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Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of Its “25th Annual Juried Competition”

August 24, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County announced the winners of the “25th Annual Juried Competition” at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at 6pm.  This exhibition will be on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through Sept. 14, 2014.

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 at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Juror, Marty Epp-Carter, who currently teaches printmaking, drawing, and portfolio preparation theory at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Previously, she served as an adjunct lecturer in the art departments at Anderson University and Clemson University. Epp-Carter relocated to South Carolina in 2006 from Boston, MA, where she taught at the DeCordova and Danforth Museums. She holds a BS in Visual Communication from Boston University, an MS in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MFA in Printmaking from Clemson University. In addition to teaching, Epp-Carter maintains a studio that serves as her workshop where she creates her own works of art. She has shown nationally and internationally, and her works are held in private and public collections, including the Boston Public Library, the DeCordova Museum (MA), Emory & Henry College (VA), the Permobil Foundation (Sweden), and Galerie d’Art Contemporain (France).

When jurying a show, Marty Epp-Carter looks for work that surprises her, that shows an obsessiveness and keen attention to detail. She is drawn to work that shows a kind of transformation, changing a familiar space to create something new, and she admires and respects extreme skill in handling material. Epp-Carter reminds us that juried shows are not necessarily a record of the best work in that particular area or region; rather, they are a record of the intersection of submitted work and the juror’s taste and expectations regarding art. For the “25th Annual Juried Competition”, Epp-Carter’s choices bring together strong pieces of art, where each sits squarely in the midst of the contemporary art dialogue in South Carolina. She selected 38 works by 26 artists out of 142 entries from 23 cities and 5 states to be displayed in the “25th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “25th Annual Juried Competition” are:

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“Findlay and James” by Robert O. Keith IV

AWARDS
Best of Show: “Findlay and James” by Robert O. Keith IV
1st Place: “Bryce Canyon” by Mike Henry
2nd Place: “Vessel No. 362″ by Lee Sipe
3rd Place: “Tripenta” by Will Johnson
Honorable Mention: “Something About Mechanized Production” by Josiah Copley
Honorable Mention: “From Series ‘Touching Water'” by Rebecca Jacobs
Honorable Mention: “Franco Fontana Full Color” by Coleman Tharpe

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “25th Annual Juried Competition”.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

The Arts Council of Henderson County, NC, Announces Winners of “Bring Us Your Best XI”

August 24, 2014

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The Arts Council of Henderson County, in Henderson County, NC, has announced the winning artists for its current exhibition, the eleventh annual “Bring Us Your Best”.  Winners were announced at the opening reception for the exhibition. “Bring Us Your Best XI” is on display in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC Building on the Blue Ridge Community College Campus until Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

The awards were announced by Arts Council Board Chairman, Francis Cullinan. Joan Jackson, representing the Wax Family Memorial Funds, long-time sponsor of the awards, presented the awards to the following winning artists:

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Work by Bobbie Polizzi

1st Place/2-dimensional  – Christine Mariotti, “Morning in Patterson NY”
1st Place/3-dimensional – Bobbie Polizzi, “Airship Steamfunk”
1st Place/Photography – Joe Bester, “Confluences”
1st Place/Fine Craft – Christine Kosiba, “Red Pony”
2nd Place/2-dimensional  – Sam Dillon, “Chaise Lounge”
2nd Place/3-dimensional – Ursula Goebeles-Ellis, “Mother and Child”
2nd Place/Photography – Walter Arnold, “Ascending”
2nd Place/Fine Craft – Jim Whalen, “Bali Eyes”
3rd Place/2-dimensional  – Jan Onan, “In the Setting Sun – Triptych”
3rd Place/3-dimensional – Bennie Santistevan, “Untitled” Sculpture
3rd Place/Photography – Molly Sharp, Box Bracelet
3rd Place/Fine Craft – Joe Bester, “Vanishing”

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

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Work by Chris Ray

In addition to the above awards, Barbara Eck, Past Board President of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, presented a special award of $250 to Chris Ray for his graphite drawing entitled “At Home with Carl Sandburg.” The One Planet, One World award acknowledges the artist whose artwork best represents a respect for the interdependence of all existence, a tenet central to the Unitarian Universalist world view.

Eleven Honorable Mention awards, $25 Gift Certificates for The Starving Artist Fine Art Supplies and Custom Framing, were awarded to the following: Deb Anderson, John Arnold, Bonnie Joy Bardos, Karen-Eve Bayne, Joseph F. Hanna, Beverly Kies, Walter LeCroy, David Simchock, Carol Swetman, Maggie & Freeman Jones, and Shirley Walsh.

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Work by John Arnold

For the second year, artists Walter Arnold and Brian Shope, have offered 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 John Arnold took home the $300 cash prize for his work in metal called “River Life.”

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 and will be announced on the last day of the exhibition, Aug. 29, 2014.

Gallery hours are Monday- Friday, 10am-4pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and all artwork is for sale.

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

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC, Announces Winners of “28th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition”

August 6, 2014

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Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and An Appalachian Summer Festival present the “28th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” – a national, juried competition presented annually on Appalachian’s campus in Boone, NC. Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Doris and the late Martin Rosen, this competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of contemporary American sculpture.

This year’s juror was artist Wayne Trapp. Out of 46 submissions, Trapp identified 10 finalists to display their work during the 2014 competition. On July 26 following the Sculpture Walk, Trapp announced the top three prize winners.

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“Prairie Ray,” by Justin Dearduff

Those winners are:

First Prize: Justin Dearduff, “Prairie Ray” (Dell Rapids, SD)

Second Prize: Mary Ruden & Robert Benfield, “Einstein Sundial” (Seymour, TN)

Third Prize: Joseph Bigley, “Formal-ly #1″ (Boone, NC)

Each prize winner received a cash prize.

Other participants included:

Gwendolyn Kerney, “Tango Heart” (Lenoir City, TN)

Davis Whitfield, “Keeping Venice Afloat” (Sylva, NC)

Glenn Zweygardt, “Isis Revisited” (Alfred Station, NY)

Robert Buganski, “Profiles #14″ (Garrettsville, OH)

David Jones, “Monument to Nowhere” (Laramie, WY)

Catherine Hoskinson, “The Shooting Star” (Brooklyn, NY)

Aaron Hussey, “Turret” (Baton Rouge, LA)

Each artist submitted a statement about his or her work. Here are excerpts from the winners’ statements:

Justin Dearduff – “Growing up in land locked South Dakota, I have been fascinated by sharks and rays as long as I can remember. I had the chance while vacationing in Key West and Monterey to get up close to some and watching them fly through the water and the graceful movements of the rays inspired this work. When you look up at the sculpture I wanted to evoke the feeling of flying through the depths of the sea”.

Mary Ruden & Robert Benfield – “The Einstein Sundial we created shows the Photoelectric Effect Law, a Nobel Prize winning breakthrough for Albert Einstein’s work with light as a quantum package of energy or photons. It consists of a portrait of Einstein hand engraved into aluminum metal, and visual elements representing his discovery. The rainbow colors painted in the sculpture represent light spread into a spectrum of frequencies. We feel this piece offers educational value and is a point of interest to viewers as they may observe it as it marks time. In order to tell solar time, it should be facing due south and at a latitude common to North Carolina or Tennessee.”

Joseph Bigley – “Eluding a sense of movement and rejuvenation, organic elements sprout from geometric forms referencing the resiliency of nature.”

This exhibition runs through April 30, 2015.

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“Tango Heart,” by Gwendolyn Kerney

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“Profiles #14,” by Robert Buganski

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10am-6pm, Tues.-Thurs. and Saturday, and noon-8pm, Friday. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday, and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are gratefully accepted.

For additional details about the Turchin Center, becoming a donor, the upcoming exhibitions, to be added to the mailing list or to schedule a tour, please call 828/262-3017 or visit (www.tcva.org).

“SC Watermedia Society’s 37th Annual Exhibition” Takes Place at Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC

August 5, 2014

Editor’s Note: For the first time in about 20 years or more – we didn’t offer our readers info about the annual members exhibition of the SC Watermedia Society. Due to health problems the person who usually would get us this info turned over publicity to folks in Anderson. If I had known that ahead of time I would have looked for the info myself. The folks in Anderson have a bad habit of not communicating very well – at least with us, but I don’t see much info about their exhibits anywhere outside of the Anderson area. They receive money from the SC Arts Commission which mostly comes from our tax dollars, but they don’t feel they need to let us know what they are doing with that money. No wonder the Tea Baggers want to take away arts funding. We have had a long time relationship with the SC Watermedia Society and we were not going to let this go by without getting the word out the best we can – now in this post and next month in the Sept. issue of “Carolina Arts”.

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The SC Watermedia Society (SCWS) announces its annual juried competition. The opening reception was held on Aug. 2, 2014, at the Anderson Arts Center, 110 Federal Street, Anderson, SC. The exhibition will continue through Sept. 12, 2014.

The juror for the show was William Jameson, an internationally-renowned artist specializing in landscapes and residing in Saluda, NC. The exhibition will feature 100 of the most talented water-based media artists from across the states of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. Additionally, SCWS hosted a painting workshop with Jameson at the Anderson Arts Center June 23-25, 2014.

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Work by Vickie Bailey Ebbers

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Work by K. Wayne Thornley

The exhibition will culminate with the 30-award winning entries featured in a show that will travel throughout the state. The exhibit will provide public access to the “best of the best” and is facilitated by the South Carolina State Museum.

SCWS is a non-profit and IRS 501C3 corporation whose purpose is promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members and providing visual arts programs to the public. Its almost 300 members are from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

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Work by Steve Garner

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Work by Barbara St. Denis

Rosemary Moore of Honea Path, SC, is serving as the 2014 presiding officer for SCWS. In announcing the 2014 plans, she said, “Members of the SCWS represent the most talented and diverse artists in the region. The exhibition will draw many art appreciators to Anderson and to venues that will host the traveling show.”

The SC Watermedia Society (SCWS) is the only statewide visual arts organization in South Carolina. It nurtures and promotes artists who work in watermedia (i.e. watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein and mixed media in conjunction with watermedia on any surface) by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and educational programs. The public is provided with many quality art experiences including exhibitions and art education in the form of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. For more than 25 years cities across the state have hosted the Annual Traveling Exhibition; more than 20,000 visitors viewed the exhibition last year.

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Work by Constance McKeown

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Work by Jane Doyle

The Top 30 Award Winner Are: (listed by value of awards):

Vickie Bailey Ebbers, of Hilton Head Island, SC, for “Bill’s Bucket”, watercolor on gessoed paper – First Place “Best of Show” – SCWS Award in Honor of Scottie Hodge: $1000

Xiao Xing Hu, of Greenville, SC, for “Little Miss Evelyn”, Transparent Watercolor – Second Place, Webb-Craft Family Foundation Award: $750

K. Wayne Thornley, of Columbia, SC, for “Figure 536″, Acrylic and ink on canvas – Third Place, Robert and Lou Rainey Award: $500

Carolyn Epperly, of Charleston, SC, for “Dokbua”, transparent watercolor – Wells Fargo Bank Award: $500

Lori Solymosi, of Pendleton, SC, for “Neptune Beach Carnival Cuties”, Acrylic on Canvas with some collage – Georgetown County Watercolor Society Award: $350

Constance McKeown, of Rock Hill, SC, for “Negotiations”, watercolor on Yupo – Supporters of Artists (SOA) Award: $300

Maura Kenny, of Pawleys Island, SC, for “Homage to Joan of Arc”, watercolor, beads, stitching – In Honor of SCWS Educators Teaching Future Generations of Artists Award: $300

Mary Ann Brock, of Aiken, SC, for “Lily in Tomales Bay”, watercolor on paper – Honea Path Arts Center-Memorial to Lou Ashley Award: $300

Randy Armstrong, of Greer, SC, for “Sparkling Stream”, Acrylic on Board – Anderson Arts Center Award: $250

Rebecca Lawson Carruth, of Hartwell, GA, for “Kiss of the Moon”, Watercolor on Watercolor paper – Belton Center for the Arts Award: $250

Anne Hightower-Patterson, of Leesville, SC, for “Miss Sarah”, Watercolor and Casean on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper – Helen Beacham and Workshop Students Award: $250

Carrie Burns Brown, of Greenville, SC, for “And The Beat Goes On”, Acrylic on Paper – SCWS Past Presidents Award: $250,

Sherry Strickland Martin, of Myrtle Beach, SC, for “Crabbing on Caper’s Creek”, Transparent Watercolor – SCWS Board of Directors Award: $250

Becky Hollingsworth, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, for “Middleton Kettles”, Watercolor on Arches Paper – Al Stine Memorial Award: $250

Alexis Lavine, of Greensboro, NC, for “Rooftop Congregation”, transparent watercolor – Friends of Damita Jeter Award: $250

Heather Noe, of Columbia, SC, for “Lofty Vista”, Acrylic on canvas – Rosemary Moore Award, Given by Jan Meeks and Nancy Foster: $250

Steve Garner, of Simpsonville, SC, for “Prairie Power”, acrylic on canvas – Ann Finch Memorial Award: $200

Melinda Kilcoyne Smith, of Columbia, SC, for “Rhapsody in Purple”, acrylic – Toni and Sam Elkins Award: $200

Rose Metz, of Sumter, SC, for “Abstract Floral,”, Watercolor with some collage – Lena Massara Memorial Award: $200

Rosie Coleman, of Athens, GA, for “The Pearl Earring,”, Watercolor – First Time Exhibitor Award from Pawleys Island Art Studio, Brenda and Herb Lawson: $200

Denise Athanas, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, for “Making a Connection II”, acrylic on paper – City Art/ Art Express Award: $200

Lee Monts, of Columbia, SC, for “Broken Fence”, watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper – Artist of Studio South Award: $200

Barbara St. Denis, of Easley, SC, for “Time Series 162: On an Upward Swing”, Acrylic Collage with Found Objects – Renea Eshleman Award: $200

John Anderson, of Hendersonville, NC, for “I Think I’m Losing My Marbles”, watercolor – Trannie and Mazen Abboushi: $200

Jane Doyle, Racing Time, $925, Trenholm Artist Guild Award: 200, Greer, SC, acrylic on canvas

Brenda Lawson, of Pawleys Island, SC, for “Out to Dry”, watercolor – Bay 3 Artist Award in Memory of Liz Cox Smith: $200

Dixie Leibert, of Morehead City, NC, for “See Me Mommy”, Watercolor – Denise Athanas, DBA Aqua Media Art Award: $200

Lynn Schilling, of Lake Wylie, SC, for “Mary Sunshine”, watercolor – Art Award in Honor of Mary Elizabeth Ferdon by Georgetown County Watercolor Society: $200

Sandra Roper, of Fountain Inn, SC, for “Thinking of Home”, watercolor – Joe Holladay Award in Honor of Efforts with the 2014 Exhibit: $200

Lynn Greer, of Greenville, SC, for “One Arrow”, watercolor – SCWS Award in Honor of All Artists’ Continued Participation: $200

For more information, contact Damita Jeter, Executive Director by e-mail at (scwatermediasociety@gmail.com) or visit (http://scwatermedia.com/).

Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, Announces Winners of “Summer Art Explosion” Exhibit

July 17, 2014

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Stanly Arts Guild in Albemarle, NC, has announced the winners of the Summer Art Explosion exhibit on view through Aug. 5, 2014, at the Falling Rivers Coop Art Gallery. The juror for this exhibit was Paul Keysar, an oil painter of note and art instructor in Charlotte, NC.

Best of Show – Judy Mizell – “Farm House”

2-D Art
1st place – Malia Bryngelson – “Early Spring”
2nd place – Stephanie Hudson – “The Dreamer”
3rd place – Carol Benston – “Summer Sky”

3-D Art
1st place – Judith Williams – “Raku -Turquoise”
2nd place – Susan Lackey – ‘Inside-Out”
3rd place – Vicki Galloway – “Sunflower Stool”

Modified Photography
1st place – Deb Russell – “Needs a Rainbow”
2nd place – Ed Lipe – “The Master’s Touch”
3rd place – Reda Icenhour – “Broken Angel”

Unaltered Photography
1st place – Randy Marsh – “Netted Memories”
2nd place – Ed Lipe – “Splash Dance”
3rd place – Merlin Amirtharaj – “Twilight in Albemarle”

Honorable Mention Awards
Ed Lipe – “Whirly Pops”
Clarice Martin – “Sustenance”
Carole Benston – “Fall Colors”
Pattie Duncan – “Icey Falls”
Randy Marsh – “Wings Down”
William Dixon  – “Bat Shot”
Jim Thompson – “Bluebird Over the Mission”
William Dixon – “Leopard in a Tree”

Come see great art in many different mediums. Falling Rivers Gallery is open 10-5 Tues, Wednesday & Friday, 10-6:30 Thursday and 10-4 Saturday.

For further info visit the Stanly Arts Guild and the Gallery’s website at (http://www.fallingriversgallery.com).

Professors Selected for Annual Art Exhibition from High Point University in High Point, NC

June 20, 2014

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High Point University instructors of art Benita VanWinkle and Bruce Shores have been selected to show their work at the “Dimensions, A 50th Anniversary” exhibition at the Womble Carlyle Gallery in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.

Out of 700 submissions, VanWinkle’s photograph “American Locomotive, 1913” and Shores’ oil painting “Silk Hope Road Field” were two of 52 artworks selected for the exhibition. Shores’ painting received the Honorable Mention award at the June 6, 2014, reception.

Presented by Associated Artists of Winston-Salem (AAWS), the annual exhibition was juried by Jean McLaughlin, Executive Director of Penland School of Crafts and former Director of Visual Arts of the North Carolina Arts Council.

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Work by Benita VanWinkle

VanWinkle has been featured in Our State magazine, PainPathways magazine and other national exhibitions. Her photographs are also on display at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, VT, until June 15, 2014.

“I am very humbled and honored to be in a show with Bruce,” VanWinkle says. “His work is amazing and beautiful. His sense of light and color are delicate with a real sense of place and atmosphere coming through the paintings. We are so very fortunate to have such amazing art faculty at HPU!”

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Work by Bruce Shores

Shores’ work is collected by The Weaver Foundation. His paintings have been shown at Greenhill, The Artery Gallery and in international exhibitions.

“It is an honor to show alongside one of my colleagues from the Art Department at High Point University,” says Shores. “Benita Van Winkle is an accomplished photographer with a great eye for what is essential in a photograph. I really admire her tenaciously attentive visual sensibilities.”

Established by AAWS in 1964, “Dimensions” is a national juried art exhibition that showcases outstanding visual art in two- and three-dimensional fine art media. The exhibition will run through July 7, 2014.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No.1 by “US News and World Report” in three categories: No. 1 Best Regional College in the South; No. 1 Up and Coming School in Regional Colleges in the South; and No. 1 for A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching in Regional Colleges in the South. HPU was named this year the No. 4 private school in NC for the best return on investment, and it is a 2013-14 College of Distinction. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference.

For further information visit High Point University on the Web at (www.highpoint.edu).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Photography Competition Winners

June 20, 2014

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The winners of the Arts Council of York County’s “10th Annual Photography” and “5th Annual Youth Photography Competitions” were announced and presented Thursday, June 19, 2014, at a public reception at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC.

Byron Baldwin, a professional photographer and photography instructor, and founding member of The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, selected 35 works out of 68 entries from 7 cities and 2 states to be displayed in the “Photography Competition” exhibit in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “10th Annual Photography Competition” are:

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“10th Annual Photography Competition” 1st Steve Moore – “Christopher Street Station”

1st Place: “Christopher Street Station” by Steve Moore

2nd Place: “Caleb” by Lauren Copley

3rd Place: “Abandoned” by Peter Krenn

Honorable Mention: “Lonely Diners” by Mark Stewart

Baldwin also selected 70 photos to be displayed in the Youth Photography exhibit in the Lewandowski Classroom Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The awards in the “5th Annual Youth Photography Competition” have been generously sponsored by Alf Ward, with an additional merit award presented to the first place winner donated by Marcia Kort Buike. The recipients of the “5th Annual Youth Photography Competition” are:

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“5th Annual Youth Photography Competition” 1st – Caleb Flachman – “Going Home”

1st Place: “Going Home” by Caleb Flachman

2nd Place: “So Far Away…” by Victoria Shackelford

3rd Place: “Contact” by Sally Frost

Honorable Mention: “Let the Bedbugs Bite” by Sean Breitkreutz

Honorable Mention: “Alleyway” by Nathan Flachman

Honorable Mention: “Kickin’ It Old School” by Victoria Shackelford

Both exhibits are on view through July 27, 2014, at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St, Rock Hill. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; 2nd & 4th Saturday, 10am-2pm; and 2nd & 4th Sunday from 2pm-4pm.

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the 10th Annual Photography Competition.

For more information on the “Annual Photography Competition”, the “Youth Photography Competition” or other Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787 or e-mail to (arts@yorkcountyarts.org).

Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville, SC, Announces Winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”

June 12, 2014

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The Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville, SC, has announced the winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”, on view in the Jean & James Fort Gallery, and at Hartsville Memorial Library, through July 31, 2914. The exhibit was sponsored by Sonoco and Darlington County Photography Club.

Congratulations to the following winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”:

Best of Show – Jim Boden, “Untitled III”

Carolinas 1st Place – Lee Benoy, “Twin Silos”
Carolinas 2nd Place – Rocky Collier, “Window to Heaven”
Carolinas 3rd Place – Jo Robbins, “Changing of the Guard”

D C Travelers 1st Place – Mary Lynn Daniels, “Guardian of the Trail”
D C Travelers 2nd Place – Cheryl Hoffman, “Boardwalk”
D C Travelers 3rd Place – Anne Baldwin, “Sail Away”

Anything Goes 1st Place – Suzanne Muldrow, “Memories of Bish”
Anything Goes 2nd Place – Taylor Schultz, “The Barrel”

People’s Choice, Library – Cheryl Hoffman, “Boardwalk”
People’s Choice, BCAC – Linda Humphries, “Lake City Tobacco Barn”

For further information call the Center at 843/332-6234 or visit (www.blackcreekarts.org).

Spartanburg Soaring! Photography Contest Winners Announced in Spartanburg, SC

June 5, 2014

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The Spartanburg Soaring! Photography Contest kicked off in early February of 2014, sending budding and professional photographers on a quest to capture the “soaring spirit” of Spartanburg. All submissions went on display at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, in late April, and winners were revealed during Spring Fling in May. Third place went to Chad Blotner, second place to Richard Avakiam, and first place to Iris Laudig.

Iris Laudig’s photo, taken at the Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival on March 30, depicts the iconic “Exuberance” statue at Barnet Park backed by a brilliant blue sky that is filled with dozens of kites.

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The second place photo by Richard Avakian takes another approach, depicting professional cyclists riding through Spartanburg, a city noted as a Bicycle Friendly  Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

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Chad Blotner’s image, also taken from the Festival, shows a mother and child in black and white sitting in the grass behind Chapman Cultural Center looking up in awe.

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The Contest was judged by Rick Sammon who is commonly called “the Godfather of Photography.” A prolific international professional, Sammon is one of the most active photographers in the world.

“All three images are magnificent representations of what Spartanburg Soaring! was, is, and will continue to be,” President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center Jennifer Evins said. “It’s a celebration of our soaring successes as a people and as a community.”

Submissions to the Photography Contest are currently on display for free at Chapman Cultural Center on the second floor of the Carlos Dupre Moseley Building.

The Spartanburg Soaring! initiative, spearheaded by Chapman Cultural Center, began in January and lasted through May, featuring dozens of events in conjunction with over two dozen community partners. The Photography Contest was one such event, organized by Chapman Cultural Center, Spartan Photo Center, and Spartanburg Photography Guild.

Spartanburg Soaring! was funded in part by The Phifer-Johnson Foundation, The Spartanburg County Foundation, The Humanities Council SC, Mary Black Foundation, SEW Eurodrive, and Prices’ Menswear.

For further info call Cody H. Owens, Marketing Assistant at 864/278-9691 or e-mail to (cOwens@SpartanArts.org).

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Announces Winners of Annual Juried Member Show

May 20, 2014

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, held its awards presentation and reception for its “Annual Judged Member Show”, on Sunday May11, 2014, with a full house of artists and admirers. This year’s judge, acclaimed artist and art professor from Savannah College of Art and Design, Daniel E. Smith, gave a thoughtful and concise explanation of why each of his choices were made. The awards, presented in five categories, were as follows:

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Work by Mary Ann Putzier

BEST OF SHOW – “The Tree Nymph” – Mary Ann Putzier

Oil

1st Place – Murray Sease – “Wash Down”

2nd Place – Mike Nicastre – “The Watcher”

Honorable Mention – Heidi Fearon – “My Lagoon”

Acrylic

1st Place – Frank Pinto – “Buttons”

2nd Place – Barbara Teschner – “Hand in Hand”

Honorable Mention – Stephen Moscowitz – “Day Dreamer”

Watercolor

1st Place – Don Theodore – “View of the River”

2nd Place – Dee Johnson – “Iris’ Ez”

Honorable Mention – Pat Wilund – “Poppies”

Photography

1st Place – Ed Funk – “John Boat”

2nd Place – Robert Weissman – “Coyote Buttes Sandstone”

Honorable Mention – Joseph Wolfe – “Old Faithful”

Other

1st Place – Mary Sullivan – “Gravitas”

2nd Place – Marsha Leinberger – “Triad”

Honorable Mention – Nona Rooney – “The Prayer Wheel”

A special THANK YOU to our sponsors: Carson Realty, Palmetto State Bank, Blick Art Materials, Marty Sherman, Captain Woody’s, Donna Brennan, Pluff Mudd, Katie O’Donads, McCracken Family, The Great Frame Up, Cheap Joe’s who, along with organizer Mary Ann Putzier and her team of show volunteers, made this a very fun and successful show.

The show, featuring 2-dimensional art and photography, will be on display through May 31, 2014. Please visit the SOBA Gallery, located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton.

For further info call 843/757-6586 or visit (www.sobagallery.com).


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