A Blog Post About Bill Buggel’s Exhibit at Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC

November 17, 2015

We’ve just posted a blog about a trip to go see an exhibit of recent works by Bill Buggel, on view at Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC, on view through Nov. 30, 2015, over at Carolina Arts Unleashed (http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/). Buggel’s work hasn’t been shown much in the 50 years he’s been creating art – so this is a rare opportunity. He was highlighted as one of SC’s most promising artists in the 1970’s – how come you don’t know who he is? Image shown is “Passing a Small Country Grave Yard”, by Bill Buggel.

Passing a Small Country Grave Yard, by Bill Buggel, 17″ x 14″. Just a small country graveyard with a plowed field and wild flowers. Sometimes experiences come together in small ways.

Friend of Art, Friend of Pottery, Dr. A. Everette James, Jr. A 2015 North Carolina Award Winner

November 14, 2015

Dr. A. Everette James, Jr. was recently given the 2015 North Carolina Award for Fine Arts in Raleigh, NC.

Established by the General Assembly in 1961, the North Carolina Award is the highest civilian honor given by the state. Presented annually since 1964, the award recognizes significant contributions to the state and nation in the fields of fine art, literature, public service and science. Though given by the governor, the award is administerd by our agency.


Fine Arts: Dr. A. Everette James, Jr.


Dr. Everette James is a true connoisseur of art. He widely collects, passionately studies, deftly writes about and generously shares many forms of art. Born and raised in the Martin County town of Robersonville, James attended the University of North Carolina and Duke University Medical School. Specializing in radiology, he completed post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in England.



Having thoroughly enjoyed an Impressionist exhibit that he attended in Massachusetts, James decided to collect Impressionist art, but quickly realized his radiologist salary would not support this endeavor so he decided to concentrate on acquiring the work of women artists who, at the time, were under-recognized. As some of those pieces increased in value, he was able to sell a few to finance his ever-growing passion for collecting as it expanded into American folk art, Southern art and indigenous crafts. With each new art form, James researched the art’s evolution, techniques and influences, periodically leading to the publication of an informative article or scholarly book.


Over the years, James has shared his art and crafts collections with museums, educational institutions and clubs around the country. He is particularly fond of bringing art and the humanities to hospitals through exhibits and lectures. In 1993, James opened a folk art museum in Robersonville in a restored Primitive Baptist Church called St. James Place, now on the National Register of Historic Places, that exhibits folk art, antique decoys and pottery.

James is the author of more than 500 books and articles on medicine, law, ethics, art, and folklore and even fiction. In the 1980s, he combined his vocation and his avocation. He co-authored an article on the use of digital radiography to analyze paintings, a practice that has since become standard.

You can watch a video about Dr. James at (https://youtu.be/K2xRW5VHkeA?list=PL0D3Ny2CaPzledGPwIqHWOWLKXxua2fHf).

For further info about the North Carolina Awards visit (http://www.ncdcr.gov/about/special-programs/nc-awards).

McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers Gala Art Sale Fundraiser – Dec. 4, 2015

November 12, 2015


McKissick Museum, located on the horseshoe at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, will celebrate its “Southern Rhythms Annual Gala Art Sale” on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, from 7-10pm. Tickets are $50 for McKissick Museum members; $60 for non-members.


“Southern Rhythms” features work by South Carolina artists and artists with ties to the Palmetto State that reflects on the music that enriches the Southern experience. Held in conjunction with “Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina”, the artworks featured consider how music shapes our lives and how it affects and is inspired by different communities.

“Rhythm can be found anywhere,” says Edward Puchner, McKissick’s Curator of Exhibitons, “within a dance step, in the rumble of a train on a trestle, or within the sound of raindrops on a roof top. Featuring works by over thirty artists from across the Southeast, “Southern Rhythms” signals the beats, rhythmic patterns, or tempos of our everyday activity that together make up and enrich the world we all share.”

“Southern Rhythms” artist list includes: Jo Ann Amidon, Joseph Begnaud, Renee Bergeron, Karen Brown, Paula Brown-Steedly, Jemes Davis, Colin Dodd, Mary Ann Ehasz, Winton and Rosa Eugene, Claire Farrell, Bonnie Goldberg, Ann Hubbard, Liisa Salosaari Jasinski, Doni Jordan, Julia Knight, Alicia Leeke, Connie Lippert, Lee Malerich, Eleanor McCain, Carol Pittman, Cindy Saad, Glenn Saborosch, Edward Shmunes, Michael Story, Amanda Suber, Janet Swigler, Betsy Thorne, Wendyth Wells, Fletcher Williams III, Mike Williams, Ellen Emerson Yaghjian, and Olga Yukhno.

For tickets and information contact McKissick Museum at 803/777-7251 or visit (artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum).

University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, Offer Exhibition Focused on Disabilities – Nov. 11, 2015

November 10, 2015


Disability Services at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Sparatanburg, SC, will present “PhotoVoice,” a unique exhibit featuring the voice and vision of people with disabilities, at 6pm, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

“PhotoVoice” is a grassroots method often used by groups that have been socially excluded. The exhibitors will share their experiences through art, photography and creative writing.

Six USC Upstate students and three faculty/staff members will focus on the voice and vision of people with disabilities, the challenges they face, and their unique gifts. Students presenting in the exhibit include: David Austin, Christina Burgess, JoAnna Jones, Sarah Montgomery, Miranda Tollison and Meredith Tucker. Faculty and staff exhibitors include: John Montemayor, Tawana Scott and Scott Smith.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Tawana Scott, program coordinator for Disability Services, at 864/503-5199 or e-mail to (tscott@uscupstate.edu).

Greenville Center for Creative Arts is Calling for Artists to Participate in the Themed Art Exhibition “Unseen Greenville” – Deadline Nov. 13, 2015

November 10, 2015


Greenville Center for Creative Arts, located at 25 Draper Street Greenville, SC, is calling for artists to participate in the themed art exhibition “Unseen Greenville”.

Early in the month of June the “Greenville News” and sponsor PNC Bank invited the residents of Greenville County to begin a conversation about the parts of the city that are often unnoticed by many of us as we go about our busy lives. The idea was to move forward “as one community in which everyone shares in the spectacular success that surrounds us in Greenville County”. How can Greenville address the needs of and make opportunities available to all people who live here?

Greenville Center for Creative Arts is a community art center whose mission is to be a place for all citizens  to learn about, participate in and enjoy the visual arts.  It is fitting that GCCA find ways for the arts to play a role in this dialog.

Artists selected will exhibit their artworks from Dec. 4, 2015, through Jan. 29, 2016, with a opening reception on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, from 6-9pm. Juror and awards to be announced.

A closing reception and discussion will be held on Jan. 22, 2016, from 5:30-7:30pm.

To apply, please complete an “Unseen Greenville” Art Exhibition Application at (artcentergreenville.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7edbff943525a665390005ed9&id=7c3f8d3134&e=9260cea930) no later than the Deadline:  Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.

For further information visit (www.artcentergreenville.org).

USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Gallery Openings, Lectures, and More! in Lancaster, SC – Nov. 20, 2015

November 10, 2015


As part of its celebration of Native American Heritage Month, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, in Lancaster, SC, will host an afternoon of events on Nov. 20, 2015, including the opening of two new exhibits, a lecture on Catawba pottery, demonstrations of American Indian basketry, and storytelling and musical performances. The day will also mark the Center’s celebration of its third anniversary.

Work by John Julius Wilnoty

Opening its doors in 2012, the Native American Studies Center has attracted thousands of visitors from around the state, the country and the world to downtown Lancaster, SC. Its four galleries, archaeology lab, archives, and other amenities have attracted everyone from pre-school groups to seasoned scholars. To mark its 3rd anniversary, the Center will host an afternoon of free, public events. Beginning at noon with a lecture by Catawba Indian scholar Brooke Bauer, who will discuss the role of Catawba women in preserving the tribe’s pottery tradition, the Center will officially open two new exhibits: the “Story of Catawba Pottery,” a permanent exhibit sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Duke Energy Foundation, and “Solitude and Mystery,” a visiting exhibit of carvings by Cherokee artist John Julius Wilnoty, on view through Jan. 14, 2016. The afternoon will also feature basket-making demonstrations by Catawba artist Faye Greiner, storytelling and pottery-making demonstrations by Beckee Garris of the Catawba Cultural Center and the NASC, and a musical performance by former Catawba Nation Chief and guitarist Gilbert Blue.

The USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center is located at 119 S. Main St. Lancaster, SC.

For more information on the Center visit (http://usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS/) or call 803/313-7172.

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Offers A Fundraising Event for Its Film, Media and Visual Arts Division – Nov. 14, 2015

November 10, 2015

The Film, Media and Visual Arts Division, at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, is hosting a reunion/fundraiser for student scholarships and student equipment on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at 7pm in the 950 building on the Main campus. Event Tickets are $25.

Included in the ticket price is:

· Food and refreshments catered by Sticky Fingers

· Tours of the new facility

· Live music

· Movies

· Cash Bar

·  and more

We are also having a silent auction and we could use any/all donations of artwork, goods or services.

For further info contact Richard Dooley, Department Chair, Visual Arts, Trident Technical College by calling 843/574-6755.

City of Newberry, SC, Offers Second Annual SC Clay Conference – Feb. 26-28, 2016

November 7, 2015


The second annual South Carolina Clay Conference takes place on Feb. 26, 27 and 28, 2016, in Newberry, SC, It promises to bring together the growing community of SC potters, clay artists, students and teachers for three days of amazing presentations, pertinent conversation, and instructive demonstrations all while meeting three remarkable presenters. Michael Sherrill, Glenda E. Guion and Bill Griffith join together to demonstrate, discuss and share the techniques and inspirations that creates the personal work they, and others, do today.


“Moving Clay Forward-Making Clay Personal” is the theme of the 2016 SCCC. Michael Sherrill and Glenda Guion will be on stage Friday and Saturday demonstrating the unique techniques each uses and has created over their careers in clay. Wheel demonstrations as well as handbuilding, extruding and finishing techniques are on the agenda. Participants will be able to interact with the presenters and engage in discussion on how each artists works to discover their personal language through clay.
Sunday, Bill Griffith offers an inspiring and thought awakening presentation on how various artists and potters have made their clay speak their own language. In fact, it was thorough conversations with Bill that this year’s theme “Making Clay Personal” was born.

The SCCC organizers, their attendees and presenters are creating a stronger and more connected clay community in SC. “Moving Clay Forward –Making Clay Personal” is three days of meeting other potters and sculptors, learning about clay organizations around SC, gathering an immense amount of information and inspiration from the presenters and each other as well as having a wonderful time to mingle and socialize with everyone attending. There may even be a little dancing!

For additional information visit (www.southcarolinaclayconference.com). There you will find links to the Eventbrite registration page, general information, as well as presenter bios. Registration is now open and space is limited.

Editor’s Note: Even if you’re not interested in this event and you are a clay artist, potter, or use clay in the creation of art and living in South Carolina, you may want to contact the folks in Newberry and give them your contact info. They are trying to build a data base of clay artists in SC.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Artists Going Live Fundraiser on Dec. 10, 2015, at Chapman Cultural Center

November 6, 2015


The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, in Spartanburg, SC, will host its third annual “Artists Going Live” fundraiser Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in the theater lobby at Chapman Cultural Center, from 6-9pm. The celebrity emcee will be Jamarcus Gaston, host of the television morning show Studio 62.

Monte Anthony working at the 2014 event

A view of the 2014 event

The evening will kick off with artists and celebrities creating works of art together, while patrons observe. The pieces will then be auctioned off that evening at 7:30pm. In addition, patrons will enjoy an open bar of beer and wine. Motte and Sons will be sponsoring an “Artini” bar, which is a vodka and cranberry drink. Also, there will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres by Café Around the Corner, music by DJ Jay Gibert, and a silent auction of many items donated by regional artists and businesses.

“Not only is this a fun evening, it’s a very worthwhile event,” event spokesperson Brandi Dice said. “The proceeds from this fundraiser go to the guild, which helps to strengthen the arts in the community, provide arts education, monthly programs and venues for members to show their work”.

Some of the artists and celebrities participating are Monta Anthony, Kris Neely, Trey Finney, Bailie, Ann Richards Crenshaw, Susu Johnson, Carter and Lewis Smith, Lee Raines and Amy Zimmer. “This is a very important fundraiser for the Guild,” Dice said. “We are so glad to have Jamarcus as the emcee. He is a big supporter of the arts in the community. This is a unique opportunity to purchase locally made art by your friends and neighbors, and for a good cause.”

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased through Chapman Cultural Center’s box office, online at (http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/events.php?id=1651#sthash.g3tTGsly.dpbs), and (http://www.artistsguildofspartanburg.com/spatanburg-art-events/163/Artists+Going+Live) or by calling the guild at 864/764-9568.

Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head Island, SC, Named an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution

November 6, 2015


It is being announced today in Washington, DC, and Hilton Head Island, SC, that the Coastal Discovery Museum has received the honor of being named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Coastal Discovery Museum joins 201 museums, educational and cultural organizations across the United States which have earned this honor. Smithsonian Affiliates are selected for their record of scholarship, professionalism, high quality exhibits and effective museum education programs. The Smithsonian considers affiliate proposals from institutions whose missions are parallel to the Smithsonian’s and who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving their communities.

Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term, collaborative partnerships with museums, educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. The partnership fosters resource sharing, educational initiatives, scholarly exchange and research efforts.

“The Coastal Discovery Museum’s recognition as a Smithsonian Affiliate will allow us to grow significantly in several areas related to our mission” said Rex Garniewicz, director of the museum. “We are always seeking to improve our visitors’ understanding of how coastal wetlands will respond to a changing planet, and the Smithsonian’s Global Change Research Wetland is a great partner for improving our presentation of this science to the public.”

“On the cultural side, there are a number of great organizations on the island have come together with the common goal of preserving Gullah music, crafts, fishing traditions, cuisine, story-telling, and family life. We would like to serve as a conduit to connect these organizations with the resources of the Smithsonian and vice versa. Although the Coastal Discovery Museum is the repository for archaeological artifacts recovered from Mitchelville and other significant sites on Hilton Head Island, telling the story of our heritage is really an island-wide and a county-wide collaboration, and it is one that the Smithsonian Institution would like to support.”

“Today, the Smithsonian is doing more than sharing its treasures with the museums of America,” said Harold A. Closter, Smithsonian Affiliations Director. “We are building relationships with people in their own communities, ensuring that all Americans can enjoy a quality Smithsonian experience, regardless of their proximity to Washington, DC. By partnering with Coastal Discovery Museum we hope to help explore the rich history, science, and culture of the Lowcountry of South Carolina and collaborate on educational programs, exhibitions and research projects. We are honored to welcome the Coastal Discovery Museum into the family of Smithsonian Affiliates.”

The Coastal Discovery Museum will celebrate its Smithsonian Affiliation, and Harold Closter, the Director of Smithsonian Affiliations, will make a brief presentation to the museum, at our Nov. 18, 2015, “Hilton Head in the Modern Era” lecture, featuring Steve Riley and his appropriately titled presentation “Where Do We Go from Here?”

Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops collaborative partnerships with museums and education and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources.

Established in 1985 and celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2015, the Coastal Discovery Museum makes a difference in the way people think about and interact with the environment, history, culture, and art through telling the story of the Lowcountry.

More information is available at (http://www.affiliations.si.edu). For more information about the museum call 843/689-6767 or visit (http://www.coastaldiscovery.org).


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