Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Crossing South Carolina’s Great Flood Plain to Go See Some Great Black and White Photographs of America at the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC

November 5, 2015

We’ve just posted a blog about a trip to go see the exhibit, America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscapes of Clyde Butcher, on view at the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC, on view through Jan. 2, 2016, over at Carolina Arts Unleashed ( Lake City is the home of ArtFields© a community based art exhibit and competition with $110,000 in cash prizes, which will take place Apr. 22 – 30, 2016. For further info about it visit (


Image shown is “Moon over Tetons” by Clyde Butcher. All images are courtesy of Clyde Butcher Galleries.

The November 2015 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

November 1, 2015


The November 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 73 pages of it. That’s 14 less than last month – as November is a carry over month. Meaning most of the shows in Oct. lasted several months and many of the ones in the Nov. issue started in October, but folks didn’t get us their info in time.

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 this month. 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 December 2015 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the November 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)

Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, Offers 13th Annual Art Auction – Nov. 5, 2015

October 31, 2015


The Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, will offers its 13th Annual Art Auction at Cannon Green, located at 103 Spring Street, in downtown Charleston on Nov. 5, 2015, from 6-10pm.

Tickets can be purchased through our website at ( are $40 for members, and $50 for non-members.

Many Thanks to our Sponsors: Cannon Green, Holy City Brewing, Cathead Vodka, Candlefish, Minette Hand Photography and to the participating Artists!

Redux Studio Artists: 3 Little Beads, Todd Anderson, Marie Carladous, Morgan Cole, Teil Duncan, Chechel Justiss, Alizey Khan, Kevin Krell, Blakely Little, Kate MacNeil, Paula McInerny, Karen Ann Myers, Raven Roxanne, Dorothy Shain, Anna Sims King, Brian Stetson, Jessika Stocker, Kate Waddell, Lulie Wallace, Trever Webster.

Friends of Redux who have pledged a donation: Jack Alterman, Louise Aug, Chambers Austelle, Becca Barnet, Gregg Lambton-Carr, Lese Corrigan, Yvette Dede, Matthew Dietz, Dos Bandidos, Nathan Durfee, Tom Durham, Linda Fantuzzo, Juliana Harless, Michael Hayes, Alan Jackson, Erik Johnson, Caroline Knopf, Sandy Logan, Hirona Matsuda, Kirsten Moran, Karin Olah, Greg Hart, Lynne Riding, Kristi Ryba, Lisa Shimko, Eileen Fitzgerald Smith, Anna Mossman Smoak, Mark Stetler, Brian Stetson, Katie & Joseph Thompson, Sophie Treppendahl, Alex Waggoner, Mary Walker, and more to come!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! So come out, fellowship, and support your local arts community!

For further info visit (

Columbia, SC’s Congaree Vista Area Named South Carolina Cultural District by SC Arts Commission

October 31, 2015

The Congaree Vista Guild, a membership organization of Vista supporters, announces that the SC Arts Commission has named the Vista an official South Carolina Cultural District. The City of Columbia, SC, and the Vista Guild will use the new cultural district designation to attract visitors and residents to the neighborhood and continue to promote the Vista as a hub for arts and culture.

A cultural district, defined as an easily identifiable geographic area with a concentration of arts facilities that support cultural, artistic and economic activity, was created by the SC General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014. The SC Arts Commission awards the designations after communities prove their desire to retain artistic identity and creativity that will encourage responsible economic development and growth in tourism.

“The arts have been and continue to be a vital part of the development of the City of Columbia and we have made significant strides in the past several years,” said Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia. “We are seeing tremendous growth in the Vista because of the efforts of so many artists and arts organizations that have led the way in establishing the unique, creative identity of that area of the city.”

Over the past year, the Vista Guild, One Columbia, city leaders, business owners, artists and residents of the Vista worked together to craft a cultural vision for the future of the Vista. A five-year cultural plan for the district includes goals of attracting tourists and visitors, encouraging responsible economic development, attracting artists and creating opportunities for the public to experience the rich arts and culture the Vista offers. The Vista is only the fourth entity to receive a cultural district designation. Previous cultural district designations have all been awarded to the cities of Spartanburg, Lancaster and Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“Those non-arts businesses are important pieces of a cultural district, says Ken May, SC Arts Commission executive director. “A successful cultural district attracts creative enterprises, such as galleries and theaters, whose patrons want to dine out and shop, so nearby retail and other businesses benefit from that increased economic activity.”

According to the cultural district designation guidelines as set forth by the SC Arts Commission, a qualifying district is made up of galleries, live performance venues, theaters, artist studios, museums, arts centers, arts schools and public art pieces, all of which are located and thriving in the Vista.

“With more than 5,000 programs offered last year and 117,000 people who participated, Richland Library is a portal for those who want to explore the arts and improve their craft and as a destination for all ages for high quality entertainment,” said Melanie Huggins, executive director of Richland Library. “We are so proud to be a part of one of the most creative and vibrant arts and entertainment districts in the state and look forward to what this designation will mean for future developments.”

The Vista Guild is planning a special announcement about its designation as a cultural district for Vista Lights, the neighborhood’s annual holiday open house, which takes place Nov. 19, 2015, from 5-9pm.

“The Vista as we know it today is a hub for entertainment and tourism because of the artistic aesthetic and vision that artists and the arts community founded many years ago in this neighborhood,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “We’re proud that responsible growth in the Vista through the years has retained the character of the neighborhood, continued to support the arts and led to this cultural district designation.”

For more information about the SC Arts Commission’s cultural district guidelines, visit ( or contact Rusty Sox at 803/734-8899 or e-mail to ( For more information about the Vista Guild, please visit ( or contact Meredith Atkinson at 803/269-5946 or e-mail to (

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit ( or call 803/734-8696.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC, is Calling for Proposals for Outdoor Art to be Added to the New Children’s Garden – Deadline Dec. 3, 2015

October 31, 2015

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Children’s Garden is currently under construction and due for completion in March of 2016.  The Garden is located on an approximate four (4) acre site on the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden West Campus in Columbia, SC. The Children’s Garden is adjacent to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s established and successful Botanical Garden. The Zoo and Garden currently attracts one million visitors per year. Approximately 200,000 additional visitors per year are anticipated for all destination projects once they are established which includes the Children’s Garden.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is seeking the participation of artists and/or crafts makers to assist them in enhancing and embellishing the Garden with works that will provide a safe and engaging place for play, learning, exploration, discovery and positive social interaction within the natural environment.


Primary features of the Children’s Garden will include:
Rabbit Hole Kid’s Entry
Rabbit Warren
Dino Dig
Vegetable Garden
Maintenance Sheds
Education Center
Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater
Changing Booths
Wading Pool
Natural Pond
Deck Overlook
Climbing & Slides
Natural Playground (Future)
Fairy Garden (Future)
Playhouse Row
Tot Lot (Future)

These words and the images they evoke describe the environment that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Children’s Garden wishes to provide for its guests:

natural world

This juried Call for Entries is open to artists and crafts makers 18 years or older producing works suitable for long-term outdoor and public exposure which will be in keeping with and enhance the concept of the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s upcoming Children’s Garden.

Artists and crafts makers are encouraged to review the Garden’s layout and features prior to submitting their proposal and may suggest possible location(s) for their work(s). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden cannot guarantee the location, but every effort will be made to consider the artists’ and crafts makers’ request. Submitted proposals will serve as an agreement to the conditions herein stated for exhibiting in the Children’s Garden.

Important Dates
Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Children’s Garden Tour, 2pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Children’s Garden Tour, 10am
Friday, December 3, 2015 – Artist Proposal Submission Closes
Monday, December 14, 2015 – Artist Notifications of Acceptance and Award
Week of February 22, 2016 – Art Placement
March, 2016 – Garden is anticipated to open to the public
Children’s Garden Tour

Two tours of the site (nearing completion of the construction phase) will be offered during the entry period to provide interested parties context. To attend a tour, interested participants should assemble on the dates noted above prior to the times listed at the West Entrance Ticket Plaza located at 1225 Mohawk Drive, West Columbia, SC.

Accepted proposals and invited artists and crafts makers will each receive a stipend to install and exhibit their work. There will be one stipend per accepted proposal. There will be a limited number of opportunities for artists and crafts makers to have their work displayed at the Children’s Garden. No Entry Fee is required. Artists are welcome to submit their works as a donation to the Children’s Garden.

Categories of Works:
Category A: Large Sculptures and/or Complex Works    Up to $2500
Category B: Free-Standing Sculpture, larger and/or Complex Works Up to $1500
Category C: Interactive Display Series. Up to $1000
Category D: Musical Devices, Dioramas, Graphics Series    $500 to $750
Category E: Plant Art, Small Interactives, Wind Sculptures    $250 to $500

Category distribution of stipends is anticipated as follows but subject to change at the sole discretion of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden:
1 each    $2500
5 each    $1500
5 each    $1000
4 each    $750
6 each    $500
6 each    $250

Entry Submission
Please submit by e-mail and include the artist’s/crafts maker’s name, phone number, e-mail address and physical address. Also include the title, dimensions, medium, and a description of the work including a brief narrative on how the work meets the intent of the Call for Entries and Children’s Garden goals. Images shall be provided in JPG format of sufficient quality to convey intent and detail.  Sketches must be clear and may be provided in JPG or PDF format.

Total Images per Proposal:     Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6

All entries shall be submitted in electronic format by the entry deadline above to:
Amanda Segura, Children’s Education Director
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
E-mail: (
Questions?  Reach us any Thursday and Friday, noon-6pm, at 803/602-0813 or by e-mail at (

To see the complete prospectus visit (

Joyce Nagel of Hilton Head Island, SC, Wins Prestigious Award

October 30, 2015

Joyce Nagel’s pastel, “Lagoon Light”, won the Pastel Society of the West Coast Award at the Pastel Society of America’s annual awards dinner on September 20, 2015, at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park in NYC.


Joyce and her husband, Don, were included in the 130 entries chosen from nearly 1400 entries to “Enduring Brilliance” the 43rd Annual Pastel Society of America Exhibition. Entries included works from Canada , China, Finland, the Philippines, Russia and Spain.

Presently, Joyce teaches drawing, design and landscape painting at Art League Academy on Hilton Head Island. Her work may be seen locally at Art League of Hilton Head Gallery and Maye River Gallery in Bluffton.

For further info e-mail Iris Magidson at (

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Lecture on Georgia O’Keeffe with Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Cody Hartley – Nov. 13, 2015

October 29, 2015


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, will offer the lecture “Columbia in Context: a Look at O’Keeffe’s Career with Cody Hartley” Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at noon.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Director of Curatorial Affairs Cody Hartley

WHAT: The Columbia Museum of Art hosts a lecture with  Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Cody Hartley to provide a framework for understanding O’Keeffe’s life beyond the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story. In “Columbia in Context: a Look at O’Keeffe’s Career,” Hartley offers insight into how the early pieces featured in the exhibition shaped the artist’s career and fit into her overall body of work, as well as how they relate to O’Keeffe’s position as an American modernist.

WHEN: Friday, November 13, 2015, at noon – Free with membership or admission

Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street

For more information, visit (

‘We Are Artists for Emanuel’: More Than 90 Charleston Artists Come Together to Raise Funds and Honor Mother Emanuel AME Victims at Cigar Factory in Charleston, SC – Nov. 10 and 11, 2015

October 19, 2015


Updated News: The Artists for Emanuel online auction went live yesterday morning. In just 24 hours, we’ve raised nearly $24,000 for Coastal Community Foundation’s Lowcountry United Fund. And we’d be honored to receive any additional support you’d be willing to give us to help keep this momentum going!

Artists for Emanuel is a group of more than 90 visual artists from Charleston, SC, who are creating a body of work for display and auction responding to their personal grief to the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church. The auction will benefit the Lowcountry Unity Fund and spark emotional responses for love, community, and unity to honor the families and the fallen. The Lowcountry Unity Fund was formed by the Coastal Community Foundation in response to the tragedy at Mother Emanuel for the purpose of promoting long-term solutions that address systemic issues contributing to racism and economic inequality in African-American communities.

Art is known to heal the soul, and Artists for Emanuel have partnered with The Gibbes Museum of Art for a two-day event that is intended to both aid in the healing process and to raise money. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, the public is invited to attend a symposium on “The Art of Healing,”  an ongoing series organized by the Gibbes Museum of Art in partnership with Roper St. Francis and the Joseph J. Schott Foundation. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, more than 90 local artists will come together for “Straight From The Heart,” an exhibition, silent auction, and reception at the Cigar Factory. Exhibiting artists include Betty Anglin Smith, Eva Carter, Fred Jamar, Mark Horton, Rhett Thurman, Raven Roxanne, Kate Long Stevenson, 3D artist Fletcher Williams III, and many, many more, including Artists for Emanuel organizers Marissa Vogl, Susan Colwell, Hilarie Lambert, and Laurie Meyer.

Work by Fletcher Williams III

The “Straight From the Heart” poster features the work of E.B. Lewis, award-winning illustrator and fine artist. In addition to the featured works in the auction, a large number of 8″ x 8″ paintings will hang on a “buy now” wall and sell for $200 each.

We are also delighted to announce that the Colour of Music festival artists (a group of black classical musicians), the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble, and the Charleston Gospel Choir will provide three moving musical interludes during the reception. Art is music, and music is art. Combined, the two will ensure an energetic auction and delightful evening.

Work by Shannon Smith Hughes

Sponsors helping us bring the event to life include: Mitchell Hill and William Means Real Estate.

Event Details:

Tuesday, Nov. 10:

“Straight From The Heart” exhibition hours: 9am to 4pm (“buy now” 8″ x 8″s available for purchase)

Gibbes’ Art of Healing “Hate Wont Win”: 6pm to 8pm / Dr. Jeb Hallett will lead a conversation with contributing artists about their artistic response to the tragic shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church. Free and open to the public. Space is limited, reservation required. Please RSVP to Amanda Breen at 843/722-2706 x221

Wednesday, Nov. 11:

“Straight From The Heart” exhibition hours: 9am to 4pm (“buy now” 8″ x 8″s available for purchase)

Auction and reception featuring The Colour of Music festival artists: 6pm to 9pm. Free and open to the public. Space is limited; we encourage people to also visit during the open exhibition hours.

Location: Cigar Factory, 701 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC.

Online bidding begins Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at 9am EST at (

Work by Susan Hannaford Colwell

Participating artists include: Raven Wilson, Ann Keane, Fred Jamar, Anne Brownyard, Nance Sneddon, Margaret Petterson, Ron Rocz, Nicholas Napoletano, Amelia Rose Smith, Rhett Thurman, Hilarie Lambert, Shannon Runquist, Mark Kelvin Horton, Janie Ball, Ann Lee Merrill, Jennifer Koach, Susan Mayfield, Cisco Lindsey, Peggy Howe, Dorothy Shain, Kellie Jacobs, Caryn Smith, Fletcher Williams III, Diane Odachowski, Beth Williams, Tami Cardnella, Bonnie Kolmodin, Jean Rounsefell, Barbara Meierhusby, Lese Corrigan, Jennifer Smith Rogers, Christine Crosby, Kate Long Stevenson, Joy Halstead, Jessica Mack, Dee Rhodes, Carla Johannesmeyer, Shannon Smith Hughes, KC Collins, Betty Anglin Smith, Karen Silvestro, Alana Knuff, Regina Beahm, Brian Coleman, Mary Hoffman, Jim Victor, Anna King, Karen Weihs, Bonnie Stabler, Kathy Clark, Dee Beard Dean, Pat Forsberg, Karen Vournakis, Renee Kahn, Jodi Barr, Mary Edna Fraser, Anna Cox, Susan Colwell, Michael Kennedy, Tammy Papa, Victoria Guglielmi, Edward Boudolf, Lu Bentley, Laura Fontaine, Eva Carter, Eleanor Parker, Madeline Dukes, Sally Hughes Smith, Helen S. Warren. Jennifer Black, Rick Reinert, Sheryl Stalnaker, Scott Penegar, Joyce Hall, Lisa Willits, Vicki P Maguire, Jane Hart, Carolyn Epperly, Faye Sullivan, Daryl Knox, Gazie Nagle, Amelia Whaley, Carl Turner, Colleen Wiessmann, Merrie McNair, Susanne Frenzel, Leslie Pratt-Thomas, Charles DeAantonio, Shannon Wood, Christopher Murphy, Laurie Meyer, and Marissa Vogl.

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers Gallery Talk with David Shriver Soliday – Oct. 25, 2015

October 17, 2015


The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, is offering a free gallery talk with exhibiting artist David Shriver Soliday, on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 from 2 – 4pm in celebration of his exhibition:
“Remnants of the Rice Culture”.

Work by David Shriver Soliday

Soliday of Charleston, SC, whose work has been featured in such major publications as “National Geographic” and “Smithsonian”, began photographing the Lowcountry rice culture in 1977. His beautiful, sharp and graphic-looking images are printed on infused aluminum sheet metal creating a sleek and contemporary look that juxtaposes wonderfully with the views of South Carolina’s colonial past. From an aerial perspective, Soliday presents us with a unique way of looking at tideland rice culture.

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, SC.

For further info and reserve your spot, call the Art Museum at 843/238-2510.

The 5th Annual Arts in the Barn Benefit for the Beaufort County Open Land Trust Takes Place in Beaufort, SC – Nov. 1, 2015

October 17, 2015

The 5th Annual Arts in the Barn, a benefit for the Beaufort County Open Land Trust will take place at the Lemon Island Widgeon Point Barn, 43 Okatie Hwy. in Beaufort, SC, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, from 2-5pm.


The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Portion of the proceeds is donated to the Beaufort County Open Land Trust (

For more information call Charlene Gardner at 843/757-8185 or visit (


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