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The May 2016 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

May 1, 2016


The May 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 68 pages of it.

ArtFields© 2016 has announced its winners including: Charles Clary of Conway, SC, was given the top $50,000 award for his work “Be Kind Rewind”; Brent Pafford of Clemson, SC, was given the Jury Prize, of $25,000 for “Remember This As A Time Of Day.”; Aron Belka of New Orleans, LA, was given the 2-D People’s Choice award of $12,500 for “Contact Tracing”; and Jocelyn Chateauvert of Charleston, SC, was given the 3-D People’s Choice award of $12,500 for “Invasive Species”.

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So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas in this new year. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending these links to your friends.

If you want to get something in the June 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the May 24 deadline. You do know you can be early. Some folks are already several months ahead of the deadline when their press release would be due.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306 (a new number)

Art and Photography Show by Robbie Bell in Greenville, SC, will Benefit the South Carolina Diabetes Association – May 12, 2016

April 21, 2016

The family of artist Robbie Bell (1957-2015) announced today that his paintings and photography will be displayed and auctioned, on May 12, 2016, to benefit the South Carolina Diabetes Association. Bell, who died in December of last year, has been featured in exhibits in Charleston, Clemson and Greenville.  He was a professional photographer as well as an award-winning graphic artist.

Photo by Robbie Bell

Practicing the art of American Realism Bell’s paintings combine wildflowers from the meadow behind the painter’s studio with simple, meaningful and historic objects.  “These paintings bring it all together,’ the artist once said, “objects I love to paint, scale, weight, lights and darks,…wildflowers with a bit of refinement. Paintings, I hope, with a quiet presence.”

Robbie Bell, a native of Greenville, and was a standout athlete at Greenville High School and a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Georgia State University. He began his creative career working as a project coordinator for John S. Frey Porcelain, fabricating panels for Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. He held several creative positions, including Senior Art Director for DMB&B, Walker Studios, and later taught art in the Greenville County School District. Bell donated much of his work to organizations including Camp Greenville, First Baptist Church and Surgeons for Sight.

The Silent Auction of Still Lifes and Meadows will take place on May 12 at The Artisan Traders in Greenville, SC. The show begins at 6pm with bidding ending at 8pm.

View Bell’s work at (

For further information call 415/577-6422 or e-mail to (

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Receives $1.4 Million Donation for Acquisitions and Conservation

April 21, 2016


The South Carolina State Museum Foundation received the largest private monetary donation in its history in the amount of $1,425,000. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has gifted the donation to specifically serve as a tool for the conservation and acquisition of artifacts and objects for the museum’s collection.

This donation will ensure that the museum’s acquisition program remains active, providing funds so that the museum is able to continue to acquire and preserve important artifacts. These artifacts provide a tangible connection to the stories told through the museum’s exhibitions.

“The South Carolina State Museum collection helps tell the stories of our state,” says Paul Matheny, Director of Collections for the State Museum. “The museum preserves artifacts and objects from the past so that we can tell these stories in the future.”

The funds used in this acquisition process will help the museum close gaps within the museum’s collection. A procedure that is very specific, requires objects to be presented by curators to the museum’s acquisition committee for consent and approval. Selections are based on curator’s knowledge of need within their respective collections of natural history, art, cultural history and science and technology.

“We are so appreciative of this generous donation which will be essential in providing the necessary funding to continue our mission of collecting and preserving artifacts representing South Carolina’s wonderful history” said Willie Calloway, executive director. “These objects will be used to provide educational environments that entertain, inspire imagination and creativity, and enrich the lives of our visitors”

Founded in 1980, the State Museum Foundation was established as a non-profit ((501(c)(3)) organization to support the mission of the South Carolina State Museum. The foundations helps promote the programs and welfare of the museum, sound educational programs and exhibits, and give the public an opportunity to become involved in the educational efforts, history, natural history, science and technology, and art of South Carolina.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

For further information visit (

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Winners of High School Art Competition

April 19, 2016


Sixteen area high school artists received cash prizes Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum’s Horry-Georgetown County High Schools 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, sponsored by HTC and Mr. Billy Cave.

The 94 pieces of student artwork chosen for display from 350 entries will remain on view at the Museum through May 22, 2016.

Zoe Williams of the Academy of the Arts, Science and Technology, garnered a Best in Show for her oil piece, “Awake”.

Zoe Williams, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, Best in Show, “Awake”, Oil on Canvas

First, second and third-place prizes in two-dimensional works went to Kena Patel, Academy of the Arts, Science and Technology, Bailey Smith, Socastee High School and Kira Knoop, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology.

Kena Patel, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, First Place 2D, “Center of Oscillation”, house paint

First, second and third-place prizes in three-dimensional work went to Heidi Whelan, Carolina Forest High School, Glenn Courtney, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology and Sophia Sadr, Carolina Forest High School.

Heidi Whelan, Carolina Forest High School, First Place 3D, “Devil Dog”, Clay

Honorable Mentions, two-dimensional, were awarded to Stephanie Branton, Vine and Branches Home Educators, Jordan Lucina, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology and Sierra Ely, Socastee High School.

Honorable Mentions, three-dimensional, Alex Ramirez, Loris High School, Avery Rose Higgins, The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences and Sydney McPherson, Carolina Forest High School.

The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild also sponsored one honorable mention award and the Judge’s Award. Allie Mitchell, Vine and Branches Home Educators took home the Carolyn Powell, Guild President, award for the most effective use of color and the Judge’s Award went to Jacqueline Brown, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology.

One additional award was presented this year; a Juror’s Award went to Thomas Shelburne, Myrtle Beach High School for his piece, “New Orleans’ Dream”.

This year’s judge was Jim Arendt. Arendt, Assistant Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, is regionally renowned for winning the $50,000 top prize at the first ArtFields©, which took place in Lake City, SC. Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design (MI) and his MFA with concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina.

Gallery hours at the Museum are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4pm Sundays. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome.

For further information, call 843/238-2510 or visit (

Annual North Charleston Arts Fest Takes Place Throughout North Charleston, SC – Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016

April 15, 2016


The annual North Charleston Arts Fest, that takes place in North Charleston, SC, is less than a month away, set to kick off on Apr. 29 and conclude on May 7, 2016. Now entering its 34th year, the nine day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. More than 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Fest offers something for everyone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event schedule that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced.

“The variety of Arts Fest offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey. “From humble beginnings as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle, the festival has developed into one of our most anticipated annual City events, allowing residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to be exposed, engaged, and inspired by the arts.”

The Arts Fest Premiere Weekend, held on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 15th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit”; youth art and photography from Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children’s activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more.

Stand-alone events take place throughout the nine days of the festival at various locations. An exciting array of free and ticketed offerings include concerts; a street dance; theatre presentations; film screenings; art lectures, workshops, and demonstrations; an art walk; children’s programs; and the Grand Finale at the beautiful North Charleston Riverfront Park.

Visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include the 11th annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”; the 10th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, “A Piece of Peace”; paintings by Boca Raton, FL, based artist Andrew Brown; an installation of mixed media works by Statesboro, GA, artist Kimberly Riner; and more. This year’s Grand Finale on May 7 features the 3rd annual Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, a food truck rodeo, and an evening concert by The Secrets Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the festival’s Art Walk, as well as for art & craft vendors. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as Volunteer sign-up forms are also available. Forms can be downloaded at (

For more 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest information, including event details, site maps, and social media contest rules, visit ( or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854.

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Seeks Artist Submissions for Bassett Gallery’s 2016-2017 Season – Deadline is May 20, 2016

April 15, 2016


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 September 2016 through May 2017. All submissions will be considered for both solo and group exhibitions.

Artists must submit samples via e-mail, linked to a “cloud” portfolio (Drop Box, Google Drive,) or by sending a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles. 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 (, or you may drop by the FAC Box Office to get a copy. Materials will not be returned unless requested.

Materials will be accepted through May 20, 2016.

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

Please e-mail your submissions to ( For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson by e-mail at ( or by calling 803/425-7676 ext. 305.

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 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. The selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than June 30, 2016.
Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to six weeks.

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.

The Gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are 10am to 5pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 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 ( or call 803/425-7676, ext. 300.

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Announce Winners of “22nd Annual Judged Show”

April 15, 2016

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, is presenting the “22nd Annual Judged Show”, Apr. 4-30, 2016, at the SOBA Gallery.

The Society of Bluffton Artists held its awards presentation and reception on Friday Apr. 8, with a full house of artists and admirers. This year’s judge, Christina Chastain, is a multifaceted artist and proactive leader in arts education from Lancaster, SC. The awards, presented in seven categories, were as follows:


BEST OF SHOW – Anita Stephens – “A Breezy Morning”, oil

Work by Mary Ann Putzier

1st Place – Mary Ann Putzier – “Color Me Summer”
2nd Place – Lorraine Mullaney – “Snowdrops”
3rd Place – Pat Wilund – “Ok, Who Knows How To Row?”

Work by Dennis Lake

1st Place – Dennis Lake – “Color Burst”
2nd Place – Judy Drummond – “Blue Sky Breaking”
3rd Place – Ken Bullard – “Cloudy”

Work by Stephen Moscowitz

1st Place – Stephen Moscowitz – “Roseatte Spoonbill”
2nd Place – Frank Pinto – “Midnight Star”
3rd Place – Joan McKeever – “Lobster Buoy Garden”

Work by Clyde Lahore

1st Place – Clyde Lahore – “Pompeii”
2nd Place – Edith Wood – “Broad River Bridge”
3rd Place – Kendra Natter – “Monkey Roots”

Work by Mark Taylor

1st Place – Mark Taylor – “Nautilus Platter”
2nd Place – Jim Zeller – “Norfolk Island Pine”
3rd Place – Lynda Hawley – “My Prince”

Work by Bill Winn

Mixed Medium
1st Place – Bill Winn – “Sunflowers II”
2nd Place – Nancy Ridgeway – “Wandering Through Life”
3rd Place – Mike Nicastre – “Gothic Green”

Work by Cynthia Zeiss

1st Place – Cynthia Zeiss – “Moonglow”
2nd Place – Joan Wykis – “Caladium Crazy”
3rd Place – Mary Sullivan – “Light Odyssey”

A special THANK YOU to our sponsors:

Dick Blick Art Supplies, Palmetto State Bank, Charter One Realty, Stock Farm Antiques, The Barony, Captain Woody’s Restaurant, Pearce Scott Architects, Cocoon, Bluffton Seafood Restaurant, The Cottage Restaurant, Spartina and Fat Patties. These wonderful sponsors along with SOBA’s team of dedicated volunteers, made this a fun and successful show.

The show will be on display through Apr. 30, 2016. Please visit the SOBA Gallery, located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton.

For further information call 843/757-6586 or visit (

USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, to Display Award-winning Photos from Annual Audubon Society Competition on Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

April 15, 2016


The University of South Carolina Upstate is proud to present a special exhibit featuring 10 award-winning photographs from the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards on Thursday, April 21 during Spartanburg, SC’s monthly Art Walk event.

The exhibit, which is free to the public, will be on display from 5 – 8pm at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics located at 160 E. St. John Street in downtown Spartanburg.

“Great Egret” by Melissa Groo 2015 Audubon Photography Contest winner.

The sixth annual photo contest featured more than 9,000 entries from 2,300 participants submitting images in several categories, including Amateur, Professional, Fine Art and Youth.

This exhibit is sponsored by the USC Upstate galleries.

For more information, contact Jane Nodine, director of the USC Upstate galleries, at 864/503-5838 or e-mail to (

Noted Sculptor, Lawrence Noble, to Speak at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC – Apr. 17, 2016

April 6, 2016


On Apr. 17, 2016, the public is invite to hear Lawrence Noble give a talk about his creation the 2016 medal entitled “Cicada Days, Firefly Nights.” His talk is in the Welcome Center Conference Room at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, at 4:30pm and is free with garden admission.


This year’s medal is especially beautiful and with the new release of the current “Star Wars” movie, Lawrence Noble is an exciting person to meet. He has worked for George Lucas (both sculpture and graphic design) and recently won a major award from the National Sculpture Society for his sculpture at Lucas Films Headquarters on the grounds of The Presidio in San Francisco, CA.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Winthrop University Alum Caroline Rust Wins Top Honors at Pittsburgh Exhibition

April 6, 2016


Caroline Rust ’97 has won Best of Show for her painting “Billie Holiday Wears a Veil Gifted by John Rawls,” part of a juried exhibition titled “In-VISIBLE” at Point Park University’s Lawrence Hall Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.
John Carson, head of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art, judged the exhibition, presented by the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA), and awarded Rust’s painting Best of Show.


Rust, a Rock Hill, SC, resident, said she was “most honored” to learn that her painting earned top honors.

“I am most honored to receive the Best of Show award for my piece in this exhibit. Pittsburgh and all its creatives are wonderful, as is NAWA and its mission to empower and promote female artists – a mission I believe in stalwartly,” said Rust.

The winning painting is part of the “I Have Come to Make a Crooked Line Straight” series she created in 2015 while in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. Rust explained that “Billie Holiday Wears a Veil Gifted by John Rawls” interweaves the themes and stories surrounding two well-known figures: jazz musician Billie Holiday, whose experiences with racial injustice nonetheless contributed to her talent and added depth to her expression, and philosopher John Rawls, whose “veil of ignorance” theory posits that under the veil people can function as equals without bias or prejudice.

“Under the veil we are invisible, without bodies; we are our true essence – that is the gift,” added Rust.

Rust, a native of Charlotte, earned her BFA (concentration in painting) at East Carolina University and her MFA (concentration in painting) at Winthrop. She is a member of NAWA, and she is a recipient of artist grants from both the Arts Council of York County and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council. Rust has patrons worldwide who collect her work, and she exhibits annually in both solo and juried exhibitions across the US.

Learn more about Rust’s artwork on her website at (


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