Archive for February, 2019

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Calls For Entries for Annual Judged Show – Deadline Mar. 4, 2019

February 28, 2019

The deadline for entries for the Society of Bluffton Artists’ 25th Annual Judged Show is from 9-11am, Monday, March 4, 2019. The exhibit runs from March 5-31 with a reception and awards ceremony held from 5-7pm, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

There is still time left for Lowcountry artists to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) 25th Annual Judged Show.

Pre-registration is required by stopping by the gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton or by registering online at ( The cost to register is $25 for SoBA members and $45 for non SoBA members.

Deliver registered art Monday, March 4 at the Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SoBA gallery at 8 Church Street. Label information for the artwork will be e-mailed after registration and the fee are received. No entries will be accepted after 11am.

To be eligible for an award, a minimum of 7 pieces of art must be displayed in any one category. The categories are acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D. Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards. A full list of rules are available online at (

The judge for this year’s show is internationally renowned watercolorist Judi Betts. Her paintings have appeared on national television, wine labels, CDs and DVDs, and in more than 35 books. She has served as juror or judge for more than 150 regional, national and international competitions. In 2009, Betts was on the awards jury for the American Watercolor Society’s 142nd International Competition. Additionally, she had presented more than 425 workshops, as well as invitational sessions for watercolor societies in Norway, Puerto Rico, Sweden and Canada. Betts is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies, members of both the National and Salmagundi Art Clubs in New York City, and she’s listed in “Who’s Who in American Art.” Betts’ paintings are included in corporate, university, museum and private collections.

The Society of Bluffton Artists is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. Please visit ( for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Halifax County Arts Council in Roanoke Rapids, NC, Calls For Entries From Regional Artists for the 2019 All Media Juried Art Show

February 28, 2019

Halifax County Arts Council of Roanoke Rapids, NC, is pleased to feature the 2019 All Media Juried Art Show in a six-week long exhibit this spring. The opening day of the exhibit is April 7, 2019. The location of the gallery is 1027 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

There will be a total of $1200 in prize money awarded. Both two and three-dimensional work may be submitted. Prize offerings will be $500 first place, $300 second place, $200 third place, and $100 fourth place, with four honorable mentions, $25.00 each. All work to be considered must be original – conceived and created by the artists. The fee is a non-refundable $10 for each entry. There is no limit on the number of pieces that an artist may enter. The juror is Mark Gordon, MFA, Associate Professor of Art at Barton College.

The “Call for Artists” will bring in artists from the Roanoke Valley, Lake Gaston, and surrounding areas in Virginia and North Carolina. The Rules and Application are available at ( The public is invited to the opening Awards, Sunday, April 7th (3-5pm) as well as the Sip n’ See, at Halifax County Arts Council, on Roanoke Avenue, Monday, April 8th (6-8pm).

Artist/President of Lake Country Artisans Guild, Sarah Bolduc, remarks, “Halifax County Art Council Gallery,” in Roanoke Rapids, is an exceptional exhibit opportunity with great wall and open space. Excellent lighting enhances the exhibit. Plus, there is plenty of parking around the gallery and across the street. The receptions offer find food and beverage, as well as vibrant artistic conversation.” Exhibit Chairwoman, Carol Moseley, says, “I look forward to chairing this exhibit!”

For more information visit ( or e-mail to Nancy Mueller at (

Bluffton Arts District in Bluffton, SC, Presents 2019 Annual Bluffton Old Town Paint Out – Apr. 27, 2019

February 28, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10am-4pm, artists are invited to break out their paintbrushes and sun hats for this fun plein air painting event taking place in beautiful Bluffton, SC, in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 walk up. Registration forms are available at any of the old town art galleries and on-line at ( Register in person at Four Corners Framing, 1263-B May River Road with cash or check, or online with credit card at ( Artists, check in at the event tent on the corner of Calhoun and Lawrence Streets between 10am and 1pm and then off to paint at one of the picturesque settings in old town Bluffton. Artists and visitors are invited to gather at the event tent at 4pm for judging, viewing and awards – cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

This event is just part of the Spring Fling Arts Weekend Celebration in Old Town Bluffton beginning with the Spring Art Walk 4-7pm Friday, April 26. The Plein Air Paint Out on Saturday, and Art of Cuisine Stroll & Savor event on Sunday April 28, 2019.

For more information please visit the Bluffton Arts District facebook page, ( or call 843/757-8185.

Art League of Hilton Head (SC) Seeks Artists for National Juried Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 22, 2019

February 17, 2019

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, invites artists to enter the “2019 Biennale”, its 26th National Juried Exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at Art League Gallery. This gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

Work by Laurie McIntosh, 2018 2nd Place

Deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. For more information and to enter, visit (

The “2019 Biennale” judge is Alan Flattmann, an internationally known, award-winning artist accomplished in oil, watercolor and pastel. He is the author of “The Art of Pastel Painting”, widely considered the definitive guide to pastels.

Work by Jonathan Murrill, 2018 Honorable Mention

The “2019 Biennale” exhibition will be free and open to the public from May 7 – June 1, 2019 at the Art League Gallery, located inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, from 5-7pm. This exhibition will take place during the run of a professionally produced performance of “A Chorus Line” on the stage of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Since the gallery is located inside the Arts Center, we expect to host an additional 100 to 200 theatre-goers each evening in addition to our regular visitors.

Cost: A non-refundable fee of $35 enables each artist to enter 1 application of work. Artists may submit additional applications for $10 each. Limit three. 1 image per application.

For further info call the Art League at 843/681-5060.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Calls for Applications for 60th Annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival – Deadline May 1, 2019

February 17, 2019

Artist applications are available for the 60th annual Art on Main fine art and fine craft festival in downtown Hendersonville, NC. Festival dates will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, 2019, from 10am to 5pm each day. This juried and judged show is produced by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

The Art on Main Committee is announcing that this year’s show will be set up on Main Street for a third year. The committee has been working with the city to move the show into the street for several years. This allows for a show with a more connected layout, storage space behind booths, and a safer environment for everyone.

Artists may download an application from the Arts Council’s website at ( An application can also be requested by e-mailing the Arts Council at (, or by calling 828/693-8504. Artists must send four images of their work plus a photo of their booth along with their applications.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019 (postmark).

$3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Breakfasts, booth sitters, and a complimentary accommodations program, which provides housing for traveling artists in the homes of members of the Arts Council community will be provided as needed.

The Arts Council has an aggressive marketing campaign planned to draw audiences from Henderson County, the broader North Carolina region, South Carolina, and Georgia. Residents and tourists alike enthusiastically look forward to this popular annual outdoor festival.

Morris Broadband is a major sponsor for this event. For further information about Art on Main, please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County by e-mail at ( or 828/693-8504. The web address is (

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 2700A Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Arts Council of Moore County & Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities Fine Arts Lecture Series in Southern Pines, NC

February 15, 2019

The Fine Arts Lecture Series presented by the Arts Council of Moore County & Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities will take place at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, NC, on the following dates:

Lecture #1 – Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 5:30pm, Molly Gwinn will present “TEAM TEACHING: Josef & Anni Albers at Black Mountain College”

Lecture #2 – Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 5:30pm will present “Ellen Burke: NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE: Portrait Painters – Alchemist of Humanity”

Lecture #3 – Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 5:30pm, will present Denise Drum Baker “ARTISTS & MUSES: Lee Krasner Pollock, Elaine de Kooning Georgia O’Keeffe”

Cost (per lecture): $15 for ACMC & Weymouth Members or $20 for Nonmembers. All lectures will be presented at
Weymouth Center, 555 E Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines. Space is limited, so lease register now with full payment at the Arts Council’s offices at 482 E. Connecticut Ave, Southern Pines.

For additional information, call 910/692-2787 or visit (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Applications for Exhibits at the Center for the Arts’ Dalton Gallery for 2010

February 15, 2019

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is now accepting proposals for 2020 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects, is located at the Center for the Arts. The Dalton Gallery is an 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

Each year the Arts Council presents six to eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered as a solo or group exhibition for one of the Arts Council’s 2020 gallery exhibitions, must submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager, by 5pm on Friday, April 5, 2019:

Exhibition proposal describing themes, goals, and vision of the artist(s) in the presentation of the body of work submitted for consideration. Artists may submit proposals for exhibition as a group or individually.

Artist statement describing the techniques used in the creation of the work, and the ideas of concepts communicated through the works submitted for exhibition.

Artist(s) must include a statement of clarification within their artist statement if the works submitted are not the works intended for exhibition. In this case, artists must submit examples of previous works, and a discussion of the techniques and concepts that will be utilized in the planned exhibition works.

Artist resume or curriculum vitae that includes name, contact information, short biography, list of past exhibitions, education notable honors, awards, publications.

10 to 12 hi-res images (300 dpi jpegs) representing work intended for exhibition.

Inventory list with titles, sizes, and mediums that have been numbered to correspond to the file names of the images submitted for consideration.

$20 submission fee.

The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council’s submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

Email to:
Mike Gentry

Mail to:
ACYC Attn: Mike Gentry
PO Box 2797
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Deliver to:
Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730

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 (, or visit our webpage at (

North Charleston Arts Fest Reveals 2019 Design Competition Winner – Joseph Kameen

February 15, 2019

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Joseph (Joe) Kameen of Graniteville, SC, as the winner of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Kameen’s oil painting, titled “Shadow Boxer”, will be used to promote the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place in North Charleston, SC, on May 1-5. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece is now part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection.

Work by Joseph (Joe) Kameen

Kameen submitted three of his paintings for consideration for the Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. “I believe that these paintings are a good representation of the North Charleston Arts Fest not only because of their broad visual appeal, but also because of the widely relevant nature of the content of the images,” he explains. “My paintings deal with universal, human questions about our experiences. We all ask questions that cannot be answered definitively; as abstract as wondering about our purpose in life, or as personal as asking why we act the way we do. I take these complicated, and often challenging, ideas and use them as inspiration to craft more approachable, metaphorical images. My use of bright colors and active compositions attract the viewer, while the imagery forces the viewer to ask more complicated questions of and for themselves. I feel that this breadth of possibilities and openness to a variety of artistic experiences reflects the diversity of an event like the North Charleston Arts Fest.” It was, in fact, Joe’s use of bright colors, active composition, and the open and intriguing narrative of Shadow Boxer that most appealed to the review panel, who selected the painting among a total of 57 entries by artists from six cities across the state.

Joseph Kameen is an artist and educator. He received his BFAs in Sculpture and Painting at Boston University in 2013, and his MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015. His work has been featured in publications such as the Boston Voyager, Emboss Magazine, and the Pinch Literary Journal, and is in both national and international private collections. He has curated and exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, South Carolina, and New York, including The Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery. Kameen has instructed courses in drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, digital design, and 3D printing at Boston University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Indiana University East. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Kameen’s paintings use narrative imagery and invented spaces to explore the innately human activity of asking “why,” and to analyze the relationship we form with these questions. Because his paintings are about human experience, the body is featured heavily in his work. Kameen uses his own body as a recurring character so that he always keeps a personal connection to these ideas. Memory also plays heavily into his process, with rooms, objects, and people from his life filtering in and out of paintings. Kameen’s colors are a combination of memory and imagination and often begin with observations made about colors found during certain times of day or under specific weather conditions. He then shifts and exaggerates these found colors to fit his invented worlds. Exaggerated perspectives and compositions reference the hyperbolic expression of Mannerist and Romantic paintings, while bright colors and references to the picture plane point to modern pulp approaches to these same idealized forms. By combining these elements of traditional and popular art, Joe hopes to create work that is both engaged in a conversation with the history of painting, and is accessible and approachable for the average viewer.

A collection of Kameen’s paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2019. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Shadow Boxer”. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during a special reception on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8pm. Kameen will also offer a painting demo during the Arts Fest Exhibition Encore at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Sunday, May 5. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase during the festival.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (, or visit (

Greg Weber Named the New President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC

February 15, 2019

The new President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County has more than 30 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, including stints at arts organizations in San Francisco, Houston, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Greg Weber was chosen after an extensive nationwide search conducted by a firm that specializes in finding the best of the best in nonprofits management,” said David Phillips, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Arts Council. “More than 100 candidates applied for the position, and both the Board and senior staff members of the Arts Council were a vital part of the selection process which spanned several months.”

Weber replaces Deborah Martin Mintz, who has been with the Arts Council for 25 years, 17 of those in the top leadership role. Mintz describes Weber as “an innovator with a keen business sense who has helped lead creative initiatives in the diverse communities that he has served.”

To ensure a smooth transition, Mintz has collaborated with Weber since the first of the year, and Weber also is spending time in Fayetteville on select dates in February and March, working with the staff in strategic planning sessions. He also is expected to meet with city officials and cultural group leaders before assuming his new position on April 1.

Weber comes to Fayetteville from Tulsa, OK, where he rose from Managing Director to General Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa Opera, Inc. Prior to Tulsa, Weber worked as the Director of Production for the San Francisco Opera Association and as Technical Director for the Houston Grand Opera Association.

He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Technology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Design and Technology from Ball State University in his native Indiana. Weber also completed a Residency in Technical Theater from the Moscow Art Theater in Russia.

Weber researched several metropolitan areas when considering a possible career move, but all arrows kept pointing back to Fayetteville. “Fayetteville is a city on the move!” he said. “Great cities are not gauged by their width or length, rather by their visions and dreams. The growth and investment attracted me, but when I visited Fayetteville, it was the passion and excitement of the people that captivated me.”

He added, “The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County has been a leader in growing this region. I am thrilled to be part of an organization where I can work to guarantee our next generation the opportunity to explore ideas, imagination and ingenuity through the arts.”

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.

The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

For further info visit the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County at (

41st Annual “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” Award Recipients Announced in Manteo, NC

February 15, 2019

Over a hundred people gathered at Dare County Arts Council on Saturday, January 26 for the 41st “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” opening reception in Manteo, NC. This year’s “Frank Stick Show” is dedicated to the late Glenn Eure recognizing his contributions to the arts on the Outer Banks and beyond.

Glenn’s wife Pat Eure, who is an author, poet, curator, archivist and gallery owner, carefully selected the following award recipients from 103 entries:

Eure Best In Show- James Melvin’s “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage). Photo courtesy of Tatum Clements.

Eure Best In Show: James Melvin “The Glenn Eure Experience” (oil/collage)

Excellence Awards: Rick Tupper “Early Evening Fireflies” (acrylic), James Perry “Epic Sunrise” (mixed media), Mary Ann Remer “From The Mountains To The Sea 1” (hand-colored collograph), and Michael Halminski “Tribute in KC” (photography)

Honorable Mentions: Carolina Coto “Small Town Girl” (acrylic), Mike Bennett “Moon Bath” (acrylic), and Jim Bumpass “Large Urn” (turned wood)

People’s Choice Award: Taylor Williams “Sandy Wave” (oil)

“I think the entries in this year’s “Frank Stick Show” are extraordinary and it’s good to see such a variety of approaches,” said Pat Eure. “I used three criteria when judging the show. The first was originality- something conceived in the creative mind and explored in the chosen medium, so that the work invited me into its world, had meaning for me as an observer. The second was technical proficiency. And, of course, I tried to understand what Glenn Eure might see in the work. I hope that he was somewhere around when I was selecting the pieces, influencing me. I know, because he has actually done it in judging, Glenn Eure would have wanted a blue ribbon beside each piece in the show. He loved art and the artist in each of us- so in spirit each creation presented at this show is a winner. To the artists represented in this exhibition, I am sure he would say “Eure Great!”

Nags Head artist James Melvin won the 2019 Eure Best In Show award. “The Glenn Eure Experience” was exciting to create and gave me an opportunity to reflect on the super creative work and extraordinary life of my wonderful friend, Glenn Eure,” said James Melvin. “He had such a big and generous heart and was the essence of love. I am humbled that my entry was chosen to receive this honorable award. I am also looking forward to my solo exhibit at Dare County Arts Council in March.”

22 year-old Outer Banks artist Taylor Williams received an overwhelming number of votes for the 2019 People’s Choice award. “I am so grateful that so many people noticed my painting and voted for it for the People’s Choice award,” said Taylor Williams. “Receiving so much support made me excited and inspired to work on new pieces for my solo show at the Dare County Arts Council in July.”

The annual show is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick, and is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County.

The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

A special thank you to Muse Originals, Down Creek Gallery, Jewelry By Gail, Inc., Tar Heel Trading Company, KDH Cooperative, Michael Halminski Photography, Mama Kwans, The Outer Banks Brewing Station, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Sam & Winston, The Blue Point, and Outer Banks Fiber Guild for sponsoring the show.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

For more information about this show or upcoming Dare County Arts Council events and exhibitions, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (