Archive for the ‘Coastal SC Visual Arts’ Category

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers Works Focused Against Racism

March 6, 2017

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education, located at 1017 Wappoo Road, in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, is presenting “We The People”, an exhibit promoting messages of peace and harmony, speaking out against racism, from Mar, 4 – 30, 2017. A reception will be held on Mar. 10, from 5-8pm.

Artist from across the nation have illustrated feelings, concerns, and some hope. There will be live drumming, refreshments, and information. Please join us. All are welcome and the event is free. Your presence alone can send a message that Charleston isn’t a place for hate.

Guest artists include: Robin Apple, Liz Aitken, Janet Braun-Reinitz, Kelly Burke, Micheline Callicott, Owens Daniels, Michel Demanche, Andrew Feiler, Dorian Hamilton, Julia Maudlin, Michael O’Donnell & Wendy Hacker, Megan Potoma, Lynne Riding, Caroline Self, Sally Ann Sisk, Michael Spillers, Pat Van de Graaf, Henry Wolfe,
and Andrea Zinn.

Fabulon resident artists include: Bly Triplett, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. , Louise Aug, Meyriel Edge, and Susan Irish.

Janet Braun-Reinitz was a freedom rider, Andrew Feiler wrote a book, and Micheline Callicott is a teacher. Each artist has a story. Look for profiles of each one to be posted on social media.

For further information call the gallery at 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Calls for Entries for Its “Biennale National Juried Exhibition” – Deadline is Mar. 17, 2017

February 28, 2017

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Art League of Hilton Head, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, invites you to enter the 25th edition of our “BIENNALE, National Juried Exhibition”, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $7000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

All works of art selected by jurors will be on display from May 2-31, 2017, at Art League Gallery located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. This art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

“BIENNALE” judge Susan Mayfield is an award winning artist known for her use of color and light in pastel and oils.

For more info about the “BIENNALE” please visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4048).

Entry deadline is March 17, 2017.

All entrants will be notified by Mar. 31, 2017.

North Charleston Arts Fest Reveals 2017 Design Competition Winner – Judy McSween

February 8, 2017

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department (SC) is pleased to announce Judy McSween of Charleston as the winner of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, McSween’s oil painting, titled “Scraping the Sky II”, will be used to promote the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7, 2017.  In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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“Scraping the Sky II” by Judy McSween

McSween’s design was selected from a total of 60 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to McSween, “Scraping the Sky II” evokes the exuberance of a new day and the anticipation of discovery. The piece was created after a summer trip the artist took with her husband, daughter, and nieces, where they explored galleries, parks, and restaurants. “I painted the fresh, inviting view recalling the vibrant city skyline when we embarked,” she explains. “It parallels how I approach a blank canvas – with a simple plan and with excitement to see what I’ll uncover along the way.”

McSween was born in Warren, OH, and earned a BFA with a specialization in painting from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. She began her career as an art teacher in Warren, OH, and taught art at a number of private and public schools when she relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC, in the late eighties. Her attention turned from painting and teaching to raising a family of four children after a move to Lexington, SC, in the late nineties. She returned to painting full time when her family relocated to Charleston, SC, in 2008.

McSween has participated in numerous regional art shows. She was the featured artist at The Saul Alexander Gallery located in the Charleston County Library in January 2016 and was invited to be an exhibiting member in Charleston’s “Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artists Exhibit” that spring in Marion Square. Her work was selected for the 2010 “Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibit” and has been awarded Honorable Mentions in the North Charleston Arts Fest’s Judged Fine Art Competition. Her paintings have also been featured on the cover of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Program Guide and the 2015 baseball novel, “Dreaming .400”.

McSween’s paintings are primarily abstract with an emphasis on color and texture. A painting may come to viewers as representative – such as a landscape – and at other times, her paintings are defined by a thought or idea. She currently paints in her home studio and teaches part-time at The Montessori Community School of Charleston. For more information about the artist, or to see her work, visit (www.judymcsween.com).

A new series of McSween’s abstract land and sea inspired scenes will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2017. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Scraping the Sky II”. 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 the Arts Fest Expo from 11am-5pm on May 6 & 7, 2017. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase.

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).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Calls for Entries for “2017 Biennale” – Deadline is March 6, 2017

February 8, 2017

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The Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, invites you to enter the “2017 Biennale”, its 25th national juried exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $7000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at the Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. This state of the art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

The “25th Biennale” judge will be Susan Mayfield. Mayfield is an award-winning artist known for her use of color and light in pastel and oils. Raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, she earned a Fine Arts degree with honors from the College of Charleston and further studied with prominent artists from around the country. Mayfield has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, including the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, the Joyce Robins Gallery in Sante Fe, NM, the Red Piano Gallery on Hilton Head, SC, and the City Art Gallery in Greenville, NC, among many others. In addition to painting, Mayfield teaches art classes in her studio and leads artist workshops around the country. Read more about Mayfield here at (http://susanmayfield.net/).

Deadline to enter is March 6, 2017

All entries will be juried from digital image. Each artist may enter up to three pieces of original artwork created within the last three years and never accepted into an Art League of Hilton Head juried show before. Only one piece of art per artist will be accepted into the show. To enter click here at (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4048).

For further information contact Kristen McIntosh, Gallery Manager by calling 843/681-5060, e-mail at (admin@artleaguehhi.org) or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers Exhibit Focused on Love

February 7, 2017

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, is presenting “Not Your Typical Love Story”, featuring works that express different ways we love, who, why, what’s missing, what we want, pet love, sacrifice…, on view from Feb. 2 – 28, 2017. A reception will be held on Feb. 11, from 5-8pm.

Originally Valentine’s Day was about respecting people’s need for love, compassion, and acceptance. This group show illustrates artists’ interpretations on the theme. Celebrate all diverse interpretations of love in a less commercial representation. Except for the chocolate part. There will be lots of chocolate.

Participating guest artists include: Chrisi Blyth, Deane V. Bowers, Linda D’Elia, Kopeace, Dina Platt, Nicole Robinson, Shari Schultz, Vik, and Henry Wolf.

There will be new work by Fabulon artists including: Louise Aug, Meyriel Edge, Amanda England, Eugene Horne, Susan Irish, Liza S. Lindahl, Laura McRae-Hitchcock, and Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407. Free parking is available on site.

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC Announces Final Call for Artists for the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows – Deadline Feb. 3, 2017

January 27, 2017

The Applications Deadline is quickly approaching for the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.  The shows are to be held May 26-28 and June 2-4, 2017. This will be the 38th year the shows have been part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

Craft artists in a wide variety of media are invited to apply to exhibit at one or both of the 3-day shows. Applications are being accepted online via ZAPPlication.org (https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5212).

The application deadline is Feb. 3, 2017.

A list of acceptable media, rules and general information about the shows is available with the application materials. Please read the materials carefully before submitting your application. The application fee is $30. Booths are $275 per weekend.

Artists will be selected for participation in these shows based jury scores and media quotas for each show. Approximately 80 booths are available each weekend. Emerging Artist Grants, equal to booth fees, will be awarded a first-time applicants each weekend based on scores and artist statements.

For more detailed information about the shows, visit the official web site at (finecraftshowscharleston.com), e-mail to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com), or leave a message for Kasey at 843/364-0421.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is the official outreach festival of Spoleto Festival U.S.A. The craft events are two of the several hundred visual and performing arts events available to more than 250,000 people during the seventeen day festival. The festival begins on May 27th and concludes June 11th.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC is a partnership formed by three women, all working craft artists, for the management of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.

Brookgreen Gardens Near Pawley’s Island, SC, Opens New Indoor Gallery

January 7, 2017

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The new Naomi and Stanley Bleifeld Gallery recently opened to the public at Brookgreen Gardens. Located adjacent to the Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Sculpture Court, the gallery is open daily and showcases the work of historic and contemporary sculptors whose subjects are taken from the natural world.  Most prominent in the gallery are works of art by Stanley Bleifeld. Other artist works include Anna Hyatt Huntington, Sandy Scott, Walter Matia, Dan Ostermiller, Grainger McCoy, and numerous other important sculptors, past and present.

“The addition of the Bleifeld Gallery elevates Brookgreen’s status in the museum world and provides another indoor exhibit area to display some of our smaller and important pieces of art from our world class sculpture collection,” said Bob Jewell, President & CEO.  “Similar to the Offner Center, that opened several years ago, the Bleifeld Gallery was repurposed from an existing building that now has new life.”

The artwork of Stanley Bleifeld, given to Brookgreen Gardens by his widow, Naomi (“Nicky”), will be installed in the gallery by the end of January 2017.  Nicky Bleifeld also gave the lead gift to construct the gallery in his memory.  Although Stanley Bleifeld was renowned for his sculptures depicting the human figure, he was also known for his sculptures in the round and bas-reliefs depicting landscapes and ocean waves.  Brookgreen’s  Marine Relief on the exterior wall of the Jennewein Gallery is a prime example of Stanley’s genius in this subject matter.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Near Pawley’s Island, SC, Offers Lecture by Joseph Opala – Jan. 21, 2017

January 7, 2017

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Historian and anthropologist Joseph Opala will kick-off the 2017 “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series” at Brookgreen Gardens near Pawley’s Island, SC. The theme for the three-monthly programs, which provide information about the complexity of Gullah Geechee heritage through the production of rice, is “Shared Cultural Elements of Rice Heritage.” In recognition of Native American shared cultural vestiges, Opala will present “The Black Seminoles:  Gullah Freedom Fighters and the African Frontier in North America” at 1pm in the Welcome Center Conference Room on Jan. 21, 2017. The program is free with garden admission. Seating must be reserved at 843/235-6049.

Opala, of Harrisonburg, VA, is known for his research on the “Gullah Connection.” He has spent 40 years using historical discoveries to bring Sierra Leoneans, Gullahs, and Black Seminoles together in a series of homecomings along the entire migration route, from West Africa to Mexico.  His talk will relay how some Gullahs used their rice farming skills to win their freedom.

Other events about Gullah heritage include an educational exhibit and two Wednesday programs.

“Shine On, Gullah. Shine On.”, an exhibit of Story Quilts, Fabric Collages, and Prints by Fabric Chronicler Dorothy Montgomery of Charleston, will be displayed at Learning Lab I of the Wall Lowcountry Center from 12-4:30 p.m. daily from Jan. 9 through Mar. 12, 2017. Her art reflects Gullah history and culture and her Gullah experiences, including language and traditions. Each quilt uses a variety of mediums including fabric and acrylic paints, ink, crayons, embroidery floss, dye sticks, and appliqués.

The Wednesday “Gullah Geechee Program Series” will feature two guest presenters. On Jan. 18, Montgomery will present a lecture about her exhibit. On Jan. 25, Gillian Richards-Greaves, Ph.D., will present “Connections with Gullah Geechee and Caribbean/West African Cultures,” identifying Africanisms/African retentions in both.  Richards-Greaves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography and the Assistant Director for the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University.  Each program will be at 1pm, in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. Seating must be reserved at 843/235-6049.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, consult our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Steve Hazard and Philip Simmons Foundation Launch a New Crystal and Glass Gift Collection for 2017

December 24, 2016

North Charleston, SC, glass and metal artist Steve Hazard has partnered with the Philip Simmons Foundation to produce a new gift collection of ornaments, paperweights, coasters, bowls and vases in etched crystal and glass. These items feature designs from the extensive portfolio of drawings and sketches by Philip Simmons, the legendary master blacksmith of Charleston, SC. Motifs chosen for the new gift collection can be seen in some of the gates in Charleston as well as museums in Columbia, SC; Atlanta, GA; and in Washington, DC. These ironworks were designed and/or fabricated by Simmons during his long and prolific career of 80 years.

When Steve Hazard relocated from San Diego, CA, to Charleston in 2003, Philip Simmons was the first local artisan he wanted to meet. He had hopes of collaborating with Simmons on a project incorporating metal and glass. Their first encounter was a conversation in Simmons living room that lasted several hours. Hazard shared photos of his past projects in metal, glass and clay. Simmons reciprocated by showing him and his wife  sketches, detailed plans and pictures of a few of the many commissions he had completed during his career as the legendary blacksmith of Charleston. Unfortunately, Hazard’s hopes to collaborate were not realized during Simmons’ lifetime (1912-2009).  By this time, Simmons had retired from workshop activities because of health issues.

Last summer, Rossie Colter of the Philip Simmons Foundation approached Hazard about fabricating a collection of gifts in glass etched with designs from the portfolio of drawings for projects Simmons fashioned in iron. Hazard accepted the invitation  even though he was already busy creating a collection of works in fused glass for the gift shop of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open in Washington, DC, on Sept. 24, 2016. He welcomed the opportunity to use his skills as a designer and fabricator to honor the legacy of Philip Simmons by translating a set of iconic motifs from his ironworks to glass. Through personal and business gifts, the Philip Simmons Crystal & Glass Collection expands the artisan’s audience to the people who did not have the opportunity to meet the person who contributed so much to the beauty of Charleston through his artistry and humanity.

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Left: Flame & Heart Round Crystal Bowl (8” Dia.) Right: Egret Rectangle Vase (9” H)

When samples of selected crystal pieces from the collection were first displayed during the 2016 holiday season, visitors to the Philip Simmons Museum House were eager to make a purchase or to place an order. Pieces from this new collection are now available for purchase on the Foundation’s website (www.philipsimmons.us) and in the gift shop at the Philip Simmons Museum House located at 30 ½ Blake Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Hours: Tue.-Sat., from11am-4pm.

For info call 843/723-1259 or e-mail to (info@philipsimmons.us).

Fabulon – A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Call for Entries for Several Exhibitions

December 23, 2016

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, CELEBRATE ALL DIVERSE INTERPRETATIONS OF LOVE AND HAVE A LESS COMMERCIAL REPRESENTATION OF A TIME THAT WAS ALL ABOUT RESPECTING PEOPLE’S NEED FOR COMPASSION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

Different ways we love, who, why, what’s missing, what we want, pet love, sacrifice…

*All mediums accepted. All work must be original and not previously exhibited.  All work must be for sale. 40% commission taken on sales.

Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $35 non-refundable fee.  Accepted artists will be part of a group show. They will display up to 5 pieces. The work will be on display and for sale during the month of February. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.

DATES:  Deadline for submission is 1/20.17. Artists will be notified by 1/21/17. Work should be delivered on or before 1/27/17 and picked up by 3/5/17. There will be a reception with refreshments on  Saturday, February 11th from 5-8pm. The art will be showcased from 2/4 to 2/28/17.

Submit Online at (http://www.fabulonart.com/call-for-art/).

WE  THE  PEOPLE

AS ARTISTS, WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND PROMOTE MESSAGES OF PEACE AND HARMONY. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM.

NOW, MORE THAN EVER IT IS TIME TO LIFT OUR VOICES.

*All mediums accepted. All work must be original and not previously exhibited.  All work must be for sale. 40% commission taken on sales.

Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $35 non-refundable fee.  Accepted artists will be part of a group show. They will display up to 5 pieces. The work will be on display and for sale during the month of March. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.

DATES:  Deadline for submission is February 10th. Artists will be notified by 2/13/17. Work should be delivered on or before 2/20/17 and picked up by 4/8/17. There will be a reception with refreshments on  March 10th, from 5-8pm. The art will be showcased from 3/1 to 3/30/17.

Submission at (http://www.fabulonart.com/we-the-people).

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407.

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).