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City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

May 13, 2015

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Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Fourteen out of 73 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, Jeffrey York, Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC.  Once installed at the exhibition site, York then made his selections for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions.

“For ten years the City of North Charleston Cultural Department has offered residents and visitors alike, the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor sculptural forms and styles while enjoying the scenery along the Cooper River.” York stated. He continued, “My selections for the show and choices for awards are subjective. The viewer will form their own opinions and impressions. That is beauty of public sculpture. It is there to enliven the space. One can choose to enjoy it as a diversion from their surroundings, interact with it, discuss, contemplate, or just pass by.”

The fourteen sculptures selected for exhibition are by fourteen artists from seven states. Congratulations to the winners of the 2015/16 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition:

Best in Show  – Sacred Sunset Viewing Spiral (forged & fabricated steel) by Corrina Sephora Mensoff (Atlanta, GA)

Outstanding Merit – Portal VIII (limestone) by Paris Alexander (Raleigh, NC)

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Bicycle Carousel by Sean Mueller & Jarod Charzewski

Honorable Mention – Bicycle Carousel (steel and recycled bikes) by Sean Mueller & Jarod Charzewski (Charleston, SC)

Honorable Mention  – Excelerator (painted steel) by Ray Katz (Pontiac, MI)

Honorable Mention  – Rhett (recycled steel) by Jonathan Bowling (Greenville, NC)

COC XVIII (steel, fiberglass, epoxy resin) by Luke Crawley (Indianapolis, IN)

Splendid Maelstrom (powder coated aluminum and steel) by Andrew Denton (Greenville, NC)

Fall Wind (steel) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)

Tumble Gate (galvanized steel) by Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC)

In Motion (steel and paint) by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC)

Studio Tracks #2 (rockite cement and steel) by Morgan Kinne (Seabrook Island, SC)

Learning Curve Sculpture (welded aluminum) by Frederick Napoli (Lake Zurich, IL)

Temple of the Roses (granite, glass, stainless steel) by Antoinette Prien Schultze (Eliot, ME)

Core 1 (fabricated steel) by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free. The “2015/16 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 25, 2016.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2016/17 Competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). For more information on the sculpture exhibition, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of 2015 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

May 13, 2015

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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “14th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition.  Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented May 1-9 as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 41 applicants were asked to participate and 104 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media.  Cash awards totaling $5,000 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally renowned jeweler and paper artist, Jocelyn Chateauvert, After making her selections, Chateauvert stated, “The exciting part about jurying this show was imagining the hand working each element and surface of the artwork. It is evidence of the hand and choice of materials to convey a thought or feeling that is most compelling whether the medium be wood, ceramic, or the stuff from everyday life.”

After awarding ribbons, Chateauvert also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition:

Best of Show
Drawn Images from Garden (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Okatie, SC)

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In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz

Outstanding Merit
Segmented Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Draped Vase (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Ebb & Flow (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Mosquito (Forged Steel) by Sean Williams (Charleston, SC)

Honorable Mention
Indigo in the Lowcountry (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Cardinal and the Showgirls (Fiber) by Ron Hodge (Bluffton, SC)
Vessel No. 370 (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
In the Garden (Mixed Media) by Georgette Wright Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
Oblong Piece (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Nesting Firefly Bowls (Porcelain) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Tin Can Mitt (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
A Tiger for James (Mixed Media) by Sam Garvey (Charleston, SC)
Legs of Steel (Forged Steel) by Sean Williams (Charleston, SC)
Seaweed Bowl I (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Meeting Street House (Mixed Media) by Deane Bowers (Seabrook Island, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
Segmented Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
Indigo in the Lowcountry (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Untitled (Re-purposed Plastic) by Tabitha Ott (Cayce, SC)
Untitled (Re-purposed Metal) by Tabitha Ott (Cayce, SC)
Spirit Horse (Mixed Media) by Brian McBride (Summerville, SC)
Oblong Piece (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Seaweed Bowl I (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
A Tiger for James (Mixed Media) by Sam Garvey (Charleston, SC)
Bone Twig Votive (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
Opening Day Jitters (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Meeting Street House (Mixed Media) by Deane Bowers (Seabrook Island, SC)
Barn on McCleod (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Necklace and Earrings (Silver) by Jo Ann Graham (St. Helena, SC)
Intrinsic Memories (Glass) by William Austin Norvell (North Charleston, SC)
Drawn Images from Garden (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Okatie, SC)

For more information about the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

Art League of Hilton Head, SC, Announces “Biennale 2015” Winners

May 13, 2015

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Art League of Hilton Head awarded winners at the opening reception of “Biennale National Juried Exhibition 2015” on Friday evening, May 8, 2015, on Hilton Head Island, SC. The exhibit runs through May 30, at Walter Greer Gallery located at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Judge Carrie Burns Brown presents awards totaling more than $7400. On Saturday, May 9, approximately 30 people returned to the Gallery to attend a “Critic’s Coffee” where Brown discussed her selection process, judging criteria and offered commentary on some of the winning artwork.

Biennale 2015 Award Winners:

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“Channeling Edith Wharton” by Ann Watcher

Best in Show – “Channeling Edith Wharton” by Ann Watcher (oil on canvas)

Oil/Acrylic:
1st – “Morning Glow” by Joyce Nagel
2nd -“Bella Notte” by William Schneider
3rd – “Brick, Plaster, Mortar, and Glass” by Mary Segars
Honorable Mentions: “A Stroll Beside the Louvre” by Shirley Fachilla; “The Kayaker” by Laurie Tietjen; and “Coral Denim” by Cindy Avroch

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“Plank” by Diana Bjel

3D:
1st – “Plank” by Diana Bjel (earthenware and underglazes, found objects)
2nd – “Origami I/20 Chromalux Blue” by Gilbert Boro (Welded Aluminum & Custom Paint)
3rd – “Athena” by Przemyslaw Kordys (bronze cold cast)
Honorable Mentions: “Night Sky Painted Pot” by Rene Culler (blown glass with applied trailings) and “Delaney” by Verna Witt (clay)

Pastel:
1st – “Night Watch” by Stephanie Neely
2nd – “Morning Launch” by Andrea Pejeau
3rd – “Gone But Not Forgotten” by Don Nagel

Watermedia:
1st – “Wading Heron” by Sarah Dowling
2nd – “Tween” by Vickie Ebbers
3rd – “Dixie Dew II” by Margaret Crawford
Honorable Mentions – “Apple Truck”  by Dennis Albetski and “Grace Gate” by Arthur Sekula

Photography:
1st – “Artisans” by Durga Garcia
2nd – “Memories” by Eric Demattos
3rd – “Broken” by Lew Smith
Honorable Mentions – “Havana Through the Windshield” by Sandy Dimke and “Different Species”  by Joanna Madloch

Mixed:
1st – “Pink House, Purple Flowers”  by Lind Hollingsworth
2nd – “A Thousand Galaxies #18” by Miella Green (encaustic)
3rd – “Stepping Stones” by Jean Judd
Honorable Mentions – “As the Crows Fly” by Vickie Jourdan and “Time Passages” by Jo Dye

All Other:
1st – “Some Things Never Change”  by Naida Koraly (fabric art quilt)
2nd – “Waterways” by Sam Lasris (collage)
3rd – “Lost” by Xiong Xuan (pencil on paper)
Honorable Mentions – “The Tycoon” by Diego Lasansky (pencil, colored pencil on paper) and “Change of Seasons” by Anne Silber (limited edition serigraph)

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic Art Gallery and Teaching Academy that welcomes artists and students at all levels and in all media.

Art League of Hilton Head promotes and supports the visual arts through education, exhibitions and partnerships for the cultural enhancement of the community and its visitors.

For further info call 843/681-5060 or at (www.artleaguehhi.org).

Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, SC Announces Winners of Annual Juried Show

May 11, 2015

The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Sixth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition” reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015, in Pickens, SC. The competition was open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. The exhibition is on view until June 11, 2015.

The panel of jurors for this year’s competition represents the best and brightest in South Carolina. Associate Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Victoria Cooke joined the curatorial staff at the Columbia Museum of Art in January 2013. She holds an MA in art history, specializing in 18th and 19th century French painting from Tulane University and became a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware before deciding to devote her career to museum work. Director of Hampton III Gallery for over 25 years, Sandra Rupp works with numerous living artists, as well as the several artists’ estates, focusing mostly on Southern artists, particularly those with a SC connection.

Arendt, Cooke and Rupp spent Apr. 10, 2015, looking at and contemplating a vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums created by the hands of South Carolina artists. This made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 149 works of art represents 110 individuals currently creating visual art in this state.

About the jury, Sandy Rupp stated, “A nice variety of various mediums and subjects faced the judges as we attempted to narrow down the selections for the exhibition. Congratulations to all who submitted to the jurying process and who have the courage to face an empty canvas or pick up a tool.”

Jim Arendt added, “The pleasure and difficulty of selecting this year’s show from so many outstanding submissions is a credit to all the hard-working artists who submitted work. My co-jurors and I were able to select those pieces that displayed the highest level of technical skill, content, and innovation.”

Victoria Cooke summed up the day saying, “It was thrilling to see artists that embraced such a diverse array of materials, subject matter and modes of expression. I think that every visitor to the exhibition will find art that touches them and thrills them, art that challenges their expectations and even art that amazes them and makes them laugh.”

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First Place – “Balancing Act”, ceramic w/ mixed media by Diana Farfán of Greenville.

The awards for this year’s competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively “at work”. Our panel of jurors chose the ceramic with mixed media sculpture, “Balancing Act” by Greenville’s Diana Farfán as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Tom Dimond of Seneca for his mixed media, “Book II S.H.I.E.L.D.” The Third Place honor went to Greenville’s Ryan Roth for his acrylic on paper painting, “Business Laocoön”.

Juror’s Choice Awards were bestowed upon Tanna Burchinal of Clemson for her monoprint, “I 57”, and to Clemson’s Sam Wang for his photograph, “VW Van”.

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Second Place – “Book II S.H.I.E.L.D.”, mixed media by Tom Dimond of Seneca.

In addition to the above awards, the jurors presented Honorable Mention Awards, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to: Steven A. Chapp of Easley for his reduction linocut print, “The Debate”; to Spartanburg’s Jim Creal for his ink monotype, “Cursive Practice”; to Deborah Feiste of Central for her assemblage, “Jack”; to Seneca’s Amanda Mensing for her oil painting, “Indian Motorcycle”; and to Kathleen B. Wood of Greenville for her sterling silver jewelry piece, “Tree Box with Pendant Lid”.

The Museum’s Director, Allen Coleman chose the acrylic with wood painting, “High Lonesome Sound # 5” by Glen Miller of Greenville as the recipient of the 2015 Director’s Choice Award.

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Juror’s Choice – “VW Van”, photography by Sam Wang of Clemson.

Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with Mary Howe Benjamin, Roger Benjamin, Sherrill F. Benjamin, Mrs. Doreen Heimlich, Ms. Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Mr. Chris Hepler, Wayne Kelley, Shirley Reese, Mrs. Shirley Sarlin, the Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Fund and the Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Fund, the Pickens County Museum selected five works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Pickens County Cultural Commission’s Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Melody M. Davis of Salem for her oil painting, “IF”.

The 2015 Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Mary E. Barron of Seneca for her oil painting, “First Light”.

The 2015 Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Kathy Moore of Belton for her assemblage, “Nonconformity”.

Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Easley’s Steven A. Chapp for his linocut, “The Debate”, and to Bev Peeples of Taylors for her photograph, “Floating”.

In addition to the fifteen works of art singled out for special mention, there are one-hundred and thirty-four others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum’s Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens, SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963 or visit (www.pickenscountymuseum.org).

Art League of Hilton Head, SC, Announces Scholarship Winners

May 11, 2015

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Since 2000, Art League of Hilton Head has awarded an annual scholarship in the amount of $2000 to a graduating high school senior who is studying or living on Hilton Head Island and attending a local high school. This year the applicants who were interviewed in April were of such high caliber that Art League added two additional $500 scholarships. The scholarship program encourages students to develop their art skills and pursue a career in visual arts.

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Work by Carolanne O’Fee

Congratulations to Carolanne O’Fee, winner of Art League of Hilton Head’s annual $2000 art scholarship. Carolanne stands first in her senior class of 248 at Hilton Head High School where she is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate.  O’Fee’s outstanding artwork is strong, versatile, confident, and displays a quality and ingenuity mature beyond her years.  She has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in fashion merchandising.

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Work by Emma Walls

Congratulations to Emma Walls winner of a $500 art scholarship from Art League of Hilton Head. Walls excels in all her IB Visual Arts classes, stands 4th in a class of 248, and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate at Hilton Head High School. Her artwork stands out illustrating a strong, mature, thoughtful, inventive and creative ability.   Walls has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design where she will major in illustration or advertising.

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Work by Clarissa Walls

Congratulations to Clarissa Walls winner of a $500 art scholarship from Art League of Hilton Head.  Walls excels in all her International Baccalaureate Diploma Program classes that are the most rigorous course of study offered at Hilton Head High School where she stands 8th in a senior class of 248. Her artwork illustrates her reflective qualities that are both delicate and confident, and  clearly shows her creative abilities. Walls has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in animation.

For further information contact Paula Hunter, Marketing Communications, Art League of Hilton Head by e-mail at (PR@ArtLeagueHHI.org) or call 843/681-5060.

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Awards for Student Art

May 7, 2015

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Eighteen area High School artists received cash prizes Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum’s “Horry-Georgetown County High Schools 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition”, sponsored by HTC and Luke Rankin for State Senate. The 83 pieces of student artwork chosen for display from 342 entries will remain on view at the Museum through May 17, 2015.

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Christina Melchiorre, St. James High School, Best in Show, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”

Christina Melchiorre, St. James High School, garnered a Best in Show for her acrylic and graphite piece, “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”.

First, second and third-place prizes in two-dimensional works went to Natalie Feagin, St. James High School, Cassandra Hanes, North Myrtle Beach High School and Jamie McVeigh, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach).

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Natlie Feagin, St. James High School, First Place 2-D, “Basking in the Sun”

First, second and third-place prizes in three-dimensional work went to Nicole Lawson, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach), Kassidy Staub, Carolina Forest High School and Catherine Meeks, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach).

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Nicole Lawson, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach), First Place 3-D, “The Weight of Human Greed”

Honorable Mentions, two-dimensional, were awarded to Christopher Rose, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach), Victoria Suchy, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach) and Reinhold Winterhalter, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach).

Honorable Mentions, three-dimensional, went to Morgan Suida, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach), Jordan Noel, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach) and Trinity Trombino, Socastee High School.

The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild presented two honorable mention awards. Angela Cook, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach) took the award for her two-dimensional piece and Nick Bautz, St. James High School took the award for his three-dimensional piece.

Three additional awards were given this year. A Judge’s Award for most effective use of color went to Grace Johnson of Conway High School. Juror’s Awards went to Katelyn Moseley, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology (Myrtle Beach) for best use of a traditional material and Maddie Centracchio, St. James High School for outstanding style and technique.

This year’s judge was Charles Williams. Williams is a professional contemporary realist painter recognized for his lush and moody landscapes. He receives his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. Williams’ work has been included in exhibitions in New York City, Washington, DC, Sacramento, CA and throughout the Southeastern region.

Gallery hours at the Museum are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4pm Sundays. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome.

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

2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show Emerging Artist Grant Recipients Announced in Charleston, SC

April 17, 2015

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Fine Craft Shows Charleston is pleased to announce the two exhibiting artists awarded Emerging Artist Grants for the 2015 shows. This is the first year in the 36-year history of the events that such grants have been awarded. These events have always been superior venues for talented, skilled craft artists to enter the professional show arena. The feedback from show patrons and other artists is always helpful in making artistic career choices.

These grants are awarded to artists new to the show/exhibit arena in a professional capacity within the past two years. Each grant is equivalent to the artists’ booth fees for their featured weekend. In addition, each artist will be featured in press releases and show promotional materials. The Applicants are juried by a professional group of slide jurors. Awardees are selected based on eligibility, juror panel scores, and outstanding artistic ability.  These events are a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival held annually in Charleston, South Carolina.

This year, the recipients are

May 22-24 show:  Melina LaVecchia, Clay Artist from Boone, North Carolina

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May 29 – 31 show: Jan Barco, Leather Artist, from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Melina LaVecchia earned a BFA in Art Education from Appalachian State University in 2014, with a concentration in ceramics and drawing. Growing up in an Italian family, Melina gained inspiration from her mother’s table settings and her father’s attention to culinary detail. After studying the American Craft movement from the 1950’s, LaVecchia knew she wanted to reclaim the ”American Dream” by designing and producing her own tableware. From hand-throwing each piece, to carefully designing and illustrating, to setting the table, LaVecchia wants her work to curate a relationship between the food, the tableware and the people breaking bread.

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Photo courtesy of Melina LaVecchia

Jan Barco says, “Leather is one of the greatest materials known to man. Its uses are unlimited. An ancient canvas, its feel, smell, touch excites me. I lose myself. First I cut 10 to 12 ounce saddle skirting into the shape I want. Then carve piece with a swivel knife and tool when flat. I apply dies and burnish. Soak piece in water and mold it. As it dries fabric is shaped. Final product is burnished. Each process adds a new dimension. I dream leather.”

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Photo courtesy of Jan Barco

For additional information, please contact Fine Craft Shows Charleston by e-mail at (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com).

The Headquarters Library of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries in Spartanburg, SC, Announced Winners of the “3rd Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition”

April 9, 2015

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The Headquarters Library of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries in Spartanburg, SC is presenting the “3rd Annual Collegiate Invitational Art Exhibition”, on view in the AT&T Exhibition Lobby, through May 7, 2015. Stop by to view student and faculty artwork on display. The schools participating are: Anderson University, Bob Jones University, Converse College, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, North Greenville University, USC Upstate and Wofford College.

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1st Place Award – K.C. Christmas of Bob Jones University

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2nd Place Award – Angela Hargrove of USC Upstate

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3rd Place Award – Alyson Record of Anderson University

The awards were selected by Winston A. Wingo, an artists/educator who lives in Spartangurg, SC.

The award winner include:

Honorable Mention – Victoria Hodge of Converse College for “Patrick of Colorado” a screen-print

Honorable Mention – Parks Schoen of Wofford College for “Admirable Freedom” an acrylic on canvas

Honorable Mention – Amy Galloway of Anderson University for “Falling Ballerina” an oil on linen

Honorable Mention – Deanna Finley of Greenville Technical College for an “Untitled” woodcut

Merit Award – Caren Stansell of Converse College for “Asphyxia” a two color lithograph

Merit Award – Kayla Frost of Lander University for “Remnants” for raku fired stoneware

Merit Award – Victoria Horne  of North Greenville University for “Sleepy Sailor” a linocut

Staff Award – Katie Harmon of Wofford College for “Pioneer Peak” an acrylic on canvas

Librarians Award – Andrew Blanchard, Faculty at Converse College for “Dixie Totem, IV” a screen-print on Magnani Pescia

Friends of the Library Award – Braden Burns of Lander University for “Allocation” wood, steel

Library Purchase Award – Kayla Frost of Lander University for “Remnants” raku fired stoneware

Faculty Award – Carly Drew, Adjunct Instructor at Greenville Technical College, for “Old Tom Turkey” acrylic, graphite, watercolor

3rd Place Award – Alyson Record of Anderson University for “Unpainting: Soda-Fish” recycled aluminum cans on panel

2nd Place Award – Angela Hargrove of USC Upstate for “Family” acylic/mixed media

1st Place Award – K.C. Christmas of Bob Jones University for “Broken” oil/mixed media

For further information contact Miranda Mims Sawyer by e-mail at (mirandas@infodepot.org) or call 864/285-9091.

Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winners of “Artists of Tomorrow” Exhibition

April 6, 2015

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The Arts Council of Henderson County in Hendersonville, NC, announces the award winners of the “Artists of Tomorrow” secondary student exhibition at First Citizens Bank in downtown Hendersonville. The award winners were announced during the opening reception held Friday, Mar. 27, 2015. “Artists of Tomorrow” is the third and final exhibition of the “Mentors & Students” series, celebrating the importance of the arts in education, and featuring Henderson County public, private, parochial, and home school students and teachers.

Ian M. Cage, a painter whose focus is abstraction, served as judge for the exhibition. After judging, Cage remarked “The show is fantastic! A wide variety of mediums and independent voices. What is indicated in my selection of works, is work that shows a unique and individual voice, either intentional or accidental, and independent of strenuous effort, where an apparent insight ultimately defines the work.” Awards were presented by Julia Keyse, President of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and Sharon Carlyle, President of the Art League of Henderson County, which sponsored the Best of Show award.

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Work by Cesar Rico

The award winners were:
Best of Show ($150):  Cesar Rico, Untitled Prismacolor Pencil artwork. North Henderson High School, Ed Lewis, teacher.
1st Place, High School ($75): Faith Thomas, “Wings,” photograph, North Henderson High School, Liz Wiesel, teacher.
1st Place, Middle School ($75): Aldo Melendez, “Stained Glass Composition,” charcoal and tempera paint on paper. Immaculata Catholic School, Marian Congdon, teacher.
2nd Place, High School ($50): Shayna Landreth, “Falcon of West,” metal. West Henderson High School, Kelly King, teacher.
2nd Place, Middle School ($50): Grace Canning, “Blue Wave,” 3D composition of wood, wire, nylon hose, paint. Immaculata Catholic School, Marian Congdon, teacher.
3rd Place, High School ($25): Annalyse Wilkins, “Fallen Marine,” photograph. West Henderson High School, Kelly King, teacher.
3rd Place, Middle School ($25): Nolan McKinney, “Lines and Circles Abstract,” latex enamel & plexiglass reverse painting. Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, Heidi Mayfield, teacher.

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to:
Sarah Musselwhite, “Leo,” acrylic painting. Hendersonville High School, Courtney Hoelscher, teacher.
Ryan Decker, Untitled Photoshop illustration. Hendersonville High School, Courtney Hoelscher, teacher.
Kathryn Thomas, “Self Portrait,” acrylic on glass. M’s School of Art, M Rathsack, teacher.
Javante Lewis, “Abstract,” tempera painting. Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, Heidi Mayfield, teacher.

In addition to cash awards, memberships to the Asheville Art Museum at the patron, family, and student levels were also presented to the winners.

The opening reception featured select members of the North Henderson High School Choir and Show Choir, directed by Richard Cagle.

“Artists of Tomorrow” offers the public’s last opportunity to enter a free raffle to win a ceramic pitcher created by Robert Wallace, teacher at East Henderson High School, which was purchased by First Citizens Bank from the Mentors exhibition. You must be eighteen to enter, and you do not need to be present during the drawing on Friday, Apr. 10.

“Artists of Tomorrow”, which is accessible to all, will be on display through Friday, April 10 at First Citizens Bank, 539 North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am–6pm.

The “Mentors & Students” trilogy is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County, and is sponsored by First Citizens Bank, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and by the Alpha Lambda Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

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., 3rd floor, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

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

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

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces “2015 Rock Hill School District Three Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit” Winners

March 17, 2015

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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition” – featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill. SC, students from high, middle, and elementary schools. This exhibition has been created in honor of Youth Art Month, and was on display in all three galleries at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill, from Feb. 20 – Mar. 15, 2015.

The following students received awards at the “2015 Rock Hill School District Three Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit”:

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Work by Anna Oliver

BEST OF SHOW – Anna Oliver, “Jellyfish”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard

HIGH SCHOOL – 3-DIMENSIONAL
1ST Place – Caleb Haik, “Genesis”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen
2ND Place – Rebecca Piotrowski, “Book Angel”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard
3RD Place – Camery Lowery, “High Heeled Wonder”, Rock Hill High School, Mrs. Rapposelli
Honorable Mention – Jenna Beckman, “Placid”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

DRAWING
1ST Place – Troyanna Adams, “Fractured”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Natalie Hanson, “Underwater Scream”, Rock Hill High School, Ms. Queen
3RD Place – Veronica Mendoza-Alvarado, “Sacred”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen
Honorable Mention – Lara Breitkrutz, “Still Life with Honey”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

MIXED MEDIA
1ST Place – Christina Means, “Apocalypse”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Leslie Ortiz-Quiroz, “The Americas”, Rock Hill High School, Mrs. Rapposelli
3RD Place – Whitney Maness, Mixed Media Still Life, Rock Hill High School, Mr. Bell
Honorable Mention – Adele Robinson, Mixed Media Still Life, Rock Hill High School, Mr. Bell

PAINTING
1ST Place – Emily Beckley, “The Weight of the World”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Aaina Gupta, “Brass Organ”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
3RD Place – Andrew Swiger, “Ice Cream”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard
Honorable Mention – Veronica Mendoza-Alvarado, “Autumn Landscape with Bridge”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

MIDDLE SCHOOL – 3-DIMENSIONAL
1ST Place  – Weston De Jesus, “Turtle”, Sullivan Middle School, Ms. Barnette
2ND Place – Brittany Morris, “Buck”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
3RD Place – Alexa Maree, “Electric Octopus”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
Honorable Mention – Shaver Morgan, “Morgan Rising”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley

DRAWING
1ST Place – Anna Colmer, “Still Life (Skull)”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
2ND Place – Bayleigh Pagoota, “Roller Coaster”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
3RD Place – Anthony Morabito, “Elephant”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine
Honorable Mention – Carson Guest, “Eye of the Tiger”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine

MIXED MEDIA
1ST Place – Madison Tillman, “Flower Foil”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
2ND Place – Emily McDade, “Hypnotic”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley
3RD Place – Fernanda Barajaz-Arias, “Under the Sea”, Sullivan Middle School, Ms. Barnette
Honorable Mention – Hannah Curie, “Hibiscus”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton

PAINTING
1ST Place – Sydney Shillinglaw, “Hope Dares To Blossom”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
2ND Place – Danielle Pasterchalk, “Monster Playground”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley
3RD Place – Erin O’Rourke, “Bridge”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
Honorable Mention – Ansley Rentz, “Mountain Landscape”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine

Dustin Shores serves as juror for this year’s exhibition, judging the high school and middle school exhibitions. Shores grew up in the rolling foothills of North Carolina. He received his BFA in Fine Arts Photography from Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, SC, in 2009. Shores is a working photographer and arts educator. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC, and teaches art at his alma mater Winthrop University. Shores also owns Dustin Shores Photography, a commercial and fine arts photography studio, and he is an instructor at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC. His photographic work, lectures, and workshops require him to travel throughout the Southeastern United States.

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 (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).


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