Archive for April, 2019

The May 2019 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

April 30, 2019

The May 2019 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 63 pages of it.

On the cover this month we have “Who Holds You Up Through The Storm” by Angela Davis Johnson, part of the exhibit “Weatherin’ Between the Canebrake Blues,” on view at the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, through June 21, 2019. You can read about it on Page 20.

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 June 2019 issue will be May 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

2019 Lancaster County (SC) Ag + Art Tour Calls for Participation

April 30, 2019

The 2019 Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour takes place throughout Lancaster, SC, Saturday, June 22 (10am-4pm) and Sunday, June 23 (1-5pm).

The Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour is a part of the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, the nation’s largest free, self-guided farm tour featuring local artisans and farmers markets. During this tour visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase something special, and learn more about rural life.

An Artisan for the purpose of this program is defined as an individual that makes hand crafted products without the use of kits, commercial models and whose primary components are not manufactured. Craft artisans will be located at Farm Sites and can sell their products. Examples include but are not limited to: painters, potters, weavers, quilters, acoustic musicians, artisan bakers, value-added producers, etc. There is NO FEE to participate. Bakers and value-added food producers must provide a copy of any applicable permit required to sell your product in South Carolina.

Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence. Artisans can participate on different weekends but must complete a separate application for each county/weekend. Artisans will be able to provide their site location preferences. Artisans will also be able to share if they have a previous relationship with a particular farm site. The Ag + Art Tour County Planning Teams will make every effort to place artisans at their requested location but this placement cannot be guaranteed. If multiple artisans select the same location, placement will be based on a first-come-first-served basis, with special attention given to the type of artisan to allow for a diversity of activities at each site.

A listing of participating farm sites can be found at (

As a Participating Artisan You Agree to:
• Participate during the designated time/hours of the tour.
• Engage visitors through demonstrations and/or performances.
• Connect with your Farm Site prior to the tour to introduce yourself and plan your set-up.
• Use our brand guide to promote the tour.
• And most importantly, have fun!

Please visit ( for more information.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Calls for Entries for “Water Water Everywhere” Exhibit – Deadline July 10, 2019

April 30, 2019

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, invites artists to contribute art and artifacts to a special July exhibit titled “Water Water Everywhere”. Curated by artist Carol Willett, the goal of “Water Water Everywhere” is to explore the role water plays in sustaining life on the Outer Banks and reflecting that in as many different ways as possible.

“None of us can escape the influence that water has on our lives here on the Outer Banks,” said Carol Willett. “Water sustains us physically, economically and spiritually. It is a source of recreation, a key to our food industry, an environmental factor that influences our weather and a source of artistic inspiration. As a sculptor, the driftwood and materials I collect after each tide become part of the art that I create. I draw inspiration from the interaction of the sea and this ribbon of sand we call home.”

All forms of media including visual, literary and performing arts are welcome, and the show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and non-members. Works submitted to this exhibit should be no larger than 12×12 inches. Artwork can be dropped off on Tuesday, July 9 or Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Artists wishing to participate in the exhibition can find a prospectus online at ( and at the DCAC Gallery.

“We’d like to create a multisensory experience that delights people and leaves them wanting more, and we would be thrilled to include your artistic take on what water means to you,” adds Willett.

This water inspired art exhibit will debut on Friday, July 12 at 6pm with a special opening reception. The reception is free and open to the public and will also feature hors d’oeuvres and libations. Proceeds from exhibit sales will benefit art programs throughout the Outer Banks community. The show will remain on display at Dare County Arts Council through August 12, 2019.

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.

Any questions regarding the show can be e-mailed to the curator at ( For more information about “Water Water Everywhere”, please call 252/473 5558 or visit (

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, Calls for Proposals for Exhibitions at Its Seven Galleries

April 30, 2019

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, will have seven gallery locations by 2021 to exhibit art for the enrichment of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

We are now accepting submissions to exhibit at the Elizabeth Ross Gallery and the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries in 2020-2021.

For submission requirements, please visit our website at (

2019 Lakeside Artists Studio Tour Taking Place Oct. 11-13, 2019, in the Mooresville, NC, Area Calls for Participation – Deadline Sept. 1, 2019

April 30, 2019

The Lakeside Artists Studio Tour is celebrating our 10th year of offering high quality original art directly from the artists. We hope you will be interested in joining us! We are looking for original art in every medium, last year we featured not only painters in several media, but also potters with many different styles, wood turners, a furniture maker, a handbag maker, jewelers, a metal sculptor and a mosaic artist. The tour is held in private homes and studios along the Brawley Peninsula, near Mooresville, NC, with the studio owner along with guest artists exhibiting at every location.

Please share this information with any artist friends who may like to join in.

This year’s dates are October 10, 2019 for set up and October 11-13 for the tour. Entry deadline is Sept. 1, 2019.

A complete prospectus is available at (

Sarah Mandell of Greenville, SC, Shares Works from Artist-In-Residence at Edisto Beach State Park

April 30, 2019

Sarah Mandell is a fiber artist in Greenville, SC, who was honored to have been chosen as Artist-In-Residence at Edisto Beach State Park this spring. She stayed in the state park from April 19-26, 2019, creating art onsite inspired by the coastal scenery, and sharing her experience along the way. Mandell’s entire purpose is to capture the beauty of the lowcountry landscape in her medium of choice (needle felted wool fiber) and highlight this unique part of the state during my stay.

Mandell offered the following statement about her residency, “My 2D landscape ‘paintings’ are created entirely with dyed wool fiber. I use a notched felting needle to layer and matte down the sheep’s wool into a flat surface, which eventually creates a textile image that’s soft to the touch. The time-consuming process is a lot like painting – I do under colors first, then build up texture & dimension, and eventually finish with fine details – but this all done with strands of soft fiber and a specialized needle rather than paint and paintbrush.”

“My ongoing series ‘Fibers of the South’ explores South Carolina landscapes ranging from the irregular patterns of the Lowcountry, the textures of the midlands, and the dramatic shapes of the Upcountry. I’ve been truly inspired by this beautiful state ever since moving here in 2010.”

“My current body of work will be featured in my first long-term group exhibition at Greenville Center for Creative Arts from June 7 through July 24,” adds Mandell. “I was awarded a grant by Metropolitan Arts Council to help fund the supplies needed to create 100 needle felted landscapes in 100 days. I’m currently on day #39 of this series, and I expect to have quite a large number of pieces following my residency at Edisto Beach State Park in late April.”

“Although I have a fine art background and graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art, I’m self taught when it comes to needle felting. I began working in 3D first, and only recently changed focus to 2D work. I enjoy this magical medium so much that I teach workshops at GCCA on the weekends several times a year.”

For further information visit (

Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern, NC, Calls for Participation in Bern Garden Plein Air Event – Deadline May 10, 2019

April 30, 2019

Join us for the first ever ‘Bern Garden Plein Air Event” in New Bern, NC, from 9am to 1pm on May 18, 2019. This new event will feature artists of all mediums creating and designing new works inspired by the natural beauty of New Bern at three locations: Union Point Park, Tryon Palace Outer Gardens, and the Master Gardeners Cooperative Extension Garden. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply at ( by May 10, 2019, to be a part of the event.

Organized by Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Carolina Creations, and the Craven County Master Gardener Association, the event is open to artists of all mediums and free for the public to attend. The artists will work on creations on site inspired by their surroundings at the three locations, with work on sale to the public. Artworks requiring drying/firing/finishing or other extended times will be offered for sale in the “wet paint” fashion common to other plein air events, allowing the customer to pay now and pick the work up at a later date when completed. Finished works by the artist will be featured in an exhibition at Carolina Creations June 14- June 29, 2019.

For more information please call 252/638-2577 or visit (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Adds New Quilts Blocks to SC’s Growing Quilt Trail

April 30, 2019

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, adds more quilt blocks to South Carolina’s growing quilt trail.

#248 Granny Nell’s Hexagon Stars in Westminster, SC

Nell Barker Stone, or as most of her friends and family called her, Granny Nell, was the maker of this lively quilt whose pattern goes by many names—Hexagon Stars (Nancy Page, 1934), Texas Star (Ladies Art Company, 1922), Friendship Hexagon (Nancy Page), Dolly Madison (Kansas City Star, 1937). Granny Nell’s Hexagon Stars was most likely made sometime in the mid-20th century. However, this popular pattern appears in quilts as early as 1844 (source: Barbara Brackman, Material Culture blog spot, May 21, 2016).

Stone’s creative use of plaids and stripes in her quilt, as well as a calming turquoise and peach palette, result in a quilt that is both energetic and composed. The six-pointed star is constructed of five-sided shapes sewn to a center hexagon. There are several ways to complete this block. Granny Nell’s version of this pattern places a white hexagon between the hexagon stars. Other variations of the design use either a diamond or an elongated triangle to complete the hexagon block and connect the blocks to each other.

In 2017 after Nell Stone passed away, her daughter-in-law Dawn Stone was given this treasured quilt. Dawn said, “Granny Nell was a great influence in my life and I helped her with many quilts in the basement of her home. She would hang the old wooden quilt frame from the ceiling and often times have family and friends to help out.”

The location of this quilt block is on the Barker/Stone family farm in the Earle’s Grove community in southern Oconee County. Dawn’s family is the 4th generation to own and work the 65-acre farm originally purchased by her husband’s great-grandfather, Joshua Barker, in 1927. In the early 1900’s the farm grew cotton. At present, it is a working poultry and beef cattle farm. With good fortune, it will become a Century Farm in 2027.

#249 Resting Place in Pickens, SC

This lovely rendition of a lake and mountain landscape is based on a wall hanging designed and quilted by master quilter Gail Sexton of Sunset in Pickens County. ‘Resting Place’ faces 306 East Main Street, the office location of Dr. William W. Spearman, Optometry Specialist. It is placed on the wall of the historic Keowee Bank building erected in 1898. The bank unfortunately closed during the great depression, but the outline of the bank’s vault is still visible today. In 1929 Leon McCall purchased the building and opened a café. In 1963 Bobby Garren bought the business and opened it as Garren’s Café.

Resting Place is an excellent example of Gail Sexton’s artistic skill as both a painter and a quilter. She is a self-taught artist who began painting mostly landscapes with oils and acrylics in the early 1970’s. She made her first quilt for her daughter in 1971 but did not become a serious quilter until 1984. The transition from painting landscapes to creating them as fabric art was a natural fit for this talented artist. Resting Place is one of her favorite quilts and employs her signature techniques for constructing these smaller art pieces. Sexton begins by conceptualizing a scene in her mind. She imagines sitting on a rock, looking out on a landscape at the sky, water, and hills. After her mental vision for the piece takes shape, she transfers it into a drawing. Once she has a sketch of her concept she then begins to construct a pattern for the quilt. First she creates a paper-piecing pattern for the background, including the dominant elements of the design such as mountains and lakes or open fields. Fabric is then sewn directly onto the paper pattern to piece together the background. After removing the paper from this foundation the fun begins. She builds the composition by appliquéing a focal point such as the old tree in Resting Place onto the foundation. She continues to add elements such as trees, flowers, rocks, and birds to build the complexity and enhance the realism of the piece. Finally, the landscape is enhanced with quilting and thread painting that give it both dimension and texture.

Sexton’s quilting talents are not limited to only landscapes. She loves designing her own original patterns. Her beautiful pieced and appliquéd large quilts have won multiple awards over the years at the quilt shows of local guilds such as UpCountry Quilters Guild in Pickens and Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild of Seneca. She has received national recognition as well, having won awards in the national Hoffman Fabric Challenge three times and having a fourth quilt chosen as well for Hoffman’s traveling trunk shows.

#250 Martin’s Vitality in Pendleton, SC

Every quilt block on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail tells a unique story. But some stories are more poignant than others. The story of Martin’s Vitality is the story of a special, dearly loved young man whose presence graced the world far too briefly. This vibrantly colored quilt block is dedicated to the memory of Martin Acevedo – The Happy Farmer – as he was called by his family. According to his Aunt Anne, “Vitality beamed from him wherever he went.” The young man was known for his contagious smile, his helpfulness, a strong work ethic, his love of family and his passion for the agricultural life. He was a friend to all people. Martin’s Vitality is the perfect name for this special addition to the UHQT.

Martin’s aunt, Carolyn Harris, was chosen as the 2018 “Quilter of the Year” by the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. It is customary for the UHQT to paint a quilt block especially for the “Quilter of the Year,” usually based on a quilt made by the honoree. Sadly, twenty-six year old Martin died in a boating accident shortly before Carolyn was selected by the UHQT for the 2018 honor. So his aunt chose instead to have the UHQT use two treasured childhood quilts made for Martin by his mother Jane (Carolyn’s sister) as the inspiration for Martin’s Vitality. A team of Martin’s family members and friends, with the help of the UHQT paint production team, completed the block that now hangs on the barn at The Elms in Pendleton, his family’s homeplace and the farm of his great-grandfathers.

Martin’s Vitality is a nine patch variation of vibrantly colored squares made by Jane Martin Acevedo. Every color used in both the original quilts and the UHQT block are symbolic of some aspect of Martin Acevedo’s life and interests. The white center squares form a cross, representing Martin’s deep Christian faith. These white squares are also reminders of Martin’s animals – his dogs, his Holstein cows, his sheep – and his truck.

Yellow and green hold a special significance in this quilt story as well. The yellow block above the center cross signifies the morning sun and God’s mercies which are new every day. The yellow and green blocks throughout are appropriate reminders of Martin’s time spent on his John Deere and his Case tractor. Green is the color of the farms he tilled, 4-H Club and football fields, all things Martin loved.

The maroon square below the center cross symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ, shed for us all and Martin’s deep faith. It also reminds his family of his affection for a certain red Farmall tractor.

Blue is the color of a country sky and the bright blue jackets worn by the Future Farmers of America.

Orange and purple are Clemson colors. Martin was a founding member of the Clemson University Bluegrass Ensemble and an accomplished banjo player.

Quilts have long held a place in our culture as the custodians of memories and experience. They serve as reminders of the ones we loved, of the pleasure and comfort conveyed by family. Martin’s Vitality will be an enduring reminder of the Happy Farmer – the young man who lived his life with joy and purpose.

#251 Affairs of the Heart in Pickens, SC

Affairs of the Heart, a multiple quilt block installation inspired by a quilt made by Beth Eastman of Pickens, SC. Three separate blocks from Eastman’s appliqué quilt hang above the three windows on the façade of the tavern. As the name implies, the heart motif appears in each block design. The soft multi-colored palette of the quilt pops against a black background.

The original quilt was a “blocks of the month” quilt designed by Aie Rossman and offered by a Texas company, Stitching Heaven – three new block patterns arriving each month. Eastman fell in love with it and completed it in 2016. Her quilt won a 1st place ribbon at the Upcountry Quilters Guild show in 2017 as well as a Venders’ Choice award.

The blocks are machine appliquéd (stitched) onto the black background with a small blanket stitch. Additional hand embroidered yellow hearts and spirals mirror elements within each block’s design. The sashing fabric framing the blocks is a multi-colored embroidery motif print.

Appliquéd blocks such as these are constructed by cutting out the design elements from fabric, arranging them on a background, then securing them with stitching.

Eastman’s “free motion” quilted Affairs of the Heart was her very first attempt at employing this method of quilting to finish a piece. “Free motion” quilting requires the quilter to move the fabric manually under the needle, rather than the machine feed dogs carrying the fabric forward. The quilter is able to move the quilt top in any direction and can sew an infinite number of designs with this method.

Eastman moved to Pickens in 2008 and began quilting in 2009. Thanks to her sister’s encouragement, she purchased a sewing machine and took her first quilt class at Heirlooms and Comforts in Central, SC. Like so many quilters before her, she was hooked. She is a member of Upcountry Quilters Guild and sews every day for about five hours. She is active in her guild and particularly enjoys making Quilts of Valor. Her first Quilt of Valor was made for her husband. She worked for many years in the nuclear power industry and retired after serving as a technical writer at the Oconee Nuclear Station.

Amy Barrett, owner of Burning Brick Tavern, the site of this installation, is delighted to have Affairs of the Hearts grace her business. Affairs of the Heart is one of the Pickens area quilt blocks sponsored through a grant provided by the Pickens County A-tax Commission. The grant was secured by Kim Smagala of the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce.

When offered a chance to have a Quilt Trail block installed on the tavern, Amy chose Affairs of the Heart because of the way its bright colors “popped” against its black background. “My grandmother quilted and she tried very hard to teach me, but sadly that talent died with her. I regret not giving it the time it deserved. So I am very appreciative of anyone who can create these beautiful pieces of art,” said Amy. “I am very happy to be included in the Quilt Trail.”

#252 Resurgence in Salem, SC

Susan Carson Clark’s innovative art quilt, Resurgence, and the UHQT block that it inspired have found a new home at The Wine Emporium near Keowee Key in Salem. Both the block and the quilt had previously been at the Keowee Key residence of Arland McMullen. Arland purchased this quilt block – donated by UHQT – at a fund raiser for Hospice of the Foothills. When he discovered that the block derived from an existing quilt, he contacted Susan who agreed to sell it to him.

Arland was very active in the Keowee Key community, serving on its Board of Directors and as its president during his second term. Sadly, he lost his battle with cancer in December of 2017. His daughter Miranda then donated the block and the quilt to The Wine Emporium, a most appropriate site choice given the fact that Arland had been a former president of Les Marmitons, a wine and epicurean club.

Susan Clark’s quilt evolved from a piece of hand-dyed Ricky Tims fabric and his general instructions for using it in a quilt. Its bright colors were the inspiration for this piece. Begun in 2010, Clark set it aside after piecing the curves together because the next step was to cut it into several strips and stitch it back together with additional fabric. Clark says, “I couldn’t bear the thought of destroying such beautiful curves of gorgeous fabrics! When my friend Gil Huggins asked me to finish it and let the Quilt Trail use it as the design for a block to be donated to a charity auction, I networked with quilting friends for advice. I chose to leave the piece whole and add a dark, narrow inner border and a wider outer border of the hand-dyed fabric with no binding. I love the idea of improvisation, of free-flowing designs and learning from, instead of following, exact cutting directions for every block.”

“My mother taught me to sew when I was in the fifth grade because I was interested in the 4-H Dress Revue. I made a chartreuse sleeveless shift with a rose appliqué, earning a red ribbon. Mom and Clemson Extension agent Carolyn Harris have been my role models as I added quilting to my apparel sewing interests.” Her quilt’s name, Resurgence, means rebirth or renewal and seems especially appropriate now that both the quilt and the block can be appreciated by anyone who visits The Wine Emporium, thanks to the generosity of the McMullen family.

For more information or to see a map of the Trail visit (

A Trip to the Edge of America to See Art – Folly Beach – Who Knew

April 29, 2019

I’ve just posted a write up of a trip I made Saturday (4/27/19) to Folly Beach, SC, to visit Gallery Azul and the Backyard Art Sale they were having that day featuring 13 area artists. We have lots of photos too. Visit our blog Carolina Arts Unleashed at (

View of the backyard at Gallery Azul

Works by Tanya Craig

Entertainment by Sunflowers & Sin

Works by Kelly Kane Wood

Jewelry by Dolly Paul

Entries Sought for 2019 North Charleston (SC) Arts Fest Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions – Deadline April 29 and 30, 2019

April 10, 2019

The 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest is just a three weeks way, taking place May 1-5. 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 are eligible 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, SC. 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. Judged Art entries will be accepted in seven media categories: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, and 2-D mixed media. Awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Hannah Shepard. Shepard is a visual artist and Executive Director of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2017. Awarded magna cum laude from College of Charleston, her undergraduate degree was a double major in Arts Administration and Studio Art with a minor in Art History. She has exhibited her work throughout Charleston and Atlanta, while also working as an assistant gallery director and interning for museums and non-profit spaces. In 2017, she became the Executive Director at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, a non-profit arts organization with year-round museum quality contemporary art exhibitions, a rotating artist residency program, as well as additional educational programming and events.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30, from noon to 7pm. Artists should note there is a new drop-off location for entries. Entries should be delivered to the Exhibit Hall loading dock at the rear of the Convention Center, which can be accessed from Amsterdam Street via West Montague Avenue. A map and directions are included in the prospectus. 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, Jeffery Rich. Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. He explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. Jeff received his MFA in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. His project Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award and was published as a monograph in 2012. His work has been exhibited across the US and internationally and is held in several public and private collections. In 2017, Watershed: The Tennessee River was published with Fall Line Press. Jeff also curates the weekly series Eyes on the South for Oxford American Magazine.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30, from noon to 7:00pm. Artists should note there is a new drop-off location for entries. Entries should be delivered to the Exhibit Hall loading dock at the rear of the Convention Center, which can be accessed from Amsterdam Street via West Montague Avenue. A map and directions are included in the prospectus. Artists 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 entirety of the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Wednesday, May 1, 6-8pm, Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, 10am–6pm, and Sunday, May 5, noon-6pm. Award winners will be acknowledged at a free public reception in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, May 1, 6-8pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by Coastal Chamber Musicians and wine and refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend. A new Arts Fest event called the Exhibition Encore will be held on Sunday, May 5, from noon-6pm. This free event serves as a closing reception and celebration of these exhibitions, allowing patrons to view the artwork in a festive atmosphere and make final decisions on purchases. In addition to the vast array of artwork on display, the event offers musical entertainment, live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for May 1-5, 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, dance performances, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more. For more information about the 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.