October 2018 Newsletter
Schedule of Events, Classes and Workshops
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Welcome to the A3L

monthly newsletter.
We are very excited to have you as one our "regular" customers. 

A3L is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation based in Old Fort, NC
boasting over 70 members strong. 
The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) is dedicated to promoting the arts in the Old Fort and surrounding communities, providing education in the arts to the citizens and visitors of Old Fort; ensuring local artist and artisans have opportunities to display their skills and work; and preserving the art of the area for future generations.

One of A3L’s important tools to meet its mission is the
Arrowhead Gallery and Studios (AGS), 
featuring over 30 local artisans.

We hope you will join us soon to see new creative works or attend one of the upcoming events or classes.

President’s Note

October 2018

In this month’s Note, I’d like to address three topics – all are events.
Battle of the Brushes
First, the one that is coming up later this month - the Battle of the Brushes 2018.  As many of you know, this is A3L’s annual plein air painting competition. It is the only competition for which we offer cash prizes.  We’ll stamp canvases (or other surfaces) from 9-12 on October 24th.  The deadline for in-take of completed work is 5:00 PM on October 26th.  Judging takes place the morning of Saturday October 27th.  The Awards Reception, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:00 PM that same day.  Last year we had some amazing entries. I own two paintings from previous years myself.   The show grows a little each year, attracting both new and returning artists. In addition to being a fun opportunity for the artists, it’s also enjoyable for the people of Old Fort.  The rules require that artists paint within 5 miles of Town Hall, so folks get to watch the artists at work capturing their visions of our Town. We’re looking forward to the best show ever.  The prospectus is available on our website at under the Shows tab.

Blue Jean Ball
The second event is one that occurred on September 29th.  We had our 3rd annual Blue Jeans Ball.  This is A3L’s annual fundraiser.  We had great food, amazing music by Rewind, a local band, and a very successful silent auction.  The event was a great success. Everyone had a great time and A3L raised some money for our on-going programs, including support to the local elementary school art program.  A very big thank you to our donors: Catawba Brewing, Lowe’s, Walmart, Roots Salon, Turtle Island Pottery, Burrito Brothers, Refinery 13, Holly’s Deli, Food Lion, BiLo, Ingles, John’s Golf Course, Mike and Ellen Preckel, Marsha Woods, Lorelle Bacon, Jean Ryan, Helen Sullivan, Nancy Hoopes, Kelley Wheeler, Liz Meyer, Susie Painter, Louise Owen, Steven Painter, Jenny and James Tarpley, Dylan Lytle, and Terri Davey.  Another very big thank you to the team that put the whole thing together: Susie Painter, the amazing chairperson, and members Terri Davey, Kelley Wheeler, Liz Meyer, Louise Owen, Jenny Tarpley, and Lorelle Bacon. A special thanks to Steven Painter and John Sullivan for all of their assistance, and to all of those made and donated food items. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you!

McDowell High Art Show

The last event is on-going through October 24th.  This our first art competition and show featuring the work of McDowell County’s high school aged students.  For this event we partnered with the Friends of the Mountain Gateway Museum, and the Mountain Gateway Museum.  The Friends group provided cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  A3L provided a gift certificate prize to the work that best depicted the theme of the show.  Since the show was held as part of McDowell County’s 175 anniversary celebrations, the theme was “Celebrating McDowell County – 175 Years.”  I’ve included an image of the winning entry by artist Skye Inman. Her piece “Sunset in the Mountains” won both first place and the themed award.  Other award winners included: Second Place: “Bigfoot Caught in Action” by Ashley Jimison, Third Place: “McDowell County Marching Band” by Hannah Hardin, Honorable Mention: “Old’n Town Food” by Lacey Madison Buchanan, and Honorable Mention:  “The Mill” by Jason Crowder.  Our judge was award-winning artist and potter Mathilda Tanner of Black Mountain. You can view the entire show at the Annex Gallery of the Arrowhead Gallery and Shows in Old Fort.

 Until Next Month,

 Helen Sullivan

President, Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League



2nd Sunday each month from 2 to 4

NOTE: Participants MUST sign up early as class is limited to 8
and it always fills up!! 

November: Andrea Brooks : Watercolors
December: Lorelle Bacon: Amazing Pen and Ink!

Call the gallery to sign up in advance as these classes fill up quickly!
828 668-1100 please leave your name phone number and an email address.
Please visit our     WEBSITE     to find out more about us
and view our artists individual pages.

Oil painting by Linda Krupp

Arrowhead Gallery’s October Feature Artist

Linda Krupp. Featured Artist for October at Arrowhead Gallery


Linda has a penchant for preserving the past in her paintings: old barns, buildings, and landscapes that are relics from her childhood growing up in the Piedmont section of rural North Carolina. After spending many years in Florida, she also tries to capture the scenic waterways, foliage, and clouds that make it so beautiful. 

Of herself, she says,

“I believe I have always had the soul of an artist, seeing beauty in the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been. Mostly, though, I love the continual learning needed to grow and create art. Now, as a teacher of art, I am humbled to be able to assist others in their artistic efforts. Creating a painting is a journey, not a destination, and I am truly loving the adventure.”

Linda has won numerous local awards for her photography and paintings, and they are in collections throughout the east coast and Panama. She is currently a member of the Downtown Art Gallery in Titusville, Florida and the Arrowhead Art Gallery in Old Fort. Her art may be viewed at

October Workshops


Leader: Marilyn Minchey

October 20th from 10 to 3
Members #32 and non members $42
materials $12 includes 3 lbs glycerin,soap flakes, colorings, fragrances, molds and handouts.

Students are encouraged to bring molds if they have any, though not necessary. 
There are various techniques for making soap, ranging from simple to complex, from having soap ready to use or gift within a few hours or having to wait a month or more before it's aged properly.
This workrshop will [present two of the most simple techniques and you will take home 7 to 10 bars of soap!
Bring a lunch or visit Subway across from the gallery and learn to make soap for your family or gifts for friends just in time for the holiday!


Instructor Anita Stewart      

Date: Sat Oct 27, 10 -2 pm. (bring your lunch)
$65 members or $65 non-members $5 supply fee

*Do you want to make creative art and use stronger contrast?

*Want to make successful designs quickly that looks like you’ve worked hours ?

*Want to stretch your creative thinking?

All of these will take place in this workshop! Anita will walk you through each intriguing step. You will be delighted with how easily your whimsical shapes are "born" on canvas and gessoed water color paper..
Take home"tools" that you can use to create more eye catching artwork.
Your award winning teacher, Anita Stewart, has taught art for over 30 years in the Atlanta area.

***A sample is hanging at the gallery in the classroom for those who are curious and may be considering signing up to see!l

ARROWHEAD GALLERY CLASSES                                                 
Contact  Education Chair Lorelle Bacon  with questions: 828 595-6007.
Come by or call Arrowhead Gallery  68C Catawba Ave. Old Fort to register.
828 668-1100 

PAINTING AND DRAWING                                       
with Lorelle Bacon                                  
1st and  2nd Tuesdays of each month                            
$35 for 2 two hour classes members
or $45 for non-members                                                    
Lorelle has been teaching art for 25 years. She is known for her patience! Whatever two dimensional artwork you are interested in learning and any subject this is the class for you. 
Says Lorelle, "I truly believe that Anyone Who Has the Desire, CAN learn to do good artwork!" So if  you want to move up a level in your art or you’ve always wanted to learn how. NOW is the time to begin your creative journey!
Students choose the medium and subject they would like to do. Supply list will be furnished but for a small fee the instructor will furnish the supplies for your first painting. Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, watercolors, drawing, pen and ink or scratchboard. This instructor is known for her patience and success her students achieve!
with Mathilda Tanner                                                             
Weds from 1 to 3                                                                    
$115 members or $125 non-members includes 4 classes, clay, gazes, firings and use of equipment.                                                          

Come play with clay, and create your own functional and fun art today with materials as ancient as the Earth! Learn hand building, wheel throwing, sculpture and decorating techniques. We supply everything you'll need to make a new family heirloom, all levels are welcome including beginners. Your finished, fired pottery will be just as functional and useful as store bought dishes, but much more special!

Mathilda Tanner is extremely knowledgeable with many years of creating. She makes learning in this class fun with her unique teaching abilities. Student may choose to learn hand building and or  throwing on the wheel.          

with Mathilda Tanner

For those who cannot attend Wedsdays classes Mathilda is now offering this option! 
Call her at 828 775-7786 to coordinate a time with her.
1 Adult, 2 hours for $60. Up to 3 additional people for $15 each. 1 child 7 & up with an adult $70. Add up to 3 more people for $15 each. No more than six total.

Includes all clay, glazes, firings and instructions! Also students may use the studio between classes when available.

Sadly we will have to say goodbye to Dori English, our wonderful clay sculpture instructor! She has had a wonderful opportunity come her way and we are happy for her. IF you know of anyone who would like to teach a once a week clay, please have them get in touch with Education Coordinator, Lorelle Bacon at

November Workshops


Instructor Nadine Fidelman

November 3 (Saturday) 10 – 4

$50 members or $60 non-members

plus $5 for materials

Learn to make your own professional-looking jewelry.  Experience the art of wire-wrapping while creating a copper bangle bracelet with clasp. 

Lots of one on one attention as you learn. You will be able to make more on your own after this class!

No experience is necessary, but good eyesight, a close-work magnifier or glasses if necessary.  





Instructor Cathy Greene

November 10th (Saturday) from 10 to 4

$100 members or $110 non-members

Plus $40 supply fee

Supplies includes enough silver clay to create 2 pair of earrings and a pendant!

Participants will explore and learn basics including texturing, rolling, shaping, cutting, forming and firing.

NOTE: Those who have been before may come all day for $70 and bring own supplies.

You will be able to wear your jewelry home!

SOUL COLLAGE ART                                                            

Instructors Lynn Pace

 Sat November 17th, 2018    10am to 4 pm (1 hr lunch)
 $50 members or $60 non-members plus materials fee of  $5.00

No Art Experience necessary

Soul Collage is an intuitive process of collage & self-discovery where one has the opportunity to gain access to their inner knowing as they create cards which have deep personal meaning.  Come join us for a delightful day of camaraderie & play as we learn about the deeply intuitive and meaningful process of Soul Collage. Through the world of images we will journey into our own personal interior landscapes, bringing forth the wisdom that lies within. Students will have the opportunity to make 3 to 4 pieces with time to explore the insights they bring.



with Dawn Dreibus

December 1st from 1 to 4 
$35 members or $45 non-members includes all supplies

Come join this fun workshop and create beautiful one of a kind cards using mono-printing techniques! NO art experience necessary… If you choose to you can then use your cards to print more to send or give to friends and family.                                                                                            

Dawn loves mono-printing and all the interesting effects that you can get, but even more, she loves to share her knowledge with others! Sign up early, this will be a popular workshop….


Instructor: Lee Entrekin

Class will be December 8th from noon until 4:00 p.m., or until everyone finishes a playable flute!

Registration $50 members or $60 non-members
Material fee will be $10.

This class will teach you how to make and tune a simple Native American flute from bamboo. We will discuss how a flute works, how to select and cure bamboo, and then how to make a flute and tune it.

The supply fee includes a suitable pre-cured section of bamboo for a small flute. Tools used will include

  1. Saw for cutting bamboo, preferably very fine-toothed;

  2. Dremel tool with tapered stone bit or drill with variety of bits

  3. Flat rasp and files

  4. Sharp knife and preferably flat gouge

  5. Round and flat needle files

  6. Tuner

  7. Fine sandpaper and/or steel wool

Please bring any of these you have. Extra tools will be available to share.


Please visit our     WEBSITE     to find out more about us
get more details on how to enter our upcoming exhibits.
  Artist: Linda Krupp


Call for Artists!
Arrowhead Gallery and studios announces that both 2D and 3D art will be accepted for September's exhibit.
The theme is “Live Laugh, Love”.
The goal of this exhibit is to show that what brings us together is stronger than what divides us….
This flows from the quote “Live every moment, Laugh every day, Love beyond words.”
Let's show people that we all have more in common with one another than differences....

Anything that represents how you feel about the above statement!

Look through the paintings you have and we'll bet you find at least one that fits the bill! The prospectus is online at 

Mark your calendars! Works will be accepted on September 6th from 2 to 6 at Arrowhead Gallery 78C Catawba Blvd, Old Fort.

The exhibit will hang from September 7th through September 19th in The Annex Gallery.

There will be a Peoples Choice Award at the end of the exhibit. Only 10% commission on sales.

A full prospectus with information may be found at

Questions, contact exhibit Curator, Lorelle Bacon at email
2018 Shows in the Annex Gallery
Coming Up! 

McDowell County – Celebrating 175 Years
McDowell County is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. To help mark that milestone, the Friends of Mountain Gateway Museum (FOTMGM) and the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) in Old Fort are inviting the county’s high school-age youths to create fine artworks that depict what McDowell County means to them.  This show is open to McDowell County high school aged students.  There will be cash prizes.
Battle of the Brushes (Judged show) – October – curator Helen Sullivan [reception]
Battle of the Brushes.  This is A3L’s annual plein air painting competition.  There are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplaces, as well as a special Arrowhead Award for the painting that best captures the “essence of Old Fort.”  All painting must be done outdoors within 5 miles of the Old Fort Town Hall.  The competition opens on Wednesday October 24th with check-in and stamping of painting surfaces and ends on Friday October 26th at 5PM with turn in of finished work.  There will be an awards reception Saturday October 27th.
Holidays Around the World – November/December – curator John Sullivan
[This show replaces Tiny Treasures.  The size of the works will be up to the curator.  The idea will still be to have lots of affordable holiday gifts for folks to purchase for friends and family.]
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