Archive for the ‘Seneca SC Visual Arts’ Category

Devils Fork State Park in Oconee County, SC, Joins Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

February 21, 2012

Cynthia Leggett brings us news of the first quilt block/square installed in a SC State Park, the latest entry to the Quilt Trail. Devils Fork State Park has joined the Quilt Trail with the addition of a quilt block originally designed by local quilter, Betsy Ward of Seneca, SC. The original quilt hanging, called “Rolling Landscape – Lake and Mountains,” was mounted on the Ranger Station and designed and made by Ward as part of a class taught by Carol Britt of Wytheville, VA, at an Appalachian Quilt Gathering at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  “In the class, we layered fabric and cut a soft curving line across the colors that we chose to be part of the picture.  By adding a small sailboat button, I was able to gain the proportional perspective,” says Ward.

Devils Fork State Park is situated on the southern shores of Lake Jocassee, in Oconee County, SC. The South Carolina State Park Service manages Devils Fork as a traditional state park. It is located 5 miles north of Salem and can be reached by traveling scenic Hwy. 11 to Lake Jocassee Road or Boones Creek Road. Devils Fork contains 644 acres and provides the only boat access to Lake Jocassee.  Facilities include two campgrounds with water and electrical hookups, 20 modern villas for those who prefer extra amenities for overnight accommodations, three picnic areas, two covered shelters and four boat launch areas with parking. Devils Fork also has several hiking trails through lush forests filled with wildflowers, including the Oconee Bell.

The  Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail is sponsored by the Mountain Lakes Region of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor grant program.

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail started with one quilt square mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla. It quickly spread to over 30 quilt panels in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties mounted on barns, businesses, homes and public buildings. There are currently over 70 quilt squares located on the Trail.

In a related event, on Feb. 26, from 2-4pm, Martha File, Chairperson of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail will give a lecture about the Trail at the Historic Ballenger House, 212 East South Third St. in Seneca, SC. Also featured will be Suzi Parron, newly published author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.” Parron will sign copies of her book which will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information about the Trail, stories and pictures, visit (

Blue Ridge Arts Council in Seneca, SC, Calls for Entries for its 2012 National Juried Show

October 26, 2011

The Blue Ridge Arts Council in Seneca, SC, invites all 2D and 3D artists residing in the United States to enter the 2012 National Juried Show – entitled, Recession Proof, to be show from Jan. 20 – Mar. 1, 2012, at the Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca. This is our most prestigious exhibit of the year and the 21st annual exhibit. It is open to any artist (professional, part-time, student, self-taught) anywhere in the USA. There is no limit of age, sex or qualification, with or without experience of public or private exhibitions, or critical acclaim. Works that are juried into the show will be on exhibit in the BRAC gallery.

Works that are not included in the juried show may be on display in the “Salon” exhibit hosted by the Seneca Woman’s Club at the Historic Ballenger House in Seneca. This sister exhibit will open and run simultaneously with the juried show.

Call for Entries will be mailed out and posted on our website by Nov. 15, 2011.

Brian Lang, Curator of the Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, will serve as our juror.  Awards will include Best of Show at $1000.00; 1st Place 2-D and 1st Place 3-D at $500.00 each; along with merit awards and one-person art exhibits at partnering locations. Opening receptions will be held at all locations on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, from 5:30-8:30pm during the Seneca Downtown Go ‘Round.

For further information call the Council at 864/882-2722 or visit (

Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, Holds Booking Party – Aug. 20, 2011

August 17, 2011

The Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, will hold a “Booking Party” for BRAC’s education programs on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, from noon to 3pm at the Center located at the intersection of 111 E. South 2nd and Townville Streets.

It will host current instructors with BRAC and invite possible instructors to book classes, workshops and lectures for the 2011-2012 calendar year. Door prizes, special signing bonus will all be part of this kick-off to create an inspiring new list of educational events for the year ahead.

For further information call 864/882-2722, e-mail to ( or visit (

Blue Ridge Art Center in Seneca, SC, Offers Postcard Art for Purchase – Beginning Apr. 22, 2011

April 8, 2011

The Blue Ridge Art Center in Seneca, SC, is offering original, affordable art by local, regional and national artist’s who have donated their work for sale at BRAC’s Postcard Art Fundraiser. The opening reception will commence on April, 22, 2011, from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The Postcard Art exhibit is unique and original postcard art can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

In addition, the Postcard Art Fundraiser will offer the public the opportunity to purchase postcard art pieces starting at $20.  Selected pieces will be offered in a silent auction on April 22, remaining Postcard Art will be in the gallery until May 13th, 2011.  Come and see!

The Blue Ridge Arts Center is located at 111 E. S. 2nd Street, Seneca, SC 29678

For further information call 864-882-2722 or visit (

4th Annual POP Open Studio Tour Takes Place in Pickens, Oconee and Pendleton Counties in SC – Apr. 30 and May 1, 2011

April 8, 2011

The fourth “POP” Open Studio Tour, taking place throughout Pickens, Oconee and Pendleton Counties in SC, has been organized for April 30, from 10am-6pm & May 1, from noon-5pm. The tour features more than thirty five accomplished artists and provides the opportunity to speak with the artists and observe the artist demonstrating the creative process behind their unique artwork.  The event also allows you to purchase incredible artwork directly from the artist with no commission markups.

The artists and their studios have been juried to ensure quality work and appropriate studio venues. A great variety of original work will be featured, including art from glass artists, jewelers, furniture makers, weavers,  painters, sculptors, photographers and quilters.

On April 14, 2011, from 5-7:30pm, a preview reception will be held for the “POP” Open Studio Tour at Duke’s World of Energy located between Seneca and Pickens, SC. Guests can meet the artists and discuss their work prior to mapping out your tour “route” for the weekend. The exhibit will feature one piece of work from each of the artists participating in the tour. The Exhibit closes May 6, 2011.  The refreshments will be provided by the participating artists; Duke Energy; Palmetto Spirits, with music by Soul Fetch.

The “POP” tour named for the tri-county area of Pickens, Oconee and Pendleton as a tourist destination. While “bringing art to the people”, it will also expose visitors directly to the artistic process by “bringing people to the arts” in their studios.

This event is entirely free to the public due to the generous support of the Clemson ATAX Commission, Oconee County ATAX Commission, Pickens County ATAX Commission, Seneca Hospitality and Accommodations Tax; the advertisers and sponsors listed in the tabloid.  Please support these organizations and businesses.

The POP Open Studio Tour is brought to you by the Blue Ridge Arts Council, located at 111 East South Second Street, Seneca, SC 29678.  For more information, call 864/882-2722 or visit (