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Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Entries for FRESH Exhibit – Deadline May 2, 2016

April 20, 2016


FRESH is an exhibition of new works by North Carolina artists. But with a creative twist! All submitted artwork will be on display and available for sale during the FRESH Preview May 19-30, 2016. The final juried exhibition opens June 3 and runs through June 24, 2016.

Two events held before the jurying process allow visitors to view all the artwork entered into the exhibition before the jurying takes place. All entered artwork will be available for sale during these events even if it is not selected for the final exhibition.

Exhibition proceeds support the Artspace Inspiration Fund, nurturing the next generation of visual artists.

Open to NC artists, 18+. All media. Must be new work, less than 2 years old, limited in size to a max of 36″ wide and 48″ high and available for purchase. Artists may submit one piece. Artists will receive 50% commission of sales. Artists may choose to designate all or a portion of art sales to Artspace for a tax-deductible donation.

Applications and work due May 2, 2016. Submission fees: $15 for members, $25 for non-members.

The exhibition and awards will be juried by Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University. Cash awards for Best in Show ($1000), 2nd place ($500), 3rd place ($250), and People’s Choice ($100).

FRESH Look: Pre-jury Viewing Party on Thursday May 19, 6-8pm
FRESH Fun: Family Day Event on Saturday May 21, 10am-1pm
FRESH Opening: First Friday June 3, 6-10pm
FRESH Gameshow: Thursday June 16, 6-8pm

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Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, To Host Annual Watercolor Society of NC Convention and Exhibit – Deadline for Entries May 30, 2016

April 19, 2016


The Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 71st statewide convention and exhibit will be hosted by the Dare County Arts Council in downtown Manteo, NC, from Oct. 9 – Nov. 18, 2016. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held at the Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2-4pm.

“I am looking forward to having outstanding artists of this caliber sharing their talents with the residents of the Outer Banks,” said award-winning watercolorist and event co-chair Peggy Saporito.

View of the 2015 exhibition.

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at (

The deadline for entries is May 30, 2016.

The exhibition is open to any watermedia artist over the age of 18 who is a resident of North Carolina and a current member of WSNC. You can easily become a member online at (

In addition to the exhibit, the Dare County Arts Council will also host four seminars, the annual meeting, a luncheon and a workshop with award-winning watercolorist and juror Mark Mehaffey for members of the WSNC.

The Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit is sponsored by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

“We are excited about the WSNC exhibition and pleased to be working with the Dare County Arts Council. Our founder Don Bryan was an accomplished painter. With this show, we will return to our roots in the visual arts,” said President of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series John Tucker.

For more information about the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual statewide convention and exhibit, please visit ( or (

Annual North Charleston Arts Fest Takes Place Throughout North Charleston, SC – Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016

April 15, 2016


The annual North Charleston Arts Fest, that takes place in North Charleston, SC, is less than a month away, set to kick off on Apr. 29 and conclude on May 7, 2016. Now entering its 34th year, the nine day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. More than 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Fest offers something for everyone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event schedule that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced.

“The variety of Arts Fest offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey. “From humble beginnings as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle, the festival has developed into one of our most anticipated annual City events, allowing residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to be exposed, engaged, and inspired by the arts.”

The Arts Fest Premiere Weekend, held on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 15th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit”; youth art and photography from Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children’s activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more.

Stand-alone events take place throughout the nine days of the festival at various locations. An exciting array of free and ticketed offerings include concerts; a street dance; theatre presentations; film screenings; art lectures, workshops, and demonstrations; an art walk; children’s programs; and the Grand Finale at the beautiful North Charleston Riverfront Park.

Visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include the 11th annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”; the 10th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, “A Piece of Peace”; paintings by Boca Raton, FL, based artist Andrew Brown; an installation of mixed media works by Statesboro, GA, artist Kimberly Riner; and more. This year’s Grand Finale on May 7 features the 3rd annual Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, a food truck rodeo, and an evening concert by The Secrets Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the festival’s Art Walk, as well as for art & craft vendors. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as Volunteer sign-up forms are also available. Forms can be downloaded at (

For more 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest information, including event details, site maps, and social media contest rules, visit ( or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854.

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Seeks Artist Submissions for Bassett Gallery’s 2016-2017 Season – Deadline is May 20, 2016

April 15, 2016


The Bassett Gallery at 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 September 2016 through May 2017. All submissions will be considered for both solo and group exhibitions.

Artists must submit samples via e-mail, linked to a “cloud” portfolio (Drop Box, Google Drive,) or by sending a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles. A resume, submission form, description of the style of work, its size and medium used should all be included. Submissions must also include a brief artist statement and be representative of the work that will be on exhibition. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

Submission forms can be found on the Fine Arts Center website at (, or you may drop by the FAC Box Office to get a copy. Materials will not be returned unless requested.

Materials will be accepted through May 20, 2016.

Send to:
Bassett Gallery Exhibits Committee
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC  29020

Please e-mail your submissions to ( For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson by e-mail at ( or by calling 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 any exhibition are not covered by the FAC. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s.) Artists should be willing to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. The selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than June 30, 2016.
Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to six weeks.

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

The Gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are 10am to 5pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 6pm, Thursday.  The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

For more information about the FAC, please visit ( or call 803/425-7676, ext. 300.

UpCountry Quilters Guild of Pickens Presents Annual Program in Marietta, SC – Apr. 28, 2016

April 6, 2016

Pat Knoechel, Sister of Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day will be presenting her annual program for the UpCountry Quilters Guild of Pickens. This year the location for the meeting will be at the Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, located in Marietta, SC, at 7pm, Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016. There is no cost for this program and directions are copied below.

The Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center is centrally located in between Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC. From Greenville head north on Hwy. 276. Take the Hwy 25 exit and continue north through Travelers Rest. Ten miles after leaving Travelers Rest take the Highway 11 exit. Turn left on Highway 11 and the Retreat Center is 2 miles on the right. The Center is located at 4232 Highway 11, Marietta SC 29661 Please note that internet maps/GPS sometimes directs you to drive past the park and turn right where Highway 11 joins Highway 276. This is a little too far and will just miss us.

For additional information contact Margaret Hampe Campbell, Publicity Chair, UpCountry Quilters Guild by calling 864/350-7515 or e-mail to (

Entries Sought for 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions and Exhibitions Taking Place in North Charleston, SC

April 5, 2016


The 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest is less than a month away, taking place April 29 – May 7, 2016, throughout North Charleston, SC. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 18 and up, including the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions. The Art Walk, set for Wednesday, May 4, in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, provides a fun and casual setting for artists to both display and sell their work. Entries for the judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (

Art Walk
Local artists and fine craft artisans are invited to exhibit and sell their original works during the Arts Fest Art Walk. From 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 4, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more in a full range of styles will be displayed along East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Other Art Walk offerings include live music, art demos, and kid’s activities, creating a festive evening of art and culture for the whole family to enjoy.

Artists are selected to participate in the Art Walk through a juried application process. There is no fee to apply. Sales of originals, prints, and other small works are welcome and selected artists may also offer their own original brochures, business cards, and supplemental handouts. Display screens can be furnished by the Cultural Arts Department at no charge to assist the artist in presenting his/her work. Display equipment for 3D artwork is available on a limited basis.

The deadline for submission of applications for the Art Walk is Monday, April 18, 2016. Applications may be e-mailed to (, mailed to the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419, or hand-delivered to the Cultural Arts office on the 2nd floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston, SC.

Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition
Fine artists 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 $4,675. Submissions are accepted in five categories: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media.

This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Amiri Gueka Farris. Amiri is a contemporary artist working in painting, drawing, video, performance, and installation. His pieces are inspired by intimate, personal experiences and examine issues surrounding race, culture, memory, and perception. Farris received his MFA in Painting and BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His academic appointments have included Professor of Fine Arts Foundations and Graphic Design for the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University and Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, SC. Amiri’s work has been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions and juried museum exhibitions across the U.S., including the United States Capitol and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He currently resides in Bluffton, SC, and teaches Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art Design.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from noon to 7pm. 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 and Exhibition
Professional and amateur photographers 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 $2,175. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color, Monochrome, or Digital Illustration.

This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Michelle Van Parys. Michelle is a Professor at the College of Charleston in the Studio Art Department. She received her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and her MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her photographs have been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions.  A monograph of her photographs entitled “The Way Out West: Desert Landscapes” was published in 2009 by the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago. Van Parys has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum Fellowship and a SC Arts Commission Fellowship.  Her work is included in several museum collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The High Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Portland Art Museum.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from noon to 7pm. Photographers 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 North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Saturday, April 30, 10am–4pm; Sunday, May 1, 1–5pm; and Monday through Friday, May 2-6, 9am–5pm. Awards for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mentions in each division and category for both the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions will be announced at an artist reception on Friday, April 29, from 6-7pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by Nikolai Svishev and the public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for April 29-May 7, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents and visitors with a fabulous array of more than 100 performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Premiere Weekend, held April 30 and May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and crafts vendors, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Fest continues with an array of free and moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations and concludes with fireworks over the Cooper River at the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, or to download the Art Walk application or entry instructions for the Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, 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.

Arts Council of Carteret County Invites Artists to Participate in Be Here en Plein Air: Art Competition & Wet Paint Sale in Beaufort, NC – May 7, 2016

March 30, 2016


The Arts Council of Carteret County and the Downtown Beaufort Development Association announce the second annual Be Here en Plein Air Art Competition & Wet Paint Sale from 8am – 2pm, Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Beaufort, NC.

From 8am – noon, artists will spread out around Downtown Beaufort to work on their plein air paintings. Judging begins at 1pm at the First Citizen’s Bank parking lot along with the Wet Paint Sale, which continues until 2pm.

Artists of all skill levels, including art students 16 and over, are encouraged to register. Participants can register online until Wednesday, May 3, at $15 per entrant, or $20 the day of the event.

Entrants will paint throughout the downtown area and adjacent historic district – from the shady 300-year old live oaks at the county courthouse to the historic homes along Ann and Broad streets and up and down Taylors Creek. During the 4-hour contest, art enthusiasts are invited to stroll downtown, viewing works as they are created. Maps will be available at the First Citizens lot.

Professional artists will judge entries, and $1,000 in total cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Each entrant and a guest are invited to a casual lunch reception after the competition.

Artists may choose any two dimensional medium and substrate to work with. Due to the nature of the event photography is not included in the competition.

For more information or to register, visit ( or e-mail to ( Registration can also be completed in person at Craving Art Studio, 121 Craven Street, Beaufort or by mail. Call Heather at 252/728-0243 to have an application mailed. Late entries, including day-of entries, are accepted at a registration fee of $20.

Learn more about the Arts Council at (, and about the DBDA at (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Entries for “27th Annual Juried Competition” – Deadline May 13, 2016

March 28, 2016


The Arts Council of York County presents the “27th Annual Juried Competition” at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from June 16 – September 11, 2016. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 13, at 5pm. This is NOT a postmark deadline for mailed entries. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 18, 2016 at 6pm.

The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist.

Entry Fees: Member: $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10; Non-members: $40 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10.

Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of York County. Complete guidelines and entry information are available at (

Gerald & Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – $1,000
1st Place     – $500
2nd Place – $200
3rd Place – $100

Judging this year’s competition is Seth Gadsden. Gadsden is an artist, educator, and filmmaker living in Columbia, SC, where he is the managing director of the Nickelodeon Theatre and director of the Indie Grits Film Festival. Gadsden was a founding member of the Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2003 in Charleston, SC. In 2006, while pursuing his M.F.A. from Boston University, he founded the Boston Young Contemporaries before helping to form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna, then spending the following two years developing community based art projects across North America. With a focus on public art, experimental filmmaking, and multimedia installation, Gadsden has exhibited across the United States and has completed murals and outdoor sculptures in places like Mexico, North Dakota, Boston, Houston and his hometown of Clover, SC.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC, 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 (

Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, Presents a Demonstration by Mark Stephenson at Monthly Meeting – Apr. 12, 2016

March 28, 2016


The Matthews Artists Guild in Matthews, NC, will present a demonstration entitled, “Painting Like a Sculptor Thinks”, during its monthly meeting on Apr. 12, 2016, at 6:30pm.

A sculptor begins with the largest of masses and shapes, unconcerned with the ‘likeness” of his subject, and so it can be when you paint! Sargent and Cezanne both used color – and not line – to indicate form. These large masses and tones are the foundation of the subject’s recognizable characteristic. It is by refining these masses that other features will begin to appear and in their proper place. The solid shape growing out of and into the background.

In this demonstration, Stephenson will begin painting a head by laying in masses of color and discussing throughout how he looks for the changes in surface planes and shapes, just as a sculptor looks at his subject and indicating these with color and value such that the head begins to appear.

The next meeting of MAG will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 6:30pm in the McDowell Arts Center (MAC) at 123 E. McDowell St. in Matthews, NC.

6pm – View current show in the MAC Gallery upstairs
6:30pm – Refreshments downstairs at the MAC
6:50pm – “Another Tidbit” of info from one of our artist members
7pm – Demonstration by artist Mark Stephenson

The Matthews Artists Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the McDowell Arts Center at 704/321-7275 or follow MAG on Facebook.

Artists Wanted to Participate in Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase in Brevard, NC – Deadline June 1, 2016

March 28, 2016


Artists who wish to exhibit in the 44th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase on Main Street in downtown Brevard, NC, for July 4th may apply for a booth space through the Transylvania Community Arts Council until June 1, 2016.

Applications and more information are available by calling the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or by e-mailing to ( All art vendors must have their own tent, tables and chairs.

Each year, the Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase features up to 48 regional artists and crafters who are juried into the show based on their excellent original art and craftwork. The event will take place from 9am to 5pm, in conjunction with Heart of Brevard’s Fourth of July Celebration and Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show in downtown Brevard. These three-festivals-in-one attract up to 14,000 people annually with music, arts, crafts, food, children’s activities and more. This year the event will take place on Monday, July 4, 2016. Non-artist vendors must contact the Heart of Brevard at 828/884-3278.

The application and jury fee is $150. Applicants will be notified of jury decisions and receive important event information by June 5, 2016.

For more information, contact Tammy Hopkins at the Transylvania Community Arts Council by calling 828/884-2787 or e-mail to (


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