CALL FOR ART!! The ArtsCenter is accepting submissions for Saving Our Pollinators May 22-June 4th.


Saving Our Pollinators exhibit will be displayed in The ArtsCenter’s Nicholson Gallery June 5-30 2017. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 9th from 6-8pm, which coincides with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will include Bee-Hold the Humble Pollinator Traveling Exhibit, an educational exhibit from the NC Botanical Garden. It will also include several works from chosen local artists and a curated wall of community art work. This Call for Art is for the curated portion of the exhibit. Submitted work should pertain to pollinators which may include but not limited to bees, insects, and birds. Flora may also be considered. Any medium of art may be accepted from artists in the local area. Work will be accepted based on its relevance to the pollinator theme and the quality of the work. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Gerni Mulaiya at hgerni@artscenterlive.org or call the box office at 919.929.2787. Click here for the submission form or obtain one at The ArtsCenter box office.


Watercolor by Miriam Sagasti

big, small, and sometimes medium 

by Nico Amortegui

 in The Nicholson Gallery



“It’s a contrast of some of my large work against the little pieces I have done in the past few years. It’s all happy paintings with a meaning.”


“In the beginning, I wanted to depict the constantly changing direction of my home country (Colombia) as the imagery of my patria was (is) always with me. As the byproduct of a close-knit, artistic family filled with architects, carpenters, designers, photographers, and artists – I paint out of necessity.


As an immigrant to the US in the late 90s, I became starkly aware of the transaction between two ‘allied’ countries and my encounters in this place we had always referred to as the “American Dream.” Throughout my art practice, I enjoy illustrating ‘snapshots’ of a peripatetic lifestyle – one that was focused on survival of the time – my own (as an immigrant) and of those I encountered along the way. Creating portraits of others who have defied the odds and/or were infamous or honorable in one life time often takes over my canvasses.”



My work is often full of unapologetic color and is a direct product of my expressed energy – meaning there are no sketches or previous drawings. I work solely from in-the-moment energy and I transfer what I see and feel on to the canvas. The urgency and pace I employ to materialize what I see is very real (to me). The rawness of my work exemplifies how my realities were never picture-perfect as the images I render are not either.



Nico Amortegui was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He has lived and worked in the United States since the late 1990s. His current artistic focus is large-scale paintings on canvas or wood panels and sculpting and wood-working with found objects. He now resides in Charlotte with his wife and two daughters.




Opening Reception: Friday, May 12th 6-8pm in the Nicholson Gallery and will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will be on display May 1-31.

Meredith Bridges as May’s Emerging Artist

in The ArtsCenter’s Corridor


Meredith Bridges


“My artwork relates to our human struggle to meet our physical needs. I am exploring how the modern disconnect between the user and maker of everyday objects, has eroded the meaning from our daily rituals.


My sculptures reference tools and ritual objects that have become obsolete or whose traditional production methods have been displaced by modern technological processes.


I honor intricate handwork in my sculptures as a way to reconnect to the meaning of these objects. My use of natural materials is a conscious choice that involves less convenience and more time consuming methodology during the construction of an artwork. Many synthetic materials offer unnecessary strength that society has come to expect without regarding the ecological and social implications involved in this constructed permanence.”



Born and raised in Atlanta, Meredith now resides in Pittsboro.


After studying Art Education and Sculpture at the University of Georgia, Meredith went on to work in wilderness therapy, sustainable architecture, and international rural development before starting her own business, Nomad Travel Gear.


Meredith has interned at a number of craft based organizations including: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, Yestermorrow Design/Build School and Tillers International.


She teaches workshops locally and works full time as an artist and designer.




Opening Reception: Friday, May 12th 6-8pm in the Nicholson Gallery and will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. The exhibit will be on display May 3-31.


If you are interested in exhibiting in the Nicholson Gallery at The ArtsCenter, click here for an application. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for the Nicholson Gallery. Applications for the Emerging Artist Series will be accepted during select periods. The ArtsCenter will be accepting EAS applications again in the Spring 2017. For more information, contact the Gallery Coordinator Heather Gerni Mulaiya at hgerni@artscenterlive.org.



Annual ArtsCenter Exhibits:

  • Student Exhibit (March)
  • Instructor Exhibit (September)
  • Community Art Exhibit (December)



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