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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in South Carolina Announces New Additions to the Quilt Trail

June 29, 2015

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The log home of Hoyt and Laura Grant on Hwy. 11 just below Table Rock Mountain in South Carolina has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block pattern is an 8’ x 8’ size in red and white gingham, surrounded by red and white solid blocks called a Nine Square and were installed on the family’s Century Barn. The cloth quilt was originally made by Mrs. Grant and given to their grandson for Christmas 2014.

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The Nine Square or Nine Patch, as it is also called, was a popular pattern used by pioneer women. The earliest homesteaders had neither time nor fabric to spare. Most of the quilts they made were utility quilts, quickly sewn together for warmth. The Nine Patch is one of the simplest and quickest quilts to sew because it was a good way to use up every scrap of fabric available and was used often.

The property on which the Grants live consists of 168 acres and was originally purchased in 1952 by Mr. Grant’s father, S.C. ‘Bud’ Grant. He took over the lumber mill that his father, Charlie Brooks Grant, had established, and then passed it on to his son, Hoyt. When Hoyt retired in 2006 at the age of 75, his son, Terry A. Grant, took over. Today, the property is home to the children and grandchildren and the fourth generation lumber mill.

According to former neighbors in the area, Fletcher Chastain and the Masters Family, the log crib was the first building on the site and it was built during the Civil War. The barn was built in the 1800s. There was a large 2 story house there that burned down in the 1980’s. Hoyt and Laura’s log cabin, built in 1994, is just in front of the old home site. It was called Grant Meadows when they joined Upstate Forever, an organization dedicated to promoting sensible growth and to protect special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. This is the most photographed spot in South Carolina.

Laura Breazeale Grant grew up in Pickens, SC, the daughter of a farmer. There were 11 children in the family, three girls and eight boys. “After we had fed my Dad and my brothers their lunch, we girls sit down and sew. We would make a quilt a day. There were so many of us we had to quilt and sew all the time. My dad and brothers raised all the food we ate, we girls did the cooking and the sewing and whatever else needed to be done.”

A Bicentennial Quilt by Mary E. Granger, sponsored by the Hagood Community Center Fiber Arts Program was placed on the Hagood Community Center at 129 School House Street in Pickens, SC.

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The original quilt was made by Mrs. Mary E. Granger
(1932-2008) as a Bicentennial quilt. A native of Rochester, NY, she received degrees in nursing and art history. It was the latter training that yielded years of creativity. Her talents showed in the areas of dress making, pen and ink drawings, photography, reverse painting on glass, traditional rug hooking, painting and quilt making. She married her husband, James, during his medical school training. After graduation, he re-entered the service as a physician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. While stationed in the Washington, DC area, she met and was influenced over the years by Jinny Byers. Mary started her Bicentennial quilt while the family was stationed in Augusta, GA and continued to work on it as she moved from Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee. When finished, it was featured in Ms. Byers Medallion Quilt Book, a reference book at the Pickens Senior Center. Then Governor Lamar Alexander, now Senator Alexander, wanted to buy the quilt, but Mary wisely declined.

This spectacular quilt is done in red, white and blue, with four eagles, and medallions of stars and tassels in celebration of the four Presidents of this nation from Virginia – George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson. Dr. Granger hopes the quilt and others in her collection will be enjoyed by the Pickens community, as well as her other collections gathered over the years: sewing items, antique clocks, Depression glass, sheet music of old popular melodic songs, and reference books related to these collections.

The Pickens Senior Center is the current owner of the quilt and is housed in a building begun in 1929 as the Pickens Mill School for the children whose parents worked at the Mill.

Mile Creek Park located in Six Mile, SC is the 150 location joining the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt pattern, called Forest Lake, was designed by McKenna Ryan and originally quilted by Joy duBois of Seneca, SC. The original quilt was made for her grandson, Joey Marcus, for his 10th birthday. This addition to the UHQT is made possible by a Pickens County ATAX Commission Grant.

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McKenna Ryan tag line is “Simply Beautiful…Beautifully Simple”. McKenna says, “As I’ve grown over the years, I find that I want to challenge myself in capturing more depth and dimension with the use of fabric, while still making it a project that is easy and fun.” Additional information about McKenna Ryan can be found at (www.pineneedles.com). The Forest Lake pattern portrays an underwater scene of a mountain lake in lovely shades of blue, green and yellow.

The pattern portrays an underwater scene of a mountain lake in lovely shades of blue, green and yellow.  Mrs. duBois began quilting in order to make a quilt for her daughter Nancy. It was made in an Ohio Star pattern using materials saved from her pre-school dresses. After finishing that quilt, Mrs. duBois went on to make quilts for friends and family and to decorate her home.

“I spend a lot of time working with my friends on quilt projects. I really enjoyed the Thimbleberries classes that spanned many years. The first McKenna Ryan pattern that I quilted was a large wall hanging for my husband’s real estate office. Teaching my granddaughter Shira to quilt was especially meaningful. She now makes quilts and wall hangings for her friends.”

Mile Creek Park is located at 757 Keowee Baptist Church Road, Six Mile, South Carolina, and is the perfect family vacation site, a fisherman’s paradise, with the area’s best access to beautiful Lake Keowee. With its scenic natural setting, modern facilities and great amenities for the whole family, Mile Creek Park is an outdoor jewel.

As their website says, “Refresh your mind at Mile Creek Park. Hike along a rugged shoreline and watch the clouds sail across the water. Listen to birds singing and children playing. Pitch a perfect ringer, spike a volleyball, and cast a line across the water. Host a family get together, watch the sun set over beautiful Lake Keowee. Build a campfire and tell some stories.  Let Nature sing you to sleep.” For more information or to make a reservation, go to (www.visitmilecreekpark.com).

Table Rock State Park headquarters has a new fabric quilt and painted panel. The quilt block called A Walk in the Park was made possible in part through a Pickens County ATAX Commission grant and a donation from Vicki Bauer Fletcher, Executive Director of Pendleton District Commission; in honor her husband COL (Ret.) Nicholas Fletcher III, and Table Rock State Park Manager, Poll Knowland. Mrs. Fletcher said that “Poll and Nick have deep roots in and a fierce love for “The Rock.” Poll came with his family to Table Rock State Park in 1998, where he still serves as Park Manager. Thirty years earlier, in 1968, as a Clemson Parks and Recreation intern working at Table Rock, COL Fletcher (or Nick) lived on the Park grounds in Oolenoy Girls’ School with his first wife, Jean. We hope this quilt square will honor their service and dedication as well as the many men and women who have served at Table Rock throughout the years.”

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A Walk in the Park was originally designed and quilted by Gail Sexton, with creative input from Poll Knowland, Una Welborn, Jeanette Moody, and Chad Sexton. Mrs. Sexton donated the fabric quilt to the Park; it will be displayed inside Park Headquarters. The painted quilt panel hangs at the entrance to the Park Headquarters Building. Mrs. Sexton has been quilting for 30 years after working as an artist in oils and acrylics, painting mostly landscapes in the early 70’s. “I like to incorporate my artist background into my quilts. I make traditional as well as non-traditional quilts and I currently teach and do truck shows around South Carolina and neighboring states.”

Table Rock State Park encompasses 3,000 acres and is located on Highway 11 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. The park offers cabins, a campground, and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park’s two lakes. Its hiking trails take visitors past mountain streams and waterfalls and serve as an access point for the 80-mile Foothills Trail. Hikers can travel between several connected SC State Parks and walk to the tops of Pinnacle and Table Rock Mountains. While the park is well known to outdoor enthusiasts for its natural features, it also has its place in history. Many of the Table Rock State Park cabins and other structures were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. They are still in use and are on the National Register of Historic Places.  For more information on the park, go to (www.tablerock@scprt.com).

For more information about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail visit (www.uhqt.org).

City of Spartanburg, SC, Selected as Recipient of up to $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies for Public Art Project

June 29, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that the City of Spartanburg, SC, has been selected as one of four cities to receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance creativity, and enrich the vibrancy of cities. The city’s project, “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light,” will highlight public safety and the relationship between citizens and law enforcement officers in Spartanburg, and will be developed and executed over the next 24 months.

Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of US cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for innovative temporary public art projects that address a civic issue, and demonstrate close collaboration between artists or arts organizations and city government. Proposals covered a range of issues, such as the revitalization of decayed downtown areas, underutilized waterfronts, and vacant neighborhoods. They also addressed social themes including neighborhood safety, environmental sustainability, and promoting city identity. More than 230 cities submitted proposals for consideration in the Public Art Challenge, representing 68 million residents across the United States.

“We are ecstatic to have been selected,” Spartanburg Mayor Junie White said. “The Bloomberg Philanthropies grant will allow the City to partner with the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg to develop a truly special public art project that I know will inspire our citizens. I want to thank the Bloomberg Philanthropies for this display of belief in our project and our city.”

“Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” is a partnership among internationally recognized light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, and City of Spartanburg departments and civic leadership. The project will use a collaborative, neighborhood-based art-making process to enhance community policing and public safety efforts aligned with the annual National Night Out program. Its artistic objective is to provide residents and visitors with unique and dramatic aesthetic experiences of light breaking free of a purely functional role, to redefine public spaces, reduce crime, re-energize neighborhoods, educate and foster greater pride of place.

By bringing site-specific art into Spartanburg neighborhoods where residents may feel isolated from traditional cultural assets, the project will foster greater understanding of both the artistic process and the transformative impact of public art. The project will eliminate barriers to engagement as residents become part of the artistic process and help translate ideas into works of art. By de-mystifying art and artists, the project will deepen Spartanburg citizens’ personal commitment to art and culture as a shared value.

Spartanburg’s 21 neighborhood associations will be invited to submit a letter of interest to the City of Spartanburg as a demonstration of their interest in participating and their commitment to contributing to the collaborative process. Their application will outline their case for a light installation in their neighborhood and present the project team that will work with Mr. Redl and the other project partners. The intent is to select five neighborhoods that represent a diverse cross-section of Spartanburg’s residents and socio-economic backgrounds.

The Public Art Challenge grant will cover development, execution and project-related expenditures but will not fund 100 percent of project costs. The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed consortium of supporters.

Cities of all sizes applied to the Public Art Challenge. Nearly half of the 237 submissions were from cities with populations fewer than 100,000 residents; 38 percent had populations between 100,000 and 500,000; and 13 percent of the applicant cities had more than 500,000 residents. A variety of artistic disciplines were represented amongst the applications: 61% of the proposed public art projects involved visual art, 19 percent combined multiple disciplines, 17 percent featured digital media, and three percent focused on the performing arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies narrowed the application to 12 finalists, including Spartanburg, in February.

Submissions were evaluated on a number of factors, including their potential viability as dynamic public art projects, their impact on civic issues, and capacity to establish or strengthen public-private partnerships. More information about the Public Art Challenge can be found on (http://publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org).

More information about “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” can be found on (bloomberg.org), and more more information about artist Erwin Redl can be found on (paramedia.net).

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million. For more information on the philanthropy, please visit (bloomberg.org) or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Receives Six Awards for Renovation and Expansion Project

June 17, 2015

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, receives six awards for its major $23 million “Windows to New Worlds” renovation and expansion that opened in August 2014.  The industry-leading awards recognize the State Museum’s project for its extensive historic preservation efforts, unique and innovative design, and outstanding construction leadership.

Through private and public funding, State Museum leadership and industry-leading firms, the State Museum successfully transformed its nationally registered historic facility into a world-class attraction with one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, a state-of-the-art observatory and the only permanent 4D theater in the state.  The strategic collaboration of many individuals and organizations helped solidify a high-quality project that has received the following 2015 awards.

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· The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Preservation Stewardship Award: This award recognizes those who have ensured the ongoing preservation of historic buildings, structures or sites through long-term care, planning, management, protection or continuous ownership.

· Historic Columbia’s New Construction in a Historic Context award: This award recognizes new buildings in a historic district adjacent to or within existing historic structures that complement the historic context.

· Gilbane Construction Project of the Year Southeast Division: This award recognizes excellence on projects that embody core values, commitment to quality and the Gilbane family legacy of excellence in the construction industry.

· Construction Management Association of America South Atlantic Chapter’s Project Achievement Award for Renovation/Modernization:  This award recognizes excellence in construction management specifically for projects involving renovation and modernization.

· American Institute of Architects South Carolina Design Award: This award recognizes excellence and innovation in architectural design.

· American Institute of Architects Charlotte Design Award: This award recognizes excellence and innovation in architectural design.

“These awards are a direct result of a quality project made possible by the hard work of many stakeholders and an outstanding design and implementation team,” said State Museum executive director Willie Calloway. “We are proud to have successfully transformed our 19th century mill building into a true cultural destination.”

The State Museum worked with Jack Rouse Associates, one of the world’s most prominent experiential design firms, to develop a thematic visitor experience that would embrace and highlight the history of the mill.  Awarding-winning architects, Clark Patterson Lee and Watson Tate Savory, took their cue from the thematic design with an approach that both reinforced the rich historic fabric of the original structure and introduced additions that were contemporary yet sensitive to the mill in scale and rhythm. The museum then brought on industry-leading experts to construct the project, including Gilbane Construction (general contractor), Evans & Sutherland (planetarium contractor) and SimEx-Iwerks (4D theater contractor).  The project preservation, oversight and review were provided by South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Historic Columbia and the City of Columbia.

Although the project idea was formed in 1997, it was not until 2002 that serious deliberation, fundraising and planning began. The State Museum explored several design concepts and did extensive benchmarking, including a trip made by museum executive director Willie Calloway to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, which was the inspiration for the planetarium’s glass cube design. The final design plan focused on a historically-sensitive renovation, including repurposing existing spaces, uncovering and rehabilitating original interior features and adding modern additions to the exterior of the museum.

“Our goal was to embrace the mill and bring its original character back to life,” said Calloway.  “We paid close attention to every detail – from ripping carpeting out and refinishing 100 year-old wood floors, to bringing in reclaimed historic mill flooring, to removing sheet rock to expose the mill’s original brick interiors.  We also made sure any added features into the mill space complimented our vision of restoring and celebrating the historic mill building.”

In 2012, the State Museum broke ground on the 75,000 square feet “Windows to News Worlds” project to renovate and expand the Columbia Mills Building, the home of the State Museum and a former textile mill listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition to the planetarium, observatory and 4D theater, the project consisted of adding a new telescope gallery, lobby, store, meeting and office spaces, and student entrance and lunch room.

The new expansion is having a positive cultural tourism and economic impact and is providing many new opportunities to educate and inspire South Carolina students through innovative programming that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

About the South Carolina State Museum:  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.

Visit (scmuseum.org) to learn more.

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Announces 2015/2016 Slate of Officers, New Board Members, and Philanthropy Award at Fellows Luncheon

June 17, 2015

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On Friday, May 19, 2015, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, announced the new slate of officers and Board Members, and the winner of the 2015 philanthropy award at the museum’s Fellows Luncheon celebration. “This year we are thrilled to present Croghan’s Jewel Box with the 2015 James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Croghan’s philanthropy and support of the Gibbes has spanned generations and is alive and strong today,” says Executive Director Angela Mack.

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James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award – Each year the Board and staff of the CAA bestows on an individual or group the James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Gibbes was deeply devoted to the betterment of Charleston’s young creative minds in the aftermath of Reconstruction. Through his 1885 bequest of $100K, which in today’s dollars is valued at $2.5M, Gibbes launched what we know today as the Gibbes Museum of Art.  His generosity and vision set the state for the visual arts in Charleston by providing the funds to build the oldest art museum in the South.

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William Joseph Croghan opened Croghan’s Jewel Box in 1919 on King Street. His daughter, Mary Croghan Ramsay, was owner and manager of the store and during this time was a tireless supporter of the Gibbes and a champion of the local arts community. Mary remained involved with the museum until her death in 2009. Her daughters, Mariana Hay and Rhett Outten have carried on this tradition of support. Rhett has been a faithful and hardworking board member since 2011 and was co-chair of the Street Party in 2013. She is a current member of the Cultivation Committee, and offers a boundless enthusiasm to her varied roles. Over the years Croghan’s has been a consistent donor to silent auctions, a sponsor of the Women’s Council’s annual Art of Design luncheon and the Gibbes Street Party, and has maintained a Fellows level membership.

Gibbes Museum of Art Board Slate

Chair, Laura Gates
Immediate Past President, Allan Anderson
Vice Chairs, Jill Almeida, Jane Beak, Daniel Gallagher, Dr. John Hallett, Eleanor Hale, Alice Wyatt, and Charles Wyrick

Class of 2018

Denise Barto
Sarah Donnem
Wendy Dopp
Milton Hearne
Deborah Kennedy
Mark Maresca
Gale Messerman
Harold Rhodes
Elizabeth Saal
Harriet Smartt
Lisa Weitz

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

The Coker College Art Program in Hartsville, SC, has been granted Associate Membership by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

June 17, 2015

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“NASAD accreditation is an affirmation of both the quality of the program and the commitment of its faculty,” said Provost Tracy Parkinson. “In particular, the efforts and leadership of the program chair, Professor Jean Grosser, are at the heart of this outcome.”

According to NASAD, accreditation involves an evaluation that determines if an institution or specific program achieves educational objectives and meets established standards. Reviews focus on education quality, institutional integrity and educational improvements. Associate membership is granted based on a program’s ability to meet curricular standards as well as a substantial portion of all other standards of the association.

“National accreditation is a great achievement for the Coker College art program,” said Jean Grosser. “This milestone is a result of the collaborative efforts of the art faculty to create a top-notch program that provides opportunities for our students to excel.”

NASAD is an association of approximately 323 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines. NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design-related disciplines. The association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides development for leaders of art and design schools and engages in policy analysis. For more information about NASAD, go to (http://nasad.arts-accredit.org).

The mission of Coker’s art department is to teach students to think analytically and use art to express their ideas and demonstrate competencies in their major concentration. Students learn to communicate visually, orally and in writing. This mission is an essential component of the liberal arts. Students meld ideas from diverse areas of academe with their search for personal expression in their art production. Students who are engaged in art making as an extension of their total development are prepared for graduate study and multiple careers in the arts.

For further info call 843/383-8017 or visit (http://www.coker.edu).

if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC, will Offer a Gallery Talk with Peter Lenzo and Joe Scotchie-Lenzo – June 20, 2015

June 16, 2015

if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC, will offer a gallery talk with Peter Lenzo and Joe Scotchie-Lenzo, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 2pm in conjunction with the
exhibition “Peter Lenzo & Joe Scotchie-Lenzo: Origins 2000 – 2002″, on view through June 27, 2015.

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if ART Gallery is located at 1223 Lincoln Street, in the Vista, in Columbia, SC.

For further info call 803/238-2351 or e-mail to (wroefs@sc.rr.com).

Black Creek Arts Council and Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Announce Winners of the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”

June 14, 2015

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The Black Creek Arts Council and Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, have announced the winners of the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”, on view at the Center’s Jean & James Fort Gallery and the Library, through June 30, 2015.

The Best of Show award went to “A Fence Hung Through Time,” by Katherine Askins, which was chosen from the 18 and Under category.

Carolinas category: Lee Benoy’s, “Drayton Hall Staircase” won 1st place and honorable mention awards also were given to Lee Benoy with “St. Helena Chapel of Ease” and “Oak Island Beach”.

Darlington County Travelers category: Charlie Simms’ “Sun and Ice” won 1st place and her “Moon Over Cuernos de Paine” won honorable mention. The other honorable mention was awarded to Susan Askins, for “A Room with a View”.

18 & Under category: Paula Merono’s “A Road Less Traveled” took 1st place. Receiving honorable mention awards were Luke Martin with “Dragon Fly” and Lizzy Askins with “BFF’s”.

Anything Goes category: 1st Place went to Anne Baldwin for “Wash Day” and honorable mentions went to Jo Robbins for “Airborne” and Mary Lynn Daniels for “Into The Dark Woods”.

People’s Choice Awards: Lee Benoy with “St. Helena Chapel of Ease” at BCAC and Hartsville Memorial Library, May Lynn Daniels for “Into The Dark Woods”.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sonoco Products Company and the winner of Best of Show will receive a cash award of $150 sponsored by the Darlington Photography Club. The Best of Show image will be also be used for the poster and all promotion for the following year’s “Carolinas” exhibit.

The Black Creek Arts Center is located at 116 West College Avenue in Hartsville and the Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue in Hartsville.

For more information, please call 843/332-6234 or visit (www.blackcreekarts.org).

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Receives Tripadvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award

June 14, 2015

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In celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Certificate of Excellence Award, Tripadvisor announced another category, the Hall of Fame Award just for businesses that have received a Certificate of Excellence all five years and Brookgreen Gardens was one of the recipients.

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“We’re pleased to celebrate Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence’s 5-year anniversary, we’re even more excited to have been honored with the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and volunteers who made this award possible by providing an excellent guest experience every day.”

“By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition,” Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business, stated about the award. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide.

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display figurative sculpture by American artists, regional plants, animals, and history. It is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

For further info visit (www.brookgreen.org).

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for “The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition 2015″ – Deadline Aug. 27, 2015

June 14, 2015

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“The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” is calling all county-wide artists! Any resident of Lancaster County high school age or older is eligible to participate in this annual competition.

All paintings can be delivered between August 24 -27, 2015, during the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday-Thursday. Artist reception is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, from 3 to 5pm. This is a free, public reception, so please invite your friends and family!

This exhibit is sponsored by the Hagins family, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information or competition guidelines call 803/285-7451.

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, have Awarded the 2015 Scholarships Awards to Victoria Branagan and Sheldon Smith

June 14, 2015

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, is pleased to announce the 2015 Naomi McCracken Scholarship Awards going to two very talented student artists. Each year SOBA awards scholarships to deserving graduating seniors from Bluffton High School who have been accepted to an accredited art college and plan to major in the visual arts.

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Work by Victoria Branagan

The first place winner is Victoria Branagan who will be attending Winthrop University in the fall, studying art with emphasis on fashion merchandising. She says the most influential artist she has studied is Vincent Van Gogh and is inspired to paint with acrylic and mixed media.

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Work by Sheldon Smith

The second place award went to  Sheldon Smith who will be studying graphic design at Coastal Carolina University.

These students were judged based on their body of work and interviews with the SOBA scholarship committee. This young lady and gentleman are inspiring and are sure to be successful in their next level of artistic endeavors. Congratulations to them both!

For further info call SOBA at 843/757-6586  or visit (www.sobagallery.com).


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