CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, is Calling all Artists, Artisans, Crafters, Musicians and Food Vendors to Participate in Live Oak Art & Music Fest – Deadline Sept. 15, 2019

July 21, 2019

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, presents Live Oak Art & Music Fest complete with live music, food truck vendors, children’s activity center, and over 50 exhibiting artists, designers, and crafters. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch artists in action, purchase something special, and meet the local creative community. The Live Oak festival has welcomed thousands of visitors since it began in 2004 and is now held in conjunction with the City of Conway’s Fall Festival.

When: Saturday, October 5th from 10am – 5pm
Where: 1201 Third Ave – Horry County Courthouse

Members of CREATE Conway with active memberships, receive a FREE 10′ x 10′ space. Non-Members or inactive CREATE Conway members may reserve a 10′ x 10′ space for $45 (see membership savings option below before you sign up)
Food Truck Vendor space is $50.

Have questions? E-mail inquiries to (createconway@gmail.com) or call Dee at 810/923-3334.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Application and payment deadline is September 15, 2019.

Sign up to exhibit here (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4ba9ae2fa0ff2-live).

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Announces Fall Artist-in-Residence – Nancy Basket

July 21, 2019

Traditional artist Nancy Basket will appear at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, as Artist-in-Residence this fall, demonstrating and discussing basket making techniques.


Nancy Basket at work.

Basket is a traditional pine needle basket-maker who helped form the first basketry guild in North America. For decades, she has made baskets and other folk art creations and has researched and shared her basketry and storytelling skills at powwows as a National Indian Education Association presenter of traditional and contemporary baskets.

USC’s McKissick Museum has recognized Basket as a master basket maker, and she has presented workshops for students and teachers through sponsorships at Lander University, Clemson University, Converse College, University of South Carolina, Furman University, and Columbia College.

Basket also is an approved artist in the SC Arts Commission Arts in Education programs and was a 2005 recipient of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, an award presented annually by the South Carolina General Assembly to traditional artists who practice and promote art forms transmitted through their families and communities.

“We are delighted to have Nancy Basket as our sixth artist-in-residence, and we are grateful for the continued support of the SC Arts Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts Program and for making Nancy’s residency possible,” said Dr. Stephen Criswell, Director of Native American Studies at USC Lancaster. “She is a multi-talented artist and storyteller who uses natural materials from the land around her to create beautiful works of art.  In addition to creating traditional pine needle baskets, Basket has crafted beautiful masks, wall hangings, sculptures, and even paper from the ‘vine that ate the South’—kudzu.”

Basket will demonstrate her work at the Center on select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through December, appearing Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10am – 5pm. Other residency dates include Aug. 30-31, Sept. 20-21, Sept. 26-27, Oct. 5, Oct. 24-25, Nov. 8-9, Nov. 29-30, Dec. 5-7, and Dec. 20-21. A complete list of residency dates will be available at (sc.edu/Lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).

She also will demonstrate her work at the annual winter Native American Art and Craft Sale, from 9am to 4pm, at the Native American Studies Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.

Basket’s residency is made possible through a 2020 South Carolina Arts Commission Folklife and Traditional Arts Grant.

For more information, call the Native American Studies Center at 803/313-7172 or visit (sc.edu/Lancaster/nativeamericanstudiescenter).

South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC, Calls For Entries For Competitive Exhibits – Deadline Sept. 1, 2019

July 21, 2019

The South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC, is accepting entries for this year’s competitive exhibits.

More than $300,000 in premiums will be offered in agriculture, art, crafts, flowers, and livestock again during this year’s 150th anniversary fair, which runs Oct. 9-20, 2019.

“Our competitive events are a hallmark of our annual fair and showcase the amazing talents of South Carolina residents,” said State Fair manager, Nancy Smith. “The diversity of the entries is a testament to the rich culture across our state.”

Competitors can view the Exhibit Guide and enter online at (scstatefair.org/competitors). Or they can download entry forms and mail them to SC State Fair, PO Box 393, Columbia, S.C. 29202, or drop them off at the fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC, from 8am – 3pm, Monday through Thursday or from 8am to noon on Fridays. Entry forms are available at the fairgrounds in the Dowling Building for those without computer access.

The entry period runs through Sept. 1, 2019.

For more information about this year’s fair, visit (scstatefair.org).

Art MoB in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winner of “Burst of Summer” Show

July 21, 2019

Art MoB in Hendersonville, NC, announces the winner of this years “Burst of Summer” miniature show, which was held during the month of June. Visitors were invited to pick their favorite of over 30 entries. It was Charlotte Brass’s entry, titled “Ducky” which received the most votes. “It’s always a pleasant surprise to see who the winner is,” said owner Michele Sparks. “We enjoyed meeting so many people who appreciate local art”.

Besides the People’s Choice award, artists competed for the “Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention”, which were given to Diane Southen and John Anderson.

Visit us on August 10 from 11am – 3pm for our Front Porch Series. Sweet tea and delicious treats will be offered during this laid-back artist talk.

Art MoB Studios and Gallery represents over 90 regional artists including 5 working studio artists.

Open 7 days a week, Art MoB is located at 124 4th Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC.

For further info call 828/693-4545 or visit (www.artmobstudios.com).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “30th Annual Juried Competition”

July 21, 2019

The Arts Council of York County announced the awards for the “30th Annual Juried Competition” at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:30pm. Works accepted to the “Juried Competition” are on exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts from June 14 – July 28, 2019.

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

This year’s juror was Amy Herman is an artist based in Charlotte, NC. She received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and her BFA in Fine Art from Michigan State University. Her photographs have been shown on the international level and are included in the permanent collections of the Kiyosota Museum of Photography, Cassilhaus, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She teaches photography at Central Piedmont Community College and co-directs Goodyear Arts.

There were 196 entries by 89 artists from 40 cities and 8 states. Of those entries, Herman selected 35 works to be displayed in the “30th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts.


Work by Lila Shull

Awards were presented to:

Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – “Bright Edges” by Lila Shull of Knoxville, TN
1st Place – “801” by Dana Jones of Greenville, SC
2nd Place – “Since III” by J. Michael Simpson of Rock Hill, SC
3rd Place – “Body” by Rebecca Lipps of Charlotte, NC
Honorable Mention – “Dark Matter” by Todd McDonald of Seneca, SC
Honorable Mention – “Man with Handcrafted Polyhedron” by Orion Wertz of Pineville, NC
Honorable Mention – “And Then There Were Five” by Brianna Wilson of Kingstree, SC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson.

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “30th Annual Juried Competition”.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district.

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).

Make a Bowl for Charity – Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, Donates Space for Hub City Empty Bowls Event – July 13, 2019

July 6, 2019

Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, will sponsor two free and public pottery bowl-making sessions at Converse College on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 10am-noon and 1-3pm. The bowls made during these creative and grassroots events will be used later to raise money to feed needy Spartanburg citizens through TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based agency that aids people in financial straits.

No talent or skill is needed to participate, only a creative community spirit and the desire to help those in need. All materials — clay, instruction, space — are provided at no cost. Participants will hand-shape clay bowls that will be left at Converse College to be finished by experienced potters through the lead sponsoring agency Carolina Clay Artists. In the fall, the finished bowls will be used at the much-anticipated Soup Day, a community event that lets people select the bowls of their choice for $20 donations and then eat soup provided by local restaurants, hear live music, and enjoy the fellowship.

Several hundreds of colorful bowls of various styles and shapes are available on Soup Day. About two dozen restaurants provide the soup. And for the past few years, more than $30,000 has been raised each year.

“We are thrilled that Converse College has welcomed Hub City Empty Bowls on its campus for this event,” Chairman Bruce Bowyer said. “We are grateful for Converse’s generous community spirit in letting us use its studio space. This year, we also held bowl-making sessions at Wofford College and West Main Artists Co-op. Their contributions and involvement are vital to our success in making bowls that are turned into funds to help those in need. Thank you Converse College, Wofford College, and West Main Artists Co-op for giving your resources and for caring about people who don’t have enough to eat.”

Hub City Empty Bowls, a non-profit agency, is now in its eleventh year of helping people who are “food insecure,” which is usually defined as not being sure you’ll have the resources for your next meal. Empty Bowls is an international and grassroots effort by clay potters to help feed the needy. There is no headquarters or central administration. Each community designs its fundraising program around the concept of using clay bowls made by citizens to raise money to feed the needy. The exact ways and means are different for each community.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please visit online the Facebook page and the website at (HubCityEmptyBowls.com).

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Offers Art Spark Art Extravaganza – August 10, 2019

July 6, 2019

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, will host its annual Art Party called Art Spark Art Extravaganza on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Old Bishop Place Farm in Cedar Mountain, NC, from 6-9:30pm. The theme for the Art Party is “des masques . . . something hidden”. The Art Party includes an art auction, featured art chefs, live painting demonstrations, a DJ, and painted servers.

Tickets for this event are $85 per person. Tickets go on sale July 5. Proceeds from this event fund the art programs of the TC Arts Council.

For more information call the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or go to (www.tcarts.org).

The July 2019 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

June 30, 2019

The July 2019 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/719/719carolinaarts.html) – all 57 pages of it.

(Once again I’m launching a little early because of the holiday.) On our cover this month is “Indivisible” by Russell Gordon, on view at the Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC. We’re celebrating our 32nd birthday this month. Read about it in my commentary.

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 this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our August 2019 issue will be July 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

Gateway Arts Center in Westminster, SC, Call for Artists to Enter the “2019 Juried Show” – Deadline Aug. 23, 2019

June 30, 2019

The Gateway Arts Center, a 501 c 3 organization, in Westminster, SC, is calling for entries for its “2019 Juried Show”, which will take place from Aug. 30 through Oct. 11, 2019. A reception will be held on Aug. 30, from 6-8:30pm.

There are no media restrictions.

Drop Off Range: Aug. 13-15, from 10am-5pm; Aug. 16-17, from 10am-3pm; and Aug. 20-23, from 10am-5pm. Digital submissions due by Aug. 23, 2019.

The Gateway Arts Center is located at 213 E. Windsor Street in Westminster SC 29693, on Hwy. 76/123- across from Walgreen’s/1st Baptist.

The juror will be Michael Brodeur, Assoc Prof. @ Furman University. Awards include: 1st place – $1,500; 2nd place – $750; 3rd place – $325; and Merits Awards for: Painting, Photography, Fiber, Drawing, 3D Other, & 2D Other.

Please Read Complete Entry Requirements & Forms On-line at (gatewayartscenter.net).

Entry Fee: $35.00 for 2 works

For further info call 864-613-2211 during the day or e-mail to (gatewayartscenter213@gmail.com). The Center will be closed until July 20, 2019.

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Calls for Applications for the Brandon Fellowship – Deadline July 12, 2019

June 30, 2019

Are you an emerging artist looking to connect, grow, and launch your career?

Then the Brandon Fellowship might just be what you’re looking for! The Brandon Fellowship is a 12-month program, from September to August, that aims to develop three emerging artists between the age of 21-30 by providing a supportive environment, mentorship, and art education. The Brandon Fellowship helps launch young artists, foster a sense of community, and promote diversity at GCCA.

Benefits of The Brandon Fellowship:

University style studios
Stipend for art supplies
Dedicated mentors, assigned based on interest and medium
Access to one 6-week class per Art School Session
Support and mentorship from neighboring studio artists at GCCA
Visibility as an artist at various events
Work exhibited in the Annual Showcase: Brandon Fellowship Show, August – September 2020

Criteria for Eligibility:

Resident of Greenville County
Between 21 – 30 years old
Citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the US
Self-motivated, community-minded, and eager to participate in group activities
Fellows are selected from culturally diverse communities
Prior professional art training or post-secondary education is not required
Selection will be made without regard to marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability

Apply for the 2019-2020 Brandon Fellowship at (https://www.artcentergreenville.org/brandonfellowship?utm_source=GCCA+Email+List&utm_campaign=80281831ac-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_20_01_18_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_48d3372785-80281831ac-166557057).

The application period is open now and closes July 12, 2019. Learn more and apply online, or visit us in person!

The new class of Brandon Fellows will be announced at First Friday on August 2, 2019, during our Annual Showcase.

Brandon Fellowship Mentors

GCCA is seeking mentors for the Brandon Fellowship program. GCCA selects three mentors each year to support the three Fellows in residence. Mentors typically are well-established artists with teaching experience and will participate in the program on a volunteer basis. Mentors are matched with Fellows based on compatibility in personality and artistic interests.

Mentor Responsibilities:

A face-to-face meeting on a monthly basis (or more frequently if agreed by both parties)
Accessibility by phone or e-mail for guidance
Organizing one or two enrichment activities during the year, such as a museum trip, class visit, attendance at a lecture or conference, etc.
Participate in the Brandon Fellows ARTalk in June
Advise the Fellows in the preparation of their final exhibition in August-September

The 2019-20 Fellows will be selected at the end of July and potential mentors will be contacted in early August. The Fellowship period runs from September 1st to August 31st. If you would like to be considered as a Brandon Fellows mentor for 2019-2020 or in subsequent years, please contact Marlowe Schuck, Operations Manager by e-mail at (Marlowe@artcentergreenville.org) with a short bio and statement of interest.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Marlowe by e-mail at (marlowe@artcentergreenville.org), or call 864/735-3948, Ext. 3, or e-mail Danielle Fontaine at (daniellefontaine44@gmail.com).

Please help us spread the word by telling your friends, family, and neighbors about the program, or share information about the Brandon Fellowship on social media.