← View All Articles

Allendale County Arts Council seeks artist submissions for first juried art show

The Allendale County Arts Council invites artists age 18 and older to apply for ArtFlow 2015, the council’s first arts festival and juried art show.  A partnership with University of South Carolina Salkehatchie and Salkehatchie Arts, ArtFlow is named in honor of the Salkehatchie River and the five counties it flows through: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton and Hampton. The ArtFlow 2015 exhibition, along with a companion Arts Market, will take place Oct. 16 - 25 in the atrium at USC Salkehatchie in Allendale as part of a larger celebration for USC Salkehatchie’s 50th anniversary celebration. The application deadline is Sept. 1. The arts council invites submissions of original artwork from artists in 11 Southeastern states: South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana. The juror for ArtFlow is Mana Hewitt, MFA, director of Undergraduate Studies and former director of the McMaster Art Gallery in the School of Visual Art and Design of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. Her studio work includes ceramics, painting and metals. Hewitt received the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship and was named a Southern Arts Foundation Artist. In 2012, her work was included in the 100 Southern Artists. Prize winners will be announced during the opening reception Oct. 16 from 5 - 9 p.m. Prizes will total $2,500. Detailed eligibility & entry specifications are available online. For more information, call Salkehatchie Arts Center at (803) 584-6084 or email info@salkartscenter.com. Via: Salkehatchie Arts

Salkehatchie Arts hires new director

Salkehatchie Arts has announced that Susan J. Oswald, a local artist and lifelong resident of Allendale County, is the new director for Salkehatchie Arts. Her position will include management of the Salkehatchie Arts Center, a retail outlet for local artists, promoting arts in the Salkehatchie region, and assisting with Salkehatchie Stew, a storytelling initiative that promotes stories of the region through an original play each year. She comes to Salkehatchie Arts with extensive experience in management, retailing, wholesaling, marketing, and advertising. Oswald graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of fine arts. She gained experience in retailing as the owner and operator of Country Flair, a retail business in Allendale, for 23 years.

Upon closing that business, she entered the wholesale fashion world as a multi-line manufacturer’s representative for five annual Women’s Apparel trade shows in the AmericasMart Atlanta and traveled a nine-state area as a manufacturer’s representative. During this period, she developed efficient marketing and advertising strategies to increase sales and acted as a link to provide customer service between retail stores and manufacturers.
In 2013, Oswald returned to Allendale to recapture a lifelong dream to paint. She has gallery representation in Allendale and Charleston, established an online presence and has been accepted into juried art competition/shows.
Salkehatchie Arts is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization including Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Hampton, and Colleton counties with a mission to foster cooperation between arts, economic, education, and community development groups. It supports the local artists and local economy, encourages future arts programs, helps to bring awareness to local arts resources, promotes tourism and the visability of the Salkehatchie Region, and enhances the production of arts and entertainment in the region.