Former SCAC grantee exhibits in Spartanburg
A new exhibition at Wofford College is dedicated to lithographer Jim Creal - one of the first recipients of an Artists Ventures Initiative (AVI) grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission.
AVI grants encourage and enable the creation of new artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for S.C. artists. Grants can be used to launch a new venture or significantly alter an existing venture.
Another grant, one from the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Artist [sic] Venture Initiative program, allowed him to set up to produce lithographs in his Spartanburg studio and to study under artist and lithographer Lynn Froelich of Charlotte, N.C.
"Lithography is a very twitchy print process, and many of these lithographs would not exist but for the collaborative help of Lynn to print them,” he said in a statement.
Lithographs are “stone prints” created using a large limestone slab on which to draw the desired image with “greasy tools” such as lithographic crayons and utilizes the fact that oil and water do not mix.
Creal created a 25-lithograph collection titled "The South Carolina Coastal Lithographic Project." The new exhibition shows 20 of the lithographs at the Richardson Family Art Museum in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College. This Thursday at 7 p.m., Creal will give a talk at the museum, and admission is free. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Aug. 4.
Spartanburg artist’s first Kickstarter project is staff pick of the day
Spartanburg artist and printmaker Jim Creal's first Kickstarter campaign just launched, and it's already enjoying a day in the spotlight as a Staff Pick on the Kickstarter website.
Creal, one of the first artists to participate in the Artists' Ventures Initiative, developed his Kickstarter campaign, the South Carolina Coastal Lithograph Project, to draw attention to the beauty of South Carolina's coastal islands and help preserve their habitats. His project is also about preserving his own work.
"I turned 60 this year, and I wanted to create a cohesive body of work -- something of lasting value," said Creal. "I jokingly call this my legacy project."
Creal will create original, stone-drawn, hand-printed, lithographic images devoted to capturing the mood, spirit and rich diversity of South Carolina's coastal habitats. The finished product will be a limited-edition series of museum-quality lithographs that capture a vision of the breathtaking scenery and animals of the South Carolina coast. Some of these lithographs will be used as rewards for supporters of the Kickstarter campaign. (Example of Creal's work pictured left.)
The first step is photographing the 25 sites Creal wants to include in the project. Many are well-known -- Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park -- and others are less popular -- Dungannon Heritage Preserve in Hollywood, S.C., and Nemours Plantation in northern Beaufort County. Some places are accessible by car, some only by boat and some will be photographed from the air. High-end donors to the Kickstarter campaign can join Creal on an expedition and photography shoot of some of the sites.
Creal's love for South Carolina's coastal habitats is a life-long passion.
"I have had a love for the magnificent beauty of the South Carolina coastal islands since I was young. When I am in these extraordinary places, I feel connected to something transcendent and primordial."
"My hope is that this body of work will help audiences appreciate South Carolina’s coastal habitats' timeless beauty, their significance as vital ecosystems under stress, and their value as national treasures that need to be preserved for future generations."
Find out more about Creal's project, including a description of how he creates the lithographs, on his Kickstarter campaign site.
About Jim Creal
Jim Creal creates landscapes, still-lifes and non-representational images through lithographic, etching and monotype print processes. His work, which has been exhibited in numerous solo, invitational and juried exhibitions and recognized by many awards, is held in private, institutional and corporate collections. In 2000, Creal exhibited in Winterthur, Switzerland and was a resident artist there in a cultural exchange. Creal teaches in the South Carolina Arts Commission's Arts in Education Program and received a South Carolina Arts Commission's Artist Venture Initiative grant in 2010, which allowed him to set up to produce stone lithographs in his Spartanburg studio.