Archive for the ‘Pee Dee SC Area Visual Arts’ Category

Governor’s School of Science & and Math in Hartsville, SC, Announces GSSM Senior, Shelby Moore of Anderson County, Wins First Place in National Youth Art Month State Competition

May 28, 2020

GSSM Senior, Shelby Moore of Anderson County, won first place in the high school division of the National Youth Art Month State Competition through the South Carolina Art Education Association.

Sargent Art provided art supplies and a certificate as student and teacher prizes to Shelby Moore and Patz Fowle, GSSM Visual Arts Coordinator.

Work by Shelby Moore

“Shelby Moore is in my Advanced 2-D Art Exploration course and she exemplifies excellence in the field of visual arts at GSSM,” said Patz Fowle, GSSM Visual Arts Coordinator. “Shelby has grown from a person who disliked painting, to having it become her favorite thing. She has become a highly talented, 2-D, and 3-D student of art whose techniques, subject matter and style is recognized and honored. I’m so proud of her and her accomplishments!”

Shelby Moore at work painting

Created in 1961 by The Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), Youth Art Month was an event to emphasize the value to children from participating in visual art education. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including problem-solving, creativity, observation, and communication.

For further info e-mail Patz Fowle at (

City of Florence, SC, Installs Statue of Native Artist William H. Johnson

April 9, 2020

The City of Florence, SC, installed a statue of native artist, William H. Johnson, in the West Evans Street breezeway, in the growing arts district of downtown Florence. The statue was created by sculptor Alex Palkovich, who once lived and worked in Florence, but now lives in Israel.

Alex Palkovich sitting in front of the statue he created.

William H. Johnson was born in 1901 in Florence. After deciding to pursue his dreams as an artist, he attended the National Academy of Design in New York and met his mentor, Charles Webster Hawthorne. After graduating, Johnson moved to Paris, traveled throughout Europe and was exposed to new kinds of artistic creations and artists. Upon his return to the United States, Johnson used a primitive style of painting in conjunction with what was considered a “folk” style, using bright colors and two-dimensional figures. He spent his final 23 years of life in a mental hospital in Central Islip, New York, where he died in 1970.

One of Johnson’s works from the Florence County Museum.

You can see works by Johnson at the Florence County Museum, not far from where the statue sits.

Alex Palkovich’s creations fall into the category of figurative art with elements of mannerism, capturing the nuances, personalities and stories of his subjects using subtle physical cues, attention to detail and expressive realism in features and stance. He is best known for his portraiture and his work in relief, although in recent years Palkovich has been involved in the creation and installation of many monumental pieces in and around Florence. These include an award winning memorial in Florence Veteran’s Park and a giant sculpture of Francis Marion installed in a historical park at Venter’s Landing near Johnsonville, SC.

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Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Winners of the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”

February 7, 2020

Thursday evening, January 30, 2020, marked the formal opening of the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC.

This year’s competition juror was South Carolina artist and paintings conservator Jeff Donovan of Columbia. The “Pee Dee Regional” has been presented annually since 1954 and is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state.

Attendees at the reception were welcomed by Stephen W. Motte, curator of the Florence County Museum, followed by remarks from Mr. Blake Pate, representing corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A of Florence, who announced the winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards.

The $1000 First Place prize was awarded to Ashley Arakas, for her watercolor, “Bore”. The painting is both an evocative portrait and a careful study in the interplay of negative and positive space, which the artist has used for dramatic emphasis of the painting’s subject. Arakas’ paintings in oil and watercolor have entered the competition several times in past years. In 2017, she took Third Place in the Pee Dee Regional with her painting, “Apprehensive Love”, one in a series of works exploring the psychological effects of divorce on children. Arakas was also recently awarded Best in Show at the “42nd Annual National Exhibition of the South Carolina Watermedia Society”. She is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina.

Ashley Arakas pictured with her 1st place award winning watercolor painting, “Bore”.

A Second Place award of $600 went to Kevin Spaulding for his large oil on canvas, “Requiem”. Although a relative newcomer to South Carolina, Spaulding’s paintings have quickly gained recognition on the competition stage. He has won awards at three of the past four Regional competitions, as well as at Artfields 2018 where his painting “The Sacrifice”, won the people’s choice cash award in the paintings category.

left to right: Ashley Arakas (1st Place), Alexandra Knox (Honorable Mention), Charles Clary (3rd Place), and Kevin Spaulding (2nd Place)

“Spaulding’s paintings are deep and rich, visually and conceptually,” said museum curator Stephen W, Motte. “All of his works invite the viewer to approach slowly, to come closer, but within that closeness, each leaves you with a cold, distant impression. It’s a challenging thing to accomplish as a painter, I believe.”

Third Place ($250) went to Charles Clary for his hand-cut paper relief assemblage “Memento Morrididdle Movement # 502”. In 2016 Clary took Top Prize at ArtFields for his installation piece, “Be Kind, Rewind”. He received his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009, and has been represented in galleries throughout the eastern United States. He has been featured in the popular contemporary art magazine “Hi-Fructose”, and on the Discovery Channel program, “Daily Planet”. In addition to being a full-time artist, Clary is a lecturer and teacher, and currently works at Coastal Carolina University.

Honorable Mention ($100) was given to Alexandra Knox of Loris, SC, for her sculpture “Stockpile”. Knox is a veteran of the “Pee Dee Regional”. In 2019 she was awarded second place, and in 2018 also won recognition for her three-dimensional mixed media work, “Five to Nine”. Her art frequently utilizes raw materials like plaster, wax and construction waste lumber.

“Knox’s works are very visceral and direct,” said Motte. “She has a unique ability to transform simple, familiar media into forms which communicate complex ideas.”

Knox has been a faculty member of the art department of Coastal Carolina University since 2014.

Competition juror, Jeff Donovan, said, “This year’s award winners were selected not only for their formal merits, but for their respective uniqueness of concept,” adding that, “The juror’s role is to recognize the inherent subjectivity of an artwork while measuring its success by objective criteria.”

Donovan is an artist and professional paintings conservator in Columbia, SC. He studied art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL, and at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.

As in previous years, the 2020 Pee Dee Regional was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists within the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through Friday, April 3, 2020 in the FCM Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan St. Visitors are invited to join the awards selection by casting their ballots for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through Friday, March 27. The winner will be announced Monday, March 30.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan Street, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through Friday, April 3, 2020.

For more information about the “Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” and other upcoming exhibits and events, please contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit the website at (

CREATE Conway in Conway, NC, Presents the Spring Indie Market 2020 – April 18, 2020

February 7, 2020

CREATE Conway in Conway, NC, presents the Spring Indie Market 2020 with live music, food truck vendors, and over 50 exhibiting artists, artisans, designers, and vintage makers. Attendance at Indie Market continues to grow larger and larger. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join your local creative community.

When: Saturday, April 18th from 10am – 4pm
Where: Laurel Street to Second Avenue
Historic Riverfront District of Downtown Conway

All products sold at this event must be handmade, homemade, and/or designed by you, the seller. Reselling commercial products is strictly prohibited from this event. Vendors who do not abide by this disclaimer will be asked to leave the event and no refunds will be issued.

CREATE! Conway active members receive a FREE outside space.
CREATE! Conway active members inside space is $30
Non-members outside space is $45 and inside space is $75
Food Truck Vendors outside space is $45
Be sure to check out our money saving offer below before you reserve your spot.

NOTE: The City of Conway now mandates that all vendors have a City of Conway business license. If you already have one, please bring a copy with you on the day of the event. If you do not have one you will be required to pay an additional $5 when you check-in on the day of the event.

Applications are being accepted now through April 5, 2020.

Have questions? E-mail inquiries to ( or call Brian at 843/997-0902.

A Trip to Florence, SC, to See Some Art

December 7, 2019

I just made a post on our blog “Carolina Arts Unleashed” about a trip I made to Florence, SC, to see a couple of exhibits. You can view it at ( It was the first time I’ve been back to Florence to see some art in about five years and things have really changed. I got a look at the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s new national exhibit at the new Francis Marion University’s University Place Gallery in downtown Florence and the Jim Boden exhibit at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery. Check it out.

Work by Ashley Arakas, Best of Show in the Watermedia exhibit

Work by Jim Boden from the “Out of Paradise” exhibit

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, is Calling All Artists, Artisans, Crafters, and Food Truck Vendors for HOLIDAY BAZAAR 2019 – Dec. 14, 2019

November 5, 2019

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, presents HOLIDAY BAZAAR 2019 complete with live music, food truck vendors, over 50 exhibiting artists, designers, and crafters. We will be transforming the auditorium and parking lot of Ekklesia Christian Church into a holiday shopping wonderland and we need you!

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 10am – 5pm
Where: 2469 Highway 501 East, Conway, SC (Ekklesia Christian Church)

10′ x 10′ indoor space is $60
10′ x 10′ outdoor space is $35
Food Truck Vendor space is $50

Have questions? E-mail inquiries to ( or call Dee at 810/923-3334.

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Awards Museum Leadership Award to Andrew R. Stout, Executive Director, Florence County Museum, Florence, SC

October 9, 2019

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is proud to announce the winner of the Museum Leadership Award. The winner was chosen from a wide range of entries across the Southeastern United States. The SEMC Awards Committee, co-chaired by Julie Harris, Catherine Pears, and Robin Reed, honors outstanding colleagues who have helped shape the world of museums.

The Museum Leadership Award, initiated in 1994, recognizes mid-career museum professionals who have shown significant advancement within the profession by leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region. Award eligibility requires ten years of experience as a museum staff member and a minimum of five years immediate past tenure with a museum in the SEMC region.

The winner of this year’s award is Andrew R. Stout, Executive Director, Florence County Museum, Florence, SC. Andrew R. Stout began his museum career at the Florence Museum (SC) in a small converted residence. Since 2001 he has diligently advocated for museum support and helped to champion its impact on Florence’s cultural, educational, and economic future. Stout was named the director of the newly formed Florence County Museum system in 2009 and assisted in cultivating funding for its construction and annual operational support. During this process Stout coordinated all necessary policies and procedures for the newly structured system along with the development of needed professional staff. In 2013 funding was allocated to acquire 140 works of art that compose the Wright Collection of Southern Art. This collection was featured at the opening of the Florence County Museum in October of 2014. In 2018 Andrew worked to secure funding for the acquisition of two significant collections of art by 20th century artist William H. Johnson and his wife Holcha Krake, over fifty works collectively. The Florence County Museum has an annual average attendance of 24,000 visitors and is always free to the public.

Since 2014 Stout has served on the executive committee for the South Carolina Federation of Museums and has served as the President since 2017. He has assisted in the formation of the Wright Foundation for Southern Art, Florence County Museum Foundation and the Wilson High School Class of 1945 Scholarship fund.

The award will be presented during the SEMC Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon October 23, 2019, at the Charleston Marriott.

For more information, visit ( or contact John Witek, Manager of Communication and Member Services by calling 404/814-2047 or e-mail to (

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Call for Submissions to “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” – Nov. 3, 2019

September 18, 2019

The Florence County Museum is proud to present the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Florence. The competition aims to highlight the best contemporary art in the Pee Dee region. This year’s exhibition will be on display in the FCM Waters Gallery located at 135 South Dargan Street in Florence.

Any person who is a native or resident of the following Pee Dee counties is eligible to enter: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg. The 1st place award receives $1,000. The 2nd place award receives $500. The 3rd place award receives $250. Honorable Mention receives $100. People’s Choice receives $50.

We are excited to announce this year’s online submission and judging process for the “2020 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”. Artists are invited to upload digital imagery of original work for consideration. Please visit (

Online submissions will be accepted through 10pm on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. After which time, the competition juror will select works from online submissions. Artists will be notified by e-mail as to each entry’s acceptance status during the week of Nov. 18, 2019.

Artists whose work has been accepted by the juror into the semifinal round will be required to drop off their work at the FCM Waters Gallery, Dec. 2-13, 2019.

Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Calls for Entries for Annual Halloween Party – Something Wicked This Way Comes – Deadline Sept. 3, 2019

August 13, 2019

Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, is eerily excited to present our first annual exhibit to coincide with our Second Annual Halloween Party.

Submit your original uncanny, sinister, ghostly, spectral, supernatural, otherworldly, mysterious, curious 2-D, 3-D and photographic original work to this juried exhibit. Amateur and professional artists age 18 and older are invited to enter.

E-mail submissions to (
Indicate “Something Wicked This Way Comes” as your subject line
Up to three entries allowed per artist.

Send 1-3 images, each submission needs to include the following information:
Artist Name, Address, phone number, and e-mail in the body of a PDF file or e-mail (jpegs attached alone in an e-mail must not exceed 1.5MB in total in a single e-mail or we cannot open them).
Accepted entries must be properly protected and labeled as listed below.
Artists name
Media information

Any person in who lives, works or creates in the Pee Dee region may submit images for consideration. All work must be original, created by the person who enters that work.

September 3rd : Submission Deadline
September 5th : Notification of accepted entries listed on website and via e-mail
September 6, 10 -2pm, September 9, 1-5pm and September 10, 10-5pm:
Drop off to gallery
September 12th: exhibit on display with opening reception at 5:30 pm
November 15th : last day for the exhibit
November 19th : pick up work from BCAC
December 13th : last day to pick up work from BCAC

All 2-D art must be framed and wired for hanging, no saw tooth or clips. Size is not to exceed 36 x 36 including frame.
3-D art must be fully assembled and not exceed 18 H x 14 W x 7” D with base.
Photography must be framed. The minimum print size of at least one dimension must be greater than 10 inches. Size not exceeding 36 X36 including frame.

The gallery also reserves the right to use your name and images of your artwork for publicity purposes. Your entry into this exhibition constitutes your acceptance of the terms of this agreement.

Exhibited work will be available for sale unless the artist designates it NFS (Not For Sale). The artist determines the price. BCAC retain a 30% commission on all sales. The balance will be presented to the artist after the show’s conclusion.

For further information e-mail to (

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, is Calling all Artists, Artisans, Crafters, Musicians and Food Vendors to Participate in Live Oak Art & Music Fest – Deadline Sept. 15, 2019

July 21, 2019

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, presents Live Oak Art & Music Fest complete with live music, food truck vendors, children’s activity center, and over 50 exhibiting artists, designers, and crafters. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch artists in action, purchase something special, and meet the local creative community. The Live Oak festival has welcomed thousands of visitors since it began in 2004 and is now held in conjunction with the City of Conway’s Fall Festival.

When: Saturday, October 5th from 10am – 5pm
Where: 1201 Third Ave – Horry County Courthouse

Members of CREATE Conway with active memberships, receive a FREE 10′ x 10′ space. Non-Members or inactive CREATE Conway members may reserve a 10′ x 10′ space for $45 (see membership savings option below before you sign up)
Food Truck Vendor space is $50.

Have questions? E-mail inquiries to ( or call Dee at 810/923-3334.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Application and payment deadline is September 15, 2019.

Sign up to exhibit here (