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Tapp’s Arts Center in Columbia, SC, Celebrates Second Anniversary at November First Thursdays on Main – Nov. 7, 2013

October 30, 2013


Tapp’s Arts Center, Columbia, SC’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts at 1644 Main Street, announces its November 2013 First Thursdays on Main lineup. The public is invited to mingle with the featured artists and see their work, as well as visit Tapp’s resident artists’ studios, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 from 5:30-10pm.

Tapp’s Art Center will celebrate its second anniversary and host “My Father’s House,” a site-specific musical performance at 7:30pm and feature the works of Columbia artist, Susan Lenz. The multidisciplinary performance will feature new and original music by local composer Patrick Dover, adapting poetry by University of South Carolina faculty member Ed Madden, performed by both orchestra and chorus.

The poetry comes from “My Father’s House”, a book of poems Madden published earlier this year, based on the 13 weeks he spent helping with his dying father’s home hospice care in 2011. Dover has set many of the poems to music for the performance at Tapp’s, which will make use of many areas of the building and feature both live and recorded performances and a sonic installation that will culminate with a choral performance in the Skyline Room. The event will also include visual art by Michaela Pilar Brown, Heidi Darr-Hope and Amanda Ladymon, with work echoing the performance themes of family, grief and ritual.

Works by Susan Lenz

“I Am Not Invisible” is a defiant mantra and the exhibition title for new work by feature artist, Susan Lenz. The work in this exhibit investigates the nature of memory, the tendency to forget over time, and the artist’s fervent hope to create art with a lasting impression. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a stitched grid of anonymous vintage photographs. Related work includes a collection of framed, antique portraits displayed as if a family’s wall of ancestors. Other work repurposes scraps of crazy quilts, rusted nails, celluloid buttons, plastic greenery off discarded artificial cemetery flowers, and a plethora of vintage ephemera. Collectively, the work uses every day, found materials and explores the way people try to remember and attempt to be remembered.  The exhibit is the artist’s effort to do both while admitting the likelihood of failure.

The event is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC. Other sponsors include Tapp’s Art Center, the Ballast Group, Thomas Hammond Photography and the Christine Concert Series.

To learn more contact Brenda Schwarz at 803/988-0013, e-mail to ( or visit Tapp’s Arts Center on Facebook.


North Charleston Arts Festival’s SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition Winners Announced

May 18, 2012

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the 12th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition, in North Charleston, SC, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized and exhibited annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show is presented as a component of the North Charleston Arts Festival.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 38 applicants were asked to participate and 108 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Clay Burnette, handweaver, basketmaker, and Director of Grants and Fellowships at the South Carolina Arts Commission. After making his selections, Burnette stated, “As I viewed the artwork submitted to this year’s exhibit, my goal was to identify examples of works that contained true evidence of the mark of the artist’s hand – proof that quality, individuality, and attention to detail has gone into each piece that I was selecting.” He continued, “It was obvious that individual identity – that mark of the hand – was prominent in many of the pieces presented, which made my task of selecting those that I deemed most worthy of the awards even more difficult.”

After awarding ribbons, Burnette 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 2012/2013 Traveling Exhibitions Program. This 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, two pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display throughout North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition:

Handed Down (Mixed Media) by Susan Lenz – Best of Show

Best of Show
Handed Down (Mixed Media) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

Outstanding Merit
Palmetto Sprout (Clay) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
Capsulated Conifer (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)

Honorable Mention
Lolly & Pop (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
Vessel No. 359 (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
Lidded Jar (Clay) by John Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, SC)
Binky (Fiber) by Ellen Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Bloom (Metal) by Mackenzie King (Charleston, SC)
Forged Simplicity (Metal) by Michael DuBois (Ladson, SC)
Henry (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
High Chair Driven (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
Dream Catcher “Carolina” (Mixed Media) by Rebecca Johnson (Wedgefield, SC)
Leaf Necklace (Mixed Media) by Rachel Weiss (Charleston, SC)
Paradise Lost (Fiber) by Connie Lippert (Seneca, SC)
Indigo Dyeing Under the Magnolias (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections
Handed Down (Mixed Media) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Indigo Dyeing Under the Magnolias (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Brown Jug (Clay) by Pamela Steele (Gilbert, SC)
Mark Leaving Series #3 (Mixed Media) by Fran Gardner (Heath Springs, SC)
Lowcountry Server (Clay) by John Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, SC)
Count It All Joy (Mixed Media) by Georgette W. Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
Open Segment Bowl with Foot (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
Pearl Fryar’s Glorious Garden (Clay) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
I Confess (Fiber) by Ellen Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Untitled (Wood) by William Fournier (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Palmetto Sprout (Clay) by Patz Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
Capsulated Conifer (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
Large Urn (Clay) by John Johnson (North Myrtle Beach, SC)
Binky (Fiber) by Ellen Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Bloom (Metal) by Mackenzie King (Charleston, SC)
Forged Simplicity (Metal) by Michael DuBois (Ladson, SC)
High Chair Driven (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
Dream Catcher “Carolina” (Mixed Media) by Rebecca Johnson (Wedgefield, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Award
Lolly & Pop (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
Urn (Wood) by Ben C. Pendarvis, Jr. (Orangeburg, SC)

For more information about the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail at (, or visit the Cultural Arts section of the City’s website at ( Those interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact Jeff Powley, South Carolina State Museum Outreach Manager, at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (

Works by Susan Lenz are all Over Main Street for Columbia, SC’s First Thursday on Main – Dec. 1, 2011

November 30, 2011

Dec. 1, 2011 is the first Thursday of the month and in Columbia, SC, that means First Thursday on Main Street and also for this month, the annual Mingle and Jingle event. I know this from experience and I know of some of the events only from an e-mail from Susan Lenz. It seems the people who usually provide info on such events in Columbia are holiday challenged this month. They’re not too forthcoming with advanced info as it is any month, but here’s what we know.

Editor’s Note: Artists who leave the promotion of their activities to the media are fools and often sorry they did so. That’s my experience in doing an arts newspaper for 24 years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question – “They didn’t send you a press release?”

On Dec. 1, 2011, from 5-9pm, S & S Art Supply, at 1633 Main Street will present, Hung By the Chimney With Care Window Installation and Art Exhibition.

Using socks, buttons, photographs, and Christmas decorations from the old SC Department of Mental Health Hospital, Lenz has created a window installation to remember those who cannot celebrate the holidays in traditional ways.

Lenz’s “Muses Series” is featured inside S & S. The artwork was created on book pages published in 1655. Most  includes at least one button from the State Mental Hospital floor. Ink washes, collaged ephemera, machine embroidery and hand beading also embellish these antique pages.

Fiber Christmas ornaments ($12) and bookmarks ($4) are also available.

On Dec. 1, 2011, from 6-9pm, Anastasia and Friends, located inside the Free-Times building at 1534 Main Street.

This month the exhibition includes five of Susan Lenz’s “Window Series” as well as work by: Bohumila Augustinova, Lucy Bailey, Leslie Bennett, Rachel Borgman, Anastasia Chernoff, Candace Engel, Kara Gunter, Jennifer Stephens Hill, Paul Kaufmann, Michael Krajewski, Matthew Kramer, Whitney LeJeune, Paul Moore, Paula Riddle, Virginia Scotchie, Mallane Stanbury, Lyra Stephens, Woodie Wentworth, Lindsay Wiggins, and Roe Young.  There will be performances too!

From “Window Series”

On Dec. 1, 2011, from 6-9pm, Tapps Center for the Arts, 1644 Main Street, Two Hours at the Beach Art Quilt and Window Installation by Susan Lenz.

Lenz’s unique art quilt, Two Hours at the Beach, inspired this window installation currently on view at the Tapps Art Center.

Last spring Lenz spent a mere two hours along South Carolina’s coastline collecting beach trash at Folly Beach, SC. She resisted cigarette butts, aluminum cans, dog poop, and debris of enormous size. In June, Lenz combined her “trash stash” with recycled acrylic felt, netting, and thread. She called this unique art quilt Two Hours at the Beach.

For further info visit Lenz’s website at ( or her blog at (

Susan Lenz Presents New Window Installation at Tapp’s Arts Center in Columbia, SC

October 28, 2011

Last spring Columbia fiber and installation artist Susan Lenz spent a mere two hours along South Carolina’s coastline collecting beach trash. She resisted cigarette butts, aluminum cans, dog poop, and debris of enormous size.  In June, Lenz combined her “trash stash” with recycled acrylic felt, netting, and thread. She called this unique art quilt Two Hours at the Beach. It was accepted into Art Quilt Lowell, a prestigious, national juried exhibition in Lowell, MA.

This piece is the catalyst for Lenz’s new window installation at the Tapp’s Arts Center, located at 1644 Main Street in Columbia, SC. Opening Nov. 3, 2011, during the monthly “First Thursday on Main”, the window will include another “two hours” worth of shoreline pollution and carry an anti-litter message.

“South Carolina’s beaches are a precious natural resource.  They are the home of a diverse wildlife population and a major source of our tourist industry,” says Lenz. “Even though Columbia is two hours from the beach, many Midlands’ residents visit regularly and litter is something that needs to be addressed everywhere … even on Main Street.”

Reduce, reuse, recycle! This is the mantra for many eco-friendly organizations and groups. It is also part of Lenz’s general approach to making art. Past work includes repurposing neglected, stained, and damaged vintage household linens; altering old books; rescuing thousands of artificial flowers from cemetery dumpsters; and conducting a public art quilt project with “mateless” socks.

Two Hours at the Beach, the window installation, will remain on view, 24/7, through December. For more information about the art quilt, call Lenz at 803/254-0842 or visit  (

For more information about the Tapp’s Arts Center, contact Brenda Schwarz at 803/988-0013, e-mail to ( or ( or visit Tapp’s on Facebook or visit (

Susan Lenz Dies in Her First Performance Art Piece at Tapp’s Art Center During First Thursday on Main in Columbia, SC – June 2, 2011

June 1, 2011

This is NOT a critical review! I can just see the Internet alive with chatter about Susan Lenz’s death after a few people see this headline. In reality, Lenz will just die for two and a half hours in one of the window displays at Tapp’s.

In collaboration with “radical evolutionary” artist Michael Krajewski and fine art photographer Heather Bauer, installation artist Susan Lenz will create a tableaux in a Main Street window at the Tapps Center for the Arts. The curtain will open at 5:30pm on Thursday, June 2, 2011, and the curtain will close at approximately 8pm.

Update: Eric Parton will also take part in this performance.

Please come by to see the Pre-Raphaelite inspired Ophelia laying in a tub of artificial flowers collected from cemetery dumpsters with a graffiti-inspired suicide note, “I LOVE YOU, HAMLET”. After the one-evening performance, Heather Bauer’s photo will be suspended above the “scene of the crime”.

For more information visit Lenz’s blog post at ( or go to her Facebook page at (

Susan Lenz of Columbia, SC, Has Been Named a 2011 NICHE Award Winner and More

March 15, 2011

Artist Susan Lenz of Columbia, SC, has been named a winner in the 2011 NICHE Awards for the piece entitled Window I in the Fiber: Decorative category. Winners were announced in a ceremony held during the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Only 179 entries out of nearly 1,000 submissions were named as finalists in this year’s professional competition. Of that group, 47 entries won awards in several categories including ceramics, wood, basketry, metal, jewelry, fibers and glass.

The NICHE Awards program is sponsored by NICHE Magazine, the exclusive trade publication for North American retailers of American craft. The awards program began in 1990 to recognize the outstanding creative achievements of American and Canadian craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores.

Lenz is represented by the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC: the South Carolina Artisan Center in Walterboro, SC; and Mouse House, Inc. in Columbia, SC.

Lenz has also been selected as the August Artist-in-Residence at Hot Springs National Park. The highly competitive selection process identifies finalists on the basis of entry materials, participation in national juried shows and publications, and the artist’s ability to relate and interpret experiences through their work. Interviews narrowed the field for final selection. Lenz will be creating fiber work during the month stay, one of which will become part of the National Park Permanent Art Collection.

For additional information, contact Susan Lenz, 2123 Park Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Call her at home at 803/254-0923 or on her cell at 803/606-9804.  E-mail to ( or visit (

Susan Lenz has a Solo Show at Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC – Opening Feb. 19, 2011, 6-8pm

February 17, 2011

We have a sneak peek at Susan Lenz’s exhibit to open at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC. I haven’t received a press release from the Center on this exhibit (which we should have had by Jan. 24 for our Feb. issue of Carolina Arts), but I don’t think it’s fair to hold back this info from our readers who might want to attend this opening.

The photo came from Lenz’s blog Art in Stitches.

Here’s the info:

Personal Grounds opens on Friday, Feb. 19, 2011 at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, NC, and runs through May 14, 2011. This solo show features a selection of Susan Lenz’s Decision Portraits, an installation of tagged keys, and a sculptural unit of doors covered in framed and unframed keys. The exhibit will be on view in the museum’s Osbourne and Woodson Galleries.

Center hours are: Mon. – Fri., 10am –  5pm; Tues. & Thurs. until 7pm; and Sat. 11am – 3pm. The museum is free to the public.  The opening reception is on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, 6 – 8pm.

For further info visit Lenz’s blog at ( or visit (

Susan Lenz of Columbia, SC, Asks For Help With Art Projects

February 2, 2011

Susan Lenz, a Columbia, SC, artist is calling for help from the public for materials for several upcoming art projects including:

(YOUR HELP NEEDED…just e-mail me your “statement(s)”….any phrase describing your relationships!)

An upcoming art installation/celebration …. focusing on a loose definition of “marriage” and the nature of relationships.

This installation will be part of the annual spring art crawl ARTISTA VISTA, April 28 – 30, 2011.  Reception, Thurs., April 28, 2011, from 5 – 9pm, an event sponsored by the Conagree Vista Guild.

Milestones, art quilt created from a friends first wedding dress.
This September will mark 30 years of being married to my wonderful husband Steve.  Celebrating the occasion is a bit odd since at least half our friends are divorced.  My solution is an art installation!


I’ve been collecting wedding veils on which I’ll “write” in “free motion machine embroidery” statements about marriage….both the “I DO” and the “I Don’t” phrases like:

“We didn’t stay married long enough to file joint income tax”

“My mother said to marry a man with a great sense of humor….He’d need it….30 Happy Years”  (This is my statement”!)

“We drifted so far apart that we filed for divorce on-line” …etc.


I won’t be using your name…unless you use it in your statement!  Feel free to “change” your name if you like!  I just need LOTS of “I DO” and “I DON’T” statements for these veils. They will be suspended from the ceiling and shown “in the round”.


Last year I created three garments from artificial flowers collected from cemetery dumpsters. One was included in the Columbia Design League’s annual RUNAWAY RUNWAY, a fashion show of recycled materials. This year I am entering a WEDDING DRESS made of post consumer napkins, white artificial cemetery flowers and lots of used dry cleaner bags.


Please drop them off at either:
Mouse House, Inc., 2123 Park Street, Columbia, SC  29201
or Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in Columbia’s Vista or mail them to Mouse House, Inc.

I also need the white plastic things that are removed from containers of cream and milk….or other small, white plastic items with “holes”…. for the jewelry!

The event is being held at the Township Auditorium on Friday, April 29, 2011, in Columbia.  More more information and to reserve a ticket, please visit the Columbia Design League’s event website (

First Thursday On Main in Columbia, SC, Takes Place Nov. 4, 2010, 5-9pm

November 3, 2010

Man, I know I created this site for late-breaking news, and this fits that description, but I’d really like a little more notice. I’ve just finished delivering our Nov. 2010 issue of Carolina Arts and I was checking the e-mail and found this. The info came to us from Susan Lenz about her Keys for the City storefront window installation being featured during the First Thursday On Main at the Tapp’s Center for the Arts. It may not actually be an arts center yet, but it is a project headed up by Brenda Schwarz Miller. You can read about Keys for the City at the Art in Stitches blog at (

The Tapps building is located at 1644 Main Street in Columbia, SC, at the corner of Main and Blanding. The event takes place on Nov. 4, from 5-9pm this month.

Here’s some further info we found at the group’s Facebook page.

Tapp’s Arts Center Project

Join us at Tapp’s to meet artists, view original artwork and enjoy live demonstrations and local music. This month The White Mule will be providing food and a cash bar! We are excited to join Frame of Mind, S&S Art Supply, Columbia Museum of Art and others in this rapidly growing, creativity-filled event series. Our first event at Tapp’s on October 7th was fantastic! We hope that was only the first of many artful events to come!

This month we will “Reveal” the Window Installation Series! Local artists, art groups and businesses will use the Tapp’s windows to create a unique installation of their artwork. This month featured in the exterior windows are Susan Lenz, Amanda Ladymon, Molly Harrell, Mathew John, Amy Windland, Kimberly Bookman, Porter Dodd, Sandra Carr, Southern Pottery and Corley Mill Artists Group. And in the interior windows are Pat Stone, Jefferson Vimana, Alex Smith, Half Moon Pottery and Nancy Kauffman. The windows will remain on display for two months to promote the Tapp’s Window Installation Series and the participating artists.

Other exhibiting artists include: Whitney Lejeune, Jamie Blackburn, Ellin Baskin, Charlotte Lindsey Gaskins, Carolyn McLaughlin, Jean Bourque, Vanessa Bussey, JJ Casey, Cheryl Coble, Brenda Schwarz Miller, Sam Compton, Carol Anderson, Tam Hicks, Jennifer Ghelardini, Benira Sutphin, Val Zaba, Sue Shrader, Rachel Thomason, Howard Hunt, Carolyn Cobia, June Tucarella, Bryce Dixon and Rachelle Brundage.

Also, outside in the “Plein Air Studio” at Tapp’s Plaza get a live view of a clay sculpture demonstration by John Sharp and a wood turning demonstration by Kirk Miller. Inside Carolyn McLaughlin will be demonstrating “gourd-burning”.

Music for November will be courtesy of Johnny Cromer.

For more information on this or future events at Tapp’s please contact Brenda Schwarz Miller at 803/609-3479 or e-mail to ( Become a Facebook fan of Tapp’s Arts Center Project! at (