July 2019 
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 artisan corporation based in Old Fort, NC boasting 65 members strong.  We also have AGS, our beautiful gallery 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.
AGS Hours
10am to 6pm on Tuesday through Saturday.
1 to 4pm on Sunday.

President’s Note

July 2019
Hi Everyone and Happy Birthday America!
I hope this USA Birthday month finds you and your loved ones well and safe.

This month I’ve been asked to explain how you can support A3L without spending a dime out of pocket that you wouldn’t already be spending if you shop on  Have you ever heard of This is Amazon’s charity arm. If you shop online at Amazon, all you have to do is go to to register. Once you do, you pick your favorite charity.  Of course we hope that it’s the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League, or A3L, for short. Amazon has a very long list of charities that qualify. Just search for us by name. Once you select us, .5% of everything you buy will go to A3L automatically.  It only takes a few minutes to sign up. It doesn’t cost you a penny more to shop. Just be sure that you are on when you do your shopping. Same stuff, same prices, same everything else. To you its invisible but to us it can make a world of difference.  Thanks so much!

This month at the Arrowhead Gallery we are celebrating America with our July show, “Celebrating Our Differences.”  With this show we are asking All Artists and Artisans to demonstrate their feelings and visual expressions of the idea of how all we Americans are the all the same, no matter what background someone has or what path people are on.   We want everyone to take a look at our culture from a different perspective, and for artists to use their mediums in a new way. For more information and a copy of the prospectus, visit our website at  Intake for this show is July 5th.  It will hang throughout the month.  Even if you don’t plan to enter this event, please stop by and check out the work.  Then vote for your favorite. The piece with the most votes gets the People’s Choice Award for the month. 

Next month’s show is one of our judged shows.  We are doing this one in coordination with the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.  It comes with a beach reception on August 3rd at the Museum and the Gallery, in addition to prize ribbons for the first, second and third place winners.  So if you can’t get to the beach, we are bringing the beach to you. The judge for this show is Lisa Steffens.  The theme is “From the Beach to the Mountains.”

Last month our show was a fund raiser for Brother Wolf of McDowell County.  If you came to the show, especially on the day when Brother Wolf had a few of its adorable kitties and puppies available for you to pet and cuddle and adopt, you know how special this show was and how near to all of our hearts.   (I happen to be sitting at my desk with one of our amazing rescue kitties now. Of course, she will say she rescued us, not the other way around. I thank Brother Wolf and Mercy and the other dedicated rescuers in Mc Dowell County for saving so many animals and bringing them together with their forever homes.)  Just glad we could help in a very small way. BW, its not too late to donate to Brother Wolf. If you can’t get to Marion, we will take your donations at the Gallery and pass them along. Just make sure you identify the donation as being for Brother Wolf.

Also this month, we are offering some very interesting and different classes and workshops.  For Sunday Painters, Ellen Preckel will be teaching us how to make a charm bracelet. As always, these sessions are free and open to the public, but space is limited so sign up early.  Call the Gallery at 828-668-1100. Also this month, Mixed Media Small Art by Dawn Dreibus. Next month Lorelle Bacon is offering a Watercolor 101 and Dona Barnett is offering an Etching workshop. 

Weekly classes new this month, Terri Davey is offering a beginning sewing class.  Lots of you have asked for this in the past, so Terri has stepped up to make it happen.  She’s only taking two students, so you’ll have lots of individual attention. You can bring your own machine or rent one of ours.  See our website at for more info or to sign up.  Check under Classes and Workshops.  Also this month Dona Barnett is starting a regular Colored Pencil Drawing class.  It begins On July 11st from 1-3 PM. See our website for more information or to sign up.

Lastly, we need volunteers.  We need help keeping the Gallery open and in welcoming visitors to the Gallery.  We also need folks interested in helping with our monthly shows or organizing and setting up our annual Blue Jeans Ball.  We would also welcome new instructors, who have expertise in various arts and craft media. One key need we have is one or more folks willing to serve on our Board of Directors, perhaps stepping up to a leadership position over the next couple of years.  This is my last year as A3L’s president. I am really looking forward to what the next generation of leaders will bring to our organization. We are already seeing this in the new view points and experiences being brought to A3L by new Board members Catherine Bruggeman, Liz Meyer, and Stephanie Wilds.  Please call the Gallery and leave your name and phone number, or email us at if you would like to volunteer or have questions about volunteering.
 We especially need volunteers who are willing to be trained as Gallery sitters. 

That’s all for this month.  More to come in August.
Helen Sullivan
Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League

This is a Free class taught by volunteers! Held the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2 to 4. 

It is limited to 8 students, who need to call or come by the gallery to sign up no later than the Wednesday before.

July 14, 2 to 4. Ellen Preckel is bringing us something new this month: Learn to make a charm bracelet!  

The Take In for Embracing our differences exhibit will be on FRIDAY July 5th from 2 to 6 as 4th of July is a holiday.

Embracing Our Differences

All Artists and Artisans it’s time to demonstrate your feelings and visual expressions of the idea of how we are the all the same, no matter what background someone has or what path people are on. Look at our culture from a different perspective, use your medium in a new way, 2D and 3D accepted.
Friday, July 5 from 2-4 pm. No exceptions unless you make arrangements in advance. If you can't come, send it with someone else. There will be prospectus sheets at the gallery that can be filled out when submitting. Please try to do this in advance. Sheets for submission are included here.
There will be a People’s Choice award given at the end of the exhibit to the piece receiving the most votes!


Painting by Linda Krupp

The August Exhibit theme will be ‘From the Beach to the Mountains’ and will be presented in partnership with the Mountain Gateway Museum. Take in for this judged show will be on Thursday August 1st from 2 to 6. Reception August 3rd. Lorelle Bacon is the curator. 

Lisa Steffens is our judge.

Lisa Steffens is a painter, printmaker and former art teacher/ graphic designer.  She received an MA in Communication Design from the University of the Arts, London, England and a formal art education from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in Greenwich Village. Lisa has had many lives, she grew up in the Hudson River Valley, emigrated to the UK, lived abroad for over two decades, and eventually moved back to the states. She is an old hand at reinventing herself, and a firm believer that art making can always travel as a constant companion no matter the journey. Now happily ensconced in the mountains of Western North Carolina, she intends to devote her time and energy to making art. Lisa’s work can be found in collections in the US, England, Spain and The Netherlands.

The peoples choice award  winner for June's Exhibit
"Puppies and Kittens and More, Oh My”  is Dawn Driebus.



To register:
Come by or call Arrowhead Gallery  
78C Catawba Ave. Old Fort, NC
828 668-1100 

or go to our WEBSITE and pay online.


Instructor Terri Davey

Weds from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

4 class sessions only $60

Fabric and pattern supplied.

Starts on July 10th!

If you have always wanted to learn to sew, now is your chance! Terri Davey is an accomplished seamstress and can teach you the basics of sewing and more.

In this 1st four week class, you will learn how to read a pattern, how to cut out the fabric, how to use a sewing machine, and make simple projects.

Class is limited to only 2 students so you will get lots of one on one attention! So sign up NOW!

You may bring your own machine or rent one at the studio for only $10 for the 4 classes.

Students are asked to bring their own scissors, straight pins and a notebook.




Mixed Media Small Art
Instructor: Dawn Dreibus 
July 13 from 1-4

$25 members $35 non-members Supply fee: $5
Adults and Teens

In this fun class you will explore creating small, whimsical mixed media pieces. Whether you’re a new artist or an experienced artist wanting to loosen up & try something different, you’ll enjoy this class.

Each student will take home two pieces of art to hang in their home or give as gifts. No painting experience is required, basic drawing skills are helpful but not necessary. The class will use a mixture of collage and painting plus using pencil & marker drawing to achieve unique, whimsical pieces. If you have some favorite acrylic colors or markers that you like, bring those along as well. Otherwise all other supplies will be on hand to finish the project. Wear clothing that you won’t mind getting messy in. Some aprons available.

Colored Pencil Weekly Drawing Class
Instructor: Dona Barnett        
Starting on Thursday, July 11th  from 1 to 3

Sign up for 4 weeks at a time.

4 classes $90 plus $10 supply fee 

(supply fee waived if you bring your own “Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils”)

A little like drawing and a little like painting, colored pencils are surprisingly versatile. And they’re easy to carry! This class will cover all the basics and also a few colored pencil ninja tricks. All materials will be provided.

  • 2 hour class

  • $90 for 4 weekly classes

  • $10 supply fee 

  • class limit of 8

Beginner's Stained Glass
Instructor: Catherine Bruggeman
July 17, 18, and 19th
6 to 8 pm

Three two-hour classes, $65 for members and $75 for non-members

Supply fee: $25 for all materials and use of tools

This is a three-day, beginner's course in handcrafting stained glass panels. Students will get an overview of the history, design, methods, and techniques used in designing and creating stained glass windows. Students will complete a 12x12 inch guilt block pattern and use their choice of colors and textures of glass.

Students learn by hands-on application as they are instructed on a step-by-step approach to: selecting glass, preparing the pattern, "cutting" (scoring) glass, foiling, staging and soldering, and finally, cleaning, finishing and displaying the panel. Instructor will furnish all tools and supplies needed to complete the panel. Handouts will be incorporated in this workshop to reinforce learning objectives. 

Artist Brushes, Paints & More

July 20th, with Anita Stewart

2 pm: DEMO of brushes
2:30 to 3:30: Brush SALE

3:30: OPTIONAL one hour class with Anita for ONLY $15 using the demoed brushes which you can purchase ALL for JUST $15!

Top name brand brushes, paints, and other art supplies at 50-75% off retail. The Brush Lady ONLY comes once a year to bring you deals! 

She has watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting brushes ... all sizes and shapes. Quality brushes including Princeton, Silver, Escoda, Windsor&Newton, Richeson, DaVinci, and more.  Also great deals on brand name watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints - $6 and $5 for huge tubes, $3 for reg size tubes!

ARROWHEAD GALLERY CLASSES                                                 

To register:
Come by or call Arrowhead Gallery  
78C Catawba Ave. Old Fort, NC
828 668-1100 

or go to our WEBSITE and pay online.


PAINTING AND DRAWING All Subjects                                      
with Lorelle Bacon                                  
The first two Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30.
$65 for members and $75 for non-members for 
2 classes

 NOTE: June is an exception and will be taught the 1st and last Tues mornings.                               
Student working in Lorelle's class

This class is for beginners who always wanted to learn to create art. It is also for those who have some experience but want to improve or need help with specific subjects. Students receive lots of one on one attention and each work at their own pace, in the medium of their choice as well as subject. Lorelle loves to help each student achieve their artistic goals and is known for her patience.

with Mathilda Potter 
(please note Mathilda's new last name - vocation appropriate!)                                                    
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 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 Potter

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.

Colored Pencil Weekly Drawing Class

Instructor: Dona Barnett        

Starting on July 11th  from 1 to 3

Sign up for 4 weeks at a time.

4 classes $90 plus $10 supply fee 

(supply fee waived if you bring your own “Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils”)

A little like drawing and a little like painting, colored pencils are surprisingly versatile. And they’re easy to carry! This class will cover all the basics and also a few colored pencil ninja tricks. All materials will be provided.

Class limit of 8

Looking Ahead!


Instructor: Dona Barnett

August 17th from 1 to 5

$75 members of $85 non-members (includes all materials)

Limited to 8 students

Use safe solutions for etching an aluminum plate and make prints on paper using a hand-press or a small etching press. All materials will be provided. Just bring a favorite image or use an image that I provide.

Watercolor 101

Instructor: Lorelle Bacon
August 24 10-3 and 25th 1-5

$125 for members

$135 for nonmembers.  

Includes all supplies.

You will learn kinds of paper, watercolors and brushes to buy without breaking the bank. Learn the basics of watercolor painting, no matter the style you want to achieve. Soft or bold colors and how to apply them. You will also learn how to create a variety of textures while you complete 2 or 3 paintings to take home…

Bring a sack lunch & COME JOIN THE FUN!

To register:
Come by or call Arrowhead Gallery  
78C Catawba Ave. Old Fort, NC
828 668-1100 

or go to our WEBSITE and pay online.

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