Archive for the ‘Lowcountry SC Visual Arts’ Category

HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company in Charleston, SC, Combines Forces for 2018 Piccolo Spoleto Festival

May 8, 2018

HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company cordially invites you to our Piccolo Spoleto production; HEART Radio Lab presents “Love Frequency 2018” as part of Piccolo Spoleto, Friday, June 8th at Charleston Music Hall and Visual Art Exhibition, The doors open at 6pm with the performance beginning at 7pm.

Love Frequency will feature some of Charleston’s most reputable musicians together with the HEARTists. This theatrical choir will cover songs by David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Cloud Cult, Leonard Cohen, Maclemore and more! The event starts with a visual art exhibition at 6pm and performance at 7pm.

To purchase Tickets, sponsor, and learn more visit (https://www.heartsc.org/news/2018/2/20/heart-radio-lab-love-frequency-2018).

By becoming a sponsor to this event, you can make your support go further than simply buying a ticket and attending the event. With the sponsorship packages, you not only get tickets for you and your group but you will also be supporting free event tickets for residents of local group homes for adults with special needs.

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Art League of Hilton Head and The Literacy Center on Hilton Head Island, SC, Present “Benches, Books & More!”

May 8, 2018

The Art League of Hilton Head and The Literacy Center on Hilton Head Island, SC, have teamed up in a collaborative effort entitled “Benches, Books & More!” This week-long exhibition features hand-painted furniture by locally well-known artists inspired by, and in partnership with, Lowcountry authors. This collaborative fundraiser is a first of its kind here on Hilton Head. The illustrations and themes of popular books by ten Lowcountry authors will be hand-painted by local artists on benches, chairs, tables and a variety of furniture. Notable artists include; Addison Palmer, Dennis Lake, Amos Hummell, Andrea Studenc and Stella Lee-Anderson. The artwork on the furniture will be inspired by both adult and children’s books.

“Both organizations have a mission to enrich Hilton Head and it’s great to work together to support our community. Stop by and place a bid. You will not only have a chance to win a one-of-a-kind work of art you can hand down for generations, but you will be supporting two community organizations.” states Mary Ann Hanna, Art League Board Member.

You must see this exhibition of two local organizations working together to enhance our community. “Benches, Books & More!” will be on exhibition at Art League Gallery, May 28 – June 1, 2018. A Gala event will be held on Friday, June 1, from 6-9pm.

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. Art League’s Academy instructors and Gallery exhibiting artists produce a wide array of artwork in all media, a testament to the artists quality they will reproduce on the furniture

The Literacy Center empowers adults and enriches the community by providing literacy classes for the people of Beaufort County so they can be successful with their family, at their jobs and in the community. The Literacy Center is the only nonprofit organization providing these services to about 500 people and families at four locations. “One in 11 people in Beaufort County are unable to read, write or speak English. Proceeds of this unique event will benefit the TLC’s literacy, reading, writing, English, workforce development and Citizenship programs offered by TLC,” states Pam Wall, Executive Director of The Literacy Center.

Author Book Signing Schedule:
Andrea Studenc, “Hair Brain Jane” 5/29/2018, 10-11:30am
Connie Sewell, “Summer Saltz Books” 5/29/2018, 10am-2pm
Sansing McPherson “Sweat Sisters” 5/29/2018, 10am-1pm
Howard Rankin, “God’s Waiting Room” 5/30/2018, 10am-1pm
Roger Pinckney, Right Side of the River” 5/30/2018, 12-3pm
Ann Lilly “Scoots New Home” 5/31/2018, 1:30-4pm
Elijah Heyward “Stories and Poems of a Gullah Native” 5/31/2018, 11am-3pm
Jim Jordan “Savannah Grey” 5/31/2018, 10am-2pm
Laurie McCall “Song of the Sirens” 5/31/2018, 11am-3pm
Sheila Ferguson “Journey Back to Me” 5/31/2018, 1:30-4pm

Gala Event: Friday, June 1, 2018, from 6-9pm. $10 per person. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased at Art League Gallery, at Art League Academy, and online at (www.artleaguehhi.org). Enjoy live music, wine & hors d’ oeuvres. Winners of silent auction to be announced at 8pm. The Art League Gallery is located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC,

For further info call 843/681-5060.

The Largest ART Market in the Southeast Takes Place in Charleston, SC – Deadline for Application to Participate is May 8, 2018

May 6, 2018

This is our final call for the 2018 Year. The Night Market began as an Artisan/Hand Crafted only market in 2013, and now has over 100 various artists represented. This dynamic and diverse group has become an integral part of the Charleston City Market.

The Night Market is located between Church Street and East Bay Street, each Friday & Saturday night, from March – December. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Night Market provides the opportunity to discover quality, unique, local and handcrafted items, and is one of the largest and most diverse Artisan markets stretching 3 blocks!

Click Here to Find Out How To Become A Vendor (http://www.thecharlestoncitymarket.com/warehouse/fm/documents/2018%20New%20Vendor%20Application%20and%20Explanation.docx.pdf).

Art League of Hilton Head in Hilton Head, SC, Holds Fine Art Prints and Poster Sale – June 2nd and 3rd, 2018

May 6, 2018

Art League of Hilton Head in Hilton Head, SC, is holding a liquidation sale of their large inventory of fine art prints and posters at Art League Academy. Unique posters and limited edition prints will be available at unbeatable prices. Notable signed and numbered prints, like Walter Greer’s “Joy’s Pond” and Jesse Barn’s “The Simple Life”, will be sold while supplies lasts.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for interior decorators and new art collectors to add some great pieces to their collection at very affordable prices,” states Janice Gray, Art League President. With prices starting at just one dollar each, you do not want to miss this opportunity!

Two days only! The Fine Art Prints and Poster Sale will be held at Art League Academy, located at 106 Cordillo Parkway on Hilton Head Island. The sale will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd, from 11am-3pm. All proceeds benefit Art League of Hilton Head.

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 skill levels and in all media. The organization promotes and supports the visual arts through education, exhibitions, and partnerships for the cultural enhancement of the community and its visitors.

Art League Academy welcomes artists and students at all skill levels and in all media. Taught by professional art educators, participants can choose from over 30 art classes and workshops that change quarterly.

Art League Gallery features local artwork in all media created by more than 170 member artists. All artwork on display is for sale in the 2,000 square foot gallery. Showcasing 2D, 3D and jewelry, the exhibits change every month. Located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina next to the box office. Gallery hours are 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 90 minutes before all Arts Center Performances.

For further information call 843/842-5738 or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).

Henry’s On The Market in Charleston, SC, Begins Artist in Residence Program

April 28, 2018

Henry’s On The Market, South Carolina’s oldest restaurant established in 1932, is proud to introduce Moses M. Sanchez as its first Artist in Residence beginning April 2018. Live painting in our main dining area will be featured Thursday – Sunday afternoons from 1-8pm.

Moses M. Sanchez is a self-taught artist versed in oil, acrylic and air-brush painting, and pencil and ink. His work has been placed in private collections in Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Born into poverty in Mexico City, Moses discovered his love of art at an early age. By the time he reached his teenage years, his teachers had tasked him with classroom drawings of all subject matters throughout his school to compensate for the school’s lack of textbooks and teaching tools.

Although Moses dreamt of a formal art education, his lack of resources prohibited this experience. Never one to give up on his dream, and encouraged by his mother, Moses left the comfort of his family at age 15 to work as an artist in a traveling fair. “I remember that we did not have baths and we had to sleep down from the rides. Sometimes it was very cold and others were afraid. Sometime there were people who threw bottles or stones at us just for fun. There were days when I bought everyone food because we had nothing to eat.”

Moses’ eventually followed his father and several brothers to the United States. Speaking no English, he settled first in Hilton Head and then Savannah. During these transitional years, he was given a gift that would change is life and open many doors: a Spanish/English dictionary. Moses learned the English language and the importance of many of its words we take for granted: honesty, integrity, respect and trust. Now co-owner of his own painting company servicing affluent clientele up and down the East Coast, Moses and his family reside in Charleston, SC.

“Sometimes we go through situations or challenges in our lives, we believe will not overcome. But whatever you believe, that will be the result. Many times I have been in situations where it would have been better to give up, but I looked at the sky and I saw it full of stars, as life is full of opportunities. In this world there are many people with goodness. We are a magnet and we attract what we feel. My passion for painting has driven me to move forward and always get to a better place.”

For inquiries, please contact Susie Barrett, Director of Special Events, by calling 615/410-8365. (Henry’s On The Market, 54 N. Market Street, Charleston, SC, 29401).

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Announces Winners of “24th Annual Judged Show”

March 31, 2018

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) “24th Annual Judged Show” was a huge success. More than 100 artists from around the Lowcountry submitted work for the judged show. Here are all of the winners by category:

Acrylic:
3rd — “Any Which Way” by Mary Sullivan
2nd — “The Boatman” by Dave Dickson
1st — “Contemplation” by Jennifer Rocco Stone

Mixed Media:
3rd — “The Equestrian” by Anne M. Kennedy
2nd — “Out of the Blue” by Vicki Jourdan
1st — “On the Marsh” by Penny Beesley

Oil:
3rd — “Golden Glow” by Dennis Lake
2nd — “Race Day” by Murray Sease
1st — “Jessica” by Kristan Eisenbraun

Photo:
3rd — “I Bow to You My Queen” by Linda Moore
2nd — “Enchanted Forest” by Clyde Lohere
1st — “Owl Always Love You” by Sue Jarrett

Watercolor:
3rd — “Alex in Wonderland” by Mary Ann Putzier
2nd — “Coexist” by Brenda Fallon
1st — “Peony Patterns” by Christy McEvilly

Best in Show:
“Chef David” by LeAnn Kalita


Work by LeAnn Kalita

Honorable Mention:
Acrylic – # 9 – Solitude- by Bill Winn
Oil- # 5 – Summer Shines at the Bluff- by Nancy Dwight
Oil- # 10 – Beauty is Eternal by Pam Davis
Photography- # 7 – Eureka- by Diana Nadanyi
Watercolor- # 5- Resting Mates- Port Royal by Donna Cole
Watercolor- #15- Butterfly Dreams- Cynthia Zeiss

SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton, SC’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more. Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art – Deadline May 31, 2018

March 9, 2018

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is now accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by our young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the prize is awarded annually to an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

Entries for the annual award and $10,000 cash prize can be made exclusively online at (1858prize.org) through May 31, 2018. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply.

Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about southern artists that is available to curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. The 2017 Prize was awarded to painter Bo Bartlett of Columbus, GA. Past winners include mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey who will be featured in the upcoming Gibbes exhibition “Radcliffe Bailey: Pensive” and sculptor Patrick Dougherty who is currently featured in a site-specific installation at the Gibbes entitled “Betwixt and Between”.

For more information on the Prize, please visit (1858prize.org).

SC Rep. Mark Sanford Accepting Entries for Congressional Art Competition – Deadline May 1, 2018

March 9, 2018

Representative Mark Sanford earlier this week announced the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the District. The winner of the competition will have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol and will be flown to Washington, DC, this summer by Southwest Airlines, free of charge, along with one parent or guardian, to attend a reception and the unveiling of their artwork.


2017 Winner: My’Asia McCollum’s piece entitled “Centenary 1947”

All entries, accompanied by the permission form at (https://sanford.house.gov/services/art-competition), can be delivered to Congressman Sanford’s office in Mount Pleasant or Beaufort by May 1, 2018.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Lindsey in our Washington office by calling 202/225-3176 or e-mail to (Lindsey.Heiser@mail.house.gov).

22nd Annual Blessing of the Inlet Takes Place in Murrells Inlet, SC – May 5, 2018

February 26, 2018

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, The Blessing of the Inlet at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, Highway 17-Business, Murrells Inlet, SC, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary from 9am to 3pm.

The Blessing of the Inlet was first started 22 years ago to create a festival filled with worship, food, fun, family and fellowship that was highlighted by a ‘Blessing’ ceremony, celebrating our Lord’s continued blessings in the Inlet Community. And the Blessing of the Inlet was to generate funds for many missions, charities, and nonprofit organizations.

The festival has grown to include a day of entertainment, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, various Murrells Inlet restaurants and local food purveyors, children’s play area with inflatables, pony rides and fun events. This year the festival will also include competitive game activities for adults and youth. All festival attendees are encouraged to stop by the events and ‘cheer on’ the contestants.

On stage again this year, the Masters of Ceremonies will feature Nicole Boone, WBTW, and Ed Piotrowski, WPDE. Nicole Boone will MC from 9am to 11:30am and Ed Piotrowski from 12:30pm to 3pm.

The festival continues to be a free event with no admission or parking charge and is always held rain or shine. Free shuttle rides to and from the Blessing will pick up and drop off on the east side of Inlet Square Mall and run from 8:30am until 4pm. Festival participants are encouraged to take advantage of free and ample parking at the mall and a fun-filled bus ride with a live informative tour guide.

The festival is highlighted by the Blessing of the Inlet ceremony which starts at 11:30am. The blessing will be administered by the Reverend Dr. Mike Alexander and the Reverend Walter Cantwell. Immediately following the “Blessing” ceremony, all visitors will be invited to “Stay to Pray” in the Belin sanctuary. Belin’s Stephen Ministers will be on hand.

Everyone is invited to come help us celebrate the Glory of God and all He has ‘blessed’ us with.

For more information about the event schedule or participating as a restaurant or crafter, please visit (www.BlessingoftheInlet.com).

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2018 Design Competition Winner – Hamed Mahmoodi

February 9, 2018

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville, SC, as the winner of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Mahmoodi’s acrylic painting, titled “Atlantic Sun”, will be used to promote the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 2-6, in North Charleston, SC. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.


“Atlantic Sun” by Hamed Mahmoodi

Mahmoodi’s design was selected from a total of 85 entries by artists from 11 cities 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.

Mahmoodi, who has submitted work into the competition in years past, created a series of abstract paintings in the Art Nouveau manner for his entries in this year’s competition. “I focused on concentrated circles and curves and loaded the pieces with colors in a rainbow fashion that would be pleasing to the viewer’s eye,” he explains. “I believe the vibrancy created by the enticing color scheme and the energy generated by the movement in “Atlantic Sun” are very representative of the North Charleston Arts Fest. The diverse performances and artwork featured during the event, and the approach to connecting the arts and community members, bring vibrancy and energy to the City that I think is very special.”

Hamed Mahmoodi was born in Iran and moved to South Carolina in 1978. He attended Clemson University and received a BS in Design Architecture in 1986. After graduation, he worked as an associate architect at Fluor International, then as art director for Naegele Outdoor Advertising. He has been a freelance designer for various architectural firms throughout the Southeast and a full-time artist working in a variety of media since the late 80’s. Mahmoodi has had several one-man shows in museums, universities, galleries, and restaurants, and his design works and paintings can be found from Ground Zero Memorial Park in NYC to the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. He has also earned numerous juried awards, best in show honors, merit awards, fellowships, and art grants and has been chosen as the poster/art design winner of other notable festivals, including Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston, SC) and the Coca-Cola RiverPlace Festival (Greenville, SC).

Oil, watercolor, acrylic, metals, wax, paper, furniture, and photography are just some of the media that Mahmoodi has used to create his diverse works of art. His philosophy for creating art is much like Robert Rauschenberg and Christo, whereas he believes that each idea and work deserves its own individual style and medium. Therefore, his approach varies from representational to abstract, with his most recent paintings primarily executed in an abstract style with an emphasis on color and movement.

A new series of Mahmoodi’s paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2018. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Atlantic Sun”. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the Arts Fest Expo from 11am-5pm on May 5 & 6, 2018. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, 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 to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).