Archive for March, 2011

The April 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready

March 31, 2011

The April 2011 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 71 pages of it. We had over 45,000 downloads of the March 2011 issue, so you folks will have to work very hard to break that record this month. But, spreading the link around to  your e-mail lists and posting it on your Facebook page is what it will take. Once people see all that is going on in the visual art community of the Carolinas they will spread it around to their lists and on their Facebook page.

Of special interest this month is a batch of articles about exhibits taking place in North Carolina in an area we are calling – East of I-95 – in cities like Smithfield, Kinston, Rocky Mount, and Wilson. We don’t hear much about what’s going on there that often. We also have gallery listings for exhibits in Greenville, Tarboro, Washington, Jacksonville, New Bern, Manteo, and Wilmington.

So download that PDF and dig in – it’s going to take a while to get through this issue. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

Call for Entries for Piccolo Spoleto Festival, 27th Annual Juried Art Exhibition in Charleston, SC – Deadline Apr. 16, 2011

March 31, 2011

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to present the 27th Annual Juried Art Exhibition in the 2011 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The exhibition will take place at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting Street, from May 27 through June 10, 2011. An Awards Ceremony and Artists’ Reception will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2011 from 5-7pm. Painting / Two dimensional works and photography will be accepted. The juried art exhibition is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and coordinated by the Charleston Artist Guild.

Exhibition Jurors: Painting/2 dimensional: Alex Powers, painter and private art teacher since 1970; Gold Medal winner American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition (1997); art workshop presenter in US and Canada; and judge of National Watercolor Society Shows in Los Angeles and many other venues. Photography: Rick Rhodes, Charleston native, professional photographer, and graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography; photographer and author of “Charleston, South Carolina: A  Photographic Portrait”; 1999, Joined the American Society of Media Photographers and current Board member; and owner of Rick Rhodes Photography and Imaging in West Ashley for 12 years.

Awards: First, second and third prizes of $500, $250 and $125, respectively, will be awarded for each of the two entry categories: Painting / 2d and Photography. Ten honorable mentions will also be presented.

Venue and Dates: The exhibition will be available for viewing from 8:30am to 5pm seven days a week from May 28 through June 10.  Located at 375 Meeting Street in Charleston, SC, the Visitor Center is an excellent exhibition venue that draws many viewers. Both the Exhibition and the June 6 Awards Ceremony and Artists’ Reception are free and open to the public.

Application Requirements: Entrants shall submit a signed entry form, digital images of their work on a CD and a $30 entry fee by Saturday, April 16, 2011, to the Charleston Artist Guild, PO Box 21086, Charleston, SC  29413-1086. Entrants may submit up to three works.

Entries (on a cd) may also be delivered to the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery located at 160 East Bay Street, Charleston 29401 during gallery hours (Monday – Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 1 to 5pm). (Gallery phone: 843/722-2425).

Entry Forms: Download entry forms from the Charleston Artist Guild or the Piccolo Spoleto Festival websites: ( or (

Entry forms may be picked up at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery and will also be sent by mail or e-mail upon request made to either of the Exhibition Coordinators: Russell Buskirk at 843/364-3580 and e-mail at ( or Steve Jacobs 843/722-2454 and e-mail (

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Offers NC Artists an Opportunity to Meet Top Curators and Exhibit Their Works

March 30, 2011

Top Curators from the Tate Modern in London and Guggenheim Museum in New York will select works for the exhibit, State of the Art/Art of the State, to be shown at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, from May 8 through Oct. 30, 2011.

The Cameron Art Museum will offer a 24-hour event, which invites artists 18 years or older, who live in, or are native to, the state of North Carolina to bring one original piece of art to be installed at the Cameron Art Museum. During this time frame, one of two internationally renowned curators will be present to greet each artist, shake his/her hand, and direct the exhibition installation.

The take-in event will take place between 5pm, Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, till 5pm – ONLY!

The design of this project provides any participating artist, who meets the criteria of living in or being a native of the state of North Carolina, equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today and have their work seen by them. This event pays homage to the open, creative curatorial spirit of the late art world maverick, Walter Hopps (1932-2005).

In 1978, responding to a comment from his junior colleague, Deborah Velders (Jensen) about the problems artists face gaining access to notable curators, Walter Hopps conceived an entirely open, unmediated event to remedy the situation. His program invited any artist to bring a single work of art, to meet Hopps, and see installation of work. This event called “36 Hours” occurred in a gritty, street-level alternative space called MOTA (Museum of Temporary Art), located in downtown Washington, D.C. There was no jurying, no selection (or rejection), and no entry fee. The only restrictions were size (work needed to fit through the door), weight (regarding transporting/placing and support capacity), and the short delivery time frame. This unprecedented opportunity for artists was covered by the Washington Post, and attracted over 400 works of art, all by artists living and working in the Washington, DC, area.

Prior to the arrival at the museum, artists must complete an exhibition entry form including contact and credit information. All work must be original. Paintings, mixed mediums, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia, original hand-made prints, photography and drawings are all examples of acceptable forms. There are some limitations and exclusions. Refer to the State of the Art/Art of the State web site, ( for complete details and the exhibition entry form. Space in the exhibition is not guaranteed and is on a first come, first serve basis.

Participating curators include: Susan Davidson: Senior Curator, Collections & Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Nicholas Cullinan: Curator of International Modern Art, Tate Modern, London.

Before joining the Guggenheim, Davidson was collections curator at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, for 18 years. Davidson’s research areas include Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art, and she specializes in the art of Robert Rauschenberg. Her most recent exhibitions and catalogues include: Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts; Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation; No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings on Paper; Peggy and Kiesler: The Collector and the Visionary (The Story of Art of This Century); and American Pop Icons. Davidson holds advanced degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Nicholas Cullinan has worked on exhibitions including Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia; Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons, and Pop Life: Art In A Material World. He has previously worked at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao and Venice. He writes regularly for journals including Artforum, The Burlington Magazine, Frieze and October and is currently working on a monograph on Cy Twombly for Phaidon and a book on Robert Rauschenberg’s photography for Schirmer/Mosel. Among other projects, he is curating Tacita Dean’s Unilever installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and the exhibition Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters at Dulwich Picture Gallery, both of which open in 2011. Cullinan completed his PhD on Arte Povera at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

For further information visit (

Hot Works Presents 4th Annual Charlotte Fine Art & Craft Show™in Charlotte, NC – Dec. 9-11, 2011

March 30, 2011

The 4th Annual Charlotte Fine Art & Craft Show™ happens on Dec. 9, 10 & 11. In 2011, we are moving the Art Show to a new & improved location in the heart of Uptown Charlotte at the Convention Center, which is the old home of the American Craft Council. The Charlotte Fine Art Show™ is a high quality, juried fine art & fine craft event with global award-winning and top notch local Carolina artists who offer their art work for sale to the public in all forms of media. It can be compared with quality of art to the ACC show; only offers more variety and include fine art such as paintings, sculpture, photography, in addition to fine crafts of wood, fiber, clay, glass and more.

In the past 3 years, Hot Works Presented the Charlotte Fine Art Show™ at The Park Expo & Conference Center, formerly known as the Charlotte Merchandise Mart. Upon artists requests, the art show has been relocated to the Convention Center. This event has grown to be Charlotte’s Premier Art Event – it is different than other art shows in the area in a number of ways. Many of the world’s preeminent artists exhibit. For some, this will be their only event in North Carolina. You will see artists who display in New York, Miami, LA, Chicago and Atlanta attend this event. In order to attract the finest artists, Artist Awards are given away.

This event is juried by art professionals based on technique/execution, quality and originality; approximately 125 accepted artists with all forms of media. The show is now accepting applications through Aug. 5, 2011. Accepting all forms of media including paintings, sculpture, glass, fiber, clay, wood, photography, printmaking, drawing, jewelry, digital and mixed media. Applications are available at (

The Charlotte Fine Art Show™ opens on Friday, Dec. 9, from 11am-7pm; Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10am-5pm; and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10am-5pm. In addition to the great art, the Institute for the Arts & Education is a non profit 501c3 organization that is part of this event. Its mission is artistry and community enrichment and helps find ways to enrich lives and strengthen the community through the power of arts. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that enhances the artwork and creates a relaxing environment for art lovers. Admission is $8; 3-day return weekend pass is $12; 12 & under free.

Hot Works flagship show, the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show® held in West Bloomfield, MI has been voted in the top 100 art shows in the country the last four years in a row! That is the same quality of art we bring to Charlotte.  There is something for everyone at this event. Enjoy the sounds of various musicians; live art demonstrations allow the patrons to see how some of the art work is made in wood carvings, paintings and clay wheel throwing. The kids can create refrigerator-quality masterpieces in the kid’s art section and the rest enjoy the time selecting that perfect art work for their living room, bedroom, kitchen, office, even outdoors in the garden!  Clearly this event is different, from the indoor setting to the quality and variety of fine art.

For further info call 248/685-3748, e-mail to ( or visit (

Old Baldy Quilters Offer Quilt Demo at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC – Apr. 3, 2011

March 29, 2011

The Old Baldy Quilters group is hosting a quilt demonstration at the Cameron Art Museum Sunday, April 3, 2011, from 1 – 3pm. Come enjoy a fun afternoon learning about historical and contemporary quilt techniques with the Old Baldy Quilters from Bald Head Island. Group members will give a short illustrated presentation, show examples of their work, and more. Everyone is invited to bring some of their own work to share and participate in quilting on the Old Baldy quilt frame. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, partially sponsored by Quilters by the Sea Guild.

Following the quilt demonstration on April 3, 2011, from 3 – 4pm is music with Glenwood Aveune led by Catherine Starek on flute with, Luke Perkins on bass, Karl Metzger on piano, and Nikolai Lipscomb on drums performing selections from Claude Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, Bach’s Sonata BMV 1034 in e minor, movements I and II, as well as Morceau de Concours by Gabriel Fauré and Chopin’s Etude in f minor Op. 10, no. 9.

Program admission for each event is: CAM Members: $5.00, Non-members: $10.00. SPECIAL PRICING FOR BOTH EVENTS: Members: $7.50 and Non-members: $15.00

For more information about the museum, please visit (

Tony Morano of Longs, SC, to Have Photography on Cover of Conway, SC, and Georgetown, SC, Telephone Books

March 29, 2011

The Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail is proud to announce that Longs, SC, resident, Tony Morano will have photos featured on the cover of the Conway and the Georgetown 2011 HTC Telephone Books.

Morano’s photograph of a tobacco barn in Longs will appear on the inland Conway, SC, book and his photograph of shrimp boats docked in downtown Georgetown, SC, will appear on the Georgetown book. He is an avid photographer of wildlife and Lowcountry landscapes. He is an active member of the Myrtle Beach Camera Club, Carolina Nature Photographers Association and a founding member of the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail.

To view more of Tony Morano’s award winning photography and to learn more about the artist visit (

This press release was sent via the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail. Our mission is to bring together artists, artisans and retailers for the benefits of marketing, tourism, education and shared resources. The Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail promotes the tradition of fine visual arts and fine crafts. It serves the professional artists, craftspeople and retailers of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail area, and work representing the area. Dedicated to excellence in craftsmanship, ASCTT promotes the career development of its members.

To find out more about the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail visit ( or contact Barbara Streeter at 843/248-4527 or e-mail at (

2nd Annual Carolina Art Soirée in Charlotte, NC, Takes Place May 5, 2011

March 24, 2011

On May 5, 2011, 29 local and regional artists will present the 2nd Annual Carolina Art Soirée, an art show to benefit The GBS/CIDP Foundation International. Last year, the event raised $24,000 for the foundation and sold over 60 paintings. Organized by Hannah Blanton, a Charlotte nurse and mother who was struck with the rare and severe illness in 2003, the fundraising event aims to raise awareness of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, often causing rapid paralysis.

Work by Ester Melton

The Carolina Art Soirée event will be held at Southpark’s Morrison development, 720 Governor Morrison Street, from 5:30 to 9:30pm. The reception will include live music from musician Grey Brewster, and food and drink from Earthfare and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. A suggested donation of $20 per couple will be accepted at the door. The exhibition will continue on Friday, May 6, 11am – 3pm, and Saturday, May 7 from 10am – noon. Forty percent of art sales will be donated to GBS/CIDP research, education and advocacy.

Work by Libby Smart

Participating artists include Pam Anderson, Wendy Bilas, Laura Bowers, Dianne Britton, Stuart Coleman Budd, Curt Butler, Zan Byrd, Allison Chambers, Theresa Clark, Shalimar Crosby, Christina Dowdy, Jenny Fuller, Eloise Gamble, Lita Gatlin, Grace Howell, Christine Keogh, Robert Langford, Esther Melton, Anne Neilson, Angela Nesbit, Windy O’Connor, Liz Orvos, Allison Pell, Dilliard Richardson, Laurie Richardson, Margaret Salisbury, Caroline Simas, Libby Smart, and Gina Strumpf. The art show will also feature the work of homeless artists from Urban Ministry Center’s ArtWorks 945 program.

Also coordinating the event is Nancy Maloney of Good Manors, Incorporated, an interior designer whose husband John is a GBS survivor.

The weekend’s festivities include the 5th Annual GDP/CIDP 5K and Miracle Mile, a family-friendly fundraiser hosted at Morrison by The GBS/CIDP Charlotte Support Group on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Work by Gina Strumpf

GBS, Guillain-Barré (Ghee-yan Bah-ray) Syndrome, also called acute inflamma tory demyelinating polyneuropathy and Landry’s ascending paralysis, is an inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nerves those outside the brain and spinal cord. It is characterized by the rapid onset of weakness and, often, paralysis of the legs, arms, breathing muscles and face. GBS is the most common cause of rapidly acquired paralysis in the United States today, affecting one to two people in every 100,000.  Although most people recover and return to a normal lifestyle, the length of the illness is unpredictable and often months of hospital care are required, many endure a slow recovery and some remain wheelchair-bound indefinitely. CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) is a rare disorder of the peripheral nerves characterized by gradually increasing weakness of the legs and, to a lesser extent, the arms. It is caused by damage to the covering of the nerves, called myelin. For more information visit (

For further information contact Hannah Blanton at 704/365-2422. e-mail at ( or visit (

One Eared Cow Glass will be part of the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens 4th Annual Springtime at the Garden Festival in Columbia, SC – Mar. 26, 2011

March 24, 2011

One Eared Cow Glass will be part of the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens 4th annual Springtime at the Garden Festival in Columbia, SC, on Saturday, Mar. 26, 2011, from 9am until 4pm.

Along with other unique and wonderful vendors, they will be displaying their outdoor art and lighting for sale.

Hope you can make it out for a day of fun! The event is free with Zoo and Garden admission.

For further info visit (

The 13th Annual Sculpture in the South Show & Sale in Summerville, SC, is Coming – May 14-16, 2011

March 24, 2011

Make your travel plans now!

Celebrate nine days of the arts in sunny Summerville, SC, the gateway to Charleston. Join us for our 13th Annual Sculpture in the South Show & Sale, May 14-16, 2011, one of the state’s premiere outdoor art events. Staged under a canopy of tradition, the show & sale draws over 35 world-class sculptors who present their artworks in an upscale, relaxed atmosphere in beautiful Azalea Park nestled in the historic town of Summerville.

Work by Roger Martin

Over the years Sculpture in the South Show & Sale has gained national recognition and has attracted both sculptors and collectors from across the country. Those who attend have the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with sculptors who are at the top of their field and who share candid stories that inspire their work. Many of the sculptors will be creating pieces of sculpture in clay throughout the weekend. Artworks ranging from tabletop to monumental sizes in several different mediums and subjects will be displayed throughout the weekend for sale.

Other activities during the show & sale include: Southwest Art “Outstanding YOU” Sculptor Award, People’s Choice Award; mini lecture series; sculpture exhibit created by students in Dorchester District II Schools; “Arts Encounter” which offers child age appropriate activities; silent auction; gift boutique; “mini” tours of the Summerville Permanent Public Sculpture Collection; and Mike’s barbecue – prepared by an award-winning SC grilling team.

Work by Robert Allison

Sculpture in the South has expanded the show & sale to include 2nd Annual Arts Education Week, May 7-13, 2011.  This week brings together all the arts under one umbrella. International to regionally known artists will teach a diverse array of workshops for all ages – from beginner to master level classes. Cost varies; some are free!  There are a few lectures in store too! It is our hope that this celebration of the arts offers enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the creative process and spark a deeper passion and support of the arts. The week rolls right into our annual show & sale.

We hope you can join us for this year’s celebration! If you will be traveling to Summerville, please check out ( for lodging and ( for great flight arrangements!

Make your plans today to enjoy spring in historic Summerville. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 843/851-7800 or visit (

USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Lecture by German Artist Bodo Berheide – Apr. 7, 2011

March 23, 2011

German artist Bodo Berheide will be on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate on Apr. 7, 2011, for a lecture presentation on his work and reception afterwards. Free and open to the public, the event starts at 5pm in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center recital hall at USC-Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC.

Berheide, born in Oberhof, Thuringia, Germany in 1944, works primarily in the medium of sculpture. His main project, which has garnered international attention, began in 1988 with the casting of Figura Magica, a six-ton cast-iron sculpture in the form of an oversized, elongated horseshoe magnet. Three years later, Figura Magica was sent off from Wuppertal, Germany on its journey around the world in quest of its “magic charge.” Stops on its world tour included Dublin, Ireland, 1991; Montreal, Canada, 1993; Bethany, West Virginia, 1995; and Matagalpa, Nicaragua, 1997; Santiago, Chile, 1999; Sydney, Australia, 2001; Ohmishima, Japan, 2003; Negombo, Sri Lanka, 2005 – 2007; Lomé, Togo, 2007; and then its journey home to Wuppertal in 2009.

Before constructing the Figura Magica, Berheide studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Joseph Beuys in the 1970s. Since 1977, the scope of his artistic activity embraced drawings, sculptures, objects, and performances.  His main themes are nature and the environment, economy and solidarity. It was also in 1977 that he began to exhibit his works in Germany and abroad.

Since 1992, his works have mainly taken the form of artworks in wood and metal, or printing stamps, from which he then makes embossed objects with papier mâché made from newsprint. Berheide lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany.

For additional information contact Jane Nodine, director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at 864/503-5838 or e-mail to ( or Dirk Schlingmann, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, at 864/503-5663 or e-mail at (