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Fourteen artists from Region 10 receive a total of more than $13,000 in grants to support projects

(Yadkinville, NC) – The Yadkin Arts Council, which oversaw Region No. 10 recipients for 2022 Artist Support Grants, announces 14 recipients who all reside in Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry or Yadkin County. Artist Support Grants were created to provide direct support to individual artists during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative funds the professional and artistic development of emerging and established artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work or improve their business operations and ability to present their work to new audiences.

In order to apply for this grant, eligible artists represented visual, craft, performing, traditional or interdisciplinary art forms. In their applications, they had to demonstrate their commitment to devote a significant part of their time to their work as artists. Each recipient received partial or full funding for new projects taking place by December 31, 2022 and funding ranged from $500 to $1,400.

2022 Artist Support Grant Recipients:

Elizabeth Bray Boles (Rockingham) – Create a portfolio of paintings depicting wedding receptions and venue portraits for clients wishing to commemorate special events.

Stephanie Carico (Stokes) – Pursuing a career as a craftsman by purchasing a laser engraving and cutting machine to explore new trades and learn new skills.

Gail Craddock (Rockingham) – Buy a used Slabroller, clay, glaze and kiln to help with ceramic work.

Leslie Fesperman (Surry) – Streamline the rug weaving process with improved tools to help with time management as well as offer insight and research into the process for inclusion in self-published books on hand weaving.

Kathyrn Gauldin (Rockingham) – Create more intricate weaving and textile art through the use of new software while joining a professional textile guild to help grow as an artist through continued education.

James D Mabe (Stokes) – Buying supplies to build up a collection of work to display and sell to further establish yourself as an artist, leading to a more stable financial situation which will also allow time for focus about being an author.

Grace Marcus (Rockingham) – Creating a vibrant author website to help publicize their new novel as well as help defray expenses to fund a North East book tour for next summer.

Zachary Blake McCraw (Stokes) – Further developing art through improved technology to grow as an artist and gain the ability to make works on a larger scale.

Valerie Nieman (Rockingham) – Help support the promotion of the new novel ‘In the Lonely Backwater’ through personal appearances at libraries, schools, bookstores and festivals.

Bryan Rierson (Yadkin) – To present a public exhibition of large-scale photographs from the recent “Handmade – Portraits of an Artist’s Tools” collection featuring artisans and the tools they use for their craft.

Mary Ryan (Rockingham) – Create a series of paintings of local buildings around Rockingham County and the Triad depicting them with imaginary murals which can then be used in gallery displays, on art prints and for career promotional material.

Allen Sirois (Rockingham) – Hire and work with a designer to overhaul their existing website with the goal of securing an agent or editor for previously written and new novels.

Nicole Uzzell (Stokes) – Create a mold and bridges for large-scale paper sculptures that will expand studio practice into a travel and learning experience with on-the-go paper workshops.

Rashaun Wilson (Rockingham) – Create paintings that display a timeline of portraits honoring iconic cultural figures to display in conjunction with a video presentation of the production process and why each character was chosen.

Further information:

What: NCAC Artist Support Grants for Region #10

Or: Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties

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About the Yadkin Cultural Center for the Arts

Transforming lives in our community through the arts by providing opportunities for encounter, creation and participation is the mission of the Yadkin Arts Council. We believe that art is transformational. The arts open minds, free the imagination and help people see the world from different perspectives.

The Yadkin Arts Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Yadkin County through the arts. In September 2010, the council opened the new Yadkin Cultural Center, providing a home for the arts in Yadkin County. It includes the Welborn Gallery, Willingham Theatre, Center Bistro, classroom and meeting rooms, staff offices and working artists’ studios.

About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love for the arts, paving the way for a more vibrant future. The Canada Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Canada Council also supports diverse artistic expressions and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to artistic creation. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for young people in shaping the creative citizens of tomorrow through arts education.

For more information on other arts councils in this region:

Caswell Council for the Arts

Stokes County Arts Council

Surry Arts Council

Rockingham County Arts Council