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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).

 

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Fine Craft Shows Charleston Announces 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows Awards Made in Charleston, SC

July 5, 2015

The 36th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows, held May 22-24 and May 29-31, 2015, featured fine weather, great crowds, and beautiful crafts presented by artists from all over the US. The two weekend events held in historic Wragg Square Park in Charleston, SC, featured art by 119 artists from 21 states.

The Judge for both events was Sherry Browne, a visual artist, working paper cut and collage artist, and owner of Studio Open Gallery in Folly Beach, SC. Awards were distributed on Friday of each weekend.

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Best in Show winner Nancy Michael-Susaneck with Mayor Riley.

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley distributed the awards for the May 22-24 show.  Award winners were:
City of Charleston Mayor’s Award (Best in Show): Nancy Michael-Susaneck, a Mixed Media artist from Missouri City, TX;
1st Place: Addelle Sanders, a Fiber artist from Charleston, SC;
2nd Place: R. L. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA;
3rd Place: Maggie Joynt a Jeweler from Hope Mills, NC.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Christie May, a Jeweler from Greenwood, IN; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silverhill, AL and Leslie Peebles, a Printmaker from Gainesville, FL.
The Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Justin Brady, a Woodworker from Bell Buckle, TN,
and the Emerging Artist Grant went to Melina LaVecchia, a Potter from Boone, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Molly Griggs and Lindsay Powell, a Fiber artists from Charleston, SC; R.C. Brethauer, a Mixed Media artist from Savannah, GA; Susan Marling, a Fiber artist from Acworth, GA and  Doug Richard, a Woodwoorker from Satsuma, FL.

Show Judge Sherry Browne distributed the awards for the May 29-31 show.  Award winners were:

1st Place: Kevin Duval, a Metalworker from Wilmington, NC;
2nd Place: Mimi Hay, a Fiber artist from Myrtle Beach, SC;
and 3rd Place: Sabra Richards, a Glassmaker and Metalworker from Worton, MD.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to:  Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Nancy Green, a Potter from Watkinsville, GA and Honey McCrary, a Mosaics Artist from Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The Emerging Artist Grant was awarded to Jan Barco, a Leatherworker from Virginia Beach, VA.
The Slide Juror’s Choice Award went to Tanya Gerard and Rob Thomas, Woodworkers from Beech Mountain, NC;
and the Exhibitor’s Choice Award was voted to Lucy Clark, a Potter from Clear Mountain, NC.

Purchase Awards were given to:
Jiri Kalina, a Woodworker from Wilmington, NC; Craig Riches, a Metalworker from Silver Hill, AL; Uzo Ezekwudo, a Fiber artist from Chapel Hill, NC and Hanan Ingel and Erez Epshtein, Jewelers from Berkeley, CA.

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston would like to thank the artists, staff and volunteers who help to make this show possible. We would also like to thank the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks, and Police Department for their assistance.

More information about this show and future shows, along with photos of the award winners, is available on our website: (finecraftshowscharleston.com).

Photos available from our website (finecraftshowscharleston.com).

2015 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show Emerging Artist Grant Recipients Announced in Charleston, SC

April 17, 2015

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Fine Craft Shows Charleston is pleased to announce the two exhibiting artists awarded Emerging Artist Grants for the 2015 shows. This is the first year in the 36-year history of the events that such grants have been awarded. These events have always been superior venues for talented, skilled craft artists to enter the professional show arena. The feedback from show patrons and other artists is always helpful in making artistic career choices.

These grants are awarded to artists new to the show/exhibit arena in a professional capacity within the past two years. Each grant is equivalent to the artists’ booth fees for their featured weekend. In addition, each artist will be featured in press releases and show promotional materials. The Applicants are juried by a professional group of slide jurors. Awardees are selected based on eligibility, juror panel scores, and outstanding artistic ability.  These events are a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival held annually in Charleston, South Carolina.

This year, the recipients are

May 22-24 show:  Melina LaVecchia, Clay Artist from Boone, North Carolina

and

May 29 – 31 show: Jan Barco, Leather Artist, from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Melina LaVecchia earned a BFA in Art Education from Appalachian State University in 2014, with a concentration in ceramics and drawing. Growing up in an Italian family, Melina gained inspiration from her mother’s table settings and her father’s attention to culinary detail. After studying the American Craft movement from the 1950’s, LaVecchia knew she wanted to reclaim the ”American Dream” by designing and producing her own tableware. From hand-throwing each piece, to carefully designing and illustrating, to setting the table, LaVecchia wants her work to curate a relationship between the food, the tableware and the people breaking bread.

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Photo courtesy of Melina LaVecchia

Jan Barco says, “Leather is one of the greatest materials known to man. Its uses are unlimited. An ancient canvas, its feel, smell, touch excites me. I lose myself. First I cut 10 to 12 ounce saddle skirting into the shape I want. Then carve piece with a swivel knife and tool when flat. I apply dies and burnish. Soak piece in water and mold it. As it dries fabric is shaped. Final product is burnished. Each process adds a new dimension. I dream leather.”

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Photo courtesy of Jan Barco

For additional information, please contact Fine Craft Shows Charleston by e-mail at (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com).

Fine Craft Shows Charleston is Calling for Applications for Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows 2012 in Charleston, SC

November 23, 2011

Fine Craft Shows Charleston is calling for applications for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows 2012 – the 33rd annual craft show events in Charleston, SC.

Dates for the shows are May 25 – 27 and also June 1 – 3, 2012.

95 artists are expected each weekend exhibiting and selling their work at Wragg Square in the heart of downtown, historic Charleston. Juried by professional working artists and arts administrators, participants are selected by images of their work. Purchase and merit awards totaling more than $4,000 will be presented. Artist demonstrations of their media are ongoing during the shows.

Applicants should use ZAPPlicationTM to apply via the web. For assistance with the process, please see information available via (finecraftshowscharleston.com).

In 2011, the coordinators of the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows created a new corporation, Fine Craft Shows Charleston, to provide an organization dedicated to the promotion of fine crafts in Charleston. The annual Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows, which attract talented craft artists from all over the country to Charleston for two weekends during Piccolo Spoleto, are the main focus of the organization.

Piccolo Spoleto, 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 USA. 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. Events begin on May 25 and conclude June 10, 2012.

Questions should be directed to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com). Find us on Facebook at Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show.