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Call for artists and makers: Crafty Feast accepting applications

Crafty FeastCrafty Feast – the largest juried indie craft fair in the Midlands region of South Carolina – is accepting vendor applications until July 31, 2016, for its annual show, to be held on Sunday, December 11 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C. Makers can apply at www.craftyfeast.com. Drawing crowds of more than 2,700 guests, Crafty Feast brings together more than 100 innovative artisans and makers from across the Southeast – and from as far away as Michigan and Mississippi – for a one-day show in one of the capital city's largest and most comfortable venues. Since 2009, Crafty Feast has been produced annually by the local, woman-owned creative firm, Flock and Rally. Crafty Feast vendors sell handmade, inventive goods, and no resellers of any kind are permitted. Past vendors have featured popular items such as hand-dyed indigo napkins; locally made grass-fed beef jerky; black tea & bergamot soy candles; intricate, hand-sculpted diorama necklaces; unique baby bibs; hand-turned woodwork; original fine art prints, repurposed clothing; blown-glass bead jewelry; and more. All items sold at Crafty Feast are of the highest quality and integrity. In an effort to support small businesses and independent artisans, Crafty Feast application submissions are free. Vendors are chosen through a selective process conducted by a jury of regional artists and creative industry leaders. Selected vendors will be notified by September 2016. Crafty Feast booth fees are $100 per 10 x 10’ space. For more information, visit craftyfeast.com.    

Comics + hip-hop = Cola-Con!

Cola-Con - the nation's only comic and hip-hop convention - is back for a third year, scheduled for Oct. 25-26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Part festival, part “con,” this family-friendly, two-day confluence of hip-hop and alternative culture features live concerts by top national hip-hop artists, as well as comics vendors from as far away as New York, Chicago and Minneapolis. Founded in 2011 by Preach Jacobs of Sounds Familiar Records (a 2011 Artists' Ventures Initiative grant recipient), Cola-Con has expanded each year while keeping its home-grown-in-Columbia DIY vibe. This year's event features two national headliners, Grammy nominees The Foreign Exchange and hip-hop legends Dead Prez, and numerous comic artists and graphic novelists:

  • Steve Epting: artist, Marvel Comics
  • Carl Jones: producer, THE BOONDOCKS
  • Matt Bors: artist, WAR IS BORING
  • Ed Piskor: artist, HIP HOP FAMILY TREE
  • Blue Delliquanti: artist and writer, O HUMAN STAR
  • Eric Darnes: colorist
  • Dre & Sammy Lopez: artists, Piensa Art Company
  • Sanford Greene: artist, ARMY OF FROGS
  • John Pading & Shige Kobayashi: artist and writer, PRINCESS CALABRETTA
  • David Axe: writer, WAR IS BORING
  • Afua Richardson: artist, illustrator
  • Jeremy Love: artist, BAYOU
  • Keith Miller & Chuck Thomas: artist, Tri-Boro Tales
  • Ronald Wimberly: artist, PRINCE OF CATS, Black Dynamite Animated Series
Tickets are $20 for one day and $30 for a two-day pass. Buy tickets online here: http://www.cola-con.com/ Tickets will also be for sale at the door. Find out more on Cola-Con's website, Facebook page and in this article from Charleston City Paper. Via: Cola-Con, Charleston City Paper