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One-Night-Only Exhibit and Reception Honors North Charleston (SC) History Mural Designer James Christopher Hill – Oct. 9, 2014

September 30, 2014

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to host a one-night-only exhibition and artist reception in recognition of graphic and fine artist James Christopher Hill on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, from 5-7pm. The free, public event will take place on the third floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston, SC.

In 2013, James Christopher Hill was awarded a commission by the City of North Charleston to design a large outdoor public mural highlighting the City’s history, from colonial times to the present. Plans to install Hill’s 140-foot by 40-foot mural design on an elevated tank near the City’s Olde Village were halted, but officials moved forward with commissioning the artwork. A large canvas giclée print of Hill’s creation currently hangs in the Executive Department offices at City Hall. The design, which includes renderings of maps, prominent historical figures, significant landmarks, and symbols of industry that are pertinent to the history and development of North Charleston, will be displayed as a public mural once an appropriate location is determined. For now, the public may view the design, along with some of Hill’s preliminary sketches and research, at the October 9 exhibit. The artist will also display a number of his fine art oil paintings.

James Christopher Hill is no stranger to producing public art pieces. His hand painted murals can be seen locally on the Planet Follywood restaurant on Folly Beach, at Cypress Gardens, and in the Mellow Mushroom restaurant located in downtown Charleston, SC. He is perhaps better known for his oil painted landscapes and skyscapes executed in traditional American realism and contemporary romanticism style, as well as illustrative works in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Gothic/Horror genres. His talent with a paintbrush translates seamlessly into his skills as a graphic artist, as demonstrated by his City History mural design, which he digitally painted using computer software.

Hill received formal training at the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Animation in 1998.  His senior animation thesis brought Ringling College their first OSCAR for Best Student Computer Animation from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Science.  Over the last 16 years, his award-winning original works have been collected extensively by private and commercial clients both locally and in various countries throughout the world, including Japan, Russia, China, Germany, France, Spain, India and many more.

For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (northcharleston.org).

Artists in all Disciplines Sought for 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival – Deadline Dec. 5, 2014

September 30, 2014

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The City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply. Artists have the option to submit a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held May 2 and 3 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex.

Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Judged Art Competitions. The 2015 Artist Application will be available for download from (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply) beginning Oct. 1, 2014. There is no fee to apply and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals.

The deadline for submission of applications is 5pm on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

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The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing over 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions and activities in all arts disciplines.  The Main Event Weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and  Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Festival continues with 65+ events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations.  An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children’s activities and fireworks over the Cooper River.

Past applicants to the North Charleston Arts Festival may notice that the application timeline for 2015 has been changed from previous years. The deadline is now one month earlier and booking notifications are set to be distributed in mid-January of 2015, rather than early February. “The number of applications we receive each year continues to increase, as does the quality and complexity of the proposals,” says Marty Besancon, Cultural Arts Director for the City of North Charleston. “The adjusted application schedule will give our office more time to process and review the increasing number of applications and also allows us to notify applicants of our selections sooner, which will give artists more time to plan and produce their work for the festival in May,” she explains.

In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing artists may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for over ten years.  The Processional is typically led by African drummers and dancers and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups. The Opening Processional application will be available for download from (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply) beginning Oct. 1, 2014, with submissions due by 5pm on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com), or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

Visual Art Exhibition Opportunities Offered in North Charleston, SC, Accepting Applications for North Charleston City Gallery, City Hall, and other City Sites

September 16, 2014

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department offers exhibition opportunities for serious visual artists, photographers, fine craft artisans, sculptors, and installation artists. Applications are now being accepted from individuals and groups to display original works at the North Charleston City Gallery, North Charleston City Hall, and other public sites for the July 2015 through June 2016 program calendar. There is no fee to apply. Selections are made by a Review Panel appointed by the department. Artists have the option to apply online at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdpartment.slideroom.com) or submit a physical application, which is available for download from the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website, (northcharleston.org). Applications must be electronically submitted or postmarked by Nov. 30, 2014, in order to be considered.

The North Charleston City Gallery, located in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach thousands of local patrons and out-of-state visitors to the multi-use facility.  Exhibits are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently.  This exhibition opportunity is open to visual artists and artist groups creating two dimensional works or three dimensional works suited to hang on display rods provided. Pedestal and freestanding pieces cannot be accommodated in the venue. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission is free. The gallery desk is managed by a Cultural Arts staff member on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the express purpose of promoting the exhibit and the sale of artwork, prints, note cards, and gift items.

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North Charleston City Gallery Exhibit – works by MaryAnn Goodhue

As a civic venue, North Charleston City Hall allows for great visibility among residents and visitors. In addition to showcasing the City’s Public Art Collection along the atrium areas of three floors, the building is equipped to display two dimensional works as well as pedestal or free standing pieces in an enclave on the second floor. Exhibits in this space are rotated on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and may be viewed by the public daily with no admission fee. Cultural Arts staff maintains offices on the same floor of the exhibit space and are available to assist visitors.

In addition to the City Gallery and City Hall, other indoor and outdoor display spaces are available throughout North Charleston.  Applicants can propose a location or may contact the Cultural Arts Department to discuss possible exhibition or installation sites. Options will be reviewed with the artist prior to distribution of acceptance notifications.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities, or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website (northcharleston.org), e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New 2014/2015 Artist-in-Residence, Alexandra Roberts

August 31, 2014

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of mixed media artist Alexandra Roberts as Artist-in-Residence for 2014/15. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to senior groups, public schools, group homes, and various other groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC. Roberts will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages.

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Work by Alexandra Roberts

Born in Virginia, Alexandra Roberts moved to South Carolina as a young child. Visual art has always been a major part of her life; participating in various art clubs and advanced art programs throughout her early education. As a high school junior, she was accepted into the prestigious Governors School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Roberts graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in Fine Arts in 2006 and immediately went on to pursue the career she is most passionate about, community arts, by obtaining an MA in Community Arts in 2007. Through MICA’s Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program she had the opportunity to teach art and promote community involvement to young people in the Better Waverly Community located in Baltimore, MD.

Currently, Roberts is a freelance artist and art instructor with the Casey Community Center in Goose Creek, SC. She is also a teaching artist with the City of North Charleston’s After School Arts Enrichment Program and served as the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival’s resident artist to create a sculpture with students at the Persephone Moultrie Community Center. Roberts enjoys sharing her passion for art with students of all ages and her classes consist of working with a variety of materials, such as various papers, paint, ink, and much more. Roberts’s art is an exploration of media culminating in a symphony of color and texture, with much of her work inspired by personal experiences, observations in society, and her work as a community artist. Being an artist is an ever evolving process and recently she has been creating art on wood, as well as working with various textiles.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Roberts’s work throughout January 2015. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the Artist-in-Residence by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2015.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s Artist-in-Residence program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Offers Student Exit Portfolio Show – July 24, 2014

July 17, 2014

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The members of the graduating class cordially invite you to their Summer Exit Portfolio Show on July 24, 2014, from 5:30-7:30pm, in the Trident Technical College’s College Center, building 920, 700 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, SC.

The evening showcases student work from all Film, Media and Visual Arts majors including certificate programs. Faculty will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Please show your support for these talented individuals by helping them celebrate the triumphant end of their visual arts studies and the beginning of new adventures.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please visit (www.tridenttech.edu/create.htm) for more information.

City of North Charleston (SC) is Seeking New Artist-in-Residence – Deadline July 9, 2014

June 12, 2014

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Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence. The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2014/15.

The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations to public schools, recreation facilities, and community groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time position by Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

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City of North Charleston’s 2013/14 Artist-in-Residence, Charlynn M. Knight, demonstrating watercolor techniques to a group of young artists

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the Artist-in-Residence will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2014/15 school year. Additional workshops will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. In addition, the Artist-in-Residence has the option to present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout January 2015. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Festival in May.

Rate of pay for this part-time position is $20 an hour for up to 300 hours. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV by 5pm on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Application materials may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) or mailed to the attention of Nancy Rodriguez at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org) or call 843/740-5854.

City of North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”

May 20, 2014

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Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “9th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Eleven out of 75 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. Once installed at the exhibition site, Thomas then made his selections for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions.

“It is an honor to participate in this year’s ‘National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition’ in North Charleston. The natural beauty of Riverfront Park offers the ideal setting for each of these remarkable sculptures.” Thomas stated. He continued, “I have long been a proponent of art outside the confines of museum and gallery walls. In recent years, I have participated in initiatives to acquire sculptures by world-renowned artists for college campuses in North Carolina and served as Chair of Charlotte’s Public Art Commission. Through these experiences, I have gained a deep appreciation for how these very public interventions of art activate natural and built environments, as well as our relationship to them. Furthermore, sculpture in public spaces can also serve to intrigue those who may be considered excluded from the world of art. By virtue of its placement, art in public spaces serves as ambassador, possessing the potential to break down perceived barriers of exclusivity and unlock a lifetime of creative thought and inquiry.”

The eleven sculptures selected for exhibition are by eleven artists from seven states. Congratulations to the winners of the “2014/15 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”:

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Work by Jordan Krutsch

“An Ode to Architectural Form” (painted steel) by Jordan Krutsch – Greenville, NC (Best in Show)

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Work by Kevin Eichner

“Duet” (reclaimed steel) by Kevin Eichner – Hilton Head Island, SC (Outstanding Merit)

“Cloud Rain” (steel) by Jeffie Brewer – Nacogdoches, TX (Honorable Mention)

“Slice of Heaven” (concrete & limestone) by Craig Gray – Key West, FL (Honorable Mention)

“Summit” (granite, glass, stainless steel) by Antoinette Priene Schultze – Eliot, ME (Honorable Mention)

“PC Column” (powder coated steel) by Carl Billingsley – Ayden, NC

“Dancer” (stainless steel) by Bob Doster – Lancaster, SC

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Work by Gary Gresko

“Tumbling Towards the Sun” (steel) by Gary Gresko – Oriental, NC

“Growth & Direction” (forged & fabricated steel/perforated steel) by Corrina Sephora Mensoff – Atlanta, GA

“Foreversphere” (polyethylene) by Matthew Newman – Damascus, VA

“The Dance” (cor-ten steel) by Davis Whitfield, IV – Sylva, NC

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free. The “2014/15 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 24, 2015.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2015/16 Competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). For more information and to view photographs of the sculpture exhibition, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “2014 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 14, 2014

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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “13th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented May 2-10, 2014, as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 50 applicants were asked to participate out of the 97 entries submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Alfred D. Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. After making his selections, Ward stated, “It is so gratifying to observe the expansion and growth of contemporary craft in this exhibition, based as it is, on the strong traditions of fine art crafts in South Carolina. I congratulate the participants on an exceptionally strong body of work submitted for the 2014 show.” He continued, “Due to the excellent level of works submitted, I found it most challenging to decide on the prizes, awards, and pieces for the Traveling Exhibition. As ever, I carefully considered and evaluated each piece on the basis of creativity, innovation, material qualities, and craftsmanship. In addition, it’s always encouraging to observe risk taking and evidence of creative thinking in new materials.”

After awarding ribbons, Ward also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2014/2015 Traveling Exhibitions Program. “My intention for the traveling show was to provide an exhibition that evenly divided into a good representation of all major media and also provide the public with some indication of the diversity of South Carolina crafts.” Ward said. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the “2014 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”:

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“SC State Bird” by Matt Wilson

Best of Show – “SC State Bird” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

Outstanding Merit – “Ice Trees in Repose” (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC) and “Large Stained Glass XLIII” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

Honorable Mention
“Sea Sign” (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
“Gambian Dancers” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Nest and Eggs” (Mixed Media) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
“Frankie’s Got the Blues” (Mixed Media) by Georgette Willis Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
“Vortex” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Low on the Hog & Chitlin Cleaning Funnel” (Metal) by Logan Woodall (Conway, SC)
“Summer Wind” (Metal) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
“Hidden” (Metal) by Michael DuBois (Ladson, SC)
“Vessel No. 357″ (Mixed Media) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Rusted Rodent” (Metal) by Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Can of Corn” (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
“Peaceful Peacock” (Glass) by Kris Manning (Charleston, SC)
“Koi Pond” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Open Segment Bowl” (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
“Gingko Vase” (Clay) by Janet Webster Rogers (Summerville, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
“Gambian Dancers” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Volume Nine – Hobbies & Irrigation” (Mixed Media) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Carolina Crow” (Mixed Media) by Margaret Bass (Eastover, SC)
“Garden Journal” (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Lexington, SC)
“Open Space Vase” (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
“Frankie’s Got the Blues” (Mixed Media) by Georgette Willis Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
“01050” (Metal) by Katie Poterela (Greenville, SC)
“Open Segment Bowl” (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
“Piece by Piece” (Fiber) by Mary Jefferson (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Ice Trees in Repose” (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC)
“Vessel No. 357″ (Mixed Media) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Can of Corn” (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
“Emptiness I” (Fiber) by Kris Westerson (Charleston, SC)
“Tool Box” (Wood) by Logan Woodall (Conway, SC)
“Nest and Eggs” (Mixed Media) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
“Birds of a Feather” (Glass) by Keller Lee (North Charleston, SC)
“Modern Dancer” (Metal) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
“Rusted Rodent” (Metal) by Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“SC State Bird” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
“Pole Vaulter” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
“House: Reclaimed by Nature Circa 86AD” (Clay) by Holly Benton (Charleston, SC)
“Sea Sign” (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
“Tundra” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Vortex” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)

For more information about the “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art and Photography Competition Winners Announced

May 14, 2014

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Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state and beyond were invited to participate in the 2014 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, in North Charleston, SC, and presented May 2-10, 2014, as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival. A total of 234 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $2,975 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Tiffany Reed Silverman, Director of the Fine Arts program at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

A total of 150 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color or monochrome.  Cash awards totaling $1,450 were awarded by a panel of three judges using the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Each judge evaluated entries as a whole, considering the areas of impact, composition, and technique.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three fine art pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

Best in Show – Fine Art - “Let You Go” (mixed media) by Brandi Butcher (North Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards - “Evening Skies” (oil) by Sandra Booker (Mt. Pleasant, SC); “Labor of Love” (watercolor) by Lynda Lawrence (Ladson, SC); and “Doggy Bag” (watercolor) by Charlotte L. Holman (Ridgeville, SC)

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“Labor of Love” by Lynda Lawrence (2nd Place in watercolor and North Charleston Purchase Award winner)

Fine Art – Acrylic
1st Place – “Rockville Regatta” by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
2nd place – “Infinite Nature” by Abby Smith Clark (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – “Gate Study IV” by Cameron Bantz (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “The Red Cliff” by Susanne Frenzel (Mt. Pleasant)
Honorable Mention – “Creation” by Pedro Rodriguez (Hanahan, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Woosh” by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Settle” by Judy McSween (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Welcome Back Berlin” by Desiree Langston (Summerville, SC)

Fine Art – Oil
1st Place – “The Red Scarf” by Jean Spencer (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “On the Prowl” by Sherri Bardsley (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – “Yellow Eyes” by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Roots” by KTC/Karole Turner Campbell (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sultry Days” by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Cityscape” by Charles Parnelle (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel
1st place – “Plume Crazy” by Elliott West (Bonneau, SC)
2nd Place – “The Market” by Blaine Tailer-Kimball-Dixon (Folly Beach, SC)
3rd Place – “Waiting” by Jane Hart (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “The Virginian” by Paige Duvall (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Only Florence” by Christopher Kyle (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Heart Tree of Life” by Willis Sanders (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “German Shepherd” by Amanda Rose (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Lexi” by Susan Scampini (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Kayak” by Mary Brigman (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor
1st Place – “Bucket of Chicken” by Charlotte L. Holman (Ridgeville, SC)
2nd Place – “Labor of Love” by Lynda Lawrence (Ladson, SC)
3rd Place – “The Breakings of Surrender” by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Chasing Tail” by Pamela Corwin (Ladson, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media
1st Place – “Pollination” by Mary Catherine Peeples (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Medicine Woman” by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
3rd Place – “Rhythm of Life” by Sharon Robertson (Washington, DC)
Honorable Mention – “God is Ever Present” by Latasha Hollins (Charleston, SC)

Professional Photography – Color
1st Place – “Indian Ocean Moonrise” by Vanessa Kauffmann (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Reflecting on the Day” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Philip Simmons Heart Gates” by Vanessa Kauffmann (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Dreamscape” by Donnie Smith (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Granddaddy’s Pipe” by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – “Wisdom” by Nese O. Zinn (North Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Owls Head Lighthouse” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Bare Bones” by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Winds of Change” by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Battle of Gettysburg” by Nadine Todd (Ladson, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color
1st Place – “Two Colors” by Andy Reilly (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – “Middleton Grist Mill” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Three Amigos” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Lake Sunset” by Andy Reilly (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “A River Runs Through It” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – “Cold As Ice” by Andy Reilly (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – “Rustic Memories” by Pamela Corwin (Ladson, SC)
3rd Place – “Locked Up” by Michelle Messing (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Waiting for the Roar” by Matt Krausmann (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “The View From Below” by Mark S. Moore (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or the Arts & Culture section of (www.northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Festival, visit (http://northcharlestonartsfest.com/).

2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Gala Set for May 2, 2014, in North Charleston, SC

April 10, 2014

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The spring festival season is in full swing and the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival is just around the corner. In honor of the annual event, the City of North Charleston invites the public to don their Lowcountry best and head to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Entrance Hall on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 7-11pm for the Sweetgrass Soirée, a gala celebration, featuring cocktails, dinner, and dancing with a Lowcountry flair. Tickets for the premier event are $50 and can be purchased by calling Sheri Pearson at 843/740-2538.

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2014 Arts Festival design image – Gullah Islander Toss by Amiri Gueka Farris

The soirée begins with a steel drum serenade compliments of Charleston’s most prominent steel drum band, The Island Trio. While enjoying a menu of Lowcountry favorites and the evening’s signature cocktail, the Sweetgrass Sipper, patrons will have an opportunity to meet this year’s Arts Festival design artist, Amiri Gueka Farris. Farris will be auctioning off an original piece and signing posters featuring his winning design, “Gullah Islander Toss”. Entertainment during dinner service includes a lively performance by Adande African Drum & Dance Company and a shoe tapping, hand clapping program full of traditional Gullah songs, spirituals, and gospel tunes by renowned a cappella singing group, The Plantation Singers. Following the performances, guests can dance the night away to music by Plane Jane. The band is built to keep the crowd on its feet with an extensive catalog of exciting hits from the sixties to the present. The evening’s line-up is sure to entertain and makes for an exciting kick off to the nine days of arts and cultural programs and activities offered during the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10.

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Photograph from 2013 Festival Gala – photo credit: Ryan Johnson

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center Entrance Hall is located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Ticket price includes parking. The Sweetgrass Soirée is co-sponsored by “North Charleston Magazine”.

For more information about the event or the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, including the full schedule of events, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).


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