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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC, Installs Its 190th Quilt Block

January 7, 2017


The second quilt to be placed in downtown Six Mile, SC, on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC, was mounted on Hot Foot Studios located at 104 Main Street. The owner of the studio, Sharon Finley, chose the North Star quilt, gifted to her by the Senior Ladies of Mountain View Baptist Church as a wedding gift in 1981.


A teacher at Six Mile Elementary School, Sharon is also an avid supporter of the Appalachian culture which is realized through her art of folk dance. She started out teaching students at the elementary school in an afterschool program, and the interest from the community grew from there. The current studio was established in 2007 and her dancers have earned championship wins in four clogging sanctions. In 2015, she opened a studio in Asheville, NC, where her group has performed at Shindig on the Green as well as in Nashville, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. Although she teaches contemporary footwork, her dancers always start with traditional clogging steps.

Sharon comes from a rich dance heritage, as she says “on both sides of the house.” Her maternal grandmother loved square dance and it was said she could wear out a good pair of shoes on a Saturday night! On her father’s side of the family, her grandfather was known for his “buckdancing” skills. He entertained the troops during his time in the service during WWI, and earned the nickname, “the little dancer,” as he was admired for his novel and curious talents of southern mountain culture. This tradition continues as both of Sharon’s children, Lauren and Cullen attended Mars Hill University and have traveled internationally with the college dance team.

The North Star pattern that graces the Six Mile Hot Foot Studio is an old, and very well-known pattern that dates back to pre-Civil War times. First seen at an Abolitionist Fair in Boston in the mid-1800s, it was used throughout the south as a sign to the slaves that it was time to prepare for escape and to follow the North Star, or the “Drinking Gourd,” on their way north to Canada.

The lady quilters that created this block, Annie Martin, June Winchester, Mae Alexander, Della Cochran and Inez Collins, used bright colors in their rendition of the pattern that they gifted to Sharon and her husband. These ladies would make a quilt for new brides in the church. They looked forward to each of these social gatherings. As Sharon says, “You’ve never heard such laughing and carrying on when they met at the home of Mrs. Junie Winchester!” Although all the talented ladies have passed on, their memory stays as warm in Sharon’s heart as the colors of her quilt.

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High Point University in High Point, NC, Calls for Entries for “Visions 2017: Food for Thought” – Deadline Dec. 2, 2016

October 27, 2016

The Sechrest Art Gallery seeks submissions for the exhibition, “Visions 2017: Food for Thought”. Our Fifth Annual Invitational exhibition ties in with the university’s Common Experience theme for the academic year. In January the emphasis will be on Exercising Food Justice, looking at connections related to injustice, and hunger as well as food production. In February the topic will be The Culture of Food which is about food diversity. This exhibition will address those issues and more. It will be curated by Greg Shelnutt who is the Department of Art Chair at Clemson University. Awards to entry winners of 1st place $200, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50.

Entry Deadline: December 2, 2016
Jurying and Notification: December 12-14, 2016
Accepted Work Due: January 7, 2017
Shipped Work returned:  Artists are responsible for the costs of shipping their works to the Sechrest Gallery in North Carolina.  You must provide a pre-paid shipping label for works to be returned. All shipped work must arrive by January 2-4, 2017


METHOD OF SELECTION: All work selected by digital image. The Sechrest Art Gallery reserves the right to refuse any art not conforming to entry requirements. Artists may enter up to four works. Provide title, medium, dimensions, and insurance value and/or sales price.

ELIGIBILITY: Works in all fine art media completed within the last 2 years are eligible. Art must be original. Hand-pulled prints, original digital prints, and photographs are acceptable.

DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED ART:  Accepted art may be hand delivered or shipped. Artist is responsible for all shipping charges both to and from the exhibition. Shipped work should include a letter outlining return instructions and a return address label. Please let us know how much insurance to put on the work. You may include a prepaid, completed shipping form from any major shipper. Shipping forms must have a bar code or the shipping company will not pick them up. Work will be returned in the same packing material in which it is received. Follow guidelines provided by your shipper and be sure that you understand their insurance policies. Allowed coverage for original artwork varies, and glass broken during shipping is not covered by most shippers. All accepted work must remain for the duration of the exhibition.

INSURANCE:  The Sechrest Art Gallery will take every reasonable precaution to prevent loss of or damage to your work, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage. Artists must provide their own insurance for shipping. High Point University holds insurance for accepted works for the duration of the show. Let us know the sale price or insurance value of each work. Works brought before or left after designated dates are NOT covered by insurance. Works left for over 90 days after the pick up date become the property of the Sechrest Art Gallery.

PRESENTATION: Work may not exceed 360 inches in perimeter or 150 pounds in weight. All 2-D work must have gallery quality framing and wire for hanging. Canvas edges must be finished or framed with no visible staples or unpainted canvas. Sculpture must sit on a flat surface or be ready to hang. Improperly presented work will not be exhibited.

SUBMITTING DIGITAL IMAGES: Be sure that your images follow the stated guidelines before sending. Due to the number of entries, we cannot resize or correct incorrectly submitted images.

Send JPEGS with .jpeg extension, no more than 1000 pixels in the long dimension at a browser resolution of 72dpi.
File name of each image: your last name first and middle initials and an entry number. For example, Jane S. Smith’s first entry would be SmithJS1.jpeg. For multiple views of a 3-D work add a,b, or c. Letters and numbers only, with no special characters or spaces.

EMAIL images as individual attachments to a single e-mail. Put Food for Thought 2016 in the subject line, put your full name and address, and a numbered inventory with sizes and value in the body of the e-mail. Send to: (

ENTRY FEES: $35 entry fee for two submissions, $10 for each subsequent entry, 4 entries maximum. Checks for entry fees made payable to : High Point University

JUROR: Work will be juried by Greg Shelnutt, Art Department Chair at Clemson University.

Sechrest Art Gallery
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268
Attn: Ariel Morgan

The 2017 South Carolina Clay Conference Will Take Place – February 24-26, 2017

September 8, 2016


The 2017 South Carolina Clay Conference, hosted by Newberry Arts Center in Newberry, SC, will take place on Feb. 24-26, 2017, at the Newberry Firehouse Conference Center.

Conference organizers have announced two presenters: Tom and Elaine Coleman, from Henderson, Nevada. Check them out at (

A major feature of the conference will be the South Carolina Clay Conference Pottery Sale, including works by presenters and conference attendees.

For more info and updated details visit (

Editor’s Note: If you are a potter working in South Carolina, but are not interested in attending this conference, it is important that you make contact with the organizers in Newberry to help construct a database of SC potters. There is no state-wide pottery organization which makes it hard to communicate with potters in the state about opportunities or planned events.

City of North Charleston (SC) Seeking New Artist-in-Residence for FY2016/17 – Deadline July 8, 2016

June 7, 2016


Each fiscal year the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, contracts a professional visual artist to serve as the City’s Artist-in-Residence. The department is currently seeking to fill the position for fiscal year 2016/17. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist will share his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing free visual art residencies, workshops, and demonstrations to public schools, recreation facilities, and community groups within the city limits of North Charleston. Local visual artists with a willingness to share their talents and an ability to work with students of all ages are invited to apply for the part-time, contracted position by Friday, July 8, 2016.

FY2015/16 Artist-in-Residence Daryle Halbert

At the written request of art teachers and school liaisons, the Artist-in-Residence will conduct visual art residencies at North Charleston schools throughout the 2016/17 school year. Additional workshops will be coordinated at the request of community groups, as well as during the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. In addition, the Artist-in-Residence has the option to present an exhibition of his/her work at the North Charleston City Gallery from December 2016 through January 2017. Additional exhibition opportunities are available during the North Charleston Arts Fest in May.

Rate of pay for this part-time position is $25 an hour for up to 300 hours completed from August 2016 through June 2017. Program supplies are provided. A background check is required. Interested artists should submit quality photographs or digital images of their work along with a current résumé or CV by 5pm on Friday, July 8, 2016. Application materials may be e-mailed to ( or mailed to the attention of: Krystal Yeadon at City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC, 29419-9016.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, or the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at ( or call 843/740-5854.

Lancaster, SC’s Sixth Annual Red Rose Festival in Looking for Artists and Vendors – Deadline Apr. 20, 2015

February 28, 2015


Lancaster, SC’s Sixth Annual Red Rose Festival, the City of Lancaster’s signature event, is seeking artists, commercial and food vendors. The Festival will be held Friday, May 15, 2015, from 6-10pm and May 16, from 10am-10pm in downtown, Lancaster, SC.

For details regarding vendor dates and times or to apply online, visit ( Those interested can also e-mail to ( or call 803/289-1498.

Deadline for submission is April 20, 2015. Space is limited, so apply early!

The 2015 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone, with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival food and fun with free admission both days. The Red Rose Festival is a rain or shine event!

Check our website often for festival updates at (


The Red Rose Festival Photography Contest hosted by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts will take part with the annual Red Rose Festival on May 15/16, 2015, in downtown Lancaster, SC, celebrating all that our community has to offer its citizens. Open to all ages, participants are asked to submit one 8 x 10 color or black​ and white​ photograph of their visual interpretation of what makes our Lancaster community special. ​This is a juried comp​etition and there are cash awards: $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place winner. In addition, an Honorable Mention photograph is named. Sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the City of Lancaster.

All submissions are due by April 1, 2015 to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts office , 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.

For more information and/or to register call 803/285-7451 or visit (

Charleston County Public Libraries Need Your Input at Community Meetings in Charleston County, SC – May 9 – 12, 2011

May 7, 2011

If you haven’t heard me say it before – one of my favorite places in the world are public libraries – they’re better than the Internet as they have been around a lot longer and they don’t let bozos like me contribute their opinions as facts.

Here’s some info that you need – if you feel like I do.

Charleston County Public Libraries are at a crossroads, balancing the increased demand for services against continuing budget cuts and recurring public requests for more and bigger libraries. Faced with hard decisions about the Library’s future, a comprehensive Strategic Plan is underway to create a roadmap of specific actions needed to improve services and to address future buildings needs, operations and programming.

A major part of the process starts Monday, May 9, 2011, with a series of Community Meetings to gather input from county residents about how they use the library, what they like or don’t like and what changes they want to see for CCPL in the future. In addition to the community meetings, there will be focus groups and telephone surveys throughout the week. Residents unable to attend a meeting can go to the library’s Web site – ( – to complete a quick online survey question or send an e-mail to (

Dates and times for CCPL community meetings include:

Monday, May 9 at 6:30pm – Dorchester Road Regional, 6325 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston and at Mt. Pleasant Regional, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant

Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30pm – Otranto Road Regional, 2261 Otranto Rd., North Charleston

Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30pm – St. Andrews Regional, 1735 N. Woodmere Dr., Charleston

Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm – Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston and at John’s Island Regional, 3531 Maybank Hwy, John’s Island

For further information contact Jamie Thomas, Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Charleston County Public Library, by calling 843/805-6817, e-mail at ( or visit (

Carolina Arts Enters the World of Facebook

December 16, 2010

Well, like all things it had to happen eventually – we now have a page on Facebook. And, we invite all our readers out there to Like us. I always hoped you did anyway, but now this is a way of showing it – just like we all want you to feel the same about all our supporters who help make Carolina Arts (, Carolina Arts Unleashed ( and Carolina Arts News ( possible.

This is all new stuff for us and it will take us some time to get everything just right, but hang in there with us, eventually we may even be Tweeting soon. After all, spreading information about what’s going on in the visual art community in the Carolinas is what we’re all about.

If you have a Facebook account – type Carolina Arts in the search field and pick the one with this image

(the one and only true Carolina Arts Facebook page).

Then Like us. Then see what we’ve posted there.

Stanly County Arts Guild Presents an Exhibit of Works by June Rollins at the Stanly Agri-Center in Albemarle, NC – Oct. 2 -29, 2010

October 8, 2010

The Stanly County Artist Guild is hosting, From The Art, an exhibit of works by June Rollins featuring art and essays at the Stanly Agri-Center in Albemarle, NC, on view from Oct. 2 – 29, 2010.

Rollins lives in Wadesboro, NC. Inspired by the bearded iris she planted last year, she photographed and is currently painting the “All About Iris Series”. This painting shown, along with 20 others of varied subjects will be included in the exhibit at the Stanly Agri-Center.

Lady Amethyst by June Rollins

The exhibition is sponsored by the Stanly County Arts Guild. Hanging beside each painting will be From The Art essays written by the artist explaining the inspiration behind the individual works.

See the step-by-step painting demonstration for Lady Amethyst at (

Lobby hours for Stanly Agri-Center are Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm. For additional hours dependent on evening and weekend scheduled events, call 704/986-3666 during regular lobby hours.

Welcome to Carolina Arts News

August 22, 2010

Well, here is our new site for press releases, art news items, and shout outs about what’s going on in Carolina’s visual art community. These blog entries are either items we received at the last minute, items which came after our deadlines or just items that we thought were important enough to let you know about – right away.

So why do we need another blog? Frankly, these items which are important were clogging up Carolina Arts Unleashed which was started to be a venue for more of my commentary. Once I started using it to post press releases that missed the boat when it came to the printed paper or even the website version of the paper – more and more items came in hoping to get placed on the blog. This was good, but also bad for my original intentions for Carolina Arts Unleashed. And, a few folks wanted us to go back to the original concept. So, it was time for a new blog – Carolina Arts News.

I hope it becomes as popular as Carolina Arts, Carolina Arts Online and Carolina Arts Unleashed.

Tom Starland
editor and publisher
Carolina Arts