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Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, Offers Coffee and Conversation – July 12, 2014

July 8, 2014

Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, offers Coffee and Conversation with Bob Ripley, Bryan Hiott, Frankie Daniels, and Daniel Marinelli, at Due South, Taylor’s Mill, on Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 10 – 11pm.

Bryan Hiott: “Old Main at Wofford College” (2014) Spartanburg, SC. Tintype, 6.5″ x 8.5″ Mounted on 8″ x 10″ Board 19th Century Wet Plate Collodion Process, 24″ x 18″

From noon – 9pm, Bryan Hiott’s Studio will be open, visitors are welcome, and personal photographs can be taken. For more information and pricing call 864/268-2771

For further information call the gallery at 864/268-2771, e-mail to ( or visit (

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Hosts 83rd Anniversary Talk – July 13, 2014

July 8, 2014


Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is please to offer an 83rd Anniversary Talk on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 3pm. Entitled “Glimpses of the Past: Stories of Brookgreen Gardens”, guests will hear about many stories that comprise the history of the land, people, and collections of Brookgreen Gardens. Vice-President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture, Robin Salmon will reveal some of these stories in honor of the gardens’ 83rd Anniversary. The talk is free with garden admission and will be held in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.


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

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

Artists’ Attic in Camden, SC, Offers New Frame Shop and Saturday Hours

July 7, 2014

Artists’ Attic, located at 930 S Broad Street, in downtown Camden, SC, has added a new frame shop, along with new Saturday hours.

Photo by Tari Federer

Artists’ Attic, gallery & studios will now be open Saturdays from 10am – 3pm, along with its regular hours of Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm.

The co-op of 8 artists, using various mediums, welcomes new artists: Tari Federer and Deb Maza, joining standing artists: Dot Goodwin, Ann Starnes, Emily Houde, Kathy
Redner, Benira Sutphin, Jane Hannon. Commissions are accepted.

For further information call 803/432-9955 or e-mail to (  Commissions are accepted.

Barbara Streeter in Conway, SC, has Been Awarded a $5000 SC Artists’ Ventures Initiative Grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission

July 7, 2014

Conway Barbara Streeter in Conway, SC, has been awarded a $5000 SC Artists’ Ventures Initiative Grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The grant  enables Streeter to promote and produce the Conway Open Studio Project.


The Conway Open Studio Project is a six month arts initiative featuring area artists working in collaboration to invigorate the arts in downtown Conway, SC. The Project will include an Experimental Glass Theatre component to be held in the glass blowing studio of Conway Glass at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway.

The goal of the Conway Open Studio Project is to raise the awareness of art-making as a career and to introduce visitors to entertaining, educational and fun art experiences in downtown Conway.

“The SC Arts Commission grant makes it possible for me to add video equipment, lighting and other improvements to our glassblowing studio, and also provide the public with an enhanced visitor experience,” said Barbara Streeter, glass blower and Vice-President of Conway Glass, Inc. “This funding will also help us achieve our mission of providing free narrated educational demonstrations of glass blowing to the public every First Saturday, October through May.”

Conway Glass, Inc. is helping Streeter meet her obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Other artists are also donating their time and talents to the project, they are: Ed Streeter, Michael Gann, Laurie Brown, J.B. Chisnell, and Kim Clayton.

Local residents can see how the SC Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the Conway Open Studio Project by visiting Conway Glass, Inc. at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway. The First Saturday Glass Blowing Demonstrations are free and will be held in 2014 on October 4, November 1 and December 6. In 2015 free demos are planned for January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2. All First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos are held 10am – 4pm. In addition, The Experimental Glass Theatre will be held in November 2014 and January and March 2015 (TBA.)

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is working to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts.

Barbara Streeter is a visual artist and glass blower living and working in Conway, SC. She and her husband own and operate Conway Glass, Inc., a local glass company specializing in stained glass and blown glass.

At Conway Glass, Barbara and Ed Streeter have over 50 years of combined experience in the glass industry. Although they offer many glass products, they are quite different from most glass companies in that they design, manufacture, assemble and teach about this amazing material.

“This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.”

For more information, visit ( or call 803/734-8696.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Works by Rick Rowland and John Ingle

July 7, 2014


Local artists Rick Rowland and John Ingle will exhibit their combined works, “Corners & Falls”, in the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center, from July 1-28, 2014. This is a free exhibit showcasing a series of paintings by both artists depicting local corners (such as well known local street corners) and waterfalls in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

Work by Rick Rowland

The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm; and on Sundays, 1 to 5pm. A free public reception will be on Thursday, July 17, 5 to 9pm., during the city’s monthly ArtWalk.

Rowland was born and reared in Greenville, SC, and moved to Spartanburg in 1990. Being from the Upstate, he has a deep appreciation of beautiful rivers and mountains, and loves hiking to waterfalls. His life has been spent learning about art and design. He attended the SC Governor’s School in 1983, and majored in Advertising and Design at the Museum School of Art in Greenville in the late ’80s. He spent 15 years working in computer graphics but currently is working full time on his art. As a young artist, Rowland lived within walking distance of Greenville Art Museum and was inspired by the collection of Andrew Wyeth paintings. Since then, he has strived to create realism in his own work. Also, Rowland was influenced by the imagination of surreal artists such as Salvador Dali and René Magritte. He has done several drawings of historical buildings in the Pacolet and Spartanburg areas. In addition, Rowland has painted waterfalls and nature scenes from all over Spartanburg and Greenville counties, as well as Oconee and Tryon, NC. He currently teaches watercolors and pencil drawing at Chapman Cultural Center, as well as private art lessons. He is also available for commissioned paintings and is open to any artistic possibility.

“Viewers will see a collection of realistic style water colors focusing on waterfalls and nature in the Upstate, several detailed pencil drawings showing a bit of the history of Pacolet and surrounding areas in Spartanburg County, as well as a collection of watercolor portraits,” Rowland said.

Work by John Ingle

John Ingle’s art career started as a preschooler, when he used charcoal sticks and paper bags. From that point on, he was never without something to draw with. There were several influences that marked his progress. In high school, four teachers wrote recommendations and sent art samples to the Famous Artists’ School of Art. He finished his degree while in the US Navy. Old buildings, bridges, and homes fascinate him, however, recently, he has focused on painting portraits with pastels. “I have found that the pan pastels lend themselves to subtle blending. After using pastels for 14 years, I am now addicted to this medium,” he said. His work has been displayed and sold at various art shows, the Carolina Artist Mountain Guild in Hendersonville, NC, a summer-long exhibit at the Union County Museum in Union, SC, Cannon’s Elementary School, and as member of the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg at Chapman Cultural Center. He now exhibits at Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee and in Landrum. Ingle is also the illustrator of his wife’s three books, “Courageous Kate”, “Fearless Martha” and “Brave Elizabeth”, three heroines of the South Carolina Revolution and designs book covers for publishers.

For more information, please call the Guild’s Executive Director Caitlin Boice at 864/764-9568 or visit the website (

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

July 1, 2014


The July 2014 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 63 pages of it.

Last month Linda presented the paper with an option to download the paper in a side by side spread or single page format. Single page dowloads were about double the amount for side by side format – which was good as a good amount of 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 August issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the July 24 deadline – or you could be left out. It happens.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

Society 1858 in Charleston, SC, Announces Short List of Finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

June 30, 2014


The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858, in Charleston, SC, announced the 2014 Short List of finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. Over 250 artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia submitted applications during this time period.

The seven artists (profiled below) selected for the 2014 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art short list are Jim Arendt, Sonya Clark, Andre Leon Gray, Jackson Martin, Jason Mitcham, Damian Stamer, and Stacy Lynn Waddell. The artists were selected by a distinguished panel of judges including Charles Ailstock, Society 1858 Board Member; Jamieson Clair, Society 1858 Board Member; Jennifer Dasal, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art; Marilyn Laufer, Director of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University; Frank McCauley, Assistant Director and Curator of the Sumter County Gallery of Art; Pam Wall, Curator of Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art; and John Westmark, artist and 2012 Prize winner.

“We are thrilled to have received so many qualified applicants to the 1858 Prize. Narrowing the list to seven artists was a tough task, but we feel this group represents the great talent and creativity of the contemporary southern art scene,” says Gibbes Museum Curator of Exhibitions Pam Wall.

This prize was established in 2007 by Elizabeth and Mallory Factor to honor an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. Artist John Westmark was the 2012 prize winner and his work is on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art through August 3 in the exhibition entitled, “John Westmark: Narratives”. After a 1-year hiatus, Society 1858 has rebranded the annual artist award and will focus its fundraising efforts on cultivating the prize. The winner of the 1858 Prize will be announced on Sept. 18, 2014, during an event hosted by Society 1858 and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

2014 Short List Bios

Jim Arendt – Based in Conway, SC, Arendt creates narrative paintings, sculpture, and installations that investigate how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. Made from cut denim, Arendt’s figurative work draws upon his rural upbringing and concepts of work, labor, and connections to the land. Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. (

Sonya Clark – Clark is a fiber and mixed media artist working in Richmond, VA, where she chairs the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She uses objects such as cloth, hair, and combs to give voice to the complexity of American identity and history. Clark’s work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and throughout the United States. (

André Leon Gray – A native of Raleigh, NC, Gray is a self-trained artist who works is a variety of media to examine the impact of history and memory on present day power structures and social hierarchies. Gray’s mixed media assemblages, sculptures, and installations combine recycled and reclaimed objects, materials, and imagery. He transforms mundane objects into powerful social commentary with the intent of creating dialogue among his audience. (

Jackson Martin – Martin’s artistic practice entails an interdisciplinary approach to sculpture, installation, and photography. He utilizes a wide variety of materials and processes, ranging from sewing nontraditional fabrics to steam-bending hardwoods to planting trees in dumpsters. A native of Tennessee, Martin currently resides in Asheville, NC where he teaches at the University of North Carolina – Asheville. (

Jason Mitcham – Mitcham combines painting and stop-motion animation to investigate suburbia, modern ruins, and temporality within the landscape. His animations are created by digitally recording thousands of slight alterations on paintings; approximately ten miniscule changes are made for every second of footage. Mitcham was born in Greensboro, NC, and currently resides in New York. (

Damian Stamer – Stamer depicts barns, abandoned buildings, and other vernacular structures of the rural south. His heavily layered canvases blur the line between abstraction and representation as they seek to express the solemn beauty of the old and overlooked. A native of Durham, NC, Stamer earned a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (

Stacy Lynn Waddell – Waddell creates work that explores American history, culture, and the ways individual consciousness is formed through generations. She combines watercolor, gold leaf, and collage with heat-based techniques that burn, brand, and singe works on paper. Waddell has exhibited at museums throughout the country, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Gibbes Museum of Art, in the solo exhibition, “The Evidence of Things Unseen”. (

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858′s exciting programs.

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

For further information call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Held Its 36th Annual Arts Celebration – June 12, 2014

June 30, 2014


The Arts Council of York County held its 36th Annual Arts Celebration on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. The evening featured artists who were recipients of a small grant during the fiscal year.  A jazz trio included Ron Parks, L. H. Dickert, and Tracy Patterson, and a visual arts exhibition featured works by photographer, James P. Karner. Karen Collins highlighted the accomplishments of the Underexposed Film Festival yc in 2013, and Strauss Shiple presented the exciting changes in the 2014 Ag + Art Tour with the addition of Lancaster, Chester, and Fairfield Counties.

Despite budgetary cuts, the arts continue to grow in York County! During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, 160,000 people from 238 cities, 43 states and 10 countries attended arts events that were partially funded by or presented by the Arts Council of York County! The number of cities from which visitors came increased by 85%, and states by 45%.  “Encouraged by significant increases in attendance, the Arts Council of York County contracted with Webb Management Company, in partnership with Comporium Communications, to conduct a feasibility study that is testing the concept that York County can support a new, larger performing arts center as a part of on-going cultural and economic development effort,” executive director Debra Heintz said.

President Sandy Johnson welcomed new Board members Sonja Burris, Bobby Houck, Dr. Ann Kirol, Michael Smith, and Joy Widener.  Officers for FY 2014-2015 include Vice President Nicki Nash, Secretary Michele Wilson, and Treasurer Suzie Wright.  Outgoing Board members Rick Jiran, Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes and Jeffrey Deason were recognized for their service to the Arts Council.

Kamryn Joy-Fulin Knape of Fort Mill, SC, was selected as the recipient of the Long Family Scholarship funded jointly this year by the Women’s Club of Rock Hill Outreach Funds and the Arts Council of York County. This competitive scholarship is awarded to a York County student accepted to the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. Knape is a well-rounded homeschooled student whose talent extends across many arts categories. She studies pottery at the Gettys Art Center, is in her 8th year of piano lessons, and takes art classes locally. Knape is also a talented set designer who designed the set for the Palmetto Teen Group production of “The Three Musketeers”. Outside the arts, she is on the yearbook team for her home school co-op, plays volleyball with the Victory Sports program, mentors a younger art student, and assists the children’s leader in the Founded in Truth children’s program. Knape will be studying visual arts during the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts’ Summer Academy.

Marcia Kort Buike of Tega Cay, SC, was selected for the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, created in 1992 to recognize those individuals who have committed themselves to art and culture. Buike exemplifies the spirit of the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, as her commitment to the arts and culture within our community is portrayed in every aspect of her life. Buike is a leading arts advocate in the state. She is member of the Arts Council of York County’s Small Grants Committee, and has volunteered at the Arts Council of York County numerous times, working in the office on Friday afternoons, assisting with bookkeeping and administrative tasks when staff members have been on leave or when the office is short staffed. Buike also serves as the coordinator of the 5th District Congressional Art Show.

Largely due to her efforts, the number of entries in the 2014 exhibition increased by 70%.  In putting this exhibition together, Buike spends the spring traveling across the 5th District to pick up student artwork from each school. Her countless hours and passion given to the arts community in York County makes Buike especially deserving of the 2014 Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award.

Duke Energy was selected for the Business and the Arts Award, created in 1992 to recognize those businesses whose dedicated partnership with the arts has been demonstrated during the calendar year. Duke Energy is committed to support the communities they serve through volunteer efforts and grant funds to special projects.

Two of Duke Energy’s employees have volunteered countless hours and have advocated for the Arts Council of York County. Rick Jiran, Director of Government & Community Relations has served on the Arts Council’s Board for the past eight years, holding the offices of Vice President, President and Immediate Past President. He has also been a strong advocate for the arts as an economic development and educational tool. Over the course of his board term, he helped secure nearly $20,000 in donations to the Arts Council.

Karen Blankenship, Duke Energy’s Manager of Training & Quality Assurance, and a former Arts Council of York County employee, continues to give back to the arts community. In November 2013, she applied for a Duke Energy Sweat Equity Grant on behalf of the Arts Council.  This $1,000 grant covered the cost of supplies for a project that will have lasting and significant value.  Blankenship also spearheaded a team of eight volunteers to repaint the Dalton Gallery. With their help, the Arts Council saved about $10,000 over the cost of professional painting.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, e-mail to (, or visit (

Pearl Nester of Camden, SC, is a Semifinalist in International Quilt Show

June 30, 2014

Pearl Nester, a Camden, SC, resident has been chosen as a semifinalist for the 2014 American Quilter’s Society (AQS) QuiltWeek® in Charlotte, NC, July 30-August 2, 2014, at the Charlotte Convention Center. Nester is a member of the Quilters of Kershaw County, an affiliate member of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC.) She is married to local artist, member and past president of Camden ART (formerly the Camden Art Association) Edward Nester.

“Solitude” by Pearl Nester

Nester’s quilt, “Solitude” was chosen along with 182 others to be displayed in the AQS Contest. First, Second and Third place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website, ( Nester has the opportunity to win the $10,000 Best of Show award as well as numerous other awards including $3,500 Best Wall, Traditional, Innovative, Modern and Computer-Aided Quilt. The AQS show is expected to draw more than 15,000 people to the Charlotte Convention Center.

“This is great being in a show of this quality so close to home.  I hope that it will inspire more of our local quilters to enter shows and become involved with AQS.  The Quilters of Kershaw County is a wonderful venue for inspiration and learning the different aspects of quilting from the members who love to share their knowledge,” said Nester.

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 37 US states and seven other countries. The American Quilter’s Society hosts seven annual shows throughout the United States each year.

The society was formed in February of 2002, when Nancy Smith organized a group of quilters in Kershaw and surrounding counties to form the Quilters of Kershaw County (QKC). The QKC became an affiliate of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Currently 50 members strong the QKC includes members from Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, and Fairfield counties in South Carolina.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information about the FAC, please call 803/425-7676, ext. 300, or visit ( Be sure to check out the QKC web site at (

Avant Garde Center for the Arts Seeks Artists and Craftsmen for Holiday Market During Red Rose Holiday Tour in Lancaster, SC – Dec. 6, 2014

June 23, 2014


Applications are now available for the second annual Artisans of the Olde English District & Downtown Holiday Market to be held Dec. 6, 2014, from 10am until 4pm at 212 S. Main Street, Lancaster, SC, as part of a weekend-long Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Applications are online at ( The artisans and holiday market is promoted throughout the region and beyond, is an indoor show, and is made possible with support from Duke Energy Foundation, the City of Lancaster, Mitch & Mandy Norrell, and other sponsors.

The Red Rose Holiday Tour includes a multitude of holiday open houses at galleries, gift shops, designers, cultural centers, and historical locations, in addition to annual Native American Art and Piedmont Folk Art Sales, Home tours, Winter Block Party, Santa Train & Workshop, Food & Beverage pairings, jewelry trunk show, free Concerts, all-day Lancaster Performing Arts downtown stage entertainment, and the opportunity to gift everyone on your list with original works by talented artisans!

Avant Garde Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization which supports and fosters partnerships with existing arts providers with a focus on cultural tourism, creative economy, community-based arts & culture, arts in education, and neighborhood public art.

For show applications and information, contact Cherry Doster by e-mail at (

For more information on the Red Rose Holiday Tour e-mail Cherry at (, call 803/289-1492 or visit (


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