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Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Aquires Works from the Exhibition “REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art” – Talk Offered on Feb. 16, 2017

February 10, 2017

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The Columbia Museum of Art  in Columbia, SC, announces the acquisition of four major works of art previously on view as part of the seminal spring 2016 exhibition “REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art”. The acquisition consists of powerful pieces from artists Bing Davis, Renée Cox, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Colin Quashie. The latter two artists will discuss their works and creative processes as part of the “REMIX/REDUX” lecture and reception presented by the Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) on Feb. 16, at 6pm.

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Clockwise from top left: Details from Renée Cox’s “Liberation of Aunt Jemima” and “Uncle Ben”, Michaela Pilar Brown’s “Speak No”, Colin Quashie’s “Plantation Monopoly”, and Bing Davis’ “Ancestral Spirit Dance #568”.

“Our goal with “REMIX” was to raise awareness of contemporary African-American art and the mercurial yet magical nature of a ‘remixed’ methodology,” says Will South, CMA chief curator. “The acquisition of these phenomenal pieces helps these important and challenging conversations to continue.”

Among the four newly acquired works is “Ancestral Spirit Dance #568” by Willis “Bing” Davis of Dayton, OH. An artist and art educator who unabashedly looks to the distant past, Davis has created an ongoing series of sparkling pastels based on the high-energy patterns of African kente cloth made by the Asante peoples of Ghana and the Ewe peoples of Ghana and Togo. Davis riffs on these patterns in the vein of a soloing musician, exploding them out into a riot of colorful abstraction.

Jamaican-American photographer Renée Cox draws inspiration from the history of women artists remixing images to make powerful statements about liberation, leadership, and revolution. In her elaborately staged photographic collage “Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben”, Cox herself assumes the identity of the superhero character Raje stridently leading the titular characters, who have shed their stereotypical caricatures, to freedom. Their pose directly references Eugène Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People”, arguably the most famous painting of the French Revolution.

Columbia artist Michaela Pilar Brown also uses photography to explore concepts of blackness and black femininity. Using her own body in combination with everyday objects, Brown creates vignettes that challenge conventional notions of race, feminism, and physicality. In “Speak No”, the arrangement of small plastic soldiers, rhinestones, and black paint on her head and face and the black Kewpie doll on her shoulder powerfully demonstrate the internal battle women of color often experience regarding their own beauty and self-worth.

Colin Quashie’s “Plantation Monopoly” was one of the most popular works of art in “REMIX”. A native Charlestonian, Quashie explores the well-known board game Monopoly and the historic plantation experience with wit and humor along with a large dose of criticism and irony. In repurposing something familiar and fun into a critique of the horrors of slavery, the piece commands the viewer’s undivided attention and then confronts that viewer with harsh historical realities that continue to resonate to this day. A fully functioning board game, “Plantation Monopoly” also provokes dialogue about the age-old question, “What is art?”

To further explore two of these fascinating works, the FAAAC presents “REMIX/REDUX”, a program featuring discussion between Brown and Quashie.

“I am extremely excited to sit in conversation with Colin Quashie,” says Brown. “He carries a sharp ax. He brings his sharp intellect, a deep understanding of history, and fearlessness to artmaking. His voice is essential at this moment in America’s story. The CMA’s acquisition of a seminal Quashie piece speaks to their commitment to addressing challenging ideas about contemporary American art. It’s good company to find myself in, and I’m thrilled to have this platform to engage in critical dialogue about artmaking, museum acquisitions, and inclusion.”

Porchia Moore, CMA consulting curator and Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Carolina, will moderate the program.

“The acquisition of these four works marks a significant purchase for the museum and the direction we will continue to take in our strategic strengthening of adding African-American work to our collection,” says Moore. “These four extraordinary artists each have a distinctive voice and style. A little provocative. A lot of truth. Some beauty. Some satire. Some pain. Each piece tells a story and invites you to truly participate in both the telling of that story and the listening of it. I think that this event featuring Michaela Pilar Brown and Colin Quashie is a wonderful way for us to celebrate the powerhouse visual artists of South Carolina and the work being created in the region which directly engages with and advances the art being created both in the Southeast and in the nation.”

All four works of art will go on view in the CMA’s future contemporary galleries.

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

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Announces NC Art Outreach Project 2016

August 22, 2016

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GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, announces its second installment of the NC Artist Outreach Project, a program made possible by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation. The NC Art Outreach Project (Oct. 6-7, 2016) is designed to provide exposure to North Carolina artists by facilitating a dialogue with a nationally recognized artist, critic and curator. This year’s project is hosted in conjunction with GreenHill’s fall exhibition “Insistent Objects: Works by Young NC Sculptors” (Sept. 2 – Nov. 6, 2016).

Following on the success of the 2014 NC Art Outreach Project held during GreenHill’s exhibition Independents, this year’s project will offer the artists of Insistent Objects artists an invaluable opportunity to network with experts in the field of sculpture and receive direct feedback about their creative practices. Beginning on Oct. 6, 2016, at 6pm in The Gallery at GreenHill with a Panel Roundtable, guest panelists will present their experience working in contemporary art giving attention to the sculpture mediums. Guest Panelists include Glenn Harper, Tom Moran and Michael Ballou. Admission is Free.

On Oct. 7, 2016, artists will present slides to the panel for feedback and critique. Curated by Edie Carpenter, Insistent Objects is the first sculpture survey organized by GreenHill in a decade, highlighting works in the round by 18 hand-picked young contemporary artists who work, teach, studied or participated in an artist residency in North Carolina.  Participating artists include Ivana Milojevic Beck, Casey Cook, Andy Denton, Aaron Earley, Mario Gallucci, Rachel K. Garceau, Peter Goff, Joe Grant, Paul Howe, Kamal Nassif, Benjamin S. Reid, John Seefeldt, Austin Sheppard, Meg Stein, Frankie Toan, Kevin M. Vanek, Lu Xu and Ashley York.

Glenn Harper is Editor of “Sculpture” magazine and was formerly editor of “Art Papers”. He has written for “Aperture”, “Artforum”, “Public Art Review”, “Afterimage”, “Exit Express”, and for books on the works of artists John Van Alstine, Athena Tacha, and others. Tom Moran is Chief Curator and Director of Artistic Development of Grounds for Sculpture (GFS), a 42-acre landscaped sculpture park on the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds which has been instrumental in introducing sculpture to a wider public. During his 30 year tenure as Director of Arts Inclusion and Artistic Services at the New Jersey State Arts Council he placed thousands of works of art in the state and federal buildings. Michael Ballou is a New York-based visual artist who works in media including film, installation, performance and sculpture.  A longstanding member of the Williamsburg artist community in Brooklyn, he was one of the guiding spirits behind Four Walls, a combination of clubhouse and laboratory for the exchange of art and ideas hosted in his garage studio. He has exhibited at Valentine Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, and the Kunsthalle (Vienna), among others.

Preceding the morning private presentations, join us in The Gallery for opportunity to talk with artists and panelists during a catered breakfast from 8:30am to 9:45am.  Cost is $8/person.  Registration is available at (GreenHillNC.org/breakfast). Register before Oct. 5, 2016. An evening opening reception of Insistent Objects will be held in The Gallery at GreenHill as a Downtown Greensboro First Friday program from 6-9pm.

GreenHill is the center for NC Art. GreenHill engages a broad community of artists, adults and children through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs while providing a platform for exploration and investment in art. GreenHill is the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating contemporary visual art and artists of NC.

GreenHill is located at 200 North Davie Street, in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Parking is available in Davie Street and Church Street parking decks in downtown Greensboro.  The Gallery at GreenHill is open Tue.-Fri. 12-7pm, Saturdays 12-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

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

GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, Will Present STREET ART – A Panel Discussion – June 29, 2016

June 22, 2016

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GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, will present STREET ART – A Panel Discussion, on Wed., June 29, 2016, from 5:30 – 7pm. Join us in The Gallery for a discussion on street art from the personal perspective of our panel of community art leaders. Panelists will speak about the history of the practice and how contemporary public spaces are formed and enlivened. Free and open to the public.

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Panelists:
Edie Carpenter, Director of Curatorial & Artistic Programs, GreenHill

Katie Lank, Executive Director, Center for Visual Artists

Gab Smith, Executive Director, CAM Raleigh

Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art Museum

Presented by No Blank Walls in association with GreenHill.

For further information call GreenHill at 336/333-7460 or visit (www.greenhillnc.org).

The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, in association with Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department, Will Present the Inaugural Wilmington Arts Summit, April 15-16, 2016, at CFCC in Wilmington, NC

March 21, 2016

The Wilmington Arts Summit will offer more than 30 expert-led workshops on professional development and capacity-building for artists and arts organizations throughout southeastern North Carolina. Best of all, it’s free of charge!

The kickoff will be held on Friday, Apr. 15, 2016, from 6-9pm, in CFCC’s Wilma W. Daniels Gallery and will include networking opportunities by discipline and other focus areas. Concurrent breakout sessions on Saturday, Apr. 16, from 10am-4pm, will be held in 10 classrooms in the academic wing of CFCC’s new Humanities & Fine Arts Center. The seating capacity will be 24 per classroom per session. Hourly panel discussions will be held in the center’s Black Box Theater, which has a seating capacity of about 125.

A Few of our Panel Discussions”

CYA: Cover Your Arts – with John Staton – Star News, Shea Carver – Encore, and Gina Gambony – WHQR

Give A Damn! – Karen Wells – Arts North Carolina

Dynamic Models for Activating Space – with Nina Bays Cournoyer, Alisa Harris, Karola Luettringhaus, and Jennifer Mace

A Few of our Workshops:
Board 101
Understanding Financial Reports
Volunteer Management
Most Common Grant Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
Fund Development
Donor Retention
Friend raising NOT fund raising
Evaluating and Determining Program Strategy

April 15-16, 2016
Cape Fear Community College
Humanities & Fine Arts Center
703 North Third Street
Wilmington, NC

For further info call 910/343-0998; e-mail to (info@artswilmington.org) or visit (www.artswilmington.org).

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC, Hatches “TCVA 140: The Creative Incubator,” – Nov. 19, 2015

November 6, 2015

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

What would happen if you invited ten folks with big ideas to speak about their favorite topic—all on a single evening? Nobody really knows because nobody in this fast-paced world has made the time to find out. Until now, that is.

With “TCVA 140: The Creative Incubator,” the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, in Boone, NC, has found a way to pull it off. Beginning Nov. 19, 2015, at 7pm (with reception at 6:30), this quarterly event will bring together a diverse cross-section of some of the region’s most innovative thinkers and practitioners to discuss their ideas and projects. But here’s the rub: For their presentations, each of the evening’s ten featured speakers will be required to talk about seven slides with an allotted 20 seconds per slide—for a total of 140 seconds. (That’s a mere two minutes and twenty seconds per speaker.)

“We’re riffing on Twitter—for the smart, creative set,” says Turchin Center Curator Mary Anne Redding, who planned the event not just as a way of squeezing a whole lot of local lowdown and enlightenment into a single evening but also as a way to “bring people together to share ideas and to spark new conversations, new collaborations, new partnerships.”

“Boone and the surrounding area have a wonderfully creative demographic in all areas,” says Redding. And not just in the arts, she points out. “Creative people work in all fields but we don’t often have the opportunity to interact with one another; we’re so caught up in our own organizations and in the effort it takes to do the things we all do so well.”

With that in mind, “TCVA 140” was created for anyone interested in learning about the community beyond their own role in it—a goal that’s notoriously easier said than done. “But we’ve done the legwork and organized a fun and efficient way to meet new people, mingle, and enjoy a thought-provoking evening—and also, hopefully, take away a renewed commitment to our community.”

Below is a list of the speakers for the inaugural evening, which takes place Nov. 19 at 7pm, at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, with reception starting at 6:30pm.

Speakers include:
Nate Allen – Chef and Owner, Knife & Fork, Spruce Pine, NC
Heather Brandon – Food Services Specialist, Appalachian State University
Carol Cole – Artist & Collector
Caleb Crowell – CEO, New Appalachian Foods
Megan Hayes – Director of University Communications, Appalachian State University
Clifton Meador – Artist and Chair of the Appalachian State University Art Department
John C. Pine – Director, Research Institute for Environment Energy and Economics, Appalachian State University
Billy Schumann – Director, Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University
Mark Trivette – Vice-President, Great State Bank and President, Mountaineer Ruritan Club, Sugar Grove, NC
Dave Walker – Program Manager, Blue Ridge CRAFT, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

For more information about this and subsequent “TCVA 140” events, go to (http://tcva.org/calendar/super/id/1772), call 828/262-3017 or visit (www.tcva.org).

Behance Portfolio Review of South Carolina Takes Place in Columbia, SC – Nov. 7, 2015

September 22, 2015

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Are you ready to be a part of the biggest network of visual artists and creatives in South Carolina?

The Behance Portfolio Review provides a fun, comfortable, insightful and educational environment for both established and aspiring professional creatives to meet and provide feedback for one another, and builds a network of support within the greater South Carolina arts community.

Our goal is to bring artists of South Carolina together in a casual environment for lively critiques and fun networking. This is your opportunity to connect with other creatives from all across South Carolina to gain new perspectives and learn to grow as professionals.

You don’t have to be a part of Adobe’s Behance to participate in this great event, but why wouldn’t you want to join the world’s largest network of creative professionals? Check out some of the great artwork at (www.behance.net) and join now!

The best part about this? It’s all free and you can get incredible door prizes if you get your tickets early! So tell your friends, and visit Eventbrite at (http://ow.ly/ScCBs) for info to get your ticket now!

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 from 9am until 1pm.
Where: The Graphics Source, 2122 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, SC 29169
Cost: Free

Questions?
Eventbrite: (http://ow.ly/ScCBs)
Facebook: (www.facebook.com/BehanceSC)
Twitter: @BeReviewsSC, #behancesc

More questions?  Contact the organizer, Evelyn Wong by e-mail at (evwong.art@gmail.com).

Tri-State Sculptors 37th Annual Conference to be Held in Wilmington, NC – October 1-4, 2015

August 9, 2015

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), in Wilmington, NC, are excited to host the 37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Conference. Located on the coast of North Carolina, Wilmington offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing conference. Installation artist Judy Pfaff, recipient of 2014 International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, the weekend will be packed with panel discussions, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions.

Tri-State has also partnered with the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County to feature work by Tri-State members in the Pedestrian Art series. Up to 24 works will be installed at various locations in Wilmington from April 2015 – October 2015 and will represent a wide range of artistic styles, themes and media.

Cape Fear Community College will host the “Tri-State Members Exhibit” at the Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery. The opening will be on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 6-9pm.

Conference Coordinator Andi Steele said “This conference is open to anyone with an interest in sculpture and sculptural processes. We are offering numerous presentations, demos and round table discussions by Tri-State members on topics such as the business of art and a variety of sculptural processes. Five different sculpture exhibits and a wonderful keynote speaker round out the conference.”

Registration information can be found on the Tri-State webpage at (www.tristatesculptors.org).

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, gallery relations, etc. Membership is open to anyone interested in sculpture, regardless of style, medium, education, or location.

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Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). Recipient, Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); MacArthur Fellowship (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); member, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in major galleries and museums in the

37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Conference Schedule:

Thursday, October 1:

3:30-5:30pm – Registration; UNCW Cultural Arts Building (CAB)

5:30-6:30pm – Gallery Reception for the exhibit, “Time, Movement, Balance & Space: Hanna Jubran and Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran”; UNCW CAB Art Gallery

“37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Outdoor Members Exhibition”; UNCW Sculpture Yard

Friday, October 2:

8:30am-4:30pm – Registration

9am-10am – “Developing Art as a Business,” with Jim Gallucci. This presentation will cover how to get started and how to make a living, what you need to be thinking about along the way, and the entrepreneurial aspects of the art business. The 3 do’s and the 17 years that are involved in starting your art business.

10:15am-12:15pm – “Casting With Rock Salt,” with Brian Glaze. Casting with Rock Salt will show how you can melt store bought rock salt in a crucible style furnace. This is accomplished mainly in the same way that you would cast bronze or aluminum. With the use of a bronze style furnace it is possible to cast rock salt that melts around 1450°-1500° Fahrenheit. In a molten state, salt is a translucent orange color, which is quite dramatic! A limited number of participants will be able to cast with Brian. Molds must be pre-made. Based on the style and thickness of your mold and pattern, green and oil based sand molds are better to use. Investment and resin molds are possible, but at your own risk. Please contact Brian Glaze (brian@briannglaze.com) for more information and availability.

11:30am-12:30pm – “Hand in Hand: Digital Technologies and Traditional Stone Carving Methods in Sculpture”. Kathryn Cook, BFA in Sculpture, Department of Art, University of North Carolina Greensboro, independent artist; Felicia Dean, Academic Professional and Director of Digital Fabrication, Department of Interior Architecture, University of North Carolina Greensboro; and Patricia Wasserboehr, Associate Professor in Sculpture and Drawing, Department of Art, University of North Carolina Greensboro. Digital fabrication technologies have been available to artists since the 1990’s and are increasingly available for widespread utilization across the globe. The ways in which sculptors conceive, develop, and produce sculpture are significantly altered by the use of 3D computer software, scanners, printers, and CNC milling. In this presentation, designers and sculptors will explore their recent studio practices as residents with the Digital Stone Project (DSP) in Gramolazzo, Italy, the access to the onsite CNC Milling machine that rough cut their models in marble, and where they finished them using traditional hand carving techniques. Each presenter will speak about their sculpture, 3D digital processes, and their learning experiences with the DSP.

12:30-2pm – Lunch

2-4:15pm – “Paper Casting,” with Matthew Egan & Heather Muise. Handmade paper is a versatile, lightweight and strong material that can be used in a variety of ways including casting, mold making and as a textural surface element. This demonstration will show how to create paper from a variety of natural materials and how to use handmade paper and additives that aid in sheet formation, strength and variation to create three-dimensional forms. Tamping wet paper made of malleable fibers over dimensional objects such as plaster molds will be discussed and demonstrated. Everyone is invited to try their hand at papermaking.

2-3pm – “Chasing Stones and the Scholarly Pursuit,” with Matt Amante, Pitt Community College Fine Arts Professor, Tri-State Sculptors President. This presentation will cover Chinese Scholars’ Rocks and how their aesthetic criteria impacted my sculpture. This lecture chronicles how an obscure concept I came across in an art history course shaped my aesthetics, provided a topic for my thesis, and lead me to Asia for 40 days in pursuit of finding these objects.

3:15-4:15pm – “20 Low Cost or Free Ways to Promote Your Art,” with Melissa Walker, Artist and Marketing Director, Carolina Bronze Sculpture. Take your art career to the next level with these easy, yet important ways to promote your art. Most are either free or very low cost and bring professionalism to your career that is needed is today’s competitive art market. Start with just one or try them all!

6-9pm – Gallery Reception for the “37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Members Exhibition”; CFCC Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery.

Saturday, October 3:

8:30am-12:30pm – Registration

9am-10am – “Panel Discussion: How They Are Doing It”. Panelists will discuss the various ways they make a living as sculptors.

10:15am-12:15pm – “Basic Blacksmithing and Forge Design,” with Justin Vorhis. This demonstration will be an introduction to the ideas and concept of forging steel. It will cover building a simple forge, types of fuel, and basic forging techniques. Anyone who would like to participate will have the opportunity to forge. Handouts with information for building a forge and what makes a good anvil will be available.

10:15am-11:15pm – “The Making of the Wilmington Fallen Firefighter Memorial,” with Ed Walker, Artist and Owner, Carolina Bronze Sculpture. Follow along as Ed takes you through all the steps required to create a project of this magnitude. Starting with the idea, visualized as a 3-D animation flyby and using that as a proposal to the committee, the process is started. The next step is creating the model, scanning and enlarging to create a foam armature for the final clay surface. From there the traditional bronze casting process continues, but there is so much more. Dealing with the committee, fundraising ideas, arranging with contractors, including cement contractors, crane operators, lighting installation, construction delays and more! It is worth all the work once the final piece is unveiled. There was even a ride in a fire truck!

11:30am-12:30pm – “Patinas,” with Hanna Jabran. Hanna will demonstrate the application of various patina chemicals to bronze and aluminum. The processes demonstrated will be cold and hot patina application. Cold patina is a term used for special chemicals applied at room temperature, fumed, brushed or dipped. Cold patina takes approximately 24 hours or more to show results and usually are opaque colors and chalky. Hot Patina is applied with heat from a torch, where the metal is heated to approximately 200 degrees. The patina can be applied by airbrush, stippling or sponging. Hot patina is more controlled and can be layered to the desired color and opaque quality. After the application, the patina can be preserved by applying a coating of wax or a clear coat or lacquer.

12:30-2pm – Lunch

2-4:15pm – “The Self-Built Propane Fired Melting Furnace,” with Carl Billingsley. This will be a demonstration of Carl’s self-built, reverbatory-type, propane fired  melting furnace. This furnace is designed so that it can be run using only a propane weedburner or similar type of self-contained portable burner (gravity fed Oil-burner, etc.). The system is designed to pour directly into molds that are brought to the furnace. This system avoids the necessity, expense and safety issues of commercial crucibles. No tongs, poring shanks, etc. are required. Perhaps the greatest advantage of this system, aside from not handling fragile crucibles full of hot metal, is that it can be operated single-handed. Although the system can be arranged to melt bronze, he will demonstrate aluminum casting for the conference. Bring a small ready to pour mold and aluminum if you’ve got it!

2-3pm – “Movement, Meditation & Making: Integrating Contemplative Practices,” with Maria Borghoff, Artist, Yoga Teacher. Movement, meditation and art making are all forms of contemplative practice that provide a unique set of tools for the individual to tap into an infinite source of creativity. Whether a contemplative practice is intended for personal health or growth, knowledge or spirituality, utilizing the tools of both ancient and modern practices can support any creative endeavor. This presentation will discuss the neurobiological effects of movement, meditation, and mindfulness and how these practices shape the brain, particularly for the creative process.

3:15-4:15pm – “History of Tri-State,” with Jim Gallucci. Learn how and why Tri-State was started, who the initial people involved were, and why we stay together. What the artistic climate was in the region at that time and how it has changed. What the future holds for Tri-State.

4:30-6:30pm – Judy Pfaff, Keynote address

7pm-Until – “Gathering of Sculptors,” at Hampton Inn. Come join us for dinner and conversation. You must purchase a ticket in advance to eat.

Sunday, October 4:

9am-11am – Business Meeting

For further information call Melissa Walker at 336/873-8291, e-mail to (melissa@carolinabronze.com) or visit (www.tristatesculptors.org).

Little Taste of ArtFields© 2015 in Lake City, SC, and a Little Guidance

April 22, 2015

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Because the schedule for attending ArtFields© 2015 (Apr. 24 – May 2) and the schedule for producing our May 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is not too compatible – I begged for a sneak peek – which was granted. So I’m offering a little taste of what you will see in Lake City, SC, and a little advice on how to make the most of your visit to ArtFields©.

First the advice. My suggestion to save time is to go to ArtFields© website (www.artfieldssc.org) and browse through the artist’s gallery found under the Artists category (2015 Artists). There you will find images of all 400 + works and info about the artists by clicking on the small image. This will show you a larger image, info about the artist, an artist’s statement, and where the work is located in the downtown area. Doing this before you arrive in Lake City will save you lots of time. Unless you’re going to stay several days in Lake City there’s no way you’re going to see all 400 + works. So going through the artist’s gallery online might help you find what you really want to see and save you time.

When you arrive in Lake City follow the signs to ArtFields© and then when you get in the heart of the downtown area follow the signs to The ROB where there is plenty of free parking. At The ROB you can catch a bus, also free, to Main Street. You’ll be looking for the ArtFields© Registration & Voting Center at 108 Main Street. This is where you will register to vote or activate your pre-registration, which you did on the ArtFields© website at (www.artfieldssc.org). Upon registration you’ll receive your guild booklet which tells you where all the exhibits are and gives you other important info on how to enjoy ArtFields© 2015. No registration – no booklet. Remember a major part of ArtFields© is viewer participation. Except for one of the major prizes that the jury panel will select the public’s voting helps determine the other major awards.

Now that you have your guide booklet – what you do next is up to you.

You’ll get your biggest bang for your buck (time wise) by visiting The Rob and the Jones-Carter Gallery – they present nothing but art with no distractions. If you like shopping (looking) the retail stores and restaurants around Main Street will offer you lots of distractions and art. In some of the venues you’ll also be offered a bit of conversation too. It’s different strokes for different folks and ArtFields© 2015 does have something for everyone. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that all the good work will be in the gallery-like setting – you’d be missing some of the best works in the competition if you don’t check out the stores and shops.

Don’t forget that most of the works are for sale. From what I’ve heard, several “pending” sales have already been made.  They’re “pending” in that the jury panel might select them for one of the major awards that are also purchase awards and will become part of the ArtFields© collection. But you can put in a claim on a work and cross your fingers. There are only two purchase awards so the odds are on your side.

If you’ve visited Lake City for the first two events you’ll notice on your return visit that some venues have gone out of business while other new ones have opened. Lake City is like every other town or city – big or small – some people just don’t make it through a year. But some of the new venues might be better and longer lasting.

And, hey – don’t leave home without your wallet or purse. The good folks in Lake City are hoping you’re going to leave some of your money with them. You can’t look at art on an empty stomach? You can’t walk around this town seeing all the improvements they have made, just for you, without taking home something for the kids or the grand kids? And, don’t deny yourself something special you found in one of the shops. Looking at art is hard work – believe me I know. It can give you a headache, but it’s a good kind of headache – one I’d like having more often. Seeing so much fantastic work in one small town is a great thing and an opportunity no one should miss.

When you visit the ArtFields© website (www.artfieldssc.org) or when you have your guide booklet in hand you’ll see there are many other events being offered during the festival – than include running, beer, BBQ, listening to artists talk, and even a symphony concert at Moore Farms Botanical Gardens.

OK – a Taste of ArtFields© 2015

I’m not going to identify any of these artworks, I don’t want to give any artists a leg up on any of the 400 + in this competition, but I had to show something to give you a taste of what you’ll find there. And, I’m not saying I even like everything I’m showing here, and after all it’s only about 4% of what’s on view and I had limited time on this sneak preview.

Here are a few works you’ll find in the gallery-like settings:

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Here are a few sculptures found outside:

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Here are a few works found in public spaces:

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Here are a few works found in some of the retail spaces:

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And, here’s work you won’t find in Greenville SC:

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OK – ArtFields© 2015 starts Friday, April 24 – make sure you get up off the couch and go to Lake City, SC, to see a Small Town with Big Money and World Class Southern Art.

Celebrate Clay at the South Carolina Clay Conference in Newberry, SC – Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015

February 14, 2015

Attention potters and pottery lovers!

There is something new and exciting in South Carolina – the 1st Annual South Carolina Clay Conference – Moving Clay Forward. The conference is sponsored by the City of Newberry PRT and will be held on Feb. 27 & 28 and Mar. 1, 2015 at the Newberry Arts Center in historic downtown Newberry, SC.

For this first SCCC, art program and conference organizer Marquerite F. Palmer has brought together presenters Sue Grier from Asheville, NC and Mike Vatalaro from Greenville, SC. With many years experience each, both potters will demonstrate their talents and techniques during the conference. The overriding theme for this year is Altered Vessels. Also during the weekend, the presenters will have their work for sale along with pieces from the conference attendees. The pottery sale will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 & 28. The Newberry Arts Center is located at 1107 College St., Newberry, SC 29108.

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Work by Sue Grier

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Work by Mike Vatalaro

Modeled after well-known clay conferences in North Carolina and Alabama, the conference will allow for presenters and attendees to be immersed in conversation on ‘all things clay’. Included will be a Friday evening reception and Saturday evening BBQ. Sunday morning, the conference will close with an informative lecture on a clay related topic. Professionals, educators, amateurs and students can all enjoy the creative atmosphere which this type of intimate gathering promotes.

Of the conference, Palmer says ”The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has put forth great efforts to create an art center that educates and nurtures the community and surrounding areas with visual art experiences for all ages. Newberry Arts Center – NAC – is thrilled to be hosting the first South Carolina Clay Conference. Instruction in pottery is a large part of our center.  Newberry Arts Center is excited to be bringing clay artists together from all over South Carolina and beyond to help build a stronger clay community and move clay forward in South Carolina.”

The cost of attending the conference is $225 and some meals are included – the complete schedule should be firmed soon. The organizers have set up a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in downtown Newberry with a double room at $89 a night including continental breakfast.

For more information and registration details, contact: Marquerite Palmer, Art Program Coordinator, at 803/321- 1015 or e-mail to (mpalmer@cityofnewberry.com).

Celebrate Clay at the South Carolina Clay Conference in Newberry, SC – Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015

January 23, 2015

Attention potters and pottery lovers!

There is something new and exciting in South Carolina – the 1st Annual South Carolina Clay Conference – Moving Clay Forward. The conference is sponsored by the City of Newberry PRT and will be held on Feb. 27 & 28 and Mar. 1, 2015 at the Newberry Arts Center in historic downtown Newberry, SC.

For this first SCCC, art program and conference organizer Marquerite F. Palmer has brought together presenters Sue Grier from Asheville, NC and Mike Vatalaro from Greenville, SC. With many years experience each, both potters will demonstrate their talents and techniques during the conference. The overriding theme for this year is Altered Vessels. Also during the weekend, the presenters will have their work for sale along with pieces from the conference attendees. The pottery sale will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 & 28. The Newberry Arts Center is located at 1107 College St., Newberry, SC 29108.

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Work by Sue Grier

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Work by Mike Vatalaro

Modeled after well-known clay conferences in North Carolina and Alabama, the conference will allow for presenters and attendees to be immersed in conversation on ‘all things clay’. Included will be a Friday evening reception and Saturday evening BBQ. Sunday morning, the conference will close with an informative lecture on a clay related topic. Professionals, educators, amateurs and students can all enjoy the creative atmosphere which this type of intimate gathering promotes.

Of the conference, Palmer says ”The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has put forth great efforts to create an art center that educates and nurtures the community and surrounding areas with visual art experiences for all ages. Newberry Arts Center – NAC – is thrilled to be hosting the first South Carolina Clay Conference. Instruction in pottery is a large part of our center.  Newberry Arts Center is excited to be bringing clay artists together from all over South Carolina and beyond to help build a stronger clay community and move clay forward in South Carolina.”

The cost of attending the conference is $225 and some meals are included – the complete schedule should be firmed soon. The organizers have set up a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in downtown Newberry with a double room at $89 a night including continental breakfast.

For more information and registration details, contact: Marquerite Palmer, Art Program Coordinator, at 803/321- 1015 or e-mail to (mpalmer@cityofnewberry.com).