Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Calls for Proposals for Exhibitions – Deadline Oct. 31, 2017

July 17, 2017

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is reviewing applications for 5 solo exhibitions for the 2018/19 season. Upload 15 images, image list, and CV to (Dropbox.com) and share folder with (artgallery@coker.edu) or send materials to Ashley Gillespie, Coker College Art Dept., 300 East College Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550 (SASE if you want it returned.). Gallery provides $300 towards shipping and $200 for a gallery talk. Deadline is Oct. 31, 2017. E-mail notifications will be sent out by early January. Prospectus: (http://www.ceceliacokerbellgallery.com), E-mail to (artgallery@coker.edu). Phone: 843/383-8156 or 843/621-3005.

Southern Highlands Craft Guild Holds Summer Crafts Fair in Asheville, NC – July 21 – 23, 2017

July 12, 2017

Entering its seventh decade this July, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands offers the public the opportunity to cultivate craft in their daily life. Presented by Asheville Color and Imaging and “Asheville Citizen-Times”, this fine craft event will return to the U.S. Cellular Center. Doors open at the downtown Asheville venue on Friday, July 21 at 10am and will last until Sunday, July 23 at 5pm. Transitioning to a three-day show, the Fair is bringing new, dynamic elements that celebrate the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s creative community.


Arena floor view

Design vignettes will demonstrate how one can utilize craft in both form and function for the home, and are made possible by local interior designers, architects and builders. Combining the talents of Guild makers with spacial creatives allows for building a stronger trade community. Collaborating sponsors include Alchemy Design Studio, ID.ology Interiors & Design, Rusticks, Platt Architecture, P.A., Samsel Architects, and Living Stone Design + Build. At 11:30am on Friday, visitors have the opportunity to hear more about the design process from the collaborators themselves.

Additionally, there will be more craft demonstrations with interactive activities for visitors. Through Asheville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau the Buncombe County Festival and Cultural Event Support Fund this summer edition has more than ten makers showing their skills and techniques. Local Cloth will be offering hands-on fiber experiences in silk painting and shibori dyeing, as well as spinning and weaving. Several other educational demonstrators include Brandy Clements of Silver River Chair Caning Center, mixed media artist John Richards, WNC Fiber/Handweavers Guild, Asheville Quilt Guild, and dyer Dede Styles.

The Fair will feature nearly 150 makers with both contemporary and traditional work in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. The members will fill both floors of the U.S. Cellular Center on its upstairs concourse and downstairs arena level. All exhibitors have undergone a two-step jury process as a part of the Guild’s legacy to uphold a set of standards established by their creative peers.

Each day provides various experiences in addition to shopping. At 1pm Local Cloth will also be putting on a mini fashion show, “15 Minutes of Fashion,” in which models will be adorned with exhibitor’s handmade garments and jewelry. Mountain musicians, from old time to bluegrass, perform live on the arena stage daily. Since the first fair, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience.

The U.S. Cellular Center was a shift in landscape for this event as it first took place under canvas tents in 1948 on the grassy lawns of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Downtown Asheville provides a robust experience for visitors, as the time honored gathering is representative of the creativity that flows in Western North Carolina. As a venue to provide a regional marketplace for mountain craftspeople, the Guild Fairs have since evolved into a popular celebration of craft in the country.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is made possible from the additional following sponsors: “The Laurel of Asheville”, “Our State Magazine”, “Smoky Mountain Living”, WLOS News 13 and “WNC Magazine”.

Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild, chartered in 1930, is today one of the strongest craft organizations in the country. The Guild currently represents nearly 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 southeastern states. During the Depression the Guild cultivated commerce for craftspeople in the Appalachian region. This legacy continues today as the Guild plays a large role in the Southern Highlands craft economy through the operation of four craft shops and two annual craft expositions. Educational programming is another fundamental element of the organization, fulfilled through integrated educational craft demonstrations at retail outlets and expos, free educational community events, and an extensive public library located at its headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hours: Friday thru Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Admission: General ($8.00), Weekend Pass($12.00), Children Under 12 (Free)

Exhibitor Lists at (www.craftguild.org/craftfairsh).

NC Outer Banks Artists Selected For Statewide Exhibition

July 12, 2017

Three members of Dare County Arts Council, in NC, Mary Edwards, Peggy Saporito and Bobby Wiltshire have been selected for the 2017 Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 72nd statewide exhibition.

A total of 266 entries were submitted for this year’s exhibition, which will be on display at Greensboro College’s Anne Ruff Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries in Greensboro, NC, October 15- November 18, 2017.

“What an honor it is to be accepted into this year’s WSNC annual juried competition,” said watercolor artist Mary Edwards. “Thank you, WSNC, for making the annual art show and meeting fun and successful! Can’t wait for the art-filled weekend with internationally acclaimed artist Mary Whyte.”

Mary Whyte juried the show selecting 70 paintings for the annual exhibition. She is a watercolor artist, teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national and international recognition. Her portraits are in corporate, private and university collections, and in permanent collections of the South Carolina Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have been juried into the 72nd Watercolor Society of NC Exhibition by Mary Whyte with my painting ‘Play Ball’,” said watercolor artist Peggy Saporito. “As an outstanding writer, teacher and watercolor artist, I admire her accomplishments and talent and truly value her opinion as a juror.”

All are cordially invited to attend the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 72nd Exhibition Opening Reception on Sunday, October 15 at 2pm.

For more information about the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (ncwatercolor.com).

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

Full Circle Arts in Hickory, NC, Calls for Entries for Exhibit “Assemblages” – Deadline July 22, 2017

July 12, 2017

Full Circle Arts of Hickory, in Hickory, NC, is looking for artists in the greater Hickory area to enter work for a new themed exhibition entitled “Assemblages”. For this competition we are asking artists to submit works which are made up of different things put together in a cohesive artwork hence the name “assemblages”. The show will run from July 27 until August 26, 2017. We believe that this theme will add a more varied creativity and explore different mediums in the artists work. Visitors to the show will be able to experience diverse and whimsical creations as the artists portray their ideas in their work in a variety of techniques and materials.

The show will be judged and juried for acceptance. The judge for this show is yet to be determined. We will be giving cash awards of $100, $75 and $50 for First, Second and Third place winners. Honorable Mentions will be awarded with ribbons. Artists are allowed to enter up to 3 works of art for a fee of $35 for non-members, $25 for patron and associate members and $10 for Exhibiting members. No work may be larger than 48″ in any direction. All 2-D work must be framed or wrapped and properly wired for hanging. 3-D artwork must be on a base or pedestal. Artwork should be hand delivered to our gallery, 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, in Hickory, NC, Thurs. and Friday July 20 and 21, 11am-5pm and Sat., July 22, 10am – 2pm. Any pieces which do not make it into the show may be picked up at the reception or that weekend, July 27, 28 and 29 during gallery hours.

We will have an opening reception for the show on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6-8pm, where refreshments will be provided and awards presented.

Full Circle Arts will retain a 35% commission on any work sold for non-members, 30% for Associate Members and 20% for Exhibiting Members.

FCA is an artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available by calling 828/322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or e-mail to (info@fullcirclearts.org). Please visit our website at (www.fullcirclearts.org).

South Carolina Watermedia Society Seeks Donations for SCWS First National Digital Show

July 7, 2017


Would you consider making a tax deductible donation to help provide awards for the top 30 paintings in the SCWS first National Digital Show. Donations can be made in honor of an individual or a group. Donors and sponsors will be listed in the show catalog.

This year’s show is from October 7 through November 25, 2017, in Charleston, SC, at the Charleston International Airport, in the front atrium.

All of those donating receive promotions in the media and in our catalog which is circulated statewide with a traveling exhibit. In addition, advertisements may be placed in the catalog to provide general program support and artist awards.

Click here to make your contribution (https://scwatermedia.com/sponsorships/).

Click here to learn more about the digital show (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4437). Entry deadline for the show is July 28, 2017.

The July 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

June 30, 2017

The July 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/717/717carolinaarts.html) – all 54 pages of it. I know – that’s a lot less than usual, but it’s Summer.

Our cover art features work by Kristi Ryba of Charleston, SC. We’re continuing to feature works that have a political slant to them. Ryba has provided us with an image that is as current as you can get. How many people can you recognize? We have more about this cover image in my commentary on Page 4.

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 August 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the July 24th deadline.

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

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Will Present Exhibit of Dinnerware and Hosts Three Intimate Dinners

June 29, 2017

“What’s For Dinner?”, an exhibit of handmade dinnerware, will be presented at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Aug. 5 through Nov. 25, 2017.

Handmade dinnerware does more than feed a hungry body—it provides the user with visual nourishment and tactile delight. “What’s for Dinner?” celebrates the connection between ceramics and food through the work of twenty North Carolina makers, including:

Contributing works to this exhibit include: Cady Clay Works, Courtney Martin, David Vorhees, Dean & Martin Pottery, Doug Dotson, East Fork Pottery, Great White Oak Gallery, HAAND, Heather Mae Erickson, Jugtown Pottery, Mangum Pottery, Melissa Weiss, New Salem Pottery, Nick Moen Studios, Nine Toes Pottery, Original Owens Pottery, Sedberry Pottery, Stanley Mace Andersen, Tom Gray, and Westmoore Pottery.

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 from noon-2 pm. The reception is open to the public and free of charge. All dinnerware in the show will be available for purchase. Purchased dinnerware must remain in the show until its end date.

Have Dinner @ The North Carolina Pottery Center

We’re hosting three intimate dinners at the North Carolina Pottery Center featuring the dinnerware that’s on display.

The first of these dinners is Friday evening, Aug. 4, 2017, the day before the exhibition officially opens, which combined with a delightful four-course dinner and wine from Elliots on Linden of Pinehurst, NC, makes this dinner extra special! Executive Director Lindsey Lambert will be your host for the evening.

Tickets are $160 each. Only 20 available.

Call 336/873-8430 or visit the North Carolina Pottery Center at 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, NC, to make reservations.

The North Carolina Pottery Center is a nonprofit organization. All proceeds will support the center’s mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in our great state!

Stakeholders Announce Plans for “Southern Lights,” a Signature Art Installation for Columbia, SC

June 29, 2017

Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges in Columbia, SC. Scheduled to light up every evening in Cayce, West Columbia and Columbia for the next decade, this installation is coming to fruition through supporters including, What’s Next Midlands, the Congaree Vista Guild, the South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture, the City of Columbia and One Columbia for Arts and History. The laser installation will launch on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend celebrations.

With the support of the cities of Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce and Richland County, the installation’s design is meant to connect our cities and the Midlands community. The project offers an innovative approach to public art and celebrates and highlights public infrastructure uniquely. Southern Lights will be the only installation of its kind in the United States, and celebrates the work of Charles Townes, a native South Carolinian whose theories led to the development of laser technology.

“Southern Lights is a product of What’s Next Midlands and an example of our community coming together to move our region forward,” said Meghan Hickman, executive director of EngenuitySC. “This will be a signature piece for our community and a must-see for tourists, and we’re proud to be formally introducing Southern Lights as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend.”

Along with leadership and support from the communities who touch the bridges, leaders in the Midlands business community, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, are sponsoring the project, which will cost an estimated total of $120,000, a value for a signature art piece that will be part of the fabric of our region for a decade.

Chris Robinson, a professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, concentrates on contemporary science and technology and its role in decision-making through installations and digital drawings. He holds a BFA from Florida State and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts and is the recipient of many awards including the Leonardo da Vinci Space Art Award and the Palmetto Pillar Award, along with many competitive art awards. He has lectured, written and exhibited extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Robinson has completed dozens of large-scale installations in his career, most notably installations on the National Mall in Washington, DC, (in conjunction with Rockne Krebs), and in Columbia his light installation at the celebration of the opening of the South Carolina State Museum in 1989 and for the Governor’s Carol Lighting at the South Carolina State House in 1992.

“My installations create a sculptural structure, draw attention to interesting aspects of the surrounding environment and illuminate the distinctive quality of laser light,” said Robinson. “The Congaree River is special and unusual in that it is relatively dark in the middle of an urban environment and the beams can go both under and over the bridges and the viewers.”

Southern Lights is representative of Robinson’s body of work and marks the end of Robinson’s academic career in the School of Visual Art & Design at the University of South Carolina (May 31, 2017). Robinson will become chair of the Department of Art at USC Beaufort this fall.

Robinson will have Southern Lights completely installed by August 2017 but will test the lasers along the way. Two lasers are installed at points on the banks of the Congaree River. One laser is at the City pump station below Founders Park, the USC baseball stadium, and the other is at EdVenture. Additionally, a series of mirrors that will reflect the lasers will be placed on existing structures, including on the rooftop of Bridgepointe Condominiums in West Columbia. The lasers are blue and green in color and mirrors along the river and on the bridges will reflect the lasers. Viewers who take in the installation can expect Southern Lights to look different from different vantage points.

Southern Lights will formally kick off at an event on Saturday, August 19 in the evening in celebration of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend. The tie-in with the eclipse means that our region’s new signature art piece will be celebrated by locals and tourists alike. Stay tuned to (SouthernLightsSC.com) for event details.

This installation is slated to light up the night for three hours every evening for the next 10 years, (times will change depending on what time the sun sets) or as long as the equipment holds up. The City of Columbia is committed to the ongoing maintenance and management of Southern Lights, as is the South Carolina State Museum. Those who cross the Gervais and Blossom Street bridges or visit the riverfront regularly will be able to take in Southern Lights, and with signage and wayfinding surrounding Southern Lights to come, visitors to the region will discover this major attraction for years to come.

For more information on Southern Lights, visit (SouthernLightsSC.com) and on social media via #SouthernLightsSC.

City of North Charleston, SC, Seeking New Artist-in-Residence – Professional Visual Artist Needed for Outreach Programs and More for FY2017/18 – Deadline July 21, 2017

June 29, 2017

Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, in North Charleston, SC, contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence. The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2017/18. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations to public schools, recreation facilities, and community groups within the city limits of North Charleston. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted position by Friday, July 21, 2017.

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the Artist-in-Residence will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2017/18 school year. Additional workshops will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest. In addition, the Artist-in-Residence has the option to present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery from December 2017 through January 2018. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Fest in May. Past artists who served in the position include Caroline M. Self (2016/17), Daryle Halbert (2015/16), Alexandra Roberts (2014/15), Charlynn Knight (2013/14), Kristy Bishop (2012/13), Lori Starnes Isom (2011/12), Deborah Meyer (2010/11), and Robert Maniscalco (2009/10).

Rate of pay for this part-time, contracted position is $25 an hour for up to 300 hours completed from August 2017 through June 2018. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV by 5pm on Friday, July 21, 2017. Application materials may be e-mailed to (kyeadon@northcharleston.org) or mailed to the attention of Krystal Yeadon at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org) or call 843/740-5854.

Appalachian Pastel Society Presents Bev Kies at Monthly Meeting in Mills River, NC – July 8, 2017

June 29, 2017

The Appalachian Pastel Society will present a demonstration by Bev Kies at their monthly meeting held at the Grace Community Church, located at 495 Cardinal Road, in Mills River, NC, 28759, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 10am to noon. The meetings are open to the public.

Kies will present painting animals with pastels with vibrance! Her work features brilliant colors, dimensional modeling and near Pop-Art vitality. She will demonstrate and speak to us about how she creates.

Beverly Kies is a regionally recognized pastel artist residing in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Her interest in art began at the age of five, when her mother sent her to the Atlanta School of Art. This early passion eventually led to a degree in art education from The Ohio State University.

Although she has worked in other mediums, pastels are what she loves. “The immediacy of pastels and the layering of colors works well for me.” Some people associate pastels with muted colors, but in Beverly’s paintings the colors explode off the paper. Her paintings are represented in a medley of work, with her most recent emphasis on the animal world, primarily horses, dogs, cats, bears, and cows. Although her studio is in her home, she is currently represented by Firefly Craft Gallery in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

For further info contact Cathyann Burgess by calling 828/595-9518, e-mail to (cathyannburgess@gmail.com) or visit (www.appalachianpastelsociety.org).