Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Pendleton, SC

March 31, 2015


The Mercantile, a family business housed in a historic building in downtown Pendleton, SC, has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Connie Earl opened The Mercantile at 149 East Queen Street in 1988. The Mercantile was Earl’s dream. She and her husband were in the area while he was on sabbatical and she fell in love with Pendleton upon her first visit. After they returned home (Alfred, NY), she had a dream one night that she had opened a gift shop in Pendleton. When her husband retired, they moved to Pendleton and worked to make her dream a reality. The Mercantile is a gift store with something for most everyone, including old-fashioned candy, candles, toys and creative supplies and classes.


Spearheaded by Earl’s daughters, the family decided to sponsor the quilt in her memory. Earl loved pink dogwood, so the family chose to have the flowers featured on a dimensional curved piecing technique developed by Annette Ornelas of Southwind Designs. One of Earl’s daughters, Susan Earl Congdon, who resides in Aiken, SC, completed the cloth quilt in 2014.

Congdon has fond childhood memories of learning to sew in the 4H Club, which led to her learning more sewing techniques through magazines, local classes, state retreats, and quilt shows. After choosing the pink dogwood design, she found a pink ribbon batik that features the words “Hope” and “Love.” According to Congdon, this fabric is in two of the three blossoms as a fitting memorial to a mother “who shared with us her hope and love.

Her daughters recall that their mother was supportive of all 6 of her children (4 girls & 2 boys) in their endeavors. This meant sometimes attending sporting events or band/choral concerts, helping them make their own Valentines cards and Easter baskets and much, much more. As a member of the community, she was also very supportive. She was warm and welcoming, greeted everyone with a smile and treated customers that entered the store as if they were guests in her home. She was very active in her breast cancer support group (1 in 8 in Anderson) and often people came to her to share about their journey. Even when in Hospice, she reached out to someone else who was battling cancer and sent them a message that she was praying for them.

The Mercantile web site is ( and they are also on facebook.

Additional information about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail can be found on the web site at (

FMU’s Arts International Features Blue Dogs, for Pee Dee’s Spring Tradition in Florence, SC – Apr. 11, 2015

March 31, 2015


The longstanding festival, Arts International, one of the Pee Dee’s great spring traditions, will bring its regular mix of art, music and food to its new location, FMU’s Performing Arts Center, on Apr. 11, 2015. The 38-year-old festival has been held in previous year on FMU’s campus.

The festival runs from noon to 6pm. There is no admission charge and all the entertainment is free and open to the public. There is a charge for food and craft items that are on sale.

The premier event at this year’s festival will be a 2pm performance by the Blue Dogs in the PAC’s amphitheatre. The “Dogs” are an earthy, Southern rock band from South Carolina, and a well-known favorite of Pee Dee music fans. FMU’s Music Industry Ensemble and the Celtic rock band Stirling Bridge are also slated to perform in the PAC amphitheatre.

The Blue Dogs

The FMU String Ensemble, Vocal Edition, pianist Paolo Gualdi, violinist Terris Roberts and pianist Sumire Worman are all scheduled to perform in the PAC Black Box.

Other scheduled acts include the Jabali African Acrobats, the Chief Kamu Fire and Hula Show and the Chinese Acrobats. They will offer festivalgoers a unique perspective on arts from around the world on the festival’s International Stage. A variety of strolling musicians and performers will patrol the festival area, providing impromptu entertainment throughout the day.

Other events will include Florence-Darlington Technical College’s famous welding sculpture competition. The competition will feature teams of experienced craftsmen who will create breathtaking pieces of art on the fly, using a pile of scrap material brought in for the occasion.

Also on tap: an arts and crafts fair featuring the work of local and regional artisans, children’s activities, art displays in the Florence County Museum and Waters Building Annex, and an international food court.

The City of Florence is joining FMU as a major festival participant for this year’s events. Other sponsors include FDTC; St. John’s Episcopal Church, which is providing space for festival parking and events; Honda of SC; Nan Ya Plastics; Florence County; Pepsi Cola of Florence; and the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The festival is the union of two former festivals, Art’s Alive and the Pee Dee International Festival. Its roots date back to 1977.

For more information on this year’s Arts International festival, go to (

Florence Regional Arts Alliance in Florence, SC, Calls for Entries for “Once a Part Now Art” – Deadline – May 2, 2015

March 30, 2015


Smart Phone Repair in collaboration with the Florence Regional Arts Alliance announces an art contest in which artists are called to find new and creative purposes for discarded phone or tablet parts. Interested artists must register for this project by either stopping by the store located at 190 West Evans Street or by calling Smart Phone Repair at 843/536-0239.


On Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015, at 6:15pm Smart Phone Repair will host an artist gathering at which artists will receive materials to use in their creations as well as an overview of the contest. Artist must be 18 or older to participate and the submission deadline is May 2 by 6pm.

Prizes will be awarded with first place being an iPad Air. Smart Phone Repair customers will also have the opportunity to participate by voting on their favorite creation from May 4 – May 21. A People’s Choice Award will be presented as well.

Completed artwork becomes the property of Smart Phone Repair and will be placed on exhibit within the store.

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to partner with this downtown business in this innovative contest celebrating sustainability and the visual arts.

An Awards and Artist reception for “Once a Part Now Art”  will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30pm at Smart Phone Repair celebrating this upcycled exhibition of repurposed materials.

Inquiries may be directed to Smart Phone Repair at 843/536-0239 or stopping by the store during normal business hours.

“2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” in Charleston, SC, Calls for Submissions – Deadline Apr. 17, 2015

March 30, 2015


The “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is open to all SC residents. Awards for the exhibition include $100 each for Best Photography, Best Printmaking, Best Sculpture, Best Painting, and Best Drawing; Best in Show is $500. This year’s juror is artist Tyrone Geter.

The “2015 Juried Art Exhibition” will be held May 22 – June 7, 2015, at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, in historic downtown Charleston, SC, with an art delivery date of May 14. Entry Specifications/Eligible Works: Submitted work must have been completed within the last two years. Work previously exhibited in the 2013 or 2014 “Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibitions”, the 2013 or 2014 “MOJA Arts Festival”, or at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park at any time and work exhibited at the 2015 ArtFields© or that will be entered into the 2015 “North Charleston Judged Art Exhibition” will not be considered. Craftwork or jewelry is ineligible. Painting/2D: 2D fine artwork in all media is eligible. Traditional oil, watercolor, acrylics, etchings, and pastels as well as fiber art, collage and other media are acceptable.

Artwork must be original and not copies of the work of others. Painted or enhanced photographs must be submitted in the Photography category. Photography: All types of fine art photography- from prints to digitally or manually altered images- are acceptable. All artwork must be framed or have a finished edge wrap and be gallery ready for hanging. No pieces will be accepted with saw-tooth hangers. We reserve the right to exhibit sculpture in alternate locations to accommodate work of varied size or scale. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from next year’s exhibition. An exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display.

To Submit:
My submission of this form confirms that the submitted artwork complies fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion:
(1) The artwork is my original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any other person’s work or photograph and
(2) the artwork was created solely by me and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Received upon submission:
Thank you for your submissions for the “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition”.

Selections for the exhibition will be made by early May and you will be notified of your status by e-mail.

Deadline: April 17, 2015
Application Fee (USD): $20.00
Application Link: (

For More Information Contact:
Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery at Waterfront Coordinator
843/958-6484 or e-mail to (
City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau Street, Unit A,  Charleston, SC 29401
visit (

Abbeville, SC’s French Heritage Festival Calls for Participation

March 24, 2015


The French Heritage Festival takes place in Abbeville, SC, Apr. 18-18, 2015.

This year the Festival will feature:

A French Market themed Craft Show in the Livery Stable on Trinity Street.

An antique show in the Welcome Center

A silent auction in the Livery Stable on Trinity Street

Other aspects of the festival: Tour of Homes, Churches, Gardens; Tour De Ville Bike Race, Art exhibit featuring Trinity Church, Historical Society tours, a play at the Opera House, Speakers, Food, Music

This Festival goes to support the Friends of Trinity Episcopal Church, which is a 501c3 organization that works to maintain the Church building and grounds as a historic landmark.  By participating, you are making a contribution, thank you!

For full details visit ( The application can be downloaded at (

Bob Jones University’s Museum & Gallery Offers Free Admittance with M&G’s Community Day – Mar. 26, 2015

March 19, 2015


On Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, to say thank you to the Greenville, SC, Community, the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University offers patrons and visitors free admission to both museum locations through regular open hours. Open hours for M&G’s Wade Hampton location are from 2–5pm and from 10am–5pm at M&G’s Heritage Green location in downtown Greenville, SC.

“M&G is grateful to be an integral part of our South Carolina communities now more than 60 years,” notes M&G director Erin R. Jones. “We love sharing the Collection with students of all ages as expressed through affordability and accessibility of the educational services, outreaches, and unique exhibitions we offer. Community Day is just one more way of showing our appreciation and letting the Collection be enjoyed by everyone.”


At M&G’s Wade Hampton location on the campus of Bob Jones University, guests will have the opportunity to experience one of America’s finest European Old Master collections—completely free of charge! Featuring 30 galleries full of over 400 paintings, M&G at Bob Jones University offers visitors a unique, expansive view of differing cultures throughout history. In addition, guests can enjoy the new loan exhibition, “The Golden Age of Painting in the Low Countries”—a vivid look at seventeenth-century genre painting in Belgium and the Netherlands. These Dutch artists were known for new and daring themes, some of which included interiors, maritime scenes, and peasant life.  Finally, M&G at Bob Jones University offers a kid’s Easter Scavenger Hunt and self-guided strolling tour, entitled “The Easter Story in Art”, where select masterworks portray specific moments within the Easter narrative.

M&G’s downtown location at the Heritage Green campus will also be open free of charge to all guests. Currently, this location features the acclaimed exhibition “Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative”, which on the first floor recreates the spectrum of nineteenth-century Victorian culture through artifacts and technology—from the issue of the stinking Thames to the elitist Athenaeum Club! On the second floor, patrons of all ages will enjoy the spectacular world of Dickens’ imagination, with diverse vignettes and media presentations of Dickensian characters representing the best and worst of the Victorian era and the challenges and meaningful links to us today.

As we enter this spring season, take advantage of this fantastic offer from M&G—a chance to tour both museum sites completely free of charge!

For more information about M&G’s Community Day, please contact Amy Basinger at 864/770-1331.

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Presents “Native and Now” – Apr. 3, 2015

March 18, 2015


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, will present “Native and Now”, a concert with contemporary Native American band Dark Water Rising, on Friday, Apr. 3, 2015, at 7:30pm in the Booker T. Washington Auditorium on the USC Campus. Admission is free with an e-ticket, which can be accessed at ( The concert is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition, “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast”, on view through July 25, 2015.

Dark Water Rising

Dark Water Rising is one of the most vibrant bands in contemporary Native American music. The group is led by the dynamic vocalist Charly Lowry, who has grown from being a finalist on the popular television series, “American Idol”, into an accomplished artist that effortlessly blends Native American traditional music, gospel, blues, and R&B. Dark Water Rising has been featured on National Public Radio and their 2013 album, “Grace and Grit: Chapter I”, was recently awarded a NAMMY (Native American Music Award) for “Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording.” Members of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes, the band describes their sound as “rocky soul,” evoking the landscape and musical roots of their native Eastern North Carolina.

“It is a common misunderstanding that Native American music boils down to flutes and chanting,” says Doug Peach, South Carolina Folklife and Traditional Arts Program Director. “Dark Water Rising counters this stereotype with bluesy guitar, soulful vocals, and undeniable energy.” “Native and Now” is the fifth public program for McKissick’s exhibit “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast”. “Native and Now” presents a unique opportunity to see these artists at no charge and experience contemporary Native American popular music at its best.

This program is presented in conjunction with the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs’ conference series, “Working Together Works: Prosperity Through Minority Empowerment,” which will begin at 8am on Friday, Apr. 3 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia. For more information and to register, please contact Lori Brock by e-mail at ( or call 803/333-9621 x. 8.  The South Carolina Arts Commission and Word of Mouth Productions are also sponsors of “Native and Now”.

The Booker T. Washington Auditorium is located at 1400 Wheat Street with available parking across the street.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Special Presentation by Artists from Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 – Mar. 27, 2015

March 18, 2015


The CMA in Columbia, SC, presents the next event in its “Artist Salon” series with a special presentation by artists from Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 on Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at noon among the art in the “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal” exhibition. The “Artist Salon” series features gallery talks about a wide range of topics and disciplines. This salon showcases Gallery 80808 artist’s creative responses to the spring exhibition.


“Feeling creative, the artists at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 decided to play a game,” says Kirkland Smith, an 80808 artist. “Based on the children’s game of Gossip, where a phrase is secretly passed from one player to the next, the artists used visual art in place of words. CMA Chief Curator Will South chose a piece from the “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal” exhibition currently on display. He shared this inspiration piece with the first artist only, who was given three weeks to create a work of art and pass the new piece to the next artist. Each artist had three weeks to complete a work inspired from the image received.

The game has been in play since last spring. None of the artists have seen the progression of work and are excited to share all the pieces at the “Artista Vista” opening on April 23, 2015. This “Artist Salon” reveals the Curran inspiration piece and offers a sneak preview of the artists’ work. Come and see what happens when artists play around and get inspired.”

Gallery 80808 opened in August of 1990 as part of the Vista Studios project, a joint venture of the Columbia Development Corporation and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Since then the facility has matured into a unique venue for Columbia’s visual arts and has become a vital part of the city’s contemporary art scene.

This event is free with membership or admission.

For further information call the Museum at 803/799-2810 or visit (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces “2015 Rock Hill School District Three Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit” Winners

March 17, 2015


The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three present the annual “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition” – featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill. SC, students from high, middle, and elementary schools. This exhibition has been created in honor of Youth Art Month, and was on display in all three galleries at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill, from Feb. 20 – Mar. 15, 2015.

The following students received awards at the “2015 Rock Hill School District Three Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit”:

Work by Anna Oliver

BEST OF SHOW – Anna Oliver, “Jellyfish”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard

1ST Place – Caleb Haik, “Genesis”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen
2ND Place – Rebecca Piotrowski, “Book Angel”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard
3RD Place – Camery Lowery, “High Heeled Wonder”, Rock Hill High School, Mrs. Rapposelli
Honorable Mention – Jenna Beckman, “Placid”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

1ST Place – Troyanna Adams, “Fractured”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Natalie Hanson, “Underwater Scream”, Rock Hill High School, Ms. Queen
3RD Place – Veronica Mendoza-Alvarado, “Sacred”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen
Honorable Mention – Lara Breitkrutz, “Still Life with Honey”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

1ST Place – Christina Means, “Apocalypse”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Leslie Ortiz-Quiroz, “The Americas”, Rock Hill High School, Mrs. Rapposelli
3RD Place – Whitney Maness, Mixed Media Still Life, Rock Hill High School, Mr. Bell
Honorable Mention – Adele Robinson, Mixed Media Still Life, Rock Hill High School, Mr. Bell

1ST Place – Emily Beckley, “The Weight of the World”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Aaina Gupta, “Brass Organ”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
3RD Place – Andrew Swiger, “Ice Cream”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard
Honorable Mention – Veronica Mendoza-Alvarado, “Autumn Landscape with Bridge”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

1ST Place  – Weston De Jesus, “Turtle”, Sullivan Middle School, Ms. Barnette
2ND Place – Brittany Morris, “Buck”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
3RD Place – Alexa Maree, “Electric Octopus”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
Honorable Mention – Shaver Morgan, “Morgan Rising”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley

1ST Place – Anna Colmer, “Still Life (Skull)”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
2ND Place – Bayleigh Pagoota, “Roller Coaster”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
3RD Place – Anthony Morabito, “Elephant”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine
Honorable Mention – Carson Guest, “Eye of the Tiger”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine

1ST Place – Madison Tillman, “Flower Foil”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
2ND Place – Emily McDade, “Hypnotic”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley
3RD Place – Fernanda Barajaz-Arias, “Under the Sea”, Sullivan Middle School, Ms. Barnette
Honorable Mention – Hannah Curie, “Hibiscus”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton

1ST Place – Sydney Shillinglaw, “Hope Dares To Blossom”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
2ND Place – Danielle Pasterchalk, “Monster Playground”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley
3RD Place – Erin O’Rourke, “Bridge”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
Honorable Mention – Ansley Rentz, “Mountain Landscape”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine

Dustin Shores serves as juror for this year’s exhibition, judging the high school and middle school exhibitions. Shores grew up in the rolling foothills of North Carolina. He received his BFA in Fine Arts Photography from Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, SC, in 2009. Shores is a working photographer and arts educator. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC, and teaches art at his alma mater Winthrop University. Shores also owns Dustin Shores Photography, a commercial and fine arts photography studio, and he is an instructor at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC. His photographic work, lectures, and workshops require him to travel throughout the Southeastern United States.

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 at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit our webpage at (

Bob Jones University’s M&G Museum in Greenville, SC, Presents Rare Look at the Historic and Rare Benjamin West Collection – Mar. 19, 2015

March 16, 2015


On Thursday evening, Mar. 19, 2015, M&G Curator John Nolan will present a lecture to residents of Greenville, SC, and the Upstate, highlighting the seven monumental paintings by American ex-patriate Benjamin West on display in the War Memorial Chapel at Bob Jones University. As part of M&G’s Art in Focus Series, Nolan’s lecture will trace West’s career from a farm in Pennsylvania to his ascent to the very peak of English artistic society as a painter to the King of England. The lecture is free, open to the general public, and will be hosted from 5:30-6:30pm.

This rare and significant collection in America has a surprising story—both the artist Benjamin West and the paintings, which were part of a planned series (called “Revealed Religion”) commissioned by King George III of Revolutionary War fame, played lead roles in the development of American and English eighteenth-century painting.

“Isaiah’s Lips Anointed with Fire”, Benjamin West, P.R.A. From the Bob Jones University Collection.

Dr. Alfred Scharf, well-known art historian, has exclaimed the historical importance of these works and expressed that “these pictures probably form the most outstanding series of religious paintings in eighteenth-century England.” Nolan will help his audience understand the proper historical context of these amazing historical works, while also highlighting the causes that forced the “Revealed Religion” project to a halt before it could be completed.

Through John Nolan’s lecture, every one attending—no matter their interests or background—will have an exclusive, limited opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of a true and rare American treasure: The “Revealed Religion” series by Benjamin West. Come delve into a rich selection of American and British history!

For directions to location or additional information about upcoming events, tours, and admission prices, contact the Museum & Gallery at 864/770-1331, or check the website at (


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