Yadkin Arts Council Announces Grant Winners


YADKINVILLE — The Yadkin Arts Council, which oversaw Region No. 10 recipients for the 2022 Artist Support Grants, announced 14 recipients who reside in Caswell, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry or Yadkin County. The 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.

Below is a list of the winners along with a brief description of their/proposed artistic project.

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 providing 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) – Presenting a public exhibition of large-scale photographs from the recent “Handmade – Portraits of an Artist’s Tools” collection showcasing 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 publisher 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 be displayed in conjunction with a video presentation of the production process and why each character was chosen.


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