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The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Unveils Winners of “25th Annual Judged Show”, on View Through Mar. 31, 2019

March 18, 2019

About 100 local artists entered in Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) “25th Annual Judged Show”, but only 16 walked away with awards this week.

Mary Ann Ford received top honors for “Oyster Shell In Grey,” which received “Best In Show.” First place winners included: Catherine Hester in oil; Julie Jones in acrylic; Joan McKeever in mixed medium; Donna Cole in watercolor; and Steve Edelstein in photography.

Other winners included:
• Oil: John Kenney, second; Sandy Rhodesl, third
• Acrylic: Bill Winn, second; Mary Tredwell, third
• Mixed Medium: Missy Gentile, second; Cynthia Zeiss, third
• Watercolor: Joanne Talbot, second; Brenda Fallon, third
• Photography: Jim Wilson, second; Clyde Lohere, third

The winning pieces can be found at (

The Society of Bluffton Artists is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. Please visit ( for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

The Spartanburg Fringe Festival in Spartanburg, SC, is Calling All Artists to an ‘Underground Arts Festival’ – Deadline Mar. 31, 2019

March 18, 2019

Spartanburg Fringe Festival is seeking artists to perform and showcase in this inaugural summer festival that will celebrate and promote performances and other art forms that are normally considered outside of the mainstream of creativity. The festival will be held June 1-29, 2019, at West Main Artists Co-op and other venues in Spartanburg, SC.

The deadline for artists to apply is March 31, 2019.

Performers in all disciplines are invited to apply, including theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, spoken word, and more. However, the Festival is open to visual artists as well. The month-long event is described as “Spartanburg’s Underground Arts Festival.”

“Think of this as a cross between a classic ‘fringe’ festival and South Carolina’s Spoleto arts festival in Charleston,” Festival Director Sandy Staggs said. “The aim is to push the boundaries of performance art as we know it in Spartanburg by featuring artists working on the fringes. We want to create an open and accessible platform for artistic expression for both emerging local artists and to give our more-established artists an opportunity to present works that may not fit into their general programming for various reasons.”

Headlining the Festival are several Co-op performing artists, including Proud Mary Theatre Company, which will present the troupe’s first musical “Fun Home,” the Tony-winning and groundbreaking work based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel; “Scrappy Shakespeare” and its summer production of “Much Ado About Nothing”; Sparkle City Improv; a new work by playwright Anna Elliot; performances by musician Josh Tennant; live art and performance by the MADDArtist Gilliam; and much more.

According the Festival’s website, “The festival is uncensored – content is entirely up to the artist, experimentation is encouraged. The festival is inclusive – artists from a variety of cultural perspectives, artists from underrepresented communities, and artists presenting work that is culturally specific and geographically diverse are encouraged to apply.”

Most of the Festival will be held at the Co-op in The Venue, the converted sanctuary of the former church. The Venue is normally dedicated as exhibition space for WMAC’s member and guest artists, but is also suitable for plays, concerts, and dance performances. It will seat more than 100 people.

Both short (5-30 minutes) and full-length (45-90 minutes) programs are being sought in all mediums with an emphasis on “fresh, new, different, edgy, and most of all, local.” Staggs added. “The Festival both celebrates the artists and collaborates with the artists in a partnership that gets their work shown and attended, and ensures (in most cases) our artists are compensated.

“If you are an artist or an art lover, hold on to your seat. We want to blow your mind.” Other venues, galleries, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bookstores, etc. in the city and county are encouraged to add fringe performances and events to the Festival line-up as well. Additionally, the Fringe Festival is currently seeking sponsors.

To apply or for more information, please visit (, e-mail to ( or call 864/580-8385.

SC Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, to Honor Nine Recipients with 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts

March 18, 2019

Nine South Carolinians are to be honored by the South Carolina Arts Commission with the 2019 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts—the state’s highest arts honor.

The following recipients from their respective categories are being recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Cecil Williams, Orangeburg

ARTIST Tyrone Geter, Columbia

INDIVIDUAL Kathleen (Kathi) P. Bateson, Hilton Head Island

ARTS IN EDUCATION Simeon Warren, Charleston (Individual) and S.C. African American Heritage Commission, Hartsville (Organization)

BUSINESS Hampton III Gallery, Taylors

GOVERNMENT Florence County Museum, Florence

ORGANIZATION Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston and Columbia Stage Society (Town Theatre), Columbia (Special Award)

Further info about these receipients can be found at (

Warriors of AniKituhwa Dance Group Dances at USC Lancaster’s 14th Annual Native American Studies Week in Lancaster, SC – March 15, 2019

March 5, 2019

As part of USC Lancaster’s 14th Annual Native American Studies Week celebrating Native American powwows and celebrations, the Warriors of AniKituhwa of Cherokee, NC, will demonstrate and discuss their social and traditional dances in an interactive, family-friendly performance on Friday, March 15, 2019, at USC Lancaster’s Gregory Family YMCA. The event, hosted by USCL’s Native American Studies Center, begins at 6pm in the YMCA’s gym and is free to the public.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and are sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa, designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Photo courtesy of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

The War Dance was used not only when men went to war, but also when meeting with other nations for diplomacy and peace, and within the Cherokee Nation was also used to raise money for people in need. It conveys the strength of the Cherokee Nation.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa also perform Cherokee social dances, including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance. They talk about the significance of the dances, their clothing, and Cherokee history and culture. They can provide living history demonstrations and programs in flute, storytelling, Cherokee language, beadwork, quillwork, and more.

The original members are: Bo Taylor, Sonny Ledford, John Toineeta, Daniel Tramper, Hoss Tramper, Bullet Standingdeer and Will Tushka. They are also joined at difference performances by: Micah Swimmer, Mike Crow Jr., Antonio Grant, Ernest Grant, Kody Grant, Jarrett Wildcatt and Malaciah Taylor. They have performed at: National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Palace Green in Colonial Williamsburg, United South and Eastern Tribes Conference and the National Congress of American Indians.

A performance can be viewed on the Museum’s YouTube channel at (

The USC Lancaster’s Gregory Family YMCA is located at 512 Hubbard Drive in Lancaster, SC.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa and other events offered during Native American Studies Week are sponsored in part by OceanaGold/Haile Operation. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 803/313-7172.

The March 2019 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

March 1, 2019

The March 2019 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 61 pages of it.

On our cover this month we bring you works by Meredith Heywood/ Acacia Art Tile of Whynot Pottery, which are part of the exhibit, “Evolution: Seagrove Pottery”, a group exhibition of ceramic work by contemporary potters from the handmade pottery capital of the United States: Seagrove, NC, on view at GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, through Apr. 14, 2019. You can read about it on Page 23.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our April 2019 issue will be Mar. 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Calls For Entries for Annual Judged Show – Deadline Mar. 4, 2019

February 28, 2019

The deadline for entries for the Society of Bluffton Artists’ 25th Annual Judged Show is from 9-11am, Monday, March 4, 2019. The exhibit runs from March 5-31 with a reception and awards ceremony held from 5-7pm, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

There is still time left for Lowcountry artists to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) 25th Annual Judged Show.

Pre-registration is required by stopping by the gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton or by registering online at ( The cost to register is $25 for SoBA members and $45 for non SoBA members.

Deliver registered art Monday, March 4 at the Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SoBA gallery at 8 Church Street. Label information for the artwork will be e-mailed after registration and the fee are received. No entries will be accepted after 11am.

To be eligible for an award, a minimum of 7 pieces of art must be displayed in any one category. The categories are acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D. Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards. A full list of rules are available online at (

The judge for this year’s show is internationally renowned watercolorist Judi Betts. Her paintings have appeared on national television, wine labels, CDs and DVDs, and in more than 35 books. She has served as juror or judge for more than 150 regional, national and international competitions. In 2009, Betts was on the awards jury for the American Watercolor Society’s 142nd International Competition. Additionally, she had presented more than 425 workshops, as well as invitational sessions for watercolor societies in Norway, Puerto Rico, Sweden and Canada. Betts is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies, members of both the National and Salmagundi Art Clubs in New York City, and she’s listed in “Who’s Who in American Art.” Betts’ paintings are included in corporate, university, museum and private collections.

The Society of Bluffton Artists is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. Please visit ( for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

Bluffton Arts District in Bluffton, SC, Presents 2019 Annual Bluffton Old Town Paint Out – Apr. 27, 2019

February 28, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10am-4pm, artists are invited to break out their paintbrushes and sun hats for this fun plein air painting event taking place in beautiful Bluffton, SC, in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 walk up. Registration forms are available at any of the old town art galleries and on-line at ( Register in person at Four Corners Framing, 1263-B May River Road with cash or check, or online with credit card at ( Artists, check in at the event tent on the corner of Calhoun and Lawrence Streets between 10am and 1pm and then off to paint at one of the picturesque settings in old town Bluffton. Artists and visitors are invited to gather at the event tent at 4pm for judging, viewing and awards – cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

This event is just part of the Spring Fling Arts Weekend Celebration in Old Town Bluffton beginning with the Spring Art Walk 4-7pm Friday, April 26. The Plein Air Paint Out on Saturday, and Art of Cuisine Stroll & Savor event on Sunday April 28, 2019.

For more information please visit the Bluffton Arts District facebook page, ( or call 843/757-8185.

Art League of Hilton Head (SC) Seeks Artists for National Juried Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 22, 2019

February 17, 2019

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, invites artists to enter the “2019 Biennale”, its 26th National Juried Exhibition, held every other year across multiple media types. Over $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded. All works of art selected by jurors will be on display at Art League Gallery. This gallery provides the finest exhibit space with high tourist and community visibility.

Work by Laurie McIntosh, 2018 2nd Place

Deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. For more information and to enter, visit (

The “2019 Biennale” judge is Alan Flattmann, an internationally known, award-winning artist accomplished in oil, watercolor and pastel. He is the author of “The Art of Pastel Painting”, widely considered the definitive guide to pastels.

Work by Jonathan Murrill, 2018 Honorable Mention

The “2019 Biennale” exhibition will be free and open to the public from May 7 – June 1, 2019 at the Art League Gallery, located inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10, from 5-7pm. This exhibition will take place during the run of a professionally produced performance of “A Chorus Line” on the stage of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Since the gallery is located inside the Arts Center, we expect to host an additional 100 to 200 theatre-goers each evening in addition to our regular visitors.

Cost: A non-refundable fee of $35 enables each artist to enter 1 application of work. Artists may submit additional applications for $10 each. Limit three. 1 image per application.

For further info call the Art League at 843/681-5060.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Applications for Exhibits at the Center for the Arts’ Dalton Gallery for 2010

February 15, 2019

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is now accepting proposals for 2020 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects, is located at the Center for the Arts. The Dalton Gallery is an 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

Each year the Arts Council presents six to eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered as a solo or group exhibition for one of the Arts Council’s 2020 gallery exhibitions, must submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager, by 5pm on Friday, April 5, 2019:

Exhibition proposal describing themes, goals, and vision of the artist(s) in the presentation of the body of work submitted for consideration. Artists may submit proposals for exhibition as a group or individually.

Artist statement describing the techniques used in the creation of the work, and the ideas of concepts communicated through the works submitted for exhibition.

Artist(s) must include a statement of clarification within their artist statement if the works submitted are not the works intended for exhibition. In this case, artists must submit examples of previous works, and a discussion of the techniques and concepts that will be utilized in the planned exhibition works.

Artist resume or curriculum vitae that includes name, contact information, short biography, list of past exhibitions, education notable honors, awards, publications.

10 to 12 hi-res images (300 dpi jpegs) representing work intended for exhibition.

Inventory list with titles, sizes, and mediums that have been numbered to correspond to the file names of the images submitted for consideration.

$20 submission fee.

The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council’s submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

Email to:
Mike Gentry

Mail to:
ACYC Attn: Mike Gentry
PO Box 2797
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Deliver to:
Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit our webpage at (

North Charleston Arts Fest Reveals 2019 Design Competition Winner – Joseph Kameen

February 15, 2019

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce Joseph (Joe) Kameen of Graniteville, SC, as the winner of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Kameen’s oil painting, titled “Shadow Boxer”, will be used to promote the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, taking place in North Charleston, SC, on May 1-5. In addition, the artist received a $500 purchase award and the piece is now part of the City of North Charleston’s Public Art Collection.

Work by Joseph (Joe) Kameen

Kameen submitted three of his paintings for consideration for the Arts Fest Poster Design Competition. “I believe that these paintings are a good representation of the North Charleston Arts Fest not only because of their broad visual appeal, but also because of the widely relevant nature of the content of the images,” he explains. “My paintings deal with universal, human questions about our experiences. We all ask questions that cannot be answered definitively; as abstract as wondering about our purpose in life, or as personal as asking why we act the way we do. I take these complicated, and often challenging, ideas and use them as inspiration to craft more approachable, metaphorical images. My use of bright colors and active compositions attract the viewer, while the imagery forces the viewer to ask more complicated questions of and for themselves. I feel that this breadth of possibilities and openness to a variety of artistic experiences reflects the diversity of an event like the North Charleston Arts Fest.” It was, in fact, Joe’s use of bright colors, active composition, and the open and intriguing narrative of Shadow Boxer that most appealed to the review panel, who selected the painting among a total of 57 entries by artists from six cities across the state.

Joseph Kameen is an artist and educator. He received his BFAs in Sculpture and Painting at Boston University in 2013, and his MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015. His work has been featured in publications such as the Boston Voyager, Emboss Magazine, and the Pinch Literary Journal, and is in both national and international private collections. He has curated and exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, South Carolina, and New York, including The Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery. Kameen has instructed courses in drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, digital design, and 3D printing at Boston University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Indiana University East. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Kameen’s paintings use narrative imagery and invented spaces to explore the innately human activity of asking “why,” and to analyze the relationship we form with these questions. Because his paintings are about human experience, the body is featured heavily in his work. Kameen uses his own body as a recurring character so that he always keeps a personal connection to these ideas. Memory also plays heavily into his process, with rooms, objects, and people from his life filtering in and out of paintings. Kameen’s colors are a combination of memory and imagination and often begin with observations made about colors found during certain times of day or under specific weather conditions. He then shifts and exaggerates these found colors to fit his invented worlds. Exaggerated perspectives and compositions reference the hyperbolic expression of Mannerist and Romantic paintings, while bright colors and references to the picture plane point to modern pulp approaches to these same idealized forms. By combining these elements of traditional and popular art, Joe hopes to create work that is both engaged in a conversation with the history of painting, and is accessible and approachable for the average viewer.

A collection of Kameen’s paintings will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout May 2019. The exhibit will also feature the winning piece, “Shadow Boxer”. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery during a special reception on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8pm. Kameen will also offer a painting demo during the Arts Fest Exhibition Encore at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Sunday, May 5. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for purchase during the festival.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, 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 to (, or visit (