Itâ€™s been over 10 years since an artist from Lincoln County has been awarded the Regional Artist Project Grant, and that drought was broken this year by Denver area artist Laraine Middleton, who was awarded a $2,400 grant to be used for concentrated studies at Penland School of Crafts.
Middleton wrote her grant requesting money for a concentrated study at Penland School of Crafts with master potter Cynthia Bringle. She will be attending Penland for a two month stay. Middleton has become one of Lincoln countiesâ€™ predominant potters. Her work has been displayed several times in the County Wide Art Show and the Catawba Valley Pottery Show both in conjunction with the Arts Council of Lincoln County. She does numerous festivals and fairs throughout the year and is very active with the Pottery Guild in Charlotte. Her work has also been displayed in Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The Regional Artist Project Grant is managed through the Arts and Sciences Council to provide visual artist and filmmakers with support to enhance their artistic development. The grant program is offered by the arts councils of Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford and York, S.C. counties. The program alternates each year with funding going to visual artist and filmmakers this year and performing and literary arts for 2007.
Carrie Yousef is interim director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County.
by Special to the LTN