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Check out our recent post at Carolina Arts Unleashed

May 4, 2017

We have posted a blog entry about an exhibit by Fletcher Williams III in North Charleston, SC, part of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest over at Carolina Arts Unleashed (http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/). Go check it out.

“Fresh Linen and Royalty” by Fletcher Williams III, discarded wood, automotive paint, metal flake, steel lath, LED, 30 x 30 x 4 inches

Vendors Sought for 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Apr. 14, 2017

March 30, 2017

The 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest is taking place May 3-7, 2017 in North Charleston, SC. Vendor opportunities are available for artists, crafters, guilds, antique merchants, and arts-related businesses and organizations at the Arty Block Party on May 4, as well as the Arts Fest Expo on May 6 & 7. Complete details and application instructions for these vendor opportunities are available for download at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. The deadline to submit applications is Apr. 14, 2017.

The North Charleston Arts Fest Arty Block Party is a new event combining what was previously the Arts Fest Art Walk and Arts Fest Street Dance. The event will be held from 5:00-9:00pm on Thursday, May 4, in the Olde Village area of North Charleston near Park Circle. East Montague Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Jenkins Avenue and Virginia Avenue. Vendors will line the street between Chateau Avenue and Virginia Avenue. Aside from vendors, the event also features live music by the Shem Creek Boogie Band and Contemporary Violinist Daniel D., live painting demos, hands-on art activities, a kid’s zone, and more. It’s a night of art and culture for the entire family to enjoy!

Vendor spaces are open to artists, fine craft artisans, crafters, guilds, and arts-related businesses and non-profit organizations. Fees range from $10 to $30.

The Arts Fest Expo, considered the festival’s flagship event, takes place May 6 & 7 from 11am-5pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. The Expo offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four stages; judged art and photography shows; the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit; a gem & mineral show; children’s activities; a food courtyard; and art, craft, and antique vendors.

Vendor spaces are open to artists, fine craft artisans, and crafters selling original, hand-made items, as well as art guilds and antique merchants. This year, all vendors will be placed indoors in Exhibit Hall B, with vendor spaces separated by pipe and drape. Fees range from $50-$80.

The North Charleston Arts Fest has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina with a schedule that offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, or to download vendor applications and entry instructions for the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

For more information about other programs offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

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).

Steve Hazard and Philip Simmons Foundation Launch a New Crystal and Glass Gift Collection for 2017

December 24, 2016

North Charleston, SC, glass and metal artist Steve Hazard has partnered with the Philip Simmons Foundation to produce a new gift collection of ornaments, paperweights, coasters, bowls and vases in etched crystal and glass. These items feature designs from the extensive portfolio of drawings and sketches by Philip Simmons, the legendary master blacksmith of Charleston, SC. Motifs chosen for the new gift collection can be seen in some of the gates in Charleston as well as museums in Columbia, SC; Atlanta, GA; and in Washington, DC. These ironworks were designed and/or fabricated by Simmons during his long and prolific career of 80 years.

When Steve Hazard relocated from San Diego, CA, to Charleston in 2003, Philip Simmons was the first local artisan he wanted to meet. He had hopes of collaborating with Simmons on a project incorporating metal and glass. Their first encounter was a conversation in Simmons living room that lasted several hours. Hazard shared photos of his past projects in metal, glass and clay. Simmons reciprocated by showing him and his wife  sketches, detailed plans and pictures of a few of the many commissions he had completed during his career as the legendary blacksmith of Charleston. Unfortunately, Hazard’s hopes to collaborate were not realized during Simmons’ lifetime (1912-2009).  By this time, Simmons had retired from workshop activities because of health issues.

Last summer, Rossie Colter of the Philip Simmons Foundation approached Hazard about fabricating a collection of gifts in glass etched with designs from the portfolio of drawings for projects Simmons fashioned in iron. Hazard accepted the invitation  even though he was already busy creating a collection of works in fused glass for the gift shop of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open in Washington, DC, on Sept. 24, 2016. He welcomed the opportunity to use his skills as a designer and fabricator to honor the legacy of Philip Simmons by translating a set of iconic motifs from his ironworks to glass. Through personal and business gifts, the Philip Simmons Crystal & Glass Collection expands the artisan’s audience to the people who did not have the opportunity to meet the person who contributed so much to the beauty of Charleston through his artistry and humanity.

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Left: Flame & Heart Round Crystal Bowl (8” Dia.) Right: Egret Rectangle Vase (9” H)

When samples of selected crystal pieces from the collection were first displayed during the 2016 holiday season, visitors to the Philip Simmons Museum House were eager to make a purchase or to place an order. Pieces from this new collection are now available for purchase on the Foundation’s website (www.philipsimmons.us) and in the gift shop at the Philip Simmons Museum House located at 30 ½ Blake Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Hours: Tue.-Sat., from11am-4pm.

For info call 843/723-1259 or e-mail to (info@philipsimmons.us).

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Seeks Entries for Statewide Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 15, 2017

December 23, 2016

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Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 16th 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 3-7, 2017. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries.

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Work by John Turner

The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com). Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Artists in need of assistance with any part of 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 2017/2018 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 Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC. As associate dean he is responsible for the School’s administrative activities as well as projects related to educational and cultural programming and donor stewardship. Haga has served as a slide juror for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition for several years and is President of the Advisory Board of Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC. Haga has judged numerous exhibitions in the Southeastern United States and has been a grant panelist for organizations such as the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The 16th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 3-7, 2017, 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 3, 2017, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is Calling for Entries Sought for “12th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” Deadline Feb. 25, 2017

December 6, 2016

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Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the twelfth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. This year, honorariums for artists accepted into the show have increased to $1250 to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each). The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb/ 25, 2017.

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“Truce” by Adam Walls (2016/17 Best in Show)

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Robin R. Salmon, Vice President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Robin is currently the chair of the National Sculpture Society Exhibitions Committee, which is the oldest organization of professional sculptors, and has more than thirty years of museum, curatorial, and programming experience.

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“Cubes in Motion” by Hanna Jubran (2016/17 Honorable Mention)

The “12th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1, 2017, through March 25, 2018, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

African American Fiber Artists Sought for Special Exhibition in North Charleston, SC

November 11, 2016

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the United States and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the “11th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, titled “Move On Up and Reach the Higher Ground”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from May 1-June 23, 2017. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is available online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s exhibition calls for fiber art inspired by the aspirational music of the 1970’s that sought to unify and lift the spirit of our nation, specifically songs such as Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” and “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield. As we find ourselves, once again, in a time of great division and unrest, the challenge for this special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that explores the ideas of creating a better world, journeying toward self-awareness, and ascending to a position of loving acceptance of all citizens.

Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2017/2018 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 “11th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Move On Up and Reach the Higher Ground” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from May 1-June 23, 2017, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the artists will be held at City Hall on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Artists in All Disciplines Sought for 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC – Deadline is Dec. 15, 2016

October 28, 2016

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking performers and presenters in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media art, and literature for participation in the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest to be held May 3-7 at various venues throughout North Charleston, SC. National, regional, and local artists, as well as ethnic/cultural groups and community organizations are welcome to submit an application, which can be accessed at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). Agents submitting applications on behalf of two or more artists or groups should contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org) for special application instructions. There is NO fee to apply. Applications will be accepted through the online submission platform until midnight on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Artists in need of assistance with any part of 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.

The North Charleston Arts Fest is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of events and activities such as concerts, theatre presentations, exhibitions and installations, children’s programs, film screenings, workshops and demonstrations, and more.  Now entering its 35th year, the festival is set to undergo some exciting changes, including significant revisions to the event schedule. The review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that will work well in the available venues and are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Proposals for new concepts or programs are encouraged.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854.

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Design for 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest – Deadline Dec. 15, 2016

October 27, 2016

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The City of North Charleston is calling upon South Carolina visual artists to participate in the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. The winning piece will become the official art design of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7, 2017, and will be featured on all promotional materials and merchandise, including billboards, print and digital advertisements, television commercials, program booklets, posters, apparel, online, and more. The winning artist will receive a $500 purchase award and be given the opportunity to exhibit other original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the festival. In addition, the winning piece will become part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection, which is displayed throughout City Hall.

The deadline to submit works for the competition is Thursday, December 15, 2016.

There is NO entry fee to participate in the North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. The competition is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older.  Categories of work accepted are: acrylic, oil, drawing/pastel, watercolor, and 2-D mixed media. Entries must be submitted online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.Slideroom.com) by the December 15 deadline.  Artists may enter a maximum of three pieces into the competition.

The North Charleston Arts Fest is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.  The annual multiday celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. For more than 3o years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina.

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work by Lisa Shimko

Previous Arts Festival Design Competition winners include Lisa Shimko of Charleston, SC (2016), Karole Turner Campbell (KTC) of North Charleston, SC (2015); Amiri Gueka Farris of Bluffton, SC (2014); Linda Elksnin of Mt. Pleasant, SC (2013); Elena Barna of North Charleston, SC (2012); and Pedro Rodriguez of Hanahan, SC (2011).

For more information about the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com), or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail at (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). Artists in need of assistance with any part of the submission process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Calls for Application for Exhibits for July 2017 – June 2018 – Deadline is Nov. 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

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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 in North Charleston, SC. 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 2016 to evaluate and select exhibits for July 2017-June 2018. There is no fee to apply. Artists must apply online at (www.northcharlestonculturalartsdpartment.slideroom.com) by Monday, November 30, 2016, in order to be considered.

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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.