Archive for November, 2015

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds Three More Quilt Blocks to Trail

November 30, 2015


The home of Cindy Blair in Central, SC, has added it’s forth quilt block to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The name of the pattern is Irish Chain, a much loved pattern, with several variations. The most common are the Single Irish Chain and the Double Irish Chain. Current documentation on Irish Chain indicates that it was developed in America in the early 1800s. Quilt historian Barbara Brackman, states that 1814 is the earliest known date for this pattern. She goes on to say, “Dated examples appear consistently across the decades, indicating the design’s popularity throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”


The quilt will be mounted on the upper doors of the workshop/studio of Ben Wingert, currently the garage under transformation at the Blair-Wingert residence. Ben Wingert’s grandmother, Elizabeth Miller, of Chambersburg, PA is the quilter. She is 93 years old now and still resides on the family farm in a “doty house.” An Amish tradition, the doty house is designed for the care of older relatives who need medical attention or can no longer live independently.

This Double Irish Chain quilt would have been made by a group of Mennonite women for Elizabeth’s daughter (Ben’s mom), Rhoda Miller Wingert, for her dowry. Five to ten women would gather together at the home to complete a quilt of this size. Several quilts were made for each daughter or grand-daughter and added to their “hope chest.” This tradition continues in the Mennonite Community of the Old Order River Brethren today.

Local quilter and teacher, Dixie Haywood tells us the pattern consists of alternate nine-patches and plain blocks and was apparently first published by the Mountain Mist Co., which sold quilt batting and for over 50 years, including patterns in rolls of batting, in addition to selling patterns separately (since the batting patterns were ‘pot luck’).  They started publishing patterns in 1920, but Irish Chain probably predates that, since it is such a simple design.

Cindy Blair is a dedicated volunteer with the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.  In fact, she brought the idea of creating a quilt trail in the Upstate to a group of others after a driving trip up to the Ohio area. She saw quilt blocks that had been painted on barns and thought the idea a good one to honor the history and cultural traditions of the area and to expand tourism in the Upstate.

The “Appalachian Honor” barn quilt hangs at Holly Springs Country Store located at the intersection of Highways 11 & 178 in upper Pickens County, SC. It serves as a reminder to all those who view it that, “all gave some, but some gave all.”


The fabric quilt, quilted by Paula Rivers with the assistance and expertise of Lucy Harward, is done in the log cabin pattern. Paula wanted to make a quilt that would honor the veterans of this area, as well as their families. She found a picture of a quilt she liked but could not find a pattern for it. Lucy said “no problem” and with her years of quilting experience, quickly turned out a pattern for their quilt and they began the sewing and quilting.

War has touched the lives of almost everyone through the years. The community of Holly Springs, although small in number, is no exception. Ralph Chastain, who owned and operated the Holly Springs Store from the 1940’s to the late 1970’s, was a veteran of World War II. When he returned home from the war he found the little clapboard store closed. At that time it sat beside Highway 178 across from Holly Springs Baptist Church. He quickly set about reopening it to serve the local population.

It was not that many years later that another call to service was sent and several of Holly Spring’s finest boys were drafted into the Vietnam conflict. Some never returned. Woody Chastain and Buddy Gilstrap are two who lost their lives at a very young age. Hub Smith, a local native, remembers the day a military officer came into Holly Springs store to ask directions to the Chastain home. He had come to deliver the devastating news no parent ever wants to hear. There are others who are still frequent customers at the store who survived war, including Frank Sobin, a veteran of three foreign wars. They all served their country honorably during various conflicts.

Major Bill Rivers bought Holly Springs Country Store in the early 1980’s. He was just retired from 22 years in the United States Air Force as a navigator on B-52’s. During his career, he flew more than 175 missions over Vietnam.

This barn quilt is also dedicated to the “unsung heroes” of war. Our unsung heroes include those family members left here while their loved ones were away in service. Mothers and fathers who spent sleepless nights worrying and praying for their sons and daughters, sometimes only to have their worst fear realized. Paula’s father, Verdell Aiken, was drafted into WWII along with his three brothers. She said “I can’t imagine the anxiety my grandmother endured having all her sons in a war zone at the same time. Then there are the wives of servicemen who for months or years at a time essentially raised their children alone.

Of course, we cannot forget the children who grew up during some of the most critical years of their lives without a father figure in the household while anxiously wondering if daddy would ever come home. Cameron Rivers, son of Bill Rivers, and Paula’s husband, who is the current owner of Holly Springs Country Store, was one of those children. He said, “When dad was away on missions, I remember being at elementary school on Base and seeing the CNO (Casualty Notification Officer) coming down the hall. I would keep my head down and try to be invisible, terrified it might be me who was getting the bad news this time.”

This quilt of valor celebrates a long line of veterans that have both directly and indirectly impacted the lives of the people in this little Appalachian community called Holly Springs. Some have been long time residents while others have moved here more recently.  According to statistics, Pickens County, South Carolina has more Medal of Honor recipients per capita than any other county in the United States of America. Thus, the name “Appalachian Honor”.

The Lewis-McDaniel Home, owned by Edward Preston McDaniel, Jr. and his wife Betty Willis McDaniel, is joining the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt pattern Cathedral Window, is called Highland Farm and tells the story of their families. The cloth quilt was originally made by Betty’s paternal grandmother, Esther Gray Willis (David) and her sister, Matilda Gray Dryman (Fred).  They worked for two years on the quilt while in their 70’s.


“Aunt Tilly lived in Charlotte, NC, and Grandmother lived in Raleigh, NC, 150 miles apart, and they would drive back and forth to have their own quilting bee. I was in high school at the time and Grandmother Willis lived next door.  She showed me how to make the cathedral quilt ‘squares’ and told me that one day the quilt would be mine. It’s on our bed right now.”

The Lewis-McDaniel Home was deeded to Henry Jacob Lewis sometime before 1871. The original house was probably built in the 1840’s by the Lewises and was made up of a 20 x 20 foot 2 story log house. Around the time Henry J moved in, another 2 story 18 x 24 foot ‘wing’ was added with a front porch. The Lewises and their descendants lived in the home until around 1950 when it was vacated. Ed and his brother Ken bought the house and land in 1968. Their paternal grandmother had been a Lewis. In 1979, Ed and Betty married and began renovating the old home. The earlier ‘wing’ had to be demolished because it was in such disrepair. However, some of the wood from the original house was used to make cabinets by Jack Parris. The section built in 1871 was left much the same with all of the original floors and walls made of heart of pine.

We know the early Lewises farmed the land because there was a barn and a cotton house still located on the property.  We conclude that they farmed cotton much of the time along with produce and had some livestock. Ed’s dad, E. Preston McDaniel, lived next door and was a dairy farmer with help from his four sons. He was also Clerk of Court from 1933 – 1972. Ed farmed the family land with his brothers growing tomatoes, pumpkins, corn, strawberries as well as raising livestock. His day job was as a rehabilitation counselor for the Commission for the Blind for over 20 years. Betty taught at Holly Springs Elementary for 31 years.

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Spartanburg, SC’s Cultural District Receives $2,500 Grant to Launch

November 30, 2015

Spartanburg, SC’s newly designated downtown Cultural District has received a $2,500 Elevate Upstate community vibrancy grant from Ten At The Top, a non-profit organization that fosters trust and collaboration through partnerships and cooperation that impacts economic vitality and quality of life across Upstate South Carolina.

The money will be used to implement temporary artwork that will introduce the Cultural District to the community and beyond. Spartanburg is the third city in South Carolina to receive a Cultural District designation from the South Carolina Arts Commission; it is the first in the Upstate. The four-square-block area is located in downtown Spartanburg, and it is a concentrated area with arts-related businesses, galleries, music venues, and public art.

“We are most grateful to Ten At The Top for this grant,” Jennifer Evins, President of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “This is one of the most exciting projects currently being pursued in Spartanburg. This is an opportunity for the arts to make a significant impact on the economic and social development of Spartanburg. We predict that more than one million people will see this artwork, and those people will be instrumental in letting the world know that Spartanburg believes in the power of creativity as a way to make our a community a better place to live and visit.”

Chapman Cultural Center made the application for the grant in partnership with Spartanburg Art Museum and the City of Spartanburg, and will be the coordinating agency for the District’s development during the next few months. The District is scheduled to be ready for public enjoyment in June 2016. The $2,500 grant will help fund the temporary public artwork that will launch the District. That artwork could manifest in many creative ways, but its primary purpose will be to let the public know where the District’s boundaries are.

Spartanburg’s downtown Cultural District was one of four Upstate projects to receive funding from Ten At The Top’s Elevate Upstate grant this year. The other projects were from Woodruff, Greenwood, and Greenville. There was a total of 26 applications for the 2015 grants from across the Upstate. Funding support for the grants is provided by Hughes Investments, an Upstate development company. Since 2013, a total of $43,000 has been awarded to 12 Upstate communities. The 2015 selections were made this past Thursday, Nov. 19.

In January, a Call For Artists will be issued, asking for artists to compete in the design of the temporary artwork. In February, the public will vote on the artists’ submissions. The artist will be picked in March, and fabrication and installation will begin in April and May. The official launch is planned for June. To keep costs down and to further identify with Spartanburg, the artists will be asked to make their designs using re-purposed materials readily available from Spartanburg’s manufacturing companies. The selected artwork will be on display for at least a year.

For more information about Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District, please call 864/542-2787.

2015 Salisbury, NC, Sculpture Show Awards Announced

November 29, 2015

Durham, NC, artist Stephen Hayes has taken top honors in the 2015 Salisbury Sculpture Show “Discover What’s Outside.” going on in Salisbury, NC. Hayes also is an adjunct instructor in the art department at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

His 12-piece kinetic installment “Under the Maple Seeds” has been on display at Livingstone College since April. All 20 pieces selected for this year’s show may be viewed at various locations in downtown Salisbury and on each of the four local college campuses – Catawba, Livingstone, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Hood Theological Seminary.

Local and nationally known multi-media artist Whitney Peckman selected this year’s winners. Peckman noted that as a judge she looks for excellence in composition, creativity in design and concept, use of both positive and negative space, appropriate scale, craftsmanship, and finally, the most subjective quality which expresses emotion/meaning and causes the viewer to want to continue looking.

Here are her comments about the winning pieces:

Norvell Best in Show:  “Under the Maple Seeds” by Stephen Hayes, Durham, NC, on view at Livingstone College. “The kinetic aspect of the multi-piece sculpture pulls me to stand dreamily, recalling childhood, and experiencing the lyricism of Nature so beautifully interpreted.”

2nd Place:  “Fighting for Alpha” by Todd Frahm, Swannanoa, NC, on view at Catawba College. “Todd Frahm’s Fighting for Alpha” fully achieved excellence. Its narrative is fully expressed, the fighting fish powerful and graceful at the same time, expanding out of the confines of their implied space.”

3rd Place:  “Red Green Construction” by Ray Katz, Pontiac, MI, on view at Yadkin Bank. “The fun, or joyful aspect of this piece kept me enjoying it for quite some time, and the visual impression stays with me.”

This is the seventh consecutive year that Salisbury has hosted the show. The 20 pieces in the show will remain in place until early January 2016. Brochures are available at the Visitor’s Center, Rowan Museum, Rowan Library, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, and other downtown locations. The next nine-month sculpture show will be installed in early April 2016.

The City of Salisbury, America’s first 10-gigabit city, is located in the heart of the Piedmont region of North Carolina, midway between Charlotte and Greensboro. Salisbury is the county seat of Rowan County, and provides a full range of municipal services, including law enforcement, fire protection, zoning and code enforcement and water and sewer systems.

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Greensboro, NC, Artist Annette Bartlett-Golden Will Host Her 7th Annual Holiday Open House Art Show – Dec. 6 and 12, 2015

November 29, 2015

Greensboro artist Annette Bartlett-Golden will host her 7th annual Holiday Open House Art Show on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1-5pm and Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, from 10am to 5pm at 4101 Lawndale Place in Greensboro, NC, near the Natural Science Center. The event will feature a selection of her artwork including many new paintings from recent months. Note cards and paintings will be offered for sale.  The show will include refreshments, holiday music, and a drawing for a FREE print by Bartlett-Golden. Parking is available on the street. Admission is free.

Bartlett-Golden uses crisp lines and rich, vibrant colors to impart a sense of immediacy, vivacity and optimism to her oil paintings and watercolors on a variety of subject matters: local and foreign landscapes, exotic and domestic animals, still lifes, and more. For the last year, Bartlett-Golden has been challenging herself to hone her artistic skills by creating more paintings than she has in past years. In the last two years, she has repeatedly participated in painting challenges with the goal of completing one painting every day for a month, which has resulted in a large body of recent paintings, many of which were exhibited in a solo show at Pennybyrn at Maryfield which ran from August through October.  These works and other paintings from recent months will be a prominent part in Bartlett-Golden’s Holiday Open House this year. An artist and art teacher for over 15 years, Annette Bartlett-Golden’s work is in private collections both in the US and abroad.

For more information about the show, please contact Annette Bartlett-Golden at 336/288-0307 or by e-mail at (

Christmas in the City Meets Red Rose Holiday Tour on Dec. 5, 2015, in Lancaster, SC

November 29, 2015


The Red Rose City ushers in the holiday season with a flurry of fun in historic downtown Lancaster, SC, on Dec. 5, 2015, from 9am – 9pm.

An old-fashioned trolley will transport holiday revelers to stops throughout the Cultural Arts District including Santa’s Workshop, Winter Block Party, Artisans Holiday Market, Historic Springs House, L & C Railway Museum, Native American Studies Center, and local businesses hosting Holiday Open Houses. Santa visits and letter drop-off, Gingerbread House Exhibit, balloon sculpting, ornament making, face painting, and a winter wonderland carousel will delight the little ones, while older children and teens enjoy the game truck.  Favorite characters lead activities, mingle, and pose for photos including Gingerbread Man, Santa’s Elves, Winnie the Pooh, Elsa, and Grinch, and Lancaster’s very own Rosie Rabbit.

Stories with Mrs. Claus, candy canes, cookies, and wassail punch is being hosted by Blackmon Insurance Group.  Visitors will find a Food Truck Food Court, where live on-stage performances feature music and dance troupes, including Fierce Dance Academy, Indian Land Middle & High School Dance Team, Ebony Expressionz, and Plair Band. The lovable Train Hobo will entertain with tales from the rails and gifts to the little ones.

Historic Springs House will be open with “Between the Springmaid Sheets” exhibit, refreshments, gift gallery, live music, and a jewelry trunk show. The indoor Artisans Holiday Market returns, where visitors will find unique treasures by artists and craftsmen from throughout the Carolinas. Discover pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodcarvings, handcrafted toys, baskets, textile-art fashions and accessories, sculpture, and more at this art collector’s paradise.

Native American Studies Center will host its annual Native American Arts and Crafts Show and Sale with artists selling traditional arts and crafts and demonstrating techniques. The thirteenth annual Holiday Open House at Backstreet Studio features new work and old favorites by renowned artist Bob Doster, holiday refreshments, exhibit by hundreds of artists, and prize drawing for a Doster original.

Downtown businesses rolling out the red carpet for those with a passion for shopping, providing holiday treats, discounts, gift certificates, and prize drawings include: Purple Rooster, Ray’s Flowers, At Home by Casey, Back to Balance Massage Therapy Studio, and Tumble-N-Roll. Just outside of downtown, visitors will enjoy Kenaki Karate and the annual Piedmont Folk Art.

Christmas in the City and Red Rose Holiday Tour promotion are projects of See Lancaster, SC and sponsored by the City of Lancaster.  The Red Rose Holiday Tour is a promotion of holiday happenings throughout Lancaster County in the month of December.

Contact Cherry Doster, Marketing & Development Manager, at 803/289-1492 or by e-mail at ( for complete details.

Christmas in the City includes an annual tree lighting, Christmas parade, Snack with Santa, and an impressive array of activities the first Saturday of December. For information, contact Joe Timmons, Events & Promotions Manager at 803/289-1498 or e-mail to ( Visit ( for information on these and other great events taking place in the Red Rose City of Lancaster, SC.

STARworks Holds Annual Ornament Sale in Star, NC – Dec. 5, 2015

November 29, 2015


The STARworks Gallery, at STARworks in Star, NC, will be decorated for the holiday season with 2,000 colorful hand-blown glass ornaments Dec. 5, 2015, from 10am to 2pm. Ornaments are handmade by STARworks glassblowers and come in all sizes, shapes and colors.


There will be no advanced or reserved sales. Ornaments left after the sale will be available in STARworks Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm while supplies last. They are priced between $22 to $35. Payment options include cash, check or credit cards.

STARworks recommends people arrive at the ornament sale as close to 10am as possible to ensure a good selection. Doors will open at 9am for those who like to arrive early, but the sale will not begin until 10am.

“Our glassblowers have been working hard to create a great variety of ornaments this year,” said STARworks Glass coordinator Joe Grant. “We have a nice selection of colors and unique shapes, including candy canes and icicles.”

STARworks Glass is a project of Central Park NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources. Proceeds from the ornament sale help fund STARworks programs, including the high school glassblowing program.

STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, NC, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

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2016 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows in Charleston, SC, Call for Artists – Deadline Jan. 17, 2016

November 29, 2015


Fine Crafts Shows Charleston, LLC, in Charleston, SC, is issuing a call for fine craft artists to participate in the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows, which will be held May 27-29 and June 3-5, 2016. This will be the 37th year for these shows, which are part of the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, a 17-day city-wide arts festival produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

The venue for the two Piccolo Spoleto Craft shows is the picturesque Wragg Square, a raised and fenced park located at the corner of Meeting and Charlotte Streets in downtown Charleston. Approximately 95 exhibitor booths will be available for each weekend show. Our paid admission averages 7000 – 9000 dedicated fine craft patrons, designers, and gallery representatives per weekend.

We are continuing our Emerging Artist Grants this year. Grants covering single booth fees ($250) will be awarded to up to two first-time show applicants each weekend. Grants will be awarded based on jury scores media quotas, and artist statement included with application.

Applications are available online through ZAPPlicationTM ( The application fee is $30, and booth fees are $250 per booth per weekend. The application deadline is Jan. 17, 2016. Artist selection is based on jury scores and media quotas.

For more detailed information about the shows and selection process, visit the official web site at (, e-mail to (, or call Kasey at 843/364-0421.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is the official outreach festival of Spoleto Festival USA. The craft events are two of the several hundred visual and performing arts events available to more than 250,000 people during the seventeen day festival. The festival begins on May 27th and concludes June 11th.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC is a partnership formed by three women, all working craft artists, for the management of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Seeks Artists for 2017 Exhibitions – Deadline Jan. 30, 2016

November 29, 2015



The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is currently accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for possible exhibitions in 2017 at either our Caldwell Arts Council gallery (four 2-month long exhibit opportunities) or at the Art-in-Healing Gallery (three 3-month long exhibit opportunities at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Details for submitting your portfolio are available on our website at (  Portfolios will be accepted through Jan. 30, 2016, and may be delivered or mailed to Caldwell Arts Council Exhibit Selection Committee, 601 College Ave SW (PO Box 1613), Lenoir, NC, 28645 or e-mailed to (

The Caldwell Arts Council is a regional arts center that presents monthly and quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County. Our center is housed in an historic 100+ year old home. There are four gallery spaces that have been renovated as professional exhibit spaces. Exhibits range from contemporary to traditional and include 2-D and 3-D exhibitions. The Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital can hang up to 20 works of 2-D or 3-D wall artworks. The Caldwell Arts Council exhibits artists from across the country and has a reputation for quality exhibits.

The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and by individual and corporate donors.

For information on the gallery space or to see a list of upcoming exhibits please visit our website at (

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Winners of “Small Works 2015”

November 29, 2015

The Judging is complete. Talbot Easton Selby, the judge for our Second Annual “Small Works Show”, has awarded the following prizes:

Best in Show goes to Wyatt Todd for “Reaper of the Sky”, an Oil on Wood – $300

2nd Place went to Elizabeth Keller for “Green Tea”, an Earthenware Clay & Glaze – $200

3rd Place  was awarded to Haley C. Smith for “Strangled by Security”, Nickel, Copper, Brass – $100

Honorable Mentions went to:

Cat Taylor for “Love Afterlife”, Acrylic on Vinyl – $75

Haley C. Smith for “The Burden”, Relief Print – $75

Brittany Clark for “Song of the South: Cicada Whistle”, Brass, Copper – $75

Among the Finalists:

Rachael Jones for “Winter”

Rebecca Jolly for “Hobcaw Barony Study”

Ron Olive for “Crosses”

Judy Lilly for “By Candlelight”

Jane H. Thomas for “Sunday on Midway Creek”

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

Voting for “People’s Choice” ($200) continues through Dec. 19, 2015

Visit us to see the award winners and vote for your favorite work.  Original works of art make great holiday gifts!  Support local artists by purchasing their work!

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A Blog Post About Bill Buggel’s Exhibit at Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC

November 17, 2015

We’ve just posted a blog about a trip to go see an exhibit of recent works by Bill Buggel, on view at Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC, on view through Nov. 30, 2015, over at Carolina Arts Unleashed ( Buggel’s work hasn’t been shown much in the 50 years he’s been creating art – so this is a rare opportunity. He was highlighted as one of SC’s most promising artists in the 1970’s – how come you don’t know who he is? Image shown is “Passing a Small Country Grave Yard”, by Bill Buggel.

Passing a Small Country Grave Yard, by Bill Buggel, 17″ x 14″. Just a small country graveyard with a plowed field and wild flowers. Sometimes experiences come together in small ways.