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Little Taste of ArtFields© 2015 in Lake City, SC, and a Little Guidance

April 22, 2015

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Because the schedule for attending ArtFields© 2015 (Apr. 24 – May 2) and the schedule for producing our May 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is not too compatible – I begged for a sneak peek – which was granted. So I’m offering a little taste of what you will see in Lake City, SC, and a little advice on how to make the most of your visit to ArtFields©.

First the advice. My suggestion to save time is to go to ArtFields© website (www.artfieldssc.org) and browse through the artist’s gallery found under the Artists category (2015 Artists). There you will find images of all 400 + works and info about the artists by clicking on the small image. This will show you a larger image, info about the artist, an artist’s statement, and where the work is located in the downtown area. Doing this before you arrive in Lake City will save you lots of time. Unless you’re going to stay several days in Lake City there’s no way you’re going to see all 400 + works. So going through the artist’s gallery online might help you find what you really want to see and save you time.

When you arrive in Lake City follow the signs to ArtFields© and then when you get in the heart of the downtown area follow the signs to The ROB where there is plenty of free parking. At The ROB you can catch a bus, also free, to Main Street. You’ll be looking for the ArtFields© Registration & Voting Center at 108 Main Street. This is where you will register to vote or activate your pre-registration, which you did on the ArtFields© website at (www.artfieldssc.org). Upon registration you’ll receive your guild booklet which tells you where all the exhibits are and gives you other important info on how to enjoy ArtFields© 2015. No registration – no booklet. Remember a major part of ArtFields© is viewer participation. Except for one of the major prizes that the jury panel will select the public’s voting helps determine the other major awards.

Now that you have your guide booklet – what you do next is up to you.

You’ll get your biggest bang for your buck (time wise) by visiting The Rob and the Jones-Carter Gallery – they present nothing but art with no distractions. If you like shopping (looking) the retail stores and restaurants around Main Street will offer you lots of distractions and art. In some of the venues you’ll also be offered a bit of conversation too. It’s different strokes for different folks and ArtFields© 2015 does have something for everyone. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that all the good work will be in the gallery-like setting – you’d be missing some of the best works in the competition if you don’t check out the stores and shops.

Don’t forget that most of the works are for sale. From what I’ve heard, several “pending” sales have already been made.  They’re “pending” in that the jury panel might select them for one of the major awards that are also purchase awards and will become part of the ArtFields© collection. But you can put in a claim on a work and cross your fingers. There are only two purchase awards so the odds are on your side.

If you’ve visited Lake City for the first two events you’ll notice on your return visit that some venues have gone out of business while other new ones have opened. Lake City is like every other town or city – big or small – some people just don’t make it through a year. But some of the new venues might be better and longer lasting.

And, hey – don’t leave home without your wallet or purse. The good folks in Lake City are hoping you’re going to leave some of your money with them. You can’t look at art on an empty stomach? You can’t walk around this town seeing all the improvements they have made, just for you, without taking home something for the kids or the grand kids? And, don’t deny yourself something special you found in one of the shops. Looking at art is hard work – believe me I know. It can give you a headache, but it’s a good kind of headache – one I’d like having more often. Seeing so much fantastic work in one small town is a great thing and an opportunity no one should miss.

When you visit the ArtFields© website (www.artfieldssc.org) or when you have your guide booklet in hand you’ll see there are many other events being offered during the festival – than include running, beer, BBQ, listening to artists talk, and even a symphony concert at Moore Farms Botanical Gardens.

OK – a Taste of ArtFields© 2015

I’m not going to identify any of these artworks, I don’t want to give any artists a leg up on any of the 400 + in this competition, but I had to show something to give you a taste of what you’ll find there. And, I’m not saying I even like everything I’m showing here, and after all it’s only about 4% of what’s on view and I had limited time on this sneak preview.

Here are a few works you’ll find in the gallery-like settings:

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Here are a few sculptures found outside:

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Here are a few works found in public spaces:

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Here are a few works found in some of the retail spaces:

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And, here’s work you won’t find in Greenville SC:

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OK – ArtFields© 2015 starts Friday, April 24 – make sure you get up off the couch and go to Lake City, SC, to see a Small Town with Big Money and World Class Southern Art.

Charleston Supported Art in Charleston, SC, Reveals Second Year’s First Round of Artwork on Apr. 23, 2015

April 17, 2015

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April has been branded “Eat Local Month” in the Lowcountry and Charleston Supported Art, LLC, is offering up a visual feast for “localvores” consisting of curated collections of artwork by artists living and creating in our community. The group has established an easy, affordable, and fun way to get original pieces by Charleston artists into the hands of new and seasoned collectors through the sale of seasonal shares of art based on the community supported agriculture model. Individual shares are priced at just $425, and contain four original pieces of artwork produced by a select group of local, established and emerging artists. The shares are limited and will be delivered through exclusive pick-up events for each season – spring, summer, and fall. The debut pick-up event of the year, dedicated to the spring season, takes place on Thursday, Apr. 23, at Faculty Lounge (391 Huger Street, downtown Charleston). Shares may be purchased at (www.charlestonsupportedart.com), or at the event.

The twelve artists participating in the second year of Charleston Supported Art (CSA) were announced in February and the public was invited to get to know them and their work at a Meet and Greet event at Redux Contemporary Art Center shortly after. The gathering provided potential shareholders a glimpse of the quality and variety in styles and media of the works offered in each of CSA’s 2015 seasons.

CSA’s spring season features works by Chambers Austelle, Elizabeth Calcote, Chris Nickels, and Karin Olah. The four artists will be present at the April 23 pick-up event to mingle with patrons and speak about the 32 pieces of original artwork they each created specifically for and exclusive to Charleston Supported Art. The pick-up event, open to current and prospective shareholders, will be the first time these works will be revealed. The pieces, which include paintings, block printed textiles, digital illustrations, and mixed media works, will not be available for purchase anywhere else.

For more information about Charleston Supported Art or to purchase a share online, visit (www.charlestonsupportedart.com). Spring shares may be purchased and carried home on the night of the pick-up event. Summer and fall shares may also be reserved, with pick-up events scheduled for Aug. 6 and Nov. 5 respectively. Questions or requests to be added to the CSA mailing list should be directed by e-mail to (info@charlestonsupportedart.com).

About CSA’s Spring Artists

Chambers Austelle is an artist and educator born and raised in Charleston, SC. She received her BA in Studio Arts from the College of Charleston. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is currently featured on the cover of the April 2015 issue of “Fresh Paint Magazine”. She participated in Piccolo Spoleto’s 2014 Juried Exhibition at the City Gallery and was the recipient of the President’s Choice Award for Photography from the College of Charleston in 2011. She currently teaches at Redux Contemporary Art Center. Austelle works from her home studio as a photographer and painter. Her work is surreal in concept, influenced by her interest in Biology and Psychology. She employs fundamental elements and principles of design to explore the complexity of human perception.

Elizabeth Calcote started printmaking while attending the College of Charleston. After graduation, she worked in a Chelsea PR firm until she returned to the Lowcountry and became the Teacher’s Assistant at the College of Charleston printmaking studio, eventually becoming an instructor. Then she began conservation mounting, stretching, and framing at Artizom Framing Gallery. Inspired by textiles she framed for collectors in Charleston, Calcote researched ways she could start creating them herself. Since 2013, she has applied her printmaking background to textiles, creating a system of linoleum printing on naturally dyed silk that uses both Western and Eastern methods. With an interest in design, pattern, and nature, she uses symbols to illustrate the narratives of figures from the past. Her collections of scarves and pocket squares are available for purchase at IBU at 183 King Street in Charleston, SC.

Chris Nickels is a digital illustrator who lives and works in Charleston, SC. Originally from Athens, GA, Nickels attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA in Illustration. When he puts down his pen he enjoys the outdoors, graphic novels, old cameras, and trying new foods. He loves conveying a narrative through images, whether it be an abstract interpretation or a memorable scene.

Using fabric, Karin Olah works in a manner that mimics the flow of paint from a brush. Intricately cut, placed, and pasted textiles are combined with gouache, acrylic, and graphite to create Collage Paintings that are deep in color and texture. From a small-town upbringing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, her interest in Amish quilts and textile traditions led her to study Fiber Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. For several years following art school, Olah managed a textile studio in New York City, developing colors and patterns for clients, including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Peter Marino Interior Architects.Now applying her fabric know-how to the realm of painting, Olah exhibits her collage art in solo and group shows throughout the Southeast. Her work has been featured in “American Contemporary Art”, “Art Business News”, “Charleston Style and Design”, and “Charleston Magazine”, on the covers of “Black and White: Birmingham’s City Paper” and “Carolina Arts”, and as the image for the Charleston Farmers Market 2006 and 2007 posters and street banners. Corporate Collections include pieces in the Carolina Contemporary Collection of MUSC Ashley River Towers, Citadel College, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, and Shoestring Publishing Company. She is a former board member of Redux Contemporary Art Center. Olah is the Client Happiness Officer for (ArtBizCoach.com).

Charleston Supported Art is a platform to connect emerging and established artists and collectors. Launched in Nov. 2013, the program is part of a nationwide movement that has developed in over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston. Organizers include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson, and Ann Simmons. Supporters include Artist & Craftsman Supply, Básico, Blue Ion, Cannonborough Beverage Company, Charlie Town Prints, Faculty Lounge, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, Ink Meets Paper, Lowcountry Local First, Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, Paige Schaberg Photography, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Cut Company, and Wine Awesomeness.

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, Calls for Participation in the 10th Annual Live Oak Art & Music Fest – Deadline Sept. 26, 2015

April 17, 2015

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CREATE! Conway is excited to present the 10th Annual Live Oak Art & Music Fest on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, from 10am – 5pm in Conway, SC. It’s a fun, family event presented under the oaks and on the lawn of the Horry County Courthouse (3rd & Elm). This year’s celebration of creativity features an Artisan Market with fine arts & crafts for sale, a KIDS CREATE! Makers Zone and an awesome line up of talented musicians to keep you entertained throughout the day.

The deadline for registration is Sept. 26, 2015.

The 10th 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 this event by showcasing local artists and musicians, fine arts and crafts for sale, free live music, and the Kids CREATE! Makers Zone. The Live Oak is held each year in conjunction with the City’s Fall Festival so there is LOTS to do throughout day in historic downtown Conway.

If you are a first-time exhibitor to the Live Oak Art & Music Fest, please e-mail (3) photos of your artwork and (1) booth photo to (createconway@gmail.com). We will notify you of final acceptance status.

More information and online registration: CALL TO ARTISTS: Live Oak Art & Music Fest (http://createconway.wildapricot.org/event-1914901).

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Seeks Artist Submissions for Bassett Gallery’s 2015-2016 Season – Deadline May 18, 2015

April 17, 2015

The Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC), in Camden, SC, is currently accepting artist materials for consideration for exhibition in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from Sept. 2015 through May 2016. All submissions will be considered for both solo and group exhibitions.

Artists must submit samples via e-mail, link to a “cloud” portfolio, or by sending a CD with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles to the FAC. A resume, submission form, description of the style of work, its size and medium used should all be included. Submissions must also include a brief artist statement and be representative of the work that will be on exhibition. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

Submission forms can be found on the Fine Arts Center website at (www.fineartscenter.org/gallery), or you may drop by the FAC Box Office to get a copy. If you need your materials returned, please include a pre-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials.

Materials will be accepted through May 18, 2015.

Send to:
Exhibits Committee
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC  29020

Please e-mail your submissions to (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org). For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson by e-mail at (jpeterson@fineartscenter.org) or by phone at 803/425-7676 ext. 305.

Artists are responsible for load-in, hanging of the exhibition as well as tear-down. Any expenses incurred by the artist(s) for travel, set-up, tear-down, etc. of any exhibition are not covered by the FAC. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s.) Artists should be willing to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. However, special consideration could be made for unique exhibitions where the artwork is for display only. The selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than June 30, 2015. Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to eight weeks.  The Gallery is free and open to the public.  Hours are 10am to 5pm, Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10am to 6pm Thursday.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

For more information about the FAC, please visit (www.fineartscenter.org) or call 803/425-7676, ext. 300.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show Emerging Artist Grant Recipients Announced in Charleston, SC

April 17, 2015

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Fine Craft Shows Charleston is pleased to announce the two exhibiting artists awarded Emerging Artist Grants for the 2015 shows. This is the first year in the 36-year history of the events that such grants have been awarded. These events have always been superior venues for talented, skilled craft artists to enter the professional show arena. The feedback from show patrons and other artists is always helpful in making artistic career choices.

These grants are awarded to artists new to the show/exhibit arena in a professional capacity within the past two years. Each grant is equivalent to the artists’ booth fees for their featured weekend. In addition, each artist will be featured in press releases and show promotional materials. The Applicants are juried by a professional group of slide jurors. Awardees are selected based on eligibility, juror panel scores, and outstanding artistic ability.  These events are a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival held annually in Charleston, South Carolina.

This year, the recipients are

May 22-24 show:  Melina LaVecchia, Clay Artist from Boone, North Carolina

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May 29 – 31 show: Jan Barco, Leather Artist, from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Melina LaVecchia earned a BFA in Art Education from Appalachian State University in 2014, with a concentration in ceramics and drawing. Growing up in an Italian family, Melina gained inspiration from her mother’s table settings and her father’s attention to culinary detail. After studying the American Craft movement from the 1950’s, LaVecchia knew she wanted to reclaim the ”American Dream” by designing and producing her own tableware. From hand-throwing each piece, to carefully designing and illustrating, to setting the table, LaVecchia wants her work to curate a relationship between the food, the tableware and the people breaking bread.

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Jan Barco says, “Leather is one of the greatest materials known to man. Its uses are unlimited. An ancient canvas, its feel, smell, touch excites me. I lose myself. First I cut 10 to 12 ounce saddle skirting into the shape I want. Then carve piece with a swivel knife and tool when flat. I apply dies and burnish. Soak piece in water and mold it. As it dries fabric is shaped. Final product is burnished. Each process adds a new dimension. I dream leather.”

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Photo courtesy of Jan Barco

For additional information, please contact Fine Craft Shows Charleston by e-mail at (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com).

13th Annual Juried Fine Art and Craft Show to be Held at Historic Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC – Apr. 25 & 26, 2015

April 14, 2015

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The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, on Hilton Head Island, SC, a juried fine art and craft outdoor festival, is set for Saturday, Apr. 25 and Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to announce that artwork in media including: clay, wood, fibers, metals, glass, jewelry, watercolors, oil, mixed media and photography will be on display and for sale.

The event will host nearly 90 artists from as far away as Wisconsin and well-known local artists as they share the spotlight during this weekend-long event. Each artist will compete for prizes up to $5,000. The Judge for this year’s show is Kristen Watts. Watts is the Director of Collections and Exhibitions for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.  Watts has served as a judge or juror at many regional and local art festivals throughout the southeast, most recently as a juror for the ArtFields© competition in Lake City, SC.

The show is open to the public on Saturday, from 10am – 5pm and on Sunday, from 11am – 4pm. There is a $6.00 per car parking donation, while admission to the show is free.  Demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend.  Food and beverages will be available for sale during the event.

Honey Horn is a name that has existed for over two centuries, possessing a rich cultural and natural history legacy.  It is described by many as the last significant parcel of undeveloped open space on Hilton Head Island. Consisting of 69 pristine acres at the juncture of the Cross Island Expressway and Highway 278, the property is filled with salt marshes, stands of live oaks, open fields, and a unique collection of some of the oldest structures that exist on Hilton Head Island. The Discovery House at the Coastal Discovery Museum is open daily from 9am – 4:30pm and Sunday, 11am – 3pm.

For further information visit (www.coastaldiscovery.org).

See Lancaster SC in Lancaster, SC, Receives 2015 National Main Street Accreditation

April 14, 2015

See Lancaster SC in Lancaster, SC, has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

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The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by South Carolina Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

For further info contact Cherry Doster/Mktg. & Dev. Mgr., See Lancaster SC, by calling 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art – Deadline May 29, 2015

April 14, 2015

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The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by our young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the $10,000 prize will be awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. Past winners include photographers Jeff Whetstone and Stephen Marc, mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey, sculptor Patrick Dougherty, painter John Westmark, and mixed-media artist Sonya Clark.

Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize opened on Jan. 1, 2015, and can be made exclusively online at (1858prize.org) through May 29, 2015. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply. The prize is administered annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art.

For more information, please visit (1858prize.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC Adds New Quilt Blocks in Long Creek, SC, and Pickens, SC

April 13, 2015

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The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, adds new quilt blocks to its expanding Quilt Trail in Long Creek, SC, and Pickens, SC.

Faith n Grace, LLC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.  The Open Air Farm Market is located on Route 76 in Long Creek, SC.  Partners Joan Facey and Dick Cawood named their company Faith n Grace because she is Faithful and he is Gracious.  Cawood is originally from York, England and his grandfather was the head gardener for the Duke of Norfolk.  It is believed that he inherited his love of the land from his grandfather.  Facey has a strong Scottish background, a deep love of the land, including natural organic products, going as far back as her childhood days in rural New Jersey.

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The quilt block includes four different patterns – Apple Tree gleaned from Maggie Malone’s ‘5,500 Quilt Block Designs’; Scottish Cross, Link of Friendship, and Virginia Star from the ‘Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns’ by Jinny Beyer.

The original quilt, called “Friendship Orchard” was created by Virginia Cawood to signify the main elements of the Cawood-Facey partnership. The Scottish Cross was used to acknowledge the Scottish ties of both families, while the Friendship Knot and Apple Tree symbolize the friendship and apples grown. The Virginia Star is for the quilter.

Dick and Virginia (Gini) spent more than 20 years living in Africa, where Gini joined a craft group and first started to quilt. She had sewn many items of clothing while growing up in Pennsylvania and liked the tradition of creating baby quilts. Gini has, over the years, participated in many crafts but when she moved to the Clayton, GA, area she found the camaraderie of the quilting community there was what she needed to happily settle just over the South Carolina border. Gini has belonged to the Mountain Laurel Quilters Guild, Clarkesville, GA, since 2007, and served as an officer or chairperson for 6 years.  She has learned many skills and made many friends as a member of the guild’s smaller sub-groups.  Her philosophy for participation in the quilting world is many faceted. The friendship and support of other members combined with the valuable education gained from those friends, is her main reason for quilting. She likes to approach each quilt as if it were a puzzle – satisfying her creative side and keeping the brain cells bouncing!  The quilt was quilted by Sissy Anderson, a local quilter, teacher and friend.

Faith n Grace purchased the Crooked Oak Orchard that was first established in 1960.  They have spent the last six years rejuvenating it and are proud to say that it is again beautiful and producing apples.  Crooked Oak is a strange name for a property that had up to 4,000 apple trees, but only one oak!  The Cawood family has a farm almost across the street from the orchard with horses, the neighbor’s cattle and a Leyland Cyprus nursery.  The children and grandchildren play and swim in the rivers nearby, ride dirt bikes and target practice on the farm they all refer to as their ‘Happy Place.’

The Open Air Market opened in 2014 to sell apples from Crooked Oak and canned goods from Chattooga Belle Farm.  The Cawood and Facey families have ancestral ties to Scotland.  Among other things, Dick Cawood has been building picture frames for more than 30 years both as a hobby and as a living.  His wife, Virginia (Gini), is a member of the Mountain Laurel Quilters Guild, serving as both an officer and chairman for the last 7 years. The Cawoods also have a private barn quilt on one of their barns created by Dick for his wife as a Christmas present in 2012.

The Gatehouse Restaurant, located on Ann Street in Pickens, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.  The quilt block, called Pickens Where the Mountains Begin, was designed and quilted by Elizabeth (Betty) Dalton of Pickens.

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“I collaborated with my good friend and sister quilter, Angeline Byers, to come up with a design.  She found a similar block on the Internet which I edited somewhat.  It is a stylized mountain landscape.  The blue pieces represent the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Of course the orange circle represents the sun; and the triangle represents Glassy Mountain.  At the bottom of the triangle are darker colors representing the homes and farms found there.”

Betty Dalton taught 7th grade mathematics at Pickens Middle School for 50 years.  She had been a lifelong seamstress, having learned to sew in 4H.

“In those days we had to make hidden plackets rather than use expensive buttons.  We learned to make them, though, thanks to Matilda Bell of McCormick, SC, who was the Home Demo agent.  I also learned by making clothes for my Shirley Temple doll.  Then I was invited to join the Upcountry Quilters Guild in Pickens and was given a year’s membership as a birthday present.  I was always a soft touch for fabric and I especially like bright colors.

My first quilt was a ‘ying yang’ pattern for my husband.  Then I made a Mariner’s Compass, which I was asked to exhibit in Paducah, KY, at the quilt museum.  I published pictures of quilts in the Quilters Newsletter and became so addicted to quilting classes that I guess I’ve made about 27 quilts in the last 8 years.  Nearly all of them have won ribbons.”

The Gatehouse Restaurant is owned by Dean Holder and his son Jeff Holder, both natives of Pickens.  Dean was with the Pickens County School District for 33 years as a teacher, coach and principal, retiring in 2002.  He and Jeff have been in residential construction and in real estate and had an eye on the Gatehouse property for some time.  The building had been empty for several years and they bought it to renovate to sell or lease as a restaurant.  Without being able to work out a sale or lease they decided to open it without any experience.  They are now in the fourth year of serving food. The Gatehouse is open Tuesday thru Sunday for lunch and dinner with plans to expand to Monday service in the near future.  Dean is married to Ruth and they have five children and thirteen grandchildren.  Jeff is married to Liza and they have two sons– Jonathan and Jacob.

For more information and pictures visit (www.uhqt.org).

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in Charleston, SC, Presents Artist’s Talk with Mary Edna Fraser – Apr. 18, 2015

April 11, 2015

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Join artist Mary Edna Fraser for an informal discussion about her work and technique on Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 2pm at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC.  Her new exhibition, “Above, Between, Below,” featuring batiks on silk, which will be on view through May 3, 2015, at the gallery.

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“Above, Between, Below” is an ambitious exhibition of work by Lowcountry artist Fraser, depicting breathtaking perspectives of space, earth and deep sea through her signature large scale batiks on silk. Developed with leading researchers in the fields of planetary science, coastal geology, and oceanography, “Above, Between, Below” bridges cutting-edge science and the living, ancient art of batik to afford a vantage point the human eye and traditional cameras cannot reveal.

Collaborators Ted Maxwell (Planetary Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum), Orrin H. Pilkey (Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University) and Cindy Lee Van Dover (Director of the Duke University Marine Lab) assisted Fraser in developing batiks as a vehicle to share information, to educate and to inspire. The artist has drawn upon their scholarship and insights to develop images that emphasize the fragility of ecosystems and bring the grandeur of distant spaces near to us. Fraser refers to her pieces as “snapshots” in geologic or galactic time and asserts that artists can condense and interpret scientific observations so that viewers may develop a greater understanding of our place in the universe.

Established in 2003, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, is a free and non-profit gallery owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Gallery hours during exhibition dates are Tue.-Fri., 10am – 6pm and Sat.-Sun., noon-5pm.

For more information call 843/958-6484, e-mail to (citygallery@charleston-sc.gov), or visit (www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com).


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