Archive for September, 2015

North Charleston, SC, Harvest Festival and Block Party Set for Oct. 17, 2015

September 30, 2015


The City of North Charleston announces the Third Annual Harvest Festival and Block Party featuring live musical performances, art and craft booths, costume contests and children’s activities. The fall festivities will take place in the Olde Village of North Charleston, SC, located on East Montague Avenue near Park Circle, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, from 4-8pm. Admission and parking are free. East Montague Avenue will close to vehicular traffic from Jenkins Avenue to Virginia Avenue at 2pm and remain closed for the duration of the event.


The festival features a Kid’s Zone with a student art exhibit, craft activities, carnival games, face painting and inflatables from 4-6pm, a street market showcasing fine art and crafts by members of the North Charleston Artist Guild from 4-8pm, and live music by Jordan Igoe, Chaquis Maliq, Gino Castillo, and DJ Trailmix from 4-8pm. Many of the restaurants in the Olde Village will offer additional programming and food and drink specials.

Other highlights include trick-or-treating for kids age 12 and under, ghost stories by the Backporch Storytellers, live screenprinting (bring your own t-shirt), and costume contests with prizes for children, adults and pets. The costume contests for children and adults are free to enter and prizes will be furnished by the City of North Charleston and the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association. The pet costume contest is sponsored by The Flats at Mixson with a suggested donation to the Charleston Animal Society as an entry fee. Participants for all contests should be prepared to line up for judging at 6:30pm for the contests to take place at 6:45pm.


Artists interested in participating in the street market can do so by becoming a member of the North Charleston Artist Guild. Visit ( for more information.

The Harvest Festival and Block Party is sponsored by the Park Circle Business Association, the North Charleston Artist Guild and the City of North Charleston.

For further info call 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, to Host Lecture by Photographer Andrew Moore – Oct. 14, 2015

September 30, 2015


On Oct., 14, 2015, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, will host a free lecture by internationally acclaimed artist Andrew Moore. Moore will speak about his recent work and his latest book, “Dirt Meridian”. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture. The event is made possible by the Cyma Rubin Photography Fund, which provides annual support for photography lectures, exhibitions, and education programs at the NCMA.

“I am very passionate about our burgeoning photography collection and have proudly seen it grow from 22 works to over 400 during my time as director of the Museum,” says NCMA director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We are extremely grateful to Cyma Rubin for supporting photography programs that complement our collection, allowing us to present exhibitions of local and internationally known photographers and educate visitors on this fascinating field of art.”

Andrew Moore, “The Yellow Porch, Sheridan County, Nebraska”, from “Dirt Meridian” series, 2013, archival pigment print, Purchased with funds from William R. Valentiner, by exchange

Four of Moore’s photographs will be on view in the NCMA’s photography galleries through April 3, 2016. One of the photographs, “The Yellow Porch, Sheridan County, Nebraska” (pictured above) is on the cover of his book “Dirt Meridian”, which will be discussed at the lecture. It was acquired by the Museum in 2014.

“Moore’s visceral, color-saturated images depict both physical and social landscapes, transporting viewers to places they may never visit with a striking level of clarity and detail,” says Linda Dougherty, the NCMA’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “His photographs often capture massive historic shifts and utilize architecture to symbolize broader change and transformation, dissolution, and decay.”

Andrew Moore (American, born 1957) received his BA from Princeton University (1979), where he studied photography with Emmet Gowin. He currently lives and works in New York City. Moore’s expansive projects, often years in the making, include photographic explorations of New York, Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Vietnam, Detroit, and most recently, the American West. In all of his work, Moore focuses his camera on the architecture and the landscape as a way to tell the complicated stories and histories of specific sites. His recent series “Dirt Meridian” focuses on the longitudinal line that divides east and west in the United States, presenting a view of the contemporary agricultural landscape.

Cyma Rubin, the founder and sponsor of the Cyma Rubin Photography Fund at the NCMA, is a Tony and Emmy Award–winning producer, director, and writer. Rubin graduated from North Carolina State University and from The New York School of Interior Design. In 2003 she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts and the Distinguished Alumni Award from North Carolina State University. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America East, the Overseas Press Club, National Press Photographers Association, American Alliance of Museums, and the executive committee of the Weill Cornell Medical Council.

Artist Lecture: Photographer Andrew Moore
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7pm
West Building

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

For further information visit (

FRANK gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Offers A Franklin Street Scavenger Hunt – Oct. 10, 2015

September 30, 2015


TRIANGULAR is a photo scavenger hunt in Downtown Chapel Hill, NC, for anyone and everyone! Tell your mailman, your grocer, and your professor. Come ready to traverse the downtown, track down clues, and snap photos based on a series of clues from FRANK gallery – Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 – ALL DAY!

This photo scavenger hunt will highlight the triangle, a shape that carries many meanings. It symbolizes strength, harmony, unity, and balance. It appears in the world everywhere, both in nature and by design. Inspired by the annual Click! Triangle Photography Festival, this hunt is about finding triangles or using creative methods to make your own.

The best thing about this scavenger hunt is you don’t need a fancy camera or a trained photographer’s eye. All you need is a phone and an Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account. It’s all about experimenting with photography and exploring the way it can bring us together. In the end, all the photos from the day will be virtually collected and displayed online.

Bring your friends, family, and a camera, be open to new ways of seeing, and leave the rest to the hunt. This program is free and open to all. Pick up your clues at FRANK Gallery starting 11am on Oct. 10, 2015. Visit ( for more info, and please help us spread the word.

FRANK Gallery is located at 109 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, NC, 27514.

The City of North Charleston, SC, Cultural Arts Department is Seeking Applications for 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival – Deadline Dec. 4, 2015

September 30, 2015


The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival to be held Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016, in North Charleston, SC. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply.

Artists have the option of submitting a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held Apr. 30 and May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex.  Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Judged Art Competitions. The 2016 Artist Application will be available for download from beginning October 1. There is no fee to apply and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals.


Applications must be delivered or postmarked by Friday, December 4, 2015. Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2016.

The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions, and activities in all arts disciplines. The Main Event Weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1 offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four-themed stages: General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands, and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard.

The Arts Festival continues with more than 70 events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations.  An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children’s activities, and fireworks over the Cooper River.

In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing arts groups may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for more than 10 years. The Processional is typically led by African drummers and dancers and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups. The Opening Processional application will be available for download from ( beginning Dec. 1, with submissions due by 5pm on Friday, Apr. 1, 2016.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit ( or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (

Osiris Rain in Charlotte, NC, has Work Added to Collection of The European Museum of Modern Art

September 30, 2015

“An Unbearable Darkness” a painting by Charlotte, NC, based artist Osiris Rain has been curated into the permanent collection of the MEAM; Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (The European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona, Spain. The MEAM is Europe’s foremost museum dedicated to exhibiting the top living figurative painters and sculptors from around the world (


“An Unbearable Darkness” is a portrait of Osiris’s father whom Osiris credits as sparking his interest in the arts as a child.  The painting previously was a semi-finalist at the National Portrait Gallery, BP Portrait Award competition in London. It was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2015 International Salon Competition and later included in the pre-selection for the International Figurativas competition hosted by the MEAM before being curated into the MEAM’s permanent collection by Jose Luis Inifiesta, the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes director.

Osiris Rain is a North Carolina native who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. He was classically trained in Florence, Italy at the Angel Academy of Art and continued his studies in Norway under master painter Odd Nerdrum. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and garnered recognition from numerous institutions worldwide.

Osiris recently launched The North Carolina Academy of Art in early 2015, a small atelier dedicated to teaching Academic Realism. As Director of the academy, he hopes to share his passion for the classical arts and inspire others to delve into the figurative and portraiture world of painting. The school accepts students of all skill levels and is located in the NoDa Arts district of Charlotte, NC.

For further info contact Osiris Rain by e-mail at (, call 704/604-4195 or visit (

STARworks Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale Takes Place in Star, NC – Oct. 3, 2015

September 23, 2015


Hand-blown glass pumpkins will be ready to harvest at the STARworks Glass Pumpkin Patch sale on Oct. 3, 2015, from 10am to 1pm.  This is the only time of year the popular glass pumpkins are available.

More than 2,000 pumpkins in all colors, shapes and sizes will be ripe for the picking and available for purchase. Each one a unique work of art, the pumpkins will be displayed on hay bales in the grassy area in front of STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise. If the weather is bad, the Pumpkin Patch will be moved inside to STARworks Gallery.


Proceeds from the event help fund STARworks programs. “The Pumpkin Patch is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Central Park NC Executive Director Nancy Gottovi.  “The event starts at 10am and they go fast. We encourage people to show up early for the best possible selection.”

Pumpkins cannot be reserved and will not be available for purchase before the Pumpkin Patch in order to guarantee the largest selection possible for the event. If there are pumpkins remaining after the event, they will be available in the STARworks Gallery and online while supplies last.


Vendors from the Montgomery County Farmers Market will set up booths and offer hot beverages, snacks and other locally grown produce and homemade goodies during the Pumpkin Patch.

The Pumpkin Patch is STARworks’ most popular fundraising event. STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the local economy by focusing on the cultural arts and natural resources of central North Carolina.

STARworks has a glass studio, a ceramics facility and a metal studio. They offer classes and workshops in each medium, high school glassblowing programs and hold several fun and educational events throughout the year.  The STARworks building also acts as an incubator for small creative businesses, including Wet Dog Glass, an equipment fabricator for glass artists and craftspeople, Blankenship Business Solutions, and echo3, a graphic design studio.

STARworks is located just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County. The address is 100 Russell Drive in Star, the geographical center of North Carolina.

For more information, visit ( or call 910/428-9001.

Jones-Carter Gallery and the Community Museum Society in Lake City, SC, Invite You to a Special Evening with Artist Clyde Butcher – Sept. 24, 2015

September 22, 2015


Join the Jones-Carter Gallery and the Community Museum Society in Lake City, SC, at the National Bean Market, at 111 Henry Street, next to the Jones-Carter Gallery, on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, from 7pm until, for a special evening with artist, Clyde Butcher


Come check out the Jones-Carter Gallery’s fall exhibition, “America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscapes of Clyde Butcher”. The evening will include a lecture by Clyde Butcher and book signing. Books and other merchandise will be available for sale on site. Admission is FREE and seating is limited for this one-night engagement.

“America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscapes of Clyde Butcher”, on view through Jan. 2, 2016, is a collection of 56 large-scale photographs of the American landscape, spanning breathtaking sites across the United States, from the coast of Maine to the Badlands, to the Everglades and to the Great Smoky Mountains.



Butcher’s work has been compared to that of famed photographer, Ansel Adams, and Butcher has shot several of his photographs in the same location as some of Adams’ most treasured work. Emmy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns says, “Like the work of Ansel Adams, Clyde Butcher’s remarkable photographs give us an access to nature we rarely see or experience. They not only reveal the intimate and majestic beauty of the Everglades—and the need to save this fragile environment—they also remind us of the abiding kinship we mortals share when we work together to preserve these magnificent places. Butcher’s art is a national treasure.”

Large groups are encouraged to call ahead at 843/374-1505

Behance Portfolio Review of South Carolina Takes Place in Columbia, SC – Nov. 7, 2015

September 22, 2015


Are you ready to be a part of the biggest network of visual artists and creatives in South Carolina?

The Behance Portfolio Review provides a fun, comfortable, insightful and educational environment for both established and aspiring professional creatives to meet and provide feedback for one another, and builds a network of support within the greater South Carolina arts community.

Our goal is to bring artists of South Carolina together in a casual environment for lively critiques and fun networking. This is your opportunity to connect with other creatives from all across South Carolina to gain new perspectives and learn to grow as professionals.

You don’t have to be a part of Adobe’s Behance to participate in this great event, but why wouldn’t you want to join the world’s largest network of creative professionals? Check out some of the great artwork at ( and join now!

The best part about this? It’s all free and you can get incredible door prizes if you get your tickets early! So tell your friends, and visit Eventbrite at ( for info to get your ticket now!

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 from 9am until 1pm.
Where: The Graphics Source, 2122 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, SC 29169
Cost: Free

Eventbrite: (
Facebook: (
Twitter: @BeReviewsSC, #behancesc

More questions?  Contact the organizer, Evelyn Wong by e-mail at (

Artstock the 18th Annual Artist Studio Tour Takes Place in Greensboro, NC – Oct. 10 and 11, 2015

September 18, 2015


Artstock will celebrate its 18th Annual Artist Studio Tour throughout the greater Greensboro, NC, area the weekend of Oct. 10 and 11, 2015. Studios will be open on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm.

This FREE self-guided tour is open to the public – look for the red balloons at each location! Artist Site Lists will be available at all participating artists’ locations and on the tour website at ( after Sept. 15, 2015.

Art lovers, patrons and new collectors are invited to visit Individual artists participating at 9 studio sites; come and be inspired by their diverse talents!  The participating artists will be displaying their works in their own studios, as well as at group and gallery locations.  A variety of media is represented: painting, sculpture, collage and mixed media.

Our Mission:  Artstock collectively represents individual visual artists in the greater Greensboro area by annually presenting our Studio Tour the second weekend of October. By promoting the distinctive talent of each artist, we in turn focus on and celebrate the creativity within our broader local community.

This year’s slogan is “Fine Art Entrepreneurs.”  By definition, artists are entrepreneurs, yet the public often forgets that these creative personalities, just like other individual professionals such as doctors, accountants and lawyers, they have to run a business while having to practice their craft.  What some think of as a hobby, these professional artists make their livelihoods through their creative talent.

Artstock seeks to expose these individual artists to the surrounding community for the entrepreneurs they are and highlight the creative talent that brings our lives validation, historical documentation and meaning.

More information may be obtained by visiting ( For additional tour questions, please contact Carolyn Owen, Artstock Coordinator at 336/643-6428.

Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, is Calling for Artists for Its “34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale” – Poster Art Contest – Deadline Nov. 28, 2015

September 18, 2015


The 2016 Spring Show Committee of the Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, NC, announces the Poster Art Contest for the “34th Annual Juried Art Show & Sale” (Show). The winning artwork will be featured on:  a framed poster to be auctioned off at the Show; posters available for sale at the Show; smaller posters, cards, and invitations; and other publicity material for the Show.

Entry requirements:
Current membership (2015) in the WAA
Artwork in any 2-D media and on any non-offensive subject
*New Submission Option High quality resolution images of 3-D work.
One piece of artwork per artist

Submission requirements:
Entry must be e-mailed to (  Your entry should include artwork in .jpg format as well as artist’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
Signature on the artwork must be blocked.
Submittal of entries opens Oct. 1, 2015
Deadline to receive entries is 8pm Eastern Standard Time, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.

The Show committee will select the winning artwork on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. The winner will be contacted immediately and announced on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at the WAA Holiday Banquet.

Selected Artwork:
The selected artwork may not be entered into the Show.  The artwork will be displayed at the Show and may be offered for sale; however, it is not required to be for sale.  If the artwork is sold either prior to or during the Show, the standard 30% commission will be due WAA.  A framed poster will be on display and auctioned off at the Show with proceeds to benefit WAA. The artist will be asked to sign posters during the Show reception on Thursday, Apr. 7, 2016. All proceeds from poster sales will benefit WAA.

Information is available on the Wilmington Art Association webpage at (