Archive for April, 2017

City of Greenville, SC, Expands Arts District

April 27, 2017

The Gallery at West Greenville is an extension of the emerging Village of West Greenville arts district in the City of Greenville, SC.

The Gallery was conceived based on best practices in affordable artist housing as documented by Artspace, a lead developer of over 35 completed projects that provide affordable living and workspace for low income artists throughout the country.

Live in Community with Visual Artists

The Gallery at West Greenville is not just housing made available to artists; it is housing designed to support the distinct needs of visual artists.

The 12 residential units are live/work units that have enough additional space (approximately 150 square feet) to use as a working studio, thereby freeing the resident artists from the burden of renting separate space.

Each unit has one bedroom, a full service kitchen, living and dining area, one full bath and accessible half-bath in the studio space. Each unit offers a flexible open floor plan and modern appliances including an in-unit washer and dryer.

The Gallery will also include a community building that will provide each artist with exhibition space to support 1 month per calendar year for a solo exhibit.

For the 12 live/work studios, eligible artist applicants must demonstrate a commitment to being a visual artist and living in a cooperative and creative environment that exists to engage in the greater Greenville community.

A working artist shall be defined as:

A person who works in, or is skilled in any of the visual arts, including but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. *Please note: Kilns will not be permitted on site for artists working in ceramics.
In all visual art disciplines, a professional dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and/or teach their art form through events, activities, and classes.
Derives the majority of their income from the production of original art and intends to pursue full-time engagement in the arts.
Intends to engage and integrate with the Village of West Greenville arts community.

Artist applicants will be screened and scored by the Artist Selection Committee to determine applicant’s’ commitment to pursuing a career in visual arts and quality of applicant’s artistic portfolio. The twelve top-scoring artists will be offered living/work space by The Greenville Housing Authority. A waiting list of interested artists will also be determined by the Artist Selection Committee.

To learn more, contact: Liz Rundorff Smith, GCCA Art School Director by e-mail at (liz@artcentergreenville.org).

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Offer Open NC Art Review – July 29, 2017

April 27, 2017

15 NC artists are invited to present their work to GreenHill curator, Edie Carpenter, and other invited arts professionals through a five minute presentation with slide show at GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 2-4pm. This call-for-artists is open to visual artists currently working in the state of NC, artists who have studied in a North Carolina degree program, taught professionally in NC, maintained ongoing professional relationships in NC, or who have previously resided in the state. All works must have been made within the last five years. Go to (www.greenhillnc.org/open-nc-art-review) to apply or for information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Marketing & Design Guru, Lauren Gordon, by e-mail at (lauren.gordon@greenhillnc.org).

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simon B Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Awards from Horry-Georgetown County High Schools “18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition”

April 27, 2017

Out of 302 submitted works of art from 12 high schools in Horry and Georgetown Counties, 80 works of art were selected to be shown in the Horry-Georgetown County High Schools “18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition”, on view through May 21, 2017. This year, full-time artist and owner of William H. Miller Studios & Fine Art in Myrtle Beach, Miller, judged both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works, each category receiving a first, second and third place ribbon, as well as a Best in Show and eight honorable mentions.

We are honored to announce this year’s winners:


Timothy Hunter with his work “Girl with Two Pearl Earrings”

2017 Best in Show – Timothy Hunter, “Girl with Two Pearl Earrings”, Oil, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

The Sudie Payne Daves’ Memorial Scholarship Award – Caitey Ronan, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

2D Awards:

1st Place – Caitey Ronan, “A Saturday Afternoon with My Love”, Chalk pastel, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

2nd Place – Jenna Wasserman, “The Cycle”, Mixed media, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

3rd Place – Megan Wert, “Taylor Rice”, Mixed media, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Honorable mention for outstanding use of traditional materials:

Marissa Forestiero, “Island Yoga”, Graphite, St. James High School

Honorable mention for outstanding use of non-traditional materials:

Haven Wright – “Thread of Life,” Fiber. Carolina Forest High School

Honorable mention for most thought-provoking work of art:

Kimberly Miner – “Reflection”, Mixed media, Socastee High School

3D Awards:


Work by Alexis Gagnon

1st Place – Alexis Gagnon, “Bulldog”, Ceramic, Carolina Forest High School

2nd Place – Bryan Browning, “Hang Tin”, Metal, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

3rd Place – Kyle Blandford, “Prisoners of Mind”, Sculpey, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Honorable mention for outstanding use of traditional materials:

Camron Cooper – “Scorpio”, Metal, Loris High School

Honorable mention for outstanding use of non-traditional materials:

Graciana Miers – “Porcine Irony”, Wire sculpture wrapped in sausage casing, St. James High School

Honorable Mention for most thought-provoking work of art:

Caroline Long – “Not Funeral Flowers”, Mixed media, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Carolyn Powell Award for most effective use of color:

Camila Familia – “Los Cangrejos”, Watercolor, St. James High School

Judge’s Choice (sponsored by the WACG):

Henry Wong – “ChikapKamuy”, digital scratch board, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Juror’s Choice:

Skyler Lee – “Pull from the Roots”, Mixed media, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Voting for our 2017 People’s Choice Award is now open! Visit the Horry-Georgetown County High Schools “18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition” at the Art Museum and view all 80 works of art! Vote for the work of art that you would like to see take home the coveted People’s Choice Award anytime through May 21, 2017! The winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Thanks you to our judge, William H. Miller, and our generous sponsors: HTC This is life. Connect with it, and Sandy Hubbard and Thomas Logan

For further information call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds Three New Quilt Blocks

April 27, 2017

# 196 “The Together Tree” and #197 “Star of Leadership”

The first two quilts displayed on Pickens County schools can be found at West End Elementary School on Pelzer Highway, just south of Route 123 as you enter Easley, SC, from the west. They are funded by the school and are the brainchildren of the principal, Angie Rodgers. Resident art teacher, Christina Covington’s 4th grade art students participated in the painting of both “Star of Leadership” and “The Together Tree.” The students also submitted names for the two squares, which were then selected by vote. Covington also was involved in painting, taking time off from her Christmas holiday to come to the Walhalla, SC, studio to paint the geometric details of the background in the “Star of Leadership” quilt square.

“The Together Tree” is based originally on an art project designed by a former art teacher, Erin Murphy, at the school. This framed painting hangs in the front entrance of the school and is decorated with the fingerprints of students and teachers at West End. “The fingerprints symbolize that we are all part of something bigger and how we all work together in our own unique and special ways,” states Covington.

The original quilts were also the inspiration of West End’s current principal, Angie Rodgers, who asked a group of quilters, mostly made up of retired West End teachers, to design and sew two hanging quilt squares for the school to display on the walls. Members of this quilting circle meet weekly to sew and also take sewing trips together. The group started approximately eight years ago and includes; Gail King, Janet Hadaway, Kathy Peot, Beth Holcombe and Paula Grant. King and Hadaway were former 4th grade teachers and Holcombe taught 5th grade. Peot is a retired nurse, but is also the mom of former West End students! Grant, a retired 5th grade Science teacher and the youngest of the quilters has recently retired from West End and can now participate fully in the fun.

“The Together Tree”, designed by Janet Hadaway, depicts a tree, surrounded by an appliqued window frame and decorated with actual buttons on a raindrop printed background. This quilt celebrates the diversity of West End as well as the many students who have come and gone through the school.

The “Star of Leadership”, also created as a quilted wall hanging was designed by Beth Holcombe. This block is a variation of the traditional “Star of the Alamo” block pattern. It was inspired by the bright, primary colored blocks in the tiled floors of the hallways of the school, especially where the halls meet at an intersection. This pattern was chosen for its likeness to a compass, directing students to move forward to reach their goals.

The two quilt squares are mounted in front of the school, on a brick marquee, formerly used for school signage and the fabric quilts will be displayed in the school building.

Quilt block #198 has been added to the array of quilts in Anderson, SC

Reagan Smith of 26 Oleander Drive selected a “LeMoyne Star” for placement on her backyard fence. Lystra Seymour from Anderson, SC, made the fabric quilt Smith told us:

“Mrs. Seymour husband is a physician that I call on and he proudly displays his wife’s quilts in his office waiting room as well as his patient rooms….this particular quilt happened to be in his back patient room several years ago when it truly caught my eye… knew that with its simplistic design and bold colors that this was the quilt block design I wanted!”

“This eight point star has many names ‘LeMoyne Star’, ‘Puritan Star’ and ‘Lemon Star’ to name a few. There are several theories on who created this pattern. One theory is that the LeMoyne brothers Pierre and Jean Baptist who founded New Orleans had this particular star pattern prominent in Jean Baptiste’s coat of arms. The earliest published date of the ‘LeMoyne Star’ is in a collection of patterns attributed to Joseph Doyle in 1911, according to Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of ‘Pieced Quilt Patterns’. The configuration falls into the category of ‘Eight-pointed/45 degree Diamond Stars’. Doyle called this pattern ‘Puritan Star’ as the design traveled throughout the country the name became corrupted into ‘Lemon Star’.”

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail visit (www.uhqt.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Artists for the “28th Annual Juried Competition” – Deadline June 30, 2017

April 27, 2017

The Arts Council of York County presents the “28th Annual Juried Competition” at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from Aug. 4 – Sept. 10, 2017. The deadline for entries is Friday, June 30, 2017, at 5pm. This is NOT a postmark deadline for mailed entries. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at 5:30pm.

The “Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist.


“Afraid of Being” by Alexis Howard winner of the “27th Annual Juried Competition” Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show

Entry Fees: Member: $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10; Non-members: $40 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10.

Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of York County. Complete guidelines and entry information will be available at (www.yorkcountyarts.org) on May 1, 2017.

AWARDS
Gerald & Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – $1,000
1st Place     – $500
2nd Place – $200
3rd Place – $100

JUROR | MARGARET STRICKLAND
Margaret Strickland, a Charlotte, NC, based photographer, has been making portraits of family, friends, and strangers for over a decade. Born and raised in Valdosta, GA, Strickland was influenced by cultural norms of the Deep South — a foundation that would later surface as an undercurrent in her work. Her work explores concepts of gender identity and performance, expectations of the self and of society, and the confluence of these ideas in the constructed poses of intimate portraits. Her works have been shown nationally at galleries and institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, and The Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a 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 our webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Charleston Development Academy in Charleston, SC, Calls for Photographers to Teach Students – Deadline April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017

FREEDOM SCHOOL in Charleston, SC, will have a summer program for 50 youth in the 5th and 6th grades, and 10 of these students will be taking a photography program. We need mentor volunteers to work with these kids, one hour a week on Mondays, from June 19 to July 28. They will be shooting in their community in downtown Charleston and need your mentoring.

The school will be at the Charleston Development Academy on Meeting Street, across the from the Visitors’ Center. The program will be similar to the previous Kids with Camera program.

If you are potentially interesting, we need to know by Monday, April 17. I should have more details soon.

Drop me an e-mail at (ronroczphoto@gmail.com).

Share your interest in photography with disadvantaged youngsters. It’s fun for you and impactful on the kids.

Thanks.  Ron Rocz

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Calls for Proposals for Bassett Gallery 2017-18 Season – Deadline May 15, 2017

April 12, 2017

The Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, is currently accepting artist materials for consideration for exhibition in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. Submissions for both solo and group exhibitions will be considered.

Submitting artists must send samples via e-mail; linked to a “cloud” portfolio (Drop Box, Google Drive); or by sending a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles, and should reflect the proposed exhibition.

A resume, submission form, description of the style of work, its size and medium used should all be included. Submissions must also include a brief artist statement. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

Submission forms can be found on the Fine Arts Center website at (www.fineartscenter.org/gallery), or you may drop by the FAC Box Office located at 810 Lyttleton Street to get a copy.

Materials will be accepted through May 15, 2017.
Please send to:
Bassett Gallery Exhibits Committee
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC 29020

You may also e-mail submission materials to (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org). For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson at (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org) or by phone at 803/425-7676 ext. 305.

Artists are responsible for load-in, hanging, and tear-down of the exhibit. Any expenses incurred by the artist(s) for travel, set-up, tear-down, etc. of any exhibition are not covered by the FAC. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s). Artists should be willing to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. The selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than June 30, 2017.

Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to six weeks. The Gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 6pm, on Thursday. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information about the Bassett Gallery, call 803/425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org).

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Announces Winners of the 2017 Youth Arts Month Exhibition

April 12, 2017

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, announces the winners of the 2017 “You Gotta Have Art” Youth Arts Month Exhibition. This juried exhibition is an annual event in partnership with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD.) Students’ work were submitted by participating schools’ K-12 art teachers. Awards were distributed during the opening reception which was held in conjunction with the youth play, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. The artwork was judged by local artists Jack Pierce and Brian Pierce, who chose first through third place winners, along with honorable mentions. The winning pieces (with the exception of any 3D pieces) will travel throughout the county as the 2017 Traveling Art Exhibition. The Traveling Art Exhibition concludes with a stop at the State House in Columbia, SC.


Molly Mohr. 3D Winner. Grade K. Blaney Elementary. Wende Myers, teacher.

This year’s winners are:
Patrick Minihane (Mt. Pisgah Elementary); Hank Thompkins (Camden Elementary); Savannah LaVasser (Camden Elementary); Ja’Niyah Hollis-Baskins (Camden Elementary); Peyton Sims (Mt. Pisgah Elementary); Kennedie Qualls (Lugoff Elementary); Regan Hill (Lugoff Elementary); Maddie Tilton (Midway Elementary); William Carter (Midway Elementary); Jennifer Sutherland (North Central Middle); Henry Green (Camden Middle); Wade Thomas Lemonds (Leslie M. Stover Middle School, Cassandra Y. Mickle); Jimena Noyola (Grade 7, North Central Middle); Hailey Scarborough (Camden Middle); Robert Keen (Camden Middle); Katie Flowers (Lugoff-Elgin High); Giensa Moreira (Lugoff-Elgin Highs); Katelyn Ramold (Lugoff-Elgin High); Anna Cooper (Lugoff-Elgin High); Garrett Lawson (Camden High); Desmon Rush (Lugoff-Elgin High); and Rachel Barnett (Lugoff-Elgin High).

Four of the winning pieces were considered 3D and due to the fragility of the work, these pieces will not travel: Molly Mohr (Blaney Elementary); Carlos Vidal (Leslie M. Stover Middle); Bre Tomlin (North Central Middle); and Daisy Noyola (North Central High).

This year’s Honorable Mentions were: Faithlynn Kossman, Mallory Phillips, Charlie Horton, Serenity Williams, Cauthen Branham, Kendall Potter, Makaylee Catoe, Jayda Brace, Caitlyn Tobias, Clay Caudill, Stacey Knight, Torrence Cabbagestalk, Hudson Jay, Ewan Flek, Asya Leonard, Faever Stuckey, Angelina Spinelli, Sasha Echevarria, Anna Cooper, Shiloh Ray, Ginesa Moreira, Bryce Lail, Taylor Roberts, Emma Josey, Daisy Noyola, Trey Stevens, Montana Rush, and Will Warnock.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information call 803/425-7676, extension 300 or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org). The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-6pm.

2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline April 21, 2017

April 4, 2017

In partnership with the Arts Council of York County, the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County, SC, on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017. For this program, artists and artisans are defined as individuals who make handcrafted products without the use of kits or commercial models, and whose primary components are not manufactured. Examples include but are not limited to: painters, potters, weavers, quilters, jewelers, acoustic musicians, and artisan bakers. Storytellers and musicians may also apply to be considered. Those selected to participate in the Tour will be located at Farm Sites and can sell their products.

Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence. Artisans can participate on different weekends but must complete a separate application for each county/weekend. There is no fee to participate. Artists and artisans may apply online at (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans). Artisans whose applications are received after Friday, April 21, 2017 will not be included on printed materials; however, they will be listed on (www.AgAndArtTour.com).

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free, self- guided tour of farms featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. Set to take place at local farms and farm stands in 11 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Newberry, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life. The Tour will be held each weekend in June, on Saturday, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sunday. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state.

The first Ag + Art Tour started in 2012 in York County to bring together agriculture and art. York County hosted close to 3,000 visitors during the inaugural year. The Tour expanded to include Lancaster County in 2013 with 6,000 total visitors, and added its third and fourth counties to include Chester and Fairfield in 2014 with a total of 8,000 attendees for the entire tour. In 2015, the Tour welcomed its fifth county – Union. Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry Counties joined the Tour in 2016, and in 2017, the Tour added Florence and Newberry Counties, bringing the total number of participating counties to eleven. Overall, the Tour has seen over 20,000 visitors since launching in 2012.

The Tour is coordinated by a leadership team and county-level planning teams that are coordinated by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, chamber of commerce, tourism bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, arts councils and community volunteers.

Support for this project is provided by York Electric Cooperative, Inc., the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax/Tourism Commission, York County Hospitality Tax, the ACYC’s Annual Campaign and Small Grants Program, and the John and Susan Bennet Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information on the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgAndArtTour.com) for details. Artists and artisans seeking more information about participating in the Ag + Art Tour of York County should contact Stephanie Castaldo by e-mail at (scastaldo@yorkcountyarts.org) or call 803/328-2787.

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Call for Artists to Participate in the 45th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase on July 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

Artists who wish to exhibit in the 45th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase on Main Street in downtown Brevard, NC, for July 4th may apply for a booth space through the Transylvania Community Arts Council until June 2, 2017. Applications and more information are available by calling the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or by e-mailing to (tcarts@comporium.net). All art vendors must have their own tent, tables and chairs.

Each year, the Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase features up to 48 regional artists and crafters who are juried into the show based on their excellent original art and craftwork. The event will take place from 9am to 5pm, in conjunction with Heart of Brevard’s Fourth of July Celebration and Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show in downtown Brevard. These three-festivals-in-one attract up to 14,000 people annually with music, arts, crafts, food, children’s activities and more. This year the event will take place on Tuesday, July 4. Non-artist vendors wanting to participate must contact the Heart of Brevard at 828/884-3278.

The application and jury fee is $150. Applicants will be notified of jury decisions and receive important event information by June 5, 2017.

For more information, contact the Transylvania Community Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or e-mail to (tcarts@comporium.net).