Archive for February, 2011

Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Announces 2011 Darlington County Arts Award Recipients

February 28, 2011

Winners of the 2011 Darlington County Arts Awards were announced at an event sponsored by Black Creek Arts Council of Darlington County. Here are the results.

Awards made by Patz Fowle

The Patz Fowle Arts in Education award was given to art educator Margret Carroll. This award is presented annually to a professional arts educator who demonstrates a devotion to educating young people in and through the Arts. Arts educators in all arts disciplines are considered in public and private schools.

The Rolfe Godshalk Arts in Business Award was given to Jessie Smith. This award is presented annually to the business owner(s) who promotes and or incorporates the arts through or into their business. Only for-profit entities are eligible.

The Willard Jacobs Award for Volunteerism was given to Anna Hill. This award is presented annually to an individual who has a significant impact in our community through volunteering with an arts agency (or arts-producing organization).

Darlington County’s Rising Young Artist Award was given to Dustin Moree. This award is presented annually to a young artist who demonstrates extraordinary potential and is an active participate in the arts community. Artists under the age of 22 are eligible.

The McCall-Wiggins Award for Community Support was given to Clayton Richardson. This award is presented annually by the Board of Directors of Black Creek Arts Council to an individual that demonstrates an extraordinary level of support for the arts agencies in our community. Support can be interpreted as volunteering, financial contributions and attendance at events. Nominations will come from the community.

Visual Artist of the Year Award was given to Mary Ellen Johnson. This award is presented to an outstanding visual artist from Darlington County. Artists working in any media are eligible. Awarding criteria can be for accomplishments within the previous calendar year or for lifetime achievement.

Performing Artist of the Year Award was given to Al Haynes. This award is presented to an outstanding performing artist from Darlington County. Awarding criteria can be for accomplishments within the previous calendar year or for lifetime achievement.

The Frankie Bush Arts Leadership Award was given to Judi Elvington. This award is presented to an individual who shows exemplary leadership within the arts community. Employees and volunteers of arts agencies are eligible for this award.

The Joan S. Coker Award was given to Judy Haenni.

The mission of Black Creek Arts Council is to promote and foster the Arts in Darlington County.

Black Creek Arts Council (BCAC) is dedicated to providing guidance and assistance in arts administration, funding, education, and program coordination to arts-based organizations and artists in Darlington County.

BCAC offices are housed in the Black Creek Arts Center, located at 116 West College Avenue in Hartsville. The Council offers a variety of arts classes and produces numerous arts-based events and festivals.

For further info visit (

Skyuka Fine Art in Tryon, NC, Offers Michael McCue for its Lecture Series – Mar. 6, 2011

February 27, 2011

Join us for our first lecture on the history of art in Tryon, NC; the home for a century of notable artists, collectors, patrons and galleries. The Skyuka Fine Art Lecture Series will present Michael McCue who will offer the topic, A History of Art in Tryon, on Sunday, Mar. 6, 2011, at 3pm.

Guest speaker Michael McCue will delight us with his extensive knowledge of local artists, art exhibitions and galleries. Location and artist highlights to include but not be limited to the Lanier Library, Pine Crest Inn, Blue Ridge Weavers, Rock House Gallery, Episcopal Parish House, TFAC, and The Upstairs Gallery. Artists discussed will include Amelia Watson, George Aid, Robert Pearson Lawrence, Homer Ellertson, Lawrence Mazzanovich, William Behrends, and Richard Christian Nelson among others.

McCue is a graduate of Harvard College where he studied art history. He lived in Tryon from 1983-1993 and had the pleasure of residing in the cottage of author and artist Margaret Morley (1858-1923). McCue was proprietor of PhotoGraphia, a Tryon commercial art gallery which focused on contemporary photography by North Carolina and out-of-state artists. While in Tryon he was active at the Upstairs Gallery where he curated shows and initiated the Carolinas Photography Biennial. In 2000 he authored the exhibition catalog for a survey of the oeuvre of Tryon modernist Homer Ellertson at Tryon Fine Arts Center. In 2001 he was guest curator at Asheville Art Museum for Lawrence Mazzanovich: Impressionist Paintings of Tryon. This was the museum’s first retrospective of a Tryon artist.

McCue is the treasurer for the Asheville Area Arts Council, has served on citizen panels for National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, is a board member of American Historical Print Collectors Society, and has written articles for their publications. McCue is a publisher of original research on artists Millspaugh and Karlow. McCue is also the author of: Tryon Artists: 1892-1942 (unfortunately out of print), and Paris & Tryon-George C. Aid and His Artistic Circles in France and North Carolina (which is available at the gallery for purchase).

Skyuka Fine Art is honored to have McCue be its first speaker in their lecture series. This is a free event, and seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided and McCue will be available for book signings after the lecture.

For further information call 828/817-3783 or visit (

First Thursdays at Tapp’s During First Thursday on Main in Columbia, SC – Mar. 3, 2011

February 27, 2011

Join us at Tapp’s for First Thursday’s on Main, Mar. 3, 2011, from 5 – 9pm, to meet artists, view original artwork, and participate in creative demonstration as we continue to work towards the plan for the proposed Tapp’s Center for the Arts. To celebrate March being Youth Art Month we will feature artwork by local students K-12, plus university students and art educators! Some of the participating students represent schools including Brookland-Cayce High School, Camden Middle School, Sumter Middle School, Longleaf Middle School, Oak Pointe Elementary School, Chapin High School, Richland Northeast High School and Rice Creek Elementary. Some participating art educators include Kara Gunter, Sam Compton, Deanna Rennick, Brandi Floyd, Katie Pfrommer, Sierra Machado, Amanda Ladymon and Marie Robinson.

The painting program at USC is pleased to announce a public interactive demonstration of the Art of Rangoli by USC Beginning Painting classes. Rangoli is an auspicious art form from India that uses pigments directly on the ground to create intricate paintings. The USC faculty incorporate Rangoli also known as Kolam and other non-Western forms of painting into their curriculum to broaden the scope of their program from Western European models to those of a more international scope. USC beginning painting students, as well as the general public, will participate in this First Thursday evening event to create an original, large-scale, interpretive Rangoli on the floor at the Tapp’s building.

If you have not made it out to see the Tapp’s Window Installation Series it is well worth the trip! They are a fantastic addition to Main Street! The new round of windows will be created by B. Alex Smith, Richland Northeast High School Art Students, Camden Middle School Art Students, Gina Langston Brewer & Deanna Rennick,, Khaldoune Bencheikh, Brookland-Cayce High School Art Students, Pamm Collins, and Kim Bookman.

For more information on this or future events at Tapp’s please contact Brenda Schwarz Miller at 803/609-3479 or e-mail ( Become a Facebook fan of Tapp’s Arts Center Project!

Dear Community,

Come join us in the construction of this project on Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011 from 2 to 9pm. You can contribute in the making of the Rangoli by bringing at least one grocery bag full of materials and items that you judge adequate for the project. Keep in mind that all materials need to be dry and colorful, with texture and even a nice smell (bad smells are not welcomed).

The following is a suggested list for your inspiration and please feel free to expand:

Kitchen Items: rice, corn, coffee grounds and beans, paprika, cumin, turmeric, dried beans, sugar, flour, pasta, cereals, grains, dog food, cat food, bird seed, fresh orange and lemon peel, etc.

Garden Items: flowers, grass, mulch, dirt, dry and green leaves, sand, pine straw, acorns, etc.

Workshop Items: sawdust, nails, screws, washers, etc.

Paper and Fabric: newspaper, toilet paper, construction paper, letters, envelopes, brown paper, T-shirts, socks and blue jeans that can be shredded, etc.

Plastic: bottle tops, small toys, forks, knifes, etc.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer in this effort, please contact Khaldoune Bencheikh at ( or Mary How at (

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Presents Lecture by Graphic Novelist Gareth Hinds – Mar. 1, 2011

February 27, 2011

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, will present a lecture by graphic novelist Gareth Hinds on Mar. 1, 2011, at 7pm in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Hinds is the creator of several critically-acclaimed graphic novel adaptations of classic literature, including Beowulf, King Lear, and the Odyssey. His multimedia presentation will focus on his artistic process and career, including his choice of classic themes, as well as touching on aspects of production and marketing.

Hinds’ publications include five graphic novels and a number of graphic short stories. His work has been featured in various exhibitions, including Fine Toon in the Helen Day Art Center in Vermont, the New York Historical Society’s Slavery in New York and the Society of Illustrators, ILLUSTRATORS 44 Exhibition, in New York. His work within the computer animation industry has included creating 2D and 3D art for environments, characters, conceptual design, modeling, animation and art direction.

For more information, contact Cynthia Canejo, UNC Asheville assistant professor art, at 828/251-6874.

Contemporaries’ of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Call for Entries for Artist of the Year Event – Deadline is Mar. 11, 2011

February 22, 2011

Hello creatives! This note is coming to you from Debi Schadel at the Contemporaries’ and we’re an affiliate of the Columbia Museum of Art. Every year we have a silent auction of over 100 pieces of emerging artwork by artists like you! (some of you are even past participants.) This auction is called Contemporaries’ Artist of the year or CAY.

CAY is a juried art show that selects 100 pieces to auction off and the artist retains 60% of the profit. Great news about this year is that there is a $2,000 grand prize for artist of the year. We’re also awarding a $300 people’s choice and an Undefined award (to be featured in Undefined Magazine).

We’re accepting applications until Mar. 11, 2011, and I encourage all of you to apply! The event is on May 5, 2011 and all art forms are allowed.

For more information, please visit our website at  ( and download the FAQ’s. You can apply either on our website or even on Facebook at ( and click on the left where it says Apply to CAY!

The Equinox Art and Music Fest Takes Place in Conway, SC – Mar. 19, 2011

February 22, 2011

The Equinox Art & Music Fest will take place in Conway, SC, on Saturday, Mar. 19, 2011, and will showcase a diverse blend of art and independent music. The Equinox celebrates community and culture and provides a venue for artists, art fans, creative minds and independent musicians to come together for a day of inspiration, imagination, music and the arts. This year’s festival, a true celebration for creativity, will be held under the oaks… at the historic Horry County Court House located at 1201 Third Ave. in downtown Conway. The event will feature performing and visual arts along with fine art and artisan works for sale. CREATE! Conway presents the Equinox Art & Music Fest to entertain, teach and inspire.

Featured performances include: Pat the Poet and musicians Brian Roessler, Claudia VS The Queen of Hearts, Sleeping Policeman/Charles Grace, Big Bam Boom, Phil Whittaker, Todd Roth/My Buddy Todd, Dan Barnhart, Jentry Rose, Randall Hill, Hound Dog Hanson, When Mary Met Vinny and more. Listen to a range of styles from acoustic folk to alternative rock. Music kicks off at 11am and continues until 7pm.

Featured artists include: Peggy New, Johnny Warren, Emily Smith, Emil Koepcke, Lori Kaim, Ruth Cox, Jennifer Henley, Susan Allan, Rachel Jones, Ed and Barbara Streeter and more. Paintings, glass, wine bottle lights, wood, handmade soaps, textiles, drawings, pine needle baskets and more will be available for sale. Painting, drawing and art demonstrations will be featured throughout the day.

Artist booth applications are still available and for more information contact Barbara at 843/248-4527 or visit (

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Extends Deadline for Picasso Raffle – With Good Reason

February 21, 2011

I received the following e-mail from Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, at Carolina Arts, that they were extending the deadline of the raffle to win a Pablo Picasso print. And I don’t blame them. I once had a raffle for an Ansel Adams photograph that I ended up giving away for nothing. I think the winner is still in shock.

Joke – Man walks into a bar at the local country club and says, “I just purchased a Pablo Picasso print for $100.” There’s no punch line – he just purchased a ticket for the Picasso Print Raffle from TCArts. Now he owns a print valued at $28,000+.

How often do you get a 1 in 300 chance to win – anything?

Here’s the press release:

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, has extended the date for their Picasso drawing. “At this time only 80 tickets have been sold and we really need to sell 300 tickets to help our budget this year,” said Tammy Hopkins executive director of TC Arts. Hopkins also said, “We will hold the drawing as soon as we sell at least 300 tickets.”  The TC Arts Council is selling $100 chances to win this signed Picasso etching valued at $28,500. To buy a ticket go to ( and download an order form or call TC Arts and order over the phone at 828/884-2787.

The Picasso comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Park West Gallery and an original invoice of purchase. The piece is entitled Enlèvement, à cheval (Abduction on Horseback). It is an etching on BFK Rives paper with full margins. Signed in pencil and numbered: dated plate 9 June 1968 III (in reverse). This Picasso is #45 from the edition of 50.

In his ninth decade, Picasso created the remarkable group of etchings known as the 347 series in less than seven months. From March 16 to October 5, 1968. He collaborated in his private studio near Cannes with the master printers Piero and Aldo Crommelynck, who brought in a special press from their atelier in Paris. While combining different cultures, icons and periods in this series, Picasso was able to create a unifying theme throughout; that of the narrator and observer rather than participant. The works are a panorama of compelling imagery, many charged with an erotic tone. Picasso’s command of the challenging techniques of etching, engraving, dry-point and aquatint are revealed forcefully in this 347 works, along with the highly personal and facile drawing ability he possessed in his late years. Commenting on the series, Picasso said, “I spend hour after hour while I draw, observing my creatures and thinking about the mad things they’re up to; basically it’s my way of writing fiction.”

The Transylvania Community Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization with the mission “To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County.” TC Arts is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.

For more information call TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787. To learn more about the TC Arts Council go to ( or their all county arts wesbite at (

Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, Offers Events in Conjunction with Photography Exhibit by Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz

February 20, 2011

We received a little of this by e-mail at Carolina Arts. Then we did the research to present this info to you readers. Some folks just want us to do all the work.

Here you go:

The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, is offering several free events in conjunction with the exhibit, SCENE UNSEEN: Fanjoy Labrenz Installation, featuring photographs by Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz, on view in the Coe Gallery through April 15, 2011.

Scene includes close details of our immediate environment seen while walking or looking through a window, including the natural landscape of our yard and the urbanscape surrounding our studio, as well as what can be seen in all that is passed by while moving in a car. Scenes will further develop in the staged poetry, music and dance responses to our visual findings.

Unseen will be present through music, spoken word and dance as the art forms convey and give life to the things we miss. These non-two dimensional works will give form to the symbolism present in the natural and the man-made local environment.

The events include:
Electronic Improvisations in the Coe Gallery with John Cheek, Rick Cline, & David Wechsler – Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, from 7:30 – 9pm.

Poetry / Visual Event with Dr. Rand Brandes in the Coe Gallery on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, from 6-8pm.

For further info visit (,
( or call 828/324-8330.

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E.A.S.T. – East of Asheville Studio Tour Takes Place May 14 and 15, 2011

February 20, 2011

Artists of the Black Mountain, Swannanoa, East Asheville & Fairview, NC, area, present the East of Asheville Studio Tour. The studio tour takes place twice a year – Spring and Fall. Everyone is welcome to visit any or all of the studios during the tour, whether they are serious art patrons or just browsers of beautiful and interesting works.

The event takes place on Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15, 2011, from 10am – 6pm.

Are you an artists from the EAST area interested in showing your work in your studio to collectors, friends, other artists, and visitors from the community and beyond every spring and summer? Consider applying for membership!

East of Asheville Studio Tour (EAST) is a grassroots organization operated by members.  All current policies and procedures must be adhered to by members, which include participation on one working committee. Prospective members must apply for membership by returning this form (found on their website), completed in accord with directions. EAST reserves the right to accept or reject membership/participation.

Sponsor opportunities are also available.

For further information contact Peggy Taylor at 828/628-0434, 828,712-0888, e-mail at ( or visit (

Eye Level Art in Charleston, SC, Features Artist Lock In II – Mar. 19, 2011

February 19, 2011

The event will have 25 artists locked in the gallery the day before for 24 hours to create art for the show on Saturday, Mar. 19, 2011, from 8-11pm.

The artists will create works of art in all mediums with a minimum of 10 pieces up to 50 total pieces in the price range from $10 to no higher then $500. Were encouraging to price the works to sell!

Artists will be video interviewed before and during the lock in. Artwork will remain hanging for 3 weeks.

Sponsors: Kudu Coffee: (supplying coffee to the artists during the lock in) and Artist & Craftsman: (supplying art material for a collaboration piece all the artists will be working on casually during the lock in. There will be 25 individual 2×2 square canvases all attached together as a whole then the piece will be sold separately the night of the opening).

Eye Level Art is located at 103 Spring Street in downtown Charleston.

For further information contact Eye Level Art by calling 843/425-3576; e-mail at ( or visit (