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Aiken Center for the Arts in Aiken, SC, Calls for Proposals for A Taste of Wine and Art Exhibition – Deadline Apr. 30, 2014

April 8, 2014

In support of our October festivities, the Aiken Center for the Arts (ACA) in Aiken, SC, is looking for artists for the exhibition “A Taste of Wine & Art”. During this exhibition, events at the center will be focused on food and wine, including a lecture from a popular cookbook author; an educational seminar about how to taste wine; and A Taste of Wine & Art, our popular fundraiser featuring approximately 25 restaurants and 50 vineyards.

Approximately 6 artists working in any media will be selected to exhibit their works from Sept. 29 – Nov. 1, 2014. All artists wishing to exhibit must submit the ACA Artist Exhibition Application which requires at least 8-10 quality images as examples of work to be included in the exhibition; a biographical sketch; and a resume including a list of past exhibits, awards, collections. Applications may be submitted either by mail, e-mailed or in person but no later than the Deadline: Apr. 30, 2014. The images submitted should be representative of the theme. For more information and to apply, please visit (

These applications are reviewed by the Exhibition Committee, whose role is to work in cooperation with the Executive Director in proposing artists for exhibition, in reviewing applications for exhibition from artists and/or other interested parties, in selecting artists for exhibition, and in recommending policies and guidelines relevant to exhibitions.

The ACA Exhibition Committee reviews work on a regular basis. Please do not contact the ACA to inquire about the status of your submission. You will be notified as soon as a decision is made. All Exhibition Committee selection decisions are final. Please note that the exhibiting artist or lender is responsible for the delivery of artwork or must arrange for, and cover, shipping costs.

For further information contact Elizabeth Williamson, Executive Director, Aiken Center for the Arts by calling 803/641-9094 or visit (

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Adds Large Mural by Henry Mandell to Its Collection

April 8, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, has acquired a giant, wall-size painting, “Tatara Fire”, by New York-based artist Henry Mandell. The new acquisition was commissioned by the Museum in 2013 and made possible by a generous gift from the CMA’s young professionals membership affiliate group, the Contemporaries. The mural is the first digital painting to enter the collection of the Columbia Museum of Art. “Tatara Fire” is now on view in CMA’s second-floor atrium.


Tatara Fire is a dazzling addition to the new installation of the Museum’s atrium that now displays contemporary works from the collection,” says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “It is exciting to have this impressive work by Mandell on view. We kindly thank the Contemporaries, under the leadership of Asheley Scott, president, and Charles Appleby, vice president, for their generosity in bringing this painting to the CMA.”

Mandell employs novel techniques to create abstract paintings. He transforms the outlines of words and data gleaned from the Internet. The paintings are composed of thousands of letters that have been hand-traced, placed into fine art software, and then digitally painted by hand on a computer screen using a digital stylus brush. The artwork is then painted by a giant, ultraviolet inkjet printer using acrylic pigments. The words are intact, but the shapes have become a new visual language for the age in which we live.

“It is a deep honor to receive this commission and be a part of the wonderful collection of the Columbia Museum of Art,” says Mandell. “As a part of my series that looks at the theme of transformation through fire, this painting reflects the history of Columbia nearly 150 years ago when the city was burned and changed forever.  My work, although abstract in appearance, interprets more than 10,000 letters and words relating to the history of the city.”

Each colorful line in the work is a letter from stories of the historic burning of Columbia, as well as the ancient Japanese art of crafting jewel steel from ash and charcoal to make Samurai swords. A tatara is a large ancient Japanese kiln, or forge, built out of clay with an open top capable of smelting very pure steel from iron sand gathered from a volcanic site, mixed and melted with carbon charcoal. Beginning 1,000 years ago and peaking around the 1400s, artisans who had no technical tools were able to transform these raw materials into a pure form of steel that rivals any produced today in beauty, strength, and purity. Mandell researched the geographical coordinates of sites in Columbia that were destroyed, as well as those that were damaged, but survived, in the historic fire at the end of the Civil War. Text and data from this transformative event in Columbia’s history were wedded to the story of the steel being made in the tatara-something beautiful and strong resulting from something that was melted by fire.

Words and data are part of the artist’s palette. In this regard, the work is also about information as image. This highly individualized treatment of source material combines lines and colors into a rich visual metaphor about unleashing energy. The final artwork no longer refers to the literal flow of words, yet contains the vestige of their structure. “Meaning becomes tangled and repurposed into the visual language of abstract painting,” says Mandell

For more information on “Tatara Fire” and the CMA, visit (

Fifteen Area High School Students Received Cash Prizes at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC

April 8, 2014


High School students win cash awards at the Horry-Georgetown County (SC) High School’s “13th Annual Juried Art Exhibition,” sponsored by Carolina Radiology Associates, LLC, on view at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The 77 pieces of student artwork chosen for display from more than 350 entries will remain on view at the Museum through Apr. 20, 2014.

Victoria Locklear, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, garnered a Best in Show for her Folk Art inspired piece, “The Babel.First,” second and third-place prizes in two-dimensional works went to Caroline Silverman, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, Thomas Hickman, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology and Anna-Maria Riley, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology.

Caroline Silverman with her work

First, second and third-place prizes in three-dimensional work went to Nichelle Dowell, St. James High School, Alexis Powell, St. James High School and Carmen Arias, St. James High School.

Honorable Mentions, two-dimensional, were awarded to Erin Ryan, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, Catherine Meeks, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, Aurora Downey, North Myrtle Beach High School and Ethan Johnson, St. James High School.

Honorable Mentions, three-dimensional, went to Tori Prough, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, Daniel Pieterse, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, Gabrielle Moore, Myrtle Beach High School and Gal Koretzky, Myrtle Beach High School.

This year two additional Honorable Mentions were added thanks to the support of the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild.

Nichelle Dowell with her work

This year’s judge was Reynier Llanes (b. 1985, Pinar del Rio, Cuba). Llanes developed his remarkable talent as a visual artist in Cuba despite government-imposed restrictions on art expression and the resulting constraints on making a living as a professional artist. In 2007, Llanes relocated to the United States. Settling in Naples, Florida, he immediately immersed himself in educational opportunities to learn English and began the process of establishing his US citizenship. For two years, he worked alongside world-renowned artist Jonathan Green at Green’s studio. In 2009, he was offered the position of Artist in Residence at Jonathan Green Studios. Shortly thereafter, he moved with Green and his staff to Green’s new studio in Charleston, SC, where he currently resides and works. In 2011, Llanes exhibited his work at the Art Museum in a solo exhibition, “Preserving a Cultural Heritage: The Coffee Paintings of Reynier Llanes”. In addition to painting, Llanes is learning art management methods and is representing fine art created by professional artists who continue to live and work in Cuba.

Gallery hours at the Museum are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4pm on Sundays. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome.

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

ArtFields in Lake City, SC, Opens Second Event – Apr. 25, 2014

April 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: We finally received some info about this year’s ArtFields.


Following the ArtFields Opening Ceremony at 5:30pm on The Green in Lake City, SC, on Friday, Apr. 25, 2014, which kicks off ArtFields, an Artwalk is being offered from 6 to 8pm through the ArtFields District. View 400+ pieces of competition art exhibited at more than 50 venues, which will be serving refreshments, selling competition art and hosting competition artists. Local musicians and students will provide live entertainment while you stroll, and the 2014 ArtFields Field Guide will be available at the Information Booth at the corner of Church and East Main Street (153 East Main Street) and The ROB (245 South Church St.) with helpful information on voting, public art, event schedule, map and more!

View from 2013 event.

Art competition works can be viewed daily after the Artwalk from 10am to 7pm, and 1 to 6pm on Sundays. Stay tuned for information on how to vote to pick two People’s Choice Winners and also help determine the Top Prize Winner! Also, visit the Competition Artwork Gallery to preview the works competing for $100,000 in total cash prizes.

2013 Winners’ Gallery

Winners from the inaugural ArtFields Art Competition will exhibit artwork at the Jones-Carter Gallery at 105 Henry Street throughout the festival’s 10 days.

View of Jones-Carter Gallery in 2013

Top Prize Winner Jim Arendt of Conway, SC, will showcase several new denim pieces, the same medium of his 2013 prize-winner, “Jamie”. People’s Choice Winner Kirkland Smith of Columbia, SC, has continued building artwork out of assembled objects similar to her 2013 winning piece, “Steve Jobs”, and will spotlight recent assemblage pieces at this show. Juried Panel Prize Winner Leanna Knapp of Juliette, GA, has been exploring ceramics since winning at ArtFields with “Shell”, and will exhibit her new pieces in this medium. View the 2013 winning pieces to relive the excitement!

“Steve Jobs” by Kirkland Smith

Viewing hours: Apr. 25 (noon-8pm); Apr. 26, May 1 (10am-8pm); Apr. 27, May 4 (1-6pm); Apr. 28, 29, 30, May 2 (10am-7pm); and May 3 (10am-4pm).

Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market

More than 25 farming, specialty food, art and artisan vendors will sell their products at the 2014 Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. Shop from 10am to 4pm at the Atlantic Coast Line Building (103 Irvin Street) Apr. 25-26 and May 2-3.

This SC Certified market will feature a variety of products, including: homemade soaps, specialty jellies and jams, SC-grown produce, woodcraft, ceramics, textiles, prepared foods, handcrafted jewelry, artwork (including ArtFields competition artists) and much more!

For further info visit (

The April 2014 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

April 1, 2014


The April 2014 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 83 pages of it.

That’s ten more pages than the March issue and May will probably be even bigger. The big ice storm we had put us a little behind. That’s what happens when you lose power and even worse – internet service. But we made it – even if it did take all the way up to the last minute.

I’m declaring that Winter is over and all of April should be 75 degrees – no warmer and no cooler. That the perfect temp for reading our paper.

The link is: (

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas this month. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending these links to your friends.

If you want to get something in the May issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Apr. 24 deadline – or you could be left out.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

City of Charleston (SC) Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for the “Piccolo Spoleto 2014 Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline Apr. 21, 2014

March 31, 2014


The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Redux Contemporary Art Center, is posting a Call for Entries for the Annual “Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition”, which will take place at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street, in Charleston, SC, from May 23 – June 8, 2014.

Deadline for entries is April 21, 2014. The entry fee for each entry is $20 and is non-refundable. Applicants may enter online via (

There will be cash prizes for Best in Show ($500) and in each category: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Drawing, and Sculpture ($100 each). Applicants must be SC residents for the last 12 months.

The exhibition will feature those artworks receiving prizes, alongside a limited selection of pieces identified in the jury process as worthy of honorable mention or display. Selected artwork must be delivered to the City Gallery on May 16, 2014, ready to hang, for professional installation. Any work that is not delivered by that date, is not properly framed or ready to hang, or does not accurately reflect the image submitted is subject to exclusion from the exhibition. Accepted artwork may not be removed from the Exhibition before the assigned pick-up time. Early removal or late pick-up is not permitted; accepted artwork may only be removed from the Exhibition at the assigned pick-up time (Tuesday, June 10, 2014). Failure to comply will result in disqualification of applications for future exhibitions.

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park will not handle any sales of artwork, and will direct all inquiries to the artist. Art sales may be arranged by contacting the artist or their designated representative directly. An exhibition checklist listing participating artists, their phone number, e-mail address, title and price of artwork will be available during the exhibition. If your work is not for sale please write “NFS” for the price on the entry form. Unless otherwise noted, the price listed on the entry form will be used for insurance valuation.

The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork on display at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Insurance is limited to the fair market value of the work.

Applications should include no more than five images of the artist’s work. The work submitted must represent the images that would be exhibited, if selected. Applications should also include the artist’s biography or CV.

Deadline for entries: April 21, 2014

For further information contact Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery Coordinator by calling 843/958-6484 or e-mail to (

Entries Sought for 2014 North Charleston (SC) Arts Festival’s “Judged Fine Art & Photography Competitions & Exhibitions” – Deadline May 1 & 2, 2014

March 31, 2014


Fine artists and professional and amateur photographers ages 18 and up are invited to participate in the annual “North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art” and “Judged Photography Competitions and Exhibitions”. Entries will be on display throughout the festival, May 2-10, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded for winning entries. Complete entry instructions are available for download at ( Entries for photography will be accepted at the Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7:00pm. Entries for fine art will be accepted on Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7:00pm, as well as Friday, May 2, from 9:00am to noon. Entry fees are $5 and $10, respectively.

Fine artists may submit work in five categories: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media. Entries will compete for cash prizes totaling up to $4425. Awards are at the sole discretion of the judge, Tiffany Reed Silverman, Director of the Fine Arts program at The Citadel, the Military College of SC. As the first full-time faculty member in the fine arts in the institution’s history, Silverman teaches courses and develops all art-related lectures, programs, exhibitions, and community partnerships on campus. She has added new courses in drawing, painting, drama, and film to create the Fine Arts Minor, now the third largest minor at the school. She has curated numerous exhibitions of artwork on campus, highlighting work by regional artists and cadets. Silverman is the former Director of Education & Outreach at the Gibbes Museum of Art and has also served as an Adjunct Professor in Arts Management at the College of Charleston. She holds a BA with Honors in Art History from the College of William & Mary, a master’s degree in Art History from Williams College, and is a candidate for an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Photographers may submit work in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color or Monochrome. Entries will compete for cash prizes totaling up to $1450 and are judged using the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Scoring is done by three competent judges in the field of photography who will score entries using the 3-9 range of scores. Each judge will evaluate each entry as a whole, considering the areas of Impact, Composition, and Technique. However, there is no specific weighting or allotment of points for each category. This system is used efficiently and effectively by many councils, at international exhibitions, and by camera clubs. It allows an adequate qualitative separation of entries while lessening the potential for a large number of the higher scoring entries having identical scores. In the event of a tie-breaker, judges will choose the winning entry.

Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division and category, as well as Honorable Mentions for both competitions will be announced at an artist reception on Friday, May 2, from 6:00-7:00pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature musical entertainment by the Hi Lo Duo and Douglas Parker. Exhibition viewing times are Saturday, May 3, 10:00am–4:00pm; Sunday, May 4, 2:00–5:00pm; Monday through Friday, May 5-9, 9:00am–5:00pm; and Saturday, May 10, 9:00am–Noon.

The North Charleston Arts Festival, scheduled May 2-10, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents & visitors with a fabulous array of nearly 200 performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Main Event, held May 3 and 4 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four stages, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and crafts booths, and a food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with an array of free and moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations and concludes with fireworks over the Cooper River at the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, or to download entry instructions for the “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Competitions and Exhibitions”, visit (

For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit ( or call 843/740-5854.

Art Galleries on Gallery Row in Charleston, SC, Offer a Spring Art Walk – Apr. 4, 2014

March 31, 2014

Gallery Row, a neighborhood and family of art galleries on Broad Street in Charleston, SC’s Historic District will offer a Spring Art Walk – Apr. 4, 2014

The galleries that make up Gallery Row, including COCO VIVO Art for Living, Edward Dare Gallery, Ella Walton Richardson Gallery, Galerie on Broad, Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Mary Martin Gallery, Spencer Art Galleries, and the Martin Gallery, are dotted among shops, restaurants, churches, and historic pubs. Leisurely stroll from one gallery to the next, just to browse or hunt for some uniquely Charleston artworks, on Broad Street’s palmetto lined wide stone sidewalks.

During the evening of Apr. 4, 2014, Gallery Row will open its doors to art collectors and lovers of art during our Spring Art Walk. A special invitation is extended to all to experience fine art during the hours of 5-8pm. Visit each gallery and enjoy some of the best original art in America along with sculpture, jewelry, and fabulous gifts.

Work by Mitch Billis

COCO VIVO Art for Living will proudly display a new artwork collection by Mitch Billis, of Maine during our Spring Art Walk. An insight into the professionalism of Billis appears in this statement by the artist: “I am still learning. That’s the joy and frustration of painting. I am constantly experimenting and trying to improve the quality of my work. Sometimes a step back can mean two steps forward. Other times it’s just a step back, but the inherent struggle always leads in new directions.”

The Ellis-Nicholson Gallery presents “Transition”, a new collection of oil paintings by Joan Davis revealing a sense of transition – pushing imaginations into another perspective or hemisphere of abstraction. As life is a series of ever changing patterns so are the inspirational challenges of mind and practice on the canvas.

The Spencer Galleries of Gallery Row are excited to announce a special show opening during the April Gallery Row Art Walk. “Unleashed” will feature the new oil paintings of artist Teresa Jones. She is doing exciting new works in a distinct new style. The show will run through Apr. 12.

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art presents a show of new paintings by J. Christian Snedeker entitled “Lowcountry Life”. The exhibition will be on view through May 1. In the 1990’s, Shedeker returned to an intensive study of painting, joined the Charleston Artist Guild, and became an associate member of the Oil Painters of America.

For further info call Danny Laran, at COCO VIVO Art for Living at 843/720-4027.

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Offers Roy Pascal for Monthly Meeting – Apr. 12, 2014

March 31, 2014

Roy Paschal, who was a forensic artist for the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for 30 years, will be the guest artist and speaker at the Log Cabin Art Guild’s monthly meeting at 10am, Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014, in Potts Hall at the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church at 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC.

The church is the new home for the Guild and is across the street from Spring Valley High School. Parking at the rear of the building and enter through the back door. Refreshments will be at 9:30am, and the meeting starts at 10am. The meeting is free and open to the public. Visitors are welcome. Come and bring a guest.

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

2014 Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship Applications Available in Spartanburg, SC – Deadline Apr. 4, 2014

March 31, 2014


Applications for the Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship are now being accepted by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC. One or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Spartanburg students pursuing undergraduate college degrees in the visual or performing arts. The selection is based on character, financial need, and artistic potential. The scholarships are awarded based on the recommendations of a panel of community leaders with interest and expertise in the visual and performing arts.

In addition to completing the application, the student must submit a resume; letters of recommendation; statements pertaining to career goals, scholarship use, and need; and support materials, such as writing samples, tapes, films videos, etc. The award is funded by the Mary Wheeler Davis Memorial Fund for the Promotion of the Arts, which was established in 1989 to honor the memory of Mary Wheeler Davis, a native of Charleston and the wife of Dr. William McAlhany Davis. She was a community leader and involved in many Spartanburg arts organizations.

Applications for the 2014 scholarship are available from The Arts Partnership, c/o Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306, by calling 864/278-9693, by e-mailing to (, or by downloading the forms at ( (search “scholarship”). Completed applications must be returned to The Arts Partnership office by 5pm, Friday, April 4, 2014.


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