Archive for October, 2018

The November 2018 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

October 31, 2018

The November 2018 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1118/1118carolinaarts.html) – all 67 pages of it.

On our cover this month are works by Seagrove, NC, potters who will be showing and selling their works at the 11th Celebration of Seagrove Potters, at the Historic Lucks Cannery, just outside of Seagrove, with a gala on Friday, Nov. 16 and then open sale on Nov. 17 & 18, 2018. There will be more potters and ceramic works of all sorts and kinds than you can shake a stick at – which I keep saying but don’t know what it means.

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 this publication possible.

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

Don’t forget that the deadline for our December 2018 issue will be Nov. 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries in Its Statewide Juried Signature Exhibition – Deadline Nov. 1, 2018

October 11, 2018

The Charleston Artist Guild hosts the annual Juried Signature Exhibition at the Charleston Visitor Center on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, SC. Artists working in 2D art and photography from throughout the state are encouraged to apply for this year’s show which is just around the corner.

Selected works will be on view Nov. 11-18, 2018 and the show culminates with an awards presentation on Sunday, Nov. 18. The deadline for registration is Nov. 1 with Early Bird discount for applications received before Oct. 29, 2018. Link to the application at (http://files.constantcontact.com/31050cbb001/d74f57a6-3c24-4ca5-bec1-215ecbe59139.pdf). Images must be submitted as a JPEG file as an attachment to an e-mail.


Work by Anita Laudone Harley, 1st Place 2D 2017


Work by Stan Ullner, 1st Place Photography 2017

Contact Charleston Artist Guild Business Manager Steve Jacobs for more information. E-mail to (charlestonart@bellsouth.net), or call the office at 843/722-2454. The Guild’s website is (www.charlestonartistguild.com). The Guild can be found on FaceBook at (https://www.facebook.com/CharlestonArtistGuild/).

2019 North Charleston (SC) Arts Fest Poster Design Competition Underway – Deadline December 15, 2018

October 8, 2018

The City of North Charleston, SC, is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official poster design of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 1-5, 2019, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including posters, billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, apparel, online, and more. The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and a solo exhibition at the North Charleston City Gallery during May 2019. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall.

The deadline to submit works for the competition is Saturday, December 15, 2018.

There is NO entry fee to participate in the North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at (https://northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com/#/login/program/45469) by the December 15 deadline. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition.

The North Charleston Arts Fest is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual multi-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Media Art, and Literature. For more than 35 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, and parks. The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina.


2018 Poster Design Winner Atlantic Sun by Hamed Mahmoodi

Previous Arts Fest Design Competition winners include Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville, SC (2018), Judy McSween of Charleston, SC (2017), Lisa Shimko of Charleston, SC (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston, SC (2015); Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton, SC (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston, SC (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Goose Creek, SC (2011).

For more information about the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com), or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Artists and Models for Competitive Portrait Drawing – Nov. 16, 2018

October 7, 2018

The Arts Council of York County’s Competitive Portrait Drawing is a tournament style knockout battle that begins with sixteen artists paired off in sets of two. Each pair is in competition to create their best portrait of a model with just five minutes on the clock. Pencils down at the sound of the buzzer. The model in each pairing serves as judge and jury, choosing their favorite of the two portraits drawn of them. The winning artist from each pair then moves on to the next round until only two artists remain. The final two artists go head-to-head in Round 4, with the decision going to the final model of the evening. The winning artist of the competition is crowned champion and is awarded the $100 grand prize.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 | 6 – 7 PM
Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730

NEEDED | 16 artists | 15 models
ARTISTS | No Fee to Participate
E-mail Michael Gentry, Gallery Manager, (mgentry@yorkcountyarts.org)
MODELS | $10 sitting fee
Register online at (yorkcountyarts.org/competitiveportraitdrawing)
Models choose their favorite portrait of themselves and take it home that evening.
Round 1 | 16 artists paired off in 8 sets, sketching/drawing 8 models
Round 2 | 8 artists paired off in 4 sets, sketching/drawing 4 models
The 8 artists competing in Round 2 are the winning artists from Round 1
Round 3 | 4 artists paired off in 2 sets, sketching/drawing 2 models
The 4 artists competing in Round 3 are the winning artists from Round 2
Round 4 | 2 artists go head-to-head, drawing a single model
The 2 artists competing in Round 4 are the winning artists from Round 3
Competitive Portrait Drawing is organized by the Arts Council of York County. It is a part of the Friday Arts Project’s 2018 ART PARTY.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC, 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 (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds More to Its Quilt Trail

October 7, 2018



#224 OUT OF THE BOX

“Out of the Box”, located on the old Walhalla Depot at 211 South College Street in Walhalla, SC, is a “Giant Dahlia” quilt modeled after one made by master quilter Jenny Grobusky of Walhalla. The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail sponsored this block and has donated it to the City of Walhalla in honor of Jenny Grobuski’s contributions to the upstate quilting community and to the communities of Oconee County.

Grobuski gave her version of this classic 20th century pattern an “out of the ordinary” twist by centering its dahlia medallion below, rather than on, the quilt’s mid-line—hence its name, Out of the Box. Jenny said she made this quilt for herself and wanted the entire dahlia to be on the middle of the bed instead of over the pillows where its symmetry would be distorted.

The Giant Dahlia quilt pattern was developed in America sometime in the early half of the 20th century. There are competing claims as to its original designer. One reference attributes the pattern to Hubert ver Mehren of Des Moines, Iowa. Beginning in the mid-20’s, his company called Home Arts Studio sold stamped textiles for embroidery and eventually sold patchwork and medallion quilt patterns. (http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com./2016/11/the-giant-dahlia.html). Quilt historian Ginny Beyer notes that the pattern was originally published in 1933 in the Des Moines Register. Finally, it has been suggested that the dahlia pattern may have been inspired by the designs in Rose windows found at the front of churches and cathedrals. (https://amishspirit.com/country-quilts/)

The Giant Dahlia is constructed of sixteen gently curving arcs radiating out from a small Dresden plate center. This complex pattern is not at all typical of traditional quilt piecing. There are no squares or triangles incorporated into the pattern. Instead, each arc is composed of distorted four-sided shapes that look a bit like misshapen squares someone tugged out of alignment. Each side of the shape is a slight convex or concave curve. As the dahlia grows out from the center, the pieces of the arc increase in size proportionally. Even the most experienced quilters find this pattern challenging. Extremely precise piecing is a necessity in order to create a truly spherical completed “dahlia.” Jenny machine pieced and machine quilted “Out of the Box”. This beautifully constructed quilt is a testimony to her exceptional skills as a quilter.

Grobuski is a prolific quilter and her work is distinguished by the vibrancy of its color. “Out of the Box” juxtaposes batiks in warm orange and red-orange against cool aqua, violet, and blue. The medallion is surrounded by a royal blue background and seems to glow as if it’s lit from within. “Out of the Box” won 2nd place in its category at the 2006 Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild show.

Born in Walhalla in 1923, Grobuski lives in the Walhalla community where she worked and raised her five children. Before taking up quilting in 1993, Jenny spent much of her life using her talents as a seamstress. She was instrumental in forming a quilting club in Walhalla called Stitchin’ Friends and was on the steering committee of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. She has been generous with her time and talents as demonstrated when she organized quilters in 2005 to make quilts for Hurricane Katrina victims. More than 200 quilts were donated to the relief effort.

Grobuski has been an active member of Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild. It is her unique, custom constructed quilt that covers a PT Cruiser outside each of LMQG’s quilt shows. She is a faithful member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Walhalla.

The City of Walhalla chose the old Walhalla Depot as the location for this block because of its historic significance to the city. The depot was built in 1887 by renowned Walhalla builder Otto Kaufmann, whose father John Kaufmann built St. John’s Lutheran Church. According to the Rev. George Shealy’s book Walhalla: The Garden of the Gods, the first train arrived at the new depot at 5 p.m. on November 14, 1887. It was located near the intersection of South Broad and College streets, where the Mountain Lakes Convention & Visitors Bureau and Walhalla Chamber of Commerce building stands today. The depot was given to the City of Walhalla by Norfolk-Southern Railroad Company in 1987 after they discontinued train service to Walhalla. The city moved it to its present site where it now serves as the focal point of the Walhalla Depot Park, also known as Kaufmann Square. For additional information about the Depot and Kaufmann Park visit (http://www.walhalladepot.com/).


#235 Fire and Ice

“Fire and Ice” is the first quilt block chosen by the Pickens County selection committee and financed by the Pickens County A-tax Commission grant to the Pickens County Area Chamber of Commerce. This multi-colored modern quilt graces the building of Domino’s Pizza at 102 East Main Street in downtown Pickens. Domino’s owner Scott Carrick fell in love with it and requested it for his location. The original quilt was made by Seneca quilter Libby Carter. She chose the quilt’s colors because they reminded her of beautiful Upstate South Carolina—the blues of our lakes and waters and the vivid oranges that represent the lovely fall foliage of the mountains. The quilt is primarily composed of batik fabrics. It was longarm quilted in the “Splashing” pattern by Libby’s friend, E. Ann Ewald of Dragonfly Designs. A version of this quilt was featured in the June 2008 edition of McCall’s Quilting. Libby’s placement of the orange batiks against the calmer blues creates a pleasing balance between energy and tranquility.

Carter has been quilting for approximately twenty years but has sewn in one form or another for much of her life. She considers herself a traditional quilter but enjoys all forms of quiltmaking and fabric craft. That is what inspired her to own a quilt shop with her sister for seven and a half years in Georgia before moving to South Carolina. Carter is a member of the Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild.


#236 Rhythm and Hues

“Rhythm and Hues” is located at 112 Main Street, next to the outdoor amphitheater on Rt.183 in downtown Pickens. It was funded by an A-tax grant written by Kim Smagala, director of the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce. According to Kim, “Rhythm and Hues” was chosen because it captured the essence of the Pickens community with its outdoor musical amphitheater and its vibrant Young Appalachian Musicians Program.

“Rhythm and Hues” is the unique creation of art quilter Jean Wachs. This quilt was made in 2016 for the Lake & Mountain Quilters Guild Show whose theme was “Symphony of Quilts.” Wachs said music has always been an important part of her life. Since she played the guitar when she was younger, it seemed like the perfect subject for the show. She used a clip art image which she enlarged, then modified, adding vibrant color and design to portray the music she imagined coming from the guitar.

All of the fabrics used in the quilt were 100% cotton, either batiks or hand dyed. Each piece was fused in place, then appliqued and quilted using free motion on her domestic machine. She sculpted copper wire to form the bridge, rayon gimp thread for the strings and small metal hooks for the tuning pegs. Wachs’ strong color composition of red, blue, yellow and green imbue the quilt with intense energy. The colors practically dance from the quilt.

“Rhythm and Hues” won first place at the quilt show in the pictorial category. It was not listed as being for sale, but during the show a lady called Wachs, inquiring about purchasing it. She eventually sold it to the woman, following a commitment to exhibit it with the art group Thread Heads at the Belton Art Center a few months later.

Wachs began sewing when she was in high school but did not take up quilting until 2006. Although she has done some traditional quilting, art quilting for wall display is her passion. In recent years, her focus has been on portrait and pictorial compositions.

For further information call 864/723-6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

The October 2018 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

October 1, 2018

The October 2018 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1018/1018carolinaarts.html) – all 64 pages of it.

On our cover this month is “Wash Day” by Kevin Chadwick, part of the exhibit “Tapestry of Life,” on view at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, from Oct. 5 – 31, 2018. A reception will be held on Oct. 5, from 5-8pm, during the Charleston Gallery Association’s city-wide art walk.

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 this publication possible.

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

Don’t forget that the deadline for our November 2018 issue will be Oct. 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com