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ArtFields Finally Posts the Remaining Award Winners – Two Days After the Competition Ends

May 1, 2017

ArtFields 2017 Merit Award winners include:

Deighton Abrams of Seneca, SC, for “Winter Kept Us Warm/Shanty Shanty Shanty”

Natalie Daise of Georgetown, SC, for “She Rises I & II”

Kendall Garner of Anderson, SC, for “Grasp”

Lisa Humphreys of Atlanta, GA, for “Ringleader”

Dapper Bruce Lafitte of New Orleans, LA, for “A Blue Throw Down”

Kelly Oakes of Charlottesville, VA, for “Determined”

Kate Osmond of Murrells Inlet, SC, for “Granary”

Bow Smith of Charleston, SC, for “Curtains”

Janet Swigler of Columbia, SC, for “Room for Magic”

Joseph Walton of New Orleans, LA, for “Spy Boy Ricky”

Six of the 10 are from South Carolina maintaining the 60% ratio of how many artists in the competition were from SC – 60%. Isn’t that something how that turned out.

And again when looking at the photos of the ten award winners I have to wonder what the judges were thinking or what they were told to pick. If these are some of the best of the “Masterpieces” (ArtField’s words not mine) out of the 400 + in the competition – oh my. But if you didn’t go see this exhibit, go check the artworks on the ArtField’s website before they take them down.

These winners will cost this competition a lot of entries next year – like I say if there is a next year.

2017 ArtFields Results – Well Some of Them

April 30, 2017

Well, some of you might have been losing sleep wondering who and what won the 2017 ArtFields competition. I didn’t go this year – you should know why if you’re a regular follower of me or “Carolina Arts”. Looking at these results tells me many who were in this competition won’t be happy with the results. From looking at the artist’s gallery on the ArtFields website I can see that they had to be near the bottom of the barrel to fill out the 400 + slots for this year’s exhibit. There was a lot of good and even great art included but there was a lot of so, so art too. And some entries just make you wonder how they made the cut. But go see for yourself – if you also didn’t go. In my opinion this group of winners will cost them many an entry next year – if there is a next year.

This was an art event most of the media missed or didn’t care about. My Google Alerts only came up with articles in the Florence newspaper or local TV stations. They even tried to hype a controversy, but it didn’t get much attention either.

So here are the results they have reported, incomplete as is:

The top prize winner was Alexi Torres (Atlanta, GA), who won $50,000 for her oil on canvas piece “Spiritual Security- Safe in Prayer.”

Brittany Watkins (Tallahassee, FL) won the juried prize of $25,000 for her mixed-media piece “Except Self plus Elsewhere.”

The top 2-D people’s choice winner was Michael Geddings (Lexington, SC). He received $12,500 for his painting Hopeful Soul.

The Top 3-D people’s choice winner Haley Ard (Pamplico, SC). She won $12,500 for her piece “Made-Up” which uses cosmetics.

(What a surprise that local artists win these two awards.)

Category award winners for the ArtFields competition include Matt Bryant (digital media – Vance, AL), Heather Mae Erickson (sculpture – Sylva NC), Jessica Burke (drawing – Statesboro, GA), Gardner Cole Miller (installation – Sumter, SC, but bio says Miami, FL, based), Brant Barrett (photography – Surfside Beach, SC), Connie Lippert (Mixed Media – Seneca, SC) and Maggie Evans (painting – Savannah, GA). Each winner received $1,500.

I got most of all this info from an article in the “Florence Morning News”, ArtFields has just posted the top four winners on their Facebook page and website. And here it is after noon on the Sunday after the event and they still have no word about the ten Merit Award winners. I guess it was too far passed their bedtime Saturday night for them to post the total results anywhere.  So ten participating artists still have hope. Good luck.

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simon B Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Awards from Horry-Georgetown County High Schools “18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition”

April 27, 2017

Out of 302 submitted works of art from 12 high schools in Horry and Georgetown Counties, 80 works of art were selected to be shown in the Horry-Georgetown County High Schools “18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition”, on view through May 21, 2017. This year, full-time artist and owner of William H. Miller Studios & Fine Art in Myrtle Beach, Miller, judged both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works, each category receiving a first, second and third place ribbon, as well as a Best in Show and eight honorable mentions.

We are honored to announce this year’s winners:


Timothy Hunter with his work “Girl with Two Pearl Earrings”

2017 Best in Show – Timothy Hunter, “Girl with Two Pearl Earrings”, Oil, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

The Sudie Payne Daves’ Memorial Scholarship Award – Caitey Ronan, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

2D Awards:

1st Place – Caitey Ronan, “A Saturday Afternoon with My Love”, Chalk pastel, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

2nd Place – Jenna Wasserman, “The Cycle”, Mixed media, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

3rd Place – Megan Wert, “Taylor Rice”, Mixed media, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Honorable mention for outstanding use of traditional materials:

Marissa Forestiero, “Island Yoga”, Graphite, St. James High School

Honorable mention for outstanding use of non-traditional materials:

Haven Wright – “Thread of Life,” Fiber. Carolina Forest High School

Honorable mention for most thought-provoking work of art:

Kimberly Miner – “Reflection”, Mixed media, Socastee High School

3D Awards:


Work by Alexis Gagnon

1st Place – Alexis Gagnon, “Bulldog”, Ceramic, Carolina Forest High School

2nd Place – Bryan Browning, “Hang Tin”, Metal, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

3rd Place – Kyle Blandford, “Prisoners of Mind”, Sculpey, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Honorable mention for outstanding use of traditional materials:

Camron Cooper – “Scorpio”, Metal, Loris High School

Honorable mention for outstanding use of non-traditional materials:

Graciana Miers – “Porcine Irony”, Wire sculpture wrapped in sausage casing, St. James High School

Honorable Mention for most thought-provoking work of art:

Caroline Long – “Not Funeral Flowers”, Mixed media, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Carolyn Powell Award for most effective use of color:

Camila Familia – “Los Cangrejos”, Watercolor, St. James High School

Judge’s Choice (sponsored by the WACG):

Henry Wong – “ChikapKamuy”, digital scratch board, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Juror’s Choice:

Skyler Lee – “Pull from the Roots”, Mixed media, Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

Voting for our 2017 People’s Choice Award is now open! Visit the Horry-Georgetown County High Schools “18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition” at the Art Museum and view all 80 works of art! Vote for the work of art that you would like to see take home the coveted People’s Choice Award anytime through May 21, 2017! The winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Thanks you to our judge, William H. Miller, and our generous sponsors: HTC This is life. Connect with it, and Sandy Hubbard and Thomas Logan

For further information call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).

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).