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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).

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La Petite Gallerie in Bluffton, SC, Celebrates third Anniversary – Feb. 9, 2018

January 28, 2018

La Petite Gallerie, the intimate little art gallery on Calhoun Street, in Bluffton, SC, is celebrating its three year anniversary in February. There will be a party coinciding with the old town Bluffton Art Walk on Feb. 9, 2018, from 5 – 7pm. Enjoy bubbly prosecco, divine chocolate, and be a part of a grand art giveaway by the seven owner artists.

“We would like to thank our customers and our community for making our little gallery a grand success” says Murray Sease, one of the artists at La Petite Gallerie. “We will be giving away a piece of art each month for seven months, beginning with the original acrylic painting, ‘Hydrangeas,’ by Lauren Terrett. Simply sign up at the party on the 9th – or anytime during February – for the chance to win. The process will be repeated each month following with each of the remaining artists contributing a piece for this grand art giveaway. “This is a fun way to share our art and have a good time with friends” is the concensus of the artists involved including Don Nagel, Margaret Crawford, Bill Winn and Penny Beesley, along with Terrett and Sease.


Work by Lauren Terrett

Come celebrate with the artists and friends on Friday, Feb. 9 with wine and sweets, view Lauren’s beautiful ‘Hydrangeas,’ and sign up for the chance to win!

For further info visit (www.lapetitegallerie.com).

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Calls for Entries for “24th Annual Judged Show” – Deadline is Mar. 5, 2018

January 17, 2018

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is reaching out to all local artists for a special call for entries for the “24th Annual Judged Show”, which will take place from Mar. 6-Apr. 1, 2018, at the SoBA gallery, located in Old Town Bluffton, SC.

The opening reception and awards is from 5-7pm, on Mar. 7 at the gallery. Artists are asked to fill out a registration form at the gallery or online at (www.sobagallery.com/24th-annual-judged-show). The Judged Show is open to the first 100 entries. The entry fee is $25 for SoBA members and $35 for non-members.

Artwork should be delivered from 9-11am, on Mar. 5, 2018, at the Center for Creative Arts, next door to the SoBA gallery on Church Street. No entries are accepted after 11am.

The Judged Show will include first, second and third place cash awards in acrylic, mixed media, oil, photography, watercolor and 3D. Rules for entry and other information can be found on the SoBA website.

Nationally acclaimed artist Linda St. Clair will judge the artwork. St. Clair’s paintings are exhibited and collected throughout the nation and worldwide. She is a two-time recipient of the Grumbacher Gold Medal and member of the Society of Animal Artists in New York. Her work is featured in galleries in Sedona, Arizona; St. Helena, California; Beaver Creek, Colorado; Ketchum, Idaho; Hilton Head Island, SC; Washington, DC; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and her home city of Santa Fe. She has exhibited nationally at The Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, The Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition in New York, and The Salmagundi Club in New York. She is represented in galleries throughout the United States.

SoBA is the flourishing art hub in Bluffton’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.

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for the “17th Annual Statewide Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” – Deadline is Mar. 15, 2018

December 31, 2017

Fine craft artists from across South Carolina are invited to participate in the “17th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 2-6, 2018.

A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com). Deadline for entries is Mar. 15, 2018. Artists in need of assistance with the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the “South Carolina State Museum’s 2018/2019 Traveling Exhibitions Program”. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. She is a curator, arts writer, and independent publisher. Reese holds an MFA from City College New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia. She has held positions at Atlanta Contemporary, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery, and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. As an arts writer, Reese was the former editor of “BURNAWAY Magazine” in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews appear in “BOMB Daily”, “Temporary Art Review”, “TWELV Magazine”, and “ART PAPERS”, among others. She has taught Critical Issues art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. At Telfair Museums since 2015, she has curated exhibitions with Nick Cave, William Wegman, Triple Candie, and a group exhibition titled Generation with Iraqi-Canadian artists Sawsan AlSaraf, Sundus Abdul Hadi, and Tamara Abdul Hadi. Reese is opening 2018 exhibitions with Carrie Mae Weems, and Atlanta-based Paul Stephen Benjamin in January.

The “17th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 2-6, 2018, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 2, 2016, from 6:00-8:30pm. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

The Art Market at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC, Issues Call to Artists – Deadline Jan. 10. 2018

December 31, 2017

Attention artists! The Coastal Discovery Museum is accepting applications for the 2018 Art Market at Historic Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC, through Jan. 10, 2018 (postmark deadline). If you’re interested in joining our show this year, please apply now. Annually, the Coastal Discovery Museum hosts around 90-100 artists at its picturesque 68- acre Honey Horn site. All original and fine arts are considered for our Apr. 28 and 29 festival. Visit (https://www.coastaldiscovery.org/annual-events/) to find a link to this year’s application.

For further information, please contact Natalie Hefter by e-mail at (nhefter@coastaldiscovery.org).

Rhett Thurman Studio in Charleston, SC, Invites You to a Holiday Open Studio – Dec. 2, 2017

November 27, 2017

Rhett Thurman Studio in Charleston, SC, invites you to a Holiday Open Studo, on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 4-6pm, located at 241 King Street in downtown Charleston, SC 29401.

Refreshments will be served, and we look forward to seeing you!

Rhett Thurman grew up in the tiny hamlet of Gramling, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “It was the ideal way to start life,” she says, “surrounded by loving, caring, high expectation people and beautiful scenery.” She has lived in Charleston, South Carolina since 1970 where she has painted her entire adult life.

Thurman was one of 10 painters featured in “American Artists in Paris” in 2013. She has achieved national acclaim for both oils and watercolors, winning awards from New York to California, and has exhibited with the prestigious American and National Watercolor Societies, and The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club of New York. Her work has been featured in national publications and is included in private, museum and corporate collections.

Thurman is the recipient of the 1995 Outstanding Alumna Award from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she earned her degree in Studio Art. Her education and painting experience include further study in Europe and the United States. In turn, she has taught workshops nationally and internationally.

In bold palette, her work offers an intimate glimpse at her life experiences. Browsers, patrons and friends are welcome to visit her studio at 241 King Street, in the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina. Rhett Thurman is represented by Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC, (www.hortonhayes.com) and The Red Piano Art Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, (www.redpianoartgallery.com).

See more of Thurman’s works at this link (https://www.rhettthurmanstudio.com/gallery).

For further information call 843/577-6066, e-mail to (rhettthurmanstudio@gmail.com) or visit (www.rhettthurmanstudio.com).

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers One Night Only Holiday Sale – Dec. 8, 2017

November 27, 2017

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, will offer a Pop Up Show at Fabulon in time for holiday shopping on Dec. 8, 2017, from 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public

Small works on paper, little paintings, great gifts, just the right pop of color for that decorative touch, priced $15-$100.

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407.

For further information call the Center at 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

Jane D. Hart Wins First Place Award at Pastel Society of South Carolina Exhibit in North Charleston, SC

October 30, 2017

Charleston, SC, artist Jane D. Hart has been awarded First Place for her painting Old Friends at the “2017 Pastel Society of South Carolina Inaugural Member Exhibition” at the North Charleston City Gallery in North Charleston, SC. Christopher Groves, the judge of awards, made the following comments about his choice of this painting of two old fishing boats on the marsh in the late afternoon light.

“The harmony of color and depiction of the time of day is very convincing. One can really feel the peacefulness of the place.”

A resident of Johns Island, Hart enjoys painting the local landscapes and scenes that one might pass every day and not notice. She is attracted to late afternoon light and color, and strives to capture in her paintings the magic of ordinary places. She expresses it this way: “Because the landscape and the architecture of the area are changing all the time, I feel it is important for artists to document the beauty of things as they are now. Since I photographed those charming, rusty old fishing boats on the way out to Folly Beach, at least one of them has disappeared, so I feel very fortunate to have seen them.”

Hart’s paintings are held by private collectors throughout the US, and her work has been exhibited in regional exhibitions in the Southeast. She has won numerous awards for her work, is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America in New York and Women Painters of the Southeast, and is also a juried exhibiting member and former board member of the Charleston Artist Guild.

View Jane Hart’s work at Perspective Gallery, 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC, and at (www.janehartart.com).

For further info e-mail Jane Hart at (Janedhart843@gmail.com).

Cara Leepson Appointed as New Executive Director of Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC

September 30, 2017

Following an extensive search, the Board of Directors of Redux Contemporary Art Center, in Charleston, SC, today announced that Cara Leepson has been selected to become its new Executive Director. Cara will begin on December 1. Interim Executive Director Beth Kerrigan will remain full-time at Redux through Dec. 1, 2017.

Leepson brings a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit and arts sector. She has been a successful fundraiser, team builder and is committed to serving the arts community. She currently serves as Development and Operations Manager for Transformer, a nationally respected arts organization in Washington, DC. She has also worked for other arts organizations in the nation’s capital. Leepson has a Master of Arts degree in Art and Museum Studies with an emphasis in Public Programming and Contemporary Art from Georgetown University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from Lynchburg College. She worked as an intern at Redux prior to returning to the DC area for graduate school.

The search for Redux’s next Executive Director was facilitated by Governance4Good and attracted 120 applicants from across the country. Leepson was clearly the right choice to become our next Executive Director. Her incredible energy, arts management experience, and fundraising talent will be a great asset as we continue promoting contemporary art and emerging artists in the Lowcountry and beyond. She will be traveling to Charleston for our 15th Anniversary Celebration and will build on the momentum of our recent growth. Leepson commented on her appointment, “I am thrilled to be selected as Redux’s new Executive Director. I am excited to return to Charleston and begin fulfilling the mission of Redux and working toward taking the organization to the next level.”

For further information call the Center at 843/722-0697 or visit (www.reduxstudios.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, Offers Visual Art Exhibition Opportunities – Deadline Nov. 30, 2017

September 30, 2017

Professional visual artists creating two-dimensional or wall-hung three-dimensional works are invited to apply individually or with a group to exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery (2018-19 exhibitions). The gallery features artwork by international, national, and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department manages the exhibitions in the space, which are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Exhibits are programmed one year in advance according to fiscal year. A Review Panel will convene in December 2017 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2018-June 2019. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdpartment.slideroom.com) by Monday, Nov. 30, 2017, in order to be considered.

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. This high-traffic venue offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and out-of-state visitors of the multi-use facility. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission and parking are free. Public receptions are typically held the first Thursday of each month from 5-7pm.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Only original, two-dimensional works or three-dimensional pieces that can be wall mounted on the gallery’s Walker display system will be considered. Free standing sculptures, installations, and works requiring special display equipment cannot be accommodated in the space. Submission requirements include an artist statement, resume and exhibition history, exhibition concept, and five quality digital images that portray the quality and style of the artists’ work.

Artists not eligible to show their work at the City Gallery, like, for example, those creating freestanding sculptures or installations, are welcome to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for other locations. Proposals may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) and will be reviewed by Cultural Arts on an ongoing basis.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org), e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.