Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show in Charleston, SC, Announces 2016 Award Winners

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Fine Craft Shows Charleston, Inc., in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce the results of awards judging at the “37th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Fine Crafts Shows”. The two weekend shows were held May 27-29 and June 3-5, 2016, as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Approximately 100 fine crafts artists from around the US participated in the two weekend shows, which were held at Wragg Square in downtown Charleston.

The judge for the May 27-29 show was Regina Semko, a fiber artist currently working in Origami. She was a founding member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative and Coordinator and then Fund-raiser for the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows from 1993-2012. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who attended along with his wife Sandy Techlenburg, presented awards to artists.

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May 27-29 Best in Show winner Jack Pine (center) with Charleston, Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mrs. Tecklenburg

Award winners were:

Best in Show went to Jack Pine of Columbus, OH, for a work in glass
1st Place was given to Lori Kammerad of Lowell, MI, for a work in metal
2nd Place went to Doug Richard of Satsuma, FL, for a work in wood
3rd Place was awarded to Lucy Clark of Cedar Mountain, NC, for a work in clay

Honorable Mentions:
Michael Kane of Asheville, NC, for a work in fiber
Nancy Michael-Susanneck of Missouri City, TX, for a mixed media work

Emerging Artist Grant:
Ivo Kerssemakers of Murrells Inlet, SC, for a work of photography

Purchase Awards:
Sabra Richards of Worton, MD, for a mixed media work
Ed Bryan of Columbia, SC, for a work in clay
Nathaniel Lesch-Huie of Jonas Ridge, NC, for a work in wood
Charles and Cindy Cecil of High Point, NC, for jewelry
David Ross of Bakersville, NC, for a work in clay

The judge for the June 3-5 show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Haga is a member of the Advisory Board for Fine Craft Shows Charleston in addition to serving as a slide juror and show juror in previous years. Scott Watson, Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, presented awards to the artists.

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June 1-3 Best in Show winner Obayana Ajanaku with Scott Watson , Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

Prizes were awarded to:

Best in Show was given to Obayana Ajanaku of Decatur, GA, for a work of jewelry
1st Place went to Tom Homman of Comer, GA, for a work in clay
2nd Place was awarded to Tammy Rudd of Holly Hill, SC, for a work of jewelry
3rd Place went to Joseph Falzone of Asheville, NC, for a work in glass

Honorable Mention:
Lucy Clark of Cedar Mt, NC, for a work in clay
Susan Marling of Acworth, GA, for a work in fiber

Emerging Artist Grant:
Jessica Ballard and Jacob Kent of N. Charleston, SC, for a work in wood

Slide Juror’s Choice Award:
Marlow Gates of Leicester, NC, for brooms

Exhibitor’s Choice Award:
Charles Pinckney of Athens, GA, for a work of jewelry

Purchase Awards:
John Donahue (2 Awards) of Charleston, SC, for a mixed media work
Anne John of Charleston, SC, for a work in clay
Julie Merrill of Asheville, NC, for a work of jewelry

Fine Craft Shows Charleston congratulates the winners. We’d also like to extend our thanks to the public, artists, volunteers, staff and professional partners that make these events successful. Please see our website at (finecraftshowscharleston.com) for more information about the shows, participating artists and photos of prize winners.

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