Archive for January, 2014

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Will Host Visiting Artist Mark Hewitt – Feb. 13, 2014

January 31, 2014


North Carolina potter Mark Hewitt will hold ceramics demonstrations and give an artist’s talk Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.


Demonstrations of the art of throwing ceramics will be in Room 151 from 9:30am until noon and 1:30 – 4pm. Hewitt will give an artist’s talk at 5pm in Room 130.

Hewitt’s visit to the WCU School of Art and Design is funded by the Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. All events are free and open to the public.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Hewitt is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, makers of fine china. In the early 1970s, he decided to become a studio potter rather than an industrial manager and began apprenticeships with leading ceramic artists in the United States. He and his wife, Carol, moved to Pittsboro in 1983 to set up their pottery studio.

Hewitt specializes in planters and jars and uses local clays in his pieces. His work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and on the cover of American Craft magazine. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and in London and Tokyo.

“Mark is an Englishman who settled in a small town near Raleigh because he loves the North Carolina wood-fired ceramics tradition and, I hope he would agree, wants to be part of it. He has become one of the best-known potters in the state,” said Joan Byrd, a WCU professor of ceramics.

For more information, contact Byrd by e-mail at ( or call 828/226-3595.

Society of Bluffton Artist in Bluffton, SC, Will Hosts a Grand Opening of Their Center for Creative Arts Feb. 17, 2014

January 31, 2014

The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) new Center for Creative Arts building is now open! The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception, Monday Feb. 17, 2014, at 5 pm. The Center for Creative Arts (CCA) is located next to the SOBA Gallery on the corner of Calhoun and Church Streets in the Arts District of Old Town Bluffton, SC.


This new facility will support SOBA’s expanding art programs with instructors specializing in a wide range of art and media skills and techniques. We are offering art classes throughout the year to our members and non-members to enhance their artistic capabilities. We are continuing to support the community with art programs to Bluffton’s 4th and fifth grade students for free and offering scholarships to those pursuing art to a college of their choice.

Fourth and fifth graders from Bluffton Elementary School enjoy an after school card-making class led by volunteers Pat Wilund and Carolyn Grace.

The quaint, 900 square foot CCA building seats 50 for lectures and classes of 15-20. It has state-of-the-art AV capabilities. In addition to SOBA’s uses it is available for other events and community functions compatible with SOBA’s mission. Please call 843/247-2868 to inquire about rental availability.

SOBA is a non-profit organization established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities.

For more information please visit our website at (

Pottery Road Studio & Gallery in Seagrove, NC, Holds a Winter Sale – Feb. 1, 2014

January 30, 2014

Pottery Road Studio & Gallery is fairly new to Seagrove, NC, but Don and Susan Walton, the potters who run the gallery are not newcomers by any means. The shop is located at 1387 Highway 705 South, the same location that housed Walton’s Pottery for many years before the Waltons took some time away from pottery to focus on another creative business, Rubber Stamp Tapestry.


Pottery Road Studio is now home to both Walton’s Pottery and Rubber Stamp Tapestry, and also features functional and contemporary pottery created by other artists.

The gallery will host its Winter Sale on Feb. 1, 2014, from 10am to 5pm. This is the only time of year they mark many items down in order to move out the old and bring in the new. In the spirit of recycling, there will also be some great deals on not-so-perfect pottery that has been saved throughout the past year.

For more information, visit ( or call 910/464-2608.

Silk meets Glass in Wearable Art in Florence, SC, and You’re Invited to the Party! – Feb. 7 & 8, 2014

January 30, 2014

Barbara Mellen, brilliant glass artist, and I (Jane Madden) both love color. She works in dichroic glass. I work in 100% pure silk. For the first time ever, we are coming together to hold a wearable art event featuring Barbara’s beautiful jewelry and my ice-dyed silk scarves. Why? It turns out our mutual love of color has resulted in a strange synergy where her earrings are always a dead match for my unique scarves. And we’re going to do this in time to make Valentine’s Day gift giving (or hinting) very easy: Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th from 10am– 6pm, at Barbara’s distinctive purple building just off Palmetto on 2nd Loop: 2717 Second Loop Road in Florence, SC.



Both of us are offering one-of-a-kind, totally unique wearable art produced here in the Pee Dee, purposely priced so people can relax and enjoy wearing their purchase or gift. (Scarves range in price from $13 to $45 and they are 100% silk.) We want people to own our distinctive pieces. We want them to experience that special sense of individuality that comes with knowing no one else in the world has a piece exactly the same.

My silks are easy to care for – no drycleaning involved! Just rinse the scarf in the sink. The silk is preshrunk by the time my multi-step ice dyeing process is complete. (Yes! I do mean I use ice in the process to dye the silk.) Each scarf has a myriad of colors especially created just for that piece which also means each scarf can go with a huge variety of clothing options. Scarf sizes range from 8” x 54” to 22” x 72” to 11” x 90” and everything in between (!) for this event, though even larger pieces are in the works. There will be over 50 scarves to choose from, not to mention hundreds of Barb’s earrings. Silk types available for the sale range from 8 mm Habotai to Crepe de Chine to Satin to Charmeuse to Chiffon. Heavier weights of silk cost a little more.



Barb is going to have light refreshments available those two days. She’s breaking out the wine a little later in the day. I hear that Atlas Chocolates from Hartsville will also be on hand with their distinctive products.

If you’ve never seen our items first-hand before, feel free to stop in and just browse to get a sense of what hand-made in the Pee Dee can be. And, if you’re not shopping for your special Valentine’s Day gift at our event, please visit one of the other local retailers who specialize in unique pieces that support the local economy. I would like to recommend to you the Lynda English Gallery on 2nd Loop Road, the Art Trail Gallery at the corner of Irby and West Evans, Harvest Moon Soapworks across the street from the Art Trail Gallery, Jim Gleason & Old World Music for special lamps, music boxes, and sculptures out of musical instruments (3201 Pamplico Hwy), and Humble from the Earth products on Cashua.

To see Barb’s earrings, check out her website at ( To get a sense of the pieces I will have available, go to (
Pieces can also be ordered via e-mail, Facebook, or over the phone. Scarves are numbered in the photos.

For further info e-mail to (, call 843/601-8493 or visit Facebook and search for Jane Madden.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, to Host Special ArtMarket – Feb. 9, 2014

January 21, 2014


In recognition of Valentine’s Day, the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, will sponsor a special indoor ArtMarket Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 1-5pm. Dozens of local artists will be selling their handmade creations, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and woodwork, many of which will be Valentine’s Day related. During the market, live musical entertainment will be provided. There is no admission to enter the ArtMarket.

During warm weather, Chapman sponsors ArtMarket every Sunday afternoon in the venue’s outdoor Zimmerli Plaza. The regular season is scheduled to resume on Sunday, Apr. 6. However, ArtMarket opens inside the theater lobby to accommodate special occasions, such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day. All of the art and crafts are made and sold by local artists, who keep all of the profits from their sales. The musicians scheduled for Feb. 9 are Daniel Z, a jazz musician who plays percussion, and vocalist Anna V.

For more information about ArtMarket, please call Melissa Earley at 864/278-9685.

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Celebrates Year of the Horse – Feb. 8, 2014

January 21, 2014


Years of the Horse – 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

According to Chinese tradition, people born in the year of the horse are energetic, independent and impatient. They are also avid travelers, great communicators, clever and kind to others. Celebrities in the year of the horse include, Selma Hayek, Sandra Day O’Connor, Harrison Ford, Gordon Ramsey, the late Nelson Mandela and Shel Silverstein.        ~ from The Chinese Zodiac


In Chinese astrology, the spirit of the horse symbolizes warmheartedness, energy, intelligence and cheer.  These traits will come in handy on Feb. 8, 2014, from 11am – 3pm, when visitors at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum ring in The Year of the Horse with a Free Family Day celebration of Chinese New Year.

As always, this year’s celebration will kick off with a traditional Dragon Parade and Lion Dance, followed by storytelling, Chinese dance, chopstick lessons and a wide range of games, lectures, demonstrations and family art workshops.

The real star of this Year of the Horse celebration, however, could well be a lotus-the delightful Charlotte, NC-based Little Lotus Dance Troupe, returning for its sixth year at this event. Consisting of over a dozen girls of Chinese heritage, ranging in age from five to 13, the group is known for its renditions of traditional and contemporary dance performed in authentic costumes to Chinese music or songs.

Other activities will include talks on Tai Chi, Chi Gong and acupuncture.  There will also be an ice sculpture demonstration and martial arts demonstrations.

Participants at the event can learn to eat with chopsticks and watch vegetable carvers at work.  Children will make chopstick scrolls, masks, fans and lanterns as well as kites (weather permitting). Guests will also be able to leave their mark in a dragon hallway display. They can play Chinese-originated games such as mah jong, dominoes or Chinese checkers; watch traditional Chinese paper cutting or have their names written in Chinese calligraphy.

Youngsters can enjoy storytelling and face painting, explore Chinese children’s literature or watch a video of “Sesame Street’s Big Bird in China”. There will be two other films, geared towards adults, for viewing throughout the day. The first, titled “Guonian,” depicts New Year’s traditions as they are observed in China. The second, titled “The Films of Deben Bhattacharya: Chinese Opera,” features the music and dance, religion and social customs related to the everyday life of people in several countries of Asia and Eastern Europe.

Chinese Tea Time with Myra – a special tea tasting at 11am will take place and will require registration.  Call the Art Museum at 843/238-2510 to sign up.

While attending the event, visitors are encouraged to browse the Museum’s current exhibits.

Admission to all events is free.

All Day Events

KidsArt Workshops to create masks, chopstick scrolls and lanterns
Kites (weather permitting)
Chinese Literature for Children
Face Painting with Big Bird in China Video
Mah Jong
Dominoes and Chinese Checkers
Chinese Opera Video
Guonian Video
Tea and Fortune Cookies
Chinese Market
Chopstick Lessons
Paper Folding and Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese New Year Cake Samples

Scheduled Events

11am – Dragon Parade with Mint Hill Kung Fu School

11:15am – New Year Lion “wakes up” with Mint Hill

11:15am – Chinese Tea Ceremony with Myra Rahenkamp

11:45am – ChineseStorytelling with Joan Leotta

12:15pm – Tai Chi and Chi Gong Demonstration and Lecture with Fred Christie

12:30pm – Vegetable Carving with Nan Black and Eric Wagner

1:30pm – Ice Sculpture Demonstration with Eric Wagner

2:15pm – Chinese medicine talk with Susanne Swearengen

2:30pm – Martial Arts Demonstrations with Mint Hill

to be announced – Little Lotus Dance Troupe

3pm – Lion Goes to Sleep with Mint Hill


The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sundays, 1pm to 4pm. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.  Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Presents Jerry Olsen for Monthly Meeting – Feb. 8, 2014

January 21, 2014

The Log Cabin Art Guild guest speaker for February is our own Jerry Olsen, who will present another one of his series in the lives of great artists. His subject in February will be Rembrandt. We remember how much we enjoyed his presentations on Van Gogh and Monet, so get ready for another great presentation. And bring your friends.

The Log Cabin Art Guild will meet in Columbia, SC, at the training center at Sesquicentennial Park, off Two Notch Road, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 9:30am for meet and greet and meeting starts at 10am.

For further info call Marcie Marshall at 803/738-9348.

Hollywood Wax Museum, a New Attraction in Myrtle Beach, SC, Currently Seeking Full-Time Curator

January 21, 2014

The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, opening in 2014 in Myrtle Beach, SC, has hired Certified Attractions Executive Tim Ruedy as General Manager and is currently accepting applications for a full-time Curator, according to Tej Sundher of Kuvera Partners.

Ruedy will oversee the development of the new venue, hire staff, and operate its attractions, planned to open this summer at 1808 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. With more than 30 years of experience in the attractions industry, Ruedy has held management positions with Burroughs and Chapin Co./Parc Management LLC, Six Flags, Knott’s Camp Snoopy at Mall of America and Mid America Festivals. He and his wife, Marilyn, have lived in Myrtle Beach for eight years. Ruedy is active in the community, serving on the Board of Visitors for the Coastal Carolina University College of Education and the South Carolina Children’s Museum. He is also President of the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club in Myrtle Beach.

“Tim is an excellent addition to our team,” says Sundher, whose grandfather founded the original Hollywood Wax Museum in 1965. “He brings strong operational knowledge and shares our core values, especially when it comes to working with others in the community and industry and focusing on excellent customer experience.”

According to Sundher, a key component of the guest experience will be interaction with lifelike wax figures of their favorite stars, which is why it is so important to hire a talented full-time Curator to present and maintain these valuable works of art. Each Hollywood Wax Museum Curator has a unique set of sculpting, painting, and handiwork skills to fix scratches, broken fingers, and other damage caused to the film, TV, music and pop culture likenesses on the show floor. Additionally, the Curator handles hair and costume changes, as well as the overall appearance of the figures within their sets.

“We’re looking for someone who has professional experience in the arts and wants to fully utilize their talents and enthusiasm in this career position. We provide training on specific techniques and standards but require a strong base of high quality work,” says Sundher.

Resumes and photos/portfolio links should be sent by e-mail to ( Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis with expected start of employment in April.

It is projected that hiring notices will go out for additional Administrative, Box Office, Gift Shop and Maintenance staff in April as well.

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The Hollywood Wax Museum—Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach is set to become a top attraction along the Carolina Coast. The two-story tribute to America’s favorite stars includes photo opportunities with current and classic film, TV, and entertainment personalities, along with interactive pop culture displays. The self-guided tour of Hollywood’s elite brings guests close to the stars they love through lifelike wax representations and highlights little-known information about the charities they support, their pets, pet peeves, and accomplishments. For more information, please visit (

Based in Los Angeles, CA, Kuvera Partners is a privately-held corporation with interests in the attractions, self-storage and real estate industries. Founded in 1965, the company’s history of success is the result of its ongoing research and continual development of resources and relationships. To contact Kuvera Partners please visit the website at (

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Seeks Entries for Statewide Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 14, 2014

January 17, 2014


Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the thirteenth annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”.  As the state’s only fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 2-10, 2014. The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (

Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 14, 2014.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions.  Following the close of the show, up to thirty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2014/2015 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.


Alfred D. Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, SC, will jury this year’s exhibition. Ward was appointed Professor of Art and Design at the University of London in 1966. In 1974 he became the Head of the Department of Silversmithing, Jewelry at the Sir John Cass College of Art in London. As a consultant designer for Spink & Sons in London (by Appointment of her Majesty the Queen) he designed and produced pieces for The Royal Family, Revlon of Paris, and Covent Garden Opera House, among others. An internationally known designer, Ward’s work is featured in many museums and collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Having moved to the United States in 1981, he taught at the University of Michigan and the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. In 1985, he became the Director of the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee and in 1989 became the Chair of Art and Design at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Winthrop University awarded him the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award in 1998 and the Medal of Honor in the Arts in April of 2011.

The 13th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 2-10, 2014, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Friday, May 2, 2014.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (, or visit (

Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award – Deadline Mar. 14, 2014

January 17, 2014


The Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, SC, is now accepting applications for its Griffith/Reyburn Artist of the Year Award. With 2014 marking the 11th anniversary of the award, the grant is annually awarded to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents the “look and feel” of the Lowcountry. Created and funded by Mike Griffith and Donna Reyburn, this grant opportunity is competitive and the financial award of $5,000 is intended to support the artist during the creation of a work of art, which will then be the personal property of the artist to keep, show or sell at his or her own discretion. The selected artist will also be honored at an opening show and reception featuring his or her new works in the fall of 2014.

Applicants must be citizens or residents of Charleston County, SC, and at least fifteen years of age. The proposed work of art can be done using any form or combination of media, or may be a three-dimensional sculpture. Specific guidelines and applications are available on Coastal Community Foundation’s website at ( or may be requested directly from Richard Hendry by e-mail at ( The application must be postmarked on or before Mar. 14 or hand-delivered to the Foundation’s office downtown at 635 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 201 no later than 5:30pm on Mar. 14, 2014.

Established in 1974, Coastal Community Foundation is a public grant making foundation fostering philanthropy for the lasting good of the community in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.  Thousands of families, businesses, individuals and organizations have built more than 615 individual funds and endowments at the Foundation to benefit specific charities and/or broad areas of community life – education, basic human needs, conservation and preservation, arts, health and neighborhood/community development. In its 38-year history, Coastal Community Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants.

Last year, Foundation funds generated over $11.98 million for charitable programming, community projects, educational initiatives and scholarships and Foundation assets topped $147 million.

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