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CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, is Calling all Artists, Artisans, Crafters, Musicians and Food Vendors to Participate in Live Oak Art & Music Fest – Deadline Sept. 15, 2019

July 21, 2019

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, presents Live Oak Art & Music Fest complete with live music, food truck vendors, children’s activity center, and over 50 exhibiting artists, designers, and crafters. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch artists in action, purchase something special, and meet the local creative community. The Live Oak festival has welcomed thousands of visitors since it began in 2004 and is now held in conjunction with the City of Conway’s Fall Festival.

When: Saturday, October 5th from 10am – 5pm
Where: 1201 Third Ave – Horry County Courthouse

Members of CREATE Conway with active memberships, receive a FREE 10′ x 10′ space. Non-Members or inactive CREATE Conway members may reserve a 10′ x 10′ space for $45 (see membership savings option below before you sign up)
Food Truck Vendor space is $50.

Have questions? E-mail inquiries to (createconway@gmail.com) or call Dee at 810/923-3334.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Application and payment deadline is September 15, 2019.

Sign up to exhibit here (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4ba9ae2fa0ff2-live).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the “2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition”

May 13, 2019

Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2019 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented May 1-5, 2019, as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. A total of 309 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, pastel, and 2D mixed media.

Cash awards totaling $6,350 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Hannah Shepard. Shepard is a visual artist and has been the Executive Director of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, since 2017. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2017. Awarded magna cum laude from College of Charleston, her undergraduate degree was a double major in Arts Administration and Studio Art with a minor in Art History. She has exhibited her work throughout Charleston and Atlanta, while also working as an assistant gallery director and interning for museums and non-profit spaces.


View of the Photography Exhibit. Photo by Gavin Shelton.

A total of 212 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color or monochrome. Cash awards totaling $1,450 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, photographer Jeffrey Rich. Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. He explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. Jeff received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. His project “Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River” was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award and was published as a monograph in 2012. His work has been exhibited across the US and internationally and is held in several public and private collections. In 2017, Watershed: The Tennessee River was published with Fall Line Press. Jeff also curates the weekly series “Eyes on the South” for “Oxford American Magazine”.

In addition to awards given by the judges, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These selections will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

Best in Show – Fine Art: Sean Patrick, “Revelation”, mixed media (Goose Creek)

Outstanding Merit – Fine Art: Trish Emery, “Le Cormatin Red Dahlia”, pastel (Moncks Corner)

Best Oil: Brad Carroll, “Uptown Social” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Acrylic: Susanne Frenzel, “At the End of the Day” (Mt. Pleasant)


Work by Bob Graham

Best Drawing: Bob Graham, “Archie” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Pastel: Catherine Townsend, “Dawn in the Swamp” (Summerville)

Best Watercolor: Bob Graham, “Pals” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best 2D Mixed Media: Cheryl Baskins Butler, “Rent in the Veil” (Moncks Corner)

Best Printmaking: Jamie Mular, “Portrait of a Man” (Charleston)

Best Portrait: Cynthia Huston, “Taylor II”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Landscape: John Meckley, “Lowcountry March”, oil (Summerville)

Best Still Life: Susan Everitt, “Some Gave All”, drawing (Daniel Island)

Best Animal: Rick Austin, “Got My Eye on You”, oil (Folly Beach)

Best Abstract: Jan Kelley, “Catch-22”, mixed media (North Charleston)

Mayor’s Choice: Vanessa Grebe, “Storytime”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Honorable Mentions – Fine Art:

Suzanne Wolfe, “Charleston Tea Dance Ladies”, watercolor (Mt. Pleasant)

Linda Wasiclewski, “Distant Horizons”, mixed media (Isle of Palms)


Work by Susan Irish Ellis

Susan Irish Ellis, “Ice Cream”, acrylic (West Ashley)

Tessa Pfeifer, “Untitled”, acrylic (Charleston)

Shelia Thompson, “Best Mom Under the Sun”, oil (Charleston)

Matt Cook, “Looking for His Master”, printmaking (Florence)

Kris Manning, “North Charleston Skyline”, drawing (Mount Pleasant)

Sarah Michelle Harris, “Weathered Elegance”, oil (Hanahan)

Gary Smith, “Hummingbird Fractal”, acrylic (Goose Creek)

Becky Taylor, “Faces of the Past”, watercolor (Charleston)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:

Brad Carroll, “Uptown Social”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Kris Manning, “North Charleston Skyline”, drawing (Mount Pleasant)

Matt Cook, “Looking for Master”, printmaking (Florence)

Tracy Gansraw, “The Dreamer”, acrylic (Granite Falls)

Professional Photography – Color:

1st Place: Raymond Colin Murray, “Sunrise On Capt. James and the Steel Mill” (Charleston, SC)

2nd Place: Justin Falk, “Lightning on Folly” (Charleston, SC)

3rd Place: Larry Gayle, “The Red Bridge” (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Honorable Mentions:

Sean Hartman, “Washed Out II” (Summerville)

Raymond Colin Murray, “Precious and Vulnerable” (Charleston)

Richard Amble, “Coal Plant” (Summerville)

Angie Bridges, “The Samba” (Summerville)

Leah Sparks, “I’m Available” (Charleston)

Professional Photography – Monochrome:

1st Place: Sean Hartman, “Reaching” (Summerville)

2nd Place: Gloria Welch, “View of a View” (Charleston)

3rd Place: Christine Jones, “Still Motion” (Goose Creek)

Honorable Mentions:

Nicole Robinson, “Reflecting” (Charleston)

Raymond Colin Murray, “Dauntless” (Charleston)

Marcie Daniels, “Nature’s Prayer” (Summerville)

Amateur Photography – Color:

1st Place: Jessica Ballard, “Lowcountry Marsh” (North Charleston)

2nd Place: Guenter Weber, “Dancing Great Egrets” (Summerville)

3rd Place: Michael Summer, “Untitled” (Delzel)

Honorable Mentions:

Amber Dillo, “Blacksmith’s Fire #1” (Charleston)

Jess Greaux, “Delicious Fruit” (North Charleston)

Roger Buengon, “Untitled” (Chapin)

Jess Greaux, “Life on Hold” (North Charleston)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome:

1st Place: David Dial, “Dock of the Lake” (Columbia)

2nd Place: Heike Helbig, “Narcissa” (Summerville)

3rd Place: Atri Amin, “Long Tree at the Point” (Mount Pleasant)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit the Arts & Culture section of (northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Fest, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the “2019 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 13, 2019

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “18th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s longest running juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented May 1-5, 2019, as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, held in North Charleston, SC.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 53 applicants were asked to participate and 105 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, glass, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. After making his selections, Arendt stated, “The diverse works on display represent a broad set of styles and themes, but share the common element of being among the best examples of a particular material or discipline. I was excited to be able to see challenging content and exceptional craft throughout the gallery. Even more gratifying is how many artists are working to push traditional models of craft and beauty by exploring difficult techniques and non-traditional materials. Together, these works encompass the finest impulses of artists and craftspeople in command of their disciplines.”

After awarding ribbons, Arendt also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will be available to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, three pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These selections will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the “2019 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”:


Work by Kim Keats

Best of Show – Kim Keats, “Visceral Vessel”, mixed media (Okatie)

Outstanding Merit

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Robb Helmkamp, “Wailing Box”, wood (North Charleston)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

Rachel Weiss, Inca Royalty Necklace, mixed media (Charleston)

Honorable Mentions:

Tanya Craig, “Oblong Platter”, glass (North Charleston)

Flavia Lovatelli, “Cocooned”, mixed media, paper (Columbia)

Erin Ryan, “Turn of the Screw”, metal (Conway)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

Jocelyn Chateauvert, “Alight”, paper (Charleston)

Margaret Weinberg, “Snowy Trio”, clay (Charleston)

Connie Lippert, “Undulating Parallelogram”, fiber (Seneca)

Camela Guevara, “Shaker Lids”, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)

Justin Guy, “Clay Menagerie”, clay (Edgefield)

Tabitha Ott, “In Time”, mixed media (Cayce)

Annie Rhodes Lee, “Cementing Our Common Ground”, clay (Folly Beach)

Fred Prudhomme, “Day & Night”, clay (North Charleston)

“2019 SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition” Selections:

Vernon Bowen, “Surface Tension”, mixed media (Columbia)

Kim Keats, “Triskele Totem”, mixed media (Okatie)

Jacqueline Anderson, “Chapter 12”, mixed media (North Charleston)

Fred Prudhomme, “Day & Night”, clay (North Charleston)

Mary Nicholson, “Slice of Life Plate”, clay (Johns Island)

Tanya Craig, “Oblong Platter”, glass (North Charleston)

Toni Smith, “Guidance”, metal (Surfside Beach)

Kathy Oda, “Here Comes the Sun”, glass, Lady’s Island)

Robb Helmkamp, “Wailing Box”, wood (North Charleston)

Erin Ryan, “Turn of the Screw”, metal (Conway)

Nancy Warren, “Oil and Water Harmonics”, fiber (Mount Pleasant)

Margaret Weinberg, “Snowy Trio”, clay (Charleston)

Arianne King Comer, “Norman’s Vision”, fiber (North Charleston)

Camela Guevara, “Shaker Lids”, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

For more information about the “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

Artisphere 2019 in Greenville, SC, Announces Winning Participants

May 13, 2019

The 15th Anniversary Artisphere festival presented by TD Bank in Greenville, SC, featured 135 artists from across the country selected from 952 submissions from 28 states. 36 of the artists were new to the festival this year.

On Friday, May 10, 2019, artist exhibitors were judged by festival jurors Devyn Vasquez (Penland School of Crafts Core Fellow), Sybil Godwin (Owner and Director – Shain Gallery Charlotte, NC) and Ashley Jones (Local Artist, Photographer). 10 cash awards including; Best in Show ($5,000), 1st Place 2D Mixed Media ($2,500), 2nd Place 2D Mixed Media ($1,000), 1st Place 3D Mixed Media ($2,500), 2nd Place 3D Mixed Media ($1,000), four Awards of Excellence ($500 each). The Mayor’s Choice Award ($500), selected by Haynworth-Sinkler Boyd was also distributed.

This year’s Best in Show winner was Richard Wilson (Drawing) of Greenville, NC. 2D 1st place went to Kiah Bellows (Mixed Media 2D) of Greenville, SC, and 2nd place was awarded to Joey Bradley (Painting Oil/Acrylic, Mixed Media 2D) of Greenville, SC. The 3D 1st place award went to Amber Marshall (Glass) of Spruce Pine, NC, and 2nd place went to Nicario Jimenez (Mixed Media 3D) of Naples, FL. Four Awards of Excellence were also distributed to Tara Locklear (Jewelry Semi-Precious) of Raleigh, NC, Chris Jeffries (Glass) of Laguna Beach, CA, Bounkhonkg Signavong (Fiber) of Secaucus, NJ, and Gregg Rasmusson (Ceramics) of St. Louis, MO. Mayor Knox White presented the 2018 Mayor’s Choice Award to Glory Day Loflin (Painting Oil/Acrylic) of Greenville, SC.

In addition to awards distributed on Artist Row, Artisphere distributed an additional $3,000 in awards to winners of the “Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition” as well as the Culinary Arts Café.

Peter Kaniaris of Anderson University juried the “Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition” sponsored by Prisma Health, “Greenville Journal”, and funded in part by Metropolitan Arts Council in March. “Artists of the Upstate” is designated for local artists within a 35-mile radius of Greenville. Kaniaris returned to the festival to select the Best in Show ($1,000), 2nd place ($750), 3rd place ($500), and an Award of Excellence ($250) winners.

This year’s “Artists of the Upstate” Best in Show was Hamed Mahmoodi. 2nd place was awarded to Kent Ambler, 3rd place to Kelly King, and Award of Excellence to Elizabeth Kenney.

Out of town media guests were invited to judge the Culinary Arts Café on their trip to Greenville. They tested dishes personally selected by all five participating restaurants- Larkin’s on the River, Cantina 76, Duke Sandwich Company, Crepe Du Jour, and The Trappe Door. Duke Sandwich Company was chosen as the Best in Show and awarded $500.

“Congratulations to the talented local and national 2019 award winners,” said David Lominack, South Carolina Market President, TD Bank. “TD Bank is proud to support the arts community across the Upstate and beyond through Artisphere.”

For more information visit (www.artisphere.org).

The Spartanburg Fringe Festival in Spartanburg, SC, is Calling All Artists to an ‘Underground Arts Festival’ – Deadline Mar. 31, 2019

March 18, 2019

Spartanburg Fringe Festival is seeking artists to perform and showcase in this inaugural summer festival that will celebrate and promote performances and other art forms that are normally considered outside of the mainstream of creativity. The festival will be held June 1-29, 2019, at West Main Artists Co-op and other venues in Spartanburg, SC.

The deadline for artists to apply is March 31, 2019.

Performers in all disciplines are invited to apply, including theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, spoken word, and more. However, the Festival is open to visual artists as well. The month-long event is described as “Spartanburg’s Underground Arts Festival.”

“Think of this as a cross between a classic ‘fringe’ festival and South Carolina’s Spoleto arts festival in Charleston,” Festival Director Sandy Staggs said. “The aim is to push the boundaries of performance art as we know it in Spartanburg by featuring artists working on the fringes. We want to create an open and accessible platform for artistic expression for both emerging local artists and to give our more-established artists an opportunity to present works that may not fit into their general programming for various reasons.”

Headlining the Festival are several Co-op performing artists, including Proud Mary Theatre Company, which will present the troupe’s first musical “Fun Home,” the Tony-winning and groundbreaking work based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel; “Scrappy Shakespeare” and its summer production of “Much Ado About Nothing”; Sparkle City Improv; a new work by playwright Anna Elliot; performances by musician Josh Tennant; live art and performance by the MADDArtist Gilliam; and much more.

According the Festival’s website, “The festival is uncensored – content is entirely up to the artist, experimentation is encouraged. The festival is inclusive – artists from a variety of cultural perspectives, artists from underrepresented communities, and artists presenting work that is culturally specific and geographically diverse are encouraged to apply.”

Most of the Festival will be held at the Co-op in The Venue, the converted sanctuary of the former church. The Venue is normally dedicated as exhibition space for WMAC’s member and guest artists, but is also suitable for plays, concerts, and dance performances. It will seat more than 100 people.

Both short (5-30 minutes) and full-length (45-90 minutes) programs are being sought in all mediums with an emphasis on “fresh, new, different, edgy, and most of all, local.” Staggs added. “The Festival both celebrates the artists and collaborates with the artists in a partnership that gets their work shown and attended, and ensures (in most cases) our artists are compensated.

“If you are an artist or an art lover, hold on to your seat. We want to blow your mind.” Other venues, galleries, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bookstores, etc. in the city and county are encouraged to add fringe performances and events to the Festival line-up as well. Additionally, the Fringe Festival is currently seeking sponsors.

To apply or for more information, please visit (SpartanburgFringeFestival.com), e-mail to (Festival@SpartanburgFringeFestival.com) or call 864/580-8385.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Calls for Applications for 60th Annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival – Deadline May 1, 2019

February 17, 2019

Artist applications are available for the 60th annual Art on Main fine art and fine craft festival in downtown Hendersonville, NC. Festival dates will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, 2019, from 10am to 5pm each day. This juried and judged show is produced by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

The Art on Main Committee is announcing that this year’s show will be set up on Main Street for a third year. The committee has been working with the city to move the show into the street for several years. This allows for a show with a more connected layout, storage space behind booths, and a safer environment for everyone.

Artists may download an application from the Arts Council’s website at (www.acofhc.org). An application can also be requested by e-mailing the Arts Council at (acofhc@bellsouth.net), or by calling 828/693-8504. Artists must send four images of their work plus a photo of their booth along with their applications.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2019 (postmark).

$3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Breakfasts, booth sitters, and a complimentary accommodations program, which provides housing for traveling artists in the homes of members of the Arts Council community will be provided as needed.

The Arts Council has an aggressive marketing campaign planned to draw audiences from Henderson County, the broader North Carolina region, South Carolina, and Georgia. Residents and tourists alike enthusiastically look forward to this popular annual outdoor festival.

Morris Broadband is a major sponsor for this event. For further information about Art on Main, please contact the Arts Council of Henderson County by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or 828/693-8504. The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 2700A Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

North Charleston Arts Fest Reveals 2019 Design Competition Winner – Joseph Kameen

February 15, 2019

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Joseph (Joe) Kameen of Graniteville, SC, as the winner of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Kameen’s oil painting, titled “Shadow Boxer”, will be used to promote the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place in North Charleston, SC, on May 1-5. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece is now part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection.


Work by Joseph (Joe) Kameen

Kameen submitted three of his paintings for consideration for the Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. “I believe that these paintings are a good representation of the North Charleston Arts Fest not only because of their broad visual appeal, but also because of the widely relevant nature of the content of the images,” he explains. “My paintings deal with universal, human questions about our experiences. We all ask questions that cannot be answered definitively; as abstract as wondering about our purpose in life, or as personal as asking why we act the way we do. I take these complicated, and often challenging, ideas and use them as inspiration to craft more approachable, metaphorical images. My use of bright colors and active compositions attract the viewer, while the imagery forces the viewer to ask more complicated questions of and for themselves. I feel that this breadth of possibilities and openness to a variety of artistic experiences reflects the diversity of an event like the North Charleston Arts Fest.” It was, in fact, Joe’s use of bright colors, active composition, and the open and intriguing narrative of Shadow Boxer that most appealed to the review panel, who selected the painting among a total of 57 entries by artists from six cities across the state.

Joseph Kameen is an artist and educator. He received his BFAs in Sculpture and Painting at Boston University in 2013, and his MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015. His work has been featured in publications such as the Boston Voyager, Emboss Magazine, and the Pinch Literary Journal, and is in both national and international private collections. He has curated and exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, South Carolina, and New York, including The Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery. Kameen has instructed courses in drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, digital design, and 3D printing at Boston University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Indiana University East. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Kameen’s paintings use narrative imagery and invented spaces to explore the innately human activity of asking “why,” and to analyze the relationship we form with these questions. Because his paintings are about human experience, the body is featured heavily in his work. Kameen uses his own body as a recurring character so that he always keeps a personal connection to these ideas. Memory also plays heavily into his process, with rooms, objects, and people from his life filtering in and out of paintings. Kameen’s colors are a combination of memory and imagination and often begin with observations made about colors found during certain times of day or under specific weather conditions. He then shifts and exaggerates these found colors to fit his invented worlds. Exaggerated perspectives and compositions reference the hyperbolic expression of Mannerist and Romantic paintings, while bright colors and references to the picture plane point to modern pulp approaches to these same idealized forms. By combining these elements of traditional and popular art, Joe hopes to create work that is both engaged in a conversation with the history of painting, and is accessible and approachable for the average viewer.

A collection of Kameen’s paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2019. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Shadow Boxer”. 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 a special reception on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8pm. Kameen will also offer a painting demo during the Arts Fest Exhibition Encore at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Sunday, May 5. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase during the festival.

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).

SC Festival of Flowers in Greenwood, SC, Calls for Applications for the 2019 Juried Arts & Crafts Show – Deadline Mar. 15, 2019

February 14, 2019

The 52nd annual SC Festival of Flowers is seeking exquisite handmade goods from artists and crafters to showcase in this summer’s Juried Arts & Craft Show. The Festival features original work from all over the Southeast and festival goers love to see the creative process in action. If this applies to you, whether your work is contemporary or traditional, we want you to apply. New this year: crafters will be able to enter one piece for our Juried “Bloom” Award, for a chance to receive recognition and complimentary booth space. This year only, accepted first time crafters will receive $50 off their booth rental. To apply, visit (scFestivalOfFlowers.org/apply-as-a-vendor/). The deadline is March 15, 2019.

This year’s show will be June 7 & 8, 2019, at the Uptown Market Pavilion in Greenwood, SC. Crafters will be in an outside venue that receives foot traffic from the Uptown Concert, Kidfest, the Wine Walk, and other main weekend events in addition to our unique collection of 40+ “living” topiaries displayed in downtown Greenwood.

The SC Festival of Flowers is an award winning festival coordinated by the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce that was recently named the “Event of the Year” by the SC Festival and Events Association. It’s sure to bring any crafter a “bloomin’ good time.”

For more information, contact the Greenwood SC Chamber by calling 864/889-9314 or e-mail to (Austin@GreenwoodSCchamber.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 18th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition” – Deadline Mar. 15, 2019

December 27, 2018

Fine craft artists from across the state of SC are invited to participate in the 18th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 1-5, 2019. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (https://NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 15, 2019. Artists in need of assistance with the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.


“Palmetto Hands” exhibition, credit: Jonathon Stout Photography

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. He received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. He’s been invited to teach at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His work is exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. In 2014, he received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship and his work received the top prize at ArtFields 2013. He has exhibited in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 & 2019, and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands and has work include in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft. He has juried numerous local, regional, and national exhibitions in support of the arts across the country.

The 18th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1-5, 2019, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 6:00-8:30pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Artists in All Disciplines Sought to Perform or Present at the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest – Deadline Dec. 15, 2018

November 6, 2018

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature to participate in the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held May 1-5 at various venues throughout North Charleston, SC. National, regional, and local artists, cultural groups, and community organizations are welcome to submit an application to perform on stage or present their talents through programs such as exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more.

The application can be accessed at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). Agents submitting applications on behalf of two or more artists or groups should contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) for special application instructions. There is NO fee to apply.

Applications will be accepted through the online submission platform until midnight on Sat., Dec. 15, 2018. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, now entering its 37th year, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually. The festival features a fabulous array of events and activities such as concerts, theatre presentations, exhibitions and installations, children’s programs, film screenings, workshops and demonstrations, and more. The Arts Fest review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that will work well in the available venues and are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Proposals for new concepts or programs are encouraged.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office by calling 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).