Archive for July, 2015

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Anderson, SC

July 30, 2015


Concord Elementary, located at 2701 Calrossie Road in Anderson, SC, is the 152nd location to join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Concord Elementary is an International Baccalaureate School meaning students are taught to be responsible global citizens in an ever-changing world. Kay King, art teacher, stated that “’Lighthouse to the World’ pattern showing children from different cultures holding hands around the world was a wonderful fit for our school.”

Students working on quilt


“Lighthouse to the World” was designed by Mike Lucas from the McDowell Quilt Trail in North Carolina and this quilt panel is located on Eastfield Elementary School in Marion. NC. Lucas states “I have been with the quilt trail since we started in 2006, now approaching block #200. I have done all the design work for all the blocks, including this one that is non-traditional. Also I have constructed, painted (with occasional help), and installed (with considerable help) all the blocks”. Lucas worked closely with sponsors to create a quilt pattern that represents their mission.  “Each of the four corners of the block have a yellow and old structure representing a lighthouse with white rays of light radiating from the center on each side.  Boys and girls of all cultures and skin pigments are united hand to hand dressed in bright clothing on a background of black. Their feet are all based around the world in the center of the block, the globe representing land, sea and white clouds in a blue sky.” Additional information about the McDowell Trail can be found at (

Art Beat in Action Day is an annual event at Concord Elementary encouraging learning through art and is sponsored by Wanda Griffin Elrod’s family in her memory. Elrod was a former student and parent of four students who attended Concord, Jenna, Betsy, Allie, and Rebecca Elrod. Her father and mother started the donation, and after her mother’s death, her dad, Gene Griffin, and his wife, Beth continues the legacy. The 2015 event was held on Thursday, March 26.

Campbell and Kay King teachers at Concord Elementary collaborated with the entire staff to create a plan for a day of “art in action.” they had various artists and volunteers from the area assisting students and teachers in creating collaborative art pieces and artifacts that would enhance the school and be permanently displayed for all the school community to enjoy. Third grade students worked with members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail to paint an outdoor display and create a fabric wall hanging of “Lighthouse to the World”. King stated “This was a perfect fit to tie in to the third grade standards on South Carolina Heritage.”

For further information visit (

Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Applications for Holiday Crafters and Food Vendors for the Third Annual Winter Block Party – Dec. 5, 2015

July 30, 2015


Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster, SC, is now accepting applications for holiday crafters and food vendors for the third annual Winter Block Party. The Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 in downtown Lancaster from 11am to 4pm during the Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Enjoy unique and festive shopping at the 2015 Winter Block Party! This FREE family friendly event will rock you into the Holiday Spirit with live musical performances, holiday booths, and concessionaires. The Winter Block Party is a great opportunity to introduce your food or crafts to the many residents and visitors drawn to downtown Lancaster during the Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Allow yourself the time to slow down and wander through the aisles and connect with people from near and far who are selling their wares and sharing their stories. The Winter Block Party is a delightful place to get swept up in the festive spirit.

Other Red Rose Holiday Tour free activities taking place downtown on Saturday, December 5th include a multitude of holiday open houses, an indoor artisan show, and much more!

For information, contact Jimola W. Wade by calling 803/289-1494 or by e-mail at (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “26th Annual Juried Competition”

July 30, 2015


The Arts Council of York County announced its “26th Annual Juried Competition” winners at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6pm. This exhibition was on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through July 26, 2015.

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Judging this year’s competition is Mitchell Kearney. Kearney is a commercial advertising photographer and multimedia fine art image-maker dealing in the study of human nature, physics and the miracle of day to day living.

A fixture in the Charlotte art scene since moving from New York City in 1983, Kearney has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and has witnessed and documented many fine art projects, including the creation of Jean Tinguely’s Cascade in the lobby of the Carrillon office tower for the Bechtler family in 1991. Then, over a period of eight years, he created insightful portraits of the first 185 Artists-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. In 2006, he was honored to spend six weeks photographing the ten mid-career Japanese artists who were selected for the “Force of Nature” installation project. Mitchell has had numerous exhibitions of his photography-based work in the Charlotte region; including the “6th Juried Annuale at the Light Factory” and his “Inside Out” solo exhibition of insightful portraits at Winthrop University, both in 2013. He has also exhibited at the Arti Multie Visione in Rieti, Italy and at the Camera Club of New York.

Kearney selected 41 works by 38 artists out of 137 entries from 23 cities and 4 states to be displayed in the “26th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “25th Annual Juried Competition are:

Best of Show: “My Home II” by Dallas Austin
1st Place: “From Series: Erosion” by Rebecca Jacobs        2nd Place: “Appendage” by Julia Rossman Perez
3rd Place: “Confronting Dimension” by Libby Stewart    Honorable Mention: “Meditate” by Leah Mulligan Cabinum
Honorable Mention: “Questioning the Cause & Sense” by Paul Martyka
Honorable Mention: “If I Only: the series” by Cory Unkart

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits was the presenting sponsor of the “26th Annual Juried Competition”.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district.

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

Blue Ridge Arts Council in Seneca, SC, Focuses On Community Projects

July 30, 2015


On May 25, 2015, Senecafest took place on Ram Cat Alley in downtown Seneca, SC. Blue Ridge Arts Council (BRAC) hosted all craft vendor booths and operated a special activity tent for children of all ages. Kids were invited to paint an Alley Cat canvas mural that now hangs in city hall. Next year, we plan on expanding to accommodate even more artists. Beaded Bracelet, Color Me Insulated Cups and Grab Bags were also made available to our guests.

Blue Ridge Arts Center is kicking off its new season with a culmination exhibit of work from our summer arts program. An open house reception featuring “True Colors” by Tribble will take place in on the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2015. Friends and family are invited to view projects created by adult clients and residents of the Tribble Center for adults with varying disabilities located in Seneca, SC. Images are available on our website at ( This body of work will also hang during our second scheduled exhibit “Monochromatic Illusions” by HiFiber opening Nov. 6, 2015, so everyone will have an opportunity to see this marvelous work.

Our first exhibit – “The BRAC Annual Members Show” opens on Sept. 11, 2015, and intake will begin on Aug. 28, 2015. Reduced rates on membership are available to non-members who would like to participate. Member benefits include – annual members show, free on-line bios and photos, one-man and group show opportunities, reduced rates on workshops, classes and photography service, open studios and casual painting groups. Downloadable applications are available on line.

In conjunction with this show, our second installment of “Afternoon with an Artist” luncheon and demonstration at the Blue Ridge Gallery Classroom will headline Paul Dohr, renown award winning watercolor artist. It will take place on Sept. 16, 2015, from 12:30-3pm. He will provide hands-on instruction and as always, humorous dialog to accompany his presentation. Lunch includes – pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans and apple pie and ice cream [for $25.00]. The previous “Afternoon of an Artist” with Warren Carpenter [wood-turner] was a sell out – and an overwhelming success. We have room for 25 guests so make reservations now. Call Suzette Cross at 248/882-3288.

In addition to these events, we have a full schedule planned including:

Holiday Art Sale with Chocolate and Wine Tasting  [12/4,5 & 11- 12/11/2015];

The Annual Juried Exhibit [1/16/2016] which will take on a new format this year with more information to come;

“Upcycling/Mixed Media Exhibit” and Auctions for Charity in celebration with Earth Day, [3/11-4/23] Chairs for Charity Invitational Auction Saturday 4/23/2016. Call for entries will be sent to all charitable organizations. The results will be displayed during the exhibit and available for auction proceeds to benefit the charity.

As always, new members and volunteers are welcome. Contact information, photos of all past events and applications are available on line.

Melody Davis, Gallery Administrator, Board of Directors visit (

Final Award from “Carolina’s Got Art!” Competition and Exhibition Held in Charlotte, NC, was Given to Tyrone Geter

July 29, 2015


Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s most anticipated juried art competition, awarded $26,000 in cash and prizes to winners at opening receptions at Elder Gallery, in Charlotte, NC, held during May and June, 2015. Mediums including paintings, photography, sculptures, weavings, drawings, glass and ceramics were included. CGA! continues to build on the success of its past competitions and attracted just under 3,000 entries this year.

For those not selected by this year’s juror for the main exhibit of Carolina’s Got Art!, a second show, chosen by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 125 pieces were exhibited during the month of June.

Tyrone Geter of Columbia, SC, was selected as the “People’s Choice” award winner in Carolina’s Got Art! Salon 2015 competition. His powerful drawing on torn paper entitled “Backache” won him a cash award of $500.

Backache by Tyrone Geter

In 2009, as a reaction to the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life to provide financial support to Carolina artists. Now in its fourth year, Carolina’s Got Art! has emerged as the pre-eminent competition, exhibition and sale for Carolina-based artists and will have awarded over $60,000 in prizes since its inception.

“When I founded Carolina’s Got Art! in 2009, I wanted to create a competition that would support local artists and help showcase the amazing talent within our two-state area,” says Elder. “For many artists, juried competitions are an important part of launching and sustaining successful careers. Our goal is to continue to offer opportunities to support their livelihood and to encourage their creative process.”

For further information visit (

South Carolina Arts Commission Gives Quarterly Project Grant to Ed Streeter of Conway, SC

July 28, 2015

Ed Streeter of Conway, SC, has been awarded a $1000 Quarterly Project Support for Artist Grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2016 fiscal year. The support will allow Streeter to present the First Saturday Glassblowing Demonstrations. The demonstrations are free and enable the public to see and learn about the traditional craft of glassblowing.

The Quarterly Project Support for Artists, which is funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, will allow Ed Streeter and Conway Glass to host glassblowing demonstrations free to the public on Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 2015. Streeter is proud to continue the tradition of offering free glass demos and is honored to be recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission for his dedication in bringing art to the public.

Streeter talks with crowd at First Saturday event

He says, “On the First Saturday I create colorful bowls, vessels and sculpture with 2000 degree glass and demonstrate various traditional and experimental glass techniques. Assisted by Barbara Streeter, our demonstrations are both educational and entertaining.” Conway Glass, Inc. is helping Ed Streeter meet his obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Those who are supporting the grant project are: Conway Glass, Inc., Ed Streeter, Barbara Streeter and Dr. Dennis Stevens. Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the First Saturday Glass Demos and see how Ed Streeter brings art to his community by visiting Conway Glass, Inc. at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway, SC, on Saturday, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and on Dec. 5, 2015. Demonstrations are free, open to the public and held each hour 10am until 4pm.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is working to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit ( or call 803/7348696.

Ed Streeter is a visual artist and co-owns Conway Glass with his wife Barbara. In his studio, he creates custom stained glass windows and blown glass vessels and sculpture. The studio welcomes hundreds of visitors to each First Saturday Glass event, who then spend the day shopping and dining in downtown Conway. In addition, he has enjoyed teaching glass classes and demonstrating various glass techniques to the community for over 25 years. The First Saturday Glassblowing Demonstrations educate the public and establish an appreciation for the craft while raising the awareness of how artists work to create quality handcrafted products. The studio events serve as a catalyst; Conway Glass is a hub for the arts and is a positive economic anchor for downtown Conway.

For more information, visit ( or call 843/248-3558.

Sculpture by Bob Doster Installed at Marvin Ridge High School, in Waxhaw, NC

July 28, 2015

Here are some images of a globe sculpture by Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, being installed at Marvin Ridge High School, in Waxhaw, NC. Photos Courtesy Wendy Cavallone and Cherry Doster.





For more than fifty years, Doster has created art that ranges from whimsical collectibles to monumental public works of art. As a teaching artist, he has worked with more than 150,000 students of all ages.

Visit Doster’s Backstreet Studio, Gallery, and Garden, located in downtown Lancaster, SC, at 217 East Gay Street.

For further info visit (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Offers Terry Thirion for Monthly Meeting – Aug. 11, 2015

July 28, 2015

Artist Terry Thirion presents a demonstration, “Texture – the Special Ingredient to Successful Abstracts and Landscapes”, at the monthly meeting of the Matthews Artists Guild on Aug. 11, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street in downtown Matthews.

Work by Terry Thirion

Thirion will demonstrate her techniques for using texture in her paintings. Terry’s demonstration will give you a glimpse into her creative process. View her works at (

6:00pm – View the current show in the gallery upstairs
6:30pm – Social/Refreshments and meet the artist
7:00pm – Artist demonstration

The Matthews Artists Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the McDowell Arts Center at 704/321-7275 or follow them on Facebook, at (

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC, Offers 9th Annual Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show – July 31 – Aug. 2, 2015

July 21, 2015

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) in Blowing Rock, NC, presents its ninth annual Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show, on Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.

This year’s show includes over 5,000 square feet of fine art and antiques with more than 20 vendors from eight different states. According to the event organizers, “This is one show you don’t want to miss. Here you will find exclusive items including mid-19th to mid-20th Century American and European paintings, antique clocks and music boxes, period furniture, vintage linens and textiles, maps, estate jewelry, silver, equestrian and sporting pieces, rugs, porcelain, pottery, lighting fixtures and more.”


For a complete list of item categories and vendors, visit (

The Art and Antiques Show begins with an evening Preview Party including an auction on Thursday, July 30. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase that ‘must have’ item and bid on exclusive auction items, including a week long vacation in Florida, UNC Chapel Hill vs NC State Basketball tickets and a 50 inch Samsung Smart TV. Tickets to the Preview Party are $80 per person and advance reservations are required.

Art and Antiques Show hours are 10am to 6pm, on Friday and Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Tickets to the show, which are good for entry throughout the weekend, are $10 and may be purchased at the door, on line at ( or by phone at 828/295-9099.

The Art and Antique Show is sponsored by Hendrick Northlake Luxury Auto Mall.

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Application for Exhibitions – Deadline Sept. 20, 2015

July 21, 2015


Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is seeking innovative artists working in all media for solo and/or group exhibitions. Deadline: Sept. 20, 2015. All entries must be submitted through ( (CaFE).

Exhibitions will be scheduled for Sept. 2016 and beyond. Exhibitions typically run for 6-8 weeks with an ongoing reception being held during First Friday Gallery Walks. Many exhibitions include an artist’s talk or demonstration Exhibits are free and open to the public. All exhibitions are supported through press, insurance coverage and small stipends to support the work of artists. Artspace creates an essay and brochure for each exhibition. While Artspace emphasizes the educational aspect of the exhibitions,  works of art may be for sale. Artspace takes a commission of 40% on works sold in our galleries.

For full details about the submission please see our website: (

Artspace’s gallery space is fully accessible and we strive to make the submission process accessible for artists as well.  We encourage anyone to submit for our open call-for-art.

If you need any additional assistance please contact Annah Lee by e-mail at ( or call 919/821-2787.