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The Never Ending Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Just Keeps on Growing

September 15, 2014


Historic Bristol Family Quilt #135 Added in Tamassee


Jeannie Simms Dobson of Tamassee, SC, sponsored a historic family quilt block to be mounted on The Kitchen Table Restaurant, Highway 11 in Tamassee. The quilt, called the Bristol Family Quilt, was created in 1882 in Chicago, IL, by three sisters, Aurelia Bristol Sibley (52), Carrie Bristol and Laura Bristol Martin, and Aurelia’s daughter, Jennie Sibley (23). This Jennie Sibley was Mrs. Dobson’s great grandmother and was the creator of the quilt concept and design.

After the tragic circumstances of the War Between the States, Jennie’s parents, Aurelia and James Sibley, took in the younger sisters. Carrie Bristol’s fiancée was one of 17,000 Union soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Her loss pales in comparison with her sister, Laura, whose husband was killed fighting with the Illinois Third Rifles under the leadership of General Burnside at Fredericksburg in 1862. Then, in the winter of 1864, influenza claimed the lives of Laura’s four children.

As Mrs. Dobson’s mother, Jane Chitwood Simms, explained, her grandmother Jennie always lamented the tragic events her aunts suffered. In the early 1880’s, Jennie conceived of the quilt project to give her aging aunts a sense of fulfillment. “Aunt Carrie and Aunt Laura do not have children as their legacy, so I will help them create the most glorious quilt ever. Generations from now, they will not be remembered as childless, spinster sisters. They will be remembered for creating a breathtaking work of art!”

Crazy quilts were a big fad at the time. While Carrie Bristol collected fabric remnants and swatches of defunct party gowns, piecing them together into landscapes of tone and texture, Laura earned quite a reputation for her skill in embroidery. Women from all over Chicago would bring her quilt squares to be embellished with colorful motifs.  Jennie envisioned a quilt that would showcase her aunts’ special talents.

She appealed to the family’s only wealthy relative, “Aunt Jane the Pig Lady” for help.  Aunt Jane looked like a pig – her most prominent features were her large dark nostrils which gaped underneath her snooty up turned  nose. Saying Aunt Jane acted like a pig is a grievous insult to swine worldwide. After the war, she married a succession of five disabled Illinois veterans, each one more mangled, disfigured and richer than his predecessor. From these dearly departed, she managed to collect death benefits and inherit prosperous Illinois pig farms.

Aunt Jane possessed trunks full of satin and silk party gowns. Her one charitable act was to bequeath a chest full of delectable scraps to her less fortunate relations. For three years, the women used every spare moment to work on the quilt.

As Mrs. Dobson told us, “The Bristol Family Quilt is amazingly well preserved, having spent the entire 20th century wrapped in tissue paper and stored high atop a closet. When I was twelve, I begged my mother to let me sleep under the cherished heirloom just one night. I inherited the quilt in 1996 and vowed to protect it. I keep it loosely folded in a bookcase where I can see it every day. For special occasions, I drape it over the back of the sofa so friends and family can appreciate its radiance and rejoice in the legacy left to us by the Bristol sisters and my great grandmother Jennie.

This quilt was registered with the McKissick Museum for the South Carolina State Museum’s Quilt History Project.  Between 1983 and 1986, historic quilts were photographed and indexed so that future generations could study the work-WOMAN-ship and the stories behind the quilts.

Starr-Iva Middle School Joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail # 136 in Starr, SC


The Lone Star quilt block is one of the most recognizable quilt patterns for Americans. It is also one of the oldest patterns, along with the Mariner’s Compass, Orange Peel, Job’s Trouble, and Irish Chain. This is a pattern known by many names dating back to the 19th century such as Mathematical Star, Star of Bethlehem, Star of the East, and Morning Star. There are variations of it with 6 points, 8 points (the most common design), or even more. Various Lone Star quilt pattern names are given to the pattern with a large central star, made up of diamond shaped fabric to form the star points from the center out.

Sarah Jordan, art teacher at Starr Iva Middle School, located at 1034 Rainey Road, Starr, SC, has sponsored this wonderful quilt block for the trail. The painted quilt block was done by her 6th, 7th, and 8th grade APPLE (gifted and talented) art classes.

The original cloth quilt was made by Clara Wiley from Trumann, Arkansas and was the grandmother of Carolyn Sanders. Mrs. Sanders teaches 7th grade ELA at SIMS. It was made in 1974 as a wedding gift. Most of the material used was from old clothing or leftover material from other sewing projects. Her grandmother believed in recycling before it was cool. A local quilter from the Starr-Iva area, Dale Brown is an active community member and has offered to make a replica of the original quilt to be hung in the entrance of the middle school.

Starr-Iva Middle School has a long history in the area and has been constructed in several stages from 1955-92. This 21.4 acre site presents an attractive campus enhanced with flowering trees and a courtyard or outside classroom.  The school began its long tenure in 1955 as the New Deal School, a new facility for the Black population; the school and its name, “came from the Federal Agencies created by President Roosevelt.” A prominent black educator, Mrs. Connie M. Lee Lindsay, was an influential person who first started at the New Deal School. The school housed grades first through twelfth. The first graduating class of New Deal consisted of ten students. The first grade consisted of three classes with a total of seventy-six students.

After the implementation of integration, New Deal was converted to a junior high school and trustees voted to rename it. The junior high, which consisted of grades seven through nine, began its new mission in education as Starr-Iva Junior High in the 1970-71 school year.

With the beginning of the 1973-74 school year, another change in grade structure and name was in place. Starr-Iva Junior High was renamed Starr-Iva Middle School and housed grades six through eight. Although Starr-Iva Middle School has continued to serve the community for forty years, it has struggled and triumphed with many challenges and changes, including those made in the state educational strategies and in its physical site.

The 1955 main section of the building contains twenty-three classrooms, the cafeteria, the gymnasium, six student restrooms, and a teacher workroom/lounge. The 1980 addition has six new classrooms and a small storage room.  The A.P.P.L.E. (spell this out) program started in the mid-1980s by a Mr. Pennington, Superintendent. A new Library was added in 1982. In 1985, the school received its first computer. In 1992, a small portion of the original building was renovated and a special-purpose wing was added.  This included the main administrative offices, a conference room, health room, guidance offices, and three classrooms.  Currently, this is our computer lab wing and special education department. Also included are two student restrooms and one faculty restroom. One area of this wing is on a steep slope to allow for a large multi-purpose room on the bottom floor.  Another wing was added in 2002 that includes three regular classrooms, a band room, a related arts room, an art room, computer lab, and science lab. In the 1970s, enrollment went from about 450 students to 500.  Now, the enrollment is about 600 students.

Orchard Park Elementary School joins Quilt Trail #138 in Westminster, SC


Orchard Park Elementary School in Westminster, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt pattern, called Orchard of Learning, was painted by the 2nd grade class of the 2013-14 school year under the guidance of the art teacher, Jennifer Hindman. The quilt is representative of the stages of learning students go through in a school year – from vessels ready to be filled like the winter tree, to blossoming and growing in their learning until they reach the stage of full fruit. The pattern for the tree itself came from “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks”, Volume 7, Apple Tree block #660, by Jane Dudley. The pattern for the four seasonal trees was published in “Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks”, Spring 2014.

The UHQT stipulates when a quilt block is added to the driving trail, it must actually exist in cloth and thread form.  No such quilt existed in the area, so local quilter, Pat Huggins, a retired Orchard Park teacher, volunteered to make the actual cloth quilt.

Pat grew up in Edgefield, SC, among a family of seamstresses. Her grandmother worked as a seamstress at J.B. White Department Store in Augusta, GA; her mother made a lot of her clothes growing up and Pat was active in 4H and sewed throughout junior high school, high school, college and beyond. Her marriage to Gil Huggins created an interlude in her sewing life, but when he developed an interest in and took up the art of quilting, she experienced a rebirth of her sewing interests. They both became active in the Lake and Mountain Quilt Guild in 2008 and soon found themselves living in what looked like a quilt shop.  Both have won ribbons on individual and joint projects. Together, they have produced over 30 quilts of all sizes and styles for personal use and as gifts for family and friends.

Hagood-Mauldin House, in Pickens Added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail #140


The Carpenter’s Wheel quilt block has been placed on the grounds of the historic Hagood-Mauldin House, located at 104 Lewis Street, in Pickens, SC, managed by The Pickens County Historical Society. The Carpenter’s Wheel was a pattern used in the Underground Railroad to guide slaves to freedom. It also represents the fine carpentry that went into the building of the house in 1850 in Old Pickens on the banks of the Keowee River. When the town of Pickens was moved as part of the separation of Pickens and Oconee Counties, the building was dismantled, moved and reconstructed 14 miles to the east.

The Carpenter’s Wheel was known as a secondary code pattern as told by Ozella Williams to Jacqueline Tobin, author of “Hidden in Plain View” about the Underground Railroad. To a slave, the master carpenter in their lives was Jesus. As they worked in the fields, they sang this well-known spiritual about a chariot that was to carry them home…
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home.
If you get a dere befo I do,
Tell all my friends I’m comin’ too.

Plantation owners thought they were singing about joining Jesus in Heaven, but the song held secret messages.  Future run-aways recognized this as a directive to plan their escape and to follow the Carpenter’s Wheel to the west-northwest. The setting sun behind the Appalachian Mountains leading them to the west toward Ohio and freedom must have been a beautiful sight!

The last member of the Hagood family to live in the house was Frances Hagood Mauldin, “Miss Queen,” for whom the house is named. She organized the Fort Prince George Chapter of the DAR in 1920 and was the first regent. She also served as the state regent and Vice President of the National Society. Her father, Colonel James Earle Hagood, served as supply officer for Pickens District during the Civil War and as Clerk of Court in Pickens County. He also served as a Federal Court Judge. Miss Queen and her husband, Judge Thomas Joab Mauldin, entertained visitors frequently. The home is open to the public the third Saturday of each month, April – October.

Mrs. Una Welborn is the original quilter of this and has made several such Underground Railroad quilts, since joining the UpCountry Quilter’s Guild in 1992. She especially loves to hand quilt and traditional designs.  Retired from South Carolina Bank, Wachovia and finally Wells Fargo, she’s married to Harold Welborn who is retired from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Their families have lived in Pickens County since 1780 and were among the earliest settlers in the area.

Kenneth Nabors, President of the Pickens County Historical Society designed the frame for the quilt square. The design includes sharp points that compliment the sharp points that are in the quilt pattern. The finial is carved from a section of a century old white oak tree that grew beside the Old Presbyterian Church near Lake Keowee

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Artist’s Info for Submitting an Entry to ArtFields® 2015 – Submission Period Begins Today – Sept. 14, 2014

September 14, 2014


Editor’s Note: Since the official Call for Entry info has gone out, I’ve gotten a few e-mails and calls from artists who are frustrated and confused. Usually when a call for entry goes out you can enter that day. ArtFields® 2015 just announced their application time period. You can’t apply until Sept. 14, 2014 and you can apply through Nov. 14, 2014 – only then. The other problem is some artists, like me at times, are challenged when it comes to the Internet and navigating websites. So, I decided to make a post that gives the rules of the competition. This way artists can get ready to make an entry. For some artists it takes a lot of time to get ready to enter a competition and even with advance notice some never make it. The final point I want to make is please share this info with your artists friends. Sometimes artists will hide info about opportunities from their friends – I know none of you reading this would do that, but some do. Imagine that.

This just in – a few artists have told me there used to be a size limitation on 2-D art – that has been reversed for ArtFields® 2015 – so bring on the giant paintings. Check out other changes at (

And, here’s a link to a blog post I made about the Call for Entries (

One last thing – I love the new catch phrase for ArtFields® – Small Town – Big Money – World Class Southern Art. Now it’s up to you artists to provide that world class art.

ArtFields® 2015 Artist Rules


The artist must be 18 years of age or older on or before November 14, 2014.

The artist must be a resident of one of the 12 Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) for 6 consecutive months prior to the submission date.

The artist’s submission must be original to the artist in concept, design, and execution, does not infringe upon any third party’s proprietary rights, and must not violate any intellectual property laws. An entry that has been copied from an existing photo (not the artist’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person is not eligible.

Work entered must be in the original medium (for example, not a scanned reproduction or digitization of a painting, drawing, or other work).

The artist’s work must be wholly owned by the Artist as of November 14, 2014.

The artwork must have been completed within two years of the submission deadline of November 14, 2014.

ArtFields® 2014 winners are not eligible to enter any entries until the 2016 competition.

Artworks that are identical to, substantially similar to, or primarily representative of entries invited into the ArtFields® 2014 competition, as determined in the discretion of ArtFields, are not eligible to compete.


Artist must pay a $25 non-refundable entry fee.

Artist may submit one 2-D or 3-D piece (for example, painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, digital media, and installation art).

Concepts or works-in-progress may be submitted, as long as artists can clearly articulate their finished work through sketches and artist statements.

Artist must submit high-resolution images (at least 300dpi/1MB) electronically through the Slideroom Submission Management Program.

Submitted images must represent the artist’s work as accurately and professionally as possible.


Artist will be notified of acceptance by January 1, 2015 through the e-mail account* provided in Slideroom and receive venue invitation by January 23, 2015.  * Slideroom e-mail account, email address, contact phone number, and current mailing address must be kept up-to-date.

Once an artwork is accepted, the entry may not be sold or substituted by another work.

Artwork accepted into the competition must be invited by and exhibited at an approved ArtFields® Venue for the duration of ArtFields®.

To remain eligible, Artists must sign an Artist and Venue Hosting Agreement with an approved ArtFields Venue and adhere to all of the terms in the agreement.

Images of accepted artwork, artwork information including dimensions and price, artist statements, and artist biographies, submitted through Slideroom will be used for online and catalogue publication. The deadline for updated photographs of accepted work is 11:59 p.m. on February 8, 2015.


The artist is responsible for transportation and cost of transportation of the artwork to, and removal of the artwork from, the Venue location.  Artwork must arrive no earlier than March 18, 2014 and be removed no later than May 9, 2014.

Except for installation artists (see below), Artists are not required to travel to Lake City, SC.  A team of trained art handlers will be installing the Entries at each of the approved, selected Venues.

Site-Specific and Installations that have been accepted must be delivered, installed and removed by the artist upon appointment with ArtFields® Art Team.

Digital media that requires projection or monitor to display must be provided by the artist for installation and use during the competition.


Entries that do not conform to their submitted digital image or submitted concept may be rejected, in the sole and exclusive discretion of ArtFields.

Entries will be removed from competition based upon impracticability or impossibility of installation or continued exhibition or if they create issues with fire or safety hazards.

Entries may be moved to another Venue at the discretion of ArtFields for any reason or no reason.

Entries remaining after 6:00 p.m. on May 23, 2015, will be disposed of by Lake City Partnership Council, in its absolute and exclusive discretion, with no recourse or remedy available to the artist.

The winners of the Top Prize and Juried Panel Prize agree to transfer all ownership of and reproduction rights of the artwork to the Lake City Partnership Council. *All attempted sales of ArtFields® entries are considered “pending” until the end of the event on May 3, 2015. If the Top Prize award and Juried Panel Prize are pending sale, those sales are voided upon acceptance of award.

The winners of the People’s Choice 2-D and People’s Choice 3-D agree to grant to Lake City Partnership Council an irrevocable limited, permanent license to reproduce the artwork for the purposes of promotion of ArtFields® and Lake City Partnership Council.

For artist inquiries, please contact the ArtFields Art Team at ( or by phone at 843/374-0180. See more at (

Conway Glass in Conway, SC, Offers Free First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos – Oct. 4, 2014

September 11, 2014


Conway Glass’ First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos fire up in the studio on Laurel Street in Conway, SC, at 10am on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The demos will continue through to 4pm.

Working with 2150 degree glass is amazing and we’ll show you how ancient glass making techniques and traditions are still used today. We’ll be demonstrating how we create our blown glass pumpkins using the Venetian-style of glass making.


First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos are free and it’s a fun and educational family event. Our glass studio is located in downtown Conway adjacent to excellent restaurants and the Waccamaw Riverwalk.

First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos and the Experimental Glass Theatre are components of the Conway Open Studio Project. The Project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Project is also funded in part by the backing of our generous project partners.

For further info call 843/248-3558 or visit (

Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail Hold Open Jury for New Membership in Hartsville, SC – Oct. 24, 2014

September 11, 2014

The Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail will hold their next jury for new members on Friday, Oct. 24 at Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Oct. 24, 2014.

The ASCCT is open to artists and craftspeople working in all media listed below who live in the South Carolina Cotton Trail area – Florence County, Darlington County, Lee County, Chesterfield County or Marlboro County.

Accepted Media Categories: Clay, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Natural Materials, Painting, Paper, Photography, and Sculpture.

The jury is a live jury, and prospective artists are expected to bring five works representative of what they do to show to the jurors.  Artists will briefly discuss their work and their viewpoint as artists, then step out as the jurors review the work.  Artists will then be brought back in to answer any questions that might have come up, collect their work and leave. All artists will be e-mailed results along with a summary of jurors’ comments by the evening of the 24th.

Additional information and membership forms are available at the ASCCT website at ( under the Membership tab. There is a non-refundable jury fee, as well as a membership fee for those who are accepted.

Artists who plan to jury should contact Beth Wicker by e-mail at ( to be added to the jury list, or with any questions not answered on the web site. A schedule with jury times will be sent out prior to the jury date.

5th Annual Oktoberfest Presented by Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries in Columbia, SC – Sept. 18, 2014

September 10, 2014


The Contemporaries, a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group dedicated to engaging young professionals in the arts and philanthropy, will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, from 5:30 until 8:30pm at Boyd Plaza in front of the Museum in Columbia, SC. This will be the Contemporaries’ membership appreciation event and will also serve to raise awareness for the group and its benefits.

The fun-filled event will feature live music from the Kenny George Band, a Budweiser beer wagon, and traditional bratwursts. Last year’s event attracted over 300 attendees to Columbia’s revitalized Main Street.

Oktoberfest is one of several events Contemporaries host throughout the year to encourage the young and the young at heart to become involved in supporting the Columbia Museum of Art. “The CMA is a premiere art institution and our goal is to excite and empower young community members to further its growth,” said Contemporaries’ President, Haskell Kibler. The Contemporaries have been integral to several art acquisitions for the museum, including its iconic Chihuly Chandelier.


Tickets are free for members of the Contemporaries and $15 for non-members. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, including volunteering and sponsorship opportunities, please visit ( or contact Thomas Brantley by e-mail at (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Lecture by Barry Gaither, National Juror for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 – Sept. 18, 2014

September 10, 2014


701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, on Sept. 18, 2014, will present a lecture by Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) in Boston, MA. The lecture, “You Gotta Make Some Place To Be Somebody!: The Birth And Rebirth Of A Museum”, is free of charge and open to the public. It will take place at 7:30pm at 701 CCA.

In his lecture, Gaither, a native of Great Falls, SC, will discuss the birth and rebirth of the Museum of the NCAAA, which was founded in 1968 and of which he has been the director and curator since 1969. Within the context of how museums generally serve or should serve artists and communities, Gaither will discuss his museum’s current development project that aims to secure its future.

Gaither is the national juror for the 701 CCA Prize 2014, the center’s second installment of this competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Aside from his duties at the Museum of the NCAAA, Gaither is a special consultant at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts MFA, where he has served as curator for eight exhibitions. Gaither has served on many prominent committees and commissions in the museum field and has published and lectured widely. He has taught courses in African-American art at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Spelman College, Boston University and elsewhere.

Gaither will serve on the jury panel for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 that will convene at 701 CCA on Sept. 17, 2014, to select the three finalists for the Prize. Joining him will be regional juror Brad Thomas and statewide juror Hannah Davis.

Brad Thomas is the director of residencies and exhibitions at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. Prior to that, Thomas was the curator of modern and contemporary art at Charlotte’s Mint Museum and director and curator of the galleries at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

Hanna Davis is the gallery and exhibitions manager at Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC, where she also is involved with the annual ArtFields© art competition and festival.

The jurors will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2014. The finalists will take part in 701 CCA Prize 2014 Exhibition, which will open with a reception on Oct. 30 and run through Dec. 21. The winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014 will be announced on Dec. 3 at the 701 CCA Prize Celebration & Announcement of the Winner event.

The 701 CCA Prize is a biennial art competition and exhibition that aims to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in it originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since Jan. 1, 2012. The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication.

701 Center for Contemporary Art 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; and Sun., 1-5pm.

For further inquiries, contact Sheldon Paschal by e-mail at (, call at 803/319-9949 or visit (

Florence County Museum Board Announces Gala Opening of the New Florence County Museum in Florence, SC – Oct. 10, 2014

September 10, 2014


The Florence County Museum Board invites you to participate in an opening Gala on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, for the new Florence County Museum in Florence, SC. Tickets are available for purchase at $125.00 per person; all proceeds benefit the Museum.

The Gala will provide participants an opportunity to be the first to view the new building designed by Cooper Robertson and Partners from New York, NY, in collaboration with Watson Tate Savory, Columbia, SC. Guests will also have an opportunity to see newly installed permanent exhibits designed by award winning exhibit design firm, HaleySharpe Design as well as view two outstanding changing exhibits, “William H. Johnson: New Beginnings” and “Selections from The Wright Collection of Southern Art”.

The opening of the Museum has been long awaited by many. The project began with funding provided by the State of South Carolina. This generous contribution began a unique collaboration between Florence County, Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation, the State of South Carolina and the Trustees of the Florence Museum.

For more information about how to purchase tickets, please call the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200. Gala is Black Tie optional and begins at 7:30pm. Trolleys are available to transport from near parking areas during the event. Tickets are limited to 500.

Beginning Oct. 11, 2014, the Florence County Museum at 111 West Cheves Street in Florence, SC, will be open to the public: Tuesday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm and Sunday: 2 to 5pm. Admission is free.

Florence Regional Arts Alliance in Florence, SC, is Calling for Entries for “Small Works 2014” – Deadline is Oct. 3, 2014

September 9, 2014


The Florence Regional Arts Alliance in Florence, SC, is calling for entries for its juried show, “Small Works 2014”, juried by Kara Warren, which will be presented at the Art Trail Gallery in Florence, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 20, 2014. A reception will be held on Nov. 6, from 5:30-7:30pm

All entries must be submitted online at ( Up to four entries may be submitted. Maximum size restrictions are 12” x 12” including frame. The deadline for submission is Oct. 3, 2014, by 6pm.

A non refundable entry fee: $15 per entry payable to the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.

Awards include: Three cash prizes will be awarded: First Place $500, Second Place $250, Third Pace $100 and Honorable Mention.

Accepted entries will be posted on our website by 9pm  on Oct. 14, 2914.

Juror, Kara Warren, brings with her a broad knowledge of art material, design and technique, gained through her work in art conservation and her experience as a working studio artist. She has exhibited her work nationally, lectured on art and conservation at museums and university campuses, and presently works as Preventive Conservation Specialist for the historic Biltmore Estate. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Warren currently lives in Asheville, NC.

Eligibility: All artists 18 and older living in South or North Carolina may submit work for this show. Only original work not previously shown with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance or at the Art Trail Gallery within the last two years are eligible. These 2-D works may be in any medium including photography. All works  must be professionally framed and if subject to damage, framed under plexiglass or glass. No clip mounting. Works must be wired for hanging. If works are not framed properly or exceed size requirements or are significantly different from the digital image, they will be withdrawn from jurying.

Liability: Neither the Florence Regional Arts Alliance nor the Art Trail Gallery under the Florence Downtown Development Corporation will assume responsibility for insuring the works of art. Liability will not be assumed for damages resulting from broken glass or poorly framed work. The Arts Alliance reserves the right to photograph and reproduce any entry submitted for publicity purposes.

Sale of Work: All works must be for sale. The Florence Regional Arts Alliance retains a 30% commission on all sales of exhibited work.

Accepted works must be received in the Art Trail Gallery at 185 West Evans Street, Florence, SC 29501, by Oct. 24 or 25, 2014. Gallery hours are 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday.

Accepted works may be shipped. Artwork must be received by Oct. 25, 2014, and a return prepaid postage label must be included for all return shiping.

Important Dates:
October 3: Submission by 6pm
October 14: Notification of accepted works
October 24-25: Delivery of accepted works (between 10 am -6 pm)
October 28: Show opens
November 6: Opening Reception
November 20: Show Closes
December 2: Pickup of Accepted work

For further info contact the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, by e-mail at (, call 843/407-3092 or visit (

FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation in Spartanburg, SC – Oct. 2 – 4, 2014

September 6, 2014

Walnut Grove Plantation in Spartanburg, SC, comes to life the first weekend in October (Oct. 2-4) as over 200 re-enactors, storytellers and artisans transform the 1765 homestead into a living colonial village. The weekend begins with lantern-lit tours of the grounds on Friday, from 6-9pm. Reservations are required to participate in Lantern Tours, and space is limited so reserve today!

The event continues on Saturday and Sunday with music, dancing, toy making, cooking, weaving, woodworking, basketry, candle dipping, and much more! Historic re-enactments of loyalist partisan William Cunningham’s deadly 1780 raid on the Plantation will also take place on Saturday and Sunday and are not to be missed!

FestiFall is part of an Upstate Revolutionary War week presented in partnership with Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, and more!

Visit ( for more information about these revolutionary events!

Admission: Friday Lantern Tours – $5/person, reservations required. Saturday & Sunday – $10/Ages 18+; $5/Ages 5-17; SCHA Members receive $1 off each ticket.

For more information contact Julius Dargan by calling 864/596-3501 or e-mail to (

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Kicks Off the Fall Season with the Museum’s Annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party – Sept. 20, 2014

September 6, 2014


The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is kicking off the fall season with a festive day packed full of barbecue, craft beer, live music and folk art at its annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

There will be a variety of award-winning barbecue from across South Carolina cooked onsite, including mustard-based, tomato-based and vinegar and pepper sauce. Guests can also enjoy local craft beer from Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, Columbia’s third and largest microbrewery.

“This will be a great day for people of all ages to come out and enjoy live music, art and a variety of delicious barbecue cooked by pit masters from across the state,” said Paul Matheny, chief curator of collections, South Carolina State Museum. “This annual event is a wonderful way to kick off the fall season and celebrate South Carolina culture.”

The festival will feature live music from a variety of bands representing several genres and locations across South Carolina, including folk rock from The Bent Strings, bluegrass from Conservation Theory and Dunder Chiefs, harmony-driven folk rock from Stillhouse and R&B and funk from The Real Del Murphy Band.

Conservation Theory is one of several bands performing at the South Carolina State Museum’s annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party on Sept. 20, 2014.

A number of accomplished artists and craftsmen will display their skills and wares for the public to observe, discuss with the artists and purchase. Some of the artists and craftsmen include metal sculptor Herman Thompson, potter Paul Moore, mandolin maker Frank Sox and painters Geraldine Smith and Marius Valdes. Booths of South Carolina crafts will line the newly-renovated entrance and plaza outside the museum’s new planetarium.

There will be a special visit from Dan “The Pig Man” Huntley, who will both supply his special brand of tomato-based barbecue sauce and present a program on professional barbecuing, which includes cooking pigs on a spit. The National Wild Turkey Federation will also be onsite doing turkey call demonstrations. In addition, there will be a cornhole tournament, face painting and a children’s tent featuring a variety of activities and crafts.

The museum will conduct its very first “Bed Turning,” presenting quilts as they were meant to be seen – on a bed.  The museum will peel back each quilt to reveal the history, pattern, significance and backing of several quilts from the museum’s permanent collection. The day will also feature the viewing of a new contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe”, which showcases original artwork from 16 South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The excitement does not end with the festival. This is a great opportunity for guests to experience the museum’s brand new planetarium, 4D theater, observatory and historic telescope collection. Visit ( to learn more about show times and tickets prices.

Fall Festival will take place in front of the museum and in the museum’s newly renovated lobby. All outdoor and lobby activities are free to the public, except for food, beverages and craft purchases.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

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