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African American Fiber Artists Sought for Special Exhibition in North Charleston, SC

November 11, 2016

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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 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place May 3-7 in North Charleston, SC. African American artists, ages 18 and up, living in the United States and working in the medium of fiber are invited to participate in the “11th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition”, titled “Move On Up and Reach the Higher Ground”. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from May 1-June 23, 2017. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is available online at (www.NorthCharlestonCulturalArtsDepartment.SlideRoom.com).

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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 exhibition calls for fiber art inspired by the aspirational music of the 1970’s that sought to unify and lift the spirit of our nation, specifically songs such as Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” and “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield. As we find ourselves, once again, in a time of great division and unrest, the challenge for this special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that explores the ideas of creating a better world, journeying toward self-awareness, and ascending to a position of loving acceptance of all citizens.

Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2017/2018 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The “11th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Move On Up and Reach the Higher Ground” will be on display 8am-8pm daily from May 1-June 23, 2017, 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 Friday, May 5, 2017, from 6-8pm.

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

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City of North Charleston, SC, Announces Winners of “2014 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 14, 2014

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Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “13th 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 2-10, 2014, as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 50 applicants were asked to participate out of the 97 entries 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, Alfred D. Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. After making his selections, Ward stated, “It is so gratifying to observe the expansion and growth of contemporary craft in this exhibition, based as it is, on the strong traditions of fine art crafts in South Carolina. I congratulate the participants on an exceptionally strong body of work submitted for the 2014 show.” He continued, “Due to the excellent level of works submitted, I found it most challenging to decide on the prizes, awards, and pieces for the Traveling Exhibition. As ever, I carefully considered and evaluated each piece on the basis of creativity, innovation, material qualities, and craftsmanship. In addition, it’s always encouraging to observe risk taking and evidence of creative thinking in new materials.”

After awarding ribbons, Ward 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 2014/2015 Traveling Exhibitions Program. “My intention for the traveling show was to provide an exhibition that evenly divided into a good representation of all major media and also provide the public with some indication of the diversity of South Carolina crafts.” Ward said. 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 “2014 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”:

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“SC State Bird” by Matt Wilson

Best of Show – “SC State Bird” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

Outstanding Merit – “Ice Trees in Repose” (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC) and “Large Stained Glass XLIII” (Fiber) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)

Honorable Mention
“Sea Sign” (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
“Gambian Dancers” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Nest and Eggs” (Mixed Media) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
“Frankie’s Got the Blues” (Mixed Media) by Georgette Willis Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
“Vortex” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Low on the Hog & Chitlin Cleaning Funnel” (Metal) by Logan Woodall (Conway, SC)
“Summer Wind” (Metal) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
“Hidden” (Metal) by Michael DuBois (Ladson, SC)
“Vessel No. 357” (Mixed Media) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Rusted Rodent” (Metal) by Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“Can of Corn” (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards
“Peaceful Peacock” (Glass) by Kris Manning (Charleston, SC)
“Koi Pond” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Open Segment Bowl” (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
“Gingko Vase” (Clay) by Janet Webster Rogers (Summerville, SC)

SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition Selections:
“Gambian Dancers” (Fiber) by Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
“Volume Nine – Hobbies & Irrigation” (Mixed Media) by Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC)
“Carolina Crow” (Mixed Media) by Margaret Bass (Eastover, SC)
“Garden Journal” (Mixed Media) by Cynthia Colbert (Lexington, SC)
“Open Space Vase” (Mixed Media) by Kim Keats (Okatie, SC)
“Frankie’s Got the Blues” (Mixed Media) by Georgette Willis Sanders (McClellanville, SC)
“01050” (Metal) by Katie Poterela (Greenville, SC)
“Open Segment Bowl” (Wood) by Kenny Teague (Charleston, SC)
“Piece by Piece” (Fiber) by Mary Jefferson (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
“Ice Trees in Repose” (Mixed Media) by Dina Barron (Summerville, SC)
“Vessel No. 357” (Mixed Media) by Lee Sipe (Columbia, SC)
“Can of Corn” (Mixed Media) by Dennis Vernon (Okatie, SC)
“Emptiness I” (Fiber) by Kris Westerson (Charleston, SC)
“Tool Box” (Wood) by Logan Woodall (Conway, SC)
“Nest and Eggs” (Mixed Media) by Miyako Fujiwara (Charleston, SC)
“Birds of a Feather” (Glass) by Keller Lee (North Charleston, SC)
“Modern Dancer” (Metal) by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
“Rusted Rodent” (Metal) by Patz Fowle & Mike Fowle (Hartsville, SC)
“SC State Bird” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
“Pole Vaulter” (Metal) by Matt Wilson (North Charleston, SC)
“House: Reclaimed by Nature Circa 86AD” (Clay) by Holly Benton (Charleston, SC)
“Sea Sign” (Clay) by John Davis (North Charleston, SC)
“Tundra” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, SC)
“Vortex” (Glass) by Kathy Oda (Lady’s Island, 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).

City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department Calls for Proposals for Half-Moon Outfitters Mural Competition – Deadline Apr. 19, 2013

March 29, 2013

Half-Moon Outfitters is partnering with the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department to host a public mural competition. Lowcountry visual artists age 18 and up are invited to submit proposals for a public art piece to be installed on the exterior of Half-Moon Outfitters’ new building addition, the Half-Moon Annex, located on the corner of East Montague and Jenkins Avenues in the Olde Village area of North Charleston, SC. Up to three artists will be selected. Selected artists will be given a materials stipend to create an 8’x8’ mural and have an opportunity to compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Deadline for proposals is 5:00pm on Friday, Apr. 19, 2013.

To apply, artists must provide sketches of the proposed mural, a written description of the piece including information on medium, inspiration, and execution methods, a resume, and contact information. Application materials should be submitted by the deadline to City of North Charleston Arts Coordinator, AnneTrabue W. Nelson, via e-mail, post, or hand-delivery to:

E-mail at (anelson@northcharleston.org)

Post: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department,
PO Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419-9016

Hand-delivery: Cultural Arts Dept. Office, North Charleston City Hall, 2nd Floor, 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC, 29406

There is no theme for the mural competition; however, mural concepts must be family-friendly and appropriate for public display. Half-Moon Outfitters will furnish an 8’x8’ wooden panel and a $100 materials stipend for each selected artist. Any additional materials expenses must be covered by the artist. Artists will be notified of selections by Friday, Apr. 26, 2013. Murals must be complete and ready for installation by Tuesday, May 7, 2013. A free public reception will be held in honor of the mural artists during the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walk on Wednesday, May 8, from 5-8pm. During the event, the public will be invited to vote on their favorite mural. Results of the vote will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, which are Half-Moon Outfitters gift cards in the amounts of $300, $200, and $100, respectively.

For more information about the Half-Moon Outfitters public mural competition, contact AnneTrabue W. Nelson at 843/740-5852 or e-mail at (anelson@northcharleston.org). For more information about Half-Moon Outfitters, visit (www.halfmoonoutfitters.com). To learn more about other programs and artist opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit (http://bit.ly/culturalarts).

Half-Moon Outfitters, founded in 1993 and based in Charleston, SC, features clothing and gear for adventure and travel. Offering lines that include Patagonia, The North Face, Chaco, Black Diamond and Mountain Hardwear, experienced staff members guide customers through equipment selection with safety, comfort and fun in mind. Half-Moon employees share a love of the outdoors with a commitment to the environment. Half-Moon Outfitters has eight stores in South Carolina and Georgia and also a Web-based store.

For more information, visit (www.halfmoonoutfitters.com).

The Greater Park Circle Film Society in North Charleston, SC, Offers “Sing Your Song” (Harry Belafonte documentary) Feb. 2, 2013

January 31, 2013

The Greater Park Circle Film Society (GPCFS) will honor and celebrate Black History Month on Saturday, February 2, starting at 6:30pm, with a screening of “Sing Your Song” (Harry Belafonte documentary) followed by a panel discussion on activism in the arts, at The Olde North Charleston Picture House in North Charleston, SC. Noted special guests include textile designer and curator Cookie Washington, filmmaker Liz Oakley (awarding winning writer/producer of “Sentencing the Victim”) and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth. The panel will be moderated by Dr. George Hopkins, historian and activist.

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“Sing Your Song” surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other social justice movements. (www.singyoursongthemovie.com)

The post-movie moderated Q&A will explore how Belafonte and his peers have influenced Charleston artists, and will touch on the history of social justice in the arts, and the creative value of framing one’s artistic career around a cause. In honor of our guest panelists, GPCFS will give half of all ticket sales and donations from the event to Human Rights Watch.

The Olde North Charleston Picture House is located at 4820 Jenkins Avenue in North Charleston.

The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 6:30pm (panel immediately following film).

This event is open to the public; $2 for GPCFS members, $5 for nonmembers. Please note the earlier screening time of 6:30 for this special event.

The Greater Park Circle Film Society is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2008. Our mission is to screen quality films, educate the public, and engage in community development. GPCFS has a vision to become an anchor for film and community in the Lowcountry. We seek to showcase local, national, and international filmmakers. We connect aspiring filmmakers with each other and with investors; further community development through collaborations with neighborhoods and other non-profits; and advance knowledge and appreciation about cinema and the filmmaking process.

For further info call Patricia E. Buckley at 843/225-3313.