Archive for the ‘Lowcountry SC Visual Arts’ Category

Check out this exhibit by Robert Maniscalco on view at the Fabulon gallery located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC

July 23, 2017

We just posted a blog about an exhibit by Robert Maniscalco on view at the Fabulon gallery located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, over at “Carolina Arts Unleashed” (http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/?s=Robert+Maniscalco). It’s about art with a message. If you liked our cover this month, you might be interested in this exhibit. Can’t hurt to check it out. The image shown is of Louise Noel, mother of Pastor Medit, Maniscalco’s host at the Bread of Life Orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti. Sounds interesting.

South Carolina Watermedia Society Seeks Donations for SCWS First National Digital Show

July 7, 2017


Would you consider making a tax deductible donation to help provide awards for the top 30 paintings in the SCWS first National Digital Show. Donations can be made in honor of an individual or a group. Donors and sponsors will be listed in the show catalog.

This year’s show is from October 7 through November 25, 2017, in Charleston, SC, at the Charleston International Airport, in the front atrium.

All of those donating receive promotions in the media and in our catalog which is circulated statewide with a traveling exhibit. In addition, advertisements may be placed in the catalog to provide general program support and artist awards.

Click here to make your contribution (https://scwatermedia.com/sponsorships/).

Click here to learn more about the digital show (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4437). Entry deadline for the show is July 28, 2017.

City of North Charleston, SC, Seeking New Artist-in-Residence – Professional Visual Artist Needed for Outreach Programs and More for FY2017/18 – Deadline July 21, 2017

June 29, 2017

Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, in North Charleston, SC, contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence. The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2017/18. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations to public schools, recreation facilities, and community groups within the city limits of North Charleston. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted position by Friday, July 21, 2017.

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the Artist-in-Residence will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2017/18 school year. Additional workshops will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest. In addition, the Artist-in-Residence has the option to present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery from December 2017 through January 2018. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Fest in May. Past artists who served in the position include Caroline M. Self (2016/17), Daryle Halbert (2015/16), Alexandra Roberts (2014/15), Charlynn Knight (2013/14), Kristy Bishop (2012/13), Lori Starnes Isom (2011/12), Deborah Meyer (2010/11), and Robert Maniscalco (2009/10).

Rate of pay for this part-time, contracted position is $25 an hour for up to 300 hours completed from August 2017 through June 2018. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV by 5pm on Friday, July 21, 2017. Application materials may be e-mailed to (kyeadon@northcharleston.org) or mailed to the attention of Krystal Yeadon at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org) or call 843/740-5854.

South Carolina Watercolor Society in SC Constantly Evolves to Fit the Needs of Its Members

June 22, 2017

By Carolyn Epperly, SCWS President

South Carolina Watercolor Society was formed to promote the medium and to keep its qualities in the public eye. Membership numbered in the hundreds. The versatile medium was used by almost every artist in the state and was highly respected by the public.

As the arts evolved in South Carolina so then did the Society, changing its name to South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS). The membership is now open to all artists living in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia creating in media that is waterbased (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, and water-soluble pencils) and executed on any surface that can be displayed on a wall. Our public education has included programs in schools, demonstrations of the characteristics of watermedia in public forums, and lectures for many organizations across our region. Also, the State Museum of South Carolina coordinates a traveling show each year of the top 30 paintings that visits 11 venues across the state.

This year, SCWS is having its first annual national show. It is open to anyone living in the US. All entries will be displayed, an unusual condition unique to this Show, a entry can have been produced at any time. The format will be digital and will remain online for the entire calendar year, October 2017- October 2018.

On October 7th there will be an opening reception in the atrium of the Charleston International Airport. The show will display the top ten winners’ paintings flanked by two large digital viewing screens. One screen will continuously display the top 70 selected artists and the other will feature all the artists who entered the show. This showing will hang in the atrium from October 7- November 28.

We of SCWS believe that visual arts enhance everyone’s lives. A unique creation invokes thought, opens new conversations, and encourages individual thinking.

For further info visit (https://scwatermedia.com/).

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for Two Exhibits – Deadline Aug. 21, 2017

June 19, 2017

“Encaustic Show: Wax Poetic”

Artists’ Reception October 21, 2017.

Who could resist such a title especially since October is Charleston’s first city wide Poetry Festival called Free Verse.

Fabulon will curate a juried show of encaustic work with and without Poetry as a component. The main goal is to bring encaustic work to the people. Show why artists are enthralled. Show the best it can be. Elevate from the crafty, decoupage, or crayon connotation it has in some minds.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

More info and submission visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4498).

“Tribute”

So many tragic losses of great musicians in the most recent years. Each week it seems another icon from the classical rock era or maker of the epic album has passed. The legacy of poetic lyrics, our only consolation.

As part of Charleston’s Poetry festival, Fabulon Gallery will host a show of work inspired by music because it plays such an important role for many visual artists. It’s in our soul, it moves us, and it translates into our images.

A certain song can take us to a special time or place in our own history. Maybe it’s the beats, tunes, musicians, instruments, or lyrics. Perhaps it is just one line from a song? Or the entire life of the artist. Do you have your own theme song? Do you have one song that gets you in your artistic groove?

Pay tribute to your favorite inspiration. We will accept portraits, even Elvis on velvet.

Ideally we seek poetic music that becomes inspiration for an image.

Please no copyright infringement. It is the responsibility of the artist to do the research. As a gallery we do our best to protect your copy rights; please do the same for our musical artists.

Join us for a Tribute at Fabulon, October 21, 2017.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

More info and submission visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4499).

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit http://www.fabulonart.com

2017 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows in Charleston, SC, Announces Show Award Winners

June 19, 2017

For three weeks every year beginning on Memorial Day weekend, downtown Charleston, South Carolina becomes an arts mecca with two major arts festivals running concurrently. The Spoleto Festival USA, is an arts festival with over 150 performances, and the companion Piccolo Spoleto Festival features over 500 events in the preforming, visual and literary arts. Combined, the events bring over 250,000 arts enthusiasts into the downtown Charleston area.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston proudly presents the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows for 2017. These three-day shows represent our 38th year participating as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. We strive to provide festival attendees with an overview of the high quality of original works currently being created in a variety of craft media. Approximately 120 fine crafts artists from around the US participate in the one or both of the shows, which are held on the first two weekends of the festival. Both emerging and experienced craft artists are invited to apply to participate. Artist demonstrations – both scheduled and impromptu – are a highlight for show patrons.

The first weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show had fine weather on Friday, May 24, 2017, for the judging and awards presentation. The judge for the show was Casimer Kowalski, a local visual artist. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy presented the awards. Photos courtesy of Sea Star Arts Photography.

Best in Show: Jean Yao a basketmaker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Mayor John Tecklenburg, Best in Show winner Jean Yao and Sandy Tecklenburg

First Place: Addelle Sanders, a fiber artist from Charleston, SC.

Second Place: Doug Richard, a wood turner from Satsuma, FL.

Third Place: Christie May, a jeweler from Palm Beach, FL.

Honorable Mentions:

Nancy Michael Susaneck, a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.

Caleb Barnaby, a jeweler from Ormond Beach, FL.

Emerging Artist Grant: Alexander Bower, a jeweler from Charlottesville, VA.

Exhibitors’ Choice Award: Wilson Lee, a wood carver from Nashville, TN

Purchase awards:

Charles and Cindy Cecil, jewelers from High Point, NC.
Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA.
Tammy Rudd, a jeweler from Holly Hill, SC.
David Shipper, a photographer from Beaufort, SC.

The second weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts show began on June 2, 2017, another beautiful day. The judge for this show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.

Best in Show: Tammy Rudd, a glass beadmaker and jeweler from Holly Hill, SC.


Show Judge Michael Haga and Best in Show winner Tammy Rudd. Inset a glass pendant

First Place: Colleen Williams, potter from Chattanooga, TN

Second Place: JoAnn Graham, a jeweler from St Helena, SC.

Third place: Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA.

Honorable Mentions:

Ed Bryan, a potter from Columbia, SC.

Jen Swearington, a fiber artist from Asheville, NC.

Exhibitor’s Choice Award: Matt and Katie Wilson, metalworkers from North Charleston, SC.

Emerging Artist Grant: Joe Hiltabitel and Shelly Simmons, photographers from Travelers Rest, SC.

Slide Jurors’ Choice: Nancy Michael Susanneck a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.

Purchase Awards:

Uzo Ezekwudo and Nnamdi Ibenagu, fiber artists from Chapel Hill, NC.
Tom Homann, a potter from Comer, GA.
Jiri Kalina, a wood carver from Wilmington, NC.
Cynthia McFadden, a mixed media Jeweler from Charleston, SC.

For further information call Kasey Briggs at 843/364-0421 or e-mail to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com).

 

A Call for Charleston, SC, Photographers to Participate in Summer Freedom School

June 12, 2017

We are seeking a few additional volunteer photographers to assist in coaching 5th grade students at the Freedom School this summer. Gene Furchgott and the YoArt program are conducting a one-hour weekly class in photography at this school, including short field shooting trips in the neighborhood of the school on Meeting Street in Charleston, SC. The time is 11am on Mondays, beginning June 12, for six weeks. This Freedom School is co-sponsored by the College of Charleston, under the auspices of the Children’s Defense Fund. Volunteers will help coach the students in the use of supplied cameras.

If you can help, please reply to either of the following:

(RonRoczPhoto@gmail.com)

(Gfurchgo@yahoo.com)

A Visit to the “2017 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” in Charleston, SC

June 4, 2017

Back on May 27, 2017, my birthday, I happened to be in downtown Charleston, SC, for an organizational meeting. Before heading back home I decided to go and check out the “2017 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition,” juried by local artist Becca Barnet, on view through June 11, 2017, at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street, Charleston, SC. The exhibit featured works by more than 60 South Carolina artists. This exhibit was only going to be on view for 16 days and but for some reason they decided to not announce winners of the competition until an event on June 3, so I decided to wait until after then to make my post about the exhibit. I mean if I can’t tell readers who won the Best of Show and other award winners what’s the point of talking about this exhibit. I didn’t want to make two post.

I also put in a request to the gallery to find out how many entries they got for this exhibit, but I never heard back about that. And now it’s June 4, the day after that event to announce the winners and there is nothing posted on the gallery’s website about winners. This show is only open seven more days. I don’t get what’s going on here. Of course I did find info on their site about performances taking place at the gallery at $16 a pop. Is this an art gallery or just a performance venue? It’s already bad enough that the gallery is 1/3 glass walls where art can not be shown well.

One of my main complaints about juried shows/competitions taking place in SC lately is when they have local people as jurors. This is a statewide competition and they select a juror from Charleston. Was this a juried show or an invitational? Maybe that’s why they didn’t publish where the artists were from on the handout sheet. Was there too many artists included from Charleston and not enough from outside Charleston? What do you expect when you have a local juror who wants to be liked by local artists. A juror from outside SC would be more appropriate for a statewide competition.

Going to see an exhibit like this is always worth the effort, regardless of the shows other problems. The City of Charleston is focused on the performing arts, not the visual arts, so I don’t expect things to change much. And for that reason artists from throughout SC don’t take the visual arts in Charleston very serious. That’s too bad, but justified.

In light of that, I’m just going to post some images of works that interested me – not necessarily the best works in the show, as some work is hard to photograph and leave it at that. With only seven days left I guess I feel the clock is ticking on this show.

“Low Lying Clouds” by Donna Cooper Hurt, acrylic face-mounted metallic print, 2016. One image I shot in the gallery and one sent by the artist to show my reflection doesn’t belong in the image.

“Collective” by Wm. Austin Norvell, cast glass, museum-grade epoxy, 2017.


“The Family (center)” by Gena Grant, reed and rope, 2016. Are you distracted by the view outside the window?

“Louise Noel” by Robert Maniscalco, oil on panel, 2015.

“Lucy” (left) “Ripley” (right), by Michael Morrison, bronze, glass, copper, 2015.

“Women at Market” by Bruce Nellsmith, oil on canvas, 2016.

“Acrobats Horse” by Lou Koppel, plexiglass and metal, 2016.

“Levity” by Saila Milja-Smyly, hand-built stoneware ceramic clay, slip, stain, and glaze, 2016.


“Blue Painting No. 2” by Michael Hayes, oil on canvas, 2016.

“Linseed” by Hirona Matsuda and Alan Jackson, multimedia, 2017.

Hours the gallery will be open during this exhibit are: 10am-4pm daily through June 11.

Contact the gallery at 843/958-6484 or visit (http://citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com/).

Imprimatur Charleston Launches at Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC – June 2, 2017

May 31, 2017

We will formally launch Imprimatur Charleston on June 2, 2017, from 5-8:30pm at Corrigan Gallery’s new location of 7 Broad Street in Charleston, SC. This organization is by, of and for printmakers and collectors to share images and information. In the tradition of Charleston Etchers’ Club and Print Studio South, we will promote and encourage printers and collectors. We will gather printmakers from around the region. We will seek out and join national and international print organizations. We would love to have many members.


Print by Margaret Peery

Louis Wright, collector and initiator of the group will speak on June 2 at the earlier end of the evening about his love of print works, his collection and his hopes for this organization.

Works by the founding members of the organization (as we started in 2013 but never launched!) will be on the walls. See our site (www.imprimaturcharleston.org) for the list of artists.

Invite all the printmakers you know. Invite all the fine art print collectors you know. Bring all interested individuals!

The Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry group will come after the poetry reading (about 7:30pm) so we will have a wonderfully diverse group. There is a garden out back for conversation and relaxation so hope for a breeze!

For further info contact Lese Corrigan by e-mail at (art@lesecorrigan.com), visit (www.corrigangallery.com) or call 843/722-9868.

South Carolina Watermedia Society Calls For Entries for Nationwide Digital Show – Deadline July 28, 2017

May 28, 2017

The South Carolina Watermedia Society is pleased to announce its Nationwide Digital Show which will be on display at the Charleston International Airport atrium, in North Charleston, SC, on Oct. 7 – Nov. 25, 2017, and will be displayed digitally until Oct. 2018.

Entry Deadline: July 28, 2017

About The Digital Show

The South Carolina Watermedia Society is excited to open its first nationwide digital show. We hope you will participate and invite your friends and students to participate. Everyone who enters will have their work displayed digitally on the SCWS website for a full year and the top ten award winners will be displayed at the Charleston International Airport from Oct. 7 – Nov. 25, 2017. The society’s annual statewide Traveling Show will also include the top 30 award winners from the digital show. It will run from Dec. 2017 – Sept. 2018.

Awards:
$8,000 in prizes will be awarded.
$1,000 Best In Show Prize

Important Dates:
July 28 –      Entry Deadline
Sept. – Award Winners Notified
Oct. 7 – Annual Luncheon, Time and Location – TBA
Oct. 7 – Opening Reception, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Charleston International Airport
Oct. 7 – Nov. 25 – Show Displayed at Charleston International Airport Airium

The Show will be judged by Linda Baker (https://www.lindadalybaker.com/about).

If you are in the top ten selected:
After the thirty award winners are selected, the top ten winners will be contacted to ship or bring their original or a giclee print to be on display from Oct. 7 – Nov. 25 at the Charleston International Airport.

Artists are asked to include their artwork under their own liability insurance for security purposes.

Digital Show Entry
1) Register, Submit Image and Pay entry fee.
We will be using CaFE’ (Call For Entry), a website designed for art events.

Click here (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4437) for details and rules for the call for entry.

• Current SCWS members receive free entry. (You will receive an e-mail with a coupon code).
• Non-members – Entry fee is $55.

For further info e-mail to (scwatermediasociety@gmail.com).