Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

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

July 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

SC Watermedia Society Holds Annual Membership Exhibit in North Augusta, SC – Deadline is Aug. 8, 2015

July 10, 2015


The SC Watermedia Society will hold its annual juried art competition at the Arts and Heritage Center in North Augusta, SC, from Oct. 10 through Nov. 13, 2015.

The deadline to enter is Aug. 8, 2015, and may be done online at (

Work by Wayne K. Thornley

Anyone who resides or owns property in SC, NC and GA may join the Society and enter the exhibit. There is no entry fee, but in order to enter you must be a member. Membership is $45 annually. For more information, e-mail to (

Work by Xioa Xing Hu

The juror for the show will be Kristin Casaeletto, ( an internationally-renowned artist specializing in works that explore our country’s social issues, and residing in Augusta, GA. The exhibition will feature between 50 to 70 of the most talented water-based media artists from across the states of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina.

The exhibition will culminate with the 30-award winning entries featured in a show that will travel throughout the state. The exhibit will provide public access to the “best of the best” and is facilitated by the South Carolina State Museum.

Many questions may be answered at (

2015 South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC, Calls for Entries for Various Competitions – Deadline Sept. 1, 2015

July 7, 2015


The Fair offers $300,000+ annually in premiums and awards for winning entries (including livestock competitions).

The 2015 South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC, is excited to announce the official call for entry registrations for the 2015 Competitive Exhibits – our annual hunt for the best of the best and a celebration of Southern skill, craftsmanship and agriculture. The Fair offers numerous opportunities for exhibitors to compete in various departments including children, youth and adults.

Competitive exhibits include*:
Fine Art
Student Art
Home & Craft Department

* These particular competitions are limited to South Carolina residents and out-of-state students attending a South Carolina school of higher learning.

All competitions require pre-registration which is open now through September 1, 2015. To complete a registration form, please visit the South Carolina State Fair website at (

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us by e-mail at (

The 2015 South Carolina State Fair runs from Oct. 14 – 25, 2015, at the Fairgrounds on Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Blvd. in Columbia.

The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supported, charitable organization dedicated to educating South Carolina’s young adults, with over $300,000 in scholarships awarded annually. For more information about the South Carolina State Fair, its programs or licensing opportunities, contact Nancy Smith at 803/799-3387 ext. 116, e-mail to ( or visit (

Fine Craft Shows Charleston Announces 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows Awards Made in Charleston, SC

July 5, 2015

The 36th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows, held May 22-24 and May 29-31, 2015, featured fine weather, great crowds, and beautiful crafts presented by artists from all over the US. The two weekend events held in historic Wragg Square Park in Charleston, SC, featured art by 119 artists from 21 states.

The Judge for both events was Sherry Browne, a visual artist, working paper cut and collage artist, and owner of Studio Open Gallery in Folly Beach, SC. Awards were distributed on Friday of each weekend.

Best in Show winner Nancy Michael-Susaneck with Mayor Riley.

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley distributed the awards for the May 22-24 show.  Award winners were:
City of Charleston Mayor’s Award (Best in Show): Nancy Michael-Susaneck, a Mixed Media artist from Missouri City, TX;
1st Place: Addelle Sanders, a Fiber artist from Charleston, SC;
2nd Place: R. L. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA;
3rd Place: Maggie Joynt a Jeweler from Hope Mills, NC.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Christie May, a Jeweler from Greenwood, IN; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silverhill, AL and Leslie Peebles, a Printmaker from Gainesville, FL.
The Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Justin Brady, a Woodworker from Bell Buckle, TN,
and the Emerging Artist Grant went to Melina LaVecchia, a Potter from Boone, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Molly Griggs and Lindsay Powell, a Fiber artists from Charleston, SC; R.C. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA; Susan Marling, a Fiber artist from Acworth, GA and  Doug Richard, a Woodwoorker from Satsuma, FL.

Show Judge Sherry Browne distributed the awards for the May 29-31 show.  Award winners were:

1st Place: Kevin Duval, a Metalworker from Wilmington, NC;
2nd Place: Mimi Hay, a Fiber artist from Myrtle Beach, SC;
and 3rd Place: Sabra Richards, a Glassmaker and Metalworker from Worton, MD.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to:  Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Nancy Green, a Potter from Watkinsville, GA and Honey McCrary, a Mosaics Artist from Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The Emerging Artist Grant was awarded to Jan Barco, a Leatherworker from Virginia Beach, VA.
The Slide Juror’s Choice Award went to Tanya Gerard and Rob Thomas, Woodworkers from Beech Mountain, NC;
and the Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Lucy Clark, a Potter from Clear Mountain, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silver Hill, AL; Uzo Ezekwudo, a Fiber artist from Chapel Hill, NC and Hanan Ingel and Erez Epshtein, Jewelers from Berkeley, CA.

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston would like to thank the artists, staff and volunteers who help to make this show possible. We would also like to thank the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks, and Police Department for their assistance.

More information about this show and future shows, along with photos of the award winners, is available on our website: (

Photos available from our website (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Receives $750 from NBSC to Support Arts Fund

July 5, 2015


NBSC presented The Arts Partnership, a.k.a. Chapman Cultural Center, in Spartanburg, SC, with a $750 check on Monday, June 22, 2015, to support its United Arts Fund, which fosters the arts and culture in Spartanburg County.

Community Executive Fred G. Williams and Private Wealth Relationship Manager Jennifer Cash delivered NBSC’s contribution to the 2014-2015 United Arts Fund while surrounded by local artwork in Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, one of the partner organizations that benefit from the Fund. Chapman Cultural Center’s President and CEO Jennifer Evins and Director of Annual Giving Karen Parrott were present to receive the check.

Senior Commercial Banker Fred G. Williams (far left) and Senior Vice President Jennifer C. Cash (second from right) of NBSC present the $750 check to President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center Jennifer Evins (second from left) and Director of Annual Giving Karen Parrott (far right) in the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery.

“Spartanburg is a community of giving and collaboration,” Parrott said. “When local businesses invest in what we do here at Chapman, they’re saying, ‘We support award-winning arts education for our children, the visual and performing arts, history, and science.’ They’re saying that arts are a great investment.”

“I think Spartanburg is a great place to live, work, and play,” Cash, who is an avid supporter and patron of the arts, said. “The Arts Partnership has so much to offer our community, and we are very lucky to have Chapman Cultural Center at the center.”

Chapman Cultural Center’s United Arts Fund fosters education, partnerships, economy, and entertainment in Spartanburg. The Fund supports arts education programs that reach more than 47,000 students in the county, provides more than $700,000 in operating support for partner organizations, boosts local economy by hosting 262,000 visitors annually and providing millions of dollars in economic impact, and engages citizens and visitors of all ages and backgrounds with cultural programming.

For more information on Chapman Cultural Center and how to support the arts, call 864/542-ARTS or visit (

NBSC has been a financial leader in South Carolina since 1905, providing quality customer service while practicing sound financial management. In 1994, NBSC joined Synovus Financial Corp. and in 2010 became a division of Synovus Bank. Synovus is one of the largest financial institutions in the Southeast, providing commercial and retail banking to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. NBSC has 39 branches in 16 counties and is dedicated to being an integral part of the community.

Fort Mill History Museum Will Soon be Moving to New Location in Fort Mill, SC

July 5, 2015


The Fort Mill History Museum will be moving from the White Street facility to the historic Wilson House at 107 Clebourne Street in Fort Mill, SC, this summer. The Wilson house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1992. Built in 1869 by Stewart Wilson it is significant as an example of Victorian residential architecture. It was one of the first homes built on Main Street and was moved to its present location in the 1920’s to make way for commercial expansion.

The new location will put the museum right in the heart of downtown activity, and present new opportunities to promote the community’s culture and rich history to visitors and newcomers alike. This is a new beginning for the Fort Mill History Museum! Staff, volunteers and board members are excited about the move and look forward to new projects, future exhibits, educational programs, seminars, and cultural activities. The Fort Mill community will be an important part of the success of these events, and of the Fort Mill History Museum’s mission to collect, preserve and promote our community’s history.

As a result of the upcoming move, the museum will be closing its N. White Street site on July 6, 2015, with plans to reopen at the 107 Clebourne Street address later this summer. A grand opening date will be announced in coming weeks. We thank the Fort Mill community for your support and patience.

For further info e-mail to (, call 803/802-3646 or visit (

Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center Calls for Artists and Vendors for 2015 Artisans Holiday Show in Lancaster, SC

July 5, 2015

Artisans, craftsmen, and holiday vendors are invited to participate in the third annual Artisans Holiday Show in downtown Lancaster, SC. The indoor show will be held at 212 S. Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, from 10am – 4pm as part of the Red Rose Holiday Tour in partnership with non-profit agencies Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center & Artists Market.

This holiday market features handmade arts and crafts and holiday vendors. Participation fees start at $50 and applications may be obtained by calling 803/287-7853 or by e-mailing to ( Vendor applications are online at ( or by mail at P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

The Artisans Holiday Market has been named a top 20 event for December 2015 by Southeast Tourism Society.  Avant Garde Center for the Arts is an all-volunteer non-profit arts agency which exists to provide opportunities to diverse neighborhoods.

The Berkeley Artists Guild is Calling for Entries for “25th Old Santee Canal Fine Arts Exhibition” in Moncks Corner, SC – Deadline is Aug. 28, 2015

July 5, 2015


The Berkeley Artists Guild would like to invite you to join us for the 25th Annual Old Santee Canal Fine Arts Exhibition beginning Aug. 29 through Sept.13, 2015, at the Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner, SC. This exhibition is open to artists who are South Carolina residents and/or property owners. Each artist may enter two paintings in each category.

Entries must be delivered on Aug. 28, 2015, at the Park.

For more information about this exhibition or to print the prospectus / entry application please visit our website at (

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

July 1, 2015


The July 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 58 pages of it.

It’s Summer and a lot of folks will be getting ready for vacations – if they haven’t left already, but you can still enjoy reading Carolina Arts. I guess one of the good things about being an online paper is that you can get your Carolina Arts fix anywhere there is an internet connection. If you hurry, you can get finished before the fireworks go off.

For single page format use this link (

For side by side page format use this link (

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas this month. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending these links to your friends.
If you want to get something in the August 2015 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the July 24 deadline. But, you do know that you don’t have to wait until the deadline comes up to send us stuff – you can be early. Some folks are already several months ahead of the deadline when their press release would be due.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

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

June 29, 2015


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.


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.


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.


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 ( 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 (

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.”


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 (

For more information about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail visit (


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