December 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
December 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our A3L friends both near and far. Whichever December holiday(s) you celebrate, we hope they are safe and joyous.

Wow! Another year has come and is almost gone.
So much has changed but a lot of the good things have remained. The Arrowhead Gallery is still full of wonderful art and fine crafts. We’ve welcomed new artists and artisans and upped the overall quality of the work in Gallery. We also marked the Gallery’s five year
We held our first ever art show for the McDowell County High School art club, in partnership with the Friends of the Mountain Gateway Museum and the Museum. We’ll be holding another in January 2019.
We also continued the tradition of hosting an art show for the Old Fort Elementary School art program.

We added another mural to the Town of Old Fort. This one depicts the North
Carolina gold trail. It has joined several of the other A3L murals on the
Appalachian Mural Trail, a virtual trail that stretches from Asheville to the Coast
of North Carolina. That brings us up to ten.

We hosted numerous workshops throughout the year, including some first ever workshops, thanks to the hard work of education coordinator Lorelle Bacon. Next year A3L member Liz Meyer will join Lorelle in coordinating the education program.

We held our first book reading and signing, hosting author and sculptor Henry
Harvey and his wife Pamela. Henry told us a bit about his life and Pamela read
a section from Henry’s book “The F**k It List.” This book is a humorous and
thoughtful look at how we chose to live the last third of our lives.
We’ve expanded the scope of our Gallery offerings to include a section showcasing a number of Henry’s books. I personally have enjoyed reading several of them. We hope to host a second reading and signing of another of Henry’s books in early 2019.

This year, we lost one of our pottery teachers, Dori English, but for the best of
reasons. She quit to accept an opportunity to expand her horizons in her chosen profession. The opportunity was too good for her to pass up. Best wishes Dori.

Of course, there is lots more, but that’s enough for now.

As we move into 2019 the officers and members of A3L wish each one of you the happiest and safest of New Years,

Helen Sullivan
Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League


2nd Sunday each month from 2 to 4

NOTE: These classes fill up quickly so call and get your name on the list. 
Limited to 8!                                                                                          
Dec. 8: Lorelle Bacon: Amazing Pen and Ink!
Jan. 13 – Watercolor with Rice Papers. Instructor Dawn Dreibus

Feb. 10 – Valentine Theme with Helen Sullivan

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.


December featured artists:

James and Jenny Tarpley:
JT Fine Art Photography

Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, Jenny studied various mediums. Although an accomplished painter, she feels most comfortable behind the camera. It is this union of her artistic eye, technical ability and passion for photography that produces such impressive work.

James studied Fine Art and Art History during his college years. He's traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa capturing the essence of each locale. His passion for photography comes second only to spending time with his wife and daughter. 
They Were Artist's in Residence for Conagaree National Park in South Carolina as well as Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado!
Come see their lovely space in Arrowhead Gallery and see for yourself their amazing Art Photography!

Please visit our     WEBSITE     to find out more about us
and view our artists individual pages.
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 

ANNOUNCING SOON! Watch for information to go out soon about a wonderful


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.



Instructor: Lee Entrekin
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.



 with Mac Read

January 12th from 1:30 to  4:30                                                                 
$75 for members and $85 for non-members

YOU KNOW it’s so necessary to have good photos
of your completed work!                                                                                  
Now is the time you can finally learn how to do it….

1st session about 3 hours will cover:

PHOTOGRAPHING FLAT ART including, watercolors, acrylics and oils, pastel and encaustics and fiber art. THE BASICS including camera position, light sources, exposure, file size, lighting, shooting through glass and more!

2nd session about 3 hours of individually scheduled time. Lots of one on one attention. You will learn Photoshop, lightroom and raw converter, white balance, correcting perspective, photoshop masks and making a print from a photograph you took of your art that you take home!

Instructor Liz Meyers.-former art educator for 25 years in Western Florida

January 26th 9 a.m.- 12:00  (bad weather date Feb 2)
Cost: $35 members; $40 non-members 

This includes supplies!

Sound like fun? 

Come spend the morning with other create souls!

In this workshop Liz will show you how to make a small woven doll from yarn. This project is great for the fiber challenged like me! Easy peasy, great results and you can then make more on your own. 

Yarn, fabric, cardboard, string, wire and other embellishments available and included in the cost. Participants are encouraged to bring any materials applicable to the project to further enhance creativity!


ALSO COMING in 2019!

2 day Beginners Oils with Linda Krupp

2 day Beginners Metal Clay with Lorelle Bacon

2 day Beginners Watercolor with Lorelle Bacon

Floppy Dolls with Liz Meyers

Beaded Jewelry with Ellen Preckel

Pine Needle Baskets with Kathleen Turner

Mixing Medias with Rachel Egosi

Inky Art with Anita Stewart

Spiritual Art with Lynn Pace

Intermediate Metal Clay with Cathy Green

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