Archive for March, 2013

Steven Matijcio is Leaving the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC

March 31, 2013

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After five years of curating extraordinarily memorable exhibitions at one of the Southeast’s finest contemporary art centers, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, announced that its Curator of Contemporary Art Steven Matijcio will assume a new curatorial position at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH, beginning June 1, 2013.

“When Steven joined SECCA in 2008, we were in a major transition – becoming an operating entity of the North Carolina Museum of Art and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources,” said SECCA Executive Director Mark Leach. “His energy and perspective on art-making on the global stage allowed us to make a new imprint as a Center that not only offered visually compelling and continually changing work, but also thoughtfully enhanced perspectives. His greatest impact on our  has been that he was able to inspire this community to rally around new ideas, and a refreshed SECCA. Steven’s vision of what we could be has forever shaped our future, and we will miss having him on the team.”

SECCA is an affiliate of the NC Museum of Art, within the NC Department of Cultural Resources and a funded partner of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

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Steven Matijcio has been curator at The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem for five years.

During Matijcio’s tenure at SECCA, he curated more than 25 exhibitions and projects spanning a wide range of media, art forms and cultural perspectives. His curatorial debut here in 2008 included a solo show of Dutch Photographer Erwin Olaf and a group show featuring videos by Carlos Amorales, Jeremy Blake, Louis Cameron and Shazia Shikander. His most recent projects at SECCA include Vibha Galhotra: Metropia; Frank Selby: Misunderstanding; and dialogue shows pairing Jacco Olivier, Jennifer West, Tomory Dodge and Denyse Thomasos.

According to SECCA Foundation Chair Wesley Davis, “Steven’s unique vision has ignited a SECCA renaissance as a leader in cutting-edge contemporary art in North Carolina and the Southeast and has propelled us into the future.  His visionary curatorial exhibitions have made a lasting impression upon visitors to SECCA; and we are appreciative of all of his hard work and dedication.”

In 2009 Matijcio took art out of the museum and into the community with public art initiatives that allowed SECCA to remain vital and visible while the building underwent major renovations. Inside Out: Artists in the Community II was one of Winston-Salem’s most ambitious public art programs in recent years, bringing artists such as Anna von Gwinner, Kianga Ford and Mark Jenkins to various locations in Winston-Salem and Greensboro. As the refreshed museum opened to the public in 2010, Matijcio unveiled an international exhibition that reflected the organization’s wish for the community to return and be awestruck. The exhibit, Look Again, examined contemporary translations of the centuries-old “trompe l’oeil” (trick of the eye) tradition, urging visitors to take a second look – and be amazed – at the seemingly familiar.

From this well-received re-opening exhibition, Matijco set the tone at SECCA, solidifying his reputation as having the ability to see dynamic intersections between artists, media and the Center’s galleries. Highlights from his diverse and provocative tenure included displays of multi-disciplinary works by Shinique Smith; hand-drawn animations by Glenda Wharton, contemporary interpretations of woodworking by Aaron Spangler and Alison Elizabeth Taylor in the exhibition “American Gothic”; politically poignant soft sculptures by Margarita Cabrera; a re-reading of fashion as an archive of time, nature, and memory in “Out of Fashion”; redrawn photographs of international war zones by Curtis Mann; and the award-winning  paperless exhibition that won the support of both the Emily Hall Tremaine and Elizabeth Firestone-Graham Foundations.

Matijcio was a global representative for SECCA during his time with the organization, participating in residencies and conferences in Gwangju, South Korea, Berlin, Germany and Montreal, Canada. His global impact was punctuated in 2012 when he organized art thou gone, beloved ghost? in Gdansk, Poland. It was a city-wide celebration of large-scale video projections that brought together performance, politics and implicit memories of a haunted city.

“I have had so many great opportunities to help shape this organization,” commented Matijco. “I have the utmost respect for Mark Leach, the staff, the board, and everyone who propels SECCA as a premier arts organization in this country. They have given me the platform to explore art on an international stage, and continually elevate my ambitions. There are few places in this world as unique as SECCA; and I’m proud to be part of its story. I look forward to watching this organization reach new heights in the near future.”

SECCA will conduct a search for a new curator in the coming months. In the meantime, Matijco’s vision will continue through 2013 and 2014 as the museum stages three exhibitions that were designed by him with works by Iranian Artist Reza Aramesh, Chinese Artist Zhang Qing and British Artist Claire Harvey.

Additional Notes about Steven Matijcio

Born in Toronto, Canada and educated in New York, Matijcio has an accomplished background in the gallery and museum field. He has held positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, and has organized projects across all media and themes around the world. Prior to joining SECCA, he worked as Curator at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba: one of Canada’s most respected and cutting-edge institutions dedicated to contemporary art.

Alongside his activities in curating, writing and criticism, Matijcio is an active researcher and lecturer who has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Governor General’s Award and the Orpheus Prize in Humanities. He was named a University of Toronto scholar all four years of his undergraduate study, and received both a fellowship and scholarship to attend graduate school at the Center for Curatorial Studies in New York (Bard College).

Under curators such as Marcia Tucker, Ivo Mesquita, John G. Hanhardt and Christiane Paul, he co-curated an exhibition that investigated the effects of institutional structures on the human body (Instructure). Matijcio was also commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to organize an online exhibition highlighting important, but lesser-known works by the iconic Mapplethorpe (Momentum).

Matijcio has worked in numerous academic arenas, including his time as an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art from 2007 – 2008. He is currently researching the relationship between art and political activism, and has received a number of travel grants to conduct research in countries such as Italy, Germany, Austria and Brazil.

Matijcio has edited and published a number of notable texts. He conducted interviews with Jane Alexander, Shaun Gladwell, Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi for the 2006 Sao Paulo Bienal Catalogue, and has written for journals such as “Canadian Art”, “Border Crossings”, “Locus Suspectus”, and “Canadian Architect”.

About The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the NC Arts Council, the NC Symphony and the NC Museum of Art; NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state; developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919/807-7300 or visit (www.ncdcr.gov).

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Museum Expansion Underway at South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC

March 31, 2013

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The bulldozers and excavators digging and shoving mounds of dirt and gravel around the east side of the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, are a sure sign that something is happening. Something good. No, something great. No, make that spectacular.

“Let’s call it ‘stellar,’ because the stars will be the only limit to our new expansion, “Windows to New Worlds”, that is under construction to bring to South Carolina a unique-in-the-nation combination of fun, educational and recreational facilities,” said Director of Education Tom Falvey.

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Construction has begun on the South Carolina State Museum’s $20.5 million expansion, “Windows to New Worlds”. The project will add a state-of-the-art observatory, 55-foot digital dome planetarium and theater, and the state’s largest 4D theater to what is already the largest, most comprehensive museum in the Southeast. Photo by Tut Underwood/courtesy SC State Museum.

The changes will add a state-of-the-art observatory, a 55-foot digital dome planetarium and theater, and the state’s largest 4D theater to what is already the largest, most comprehensive museum in the Southeast.

What these tremendous improvements will make possible include the planetarium’s views of the universe – from sunspots during the day and stars, planets, the moon and eclipses during the night (and sometimes day) – for individuals and groups, to spectacular shows ranging from the micro-world of sub-atomic particles to galaxies light years across the cosmos. Added to that will be dazzling laser-light and sound experiences and, in the 4D theater, 3D films augmented with water and wind, smells, bumps and other experiences to bring the films’ subjects alive.

One big change is noticeable right now, Falvey says, and that is the alternate entrance being used while the building’s front entrance is undergoing a facelift. “The museum’s large, metal ‘space frame’ entrance will give way to a new entrance that will lead museum guests from all over the Palmetto State and beyond under a giant, four-story tripod supporting the observatory’s colossal Alvan Clark telescope and into a much wider, grander entrance and lobby as just the introduction to this magnificent new facility.”

While the construction of this beautiful entryway is ongoing, large “pardon our progress”- type signs will temporarily re-direct guests to the west (Columbia Canal) side of the building to park in a two-story deck and enter the museum through the alternate entrance at the west side of the building’s atrium.

This new entrance will introduce guests to other changes – all temporary while the new facilities are being built – that include a new admissions area, membership desk and temporarily relocated Cotton Mill Exchange, the museum store.  In addition, the Crescent Café, the museum’s unique eatery, will temporarily close, and re-open when the Windows project opens, which is projected for April 2014.

“We want to stress that the museum will be open the entire time the building is going on,” said Falvey. “While the new parking and entry situation may be a little different, the end result will be absolutely amazing. So we ask for and appreciate a bit of patience from our guests, because the wait will be way more than worth it.”

Falvey is quick to point out that new exhibits and programs will continue to open at the museum during construction. “Not only will our terrific blockbuster exhibit “Secrets of the Maya” continue to thrill visitors into the month of June, but we have an intriguing art exhibit, “Between the Springmaid Sheets”, opening in April on our fourth floor while construction temporarily alters our first-floor Lipscomb Art Gallery, plus a summer full of fun camps and programs for kids, and our extremely popular signature events such as the Museum Road Show, the Southeastern Toy Soldier Show and more. Hard hats tours will be offered, too, as the building proceeds.

“So there are plenty of reasons to come to the State Museum this year, not only to enjoy the changing shows and weekend events, but to check out the progress on the construction and visualize the amazing possibilities that will be reality in a few short months when Windows to New Worlds opens its new worlds to all South Carolinians and their visitors.”

Follow the progress of “Windows to New Worlds” at (www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org).

Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Presents Iconic Historian Jack Thompson to Address Calabash Art Gallery – Apr. 11, 2013

March 31, 2013

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On Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013, at 10am, Myrtle Beach historian, photographer and beloved local icon Jack Thompson, will make a presentation at Sunset River Marketplace as part of the Calabash, NC, art gallery’s Coffee With the Author series. His book, which is titled “Memories of Myrtle Beach: a Pictorial History of the Grand Strand Through the Eyes of Jack Thompson,” features over 175 Grand Strand images that take the viewer on a journey through the author’s life at the beach.

Originally from Greenville, SC, Thompson has been photographing Myrtle Beach happenings since he stepped off a bus and accepted a job at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion back in 1951. That was Jack behind the camera snapping “mug shots” at the Myrtle Beach Jail. He was there during the heyday of the Ocean Forest Hotel and he was there when it imploded. Last year the state of South Carolina recognized Thompson as the Official Chronicler of South Carolina’s Grand Strand and celebrated his birthday, Sept. 21, 2012 as Jack Thompson Remembering Myrtle Beach Day in Myrtle Beach.

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Thompson admits to his love at first sight with Myrtle Beach. “ …She has an alluring charm about her … If you give in to her promise … she will cast a spell over you and fill your shoes with sand that will sweep into your blood and melt your heart. That’s Myrtle, she’s a lady and she has my number … and continues to call!”

During the Coffee With the Authors event, Thompson will discuss some of his famous images including the now defunct local Ocean Drive dance joint, The Pad; the implosion series of the Ocean Forest; and chronicling the city’s Sun Fun Festival through its 60-year run.

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The event at Sunset River Marketplace is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. Call 910/575-5999 or send an e-mail to (lassiter@sunsetrivermarketplace.com). Join the mailing list for notice of future events at the same number and e-mail address.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both NC’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, SC.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information call 910/575-5999 or visit (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com). For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.

First Tryon Gallery Trot of 2013 Takes Place Apr. 13, 2013, in Tryon, NC

March 31, 2013

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Art galleries and businesses in downtown Tryon, NC, will open their doors from 5-8pm on every second Saturday beginning Apr. 13, 2013, for another season Gallery Trots. Expect a wide variety of art by some of our areas top artists, as well as unique merchandise, live music, hors d’oeuvres and liquid refreshment in a festive and fun atmosphere as visitors “trot” with friends up, down, and all around the town.  Live music, provided by a generous grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, will be located in the center of town across from the clock tower shortly after the Trot begins at each of the eight second Saturday events scheduled through Oct. 12, 2013.

April is Steeplechase Month in Tryon, so get ready for special attention to Equestrian art at these Galleries above Trade Street:
A collection of framed Blockhouse Steeplechase posters belonging to the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club will be the exhibit featured at The Depot for the first Tryon Gallery Trot of the 2013 season.  The 67th running of this prestigious race is just a week later, so come and begin to celebrate this Tryon tradition by visiting us during the trot!

In honor of Tryon’s own 67th Block House Steeplechase Race, Skyuka Fine Art in collaboration with Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, is proud to present the “Blockhouse Equestrian Art Exhibit”. This group show opens during TRHC’s kickoff community gathering one week before the race at the Gallery I at Tryon Fine Arts Center during the Trot. Numerous equestrian artists outstanding in their specialized field from around the state and nationwide have been invited to participate in this unprecedented show. Many collectors will also be sharing their prized equestrian art of their own for this special exhibit.

Some additional highlights of the Trot on Trade Street:
Vines & Stuff, located in the Shops of Tryon will be featuring work by Elaine and Claude Graves of Little Mountain Pottery.  This will be an all-new collection of redware and stoneware.  Also in the Shops of Tryon will be an assortment of beautiful and wearable art from the artisans of Tryon Arts and Crafts School.

Join New View Realty, 285 N Trade Street, to sample the first in a series of home brewed beers made especially for the Gallery TROT.  Sip and enjoy the works of Jim Shackelford and Linda Hudgins.

Skyuka Fine Art proudly presents “Paintings from Afar”. We all love to travel, and this show will take you to places both familiar to you, and places you could only dream of! This will be a group showing including the works of; Richard Christian Nelson, Michael McNamara, Bonnie Bardos, Jim Carson, William and Anne Jameson, Gary Cooley, Richard Oversmith, Linda Cheek, Dawn Whitelaw and Bill Lovett. The opening reception will be during the Tryon Gallery Trot from 5-8pm. 133 N. Trade Street.

The Book Shelf offers wine, cheese, local art, and features books by local writers.

The Upstairs Artspace presents three exhibits showcasing some of the region’s finest contemporary art, through Apr. 20. In “Here. After.”, Asheville, NC, artists Moni Hill, Alicia Armstrong, and Spencer Herr explore art’s role in the wake of tragedy. In “Southern Comfort,” photographer Ben Nixon documents the Southern landscape. In “Older than Dirt,” potters Jim Cullen, Jim Cornell, Gary Huntoon, David Zacharias, Doug Dacey, John Turner, and Claude Graves update an age-old medium. The gallery is located at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon.

Terra on Trade to host a children’s art tent painting horse shoes!

Tryon, the friendliest town in the South, is a thriving artisan community with a strong equestrian tradition and a nationally known tourism. More than fifteen businesses and organizations participate in the Trots, and many other shops open their doors for a full downtown Tryon experience.

Find Tryon Gallery Trot on Facebook or e-mail to (info@skyukafineart.com) for more info.

The Arts Council of Henderson County Announces the Award Winners of the “Artists of Tomorrow” Secondary Student Exhibition at First Citizens Bank in Downtown Hendersonville, NC

March 31, 2013

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The Arts Council of Henderson County announces the award winners of the “Artists of Tomorrow” secondary student exhibition at First Citizens Bank in downtown Hendersonville, NC. The award winners were announced during the opening reception held Friday, Mar. 22, 2013. “Artists of Tomorrow” is the third and final exhibition of the “Mentors & Students” series, featuring Henderson County public, private, parochial, and home school students and teachers.

Judges for the exhibition were Sharon McRorie and Erin Shope, from the Education and Family Programs of the Asheville Art Museum. Awards were presented by Michael Brodnax, Arts Council Board member, and Lorelei Schutz, President of the Art League of Henderson County, which sponsored the Best of Show award. In addition, memberships to the Asheville Art Museum were also awarded to the cash prize winners.

The award winners were:
Best of Show ($150):  Michaela Orr, “Untitled, East Henderson High School, Robert Wallace, teacher.

1st Place, High School ($75): Sandra Newman, “Spirituality” East Henderson High School, Terri Northup, teacher.

1st Place, Middle School ($75): Summer Whiteside, “Self Portrait in the style of Frida Kahlo,” Juicy Art Classes, Costanza Knight, teacher.

2nd Place, High School ($50): Alexandra Stilber, “Meat Industry,” Hendersonville High School, Courtney Hoelscher, teacher.

2nd Place, Middle School ($50): Amelia Riddle, “Red Sky,” Juicy Art Classes, Costanza Knight, teacher.

3rd Place, High School ($25): Tierra Harris, “Untitled,” North Henderson High School, Ed Lewis, teacher.

3rd Place, Middle School ($25): Kailah M., “Perspective Drawing,” Flat Rock Middle School, Delena Jay, teacher.

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to: Sarah Boyette, “Dusk,” Hendersonville High School, Courtney Hoelscher, teacher. Jackie Siverly, “Teapot with Bird,” M’s School of Art, M. Rathsack, teacher.  Kelsey Walker, “Flat Iron Building with City,” West Henderson High School, Kelly King, teacher.  Charlotte Clark, “Untitled,” Hendersonville High School, Courtney Hoelscher, teacher.

The opening reception featured performances by the North Henderson High School Show Choir and Mixed Choir, directed by Richard Cagle.

“Artists of Tomorrow” offers the public’s last opportunity to enter a raffle to win “One Lonely Bird, Mon,” an acrylic painting by Martina Zinn, which was purchased by First Citizens Bank from the Mentors show, “Art Teachers Create”. You must be eighteen to enter and you do not need to be present during the drawing on Friday, Apr. 5, 2013.

“Artists of Tomorrow,” which is accessible to all, will be on display through Friday, Apr. 5, 2013, at First Citizens Bank, 539 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville.  Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am–6pm.

“Mentors & Students” is sponsored in part by First Citizens Bank, Capital Options, Inc., and Henderson County Education Foundation.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

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, and the Henderson County Travel and Tourism Bureau.

For more information please contact The Arts Council e-mail to (acofhc@bellsouth.net), call 828/693-8504 or visit (www.acofhc.org).

See Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, is Calling for Participation in the 2013 Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County – Deadline Apr. 12, 2013

March 30, 2013

Avant Garde Center for the Arts, Clemson Extension, Lancaster County Agribusiness Center, Lancaster County Council of the Arts, The Olde English District Tourism Commission, and See Lancaster invite you to participate in the 2013 Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County. We have designed the event to be a weekend-long, self-guided tour that will link the agricultural and cultural aspects of Lancaster County, while adding a public art component for visual artists, musicians, and performance artists.

We invite you to participate in this summer’s tour and encourage you to open your studios and galleries, or allow us to station you at one of the sites along the tour to demonstrate your talents and sell your creations. We hope to enhance our visitor’s experience and promote to a wider audience, as well as providing our artists an opportunity to profit from the tour and gain wider exposure.

Participating artists will need to bring tables, chairs, tents for the tour and also indicate if you would prefer to be located at an indoors site. There is no fee for participation, but we will need to have a confirmation by Apr. 12, 2013, as an orientation dinner meeting is planned for April 16. Also, in order to include you in our brochures/listings/press releases/etc., an early confirmation will be necessary.

For further info call Cherry Doster, See Lancaster at 803/289-1492, e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com) or visit (www.agandarttour.com).

High School Artists Win Cash in Art Museum Contest in Myrtle Beach, SC

March 30, 2013

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Thirteen area high school artists received cash prizes Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum’s “Horry-Georgetown High Schools 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition”, sponsored by Carolina Radiology Associates, LLC. The 92 pieces of student artwork chosen for display from 324 entries will remain on view at the Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, through Apr. 21, 2013.

Kirsten English, Socastee High School, garnered a Best in Show for her wire piece, “Survival.First”, second and third-place prizes in two-dimensional works went to Alyssa Scirroco, St. James High School, Madison Hoover, Myrtle Beach High School and Jeremy Walden, Carolina Forest High School.

First, second and third-place prizes in three-dimensional work went to Luke Horowitz, Socastee High School, Christian Walker, Myrtle Beach High School and Autmn Lamp, Socastee High School.

Honorable Mentions, two-dimensional, were awarded to Bridget Kyles, St. James High School, Carolyn Gore, Myrtle Beach High School and TJ LeMasters, Myrtle Beach High School

Honorable Mentions, three-dimensional, went to Dustin Thompkins, Myrtle Beach High School, Caroline Silverman, Academy for the Arts, Sciences and Technology and Elizabeth Joyner, Georgetown High School.

Three unique awards were given this year, the Judges Award and two Patron’s Awards. The recipient of the Judges Award is Breana Rusell, Socastee High School and the Patron Awards went to Jenna Hix, St. James High School and Megan Bogart, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology.

This year’s judge is international experimental watercolorist Mary Ann Beckwith. A recently retired professor of art at Michigan Tech University, Beckwith was instrumental in bringing the arts to engineering and science students. She has twice been the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor Honor Society of Watercolor USA as well as many more.

Gallery hours at the Museum are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4pm on Sundays. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome.

For further information, call 843/238-2510 or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).

Market on Darlington Square in Darlington, SC, Returns Apr. 20, 2013

March 29, 2013

Under the shade of trees and the courthouse, shoppers can find a variety of local produce, plants, baked goods, purses, perfumes, food and other goods at the Market on Darlington Square in Darlington, SC.

Artisans, craftsmen, farmers and other vendors will be selling their wares as the market returns to the Public Square on Apr. 20 with more exciting entertainment and features to come this season. The event will be held from 9am to 1pm at the Public Square on Main Street in Darlington on the third Saturday of the month from April to September.

Vendor spaces are $25 with discounts available for nonprofit organizations. Contact by e-mail at (dvaughan48@bellsouth.net), call 843/395-2310 or 843/395-0792.

Civic clubs are also encouraged to join the fun, display their good works and solicit memberships or donations by hosting a booth.

The market committee also wants to expand the music and art available at the event and seeks musical groups and individuals who would like to perform at a future market as well as visual artists who would like to display their work inside the courthouse lobby during the market. Call 843/395-0792 for information or to sign up for a slot.

The open-air market is a partnership between Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association, the City of Darlington and a dedicated group of volunteers. The monthly market began in 2011.

The Market on Darlington Square also has a Facebook page at (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1067932293#!/pages/Market-on-Darlington-Square/225286814167780).

For information contact DDRA Executive Director David Vaughan by e-mail at (dvaughan48@bellsouth.net) or call 843/395-2310.

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Calls for Proposals for Half-Moon Outfitters Mural Competition – Deadline Apr. 19, 2013

March 29, 2013

Half-Moon Outfitters is partnering with the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department to host a public mural competition. Lowcountry visual artists age 18 and up are invited to submit proposals for a public art piece to be installed on the exterior of Half-Moon Outfitters’ new building addition, the Half-Moon Annex, located on the corner of East Montague and Jenkins Avenues in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, SC. Up to three artists will be selected. Selected artists will be given a materials stipend to create an 8’x8’ mural and have an opportunity to compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Deadline for proposals is 5:00pm on Friday, Apr. 19, 2013.

To apply, artists must provide sketches of the proposed mural, a written description of the piece including information on medium, inspiration, and execution methods, a resume, and contact information. Application materials should be submitted by the deadline to City of North Charleston Arts Coordinator, AnneTrabue W. Nelson, via e-mail, post, or hand-delivery to:

E-mail at (anelson@northcharleston.org)

Post: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department,
PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419-9016

Hand-delivery: Cultural Arts Dept. Office, North Charleston City Hall, 2nd Floor, 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC, 29406

There is no theme for the mural competition; however, mural concepts must be family-friendly and appropriate for public display. Half-Moon Outfitters will furnish an 8’x8’ wooden panel and a $100 materials stipend for each selected artist. Any additional materials expenses must be covered by the artist. Artists will be notified of selections by Friday, Apr. 26, 2013. Murals must be complete and ready for installation by Tuesday, May 7, 2013. A free public reception will be held in honor of the mural artists during the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walk on Wednesday, May 8, from 5-8pm. During the event, the public will be invited to vote on their favorite mural. Results of the vote will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, which are Half-Moon Outfitters gift cards in the amounts of $300, $200, and $100, respectively.

For more information about the Half-Moon Outfitters public mural competition, contact AnneTrabue W. Nelson at 843/740-5852 or e-mail at (anelson@northcharleston.org). For more information about Half-Moon Outfitters, visit (www.halfmoonoutfitters.com). To learn more about other programs and artist opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit (http://bit.ly/culturalarts).

Half-Moon Outfitters, founded in 1993 and based in Charleston, SC, features clothing and gear for adventure and travel. Offering lines that include Patagonia, The North Face, Chaco, Black Diamond and Mountain Hardwear, experienced staff members guide customers through equipment selection with safety, comfort and fun in mind. Half-Moon employees share a love of the outdoors with a commitment to the environment. Half-Moon Outfitters has eight stores in South Carolina and Georgia and also a Web-based store.

For more information, visit (www.halfmoonoutfitters.com).

Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC, Calls for Entries of Art Based on Indigo

March 29, 2013

This is a call for artists who work with INDIGO on fabric, paper or use the color indigo primarily in their art. Picture This Gallery will host an exhibit in August/ September 2013 celebrating all things indigo.

Hilton Head Island has a rich history that revolves around the production of indigo. Eliza Pinckney was a woman of sixteen when she managed her fathers 10 plantations and pioneered large-scale cultivation of indigo in the Lowcounty of South Carolina and locally on Pinckney Island. We want to honor the history and elevate the artform that surrounds this globally sought after dye, “the color that seduced the world”.

Picture This Gallery is located at 78 D Arrow Road, Cypress Square, Hilton Head Island, SC.

For information call Mira Scott at 843842-5299, e-mail to (info@picturethishiltonhead.com) or visit (www.picturethishiltonhead.com).