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

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Calls for Proposals for Exhibitions – Deadline Oct. 31, 2017

July 17, 2017

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is reviewing applications for 5 solo exhibitions for the 2018/19 season. Upload 15 images, image list, and CV to (Dropbox.com) and share folder with (artgallery@coker.edu) or send materials to Ashley Gillespie, Coker College Art Dept., 300 East College Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550 (SASE if you want it returned.). Gallery provides $300 towards shipping and $200 for a gallery talk. Deadline is Oct. 31, 2017. E-mail notifications will be sent out by early January. Prospectus: (http://www.ceceliacokerbellgallery.com), E-mail to (artgallery@coker.edu). Phone: 843/383-8156 or 843/621-3005.

ArtFields Finally Posts the Remaining Award Winners – Two Days After the Competition Ends

May 1, 2017

ArtFields 2017 Merit Award winners include:

Deighton Abrams of Seneca, SC, for “Winter Kept Us Warm/Shanty Shanty Shanty”

Natalie Daise of Georgetown, SC, for “She Rises I & II”

Kendall Garner of Anderson, SC, for “Grasp”

Lisa Humphreys of Atlanta, GA, for “Ringleader”

Dapper Bruce Lafitte of New Orleans, LA, for “A Blue Throw Down”

Kelly Oakes of Charlottesville, VA, for “Determined”

Kate Osmond of Murrells Inlet, SC, for “Granary”

Bow Smith of Charleston, SC, for “Curtains”

Janet Swigler of Columbia, SC, for “Room for Magic”

Joseph Walton of New Orleans, LA, for “Spy Boy Ricky”

Six of the 10 are from South Carolina maintaining the 60% ratio of how many artists in the competition were from SC – 60%. Isn’t that something how that turned out.

And again when looking at the photos of the ten award winners I have to wonder what the judges were thinking or what they were told to pick. If these are some of the best of the “Masterpieces” (ArtField’s words not mine) out of the 400 + in the competition – oh my. But if you didn’t go see this exhibit, go check the artworks on the ArtField’s website before they take them down.

These winners will cost this competition a lot of entries next year – like I say if there is a next year.

2017 ArtFields Results – Well Some of Them

April 30, 2017

Well, some of you might have been losing sleep wondering who and what won the 2017 ArtFields competition. I didn’t go this year – you should know why if you’re a regular follower of me or “Carolina Arts”. Looking at these results tells me many who were in this competition won’t be happy with the results. From looking at the artist’s gallery on the ArtFields website I can see that they had to be near the bottom of the barrel to fill out the 400 + slots for this year’s exhibit. There was a lot of good and even great art included but there was a lot of so, so art too. And some entries just make you wonder how they made the cut. But go see for yourself – if you also didn’t go. In my opinion this group of winners will cost them many an entry next year – if there is a next year.

This was an art event most of the media missed or didn’t care about. My Google Alerts only came up with articles in the Florence newspaper or local TV stations. They even tried to hype a controversy, but it didn’t get much attention either.

So here are the results they have reported, incomplete as is:

The top prize winner was Alexi Torres (Atlanta, GA), who won $50,000 for her oil on canvas piece “Spiritual Security- Safe in Prayer.”

Brittany Watkins (Tallahassee, FL) won the juried prize of $25,000 for her mixed-media piece “Except Self plus Elsewhere.”

The top 2-D people’s choice winner was Michael Geddings (Lexington, SC). He received $12,500 for his painting Hopeful Soul.

The Top 3-D people’s choice winner Haley Ard (Pamplico, SC). She won $12,500 for her piece “Made-Up” which uses cosmetics.

(What a surprise that local artists win these two awards.)

Category award winners for the ArtFields competition include Matt Bryant (digital media – Vance, AL), Heather Mae Erickson (sculpture – Sylva NC), Jessica Burke (drawing – Statesboro, GA), Gardner Cole Miller (installation – Sumter, SC, but bio says Miami, FL, based), Brant Barrett (photography – Surfside Beach, SC), Connie Lippert (Mixed Media – Seneca, SC) and Maggie Evans (painting – Savannah, GA). Each winner received $1,500.

I got most of all this info from an article in the “Florence Morning News”, ArtFields has just posted the top four winners on their Facebook page and website. And here it is after noon on the Sunday after the event and they still have no word about the ten Merit Award winners. I guess it was too far passed their bedtime Saturday night for them to post the total results anywhere.  So ten participating artists still have hope. Good luck.

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Offers Reception and Lecture with Yvette Cummings – March 17, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce an afternoon reception and lecture with contemporary South Carolina artist, Yvette Cummings.

The lecture, titled “Remember Everything” will address her current body of work, including the ongoing “Voyeur Series”, which deals with psychological, social, and gender issues, and their personal and cultural contexts in her art.

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Yvette L. Cummings, pictured with her 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition 1st place painting, “When the Magpie Came”.

In addition to winning the First Place award in the museum’s 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, Cummings has recently received the 701 CCA Prize, 2016, for artists 40 years and younger.

The lecture will be held in the FCM Waters Gallery reception hall, 125 South Dargan St, from noon to 1pm, Friday, March 17, 2017. The event is free to the public.

For more information about its free public programs, contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit (www.flocomuseum.org).

Awards Announced at Opening of “2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at Florence County Museum in Florence, SC

January 31, 2017

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Thursday evening, Jan. 26, 2017, marked the formal opening of the “2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” at the Florence County Museum’s Waters Gallery in downtown Florence, SC. The competition is one of the longest-running competitive art exhibitions in the state, and has been presented by the Trustees of the Florence Museum annually since 1954.

Attendees were welcomed at 8pm by Rebecca Crawford, chairperson of the Florence County Museum Board, followed by remarks from corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A. Representing Chick-fil-A this year was Blake Pate, assisted by Sara Black, who announced the juror’s winning selections, congratulating the artists with a presentation of the cash awards. The reception was organized by The Florence County Museum Hospitality Committee. Flower arrangements were provided by Consider the Lilies of Florence.

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Yvette L. Cummings with her work “When the Magpie Came”

This year’s $1000 First Place cash prize was awarded to Yvette L. Cummings, of Conway, SC, for her acrylic on canvas double portrait, “When the Magpie Came”. The painting is one of two works by Cummings in the exhibit. Both were recently shown at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, where she received the 701 CCA Prize 2016, for emerging artists under 40 years of age. Since earning her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2003, Cummings has received honors in numerous statewide competitions. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Coastal Carolina University, and is preparing new work for three solo exhibitions scheduled for 2018.

Watercolor on paper was the medium of choice for the remaining award recipients, presented to the following works: Second Place ($600), “And So it Was”, by Debbie Broadway of Florence.

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Third Place ($250) went to competition newcomer Ashley Arakas of Conway, SC, for her impressive photorealist portrait, “Apprehensive Love”. Arakas was recognized by the South Carolina Watermedia Society in their annual traveling awards exhibition. The Honorable Mention ($100) this year went to Lynda English of Florence for her sympathetic documentary work, “Through the Eyes of a Child”.

As in previous years, the “2017 Pee Dee Regional” was opened to submissions of contemporary art created within the last two years by all artists native to the state’s northeastern Pee Dee region. The exhibition is comprised of 34 works selected from 119 submissions in multiple media by this year’s competition juror, Sanford Greene.

Greene’s twenty-year career as professional comic book artist has recently received critical success in multiple markets. He is currently the primary production artist for Marvel Entertainment’s popular contemporary restyling of the progressive 1970s interracial superhero comic book, Power Man and Iron Fist. The series follows main character, Luke Cage who forms an unlikely bond with the young, but powerful, Danny Rand (also known as Iron Fist). The Iron Fist character is set to debut in a Netflix original series this year, and will join Luke Cage for Marvel’s new Netflix superhero line-up.

The exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 18, 2017, in the FCM Waters Gallery. Visitors are invited to selection and cast their vote for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open through Friday, March 10 with the winner being announced on Monday, March 13.

The exhibit can be viewed at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135 South Dargan Street, Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, now through March 24, 2017.

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).

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Calls for Entries for 2017 Art Competition – Deadline Nov. 25, 2016

October 27, 2016

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The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, began accepting artists’ submissions for the “2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

Artists wishing to enter the competition may register online using the submittal forms at (flocomuseum.slideroom.com). Each artist may obtain a competition schedule and prospectus at (flocomuseum.org/pee-dee-regional), or by visiting the Florence County Museum at 111 West Cheves Street, Florence, SC.

The competition juror this year will be Marvel and DC comics illustrator, Sanford Greene. A first place cash prize of $1000 will be awarded by corporate exhibit sponsor Chic-fil-A, during the exhibition’s opening reception, Thursday evening, Jan. 26, 2017. Both the exhibit and reception will be held at the Florence County Museum Waters Gallery, 135, South Dargan Street.

The “Pee Dee Regional” has been presented annually by the Florence Museum Board of Trustees since 1954, and is the longest running art competition in the state of South Carolina.

Artists may submit up to four entries during online registration at a fee of $13.00 per entry. Current museum members are eligible to submit two entries without charge.

The deadline for entry is Nov. 25, 2016.

Questions about the competition schedule, registration, or prospectus may be directed to Florence County Museum, by calling 843/676-1200.

Construction Begins on the New Location of the Art Trail Gallery in downtown Florence, SC

August 28, 2016

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The new home of the Florence Art Trail Gallery is moving up the list in the downtown revitalization schedule. Work is beginning on the new site located at 142 North Dargan Street, Florence, SC. The existing three story structure stood for many years as the Rainwater Furniture Store and according to records was established in 1939. Florence City Council, in an executive session, July, 2015, unanimously voted to purchase the multi level structure as the permanent location for the Art Trail Gallery. Once updated and remodeled the location will soon house art exhibitions and competitions for local and regional artist, artisans and photographers. The ATG will once again be a popular venue for special events, musical performances and area schools student art works. The Rainwater building being located in the heart of the downtown revitalization is conveniently located close to hotels, restaurants and shopping.

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The Art Trail Gallery has survived several moves since its inception in 2008; which started a popular career with local and regional artists and stood for what the city recognized as the art hub of Florence. Located in the downstairs of the Waters building on South Dargan Street it was shared by sculptor Alex Palkovich. The (ATG) gallery; operating strictly with all volunteers quickly became popular; centering around work done by amateur and professional artists. The ATG provided an opportunity to new artists as a place to feel comfortable in showcasing their artistic ability for the first time, along with more established professionals.

Increasing popularity of the Florence downtown revitalization made the second move for the Art Trail necessary, as the Waters Building was sold to private interest and the present location would be vacated to make room for the new Florence County Museums’ public art functions and events.

The gallery, under the leadership of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, was then moved to the corner of Evans and Irby Street in the vacant Bo Smith Furniture building. There it continued to surge ahead in achieving more popularity, not only from the art community, but from the general public. That location became a favorite for public functions downtown as it served as a place to host private events, such as, college reunions, political rallies, small weddings and was known as the people’s gallery.

As the downtown continued to thrive and more private sectors wanted to buy into the progression of the new Florence downtown; the gallery found itself once again without a home. The Bo Smith Building was sold for the Morgan Project. Aspects of the continuation of the Art Trail Gallery surviving hinged on being conveniently located for the public and accessible to other businesses, therefore increasing economic development for the entire downtown. The public rallied and with assistance from Councilman George Jebaily and commitment from the FDDC and Florence City Council the permanent location on North Dargan was authorized to be purchased.

First stages of remodeling 142 North Dargan Street have already begun with the repair of the outside wall; architectural drawings are in final phases for approval, along with taking bids for construction.

The Art Trail Gallery’s new home will be a state of the art facility. When entering the main double doors, patrons will notice the high open ceiling that can house large art installations. Artists will be proud to have their work displayed on a professional hanging system mounted to movable track walls. The mobile walls will allow for closing off space for classrooms, different configuration of art exhibits and the needs for larger events. Lighting will be selected that will enhance the works of art, but not damage the quality. Visitors will still be able to buy special artisan gifts in a separate location. New heat and air, security system and fire sprinkler system will be installed during construction.

All bathrooms located in the rear of the building will be handicap accessible. Positioned in the back of the gallery will be a full catering kitchen with plenty of counter space and deep sinks. Several storage locations will house tables and chairs for classes and special events.

The first floor facility will allow for the rental of the building for various functions for a fee and patrons will find plenty of parking available in the newly constructed areas located on the side and rear of the building. A central control system will allow staff to regulate necessary lighting during rentals, performances, or special events.

The Gallery will remain in partnership with the FDDC Not-for-Profit status and as the ATG will continue to grow and play a vital role in the educational and leisure experiences of the public, there will be a need for a paid Director. According to city officials the new facility should be open by early 2017. Plans are in development for beginning exhibits and a call for artists will be publicized in the near future.

For additional information please contact: David Hobbs, Retiring Director, ATG by e-mail at (dd61hobbs@gmail.com) or call 843/206-8116.

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Editor’s Notes: I took a photo of what I thought was the building last year sometime when I was in Florence viewing some art. You can see security is not going to be a problem, as the building is located next to a Police Substation. It’s nice to see a city in SC that can take on a job like this for the art community and finish it in the same decade it was announced. Some cities (World’s most popular city in magazines) just can’t seem to do something like this. Our hats go off to the leaders in Florence.

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, Calls for Participation in Live Oak Art & Music Fest in Oct. 2016

August 28, 2016

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October is Arts & Humanities Month and CREATE! Conway will kick off the month with a community celebration of creativity. The Live Oak is a fun, family art event presented under the oaks and on the lawn of the Horry County Courthouse in Conway, SC.

The Artisan Market features fine art & crafts for sale. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair and enjoy a day of music. Coolers are welcome.

Join CREATE! Conway, support the arts and receive free artisan space at the Live Oak Art & Music Fest and the Indie Market.

The 11th Annual Live Oak Art & Music Fest is hosted by Create! Conway, a non-profit community art promotion and art education organization. We celebrate creativity and community at the Live Oak by showcasing local artists and musicians and promoting public participation in the arts.

Learn more at (http://www.createconway.org/live_oak_art_music_fest).

CREATE Conway brings South Carolina AG + ART Tour to Horry County, SC – June 4 – 5, 2016

May 9, 2016

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The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a FREE self-guided farm tour featuring local artisans and includes many farmers markets. During this month-long event visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase something special, and learn more about rural life.

Stay informed – become a member of the SC Ag + Art Tour Consortium! The Consortium is made up of members of agencies and organizations that touch the Ag + Art Tour mission of connecting consumers with producers. It’s free and open to everyone!

Please visit (www.agandarttour.com/consortium) to learn more and become a member. Learn about the upcoming tour in all nine counties at (www.agandarttour.com).

Student Art Shows Taking Place in the Pee Dee of SC – Not Forgotten

April 5, 2016

As usual, and I don’t know why, but who ever is in charge of publicity – students or staff – at these universities and colleges in the Pee Dee region of SC, we never seem to receive this info about year-ending student exhibits before our deadline goes by.

Students – we’re not forgetting about you at Carolina Arts. And, for most of you it may be the last time you’re mentioned in our operations – even if you are mentioned. Coker College didn’t even include names for students who would have work presented in their Senior show and in this case it may have been their own fault, but the buck stops with their instructors.

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Senior Shows at Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery at Coker College in Hartsville, SC, opened on Monday, April 4, 2016. That show will continue through May 5, 2016.

Senior Shows are required of all studio art majors. They offer students an opportunity to share their works with friends family and the community.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10am-4pm & Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-8pm while classes are in session. Summer hours are 10am-4pm.

Admission to all shows are free and open to the public. Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located on Coker College Campus inside the Gladys C Fort Art Building, 300 East College Ave. in Hartsville, SC, 29550.

For further information call the gallery at 843/858-7187, e-mail to (artgallery@coker.edu) or visit (www.ceceliacokerbellgallery.com).

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Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, Presents Senior Art Exhibition

Pivot is a senior art exhibition featuring Shaira K. Lowery, Elizabeth Carter, Zachary Nivens, Tomasha McIntyre, Cole Fenters, Jonathan LaCross, and Tony Lockhart, on view at the Hyman Fine Arts Center, from Apr. 6 through May 7, 2016.

The gallery will display works from a photographer, a painter, and five designers that cover a broad spectrum including: package design, textiles, social issues, imagination, and illustrations.

The Hyman Fine Arts Center is open Mon. through Fri., from 8:30am-5pm.

For further information call 843/661-1385 or visit (http://departments.fmarion.edu/finearts/gallery.htm).