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Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC, Offers Works by Alice Ballard, Katrina Majkut, Lynne Riding, and Katya Cohen

December 3, 2017

Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC, is presenting an exhibition entitled, f word, featuring works by Alice Ballard, Katrina Majkut, Lynne Riding, and Katya Cohen, on view at RIVERWORKS Gallery, located along the Reedy River in Greenville, through December 16, 2017.

F word is usually a more palatable, polite, hushed version of a caustic, curse. This exhibition, f word, politely whispers an all too often misunderstood term, “feminist”– feminist as the curse of cuckolding, uppity women.

The f word defines feminist as regenerative, life-giving nature as seen in Alice Ballard’s exquisite ceramic wall pods. Ballard defines her process: “I spend countless hours contemplating a particular form in order to feel its energy.  It becomes a Zen-like connection not unlike a meditation.” Ballard, a grandmother, currently teaches at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts (SGCAH) and Humanities and Christ Church Episcopal Middle School and maintains a studio here in Greenville.


Work by Katrina Majkut

The f word is intricate, petite, cross stitched samplers of contraceptive products from Katrina Majkut’s “Control” series. She states, “Such mediums contain their own patriarchal or submissive history, and modernizing them to convey how particular cultural practices are often at odds with women’s parity.” Majkut is a visual artist and writer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She is dedicated to exploring and understanding feminine narratives and civil rights.

Lynne Riding’s “Concerning Beings” fills the floor of RIVERWORKS with strikingly fragile white paper bowls – vessels, the ancient, mythological female symbol. According to Riding, “It occurred to me that the daily practice required when making these bowls references the daily chores and some of the tedium involved with many daily domestic chores, aligned with attention to detail and the care required.” Riding is a practicing artist in Charleston and on the faculty of the College of Charleston and the Art Institute of Charleston.


Works by Lynne Riding

Katya Cohen states, “Contemporary Art cannot be addressed without tracing its roots to Duchamp’s readymades; his most (in)famous being Fountain done in 1917…” In homage to the 100th Anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, Cohen paints, in the manner of Rubens, details of this classic male fixture as seductive, sensuous, female curves. Cohen lives and maintains a studio practice in Clemson after gracefully retiring from teaching classes, ranging from printmaking to seminars in contemporary art theory, at UGA, Clemson, Anderson, Furman and at the SGCAH.

f word’s subtle images and palette invite contemplation and possibly a rethinking of the cultural myths of feminism. Through its quiet images, forms, and tones it politely asks for consideration of women as equals.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Greenville Technical College. The gallery is located on River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville.

For further information call 864/271-0679, e-mail to (elizabeth.markel@gvltec.edu), or visit (www.gvltec.edu/dva) and click on RIVERWORKS.

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The December 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

December 1, 2017

The December 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1217/1217carolinaarts.html) – all 56 pages of it. That’s 13 pages less than last month.

This month’s cover art features a work by Herb Jackson. Jackson is being presented in an exhibit at NC State University in Raleigh, NC, entitled “A Door is not a Window,” on view at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, The Historic Chancellor’s Residence, through Jan. 28, 2018.
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. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the January 2018 issue about an exhibit – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the December 24th deadline. Yes, that’s Christmas Eve, but it’s also our deadline, so maybe it’s time to get us your info for January early.
And, have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
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Rhett Thurman Studio in Charleston, SC, Invites You to a Holiday Open Studio – Dec. 2, 2017

November 27, 2017

Rhett Thurman Studio in Charleston, SC, invites you to a Holiday Open Studo, on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 4-6pm, located at 241 King Street in downtown Charleston, SC 29401.

Refreshments will be served, and we look forward to seeing you!

Rhett Thurman grew up in the tiny hamlet of Gramling, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “It was the ideal way to start life,” she says, “surrounded by loving, caring, high expectation people and beautiful scenery.” She has lived in Charleston, South Carolina since 1970 where she has painted her entire adult life.

Thurman was one of 10 painters featured in “American Artists in Paris” in 2013. She has achieved national acclaim for both oils and watercolors, winning awards from New York to California, and has exhibited with the prestigious American and National Watercolor Societies, and The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club of New York. Her work has been featured in national publications and is included in private, museum and corporate collections.

Thurman is the recipient of the 1995 Outstanding Alumna Award from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she earned her degree in Studio Art. Her education and painting experience include further study in Europe and the United States. In turn, she has taught workshops nationally and internationally.

In bold palette, her work offers an intimate glimpse at her life experiences. Browsers, patrons and friends are welcome to visit her studio at 241 King Street, in the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina. Rhett Thurman is represented by Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC, (www.hortonhayes.com) and The Red Piano Art Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC, (www.redpianoartgallery.com).

See more of Thurman’s works at this link (https://www.rhettthurmanstudio.com/gallery).

For further information call 843/577-6066, e-mail to (rhettthurmanstudio@gmail.com) or visit (www.rhettthurmanstudio.com).

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers One Night Only Holiday Sale – Dec. 8, 2017

November 27, 2017

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, will offer a Pop Up Show at Fabulon in time for holiday shopping on Dec. 8, 2017, from 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public

Small works on paper, little paintings, great gifts, just the right pop of color for that decorative touch, priced $15-$100.

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407.

For further information call the Center at 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

Conway Glass in Conway, SC, Invites You to Holiday Party & Glass Blowing Demos! – Dec. 2, 2017

November 27, 2017

It’s time for our Annual Holiday Party and Glass Blowing Demos, on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 11am – 4pm, at Conway Glass in Conway, SC. Enjoy free refreshments while watching glass blowers create colorful works of art right before your eyes. See glass artists work with 2150 degree glass to handcraft Roman Bowls. Each bowl is handblown and decorated with silver spirals.

We open on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10am and glass blowing is 11am – 4pm. No appointment necessary. Free. Family Friendly.

For further information call 843/248-3558, or visit (www.conwayglass.com).

CamdenART in Camden, SC, Announces Winners of Fall Member’s Show

November 27, 2017

CamdenART (CArt) recently held its Fall Members’ Show, in the Bassett Gallery, of The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, in Camden, SC, in conjunction with the Gallery Gallop held November 17, 2017. The top three winners, along with two Honorable Mentions and the People’s Choice were announced during the opening reception. This year’s exhibit was judged by Liz Steiner.

Liz Steiner received her MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and a BFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling from Kent State University in 2006 where she also earned a minor in Geology. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally in shows such as the Alchemy: The Enamelist Society Student Exhibition, and the SNAG Annual Juried Student Exhibition: No Boundaries, and SNAG Annual Juried Student Slide Show: A Presence of Thought, both in Houston Texas. Liz has had work published in Lark’s 500 Pendants and Lockets and 500 Enameled Objects and curated the international exhibition Hot Under the Collar. She was the 2012 Artist Fellow in Fine Metals at Peters Valley Craft Center and a recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant. Recently, Steiner was the Teaching Artist in Metal Arts at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology, before returning to live and teach in Greenville, NC.

The CArt Fall Member Show winners were:

Honorable Mentions–Sharon Collings Licata for an alabaster sculpture; and Sam Compton for “Just Out of Reach,” mixed media

Third Place–Alice Brooks for “Eclipse,” watercolor
Second Place–Beth Woodall for “Brothers,” colored pencil; and
First Place–Laurie McIntosh for “The One is Enough,” mixed media. Be sure to catch first place winner, Laurie McIntosh’s upcoming exhibition entitled “Environmental Abstractions” in the Bassett Gallery April 12 through May 6.


Work by Laurie McIntosh

People’s Choice Award–This year there was a three-way tie for the People’s Choice. The winners include: Beth Woodall for “Farrier, colored pencil; Arlene Hutcheson for “Untitled,” mixed media; and Dot Goodwin for “Hot Chocolate,” acrylic.

The public is invited to visit the Bassett Gallery to enjoy the exhibition weekdays from 10am to 5pm through Dec. 15, 2017. Various pieces are for sale and would make great holiday gifts for the art lover on your list.

For more information, please call the FAC Box Office, or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org). The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-6pm.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

FABULON, A Center For Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for “Not Your Typical Love Story” – Deadline Dec. 12, 2017

November 13, 2017

With the bells of the New Year still echoing in our ears, we will be confronted with hearts, candy, and the trappings of modern day Valentine’s Day.

Each year at this time we put out a call for our “Not Your Typical Love Story Show”. It started as a quest to battle commercialism, materialism, over consumption and narrow-minded views. We had the idea to show art that illustrated the many facets of love, a truer vision of Saint Valentine’s mission, and spread some empathy.

With so much news of injustice, incivility, instability, and insecurity, it is hard to imagine thoughts of love. Or that love could be a remedy. We thought of cancelling the show.

But that song by Hal David and Burt Bacharach keeps echoing. Maybe you remember the Jackie DeShannon version or prefer Dionne Warwick’s, or Boss Baby is your frame of reference with Missi Hale singing away.

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love

it’s the only thing there’s just too little of

no, not just for some, but for everyone”

That says it all!

And it says hold on to that thought. Make it real.

Send us images that prove that loving your neighbor like yourself could really make a difference in the world. Show that love trumps hate every time. Inspire more people to realize that they can make a difference.

The song is apparently a conversation addressing the Lord. But this is a plea to all humans of any denomination, spiritual belief, struggling person even those brave enough to question, and daring enough to lift voices and pencils and paint brushes.

The lyrics go on to say “we don’t need another mountain”….but with our environment at risk and the EPA under attack, lest we not forget that ordering up another mountain isn’t really an option. So if we love it, we need to show it!

We are seeking deep connections to the idea that love will save the world. As cliché as that may seem, prove it could be true. Dig deep. Please no cliché images. Capture examples but also show some potential solutions.

For info to enter visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4861).

Please include an artist’s statement.

All mediums 2D and 3D visual arts will be considered.

Send up to five images per entry. We will choose up to three for the exhibit and sale. Artists must send a statement about their work.

All work must be for sale. The gallery receives 40% of the sale. Artist is responsible for delivery and pick up of artwork. Artwork may be brought to the gallery in person or shipped with shipping labels both ways using FedEx or USPS only (NOT UPS as they charge us a fee which will be passed along to you if this is your only available method) . No packing peanuts, please.

Artwork must be in hang ready condition with wire method only, no sawtooth hangers will be accepted. Each piece must have a label firmly affixed to the back, stating name, title, and contact information. Artwork must have been created within the last 2 years, not derived from copyrighted images, and not created under the direction of an instructor. We will accept images of work in progress, with the understanding it will be finished by the deadline.

Deadline for submission is 12/12/21/17, artists will be notified by 12/30/17. Work must arrive by 1/15/18. Work will be on display from 1/23/18 through 3/1/18. Artists’ Reception on 2/10/18 5-8pm.

FABULON is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407

For further info call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

African American Fiber Artists Sought for 12th Annual Exhibition in North Charleston, SC – Deadline is Mar. 1, 2018

November 13, 2017

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 2-6 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the United States and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the “12th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, titled “I’m NOT Every Woman, I’m a PHENOMENAL Woman!”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from May 1-June 22, 2018. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. A maximum of two entries per artist may be selected. The application is available online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com). Deadline for entries is Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018.

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. The challenge for this year’s special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that pays tribute to an extraordinary African American woman – past or present, real or fictional, a public figure or an unsung heroine. Artists should note that the curator will not select pieces relating to Maya Angelou as this theme was explored in the 2015 exhibition.

Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2018/2019 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The “12th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: I’m NOT Every Woman, I’m a PHENOMENAL Woman!” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from May 1-June 22, 2018, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Added Number 203 Quilt Block

November 13, 2017

“The name of this quilt pattern is a Star Flower however, we call the quilt Granny Morris’s Dresses since my Maternal Grandmother, Julia Kemp Morris, sewed this quilt back in the early 1940s from fabrics of her old dresses and my grandfather’s shirts,” says Jeanie Morehead Christopher. Julia probably learned the art of quilting from her mother. Most likely, she and her 5 sisters passed the time away while quilting together. “My grandfather, Joseph Walker Morris, bought his first truck when he was 38 years old in 1927. He built a lucrative business known in the Anderson area as J. W. Morris Transfer. Later, the name was changed to Morris Van Lines as that is the name on all the advertising memorabilia (key chains, pencils, pens & business cards) we have in the family. Morris Van Lines moved to Belton Highway in July 1948 where it remained until liquidation by his children in 1993. Both of his children, O. V. Morris and Jeanette Morris Moorhead were involved in this business venture until their retirement. Mr. Morris’ son-in-law James Robert Moorhead was also employed by the company until his retirement in 1982,” adds Christopher.

This quilt is placed on the site of the Morris’ home at 2023 E. River Street (Belton Highway) in Anderson, SC. Hill Electric and Morris Van Lines were business neighbors for many years and Hill Electric bought the property in the 1990’s. They renovated the warehouses and office spaces to suit their electric business. “My grandparents’ home became their temporary offices while they did the remodeling. After a recent tour of the home and the warehouses, I found that much of it remains as it was when I was a child. Roller skating around the transfer trucks and having talent shows in my grandparent’s attic and basement are fond memories at Granny’s house,” say Christopher. “I also recall being able to see the double ferris wheel at the Anderson Fair Grounds from an attic window. We grandchildren would slide down the hill beside the house on broken down packing boxes from the moving business. Granny made fig preserves from her fig tree that is still standing at the bottom of this hill.”

“This quilt has already been a great example of how the Upstate Quilt Trail brings families back together. My first cousin and I have been in contact many times over the last few months while this quilt was being painted. I learned during those conversations that her daughter (the next generation!) has many fond memories of Granny’s house, her meals, her sewing, her garden in the back of the lot and playing as well around the transfer trucks. This would be Granny’s great-grand daughter and she hopes to come up to Anderson and see the quilt installed as well as get a current tour of the house where we all had such a good time!,” adds Christopher.

For further info about the Quilt Trail call 864/723-6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden, SC, Announces Second Annual Gallery Gallop – Nov. 17, 2017

November 13, 2017

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and Camden ART (CArt), invite you to join them for the second annual Gallery Gallop, a special gallery and art crawl in downtown Camden, SC. Seven local galleries and businesses will open their doors to the public from 5:30-9pm on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, to highlight local and regional artists and their unique variety of art styles and mediums. Each the businesses taking part in this unique event will be within walking distance of each other and will be showcasing varying works of art and artisan products.

About the Participants

Seven different Camden businesses will be participating in the Gallery Gallop. They include the Fine Arts Center’s Bassett Gallery, Art at Greenleaf Villa, The Artists’ Attic, Isom’s Delights, Northlight Studio, Rutledge Street Gallery, and Schmucker’s Amish General Store.

The Bassett Gallery will host the “Camden ART Fall Members’ Show”. This annual juried show features the best new art work by members of CArt, a visual arts affiliate and founding member organization of the FAC. CArt is comprised of artists and art enthusiasts from beginner to professional levels who gather for education, exhibition, community, and the opportunity to support the Center through volunteer activities, and yearly donations. CArt meets regularly at the FAC in the Bassett Gallery September through May at 7pm. The Bassett Gallery is located on the campus of the FAC at 810 Lyttleton Street.

Art at the Greenleaf Villa houses various artists and art styles from Asian silk painting, pen and ink, handpainted wearables, photography, portraitures, miniatures, watercolors, collage and more. There are five resident artists located within its space–Midge Bremer, Ginny Caraco, Denise Greer, and Bill and Anne Starnes. Several guest artists will also take part in the event. Greenleaf Villa is located at 1307 Broad Street.

The Artists’ Attic is a gallery and working studio for local artists. It is a place where you can witness the artists bringing ideas in form. The Artists’ Attic offers both classes and framing. Stop by and enjoy the magic of creativity. The Artists’ Attic is located at 930 Broad Street.

Isom’s Delights is located inside the open air mall at 1011 Broad Street beside Catery on Broad. There you will see the work of owner, Lori Starnes. Her unique style features delightful, real-life portraitures of African-Americans. She will be serving samples of some of her delectable cookies, along with pound cakes and pies for purchase.


Work by Laurie McIntosh

Northlight Studio is home to the studio of Laurie McIntosh. The Gallery Gallop is her first open studio since relocating to Northlight Studio in Camden after seven years as a full-time resident artist at Vista Studios in Columbia, SC. McIntosh’s abstract paintings involve deconstructing ordinary aspects of life and reconfiguring them into finished works, the scene is life imitating art. She explains that while her abstracts involve recognizable objects from her life that is split between the South Carolina’s Midlands and the coast-a fishing lure here, a sleeping dog there and what appears to be a piece of horse tack in another-each one is like a remnant of a dream. Fleeting images rendered in a soothing color palette stir memories and emotions, creating more questions than answers. As such, McIntosh says her work is intentionally open to interpretation.

Rutledge Street Gallery is an original contemporary art gallery. Since it opened in 1999, it has maintained a reputation for having beautiful and exquisite pieces. Represents emerging and established artists creating paintings, sculpture, furniture, and pottery. Nicholas Blake, local furniture maker and Jenny Fuller, an oil painter from Charlotte, will be milling around hoping to show off their work! Rutledge Street Gallery is located at 508 Rutledge Street.

Schmucker’s Amish General Store, 1040A Broad Street is full of handmade items in the Amish tradition. Food goods, furniture, handmade toys and artwork of varying styles may be found here. Pop in and take away some of the best homemade cheeses, breads, pickles and more!

For more information call 803/425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at (www.fineartscenter.org). The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Box office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-6pm.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.