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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Aldwyth

January 31, 2016

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, is presenting two large, mural-size collages by the center’s current artist in residence, Aldwyth. The artist created the works during her current, January 2016, residency at 701 CCA. The collage installation subsequently will be open to the public during regular hours until Feb. 28, 2016, along with 701 CCA’s current gallery exhibition, “Bound”, by artist Kristy Bishop.

Aldwyth is creating the collages as part of 701 CCA’s Dada Days, with which the center marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Cabaret Voltaire on Feb. 5, 1916, in Zurich, Switzerland. The Cabaret Voltaire is typically seen as the first organized manifestation of Dada. That art movement was the impetus for and deciding influence on most contemporary art as we know it today.

“As a contemporary art center, we thought we should mark the moment,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said.

For Dada Days, 701 CCA is turning its artist loft into a makeshift performance space for which Aldwyth’s collage installation will provide the backdrop. In the space, actors, poets, musicians and other performers who work in the Dada spirit will present performances throughout February and March, 2016. A full schedule of those performance and other Dada Days activities will follow in a future press release.

Hilton Head resident Aldwyth (b. 1935, Pomona, CA) was represented in the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial” 2011, 2013 and 2015. Her work was in the “South Carolina TRIENNIAL” 1995 and 2001 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia and TRIENNIAL Revisited in 2011 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. Her 2009 retrospective, “Aldwyth: work v./work n.: Collage and Assemblage 1991 – 2009”, was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, and traveled to the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, GA. Aldwyth’s work is represented in the Ackland and Telfair Museums as well as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, the SC State Museum and the South Carolina State Art Collection, managed by the SC Arts Commission. The Oxford American magazine listed her as one the Superstars of Southern Art in 2012. Her residencies include those at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Kohler Arts and Industry in Kohler, WI.

Known for her amazingly complex collages and assemblages, Aldwyth typically utilizes the history of art, ideas and technology as both catalyst and source material for her often epic-scaled works.

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, 11–5; Thu-Fri, 10-5; Sat, 1-5; Sun, 1-5.

For more information call 803/319-9949 or visit (

Kate Landishaw of Greenville, SC, Selected Finalist for Bold Brush Painting Contest

January 31, 2016

Artist Kate Landishaw of Greenville, SC, has won the honor of Finalist in the online Bold Brush painting contest for Dec. 2015. The competition is sponsored by FASO (


Artist Eric Bowman selected the Landishaw work, “Champagne Lagoon” for the award, which includes an upcoming feature article in the online magazine, ( This artwork was most recently seen in the Pickens County Art Museum’s 2015 juried exhibition.

Landishaw works at White Whale Studios, in Greenville’s West End. To see more images, visit her website at (

Vista Studios/80808 Gallery in Columbia, SC, Offers Trenholm Artists Guild’s Annual Juried Art Exhibition – Jan. 21-21, 2016

January 16, 2016

The Trenholm Artists Guild will hold its “35th Annual Juried Art Exhibit” from Jan. 21-31, 2016, at Vista Studios/80808 Gallery, 808 Lady Street, Columbia, SC.

Bruce Nellsmith will judge the show. Awards will be presented at the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, from 6-8pm, as part of the Vista Third Thursday. The public is invited; those in attendance will also vote for a People’s Choice Award.

The show will include approximately eighty 2 and 3-dimensional art pieces created by many renowned midlands-area artists. Meg McLean’s acrylic, piece “Bloomin’ Okra,” won the 34th annual Best of Show award. Other recent top award winners of TAG’s juried shows are Pete Holland, Mark Conrardy, Karen Langley, Denise Greer, and Jackie Brantley, and Regina Moody.

Trenholm Artists Guild, also known as TAG, has a membership of over 200. The group includes both amateur and professional artists who work in all media.  Established in 1971, TAG is an incorporated, non-profit organization located in Columbia, South Carolina.  It is designated an IRS 501 (c) (3) organization.  TAG was created to encourage and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the creative arts among the people living in the greater Columbia area of South Carolina. To achieve this goal, TAG works cooperatively with other groups to help build audiences and participation in the arts.

More information on TAG can be found at its website (, or Facebook at (

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Seeks Woodworking Artist – Deadline is Feb. 12, 2016

January 16, 2016


Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, is looking for a professional South Carolina artist/craftsperson with experience in producing functional and large-scale wood sculptures. That person will lead a design team that will make four performance stages — Artlets — as part of Spartanburg’s redevelopment of its Northside neighborhood.

The lead artist will be paid $15,000, with additional funds for materials, civil and structural engineers, and other project expenses. Tools and workshop space will be made available. Volunteer college students and community residents will assist with construction and landscaping. As a collaborative endeavor, Chapman Cultural Center staff, community residents, the City of Spartanburg, and Northside Development Group will participate in this public art project. The project schedule is expected to run approximately 3-4 months for design, three months for fabrication, and one month for installation. The overall schedule is from January 2016 to January 2017. The artist will need to participate in one or two community meetings to explain the project designs and answer questions.

Chapman Cultural Center was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA ) Artworks Grant to design the prototype four Artlets as part of a larger neighborhood-wide redevelopment initiative to create a more livable neighborhood. This project is the next step in the cultural planning process funded by an Our Town Grant. The plan for the Northside Neighborhood of Spartanburg identified short-term and long-term goals for arts infusion in this underserved neighborhood with innovative approaches to how the arts may be experienced and appreciated.

The team will design and build four Artlets, measuring roughly 10’ x 10’ with movable/shifting walls at the perimeter edges that will provide a background for performers using the space as a stage, a private zone, a play area, or other impromptu activities. Each unique Artlet will sit on a concrete pad.

For additional information about the Northside redevelopment, please visit online at ( and ( (search “northside”).

For more info on this Call for Artists, contact Melissa Earley at 864/278-9685. Please submit a letter of interest, a resume or CV, a summary of project oversight experience (or experience working with volunteers), and up to five JPGs of recent works, or include a link to an online gallery of your work, by Feb. 12, 2016, to (

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, Alumna Chosen Arts Education Program Director for SC Arts Commission

January 16, 2016


Winthrop University alumna Ashley Kerns Brown ’02 has joined the South Carolina Arts Commission as arts education program director.


In her new position with the Arts Commission, Brown will manage arts education programming and arts education grant programs. She will work closely with the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) partnership at Winthrop. In addition, Brown will develop new initiatives and fortify existing programs and partnerships that help provide a quality arts education to all children in South Carolina.

Brown, a native of Greenville, SC, said that she is “overjoyed” to return to her home state and “honored to join the passionate and dedicated team at the South Carolina Arts Commission.”

“I look forward to working with communities, schools, civic organizations and businesses to provide opportunities for our students to learn from and through the arts as they develop into world-class citizens,” Brown added.

She worked previously as education and engagement manager for Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University (FSU). Brown also taught at Stone Academy of Communication Arts in Greenville and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her work with Off Tryon Theatre Company, S.C. Children’s Theatre and Brevard Music Center has taken her throughout the Southeast. Brown earned her BA in theatre with a minor in social sciences from Winthrop and her MFA in theatre management at FSU.

To learn more about the South Carolina Arts Commission’s programs and services, visit (

For more information, contact Meredith Carter, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or by e-mail at (

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers 5th Annual Collectors’ Event

January 16, 2016


The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, will offer the 5th Annual Collectors’ Event, on Feb. 21, 2016, with an art preview from 4-5pm and event from 5-7pm, at Collector’s Cafe & Gallery, located at 7740 N. Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Admission is $100/ticket

Join us for a fun, fast-paced evening!

Each $100 ticket admits the ticket holder and a guest and entitles you to win a work of art valued at $100 or more. Ticket numbers are drawn randomly with the first number selected choosing the first work of art and so on until all numbers are drawn. A total of 100 tickets will be sold.

The Fifth Annual Collectors’ Event will be held Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Collector’s Cafe & Gallery and will feature light appetizers and a cash bar.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Art Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (

Winthrop University Alumna to Kick Off Fine Arts Lecture Series Jan. 20, 2016, in Rock Hill, SC

January 16, 2016


Winthrop University alumna Kati Stegall ’11, program administrator for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Art-In-Transit program, will give the first talk for the Department of Fine Arts’ Fine Arts Lecture Series on Jan. 20, 2016. The lecture series will include additional lectures by three Winthrop alumni during the spring 2016 semester.

Stegall, a resident of Charlotte, NC, will speak Jan. 20 at 7:30pm in Room 119 of Rutledge Building. As program administrator for Art-In-Transit, Stegall administers public art projects ranging from artist selection through installation and documentation and develops and implements community education and outreach efforts and maintains program resources. She earned her Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Winthrop.

Each free lecture will be held in 119 Rutledge at 7:30pm. Dates for upcoming Fine Arts Lecture Series alumni lectures are as follows:

Monday, Feb. 8 – Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby ’93
Kuhlkin-Hornsby, who earned her B.A. in political science, works as director of education & engagement for the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina. She resides in Columbia.

Wednesday, Mar. 2 – Todd Stewart ’06
At Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council, Stewart serves as project manager for public art. The Charlotte resident earned his B.F.A. in art at Winthrop.

Thursday, Apr. 7 – Jen Ray ’95, locally-grown international artist
Ray, who earned her B.F.A. in art at Winthrop, has spent the last several years living and working in Berlin, Germany, where she is represented by the Wentrup Gallery.

For the complete Spring 2016 Fine Arts Lecture Series schedule, visit the Arts at Winthrop website at (

For more information, contact Meredith Carter, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or e-mail her at (

Cutting Edge of Fashion and Art Collide in Never-Before-Seen Spartanburg, SC, Event at Spartanburg Art Museum – Jan. 16, 2016

January 9, 2016


The Spartanburg Art Museum, in Spartanburg, SC, is challenging traditional notions of art and pushing the boundaries of fashion with this year’s installment of its annual art-themed party. The party, dubbed CONTEXTILE, will feature live music from a critically acclaimed jazz trio, live models wearing pieces of art as clothing, an open bar serving specialty cocktails, and fabulous food from Cribbs Catering. Mat Duncan, Spartanburg Art Museum’s Curator of Collections, says, “Spartanburg is becoming a cultural hotspot in the Carolinas. CONTEXTILE is a celebration of that energy and the sequel to SHIPWRECK, our last contemporary art party – but this time we’ve gone above and beyond anything we’ve done before and crafted an evening that’s twice as lavish, twice as fun, and, of course, twice as artistic.”


In an attempt to outdo the Museum’s last art party, Spartanburg Art Museum staff has worked tirelessly towards making every aspect of CONTEXTILE more creative than anything it has ever planned. Duncan says, “SHIPWRECK had an open bar, a two-piece acoustic band, and took place around the featured exhibition, but, if you’ll excuse my pun, CONTEXTILE blows our last party out of the water!” CONTEXTILE will feature an open bar that will serve a surprise signature cocktail, in addition to the beer, wine, and mixed drinks, which partygoers are accustomed. Partygoers will also enjoy the critically acclaimed stylings of Charlotte, NC-based jazz trio “The Fat Face Band” and witness a new, never-before-seen exhibition. “But this exhibition won’t be hanging on the walls,” adds Duncan, “the pieces of art will be worn by live models!”

Spartanburg Art Museum has brought together seven visionary local and national artists whose work occupies the space between fashion and art for CONTEXTILE. “These artists have made art that can be worn as clothing or clothing that can be seen as art – deciding whether it’s the former or the latter, we leave that up to you,” says Duncan. Pieces by each artist will be donned by local models and performers, who will then walk a runway in the museum in a fashion show-style event – the climax of the evening. “And,” continues Duncan, “this fashion show will be emceed by The Latest Thing in Spartanburg’s Tim Giles.  Register now – tickets are selling fast!”

CONTEXTILE will be Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, 7-11pm and will include an open bar, gourmet food from Cribbs, live music, cutting-edge fashion and art worn by live models. Tickets are $40, $35 for SAM Members, and $25 for students, with additional special discounts for Spartanburg Young Professional and Spartanburg Downtown Association members.

Tickets are available online at ( or by phone at 864/582-7616.

SC’s Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Adds Quilt Blocks in Pickens, SC, and Westminster, SC

January 7, 2016


The Historic Old Pickens Foundation has sponsored the 170th quilt panel to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block is called “Courthouse Steps” and is done using the log cabin quilt design. The painted panel was mounted on the informational kiosk close to the church. The church is located on the site of the town of Pickens, SC’s Courthouse and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This old church no longer serves a congregation, but the church and surrounding cemeteries are preserved and maintained by the board of directors of the Foundation. It is constructed of soft handmade brick formed on the banks of the Keowee River and then hauled up by wagons to construct the church.


The name of the original quilter is unknown. However, the design of the quilt represents the history of the town which was established in 1828. It seems to mirror the wildflowers, blue sky, lakes, rivers and streams of the Upstate. There is even a suggestion of a cross, recalling the Christian heritage of the Old Pickens Presbyterian Church.

After the Civil War, Pickens District was split into two counties. Pickens County and Oconee County became the new counties and the new county seats were in Walhalla and New Pickens. Homes and other buildings were moved by wagon and then re-built in the new towns The Historic Old Pickens Foundation welcomes visitors on Sunday afternoons during the summer, tour groups by arrangement and also presents events several times each year in the ongoing effort to promote the history of the old town and maintain both the church and surrounding cemeteries.

The town of Pickens Courthouse is no more – it was disbursed. The location of Historic Old Pickens is in Oconee County and is near the employee entrance to Duke Energy on the same side of SC highway 183 going toward Pickens.

History of Log Cabin quilt pattern by Karen Griska excerpt from Log Cabin Library Block.

“The Log Cabin quilt pattern is one of the most beloved and recognized of quilt designs. However, it may be both older and newer than you might think. While it’s natural to assume that this traditional block originated in the United States during the pioneer days, the origins of the block seem to go back much further in time and location. Similar designs have been found on ancient Egyptian mummies and in an English quilt predating 1830.”

“Log Cabin quilts first made a wide-spread appearance in the United States in the 1860s during the time of the Civil War. The block name may very well have had a connection to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The Log Cabin quilt became wildly popular and was identified with the pioneer spirit and values of America.”

“Early Log Cabin blocks were hand-pieced using strips of fabrics around a central square. In traditional Log Cabin blocks, one half is made of dark fabrics and the other half light. A red center symbolized the hearth of home, and a yellow center represented a welcoming light in the window. Anecdotal evidence, based on oral folklore, suggests that during the Civil War, a Log Cabin quilt with a black center hanging on a clothesline was meant to signal a stop for the Underground Railroad.”

“In the latter part of the nineteenth century many Log Cabin quilts were made by the foundation method with a muslin base. Wools, velvets, satins, and other nontraditional fabrics were used. Log Cabins of this period often had strips that were folded and laid down, creating a three-dimensional effect. For this reason, many late-nineteenth-century Log Cabins do not have batting, but are backed and tied like Crazy Quilts.”

“Variations of settings appeared with names reflecting the themes of the times. The White House Steps, Court House Steps, eight-sided Pineapple, Barn Raising, and Sunshine and Shadows are just some of the hundreds of name and pattern variations.”

The home of Sue and Douglas Hackett in Westminster, SC, is now boasting an addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The original quilt pattern, called “Quilted Tulip”, was pieced by Joy duBois, a well-known local quilter, and hand quilted by Mrs. Hackett.


Sue tells us, “Joy and I did a lot of quilting together 12 – 15 years ago. She would pick out a pattern from a magazine or quilting catalog and we would do two of them – one for her and one for me. She would use fabric from her stash. Joy has been quilting for years and was teaching me at the same time. We made many, many wall hangings and a few full sized quilts. What fun we have had!”

Sue is a devoted and faithful volunteer with the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. She is a talented artist as well as a quilter and has helped develop new techniques for reproducing quilt fabrics and patterns on the blocks that are mounted on public and private buildings.

For further information about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, call 864/723-6603, visit ( or e-mail to (

Florence County Library in Florence, SC, Features Works by Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle – Jan. 10 – Feb. 29, 2016

January 7, 2016

The Florence County Library in Florence, SC, will present “Then and Now: Selected Works from South Carolina Artists Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle,” featuring ceramic and mixed media sculptures by Patz Fowle, found metal assemblage by Mike Fowle, and award-winning, installation art that the two have collaborated on. The exhibit will be in the Dr. N. Lee Morris Gallery, from Jan. 10 through Feb. 29, 2016. Patz and Mike will appear at the gallery to introduce the exhibit and talk about their work in a free public presentation on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 3-4pm.

Work by Patz Fowle

The Fowle’s most notable collaboration to date is a 23-foot tall, kinetic, metal sculpture titled, “Big Bleu Birdnanna” located in the heart of the Cultural Arts Corridor adjacent to the Florence County Museum in downtown Florence, SC.

The Fowle’s artist statement asserts that, “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!”

Work by Mike Fowle

Their most recent awards include People’s Choice for 3D at the 2015 ArtFields© Competition/Exhibition and First Place for sculpture at the 2015 South Carolina State Fair (Professional Division).

In addition to being professional artists, Patz and Mike serve the local visual arts community as Teaching Artists through the South Carolina Arts Commission. Patz Fowle is Visual Arts Coordinator at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, a presenting member of the National Art Education Association, and an international artist in residence.

The exhibit and artist presentation are sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library. The Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence and is open seven days a week.

For more information about the exhibit and artist presentation, please visit ( or call 843/413-7070.


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