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South Carolina Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, Present 2016 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards – May 11, 2016

April 6, 2016


McKissick Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission announce the 2016 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients: Bill Harris, for Catawba pottery, and Harold Clayton, a posthumous award for bluegrass advocacy. The awards will be presented May 11, 2016, during a ceremony at the Statehouse. The 11am ceremony is free and open to the public.

Bill Harris

Currently the Chief of the Catawba Nation, Bill Harris of Rock Hill, SC, began learning traditional Catawba pottery at age 18 from his grandmother, Georgia Harris, a recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since the 1970s, Harris has cultivated his knowledge by learning aspects of the art from other Catawba potters. His work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the region, and the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project has named him a Master Potter, an honor only given to those who have been recognized by their peers as outstanding practitioners of the tradition.

Harold Clayton was a native of the Warrior Creek community near Gray Court. He played the upright bass and guitar, but his true passion was in providing a venue for music to be presented, taught, and appreciated. In 2006, Clayton, with the help of friends, remodeled and opened the Owings Music Hall. Now musicians from across the region show up every Friday and Saturday night to play for crowds of young and old and offer lessons. Clayton also made a conscious effort to share his love of music with his family – both his son and grandson learned from him and are accomplished musicians today. Clayton passed away in April 2015, but his family and the music community continue to carry on his legacy.

Also on May 11, the award recipients will be honored by McKissick Museum during a ticketed luncheon at Michael’s Café, 1620 Main St.  Lunch begins at noon; tickets are $20 per person.

For more information about the luncheon and buying tickets, contact Jane Przybysz at McKissick Museum, 803/777-7251.

Recipients also will be honored by the SC Arts Foundation during the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the SC Arts Commission. The gala begins at 7:15pm in the Grand Hall, 701 Whaley St.; tickets are $75 per person. For more information about the gala, visit (

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for “2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline Apr. 25, 2016

April 6, 2016


The “2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is open to all SC residents. Awards for the exhibition include $100 each for Best Photography, Best Printmaking, Best Sculpture, Best Painting, and Best Drawing; Best in Show is $500. This year’s juror is artist and curator Greg Colleton. The “2016 Juried Art Exhibition” will be held May 27 through June 12, 2016, at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park, with an art delivery date of May 13.

Submitted work must have been completed within the last two years. Work previously exhibited in the 2014 or 2015 “Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibitions”, the 2014 or 2015 MOJA Arts Festival, or at the City Gallery at any time, or work exhibited at the 2016 ArtFields© or that will be entered into the “2016 North Charleston Judged Art Exhibition” will not be considered. Craftwork or jewelry is ineligible. Painting/2D: 2D fine artwork in all media is eligible. Traditional oil, watercolor, acrylics, etchings, and pastels as well as fiber art, collage and other media are acceptable.

Artwork must be original and not copies of the work of others. Painted or enhanced photographs must be submitted in the Photography category. Photography: All types of fine art photography – from prints to digitally or manually altered images – are acceptable. All artwork must be framed or have a finished edge wrap and be gallery ready for hanging. No pieces will be accepted with saw-tooth hangers. City Gallery reserves the right to exclude work based on the way a piece is framed and mounted to ensure a cohesive look for the exhibition. We reserve the right to exhibit sculpture in alternate locations to accommodate work of varied size or scale. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from next year’s Exhibition. An Exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display.

Submissions Deadline: Apr. 25, 2016.

Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion:  (1) The artwork is an original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by the artist and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Application Fee (USD): $20.00
Application Link at (

Selections for the exhibition will be made by early May and artists will be notified of their status by e-mail.

For More Information: Please contact Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery Coordinator at 843/958-6484; or e-mail to (; or City Gallery, 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC 29401; or visit (

UpCountry Quilters Guild of Pickens Presents Annual Program in Marietta, SC – Apr. 28, 2016

April 6, 2016

Pat Knoechel, Sister of Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day will be presenting her annual program for the UpCountry Quilters Guild of Pickens. This year the location for the meeting will be at the Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, located in Marietta, SC, at 7pm, Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016. There is no cost for this program and directions are copied below.

The Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center is centrally located in between Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC. From Greenville head north on Hwy. 276. Take the Hwy 25 exit and continue north through Travelers Rest. Ten miles after leaving Travelers Rest take the Highway 11 exit. Turn left on Highway 11 and the Retreat Center is 2 miles on the right. The Center is located at 4232 Highway 11, Marietta SC 29661 Please note that internet maps/GPS sometimes directs you to drive past the park and turn right where Highway 11 joins Highway 276. This is a little too far and will just miss us.

For additional information contact Margaret Hampe Campbell, Publicity Chair, UpCountry Quilters Guild by calling 864/350-7515 or e-mail to (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Applications for LCCA Academic Scholarship – Deadline Apr. 29, 2016

April 6, 2016


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is accepting applications for the $500 LCCA Academic Scholarship, which will be awarded to a high school senior residing in Lancaster County who will graduate during 2015-16 school year. Student must be accepted as a full-time undergraduate student at a fully accredited college, university or technical college. A major in dance, literature, music, theatre, folk & traditional arts or visual arts is preferred , but not a requirement.

Deadline to apply is 3pm, Friday, April 29, 2016.

Applicants may submit the application package to the offices of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, or by mail to PO Box 613, Lancaster, SC, 29721.

Sponsors of this scholarship are the Board of Directors and Officers of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.  Future scholarships will also be funded by businesses, organizations and individual citizens who have designated funds for this program.

Online applications may be obtained through the LCCA website at (, and paper copies are available at local high school guidance offices or by calling the LCCA offices at 803/285-7451.

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Offers “2016 Spring Exit Portfolio Show and Career Night” – Apr. 12, 2016

April 6, 2016

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, will present the “2016 Spring Exit Portfolio Show and Career Night”, in the Conference Center, on Apr. 12, 2016, from 4:30 to 630pm. The exhibition will include original artworks of a variety of mediums by current students of the Trident Technical College’s Film, Media and Visual Arts programs.

The exhibition will feature artist working across artistic disciplines including photography, video, film, 3D animation, illustrations, and design. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions about the program.

Trident Technical College’s Main 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, visitor parking is located next to the 920 building.

For further information, please call Richard Dooley, Department Head of Visual Arts at 843/574-6755 or e-mail to (

ART IN THE BARN Will Take Place on Wadmalaw Island, SC, on Apr. 30 and May 1, 2016

April 6, 2016

ART IN THE BARN will take place at the Ruby Ranch, located at 1556 Tacky Point Road on Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, on Apr. 30 and May 1, 2016.

The two-day event will bring together a select group of celebrated local and visiting artisans from around the Southeast. These talented potters, painters and wood turners, along with accomplished textile, floral and jewelry designers are sure to create an eclectic array of options for all attendees.

Our current list of participating artisans includes: Elizabeth Bates, Kathy Cooper, Christine Whitman Elliott, Jeff Kopish, Lloyd Mandel, Bette Mueller-Roemer, Kate Waddell, and Elizabeth Heard; however, we expect that this list will grow to include even more talented artisans by the time our event takes place.

The weekend will kick off on Saturday, April 30, at 11am and will last until 6pm. Hors d’oeuvres and complimentary cocktails, provided by our sponsor Fat and Juicy Cocktail Mixers, can be enjoyed starting at 3pm. Live music from bluegrass band,Triangle Bluegrass, will be played from 2 to 4pm. Can’t make it Saturday, the festivities will continue into Sunday from noon to 4pm.

To learn more, please visit our Facebook page at (, e-mail us at (, or call Emily Bates at 321/230-4387.

Entries Sought for 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions and Exhibitions Taking Place in North Charleston, SC

April 5, 2016


The 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest is less than a month away, taking place April 29 – May 7, 2016, throughout North Charleston, SC. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 18 and up, including the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions. The Art Walk, set for Wednesday, May 4, in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, provides a fun and casual setting for artists to both display and sell their work. Entries for the judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (

Art Walk
Local artists and fine craft artisans are invited to exhibit and sell their original works during the Arts Fest Art Walk. From 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 4, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more in a full range of styles will be displayed along East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Other Art Walk offerings include live music, art demos, and kid’s activities, creating a festive evening of art and culture for the whole family to enjoy.

Artists are selected to participate in the Art Walk through a juried application process. There is no fee to apply. Sales of originals, prints, and other small works are welcome and selected artists may also offer their own original brochures, business cards, and supplemental handouts. Display screens can be furnished by the Cultural Arts Department at no charge to assist the artist in presenting his/her work. Display equipment for 3D artwork is available on a limited basis.

The deadline for submission of applications for the Art Walk is Monday, April 18, 2016. Applications may be e-mailed to (, mailed to the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419, or hand-delivered to the Cultural Arts office on the 2nd floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston, SC.

Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition
Fine artists are invited to enter original work into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $4,675. Submissions are accepted in five categories: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media.

This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Amiri Gueka Farris. Amiri is a contemporary artist working in painting, drawing, video, performance, and installation. His pieces are inspired by intimate, personal experiences and examine issues surrounding race, culture, memory, and perception. Farris received his MFA in Painting and BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His academic appointments have included Professor of Fine Arts Foundations and Graphic Design for the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University and Professor of Fine Arts at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, SC. Amiri’s work has been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions and juried museum exhibitions across the U.S., including the United States Capitol and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He currently resides in Bluffton, SC, and teaches Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art Design.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from noon to 7pm. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $10 per entry is due at drop-off.

Judged Photography Competition and Exhibition
Professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter original prints into the annual North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $2,175. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color, Monochrome, or Digital Illustration.

This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Michelle Van Parys. Michelle is a Professor at the College of Charleston in the Studio Art Department. She received her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and her MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her photographs have been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions.  A monograph of her photographs entitled “The Way Out West: Desert Landscapes” was published in 2009 by the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago. Van Parys has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum Fellowship and a SC Arts Commission Fellowship.  Her work is included in several museum collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The High Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Portland Art Museum.

Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, from noon to 7pm. Photographers may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries total. A non-refundable fee of $5 per entry is due at drop-off.

The Judged Fine Art and Photography Exhibitions are free and open to the public throughout the North Charleston Arts Fest. Viewing times are Saturday, April 30, 10am–4pm; Sunday, May 1, 1–5pm; and Monday through Friday, May 2-6, 9am–5pm. Awards for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mentions in each division and category for both the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions will be announced at an artist reception on Friday, April 29, from 6-7pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by Nikolai Svishev and the public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Fest, set for April 29-May 7, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents and visitors with a fabulous array of more than 100 performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Premiere Weekend, held April 30 and May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and crafts vendors, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Fest continues with an array of free and moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations and concludes with fireworks over the Cooper River at the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, or to download the Art Walk application or entry instructions for the Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions, visit ( For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (, or call 843/740-5854.

West Main Artist’s Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Debbie Harris and Rosemary McLeod

April 5, 2016


Editor’s Note: We missed having this article in our Apr. 2016 issue of Carolina Arts because of an e-mail problem with out server. We’re sorry for this omission.

The West Main Artist’s Co-op announces a collaborative show by members and local artists Debbie Harris and Rosemary McLeod entitled “Pigments of Our Imagination”. The show opens during the Spartanburg Art Walk, April 21, 2016, from 5 – 9pm, and is a celebration of color, texture and form represented in jewelry, paintings and mixed media creations. The exhibit continues through May 14, 2016.

This spring exhibition will showcase their latest work in vibrant colors, geometric forms, and inspired design. Many of the Co-op’s followers are already familiar with both artists because of their active participation in wholesale and retail trade markets and festivals.


Debbie Harris describes herself as a “late bloomer” and as a self-taught mixed media artist. Her technique relies on the inclusion of vintage textiles and found objects, incorporating inspirational poetry and song lyrics into her whimsical designs. She also combines a variety of substrates and mediums built into various layers as she works to create assemblages and colorful canvases.

Many of Harris’ creations begin with a base of organic design and abstract representation in vibrant color. She teaches her technique at Greenville Health Centers Cancer Center and at the Cyrill-Westside Library in Spartanburg. She is an active member of the West Main Artists Co-op and hosts her signature “Crazy Fun Art pARTies”.


Rosemary McLeod is a jewelry artist and painter inspired by the colors, shapes and textures found in nature and in the elegant lines of geometry. She studied art while attending Winthrop University and attended various adult classes in metalsmithing, silversmithing and enameling.

The brilliant palette of Monet and the larger than life flowers of Georgia O’Keefe serve as inspiration for much of McLeod’s work. She is self-taught in the use of alcohol inks as a medium for her vibrant paintings and has extended this technique to copper metals for her jewelry creations. Her palette is bright, happy and playful as she manipulates organic shapes into unique works of art.

McLeod is an active member of The West Main Artists Co-op and serves on the board as Retail Committee Chair.

West Main Artists Cooperative is located at 578 West Main Street, in Spartanburg. WMAC is open from 10am until 6pm. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10am until 4pm on Saturdays.

For more information visit ( or (

Student Art Shows Taking Place in the Pee Dee of SC – Not Forgotten

April 5, 2016

As usual, and I don’t know why, but who ever is in charge of publicity – students or staff – at these universities and colleges in the Pee Dee region of SC, we never seem to receive this info about year-ending student exhibits before our deadline goes by.

Students – we’re not forgetting about you at Carolina Arts. And, for most of you it may be the last time you’re mentioned in our operations – even if you are mentioned. Coker College didn’t even include names for students who would have work presented in their Senior show and in this case it may have been their own fault, but the buck stops with their instructors.


Senior Shows at Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery at Coker College in Hartsville, SC, opened on Monday, April 4, 2016. That show will continue through May 5, 2016.

Senior Shows are required of all studio art majors. They offer students an opportunity to share their works with friends family and the community.

Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10am-4pm & Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-8pm while classes are in session. Summer hours are 10am-4pm.

Admission to all shows are free and open to the public. Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located on Coker College Campus inside the Gladys C Fort Art Building, 300 East College Ave. in Hartsville, SC, 29550.

For further information call the gallery at 843/858-7187, e-mail to ( or visit (


Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, Presents Senior Art Exhibition

Pivot is a senior art exhibition featuring Shaira K. Lowery, Elizabeth Carter, Zachary Nivens, Tomasha McIntyre, Cole Fenters, Jonathan LaCross, and Tony Lockhart, on view at the Hyman Fine Arts Center, from Apr. 6 through May 7, 2016.

The gallery will display works from a photographer, a painter, and five designers that cover a broad spectrum including: package design, textiles, social issues, imagination, and illustrations.

The Hyman Fine Arts Center is open Mon. through Fri., from 8:30am-5pm.

For further information call 843/661-1385 or visit (

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

April 1, 2016


The April 2016 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 77 pages of it. In my commentary I talk about ArtFields© 2016, scheduled to take place in Lake City, SC, Apr. 22 – 30, 2016. We’re making that event a special focus this month in an attempt to get more folks to go see this major visual art event hosted by this small Southern town.

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 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 May 2016 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the April 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
843/693-1306 (a new number)


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