Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, Offers a Talk with John Acorn – Dec. 10, 2016

December 6, 2016

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Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, will offer a Coffee and Conversation event with John Acorn on Dec. 10, 2016, from 11am-noon.

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Hampton III Gallery is presenting the exhibit “Recent Work: Sunsets and Fish”, featuring works by Acorn through Dec. 31, 2016.

You cam preview the exhibition at this link (http://hamptoniiigallery.com/acorn-john/recent-work-sunsets-and-fish/).

Gallery hours are: Tue. – Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 10am-5pm.

For further information call 864-268-2771, e-mail to (sandy@hamptoniiigallery.com) or visit (www.hamptoniiigallery.com).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is Calling for Entries Sought for “12th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” Deadline Feb. 25, 2017

December 6, 2016

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Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the twelfth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, which opens in conjunction with the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. This year, honorariums for artists accepted into the show have increased to $1250 to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each). The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply). An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb/ 25, 2017.

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“Truce” by Adam Walls (2016/17 Best in Show)

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Robin R. Salmon, Vice President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Robin is currently the chair of the National Sculpture Society Exhibitions Committee, which is the oldest organization of professional sculptors, and has more than thirty years of museum, curatorial, and programming experience.

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“Cubes in Motion” by Hanna Jubran (2016/17 Honorable Mention)

The “12th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1, 2017, through March 25, 2018, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces: Yvette L. Cummings WINS the 701 CCA PRIZE 2016

December 5, 2016

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Conway, SC, artist Yvette L. Cummings won the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Cummings was announced as the winner during the Dec. 1, 2016, 701 CCA Prize Celebration at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The winner was announced by Tristan Weinkle and Corinne Goldberg of exhibition sponsor South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in front of an audience of some 150 people.

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Yvette L. Cummings

“Cummings is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Colleen Critcher and Jena Thomas.” Critcher is from Hartsville and was, like Cummings, selected for last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thomas is from Spartanburg, where she arrived from Florida earlier this year to teach at Converse College.

As the winner, Cummings will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine.

The finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Jonell Logan, independent curator and founder of 300 Arts Project LLC in Belmont, NC; and Jennifer Smith, gallery & marketing director of The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC.

The 701 CCA Prize 2016 exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 18, 2016. The exhibition catalogue, which also was presented during last night’s 701 CCA Prize Celebration, is available at 701 CCA for $5.00.

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Yvette L. Cummings, Voyeur Series, 2015–16, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 15 panels, 14” x 14” each.

Cummings in 2015 was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and for Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. Also in 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Black Creek Arts Gallery in Hartsville, SC. Other solo shows were at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, and City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. Her work has been in some 30 group exhibitions, mostly in the South and Midwest. Among the venues where Cummings has shown are Women Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and Kendall College of Art & Design, both in Grand Rapids, MI, the Florence County (SC) Museum, the Pickens County (SC) Museum of Art and History, the Anderson (SC) Arts Center and the Durham (NC) Art Guild. Cummings holds an MFA and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a BFA from Kendal College. She also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.

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Yvette L. Cummings, A Myriad Of Moments, 2016, acrylic on canvas,71” x 77”.

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “All three finalists easily matched the criteria,” board chair Roefs said, “as did many of the artists who submitted a portfolio for the judge’s consideration but didn’t make it to the finals.” This year’s installment was the third 701 CCA Prize event.

“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.”

For further inquiries, contact Wim Roefs by e-mail at (wroefs@sc.rr.com) or call 803/238-2351.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed., 11am–8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. For more information, visit (www.701cca.org).

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

December 1, 2016

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The December 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1216/1216carolinaarts.html) – all 62 pages of it – a few less than last month.

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. 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 this link to your friends.
If you want to get something in the January 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th 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
info@carolinaarts.com

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has Announce the Winners of This Years Small Works 2016 Exhibit

November 28, 2016

Artspace 506 in North Myrtle Beach, SC, has announce the winners of this years “Small Works 2016” exhibit:

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1st Place went to Haley C. Smith for “Jack”

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2nd Place went to Toni Smith for “Dessert Spoon”

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3rd Place was presented to Rachel Jones for “Regenerate”

Honorable Mentions included:
Debanjana Bhattacharjee for “October Pink” and R. Bellinger for “Marsh Impressions III”

Among the Finalists:
Rachel Jones for “Secrets and Searchings I”; Patricia Graney for “Dew Flower”; Elaine Goodman for “I Can Wear Yellow”; William H. Miller for “Melancholy”; Jane Fay for “Untitled #6”; Phil Laborie for “Here’s to Detroit”; Rebecca Lindblade for “Down in the Phinizy”; and Sue Coley for “The Red Boat”

The gallery would like to thank Liz Miller, curator of the Burroughs and Chapin Art Meuseum in Myrtle Beach, SC, for serving as judge for this years show.

The show continues through Dec. 17, 2016. The gallery is free and open to the public Wed. – Sat. 11am-6pm.

For further info visit (www.artspace506.com).

Main & Maxwell in Greenwood, SC, Features Works by Caroline Harrington, Hal Taylor, and Dolores von Rosen – Nov. 28, 2016

November 22, 2016

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Main & Maxwell in Greenwood, SC, will be hosting an artist reception on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, from 5:30 – 7pm.  “Against the Grain” features the work of three artists who work primarily in wood; Caroline Harrington, Hal Taylor, and Dolores von Rosen. During the reception the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and offer special purchasing opportunities.

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Caroline Harrington, who currently lives in Hilton Head, SC, is an equestrian and artist. Her work is dedicated to the art of turning historic, reclaimed barn wood into beautiful, nature-themed works of art. She paints lifelike horses, sea creatures and forest animals on reclaimed and recycled barn board that she collects from around the country.

Dr. Hal Taylor is a wood worker who specializes in turned and sculpted wood art. His award-winning work has been displayed around the country including at the American Association of Woodturners 30th Anniversary Juried Show, “Turning 30”, in Atlanta GA. Currently, Taylor has a large inventory of hand turned bowls, vessels and wall hanging pieces on display at Main & Maxwell.

Dolores von Rosen grew up in Coroneca, SC, and graduated from Lander University and later the University of Tennessee.  After teaching for a number of years on the west coast she married and moved to the North-West Territories of Canada, then on to Vancouver, Edmonton and finally Windsor, Ontario where she was the founder of The South-Western Ontario Basket Guild. In 1996 she retired and she and her husband moved to Chappells, SC, where she started the Lakelands Basket Guild. Well known for her beautiful basketry, von Rosen teaches workshops both in South Carolina and Windsor, Ontario.

For more information about the exhibit or Main & Maxwell, contact Laura Bachinski by e-mail at (mainandmaxwell@gmail.com), call 864/223-6229 or visit (www.mainandmaxwell.com).

Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC, Announces 2016 Guild Dedication Awards

November 21, 2016

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Two Greenwood artists were honored Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, with Guild Dedication Awards from art guilds at the reception for the “Multi-Guild Annual Exhibition” at the Arts Center of Greenwood, South Carolina.

Potter and gallery entrepreneur Laura Bachinski and woodworker Hal Taylor are recipients of the 2016 Guild Dedication Awards — presented by the Greenwood Artist Guild, Council of Lakelands Area Woodworkers and Greenwood Area Studio Potters.

Established in 2014, by the above-mentioned art guilds, in collaboration with the Arts Center of Greenwood, the Guild Dedication Award was created in honor of potter and local arts champion Dohnna Collins Boyajian. Boyajian was the 2014 recipient and retired arts educator Dot Hershey was the 2015 recipient.

“People who decide on the award are representatives from the Arts Center and previous award recipients,” Boyajian said. “We really could not choose one. We chose both Laura Bachinski and Hal Taylor.”

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Laura Bachinski

Recipients did not know about the awards in advance.
Boyajian went on to say that Bachinski has been instrumental in the founding of two annual community events — Empty Bowls Greenwood, the major fundraiser for Greenwood Soup Kitchen, and the Heritage Trail Pottery Tour and Sale.

Bachinski received much of her training as an artist through the professional clay program at the Piedmont Technical College Edgefield County Center. She has her own home studio, Bell House Pottery in Ninety Six, South Carolina.

“Without Laura (Bachinski), neither one of those would have probably happened,” Boyajian said. “With Empty Bowls, she was also instrumental in involving the Greenwood Medical Alliance with that as a project. She can make things happen.”

Additionally, Boyajian said Bachinski’s decision to open the Main and Maxwell gallery and artists’ retail shop in Uptown Greenwood is “a huge deal.”

“More than 59 member artists are now represented there,” Boyajian said. “The local artists and crafts people have a place to sell their work and she’s also creating an Etsy site to get our work out into the World Wide Web, broadening support for our artists and guilds. She’s a proponent of the growth and exposure of the arts community in Greenwood, South Carolina.”

Boyajian said Bachinski has also coordinated workshops with well-known ceramics artists and potters for area artists and Lander University students.

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Hal Taylor

“Hal (Taylor) is sort of the quiet one,” Boyajian said. “He has done many different things and he’s always volunteering to give artist demonstrations or work behind the scenes for Empty Bowls and the Council of Lakelands Area Woodworkers ornaments for trees auctioned as part of the Piedmont’s Festival of Trees. He gets things done and he collaborates with other artists.”

Taylor is also a co-founder of the Greenwood Genetic Center, along with clinical geneticist Roger Stevenson. Taylor served as director of GGC diagnostic laboratories from 1974-2008.

Guild Dedication Award winners are presented with checks and a take-home plaque. A permanent plaque, with the award’s description, is on display at the Arts Center. Nominations are accepted in October with winners announced during the annual November “Multi-Guild” showcase.
Criteria for the award include creativity, engagement, enthusiasm and dedication.

Paula Taylor, 72, wife of Hal Taylor, 74, said her husband is very humble and modest about his skill as an artist.
“He will be shocked by this award,” she said in advance of Friday’s awards announcement.

“He’s been interested in building things from the time he was a boy,” Paula Taylor said. “He’s built numerous pieces of furniture for our two daughters, including a fairly elaborate dining room table and a treehouse for a grandchild. He’s been turning wood for about 15 years. He’s self-taught in a way, but he’s taken a lot of intensive courses.”
Paula said her husband turns wood every day.

“If he hears a chainsaw when we are driving somewhere, we stop,” she said. “He has to see what kind of wood it is and ask if he can have a piece.”

She said he has also mentored a number of men and women in wood crafts. “It keeps him active and creating,” Paula Taylor said.

Taylor has pieces at Main and Maxwell in Greenwood, a shop in Highlands, North Carolina and at the South Carolina Artisans Center in Walterboro.

For further information contact Dohnna Boyajian by calling 864/554-0336 or e-mail to (dcollinsboyajian@gmail.com).

African American Fiber Artists Sought for Special Exhibition in North Charleston, SC

November 11, 2016

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the United States and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the “11th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, titled “Move On Up and Reach the Higher Ground”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from May 1-June 23, 2017. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is available online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s exhibition calls for fiber art inspired by the aspirational music of the 1970’s that sought to unify and lift the spirit of our nation, specifically songs such as Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” and “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield. As we find ourselves, once again, in a time of great division and unrest, the challenge for this special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that explores the ideas of creating a better world, journeying toward self-awareness, and ascending to a position of loving acceptance of all citizens.

Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2017/2018 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The “11th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Move On Up and Reach the Higher Ground” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from May 1-June 23, 2017, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the artists will be held at City Hall on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Offers Nights of a Thousand Candles

November 11, 2016

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Dec. 1-3, 8-10, & 15-18, see Brookgreen Gardens come to life with the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles thousands of sparkling lights, and exceptional entertainment. The 80-foot-tall fir tree, decorated with 70,000 lights, is lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45pm each night. New hand-blown glass creations from Conway Glass are on display in Anne’s Garden and two indoor holiday exhibits offer another layer of enjoyment to the event.

Important News About Nights of a Thousand Candles tickets! Advance ticket sales only!

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Every year, attendance during Nights of a Thousand Candles grows! Over the years, to accommodate the growth, we have expanded the hours, added additional lines for admission, increased the number of nights, and extended the displays into more areas of the gardens. In anticipation of an increase in attendance this year, we have changed some of our ticketing procedures.

“As a result of this growth, we made the decision to change the ticketing process for the event,” said Bob Jewell, President & CEO. “The new system will more evenly distribute attendance across the 10 nights of the event, minimize delays, and ease parking and traffic congestion. This decision was not made lightly as it will no doubt impact our fundraising from the event, but to ensure the safety and comfort of our members and guests, we simply had no choice,” Jewell continued. “Our members and guests take priority, and we want them to have the best experience possible when they come to Brookgreen Gardens.”

Important News About Thousand Candles Tickets!
Advance ticket sales only with limited availability each night. Date specific tickets -you will need to select a date when you purchase tickets. You may exchange your tickets for another date at no charge by calling 1-888/718-4253. Ticket Questions? Call Customer Care at 1-888/718-4253 for assistance. Hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm. Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5pm.

All ticket proceeds go to support Brookgreen Gardens, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history. Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on US 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, SC.

For further info call the Gardens at 843/235-6019 or visit (www.brookgreen.org).

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

November 1, 2016

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The November 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1116/1116carolinaarts.html) – all 69 pages of it – a few less than last month.

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. 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 this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the December 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t be a “turkey” and wait till the November 24th 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
info@carolinaarts.com