Archive for the ‘Coastal SC Visual Arts’ Category

La Petite Gallerie in Bluffton, SC, Donate Part of Sales to Help the Bluffton Community

July 22, 2020

La Petite Gallerie artists were happy to donate a portion of May sales to Bluffton Self Help, a wonderful local organization that helps those in our community in need of food, clothing, educational and financial assistance. They provide programs that promote self-worth, dignity, and create a pathway to personal success. We couldn’t think of a better cause during these tough times! Thank you Rose Cofield for organizing us!

The gallery gals from (left) Murray Sease, Rose Cofield, and at (right), Lauren Terrent presenting $400 to Kim Hall, Executive Director of Bluffton Self Help. You may not be able to tell but we are smiling behind those masks and social distancing all around! Our guys (not pictured) also participating are Don Nagel, Bill Winn, Wally Palmer and Kevin Palmer.

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Bluffton Arts District in Bluffton, SC, Offers the Fifth Annual Paint Out – Apr. 24 – 26, 2020

February 12, 2020

Bluffton Arts District announces our fifth annual paint out event! Our artistic, eccentric river town invites plein air painters to join us April 24 through April 26 2020. Come for the weekend and experience a picturesque small southern town on the May River, Bluffton, SC, that supports the arts throughout town both publicly and privately. Paint on the riverside, under the oaks, or amongst the azaleas all in view of historic homes.

Coordinated Events: Opening reception and welcoming party for guest painters (Friday 3-5), then on to our scheduled public art walk including all the galleries and shops in the arts district. Closing awards and sales with picnic lunches available, event is open to the public.

Format: Open
Judge: Dee Beard Dean, SC Plein Air Society
Award total: approximately $800.00
Contact: Charlene Gardner
E-mail: (
Phone: 843-757-8185
Website: (

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2020 Design Competition Winner

February 8, 2020

The City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Christine Bush Roman of Johns Island, SC, as the winner of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Bush Roman’s mixed media painting, titled “Oak Circus”, will be used to promote the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 3, 2020. In addition, the artist was awarded a $500 cash prize and the piece has become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection.

“Oak Circus” by Christine Bush Roman

“Oak Circus” was one of 75 entries by artists from 17 cities across South Carolina that were submitted for consideration for the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. Bush Roman created the painting specifically for the Arts Fest using acrylic, ink, pastel, and fabric. “When beginning this piece, I knew I wanted to illustrate the vibrancy and emotion of all kinds of creators coming together to share their work,” she says. “I began the painting with the simplified image of an oak tree spreading its branches because the oak is such a well-known visual for the Lowcountry. The tree is also an iconic symbol across many cultures of growth, transformation, unity, and enlightenment. I wanted all the other elements of the painting to react to the tree. Setting the tone of celebration, the colors and rhythm hint at all of the different art forms highlighted during the North Charleston Arts Fest.”

Christine Bush Roman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia in 2006 and returned to earn a Master of Fine Arts in the same concentration in 2013. She actively exhibits her paintings in solo and group shows both regionally and nationally. Rooted in drawing and painting, and oftentimes some elements of collage, her vibrant and dynamic works are executed in a variety of media with an emphasis on bright color, texture, pattern, and symbolism. Christine’s sincere affection for process and working with materials is revealed in the chunky, scraped, bumpy, gritty, and messy surfaces of her paintings. “Each piece endures hours of layering, destroying, and recreating,” she explains.

The improvisation and intuitive nature of Bush Roman’s work is guided both by the materials and the concept. When utilizing collage techniques, she chooses to only use personal or recycled materials because of her belief that the previous life of the fabric or paper used informs the direction of the work. Most often inspired by ideas of our perception of self, her colorful and busy paintings reflect a compressed narrative of an ever-changing personality; acting as illustrations of an inner story full of ups and downs, constant change, and growth. Her works are about how we are constantly being shaped by where we live, people we know, and major life events. Bush Roman currently creates in her home studio in Johns Island, SC, and instructs art classes for One HEART Connection and Art in the Park Art Lab, both in Charleston, SC. To learn more about the artist, visit (

A collection of Bush Roman’s mixed media paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2020. The exhibit will feature her winning piece, “Oak Circus”. 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 North Charleston Arts Fest Opening Celebration & Artist Reception on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8pm. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase during the festival.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship, on-site marketing opportunities, and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail (, or visit (

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Calls for Entries for its 26th Annual Judged Show – Deadline March 2, 2020

January 19, 2020

Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) 26th Annual Judged Show, which takes place in Bluffton, SC.

Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D. To be eligible for an award, each category must have a minimum of seven pieces on display.

Registration is required by completing a registration form available at the gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton or by registering online at (

The cost to register is $25 for SOBA members and $45 for non SOBA members. The deadline for entries is from 9 to 11am, Monday, March 2, 2020, at the Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SOBA gallery at 8 Church Street in Bluffton, SC. No entries will be accepted after 11am.

The Judged Show exhibit will be on display from March 2-April 6, 2020, at the SOBA gallery. An awards ceremony will take place from 5-7pm,Wednesday, March 4. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Artists can pick up their art from 9-11am, April 6 at the SOBA gallery.

The judge for the show is Mark Boedges. Boedges has amassed numerous awards and shown his work in many galleries. Boedges leads plein air workshops and is a well-known judge for shows throughout the country. His studio is located in Charlotte, VT.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in philosophy, Boedges pursued his passion for painting — particularly plein art, which would remain his focus for several years. Eventually, Boedges went back to school to study fine art at the University of Colorado, but he left the program after two years to study exclusively from nature. Among the many accolades, Boedges received the Grand Prize for Landscape and a spot on the cover of International Artist magazine. He recently received the Joseph Hartley Memorial award at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, Best in Show at the American Impressionist Society’s National Exhibition and Best in Show at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art.

The Society of Bluffton Artists is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more.

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

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition – Dec. 15, 2019

October 9, 2019

The City of North Charleston, SC, is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official poster design of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 3, 2020, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including posters, billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, apparel, online, and more.

The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and a solo exhibition at the North Charleston City Gallery during May 2020. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall.

The deadline to submit works for the competition is Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

There is NO entry fee to participate in the North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at ( by the Dec. 15 deadline. Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition.

The North Charleston Arts Fest is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual five-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Media Art, and Literature. For more than 35 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, businesses, and parks. The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. Previous Arts Fest Design Competition winners include Joseph Kameen of Graniteville, SC (2019), Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville, SC (2018), Judy McSween of Charleston, SC (2017), Lisa Shimko of Charleston, SC (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston, SC (2015); Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton, SC (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston, SC (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Goose Creek, SC (2011).

For more information about the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office by calling 843/740-5854 or e-mail to ( Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery on the Move Again to the Market Area in Charleston, SC

September 18, 2019

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery is moving to a new location at 84 North Market St. across from the Historic Charleston City Market in downtown Charleston, SC. Charleston Crafts is a cooperative Arts and Crafts gallery located in downtown Charleston and is open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm. While preparing for the move from 161 Church St. to its new location at 84 North Market St. the store will be closed intermittently over the coming weeks. The Co-op has plans of re-opening on Oct. 1, 2019.

Charleston Crafts began 30 years ago, in May 1989, as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and currently features 41 local and regional South Carolina artists in a variety of traditional and contemporary art and craft media, including clay, woodworking, jewelry, glass, photography, fiber, metal, paper, polymer, and leather. Over the years, Charleston Crafts has been a springboard for over 315 artists. The co-op is moving from its former location, at 161 Church Street, where it has been for 11 productive years, since 2008.

A cooperative gallery, Charleston Crafts is owned and operated by its exhibiting members. Each juried member is an equal partner and shares the responsibility of operating the business. It is the only cooperative arts gallery in the Charleston area. The main focus of Charleston Crafts is to sustain a viable gallery for artists to consistently sell and market their work. Experienced craft artists have been able to exhibit and sell their work while emerging artists have a safe platform to mature and let their careers flourish.

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City of North Charleston, SC, is Now Accepting Applications for North Charleston City Gallery 2020-21 Exhibitions – Deadline Nov. 30, 2019

September 18, 2019

Established and emerging professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery. The gallery features artwork by national, regional, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A Review Panel will convene in Dec. 2019 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2020-June 2021. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at ( by Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in order to be considered.

View of works by Pascale Bilgis on exhibit

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. The exhibition space is at the northwest corner of the Convention Center adjacent to the Coliseum, facing International Boulevard. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5-7pm.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free-standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work.

Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating free-standing sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be e-mailed to ( and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (, e-mail to (, or call 843/740-5854.

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, is Searching for Local Artists to Join the Group

September 18, 2019

The art district in Bluffton, SC, is growing, but where do local artists go to network, to exhibit or to sell their works?

The founding members of The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) had this in mind when they started the non-profit organization in 1991. Today, SoBA is a thriving community with an eclectic art gallery and Center for Creative Arts instructional studio in Old Town Bluffton.

The group’s organizers are ramping up their membership drive in search of new local artists — from painting and collage to print making and sculpture.

“Members are the lifeblood of SoBA,” said Bill Bogle, SoBA president and a local photographer. “Membership provides 11 display opportunities for the year, discounts on the annual Judged Show, consideration for our Featured Artist exhibition, workshops led by renowned art instructors and camaraderie with other artists.”

There are three levels of membership:

Starting Membership is $75 and includes discounted rental fees of the Center for Creative Arts for private events, invitation to artist member networking events, discounted classes and workshops, as well as promotional opportunities on the SoBA website and newsletter.

Exhibiting Membership starts at $200 and includes the starting membership. This level of membership offers artists the opportunity to display and to sell their artwork at the SoBA gallery.

The Friends of SoBA donor membership offers three levels of giving that range from $125-$500 and includes all of the benefits of the starting membership. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible will help support SoBA.

Membership is open in all visual art categories: painting, collage, photography, print making, jewelry design, sculpture and more. The jewelry membership categories are filled, but those interested can be added to a wait list.

“Running a Gallery is a business and our members help in this endeavor by taking advantage of the many volunteer opportunities, including staffing the gallery, where they greet visitors and promote member art,” said Bogle.

For more information about SoBA membership, visit ( or contact Mary Burrell, SoBA’s chairwoman of the membership committee, by e-mail at (

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 ( for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Announces Winners of “26th Biennale, National Juried Art Exhibition 2019”

May 13, 2019

Art League of Hilton Head awarded ten winners at the opening reception of the “26th Biennale, National Juried Art Exhibition 2019” on Friday evening, May 10, 2019. Over $5,000 in cash prizes were awarded. The exhibit runs through June 1, 2019, at Art League Gallery located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

On Saturday, May 11, approximately 45 people returned to Art League Gallery to attend a “Critic’s Coffee” where judge, Alan Flattmann, discussed his selection process, judging criteria and offered commentary on some of the winning artwork.

26th Biennale Award Winners:

Work by Aldo Muzzarelli

First Prize – “Margarita and the Rain of Prejudice”, Mixed Media, by Aldo Muzzarelli (Mauldin, SC) $1,500

Second Prize – “Gift from the Sea”, Watercolor, by Catherine Hillis (St. Simons Island, GA) $1,100

Third Prize – “The Old Ways”, Oil, by William Schneider (Vlg. Of Lakewood, IL) $800

Honorable Mention – “Weight of the Work”, Watercolor, by Tony Armendariz (Palatine, IL) $250

Honorable Mention – “Teresita”, Oil, by Candice Chovanec (Grand Rapids, MI) $250

Honorable Mention – “The Ride”, Photography, by Allen Coles (Columbia, SC) $250

Honorable Mention – “Two Skulls”, Bronze, by Erik Durant (New Bedford, MA) $250

Honorable Mention – “Flooded Field”, Oil, by Donna Nyzio (Beaufort, NC) $250

Honorable Mention – “A Rising Tide”, Pastel, by Andrea Pejeau (Hilton Head Island, SC) $250

Honorable Mention – “Untitled (Composition II)”, Oil, by Haley Smith (Myrtle Beach, SC) $250

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

For further info call 843/681-5060 or visit (

Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC, Announces Winners of 2019 Art Market

May 13, 2019

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC, has announced the winners of the 2019 Art Market.

Work by Samuel Yao

Best in Show – Elizabeth Borowsky, Clay – Andrews, SC

2nd place – Samuel Yao, Fiber – Ann Arbor, MI

3rd place – Beth Tockey Williams, Pastels – Edisto Island, SC

Awards of Merit:

David and Veronica Bennett, Glass – Meadows of Dan, VA

Shelby Dillon, Oil/Acrylic – Durham, NC

Karen Langley, Oil/Acrylic – Columbia, SC

Adeline Mazyck, Sweetgrass Baskets – Mt. Pleasant, SC

Amanda McLenon, Oil/Acrylic – Daniel Island, SC

Marcee Musgrove, Mixed Media 2- D – Bloomingdale, GA

Kathy Oda, Glass – Beaufort, SC

Murray Sease, Oil/Acrylic – Bluffton, SC

Willard Smith, Photography – Beaufort, SC

Barbara Umbel, Jewelry – Indian Harbour, FL

For further information call Robin Swift, VP of Marketing and Development at 843/689-6767 ext. 224 or visit (