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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Installs 181st Quilt Block

July 6, 2016

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The 181st addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail is entitled “On My Farm,” purchased by Sandra Powell at the Westminster Depot’s one-woman show in 2015. The quilt, a small wall hanging, is a variation on the traditional log cabin block pattern. It is aptly named as the combination of light and dark color values in this design form into diagonal lines across the quilt and this layout is known as Straight Furrows. This appears to the eye as a field of crops, planted in parallel rows.

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The quilter, Susan Hunston of Seneca, SC, is a well-known long arm quilter in the upstate. She has been quilting with the long-arm machine for 17 years. Her quilts have won awards for Best of Show at numerous shows throughout the upstate; at Lake and Mountain Quilters’ Guild show, Prickley Fingers in Anderson, SC, and in North Georgia’s Misty Mountain Quilting show. She has had examples of her work published at both the national level, as well as in Japan and Korea. Her work on the long-arm for her customers will be exhibited September of 2016 at the Lake and Mountain Show in Seneca, SC, and in the Spring 2017 show for Anderson Guild Prickley Fingers.

Hunston has over thirty years of quilting experience. She got her start at a very young age, hand-sewing doll clothes, graduating in Middle School to making her own garments. Her mother told her that with three daughters she just didn’t have the time to sew, but she would buy the fabric if she would sew. Originally from Portland, OR, Hunston took her first quilting class in 1981 at a local community college. That hand-pieced pillow top she fashioned got her interest and she then found a class at a sewing machine shop where she made her first “Rail Fence” quilt for a friend’s baby.

Hunston says she is inspired by her love of the log cabin design, as she favors the older, more traditional patterns in her own work. Her one-woman show in 2015 was arranged through the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and was titled, “A Little Bit Now, A Little Bit Later.” Hunston describes herself as a traditional quilter with a twist, and said that the “On My Farm” quilt was one she made for her own gratification.

Sandra Powell, who works at the Chamber, saw the quilt during the show and was captivated by both the design and its name. She purchased it during the show, as her parents, Derrill and Catherine Blackwell, still reside on the family farm in the Long Creek area of Oconee County, west of Westminster.

Long time neighbor to Powell, Claudia Spearman and her mother Mildred Spearman, a family friend for many years, offered to sponsor the quilt block for the Blackwells’ farm. It hangs on the front porch of their house built in 1953, where Powell was born and bred, on the property where the family has raised beef cattle for seven generations.

Powell’s brother, Bruce also has a home on the property and runs the farm for his parents in addition to working full-time in Pickens County.

Powell says she was thrilled to have the quilt in time for her father’s 90th birthday and Derrill and Catherine’s 65th wedding anniversary on the 4th of July in 2016.

For further info visit (http://www.uhqt.org/).

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

July 1, 2016

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The July 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/716/716carolinaarts.html) – all 59 pages of it.

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. 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 this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the August 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the July 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)
info@carolinaarts.com

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Calls for Entries for First Member’s Exhibit

June 29, 2016

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We’re planning for a major milestone at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, it’s time for our first ever membership show!

Our Member Show is open to all current members of the GCCA. All mediums are welcome with a maximum framed size of 32″ W x 48″ H and 3D work must sit flat and weigh less than 35 with a proper mount included.

Not a member, not a problem! Sign-up today at (http://www.artcentergreenville.org/membership-fine-arts-center-greenville/) to participate and invite your friends to join the show.

The Member Show opens on First Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, from 6 – 9pm. We’ll offer a food truck, delicious desserts and an art school open house. You don’t want to miss this inaugural event in the life of Greenville’s community driven art center.

For further info visit (http://www.artcentergreenville.org).

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline July 22, 2016

June 21, 2016

Fabulon is celebrating its anniversary with a revisit of our very first show, “Souvenirs of Summer”.

Theme: Artists will show off what they did on their summer vacation and/or capture some symbol of summer’s end and the change of seasons.

Guidelines: You will have space to display 3-5 pieces of work and we request that you also make a specific 4”x6” post card sized work that shows your style and interpretation of the above mentioned theme. Each piece will be sold for $50. This allows collectors or new art buyers to feel connected to you and get inspired to save toward a larger purchase. You can make up to 3 of this post card size.

Procedure: *Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $25 entry fee. This can be done on the website (fabulonart.com). Accepted artists will be part of a group show that runs until Sept. 9, 2016. 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.

Dates:

Deadline for submission is 7/22.

Notification by 7/28. Art delivered on 8/8. Art retrieved by 9/13.

On 8/8, there will be a brief meeting for accepted artists at the gallery.

*An opening reception with refreshments will be held 8/26 from 5-8:30pm.

For further info call 843/566-3383 or e-mail to (fabulon.art@gmail.com).

Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show in Charleston, SC, Announces 2016 Award Winners

June 21, 2016

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Fine Craft Shows Charleston, Inc., in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce the results of awards judging at the “37th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Fine Crafts Shows”. The two weekend shows were held May 27-29 and June 3-5, 2016, as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Approximately 100 fine crafts artists from around the US participated in the two weekend shows, which were held at Wragg Square in downtown Charleston.

The judge for the May 27-29 show was Regina Semko, a fiber artist currently working in Origami. She was a founding member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative and Coordinator and then Fund-raiser for the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows from 1993-2012. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who attended along with his wife Sandy Techlenburg, presented awards to artists.

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May 27-29 Best in Show winner Jack Pine (center) with Charleston, Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mrs. Tecklenburg

Award winners were:

Best in Show went to Jack Pine of Columbus, OH, for a work in glass
1st Place was given to Lori Kammerad of Lowell, MI, for a work in metal
2nd Place went to Doug Richard of Satsuma, FL, for a work in wood
3rd Place was awarded to Lucy Clark of Cedar Mountain, NC, for a work in clay

Honorable Mentions:
Michael Kane of Asheville, NC, for a work in fiber
Nancy Michael-Susanneck of Missouri City, TX, for a mixed media work

Emerging Artist Grant:
Ivo Kerssemakers of Murrells Inlet, SC, for a work of photography

Purchase Awards:
Sabra Richards of Worton, MD, for a mixed media work
Ed Bryan of Columbia, SC, for a work in clay
Nathaniel Lesch-Huie of Jonas Ridge, NC, for a work in wood
Charles and Cindy Cecil of High Point, NC, for jewelry
David Ross of Bakersville, NC, for a work in clay

The judge for the June 3-5 show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Haga is a member of the Advisory Board for Fine Craft Shows Charleston in addition to serving as a slide juror and show juror in previous years. Scott Watson, Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, presented awards to the artists.

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June 1-3 Best in Show winner Obayana Ajanaku with Scott Watson , Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

Prizes were awarded to:

Best in Show was given to Obayana Ajanaku of Decatur, GA, for a work of jewelry
1st Place went to Tom Homman of Comer, GA, for a work in clay
2nd Place was awarded to Tammy Rudd of Holly Hill, SC, for a work of jewelry
3rd Place went to Joseph Falzone of Asheville, NC, for a work in glass

Honorable Mention:
Lucy Clark of Cedar Mt, NC, for a work in clay
Susan Marling of Acworth, GA, for a work in fiber

Emerging Artist Grant:
Jessica Ballard and Jacob Kent of N. Charleston, SC, for a work in wood

Slide Juror’s Choice Award:
Marlow Gates of Leicester, NC, for brooms

Exhibitor’s Choice Award:
Charles Pinckney of Athens, GA, for a work of jewelry

Purchase Awards:
John Donahue (2 Awards) of Charleston, SC, for a mixed media work
Anne John of Charleston, SC, for a work in clay
Julie Merrill of Asheville, NC, for a work of jewelry

Fine Craft Shows Charleston congratulates the winners. We’d also like to extend our thanks to the public, artists, volunteers, staff and professional partners that make these events successful. Please see our website at (finecraftshowscharleston.com) for more information about the shows, participating artists and photos of prize winners.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “27th Annual Juried Competition”

June 20, 2016

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The Arts Council of York County announced its “27th Annual Juried Competition” winners at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6pm. This exhibition will be on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through Sept, 11, 2016.

Each year, the Annual Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Judging this year’s competition is Seth Gadsden. Gadsden is an artist, educator, and filmmaker living in Columbia, SC, where he is the managing director of the Nickelodeon Theatre and director of the Indie Grits Film Festival.  Gadsden was a founding member of the Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2003 in Charleston, SC. In 2006, while pursuing his M.F.A. from Boston University, he founded the Boston Young Contemporaries before helping to form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna, then spending the following two years developing community based art projects across North America. With a focus on public art, experimental filmmaking, and multimedia installation, Gadsden has exhibited across the United States and has completed murals and outdoor sculptures in places like Mexico, North Dakota, Boston, Houston and his hometown of Clover, SC.

Gadsden selected 42 works by 30 artists out of 148 entries from 25 cities and 6 states to be displayed in the “27th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “27th Annual Juried Competition” are:

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“Afraid of Being” by Alexis Howard

AWARDS
Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: “Afraid of Being” by Alexis Howard
1st Place: “Improvisation/Totemesque” by Bob Jolly
2nd Place: “Members Only” by Tabitha Ott
3rd Place: “Bunny” by Chris Smith Evans
Honorable Mention: “Pin Bottle” by Charlie Hickey
Honorable Mention: “Two Faces (Some Kind of a Crow)” by Jacob Olsen

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “27th Annual Juried Competition”.

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 (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit the Arts Council’s webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Travelers Rest Artists Alliance in Travelers Rest, SC, Calls for a Gathering – June 30, 2016

June 20, 2016

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What is art? Everything! What is art to our community?  That is what Travelers Rest Artists Alliance needs to hear from you!  So, we invite you to gather.

If you are an artist, this is your opportunity to meet your fellow artists, your community business leaders, and city leaders.

If you are an art lover, it is your chance to meet the artists; explore their creative process; and express your hope for art in our community.

Should you be business leader, city leader, or community activist you will hear of the passion for art in our community.

For us at Travelers Rest Artists Alliance, we hope that you will become as excited about the future of the arts here in Travelers Rest and our surrounding area. We will present our refreshed organization; our future art programs; and we will kick off Art on the Trail!

So, come gather! Bring friends! Join use Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 5-7pm at Café Williams Hardware (Thank you Café Williams Hardware for sponsoring this event).

RSVP to Susan Savage at 864/903-3371.

SC Arts Commission and Conway Glass Invite You to an Arts Gathering in Conway, SC – June 23, 2016

June 8, 2016

The SC Arts Commission, in partnership with Conway Glass, is pleased to host an engaging and interactive gathering for artists of all artistic disciplines, and arts leaders in Conway, SC, on June 23, 2016, from 7-8:30pm.

You are invited to join us as we network, share knowledge about the arts, and talk seriously about the kinds of support needed for the arts.

We need you to contribute to an important discussion about the arts in Horry, Georgetown, and surrounding communities.

This gathering is free but space is limited! Please RSVP by June 21, 2016 at (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2ZT9VDS).

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Where: Conway Glass, 209 Laurel Street, Conway, SC 29526.

For further info visit (www.conwayglass.com).

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

June 1, 2016

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The June 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/616/616carolinaarts.html) – all 67 pages of it.

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. 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 this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the July 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the June 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.

July begins our 30th year of publishing info about the visual arts in South Carolina and now the Carolinas.
Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306 (a new number)
info@carolinaarts.com

Midlands Clay Arts Society in Columbia, SC, Invites You to Meet the Locals – June 3 – 5, 2016

May 31, 2016

Enjoy meeting local ceramic artists and potters who will have their work available for sale and will be performing demonstrations and challenges throughout the days from June 3 – 5, 2016, at Southern Pottery, located at 3105 Devine Street in Columbia, SC.

Friday, June 3, 2016, from 4-9pm…opening reception
Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11am-7pm…challenges, demonstrations and artist sale
Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 11am-4pm…artist sale continues

All happening in the upstairs gallery and front parking lot at Southern Pottery.

A fun event designed to bring together artists with their community!

For more information, call 803/251-3001.


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