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Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award – Deadline Mar. 14, 2014

January 17, 2014


The Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, SC, is now accepting applications for its Griffith/Reyburn Artist of the Year Award. With 2014 marking the 11th anniversary of the award, the grant is annually awarded to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents the “look and feel” of the Lowcountry. Created and funded by Mike Griffith and Donna Reyburn, this grant opportunity is competitive and the financial award of $5,000 is intended to support the artist during the creation of a work of art, which will then be the personal property of the artist to keep, show or sell at his or her own discretion. The selected artist will also be honored at an opening show and reception featuring his or her new works in the fall of 2014.

Applicants must be citizens or residents of Charleston County, SC, and at least fifteen years of age. The proposed work of art can be done using any form or combination of media, or may be a three-dimensional sculpture. Specific guidelines and applications are available on Coastal Community Foundation’s website at ( or may be requested directly from Richard Hendry by e-mail at ( The application must be postmarked on or before Mar. 14 or hand-delivered to the Foundation’s office downtown at 635 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 201 no later than 5:30pm on Mar. 14, 2014.

Established in 1974, Coastal Community Foundation is a public grant making foundation fostering philanthropy for the lasting good of the community in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.  Thousands of families, businesses, individuals and organizations have built more than 615 individual funds and endowments at the Foundation to benefit specific charities and/or broad areas of community life – education, basic human needs, conservation and preservation, arts, health and neighborhood/community development. In its 38-year history, Coastal Community Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants.

Last year, Foundation funds generated over $11.98 million for charitable programming, community projects, educational initiatives and scholarships and Foundation assets topped $147 million.

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City of Charleston (SC) Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for Visual Arts for the 2014 MOJA Arts Festival – Deadline Jan. 21, 2014

January 14, 2014


Established in 1983, the MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Program Committee in Charleston, SC. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures, specifically in the local context of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more.

MOJA’s mission is to impart heritage, insight and energy through this community celebration of African-American and Caribbean cultures.

Download the application for visual arts at this link (

Application Deadline: January 21, 2014

Mail all application materials in one package to:
MOJA 2014 Applications
180 Meeting Street, Suite 200
Charleston, SC 29401

If you have any questions please contact Romaine Heyward, MOJA Program Coordinator, at 843/724-7308 or e-mail to (

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Offers The Art of Design Spring Luncheon and Lecture With Charlotte Moss – Mar. 7, 2014

January 5, 2014


The Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, presents Art of Design, a lecture and luncheon benefitting the museum on Friday, Mar. 7, 2014. The annual luncheon brings sought-after speakers to share their expertise on design. This year’s featured speaker will encourage guests to embrace a visual life. “We are thrilled to welcome Charlotte Moss to Charleston. Her wealth of knowledge about design and business acumen will inspire and inform our guests,” says Gibbes Museum Executive Director Angela Mack.

Moss’ designs reveal a global influence as well as an appreciation of history with a contemporary twist. Since opening her design business in 1985, she has designed private residences and executive suites all over the country. Moss lectures widely on the all the arts of living, and has written eight books including her most recent, “A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspiration”. In addition to writing books, she contributes frequently to “The Wall Street Journal”, and was recently featured as “pop-up” guest editor in the November issue of “House Beautiful”. Focusing on “The Arts of Living,” with special sections on home fragrance, books, music, wine and more, she writes,

“As designers, we go far beyond how rooms look and feel: we create atmosphere and that means creating beauty that affects all of our senses. I’m focusing on the arts of living, being surrounded by beauty, enveloped in fragrance, listening to good music, reading good books, enjoying good food and wine with friends. Basically, what we DO at home, how we LIVE.”

Moss will offer a visual presentation during the three-course luncheon featuring a selection of seasonal favorites. A book signing will follow the luncheon.

Tickets for the luncheon are $125 and tables of ten are $1,250. Tickets must be purchased in advance at ( or by calling 843/722-2706 x21. Advance copies of books by Moss can also be purchased through the Gibbes Museum Store. All proceeds benefit education and outreach programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art. Check-in for the seated gathering will begin at 11:00am and the luncheon and lecture will begin promptly at 12:00pm.

A limited number of $1,000 sponsorships are available by contacting Jena Clem at ( or call 843/722-2706 x25. Sponsorships include 2 tickets to the Art of Design luncheon, and an invitation to a private Sponsor Party with Moss on Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014, as well as acknowledgement at the event. “Flower Magazine” is the media sponsor for the event.

Founded in 1950 as the Gibbes Art Gallery Auxiliary, the Women’s Council currently boasts 120 active members in addition to association, sustaining, affiliate, guest, and honorary members. For over sixty years, members of the Women’s Council have donated their time, talent, and financial support to the museum.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located along Charleston’s Museum Mile in the heart of historic district, the museum is dedicated to collecting and presenting Southern art from the Colonial period through today. The Gibbes’ permanent collection consists of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection.  The museum offers an impressive roster of special exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.

For further information call 843/722.2706 x38 or visit (

Society 1858 in Charleston, SC, Announces the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

January 4, 2014


The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858, in Charleston, SC, are pleased to announce the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Known for their fabulous parties that cleverly blend art and entertainment, Society 1858 is furthering its mission through the support of contemporary southern artists. Founded in 2010, this young patrons group is determined to have a tangible impact on the museum. “We are thrilled that Society 1858 is supporting the contemporary southern art prize. Their commitment to advancing southern artists is commendable,” says Gibbes Museum Executive Director Angela Mack.

The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art will be awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize will open on January 15, 2014, and can be made exclusively online at ( through May, 2014. Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public.

“We are excited to launch the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, which is in keeping with our mission to inspire, educate, and entertain. To kick off the opening of submissions for the 2014 prize competition, Society 1858 is hosting its annual winter party on Feb. 7, 2014, from 7-11pm, entitled, “Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope”. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Society 1858 and the Gibbes,” says Amy Coy, Society 1858 President.

Friday, February 7, 8-11pm: “Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope”. Tickets are $50 for 1858 members, $80 for non-members. $110 combo ticket includes Gibbes membership, 1858 dues, and a party ticket ($120 value).

Eligible artists are those who reside, work in, or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.  The review panel will select the finalists in June 2014, and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner in September 2014.

This prize was established in 2007 by Elizabeth and Mallory Factor to honor an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. Artist John Westmark was the 2012 prize winner and his work will be shown at the Gibbes Museum of Art in the spring of 2014 in the exhibition entitled, “John Westmark: Narratives”. After a 1-year hiatus, Society 1858 has rebranded the annual artist award and will focus its fundraising efforts on cultivating the prize.

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (

For further info visit (

Wadmalaw Island, SC, Artist Mark Beale Won the First Place Purchase Award at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens’ Art Competition

December 20, 2013

Wadmalaw Island, SC, artist Mark Beale won the First Place Purchase Award at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens “Garden of Dreams” fine art contest and was awarded the $3000 top prize on Nov. 22, 2013. His painting “Creekside Dusk” depicts the riverbank at Charleston’s Magnolia Gardens with trees backlit by the setting sun. The exhibit received entries from 180 artists from 11 different states. Second place went to Alana Knuff and third to Russel Buskirk.

Work by Mark Beale

The competition was inspired by John Drayton Hastie Jr., who sits on the seven-member board that owns Magnolia. Hastie wanted to encourage artists to paint scenes of Magnolia’s gardens in the style of Charleston Renaissance artists – Elizabeth O’Neill Verner and William Halsey, who were among the Guild’s founding members six decades ago.

Five honorable mention prizes of $100 each went to following artists and their paintings: Anna Cox, “Across the Way;” Nancy Davidson, “Sweet Spring at Magnolia;” Karen Silvestro, “Tree at Magnolia Gardens;” Norma Morris Ballentine, “Reflections;” and Mila Garro “Heron in a Morning Mist.”

Ten other artists each received $25 prizes for paintings in the “of interest award.” The artists and their paintings are: Anne Hightower Patterson, “Audubon Swamp Garden;” Karen Silvestro, “Statue at Magnolia Gardens;” Pam Dittloff “Magnolia Reflections;” Chuck Morris, “A Path in History;” Barbara Yongue, “Magnolia Bridge;” Russell Buskirk, “Live Oak Lane;” Carla Johannesmeyer, “Spring Lake Reflections;” Page Burgess, “Mother’s Day;” Katherine DuTremble, “Magnolia’s Wooden Bridge;” and Amelia Rose Smith, “Rice Fields in Spring.”

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.

For further info call 800/367-3517 or visit (

2014 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows in Charleston, SC, Issues Call for Craft Artists – Deadline Jan. 18, 2014

December 12, 2013

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston, LLC is issuing a call for fine craft artists to participate in the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows, which will be held May 23-25 and May 30 – June 1, 2014, in downtown, Charleston, SC. This will be the 35th year for these shows, which are part of the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, a 17-day city-wide arts festival produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

The venue for the two Piccolo Spoleto Craft shows is the picturesque Wragg Square, a raised and fenced park located at the corner of Meeting and Charlotte Streets in downtown Charleston. Approximately 95 exhibitor booths will be available for each weekend show. Our paid admission averages 7000 – 9000 dedicated fine craft patrons, designers, and gallery representatives per weekend.

Applications are available online through ZAPPlicationTM ( The application fee is $30, and booth fees are $250 per booth per weekend. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2014. Artist selection is based on jury scores and media quotas. For more detailed information about the shows and selection process, visit the official web site at (, e-mail to (, or call Kasey at 843/364-0421.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is the official outreach festival of Spoleto Festival U.S.A. The craft events are two of the several hundred visual and performing arts events available to more than 250,000 people during the seventeen day festival. The festival begins on May 23 and concludes June 8, 2014.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC is a partnership formed by three women, all working craft artists, for the management of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.

The Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, SC, Offers Rhett Thurman’s Open Studio – Dec. 15, 2013

December 10, 2013

The Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, SC, invites you to Rhett Thurman’s OPEN STUDIO, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, from 1-4pm, at 241 King Street in historic downtown Charleston.

Rhett Thurman in her studio

The Sylvan Gallery will be open in conjunction with Rhett’s open studio, featuring additional original paintings at 171 King Street.

Rhett Thurman “Small Town Saturday Night”, 16″ x 16″, $2,300

Thurman recently participated in a Paris, France, exhibition. Ten artists, mostly from the Southern US, presented their work in the independent art exhibit, “Paris Welcomes American Artists” at the Atelier Z of the Centre Culturel Christiane Peugeot located in Paris. The exhibition, which featured artists working in both the US and France, was on view from Sept. 16 through Sept. 21, 2013.

Rhett Thurman “The Last Time I Saw Paris”, 16″ x 12″, $1,950

“Paris Welcomes American Artists” included dozens of installations reflecting the artists’ interpretation of Paris and France in an array of artistic styles and in mediums including painting, drawing and sculpture.

Thurman offered this comment about this exhibit, “I have painted in France many times, and taught a workshop in Amboise. For me, the experience is a combination of the light, and painting on hallowed ground – i.e. where the masters painted.

For further information call The Sylvan Gallery at 843/722-2172 or visit (

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is Accepting Entries for the 2014 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award – Deadline Mar. 1, 2014

December 4, 2013


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is pleased to accept submissions for the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual arts teacher in South Carolina school districts who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art.


“The Gibbes Museum of Art is honored to be able to present the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award to a South Carolina high school visual arts teacher. With the support of renowned artist Mary Whyte, we have been able to recognize deserving teachers for the past six years and look forward to doing the same for many years to come,” says Rebecca Sailor, Gibbes Museum Curator of Education.

Entries for the annual award and $2,500 cash prize can be made exclusively online at ( through Mar. 1, 2014. Artists who have applied previously for the Mary Whyte award must update their online entry form in order to remain eligible for the 2014 award. The award is being offered to educators throughout the state. The review panel will select the finalists in March, and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner at the museum’s Annual Meeting and Celebration in May, 2014.

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, SC, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Her paintings have been featured in “International Artist”, “Artist”, “American Artist”, “Watercolor”, and “American Art Collector,” “L’Art de Aquarelle”, and numerous other publications. Whyte is the author of numerous books and her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, where her husband, Smith Coleman, manages the gallery and makes gilded and carved frames.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (

For further info visit (

Charleston Center for Photography’s New Owner Mahmood Fazal Gives 2nd Monday Lecture – Nov. 11, 2013

November 5, 2013


The 2nd Monday Lecture Series spotlights new CCP owner Mahmood Fazal’s first photography memories of a Kodak Instamatic camera. At the time, he had no idea that image making would become a passion. Now, as of November 1st, Fazal is the new owner of the Charleston Center for Photography (CCP) in Charleston, SC. He succeeds awards-winning Stacy Pearsall, who headed CCP for several years. Fazal, a Charlestonian by way of Pakistan and Kuwait, expands his role from photography instructor to owner, allowing Pearsall freedom to pursue other projects.

Come Nov. 11, 2013, when Fazal presents his vision for CCP at the 2nd Monday Lecture Series, at 7pm at the studio located at 654 King Street Suite D in Charleston. The public is invited, free.

Pearsall leaves CCP with a heavy heart, but her photography projects have grown ever larger, including her monumental work, “The Veterans Portrait Project”, where she has captured the personalities of America’s military veterans around the country. These projects have become more demanding of her time. She has also written two books, and another may be in the works. She continues her relationship with CCP as consultant. “I’m thrilled to keep CCP in the family,” Pearsall says. “Furthermore, Mahmood has great plans for a new direction, which is really inspiring. I really believe CCP will thrive.”

Indeed, Fazal’s vision for CCP is already moving forward.  He is a dedicated supporter of the art of photography, as much as he is dedicated to educating novice and more advanced photographers, helping them along in the quest for the perfect picture.  Although he pursues personal art projects, Fazal is most strong in his commitment to community involvement by CCP.  Under his leadership, expect CCP to reach out to more communities throughout the Lowcountry. Although no longer physically located fulltime at 654 King Street in Charleston, various CCP events and workshops will be conducted there in the future.

Fazal has been a photography instructor for nearly a decade and has taught various classes including Photoshop, Introduction to Photography, Night Photography, and Painting With Light. He is an award winning photographer whose experience includes weddings, commercial, political, family portraiture, and photo illustration. He has been a part of numerous art shows including Atalaya and Spoleto. Fazal lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC, with wife, Chelle Fazal and has two sons.

About his personal work, Fazal says, “I create my images in both film and digital. The beauty of film is undeniable and digital has brought an exciting future to image creation. The future is bright, hold on for a great ride”

For further information call 843/720-3105 or visit (

Hagan Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, SC, Holds Reception to Kick Off Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign – Nov. 5, 2013

November 4, 2013

Please join The Tiffany Circle Society of the American Red Cross along with Hagan Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, SC, for a reception to kick off the Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, from 5-7pm. Wine and nibbles will be served in the gallery and garden. The event is open to the public – please bring a friend.


Laurie Meyer’s “Shelter of the Season” was selected as the official image for this year’s regional cards that will go out to our troops. Guests will have the opportunity to sign a card to a service member and purchase cards for their own personal holiday cards.

Please see the American Red Cross Video at ( to learn more about this heartwarming holiday campaign and how you can get involved.

For further info contact the gallery at  843/754-0494 or at (


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