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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

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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).

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

March 12, 2015

The Society of Bluffton Artists Annual Judged Member Show held its awards presentation and reception on Friday Mar. 6, 2015, with a full house of artists and admirers at the Society’s gallery in Bluffton, SC. This year’s judge, acclaimed artist and art professor from SCAD, Jeff Markowsky, gave a thoughtful and concise explanation of why each of his choices were made.

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The awards, presented in five categories, were as follows:

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Work by Judith Ann Wenning

BEST OF SHOW – Judith Ann Wenning – “Lake House”, Watercolor

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Work by N. Jack Huddle

Oil
1st Place –  N. Jack Huddle – “Just the Apple”
2nd Place – Cynthia Wood – “I Like That One!”
3rd Place – Joyce Howell Peckham – “Birchwood”

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Work by Stephen Moscowitz

Acrylic
1st Place – Stephen Moscowitz – “Three Vessels”
2nd Place – Betsy Schroeter – “Solitude”
3rd Place – Barbara Spencer – “Azalea Walk”

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Work by LeAnn Kalita

Watercolor
1st Place – LeAnn Kalita – “The Boatwright”
2nd Place – Mary Ann Putzier – “I’m Thinking”
3rd Place – Lorraine Mullaney – “Iris”

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Work by Edith Wood

Photography
1st Place – Edith Wood – “Foggy Morning”
2nd Place – Wes Grady – “La Contess di Nari”
3rd Place – Frank Pinto – “Great Blue”

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Work by Julie Felver

Drawing and Other
1st Place – Julie Felver – “Sand Dollar”
2nd Place – Larry Hughes – “Ancient Hawaiian Pictograph”
3rd Place – Celia Pray – “Rippie”

A special THANK YOU to our sponsors: Betty Luntey, Captain Woody’s, Corner Perk, Crazy Crab, Donna Brennan, Gigi’s Boutique, Juliana Kim, Latitudes Wine Bar, Marty Sherman, Palmetto State Bank, Pluff Mudd Gallery, Stock Farm Antiques, The Garden Gate Nursery, The Great Frame Up, and Utrecht. These wonderful sponsors along with organizer Mary Ann Putzier and her team of show volunteers, made this a fun and successful show.

The show will be on display through Apr. 4, 2015. Please visit the SOBA Gallery, located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton.

Call 843/757-6586 or visit (www.sobagallery.com) for more information.

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, SC, Awards Three Members

February 28, 2015

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Patrons of the visual arts in Spartanburg, SC, cast their votes on the current Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg exhibition of members’ works, and the top three winners were Carlton Mullinax, Susan Hopps, and Cleveland Gossett.

Respectively, they were awarded $100 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third. The awards were made Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at a public reception, held during the city’s monthly ArtWalk, which is a public event when downtown art galleries and museums stay open until 9pm. This Members Exhibition was installed for February and will end Sunday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center is open for free public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm.

The People’s Choice awards were 1st place, Carlton Mullinax’s “The Saint & The Sinner”; 2nd place, Susan Hopps’s “Botany Bay Rd.”; and 3rd place, “Cleveland Gossett’s Faithful”.

For further information, please contact Caitlin Boice by e-mail at (artistsguild@spartanarts.org), or call 864/764-9568.

North Charleston Arts Festival in SC Reveals 2015 Design Competition Winner

February 14, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce North Charleston, SC, artist Karole Turner Campbell (KTC), as the winner of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, KTC’s mixed media piece, titled “Jubilee”, will be used to promote the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 1-9, 2015.  In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

KTC’s design was selected from a total of 47 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

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“Jubilee”

According to KTC, “Jubilee” is a visual pun that explores a different approach to traditional color theory. Created with a variety of media including acrylic, oil, reclaimed Styrofoam, and paper, the abstract piece depicts an island of blue “floating and dancing” amidst a yellow sea. “The materials I use are diverse and go beyond just making marks, combining colors, or incorporating objects onto a surface,” she explains. “I am fascinated with layering and creating real or implied texture and this fascination leads me to consistently uncover new, distinct modes of expression.”

Karole Turner Campbell earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the City University of New York, a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and an art major diploma from the prestigious High School of Music & Art in New York City. A retired New York City principal, she now works as a full time visual artist with a passion for all things creative. Her full body of work is quite eclectic, ranging from representational to abstract, and two dimensional to three dimensional. Recently she has been creating conceptual, mixed media pieces that juxtapose antithetical ideas and materials with an objective to engage viewers in an open-ended conversation that can be ethereal and visceral, sublime and earthly, universal and specific, and spiritual and profane.

Since moving to the Lowcountry in 2006, KTC has immersed herself in the local arts community by exhibiting her works in solo shows, group shows, and galleries. She has curated two invitational group shows for the MOJA Arts Festival and served as a juror for the Avery Research Center’s national juried exhibition in 2011. In 2012, she was a featured artist at Penn Center’s Centennial Celebration Exhibition and exhibited her work in a solo show, titled “Eternal Vigilantes,” at the Avery Research Center in Charleston, SC, the following year. In addition, her work has been displayed in a number of venues and events throughout the state, including the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, ArtFields© in Lake City, SC, the Charleston County Library, the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, the North Charleston City Gallery, the North Charleston Arts Festival, and the “SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition”. In 2014, KTC was awarded an Honorable Mention in the oil painting category in the North Charleston Arts Festival’s “Annual Judged Art Competition”, second place in the “MOJA Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition”, and was honored for her work in the arts community at the Community Awards Luncheon.

KTC’s work, including the winning piece, “Jubilee”, will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout the month of May 2015. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery on May 2 and 3 during the Main Event of the North Charleston Arts Festival. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail at (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Winners of “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” Sponsored by Chick-fil-A

January 21, 2015

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On Jan. 15, 2015, the Florence County Museum hosted the opening reception for the “2015 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the museum’s newly opened adjunct gallery, The Waters Gallery located at 135 South Dargan Street in historic downtown Florence, SC.

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“The Engagement” by Colleen Critcher

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“Sirens I” by Jim Boden

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“The Genesis of Jihad” by Cat Taylor

First place in this year’s competition was awarded to Colleen Critcher of Florence for her painting “The Engagement”. The other award winners include second-place oil painting by Hartsville, SC, resident Jim Boden titled “Sirens I” and third place, “The Genesis of Jihad” by Longs, SC, artist, Cat Taylor. The honorable mention was awarded to an acrylic collage on canvas titled, “December” by Yvette Cummings of Conway, SC. Each year attendees at the exhibit’s opening reception vote for the People’s Choice Award. This year’s award was won by “Freely Bound”, an oil painting by Amy Smit of Florence.

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“December” by  Yvette Cummings

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“Freely Bound” by Amy Smit

The exhibit this year is composed of 38 works of art selected from 170 submissions by 77 artists representing northeastern South Carolina. This year’s exhibit is comprised from a balanced variety of paintings, mixed media, drawings, photography and three dimensional works. The juror was Lese Corrigan, artist/owner of Corrigan Gallery LLC in Charleston, SC.

The presentation of awards was made by Blake Pate of competition sponsor, Chick-fil-A. “Chick-fil-A has partnered with the Florence Museum since 2000 to underwrite this art competition,” said Andrew Stout, the museum’s director, “and have also been exhibit sponsors for several solo art exhibitions here. They have shown a real commitment and support of our arts, history and culture in the Pee Dee.”

This year’s “Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” will remain on display until Mar. 29, 2015. The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan Street, Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm.

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).

Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, Has Sculpture Accepted into 2015 ArtFields© Exhibit and Competition

January 13, 2015

A twelve feet tall metal sculpture “Winterwind” from Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster’s “Wind & Waves” series has been selected for the annual Artfields© Competition and Exhibition, held in Lake City, SC.

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More than a thousand southeastern artists competed for four hundred “slots” in the community-focused celebration of art awarding $110,000 in prizes to artists. Initially founded in 2013 ArtFields© annually transforms the historic district of Lake City, SC, into a Southern art mecca for nine days allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most charming small towns.

Doster’s sculpture will be displayed at Thomlinson & McWhite, Inc., located at 210 E. Main Street, Lake City, SC, during ArtFields® April 24 – May 2, 2015.

Bob Doster is owner of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, an independent small business that has been located at 217 East Gay Street in Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s.  He has been a working artist for more than forty years and his metal creations can be found in galleries, public art exhibits, museums, and collections worldwide.  In addition, he is an approved artist of the SC Arts Commission Artists in Education and conducts school residencies throughout the Southeast and serves on the board of directors for South Carolina Artisans Center.

For more information, visit (www.bobdoster.com), call 803/285-9190, or e-mail to (rcdoster@comporium.net). For info about ArtFields© visit (www.artfieldssc.org).


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