Archive for January, 2020

The February 2020 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

January 31, 2020

The February 2020 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at ( – all 60 pages of it.

On our cover this month is a work by Kit Paulson, from the exhibit, “Time and Again: Glass Works by Kit Paulson and SaraBeth Post,” on view at the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, through May 1, 2020. And, works by Glenda Guion, from the exhibit, “From Seed To Mandorla,” on view at the Curtis R, Harley Gallery at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, through Feb. 14, 2020. You can read about the Guion exhibit in our Feb. 2020 issue, on Page 11, found at (

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 March 2020 issue will be February 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, Kicks Off Its 12th Year in 2020 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Jan. 20, 2020

January 19, 2020

The Hub City Empty Bowls will present its first two bowl-making sessions of 2020 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, from 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

Bowl-making sessions are public events where anyone from professional potters to beginners can make hand-shaped pottery bowls. Volunteers will provide you with materials and assist you when necessary. The bowls are then glazed and fired by members of Carolina Clay Artists and other volunteers.

“Most people find these bowl-making events to be fun and creative,” said HCEB chairperson, Bruce Bowyer. “This is perfect for people who have never done pottery but want to try, or for experienced potters to give back to the community. It is also a great place to come with your family. We love seeing everyone having fun while they make bowls.”
Every year, HCEB partners with a charity to donate their proceeds to. For the past few years, they have partnered with TOTAL Ministries, a nonprofit that donates food to locals in need.

In the fall, Hub City Empty Bowls hosts Soup Day, a public event that allows patrons to donate $20 and receive a previously-made bowl. In addition, patrons get to enjoy soup donated to the event by local restaurants.

“We are now going into our 12th year of Hub City Empty Bowls,” said Bowyer. “Time and again, Empty Bowls has proven to be one of Spartanburg’s most popular fundraisers. Last year, we donated more than $25,000 to TOTAL Ministries, and it was all done by members of the community who made simple pottery bowls.”

For more information and to find out about upcoming events, visit ( or check out their Facebook page, Hub City Empty Bowls.

Hub City Empty Bowls is one of Spartanburg County’s most respected and successful grassroots fundraisers organized by Carolina Clay Artists. Its purpose is to use the making of pottery bowls as a means to raise money that will help feed local citizens who don’t have enough to eat. Each year, Hub City Empty Bowls raises tens of thousands of dollars that are given to a local charity that is aligned with this purpose.

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Calls for Entries for its 26th Annual Judged Show – Deadline March 2, 2020

January 19, 2020

Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) 26th Annual Judged Show, which takes place in Bluffton, SC.

Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D. To be eligible for an award, each category must have a minimum of seven pieces on display.

Registration is required by completing a registration form available at 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. The deadline for entries is from 9 to 11am, Monday, March 2, 2020, at the Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SOBA gallery at 8 Church Street in Bluffton, SC. No entries will be accepted after 11am.

The Judged Show exhibit will be on display from March 2-April 6, 2020, at the SOBA gallery. An awards ceremony will take place from 5-7pm,Wednesday, March 4. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Artists can pick up their art from 9-11am, April 6 at the SOBA gallery.

The judge for the show is Mark Boedges. Boedges has amassed numerous awards and shown his work in many galleries. Boedges leads plein air workshops and is a well-known judge for shows throughout the country. His studio is located in Charlotte, VT.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in philosophy, Boedges pursued his passion for painting — particularly plein art, which would remain his focus for several years. Eventually, Boedges went back to school to study fine art at the University of Colorado, but he left the program after two years to study exclusively from nature. Among the many accolades, Boedges received the Grand Prize for Landscape and a spot on the cover of International Artist magazine. He recently received the Joseph Hartley Memorial award at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, Best in Show at the American Impressionist Society’s National Exhibition and Best in Show at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art.

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.

South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is Accepting Applications for Farm Tour Sites for 2020 June Tours – Deadline February 10, 2020

January 8, 2020

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is currently seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour to take place in May and June 2020. This free, self-guided tour is a great way for farms to showcase their operation and expand their exposure to locals and visitors alike.

Tour stops include family farms that cover a diverse spectrum of production including fruit and vegetable, livestock (protein, dairy, and/or fiber), on-farm distilleries/breweries, commodity crops, timber, and historical farming operations and farmers markets.

A special feature of this tour is an art component, as local artisans will be on location at participating farm sites during the tour weekends. These artisans will be showcasing (and selling) their work, creating a unique blended visitor experience of both agriculture and art!

The June 2020 tour will include 11 South Carolina counties with different counties participating each weekend (see schedule below). The tour will run Saturdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 1-5pm each weekend. Farms are encouraged to participate both days of their assigned weekend.

Participating Counties
May 30 – 31
June 6 – 7
Kershaw, Newberry, Richland, York (East)
June 13 – 14
Chester, Chesterfield, Lexington
June 20 – 21
Fairfield, Lancaster
June 27 – 28

Interested farms can visit our farm recruitment website at ( to learn more and apply.

The deadline to apply is Monday, February 10, 2020.

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a partnership program led by a team from Clemson Extension. Each participating county has a planning committee consisting of representatives from organizations that are involved in agriculture, art, tourism, economic development, and beyond.

2020 Night Market located at the Charleston (SC) City Market is Accepting Applications – Deadline January 29, 2020

January 8, 2020

The Night Market began as an Artisan/Hand Crafted only market in 2013, and now has over 100 various artists represented. This dynamic and diverse group has become an integral part of the Charleston City Market. The Night Market is located between Church Street and East Bay Street, in historic downtown Charleston, SC, each Friday & Saturday night, from March – December., from 6:30-10:30pm. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Night Market provides the opportunity to discover quality, unique, local handcrafted items, stretching for 3 blocks! It is not just a Market, but an experience.

Applications for the opening of 2020 Season will be accepted January 3, 2020 – January 29, 2020. Applications will only be accepted by those residing in South Carolina. We do not accept applications for the Day Market.

Click here ( for The NIGHT MARKET application.

Organizers Call for Entries for the 12th Annual North Ridge Country Club Art Gala, held Feb. 29, 2020, in Raleigh, NC – Deadline Jan. 19, 2020

January 8, 2020

Artists! It’s time once again to enter your artwork for an opportunity to show at the 12th Annual North Ridge Country Club Art Gala on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Entry Deadline: January 19, 2020

The North Ridge Country Club Art Society wishes to promote art and area artists, while also developing increased art appreciation within its membership. The NRCC Art Society continues to expand the permanent art collection in the clubhouse for members to enjoy. To achieve these goals, the North Ridge Country Club Art Society sponsors a juried art competition each year, culminating in a special event to showcase the work of the selected artists.

The 2020 Juror is Edie Carpenter, Director, Artistic + Curatorial Programs for the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, NC. Carpenter will serve as juror and select 25 pieces for the show from submitted artwork.

Those selected artists will have 8 X 10 foot booths to offer additional work for sale at the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6pm.

Club members and their guests will attend the party to view the work and possibly add pieces to their personal collections. The juror will choose Best in Show, Second and Third Place award winners, who will receive recognition at the Gala and the opportunity to display their work in Gallery Hall for a designated number of weeks at North Ridge Country Club.

The North Ridge Country Club Art Society will purchase the Best in Show piece to hang in the permanent collection.

$15 per digital entry
15% commission collected on work sold in connection with the show
Entry Deadline: January 19, 2020

Enter at this link (

North Ridge Country Club
6612 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27615