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South Carolina Watercolor Society in SC Constantly Evolves to Fit the Needs of Its Members

June 22, 2017

By Carolyn Epperly, SCWS President

South Carolina Watercolor Society was formed to promote the medium and to keep its qualities in the public eye. Membership numbered in the hundreds. The versatile medium was used by almost every artist in the state and was highly respected by the public.

As the arts evolved in South Carolina so then did the Society, changing its name to South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS). The membership is now open to all artists living in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia creating in media that is waterbased (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, and water-soluble pencils) and executed on any surface that can be displayed on a wall. Our public education has included programs in schools, demonstrations of the characteristics of watermedia in public forums, and lectures for many organizations across our region. Also, the State Museum of South Carolina coordinates a traveling show each year of the top 30 paintings that visits 11 venues across the state.

This year, SCWS is having its first annual national show. It is open to anyone living in the US. All entries will be displayed, an unusual condition unique to this Show, a entry can have been produced at any time. The format will be digital and will remain online for the entire calendar year, October 2017- October 2018.

On October 7th there will be an opening reception in the atrium of the Charleston International Airport. The show will display the top ten winners’ paintings flanked by two large digital viewing screens. One screen will continuously display the top 70 selected artists and the other will feature all the artists who entered the show. This showing will hang in the atrium from October 7- November 28.

We of SCWS believe that visual arts enhance everyone’s lives. A unique creation invokes thought, opens new conversations, and encourages individual thinking.

For further info visit (https://scwatermedia.com/).

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for Two Exhibits – Deadline Aug. 21, 2017

June 19, 2017

“Encaustic Show: Wax Poetic”

Artists’ Reception October 21, 2017.

Who could resist such a title especially since October is Charleston’s first city wide Poetry Festival called Free Verse.

Fabulon will curate a juried show of encaustic work with and without Poetry as a component. The main goal is to bring encaustic work to the people. Show why artists are enthralled. Show the best it can be. Elevate from the crafty, decoupage, or crayon connotation it has in some minds.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

More info and submission visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4498).

“Tribute”

So many tragic losses of great musicians in the most recent years. Each week it seems another icon from the classical rock era or maker of the epic album has passed. The legacy of poetic lyrics, our only consolation.

As part of Charleston’s Poetry festival, Fabulon Gallery will host a show of work inspired by music because it plays such an important role for many visual artists. It’s in our soul, it moves us, and it translates into our images.

A certain song can take us to a special time or place in our own history. Maybe it’s the beats, tunes, musicians, instruments, or lyrics. Perhaps it is just one line from a song? Or the entire life of the artist. Do you have your own theme song? Do you have one song that gets you in your artistic groove?

Pay tribute to your favorite inspiration. We will accept portraits, even Elvis on velvet.

Ideally we seek poetic music that becomes inspiration for an image.

Please no copyright infringement. It is the responsibility of the artist to do the research. As a gallery we do our best to protect your copy rights; please do the same for our musical artists.

Join us for a Tribute at Fabulon, October 21, 2017.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

More info and submission visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4499).

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit http://www.fabulonart.com

Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists in Gaffney, SC, Calls for Entries for South Carolina Peach Festival Exhibit – Deadline June 28, 2017

June 3, 2017

The Gaffney South Carolina Peach Festival includes an annual art exhibit. This year’s theme is “I AM Man”. The exhibit, sponsored by the Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA), is open to artists 18 and older. Art will deal with the male (human), masculinity, his attributes, related interests, and defining characteristics. According to the exhibition committee, the theme was chosen as an antidote to a recent exhibit theme, “I Am Woman”. Artists may submit two pieces dealing with the subject.

Sandra Rupp will jury the exhibit for awards. As Director of Hampton III Gallery in Greenville, SC, for over 25 years, she focuses on southern artists, particularly those with a South Carolina connection. In addition to her gallery work, she assists museums with their programming and contributes to the city of Greenville as an artistic consultant.

The exhibit is scheduled for July 13 – August 27, 2017. Art works are due at the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery by June 28. The gallery, located at 210 W. Frederick Street in Gaffney, is open weekdays from 9am – 5pm and Saturdays from 9am – 1pm.

Exhibition Prospectus:

Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) is a non-profit organization located in the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery. CAVA is planning an exhibit open to local and area artists, “I AM Man”. The exhibit is a Peach Festival event held in conjunction with Gaffney’s annual Peach Festival.

Dates: Entry form, entry fee, and delivery of art: June 24, 26, 27 and 28
Shipped entries: due by June 24
Reception: Thursday, July 13, 6-8pm
Pick-up art: August 26, 28, 29,and 30

Entry Form: On index-sized cards, legibly write your name, address, telephone number, email, title of work, medium, and price or insurance value if not for sale.

Entry Fee and Sale of Works: Entry fee is $20.00 for one or two pieces; there is no fee for CAVA members. Works may be for sale. A commission of 30% for non-members will be charged. Artists will be paid at the end of the exhibit.

Delivery and Return are the responsibility of the artist. Pieces may be shipped if hand-delivery is not possible. Return shipping must be included along with the entry fee.

Specifications”
–Artists should deal with interpretation of the male (human), masculinity, or related interests.
–Artists eighteen and older may submit a total of two pieces for exhibition. All works will be displayed and must remain on display until the close of the exhibit.
–2-D works must be wired for hanging. No saw-tooth or clip hangers.

Awards: $1200.00 in awards including a People’s Choice Award. Additional awards may be available.

Liability: CAVA will use the utmost care in handling the artwork. It is the artists’ responsibility to insure the work during transport. Works will be insured by CAVA during exhibition. For publicity purposes, CAVA reserves the right to photograph and reproduce any entry submitted. The receipt of an entry in the show constitutes an agreement by the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

For additional information regarding viewing or entering the exhibit, call Sara Setzer at 864/489-9817 or e-mail to (rodnsara@charter.net).

Imprimatur Charleston Launches at Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC – June 2, 2017

May 31, 2017

We will formally launch Imprimatur Charleston on June 2, 2017, from 5-8:30pm at Corrigan Gallery’s new location of 7 Broad Street in Charleston, SC. This organization is by, of and for printmakers and collectors to share images and information. In the tradition of Charleston Etchers’ Club and Print Studio South, we will promote and encourage printers and collectors. We will gather printmakers from around the region. We will seek out and join national and international print organizations. We would love to have many members.


Print by Margaret Peery

Louis Wright, collector and initiator of the group will speak on June 2 at the earlier end of the evening about his love of print works, his collection and his hopes for this organization.

Works by the founding members of the organization (as we started in 2013 but never launched!) will be on the walls. See our site (www.imprimaturcharleston.org) for the list of artists.

Invite all the printmakers you know. Invite all the fine art print collectors you know. Bring all interested individuals!

The Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry group will come after the poetry reading (about 7:30pm) so we will have a wonderfully diverse group. There is a garden out back for conversation and relaxation so hope for a breeze!

For further info contact Lese Corrigan by e-mail at (art@lesecorrigan.com), visit (www.corrigangallery.com) or call 843/722-9868.

Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, Launches 2017 Program

May 31, 2017

Hub City Empty Bowls – an annual fundraiser that uses handmade pottery bowls to feed hungry Spartanburg citizens – has set the 2017 dates for its well-attended events. There will be three regularly scheduled bowl-making events: Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 10am-noon and 1-3pm in Spartanburg Art Museum’s pottery studio at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC; Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 5-8pm at West Main Artists Co-Op, during ArtWalk; and Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at 10am-noon and 1-3pm at Chapman Cultural Center. Soup Day will be Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, from 11am-4pm at Chapman Cultural Center. All events are free and family friendly.

Hub City Empty Bowls is a localized fundraiser inspired the international Empty Bowls decentralized program. Locally, the program’s spearhead Carolina Clay Artists coordinates public bowl-making sessions. At no charge, citizens of all ages are given supplies, tools, space, and instructions on how to make hand-shaped pottery bowls. Those unfinished bowls are left at the venue to be painted and fired by experienced potters. Bowls often made by children can be simple, primitive, and charming. Others made by experienced potters can be precise, intricate, and sophisticated.

With hundreds of bowls created by local citizens, Carolina Clay Artists then hosts Soup Day, an event where patrons receive the bowls – each for a $15 donation to TOTAL Ministries, a local charity that provides food and other resources to people in financial crisis. In addition to receiving bowls, the patrons can enjoy a meal of soup, bread, and tea donated by the community’s leading restaurants, hear live music, bid in a silent auction, and enjoy the fellowship and comradery of knowing they are helping to feed people in need. In 2016, the Carolina Clay Artists donated a record-breaking $33,000 to TOTAL Ministries.

“Coordinating Hub City Empty Bowls is a massive undertaking,” 2017 Chairman Bruce Bowyer said. “People want to know as soon as possible about our dates so they can plan accordingly. Some people come to all of the bowl-making sessions and Soup Day. Plus, by setting the dates early, we can better handle the large crowds of people who normally show up. It is not unusual for us to have several hundred people come to a bowl-making session. And come Soup Day, we’ll see more than a thousand.”

Despite the crowds, it is seldom anyone has to wait to make a bowl or enjoy Soup Day. Space, volunteers, and experience are plentiful enough to keep everyone engaged.

Carolina Clay Artists is a local group of hobbyist and professional potters who come together monthly to share ideas, hold workshops and demos, and tour pottery studios to see other artists’ work and learn new ideas. It is open to all who have an interest in learning and sharing about pottery. Annual dues are $35. Hub City Empty Bowls is the group’s annual charity fundraising event to help feed the hungry.

TOTAL Ministries got its start in 1982 as Project Eat. Founder Dannie Horne saw an unemployment rate of 9.7% and that many people in Spartanburg County were hungry. During the first 17 months of Project Eat’s existence, $190,000 of groceries were distributed in an effort to alleviate that problem. In 1983, TOTAL Ministries of Spartanburg County, Inc. was incorporated by 12 Spartanburg churches to carry on the work of Project Eat. Since then, additional emergency services have been added to the TOTAL mission in an effort to help those in need. For those in need, TOTAL can help with utility services, food, and medications.

Empty Bowls started in 1990 by Michigan art teacher John Hartom, who organized a charitable event to give his art students a way to make a personal difference in the lives of others in their community. Hartom’s students made pottery bowls in their high school art classes, and the finished products were then used as individual serving pieces for a fundraising meal of soup and bread. From that simple beginning, Empty Bowls has spread around the world, taking root in communities both small and large. Spartanburg had its first Empty Bowls program in 2009. All Empty Bowls efforts are locally based with all proceeds going to a local charity with a mission to alleviate hunger in its community. None of the money raised leaves the community. The lead agency, Carolina Clay Artists, donates all of its time and talents, and receives no monetary benefit. Locally, all proceeds go to TOTAL Ministries.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please visit online at (www.HubCityEmptyBowls.com) or call 864.706-3739 or 864/585-9167.

The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County in Wilmington, NC, Calls for Applications for Grassroots Arts Program Grant

May 31, 2017

Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils. The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County serves as the NC Arts Council’s Designated County Partner in awarding subgrants in New Hanover County.

For complete info visit (http://artscouncilofwilmington.org/?page_id=3401).

For other info call the council at 910/343-0998 or e-mail to (info@artscouncilof wilmington.org).

South Carolina Watermedia Society Calls For Entries for Nationwide Digital Show – Deadline July 28, 2017

May 28, 2017

The South Carolina Watermedia Society is pleased to announce its Nationwide Digital Show which will be on display at the Charleston International Airport atrium, in North Charleston, SC, on Oct. 7 – Nov. 25, 2017, and will be displayed digitally until Oct. 2018.

Entry Deadline: July 28, 2017

About The Digital Show

The South Carolina Watermedia Society is excited to open its first nationwide digital show. We hope you will participate and invite your friends and students to participate. Everyone who enters will have their work displayed digitally on the SCWS website for a full year and the top ten award winners will be displayed at the Charleston International Airport from Oct. 7 – Nov. 25, 2017. The society’s annual statewide Traveling Show will also include the top 30 award winners from the digital show. It will run from Dec. 2017 – Sept. 2018.

Awards:
$8,000 in prizes will be awarded.
$1,000 Best In Show Prize

Important Dates:
July 28 –      Entry Deadline
Sept. – Award Winners Notified
Oct. 7 – Annual Luncheon, Time and Location – TBA
Oct. 7 – Opening Reception, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Charleston International Airport
Oct. 7 – Nov. 25 – Show Displayed at Charleston International Airport Airium

The Show will be judged by Linda Baker (https://www.lindadalybaker.com/about).

If you are in the top ten selected:
After the thirty award winners are selected, the top ten winners will be contacted to ship or bring their original or a giclee print to be on display from Oct. 7 – Nov. 25 at the Charleston International Airport.

Artists are asked to include their artwork under their own liability insurance for security purposes.

Digital Show Entry
1) Register, Submit Image and Pay entry fee.
We will be using CaFE’ (Call For Entry), a website designed for art events.

Click here (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4437) for details and rules for the call for entry.

• Current SCWS members receive free entry. (You will receive an e-mail with a coupon code).
• Non-members – Entry fee is $55.

For further info e-mail to (scwatermediasociety@gmail.com).

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Calls for Sculptors to Participate in the “32nd Annual Sculpture Celebration”

May 28, 2017

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, calls for participation in the “32nd Annual Sculpture Celebration” held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.


Work by Betty Branch

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, potential sales and commissions. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir North Carolina. Early registration discounts are available.


Work by Stefan Bonitz

Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council, by calling 828/754-2486, e-mail to (info@caldwellarts.com), or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

City of Greenville, SC, Expands Arts District

April 27, 2017

The Gallery at West Greenville is an extension of the emerging Village of West Greenville arts district in the City of Greenville, SC.

The Gallery was conceived based on best practices in affordable artist housing as documented by Artspace, a lead developer of over 35 completed projects that provide affordable living and workspace for low income artists throughout the country.

Live in Community with Visual Artists

The Gallery at West Greenville is not just housing made available to artists; it is housing designed to support the distinct needs of visual artists.

The 12 residential units are live/work units that have enough additional space (approximately 150 square feet) to use as a working studio, thereby freeing the resident artists from the burden of renting separate space.

Each unit has one bedroom, a full service kitchen, living and dining area, one full bath and accessible half-bath in the studio space. Each unit offers a flexible open floor plan and modern appliances including an in-unit washer and dryer.

The Gallery will also include a community building that will provide each artist with exhibition space to support 1 month per calendar year for a solo exhibit.

For the 12 live/work studios, eligible artist applicants must demonstrate a commitment to being a visual artist and living in a cooperative and creative environment that exists to engage in the greater Greenville community.

A working artist shall be defined as:

A person who works in, or is skilled in any of the visual arts, including but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. *Please note: Kilns will not be permitted on site for artists working in ceramics.
In all visual art disciplines, a professional dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and/or teach their art form through events, activities, and classes.
Derives the majority of their income from the production of original art and intends to pursue full-time engagement in the arts.
Intends to engage and integrate with the Village of West Greenville arts community.

Artist applicants will be screened and scored by the Artist Selection Committee to determine applicant’s’ commitment to pursuing a career in visual arts and quality of applicant’s artistic portfolio. The twelve top-scoring artists will be offered living/work space by The Greenville Housing Authority. A waiting list of interested artists will also be determined by the Artist Selection Committee.

To learn more, contact: Liz Rundorff Smith, GCCA Art School Director by e-mail at (liz@artcentergreenville.org).

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Offer Open NC Art Review – July 29, 2017

April 27, 2017

15 NC artists are invited to present their work to GreenHill curator, Edie Carpenter, and other invited arts professionals through a five minute presentation with slide show at GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 2-4pm. This call-for-artists is open to visual artists currently working in the state of NC, artists who have studied in a North Carolina degree program, taught professionally in NC, maintained ongoing professional relationships in NC, or who have previously resided in the state. All works must have been made within the last five years. Go to (www.greenhillnc.org/open-nc-art-review) to apply or for information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Marketing & Design Guru, Lauren Gordon, by e-mail at (lauren.gordon@greenhillnc.org).