Archive for the ‘Art Tour’ Category

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Participation in the Columbia Open Studios 2020 – Deadline Jan. 6, 2020

November 26, 2019

Columbia Open Studios is a self-guided, weekend-long, free tour of artists’ studios in the Greater Columbia, South Carolina area, including all of Richland and Lexington Counties. Visitors will explore the work + workspaces of local artists to learn about their materials, techniques and inspiration behind their pieces.

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2020, 11:59 pm

Event: Saturday, April 4, 10am-6pm & Sunday, April 5, noon-6pm

Preview Party with Pop-Up Exhibition: Thursday, April 2, 7-9pm

Fees: $50 for 701 CCA members or $100 for non-members, plus $25 deposit

For complete details visit (columbiaopenstudios.org/register).

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Calls for Participation for Haywood County Studio Artist Tour 2020 – Deadline Feb. 5, 2020

November 26, 2019

The Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, invites all Haywood County Studio Artists to participate in the annual Haywood County Studio Tour scheduled for June 27 & 28, 2020. The Haywood County Studio Tour is a two-day, self-guided, free event in which Haywood County artists open their studios to the public.

To participate, the studio must be in Haywood County. Artists may choose to open their Haywood County studio or to join with another studio host. The HCAC will act as a liaison between artists needing a host site and studios that have space for additional artists. The artist/studio application and Policies for Participation may be found on the Haywood County Arts Council website or pick up from HCAC Gallery & Gifts at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville. E-mail completed forms to (Artist@haywoodarts.org) or mail to P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786.

The deadline for the completed studio tour application is Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The Haywood County Studio Tour Exhibit Opening Reception is on Friday, June 5, 2020.

For more information about HCAC programs and events, visit the Haywood County Arts Council website at (www.haywoodarts.org).

The Haywood County Arts Council is a non-profit agency that serves artists and arts organizations in Haywood County. As an affiliate of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Haywood County Arts Council seeks to fulfill its mission to promote artists, art education, and innovation in art. The Haywood County Arts Council and its Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina.

Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville, NC, Announces the Winner of our Haywood County Open Studio Tour Logo Contest

October 30, 2019

The logo design was chosen by a panel of professional artists and the winning logo designer is Deb Parmele of Canton, NC. Deb Parmele is an HCAC artist member, art glass bead maker, and jewelry artist. The new Haywood County Studio Tour logo, designed by Deb, features a NC brown bear.

The 2020 Haywood County Artist Studio Tour is scheduled for June 27 and 28, 2020, from 10am to 5pm both days. The free, two-day self-guided tour will allow participants to visit approximately 30 working artist studios. Haywood County has a vibrant community of artists who have chosen to live and work in Western North Carolina, making it one of the premier destinations for visitors. During the studio tour, everyone will have a chance to explore Haywood County and experience the diverse artistic talent within our community. Participating artists work in diverse media, including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, mixed-media, sculpture, and two-dimensional applications.

The late June dates were chosen with the hope of ensuring good weather for the tour. Additional information regarding artist participants, locations where maps will be available and participating artist preview reception at the HCAC Gallery on Main Street will be forth coming. Please mark your calendar now for an interesting and enjoyable outing in Haywood County June 27th and 28th, 2020. Plan to pack a picnic for your adventure or stop by one of Haywood County’s wonderful restaurants.

For further info call 82/452-0593 or visit (Haywoodarts.org).

2019 Lakeside Artists Studio Tour Scheduled for Oct. 11-13, in the Lake Norman, NC, Area

September 18, 2019

The annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour has become a very popular and eagerly anticipated cultural event in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. The tour is open to the public, and there is no charge for the event.  It’s an opportunity for the public to see local artists’ working environment and chat with them about their process. One of a kind art can be purchased directly from the artists! Our goal is to promote a quality, fine art event, and ensuring visitors unique works of art that they won’t find everywhere else.

The 2019 tour will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 10am to 6pm, Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon until 4pm.

We also offer visitors an open tour of our studios providing an insider’s view. Mediums include wood, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, leatherwork, etc. For the convenience of our visitors, each location will have multiple artists. All studios are located on the Brawley peninsula, starting at McKendree Road, and continuing beyond The Point. Banners and signs will be posted leading to participating locations.

For more information about the artists and locations visit (www.lknstudios.com).

Latest Additions to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Pickens County, SC

September 18, 2019

#253 Noon Day Lilies
Sponsors: Kent & Dean Dockins Dykes
Quilter: unknown
Location: Easley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center

This beautiful quilt was created between 1840 and 1850. The quilt was passed down through the Clayton M. Dockins family. It belonged to Annie Dean Boatwright Dockins, who was a native of Pickens County, SC. Its maker was most likely a relative of Mrs. Dockins. Annie was the daughter of Benjamin Holder, a well-known circuit rider minister who established many rural churches in the area. She married Clayton M. Dockins, Sr., a native of Rabun County, GA who was a career US Army master Sargent Major. He was one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and was also a decorated veteran of WWI. After retiring from the army, Clayton returned to Easley and became the paymaster for the mills in Pelzer, Easley and Pickens.

The Easley Chamber of Commerce was established in 1935 and is the voice of business that promotes an ideal business environment, which encourages growth and community development with a concern for the people by continuously improving the quality of life in the greater Easley area.

As the Visitors Center, they provide tourism and newcomer information about Easley, as well as the surrounding areas of Pickens County and Upstate South Carolina. Whether you are a visitor, resident or Chamber business member, you are encouraged to utilize their website to explore what the Easley area and our Chamber have to offer.

#255 Journey
Sponsor: Josh Burgess
Quilter: Lynn Brill, creator of quilt; Autumn Compass
Location: 117 McWhorter Road Easley, SC

Josh Burgess and his daughter Madison, moved to Easley in June of 2014 from Newton, NC. They bought an abandoned farm, complete with house and barn, that sits on 12 acres, and proceeded to remodel. The farmhouse was completed first, and then they took on the remodel of the old barn. Knowing that the remodel would revolve around a barn quilt, they began their journey to find the perfect barn quilt design.

Lynn Brill of Anderson had just recently commissioned a square based on her quilt, “Autumn Compass,” and kindly agreed for Josh to borrow the pattern. Lynn has been quilting since the 1970s, when she found a pattern for a sampler quilt in “McCall’s” magazine and just couldn’t resist trying her hand at quilting!

#256 Ashley’s Journey
Sponsors: Alan and Ellie Elzerman
Quilter: Ellie Elzerman
Location: Elzerman home at 128 Morgan Drive, Central, SC

“Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Ashley who loved purple, so much so, she even named her cat Purple. Conceptually, I envisioned this contemporary quilt to represent Ashley’s educational journey, a journey illustrating perseverance leading to success. Ashley’s educational path was rarely a straight line. She pieced together many experiences to move through our education system. At each stage of the journey, including college, graduate school, veterinary school, and finally residency, she searched varied paths with her goal in mind. This quilt is made to honor her journey.”

For further information visit (www.uhqt.org).

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Extends Deadline to Sign up for ArtTrek 2019 to Aug. 15, 2019

August 7, 2019

The Upstairs Artspace, a contemporary art gallery in Tryon, NC, is extending the registration deadline for artists to participate in its annual ArtTrek Foothills Open Studios event to Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The previous deadline was July 31.

“This has been such a hectic summer, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for artists who might want to participate in this year’s studio tour,” Board President John Walters said. “The new deadline to sign-up is Thursday, Aug. 15.”

ArtTrek is an annual open-studios touring event that allows the general public to get an inside look at how and where artists make their creative works. The participating artists have samples of their work in the gallery, and the visiting patrons are encouraged to also visit the artists’ studios throughout the community.

The gallery exhibition will be held Oct. 4-18, and tours will be held for two days, Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, Oct. 6, noon to 5pm. The opening reception and silent auction of participating artists’ works will be Friday, Oct. 4, 5-7:30pm.

There is no cost for patrons to enjoy the exhibit or take the tour. They are encouraged to start their tour at the gallery in downtown Tryon on Saturday, Oct. 5, with coffee and refreshments 9-11am or on Sunday, Oct. 6, 10am to noon. Patrons will be given a map to the artists’ studios, as well as other helpful and insightful information about the artists.

The closing reception and last day of the exhibition will be Friday, Oct. 18, 5-7:30pm, at which time artwork in the silent auction will be awarded to the highest bidders.

“Last year, we had 31 participating artists from Tryon, Columbus, Saluda, Mill Spring, and Landrum,” Walters said. “Everyone had such a great time, seeing the artwork at the gallery and then driving from studio to studio to meet the artists and actually see where the work is done. This is something that art lovers in the region look forward to each year. They make a day of it, visiting this gallery; the artists’ studios; and taking in the fall scenery, eating at our restaurants, and visiting our towns. It is showcase event for Upstairs Artspace, as well as the Foothills community.”

Foothills artists who have studios within easy driving distance of Tryon and who want to participate can get complete details and register at the gallery Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Or, visit online at (www.upstairsartspace.org).

Founded in 1978, Upstairs Artspace is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery in downtown Tryon at 49 S. Trade St. It exhibits two- and three-dimensional art and craft by leading artists of the Southeast, particularly in the Carolinas, as well as artists nationally and globally. It is supported by public and private donations, sales of art, grants, and fund-raising events. Upstairs Artspace is supported in part by the Polk County Community Foundation, the Mary F. Kessler Fund, and public and private donations.

Lancaster County, SC’s Annual Ag + Art Tour to Kick Off June 21, 2019 at Benford Brewing Company

May 29, 2019

See Lancaster, SC, will usher in the annual Ag + Art Tour with a celebratory kick-off on June 21, 2019, from 6-10pm, at the picturesque farm that is home to Benford Brewing Company. Live music by Flatland Express Bluegrass will provide the perfect soundtrack for “fun on the farm” from 6-8pm, with Fiftywatt Freight Train rocking the evening to an end from 8:30-10pm. Guests will enjoy free admission, plentiful parking, cooking demos, 5-K, food trucks, craft brews, artisans, vendors, and outdoor family games. Look for Carolina Cajun Meats, Ronda’s Watercolors, Kona Ice of Chester & Lancaster Counties, Cibi Cibi Food Truck, Kate’s TNT, Cultivate Health, Oh Shoot Photo Booth, Wyrick’s Handmade Creations, Catawba Farm and Food Coalition Farm-K, Deb’s Sweet Shop, and more!

The event is the perfect way to kick-off Lancaster County’s seventh year participation in the South Carolina Ag+Art Tour, our nation’s largest free farm tour. Eleven counties comprise the agritourism event on weekends in June, proclaimed by the Governor’s office as Ag + Art Month in South Carolina. Lancaster County farms and cultural sites will welcome visitors from 10am-4pm on Saturday, June 22 and from 1-5pm on Sunday, June 23, offering visitors the opportunity to see first-hand where local products come from. Eleven agricultural locations – Lancaster County Farmers Market, Native American Studies Center, The Ivy Place, North Corner Haven, Dixie Bee Supply & Country Store, Griff’s Greenhouse & Nursery, Historic Craig Farm, Benford Brewing Company, Simple Faith Ranch, Rich Hill Farms, Fox Trot Farms – with artisans demonstrating and selling original, handcrafted items – are featured on the self-guided tour. In addition, Dianne Mahaffee’s Fine Art & Clay Studio will open for tours, exhibits, and demonstrations.

Tour guide booklets with maps and listings of all agricultural sites and artisans are available in advance at SC Welcome Centers, The Springs House, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, or at any location visited during the tour weekend. Details are also available at (http://www.agandarttour.com/lancaster) and (https://www.facebook.com/agandartlancaster).

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is coordinated by Clemson Extension, in partnership with Olde English District Tourism Commission and Catawba Farm & Food Coalition. Information regarding all eleven counties can be found at (www.agandarttour.com).

Following is information provided by participating locations and artisans:

* Benford Brewing Company, 2271 Boxcar Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
Locally owned and operated craft beer producer, where beers are brewed in 30-barrel batches on small farm on land with a pure well water source tapped into the water table of three known springs located on premises. Beers are brewed with only natural based ingredients staying true to brewing traditions. Visitors will enjoy livestock, bees/beekeeping, beer samples, live music, food trucks including Carolina Cajun Meats and Kona Ice of Chester & Lancaster. Kid-friendly activities are on site and artisans include: Ronda’s Watercolors, Clay Impressions Pottery, and Kate’s TNT.

* Craig Farm, 1859 Craig Farm Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
Historical Craig Farm, founded 1773, is one of the few Lancaster County farms that have continually operated since pre-Revolutionary War days, with the Craig family the continuous owners. Consisting of almost 400 acres, it is a beef cattle farm. In addition to cattle, primary crop is hay. The farm is about 55% pastureland & 45% woodland. The c. 1800 Craig Farm house is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm (1827), which operates as a bed & breakfast inn, across the road. The farm has beautiful woodland paths for walks and cattle and horses for viewing. Visitors are welcomed for viewing Craig House formal gardens & landscaped grounds, livestock, equestrian, timber/forest, historical farm, formal gardens, guided tours of historic Craig house, woodland nature walks. Artisans on site include painter Walt Simpson and Pottery by Wendy.

* Griff’s Greenhouse & Nursery, 234 Bill Sweatt Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
Visit a relaxing country setting with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and a good selection of Native Plants. This location also has herbs and vegetable plants for your garden. Talented craftspeople are looking forward to sharing their treasures with you. Visitors have asked for more workshops and Griff’s plans to make this happen for you. Kid-friendly activities on-site. Artisans include Janet Creations.

* The Ivy Place, 8603 Van Wyck Road, Lancaster, SC 29720 – Open Saturday Only!
Gardens, historical house (not open to the public), wedding venue, old barns, beautiful gardens, and visitors will be able to pick blackberries and blueberries, weather permitting. Mini Farm Stand on site and artisans include Basket Weaver Carolyn Kemp and painter Abstract Alexandra.

* Lancaster Farmers Market, 1920 Pageland Highway, Lancaster, SC 29720 – Open Saturday Only!
Only open on Saturday, June 17. Locally grown produce and artisans on site.

* The Native American Studies Center, 119 South Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720 – Open Saturday Only!
View a Native Inspired Garden by Leaf & Petal Club, Native American Galleries, Historic Archives, World’s largest collection of Catawba Pottery & Artifacts. Special Activities are planned and Native American artisans will be hosting a show and sale in the galleries of the center.

* Dixie Bee Supply, 1628 Hwy. 521 Bypass South, Lancaster, SC 29720 – Open Saturday Only!
Come see what all the buzz is about! View an observation hive of live honeybees and learn their importance to our environment, peruse beekeeping supplies and equipment, purchase fresh local honey. Artisans include Woodham Enterprises, LLC.

* Fox Trot Farms, 5066 Rowell Road, Lancaster, SC 29720.
Working agritourism sheep farm includes sheep, dairy goats, ducks, and chickens. Learn about honeybees and visit Pork Chop, the potbelly pig. Take home lamb, meat, eggs, honey, handcrafted soap, and crafts from the mini-farm market. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Artisans on site include Quartz Cottage Woodworks.

* North Corner Haven , 3454 Activity Road, Lancaster, SC 29720 – Open Saturday Only!
Enjoy a working farm and venue with small herds of angus cattle, Berkshire pork, and a market garden. Artisans include Daddy’s Workshop of the Carolinas and weaver Marcia Houston.

* Simple Faith Ranch, 3248 New Hope Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
The ranch is an animal ministry and visitors will meet alpacas, sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more! Come learn how each animal was created uniquely for a purpose and participate in fiber crafts, weaving, spinning, leather tooling, and children’s crafts. Artisans include painter Hallelujah Ranch.

While you are in Lancaster County, be sure to also visit:

* Mahaffee’s Pottery and Painting Studio, 2875 New Hope Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
This two story studio features 3-D work such as pottery downstairs, and 2-D work such as paintings, mosaics, etc. upstairs. Some students and artisans will be working independently. Dianne will be rakuing and on the potters wheel during the day and will offer a free mini-workshop with clay, to interested folks. Kid-friendly activities on site.

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 (www.agandarttour.com/sites).

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 (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans) for more information.

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Calls for Participation in Art Trek 2018

July 28, 2018

Calling all “Last minute Lucys”! You know who you are! If you’re planning on participating in Art Trek 2018 as an artist with open studio or as a sponsor, we need your paperwork and payment ASAP!

The popular annual tour of studios will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon-5pm. There will be a preview reception and silent auction Friday evening, Sept. 28 starting at 5pm, and a closing reception to thank the artists, Friday evening, Oct. 12 at 5pm. The silent auction will close at 6pm and results will be announced.

Visit Upstairs Artspace online to download artist and sponsor applications at this link (http://upstairsartspace.org/art_trek.php). Let us hear back from you soon!

In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, we’d like to welcome at least 40 artists to the tour, but we’re hoping for more! We like to see artists return year after year, but we’d also like to welcome new artists who have not participated before. Ann Gleason (e-mail at arttrek@upstairsartspace.org) is heading up the organization of this year’s trek. A big thank you to her!

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds #216 to the Quilt Trail

June 7, 2018

The UHQT’s latest addition to the Trail in Pickens County is number 216 an 8×8 rendition of the traditional 1930s Puss-in-a-Corner quilt pattern, also known as Kansas City Star and Puss in Boots (1935). The design was also featured in the Aunt Martha series of Quilt Designs, ca. 1952. The quilt block is located at 446 Dacusville Highway Easley, SC.

This gorgeous family quilt was made by Hattie Porter Willis, nee Rampey, who was born and grew up in Liberty, SC. She created this quilt in 1954 with assistance from her sisters and friends who gathered after church services or when they were visiting the family to complete this piece. The quilt, when completed, was gifted to Wallace, (Hattie’s grandson), and Faye Rogers, on the occasion of their wedding. Wallace was also born in Liberty and then moved to Easley after his marriage.

Since that time, the quilt has been handed down to Wallace’s son, Bart Rogers, and his wife Kim. It is installed on a small barn on their property in Easley, SC. This property on Dacusville Highway was originally a grist mill owned by the father of Sarah Hamilton. Two of the millstones from the grist mill are displayed at the Hagood Mill in Pickens County. Sarah Hamilton gifted the property, as well as other parcels to the Easley Baptist Hospital. The Rogers, Bart & Kim purchased the property from the hospital in March of 2015 and have lived there with their family since that date. The old farm is adjacent to the Easley Baptist Park and Walking Trail and the block can be viewed from the park.

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