Archive for December, 2013

The Gibbes Museum of Art and the Center for Women Present “The Art and Heart of Philanthropy” – Jan. 14, 2014 at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC

December 31, 2013


The Gibbes Museum of Art and the Center for Women, in Charleston, SC, are pleased to announce “The Art and Heart of Philanthropy” discussion and luncheon on Jan. 14, 2014, at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC. Panelists Laura Gates, Carolyn Hunter, Susan Romaine, and Anita Zucker will talk with moderator Jane Perdue about the art of giving back.

“We are so thankful to the distinguished panelists and the moderator, Jane Perdue, for their participation in this important event. Nonprofits exist because of the generosity of philanthropic people and through collaboration that strengthens a community,” says Center for Women Executive Director Amy Brennan. “We are excited to work with the Gibbes Museum of Art and know that these women will be an inspiration for us all.”

Speaker Bios:

Laura Gates: Board President of the Carolina Art Association/Gibbes Museum of Art, Mrs. Gates is the former Vice President of the Field Museum of Natural History and Principal at McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Carolyn Hunter: President of C&A Unlimited, Ms. Hunter is the owner of three local McDonald’s franchises.

Susan Romaine: A nationally recognized artist, Ms. Romaine is represented by galleries in Charleston, SC, and Santa Fe, NM.

Anita Zucker: Chairperson and CEO for the InterTech Group, Mrs. Zucker is past Board Chair of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Coastal Community Foundation, Trident United Way, and Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston among others.

Jane Perdue: CEO/Principal of Braithwaite Innovation Group, Ms. Perdue is a leadership futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about challenging stereotypes and gender bias. Ms. Perdue is president of the Board of Directors for the Charleston, SC Center for Women.

Schedule of Events:

Coffee and registration will begin at 10:30am followed by a panel discussion at 11am. Continue the conversation over a delicious lunch at Jasmine’s Porch. The Wells Gallery will host a champagne social following lunch.


$75 (includes presentation, luncheon, and a $50 tax-deductible contribution to the Gibbes Museum and the Center for Women). Registrations are accepted on the Center for Women website at (, or please call 843/763-7333. Advance registration required.

Thank you to the following sponsors: JMC Charleston, Kiawah Fine Jewelry, RTW Charleston, Wells Gallery, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The Center for Women is an educational resource and nonpartisan advocate for enhancing South Carolina women’s economic growth and personal development to encourage success – personally and professionally – every day, every way. Through programs, workshops and special events we assist over 6,000 people annually!

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located along Charleston’s Museum Mile in the heart of historic district, the museum is dedicated to collecting and presenting Southern art from the Colonial period through today. The Gibbes’ permanent collection consists of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection.  The museum offers an impressive roster of special exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

Lancaster, SC, Artist Bob Doster’s Works Traveling the Carolinas and Shown on SCETV

December 31, 2013

Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster’s works will be hitting the road in the coming months, headed to locations far and near. The well-known artist’s works have been accepted for exhibit, public art showings, and competitions throughout the Carolinas, and can be seen on SCETV on Jan. 9 at 7:30pm.  Known for works from monumental sculpture to home décor, Doster has spent a great part of his more than fifty years of creating working with students in schools, camps, and special arts programs. The designs created by students dot the landscape throughout the Carolinas and beyond, nearly as numerous as Doster’s own designs. For that reason, the list of locations where Doster’s works will be found may be of interest to parents and teachers who would like to be sure students have a chance to visit.

Work from “Dancer” Series

Until Jan. 31, 2014, works from Doster’s “Southern Cross” Series are at the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, for the “Civil Rights: Then, Now, and When?” exhibit. An 8’ sculpture from “Wind & Waves Series” has been removed from Lancaster, SC’s, Red Rose Park, headed to Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC, for “Contemporary South”, an exhibit that will be on view until Jan. 30, 2014. The second sculpture that has stood at Red Rose Park is on its way to Cary, NC, for a yearlong public art exhibit “Sculpture in the Landscape”. Red Rose Park will have two new works installed that will remain indefinitely. One of Doster’s works from his “Dancer” series was accepted in the national juried competition, Schwa, which recognizes excellence in craft and fine art. Pitt County Art Council at Emerge in Greenville, NC, is hosting the exhibit that ends Jan. 31, 2014.

When the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition open in Charleston, SC, on Feb. 14, 2014, Doster’s works will be found among the many artists who exhibit during this annual event. Special designs featuring SC and other wildlife will be featured for the three-day show. Beginning Mar. 1, 2014, new works by Doster will be the featured exhibit at Charleston’s Saul Alexander Gallery of the Charleston County Library, located on Calhoun Street.

While Doster is represented in galleries, museums, and universities throughout the Southeast, he will be working with Lancaster County School District students in January and February to create public art banners that are displayed on Main Street, Lancaster beginning in Mar., 2014.

“Summer Wind”

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, Gallery, and Garden are located in the heart of Lancaster, SC, at 217 East Gay Street, and when he is not on the road conducting student residencies or delivering to exhibitions, Doster gladly welcomes visitors. Tour groups, field trips, and adventurers will love the art collections on exhibit, the enclosed garden, and the eclectic atmosphere of the “art compound” housed in a row of 1940’s buildings that were pool halls and cafes “back in the day”.

For more information, contact: Bob Doster by e-mail at (, call 803/285-9190 or visit (

Matthews Artists Guild Starts the New Year with Wildlife Artist Brian Carney and His Ball Point Pen – Jan. 14, 2014

December 31, 2013

Join members and friends of the Matthews Artists Guild for a demonstration by wildlife artist Brian Carney on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 6:30pm, at the McDowell Art Gallery, 123 McDowell Street in Matthews, NC. Meetings are free and open to the public starting at 6:30pm with refreshments and a presentation at 7pm.


Carney first began drawing with ball point pen in the seventh grade when his art teacher, Mr. Graves, told him that ball point pen is a bad medium because it was difficult to reproduce and there was no variation of line. Carney knew Mr. Graves was probably right, but the rebellious teen age boy was not satisfied with that reasoning and stuck with the ball point pen. Almost four decades later his favorite drawing and sketching medium is still the ball point pen which he uses for all his preliminary sketches for his oil paintings. Please see ( for more information.

Carney, a member of Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC)  studied painting, drawing, and illustration of various genres from 1986-1991 at “The Jasar’s School of Drawing and Illustration” in Sayville, NY. where he developed good fundamental draughtsmanship and  painting skills. The combination of his lifelong fascination of nature with and his unique impressionist/expressionist style was first debuted at the 2009 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC. Among his awards was the David Cook Drawing Award at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in Liverpool, England.

The Matthews Artists Guild is a non-profit organization that welcomes and encourages both the beginner and established artist. In addition to our free monthly programs, The organization offers weekly plein air painting on Tuesdays, life drawing on Wednesday evenings, critique sessions every other month, art shows, art related field trips, workshops and seminars.

For additional information contact: 704/321-7275 or visit our website at (, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@MatthewsArtists).

Wadmalaw Island, SC, Artist Mark Beale Won the First Place Purchase Award at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens’ Art Competition

December 20, 2013

Wadmalaw Island, SC, artist Mark Beale won the First Place Purchase Award at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens “Garden of Dreams” fine art contest and was awarded the $3000 top prize on Nov. 22, 2013. His painting “Creekside Dusk” depicts the riverbank at Charleston’s Magnolia Gardens with trees backlit by the setting sun. The exhibit received entries from 180 artists from 11 different states. Second place went to Alana Knuff and third to Russel Buskirk.

Work by Mark Beale

The competition was inspired by John Drayton Hastie Jr., who sits on the seven-member board that owns Magnolia. Hastie wanted to encourage artists to paint scenes of Magnolia’s gardens in the style of Charleston Renaissance artists – Elizabeth O’Neill Verner and William Halsey, who were among the Guild’s founding members six decades ago.

Five honorable mention prizes of $100 each went to following artists and their paintings: Anna Cox, “Across the Way;” Nancy Davidson, “Sweet Spring at Magnolia;” Karen Silvestro, “Tree at Magnolia Gardens;” Norma Morris Ballentine, “Reflections;” and Mila Garro “Heron in a Morning Mist.”

Ten other artists each received $25 prizes for paintings in the “of interest award.” The artists and their paintings are: Anne Hightower Patterson, “Audubon Swamp Garden;” Karen Silvestro, “Statue at Magnolia Gardens;” Pam Dittloff “Magnolia Reflections;” Chuck Morris, “A Path in History;” Barbara Yongue, “Magnolia Bridge;” Russell Buskirk, “Live Oak Lane;” Carla Johannesmeyer, “Spring Lake Reflections;” Page Burgess, “Mother’s Day;” Katherine DuTremble, “Magnolia’s Wooden Bridge;” and Amelia Rose Smith, “Rice Fields in Spring.”

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.

For further info call 800/367-3517 or visit (

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Receives $130,000 Grant From Windgate Charitable Foundation

December 20, 2013


The North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $130,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Arkansas. The Windgate Charitable Foundation is well-known for its support of institutions and programs which focus on crafts and craft education.

The grant will be dispersed and utilized over a two-year period, allowing for renovations and upgrades to the Voncannon House (a Victorian house on Pottery Center property), restarting the Artist-in-Residence program, funding a part-time Educational Program Manager position for two years, educational programming and associated costs, and technology upgrades.


Pottery Center Executive Director, Lindsey Lambert says, “Making necessary repairs and upgrades to the Voncannon House will enable us to accommodate our Artist-in-Residence. We will also be able to house periodic on-site interns from East Carolina University, with whom we are collaborating. We anticipate selecting our first new Artist-in-Residence in late spring and having that person start their residency by early June. We also anticipate having one or two graduate students from ECU’s Ceramics Program intern with us during the summer of 2014.” The Pottery Center is in the second year of a collaborative relationship with East Carolina University’s Ceramics Program.

Michael Drought, Director of ECU’s School of Art and Design, notes, “The collaboration between the Pottery Center and ECU’s School of Art and Design, with the support of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will offer educational opportunities for ECU students via internships, research and exhibition, as well as provide university-level courses for the Seagrove community. This will highlight the strengths and significance of the two institutions and provide a platform for the further development of summer courses, conferences and symposiums.”

Lambert adds, “The Board and I believe that a dynamic Artist-in-Residence program and a strong collaboration with East Carolina University will revitalize the Pottery Center. Youthful energy and a steady relationship with a major educational institution will allow us to more vigorously fulfill our mission. We promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation.” A part-time Educational Program Manager will allow the Pottery Center to create more educational programming and outreach activities which help children and adults appreciate the world-class clay tradition that is so much a part of North Carolina’s cultural identity. Technology upgrades will allow the center to function more efficiently in serving the potters and pottery lovers of North Carolina.

Says Lambert, “I am very appreciative of the generosity of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and we are honored by the trust they have placed in us here at the North Carolina Pottery Center. I believe that this is just the first of other grants that the center will receive in the coming years. While we are starting to receive additional funding from granting sources, it is paramount that our membership and supporters not become complacent. Having a strong, enthusiastic, and financially supportive membership is crucial to the long-term success of the Pottery Center. Simply stated, we need and appreciate your financial and personal support now more ever.”

The North Carolina Pottery Center will be closed Mon.-Thur., Dec. 23-26, 2013 for Christmas, closing at 1pm on Tue., Dec. 31 and closed on Wed., Jan. 1, 2014 for New Year’s Day. Happy holidays and best wishes to all.

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tues.–Sat., from 10am – 4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873-8430, visit (, or find us on Facebook.

‘Let’s Shop Local! Takes Place at the North Carolina Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC – Feb. 1, 2014

December 18, 2013

You are invited to join us at the North Carolina Fairgrounds’ Holshauser Building in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 11am – 6pm for our first ‘Let’s Shop Local!’ shopping spree!

Featuring creative and small businesses in and near Raleigh, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on! You’ll find affordably priced jewelry, hand-painted scarves, soaps, lotions, unique crochet items, pottery, art and so much more!

Work by Elizabeth Strugatz

Come out and find the perfect gift for that special someone this Valentine’s Day, and feel good about the purchase, knowing your money is going right back to your local community! Don’t forget, when you buy from locally owned businesses, a significant portion of your money is spent to make purchases from other local businesses, keeping your money in your community!

Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite business display! The vendor whose display receives the most votes will get their display featured on our Facebook page AND receive a complimentary spot at our next ‘Let’s Shop Local’ event!

Work by Steph Hollingsworth

Admission to ‘Let’s Shop Local’ is just $3.00 with children under 12 free! Representatives from (, a local community online marketplace, are scheduled to be on site, too, handing out freebie bags stuffed with coupons and goodies from nearby local businesses!

‘Let’s Shop Local’ is an event like no other in Raleigh! Conveniently located at the North Carolina Fairgrounds, located at 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Raleigh, ‘Let’s Shop Local’ is certain to become a Raleigh favorite! Parking is free and abundant. So bring all your friends and head out for our first ‘Let’s Shop Local!’ A Southern Shopping Spree, and help support small, local businesses!

For further info contact Anne Stewart by e-mail at ( or visit ( You can contact the Fairgrounds by calling 919/821-7400.

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is Calling for Entries for the “32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale” – Deadline Mar. 3, 2014

December 18, 2013


Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is calling for entries for the “32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale”,  to be held April 11-13, 2014. The deadline for entry is Mar. 3, 2014 at midnight.

Each spring during the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the Wilmington Art Association (WAA) presents its “Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale”. This year, we are celebrating our 32nd year. The WAA is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate members and the public in the fine arts, provide scholarship assistance to deserving college students, and provide an outlet for emerging and professional artists.

The Show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists may submit ORIGINAL two-dimensional (2-D) work to include painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, and mixed media, and three-dimensional (3-D) work.

The WAA welcomes Bob Rankin as the juror/judge for the 2014 WAA Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. Rankin earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from East Carolina University in 1970. Following his graduation, he studied at NC State University’s School of Design and the American Institute of Foreign Study in London. His career as an art educator spanned more than 25 years at Sanderson High School in Wake County. In addition to teaching, he served as the Co-Chairman of the NC Art Education Association, Secondary Division from 1982-1985. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Aspen, and Marrakesh – among other national and international cities. Rankin has received many awards, which include the East Carolina University Alumni Association 2012 Distinguished Service Award, the “Secondary Art Educator of the Year” by the NC Art Education Association, Seven-time winner of the “Best Spectator/Metro Magazine Best Artist in the Triangle”, and the “Raleigh Medal of Arts” in 1992. The National Scholastic Art Awards Organization also recognized him as the creator of one of the nation’s premier high school art programs. He currently maintains active studios in Raleigh, NC, and Leesville Lake, VA, as well as conducts art workshops across the country and in Italy.

Monetary and merchandise awards are in excess of $4000.

To download the complete prospectus visit (

Arts Council of Henderson County in NC Awards Regional Artist Project Grants

December 15, 2013


The Arts Council of Henderson County, NC, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2013-14. This grant is for artists who wish to further their professional careers through such things as purchase of equipment and materials, professional development workshops, etc.

The Arts Council of Henderson County administers the grants as a Designated County Partner with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council are matched by the three participating counties.

A total of $4,000 in RAPG funds were awarded to the following five artists:

Keith L. Berner, a Henderson County metal artist, received funds for purchase of a professional rolling mill, which will allow him to pursue a textured woven metal design concept.

Jennifer “Finn” Ferrell and Mike Odle, working as collaborating artists from Polk County, are receiving funds to support the creation of their unique community-based theatre project based on “Firebird.”


Henderson County painter, Ben Freeman, will illustrate/paint a children’s book that he has also authored. The final book will be available for sale in both printed, and e-book formats.

Work by Ben Freeman

Kate Stockman, Henderson County artist, is receiving a grant for the purchase of a jewelry kiln, which will expand her capability to produce personal components for her jewelry creations.

Finally, Carol Swetman, a watercolor artist from Polk County, will attend an intensive resident watercolor workshop by Keiko Tanabe, who will be teaching “Capturing Light and Atmosphere in Watercolor” at Kanuga Watermedia Workshops.

Fourteen applications were received from across the three counties, and five artists were awarded grants ranging from $600 to $992, by a panel of professional artists representing the disciplines applied for. “The range of projects was very diverse this year, with grant applications requesting support for performance, film and literary artists, as well as visual artists,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, and administrator for the Regional Artist Project Grants.

For more information please contact the Arts Council by e-mail at (, call 828/693-8504 or visit (

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.

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

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Presents Artful Treasures Show and Sale – Through Jan. 3, 2014

December 15, 2013


The Matthews Artists Guild is presenting the “Artful Treasures Members Holiday Show and Sale,” at the McDowell Art Center, located at 123 McDowell Street in Matthews, NC, now through Jan. 3, 2014.

The show will be open weekdays 1-8pm (except 12/31 – 1-5pm), Sat. 10am-4pm; Sun. 1-6pm. Closed Dec. 24 – 27 and open Jan. 1, from 1-8pm. Admission Free

Give the gift of original art and support your local artists as well. We have assembled 18 artists and 59 works of art, all priced under $200 and available at time of purchase.  Paintings, photography, mixed media and ceramics are available.

For further info contact by e-mail at ( for more information visit our website at (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Performance by Michaela Pilar Brown – Dec. 19, 2013

December 12, 2013

701 CCA will present a work of performance art, titled bittersalt, bittersweet, by multidisciplinary artist Michaela Pilar Brown. Brown’s experimental performance is a companion piece to her work in the 701 CCA SC Biennial Exhibition 2013. She will be using her body as a vehicle, pushing beyond physical and mental limits and trust, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, beginning at 7pm, at the Center located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, in Columbia, SC. Admission is free.

Work by Michaela Pilar Brown

Brown’s practice explores the body through the prisms of age, gender, race, sexuality and history. She considers memory, myth, ritual, desire and the spaces the body occupies within these vignettes. The narratives move between past, present and surreal projections of the future, sometimes occupying these spaces simultaneously. For this action, Brown calls upon the audience to participate in a dramatization and play that considers the relationship of black women’s bodies to American culture, paying homage to the lives of Saartje Baartman and Joice Heth. With the assistance of a Carnival Barker, participants are invited to use straps, thread, scissors, a bowl of sweet water, a bowl of salty water and spoons to enter a carnival display and interact with the artist.

A panel discussion will follow the performance with:

· Porchia Moore, a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the School of Library and Information Science where she is the recipient of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership fellowship. She is also earning a certificate of Museum Management from the University’s McKissick Museum. A graduate of the dual-enrollment Masters in English Literature program with the Citadel and The College of Charleston she is currently editing her latest collection of poems called, Feral.

· D. Travers Scott, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Clemson University, where he teaches topics such as cultural studies of technology, gender studies, and health. He holds a PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and a BFA in Performance Art and Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives in Greenville, SC.

· Scott Trafton, PhD., Associate Professor, University of South Carolina specializing in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature, African American Studies, and Black Cultural Studies. He is currently writing a book called Gulf Coast Blues: Space, Time, and the Early Creole Coast, about African American culture along the American Gulf Coast in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It looks at strategies of early black cultural adaptation along the coast in the fields of architecture, music, folklore and folklife, and literature. He is the author of Egypt Land: Race and Nineteenth-Century American Egyptomania (Duke UP, 2004).

· Jennifer Tyburczy,PhD, Assistant Professor Cultural-critical rhetoric, performance studies.  Also specializes in transnational American studies, feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, critical race studies, popular culture, ethnography, cultural politics, political economy, visual art and culture, museum studies.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

Please submit further inquiries by e-mail to (, call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949 or visit (