Archive for the ‘Arts Funding’ Category

The Artist BLUE SKY is Painting a New Mural in Columbia, SC

January 20, 2019

Blue Sky is painting a new mural in the vista in Columbia, SC, on the corner of Gervais and Assembly Streets. I have created a gofundme page for the mural as he’s paying for this out of his own empty pockets – just like he did for the “Neverbust” sculpture. If you can donate any amount, thank you or please share. Thank you so much for all of your support over the years!

Donate at (https://www.gofundme.com/new-blue-sky-mural).

Society of Bluffton Artists’ in Bluffton, SC, Presents Art of the Martini Fundraiser on February 16, 2019

December 27, 2018

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) non-profit art organization will present its first big fundraiser of 2019 with Art of the Martini from 5-7pm, on February 16 at Oscar Frazier Community Center in Bluffton, SC.

The fun-filled evening will include live entertainment, two complimentary martinis for each person (from which there will be six variety to choose), hors d’oeuvres from The Cottage and unique offerings for a silent auction. Each guest will take home a complimentary, hand-painted martini glass to remember the evening.

Tickets are $45 and help support SoBA’s outreach art programs, art workshops and operating expenses that support the community. Tickets are available for sale online at sobagallery.com or at the gallery located in Old Town Bluffton.

SoBA members are asked to purchase two tickets and to sell two tickets — which can be picked up from the gallery on Friday, December 21. Volunteers are needed to set up and break down the event, bartend with premixed martinis, food and greeting. Additionally, to make the silent auction a success, event coordinators need 25 unique pieces of art in the following categories: art to wear such as jewelry, stoneware, wood, sculpture, up-cycled furniture, photography and paintings.

Volunteers are needed to help with this event and artists needed to donate for silent auction.

If you are interested in submitting art, please send a photograph of the items you wish to donate by e-mailing to (hawleycollection@aol.com) or (gayle.miller@sobagallery.com).

“Help us to make this an event to remember and thank you in advance for supporting SoBA!” said Hawley.

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is a non-profit organization established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities. SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows and exhibitions.

Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

The Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Invites You to ‘Got Art?’ EVERYONE gets art! – Sept. 28, 2018

August 13, 2018

WHAT: Art League of Hilton Head’s annual fundraising benefit, Got Art?, makes collectors out of art enthusiasts. Each $100 ticket provides admission for two guests, participation in a random drawing and guarantees one original piece of art. Only 100 tickets will be sold. This fun and popular event is sure to be a sellout!

Artwork donated by Art League member artists may include paintings, drawings, photography, collage, jewelry, ceramic, and sculpture. Each piece of art is valued at $200 or more.


Work by Dennis Lake


Work by Alexandra Sharma


Work by Peg Weschke

What makes this event exciting is that ticket numbers are selected at random. This allows each ticket holder to select a piece of art. You never know when your number will be called or which pieces will still be available when it’s your turn to choose. Got Art? always proves to be a lively evening.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, starting at 5pm. The evening preview is from 5-6pm in Art League Gallery, with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. This one-hour preview period is your time to review the displayed artwork and select your favorites. At 6pm, the exciting main event drawing begins. When your ticket is drawn, choose an original piece of art. Every ticket is a winner!

FREE PUBLIC PREVIEW: More than 100 Got Art? artworks will be on display at Art League Gallery September 25-27, from 10am-4pm.

HOW: Purchase a $100 ticket. Visit (www.artleaguehhi.org) or call (843) 681-5060. Tickets also available at Art League Gallery and Art League Academy.

Only 100 tickets will be sold. You must have a ticket to attend. Each ticket admits two guests and awards one piece of art.

WHERE: Art League of Hilton Head Gallery located mid-island, inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC.

ABOUT ART LEAGUE OF HILTON HEAD: Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic art gallery and teaching Academy.

Art League Academy welcomes artists and students in all media at all skill levels, even true beginners. Taught by professional art educators, students can choose from many art classes and workshops that change monthly. Located south-island at 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

Art League Gallery features local artwork in all media created by more than 170 member artists. All artwork on display is for sale and the exhibits change every month. Located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, next to the box office. Open 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 90 minutes prior to all Arts Center Performances.

“Inspiring visual arts for our community and its visitors through exhibitions, education and partnerships” is Art League of Hilton Head’s mission.

For further info call the League at 843/681-5060 or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).

Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, Award Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell Regional Artist Project Grants

December 9, 2017

The Union County Community Arts Council in Monroe, NC, has announced Union County artists Jeff Botz and LaGeris Underwood Bell have been awarded Regional Artist Project grants through the region’s RAPG program. Regional Artist Project Grants provide awards for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further enhance their artistic development. The RAPG is open to eligible artists in all disciplines and provides an all or nothing grant of up to $2,000 to pay for one professional development or to purchase or rent one piece of equipment.

Botz attended NYU where he met some of America’s greatest painters and photographers and felt encouraged to pursue his vision in photography. His photography talents have taken him to the Himalayas where he photographs some of his greatest work. His grant award will allow him to purchase a field view camera for distance photographing.

Bell, an Emmy-award winning staff television producer, will use her grant award to develop a crowdsourcing website to raise funds to support her documentary film based on Union County author Gene Stowe’s “Inherit the Land”. The book recounts the story of a white family in Union County who, in the early 1900s, bequeathed a fortune to the African-American branch of their family.

“The Union County Community Arts Council recognizes that Union County has a strong arts community that can benefit from these grant funds”, said Barbara Faulk, executive director. “As an arts council, our goal is to assist artists by providing services and opportunities that help them evolve as artists.”

The grant program is offered by the arts councils of Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln, Rutherford and York, SC, counties. Artists who have lived in these counties for one year are eligible to apply through the arts councils where they live. The North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency, the Blumenthal Endowment and the participating arts councils support the program.

Union County Community Arts Council is located at 120 N. Main Street in Monroe, NC 28112.

For further information call 704/283-2784 or visit (http://unionarts.org/).

Southern Prize and State Fellowships Application Open for Visual Artists – Deadline is Dec. 15, 2017

November 12, 2017

For the second year in a row, South Arts, based in Atlanta, GA, is accepting entries for the Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists cash awards up to $30,000; the contest is open to artists living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. One fellowship with a cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to an individual artist in each state. The state fellows will then be in competition for the Southern Prize of an additional $25,000 and a finalist prize of $10,000. The Southern Prize winner also receives a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.

“Artists in our region are producing some of the most creative work in our country,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “From traditional quilting to bleeding-edge 3D printing sculptures to dynamic installations driving conversations on social justice, southern artists are creating important, extraordinary works.”

Artists may apply for the Southern Prize until Dec. 15, 2017, through South Arts’ website at (www.southarts.org). Artists specializing in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary styles are eligible.

“The Southern Prize and State Fellowships impact the careers and lives of artists in our region,” continued Surkamer. “Previous winners have used their awards to purchase materials to create new work, enroll in residency programs, and secure studio space. The funds are unrestricted, so the winning artists can spend the awards on whatever they may need.”

A panel of national judges will adjudicate submissions, and the state fellowships will be awarded at a ceremony which will be held at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA, in April 2018.

The Southern Prize is supported by South Arts’ member state arts agencies, foundation, businesses, and individuals, and powered by The Hambidge Center. South Arts also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

For more information, visit (www.southarts.org).

Editor’s Note: at the time of posting this the website link was not working.

CERF + Comes to the Rescue in Texas

September 28, 2017

Have you seen the ad for CERF+ The Artists Safety Net which we include in every issue of “Carolina Arts”? We put it there because they are the folks who held artists recover from disasters. I first head of them 28 years ago when Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, SC, and many artists were helped by CERF, now they are CERF+. I also know of potters in Seagrove, NC, who received help from CERF when a fire burned down their clay studio. It’s a good organization. They can’t make a disaster go away over night, but they can help artists get back on their feet and on the road to recovery – with the help of other artists and good people who donate funds to help out.

Here’s a recent story about an artist who is on the road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey came to call on Texas.


Owner + Artist of Port A Glass Studio & Gallery, Sheri Hargrove, Port Aransas, Texas

Glass artist Sheri Hargrove has called the beautiful Texas island of Port Aransas her home for more than 12 years. Her shop, Port A Glass (http://portaglass.com/), has become a well known fixture in downtown Port “A”. Friends describe Hargrove as “an incredibly generous human being who would never ask for assistance – instead, she would be the first to give it.” It turns out that Hargrove herself would need help when disaster struck this September.

When Hurricane Harvey rolled in, Hargrove’s shop and studio were directly in the line of the storm’s landfall. Her home and business were destroyed all at once with severe damage after a storm surge of 5 feet of storm caused devastating flooding. Hargrove had business insurance, but it didn’t cover flood damage and loss due to the area in which her business is located.

When Hargrove returned home after evacuating to friends in San Antonio, her home had no walls or ceiling. While her artwork mostly survived, she lost all of her equipment including: three kilns, three saws, a compressor and two drill presses, along with her gallery and teaching space located in her studio-garage. For now, Port A Glass is temporarily closed and the road to recovery will be laborious and expensive. “Port A Glass is going to rebuild,” Hargrove explains. “It’s just going to take some time and money.”

“I was devastated and left without a path forward. Through the help of the beautiful people at CERF+ and the Art Glass community, I’m now able to see a light at the end of a very long tunnel. CERF+ has been like Harvey’s angels to me,” says Hargrove.

CERF+ and the glass art community have been among the first to provide help. Her local community and friends started a gofundme fundraiser (https://www.gofundme.com/sherihargrove) and manufacturers of glass equipment are stepping up to help as well with donated materials and discounts on supplies.

For Hargrove, “The trauma of Hurricane Harvey comes in waves.” She’s constantly reminded that the recovery and rebuilding process is a marathon and not a sprint. “I’ve been brought to tears of joy so many times throughout this ordeal by the beautiful, giving, loving spirit of my fellow Americans. I’m looking forward to the day when I can turn all of my energy back into my artwork. It’s only because of the kindness of friends, colleagues, and strangers that I am able to think of the future.”

CERF+ is located at 535 Stone Cutters Way, Ste. 202,
Montpelier, VT 05602
You can contact them by calling 802/229-2306 or visit their website at (https://cerfplus.org/).

If you need help contact them. If you can provide help to others contact them.

Get Your Free Tickets Now for “Smithsonian” Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Taking Place Sept. 23, 2017

August 30, 2017

Beginning today, museum-goers can head to the Museum Day Live! website to download one free ticket, good for two people, for “Smithsonian” magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live!. Each ticket grants the ticketholder, and one guest, free access to any participating museum on Sept. 23, 2017. One ticket is permitted per e-mail address.

This year, Museum Day Live! is partnering with Microsoft to create special interactive lesson plans using Minecraft: Education Edition. Participating museums can download the lesson plans to enhance the Museum Day Live! experience at their facility. The Minecraft: Education Edition extensions are based on Smithsonian materials and are available on the Museum Day Live! website. Following the event, Microsoft will provide schools with access to the Minecraft: Education Edition extensions.

To register, see the full list of museums, and download a free ticket please visit: (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive).

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, “Smithsonian” magazine, “Air & Space” magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonian.com/si.edu)

South Carolina Watermedia Society Seeks Donations for SCWS First National Digital Show

July 7, 2017


Would you consider making a tax deductible donation to help provide awards for the top 30 paintings in the SCWS first National Digital Show. Donations can be made in honor of an individual or a group. Donors and sponsors will be listed in the show catalog.

This year’s show is from October 7 through November 25, 2017, in Charleston, SC, at the Charleston International Airport, in the front atrium.

All of those donating receive promotions in the media and in our catalog which is circulated statewide with a traveling exhibit. In addition, advertisements may be placed in the catalog to provide general program support and artist awards.

Click here to make your contribution (https://scwatermedia.com/sponsorships/).

Click here to learn more about the digital show (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4437). Entry deadline for the show is July 28, 2017.

2017 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows in Charleston, SC, Announces Show Award Winners

June 19, 2017

For three weeks every year beginning on Memorial Day weekend, downtown Charleston, South Carolina becomes an arts mecca with two major arts festivals running concurrently. The Spoleto Festival USA, is an arts festival with over 150 performances, and the companion Piccolo Spoleto Festival features over 500 events in the preforming, visual and literary arts. Combined, the events bring over 250,000 arts enthusiasts into the downtown Charleston area.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston proudly presents the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows for 2017. These three-day shows represent our 38th year participating as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. We strive to provide festival attendees with an overview of the high quality of original works currently being created in a variety of craft media. Approximately 120 fine crafts artists from around the US participate in the one or both of the shows, which are held on the first two weekends of the festival. Both emerging and experienced craft artists are invited to apply to participate. Artist demonstrations – both scheduled and impromptu – are a highlight for show patrons.

The first weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show had fine weather on Friday, May 24, 2017, for the judging and awards presentation. The judge for the show was Casimer Kowalski, a local visual artist. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy presented the awards. Photos courtesy of Sea Star Arts Photography.

Best in Show: Jean Yao a basketmaker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Mayor John Tecklenburg, Best in Show winner Jean Yao and Sandy Tecklenburg

First Place: Addelle Sanders, a fiber artist from Charleston, SC.

Second Place: Doug Richard, a wood turner from Satsuma, FL.

Third Place: Christie May, a jeweler from Palm Beach, FL.

Honorable Mentions:

Nancy Michael Susaneck, a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.

Caleb Barnaby, a jeweler from Ormond Beach, FL.

Emerging Artist Grant: Alexander Bower, a jeweler from Charlottesville, VA.

Exhibitors’ Choice Award: Wilson Lee, a wood carver from Nashville, TN

Purchase awards:

Charles and Cindy Cecil, jewelers from High Point, NC.
Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA.
Tammy Rudd, a jeweler from Holly Hill, SC.
David Shipper, a photographer from Beaufort, SC.

The second weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts show began on June 2, 2017, another beautiful day. The judge for this show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.

Best in Show: Tammy Rudd, a glass beadmaker and jeweler from Holly Hill, SC.


Show Judge Michael Haga and Best in Show winner Tammy Rudd. Inset a glass pendant

First Place: Colleen Williams, potter from Chattanooga, TN

Second Place: JoAnn Graham, a jeweler from St Helena, SC.

Third place: Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA.

Honorable Mentions:

Ed Bryan, a potter from Columbia, SC.

Jen Swearington, a fiber artist from Asheville, NC.

Exhibitor’s Choice Award: Matt and Katie Wilson, metalworkers from North Charleston, SC.

Emerging Artist Grant: Joe Hiltabitel and Shelly Simmons, photographers from Travelers Rest, SC.

Slide Jurors’ Choice: Nancy Michael Susanneck a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.

Purchase Awards:

Uzo Ezekwudo and Nnamdi Ibenagu, fiber artists from Chapel Hill, NC.
Tom Homann, a potter from Comer, GA.
Jiri Kalina, a wood carver from Wilmington, NC.
Cynthia McFadden, a mixed media Jeweler from Charleston, SC.

For further information call Kasey Briggs at 843/364-0421 or e-mail to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com).

 

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Reduces Admission Prices During Renovations

June 12, 2017

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces specially reduced admission pricing for the duration of building renovations, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2018. Museumgoers gain entry for half the regular amount: Adults are now $6, seniors and military $5, and students $2.50. Children six years old and under remain free.

This initiative is partially funded through the Karen Brosius National Medal Fund, established last year to honor Karen Brosius, who served as CMA executive director from 2004 – 2016. The fund benefits CMA programs, exhibitions, and opportunities with dynamic approaches to public service.

“In the years I worked with Karen, I saw firsthand her passion for arts accessibility,” says R. Scott McClelland, president of the CMA board of trustees. “She was a driving force behind our National Medal win and the fact that a third of our programs are free. We thought this was a great chance to honor her dedication and service in a way that benefits our community.”

The onset of reduced admission pricing coincided with the opening of the summer exhibition “ReTooled: Highlights of the Hechinger Collection”, on view Friday, June 2, through Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

“The museum is staying active during renovations, and we want to make it that much easier for people to participate in our full schedule of exhibitions and programs,” says Lynn Robertson, CMA interim director. “Beyond the hammers and drills, we still have plenty to see and do.”

For more information, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. To learn more, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).