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Work by Charlotte artists to be on display at spring show

Carol Pighin, left, and Kathy Collins, spring show co-chairwomen, helped plan the June show by the Guild of Charlotte Artists, a visual-arts organization founded in 1948.
Carol Pighin, left, and Kathy Collins, spring show co-chairwomen, helped plan the June show by the Guild of Charlotte Artists, a visual-arts organization founded in 1948. HOPE YANCEY

The Guild of Charlotte Artists will show original works by local artists at its spring show in June.

Founded in 1948, the guild focuses on artists and their work through education, fellowship and the sharing of talents and ideas.

Members of the guild work mostly in pastels, watercolors, acrylics, oil and fine-art photography. The guild meets 7p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month, September to May, at the Mint Museum Randolph, at 2730 Randolph Road, for programs and demonstrations by guest presenters.

The thrills of the coming art show, however, are open to everyone in Charlotte. The show will be June 1-30 in the gallery in All Saints’ Hall at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road in Charlotte. Works will be taken in from 10 a.m.-noon June 1, and the public can view the works free June 2-29. A reception will be 5-7 p.m. June 2.

The show has a competitive edge: Entries accepted for participation will be judged by South Carolina artist Todd Baxter. First-, second- and third-place prizes, several honorable mentions and other awards such as the Julie Watson Award of Merit will be presented.

Cash prizes and gift certificates to Binders Art Supplies and Frames in the Cotswold Village Shops will be awarded to winners.

One special award participants will be eligible for is the Bowen/Kendrick Drawing Award, named for former guild President Ruth Bowen and her friend, artist Boyce Kendrick. “He was an excellent drawer, and he felt that you could not paint unless you could draw,” said show co-chairwoman Carol Pighin, 68, of Kendrick.

Better yet, art on display at the guild show will be available for purchase through the GoodNews Shop, a mission at the church, during the shop’s operating hours. Most pieces will be $200-$900, according to show co-chairwoman Kathy Collins, 67, a guild member since 2009.

Collins said about 30 guild members likely will enter works in the show. Thirty percent of the proceeds from each work sold will go to the GoodNews Shop, which makes grants to nonprofit groups, many of which focus on women’s and children’s needs.

“This is a good opportunity for people to get out and see what people here in the city can produce,” Collins said. “And this is just a snippet.”

Visit www.guildofcharlotteartists.org for more information.

Hope Yancey is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Hope? Email

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The artists’ entry fee for up to two works is $25 for members and $65 nonmembers; the $65 fee includes annual dues. The entry fee for junior members, age 18-25, is $25; nonmembers pay $50, which also includes annual dues.

▪ Find rules for artists and other information about the show at www.guildofcharlotteartists.org.

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