Archive for August, 2017

Charleston Gallery Association in Charleston, SC, Offers Wine and Art Event – Aug. 27, 2017

August 9, 2017

On Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from 5 to 9pm, the Charleston Gallery Association (CGA) will host its inaugural Summer Wine Bouquet, with more than 20 local galleries displaying artwork atop the roof of the Mills House Grand Wyndham Hotel, in downtown Charleston, SC. Think CGA’s Art Walks — minus the walking, plus fine wine and delicious food!

Guests will also have the chance to taste a variety of wines, which will be paired with hors d’oeuvers prepared by Executive Chef Justin Hunt of the Mills House. In addition, several local artists are queued up for live painting demonstrations and artist lectures.

“This is a great opportunity for Charleston to see the strength and variety of our gallery scene all in one place,” says Sarah Miller, CGA President and owner of Miller Gallery. “Our hope is to make this an annual event that people use as an excuse to travel to Charleston in what would typically be considered the ‘off-season.’” The CGA’s mission is to promote Charleston as a destination known for its outstanding and diverse art, in addition to its historic charm and creative culinary scene.

Participating galleries include: Anglin Smith Fine Art, Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art & Portraiture, Edward Dare Gallery, Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, Ellis – Nicholson Gallery, Fabulon, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Hagan Fine Art, LePrince Fine Art, Mary Martin Gallery, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Miller Gallery, Mitchell Hill, Principle Gallery, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Revealed, Sandpiper Gallery, Srebnik Gallery, The Sportsman’s Gallery, LTD, and The Wells Gallery.

The inaugural reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from 5 to 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at (www.charlestongalleryassociation.com/summer-wine-bouquet/).

Asheville Gallery of Art in Asheville, NC, Invites Area Artists to Submit Work – Deadline Aug. 16, 2017

August 9, 2017

The Asheville Gallery of Art, in the exciting upscale venue at 82 Patton Avenue in Asheville, NC, invites area artists to apply for membership. The Asheville Gallery of Art (AGA) is artists’ cooperative, which exhibits original, two- dimensional works by 31 artists.

Interested artists should obtain a copy of prospective member information and a copy of a membership application, both of which are available at the gallery or may be downloaded from the AGA website (www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com). Jury entrants must deliver five finished original pieces ready for hanging, six copies of a current resume, and six copies of the completed membership application to the gallery between noon and 5:30pm on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. All work must be picked up between 2 – 5:30pm on Thursday, Aug. 17. The gallery will endeavor to preserve and protect submitted work, but cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage.

For more information, call 828/251-5796 or e-mail questions to (ashevillegalleryofart@gmail.com). The Asheville Gallery of Art is located across from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Founded in 1988, AGA is Asheville’s longest-established downtown art gallery. The gallery offers works ranging from representational to abstract, in a wide choice of subject matter, styles and media. Photographs and computer art are not accepted at this time.

City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New Artist-in-Residence Camela Guevara

August 9, 2017

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of Camela Guevara as Artist-in-Residence (AIR) for FY2017/18. The City’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. Camela will share her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing residencies and workshops to public schools, seniors, and various community groups within the city limits of North Charleston, SC, through June 2018.


Camela Guevara, photo by Paige Schaberg

Guevara is a contemporary textile artist and painter based in Charleston, SC. Her tactile fiber art pays respect to traditional, time-honored sewing and weaving techniques through the lens of spare, geometric imagery with an emphasis on materials. Figure skating costumes, over-the-top fashion, and utilitarian textiles inform her abstract and non-functional fiber pieces. In addition to working with textiles, she has most recently been creating expressive gouache paintings that visualize her internal stream of consciousness without judgment.


Knot II (fabric sculpture with hand beading)

Guevara received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture, printmaking, and painting from the College of Charleston in 2010 and attended the Penland School of Crafts for weaving in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions locally and beyond. Recent shows include the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition (North Charleston, SC), the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition (Charleston, SC), Nasty Women at Redux Contemporary Art Center (Charleston, SC), Feminist Fiber Art at the Virago Gallery (Seattle, WA), New Weave at the Southern Gallery (Charleston, SC), and Telling Her Story at the Greenville Center for the Arts (Greenville, SC). Guevara has offered art instruction to children and adults for 7 years through organizations such as the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, Girls Rock Charleston, Space Craft Studios, and Redux Contemporary Art Center, and currently works as both Assistant Manager and Outreach Coordinator for Artist & Craftsman Supply’s Charleston Uptown location.


Plume (gouache)

The opportunity to inspire others through art and make art accessible to a wide spectrum of the community were key motivators for Camela to pursue the artist-in-residence position with North Charleston. “I grew up in North Charleston and feel really lucky to have had art in school every single year,” she says. “It’s definitely why I’m still making art today.”

As North Charleston’s Artist-in-Residence, Guevara plans on teaching embroidery and sharing fiber art with the community. “Embroidery is so expressive and customizable, as well as therapeutic,” she explains. “I’m always amazed by how quickly people pick it up and do their own thing with it.” In addition, Guevara has her sights set on creating collaborative pieces with students, like a quilt or weaving. She also intends to offer instruction in expressive gouache techniques that are reflected in her current body of work. “I am interested in merging my fiber art and painting practices, so we shall see what happens there,” she says.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Guevara’s work throughout December 2017 and January 2018. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the AIR by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2018.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

 

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Appoints New Executive Director Della Watkins

August 9, 2017

The board of trustees of the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) in Columbia, SC, announces the appointment of Della Watkins as the new executive director. Watkins currently serves as the executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA.

“We heard it consistently from her current board and Mr. Taubman himself, one of Della’s greatest strengths is her engagement in the community,” says CMA Search Committee Chair Earl Ellis. “That was a very important factor in our consideration set. The Columbia Museum of Art is a community asset, and we were seeking a proven leader who had demonstrated strengths in community engagement.”

After 14 years of working as an art educator, Watkins began her career in museum education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where she held successively more senior roles during her 16-year tenure. Watkins joined the Taubman Museum of Art in 2013. Under her leadership, the museum completed build-out of the last remaining gallery space that now hosts major national traveling exhibitions, reclaimed financial stability through steady fundraising, and forged new collegial partnerships in Roanoke and beyond to champion the region’s arts and culture community.

“After a thorough search process, selecting Watkins was a clear choice to lead this dynamic organization,” says CMA Board President R. Scott McClelland. “Her experience and passion allowed the search committee to check every box for leadership attributes essential to achieving the next step in the museum’s vision.”

Watkins officially takes the helm as executive director on October 1, 2017.

“With the completion of the renovation next year, the Columbia Museum of Art is poised to take an even greater leadership role as a vibrant local and statewide arts and education powerhouse,” says Watkins. “I look forward to working tirelessly to get to know the community, grow membership, friends, donors, business supporters, colleagues, and partners. Together, we’ll ensure that the CMA is a proud and lively cultural arts destination for everyone in South Carolina and beyond.”

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, S.C., 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 (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Potteries in Seagrove, NC, Invite You to the Tea with Seagrove Pottery Gallery Crawl – Aug. 26, 2017

August 9, 2017

On Aug. 26, 2017, spend the day in Seagrove, NC, sampling iced teas and homemade treats. Relax at your own pace as you visit Blue Hen Pottery, Dean & Martin Pottery, Dover Pottery, Eck McCanless Pottery, From the Ground Up, Thomas Pottery and Red Hare Pottery. Browse shops for new wares highlighting tea. Shops are open from 10am -5pm. Pick up a pottery map at your first stop.

Visit (http://teawithseagrovepotters.webstarts.com/) for more information.

The August 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

August 1, 2017

The August 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/817/817carolinaarts.html) – all 57 pages of it. That’s a few more pages than last month – as we gear up for the Fall.

Our cover art features a photograph by Alfred Stieglitz of Georgia O’Keeffe. The Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will present an exhibit of O’Keeffe’s works. You can read about that on Page 27 of our Aug. issue. But, our big news is that we have a new Queen of the Carolina Arts Facebook page – Kristi Ryba, who offered her work for last month’s cover. You can read all about that in my commentary on Page 4.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the September 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the August 24th deadline.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
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