Archive for the ‘Midlands SC Visual Arts’ Category

2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline April 21, 2017

April 4, 2017

In partnership with the Arts Council of York County, the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County, SC, on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017. For this program, artists and artisans are defined as individuals who make handcrafted products without the use of kits or commercial models, and whose primary components are not manufactured. Examples include but are not limited to: painters, potters, weavers, quilters, jewelers, acoustic musicians, and artisan bakers. Storytellers and musicians may also apply to be considered. Those selected to participate in the Tour will be located at Farm Sites and can sell their products.

Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence. Artisans can participate on different weekends but must complete a separate application for each county/weekend. There is no fee to participate. Artists and artisans may apply online at (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans). Artisans whose applications are received after Friday, April 21, 2017 will not be included on printed materials; however, they will be listed on (www.AgAndArtTour.com).

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free, self- guided tour of farms featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. Set to take place at local farms and farm stands in 11 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Newberry, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life. The Tour will be held each weekend in June, on Saturday, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sunday. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state.

The first Ag + Art Tour started in 2012 in York County to bring together agriculture and art. York County hosted close to 3,000 visitors during the inaugural year. The Tour expanded to include Lancaster County in 2013 with 6,000 total visitors, and added its third and fourth counties to include Chester and Fairfield in 2014 with a total of 8,000 attendees for the entire tour. In 2015, the Tour welcomed its fifth county – Union. Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry Counties joined the Tour in 2016, and in 2017, the Tour added Florence and Newberry Counties, bringing the total number of participating counties to eleven. Overall, the Tour has seen over 20,000 visitors since launching in 2012.

The Tour is coordinated by a leadership team and county-level planning teams that are coordinated by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, chamber of commerce, tourism bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, arts councils and community volunteers.

Support for this project is provided by York Electric Cooperative, Inc., the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax/Tourism Commission, York County Hospitality Tax, the ACYC’s Annual Campaign and Small Grants Program, and the John and Susan Bennet Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information on the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgAndArtTour.com) for details. Artists and artisans seeking more information about participating in the Ag + Art Tour of York County should contact Stephanie Castaldo by e-mail at (scastaldo@yorkcountyarts.org) or call 803/328-2787.

Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Artisan Participation – Deadline Apr. 21, 2017

April 3, 2017

The Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour Artisan Application is now live! Lancaster, SC, is one of eleven counties that comprise the South Carolina Ag+Art Tour, our nation’s largest free farm tour. The annual free self-guided tour of Lancaster County’s agricultural sites will be Saturday, June 17, 2017. from 9am-5pm and Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 1-5pm.

Artisans are invited to offer works for show and sale, conduct demonstrations or performances, and greet visitors at the following Lancaster County locations: Benford Brewing Company, Dixie Bee Supply and Country Store, The Ivy Place (Sunday only), #9 Lumber Company, Griff’s Greenhouse and Nursery, Historic Craig Farm, Native American Studies Center (Native American Artisans), SC Truffieres & Howell Specialty Farmz, Lancaster County Farmers Market(Saturday only). There is no charge for artisans to participate.

Interested artisans can go here: (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans) to learn more and apply. The direct link to the application is below:

(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJS8f2Y-E8w1FS7nOJzy0GEm3gtS6haI_DiiDt0QtRad4Mxg/viewform).

Artisans should contact Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720 or e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or call 803/285-7451 for copies of application or other information.

The deadline to apply to appear in printed materials is Friday, April 21 at 5pm.

Additionally, Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour will kick-off the event on Friday, June 16 from 6-8pm at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.  Hosted by See Lancaster Live and sponsored by City of Lancaster, the event features live music with Blackbeard’s Truck, heavy appetizers, art exhibits by local/regional/national artists, cash bar with The Craft Stand, and complimentary bottle of honey courtesy Dixie Bee Supply. A limited number of tickets will be sold and prices are $15 for adult, $10 for children. These can be purchased online at (www.lancastercitysc.com) or e-mail (p.arts@lancastercitysc.com) or call 803/289-1494.

City of West Columbia (SC) to Host Art on State – A Celebration of Art Month, April 7, 2017, with the State Street Art Crawl

April 3, 2017

The City of West Columbia (SC) invites you to Art on State – A Celebration of Art Month on the 100 Block of State Street on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-8pm. The event will feature live music by Flat Out Strangers, and food and drink from Size Matters BBQ Bus and other restaurants on State Street. There will be live street mural paintings by Alicia Leeke, Art & Murals by B.A. Homan, Dylan Fouste, Jamie Blackburn, Lucas Sams, Michael Cassidy Painting, Michael Krajewski, and Sammy Lopez. Businesses on State Street will have specials for the event. Come enjoy the beautiful view of the city skyline, dine, stroll and immerse yourself in art!

The State Street Art Crawl will also feature local artist Melony Stuckey and local artisan, Mardi Renn, at It’s the Little Things, “Jocelyn Chateauvert: Recent Works” at Gallery West, and “Jaclyn Wukela’s Frame of Mind” at Frame of Mind.

For further info call Anna Huffman, Public Information Officer at 803/939-8613.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Instructors

March 30, 2017

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is looking for​ certified teachers​ and instructors and arts professionals for our summer Arts & Sciences Summer Camps from July 10 to Aug. 4, 2017.​​ Morning camps are 3-hour, week-long sessions for 4 consecutive weeks​, beginning July 10 for K-6 children​.​ Camp weeks: July 10 – Lancaster at Covenant Baptist Church;​​​ July 17 – Buford at Tabernacle United Methodist Church; July 24 – Kershaw at First Baptist Church – Kershaw; July 31 – Indian Land at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. ​

For the proposal form or more information, please visit (http:///www.lccarts.net) or e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or contact the Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 803/285-7451. ​​

Red Rose Festival in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries in the 2017 Photography Contest – Deadline Apr. 21, 2017

March 30, 2017

The Red Rose Festival Photography Contest & Exhibition sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts will take part with the annual Red Rose Festival on May 19/20, 2017, in downtown Lancaster, SC. Open to all ages, participants are asked to submit one 8 x 10 color or black/white photography of their visual interpretation of what makes our Lancaster community special. There is no entry fee. This is a juried competition and there are cash awards: $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. In addition, an Honorable Mention photograph is named. Exhibition will be on display in the Springs House galleries during May.

All submissions are due by 3pm on Apr. 21, 2017, to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.

For more information and/or to register call 803/285-7451, e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or visit (www.lccarts.net). Sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the City of Lancaster.

Arts Council of York County Now Accepting Proposals for Dalton Gallery 2018 in Rock Hill, SC – Deadline is May 1, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Arts Council of York County is now accepting applications for 2018 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery is a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. It is an 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

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Work by Chung Chak

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of the Arts Council’s 2018 gallery exhibitions, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager for the Arts Council:

• $20 application fee (non-refundable)
• 10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted    discs please)
• Inventory lists, with titles, sizes, and mediums
• Artist Resume
• Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement

All entries must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday, May 1, 2017. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council’s submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

*Payments in the form of cash, credit card or check will be accepted. All checks must be payable to the Arts Council of York County.

Mail to:
ACYC Attn: Mike Gentry
PO Box 2797
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Deliver to:
Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC’s first state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

The University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design Offer 62nd Annual Art Auction, on Mar. 29, 2017, at McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC

February 28, 2017

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The 62nd Annual Art Auction will be held on Mar. 28, 2017, from 6-9pm at the McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC. The event will include original artworks of a variety of mediums including: sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, painting and ceramics made by faculty, current students, and alumni of the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design and artists within the community including:

Alfred Birdsey
Jeremy Butler
Jamie Berry
Carl Craighead
Olivia Daouphars
Naomi Falk
Sharon Funderburk
Bonnie Goldberg
Lauren Greenwald
Julie Hamer
Edmari Hernandez-Silen
Mana Hewitt
Howard Hunt
Joshua Jackson
Wesley Nicole Jefferies
Bri Kinard
Marcella Kuykendall
Bobbi Leavens
Alicia Leeke
Shannon Rae Lindsey
Sean McGuinness
Erin Mitchell
Jane Nodine
Carol Pittman
Cameron Porter
Kathleen Robbins
Mary Robinson
Ellie Rose
Sara Schneckloth
Virginia Scotchie
Blue Sky
Greyson Smith
Alexandra Stasko
John Henry Tecklenburg
Olaf Tollefsen
Moses Tsai
Cody Unkart
Noah Valentim
Evelyn Wong

These artworks will go to the highest bidders Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 6-9pm in the McMaster Gallery at the 62nd Annual USC Art Auction. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

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Work by Alicia Leeke

The artwork will be on display for public viewing starting at 1pm on March 29. Anyone who cannot attend the Art Auction event can fill out an Absentee Form to participate. There will be a Preview Party at 6pm followed by the Live Auction at 6:30pm. The Silent Auction will be open at 6pm and close about 30 minutes after the Live Auction ends.

The auction is sponsored by the School of Visual Art and Design in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Proceeds from the auctioned works are divided between the artists and the university’s art scholarship and gallery fund. Credit cards (excluding Discover) and checks will be accepted.

This popular event will be held at McMaster Gallery located in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, with accessible street parking on Pickens, Senate, and Henderson.

Please see website for additional details and image gallery at (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art/62nd-annual-art-auction).

For more information, contact Shannon Lindsey, Gallery Director and organizer of this year’s event, at 803/777-5752, 803/777-4236, or e-mail to (slindsey@email.sc.edu).

South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is Accepting Farm Tour Sites for 2017 Tour – Deadline Mar. 15, 2017

February 27, 2017

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is currently seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour to take place in June 2017. This free, self-guided tour is a great way for farms to showcase their operation and expand their exposure to locals and visitors alike.

Tour stops include family farms that produce food (produce or proteins), fiber or timber, or add value to traditional agricultural products (on-farm breweries, cideries, cheesemakers, etc.), or are other farm-based activities, such as farmer’s markets & roadside stands.

A special feature of this tour is an art component, as local artisans will be assigned to participating farm sites during the tour weekends. These artisans will be showcasing (and selling) their work, creating a unique blended visitor experience of both agriculture and art!

The 2017 tour will include 11 South Carolina counties with different counties participating each weekend in June (see schedule below). The tour will run Saturdays from 9am- 5pm and Sundays from 1- 5pm each weekend.  Farms are encouraged to participate both days of their assigned weekend.

Weekend Participating Counties:

June 3 – 4, 2017 – Chesterfield County, Darlington County, Florence County, and Horry County

June 10 – 11, 2017 – Chester County and York County

June 17 – 18, 2017 – Kershaw County and Lancaster County

June 24 – 25, 2017 – Fairfield County, Newberry County, and Union County

Interested farms can visit our farm recruitment website at (www.agandarttour.com/farms) to learn more and apply.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017.

Contact for Ag +Art Tour of Lancaster County is Cherry Doster at 803/289-1492 or by e-mail at (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC Enters Renovation Project

February 27, 2017

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As has been announced, the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is embarking on major renovations to create more galleries, studios, and spaces for programs and events. The first step in the schedule to directly impact the public will be the closing of the CMA collection galleries on Monday, Mar. 13, 2017, so that construction on the second floor can begin. Throughout renovations, the CMA will continue its full exhibition schedule with related programs, ensuring that there is always art on view.

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Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection: March 2, at 5:30pm and Sundays, March 5 and 12, at 2pm and 3pm.

Visitors are invited to learn more about the museum’s exciting collection in the final public tours before gallery renovations begin. A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, and the American galleries. Free.

Passport to Art: Hit the Highlights: March 12, noon – 3pm.

This year-round program for families features a different theme and hands-on art project each month. This time, Passport to Art takes a look at some museum favorites on the last day the collection is on view before renovations begin. Participants can get inspired at 1pm, with a “so long” (but not farewell!) tour of the galleries and create their own masterpieces in the studio. Free.

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides

Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a picture book, games, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. They can be checked out free of charge at the visitor services desk.

Gallery guides include insider information about some of the works on view and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.

Multimedia TAP tours of the CMA collection and exhibitions provide supplemental information on certain pieces through text, audio, and video. They are available free online and designed specifically for functionality with mobile devices. For those without smart devices or headphones, iPads and headphones are provided free of charge at the visitor services desk.

For more information on renovations, visit (columbiamuseum.org/about/cma-capital-campaign). For more information on programs, visit (columbiamuseum.org/happenings). To access TAP tours, visit (columbiamuseum.org/learn/multimedia-tours).

Lancaster, SC, Artist Bob Doster Shares His Love of the Arts

February 27, 2017

The 2016-2017 school year has been a busy one for Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster. In January and February, Lancaster County School District students have been converging on his studio to paint banners that will be exhibited from March – October in the Red Rose City’s Cultural Arts District. Other South Carolina schools to host artist residencies included Hunter Street Elementary and Larne Elementary in York County, Westwood High in Blythewood, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary in Campobello, Dorchester County School District, and Indian Land’s Harrisburg Elementary. In Apex, North Carolina, West Lake Elementary School joined the ranks of the hundreds of campuses to add student-designed sculptural works to the landscape.

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Doster’s thought-provoking “Southern Crosses” has been accepted by the Artfields Competition and will be exhibited in Lake City, SC, in March and April, 2017.  Artfields is a diverse competition, exhibiting approximately 400 works selected from submissions from across the Southeast and artists compete for over $120,000 in prize money.  Doster’s “Southern Crosses” represent the artist’s seventeen-year journey of personal redemption.  The first, created in 1999, was in reaction to controversy over the Confederate flag and why it was a symbol of hate.  Believing it to be a result of the KKK and other “hate” groups having used the battle flag as a symbol of power, Doster was moved to create a mild steel cross addressing violence that people heap upon fellow man, sometimes in the name of religion. Flames rising from the cross are consuming practitioners of hate.  The second cross, of stainless steel represents greed and hate preached by false prophets. The final, most recent stainless steel cross represents the purity of faith and redemption, inspired by the forgiveness shown by families of victims of Emanuel African Methodist Church. Doster states, “Their forgiveness has strengthened my faith in my loving God.” Visitors can vote for their favorites online or during the Artfields celebration, set for April 21-29.

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“Fall Wind”, a sculpture that appears to be gracefully flowing, was one of three chosen for public exhibition until Fall, 2017 at Radford Cultural Heritage Park, located on the grounds of Glencoe Museum and Gallery in Radford, VA. The juried competition coincides with the dedication of a statue honoring Mary Draper Ingles, colonial heroine whose story of escape from captivity by the Shawnees has been retold in many ways since 1755. The competition theme centered around the epic journey to honor Mary’s heroic return over hundreds of miles back to the New River Valley. The competition is made possible through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Radford.

Doster’s “Fall Leaves”, another organically-inspired sculpture was one of eleven chosen through competition to be exhibited in downtown Fayetteville, NC’s “Work In Progress”. The public art progress exhibition is gifted to the Fayetteville community through private donors matched with funding by Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Visitors will find “Fall Leaves” at 106 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, until October 2017.

Two sculptures from Doster’s “Wind and Waves” series, “Summer Wind” and “November Wind”, are two of fifteen sculptures selected for exhibit on the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences’ grounds until September, 2017.  They were chosen for the annual “Sculpture Salmagundi Exhibition” at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC. The exhibition attracts sculptors from across the United States and represents emerging and internationally acclaimed sculptors working in many different media, scale, and concepts.

Other sculptural works by Doster will presently be found in public art installations that include NC cities of Boone, Raleigh, Cary, Pinehurst; GA cities of Dahlonega, Cummings; SC cities of Greenville, North Charleston, Lancaster, Columbia, Florence, Fort Mill, Orangeburg, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Chester, Rock Hill, York, Clinton, Laurens, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Clemson, and Anderson. In addition, commissioned works by the artist dot the corporate landscape throughout the Southeast and can be found in galleries, museums, and private collections worldwide.  Doster’s unique galleries and garden at Backstreet Studio have a large selection of his artwork and also are available for special event rentals.

Doster first began making art when he was eleven years old and has been a teaching artist listed on the SC Arts Commission for more than thirty years. One-day metal sculpture and bottle tree workshops are hosted at his studio, located 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s. Workshops are scheduled for March 4, April 1 and 22, May 20 from 8am-4pm. Students draw, cut, weld, and polish works of their own design and all supplies are included in the $100 per person fee.

To find more information, visit (www.bobdoster.com) or (www.facebook.com/backstreetstudio). To contact Bob Doster, call 803/285-9190 or e-mail at (rcdoster@comporium.net).