Tryon Gallery Trots Return to Tryon, NC – Oct. 25, 2014

September 22, 2014


The Tryon Gallery Trots return this Oct. 25, 2014! Join us as we celebrate our wonderful downtown Tryon, NC, with artist receptions, new shops and restaurants to enjoy, free entertainment and great fun for the whole family! Expect a wide variety of art by some of our areas top artists, as well as unique merchandise, live music, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary refreshments in a festive and fun atmosphere as visitors “trot” with friends up, down, and all around the town.

Live entertainment, provided by a generous grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, will be located in the center of town at the newly completed St. Luke’s Plaza. Join us in welcoming The Riyen Roots Due, an original rock, soul, and blues group from Asheville, NC. Riyen Roots is taking the blues genre to a new place, with unique rhythms, truly original song stylings, and  vocals that have been compared to the likes of Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Warren Haynes, and even Tom Waits. Local favorite juggler extraordinaire, Kevin Bradley will be delighting Trotters with his amazingly talented moves throughout the evening. And the very popular horse drawn carriage rides will return as well!

In honor of the upcoming Tryon Beer Fest on Nov. 8, 2014, La Bouteille Wine & Beer Boutique will sponsor a “Craft Beer Bottle Cap Art Contest”. All original artwork entries must be turned in by Oct. 24, 2014. Artwork will be on display at La’Bouteille and the winning entries will be judged by the Tryon Beer Fest Committee and announced at the end of the Trot at 8pm. First place wins 2 Tryon Beer Fest tickets with oyster roasts, two Tryon Beer Fest shirts, and a $50 gift certificate to La’Bouteille. 2nd place wins 2 Beer Fest tickets and a $25 gift certificate to La’Bouteille. Contact Shelly at La’Bouteille for entry forms, or more information at 828/859-6473.

The Depot at Millard & Company hosts “The Thursday Painters”; a group of six women who have been getting together to explore watercolor for more than four years. Initially they met in a weekly class at Isothermal Community College, but more recently they have been meeting at Tryon artist Patricia Cole-Ferullo’s studio. Please join the artists, Judy Farr, Patty Hall, Gerda Hook, Susan Hopps, Harriet Spencer, Joan Feagan and Patricia Cole-Ferullo for light refreshments during their reception from 5-7pm at The Depot.

Skyuka Fine Art proudly presents “Gary Cooley-7 Days in Provence”. Join Mr. Cooley as he shares works from his recent trip abroad where he was inspired by local vineyards and orchards that dot the countryside of Provence. An opening reception with live music, complimentary wine and snacks will be offered.

Thompson Garden Gallery invites you to join them around their fire pit during their reception for “Hold Your Horses”, which highlights an eclectic mix of local and regional artists’ and  artisans’ take on all things equestrian. Owner Erin Thompson will also display her own spin on this theme with her fall and feast decorations.

The Upstairs Artspace offers their trio of exhibits that opens on October 11th; “Four Makers, Four Materials”, wood, steel glass and clay sculptures by Mark Garner, Cory Williams, Hayden Wilson, and David Zachariais.  And “Ursual Gullow: Self Exam”, a year’s worth of self-portraits created daily. And downstairs at the Upstairs: “Shifting Plates II”, recent work by 15 printmakers.

Panache Boutique is pleased to showcase the works of local artist Verlie Murphy. Visitors will be offered refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as they enjoy the artwork and view their new fall collection. The Book Shelf will serve wine and cheese as they show off new children’s books and toys, the latest best sellers, and have a gift certificate drawing. Vines and Stuff showcases their new fall inventory as well as an exhibit of North Carolina Pottery and wood art. Join Saluda Forge up on their hill for a marshmallow roast over a fire pit. Tryon Painters & Sculptors continues their exhibit featuring Ann Gleason and Jim Shackelford, and offers a light reception in celebration of the Trot.

Tryon Arts & Crafts School hosts “Celebrate the Arts” during the day, 10am-5pm. Join them for a full day of arts activities with local organizations such as the Lanier Library, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon Painters & Sculptors, Tryon Little Theater, and the Upstairs Artspace.  Enjoy activities like poetry readings and blacksmithing or pottery demonstrations then come join us in downtown Tryon at 5pm when the Trot begins.

Tryon, the friendliest town in the South, is a thriving artisan community with a strong equestrian tradition and a nationally known tourism. Many more businesses, restaurants and organizations participate in the Trots, and open their doors for a full downtown Tryon experience.

For further info find Tryon Gallery Trot on Facebook or e-mail to (

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Two Weeks of Free Admission – Sept. 23 – Oct. 3, 2014

September 19, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, opens its galleries for free admission beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, for “Free Days at the CMA.” During the 2-week period, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions featuring hundreds of artworks to explore–from ancient to modern. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, and gallery guides are free for families to have fun in the galleries with activities.

Also FREE on view:

French Masters: Henri Fantin-Latour’s Jonquils and Narcissus (1885), Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Two Girls Wearing Hats (1890), and Georges Braque’s Still Life with Oysters (1938), all generously on loan from a private collection, are on view through the end of the year in the Andrew Kerns Gallery.

John Singer Sargent: Sargent’s Portrait of Mrs. Theodore Frothingham, Jr., a beautiful charcoal portrait by the famous artist on loan from John and Kay Bachmann, is on view in the “Portraits on Paper” exhibition in the BB&T Gallery.

“¡FUERZA! Artistas Latin@s in South Carolina”
On View in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery September 23 through November 30, 2014. ¡FUERZA! visually explores the connections between domestic violence and the underrepresented minorities in the United States through the lenses of a cadre of Latin@ artists based in South Carolina.

CMA hosts an Opening Celebration of the new exhibition, “¡FUERZA!,” with live music by DJ Alejandro, tango, and cash bar at the Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6-9pm. The event is free to the public.

“Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection”
On View in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through January 4, 2015. This intimate and colorful exhibition uses 24 still life paintings from the CMA collection, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Julie Heffernan, and Lionel Gilbert, to tell the story of American art.

“Main Street, South Carolina”
On View in the Wells Fargo Education Gallery through September 30, 2014. Main Street, South Carolina is an exhibition of South Carolina student photography capturing “main drag” streetscapes in counties across the state.

Free days are offered in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA and are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

For more information, visit (

Society 1858 Announces Sonya Clark as the 2014 Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art in Charleston, SC

September 19, 2014


Society 1858, an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce Sonya Clark as the 2014 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

This year, over 250 artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia submitted applications. Clark is the first female artist to be awarded the 1858 Prize. Her work examines contemporary issues of gender and race through a variety of mediums.

“Sonya Clark is a phenomenal artist whose intellectual rigor and thoughtful approach to materials stands out from the crowd. Her work truly embodies the spirit of the 1858 Prize and its mission to contribute to a new understanding of contemporary southern art,” says Gibbes Museum Curator of Exhibitions, Pam Wall.

“My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” 2013, by Sonya Clark, photograph, 28″ x 28″.

Clark holds an MFA (Cranbrook Academy of Art), a BFA (Art Institute of Chicago), and a BA in psychology (Amherst College) and chairs the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and throughout the United States.  She uses objects such as cloth, hair, and combs to give voice to the complexity of American identity and history. Simple objects become an interface for dialog that ranges from the vernacular to the political to the poetic.  Her work includes a variety of mediums. In “My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” she engages Southern hairdressers to use her body as canvas to re-frame Black hairdressing as art.

“Given the caliber of the finalists, I am absolutely humbled to be chosen for the 1858 Award. The complexities and the simplicities that drive the content of my work will be amplified by this generous support. I am both buoyed by this endorsement of my past work and eager to delve into the well of the next possibilities. To the folks in Society 1858 at the Gibbes Museum: thank you, thank you, thank you,” says Sonya Clark.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (

For further information contact Amy Mercer, Marketing and Communications Manager, Gibbes Museum of Art by calling 843/722-2706 x38 or e-mail to (

Charleston, SC, Artist Bob Wilson, Jr. Has Works on View at the Pentagon

September 19, 2014

Six paintings by local artist Bob Wilson, Jr. are on display in the Pentagon’s Patriotic Arts Program for a minimum of one year. His works are being shown along with other well known, international military artists. More than 100,000 visitors tour the Pentagon each year to experience firsthand its historical significance and glean from its historical exhibits, of which the patriotic art program is a part. Paintings selected for the exhibition honor America’s military men, women and families and recognize their selfless service and sacrifices in preserving the freedoms of our great nation.


One of Wilson’s paintings on display, “The Fair Faces of Courage”, honors women in combat roles. At the time of the painting was finished in 2011, 124 US Military women had been killed in Operation Iraq Freedom and another 42 in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). The painting focuses on our modern day female warriors and the various combat roles they are engaged in. Their sacrifices, isolation from family and children, hardships, and having to face the dangers of real combat require extraordinary courage. The women in this painting are truly “fair faces of courage”.

The “Fair Faces of Courage”, along with the copyrights, was donated to the American Legion, Post 28, in Spartanburg, SC, and was featured in the March 2012 “American Legion Magazine”. Proceeds from the sales of prints have contributed to over $3,000 to the Post’s veteran’s support programs and community work. Post 28 Commander, General (Retired) Ed Hall, was instrumental in bringing the painting to the attention of the Secretary of Defense. Coincidentally, the Pentagon was putting together the final display of patriotic art and needed one more exhibiting artist. The “Fair Faces of Courage” was a perfect fit for the Pentagon exhibit.

Wilson’s other paintings on display include “Iraq Bound” which depicts a Charleston based C-17; “Big Friend, Little Friend” showing a WWII B-17 bomber flown by Wallace Story of Spartanburg, SC; “Operation Castle” depicting a Gearing Class destroyer on patrol during the hydrogen bomb tests of the 1950’s; “The Last Survivor” which is actually a portrait of Wilson’s father shown drinking a toast to his lost war buddies who stand around him in ghost form; and a portrait of “Captain Kimberly Hampton”, the first woman from South Carolina to be killed in combat, and the first American woman to be killed in air combat.

In addition to his military paintings, Wilson is also an accomplished portrait artist. He is an exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild and is a member of the Portrait Society of America. He and his wife, Karen, are well known in the local art community through their West Ashley home-based business of reproducing art for other artists. Wilson’s work can be seen at (, (, or at his home/studio gallery.

Harold H. Bate Foundation Honors Community Artist Will, Inc., in New Bern, NC, With Grant

September 18, 2014

The Harold H. Bate Foundation has granted $8,000 to fund programming for Community Artist Will, Inc. CAW is a non-profit, cooperatively-run incubator for the arts in Eastern North Carolina and was incorporated in January 2013.

Ben Watford and Samrae Bruggema accept Bate Grant

With the Harold H. Bate Foundation’s grant, CAW will continue its community outreach programs, designed to motivate the public through events that encourage creativity and arts appreciation. CAW organizes Downtown New Bern’s ARTcrawl events, held second Friday of each month, as well as the Gloria Morello Bisque-ware Project, a program that goes to senior centers and schools to give free Bisque-ware painting workshops.

If you would like to learn more about Community Artist Will, Inc.’s programs, please visit their website at (

Mooresville Arts and LangTree Lake Norman in the Greater Lake Norman/Mooresville Area in NC Offers Fine Arts Fair – Oct. 4, 2014

September 18, 2014

Mooresville Arts and LangTree Lake Norman will sponsor a juried Fine Arts Fair on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, from 11am to 7pm.

The Art Fair will feature booths filled with quality art works by award winning artist from the Greater Lake Norman/Mooresville area. It will be a great opportunity to meet the artist, enjoy their creations and see all of the over 20 shops and restaurants, including women’s clothing boutiques, a board shop, a full salon and day spa, a nail salon, and jewelry store now open at LangTree Lake Norman.

So mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, and joins us for a fun day enjoying the arts at LangTree Lake Norman, just off I-77 at Exit 31.

For further info call Mooresville Arts at 704/663-6661.

M&G at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Prepares for Annual Appraisal Event and Smithsonian Museum Day!

September 18, 2014


M&G at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, will be hosting its annual Collectible or Curiosity?: An Antique Appraisal Event, on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, from 9am-5pm. This event offers attendees the unique opportunity to have their antiques and memorabilia examined by first-rate appraisers for a modest fee. This year’s line-up includes such respected field experts as:

Dawn Corley: Known as the “Charleston Silver Lady,” Dawn is a nationally recognized silver specialist and fine jewelry expert. During the raising of the USS Hunley from Charleston harbor, Dawn’s more than 25-years of expertise and experience proved invaluable as she assessed and appraised jewelry recovered from the sunken vessel.

Greg Peters: As the owner and lead auctioneer at Golden Memories Auction, located in Mountain City, Georgia, Greg brings over 40 years of experience to examining and appraising antiques across a range of diverse fields. Greg is a multi-state licensed and bonded auctioneer, with thousands of antiques appraised, and also enjoys participating in yearly museum “road shows.”

Ted Tzavaras and Marie Kowalik: The co-owners of Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery, Inc., located in Atlanta, Georgia, bring a collective 45 years of evaluating and appraising the very finest in American and Continental art, as well as 18th and 19th century European furniture and porcelain.

Michael Crocker: As co-curator of the Folk Pottery Museum northeast Georgia, Michael brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of pottery techniques and history. A new feature this year, Michael will present a special lecture at 1pm about collecting pottery in M&G’s Exhibition Gallery. Appraisal guests are welcome to attend.

M&G is pleased to be able to partner with such accomplished appraisers, all while offering their services to M&G via this accessible, affordable Upstate event: Collectible or Curiosity? Fees for this event are $10 per item for members, or $15 per item for non-members (up to 3 items) when they register before Sept. 24, 2014. Registration after the 24th is $18 per item (up to 3 items) for guests.

For additional information about Collectible or Curiosity?, please visit M&G’s website at (

In addition, M&G is excited to partner with over 1400 museums and cultural venues nationwide in the Smithsonian Museum Day program, hosted Saturday, Sept. 27! Guests will enjoy free admission by presenting a Museum Day ticket at either M&G location. Guests who want to claim their free ticket should visit ( The ticket covers general admission for one guest, but does not apply to special events.

Latino Initiative Enters New Phase at The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, as Claudia Soria Joins Staff as New Latino Community Education Liaison

September 18, 2014


Well-known community arts leader Claudia Soria has joined the staff of The Mint Museum, in Charlotte, NC, as the new Latino Community Education Liaison.

Most recently the Director of ArtSí Charlotte, an arts initiative promoting and supporting Latin American artists in Charlotte, Soria also has a deep background in data analysis and economics. In addition she is a visual artist who exhibits regularly, notably at Ciel Gallery in Charlotte’s South End. She is also known for her depth of cultural and business connections throughout the greater Charlotte community.

Soria joins the Mint as the museum’s Latino Initiative, launched in 2012, enters its third year. The initiative, funded by the Duke Energy Foundation and The Hearst Foundations, follows more than 20 years of partnership and service to Charlotte’s rapidly-growing Latin American community.

“Claudia is a real visionary and diplomatic community connector,” said Cheryl Palmer, director of Learning & Engagement at the Mint. “She is passionate about art, excellence, and community, and we are so fortunate to have her join our dynamic team. Her exceptional skills, energy, and creative ideas for the future will help take The Mint Museum to the next level of broad and diverse community engagement.”

Soria will oversee a variety of bilingual programs at the Mint and will assist in promoting bilingual exhibitions, including the museum’s upcoming “Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100″, on view at Mint Museum Uptown from Nov. 1, 2014 through Feb. 1, 2015. “I am very excited about joining The Mint Museum, a Charlotte institution that has a mission to reach out to the Latin American community using art as a medium. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of this effort, and I look forward to working with the community.”

The community is invited to a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and book signing at Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, at 7pm on Wednesday, Sept, 17, 2014. Hispanic Heritage Month events continue with Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, from 8-11pm on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Bilingual events continue at the museum with children’s bilingual story times and musical performances at Mint Museum Randolph at 11am on Oct. 18 and Nov. 15, 2014. More information on these and other events is available at (

In 2012, The Mint Museum launched a museum-wide Latino Initiative. Building upon the Mint’s 20-year history of participation and engagement with Charlotte’s growing Latino population, the initiative has four major goals: to strengthen the visibility of The Mint Museum throughout the Latino community; to broaden and diversify the audience base of family and adult visitors and members; to create opportunities for collaboration with other organizations in support of Latin American art and artists; and to position the museum at the center of Latino cultural life. Latino and bilingual initiatives are generously supported by The Hearst Foundations and Duke Energy Foundation.

The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of our global community. Established as the first art museum in North Carolina in 1936, The Mint Museum has grown to include two dynamic facilities, Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, and currently boasts one of largest collections in the Southeast. The Mint proudly offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via its renowned collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and scholarship.

Wright Photography and Avant Garde Center of the Arts Will be Sponsoring a Photo Booth during the Artisans of the Olde English District Holiday Market in Lancaster, SC – Dec. 6, 2014

September 18, 2014

Wright Photography and Avant Garde Center of the Arts will be sponsoring a photo booth during the Artisans of the Olde English District Holiday Market, in Lancaster, SC, where you and your family can get a holiday snapshot with the Grinch! Proceeds will be given to the Lancaster County Outreach Project in order to provide Christmas gift for children this holiday season.

So join us Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, from 10am to 4pm during the Artisans of the Olde English District Holiday Market as we kick off the start of our Red Rose Holiday Tour events located at 212 S Main Street, Lancaster 29720.

For more information, please contact Renee Wright at 803/287-4831 or e-mail to (

Full Moon Artists in Upstate, SC, Join National American Craft Week in a Celebration of Creativity, Community and Commerce – Oct. 3 & 4, 2014

September 18, 2014

The six artists from the Full Moon art studios, in Upstate, SC, will join hundreds of galleries, studios, craft guilds and museums across the country in celebration of the 5th annual American Craft Week. This small but strong local group will host an American Craft Week celebration Oct. 3 and 4, 2014, with free public events such as:

Open art studios – watch artists at work and participate in art-making activities.

Hands on Classes – spin some wood, shape the clay or cut & paint your way to your very own masterpiece with the guidance and help of one of the Full Moon Artists.

Full Moon Artists Show – see work from all the artists under one roof. For the first time the artist unite at the End of the Road Studios 255 East Bear Swamp Road, Walhalla, SC. For info visit (

“By taking part in the celebration, people are joining in on the trend of buying American-made products and shopping locally,” said American Craft Week founder and co-chair Diane Sulg. “In a culture of mass production, we’re seeing a reverse trend in which people are seeking out handcrafted work that tells a story and opportunities to connect with the craft artists who make it.”

To join the Full Moon Artists celebration and see an up-to-date schedule visit ( Information about American Craft Week and events and participants throughout the country can be found at (

American Craft Week is a program of Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), a trade association dedicated to the growth and vitality of American craft. Major sponsors of American Craft Week include the American Craft Council,, Society of North American Goldsmiths, NY Now (formerly New York International Gift Fair) and

Full Moon Artists is a group of six professional artists with four studios in Oconee county South Carolina started in 2011. The group was formed to raise awareness of the quality craftsmanship and artistry that they represent. With a wood turner, four potters and mixed media artists in the group they represent some of the most accomplished artists in the area.

Full Moon Artists members are:

Warren Carpenter (wood turner)
234 Heartwood Dr., Seneca, SC 29672
Phone: (864) 882-0418

Chris Tory (potter)
210 Crestview Circle, Seneca, SC 29672
Phone: (864) 985-1096

Stan DuBose (potter)
255 East Bear Swamp Road, Walhalla, SC
Phone: (864) 638-8327

Robin Anne Cooper (mixed media)
255 East Bear Swamp Road, Walhalla, SC
Phone: (864) 506-6116

Cindy & Mike Hart (potters)
185 Dogwood Hill West Union, SC 29696
Phone: (864) 557-2106

About End of the Road Studios
Built in 2011 the studios and gallery space for husband and wife Stan DuBose and Robin Anne Cooper. The home like gallery allows visitors to more easily envision how a piece could be utilized in their own homes.

For further info contact Robin Anne Cooper by calling 864-506-6116 or visit (


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