Archive for November, 2012

Carolina Gallery in Spartanburg, SC, Features Linda Cancel’s Christmas Series

November 29, 2012

Carolina Gallery in Spartanburg, SC, is presenting all six paintings for Linda Hyatt Cancel’s Christmas Series – available as prints on canvas, lithograph prints, framed cards and card bundles.

Over ten years ago, fine art painter Linda Hyatt Cancel sent one of her works to a printing company in North Carolina to be reproduced as a lithograph. Cliff Snider, a printer with that firm, admired her expertise and commissioned her to do a portrait of him as Santa. Snider was no ordinary bell ringer. At the age of 16 and newly grieving for his father who was killed in an automobile accident, his church youth group pressed Snider to don the fake wig, beard and red costume appropriate for handing out gifts at their Christmas party for children at a nearby mission. “Little did they know that God was giving me a mission for my life,” Snider admits. Since then, he pursued every possible way to become Santa, including his “Master of Santa Claus, MSC” from the International University of Santa Claus. He is naturally bearded and designs his own wardrobe, but the purpose for his total immersion is that, “As Santa Claus, it is my desire to represent God’s love at Christmas, by sharing the True Reason for the Season, the birth of Jesus Christ.”

Cancel shares Snider’s desire to represent the spiritual aspect of Christmas with six original oil paintings of Santa in her series. The newest one, released in 2010, is titled “The Hour,” and has inspired chills in a lot of people. For this portrayal, Snider posed in a Bishop’s chair in the Church of the Epiphany in Laurens, South Carolina, wearing a warm cloak custom made from his grandmother’s quilt. The light streaming through the window illuminates a pensive Santa, reflecting on the watch he holds in his hand. A carving of the Last Supper, with Christ centered right above him, is seen behind.

Cancel has released a limited number of lithographic prints and giclees on canvas of each piece in her Christmas Series, available at Carolina Gallery. In Addition, she creates a wide range of oil paintings, from realistic to impressionistic, with rich, multi-layered tones. An Award winning artist, Cancel has work in many private and public collections across the country.

Carolina Gallery is located at 145 West Main Street in Spartanburg.

For further information call 864/585-3335 or visit (

The Charlotte (NC) Fine Art Show™ by Patty Narozny and Hot Work™ Fine Art and Craft Shows, Takes Place – May 10-12, 2013

November 29, 2012

The Charlotte (NC) Fine Art Show™ by Patty Narozny and Hot Work™ Fine Art and Craft Shows, will take place over 3 days, May 10-12, 2013, Friday, 11am to 7pm; Saturday, 10am to 5pm; and Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

The 5th Annual Charlotte Fine Art Show™will take place in Uptown (downtown) Charlotte at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College – regardless of weather outside, it’s beautiful inside!

A Show Director with a National Standing and Reputation

Extensive media support behind the event, including broadcast TV, Radio, Print, and more!

And the best news yet…It’s a Hot Works show and promises to be a Patty Narozny signature event!

Please join us for our 5th Annual Charlotte Fine Art Show™

Deadline for professional artists to apply is December 3, 2012

Applications accepted via “manual” ($20) at ( OR electronically via ( ($30)

Booth fees: 10’x10’ $725; 10’x15’ $1,025; 10’x20’ $1,325; $100 corner; $85 electric

Please contact Patty Narozny with any questions at ( or call 248/684-2613.

This is your opportunity to get in on an important regional event and art fair.

We hope to see you in Charlotte May 10-12, 2013!

First Fridays on Broad Art Walk Takes Place in Charleston, SC – Dec. 7, 2012, 5- 8pm

November 29, 2012

December is the time of year when fine art seems to capture the feeling of nostalgia in Charleston, SC, with no limit to the exceptional quality and diverse nature of subjects and genres being featured in the galleries. Visitors to Gallery Row will be greeted by white lights in gallery windows, the Olde Towne “Cinderella Carriage will be offering Carriage Rides, and Carolers will be strolling the streets to offer up some holiday cheer.

Gallery Row is pleased to present “Postcards From Charleston” for the First Fridays on Broad Art Walk on Dec., 7 2012, from 5-8pm. This is a special holiday treat, most galleries on Broad Street’s Gallery Row will feature miniature paintings – all sized and priced nicely for gift giving.  This show, “Postcards from Charleston” will include little gems by various artists from the galleries.  These small treasures are available only during the holidays, but will capture memories to share with your loved ones for a lifetime.

Work by Angela Trotta Thomas

COCO VIVO Fine Art|Interior Design proudly announces a special holiday art show during the month of December. Angela Trotta Thomas, official artist of Lionel Train Corporation, will exhibit a collection of original oils depicting nostalgic toy train art. An exciting COCO VIVO Christmas window scene will feature the Angela Trotta Thomas signature Express 0-4-0 toy train set traveling through a holiday snow village.  Angela’s powerful images are a mixture of Lionel trains, childhood, and the holiday season.

Hamlet Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present “Italian at Heart” by 3 women painters, Patricia Puckett, Jane Woodward and Stephanie Shuler Hamlet, who recently spent several weeks painting in Tuscany, Italy. Each artists is articulate in expressing the beautiful landscape  of Tuscany. Having recently returned from Italy, the artists have added works of art from Cortona, Assissi, Florence, Sienna and Rome to their portfolios.

The Spencer Art Galleries will be having  two opening receptions from 5 til 8 pm. Spencer Art Gallery I will be featuring new works by Claudette Bell – “Guiding Lights” and Spencer Art Gallery II will be featuring new works by Ann Von Rosenberg – “Gifts”.

Lambert Gray Gallery will be open for art walk with new works, including the new horse pieces by Hilarie Lambert and small treasures by Michael Gray and Tia Christophillis.

Robinson And Richardson Gallery for December  will be featuring: “Seven Continents, Around the World with Ray Ellis”. One of the lowcountry’s favorite artists, (although he now resides in Martha’s Vineyard), Ellis is 91 and still painting! The show will feature 24 works from his world travels. A must see show!

During his December show at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, local artist Mickey Williams will present his newest evocations of the Charleston area and the quiet radiance of its many waterways and marshes. Visitors will be able to enjoy his show “A Change of Season” through December 31st.

Edward Dare Gallery will feature small works of Charleston by local and nationally known artists.

Participating art galleries include: Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Hamlet Fine Art, Edward Dare Gallery, COCO VIVO, Mary Martin Fine Art, UTOPIA, Spencer Galleries, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Lambert Gray Gallery, Galerie on Broad and Robison & Richard Fine Art.

For information please visit ( or for questions, please call Stephanie Hamlet at 843/722-1944.

City Art in Columbia, SC, Invites You to a Wassailing Wednesday Art Market – Dec. 5, 2012

November 29, 2012

Here we come a Wassailing
On Wednesday December 5th
Here we come a Wassailing
Stroll between the artists
Offer their Holiday Gifts to you
May you purchase one or two
You might even fill your shopping list
Be sure to keep in mind
Here we come a Wassailing
Wednesday December 5th!

Please join us at City Art in Columbia, SC, for our unique Holiday Art Market celebration of the season, on Dec. 5, 2012, from 5-8pm, with artists: Esther Melton, Wayne Thornley, Lee Monts, Sylvia Ady-Potts, Cindy Saad, Sara Cogswell, June Tucarello, Judy Jarrett, Ed Shmunes, Heather Noe, Tim Floyd, and Penny Baskin.

You can also take in the exhibit, Sticks and Stones, featuring works by artist/painter Wanda Steppe, on view through Dec. 23, 2012, as well as other works on view at City Art.

Out of the Box by Wanda Steppe

City Art is located at 1224 Lincoln Street, Columbia – in the Vista.

For further info call 803/252-3613 or visit (

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Presents Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios – Dec. 8, 2012

November 29, 2012

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, will host its Holiday fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, with a Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios. Artists participating include: Ann DerGara, Aaron Alderman, George Peterson, Shellie Lewis-Dambax, Suzanne Schmitt, Christine Kosiba, Sharyn Fogel, Brevard College Art Department – Spiers Gallery and art studios, and Brevard Lumber Arts District with Sam Owen, Mark Connelley, Jason Emory, Hayden Wilson, Chris Strassner and more.

Works by Christine Kosiba, photo by David Day

Tickets are on sale at TC Arts Council for the Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios thru the day of the event. Tickets cost $20. Proceeds will benefit the TC Arts Council youth programs including Arts In Schools, Summer Art Camps and Kids Art Day. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.

On Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, the night before the Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios, TC Arts Council will host its annual Holiday Kick-Off Party at the home of Hugh Tucker and Paul Thomas. Enjoy this beautiful private home filled with artwork and decorated for the Holidays. Your ticket includes wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Courtyard Cafe, musical entertainment by George Andrews and an art auction. Tickets are $50 and go to support TC Arts Council’s Arts-In-Schools Program. Tickets are limited so call 828/884-2787 today! This event is sponsored by Comporium and TC Arts Council.

For more information call 828/884-2787 or visit (

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Awarded $12,652 in Grassroots Funding

November 29, 2012

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has awarded $12,652 in Grassroots funding to 12 local organizations. The North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program is designed to provide program or operating support for nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming. The community panel evaluated 13 applications based on artistic quality, community impact, ability to plan and implement the project, and stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization. Grants were awarded in varying amounts from $500 to $2,052.

The Arts Council of Henderson County serves as the North Carolina Arts Council’s Designated County Partner in awarding these subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Henderson County. The grants are designed to provide support for quality arts programs that reach and impact a broad cross-section of the county’s citizens and youth.

“We are pleased to have two new arts organizations who will be receiving Grassroots funding for the first time this year,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council, “they are the So Dance Company of the Southside Dance Studio in Fletcher, and the new nonprofit, Storytelling Education & Arts Programs, Inc. (STEAP).” Other recipients of Grassroots grants for the 2012-13 cycle include:  Blue Ridge Community College Community Enrichment Department, Carolina Concert Choir, Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Flat Rock Middle School, Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Hendersonville Chamber Music, Hendersonville Children’s Choir, Hendersonville Chorale, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Latino Advocacy Coalition.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County.  The Arts Council is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd floor, (entrance on 4th Avenue West), in Hendersonville.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

For more information about the Grassroots Arts Program, contact The Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or visit (

ArtFields in Lake City, SC, Hosts Historic Candlelight Tour of Homes – Dec. 9, 2012

November 29, 2012

You are invited to the Historic Candlelight Tour of Homes in Lake City, SC, scheduled for Dec. 9, 2012, from 3-8pm. We are trying to sell 600 tickets. The proceeds will go towards artfields jr, our childrens art contest portion of ArtFields coming this April 19-28, 2013. Proceeds also benefit the Salkehatchie Summer Service.

Tickets are on sale now, $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  You may call our office at 843/374-0180 or e-mail to ( This tour will feature Lake City’s most beautiful homes and architecture including Moore Farms recently featured in the October issue of Southern Living, the Firetower Center.  The tour will conclude with refreshments and entertainment at The Bean Market from 5-8pm. You are in for a real treat!!

Please support our tour. Bring a friend. Your support will allow us to bring about this April the largest Art contest ever in the entire Southeast, ArtFields. Great things are happening in Lake City and it will continue because of people like you!!

Roundabout Art Collective in Raleigh, NC, Collects Food for Urban Ministries – Dec. 7, 2012

November 29, 2012

The Roundabout Art Collective in Raleigh, NC, is partnering with Urban Ministries to collect food donations to help re-stock the food pantry during this crucial time.  Those attendees who bring in 5 or more non-perishable food items during the Dec. 7, 2012, First Friday art walk, from 6-9pm, will receive a 10% discount for any gallery item. The gallery will be presenting works by gallery artists in the exhibit, Art for the Hearth.

Work by Susan Dahlin

The Roundabout Art Collective, located at 305 Oberlin Road in Raleigh, bringing together a diverse group of Wake County artists who have created a magnet location for exhibiting and selling art. Hours are: Mon.- Sat., 11am-5pm & Sun., 1-5pm.

For info call 919/747-9495 or visit (

USC Art Department in Columbia, SC, Holds Annual Holiday Sale – Nov. 29 and 30, 2012

November 28, 2012

The USC Art Department in Columbia, SC, will hold its Annual Holiday Sale on Thursday and Friday Nov. 29 & 30, 2012, from 9am-6pm, at McMaster College and Gallery, located at 1615 Senate Street in Columbia.

The sale will include a broad selection of handmade artworks, including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and prints, by students and faculty.

All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund visiting artists and equipment in the department.

For more information, call 803/777-4236.

Conway Glass in Conway, SC, Offers Glass Blowing Demo by Wayne Fitzgerald – Dec. 1, 2012

November 23, 2012

Join Conway Glass in the Warehouse at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway, SC, on Dec. 1, 2012, from 11am – 4pm, for fun glass blowing demonstrations! See how glass candy canes, holiday ornaments and colorful vases are made from molten glass. Meet Pennsylvania glass blower Wayne Fitzgerald!

Wayne Fitzgerald

While in Conway don’t miss the art at Riverfront Park in downtown Conway! “Dancing with Wool”, is a Public Art Project presented by CREATE! Conway.

Site of yarn bomb at Riverfront Park

Conway Glass is open Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm and Sat., 10am-5pm.

For further info call Barbara or Ed Streeter at 843/248-3558 or visit (