Carteret Health Care Foundation

“Celebration of the Live Oak 2018”

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 has been created around the lumber from the live oak “quercus virginiana” trees that were 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 past two years.

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 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 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 through the unique grain patterns that are revealed.  The wood takes an excellent finish.

The CHC live oak is available in thicknesses ranging from 6/4 to 8/4.  Some 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 10 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 10 BF is required, as the supply is limited.  If the project will require more than 10 BF, then additional material is available for $3.00/BF.

Location and Dates:

  • “Celebration of the Live Oak 2018” 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 Thursday evening, March 22, 2018 at 5:30pm (public reception and awards) and end on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5:00pm.  Show hours throughout the week are the same as the Foundation’s normal working hours.
  • Entrants must register and pick up the wood by November 30, 2017.
  • All pieces must be delivered to the Carteret Health Care Foundation by 4:00pm on Tuesday March 20, 2018 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.


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


Please contacts Carteret Health Care Foundation at 252-499-6646 or for 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 or 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, 2017                             Registration opens
  • Nov. 30, 2017                          Deadline for Registration and Wood Pick-Up
  • Mar. 20, 2018                          All entries submitted
  • Mar. 21, 2018                          Judging
  • Mar. 22, 2018, @5:30pm         Public Reception and Awards Presentation
  • Mar. 23-30, 2018                     Exhibition Open to Public during hospital business hours
  • April 6, 2018 by 4:00pm          Deadline to pick up all pieces