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The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, SC, Receives National Grant to Build Creativity Spots on Northside

May 11, 2015

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (TAP) has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to design, site, and construct artlets in the city’s Northside neighborhood in Spartanburg, SC.

Artlets are public structures designed to encourage people to be creative in their community. Conceived as public places with a platform approximately eight to ten feet in diameter and supporting a moveable vertical fence approximately six feet high, they were created during the development of the Northside Community-Creative-Cultural Arts Master Plan in 2014.  “The Northside artlets will be permanent, innovative, and replicable markers of connectivity and shared space for impromptu creativity sited throughout the community. Artlets are where residents make music, read, escape, converse, teach, draw, and share; magnets for increasing cultural exchange,” TAP President Jennifer Evins said. These artlets will be sited throughout the Northside; each will accommodate one to 10 people at a time.

“Visually and functionally derived from the neighborhood ‘front porch,’ these physical punctuations of community life will be designed, prototyped, and sited in Northside,” Evins said. “This project develops woodworking and design skills for residents, opportunities to learn urban planning strategies, and creates neighborhood portals for artistic enjoyment and appreciation.”

Currently, the City of Spartanburg is embarking an extensive redevelopment plan to revitalize Northside. TAP is leading the effort to include the arts in the redevelopment plans, using the arts as a means for  social and economic change in the neighborhood.

From June 2015 to May 2016, design and siting of four artlets will be directed by artist Tom Shields and Art-Force, a nonprofit organization that will manage the project. Northside residents designated as “Voyagers” will help refine artlet locations identified in the Northside Master Plan, contribute to their design aesthetic, learn woodworking skills through artist apprenticeships, and participate in community evaluation for permanent sites and design refinements, Evins said. Public spaces will be revitalized through these design activities for site-specific installations, or art created only to exist in one specific space. New partnerships will be facilitated and supported by TAP, including art students at Wofford College, The Cleveland Academy of Leadership, and Spartanburg Community College. The project will transform the landscape of Northside by emphasizing community values and traditions in innovative three-dimensional forms, she said.

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across the United States to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. This grant to TAP is in the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States,” NEA Chairman Jane Chu said. “Funding these new projects like the one from The Arts Partnership represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

“As an artist who finds social responsibility and connectivity with a broad audience as important as historic and intellectual artistic dialog, I am incredibly excited to be part of the Northside Artlets project,” Tom Shields said about his enthusiasm for establishing a woodworking studio in Northside and working with the community to conceive, design, prototype, and install the artlets. “Art is something that should extend beyond the gallery, museum, and classroom and engage every member of our society through personal daily interactions. Working with community members on the design, prototyping, construction, and installation of these artlets will allow us to create public arts spaces, which are exactly what I feel art is intended to be; by the people for the people.

“The carpenter in me is also enormously excited to share my knowledge of tools, materials, and building techniques through the establishment of a woodworking studio in the Northside community,” Shields said. “Twenty years of woodworking experience has shown me how empowering the skills of a builder/maker can be. Whether you are crafting a gift for a friend, repairing an old chair, or building a house, all of these things remind us of the power of our own hands, and skilled hands working together can accomplish anything.”

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to (

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Announces Penny Little as the 2015 Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail’s Quilter of the Year

May 11, 2015


The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, (Oconee, Pickens and Anderson Counties in SC) is pleased to announce a one-woman show to honor their 2015 Quilter of the Year, Penny Little of Salem, SC. The Quilter of the Year award was created to honor quilters who not only are talented artists, but also give back to their communities in very meaningful ways. A reception for Little will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, from 2-5pm at the Historic Ballenger House, located at 212 East South Third St. in Seneca, SC.

Quilt by Penny Little

Little is a member of the Lake and Mountain Quilters’ Guild making charity quilts for donation through the Guild programs and helping with a variety of Guild activities and programs. She also leads the Hi-Fiber Art Quilters. She also donates her time and expertise to the Tamassee DAR School, where she teaches sewing and quilting to aspiring young people on a weekly basis. She has been active in supporting the Oconee Animal Shelter making pet beds. Her quilts have won numerous awards in local and regional venues as well as national and international competitions. Little promises that she will share “A Few of Her Favorite Quilts,” including some that the public has never seen!

For further information, contact Cindy Blair by e-mail at ( or call 864/868-2878. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island, SC, Calls for Entries for “An Eye for History, Visions of Honey Horn” – Deadline Before June 5, 2015

May 11, 2015


The Coastal Discovery Museum is seeking entries for a juried exhibition that highlights Hilton Head Island, SC’s historic Honey Horn property entitled “An Eye for History, Visions of Honey Horn”, to be shown July 23 – August 31, 2015.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Coastal Discovery Museum will host an exhibition that reveals Honey Horn’s beauty, history, and heritage as seen by a wide variety of artists. Two and three dimensional artwork depicting, or inspired by, the unique Honey Horn site, may be submitted for consideration. A few examples of subject matter include: historic buildings, former (or current) residents, recent activities, natural scenery, and historic events.

Entries will be complemented by historic photographs and paintings, items from the Coastal Discovery Museum’s collection, and loans from private collections.

Digital images of entries should be e-mailed to Natalie Hefter at ( before June 5, 2015.  Please include the following with the image: artist’s name, title of entry, dimensions, media, date, sale price (or if the piece is not for sale), and contact phone number.

For an entry form, please visit the Museum’s website at (

Art League of Hilton Head, SC, Announces Scholarship Winners

May 11, 2015


Since 2000, Art League of Hilton Head has awarded an annual scholarship in the amount of $2000 to a graduating high school senior who is studying or living on Hilton Head Island and attending a local high school. This year the applicants who were interviewed in April were of such high caliber that Art League added two additional $500 scholarships. The scholarship program encourages students to develop their art skills and pursue a career in visual arts.

Work by Carolanne O’Fee

Congratulations to Carolanne O’Fee, winner of Art League of Hilton Head’s annual $2000 art scholarship. Carolanne stands first in her senior class of 248 at Hilton Head High School where she is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate.  O’Fee’s outstanding artwork is strong, versatile, confident, and displays a quality and ingenuity mature beyond her years.  She has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in fashion merchandising.

Work by Emma Walls

Congratulations to Emma Walls winner of a $500 art scholarship from Art League of Hilton Head. Walls excels in all her IB Visual Arts classes, stands 4th in a class of 248, and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate at Hilton Head High School. Her artwork stands out illustrating a strong, mature, thoughtful, inventive and creative ability.   Walls has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design where she will major in illustration or advertising.

Work by Clarissa Walls

Congratulations to Clarissa Walls winner of a $500 art scholarship from Art League of Hilton Head.  Walls excels in all her International Baccalaureate Diploma Program classes that are the most rigorous course of study offered at Hilton Head High School where she stands 8th in a senior class of 248. Her artwork illustrates her reflective qualities that are both delicate and confident, and  clearly shows her creative abilities. Walls has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in animation.

For further information contact Paula Hunter, Marketing Communications, Art League of Hilton Head by e-mail at ( or call 843/681-5060.

Carolina Parrot Prints Now Available at Spartanburg Regional History Museum in Spartanburg, SC

May 11, 2015

A reproduction of Alexander Wilson’s hand-colored scientific illustration of the Carolina Parrot from American Ornithology is now available for purchase at Spartanburg Regional History Museum at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, or at its online gift shop. This print, which depicts the Carolina Parrot as well as the Canada Flycatcher, Hooded Flycatcher and Green black-capt Flycatcher, was copied from an example in Spartanburg County Historical Association’s collection. The original was donated for the restoration of Walnut Grove Plantation.


Alexander Wilson, sometimes called the father of American Ornithology, was a Scottish-American ornithologist who published a nine-volume collection of illustrations of North American birds, which was the first major scientific work published in the United States. This illustration is from the first volume, published in 1808. Purchases of these prints are tax-free and proceeds from the sale support conservation of historic prints. Prints are available for $10 at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum, open 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday, or for $15 online at (

For further information contact Julius Dargan, Operations & Programming Manager, Spartanburg County Historical Association by calling 864/591-5596 or e-mail to (

City of Lancaster, SC, Offers 6th Annual Red Rose Festival – May 15 and 16, 2015

May 11, 2015


The City of Lancaster, SC, invites you to play in their streets on May 15 and May 16, 2015, with the arrival of the 6th Annual Red Rose Festival. This year’s event includes outdoor concerts, arts, crafts, Kids Zone, Red Rose Car Show by Memory Lane Cruisers, Red Rose Dog Show by the Lancaster SPCA, Photography Contest by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and roaming entertainment & much more.

Join us from 6 to 10pm on May 15 and 10am to 10pm on May 16 in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster sponsored in-part with The Lancaster News, WRHI/Inter State 107 and Rapid Signs, LLC.

This year’s festival will feature over 75 artisans, crafters, food vendors, as well as an A-list of international, national and locally known music artists.

Friday’s featured event begins at 6pm with southern food, roaming entertainment and singing of the National Anthem. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will announce the winners of the Red Rose Photography contest, then presentation of colors followed by Lancaster’s very own, and winner of the 2012 Women In Rock Showcase, Pam Taylor of “Stolen Hearts.” Topping off the evening is Ken Knox & Company, “The former member of Chairmen of the Board and member of the North and South Carolina and the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, Ken Knox” is sure to bring everyone to their feet with great excitement for Saturday’s musical line up!

Saturday’s featured events begin at 10am, The Native American Center Museum, Red Rose Photography Contest, Red Rose Dog Show and Red Rose Car Show all begin at 10am.

Lancaster SPCA Red Rose Dog Show, sponsored by Wal-Mart and Nutra Max, invite you to bring your furry k-9 to the back park of the Historic Courthouse to compete for Best Smile, Best Dressed, Most Talented and Top Dog until noon. The Native American Center featuring the largest collection of Catawba pottery in the world and will showcases multi talented arts from the Catawba Indians and native arts at the Museum until 6pm. The Red Rose Car Show, sponsored by Memory Lane Cruisers and Hwy 55 Burgers, invite car enthusiasts to take a stroll through their beautiful collection of classic cars that are known as one of the best in the state. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors’ Project. For the photography enthusiast in all of us, come into the Historic Springs House on Catawba and Gay Street until 5 pm to view the beautiful entries of the Red Rose Photography contest presented by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

Artisans and crafters will be on hand selling collectibles, along with hand-crafted items such as art, jewelry, children’s clothing and crafts beginning at 10am on Main Street. The Kids Zone opens for a FREE day of amusements, a Karate demonstration by Kenaki Karate, and meet-and-greets in Red Rose Park with Panther’s Sir Purr, Knight’s Castle Homer, City of Lancaster’s Rosie and much more!

The City Stage comes alive with The Red Rose Worship Choir directed by Jason Burley, Minister of Music and Worship at Covenant Baptist Church featuring various church choirs in the area.

Country sweetheart and American Idol placing in the top 50 of Fox’s hit series “American Idol”, Emily Minor kicks off the day with her high energy show filled with classic country favorites and original hits.

Keep your boots on for local country boy “The Matt Tucker Band” at 2pm. Performing many country favorites influenced by Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks, Matt Tucker will keep your boots kicking to self written singles and country favorites.
Back by popular demand, Transit Vocal Band will hit the stage at 4pm. Transit is all band no instruments! “Combining soaring leads, smooth harmonies and a thumping rhythm section, Transit demonstrates the power, versatility and emotion of the most natural instrument of all, the human voice”.

Cooling off the day is one of 2014’s number 1 beach bands, The Entertainers. Founded in 1980, the Entertainers are sure to bring the beach to our stage with their #1 hit “Thank Goodness She Cheated,” as well as classic beach and soul hits! Shagging on the blvd. on Main in Lancaster is where the fun continues!

Labeled the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band for the last 10 years, “Who’s Bad” is sure to impress the Red Rose Festival’s young and old alike with a tribute of “the King of Pop’s” entire career from his Motown days with the Jackson 5 to his last solo efforts, “Who’s Bad”, is in their 11th year touring world-wide. You’ll be amazed and captivated at the talents of everyone in the tribute. “Who’s Band” headlines the 2015Red Rose Festival at 8pm.

The 2015 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone. It’s the event of the year in Lancaster and we hope you will join us to see why we are excited about our Red Rose City.

The Red Rose Festival is a rain- or-shine event.

For further info visit (

Patz and Mike Fowle of Hartsville, SC, were winners of the Artfields© 2015 3-D People’s Choice Award

May 11, 2015

Patz and Mike Fowle of Hartsville, SC, were winners of the Artfields© 2015 3-D People’s Choice award ($12,500), for their work “Consume”, which was announced on May 2, 2015, in Lake City, SC, home of ArtFields©.

Detail of “Consume” by Patz and Mike Fowle

Contemporary sculptors, Mike and Patz Fowle, share a passion for creativity and collaboration. They utilize innovative processes and various media to create unique sculptures for public and private collections. The couple’s largest work of art, “Big Bleu Birdnanna”, is a 23-foot tall, kinetic metal sculpture located in the Cultural Arts Corridor adjacent to the Florence County Museum in Downtown Florence, SC. Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle support the visual arts community as teaching artists and have been Artists-in-Residence as far away as Tokyo, Japan.

The Fowles offer the following artist statement, “Creating art is a wondrous journey from the conception of a juicy idea to the final aesthetics; it’s what propels our spirits as creative beings! With a whimsical and colorful and nod to contemporary culture, our mixed media installation “Consume” turns discarded plastic into a swirling school of fabulous, funky fish. As you walk around and through the installation you become part of the art. We hope to encourage the use of non-traditional art materials and to also spark dialog about post-consumerism waste and the plight of our oceans and fish due to plastics. After all, as the old saying goes, “You are what you eat!”

To see a list of other winners from ArtFields© 2015 visit (

To view more of their works visit (

See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster SC, Offers See Lancaster LIVE! for the Ag+Art Tour Kickoff for Lancaster County – June 26, 2015

May 11, 2015


Relax and unwind or break out your best dance moves! See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts invite you to join us June 26, 2015, in downtown Lancaster, SC, for “SEE LANCASTER LIVE!,” the official kick-off of the third annual Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County.

At 7pm, the HOT SAUCE BAND kicks off the weekend in style with a wide range of music.  This band is known for blending the genres of 70s, 80s, 90s, and current hits into one extra large bag of popcorn fun and party madness!

This event is held indoors at the Lancaster County Historical Courthouse located at 100 N. Main Street.  Tickets are only $10.50 per person and available by calling 803/289-1486 or online at ( A cash bar will be available.

For more information on the Ag+Art Tour, the nation’s largest free farm and artisan tour, visit (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Artist Submissions for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015″ – Deadline June 29, 2015

May 10, 2015


701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, seeks submissions for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015″, a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition will be held at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The “701 CCA SC Biennial 2015″ will be presented in two parts with openings in September and November.

The goals of the “Biennial” exhibition are to provide a venue to showcase recent work reflecting local, regional and national trends and issues influencing contemporary artists living and working in South Carolina and to increase awareness and appreciation of the artistic contributions and accomplishments of the state’s visual artists. The exhibition draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years. The “701 CCA SC Biennial 2015″ is the third installment of the exhibition at 701 CCA.

Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply in order to reflect the stylistic and cultural diversity of art produced in the state. Artists must be a current resident of South Carolina.

An exhibition catalogue will be produced to document the exhibition.

Exhibition Dates:
“Biennial Part I”, Sept. 10 – Oct. 25, 2015
“Biennial Part II”, Nov. 5 – Dec. 20, 2015

Selection Process: A jury panel of three curators/critics representing local, regional and national perspectives will review submitted materials and select artists for inclusion in the exhibition. A 701 CCA curatorial team will select works for the exhibition through studio visits or from submitted images. The jurors will be announced at a later date.

Submission Materials, all to be submitted on a CD/DVD:
* Ten images of available work produced in the last two years. Images should be in a jpeg format with a minimum size of 1024 wide x 768 high ppi (pixels per inch) at 300 dpi resolution and formatted for presentation on a PC-based platform.
* Artists should also include in a text-based format (e.g. Microsoft word):
* Checklist that includes title, date, medium, size
* Brief statement about the work that addresses the artist’s intent (not to exceed 200 words)
* Resume and biographical sketch
Also, include:
* Self-addressed stamped envelope (for return of submitted materials).

Fees: $25.00 per artist. Revenues generated through entry fees will be used to offset the cost of producing a full color catalogue. Checks can be made payable to 701 CCA.

Submission Deadline: All materials should be submitted by June 29, 2015, at 5pm.

Notification: Artists will be notified of the results of the selection process by July 20, 2015.

Submit Materials To:

“701 CCA SC Biennial 2015″, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, PO Box 12822, Columbia, SC 29211

Please submit further inquiries by e-mail to ( or call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949.

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; and Sun., 1-5pm.

For more information visit (

Principle Gallery Charleston, SC, Names Frank Conrad Russen Gallery Director

May 10, 2015

Principle Gallery Charleston, a leading contemporary art gallery with locations in Charleston, SC, and Alexandria, VA, is pleased to announce the addition of Frank Conrad Russen, where he has taken the role of Gallery Director.

Frank Conrad Russen is a prominent, nationally recognized art consultant with extensive knowledge in planning, managing and developing art programs and creative design services for fine art galleries, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, architects, interior designers, developers and private individuals for more than twenty-five years.  He has partnered with many talented artists regionally as well as nationally and internationally to create exclusive art collections for hotels, offices and private residences.

Russen served as a Board Member of The von Liebig Art Center / Naples Art Association. He is a private art consultant and art handler for the estate of renowned artist Henry Koerner, a Board Member of Baby Basics of Collier County, a Board Member and Managing Art Consultant of The Naples International Film Festival, a Managing Art Consultant for the Celebrity Martini Glass Auction (CMGA’s) and has served on the Advisory Board of Naples Illustrated Magazine, Founder of the nonprofit organization “Painting My Tomorrow” benefiting children with life threatening illnesses.

For further information call 843/727-4500 or visit (


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