Columbia College in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong

August 20, 2014

Columbia College in Columbia, SC, will present “The Big Paint: New Works by Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong,” on view in the Goodall Gallery, in the Spears Center for the Arts, from Aug. 22 through Oct. 13, 2014. A reception will be held on Sept. 2, from 4-6pm. An artist’s talk will be given at 4pm.

From the minuscule to the massive, and every size in between, artists are naturally sensitive to scale challenging their sensibilities in new and exciting ways. For Columbia based artists, Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong, this predisposition to size was no different. “I’ve always heard a man’s grasp should extend his reach,” Spong said; “That is what I was going for. I found it very exciting and challenging to do something I had never tried before and thought that even if I didn’t pull it off, I’d always be glad I tried.”

“The Big Red” by Laura Spong, 2013, mixed media 8 feet by 16 feet

After sharing their desire to paint big, Blyth decided to take action on the notion of painting in the large. In 2013, Blyth and Spong partnered on a first-ever endeavor to create works that extended well beyond their current sizes in a project simply dubbed, The Big Paint. The artist rented The Vista Studio’s gallery space and procured roughly the length of fifty feet of canvas at ten feet wide. With intentions, materials, and space in place, the two artists were equipped to explore this new territory of scale.

“First Black Line,” by Eileen Blyth, 2013 , acrylic and graphite, 6 feet by 12 feet

Motivated by the complexities and rigors of working so large, The Big Paint yielded inherent challenges that Blyth and Spong found at times, trying, but equally captivating, “Having to step back and literally see the big picture of this size was new to us,” said Blyth. “It is that moment of knowing, of seeing that shape or line, of finding the composition that is the exciting thing…. It was hard physical work but it was a challenge and we were addicted,” says Blyth.  By the end of the project, Blyth and Spong had gained an invaluable creative experience that materialized new and exciting works representative of each artist’s abstract styles.

Laura Spong, of The Big Paint Project, working on her piece, “The Big Red”, measuring 16′ x 8′

The Columbia College Goodall Gallery is located inside the Spears Center for the Arts at 1301 Columbia College Drive in downtown Columbia, SC, off of North Main Street. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5pm.

For further information about exhibits please contact Jackie Adams at 803/786-3899 or visit (

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Features Photography Invitational

August 20, 2014

The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, will present “PATHWAYS: Photography Invitational”, on view in the McMaster Gallery in the Department of Art of the University of South Carolina, from Aug. 28 through Oct. 4, 2014. A reception will be held on Aug. 28, from 5-7pm.

“PATHWAYS” is an invitational exhibition that explores historical photographic methods in use today. The photographers included have rediscovered some of the forgotten early processes, bringing a distinctive style to present-day image making. Incorporating methods such as tintype, palladium, gum bichromate, and collodion into their work involves both skill and a creative blending of new and old.

Tintype by Christine Eadie

Artist included in this exhibition are: Anne Berry, Diana Bloomfield, Carolyn DeMeritt, Christine Eadie, Frank Hamrick, Aspen Hochhalter, Kevin Bruce Parent, Emma Powell, Laurie Schorr, and S. Gayle Stevens.

The McMaster Gallery in the Department of Art of the University of South Carolina is located at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri.,  9am-4:30pm (Closed Weekends and all University holidays).

For more information contact Mana Hewitt, Gallery Director at 803/777-7480, e-mail to ( or visit (

“State of the Art/Art of the State” Returns to the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC – Sept. 19, 2014

August 17, 2014

A simple idea, a call to artists 18 years or older who live in or are native to the state of North Carolina to bring in 1 piece of art to the Cameron Art Museum, in Wilmington, NC, within a 24-hour period of time for inclusion in the exhibition “State of the Art/Art of the State”, no jurors, no fees. They would also meet a significant, contemporary art curator.

In the spring of 2011 the call went out. And then, the day arrived, May 6, 2011. Logistics dictated that artwork would be received starting at 5pm. Artists began arriving at the front door of the museum at 10:30am appearing anxious to get in and have their work included in the exhibition. They waited, patiently, in the museum and out of the rain holding their personal artwork for hours. They waited with the other 614 artists. They talked about the piece of art they brought with them and where they traveled from. They shared stories, made new friends, listened to impromptu music playing and waited for the doors to the Hughes Wing at the Cameron Art Museum to open.

Work was received, quickly curated and hung, but by 3am exhibition staff wondered where all of the work would be placed as it appeared as though there may not have been enough wall or floor space. Accommodations were made and all 614 pieces together became a representation of the state’s artists in “State of the Art/Art of the State”.

And now, Cameron Art Museum is opening up the call again for participation in this state-wide, premier event “happening” on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 starting at 12pm until Saturday, Sept, 20, 2014 at 12pm. Current curators for the 2014 “State of the Art/Art of the State” include, Peter Eleey: Curator at MoMA P.S.1., New York, NY. From 2007 until 2010 he was the Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Laura Hoptman: Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson: Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado.

Exhibition opening will be held on Sept. 20, 2014, at 6pm at the Cameron Art Museum. Details and additional information can be found at ( To see the “State of the Art/Art of the State” from 2011 visit (

Organized by the Cameron Art Museum, this exhibition focuses on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists are invited to bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within a 24-hour period (between 12pm Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 and 12pm Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014). During this timeframe, a nationally renowned curator will be present to greet each artist and shake his/her hand. All participating curators will attend the exhibition opening on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 6-9pm. The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by all visiting curators.

Upon arrival at the museum, artists must complete an exhibition entry form including contact and credit information. All work must be original. Paintings, mixed mediums, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia, original hand-made prints, photography and drawings are all examples of acceptable forms. There are some limitations and exclusions. Refer to the “State of the Art/Art of the State” web site, ( for complete details and the exhibition entry form. Space in the exhibition is not guaranteed and is on a first come, first serve basis.

This event pays homage to the open, creative curatorial spirit of the late art world maverick, Walter Hopps (1932-2005). In 1978, responding to a comment from his junior colleague, Deborah Velders (Jensen) about the problems artists face gaining access to notable curators, Walter Hopps conceived an entirely open, unmediated event to remedy the situation. His program invited any artist to bring a single work of art, to meet Hopps, and see installation of work. This event called “36 Hours” occurred in a gritty, street-level alternative space called MOTA (Museum of Temporary Art), located in downtown Washington, DC. There was no jurying, no selection (or rejection), and no entry fee. The only restrictions were size, weight, and the delivery time frame (36 hours). This unprecedented opportunity for artists was covered by the Washington Post, and attracted over 400 works of art, all by artists living and working in the Washington, DC, area.

ABOUT THE CURATORS FOR 2014 State of the Art/Art of the State

Peter Eleey – Curator at MoMA P.S.1., New York, NY.  From 2007 until 2010 he was the Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. At the Walker Art Center, Mr. Eleey organized the exhibitions “The Talent Show”, 2010); “The Quick and the Dead”, 2009: and “Trisha Brown: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing”, 2008. Prior to joining the Walker, Mr. Eleey was Curator and Producer at Creative Time, New York from 2002 to 2007, where he organized a wide range of multidisciplinary projects and events, including “Doug Aitken: sleepwalkers”, 2007, which was commissioned jointly with The Museum of Modern Art and co-curated with Klaus Biesenbach. Other major projects included “Mike Nelson: A Psychic Vacuum”, 2007, a site-specific installation at the Essex Street Market co-organized with Nato Thompson; “Strange Powers”, 2006, a group exhibition highlighting works made to have a paranormal effect on the world co-organized with Laura Hoptman; “The Plain of Heaven”, 2005, an exhibition in a vacant meatpacking warehouse inspired by the redesign of the “High Line; Jenny Holzer: For the City”, 2004, a series of airplane banners over the Hudson river and light projections at sites around the New York; and “Cai Guo-Qiang’s Light Cycle”, 2003, a pyrotechnic event in Central Park.

Laura Hoptman – Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY. Since joining the museum she has organized “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language”, a group exhibition of contemporary art, “Carol Bove: The Equinox”; “Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly”, a mid career survey of the work of the Los Angeles painter Henry Taylor at MoMA/PS 1 (with Peter Eleey) and “Isa Genzken: Retrospective” (with Sabine Breitwieser). Previously, she was Senior Curator at the New Museum where she organized “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century”, “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” and monographic exhibitions on Tomma Abts, Elizabeth Peyton, Brion Gysin and George Condo. In 2004-05 she was the director of the “54th Carnegie International”, and in an earlier incarnation as a drawing curator at MoMA from 1996 to 2002, she curated the first US museum exhibitions of Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maurizio Cattelan, John Currin, and Luc Tuymans among others. In 1997, at MoMA she was the co curator (with Lynn Zelevansky) of “Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama”, a show that reintroduced Kusama to international audiences and in 2002, she organized “Drawing Now: Eight Propositions”, a landmark exhibition of contemporary figurative drawing. Currently, Hoptman is organizing a group exhibition on the subject of contemporary painting, and a mid career survey of the Cologne artist Kai Althoff. She is also part of the curatorial team organizing a retrospective of the work of Bruce Conner.

Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson – Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO. Zuckerman Jacobson joined the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) as Director and Chief Curator in 2005. In this position, she continues to be charged with oversight of all aspects of the museum’s guiding vision and mission, strategic planning, administrative policy and decision-making endeavors, and the institution’s curatorial and educational programmatic practices. Zuckerman Jacobson’s curatorial projects at the AAM include major one-person exhibitions with Yutaka Sone, Pedro Reyes, Jeremy Deller, Aïda Ruilova, Friedrich Kunath, Mai-Thu Perret, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Jim Hodges, Peter Coffin, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Bradford, Sergej Jensen, Mamma Andersson, Stephen Shore, Huma Bhabha, Slater Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Lucio Fontana, Monika Sosnowska, Rob Pruitt, Hayley Tompkins, Lorna Simpson and others – many in their first major US museum exhibitions or featuring important but lesser-known aspects of their artistic practice. Her exhibitions with Aïda Ruilova, Fred Tomaselli, and Sergej Jensen, as well as her co-curated exhibition “Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences /Documented Assignments”, have traveled to other major museums including, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, CAM Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO, The Banff Center, Alberta, Canada, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children’s programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi.

For additional information about the museum, please visit (

Piedmont Craftsmen in Winston-Salem, NC, will Present the Dog Days Sale – Aug. 22 and 23, 2014

August 17, 2014

The Piedmont Craftsmen in Winston-Salem, NC, will present the Dog Days Sale, on Aug. 22 & 23, 2014, at the Liberty Street Art Center, located at 526 N. Liberty Street in Winston-Salem, NC.

Handmade items from Piedmont Craftsmen, from exhibiting members, past and present, as well as other talented artists will be offered. Most items will be under $50 with many under $10. All items sold as is and all sales are final.

Friday, Aug, 22, from 5-8pm, with a wine and cheese reception – $3 per person or $5 for you & a buddy. Saturday, from 10:30am-2pm – no charge.

For further info call 336/725-1516 or visit (

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Features Talk by Christian Thee and Rachel Haynie – Sept. 13, 2014

August 17, 2014

Trompe L’oeil artist Christian Thee and writer Rachel Haynie will present “Touching Art” as Log Cabin Art Guild’s monthly program at 10am, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church’s Potts Hall, at the back of the church located at 125 Sparkleberry Lane in Columbia, SC.

Trompe L’oeil artist Christian Thee at work on the bas relief that he created from “Two Riders of the Beach”, which was stolen by Nazis in World War II.

The program will center around the time earlier this year when Thee read with great artistic empathy internationally-published accounts surrounding the discovery of the Nazi Art Trove in Europe, and was struck immediately by one story date-lined New York, his former home. One of the found paintings’ verified owners was David Toren, a retired Long Island attorney. Even if Toren got the painting back from the German government, he would be unable to see his long-lost painting because he lost his sight a few years ago.

In an artfelt gesture, Thee created for the 90-year old survivor a three-dimensional replica of a Max Leibermann oil – “Two Riders on the Beach” – and intended to deliver in person. When snow finally relented, making winter travel possible, Thee was professionally engaged in other commitments. Rather than delaying the arrival of the gift further, the Columbia artist dispatched Rachel Haynie to New York to present the piece and interview the recipient. Toren still doesn’t have his original painting back, but the 90-year old was able to feel his painting via the bas relief figures Thee raised on the painting’s surface.

Details stemming from this artfelt gesture continue unfolding, months after the painting was delivered to the blind inheritor.

Refreshments will be served, beginning at 9:30am in the back of the church in Potts Hall, and the public is invited.

For further info call Marcie Marshall at 803/738-9348.

Mobile Anagama Kiln Firing at the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC – Aug. 19. 2014

August 15, 2014


Henry Crissman, a graduate Student at The NYSCC at Alfred University persuing a MFA in Ceramics, and his “Mighty Mobile Anagama” kiln are heading east from Montana and are projected to arrive in Seagrove, NC, early next week and fire his mobile kiln at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, barring unforeseen circumstances. Crissman’s mobile anagama is a wood-fired kiln on a trailer he created with plenty of funding and assistance that is now on the last leg of a whirlwind national tour of kiln firings and exploring ceramics as community activism for the past month.

Says Crissman, “My art practice is an exploration of the progressive social applications of making and using functional pottery…” His mobile anagama wood-fired kiln allows for the hosting of more communal and performative approaches to the ceramic process.


The re-assembly, loading, and firing of Henry’s moblie anagama kiln will take place at the North Carolina Pottery Center on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, starting at 9am. This will be a day long process. The unloading of the fired kiln will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

The public is invited to come out and watch the process both days. There will be no charge to the public to come out and watch the loading/firing process on Tuesday or the unloading on Wednesday, but the center will be charging its usual modest admission fee to tour the museum on those days for visitors wishing to do that as well.

This will also be a great opportunity to meet a couple of new addtions at the Pottery Center: Josh Floyd, the center’s Artist-in-Residence, and Emily Lassiter, the center’s Educational Program Manager and Project Coordinator.

To learn more about the “Mobile Anagama,” visit Crissman’s website at (

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873.8430, visit (, or find us on Facebook.

A Sculpture by Eric Serritella of Carrboro, NC, was Recently Purchased by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

August 15, 2014

A ceramic trompe l’oeil sculptural teapot by American-born artist Eric Serritella, of Carrboro, NC, was recently acquired by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The piece titled “Charred Split Log Birch Teapot” will reside as part of museum’s permanent collection in Washington, DC. It measures 15” high x 18” wide x 8” deep.

Eric Serritella’s ceramic trompe l’oeil Charred Split Log Birch Teapot – photo by Jason Dowdle

Serritella is a ceramic artist specializing in hand-carved trompe l’oeil vessels transformed into birch trees and weathered logs. His works are internationally recognized and have been exhibited, awarded and collected for their exquisite design and incredibly realistic textures.

He moved to Carrboro, NC, in 2012 after beginning his life as a full time artist in central New York State after a sixteen year corporate career in marketing. Serritella has quickly formed relationships with some of the state’s art museums. His work was added to the Mint Museum’s permanent collection in 2013 and he has twice had pieces on display in the North Carolina Museum of Art. Two patron groups from the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill recently toured his studio space and in January 2015 he will be returning to the Mint Museum to present on his life and work.

In addition to the Smithsonian, Serritella’s works are included in many permanent museum collections including among others the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Everson Museum of Art’s world class ceramics collection in Syracuse, NY. Many esteemed private collections also contain pieces, including the Kamm Teapot Foundation – the world’s largest teapot collection.

Serritella’s work has been represented at some of the world’s top decorative art and design shows including TEFAF Maastricht (Netherlands), Design Miami/Basel (Switzerland), Design Miami (USA), SOFA Chicago, and the Smithsonian Craft Show. His recently cataloged solo show at Jason Jacques Gallery in New York City has led to additional international recognition.

The artist has contributed to over 80 exhibitions and his pieces have appeared on the covers of “AmericanStyle” and “Pottery Making Illustrated”, and in the pages of “Ceramics Monthly”, “Modern”, “NICHE”, “Clay Times”, “The Crafts Report” and “Ceramic Art” (Taiwan), as well as in “Lark Book’s 500 Teapots, Volume 2″ and several other books and calendars on ceramic art.

Serritella has a BA in Speech Communication from Ithaca College. He also studied art history there and in London. His primary applied art training came in the form of two artist residencies studying with clay masters in Taiwan. It was there that he was taken with the historic Yixing teapots, introduced to the Japanese wabi philosophy, and began his trompe l’oeil explorations.

Each creation Serritella makes begins as a blank piece of clay. He uses wheel throwing, slab building and hand building techniques to create his expressive forms. All of the texture and details are hand carved before firing the clay.  The pieces are then fired to over 2,100º Fahrenheit.

For more information on the artist, visit (

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Final Kress Anniversary Lecture – Aug. 29, 2014

August 14, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first Kress gift of Renaissance, Baroque, and 18th-century art, which established the foundation of the Museum’s collection. The Kress Anniversary Lecture Series invites four scholars to the Museum this year to deliver lectures on topics that highlight our Kress Collection through their particular expertise in their field.


This final lecture in the series features Rebekah Compton, assistant professor of Renaissance and Baroque art at the College of Charleston. Compton’s lecture, “The Glory of Color: Pigments in Early Florentine Altarpieces,” explores the glorious colors of Giovanni di Marco dal Ponte’s Madonna and Child with Saints, paying particular attention to how the artist paints the flesh and clothing of his sacred characters. The Kress lectures are supported through a grant provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The lecture takes place on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at noon.
Free with membership or admission.

The Columbia Museum of Art is located at 1515 Main Street in downtown Columbia, SC.

For more information, visit (

Halifax County Arts Council in Roanoke Rapids, NC, Offers Sip ‘n See with Sarah Bolduc – Aug. 25, 2014

August 14, 2014


The Halifax County Arts Council’s August Sip ‘n See will be held on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, from 6-8pm, and it will feature “The Art of Sarah Bolduc”.  Sip ‘n See is a free event that is open to the public. Wine, soft drinks, and light refreshments are served as part of this evening.

Work by Sarah Bolduc

The event will take place at The Gallery of the Halifax County Arts Council, located at 1027 Roanoke Avenue in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

For more information contact the Halifax County Arts Council by phone at 252/532-2571; by e-mail at (; visit (; or our Facebook page at Halifax County Arts Council.

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, is Offering Two Free Art Demos – Aug. 26 and Aug. 27, 2014

August 13, 2014


Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, will offer two more artist demonstrations in August. The events are free and no reservations are required:

Watercolor demo with Pat White on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, from 1 – 3pm


Pottery demo with Joe & Tonda Jeffcoat on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from noon – 2pm

Joe Jeffcoat working

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional offers. A recently added Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information, visit the website ( or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910/575-5999.


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