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City of North Charleston welcomes new artist-in-residence

AlexandraRoberts_NCAIR14-15The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department has appointed mixed media artist Alexandra Roberts as Artist-in-Residence for 2014-2015. The City’s Artist-in-Residence serves as a key resource for the department’s outreach programs, especially in the area of art instruction, by providing services to senior groups, public schools, group homes, and other groups within North Charleston city limits. Roberts will be available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two-hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages. Born in Virginia, Roberts moved to South Carolina as a child. Visual art has always been a major part of her life; she participated in various art clubs and advanced art programs throughout her early education. As a high school junior, she was accepted into the prestigious Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, S.C. Roberts graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in Fine Arts in 2006 and immediately pursued the career she is most passionate about, community arts, by obtaining an MA in Community Arts in 2007. Through MICA’s Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program, she had the opportunity to teach art and promote community involvement to young people in the Better Waverly Community in Baltimore, Md. Currently, Roberts is a freelance artist and art instructor with the Casey Community Center in Goose Creek. She is also a teaching artist with the City of North Charleston’s After School Arts Enrichment Program and served as the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival’s resident artist to create a sculpture with students at the Persephone Moultrie Community Center. She enjoys sharing her passion for art with students of all ages, and her classes consist of working with a variety of materials, such as papers, paint, ink, and much more. Robert’s art is an exploration of media culminating in a symphony of color and texture, with much of her work inspired by personal experiences, observations in society, and her work as a community artist. The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Robert’s work throughout January 2015. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. School liaisons, arts teachers, and the general public are invited to meet the artist at a free gallery reception on Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 5-7 pm. Art teachers and school liaisons may initiate the request for FREE services by the Artist-in-Residence by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5851. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first come first served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance, with residences completed by the end of May 2015. More information about the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s Artist-in-Residence program, as well as the department’s other programs, exhibits, and events, can be found on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website. Image: Zophia (detail) Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Artists’ Guild and Florence Regional Arts Alliance team up for third exhibition

PassagesFrom February 7 to March 14, the Greater Lake City Artists' Guild and the Florence Regional Arts Alliance will present Passages, an exhibit of artwork by Adrian Rhodes, at the ArtFields Gallery in downtown Lake City. Featuring mixed media painting and collage rooted in printmaking, Passages opens with a reception Feb. 7 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. There is no fee and everyone is invited to attend. This exhibit is the third exhibit brought to the ArtFields Gallery through a partnership between the Greater Lake City Artists Guild and the Florence Regional Arts Alliance. Last year, Patz & Dogs (featuring artists Patz Fowle and Heidi Bond) and The Great Harvest (photography by Benton Henry) were shown in the gallery. Rhodes, who studied at the University of South Carolina and Winthrop University, has shown in various galleries throughout the Pee Dee and the Midlands, as well as at Spartanburg’s Carolina Gallery and Charlotte’s Rice Gallery. Her recent awards include Best in Show at the Arts Council of York County’s 2013 Annual Juried Show and second place at the 2013 S.C. Festival of Flowers Juried Exhibition in Greenwood. An excerpt from Rhodes’ artist statement: "I am interested in the act of making. Rather than expressing a preconceived idea or conveying a specific message, I find that meaning and purpose within the work comes from employing art making as a way to question. Through process the content is revealed to be dependent on the internal logic of the piece. The resulting composition bears many traces of how it was made. While you can see the effects of underlying colors and patterns showing through the topmost skin of paint, there are also the traces evident in the many layers, abrasions and seams within the composition. These tactile remnants of the piece’s foundation lie beneath the surface layer and bear witness to the history of the painting’s creation." Rhodes hails from Hartsville, S.C., where she lives with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Sophie. The ArtFields Gallery's operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The gallery is located at 110 East Main Street in downtown Lake City. For more information about the exhibit or the Greater Lake City Artists' Guild, contact Sandy Cook at greaterlakecityartistsguild@gmail.com. For more information about the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, contact Bruce Douglas at peedeearts@gmail.com. Established in 1984, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance is a community-based nonprofit organization that is committed to preserving, supporting, and promoting the Arts in Florence County. Additionally, FRAA strives to promote and strengthen the arts in the region through its online arts marketing initiative, Pee Dee Arts. (Image: Shatter) Via: Florence Regional Arts Alliance

Entries sought for statewide juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

[gallery link="file" columns="4"] Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 13th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. The state’s only fine craft competition and exhibition, the show offers cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 2-10, 2014, at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston. The application is only available online at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 14, 2014. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media. Following the close of the show, up to 30 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. Alfred D. Ward NDD, ATD, Emeritus Professor in the Fine Art Department at Winthrop University, will jury this year’s exhibition. As a consultant designer for Spink & Sons in London (by Appointment of her Majesty the Queen) he designed and produced pieces for The Royal Family, Revlon of Paris, and Covent Garden Opera House, among others. Ward’s work is featured in many museums and collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. After moving to the United States in 1981, he taught at the University of Michigan and the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. In 1985, he became the director of the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee, and in 1989 became the chair of Art and Design at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Winthrop University awarded him the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award in 1998 and the Medal of Honor in the Arts in April of 2011. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on May 2, 2014. For more information, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. (Images are of works from previous exhibitions.) Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Artist and Lake City High School students collaborate to create The Big Green Idea!

Art students at Lake City High School, along with artist-in-residence Patz Fowle of Hartsville, used discarded materials headed for landfills to create a work of art - a mixed media sculpture with a theme of The Big “Green” Idea! and fondly known as Epic Arthur. Lake City High School Big Green IdeaThe sculpture was on display during ArtFields in Lake City and is currently being exhibited at the Lake City Public Library. Lake City High School art teacher Krystal Fuentes said the sculpture will also travel to other libraries, and she hopes to find a location to permanently display the artwork in Lake City. The 112 art students from six classes used post-consumer materials such as damaged books, Styrofoam from an archery range, a broken pinwheel, a discarded shower rod and plastic bottle caps to create the sculpture. (Click on Epic Arthur's photo to see a larger image.) Fowle and her husband, Mike, along with Fuentes, guided the students for four days. “This is the largest collaborative piece I have done with students in all of my experiences as an artist-in-residence,” Fowle said. The artist-in-residence program in Florence County School District Three is sponsored by a grant from the Lake City Concert Series. Lake City High School Artist-in-Residency Via: Florence School District Three; Patz Fowle

Don’t forget about these upcoming opportunities…

Here are some deadlines we shared earlier, and now that they're almost here, we want to be sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of them!

January 31:

  • The 2013-2014 Southern Circuit Tour provides independent filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a six-venue tour of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films. Read more >>

February 1:

  • The 4th annual Charleston Film Festival will review shorts and feature-length films from filmmakers from SC, NC and GA. Cash prizes of $2,500 will be awarded for best regional films; the Grand Prize includes a one-week exhibition at Terrace Theater. Read more >>

February 7:

  • The ArtFields festival juried competition has extended its deadline for new works (2- and 3-dimensional). Three emerging or established artists residing in the Southeastern states will receive career-changing cash prizes that honor their exceptional talents. Top Prize is $50,000 with People’s Choice and Juried Panel Winner prizes of $25,000 each. Read more >>

February 15:

  • South Arts is accepting applications for partner venues to host filmmakers and their work for the 2013-2014 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Read more >>

March 15:

  • Carolina’s Got Art! invites amateur and professional artists in South Carolina and North Carolina to enter its 2013 juried shows, with more than $15,000 in cash and prizes. Read more >>
  • The 12th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival. Objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. Read more >>
 

Fine craft artists invited to apply for Palmetto Hands Competition & Exhibition

Fine craft artists from across South Carolina are invited to participate in the 12th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. Objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6,500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 3-11, 2013. Applications are available online. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition features objects of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and three-dimensional mixed media. Up to 30 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. Karen Derksen, director of Winthrop University Galleries and lecturer for the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Design at Winthrop, will jury this year’s competition. Derksen has coordinated collaborative community projects including the public art installation of Carla Stetson’s "The Red Line" in Rock Hill, MUSE Fest, Pecha Kucha Charlotte and the Artist & Civic Engagement Projects at Winthrop. She has juried a number of exhibitions, acted as small festival representative for the Edmonton Arts Council Festival Granting Jury and served on the panel for the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design 2011 Craft Research Fund Grants. Derksen is also one of the founding members of Media, Art, Design, Exposed in Edmonton. The exhibition will be on display May 3-11, 2013, at the Charleston Area Convention Center. An opening reception and announcement of awards will be held May 3. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, Palmetto Hands, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. [caption id="attachment_3239" align="alignright" width="390"]Susan Lenz, Handed Down Susan Lenz, Handed Down, Best in Show 2012[/caption] Via: North Charleston Arts Festival

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City of North Charleston welcomes Kristy Bishop as new Artist-in-Residence

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department has appointed contemporary fiber artist Kristy Bishop as Artist-in-Residence for 2012-2013. Bishop will share her talents and experiences with senior groups, public schools and other organizations in North Charleston. She is available for visual art residencies of 12-15 hours at a minimum of two-hour increments at North Charleston schools and is also available to host workshops for community groups of all ages. Art teachers and school liaisons may request free Artist-in-Residence services by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854. Community groups are also welcome to submit requests, which will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. All project requests should be placed at least two weeks in advance with residences completed by the end of May 2013. Bishop, originally from Charleston, received a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in painting from the College of Charleston in 2008. In the spring of 2009, she moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where the beauty and fragility of the Mojave desert became the primary inspiration for her paintings. She began experimenting with fiber mediums, incorporating sewn and embroidered elements into her paintings. By the time she returned to Charleston in the summer of 2010, Bishop had transformed from painter to mixed media/fiber artist. Her most recent works are created solely from fabric, featuring hand-dyed silk that is cut, gathered and sewn. By hand dyeing the fabric, she creates a multitude of colors to use as her palette for creating new work. Thousands of tiny pieces of hand-dyed silk are manipulated to create large-scale abstract pieces that employ texture and color to convey a number of emotions. The North Charleston City Gallery will host an exhibition of Bishop’s work in January 2013. School liaisons, arts teachers and the public are invited to meet Bishop at a free gallery reception on Jan. 3, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. More information about the Artist-in-Residence program can be found on the Cultural Arts section of the City’s website. For more information about Bishop, visit her website. Photo above: Untitled (vertical transition), detail Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department [caption id="attachment_1035" align="aligncenter" width="332"]Kristy Bishop Kristy Bishop[/caption]