Archive for December, 2015

Appalachian Pastel Society Holds Meeting in Mills River, NC – Jan. 9, 2016

December 30, 2015

The Appalachian Pastel Society is pleased to announce a Swap and Shop meet at the Grace Community Church exhibition hall,  495 Cardinal Dr., in Mills River, NC, on Jan. 9, 2016, from 10am-noon. Members will be offering an array of art materials and supplies, books, paintings, videos as well as paintings by a variety of artists including oils, acrylics and pastels at bargain prices. Visitors are welcome and invited to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase art related merchandise.

For further info contact Cathy Ann Burgess by calling 828/595-9518 or e-mail to ( or Suzy Hart, Membership Chair at (

Wilmington Art Association Calls for Entries for Its “34th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale” in Wilmington, NC – Deadline Feb. 29, 2016

December 30, 2015


Wilmington Art Association (WAA) solicits the work of artists for its “34th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale”. This show will be open April 8-10, 2016 in Wilmington, NC, during the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

The juror/judge for this show will be Chad Matthew Smith of Durham, NC. Smith is represented nationally in galleries from New York to Colorado and his work is collected internationally. He has garnered awards at the Finger Lakes Plein Air Show and at the American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibition and has conducted numerous workshops.

Submissions may be made from 11 January through 29 February 2016.

The show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older and will include original works in painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed media and three-dimensional work. Monetary and merchandise awards will be in excess of $4000.

Interested artists are encouraged to visit ( or call 910/343-4370 for a full Prospectus.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Has Set a Date for Spartanburg Soaring! 2016 – Apr. 23, 2016

December 30, 2015

The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has set the date for its third annual Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival for Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 11am-5pm. This free and family-friendly festival has quickly become a much-anticipated event for people of all ages from all over the world. Hundreds of kites fill the sky above Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg, complemented by live music, food, and children’s activities. During the course of the day, individuals and kite club members float kites of every imaginable shape and size to the sky, including small kites made of newspaper and whale-size kites made from the latest technology and advanced materials. It is a colorful and creative experience.


The Spartanburg community has embraced the kite as a symbol of its creative, progressive, and playful spirit. Last year, the event attracted more than 3,000 participants from as far away as Europe.

“Every year we grow the Festival in terms of creativity and attendance,” Jennifer Evins, President of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “It is part of our mission to lead the community in all things creative and innovative, and Spartanburg Soaring! is one of the most popular events of the year. It is a beautiful showcase of what it means to live in Spartanburg. It is a symbol of our progressive mindset, our creativity, our curiosity, and our playful nature.”

Chapman Cultural Center is now accepting the participation of kite clubs, food vendors, artists, and musicians.

For more information about this event, please call 864/542-2787.

Red Rose Festival in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline is Apr. 18, 2016

December 30, 2015


Lancaster, SC’s Seventh Annual Red Rose Festival, named a Top 20 Event by Southeastern Tourism Society, is seeking artists and craftsmen, commercial and food vendors, local musicians and volunteers. The Festival will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, from 6-10pm and May 21, 2016, from 10am-10pm in the Cultural Arts District of downtown Lancaster, SC.

Those interested in becoming a vendor, volunteer, or other participant may apply online beginning January, 2016 at (,  e-mail to (, or call 803/289-1498.

Deadline for submission is April 18, 2016. Space is limited, so apply early!

The 2016 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone, with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival food and fun with free admission both days. The Red Rose Festival is a rain or shine event!

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Winner of People’s Choice Award Winner for Small Works Show

December 30, 2015

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has announced the winner of its People’s Choice Award from its 2016 Small Works exhibition to be Rachel Jones for her work “Winter”.

For further info visit (

The Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC, Features Works by Stephen Scott Young

December 28, 2015

The Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC, just outside of Charleston, SC, is presenting an exhibit of works by Stephen Scott Young, on view through Jan. 3, 2016.

Stephen Scott Young’s works are currently on display at several major American museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. He is featured in the permanent exhibits of the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and the Greenville County Museum in South Carolina.

“Little Cindy” by Stephen Scott Young, 23×20,  drybrush watercolor

Young is best known for his watercolor paintings.  Inspired by the work of Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and Andrew Wyeth, Young has done highly finished, detailed figurative subjects. His work is noted for his strikingly realist use of watercolor and eloquent simplicity of subject matter done in the American realist tradition.

Young’s copperplate etchings evidence a strident attention to detail and intricacy that suggest the influence of Rembrandt and Whistler. Though the images he creates are often nostalgic, his work deals with contemporary issues. Art historian Henry Adams wrote of Young in the late 1980s: “He is like one of those prospectors who has gone back to the tailings of an abandoned mine and where others saw only useless rocks found quantities of untapped, undiscovered gold.”

“Sailing Out to Eluthera Island” by Stephen Scott Young, 15×22,  watercolor and Pen & Ink

Our current show at the Wells Gallery focuses mostly on his new “Regatta Series”, which is greatly inspired by Winslow Homer’s marine paintings, and this collection is an homage to the master artist. The Regatta Series seeks to capture the watercraft and the people that man them.  There is a long tradition of boating in the Bahamas and the Southern US. The subjects of these works are men who earn their livings working on, and fishing from boats. All of the paintings feature row boats, or sail boats, and the people he paints rely on the wind, and their own strength, to drive their craft.

You can see more of the works on display at the gallery at this link (–Modern-Master.html?soid=1102638113688&aid=5lL3Lsz_YbI#fblike)

We are also showing original oil paintings by Jonathan Green. Please see his available works at this link (

“Harvest Gathering” by Jonathan Green, 48×36, Oil on canvas

For further information call the gallery at 843/576-1290, e-mail to ( or visit (

Walhalla High School Joins the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC

December 19, 2015


A Bridge to a New Beginning was created by Walhalla High School students to represent their new High School.  This was an interdisciplinary effort from several classes in the spring of 2014, Mrs. Cathy Plowden’s Geometry classes, Mrs. Suzanne Glenn’s art classes and Mrs. Harriett Templin’s Family and Consumer Sciences classes. Both the fabric wall hanging and painted quilt panel are displayed on the interior of the school. The school is happy for them to be viewed by the public, check in at reception desk for directions.


Mrs. Plowden told us, “The process for creating the design involved all 71 of my geometry students. They each created their own design and these designs were displayed in the hallway for the remainder of the year. Mrs. Glenn’s Advanced Placement art students chose the design they liked the best. They actually chose two that were combined for the final design. Along with their design, my students submitted an explanation of the geometry required in developing the design and how this design represented Walhalla High School. Once the design was chosen, the material selected was chosen by Mrs. Glenn and Mrs. Templin. Then, Mrs. Templin’s classes sewed the cloth quilt while Mrs. Glenn’s classes painted the design”.

The design is a series of overlapping beveled kite shapes formed into a star with the school seal in the center. The design includes the school colors and earth tones representing the surrounding mountains of the Upstate.

For more information and pictures, click on (

Gallery West in Columbia, SC, Hosts Calendar Signing and Sale with Evelyn Wong – Dec. 20, 2015

December 18, 2015

Gallery West, located at 134 State Street in West Columbia, SC, invites all for a calendar signing by Evelyn Wong on her drawings for each month from the Limited Edition 2016 Calendar series “Finding Romanticism Among the Grunge”, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, from 1-3pm.


A portion of the proceeds from the day of the signing will be shared with the One SC Fund, (formerly the SC Flood Relief Fund).

Gift yourself or someone special, and gift those in our community who continue to need our assistance.

Evelyn Wong is an artist from Columbia, SC, who has earned an impressive reputation throughout the Southeast. Her work has been chosen for exhibition at Artfields© in Lake City, SC, for the last three years, as well as inclusion in numerous juried exhibitions at which she also earned awards and recognition.

Wong’s work for the calendar is from a series of botanical drawings that explore the idea of finding beauty from within despite chaos and ugliness. “When we slow down to appreciate even the smallest flower or look at the shape of a leaf, we can appreciate its inherent beauty and even its imperfections. Isn’t that what we all want from life?”

For further information call the gallery at 803/207-9265 or visit (

2016 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline Jan. 31, 2016

December 18, 2015


Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto has firmly established itself as an essential ingredient of Spoleto Festival USA’s special and unique magic. Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA, presents a series of mostly admission-free events in the downtown area of Charleston each day of Spoleto’s 17-day festival season. Produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 local and regional artists and more than 500 arts events–literary, visual and performing arts–against the international backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA.

All 2D artists who are residents of the state of South Carolina are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition. All 2D media is eligible and must be the original work of the artist and not the work of others. As this is an outdoor art exhibition, all artists are required to have a professional display tent and display walls and are required to be onsite daily to represent their work for the full 16 days of the exhibit.

View the prospectus at (

Submissions Deadline: January 31, 2016

Please send all applications to:
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition
c/o Lesley Johnson
4940 Lambs Road
North Charleston, SC 29418

Artist Willie Ray Parish to Judge the 30th Anniversary Rosen Sculpture Competition in Boone, NC – Deadline is Feb. 18, 2016

December 18, 2015


The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC, is proud to announce that the Mississippi-born artist and educator Willie Ray Parish has agreed to serve as juror for the 30th Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Sculptors may begin submissions on Jan. 4, 2016.

Deadline for submissions, which will be accepted online only, at (, is Feb. 18, 2016.

In celebration of the contest’s thirtieth anniversary, this year there will be no entry fee.

As is traditional, Parish will choose ten finalists for mid-April installation on the campus of Appalachian State University, each of whom will receive $1,200 honorarium. Winners will be named during the July 23rd Rosen Sculpture Walk, led by Parish, as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival. All three winners will be designated Martin & Doris Rosen 30th Anniversary Award Winners, and will receive cash prizes: $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place and $1,000 for Third Place. Awards and Honoraria total $18,000. The Rosen Sculpture Competition offers a sales program, brochure, promotion as a featured exhibition, and permanent archives on the competition’s website located at (

A Mississippi native, Willie Ray Parish attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship, graduating in 1970 with a BFA in sculpture. He earned an MFA at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1978, returning to Mississippi to direct the Education Department and the New South Film Center at the Mississippi Museum of Art. In 1981, he joined the art faculty at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He moved to the University of Texas at El Paso in 1984 where he ran the sculpture program and twice served as the Art Department Chair. In May 2013, he retired from teaching after a 32-year university career and received the status of Professor Emeritus.

Parish’s works are featured in numerous public and private collections including the El Paso Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, Washington, DC’s Newseum, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, and Earthship Biotecture in Taos. He is founder and Director of the Border Art Residency and, with his wife, artist Becky Hendrick, hosted the program on their property in La Union, New Mexico from 2000 to 2015. The couple divides their time between Tucson, Arizona, and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. and Saturday, and Noon-8 p.m., Friday. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday, and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted.

For additional details about the Turchin Center, becoming a donor, the upcoming exhibitions, to be added to the mailing list or to schedule a tour, please call 828/262-3017 or visit ( You can also follow the Turchin Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.