Archive for September, 2018

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Accepting applications for North Charleston City Gallery 2019-20 exhibitions – Deadline Nov. 30, 2018

September 30, 2018

Established and emerging professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery in North Charleston, SC. The gallery features artwork by international, national, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A Review Panel will convene in December 2018 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2019-June 2020. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdpartment.slideroom.com) by Monday, Nov. 30, 2018, in order to be considered.

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5-7pm.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free-standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work.

Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating free-standing sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org), e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

Attached image: “PLUME” by Camela Guevara at the North Charleston City Gallery in Jan. 2018 (photo credit: Camela Guevara)

Arts Council of Henderson County, NC, Announces Awards for “15th annual Bring Us Your Best Art Exhibition”

September 30, 2018

The Arts Council of Henderson County has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XV”. Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. “Bring Us Your Best XV” was on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus through Friday, Sept. 17, 2018.

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chair, Pat McAfee, and presented by Joan Jackson, who represents the Wax Family Memorial Funds, a sponsor of the awards. The following artists received awards:

1st Place/2-dimensional – Hamed Mahmoodi, “Veil in Glass”
1st Place/3-dimensional – Bonnie Joy Bardos, “Gaia: Mother Earth”
1st Place/Photography – Phyllis Peterson, “A Drink of Blue”
1st Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “Accent”
2nd Place/2-dimensional – Barb Zimmerman, “Enchanted Woods”
2nd Place/3-dimensional – Janet Hickey, “Santos of the Repurposed Book”
2nd Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “So Little Time”
2nd Place/Fine Craft – David Adler, “Diamond Ball”
3rd Place/2-dimensional – Jill Hsieh, “Woman in a Scarf”
3rd Place/3-dimensional – Ed Foster, “Waiting”
3rd Place/Photography – Ken Weaver, “How to Run a Train”
3rd Place/Fine Craft – Karen-Eve Bayne, “Umbrella Magnolia”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received $100.

In addition to the above awards, Jan Partin, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Catherine Langsdorf for her painting titled “You are not Alone.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life. The award is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop awarded ten Honorable Mention awards. $25 gift cards for the Starving Artist Shop were awarded to the following artists: Suzanne Ball, Karen Eve Bayne, Lucy Clark (fine craft), Lucy Clark (photography), Maureen Chapman, Tina Duncan, Two Silversmiths – Jerry & Linda Hunter, Al Junek, Claire DeLong Taylor, and Cynthia Wilson.

Henderson County photographer, Walter Arnold, and John Patrick McAfee, author, sponsored the “Artist’s Choice” award, which was selected and announced during the opening reception. Artists who have artwork in the exhibit voted for their choice to win the Artist’s Choice award at opening reception. Connie Poulnot won the $300 cash prize for her oil painting titled “Memories.”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply & Custom Framing Shop, and will be announced after the last day of the exhibition, Sept. 17, 2018. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots for the People’s Choice Award.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or (acofhc@bellsouth.net). Visit our website at (www.acofhc.org).

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, “Bring Us Your Best XV” is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792 (entrance on Fourth Avenue West).

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Offers Lecture and Book Signing

September 30, 2018

The Western Caroina University Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee, NC, is pleased to announce a lecture and book signing on Oct. 4, 2018, with WCU Faculty Emerita and scholar of the American Studio Glass Movement, Joan Falconer Byrd. Her book and the associated lecture explores the life, work, and influence of Harvey Littleton. Byrd will be available to sign copies of her biography of Littleton, “Harvey K. Littleton: A Life in Glass”, after the talk. The lecture on Oct. 4, 2018, begins at 5pm in Bardo Arts Center Room 223 followed by the book signing at 6pm.

This event is a featured program of the current WCU Fine Art Museum glass exhibition, “Glass Catalyst: Littleton’s Legacy in Contemporary Sculpture”. Celebrating the efforts of Harvey Littleton, one of the greatest proponents of using glass as an expressive medium, the exhibition explores the work of contemporary artists concentrating in glass and how they are building off the foundations laid by Littleton during the early years of the Studio Glass Movement. A key work in the exhibition will be a new acquisition to the Museum’s collection: a glass sculpture by Harvey Littleton entitled “Terracotta Arc”. Donated by the Littleton Family in honor of WCU Professor Emeritus Joan Falconer Byrd, this sculpture serves as a focal point in the exhibition and a reminder of how Littleton’s impact reverberates through the generations.

For further info call Jill Jacobs, Marketing Manager, at the Bardo Arts Center at 828/227-2505 or e-mail to (jilljacobs@wcu.edu).

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Competition Juror, Kristi Ryba

September 30, 2018

The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce South Carolina contemporary artist Kristi Ryba as juror for the “2019 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

Ryba has lived and worked as a professional artist for the past 30 years, most of which she has spent in Charleston, SC. In that time she has explored themes of personal memory and identity in a variety of media, including video, photography, printmaking, painting, and installation.

Her recent works blend political commentary with images and iconography of illustrated Medieval religious manuscripts. Ryba has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout eastern US and is currently represented by the Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC.

A cash prize of $1000 will be awarded to the competition’s first place winner.

Artists’ entries for the “2019 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” will be taken online at (flocomuseum.org), from Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Any artist native to the Pee Dee area or currently living in Florence, Horry, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties are eligible to enter.

Competition prospectus, schedule, and registration details can be found at (flocomuseum.org). Questions may be directed to Florence County Museum by calling 843/676-1200.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Call For Artists

September 30, 2018

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is seeking local artists for a new, permanent public art exhibit: “Paws on Parade!” Phase I will see ten creatively painted fiberglass dog statues be placed in different parts of Lancaster County to be designed and painted by local artists. Any resident of Lancaster County is eligible, high school age or older. An artist roster will be compiled for future installations.

“Paws on Parade”will be installed in Lancaster County, north to south, in 2019.

For more information or an application, e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com), (www.lccart.net), or call the Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 803/285-7451.

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Calls for Entries for Photography Exhibit

September 30, 2018

Commitment, Sacrifice, Courage, Service, Dedication, Strength, Heroism … powerful words that may especially touch our hearts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has devastated much of our area. These are also the touchstone words on the public art walls of NC Veterans Park in downtown Fayetteville, NC.

“Touchstone: Images of Service” is the inspiration for a photography competition with $2,000 in total awards, as well as an upcoming juried exhibition at the Arts Center, home of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, which at 301 Hay St., is just a short stroll from the NC Veterans Park.

Photographers are asked to submit their interpretations of these seven words as expressed through any profession or everyday life. An experienced juror, Laurie Schorr, Director of Education at the Light Factory in Charlotte, will select works from artists across North Carolina for the exhibition from Oct. 26, 2018 through Jan. 12, 2019.

Artists must enter at (www.theartscouncil.com/touchstone) by the deadline of midnight Wed., Oct. 3, 2018. Here are some additional details:
All types of photography are eligible and must be uploaded on the Arts Council site for consideration. All images should be recent works (3-5 years). Artists can submit up to 10 photographs, and must include each work’s title, size and any other pertinent information. Submissions must not have been shown or previously entered in any Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County exhibition. The fee is $25 each for up to three submitted photographs, and $10 each thereafter for up to 10 works.

Additional information can be found at (www.theartscouncil.com/touchstone), or contact Adrienne Trego at (adriennet@theartscouncil.com), 910/323-1776, ext. 228.

The Touchstone exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The UPS Store.

Hub City Empty Bowls’ Soup Day Takes Place in Spartanburg, SC – Sept. 29, 2018

September 19, 2018

The people have made pottery bowls all summer long. Now, Hub City Empty Bowls will host Soup Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Indigo Hall in downtown Spartanburg, SC, and a great many needy people will be fed for months to come.

Annually, Soup Day is the culmination of many people’s creative and hard work during the summer, making hand-shaped clay pottery bowls that will be used to raise money for local citizens who are “food insecure,” which is generally defined as “not knowing if you’ll have the ways and means for your next meal.” In Spartanburg County, about 40,000 people are food insecure.

Hundreds of people turned out for Hub City Empty Bowls’s three bowl-making sessions during the summer, producing hundreds of unfinished bowls. The members of the lead agency Carolina Clay Artists repaired, touched up, painted, glazed, and fired the bowls, making them ready for people to donate $20 per bowl on Soup Day. In addition to getting a handmade pottery bowl to keep, patrons of Soup Day will also get to feast on about a dozen different soups that will be donated by the community’s finest restaurants. They will also get to bid on a silent auction, hear live music, and enjoy the fellowship of knowing they have done something that will improve the lives of others in Spartanburg. The money raised on Soup Day will be given to TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based agency in Spartanburg that helps local citizens faced with hard times. For each of the past two years, Carolina Clay Artists has donated more than $33,000 to TOTAL Ministries.

“This being Hub City Empty Bowls’s 10th anniversary, we are hoping for a historic turnout of people on Soup Day,” Chairman Bruce Bowyer said. “This is always the real test of people’s concern for others — to come out to Soup Day and get one or two or three or more bowls, and then enjoy themselves with a wonderful meal, music, and people who share their concern for others. Soup Day is so many things: heartwarming, creative, community minded, giving, grassroots, and most certainly fun. If you want to see how a little bit of effort can produce great results, come to Soup Day. It will change how you look and feel about those less fortunate.”

This year, the location of Soup Day will be in vibrant downtown Spartanburg at Indigo Hall, a special events venue. It will start at 11am and end at 4pm. The street address is 190 Ezell St. Ample parking for Soup Day has been secured by the organizers.

“We are very excited about our new location for Soup Day,” Bowyer said. “Everyone wants to be in downtown Spartanburg, and Indigo Hall is a wonderful space with lots of room for the bowls, the soup stations, the silent auction, and outdoor covered seating. I think people will really like this change. It will also be the location for a new pre-Soup Day celebration.

In preparation for Soup Day, TOTAL Ministries has secured soup and other food-related donations from the following restaurants and providers: Andre Nguyen, Hub City Co-op, Country Club of Spartanburg, Cribb’s Kitchen, Fatz Cafe, Garner’s Natural Foods, Gerhard’s Cafe, Lime Leaf, Carolina Country Club, Mon Amie, Moveable Feasts, Palmetto Palate, Renato’s In Centro, Southern BBQ, Sparks: Fire Inspired Grill, Sun King, II Samuels Restaurant, Le Spice Kitchen, Willy Taco, Delaney’s Irish Pub, Blue Moon Specialty Foods, The Beacon Drive Inn, Cakehead Bakery, LongHorn Steakhouse, Wade’s Restaurant, and Chick-fil-A.

The live music will be performed by David Giles and the RJ Rockers Orchestra (11am-1pm), Fayssoux McClean (1-2pm), and Roy McBee Smith (2-4pm).

The silent auction items will be fine art and other items donated by local artists, businesses, and concerned citizens.

The sponsors for the 2018 Hub City Empty Bowls campaign are JM Smith Corp., Allegra – Marketing • Print • Mail, Spartanburg Art Museum, West Main Artists Co-Op, Chris Williams, and Kohler.

“It takes a lot of community support to make Hub City Empty Bowls come together,” TOTAL Director Traci Kennedy said. “This is a truly grassroots fundraiser that is supported by some really great local businesses and individuals. We give them our sincere appreciation and want the community to know about their generosity.”

Hub City Empty Bowls is Spartanburg’s version of Empty Bowls, a worldwide fundraising effort that has hundreds of communities participating in similar but different ways and independently of each other. There is no global central control, administration, or oversight agency. Empty Bowls is a concept that normally inspires volunteer clay artists to make pottery bowls that are used to raised money to feed the needy in the local community. It is grassroots project that uses creativity to generate funds. Most Empty Bowls projects find ways to make pottery bowls and use them to host a fundraising event, such as Spartanburg’s Soup Day.

“And every day when you look in your kitchen cabinet for a bowl,” Bowyer said, “you’ll see your own personal Empty Bowl, and you’ll be reminded that someone out there is having a meal — just like you — because of you.”

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please visit (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, to Host For Freedoms Town Hall – Sept. 24, 2018

September 19, 2018

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces For Freedoms Town Hall: Freedom of Expression – Arts and Justice, a free event in participation with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at 6:30pm. A panel of artistic and legal experts will discuss this First Amendment right from artistic, local, and global perspectives.


A For Freedoms event at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo credit: Wyatt Gallery.

Following the panel discussion, attendees are encouraged to “talk back” with a response wall and to visit the voter registration booth to learn how their voices can be heard this November.

Featured speakers include Nikky Finney, Chad Henderson, Kathleen McDaniel, and Shaundra Young Scott, with Aparna Polavarapu serving as moderator.

Nikky Finney is the John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina. She has authored four books of poetry, the last of which won the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

Chad Henderson is the Artistic Director of Trustus Theatre in Columbia. As a professional theatre artist, he has directed dozens of professional productions at venues across South Carolina.

Kathleen McDaniel is a founding partner in the law firm of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel. She focuses on administrative and environmental law.

Shaundra Young Scott is the first African American female executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina. She concentrates on the civil liberties of individuals within the state of South Carolina, including but not limited to racial justice, criminal justice, women’s reproductive rights, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and youth justice.

Aparna Polavarapu is a professor at the School of Law at the University of South Carolina. As part of the Rule of Law Collaborative, she focuses her research on the rule of law and human rights.

For Freedoms is a national platform for greater engagement in the arts and in civil society. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms seeks to use art to deepen public discussions of civic issues and core values, and to clarify that citizenship in American society is deepened by participation, not by ideology. The CMA is participating in their 50 State Initiative, which models how arts institutions become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism during the lead-up to the midterm elections.

Doors open at 5:30pm. Discussion at 6:30pm. Free. Cash bar.

For more information, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).