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Clemson Community Supported Art in Clemson, SC, Opens Sale of Shares – Sept. 1, 2014

August 24, 2014

The Clemson Community Supported Art (CSArt) program, in Clemson, SC, will make available 25 art shares for the public to purchase Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Members will benefit from receiving an exclusive selection of functional ceramic artwork created by advanced undergraduate and graduate ceramics students. This Fall’s share was juried by Harriet Green, Visual Arts Director of the South Carolina State Arts Commission.


Clemson’s CSArt program is a new spin on the “Community Supported Agriculture” model, and members will pick up fresh, hand-crafted artwork at special seasonal events.  The demand by consumers for a unique buying experience as well as the desire for goods with a feeling of authenticity is sweeping the nation. Through handmade items, consumers seek a deeper connection to what they purchase, and actively support their local community and economy. The new CSArt program fills this need by offering a special edition of six functional ceramic bowls and cups while creating a personal and exclusive shopping experience.

The initiative was born out of a Creative Inquiry team led by Valerie Zimany, Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics. The objective is to research CSArt programs that have popped up in galleries, arts centers, and artist studios, and apply the model to create a viable, sustaining plan for fundraising for the arts at Clemson. Through experiential learning, the team – which includes Art, Marketing, and Psychology majors – is developing all aspects of program itself, as well as original strategies for publicity and marketing, which can be utilized in an array of professional career goals. Proceeds from the shares support student travel to participate and present at nationally recognized educational conferences, as well as other professional activities furthering student research and collaborations.

A special pick-up event party is planned for CSArt shareholder members to meet the young artists and receive their Fall shares on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, from 5:30-7:30pm.  Shareholders will also have the opportunity to preview and purchase additional ceramic pieces from the popular Annual Ceramic Bowl Sale which will be open to the public the following day, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, noon – 5pm.

To learn more about CSArt and to become an exclusive shareholder member, please visit ( With only 25 shares available for purchase, the community is encouraged to purchase shares the day of online opening via the website on Sept. 1 or soon after this date.

For further info contact Valerie Zimany, Ceramics Professor by visiting ( or

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

August 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 20, 2014

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

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

Tintype by Christine Eadie

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

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

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

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

August 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 14, 2014


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


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

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

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

For more information, visit (

SC Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation to Host “Sunday with Our Stars” a Benefit at Wavering Place Plantation Near Columbia, SC – Nov. 2, 2014

August 12, 2014

The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation will host “Sunday with Our Stars,” an afternoon celebration to benefit The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities at historic Wavering Place Plantation. in Columbia, SC, on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, from 3-5pm. Proceeds will support scholarships and operations at the acclaimed public residential high school for emerging artists in South Carolina. Tickets are $50 available at (

The benefit will feature live entertainment by students – a.k.a. “Govies” – as well as catered hors d’oeuvres and an open bar on the grounds of the antebellum Wavering Place Plantation, located in historic Lower Richland County.

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, located in Greenville, SC, first opened its doors as a residential, year-round institution in 1999 after offering a summer program for many years. This public, non-profit residential high school accepts artistically talented high school students of South Carolina studying creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual arts.  Auditions are held around the state each February for the residential school and summer programs.

There is no tuition for attendance; students pay only minimal processing and meal plan fees. An estimated 30% of residential students at SCGSAH benefit from scholarships that fund the meal plan fee, the only major cost required for the 9-month residential school year.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the picturesque Wavering Place Plantation is Columbia’s premiere venue for weddings and events. It has remained in the Adams family since 1768 and consists of several hundred acres, six historical structures (including the 1850 Greek Revival manor house and outbuildings dating back to 1790). The nationally acclaimed native gardens were designed and restored by Dr. Julian Adams and continue to be preserved for future generations.

While the formal address of Wavering Place Plantation is 427 Adams Hayne Road, Eastover, SC, the entrance to the venue is situated just off of Congaree Road. To view a map and more information, visit (

The Midlands Advisory Board of the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation: Lisa Adams, Cindi Boiter, Mrs. Erwin Boyd, Mary Boyd, Tracie Broom, Reba Campbell, Susie Dibble, Kristy Ellenberg, Rachel Hodges, Laurie McIntosh, Linda Rogers, Tom Savory, Amy Sheheen, Julianne Sojourner, Irene Dumas Tyson and Marti Wallace

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is a public residential high school located in Greenville, SC, providing a unique arts and academic education to the state’s emerging artists. Young artists, usually in 11th or 12th grade, study creative writing, dance, drama, music, or visual arts during the academic year and rising 9th and 10th grade students attend summer programs in these areas, with summer dance programs open to rising 7th through 12th grade students.

To learn more about upcoming Foundation events, donation opportunities or purchase tickets, please visit (

Travelers Rest Artists Alliance in Travelers Rest, SC, Calls for Participation at the 3rd Annual Art on the Trail Fine Arts and Crafts Festival – Deadline Aug. 29, 2014

August 9, 2014


The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance is calling for participation at the 3rd Annual Art on the Trail Fine Arts & Crafts Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, from 10am-4pm, on the festival field at Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest’s beautiful, new performing and cultural arts center with easy access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the Upstate’s fastest growing fine arts and crafts event!

Apply online today at (

Application deadline is Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Learn more at (

Artist’s Info to Prepare for ArtFields® 2015 in Lake City, SC, from Apr. 24 – May 2, 2015

August 7, 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.


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.

The Ever Expanding Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in South Carolina Adds New Quilt Blocks

August 6, 2014


Editor’s Note: We usually post info about he Quilt Trail at Carolina Arts Unleashed, but we have currently lost access to that blog.

Hopewell United Methodist Church in Westminster, SC, will soon be the recipient of a new addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Sponsored by Mrs. Patricia (Pete) Ann Adams Sheriff, the quilt block is called “Blue Bird of Happiness” and was made by her Great Aunt Mary Melinda (Mamie) Davis. It was a gift from Great Aunt Mamie on the birth of the child who would become her favorite great niece.


Mamie Davis was born in 1876 in Hopewell Community.  She never married, but lived her life doing for others. She played the pump organ, a small reed organ or harmonium, at all the church services; taught Sunday school classes; prepared the elements for Communion; served as secretary/treasurer of the church for 30 plus years; cleaned the church building; built fires in the heater, and even cleaned Hopewell Cemetery all by herself. The Fellowship Hall at Hopewell was dedicated to Mamie for all her loving care and service through the years. It is on this building that her quilt block will be placed. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, tatting and working in her flower garden.  After her youngest sister died of influenza in 1918, Mamie provided love and care for her orphaned niece and nephew, Maude and Roy Meaders. To accommodate her growing responsibilities, she had a new house built in the early 1920’s on land owned by her grandfather, Thomas Jenkins, on Jenkins Bridge Road, close to the church.

Sometimes, Mamie boarded teachers from the nearby Hopewell School. After a house fire in 1931, she opened her home again to care for her brother, Russie Davis, his wife and their eight lively children who helped with farm work. Her last act of kindness was to pass on the farm to this family. In the late 1940’s, she kept house for school teachers Alpha and Eddie Pickens in the Cleveland Community. It was here in the Pickens Home that she suffered a heart attack and was brought to the home of one of Russie’s daughters, Eva Rae and her husband Raymond Adams. They had built a home on land Mamie had given them. She passed away on April 5, 1951. Eva Rae was a favored niece who worked with Mamie on family quilts.  She and her husband had one daughter, ‘Pete,’ who married Wayne Sheriff.

Together, the Sheriffs continued the tradition of building their home on the same land where Hopewell Church was first begun in 1830. Wayne Sheriff passed away in 2006.  He and Pete had no children, however, she continues to live in the house built on a corner of Jenkins land in the Hopewell Community. Her ambition is to strive to be a caring, sharing, loving person like ‘Aunt Mamie’ and to leave her corner to cousins who will love and care for it as much as she did.

Mamie Davis was honored at the Pickens-Jenkins Family Reunion at Hopewell United Methodist Church on August 2, 2014.

Link Family Farm Joins Upstate Heritage Quit Trail


Mrs. Wayne Link has sponsored the quilt in memory of her husband, “Bud”, the grandson of Joseph and Ada Link.    Mrs. Link developed an appreciation for quilts during childhood and has wonderful memories of sleeping under quilts with warm flannel linings at her grandmother’s home. During the early 1970’s, she taught quilting classes and developed a small cottage industry in an old dairy barn doing custom quilting. Now, her love for the history of quilts and the art of quilting has led her to sponsor a quilt for the Quilt Trail.

The quilt is located at 1606 Danenhower Road, Pendleton, SC. It is known as The Link Farm which has been in the family since April 1919 when it was purchased by Joseph J.  Link, “Bud’s grandfather. Joseph, a farmer, raised crops and also bought, sold, and traded mules.

Several of the original barns are remaining, as well as the house which was built in 1896. There are fourth and fifth generations of Joseph and Ada Link still living on the farm. Their children, the sixth generation, visit and enjoy the barns and pastures as well.

After the death of Joseph, a son obtained the farm and later built a dairy in the early 1950’s. Over the years, several additional out-buildings were constructed including a pole-barn which was used for hay storage and feeding of the cows. The farm has continued to change over the years but the Link family still retains a commitment to the growth and appreciation of agriculture.

“Bud” and Wayne began hosting visits by school groups when the first grandson brought his class out for a field trip. Since that time, the farm has introduced hundreds of students to agriculture. At present, the farm is the site for the annual Farm/City Day Event that Pendleton High School FFA Students sponsor each year. This year approximately 500 students attended. The old pole-barn has become the centerpiece for educational events and other gatherings for family and friends. The quilt block is centered above the entrance of this old barn to be viewed by all who enter.

The original quilt maker is not known although it is presumed to be Ada, since the fabrics represent the late 1800’s or early 1900s. This quilt is an example of a simplified form of crazy patchwork which became popular at the end of the nineteenth century. Odd shaped pieces of scraps from dresses, shirts, or other items represent a cross section of the family’s life during that period of time. Colors of tan, muted blue, are brightened by pieces of barn red fabric. This technique typically involved stitching small strips or patches together using a foundation square of fabric or paper to stabilize the work.  Cotton, probably grown on the family farm, was used as a batting between the quilt top and the lining.

For more information and pictures, visit (

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, Calls for Application for Participation in the 2014 Live Oak Art & Music Fest’s Artisan Market – Oct. 4, 2014

August 6, 2014

CREATE! Conway invites all fine artists and artisans to apply for a booth at the Oct. 4, 2014 Live Oak Art & Music Fest’s Artisan Market in Conway, SC. The Live Oak is held each year along with the City of Conway’s Fall Festival. On Saturday, Oct. 4 – downtown Conway celebrates creativity and community with arts and crafts, street and food vendors, lots of live entertainment, glass blowing demonstrations, a car show and the Farmers Market.

The Live Oak Art & Music Fest is Conway’s premier cultural event showcasing fine arts and crafts for sale along with live music and entertainment. In addition, we’re excited to add a brand new component to the Live Oak – the Kids CREATE! Makers Zone, a 20′ x 20′ tented creative space – offering engaging art projects and art making activities, for free, to kids of all ages. In addition to the Kids CREATE Makers Zone – live music,painting and drawing demos, magic acts and LED dancers will make for a fun and educational art event that the entire family can enjoy.

When – Saturday Oct. 4, 2014 from 10am to 5pm EDT

Where – Historic Horry County Court House, 1201 Third Ave., Conway, SC 29526

For info visit (;jsessionid=EF909B9DCD52909FF11B7DD5CCCB4DBD.worker_registrant?llr=x6kwnynab&oeidk=a07e9npyx9v3ccfee1a).

For further info contact Barbara Streeter, CREATE Conway, Inc., by e-mail at ( or call 843/248-4527.


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