Results of Past Juried Shows - 2004

 
The Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, held its 20th Annual People's Choice Art Exhibit sponsored and held at First Federal Bank in Charleston during Oct., 2004. The results of the competition were as follows: Best in Show - Susan Cato, First Place - Caroline Street Trickey, Second Place - Ryoko Miller, Third Place - Judy M. Dyches, Peoples Choice Winner - Janie Trouche, and Purchase Award - Lynn ward Simon. Honorable Mention Awards were given to: Bette L. Bently, Kelly Hazel, Janie Trouche, Bobbie Rothschild, and Tony Waters. For further info contact the Guild at 843/722-2454 or at (www.charlestonartistguild.com).
Two of the artist at A Guild of Bluffton Artists gallery in Bluffton, SC, won awards at the 2004 SC State Fair Fine Arts Competition. Competing in the Professional Mixed Media Division Vickie Jordan's painting, Symbols Speak, picked up a fine Art Merit Award. Peggy Duncan's painting in the professional Oil Painting Division, Greybeard's Retreat, garnered a $500 patron Purchase award. For further info call 843/757-5590.
 
Walter Canada
Liz Webb Milica Virag
 
The Camden Art Association (CAA) recently announced the winners of its Annual Members Show, held in the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's Bassett Gallery in Camden, SC. The CAA is a group of local artists who meet each month and present two exhibits in the Fine Arts Center's Bassett Gallery. Judged by Ray Davenport, awards were given in first, second and third choices. First Place went to Walker Canada with his watercolor, Loitering in McClellanville. Liz Webb's acrylic painting entitled, Tiger Eye, garnered second place, and the third place winner was Milica Virag for her acrylic painting, Unlikely Pair. The Kershaw County Camera Club (KCCC) also had their exhibit on view in the front lobby of the Arts Center's Wood Auditorium. The KCCC show was judged by local photographer Molly Nettles. Thom Ashton took first prize with his photo entitled, Greenbrier Snow. The photography of Lee Korn with, Hungry Girl, was recognized for second prize, and the third prize award also went to Thom Ashton for, South Carolina Windmill. The Camden Art Association meets monthly at the Fine Arts Center. For more information, call CAA President Gladys Herbert at 803/425-4605. The Kershaw County Camera Club meets to discuss photography and new technology. For more information contact Penny Schmitt at 803/425-1985.
 
The Lake Norman Art League Juried Members Show ­ Building Community was presented at Dresslers Restaurant in Birkdale Village, Huntersville, NC from Nov. 18 ­ Dec. 17, 2004. The exhibit was created in partnership with the Art League, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity and Dresslers. A portion of the proceeds benefited each non-profit organization. This competition highlights Lake Norman Area artists. All works wer original pieces completed within the last three years, and were for sale. The judge for this year's exhibition was Herb Jackson ­ Davidson College Professor and recipient of North Carolina's highest civilian honor - the life time achievement award for fine arts. Artists within the community submitted 115 entries for consideration, of these; the juror chose forty-three works of art to exhibit. A total of $2,350 of awards was given to the top three winners, and an additional artist receiving honorable mention. The award winners were as follows:
First Place: Lori Neill ­ Midnight Dip, egg tempera painting on birch gessoed panel; Second Place: Norfolk Pine Vessel by R. David Kaylor; and Third Place: Brian Neill  - Crown Jewel, an art object display case with Mahogany, Walnut, Avodire, Carved Basswood, Maple, Brunswick Bowling Ball, and Stainless Steel. Honorable Mention: Kathie Kemp - On the Knee of an Angel, a watercolor painting. For additional information, or to see the exhibit online, visit our website at (www.lknartleague.com).
 
The Charlotte Art League, (CAL), juried fall show and exhibition identifying promising artists was on display in Oct. & Nov., 2004, at the Charlotte Art League's CALeidoscope Gallery, 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte, NC. Elizabeth Sproul Ross, artist, photographer, and art instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, juried the annual members show. She selected 53 artworks from 163 entrees for a diversified and engaging exhibition. As an art educator, Ross gave attention to the quality of individual work, and the entire presentation. Best of Show went to Judith Cutler's, Resplendent, an abstract pastel painting. Ross was particularly impressed with the artist's use of bold, primary colors, and her professional presentation. Applewood Gallery, in Charlotte, made this exhibition possible by graciously donating $1000 in cash awards. Binders Art and Framing of Charlotte awarded gift certificates to Honorable Mention and Merit Award winners. The complete list of award winners was as follows: First Prize - Joyce Netzler for the watercolor, Tea Time #2; Second Place - Judith Cutler for a pastel work, Boat Houses; and Third Place - Beth Sebik for a color photograph, TrenteinCastle. Honorable Mentions went to: JoAnn Britt for a watercolor, Cup with Flowers; Barbara O'Neal Davis for an acrylic, Number 16; and Hans Peterson for an acrylic, Find Us. Merit Awards went to: Janet Boschker for a Gigclee on water color paper, Waiting; Mary Erickson for the oil, Classic Egret; Deanne Sluder for the color photograph, Horse and Carriage; and Sandy Wilkinson for an oil, Chateau de Castelnaud. For further info call CAL at 704-376-2787 or on the web at (www.charlotteartleague.org).
 
The Arts Center, located in downtown Hendersonville, NC, announces the winner of the Perry Rudnick Urban Trail Sculpture Competition. The winner is Grace Cathey and her winning piece is entitled, Four Seasons. The 15 foot tall 'apple tree' is in four sections, each section depicting a different season in the annual cycle of the fruit tree. Cathey is from Waynesville, NC, and is a skilled and accomplished sculpture. The work is scheduled to be finished and installed in downtown Hendersonville in May of 2005. The work was selected by a panel of five judges representing both artistic and business interests in Hendersonville. Four Seasons, in model form, and two other selected entries were on display at the Arts Center until Oct. 30, 2004. For more information call Tim Morrissey Executive Director The Arts Center at 828/693-8504, e-mail at (artsctr@bellsouth.net) or at (www.theartscenterofhc.com).
The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, announces the results of the 28th Annual Caldwell Visual Artist Competition. Suzette Bradshaw won the Bernhardt Furniture Company Award for her sculpture titled, Jolene was the Queen of Fried Baloney and other Delightful Things. The Satie Broyhill Award was given to Mary Dobbin for her mixed media piece titled, Indigo Dream. Andrew Atkin's mixed media piece Manegeria and Tom Thielemann's mixed media piece Love Story for a Fish and Bird both received Honorable Mentions. Juror for this competition was Mark Poteat, Coordinator/Instructor of the Visual Arts Program at Western Piedmont Community College. His comments were, "As a working artist, I think it is difficult to be put in the role as a juror of an art competition, due to the fact that ideas, of content, style, and formal qualities that I am personally investigating in my own work tend to hamper the judging process. For this reason I try to look at the traditional roles of artist, such as, record the world, reveal hidden or universal truths, give visible or tangible form to ideas, philosophies, or feeling and help us see the world in new or innovative ways, along with the arrangement of the formal qualities of art like line, shape, color, texture, space, and value. Other qualities that I look for are things like irony, craftsmanship, innovation, and relationships and/or comparison to the art of past. In conclusion, I always feel that they never give out enough awards in art competitions. I believe that everyone who enters should get an award. However this is never the case. So as a juror I am left with the task of assigning awards. In an exhibition that is full of variety, quality, talent, and an overall love and desire of making art their experience was both challenging and rewarding." The exhibit was sponsored by Bernhardt Furniture Company, Grand Manor Furniture, LA Properties, Caldwell Women's Club, and the North Carolina Arts Council. For more information please contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486.
 
Transylvania County Arts Council's summer photography exhibit and contest, In Focus, brought in more than 70 images by 30 regional photographers last. The exhibit was on display at the Transylvania Community Arts Center in Brevard, NC, during the month of through Sept., 2004. In Focus was judged by photographer Carol Weeks of Pisgah Forest, NC, who awarded first, second and third place ribbons in the categories of abstract and special effects, landscapes, architecture, people, animals, plants and professional, as well as Best in Show.
The winners are as follows:
Best of Show went to Michael Cummings, Marion, NC, for "Tool Shed".
First Place (Animals) went to John Ashley of Gaffney, SC, for "Green Anole"; Second Place (Animals) went to Eddie Edwards of Brevard, NC, for "Feeding Dove"; and Third Place (Animals) went to Eddie Edwards of Brevard, NC, for "Orphan Seal Pup".
First Place (Plants) went to Werner Bonitz of Hendersonville, NC, for "Red Poppy Quarter"; Second Place (Plants) went to Don Lander of Brevard, NC, for "Lily"; and Third Place (Plants) went to John Ashley of Gaffney, SC, for "Pink Roses".
Frist Place (People) went to Lowell Steinfeld of Brevard, NC, for "Waiting for Bite at Dawn"; Second Place (People) went to Margaret Madgwick of Brevard, NC, for "Peruvian Family"; and Third Place (People) went to Robert Glesner of Brevard, NC, for "The Swinger".
First Place (Professional) went to Curt Goodfellow of Brevard, NC, for "Whitewater Falls"; Second Place (Professional) went to Tom Atkins of Brevard, NC, for "Tired Tourist"; and Third Place (Professional) went to Eleanor Carlisle of Penrose, NC, for "Lotus Light".
First Place (Special Effects/Abstract) went to Werner Bonitz of Hendersonville, NC, for "A Leaf Within"; Second Place (Special Effects/Abstract) went to Leonard Lollis of Clyde, NC, for "Romance"; and Third Place (Special Effects/Abstract) went to Carl Carlson of Pisgah Forest, NC, for "In the Eye of the Beholder".
First Place (Architecture) went to Carl Carlson of Pisgah Forest, NC, for "Chicago Evolution"; Second Place (Architecture) went to Lowell Steinfeld of Brevard, NC, for "Old Blue Ridge Mountain Grist Mill"; and Third Place (Architecture) went to John Lang of Hendersonville, NC, for "Saints Marching In".
First Place (Landscape) went to Joseph Meigs of Cullowhee, NC, for "Lake Wanaka with Tree and Ducks"; Second Place (Landscape) went to Al Willette of Providence, NC, for "Along the Parkway"; and Third Place (Landscape) went to Gus Napier of Brevard, NC, for "Boats in Repose".
For more information call the Arts Council at 828/884-2787 or at (www.tcarts.org).
The Caldwell Arts Council, in association with Tri-State Sculptors announces the winners for the 19th Annual Sculpture Celebration, held Sept. 11, 2004, in JE Broyhill Park, Lenoir, NC. This year 80 sculptors from across the country participated in the event. This year's judge was Kathrine Huntoon from Old Dominion University in Virginia. The Award Winners were:
Best in Show - John Payne of Asheville, NC , for "Crow"; Judge's Choice Award - Jessica Rose Witte of Dekalb, IL, for "Birdseed Doilies"; The Michaux-Sturgis Merit Award - Dave Etheridge of Bryson City, TN, for "Useless Brown Rocker"; Classical Realism Merit Award - Robert Echerd of Lenoir, NC, for "Rift Figures"; The Liza Plaster Merit Award - Kristin Gudjonsdottir of Chapel Hill, NC, for "Many Levels"; and The Norma Suddreth Merit Award - William Moore of Pittsboro, NC, for "White Fish".
The following are purchase award winners. The Broyhill Family Foundation purchases will be added to the Caldwell Arts Council's public sculpture collection located throughout Caldwell County. This year's purchase will bring the number of sculptures in the collection to 76. Broyhill Family Foundation Purchase Awards - Mike Roig of Carrboro, NC, for "Etude" and Angelique Lynch of Piney Flats, TN, for "My Story - the Tree Story". NC Association of Educators, Caldwell Chapter Purchase Award - Suzette Bradshaw of Lenoir, NC, for "so they hired Stella". For more information call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486.
The Watercolor Society of North Carolina held its 59th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Appalachian Cultural Museum in Boone, NC, during July/Aug., 2004. The juror was Frank Webb. The results are as follows:
First Place - $1,250, went to Jewel Baldwin for "Solitude in Mexico"; Second Place - $850, went to Suzanne Shaffer for "Window Display"; Third Place - $600, was given to Rodney Moser, for "Hall of Mirrors"; Fourth Place - $400, went to Leona Kathryn Cauley, for "Island Breeze"; and Fifth Place - $250 (Edwin H. Voorhees Memorial Award), donors: Mildred Voorhees & Family; went to Shirley Story for "Shaker Simplicity II".
Past Presidents Award, 2004, donors: Martha Smith Brooks, Pat Holscher, Dixie Browning, Missie Dickens & Eloise Pope; went to Susan Dade, for "Island Passage"; Georgia A. Newton Memorial Award, donors: Geoffrey Newton & Family; went to Nona Butterworth, for "No Longer Made in the U.S.A."; Alice Johnson LaRoque Stott Memorial Award, donors: Charles Stott & Family; was given to Dixie Bridge, for "Now I've Heard Everything"; and Jean Pendergraft "Creative Spirit" Award, donors: Triangle Artists, Betsy Pringle, Rocky Alexander, Pam Schmid, Kimberly Kressel, John & Elizabeth Owens & Mr. & Mrs.Henry Hilliard, Jr.; went to Ed Macomber, for "Ice House".
Several Merit Awards of ($100 each) were given to: Anita Cohn, for "White Camellias"; Betty Brown, for "Hannah"; David Stickel, for "Cycle of Reflection"; and Richard Siegel, for"Early Bloom". Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Award, went to Nancy Handlan, for "Life Goes On"; Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery Award (Awarded to First Place Winner), wemt to Jewel Baldwin, for "Solitude in Mexico"; Jack Richeson Award, went to Cynthia Moser, for "Day is Done"; Artful Color Giclee Printing Awards (Damon Rando), went to Richard Siegel, for "Early Bloom" and Anita Cohn, for "White Camellias"; Colson Printing Award, was given to Dixie Leibert, for "Bottoms Up"; Daler-Rowney Award, went to Luis Memije, for "First Passenger"; The Arches Paper Award, was given to Gloria Affenit, for "Wild Grasses"; Salis International Award, went to Paul Koenen, for "White Water"; Salis International Award, went to Joanna A. McKethan, for "Jacob"; Strathmore Paper Award, was given to Cynthia Kinard, for "Contentment"; DaVinci Paint Co. Award, went to Jennifer E. Miller, for "Elkins - View from Field"; Winsor & Newton Award, went to James Shuler, for "Full Moon"; Jerry's Artarama Award, was awarded to Kathryn Banks, for "White Rocks and Clouds"; St. Cuthberts Mill Award, went to Charles Harpt, for "Some Things Never Change"; and M. Graham & Company Award, went to John Sweemer, for "Buoy Tender".
Purchase Awards included: Timberlake Arts in the Schools - Bob & Kay Timberlake Foundation, went to Charles Harpt, for "Some Things Never Change" and John Lomax, for "Outpost"; Everett, Gaskins, Hancock & Stevens, LLP, went to James Shuler, for "Full Moon"; and Hertzberg Furs, went to Nancy Handlan, for "Life Goes On" and Bonnie Dempster, for "Ghost Clouds Over Patchwork Mountains".
Exhibiting Artists (not mentioned above) included: Roxanna Alexander, Helga Beacham, Freeman Beard, Joy Brinldey, Martha Smith Brooks, Ann Campbell, Roger Cates, Susan Crouch, Janet Dixon, Sterling Edwards, Sue Ernst, Karl Farber, Linda Griffin, Cynthia Haack, Verena Heroux, Barbara Hesketh, Man Holland, William James, Jian Y. Jiang, Penny Johnson, Vincent Ketchie, Judy Larkins, Nancy Marple, Martha G. Mauney, Carol Meetze-Moates, Ulli Misegades, Henry Moreno, William Ward Moseley, Lilian Parks, Judy Rider, Kathryn Rileigh, Elaine Rockey, DianneT. Rodwell, Nancy Rogers, Susan Rosefielde, Sue Byrne Russell, Ann Salisbury, Barbara Sant, Joyce Schlapkohl, Charles Sharpe, Claire Simpson-Jones, Ric Skees, Richard Staat, Emilie B. Stevens, Lynne Troy, Karol Tucker, Ann Vasilik, Lewis J. Wallace, Jr., Dick Wayne, Marion Clark Weathers, and Cathedne Zell.
For further info check their website at (www.ncwatercolor.org).
The Rice Museum in Georgetown, SC, has announced the winners of the, Just Art, multi-media exhibition being held in the Prevost Gallery from June 3 through July 10, 2004. The exhibit which features works by 61 artists from North and South Carolina was judged by Joseph Cave. Tony Young of Goose Creek, SC, received the Best-In-Show Award for his watercolor, Morning Shopper; First Place Award went to Ann Taylor of Myrtle Beach, SC for a batik on silk crepe entitled, Borders; Second Place Award was presented to Jaclyn Wukela of Florence, SC for a watercolor entitled, Nassau Lady IV; and the Third Place Award went to Elsie Ellington of Georgetown, SC, for her mixed-media work, North American Anointing. The Rice Museum Director's Award went to Lynda English of Florence, SC, for her oil, Grumbacher Red. Honorable Mention Awards were given to: Darden Camlin of Georgetown, SC; Bruce Chandler of Charlotte, NC; Kathy Metts of Georgetown, SC; and Joanne Lechwar of Georgetown, SC. For further information contact The Rice Museum by calling 843/546-7423, e-mail at (thericemuseum@sc.rr.com) or on the web at (www.ricemuseum.com).
 
The Arts Center in downtown Hendersonville, NC, is featuring the exhibit, Bring Us Your Best, through July 10, 2004, in the Sam Neill Gallery. The following is a listing of the winners. Best In Show went to James S. Morrison for the watercolor, Flea-Market Man; Honorable Mention 2-D was awarded to Claire Miller Hopkins for the watercolor, Old Sir #3; Honorable Mention 3-D went to Sharon Tesche for the clay work, Dominos; Honorable Mention Photography was given to Hamed Mahmoodi for the photograph, Window: Honorable Mixed Media went to Marion Fall for the mixed media work, Monk and Monkey; Judges Choice was given to Janet Jacobson for the oil painting, Amber Light; Winner 2-D went to Jane Mildren for the pastel work, Arden Woods; Winner 3-D went to Marilyn Bailey for a sterling silver bracelet; Winner Mixed Media was given to Jennifer Hastings for the mixed media work, Ginny DurHENte; and Winner Photography was given to Lowell Steinfeld for the photograph, Waiting for a Bite in the Pre-Dawn Fog. The show was juried by Cyntia Wilson and was judged by Bob Fisher and Shelly DeKay. For more info call the Arts Center at 828/693-8504, e-mail at (artsctr@bellsouth.net) or at (www.theartscenterofhc.com).
 
The Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, NC, hosted a reception and opening of it's 2004 Juried Art Exhibit on June 5, 2004. This exhibit features art influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibit will be on view through Aug. 31, 2004. The winners of the Juried Art Exhibit are Samuel Hodge, 1st place winner who won a cash prize of $500; 2nd place Walt Simpson won $300; 3rd place Robyn Scott won $100. The juried exhibit includes works from local, regional and national artists. AACC Exhibit Curator, Eric Wilson, lead a distinguished panel of art professionals-representing major art institutions around the Charlotte area. The panel included Mark Leach, Assistant Director of Mint Museums; Dr. Bertha Maxwell Roddey, Co-Founder of the Afro-American Cultural Center; and Jean Greer, Vice President of Public Art for the Arts & Science Council. Local and regional artists, who felt their work successfully depicts an intriguing aspect of the Harlem Renaissance period and pushes the limitations of 2 or 3 dimensional contemporary art, submitted art in categories including drawing, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture and master craft. Samuel Hodge won for his stained glass work, Jitterbug. Hodge was a professor of Psychology at Dutch Community College in PoughKeepsie, NY. He was fascinated with a sun catcher that a student made, which led to his curiosity into an entirely new field - that of the creative spirit of a stained glass artist. Hodge's work is unique, innovative, and he has taken an old art form and added a new dimension to the medium of stained glass. Walt Simpson was recognized for his oil painting work entitled, Waiting for the Wash II. Simpson lives and works in Charlotte, not far from his home town of Lancaster, SC. The region's people, history and landscapes are the primary inspiration for his work, along with children's art. He works at The Charlotte Observer as a graphic designer. Simpson has a BA in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina. Robyn Anissa Scott was recognized for her acrylic on canvas work entitled, Before the Gig. Scott obtained a BA in Studio Art from Benedict College in Columbia, SC, in May 2003. Scott worked as an art gallery assistant for Benedict College's Ponder Fine Arts Gallery. She was featured in the Benedict College Senior Art Exhibition in May 2003 and in the Annual Student Art Competition in May 2002. The other artists featured in the Juried Exhibit are Nellie Ashford, who received the curator's recognition award, from Charlotte; Willie R. Bigelow, Durham, NC; Pauline Dove, Charlotte; Stephanie N. Goodwin, Charlotte; Vivian Greene, Charlotte; Patricia Kabore, Spartanburg, SC; Queen E. Miller, Charlotte; Renee C. Morton, Charlotte; Eric Sanders, Spartanburg, SC; Lee E. Stewart, Charlotte; Wendell R. Smith, Savannah, GA; La Toya C. Thompson, Nesmith, SC; Rudolphus Thorpe, Jr., Atlanta, GA; and Donna R. Wilson, Charlotte. The Afro-American Cultural Center exists to preserve, present and promote African American art, culture and history for the education and enjoyment of the greater Charlotte community. For further information call the Center at 704/374-1565 or at (www.aacc-charlotte.org).
 
Charleston Crafts proudly announces the award winners from the two Piccolo Spoleto Fine Craft shows, held in Charleston, SC, May 28-30, and June 4-6, 2004. Awards totaling $4,600 were presented. Piccolo Spoleto Crafts 2004 Award Winners - Awards Overall Mayors Purchase Award ($800) - Matt Eskuche, blown glass, Mt Pleasant, SC; Slide Jurors Choice ($200) ­ Marlow & Diana Gates, mixed media, Leicester, NC; May 28-30 First Place ($400) - Jean YAO, basketry, Ft Lauderdale, FL; Second Place ($300) - Holden McCurry, clay, Irondale, AL; Third Place ($200) - Obayana Ajanaku, jewelry, Decatur, GA; Honorable Mention ($100) Karen Thiel, clay, Folly Beach, SC; Morris Johnson, mixed media, St. Petersburg, FL; Jen Swearington, fiber, Ashville, NC; Exhibitor's Choice ($200) ­ Phil Chapman, clay, Fredricksburg, VA; June 4-6 First Place ($400) ­ Matt Eskuche, blown glass, Mt Pleasant, SC; Second Place ($300) ­ May Yang, fiber, Newton, NC; Third Place ($200) ­ Patrick Crawford, mixed media, Huntersville, NC; Honorable Mention ($100) Ed Bryan, clay, Columbia, SC; Jorn Piel, wood turning, Carlton, GA; Barbara & Rick Umbel, jewelry, Pawleys Island, SC; Exhibitor's Choice ($200) - Amy Hunt, clay, Concord, NC; Both shows Purchase Awards ($100) - Jorn Piel, wood turning, Carlton, GA; ($200) - Charles & Cindy Cecil, jewelry, High Point, NC; ($300) - Obayana Ajanaku, jewelry, Decatur, GA; and ($300) - Phil Chapman, clay, Fredricksburg, VA. The 1st weekend juror was Stephanie Lewis Robertson a textile design artist since 1981 and a co-founder of Charleston Crafts. She holds a MFA from the University of Georgia and is now Head of the Fabric Department at the Indianapolis Art Center. She recently stated, "Each time I am asked to judge a show or design and install an exhibition, I am amazed at the array of works produced by artists and artisans. I look for skilled craftsmanship, use of materials appropriate to the final end use, design comprehension and last but not least, personal expression." Juror for the 2nd show was Nancy Roth, the other co-organizer, who has been working as a sculptor/wood carver for over 25 years. Beginning her career in California, she relocated to Charleston in 1979 and exhibited her work at shows and galleries in the north and southeast. Roth feels, "... there are a number of characteristics that separate the really great ones (artists) from the merely good. They have a passion for their work from start to finish that shows every time. The show coordinators, Dorinda Harmon, Vicki Vigneault, and Kasey Briggs greatly appreciated the efforts of the artisans who came from seventeen states to present their items and made the 25th year such a success. Charleston Crafts, Inc., a cooperative organization of South Carolina fine craft artists, produced the events in cooperation with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The City of Charleston, Office of Cultural Affairs, produces the Festival. Information/application to next year's shows can be addressed to Charleston Crafts, PO Box 22152, Charleston SC 29413-2152, call 843/ 723-2938, or see the web site at (www.charlestoncrafts.org).
The Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, has announced the results of their 2004 Signature Show held during Mar./Apr., 2004, at the Charleston Visitor Center in Charleston. The First Place Award went to Whitney Kreb for "Late Day Queen Street"; Second Place went to Vincent Bobo for "Orientals", and Third Place was given to Ben Nita McAdam for "The Woven Hues of Nature". Honorable Mention Awards were also given to: Thomas Fulton for "Bennets Point"; Peggy Steele for "Tricolor at Blue Heron Pond"; Sherry Browne for "What our Mirror Sees"; Tony Waters for "Forgotten by Time"; and Ray Hatfield for "Pear & Apple". For further information contact Ed Scavio by calling 843/722-2454, e-mail at (Escavio@aol.com) or at (www.charlestonartistguild.org).
 
The results of the 2004 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Show taking place in Marion Square Park in Charleston, SC, from May 28 through June 13, 2004, are in. The juror for this year's event was Annette Bush. The City of Charleston Mayor's Purchase Award went to Joanne Evans; First Place was given to Tiffany Maser; Second Place went to Richard Johnson; and Third Place was awarded to Tami Papa. Five equal Merits Awards were given to Carolyn Epperly, Alice Stewart Grimsley, Zernie Smith, Jennifer Black, and Tate Nation. Also, five Honorable Mention Awards were given to Katheryn Lynn Collins, Daryl Knox, Nancy Hoerter, Karen-Keene-Day, and Amelia Whaley.
 
The Florence Museum 26th Annual Florence Museum's State-Wide Art Competition Exhibition is being presented at the Florence Museum in Florence, SC, from Apr. 22 through May 30, 2004. The annual competition highlights South Carolinas best contemporary artists. All works are original pieces completed within the last two years.
The judge for this years exhibition was Anne Brennan, curator and registrar of collections at the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. The Florence Museum's curator Andrew Stout said that "the juror was very impressed with the art coming from the area."
Artists throughout SC submitted nearly 200 slides for consideration, of these, the juror chose fifty-six works of art to exhibit. Awards are given to the top three winners, with four additional artists receiving honorable mentions. The award winners are as follows:

Patz Fowle
First Place went to Hartsville ceramic artist Patz Fowle for her hand-built clay sculpture titled "Bitter Bleu...Domestic Short Hair"
Second Place: "Transformation" by Gregory G. Fry, Florence, mixed media print
Third Place: "Red Apple" by Patrick Servedio, Charleston, oil on board
Top Honorable Mention: "Cumberland Island, GA" by Dewey Ervin. Florence, digital photography
Honorable Mention: "Mountain Stream" by Treelee MacAnn, Myrtle Beach, serigraph
Honorable Mention: "Second Chance Club" by Steven Gately, Florence, photography
Honorable Mention: "The Bath" by Deborah Tidwell-Holtzscheiter, Aiken, oil painting.
The Florence Museum 26th Annual State-Wide Art Competition/Exhibition continues through May 30, 2004.
For information call Director, Betsy Olson or Museum Curator, Andrew Stout @ 843/662-3351.
The results of the Charlotte Art League's annual "Spring Into Art Juried Show," which took place at the CAL Gallery in Charlotte, NC, has been announced. At the exhibit's opening on Apr. 2, 2004, judge Larry Elder, of Elder Art Gallery, awarded the following prizes. Best in Show ($500) went to Robert Page for an oil entitled, "Children First"; 1st Prize ($400) went to Greg Barnes for a pastel work entitled, "By the Branch"; 2nd Prize ($250) was awarded to Terry Thirion for an acrylic on board work entitled, "Fire in the Belly"; and 3d Prize ($200) went to James Norman for an oil work titled, "Three Oranges". Honorable Mentions of ($75) each went to: Ladianne Mandel fro an acrylic work entitled, "Awakening"; Joanna Wordel for a mixed media work entitled, "Center Contributions"; and Jewel Baldwin for a watercolor titled, "Solitude in Mexico". A Purchase Award of ($600) was made for a work by Robert Langford. Merit Awards of Gift Certificates of ($50) each from Binders art supllies were given to: Judith Cutler for a pastel work entitled, "Stone Bridge"; to Neal Taylor for a metal sculpture titled, "Homeless"; and Ladianne Mandel for a mixed media work entitled, "City Give-City Breathe". For further info call 704/376-2787 or at (www.charlotteartleague.org).
 
Jim Arendt Ken Baskin
Nikolay Oskolkov
The took place Feb. 16 –22, 2004, at McMaster Gallery in the Department of Art of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Karen Brosius, new Director of the Columbia Museum of Art selected 42 works out of 125 to be exhibited in this years USC Student art Exhibition. Her award selections went to: Best in Show - Kevin Pena "Linear Memory: Blank Page" monotype; Best Undergraduate - Nikolay Oskolkov "Self portrait" oil on canvas; Best Graduate -Kenneth Baskin "Doorway" ceramic; Merit in Photography - Roy Dollar "Neighbor Jim" photography; Merit in Graphic Media - Michael Cassidy " Untitled" monotype; Merit in Digital Media - Holly Haroff "Tunnel"; Merit in 2D Media - Jim Arendt "Beach Scene 1-3" oil on paper; and Merit in 3D Media - Rocky Lewycky "Two Trees Touched, I Think One Was Me" porcelain. For more information contact: Mana Hewitt, Gallery Director at 803/777-7480 or e-mail at (mana@sc.edu).

The Blue Ridge Arts Council in Seneca, SC, has announced the winners for the "13th Annual Open Juried Show" on exhibit at the Blue Ridge Arts Center through Mar. 12, 2004. The juror, Gerard Erley, who is currently residing in DeKalb, IL, is a painter specializing in landscape. He has had several one-person exhibitions in Illinois, as well as shows in FL, GA, NC, and SC, where he lived for four years. During that time he received three project grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission. His award winning artwork has been exhibited in museums, galleries and art centers from New York to California, and can be found in museum, corporate and private collections both in the United States and abroad. His artwork is represented by Aliya Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Berkley Gallery in Warrenton, VA; and McLean County Art Center in Bloomington, IL. Collections include Amoco Corporation, First Citizens Bank, the Cleveland Clinic, Pickens County Museum, and Polo-Ralph Lauren. A total of 134 works, both two and three-dimensional, in a diverse variety of media and styles were submitted by 72 artists from throughout Upstate South Carolina for the competition. Erley was impressed by the wide range of material from which to choose and the versatility of the artists whose work was entered. He selected 62 pieces by 54 artists for the exhibit and chose Beti Strobeck's watercolor titled "King of the Roost" for First Place. She was stunned when it was announced and commented, "I can't believe a chicken got First Place!". The Second Place award went to Elaine Swingle for her clay sculpture titled "Garden Watcher". Third Place was given to Eleanor Castle's watercolor of a child which was titled "Pine Needles". Two Honorable Mentions were awarded, one to Cecile L. K. Martin for her painting titled "Lost Button" and the other to Dick Mitchell for his "Star Bright" watercolor painting. In addition, two Juror's Awards were given, one to Sandra R. Kirsch for her painting of sunflowers titled "Guys-Dolls" and the remaining one to Warren Carpenter for his turned wood bowl, "Walnut with Cherry Burl". For further information contact the BRAC by calling Sandie Woodworth, President, at 864/882-2722.
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