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Patz and Mike Fowle of Hartsville, SC, were winners of the Artfields© 2015 3-D People’s Choice Award

May 11, 2015

Patz and Mike Fowle of Hartsville, SC, were winners of the Artfields© 2015 3-D People’s Choice award ($12,500), for their work “Consume”, which was announced on May 2, 2015, in Lake City, SC, home of ArtFields©.

Detail of “Consume” by Patz and Mike Fowle

Contemporary sculptors, Mike and Patz Fowle, share a passion for creativity and collaboration. They utilize innovative processes and various media to create unique sculptures for public and private collections. The couple’s largest work of art, “Big Bleu Birdnanna”, is a 23-foot tall, kinetic metal sculpture located in the Cultural Arts Corridor adjacent to the Florence County Museum in Downtown Florence, SC. Patz Fowle and Mike Fowle support the visual arts community as teaching artists and have been Artists-in-Residence as far away as Tokyo, Japan.

The Fowles offer the following artist statement, “Creating art is a wondrous journey from the conception of a juicy idea to the final aesthetics; it’s what propels our spirits as creative beings! With a whimsical and colorful and nod to contemporary culture, our mixed media installation “Consume” turns discarded plastic into a swirling school of fabulous, funky fish. As you walk around and through the installation you become part of the art. We hope to encourage the use of non-traditional art materials and to also spark dialog about post-consumerism waste and the plight of our oceans and fish due to plastics. After all, as the old saying goes, “You are what you eat!”

To see a list of other winners from ArtFields© 2015 visit (

To view more of their works visit (

Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, Call for Entries for the “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit and Gallery Crawl” – Deadline May 29, 2015

May 7, 2015


The Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library in Hartsville, SC, will be hosting their annual community photography contest and exhibit in June. The “8th Annual Carolinas Photography Exhibit” will debut at the Hartsville Library and the Black Creek Arts Center with an opening reception and gallery crawl on June 4, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm.

To enter the contest, simply bring your photo(s) to Black Creek Arts Center or Hartsville Memorial Library between May 18 -29, 2015. Three entries per person are allowed and the prices are: $15 for one entry, $25 for two and $30 for three. All pieces are to be show ready when submitted. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages who live, work or create in Darlington County, SC, are invited to enter.

“One of the great aspects of this event is the exhibition of the community’s photographers. Also working with Hartsville Memorial Library and its staff is a great example of the area organizations working together to bring unique arts-related shows and programming to our community,” said Allison Pederson, Executive Director of Black Creek Arts Council.

Four Categories include:
“Anything Goes” – If your photograph is abstract or digitally manipulated…there are no limits
“Carolinas” – If you have taken a photo in the Carolinas (any size)
“Darlington County Travelers” – If your photo has been taken outside North or South Carolina
“Photographers 18 and Under” – If you are 18 years of age or younger…anything goes

All photographs will be considered for Best of Show as well as entered into one of the categories listed above. Photographers choose their category. There will be one (1) winner with a cash award of $75 and two (2) honorable mentions for each of the categories and one (1) People’s Choice for each location. All winners will receive a ribbon.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sonoco Products Company and the winner of Best of Show will receive a cash award of $150 sponsored by the Darlington Photography Club. The Best of Show image will be also be used for the poster and all promotion for the following year’s Carolinas exhibit.

For more information, contact Black Creek Arts Center by calling 843/332-6234, Hartsville Memorial Library, at 843/332-5115 ext 4 or e-mail to (, (, ( or visit ( and go to the events tab.

The mission of Black Creek Arts Council is to promote and foster the Arts in Darlington County.  BCAC’s offices are located at 116 West College Avenue.  The Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library is a group dedicated to serving and providing for the patrons of the library through programming, events, and fundraisers. The Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue.

Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Calls for Entry for Juried Show – Deadline Mar. 13, 2015

February 8, 2015


Artist CALL for ENTRIES!
Visit ( for full prospectus.

Best of Show $1000
1st Place $ 500
2nd Place $ 200
3rd Place $ 100

Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5pm Entry Deadline

Friday, March 20, 2015 Artists Notifications sent via e-mail.

Friday, March 27, 2015 10am-5pm Deliver accepted work to BCAC

Saturday, March 28, 2015 10am-2pm Deliver accepted work to BCAC

Sunday, March 29, 2015 2-4pm Final day to deliver accepted work to BCAC

April 2 – May 29, 2015 Exhibition Dates

Thursday, April 9, 2015 Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony

For further info call 843/332-6234 or visit (

Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail Hold Open Jury for New Membership in Hartsville, SC – Oct. 24, 2014

September 11, 2014

The Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail will hold their next jury for new members on Friday, Oct. 24 at Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Oct. 24, 2014.

The ASCCT is open to artists and craftspeople working in all media listed below who live in the South Carolina Cotton Trail area – Florence County, Darlington County, Lee County, Chesterfield County or Marlboro County.

Accepted Media Categories: Clay, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Natural Materials, Painting, Paper, Photography, and Sculpture.

The jury is a live jury, and prospective artists are expected to bring five works representative of what they do to show to the jurors.  Artists will briefly discuss their work and their viewpoint as artists, then step out as the jurors review the work.  Artists will then be brought back in to answer any questions that might have come up, collect their work and leave. All artists will be e-mailed results along with a summary of jurors’ comments by the evening of the 24th.

Additional information and membership forms are available at the ASCCT website at ( under the Membership tab. There is a non-refundable jury fee, as well as a membership fee for those who are accepted.

Artists who plan to jury should contact Beth Wicker by e-mail at ( to be added to the jury list, or with any questions not answered on the web site. A schedule with jury times will be sent out prior to the jury date.

Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville, SC, Announces Winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”

June 12, 2014


The Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville, SC, has announced the winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”, on view in the Jean & James Fort Gallery, and at Hartsville Memorial Library, through July 31, 2914. The exhibit was sponsored by Sonoco and Darlington County Photography Club.

Congratulations to the following winners of the “7th Annual Carolinas Photography Competition and Exhibit”:

Best of Show – Jim Boden, “Untitled III”

Carolinas 1st Place – Lee Benoy, “Twin Silos”
Carolinas 2nd Place – Rocky Collier, “Window to Heaven”
Carolinas 3rd Place – Jo Robbins, “Changing of the Guard”

D C Travelers 1st Place – Mary Lynn Daniels, “Guardian of the Trail”
D C Travelers 2nd Place – Cheryl Hoffman, “Boardwalk”
D C Travelers 3rd Place – Anne Baldwin, “Sail Away”

Anything Goes 1st Place – Suzanne Muldrow, “Memories of Bish”
Anything Goes 2nd Place – Taylor Schultz, “The Barrel”

People’s Choice, Library – Cheryl Hoffman, “Boardwalk”
People’s Choice, BCAC – Linda Humphries, “Lake City Tobacco Barn”

For further information call the Center at 843/332-6234 or visit (

Coker College Art Club in Hartsville, SC, to Feature Annual Student Competition

November 13, 2013


The Coker College Art Club’s annual student exhibition begins with a reception at 7pm, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Hartsville, SC. Merit awards and prizes will be presented at the opening, and light refreshments will be served. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The “41st Annual Student Competition” will exhibit a selection of the best student work from the past year. The exhibition is open for viewing through Nov. 26, 2013.

Work by Kara Suttle

Coker’s annual student exhibition is designed as a competition and includes entries from beginning through advanced students. This year, the judge will be John Rise, a professional artist whose paintings are currently on exhibit in the Cecilia Coker Bell Gallery.

Rise will select the pieces to exhibit, assign places and award prizes that have been donated by art manufacturers and suppliers. Judges for these shows are given free reign regarding a show’s size and focus, and the resulting shows have ranged from large and inclusive to small, theme-oriented exhibitions. As with all independent judges, Rise’s choices may support the opinions of faculty and peers, but his choices may also run counter to some of those opinions. In either case, this selection process has always served as a stimulus for critical discussion.

Rise received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing from Arizona State University as well as a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. While pursuing his master’s degrees, Rise taught drawing and painting classes at the University of New Mexico, first as a graduate assistant and later as an adjunct professor.
Since 2005, Rise has taught drawing at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was awarded the 2010-11 Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award for his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning and campus life.

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the Coker College campus. Gallery hours are from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, while classes are in session.

Coker College upholds and defends the intellectual and artistic freedom of its faculty and students as they study and create art through which they explore the full spectrum of human experience. The college considers such pursuits central to the spirit of inquiry and thoughtful discussion, which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.

For more information about the gallery, contact gallery director and assistant professor of art Larry Merriman at 843/383-8156 or visit (

Jean Grosser and Jim Boden, Coker College Art Professors to Participate in “South Carolina Biennial 2013″ Exhibition at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC

August 30, 2013

Revised 9/1/13

Two Coker College (Hartsville, SC) professors have been selected to exhibit their artwork in the “South Carolina Biennial 2013″ exhibition, which opens with a reception from 7 to 9pm Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC.

Jean Grosser, professor of art and chair of the art department, and Jim Boden, professor of art, were two of the 25 artists selected from more than 120 applicants.

Work by Jean Grosser

“The inclusion of Jean Grosser and Jim Boden in the 701 Center for Contemporary Art “South Carolina Biennial 2013″ indicates that they are among the artists in South Carolina producing some of the most exciting and best contemporary art,” said Wim Roefs, chair of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s board of directors. “Many of us who are well-versed in the South Carolina art scene already knew that, of course. After all, both Boden and Grosser have a long track record of producing first-class contemporary art, and both are widely and highly regarded in the state’s art scene.”

Roefs had selected Grosser and Boden as award winners in previous art competitions. He was pleased to see that the two out of state jurors for the biennial, who might be less familiar with South Carolina artists, felt that both Coker faculty members were among the best in the state and should be included in the “SC Biennial 2013″.

“Having Jean and Jim is a great credit to the Coker College Art Department, too,” added Roefs. “That speaks very well of the department.”

Work by Jim Boden

Grosser has been a Coker faculty member since 1985. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Barnard College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Alfred State College of Ceramics and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Ohio University. Grosser was awarded the Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission and was a finalist for the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowships in Sculpture.

Boden has been a member of Coker’s faculty since 1999. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in art education from the University of Minnesota. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Cecelia Coker Bell College Art Gallery; 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; the Florence Art Museum, Florence, SC; and solo exhibitions at the Rabold Gallery, Aiken, SC; and Black Creek Arts Council Gallery, Hartsville, SC. His awards include First Place at StateWide, Florence Art Museum, Florence, SC; and First Place and Purchase Award at Drawing From Perceptions – Biennial Drawing Exhibition, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

For more information about the Coker College Art Department, contact Grosser at 843/383-8150 or e-mail to (

Patz Fowle from Hartsville, SC, Stays Active After ArtFields in Lake City, SC

May 3, 2013

Two of Patz Fowle’s sculptures were chosen for the “2013 Carolina’s Got Art! June Salon Show” at the Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC. For info visit (

Smoked Salmon by Patz Fowle

Fowle will also have two pieces in the “2013 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition/Exhibition” at the Charleston Area Convention Center, in North Charleston, SC, during the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival, from May 4-11, 2013. My pieces are “Smoked Salmon” and “Patz’ Picasso Pot”. For info visit (

For further info visit (

Coker College in Hartsville, SC, Hosts ‘Junk It Out’ Recycled Fashion Show – Apr. 13, 2013

April 8, 2013


The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, the Coker College Art Club and the Art Department will host a recycled fashion show titled “Junk It Out” at 3:30pm, on Saturday, Apr. 13 in Davidson Auditorium in Hartsville, SC.

Contestants in the competition are required to utilize recycled materials to design an outfit that will be modeled and judged during the event. Materials may include such items as recyclables, discarded clothing, bags, outdoor objects and food containers.

Miranda Peebles, a first-year art major from Cassatt, SC.

“Although my schedule prevents me from contributing a design for ‘Junk it Out,’ I am very excited about seeing the show. I have worked with consumer discards for over two decades, and I love seeing how others utilize this resource” said gallery director and assistant professor of art Larry Merriman.

“Repurposing discards, as will be done in ‘Junk it Out,’ challenges the ingenuity and creativity of the participants. As an audience, it makes us think, but it also makes us laugh, which is a wonderful combination when talking about an important topic like how we use the earth’s resources.”

Ben Gupton will be announcing the models. Designers for the show include chair of art department and art club faculty supervisor Jean Grosser and student designers Sarah Shealy, Blythewood, SC; Tammaka Staley, Columbia, SC; Miranda Peebles, Cassatt, SC; Ashley Spell, Barnwell, SC; Jared Geizer, Montville, OH; Emily Shokes, Greer, SC; and Joshua Milligan, Hartsville, SC.

Four professors have been selected to judge the designs. Fashions will be judged on their visual impact, design concept, construction technique, creativity and best use of materials. Cash prizes ranging from $25 to $75 will be awarded to four winners.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the show prior to winners being announced.

For more information, contact Grosser at 843/383-8150 or e-mail to ( or contact art club president Ashley Gillespie by e-mail at (

Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville, SC, Presents Christmas Shoppe – Nov. 29 and 30, 2012

November 20, 2012

Artisans throughout the Pee Dee will be on location at Black Creek Arts Center in Hartsville, SC, selling their handmade, one of a kind creations. Artist includes fine art, jewelry, photography, etc.

This will be a wonderful venue for purchasing one of a kind items for yourself or a holiday gift. A unique event that you will not want to miss!

Thursday, Nov. 29th, from 5:30 until 8pm
Friday, November 30th, from 4 until 7pm

For further information call 843/332-6234 or e-mail to (


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