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City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints Caroline Self as New Artist-in-Residence

August 29, 2016

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The City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is proud to announce the appointment of painter Caroline Self as Artist-in-Residence (AIR) for 2016/17. The City’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to public schools, seniors, and various community groups within the city limits of North Charleston. Self will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages.

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Caroline M. Self is a contemporary, abstract expressionist artist inspired by the vivid paint colors and textures made famous by Vincent Van Gogh and the unique abstractness of paintings by Wassily Kandinsky and Willem de Kooning. Caroline’s passion blends color and texture into a poetry of fluidity, tension, and/or juxtaposition. She has painted for as long as she can remember, and her works have found homes from coast to coast. Most recently, her piece, “Life”, won a purchase award at the “41st Lyndon House Arts Center Exhibition” juried by Jock Reynolds, Director for the Yale University Art Gallery. Caroline was the art education program specialist at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, GA, for almost nine years before moving back to the Charleston area with her husband in 2016. In addition, she was a long-term substitute art teacher for the Normal Park Museum Magnet Elementary School in Chattanooga, TN. Self has developed a unique track record of creating innovative classes, programs, award-winning camps, and exhibits for countless groups, children, and events.

As an art teacher, Self enjoys sharing her art passion to create lasting, meaningful experiences. She believes that creativity, innovation, and adaptability are highly desirable skills and is excited to facilitate experiential learning using art to make connections through integration.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Self’s work throughout December 2016 and January 2017. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the AIR by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2017.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

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

June 7, 2016

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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.

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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 (kyeadon@northcharleston.org) 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 (www.northcharleston.org) or call 843/740-5854.

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition”

May 18, 2016

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Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Twelve out of 54 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, James Davis, ASLA, founder/president of Sculpture in the Landscape, a NC based firm.  Once installed at the exhibition site, Davis then made his selections for Best of Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions. After determining the award winners, he offered the following juror’s statement:

“What’s it supposed to be?” the elderly couple inquired as I was pondering my decisions for the awards. There was no signage yet so not even a title for them to go with. I told them the name of the piece, shared what it meant to me and suggested maybe they decide what it means to them. After a short pause, “Hmmmmmm…” was the reply.

Hmmmmmm, indeed! That’s what is so wonderful about art. Even if you don’t understand it, it can still make you feel Hmmmmmm!  I always think it’s better to know the message the artist is revealing, but missing that, if we just pause for a moment, we will know what it means to us! So the attraction might be the message or it could be the creativity or the craftsmanship or the design or the aesthetics or the complexity (or simplicity) or the attention to detail.  Sometimes it’s all of these!!!  As juror, that’s what I hope to find.

My choices of sculptures to take part in the exhibit were an effort to select pieces that presented a range of materials, colors, textures and emotions. My choices for the awards lean towards my personal notions of creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

I hope all the visitors to this wonderful park will take some time to stop and reflect upon each sculpture. It may not be for the same reason but if they pause, I think they’ll find something to make them say Hmmmmmm!!”

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Best of Show, Truce by Adam Walls (credit: Ryan Johnson)

The twelve sculptures selected for exhibition are by twelve artists from three states. Congratulations to the winners of the 2016/17 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition:

Best of Show: “Truce” by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)
Outstanding Merit: “Orpheus” by Paris Alexander (Raleigh, NC)
Honorable Mention: “Off by One” by Casey Narron (Kenly, NC)
Honorable Mention: “January Wind” by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
Honorable Mention: “Cubes in Motion” by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC)

Other works on display:
“Red Balance” by Carl Billingsley (Ayden, NC)
“Mare and Foal” by Edward Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Undulation” by Jordan Fowler (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Creatures of the Sky II” by Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC)
“Voyageur Outdoor” by Corrina Sephora (Atlanta, GA)
“Swing Thing” by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)
“Go Take a Hike” by Davis Whitfield (Sylva, NC)

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free.

The “2016/17 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 22, 2017.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2017/18 competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). For more information on the sculpture exhibition, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of the “Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition”

May 14, 2016

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Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2016 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest.  A total of 226 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $3,175 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Amiri Gueka Farris. Farris is a contemporary mixed media artist and who currently teaches Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

A total of 107 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color, monochrome, or photo illustration. Cash awards totaling $1,925 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Michelle Van Parys. Michelle has been the recipient of the Virginia Museum Fellowship and the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship and is currently a professor at the College of Charleston in the Studio Art Department.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three art pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

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Heather Thornton with her work “Dichotomy”

Best in Show – Fine Art:
“Dichotomy” (acrylic) by Heather Thornton (Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:
“Harvesting Duckweed at Middleton Place” (acrylic) by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
“Wabi-Sabi” (2-D Mixed Media) by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
“Arts My Bag” (watercolor) by Adelia Pruet (Saluda, SC)

Fine Art – Acrylic:
1st Place – “Exposed Innocent” by Jarrett Davis (Pamplico, SC)
2nd place – “Red IBM” by Daniel Kurtis Whitehead (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Harvesting Duckweed at Middleton Place” by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Kaudi 3005” by Davina Felder (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Projector with Sunflower” by Daniel Kurtis Whitehead (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “School of Fish” by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Wash Me” by Rosemary Giusti Dillon (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Wild About Coffee” by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Emanuel Forever 9” by Kelvin Bluffton Sr. (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – “El Corozon de la Sabana” by Kolepeace (Ladson, SC)

Fine Art – Oil:
1st Place – “A Father’s Love” by Robert Maniscalco (North Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Water the Old Way” by Marvin Youngblood (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Annie” by Jean Spencer (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Leaving Moma” by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Night Cup” by Keith Van Zant (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Toby” by Sherri Bardsley (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Beach Peace” by Dorothy Alston Rogers (North Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel:
1st place – “Strike of an Eye” by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – “Rough Girls” by Daniel Diehl (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “The Abstraction” by Catherine Case (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Chucked” by Susan Everitt (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Untitled” by Elliott B. West (Bonneau, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Paved Paradise” by Michelle Brooks Bank (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Love at First Sight” by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor:
1st Place – “Jen” by Johnny Sandler (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – “Ciara x4 by Carolyn Epperly (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Arts My Bag” by Adelia Pruet (Saluda, SC)
Honorable Mention – “They Are Waiting” by M. Faith Cuda (Summerville, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media:
1st Place – “Frozen in Time” by Denise Greer (Rembert, SC)
2nd Place – “Qualia” by Ashley Pruitt (Goose Creek, SC)
3rd Place – “All My Life” by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Believe Me, I Woke Upon” by Ashley Pruitt (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sinnamon” by Belle Anderson (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Network” by Susanna Frenzel (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Color:
1st Place – “Great Blue Heron Pair” by Leah Sparks (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Devine Light” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Waiting Patiently” by Leah Sparks (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Orchid Study 1” by Larry Gale (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome:
1st Place – “The Cooper’s Barrel” by Raymond Colin Murray (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Step into Liquid” by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – “Poppy #2” by Larry Gale (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Clearing November Storm” by Charleston W. Hooker (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Hats!” by Larry Gale (Mt Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Cobwebbed Anchor” by Christine Jones (Goose Creek, SC)

Professional Photography – Photo Illustration:
1st Place – “Sleep Walker” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – “Tale of the Seas” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Calls and Echoes” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Taking Flight” by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color:
1st Place – “By the Sea” by Steven Ives (Moncks Corner, SC)
2nd Place – “Fulfilling Our Promises” by Ron Malec (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – “Stars” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “At Sea” by Steven Ives by (Moncks Corner, SC)
Honorable Mention – “A Pumpkin Spider!” by Nancy Nellis (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Corsair Reflection” by Ron Malec (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Empty Seats” by Tom Beck (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Sun Escape” by Daisy Torres Figuredo (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Hidden” by Daisy Torres Figuredo (Orangeburg, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome:
1st Place – “Iris” by Michael D. Summer (Dalzell, SC)
2nd Place – “Double” by Heike Helbig (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – “Smokin’” by Nicole Robinson (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Isolation” by Melissa Honour (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Preparation” by Dean Connor (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Stump of Time” by Jimmy Hartnett (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – “Spokes” by Rudy Lutge (North Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Photo Illustration:
1st Place – “On Display” by Dean Connor (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or the Arts & Culture section of (northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Fest, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of the “SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 14, 2016

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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 15th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented April 29-May 6 as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 36 applicants were asked to participate and 82 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media.  Cash awards totaling $5,000 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally exhibiting contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip. After making her selections, Haislip stated, “The wide range of media, quality of craftsmanship, and originality of concept was so impressive that I found it very challenging to judge. After considering all aspects of each entry very carefully, I arrived at the awards I felt each piece deserved. For the SC State Museum Traveling Exhibition, the award winning artworks were immediately chosen. The remaining selections were made in order to create a cohesive and balanced show with a variety of media. I feel this traveling exhibition will represent the exceptional, contemporary, craft happening in South Carolina today.”

After awarding ribbons, Haislip also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, two pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition:

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Folks looking at work by Tom Boozer

Best of Show:
“Fellowship” (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC)

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“Boot Scoot” by Patz Fowle

Outstanding Merit:
“Boot Scoot” (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Continuum” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:
“Rice Plantation at Brookgreen” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Gosu Basket Form” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)

Honorable Mention:
“Rosewood Box” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Green Covered Jar with Balls” (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
“Blueberry Tart Cake” (Clay) by Margaret Weinberg (Charleston, SC)
“Koi” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC)
Queen Bee Totem (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
“Five Points Pavement IX” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Vessel No. 373” (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Sam Doyle” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
“Wrench Wench” (Mixed Media) by Selma Andrews (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Fellowship” (Mixed Media) by Tom Boozer (Yonges Island, SC)
“Gameboard” (Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
“Natural Edge Maple Bowl” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Triangular Rosewood Box” (Wood) by Duane Dunning (Charleston, SC)
“Boot Scoot” (Mixed Media) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Continuum Totem” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
“Haida #6 Totem” (Clay) by Gary Huntoon (Travelers Rest, SC)
“Sam Doyle” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Wormloe Plantation” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Handle With Care” (Mixed Media) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
“Five Points Pavement IX” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Butterfly Bowl” (Clay) by Mary Nicholson (Johns Island, SC)
“Koi” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Ladys Island, SC)
Raku Bowl with Dots (Clay) by John Turner (Reidville, SC)
“Green Covered Jar with Balls” (Clay) by Mark Vail (Charleston, SC)
“Salty” (Mixed Media) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

For more information about the “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program by calling 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

Annual North Charleston Arts Fest Takes Place Throughout North Charleston, SC – Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016

April 15, 2016

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The annual North Charleston Arts Fest, that takes place in North Charleston, SC, is less than a month away, set to kick off on Apr. 29 and conclude on May 7, 2016. Now entering its 34th year, the nine day event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing thousands of residents and visitors to experience the talents of national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. More than 100 festival offerings are scheduled to take place in a variety of venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums, and parks.

Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the North Charleston Arts Fest offers something for everyone. The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department organizes and presents the event each year, striving to maintain the spirit of a public celebration with the mission of presenting a broad, multidiscipline event schedule that provides a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of the offerings are free, and those that are ticketed are moderately priced.

“The variety of Arts Fest offerings and the inclusiveness of the event have really become a point of pride for the City of North Charleston,” says North Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey. “From humble beginnings as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle, the festival has developed into one of our most anticipated annual City events, allowing residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to be exposed, engaged, and inspired by the arts.”

The Arts Fest Premiere Weekend, held on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1, at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages. Other features include judged fine art and photography exhibits; the 15th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit”; youth art and photography from Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county students; the Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society show and sale; Village Antiques & Collectibles show; children’s activities at Box City and Creation Stations; art & craft vendors, a food court, and much more.

Stand-alone events take place throughout the nine days of the festival at various locations. An exciting array of free and ticketed offerings include concerts; a street dance; theatre presentations; film screenings; art lectures, workshops, and demonstrations; an art walk; children’s programs; and the Grand Finale at the beautiful North Charleston Riverfront Park.

Visual art exhibitions on view during the festival include the 11th annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition”; the 10th Annual “African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, “A Piece of Peace”; paintings by Boca Raton, FL, based artist Andrew Brown; an installation of mixed media works by Statesboro, GA, artist Kimberly Riner; and more. This year’s Grand Finale on May 7 features the 3rd annual Tri-County School Steel Drum Festival, a slam poetry show, children’s activities, a food truck rodeo, and an evening concert by The Secrets Band. The event concludes with a fantastic fireworks display over the Cooper River.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in the festival’s Art Walk, as well as for art & craft vendors. Entry instructions for the Festival’s Judged Fine Art Exhibition, Judged Photography Exhibition, and Tri-County Youth Art Exhibition, as well as Volunteer sign-up forms are also available. Forms can be downloaded at (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

For more 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest information, including event details, site maps, and social media contest rules, visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854.

African American Fiber Artists Sought for Special Exhibition in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Mar. 1, 2016

December 11, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place April 29-May 7, 2016, in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, working in fiber and living in the United States, Mexico, or Canada, are invited to participate in the 10th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled “A Piece of Peace”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from April 30-June 20, 2016.

A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s exhibition calls for fiber art inspired by the concept of peace. The challenge for this special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that expresses their personal vision of peace. In today’s world, many are feeling lost, frightened, or overwhelmed. Often times life can feel tumultuous and fractured. Where can one go to find a “piece of peace”? How does one find a “true north”? For some, it is through a long meditation, a walk in the woods, or a good book. Others find their piece of peace through action – caring for a beloved child or aging parent, spending time with an animal friend, worshipping in a sacred space, or working towards social justice to help change the world in both small and large ways.  “We are all so very excited that we are celebrating ten years of producing high quality textile art as part of this magnificent festival,” says Washington. “Each year this show grows bigger and better, and we are particularly thrilled by this beautiful, healing theme.”

Following the close of the show, up to thirty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2016/2017 Traveling Exhibitions Program.  Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The 10th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: “A Piece of Peace” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from April 30-June 20, 2016, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

The City of North Charleston, SC, Cultural Arts Department is Seeking Applications for 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival – Deadline Dec. 4, 2015

September 30, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2016 North Charleston Arts Festival to be held Apr. 29 – May 7, 2016, in North Charleston, SC. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply.

Artists have the option of submitting a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held Apr. 30 and May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex.  Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Judged Art Competitions. The 2016 Artist Application will be available for download from NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply beginning October 1. There is no fee to apply and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals.

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Applications must be delivered or postmarked by Friday, December 4, 2015. Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2016.

The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing more than 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions, and activities in all arts disciplines. The Main Event Weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, Apr. 30, and Sunday, May 1 offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four-themed stages: General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands, and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard.

The Arts Festival continues with more than 70 events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations.  An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children’s activities, and fireworks over the Cooper River.

In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing arts groups may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for more than 10 years. The Processional is typically led by African drummers and dancers and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups. The Opening Processional application will be available for download from (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply) beginning Dec. 1, with submissions due by 5pm on Friday, Apr. 1, 2016.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com) or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

City of North Charleston, SC, is Accepting Applications for Exhibitions at North Charleston City Gallery, City Hall, and other City sites – Deadline Nov. 30, 2015

September 11, 2015

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department offers exhibition opportunities for serious visual artists, photographers, fine craft artisans, sculptors, and installation artists. Applications are now being accepted from individuals and groups to display original works at the North Charleston City Gallery, North Charleston City Hall, and other public sites for the July 2016 through June 2017 program calendar. There is no fee to apply. Selections are made by a review panel appointed by the department. Artists must apply online at (https://northcharlestonculturalartsdepartment.slideroom.com/#/login/form) by Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in order to be considered.

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View of the North Charleston City Gallery

The North Charleston City Gallery, located in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach thousands of local patrons and out-of-state visitors to the multi-use facility.  Exhibits are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. This exhibition opportunity is open to visual artists and artist groups creating two-dimensional works or three-dimensional works suited to hang on display rods provided. Pedestal and freestanding pieces cannot be accommodated in the venue. Exhibits are open to the public daily and admission is free. The gallery desk is managed by a Cultural Arts staff member on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the express purpose of promoting the exhibit and sale of artwork, prints, note cards, and gift items.

As a civic venue, North Charleston City Hall allows for great visibility among residents and visitors. In addition to showcasing the City’s Public Art Collection along the atrium areas of three floors, the building is equipped to display two-dimensional works as well as pedestal or free standing pieces in an enclave on the second floor. Exhibits in this space are rotated on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and may be viewed by the public daily with no admission fee. Cultural Arts staff maintains offices on the same floor of the exhibit space and are available to assist visitors.

In addition to the City Gallery and City Hall, other indoor and outdoor display spaces are available throughout North Charleston.  Applicants can propose a location or may contact the Cultural Arts Department to discuss possible exhibition or installation sites. Options will be reviewed with the artist prior to distribution of acceptance notifications.

For additional information about these and other exhibition opportunities or to learn more about programs and services offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (northcharleston.org), e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New Artist-in-Residence – Daryle Halbert

August 31, 2015

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC,  is proud to announce the appointment of painter Daryle Halbert as Artist-in-Residence (AIR) for 2015/16. The City’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to senior groups, public schools, group homes, and various other groups within the city limits of North Charleston. Halbert will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages.

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Work by Daryle Halbert

Halbert was born and raised in Detroit, MI, and received his BFA there from The Center for Creative Studies in 1990. He went on to earn an MFA at Howard University in Washington, DC, in 1996, creating many public murals during his studies. Following a four-year career as a graphic designer for Tower Records and Video in Washington, DC, Halbert relocated to Philadelphia, PA, where he became an active member of the arts community through exhibiting his work in local galleries and teaching art at the Renaissance Advantage Charter School. In 2002, he completed an AIR program at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnston, VT, and later, in 2009, completed the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Halbert moved to Charleston, SC, in 2011 and is currently a member of the Charleston Artists Guild.

Since moving to Charleston, Halbert has become very interested in the rich African American history and culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. His most recent paintings depict scenes of Lowcountry cuisine, agriculture, music, and folklore. He views his work as a means to educate and inform and is passionate about inspiring others to develop their artistic talents.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Halbert’s work throughout January 2016. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the AIR by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2016.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).