featured Artist: Joan Blackwell

Joan Blackwell


We are pleased to present Joan Blackwell, the co-Featured Artist with Nancy Johnson for the June – August 2022! Joan has a deep, rich history that can be seen reflected in her work. Stop by the Guild House soon to see a collection of her art pieces on loan in the Featured Artist Gallery June – August 2022.

Below Joan shared her thoughts on how her life and background influence her artwork. Just a few of Joan’s works are included.

At times, my art reflects movement, reflection, representation, historical trauma, life events, honoring of sacred Native American traditions, invoking spirits of the past, present & future, or spiritualism, but always created in a positive genre. A constant juxtaposition of creative ideals is stored in my brain and continually wants to be seen on canvas. I believe my Lumbee Native American ancestors are speaking to me as I show their messages on canvas. Hopefully, these art pieces will continue to carry good messages to the next generation, as that is my intent. These ideals are reflected by the diversity of color, many details, and at times, are shown in cosmic iconographies, such as whimsical animals, and realistic, modern and spiritual imageries in form. I am influenced by what I see and feel from day to day. Whether I am researching or listening to an Art Survey lecture, I find myself thinking and contemplating, and I am inspired to create a new art piece. For instance, one day I may study African art and the next day I may be inspired to do form line art based on the indigenous art of the Northwest Coast of North America. I never know what I will do, but the creative thinking process is exciting, and the completion is the grandeur journey of being an artist.

My visions on canvas tend to document ongoing subconscious, conscious and spiritual journeys. I try to leave others feeling better after viewing my art and after meeting with them to encourage unity. My maternal grandparents, Rev. Martin Luther Lowry, Sr., and wife, Cammie (Locklear) Lowry were educators, farmers, civic-minded, and Lumbee Tribe members. They greatly influenced my scholarly studies, appreciation of all cultures, and the need to keep my mind and hands busy to maintain balance in life. Their lifestyle taught me fruits of labor by teaching me how to grow flowers, vegetables, preserve foods, appreciation of Mother Nature, respect towards all two and four-legged animals, and a strong foundation in faith, hope, and charity.

As a perennial learner and researcher of various cultures, many of my paintings reveal fantastical environments that are rich in detail, color, and spontaneous in form. At times I am deeply affected by catastrophic events, such as the murders of innocent victims, and will stop what I am doing to show my feelings on canvass to honor the victims. Those tragedies projected on canvass include Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Men and children, the Charleston church massacre, the murder of George Floyd, military female Native American warriors, and the wars America was involved with during my lifetime and before. I am the mother of an Army pilot and daughter. Through them, I have many grandchildren. Unfortunately, they all live out of state, due to their professional lifestyles. To avoid the voids of missing them, I adopt neighbors’ children to teach them art or share meals, times. My accomplishments include a master’s in art teaching (UNCP) 2019, career background includes Department of Defense contractor, classified management analyst. Assignments included positions at the State Department, Washington, D.C., and various military installations.

Today my passions include private art lessons at my home, focus on creating new art, marketing my art, sharing art techniques and expertise, volunteer work for the Lumbee Tribe community, learning new art techniques, growing flowers, participating in art show events, sharing with others, walking my dog Chica, travel, and placing God and family at the top of my lists.

— Joan Blackwell, Featured Artist, Robeson Art Guild

Auction Ends June 4th!!

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Online Art Auction Ends Saturday, June 4th!!

Time is running out! The Online Art Auction of works ends on Saturday, June 4th! Be sure to visit and make sure that you get your bid in on your favorite piece of art from your favorite local artist – or on the NASCAR adventure or wonderful weekend at Ferncroft Estate. Here are just a few of the artworks available!

The auction will be closed after 5:00 PM on June 4th. Plan to pick up your items at the Guild House the following week, NOT at Pine Crest.

Click the link and visit the Golf Tournament Online Art Auction by Robeson Art Guild | BetterWorld and get your bids in.  You can place your bids online easily and securely.  Good Luck!

New Golf Date: 9/24/22!

Announcing the
New Date: September 24, 2022

2nd Annual RAG Golf Tournament
Celebrating the Art Community of Robeson County

Pine Crest Country Club
Lumberton, NC

We were looking forward to a great day of golf on May 21st, but with temperatures expected to be close to 100 the decision was made to postpone. Working with Pine Crest, the new date is agreed: Saturday, September 24th! All of the foursomes have been contacted, so start planning for a beautiful, cooler North Carolina day on the links. In fact, it looks like there will be a few additional players now!

The Online Auction of artworks from Robeson County artists is up and running, with new works and experiences being added every few days. We have extended the Auction to Saturday, June 4th to give everyone a chance to get their bids in on their favorite artworks or adventures. We will close the auction and notify the winners after 5:00 PM on the June 4th. Plan to pick up your items at the Guild House the following week, NOT at Pine Crest.

Click the link and visit the Golf Tournament Online Art Auction by Robeson Art Guild | BetterWorld and get your bids in.  You can place your bids online easily and securely.

Shape Maker and Entertainer

Prospectus

Exhibit Title: SHAPE MAKER AND ENTERTAINER

Exhibit Summary: SHAPE MAKER AND ENTERTAINER focuses on the FACT nothing observed has lines around it or within it. Everything is perceived by overlapping objects and directional surfaces that have highlights and shadows.

Artists truly “came out of the dark” in the Renaissance and began pictorial representation in terms of light and shade. There was even a word for it: chiaroscuro, chiaro meaning light and oscuro meaning darkness. Artists also recognize that we can draw an object by drawing the space around that object. Thus, we became even more skilled at creating shapes without being dependent on non-existing lines around and within the object being portrayed. We became shape makers.

Our exhibition SHAPE MAKERS AND ENTERTAINER is seeking two and three-dimensional expression that gives emphasis to shapes NOT lines. We do also recognize the role of color both warm and cool as well as pattern that can be used to create shapes and entertain the viewer.

Submission Requirements: Artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works using these guidelines. Work cannot weigh more than 50 lbs. and cannot be more than 5 feet in any direction. Two-dimensional work must have adequate hanging devices and 3-D work must have its own support. Entries must be original and cannot have been exhibited at RAG previously. Photography, photo montage and collage are welcome.

Fee: RAG members, $20. Nonmember, $55 to cover membership.

Awards: $200 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, and $50 for highest popularity vote.

Important Dates

  • Submissions Due: June 6, 2022, Entries are due and received at RAG (109 W 9th St., Lumberton), between 9:00-11:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM.
  • Opening Reception: June 9, 2022, 6pm to 8pm
  • Exhibit Ends: August 12, 2022

Presented by Nila Chamberlain

It’s Alive! In a Good Way!

The Golf Tournament Online Art Auction is Alive and well and Open for Public viewing right now! Visit early, browse the items, and plan your bidding strategy. We will be adding more items, too, over the week as new items come in! And, of course, check in on those unique pieces that catch your eye, and your bids!

Bidding starts at 5:00 PM today, Saturday, May 14, and will continue until Saturday, May 21st at 5:00 PM.

Click the image below will take you directly to the Online Art Auction. Share the link with your friends! Thank you for your help in making this a successful event!

https://robesonartguild.betterworld.org/auctions/golf-tournament-online-auction

To the many talented artists who have provided artworks for the auction:

Thank You!!

We are thrilled to list your work in so many different mediums!

Artists, Hurry, Just Days Left…

Golf Tournament Online Auction

Time’s a-ticking! Please select at least two of your works for the Online Auction and bring them to the Guild House no later than Friday, May 13, so they can be photographed and uploaded to the online album for patrons to study and bid! Don’t forget to include your brief biography and the title, value, and dimensions of each work. Don’t be shy! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to let our community learn about you and your work.

The auction will be online beginning about a week before and conclude on the day of the Golf Tournament, May 21st.  We are working with BetterWorld.org to ensure that bidders see all auction items clearly, can place their bids online securely, and that the auction concludes smoothly at the Golf Tournament, with the artwork available for pickup.  A link to the online gallery link to share with your friends and patrons will be provided to you so you can get the word out and help make this another successful fundraiser! 

Last year, we sold more than 50 pieces with every artist selling and this year we hope to do the same or better.  You should set a minimum price and then let the magic of bidding “wars” drive the process. We look forward to success for our artists and the Guild.  We also look forward to making our patrons very happy.

Nila Chamberlain
Executive Director RAG

Insurance:  All work will be insured by RAG and each artist will be asked to determine insurance value in keeping with range of previously sold work.

Calendar:  

  • Online Auction: Dropoff artworks at the Guild House by Friday, May 13 between 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Include your brief biography and the title, value, and dimensions of each work.
  • Golf Tournament at Pine Crest Country Club: May 21, 2022

Click here for more information about the Golf Tournament

Attention Artists!!

Golf Tournament Online Auction

As you know. each year the Robeson Art Guild sponsors the Golf Tournament fundraiser at Pine Crest Country Club.  As a major part of the project, we ask our artists to select two of their artworks for the sale. Jim Tripp photographs each piece of art offered. The photographs will appear on our website in a special online gallery where patrons can browse and bid securely.

Please select your two artworks and bring them to the Guild House Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, between 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, along with a brief biography and the dimensions of each artwork. Checks will be issued promptly after the online auction is concluded.

The auction will be online running for about a week before and concluding on the day of the Golf Tournament this year.  We are working with BetterWorld.org to ensure that bidders see all auction items and can place their bids online securely, and that the auction concludes smoothly at the Golf Tournament.  Artists and all RAG members will be provided with the online gallery link to share with their friends and patrons to help get the word out and make this another successful fundraiser! 

Last year, we sold more than 50 pieces with every artist selling and this year we hope to do the same or better.  You should set a minimum price and then let the magic of bidding “wars” drive the process. We look forward to success for our artists and the Guild.  We also look forward to making our patrons very happy.

Nila Chamberlain

Executive Director RAG

Insurance:  All work will be insured by RAG and each artist will be asked to determine insurance value in keeping with range of previously sold work.

Calendar:  

  • Online Auction: Dropoff artworks at the Guild House on Thursday, and Friday, May 5 and 6 between 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Include your brief biography and the title, value, and dimensions of each work.
  • Golf Tournament at Pine Crest Country Club: May 21, 2022

Click here for more information about the Golf Tournament

ArtFields | Lake City, SC

ArtFields, Lake City, SC April 22-30, 2022

April 22 @ 12:00 pm April 23 @ 9:00 pm

Robeson Art Guild is planning a short field trip to visit this year’s ArtFields Cooperative event in Lake City, SC. The group will leave Friday, April 22, and return Saturday evening, April 23. Everyone is responsible for their own expenses, including lodging. Everyone is looking forward to exploring this artistic community and sharing the company!

Lake City ArtFields Collective
ArtFields, Lake City, SC April 22-30, 2022

ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with 9 days’ worth of celebration and competition while revitalizing a small Southern town. The competition and exhibition offer over $100,000 in cash prizes. The winners of two People’s Choice Awards are determined by the votes of people visiting ArtFields; a panel of art professionals selects all the other awards, including the $50,000 Grand Prize and $25,000 Second Place award.

Up to 400 works of art will be on display in locally owned venues, from renovated 1920s warehouses and professional art spaces such as Jones-Carter Gallery and TRAX Visual Art Center to the library, the history museum, the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center, restaurants, boutiques and other shops. During ArtFields, what was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities becomes a living art gallery as we recognize, celebrate and share the artistic talent of the Southeast.

Nila Chamberlain

ArtFields Cooperative<br>Lake City, SC

110 E Main Street
Lake City, South Carolina 29560 United States
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