Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

The Coker College Art Program in Hartsville, SC, has been granted Associate Membership by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

June 17, 2015


“NASAD accreditation is an affirmation of both the quality of the program and the commitment of its faculty,” said Provost Tracy Parkinson. “In particular, the efforts and leadership of the program chair, Professor Jean Grosser, are at the heart of this outcome.”

According to NASAD, accreditation involves an evaluation that determines if an institution or specific program achieves educational objectives and meets established standards. Reviews focus on education quality, institutional integrity and educational improvements. Associate membership is granted based on a program’s ability to meet curricular standards as well as a substantial portion of all other standards of the association.

“National accreditation is a great achievement for the Coker College art program,” said Jean Grosser. “This milestone is a result of the collaborative efforts of the art faculty to create a top-notch program that provides opportunities for our students to excel.”

NASAD is an association of approximately 323 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines. NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design-related disciplines. The association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides development for leaders of art and design schools and engages in policy analysis. For more information about NASAD, go to (

The mission of Coker’s art department is to teach students to think analytically and use art to express their ideas and demonstrate competencies in their major concentration. Students learn to communicate visually, orally and in writing. This mission is an essential component of the liberal arts. Students meld ideas from diverse areas of academe with their search for personal expression in their art production. Students who are engaged in art making as an extension of their total development are prepared for graduate study and multiple careers in the arts.

For further info call 843/383-8017 or visit (

if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC, will Offer a Gallery Talk with Peter Lenzo and Joe Scotchie-Lenzo – June 20, 2015

June 16, 2015

if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC, will offer a gallery talk with Peter Lenzo and Joe Scotchie-Lenzo, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 2pm in conjunction with the
exhibition “Peter Lenzo & Joe Scotchie-Lenzo: Origins 2000 – 2002″, on view through June 27, 2015.


if ART Gallery is located at 1223 Lincoln Street, in the Vista, in Columbia, SC.

For further info call 803/238-2351 or e-mail to (

Black Creek Arts Council and Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Announce Winners of the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”

June 14, 2015


The Black Creek Arts Council and Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, have announced the winners of the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit”, on view at the Center’s Jean & James Fort Gallery and the Library, through June 30, 2015.

The Best of Show award went to “A Fence Hung Through Time,” by Katherine Askins, which was chosen from the 18 and Under category.

Carolinas category: Lee Benoy’s, “Drayton Hall Staircase” won 1st place and honorable mention awards also were given to Lee Benoy with “St. Helena Chapel of Ease” and “Oak Island Beach”.

Darlington County Travelers category: Charlie Simms’ “Sun and Ice” won 1st place and her “Moon Over Cuernos de Paine” won honorable mention. The other honorable mention was awarded to Susan Askins, for “A Room with a View”.

18 & Under category: Paula Merono’s “A Road Less Traveled” took 1st place. Receiving honorable mention awards were Luke Martin with “Dragon Fly” and Lizzy Askins with “BFF’s”.

Anything Goes category: 1st Place went to Anne Baldwin for “Wash Day” and honorable mentions went to Jo Robbins for “Airborne” and Mary Lynn Daniels for “Into The Dark Woods”.

People’s Choice Awards: Lee Benoy with “St. Helena Chapel of Ease” at BCAC and Hartsville Memorial Library, May Lynn Daniels for “Into The Dark Woods”.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sonoco Products Company and the winner of Best of Show will receive a cash award of $150 sponsored by the Darlington Photography Club. The Best of Show image will be also be used for the poster and all promotion for the following year’s “Carolinas” exhibit.

The Black Creek Arts Center is located at 116 West College Avenue in Hartsville and the Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue in Hartsville.

For more information, please call 843/332-6234 or visit (

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Receives Tripadvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award

June 14, 2015


In celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Certificate of Excellence Award, Tripadvisor announced another category, the Hall of Fame Award just for businesses that have received a Certificate of Excellence all five years and Brookgreen Gardens was one of the recipients.


“We’re pleased to celebrate Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence’s 5-year anniversary, we’re even more excited to have been honored with the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and volunteers who made this award possible by providing an excellent guest experience every day.”

“By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition,” Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business, stated about the award. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide.

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display figurative sculpture by American artists, regional plants, animals, and history. It is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

For further info visit (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for “The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition 2015″ – Deadline Aug. 27, 2015

June 14, 2015


“The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” is calling all county-wide artists! Any resident of Lancaster County high school age or older is eligible to participate in this annual competition.

All paintings can be delivered between August 24 -27, 2015, during the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday-Thursday. Artist reception is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, from 3 to 5pm. This is a free, public reception, so please invite your friends and family!

This exhibit is sponsored by the Hagins family, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information or competition guidelines call 803/285-7451.

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, have Awarded the 2015 Scholarships Awards to Victoria Branagan and Sheldon Smith

June 14, 2015

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, is pleased to announce the 2015 Naomi McCracken Scholarship Awards going to two very talented student artists. Each year SOBA awards scholarships to deserving graduating seniors from Bluffton High School who have been accepted to an accredited art college and plan to major in the visual arts.

Work by Victoria Branagan

The first place winner is Victoria Branagan who will be attending Winthrop University in the fall, studying art with emphasis on fashion merchandising. She says the most influential artist she has studied is Vincent Van Gogh and is inspired to paint with acrylic and mixed media.

Work by Sheldon Smith

The second place award went to  Sheldon Smith who will be studying graphic design at Coastal Carolina University.

These students were judged based on their body of work and interviews with the SOBA scholarship committee. This young lady and gentleman are inspiring and are sure to be successful in their next level of artistic endeavors. Congratulations to them both!

For further info call SOBA at 843/757-6586  or visit (

South Carolina’s Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour Introduces Fifth County to Tour Lineup Increasing Farm Sites Along The Nation’s Largest Free Farm Tour

June 8, 2015

On June 27 – 28, 2015, the Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour will host its second regional tour introducing a fifth county to the tour lineup. Tours will be on Saturday from 9am-5pm, and 1-5pm on Sunday. While 2015 marks the second consecutive year for the regional tour, it serves as the fourth Ag + Art tour in the Catawba Region since launching in 2012.

Already the largest free farm tour in the nation, the 2015 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour will be bigger than last year, stretching across five counties in South Carolina including Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield, Union and York. The tour continues to grow adding Union County farms and artisans to this year’s lineup generating more than 50 farm sites featured along the tour.

The Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour is a self-guided tour and features local artisans and farms throughout the Catawba Region. The tour gives visitors the opportunity to see where their food comes from, interact with artists, purchase their work, enjoy live entertainment, and learn about rural life.


“The tour has received great feedback and most recently received the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Award from the American Farm Bureau Federation, says Ben Boyles, co-chair of the Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour.  Governor Nikki Haley also encourages all South Carolinians to learn more about our heritage and history through this event and other community events.” Last year during the first regional tour, Governor Haley proclaimed the week of the tour as the Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour week.

A few sites to see along the tour include Benford Brewing Company (Lancaster County), Catawba Cultural Preservation Center (York County), Elder Farms Family Homestead (Fairfield County), Fishing Creek Creamery (Chester County), Native American Studies Center and Garden (Lancaster County), Three Horse Milling Company (Union County), Rock Ridge Farm (York County), Royal Greens (Fairfield County), Simple Times Farm (Union County), and The Powell Farm (Chester County).

This month, each county will host a kickoff event to introduce the featured farm sites and artisans in their communities. Kickoff events include a range of activities such as barbeque feasts, concerts, farmers markets and cooking demonstrations by local chefs using local fresh produce.

County kickoff events are scheduled as follows:

· Chester County will host the 2015 Chester County Ag + Art Tour Kickoff on June 23; 6 – 8pm in downtown Chester at the Market Building (116 Columbia St., Chester)

· Fairfield County will host the 2015 Fairfield County Ag + Art Tour Kickoff on June 25; 6 – 8:30pm at the Mission Ridge Training and Golf Retreat in Winnsboro (601 S. Congress St., Winnsboro)

· Lancaster County will host the 2015 Lancaster County Ag + Art Tour Kickoff on June 26; 7  – 11:30pm at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse (104 N. Main St., Lancaster)

· Union County will host the 2015 Union County Ag + Art Tour Kickoff on June 19; 6 – 9pm in the 116th block of Main St. in Union near the Union County Arts Council

· York County, SC, will host the 2015 York County Ag + Art Tour Kickoff on June 11, 5 – 8pm during the Old Town Farmers Market in Rock Hill (115 Caldwell St., Rock Hill, SC).

The first Ag + Art Tour started in 2012 in York County as a way to merge agriculture and art. York County hosted a total of 3,000 visitors in 2012. 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.

The tour is coordinated by a regional 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.

For more information on the 2015 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit ( for details!

2015 Hub City Empty Bowls Kicks Off June 18, 2015, in Spartanburg, SC

June 7, 2015

Hub City Empty Bowls is now gearing up for its 2015 bowl-making sessions and Soup Day, which are a fundraiser to help feed hungry people in Spartanburg, SC. The first two bowl-making sessions will be Thursday, June 18, during ArtWalk at West Main Artists Co-Op, 6-8:30pm, and Saturday, June 20, 10am-noon and 1-3pm, at Spartanburg Art Museum’s (SAM) Art School at Chapman Cultural Center. The money raised through the public’s making of handmade pottery bowls will be donated to TOTAL Ministries, a charity dedicated to feeding local citizens who don’t have enough to eat. Hub City Empty Bowls is a project of Carolina Clay Artists.

Empty Bowls is an international fundraising project that has taken root in many communities as a grassroots effort to feed local and needy citizens. Over the course of a few months, citizens are invited to make handmade pottery bowls at no cost. Bowl-making sessions are always fun and family oriented events. Those bowls are then professionally glazed and fired. At the end of the project, the public is invited to Soup Day, where citizens may pick out the bowls of their choice for a $15 donation each and then enjoy unlimited soup that is donated by local restaurants. Other activities on Soup Day include live music, silent auctions, drum circles, and fellowship. Hub City Empty Bowls’ Soup Day will be Saturday, Sept. 26, 11am-4pm, at Chapman Cultural Center.

The other bowl-making sessions will be July 18, 10 

am-noon and 1-3pm, at Chapman Cultural Center; Aug. 20, 6-8:30pm, during ArtWalk at West Main Artists Co-Op; and Aug. 22, 10am-noon and 1-3pm at Chapman Cultural Center. All supplies and instruction are provided by Carolina Clay Artists. The public need only bring enthusiasm, creativity, hands willing to get dirty, and a canned food donation for TOTAL Ministries.

This is the seventh year that Carolina Clay Artists has sponsored Hub City Empty Bowls. Last year, the recipient of the funds was TOTAL Ministries, and the record-breaking net donation was $22,500. “Empty Bowls has become one of Spartanburg’s most favorite and most inclusive fundraising events,” Chairman Nancy Williamson said. “I think the keys to the success are the grassroots approach – making sure the money we raise gets to the people who need it, the public’s opportunity to make pottery bowls, and the accessibility of Soup Day. Where else can you donate $15 and get a nice pottery bowl to keep, all the gourmet soup you can eat, listen to live music, and socialize with like-minded people? It’s just a good deal; a win-win for everyone.”

“TOTAL Ministries is forever grateful to Hub City Empty Bowls for choosing us as the recipient of its labors,” the agency’s Executive Director Traci Kennedy said. “They have recognized a huge need, and we are so glad they believe in our work to help feed the community’s hungry. In Spartanburg County, 15 percent, or about 42,980 people, are in danger of not having enough to eat on a daily basis. The problem is especially bad for children and the elderly. Of all the people who ask TOTAL Ministries for help, 83 percent have a critical need for food. With the money we received last year from Empty Bowls, we were able to feed 4,687 people. All we can say is ‘Thank you!’”

This year, the bowl-making sessions are being grouped into three months, June, July, and August, with four of the sessions being within two days of each other and two being held during ArtWalk. All sessions will be held at either West Main Artists Co-Op or SAM’s Art School at Chapman Cultural Center. “I think part of our success is because of the close ties we have with the arts community. Spartanburg Art Museum and West Main Artists Co-op have generously opened their ceramic studios for our use and they both donate glazes and kiln firing. We could not offer the public bowl-making sessions without them.” Williamson said. “Plus, Chapman Cultural Center is the perfect venue for Soup Day. The large lobby and the outdoor plaza all make for a nice place for people to congregate.”

This year’s sponsors of Hub City Empty Bowls are Chris Williams, Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, West Main Artists Co-Op, Spartanburg Art Museum, Action Printing, and Wheresville Productions. “We always need sponsors,” Williamson said. “If anyone wants to help or if any business wants to contribute, please contact me.”

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please contact Williamson at 864/621-2768. More information can be found online at ( The project can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Proceeds from this event will be directed to the Hub City Empty Bowls Project Fund, a component fund of The Spartanburg County Foundation established to increase awareness about the issues of hunger and food security, and to raise funds to help local organizations fight hunger. This year’s beneficiary organization is TOTAL Ministries.

Annual Holiday Market in Lancaster, SC, Selected as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast

June 7, 2015

The Artisans of the Olde English District and Downtown Holiday Market, in Lancaster, SC, has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the month of December 2015.  The event, held annually on the first Saturday of December, is a partnership project of Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Visitors Center and Market. Artisans and visitors from throughout the southeast gather indoors in downtown Lancaster to show, sell, and shop for the holiday season.

Southeast Tourism Society is an association dedicated to marketing and promoting travel to and within the Southeast and recognizing the importance of festivals and special events in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Southeast Tourism Society developed the Top 20 Event program to recognize successful festivals and special events across the Southeast, with independent judges evaluating nominations to identify 20 events across the region each month.  Selection as a Southeast Top 20 Event is a validation of an event’s quality and distinction.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts  is a non-profit organization which seeks to promote the value of arts and culture to every facet of the community. The Olde English District Visitor Center and Market, located in Richburg, S.C. offers visitors and locals a convenient location to gather information and shop for original artists’ work from the seven counties that comprise the Olde English District. 

The Artisans of the Olde English District and Downtown Holiday Market will be held December 5th, 2015 and sponsors include Mitch Norrell and Mandy Powers-Norrell, Lancaster Woman’s Club, The Visual Storykeeper Studio, City of Lancaster, Jerry Temple Audio, and Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio.  

For information on the event, contact Avant Garde Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744, call 803/287-7853, or e-mail to ( 

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

June 1, 2015

The June 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 65 pages of it.

A good number of folks missed the deadline this last month. Some folks with extended dates will get in the next issue – some folks missed the boat completely. A few we could send along to the blogs and social media, but it’s not the same as making the issue, which is seen by many more folks. So don’t be late – make the date. Or, send your info in early.

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 July 2015 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the June 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


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