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

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 (createconway@gmail.com) or call Dee at 810/923-3334.

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

Sign up to exhibit here (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4ba9ae2fa0ff2-live).

South Carolina Watermedia Society Calls for Entries for Its “2019 SCWS Annual National Exhibition” – Deadline August 4, 2019

June 10, 2019

The South Carolina Watermedia Society’s “2019 SCWS Annual National Exhibition” will take place from Nov. 2 – Dec. 20, 2019, at the Francis Marion University Place, 142 North Dargan Street in Florence, SC 29506.

Eligibility and Entry
The call for entries for the “2019 SCWS Annual National Exhibition” is now open! All paid SCWS members may receive one entry at no cost, and one additional entry may be submitted for $20. (You will receive a separate e-mail with a discount code for free entry.) Non-members may enter for $50. SCWS accepts online entries only via CaFE, where you can log into an existing profile or create a new one. Then you can upload artwork as a digital file and enter the call.

Deadline
The call for entries closes August 4, 2019. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.

Juror
Ryan Fox is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as five state & regional societies — Georgia, Illinois, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and North Carolina (GWS, IWS, NEWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC). Fox has won awards in The American Watercolor Society (AWS), Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Missouri Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS), and Watercolor Society of North Carolina juried shows. His work has been featured in “Watercolor Artist”, “Art of Watercolour”, and “Splash 15, 16, 19 and 20” hardcover books published by F+W Media. His instructional DVDs are marketed by Creative Catalyst Productions. You can view his work online at (www.rfoxphoto.com).

Complete details and instructions are available on the SCWS website. We look forward to receiving your entry at this link (https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=6652).

South Carolina Clay Artist, Patz Fowle, Has Several Works Included in Upcoming Exhibitions

May 30, 2019

Patz Fowle’s mixed media sculpture “Boot Scoot” has been accepted for the “2019 National Art Education Association Member Juried Exhibition”, on view from June 17 through Dec. 6, 2019. The annual NAEA Member exhibit showcases artwork created by NAEA’s vibrant professional community of visual arts educators, highlighting the artistic skill and vision of members worldwide. All members of the NAEA were invited to submit artwork to be juried for possible inclusion in the 2019 exhibition. 62 works were selected for exhibition at the NAEA Studio & Gallery. The NAEA Studio & Gallery is located minutes from Washington, DC, in arts-rich Old Town Alexandria, VA. This space showcases outstanding artwork created by visual arts education professionals from around the world who are NAEA members. Mission of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.

The NAEA Studio & Gallery is located at 901 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information contact: NAEA Gallery Coordinator Scott Russell by e-mail at (srussell@arteducators.org) or visit (arteducators.org).

Patz Fowle’s mixed media sculpture, “Pork Pie” was juried into the prestigious “86th National Sculpture Society’s Annual Awards Exhibition” to be held at Brookgreen Gardens, SC, on view from August 10 through October 27, 2019.

The National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group of America’s most prominent sculptors. Its members have created much of this country’s public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s. It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century. For further info visit (nationalsculpture.org).

Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931 and today is a National Historic Landmark and a garden museum with the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world.

Patz Fowle is a professional artist, Visual Arts Coordinator and art instructor at the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics in Hartsville, SC. She is a member of the National Art Education Association, SC Art Education Association and the National Sculpture Society. This summer Fowle will be studying abroad in France at Savannah College of Art & Design’s Lacoste campus.

For further info e-mail Patz Fowle at (patzfowle@yahoo.com).

Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Call for Entries for the “12th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit” – Deadline June 1, 2019

May 17, 2019

Amateur and professional photographers of all ages who live, work or create in Pee Dee Region are invited to enter the Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library’s “12th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”.

To enter the contest, simply bring your photo(s) to Black Creek Arts Center or Hartsville Memorial Library between May 13 and June 1, 2019.

Three entries per person are allowed and the prices are: $15 for one entry, $25 for two and $30 for three. All pieces are to be show ready when submitted.

CATEGORIES:

Carolinas – photos taken in North or South Carolina

Photographers 18 and Under – if you are 18 years of age or younger

Travel

My Big Back Yard

2019 Carolinas Submission Form click here: (https://files.constantcontact.com/c6638098001/90aee462-07db-4de4-894f-980f773a6cc0.pdf).

Important Information for Entrants click here: (https://files.constantcontact.com/c6638098001/d684812e-6772-425a-ae87-4b2b79af6b3d.pdf).

The photographer determines the category for each photograph entered, but HML and BCAC reserve to right change the category to ensure the quality of show presentation.

Images created via any form of photography will be accepted (i.e. shot on film, shot digitally, shot with cell phones, unaltered shots, digital manipulations, alternative processes, mixed media, montages, photograms, etc.), so long as part of the image is photographically created. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to enter.

My Feelings on ArtFields 2019

May 14, 2019

I’ve just posted my response to the 2019 ArtFields over at our blog Carolina Arts Unleashed (http://carolinaarts.com/wordpress/). People have been asking me what I think about ArtFields, even though I don’t go there anymore. I’m protesting their lack of transparency. It clear the folks at ArtFields don’t care what I think but others do and they keep bugging me about it. And, I don’t like it when ArtFields tries to claim things that are not true. We have enough of that going on in our country now. If you’re one of those folks who just has to know what I think – there it is. Now don’t bug me until next year. I’m work on our June issue.

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Offers BFA Degree in Studio Art

November 6, 2018

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, recently added a new degree option, a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in studio art. This new, more intensive degree joins Coker’s existing offerings, which include a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in art with concentrations in art education, fine arts, graphic design, and photography.

Coker’s BFA in studio art will prepare students for a professional, studio-based career in a variety of media, such as painting, sculpture, graphic design, web design, photography, and mixed media. The most significant difference between a BA degree in art and a BFA in studio art is in the nature of the curriculum, with BA students focusing more in the liberal arts with general studies courses such as English, history, math and science. Viewed as a professional degree, a BFA in studio art will focus on a more specific and intensive art-focused curriculum.

“This program offers the rigorous studio practice many art students crave,” says Nate Gulledge, chair of the art department at Coker College. “I’m also excited to see how the BFA will strengthen the entire art department.”

While a BA in art does not require a portfolio review as part of the application process, candidates for the BFA in studio art will need to submit several examples of their work prior to acceptance into the program.

For more information about Coker College’s BFA in studio art, please visit (www.coker.edu/BFA-studio-art).

Coker College also offers a bachelor of arts degree in art with concentrations in art education, fine arts, graphic design, and photography. For more information, please visit (www.coker.edu/art).

Current Coker students interested in pursuing a BFA in Studio Art should contact Professor Nate Gulledge by e-mail at (ngulledge@coker.edu).

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Announces Competition Juror, Kristi Ryba

September 30, 2018

The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce South Carolina contemporary artist Kristi Ryba as juror for the “2019 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition”, sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

Ryba has lived and worked as a professional artist for the past 30 years, most of which she has spent in Charleston, SC. In that time she has explored themes of personal memory and identity in a variety of media, including video, photography, printmaking, painting, and installation.

Her recent works blend political commentary with images and iconography of illustrated Medieval religious manuscripts. Ryba has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout eastern US and is currently represented by the Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC.

A cash prize of $1000 will be awarded to the competition’s first place winner.

Artists’ entries for the “2019 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” will be taken online at (flocomuseum.org), from Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Any artist native to the Pee Dee area or currently living in Florence, Horry, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties are eligible to enter.

Competition prospectus, schedule, and registration details can be found at (flocomuseum.org). Questions may be directed to Florence County Museum by calling 843/676-1200.

CREATE Conway in Conway, SC, Offers Indie Market on Laurel – August 4, 2018

July 28, 2018

On Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, from 10am – 5pm, you’ll meet over 50 artists, artisans, and makers who create original art, funky upcycled goods, handcrafted items of wood, cloth, pottery, and glass, pine needle baskets, jewelry, culinary, and much more.

The Indie Market in Conway, SC, is an upscale indoor/outdoor event located at the entrance of the Waccamaw Riverwalk, from Second Ave, down Laurel Street to the fountain.

If you are an artist or food truck vendor we hope you’ve already signed up! If not go here ASAP because space is limited: SIGN ME UP FOR THE INDIE MARKET! at (https://indiemarketonlaurelsignup.as.me/schedule.php).

If you love great music, fresh food & cold beverages you’re invited too. Live music and your favorite tunes are provided by Brian Roessler, The Spots and Flirt Duo! We’ll have food trucks at Second & Laurel plus several awesome Conway restaurants are within walking distance offering a variety of food from barbecue to pizza and ice cream to salads and seafood! Visitors get free admittance to the Indie Market.

CREATE Conway is honored to feature the best of what’s handmade, homegrown and local. We believe Conway, our visitors, and our creative community deserve a classy venue and an event they can be proud of. That’s what the Indie Market is and we’re growing for good reason!

For further info visit (http://www.createconway.org/indie_market_on_laurel).

Black Creek Arts Council and the Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Call for Entries for the “11th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit and Gallery Crawl” – Deadline June 1, 2018

May 30, 2018

Black Creek Arts Council and the Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, will be hosting their annual photography contest and exhibit in June. All photographers in the Pee Dee region are invited to submit their images to the “11th annual Carolinas Exhibit and Competition” June 7 – July 27, with a reception on June 7, from 5:30-7pm. Images created via any form of photography will be accepted (i.e. shot on film, shot digitally, shot with cell phones, unaltered shots, digital manipulations, alternative processes, mixed media, montages, photograms, etc.), so long as part of the image is photographically created. Carolinas will debut at the Hartsville Library and the Black Creek Arts Center with an opening reception and gallery crawl on June 7th from 5:30-7:30pm.

To enter the contest, simply bring your photo(s) to Black Creek Arts Center or Hartsville Memorial Library between May 14th and June 1st, 2018. Three entries per person are allowed and the entry fees are: $15 for one entry, $25 for two and $30 for three. All pieces are to be show ready when submitted. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages in the Pee Dee region are invited to enter.

“One of the great aspects of this event is the exhibition of the community’s photographers. Also working with Hartsville Memorial Library and its staff is a great example of the area organizations working together to bring unique arts-related shows and programming to our community,” said Allison Pederson, Executive Director of Black Creek Arts Council.

Four Categories include:
“Hometown” – Where you live, where you’re from, where you’ve lived the longest, wherever feels like home
“Carolinas” – Photos taken in North or South Carolina
“Portrait” – a single person or selfie (animals are people too)
“Photographers 18 and Under” – If you are 18 years of age or younger…anything goes

All photographs will be considered for Best of Show as well as entered into one of the categories listed above. Photographers choose their category. There will be one (1) winner with a cash award of $75 and two (2) honorable mentions for each of the categories and one (1) People’s Choice for each location. All winners will receive a ribbon.

This year’s event is sponsored by ProCorps and the winner of Best of Show will receive a cash award of $150 sponsored by the Darlington Photography Club. The Best of Show image will be also be used for the poster and all promotion for the following year’s Carolinas exhibit.

For more information, contact Black Creek Arts Center by calling 843/332-6234, Hartsville Memorial Library at 843/332-5115 ext 4 or e-mail to (info@blackcreekarts.org), (joer.har@darlington-lib.org) or visit (www.blackcreekarts.org) and go to the events tab.

The mission of Black Creek Arts Council is to promote and foster the Arts in Darlington County. BCAC’s offices are located at 116 West College Avenue. The Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library is a group dedicated to serving and providing for the patrons of the library through programming, events, and fundraisers. The Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue.

Awards Announced at Opening of “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at Florence County Museum in Florence, SC

January 31, 2018

Thursday evening, Jan. 25, 2018, marked the formal opening of the “2018 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC.

This year’s competition juror was contemporary South Carolina artist Hollis Brown Thornton, of Aiken. 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 Jumana Swindler, chair of the Florence County Museum Board, followed by remarks from Blake Pate, representing corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A, who announced the winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards.

The $1000 First Place cash prize was awarded to competition newcomer Kevin Spaulding, for his oil painting, “Hearth”. The painting is one of two works by Spaulding in the exhibit. Spaulding, who recently relocated to Florence County, has been an accomplished artist for over 20 years. He received a degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University before living and working in New York.


Kevin Spaulding standing by his work “Hearth”.

“Spaulding’s entries are rich, darkly-toned, and technically proficient,” said museum curator Stephen W. Motte. “His subject matter is rendered within a natural environment, but avoids being landscape painting, it appears isolated in place and time, like classical still life. The two works in the competition are photo-realistic in detail, yet minimal in composition. The result is something both traditional and contemporary. I look forward to seeing more from this artist in the future.”

A Second Place award of $600 was given to Haley Ard, also of Florence County, for her large mixed media work, “The Kitchen Sink”. Although perhaps the youngest artist in the exhibition, Ard is no stranger to high-profile competitions, and is currently exhibiting work in Spartanburg, SC.

In 2017, she received due attention for her assemblage-portrait “Made-Up”, composed of cosmetics and accessories. The work, exhibited at ArtFields in Lake City, was intended to raise questions about the purpose of wearing makeup, and whether it is used to enhance beauty, or cover to it up.

“Like ‘Made-Up’, Ard’s collage ‘The Kitchen Sink’ is an excellent example of the relationship between media and message,” Motte said. “This is one of the most difficult lines to walk for a lot of artists, and Ard is showing a lot of maturity in her handling of concept with craftsmanship.”

Third Place ($250) went to Treelee MacAnn, a veteran printmaker, for her serigraph “Congaree Forest Ribbon”. MacAnn has received numerous honors in past Pee Dee Regional exhibitions for her works on paper, which often originate in photographic imagery before being reinterpreted in print.

The Honorable Mention ($100) this year went to Alexandra Knox, of Loris, SC, for her sculptural mixed media wall piece, “Five to Nine”. The work, created from wax casts of the artist’s hands held together with horse hair, is one of two by Knox in this year’s exhibition.

About Knox, competition juror Hollis Brown Thornton had this to say, “… stunning to see in person. Incredibly organic and visceral. It is difficult to add humanity and vulnerability to an object using technique and materials, and Knox’s ‘hands’ have done that beautifully.”

Thornton is a professional artist and native of Aiken, South Carolina. He received his BFA from the University of South Carolina and has been working professionally since 2000. His work has been exhibited in France, Germany and Japan, and has appeared in “Elle” magazine and “The New Yorker”.

Thornton became Gallery Director at Mongerson Gallery in Chicago in 2001 where he also worked for two years as an art preparator. Returning to South Carolina in August 2005, Thornton and his wife opened the clothing boutique Threads, in downtown Aiken.

Thornton’s recent large scale drawings often examine the malleable nature of memory in both personal experience and popular culture. His colorful compositions are carefully rendered with photo-realistic effect, at times using only permanent marker, a medium which alludes to the concepts at play beyond the artworks’ surfaces.

When asked about his approach to making art, he says, “Everything I do works with the balance between precision and the inherent limitations of making something by hand.”

Thornton’s recent works will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery in the fall of 2018.

As in previous years, the “2018 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 exhibition is comprised of 30 works selected from nearly 200 submissions in multiple media. “We have seen a notable increase in entries this year, a lot of which are coming from artists new to this competition,” Motte commented.

“I hope that, with this annual competition, the Florence County Museum can continue to engage with contemporary artists, and encourage the creative intelligence in the state. Artists should know that they are a part of something outside the studio… that the physical works they create are assets that give intangible value to the world around them.”

The reception was organized and catered with refreshments prepared by museum volunteers. Flower arrangements were provided by Consider the Lillies, of Florence.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 30, 2018 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 23. The winner will be announced Monday, March 26.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through March 30, 2018.

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 (www.flocomuseum.org).