Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Construction Begins on the New Location of the Art Trail Gallery in downtown Florence, SC

August 28, 2016

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The new home of the Florence Art Trail Gallery is moving up the list in the downtown revitalization schedule. Work is beginning on the new site located at 142 North Dargan Street, Florence, SC. The existing three story structure stood for many years as the Rainwater Furniture Store and according to records was established in 1939. Florence City Council, in an executive session, July, 2015, unanimously voted to purchase the multi level structure as the permanent location for the Art Trail Gallery. Once updated and remodeled the location will soon house art exhibitions and competitions for local and regional artist, artisans and photographers. The ATG will once again be a popular venue for special events, musical performances and area schools student art works. The Rainwater building being located in the heart of the downtown revitalization is conveniently located close to hotels, restaurants and shopping.

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The Art Trail Gallery has survived several moves since its inception in 2008; which started a popular career with local and regional artists and stood for what the city recognized as the art hub of Florence. Located in the downstairs of the Waters building on South Dargan Street it was shared by sculptor Alex Palkovich. The (ATG) gallery; operating strictly with all volunteers quickly became popular; centering around work done by amateur and professional artists. The ATG provided an opportunity to new artists as a place to feel comfortable in showcasing their artistic ability for the first time, along with more established professionals.

Increasing popularity of the Florence downtown revitalization made the second move for the Art Trail necessary, as the Waters Building was sold to private interest and the present location would be vacated to make room for the new Florence County Museums’ public art functions and events.

The gallery, under the leadership of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, was then moved to the corner of Evans and Irby Street in the vacant Bo Smith Furniture building. There it continued to surge ahead in achieving more popularity, not only from the art community, but from the general public. That location became a favorite for public functions downtown as it served as a place to host private events, such as, college reunions, political rallies, small weddings and was known as the people’s gallery.

As the downtown continued to thrive and more private sectors wanted to buy into the progression of the new Florence downtown; the gallery found itself once again without a home. The Bo Smith Building was sold for the Morgan Project. Aspects of the continuation of the Art Trail Gallery surviving hinged on being conveniently located for the public and accessible to other businesses, therefore increasing economic development for the entire downtown. The public rallied and with assistance from Councilman George Jebaily and commitment from the FDDC and Florence City Council the permanent location on North Dargan was authorized to be purchased.

First stages of remodeling 142 North Dargan Street have already begun with the repair of the outside wall; architectural drawings are in final phases for approval, along with taking bids for construction.

The Art Trail Gallery’s new home will be a state of the art facility. When entering the main double doors, patrons will notice the high open ceiling that can house large art installations. Artists will be proud to have their work displayed on a professional hanging system mounted to movable track walls. The mobile walls will allow for closing off space for classrooms, different configuration of art exhibits and the needs for larger events. Lighting will be selected that will enhance the works of art, but not damage the quality. Visitors will still be able to buy special artisan gifts in a separate location. New heat and air, security system and fire sprinkler system will be installed during construction.

All bathrooms located in the rear of the building will be handicap accessible. Positioned in the back of the gallery will be a full catering kitchen with plenty of counter space and deep sinks. Several storage locations will house tables and chairs for classes and special events.

The first floor facility will allow for the rental of the building for various functions for a fee and patrons will find plenty of parking available in the newly constructed areas located on the side and rear of the building. A central control system will allow staff to regulate necessary lighting during rentals, performances, or special events.

The Gallery will remain in partnership with the FDDC Not-for-Profit status and as the ATG will continue to grow and play a vital role in the educational and leisure experiences of the public, there will be a need for a paid Director. According to city officials the new facility should be open by early 2017. Plans are in development for beginning exhibits and a call for artists will be publicized in the near future.

For additional information please contact: David Hobbs, Retiring Director, ATG by e-mail at (dd61hobbs@gmail.com) or call 843/206-8116.

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Editor’s Notes: I took a photo of what I thought was the building last year sometime when I was in Florence viewing some art. You can see security is not going to be a problem, as the building is located next to a Police Substation. It’s nice to see a city in SC that can take on a job like this for the art community and finish it in the same decade it was announced. Some cities (World’s most popular city in magazines) just can’t seem to do something like this. Our hats go off to the leaders in Florence.

CREATE! Conway in Conway, SC, Calls for Participation in Live Oak Art & Music Fest in Oct. 2016

August 28, 2016

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October is Arts & Humanities Month and CREATE! Conway will kick off the month with a community celebration of creativity. The Live Oak is a fun, family art event presented under the oaks and on the lawn of the Horry County Courthouse in Conway, SC.

The Artisan Market features fine art & crafts for sale. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair and enjoy a day of music. Coolers are welcome.

Join CREATE! Conway, support the arts and receive free artisan space at the Live Oak Art & Music Fest and the Indie Market.

The 11th Annual Live Oak Art & Music Fest is hosted by Create! Conway, a non-profit community art promotion and art education organization. We celebrate creativity and community at the Live Oak by showcasing local artists and musicians and promoting public participation in the arts.

Learn more at (http://www.createconway.org/live_oak_art_music_fest).

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Offers Fall Lineup of Exhibits

August 22, 2016

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The Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, galleries will host several events in the fall months. Please take a look below and mark your calendar so you do not miss your favorite events. These events are free and open to the public.

Artist-in-Residence with Keith Brown, Catawba potter will be at the Center on Thursday, Friday, and every other Saturday from 10am until 4pm starting August 25, 2016. The residency will run through December 17, 2016. This event is grant funded and supported by the South Carolina’s Art Commission

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 4-8pm
Happy Halloween! Come join us for storytelling and Artist-in-Residence demonstrations. Come by the Center between 4pm and 8pm for a trick and a treat! Keith Brown will be in the gallery providing pottery demonstrations and talking with visitors about the Catawba pottery tradition. Catawba Storyteller Beckee Garris will also be available telling Native stories to visitors throughout the afternoon.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 9am-4pm: Native American Art and Crafts Annual Winter Sale Catawba pottery, jewelry, baskets, and other works handmade by Native American artists and craftspeople will be available Saturday, December 3rd at the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center from 9am to 4pm. Vendors will be offering a wide variety of artwork, crafts, decorative items, and unique handmade objects perfect for holiday gift-giving. Visitors will also have the opportunity tour the exhibits in the Native American Studies Center and to see demonstrations of Catawba pottery by artist in resident Keith Brown.

For further information call 803/313-7172 or visit (http://usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS/).

The Artisans Holiday Market in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline Oct. 31, 2016

August 22, 2016

Artisans are invited to apply for the Artisans Holiday Market to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from 10am until 4pm.  Located in a new location, indoors at Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse, 100 N. Main Street in the Cultural Arts District, the fourth annual event offers free admission to a holiday shopper’s paradise.

Artist fees begin at $75 and deadline for application is Oct. 31, 2016.

Dozens of artisans and craftsmen will be showing and selling wares and visitors will find a great selection fine art, folk art, and traditional art from throughout the Southeast. The event is a partnership of Avant Garde Center for the Arts, a non-profit providing arts opportunities and Olde English District Visitor Center & Artists Market and is a featured event of See Lancaster, SC’s Christmas in the City, designed to increase tourism during the first weekend of December.

For artist applications or information on the Artisans Holiday Market, visit (https://www.facebook.com/avantgardeartist), e-mail to (cmstevens@comporium.net), call 803/287-7853, or mail at Avant Garde Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition – Deadline is Sept. 2, 2016

August 22, 2016

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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.

Deliver your paintings between August 31 -September 2, 2016, during Arts Council hours, Monday – Thursday 9am to 5pm and  Friday 9am to 3pm.

The Artist Reception is Sunday, September 18,  3 to 5pm. This is a free, public reception, so please invite your friends and family!

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

For more information or competition guidelines call 803/285-7451 or visit (www.lccarts.net).

Barn Quilt from Landrum, SC, Selected to Represent South Carolina in Quilt Barn Book

August 22, 2016

Artwork on a Landrum, SC, property is featured in the newly released book “Following the Barn Quilt Trail,” by Suzi Parron, which highlights barn quilts from across the U.S.

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The building, which features a pattern titled “Bow Tie,” is home to the dental office of Paul Walters. The design was chosen to represent South Carolina in the new American Quilt Trail Redwork Kit by historic needlework designer The Posy Collection.

Barn quilts from 13 states were selected for the redwork mini-ornament kit, which features embroidery that uses red floss on muslin fabric. This historic needlework technique is known to be simple and fast to complete.

Posy Lough, owner of the Posy Collection, explained that barn quilts are colorful quilt patterns painted on panels and hung on barns or buildings that capture the spirit of American quilting and local heritage.

“We spent two years traveling cross-country interviewing barn quilt owners,” Parron said. “The book takes the reader on that journey across rural America to visit the folks whose stories inspired me.”

“We took some of the most iconic quilt squares and put them together in a kit for quilt lovers and stitchers to enjoy,” Lough said.

In addition to being a work of art, each barn quilt tells a story unique to its owner or property. Walters chose the bow tie pattern because he has a quilt with the same pattern, made for him as a child by an elderly neighbor.

Donna Sue Groves originally conceived the barn quilt trail concept in 2001. She worked with her Ohio community to create the first quilt trail to honor her mother, thus inspiring a movement. Now, thousands of barns across the United States feature quilt patterns.

Lough and Parron worked together to choose the patterns and interpret them for the redwork design. Kits may be purchased at (www.barnquiltinfo.com).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Applications for 701 CCA Prize 2016 – Deadline Sept. 3, 2016

August 22, 2016

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, announces the third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a bi-annual art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The project will take place with a juried process resulting in a November – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize by completing and submitting the application package. The application guidelines and package can be downloaded at (www.701cc.org).

Crucial dates are as follows:
September 3, 2016: application deadline; applications need to be in 701 CCA’s possession by that date at 5pm;
September 21, 2016: announcement of the three 701 CCA Prize 2016 finalists;
November 3, 2016: opening reception for the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition featuring the three finalists;
December 1, 2016: presentation of the 701 CCA Prize 2016 Winner during the 701 CCA Prize 2016 Celebration;
December 18, 2016: last day of the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition.

With this third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has made an important change to the eligibility requirements, dropping the requirement that applicants should have had a solo exhibition in a professional exhibition venue in the past two years. “During the past two installments, we noticed that several serious, talented young artists wouldn’t apply for the 701 CCA Prize because they hadn’t had a solo exhibition in a professional venue in the two previous years,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “To open up the competition and exhibition and include all young, major talents in the state, we, therefore, have decided to drop that particular requirement.”

“The 701 CCA Prize continues to add a crucial component to the eco-system and infra-structure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “The 701 CCA Prize is the most important platform to highlight some of the extraordinary young talent in South Carolina, and as such, this competition and exhibition has come to fill a void, not unlike 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial has with respect to a regular overview of contemporary art in our state for artists of all ages.”

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in it originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2014. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. The application fee is $25.

An independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The three finalists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition at 701 CCA. The three members of the jury panel will be announced later.

The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art publication. The previous two winners were James Busby of Chapin in 2012 and Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia in 2014.

For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Wim Roefs at (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, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 11-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit (www.701cca.org).

Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Announces Winners of Small Works Exhibit

August 22, 2016

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Last week the Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, announced the winners of the 6th Annual Small Works Juried Exhibition including:

Firs Place:  Tanja Grant  “Nena”  $800

Second Place:  Yelitza Diaz  “Small Beings on Top” $600

Third Place:  Lee Monts  “Lasting Moment”  $400

Gallery Choice:  Jason Sacran    “  The Stables “  $200

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1  Honorable Mention:  Aldo Muzzarelli  “Captyve Butterfly”   $150

2  Honorable Mention: Suzanne Woolf  “Miss Peterson’s Correspondence”  $150

3  Honorable Mention:  Russell Jewell  “Rising”  $150

Merit Award:  Peter Driscoll  “Piano Calandro”  $100

Merit Award:  Heather Noe  “Carolina Fields”   $100

Merit Award:  Micheal Ziemer  “Like the Heart in January”  $100

Merit Award:  Eric Manten  “Staircase Abstract 4” $100

For further information call 864/239-3882 or visit (www.artistsguildgalleryofgreenville.com).

Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, SC, Matches Art with Recycling Programs

August 22, 2016

The seventh annual Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP), Metropolitan Arts Council’s (MAC) unique program involving the visual arts and sound environmental practices in downtown Greenville, SC, was held on June 3-4, 2016. With eight bins for paper, plastic and glass in various locations along Main Street, FOUP encourages recycling among pedestrians while creating a different exhibiting opportunity for visual artists.

The event begins with a 24-hour art-making juried competition.The selected winners are then given the opportunity to choose two images of their work for reproduction on the bins.The winning artists also receive cash prizes, and the 1st place winner gets a week-long trip to Italy to stay in the beautiful Villa Sant’ Andrea. On Friday, June 3rd, 71 artists came to MAC to get their surfaces officially stamped. 68 of the same surfaces were then returned to MAC within 24 hours as works of art. The works were then juried that afternoon with an awards reception held the evening of June 4. All submitted works are displayed in the MAC Gallery until July 8th, 2016.

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Bin with artwork by Paul Flint

The Bins will be displayed through December 2016.

For further info visit (http://www.greenvillearts.com/mac-programs/flat-out-under-pressure/)

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Offers Open House – Aug. 27, 2016

August 22, 2016

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Join us at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in Camden, SC, along with your family, friends and neighbors at the 2016 Arts Open House & Hot Dog Lunch on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, from 11:30am to 1pm on the FAC grounds.  Hosted by the FAC Multi-Cultural Committee, the event is free and the public is invited to attend.  Participate in a fun community art project, take a tour of the FAC, enjoy pottery, dance and music demonstrations, plus some  entertainment provided by Dionne Hough, Fair Jam, and Janaye Gillard. You will also be able to register for classes and meet some of our great teachers. The event is sponsored by Little Midget and Piggly Wiggly of Camden. This is a great opportunity to learn more about all the events, classes, and programming at the Center.

In addition, members of CamdenART, Camden Poet Society, Kershaw County Music Association, and the Quilters of Kershaw County will be on hand displaying some of their work and recruiting new members. The Kershaw County Library will have the Book Mobile on site for anyone interested in checking out a great book, and the Camden Fire Department will also be participating.

“The Multi-Cultural Committee’s annual Hot Dog Lunch and Open House is one of my favorite events for creating community unity at the FAC. There is always a great crowd, tasty food, fun activities and demonstrations for the children, family friendly entertainment, and it’s all free,” said Dionne Hough, a long-time member of the Multi-Cultural Committee.

“This is always a great way to bring our community together and enjoy getting familiar with all of the great things that the FAC has to offer to the community,” added Jane Peterson, Director of Marketing for the FAC.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Business hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 5pm and Thursday from 10am to 6pm. For more information about the FAC or any of its events or classes, please call 803/425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org).


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