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Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Offers Results of “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”

July 31, 2020

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” award recipients, from the competition founded by Mollie A. Fearing & Associates

After being rescheduled from May to July due to Covid-19, the “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” still hosted over 60 entries from local and regional artists.

From those entries, an anonymous judge carefully selected the following award recipients:

Best In Show piece by Julien McCarthy titled “Irrevocable Union” (wood, turquoise). Photo courtesy of Dare County Arts Council.

Best In Show: Julien McCarthy “Irrevocable Union” (wood, turquoise)

Excellence Awards: Kinga Rojek “The Love Source” (acrylic), Rick Daley “Surf Monster” (latex house paint on canvas drop cloth), Marilyn Heiser “Issah Asana” (oil), and Lori Goll “Peacock Mug” (pastel)

Honorable Mentions: Bob McCormick “Two Fish” (sprayed acrylic), Beth Burns “Take Cover” (textiles), and Kelly Lonergan “Self-Portrait with Book and Cat” (oil on canvas)

People’s Choice Award: Sue Freeman “Moments of Reflection” (wood)

“I am very proud to have been encouraged by Chris, Lynne and Lou to enter the ‘Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show’,” said Best In Show award recipient Julien McCarthy. “I am even prouder to have won Best in Show amidst such a stellar display of artistic talent. I am grateful to all who work to support the Arts Council and its activities.”

The show was held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council, and is known for showcasing vibrant, eclectic artwork.

Mollie A. Fearing & Associates is the founding sponsor of the “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”.

A special thank you to Best In Show award sponsor Michael Halminski Photographer and our Excellence award sponsors Gene and Bonita Shoap, Lucky 12 Tavern, The Willey Agency, and The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. Also, a special thank you to David Bundy and Roy Revels for their support of the “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” over the years.

For more information about the show, please visit ( or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announced Winners of the “31st Annual Juried Competition”

July 20, 2020

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, announced the awards for the “31st Annual Juried Competition” in an online Gallery Talk with juror David M. Detrich. This video was released on Thursday, July 16, 2020, and is available to watch on the Arts Council’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube page. Works accepted to the Juried Competition exhibition are currently on exhibition in the Arts Council’s online Virtual Gallery at (

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Professor of Art, Clemson University

Originally from East St. Louis, MO, Detrich received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in New York. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including venues at the Tallina Kunstiulikool in Tallin, Estonia and at the American Cultural Center in Taipei, Taiwan. His work is also represented in public and private collections nationally.

One hundred nine entries by 54 artists from 21 cities and 6 states were submitted to the “31st Annual Juried Competition”. Of those entries, Detrich selected 35 works for exhibition.

Awards were presented to:
Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: “Jump Castle, Sheet Cake, Asthma” by Emily Furr of Charleston, SC

“Jump Castle, Sheet Cake, Asthma” by Emily Furr of Charleston, SC

1st Place – “I Shine, You Shine (invertible shoeshine chair)” by Oscar Soto of Rock Hill, SC

2nd Place – “Fast Satisfaction” by Ronni Brashear of Madison, MS

3rd Place – “November 3, 2019” by Janice Mueller of Charlotte, NC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson.

Honorable Mention – “Consumer Column IV” by Jordan Fowler of Adairsville, GA

Honorable Mention – “Serial” by Robert Simoneau of Columbia, SC

Elizabeth (Lib) Louise Dunlap Patrick, a Rock Hill native, was born in Feb. 1936 in Rock Hill. Lib was an avid supporter of the arts. She gave freely of her time and patronage to the Arts Council; served on the Gallery Committee and underwrote the awards for the annual “Juried Competition” for nearly ten years. Lib was a generous and ardent participant at the annual art auctions for many years, and she collected pottery from North and South Carolina potters whose work she championed. She also sponsored activities and events for the Yorkville Artist Guild. She supported her alma mater, Winthrop University, serving on alumni boards and reunion committees. Because of her generous support of the arts at Winthrop, the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery was named in her honor in 1999. Also, Lib was among the first group of honorees for the Medal of Honor for the Arts. Kathy Wilson continues her mother’s legacy by sponsoring the Arts Council’s Juried Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Arts Council of York County’s offices and galleries are closed until further notice. The Arts Council is looking to the guidance and directives of local, state and federal officials to amend plans as necessary. The decision to close affects all ACYC events and facility rentals. Cancellations and postponements are precautionary measures taken to minimize exposure. By activating social distancing, the Arts Council removes the opportunity for people in the community to be exposed. Please check the Arts Council’s Facebook pages (@yorkcountyarts and @uffyc) and websites ( and ( for the most recent updates regarding scheduled events.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County by calling 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Announces Winners of the “33rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”

March 31, 2020

Editor’s Note: A post announcing that SC sculptor Bob Doster had won the First Place award at the “33rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” at Appalachain State University in Boone, NC, showed up on my Facebook feed yesterday. I saved it to go back and check it out. I’ve met Doster in my travels – he even gave me a tour of his studio workshop – he’s a gifted sculptor and great teacher, so I wanted to make sure this news got out there. I went beyond what the post had offered, download several images of his award winning work, but while going over the info I went to the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts’ website to get the date of the juror’s lecture and tour and discovered that this was info about the 2019-2020 exhibit, which will be ending this May. Well, I thought to myself, I did all this work, and this was news to me as I don’t remember seeing this info last Summer, so why not post it anyway. It’s an outside exhibit and although ASU has closed down classes the campus might be still open and people have till May to go see these works and they’re spread all over the ASU campus, so there is plenty of room for social distancing. So here you go.

The “Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition” is a national juried competition presented annually by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Since its establishment by Martin and Doris Rosen in 1987, the “Rosen Competition” continues a tradition of showcasing contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University. This year, ten sculptures have been selected. Cash prizes are awarded to three artists whose work is chosen by the juror and will be announced at the annual sculpture walk and awards reception – a highlight of every summer festival season. To celebrate the 33rd anniversary of this dynamic program, join competition juror Bill Brown on an educational outdoor tour of the 10 selected sculptures from this year’s competition. The tour concludes at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception.

Made possible by the continued support and generosity of the Rosen Family: The Martin & Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen/Charles & Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.

“33rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” winners:

Rosen First Place Award – “A Memorial” by Bob Doster, Lancaster, SC, Stainless steel

Rosen Second Place Award – “Adam Meets Eve” by Glenn Zweygardt, Alfred Station, NY, Fabricated and cast bronze, steel, cast glass, granite

Rosen Third Place Award – “Back Home Again” by Derek Chalfant, Elmira, NY, Stainless steel

The other 33rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition finalists:

“Fiddlehead” by David Boyajian, New Fairfield, CT, Steel

“Learn to Fly” by Brian Glaze, Sinking Spring, PA, Stainless steel and steel

“Earth, Water, Fire, Wind” by Hanna Jubran, Grimesland, NC, Steel and paint

“When the Spirits Soar” by Beau Lyday, Valdese, NC, Metal and wood

“Merlin’s Compass” by Robert Coon, Vero Beach, FL, Fabricated and painted aluminum

“Child’s Play Revisited” by Shawn Morin, Bowling Green, OH, Cast bronze, steel

“Rybee House” by Stephen Klema, Winsted, CT, Stained, painted and varnished wood

“Articulated History” by Derek Chalfant, Elmira, NY, Stainless steel, bronze

Artist’s comments by First Place award winner Bob Doster:

“A Memorial 2014-2018”

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Mass Shooting Defined as 4 or More Deaths Per Shooting Incident. This Sculpture is a Memorial to Those Lost to Senseless Violence for the years 2014 -2018. Each Figure Represents a Lost Soul Rising to the Heavens.

Bob Doster is an award-winning artist who has been creating and teaching for more than fifty years. Prestigious awards include SC Governor’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, the highest recognition in the arts in SC. Doster has been named Keeper of the Culture by the York Heritage & Cultural Commission, Hero of the Child by SC First Steps, Small Business of the Year by Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, CN2Hometown Hero and received a City of Lancaster Mayoral Proclamation.

Doster has been featured in publications and broadcasts including “Southern Living Magazine”, “Carolina Arts”, “Snadlapper”, SCETV, SC Arts Commission’s Arts Hub, “National Welders Magazine” and a myriad of newspapers and travel magazines. Works by Doster can be found in museums, galleries, public, corporate and private art collections worldwide. Doster has been working with students of all ages for more than forty years and is on the roster of the SC Arts Commission “Arts in Education Artists.” He has spent time as a visiting teaching artist having worked with over 150,000 students creating clay and steel sculptures in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Doster was born in Lancaster, SC, where he has been a sculptor for 40 years. He is the owner of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio ltd.

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For further information about the Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, call 828262-3017, e-mail to ( or visit (

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Announces Winners of the “26th Annual Judged Show”

March 27, 2020

Nearly 100 local artists entered in Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) “26th Annual Judged Show”, but only 15 walked away with awards last week. The exhibit runs through April 6, 2020.

Joanne Talbot received top honors for “At the Table,” a watercolor painting that received “Best In Show.” First place winners included: Joanne Talbot in watercolor; Ron Selby in photography; John Meckley in oil; Sheila Garbasky in acrylic; Audrey Alkind in mixed media; and Mary Burrell in the “other” category. Other winners included:

Watercolor: Lorraine Mullaney, second place; Barbara Pecce, third place

Photography: Lindsay Pettinicchi, second place; Bill Bogle, third place

Oil: Tricia Gardner, second place; Murray Sease, third place

Acrylic: Julie Harden, second place

Mixed Media: Donna Varner, second place; Eileen Mazur, third place

The winning pieces can be found at (

Barbara Pecce, right, reacts to Mark Boedges at learning her painting placed third in the watercolor category during SOBA’s “26th Annual Judged Show”. Boedges was the judge for this year’s show.

Mary Burrell poses with her first place-winning piece called “Olaf” in the other category during SOBA’s “26th Annual Judged Show”.

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) 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.

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

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition”

March 10, 2020

The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill Schools present the annual “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition” – featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle, and elementary schools. This exhibition has been created in honor of Youth Art Month, and it will be on display in all three galleries at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill, SC, through Sunday, March 15, 2020. A free, public reception was held on Thursday, March 5 during which, awards were presented to the best in mixed media, painting, drawing, and sculpture at the high school and middle school levels.

The “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition” features works by students enrolled in schools within the Rock Hill Schools. Artwork by students at Northwestern High School, Rock Hill High School, and South Pointe High School is on exhibition in the Dalton Gallery. In the Perimeter Gallery, artwork by students from Castle Heights, Rawlinson Road, Saluda Trail, and Sullivan Middle Schools is on display. Students from seventeen elementary schools have artwork on exhibition including Belleview, Cherry Park, Ebenezer Avenue, Ebinport, Finley Road, Independence, India Hook, Lesslie, Mount Gallant, Mount Holly, Northside School of the Arts, Oakdale, Old Pointe, Richmond Drive, Rosewood, Sunset Park, and York Road Elementary Schools.

The following students received awards at the 2020 Rock Hill Schools “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition”:

“Poured Out” by Sonia Long
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen

“Poured Out” by Sonia Long

1ST Place – “Fly Like a Butterfly” by Dahlia Bell
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Vincent
2ND Place – “Wirey Buck” by Ally Beers
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Kim Looper
3RD Place – “Cheesecake and a Shake” by Dasani Jackson
South Pointe High School, Teacher: Ashley Beard
Honorable Mention – “The Gauntlet” by Sierra Carleton
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shellie Nivens

1ST Place – “Rayna” by Keagan Finnerty
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen
2ND Place – “Generational Portrait” by Syrrhia Alcide
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shellie Nivens
3RD Place – “Flag Toss” by Zayda Sumner
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Vincent
Honorable Mention – “Girl’s Best Friend” by Taylor Gordon,
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen

1ST Place – “Lunar Decorum” by Emily Watson
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shellie Nivens
2ND Place – “Colored Pencils” by Mariah Boone
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Kim Looper
3RD Place – “Filosofia” by Sara Johnson
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen
Honorable Mention – “Blossoming Flowers” by Lacie Bowers,
South Pointe High School, Teacher: Ashley Beard

1ST Place – “Carried Away” by Anna Newton
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Vincent
2ND Place – “Heart” by Isabella Padillo
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen
3RD Place – “Sydney” by Sydney Billman
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Grant
Honorable Mention – “Runs in My Veins” by Sofia Flores-Gomez,
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen

1ST Place – “Jeff” by Madison Altman
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
2ND Place – “The Magic of Books” by Rayna Finnerty
Rawlinson Road Middle School, Teacher: Alyson MacAlpine
3RD Place – “Untitled” by Macy Carroll
Saluda Trail Middle School, Teacher: Angie Copley
Honorable Mention – “Alli” by Belinda Tecpile Montano
Sullivan Middle School, Teacher: Susan Barnette

1ST Place – “Animal Deconstructed” by Jamie Shuler
Saluda Trail Middle School, Teacher: Angie Copley
2ND Place – “He Drowned” by Travis Compton
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
3RD Place – “Lucy” by Ariel Anderson
Rawlinson Road Middle School, Teacher: Alyson MacAlpine
Honorable Mention – “City in Perspective” by Kaitlyn Sobocinski
Saluda Trail Middle School, Teacher: Angie Copley

1ST Place – “Abstract Queen” by Jaelyn Foster
Saluda Trail Middle School, Teacher: Angie Copley
2ND Place – “The World Through Peyton’s Eyes” by Ellison Floyd
Sullivan Middle School, Teacher: Susan Barnette
3RD Place – “Montreat Memories” by Evans Bickford
Sullivan Middle School, Teacher: Susan Barnette
Honorable Mention – “Flowing Substance” by Olivia Faris
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton

1ST Place – “The Meditation of Despair” by Haley Vincent
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
2ND Place – “Face to Face” by Kailyn Kirsch
Sullivan Middle School, Teacher: Susan Barnette
3RD Place – “Dizzy” by Mariah Grant
Rawlinson Road Middle School, Teacher: Alyson MacAlpine
Honorable Mention – “Mountain Scene” by Morgan Marquis
Rawlinson Road Middle School, Teacher: Alyson MacAlpine

Raised in rural western Pennsylvania and in central Texas, Sarah Kennedy Irwin attended Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas, from which she graduated with honors in 1989. Since then Sarah has lived in Georgia and Florida, most recently settling in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for many years. In all those years, she has continued painting—finding fascination in faces, artifacts and visions.

Irwin is currently the Creative Director of the Friday Arts Project, where she works to maintain the organization’s standards of creative excellence, generosity, and partnerships with regional creative heads. She is also a freelance illustrator. Within her role at the Friday Arts Project, Sarah serves as the creative director of Art Party, and she has facilitated several conferences including 2014’s Dazzle Gradually Forum, 2013’s A Place at the Table, and 2012’s Beneath the Surface.

Her artwork has exhibited at galleries in Nacogdoches, TX, New York, NY, Long Island, NY, Rock Hill, SC, High Point, NC, and Lake City, SC. It is held in private collections, and her public commissions can be seen in Brooklyn, NY, Long Island, NY, and Portland, Oregon.

The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, in the Cultural District of Downtown Rock Hill. All three galleries at the Center for the Arts are open Monday through Thursday – 9 AM – 6 PM, Friday – 9 AM – 5 PM, and the second and fourth weekends of each month, Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM, and Sunday from 2 – 4 PM.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

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 (

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces “42nd Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” Award Recipients

February 8, 2020

The “42nd Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” opening reception brought hundreds of people to Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery in downtown Manteo, NC, on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

122 artists participated in this year’s “Frank Stick Show”, which is the most entries the show has ever hosted.

Artist and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at College of the Albemarle Christina Weisner carefully selected the following award recipients:

Eure Best In Show: Matthew Grimes “Lagrimas Negras” (mixed media)

Excellence Awards: Jill Block “Pastel Crown” (acrylic), Valerie West “Heron by Sunlight” (ceramic), Kate Nisselson “Under the Sea” (stoneware), and Michael Bennett “Mariana” (oil)

Honorable Mentions: Holly Nettles “Cast Aways” (oil), Travis Fowler “You Know, The Curvy One” (acrylic, silver leaf and epoxy resin on acrylic panel), and Feather Phillips “Remembering…Imagining” (mixed media)

People’s Choice Award: Jill Block “Pastel Crown” (acrylic)

“The range and diversity of work in this year’s ‘Frank Stick’ show was fantastic,” said judge Christina Weisner. “I selected works that I thought engaged with the history of art in interesting, provocative ways. For example, Valerie West’s almost 3ft-tall sculptural ceramic vessel challenges notions of pottery as a utilitarian object in a humorous way. Feather Phillips invites the viewer into the space of the painting to take a seat at the table and engage in an open-ended conversation about the landscape and our relationship to it. Travis Fowler’s work blurs the line between sculpture and painting in a refreshing way. Michael Bennett uses the formal language of classical painting, but pictures the female as the heroic leading figure. I was also drawn to works that displayed a fidelity to and celebration of material; from the stratified layers of found posters and objects in Mathew Grimes’ work to the way in which both Jill Block and Holly Nettles highlight the plasticity of the paint, allowing the paint to be part of the content of the work. The chemical reaction and element of chance in Kate Nisselson’s raku fired ceramic work is exquisite, and speaks to nature’s basic fundamental and elemental building blocks. It was a joy to see the lively crowd that attended the opening reception to celebrate the wonderful artists who submitted work to the show. I was honored to be the judge for this year’s show.”

This year was local artist Jill Block’s first time entering a piece in the “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show”, and she took home two awards.

“The show was lovely, full of so many talented local artists,” said Excellence Award and People’s Choice Award recipient Jill Block. “I am grateful that Dare County Arts Council is here and gives all of us a chance to showcase our work in one great space. I am also so grateful that the judge of the show felt that my painting was worthy of an Excellence award and to all the people who voted my painting as People’s Choice award, thank you! It means the world to me. Honestly, I was completely surprised and blown away!!”

The “Frank Stick Memorial Art Show” is the longest running visual arts exhibit in Dare County, and is held in memory of Outer Banks preservationist and artist Frank Stick.

The show will remain on display at the DCAC Gallery through Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

A special thank you to The Blue Point, Muse Originals, Yellowhouse Gallery, Tar Heel Trading Company, KDH Cooperative, Michael Halminski Photography, Mama Kwans, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery, Sam & Winston, and Outer Banks Fiber Guild for sponsoring the show.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Dare County.

For more information about this show or upcoming Dare County Arts Council events and exhibitions, please call 252/473-5558 or visit (

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Winners of the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”

February 7, 2020

Thursday evening, January 30, 2020, marked the formal opening of the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC.

This year’s competition juror was South Carolina artist and paintings conservator Jeff Donovan of Columbia. The “Pee Dee Regional” has been presented annually since 1954 and is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state.

Attendees at the reception were welcomed by Stephen W. Motte, curator of the Florence County Museum, followed by remarks from Mr. Blake Pate, representing corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A of Florence, who announced the winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards.

The $1000 First Place prize was awarded to Ashley Arakas, for her watercolor, “Bore”. The painting is both an evocative portrait and a careful study in the interplay of negative and positive space, which the artist has used for dramatic emphasis of the painting’s subject. Arakas’ paintings in oil and watercolor have entered the competition several times in past years. In 2017, she took Third Place in the Pee Dee Regional with her painting, “Apprehensive Love”, one in a series of works exploring the psychological effects of divorce on children. Arakas was also recently awarded Best in Show at the “42nd Annual National Exhibition of the South Carolina Watermedia Society”. She is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina.

Ashley Arakas pictured with her 1st place award winning watercolor painting, “Bore”.

A Second Place award of $600 went to Kevin Spaulding for his large oil on canvas, “Requiem”. Although a relative newcomer to South Carolina, Spaulding’s paintings have quickly gained recognition on the competition stage. He has won awards at three of the past four Regional competitions, as well as at Artfields 2018 where his painting “The Sacrifice”, won the people’s choice cash award in the paintings category.

left to right: Ashley Arakas (1st Place), Alexandra Knox (Honorable Mention), Charles Clary (3rd Place), and Kevin Spaulding (2nd Place)

“Spaulding’s paintings are deep and rich, visually and conceptually,” said museum curator Stephen W, Motte. “All of his works invite the viewer to approach slowly, to come closer, but within that closeness, each leaves you with a cold, distant impression. It’s a challenging thing to accomplish as a painter, I believe.”

Third Place ($250) went to Charles Clary for his hand-cut paper relief assemblage “Memento Morrididdle Movement # 502”. In 2016 Clary took Top Prize at ArtFields for his installation piece, “Be Kind, Rewind”. He received his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009, and has been represented in galleries throughout the eastern United States. He has been featured in the popular contemporary art magazine “Hi-Fructose”, and on the Discovery Channel program, “Daily Planet”. In addition to being a full-time artist, Clary is a lecturer and teacher, and currently works at Coastal Carolina University.

Honorable Mention ($100) was given to Alexandra Knox of Loris, SC, for her sculpture “Stockpile”. Knox is a veteran of the “Pee Dee Regional”. In 2019 she was awarded second place, and in 2018 also won recognition for her three-dimensional mixed media work, “Five to Nine”. Her art frequently utilizes raw materials like plaster, wax and construction waste lumber.

“Knox’s works are very visceral and direct,” said Motte. “She has a unique ability to transform simple, familiar media into forms which communicate complex ideas.”

Knox has been a faculty member of the art department of Coastal Carolina University since 2014.

Competition juror, Jeff Donovan, said, “This year’s award winners were selected not only for their formal merits, but for their respective uniqueness of concept,” adding that, “The juror’s role is to recognize the inherent subjectivity of an artwork while measuring its success by objective criteria.”

Donovan is an artist and professional paintings conservator in Columbia, SC. He studied art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL, and at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.

As in previous years, the 2020 Pee Dee Regional was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists within the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through Friday, April 3, 2020 in the FCM Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan St. Visitors are invited to join the awards selection by casting their ballots for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through Friday, March 27. The winner will be announced Monday, March 30.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan Street, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through Friday, April 3, 2020.

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 (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announce Winners of the COROART Awards

November 26, 2019

The Coroplast Tape Corporation delivered a variety of technical adhesive tapes to Winthrop University where visual art students of Shaun Cassidy, Professor of Fine Arts, were invited to reinvent the materials in innovative ways. The completed works of art were displayed first at Coroplast Tape Corporation’s US headquarters in Rock Hill, SC. Select pieces were then moved to the Arts Council of York County’s Center for the Arts where they were displayed through Nov. 24, 2019. The winners were announced at a public reception and COROART Awards presentation at the Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

First Prize winner by Griffin Cordell

Fifty works of art were in contention for cash prizes presented by the Coroplast Tape Corporation. While there was no specific thematic content or subject direction given, the concept of COROART focused on experimenting with modern and technical materials. The COROART Award presented by Coroplast includes 1st Prize ($1,000), 2nd Prize ($500), and 3rd Prize ($250). The 2019 COROART Awards jury includes a panel of three judges: Ashley Beard (Arts Council of York County Board member, art teacher), J. Michael Simpson [artist, UNC – Charlotte (retired)], and Tom Stanley [artist, Winthrop University (retired)].

1st Place – “Thought Form” (We live in an instance, then the instance is gone. Where does it go?) by Griffin Cordell
2nd Place – “Proto Typo” by Oscar Soto
3rd Place – “Dynastes Hercules” by Jason Lindsay

For more information about Coroplast’s commitment to the arts and COROART, visit (

The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, in the heart of the downtown Rock Hill Cultural District. All three galleries at the Center for the Arts are open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 6pm, Friday from 9am to 5pm, every second and fourth Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and every second and fourth Sunday from 2 to 4pm. Patrons who are interested in visiting the galleries between 5 – 6pm should call in advance to schedule an appointment.

Exhibits at the Center for the Arts are sponsored by O’Darby’s – a Retailer of Fine Wines, Craft Beers, and Spirits.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit our webpage at (

West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Announce the Winners of its First Regional Juried Show

October 8, 2019

The first-place winner in West Main Artists Co-op’s first four-state juried art exhibit, “WMAC 2019” is Cindy Shute of Lockhart, SC, for her oil-on-linen painting “Peacemaker: Hrair Balian”. She receives a cash prize of $2,500 that was given in memory of Frank P. Cyrill, Jr.

Work by Cindy Shute

Second prize of $1,000 was taken by Gordon Dohm of Greenville, SC, for his photograph “Fungi Fantasy”.

Work by Gordon Dohm

And, third-place of $500 was won by Tracey M. Timmons of Spartanburg, SC, for “Manacle of Justice”, a bracelet made of vitreous enamel, copper, silver, brass, and photography.

Work by Tracey M. Timmons

The seven merit awards of $100 and $250 went to Mark Flowers of Alexander, NC; Lee Sipe of Columbia, SC; Sabrina Barilone of Macon, GA; Tom Dimond of Seneca, SC; Christina Dixon of Roebuck, SC; David Stuart of North Augusta, SC; and Martha Worth of Hilton Head, SC.

“WMAC 2019” opened on Saturday, Sept. 14, and closed on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. It was open to all adult visual artists in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Two-hundred-forty-one (241) artists from the four states applied, and 66 were admitted into the show based on the judgement of jurors Ann DerGara and Mike Vatalaro.

The winners were announced on Saturday, Sept. 21, during a reception and awards ceremony. Seventy-four (74) works of art in this exhibit were on display at the Co-op, which is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. There is no charge to see the exhibitions.

“We could not be happier with our first juried show,” Chair, Beth Regula said. “This is something we had wanted to do for several years, and it took more than a year of planning, but it was worth it. Having a show of this magnitude and with these cash prizes establishes West Main Artists Co-op as an art agency that is leading Spartanburg in its quest to be an art Mecca in South Carolina and throughout the South. It says we have the creativity, the knowhow, the professionalism, the resources, and the desire to take the Co-op to the next level. Next year will be even better!”

“I’m so excited to be a part of WMAC’s world,” Shute said. “This first exhibition was as professionally conducted as I have ever seen. When I was told I was Best in Show, at the time, honestly, I was shocked. It’s not that I didn’t think my painting is good. As a professional artists mature, we know our good work from our less successful efforts — I think that’s a key part of being a professional. So I wasn’t surprised to have been included in the show.

“When I arrived that evening and saw the body of work I was thrilled. Virtually every piece in the exhibition is good — very good. A couple of pieces took my breath away. So, I felt particularly honored to be included. With ‘Peacemaker’, I had pushed myself into a new space with portraiture. In my early work I tended to avoid background, contextual elements, thinking at the time that the subject should convey their story a priori — that the essence of the sitter should be codified in the presentation of their likeness, and if successful, the minimalist approach would say everything that needed to be said. So this new approach for me, including symbolic elements to tell the story, was a big leap.

“I honestly feel validated,” she continued. “I wasn’t sure if the piece worked. So now I’m really charged up about this new direction, and ready to take on more portrait-stories. And I’m so very grateful to WMAC for giving me a big hug along the way!”

The Co-op is a membership-based nonprofit arts agency with more than 50 members, who are visual artists and performing artists. It is housed in a former Baptist church near downtown Spartanburg on West Main Street. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Co-op houses 31 artists studios, two stages, three galleries, a printery, a ceramics studio, and the largest collection of for-sale locally made art in Spartanburg. Each month, the Co-op normally installs three exhibits by its members and guest artists.

In their jurors’ statements, Ann DerGara said: “ I am amazed at the quality of work that was entered. I think that opening the show to additional states has made this become an important show for the region and Spartanburg. The arts are growing rapidly in the region and this show will make Spartanburg known as art venue as well as Asheville and Greenville. As the Arts grow so does the economy. WMAC produced this show and jury with professionalism and expertise.”

Mike Vatalaro said: “The very nature of a juried exhibition celebrates a broad range of medium and imagery. I enjoyed the task of identifying works that well represented the mediums chosen, techniques accomplished and the subjects investigated. The exhibition reveals a broad selection of work which I believe demonstrate an individual vision within both conventional and experimental genres. I was very impressed by the quality and richness demonstrated in all of the mediums displayed. I hope you will find each work invites close examination and has something unique to offer.”

A list of all accepted work can be found online at (

“This is a vast and diverse show,” Regula said. “I invite the public to come see it and to take in the talent and creativity that surrounds us here in the South. A large show such as this one, expands our appreciation for the art that is readily available to us. It makes a statement that West Main Artists Co-op are striving and succeeding at making Spartanburg THE art community in South Carolina and beyond.”