Holiday Arts Festival – News

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem is excited to be hosting it’s first Annual Fundraiser event, “Holiday Arts Festival” on Sunday, November 20, at Milton Rhodes center for the Arts from 12-5pm. Come enjoy some delicious, locally made, sweet treats while doing some holiday shopping at our Makers Market in Reynolds Place Theater, featuring 20+ unique vendors, selling their artfully made creations.

While strolling through the Main Gallery, taking in the AAWS “Artists Spotlight” Exhibit, up through Jan. 7th, have fun placing the winning bid, on your favorite donated auction items, in our on-line, silent auction. Auction goes live on Nov. 10, winners will be announced Nov. 20 at 4pm. And, of course, there will be plenty of amazing artwork, donated by talented local artists, for purchase in our Fine Art Sale.

The mission of Associated Artists is to inspire and provide artists, of all skill levels, a place to be seen through providing programing and gallery spaces. when you support AAWS it means we get closer to reaching the goals we‘ve set for the coming year to provide these services to the community.

Silent Auction is now Live!

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Holiday Arts Festival 2022 – Details

Holiday Arts Festival

Fundraiser for the Arts – AAWS

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

12 – 5 PM

About Holiday Arts Festival

Join us by attending and/or donating to our Holiday Arts Festival fundraiser at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on November 20, 12-5pm! We’ll have a live, on-line auction, 24 unique vendors, selling handcrafted items as well as our Art Work Sale, just in time for holiday shopping. Enjoy Sweet Treats made by some of our local area businesses as you stroll through our market place, do a little Christmas shopping, while conveniently bidding on some of your favorite auction items. Artwork by AAWS Artists will be on display throughout the venue with “Artists Spotlight 2022” being shown in the “Main Gallery” and “Nostalgia” on exhibit in “Every Corner Gallery”. 

Vendors Wanted!

Associated Artists is looking for Vendors to participate in the Holiday Art Festival fundraiser. There are a limited number of opportunities available. Applications will be taken and 24 uniquely diverse vendors will then be selected to represent a variety of fine hand crafted items. Each Vendor will be asked to donate to our silent auction an item, of a suggested, $50 or higher value. Table fees will be $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Please submit your request to be a Vendor to or call/text, 757-756-6740. 

Auction Items Needed!

We are planning an interactive, live, online auction! Auction items will be on display during the event and bidding will take place through through our on-line auction page at (Volunteers will be available for assistance and to answer any questions about bidding so don’t worry, we have you covered!) Auction will open for bidding one week prior to the event. We are asking everyone for their help in gathering donations for the auction.
Donated items are needed by November 1st. 

When deciding who to ask for a donation think of what items you would like to see in the auction. Local or new businesses, friends and family who own businesses are good places to start. Businesses you frequent often or businesses who’s products are unique or interesting. Gift cards are great too!

Examples: Baskets we could assemble with donated items, think-Pet lovers, Night out for two, Spa day, Bakers, Readers, Breakfast lovers, Auto detailing, you get the idea!
Contact, call/text 757-756-6740 to coordinate collection of donated items.

Donate to our Artwork Sale!

A great way for AAWS to raise money is through the sale of Artwork. We are asking everyone, member and non-member Artistsquality artwork to be sold at our fundraiser. Donated artwork must be wired to hang, framed if applicable and canvases must be dry. Please add a suggested value for each donation.
100% of the funds raised from the sale of donated artwork will be used to help AAWS support artists in our community through programing and educational events.
Donations needed by Nov 1st. *Some donated artwork may be selected to be added to the auction.

Please note: If your donated artwork does not sell during the event, please pick it up at the end of the event! If you are unable to be present at the end of the event, you will have 3 days in which to coordinate pick up of your piece/pieces, after that all unclaimed pieces will be disposed of at the discretion of a AAWS.
Contact: email, or call/text 757-756-6740, to coordinate artwork drop off.

New Gallery Space

New Gallery Space on Trade Street

604-A North Trade St., off Sixth Street, next to the Fiber Company store.
This new, small gallery is located in the North Trade Street Arts (NTSA) Collective which is also the DADA headquarters. Keep walking toward the back, past other artist galleries. There, you can pick up our AAWS brochures and prospectuses, and see/buy art by our newest members. While we aim to show NEW MEMBER art, anyone can get on the list to show their work.

Hours are Thursday thru Sunday from noonish/1 PM to around 5, and of course, during Gallery Hop, first Friday of each month, from 7 to 10 PM.

Marsha Hierl will run the new space, so contact her with any questions, or to get on the list.

Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Events

This September, keep the momentum going with these wonderful opportunities in the arts. Feel free to share with others in your network, and remember to sign up for our artists directory. 

Read, Set, Thrive! Artists Thrive has moved to an all virtual event. 

Join artists, arts leaders, educators and funders from across the country


Due to increasing COVID cases and restrictions, the Planning Committee has decided to put safety first and shift to a fully virtual Summit.


September 27 – October 1, 2021

To enhance the online experience, we are revising and modifying the schedule to run the full week from Monday, September 27 through Friday, October 1. To accommodate all time zones, each day will start at 12:00pm ET with an hour of art and networking opportunities. Plenary and breakout sessions will then run from 1:00pm ET to 5:00pm ET. And we will close each day with another hour of art and networking opportunities (a key Summit experience) that will conclude by 6:00pm ET. Register and Pay-What-You-Can here.


Artsit Support Grants (ASG) are now open.

Artist Support Grants (formerly Regional Artist Project Grants) is a regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.The program provides direct support to individual artists for professional and artistic development, either to enhance their skills and abilities to create work, or to improve their business operations and capacity to bring the work to audiences. Grants will range in awards from $500 to $2,000.


Online Information Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, September 9 @ 6-7 pm and Friday, September 10 @ 12-1pm ***Artists need only to attend one session and are asked to RSVP HERE and they will be sent link to attend. A recorded information session will be available online for those who cannot attend.

For full details about the grant visit here.


Vendor Events

Summer Parks Concert with The Martha Basset Show

Location: Triad Park (9652 W Market St, Kernersville, 27284)

Event Date/Time: September 12, 4-8 PM

Set-up Time: 3:00 PM

Requirements: There is no vendor fee. To encourage uniformity, vendors must have a use tent in addiOon to at least a one 6-foot table for their main display. Vendors must be self-sufficient in the set-up/break down, product display, payment processing, etc. If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact the Arts Council.

Contact: Shannon Stokes, Programming and Exhibits Manager;; 336-747-1416 


ByGood Coffee Fall Art Pop-Up

Location: ByGood Coffee (301 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 300, Winston- Salem, NC 27101)

Event Date/Time: October 17, 12-4 PM

Set-up Time: Set-Up by 11:30 AM

Requirements: There is no vendor fee. To encourage uniformity, vendors must have at least a one 6-foot table for their main display. A tent is not required. Vendors must be self-sufficient in the set-up/break down, product display, payment processing, etc. If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact the Arts Council.

Contact: Shannon Stokes, Programming and Exhibits Manager;; 336-747-1416 


Artists Calls


Arts Council Seeks Artists for Holiday Exhibition

Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County is currently seeking both 2D and 3D art submissions from several local artists for the holiday exhibition at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. The exhibition will be a cash-and-carry exibition and will run from November 12, 2021 – January 1, 2022.


Digital submissions will be accepted through October 15, 2021 and may be emailed to Programming and Exhibits Manager, Shannon Stokes at

Caldwell Arts Council Seeks Artists for 2022 and 2023 Exhibitions 

Lenoir, NC – The Caldwell Arts Council is currently accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for exhibitions in 2022 and 2023. Exhibitions run for six weeks to two months on either floor of the arts council facility. 

Details for submitting your portfolio are available at Digital submissions will be accepted through September 17, 2021 and may be delivered or mailed to Caldwell Arts Council Exhibit Selection Committee, 601 College Ave SW (PO Box 1613), Lenoir NC 28645, or emailed to


This information is posted from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsythe County,  consider joining their email list.