Archive for December, 2016

Lynn Robertson Appointed as Interim Director of Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC

December 30, 2016


Lynn Robertson, former executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, has been appointed as the interim executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art as a search is conducted for a permanent, full-time replacement.

Robertson will join the CMA in mid-January and will support museum operations, events, and planning through July 31, when a permanent executive director is expected to be named.

Robertson has an extensive background in museum management and has been engaged extensively with the Museum Management Program at USC. She served in various capacities at the McKissick Museum from 1988 – 2011 and continues to operate a consulting service for cultural institutions.

“We couldn’t be happier to be able to bring in Lynn during this important interim period to keep the momentum going at the Columbia Museum of Art as we search for Karen Brosius’ replacement,” says Scott McClelland, chairman of the board for the CMA.  “Lynn has vast experience in museum management, as well as great relationships throughout the community. She’ll be a natural fit and is eager to help us through this transition period.”

“I’m honored to be part of such an important institution in our state. The Columbia Museum of Art has consistently played an important role in our community’s intellectual and economic well being – not to mention its leadership in demonstrating the essential role of the arts in education.” says Robertson.

Executive Director Karen Brosius informed board members and staff in November of her acceptance of the president position with Careers through Culinary Arts Program based in New York starting early February 2017.

“Lynn and I have been friends for a long time, and she was my top recommendation to the board to take on this role. I feel really good leaving the talented staff of the CMA in Lynn’s hands,” says Brosius. “She has as much love for this community as I do and has been so gracious in talking with us and agreeing to help the board throughout our recruitment and hiring process.”

On Jan. 2, 2017, the board of the CMA will issue an RFP for a recruitment firm with arts expertise and anticipates making a selection by mid-February.

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC, the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

To learn more, visit (

Arts Council of Carteret County in Morehead City, NC, Calls for Entries for “Art From The Heart 2017”

December 30, 2016


The Arts Council of Carteret County in Morehead City, NC, announces the 28th annual show and sale of original artwork, “Art From the Heart”. The exhibit will open on Friday, Feb. 17 and will close on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017.

This non-juried show is open to artists 18 years of age or older who reside in Carteret, Craven, Onslow and Pamlico Counties. Artists from those counties may participate whether or not they are members of the ACCC. All ACCC member artists may participate regardless of their county or state of residence.

Artist registration will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10th and 11th from 10am – 4pm, and Sunday, Feb. 12th from 9am – 1pm.

The show will be held in Morehead Plaza in the 2900 block of Arendell Street in Morehead City, in the commercial unit between Snap Fitness Center and The Tractor Supply Store on the west end of Morehead Plaza.

Judging “Art From the Heart 2017” will be professional artist, art teacher and gallery owner Nicole White Kennedy from Raleigh, NC. To view Kennedy’s full resume and selections of her work please go to her website at ( and (

Kennedy will conduct a critique and commentary session on Monday, Feb. 13 at 6:30pm. Artists may sign up for that session during registration. The cost will be $10 per participant.

“Art From The Heart 2017” participants will be allowed to enter two pieces of original artwork for a fee of $10 per piece. All work must be for sale.

Complete rules for entry and downloadable entry forms will be available at the Council’s website ( after Jan. 1, 2017.

Appalachian Pastel Society Holds Monthly Meeting on Jan. 14, 2017, in Mills River, NC

December 30, 2016


The Appalachian Pastel Society will hold its monthly meeting on Jan. 14, 2017, from 10am-noon, at Grace Community Church in Mills River, NC.

The meeting will be a “Paint Around” with members and guests participating. We will have five easels set up in the room, each with a sketch on pastel paper. Each easel will
have a “Host Artist” who is providing a set of basic pastels for us to use. We will each take  turns painting on one easel for a few minutes then moving along to the next easel, etc. so we will collectively create five different paintings over the two hours. Should be both fun and educational.

Grace Community Church is located at 495 Cardinal Road
in Mills River, NC, 28759.

For further information contact Cathyann Burgess by calling 828/595-9518, e-mail to ( or visit (

The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC, Offers Fundraiser on Feb. 4, 2017

December 30, 2016


The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC, will be presenting all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 7-10pm, with Hearts for the Arts Goes to Vegas!. Guests will enjoy extravagantly decorated tables by local artists, an elegant buffet dinner, and fabulous Vegas entertainment from local “rat-pack” styled performers and ELVIS will be in the building!

Attire: Cocktail Glitz
Admission: Members, $95 couple/$50 single | Non-Members, $110 couple/$60 single advanced ticket sales only, guaranteed seating, cash bar available.

For further info call 864/388-7800 or visit (

Steve Hazard and Philip Simmons Foundation Launch a New Crystal and Glass Gift Collection for 2017

December 24, 2016

North Charleston, SC, glass and metal artist Steve Hazard has partnered with the Philip Simmons Foundation to produce a new gift collection of ornaments, paperweights, coasters, bowls and vases in etched crystal and glass. These items feature designs from the extensive portfolio of drawings and sketches by Philip Simmons, the legendary master blacksmith of Charleston, SC. Motifs chosen for the new gift collection can be seen in some of the gates in Charleston as well as museums in Columbia, SC; Atlanta, GA; and in Washington, DC. These ironworks were designed and/or fabricated by Simmons during his long and prolific career of 80 years.

When Steve Hazard relocated from San Diego, CA, to Charleston in 2003, Philip Simmons was the first local artisan he wanted to meet. He had hopes of collaborating with Simmons on a project incorporating metal and glass. Their first encounter was a conversation in Simmons living room that lasted several hours. Hazard shared photos of his past projects in metal, glass and clay. Simmons reciprocated by showing him and his wife  sketches, detailed plans and pictures of a few of the many commissions he had completed during his career as the legendary blacksmith of Charleston. Unfortunately, Hazard’s hopes to collaborate were not realized during Simmons’ lifetime (1912-2009).  By this time, Simmons had retired from workshop activities because of health issues.

Last summer, Rossie Colter of the Philip Simmons Foundation approached Hazard about fabricating a collection of gifts in glass etched with designs from the portfolio of drawings for projects Simmons fashioned in iron. Hazard accepted the invitation  even though he was already busy creating a collection of works in fused glass for the gift shop of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open in Washington, DC, on Sept. 24, 2016. He welcomed the opportunity to use his skills as a designer and fabricator to honor the legacy of Philip Simmons by translating a set of iconic motifs from his ironworks to glass. Through personal and business gifts, the Philip Simmons Crystal & Glass Collection expands the artisan’s audience to the people who did not have the opportunity to meet the person who contributed so much to the beauty of Charleston through his artistry and humanity.

Left: Flame & Heart Round Crystal Bowl (8” Dia.) Right: Egret Rectangle Vase (9” H)

When samples of selected crystal pieces from the collection were first displayed during the 2016 holiday season, visitors to the Philip Simmons Museum House were eager to make a purchase or to place an order. Pieces from this new collection are now available for purchase on the Foundation’s website ( and in the gift shop at the Philip Simmons Museum House located at 30 ½ Blake Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Hours: Tue.-Sat., from11am-4pm.

For info call 843/723-1259 or e-mail to (

Fabulon – A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Call for Entries for Several Exhibitions

December 23, 2016


Different ways we love, who, why, what’s missing, what we want, pet love, sacrifice…

*All mediums accepted. All work must be original and not previously exhibited.  All work must be for sale. 40% commission taken on sales.

Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $35 non-refundable fee.  Accepted artists will be part of a group show. They will display up to 5 pieces. The work will be on display and for sale during the month of February. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.

DATES:  Deadline for submission is 1/20.17. Artists will be notified by 1/21/17. Work should be delivered on or before 1/27/17 and picked up by 3/5/17. There will be a reception with refreshments on  Saturday, February 11th from 5-8pm. The art will be showcased from 2/4 to 2/28/17.

Submit Online at (




*All mediums accepted. All work must be original and not previously exhibited.  All work must be for sale. 40% commission taken on sales.

Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $35 non-refundable fee.  Accepted artists will be part of a group show. They will display up to 5 pieces. The work will be on display and for sale during the month of March. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.

DATES:  Deadline for submission is February 10th. Artists will be notified by 2/13/17. Work should be delivered on or before 2/20/17 and picked up by 4/8/17. There will be a reception with refreshments on  March 10th, from 5-8pm. The art will be showcased from 3/1 to 3/30/17.

Submission at (

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407.

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit (

Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, Rebrands Its Image

December 23, 2016


After undergoing an extensive eight-month rebranding process, Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC, has released a new logo and supporting messaging. The 86-year-old nonprofit organization boasts over 850 members from 293 counties that span the mountains from Maryland to Alabama. In April 2016, the organization employed consultants Lisa and Dean Peteet of local firm Atlas Branding as co-collaborators in a much desired evolution.

The main focus of this initiative was to re-align the organization with its values by putting infrastructures in place to continue its sustainability in the marketplace, growing membership and attracting new members of all generations.

“We wanted to make sure we’re here for another eight decades and we’re putting policies in place to do so,” says Hannah Barry, Director of Public Relations and Technology.

The Guild’s new look will roll out over several months through the organization’s website, signage, advertising, and brochures. Starting in 2017, there will be a push towards membership recruitment to invite makers and educational centers to utilize the creative benefits and opportunities of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Membership in the Guild is open to makers in eleven different craft media; clay, glass, wood, fiber, metal, leather, natural materials, paper, jewelry, manmade materials, and mixed media. An updated mission statement clearly defines the Guild’s relevance to the creative community today: Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation.

“This process has been very constructive for the Guild as we continue to seek growth and success for our members and organization,” says Executive Director Tom Bailey. Being an Asheville native, Bailey has seen first-hand the impact of craft and art on the community and its rise within Appalachia. “We certainly have enjoyed the arrival of new artists and businesses here, and it’s pushed us to have integral conversations for building our future.”

Though the organization will keep its name, the four retail shops will change their names to align with the Guild brand; Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village, Southern Highland Craft Guild at the Folk Art Center, Southern Highland Craft Guild on Tunnel Road, and Southern Highland Craft Guild at Moses Cone Manor.

“One of the essential goals from this initiative is to build a unified and clear identity for all locations and activities of Southern Highland Craft Guild,” says Barry. “With such a mature organization, it’s not surprising that time has produced brand creep.”

The key feature of the rebranding is a new logo, which incorporates historical imagery to highlight the unique story of the Guild’s inception. A cabin among the pines in is where founder Frances Goodrich established Allanstand Cottage Industries in 1899. A Presbyterian missionary, Goodrich had come south to work with mountain folk and discovered women weaving coverlets. Inspired by their skill, she encouraged crafts production as an economic opportunity for the women. Prior to its official formation, Southern Highland Craft Guild opened its first shop in 1902 in Madison County. As tourism increased, Goodrich relocated the retail space to downtown Asheville on Haywood Road in 1908. It remained the main presence of craft retail in Asheville for nearly seven decades. In 1980, the Southern Highland Craft Guild moved the store and its headquarters to the newly built Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

During its history, the organization has operated a total of sixteen retail spaces throughout the Southern Highlands. Today, it has three shops in Asheville, as well as another in Blowing Rock at the Moses Cone Manor. The Guild also hosts two Craft Fairs of the Southern Highlands at the U.S. Cellular Center in July and October.

Southern Highland Craft Guild has always operated as a support network for makers to utilize in furthering their businesses, while also promoting their work and creativity to buyers throughout the region.

There have been seven iterations of a logo since the Guild’s formation in the early 1900s. All but one incorporated a cabin structure, symbolizing the original Allanstand Cottage Industries in the mountains of Madison County. The last time the Southern Highland Craft Guild updated a logo was in 1997.

“As Asheville’s craft industry has exploded in the past decade, we at the Guild found ourselves having conversations about the shifting landscape for our business,” says current Southern Highland Craft Guild Board President Lynn Jenkins. “We felt that it was time for a deeper look into the community. Our operations have been Asheville-centric for many years, and we have felt the pressures of market saturation.”

With its large territory and lengthy operation, the Guild has embraced many challenges and changes. From the impact of technology to the economic crises, the Southern Highland Craft Guild has survived and thrived at the helm of the fine craft scene in the United States.

Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation.

For further information contact Hannah Barry by calling 828/298-7928 x 309 or e-mail to (

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Seeks Entries for Statewide Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 15, 2017

December 23, 2016


Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 16th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 3-7, 2017. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries.

Work by John Turner

The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at ( Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media.  Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions.  Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2017/2018 Traveling Exhibitions Program.  Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC. As associate dean he is responsible for the School’s administrative activities as well as projects related to educational and cultural programming and donor stewardship. Haga has served as a slide juror for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition for several years and is President of the Advisory Board of Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC. Haga has judged numerous exhibitions in the Southeastern United States and has been a grant panelist for organizations such as the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The 16th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 3-7, 2017, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (, or visit (

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Offers Art of the Bloom – Jan. 5-8, 2017

December 23, 2016


Art of the Bloom weekend will pair the area’s finest floral designers in a design challenge to create artistic floral arrangements inspired by art at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC.

The Museum is opening its Vault and traveling thirty works from the permanent collection to Blockade Runner Beach Resort on Wrightsville Beach Island.

21 Designers will interpret the art through floral design in an installation of CAM’s art and floral arrangements. Visitors will enjoy experiencing designers’ interpretations of art.

The Design Divas from Florida will be on hand and select the First, Second & Third place winners, as well as Best of Show. You be the judge… by voting for your favorite – all for a good cause – Cameron Art Museum and New Hanover Garden Club – Hands On Community projects.

A Preview Party will take place Thursday Jan. 5, 2017, from 7-9pm. $35 – CAM & NHGC Members (includes 3 day admission) $45 – Non – Members (includes 3 day admission).

See it First! A ticketed fundraiser to Meet and mingle with the talented designers & artists. Award winning desserts by EAST. Music by Grenoldo Frazier, Julie Rehder and Carol Green.

The three day event kicks off with a dessert and champagne preview party to open Art Of The Bloom.
Art Of The Bloom – Exhibition will open to the public:
Friday Jan. 6, 2017 – 9am – 9pm
Saturday Jan. 7, 2017 – 9am – 5pm
Sunday Jan. 8, 2017 – 9am – 4pm

$10 – CAM & NHGC Members (3-day admission)
$15 – Non – Members (3-day admission)

Tickets for all events will be available at the Cameron Art Museum at ( and Blockade Runner Beach Resort at 910/256-2251. East has special menus throughout the weekend.

Throughout this inspiring weekend noted speakers and hands on demonstrations in floral design, the arts and party planning. (some events may have an additional ticket.) Be a part of a new Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach tradition. Come be inspired and beat the winter blues at the beach!

The Event Host – known for their gracious and chic hospitality: Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wilmington Art Association, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Art In Bloom Gallery, Baker Roofing, Fogelman Homes, Othera Family Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, Tinga Nursery, and Trader Joe’s.

Benefits: Cameron Art Museum – your art museum and more. CAM is dedicated to inspiring critical thinking, fueling creativity and fostering open and accessible conversation for everyone. CAM is a catalyst for transformation whose various elements create a synergy that define CAM, Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach Island as a dynamic cultural destination.

New Hanover Garden Club’s Hands On Community Projects. Founded in 2014 and federated by the National Garden Clubs.

The proceeds from this event will support the community work of both NHGC and Cameron Art Museum.

Together Let’s Dig Deep!

More info contact Jayme Bednarczyk @CAM by calling 910/395-5999, e-mail to ( or visit (

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Installs Two Sculptures by Mark di Suvero in Museum Park

December 23, 2016


The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, has installed two large-scale steel sculptures by New York–based artist Mark di Suvero in its Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. The sculptures, 26-foot-tall Ulalu and 32-foot-tall No Fuss, are on long-term loan to the Museum.

“We’re thrilled to install not one but two of Mark di Suvero’s striking, vibrant, and imaginative sculptures at the NCMA,” says Linda Dougherty, the Museum’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “These sculptures—appearing to defy gravity with a tremendous sense of dynamism, energy, and movement—will be a perfect addition to the Park, engaging with both the landscape and our visitors.”

Mark di Suvero, “Ulalu”, 2001, stainless steel, painted steel, 26′ 7″ h x 30′ w x 15′ d, © 2016 Mark di Suvero. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Mark di Suvero, “No Fuss”, 2003-2008, steel, 32 x 50 x 30 ft, © 2016 Mark di Suvero. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Internationally renowned for the monumental steel sculptures he has created for over five decades, Di Suvero employs the industrial tools of cutting and welding torches and cranes to create massive, architectural works out of steel I-beams. The improbable angles and sharp lines of his constructions, like giant 3-D drawings, activate the landscapes they are placed in with enormous, forceful, sweeping gestures.  Playing with balance and suspension, some works, like No Fuss, have movable parts that swing and rotate.

“The enormous, bold sculptures will energize the Museum Park in a whole new way—drawing visitors into the new gardens and rolling meadow, welcoming passersby from the street front, and adding a new element of color and geometric line that will contrast beautifully with the natural landscape,” says Dan Gottlieb, the NCMA’s director of planning, design, and the Museum Park. “Placing Ulala at Blue Ridge Road and No Fuss in the meadow will help unify the campus and visually signify to visitors that they are at the NCMA.”

The dynamic geometry, powerful size, and expansive scale of his work are the result of his creative process. “I don’t build small models or draw detailed plans first,” says Mark di Suvero. “I start with a vision, a dream of what I want to do, and see where it goes.”

Di Suvero lives and works in New York, NY.

The two installations are made possible by the NCMA’s Art in the Environment Fund, which was established to support temporary, permanent, and loaned installations of public art in the NCMA Park and community. It is dedicated to the investment in significant and engaging public art and to providing accessible and meaningful experiences with art and nature for the people of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 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.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.