Archive for June, 2014

Society 1858 in Charleston, SC, Announces Short List of Finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

June 30, 2014


The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858, in Charleston, SC, announced the 2014 Short List of finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. Over 250 artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia submitted applications during this time period.

The seven artists (profiled below) selected for the 2014 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art short list are Jim Arendt, Sonya Clark, Andre Leon Gray, Jackson Martin, Jason Mitcham, Damian Stamer, and Stacy Lynn Waddell. The artists were selected by a distinguished panel of judges including Charles Ailstock, Society 1858 Board Member; Jamieson Clair, Society 1858 Board Member; Jennifer Dasal, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art; Marilyn Laufer, Director of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University; Frank McCauley, Assistant Director and Curator of the Sumter County Gallery of Art; Pam Wall, Curator of Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art; and John Westmark, artist and 2012 Prize winner.

“We are thrilled to have received so many qualified applicants to the 1858 Prize. Narrowing the list to seven artists was a tough task, but we feel this group represents the great talent and creativity of the contemporary southern art scene,” says Gibbes Museum Curator of Exhibitions Pam Wall.

This prize was established in 2007 by Elizabeth and Mallory Factor to honor an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. Artist John Westmark was the 2012 prize winner and his work is on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art through August 3 in the exhibition entitled, “John Westmark: Narratives”. After a 1-year hiatus, Society 1858 has rebranded the annual artist award and will focus its fundraising efforts on cultivating the prize. The winner of the 1858 Prize will be announced on Sept. 18, 2014, during an event hosted by Society 1858 and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

2014 Short List Bios

Jim Arendt – Based in Conway, SC, Arendt creates narrative paintings, sculpture, and installations that investigate how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. Made from cut denim, Arendt’s figurative work draws upon his rural upbringing and concepts of work, labor, and connections to the land. Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. (

Sonya Clark – Clark is a fiber and mixed media artist working in Richmond, VA, where she chairs the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She uses objects such as cloth, hair, and combs to give voice to the complexity of American identity and history. Clark’s work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and throughout the United States. (

André Leon Gray – A native of Raleigh, NC, Gray is a self-trained artist who works is a variety of media to examine the impact of history and memory on present day power structures and social hierarchies. Gray’s mixed media assemblages, sculptures, and installations combine recycled and reclaimed objects, materials, and imagery. He transforms mundane objects into powerful social commentary with the intent of creating dialogue among his audience. (

Jackson Martin – Martin’s artistic practice entails an interdisciplinary approach to sculpture, installation, and photography. He utilizes a wide variety of materials and processes, ranging from sewing nontraditional fabrics to steam-bending hardwoods to planting trees in dumpsters. A native of Tennessee, Martin currently resides in Asheville, NC where he teaches at the University of North Carolina – Asheville. (

Jason Mitcham – Mitcham combines painting and stop-motion animation to investigate suburbia, modern ruins, and temporality within the landscape. His animations are created by digitally recording thousands of slight alterations on paintings; approximately ten miniscule changes are made for every second of footage. Mitcham was born in Greensboro, NC, and currently resides in New York. (

Damian Stamer – Stamer depicts barns, abandoned buildings, and other vernacular structures of the rural south. His heavily layered canvases blur the line between abstraction and representation as they seek to express the solemn beauty of the old and overlooked. A native of Durham, NC, Stamer earned a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (

Stacy Lynn Waddell – Waddell creates work that explores American history, culture, and the ways individual consciousness is formed through generations. She combines watercolor, gold leaf, and collage with heat-based techniques that burn, brand, and singe works on paper. Waddell has exhibited at museums throughout the country, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Gibbes Museum of Art, in the solo exhibition, “The Evidence of Things Unseen”. (

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (

For further information call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Presents The Big Crafty and Family Art pARTy! – July 13, 2014

June 30, 2014


The Asheville Art Museum hosts The Big Crafty with a lively celebration of handmade commerce, on Sunday, July 13, from noon-6pm. Reviving the tradition of the community bazaar, there will be music, food and drink, in addition to the fine wares of more than 100 selected independent crafters. The Big Crafty has consistently been voted Asheville’s favorite art/craft fair. For more information, visit (

Take a break from shopping The Big Crafty and join us in the Studio of the Museum for our little-crafty area with hands-on activities for all ages on Sunday, July 13, from 1-4pm. All supplies provided. For more information please call Sharon McRorie, Education Programs Manager at 828/253-3227, ext. 122.

Artists Install a Colorful Kaleidoscope at the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC

June 30, 2014


The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, has an exciting new installation! With grant funding from the Buncombe County Culture Recreation Authority (CRA), two Asheville artists – Robert Gardner and Marc Tickle – collaborated to install a beautiful and unique kaleidoscope in the Museum’s popular Art PLAYce for Children. The kaleidoscope adds a fun and unique way for kids to interact with visual art while also serving as a learning tool. With three viewing ports, the kaleidoscope revolves 360 degrees and tips up and down, offering the viewer the ability to pivot while using a crank to activate the color wheel.


This impressive kaleidoscope was built collaboratively by two artists who brought their unique skills to the project. Robert Gardner has maintained a glass-blowing studio in Asheville’s River Arts District since 1997 and has exhibited in galleries throughout the country and shown at international events such as SOFA Chicago & New York, Art Miami and the Miami Bridge Art Fair. Marc Tickle has been designing kaleidoscopes since the late 1990s has received many awards for his work and is represented in museums and collections around the world. He spends his working hours designing and making kaleidoscopes in his home studio in Asheville.

The Museum’s Art PLAYce for Children activities promote and enrich educational development and help young children achieve their fullest potential by improving listening, observing, critical thinking, communication, problem solving and decision making skills, and by engaging various learning styles in multi-sensory activities and art exploration. The Art PLAYce for Children is the only museum gallery with art-based programming and interactive, hands-on installations for pre-school aged-children in the Buncombe County area.

Founded by artists in 1948 in Asheville, NC, the Asheville Art Museum annually presents an exciting, inviting and active schedule of exhibitions and public programs based on its permanent collection of 20th and 21st century American art. Any visit will also include experiences with works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage including Studio Craft, Black Mountain College and Cherokee artists. Special exhibitions feature renowned regional and national artists and explore issues of enduring interest. The Museum also offers a wide array of innovative, inspiring and entertaining educational programs for people of all ages.

Additional information on upcoming exhibitions and public programs at the Museum can be found online at (

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Held Its 36th Annual Arts Celebration – June 12, 2014

June 30, 2014


The Arts Council of York County held its 36th Annual Arts Celebration on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. The evening featured artists who were recipients of a small grant during the fiscal year.  A jazz trio included Ron Parks, L. H. Dickert, and Tracy Patterson, and a visual arts exhibition featured works by photographer, James P. Karner. Karen Collins highlighted the accomplishments of the Underexposed Film Festival yc in 2013, and Strauss Shiple presented the exciting changes in the 2014 Ag + Art Tour with the addition of Lancaster, Chester, and Fairfield Counties.

Despite budgetary cuts, the arts continue to grow in York County! During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, 160,000 people from 238 cities, 43 states and 10 countries attended arts events that were partially funded by or presented by the Arts Council of York County! The number of cities from which visitors came increased by 85%, and states by 45%.  “Encouraged by significant increases in attendance, the Arts Council of York County contracted with Webb Management Company, in partnership with Comporium Communications, to conduct a feasibility study that is testing the concept that York County can support a new, larger performing arts center as a part of on-going cultural and economic development effort,” executive director Debra Heintz said.

President Sandy Johnson welcomed new Board members Sonja Burris, Bobby Houck, Dr. Ann Kirol, Michael Smith, and Joy Widener.  Officers for FY 2014-2015 include Vice President Nicki Nash, Secretary Michele Wilson, and Treasurer Suzie Wright.  Outgoing Board members Rick Jiran, Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes and Jeffrey Deason were recognized for their service to the Arts Council.

Kamryn Joy-Fulin Knape of Fort Mill, SC, was selected as the recipient of the Long Family Scholarship funded jointly this year by the Women’s Club of Rock Hill Outreach Funds and the Arts Council of York County. This competitive scholarship is awarded to a York County student accepted to the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. Knape is a well-rounded homeschooled student whose talent extends across many arts categories. She studies pottery at the Gettys Art Center, is in her 8th year of piano lessons, and takes art classes locally. Knape is also a talented set designer who designed the set for the Palmetto Teen Group production of “The Three Musketeers”. Outside the arts, she is on the yearbook team for her home school co-op, plays volleyball with the Victory Sports program, mentors a younger art student, and assists the children’s leader in the Founded in Truth children’s program. Knape will be studying visual arts during the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts’ Summer Academy.

Marcia Kort Buike of Tega Cay, SC, was selected for the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, created in 1992 to recognize those individuals who have committed themselves to art and culture. Buike exemplifies the spirit of the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, as her commitment to the arts and culture within our community is portrayed in every aspect of her life. Buike is a leading arts advocate in the state. She is member of the Arts Council of York County’s Small Grants Committee, and has volunteered at the Arts Council of York County numerous times, working in the office on Friday afternoons, assisting with bookkeeping and administrative tasks when staff members have been on leave or when the office is short staffed. Buike also serves as the coordinator of the 5th District Congressional Art Show.

Largely due to her efforts, the number of entries in the 2014 exhibition increased by 70%.  In putting this exhibition together, Buike spends the spring traveling across the 5th District to pick up student artwork from each school. Her countless hours and passion given to the arts community in York County makes Buike especially deserving of the 2014 Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award.

Duke Energy was selected for the Business and the Arts Award, created in 1992 to recognize those businesses whose dedicated partnership with the arts has been demonstrated during the calendar year. Duke Energy is committed to support the communities they serve through volunteer efforts and grant funds to special projects.

Two of Duke Energy’s employees have volunteered countless hours and have advocated for the Arts Council of York County. Rick Jiran, Director of Government & Community Relations has served on the Arts Council’s Board for the past eight years, holding the offices of Vice President, President and Immediate Past President. He has also been a strong advocate for the arts as an economic development and educational tool. Over the course of his board term, he helped secure nearly $20,000 in donations to the Arts Council.

Karen Blankenship, Duke Energy’s Manager of Training & Quality Assurance, and a former Arts Council of York County employee, continues to give back to the arts community. In November 2013, she applied for a Duke Energy Sweat Equity Grant on behalf of the Arts Council.  This $1,000 grant covered the cost of supplies for a project that will have lasting and significant value.  Blankenship also spearheaded a team of eight volunteers to repaint the Dalton Gallery. With their help, the Arts Council saved about $10,000 over the cost of professional painting.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, e-mail to (, or visit (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Features Al Torres for Monthly Meeting – July 8, 2014

June 30, 2014


Join Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, in welcoming back Al Torres as a presenter at our July 8, 2014 meeting.  Torres is a long-time friend of MAG.  In July, he will share with us his knowledge of design and composition for artists.  Always interesting and informative, Al will also share his unique art with the members and friends of MAG.

Torres is a classically trained representational artist from the New York Academy of Art. He studied under Bennet Vadnais and Andrew Reiss and was a studio assistant for Sharon Sprung at the Art Student’s League of New York. He has shown in New York  galleries: Queens Museum of Art and Katonah Museum of Art. He presently teaches art at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, and gives lessons at his studio.

Torres not only paints figures, still life and landscapes, but also multi-view paintings  These works present two related perspectives as one. Front view, of this type of work, shows both images as one. Moving to the right reveals one image and moving to the opposite direction reveals the second image. You can see examples and an explanation of these unique works at his web site at (

The topic for his presentation on Tuesday night, July 8, 2014, at 7pm at the McDowell Arts Center, is Design and Composition for Artists. All MAG meeting are free and open to the public. You are welcome to come to the social time at 6:30pm to meet and talk to Torres before the presentation.

Matthews Artists Guild is a nonprofit organization that welcomes and encourages both the beginner and established artist.  In addition to our free monthly programs, we also offer plein air painting on Tuesdays, life drawing on Wednesdays, art shows and competitions, workshops and seminars and a critique session every other month.

For additional information call 704/321-7275 or visit (

Pearl Nester of Camden, SC, is a Semifinalist in International Quilt Show

June 30, 2014

Pearl Nester, a Camden, SC, resident has been chosen as a semifinalist for the 2014 American Quilter’s Society (AQS) QuiltWeek® in Charlotte, NC, July 30-August 2, 2014, at the Charlotte Convention Center. Nester is a member of the Quilters of Kershaw County, an affiliate member of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC.) She is married to local artist, member and past president of Camden ART (formerly the Camden Art Association) Edward Nester.

“Solitude” by Pearl Nester

Nester’s quilt, “Solitude” was chosen along with 182 others to be displayed in the AQS Contest. First, Second and Third place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website, ( Nester has the opportunity to win the $10,000 Best of Show award as well as numerous other awards including $3,500 Best Wall, Traditional, Innovative, Modern and Computer-Aided Quilt. The AQS show is expected to draw more than 15,000 people to the Charlotte Convention Center.

“This is great being in a show of this quality so close to home.  I hope that it will inspire more of our local quilters to enter shows and become involved with AQS.  The Quilters of Kershaw County is a wonderful venue for inspiration and learning the different aspects of quilting from the members who love to share their knowledge,” said Nester.

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 37 US states and seven other countries. The American Quilter’s Society hosts seven annual shows throughout the United States each year.

The society was formed in February of 2002, when Nancy Smith organized a group of quilters in Kershaw and surrounding counties to form the Quilters of Kershaw County (QKC). The QKC became an affiliate of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Currently 50 members strong the QKC includes members from Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, and Fairfield counties in South Carolina.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information about the FAC, please call 803/425-7676, ext. 300, or visit ( Be sure to check out the QKC web site at (

Keith Spencer Takes Part in the Sixth Annual Art Trek Tryon – June 28 & 29, 2014

June 24, 2014


This is Spencer’s sixth year to participate in this popular art event and his studio will be open on Saturday, June 28 from 10am to 3:30pm and Sunday, June 29, noon to 5pm. To start the weekend off right, there is an opening reception for the gallery exhibition part of the event, at the Upstairs Artspace on Friday evening, June 27, from 5 to 7:30pm. The gallery exhibit will showcase a representative piece of art from each of the participating 24 local artists, so please come out for that if you can manage…the openings are always fun! This year for the first time, there is a corresponding silent auction of many of the artists’ works, so there will be bargains to be had!

Work by Keith Spencer

On Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday morning at 11am you are invited to enjoy coffee and refreshments at Upstairs Artspace, where you will be able to get maps and helpful tips, before visiting the artists’ studios.

Spencer’s studio is still at 175 Glenwalden Lane, Tryon, NC, but only the studio itself will be open this year, not the whole house. Don’t worry, there will be signs. He will have artworks for sale, but please don’t ever feel obligated to make a purchase. He’d just like to open the studio to you for a visit. An Art Trek map may be viewed and printed at ( by clicking on the Art Trek link at the top of the page.

*Please note, Spencer also has a solo exhibit with an opening reception at the Pickens County Museum of Art, in Pickens, SC, on Saturday night. There are 32 pieces of his most recent works in that show and you are more than welcome to join him there. In order to make it to that opening reception on time he will need to leave his studio early on Saturday…say around 3:30. Michael Brodeur (Furman University Head of the Art Department) is having a corresponding solo show in the second gallery and they will share the reception area that night.

Cape Fear Studios in Fayetteville, NC, Presents “The Sixth Annual National 2D Competition and Exhibition” – Starting June 27, 2014

June 24, 2014


Cape Fear Studios in Fayetteville, NC, presents “The Sixth Annual National 2D Competition and Exhibition,” featuring artists from across the United States. Juror for this year’s event is Barbara Courtney Jaenicke.

“Caught in a Breeze” by Annette Szczekutek

The show opens on Friday, June 27, 2014, at 6pm in conjunction with Fayetteville’s Fourth Friday event. Awards will be announced at 7pm. The show runs through July 27 and sponsored by Drs. Gwenesta B. and Kenneth Melton and Cape Fear Orthopedics.

“The Bouquiniste” by Samuel Hoffman

For further information call 910/433-2986 or visit (

Avant Garde Center for the Arts Seeks Artists and Craftsmen for Holiday Market During Red Rose Holiday Tour in Lancaster, SC – Dec. 6, 2014

June 23, 2014


Applications are now available for the second annual Artisans of the Olde English District & Downtown Holiday Market to be held Dec. 6, 2014, from 10am until 4pm at 212 S. Main Street, Lancaster, SC, as part of a weekend-long Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Applications are online at ( The artisans and holiday market is promoted throughout the region and beyond, is an indoor show, and is made possible with support from Duke Energy Foundation, the City of Lancaster, Mitch & Mandy Norrell, and other sponsors.

The Red Rose Holiday Tour includes a multitude of holiday open houses at galleries, gift shops, designers, cultural centers, and historical locations, in addition to annual Native American Art and Piedmont Folk Art Sales, Home tours, Winter Block Party, Santa Train & Workshop, Food & Beverage pairings, jewelry trunk show, free Concerts, all-day Lancaster Performing Arts downtown stage entertainment, and the opportunity to gift everyone on your list with original works by talented artisans!

Avant Garde Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization which supports and fosters partnerships with existing arts providers with a focus on cultural tourism, creative economy, community-based arts & culture, arts in education, and neighborhood public art.

For show applications and information, contact Cherry Doster by e-mail at (

For more information on the Red Rose Holiday Tour e-mail Cherry at (, call 803/289-1492 or visit (

Art League of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Offers Martin J. Radecki for Monthly Meeting – July 13, 2014

June 23, 2014


The Art League of Henderson County will feature Martin J. Radecki, local fine art conservationist, at its monthly meeting on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the Opportunity House, 2411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. The event begins at 1:30pm with a reception, followed by the meeting and program. The public is invited – free.

Radecki will present a Power Point history of fine arts conservation, “Detecting Forgeries, Practical Hints on Caring for Paintings,” and more. Radecki has lectured extensively on conservation and has trained many graduate interns. He has worked closely with major projects in various museums, supervising gallery installations and also directed the complete treatment of the Thomas Hart Benton murals at the Indiana University Auditorium.

Radecki received the Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award from the American Institute for Conservation in recognition of his contribution in the training of conservation students. He served as the Head of Restoration, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Radecki has a Lab in Hendersonville, NC.

As a special exhibit for the month of July, the League members created paintings with a “Patriotic Theme” which will be displayed in the Sylvia Campbell Room at the Opportunity House. Also, the League members will display their monthly exhibit of paintings in the hallways. Both exhibits will be available for viewing from Saturday, July 12 – Aug. 10, 2014.

For information call 828/435-1415.