Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC, Announces the Formation of The Artist Guild of the Foothills

April 18, 2014

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The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC, announces the formation of The Artist Guild of the Foothills. We will honor most artists that has been juried into the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center during the 2000-2014 time period.

We noticed that our local artist guilds do not require jury results as a pre-requisite into their guild. These guilds only require a fee paid and you are in! We feel this is misleading to potential buyers and collectors. While they do hold juried shows, it is very confusing to our customers and we want to clear this up in our galleries.

We want to recognize your art abilities and set you “head and shoulders” above these unjuried organizations. We are striving for excellence. We will work to make this guild an organization that is respected in our local towns, regions, states and beyond.

If you are interested in joining The Artist Guild of the Foothills, please contact Laura M. Ballenger by e-mail at (cfac.sc@gmail.com). We will form 2 committees to assist and serve you to our best ability.

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Receives Valuable French Paintings from Longtime Patron

April 16, 2014

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The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, has received a gift of four early-19th-century oil paintings from longtime Museum friend and supporter Harold Hartshorne, Jr., who passed away in October 2013 at age 95.

The four donated works were all completed by artists associated with the Barbizon School of painting. The Barbizon School was made up of a group of French painters, who all resided and worked in the village of Barbizon as well as the Forest of Fontainebleau, just outside of Paris, from the early 1830s to the 1870s. Breaking away from the conventions of their contemporaries, Barbizon artists typically painted humble, realistic landscapes and pastoral scenes free of gallantry and idealism. The group is considered the first generation of French landscape painters to focus truly on nature. In technique, their brushstrokes tend to be painterly and rough, and their color schemes favor earth tones.

The paintings include a seascape by Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878), considered one of the leaders of the Barbizon School; two pastoral landscapes by prominent Barbizon artists Constant Troyon (1810-1865) and Émile Van Marcke (1827-1890); and a fourth described as in the “manner of John Constable” (1776-1837), an English artist credited with inspiring the movement.

The Barbizon paintings were purchased about 1905 by Simeon B. Chapin, one of the Art Museum’s namesakes. Hartshorne inherited them from Chapin, his grandfather, and subsequently bequeathed them to the Museum.

Hartshorne was a longtime resident of Lake Geneva, WI. The son of Marietta Chapin and Harold Hartshorne, Sr., Harry was born in New York City in 1918. Following graduation from Princeton University and a brief stint on the NY Stock Exchange, he was drafted into the Army in 1941. At his father’s urging, he transferred into the Air Force and became a pilot. Fluent in French, he was tapped to train French cadets to fly. In recognition of his work, he was awarded a pair of honorary French Wings by President Charles DeGaulle after the war.

Simeon B. Chapin, son of a prominent Chicago merchant was himself a highly successful New York stock broker and real estate investor. Chapin joined with the Burroughs brothers to form the Myrtle Beach Farms Company, the predecessor to the Burroughs & Chapin Co. Hartshorne was a director of the company from 1948 to 1998; during that time he is said to have rarely missed a board meeting.

A lifelong patron of the arts, Hartshorne supported numerous arts organizations in Wisconsin and in Myrtle Beach, among them the Art Museum.

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sundays, 1 – 4pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information, call 843/238-2510, or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete – Apr. 24, 2014

April 16, 2014

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents “Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete” on Thursday,  April 24, 2014, 7-10pm. With live music by Charleston, SC, composer and artist Nick Jenkins

7pm – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
8pm – Fashion Performance
8:30pm – Music and Video Projections by Nick Jenkins

Reception Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation.

701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., second floor, Columbia, SC 29201

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Celebrate the finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop with a fashion performance and party at 701 Center for Contemporary Art! Witness the culmination of Madame Magar’s creative workshop installation featuring the Mill Collection of work garments including, frocks, aprons and hats – inspired by Lewis Hine’s photographs of children textile mill workers. This unique “fashion show” features members of the Power Company Collaborative as models and original music compositions using found sounds, along with other surprise elements, performed by Charleston, SC-based composer and artist Nick Jenkins.

Jenkins’ musical composition of train sounds, tap dance and sewing machines come together in a great celebration of both the Mill Collection and Madame Magar. A live performance with keyboards and digital soundscapes will be performed with a video collage backdrop of trains and dance, capturing the essence of trance.

Magar, who studied millinery at the Fashion Institute in New York City, opened Magar Hatworks in Charleston in 1996. Her stylish hats, ranging from fedoras to elaborate cocktail wear, have been sold by high-end stores such as Barney’s in New York City and Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Her celebrity clients include Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt, Gregory Hines and Christina Aguilera. In 2010, she established Madame Magar, bringing her interest in fashion design full circle with a dress and accessories line.

The fashion house of Magar Hatworks and Madame Magar have come together as a workshop installation inside the gallery at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with tools of the trade that include sewing machines, patterns, cutting table, dress forms, mannequins, a showroom and a runway.  Central to the installation has been the opportunity to witness the creative process as Magar moved from concept to paper pattern to finished wearables and three-dimensional objects all culminating in her fashion performance, April 24. A collection of more than 400 museum quality antique and vintage hat forms has been featured prominently in the installation.

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.

Please submit further inquiries by calling Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949, e-mail to (director@701cca.org) or visit (www.701cca.org).

Clean House and Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014, in Columbia, SC

April 16, 2014

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Spring Cleaning?

Time to part with grandmother’s glass?

Love those linens but hate to iron?

Wanting to redecorate but know it all won’t fit?

Help your good things find a new life.

Clear the clutter and support 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC.

Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014

Bring us all things “cool” and in good condition, working order or gently used. Vintage, artful and funky stuff with that je ne se quoi we especially like. Round up those household goods, art pieces, cooking magazines, books and designer paraphernalia and bring them to us at the historic 701 Whaley building. Donate at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley, 2nd floor.

Donation times:
May 7: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 8: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 9: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 10: 10am-2pm

Contact by e-mail to (info@701cca.org) to set a donation appointment if the above times do not work.

Edisto Island (SC) Bazaar Scheduled For Saturday, May 3, 2014

April 14, 2014

The annual Edisto Island Bazaar will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Lions’ Club Building and grounds, located at 2907 Myrtle Street, on Edisto Beach, SC. Booths open at 10am and remain open until 3pm.

Booths include homemade baked goods, “attic treasures,” a ladies’ boutique, books and media, plants, and the ever-popular “white elephant” items. In addition, there will be over fifty guest arts and crafts vendors. Lunch can be purchased on site at the KD Cafe. And attendees are eligible to win a handmade quilt, and/or a variety of gifts donated by local merchants.

The bazaar is sponsored by the Whatsoever Circle of King’s Daughters, and the proceeds are used for the benefit of Edisto Island residents through humanitarian projects and services.

An eagerly-awaited event each spring is the King’s Daughters Edisto Bazaar, the first Saturday of May, and one of its most popular offerings is the Hand-made Quilt Raffle.

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This year’s hand-made quilt is 68 inches by 82 inches in size, and with its brightly-colored blocks will brighten any room.  Primarily red and green in color, the blocks feature a stylized-tree design which is especially apt for the holiday season.

The blocks are surrounded by a pale gray border fabric with tiny pastel flowers, and the border fabric also comprises the back of the quilt. When the quilt is turned over, it will give a very different and non-seasonal look to the room in which the quilt is used.

The quilt will be displayed at the King’s Daughters Bazaar at the Lions’ Club on May 3, and donations are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

For further information, contact Bazaar Co-Chairs Ruth Anderson at 843/869-4237 or Patti Smyer at 803/206-2029.

Red Rose City Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and Competition in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline May 11, 2014

April 13, 2014

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The Avant Garde Center for the Arts, a 501c3 organization, has a mission to makes arts more accessible to the Lancaster community by providing opportunities for students, residents, and visitors to view art in a meaningful and dynamic way. The agency seeks to accomplish this by hosting an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition and competition on the grounds of Red Rose Park in downtown Lancaster, SC.  This project also aims to increase the exposure of artists by hosting the exhibition during the City of Lancaster’s signature Red Rose Festival (May 16 & 17, 2014), which draws thousands of visitors to its’ downtown.

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We will be selecting ten artists to exhibit their sculpture for one day of the two-day festival from 10am until 4pm.  It is hoped that the honor of having work selected for this outdoor sculpture exhibition, which will become an annual event, will entice sculptors with a passion for exhibiting their work to make a commitment to participate.

Sculptures must be suitable for outdoor installation: able to be structurally secured to a grassy area with anchor bolts or similar devices; capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions; able to withstand a high traffic environment; able to be installed at the site with the use of hand trucks. Artists are responsible for delivery, installation and removal, though Avant Garde Center for the Arts will provide limited assistance and will supervise the installation of all sculptures.  This is a juried competition.

PRIZE AWARDS:  $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, $100 Third Place.  All artists selected by jury to participate in show will receive $50 honorarium.  Sculptures will be judged at 2pm, and awards will be distributed at 4pm on May 17th.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR JUDGE:  This year’s competition will be juried and judged by Lancaster artist Bob Doster, owner and operator of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studios in Lancaster, SC since the 1970’s.  Doster has a MFA from Clemson University and BFA from USC and his works have been selected for exhibition, competition, commissions, and collections world-wide.  Doster has worked with tens of thousands of students throughout his career, conducting artist residencies and coordinating arts projects and was awarded the Verner O’Neill Award by the SC Arts Commission, SC’s highest honor in the arts.  Awards also include York County Heritage and Cultural Commission Keeper of the Culture, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, and SC’s Hero of the Child. Doster’s works can be found in public art venues throughout the Southeast.

ENTRY FEE: $25
Please forward this information to any friends/colleagues/students who you think might be qualified and interested. A complete prospectus/entry form is follows.

PROSPECTUS: Red Rose City Annual Sculpture Exhibition and Competition

ENTRIES: Selection will be based on submitted digital files; therefore the quality of entry materials is of the utmost importance. Details and/or multiple views are strongly encouraged. Artists may submit up to three works represented by up to twelve digital images (up to four images per work). Images must be submitted via email to cmstevens@comporium.net.   Applications, CD of images in lieu of digital email files, and fees should be mailed to Avant Garde Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

Work must be installed by 10am on May 17.

Set-up begins 8am at Red Rose Park, 118 S. Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.  Sculpture must be removed beginning 4pm on the day of the exhibit.  Artist or artist representative must be present during entire duration of exhibition. Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Red Rose Park assume no liability for any damages or loss. The artist may sell the work during the exhibition; however, the work must remain on site for the duration of the exhibition. There is no commission on sales.

PUBLICITY
Avant Garde Center for the Arts will provide the following publicity:
Brochure with information about the artist; education and outreach programs in surrounding communities; and promotion via City of Lancaster’s website. Publicity will include digital media promotion to include online media and event sites, social media, press releases to regional media sources, inclusion in Red Rose Festival promotions, and other publicity opportunities. Submission constitutes consent by the artist for promotional purposes.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS
1. Completed, signed Entry Form.
2. Digital images, in JPG format, of work submitted for the exhibition: maximum of three works, with up to four views of each work, with each image labeled with the name of the artist and the title of the sculpture (for example: ArtistsLastName.title.jpg) Images must be emailed with the Entry Form to (cmstevens@comporium.net).
3. Current professional resume.
4. One paragraph artist’s statement and a brief biography.
The entry form constitutes agreement by the artist to the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus. Please retain a copy of this prospectus for your records.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ENTRIES: Entries must be received by May 11, 2014.  All entrants will be notified of the results of the selection process via email by midnight May 11, 2014.  Please note that for the optimum publicity, entries should be received as soon as possible.

CONTACT: For questions about the exhibition, please contact Cherry Doster by e-mail at (cmstevens@comporium.net) or call 803/289-1492. Submission of this signed entry form constitutes agreement by the artist to the terms and conditions outlined in the prospectus. Please retain a copy of the prospectus for your records.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts Red Rose City Sculpture Exhibition and Competition Contact Information

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2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Gala Set for May 2, 2014, in North Charleston, SC

April 10, 2014

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The spring festival season is in full swing and the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival is just around the corner. In honor of the annual event, the City of North Charleston invites the public to don their Lowcountry best and head to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Entrance Hall on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 7-11pm for the Sweetgrass Soirée, a gala celebration, featuring cocktails, dinner, and dancing with a Lowcountry flair. Tickets for the premier event are $50 and can be purchased by calling Sheri Pearson at 843/740-2538.

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2014 Arts Festival design image – Gullah Islander Toss by Amiri Gueka Farris

The soirée begins with a steel drum serenade compliments of Charleston’s most prominent steel drum band, The Island Trio. While enjoying a menu of Lowcountry favorites and the evening’s signature cocktail, the Sweetgrass Sipper, patrons will have an opportunity to meet this year’s Arts Festival design artist, Amiri Gueka Farris. Farris will be auctioning off an original piece and signing posters featuring his winning design, “Gullah Islander Toss”. Entertainment during dinner service includes a lively performance by Adande African Drum & Dance Company and a shoe tapping, hand clapping program full of traditional Gullah songs, spirituals, and gospel tunes by renowned a cappella singing group, The Plantation Singers. Following the performances, guests can dance the night away to music by Plane Jane. The band is built to keep the crowd on its feet with an extensive catalog of exciting hits from the sixties to the present. The evening’s line-up is sure to entertain and makes for an exciting kick off to the nine days of arts and cultural programs and activities offered during the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10.

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Photograph from 2013 Festival Gala – photo credit: Ryan Johnson

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center Entrance Hall is located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Ticket price includes parking. The Sweetgrass Soirée is co-sponsored by “North Charleston Magazine”.

For more information about the event or the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, including the full schedule of events, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Small Grant Recipients – 4th Quarter 2013-2014

April 8, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is pleased to announce the allocation of Small Grants awards for the third quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences.

Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, SC may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.

Recipients include:

JAMES P. KARNER – $1,000

James P. Karner is an award-winning, nationally recognized fine art photographer based in North and South Carolina. Karner specializes in landscape photography with a focus on night imagery and light sculpting. His use of nature and light brings the pictures to life, inviting the viewer to join him on his journey, experiencing reality through his lens.

This Small Grant will be utilized to frame sixteen works of art that will be featured in an exhibit at the City Hall Rotunda Gallery from April 2 – 29, 2014.

MICHAEL GENTRY – $600

Michael Gentry has been cultivating an indie music scene in Old Town Rock Hill at the Gettys Art Center Courtroom for almost four years. The performances include local, regional and international acts ranging from acoustic folk rock to aggressive metal. The goal of the Concerts at the Courtroom is to create and sustain an edgy and innovative music and performing arts scene that brings a younger audience to the area while supporting local performers and touring acts.

In and around the Gettys Art Center, for the past three years, Gentry has been hosting a two-day music and arts festival that celebrates the spirit of summer with bicycling events, and local and regional music – the Don’t Sweat It Fest. The festival includes three blocks of music: Friday evening in the Courtoom, Saturday afternoon on the Gettys Art Center’s Loading Dock, and Saturday evening in the Courtroom. This festival brought more than 200 people to Old Town Rock Hill in 2013. The Small Grant will help fund the general costs of the Don’t Sweat It Fest, including police security, marketing, and administrative fees.

FRIDAY ARTS PROJECT – $420

The Friday Arts Project is a collective group of artists committed to pursuing truth, goodness and beauty with their work. The Friday Arts Project provides a forum for dialogue, which enables artists to inspire, engage, and create toward the renewal of hearts and culture. Through collaborative gatherings like A Place at the Table and Dazzle Gradually: The Allure of Poetic Truth-Bearing, exhibitions like Charms of the Night Sky and Two Truths by Jacob Olsen, and shared space, the Friday Arts Project aims to support and connect artists.

This Small Grant will help fund an “exploratory” summer artist-in-residency collaborative program. This weeklong program will host Ryann Cooley, Professor of Digital Media and Photography at Houghton College in New York. Cooley will spend his time working from the Gettys Art Center Courtroom and in Old Town Rock Hill. Should this exploratory program prove to be a success, the Friday Arts Project plans to create an annual summer residency program that will grow to include the participation from 4-8 undergrad art majors as well as local artists under the guidance of Ryann Cooley or other qualified professionals.

YORK COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY – $1,000

The York County Choral Society is an auditioned choral ensemble comprised of York County’s finest singers, and currently under the direction of Dr. Katherine Kinsey, Winthrop University, David Lowry and Shirley Fishburne formed the York County Choral Society in the 1981-82 season with the purpose of having a choral group that performs choral masterworks with the composers’ intended accompaniments. From the outset, the chorus numbered over 50 voices and it has continued to date with consistent strength.

This Small Grant will help fund the York County Choral Society’s 2014 Spring Concert. This concert is a collaborative work between personnel from the Choral Society, students and faculty from Winthrop University’s School of Music, and several professional orchestra players from the area. The combined group will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona ‘Nobis Pacem and several shorter works at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Winthrop University’s Byrnes Auditorium.

YORK COUNTY PREPARATORY ACADEMY – $232

York Preparatory Academy is a public charter school operating in Rock Hill, SC, and serves 1,300 students in grades K-11. This Small Grant will be used to help purchase sound equipment, including headset microphones for the Choral Department. The headset microphones are critical for the ongoing development of the Arts program and to York Preparatory Academy’s ability to provide its students with quality enrichment activities. The microphones will be utilized during the Spring Concert to be held this year. Upon the completion of the Spring Concert, the headset microphones will be shared between the Choral Department and the Drama Department, ensuring years of use.

SUSAN SHERLOCK – $800

Susan Sherlock, an acclaimed musician in her own right, has secured this Small Grant to bring the award-winning singer/songwriter, and frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Joe Newberry to the Arts Council of York County’s Community Performance Center on Saturday, April 19. Newberry will offer a songwriting workshop from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This workshop is open to songwriters of all levels, and to those who have an interest in learning more about the process of songwriting.

On the evening of April 19, the public is invited to spend an intimate evening of guitar, banjo, fiddle and song with Joe Newberry. Internationally known for his powerful banjo work, he is a prizewinning guitarist and singer, his songs are widely recorded by acclaimed bluegrass artists like The Gibson Brothers, Ricky Scaggs, and Eric Gibson. Registration for the songwriting workshop is currently open, and tickets for the Saturday evening concert are on sale.

Total Allocations this Quarter: $4,052

During the fourth quarter, a special round of grants was issued to the following artists and organizations:

ROCK HILL DESIGNS – ROCK HILL SPACES – $2,500

Rock Hill Designs – Rock Hill Spaces is a collaborative effort to ensure that appropriate public facilities and spaces will have public art considered as a part of the design process. The pilot project is in Fountain Park, located in Old Town East. Rock Hill K-12 students submitted designs that were then transferred into practical art projects with the help of Winthrop University staff. The second project will seek a juried artist to conduct community engagement and student engagement projects that will be translated into locally inspired public art projects. This Small Grant has been awarded for planning, resident artists and landscaping.

STEPHEN OWEN – $1,000

Stephen Owen creates fusions of art and wood from reclaimed local fallen trees that are normally sent to the landfill. His philosophy applies the concept of permaculture to furniture making and the urban forest, utilizing waste material from one venture as the raw material for its next venture. Working from his studio, sixteenacrewood, Owen crafts his functional, heirloom works of art from native South Carolina trees salvaged from construction and clearing jobs. His creations are crafted from high quality woods like Black Cherry, Eastern Red Cedar, Sweet Gum, Elm, Maple, Black Walnut, Mulberry and Live Oak, and not wanting the scraps from his craft to go to waste, the shavings and sawdust from his works are sent to a mushroom grower.

This Small Grant will fund the building of a solar-powered dry kiln to speed the drying of freshly cut wood used in the production of his cutting boards and tables. The funds will be used to upgrade and enlarge Owen’s shop at sixteenacrewood, to hire a part-time employee who will help install a new saw, all of which will improve safety and increase production.

BETH MELTON – $1,000

Beth Melton is a textile artist who works from her studio at the Arts Council of York County’s Center for the Arts. Melton has been awarded this Small Grant for professional development. She will travel to County Clare, Ireland where she will further her research into traditional textile processes. During her time in County Clare, Melton will spend time at Burren College of Art, and will conduct research at museums in and around the county that feature historical information on the production of linen in the 18th century, which coincides with and complements her research into 18th century American textiles. Melton will also use the Small Grant to visit the studio of a traditional weaver, and to visit the Aryan Islands to learn more about the centuries old Aryan techniques of processing wool.

5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ART EXHIBITION – $243.78

Marcia Buike is the gallery director and volunteer district coordinator for the 2014 5th Congressional District Art Competition. More than 650,000 high school students from across the country have participated in the competition since its inception in 1982. The winning piece from each district hangs for an eleven-month period in Cannon Tunnel, which leads from the Cannon Building where there are many offices for members of the House of Representatives to the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D. C.

In June of each year, there is a special, celebratory reception in the Cannon Tunnel Gallery for the unveiling of the student artwork from across the nation. Invitations are sent to members of Congress and to each winning student.

Last year, 74 works of art were submitted by 69 students to the 5th Congressional District Art Competition from 4 high schools in Buford, Cheraw, Fort Mill, Hartsville, Kershaw, Lancaster, Rock Hill and the Governor’s School for the Arts. The winner was Catherine Santos of Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, SC.

This grant will help cover the reception and framing expenses for the competition.

Total Special Allocations: $4,743.78

To review guidelines, visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org), on the Grants page under the The Arts heading. The next deadline is SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014 at 5 PM for programs occurring in July, August, and September of 2014.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

New Richland County Library Partnership Grants Public Access to Columbia Museum’s Art’s Library in Columbia, SC

April 8, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) and Richland County Library in Columbia, SC, are expanding their partnership to increase community access to a special collection of books about art history, exhibition catalogues and artist biographies. Gathered by Museum curators and given by donors since the founding of the Museum in 1950, the CMA’s Lorick Library collection has been a non-circulating reference library that served primarily as a staff resource since 2001.

Materials from the Museum’s Lorick Library (richlandlibrary.com) are in the process of being carefully moved and integrated into Richland Library’s collection, and will be accessible to the community beginning in the summer of 2014. In honor of the Lorick family and Museum donors who have contributed books to the CMA over the years, a special bookplate will be added to each book – designating it as part of the Lorick Library collection.

Reflecting the strengths of the Museum’s collection, primarily European and American art, materials from the Lorick Library will be available for checkout for the first time at Richland Library, making them accessible for anyone in Richland County through the 11 Richland Library locations and its state-of-the-art website.

“This thriving partnership underscores the Columbia Museum of Art’s deep commitment to accessibility and learning and, through the extensive network of Richland Library, helps to bring new resources to the 400,000 citizens of Richland County and the Midlands,” said CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “By transferring this collection to Richland Library, it becomes available seven days a week and in the evenings.”

“We’re hopeful that by adding these resources to the Richland Library’s collection, more people will discover the arts and be inspired in new ways,” said Bob Gahagan, Richland Library board chair. “Our efforts to partner with the Museum allow both organizations to reach more people of all ages in our community and have a more meaningful impact.”

This move is the latest example of a joint effort by the Museum and Library to provide arts and literacy education for the community. Together they pioneered a hands-on initiative in 2012 that enabled all third graders from every Richland District One school to learn about Richard Samuel Roberts, an important South Carolina artist. The effort has since been expanded statewide to reach nearly 1,500 students each year. Regular “Hands On” art programs are also held at four library locations, allowing Museum and Library staff to combine art activities and storytimes – sparking children’s creativity and imagination. In October, the Library established a free wireless hotspot in Boyd Plaza outside the Museum-offering access to hundreds of users during the first five months the service was available.

“When art museums and libraries work together, they can give all students a strong start in learning through culturally rich and engaging opportunities as well as provide lifelong learning to adults,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This partnership allows the Richland County community access to resources that bolster the awareness and celebrate the appreciation of arts and culture from around the world.” The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses nearly 7,000 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.

The Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library offers a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

For more information, visit (www.RichlandLibrary.com) or call 803/929-3440 or the Columbia Musuem of Art at 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC, Offers Lecture Saturday Series – Apr. 12 and May 10, 2014

April 8, 2014

Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC, will offer a Saturday Lecture Series entitled, Art History: An Ongoing Pursuit, with Cynthia Male on Apr. 12, 2014, from 4-6pm and on May 10, 2014, from 4-6pm.

Apr. 12 – Installation Art – Different Contexts of Time & Space: Sensory & Conceptual including a PowerPoint/ Historical Relevance and Video / “Mind Shift on Gaiam TV with Russell Brand

May 10 – Art & Interiors – Trends & Materials – Whats YOUR approach? Bring pics of an environ you want to change.

Call 843/842-5299 to reserve a seat. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Picture This Gallery is located at 78D Cypress Square, Arrow Road on Hilton Head Island, SC.

For further info contact Mira Scott by calling 843/842-5299, e-mail to (info@picturethishiltonhead.com) or visit (www.picturethishiltonhead.com).


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