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North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2018 Design Competition Winner – Hamed Mahmoodi

February 9, 2018

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville, SC, as the winner of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Mahmoodi’s acrylic painting, titled “Atlantic Sun”, will be used to promote the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 2-6, in North Charleston, SC. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.


“Atlantic Sun” by Hamed Mahmoodi

Mahmoodi’s design was selected from a total of 85 entries by artists from 11 cities across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

Mahmoodi, who has submitted work into the competition in years past, created a series of abstract paintings in the Art Nouveau manner for his entries in this year’s competition. “I focused on concentrated circles and curves and loaded the pieces with colors in a rainbow fashion that would be pleasing to the viewer’s eye,” he explains. “I believe the vibrancy created by the enticing color scheme and the energy generated by the movement in “Atlantic Sun” are very representative of the North Charleston Arts Fest. The diverse performances and artwork featured during the event, and the approach to connecting the arts and community members, bring vibrancy and energy to the City that I think is very special.”

Hamed Mahmoodi was born in Iran and moved to South Carolina in 1978. He attended Clemson University and received a BS in Design Architecture in 1986. After graduation, he worked as an associate architect at Fluor International, then as art director for Naegele Outdoor Advertising. He has been a freelance designer for various architectural firms throughout the Southeast and a full-time artist working in a variety of media since the late 80’s. Mahmoodi has had several one-man shows in museums, universities, galleries, and restaurants, and his design works and paintings can be found from Ground Zero Memorial Park in NYC to the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. He has also earned numerous juried awards, best in show honors, merit awards, fellowships, and art grants and has been chosen as the poster/art design winner of other notable festivals, including Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston, SC) and the Coca-Cola RiverPlace Festival (Greenville, SC).

Oil, watercolor, acrylic, metals, wax, paper, furniture, and photography are just some of the media that Mahmoodi has used to create his diverse works of art. His philosophy for creating art is much like Robert Rauschenberg and Christo, whereas he believes that each idea and work deserves its own individual style and medium. Therefore, his approach varies from representational to abstract, with his most recent paintings primarily executed in an abstract style with an emphasis on color and movement.

A new series of Mahmoodi’s paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2018. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Atlantic Sun”. 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 the Arts Fest Expo from 11am-5pm on May 5 & 6, 2018. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase.

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 (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

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Awards Announced at Opening of “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at Florence County Museum in Florence, SC

January 31, 2018

Thursday evening, Jan. 25, 2018, marked the formal opening of the “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC.

This year’s competition juror was contemporary South Carolina artist Hollis Brown Thornton, of Aiken. The “Pee Dee Regional” has been presented annually since 1954 and is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state.

Attendees at the reception were welcomed by Jumana Swindler, chair of the Florence County Museum Board, followed by remarks from Blake Pate, representing corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A, who announced the winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards.

The $1000 First Place cash prize was awarded to competition newcomer Kevin Spaulding, for his oil painting, “Hearth”. The painting is one of two works by Spaulding in the exhibit. Spaulding, who recently relocated to Florence County, has been an accomplished artist for over 20 years. He received a degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University before living and working in New York.


Kevin Spaulding standing by his work “Hearth”.

“Spaulding’s entries are rich, darkly-toned, and technically proficient,” said museum curator Stephen W. Motte. “His subject matter is rendered within a natural environment, but avoids being landscape painting, it appears isolated in place and time, like classical still life. The two works in the competition are photo-realistic in detail, yet minimal in composition. The result is something both traditional and contemporary. I look forward to seeing more from this artist in the future.”

A Second Place award of $600 was given to Haley Ard, also of Florence County, for her large mixed media work, “The Kitchen Sink”. Although perhaps the youngest artist in the exhibition, Ard is no stranger to high-profile competitions, and is currently exhibiting work in Spartanburg, SC.

In 2017, she received due attention for her assemblage-portrait “Made-Up”, composed of cosmetics and accessories. The work, exhibited at ArtFields in Lake City, was intended to raise questions about the purpose of wearing makeup, and whether it is used to enhance beauty, or cover to it up.

“Like ‘Made-Up’, Ard’s collage ‘The Kitchen Sink’ is an excellent example of the relationship between media and message,” Motte said. “This is one of the most difficult lines to walk for a lot of artists, and Ard is showing a lot of maturity in her handling of concept with craftsmanship.”

Third Place ($250) went to Treelee MacAnn, a veteran printmaker, for her serigraph “Congaree Forest Ribbon”. MacAnn has received numerous honors in past Pee Dee Regional exhibitions for her works on paper, which often originate in photographic imagery before being reinterpreted in print.

The Honorable Mention ($100) this year went to Alexandra Knox, of Loris, SC, for her sculptural mixed media wall piece, “Five to Nine”. The work, created from wax casts of the artist’s hands held together with horse hair, is one of two by Knox in this year’s exhibition.

About Knox, competition juror Hollis Brown Thornton had this to say, “… stunning to see in person. Incredibly organic and visceral. It is difficult to add humanity and vulnerability to an object using technique and materials, and Knox’s ‘hands’ have done that beautifully.”

Thornton is a professional artist and native of Aiken, South Carolina. He received his BFA from the University of South Carolina and has been working professionally since 2000. His work has been exhibited in France, Germany and Japan, and has appeared in “Elle” magazine and “The New Yorker”.

Thornton became Gallery Director at Mongerson Gallery in Chicago in 2001 where he also worked for two years as an art preparator. Returning to South Carolina in August 2005, Thornton and his wife opened the clothing boutique Threads, in downtown Aiken.

Thornton’s recent large scale drawings often examine the malleable nature of memory in both personal experience and popular culture. His colorful compositions are carefully rendered with photo-realistic effect, at times using only permanent marker, a medium which alludes to the concepts at play beyond the artworks’ surfaces.

When asked about his approach to making art, he says, “Everything I do works with the balance between precision and the inherent limitations of making something by hand.”

Thornton’s recent works will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery in the fall of 2018.

As in previous years, the “2018 Pee Dee Regional” was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists within the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region.

The exhibition is comprised of 30 works selected from nearly 200 submissions in multiple media. “We have seen a notable increase in entries this year, a lot of which are coming from artists new to this competition,” Motte commented.

“I hope that, with this annual competition, the Florence County Museum can continue to engage with contemporary artists, and encourage the creative intelligence in the state. Artists should know that they are a part of something outside the studio… that the physical works they create are assets that give intangible value to the world around them.”

The reception was organized and catered with refreshments prepared by museum volunteers. Flower arrangements were provided by Consider the Lillies, of Florence.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 30, 2018 in the FCM Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan St. Visitors are invited to join the awards selection by casting their ballots for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through Friday, March 23. The winner will be announced Monday, March 26.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through March 30, 2018.

For more information about the “Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit the website at (www.flocomuseum.org).

The Search is on for Folks who Own Works by the Late Manning Williams

January 19, 2018

A retrospective of the late Manning Williams’ long artistic career is in the works at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. Those involved want to make sure they have a chance to survey all his work, including the art owned by third parties. The goal is an extensive book of his work that would accompany the show.

If you have a Manning Williams or know someone who does and that person hasn’t yet been contacted by Manning’s widow, Barbara, Linda Fantuzzo, or his major collector, Leonard Long, please contact Carolina Arts at (info@carolinaarts.com) and the information will be passed along. We would like the collector’s contact info and if they can provide a photo (via e-mail) and we can decide whether it is suitable for either book and/or museum show – if the collector is willing.

The Associated Artists of Southport, NC, is Accepting Entries for its “Spring Regional Art Show” – Deadline Feb. 9, 2018

January 17, 2018

The Associated Artists of Southport, NC, is accepting entries for its annual juried “Spring Regional Art Show”, which will take place from Feb. 26 through Mar. 17, 2018 Deadline for entry is Feb. 9, 2018.

Gina Strumpf, 2-D and Brian Evans, 3D will judge the actual work. All Work will be displayed at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, NC.

For the exhibit prospectus visit (www.franklinsquaregallery.com).

Wilmington Art Association Calls for Entries for the “36th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale” Taking Place in Wilmington, NC – Deadline is Feb. 26, 2018

January 17, 2018

The Wilmington Art Association (WAA) invites artists to submit work for its “36th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale”. This show will be open Apr. 7-15, 2018 in Wilmington, NC, during the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival.

The WAA welcomes Janette K. Hopper as the Juror/Judge for the 2018 “WAA Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale”. Hopper is an active painter, printmaker and performance artist here in Wilmington. Last year’s art activities included a one-person show at the Wilma Daniels Gallery, an exhibit at Art in Bloom, her Japanese print inspired the mural at Nikki’s on Front St. and a performance with a New York dance troop, as part of Cucalorus. She received her Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Oregon and has taught here in the United States, with her position as the Art Department Chair at UNC Pembroke, bringing her to North Carolina

Deadline for entries is Feb. 26, 2018 at 5pm. The show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older and will include original works in painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed media and three-dimensional work. Monetary and merchandise awards will be in excess of $4000.

Interested artists are encouraged to visit (http://wilmingtonart.org/) or call 910/343-4370 for a full Prospectus.

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, is Now Accepting Nominations For People’s Choice Exhibit – Deadline Jan. 27, 2018

January 17, 2018

The Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces a call for nominations for their inaugural People’s Choice solo exhibit, which will be on display in DCAC’s vault Nov. 2-30, 2018.

The idea for the People’s Choice exhibit came about as a way to engage the Outer Banks community’s enthusiasm for the arts and to build awareness of both established and emerging artists in Dare County.

“Dare County Arts Council has always encouraged our art supporters to vote for their favorites in exhibits,” said Dare County Arts Council Program Chair Carol Willett. “Recognition is important to all artists, and a People’s Choice show is a means of gathering feedback not only for artists, but also for Dare County Arts Council.

The entire Outer Banks community, from Corolla to Ocracoke, is invited to make nominations for artists from every type of visual arts media for the People’s Choice exhibit. All artists, regardless of age or hometown, are eligible to be nominated for the People’s Choice exhibit.

Nominations can be made online at (DareArts DOT org/peopleschoice) and at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo through January 27, 2018.

The last opportunity for the public to make nominations will be at the opening reception of the “40th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” at Dare County Arts Council on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

After the submission period is closed, a panel of judges will review the nominations and select the People’s Choice artist for 2018.

“The whole idea behind this organization is that it is a council, a place where all opinions matter,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “We always strive to include as many voices as possible and the People’s Choice exhibit gives us a new opportunity to listen to our community.”
The People’s Choice artist will be announced on Feb. 12, 2018.

The month-long exhibit will have an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6pm, where the community will be able to meet the People’s Choice artist and view their work.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

For more information about the People’s Choice exhibit, please visit (DareArts DOT org/peopleschoice) or call 252/473-5558.

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Calls for Entries for “24th Annual Judged Show” – Deadline is Mar. 5, 2018

January 17, 2018

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is reaching out to all local artists for a special call for entries for the “24th Annual Judged Show”, which will take place from Mar. 6-Apr. 1, 2018, at the SoBA gallery, located in Old Town Bluffton, SC.

The opening reception and awards is from 5-7pm, on Mar. 7 at the gallery. Artists are asked to fill out a registration form at the gallery or online at (www.sobagallery.com/24th-annual-judged-show). The Judged Show is open to the first 100 entries. The entry fee is $25 for SoBA members and $35 for non-members.

Artwork should be delivered from 9-11am, on Mar. 5, 2018, at the Center for Creative Arts, next door to the SoBA gallery on Church Street. No entries are accepted after 11am.

The Judged Show will include first, second and third place cash awards in acrylic, mixed media, oil, photography, watercolor and 3D. Rules for entry and other information can be found on the SoBA website.

Nationally acclaimed artist Linda St. Clair will judge the artwork. St. Clair’s paintings are exhibited and collected throughout the nation and worldwide. She is a two-time recipient of the Grumbacher Gold Medal and member of the Society of Animal Artists in New York. Her work is featured in galleries in Sedona, Arizona; St. Helena, California; Beaver Creek, Colorado; Ketchum, Idaho; Hilton Head Island, SC; Washington, DC; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and her home city of Santa Fe. She has exhibited nationally at The Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, The Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition in New York, and The Salmagundi Club in New York. She is represented in galleries throughout the United States.

SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more.

Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Calls for Exhibit Proposals for 2018-19 Bassett Gallery Season – Deadline is Mar. 2, 2018

January 17, 2018

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, is currently accepting artist materials for consideration for exhibition in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from Sept. 2018 through May 2019. Submissions will be considered for both solo and group exhibitions.

Artists must submit samples of their proposed exhibition and/or work electronically. Submissions may be made via e-mail, linked to a “cloud” portfolio, or by sending a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles, as well as any proposed theme for the exhibition. A resume, submission form, artist statement, description of the style of work, its size and medium used should be included. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

In order to be considered for a solo exhibition, the artist must be able to fill the Bassett Gallery. A diagram of the dimensions of the gallery is included with the application form which may be found on the website at (www.fineartscenter.org). The Bassett Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.

Applications may also be picked up at the FAC Office, located at 810 Lyttleton Street during regular business hours. Materials will not be returned unless requested.

Submissions for the 2018-19 season will be accepted through Mar. 2, 2018. Please send all submissions to (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org), or via mail to:
Bassett Gallery Exhibits Committee
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC 29020

For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson by e-mail at (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org) or by phone at 803/425-7676 ext. 305.

Artists are responsible for load-in, hanging, and tear-down of the exhibit. Any expenses incurred by the artist(s) for travel, set-up, tear-down, etc. of exhibitions are not covered by the FAC. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s.) Artists are encouraged to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. The FAC will retain 30% of any sales during the period of the exhibition. Selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than May 1, 2018.

Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to six weeks.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, Duke Energy and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and donations from businesses and individuals.

For more information about the FAC, please visit (www.fineartscenter.org) or call 803/425-7676.

Editor of Carolina Arts Drops Another Ball From Coverage in Our Jan. 2018 Issue.

January 9, 2018

OK – here’s another exhibit which fell victim to my recent dance with cancer. I don’t know if I dropped the ball or Brevard College did, but I’m taking the blame on this one too. I know we were sent something by the artist or the college and I can’t find it. But I did find this image floating around Facebook today. So here it is. We don’t usually run images like this, but this is the exception – there is always an exception – one kept me in the hospital for a week I did not plan on.

Main and Maxwell in Greenwood, SC, Features Kitchen Products Made in Homeless Program

January 9, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is an article that should have been in our Jan. 2018 issue of “Carolina Arts”, but I dropped the ball during my dance with cancer in December. Unfortunately things like that happen, but we’re trying to make up for it. Help me out my sharing this with others on your social network.

Main & Maxwell in Uptown Greenwood, SC, is featuring the exhibit, “Furnishing a Future program with Greenwood Pathway House,” on view through Jan. 31, 2018. A reception will be held on Jan. 25, from 5:30-7pm.

Furnishing a Future is a wood workshop on the Parham campus of Greenwood Pathway House. There, homeless clients learn woodworking skills and learn to rehabilitate and refurbish used and damaged furniture. In addition, clients learn to design and produce handcrafted bread boards. Furnishing a Future equips clients with a new skill set, job training, and the potential for employment. The program focuses on helping the homeless by facilitating intentional, long-term relationships.

This model fosters authentic relationships that empower clients. The goal is that, while the program works with homeless people to transform furniture, they also instill skills and values that will help clients see the potential for a personal transformation as well. Completing the circle, Greenwood Pathway House then sells the renovated furniture, and bread boards directing the proceeds back into the ministry.

Main & Maxwell has partnered with Greenwood Pathway House to provide a venue for the sale of their bread boards.

Main & Maxwell is a unique gallery and retail shop offering a selection of high quality art and handcrafted pieces. It is their intent to support the Greenwood community by featuring locally and regionally produced work for sale.

For further info call the gallery at 864/223-6229 or visit (www.mainandmaxwell.com).