Arts council announces grant opportunities
MONROE – The Union County Community Arts Council is accepting grant applications for the Grassroots Arts Program for 2019-20.
Grants have been made available for qualified nonprofits and individuals whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Union County.
Applicants must live in Union County and provide a service that benefits a large percentage of the community. Visit www.union arts.org for rules. Applications are due by noon July 18.
Artists are eligible for grants
MONROE – The Union County Community Arts Council is participating in the 2020 Regional Artist Project Grant program.
Grants of up to $2,000 are open to eligible artists in all disciplines to pay for one professional development or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.
“The Union County Community Arts Council recognizes that Union County has a strong arts community that can benefit from these grant funds,” Executive Director Barbara Faulk said. “As an arts council, our goal is to assist artists by providing services and opportunities that help them evolve as artists.”
View the grant guidelines at www.unionarts.org. The grant deadline is Oct. 1.
Fingers, hands subject of photo contest
MONROE – The Union County Community Arts Council will accept entries for its Snap It! Summer Photo Contest through July 15.
The theme of this year’s contest is “Fingers and Hands,” meaning hands and fingers should be the focal point of photos.
Voting takes place July 16 to 31. The winner receives $500.
Visit www.unionarts.org for rules.
Haskell Eargle speaks ‘Gospel Truth’
WAXHAW – Haskell Eargle provided an hour of entertainment recently at the Waxhaw Entrepreneurs open stage, “Gospel Truth.”
Known as the “Famous Man of Flowers,” he has served as a judge for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, and has designed for the Academy Awards.
His floral designs have been displayed at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
His love for flowers has taken him all over the world, but after all his fame and acclaim, he still loves living in the Eargle family home where he was raised.
Growing up in Waxhaw with four brothers and one sister, Haskell’s mother encouraged her children to do what they enjoyed. Haskell thinks his floral interest began as a young child arranging flowers for people’s pets’ funerals.
Museum to showcase baskets
WAXHAW – Hand-woven baskets created by Ann McGuirt Stewart and her sister, Jane McGuirt Johnson, will be displayed at the Museum of the Waxhaws for the first three weeks of August.
The McGuirt roots are deep in the Waxhaw area. Their ancestors arrived in America during the early Scots-Irish migration.
Anne and Jane have been basket weavers for about 35 years, first being introduced to the craft in Wilmington and then honing their skills in other areas in North Carolina.
A Florida resident for quite awhile, Ann was awarded a first place blue ribbon at the Florida State Fair for one of her egg baskets. After returning to North Carolina in 2005, she taught the craft of basket weaving in Union County for many years.
A variety of baskets, including berry, egg, market, wall and garden baskets, as well as baskets woven on deer antlers, will be displayed from Aug. 3 to 18.
Book sale benefits summer reading program
MONROE – The Friends of the Union County Libraries will hold its annual book sale from Aug. 9 to 12 in the Griﬃn Room of the Monroe library.
Fiction, non-ﬁction, and other media will be available along with Friends of the Libraries tote bags. Hardcover books will be oﬀered for $3, trade paperbacks for $2 and small paperbacks for $1. Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the sale.
There is a special preview sale for members on the evening of Aug. 8. Membership starts at $10 per year for seniors and students and $20 per year for others. Email Ellen Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org for membership details.
Donations are accepted at the Monroe library.
The Friends of the Union County Libraries supports programming, most notably the summer reading program.