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ArtFields® 2015 in Lake City, SC, Calls for Entries for Competition for a Share of $100,000 – Deadline is Nov. 14, 2014

August 4, 2014


From Apr. 24 through May 2, 2015, Lake City, SC, will be host to the third ArtFields® festival, a community-focused celebration of art awarding $100,000 in cash prizes to artists from across the Southeast.

Initially founded in 2013, ArtFields® annually transforms the historic district of Lake City into a Southern art mecca for nine days, allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most charming small towns.

Artists from the 12 Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) are invited to submit artwork for the competition and their chance at their share of $100,000 in prizes. These life-changing prizes will be awarded as a Top Prize ($50,000), a Juried Panel prize ($25,000), a People’s Choice two-dimensional ($12,500) and a People’s Choice three-dimensional ($12,500) prize during the ArtFields® 2015 Art Festival.

The Call for Submissions opens Sept. 14, 2014 at ( and closes Nov. 14, 2014.

Established and emerging artists may submit one 2-D or 3-D piece (painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, digital media, installation art, etc.). Artwork will be submitted online to be reviewed by a jury of visual art professionals. This jury will select 400 works of art to compete in Lake City for the prize money. Artists will be notified no later than Jan. 1, 2015 of acceptance into the ArtFields® 2015 competition.

Applicants must be 18 or older by Nov. 14, 2014, and reside in one of the 12 Southeastern states. Only original artwork is eligible for submission and must have been completed within two years of the submission deadline of Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

For the complete list of rules and eligibility for the ArtFields® 2015 competition, please visit (

For artist inquiries, please contact the Art Team at 843/374-0180 or e-mail to (

Editor’s Note: I’m including some examples from previous ArtFields® competitions that represent “one” entry so you can get an idea of what “one” can mean. There are four official cash awards but in 2014 ArtFields® awarded a second Juried Panel prize of ($25,000). Works are sold during the nine days to visitors and many intangible contacts can be made, so just making the 400 cut could be beneficial. Don’t be silly when pricing your work – it could cost you. Think outside your box. This could be a great time to do that one work you have always wanted to do but never dared to. Don’t just pick up something hanging around to enter. And finally – read the entry rules very carefully.
Images from previous art ArtFields® events:

2013 entry by Laurie McIntosh – a group of paintings of her family all connected together

2014 work by Hirona Matsuda

2014 work by Craig Colorusso – a group of sound boxes run by sunlight. This was the $50,000 winning entry from 2014

2014 work by Dorothy Netherland – a series of portraits of the same person

2014 work by Robert Snead – a cardboard replica of a Dollar Store with 100’s of objects made of cardboard

2014 work by Mary Gilkerson – works from a series of paintings from trips along a certain highway

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

August 1, 2014

The August 2014 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 64 pages of it.

Single page dowloads are still about double the amount for side by side format – which is good as many people desired one or the other. We’re here to please all we can so we’ll continue offering you the choice of two ways to download the paper:

For single page format use this link (

For side by side page format use this link (

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 September issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Aug. 24 deadline – or you could be left out. It happens.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

Charleston Supported Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Fall Pick-Up Event – Aug. 28, 2014

July 30, 2014


Charleston Supported Art, LLC, in Charleston, SC, is preparing to reveal the second round of artwork for its inaugural year. Offering seasonal shares of art for purchase based on the community supported agriculture model, the group has established an easy, affordable, and fun way for art lovers to begin or add to their personal art collections.

Individual shares are priced at just $450, and consist of six original pieces of artwork produced by a curated group of local, established and emerging artists working in a variety of media. Charleston Supported Art (CSA) shares are limited and delivered through exclusive pick-up events for each season. The first season of work was released at a spring pick-up event at GrowFood Carolina in May. The next pick-up event, dedicated to the fall season, takes place on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014,from 5-7pm at Mixson Bath and Racquet Club in Park Circle, North Charleston, SC. Shares may be purchased on site or ahead of the event at (

CSA’s fall season features works by Mariah Channing, Olivia Cramer, Miyako Fujiwara, Fred Jamar, Jennifer Henriques Phillips, and Kristi Ryba. The six artists will be present at the August 28 pick-up event to mingle with patrons and discuss the 32 pieces of original artwork they each created specifically for and exclusive to Charleston Supported Art. The pick-up event, open to current and prospective shareholders, will be the first time these works will be revealed. The pieces, which include photography, jewelry, pottery, oil paintings, and monotypes will not be available for purchase anywhere else.


For more information about Charleston Supported Art or to purchase a share online, visit ( Shares for both the spring and fall seasons will be available to purchase and carry home at the fall pick-up event. Shares for the winter season may also be purchased, with delivery slated for early December. Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed by e-mail to (

About CSA’s Fall Artists:

Mariah Channing is a Charleston-born photographer who is currently focusing on alternative processing, such as Vandyke Brown. The process in itself is what makes her work unique and interesting. Channing photographs figurative portraits of mysterious, serene women and creates surreal-like settings. Her imagery is printed inside a Victorian inspired cameo frame that is intended to contain the classic beauty of mystery and imagination. Channing graduated from the College of Charleston in the spring of 2014 with a BA in Studio Art, concentrating in photography and minoring in arts management.  She can be found in her studio at Redux, playing with her three cats, or in a coffee shop looking out a window, daydreaming with her cup in hand.

Olivia Cramer is a jeweler and metalsmith from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, currently living and working in Charleston. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, where she majored in Jewelry Design and won the award for Jewelry Designer of the Year in 2011. When she wants to feel inspired she simply takes a walk outside; picking and sketching various sticks, seeds, and leaves is usually what drives the process. Hand-crafting wearable sculptures by creating casts, making molds, setting stones, and polishing metal is something that also allows each of Cramer’s pieces to be one of a kind works meant to capture all of the amazing details found in nature.

Born in Japan, Miyako Fujiwara was interested in ceramics throughout her youth but did not start her relationship with clay until studying tea ceremony after graduating from college, where she studied Mathematics in Tokyo. After college, while she was working as a computer programmer, she trained in the practice of Japanese traditional arts and crafts, such as tea ceremony, Ikebana flower arrangement, Japanese embroidery, rope weaving, and sewing kimonos. Later she moved to the US and became involved in the ceramics program at Harvard University while working as an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology. Benefiting from that extensive program, she gained experience in all varieties of firing: soda, wood, raku, and saggar. Fujiwara moved to Charleston at the end of 2010 and became a member at Cone 10 Studios. She became an instructor there in 2012. The same year, she also became a member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative by juried evaluation of her work. She continues to interact with potters, ceramics studios, and galleries during her frequent trips back to Japan. In her creative process as a ceramicist, Fujiwara aspires to an essential aspect of tea ceremony, which is to make all guests feel relaxed, content and happy.

Fred Jamar has been painting for 50 years. His favorite medium by far is oil. He likes to experiment with new textures and techniques, sometimes putting brushes aside in favor of a knife or trowel. He typically composes as he applies the paint, with perhaps just one or two lines penciled on the canvas to guide him. Jamar is enormously prolific, with over 100 works completed in the past year alone. He has had several solo exhibitions at local galleries. You can find his work locally at Robert Lange Studios. His recent work has been dominated by Charleston cityscapes – not seen, however, with the traditional eye. The sky is generally very dark, inky “Prussian” blue, and starless. The trees are assembled color masses, balloon-like in appearance, and the buildings are intensely vivid in form and color, an impression heightened by the overhanging darkness. The paintings are bright – but also lonely. The mood is stock-still. Most have no human or animal figures. It is as if Edward Hopper painted an abandoned carnival at 3:00 AM. They are brilliant.

Jennifer Henriques Phillips was born in Jamaica into a Sephardi family.  Her grandfather was an artist and architect of note on the island and she developed an early interest in art. She was educated in Jamaica, Switzerland, and Paris where she studied at the School of Oriental Language at the Sorbonne. After living and working in London and Jamaica, she settled in Charleston.  Throughout her travels, she retained her interest in art, taking classes and workshops but circumstances prevented her from entering into the formal study of art.  In Charleston, she took her degree in Fine Arts at the College of Charleston, graduating summa cum laude, winning the Carolina De Fabritis Scholarship Award twice, the Fine Arts Award, and a Liquitex Materials Award. In 2009, she received a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission and was also invited to a residency at Wildacres, NC, where she continued to develop the conceptual underpinnings of her work. She was awarded a grant by the Puffin Foundation in 2010. Phillips has exhibited in group shows locally and regionally. Her first solo show, Building Babylon (is woman’s work) opened in 2010. Phillips serves as docent for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s education program “Looking to See.” She is married and lives and works on Johns Island.

Kristi Ryba is an artist living and working in Charleston, South Carolina. Exhibiting since 1990, Ryba’s early work has toured the Southeast in both painting and printmaking exhibitions.  A graduate of the College of Charleston and Vermont College, Ryba also studied at Vermont Studio School and Studio Camnitzer in Valdotavvo, Lucca, Italy. In 2012, Ryba was selected as the SC Arts Commission Alternate Visual Arts Fellow and in 2009 she was an artist in residence at The McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. Her videos debuted at Silo in New York City in 2004 and 2006, and Contemporary Charleston in 2004. Her video animations have been included in film festivals across the country. Ryba has exhibited at 701 Contemporary Center for Art and Columbia College in Columbia, SC; Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, OH; Waterworks Visual Arts Center in NC; The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC; Sumter Gallery of Art, in Sumer, SC; and Dialect Design in Charlotte, NC.

Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in November 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston, SC. Co-founders include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons. Supporters include 1600 Meeting Street, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Enough Pie, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, GrowFood Carolina, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, and Three Little Birds Café.

For further information contact Ann Simmons  by calling 843/819-4167, e-mail to ( or visit (

Come See Famous Victorian Artists at M&G at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC, by Aug. 10, 2014

July 30, 2014

Since opening August 2013, M&G’s “Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative” exhibition has thrilled thousands with its colorful characters, interactive vignettes, and beautiful displays of period-antiques and works of art. However, two of the most acclaimed works within the exhibition, Elizabeth Gardner’s “La Confidance” and Edwin Landseer’s “The Falconer,” will be returning soon to their respective museums in Athens, GA, and Philadelphia, PA. Plan to visit M&G at Heritage Green by Aug. 10, 2014, to see these masterful works right here in Greenville, before they return home for good!


Painted in 1880, Elizabeth Gardner’s “La Confidance” is featured in the Withdrawing Room vignette, a display highlighting the Victorian woman’s domestic and social roles within nineteenth-century England. After leaving her native New Hampshire in 1864, Gardner’s abilities blossomed in Paris, France, and she became the first American female painter to display work at the Paris Salon exhibition. Viewers will quickly see why “La Confidance” is a Victorian favorite, with its charmingly intimate scene of two female friends sweetly sharing secrets, all set against a backdrop of idyllic security and innocent friendship—reminiscent of Jane Austen’s country settings in Pride and Prejudice.

If Gardner’s “La Confidance” represents the ideal of Victorian femininity, Edwin Landseer’s “The Falconer” portrays the quintessential nineteenth-century male. As art critic Christopher Wood notes of the Victorian gentleman, he was “a keen hunting man … professional, disciplined, and autocratic.” Located within the Athenaeum vignette, Landseer’s “Falconer” allows the viewer to understand a cultured and restricted Victorian world open only to those men of the highest birth and best breeding.

M&G is delighted to host this truly unique and accessible exhibition to the guests and residents of Greenville and the Upstate at M&G at Heritage Green. Make your plans to see this fascinating examination of the life, times, and influence of the one-and-only Charles Dickens. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students. Children 12 and under attend free and can enjoy an exhibition scavenger hunt and children’s learning center.

For more information about this exhibition and the paintings and events to come, please contact the Museum & Gallery, at 864/770-1331 or visit M&G’s website at (

McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Presents the 2nd Annual FOLKFabulous Festival – Aug. 23, 2014

July 30, 2014


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present the 2nd annual FOLKFabulous festival on Aug. 23, 2014, from 10am-4pm, in front of the Museum on USC’s historic Horseshoe. This event is free and open to the public.

FOLKFabulous is the largest, single-day gathering of Southeastern Native American artists in the history of the University of South Carolina. The festival will feature Native American musicians, storytellers, artisans, and community leaders from more than six Southeastern tribes, each sharing their cultural traditions. Participating artists include Keith Brown demonstrating Catawba pottery, Choctaw bead artist Roger Amerman, Tuscarora music by the Deer Clan Singers, and Cherokee storyteller and stonecarver Freeman Owle.  Traditional food will be available from the Native American Café and attendees will have numerous opportunities for direct dialog with artists and community leaders.


For a full listing of participants, please visit (

FOLKFabulous will open McKissick’s newest exhibition titled, “Traditions, Change, and Celebration:  Native Artists of the Southeast”. This exhibit represents year two of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States.  The South is home to a wide variety of deeply-rooted Native American tribal groups, each with its own dynamic history. Traditions, Change, and Celebration pays particular attention to five primary culture groups: Iroquoian, Muskogean, Algonquin, Mobilian and Siouan, and features the expressive culture of over forty Natives tribes throughout the Southeast.

Keith Brown

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

This program is funded in part through the support of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Humanities CouncilSC.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

Lancaster, SC’s Bob Doster’s Works Chosen for Exhibitions in the Carolinas

July 30, 2014

Lancaster, SC, sculptor Bob Doster’s recent works from his “Dancer” series have been accepted into national, traveling, and public exhibitions. A three-foot high version of “Dancer”, which was exhibited in 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival has been chosen for “2014-2015 SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition”. This exclusive show, featuring nineteen pieces of exceptional quality hand crafted works by SC artisans, is available through the SC State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program. Juror for the exhibit was Alfred Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University.

Juror Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC, chose a 12’ “Dancer” for the “2015-2015 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which will be on view until March 22, 2015 at North Charleston Riverfront Park. The public art exhibit is organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival, which has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Work at North Charleston Riverfront Park

At the Maria V. Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount, NC, another “Dancer” series sculpture has been selected for the “57th National Juried Art Show” (JAS), an exhibition of fine arts and crafts from across the United States. Nationally recognized Juror, Catherine Coulter Lloyd, selected 60 works from 42 artists out of  217 entries submitted by 64 artists from 11 states. The exhibit will remain on view at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center until September 19, 2014.

In Cary, NC, another “Dancer” standing a little over 12’ high was chosen for the seventh “Cary Visual Art Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”. The public art exhibit, which will remain on display until July, 2015, is comprised of twelve nationally-recognized sculptors, including Bob Doster.

Doster has been a teaching artist for more than fifty years and has operated Backstreet Studio &  Gallery in Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s. His works are found in museums, collections, and galleries worldwide.

For more information on the artist or “Backstreet”, visit (

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Receives Conservation Gran

July 30, 2014


Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is one of the 30 institutions in the country to be awarded the “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). The $5,000 grant will fund the expansion of the new “Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail” that opened earlier this year. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education.

“We were extremely pleased to receive the grant which will enable us to expand the Children’s Sensory and Nature Trail,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO at Brookgreen Gardens. “The new Trail supports our mission to build a connection and a deep appreciation of the natural world.

“Accredited zoos and aquariums are one of the first places families experience nature together,” said Jim Maddy, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Research has shown that free play immersed in an outdoor setting is fundamental to connecting children with the natural world around them. The value of these experiences is further reinforced when shared as a family unit. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund awards of $5,000 or $10,000 were made available to extend existing family-based nature play programming or to create new, innovative, and engaging programs.

A total of 30 grant recipients were selected to receive more than $200,000 in awards. They include (institution, project/program):

Adventure Aquarium, “Family Fun at the River”

Audubon Nature Institute (Audubon Zoo), “Audubon Celebrates the Wonder of Nature Play”

Brevard Zoo, “Family Nature Stations”

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society, “Bronx Zoo Nature Club”

Buffalo Zoo, “Nature Play Begins in the Niagara Frontier”

The Butterfly House, “Nature T.R.E.K.”

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, “Sprouts and Seedlings Children’s Garden”

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, “Zoo Nature Club”

CuriOdyssey, “Stewards from All Settings”

Dallas Zoo, “Wild FUN (Families United in Nature)”

Detroit Zoological Society, “Zoo Tots Outside”

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History, “Great Plains Zoo Nature Club for Families”

Greenville Zoo, “Get Outdoors Greenville”

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, “Kids’N’Snow”

Lee Richardson Zoo, “Developing Children ‘Naturally’”

The Living Desert, “Me and You at the Gardens”

Minnesota Zoo, “Hanifl Family Wild Woods Nature Play Program Pilot”

Mystic Aquarium, “Family Nature Club in Connecticut”

Peoria Zoo, “Peoria Zoo Natural Play Area”

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, “Families Untamed: Zoo Nature Club”

Prospect Park Zoo, “Nature Play Time!”

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, “Backpack to Nature”

Roger Williams Park Zoo, “Nature Play in “Our Big Backyard” and Beyond”

San Antonio Zoo, “San Antonio Family Nature Club”

Sedgwick County Zoo, “Sedgwick County Zoo’s Get into Nature Program”

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, “Home Learner Partnership Program”

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, “Nurturing Naturalists: Helping Families Take a Walk on the “Wild Side””

Western North Carolina Nature Center, “Nature Play at the WNC Nature Center”

Zoo Miami / Zoological Society of Florida, “ZooNature Family Adventures”

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for the “2014 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” – Deadline is Aug. 28, 2014

July 29, 2014


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is issuing a call for entries for the “2014 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition”. This juried show is open to all Lancaster County artists, high school age and older.

Cash prizes are awarded to nine winners, including the People’s Choice Award. Artists may submit up to two paintings which must be delivered to the LCCA, 201 W Gay Street, in Lancaster, between Aug. 25-28, 2014, during office hours.

This community exhibit will be on display in the Springs House Galleries from Sept. 8 through Oct. 27, 2014. A reception will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 3-5pm.

The gallery exhibit and reception are free and open to the public and is sponsored by the LCCA, the Lancaster County Art League and the Hagins Family.

For more information or a registration form, please contact or visit the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street, Lancaster, by calling 803/285-7451 or visit (

A Trip to See Several Exhibits in the Pee Dee Area of South Carolina in July 2014 – Part III

July 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: For some reason I could not place this a Carolina Arts Unleashed this morning. Don’t know why. So we’re launching it here today.

OK – it was a rainy, stormy, day here in Bonneau, SC, and I decided to go to check out some exhibits in the Pee Dee area of SC – yada, yada, yada. This happens sometimes – I go see something, I take photos and notes on what I see and think to help me remember things and when I get back home – life and business gets in the way. So here we are in Part III and the exhibit I saw at the Art Trail Gallery in downtown Florence’s growing arts district has ended.

The blog entry ended up being given in three parts (nothings is ever brief with me) and between Part II and Part III came time to put the Aug. 2014 issue of Carolina Arts together. So, I apologize to the folks who run the gallery and the Pee Dee Artist Guild, but I’m still going to write it up. I can’t inspire anyone to go see the exhibit, but I can validate that it happened for history’s sake. That’s the best I can do.


So after I was mucking around outside taking in all the outside improvements to the arts district in downtown Florence, SC, I headed into the opening reception for Reflections of the Pee Dee, which was on exhibit at the Art Trail Gallery, supported by the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, from July 5 – 26, 2014.


It had been almost a year since I had been to a reception of an exhibit at the Art Trail Gallery and things had really changed. The space had been renovated and was under new management. I did my first go around to see the exhibit, and then checked out the no-longer hidden space of Alex Palkovich which shares the space. Palkovich’s work is not the kind of thing you want to hide and you couldn’t keep people away if you tried. Some people might think of it as a distraction to other works on display, but all gallery spaces should have such inviting distractions.





For some reason I got the impression that the artworks were displayed much better than in the past. Most of the works, not all, by the same artist were together, which is the best way to display works. But in the past, most of the exhibits at the Art Trail Gallery that I have seen were juried shows where works were placed by category, where an artist can have works spread all over the place. This was not a juried show, so that might be what I was thinking. In the past I have tried to encourage the Gallery to present planned shows – that could be promoted ahead of time with press releases. Most juried shows you don’t know what you’re getting until the deadline passes and that’s usually just before the show goes up. That makes it hard to promote in advance.

The back of the gallery space serves as Alex Palkovich’s showroom

Gosh – who would think you would fine a nude in an art gallery? (inside joke)

Go see the final sculpture of General Francis Marion in Johnsonville, SC.

After the first go around I spotted Jane Madden, the person who started the Art Trail Gallery. And, as usual, she and I had a number of discussions about this and that in the art world – until others demanded her attention. Madden is the go to person for info about funding, publicity, and just about everything. So, our time was up and it was a good thing too, as I noticed I was hungry.



Plenty of places to sit – as they also have concerts at the gallery

The one thing you can always count on at an Art Trail Gallery reception is good food. There’s always a good selection of goodies. So, I filled a plate and found a place to sit and review the photos I took and made some notes. Another good thing about the Art Trail Gallery space – there are always plenty of places to sit. Up to this point I had been on my feet a good bit of time. While sitting there a work on the far wall kept demanding my attention. It wasn’t a work that stood out that much during my first inspection, but it just kept interrupting my concentration.

This work “Jeffries Creek Swamp,” by Matt Cook kept grabbing my attention


The show had a good selection of works in a variety of media. Almost half of the exhibit was photographs (22/48) and there were works by artists I knew, but I didn’t have to recognize anyone’s style as all works were properly identified with tags. And I didn’t have to get on my knees to read any of them. (You folks know who I’m talking about.)

There were interesting works there by Lynda English, Jaclyn Wukela, Jim Gleason, Suzanne Muldrow, and others I did not know, but the surprise of the afternoon was the paintings on silk by Aggie Palkovich. I did not know that Alex Palkovich had to share a house and spotlight with another talented artist.

“Good Morning Friends,” by Lynda English

“Pink & Blue Scarf,” by Aggie Palkovich

“Beware the Venum of the Rebel Spirit,” by Jim Gleason

Keep in mind that I can’t show you everything I liked as some works were under glass and that makes it hard to get a good photo.

So, I made another trip around the gallery to make sure I didn’t miss anything and then headed home after a day of filling my eyes and mind with lots of good visions and questions. Most of all I wondered how can towns and cities like Lake City and Florence put so much into developing art districts to lure businesses back into downtown areas, as well as attracting tourism, and some bigger cities ignore the arts all together?

Of course some big cities have so much arts that they can’t support or fund them all, causing them to select a few to keep afloat, while others have to fend for themselves.

If what’s happening in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina pays off – there will be leaders from towns and cities all over the Southeast showing up to find out – how did you do it?

The next exhibit at the Art Trail Gallery will be, Visualicious 2014, on view from Aug. 1 – 28, 2014. A reception will be held on Aug. 8, from 5:30-7:30pm. If you go, you might see a lot of works by many of the artists I mentioned. But, the whole thing is – you need to good and support the arts yourself – it could be the thing that’s pumping new blood into your economy.

The Art Trail Gallery is located at 185 West Evans Street, just around the corner from their old location on S. Dargon Street, in downtown Florence, SC. For further info visit (

Read Part I at this link (

Read Part II at this link (

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Receives $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

July 23, 2014

On Monday, July 21, 2014, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $34 million in grants for 177 humanities projects. The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston is pleased to be one of two recipients in the state of South Carolina with an award in the amount of $250,000 to improve storage conditions for the Gibbes Museum’s collections, which focus on American art.

Storage furniture will be installed in a new collections suite that is being created as part of the major renovation and expansion of the museum, which will begin in the fall of 2014. The renovation and storage/study suite will go far to help make this knowledge accessible to diverse audiences, and add richness to the visitor experience.

“The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support these exceptional research, educational, and public programs in the humanities,” said NEH Acting Chairman Carole Watson. “The projects made possible by these grants will enrich our knowledge of our history and ourselves, encourage reflection on the traditions and values that have shaped our culture, and help preserve and make accessible our nation’s diverse wealth of humanities materials and resources.”

“We are thrilled to receive this wonderful recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities as the Gibbes Museum is at a defining moment in its history.  The storage project is at the core of our renovation design to ensure long-term, energy-efficient, sustainable preservation upon the collection’s return,” says Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections Administration and project manager for the grant.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at (

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located along Charleston’s Museum Mile in the heart of historic district, the museum is dedicated to collecting and presenting Southern art from the Colonial period through today. The Gibbes’ permanent collection consists of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection.  The museum offers an impressive roster of special exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

For further information visit (


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