Archive for April, 2018

Henry’s On The Market in Charleston, SC, Begins Artist in Residence Program

April 28, 2018

Henry’s On The Market, South Carolina’s oldest restaurant established in 1932, is proud to introduce Moses M. Sanchez as its first Artist in Residence beginning April 2018. Live painting in our main dining area will be featured Thursday – Sunday afternoons from 1-8pm.

Moses M. Sanchez is a self-taught artist versed in oil, acrylic and air-brush painting, and pencil and ink. His work has been placed in private collections in Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Born into poverty in Mexico City, Moses discovered his love of art at an early age. By the time he reached his teenage years, his teachers had tasked him with classroom drawings of all subject matters throughout his school to compensate for the school’s lack of textbooks and teaching tools.

Although Moses dreamt of a formal art education, his lack of resources prohibited this experience. Never one to give up on his dream, and encouraged by his mother, Moses left the comfort of his family at age 15 to work as an artist in a traveling fair. “I remember that we did not have baths and we had to sleep down from the rides. Sometimes it was very cold and others were afraid. Sometime there were people who threw bottles or stones at us just for fun. There were days when I bought everyone food because we had nothing to eat.”

Moses’ eventually followed his father and several brothers to the United States. Speaking no English, he settled first in Hilton Head and then Savannah. During these transitional years, he was given a gift that would change is life and open many doors: a Spanish/English dictionary. Moses learned the English language and the importance of many of its words we take for granted: honesty, integrity, respect and trust. Now co-owner of his own painting company servicing affluent clientele up and down the East Coast, Moses and his family reside in Charleston, SC.

“Sometimes we go through situations or challenges in our lives, we believe will not overcome. But whatever you believe, that will be the result. Many times I have been in situations where it would have been better to give up, but I looked at the sky and I saw it full of stars, as life is full of opportunities. In this world there are many people with goodness. We are a magnet and we attract what we feel. My passion for painting has driven me to move forward and always get to a better place.”

For inquiries, please contact Susie Barrett, Director of Special Events, by calling 615/410-8365. (Henry’s On The Market, 54 N. Market Street, Charleston, SC, 29401).

Upstate Heritiage Quilt Trail in SC Adds 209th Quilt Block

April 28, 2018

Upstate Heritiage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, adds 209th quilt block to the quilt trail entitled “A Piece from Chris” / Tommye’s Quilt.

The artist, Christine Tedesco tells her story. “I am a woman who was brought up in the south learning the domestic arts of cooking and sewing. I grew to love the creativity in doing these things: the making of soups and casseroles, pants and shirts, jumpers and handbags. Later, the study of architecture furthered my visual awareness for things in the built environment. The act of making or creating anything, whether it is a simple tile pattern, drafting a complex technical drawing, or making a quilt or garment has always been an artistic endeavor for me.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to live in Italy for an extended period of time. I began to notice the beautiful tile work that was everywhere throughout the country. I began to photograph, draw and make watercolors of these tiles whenever I encountered them, attempting to create a visual library for myself. This study of tile design, in combination with my education in architectural design has given me a rich vocabulary for my work in textiles. Using vibrant, iridescent silks, I create dynamic compositions inspired by the patterns I saw in Italy. I also began to incorporate the gold and jewel tones of mosaics in Italian and Byzantine churches. I can see this influence emerging after looking at the many churches the artisans lovingly created. This study in combination with my architectural design education has resulted in my interest in non-traditional textile work.”

Tommye Hurst worked in the same office with Chris Tedesco for some years and was delighted each day by her work hanging in their office. Looking at the play on light that her silk creations revealed, gave the art a new look from different directions. The piece of Chris’s that Tommye choose came from the collection at The Arts Center of Clemson, and that play on light made it a challenge to paint.

“A piece from Chris”, the name came from two artists that Tommye greatly admires and appreciates. The fiber artist is Chris Tedesco, and the Quilt Square was painted by Chris Troy. Although Chris is primarily a ceramic artist, with the help of Elly Castle, took on the challenge. In the UHQT workshop these artists made magic in capturing the essence of the art on the metal square.”

The “Quilt Square” is exhibited on the outside of the Hurst’s home at 272 Stonehaven Way in Seneca, SC.

For further info about the Quilt Trail call 864/723-6603 or visit (

Entries Sought for 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Competitions & Exhibitions” Taking Place in North Charleston, SC

April 28, 2018

The 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest is just a few weeks way, taking place May 2-6, 2018. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 16 and up, including the annual “Judged Fine Art” and “Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”. Entries for these judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival in Exhibit Hall A at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at ( There is no pre-jury process or application to complete.

“Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition”
Fine artists age 18 and up are invited to enter original work into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,350. Media categories have expanded this year to include printmaking. Additionally, drawing and pastel have been split into separate categories. Judged Art entries will be accepted in seven media categories total: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, and 2-D mixed media. Awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections and Operations at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. She received her MA in Public History from the University of South Carolina and has worked at the Gibbes since 2003, where she manages the museum’s permanent collection and oversees museum operations as well as logistics for its active exhibition and loan programs. Prior to working at the Gibbes, Willits served as Registrar for the Augusta Museum of History and Assistant Registrar for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Ms. Willits is Immediate Past President of the South Carolina Federation of Museums, Vice President of the Southeastern Museums Conference, an appointed member of the 2018 National Program Committee of the American Alliance of Museums, and a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program (in the area of Collections Stewardship.) Ms. Willits has been fortunate to work closely with local, regional, and nationally-known artists as well as with private & public collections over the course of her career at the Gibbes. Her experiences related to movement and installation of artwork are often directly connected to the nuances of a particular “process” an artist has employed giving her a unique perspective on the various qualities of all mediums of artwork.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7pm. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $10 per entry is due at drop-off.

“Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition”
Professional and amateur photographers age 16 and up are invited to enter original prints into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest “Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $1,450. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color and Monochrome. This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, David “Sully” Sullivan. A native of Charleston, SC, Sullivan has lived and worked in New York and California, and currently resides in Charleston, where he maintains a studio when not on location. He regularly shoots on film and his work runs the gamut of fashion, portrait, lifestyle, travel, editorial, and product photography. Recent clients include Volvo, Oscar de la Renta, and The Wall Street Journal.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, from noon to 7pm. Photographers may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $5 per entry is due at drop-off.

The “Judged Fine Art and Photography Exhibitions” are free and open to the public throughout the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Wednesday, May 3, 6:00-8:30pm, Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, 10am–5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 11am-5pm. Award winners will be acknowledged at a free public reception on Wednesday, May 3, 6-8:30pm, at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dwayne Johnson & Soulfood Jazz and refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for May 2-6, has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina with a schedule that offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, film screenings, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more. The Arts Fest Expo, considered the festival’s flagship event, takes place May 5 & 6 at the Charleston Area Convention Center and offers free admission and parking to a diverse array of performances on four stages. Other Expo activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, live art demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, art & craft vendors, roving entertainers, and more.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, to download the prospectus for the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, or for details on vending opportunities, visit (

For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (, or call 843/740-5854.

Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, Calls for Participation in 2018 Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

April 28, 2018

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council in Fuquay-Varina, NC, is excited to coordinate the Artists’ Village of the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival on October 6, 2018 in Historic Downtown Fuquay’s Arts District.

This highly successful, FREE, family-friendly festival was attended by over 10,000 visitors in 2017, and is a combination of live entertainment, children & youth activities, classic cars, fabulous food, and an Artists’ Village show and sale.

The Artists’ Village is open to all artisans/crafts-persons who create and exhibit work of their own original concept, design and execution for sale. (For resale items, distributors are instead encouraged to apply for a Merchant Vendor booth at ( Registrants are subject to FVAC’s review of their website/social media link displaying examples of their work to ensure they are the original artist or maker. Our goal is to provide the best possible mix of artists’ offerings within the Artists’ Village, both for the pleasure of festival-goers, and also to provide an optimal setting for artists’ sales potential. In order to achieve an ideal balance of mediums and styles of work, FVAC reserves the right to wait-list registrants.

Artist’s vendor booths are $75 for FV Arts Council Members, and $100 for non-members for a 10’x10′ space located in the street fair in Fuquay-Varina. Additional, adjacent spaces are available for $100.

North Carolina law requires that all artisans and vendors collect and remit sales tax on the items they sell, display the NC Certificate of Registration issued by the state with their state tax ID in their booths, and provide their state tax ID number to the event organizer. To apply for a Certificate of Registration, please go to ( and search NC-BR. Once you begin the application, you may select to only apply for Sales and Use Tax purposes.

For further information visit (, e-mail to ( or call 919/399-3183.

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Elects New Board Members

April 28, 2018

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville , NC, has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. The new members were announced at the Arts Council’s annual meeting on January 25, 2018. The new members, who will serve three-year terms, are Patty Coulter, Tara O’Loughlin and Tim Wise.

Patty Coulter, a retired high school art teacher, moved to Waynesville in 2013. Coulter has been an active member of the Haywood County Arts Council for the last five years. She is a gallery docent, and an artist herself – working mainly in colored pencil and graphite drawings of birds and nests. Coulter enjoys working with colored pencils, teaches a Young Artist class at Mountain Home Collection, and hopes to add adult beginner and beyond colored pencil classes in the future.

Tara O’Loughlin is an art teacher at Waynesville Middle School. She is inspired by her students’ energy and their artistic creations. She feels quite lucky to have a job that she loves in a community that is supportive of the arts.

Tim Wise has lived in Haywood County and been the band director at Tuscola High School since 1993.

Leigh Forrester, HCAC’s Executive Director, welcomed the new board members: “We’re excited to have Patty, Tara and Tim join our Board of Directors. Their experience, energy and insights will help us continue to expand our programs and extend our community involvement this year and beyond.”

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves all artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to promote artists, art education and innovation in art.

The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

For more information call 828/452-0593, e-mail to ( or visit (

Caldwell Arts Council Calls for Entries for “42nd Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition” Taking place in Lenoir, NC – Deadline is June 18, 2018

April 21, 2018

The Caldwell Arts Council, in Lenoir, NC, is pleased to announce the “42nd Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition” scheduled for June 22-July 28, 2018.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the opening reception June 22, 2018, 5-7pm.

This competition is open to 2-D (paintings, collage, etc.) and 3-D (pottery, small sculpture, etc.) visual artists 18 years of age or older who reside, work, attend school or take art classes in Caldwell County. Photography is excluded from this competition; however, Caldwell Arts Council will host a new photography competition in January 2019!

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 entitles each artist to display two works of art. Artwork must be delivered either June 15 (9am-5pm), June 16 (10am-2pm) or June 18 (9am-5pm).

All the details and prospectus are available on the website: ( or by calling 828/754-2486.

Travelers Rest Artists Alliance in Travelers Rest, SC, Calls for Participation in Art on the Trail 2018

April 21, 2018

The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance in Travelers Rest, SC, is calling for participation in the Art on the Trail 2018 taking place in Trailblazer Park, on Oct. 20, 2018, from 10am-4pm.

Now is the time to apply for your space! The application fee is still $25 – Click on this link ( to get started!

Trailblazer Park is located at 235 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest, SC

For more info call 864/610-2732

2018 Open Studio Tour of Henderson County, NC, Calls for Participation – Deadline June 1, 2018

April 21, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Open Studio Tour of Henderson County, NC. Registration information can be found online at ( One of the largest open studio events in WNC, this free, self-guided tour showcases the fine art and craft studios throughout Henderson County. For two days on Sept. 22 & 23, 2018. more than 50 artists in 30+ studios welcome art enthusiasts to their workplaces with plenty of new artwork to view and purchase.

All proceeds earned during the Open Studio Tour are retained by the artists. In addition to the tour dates guests can view all the artists’ work at a Preview Party on Sept. 20 as part of the free Rhythm and Brews outdoor music series in downtown Hendersonville.

Applications close on June 1, 2018.

The 8th annual Open Studio Tour is sponsored by the Art League of Henderson County.

SC Watermedia Society is Calling for Entries for On-line Digital Show – Deadline is Apr. 27, 2018

April 21, 2018

Have you entered our Spring Online Show yet? The deadline is rapidly approaching. April 27, 2018 is the final date for submission. Our juror for this show will be Toni Elkins, NWS.

Toni M. Elkins, Columbia, SC, is a signature member of 18 elected societies including NWS, Watercolor USA Honor Society and Nautilus Fellowship of International Society of Experimental Artists. She has won over 160 national awards including Best-Of-Show San Diego Watercolor. In 1999, Governor Jim Hodges awarded her The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for her contributions to SC art. She also won the award for contributions to SCWS. Elkins work has been selected as juried into over 300 national exhibitions the latest being selected to represent Missouri Watercolor in China in 2018.

You can go to the SCWS website or click on this link ( The entry fee is $25 and is open to all members. If you are not a member, you can join at the time of entry.

Did you know we also have, for the first time, a Student Digital Show, as well? It is open to any student who is ages 13 to 17. Prizes will be awarded. It is open to any water-soluble media except water soluble oils. Encourage your children and grandchildren to enter. All entries will be shown on the SC Watermedia website.