Carteret Health Care Foundation

“Celebration of the Live Oak 2017”

Exhibition and Competition

The Carteret Health Care Foundation, in association with the Arts Council of Carteret County, announces the “Celebration of the Live Oak” exhibition and competition.

This exhibition will be created around the lumber from the Live Oak “Quercus virginiana” trees that were damaged in a storm in 2013 and others taken in preparation for the construction of the new Carteret Health Care Specialty Pavilion.  Selected logs were sawn, air dried for eight months, kiln dried for two months, and then fumigated.  They have been stickered in dry storage for the last year.

A few words about live oak for those who have never worked with this wood:  Live oak is not a commercially harvested wood.  Historically, its use has been most commonly associated with ship building, the most classic example of which is the USS Constitution also knows as “Old Ironsides”.  It is the densest native American hardwood, exhibits excellent rot resistance, and has unique grain patterns because of the way the tree grows.

Workability of live oak is most easily described as difficult because of its hardness, internal stress, frequent grain reversals, etc.  Very sharp tools are an absolute requirement.  Hand tools lose their edges quickly, and frequent re-sharpening is to be expected.  With effort, the results are satisfying and often stunning because of the unique grain patterns that are revealed.  The wood takes an excellent finish.

The CHC Live Oak is available in thicknesses ranging from 8/4 to 12/4.  Many pieces have one or two live edges.  Many defects such as bark inclusions and wind checks are present.  Artists should plan on utilizing these defects to their advantage as opposed to trying to eliminate them.  This wood is not suitable for large furniture pieces.  Sculptural work, mixed media, carvings, turned pieces, simple furniture, etc. would be appropriate projects.  Imagination and allowing the material to influence the design are key.

For this competition, up to 15 board feet of Live Oak wood will be allocated to entrants as part of their entry fee of $35.00.  We ask that each artist would request an amount of wood necessary for their work if less than 15 BF is required, as the supply is limited.  If the project will require more than 15BF, then additional material is available for $3.00/BF.

Location and Dates:

  • “Celebration of the Live Oak 2017” will be held in the new Specialty Pavilion of Carteret Health Care, located at the corner of Arendell St. and 35th St. in Morehead City, NC.
  • This non-juried show will open to the public on Friday evening, March 17, 2017 at 5:30pm (public reception and awards) and end on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 5:00pm.  Show hours throughout the week are the same as the hospital’s normal working hours.
  • Entrants must register and pick up the wood by December 2, 2016.
  • All pieces must be delivered to the Carteret Health Care Foundation by March 13, 2017 to be eligible for judging.


  • Turnings
  • Sculpture – Indoor and Outdoor
  • Furniture
  • Contemporary Crafts


  • $1,000 purchase award for Best-in-Show (will become property of CHC Foundation and placed on permanent display at their discretion).  Money for this award will be generously provided by the Arts Council of Carteret County.
  • Four $200 Best-in-Category awards and four $50 Merit awards, totaling $1,000.
  • The judges for “Celebration of the Live Oak 2017” Competition will be announced by September 15, 2016.


Residents of North Carolina who are 18 years or older and who have paid their $35.00 entrance fee


Please contacts Carteret Health Care Foundation at 252-499-6646 or for a complete prospectus and registration forms.

Entry Fee:

  • Entry fees will be collected at registration and are non-refundable.
  • Fees for entry will be thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for up to two pieces entered.
  • Wood pick-up will be arranged after entry fee has been paid.
  • No wood will be delivered.
  • Entrants will choose their wood at pick-up.

Entry Rules:

  • A total of two works (indoor, outdoor, or combination) may be entered per $35.00 entrance fee.
  • Entrance fee is due prior to picking up live oak.
  • All work must be the original work of the entrant, completed within the last year and must incorporate at least 50% CHC Foundation Live Oak.
  • An entry form must accompany each entry.
  • Entrants must provide easels for all works that require wall hanging (no hanging of work will be permitted on any wall).
  • No individual entries will weigh over 85 pounds, be wider than 24”, or higher than 60”.
  • Entries must be completely dry and ready for display.
  • Outdoor sculptures must be able to handle all weather conditions for at least one year.
  • All entries must be for sale.
  • Piece must be stable with a sturdy base to avoid tipping, causing injury.  The pieces will be displayed in a public, high-traffic area; therefore, public safety must be a priority.

**Pieces that are not sturdy will NOT be accepted.**


The Carteret Health Care Foundation and the Arts Council of Carteret County will exercise the best possible care in handling all entries, but the woodworkers (entrants) are responsible for insuring their own entries.  The Carteret Health Care Foundation and Carteret Health Care Medical Center will not insure the entries.  As a condition of entry participants shall be required to sign a general release of liability for theft, loss, damage, or destruction of all work entered into the exhibition.

Sales of Artwork and Commissions:

  • The Carteret Health Care Foundation will encourage the sale of artwork exhibited and collect a forty percent (40%) commission on all work sold from the opening until the closing of the show.
  • Purchasers of artwork will be encouraged to pick up purchased pieces at the end of the show.  Artwork that has been purchased may be removed prior to the end of the show only if the artist and the CHC Foundation agrees.
  • Entrants will be notified by the Carteret Health Care Foundation if one of their works is sold.  Entrants who sell work during the show will be allowed to place a substitute piece in the show if gallery space is available.  All substitute pieces must be properly registered in the show with an entrance fee of $15.00 and will be subject to all rules set forth within the Rules of Entry.

Schedule of Events:

  • Aug. 1, 2016                             Registration opens
  • Sept. 15, 2016                          Judges Announced
  • Dec. 2, 2016                             Deadline for Registration and Wood Pick-Up
  • Mar. 13, 2017                           All entries submitted
  • Mar. 14, 2017                           Judging
  • Mar. 17, 2017, 5:30pm            Public Reception and Awards Presentation
  • Mar. 18-25, 2017                     Exhibition Open to Public during hospital business hours
  • Mar. 31, 2017, by 4:30pm      Deadline to pick up all pieces