Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

The August 2020 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

August 1, 2020

The August 2020 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at ( – all 48 pages of it. That’s 1 more page than last month’s issue – still Pandemic and now it’s Summer too!

This month’s cover is by Charles Edward Williams, part of the exhibit, “Protect + Serve”, which will be on view this August in New York City and Williams will have work in a group landscape show, “2020 TWENTY”, during the month of August at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC. Williams is from Georgetown, SC, and went to school in Savannah, GA, and Greensboro, NC. He’s a rising star on the Carolina art scene. This is his second cover with “Carolina Arts”.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading when you’re ordered to stay at home. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible. Visiting their websites would be a way to start, you might be surprised what you’ll find there. You might even want to buy something you find there.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our September 2020 issue will be August 24 at 5pm. Send us info about what you’re offering our readers, so that those who can and wish to respond can.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
“Carolina Arts”

La Petite Gallerie in Bluffton, SC, Donate Part of Sales to Help the Bluffton Community

July 22, 2020

La Petite Gallerie artists were happy to donate a portion of May sales to Bluffton Self Help, a wonderful local organization that helps those in our community in need of food, clothing, educational and financial assistance. They provide programs that promote self-worth, dignity, and create a pathway to personal success. We couldn’t think of a better cause during these tough times! Thank you Rose Cofield for organizing us!

The gallery gals from (left) Murray Sease, Rose Cofield, and at (right), Lauren Terrent presenting $400 to Kim Hall, Executive Director of Bluffton Self Help. You may not be able to tell but we are smiling behind those masks and social distancing all around! Our guys (not pictured) also participating are Don Nagel, Bill Winn, Wally Palmer and Kevin Palmer.

For further info visit (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for the “2020 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” – Deadline Sept. 18, 202

July 20, 2020

The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition, now in its 37th year, is an annual showcase of art and artists from Lancaster County. Accepting any county resident artist of high school age and older, the exhibition features the types of media and materials that Marian Hagins used in her own work. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is pleased to host this celebration of Marian Hagins and Lancaster County artists.

Friday, September 18, 2020 | 5 PM
Online Entry Deadline for Intent to Submit Work

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Deliver Work to the LCCA
Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Deliver Work to the LCCA
Friday, October 2, 2020 | 10 AM – 3 PM
Final Day to Deliver Work to the LCCA

Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 3:00-5:00 PM
Outdoor Reception & Awards Ceremony
The Historic Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, SC
The Reception is FREE and Open to the Public.
Please Invite Your Friends and Family.

October 12 – October 27, 2020**
Exhibition at the Historic Springs House by Reservation

October 28 – 30, 2020
Exhibited Work Must Be Picked Up by 3 PM, October, 30

October 11 – November 27, 2020
Virtual Exhibition Dates

**at present we plan to hang the exhibition at the Springs House for limited viewing in small groups. Should this change due to COVID-19 circumstances, we will alert you prior to the delivery date of any schedule and exhibition redesign.

Click this link for more information and a full prospectus (

A Message About the Pending Celebration of SC Artist Alex Powers’ Life

July 20, 2020

Alex Powers, 79, was born in Coeburn, VA. He passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Garden City, SC, of severe dementia. William Alexander Powers was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie May Weston Powers and William “Bill” Coscar Powers; and brother, Michael Thomas Powers. Surviving are family members, Emma Lou Powers of Williamsburg, VA, and Allen Weston Powers of Bell, FL.

Work by Alex Powers

Alex graduated from Coeburn High School in 1958, where he was admittedly not a serious student but was a very good athlete. He was selected Captain in all three sports (football, basketball, and baseball at which he had a workout with the Chicago Cubs) in his senior year. He attended and graduated from Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA, with a degree in Mathematics in 1963. After trying his hand at teaching math and art in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida he was hired by the fledgling space program, NASA, where he was a computer scientist. This was so new that he had not studied computers in college, so he had to learn on the job. He related later with a grin that he had spent three days looking for a misplaced comma in a program. While in the Cape Canaveral area he became familiar with a group of serious artists and pretty soon decided that he wanted to follow that lifestyle.

Work by Alex Powers

In order to make a living starting in 1970 he supported himself by doing caricatures of tourists on the beach at Myrtle Beach at $4 each. He gradually gained knowledge and a following for his work and became a popular painter (won the 1997 American Watercolor Society Gold Medal), and taught classes in his apartment studio and in other venues like the annual SpringMaid Workshops, and workshops in Taos, NM, with several teachers and lots of students who rotated around from day to day. He also has judged many art shows all over the United States and a few foreign countries.

He authored a book “Painting People in Watercolor, a design approach” which stayed in publication for 17 years and was translated into French and was published in France. We are all proud of a boy who grew up among the coal mines of the Appalachians to do it his way!!!

Work by Alex Powers

Due to the current pandemic there will be no service at this time, but with the help of his long-time artist friend and helper in his group classes, Vera Tracy we are planning a celebration of life for Alex in Myrtle Beach this fall.

For further info contact Vera Tracy by calling 423/360-3005 or e-mail to (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announced Winners of the “31st Annual Juried Competition”

July 20, 2020

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, announced the awards for the “31st Annual Juried Competition” in an online Gallery Talk with juror David M. Detrich. This video was released on Thursday, July 16, 2020, and is available to watch on the Arts Council’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube page. Works accepted to the Juried Competition exhibition are currently on exhibition in the Arts Council’s online Virtual Gallery at (

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Professor of Art, Clemson University

Originally from East St. Louis, MO, Detrich received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in New York. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including venues at the Tallina Kunstiulikool in Tallin, Estonia and at the American Cultural Center in Taipei, Taiwan. His work is also represented in public and private collections nationally.

One hundred nine entries by 54 artists from 21 cities and 6 states were submitted to the “31st Annual Juried Competition”. Of those entries, Detrich selected 35 works for exhibition.

Awards were presented to:
Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: “Jump Castle, Sheet Cake, Asthma” by Emily Furr of Charleston, SC

“Jump Castle, Sheet Cake, Asthma” by Emily Furr of Charleston, SC

1st Place – “I Shine, You Shine (invertible shoeshine chair)” by Oscar Soto of Rock Hill, SC

2nd Place – “Fast Satisfaction” by Ronni Brashear of Madison, MS

3rd Place – “November 3, 2019” by Janice Mueller of Charlotte, NC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson.

Honorable Mention – “Consumer Column IV” by Jordan Fowler of Adairsville, GA

Honorable Mention – “Serial” by Robert Simoneau of Columbia, SC

Elizabeth (Lib) Louise Dunlap Patrick, a Rock Hill native, was born in Feb. 1936 in Rock Hill. Lib was an avid supporter of the arts. She gave freely of her time and patronage to the Arts Council; served on the Gallery Committee and underwrote the awards for the annual “Juried Competition” for nearly ten years. Lib was a generous and ardent participant at the annual art auctions for many years, and she collected pottery from North and South Carolina potters whose work she championed. She also sponsored activities and events for the Yorkville Artist Guild. She supported her alma mater, Winthrop University, serving on alumni boards and reunion committees. Because of her generous support of the arts at Winthrop, the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery was named in her honor in 1999. Also, Lib was among the first group of honorees for the Medal of Honor for the Arts. Kathy Wilson continues her mother’s legacy by sponsoring the Arts Council’s Juried Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Arts Council of York County’s offices and galleries are closed until further notice. The Arts Council is looking to the guidance and directives of local, state and federal officials to amend plans as necessary. The decision to close affects all ACYC events and facility rentals. Cancellations and postponements are precautionary measures taken to minimize exposure. By activating social distancing, the Arts Council removes the opportunity for people in the community to be exposed. Please check the Arts Council’s Facebook pages (@yorkcountyarts and @uffyc) and websites ( and ( for the most recent updates regarding scheduled events.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County by calling 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

The Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Call for Applications to Show at Bassett Gallery – Deadline Aug. 31, 2020

July 8, 2020

The Arts Center of Kershaw County’s Bassett Gallery in Camden, SC, proudly announces their annual call for artists for the 2020-2021 Season. The call is open through August 31, 2020 and the exhibition participants are selected by an ever-changing group of prestigious arts professionals. The exhibitions will be installed in the gallery for approximately one month with an opening reception, possibly in conjunction with other Arts Center events. There may also be virtual aspects of the exhibitions as well, as we work our way through safety precautions from the coronavirus.

The Bassett Gallery is part of the Art Center’s main Bassett Building, and has hosted countless artists’ work since its inception in 1983. The Gallery is approximately 13′ wide, 9′ tall and 62′ long, with vaulted ceilings and illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

The Center is interested in all types and mediums of work. Any individual, collective, or group of artists (age 18+) who reside in the United States or Canada may apply. All media and themes will be considered for exhibition. Submissions will be considered for both solo and group exhibitions.

Artists must submit samples of their proposed exhibition and/or work electronically. Submissions may be made via e-mail, linked to a “cloud” portfolio, or by sending a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles, as well as any proposed theme for the exhibition. A resume, artist statement, description of the style of work, its size and medium used should be included. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

Artists are responsible for load-in, hanging, and tear-down of the exhibit. Any expenses incurred by the artist(s) for travel, set-up, tear-down, etc. of exhibitions are not covered by the Arts Center. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s). Artists are encouraged to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. The Arts Center will retain 30% of any sales during the period of the exhibition. Selected artists will be notified by the Arts Center no later than September 30, 2020.

The Gallery is free and open to the public.
The Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

For more information about the Arts Center, please visit ( or call 803/425-7676. Office hours are typically Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm, however please note that at this time the Arts Center of Kershaw County campus is closed due to Covid-19 regulations.


In order to be considered, please e-mail the requested files to Stephanie Keel at ( or mail to:
Arts Center of Kershaw County
ATTN: Bassett Gallery Exhibits Committee
810 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC 29020

Download the Gallery Submission form here at (

Now Accepting Applications for CERF+’s COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Artists Working in Craft Disciplines – Deadline July 29, 2020

July 8, 2020

CERF+ is now accepting applications for the first cycle of our COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. This program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or health insecurities.

The first cycle will accept applications starting July 8 and close Friday, July 29. The second cycle will open on Wednesday, August 19, and close on September 9. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community, including people of color and folk and traditional artists.

Please share this announcement with your networks so that we can reach as many artists as possible.

Learn More and Apply here at (

Additional Resources for Artists

In addition to our COVID-19 Relief Grant, there are a number of other grant opportunities available around the country for artists who have been affected by COVID-19. You can find our list of additional resources here at (

Donate to CERF + at (

For further info call 802/229-2306 or e-mail to (

The July 2020 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

July 2, 2020

The July 2020 issue of “Carolina Arts” is up on our website at ( – all 47 pages of it. That’s 3 less pages than last month’s issue – still Pandemic and now it’s Summer too!

This month’s cover comes from Jane Nodine of Spartanburg, SC, who is having an exhibit at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC. Her exhibit, “Jane Allen Nodine: Reflections in The Age of Pandemic”, will be on view there through August 7, 2020. You can read about it on Pages 16 & 17 of this month’s issue or visit (

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading when you’re ordered to stay at home. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible. Visiting their websites would be a way to start, you might be surprised what you’ll find there. You might even want to buy something you find there.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our August 2020 issue will be July 24 at 5pm. Send us info about what you’re offering our readers, so that those who can and wish to respond can.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
“Carolina Arts”

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Seeks Crafts Artisans – August 12, 2020

June 29, 2020

“CraftHiltonHead2020, 7th National Juried Fine Art Craft Guild Exhibition”, seeks 2D and 3D fine art craft entries that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation, and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with few restrictions. Up to 90 works will be chosen by several esteemed jurors based on artistic excellence, innovation, and originality. This is a juried gallery show in a community that loves art and buys art. Over $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded by a nationally recognized judge. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2020. For more information and to enter, go to (

This exhibition will be free and open to the public from October 6 – 31, 2020 at Art League Gallery located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 7, from 5-7pm. This exhibition will take place during the entire run of a professionally produced performance on the stage of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Since the gallery is located inside the Arts Center, we expect to host an additional 100 to 200 theatre-goers each evening in addition to our regular visitors.

Work by Porky Park from a previous show

Art League of Hilton Head is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization built on a membership of talented artists, art students and arts supporters that work together to advance the mission to Inspiring visual arts for our community and its visitors through exhibitions, education and partnerships.

Call for Entry: “CraftHiltonHead2020”

Deadline to Enter: August 12, 2020
Where to Enter: (
Cost: A non-refundable fee of $35 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry (limit 3).

All entries will be juried from a digital image. Each artist may enter up to three pieces of original artwork created within the last three years and never accepted into an Art League of Hilton Head juried show before. Only one piece of art per artist will be accepted into the show.

Exhibition Dates: October 6-31, 2020, Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, Sunday from 12-4pm, and 90 minutes before all Arts Center performances.
Awards Reception: Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 5-7pm. Enjoy refreshments, meet the artists and award winner announcements. Free & open to the public.

Art League Gallery located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC.

For further info call 843/681-5060.

South Carolina Watermedia Society Invites Artists to Participate in “SCWS Paint Out: Fun For the Fourth” on July 4th, 2020

June 12, 2020

The South Carolina Watermedia Society will be celebrating our nation’s independence with a plein air paint out. The goal of this event is to encourage you to get outside and get painting! Join our Facebook Event “SCWS Paint Out: Fun For the Fourth” to connect with other participating artists – staying apart, celebrating together.

Event Specifications:

Begin your painting the week prior to July 4th (June 27 – July 3)

Take a photo of your painting in progress with your scene in the background, selfies optional

Once your painting is completed, take a close up of the final piece

On July 4th, post your two images to the Facebook Event page and Instagram too. Include artist name and work location (city, state), title, and size in your post. For example, Artist: John Smith, New York, NY, “Examples,” 10×10

Use hashtags #SCWS #SCWSPaintOut and #Funforthefourth so we can see and share your work

Don’t have Facebook? E-mail us your images with the subject line SCWS JULY 4th at ( and we will share them for you.

Additional Details:

There is no need to pre-register for this event. It is free to all artists of all media interested in celebrating the unity of our nation in spite of the separation covid-19 has created. Please invite your friends—professionals, amateurs, and novices alike—to spread national and artistic pride.

On July 5th at 10am a People’s Choice Award will be announced based on the total number of likes each artist’s post received. To increase your “likes” be sure you share and spread the word about this SCWS event and your work. Only submissions posted to and liked on the Facebook Event page will be considered. The votes will be counted at 9pm EST on July 4.

Example Post:

Artist: Russell Jewell

Location: San Angelo, TX

Title: “Peddlers”

Size: 20×10

#SCWS #SCWSPaintOut #Funforthefourth

For info e-mail to (