Posts Tagged ‘Visiting South Carolina’

Upstate (SC) Heritage Quilt Trail Presents 193rd Quilt Block “Ode to Dave”

March 18, 2017

David and Diane Schonauer have added another quilt block to their 1892 Victorian house located at 707 West Market Street in the Westside Historic District in the city of Anderson, SC. The name of this pattern is Railroad Crossing.

Diane took several quilting classes in an adult continuing education program when I lived in Illinois. Each class offered a new pattern, making full size quilt tops. Since she did not have a lot of fabric at the time, nor the need for so many large quilt tops, she miniaturized each pattern the teacher gave them. The quilt is no exception in that the strips only measure ½” by 1 1/2”, and the overall quilt is 17 inches square. It was the first quilt Diane made “on point”. The backing fabric depicts old fashioned locomotives.

She named the quilt “Ode to Dave” in honor of her husband, David Schonauer. “We both worked for Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation, where we helped produce diesel electric locomotives. Dave spent his 31 year working career there, holding a variety of management level positions, including running the Aftermarket Business Unit and overseeing the installation of the SAP computer system.”

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

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, in Charleston, SC, Offers Book Signing for Photographer Andrew Feiler – Mar. 23, 2017

March 16, 2017

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, will present a photography exhibit and book signing with Andrew Feiler, on Mar. 23, 2017, from 5-8pm.

Feiler’s book, Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College was published by the University of Georgia Press in association with the Georgia Humanities Council. The publication includes ten historical images, sixty contemporary images and essays by Robert E. James, Pellom McDaniels III, Amalia K. Amaki, and Loretta Parham. An accompanying exhibition opens later this fall in Atlanta, GA.


Photo by Andrew Feiler

Feiler offers the following about the book, “A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the now quiet campus of Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA). Its inscription reads, in part, “Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color”.  Founded by African Americans in 1881, Morris Brown lost its accreditation to financial pressures and scandal in 2002. Today its largely abandoned campus stands as a testament to a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all of America’s historically black colleges and universities.”


Photo by Andrew Feiler

“I was granted unique access to the hauntingly silent campus of Morris Brown with the intent to illuminate the stories told in its stilled classrooms and hallways.  In the resulting body of work, the proud past remains in the extraordinary quality of the facilities, school desks arrayed ready for class, faces of students in photographs from happier days. The challenging present resides starkly in broken stained glass, evidence of havoc wreaked by scrappers, hints of homeless humanity. And the uncertain future weighs heavily in the headlines: bankruptcy proceedings, a forthcoming professional football stadium next door, recycled pronouncements of plans to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Mixed with all of these are layers of timeless emotion…. wistfulness, pride, angst, loneliness, hope.”

FABULON is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston.

For further information call the gallery at 843-566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

A Visit to the Ever Changing Charleston, SC, 3/11/17

March 12, 2017

I needed some postcards to send to someone in Washington, DC, that I hoped would be soon taking an extended vacation from politics, and what better place to get postcards but the tourist city of Charleston, SC. The city that seems to add a new construction crane every time I visit. So I figured to also make that trip a short business trip and visit a few galleries.

I’ve been wanting to visit Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education,  located at 1017 Wappoo Road, in the West Ashley area of Charleston – between Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 17. They had just opened a new exhibit, “We The People”, an exhibit of artwork that makes you think, something not seen that often in Charleston. They had the opening a day before, but I don’t like seeing art in a crowd, so the day after was good for me.

This was a great show with art from local artists and many from outside the area. As usual I took a few images with my iPhone (I guess that’s less health insurance for me), but these works are best seen up close and personal. And as always works I include are not always the best or ones I want to talk about – they are the works I can get a decent image of. But I also like the ones I’m including.

First up is a photograph by Winston-Salem, NC, artist, Owens Daniels, who offered some images poking fun at the NC House Bill (HB2). This image titled “Citizen” was created in the style of American Gothic.

Next is “Life is A OK” by local artist, Caroline Self, who was/is Artist-in-Residence for The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. Loved this work for it’s color and texture. I just can’t pass by a well executed abstract work.

Kelly Burke, from the Baltimore, MD, area offered a couple of works from her ‘Reimagined American Flags” series. This work is titled “Don’t Lives Matter?” highlighting lives lost due to gun violence.

Susan Irish, owner and manager of Fabulon, also had an interesting work in the exhibit that made a statement about Charleston, that only an outsider would understand – which I got right away, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it without my shadow all over it.

There are lots of interesting works in this exhibit, which will give you lots of reasons to think, but don’t miss the artistic skill in thinking of the message offered.

This last work wasn’t part of the “We The People” exhibit, but it caught my attention and of course it’s an abstract. It’s a work by Laura McRae-Hitchcock , who has recently moved from Charlotte, NC, to our community. So, besides the works in the show, there are also good works to see – and buy, on view by resident artists.

Fabulon may not be one of those high-end Charleston galleries, but it’s an example of all things good don’t always come in shiny packages, it’s also a working studio, classroom, and gathering center – there was a group of fiber artists on hand working away while I viewed the exhibit.

Well it was time to get my postcards which I found at Brittlebank Park on the Ashley River – not your usual place to get postcards, but I’m hoping you’ll be reading about and hearing about these special postcards on about March 16 or 17.

Next I stopped by Surface Craft Gallery,  located at 49 John Street in downtown Charleston, my old stomping grounds when Linda (my better half) and I operated a custom photo processing lab on John Street and a short lived photography gallery – many years ago. I wanted to talk with Liv Antonecchia, owner, and get caught up on how the new group, Lowcountry Ceramic Artists, was coming along and see what new things they had in the shop.

Here are some works by Margaret K. Weinberg, who is part of the Cone 10 Studios in Charleston, which may be closing soon.

Next are works by Batton Clayworks in Asheville, NC. They are the works with the carved texture. I loved these unusual shapes.

Here are a couple of fused glass works by Tanya Craig. These are incense holders, but I don’t remember seeing any that were so colorful – back in my days of burning incense. The last time I bought incense was about ten years ago just outside of Disney World in Florida, but when we got home – I couldn’t find them and to this day never have.

This last shot is of a jar by Fred Prudhomme, another Cone 10 Studios artist. I shared a Facebook post that Surface Craft had made earlier in the week which attracted a lot of remarks about how beautiful the jar was but it would be much better if it was full of cookies and then milk got involved and than more comments about food were added, but when I saw this piece in person, it was much smaller than we all thought. It was about half the size of a cookie jar. I still like the jar, but man I was really disappointed that you wouldn’t be able to fit many cookies in it. Again – here was a case where art had effected my life once more – beauty and disappointment offered in the same object. Darn you artists.

Surface Craft Gallery had become one of my favorite spots to see fine art crafts in Charleston. If you haven’t been there check it out.

Surface Craft Gallery will be opening a new exhibit, “Spring!”, a ceramics renewal show featuring local and national clay artisans in both functional and sculptural work, with an opening reception on Mar. 23, from 5-8pm. The show continues through Apr. 13, 2017. Work by Kelly Thiel will be featured in the show. She left us to live in Bend, OR, but now her work is returning to Charleston.

Well, it was time to head back home to Bonneau and as I drove out of Charleston down Meeting Street I just couldn’t believe how they are changing the skyline of Charleston – pretty soon you won’t be able to see the sky. So sad. I still love you Charleston, but now I know how the old timers felt and talked of their “lost” Charleston when I first got here in the mid 70s.

The Citadel in Charleston, SC, Calls for Designs for Its 175th anniversary – Deadline May 1, 2017

March 7, 2017

The Citadel, in Charleston, SC, is issuing an open call to all artists for designs to be considered as the image that will commemorate the military college’s upcoming 175th anniversary. The milestone anniversary will be celebrated during the 2017-18 academic year. The winning design, which will be announced at the first home football game on Sept. 2, 2017, will grace t-shirts, banners, posters, and The Citadel magazine. The winning artist will receive $1,000 (subject to tax).

For complete details visit (http://www.citadel.edu/root/open-call-for-artists-to-submit-designs-for-citadels-175th-celebration-poster).

The Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Lecture by Metropolitan Museum Curator, Sylvia Yount – Mar. 15, 2017

March 7, 2017

Before ascending to one of the most coveted curatorial jobs in New York, Sylvia Yount spent years working in the South, where she developed a deep appreciation for the region’s culture. As the keynote speaker for the fourth annual installment of Voices in American Art, Dr. Yount, who now serves as the first female curator of the Metropolitan Museum’s iconic American Wing, will deliver a lecture that connects her Southern experiences and her achievements as a pioneering female professional with a recurring theme in her scholarship: art created by women.

Her presentation, “A Region of Their Own: Southern Women Artists,” is the centerpiece of the popular yearly symposium sponsored by the Johnson Collection. Open to the public at no charge, the event will take place at Chapman Cultural Center on Mar. 15, 2017, at 7pm. No reservations or tickets are required.

Sylvia Yount became the Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in September 2014. She is responsible for the administrative oversight of the Wing, with its ten curators and twenty-five other staff and volunteers. She also provides vision and leadership, while defining collecting, interpretation, and audience-engagement goals for the historic department of fine and decorative arts from the colonial period to the early-twentieth century. Before moving to the Met, she spent seven years as Chief Curator and the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and six as the Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art and department head at the High Museum of Art. She began her curatorial career at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, America’s oldest art school and museum, in 1993.

In addition to completing pivotal collection reinstallations at her former institutions, Yount has organized major exhibitions (with accompanying catalogues) on Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, and American modernism, among other topics. She received a Ph.D. and a M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Italian from New York University. Yount has lectured and published widely on late nineteenth and twentieth century American art and culture as well as on issues of curatorial responsibility and current museum practice.

Created in support of the Johnson Collection’s mission to increase understanding of the dynamic role that art of the South plays in the larger context of our national history, Voices in American Art brings arts professionals from across the country to Spartanburg for annual symposiums that engage the cultural and college communities. Previous VIAA speakers include Jane Panetta, Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Jan Postma, Chief Financial Officer of the Museum of Modern Art; Elizabeth Pochoda, former editor of “The Magazine Antiques”; and Sarah Cash, Associate Curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Hailed by “The Magazine Antiques” with staging a “quiet art historical revolution” and expanding “the meaning of regional,” the Johnson Collection offers an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American South from the late eighteenth century to the present day. In May 2016, the Spartanburg-based collection received the Governor’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for the Arts, South Carolina’s highest honor in the field.

For more information, please visit (www.thejohnsoncollection.org).

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers Works Focused Against Racism

March 6, 2017

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education, located at 1017 Wappoo Road, in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, is presenting “We The People”, an exhibit promoting messages of peace and harmony, speaking out against racism, from Mar, 4 – 30, 2017. A reception will be held on Mar. 10, from 5-8pm.

Artist from across the nation have illustrated feelings, concerns, and some hope. There will be live drumming, refreshments, and information. Please join us. All are welcome and the event is free. Your presence alone can send a message that Charleston isn’t a place for hate.

Guest artists include: Robin Apple, Liz Aitken, Janet Braun-Reinitz, Kelly Burke, Micheline Callicott, Owens Daniels, Michel Demanche, Andrew Feiler, Dorian Hamilton, Julia Maudlin, Michael O’Donnell & Wendy Hacker, Megan Potoma, Lynne Riding, Caroline Self, Sally Ann Sisk, Michael Spillers, Pat Van de Graaf, Henry Wolfe,
and Andrea Zinn.

Fabulon resident artists include: Bly Triplett, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. , Louise Aug, Meyriel Edge, and Susan Irish.

Janet Braun-Reinitz was a freedom rider, Andrew Feiler wrote a book, and Micheline Callicott is a teacher. Each artist has a story. Look for profiles of each one to be posted on social media.

For further information call the gallery at 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

The March 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

March 1, 2017

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The March 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/317/317carolinaarts.html) – all 70 pages of it – ten more than last month.

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 the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending this link to your friends.
If you want to get something in the April 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Mar. 24th deadline. I warned people last month about the short month and that they should get their info in early as we would have to move at a break-neck speed to get the March issue done. Unfortunately a few didn’t listen or didn’t read my commentary and they got left behind on the – after deadline e-mail pile. Don’t ever wait for the last minute to participate. Time waits for no one.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

Arts Council of York County Now Accepting Proposals for Dalton Gallery 2018 in Rock Hill, SC – Deadline is May 1, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Arts Council of York County is now accepting applications for 2018 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC. 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 is a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. It is an 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

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Work by Chung Chak

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of the Arts Council’s 2018 gallery exhibitions, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager for the Arts Council:

• $20 application fee (non-refundable)
• 10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted    discs please)
• Inventory lists, with titles, sizes, and mediums
• Artist Resume
• Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement

All entries must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday, May 1, 2017. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. 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.

*Payments in the form of cash, credit card or check will be accepted. All checks must be payable to the Arts Council of York County.

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, SC’s first 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 (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

The University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design Offer 62nd Annual Art Auction, on Mar. 29, 2017, at McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC

February 28, 2017

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The 62nd Annual Art Auction will be held on Mar. 28, 2017, from 6-9pm at the McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC. The event will include original artworks of a variety of mediums including: sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, painting and ceramics made by faculty, current students, and alumni of the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design and artists within the community including:

Alfred Birdsey
Jeremy Butler
Jamie Berry
Carl Craighead
Olivia Daouphars
Naomi Falk
Sharon Funderburk
Bonnie Goldberg
Lauren Greenwald
Julie Hamer
Edmari Hernandez-Silen
Mana Hewitt
Howard Hunt
Joshua Jackson
Wesley Nicole Jefferies
Bri Kinard
Marcella Kuykendall
Bobbi Leavens
Alicia Leeke
Shannon Rae Lindsey
Sean McGuinness
Erin Mitchell
Jane Nodine
Carol Pittman
Cameron Porter
Kathleen Robbins
Mary Robinson
Ellie Rose
Sara Schneckloth
Virginia Scotchie
Blue Sky
Greyson Smith
Alexandra Stasko
John Henry Tecklenburg
Olaf Tollefsen
Moses Tsai
Cody Unkart
Noah Valentim
Evelyn Wong

These artworks will go to the highest bidders Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 6-9pm in the McMaster Gallery at the 62nd Annual USC Art Auction. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

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Work by Alicia Leeke

The artwork will be on display for public viewing starting at 1pm on March 29. Anyone who cannot attend the Art Auction event can fill out an Absentee Form to participate. There will be a Preview Party at 6pm followed by the Live Auction at 6:30pm. The Silent Auction will be open at 6pm and close about 30 minutes after the Live Auction ends.

The auction is sponsored by the School of Visual Art and Design in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Proceeds from the auctioned works are divided between the artists and the university’s art scholarship and gallery fund. Credit cards (excluding Discover) and checks will be accepted.

This popular event will be held at McMaster Gallery located in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, with accessible street parking on Pickens, Senate, and Henderson.

Please see website for additional details and image gallery at (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art/62nd-annual-art-auction).

For more information, contact Shannon Lindsey, Gallery Director and organizer of this year’s event, at 803/777-5752, 803/777-4236, or e-mail to (slindsey@email.sc.edu).

Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, Offers Reception and Lecture with Yvette Cummings – March 17, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Florence County Museum in Florence, SC, is pleased to announce an afternoon reception and lecture with contemporary South Carolina artist, Yvette Cummings.

The lecture, titled “Remember Everything” will address her current body of work, including the ongoing “Voyeur Series”, which deals with psychological, social, and gender issues, and their personal and cultural contexts in her art.

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Yvette L. Cummings, pictured with her 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition 1st place painting, “When the Magpie Came”.

In addition to winning the First Place award in the museum’s 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, Cummings has recently received the 701 CCA Prize, 2016, for artists 40 years and younger.

The lecture will be held in the FCM Waters Gallery reception hall, 125 South Dargan St, from noon to 1pm, Friday, March 17, 2017. The event is free to the public.

For more information about its free public programs, contact the Florence County Museum at 843/676-1200 or visit (www.flocomuseum.org).