Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

CREATE Conway brings South Carolina AG + ART Tour to Horry County, SC – June 4 – 5, 2016

May 9, 2016


The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a FREE self-guided farm tour featuring local artisans and includes many farmers markets. During this month-long event visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase something special, and learn more about rural life.

Stay informed – become a member of the SC Ag + Art Tour Consortium! The Consortium is made up of members of agencies and organizations that touch the Ag + Art Tour mission of connecting consumers with producers. It’s free and open to everyone!

Please visit ( to learn more and become a member. Learn about the upcoming tour in all nine counties at (

Ag + Art Tour of York County, SC, Calls for Artists to Participate in South Carolina Ag + Art Tour

May 9, 2016


In partnership with the Arts Council of York County, the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2016 Ag + Art Tour in York County, SC. Artists may participate over multiple weekends in different counties, but must submit a separate application to each county. Traditional artists including potters, quilters, jewelers, painters and more, storytellers and musicians may apply to be considered. There is no fee to participate There is no fee to participate. York County’s artists and artisans should contact Robby Goggins, at the Arts Council of York County to apply. Artisans who submit applications after Friday, March 25, 2016 will be listed on, but will not appear in the printed Tour passport.

Set to take place throughout the month of June 2016 at local farms and farm stands in 9 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life. The Tour will be held each weekend in June, on Saturdays, from 9am-5pm, and from 1pm-5pm, on Sundays. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state. The Ag + Art Tour of York County will be held on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, in conjunction with the Ag + Art Tour of Lancaster County. The tour remains a free, self-guided tour where everything is handmade and homegrown in the participating counties.

The Ag + Art Tour began in 2012 in York County, SC, as a weekend-long, self-guided tour that brought visitors to farms and farm stands across the county where they were able to see first-hand where their food came from, and engaged with artists who were working and performing on-site. This is the largest tour of its kind in the United States, and it continues to grow across South Carolina each year.

For more information on the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County, contact Sonja Burris at 803/329-5200. For more information on the 2016 South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit ( for details.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit our webpage at (

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Invites You to LEGO® Events – May 14, 2016

May 9, 2016


Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is pleased to announce two upcoming events, a new LEGO® brick sculpture building contest entitled “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Creation” and a LEGO Robotics Day Celebration.

On May 14, 2016, from 11am – 3pm, Brookgreen Gardens First LEGO League (SCFLL), and Grand Strand Technology Council (GSTC) will host the Robotics Celebration Day. The event venue will be next to Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo. Participants can discover how to become involved in a First LEGO League team and how to improve their FIRST LEGO League Team.  They also will be able to start on next season’s “Animal Allies” research project. Guests can connect with other teams in the Working Together sessions that are part of the Core Value activities. Guests and team members will engage in a wide range of other activities, including visiting the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks.” All the events are free with garden admission.

From Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 3, all LEGO fans are invited to initiate participation in a sculpture building contest entitled “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Creation.” To enter the contest, participants need to visit to download the complete rules. All sculptures must be made from LEGO bricks and be submitted via Facebook or Instagram with the appropriate hashtags. Semi-finalists will be selected in three categories of age groups from online posts of photographs.  Sculptures of semi-finalists will be displayed at Brookgreen Gardens from June 11-August 27, and three winners will be selected by popular vote.

“We are proud to partner with SCFLL and GSTC to host the Robotics Celebration and to offer the “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Showcase” as part of the activities for “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks” said Helen Benso, Vice-President for Marketing. “This award-winning exhibit, created by New York artist, Sean Kenney, is included in gardens admission and on display daily through September 5 in Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo.”

Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit organization located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is open daily to the public.

For more information, visit ( or call 843/235-6000.

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Offers PhotoTalk/Charleston with Jack Alterman – May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016


PhotoTalk/Charleston in association with The Charleston County Public Library – Main Branch, in downtown Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce a new program that will be held the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Library auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street. We aim to bring to you the absolute best in photography and innovative photographic projects, with presenters carefully chosen from both the local scene and renowned photographers visiting Charleston. Here is your chance for inspiration, encouragement and re-connecting with fellow photographers.

The Main Library is the place to be on the Second Monday of each month, starting this May.

May 9, 2016, 6:30pm

King Street – Faces of the 500 Block, a presentation by Jack Alterman

For further info e-mail Ron Rocz at (

The May 2016 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

May 1, 2016


The May 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 68 pages of it.

ArtFields© 2016 has announced its winners including: Charles Clary of Conway, SC, was given the top $50,000 award for his work “Be Kind Rewind”; Brent Pafford of Clemson, SC, was given the Jury Prize, of $25,000 for “Remember This As A Time Of Day.”; Aron Belka of New Orleans, LA, was given the 2-D People’s Choice award of $12,500 for “Contact Tracing”; and Jocelyn Chateauvert of Charleston, SC, was given the 3-D People’s Choice award of $12,500 for “Invasive Species”.

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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 in this new year. 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 June 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the May 24 deadline. You do know 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
843/693-1306 (a new number)

Art and Photography Show by Robbie Bell in Greenville, SC, will Benefit the South Carolina Diabetes Association – May 12, 2016

April 21, 2016

The family of artist Robbie Bell (1957-2015) announced today that his paintings and photography will be displayed and auctioned, on May 12, 2016, to benefit the South Carolina Diabetes Association. Bell, who died in December of last year, has been featured in exhibits in Charleston, Clemson and Greenville.  He was a professional photographer as well as an award-winning graphic artist.

Photo by Robbie Bell

Practicing the art of American Realism Bell’s paintings combine wildflowers from the meadow behind the painter’s studio with simple, meaningful and historic objects.  “These paintings bring it all together,’ the artist once said, “objects I love to paint, scale, weight, lights and darks,…wildflowers with a bit of refinement. Paintings, I hope, with a quiet presence.”

Robbie Bell, a native of Greenville, and was a standout athlete at Greenville High School and a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Georgia State University. He began his creative career working as a project coordinator for John S. Frey Porcelain, fabricating panels for Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. He held several creative positions, including Senior Art Director for DMB&B, Walker Studios, and later taught art in the Greenville County School District. Bell donated much of his work to organizations including Camp Greenville, First Baptist Church and Surgeons for Sight.

The Silent Auction of Still Lifes and Meadows will take place on May 12 at The Artisan Traders in Greenville, SC. The show begins at 6pm with bidding ending at 8pm.

View Bell’s work at (

For further information call 415/577-6422 or e-mail to (

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Receives $1.4 Million Donation for Acquisitions and Conservation

April 21, 2016


The South Carolina State Museum Foundation received the largest private monetary donation in its history in the amount of $1,425,000. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has gifted the donation to specifically serve as a tool for the conservation and acquisition of artifacts and objects for the museum’s collection.

This donation will ensure that the museum’s acquisition program remains active, providing funds so that the museum is able to continue to acquire and preserve important artifacts. These artifacts provide a tangible connection to the stories told through the museum’s exhibitions.

“The South Carolina State Museum collection helps tell the stories of our state,” says Paul Matheny, Director of Collections for the State Museum. “The museum preserves artifacts and objects from the past so that we can tell these stories in the future.”

The funds used in this acquisition process will help the museum close gaps within the museum’s collection. A procedure that is very specific, requires objects to be presented by curators to the museum’s acquisition committee for consent and approval. Selections are based on curator’s knowledge of need within their respective collections of natural history, art, cultural history and science and technology.

“We are so appreciative of this generous donation which will be essential in providing the necessary funding to continue our mission of collecting and preserving artifacts representing South Carolina’s wonderful history” said Willie Calloway, executive director. “These objects will be used to provide educational environments that entertain, inspire imagination and creativity, and enrich the lives of our visitors”

Founded in 1980, the State Museum Foundation was established as a non-profit ((501(c)(3)) organization to support the mission of the South Carolina State Museum. The foundations helps promote the programs and welfare of the museum, sound educational programs and exhibits, and give the public an opportunity to become involved in the educational efforts, history, natural history, science and technology, and art of South Carolina.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

For further information visit (

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Announces Winners of High School Art Competition

April 19, 2016


Sixteen area high school artists received cash prizes Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum’s Horry-Georgetown County High Schools 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, sponsored by HTC and Mr. Billy Cave.

The 94 pieces of student artwork chosen for display from 350 entries will remain on view at the Museum through May 22, 2016.

Zoe Williams of the Academy of the Arts, Science and Technology, garnered a Best in Show for her oil piece, “Awake”.

Zoe Williams, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, Best in Show, “Awake”, Oil on Canvas

First, second and third-place prizes in two-dimensional works went to Kena Patel, Academy of the Arts, Science and Technology, Bailey Smith, Socastee High School and Kira Knoop, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology.

Kena Patel, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, First Place 2D, “Center of Oscillation”, house paint

First, second and third-place prizes in three-dimensional work went to Heidi Whelan, Carolina Forest High School, Glenn Courtney, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology and Sophia Sadr, Carolina Forest High School.

Heidi Whelan, Carolina Forest High School, First Place 3D, “Devil Dog”, Clay

Honorable Mentions, two-dimensional, were awarded to Stephanie Branton, Vine and Branches Home Educators, Jordan Lucina, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology and Sierra Ely, Socastee High School.

Honorable Mentions, three-dimensional, Alex Ramirez, Loris High School, Avery Rose Higgins, The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences and Sydney McPherson, Carolina Forest High School.

The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild also sponsored one honorable mention award and the Judge’s Award. Allie Mitchell, Vine and Branches Home Educators took home the Carolyn Powell, Guild President, award for the most effective use of color and the Judge’s Award went to Jacqueline Brown, Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology.

One additional award was presented this year; a Juror’s Award went to Thomas Shelburne, Myrtle Beach High School for his piece, “New Orleans’ Dream”.

This year’s judge was Jim Arendt. Arendt, Assistant Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, is regionally renowned for winning the $50,000 top prize at the first ArtFields©, which took place in Lake City, SC. Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design (MI) and his MFA with concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina.

Gallery hours at the Museum are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4pm Sundays. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome.

For further information, call 843/238-2510 or visit (

Annual North Charleston Arts Fest Takes Place Throughout North Charleston, SC – Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016

April 15, 2016


The annual North Charleston Arts Fest, that takes place in North Charleston, SC, is less than a month away, set to kick off on Apr. 29 and conclude on May 7, 2016. Now entering its 34th year, the nine day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. More than 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Fest offers something for everyone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event schedule that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced.

“The variety of Arts Fest offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey. “From humble beginnings as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle, the festival has developed into one of our most anticipated annual City events, allowing residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to be exposed, engaged, and inspired by the arts.”

The Arts Fest Premiere Weekend, held on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 15th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit”; youth art and photography from Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children’s activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more.

Stand-alone events take place throughout the nine days of the festival at various locations. An exciting array of free and ticketed offerings include concerts; a street dance; theatre presentations; film screenings; art lectures, workshops, and demonstrations; an art walk; children’s programs; and the Grand Finale at the beautiful North Charleston Riverfront Park.

Visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include the 11th annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”; the 10th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, “A Piece of Peace”; paintings by Boca Raton, FL, based artist Andrew Brown; an installation of mixed media works by Statesboro, GA, artist Kimberly Riner; and more. This year’s Grand Finale on May 7 features the 3rd annual Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, a food truck rodeo, and an evening concert by The Secrets Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the festival’s Art Walk, as well as for art & craft vendors. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as Volunteer sign-up forms are also available. Forms can be downloaded at (

For more 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest information, including event details, site maps, and social media contest rules, visit ( or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854.

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Seeks Artist Submissions for Bassett Gallery’s 2016-2017 Season – Deadline is May 20, 2016

April 15, 2016


The Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC), in Camden, SC, is currently accepting artist materials for consideration for exhibition in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from September 2016 through May 2017. All submissions will be considered for both solo and group exhibitions.

Artists must submit samples via e-mail, linked to a “cloud” portfolio (Drop Box, Google Drive,) or by sending a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images. These images should encompass the artists’ methods and styles. A resume, submission form, description of the style of work, its size and medium used should all be included. Submissions must also include a brief artist statement and be representative of the work that will be on exhibition. All forms of artistic mediums will be considered.

Submission forms can be found on the Fine Arts Center website at (, or you may drop by the FAC Box Office to get a copy. Materials will not be returned unless requested.

Materials will be accepted through May 20, 2016.

Send to:
Bassett Gallery Exhibits Committee
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC  29020

Please e-mail your submissions to ( For questions regarding submissions, contact Jane Peterson by e-mail at ( or by calling 803/425-7676 ext. 305.

Artists are responsible for load-in, hanging, and tear-down of the exhibit. Any expenses incurred by the artist(s) for travel, set-up, tear-down, etc. of any exhibition are not covered by the FAC. The cost of exhibiting in the Bassett Gallery is the full responsibility of the artist(s.) Artists should be willing to allow some or all of the pieces in the exhibition to be available for purchase. The selected artists will be notified by the FAC no later than June 30, 2016.
Exhibitions in the Bassett Gallery normally change every four to six weeks.

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 Gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are 10am to 5pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 6pm, Thursday.  The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

For more information about the FAC, please visit ( or call 803/425-7676, ext. 300.


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