Calls to Artists

Exhibits and Shows

Calls to Artists

The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League is pleased to announce monthly opportunities for regional artists and artisans to show their work at the Annex Gallery in the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios, 78C South Catawba Ave, Old Fort, NC, 28762.  The Prospectus for each show is below.  Contact the curator or email if you have questions. Please come to Old Fort.  Show your work in our Annex Gallery.  See everything we have to offer.

Focus (on Photography)

Curator John Sullivan
This show is all about photography.  Show us your photos, please.
Since we are moving the Annex Gallery to a new, larger space in the Parker Hosiery Building, this show has been postponed to January.  It will still run for a month, through the 1st Thursday in February.

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Emerging Artists Student Exhibit


Now's your time to shine. Come be part of our first annual Student Exhibit!ARROWHEAD ARTISTS AND ARTISAN LEAGUE (A3L) ARROWHEAD ANNEX GALLERY EXHIBIT,  78C Catawba Ave. Old Fort NC


November 16th Through January 2, 2020

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Emerging Artist - McDowell County High School Age Students

Celebratingand encouraging new young artists in McDowell County is important to preserving thearts and culture of our area. To the end, the Friends of Mountain GatewayMuseum (FOTMGM) and the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) in Old Fortare inviting the county’s high school-age youths to create fine artwork thatshows off their skills, talent, and vision as emerging artists.

 Artists are free to be creative.However, all artwork submitted must be in good taste. Acceptance of works forthe contest will be at the discretion of co-curators Helen Sullivan and LizMeyer.


PRIZES: FOTMGM will award $200to the first-place winner; $100 to the second-place winner; and $50 for thethird-place winner of the contest. “Honorable Mention” ribbons may be awardedat the discretion of the judge.  Therewill also be a Peoples’ Choice Award for the piece of work that receives themost votes from visitors to the show over the month it is hung in the ArrowheadGallery.

 ELIGIBILITY:Thiscontest will be open only to McDowell County high-school age students in grades 9 thru 12 or the equivalent, including homeschools and McDowell Early College. Please address questions about eligibility tothe co-curators at  

Eachartist will be allowed only one entry.

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This is a mixed media show for 2D and 3D work.

Be creative.  Have fun.
Entry deadline March 5th 2020.
There will be a People’s Choice award for the piece that receives the most votes during the month.
Anyone can enter.  You do not have to be a member of A3L.  New entrants are most welcome.
Curator:  Dawn Dreibus

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Seventh Anniversary Show

April 2020.  Seventh Anniversary Show.  Curator Lorelle Bacon.

  This show celebrates the Gallery’s seventh anniversary.  Each artist will be required to incorporate “seven” into their submissions in some fashion. FYI the seventh anniversary is copper.

  We will also be doing a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the new Annex Gallery this month.

Old Fort Elementary School show

May 2020.  Old Fort Elementary School show.  Curator Liz Meyers.

Battle of the Brushes

June 2020.  Battle of the Brushes.  Curator Helen Sullivan.

  This is our annual plain air painting competition.  This is a judged show.

Check in Wednesday June 3rd.  We will stamp canvases from 10-12.  Other times by arrange,ents.  Painting takes place June 3-5.

Intake is June 5, deadline 5PM.

Bring Us Your Best

July 2020.  Bring Us Your Best.  Annual juried show.  Curator LorelleBacon.

Summer Nostalgia

August 2020.  Summer Nostalgia.  Curator Mathilda Potter.

   This show celebrates the end of summer in the mountains.

Wearable Art (Including Quilts)

September2020.  Wearable Art (Including Quilts).  Curator Liz Meyers.

3D Past, Present, and Future

October2020.  3D Past, Present, and Future.  Curator Mathilda Potter.

  The“future” art aspect is intended to focus on young artists making their firstattempts at 3D work.

Tiny Treasures

November/December2020.  Tiny Treasures.  Curator Helen Sullivan.

  Thisis an annual show that is intended to allow artists to bring multiple small 2Dand 3D works that could be suitable as presents for holiday gift giving.


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