Archive for the ‘Arts Event’ Category

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC Enters Renovation Project

February 27, 2017


As has been announced, the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is embarking on major renovations to create more galleries, studios, and spaces for programs and events. The first step in the schedule to directly impact the public will be the closing of the CMA collection galleries on Monday, Mar. 13, 2017, so that construction on the second floor can begin. Throughout renovations, the CMA will continue its full exhibition schedule with related programs, ensuring that there is always art on view.


Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection: March 2, at 5:30pm and Sundays, March 5 and 12, at 2pm and 3pm.

Visitors are invited to learn more about the museum’s exciting collection in the final public tours before gallery renovations begin. A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, and the American galleries. Free.

Passport to Art: Hit the Highlights: March 12, noon – 3pm.

This year-round program for families features a different theme and hands-on art project each month. This time, Passport to Art takes a look at some museum favorites on the last day the collection is on view before renovations begin. Participants can get inspired at 1pm, with a “so long” (but not farewell!) tour of the galleries and create their own masterpieces in the studio. Free.

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides

Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a picture book, games, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. They can be checked out free of charge at the visitor services desk.

Gallery guides include insider information about some of the works on view and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.

Multimedia TAP tours of the CMA collection and exhibitions provide supplemental information on certain pieces through text, audio, and video. They are available free online and designed specifically for functionality with mobile devices. For those without smart devices or headphones, iPads and headphones are provided free of charge at the visitor services desk.

For more information on renovations, visit ( For more information on programs, visit ( To access TAP tours, visit (

STARworks Hot Glass Cold Beer Takes Place in Star, NC – Feb. 9, 2017

January 31, 2017

STARworks resident artist Kazuki Takizawa will take the lead at Hot Glass Cold Beer (HGCB), Feb. 9, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. River Wild food truck, based out of Lake Tillery, will be on site with offerings of fish tacos, burgers, pimento cheese fries and more.

Work made by STARworks resident artist Kazuki Takizawa for his Minimalist series.
Takizawa first came to STARworks in 2015 as a glass intern. He has returned as a resident artist and will stay and create work at STARworks through mid-April. Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated with high honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has taught at various glass educational facilities, including Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. For the past decade, Takizawa has been making work related to mental health and therapy. His most recent glass installation, Breaking the Silence was installed at STARworks in 2015. Photos and a video of the installation can be viewed at (

Takizawa and STARworks glassblowers will work together to create a piece for his Minimalist series. All ages are invited to watch the free demonstration. Visitors ages 21 and older who purchase a hand-crafted STARworks drinking glass will receive tickets for complimentary beer or wine during the demonstration.  Beer and wine may also be purchased directly at the bar.

HGCB, held on the second Thursday of each month, features beer from Four Saints Brewing Company, based in Asheboro, NC, and wine from Stony Mountain Vineyards, based in Albemarle, NC.

STARworks is a Central Park NC project. Central Park NC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources.

STARworks is located at 100 Russell Drive in Star, just off I-73/74 in northern Montgomery County.

For more information, call 910/428-9001, or visit (

Greater Good Gallery in New Bern, NC, Offers Book Launch

July 12, 2016

The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for “My Little Plastic Bag” on Thursday July 14, 2016, at 5:30pm, at 228 Craven Street, New Bern, NC. Meet and greet the author and illustrator. Refreshements will be served.


The book with text by local poet Sam Love and illustrator Samrae Duke tells the story of what happens to a plastic bag when a little girl throws it out the window. Through brightly colored illustrations a child can follow the plastic through the ecosystem into the ocean. Finally the chemicals in the plastic come back to Amy’s family in the fish her family eats.

The story is based on a poem by Sam Love that appeared in his poetry book, “Converging Waters” and in Duke University’s “Eno” magazine. “I get really angry when I see the plastic pieces that the mowers cut up on the side of the road and I wanted to create an educational book for young children that helps them understand there is no ‘away’,” according to Love.

“This book can be valuable to teach young people about the problems plastic trash creates in our aquatic environment,” says Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper.
Diane MacEachern, publisher of the ( web site, says, “My Little Plastic Bag can help children understand how even a harmless action like throwing away a plastic bag can have serious consequences.”

“Plastic in our water is now epidemic,” states Love. He cites one United Nations estimate that every square mile of the ocean already contains 46,000 pieces of plastic and most of them are so small we can’t see them. “As the plastic is ingested by the fish and other wildlife,” Love says, “plastic chemicals can get into our food supply and affect our health.”

Love believes any child who is curious about nature will enjoy “My Little Plastic Bag”. “This book gives teachers and parents a great educational tool to build awareness of environmental stewardship. After all, the future belongs to our children.”

The book is designed for children ages 4 to 8 and it includes a discussion guide for parents and teachers.

The Greater Good Gallery will host a book launch party and book signing for “My Little Plastic Bag” on Thursday July 14, 2016, at 5:30pm.

For more info, e-mail to ( or stop by 228 Craven St., New Bern to purchase a copy of “My Little Plastic Bag”.

SC Arts Commission and Conway Glass Invite You to an Arts Gathering in Conway, SC – June 23, 2016

June 8, 2016

The SC Arts Commission, in partnership with Conway Glass, is pleased to host an engaging and interactive gathering for artists of all artistic disciplines, and arts leaders in Conway, SC, on June 23, 2016, from 7-8:30pm.

You are invited to join us as we network, share knowledge about the arts, and talk seriously about the kinds of support needed for the arts.

We need you to contribute to an important discussion about the arts in Horry, Georgetown, and surrounding communities.

This gathering is free but space is limited! Please RSVP by June 21, 2016 at (

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Where: Conway Glass, 209 Laurel Street, Conway, SC 29526.

For further info visit (

Travelers Rest Artist Alliance (SC) Calls for Artist’s Application for 2016 Art On the Trail – Deadline Sept. 19, 2016

May 30, 2016

Travelers Rest Artist Alliance, a non-profit arts organization, announces a ‘Call for Artists Applications’ for the 5th annual Art on the Trail, Oct. 22, 2016. This highly successful event will take place in Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest, SC.

Art on the Trail is a juried event that presents fine arts, sculpture, fibers arts, upcycled arts, musical and theater performances. Expected attendance is over 2000 people.
Artist applications are available until Sept. 19, 2016.

For more information about fees and booth costs go to (

Address: Travelers Rest Artist Alliance, PO Box 54, Travelers Rest, SC  29617
E-mail at ( or visit (

Contact: Call Susan Savage, Chair, Art on the Trail 2016
at 864/903-3371.

Turtle Island Pottery to be at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, for WOW “Wine on Wednesday” – June 8, 2016

May 29, 2016

Turtle Island Pottery, a WNC pottery staple, will be at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, on June 8, from 5:30-9pm, for “Wine on Wednesday” at the Mint. Admission is free. They will have music, wine (cash bar) and possibly a chocolatier. Come out and enjoy a relaxing evening of wine, music, art and craft from Turtle Island Pottery!

Turtle Island Pottery features handmade pottery by Maggie and Freeman Jones, who create one of a kind, functional, decorative stoneware items.






For more info about Turtle Island Pottery call 828/669-2713 or visit (

For more info about the Mint call 704/337-2000 or visit (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Has Set a Date for Spartanburg Soaring! 2016 – Apr. 23, 2016

December 30, 2015

The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, has set the date for its third annual Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival for Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 11am-5pm. This free and family-friendly festival has quickly become a much-anticipated event for people of all ages from all over the world. Hundreds of kites fill the sky above Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg, complemented by live music, food, and children’s activities. During the course of the day, individuals and kite club members float kites of every imaginable shape and size to the sky, including small kites made of newspaper and whale-size kites made from the latest technology and advanced materials. It is a colorful and creative experience.


The Spartanburg community has embraced the kite as a symbol of its creative, progressive, and playful spirit. Last year, the event attracted more than 3,000 participants from as far away as Europe.

“Every year we grow the Festival in terms of creativity and attendance,” Jennifer Evins, President of Chapman Cultural Center, said. “It is part of our mission to lead the community in all things creative and innovative, and Spartanburg Soaring! is one of the most popular events of the year. It is a beautiful showcase of what it means to live in Spartanburg. It is a symbol of our progressive mindset, our creativity, our curiosity, and our playful nature.”

Chapman Cultural Center is now accepting the participation of kite clubs, food vendors, artists, and musicians.

For more information about this event, please call 864/542-2787.

Abbeville Artist Guild in Abbeville, SC, Calls for Participation in Hogs and Hens BBQ Cook-off – Deadline is October 1, 2015

May 28, 2015

The Abbeville Artist Guild will again join with the City of Abbeville to sponsor the Hogs and Hens BBQ Cook-off on Friday evening October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The weekend will feature local BBQ cookers along Trinity Street, live music, a wine walk sponsored by the Abbeville Merchants Association, and arts and crafts in and around the Livery Stable on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

The Artist Guild is responsible for filling the Livery Stable with artists and crafters.  We are asking artists and crafters to demonstrate their art or craft.  We plan to emphasis the art process rather than just a place to sell.  Of course, the participants can sell their artwork also.

We are limited to 30 spaces inside the Livery Stable and 3 outside spaces so don’t wait to register.  The deadline is October 1, 2015

For a registration form or further info call 864/554-4448, e-mail to ( or visit (

See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster SC, Offers See Lancaster LIVE! for the Ag+Art Tour Kickoff for Lancaster County – June 26, 2015

May 11, 2015


Relax and unwind or break out your best dance moves! See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts invite you to join us June 26, 2015, in downtown Lancaster, SC, for “SEE LANCASTER LIVE!,” the official kick-off of the third annual Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County.

At 7pm, the HOT SAUCE BAND kicks off the weekend in style with a wide range of music.  This band is known for blending the genres of 70s, 80s, 90s, and current hits into one extra large bag of popcorn fun and party madness!

This event is held indoors at the Lancaster County Historical Courthouse located at 100 N. Main Street.  Tickets are only $10.50 per person and available by calling 803/289-1486 or online at ( A cash bar will be available.

For more information on the Ag+Art Tour, the nation’s largest free farm and artisan tour, visit (

Moore Farms Botanical Garden near Lake City, SC, Will Offers Its Annual May Days Plant Sale and BBQ – May 15 & 16, 2015

May 9, 2015


Moore Farms Botanical Garden near Lake City, SC, will offer its annual May Days Plant Sale and BBQ, featuring a demonstration by Pearl Fryar, world renowned topiary artist. The event takes place Friday, May 15 and May 16, 2015, from 8:30am-3pm, with the demonstration at 10:30am each day. The cost of the event is $15 per person (children 12 and under are free to attend) which includes lunch and demonstration.

The plant sale features many varieties of choice, hard-to-find and unusual plants. We only sell what we believe in, so every plant is a winner.

People will also get the chance to view the site-specific installation “Undomesticated” by Vassillki Falkehag which was commissioned for ArtFields© 2015. The installation explores the idea of borders and boundaries, of the place itself as farm and botanical garden, and how they are connected to the larger community of Lake City, SC.

For tickets:
By Mail: Make checks payable to Moore Farms Botanical Garden, stating “May Days” in the memo line. We will send you a ticket and instructions upon receipt of your payment. Mail checks to: Moore Farms Botanical Garden. C/o Rebecca Turk, 100 New Zion Road, Lake City, SC 29560

Online: If paying online with credit card, please visit ( – select “Visiting Info”, then “Events”.

Questions: Contact Rebecca Turk by e-mail at ( or by calling 843/373-8068.