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SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics celebrates Youth Art Month with three student exhibitions

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM), located in Hartsville, is celebrating National Youth Art Month with student artwork exhibited in three locations: the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery in Florence, the Hartsville Memorial Library, and the Michelin InTIREnational Art Competition Exhibition in Greenville. The Michelin exhibition is open until March 31; the Florence and Hartsville exhibitions run through April 17. GSSMstudentwork2 (Images - Above:  Seized, wheel-thrown altered clay, by GSSM junior Claire Moore of Greenwood, S.C. Right: Collage by GSSM junior Maya Jenson of Blythewood, S.C. Click on image for larger view.) The works were produced by students in GSSM’s Art in the Interim and Open Art Studio programs. During January Interim – a “mini-mester” – students select from a range of elective courses or trips. Art in the Interim, taught by GSSM Visual Arts Coordinator Patz Fowle, is an annual favorite. Fowle also coordinates the Open Art Studio, which is open daily for students to explore art techniques, further refine their artistic expression and find an outlet for self-expression. During this year’s Art in the Interim, students worked to develop the skills, techniques and processes to create meaningful, original 2-D and 3-D works of art. The course focused on printmaking, as well as on making cultural connections using indigenous South Carolina clay with special guest sculptor Mike Fowle. “My passion as a teaching artist and educator is to guide and to encourage each student to reach their full potential as creative beings,” said Patz Fowle. “I believe that creativity and a lifelong love of the arts not only enrich the soul of the individual, but also reach out and enhance the lives of others around them.” The Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, 509 South Dargan Street, Florence, S.C. The library is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, visit www.florencelibrary.org or call (843) 413-7070. The Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 W. College Avenue, Hartsville, S.C. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, contact Library Manager Audrey Tripp at (843) 332-5115 or audreyt.har@darlington-lib.org, or contact GSSM's Visual Arts Coordinator Patz Fowle at fowle@gssm.k12.sc.us. GSSM Tire Art Michelin (2)GSSM is participating in the 2016 Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest along with 26 teams hailing from Anderson, Greenville, Simpsonville, Hartsville, Spartanburg and Columbia. In its third year, the Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest is hosted by Michelin North America in conjunction with Upstate International. Using up to four scrap tires donated by Michelin, participants were asked to convert ordinary tires into extraordinary works of art. Two winning works of art will be selected. One winner, the People’s Choice, will be awarded to the entry that receives the most votes online at inspiredtires.com between March 1 – 31, 2016. The second winner will be selected by a panel of judges. Each winning entry will receive a $5,000 donation to a charity, school, or nonprofit of its choice. The exhibit is on view at the Hughes Main Library at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, S.C. View entries and vote for your favorite at www.inspiredtires.com. GSSMMichelincomposite About the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics is a two-year, public, residential high school in Hartsville, S.C., specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with a unique emphasis on economics and entrepreneurship. GSSM’s residential program can serve as many as 288 high school juniors and seniors annually from across the state. In addition, the school impacts nearly 10,000 teachers and students each year through its innovative outreach programs. Learn more by visiting www.scgssm.org

Then and now: Florence Library to host reflective Patz and Mike Fowle exhibit

From SCnow.com Article and photos by Deborah Swearingen

FLORENCE, S.C. – One of the first questions that Patz Fowle asked her husband, Mike, was: What do you think about art? “He said, ‘what do you mean,’” Patz said, smiling. “I knew that I was on a mission.”
Since that day, decades ago, the couple has been creating art together.
In a two-month exhibit opening Jan. 10 at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery, they will explore their artistic journey.
The exhibit, called “Then and Now,” features approximately 30 pieces of the artists’ work. It encompasses art made by the Fowles in the late 70s through pieces created by the dynamic duo last month.
“We might even have one that we’re still working on,” Mike said. “It’s going to be that type of a show.”
Though much of their work is thematically the same, Patz said, it will be interesting to witness the growth.
“It’s nice to show the transformation and the evolution of the work, even though they are still flavored with the things that we started with,” Patz said. “We love a lot of the same things.”
Their commonalities first brought the pair together, Patz said. 43 years later, and the couple is still going strong.
Patz calls her style detailed, while Mike’s is simple. But they complement each other well, and the two artists are open-minded and appreciative of the other’s creations.
“Patz is my detail,” Mike said.
[caption id="attachment_24587" align="alignright" width="300"]Patz Fowle, Vincent Van Goat Vincent Van Goat, a sculpture by Patz Fowle[/caption] Artistically, Patz said, she enjoys giving creatures human-like qualities.
“I kind of look at the world through an animal’s eyes and imagine what it would be like to be human – the good, the bad and the funky,” she said. “I’m just expressing what I think and how I feel through the work.”
As far as mediums go, the Fowles try it all – they’re sculptors, painters, welders and more.
The couple won the People’s Choice award in the 2015 ArtFields competition. They are also the artists responsible for the “Big Bleu Birdnanna,” a 23-foot, metal sculpture in downtown Florence.
The Fowles serve as teaching artists through the South Carolina Arts Commission, which has allowed them to teach and share their art all over the world.
Patz is the visual arts coordinator for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. There, she works to incorporate art into science and math. Recently, for example, she helped her students create art through the process of computer coding.
The couple said they could never have expected or predicted to be where they are today, but they have always been dreamers.
“You expect greatness, but you don’t know in what form,” Patz said. “So we’re open. Eyes open and minds open and an open heart for good things to happen.”
There will be an opening reception for “Then and Now,” when it opens on Sunday, Jan. 10. The reception begins at 3 p.m. and will last for an hour. The artists invite the public to come join in the conversation about their artwork.
Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Florence and Lancaster recognized for revitalization and development

Congratulations to the cities of Florence and Lancaster for being recognized by the Municipal Association of South Carolina for downtown revitalization and economic development efforts. In both cases, arts and culture organizations (most of whom have been awarded S.C. Arts Commission grants over the years) played key roles in the cities' achievements. These examples of partnerships and cooperative planning between local governments, educational institutions and arts organizations are models in how to attract new businesses and visitors. Florence's plan for arts and cultural development included a new library and theatre, and a soon-to-be new museum, and has culminated in the state-of-the-art Francis Marion Performing Arts Center:

In 2005, the City of Florence hired a consultant to create a master plan for downtown redevelopment. The plan identified arts and cultural development as a necessity to encourage renewal for the city center. In the years that followed, a new library and theatre were constructed, and the city anticipates the opening of a new museum this year. But the crown jewel of these new developments is the state-of-the-art Francis Marion Performing Arts Center, located in the heart of downtown Florence. Francis Marion University Performing Arts CenterThe $37 million facility boasts a main stage and outdoor amphitheater, a garden courtyard, an academic wing, and upper and lower lobbies for events and receptions. It has been honored with architectural awards for its innovative use of sustainable materials. Officials formed partnerships with private entities to secure the land and fund construction of the Center. The partnership formed between the city and the university is a mutually beneficial one. Francis Marion handles the ongoing costs and daily operation of the performing arts center and, in return, the university’s theatre and fine arts department is in the academic wing of the facility. Pee Dee residents are winners as well, as they now have a venue to enjoy musical and theatrical performances close to home. Using culture and the arts as an economic development tool is working in Florence. After the performing arts center was constructed, a boutique hotel opened downtown. New businesses and restaurants are flourishing as well, and office and retail space in the city center is being redeveloped for new merchants.
The City of Lancaster partnered with USC Lancaster to open a new Native American Studies Center downtown, which provided more room for the half-million Catawba artifacts—the world’s largest Catawba collection—in the school’s possession, as well as space for a growing number of students attending USCL:
Downtown Lancaster needed an anchor. The University of South Carolina Lancaster needed space to store and showcase its large collection of Catawba pottery and artifacts. A partnership was born. Plans for the Native American Studies Center began when Lancaster municipal officials met with community groups to discuss cultural tourism and historical assets as catalysts for downtown revitalization. They brought faculty in on the conversations. The faculty shared that they were in desperate need of more room for the half-million Catawba artifacts—the world’s largest Catawba collection—in the school’s possession, as well as space for a growing number of students attending USCL. Native American Studies CenterThe City of Lancaster purchased a long-empty furniture store on Main Street using funds raised from hospitality taxes and a Duke Energy grant. Officials worked with faculty from USCL’s Native American Studies department to design classrooms, labs and galleries in the renovated space. The city improved existing parking and created additional parking areas. Working with regional tourism and preservation groups, the city then developed a marketing plan to promote the new center. Locating a cultural attraction downtown has been a boon for tourism in Lancaster. Even better, there are more college students spending time—and dollars—in the city center. The project has been so successful that officials are working with USCL to relocate more of the University’s departments downtown. Workshops, festivals, seminars and other public events are in the works as well to draw more people to the Native American Studies Center. A once-empty building is now a cultural asset, and downtown Lancaster is once again the center of conversation.
The awards were presented at the MASC's annual meeting July 20. Via: Municipal Association of South Carolina