Archive for the ‘SC Visual Arts’ Category

Charleston Gallery Association Forms in Charleston, SC

August 8, 2015

History has been made in the Charleston, SC’s art world. The French Quarter Gallery Association with over 20 years and 25 galleries have re-branded combining with Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association – CFADA of 17 years and inviting other art galleries in the downtown and greater Charleston area to become the Charleston Gallery Association.

“We are thrilled to bring all the art galleries together to continue promoting Charleston as a global ‘Art Destination’ with now over 40 fine art galleries,” said Julie Dunn, former President of French Quarter Gallery Association now the first President of Charleston Gallery Association.

The visual arts community in Charleston has so much to offer from traditional Lowcountry landscapes to contemporary abstractions and everything in between.  Today’s art collector is purchasing art they love and Charleston offers a grand selection.  Charleston being a tourist town and voted #1 city in the country by “Condé Nast Traveler” readers and #2 in the world, our goal is to show the art collectors of the world that this city is a destination for quality art.  Promoting the galleries as a whole provides a unity and single voice that creates a contagious energy, and will not only bring visitors to Charleston for the food, history and charm but also for the art!

Join us for the next Charleston Gallery Association ARTWALK on Friday October 2nd 2015 from 5 – 8pm.  All Charleston Gallery Association galleries will be open with many of the artist in attendance along with refreshments served.

Official Charleston Gallery Association ARTWALKS are held four times a year on the first Friday of March, May, October and December from 5 – 8pm.  All CGA art galleries will be open.

Please visit our website at ( for the Calendar of Events.

For further info contact Julie Dunn, President, Charleston Gallery Association by e-mailing to ( or calling 843/312-4550.

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, to Host 1Spark! – Sept. 5, 2015

August 8, 2015


The Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, is staged to host 1Spark!, a free public festival featuring artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, from 11am-5pm, on North Liberty Street between its campus and USC Upstate’s The George Dean Johnson, Jr. School of Business and Economics.

Businesses across the globe recognize creativity as key to innovation, and Spartanburg continues to step up the challenge. 1Spark! is one way the community continues looking toward the future, bringing together artisans, inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs to showcase what Spartanburg has to offer.


Tapped as “where creativity and innovation collide,” 1Spark! features dozens of regional artists who display their work and techniques alongside entrepreneurs and makers who share ideas, start-ups, and new companies to the area.

“You can’t have innovation without first having a spark of creativity,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, said, “and Spartanburg is full of both. New businesses are sprouting up all the time to serve the needs of our community, and artists are always creating new works that challenge our way of thinking. It’s a perfect matchup.”

At the inaugural festival in 2014, numerous partnerships formed between businesses and artists, helping regional artisans turn their work into creative enterprise and helping businesses build creative solutions to their products and services.

In addition to visiting artists’ and entrepreneurs’ booths, patrons also participate in creativity challenges, witness live 3D chalk art, experience a beer garden, enjoy live music and eat from a host of regional food trucks.

Artists, businesses, and food trucks that want to participate in the festival must complete the application and pay the $30 fee. The application can be found on Chapman Cultural Center’s website by searching “1Spark 2015.” Vendors may pay in check, card, or cash.

For more information, visit ( or call 864/542-ARTS.

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Offers Got Art? Event – Oct. 3, 2015

August 8, 2015


Got Art?, Art League of Hilton Head’s annual fundraising benefit, promises to make collectors out of art enthusiasts. Each $100 ticket admits two guests to an evening filled with art and entertainment, and a live drawing that guarantees the ticket holder one original piece of art. Only 100 tickets will be sold. This fun and popular event is sure to be a sell out!

What makes this night special is that ticket holders go home with an original piece of local art created and donated by Art League artists. Artwork may include paintings, drawings, photography, collage, jewelry, ceramic and sculpture, each valued at more than the $100 ticket price.

Work by Margaret Crawford

Not knowing when your name will be called adds a certain element of fun and suspense. You never know which pieces will still be available when it’s your turn to choose. It always proves to be a lively night.

Adding to the festivities, special prizes donated by local businesses will be randomly awarded to ticket holders throughout the night.

Work by Nancy Apy

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, starting at 5pm. Evening preview and reception with wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music followed by the exciting main event drawing. When your ticket is drawn, choose a beautiful piece of art! Every ticket is a winner. Free Public Preview: More than 100 Got Art? artworks will be on view Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2015, from 10am-4pm and on Oct. 3, from 10am-2pm at Art League Gallery.

Purchase a $100 ticket. Visit ( or call 843/681-5060. Tickets also available at Art League Gallery and Art League Academy. Only 100 tickets will be sold. You must have a ticket to attend. Each ticket admits two guests and awards one piece of art.

Work by Vickie Jourdan

Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. Call 843/681-5060 for more information.

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic Art Gallery and Teaching Academy that welcome artists and students at all levels and in all media.

Art League of Hilton Head promotes and supports the visual arts through education, exhibitions and partnerships for the cultural enhancement of the community and its visitors.

Spartanburg, SC’s ArtWalk on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, to Showcase New Art

August 7, 2015

Spartanburg, SC’s monthly ArtWalk will be Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, from 5-9pm, and many of the local galleries and museums will have new or continuing exhibits for the public to see. ArtWalk is the third Thursday of every month. Many of the art galleries and museums in and near downtown Spartanburg stay open late so that patrons can see what is new on the local art scene. Many of them have wine-and-cheese type refreshments, receptions, and special programs. There is no cost to attend. The participating galleries are as follows:

Chapman Cultural Center
200 East Saint John St., Spartanburg
864/542-ARTS or visit (
“Through the Lens Photography” — Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit works by local photographer and retired Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Jimmy N. Gibson. Gibson became interested in photography during a guided tour of a Buddhist temple by a Korean soldier early in his military career. Throughout the years since then, Gibson has worked with many types of photography, with his favorites being MACRO, still, and portrait photography. Also visit Spartanburg Art Museum and Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery.

Spartanburg Art Museum
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg
864/582-7616 or visit (
“Pot Boiler” — is a group exhibition featuring the work of nine artists. This varied and playful exhibition includes a collection of images and objects that range from surreal photographs of toys to large installations to performance based work that activates viewer participation. What appears to be an almost childlike innocence in imagery and objects has metaphorical undertones that resonate in our personal and collective imaginations.

Closing Reception: Jimmy Gibson — SAM will host a closing reception for a close friend of the museum, local artist Jimmy Gibson. Gibson’s exhibition “Through The Lens Photography” features a variety of photographic techniques and subjects, showcasing the talents of an accomplished artist.

“Putt It Together” — HUB-BUB and Spartanburg Art Museum are teaming up! Make a wacky putter out of improvised materials! Gather up some quirky items and bring them to SAM 5-7pm during ArtWalk to create your own putter, or make one beforehand for more time to enjoy some delicious refreshments. Supplies are limited so stop by early! Then register for the Putt-It-Together Tournament to compete for the ultimate prize at a Tournament at Sparkle City Mini Putt. (Homemade putters only.)  Besides the grand prize, prizes for Most Elegant Putter, Least Functional Putter, and Most Creative putter will be awarded. This do-it-yourself putter workshop is free. The tournament is free for SAM members and $3 for non-members.  Both events are family friendly.

Work by Kate Thayer

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg
Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg
864/764-9568 or visit (
“Textures in Colors” — Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg is hosting Carol Funke and Kate Thayer in the Guild Gallery this month. There will be a food-and-drink reception during ArtWalk, 5-8pm. Funke’s textured handmade papers and pigment dyes has an exciting, interesting feast for patrons’ eyes. Thayer, using pastels and oils, thinks of her paintings as poems – wordless encounters with stunning voices of nature – in its colors and forms.

The Johnson Collection Gallery
154 West Main Street, Spartanburg
864/594-5834 or visit (”
“Coming Home” — This exhibition features a selection of works from The Johnson Collection that serve as powerful visual representations of the concept of home. Paintings by artists such as Alfred Hutty, Harrison Cady, William Halsey, Gilbert Gaul, and Rudolph Ingerle, among others, conjure memories of one’s own travels leading to a place of comforting familiarity, evoking a sense of peace that is at once palpable and profound.

UPSTATE Gallery on Main
172 E. Main Street, Spartanburg
Bridget Kirkland, artist and graphic designer, continues her exhibit in August and will discuss her work during ArtWalk. Reception 5 to 8pm. Kirkland uses her design and photography skills to create work that “recalls memories and interprets through image design.” Also, see selected works by Andy Warhol and Beatrice Riese from the permanent collection.

Kiss The Frog Gallery
518 East Main Street, Spartanburg
864/583-1309 or visit (
First Anniversary Party — Kiss the Frog Gallery will celebrate its first-year anniversary with a glamorous, Hollywood, VIP, red-carpet theme during ArtWalk. The three-day celebration will continue Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-3pm, featuring the works of numerous nationally award-winning artists from the Southeast whose works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, pottery, sculptures, and photography. Of special interests will be handcrafted jewelry by Betty Holland and Rose Marie, and estate jewelry. A preview of Christmas will also be on display. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails will be served.

Refuel Wine Bar
129 N. Spring Street, Spartanburg
864/529-7892 or visit (
Scott Neely’s work will be on display. Drink and dinner specials will be available during the ArtWalk.

Steve Langley

H & K Gallery
151 W. Main Street, Spartanburg
864/529-2262 or visit (
Steve Langley, a regional bubble artist, will be at H&K Gallery for ArtWalk. He will perform an artistic presentation, creating bubble sculptures, putting bubbles inside bubbles, and putting people inside of bubbles.

Art Lounge
500 East Main Street, Spartanburg
864/804-6566 or visit (
Fused Glass Show — Camille Corn and Shelley Sperka became friends while taking fused glass art classes at Tryon Arts and Crafts. Their styles are very different but both love the process of fusing. They work together a great deal at art markets, working on projects and now, having their first art show together. By day, Sperka works in the library at her alma mater, Wofford College. Corn works in marketing and advertising at QS/1.

West Main Artists Co-Op
578 West Main Street, Spartanburg
864/804-6501 or visit (
“4th Annual Artist Invitational” — This show opens during ArtWalk and runs through Sept. 12. Seventeen local artists were invited to join co-op members in exploring the theme “It’s Alien to Me.” There will be an opening reception with live music by “The Collective Mind.” Invited artists include: Bailie, Stacy Battle, Pam Stevens, Pat Kabore, Carrie Caldwell, Norman Williamson, Shannon Patrick, Alice Kay Mcmillan, Eula La Croix, Thomas Koenig, Alice Smith, Jeremy Kemp, Katee Hargraves, Logan Lockett, Sterling Jackson, Judy Martin and Amanda King. Co-op artists include Beth Regula, Jeanne Brown, Patty Wright, Annette Giaco and several others. The artists will be present to discuss their interpretation of the theme.

Also, Free Pottery Bowl-Making Session — West Main Artists Co-op and the Carolina Clay Artists will host a bowl-making session for the Hub City Empty Bowls 6 until 8:30 p.m. Clay and instruction will be provided free of charge. The bowls made will be used at a fundraiser — Soup Day — at Chapman Cultural Center on Sept. 26.

Lancaster, SC’s Cultural Arts District to be Dedicated – Sept. 18, 2015

August 7, 2015

See Lancaster will host a dedication of Lancaster Cultural Arts District at 10am on Sept. 18, 2015, at the Cultural Arts Center, 307 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC. Ken May, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, Mayor Joe Shaw, and Society for Historical Preservation will offer remarks prior to a walk through the newly-appointed district. The event is free and open to the public.

A park on Main Street – sculpture by Bob Doster

The South Carolina Arts Commission named Lancaster’s downtown a state-recognized cultural district, an easily identifiable geographic area with a concentration of arts facilities and assets that support cultural, artistic and economic activity. The cultural district designation was created by the SC General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014. See Lancaster worked with local leaders and Arts Commission staff to develop a map of cultural assets and a strategic plan for the district. City officials will use the cultural district designation to attract visitors and residents to downtown and promote the area as a hub of arts and culture.

For information, contact: Cherry Doster, City of Lancaster Marketing & Development Manager by calling 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! – Free Admissions to Museums in the Carolinas – Sept. 26, 2015

August 5, 2015

Beginning today, museum-goers can download one free ticket, good for two people, for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!. Each ticket grants free admission on Sept. 26, 2015, to the ticket holder plus a guest, valid at participating museums across all 50 states.

To register, see the full list of museums and download a ticket please visit:

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015

WHERE:  Participating museums nationwide

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, “Smithsonian magazine”, as well as “Air & Space”, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media overseas the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

PRESS CONTACT: Anne Muscarella, High10 Media, 212/918-2044, or e-mail to (

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $140,000 to Winthrop Univiersity in Rock Hill, SC

August 5, 2015


According to Winthrop University’s Laura Dufresne, her feet, and those of colleague Laura Gardner, “have not quite touched the ground yet” these past two weeks.

That’s because the two fine arts faculty members and the Department of English’s Gregg Hecimovich have been awarded grants totaling more than $140,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Each year, the NEH provides funding for various scholarly projects including traveling exhibitions, professional development opportunities, collaborative humanities research and more.

Of the $36.6 million the NEH has awarded in grants for 2016, recognized Winthrop projects make up the following:

• $93,129 to Gardner, associate professor of fine arts, and Dufresne, professor of fine arts, for a 2016 summer seminar for college and university teachers that will be held in Asheville, NC.

The seminar, “Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and Scrapbook,” involves a transdisciplinary investigation of how humans managed information overload and made sense of the world before the current digital age. Gardner and Dufresne will work with seminar participants to explore how commonplace books—records of lives, ideas, notes and bits recorded over time—and their descendant, the scrapbook, “act as holders of meaning, memory, identity and place.” Famous figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain and Leonard da Vinci created commonplace books in their lifetimes.

The Asheville seminar setting is a perfect location, as Gardner said the area has a history of strong arts and health communities.

• $50,400 to Professor of English Gregg Hecimovich and recognition as a NEH Public Scholar for his work on “The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative.” Crafts is considered America’s first black female novelist, and the book will tell the story of her life and the search for her identity.

Hecimovich learned of the manuscript when Henry Louis Gates Jr. purchased it in 2001. Though Gates had authenticated the manuscript and published it to great fanfare, Hecimovich and his students eventually identified the author and traced previously unknown details about her life.

Hecimovich has spent the past academic year working on his book in residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

All three faculty members are thrilled about their NEH honors, to say the least.

“I never could have brought my project to this point without the daily support of my students, colleagues and fellow administrators,” Hecimovich said. “Together both projects highlight the powerful way the humanities shape our lives, not just in the past, but in the present and foreseeable future. Winthrop is a wonderful place to collaborate, create and think outside the box. I hope this additional recognition will help us further shine a light on what Winthrop faculty and students practice every day: scholarship that is public, leading and accessible to everyone.”

Gardner agreed.

“We are elated at the ripple effect of the grant beyond us: for fine arts, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop, alumni who will be working us, interdisciplinary studies and the humanities,” she said. “The circle is wide. What a day for Winthrop!”

For further info contact Nicole Smith Chisari, Communications Coordinator by calling 803/323-2236, e-mail to ( or visit (

Anastasia and Friends in Columbia, SC, Offers “Elements of Art” for First Thursday on Main – Aug. 6, 2015

August 4, 2015

Anastasia & Friends in Columbia, SC, will present “Elements of Art” featuring works by Page Morris, John Allen, David West and Richard Lund, hosted by Bohumila Augustinova and John Allen, on view from Aug. 6 – 28, 2015. A reception will be held on Aug. 6, from 6-9pm, during Columbia’s First Thursday on Main event. This exhibition is a mixture of photography, paintings, prints, and sculpture.

Work by Page Morris

Page Morris has been painting and creating since third grade. Her use of color, expressive brush strokes, and quirky subject material invites the viewer to see everyday objects in a whole new way.

The current body of work by Richard Lund for this show consists of sculptures made of clay, wire, wood, and other found material. The sculptures are a series of work called “Spirit Horses”.

“Each sculpture represents a protector to nature,” says Lund. “I like to think it would be nice to have a spirit that would protect all the air or water or the trees. Each sculpture takes several months to complete, so I can only make a few each year. Two years in a row my, Spirit Horses were selected to be included in ArtFields© in Lake City, SC.”

Work by Richard Lund

John Allen is a multimedia developer and professional photographer. One of Allen’s works was displayed at ArtFields© last year in Lake City while others have ranked highly in international photo competitions.

“I’ve always had a passion for historical subjects, browsing encyclopedias, books and studying pictures,” says Allen. “The first mosaic I attempted was one of Martin Luther King comprised of hundreds of photographs of people. As time went by, I began experimenting with the process more and created one called, ‘Georgie,’ based on the first US President, using thousands of stock images. ‘Georgie’ was well received last year, and on the suggestion from Marvin Chernoff, I decided to do the rest of the presidential mosaics in a similar manner.”

David West has a BFA in Studio Art / Painting from the University of North Florida and an MAT in Art Education from the University of South Carolina. He lives in the Rosewood area of Columbia and teaches Visual Arts Foundations and Photography at White Knoll High School in Lexington, SC. Prior to teaching, he spent 13 years as a professional graphic designer.

A jack-of-all-arts, West enjoys exploring a variety of 2D artforms including drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design and photography. He prefers to work from either life or imagination and totally geeks out on process.

For further info text Bohumila Augustinova at 803/394-8438 or e-mail to (

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

August 1, 2015


The August 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 61 pages of it.

Our cover this month features a work by Fletcher Williams III, a native of Charleston, SC. The work is a response to the shooting of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston.

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

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Anderson, SC

July 30, 2015


Concord Elementary, located at 2701 Calrossie Road in Anderson, SC, is the 152nd location to join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Concord Elementary is an International Baccalaureate School meaning students are taught to be responsible global citizens in an ever-changing world. Kay King, art teacher, stated that “’Lighthouse to the World’ pattern showing children from different cultures holding hands around the world was a wonderful fit for our school.”

Students working on quilt


“Lighthouse to the World” was designed by Mike Lucas from the McDowell Quilt Trail in North Carolina and this quilt panel is located on Eastfield Elementary School in Marion. NC. Lucas states “I have been with the quilt trail since we started in 2006, now approaching block #200. I have done all the design work for all the blocks, including this one that is non-traditional. Also I have constructed, painted (with occasional help), and installed (with considerable help) all the blocks”. Lucas worked closely with sponsors to create a quilt pattern that represents their mission.  “Each of the four corners of the block have a yellow and old structure representing a lighthouse with white rays of light radiating from the center on each side.  Boys and girls of all cultures and skin pigments are united hand to hand dressed in bright clothing on a background of black. Their feet are all based around the world in the center of the block, the globe representing land, sea and white clouds in a blue sky.” Additional information about the McDowell Trail can be found at (

Art Beat in Action Day is an annual event at Concord Elementary encouraging learning through art and is sponsored by Wanda Griffin Elrod’s family in her memory. Elrod was a former student and parent of four students who attended Concord, Jenna, Betsy, Allie, and Rebecca Elrod. Her father and mother started the donation, and after her mother’s death, her dad, Gene Griffin, and his wife, Beth continues the legacy. The 2015 event was held on Thursday, March 26.

Campbell and Kay King teachers at Concord Elementary collaborated with the entire staff to create a plan for a day of “art in action.” they had various artists and volunteers from the area assisting students and teachers in creating collaborative art pieces and artifacts that would enhance the school and be permanently displayed for all the school community to enjoy. Third grade students worked with members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail to paint an outdoor display and create a fabric wall hanging of “Lighthouse to the World”. King stated “This was a perfect fit to tie in to the third grade standards on South Carolina Heritage.”

For further information visit (


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