Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, Offers a Talk with John Acorn – Dec. 10, 2016

December 6, 2016


Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, will offer a Coffee and Conversation event with John Acorn on Dec. 10, 2016, from 11am-noon.


Hampton III Gallery is presenting the exhibit “Recent Work: Sunsets and Fish”, featuring works by Acorn through Dec. 31, 2016.

You cam preview the exhibition at this link (http://hamptoniiigallery.com/acorn-john/recent-work-sunsets-and-fish/).

Gallery hours are: Tue. – Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 10am-5pm.

For further information call 864-268-2771, e-mail to (sandy@hamptoniiigallery.com) or visit (www.hamptoniiigallery.com).

Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, Offers Women2Women Museum Experience

December 6, 2016


Round up your network and join us for a Women2Women Museum Experience! Discover the compelling life stories of women artists, experience a private tour of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” and “Fired Up”, and enjoy refreshments.

Work by Perle Fine

This two-hour program is available for reservations on Wednesdays-Fridays December – February from noon-2pm or 4-6pm at #themintmuseum Uptown. $40 per person; maximum group size is 12. Book your group today by contacting Julie Olson Anna at 704/337-2043 or e-mail to (Julie.OlsonAnna@mintmuseum.org).

Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Book Discussion on Dec. 9, 2016

December 6, 2016

The Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, will host a reception during ARTcrawl on Dec. 9, 2016 from 5-8pm at 228 Craven Street in New Bern, NC. Lisa Bisbee Lentz will be discussing the features of the upcoming book, “A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina”. Lentz is working together with local potter/author Ben Alden Watford and digital artist, Jon Derby to compile the creative publication.


Photo by Jon Darby

Derby announces, “We are calling all creative people including musicians, poets, crafters, artists, galleries, theatres, designers, etc. in eastern North Carolina to participate in the art history book.”

Watford explains the importance of the publication, “Civilizations are judged, not by their wars, not by their politics or their leaders but by the art that they produce. It is your privilege to inform the larger community and future generations of what you attempted to accomplish as an artist, who you are as a person and show all concerned samples of the art that you have produced. As designed, the books will explain who you are as an artist.”

If you would like to participate in the art history book, call 252/649-1712 or visit (http://www.greatergoodgallery.com/history-of-art-book.html).

Traditional Arts Program for Students Celebrated at NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC

December 6, 2016


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is celebrating the work of the ten budding potters who participated in the fall 2016 session of the Center’s Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS). TAPS is an afterschool pottery class hosted by the NC Pottery Center in partnership with Seagrove Elementary School and sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Each fall and spring, ten fifth grade students from nearby Seagrove Elementary School are invited to participate in the program, and learn pottery local history and skills.

North Carolina Folk Heritage Award winner Sid Luck teaches students how to make face jugs, a traditional form in Southern pottery.

The TAPS program aims to connect North Carolina students with local traditional artists. Students receive instruction in an art form that has deep cultural roots in their community, taught by experts utilizing traditional techniques. Students learn numerous clay processes, including wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing of pottery forms drawn from traditional use and practice.  Seagrove potter Sid Luck, winner of the 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award, leads the class. Luck is assisted by Seagrove potters Chad Brown and Susan Greene, NCPC Artists-in-Residence Owen Laurion and Kirsten Olson, and NCPC educational program manager, Emily Lassiter.

“The North Carolina Pottery Center’s TAPS program is so fortunate to have fifth-generation potter Sid Luck teaching Seagrove pottery traditions to the community’s young people,” says Sally Peterson, Folklife Director at the NC Arts Council.  “A career public school teacher himself, Sid combines high level teaching skills with time-honored pottery knowledge to present an enriching program that connects students to the very heart of their community.  Rising fifth-generation potter Chad Brown and others contribute an energy and creativity to the program that would be difficult to match anywhere outside of a university program.  I love visiting the TAPS program, because the students are so enthusiastic and really perform way beyond expectation,” says Peterson.

The fall 2016 TAPS session will end Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.  To celebrate our students’ hard work, a reception and exhibition of TAPS students’ pottery is planned for that day, from 2:45 until 4pm. The general public is invited to attend.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the John W. & Anna H. Hanes Foundation, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue. – Sat., from 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is Calling for Entries Sought for “12th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” Deadline Feb. 25, 2017

December 6, 2016


Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the twelfth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. This year, honorariums for artists accepted into the show have increased to $1250 to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each). The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb/ 25, 2017.

“Truce” by Adam Walls (2016/17 Best in Show)

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Robin R. Salmon, Vice President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Robin is currently the chair of the National Sculpture Society Exhibitions Committee, which is the oldest organization of professional sculptors, and has more than thirty years of museum, curatorial, and programming experience.

“Cubes in Motion” by Hanna Jubran (2016/17 Honorable Mention)

The “12th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1, 2017, through March 25, 2018, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Metrolina Association for the Blind in Charlotte, NC, Offer Program that Lets People who are Blind or Visually Impaired Touch Works of Art

December 6, 2016


In this innovative, hands-on program, participants with low to no vision are able to explore and experience works of modern art by touch. Courtesy of doctors who are deeply attuned to the workings of human senses, Horizon Eye Care is supporting the Low to No Vision Program, a partnership between the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Metrolina Association for the Blind (MAB) in Charlotte, NC.

Photo courtesy of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Wearing thin professional gloves used by conservators and curators, participants are allowed to explore and experience (depending on the current exhibition) sculptures; mid-century furniture; reproductions of paintings and prints; ceramics and more in the Bechtler collection. The program also features a series of art classes in which participants learn about techniques used by artists in the Bechtler collection and then create their own tactile works of art. Tour times and dates in 2016 are 10:30am- noon on Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 29, April 19, May 31 and June 21, 2017.

After completing a two year pilot with MAB, the Low to No Vision Program is now accessible to all in the Charlotte community. Those interested can register online through the Bechtler website at (www.bechtler.org) or call the museum at 704/353-9200.

Participants, often visibly moved by the tactile tours, are unanimous in their enjoyment of the program that began in 2014. One hundred percent said they were more interested in art after the program, they discovered something new about the art-making process and they would want to take part in another Bechtler program.

Christopher Lawing, vice president and director of programming at the Bechtler, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Horizon Eye Care to allow us to continue to make art accessible to individuals with vision loss.” Bechtler staff, teaching artists and docents were trained to work with this population by MAB Senior Vice President Laura Park-Leach.

Kathy Murray, Horizon’s chief operating officer, said the program has been well received by everyone involved. “There is powerful impact in all we are able to see, at whatever level. Our doctors’ understanding of this is part of what makes us the region’s vision care leader and why we are so privileged to support this program. Our doctors are committed to patients’ quality of life in any vision context. It isn’t just their job. It’s a part of their values.”

Horizon Eye Care, a locally owned and operated ophthalmology practice providing quality eye care services to Charlotte area residents, was formed in 1997. Horizon offers a full range of ophthalmology services including surgical and medical eye care with corneal, retinal, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, glaucoma, and pediatric exams as well as routine eye care. These are supported by preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services, including optical and contact lens departments, LASIK and aesthetic services. More information (www.horizoneye.com) or call 704/365-0555.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures of modernism.  Their mission is to share the joy and excellence of the Bechtler collection with all in order to inspire, inform and enhance cultural and intellectual life. The museum is located at Levine Center of the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202. Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am– 5pm; Sunday, noon–5pm; closed Tuesdays. For museum details visit (www.bechtler.org).

Metrolina Association for the Blind is a North Carolina based, private non-profit agency that has provided services to people who are blind or visually impaired since 1934. Metrolina Association for the Blind became a member agency of United Way in 1938, an affiliation it continues to enjoy today. In 1985, Metrolina Association for the Blind became the pioneering leader in providing Braille and large print statements and other documents for financial, utility and telecommunications corporations, and, in 2005, added auditory CD statements. MAB processes about 18,000 monthly statements, in addition to single service documents and Braille textbook printing.

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Entries for Several Exhibits

December 6, 2016


The Transylvania Community Arts Council located in Brevard, NC, has placed an open call for artists in any medium that fit the following themes: “Folk Art” and “The Other Side”.  Open exhibits are for any artist living in the region that fit that particular theme.

The open exhibit “Folk Art” will run from Feb. 10 – 28, 2017.  Artwork and paperwork should be delivered to the TC Arts Council between Feb. 6 and 7. There is a $5 entry fee per art piece to participate in this exhibit. Artists may enter up to 4 pieces depending on gallery space. The public reception for that exhibit will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 from 5-7pm.

“The Other Side” art exhibit will run from May 5 – 26, 2017.  Artwork and paperwork should be delivered to the TC Arts Council between May 1 and 2. There is a $5 entry fee per art piece to participate in this exhibit. Artists may enter up to 4 pieces depending on gallery space. The public reception for that exhibit will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5-7pm.

To get information and an application for the open exhibits e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net) or call TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787. The TC Arts Council hosts up to 12 exhibits a year with more than 400+ artists participating. To learn more about the TC Arts Council go to (www.tcarts.org). To learn more about the art scene in Brevard go to (www.artsofbrevard.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces: Yvette L. Cummings WINS the 701 CCA PRIZE 2016

December 5, 2016


Conway, SC, artist Yvette L. Cummings won the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Cummings was announced as the winner during the Dec. 1, 2016, 701 CCA Prize Celebration at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The winner was announced by Tristan Weinkle and Corinne Goldberg of exhibition sponsor South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in front of an audience of some 150 people.

Yvette L. Cummings

“Cummings is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Colleen Critcher and Jena Thomas.” Critcher is from Hartsville and was, like Cummings, selected for last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thomas is from Spartanburg, where she arrived from Florida earlier this year to teach at Converse College.

As the winner, Cummings will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine.

The finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Jonell Logan, independent curator and founder of 300 Arts Project LLC in Belmont, NC; and Jennifer Smith, gallery & marketing director of The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC.

The 701 CCA Prize 2016 exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 18, 2016. The exhibition catalogue, which also was presented during last night’s 701 CCA Prize Celebration, is available at 701 CCA for $5.00.

Yvette L. Cummings, Voyeur Series, 2015–16, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 15 panels, 14” x 14” each.

Cummings in 2015 was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and for Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. Also in 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Black Creek Arts Gallery in Hartsville, SC. Other solo shows were at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, and City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. Her work has been in some 30 group exhibitions, mostly in the South and Midwest. Among the venues where Cummings has shown are Women Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and Kendall College of Art & Design, both in Grand Rapids, MI, the Florence County (SC) Museum, the Pickens County (SC) Museum of Art and History, the Anderson (SC) Arts Center and the Durham (NC) Art Guild. Cummings holds an MFA and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a BFA from Kendal College. She also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.

Yvette L. Cummings, A Myriad Of Moments, 2016, acrylic on canvas,71” x 77”.

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “All three finalists easily matched the criteria,” board chair Roefs said, “as did many of the artists who submitted a portfolio for the judge’s consideration but didn’t make it to the finals.” This year’s installment was the third 701 CCA Prize event.

“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.”

For further inquiries, contact Wim Roefs by e-mail at (wroefs@sc.rr.com) or call 803/238-2351.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed., 11am–8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. For more information, visit (www.701cca.org).

The December 2016 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

December 1, 2016


The December 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1216/1216carolinaarts.html) – all 62 pages of it – a few less than last month.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending this link to your friends.
If you want to get something in the January 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th deadline. You do know you can be early. Some folks are already several months ahead of the deadline when their press release would be due.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has Announce the Winners of This Years Small Works 2016 Exhibit

November 28, 2016

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has announce the winners of this years “Small Works 2016” exhibit:

1st Place went to Haley C. Smith for “Jack”

2nd Place went to Toni Smith for “Dessert Spoon”

3rd Place was presented to Rachel Jones for “Regenerate”

Honorable Mentions included:
Debanjana Bhattacharjee for “October Pink” and R. Bellinger for “Marsh Impressions III”

Among the Finalists:
Rachel Jones for “Secrets and Searchings I”; Patricia Graney for “Dew Flower”; Elaine Goodman for “I Can Wear Yellow”; William H. Miller for “Melancholy”; Jane Fay for “Untitled #6”; Phil Laborie for “Here’s to Detroit”; Rebecca Lindblade for “Down in the Phinizy”; and Sue Coley for “The Red Boat”

The gallery would like to thank Liz Miller, curator of the Burroughs and Chapin Art Meuseum in Myrtle Beach, SC, for serving as judge for this years show.

The show continues through Dec. 17, 2016. The gallery is free and open to the public Wed. – Sat. 11am-6pm.

For further info visit (www.artspace506.com).