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The August 2015 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

August 1, 2015


The August 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 61 pages of it.

Our cover this month features a work by Fletcher Williams III, a native of Charleston, SC. The work is a response to the shooting of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston.

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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 this month. 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 September 2015 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the August 24 deadline. But, you do know that you don’t have to wait until the deadline comes up to send us stuff – 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

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Anderson, SC

July 30, 2015


Concord Elementary, located at 2701 Calrossie Road in Anderson, SC, is the 152nd location to join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Concord Elementary is an International Baccalaureate School meaning students are taught to be responsible global citizens in an ever-changing world. Kay King, art teacher, stated that “’Lighthouse to the World’ pattern showing children from different cultures holding hands around the world was a wonderful fit for our school.”

Students working on quilt


“Lighthouse to the World” was designed by Mike Lucas from the McDowell Quilt Trail in North Carolina and this quilt panel is located on Eastfield Elementary School in Marion. NC. Lucas states “I have been with the quilt trail since we started in 2006, now approaching block #200. I have done all the design work for all the blocks, including this one that is non-traditional. Also I have constructed, painted (with occasional help), and installed (with considerable help) all the blocks”. Lucas worked closely with sponsors to create a quilt pattern that represents their mission.  “Each of the four corners of the block have a yellow and old structure representing a lighthouse with white rays of light radiating from the center on each side.  Boys and girls of all cultures and skin pigments are united hand to hand dressed in bright clothing on a background of black. Their feet are all based around the world in the center of the block, the globe representing land, sea and white clouds in a blue sky.” Additional information about the McDowell Trail can be found at (

Art Beat in Action Day is an annual event at Concord Elementary encouraging learning through art and is sponsored by Wanda Griffin Elrod’s family in her memory. Elrod was a former student and parent of four students who attended Concord, Jenna, Betsy, Allie, and Rebecca Elrod. Her father and mother started the donation, and after her mother’s death, her dad, Gene Griffin, and his wife, Beth continues the legacy. The 2015 event was held on Thursday, March 26.

Campbell and Kay King teachers at Concord Elementary collaborated with the entire staff to create a plan for a day of “art in action.” they had various artists and volunteers from the area assisting students and teachers in creating collaborative art pieces and artifacts that would enhance the school and be permanently displayed for all the school community to enjoy. Third grade students worked with members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail to paint an outdoor display and create a fabric wall hanging of “Lighthouse to the World”. King stated “This was a perfect fit to tie in to the third grade standards on South Carolina Heritage.”

For further information visit (

Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Applications for Holiday Crafters and Food Vendors for the Third Annual Winter Block Party – Dec. 5, 2015

July 30, 2015


Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster, SC, is now accepting applications for holiday crafters and food vendors for the third annual Winter Block Party. The Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 in downtown Lancaster from 11am to 4pm during the Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Enjoy unique and festive shopping at the 2015 Winter Block Party! This FREE family friendly event will rock you into the Holiday Spirit with live musical performances, holiday booths, and concessionaires. The Winter Block Party is a great opportunity to introduce your food or crafts to the many residents and visitors drawn to downtown Lancaster during the Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Allow yourself the time to slow down and wander through the aisles and connect with people from near and far who are selling their wares and sharing their stories. The Winter Block Party is a delightful place to get swept up in the festive spirit.

Other Red Rose Holiday Tour free activities taking place downtown on Saturday, December 5th include a multitude of holiday open houses, an indoor artisan show, and much more!

For information, contact Jimola W. Wade by calling 803/289-1494 or by e-mail at (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “26th Annual Juried Competition”

July 30, 2015


The Arts Council of York County announced its “26th Annual Juried Competition” winners at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6pm. This exhibition was on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through July 26, 2015.

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

Judging this year’s competition is Mitchell Kearney. Kearney is a commercial advertising photographer and multimedia fine art image-maker dealing in the study of human nature, physics and the miracle of day to day living.

A fixture in the Charlotte art scene since moving from New York City in 1983, Kearney has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and has witnessed and documented many fine art projects, including the creation of Jean Tinguely’s Cascade in the lobby of the Carrillon office tower for the Bechtler family in 1991. Then, over a period of eight years, he created insightful portraits of the first 185 Artists-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. In 2006, he was honored to spend six weeks photographing the ten mid-career Japanese artists who were selected for the “Force of Nature” installation project. Mitchell has had numerous exhibitions of his photography-based work in the Charlotte region; including the “6th Juried Annuale at the Light Factory” and his “Inside Out” solo exhibition of insightful portraits at Winthrop University, both in 2013. He has also exhibited at the Arti Multie Visione in Rieti, Italy and at the Camera Club of New York.

Kearney selected 41 works by 38 artists out of 137 entries from 23 cities and 4 states to be displayed in the “26th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “25th Annual Juried Competition are:

Best of Show: “My Home II” by Dallas Austin
1st Place: “From Series: Erosion” by Rebecca Jacobs        2nd Place: “Appendage” by Julia Rossman Perez
3rd Place: “Confronting Dimension” by Libby Stewart    Honorable Mention: “Meditate” by Leah Mulligan Cabinum
Honorable Mention: “Questioning the Cause & Sense” by Paul Martyka
Honorable Mention: “If I Only: the series” by Cory Unkart

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits was the presenting sponsor of the “26th Annual Juried Competition”.

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 the Arts Council’s webpage at (

Blue Ridge Arts Council in Seneca, SC, Focuses On Community Projects

July 30, 2015


On May 25, 2015, Senecafest took place on Ram Cat Alley in downtown Seneca, SC. Blue Ridge Arts Council (BRAC) hosted all craft vendor booths and operated a special activity tent for children of all ages. Kids were invited to paint an Alley Cat canvas mural that now hangs in city hall. Next year, we plan on expanding to accommodate even more artists. Beaded Bracelet, Color Me Insulated Cups and Grab Bags were also made available to our guests.

Blue Ridge Arts Center is kicking off its new season with a culmination exhibit of work from our summer arts program. An open house reception featuring “True Colors” by Tribble will take place in on the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2015. Friends and family are invited to view projects created by adult clients and residents of the Tribble Center for adults with varying disabilities located in Seneca, SC. Images are available on our website at ( This body of work will also hang during our second scheduled exhibit “Monochromatic Illusions” by HiFiber opening Nov. 6, 2015, so everyone will have an opportunity to see this marvelous work.

Our first exhibit – “The BRAC Annual Members Show” opens on Sept. 11, 2015, and intake will begin on Aug. 28, 2015. Reduced rates on membership are available to non-members who would like to participate. Member benefits include – annual members show, free on-line bios and photos, one-man and group show opportunities, reduced rates on workshops, classes and photography service, open studios and casual painting groups. Downloadable applications are available on line.

In conjunction with this show, our second installment of “Afternoon with an Artist” luncheon and demonstration at the Blue Ridge Gallery Classroom will headline Paul Dohr, renown award winning watercolor artist. It will take place on Sept. 16, 2015, from 12:30-3pm. He will provide hands-on instruction and as always, humorous dialog to accompany his presentation. Lunch includes – pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans and apple pie and ice cream [for $25.00]. The previous “Afternoon of an Artist” with Warren Carpenter [wood-turner] was a sell out – and an overwhelming success. We have room for 25 guests so make reservations now. Call Suzette Cross at 248/882-3288.

In addition to these events, we have a full schedule planned including:

Holiday Art Sale with Chocolate and Wine Tasting  [12/4,5 & 11- 12/11/2015];

The Annual Juried Exhibit [1/16/2016] which will take on a new format this year with more information to come;

“Upcycling/Mixed Media Exhibit” and Auctions for Charity in celebration with Earth Day, [3/11-4/23] Chairs for Charity Invitational Auction Saturday 4/23/2016. Call for entries will be sent to all charitable organizations. The results will be displayed during the exhibit and available for auction proceeds to benefit the charity.

As always, new members and volunteers are welcome. Contact information, photos of all past events and applications are available on line.

Melody Davis, Gallery Administrator, Board of Directors visit (

South Carolina Arts Commission Gives Quarterly Project Grant to Ed Streeter of Conway, SC

July 28, 2015

Ed Streeter of Conway, SC, has been awarded a $1000 Quarterly Project Support for Artist Grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2016 fiscal year. The support will allow Streeter to present the First Saturday Glassblowing Demonstrations. The demonstrations are free and enable the public to see and learn about the traditional craft of glassblowing.

The Quarterly Project Support for Artists, which is funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, will allow Ed Streeter and Conway Glass to host glassblowing demonstrations free to the public on Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 2015. Streeter is proud to continue the tradition of offering free glass demos and is honored to be recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission for his dedication in bringing art to the public.

Streeter talks with crowd at First Saturday event

He says, “On the First Saturday I create colorful bowls, vessels and sculpture with 2000 degree glass and demonstrate various traditional and experimental glass techniques. Assisted by Barbara Streeter, our demonstrations are both educational and entertaining.” Conway Glass, Inc. is helping Ed Streeter meet his obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Those who are supporting the grant project are: Conway Glass, Inc., Ed Streeter, Barbara Streeter and Dr. Dennis Stevens. Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the First Saturday Glass Demos and see how Ed Streeter brings art to his community by visiting Conway Glass, Inc. at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway, SC, on Saturday, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and on Dec. 5, 2015. Demonstrations are free, open to the public and held each hour 10am until 4pm.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is working to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit ( or call 803/7348696.

Ed Streeter is a visual artist and co-owns Conway Glass with his wife Barbara. In his studio, he creates custom stained glass windows and blown glass vessels and sculpture. The studio welcomes hundreds of visitors to each First Saturday Glass event, who then spend the day shopping and dining in downtown Conway. In addition, he has enjoyed teaching glass classes and demonstrating various glass techniques to the community for over 25 years. The First Saturday Glassblowing Demonstrations educate the public and establish an appreciation for the craft while raising the awareness of how artists work to create quality handcrafted products. The studio events serve as a catalyst; Conway Glass is a hub for the arts and is a positive economic anchor for downtown Conway.

For more information, visit ( or call 843/248-3558.

SC Arts Commission Names Downtown Lancaster, SC, A Cultural District

July 18, 2015


The SC Arts Commission has named Lancaster, SC’s downtown as the second state-recognized cultural district in South Carolina. A cultural district is an easily identifiable geographic area with a concentration of arts facilities and assets that support cultural, artistic and economic activity. Lancaster was the second city to apply for the new cultural district designation, which was created by the SC General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014.

City officials will use the cultural district designation to attract visitors and residents to downtown and promote the area as a hub of arts and culture.

“See Lancaster”, a division of City of Lancaster’s Support Services Department, coordinated the application process. Working with local leaders and Arts Commission staff, a map of cultural assets and a strategic plan for the district were developed. “The recognition as a cultural district will help enhance the vibrant arts initiatives in Lancaster,” said Cherry Doster, Marketing and Development Manager. “The cultural district designation is another way to help increase support of existing businesses and attract new ones.”

City of Lancaster Administrator remarked, “The City of Lancaster is honored to have received this award. Our city is fortunate to have a number of local artists who have educated our citizens to understand the importance of art not just to the community, but especially to our school children. Our own “resident” artist, Bob Doster, has worked tirelessly to teach our children to embrace their creativity and  to explore and appreciate all forms of art.”

Non-arts businesses and organizations are important pieces of a cultural district, says Ken May, SC Arts Commission executive director. “A successful cultural district attracts creative enterprises, such as galleries and theatres, whose patrons want to dine out and shop, so nearby retail and other businesses benefit from that increased economic activity.”

The SC Arts Commission staff will assist communities in developing a brand and marketing their cultural districts. Other states with similar cultural district programs include Massachusetts, Kentucky, Texas and Colorado.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.

For further information call Cherry Doster/Marketing & Development Mgr./See Lancaster at 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (

McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Behind the Scenes Tours – July 18 and 22, 2015

July 17, 2015


Have you ever wondered how exhibits are created? Do you have great treasures tucked away in your house? If so, the McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, has two upcoming programs just for you!!!!

Saturday, July 18 at 1pm – From the Attic to the Exhibit: Making Collections Matter. Chief Curator of Collections and Research Claire Jerry offers a revealing look at how collections are converted to exhibits.

Wednesday, July 22, 12pm (noon) – Behind the Scenes Tour. Did you know that most museums on display between 1%-5% of their collections? Have you ever wondered what’s on those “M” floors listed in the elevator? McKissick invites you to take a peek behind the scenes at some of our most beloved, but rarely viewed treasures.

For further information call Ja-Nae M. Epps at 803/777-2876.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Talk by New York City Art Critic Peter Plagens – July 19, 2015

July 14, 2015


701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, will present a lecture by prominent New York City art critic and artist Peter Plagens on Sunday, July 19, at 1pm entitled, “Thoughts on Contemporary Art, Especially Painting”.

Admission is free.

Plagens will be in town to serve as the national juror on the jury panel for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015″. The panel will take place on July 18; the Biennial will be shown in two parts from September – December, 2015.

701 Center for Contemporary Art is currently showing the exhibit “Tyrone Geter: BLACK!,” curated by Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts both in Boston. The exhibit presents recent works by the artist who, after extensive travel, work and study in Africa, made South Carolina his home. The exhibition is on view in the Main Gallery through Aug. 23, 2015.

701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a visual art 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 arts and other art forms.

For further info call 803/779-4571 or visit (

Fabulon, a New Gallery in Charleston, SC, Calls for Artist’s Entries for Exhibit “Souvenirs of Summer” – Deadline is July 24, 2015

July 12, 2015

Fabulon, a new gallery in West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, is hosting a show primarily for new and emerging artists, Friday Aug. 28, 2015 (this is not labor day weekend.)

The show will be called “Souvenirs of Summer”. Artist selected will have space to display 3-5 pieces of current work. They will also be asked for a 4”x6” postcard size piece with a summer, summer souvenir, or end of summer theme created specifically for the show.

Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $15 fee. Accepted artists will be part of a group show and have the opportunity to leave their work on display for the month of September. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.

Please register on line at (
Deadline for submission is July 24, 2015. Artists to be notified by 7/31. Work to be delivered by 8/24 and picked up by Oct. 3, 2015.

There will be a brief meeting for artists at the gallery, 1017 Wappoo Rd Charleston, SC, upon acceptance. There will be an opening reception with refreshments 8/28 from 5pm until 9pm.

For further info call 843/566-3383 or e-mail to (


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