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

June 30, 2014

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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 (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Photography Competition Winners

June 20, 2014

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The winners of the Arts Council of York County’s “10th Annual Photography” and “5th Annual Youth Photography Competitions” were announced and presented Thursday, June 19, 2014, at a public reception at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC.

Byron Baldwin, a professional photographer and photography instructor, and founding member of The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, selected 35 works out of 68 entries from 7 cities and 2 states to be displayed in the “Photography Competition” exhibit in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “10th Annual Photography Competition” are:

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“10th Annual Photography Competition” 1st Steve Moore – “Christopher Street Station”

1st Place: “Christopher Street Station” by Steve Moore

2nd Place: “Caleb” by Lauren Copley

3rd Place: “Abandoned” by Peter Krenn

Honorable Mention: “Lonely Diners” by Mark Stewart

Baldwin also selected 70 photos to be displayed in the Youth Photography exhibit in the Lewandowski Classroom Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The awards in the “5th Annual Youth Photography Competition” have been generously sponsored by Alf Ward, with an additional merit award presented to the first place winner donated by Marcia Kort Buike. The recipients of the “5th Annual Youth Photography Competition” are:

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“5th Annual Youth Photography Competition” 1st – Caleb Flachman – “Going Home”

1st Place: “Going Home” by Caleb Flachman

2nd Place: “So Far Away…” by Victoria Shackelford

3rd Place: “Contact” by Sally Frost

Honorable Mention: “Let the Bedbugs Bite” by Sean Breitkreutz

Honorable Mention: “Alleyway” by Nathan Flachman

Honorable Mention: “Kickin’ It Old School” by Victoria Shackelford

Both exhibits are on view through July 27, 2014, at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St, Rock Hill. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; 2nd & 4th Saturday, 10am-2pm; and 2nd & 4th Sunday from 2pm-4pm.

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the 10th Annual Photography Competition.

For more information on the “Annual Photography Competition”, the “Youth Photography Competition” or other Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787 or e-mail to (arts@yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offers 2014 Annual Celebration June 12, 2014

June 7, 2014

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The public and Arts Council members are cordially invited to attend the Arts Council of York County’s 35th Annual Arts Celebration on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Community Performance Center, 249 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC, beginning at 6pm.

The evening will include highlights from the past year, along with presentations of the Long Family Scholarship, awarded to a student from York County who has been selected to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School Summer Program, the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, and the Business & the Arts Award. New board members will be announced, and outgoing board members will be recognized during the night as well. Winthrop University’s own, Dr. L. H. Dickert, Ron Parks – Small Grant recipient, and saxophonist Tracy Patterson are scheduled to perform a few jazz favorites, and Small Grant recipient, JP Karner, is exhibiting a collection of his works in the Williams & Fudge Gallery. Find out more about the Ag + Art Tour when Ben Boyles shares the latest news, and Karen Collins, director of the Underexposed Film Festival yc, discusses the growth of the festival over the course of its first two years.

Please join us for a reception immediately following the program, featuring light hors d’oeuvres, provided by Thi’s on Main.

Please reserve your tickets on the Arts Council’s website, (yorkcountyarts.org) by Monday, June 9, 2014 at 5pm.

For further information about the Ag + Art Tour, go to (www.catawbaagandarttour.com). For more information about the awards or how to show your support for the arts, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787 or e-mail to (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit the Arts Council’s webpage at (yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offers Arts Talk Luncheon Which Celebrates the Art and Agriculture of York County, SC – June 18, 2014

June 5, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County kicks off the York County 2014 Ag + Art Tour with an Arts Talk Luncheon on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. Ag + Art Tour, scheduled for June 21-22 is a free, self-guided tour of South Carolina’s Catawba Region’s Farms featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. This weekend-long tour expands to 4 counties this year and brings another layer of tourism to the region.

The kick off luncheon features two guest speakers: Martha File, founder of and lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, speaking about and the National Barn Trail Program and Lindsay Stuber, Programs Manager of The White Home in Rock Hill, sharing a presentation on Victory Gardens and their impact on the White family during World War I and World War II.

Luncheon tickets ($15) include a box lunch, beverage and dessert. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 803/328-2787. Please RSVP by Friday, June 13. Immediately following the luncheon, Martha File will conduct a hands-on Quilt-block Workshop from 1 – 4pm in the Courtroom. Admission to the workshop is $15. Please RSVP by Friday, June 13. Advance payment is required. All workshop materials will be furnished. Please bring a cover-up apron for painting.

The quilt workshop will focus on the creation of two, new, permanent, 4’x4’ wooden quilt blocks. The workshop leader will provide instruction and guidance as participants paint the new blocks which will be installed at the Center for the Arts and at a participating farm-site on the Ag + Art Tour of York County.

Martha File holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. Born in Aiken, she spent most of her summers in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Throughout her career, File has assisted to develop and manage a wide spectrum of educational and service programs, spending much of her time focusing on educational tourism through the promotion of local artists and points of interest. She currently serves as the lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, and supports the development of the Barn Quilt Trail throughout South Carolina. The Arts Council of York County became a member of the Barn Quilt Trail two years ago after launching an effort to provide permanent wooden barn quilts to identify participating farms on the Ag + Art Tour. The goal is to build several quilts each year until all tour sites have been marked.

Lindsay Stuber, serves as archivist, collections manager, exhibit designer, and program specialist for The White Home. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and began working with Historic Rock Hill in January 2013, after working for the Charleston Museum.

The Arts Council received grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and from York Electric Co-operative to help fund the quilt project. Ag + Art Tour was developed in York County in 2011 by Clemson Extension of York County, the Arts Council of York County, the Olde English District Tourism Commission, the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Culture & Heritage Museums. Now occurring in York, Lancaster, Fairfield, and Chester Counties, the Ag + Art Tour, is a free, weekend-long, self-guided tour designed to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods, and traditional arts and music. York County’s tour is partially funded by the York County Hospitality Tax, AgSouth, Clemson University and Rock Hill Accommodations Tax.

For more information on the Ag + Art Tour, please visit (http://agandarttour.com/). For more information on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, visit (http://www.upstateheritagequilttrail.org/), and for more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail to (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Submissions for Small Arts Grants – Deadline Sept. 1, 2014

May 7, 2014

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Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools throughout York County, SC. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5pm on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves. Previous grant recipients include James Karner (artist), Michael Gentry (music), Friday Arts Project (arts group), York County Choral Society (music), Susan Sherlock (songwriting workshop and concert). A special round of grants were issued to Rock Hill Designs, Rock Hill Spaces (public art), Stephen Owen (artist), Beth Melton (artist), and the 5th Congressional District Art Exhibition (visual arts).

Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.  Applications for the Oct. – Dec. 2014 granting period are due by Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 at 5pm.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

Information and applications are available through the Arts Council at 803/328-2787, or on the Arts Council’s website at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of 5th Congressional District Art Competition

April 30, 2014

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The “33rd Annual Congressional Art Competition” for the Fifth Congressional District, hosted by the Honorable Mick Mulvaney, will be on display in the Perimeter Gallery at the Center for the Arts, in Rock Hill, SC, April 16 – May 2, 2014. The winners were announced on April 22, 2014:

1st Place: “Glimpse” by Christian Pellot of Fort Mill High School

2nd Place: “Kultuur” by Emily Beckley of Northwestern High School

3rd Place: “Wet Spoon” by Christian Pellot of Fort Mill High School

Honorable Mention: “Hiding Behind Illusions” by Karen Nicole Smith of Rock Hill High School

Honorable Mention: “Shokolad” by Yulia Tretiakova of Northwestern High School

Honorable Mention: “Contact” by Sally Frost of Fort Mill High School

Honorable Mention: “Tethered” by Madison Martin of Northwestern High School

Of the competition, Representative Mulvaney said, “We are very proud to be a part of this nationwide art competition, which provides members an excellent opportunity to showcase the talents of their creative high school constituents and acknowledge our nation’s gifted young artists.” Since its inception in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students from across the United States have participated. The winning piece of art from each congressional district will hang for an eleven-month period in the Cannon Tunnel, which leads to the US Capitol, and the artist will be eligible for scholarship opportunities from the Savannah College of Arts and Design.

On June 26, 2014, there is a celebratory reception in the Congressional Auditorium at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC, to honor the participants. Invitations are sent to each member of Congress and to each winning student plus their guest.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787 or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Small Grant Recipients – 4th Quarter 2013-2014

April 8, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is pleased to announce the allocation of Small Grants awards for the third quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences.

Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, SC may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.

Recipients include:

JAMES P. KARNER – $1,000

James P. Karner is an award-winning, nationally recognized fine art photographer based in North and South Carolina. Karner specializes in landscape photography with a focus on night imagery and light sculpting. His use of nature and light brings the pictures to life, inviting the viewer to join him on his journey, experiencing reality through his lens.

This Small Grant will be utilized to frame sixteen works of art that will be featured in an exhibit at the City Hall Rotunda Gallery from April 2 – 29, 2014.

MICHAEL GENTRY – $600

Michael Gentry has been cultivating an indie music scene in Old Town Rock Hill at the Gettys Art Center Courtroom for almost four years. The performances include local, regional and international acts ranging from acoustic folk rock to aggressive metal. The goal of the Concerts at the Courtroom is to create and sustain an edgy and innovative music and performing arts scene that brings a younger audience to the area while supporting local performers and touring acts.

In and around the Gettys Art Center, for the past three years, Gentry has been hosting a two-day music and arts festival that celebrates the spirit of summer with bicycling events, and local and regional music – the Don’t Sweat It Fest. The festival includes three blocks of music: Friday evening in the Courtoom, Saturday afternoon on the Gettys Art Center’s Loading Dock, and Saturday evening in the Courtroom. This festival brought more than 200 people to Old Town Rock Hill in 2013. The Small Grant will help fund the general costs of the Don’t Sweat It Fest, including police security, marketing, and administrative fees.

FRIDAY ARTS PROJECT – $420

The Friday Arts Project is a collective group of artists committed to pursuing truth, goodness and beauty with their work. The Friday Arts Project provides a forum for dialogue, which enables artists to inspire, engage, and create toward the renewal of hearts and culture. Through collaborative gatherings like A Place at the Table and Dazzle Gradually: The Allure of Poetic Truth-Bearing, exhibitions like Charms of the Night Sky and Two Truths by Jacob Olsen, and shared space, the Friday Arts Project aims to support and connect artists.

This Small Grant will help fund an “exploratory” summer artist-in-residency collaborative program. This weeklong program will host Ryann Cooley, Professor of Digital Media and Photography at Houghton College in New York. Cooley will spend his time working from the Gettys Art Center Courtroom and in Old Town Rock Hill. Should this exploratory program prove to be a success, the Friday Arts Project plans to create an annual summer residency program that will grow to include the participation from 4-8 undergrad art majors as well as local artists under the guidance of Ryann Cooley or other qualified professionals.

YORK COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY – $1,000

The York County Choral Society is an auditioned choral ensemble comprised of York County’s finest singers, and currently under the direction of Dr. Katherine Kinsey, Winthrop University, David Lowry and Shirley Fishburne formed the York County Choral Society in the 1981-82 season with the purpose of having a choral group that performs choral masterworks with the composers’ intended accompaniments. From the outset, the chorus numbered over 50 voices and it has continued to date with consistent strength.

This Small Grant will help fund the York County Choral Society’s 2014 Spring Concert. This concert is a collaborative work between personnel from the Choral Society, students and faculty from Winthrop University’s School of Music, and several professional orchestra players from the area. The combined group will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona ‘Nobis Pacem and several shorter works at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Winthrop University’s Byrnes Auditorium.

YORK COUNTY PREPARATORY ACADEMY – $232

York Preparatory Academy is a public charter school operating in Rock Hill, SC, and serves 1,300 students in grades K-11. This Small Grant will be used to help purchase sound equipment, including headset microphones for the Choral Department. The headset microphones are critical for the ongoing development of the Arts program and to York Preparatory Academy’s ability to provide its students with quality enrichment activities. The microphones will be utilized during the Spring Concert to be held this year. Upon the completion of the Spring Concert, the headset microphones will be shared between the Choral Department and the Drama Department, ensuring years of use.

SUSAN SHERLOCK – $800

Susan Sherlock, an acclaimed musician in her own right, has secured this Small Grant to bring the award-winning singer/songwriter, and frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Joe Newberry to the Arts Council of York County’s Community Performance Center on Saturday, April 19. Newberry will offer a songwriting workshop from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This workshop is open to songwriters of all levels, and to those who have an interest in learning more about the process of songwriting.

On the evening of April 19, the public is invited to spend an intimate evening of guitar, banjo, fiddle and song with Joe Newberry. Internationally known for his powerful banjo work, he is a prizewinning guitarist and singer, his songs are widely recorded by acclaimed bluegrass artists like The Gibson Brothers, Ricky Scaggs, and Eric Gibson. Registration for the songwriting workshop is currently open, and tickets for the Saturday evening concert are on sale.

Total Allocations this Quarter: $4,052

During the fourth quarter, a special round of grants was issued to the following artists and organizations:

ROCK HILL DESIGNS – ROCK HILL SPACES – $2,500

Rock Hill Designs – Rock Hill Spaces is a collaborative effort to ensure that appropriate public facilities and spaces will have public art considered as a part of the design process. The pilot project is in Fountain Park, located in Old Town East. Rock Hill K-12 students submitted designs that were then transferred into practical art projects with the help of Winthrop University staff. The second project will seek a juried artist to conduct community engagement and student engagement projects that will be translated into locally inspired public art projects. This Small Grant has been awarded for planning, resident artists and landscaping.

STEPHEN OWEN – $1,000

Stephen Owen creates fusions of art and wood from reclaimed local fallen trees that are normally sent to the landfill. His philosophy applies the concept of permaculture to furniture making and the urban forest, utilizing waste material from one venture as the raw material for its next venture. Working from his studio, sixteenacrewood, Owen crafts his functional, heirloom works of art from native South Carolina trees salvaged from construction and clearing jobs. His creations are crafted from high quality woods like Black Cherry, Eastern Red Cedar, Sweet Gum, Elm, Maple, Black Walnut, Mulberry and Live Oak, and not wanting the scraps from his craft to go to waste, the shavings and sawdust from his works are sent to a mushroom grower.

This Small Grant will fund the building of a solar-powered dry kiln to speed the drying of freshly cut wood used in the production of his cutting boards and tables. The funds will be used to upgrade and enlarge Owen’s shop at sixteenacrewood, to hire a part-time employee who will help install a new saw, all of which will improve safety and increase production.

BETH MELTON – $1,000

Beth Melton is a textile artist who works from her studio at the Arts Council of York County’s Center for the Arts. Melton has been awarded this Small Grant for professional development. She will travel to County Clare, Ireland where she will further her research into traditional textile processes. During her time in County Clare, Melton will spend time at Burren College of Art, and will conduct research at museums in and around the county that feature historical information on the production of linen in the 18th century, which coincides with and complements her research into 18th century American textiles. Melton will also use the Small Grant to visit the studio of a traditional weaver, and to visit the Aryan Islands to learn more about the centuries old Aryan techniques of processing wool.

5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ART EXHIBITION – $243.78

Marcia Buike is the gallery director and volunteer district coordinator for the 2014 5th Congressional District Art Competition. More than 650,000 high school students from across the country have participated in the competition since its inception in 1982. The winning piece from each district hangs for an eleven-month period in Cannon Tunnel, which leads from the Cannon Building where there are many offices for members of the House of Representatives to the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D. C.

In June of each year, there is a special, celebratory reception in the Cannon Tunnel Gallery for the unveiling of the student artwork from across the nation. Invitations are sent to members of Congress and to each winning student.

Last year, 74 works of art were submitted by 69 students to the 5th Congressional District Art Competition from 4 high schools in Buford, Cheraw, Fort Mill, Hartsville, Kershaw, Lancaster, Rock Hill and the Governor’s School for the Arts. The winner was Catherine Santos of Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, SC.

This grant will help cover the reception and framing expenses for the competition.

Total Special Allocations: $4,743.78

To review guidelines, visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org), on the Grants page under the The Arts heading. The next deadline is SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014 at 5 PM for programs occurring in July, August, and September of 2014.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Awards for “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition”

March 9, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, hosted the opening reception for the “Teachers’ Choice Art Exhibition” on Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014, at the Center for the Arts. This year, 30 art teachers from 24 Rock Hill School District Three schools selected the artwork of 212 students to participate in the exhibition. The art students’ work will be on display from through Sunday, Mar. 16 in all three galleries at the Center for the Arts: the Lewandowski Classroom, the Perimeter Gallery and the Dalton Gallery. The Arts Council of York County, Springs Creative, and Derick and Elliott Close sponsored the exhibition.

Kathe Rice Stanley served as juror for the show. Awards for middle school and high school were presented during the reception. The following students have received an award for their artwork:

High School:

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“Fallen Angel” by Ashley Saverence

Best of Show – Ashley Saverence, “Fallen Angel”, Northwestern High School, Mrs. Queen

1st Place 3-Dimensional – Stephanie Blackburn, “Needles”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant

1st Place Mixed Media – Jessica Pieczynski, “Heat”, Rock Hill High School, Mrs. Rapposelli

1st Place Painting – Maggie Hedrick, “Totes Orig”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard

1st Place Drawing – Sarah Bergin, “Indulgence”, Northwestern High School, Mrs. Queen

Middle School:

1st Place 3-Dimensional – Robert Leaks, “Thought”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Mrs. Deas

1st Place Mixed Media – Kiara Abanto, “David and Goliath”, Sullivan Middle School, Ms. Barnette

1st Place Painting – Anna Sharp, “Untitled”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Mrs. Deas

1st Place Drawing – Esmerelda Sanchez, “Me”, Sullivan Middle School, Ms. Barnette

The Center for the Arts is located at 121 E. Main Street in Old Town Rock Hill. For a detailed listing of all students who received an award, please contact Melanie Cooper by e-mail at (mcooper@yorkcountyarts.org).

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County by calling 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Artists for First Regional Catawba Ag + Art Tour

March 6, 2014

Deadline Extended to Apr. 1, 2014

In partnership with the Arts Council of York County, in Rock Hill, SC, the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2014 Ag + Art Tour in York County, SC. Set to take place on June 21-22, 2014 at local farms and farm stands in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster and York Counties, the tour will be held on Saturday, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sunday. The Ag + Art Tour is a free event.

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Courtesy of the Arts Council of York County

The Ag + Art Tour began in 2012 in York County, SC, as a weekend-long, self-guided tour that brought visitors to farms and farm stands across the county where they were able to see first-hand where their food came from, and engaged with artists who were working and performing on-site. In 2013, Lancaster County, SC, joined the tour, bringing the experience to a new community of farmers, artists, and patrons. In 2014, the tour becomes the Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour, with the addition of two additional counties – Chester and Fairfield. In 2014, the tour remains a free, weekend-long, self-guided tour where everything is handmade and homegrown in the four participating counties.

Artists who are interested in participating in the York County Ag + Art Tour must be residents of York County. Traditional artists including potters, quilters, jewelers, painters and more, storytellers and musicians may apply to be considered. There is no fee to participate. Download the informational letter and application online at (http://www.catawbaagandarttour.com/york). York County’s artists and artisans may submit their applications to Dorie Lancaster, by e-mail at (dlancaster@yorkcountyarts.org) at the Arts Council of York County. Artisans who submit applications after Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014, may participate, but their information will not be included on printed materials; however, they will be listed on (www.AgAndArtTour.com).

For more information on the Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles by calling 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgAndArtTour.com) for details.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Now Accepting Proposals for Dalton Gallery 2015 – Deadline May 2, 2014

January 9, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is now accepting applications for gallery exhibitions. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina.

The Arts Council is looking for artists interested in presenting their work in the Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. The gallery is a 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of our 2015 gallery exhibitions, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager for the Arts Council:

$20 application fee*
10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted discs, please)
Inventory lists, with titles, sizes, and mediums
Artist Resume
Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement

All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.

Artists may submit work as a group or individually. Our Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Incomplete proposals and proposals that do not adhere to the Arts Council’s submissions guidelines will not be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

*Payments in the form of cash, credit card or check will be accepted. All checks must be payable to the Arts Council of York County. The non-refundable fee supports the goal of the Arts Council to eventually be able to offer a stipend for artists who are selected for a show.

For more information, please visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org) or call 803/328-2787.


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