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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail of South Carolina to Honor Lucy Harward as the 2017 UHQT Quilter of the Year in Pickens, SC – Oct. 6, 2017

September 29, 2017

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail of South Carolina is pleased to announce a reception to honor Lucy Harward of Pickens, SC, as the 2017 UHQT Quilter of the Year. The Quilter of the Year Program was initiated in 2010 to recognize a quilter who has provided community service and leadership through their quilting. The UHQT receives much support from the quilting community, it is our way to say thank you to artists who provide service to their community.


Lucy Harward and her husband Dale.

The public is cordially invited to the Pickens Community Center in Pickens, SC, at 10am on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, to celebrate Harward’s many contributions to the community. There will be an exhibition of some of her quilts, in the Granger Fiber Arts Room of the Center. Refreshments will be provided in the Jack Black Room by the UHQT and the Pickens Senior Center. Three of the quilts from the trail that Harward created will be on display in the Jack Black Room. Tours of the facility and its collection of fiber arts and antique sewing items will be available.

Lucy Harward is the driving force of the Granger Fabric Arts room at the Community Center in the City of Pickens. She resides, with her husband Dale, on a beautiful farm, located halfway between Pickens and Pumpkintown. She is a life-long seamstress, completing her first dress at nine years of age, with, as she says, “a zipper down the back.” Harward began quilting approximately 30 years ago when she and Dale lived in Winter Garden, FL. She was taking classes in a shop on tailoring and dressmaking and admired the quilts displayed there. The rest is history, as they say!

Upon retirement 18 years ago, she and Dale moved back to Pickens where Harward grew up and attended her daddy’s church, Grace Methodist, went to school at Pickens Junior & Senior High, and walked down the old Doodle Trail with her friend Jane Eckman so many years ago.
Harward is also a long time member and past president of the UpCountry Quilt Guild. Her many accomplishments include fund raising and grant writing for the Pickens Community Center and the Hagood Auditorium, weekly volunteering and serving on the board of Canon Hospital, volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels and developing a variety of ministries and outreach throughout the county. She shares her expertise with any learners who come her way, creating a plethora of classes in the fiber arts.

As Harward states, “I help people achieve things that they would like to achieve!”

For further information call 864/723-6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

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Where the Trail Will Lead: The 200th Quilt Square on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

April 3, 2017

by Victoria Hurst

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, in Upstate, SC, is celebrating its 200th quilt square at the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2017, at 12:30pm. For eight years, the Quilt Trail has grown, block by block, into a meaningful part of Upstate South Carolina’s landscape for locals who want to preserve the history and traditions of the area. While the Quilt Trail is built, perpetuated, and maintained by locals with a passion for their history, it is also a unique experience for visitors to the area. The Trail appeals to those who enjoy art, nature, history, crafting, story-telling, and even just taking a car ride through the countryside
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As the UHQT has grown over the years, it has forged a path through the lives of so many in its surrounding communities. The members of the Trail are comprised of people who have had the tradition of quilting passed down to them, those whose created the tradition for themselves, and those who are not quilters but still help make the trail possible in various ways. There are now two teams of over 20 volunteers in Anderson and Oconee Counties. This art form has woven its way into the hearts of this community.

Martha File is the one of the founding members of the trail and continues to work with the UHQT from her current home in Athens, OH. Martha was living in Seneca, SC, when she began working with the Quilt Trail and usually comes back to her home in Seneca for a week or two every month. Her favorite square is mounted there, which is based on a quilt made by her aunt. Martha is passionate about organizations that promote community service and fellowship, and “the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail would not be where it is today without all the community support it has received. This is truly a collaborative effort by many organizations, businesses and individuals in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. Some of our quilts have been painted by students in the schools, community groups, families, as well as by our volunteers.” Martha has been on this journey since 2009 and has watched as quilt squares have been added to homes, historic buildings, destination venues, and businesses in the Upstate.

Nancy Warmath, who lives outside of Seneca, had both a grandmother and mother who quilted, and she has a quilt that her mother made at the age of 12. She also has a quilt square above her mailbox, #139 “Dogwood Quilt,” based on one of her grandmother’s. Nancy is in the process of making a quilt herself for the first time in 30-something years. After getting involved through Gil Huggins on the Walhalla production team, she has worked on painting several of the quilt squares, beginning with #80, “Wedding Ring” in Central. She also did work on the 200th Quilt, which will be unveiled April 7th. She loves the stories behind the quilts and hopes to see wider promotion of the trail, as it brings more visitors to our area and inspires residents to learn more about their heritage.

One resident of Seneca, Lyn Geibens, has a quilt square on her home (quilted by Gil Huggins) and got involved in the quilt trail through her friend, Jane Bolling. Lyn and Jane worked with the students at Keowee Elementary School to paint their quilt square, #10 “Compass Rose”, and recalls how proud the students were to write their names on the back of what they helped create. Lyn also finds it gratifying to work with a group of “strong willed woman…there is very little criticism and loads of encouragement.”

Oconee County Production Team Leader Chris Troy is an artist based in Bountyland, between Seneca and Walhalla. She also has a quilt square on her house, which represents the first and only quilt that she actually created herself. While Chris’s medium of choice is ceramics rather than textiles, she really values being involved in the UHQT and says “the hands on, face to face interaction of people of diverse backgrounds coming together for the purpose of creating public art has always been a positive endeavor.”

Jim and Barbara Schoonover of Wynward Point in Salem are a husband/wife duo that have been involved with the UHQT since 2009. Barbara is a quilter, and she is on the production team for painting the quilt patterns. Jim cuts the board, paints the primer, and draws the patterns. At this time, he holds the title of only man on the team. He and Barbara both enjoy working with an organization that they see as a great asset to the community and a great “way to connect with locals who have grown up here and those who have moved to this area for the beauty of the Upstate.”

Abby Heid is another resident of Seneca, SC, who finds a strong sense of identity and community from being involved in UHQT: “The people who participate in the UHQT have a strong camaraderie…[they] bring together their individual skill sets with each new quilt project. The talents of artists, quilters, crafters, and those who want to learn come together to turn someone’s hand or machine-sewn quilt into a fantastic work of art. The teamwork is amazing. It is the people, who come weekly to the studio and contribute their talents, laughter, and chatter that make you feel welcomed and come back to learn more.”

The members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail put in over 7,000 volunteer hours per year, giving presentations, painting quilt squares with members of the community, and finding ways to improve and promote this priceless resource. As these proud members reveal their 200th milestone along a winding, scenic, and sometimes uphill road, they also have announcements about how this project will continue to grow and reach even more people across the region and beyond. Join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail at the Pickens Chamber of Commerce at 222 W. Main St. in Pickens, SC on April 7th at 12:30pm to see where the trail will lead!

Victoria Hurst is a writer, traveler and Clemson native who is now based in Charleston, SC.

For further information visit (www.uhqt.org).

Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, SC Announces Winners of Annual Juried Show

May 11, 2015

The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Sixth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition” reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015, in Pickens, SC. The competition was open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. The exhibition is on view until June 11, 2015.

The panel of jurors for this year’s competition represents the best and brightest in South Carolina. Associate Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Victoria Cooke joined the curatorial staff at the Columbia Museum of Art in January 2013. She holds an MA in art history, specializing in 18th and 19th century French painting from Tulane University and became a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware before deciding to devote her career to museum work. Director of Hampton III Gallery for over 25 years, Sandra Rupp works with numerous living artists, as well as the several artists’ estates, focusing mostly on Southern artists, particularly those with a SC connection.

Arendt, Cooke and Rupp spent Apr. 10, 2015, looking at and contemplating a vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums created by the hands of South Carolina artists. This made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 149 works of art represents 110 individuals currently creating visual art in this state.

About the jury, Sandy Rupp stated, “A nice variety of various mediums and subjects faced the judges as we attempted to narrow down the selections for the exhibition. Congratulations to all who submitted to the jurying process and who have the courage to face an empty canvas or pick up a tool.”

Jim Arendt added, “The pleasure and difficulty of selecting this year’s show from so many outstanding submissions is a credit to all the hard-working artists who submitted work. My co-jurors and I were able to select those pieces that displayed the highest level of technical skill, content, and innovation.”

Victoria Cooke summed up the day saying, “It was thrilling to see artists that embraced such a diverse array of materials, subject matter and modes of expression. I think that every visitor to the exhibition will find art that touches them and thrills them, art that challenges their expectations and even art that amazes them and makes them laugh.”

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First Place – “Balancing Act”, ceramic w/ mixed media by Diana Farfán of Greenville.

The awards for this year’s competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively “at work”. Our panel of jurors chose the ceramic with mixed media sculpture, “Balancing Act” by Greenville’s Diana Farfán as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Tom Dimond of Seneca for his mixed media, “Book II S.H.I.E.L.D.” The Third Place honor went to Greenville’s Ryan Roth for his acrylic on paper painting, “Business Laocoön”.

Juror’s Choice Awards were bestowed upon Tanna Burchinal of Clemson for her monoprint, “I 57”, and to Clemson’s Sam Wang for his photograph, “VW Van”.

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Second Place – “Book II S.H.I.E.L.D.”, mixed media by Tom Dimond of Seneca.

In addition to the above awards, the jurors presented Honorable Mention Awards, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to: Steven A. Chapp of Easley for his reduction linocut print, “The Debate”; to Spartanburg’s Jim Creal for his ink monotype, “Cursive Practice”; to Deborah Feiste of Central for her assemblage, “Jack”; to Seneca’s Amanda Mensing for her oil painting, “Indian Motorcycle”; and to Kathleen B. Wood of Greenville for her sterling silver jewelry piece, “Tree Box with Pendant Lid”.

The Museum’s Director, Allen Coleman chose the acrylic with wood painting, “High Lonesome Sound # 5” by Glen Miller of Greenville as the recipient of the 2015 Director’s Choice Award.

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Juror’s Choice – “VW Van”, photography by Sam Wang of Clemson.

Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with Mary Howe Benjamin, Roger Benjamin, Sherrill F. Benjamin, Mrs. Doreen Heimlich, Ms. Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Mr. Chris Hepler, Wayne Kelley, Shirley Reese, Mrs. Shirley Sarlin, the Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Fund and the Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Fund, the Pickens County Museum selected five works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Pickens County Cultural Commission’s Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Melody M. Davis of Salem for her oil painting, “IF”.

The 2015 Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Mary E. Barron of Seneca for her oil painting, “First Light”.

The 2015 Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Kathy Moore of Belton for her assemblage, “Nonconformity”.

Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Easley’s Steven A. Chapp for his linocut, “The Debate”, and to Bev Peeples of Taylors for her photograph, “Floating”.

In addition to the fifteen works of art singled out for special mention, there are one-hundred and thirty-four others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum’s Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens, SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963 or visit (www.pickenscountymuseum.org).

Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens, SC, Offers Photographs of Mac Arnold by Brian S. Kelley – Apr. 15 – May 30, 2015

April 7, 2015

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History, in Pickens, SC, in conjunction with the Greater Clemson Blues Festival, is pleased to announce that “A Bluesman’s Close-Up: Photographs of Mac Arnold by Brian S. Kelley”, will open to the public on Apr. 15, 2015. As part of the Greater Clemson Blues Festival which runs from April 15th through the 25th, this special documentation of one of our region’s most loved musicians will be on display in the museum’s LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium & Gallery through May 30. A reception to meet the photographer will be held as part of the museum’s “36th Annual Juried Exhibition” opening on April 25th from 1-4pm.

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“Mac and Buster 1”; color photograph by Brian S. Kelley

About Arnold and Kelley’s relationship, journalist Cindy Landrum wrote in the “Greenville Journal”, “Brian S. Kelley was in the audience during one of the band’s (Mac Arnold’s Plate Full of Blues) early concerts at the Happy Cow Creamery in southern Greenville County, just a short trip from Arnold’s farm. The two talked and discovered that Kelley’s parents lived near Arnold. Arnold asked him to come by his house and photograph the band. That led to a long gig – seven years if you ask Kelley, about nine if you ask Arnold – that included album covers, a documentary and a photography book. ‘We started dragging him around the country with us,’ Arnold said. Kelley said the experience ‘still feels surreal sometimes. To be able to combine photography, art and music was a dream.’ That relationship led to a book and an exhibit of Kelley’s photographs of Arnold – on stage, on the bus and on his farm.”

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Mac Arnold, color photograph by Brian S. Kelley

Now living in Travelers Rest, SC, Brian S. Kelley is a multi-faceted photographic artist who is as comfortable with fine art photography as he is in photojournalism and studio portraiture. Kelley’s studies have included work at Erskine College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Greenville Technical College. He received his B.A. in IDS: Studio and Art History from the University of South Carolina.

About his work Kelley has said, “Visual interpretations of my surroundings have been essential elements of expression throughout my life. My passion for art surfaced at a very young age, yielding another channel for communication.  Through the lens of introversion I became an observer of life.” He continued, “I often watch interactions among people, appreciate the forms created by nature or study the light as it moves through the day. These observations were first recorded through my drawings, which quickly led to painting, and then sculpture. However, photography would eventually receive the majority of my time and efforts.”

Fifty Percent of any sales from this exhibit will be donated by the artist to support the Dr. Mac Arnold Scholarship Fund. “A Bluesman’s Close-Up” is sponsored by in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm, and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at 864/898-5963. For this and many more events in Pickens County visit (www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar).

Artists Invited to Submit Work for the 36th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition at the Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC – Deadline Apr. 8, 2015

March 5, 2015

Editor’s Note: I love this competition’s selection of jurors – an accomplished artists, a museum curator and a commercial gallery director. Winners of this competition should feel that their selection is more – much more than one person’s whim of the day.

The “Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition” will take place beginning April 1, 2015. This competition is open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina.

The panel of jurors for this year’s competition represents the best and brightest in South Carolina. Associate Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. His work was awarded the top prize at ArtFields©, Best in Show at Hub-Bub Gallery’s “Emerging Carolina” and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts 701 CCA Prize 2012. He was awarded Best in Show during “Fantastic Fibers” at Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY. His work has been included in “Fiberarts International 2013” in Pittsburgh and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk “Textile Biennial”, Netherlands. Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. He has studied art in England and Spain and participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and has been an instructor at Penland School of Craft.

Victoria Cooke joined the curatorial staff at the Columbia Museum of Art in January 2013. She holds an MA in art    history, specializing in 18th and 19th century French painting from Tulane University and became a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware before deciding to devote her career to museum work. She became an associate curator of painting at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1997 and was named the senior curator of painting at in 2002. In New Orleans she was the curator of “Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America” and “Jefferson’s America and Napoleon’s France: An Exhibition for the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial”. She left there in 2007 to become the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art where she stayed for 3 years. After a year as a museum director in Florida, Cooke decided to return to curatorial work exhibitions and in 2013 she joined the staff of the Columbia Museum of Art.

Director of Hampton III Gallery for over 25 years, Sandra Rupp works with numerous living artists, as well as the several artists’ estates, focusing mostly on Southern artists, particularly those with a SC connection. In addition to her gallery work, she assists museums in their programming. In recent years she has worked with the University of Georgia Museum in Athens, GA, in organizing the Leo Twiggs’  retrospective; curated the Sigmund Abeles’ retrospective at the Burroughs-Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC; worked on the Carl Blair retrospective and the “Merton Simpson Confrontations” exhibition at the Greenville County Museum in Greenville, SC. Serving on Greenville’s committee of Art in  Public Places, Rupp has consulted with the Falls Park leadership in helping to secure a Joel Shapiro sculpture among other public art placements throughout the city. In 2009 she organized the “Chairman’s Exhibition” for Artisphere in Greenville, SC, and has served on the board of Artisphere since that time

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Wednesday, April 1 and continuing April 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Till 7:00 on Thurs 4/3).

The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on Apr. 25 and the exhibit will continue through June 11, 2015.

The “Pickens County Museum’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Competition” is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission. Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before April 1. The “Annual Juried Competition” and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the programs at the Pickens County Museum.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus may contact the museum at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671; or call 864/898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at (picmus@co.pickens.sc.us) or by visiting (www.pickenscountymuseum.org) and clicking the prospectus link or (www.VisitPickensCounty.com/calendar) clicking the prospectus link at the event description.

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger – Every Day

August 24, 2014

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Pickens, SC, adds to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

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The Pickens Senior Center located in the Hagood Community Center at 129 School House Street, Pickens, SC, joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt block was sponsored by the Hagood Community Center Fiber Arts Program. The original quilt was made by Mrs. Mary E. Granger (1932-2008) as a Bicentennial quilt. A native of Rochester, NY, she received degrees in nursing and art history. It was the latter training that yielded years of creativity. Her talents showed in the areas of dress making, pen and ink drawings, photography, reverse painting on glass, traditional rug hooking, painting and quilt making.

She married her husband, James, during his medical school training. After graduation, he re-entered the service as a physician in the US Army Medical Corps. While stationed in the Washington, DC, area, she met and was influenced over the years by Jinny Byers. Mary started her Bicentennial quilt while the family was stationed in Augusta, GA, and continued to work on it as she moved from Georgia to North Carolina to Tennessee. When finished, it was featured in Ms. Byers “Medallion Quilt Book”, a reference book at the Pickens Senior Center. Then Governor Lamar Alexander, now Senator Alexander, wanted to buy the quilt, but Mary wisely declined.

This spectacular quilt is done in red, white and blue, with four eagles, and medallions of stars and tassels in celebration of the four Presidents of this nation from Virginia – George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson.

Dr. Granger hopes the quilt and others in her collection will be enjoyed by the Pickens community, as well as her other collections gathered over the years: sewing items, antique clocks, Depression glass, sheet music of old popular melodic songs, and reference books related to these collections.

The Pickens Senior Center is the current owner of the quilt and is housed in a building begun in 1929 as the Pickens Mill School for the children whose parents worked at the Mill.

Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson joins the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

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The Road to Jericho quilt block is designed from a quilt made from fabrics collected over several decades by Clara Webb Lindsay, in 1995. Clara, a longtime resident of Anderson County, attended Roberts until her death in 1998 at the age of 89. The cloth quilt now belongs to her niece, Judy Stevanovich, who is a member of Roberts and lives in Anderson.  The quilt block was sponsored by members of the Unfinished Objects Quilt Bee who meet regularly at Roberts Church.

The quilt pattern is a deviation of the String Quilt pattern with the Road to Jericho running through the quilt.  Over 250 hours were spent first mapping and then painting the block by a dozen church members along with the Anderson County Production Team. The Road to Jericho Quilt block now hangs on the cemetery side of the church sanctuary.

The Road to Jericho is infamous for the story of the Good Samaritan who journeyed on the 20 miles from Jerusalem to Jericho.  It is a rocky and treacherous journey with a descent from Mount Olives to the Jordan valley below dropping about 4000 feet.  There are many places along the road that allows for hiding places for robbers and murders.

A poor man was traveling along the road when robbers attack him. Because he was poor all they took from him were his clothes and left him beaten and bleeding. Two travelers came by, a priest and a Levite. Extending no compassion to the destitute and wounded man, they crossed to the other side of the road and went on their way.  But shortly, a Samaritan happened by and extended help to the wounded man. The kind, generous benevolence paid to this poor stranger has been retold in every generation since. It will forever exemplify the Christian attitude toward those in need without respect for race, wealth, or standing in the community.

Roberts Church has been here for spiritual guidance to the community since 1789. It was named for a Colonel Roberts who was deeded land in the area in 1784. The whole area was known as the Roberts Community. There are still some member families who can trace their roots back to the founding of Roberts Church, or Simpson’s Meeting House. It was also referred to as the “father of Presbyterianism in Anderson County.” Similarly, it can be said that Roberts’s church was the “mother church” to First Presbyterian and the “grandmother church” to Central Presbyterian, both in the city of Anderson. The main church building was rebuilt in 1824, 1857 and 1937.  Major Renovations and additional facilities were completed in 1965, 1994 and 2000. Additional property was purchased in 1990 and 2010.

For more information and to see pictures of other quilt blocks on the Quilt Trail, visit (www.uhqt.org).

Hagood Community Center in Pickens, SC, Opens Fiber Arts Room

June 19, 2014

The Hagood Community Center, home of the Pickens Senior Center, plans to dedicate a room in their Community Center for fiber arts activities. This room will be available to individuals, small groups, and fiber arts organizations for both casual “get-togethers” and instructional programs.

The new Fiber Arts Room at Pickens Hagood Community Center, 129 School House Street, Pickens, SC, has scheduled 3 open house sessions next week: June 25, Wednesday at 10am and 2pm and June 25, Thursday at 5:30pm.

For additional information contact Lucy Harward by e-mail at (daleandlucy@gmail.com) or call 864/419-1794.

Awards Announced for the “Thirty-Fifth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Exhibition” at the Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC

April 30, 2014

The Pickens County Cultural Commission in Pickens, SC, is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Fifth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition” reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday Apr. 26, 2014. The competition was open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. The exhibition is on view until June 12, 2014.

The Juror for this year’s competition was Clark Whittington, an artist and the creator of the Art-o-mat; retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. After moving to Winston-Salem, NC, Whittington was setting up a show at a local venue and he used a recently banned cigarette machine to create the first Art-o-mat. The show opened in June 1997 and the original machine was installed along with 12 of his assemblage paintings. Scheduled to be dismantled in July 1997, the owner of the space asked that the machine stay permanently. Whittington felt that the machine would create a conflict in the space unless it was open to artists in the community. She then introduced Whittington to a handful of other local artists and Artists in Cellophane was formed. Today, there are 90 machines around the world and over 400 artists involved. Six of the machines are featured at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Whittington spent Apr. 11 & 12 looking at, and contemplating 315 works of art representing 170 South Carolina artisans. The vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 113 works of art represents 94 individuals currently creating visual art in this state.

About the jury, Whittington said, “It was an honor to be asked to be a juror for this show and to be allowed to experience what is happening culturally in your community & state. When entering the space, I was immediately overwhelmed with the quantity of submissions. Shortly after, I was overwhelmed by the quality until eventually pulling myself together. This was when it became obvious that the work submitted to this exhibit was very strong while encompassing a wide range of approaches, techniques, vision, etc.”

Whittington continued, “With any exhibit of this nature, the juror’s job is to make selections based on their background, vision and general preferences. Being an artist who has always lived in the western half of the Carolinas, I feel connected to the landscape and its inhabitants. At the end of day, the artworks awarded in this exhibit were chosen because they made me feel comfortable…..as if we were having a visual conversation.”

The awards for this year’s competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively “at work”. Whittington chose the mixed media painting, “Escape Pod # 13″ by Hopkins’ Richard Morgan as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Karen Maters of Liberty for her collage, “Eat Your Asparagus”. The Third Place honor went to Spartanburg’s Jim Creal for his lithograph, “Donnelley Wildlife Management Area: Storm Clouds Gather”.

Juror’s Choice Awards were bestowed upon Linda Hyatt Cancel of Laurens for her oil painting, “A Mother’s Glove” and to Clemson’s Sam Wang for his photograph, “Untitled (Dogwoods)”.

In addition to the above awards, Whittington presented Honorable Mention Awards, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to: Jamie Lee Gillespie of Pickens for the oil painting, “Table Rock from Papa’s Canoe”; to Easley’s Shaula Jo Johnston for her paper & acrylic collage, “Some Glad Morning”; to Hamed Mahmoodi of Greenville for his mixed media painting, “Monkey Maze”; to Greer’s Tracy Metge for her acrylic mixed media painting, “A Singing Bird Will Come”; and to Patricia Stalb of Central for her jewelry work, “Bird in Hand”.

The Museum’s Director, Allen Coleman chose the charcoal & white pastel drawing, “Portrait of Mona Canino” by John Schaeffer of Seneca as the recipient of the 2014 Director’s Choice Award.

Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with Mary Howe Benjamin, Roger Benjamin, Sherrill F. Benjamin, Dan & Kathy Brazinski, Doreen Heimlich, Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Wayne Kelley and Mrs. Shirley Sarlin, the Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Fund and the Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Fund, the Pickens County Museum selected six works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Pickens County Cultural Commission’s Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Kolton Miller of Central the watercolor and graphite work, “Aristocracy”

The 2014 Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Diarmuid Kelly of Moore for his oil painting, “I was Just Thinking”.

The 2014 Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Patricia Stalb of Central for her copper, enamel, onyx, silver & steel jewelry “Not For The Timid”.

Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Easley’s Bill Jordan for his photograph, “Paul’s Birthday”; to Kathleen Wiley of Walhalla for her oil painting, “Tiger Portrait”; and to Greenville’s Lu Wixon for her acrylic painting, “Paris Mountain from Pickens Wildlife Overlook”.

In addition to the seventeen works of art singled out for special mention, there are ninety-six others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum’s Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC. For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963 or visit (www.pickenscountymuseum.org).

Pickens County Cultural Commission in Pickens, SC, Announces Winners of “Thirty-Fourth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition”

May 3, 2013

The Pickens County Cultural Commission in Pickens, SC, is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Fourth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist’s Exhibition” reception and awards ceremony was held on Saturday Apr. 27, 2013. The competition was open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina. The exhibition is on view until June 13, 2013.

Kristen Watts, Director of Collections & Exhibitions for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, served as juror for this year’s competition. Watts has more than fifteen years of museum experience in areas of exhibition development and management, donor cultivation, collections care and management, and public speaking. A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston, she also holds a Master of Arts in Public History and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.

Watts spent the day of April 12 looking at, and contemplating 394 works of art representing 214 South Carolina artisans. The vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 112 works of art represents 100 individuals currently creating visual art in this state.

About the jury, Watts said, “I was very honored to serve as the juror for the Pickens County Museum’s “34th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition”. The 394 pieces submitted showed the extraordinary range of talent in the area.  I was quite impressed by the diversity of media – painting, ceramics, turned wood, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewelry, recycled materials – as well as broad range of styles from traditional landscape and portraiture to contemporary abstract paintings, photography, and sculpture.”

Watts continued, “It was difficult in face of this broad range of diverse talent to make final selections. However, it was very rewarding for me to see the talent of these artists, and I look forward to seeing more in the future.”

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First Place & Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award – Larry Seymour, Piedmont, SC; “Chui”, gouache

The awards for this year’s competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively “at work”. Watts chose the gouache painting, “Chui “ by Piedmont’s Larry Seymour as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Sam Wang of Clemson for his photograph, “Hanging Temple, China”. The Third Place honor went to Greenwood’s Kathy Hendricks-Dublin for her glass mosaic window, “The Tree of Completion”.

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Second Place – Sam Wang, Clemson, SC; “Hanging Temple, China”, photography

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Third Place – Kathy Hendricks-Dublin, Greenwood, SC; “The Tree of Completion”, glass mosaic window

Juror’s Choice Awards were bestowed upon Rhea A. Fletcher of Salem for her acrylic painting, “After Tea” and to Belton’s Kathy Moore for her encaustic, found objects & ink assemblage, “19 Oak Tree Lane – Junk Drawer Series”.

In addition to the above awards, Watts presented Honorable Mention Awards, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to: Bryan Hiott of Greenville for his wet plate collodion photograph, “Untitled Tintype #2”; to Pelzer’s Cindy Landrum for her photograph, “Life Without Television”; to Amanda Long of Greenville for her photograph, “The First One”; to Seneca’s Ernie Norungolo for her photograph, “Broken Ribs”; and to Pat Owens of Taylors for the woodcut, “For All Your Photography Needs Kudzu Cultivator”.

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Director’s Choice – Lucy Nordlinger, Anderson, SC; “Self Portrait on St. Valentine’s Day”, oil on panel

The Museum’s Director, Allen Coleman chose the oil painting, “Self Portrait on St. Valentine’s Day” by Lucy Nordlinger of Anderson as the recipient of the 2013 Director’s Choice Award.

Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with the Hiott Printing Company, Greystone Industries, Mary Howe Benjamin, Roger Benjamin, Sherrill F. Benjamin, J. Connie & June Bowers, Doreen Heimlich, Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Wayne Kelley, John & Judy Rozelle, Mrs. Shirley Sarlin, the Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Fund and the Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Fund, the Pickens County Museum selected six works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

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Sarlin Commemorative Purchase Award – Beth Munnings-Winter, Pickens, SC; “The Watcher in the Woods”, oil on canvas

The Pickens County Cultural Commission’s Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Beth Munnings-Winter of Pickens for her oil painting, “The Watcher in the Woods?”

The 2013 Susan B. Benjamin Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Larry Seymour of Piedmont for his gouache painting, “Chui”.

The 2012 Seth Schafer Heimlich Memorial Purchase Award was presented to Colleen McGhee of Greenwood for her “Untitled” graphic design.

Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Salem’s Rhea Fletcher for her acrylic painting, “After Tea”; to Diane Hopkins-Hughs of Greenville for her mixed media work, “Beach Finds, Blue & Green”; and to Travelers Rest’s Steve Marlow for his Photograph, “Winterscape”.

In addition to the fifteen works of art singled out for special mention, there are ninety-seven others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum’s Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens, SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 5pm, Thursdays from 9am until 7:30pm and Saturdays from 9am until 4:30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963.

Pickens County Museum in Pickens, SC, Calls for Entries for 34th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition – Deadline is Apr. 10. 2013

March 4, 2013

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History’s “Thirty-Fourth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Competition” will take place beginning Apr. 2, 2013. This competition is open to all artists working in any medium, 18 years of age or older and living in South Carolina.

Kristen Watts, Director of Collections & Exhibitions for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, will serve as juror for this year’s competition. Watts has more than fifteen years of museum experience in areas of exhibition development and management, donor cultivation, collections care and management, and public speaking. A magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston, she also holds a Master of Arts in Public History and Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, SC.

Cash and purchase awards exceeding $ 5,000.00 will be presented in this year’s competition. Entries may be shipped or delivered to the museum beginning Tuesday, April 2 and continuing April 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10 during the hours of 9am until 4pm. (Till 7pm on Thurs 4/4). The exhibition resulting from this competition will open with a gala reception and awards ceremony on Apr. 27 and will continue through June 13, 2013.

The Pickens County Museum’s “Thirty-Fourth Annual Competition” is sponsored by Pickens County and the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with, to date, The Hiott Printing Company, Doreen & Larissa Heimlich, Philip & Gilda Hendricks, Jean Griffin, John & Judy Rozelle and Mrs. Shirley Sarlin.

Individuals or businesses interested in general or purchase award sponsorships should contact the museum before Ma. 15, 2013. The “Annual Juried Competition” and resulting exhibition is an excellent means for starting, or adding to, your private and corporate art collections while also supporting the programs at the Pickens County Museum.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists requesting information or an entry prospectus may contact the museum at 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671 or call 864/898-5963. An E-Prospectus is also available by e-mail at (picmus@co.pickens.sc.us) or by visiting (http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/_fileUploads/forms/34thProspectusE-Version.pdf).