Education in the Community

craftXws: Traditions and Innovations in Fine Craft

The third in the series, Objects and Memories, will be held on Thursday, June 15th from 5:30 till 7PM.

This discussion will focus on the meaning objects hold in our lives and how collectors value the work of the hand.  The Salon Series will be held at the Center for Design and Innovation at 450 Design Ave (near Salem College).  These educational events are free and open to the public.

This panel discussion will be led by moderator, Jan Detter, Artist and Wake Forest University, Professor of Practice, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, and consist of these four presenters:

  • Anthony Cathcart, fine art collector.
  • Lara Hanes Pierce, lifelong collector thanks to the early exposure of art through her family. Career in fashion styling in London.
  • Representative Evelyn Terry, granddaughter of George Black, who was a master brick maker, and NC House, District 71 representative.
  • Andrew Gurstelle, Academic Director of Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University.


How 2 Nights

Craftsmen Demos and Lectures with an Arts District Twist
Free and open to the public, in the Gallery

Piedmont Craftsmen will present an ongoing series of programs linked to our featured monthly exhibitions in the Gallery at 601 N. Trade.  Artists will come talk about their work, explaining or, in some cases, demonstrating how they do what they do.  The twist?  Some of your other favorite Arts District businesses will join us as well.

Hands, Home, HeART

A Partnership with Forsyth Co. Habitat for Humanity

The early 20th century British designer William Morris said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  He also said, “I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.”    Piedmont Craftsmen poses the question – Shouldn’t everyone have the opportunity to have useful things of beauty in their lives?

For many in our community it is a dream to simply have a home.  For Habitat’s Partner Families, the dream is within sight.  During the year prior to becoming a home owner, these individuals must put in hundreds of hours in sweat equity and they must take classes called “Homeworks”, to prepare them for home ownership.  "Hand, Home, HeART" explores the idea of home as a sanctuary.  Piedmont Craftsmen’s and other Winston-Salem artists are leading artistic classes, open to all the adults and teens in the Partner Families, held at Habitat’s home on Witt Street.

Based on several meetings with an advisory panel made up of Partner Families, we plan to offer seven to eight different projects/classes.   Artists who have agreed to be part of this program include: Kathy Cooper, floorcloth artist; Veronica and David Bennett, stained glass; fiber artist, Paige Cox; and mixed media artists, Bryant Holsenbeck and Jan Detter.  Other artists will be contacted as project themes are decided.

This project was made possible, in part, with funding by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.