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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/).

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