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North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2018 Design Competition Winner – Hamed Mahmoodi

February 9, 2018

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville, SC, as the winner of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Mahmoodi’s acrylic painting, titled “Atlantic Sun”, will be used to promote the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 2-6, in North Charleston, SC. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.


“Atlantic Sun” by Hamed Mahmoodi

Mahmoodi’s design was selected from a total of 85 entries by artists from 11 cities across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

Mahmoodi, who has submitted work into the competition in years past, created a series of abstract paintings in the Art Nouveau manner for his entries in this year’s competition. “I focused on concentrated circles and curves and loaded the pieces with colors in a rainbow fashion that would be pleasing to the viewer’s eye,” he explains. “I believe the vibrancy created by the enticing color scheme and the energy generated by the movement in “Atlantic Sun” are very representative of the North Charleston Arts Fest. The diverse performances and artwork featured during the event, and the approach to connecting the arts and community members, bring vibrancy and energy to the City that I think is very special.”

Hamed Mahmoodi was born in Iran and moved to South Carolina in 1978. He attended Clemson University and received a BS in Design Architecture in 1986. After graduation, he worked as an associate architect at Fluor International, then as art director for Naegele Outdoor Advertising. He has been a freelance designer for various architectural firms throughout the Southeast and a full-time artist working in a variety of media since the late 80’s. Mahmoodi has had several one-man shows in museums, universities, galleries, and restaurants, and his design works and paintings can be found from Ground Zero Memorial Park in NYC to the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. He has also earned numerous juried awards, best in show honors, merit awards, fellowships, and art grants and has been chosen as the poster/art design winner of other notable festivals, including Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston, SC) and the Coca-Cola RiverPlace Festival (Greenville, SC).

Oil, watercolor, acrylic, metals, wax, paper, furniture, and photography are just some of the media that Mahmoodi has used to create his diverse works of art. His philosophy for creating art is much like Robert Rauschenberg and Christo, whereas he believes that each idea and work deserves its own individual style and medium. Therefore, his approach varies from representational to abstract, with his most recent paintings primarily executed in an abstract style with an emphasis on color and movement.

A new series of Mahmoodi’s paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2018. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Atlantic Sun”. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the Arts Fest Expo from 11am-5pm on May 5 & 6, 2018. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

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City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for the “17th Annual Statewide Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” – Deadline is Mar. 15, 2018

December 31, 2017

Fine craft artists from across South Carolina are invited to participate in the “17th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 2-6, 2018.

A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com). Deadline for entries is Mar. 15, 2018. Artists in need of assistance with the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions. Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the “South Carolina State Museum’s 2018/2019 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 juror for this year’s exhibition is Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. She is a curator, arts writer, and independent publisher. Reese holds an MFA from City College New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia. She has held positions at Atlanta Contemporary, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery, and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. As an arts writer, Reese was the former editor of “BURNAWAY Magazine” in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews appear in “BOMB Daily”, “Temporary Art Review”, “TWELV Magazine”, and “ART PAPERS”, among others. She has taught Critical Issues art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. At Telfair Museums since 2015, she has curated exhibitions with Nick Cave, William Wegman, Triple Candie, and a group exhibition titled Generation with Iraqi-Canadian artists Sawsan AlSaraf, Sundus Abdul Hadi, and Tamara Abdul Hadi. Reese is opening 2018 exhibitions with Carrie Mae Weems, and Atlanta-based Paul Stephen Benjamin in January.

The “17th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 2-6, 2018, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 2, 2016, from 6:00-8:30pm. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, “Palmetto Hands”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

North Charleston Arts Fest Reveals 2017 Design Competition Winner – Judy McSween

February 8, 2017

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department (SC) is pleased to announce Judy McSween of Charleston as the winner of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, McSween’s oil painting, titled “Scraping the Sky II”, will be used to promote the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7, 2017.  In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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“Scraping the Sky II” by Judy McSween

McSween’s design was selected from a total of 60 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to McSween, “Scraping the Sky II” evokes the exuberance of a new day and the anticipation of discovery. The piece was created after a summer trip the artist took with her husband, daughter, and nieces, where they explored galleries, parks, and restaurants. “I painted the fresh, inviting view recalling the vibrant city skyline when we embarked,” she explains. “It parallels how I approach a blank canvas – with a simple plan and with excitement to see what I’ll uncover along the way.”

McSween was born in Warren, OH, and earned a BFA with a specialization in painting from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. She began her career as an art teacher in Warren, OH, and taught art at a number of private and public schools when she relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC, in the late eighties. Her attention turned from painting and teaching to raising a family of four children after a move to Lexington, SC, in the late nineties. She returned to painting full time when her family relocated to Charleston, SC, in 2008.

McSween has participated in numerous regional art shows. She was the featured artist at The Saul Alexander Gallery located in the Charleston County Library in January 2016 and was invited to be an exhibiting member in Charleston’s “Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artists Exhibit” that spring in Marion Square. Her work was selected for the 2010 “Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibit” and has been awarded Honorable Mentions in the North Charleston Arts Fest’s Judged Fine Art Competition. Her paintings have also been featured on the cover of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Program Guide and the 2015 baseball novel, “Dreaming .400”.

McSween’s paintings are primarily abstract with an emphasis on color and texture. A painting may come to viewers as representative – such as a landscape – and at other times, her paintings are defined by a thought or idea. She currently paints in her home studio and teaches part-time at The Montessori Community School of Charleston. For more information about the artist, or to see her work, visit (www.judymcsween.com).

A new series of McSween’s abstract land and sea inspired scenes will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2017. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Scraping the Sky II”. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the Arts Fest Expo from 11am-5pm on May 6 & 7, 2017. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Seeks Entries for Statewide Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 15, 2017

December 23, 2016

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Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 16th annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”. As the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 3-7, 2017. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries.

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Work by John Turner

The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com). Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media.  Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions.  Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2017/2018 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 juror for this year’s exhibition is Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, SC. As associate dean he is responsible for the School’s administrative activities as well as projects related to educational and cultural programming and donor stewardship. Haga has served as a slide juror for the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition for several years and is President of the Advisory Board of Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC. Haga has judged numerous exhibitions in the Southeastern United States and has been a grant panelist for organizations such as the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The 16th Annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 3-7, 2017, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 6-8pm.

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

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.

North Charleston Arts Fest in North Charleston, SC, Reveals 2016 Design Competition Winner – Lisa Shimko

February 17, 2016

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Charleston, SC, artist Lisa Shimko, as the winner of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Shimko’s acrylic painting, titled “Air and Water,” will be used to promote the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place April 29-May 7, 2016. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

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Shimko’s design was selected from a total of 64 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

According to Shimko, “Air and Water” and the other paintings in its series are the result of her meditations of the aquatic world. Within the piece she ruminates on “the edges of land to the water, constantly changing with tides; the various organisms, big and small; and accentuating the range of colors found both up close and seen at the landscape’s distance.” “This painting is not meant to be an illustration of the Lowcountry landscape, but a portal of my experience and feeling of the meandering waterways and the energy of the many creatures that call it home,” she explains. It was this energy that drew members of the review panel to this piece, with many identifying with the concept of how the arts can serve as a portal to feelings and experiences.

Shimko graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, with a BFA in Painting, and a minor in Art Therapy. Having grown up in York County, Pennsylvania, the colors, forms, and textures of the northeastern landscape, and the simple designs of Pennsylvania German folk art influenced the foundation of her artistic aesthetic.  Upon moving to Hilton Head Island when she finished school, the terrain of the coastal south added new elements to her aesthetic catalogue, and peaked her interest in exploring environmental issues. After living in Hilton Head for six years, Shimko moved to Charleston in 2006, and has since been extremely involved with the community as a fine artist, instructor, and fundraiser.

Animals and nature are common subjects in Shimko’s paintings. She uses a visual language focused on new research and old memories, creates symbolism in her works, and allows the elements within them to tell a story. She was selected as the juried image winner for the 2008 Charleston Farmers Market with her piece “Tomato Half”, and again in 2009 with “Watermelon Sky”. In 2014 she was commissioned to create the official poster design for the Charleston Food + Wine Festival. She was also a featured artist in Charleston Supported Art’s Winter 2015 season. Shimko’s work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group shows locally and she is currently represented by Mitchell Hill Gallery in downtown Charleston, SC.

Shimko’s work, including the winning piece, “Air and Water,” will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2016. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during the festival’s Premiere Weekend on April 30 and May 1, 2016. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, other competition and exhibition opportunities, or festival sponsorship and program booklet ad placement, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).