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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in South Carolina Announces New Additions to the Quilt Trail

June 29, 2015


The log home of Hoyt and Laura Grant on Hwy. 11 just below Table Rock Mountain in South Carolina has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block pattern is an 8’ x 8’ size in red and white gingham, surrounded by red and white solid blocks called a Nine Square and were installed on the family’s Century Barn. The cloth quilt was originally made by Mrs. Grant and given to their grandson for Christmas 2014.


The Nine Square or Nine Patch, as it is also called, was a popular pattern used by pioneer women. The earliest homesteaders had neither time nor fabric to spare. Most of the quilts they made were utility quilts, quickly sewn together for warmth. The Nine Patch is one of the simplest and quickest quilts to sew because it was a good way to use up every scrap of fabric available and was used often.

The property on which the Grants live consists of 168 acres and was originally purchased in 1952 by Mr. Grant’s father, S.C. ‘Bud’ Grant. He took over the lumber mill that his father, Charlie Brooks Grant, had established, and then passed it on to his son, Hoyt. When Hoyt retired in 2006 at the age of 75, his son, Terry A. Grant, took over. Today, the property is home to the children and grandchildren and the fourth generation lumber mill.

According to former neighbors in the area, Fletcher Chastain and the Masters Family, the log crib was the first building on the site and it was built during the Civil War. The barn was built in the 1800s. There was a large 2 story house there that burned down in the 1980’s. Hoyt and Laura’s log cabin, built in 1994, is just in front of the old home site. It was called Grant Meadows when they joined Upstate Forever, an organization dedicated to promoting sensible growth and to protect special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. This is the most photographed spot in South Carolina.

Laura Breazeale Grant grew up in Pickens, SC, the daughter of a farmer. There were 11 children in the family, three girls and eight boys. “After we had fed my Dad and my brothers their lunch, we girls sit down and sew. We would make a quilt a day. There were so many of us we had to quilt and sew all the time. My dad and brothers raised all the food we ate, we girls did the cooking and the sewing and whatever else needed to be done.”

A Bicentennial Quilt by Mary E. Granger, sponsored by the Hagood Community Center Fiber Arts Program was placed on the Hagood Community Center at 129 School House Street in Pickens, SC.


The original quilt was made by Mrs. Mary E. Granger
(1932-2008) as a Bicentennial quilt. A native of Rochester, NY, she received degrees in nursing and art history. It was the latter training that yielded years of creativity. Her talents showed in the areas of dress making, pen and ink drawings, photography, reverse painting on glass, traditional rug hooking, painting and quilt making. She married her husband, James, during his medical school training. After graduation, he re-entered the service as a physician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. While stationed in the Washington, DC area, she met and was influenced over the years by Jinny Byers. Mary started her Bicentennial quilt while the family was stationed in Augusta, GA and continued to work on it as she moved from Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee. When finished, it was featured in Ms. Byers Medallion Quilt Book, a reference book at the Pickens Senior Center. Then Governor Lamar Alexander, now Senator Alexander, wanted to buy the quilt, but Mary wisely declined.

This spectacular quilt is done in red, white and blue, with four eagles, and medallions of stars and tassels in celebration of the four Presidents of this nation from Virginia – George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson. Dr. Granger hopes the quilt and others in her collection will be enjoyed by the Pickens community, as well as her other collections gathered over the years: sewing items, antique clocks, Depression glass, sheet music of old popular melodic songs, and reference books related to these collections.

The Pickens Senior Center is the current owner of the quilt and is housed in a building begun in 1929 as the Pickens Mill School for the children whose parents worked at the Mill.

Mile Creek Park located in Six Mile, SC is the 150 location joining the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt pattern, called Forest Lake, was designed by McKenna Ryan and originally quilted by Joy duBois of Seneca, SC. The original quilt was made for her grandson, Joey Marcus, for his 10th birthday. This addition to the UHQT is made possible by a Pickens County ATAX Commission Grant.


McKenna Ryan tag line is “Simply Beautiful…Beautifully Simple”. McKenna says, “As I’ve grown over the years, I find that I want to challenge myself in capturing more depth and dimension with the use of fabric, while still making it a project that is easy and fun.” Additional information about McKenna Ryan can be found at ( The Forest Lake pattern portrays an underwater scene of a mountain lake in lovely shades of blue, green and yellow.

The pattern portrays an underwater scene of a mountain lake in lovely shades of blue, green and yellow.  Mrs. duBois began quilting in order to make a quilt for her daughter Nancy. It was made in an Ohio Star pattern using materials saved from her pre-school dresses. After finishing that quilt, Mrs. duBois went on to make quilts for friends and family and to decorate her home.

“I spend a lot of time working with my friends on quilt projects. I really enjoyed the Thimbleberries classes that spanned many years. The first McKenna Ryan pattern that I quilted was a large wall hanging for my husband’s real estate office. Teaching my granddaughter Shira to quilt was especially meaningful. She now makes quilts and wall hangings for her friends.”

Mile Creek Park is located at 757 Keowee Baptist Church Road, Six Mile, South Carolina, and is the perfect family vacation site, a fisherman’s paradise, with the area’s best access to beautiful Lake Keowee. With its scenic natural setting, modern facilities and great amenities for the whole family, Mile Creek Park is an outdoor jewel.

As their website says, “Refresh your mind at Mile Creek Park. Hike along a rugged shoreline and watch the clouds sail across the water. Listen to birds singing and children playing. Pitch a perfect ringer, spike a volleyball, and cast a line across the water. Host a family get together, watch the sun set over beautiful Lake Keowee. Build a campfire and tell some stories.  Let Nature sing you to sleep.” For more information or to make a reservation, go to (

Table Rock State Park headquarters has a new fabric quilt and painted panel. The quilt block called A Walk in the Park was made possible in part through a Pickens County ATAX Commission grant and a donation from Vicki Bauer Fletcher, Executive Director of Pendleton District Commission; in honor her husband COL (Ret.) Nicholas Fletcher III, and Table Rock State Park Manager, Poll Knowland. Mrs. Fletcher said that “Poll and Nick have deep roots in and a fierce love for “The Rock.” Poll came with his family to Table Rock State Park in 1998, where he still serves as Park Manager. Thirty years earlier, in 1968, as a Clemson Parks and Recreation intern working at Table Rock, COL Fletcher (or Nick) lived on the Park grounds in Oolenoy Girls’ School with his first wife, Jean. We hope this quilt square will honor their service and dedication as well as the many men and women who have served at Table Rock throughout the years.”


A Walk in the Park was originally designed and quilted by Gail Sexton, with creative input from Poll Knowland, Una Welborn, Jeanette Moody, and Chad Sexton. Mrs. Sexton donated the fabric quilt to the Park; it will be displayed inside Park Headquarters. The painted quilt panel hangs at the entrance to the Park Headquarters Building. Mrs. Sexton has been quilting for 30 years after working as an artist in oils and acrylics, painting mostly landscapes in the early 70’s. “I like to incorporate my artist background into my quilts. I make traditional as well as non-traditional quilts and I currently teach and do truck shows around South Carolina and neighboring states.”

Table Rock State Park encompasses 3,000 acres and is located on Highway 11 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. The park offers cabins, a campground, and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park’s two lakes. Its hiking trails take visitors past mountain streams and waterfalls and serve as an access point for the 80-mile Foothills Trail. Hikers can travel between several connected SC State Parks and walk to the tops of Pinnacle and Table Rock Mountains. While the park is well known to outdoor enthusiasts for its natural features, it also has its place in history. Many of the Table Rock State Park cabins and other structures were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. They are still in use and are on the National Register of Historic Places.  For more information on the park, go to (

For more information about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail visit (

City of Spartanburg, SC, Selected as Recipient of up to $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies for Public Art Project

June 29, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that the City of Spartanburg, SC, has been selected as one of four cities to receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance creativity, and enrich the vibrancy of cities. The city’s project, “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light,” will highlight public safety and the relationship between citizens and law enforcement officers in Spartanburg, and will be developed and executed over the next 24 months.

Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of US cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for innovative temporary public art projects that address a civic issue, and demonstrate close collaboration between artists or arts organizations and city government. Proposals covered a range of issues, such as the revitalization of decayed downtown areas, underutilized waterfronts, and vacant neighborhoods. They also addressed social themes including neighborhood safety, environmental sustainability, and promoting city identity. More than 230 cities submitted proposals for consideration in the Public Art Challenge, representing 68 million residents across the United States.

“We are ecstatic to have been selected,” Spartanburg Mayor Junie White said. “The Bloomberg Philanthropies grant will allow the City to partner with the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg to develop a truly special public art project that I know will inspire our citizens. I want to thank the Bloomberg Philanthropies for this display of belief in our project and our city.”

“Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” is a partnership among internationally recognized light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, and City of Spartanburg departments and civic leadership. The project will use a collaborative, neighborhood-based art-making process to enhance community policing and public safety efforts aligned with the annual National Night Out program. Its artistic objective is to provide residents and visitors with unique and dramatic aesthetic experiences of light breaking free of a purely functional role, to redefine public spaces, reduce crime, re-energize neighborhoods, educate and foster greater pride of place.

By bringing site-specific art into Spartanburg neighborhoods where residents may feel isolated from traditional cultural assets, the project will foster greater understanding of both the artistic process and the transformative impact of public art. The project will eliminate barriers to engagement as residents become part of the artistic process and help translate ideas into works of art. By de-mystifying art and artists, the project will deepen Spartanburg citizens’ personal commitment to art and culture as a shared value.

Spartanburg’s 21 neighborhood associations will be invited to submit a letter of interest to the City of Spartanburg as a demonstration of their interest in participating and their commitment to contributing to the collaborative process. Their application will outline their case for a light installation in their neighborhood and present the project team that will work with Mr. Redl and the other project partners. The intent is to select five neighborhoods that represent a diverse cross-section of Spartanburg’s residents and socio-economic backgrounds.

The Public Art Challenge grant will cover development, execution and project-related expenditures but will not fund 100 percent of project costs. The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed consortium of supporters.

Cities of all sizes applied to the Public Art Challenge. Nearly half of the 237 submissions were from cities with populations fewer than 100,000 residents; 38 percent had populations between 100,000 and 500,000; and 13 percent of the applicant cities had more than 500,000 residents. A variety of artistic disciplines were represented amongst the applications: 61% of the proposed public art projects involved visual art, 19 percent combined multiple disciplines, 17 percent featured digital media, and three percent focused on the performing arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies narrowed the application to 12 finalists, including Spartanburg, in February.

Submissions were evaluated on a number of factors, including their potential viability as dynamic public art projects, their impact on civic issues, and capacity to establish or strengthen public-private partnerships. More information about the Public Art Challenge can be found on (

More information about “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” can be found on (, and more more information about artist Erwin Redl can be found on (

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million. For more information on the philanthropy, please visit ( or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Calls for Entries of the The Body Beautiful – Deadline Aug. 16, 2015

June 29, 2015


Love them or hate them, our bodies are the means by which we experience life. Oh how they taunt us, and oh how they delight! In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we celebrate “The Body Beautiful” and our relationship with the corporeal, the spiritual, and the holistic nature of existence.

$500 prize to BEST IN SHOW

Co-Jurors: Dr. Siu Challons-Lipton, Chair of the Art Department and Professor, Queens University and Dr. Jordan Lipton MD, physician and founding partner at Signature Healthcare

Deadline for entries is Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015

Entries may be pictorial or abstract, positive or negative, but highly explicit or pornographic art will not be accepted.

We invite your participation in any medium, whether 2-D or 3-D. There are no size restrictions; however, space will be a consideration. All US artists are welcome to apply.

See the prospectus at (

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Awards Travel Scholarship to Carley Brandau

June 29, 2015

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), in Asheville, NC, announces that Design Apprentice and Museum Intern Carley Brandau will travel to Moscow, Russia this summer to take part in the exhibition “Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015” at the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum as part of BMCM+AC’s new Research Travel Grant program. Brandau’s BMCM+AC-administered travel scholarship is generously funded through a donation by Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer.

Brandau, a local artist and UNC Asheville graduate, began at BMCM+AC in October 2014 as a Design Apprentice, working under internationally-known, Asheville-based designer and artist Randy Shull on the redesign and renovation of the museum’s 56 Broadway gallery space. In February, 2015, Brandau was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Windgate Museum Interns at BMCM+AC. The Internship program, Apprenticeship program, and gallery redesign and renovation are part of the museum’s three-year Windgate Charitable Foundation-funded expansion plan.

“Inversions 1&2” by Carley Brandau, Photograph by Jonathan Mora

Brandau’s work, characterized by the wearable bent wood sculptures in her series, “Adornment”, is based on the repeated architectural curvilinear forms she experienced firsthand over the course of her travels. She states, “As an artist, my goals are to encourage traveling as a means of education, collaboration among all mediums of creativity, and repurposing materials to create something unrecognizable.” The A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum has acquired two of her sculptures for their permanent collection. Brandau will share images and reflections from her experience on the BMCM+AC website ( after she returns on July 8, 2015.

“Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015”, curated by Igor Roussanoff will showcase the development of ideas, materials, and technologies of costume design over the past twenty-five years from all over the world. It is the largest costume exhibition to date, with 34 countries represented.

Through its Apprenticeship program, Internship programs, and the Research Travel Grant program, BMCM+AC honors and continues Black Mountain College’s ethos of “learning by doing”. Pending available funding, BMCM+AC plans to continue the travel scholarship program for future interns on an annual basis.

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) preserves and continues the unique legacy of educational and artistic innovation of Black Mountain College. We achieve our mission through collection, conservation, and educational activities including exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

Black Mountain College (BMC) was born out of a desire to create a new type of college based on John Dewey’s principles of progressive education. The founders of the College believed that the study and practice of art were indispensable aspects of a student’s general liberal arts education, and they hired Josef Albers—from the recently shuttered Bauhaus in Germany—to direct the art program. Legendary even in its own time, Black Mountain College attracted and created maverick spirits, some of whom went on to become well-known and extremely influential individuals in the latter half of the 20th century. A partial list includes: Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Cy Twombly, Buckminster Fuller, M.C. Richards, Charles Olson, Dorothea Rockburne, and many others, famous and not-so-famous, who have impacted the world in a significant way. Even now, decades after its closing, the powerful influence of Black Mountain College continues to reverberate.

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Sid Luck for Its Monthly Lecture Series – July 24, 2015

June 29, 2015


On Friday, July 24th, join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, for a slide lecture by local Seagrove potter Sid Luck.

Luck, a fifth-generation potter, will present on his family’s history, as well as his time spent working for J.B. Cole Pottery, beginning in the late 1950s. “It has been my goal, all my life, to carry on as much of the old traditional work as I can,” says Sid. In 2014, after over 50 years of making pottery, he was awarded the North Carolina Heritage Award, an honor for a lifetime of contribution to the cultural traditions of North Carolina.


Come on out and join us for a fun evening! A potluck at 7pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by Sid’s talk at 8pm.

This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.

For more information, call the center at 336/873-8430.

Grovewood Gallery and Grovewood Studios in Asheville, NC, Offers Behind-the-Scenes Tours – Aug. 1 and Sept. 5, 2015

June 29, 2015

On Saturday, Aug. 1 and again on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, art lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and local history buffs are encouraged to go behind-the-scenes and take a free, self-guided tour of the artist studios on the historic Grovewood grounds. Grovewood Studios, a group of workspaces occupied by 11 artists, is located directly next door to Grovewood Gallery, tucked away in the Grove Park neighborhood in North Asheville, NC.

The history of Grovewood Gallery and Grovewood Studios and its connection to craft is important. The gallery and studios are part of a 6 building complex that was constructed in 1917 by the Grove Park Inn’s architect, Fred Loring Seely, to house Biltmore Industries, an Arts and Crafts enterprise once renowned for its hand-loomed fabrics.

Woodworker Russell Gale, Photo by Forest Woodward

In its heyday, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing bolts of some of the highest quality homespun fabric in the country. Biltmore Industries’ fame for quality wool fabric even extended to the American presidents. Coolidge Red was designed specifically for Mrs. Calvin Coolidge and Hoover Gray for President Herbert Hoover. President Franklin Roosevelt was particularly fond of the Industries white wool fabric, and was presented with a weaving loom when he visited in 1934.

Local entrepreneur Harry Blomberg purchased the property in the 1950s, providing the leadership and resources necessary to keep the homespun fabric business going for several more years. In 1992, carrying on the tradition of supporting local craftspeople, Blomberg’s family opened Grovewood Gallery and Grovewood Studios, breathing new life into Biltmore Industries.

Today, Grovewood’s resident artists create jewelry, pottery, sculpture, furniture and more, in the same workshops where Biltmore Homespun was once created.

The following artists will have their studios open to the public on Saturday, August 1: Chris Abell, Kathleen Doyle & Thomas Reardon, Russell Gale, Lisa Gluckin, Carl Powell, Helen Purdum, and Brent Skidmore.

Saturday, September 5: Chris Abell, Kathleen Doyle & Thomas Reardon, Carl Powell, and Helen Purdum.

To learn more about Grovewood’s studio artists, attractions, and upcoming events, visit ( or call 828/253-7651.

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Receives Six Awards for Renovation and Expansion Project

June 17, 2015


The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, receives six awards for its major $23 million “Windows to New Worlds” renovation and expansion that opened in August 2014.  The industry-leading awards recognize the State Museum’s project for its extensive historic preservation efforts, unique and innovative design, and outstanding construction leadership.

Through private and public funding, State Museum leadership and industry-leading firms, the State Museum successfully transformed its nationally registered historic facility into a world-class attraction with one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, a state-of-the-art observatory and the only permanent 4D theater in the state.  The strategic collaboration of many individuals and organizations helped solidify a high-quality project that has received the following 2015 awards.

616SC State Museum

· The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Preservation Stewardship Award: This award recognizes those who have ensured the ongoing preservation of historic buildings, structures or sites through long-term care, planning, management, protection or continuous ownership.

· Historic Columbia’s New Construction in a Historic Context award: This award recognizes new buildings in a historic district adjacent to or within existing historic structures that complement the historic context.

· Gilbane Construction Project of the Year Southeast Division: This award recognizes excellence on projects that embody core values, commitment to quality and the Gilbane family legacy of excellence in the construction industry.

· Construction Management Association of America South Atlantic Chapter’s Project Achievement Award for Renovation/Modernization:  This award recognizes excellence in construction management specifically for projects involving renovation and modernization.

· American Institute of Architects South Carolina Design Award: This award recognizes excellence and innovation in architectural design.

· American Institute of Architects Charlotte Design Award: This award recognizes excellence and innovation in architectural design.

“These awards are a direct result of a quality project made possible by the hard work of many stakeholders and an outstanding design and implementation team,” said State Museum executive director Willie Calloway. “We are proud to have successfully transformed our 19th century mill building into a true cultural destination.”

The State Museum worked with Jack Rouse Associates, one of the world’s most prominent experiential design firms, to develop a thematic visitor experience that would embrace and highlight the history of the mill.  Awarding-winning architects, Clark Patterson Lee and Watson Tate Savory, took their cue from the thematic design with an approach that both reinforced the rich historic fabric of the original structure and introduced additions that were contemporary yet sensitive to the mill in scale and rhythm. The museum then brought on industry-leading experts to construct the project, including Gilbane Construction (general contractor), Evans & Sutherland (planetarium contractor) and SimEx-Iwerks (4D theater contractor).  The project preservation, oversight and review were provided by South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Historic Columbia and the City of Columbia.

Although the project idea was formed in 1997, it was not until 2002 that serious deliberation, fundraising and planning began. The State Museum explored several design concepts and did extensive benchmarking, including a trip made by museum executive director Willie Calloway to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, which was the inspiration for the planetarium’s glass cube design. The final design plan focused on a historically-sensitive renovation, including repurposing existing spaces, uncovering and rehabilitating original interior features and adding modern additions to the exterior of the museum.

“Our goal was to embrace the mill and bring its original character back to life,” said Calloway.  “We paid close attention to every detail – from ripping carpeting out and refinishing 100 year-old wood floors, to bringing in reclaimed historic mill flooring, to removing sheet rock to expose the mill’s original brick interiors.  We also made sure any added features into the mill space complimented our vision of restoring and celebrating the historic mill building.”

In 2012, the State Museum broke ground on the 75,000 square feet “Windows to News Worlds” project to renovate and expand the Columbia Mills Building, the home of the State Museum and a former textile mill listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition to the planetarium, observatory and 4D theater, the project consisted of adding a new telescope gallery, lobby, store, meeting and office spaces, and student entrance and lunch room.

The new expansion is having a positive cultural tourism and economic impact and is providing many new opportunities to educate and inspire South Carolina students through innovative programming that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

About the South Carolina State Museum:  As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.

Visit ( to learn more.

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Announces 2015/2016 Slate of Officers, New Board Members, and Philanthropy Award at Fellows Luncheon

June 17, 2015


On Friday, May 19, 2015, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, announced the new slate of officers and Board Members, and the winner of the 2015 philanthropy award at the museum’s Fellows Luncheon celebration. “This year we are thrilled to present Croghan’s Jewel Box with the 2015 James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Croghan’s philanthropy and support of the Gibbes has spanned generations and is alive and strong today,” says Executive Director Angela Mack.


James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award – Each year the Board and staff of the CAA bestows on an individual or group the James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Gibbes was deeply devoted to the betterment of Charleston’s young creative minds in the aftermath of Reconstruction. Through his 1885 bequest of $100K, which in today’s dollars is valued at $2.5M, Gibbes launched what we know today as the Gibbes Museum of Art.  His generosity and vision set the state for the visual arts in Charleston by providing the funds to build the oldest art museum in the South.

Croghan’s Jewel Box
William Joseph Croghan opened Croghan’s Jewel Box in 1919 on King Street. His daughter, Mary Croghan Ramsay, was owner and manager of the store and during this time was a tireless supporter of the Gibbes and a champion of the local arts community. Mary remained involved with the museum until her death in 2009. Her daughters, Mariana Hay and Rhett Outten have carried on this tradition of support. Rhett has been a faithful and hardworking board member since 2011 and was co-chair of the Street Party in 2013. She is a current member of the Cultivation Committee, and offers a boundless enthusiasm to her varied roles. Over the years Croghan’s has been a consistent donor to silent auctions, a sponsor of the Women’s Council’s annual Art of Design luncheon and the Gibbes Street Party, and has maintained a Fellows level membership.

Gibbes Museum of Art Board Slate

Chair, Laura Gates
Immediate Past President, Allan Anderson
Vice Chairs, Jill Almeida, Jane Beak, Daniel Gallagher, Dr. John Hallett, Eleanor Hale, Alice Wyatt, and Charles Wyrick

Class of 2018

Denise Barto
Sarah Donnem
Wendy Dopp
Milton Hearne
Deborah Kennedy
Mark Maresca
Gale Messerman
Harold Rhodes
Elizabeth Saal
Harriet Smartt
Lisa Weitz

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (

The Coker College Art Program in Hartsville, SC, has been granted Associate Membership by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

June 17, 2015


“NASAD accreditation is an affirmation of both the quality of the program and the commitment of its faculty,” said Provost Tracy Parkinson. “In particular, the efforts and leadership of the program chair, Professor Jean Grosser, are at the heart of this outcome.”

According to NASAD, accreditation involves an evaluation that determines if an institution or specific program achieves educational objectives and meets established standards. Reviews focus on education quality, institutional integrity and educational improvements. Associate membership is granted based on a program’s ability to meet curricular standards as well as a substantial portion of all other standards of the association.

“National accreditation is a great achievement for the Coker College art program,” said Jean Grosser. “This milestone is a result of the collaborative efforts of the art faculty to create a top-notch program that provides opportunities for our students to excel.”

NASAD is an association of approximately 323 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines. NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design-related disciplines. The association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides development for leaders of art and design schools and engages in policy analysis. For more information about NASAD, go to (

The mission of Coker’s art department is to teach students to think analytically and use art to express their ideas and demonstrate competencies in their major concentration. Students learn to communicate visually, orally and in writing. This mission is an essential component of the liberal arts. Students meld ideas from diverse areas of academe with their search for personal expression in their art production. Students who are engaged in art making as an extension of their total development are prepared for graduate study and multiple careers in the arts.

For further info call 843/383-8017 or visit (

Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir, NC, Holds 24th Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening – June 27, 2015

June 17, 2015

Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Lenoir, NC, will hold their 24th Annual Heritage Day and Wood Kiln Opening on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The event hours are 10am until 4pm. Pottery, live music, regional arts and crafts, and interactive events will take place.


The purpose of the event is to educated the public on some of the traditional ways of life. Through demonstrations of heritage arts, crafts, and interactive events, visitors can get a glimpse of the way their grandparents may have lived, worked, and entertained.

Lula Owens Bolick is a 5th generation potter from the Owens Family of Seagrove, NC. Janet (Lula’s daughter) is a 6th generation. Together, with their husbands, Glenn Bolick and Michael Calhoun, they produce shapes that have been in their family for more than 190 years. Each potter also has their own designs and techniques. The groundhog wood kiln (the old method of firing pottery before electricity) will be unloaded at 10am.  Customers are encouraged to be present at this time for the best selection of wood fired items.  Wares in the kiln will include Michael’s much sought after face jugs including Santas, Mrs. Claus, Harry Potters, and Clay Spirits. Lula’s well known Monday / Friday double face jugs, (one happy face and one sad face).  Lula has also paired with her sister, Ina Owens Bolick, and they will offer owl mugs, and sculpted chickens. Glenn will have pitchers, vases and swirl items. Janet will offer her traditional shapes of Rebekah pitchers,  teapots, and candlesticks. Both galleries will be well stocked with functional, decorative, and folk art pottery.

The valley will fill with sounds from the stage featuring the Dollar Brothers, (a festival favorite), and Glenn Bolick & Friends. Bluegrass, Gospel and old time music. John Peterson and Charlie Glenn will be selling and demonstrating their handmade instruments as well.

The festival features regional artist that will demonstrate, educate, and sell their works. The line up includes stain glass, weavings, leather works, wooden bowls, utensils, toys, stools, and chairs. The Thankful Goat body products, and more.

Interactive events include a quilting party, a gee-haw-whimmie-diddle contest, dancing, and horse and wagon rides.

Pintos, and cornbread will be served for lunch

This event is free, bring chairs.  No pets and no alcohol please.

Bolick and Traditions Pottery is located at 4443 Bolick Road in Lenoir, NC, 28645, just 3 miles south of Blowing Rock, (14 miles north of Lenoir) Highway 321. Turn left on Blackberry Road, go 1/2 mile then right on Bolick Road.

For further info call 828/295-5099, 828/295-3862, e-mail at ( or visit (