Seagrove Potters in Seagrove, NC, Offers Stepping into the Craft Events During July 2017

June 22, 2017

Experience something new and adventurous as you spend a Saturday in Seagrove, NC. During the month of July 2017, the pottery shops in Seagrove have something planned each Saturday. Observe demonstrations of wheel turning, carving techniques, raku firing and much more. If you’ve been wanting to get your hands into some clay, this is your opportunity. You can participate in hands-on activities during this special month long event. Try making pottery on the wheel, learn a hand-building technique or make a pottery keepsake of your very own. The participating potters are willing to share behind the scenes activities, so you can join in the craft.

Stepping into the Craft – Saturdays in Seagrove, NC, will take place on July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017, from 10am – 5pm.

Each participating shop will share their own special style and have their own specific event. Each Saturday is different. For a list of participating shops and event schedules go to (https://discoverseagrove.com/saturdays-in-seagrove/). Print or download the detailed listing. Pickup an area map and guide at your first stop and have a fun Saturday in Seagrove.

Seagrove is in the central piedmont of North Carolina where more than 100 ceramic artists call home. Visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway. Tour the Seagrove shops to experience the 200-year old pottery making tradition. The pottery shops of Seagrove are open year-round.

For further information visit (http://discoverseagrove.com/saturdays-in-seagrove/) or visit Facebook at (http://www.facebook.com/seagrovepotters).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Announces Winners of “41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition”

June 22, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce the winners of the “41st Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition”. Forty-five artists are represented in this exhibit, and artwork will remain on display through July 29, 2017.

Juror, Sondra Dorn is a studio artist living in Asheville, NC. She received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1996. Following graduate school, Dorn went on to a one year Artist-in-Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and then a three-year Artist-in-Residency at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. She was also a CORE fellowship student at Penland between the years 1992 through 1994. Dorn shows her work in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Visit her website at (http://sondradorn.com).

Best of Show; $350

“Man In His Fuzzy Onesie Suit” by Carole Childers

“This painting appealed to me right away. I really loved the deep colors, the compressed space and the way that the different patterns were densely packed together. This could have been claustrophobic but the peacefulness of the relaxed man offset the surroundings beautifully,” said Sondra Dorn.

2nd Place; $200

“Thank You” by Marti Kardol

“I really enjoyed the use of materials in this collage and how they blended together. The artist created an interesting suggestion of a narrative while letting me wonder what the whole story was. I also enjoyed the contrast between the realism and the hand drawn. The use of empty space was particularly effective and added to the composition,” said Sondra Dorn.

3rd Place; $150

“East Side Blues” by Mary Dobbin

“In this collage, I was impressed by the way the artist transcended the materials,” said Sondra Dorn. “Although many elements could have been identified, the way it was assembled brought the separate components together, creating a compelling and believable space.”

People’s Choice; $150

“A Dog’s Life” by Roberta Kogut

Judges Merit Awards, not in any particular order; each received $100:

“Blooms in Grey” by Kat Thomas

“This painting jumped right out at me. I loved the pattern and the contrast of the bold bright ‘blooms’ floating in unformed neutral space,” said Dorn.

“Still Life With Tomato” by Ed Dyer

“Simply a lovely painting. Quiet and rich, it felt as if I could just be with this vignette for a long time just enjoying the environment the artist created,” said Dorn.

“Pressure” by Brenda Lyday

“This piece caught my attention. It is an interesting mix of the real and unreal. An actual object combined with a semi-realistic and disembodied head was compelling. It made me want to look away and look closer at the same time,” said Dorn.

Honorable Mentions:

“Help Yourself” by Karen M. Yost

“This quiet little print was a pleasure to look at. I loved the way the easy drawing style and gesture is echoed in the relaxed and somewhat ambiguous narrative,” said Dorn.

“Game Pieces” by Anna Cate Franklin

“This painting has a great use of space and color. I liked the way the colors seemed nearly monochromatic even though they are not. I also enjoyed the dynamic push pull between a very flat surface and a deeper sense of space,” said Dorn.

“The Wise One” by Brenda Lyday

“The use of materials in this piece was very clever and effective. The contrast between the actual wood and the sculpted and drawn elements is interesting, and I enjoy the way the piece rides the line between painting and object,” said Dorn.

“Circinate Veneration” by Melissa Jaroszewski

“I really like the somewhat strange realism of this painting. The pattern of the background with the superimposed flowers occupying the same plane intrigued me,” said Dorn.

The Caldwell Arts Council’s mission is to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County, to encourage participation in art events, and to offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences.

For more information, call 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, Calls for Entries for the “The Bicycle: Art Meets Form” Exhibition – Deadline July 31, 2017

June 22, 2017

Theatre Art Galleries, located in the High Point Theatre in downtown High Point, NC, and representing High Point’s only non-profit organization dedicated to the visual arts, today announced that “The Bicycle: Art Meets Form” exhibit will return, for the first time since 2014, from Aug. 29 through Sept. 22, 2017, in conjunction with the Sept. 9 return of the High Point Cycling Classic benefiting the Bobby Labonte Foundation.

Theatre Art Galleries, who will transform the Main Gallery and the Hallway Gallery into a bike-themed exhibit, has announced a call-to-artists, who are 18 years of age or older, to submit art, relating in some way, shape or form, to bicycles or cycling, with a maximum of three entries allowed, in any medium, including photography. Work, which must be entered by July 31st, must be original and completed within the last ten years. Judging will be conducted from digital images, with awards selected from the original works of art.

Entry Forms are available at (www.tagart.org), and can be found under “For Artists”. Two entry procedures are available, e-mail and mail, each with a non-refundable fee of twenty dollars. Artists may call the Theatre Art Galleries office at 336/887-2137, or e-mail to (info@tagart.org), for more information, to request an entry form and to pay with a credit card. Artists may also enter and pay online at (http://tagart.org/call-for-artists-2/) or mail a check, payable to Theatre Art Galleries, along with the entry form, to 220 East Commerce Avenue, High Point, NC 27262.

Notifications will be sent out by Aug. 8, and work will need to be dropped off between Aug. 16 – 18, between noon and 5pm each day.

The Theater Art Galleries exhibit, and opening, is made possible through a generous donation by long time TAG supporters Carolyn and Donald Shaw. Prize money will be given to First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500) and Third Place ($250) Winners, along with additional non prize money winning Honorable Mentions.

Jeff Horney, Theatre Art Galleries Executive Director indicated “everyone in High Point is excited about the return of the Cycling Classic in September. Theatre Art Galleries looks forward, once again, to welcoming cycling lovers and art lovers to experience a thrilling weekend. With our location in the heart of the action, we are an integral part of the event. Our exhibits will focus on ‘all things cycling’ and will include works from all media. The variety of art will prove to be a real crowdpleaser.”

In partnership with the Bobby Labonte Foundation, the City of High Point, NC, as well as USA Cycling and the Carolinas Cycling Association, the Sept. 9 High Point Cycling Classic will combine a fundraising ride in the morning with the exciting action of criterium racing in the afternoon and into the evening in downtown High Point, North Carolina. High Point Cycling Classic criterium racers, as well as Bobby Labonte Charity Bike Ride participants, can now visit (www.highpointcyclingclassic.com) to register for either event.

Valerie Zimany Appointed as Interim Chairperson for the Department of Art at Clemson University in Clemson, SC

June 22, 2017

Valerie Zimany, Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics, has been appointed to serve as interim chairperson for the Department of Art at Clemson University as of May 16, 2017.


Valerie Zimany

Greg Shelnutt, who has served six years as department chair, has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Delaware in Wilmington, DE.

Zimany began her career at Clemson in 2010 as the Ceramics Area Coordinator and lead faculty in Ceramics. Zimany teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level Ceramics as well as leads the highly successful Clemson Community Supported Art Creative Inquiry team. She was awarded a 2015-2017 Creativity Professorship in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities. A two-time Fulbright Scholar and Japanese Government Scholar, she holds an Master of Fine Arts in Crafts/Ceramics from Kanazawa College of Art in Kanazawa, Japan, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Ceramics and Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Department of Art at Clemson University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in studio art with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

The chair provides academic, artistic and administrative leadership and vision to the programs within the department. A national search for a new chair will commence in Fall 2017.

For questions, please contact Valerie Zimany by e-mail at (vzimany@clemson.edu).

See Lancaster SC, Receives 2017 National Main Street Accreditation

June 22, 2017

See Lancaster SC has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by South Carolina Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and historic preservation.

See Lancaster SC promotes tourism through marketing, special projects, partnerships, production of performing arts series, and events. The City of Lancaster department assists businesses with relocation opportunities, facilitation of façade grant program, and by connecting them with resource providers. Through partnerships, See Lancaster SC spearheads revitalization and beautification efforts such as the Native American Studies Center, Cultural Arts District designation by South Carolina Arts Commission, Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church, Kennedy Center Public Art Projects, and Lindsay Pettus Greenway. See Lancaster SC is dedicated to development of quality of life and actively pursues opportunities that contribute to the creation communities in which visitors and citizens desire to work, live, and play.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For further info contact Cherry Doster, See Lancaster by calling 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

South Carolina Watercolor Society in SC Constantly Evolves to Fit the Needs of Its Members

June 22, 2017

By Carolyn Epperly, SCWS President

South Carolina Watercolor Society was formed to promote the medium and to keep its qualities in the public eye. Membership numbered in the hundreds. The versatile medium was used by almost every artist in the state and was highly respected by the public.

As the arts evolved in South Carolina so then did the Society, changing its name to South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS). The membership is now open to all artists living in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia creating in media that is waterbased (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, and water-soluble pencils) and executed on any surface that can be displayed on a wall. Our public education has included programs in schools, demonstrations of the characteristics of watermedia in public forums, and lectures for many organizations across our region. Also, the State Museum of South Carolina coordinates a traveling show each year of the top 30 paintings that visits 11 venues across the state.

This year, SCWS is having its first annual national show. It is open to anyone living in the US. All entries will be displayed, an unusual condition unique to this Show, a entry can have been produced at any time. The format will be digital and will remain online for the entire calendar year, October 2017- October 2018.

On October 7th there will be an opening reception in the atrium of the Charleston International Airport. The show will display the top ten winners’ paintings flanked by two large digital viewing screens. One screen will continuously display the top 70 selected artists and the other will feature all the artists who entered the show. This showing will hang in the atrium from October 7- November 28.

We of SCWS believe that visual arts enhance everyone’s lives. A unique creation invokes thought, opens new conversations, and encourages individual thinking.

For further info visit (https://scwatermedia.com/).

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for Two Exhibits – Deadline Aug. 21, 2017

June 19, 2017

“Encaustic Show: Wax Poetic”

Artists’ Reception October 21, 2017.

Who could resist such a title especially since October is Charleston’s first city wide Poetry Festival called Free Verse.

Fabulon will curate a juried show of encaustic work with and without Poetry as a component. The main goal is to bring encaustic work to the people. Show why artists are enthralled. Show the best it can be. Elevate from the crafty, decoupage, or crayon connotation it has in some minds.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

More info and submission visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4498).

“Tribute”

So many tragic losses of great musicians in the most recent years. Each week it seems another icon from the classical rock era or maker of the epic album has passed. The legacy of poetic lyrics, our only consolation.

As part of Charleston’s Poetry festival, Fabulon Gallery will host a show of work inspired by music because it plays such an important role for many visual artists. It’s in our soul, it moves us, and it translates into our images.

A certain song can take us to a special time or place in our own history. Maybe it’s the beats, tunes, musicians, instruments, or lyrics. Perhaps it is just one line from a song? Or the entire life of the artist. Do you have your own theme song? Do you have one song that gets you in your artistic groove?

Pay tribute to your favorite inspiration. We will accept portraits, even Elvis on velvet.

Ideally we seek poetic music that becomes inspiration for an image.

Please no copyright infringement. It is the responsibility of the artist to do the research. As a gallery we do our best to protect your copy rights; please do the same for our musical artists.

Join us for a Tribute at Fabulon, October 21, 2017.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

More info and submission visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4499).

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit http://www.fabulonart.com

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Announces Award Winners for “People’s Choice Show”

June 19, 2017

The Arts Council walls and pedestals of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, in Fayetteville, NC, are covered with over 200 colorful creations! During the show’s opening, these winners were chosen as the People’s Choice:

1st Place: “Venezia Grand Canale” by Robson Spinelli

2nd Place: “Timshel” by Michelle Bir

3rd Place: “My Dream” by Sunyoung Kim

Honorable Mentions:

“Delightfully Redundant” by Griffin Carrick
“Bear Family” by Nancy Whaley Chandler
“The Wonderland of Childhood” by Marlene Wellard

Brought to you by Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Public Works includes art by people of all ages and abilities from our community. The artwork is on display through July 22, 2017.

The Arts Council’s galleries are free and open to the public 6 days a week during exhibitions. Come visit us!
The Arts Council’s 2016-17 exhibitions are curated by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.

The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

For further information visit (www.theartscouncil.com).

2017 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows in Charleston, SC, Announces Show Award Winners

June 19, 2017

For three weeks every year beginning on Memorial Day weekend, downtown Charleston, South Carolina becomes an arts mecca with two major arts festivals running concurrently. The Spoleto Festival USA, is an arts festival with over 150 performances, and the companion Piccolo Spoleto Festival features over 500 events in the preforming, visual and literary arts. Combined, the events bring over 250,000 arts enthusiasts into the downtown Charleston area.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston proudly presents the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows for 2017. These three-day shows represent our 38th year participating as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. We strive to provide festival attendees with an overview of the high quality of original works currently being created in a variety of craft media. Approximately 120 fine crafts artists from around the US participate in the one or both of the shows, which are held on the first two weekends of the festival. Both emerging and experienced craft artists are invited to apply to participate. Artist demonstrations – both scheduled and impromptu – are a highlight for show patrons.

The first weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show had fine weather on Friday, May 24, 2017, for the judging and awards presentation. The judge for the show was Casimer Kowalski, a local visual artist. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy presented the awards. Photos courtesy of Sea Star Arts Photography.

Best in Show: Jean Yao a basketmaker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Mayor John Tecklenburg, Best in Show winner Jean Yao and Sandy Tecklenburg

First Place: Addelle Sanders, a fiber artist from Charleston, SC.

Second Place: Doug Richard, a wood turner from Satsuma, FL.

Third Place: Christie May, a jeweler from Palm Beach, FL.

Honorable Mentions:

Nancy Michael Susaneck, a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.

Caleb Barnaby, a jeweler from Ormond Beach, FL.

Emerging Artist Grant: Alexander Bower, a jeweler from Charlottesville, VA.

Exhibitors’ Choice Award: Wilson Lee, a wood carver from Nashville, TN

Purchase awards:

Charles and Cindy Cecil, jewelers from High Point, NC.
Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA.
Tammy Rudd, a jeweler from Holly Hill, SC.
David Shipper, a photographer from Beaufort, SC.

The second weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts show began on June 2, 2017, another beautiful day. The judge for this show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.

Best in Show: Tammy Rudd, a glass beadmaker and jeweler from Holly Hill, SC.


Show Judge Michael Haga and Best in Show winner Tammy Rudd. Inset a glass pendant

First Place: Colleen Williams, potter from Chattanooga, TN

Second Place: JoAnn Graham, a jeweler from St Helena, SC.

Third place: Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA.

Honorable Mentions:

Ed Bryan, a potter from Columbia, SC.

Jen Swearington, a fiber artist from Asheville, NC.

Exhibitor’s Choice Award: Matt and Katie Wilson, metalworkers from North Charleston, SC.

Emerging Artist Grant: Joe Hiltabitel and Shelly Simmons, photographers from Travelers Rest, SC.

Slide Jurors’ Choice: Nancy Michael Susanneck a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.

Purchase Awards:

Uzo Ezekwudo and Nnamdi Ibenagu, fiber artists from Chapel Hill, NC.
Tom Homann, a potter from Comer, GA.
Jiri Kalina, a wood carver from Wilmington, NC.
Cynthia McFadden, a mixed media Jeweler from Charleston, SC.

For further information call Kasey Briggs at 843/364-0421 or e-mail to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com).

 

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC Installs Quilt Block #200 and #201

June 12, 2017

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC celebrated its 200th quilt square, To the Mountains, at the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce at 222 W. Main St. in Pickens, SC. For eight years, the Quilt Trail has grown, block by block, into a meaningful part of Upstate South Carolina’s landscape for locals who want to preserve the history and traditions of the area. While the Quilt Trail is built, perpetuated, and maintained by locals with a passion for their history, it is also a unique experience for visitors to the area. The Trail appeals to those who enjoy art, nature, history, crafting, story-telling, and even just taking a car ride through the countryside.

As the UHQT has grown over the years, it has forged a path through the lives of so many in its surrounding communities. The members of the Trail are comprised of people who have had the tradition of quilting passed down to them, those whose created the tradition for themselves, and those who are not quilters but still help make the trail possible in various ways. There are now two teams of over 20 volunteers in Anderson and Oconee Counties and soon Pickens County who contribute over 7,000 hours per year giving presentations, painting quilt squares with members of the community, and finding ways to improve and promote this priceless resource. This art form has woven its way into the hearts of this community and beyond.

The original quilt, To the Mountains, a small landscape piece, was created by Joy duBois of Seneca. Joy met a quilter by the name of Gail Sexton, at the Upcountry Quilters Guild which meets at the Pickens Presbyterian Church in Pickens. Joy subsequently took a class that Gail was teaching in a new landscaping technique at the former local quilt shop, Heirlooms and Comforts. She enjoyed the class and the teacher so much that she went on meeting Gail for weekly sessions where they quilted together. Joy has many quilts in her “stash,” both landscape and appliqued borders that Gail designed and Joy has hand quilted.

When it came time to choose the quilt to adorn the Greater Chamber of Commerce building for the 200th block installment, this landscape quilt of mountains, rivers and a foreground of flowers and a tree was chosen from a group beautiful little landscape quilts by Kimberly Smagala, a life-long friend of Joy’s as well as the newest Chamber Executive Director.

For Kim and Joy, it all began 30 years ago. “My family moved from Texas when I was 5 years old and my baby quilt had shouldered a lot of love and use. My mother started working in a real estate with Jere, Joy’s husband. That is when we first met she mended and refurbished my quilt several times for me as I grew up. Joy has made myself, my mother, and my children many quilts throughout the years, including baby quilts. She and her husband are like family. ”

“The chamber office is the first stop for many visitors who visit our city. It is our hope to highlight more quilts throughout the Main Street corridor and around town as a part of a walking/bike tour. Quilting is part of our rich heritage and we are surrounded by so many talented quilters locally, especially those from the Upcountry Quilters’ Guild. We look forward to not only seeing more renderings of these beautiful quilts throughout downtown Pickens, but also creating a destination spot similar to what Landrum and Westminster, SC have accomplished.”

“A quilt warms the body and the soul, having this remarkable painted quilt panel by these talented artists portraying the beautiful craftsmanship that Joy put into this piece is amazing,” stated Smagala. This quilt panel was funded through the Pickens County ATAX Commission to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.

201st UHQT Quilt The Cross

The Cross quilt is the 201st quilt added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. It is displayed on the Westminster Baptist Church, 212 East Windsor in Westminster, SC. The painted quilt block was sponsored by members of the Westminster Baptist Church. The Cross quilt block was designed by Janet Houts and taught during a quilting retreat at Kanuga Episcopal Camp in Hendersonville, NC attended by Paige Price and Denise McCormick.

Paige and Denise knew it would be perfect for their church and fellow quilters, Deanna DeFoor and Beckie DeFoor. Together they joined efforts and worked to piece and quilt a wall hanging, measuring 30 inches by 42 inches, as a gift to the members of the congregation. It was first displayed in the church on Easter Sunday, 2015. Several member of the church helped to paint the quilt block and it was presented to the congregation on Easter Sunday 2017. Being on the quilt trail allows everyone who passes by to enjoy the beauty of the fabric and painted quilts.

The cross is a Christian symbol that represents Jesus’s victory over sin and death. We are reminded about God and His plan of redemption through the symbolic significance of colors in the Bible. The two main colors of Westminster Baptist Church quilt are blue and gold. Blue is the color of the sky and a reminder of the heavenly realm. It also signifies the Healing Power of God. Gold represents God’s love because His love is more precious and more valuable than all the gold in the world. Love is the gold of God.

Westminster Baptist Church has been in the heart of town for more than 130 years. In the 1870’s, the town of Westminster, named after the original church located in a log building situated on the site of the Westminster First Baptist Church, grew up along the railroad and soon developed into a bustling business area. As the population shifted more toward the commercial area, some members of the church decided to build a church nearer the center of town. In 1884, they established a church ‘in the heart of town’. Now, more than 130 years later, the motto “In the heart of town, with a heart for the people” is still a principle held by its members. Located on E. Windsor Street, the church strives “to reach and develop devoted followers of Jesus Christ who love Him, grow in Him, and serve others in His name.”

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail visit (www.uhqt.org).