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City of North Charleston, SC, Appoints New Artist-in-Residence – Daryle Halbert

August 31, 2015

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department in North Charleston, SC,  is proud to announce the appointment of painter Daryle Halbert as Artist-in-Residence (AIR) for 2015/16. The City’s AIR serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction. The selected artist shares his/her unique skills, talents, and experiences by providing services to senior groups, public schools, group homes, and various other groups within the city limits of North Charleston. Halbert will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages.

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Work by Daryle Halbert

Halbert was born and raised in Detroit, MI, and received his BFA there from The Center for Creative Studies in 1990. He went on to earn an MFA at Howard University in Washington, DC, in 1996, creating many public murals during his studies. Following a four-year career as a graphic designer for Tower Records and Video in Washington, DC, Halbert relocated to Philadelphia, PA, where he became an active member of the arts community through exhibiting his work in local galleries and teaching art at the Renaissance Advantage Charter School. In 2002, he completed an AIR program at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnston, VT, and later, in 2009, completed the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Halbert moved to Charleston, SC, in 2011 and is currently a member of the Charleston Artists Guild.

Since moving to Charleston, Halbert has become very interested in the rich African American history and culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. His most recent paintings depict scenes of Lowcountry cuisine, agriculture, music, and folklore. He views his work as a means to educate and inform and is passionate about inspiring others to develop their artistic talents.

The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Halbert’s work throughout January 2016. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 from 5-7pm.

Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the AIR by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2016.

More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s AIR program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

Sponsored Fall Decorations on East Montague in North Charleston, SC, to Benefit Needy Families – Deadline Sept. 4, 2015

August 14, 2015

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The Olde North Charleston Merchants Association and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, in North Charleston, SC, are collaborating once again to decorate the Olde Village section of East Montague Avenue with decorative grapevine wreaths for the fall. Schools, community groups, churches, businesses and individuals are invited to participate in this fifth annual beautification effort by sponsoring a wreath. Proceeds from wreath sponsorships will go toward the City of North Charleston’s Christmas Charity benefiting needy families.

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All sponsorships include a 24” grapevine wreath, orange ribbon on the front and back, and sponsor sign. A sponsorship of $50 provides a fully-decorated wreath. A sponsorship of $25 provides a wreath that can be personalized with decorations by the sponsor. Sponsor or purchase a pre-decorated wreath for $50. Past participants have the option of redecorating last year’s wreath for $15. Wreaths with sponsor signage will be displayed on light poles lining the Olde Village section of East Montague Avenue from Oct. 1–Nov. 15, 2015.

In order to participate, a complete sponsorship form and appropriate payment must be received by 5pm on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, and wreaths must be decorated and ready to hang by Thursday, Oct. 1.

To sponsor a wreath or for more information, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department (SC) to Showcase Works by Four Local Female Artists

May 29, 2015

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The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that works by local artists Kathleen Sullivan Eckel, Addelle Sanders, Amelia Rose Smith, and Becky Taylor will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery, located in the Charleston Area Convention Center, in North Charleston, SC, from June 4-30, 2015. A free reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, June 4, from 5-7pm. The exhibiting artists will be present and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend.

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In the exhibit, “Four Women, 4 Mediums”, Eckel, Sanders, Smith, and Taylor present a variety of works in oil, pastel, watercolor, and fiber. The women were brought together nearly a year and a half ago by Becky Taylor, president of the Mount Pleasant Artist Guild. “Kat and Rose are both members of the Mt. Pleasant Artist Guild and I became familiar with Adelle through the Charleston Artist Guild,” she explains. “I adore their work and invited them all to lunch one day to see if they would be interested in exhibiting together. Although we all create art with different media, I think our work compliments each other’s well.” The artists’ subject matter also differs, ranging from landscapes, to still-life, to figurative works.

Kathleen Sullivan Eckel grew up along the Buffalo Bayou and Memorial Park in Houston, TX, where her curious nature and love for exploring the great outdoors with all of its varied inhabitants began. During her teens, she worked in an art gallery and switched schools to study art under Houston based artist Henry Gadbois. After getting a bachelor degree in fine art at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in studio art and art education, her odyssey of travel began. Her first stepping stones were within the USA, living in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. During this time she free-lanced in illustration, designed businesses and interiors, managed an art gallery, and took odd jobs to save up money for a year of travel. Eckel spent the next 18 years traveling in Europe and Africa. She lived first in Cameroon, then Sudan, and finally in Mauritania West Africa. She illustrated and painted on commission, designed clothes and made jewelry, taught art in cultural centers and at the International Schools, and eventually opened her own private art school in Nouakchott. Currently, she spends most of her time between the Austrian Alps, Charleston, SC, and the Texas hill country.

In her early years, Eckel’s art was mainly in watercolor, acrylic, graphite and conté. While living in Africa, she developed a style of painting huge, realistic, acrylic finger paintings on wood. Through a fluke of fate a few years ago, she met and was able to study under several well- known artists in Charleston, where she was reunited with the art of oil painting. Eckel has been painting in oil ever since. One sees the influence of her previous work in more transparent mediums, as there is a layering, a fine sculpting as depth and image emerge in her paintings. Whether painting the landscape of a mountain range or contours of a face, it is the play of light that continues to fascinate and draw her to a subject. Her style can be described as realistic with a nod towards impressionism.

Addelle Sanders was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She always had a secret passion for the art world; however, it wasn’t until she enrolled in New York University’s Master’s Program that she decided to pursue her dream.  In 1988 she began making jewelry and belts from leather and reptile skins as a hobby, but that quickly turned into a business. Eventually she began creating female figurine pins and the response to these creations was so positive that she decided to dedicate her time solely to their design.  From there the figurine pins evolved into the magnificent fiber pieces she is known for today. Along with her partner Ron, Sanders co-founded Fiber Art by Rondelle and together the duo used rich palettes of colorful silk threads and metallic cords to weave intricate patterns to create classics like “Ladies Night Out”, “The Student”, and their popular “Diva” series.  The success of these works garnered Sanders numerous awards and her work has been featured in several galleries and art festivals, including The Ellis-Chambers Gallery, International Home Gallery, Terri Logan Gallery, Pan-African Film & Fine Art Show, Essence Music Festival, Jazzfest, and The National Black Art Festival. Her work is also featured in the permanent collections of the Schomburg Center in New York. Today, using the cultural influence and natural beauty of South Carolina as her muse, she makes her work available through her new company aptly titled Addelle.

Amelia Rose Smith, a native of Charleston, SC, has painted professionally for over two decades. Pursuing an art degree while on scholarship at Coker College in Hartsville, SC, she developed a passion for watercolor. After graduation she was employed by the SC Department of Natural Resources as an illustrator and worked for other agencies until 1984. After painting for shows on weekends, she became a full-time artist developing her medium and vision. She has studied with numerous acclaimed artists such as Ovanes Berberian, Zoltan Zabo, Charles Movalli, Sondra Freckelton, Alex Powers, Joan Rothermel, Sherrie McGraw, and Rhett Thurman. All of these artists were great inspirations and instilled Smith with a great desire to further develop her skills. Smith resides in Mount Pleasant, her home and studio located on the marsh. Frequent excursions around the creeks and rivers with her husband and sons, John and Peter, provide unending subject matter fora lifetime of painting pursuits.

Becky Taylor and her husband recently retired to Charleston, SC. Originally trained in oils, watercolors have grown to be her passion. She chooses to paint subjects that soothe and renew her spirit as well as those of her viewers. She paints mostly representational art and responds to the moment with pure joy. Flowers, gardens and landscapes are some of her favorite subjects. Her professional memberships include: Cardinal Fellow/Signature Member/WSI; Indiana Artists Club signature member and past board member; Hoosier Salon-awards winner MWS and WSI; and past President and Treasurer of WSI, signature member of the Charleston Artists Guild, The Mount Pleasant Artist Guild; The South Carolina Watermedia Society; and The Southern Watercolor Society. Since coming to Charleston, SC, Taylor has won several awards, most recently at the South Carolina Watermedia Society Exhibition. She teaches private and group lessons, holds local workshops, and has been an Artist in Residence at several schools in Indiana and Michigan. Taylor’s fine art is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and foreign countries.

The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free during regular Convention Center operating hours, 9am – 5pm daily. The gallery is staffed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854.

For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (www.northcharleston.org).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition

May 13, 2015

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Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2015 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented May 1-9 as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. A total of 269 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, and 2D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $3,175 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Wim Roefs, an independent curator, author, art consultant, exhibition designer, and owner of The if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC.

A total of 174 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color, monochrome, or digitally enhanced. Cash awards totaling $1,925 were awarded by a panel of three judges using the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Each judge evaluated entries as a whole, considering the areas of impact, composition, and technique.

In addition to awards given by the judges, three fine art pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

Best in Show – Fine Art
Children of the Gilded Age (oil) by Christopher Dotson (Charleston, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Coney Island Ladies (watercolor) by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
Windblown (acrylic) by Faith Cuda (Summerville, SC)
Blue Crab Crawl (acrylic) by Tracy Gansrow (Mt. Pleasant, SC))

Fine Art – Acrylic
1st Place – Buying Peanuts by Debbie Broadway (Florence, SC)
2nd place – Feed the Birds by Brenda Gilliam (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Ebb-Tide by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Spring Preening III by Amanda Mclenon (Daniel Island, SC)
Honorable Mention – Sucks Being Short by Khaliya Davis (Orangeburg, SC)
Honorable Mention – Marsh Inlet #2 by Lee Wieland (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Herod’s Folly by Pedro Rodriguez (Hanahan, SC)

Fine Art – Oil
1st Place – Time Machine by Christopher Dotson (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Resting by Peter Scala (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Roses by Marilyn Brown (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Reflection by Deborah Boyet (Bennettsville, SC)

Fine Art – Drawing/Pastel
1st place – The Elephant Man by Paul Christina (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Self Portrait with Wolves by Paige Duvall (North Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Resplendence by Judith Chamberlin (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Every Story Has a Name by Bob Graham (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Fakebeard by Daryl Armstrong (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – Fruit of Tammy by Hayes Lott (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – A Somber Night of Contemplation by Daniel Diehl (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Our Boys by Calley Hille (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Eternal Love by Susan Everitt (Bluffton, SC)
Honorable Mention – Matthew 10:16 by Pamela Corwin (Ladson, SC)
Honorable Mention – Totem by Paige Duvall (Charleston, SC)

Fine Art – Watercolor
1st Place – Underwater School by Adelia Shirer Ruth (Saluda, SC)
2nd Place – Camellia III by Deborah Boyet (Bennettsville, SC)
3rd Place – For an Audience by Eric Vest (Summerville, SC)
Honorable Mention – The Musician by Anna Kay Singley (Prosperity, SC)

Fine Art – 2D Mixed Media
1st Place – Tulip Tree by Belle Anderson (Goose Creek, SC)
2nd Place – Dance by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
3rd Place – Happy Hour by Denise L. Greer (Rembert, DC)
Honorable Mention – The Evening of Consequence… by Paul Christina (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Shrimp by Susan Haynes (North Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Rooted Memories by Linda Wasielewski (Isle of Palms, SC)
Honorable Mention – Downtown by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – Splash by Greyson Smith (Hollywood, SC)
Honorable Mention – Flutterbye by Maureen Carter (Columbia, SC)
Honorable Mention – Meta by Shawn Allison (Charleston, SC)

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Professional Photography – Color
1st Place – Napoleon Complex by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
2nd Place – Sound Peace by Melissa Habrat (Summerville, SC)
3rd Place – Shred by Tim Whitfield (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Starfish in the Surf by Justin Falk (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – The Three R’s by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Professional Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – Old Grand-Dad by by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Into My Dream by Tim Whitfield (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Daily Wisdom by Peter Ingrasselino (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Honorable Mention – Clearing November Storm by Charleston W. Hooker (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Mrs. Rob’s Corner by Gloria Welch (Charleston, SC)

Professional Photography – Digitally Enhanced
1st Place – Eluding Sleep by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
2nd Place – Butterfly Gardens at Sunrise by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
3rd Place – Rainy Days by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)
Honorable Mention – Taking Flight by Samantha Goss (Charleston, SC)

Amateur Photography – Color
1st Place – Middleton Reflections by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Avocets by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
3rd Place – Western Sky by Ron Mosely (Hanahan, SC)
Honorable Mention – Returning to the Nest by Ron Mosely (Hanahan, SC)
Honorable Mention – Pelicans by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome
1st Place – Popeye by Jim Miller (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
2nd Place – Racers by Linda Vodzak (Johns Island, SC)
3rd Place – Bay from a Day Dream by Timothy H. Burke (Goose Creek, SC)
Honorable Mention – Bridge in Fog by Melissa Honor (Summerville, SC)

Amateur Photography – Digitally Enhanced
1st Place – Magical Library by Milire Glenn (Orangeburg, SC)
2nd Place – Folly Pier at Sunrise by Richard Kaminsky (Summerville, SC)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or the Arts & Culture section of northcharleston.org. For details on the North Charleston Arts Festival, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

May 13, 2015

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Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the “10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition”, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in honorariums and awards.

Fourteen out of 73 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, Jeffrey York, Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC.  Once installed at the exhibition site, York then made his selections for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions.

“For ten years the City of North Charleston Cultural Department has offered residents and visitors alike, the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor sculptural forms and styles while enjoying the scenery along the Cooper River.” York stated. He continued, “My selections for the show and choices for awards are subjective. The viewer will form their own opinions and impressions. That is beauty of public sculpture. It is there to enliven the space. One can choose to enjoy it as a diversion from their surroundings, interact with it, discuss, contemplate, or just pass by.”

The fourteen sculptures selected for exhibition are by fourteen artists from seven states. Congratulations to the winners of the 2015/16 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition:

Best in Show  – Sacred Sunset Viewing Spiral (forged & fabricated steel) by Corrina Sephora Mensoff (Atlanta, GA)

Outstanding Merit – Portal VIII (limestone) by Paris Alexander (Raleigh, NC)

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Bicycle Carousel by Sean Mueller & Jarod Charzewski

Honorable Mention – Bicycle Carousel (steel and recycled bikes) by Sean Mueller & Jarod Charzewski (Charleston, SC)

Honorable Mention  – Excelerator (painted steel) by Ray Katz (Pontiac, MI)

Honorable Mention  – Rhett (recycled steel) by Jonathan Bowling (Greenville, NC)

COC XVIII (steel, fiberglass, epoxy resin) by Luke Crawley (Indianapolis, IN)

Splendid Maelstrom (powder coated aluminum and steel) by Andrew Denton (Greenville, NC)

Fall Wind (steel) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)

Tumble Gate (galvanized steel) by Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC)

In Motion (steel and paint) by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC)

Studio Tracks #2 (rockite cement and steel) by Morgan Kinne (Seabrook Island, SC)

Learning Curve Sculpture (welded aluminum) by Frederick Napoli (Lake Zurich, IL)

Temple of the Roses (granite, glass, stainless steel) by Antoinette Prien Schultze (Eliot, ME)

Core 1 (fabricated steel) by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)

Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. In addition to the sculptures, visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. Park is open daily during daylight hours. Admission and parking are free. The “2015/16 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” will be on display through March 25, 2016.

For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2016/17 Competition, please call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org). For more information on the sculpture exhibition, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of 2015 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

May 13, 2015

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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “14th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition.  Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented May 1-9 as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 41 applicants were asked to participate and 104 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media.  Cash awards totaling $5,000 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, internationally renowned jeweler and paper artist, Jocelyn Chateauvert, After making her selections, Chateauvert stated, “The exciting part about jurying this show was imagining the hand working each element and surface of the artwork. It is evidence of the hand and choice of materials to convey a thought or feeling that is most compelling whether the medium be wood, ceramic, or the stuff from everyday life.”

After awarding ribbons, Chateauvert 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 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These pieces will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition:

Best of Show
Drawn Images from Garden (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Okatie, SC)

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In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz

Outstanding Merit
Segmented Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
Draped Vase (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Ebb & Flow (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Mosquito (Forged Steel) by Sean Williams (Charleston, SC)

Honorable Mention
Indigo in the Lowcountry (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Cardinal and the Showgirls (Fiber) by Ron Hodge (Bluffton, SC)
Vessel No. 370 (Metal) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
In the Garden (Mixed Media) by Georgette Wright Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
Oblong Piece (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Nesting Firefly Bowls (Porcelain) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Tin Can Mitt (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
A Tiger for James (Mixed Media) by Sam Garvey (Charleston, SC)
Legs of Steel (Forged Steel) by Sean Williams (Charleston, SC)
Seaweed Bowl I (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
Meeting Street House (Mixed Media) by Deane Bowers (Seabrook Island, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
Segmented Bowl (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
Indigo in the Lowcountry (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Untitled (Re-purposed Plastic) by Tabitha Ott (Cayce, SC)
Untitled (Re-purposed Metal) by Tabitha Ott (Cayce, SC)
Spirit Horse (Mixed Media) by Brian McBride (Summerville, SC)
Oblong Piece (Fused Glass) by Tanya Craig (Charleston, SC)
Flower Pot (Clay) by Justin Guy (Trenton, SC)
Seaweed Bowl I (Porcelain) by Annie Rhodes Lee (Folly Beach, SC)
A Tiger for James (Mixed Media) by Sam Garvey (Charleston, SC)
Bone Twig Votive (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
Opening Day Jitters (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
In Box CXXXVII (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
Meeting Street House (Mixed Media) by Deane Bowers (Seabrook Island, SC)
Barn on McCleod (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Necklace and Earrings (Silver) by Jo Ann Graham (St. Helena, SC)
Intrinsic Memories (Glass) by William Austin Norvell (North Charleston, SC)
Drawn Images from Garden (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Okatie, SC)

For more information about the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

Entries Sought for 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, Art Walk, Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions and Exhibitions in North Charleston, SC – Deadlines Apr. 20 and 29, 2015

April 7, 2015

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The 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival is just one month away, taking place May 1-9, throughout North Charleston, SC. The event offers some excellent exhibition opportunities for fine artists and photographers ages 18 and up, including the annual North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walk and Judged Fine Art and Photography Competitions & Exhibitions. The Art Walk, set for Wednesday, May 6, in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, provides a fun and casual setting for artists to both display and sell their work. Entries for the judged competitions may compete for ribbons and cash prizes and will be on display throughout the festival at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Complete details and entry instructions for all exhibition opportunities are available for download at (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply).

Art Walk – Local fine artists, fine craft artisans, photographers, and sculptors are invited to exhibit and sell their original works during the Arts Festival’s Art Walk. From 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 6, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more in a full range of styles will be displayed along the sidewalks and within a number of local businesses and restaurants in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Other Art Walk offerings include live music, art demos, and kid’s activities, creating a festive evening of art and culture for the whole family to enjoy.

Artists are selected to participate in the Art Walk through a juried application process. There is no fee to apply. Sales of originals, prints, notecards, and other small works are welcome and selected artists may also offer their own original brochures, business cards, and supplemental handouts. Display screens can be furnished by the Cultural Arts Department at no charge to assist the artist in presenting his/her work. Display equipment for 3D artwork is available on a limited basis.

The deadline for submission of applications for the Art Walk is Monday, April 20, 2015. Applications may be e-mailed to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), mailed to the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419, or hand-delivered to the Cultural Arts office on the 2nd floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston.

Fine Art Competition & Exhibition – Fine artists are invited to enter original work into the annual “North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $4,675. Submissions are accepted in five categories: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media. This year, awards will be at the sole discretion of the judge, Wim Roefs, an independent curator, author, art consultant, exhibition designer, and owner of the ifART Gallery in Columbia, SC. Roefs is the chairman of the board of Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) and was the organizations founding volunteer executive director from 2008-2013. He chairs the curatorial team for 701 CCA and has curated dozens of exhibitions for his own gallery and art institutions throughout South Carolina and beyond. In addition, he is a member of the Art in Transit Advisory Committee of the Charlotte Area Transit System, supervising the implementation of the light rail system’s public art component. He has taught courses in contemporary art and African-American art at the University of South Carolina Art Department and Honors College. Roefs has published more than 20 exhibition catalogues and written dozens of essays about the artists he represents, and has written numerous articles on art for a wide variety of other publications.

Fine art entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, from noon to 7:00pm, as well as Friday, May 1, from 9:00am to noon. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries in one or more categories. A non-refundable fee of $10 per entry is due at drop-off.

Photography Competition and Exhibition – Professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter original prints into the annual “North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition” and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $2,175. Submissions will be accepted in the Professional/Advanced division or Amateur division under the categories of Color, Monochrome, or Digitally Enhanced. Judging and awards will be based on the Photographic Society of America Print Guidelines. Three competent judges in the field of photography will score entries using the 3-9 range of scores. Each judge will evaluate each entry as a whole, considering the areas of Impact, Composition, and Technique. However, there is no specific weighting or allotment of points for each category. This system is used efficiently and effectively by many arts councils, at international exhibitions, and by camera clubs. It allows an adequate qualitative separation of entries while lessening the potential for a large number of the higher scoring entries having identical scores. In the event of a tie-breaker, judges will choose the winning entry.

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Photography entries will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, from noon to 7pm. Artists may enter any combination of categories with a maximum of four entries in one or more categories. A non-refundable fee of $5 per entry is due at drop-off.

The “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Exhibitions” are free and open to the public throughout the North Charleston Arts Festival. Viewing times are Saturday, May 2, 10am–4pm; Sunday, May 3, 2–5pm; Monday through Friday, May 4-8, 9am–5pm; and Saturday, May 9, 9am–Noon. Awards for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mentions in each division and category for both the “Judged Fine Art” and “Judged Photography Competitions” will be announced at an artist reception on Friday, May 1, from 6-7pm at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by David Archer and Abe White and the public is welcome to attend.

The North Charleston Arts Festival, scheduled May 1-9, is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, providing thousands of residents and visitors with a fabulous array of nearly 200 performances, exhibitions, and activities. The Main Event, held May 2 and 3 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four stages, exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and crafts booths, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Festival continues with an array of free and moderately priced ticketed events throughout the week at various locations and concludes with fireworks over the Cooper River at the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, or to download the Art Walk application or entry instructions for the “Judged Fine Art” and “Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com). For more information about other exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (northcharleston.org), or call 843/740-5854.

North Charleston Arts Festival in SC Reveals 2015 Design Competition Winner

February 14, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce North Charleston, SC, artist Karole Turner Campbell (KTC), as the winner of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, KTC’s mixed media piece, titled “Jubilee”, will be used to promote the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 1-9, 2015.  In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

KTC’s design was selected from a total of 47 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

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“Jubilee”

According to KTC, “Jubilee” is a visual pun that explores a different approach to traditional color theory. Created with a variety of media including acrylic, oil, reclaimed Styrofoam, and paper, the abstract piece depicts an island of blue “floating and dancing” amidst a yellow sea. “The materials I use are diverse and go beyond just making marks, combining colors, or incorporating objects onto a surface,” she explains. “I am fascinated with layering and creating real or implied texture and this fascination leads me to consistently uncover new, distinct modes of expression.”

Karole Turner Campbell earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the City University of New York, a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and an art major diploma from the prestigious High School of Music & Art in New York City. A retired New York City principal, she now works as a full time visual artist with a passion for all things creative. Her full body of work is quite eclectic, ranging from representational to abstract, and two dimensional to three dimensional. Recently she has been creating conceptual, mixed media pieces that juxtapose antithetical ideas and materials with an objective to engage viewers in an open-ended conversation that can be ethereal and visceral, sublime and earthly, universal and specific, and spiritual and profane.

Since moving to the Lowcountry in 2006, KTC has immersed herself in the local arts community by exhibiting her works in solo shows, group shows, and galleries. She has curated two invitational group shows for the MOJA Arts Festival and served as a juror for the Avery Research Center’s national juried exhibition in 2011. In 2012, she was a featured artist at Penn Center’s Centennial Celebration Exhibition and exhibited her work in a solo show, titled “Eternal Vigilantes,” at the Avery Research Center in Charleston, SC, the following year. In addition, her work has been displayed in a number of venues and events throughout the state, including the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, ArtFields© in Lake City, SC, the Charleston County Library, the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, the North Charleston City Gallery, the North Charleston Arts Festival, and the “SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition”. In 2014, KTC was awarded an Honorable Mention in the oil painting category in the North Charleston Arts Festival’s “Annual Judged Art Competition”, second place in the “MOJA Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition”, and was honored for her work in the arts community at the Community Awards Luncheon.

KTC’s work, including the winning piece, “Jubilee”, will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout the month of May 2015. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Gallery hours are 9am-5pm daily and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery on May 2 and 3 during the Main Event of the North Charleston Arts Festival. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

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

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries for “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition” – Deadline Mar. 16, 2015

January 13, 2015

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Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the fourteenth annual “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition”.  As the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Monday, March 16, 2015.

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“SC State Bird” by Matt Wilson (2014 Best in Show)

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media.  Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions.  Following the close of the show, up to thirty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program.  Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

Internationally renowned jeweler and paper artist, Jocelyn Chateauvert, will jury this year’s exhibition. Born and educated in Iowa City, Chateauvert creates lighting, sculpture, and installations from the paper she makes by hand. After earning an MFA from the University of Iowa, she taught metalworking at Middlesex Polytechnic in London, and then established herself as a professional artist in San Francisco. Since 1999, she has lived in Charleston, SC, devoting herself primarily to paper art that is widely displayed in homes and public buildings, and has been honored not only by the South Carolina Arts Commission but also by a Smithsonian Fellowship and by a featured exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.

The “14th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1-9, 2015, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Friday, May 1, 2015.

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

City of North Charleston, SC, Calls for Entries from African American Fiber Artists for Special Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 2, 2015

January 6, 2015

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The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the nation for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 1-9 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, working in fiber and living in the United States, Mexico, or Canada, are invited to participate in the “9th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, titled Maya Angelou. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from Apr. 30-June 19, 2015. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and may be accessed at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Monday, Mar. 2, 2015.

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“Reflecting on the Past” – art quilt by Pauline Barrett

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s installment calls for fiber pieces inspired by the life of Dr. Maya Angelou, a phenomenal woman, daughter of the South, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Speaker of Truth to Power, and inspiration to so many women from all walks of life. The challenge for this tribute exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that expresses their personal relationship to Maya, her work, and her life.  Artists may address how Angelou has made their artistic journey more meaningful, which of her words inspires them to keep keeping on, and/or how she has helped him/her to RISE.

Following the close of the show, up to thirty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program.  Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The “9th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Maya Angelou” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from April 30-June 19, 2015, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the artists will be held at City Hall on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 6-8pm.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail at (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).


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