Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds Three New Quilt Blocks

April 27, 2017

# 196 “The Together Tree” and #197 “Star of Leadership”

The first two quilts displayed on Pickens County schools can be found at West End Elementary School on Pelzer Highway, just south of Route 123 as you enter Easley, SC, from the west. They are funded by the school and are the brainchildren of the principal, Angie Rodgers. Resident art teacher, Christina Covington’s 4th grade art students participated in the painting of both “Star of Leadership” and “The Together Tree.” The students also submitted names for the two squares, which were then selected by vote. Covington also was involved in painting, taking time off from her Christmas holiday to come to the Walhalla, SC, studio to paint the geometric details of the background in the “Star of Leadership” quilt square.

“The Together Tree” is based originally on an art project designed by a former art teacher, Erin Murphy, at the school. This framed painting hangs in the front entrance of the school and is decorated with the fingerprints of students and teachers at West End. “The fingerprints symbolize that we are all part of something bigger and how we all work together in our own unique and special ways,” states Covington.

The original quilts were also the inspiration of West End’s current principal, Angie Rodgers, who asked a group of quilters, mostly made up of retired West End teachers, to design and sew two hanging quilt squares for the school to display on the walls. Members of this quilting circle meet weekly to sew and also take sewing trips together. The group started approximately eight years ago and includes; Gail King, Janet Hadaway, Kathy Peot, Beth Holcombe and Paula Grant. King and Hadaway were former 4th grade teachers and Holcombe taught 5th grade. Peot is a retired nurse, but is also the mom of former West End students! Grant, a retired 5th grade Science teacher and the youngest of the quilters has recently retired from West End and can now participate fully in the fun.

“The Together Tree”, designed by Janet Hadaway, depicts a tree, surrounded by an appliqued window frame and decorated with actual buttons on a raindrop printed background. This quilt celebrates the diversity of West End as well as the many students who have come and gone through the school.

The “Star of Leadership”, also created as a quilted wall hanging was designed by Beth Holcombe. This block is a variation of the traditional “Star of the Alamo” block pattern. It was inspired by the bright, primary colored blocks in the tiled floors of the hallways of the school, especially where the halls meet at an intersection. This pattern was chosen for its likeness to a compass, directing students to move forward to reach their goals.

The two quilt squares are mounted in front of the school, on a brick marquee, formerly used for school signage and the fabric quilts will be displayed in the school building.

Quilt block #198 has been added to the array of quilts in Anderson, SC

Reagan Smith of 26 Oleander Drive selected a “LeMoyne Star” for placement on her backyard fence. Lystra Seymour from Anderson, SC, made the fabric quilt Smith told us:

“Mrs. Seymour husband is a physician that I call on and he proudly displays his wife’s quilts in his office waiting room as well as his patient rooms….this particular quilt happened to be in his back patient room several years ago when it truly caught my eye… knew that with its simplistic design and bold colors that this was the quilt block design I wanted!”

“This eight point star has many names ‘LeMoyne Star’, ‘Puritan Star’ and ‘Lemon Star’ to name a few. There are several theories on who created this pattern. One theory is that the LeMoyne brothers Pierre and Jean Baptist who founded New Orleans had this particular star pattern prominent in Jean Baptiste’s coat of arms. The earliest published date of the ‘LeMoyne Star’ is in a collection of patterns attributed to Joseph Doyle in 1911, according to Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of ‘Pieced Quilt Patterns’. The configuration falls into the category of ‘Eight-pointed/45 degree Diamond Stars’. Doyle called this pattern ‘Puritan Star’ as the design traveled throughout the country the name became corrupted into ‘Lemon Star’.”

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail visit (www.uhqt.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Artists for the “28th Annual Juried Competition” – Deadline June 30, 2017

April 27, 2017

The Arts Council of York County presents the “28th Annual Juried Competition” at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from Aug. 4 – Sept. 10, 2017. The deadline for entries is Friday, June 30, 2017, at 5pm. This is NOT a postmark deadline for mailed entries. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at 5:30pm.

The “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 will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist.


“Afraid of Being” by Alexis Howard winner of the “27th Annual Juried Competition” Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show

Entry Fees: Member: $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10; Non-members: $40 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10.

Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of York County. Complete guidelines and entry information will be available at (www.yorkcountyarts.org) on May 1, 2017.

AWARDS
Gerald & Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – $1,000
1st Place     – $500
2nd Place – $200
3rd Place – $100

JUROR | MARGARET STRICKLAND
Margaret Strickland, a Charlotte, NC, based photographer, has been making portraits of family, friends, and strangers for over a decade. Born and raised in Valdosta, GA, Strickland was influenced by cultural norms of the Deep South — a foundation that would later surface as an undercurrent in her work. Her work explores concepts of gender identity and performance, expectations of the self and of society, and the confluence of these ideas in the constructed poses of intimate portraits. Her works have been shown nationally at galleries and institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, and The Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte.

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 our webpage at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Charleston Development Academy in Charleston, SC, Calls for Photographers to Teach Students – Deadline April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017

FREEDOM SCHOOL in Charleston, SC, will have a summer program for 50 youth in the 5th and 6th grades, and 10 of these students will be taking a photography program. We need mentor volunteers to work with these kids, one hour a week on Mondays, from June 19 to July 28. They will be shooting in their community in downtown Charleston and need your mentoring.

The school will be at the Charleston Development Academy on Meeting Street, across the from the Visitors’ Center. The program will be similar to the previous Kids with Camera program.

If you are potentially interesting, we need to know by Monday, April 17. I should have more details soon.

Drop me an e-mail at (ronroczphoto@gmail.com).

Share your interest in photography with disadvantaged youngsters. It’s fun for you and impactful on the kids.

Thanks.  Ron Rocz

2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline April 21, 2017

April 4, 2017

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 2017 Ag + Art Tour of York County, SC, on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017. For this program, artists and artisans are defined as individuals who make handcrafted products without the use of kits or commercial models, and whose primary components are not manufactured. Examples include but are not limited to: painters, potters, weavers, quilters, jewelers, acoustic musicians, and artisan bakers. Storytellers and musicians may also apply to be considered. Those selected to participate in the Tour will be located at Farm Sites and can sell their products.

Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence. Artisans can participate on different weekends but must complete a separate application for each county/weekend. There is no fee to participate. Artists and artisans may apply online at (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans). Artisans whose applications are received after Friday, April 21, 2017 will not be included on printed materials; however, they will be listed on (www.AgAndArtTour.com).

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest free, self- guided tour of farms featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. Set to take place at local farms and farm stands in 11 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Newberry, 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 Saturday, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sunday. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state.

The first Ag + Art Tour started in 2012 in York County to bring together agriculture and art. York County hosted close to 3,000 visitors during the inaugural year. The Tour expanded to include Lancaster County in 2013 with 6,000 total visitors, and added its third and fourth counties to include Chester and Fairfield in 2014 with a total of 8,000 attendees for the entire tour. In 2015, the Tour welcomed its fifth county – Union. Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry Counties joined the Tour in 2016, and in 2017, the Tour added Florence and Newberry Counties, bringing the total number of participating counties to eleven. Overall, the Tour has seen over 20,000 visitors since launching in 2012.

The Tour is coordinated by a leadership team and county-level planning teams that are coordinated by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, chamber of commerce, tourism bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, arts councils and community volunteers.

Support for this project is provided by York Electric Cooperative, Inc., the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax/Tourism Commission, York County Hospitality Tax, the ACYC’s Annual Campaign and Small Grants Program, and the John and Susan Bennet Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information on the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgAndArtTour.com) for details. Artists and artisans seeking more information about participating in the Ag + Art Tour of York County should contact Stephanie Castaldo by e-mail at (scastaldo@yorkcountyarts.org) or call 803/328-2787.

Where the Trail Will Lead: The 200th Quilt Square on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

April 3, 2017

by Victoria Hurst

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, in Upstate, SC, is celebrating its 200th quilt square at the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2017, at 12:30pm. For eight years, the Quilt Trail has grown, block by block, into a meaningful part of Upstate South Carolina’s landscape for locals who want to preserve the history and traditions of the area. While the Quilt Trail is built, perpetuated, and maintained by locals with a passion for their history, it is also a unique experience for visitors to the area. The Trail appeals to those who enjoy art, nature, history, crafting, story-telling, and even just taking a car ride through the countryside
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As the UHQT has grown over the years, it has forged a path through the lives of so many in its surrounding communities. The members of the Trail are comprised of people who have had the tradition of quilting passed down to them, those whose created the tradition for themselves, and those who are not quilters but still help make the trail possible in various ways. There are now two teams of over 20 volunteers in Anderson and Oconee Counties. This art form has woven its way into the hearts of this community.

Martha File is the one of the founding members of the trail and continues to work with the UHQT from her current home in Athens, OH. Martha was living in Seneca, SC, when she began working with the Quilt Trail and usually comes back to her home in Seneca for a week or two every month. Her favorite square is mounted there, which is based on a quilt made by her aunt. Martha is passionate about organizations that promote community service and fellowship, and “the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail would not be where it is today without all the community support it has received. This is truly a collaborative effort by many organizations, businesses and individuals in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. Some of our quilts have been painted by students in the schools, community groups, families, as well as by our volunteers.” Martha has been on this journey since 2009 and has watched as quilt squares have been added to homes, historic buildings, destination venues, and businesses in the Upstate.

Nancy Warmath, who lives outside of Seneca, had both a grandmother and mother who quilted, and she has a quilt that her mother made at the age of 12. She also has a quilt square above her mailbox, #139 “Dogwood Quilt,” based on one of her grandmother’s. Nancy is in the process of making a quilt herself for the first time in 30-something years. After getting involved through Gil Huggins on the Walhalla production team, she has worked on painting several of the quilt squares, beginning with #80, “Wedding Ring” in Central. She also did work on the 200th Quilt, which will be unveiled April 7th. She loves the stories behind the quilts and hopes to see wider promotion of the trail, as it brings more visitors to our area and inspires residents to learn more about their heritage.

One resident of Seneca, Lyn Geibens, has a quilt square on her home (quilted by Gil Huggins) and got involved in the quilt trail through her friend, Jane Bolling. Lyn and Jane worked with the students at Keowee Elementary School to paint their quilt square, #10 “Compass Rose”, and recalls how proud the students were to write their names on the back of what they helped create. Lyn also finds it gratifying to work with a group of “strong willed woman…there is very little criticism and loads of encouragement.”

Oconee County Production Team Leader Chris Troy is an artist based in Bountyland, between Seneca and Walhalla. She also has a quilt square on her house, which represents the first and only quilt that she actually created herself. While Chris’s medium of choice is ceramics rather than textiles, she really values being involved in the UHQT and says “the hands on, face to face interaction of people of diverse backgrounds coming together for the purpose of creating public art has always been a positive endeavor.”

Jim and Barbara Schoonover of Wynward Point in Salem are a husband/wife duo that have been involved with the UHQT since 2009. Barbara is a quilter, and she is on the production team for painting the quilt patterns. Jim cuts the board, paints the primer, and draws the patterns. At this time, he holds the title of only man on the team. He and Barbara both enjoy working with an organization that they see as a great asset to the community and a great “way to connect with locals who have grown up here and those who have moved to this area for the beauty of the Upstate.”

Abby Heid is another resident of Seneca, SC, who finds a strong sense of identity and community from being involved in UHQT: “The people who participate in the UHQT have a strong camaraderie…[they] bring together their individual skill sets with each new quilt project. The talents of artists, quilters, crafters, and those who want to learn come together to turn someone’s hand or machine-sewn quilt into a fantastic work of art. The teamwork is amazing. It is the people, who come weekly to the studio and contribute their talents, laughter, and chatter that make you feel welcomed and come back to learn more.”

The members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail put in over 7,000 volunteer hours per year, giving presentations, painting quilt squares with members of the community, and finding ways to improve and promote this priceless resource. As these proud members reveal their 200th milestone along a winding, scenic, and sometimes uphill road, they also have announcements about how this project will continue to grow and reach even more people across the region and beyond. Join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail at the Pickens Chamber of Commerce at 222 W. Main St. in Pickens, SC on April 7th at 12:30pm to see where the trail will lead!

Victoria Hurst is a writer, traveler and Clemson native who is now based in Charleston, SC.

For further information visit (www.uhqt.org).

Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Artisan Participation – Deadline Apr. 21, 2017

April 3, 2017

The Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour Artisan Application is now live! Lancaster, SC, is one of eleven counties that comprise the South Carolina Ag+Art Tour, our nation’s largest free farm tour. The annual free self-guided tour of Lancaster County’s agricultural sites will be Saturday, June 17, 2017. from 9am-5pm and Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 1-5pm.

Artisans are invited to offer works for show and sale, conduct demonstrations or performances, and greet visitors at the following Lancaster County locations: Benford Brewing Company, Dixie Bee Supply and Country Store, The Ivy Place (Sunday only), #9 Lumber Company, Griff’s Greenhouse and Nursery, Historic Craig Farm, Native American Studies Center (Native American Artisans), SC Truffieres & Howell Specialty Farmz, Lancaster County Farmers Market(Saturday only). There is no charge for artisans to participate.

Interested artisans can go here: (http://www.agandarttour.com/artisans) to learn more and apply. The direct link to the application is below:

(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJS8f2Y-E8w1FS7nOJzy0GEm3gtS6haI_DiiDt0QtRad4Mxg/viewform).

Artisans should contact Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720 or e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or call 803/285-7451 for copies of application or other information.

The deadline to apply to appear in printed materials is Friday, April 21 at 5pm.

Additionally, Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour will kick-off the event on Friday, June 16 from 6-8pm at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.  Hosted by See Lancaster Live and sponsored by City of Lancaster, the event features live music with Blackbeard’s Truck, heavy appetizers, art exhibits by local/regional/national artists, cash bar with The Craft Stand, and complimentary bottle of honey courtesy Dixie Bee Supply. A limited number of tickets will be sold and prices are $15 for adult, $10 for children. These can be purchased online at (www.lancastercitysc.com) or e-mail (p.arts@lancastercitysc.com) or call 803/289-1494.

City of West Columbia (SC) to Host Art on State – A Celebration of Art Month, April 7, 2017, with the State Street Art Crawl

April 3, 2017

The City of West Columbia (SC) invites you to Art on State – A Celebration of Art Month on the 100 Block of State Street on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-8pm. The event will feature live music by Flat Out Strangers, and food and drink from Size Matters BBQ Bus and other restaurants on State Street. There will be live street mural paintings by Alicia Leeke, Art & Murals by B.A. Homan, Dylan Fouste, Jamie Blackburn, Lucas Sams, Michael Cassidy Painting, Michael Krajewski, and Sammy Lopez. Businesses on State Street will have specials for the event. Come enjoy the beautiful view of the city skyline, dine, stroll and immerse yourself in art!

The State Street Art Crawl will also feature local artist Melony Stuckey and local artisan, Mardi Renn, at It’s the Little Things, “Jocelyn Chateauvert: Recent Works” at Gallery West, and “Jaclyn Wukela’s Frame of Mind” at Frame of Mind.

For further info call Anna Huffman, Public Information Officer at 803/939-8613.

The April 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

March 31, 2017

The April 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/417/417carolinaarts.html) – all 71 pages of it. We’re launching a little early as we have a day away from our computers on Apr. 1st – no fooling.

Our cover art features works by four different abstract artists who will have works on view in exhibits around the Carolinas. William Halsey’s estate is presenting his exhibit in Charleston, SC. We never miss an opportunity to promote his work and we’re also presenting work by one of his former students – Eileen Blyth.

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 May 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Apr. 24th deadline.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Instructors

March 30, 2017

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is looking for​ certified teachers​ and instructors and arts professionals for our summer Arts & Sciences Summer Camps from July 10 to Aug. 4, 2017.​​ Morning camps are 3-hour, week-long sessions for 4 consecutive weeks​, beginning July 10 for K-6 children​.​ Camp weeks: July 10 – Lancaster at Covenant Baptist Church;​​​ July 17 – Buford at Tabernacle United Methodist Church; July 24 – Kershaw at First Baptist Church – Kershaw; July 31 – Indian Land at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. ​

For the proposal form or more information, please visit (http:///www.lccarts.net) or e-mail to (arts.takepart@gmail.com) or contact the Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 803/285-7451. ​​

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, Celebrates the Opening of Northside Artlets

March 30, 2017

On Apr. 11, 2017 from 5-7pm the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, along with their partners and the Northside community will celebrate the opening of four Northside Artlets. The celebration will take place on the corner of Brawley and Farley Streets at two of the Artlet locations.

An opening ceremony will begin at 5:15pm with lots of activities and performances to follow. Join us for hands-on arts and crafts like painting, carving, planting and more. Live music and spoken word poetry along with refreshments will be enjoyed by all.

The Northside Artlets are outlets for art, and serve as public spaces for the creation of art. Designed and built to nurture social, cultural, and physical connections to place, embedding art in daily ritual to evoke community memory, tradition, and meaning. Conceived by the Northside Voyagers during the 2014 master planning process led by Art-Force, the Artlets were designed by Spartanburg Artist, Eli Blasko. The Northside Artlets were built by Blasko, four Apprentices receiving NCCER Certification through Spartanburg Community College, and Northside residents. The Northside Artlets provided workforce training, skills, and jobs for apprentices, renewed focus and access for cultural exchange in the Northside neighborhood, and provided direct collaboration with a professional artist.

Jennifer Evins, President and CEO hopes that “by providing a unique place with free daily access to the residents and visitors of the Northside, these Artlets will help to increase the vibrancy of the neighborhood and attract new residents and businesses to this developing community. The arts are known to make neighborhoods livable and express the unique culture of residents.” Northside has a long history of excellence in the visual and performing arts and is home to Spartanburg’s music legend Pink Anderson, Visual Artist and Educator Winston Wingo and many others.

The Artlets were made possible by a design grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the design, fabrication, and installation. The result is a resident-inspired cultural destination capturing and extending the history and unique identity of the Northside.

While the project is being led by Chapman Cultural Center, critical partners include Artlet Artist Eli Blasko, Project Director Janet Kagan with Art-Force, the Northside Neighborhood Association as well as contributions from:

Northside Development Group
The Northside Voyagers
Spartanburg Community College Corporate + Community Education
Spartanburg Housing Authority Youth Build Program
Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association Led by Crystal Pace
Stephen M Poole Builders Inc
Northside Neighborhood Association
Eagle Metals Manufacturing
Duke Energy
Milliken
Creative Development LLC
Anonymous Donor
Dellfrio
Inman Mills
Bob Burnett’s Inc
Jethro Waters
Constance Jones
Contributions of time generously donated by residents

Chapman Cultural Center provides cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens.

The Chapman Cultural Center is located in on East Saint John St in downtown Spartanburg, SC. Please visit (www.ChapmanCulturalCenter.org) for more information.