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Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Presents Gibbes on the Street – May 7, 2015

March 12, 2015


On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Meeting Street will be transformed into the glittering streets of Paris in the early 1900’s. Charleston’s top chefs will serve delicacies inspired by the French culinary tradition while guests enjoy live music, entertainment, and the opportunity to mingle under the stars. La Belle Époque is inspired by the “golden age” where the arts flourished and many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition on a grand scale. Beaux Arts architecture, a theatrical and heavily ornamented classical style, originated in Paris during this time and the Gibbes Museum’s Beaux-Arts building, which is currently undergoing renovations, and will serve as the backdrop for this celebration under the stars.


“This year’s event will highlight the connection between art created in the south and that of the European masters. The Gibbes beaux-arts building was created during this glorious time and after more than 100 years, the renovations will restore the museum to its original beauty. Gibbes on the Street provides us the opportunity to celebrate Charleston’s finest restaurants in the middle of the historic district, with the backdrop of a great institution in the making,” says Executive Director Angela Mack.

Each year Charleston Grill’s General Manager Mickey Bakst is instrumental in selecting and managing Charleston’s finest restaurants for the Street Party. “The Street Party is unconditionally the best party of the year! All restauranteurs love doing this event,” says Bakst.

Participating Restaurants include: Brasserie Gigi, Baguette Magic, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier, Circa 1886, Cypress, Edmund’s Oast, FIG, Goat.Sheep.Cow, The Grocery, Halls Chophouse, McCrady’s, Oak Steakhouse, The Obstinate Daughter, 167 Raw, Rue De Jean, Saveurs Du Monde, Slightly North of Broad, WildFlour Pastry, and Wild Olive. Guests will enjoy a full bar with featured libations from Cîroc and Bulleit.

Sponsors include: Gibbes on the Street corporate sponsors include Bank of America, U. S. Trust, Carriage Properties, SCE&G, Lynch Cracraft, Croghans Jewel box, PDA, Event Designs by Denise Barto, and Charleston Magazine.

Tickets are $150 for museum members and $175 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at ( or by calling 843/722-2706 x21. Tickets must be purchased in advance and all ticket holders must be at least 21 years of age. The event will be held rain or shine.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (

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Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Entries for “26th Annual Juried Competition” – Deadline is May 15, 2015

March 11, 2015


The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, presents the “26th Annual Juried Competition” at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, from June 18 – July 26, 2015. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 15, at 5pm. This is NOT a postmark deadline for mailed entries.

The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist.

“Findlay & James” by Robert O. Keith IV, “25th Annual Juried Competition” – Best of Show

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

Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of York County. Complete guidelines and entry information are available at (

AWARDS: Best of Show $1,000; 1st Place $500; 2nd Place $200; and 3rd Place $100.

Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6pm.

Judging this year’s competition is Mitchell Kearney. Kearney is a commercial advertising photographer and multimedia fine art image-maker dealing in the study of human nature, physics and the miracle of day to day living.

A fixture in the Charlotte art scene since moving from New York City in 1983, Kearney has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and has witnessed and documented many fine art projects, including the creation of Jean Tinguely’s “Cascade” in the lobby of the Carrillon office tower for the Bechtler family in 1991. Then, over a period of eight years, he created insightful portraits of the first 185 Artists-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. In 2006, he was honored to spend six weeks photographing the ten mid-career Japanese artists who were selected for the “Force of Nature” installation project. Kearney has had numerous exhibitions of his photography-based work in the Charlotte region, including the “6th Juried Annuale” at the Light Factory and his “Inside Out” solo exhibition of insightful portraits at Winthrop University, both in 2013. He has also exhibited at the “Arti Multie Visione” in Rieti, Italy and at the Camera Club of New York.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Arts Council of York County, SC, Calls for Artists to Participate in Catawba Ag + Art Tour – June 27-28, 2015

March 11, 2015


In partnership with the Arts Council of York County the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2015 Ag + Art Tour in York County, SC. Set to take place on June 27-28, 2015, at local farms and farm stands in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York Counties, the tour will be held on Saturday, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sunday. The Ag + Art Tour is a free event.

The Ag + Art Tour began in 2012 in York County, SC, as a weekend-long, self-guided tour that brought visitors to farms and farm stands across the county where they were able to see first-hand where their food came from, and engaged with artists who were working and performing on-site. In 2013, Lancaster County, SC, joined the tour, bringing the experience to a new community of farmers, artists, and patrons. In 2014, the tour became the Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour, with the addition of two additional counties – Chester and Fairfield. The 2015 Tour has grown to include Union County. The tour remains a free, weekend-long, self-guided tour where everything is handmade and homegrown in the four participating counties.

Artists who are interested in participating in the York County Ag + Art Tour must be residents of York County. Traditional artists including potters, quilters, jewelers, painters and more, storytellers and musicians may apply to be considered. There is no fee to participate. Download the informational letter and application online at ( York County’s artists and artisans may submit their applications to Dorie Lancaster by e-mail at ( at the Arts Council of York County. Artisans who submit applications after Friday, April 3, 2015, may participate, but their information will not be included on printed materials; however, they will be listed on (

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

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Will Celebrate the Birthday of William H. Johnson on March 15, 2015

March 9, 2015


The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, will celebrate the birthday of noted artist and Florence native, William H. Johnson on Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015. The celebration will begin at 3pm with a lecture at 3:30pm by museum curator, Stephen W. Motte on the subject of Johnson’s 1930 and 1944 return visits to Florence. The lecture will be followed by a reception with refreshments. This birthday celebration is free to the public. The public is invited to attend and inspect the artist’s work on exhibit.

Photo of “Self Portrait” painted in 1929. This work is one of many on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of “William H. Johnson: New Beginnings”.

“William H. Johnson: New Beginnings” consists of nineteen works by the artist selected from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Florence Museum Board of Trustees, the Johnson Collection, and a private collector in Denmark. This exhibit will be on display until Oct. 5, 2015.

By almost any standard, William Henry Johnson (1901–1970) can be considered a major American artist. He produced hundreds of works in a virtuosic, eclectic career that spanned several decades as well as several continents. It was not until very recently, however, that his work began to receive the attention it deserves.

Born in Florence to a poor African-American family, Johnson moved to New York at age seventeen. Working a variety of jobs, he saved enough money to pay for an art education at the prestigious National Academy of Design. His mastery of the academy’s rigorous standards gained him both numerous awards and the respect of his teachers and fellow students.

Johnson spent the late 1920s in France, absorbing the lessons of modernism. As a result, his work became more expressive and emotional. During this same period, he met and fell in love with Danish artist Holcha Krake, whom he married in 1930. The couple spent most of the ’30s in Scandinavia, where Johnson’s interest in primitivism art began to have a noticeable impact on his work.

Returning with Holcha to the US in 1938, Johnson immersed himself in the traditions of Afro-America, producing work characterized by its stunning, eloquent, folk art simplicity. A Greenwich Village resident, he became a familiar, if somewhat aloof, figure on the New York art scene. He was also a well-established part of the African-American artistic community at a time when most black artists were still riding the crest of the Harlem Renaissance.

Although Johnson enjoyed a certain degree of success as an artist in this country and abroad, financial security remained elusive. Following his wife’s death in 1944, Johnson’s physical and mental health declined dramatically. In a tragic and drawn-out conclusion to a life of immense creativity, Johnson spent his last twenty-three years in a state hospital on Long Island. By the time of his death in 1970, he had slipped into obscurity. After his death, his entire life’s work was almost disposed of to save storage fees, but it was rescued by friends at the last moment. Over a thousand paintings by Johnson are now part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Florence County Museum is located at 111 West Cheves Street, in the new arts district of Florence.

For more information please contact: Stephen W. Motte, Curator of Collection and Interpretations, Florence County Museum by calling 843/676-1200 ext. 58202

West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg, SC, Celebrates Fifth Year with Past and Current Member Shows, Silent Auction and GALA

March 6, 2015


A GALA celebration will be held at the West Main Artists Co-op in downtown Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015, from 5 until 10pm to acknowledge its fifth year of service to the arts community of Spartanburg. It features a Past Members Show and a Current Member’s Show that will open during Art Walk on Thursday, Mar. 19 and continue through Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015. The public is invited to participate in a silent auction of works and services donated by current members and friends of WMAC.  The auction opens during Art Walk on the 19th and closes at 9pm during the GALA on March 21st. The GALA will also feature live entertainment all evening and a reception.

Work bu Tipton Jones Boiter

Artists participating in Silent Auction include: Bailie, Jessica Barnes, Andrew Blanchard, Jeanne Brown, Brannon Carter, Robin Childers, Louisa Coburn, Deede Cohen, Jim Cullen, Dalia Delaneuz, Addam Duncan, Allison Gross, Susanne Gunter, Susan Hendley, Lois Ann Hesser, Mary Lou Hightower, Al Hofmann, Amy Holbein, Gary Huntoon, Geri Hurlbut, Carol Beth Icard, Imagine That, Tom Johnson, Tipton Jones-Boiter, Rosemary McLeod, Terry Murdock, Jane Nodine, Nancy O’Dell Keim, Teresa Prater, Allison Ratteree, Beth Regula, Dwight Rose, Patsy Simmons, Howard Solomon, Sylvia Spears, Carol Theiler, Tracey Timmons, Heiki Tonhaeuser, Brandi Tucker, Miriam Tucker, Doris Turner, Garry Turpin, Nancy Williamson, Kathy Wofford, Frances Young, and David Zacharias.

The West Main Artists Co-op was organized in the fall of 2009 and opened to the public in the spring of 2010. It is a non-profit all-inclusive arts center dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions, performances and educational programs. Its primary mission is to provide affordable studio/working/performance space in a variety of affordable sizes and prices. WMAC’s website has information on studios, prices, and the application process.

WMAC is located in a 20,000 square foot building that was formerly the West Main Baptist Church. It is home to over 50 visual and performing artists. Its large auditorium, “The Venue”, formerly the church sanctuary, has recently been renovated into a beautiful space that may be rented for special occasions and features specially constructed movable walls that can be reconfigured in various ways for exhibition, performance or reception space. In addition to galleries and individual studio spaces, it houses common use areas, including a large pottery studio, printery, silk screen area, and workshop area.

The Past and Current Member Shows will feature paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, prints, hand-made cards, fiber arts. Most of the Co-op’s current members will participate. Former co-op members who will participate include: Rebecca Savage, Gabrielle Garner, Ingeborg Haddox, Cindy Canty, Lauren Markley, Chip Walters, Frances Young, Garry Turpin, Stephen Stinson, Christopher Turner, Kate McAninch, Melinda Loxley, D.J. Morrison, Holly Williamson, Nikki Caulk, Nancy Owings, Larry Mauldin, Daphne Cuadrado, and Jasmine Sanders.

During Art Walk on Thursday evening, Mar. 19, 2015, between 5 and 9pm various artists will present demonstrations. This is presented as a special treat, leading up to the excitement of the GALA on Mar. 21, 2015. Beth Regula will demonstrate the use of polymer clay and other mediums, Mary Lou Hightower will demonstrate mono printing using a gelli plate, Liz Welsh will demonstrate oil painting, and Allison Gross and Nancy Williamson will demonstrate throwing various forms on the potter’s wheel.

The West Main Artist Co-op is located just 8 blocks west of downtown’s Morgan Square at 578 West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29301. The Co-op provides affordable studio and exhibition space for local artists. Locally made art, including paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, prints, hand-made cards, fiber arts and more, is available in the galleries. Admission is free and open to the public; hours are Wed, 10am – 3pm, Thur. and Fri., 10am – 6pm, Third Thursdays till 9pm, Sat., 10am – 4pm, and by appointment. The Co-op also participates in Spartanburg’s Art Walk. During Art Walk, local galleries are open 5-9pm, the third Thursday of every month.

West Main Artists Co-op is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, supported in part by the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

For more information please visit ( or call 864/804-6501.

USC-Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Announces that Artist Fran Gardner’s Work was Accepted for ArtFields© 2015

March 6, 2015


Fran Gardner’s art work titled “Laws of Variation” has been accepted for exhibition in ArtFields© 2015 held annually in Lake City, SC. Gardner’s work was one of only 400 pieces selected out of 1,000 entries competing in the exhibit. Her mixed media installation piece is composed of thirty-nine 8”x8” panels that are a combination of painting, drawing and stitchery.


According to the website “ArtFields© is a community-focused celebration of art awarding $110,000 in prizes to artists from across the Southeast. Initially founded in 2013 ArtFields© annually transforms the historic district of Lake City into a Southern art mecca for nine days allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most charming small towns.”

Part of “Laws of Variation” by Fran Gardner

Gardner’s pieces will be on display at The Visitor Center at the Historic Whitehead Infirmary at 238 East Main Street in Lake City from Apr. 24 – May 2, 2015. Gardner will give an artist talk about her work on May 1 at 11am. Gardner stated, “ArtFields© draws a very large and diverse audience of artists, art appreciators, and most especially citizens of the southeastern states who are curious and interested in the intersection of art and rural life in the south. I am honored to have my work accepted for this important exhibition.”

A native South Carolinian, Gardner lives in Heath Springs, not far from her birthplace in Hartsville. She is professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and published in books and magazines including “Textiles: The Art of Mankind” by Mary Schoeser. She was a national park artist-in-residence in New Mexico in 2012.

For further info contact Shana F. Dry, Office of Advancement, USC Lancaster by calling 803/313-7008 or e-mail to ( For info about ArtFields© 2015 visit (

Artists Invited to Submit Work for the 36th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition at the Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC – Deadline Apr. 8, 2015

March 5, 2015

Editor’s Note: I love this competition’s selection of jurors – an accomplished artists, a museum curator and a commercial gallery director. Winners of this competition should feel that their selection is more – much more than one person’s whim of the day.

The “Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition” will take place beginning April 1, 2015. This competition is open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina.

The panel of jurors for this year’s competition represents the best and brightest in South Carolina. Associate Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. His work was awarded the top prize at ArtFields©, Best in Show at Hub-Bub Gallery’s “Emerging Carolina” and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts 701 CCA Prize 2012. He was awarded Best in Show during “Fantastic Fibers” at Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY. His work has been included in “Fiberarts International 2013″ in Pittsburgh and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk “Textile Biennial”, Netherlands. Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. He has studied art in England and Spain and participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and has been an instructor at Penland School of Craft.

Victoria Cooke joined the curatorial staff at the Columbia Museum of Art in January 2013. She holds an MA in art    history, specializing in 18th and 19th century French painting from Tulane University and became a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware before deciding to devote her career to museum work. She became an associate curator of painting at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1997 and was named the senior curator of painting at in 2002. In New Orleans she was the curator of “Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America” and “Jefferson’s America and Napoleon’s France: An Exhibition for the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial”. She left there in 2007 to become the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art where she stayed for 3 years. After a year as a museum director in Florida, Cooke decided to return to curatorial work exhibitions and in 2013 she joined the staff of the Columbia Museum of Art.

Director of Hampton III Gallery for over 25 years, Sandra Rupp works with numerous living artists, as well as the several artists’ estates, focusing mostly on Southern artists, particularly those with a SC connection. In addition to her gallery work, she assists museums in their programming. In recent years she has worked with the University of Georgia Museum in Athens, GA, in organizing the Leo Twiggs’  retrospective; curated the Sigmund Abeles’ retrospective at the Burroughs-Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC; worked on the Carl Blair retrospective and the “Merton Simpson Confrontations” exhibition at the Greenville County Museum in Greenville, SC. Serving on Greenville’s committee of Art in  Public Places, Rupp has consulted with the Falls Park leadership in helping to secure a Joel Shapiro sculpture among other public art placements throughout the city. In 2009 she organized the “Chairman’s Exhibition” for Artisphere in Greenville, SC, and has served on the board of Artisphere since that time

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Wednesday, April 1 and continuing April 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Till 7:00 on Thurs 4/3).

The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on Apr. 25 and the exhibit will continue through June 11, 2015.

The “Pickens County Museum’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Competition” is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission. Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before April 1. The “Annual Juried Competition” and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the programs at the Pickens County Museum.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus may contact the museum at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671; or call 864/898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at ( or by visiting ( and clicking the prospectus link or ( clicking the prospectus link at the event description.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents “Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence” – Reception Mar. 5, 2015

March 5, 2015

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents a solo exhibition, “Ruptured Silence”, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. “Ruptured Silence” is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt “Ruptured Silence” as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects.

“Passing Point” by Eto Otitigbe

The exhibit is on view from Mar. 5 through  Apr. 19, 2015. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Thursday, Mar, 5, 2015, from 7-9pm. Reception admission free to 701 CCA Members; $5 suggested donation for non-members.

While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop “Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs”, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. “Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs” will be performed Mar. 27 and 28, 2015, at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on Mar. 19, 1-5pm.

“Spray” by Eto Otitigbe

During his residency, which ends Mar. 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, “Passing Point”, for outside on the Wayne Street side of 701 Whaley. “Passing Point”, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on “Passing Point”, Sunday, Mar. 15, 3pm.

Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few.

Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003).  He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012).

701 Center for Contemporary Art is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor in Columbia, SC 29201

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

For further inquiries, contact by e-mail at (, call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949 or visit (

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

March 1, 2015


The March 2015 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 65 pages of it. A lot of folks didn’t make our deadline this month. It’s hard to understand why when February has the same 24 days that every other month has. Linda and I are the ones working with the short end of the stick – only 4 days to put the paper together compared to 6 and 7 days most months.

Single page downloads are still adding up to more than double the amount for side by side format – which is good as many people desired one or the other. We’re here to please all we can so we’ll continue offering you the choice of two ways to download the paper:

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

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Art Day – Mar. 7, 2015

February 28, 2015


The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, will celebrate and immerse guests in South Carolina art during Art Day on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, from 10am– 4pm. The annual event will feature demonstrations and discussions by South Carolina artists, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, live music, hands-on activities, art exhibits, live performance art and the opportunity to participate in the destruction of a massive art installation.

Part of the installation piece by Jonathan Brilliant

Art Day offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into South Carolina art and artists with live, unique and interactive opportunities throughout the day. Several artists featured in the museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe,” will be onsite representing their work, including Jonathan Brilliant, who is inviting the public to help “destroy his Universe” by partaking in the breakdown of his massive installation made up of 50,000 coffee stirrers held together by tension. In addition, Jon Prichard and Will Johnson will present their multidisciplinary ritual performance art piece, “Color Code.” Printmaker Gene Speer and ceramist Virginia Scotchie will also be onsite discussing their work. “Building a Universe,” closing Saturday, Mar. 15, features original work from a variety of South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The day will also feature live plein air painting from members of About Face, a group representing a wide range of ages and abilities, and demonstrations of pottery, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and painting by South Carolina artists. Throughout the day there will be special guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, which include more than 4,000 works of art dating between 1590 to present, live music and a variety of “creation stations” in which guests can participate in hands-on art projects inspired by the State Museum’s collection.

“South Carolina is culturally diverse and has an incredible visual representation that spans more than 300 years,” said Paul Matheny, State Museum chief curator of collections. “Art Day is a celebration of the many great artists from our state and the works they have produced and continue to produce every day.”

Work by William Halsey

“Halsey 100,” a new mini-exhibit that examines the work of Charleston artist William Halsey in the 100th anniversary year of his birth will open during Art Day. The exhibit includes original works of art that look into the important career of Halsey, who was a pioneer of contemporary art in the Palmetto State and helped pave the way for other contemporary artists. For those looking to take home a piece of art, there will be a Guy Lipscomb art sale, in which all proceeds will benefit the South Carolina State Museum Foundation.

In addition to the excitement at Art Day, the museum will open its doors the day before to aspiring art students at the second annual College Art Day on Friday, Mar. 6, 2015, from 10am – 2pm. Aspiring art students will meet current students and faculty from colleges around the state and hear from alumni applying art degrees in their professions.  Advance reservation is required. To sign up, call 803/898-4999 or e-mail to (

Both Art Day and College Art Day are included with museum general admission or membership. Visit ( to learn more.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  Guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology.

Visit ( to learn more.


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