Archive for the ‘Arts Funding’ Category

Make a Bowl for Charity – Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, Donates Space for Hub City Empty Bowls Event – July 13, 2019

July 6, 2019

Hub City Empty Bowls in Spartanburg, SC, will sponsor two free and public pottery bowl-making sessions at Converse College on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 10am-noon and 1-3pm. The bowls made during these creative and grassroots events will be used later to raise money to feed needy Spartanburg citizens through TOTAL Ministries, a faith-based agency that aids people in financial straits.

No talent or skill is needed to participate, only a creative community spirit and the desire to help those in need. All materials — clay, instruction, space — are provided at no cost. Participants will hand-shape clay bowls that will be left at Converse College to be finished by experienced potters through the lead sponsoring agency Carolina Clay Artists. In the fall, the finished bowls will be used at the much-anticipated Soup Day, a community event that lets people select the bowls of their choice for $20 donations and then eat soup provided by local restaurants, hear live music, and enjoy the fellowship.

Several hundreds of colorful bowls of various styles and shapes are available on Soup Day. About two dozen restaurants provide the soup. And for the past few years, more than $30,000 has been raised each year.

“We are thrilled that Converse College has welcomed Hub City Empty Bowls on its campus for this event,” Chairman Bruce Bowyer said. “We are grateful for Converse’s generous community spirit in letting us use its studio space. This year, we also held bowl-making sessions at Wofford College and West Main Artists Co-op. Their contributions and involvement are vital to our success in making bowls that are turned into funds to help those in need. Thank you Converse College, Wofford College, and West Main Artists Co-op for giving your resources and for caring about people who don’t have enough to eat.”

Hub City Empty Bowls, a non-profit agency, is now in its eleventh year of helping people who are “food insecure,” which is usually defined as not being sure you’ll have the resources for your next meal. Empty Bowls is an international and grassroots effort by clay potters to help feed the needy. There is no headquarters or central administration. Each community designs its fundraising program around the concept of using clay bowls made by citizens to raise money to feed the needy. The exact ways and means are different for each community.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please visit online the Facebook page and the website at (HubCityEmptyBowls.com).

Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, Offers Art Spark Art Extravaganza – August 10, 2019

July 6, 2019

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, will host its annual Art Party called Art Spark Art Extravaganza on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Old Bishop Place Farm in Cedar Mountain, NC, from 6-9:30pm. The theme for the Art Party is “des masques . . . something hidden”. The Art Party includes an art auction, featured art chefs, live painting demonstrations, a DJ, and painted servers.

Tickets for this event are $85 per person. Tickets go on sale July 5. Proceeds from this event fund the art programs of the TC Arts Council.

For more information call the TC Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or go to (www.tcarts.org).

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.