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S.C. author sees third book published

Artist, writer, and illustrator Janet Kozachek has published her third illustrated book of poetry.

[caption id="attachment_48277" align="alignright" width="250"] Click image to enlarge[/caption] A Rendering of Soliloquies - Figures Painted in Spots of Time marks observations between artist, model and memory through an emblematic juxtaposition of verse and images. It is on sale now through the publisher, Finishing Line Press. It is her second book with them. Poet and professor Dr. Sarah Wyman said in a review, “In Kozachek’s art, cats and quilts, jewels and molecules fragment and scatter like dropped words from the mouths of models. Sketched subjects sit in the artist’s studio and tell their stories as she paints them: the feminine Kinnari birds with tongues like whips, la mente malevola, a migraine like a doomed mouse before the feline paw, memories of a mother who worshiped the mango bone. In poems, paintings, and drawings, the artist captures moments of deep listening, translated to word and image.” Janet Kozachek has an eclectic educational background, having studied arts and languages on three continents. She has worked as a peripatetic artist/educator, teaching Chinese art, drawing, painting, and mosaics to students from grade level through college. Her previously published chapbook, My Women, My Monsters (Finishing Line Press, 2020) won an honorable mention award from Concrete Wolf Press. When not writing, drawing, or painting in her studio in Orangeburg, Kozachek finds joy in cooking, gardening, and making her one of a kind ceramic musical instruments. She is represented by the Artisan’s Center in Walterboro. Finishing Line Press is a poetry publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky. In addition to the Chapbook Series, it publishes the New Women’s Voices Series and sponsors the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition.

Jason Rapp

Walterboro to host 20th annual South Carolina Humanities Festival

Walterboro, S.C. and the Colleton Museum & Farmers Market are rolling out the red carpet for humanities, culture, and arts during the 20th annual South Carolina Humanities Festival, taking place March 6 - 9, 2014. Colleton MuseumSponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, the festival offers more than 25 cultural opportunities over four days. Events include a World War II Symposium, a sweetgrass basket making course, a Gullah rag quilt class, tours of artists' studios, a guided driving tour of Colleton County, a gardening workshop, and much more. Many events are free; some require reservations and ticket purchases. The evening event on March 7 is a screening of the film Homegoings. The film takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Following the film, a panel will discuss South Carolina homegoing traditions, and participants can enjoy A Soulful Dinner with Soul Music. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit the The Humanities CouncilSC website. The festival is presented by The Colleton Museum & Farmers Market in partnership with the South Carolina Artisans Center, Colleton Center, Colleton County Arts Council, Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society, Colleton County Memorial Library, Walterboro - Colleton Chamber of Commerce, City of Walterboro and Colleton County.

South Carolina Artisans Center invites artists to apply for membership

The South Carolina Artisans Center's annual juried process for accepting new artists is now open. Artists who are legal residents of South Carolina and 18 years or older may apply. Applications are encouraged only from those artists who want to actively market their work and can provide adequate inventory for sale at the Artisans Center. Entries will be accepted until Aug. 24, 2013. Artists must submit digital images of five different works. Out-of-state judges evaluate the work based on creativity, originality, quality of work, suitability and sales potential. Works that receive high scores advance to the second stage of the process, and selected artists must submit actual works for review by a jury of South Carolina arts experts. Artists approved after the review are admitted to guild membership after paying a $50 yearly membership fee. Visit the Artisan Center's website for complete eligibility and submission guidelines. Email laurens@scartisanscenter.com or call (843) 549-0011 for more information. SC Artisans Center potteryPottery by guild member Tim Miller of Johnston About the South Carolina Artisans Center The South Carolina Artisans Center is the state's "official Folk Art and Craft Center." The Center promotes the creative works of more than 300 juried artists producing exceptional quality work in every medium.  Visitors will find one-of-a-kind garden sculptures, loomed shawls, hand-made jewelry, photography and sweet grass baskets while discovering the southern charm of the town of Walterboro. Via: South Carolina Artisans Center