Archive for December, 2014

Hub City Empty Bowls Raises $22,500 to End Hunger in Spartanburg, SC

December 31, 2014

Hub City Empty Bowls recently donated an additional $14,100 to TOTAL Ministries, bringing the sum for 2014 to $22,500. The money was made one hand-made clay bowl at a time in an effort to eliminate hunger in the Spartanburg community.

“The community seems to have really embraced this event, coming out to make the bowls, then coming back for ‘Soup Day’ to buy the bowls,” Nancy Williamson, chair of Hub City Empty Bowls, said.

For months, Carolina Clay Artists, a group of local potters, encouraged other potters and the general public to make and donate bowls at bowl-making events held mostly at Chapman Cultural Center and West Main Artists Co-op. These unfinished bowls were then glazed, fired, and used on “Soup Day,” when for a $15 donation, patrons select a pottery bowl to keep and enjoy gourmet soup from some of the best restaurants in town. Each bowl required a $15 donation, and some patrons bought several.

Sponsors for 2014 included: Chris Williams of Clay King, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Foundation, Action Printing, Wheresville Productions, and Carolina Clay Artists. Additionally, funds were received from individual donors to help pay for overhead expenses and for opening an account at Spartanburg County Foundation. This account provides Hub City Empty Bowls with a tax-exempt umbrella.

“We are just so grateful for every sponsor and donor who contributed,” Williamson said. “We had increased expenses this year, yet, we were able to pay all of our expenses, set up the fund with Spartanburg County Foundation, and increase the net donation to TOTAL Ministries by $4,000 over last year. Having the tax-exempt status helps us build our capacity to raise funds and improves our position to apply for larger grants and sponsorships for future years.”

The $22,500 (net) given to TOTAL Ministries is a record amount for Hub City Empty Bowls. In 2009, the donation to the Soup Kitchen was $10,000; in 2011, $6,000 to Mobile Meals; in January 2012, $6,677 to TOTAL Ministries; in November 2012, $12,000 to the Soup Kitchen; and in 2013, $18,593 to TOTAL Ministries. The goal was to make 1200 bowls for 2014; 1500 bowls were actually made.

Local restaurants and musicians contributed to the project’s success. Delicious gourmet soups, breads, and beverages were donated by local restaurants. These included: II Samuels, Andre Nguyen, Basil’s, Bull Hawg’s, Chef  Bill McClellan Catering Services, Cribb’s Catering, Cribb’s Kitchen, Farmer’s Table, Fatz (Pottery Road), Garner’s, Gerhard’s, Lime Leaf, Monsoon Noddle House, Moveable Feast, NuWay Restaurant and Lounge, Palmetto Palate, Renato’s, Sparks Fire Inspired Grille at Marriott, Sun King, Wild Ace Pizza and Pub, Willy Taco, Cakehead Bakery, Chick-fil-A, Little River Roasting Company, Long Horn’s, The Beacon, and Wade’s.

Mark Miller of Wheresville Productions recruited local musicians who donated their talents. Participants included Anna V, Fayssoux, Not Even Brothers, Grey Ally, Josie Pettit Band, and the Brianna Hamilton Band. Melisa Emkjer led drum circles that added to the grassroots environment.

TOTAL Ministries was the beneficiary of Hub City Empty Bowls for the second year in a row. Staff, volunteers, and board members from TOTAL Ministries participated in the bowl-making events, worked “Soup Day” and recruited the restaurants.

“The folks from TOTAL Ministries were with us every step of the way,” Williamson said. “We asked a lot of them, and they did not hesitate to work with us.”

“TOTAL Ministries is forever grateful to Hub City Empty Bowls for making us the beneficiary of their efforts,” Traci Kennedy, Executive Director of  TOTAL Ministries, said. “This money is already being put to good use… feeding Spartanburg citizens who would go hungry otherwise. Empty Bowls is a Godsend to us. We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”

For folks who missed Soup Day, there is still a chance to purchase a pottery bowl made for Hub City Empty Bowl 2014. Mary and Gerhard Grommer at Gerhard’s Café in Spartanburg generously purchased most of the leftover bowls. Cups or bowls of Gerhard’s soups are available to be served in one of the “Empty Bowls” (just ask your server), and if a patron wants to keep the serving bowl, he or she need only pay an additional $2 charge. Gerhard’s will donate the money from bowl sales to TOTAL Ministries.

Soup Day 2015 is already scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at Chapman Cultural Center. Bowl-making events will start in the summer.

For further info call 864/278-9698 or e-mail to (

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Adds Nine Patch Quilt Block in Anderson, SC

December 31, 2014


The log home of Patricia and Randy Travis located at 301 Lazy Street, Anderson, SC, has been added to the quilt trail by the addition of a Nine Patch quilt family heirloom.


The Nine Patch quilt block is one of several kinds of patchwork quilts. Some of the earliest blocks consisted of blocks made up of 4 squares of fabric sewn together (4 Patch), or 9 squares of fabric sewn together (9 Patch) in many variations. These early patchwork designs allowed thrifty quilters to use very small scraps of fabric.

Annie Mae Hawkins Brewer is the cloth quilt maker and the great aunt of Patricia Travis. She was a significant part of Patricia’s early childhood years. Annie Mae was born in 1892 and was living in Starr, SC, when she died in 1971. According to Patricia, Annie Mae’s mother taught her to sew and make quilts. She would visit Patricia’s grandmother often on Issaqueena Trail in Clemson, SC, often staying for weeks at a time. Annie Mae’s sister, Emily Smith, made cotton shirtwaist dresses for Annie Mae, that included a pocket over the left breast to hold her hearing aid battery. Great Aunt Mae pieced the quilt out of some of the fabric scraps from those dresses, as well as old feed sacks she had saved. She eventually gave the pieced quilt top to Patricia’s mother, Evelyn Nelms, who then asked Patricia to find someone to finish it. Patricia and her husband were living in West Virginia at the time and found a woman who lived near Charleston, WV, to finish it for her.  Patricia inherited the cloth quilt in 1998 after her mother died. It now hangs in their log home. Each family member (her three daughters, sons-in-laws, grandchildren, and Patricia’s 81 year old Aunt Barbara McLees (her mother’s only living sibling) chose their favorite blocks in the cloth quilt to be painted.

While browsing in an antique shop in Pendleton, SC, Patricia found this quote: “Families are like quilts, lives pieced together, stitched with smiles and tears, colored with memories, and bound by love.”

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail call 864/723-6603 or visit (

Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, Offers Film Series in Conjunction with Abstract Exhibit

December 31, 2014


As part of the its commitment to new media and education through film, the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, has curated a series of art house documentaries that intimately explore the lives and careers of several artists represented in the exhibition “What You See Is What You See: American Abstraction After 1950”. These films, which range in length and documentary style, were created by independent filmmakers and serve as serious artistic and, at times, experimental works. Documentary films, strictly speaking, are non-fictional, factual works of art, sometimes known as cinema verite.

The ten films presented in the Museum’s New Media Gallery over a ten-week period serve as both educational tools to enhance our understanding of American Abstraction, as well as artistic representations of the subject matter as presented by the filmmakers. In particular, the directors have taken creative license to present true stories in a manner in which he or she seems fitting; often blurring the line between documentary and narrative with elements that are expressive, poetic, rhetorical, historical and subjective.

The films listed below will be screened daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

“Josef Albers: To Open Eyes”
(1962) by The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, 32 minutes

“Robert Motherwell and the New York School: Storming the Citadel”
(2010) by Catherine Tatge, 55 minutes

“Jules Olitski: Modern Master”
by Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie, 22 minutes

“Joseph Fiore: The Nature of the Artist”
(2013) by Kane-Lewis Productions, 30 minutes

“Frankenthaler: Toward a New Climate”
(1978) by Perry Miller Adato, 28 minutes

“George Bireline”
(2002) by Neal Hutcheson, 28 minutes

“Julian Stanczak and Op Art: The Perceptive Eye”
(2001) by Barbara Stanczak, 60 minutes

“Painters Painting”
(1973) by Emile de Antonio, 116 minutes

“Sam Gilliam Interview”
(2004) by Netropolitan, 44 minutes

MARCH 10–15
“American Art of the 1960s”
(1972) by Michael Blackwood, 57 minutes

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 (

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Calls for Entries for Various Exhibits in 2015

December 31, 2014


The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, invites visual artists to enter their artwork in two open exhibits in 2015. In February the open call exhibit is entitled “WOOD, WIND & WATER.” Any medium will be accepted as long as it fits within the theme. Artwork and applications should be delivered to the TC Arts Council on Feb. 2 or 3. The exhibit will run from Feb. 6 – 27 with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 6 from 5-7pm. There is no charge to enter this exhibit.

The TC Arts Council’s March open exhibit is entitled “Of the Earth: An Organic Exhibition.” Mediums include: wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass, mixed media, recycled or upcycled artwork. Artwork and applications should be delivered to the TC Arts Council on Mar. 2 and 3.  The exhibit will run from Mar. 6 – 27 with an opening reception on Friday, Mar. 6 from 5-7pm. There is no charge to enter this exhibit.

This summer the Transylvania Community Arts Council will also host its 43rd annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase on Main Street in downtown Brevard on July 4th. Artists must have the proper equipment for this street festival set up to be included in the ART BLOCK. Tents should be 10 x 10 and artists should have their own tables and art displays. Applications are due by May 30, 2015. This is a juried show. The entry fee is $125. This annual showcase is a part of the Brevard July 4th Festival on Main Street.

To get an application for any of these shows e-mail to ( or to have one mailed to you by calling the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. To learn more about the TC Arts Council go to ( or to learn more about the arts in Brevard and Transylvania County go to (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Offers 18th Annual Gala Fundraiser – Feb. 7, 2015

December 31, 2014


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts sponsors its 18th Annual Gala fundraiser “Art and Soul” at the Moulin Rouge on Saturday, Feb. 7​, 2015​ at 7pm at the Bradley​ Arts & Sciences Building on the campus of USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC. This exciting evening will feature silent and live auctions, prize drawings, music, dance, fabulous food and specialty beverages.

Advance tickets are $55 member and $65 non member and can be purchased at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay Street, or by calling the LCCA at 803/285-7451 or e-mail to ( After Jan. 31, 2015, all tickets are $80. Proceeds fund community arts programs, children’s classes, gallery exhibits, local and regional artists.

For further info visit (

Camden ART in Camden, SC, Announces Winners of Fall Show

December 19, 2014

The winning pieces of the “Camden ART Fall Show” were recently announced during the Opening Reception in the Bassett Gallery on the campus of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC. The “Fall Show” was judged by Columbia, SC, artist Michael Story. Three winners, along with two honorable mentions and the People’s Choice winners were named.

Work by Carl Craighead

First Place: Carl Craighead, “Odds and Ends”

Second Place: Beth Woodall, “Cowboy Conference”

Third Place: Margaret Bass, “Hanging Eggs”

Peoples Choice: Margaret Bass, “Michael’s Story”

The Bassett Gallery is full of great art work from more than a dozen local artists. The show combines the unique works of some of the most talented artists in the state and features more than 43 original works of art. Almost all of the works on exhibition are available for sale through the FAC. All of the winning pieces along with other works of art by Camden ART members will be on display in the Bassett Gallery through Jan. 16, 2015.

Camden ART is a group of local artists, both professional and amateur, who meet the first Monday of each month at the FAC. Camden ART welcomes anyone interested in visual arts to join this affiliate club. Membership will provide opportunities for artists to showcase their work, to hear from speakers and demonstrators who can share their expertise, and meet other artists in the community. For more information, contact Camden ART president Fletcher Bass at 803/609-0981.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located on Lyttleton Street in Camden. 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 call 803/425-7676 extension 300 or visit (

Entries Sought for 10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition by City of North Charleston, SC – Deadline Feb. 25, 2015

December 17, 2014


Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the tenth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, held in North Charleston, SC. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at ( An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.

“An Ode to Architectural Form” by Jordan Krutsch (Best in Show, 2014/15)

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

Jeffrey York, Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC, will jury this year’s exhibit. York heads the Cultural Arts Division of the Parks & Recreation Department where he oversees the Town’s Percent for Art Program. In addition, he administers the Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts, Downtown Arts, temporary gallery exhibition, and yearly outdoor sculpture exhibition programs, as well as community festivals. Formerly, York was the Director of Public Art & Community Design for the North Carolina Arts Council where he assisted communities with public art planning/implementation and cultural facility design through an annual grants program he developed. He has been an advisor to the Art-in-Transit Program of the Charlotte Area Transit System and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. Prior to his involvement with public art, York spent 18 years as an art museum educator, curator, and director. He has been a selection committee member or juror for dozens of public art projects, gallery exhibitions, and arts festivals throughout the south.

The 10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display May 1, 2015, through March 25, 2016, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday, May 1, 2015.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (, or visit (

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Offers Jerry Olsen for Its Monthly Meeting – Jan. 10, 2015

December 17, 2014

Jerry Olsen will present the “Life and Art of Andrew Wyeth” at a meeting of the Log Cabin Art Guild at 10am, on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia. Refreshments begin at 9:30am.

Wyeth’s favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, PA, and at his summer home in Cushing, ME.

Wyeth typically created dozens of studies on a subject in pencil or loosely brushed watercolor before executing a finished painting, either in watercolor, dry brush (a watercolor style in which the water is squeezed from the brush), or egg tempera (which uses egg yolk as its medium).

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

Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, Offers Several Opportunities for Artists

December 17, 2014


We have elected 4 new Board members who have all hit the ground running on behalf of the organization. Each have their own special talents to contribute to the effort.

Planning is now underway for the African American History Month exhibit in February. A National Exhibit, courtesy of the Lunney House Museum, Strickland Museum Project and the City of Seneca, will be held in the main gallery. An African American Focus Art Exhibit will hang in our adjacent gallery rooms. There is no fee to enter art but space is limited so call now. The opening reception has not been finalized-check our website or call for updates. African inspired art and artifacts plus a gospel choir will be on hand for the opening celebration. Please contact us if you are interested in showing work in this event.

The Annual Juried Show is now in its planning stages. There is over $1500.00 in our growing award fund. Check the website for current information. An additional opportunity to show your work is available at our Salon De Refuse which will be held at the Historic Ballenger House in downtown Seneca.

We have received several donations of cash for our award reserve fund dedicated to the Juried show. If you or your group is interested in sponsoring an award please let us know. You will receive advertisement in our publications and recognition at the reception which is always quite large. It is never too early to plan for this signature event.

The Seneca ‘Ten At The Top’ Outdoor Project is in its third stage with train themed bench plaques being painted by 12 Oconee County Schools. The benches are under construction by Hamilton Career Center students and will be placed in the historic Ram Cat Alley and Main Street Area when completed. Two Murals are underway and slated to be hung in Buchanan Park and Firehouse locations. 12 steel  “alley cats” painted by local artists are prowling the city to encourage a sCATtenger hunt. These cats will be moved every two months to different locations. Brochure Maps are available at Seneca City Hall, BRAC, and on our website. A dedication ceremony for the Electric Bus Station will take place within the next two months hosting Washington, DC, senators and Congressmen, County and City Council members and the outdoor art will be there as the backdrop. We will publish the exact date as soon as plans are finalized.

For further info call Melody Davis Gallery Administrator at 727/457-5274 or visit (

CVCC Potters’ Workshop in Hickory, NC, Presents Lecture Series for 2015

December 17, 2014

The CVCC Potters’ Workshop in Hickory, NC, presents a new lecture series for 2015, “Turning with Tradition: Keeping the NC Pottery Tradition alive through Contemporary Works.”

The Workshop is pleased to host artist Cynthia Bringle, as the first guest speaker, on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. As a resident of Penland and an instructor at Penland School of Crafts, Bringle will speak on the Penland tradition. She will discuss the importance of this tradition and how its relevancy is maintained through contemporary instruction and practice.

Cynthia Bringle

Bringle is a graduate of the Haystack School of Crafts in Maine, and received her masters through the NY State College of Ceramics School of Art and Design in Alfred, NY. She has been producing pottery in Penland since 1970. Bringle shares that “being a full time artist is my passion and pleasure.”

The lecture starts at 7pm in the CVCC East Wing Auditorium, located in the Administrative Building on the main campus at 2550 Hwy. 70 SE, Hickory, NC. The event is open to the public and free to all guests.

This lecture is the first in a series of three, presented by the CVCC Potters’ Workshop. Catawba Valley Potter and Workshop Director, Kim Ellington will speak on Thursday, Feb. 19; and Seagrove Potter, Ben Owen III will close out the series on Thursday, Mar. 19.

The workshop seeks to promote the understanding, appreciation and continuation of Catawba Valley pottery. The goal is to provide contemporary instruction using local, historical methods and materials to make pottery.

For more information, please visit (, or call the Workshop at 828/327-7000 ext. 4032.