Posts Tagged ‘Blue Ridge Arts Center’

Blue Ridge Arts Council in Seneca, SC, Focuses On Community Projects

July 30, 2015

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On May 25, 2015, Senecafest took place on Ram Cat Alley in downtown Seneca, SC. Blue Ridge Arts Council (BRAC) hosted all craft vendor booths and operated a special activity tent for children of all ages. Kids were invited to paint an Alley Cat canvas mural that now hangs in city hall. Next year, we plan on expanding to accommodate even more artists. Beaded Bracelet, Color Me Insulated Cups and Grab Bags were also made available to our guests.

Blue Ridge Arts Center is kicking off its new season with a culmination exhibit of work from our summer arts program. An open house reception featuring “True Colors” by Tribble will take place in on the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2015. Friends and family are invited to view projects created by adult clients and residents of the Tribble Center for adults with varying disabilities located in Seneca, SC. Images are available on our website at (www.blueridgeartscenter.com). This body of work will also hang during our second scheduled exhibit “Monochromatic Illusions” by HiFiber opening Nov. 6, 2015, so everyone will have an opportunity to see this marvelous work.

Our first exhibit – “The BRAC Annual Members Show” opens on Sept. 11, 2015, and intake will begin on Aug. 28, 2015. Reduced rates on membership are available to non-members who would like to participate. Member benefits include – annual members show, free on-line bios and photos, one-man and group show opportunities, reduced rates on workshops, classes and photography service, open studios and casual painting groups. Downloadable applications are available on line.

In conjunction with this show, our second installment of “Afternoon with an Artist” luncheon and demonstration at the Blue Ridge Gallery Classroom will headline Paul Dohr, renown award winning watercolor artist. It will take place on Sept. 16, 2015, from 12:30-3pm. He will provide hands-on instruction and as always, humorous dialog to accompany his presentation. Lunch includes – pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans and apple pie and ice cream [for $25.00]. The previous “Afternoon of an Artist” with Warren Carpenter [wood-turner] was a sell out – and an overwhelming success. We have room for 25 guests so make reservations now. Call Suzette Cross at 248/882-3288.

In addition to these events, we have a full schedule planned including:

Holiday Art Sale with Chocolate and Wine Tasting  [12/4,5 & 11- 12/11/2015];

The Annual Juried Exhibit [1/16/2016] which will take on a new format this year with more information to come;

“Upcycling/Mixed Media Exhibit” and Auctions for Charity in celebration with Earth Day, [3/11-4/23] Chairs for Charity Invitational Auction Saturday 4/23/2016. Call for entries will be sent to all charitable organizations. The results will be displayed during the exhibit and available for auction proceeds to benefit the charity.

As always, new members and volunteers are welcome. Contact information, photos of all past events and applications are available on line.

Melody Davis, Gallery Administrator, Board of Directors visit (www.blueridgeartscenter.com).

Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, Offers Several Opportunities for Artists

December 17, 2014

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We have elected 4 new Board members who have all hit the ground running on behalf of the organization. Each have their own special talents to contribute to the effort.

Planning is now underway for the African American History Month exhibit in February. A National Exhibit, courtesy of the Lunney House Museum, Strickland Museum Project and the City of Seneca, will be held in the main gallery. An African American Focus Art Exhibit will hang in our adjacent gallery rooms. There is no fee to enter art but space is limited so call now. The opening reception has not been finalized-check our website or call for updates. African inspired art and artifacts plus a gospel choir will be on hand for the opening celebration. Please contact us if you are interested in showing work in this event.

The Annual Juried Show is now in its planning stages. There is over $1500.00 in our growing award fund. Check the website for current information. An additional opportunity to show your work is available at our Salon De Refuse which will be held at the Historic Ballenger House in downtown Seneca.

We have received several donations of cash for our award reserve fund dedicated to the Juried show. If you or your group is interested in sponsoring an award please let us know. You will receive advertisement in our publications and recognition at the reception which is always quite large. It is never too early to plan for this signature event.

The Seneca ‘Ten At The Top’ Outdoor Project is in its third stage with train themed bench plaques being painted by 12 Oconee County Schools. The benches are under construction by Hamilton Career Center students and will be placed in the historic Ram Cat Alley and Main Street Area when completed. Two Murals are underway and slated to be hung in Buchanan Park and Firehouse locations. 12 steel  “alley cats” painted by local artists are prowling the city to encourage a sCATtenger hunt. These cats will be moved every two months to different locations. Brochure Maps are available at Seneca City Hall, BRAC, and on our website. A dedication ceremony for the Electric Bus Station will take place within the next two months hosting Washington, DC, senators and Congressmen, County and City Council members and the outdoor art will be there as the backdrop. We will publish the exact date as soon as plans are finalized.

For further info call Melody Davis Gallery Administrator at 727/457-5274 or visit (http://www.blueridgeartscenter.com/).

Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, Calls for Entries for 22nd Annual Juried Art Exhibit – Deadline May 4, 2013

April 3, 2013

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The Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, is calling for entries for its 22nd Annual Juried Art Exhibit, “Framed”, which will be on display May 17 – June 21, 2013.

We invite all local artists to participate in our annual Juried Art Show. Awards will be given out to the winners chosen by our juror, who has yet to be chosen.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Delivery of Entries to BRAC: Friday, May 3, 1-5pm and Saturday, May 4, 10am-2pm

Jury Day: Monday, May 7

Accept/rejection notification: Tuesday, May 8 by 5pm

Opening reception: Friday, May 17, 5:30-8:00pm
Juried Awards: Friday, May 17, 6:30pm

Duration of show: May 17 – June 21, 2013

Download details at this link (http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1111568351468-5/Call_EntryFramed.pdf).

For further info call 864/882-2722 or visit (www.blueridgeartscenter.com).

Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, is Looking for Volunteers

June 18, 2012

For those of you with a great personality and a winning smile, the Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, wants you! If you could give 4 hours a month of your time to serve as a docent, our staff and visitors would be thrilled!  IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST, you may display three pieces of your art in the lobby (priced to sell) on the day that you work.

The main duties include greeting visitors with that great smile (and kind words) having guests sign the visitor log, and showing guests our exhibits. Plus you can have cookies and coffee if you wish. There are other simple tasks you can choose from – such as dusting, sweeping, stuffing envelopes, and filing library cards – nothing too hard.

Please call the office at 864/882-2722 or e-mail, Deb King, at (bobanddeb4671@att.net) to tell me when you can help.  Thanks!

The Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, is located at 111 E. South Second Street in Seneca, SC.

For further info visit (www.blueridgeartscenter.com).

The Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, Offers Fundraiser Italian Dinner at the Tiki Hut – May 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

The Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, announces a fundraising dinner sponsored by the Tiki Hut on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, from 7 – 9pm. Supporting the arts benefits the whole community by: Enhancing the quality of life in our community by bringing important exhibits to Seneca such as the SC Watermedia and the American Impressionist Exhibits; Providing art classes to kids and adults; and Giving budding artists a place where they can exhibit and sell their masterpieces.

“We feel honored to hold this at the newly renovated space at Tiki Hut. This fundraiser brings heightened awareness of how the arts enhance our community”, said Lisa Kiser, Executive Director. The Tiki Hut will donate all proceeds from its Italian Buffet that night to the Blue Ridge Arts Center. The Italian Buffet will include antipasto, salad, several Italian entrees and desert.

The suggested minimum donation is $12 per person, $6 for children. Additional contributions will be gratefully accepted. “We purposely kept the suggested donation low so that as many people as possible could participate”, said Kiser. Anyone can come to the Tiki Hut that night for the Italian Buffet – you don’t need to have a Tiki Hut membership.

The Blue Ridge Arts Center has been bringing art to the people and people to the arts for over forty years. They have nine different exhibits planned for 2012 and an exciting summer arts school program for children. Admission to the Blue Ridge Arts Center gallery is free to anyone who appreciates the arts. It is open Tue.-Fri., from 1-5pm.

Volunteers for the Blue Ridge Arts Center are taking reservations now for this event. There is limited space so call 864/888-1808 to make your reservation.

News of What’s Going on with the Blue Ridge Arts Council in Seneca, SC

December 7, 2011

NEW!  Admission request for the annual BRAC member exhibit, Transitions. Please bring an item of non-perishable food to donate on your next visit to our members show.  The food will be donated to the Seneca United Way to be distributed for the holidays.

Holiday Arts & Crafts: Donated arts and crafts will be on sale during normal office hours for the duration of the show. An excellent way to pick up original works of artwork and benefit BRAC at the same time. Donations may continue to be dropped off any time during open office hours between now and December 15, 2011.

Cookbook: The first edition of our long awaited cookbook “The Blue Ridge ART of Cooking” will be on sale throughout the Members Show. Additional recipes and sample dishes from the 2011 Show reception will be printed and added to the first edition prior to the holidays. The cookbook includes full-color representations of artwork and recipes created by our individual artists. The pages are bound in a three-ring binder to allow for additions throughout the years. The price of $20.00 includes sales tax. There are a limited number of copies available on this initial printing. Another great gift for the holidays.

NEW – “Give the Gift for Art”
There are many ways in which you can support BRAC while benefiting others. Give to:

The Youth Education Scholarship “YES” Fund – Scholarships for underprivileged children

The Memorial/Tribute – Make a donation in memory of a deceased relative/friend, or as a living tribute to honor someone special to you.

The Perfect Gift – BRAC is offering gift certificates for memberships and classes at deep discounted rates of 25% off the normal prices. Certificates are available to both members and non-members and will be available until office closing on December 22, 2011.

Volunteering. Yes, I am interested in donating time during this holiday season to honor someone I care about. Contact BRAC to discuss areas of participation. Call 864/882-2722
or e-mail to (Office@blueridgeartscenter.com).

Come see some art.

Our annual members show for 2011 is Transitions, on view through Jan. 5, 2012. The Blue Ridge Arts Council is proud to showcase the impressive talent of 49 member artists in our annual members show. The show includes 2-D and 3-D works of arts such as paintings, drawings, collage, photography, print-making, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and fine craft.

In addition to our gallery exhibit, the studio will also feature Artist of the month:  Fred Edgerton.

Come see the Pickens & Oconee Student Show at Duke’s World of Energy, on view from Jan. 11 through Feb. 10, 2012. In partnership with the School District of Oconee County, School District of Pickens County and Duke Energy we are proud to present the annual exhibit of artwork produced by both students and teachers in grades K-12.  The exhibit will be displayed at the World of Energy during normal operating hours.  Beverages and cookies will be provided during the opening reception which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, from 5:30-8:30pm.

BRAC is calling for entries for its National Juried Show:

BRAC’s 21st Open Juried Exhibit – Recession Proof, will take place in two location in Seneca, SC, from Jan. 20 – Mar. 1, 2012. The Blue Ridge Arts Council invites all 2D and 3D artists residing in the United States to enter the 2012 National Juried Show. This is our most prestigious exhibit of the year. 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 212 East South Third Street in Seneca, SC. This sister exhibit will open and run simultaneously with the juried show.

Check out the Juried Show Call for Entries at this link.

Mr. Brian Lang, Curator of Decorative Arts at 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 both locations on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, from 5:30-8:30pm during the Seneca Downtown Go ‘Round.

For further info visit (http://blueridgeartscenter.com/).

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 (www.blueridgeartscenter.com).

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 (edu@blueridgeartscenter.com) or visit (www.blueridgeartscenter.com).

There’s Lots of Student Art On View in the Seneca, SC, Area

March 16, 2011

In case you have not visited the World of Energy lately, you definitely should. Duke Energy is partnering with The Belton Center for the Arts for an exhibit entitled, creative synergy, now showing until Apr. 1, 2011. The exhibit is one of the most interesting and exciting exhibits you could hope for. The participating artists are some of the finest in the tri-county area. You won’t want to miss this one!

When you leave the World of Energy, we suggest you mosey on over to the Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, to enjoy our new exhibit opening Friday, Mar. 18 and on view through Apr. 15, 2011. The annual Oconee County K-12 Student Exhibit is now being prepped for the opening and promises to be as wonderful as always. The talent displayed each year is a constant source of amazement.

This year’s event is particularly special. Thanks to lead art teacher and Board Director, Fred Edgerton, the McDonald’s of Clemson and Oconee are sponsoring the entire event. Their generosity to the community is well known and now BRAC welcomes them as a new sponsor for this worthwhile exhibit.

Duke’s World of Energy is located six miles north of Seneca, SC, on highway 130.

For further info call the Blue Ridge Arts Council at 864/882-2722 or at (www.blueridgeartscenter.com).

Organizers of the 4th Annual POP Studio Tour have Extended the Sign Up to Feb, 9, 2011

February 5, 2011

The steering committee of the 4th Annual “POP” – Pickens, Oconee, Pendleton Open Studio Tour, has received entries for 33 artists and 5 partners throughout all the areas covered by the tour. During the next few days we will begin jurying the new applicants and proceed with the planning. These totals are just shy of 2010 totals. Therefore, we have extended the deadline in an effort to expand the participation.

The committee wishes to acknowledge the problems reported with the web site and the deadline falling on the 31st which was Monday, when Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC, is closed.  It has been decided to accept additional entries during the jurying process for those members who hesitated as a result of the problems but do wish to join us again or for the first time in this 4th year. We apologize for any inconveniences.

We will also assist artists in isolated locations by referring them to partners with space available to welcome additional artists.  The art medium would need to be suitable for the type of location.

All information previously provided, including the Call for Entry, the Application and Contract do apply.  Here’s a link to the application form (http://www.blueridgeartscenter.com/entry.pdf).

Entries may be submitted by e-mail to: (office@blueridgeartscenter.com). Subject Line should include: Application & photos.

Entries and payments by check or credit card may be delivered to the office no later than Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Our mail drop box may also be used during hours we are closed.

Additional information may also be requested by e-mail or by phoning 864/882-2722.

Funded in part by: Clemson ATAX, Oconee County ATAX, and Pickens County ATAX.