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Fine Craft Shows Charleston Announces 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows Awards Made in Charleston, SC

July 5, 2015

The 36th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows, held May 22-24 and May 29-31, 2015, featured fine weather, great crowds, and beautiful crafts presented by artists from all over the US. The two weekend events held in historic Wragg Square Park in Charleston, SC, featured art by 119 artists from 21 states.

The Judge for both events was Sherry Browne, a visual artist, working paper cut and collage artist, and owner of Studio Open Gallery in Folly Beach, SC. Awards were distributed on Friday of each weekend.

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Best in Show winner Nancy Michael-Susaneck with Mayor Riley.

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley distributed the awards for the May 22-24 show.  Award winners were:
City of Charleston Mayor’s Award (Best in Show): Nancy Michael-Susaneck, a Mixed Media artist from Missouri City, TX;
1st Place: Addelle Sanders, a Fiber artist from Charleston, SC;
2nd Place: R. L. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA;
3rd Place: Maggie Joynt a Jeweler from Hope Mills, NC.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Christie May, a Jeweler from Greenwood, IN; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silverhill, AL and Leslie Peebles, a Printmaker from Gainesville, FL.
The Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Justin Brady, a Woodworker from Bell Buckle, TN,
and the Emerging Artist Grant went to Melina LaVecchia, a Potter from Boone, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Molly Griggs and Lindsay Powell, a Fiber artists from Charleston, SC; R.C. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA; Susan Marling, a Fiber artist from Acworth, GA and  Doug Richard, a Woodwoorker from Satsuma, FL.

Show Judge Sherry Browne distributed the awards for the May 29-31 show.  Award winners were:

1st Place: Kevin Duval, a Metalworker from Wilmington, NC;
2nd Place: Mimi Hay, a Fiber artist from Myrtle Beach, SC;
and 3rd Place: Sabra Richards, a Glassmaker and Metalworker from Worton, MD.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to:  Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Nancy Green, a Potter from Watkinsville, GA and Honey McCrary, a Mosaics Artist from Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The Emerging Artist Grant was awarded to Jan Barco, a Leatherworker from Virginia Beach, VA.
The Slide Juror’s Choice Award went to Tanya Gerard and Rob Thomas, Woodworkers from Beech Mountain, NC;
and the Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Lucy Clark, a Potter from Clear Mountain, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silver Hill, AL; Uzo Ezekwudo, a Fiber artist from Chapel Hill, NC and Hanan Ingel and Erez Epshtein, Jewelers from Berkeley, CA.

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston would like to thank the artists, staff and volunteers who help to make this show possible. We would also like to thank the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks, and Police Department for their assistance.

More information about this show and future shows, along with photos of the award winners, is available on our website: (finecraftshowscharleston.com).

Photos available from our website (finecraftshowscharleston.com).

Carolina’s Got Art! in Charlotte, NC, Awards More Money to Ceramic Artists in North and South Carolina

June 16, 2015

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Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s most anticipated juried art competition, awarded $26,000 in cash and prizes to winners at opening receptions at Elder Gallery in May and June. Mediums including paintings, photography, sculptures, weavings, drawings, glass and ceramics were included. CGA! continues to build on the success of its past competitions and attracted just under 3,000 entries this year.

Now in its fourth year, CGA! offers professional and amateur artists a unique opportunity to gain exposure among potential buyers, receive recognition in the art community, and compete for $26,000 cash and prizes.

Entries were reviewed by this year’s jurors, Eliza Rathbone, who served as chief curator of the Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC, for more than 20 years, internationally known ceramic artist, Peter Callas, and Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery.

The competition is a two-month long exhibition and sale.  Rathbone chose 110 pieces for a show during May and Elder selected 125 pieces which are on display throughout the month of June.

New to the competition this year is a special ceramics component selected by Callas who assisted in the awards ceremony on June 5th. Ceramic artists were awarded $6,000 in cash prizes and all selected pieces will be shown at Elder Gallery during the month of June.

Ceramic award winners from the exhibition of 31 pieces he selected from approximately 400 entries:

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$3,000 First Place award to Eric Knoche of Alexander, NC for “Heavy Cloud”

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$1,500 Second Place award went to Mark Gordon of Wilson, NC for “Cube Ring”

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Third Place award of $750 went to Jennifer Halli of Taylors, SC for “Podcast 1”

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A $375 Honorable Mention award went to Nick Lafone of Asheville, NC for “Strider”

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Tacy Apostolik of Weaverville, NC was awarded a $375 Honorable Mention award

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Juror’s Commendation for Excellence went to Carol Gentithes for “Chrometophobia”

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Juror’s Commendation for Excellence went to Suzanne Zucker of Fairview, NC for “Blue Crouch”

“When I founded Carolina’s Got Art in 2009, I wanted to create a competition that would support local artists and help showcase the amazing talent within our two-state area,” says Larry Elder, founder of Carolina’s Got Art!. “For many artists, juried competitions are an important part of launching and sustaining successful careers. Our goal is to continue to offer opportunities to support their livelihood and to encourage their creative process.”

In 2009, as a reaction the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life to provide financial support to Carolina artists.  Now in its fourth year, Carolina’s Got Art! has emerged as the pre-eminent competition, exhibition and sale for Carolina-based artists and will have awarded over $60,000 in prizes since its inception.

For further information visit (www.carolinasgotart.com).

Black Creek Arts Council and Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Announce Winners of the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”

June 14, 2015

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The Black Creek Arts Council and Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, have announced the winners of the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”, on view at the Center’s Jean & James Fort Gallery and the Library, through June 30, 2015.

The Best of Show award went to “A Fence Hung Through Time,” by Katherine Askins, which was chosen from the 18 and Under category.

Carolinas category: Lee Benoy’s, “Drayton Hall Staircase” won 1st place and honorable mention awards also were given to Lee Benoy with “St. Helena Chapel of Ease” and “Oak Island Beach”.

Darlington County Travelers category: Charlie Simms’ “Sun and Ice” won 1st place and her “Moon Over Cuernos de Paine” won honorable mention. The other honorable mention was awarded to Susan Askins, for “A Room with a View”.

18 & Under category: Paula Merono’s “A Road Less Traveled” took 1st place. Receiving honorable mention awards were Luke Martin with “Dragon Fly” and Lizzy Askins with “BFF’s”.

Anything Goes category: 1st Place went to Anne Baldwin for “Wash Day” and honorable mentions went to Jo Robbins for “Airborne” and Mary Lynn Daniels for “Into The Dark Woods”.

People’s Choice Awards: Lee Benoy with “St. Helena Chapel of Ease” at BCAC and Hartsville Memorial Library, May Lynn Daniels for “Into The Dark Woods”.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sonoco Products Company and the winner of Best of Show will receive a cash award of $150 sponsored by the Darlington Photography Club. The Best of Show image will be also be used for the poster and all promotion for the following year’s “Carolinas” exhibit.

The Black Creek Arts Center is located at 116 West College Avenue in Hartsville and the Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue in Hartsville.

For more information, please call 843/332-6234 or visit (www.blackcreekarts.org).

Toe River Arts Council in Burnsville, NC, Announces Award Winners of the 9th Annual TRAC Paint Out

May 28, 2015

The weather held (it was warm, warm, warm) and 20 Plein Air painters came out to paint in and around Burnsville, NC, during the annual TRAC event, May 16, 2015. This year, painters from Hendersonville, Arden, Asheville, Cary, and even Atlanta, GA, arrived on the Saturday morning to register. They ventured out — some stayed in town and others went off the beaten path in search of that perfect barn, field or back porch. And all captured the beauty and timelessness of this region on canvas, panel, and paper, and all will be showcased at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery, 102 W. Main Street, until June 20.

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1st place winner, Cheryl Keifer

For the second year in a row, the first place award went to Cheryl Keefer for her oil, “Burnsville Garden and French Lunch!” and “her professional use of the medium,” Juror John Mac Kah observed. Jeremy Sams, a third place winner last year, won second place with his “Rain’s On The Way”. Mac Kah said that Sams’ work showed “true naturalism.” And third place went to Mark Harmon for “sheer guts” and his “Silver Rain”. Edward Morris received special mention for “Morning Interlude” and a “good capture of light”. And Steven Higgins, a veteran Paint Out participant, only 16 years old, was given special recognition for his “Prices Creek Field”.

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2nd place winner, Jeremy Sams

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3rd place winner, Mark Harmon

This year’s juror, John Mac Kah, said that all the paintings were noteworthy and decisions based on the 4 P’s—Placement, Proportion, Plane, and Perspective—a teaching mantra in his Asheville classes.

All in all, it was a great day. The exhibition will be up at the gallery through Saturday, June 20. Gallery hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.

The TRAC Paint Out was supported by a Grassroots Art Grant through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a generous anonymous donation.

For more information and to view all the winning entries, please visit the website, (www.toeriverarts.org) or call 828/682-7215.

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Announces Winners of 2015 Carolina’s Got Art!

May 15, 2015

 

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Carolina’s Got Art! (CGA!), North and South Carolina’s most anticipated juried art exhibition and sale, has announced prize winners in its fourth competition for artists who live and work in North and South Carolina. Just under 3,000 entries were received from points across both states.

Entries were reviewed by Eliza Rathbone, who served as chief curator of the Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC, for more than 20 years. Selected pieces are on display at Elder Gallery in Charlotte’s SouthEnd art district during a month-long show in May.

Prizes were rewarded to the following artists:

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$5,000 Best of Show Award: Greg Siler of Raleigh, NC for “Nude with Umbrella”

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$3,500 First Place Award: Kymberly Day of Simpsonville, SC for “Loyal Dog”

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$2,500 Second Place Award: Howard Frey of Florence, SC for “Pilot Mountain”

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$1,500 Third Place Award: James Celano of Greensboro, NC for “Brayer”

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$500 Honorable Mention: Wilfred Spoon of Mount Pleasant, SC for “Wren with Blueberry”

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$500 Honorable Mention: Vaughan Justice of Charlotte, NC for “Havana Taxi and Bus”

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$500 Honorable Mention: Sondra Dorn of Asheville, NC for “Cloud Cover with Yellow and Red Dots”

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$500 Honorable Mention: Terri Otten of Charlotte, NC for “Kalvin”

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$500 Honorable Mention: Heather Allen Hietala of Asheville, NC for “On a Quest”

This competition gives selected artists an opportunity to sell their work in one of the region’s premier art galleries. For those not selected by Rathbone, there will be a second show, chosen by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 125 pieces will be exhibited during the month of June.

New to the competition this year is a special ceramics component selected by internationally acclaimed ceramicist Peter Callas. Ceramic artists will compete for $6,000 in cash prizes and all selected pieces will be shown at Elder Gallery during the month of June.

“When I founded Carolina’s Got Art in 2009, I wanted to create a competition that would support local artists and help showcase the amazing talent within our two-state area,” says Larry Elder, founder of Carolina’s Got Art!. “For many artists, juried competitions are an important part of launching and sustaining successful careers. Our goal is to continue to offer opportunities to support their livelihood and to encourage their creative process.”

In 2009, as a reaction the economy’s impact on local artists, Charlotte gallery owner, Larry Elder, brought Carolina’s Got Art! to life to provide financial support to Carolina artists. Now in its fourth year, Carolina’s Got Art! has emerged as the pre-eminent competition, exhibition and sale for Carolina-based artists.

For further information visit (www.carolinasgotart.com).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition

May 13, 2015

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Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2015 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented May 1-9 as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. A total of 269 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $3,175 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Wim Roefs, an independent curator, author, art consultant, exhibition designer, and owner of The if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC.

A total of 174 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color, monochrome, or digitally enhanced. Cash awards totaling $1,925 were awarded by a panel of three judges using the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Each judge evaluated entries as a whole, considering the areas of impact, composition, and technique.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three fine art 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:

Best in Show – Fine Art
Children of the Gilded Age (oil) by Christopher Dotson (Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Coney Island Ladies (watercolor) by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Windblown (acrylic) by Faith Cuda (Summerville, SC)
Blue Crab Crawl (acrylic) by Tracy Gansrow (Mt. Pleasant, SC))

Fine Art – Acrylic
1st Place – Buying Peanuts by Debbie Broadway (Florence, SC)
2nd place – Feed the Birds by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Ebb-Tide by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Spring Preening III by Amanda Mclenon (Daniel Island, SC)
Honorable Mention – Sucks Being Short by Khaliya Davis (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – Marsh Inlet #2 by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Herod’s Folly by Pedro Rodriguez (Hanahan, SC)

Fine Art – Oil
1st Place – Time Machine by Christopher Dotson (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Resting by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Roses by Marilyn Brown (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Reflection by Deborah Boyet (Bennettsville, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel
1st place – The Elephant Man by Paul Christina (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Self Portrait with Wolves by Paige Duvall (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Resplendence by Judith Chamberlin (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Every Story Has a Name by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Fakebeard by Daryl Armstrong (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – Fruit of Tammy by Hayes Lott (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – A Somber Night of Contemplation by Daniel Diehl (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Our Boys by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Eternal Love by Susan Everitt (Bluffton, SC)
Honorable Mention – Matthew 10:16 by Pamela Corwin (Ladson, SC)
Honorable Mention – Totem by Paige Duvall (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor
1st Place – Underwater School by Adelia Shirer Ruth (Saluda, SC)
2nd Place – Camellia III by Deborah Boyet (Bennettsville, SC)
3rd Place – For an Audience by Eric Vest (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – The Musician by Anna Kay Singley (Prosperity, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media
1st Place – Tulip Tree by Belle Anderson (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – Dance by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
3rd Place – Happy Hour by Denise L. Greer (Rembert, DC)
Honorable Mention – The Evening of Consequence… by Paul Christina (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Shrimp by Susan Haynes (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Rooted Memories by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – Downtown by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – Splash by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – Flutterbye by Maureen Carter (Columbia, SC)
Honorable Mention – Meta by Shawn Allison (Charleston, SC)

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Professional Photography – Color
1st Place – Napoleon Complex by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
2nd Place – Sound Peace by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – Shred by Tim Whitfield (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Starfish in the Surf by Justin Falk (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – The Three R’s by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – Old Grand-Dad by by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Into My Dream by Tim Whitfield (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Daily Wisdom by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Clearing November Storm by Charleston W. Hooker (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Mrs. Rob’s Corner by Gloria Welch (Charleston, SC)

Professional Photography – Digitally Enhanced
1st Place – Eluding Sleep by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Butterfly Gardens at Sunrise by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Rainy Days by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Taking Flight by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color
1st Place – Middleton Reflections by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Avocets by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – Western Sky by Ron Mosely (Hanahan, SC)
Honorable Mention – Returning to the Nest by Ron Mosely (Hanahan, SC)
Honorable Mention – Pelicans by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – Popeye by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Racers by Linda Vodzak (Johns Island, SC)
3rd Place – Bay from a Day Dream by Timothy H. Burke (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – Bridge in Fog by Melissa Honor (Summerville, SC)

Amateur Photography – Digitally Enhanced
1st Place – Magical Library by Milire Glenn (Orangeburg, SC)
2nd Place – Folly Pier at Sunrise by Richard Kaminsky (Summerville, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or the Arts & Culture section of northcharleston.org. For details on the North Charleston Arts Festival, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

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).


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