Charleston Development Academy in Charleston, SC, Calls for Photographers to Teach Students – Deadline April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017

FREEDOM SCHOOL in Charleston, SC, will have a summer program for 50 youth in the 5th and 6th grades, and 10 of these students will be taking a photography program. We need mentor volunteers to work with these kids, one hour a week on Mondays, from June 19 to July 28. They will be shooting in their community in downtown Charleston and need your mentoring.

The school will be at the Charleston Development Academy on Meeting Street, across the from the Visitors’ Center. The program will be similar to the previous Kids with Camera program.

If you are potentially interesting, we need to know by Monday, April 17. I should have more details soon.

Drop me an e-mail at (ronroczphoto@gmail.com).

Share your interest in photography with disadvantaged youngsters. It’s fun for you and impactful on the kids.

Thanks.  Ron Rocz

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Calls for Proposals for Bassett Gallery 2017-18 Season – Deadline May 15, 2017

April 12, 2017

The Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, is currently accepting artist materials for consideration for exhibition in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. Submissions for both solo and group exhibitions will be considered.

Submitting artists must send samples via e-mail; linked to a “cloud” portfolio (Drop Box, Google Drive); or by sending a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles, and should reflect the proposed exhibition.

A resume, submission form, description of the style of work, its size and medium used should all be included. Submissions must also include a brief artist statement. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

Submission forms can be found on the Fine Arts Center website at (www.fineartscenter.org/gallery), or you may drop by the FAC Box Office located at 810 Lyttleton Street to get a copy.

Materials will be accepted through May 15, 2017.
Please send to:
Bassett Gallery Exhibits Committee
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC 29020

You may also e-mail submission materials to (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org). For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson at (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org) or by phone at 803/425-7676 ext. 305.

Artists are responsible for load-in, hanging, and tear-down of the exhibit. Any expenses incurred by the artist(s) for travel, set-up, tear-down, etc. of any exhibition are not covered by the FAC. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s). Artists should be willing to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. The selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than June 30, 2017.

Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to six weeks. The Gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 6pm, on Thursday. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information about the Bassett Gallery, call 803/425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org).

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Announces Winners of the 2017 Youth Arts Month Exhibition

April 12, 2017

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, announces the winners of the 2017 “You Gotta Have Art” Youth Arts Month Exhibition. This juried exhibition is an annual event in partnership with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD.) Students’ work were submitted by participating schools’ K-12 art teachers. Awards were distributed during the opening reception which was held in conjunction with the youth play, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. The artwork was judged by local artists Jack Pierce and Brian Pierce, who chose first through third place winners, along with honorable mentions. The winning pieces (with the exception of any 3D pieces) will travel throughout the county as the 2017 Traveling Art Exhibition. The Traveling Art Exhibition concludes with a stop at the State House in Columbia, SC.


Molly Mohr. 3D Winner. Grade K. Blaney Elementary. Wende Myers, teacher.

This year’s winners are:
Patrick Minihane (Mt. Pisgah Elementary); Hank Thompkins (Camden Elementary); Savannah LaVasser (Camden Elementary); Ja’Niyah Hollis-Baskins (Camden Elementary); Peyton Sims (Mt. Pisgah Elementary); Kennedie Qualls (Lugoff Elementary); Regan Hill (Lugoff Elementary); Maddie Tilton (Midway Elementary); William Carter (Midway Elementary); Jennifer Sutherland (North Central Middle); Henry Green (Camden Middle); Wade Thomas Lemonds (Leslie M. Stover Middle School, Cassandra Y. Mickle); Jimena Noyola (Grade 7, North Central Middle); Hailey Scarborough (Camden Middle); Robert Keen (Camden Middle); Katie Flowers (Lugoff-Elgin High); Giensa Moreira (Lugoff-Elgin Highs); Katelyn Ramold (Lugoff-Elgin High); Anna Cooper (Lugoff-Elgin High); Garrett Lawson (Camden High); Desmon Rush (Lugoff-Elgin High); and Rachel Barnett (Lugoff-Elgin High).

Four of the winning pieces were considered 3D and due to the fragility of the work, these pieces will not travel: Molly Mohr (Blaney Elementary); Carlos Vidal (Leslie M. Stover Middle); Bre Tomlin (North Central Middle); and Daisy Noyola (North Central High).

This year’s Honorable Mentions were: Faithlynn Kossman, Mallory Phillips, Charlie Horton, Serenity Williams, Cauthen Branham, Kendall Potter, Makaylee Catoe, Jayda Brace, Caitlyn Tobias, Clay Caudill, Stacey Knight, Torrence Cabbagestalk, Hudson Jay, Ewan Flek, Asya Leonard, Faever Stuckey, Angelina Spinelli, Sasha Echevarria, Anna Cooper, Shiloh Ray, Ginesa Moreira, Bryce Lail, Taylor Roberts, Emma Josey, Daisy Noyola, Trey Stevens, Montana Rush, and Will Warnock.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information call 803/425-7676, extension 300 or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org). The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-6pm.

2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline April 21, 2017

April 4, 2017

In partnership with the Arts Council of York County, the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County, SC, on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017. For this program, artists and artisans are defined as individuals who make handcrafted products without the use of kits or commercial models, and whose primary components are not manufactured. Examples include but are not limited to: painters, potters, weavers, quilters, jewelers, acoustic musicians, and artisan bakers. Storytellers and musicians may also apply to be considered. Those selected to participate in the Tour will be located at Farm Sites and can sell their products.

Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence. Artisans can participate on different weekends but must complete a separate application for each county/weekend. There is no fee to participate. Artists and artisans may apply online at (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans). Artisans whose applications are received after Friday, April 21, 2017 will not be included on printed materials; however, they will be listed on (www.AgAndArtTour.com).

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free, self- guided tour of farms featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. Set to take place at local farms and farm stands in 11 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Newberry, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life. The Tour will be held each weekend in June, on Saturday, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sunday. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state.

The first Ag + Art Tour started in 2012 in York County to bring together agriculture and art. York County hosted close to 3,000 visitors during the inaugural year. The Tour expanded to include Lancaster County in 2013 with 6,000 total visitors, and added its third and fourth counties to include Chester and Fairfield in 2014 with a total of 8,000 attendees for the entire tour. In 2015, the Tour welcomed its fifth county – Union. Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry Counties joined the Tour in 2016, and in 2017, the Tour added Florence and Newberry Counties, bringing the total number of participating counties to eleven. Overall, the Tour has seen over 20,000 visitors since launching in 2012.

The Tour is coordinated by a leadership team and county-level planning teams that are coordinated by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, chamber of commerce, tourism bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, arts councils and community volunteers.

Support for this project is provided by York Electric Cooperative, Inc., the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax/Tourism Commission, York County Hospitality Tax, the ACYC’s Annual Campaign and Small Grants Program, and the John and Susan Bennet Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information on the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgAndArtTour.com) for details. Artists and artisans seeking more information about participating in the Ag + Art Tour of York County should contact Stephanie Castaldo by e-mail at (scastaldo@yorkcountyarts.org) or call 803/328-2787.

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Call for Artists to Participate in the 45th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase on July 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

Artists who wish to exhibit in the 45th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase on Main Street in downtown Brevard, NC, for July 4th may apply for a booth space through the Transylvania Community Arts Council until June 2, 2017. Applications and more information are available by calling the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or by e-mailing to (tcarts@comporium.net). All art vendors must have their own tent, tables and chairs.

Each year, the Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase features up to 48 regional artists and crafters who are juried into the show based on their excellent original art and craftwork. The event will take place from 9am to 5pm, in conjunction with Heart of Brevard’s Fourth of July Celebration and Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show in downtown Brevard. These three-festivals-in-one attract up to 14,000 people annually with music, arts, crafts, food, children’s activities and more. This year the event will take place on Tuesday, July 4. Non-artist vendors wanting to participate must contact the Heart of Brevard at 828/884-3278.

The application and jury fee is $150. Applicants will be notified of jury decisions and receive important event information by June 5, 2017.

For more information, contact the Transylvania Community Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net).

Where the Trail Will Lead: The 200th Quilt Square on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

April 3, 2017

by Victoria Hurst

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, in Upstate, SC, is celebrating its 200th quilt square at the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2017, at 12:30pm. 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
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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. This art form has woven its way into the hearts of this community.

Martha File is the one of the founding members of the trail and continues to work with the UHQT from her current home in Athens, OH. Martha was living in Seneca, SC, when she began working with the Quilt Trail and usually comes back to her home in Seneca for a week or two every month. Her favorite square is mounted there, which is based on a quilt made by her aunt. Martha is passionate about organizations that promote community service and fellowship, and “the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail would not be where it is today without all the community support it has received. This is truly a collaborative effort by many organizations, businesses and individuals in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. Some of our quilts have been painted by students in the schools, community groups, families, as well as by our volunteers.” Martha has been on this journey since 2009 and has watched as quilt squares have been added to homes, historic buildings, destination venues, and businesses in the Upstate.

Nancy Warmath, who lives outside of Seneca, had both a grandmother and mother who quilted, and she has a quilt that her mother made at the age of 12. She also has a quilt square above her mailbox, #139 “Dogwood Quilt,” based on one of her grandmother’s. Nancy is in the process of making a quilt herself for the first time in 30-something years. After getting involved through Gil Huggins on the Walhalla production team, she has worked on painting several of the quilt squares, beginning with #80, “Wedding Ring” in Central. She also did work on the 200th Quilt, which will be unveiled April 7th. She loves the stories behind the quilts and hopes to see wider promotion of the trail, as it brings more visitors to our area and inspires residents to learn more about their heritage.

One resident of Seneca, Lyn Geibens, has a quilt square on her home (quilted by Gil Huggins) and got involved in the quilt trail through her friend, Jane Bolling. Lyn and Jane worked with the students at Keowee Elementary School to paint their quilt square, #10 “Compass Rose”, and recalls how proud the students were to write their names on the back of what they helped create. Lyn also finds it gratifying to work with a group of “strong willed woman…there is very little criticism and loads of encouragement.”

Oconee County Production Team Leader Chris Troy is an artist based in Bountyland, between Seneca and Walhalla. She also has a quilt square on her house, which represents the first and only quilt that she actually created herself. While Chris’s medium of choice is ceramics rather than textiles, she really values being involved in the UHQT and says “the hands on, face to face interaction of people of diverse backgrounds coming together for the purpose of creating public art has always been a positive endeavor.”

Jim and Barbara Schoonover of Wynward Point in Salem are a husband/wife duo that have been involved with the UHQT since 2009. Barbara is a quilter, and she is on the production team for painting the quilt patterns. Jim cuts the board, paints the primer, and draws the patterns. At this time, he holds the title of only man on the team. He and Barbara both enjoy working with an organization that they see as a great asset to the community and a great “way to connect with locals who have grown up here and those who have moved to this area for the beauty of the Upstate.”

Abby Heid is another resident of Seneca, SC, who finds a strong sense of identity and community from being involved in UHQT: “The people who participate in the UHQT have a strong camaraderie…[they] bring together their individual skill sets with each new quilt project. The talents of artists, quilters, crafters, and those who want to learn come together to turn someone’s hand or machine-sewn quilt into a fantastic work of art. The teamwork is amazing. It is the people, who come weekly to the studio and contribute their talents, laughter, and chatter that make you feel welcomed and come back to learn more.”

The members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail put in over 7,000 volunteer hours per year, giving presentations, painting quilt squares with members of the community, and finding ways to improve and promote this priceless resource. As these proud members reveal their 200th milestone along a winding, scenic, and sometimes uphill road, they also have announcements about how this project will continue to grow and reach even more people across the region and beyond. Join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail at the Pickens Chamber of Commerce at 222 W. Main St. in Pickens, SC on April 7th at 12:30pm to see where the trail will lead!

Victoria Hurst is a writer, traveler and Clemson native who is now based in Charleston, SC.

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

Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Artisan Participation – Deadline Apr. 21, 2017

April 3, 2017

The Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour Artisan Application is now live! Lancaster, SC, is one of eleven counties that comprise the South Carolina Ag+Art Tour, our nation’s largest free farm tour. The annual free self-guided tour of Lancaster County’s agricultural sites will be Saturday, June 17, 2017. from 9am-5pm and Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 1-5pm.

Artisans are invited to offer works for show and sale, conduct demonstrations or performances, and greet visitors at the following Lancaster County locations: Benford Brewing Company, Dixie Bee Supply and Country Store, The Ivy Place (Sunday only), #9 Lumber Company, Griff’s Greenhouse and Nursery, Historic Craig Farm, Native American Studies Center (Native American Artisans), SC Truffieres & Howell Specialty Farmz, Lancaster County Farmers Market(Saturday only). There is no charge for artisans to participate.

Interested artisans can go here: (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans) to learn more and apply. The direct link to the application is below:

(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJS8f2Y-E8w1FS7nOJzy0GEm3gtS6haI_DiiDt0QtRad4Mxg/viewform).

Artisans should contact Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720 or e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or call 803/285-7451 for copies of application or other information.

The deadline to apply to appear in printed materials is Friday, April 21 at 5pm.

Additionally, Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour will kick-off the event on Friday, June 16 from 6-8pm at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.  Hosted by See Lancaster Live and sponsored by City of Lancaster, the event features live music with Blackbeard’s Truck, heavy appetizers, art exhibits by local/regional/national artists, cash bar with The Craft Stand, and complimentary bottle of honey courtesy Dixie Bee Supply. A limited number of tickets will be sold and prices are $15 for adult, $10 for children. These can be purchased online at (www.lancastercitysc.com) or e-mail (p.arts@lancastercitysc.com) or call 803/289-1494.

City of West Columbia (SC) to Host Art on State – A Celebration of Art Month, April 7, 2017, with the State Street Art Crawl

April 3, 2017

The City of West Columbia (SC) invites you to Art on State – A Celebration of Art Month on the 100 Block of State Street on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-8pm. The event will feature live music by Flat Out Strangers, and food and drink from Size Matters BBQ Bus and other restaurants on State Street. There will be live street mural paintings by Alicia Leeke, Art & Murals by B.A. Homan, Dylan Fouste, Jamie Blackburn, Lucas Sams, Michael Cassidy Painting, Michael Krajewski, and Sammy Lopez. Businesses on State Street will have specials for the event. Come enjoy the beautiful view of the city skyline, dine, stroll and immerse yourself in art!

The State Street Art Crawl will also feature local artist Melony Stuckey and local artisan, Mardi Renn, at It’s the Little Things, “Jocelyn Chateauvert: Recent Works” at Gallery West, and “Jaclyn Wukela’s Frame of Mind” at Frame of Mind.

For further info call Anna Huffman, Public Information Officer at 803/939-8613.

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

March 31, 2017

The April 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/417/417carolinaarts.html) – all 71 pages of it. We’re launching a little early as we have a day away from our computers on Apr. 1st – no fooling.

Our cover art features works by four different abstract artists who will have works on view in exhibits around the Carolinas. William Halsey’s estate is presenting his exhibit in Charleston, SC. We never miss an opportunity to promote his work and we’re also presenting work by one of his former students – Eileen Blyth.

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

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

Henderson County Potters and Artisans Sponsor Empty Bowls Dinner in Flat Rock, NC – Apr. 30, 2017

March 30, 2017

On Apr. 30, 2017, potters and artisans of Henderson County, NC, will sponsor an Empty Bowls dinner benefiting the Backpack Program at St. John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock, NC. The event will be held from 5 to 7pm in the church Parish House, located at 1905 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock.

Area potters and school groups are making and donating pottery bowls for the event, and local restaurants and bakers are preparing and donating soups, breads, and desserts for the meal.

For the past eight school years on Friday mornings, volunteers have loaded about 200 backpacks with supplemental non-perishable food for children on the free- and reduced-lunch program so that they don’t go hungry on weekends. The program provides food for students attending a day care center (year-round program), two elementary schools, one middle school, and a parochial school.

Debby Staton, coordinator of the Backpack Program at St. John, said that food is provided by MANNA Food Bank weekly and then is supplemented from grants, donations, and fundraisers like Empty Bowl. “We make sure that each child has three dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts, and two snacks on a regular weekend.”

The Empty Bowls Project began in 1990 in a Michigan high school art class to raise funds for a food drive. Today it is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, personalized by artists and arts organizations on a community level.

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes one handmade pottery bowl to take home, or $50 for families, which includes two pottery bowls. Limited tickets are available at the church Parish House.

Local potter David Voorhees is coordinating the event along with Staton. “One ticket will feed seven children for one weekend,” said Voorhees. “Come enjoy a simple meal, and choose a pottery bowl handcrafted by a local artisan to take home as a keepsake, knowing you are supporting children across Henderson County who are struggling with hunger every day.”

For more information, contact the Church Office at 828/693-9783 or David Voorhees at 828/698-8775.