Archive for September, 2010

Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, Presents Art Display for Susan G. Komen For The Cure

September 30, 2010

The Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, will present, Venus For The Cure, a window display and silent auction at the Guild Gallery to benefit the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. The venus sculpture will be on display Oct 1 through Nov. 12, 2010.

Joy Roschella, one of the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery members, spearheaded the effort to create this work of art with the help of 12 other artists. Twelve of our very gifted exhibiting artist collaborated and have created twelve original acrylic canvases (16”x 20”) each.

Using permanent alizarine, black and white acrylics. The twelve canvases are attached to a four sided wooden shaped box. Placed on the top and bottom are custom made copper pyramids. This three dimensional art piece will be hanging and rotating slowly in our gallery’s right front window at at 160 East Bay Street in downtown Charleston. This piece was created for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure’s window competition and the silent auction/reception. The silent auction is planned for Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, from 5-8pm.

For more information regarding this event, contact Joy Roschella by e-mail at ( For further info about the Charleston Artist Guild, call 843/722-2425 or visit (

Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild Offers 38th year of Art in the Park in Myrtle Beach, SC

September 29, 2010

The Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild is presenting the 38th year of Art in the Park in two park locations in Myrtle Beach, SC, in October and November this year.

On Oct. 9 & 10, 2010, and on Nov. 6 & 7, 2010, we are at Chapin Park, 1400 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

On Nov. 13 & 14, 2010, we are at Valor Park, 1120 Farrow Parkway, Market common, Myrtle Beach, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

We will have over 60 artists from the East Coast and as far away as Tennessee with about 20 of those artists from our local area.

Typical art will include paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone.

The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild is a non-profit, state-chartered organization. Sixteen artists and crafts people who wished to encourage and promote fine arts in the community organized it in 1969.

There is no admission charge to the show. The event is child and pet friendly!

For further information contact JoAnne Utterback at 843/446-7471 or visit (

PechaKucha Night, Midnight at the Mint, Takes Place in Charlotte, NC – Oct. 1, 2010

September 26, 2010

PechaKucha Night Charlotte, the winner of Charlotte Magazine’s 2010 Best of the Best (BoB) Award for Best Creative Gathering, will stage a special 7th installment of its presentation series on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, as part of the Mint Museum‘s 24-hour grand opening of its new Uptown location.

PKN Charlotte Volume 7 (“Midnight at the Mint”) will be held in the Main Atrium of The Mint Museum’s new Uptown location at 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC. The event will begin at 11:59pm and run approximately two hours.

Covering a broad range of topics and media, the evening will place emphasis on performance/entertainment-oriented presentations appropriate for this momentous occasion and the later-than-usual timing of the event. Featuring a carefully crafted lineup of exceptional individuals/groups from the region and around the country, this special PKN Charlotte presentation will include the following artists from Charlotte, Atlanta, Charleston, Raleigh, and even Scotland.

Jonathan Brilliant is a spatial artist from Columbia, SC, who has exhibited nationally and received numerous international fellowships. He is currently executing a series of site-specific installations in 13 galleries over two continents, concluding with as an Artist in Residence at The McColl Center in Charlotte.

Ahmer Inam is an engineer, strategy consultant, and photographer born in New Delhi and currently based in Charlotte. He shoots with a Fujifilm F30 P&S, Nikon D300, and 35mm and medium format film. His presentation will also feature Alla Prima (Emily Higgins & Kirsten Carrell Osborne).

Hardin Minor is a mime in Charlotte who has been entertaining audiences at parties, fundraisers, and Fortune 500 events for over 25 years, including 15 different comedic personas with make-up, wardrobe, props, and a custom written script for each event.

Dimeji Onafuwa is the Founder and Creative Director of Charlotte-based visual communications firm Casajulie. He is also a painter represented by RedSky Gallery in Charlotte and 5ive & 40rty Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC. His paintings are in private and public collections.

Fahamu Pecou is a painter based in Atlanta, GA, who has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad. His work has been reviewed and featured in numerous publications, including Art in America, Harper’s Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, and Mass Appeal Magazine.

Carlos Salum is the President of Salum International Resources, a management consulting firm based in Charlotte that focuses on Performance Architecture that aligns knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits to improve executive training and corporate events for clients in the US and abroad.

Anthony Schrag is a visual artist from Glasgow, Scotland, who creates interactive installations and performances to manipulate the expected experience of a space. He has exhibited internationally and is currently an Artist in Residence at The McColl Center in Charlotte. Schrag’s presentation will also feature various other artists.

Ce Scott is a nationally exhibited visual artist as well as the recently named Creative Director of The McColl Center for Visual Art and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. She will present along with Mitchell Kearney, a Charlotte-based portrait photographer.

George Smart is the Founder of Triangle Modernist Houses, a 501c3 historical archive of modernist houses in the Triad area. He is also Managing Partner of Strategic Development Incorporated, a Raleigh, NC-based leadership development and executive coaching firm.

Quentin “Q” Talley is a Charlotte slam poet who placed 12th at the Individual World Poetry Slam, 2nd with team Slam Charlotte at the National Poetry Slam, and twice as the Southern Fried Regional Champion. He also founded On Q Productions to produce performance works that reflect the minority experience.

Born in Tokyo in 2003, PechaKucha – Japanese for the sound of conversation – is a unique show-and-tell social event where local creatives from all disciplines present 20 slides for 20 seconds each – an exhilarating kaleidoscope of inspirations, ideas, and work. It is an opportunity for people in their communities to express their opinions, share their observations, and work out ideas to a diverse and broad audience in a casual supportive social environment. Akin to an intellectual happy hour, worldwide in around 350 cities, the local Charlotte-region series was founded in September 2008.

Admission to PKN is free. However there is a $10 entry to the museum, which also allows access to all the galleries, shows, as well as all the other 24-hour events/entertainment of the Grand Opening Night. The museum opens to the public at 5:30pm on Oct. 1, 2010, and will remain open for the next 24 hours. A cash-only bar will be available.

For more details and updates, please visit (

Saluda River Club in Lexington, SC, to Host Bob Graham for Art on the River – Oct. 23, 2010

September 22, 2010

The Saluda River Club and Lifestone Communities in Lexington, SC, to host Art on the River: the Saltwater Cowboy Returns Home, featuring an exhibit of works by Bob Graham, also known as the Saltwater Cowboy. The event takes place at the Saluda River Club Chickawa Outdoor Center on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, from 10am to 6pm.

Graham is a native of West Columbia, SC, graduating from Brookland Cayce High School in 1986. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Newberry College and received his MFA in Illustration from The Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his nickname by walking barefoot on the beaches of Savannah wearing his Stetson hat.

Graham has mastered his art over a twenty-five year career maintaining an exhibition space in the Waterfront Gallery in Charleston, SC, for fifteen years. Following the gallery’s recent closing, Graham joined with several artists to open Studio 151 on East Bay Street in Charleston. His recent exhibitions include the 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum; the Carolina / Caribbean Connection with the South Carolina Heritage Corridor; and a solo exhibit at the Boarder Lands Gallery in the Booth Western Art Museum.

Graham exhibits his work regularly across the United States and abroad and is represented in numerous museums, corporate and private collections. His work also graces the covers of numerous books and he has several magazine illustrations to his credit.

“My goal is to tell a story and evoke an emotion in the viewer. I feel art is a journey whose elusive goal is to communicate beauty that the creator has placed before us. The common thread in my work is people,” says Graham.

Paintings depicting the War Between the States, Native and Africain America themes, Western and Cowboy themes, prints and portraits will be available for purchase during the Art on the River event. You will experience the artist’s passion for western art, as well as, the love of his South Carolina roots.

Graham continues to say, “I want my work to sing. I want it to capture that unique sense of feeling of that one moment in time. My work reflects a lifelong pursuit of art. Although my paintings exhibit a realistic approach, my primary goal is to give a spirit of life to the subject. I don’t want to take my dreams to the grave.”

The Saluda River Club is located at 644 Corley Mill Road in Lexington, SC.

For further information contact Stephanie White by calling 803/808-3795 or e-mailing to ( To see more of Bob Graham’s works visit (

Rachel Parker Participates in Arts Events in the Columbia, SC, area on Oct. 3 & 8, 2010

September 22, 2010

Rachel Parker will participate in Saluda Shoals Park’s “Unearth 2010” on Oct. 3, 2010, in Columbia, SC, and the Lexington Interfaith Community Services Fundraiser “Art in the Garden” on Oct. 8, 2010, at Wingards Nursery in Lexington, SC.

Parker will be one of over sixty artists, musicians, and performing groups to present their work at Saluda Shoals Park’s “Unearth”, a four day celebration of naturally inspired art. The first three days, Sept. 20 – Oct. 2, 2010, artist Mike Williams will complete his art installation of fish sculptures. On Sunday, Oct. 3, from 1-5pm, artists will demonstrate their techniques to the public, and some will allow visitors to try their own hand at creating. Mediums will include everything from photography and sculpture, to basket-making and gourd art.

Parker will paint ‘en plein aire’, a fancy way of saying ‘to paint outdoors’. This once revolutionary approach began in 19th century Europe by painters John Constable and Gustave Courbet.   Monet, Cezanne, and Manet were a few of those who perfected it. It’s the perfect approach to feature for a celebration of the outdoors through art!

Unearth will conclude with a concert by the Lake Murray Symphony. Remember to bring blankets and chairs; there will be several performances including dance, music, drumming, acting, and more. A $5 parking fee will be charged.

To help raise money for a good cause, Parker, along with several other local artists, will sell her art at the Lexington Interfaith Community Services Fundraiser “Art in the Garden”. The show will feature tremendous artwork as well as live entertainment by Beatles impersonation band “The Return”.

Wingards Nursery in Lexington, SC, will host this annual benefit art show on Oct. 8, 2010. The event begins at 7pm, and tickets are $35 and on sale now at Wingard’s Nursery. The event normally sells out and tickets will not be sold the day of the show. Ticket price includes a delicious dinner prepared by Dupre Catering, beverages from Sam’s Fine Wines & Spirits, art from the works of leading local artists, a silent auction, and a two hour concert by the world’s greatest Beatles Tribute Band, The Return, which begins at 8pm. Also, Sharon R. Paeth will be available to sign copies of her new book Lexington.

Tony Clyburn, of B106.7, will emcee the evening. All proceeds from the evening benefit LICS.

Rachel Parker is a self taught artist who works mainly in watercolors.  As the daughter of artist Gretchen Parker, she was raised going to art lessons and watching her mother paint.  She has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, and began painting in 2000.

Parker’s motivation for creating is to capture what may otherwise go unnoticed, to reveal the beauty in simple moments and objects. Making an image come alive on the paper is her inspiration. She has sold her work nationally and internationally through ( Recently, her work was juried into the Atlanta Equestrian Exhibition and was featured on the cover of national magazine Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She paints at night and during weekends and works full time as a school social worker.

Parker maintains a blog and enjoys interacting with her patrons on a daily basis. She often has contests on her site for people to have a chance at winning free prints or a painting of their pet.  Visit her blog at ( to participate!

For more information contact Parker at 803/269-2826 or e-mail her at ( For more information from Wingard’s Garden or to purchase tickets, visit (

Spectrum Art & Jewelry in Wilmington, NC, Celebrates American Craft Week – Oct. 9, 2010

September 17, 2010

Spectrum Art & Jewelry in Wilmington, NC, will be hosting a kids of all ages craft activity with gallery artist Kristin Gibson as part of American Craft Week. The event, Silk Painting at Spectrum Art & Jewelry will take place on Oct. 9, 2010, from 10am – 2pm.

Try your hand at silk painting using “Sharpies & salt” with textile artist and painter, Kristin Gibson. Materials fee $5 per person. All supplies provided, participants take home finished pieces. Proceeds donated to Dreams of Wilmington. Visit inside the gallery to see Kristin Gibson’s Fall collection of silks, and take in all of Spectrum’s NC craft artists.

Kristin Gibson is a full time artist who lives and works in Carolina Beach, near Wilmington. A prolific painter, and mother of two, Kristin creates spirited “alla prima” paintings and fabrics stirred from elements of daily life. Color and pattern inspire the lyrical qualities of her still lifes, seascapes and silk scarves. Shaped by the ebb and flow of a lifetime by the sea, as well as the salt air and water integral to her process, Gibson calls her backyard work space “Saltwater Studio”.

Since 1997, Spectrum Art & Jewelry has offered an irresistible selection of dazzling jewelry, original art, and memorable gifts in a uniquely uplifting and warm environment. Designed for the purpose of promoting and selling the artworks of North American artists in all media, the focus of Spectrum Gallery is color. The goal of Spectrum Gallery is to support our community, our customers, and our artists in achieving a positive and mutually rewarding experience through the sale and purchase of unique artworks and jewelry. Spectrum represents over 100 select American Artists.

American Craft Week is a nationwide celebration of handmade American crafts and the people who make them. Galleries, schools, museums, artists, guilds, and libraries across the country will be holding events showcasing American craft. American Craft Week is a project of the Craft Artists and Retailers for Tomorrow ( and Craft in America ( For more information on American Craft Week, and a complete listing of participants and events, please go to (

This event is open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Spectrum Art & Jewelry is located at The Forum, 1125-H Military Cutoff, Wilmington, NC.

For further info call the gallery 888/233-1444 or visit (

The Summerville Church of the Nazarene is hosting its 2nd Annual Fall Craft Fair in Summerville, SC – Oct. 2, 2010

September 17, 2010

The Summerville Church of the Nazarene, in Summerville, SC, is hosting its 2nd Annual Fall Craft Fair & Gift Market benefiting the Nazarene Youth International local teen group. This is a community event taking place on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 9am to 3pm.

NYI Vice President Darlene Calk said “The Craft Fair is the major fundraiser for our teen group, the youth get a chance to meet, serve, witness and be a part of their community during this event. The funds allow our teens to participate in district events to strengthen their relationship with God and with other Christian youth throughout our state. It sets a good foundation for upstanding, strong upcoming leaders in our community. We appreciate the support of the community during this event.”

We are located at 10825 Hwy. 78 in Summerville. There is no entrance fee and parking is free for this event. Concessions will be available.

Participating vendors are local artists, crafters and small businesses. We will be accepting registrations up till Sept 29, 2010.

Youth ministries have been a major part of the Nazarene Church since its inception in 1895.

For further information call Monique Arcalas at 843/708-3976 or e-mail to (

City Art Gallery and Fred McElveen in Columbia, SC, Offer Opportunity to Help Local Food Bank – Sept. 26, 2010

September 15, 2010

City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, will host a collaborative event (Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, from 2-5pm featuring the sale of photography and collection of food and cash donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank (currently in desperate need of both).

Dr. Fred McElveen is an established Columbia-based physician with a specialty in dermatology, but he is also an award-winning photographer. Though largely self-taught, the artist has studied with Ansel Adams, Cole Weston, Phil Davis, and Alan Ross, among others. Working in black and white, color, and computer-assisted manipulation, McElveen builds upon established practices of American documentary photography and European fine art photography while inventing his own artistic voice.

The City Art sale includes a large variety of McElveen’s images of Columbia such as the Gervais Street Bridge, but his artistic vision transforms these familiar sights into classic and romantic icons of place. The sale will include streetscapes, landscapes, close-ups, and images the photographer captured on his travels. The City Art sale will also feature many computer-enhanced images by the photographer.

McElveen, known well for his work in black & white will have many color pieces also in a vast array of sizes and price points. All attendees will receive a ticket for their Harvest Hope Food Bank Donation that will entitle them to a 10% savings on the photography. In addition, all purchases will be accompanied by a framing coupon for savings of 50% on the molding price.

City Art Gallery is located at 1224 Lincoln St. in the historic Congaree Vista area in Columbia. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 10am until 6pm, until 5pm on Fridays and 11am to 3pm.

For more information contact Wendy Wells, Gallery Director, City Art, at 803/252-3613, e-mail ( or visit (

Second West Greenville Arts Festival Takes Place in the Pendleton Street Arts District of Greenville, SC – Sept. 18 & 19, 2010

September 15, 2010

We posted a notice about the 2010 West Greenville Arts Festival with the info we received stating that this was the first one. We have a bad habit of using the info people send us, even though sometimes we know it might not be correct. We received a complaint that the event was in fact the second annual and I explained that it was not my responsibility for making that change. Well, now we received updated info from the source, so when you see the word “first” at this link, just read it as “second”.

Second Annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour Takes Place near Mooresville, NC – Oct. 15 & 16, 2010

September 15, 2010

The Second Annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour will take place Oct. 15, 2010, from 6-9pm and Oct. 16, 2010, from 9am-5pm at six artists’ home studios on the Brawley peninsula on Lake Norman near Mooresville, NC. There will be several guest artists at each location, and Allen Tate Realtors have generously offered two additional open houses to be available for even more artists to display their work.

Admission is free and there will be a drawing for a door prize. This is a great opportunity to purchase unique, affordable one of a kind works of art directly from award winning area artists. We had great attendance last year, and hope to have an even bigger and better show this year.

For more information about the participating artists and an interactive map, please visit our web site at (

The studio locations (all off Brawley School Rd.) and artists are:
143 Washam Road – painter Sandie Bell, with wood turner John Melius and potter/sculptor Jeff Pender
388 Stonemarker Rd – painter Lori Neill, with fine furniture maker Brian Neill and potters Barbara and David Ballesty
111 South Longfellow Lane – painter Angela Van Every Johnston, with wood turner Donald Olsen and jeweler Tamara Dossin
117 Deacon’s Pond Ct – painter and pastelist Eric Soller, with potter/sculptor Penny Overcash
144 Union Chapel Rd – potter Suzie Council, with pastel painter Nancy Marshburn
114 Peregrin Court – potters Lee Ann Harrison and Shari Crouse
124 Larkhaven Lane – potters Theresa Leatherwood and Angela Wise
126 Harborcrest Lane – painter Cheri Simmons, with jeweler Bonnie Boardman

For further info contact Sandie Bell at 704/664-5694 or visit (