Archive for February, 2017

Inside/Out Brings Art to Area Neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC

February 28, 2017

Imagine encountering Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn” outside a YMCA or emerging artist Jordan Casteel’s “Kevin The Kite Man” in the middle of a park. Charlotteans will be able to participate in this experience beginning in April when the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, in Charlotte, NC, launch Inside/Out Charlotte. The Inside/Out Charlotte initiative is a part of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s national effort to share collections and bring art into communities.

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This public exhibition and outreach program will reach into the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg area to strengthen knowledge, understanding and appreciation for visual art. The program places framed, high-quality reproductions of artworks on display at the Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center for community members to encounter and enjoy programming specifically designed for each installation. Inside/Out Charlotte will launch in the spring highlighting artworks that reflect the diversity of the museums’ collections and broad interests in the communities.

The program started eight years ago at the Detroit Institute of Arts and now includes partners around the nation; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, and Perez Art Museum Miami. The Knight Foundation has funded the expansion to additional cities including Charlotte.

“There’s something very powerful about seeing works of art in person. You become completely immersed. Inside/Out brings that experience to people, directly in their communities, and an amazing thing happens: entire neighborhoods, entire communities, start to talk about art,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

Residents, families and friends in the participating communities will be able to walk through the park or hop on a bike and encounter art in unexpected places and enjoy each exciting outdoor exhibition. The Bechtler and the Gantt Center, in conjunction with the partner communities, will plan educational opportunities and other fun activities, such as bicycle and walking tours, community discussions, musical performances and more.

Inside/Out Charlotte is now in the process of asking city and community representatives, development authorities and arts organizations interested in being part of the museums’ new program. Communities can choose one of two exhibition periods: spring, from April to July, or fall, from September to December. Selected communities will have the opportunity to host five to eight reproductions within walking or bike-riding distance from each other. In all, up to 60 reproduced artworks will be on display around Charlotte in the spring and an additional 80 works in the fall.

Communities and businesses that take part will be promoted through the Inside/Out Charlotte website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. The museum installs the reproductions and can assist community leaders in developing educational programs that engage people and inspire them to visit the Bechtler and the Gantt Center. To learn more, visit the Inside/Out Charlotte website at (InsideOutCLT.org).

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture presents, preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent. The Center is located at Levine Center for the Arts 551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Operating hours are Sun., from 1-5pm; Monday: Closed, Tue.-Sat., from 10am-5pm.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures of modernism. The museum is located at Levine Center for the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202. Operating hours are Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri, and Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm; and closed Tue.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.”

For further information contact Sharon Holm, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Director of Marketing and Communications, by e-mail at (sharon.holm@bechtler.org) or call 704/353-9204.

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WNC Artist Virginia Pendergrass Has Work Selected For American Impressionist Society’s Exhibit in Costa Mesa, CA

February 28, 2017

A plein air oil of the Black Balsam trailhead, titled “Summer Clouds- Black Balsam,” by Trackside Studios painter Virginia Pendergrass was selected for American Impressionist Society (AIS) “Impressions: Small Works Showcase.” This juried exhibit of 200 small works by top-flight impressionist artists will be at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA,  March 11-25, 2017.

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“Summer Clouds- Black Balsam” by Virginia Pendergrass

The Black Balsam trailhead parking area just off the Blue Ridge is a favorite spot of Western North Carolina landscape painters. A Western North Carolina summer presents some painting challenges, however. One NC artist noted that summers here are green, green green- no surprise in our huge Pisgah National Forest. He joked that he knew NC artists who moved to California in order to escape mixing greens.

Pendergrass solved the problem of greens with her tricolor palette (red, blue and yellow + white). “Yellow and blue make a green mother pool. Adding more blue to some of the original mix results in a cool green. Adding more yellow produces a warm green. Adding a little red to these mixes warms and dulls them. Adding white lightens and cools all the mixes.”

Pendergrass is a signature member of AIS. Her paintings can be seen locally at Trackside Studios in the Asheville River Arts District, Silver Fox Gallery in Hendersonville, and Art Works in Brevard, NC. More of her art is available online at (www.virginiapendergrass.com).

To see online images of the entire “Impressions: Small Works Showcase,” go to the American Impressionist Society’s website at (https://aisi.wildapricot.org).

Arts Council of York County Now Accepting Proposals for Dalton Gallery 2018 in Rock Hill, SC – Deadline is May 1, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Arts Council of York County is now accepting applications for 2018 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery is a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. It is an 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

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Work by Chung Chak

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of the Arts Council’s 2018 gallery exhibitions, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager for the Arts Council:

• $20 application fee (non-refundable)
• 10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted    discs please)
• Inventory lists, with titles, sizes, and mediums
• Artist Resume
• Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement

All entries must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday, May 1, 2017. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council’s submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

*Payments in the form of cash, credit card or check will be accepted. All checks must be payable to the Arts Council of York County.

Mail to:
ACYC Attn: Mike Gentry
PO Box 2797
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Deliver to:
Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC’s first state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

The University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design Offer 62nd Annual Art Auction, on Mar. 29, 2017, at McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC

February 28, 2017

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The 62nd Annual Art Auction will be held on Mar. 28, 2017, from 6-9pm at the McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC. The event will include original artworks of a variety of mediums including: sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, painting and ceramics made by faculty, current students, and alumni of the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design and artists within the community including:

Alfred Birdsey
Jeremy Butler
Jamie Berry
Carl Craighead
Olivia Daouphars
Naomi Falk
Sharon Funderburk
Bonnie Goldberg
Lauren Greenwald
Julie Hamer
Edmari Hernandez-Silen
Mana Hewitt
Howard Hunt
Joshua Jackson
Wesley Nicole Jefferies
Bri Kinard
Marcella Kuykendall
Bobbi Leavens
Alicia Leeke
Shannon Rae Lindsey
Sean McGuinness
Erin Mitchell
Jane Nodine
Carol Pittman
Cameron Porter
Kathleen Robbins
Mary Robinson
Ellie Rose
Sara Schneckloth
Virginia Scotchie
Blue Sky
Greyson Smith
Alexandra Stasko
John Henry Tecklenburg
Olaf Tollefsen
Moses Tsai
Cody Unkart
Noah Valentim
Evelyn Wong

These artworks will go to the highest bidders Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 6-9pm in the McMaster Gallery at the 62nd Annual USC Art Auction. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

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Work by Alicia Leeke

The artwork will be on display for public viewing starting at 1pm on March 29. Anyone who cannot attend the Art Auction event can fill out an Absentee Form to participate. There will be a Preview Party at 6pm followed by the Live Auction at 6:30pm. The Silent Auction will be open at 6pm and close about 30 minutes after the Live Auction ends.

The auction is sponsored by the School of Visual Art and Design in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Proceeds from the auctioned works are divided between the artists and the university’s art scholarship and gallery fund. Credit cards (excluding Discover) and checks will be accepted.

This popular event will be held at McMaster Gallery located in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, with accessible street parking on Pickens, Senate, and Henderson.

Please see website for additional details and image gallery at (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art/62nd-annual-art-auction).

For more information, contact Shannon Lindsey, Gallery Director and organizer of this year’s event, at 803/777-5752, 803/777-4236, or e-mail to (slindsey@email.sc.edu).

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Offers Reception and Lecture with Yvette Cummings – March 17, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce an afternoon reception and lecture with contemporary South Carolina artist, Yvette Cummings.

The lecture, titled “Remember Everything” will address her current body of work, including the ongoing “Voyeur Series”, which deals with psychological, social, and gender issues, and their personal and cultural contexts in her art.

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Yvette L. Cummings, pictured with her 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition 1st place painting, “When the Magpie Came”.

In addition to winning the First Place award in the museum’s 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, Cummings has recently received the 701 CCA Prize, 2016, for artists 40 years and younger.

The lecture will be held in the FCM Waters Gallery reception hall, 125 South Dargan St, from noon to 1pm, Friday, March 17, 2017. The event is free to the public.

For more information about its free public programs, contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit (www.flocomuseum.org).

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Announces Date for Spartanburg Soaring! 2017 – Apr. 22, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has set the date for its fourth annual Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival for Saturday, April 22, 2017, 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, from small kites to whale-size kites made from the latest technology and advanced materials. It is a colorful and creative experience.

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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 and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “It is part of our mission to increase community vibrancy and civic engagement. 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-ARTS or visit our Facebook Event Page at (https://www.facebook.com/ChapmanCulturalCenter).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Calls for Entries for Its “Biennale National Juried Exhibition” – Deadline is Mar. 17, 2017

February 28, 2017

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Art League of Hilton Head, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, invites you to enter the 25th edition of our “BIENNALE, National Juried Exhibition”, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $7000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

All works of art selected by jurors will be on display from May 2-31, 2017, at Art League Gallery located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. This art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

“BIENNALE” judge Susan Mayfield is an award winning artist known for her use of color and light in pastel and oils.

For more info about the “BIENNALE” please visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4048).

Entry deadline is March 17, 2017.

All entrants will be notified by Mar. 31, 2017.

South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is Accepting Farm Tour Sites for 2017 Tour – Deadline Mar. 15, 2017

February 27, 2017

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is currently seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour to take place in June 2017. This free, self-guided tour is a great way for farms to showcase their operation and expand their exposure to locals and visitors alike.

Tour stops include family farms that produce food (produce or proteins), fiber or timber, or add value to traditional agricultural products (on-farm breweries, cideries, cheesemakers, etc.), or are other farm-based activities, such as farmer’s markets & roadside stands.

A special feature of this tour is an art component, as local artisans will be assigned to participating farm sites during the tour weekends. These artisans will be showcasing (and selling) their work, creating a unique blended visitor experience of both agriculture and art!

The 2017 tour will include 11 South Carolina counties with different counties participating each weekend in June (see schedule below). The tour will run Saturdays from 9am- 5pm and Sundays from 1- 5pm each weekend.  Farms are encouraged to participate both days of their assigned weekend.

Weekend Participating Counties:

June 3 – 4, 2017 – Chesterfield County, Darlington County, Florence County, and Horry County

June 10 – 11, 2017 – Chester County and York County

June 17 – 18, 2017 – Kershaw County and Lancaster County

June 24 – 25, 2017 – Fairfield County, Newberry County, and Union County

Interested farms can visit our farm recruitment website at (www.agandarttour.com/farms) to learn more and apply.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017.

Contact for Ag +Art Tour of Lancaster County is Cherry Doster at 803/289-1492 or by e-mail at (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Clay Talks with Ray Owen – Mar. 5, 2017

February 27, 2017

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Please join us for a special slide presentation by Ray Owen at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, on Sunday, Mar. 5, starting at 2pm. The open house at the center that day will start at 1pm.

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Owen’s presentation, “The Busbees and the Jugtown Legacy,” is being held in conjunction with “The Busbee Legacy: Jugtown & Beyond, 1917-2017,” an exhibition that is currently up through April 22, 2017. His presentation in being done in conjunction with the NC Potters Conference.

Owen will be describing the context for establishing the Jugtown pottery, the relationship between regional potters and the Sandhills resorts, and how Jugtown continues to thrive.

Owen is a writer and conservationist who has been a contributor to “O. Henry” and “PineStraw” magazines. Recent projects include writing the words for composer David Ludwig’s “Songs from the Bleeding Pines,” commissioned in 2016 by the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Other recent work includes writing the forward for “Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017: A Century of Art & Craft in Clay,” featured guest for UNC-TV’s Collecting Carolina series, and narration for the film “More Than Pine Trees and Sand: Disappearing Frogs Project.” Film work includes writing and directing “Siren of the Round Timber Tract,” premiering in April 2017. Public service has included the Stewardship Council of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and Vice President of Friends of Weymouth.

While most of our Clay Talks! are potlucks, this particular event is not. Light refreshments will be available courtesy of the Pottery Center starting at 1:30pm.

Location: North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Avenue, Seagrove, 27341. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For further information call the Center at 336/873-8430 or visit (www.ncpotterycenter.org).

Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC, Calls for Entries for Its “42nd Annual Juried Show” – Deadline Apr. 1, 2017

February 27, 2017

The Anderson Arts Center’s “42nd Annual Juried Show” and Partnership for Public Arts: SculpTOUR will accept entries on Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017, through Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017, from 10am–4pm in Anderson, SC. Over $18,000 in prizes for Best In Show, Second, Third with specials awards in photography, watercolor, fine craft, and purchase awards are available. Awards for outdoor sculpture total $6,000. The announcement of winners will be held at the Awards Ceremony on Friday, Apr. 28. The show will run until May 26, 2017.

Entries for the annual juried show should be delivered to 110 Federal Street in Anderson, SC. Sculpture entries may be entered as photographs with full description by e-mail at (sydneyb@andersonarts.org). A prospectus may be obtained by calling 864/222-2787 or online at (www.andersonarts.org).