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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 (


Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show in Charleston, SC, Announces 2016 Award Winners

June 21, 2016


Fine Craft Shows Charleston, Inc., in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce the results of awards judging at the “37th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Fine Crafts Shows”. The two weekend shows were held May 27-29 and June 3-5, 2016, as part of the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Approximately 100 fine crafts artists from around the US participated in the two weekend shows, which were held at Wragg Square in downtown Charleston.

The judge for the May 27-29 show was Regina Semko, a fiber artist currently working in Origami. She was a founding member of Charleston Crafts Cooperative and Coordinator and then Fund-raiser for the Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows from 1993-2012. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who attended along with his wife Sandy Techlenburg, presented awards to artists.

May 27-29 Best in Show winner Jack Pine (center) with Charleston, Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mrs. Tecklenburg

Award winners were:

Best in Show went to Jack Pine of Columbus, OH, for a work in glass
1st Place was given to Lori Kammerad of Lowell, MI, for a work in metal
2nd Place went to Doug Richard of Satsuma, FL, for a work in wood
3rd Place was awarded to Lucy Clark of Cedar Mountain, NC, for a work in clay

Honorable Mentions:
Michael Kane of Asheville, NC, for a work in fiber
Nancy Michael-Susanneck of Missouri City, TX, for a mixed media work

Emerging Artist Grant:
Ivo Kerssemakers of Murrells Inlet, SC, for a work of photography

Purchase Awards:
Sabra Richards of Worton, MD, for a mixed media work
Ed Bryan of Columbia, SC, for a work in clay
Nathaniel Lesch-Huie of Jonas Ridge, NC, for a work in wood
Charles and Cindy Cecil of High Point, NC, for jewelry
David Ross of Bakersville, NC, for a work in clay

The judge for the June 3-5 show was Michael W. Haga, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Haga is a member of the Advisory Board for Fine Craft Shows Charleston in addition to serving as a slide juror and show juror in previous years. Scott Watson, Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, presented awards to the artists.

June 1-3 Best in Show winner Obayana Ajanaku with Scott Watson , Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

Prizes were awarded to:

Best in Show was given to Obayana Ajanaku of Decatur, GA, for a work of jewelry
1st Place went to Tom Homman of Comer, GA, for a work in clay
2nd Place was awarded to Tammy Rudd of Holly Hill, SC, for a work of jewelry
3rd Place went to Joseph Falzone of Asheville, NC, for a work in glass

Honorable Mention:
Lucy Clark of Cedar Mt, NC, for a work in clay
Susan Marling of Acworth, GA, for a work in fiber

Emerging Artist Grant:
Jessica Ballard and Jacob Kent of N. Charleston, SC, for a work in wood

Slide Juror’s Choice Award:
Marlow Gates of Leicester, NC, for brooms

Exhibitor’s Choice Award:
Charles Pinckney of Athens, GA, for a work of jewelry

Purchase Awards:
John Donahue (2 Awards) of Charleston, SC, for a mixed media work
Anne John of Charleston, SC, for a work in clay
Julie Merrill of Asheville, NC, for a work of jewelry

Fine Craft Shows Charleston congratulates the winners. We’d also like to extend our thanks to the public, artists, volunteers, staff and professional partners that make these events successful. Please see our website at ( for more information about the shows, participating artists and photos of prize winners.

2016 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries – Deadline Jan. 31, 2016

December 18, 2015


Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto has firmly established itself as an essential ingredient of Spoleto Festival USA’s special and unique magic. Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA, presents a series of mostly admission-free events in the downtown area of Charleston each day of Spoleto’s 17-day festival season. Produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 local and regional artists and more than 500 arts events–literary, visual and performing arts–against the international backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA.

All 2D artists who are residents of the state of South Carolina are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition. All 2D media is eligible and must be the original work of the artist and not the work of others. As this is an outdoor art exhibition, all artists are required to have a professional display tent and display walls and are required to be onsite daily to represent their work for the full 16 days of the exhibit.

View the prospectus at (

Submissions Deadline: January 31, 2016

Please send all applications to:
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition
c/o Lesley Johnson
4940 Lambs Road
North Charleston, SC 29418

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

April 17, 2015


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


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.

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.”

Photo courtesy of Jan Barco

For additional information, please contact Fine Craft Shows Charleston by e-mail at (

Call for Visual Artists for 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Charleston, SC – Deadline Mar. 13, 2015

January 19, 2015


Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto has firmly established itself as an essential ingredient of Spoleto Festival USA’s special and unique magic. Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA, presents a series of mostly admission-free events in the downtown area of Charleston, SC, each day of Spoleto’s 17-day festival season. Produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 local and regional artists and more than 500 arts events – literary, visual and performing arts – against the international backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA.

All 2D artists who are residents of the state of South Carolina are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the “Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition”. All 2D media is eligible and must be the original work of the artist and not the work of others. As this is an outdoor art exhibition, all artists are required to have a professional display tent and display walls and are required to be onsite daily to represent their work for the full 16 days of the exhibit.

Submissions Deadline: March 13, 2015
Please send all applications to:
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition
c/o Lesley Johnson
8466 Rice Basket Lane
North Charleston, SC 29420


A Trip to Check Out Some of the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Visual Arts and Other Art in Charleston, SC

June 3, 2014

Editor’s Note: Usually I would be posting this at Carolina Arts Unleashed, my blog for doing posts like this, but when we launch a new issue of Carolina Arts, which we did June 1, I usually don’t post on our blogs for five days. However, due to the limited exhibit time of some of these shows – I’m using Carolina Arts News to post this commentary. This is not news – it’s just my opinion, so take it for what it is. And, for the record, I received a press release on Piccolo Spoleto Visual Arts by one of those Constant Contact e-mails, Friday May 30 – a week after the Festival started. Attention ArtFields – don’t look to Piccolo Spoleto for suggestions on how to market your event.

All righty – I checked my weather app on my smart phone and it looked like my only window of opportunity was to get an early start on Saturday, May 31. Our June issue was finally finished, but we would be launching on Sunday and that’s an all day operation.

As I walked out the door at the headquarters of PSMG, on the shores of Lake Moultrie in Bonneau, SC, it started to rain. It had been thundering for about 30 minutes so I just got out in time. Not a good sign, but the closer I got to Charleston the rain was behind me and the skies looked better weather-wise. The highway into Charleston is cluttered with billboards so it’s not a scenic ride. There was even one for a certain Piccolo Spoleto art show – not to be mentioned here. I don’t like billboards – never have.

I have to say this. Coming into Charleston from I-26 on Meeting Street is still a shock to me to see the over-development on this street. It’s like driving through a canyon and it’s only going to get worse.

I found a parking space near Wragg Square where the second Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Show was going on, but I wasn’t attending this day. The Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show is always a top notch show filled with excellent works, but it would be over before I could post this – so I couldn’t help draw people there. I had to make the most of my short time. Thank you – to the folks who left an hour on the meter I found, which with the little bit of change I had on hand would give me two hours to visit the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Show in Marion Square Park.


I was in the park by 9:30am – well before it officially opened, but it was already in full gear – as was the Charleston Farmer’s Market, which they share the park with on Saturdays. So there were lots of people in the park – some for the art – some for the Farmer’s Market.


Having attended this show for many years in many different locations, it didn’t take long to run into some folks I knew, but there were lots of new artists that I didn’t know, and they could have been doing the show for a few years or more. I tend to talk with the folks I know to get a good reading of how things are going. Throughout the years this reading never seems to change – some are doing poorly, some OK, while others are doing great, but from year to year it’s like musical chairs. Each year, it’s a different judge and a different audience. Some artists have a faithful following and people come see what they are up to every year. Some years they buy, some years they are just looking. The thing is, they must do well or something draws them back to this place year after year, because no one in their right mind would put themselves through 16 days of questionable weather, heat and humidity, long hours of set up and take down, and the hours of just waiting for someone to take an interest in your art. Not to mention the questions of the general public – the looky lous – who are never interested in buying art, but just like being an art critic for the day.

Wait a minute – I guess in the eyes of the artists – I might fit in that category. But, remember my mission is to get other people to go see art and it’s not my problem if they don’t buy. Besides I own an arts newspaper – I have no money.

My preferred view of Marion Square with Francis Marion looking down

So, why should people go to one of these outdoor shows? After all, Charleston is full of art galleries – all over the city. Well, it’s like going to an outdoor shopping mall. As far as 2-D art goes – you’re going to find it all here – even nudes.  So be aware – all you folks who have a hang up about seeing nude folks on canvas or on paper – there are some there – in the park. After all this is a fine art show – of art. Whether it be a veteran of this show or a new first-timer, I’m sure you’ll find some art you like and even some you just might need to buy. And, the artists are there just waiting for a decent conversation about art.


Remember, no one needs to buy art, but some of us just find that sometimes we have to. We’ll give up some necessities to buy art – we just can’t help it. Now don’t you want to be one of those folks?

So where are all my images of art? Well, you see there are 80 booths full of art – art under glass, art inside booths, art in divided sunlight and shade – all a photographer’s nightmare, but I wouldn’t be an editor and publisher of an arts newspaper if I didn’t tell you that the one individual artist who took out an ad in both our May and June issues – sold the work they put in their ad. Besides I’d take pictures of stuff I like and that wouldn’t be fair to everyone. I’ll show you those kind of images later.

I’ll say this, the judge who selected the awards this year took some risks in selecting unusual works – especially small works showing that some good things do come in small packages.

You still have until June 7, 2014, to go see this show. It’s open from 10am-6pm, but they’ll be up early next Saturday again with the Farmer’s Market, and some artists take their time closing up – depending on how many folks are in the park.

The one thing I didn’t plan on this day was parking in metered spots all day. I used up all my change on the first meter. Good thing I know where and how to park free in downtown Charleston. I’m a 40 year veteran of parking in Charleston and early on I paid my dues to the City of Charleston – a lot of dues.

My next stop was to head over to Nina Liu & Friends gallery in the French Quarter area of the downtown. I wanted to check in on the long-running story of Liu trying to sell her building. She moved to Mexico years ago, but a recession got in the way of her selling her building – usually not a problem in downtown Charleston – especially where she is located on State Street. The catch is she would like to sell it to someone who would keep it a gallery and perhaps keep some of her artists, which would be a good deal for anyone in the gallery biz. The gallery represents some great artists. And, before I even entered the door of the gallery, I was looking at many new works by Aggie Zed in one of the gallery’s windows. Zed’s creatures are very popular in the Charleston area. A new shipment had arrived just in time for Spoleto, but they won’t last long. So if you haven’t gotten one or two for your collection – you better hurry on down to that gallery.

Works by Aggie Zed

There was also a collection of Cynthia Tollefsrud’s paintings on display – works from a collector who was now selling these works. I’ve been in that situation and it hurts, but it is sometimes necessary. So, this is a great opportunity for others to add to their collections.

Work by Cynthia Tollefsrud

More works by Cynthia Tollefsrud

There are also some good works by Diana Farfan on hand.

Works by Diana Farfan

Are you beginning to see a pattern yet? All three of these artists offer an unusual take on our world – a little weird, a little naughty, a little twisted. I love the work of all three. Gosh, what does that say about me? Hey, that’s what happens when a mid-western boy from Michigan comes to the South and lives in the Charleston area for 40 years. And they say the South is for moral values. Who says that anyway? Where have they been living?

Oh, that reminds me – you might see some nudity in this gallery too – it’s full of art. Of course the main exhibit on view here is The Last Picture Show, featuring black and white photographs by Michael Johnson, on view through June 30, 2014. Don’t tell anyone but Johnson specializes in capturing Mother Nature – in the nude. And, at times it’s very graphic and seductive. All these works were behind plexiglass – so I have no images.

While Liu and I were chatting about things, we were sitting next to one of Johnson’s works of a canyon from out West from a very high viewpoint. After a while I kept glancing down into the canyon and had the feeling I was high up on one of those ridges looking down. I don’t suffer from vertigo, but I know a few folks who would have been uncomfortable sitting there. Liu and I thought it was kind of nice.

My next stop was the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, which was displaying the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, on view through June 8, 2014. But I’m going to save my remarks about this show for last. Don’t start trying to read between the lines – I have my reasons.

My last stop was at Corrigan Gallery on Queen Street. On view here was Look Back, featuring new works by Joe Walters, an artist who lives and works in Charleston, but his works are probably seen more outside of Charleston, all over the country. I’ve always liked Walter’s sculptural works of flora and fauna and his primitive looking drawings or paintings on paper. This exhibit is small, but interesting nonetheless. The gallery itself is small but packed with lots of interesting art you won’t see anywhere else in Charleston. If you stay there long enough looking, you’ll begin to feel like you’re on a treasure hunt discovering more gems – pealing back each visual layer.

Work by Joe Walters

Works by Joe Walters

I didn’t have to peal back any layers to discover some new, large, “abstract” works, just delivered by Gaston Locklear, of Ebb & Flow Art Co-op in the Murrells Inlet area of SC. I’ve seen work by Locklear before and these works were very different – very nice. Like I’ve learned over the years of doing an arts newspaper – you can never tell where an artist will go – so I’ve learned not to judge too much from first impressions or even second ones. And, Corrigan says collectors in Charleston like his new works too. I bet they do. Go check them out while seeing Walter’s exhibit.

Lese Corrigan, the gallery owner and an artist, figured that it had been about a year since my last visit, which isn’t bad figuring the area Carolina Arts covers. There are many galleries that we have featured articles about their exhibits in the paper that I have never stepped foot into – not even when I was delivering papers – a physics problem I don’t think I’ll ever solve.

We at Carolina Arts strive to bring you the news about exhibits taking place in North and South Carolina – at least the ones we know about. No one ever promised we would get to see many of them. And we don’t get to see many, but I’ve seen a lot in our 27 years which brings me to the exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, a gallery managed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

This gallery space is the City of Charleston’s best and currently their only exhibit space. It’s a very nice space, except that one whole wall of the gallery, on two levels, is glass so guests attending parties there can look out at Charleston’s Waterfront Park and Charleston Harbor. It’s a pretty nice view, but not something a designer would do when creating an art gallery.

I have seen some outstanding exhibits in this space despite its handicap and some where every inch of the space was filled – even in the stairway to the second floor. That never bothered me. And, since the Piccolo Spoleto Festival runs concurrent with the Spoleto Festival USA – a pretty big deal in the art world, you would think a juried show in this space during the festivals, open to all visual artists in SC, would draw a fair number of entries. But not this one. They got less than 150 entries and the juror, local Charleston artist, Linda Fantuzzo, selected 35 of those to be put on display and that restriction may have been placed on her. In fact, that low number was for other reasons.

On the left, work by Laura Liberatore Szweda, and on the right, work by Marge Loudon Moody, selected Best of Show. There’s a lot of space left on this wall.

Now I will say this with all my heart – there is nothing wrong with any of the works on display. I’ve seen some in other exhibits and a few knocked my socks off. They are all worthy of display, and not seeing the rest of the works entered, I will never know if more works were worthy of display, but I would have to think there were some more that could have been included. My overall complaint is in the way the works were displayed and why didn’t this opportunity draw more entries.

Work by Reynier Llanes – my personal favorite from this exhibit.

First off, a good bit of the gallery’s wall space was taken up by displaying four youth art exhibits. These shows should not be in this venue – not with what should be a major fine art show. As you’ll see – some of these works were worthy of being in this juried show – when the artists come of age and they have had a chance to earn their spot in the visual art community. Some of them, although talented, may never create art again and never pursue a career as an artist. So these shows should have been displayed somewhere else.

Work by Julie Dotson, part of the “C.E Williams Collaborative: Reflection” exhibit

Work by Ava Leach, part of the “C.E Williams Collaborative: Reflection” exhibit

Work by Ava Leach, part of the “C.E Williams Collaborative: Reflection” exhibit

Secondly, three major wall spaces were left completely empty and another misused by placing an installation piece sideways against a wall and a back window. This work is only meant to be seen from the front, so it could have been placed fully in front of one of the window walls in the gallery (finally, a good use for them).

A view of some of the empty walls in this exhibit space.

When I asked about the center walls of the gallery not being used I was told that was because the space was also being used as a performance space and they didn’t want people in chairs up against artworks, and – get this – I was also told that placing works on those two central walls might make visitors think those artworks were better or more important than others. A problem I guess others have never experienced in other gallery spaces while hanging shows. Let’s see if those impressive walls are used in the next group exhibit.
Well, these explanations will also sound pretty shallow to one artist whose work was placed in a very unique space in the gallery. For some reason works that represent printmaking, photography and drawing were all placed on one wall – I’m not sure why. Several works on this wall were stacked on top of each other (they were small – so that was OK), but there was one work that couldn’t fit on this wall so it was placed around a corner, up against a window wall – all by itself.

Look to the far left where the wall almost meets the window – around that corner is one work of art.

Now, if the central walls would place too much attention on works shown on them- what did this corner space say about this work on it? I’m not mentioning the artist as I hope by the time you read this they have complained enough and had this disservice corrected.

There was a lot of good art on display and I want you to go see this show, but I hate to spend all this time talking about how it was displayed and how little artists around this state might think of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival or this gallery space. I’m beginning to think I’m channelling Jeffrey Day – complaining about how the old Columbia Museum of Art hadn’t painted the electric socket covers in a while when reviewing an art exhibit in their old building. I used to say when someone walks into a gallery and starts talking about how bad the carpet looks or about holes in the ceiling – there is something wrong with the art on the walls, but there was nothing wrong with the art on these walls.

A lot of artists in the region have been waiting for years to have the Office of Cultural Affairs take this juried show serious – taking it out of the hands of the Charleston Artist Guild and out of the Visitor Center where it used to be displayed. Now that it has moved to a much better space – we get this.

Of course a lot of visual artists in the area are well aware that Charleston is a performing arts town – at least in the City’s mind and where they put their funding and support, so this will be no surprise. They once placed the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Show on the sides of King Street.

OK, on to another pet peeve I have for juried shows in the greater Charleston area. For some reason when it comes to providing info about artists participating in these shows – organizers don’t seem to think it’s important to provide info on where the artists are from. Do they want viewers to think all these good artists are from the Charleston area? Do they do it so artists from outside the state can get local relatives to front for them by using local addresses – that happens in some shows. What’s wrong with letting us know where they live?

Now for the real kicker of this exhibition. I haven’t mentioned the title of the exhibit. This was the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, but the title is Charleston: Cradle of Creativity. If that’s so, what have we become? Some people just seem to be going though the motions of presenting art exhibits. I found no connection with this exhibit and that title.

Enough is enough. Go see this show and see what you think. Maybe I’m just nuts. Maybe I’ve been doing this too long, but I get tired of seeing opportunities wasted.

City of Charleston (SC) Office of Cultural Affairs Calls for Entries for the “Piccolo Spoleto 2014 Juried Art Exhibition” – Deadline Apr. 21, 2014

March 31, 2014


The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Redux Contemporary Art Center, is posting a Call for Entries for the Annual “Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition”, which will take place at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street, in Charleston, SC, from May 23 – June 8, 2014.

Deadline for entries is April 21, 2014. The entry fee for each entry is $20 and is non-refundable. Applicants may enter online via (

There will be cash prizes for Best in Show ($500) and in each category: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Drawing, and Sculpture ($100 each). Applicants must be SC residents for the last 12 months.

The exhibition will feature those artworks receiving prizes, alongside a limited selection of pieces identified in the jury process as worthy of honorable mention or display. Selected artwork must be delivered to the City Gallery on May 16, 2014, ready to hang, for professional installation. Any work that is not delivered by that date, is not properly framed or ready to hang, or does not accurately reflect the image submitted is subject to exclusion from the exhibition. Accepted artwork may not be removed from the Exhibition before the assigned pick-up time. Early removal or late pick-up is not permitted; accepted artwork may only be removed from the Exhibition at the assigned pick-up time (Tuesday, June 10, 2014). Failure to comply will result in disqualification of applications for future exhibitions.

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park will not handle any sales of artwork, and will direct all inquiries to the artist. Art sales may be arranged by contacting the artist or their designated representative directly. An exhibition checklist listing participating artists, their phone number, e-mail address, title and price of artwork will be available during the exhibition. If your work is not for sale please write “NFS” for the price on the entry form. Unless otherwise noted, the price listed on the entry form will be used for insurance valuation.

The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork on display at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Insurance is limited to the fair market value of the work.

Applications should include no more than five images of the artist’s work. The work submitted must represent the images that would be exhibited, if selected. Applications should also include the artist’s biography or CV.

Deadline for entries: April 21, 2014

For further information contact Anne Quattlebaum, City Gallery Coordinator by calling 843/958-6484 or e-mail to (

2014 Call for Visual Art Submissions for the “Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition” in Charleston, SC – Deadline is Mar. 14, 2014

March 3, 2014


Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto has firmly established itself as an essential ingredient of Spoleto Festival USA’s special and unique magic. Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach companion festival to Spoleto Festival USA, presents a series of mostly admission-free events in the downtown area of Charleston, SC, each day of Spoleto’s 17-day festival season. Produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 (+) local and regional artists and more than 700 arts events – literary, visual and performing arts – against the international backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA.

All 2D artists who are residents of the state of South Carolina are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the “Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit”. All 2D media is eligible and must be the original work of the artist and not the work of others. As this is an outdoor art exhibition, all artists are required to have a professional display tent and display walls and are required to be onsite daily to represent their work for the full 16 days of the exhibit.

Submissions Deadline: March 14, 2014

Please send all applications to:
City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
180 Meeting Street, Suite 200,
Charleston, SC 29401


Vicki Ellis by e-mail at ( or call 843/408-6922 or Lesley Johnson by e-mail at ( or call 843/276-3394

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, people who need alternative formats or other accommodation please contact Janet Schumacher at 843/577-1389 or e-mail to ( three business days prior to the application deadline.

2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Outdoor Art Exhibit in Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications – Deadline Mar. 15, 2013

February 15, 2013


The old-world European charm and rich history of Charleston, South Carolina, set the stage for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA. Presenting more than 700 events during its 17-day festival season, Piccolo Spoleto transforms Charleston into a city celebrating performing, literary and visual arts. Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of its parent festival, Spoleto Festival USA.


The Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit has a goal of presenting the work of South Carolina artists in a free open air venue the entire community can enjoy.


Download a copy of the application at this link (

For further info contact Vicki Ellis by e-mail at ( or Leslie Johnson at ( or visit (

2013 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows in Charleston, SC, Entry Deadline Extended to Feb. 12, 2013

January 29, 2013

Fine Crafts Shows Charleston, LLC is extending the call for artists for the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows, which will be held May 24 – 26 and May 31 – June 2, 2013. This will be the 34th year for these shows, which are part of the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival taking place in Charleston, SC.


The venue for the shows is the picturesque Wragg Square, a raised and fenced park located at the corner of Meeting and Charlotte Streets in downtown Charleston. Approximately 95 exhibitor booths will be available for each weekend show. Our paid admission averages 7000 – 9000 dedicated fine craft patrons, designers, and gallery representatives per weekend.

Applications are available online through ZAPPlicationTM  ( The application fee is $30, and booth fees are $250 per booth per weekend. The application deadline has been extended to February 12th. Artist selection is based on jury scores and media.  For more detailed information about the shows, visit the official web site at (, e-mail to (, or call Kasey at 843/364-0421.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, 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. The festival begins on May 24 and concludes June 9.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC is a partnership formed by three women, all working craft artists, for the management of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.