Posts Tagged ‘Lancaster SC’

Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for Red Rose Film Festival – Deadline Oct. 18, 2016

July 17, 2016


Lancaster Performing Arts “See Lancaster Live” series announces the Red Rose Film Festival, debuting November 18, 2016, at 7pm in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium in Lancaster, SC.  Filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to submit entries by October 18, 2016, for this fun competition in which all scenes must be filmed in Lancaster county. Films are also required to incorporate at least one red rose, symbolic of the Red Rose City of Lancaster, SC.

Family-friendly films in DVD format must be no more than ten minutes in length and $15 application fee should be included with submission. Ten films will be chosen to be shown at the November 18th Red Rose Film Festival where winners will be announced for first, second, third places and people’s choice.

Tickets to the film festival are $5 each and may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting ( A complete list of rules and application to submit films can also be found at the ticket link or contact April Joplin, Performing Arts Manager by calling 803/285-1145 or e-mail to (

Applications are available at the Springs House, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC, On the Move Around the Carolinas

May 30, 2016

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, located in the heart of Lancaster, SC’s, Cultural Arts District is owned and operated by the artist, but it is becoming rare to find him there.  The sculptor is in his studio, with artist assistant Jamie Ouzts, just long enough to create new sculptures, fabricate student-designed works, and meet deadlines for commissioned works. More often, Doster will be found traveling throughout the Carolinas conducting artist residencies in schools, teaching summer camps, and delivering work to public art and gallery exhibitions.

As is typical for the well-known artist, April proved busy month, with Doster’s “Summer Wind” exhibited at Lake City, SC’s ArtFields, a diverse competition comprised of over 360 works selected from submissions from across the Southeast. From there, “Summer Wind” travels to Willow Walk, a biannual signature event in Burlington, NC’s. Willowbrook Park. Alamance Arts, with the City of Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, coordinates the outdoor exhibition and which features more than 35 artists from all over the nation, whose works are chosen based on originality, creativity, and quality of workmanship and design.


Another of the “Wind & Waves” sculptures, “January Wind” traveled from Anderson, SC, after being part of a public exhibition to North Charleston, SC, where it received an Honorable Mention at North Charleston’s “11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, and compete for monetary prizes. Sculpture sites are located throughout Riverfront Park on the banks of the Cooper River and the exhibition will be on view until April 2017.

A second sculpture from Doster’s “Wind and Waves” series, “February Wind” was accepted to “Beyond Walls”, an annual national outdoor sculpture exhibition in Robbins Park, Cornelius, NC. One of ten sculptures selected by a jury from thirty applicants, it will remain on exhibit until March, 2017, in this annual public art project coordinated by Cornelius Art Center. The City of Anderson, in partnership with Anderson Arts Center coordinates an annual public art project in downtown, and a massive sculpture from Doster’s “Portal” series was chosen as part of the exhibit, which is on view until April of 2017.

Several monumental works by Doster are currently exhibited at University of North Georgia and new works by the artist, including one from the “Portal” series, have been accepted into the annual outdoor exhibition that represents artists living in the Appalachian states. The exhibition is open year-round in Dahlonega, GA. Doster’s “Dancer”, a ten-feet high stainless steel sculpture that has been shown in public art exhibitions in four states, was one of three sculptures chosen by Boone, NC, Downtown Development Association to be displayed next to Boone Town Hall until June 2017.

In September, look for Doster’s work in Lenoir, NC, at Caldwell Arts Council’s “31st Annual Sculpture Celebration”. Year-round, Doster’s work can be viewed in public art exhibits, collections, and art galleries in NC cities of Raleigh, Lenoir, Chapel Hill, Black Mountain, Sunset Beach, Charlotte, Pinehurst, Waxhaw, Weddington, and others. SC locations to find the artist’s work includes Lancaster, Chester, Spartanburg, Greenville, Cheraw, Anderson, Rock Hill, Richburg, Charleston, Columbia, North Charleston, Beaufort, Pageland, Chesterfield, Clemson, Laurens, Clinton, Florence, Fort Mill, Orangeburg, Mt. Pleasant, Van Wyck, Indian Land, Camden, Bennettsville,  and others. In Georgia, look for the artist’s creations in Dahlonega and Atlanta and in Chattanooga, TN.


Doster has been conducting artist residencies in public and private schools since the 1970’s and recent residencies include Dorchester County’s River Oaks Middle School and Eagle Nest Elementary. SC schools now boasting sculptures designed by students under Doster’s instruction include New Prospect Elementary School in Inman and Blythewood High School. Lancaster residencies included South Middle School, Buford Elementary School, Heath Springs Elementary School, and Andrew Jackson Middle School. Lancaster students also designed and painted downtown banners and large art “cubes” that remain on public exhibit from March until October. More SC schools that participated in artist residencies include Ebinport Elementary School in Rock Hill, Laurens Elementary School in Clover, Duncan Elementary and Chapman High School in Spartanburg. Cary, NC’s, Weatherstone Elementary School recently completed and installed a large stainless steel sculpture honoring the “Class of 2016”.


Doster became interested in making art when he was eleven years old and watched his father create sculptures from metal and other materials. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC and a Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University. A native of Lancaster, he opened his studio in the downtown area in the 1970’s, where he continues to work. Arts workshops and classes are held there on a regular basis, many by other local artists. Ever the teaching artist, Doster conducts one-day metal sculpture workshops throughout the year. Participants design, weld, and polish their own individual works of art while Muddy, the “art dog” helps supervise the activities. Upcoming workshops are scheduled for Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec and information can be found at (

The studio, gallery, and garden at Backstreet Studio, 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC will be open on June 11 and 12 for Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County and for the annual gallery open house on the first weekend of December. Visitors are always invited to tour the artist’s studio and group tours can be scheduled by calling 803/285-9190 or e-mailing to (

Learn more by visiting (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Applications for LCCA Academic Scholarship – Deadline Apr. 29, 2016

April 6, 2016


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, is accepting applications for the $500 LCCA Academic Scholarship, which will be awarded to a high school senior residing in Lancaster County who will graduate during 2015-16 school year. Student must be accepted as a full-time undergraduate student at a fully accredited college, university or technical college. A major in dance, literature, music, theatre, folk & traditional arts or visual arts is preferred , but not a requirement.

Deadline to apply is 3pm, Friday, April 29, 2016.

Applicants may submit the application package to the offices of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, or by mail to PO Box 613, Lancaster, SC, 29721.

Sponsors of this scholarship are the Board of Directors and Officers of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.  Future scholarships will also be funded by businesses, organizations and individual citizens who have designated funds for this program.

Online applications may be obtained through the LCCA website at (, and paper copies are available at local high school guidance offices or by calling the LCCA offices at 803/285-7451.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Offers Ladies Night Out Sunday Afternoon Tea – Apr. 17, 2016

March 8, 2016


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts presents Ladies Night Out Sunday Afternoon Tea fundraiser on Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016, from 3-5:30pm at the Bradley Arts & Sciences Building of USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC. This special afternoon will include top-notch treatment for attendees, complete with signature cocktail, dainty sandwiches, desserts, and of course…tea! There will also be silent auction items and raffle prizes, entertainment and much more.

You can be a part of Ladies Night Out by becoming an event sponsor, donate auction/raffle items, spread the word, join us Apr. 17, place a poster in your business, host a table & treat your employees and friends or purchase individual tickets.

Tickets are $20 for LCCA members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets are on sale now! And can be purchased online or in person.

Proceeds fund community art programs, children’s classes, gallery exhibits, local and regional artists.

For more information about hosting a table and/or event sponsorships call 803/285-7451, visit ( or visit the Springs House, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.

Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, SC, is Seeking Artisans for June 2016 Annual Event – Deadline Mar. 21, 2016

February 28, 2016


The Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, SC, is now accepting applications from artisans who are interested in participating. Artists are featured free of charge at agricultural locations that have applied to be part of the 2016 self-guided farm tour. Hours of the tour are 9am until 5pm on Saturday, June 10, 2016, and 1-5pm on Sunday, June 11, 2016. Lancaster County is one of nine counties that make up the SC Ag+Art Tour, the nation’s largest free farm tour. Artists can find information and apply at (

The direct link to the Lancaster County Artisan Application is: (

When applying for desired locations, please note the Lancaster County Farmers Market will be open for the tour on June 10th only and The Ivy Place will be open for June 12th only.

The deadline to be included in the printed passport guide is 3/21/2016.

Artisans can sign-up after this date but will only be included on the website. Artisans contact for Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County is Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 803/285-7451 or e-mail to (

For general information on Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, please e-mail to ( or call 803/289-1492.

Red Rose Festival and Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Photography Entries – Deadline Apr. 1, 2016

February 19, 2016


The Red Rose Festival Photography Contest & Exhibition sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts will take part with the annual Red Rose Festival on May ​20/21​, 201​6​, in downtown Lancaster, SC, celebrating all that our community has to offer its citizens. Open to all ages, participants are asked to submit one 8″ x 10″ color or black​ and white​ photograph of their visual interpretation of what makes our Lancaster community special. There is no entry fee. ​This is a juried comp​etition and there are cash awards: $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. In addition, an Honorable Mention photograph is named. Exhibition will be on display in the Springs House galleries during the month of May.

All submissions are due by April 1, 201​6​ to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC.

The event is sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the City of Lancaster.

For more information and/or to register call 803/285 7451, e-mail to ( or visit (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Hold Annual Fundraiser

January 7, 2016


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts sponsors its 19th Annual Gala fundraiser, ​”​Art & Soul at the Bootleggers Ball​”​ on Saturday, Feb. ​6​​, 201​6​,​​​ beginning at 7pm at the Bradley​ Arts & Sciences Building on the campus of USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC.

This exciting evening will feature silent and live auctions, prize drawings, music, danc​ing, performances, fabulous food and specialty beverages.

Advance tickets are $55 member and $65 non member and can be purchased at the Springs House,​ ​201 W Gay Street, calling the LCCA at 803/285-7451​, ( ​or e-mailing to ​( After 1.31.1​6​, all tickets are $80. Proceeds fund community arts programs, children’s classes, gallery exhibits, local and regional artists.

Red Rose Festival in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline is Apr. 18, 2016

December 30, 2015


Lancaster, SC’s Seventh Annual Red Rose Festival, named a Top 20 Event by Southeastern Tourism Society, is seeking artists and craftsmen, commercial and food vendors, local musicians and volunteers. The Festival will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, from 6-10pm and May 21, 2016, from 10am-10pm in the Cultural Arts District of downtown Lancaster, SC.

Those interested in becoming a vendor, volunteer, or other participant may apply online beginning January, 2016 at (,  e-mail to (, or call 803/289-1498.

Deadline for submission is April 18, 2016. Space is limited, so apply early!

The 2016 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone, with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival food and fun with free admission both days. The Red Rose Festival is a rain or shine event!

Christmas in the City Meets Red Rose Holiday Tour on Dec. 5, 2015, in Lancaster, SC

November 29, 2015


The Red Rose City ushers in the holiday season with a flurry of fun in historic downtown Lancaster, SC, on Dec. 5, 2015, from 9am – 9pm.

An old-fashioned trolley will transport holiday revelers to stops throughout the Cultural Arts District including Santa’s Workshop, Winter Block Party, Artisans Holiday Market, Historic Springs House, L & C Railway Museum, Native American Studies Center, and local businesses hosting Holiday Open Houses. Santa visits and letter drop-off, Gingerbread House Exhibit, balloon sculpting, ornament making, face painting, and a winter wonderland carousel will delight the little ones, while older children and teens enjoy the game truck.  Favorite characters lead activities, mingle, and pose for photos including Gingerbread Man, Santa’s Elves, Winnie the Pooh, Elsa, and Grinch, and Lancaster’s very own Rosie Rabbit.

Stories with Mrs. Claus, candy canes, cookies, and wassail punch is being hosted by Blackmon Insurance Group.  Visitors will find a Food Truck Food Court, where live on-stage performances feature music and dance troupes, including Fierce Dance Academy, Indian Land Middle & High School Dance Team, Ebony Expressionz, and Plair Band. The lovable Train Hobo will entertain with tales from the rails and gifts to the little ones.

Historic Springs House will be open with “Between the Springmaid Sheets” exhibit, refreshments, gift gallery, live music, and a jewelry trunk show. The indoor Artisans Holiday Market returns, where visitors will find unique treasures by artists and craftsmen from throughout the Carolinas. Discover pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodcarvings, handcrafted toys, baskets, textile-art fashions and accessories, sculpture, and more at this art collector’s paradise.

Native American Studies Center will host its annual Native American Arts and Crafts Show and Sale with artists selling traditional arts and crafts and demonstrating techniques. The thirteenth annual Holiday Open House at Backstreet Studio features new work and old favorites by renowned artist Bob Doster, holiday refreshments, exhibit by hundreds of artists, and prize drawing for a Doster original.

Downtown businesses rolling out the red carpet for those with a passion for shopping, providing holiday treats, discounts, gift certificates, and prize drawings include: Purple Rooster, Ray’s Flowers, At Home by Casey, Back to Balance Massage Therapy Studio, and Tumble-N-Roll. Just outside of downtown, visitors will enjoy Kenaki Karate and the annual Piedmont Folk Art.

Christmas in the City and Red Rose Holiday Tour promotion are projects of See Lancaster, SC and sponsored by the City of Lancaster.  The Red Rose Holiday Tour is a promotion of holiday happenings throughout Lancaster County in the month of December.

Contact Cherry Doster, Marketing & Development Manager, at 803/289-1492 or by e-mail at ( for complete details.

Christmas in the City includes an annual tree lighting, Christmas parade, Snack with Santa, and an impressive array of activities the first Saturday of December. For information, contact Joe Timmons, Events & Promotions Manager at 803/289-1498 or e-mail to ( Visit ( for information on these and other great events taking place in the Red Rose City of Lancaster, SC.

USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Gallery Openings, Lectures, and More! in Lancaster, SC – Nov. 20, 2015

November 10, 2015


As part of its celebration of Native American Heritage Month, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, in Lancaster, SC, will host an afternoon of events on Nov. 20, 2015, including the opening of two new exhibits, a lecture on Catawba pottery, demonstrations of American Indian basketry, and storytelling and musical performances. The day will also mark the Center’s celebration of its third anniversary.

Work by John Julius Wilnoty

Opening its doors in 2012, the Native American Studies Center has attracted thousands of visitors from around the state, the country and the world to downtown Lancaster, SC. Its four galleries, archaeology lab, archives, and other amenities have attracted everyone from pre-school groups to seasoned scholars. To mark its 3rd anniversary, the Center will host an afternoon of free, public events. Beginning at noon with a lecture by Catawba Indian scholar Brooke Bauer, who will discuss the role of Catawba women in preserving the tribe’s pottery tradition, the Center will officially open two new exhibits: the “Story of Catawba Pottery,” a permanent exhibit sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Duke Energy Foundation, and “Solitude and Mystery,” a visiting exhibit of carvings by Cherokee artist John Julius Wilnoty, on view through Jan. 14, 2016. The afternoon will also feature basket-making demonstrations by Catawba artist Faye Greiner, storytelling and pottery-making demonstrations by Beckee Garris of the Catawba Cultural Center and the NASC, and a musical performance by former Catawba Nation Chief and guitarist Gilbert Blue.

The USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center is located at 119 S. Main St. Lancaster, SC.

For more information on the Center visit ( or call 803/313-7172.


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