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9/30/2019 12:01:00 AM
Paul Rhyne Exhibition On Display, Nov. 2-30
Calling all area artists for annual event
Donna Downey of Lincolnton is this year’s judge.(Photo Courtesy ACLC)
Donna Downey of Lincolnton
is this year’s judge.

(Photo Courtesy ACLC)

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––It’s time once again for the annual Paul C. Rhyne Art Exhibition.

According to Arts Council of Lincoln County spokeswoman Deanna McGinnis, the council is calling for entries now and extending an invitation for participation to artists 18 years of age and older in Lincoln and the surrounding counties of Gaston, Catawba, Cleveland, Mecklenburg, Iredell and Burke. The Rhyne Juried Fine Art Competition, named for the late local patron of the arts, has been a big hit with artists and the art-loving public for the past 12 years. The exhibition will be on display, Nov. 2-30, in the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center at 403 E. Main St. in Lincolnton.

Arts council members may submit as many as three entries for $25, as McGinnis informed. Non-members may do the same for $35. But if you join the arts council today, you’ll receive discounted entry fees throughout the year. Check out the Website at to learn more.

McGinnis continued that paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, printmaking and fiber works are eligible for the exhibition. All two-dimensional works must be appropriately matted and framed under glass or Plexiglas. Oils and acrylics must be framed with no glass, their canvases gallery-wrapped with the sides finished and with no staples. All pieces should be wired for hanging. Three-dimensional work must sit solidly on a flat surface or be mounted and wired to hang. All works should be prepared in a simple, professional manner and be ready for display. Works should not exceed 48 inches in any direction. No saw-tooth hangers or wet art will be accepted. Three-dimensional works will be limited to 200 pounds, and artists are responsible for assembling and positioning heavy or large pieces.

Works may be available for sale. A commission of 30 percent will be retained on all sales. All works will be juried by a judge. Artists will be notified by mail or e-mail to pick up any declined work by Oct. 30. Sold pieces will be removed at the end of the exhibit. Each artist may carry their own insurance if desired.

To learn more about this, call or e-mail McGinnis respectively at (704) 732-9044 or

The arts council will do everything possible to keep each piece safe, as McGinnis noted. However, submissions of entries are made at the artists’ own risk. It is suggested that artists wanting protection ensure their own pieces. Some homeowner’s policies may include protection and should be checked.

First, second and third-place honors and honorable mentions will be awarded, respectively at $500, $300, $150 and $25 each.

Entries will be accepted at the cultural center Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.; and Oct. 26, 2-5 p.m. The opening reception will be Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m., with the awards presentation at 7 p.m. Unsold works must be collected Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. or Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call the arts council at (704) 732-9044 to make any necessary pick-up arrangements. 

About the judge

Donna Downey of Lincolnton is this year’s judge.

Downey is an internationally renowned artist, writer, teacher and businesswoman. She is well known for nurturing the creative development of other artists. Her artist’s studio is located on 23 wooded acres and secluded in an idyllic setting. It has been an escape for many artists seeking to grow and fulfill their potential.

Through Downey’s own endeavors, inspirational retreats, mentor opportunities and creative development, she has helped foster the creative journeys of countless artists. By applying proven methods and experiences, she seeks to help artists discover their full potential.

Downey’s work has been seen on “Art Pop” billboards in Charlotte. She has also appeared as a featured artist aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise line’s Oasis of the Sea.

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