Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC, Announces the Formation of The Artist Guild of the Foothills

April 18, 2014


The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC, announces the formation of The Artist Guild of the Foothills. We will honor most artists that has been juried into the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center during the 2000-2014 time period.

We noticed that our local artist guilds do not require jury results as a pre-requisite into their guild. These guilds only require a fee paid and you are in! We feel this is misleading to potential buyers and collectors. While they do hold juried shows, it is very confusing to our customers and we want to clear this up in our galleries.

We want to recognize your art abilities and set you “head and shoulders” above these unjuried organizations. We are striving for excellence. We will work to make this guild an organization that is respected in our local towns, regions, states and beyond.

If you are interested in joining The Artist Guild of the Foothills, please contact Laura M. Ballenger by e-mail at ( We will form 2 committees to assist and serve you to our best ability.

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Offers Functional and Decorative Ceramics and Art for Sale – April 25 and 26, 2014

April 18, 2014


UNC Asheville’s Department of Art will hold its annual Spring Ceramic and Art Sale from 4–7pm, Friday, April 25, and 10am–2pm, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall in Asheville, NC.

The sale is open to the public.


A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, paintings, photography, glass and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with pieces beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art.

For more information, visit (, or call 828/251-6559.

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Receives Valuable French Paintings from Longtime Patron

April 16, 2014


The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, has received a gift of four early-19th-century oil paintings from longtime Museum friend and supporter Harold Hartshorne, Jr., who passed away in October 2013 at age 95.

The four donated works were all completed by artists associated with the Barbizon School of painting. The Barbizon School was made up of a group of French painters, who all resided and worked in the village of Barbizon as well as the Forest of Fontainebleau, just outside of Paris, from the early 1830s to the 1870s. Breaking away from the conventions of their contemporaries, Barbizon artists typically painted humble, realistic landscapes and pastoral scenes free of gallantry and idealism. The group is considered the first generation of French landscape painters to focus truly on nature. In technique, their brushstrokes tend to be painterly and rough, and their color schemes favor earth tones.

The paintings include a seascape by Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878), considered one of the leaders of the Barbizon School; two pastoral landscapes by prominent Barbizon artists Constant Troyon (1810-1865) and Émile Van Marcke (1827-1890); and a fourth described as in the “manner of John Constable” (1776-1837), an English artist credited with inspiring the movement.

The Barbizon paintings were purchased about 1905 by Simeon B. Chapin, one of the Art Museum’s namesakes. Hartshorne inherited them from Chapin, his grandfather, and subsequently bequeathed them to the Museum.

Hartshorne was a longtime resident of Lake Geneva, WI. The son of Marietta Chapin and Harold Hartshorne, Sr., Harry was born in New York City in 1918. Following graduation from Princeton University and a brief stint on the NY Stock Exchange, he was drafted into the Army in 1941. At his father’s urging, he transferred into the Air Force and became a pilot. Fluent in French, he was tapped to train French cadets to fly. In recognition of his work, he was awarded a pair of honorary French Wings by President Charles DeGaulle after the war.

Simeon B. Chapin, son of a prominent Chicago merchant was himself a highly successful New York stock broker and real estate investor. Chapin joined with the Burroughs brothers to form the Myrtle Beach Farms Company, the predecessor to the Burroughs & Chapin Co. Hartshorne was a director of the company from 1948 to 1998; during that time he is said to have rarely missed a board meeting.

A lifelong patron of the arts, Hartshorne supported numerous arts organizations in Wisconsin and in Myrtle Beach, among them the Art Museum.

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sundays, 1 – 4pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information, call 843/238-2510, or visit (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete – Apr. 24, 2014

April 16, 2014

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents “Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete” on Thursday,  April 24, 2014, 7-10pm. With live music by Charleston, SC, composer and artist Nick Jenkins

7pm – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
8pm – Fashion Performance
8:30pm – Music and Video Projections by Nick Jenkins

Reception Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation.

701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., second floor, Columbia, SC 29201


Celebrate the finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop with a fashion performance and party at 701 Center for Contemporary Art! Witness the culmination of Madame Magar’s creative workshop installation featuring the Mill Collection of work garments including, frocks, aprons and hats – inspired by Lewis Hine’s photographs of children textile mill workers. This unique “fashion show” features members of the Power Company Collaborative as models and original music compositions using found sounds, along with other surprise elements, performed by Charleston, SC-based composer and artist Nick Jenkins.

Jenkins’ musical composition of train sounds, tap dance and sewing machines come together in a great celebration of both the Mill Collection and Madame Magar. A live performance with keyboards and digital soundscapes will be performed with a video collage backdrop of trains and dance, capturing the essence of trance.

Magar, who studied millinery at the Fashion Institute in New York City, opened Magar Hatworks in Charleston in 1996. Her stylish hats, ranging from fedoras to elaborate cocktail wear, have been sold by high-end stores such as Barney’s in New York City and Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Her celebrity clients include Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt, Gregory Hines and Christina Aguilera. In 2010, she established Madame Magar, bringing her interest in fashion design full circle with a dress and accessories line.

The fashion house of Magar Hatworks and Madame Magar have come together as a workshop installation inside the gallery at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with tools of the trade that include sewing machines, patterns, cutting table, dress forms, mannequins, a showroom and a runway.  Central to the installation has been the opportunity to witness the creative process as Magar moved from concept to paper pattern to finished wearables and three-dimensional objects all culminating in her fashion performance, April 24. A collection of more than 400 museum quality antique and vintage hat forms has been featured prominently in the installation.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed., 11am-8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; & Sun., 1-5pm.

Please submit further inquiries by calling Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949, e-mail to ( or visit (

Clean House and Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014, in Columbia, SC

April 16, 2014

Spring Cleaning?

Time to part with grandmother’s glass?

Love those linens but hate to iron?

Wanting to redecorate but know it all won’t fit?

Help your good things find a new life.

Clear the clutter and support 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC.

Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014

Bring us all things “cool” and in good condition, working order or gently used. Vintage, artful and funky stuff with that je ne se quoi we especially like. Round up those household goods, art pieces, cooking magazines, books and designer paraphernalia and bring them to us at the historic 701 Whaley building. Donate at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley, 2nd floor.

Donation times:
May 7: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 8: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 9: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 10: 10am-2pm

Contact by e-mail to ( to set a donation appointment if the above times do not work.

Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, to Publish New Ceramics Catalogue and Mint Museum Uptown Shop Expands Hours

April 15, 2014


The Mint Museum, in Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with D. Giles Limited of London, is producing an illustrated catalogue showcasing its renowned collection of eighteenth-century British ceramics. And to facilitate research for the catalogue, the museum is closing its historic Delhom Gallery at Mint Museum Randolph through May 2 to enable curatorial research of ceramics items from the gallery, many of which have not been removed from their glass-enclosed cases in more than 30 years.

The catalogue is being generously funded by the Delhom Service League, the Mint’s affiliate group supporting the ceramics collections of the museum. Additional photography for the project is made possible through a digitization grant that the museum received from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2013.

Covered Bowl and Stand, circa 1775-1785, Wedgwood (1759 – present) Manufacturer/Studio

The catalogue will be released in fall 2015, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the museum’s purchase of the Delhom Collection of British and European ceramics. The catalogue will feature 200 objects, selected because of their rarity, craftsmanship, or as important examples of particular methods of production or decoration. It will include contributions by Brian Gallagher and Barbara Perry, the Mint’s current and former curators of Decorative Arts, as well as noted ceramics scholars Diana Edwards, Patricia Halfpenny, Maurice Hillis, and Letitia Roberts.

The Delhom Gallery at Mint Museum Randolph closed to the public and most museum staff effective March 31 to enable de-installation of British ceramics. Many of those objects were put in place with the construction of that portion of the museum, which was added on to the original Mint building in 1983. The detailed study of these objects will later contribute to a plan to re-install the gallery and add more recent acquisitions from the Mint’s permanent collection.

The Mint’s collection of British pottery and ceramics numbers over 2,000 items, and includes one of the most in-depth collections of Staffordshire pottery to be found in the United States. It also holds representative examples of ceramics from most of the major eighteenth-century porcelain factories, including Chelsea, Bow, Longton Hall, Bristol, and others.

For questions about the closure of the Delhom Gallery, please contact Leigh Dyer at 704/337.2009 or e-mail to (


In response to strong shopper demand for merchandise associated with two special exhibitions on view at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, the Mint Museum Uptown Shop is expanding its hours of operation. Effective April 1, the shop has now added Tuesdays from 11am-6pm to its normal Wednesday-Sunday hours of operation. (The museum galleries remain closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays). Mint Museum Uptown Shop hours are now 11sm.-6pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays; 11sm-9pm, Wednesdays; and 1-5pm Sundays. For more information or recommendations of merchandise for Mother’s Day or other seasonal stories, please contact Shop Manager Sandy Fisher by e-mail at ( or call 704/337-2038.


The change was prompted by the opening of two special exhibitions at Mint Museum Uptown: “Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design, & Fashion”, on view through August 10, 2014; and “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment”, on view through July 20, 2014. A variety of merchandise related to both exhibitions, as well as other temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, is available in the shop. More information available at (

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Artists to Create or Decorate Chairs for “Chair-ity” Auction

April 15, 2014

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has placed a call for artists to help with their “Chair-ity” Auction that will be held on Sunday, August 3 at the Brevard Lumberyard and The Haen Gallery in Brevard, NC. Tickets to the event will go on sale in July.

Tammy Hopkins with the TC Arts Council said, “We are looking for artists to create chairs or find old chairs and refurbish them artistically. These chairs do not have to functionable furniture – they can simply be pieces of artwork.” The TC Arts Council has chairs in the basement that can be picked up and decorated, painted, carved, collaged etc . . . or artists can go out and find their own chair or unique piece of furniture.

The TC Arts Council would like to get the chairs back by June 20, 2014, for PR purposes. As the artists participating you can get a ticket to the event $50 value OR you can get 20% of the sale of your donated chair. If chairs are NOT your thing, we can use art items and other fun treasures for the silent auction.

Please sign up with Tammy at TC Arts Council 828/884-2787 or e-mail to ( All proceeds from this event go to support the TC Arts Council’s youth ART programs.

Edisto Island (SC) Bazaar Scheduled For Saturday, May 3, 2014

April 14, 2014

The annual Edisto Island Bazaar will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Lions’ Club Building and grounds, located at 2907 Myrtle Street, on Edisto Beach, SC. Booths open at 10am and remain open until 3pm.

Booths include homemade baked goods, “attic treasures,” a ladies’ boutique, books and media, plants, and the ever-popular “white elephant” items. In addition, there will be over fifty guest arts and crafts vendors. Lunch can be purchased on site at the KD Cafe. And attendees are eligible to win a handmade quilt, and/or a variety of gifts donated by local merchants.

The bazaar is sponsored by the Whatsoever Circle of King’s Daughters, and the proceeds are used for the benefit of Edisto Island residents through humanitarian projects and services.

An eagerly-awaited event each spring is the King’s Daughters Edisto Bazaar, the first Saturday of May, and one of its most popular offerings is the Hand-made Quilt Raffle.


This year’s hand-made quilt is 68 inches by 82 inches in size, and with its brightly-colored blocks will brighten any room.  Primarily red and green in color, the blocks feature a stylized-tree design which is especially apt for the holiday season.

The blocks are surrounded by a pale gray border fabric with tiny pastel flowers, and the border fabric also comprises the back of the quilt. When the quilt is turned over, it will give a very different and non-seasonal look to the room in which the quilt is used.

The quilt will be displayed at the King’s Daughters Bazaar at the Lions’ Club on May 3, and donations are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

For further information, contact Bazaar Co-Chairs Ruth Anderson at 843/869-4237 or Patti Smyer at 803/206-2029.

Red Rose City Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and Competition in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline May 11, 2014

April 13, 2014


The Avant Garde Center for the Arts, a 501c3 organization, has a mission to makes arts more accessible to the Lancaster community by providing opportunities for students, residents, and visitors to view art in a meaningful and dynamic way. The agency seeks to accomplish this by hosting an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition and competition on the grounds of Red Rose Park in downtown Lancaster, SC.  This project also aims to increase the exposure of artists by hosting the exhibition during the City of Lancaster’s signature Red Rose Festival (May 16 & 17, 2014), which draws thousands of visitors to its’ downtown.


We will be selecting ten artists to exhibit their sculpture for one day of the two-day festival from 10am until 4pm.  It is hoped that the honor of having work selected for this outdoor sculpture exhibition, which will become an annual event, will entice sculptors with a passion for exhibiting their work to make a commitment to participate.

Sculptures must be suitable for outdoor installation: able to be structurally secured to a grassy area with anchor bolts or similar devices; capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions; able to withstand a high traffic environment; able to be installed at the site with the use of hand trucks. Artists are responsible for delivery, installation and removal, though Avant Garde Center for the Arts will provide limited assistance and will supervise the installation of all sculptures.  This is a juried competition.

PRIZE AWARDS:  $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, $100 Third Place.  All artists selected by jury to participate in show will receive $50 honorarium.  Sculptures will be judged at 2pm, and awards will be distributed at 4pm on May 17th.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR JUDGE:  This year’s competition will be juried and judged by Lancaster artist Bob Doster, owner and operator of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studios in Lancaster, SC since the 1970’s.  Doster has a MFA from Clemson University and BFA from USC and his works have been selected for exhibition, competition, commissions, and collections world-wide.  Doster has worked with tens of thousands of students throughout his career, conducting artist residencies and coordinating arts projects and was awarded the Verner O’Neill Award by the SC Arts Commission, SC’s highest honor in the arts.  Awards also include York County Heritage and Cultural Commission Keeper of the Culture, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, and SC’s Hero of the Child. Doster’s works can be found in public art venues throughout the Southeast.

Please forward this information to any friends/colleagues/students who you think might be qualified and interested. A complete prospectus/entry form is follows.

PROSPECTUS: Red Rose City Annual Sculpture Exhibition and Competition

ENTRIES: Selection will be based on submitted digital files; therefore the quality of entry materials is of the utmost importance. Details and/or multiple views are strongly encouraged. Artists may submit up to three works represented by up to twelve digital images (up to four images per work). Images must be submitted via email to   Applications, CD of images in lieu of digital email files, and fees should be mailed to Avant Garde Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

Work must be installed by 10am on May 17.

Set-up begins 8am at Red Rose Park, 118 S. Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.  Sculpture must be removed beginning 4pm on the day of the exhibit.  Artist or artist representative must be present during entire duration of exhibition. Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Red Rose Park assume no liability for any damages or loss. The artist may sell the work during the exhibition; however, the work must remain on site for the duration of the exhibition. There is no commission on sales.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts will provide the following publicity:
Brochure with information about the artist; education and outreach programs in surrounding communities; and promotion via City of Lancaster’s website. Publicity will include digital media promotion to include online media and event sites, social media, press releases to regional media sources, inclusion in Red Rose Festival promotions, and other publicity opportunities. Submission constitutes consent by the artist for promotional purposes.

1. Completed, signed Entry Form.
2. Digital images, in JPG format, of work submitted for the exhibition: maximum of three works, with up to four views of each work, with each image labeled with the name of the artist and the title of the sculpture (for example: ArtistsLastName.title.jpg) Images must be emailed with the Entry Form to (
3. Current professional resume.
4. One paragraph artist’s statement and a brief biography.
The entry form constitutes agreement by the artist to the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus. Please retain a copy of this prospectus for your records.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ENTRIES: Entries must be received by May 11, 2014.  All entrants will be notified of the results of the selection process via email by midnight May 11, 2014.  Please note that for the optimum publicity, entries should be received as soon as possible.

CONTACT: For questions about the exhibition, please contact Cherry Doster by e-mail at ( or call 803/289-1492. Submission of this signed entry form constitutes agreement by the artist to the terms and conditions outlined in the prospectus. Please retain a copy of the prospectus for your records.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts Red Rose City Sculpture Exhibition and Competition Contact Information

Name: ____________________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________
City: _________________________________ State: _________________ Zip: ___________
Telephone: ____________________________ Email: ________________________________
Entry Information
Title of Work #1: _______________________________________________________________
Dimensions:_____________________________ Weight: _____________________________
Materials: _______________________________Retail Price or NFS: ______________
Title of Work #
Dimensions: _____________________________ Weight: _____________________________
Materials: _______________________________Retail Price or NFS: _______
Title of Work #3: _______________________________________________________________
Dimensions: _____________________________ Weight: _____________________________
Materials: _______________________________Retail Price or NFS: ______________
Artist’s Signature: ___________________________________________

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Awards for “Artists of Tomorrow Secondary Student Exhibition”

April 12, 2014


The Arts Council of Henderson County announces the award winners of the “Artists of Tomorrow” secondary student exhibition at First Citizens Bank in downtown Hendersonville, NC. The award winners were announced during the opening reception held Friday, Apr. 4, 2014. “Artists of Tomorrow” is the third and final exhibition of the “Mentors & Students” series, featuring Henderson County public, private, parochial, and home school students and teachers.

The judge for the exhibition was artist Joan Covell, who has an extensive background in painting, sculpture and design. After judging, Covell remarked “the entries included works of impressive drawings, which were created with a skill all budding artists need to develop very early. I looked for works that showed understanding and mastery of the medium, good composition, and use of the building blocks of design principles.” Awards were presented by Cindy Shapiro, Arts Council Board Treasurer, and Anne Kramer, President of the Art League of Henderson County, which sponsored the Best of Show award.

“Reflections” by Olivia Thiery – 1st Place, High School

The award winners were:
Best of Show ($150):  Michaela Orr, “Unity,” ceramic sculpture. East Henderson High School, Robert Wallace, teacher.

1st Place, High School ($75): Olivia Thiery, “Reflections,” acrylic painting. East Henderson High School, Terri Northup, teacher.

1st Place, Middle School ($75): Karina Lubian, “Ka-li-na,” crayon & India ink on fabric. Immaculata Catholic School, Marian K. Congdon, teacher.

2nd Place, High School ($50): Tori Pearce, “After Winslow Homer,” watercolor. Veritas Christian Academy, Jennifer Lipsey-Edwards, teacher.

2nd Place, Middle School ($50): Ben Williams, untitled watercolor & marker. Flat Rock Middle School, Delena Jay, teacher.

3rd Place, High School ($25): Asia Gash, “What Does the Fox See,” sharpie pen. Balfour Education Center, Martina Zinn, teacher.

3rd Place, Middle School ($25): Mattie Moore, “Chihuly Study with Line,” permanent marker & plastic. Immaculata Catholic School, Marian K. Congdon, teacher.

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to:

Elise Wright, “The Afghan Girl: Sharbat Gula,” acrylic on canvas. Veritas Christian Academy, Jennifer Lipsey-Edwards, teacher.

Hannah Marr, “Breaking Point,” acrylic. East Henderson High School, Terri Northup, teacher.

Sheridan Mentch, “Dog and Horse,” graphite drawing. East Henderson High School, Terri Northup, teacher.

Ryan Decker, untitled multimedia triptych. Hendersonville High School, Courtney Hoelscher, teacher.

Memberships to the Asheville Art Museum at the patron, family, and student levels were also presented to the cash prize winners.

The opening reception featured an a capella performance by the East Henderson High School Concert Choir, directed by Katie Stephens.

“Artists of Tomorrow” offers the public’s last opportunity to enter a raffle to win “Calming Waters” an acrylic painting by Debbie Jackson, teacher at The Mountain Community School, which was purchased by First Citizens Bank from the Mentors exhibition.  You must be eighteen to enter, and you do not need to be present during the drawing on Friday, Apr. 18, 2014.

“Artists of Tomorrow”, which is accessible to all, will be on display through Friday, Apr. 18, 2014, at First Citizens Bank, 539 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am–6pm.

The “Mentors & Students” trilogy is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County, and is sponsored by First Citizens Bank, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and by the Alpha Lambda Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.) The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and the Henderson County Travel and Tourism Bureau.

For more information please contact The Arts Council by e-mail at ( or 828/693-8504. The web address is (


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