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Awards Announced at Opening of “2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at Florence County Museum in Florence, SC

January 31, 2017

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Thursday evening, Jan. 26, 2017, marked the formal opening of the “2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC. The competition is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state, and has been presented by the Trustees of the Florence Museum annually since 1954.

Attendees were welcomed at 8pm by Rebecca Crawford, chairperson of the Florence County Museum Board, followed by remarks from corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A. Representing Chick-fil-A this year was Blake Pate, assisted by Sara Black, who announced the juror’s winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards. The reception was organized by The Florence County Museum Hospitality Committee. Flower arrangements were provided by Consider the Lilies of Florence.

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Yvette L. Cummings with her work “When the Magpie Came”

This year’s $1000 First Place cash prize was awarded to Yvette L. Cummings, of Conway, SC, for her acrylic on canvas double portrait, “When the Magpie Came”. The painting is one of two works by Cummings in the exhibit. Both were recently shown at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, where she received the 701 CCA Prize 2016, for emerging artists under 40 years of age. Since earning her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2003, Cummings has received honors in numerous statewide competitions. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Coastal Carolina University, and is preparing new work for three solo exhibitions scheduled for 2018.

Watercolor on paper was the medium of choice for the remaining award recipients, presented to the following works: Second Place ($600), “And So it Was”, by Debbie Broadway of Florence.

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Third Place ($250) went to competition newcomer Ashley Arakas of Conway, SC, for her impressive photorealist portrait, “Apprehensive Love”. Arakas was recognized by the South Carolina Watermedia Society in their annual traveling awards exhibition. The Honorable Mention ($100) this year went to Lynda English of Florence for her sympathetic documentary work, “Through the Eyes of a Child”.

As in previous years, the “2017 Pee Dee Regional” was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists native to the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region. The exhibition is comprised of 34 works selected from 119 submissions in multiple media by this year’s competition juror, Sanford Greene.

Greene’s twenty-year career as professional comic book artist has recently received critical success in multiple markets. He is currently the primary production artist for Marvel Entertainment’s popular contemporary restyling of the progressive 1970s interracial superhero comic book, Power Man and Iron Fist. The series follows main character, Luke Cage who forms an unlikely bond with the young, but powerful, Danny Rand (also known as Iron Fist). The Iron Fist character is set to debut in a Netflix original series this year, and will join Luke Cage for Marvel’s new Netflix superhero line-up.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 18, 2017, in the FCM Waters Gallery. Visitors are invited to selection and cast their vote for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open through Friday, March 10 with the winner being announced on Monday, March 13.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan Street, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through March 24, 2017.

For more information about the “Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit the website at (www.flocomuseum.org).

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Winner of “2016 Small Works” – People’s Choice Award

January 7, 2017

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, would like to congratulate Maria Cecilia Mendoza for winning the “People’s Choice Award” for the Small Works 2016 exhibit. Her painting “Night” received the most votes cast for the prize.

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Work by Maria Cecilia Mendoza

Thanks to Liz Miller, curator at the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, for serving as judge of this year’s show.

Photos of the winners can be found on our website at (www.artspace506.com).

The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Awards Regional Artist Project Grants for Three Counties

December 23, 2016

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The Arts Council of Henderson County, in Hendersonville NC, in collaboration with the Transylvania Community Arts Council, and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Polk County, announces the Regional Artist Project Grantees for 2016-17. These grants are awarded to artists planning projects that have artistic merit and promise to advance the career of the artist or collaborating group. The grants are open to emerging and established artists.

The Arts Council of Henderson County administers the grants as a Designated County Partner with the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council are matched by the three participating counties.

A total of $4,000 in RAPG funds were awarded to the following seven artists:

Lucy Clark, a clay artist from Transylvania County, is receiving support for her attendance at a three week workshop at Georgia O’Keefe”s Ghost ranch in Albuiqui, NM, to learn techniques from master potter Clarence Cruz.

Jeanne Fry, a Henderson County illustrator and mixed media artist, is receiving funds to support purchase of digital devices to enable creation of her first illustrated children’s book for print.

Janet Orselli of Polk County will receive funding to purchase of materials for drawings for a solo show planned at the Depot Room in Tryon opening Friday April 7 with an opening reception from 5:00-7:30pm. The work will be on display through April 30, 2017.

Linda T. Powell, author from Polk County, is using grant funding to support editing and proofreading of her second children’s book.

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Work by Nancy Smeltzer

Nancy Smeltzer, Henderson County fiber artist, will purchase lighting equipment to aid in creating professional quality photographs of her intricately beaded artwork.

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Work by Billy Smith

Billy Smith, mural artist of Transylvania County, is receiving funds to support purchase of materials to paint a public mural on the back of the Rice Furniture building in Brevard, paying homage to Brevard’s music scene.

Joshua Staton, Henderson County metalworking artist, is receiving support for development of a prototype living room chair made of both steel and wood.

Nine applications were received from across the three counties, and the seven artists were awarded grants ranging from $200 to $1,000, by a panel of professional artists representing the disciplines applied for. “The panel evaluated the applications on overall excellence of the applicant’s artwork, feasibility of their proposed projects, and on how well the proposed project would contribute to the advancement of the applicant’s professional career,” said Patty Smyers, Managing Director of the Arts Council of Henderson County, and administrator for the Regional Artist Project Grants.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at by e-mail at (acofhc@bellsouth.net), call 828/693-8504 or visit (www.acofhc.org).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head, SC, Award Winners Announced at CraftHiltonHead2016

December 23, 2016

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Fine art craft artists from 17 states competed for cash prizes at CraftHiltonHead2016, now at Art League Gallery. This national, juried craft exhibition showcases 116 two and three dimensional high-quality craftworks from 54 featured artists.

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Best of Show – $1,000 Prize, “City Side Lights”,
Fiber art by Melody Randol of Loveland, CO.

The selection of finalists was made at the Awards Reception on Dec. 8, 2016, by nationally renowned judge, Ben Whiteside, owner/ curator of the Red Piano Art Gallery on Hilton Head Island. Over $4,000 in prizes were awarded.

View the prize winners plus many more one-of-a-kind crafts and artworks available for inspired gift-giving. Don’t miss this exclusive presentation on display and for sale now through Dec. 31, 2016.

WHAT:
CraftHiltonHead2016, 5th National Juried Fine Art Craft Guild Exhibition, presented by Art League of Hilton Head

WHEN:
Exhibit: Dec. 6 – 31, 2016, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm and 90 minutes before all Arts Center performances.

WHERE:
Art League of Hilton Head Gallery located mid-island, inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, 843.681.5060, (www.artleaguehhi.org).

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has Announce the Winners of This Years Small Works 2016 Exhibit

November 28, 2016

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has announce the winners of this years “Small Works 2016” exhibit:

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1st Place went to Haley C. Smith for “Jack”

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2nd Place went to Toni Smith for “Dessert Spoon”

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3rd Place was presented to Rachel Jones for “Regenerate”

Honorable Mentions included:
Debanjana Bhattacharjee for “October Pink” and R. Bellinger for “Marsh Impressions III”

Among the Finalists:
Rachel Jones for “Secrets and Searchings I”; Patricia Graney for “Dew Flower”; Elaine Goodman for “I Can Wear Yellow”; William H. Miller for “Melancholy”; Jane Fay for “Untitled #6”; Phil Laborie for “Here’s to Detroit”; Rebecca Lindblade for “Down in the Phinizy”; and Sue Coley for “The Red Boat”

The gallery would like to thank Liz Miller, curator of the Burroughs and Chapin Art Meuseum in Myrtle Beach, SC, for serving as judge for this years show.

The show continues through Dec. 17, 2016. The gallery is free and open to the public Wed. – Sat. 11am-6pm.

For further info visit (www.artspace506.com).

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of 2016 Art on Main

October 27, 2016

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$3,000 was awarded to artists participating in the 57th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival, held October 1 and 2 in downtown Hendersonville, NC. 80 artist vendors set up booths along Main Street, Hendersonville, for one of Western North Carolina’s most popular outdoor art festivals.

Awards were announced during an artists reception by Arts Council board chair, John Patrick McAfee, and Christine Mariotti, AIS manager.  Diane Hopkins-Hughs, Gary Lee Huntoon, and Nancy Williamson were judges for the festival, deciding cash prizes worth a total of $3,000.

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Ray Jones

The winners were:
Best of Show ($1,000),  Ray Jones, Asheville, NC, Wood
1st Place, Fine Art ($500), Chris Bruner, Taylors, SC, Photography
1st Place, Fine Craft ($500), Paula Marksbury, Athens, TN, Glass
2nd Place, Fine Art ($300), Brian Kuehn, Pisgah Forest, NC, Pastels
2nd Place, Fine Craft ($300), Deborah Bryant, Cashiers, NC, Fiber/Leather
Honorable Mention ($100), Beth Gaudreau, Waxhaw, NC, Fiber
Honorable Mention ($100), John Gunther, Abingdon, VA, Fiber
Honorable Mention ($100), Susie Murphy, Hugo, TX, Oil/Acrylic
Honorable Mention ($100), Roberto Vengoechea, Black Mountain, NC, Jewelry

The Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft festival is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. Additional support was provided by the City of Hendersonville, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and Mast General Store.

For more information contact The Arts Council at 828/693-8504 or e-mail to (acofhc@bellsouth.net). The web address is (www.acofhc.org).

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.  Its office is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd floor (entrance on Fourth Ave. W.), Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces People’s Choice Award Winner for 13th annual “Bring Us Your Best”

August 29, 2016

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The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has announced Victoria Burke as the winning artist for the Starving Artist People’s Choice Award for the 13th annual “Bring Us Your Best” all-media visual art exhibition, which closed on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Held in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College, gallery guests and visitors were given the opportunity to vote for their personal favorite piece of artwork in the entire show.

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Victoria Burke receiving her award

Matt Smith of the Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop presented a $250 gift certificate and ribbon to Burke, who won the prize for her acrylic painting entitled “Peaceful Pelicans.”

Other sponsors for the annual exhibition included The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main Street, Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504. e-amil to (acofhc@bellsouth.net) or visit (www.acofhc.org).

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of “Bring Us Your Best XIII”

August 22, 2016

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The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, “Bring Us Your Best XIII”. Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. “Bring Us Your Best XIII” is on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College campus through Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

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Work by David Simchock

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chair, Pat McAfee, and presented by Joan Jackson, who represented the Wax Family Memorial Funds, long-time sponsor of the awards. The following received awards:

1st Place/2-dimensional  – Barbara Zimmerman “Seasonal Reflections”

1st Place/3-dimensional – Thomas Crothers “Miss Muffet’s Last Sit”

1st Place/Photography – David Simchock “Barcelona Façade”

1st Place/Fine Craft – Holland Van Gores, “Voice of the Trees”

2nd Place/2-dimensional  – Gary Cooley, “Theo”

2nd Place/3-dimensional – Bobbie Polizzi, “She had the Weirdest Dream that she had Run Away and Joined the Circus”

2nd Place/Photography – Ken Weaver, “Glass and Water”

2nd Place/Fine Craft – Didi Salvatierra, “Hip, Hip, Hoya!”

3rd Place/2-dimensional  – Megan Richard, “Smokey Mountain Midnight”

3rd Place/3-dimensional – Janet Leazenby, “Rabbit”

3rd Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “Screenwriters”

3rd Place/Fine Craft – Thomas Crothers, “Music Stand”

First place winners received $250, 2nd place winners received $150, and 3rd place winners received checks for $100.

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Works by Holland Van Gores

In addition to the above awards, Joe Criscione, President of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Susan M. Hopps for her watercolor painting entitled “Communication.” This “One Planet, One World” award was selected based on how well the artwork is representative of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, the oneness and interdependence of all life.

Ten Honorable Mention awards, $25 Gift Certificates for The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop, were awarded to the following: David Adler, Terry Ashley, Lucy Clark, Samuel Dillon, Beverly Kies, Rob McKelvy, Ken Peterson, David Simchock, Diane Southen, and David Voorhees.

Henderson County artists Walter Arnold and Brian Shope sponsored an “Artist’s Choice” award. After participating artists voted for their favorite piece in the show just before the opening reception, ballots were tabulated, and Gary Cooley took home the $300 cash prize for his oil painting entitled “Theo.”

The People’s Choice Award, based on the votes of all gallery visitors, has yet to be awarded. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply & Custom Framing Shop, and will be announced on the last day of the exhibition. The public is invited to visit the exhibition and cast their ballots.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, 1-4pm.  All artwork is for sale during this exhibition which is free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Henderson County at 828/693-8504 or visit (www.acofhc.org).

In addition to The Wax Family Memorial Funds, “Bring Us Your Best XIII” is also sponsored by The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing Shop,  the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 N. Main Street, 3rd floor Hendersonville, NC 28792.  (Entrance on Fourth Ave. W.),

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Announces Winners of Small Works Exhibit

August 22, 2016

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Last week the Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, announced the winners of the 6th Annual Small Works Juried Exhibition including:

Firs Place:  Tanja Grant  “Nena”  $800

Second Place:  Yelitza Diaz  “Small Beings on Top” $600

Third Place:  Lee Monts  “Lasting Moment”  $400

Gallery Choice:  Jason Sacran    “  The Stables “  $200

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Work by Aldo Muzzarelli

1  Honorable Mention:  Aldo Muzzarelli  “Captyve Butterfly”   $150

2  Honorable Mention: Suzanne Woolf  “Miss Peterson’s Correspondence”  $150

3  Honorable Mention:  Russell Jewell  “Rising”  $150

Merit Award:  Peter Driscoll  “Piano Calandro”  $100

Merit Award:  Heather Noe  “Carolina Fields”   $100

Merit Award:  Micheal Ziemer  “Like the Heart in January”  $100

Merit Award:  Eric Manten  “Staircase Abstract 4” $100

For further information call 864/239-3882 or visit (www.artistsguildgalleryofgreenville.com).

Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show in Charleston, SC, Announces 2016 Award Winners

June 21, 2016

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Fine Craft Shows Charleston, Inc., in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce the results of awards judging at the “37th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Fine Crafts Shows”. The two weekend shows were held May 27-29 and June 3-5, 2016, as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Approximately 100 fine crafts artists from around the US participated in the two weekend shows, which were held at Wragg Square in downtown Charleston.

The judge for the May 27-29 show was Regina Semko, a fiber artist currently working in Origami. She was a founding member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative and Coordinator and then Fund-raiser for the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows from 1993-2012. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who attended along with his wife Sandy Techlenburg, presented awards to artists.

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May 27-29 Best in Show winner Jack Pine (center) with Charleston, Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mrs. Tecklenburg

Award winners were:

Best in Show went to Jack Pine of Columbus, OH, for a work in glass
1st Place was given to Lori Kammerad of Lowell, MI, for a work in metal
2nd Place went to Doug Richard of Satsuma, FL, for a work in wood
3rd Place was awarded to Lucy Clark of Cedar Mountain, NC, for a work in clay

Honorable Mentions:
Michael Kane of Asheville, NC, for a work in fiber
Nancy Michael-Susanneck of Missouri City, TX, for a mixed media work

Emerging Artist Grant:
Ivo Kerssemakers of Murrells Inlet, SC, for a work of photography

Purchase Awards:
Sabra Richards of Worton, MD, for a mixed media work
Ed Bryan of Columbia, SC, for a work in clay
Nathaniel Lesch-Huie of Jonas Ridge, NC, for a work in wood
Charles and Cindy Cecil of High Point, NC, for jewelry
David Ross of Bakersville, NC, for a work in clay

The judge for the June 3-5 show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Haga is a member of the Advisory Board for Fine Craft Shows Charleston in addition to serving as a slide juror and show juror in previous years. Scott Watson, Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, presented awards to the artists.

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June 1-3 Best in Show winner Obayana Ajanaku with Scott Watson , Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

Prizes were awarded to:

Best in Show was given to Obayana Ajanaku of Decatur, GA, for a work of jewelry
1st Place went to Tom Homman of Comer, GA, for a work in clay
2nd Place was awarded to Tammy Rudd of Holly Hill, SC, for a work of jewelry
3rd Place went to Joseph Falzone of Asheville, NC, for a work in glass

Honorable Mention:
Lucy Clark of Cedar Mt, NC, for a work in clay
Susan Marling of Acworth, GA, for a work in fiber

Emerging Artist Grant:
Jessica Ballard and Jacob Kent of N. Charleston, SC, for a work in wood

Slide Juror’s Choice Award:
Marlow Gates of Leicester, NC, for brooms

Exhibitor’s Choice Award:
Charles Pinckney of Athens, GA, for a work of jewelry

Purchase Awards:
John Donahue (2 Awards) of Charleston, SC, for a mixed media work
Anne John of Charleston, SC, for a work in clay
Julie Merrill of Asheville, NC, for a work of jewelry

Fine Craft Shows Charleston congratulates the winners. We’d also like to extend our thanks to the public, artists, volunteers, staff and professional partners that make these events successful. Please see our website at (finecraftshowscharleston.com) for more information about the shows, participating artists and photos of prize winners.