Posts Tagged ‘Florence SC’

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.

arttrail-logo

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.

714art-trail-exhibit1

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.

714art-trail-exhibit2

714art-trail-exhibit3

714art-trail-exhibit4

714art-trail-exhibit5

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.

714art-trail-exhibit6
The back of the gallery space serves as Alex Palkovich’s showroom

714art-trail-exhibit7
Gosh – who would think you would fine a nude in an art gallery? (inside joke)

714art-trail-exhibit8
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.

714art-trail-exhibit11

714art-trail-exhibit9

714art-trail-exhibit10
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.

714art-trail-exhibit12
This work “Jeffries Creek Swamp,” by Matt Cook kept grabbing my attention

714art-trail-exhibit13

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.

714art-trail-exhibit14
“Good Morning Friends,” by Lynda English

714art-trail-exhibit15
“Pink & Blue Scarf,” by Aggie Palkovich

714art-trail-exhibit16
“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 (www.art-trail-gallery.com).

Read Part I at this link (http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/2014/07/15/a-trip-to-see-several-exhibits-in-the-pee-dee-area-of-south-carolina-in-july-2014-part-i/).

Read Part II at this link (http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/2014/07/23/a-trip-to-see-several-exhibits-in-the-pee-dee-area-of-south-carolina-in-july-2014-part-ii/)

Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, Offers Pot o’ Gold Fun Night – Mar. 14, 2014 – That’s Tonight!

March 14, 2014

arttrail-logo

The Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, will be home to the Pot o’ Gold Fun Night from 5-9pm, Mar. 14, 2014, where about a dozen artists will be assembling to share their latest works and talk to you about how they create them or will even actually be creating on the spot! We’ve got everything from clay to folk art to jewelry to metal clay to woodburning to silk to glass etching and more!

Jane Madden who sent us this notice will be at the Gallery with her ice dyed silks and some of her hand-dyed, hand-woven Thai silks – at prices you won’t believe.

314art-trail-jane-madden
silk scarf by Jane Madden

Just down and around the corner on 100 Block South Dargan, the Junior League’s Lucky Shamrock Festival will be underway with 2 live bands, Irish dancers, food vendors, and more! There’s plenty of fun for the whole family from 5-10pm. Both events are free. Proceeds from the Junior League’s event will be supporting Habitat for Humanity, always a worthy cause!

The Art Trail Gallery is located at 185 West Evans, at corner of Evans and Irby, in downtown Florence’s new arts district.

We hope to see you out exploring Florence’s downtown tonight. There’s plenty to do and lots to see!

For further info about the Art Trail Gallery call 843/673-0729 or visit (www.art-trail-gallery.com).

Silk meets Glass in Wearable Art in Florence, SC, and You’re Invited to the Party! – Feb. 7 & 8, 2014

January 30, 2014

Barbara Mellen, brilliant glass artist, and I (Jane Madden) both love color. She works in dichroic glass. I work in 100% pure silk. For the first time ever, we are coming together to hold a wearable art event featuring Barbara’s beautiful jewelry and my ice-dyed silk scarves. Why? It turns out our mutual love of color has resulted in a strange synergy where her earrings are always a dead match for my unique scarves. And we’re going to do this in time to make Valentine’s Day gift giving (or hinting) very easy: Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th from 10am– 6pm, at Barbara’s distinctive purple building just off Palmetto on 2nd Loop: 2717 Second Loop Road in Florence, SC.

114erring-lady

114jane-madden1

Both of us are offering one-of-a-kind, totally unique wearable art produced here in the Pee Dee, purposely priced so people can relax and enjoy wearing their purchase or gift. (Scarves range in price from $13 to $45 and they are 100% silk.) We want people to own our distinctive pieces. We want them to experience that special sense of individuality that comes with knowing no one else in the world has a piece exactly the same.

My silks are easy to care for – no drycleaning involved! Just rinse the scarf in the sink. The silk is preshrunk by the time my multi-step ice dyeing process is complete. (Yes! I do mean I use ice in the process to dye the silk.) Each scarf has a myriad of colors especially created just for that piece which also means each scarf can go with a huge variety of clothing options. Scarf sizes range from 8” x 54” to 22” x 72” to 11” x 90” and everything in between (!) for this event, though even larger pieces are in the works. There will be over 50 scarves to choose from, not to mention hundreds of Barb’s earrings. Silk types available for the sale range from 8 mm Habotai to Crepe de Chine to Satin to Charmeuse to Chiffon. Heavier weights of silk cost a little more.

114jane-madden2

114erring-lady2

Barb is going to have light refreshments available those two days. She’s breaking out the wine a little later in the day. I hear that Atlas Chocolates from Hartsville will also be on hand with their distinctive products.

If you’ve never seen our items first-hand before, feel free to stop in and just browse to get a sense of what hand-made in the Pee Dee can be. And, if you’re not shopping for your special Valentine’s Day gift at our event, please visit one of the other local retailers who specialize in unique pieces that support the local economy. I would like to recommend to you the Lynda English Gallery on 2nd Loop Road, the Art Trail Gallery at the corner of Irby and West Evans, Harvest Moon Soapworks across the street from the Art Trail Gallery, Jim Gleason & Old World Music for special lamps, music boxes, and sculptures out of musical instruments (3201 Pamplico Hwy), and Humble from the Earth products on Cashua.

To see Barb’s earrings, check out her website at (http://www.glassearringlady.com/). To get a sense of the pieces I will have available, go to (https://plus.google.com/photos/+JaneMadden/albums/5974405653801673601).
Pieces can also be ordered via e-mail, Facebook, or over the phone. Scarves are numbered in the photos.

For further info e-mail to (janemadden@bellsouth.net), call 843/601-8493 or visit Facebook and search for Jane Madden.

SC Sculptor, Alex Palkovich, Wins the 80th Annual National Sculpture Society Exhibition’s People’s Choice Award

November 4, 2013

brookgreenlogo

Alex Palkovich, the single representative from SC in the National Sculpture Society (NSS) which represents the top 200 sculptors of the nation, won the NSS People’s choice award for his work “On the Way to the Market”. At the ceremony held at Brookgreen Gardens, in Pawleys Island, SC, the judges congratulated Palkovich on winning on a very competitive year in which every sculpture in the exhibition received at least one nomination for the award.

1113alex-palkovich2

Palkovich lives in Florence, SC. He was born in Russia, and emigrated to Israel and to the UK before moving to USA in 1998. He was the Global Manager of MRI operations at GE, and before that the Managing Director of Elscint Chriomagnetics in the UK. Six years ago Palkovich retired and chose to remain in Florence, and pursue his first love, sculpting. Since that time he has been involved in helping revitalize downtown Florence, and provided commissioned pieces for Florence Veterans’ Park. Performing Arts Center, Library, NC University, Lake City Village Green, the Francis Marion Memorial at historical landmark Venter’s Landing in Johnsonville, SC, and many more.

An exhibit featuring several of Palkovich’s recent works, including the award-winning piece “On the Way to the Market”, is showing at Francis Marion University’s Hyman Fine Arts Center until Nov. 7, 2013. Palkovich is currently refurbishing a new studio space in downtown Florence that will also feature a small gallery space. Until then his studio is located at the back of the Art Trail Gallery, on the corner of Evens and Irby in Florence.

For more information about the artist and images of his work, please see (www.alexpalkovich.com), or contact him by e-mail at (alex@alexpalkovich.com).

Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, Will Present the Florence Comic-Con – Sept. 15, 2013

September 10, 2013

Florence-comiccon-logo

The Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, will present the Florence Comic-Con, on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, from 10am-6pm. The event is brought to you by Legends Comics and Nuklear Comix.

ARTISTS ALLEY:
MICHAEL ODOM ( THE HOLIDAY WARS)
GABRIEL DUNSTON (PURGATORY PUB)
ERAKLIS PETMEZAS (THE LAST CIGARETTE)
CHRIS MCJUNKIN (ZERO’S HEROES)
CHRIS FLOYD (BABES AND BRUISERS)
LYLE POLLARD (THE DEAD DON’T SLEEP)
CRYSTAL HICKS (STRANGE TEA PARTY)
DESI CONRAD (ART BY DESI)
JOHN RIGGINS (CANNON CANVAS COMICS)
BRENDA KONITZER (GATES OF O’BRILLIN)
ERNIE SUGGS

VENDORS:
NUKLEAR COMIX
HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND
HEROES AND DRAGONS
DAVE’S COMICS
MIKE’S COMICS
STRONGHOLD GAMING
SEVEN SENSE LTD
GAMESTOP (WITH NINTENDO AND SONY (PENDING) REPS

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS:
THE SCA OF MISTY MARSH RENAISSANCE GROUP
THE 501ST LEGION
THE PEE DEE GHOSTBUSTERS
THE 1960’S T.V. SHOW BATMOBILE (PENDING)

PLUS:
COSTUME CONTEST
QUICK DRAW CONTEST
FACE PAINTING

QUICK DRAW CONTEST:
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GIVEN A # 2 PENCIL, A BRISTOL BOARD AND 20 MINUTES TO DRAW WHATEVER YOU WANT(KEEP IT TASTEFUL). AFTER 20 MINUTES 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN IN THREE AGE GROUPS: 0-10, 11-15, AND 16-99. 1ST PRIZE IN EACH CATEGORY WILL BE A 1ST PLACE RIBBON AND A $20.00 HOBBY LOBBY GIFT CARD. 2ND PRIZE IN EACH CATEGORY WILL BE A 2ND PLACE PLACE RIBBON AND A $15.00 HOBBY LOBBY GIFT CARD. 3RD PRIZE IN EACH CATEGORY WILL BE A 3RD PLACE RIBBON AND A $10.00 HOBBY LOBBY GIFT CARD.

CONCESSIONS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE!

KIDS 18 AND UNDER: BRING YOUR BEST SUPER HERO DRAWING OR PAINTING TO THE GALLERY SEPT. 12, 13 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM OR SATURDAY SEPT. 14 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM TO HAVE IT DISPLAYED AT THE GALLERY DURING COMIC CON !!

Art Trail Gallery is located at 185 W. Evans Street in downtown Florence, SC.

Admission: $5 per person, children 12 and under free

For info about the gallery visit (www.art-trail-gallery.com).

Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, Calls for Entries for the Pee Dee Artist Guild Member Exhibit “Sand in My Shoes” – Deadline June 15, 2013

June 10, 2013

arttrail-logo

The Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, is calling for entries for the Pee Dee Artist Guild (PDAG) member exhibit “Sand in My Shoes”, which will be on view from June 25 – July 27, 2013. A reception will be held on June 28, from 4:30-8pm.

613atg-sand-in-my-shoes

•         Members of the PDAG can enter up to three pieces of beach themed artwork.

•        If maximum size: 24” x 36” (including frame) it is considered as two pieces.

•        Due to space limitations, other must be smaller.

•         All work must be original, created within the last two years.

•         Only one of the submitted artworks may have been previously shown at the Gallery.

•         Two labels are required: one for the back of the work and one to be put on the wall beside the art.

•         Each label must include: artist’s name, ATG Vendor #, artwork title, medium, and price (or NFS).

•         The Gallery’s commission is 20%, so price work accordingly.

•         No substitutions for art work may be made after the last day of registration, June 15th, 2013.

•         Each PDAG member, who has work hanging, can have up to ten prints available for purchase.

•         Prints must be brought in when artwork is entered.

•         Prints must fit in print racks and have backing, mats if appropriate, and plastic sleeves.

•         Label on print must include artist’s name, ATG Vendor #, artwork title, medium, and price.

•         Please use a consistent format, using a business card size label.

•         All other information included in the ATG website pertains to this exhibition.

REGISTRATION:

Artists must complete registration/participation form by  Saturday,  June 15th,  5pm.

Fill in the Participation Form online in ADVANCE of bringing your work to the Gallery.

Registration must include information included on the label requested above.

This will be on the new participation form.

Go to: (http://art-trail-gallery.com)

Complete Participation Form. Prefer this be done online!
Complete Hold Blameless Form. Bring this signed form with you.

ARTWORK SUBMISSION DATES:
Friday, June 21: 12 noon – 6 PM
Saturday, June 22: 12 noon– 5 PM.

ARTWORK PICK UP:
Saturday, July 27th. 12 noon – 5 PM;
Sunday, July  28th 1 PM – 5 PM.

Please volunteer assistance during the exhibition. Put this information on the Participation Form.

The Art Trail Gallery is open: Wednesday – 11am-6pm; Thursday – 11am-3pm; Friday – 11am-6pm; and Saturday – 11am-3pm.

The Art Trail Gallery is located at 185 West Evans Street in Florence, SC.

Website: (http://www.art-trail-gallery.com).

Facebook: Art Trail Gallery – group page and business page

This project is all-volunteer and associated with the Florence Downtown Development  Corporation.

National Sculpture Society Selects Work by Alex Palkovich for Its 80th Annual Exhibition

April 20, 2013

413alex-palkovich-On-The-Way-To-Market,-Version-1

“On the Way to the Market”, the latest work by Florence, SC, sculptor and elected member of the National Sculpture Society (NSS), Alex Palkovich, has been selected for inclusion in the NSS’s 80th Annual Exhibition. This is the second year running that Palkovich has been one of the few chosen from among best sculptors in the nation to participate in this prestigious event.

The honor is made doubly special for the Pee Dee since Palkovich is the only elected member of the Society to hail from South Carolina. The sculpture depicts a Gullah lady carrying her wares on her head in a traditional basket and is cast in bronze.

The NSS is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States. Founded in 1893, its purpose is to “spread the knowledge of good sculpture.” The Society is marking its special anniversary with showings in two locations – the Tampa Museum of Art ( May 18 – July 27) and Brookgreen Gardens (August 17 -27).  The good news is that you do not have to go all the way to Tampa to view the piece. The piece can be seen at the Ronald E. McNair Life History Museum as part of the biggest art competition in the Southeast, ArtFields festival in Lake City (April 19-28), and will also be showing at Summerville, SC’s Sculpture in the South (May 18th and 19). Palkovich’s work can also be viewed, throughout the year, at the Art Trail Gallery in Florence.

413alex-palkovich-francis-marion
Alex Palkovich working on his sculpture of Francis Marion

In further news, Palkovich will be unveiling his largest work to date, a giant sculpture of Francis Marion, at 1pm on May 18, 2013, at Venter’s Landing in Johnsonville, SC.

For further info visit (http://alexpalkovich.com/).

Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, is Calling for Artists to Participate in Arts International Festival – Deadline is Mar. 1, 2013

January 29, 2013

francismarionunivlogo

Applications from local artists are being sought for the eighth annual Art Show to be held during Arts International on Saturday, April 20, on the Francis Marion University campus in Florence, SC.

The festival will be held from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free and open to the public. This one-day art exhibition sales event is designed to promote the quality of diverse artisans residing in the region. In addition to booths displaying items for sale, several sites will have artisans demonstrating their skills. The art show will be juried, with artisan awards of $600, $300 and $150 awarded to first, second and third places, respectively.

Area artists are invited to participate. There is an application/jury fee of $75 ($65 for Florence County residents).

The application deadline is Mar. 1, 2013.

For more information contact Kathy Johnson at the FMU Office of Public and Community Affairs at 843/661-1225, or visit (www.fmarion.edu/news/artsinternational).

A Note to Our Friends in Florence, SC – We Still Care About What’s Going on There

January 2, 2013

arttrail-logo

Editor’s Note: The Art Trail Gallery has been going through a time of transition. One of location and another of leadership. Nobody hates change more than me, but I know how tough it can be. During this transition we have seemed to be cut off from direct communications as to what’s going on there. I’m sure those connections will get fixed, but I want you to know we still want to hear what going on there – in a timely fashion and our readers do too.

Here’s some news I got from Pee Dee Arts, my steady connection to what’s going on in the Pee Dee area of SC.

The Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, offers many different exhibits throughout the year along with the Chamber Music Concert Series.

January 4 through the 18, 2013, the Art Trail Gallery will feature the photography of KT Patel. Patel’s exhibit features a beautiful pictorial essay of his pilgrimage to his Holy Land. In addition to Patel’s work, many of the Art Trail Artists will be showing their favorite works in 2D and 3D.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 3pm, Friday from 11am to 6pm and Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

The Art Trail Gallery is now located at 185 West Evans Street in downtown Florence. Just around the block from the old location.

Contact us by phone at 843/673-0729, by e-mail at (atg@art-trail-gallery.com), online at (www.art-trail-gallery.com) or on Facebook.

Two Exciting Opportunities for Artists and Artisans at Art Trail Gallery in Florence, NC

October 19, 2012

November sees the Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC, moving around the corner to the former Bo Smith Building at 185 West Evans. As part of the kick-off for gallery events, artists are being offered the opportunity to take part in two exhibit/sales events.

The Holiday Show 2012 will give artists a chance to sell or exhibit their creative endeavors for November and December. There is no fee to participate and all types of works are welcome. The intent is to make the gallery a major focal point in the region for unique gift items. There will be extended shopping hours, including Saturdays, to attract shoppers to the Downtown. In fact, the 100 block of West Evans will have the largest concentration of hand-made products and art in all of Florence with the combination of the Art Trail Gallery, Railroad Junction Gallery, and Harvest Moon Soapworks. Sign-up to participate in the Holiday Show at the Art Trail Gallery website: (www.art-trail-gallery.com). The Holiday Show 2012 officially kicks off Friday, November 9 with a reception from 5:30-8pm.

Artists currently exhibiting in the “Moments of Inspiration” show and those signed-up to take part in the Holiday Show 2012 have an additional opportunity to be part of the “Meet the Artist” event at the gallery’s new location on Saturday, November 3rd during the Pecan Festival. That day, from 10am to 5pm, artists will be set-up inside the gallery selling their works and/or demonstrating techniques. This is a chance for festival attendees to purchase pieces and become familiar with the multi-talented artists of the region. Participation in the “Meet the Artist” event is optional for artists involved in the other exhibits at the Gallery. For more information or to sign-up, contact Gaye Ham by e-mail at (Lghwk@aol.com) or call at 843/687-2760.

The “Moments of Inspiration” show continues at the Art Trail Gallery at the 135 S. Dargan Street location during the remainder of October. “Affordably Unique!” will take place Friday, October 26 from 5:30-8pm in conjunction with the Florence After Five event. Eileen Stempel, soprano, will be the performer for this month’s Chamber Music Concert, Sunday, October 28 at 5pm. Tickets are $10, include the performance and the reception to follow, and are available at the door.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 557 other followers