Monthly Exhibits



Show Title


Visiting Artists

July 28th – September 12, 2017

Jewelry Exhibit Various

Amy Brandenburg, Jennie Lorette Keatts, Annie Williams, Maggie Joynt

September 29th – October 27, 2017 Glass Exhibit Glass

Rob Levine, Judson, Kenny, John Geci, David Wilson, Loretta Forde

October 27th – November 21, 2017

Pottery Exhibit Pottery Rick Berman

November 24th – January 9, 2018

CFS Members’ Holiday Show Various CFS Members

January 13th – February 20, 2018

“Cabin Fever” Various Open to the Public

February 23rd – March 21, 2018

Members’ Solo Show TBD TBD

March 23rd – April 20, 2018

Alpha Romeo Tango “ART” Various Military Call for Art

April 27th – June 19, 2018

Members’ Anniversary Exhibit Various CFS Members

June 22nd – July 24, 2018

National 2D Competition Various 2D Art Open to the Public

Rick Berman is a studio potter, workshop leader, educator and ceramic historian. Rick has an affinity for those woodfired pots from the “Six Ancient Kilns” of Japan: Shigaraki, Tamba, Echizen, Tokoname, Seto, and Bizen, and he has perfected this technique throughout his career. We invite you to our gallery to see his work which we have for sale as well as signed books.  On display October 27th – November 21, 2017.

Glass Exhibit

Featuring works from Rob Levine, Guerard, Judson, Kenny Pieper and John Geci.

Be our guest during our opening Reception on

Thursday, September 14th from 5:30-8:00pm
We will be giving a lucky winner a piece
from one of our visiting artists at
First come first serve tickets will be given out.

Jewelry Exhibit

Handcraft jewelry by Amy Brandenburg, Jennie Lorette Keatts, Annie Williams and Maggie Joynt

July 28th – September 12, 2017




“Cats, Dogs & Ewe”

When: March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – April 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Where: Cape Fear Studios, 148 Maxwell St, Fayetteville, NC 28301, USA

Portraits and work by Barry Gregg, Caroline Merino, Kitty Williamson, and Lyn Padrick.   Focusing on animals and pets, this is an invitational exhibit of regional artists well-known for their work with animals.  

“Skewed Reality”

Drawings by Steve Opet

Exhibit on Display:  February 24 – March 22, s017

Location:  Cape Fear Studios

Opening Reception:  February 24, 2017  6 pm – 9 pm

Artist Statement: Steve Opet

My drawings are rendered in black and white primarily with ballpoint pen. I like contrast, line, form, and add a touch of color to highlight an aspect of the piece.

I use old photographs as reference, and search for photographs of children, their pets and men and women at work and at play – conventional subjects drawn in an unconventional way

Family albums are a primary source as well as magazines and books. The photographs reflect life in America, something most people can identify with.

The work is mixed media-pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, watercolors, and occasionally airbrush. My drawings are predominantly black and white with one or two colors appearing somewhere in each work.

I enjoy the fine line work I use in shading. I sometimes get abstract when rendering folds and various textures. I slightly “distort” the faces of my subjects. My people are all slightly quirky – exaggerated facial features, gangly legs and knobby knees, and grown-up heads on children’s’ bodies.

See more of Steve’s work at:

2017 “Cabin Fever” Exhibition

               This is a non-juried exhibition open to all artists, 18 or older

The Exhibit will be on display from January 12, 2017 through February 21, 2017. 

2017 People’s Choice Winner

“Daisy Krazy”

Acrylic by Marcus Ringl

2016 Cape Fear Studios Members’ Show

Cape Fear Studios 2016 Member's show

Are you looking for an original gift for that special person on your Christmas list? Come on down to Cape Fear Studios and see the artwork we have been creating for months.  We have numerous original  ornaments,  paintings, jewelry, lampshades and a wide variety of pottery available for purchase.  

Get the first pick of our work by attending our opening which will be November 25, 2016 from 6 until 8.  This exhibit will be on display until January 10, 2017

Hope to see you there!

2016 Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition

Loblolly Tea #1 by Elizabeth Keller

Loblolly Tea #1 by  Elizabeth Keller

Sponsored by Grants from the

Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County 

Cape Fear Studios has been holding the Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition for 20 years.  Our goal was to give clay artists at first, locally and now nationally an opportunity to compete with their peers. We have been fortunate to have great community support and have been able to invite many accomplished potters to be our judge.  Cape Fear Studios is pleased to have potter Simon Leach as our juror for the 2016th Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition.  The following statement is an excerpt from his website, 

“Look to combine beauty with function in a pot” —Bernard Leach

Growing up surrounded by a family of potters, I draw on those early influences: the work of my Father, (David Leach), and Grandfather, (Bernard Leach), Japanese and Korean art. I have assimilated my surroundings; therefore my work has become a natural expression of what is personal to me. I find the ongoing challenge of discovering my own visual language and voice as a potter both exciting and rewarding. 
It is a lifetime journey.  — SL


OPENING RECEPTION: October 28, 2016 from 6 until 8 pm

EXHIBIT SCHEDULE:    October 28th – November 21, 2016


  Click here for the 2016 prospectus: 

2016 Pottery Comp Prospectus

2015 Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition

Best of Show 

Lidded Jar by Stephen Heywood,  Jacksonville, Florida



A   R   T

Alpha Romeo Tango

L'AmericaSteve Opet

L’America   Steve Opet

Military Art Exhibition open to all Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard, and Retirees stationed at Fort Bragg (all Services).

No Entry Fee

People’s Choice Award ~ (gift basket comprised of items donated by downtown merchants)

Submission Deadline:  31 August, 2016

Opening Reception ~ 4th Friday, September 23

Show will be on display from September 23rd through October 22, 2016.

Military personnel and their dependents (18-years or older, and must be based at Fort Bragg) interested in entering, should submit digital images of their work to the Cape Fear Studio ( no later than 31 August 2016. Military Retirees are also welcome and encouraged to enter their work. Art submissions are not limited to military subject(s). All styles and subject matter welcome for submission.

Click here for more information and prospectus:

Cape Fear Studios Presents “Atmospheric”  Wood Fired Ceramics by Stephen Heywood

Opening Reception at Cape Fear StudiosAugust 26, 2016  6 pm – 9 pm

Show on Display: August 26 through September 20, 2016

Stephen Heywood received his Bachelors of Science Degree in ceramics from Southern Utah University and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting artist at a number of colleges and Universities throughout the country. Heywood Exhibits his work extensively and had been in over 200 national juried shows and invitationals. In 2004, Heywood was selected to represent the United States in the First International, Ceramics Journal Editors Symposium, Emerging Artist exhibition, in Xian China. In 2011, Heywood participated in and won the “Craft Award” in the Westmoreland Arts National in Westmoreland Pennsylvania. In 2013, he was awarded an honorable mention at the 8th Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea. He is a member of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and Florida Craft Art. Selected publications include: 500 Cups, 500 Bowls, The Best of 500 Ceramics, Image Transfer on Clay, Printing on Clay, and the Periodicals Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly. As an artist he is primarily interested in ceramic wheel-thrown vessels and hand-built mechanical forms that relate to function. His work is influenced by architectural structures including factories, silos and water towers. These vessels are often composed of many wheel-thrown and hand-built parts and take their shape as small “functional sculpture”. He is currently a Professor of Ceramics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Cape Fear Studios Presents – En Plein Air: Of Light and Color

Paintings by PaintNC Members:  Brenda Behr, Carole Bryant, Karen Crenshaw, Doug Hoppes, Sonia Kane, Rose Kennedy, Kim Maselli, Flora Pinkham and Vickie Wilson

PaintNC is a group of emerging and professional artists who meet regularly to paint “en plein air” (outside on location) within North Carolina.

This collection represents landscapes from the mountains to the sea, in beautiful, luscious strokes of light and color!

Opening Reception at Cape Fear StudiosJuly 22, 2016 – 6 pm until 9 pm

Show on Display: July 22 – August 22, 2016



Cape Fear Studios 2016 Annual National 2D Competition and Exhibit

Sponsored by Grants from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County

This is the 8th year for Cape Fear Studios Annual National 2D completion.  We have been fortunate to have nationally known judges to jury our competition each year.  Our juror this year Dan Beck, is the Gold Medal winner of the 2011 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Other awards include six awards of excellence with Oil Painters of America (three National and three Regional). He has won many other awards and has had his work featured in “American Art Collector”, “Southwest Art”, “American Artist”, “Art of the West” magazines and “Art Talk”. His paintings were selected for the covers of November 2008 “Southwest Art” and September 2011 “Art of the West”.

 We are pleased to have entries from all over the United States.  Each year our audience is enriched by being able to view the wide range of art produced by these artists. 

Reception and Awards Ceremony: June 24, 2016  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This show is on display until July 22, 2016.

To participate please click on the link below to download a prospectus.  CFS 2D 2016 prospectus (1)

 Cape Fear Studios 2016 Annual National 2 D Competition Winners

Cape Fear Studios Presents Their 26th Annual Members Show



Cape Fear Studios 2016 Annual Members Show

Cape Fear Studios 2016 Annual Members Show



Cape Fear Studios presents

States of Being, A Sculptural Clay Collection

Cape Fear Studios presents States of Being, a sculptural clay collection by Robin Teas, Fayetteville Technical Community College fine arts instructor.  In this body of work, Robin is exploring various expressions and how they relate to our state of mind.

Opening Reception:   Friday, March 25 2016, 6-8 pm

Exhibition Dates: March 25-April 18, 2016


 Cape Fear Studios Presents

Chikyu no (of The Earth)

a dual member artist exhibit

Chikyu no (Of the Earth) is a dual member artist exhibit featuring the ceramic work of member artist Guy Jencks with oil paintings by member artist Annette Szczekutek.   Their work will transform Cape Fear Studios Gallery into an Asian inspired tropical paradise.  The majority of the work will be for sale to help give our guests an opportunity to transform their personal spaces into their own paradise.  The gallery walls will have Annette’s large vibrant oil paintings setting a naturalistic background.  While Guy’s work will include garden lanterns, totems, various birdhouses and bird feeders.  He will have large bowls and vases, two mixed media water features and torch altars.  The exhibit will be complete with a display using tropical plants, flowers and Asian music to help transform the studio into an Asian paradise.


January 4th Friday Features “Cabin Fever”

Cape Fear Studios “Cabin Fever” Exhibition 2016

2015 Winner of the People’s Choice Award

Julia Childs by Steve Opet

Julia Childs by Steve Opet

 “Cabin Fever” is non-juried exhibition and is open to all artists, 18 or older. The Exhibit will be on display from   January 22nd – February 22, 2016. A People’s Choice award will be presented. 



October 4th Friday Features

The 2015 Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition

Cape Fear Studios has been holding the Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition for 20 years.  Our goal was to give clay artists at first, locally and now nationally an opportunity to compete with their peers. We have been fortunate to have great community support and have been able to invite many accomplished potters to be our judge.  This year’s competition was juried by Rick Berman, a nationally recognized potter from Atlanta, Georgia.  This year’s competition winners are listed below.  We hope you will take time to visit our exhibit. 

Best of Show 

Lidded Jar by Stephen Heywood,  Jacksonville, Florida



First Place Functional

Mike Stumbras, Baton Rouge, Louisiana




Second Place Functional

Marion Angelica, Minneapolis, Minnesota




Third Place Functional

Lou Raye Nichol, Cary, North Carolina





The First Place Functional Prize was not awarded due to the artists decision to withdraw his piece.


Second Place Non Functional 

Mark Gordon, Wilson, North Carolina




3rd Place Non Functional

Geoff Calabrese, Wilmington, North Carolina






September 4th Friday Features 2015

Cape Fear Studios New Members

Cape Fear Studios September Fourth Friday exhibit features the works of our new members.  The studio is fortunate to be able to add the following artists to our membership: Gail Ferguson, jeweler; Guy Jencks, potter; John Fisher, 2D artist, Steve Opett, 2D artist, Larkin Pfeffer, jeweler; Sook Sienkiewicz, 2D artist; and  2D artist,Joanna Yarian.  Examples of some of their work is displayed below.



 July and August 4th Friday 2015

 Cape Fear Studios Presents Glass Artist Ben Greene-Colonnese 

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Cape Fear Studios is pleased to present the work of glass artist Ben Greene-Colonnese throughout our July and August 4th Friday exhibits. You will be able to view a variety of glass works from unique sculptural pieces to functional glass pieces,  Ben explains his unique process in his artist statement below.

In the medium of glass, I have discovered my real passion. I find glass to be physically demanding and tactile, yet also emotionally transformative. I enjoy striving to overcome the obstacles inherent in the physical process of firing and cooling this fragile and recalcitrant material—for so in doing I find myself exploring my own reactions to the natural word and to the lovely, primary forms found there. These days, as I mold, cast, and grind glass objects, I often find myself seeing the natural world as glass and through glass, and I am brought ever closer to an understanding of my own aesthetic responses. In my recent work, I have often used found objects, mainly of these naturally polished or uniquely shaped stones. I often join such natural objects, usually collected locally from streams and abandoned quarries, and national parks with cast and cold-worked glass pieces that are themselves shaped and polished in such a way as to aesthetically compliment or echo those naturally-occurring forms; in hopes not to compete with, but to synchronize with the natural asthetic as an ode to something larger. 

For me, nature is a neo-religious force that provides inspiration and creates awe and wonder. The natural world is my cathedral and, I believe, calls all of us to our higher selves. Moreover, nature provides many truths, both historical and eternal. It is also important to me that I continue to find ways to express the natural world with glass.


June’s 4th Friday features Cape Fear Studios Annual 2015 2D Juried Competition

Cape Fear Studios’ Annual National Juried Competition and Exhibit features 2D artists from throughout the United States.

Sponsored by Grants from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County

This is the 7th year for Cape Fear Studios Annual National 2D completion. We have been fortunate to have nationally known judges to jury our competition each year. Our juror this year is Dee Beard Dean a passionate and prolific artist who has studied with many renowned artists and is nationally recognized for her painterly landscapes and her expertise in many media including pastels, watercolors, and oil. We have been pleased to have entries from all over the United States. Each year our audience is enriched by being able to view the wide range of art produced by these artists.

2015 Winners of Cape Fear Studios

Annual National Juried 2D Competition

Best of Show

Which Point of View by Evelien Bachrach


First Place

AEFS #11 by Bradley Carter

AEFS #11 Carter 

Second Place

Dance Butterflies


Third Place

        Pepsi Challenge by Patricia O’Brien


Honorable Mention   Southern Gothic by Elaine Dowling


Honorable Mention    Quicksilver by Paul Hitchen   


May 4th Friday 2015 features Wood Artist Andy Bates and the Things I’ve Made with Wood

Cape Fear Studios presents, Andy Bates and The Things I’ve Made with Wood””, on May Fourth Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.  Wood artist, Andy Bates, an instructor in East Carolina University’s English department, will present a show of exquisite furniture and other wood works. Sales of Andy’s specially crafted shadow boxes will benefit the Fort Bragg Area Community Foundation, providing help for Military families with documented dire need. Examples of Andy’s beautiful work is shown below. 


April’s Fourth Friday 2015 is Cape Fear Studios 25th Anniversary Member Exhibit

Cape Fear Studios is celebrating our 25th Anniversary by presenting an exhibit of original work by our exhibiting and supporting members. Our artists have enjoyed sharing their love of art with the Fayetteville and Cumberland County community for the last 25 years and are looking forward to carrying on this tradition with our community in the future.  We are looking forward to all of the new work from our artists and our supporting artists. Please come and help Cape Fear Studios celebrate 25 years of presenting new and exciting exhibits as we provide a place to create art, educate the public and support our local artists today and those in the future.

  March’s Fourth Friday 2015 Event is Works by Regional Faculty/Student “Mentor” Exhibit

Cape Fear Studios presents an exhibition featuring the work of professors from local universities.  Each professor will present work of one student that they mentor.  The March Fourth Friday, March 27, 2015, is our opportunity to support our local art faculties and encourage future artists in our community.   A sample of the work being presented is listed below

Cape Fear Studios was honored to display the work from the following

North Carolina University’s art departments.

Barton College:    Mark Gordon, Faculty Mentor         Students :Gerard Lange, Kimberly Hennes  and Amber Baker 

Fayetteville State University:  Socorro Hernandez-Hinek, Faculty Mentor       Student: Monica Griffin

Fayetteville State University:  Soni Martin, Faculty Mentor      Student: Martha Sisk

Fayetteville State University: Shane Booth, Faculty Mentor     Student: Amber Bullock

Pembroke State University: Brandon Sanderson, Faculty Mentor     Student: Jada Jackson

Pembroke State University: John Labadie, Facuty Mentor    Student: Chelsey Parsons

Pembroke State University: Tulla Lightfoot, Faculty Mentor     Student: Jessica Scott

Pembroke State University: Scott Ziegler, Faculty Mentor     Student: Jai Woods

Meredity College: Warner Hyde, Faculty Mentor   Students: Lindsay Stimpson and Isabel Benson