Archive for the ‘Lowcountry SC Visual Arts’ Category

Charleston Development Academy in Charleston, SC, Calls for Photographers to Teach Students – Deadline April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017

FREEDOM SCHOOL in Charleston, SC, will have a summer program for 50 youth in the 5th and 6th grades, and 10 of these students will be taking a photography program. We need mentor volunteers to work with these kids, one hour a week on Mondays, from June 19 to July 28. They will be shooting in their community in downtown Charleston and need your mentoring.

The school will be at the Charleston Development Academy on Meeting Street, across the from the Visitors’ Center. The program will be similar to the previous Kids with Camera program.

If you are potentially interesting, we need to know by Monday, April 17. I should have more details soon.

Drop me an e-mail at (ronroczphoto@gmail.com).

Share your interest in photography with disadvantaged youngsters. It’s fun for you and impactful on the kids.

Thanks.  Ron Rocz

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, in Charleston, SC, Offers Book Signing for Photographer Andrew Feiler – Mar. 23, 2017

March 16, 2017

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, will present a photography exhibit and book signing with Andrew Feiler, on Mar. 23, 2017, from 5-8pm.

Feiler’s book, Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College was published by the University of Georgia Press in association with the Georgia Humanities Council. The publication includes ten historical images, sixty contemporary images and essays by Robert E. James, Pellom McDaniels III, Amalia K. Amaki, and Loretta Parham. An accompanying exhibition opens later this fall in Atlanta, GA.


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Feiler offers the following about the book, “A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the now quiet campus of Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA). Its inscription reads, in part, “Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color”.  Founded by African Americans in 1881, Morris Brown lost its accreditation to financial pressures and scandal in 2002. Today its largely abandoned campus stands as a testament to a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all of America’s historically black colleges and universities.”


Photo by Andrew Feiler

“I was granted unique access to the hauntingly silent campus of Morris Brown with the intent to illuminate the stories told in its stilled classrooms and hallways.  In the resulting body of work, the proud past remains in the extraordinary quality of the facilities, school desks arrayed ready for class, faces of students in photographs from happier days. The challenging present resides starkly in broken stained glass, evidence of havoc wreaked by scrappers, hints of homeless humanity. And the uncertain future weighs heavily in the headlines: bankruptcy proceedings, a forthcoming professional football stadium next door, recycled pronouncements of plans to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Mixed with all of these are layers of timeless emotion…. wistfulness, pride, angst, loneliness, hope.”

FABULON is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston.

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

The Citadel in Charleston, SC, Calls for Designs for Its 175th anniversary – Deadline May 1, 2017

March 7, 2017

The Citadel, in Charleston, SC, is issuing an open call to all artists for designs to be considered as the image that will commemorate the military college’s upcoming 175th anniversary. The milestone anniversary will be celebrated during the 2017-18 academic year. The winning design, which will be announced at the first home football game on Sept. 2, 2017, will grace t-shirts, banners, posters, and The Citadel magazine. The winning artist will receive $1,000 (subject to tax).

For complete details visit (http://www.citadel.edu/root/open-call-for-artists-to-submit-designs-for-citadels-175th-celebration-poster).

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers Works Focused Against Racism

March 6, 2017

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education, located at 1017 Wappoo Road, in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, is presenting “We The People”, an exhibit promoting messages of peace and harmony, speaking out against racism, from Mar, 4 – 30, 2017. A reception will be held on Mar. 10, from 5-8pm.

Artist from across the nation have illustrated feelings, concerns, and some hope. There will be live drumming, refreshments, and information. Please join us. All are welcome and the event is free. Your presence alone can send a message that Charleston isn’t a place for hate.

Guest artists include: Robin Apple, Liz Aitken, Janet Braun-Reinitz, Kelly Burke, Micheline Callicott, Owens Daniels, Michel Demanche, Andrew Feiler, Dorian Hamilton, Julia Maudlin, Michael O’Donnell & Wendy Hacker, Megan Potoma, Lynne Riding, Caroline Self, Sally Ann Sisk, Michael Spillers, Pat Van de Graaf, Henry Wolfe,
and Andrea Zinn.

Fabulon resident artists include: Bly Triplett, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. , Louise Aug, Meyriel Edge, and Susan Irish.

Janet Braun-Reinitz was a freedom rider, Andrew Feiler wrote a book, and Micheline Callicott is a teacher. Each artist has a story. Look for profiles of each one to be posted on social media.

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

North Charleston Arts Fest Reveals 2017 Design Competition Winner – Judy McSween

February 8, 2017

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department (SC) is pleased to announce Judy McSween of Charleston as the winner of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, McSween’s oil painting, titled “Scraping the Sky II”, will be used to promote the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7, 2017.  In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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“Scraping the Sky II” by Judy McSween

McSween’s design was selected from a total of 60 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to McSween, “Scraping the Sky II” evokes the exuberance of a new day and the anticipation of discovery. The piece was created after a summer trip the artist took with her husband, daughter, and nieces, where they explored galleries, parks, and restaurants. “I painted the fresh, inviting view recalling the vibrant city skyline when we embarked,” she explains. “It parallels how I approach a blank canvas – with a simple plan and with excitement to see what I’ll uncover along the way.”

McSween was born in Warren, OH, and earned a BFA with a specialization in painting from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. She began her career as an art teacher in Warren, OH, and taught art at a number of private and public schools when she relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC, in the late eighties. Her attention turned from painting and teaching to raising a family of four children after a move to Lexington, SC, in the late nineties. She returned to painting full time when her family relocated to Charleston, SC, in 2008.

McSween has participated in numerous regional art shows. She was the featured artist at The Saul Alexander Gallery located in the Charleston County Library in January 2016 and was invited to be an exhibiting member in Charleston’s “Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artists Exhibit” that spring in Marion Square. Her work was selected for the 2010 “Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibit” and has been awarded Honorable Mentions in the North Charleston Arts Fest’s Judged Fine Art Competition. Her paintings have also been featured on the cover of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Program Guide and the 2015 baseball novel, “Dreaming .400”.

McSween’s paintings are primarily abstract with an emphasis on color and texture. A painting may come to viewers as representative – such as a landscape – and at other times, her paintings are defined by a thought or idea. She currently paints in her home studio and teaches part-time at The Montessori Community School of Charleston. For more information about the artist, or to see her work, visit (www.judymcsween.com).

A new series of McSween’s abstract land and sea inspired scenes will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2017. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Scraping the Sky II”. 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 6 & 7, 2017. 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).

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Calls for Entries for “2017 Biennale” – Deadline is March 6, 2017

February 8, 2017

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The Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, invites you to enter the “2017 Biennale”, its 25th national juried exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $7000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at the Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. This state of the art gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

The “25th Biennale” judge will be Susan Mayfield. Mayfield is an award-winning artist known for her use of color and light in pastel and oils. Raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, she earned a Fine Arts degree with honors from the College of Charleston and further studied with prominent artists from around the country. Mayfield has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, including the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, the Joyce Robins Gallery in Sante Fe, NM, the Red Piano Gallery on Hilton Head, SC, and the City Art Gallery in Greenville, NC, among many others. In addition to painting, Mayfield teaches art classes in her studio and leads artist workshops around the country. Read more about Mayfield here at (http://susanmayfield.net/).

Deadline to enter is March 6, 2017

All entries will be juried from digital image. Each artist may enter up to three pieces of original artwork created within the last three years and never accepted into an Art League of Hilton Head juried show before. Only one piece of art per artist will be accepted into the show. To enter click here at (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4048).

For further information contact Kristen McIntosh, Gallery Manager by calling 843/681-5060, e-mail at (admin@artleaguehhi.org) or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers Exhibit Focused on Love

February 7, 2017

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, is presenting “Not Your Typical Love Story”, featuring works that express different ways we love, who, why, what’s missing, what we want, pet love, sacrifice…, on view from Feb. 2 – 28, 2017. A reception will be held on Feb. 11, from 5-8pm.

Originally Valentine’s Day was about respecting people’s need for love, compassion, and acceptance. This group show illustrates artists’ interpretations on the theme. Celebrate all diverse interpretations of love in a less commercial representation. Except for the chocolate part. There will be lots of chocolate.

Participating guest artists include: Chrisi Blyth, Deane V. Bowers, Linda D’Elia, Kopeace, Dina Platt, Nicole Robinson, Shari Schultz, Vik, and Henry Wolf.

There will be new work by Fabulon artists including: Louise Aug, Meyriel Edge, Amanda England, Eugene Horne, Susan Irish, Liza S. Lindahl, Laura McRae-Hitchcock, and Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407. Free parking is available on site.

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

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Presents Fine Art & Fine Wine Fundraiser – Feb. 11, 2017

January 7, 2017

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What better way to celebrate ART and LEARNING than with a festive wine tasting and art auction! The Society is hosting a fundraiser event to benefit SOBA’s Center for Creative Arts which covers adult programs, free after-school programs for local 4-5th graders, events such as the K-5 Childrens’ Art Expo, and scholarships for Bluffton high school students to attend college or universities to work towards art-related degrees.

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“Fine Art & Fine Wine” will be held on Feb. 11, 2017, from 5-9pm in the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Community Park in Bluffton. Tickets are a mere $25 and include the wine tasting, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to bid on great art donated by local artists. Wine will also be available to purchase, by the bottle or the case, from two well-known distributors: Aleph Wines Corporation and Alvintage Wines. Representatives will be in attendance to answer questions and guide the party-goers in their selections. Cheese for the tasting will be furnished by Murray’s Cheese of Bluffton Kroger. Hors d’oeuvres platters will be donated by The Complete Home.

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Tickets are available at the SOBA Gallery and from SOBA members each of whom have been given a handful they are responsible for selling.

SOBA is a non-profit organization established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities. Help to continue the tradition of sharing the love of art and learning with our community!

For further information call the Society at 843/757-6586 or visit (www.sobagallery.com).

Brookgreen Gardens Near Pawley’s Island, SC, Opens New Indoor Gallery

January 7, 2017

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The new Naomi and Stanley Bleifeld Gallery recently opened to the public at Brookgreen Gardens. Located adjacent to the Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Sculpture Court, the gallery is open daily and showcases the work of historic and contemporary sculptors whose subjects are taken from the natural world.  Most prominent in the gallery are works of art by Stanley Bleifeld. Other artist works include Anna Hyatt Huntington, Sandy Scott, Walter Matia, Dan Ostermiller, Grainger McCoy, and numerous other important sculptors, past and present.

“The addition of the Bleifeld Gallery elevates Brookgreen’s status in the museum world and provides another indoor exhibit area to display some of our smaller and important pieces of art from our world class sculpture collection,” said Bob Jewell, President & CEO.  “Similar to the Offner Center, that opened several years ago, the Bleifeld Gallery was repurposed from an existing building that now has new life.”

The artwork of Stanley Bleifeld, given to Brookgreen Gardens by his widow, Naomi (“Nicky”), will be installed in the gallery by the end of January 2017.  Nicky Bleifeld also gave the lead gift to construct the gallery in his memory.  Although Stanley Bleifeld was renowned for his sculptures depicting the human figure, he was also known for his sculptures in the round and bas-reliefs depicting landscapes and ocean waves.  Brookgreen’s  Marine Relief on the exterior wall of the Jennewein Gallery is a prime example of Stanley’s genius in this subject matter.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Near Pawley’s Island, SC, Offers Lecture by Joseph Opala – Jan. 21, 2017

January 7, 2017

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Historian and anthropologist Joseph Opala will kick-off the 2017 “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series” at Brookgreen Gardens near Pawley’s Island, SC. The theme for the three-monthly programs, which provide information about the complexity of Gullah Geechee heritage through the production of rice, is “Shared Cultural Elements of Rice Heritage.” In recognition of Native American shared cultural vestiges, Opala will present “The Black Seminoles:  Gullah Freedom Fighters and the African Frontier in North America” at 1pm in the Welcome Center Conference Room on Jan. 21, 2017. The program is free with garden admission. Seating must be reserved at 843/235-6049.

Opala, of Harrisonburg, VA, is known for his research on the “Gullah Connection.” He has spent 40 years using historical discoveries to bring Sierra Leoneans, Gullahs, and Black Seminoles together in a series of homecomings along the entire migration route, from West Africa to Mexico.  His talk will relay how some Gullahs used their rice farming skills to win their freedom.

Other events about Gullah heritage include an educational exhibit and two Wednesday programs.

“Shine On, Gullah. Shine On.”, an exhibit of Story Quilts, Fabric Collages, and Prints by Fabric Chronicler Dorothy Montgomery of Charleston, will be displayed at Learning Lab I of the Wall Lowcountry Center from 12-4:30 p.m. daily from Jan. 9 through Mar. 12, 2017. Her art reflects Gullah history and culture and her Gullah experiences, including language and traditions. Each quilt uses a variety of mediums including fabric and acrylic paints, ink, crayons, embroidery floss, dye sticks, and appliqués.

The Wednesday “Gullah Geechee Program Series” will feature two guest presenters. On Jan. 18, Montgomery will present a lecture about her exhibit. On Jan. 25, Gillian Richards-Greaves, Ph.D., will present “Connections with Gullah Geechee and Caribbean/West African Cultures,” identifying Africanisms/African retentions in both.  Richards-Greaves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography and the Assistant Director for the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University.  Each program will be at 1pm, in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. Seating must be reserved at 843/235-6049.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, consult our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.