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South Carolina Watercolor Society in SC Constantly Evolves to Fit the Needs of Its Members

June 22, 2017

By Carolyn Epperly, SCWS President

South Carolina Watercolor Society was formed to promote the medium and to keep its qualities in the public eye. Membership numbered in the hundreds. The versatile medium was used by almost every artist in the state and was highly respected by the public.

As the arts evolved in South Carolina so then did the Society, changing its name to South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS). The membership is now open to all artists living in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia creating in media that is waterbased (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, and water-soluble pencils) and executed on any surface that can be displayed on a wall. Our public education has included programs in schools, demonstrations of the characteristics of watermedia in public forums, and lectures for many organizations across our region. Also, the State Museum of South Carolina coordinates a traveling show each year of the top 30 paintings that visits 11 venues across the state.

This year, SCWS is having its first annual national show. It is open to anyone living in the US. All entries will be displayed, an unusual condition unique to this Show, a entry can have been produced at any time. The format will be digital and will remain online for the entire calendar year, October 2017- October 2018.

On October 7th there will be an opening reception in the atrium of the Charleston International Airport. The show will display the top ten winners’ paintings flanked by two large digital viewing screens. One screen will continuously display the top 70 selected artists and the other will feature all the artists who entered the show. This showing will hang in the atrium from October 7- November 28.

We of SCWS believe that visual arts enhance everyone’s lives. A unique creation invokes thought, opens new conversations, and encourages individual thinking.

For further info visit (https://scwatermedia.com/).

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FABULON, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for Two Exhibits – Deadline Aug. 21, 2017

June 19, 2017

“Encaustic Show: Wax Poetic”

Artists’ Reception October 21, 2017.

Who could resist such a title especially since October is Charleston’s first city wide Poetry Festival called Free Verse.

Fabulon will curate a juried show of encaustic work with and without Poetry as a component. The main goal is to bring encaustic work to the people. Show why artists are enthralled. Show the best it can be. Elevate from the crafty, decoupage, or crayon connotation it has in some minds.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

More info and submission visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4498).

“Tribute”

So many tragic losses of great musicians in the most recent years. Each week it seems another icon from the classical rock era or maker of the epic album has passed. The legacy of poetic lyrics, our only consolation.

As part of Charleston’s Poetry festival, Fabulon Gallery will host a show of work inspired by music because it plays such an important role for many visual artists. It’s in our soul, it moves us, and it translates into our images.

A certain song can take us to a special time or place in our own history. Maybe it’s the beats, tunes, musicians, instruments, or lyrics. Perhaps it is just one line from a song? Or the entire life of the artist. Do you have your own theme song? Do you have one song that gets you in your artistic groove?

Pay tribute to your favorite inspiration. We will accept portraits, even Elvis on velvet.

Ideally we seek poetic music that becomes inspiration for an image.

Please no copyright infringement. It is the responsibility of the artist to do the research. As a gallery we do our best to protect your copy rights; please do the same for our musical artists.

Join us for a Tribute at Fabulon, October 21, 2017.

Deadline for submission is 8/21/17, artists will be notified by 8/31/17.

Work must arrive by 9/29. Work will be on display from 10/1/17 through 11/19/17. Artists’ Reception on 10/21/17 5-8pm.

More info and submission visit (https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4499).

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit http://www.fabulonart.com

2017 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows in Charleston, SC, Announces Show Award Winners

June 19, 2017

For three weeks every year beginning on Memorial Day weekend, downtown Charleston, South Carolina becomes an arts mecca with two major arts festivals running concurrently. The Spoleto Festival USA, is an arts festival with over 150 performances, and the companion Piccolo Spoleto Festival features over 500 events in the preforming, visual and literary arts. Combined, the events bring over 250,000 arts enthusiasts into the downtown Charleston area.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston proudly presents the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows for 2017. These three-day shows represent our 38th year participating as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. We strive to provide festival attendees with an overview of the high quality of original works currently being created in a variety of craft media. Approximately 120 fine crafts artists from around the US participate in the one or both of the shows, which are held on the first two weekends of the festival. Both emerging and experienced craft artists are invited to apply to participate. Artist demonstrations – both scheduled and impromptu – are a highlight for show patrons.

The first weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show had fine weather on Friday, May 24, 2017, for the judging and awards presentation. The judge for the show was Casimer Kowalski, a local visual artist. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy presented the awards. Photos courtesy of Sea Star Arts Photography.

Best in Show: Jean Yao a basketmaker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Mayor John Tecklenburg, Best in Show winner Jean Yao and Sandy Tecklenburg

First Place: Addelle Sanders, a fiber artist from Charleston, SC.

Second Place: Doug Richard, a wood turner from Satsuma, FL.

Third Place: Christie May, a jeweler from Palm Beach, FL.

Honorable Mentions:

Nancy Michael Susaneck, a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.

Caleb Barnaby, a jeweler from Ormond Beach, FL.

Emerging Artist Grant: Alexander Bower, a jeweler from Charlottesville, VA.

Exhibitors’ Choice Award: Wilson Lee, a wood carver from Nashville, TN

Purchase awards:

Charles and Cindy Cecil, jewelers from High Point, NC.
Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA.
Tammy Rudd, a jeweler from Holly Hill, SC.
David Shipper, a photographer from Beaufort, SC.

The second weekend of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts show began on June 2, 2017, another beautiful day. The judge for this show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.

Best in Show: Tammy Rudd, a glass beadmaker and jeweler from Holly Hill, SC.


Show Judge Michael Haga and Best in Show winner Tammy Rudd. Inset a glass pendant

First Place: Colleen Williams, potter from Chattanooga, TN

Second Place: JoAnn Graham, a jeweler from St Helena, SC.

Third place: Susan Marling, a fiber artist from Acworth, GA.

Honorable Mentions:

Ed Bryan, a potter from Columbia, SC.

Jen Swearington, a fiber artist from Asheville, NC.

Exhibitor’s Choice Award: Matt and Katie Wilson, metalworkers from North Charleston, SC.

Emerging Artist Grant: Joe Hiltabitel and Shelly Simmons, photographers from Travelers Rest, SC.

Slide Jurors’ Choice: Nancy Michael Susanneck a mixed media artist from Missouri City, TX.

Purchase Awards:

Uzo Ezekwudo and Nnamdi Ibenagu, fiber artists from Chapel Hill, NC.
Tom Homann, a potter from Comer, GA.
Jiri Kalina, a wood carver from Wilmington, NC.
Cynthia McFadden, a mixed media Jeweler from Charleston, SC.

For further information call Kasey Briggs at 843/364-0421 or e-mail to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com).

 

A Call for Charleston, SC, Photographers to Participate in Summer Freedom School

June 12, 2017

We are seeking a few additional volunteer photographers to assist in coaching 5th grade students at the Freedom School this summer. Gene Furchgott and the YoArt program are conducting a one-hour weekly class in photography at this school, including short field shooting trips in the neighborhood of the school on Meeting Street in Charleston, SC. The time is 11am on Mondays, beginning June 12, for six weeks. This Freedom School is co-sponsored by the College of Charleston, under the auspices of the Children’s Defense Fund. Volunteers will help coach the students in the use of supplied cameras.

If you can help, please reply to either of the following:

(RonRoczPhoto@gmail.com)

(Gfurchgo@yahoo.com)

A Visit to the “2017 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” in Charleston, SC

June 4, 2017

Back on May 27, 2017, my birthday, I happened to be in downtown Charleston, SC, for an organizational meeting. Before heading back home I decided to go and check out the “2017 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition,” juried by local artist Becca Barnet, on view through June 11, 2017, at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street, Charleston, SC. The exhibit featured works by more than 60 South Carolina artists. This exhibit was only going to be on view for 16 days and but for some reason they decided to not announce winners of the competition until an event on June 3, so I decided to wait until after then to make my post about the exhibit. I mean if I can’t tell readers who won the Best of Show and other award winners what’s the point of talking about this exhibit. I didn’t want to make two post.

I also put in a request to the gallery to find out how many entries they got for this exhibit, but I never heard back about that. And now it’s June 4, the day after that event to announce the winners and there is nothing posted on the gallery’s website about winners. This show is only open seven more days. I don’t get what’s going on here. Of course I did find info on their site about performances taking place at the gallery at $16 a pop. Is this an art gallery or just a performance venue? It’s already bad enough that the gallery is 1/3 glass walls where art can not be shown well.

One of my main complaints about juried shows/competitions taking place in SC lately is when they have local people as jurors. This is a statewide competition and they select a juror from Charleston. Was this a juried show or an invitational? Maybe that’s why they didn’t publish where the artists were from on the handout sheet. Was there too many artists included from Charleston and not enough from outside Charleston? What do you expect when you have a local juror who wants to be liked by local artists. A juror from outside SC would be more appropriate for a statewide competition.

Going to see an exhibit like this is always worth the effort, regardless of the shows other problems. The City of Charleston is focused on the performing arts, not the visual arts, so I don’t expect things to change much. And for that reason artists from throughout SC don’t take the visual arts in Charleston very serious. That’s too bad, but justified.

In light of that, I’m just going to post some images of works that interested me – not necessarily the best works in the show, as some work is hard to photograph and leave it at that. With only seven days left I guess I feel the clock is ticking on this show.

“Low Lying Clouds” by Donna Cooper Hurt, acrylic face-mounted metallic print, 2016. One image I shot in the gallery and one sent by the artist to show my reflection doesn’t belong in the image.

“Collective” by Wm. Austin Norvell, cast glass, museum-grade epoxy, 2017.


“The Family (center)” by Gena Grant, reed and rope, 2016. Are you distracted by the view outside the window?

“Louise Noel” by Robert Maniscalco, oil on panel, 2015.

“Lucy” (left) “Ripley” (right), by Michael Morrison, bronze, glass, copper, 2015.

“Women at Market” by Bruce Nellsmith, oil on canvas, 2016.

“Acrobats Horse” by Lou Koppel, plexiglass and metal, 2016.

“Levity” by Saila Milja-Smyly, hand-built stoneware ceramic clay, slip, stain, and glaze, 2016.


“Blue Painting No. 2” by Michael Hayes, oil on canvas, 2016.

“Linseed” by Hirona Matsuda and Alan Jackson, multimedia, 2017.

Hours the gallery will be open during this exhibit are: 10am-4pm daily through June 11.

Contact the gallery at 843/958-6484 or visit (http://citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com/).

Imprimatur Charleston Launches at Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC – June 2, 2017

May 31, 2017

We will formally launch Imprimatur Charleston on June 2, 2017, from 5-8:30pm at Corrigan Gallery’s new location of 7 Broad Street in Charleston, SC. This organization is by, of and for printmakers and collectors to share images and information. In the tradition of Charleston Etchers’ Club and Print Studio South, we will promote and encourage printers and collectors. We will gather printmakers from around the region. We will seek out and join national and international print organizations. We would love to have many members.


Print by Margaret Peery

Louis Wright, collector and initiator of the group will speak on June 2 at the earlier end of the evening about his love of print works, his collection and his hopes for this organization.

Works by the founding members of the organization (as we started in 2013 but never launched!) will be on the walls. See our site (www.imprimaturcharleston.org) for the list of artists.

Invite all the printmakers you know. Invite all the fine art print collectors you know. Bring all interested individuals!

The Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry group will come after the poetry reading (about 7:30pm) so we will have a wonderfully diverse group. There is a garden out back for conversation and relaxation so hope for a breeze!

For further info contact Lese Corrigan by e-mail at (art@lesecorrigan.com), visit (www.corrigangallery.com) or call 843/722-9868.

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education, in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for Its Exhibit “Souvenirs of Summer”

May 10, 2017

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education, in Charleston, SC, presents our third annual end of Summer show, “Souvenirs of Summer”.

This will be the third version of a show Fabulon hosts about the significant and symbolic transitions of Summer’s end. Each year in late August, artists regroup after vacation adventures to show recent work and commemorate the new gallery season. This year we seek deep themes of transition and the passage of time. For some it is a new beginning associated with starting school, but for others it is bittersweet evidence that children are growing up and venturing out.

Come enjoy artists’ representation of nostalgia, for things for which they long, and for things they hold most dear.

Show dates: 8/14/17-10/6/17, with an Artists’ Reception Saturday, August 26, 5-8pm. Reception is free and family friendly, with plenty of parking. Fabulon – 1017 Wappoo Rd. Charleston, SC, 29407.

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

Charleston Development Academy in Charleston, SC, Calls for Photographers to Teach Students – Deadline April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017

FREEDOM SCHOOL in Charleston, SC, will have a summer program for 50 youth in the 5th and 6th grades, and 10 of these students will be taking a photography program. We need mentor volunteers to work with these kids, one hour a week on Mondays, from June 19 to July 28. They will be shooting in their community in downtown Charleston and need your mentoring.

The school will be at the Charleston Development Academy on Meeting Street, across the from the Visitors’ Center. The program will be similar to the previous Kids with Camera program.

If you are potentially interesting, we need to know by Monday, April 17. I should have more details soon.

Drop me an e-mail at (ronroczphoto@gmail.com).

Share your interest in photography with disadvantaged youngsters. It’s fun for you and impactful on the kids.

Thanks.  Ron Rocz

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, in Charleston, SC, Offers Book Signing for Photographer Andrew Feiler – Mar. 23, 2017

March 16, 2017

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, will present a photography exhibit and book signing with Andrew Feiler, on Mar. 23, 2017, from 5-8pm.

Feiler’s book, Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College was published by the University of Georgia Press in association with the Georgia Humanities Council. The publication includes ten historical images, sixty contemporary images and essays by Robert E. James, Pellom McDaniels III, Amalia K. Amaki, and Loretta Parham. An accompanying exhibition opens later this fall in Atlanta, GA.


Photo by Andrew Feiler

Feiler offers the following about the book, “A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the now quiet campus of Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA). Its inscription reads, in part, “Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color”.  Founded by African Americans in 1881, Morris Brown lost its accreditation to financial pressures and scandal in 2002. Today its largely abandoned campus stands as a testament to a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all of America’s historically black colleges and universities.”


Photo by Andrew Feiler

“I was granted unique access to the hauntingly silent campus of Morris Brown with the intent to illuminate the stories told in its stilled classrooms and hallways.  In the resulting body of work, the proud past remains in the extraordinary quality of the facilities, school desks arrayed ready for class, faces of students in photographs from happier days. The challenging present resides starkly in broken stained glass, evidence of havoc wreaked by scrappers, hints of homeless humanity. And the uncertain future weighs heavily in the headlines: bankruptcy proceedings, a forthcoming professional football stadium next door, recycled pronouncements of plans to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Mixed with all of these are layers of timeless emotion…. wistfulness, pride, angst, loneliness, hope.”

FABULON is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston.

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

A Visit to the Ever Changing Charleston, SC, 3/11/17

March 12, 2017

I needed some postcards to send to someone in Washington, DC, that I hoped would be soon taking an extended vacation from politics, and what better place to get postcards but the tourist city of Charleston, SC. The city that seems to add a new construction crane every time I visit. So I figured to also make that trip a short business trip and visit a few galleries.

I’ve been wanting to visit Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education,  located at 1017 Wappoo Road, in the West Ashley area of Charleston – between Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 17. They had just opened a new exhibit, “We The People”, an exhibit of artwork that makes you think, something not seen that often in Charleston. They had the opening a day before, but I don’t like seeing art in a crowd, so the day after was good for me.

This was a great show with art from local artists and many from outside the area. As usual I took a few images with my iPhone (I guess that’s less health insurance for me), but these works are best seen up close and personal. And as always works I include are not always the best or ones I want to talk about – they are the works I can get a decent image of. But I also like the ones I’m including.

First up is a photograph by Winston-Salem, NC, artist, Owens Daniels, who offered some images poking fun at the NC House Bill (HB2). This image titled “Citizen” was created in the style of American Gothic.

Next is “Life is A OK” by local artist, Caroline Self, who was/is Artist-in-Residence for The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. Loved this work for it’s color and texture. I just can’t pass by a well executed abstract work.

Kelly Burke, from the Baltimore, MD, area offered a couple of works from her ‘Reimagined American Flags” series. This work is titled “Don’t Lives Matter?” highlighting lives lost due to gun violence.

Susan Irish, owner and manager of Fabulon, also had an interesting work in the exhibit that made a statement about Charleston, that only an outsider would understand – which I got right away, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it without my shadow all over it.

There are lots of interesting works in this exhibit, which will give you lots of reasons to think, but don’t miss the artistic skill in thinking of the message offered.

This last work wasn’t part of the “We The People” exhibit, but it caught my attention and of course it’s an abstract. It’s a work by Laura McRae-Hitchcock , who has recently moved from Charlotte, NC, to our community. So, besides the works in the show, there are also good works to see – and buy, on view by resident artists.

Fabulon may not be one of those high-end Charleston galleries, but it’s an example of all things good don’t always come in shiny packages, it’s also a working studio, classroom, and gathering center – there was a group of fiber artists on hand working away while I viewed the exhibit.

Well it was time to get my postcards which I found at Brittlebank Park on the Ashley River – not your usual place to get postcards, but I’m hoping you’ll be reading about and hearing about these special postcards on about March 16 or 17.

Next I stopped by Surface Craft Gallery,  located at 49 John Street in downtown Charleston, my old stomping grounds when Linda (my better half) and I operated a custom photo processing lab on John Street and a short lived photography gallery – many years ago. I wanted to talk with Liv Antonecchia, owner, and get caught up on how the new group, Lowcountry Ceramic Artists, was coming along and see what new things they had in the shop.

Here are some works by Margaret K. Weinberg, who is part of the Cone 10 Studios in Charleston, which may be closing soon.

Next are works by Batton Clayworks in Asheville, NC. They are the works with the carved texture. I loved these unusual shapes.

Here are a couple of fused glass works by Tanya Craig. These are incense holders, but I don’t remember seeing any that were so colorful – back in my days of burning incense. The last time I bought incense was about ten years ago just outside of Disney World in Florida, but when we got home – I couldn’t find them and to this day never have.

This last shot is of a jar by Fred Prudhomme, another Cone 10 Studios artist. I shared a Facebook post that Surface Craft had made earlier in the week which attracted a lot of remarks about how beautiful the jar was but it would be much better if it was full of cookies and then milk got involved and than more comments about food were added, but when I saw this piece in person, it was much smaller than we all thought. It was about half the size of a cookie jar. I still like the jar, but man I was really disappointed that you wouldn’t be able to fit many cookies in it. Again – here was a case where art had effected my life once more – beauty and disappointment offered in the same object. Darn you artists.

Surface Craft Gallery had become one of my favorite spots to see fine art crafts in Charleston. If you haven’t been there check it out.

Surface Craft Gallery will be opening a new exhibit, “Spring!”, a ceramics renewal show featuring local and national clay artisans in both functional and sculptural work, with an opening reception on Mar. 23, from 5-8pm. The show continues through Apr. 13, 2017. Work by Kelly Thiel will be featured in the show. She left us to live in Bend, OR, but now her work is returning to Charleston.

Well, it was time to head back home to Bonneau and as I drove out of Charleston down Meeting Street I just couldn’t believe how they are changing the skyline of Charleston – pretty soon you won’t be able to see the sky. So sad. I still love you Charleston, but now I know how the old timers felt and talked of their “lost” Charleston when I first got here in the mid 70s.