Results of Past Juried Shows - 2009

 
Updated on October 21, 2009
 
The Watercolor Society of North Carolina has announced the results of its "64th Juried Exhibition" being held at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, on view through Nov. 30, 2009. This year's juror for the competition and guest artist was Steve Rogers from Ormand Beach, FL. Seventy-five artists have been juried into the 2009 exhibition. After exhibiting at Sunset River Marketplace, the show will travel to the Page Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, NC, and will hang there through December, when it will move to the Hickory Museum of Art, which is the host site for the 2010 Annual Exhibition. It will hang there for six weeks. The results are as follows: First Place: Brunswick Electric Member Corp Award ($1,250) and Hall Digital Printing Award ($500 value) was given to Richard Siegel, for "Running Stream"; Second Place: Wilmington Art Association Award ($850) and Hall Digital Printing Award ($250 value) went to F. Charles Sharpe, for "Painter's Table"; Third Place: Waterway Art Assoc. Award ($600) and Hall Digital Printing Award ($125 value) went to Freeman Beard, for "Firestation 13"; Fourth Place: Wells Fargo Advisors Award ($500) was presented to Ann Vasilik, for "Orvieto, Umbria, Italy"; Fifth Place: Waterway Art Assoc. Award ($400) went to Judy Rider, for "Morning Light"; Past Presidents Award ($400) was given to Kate Worm, for "Hands On Ankle"; Georgia A. Newton Memorial Award ($300) went to Lewis Wallace, for "Above Rainbow Falls"; Edwin & Mildred Voorhees Memorial Award ($300) went to Dixie Leibert, for "High and Dry"; Alice Johnson LaRoque Stott Memorial Award ($300) was given to Joe Miller, for "Too Damn Cold To Milk"; Sallie T. Griffin Memorial Award ($300) was awarded to JoAnn Staat, for "Key West Beggars"; Emerging New Artist Award in memory of Jack Newton ($200) went to Nancy Schulte, for "Pat's Gift"; and Richard W. Tripp Memorial Award - Best Landscape ($200) went to David Kessler, for "Clemmons Milling". The Keep the Arts Alive Award went to Cedar Gove Middle School ($2,000 value, Cheap Joe's Art Stuff) and North Brunswick High School ($2,000 value, Cheap Joe's Art Stuff). Purchase Awards: Timberlake Arts In the School Purchase Award and Gift of Original Artwork to the School from the Bob and Kay Timberlake Foundation went to Bolivia Elementary School which will receive JoAnn Staat's "Key West Beggars". For further info about this exhibit call 910/575-5999 or visit (www.MySpace.com/Sunset RiverMarketplace).
 
Winners in the first "Carolina's Got Art!," juried exhibition were announced during the opening event held at Atherton Mill in Charlotte, NC, on Oct. 2, 2009. Best In Show was awarded to Jon Wald of Charlotte for his wall sculpture entitled "Crash Boot Camp' which featured a creative use of recycled computer components and lights. The $2,500 top prize was presented to an elated, twenty-year old artist who was surprised and honored by the prestigious recognition. The $2,000 First Place award was captured by Nathaniel Lancaster of Mecklenburg County, NC, for his large oil on canvas painting entitled "Are You Shooting Yourself in the Foot or Shooting Yourself in the Face?" The 60" x 66" painting was one of two pieces from Lancaster which was accepted into the exhibition. Wilfred Spoon of Mt. Pleasant, SC, was presented a $1,500 (Second Place) check for his painting entitled, "A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican" which captured the juror's attention. Spoon's painting was based upon a limerick he learned from his father during his childhood. Charlotte architect and painter, Murray Whisnant, won Third Place recognition and a check for $1,000 for his 60" x 60" oil on canvas painting entitled, "Red Maple with White". Honorable Mention awards were presented to Michael Gentry of Rock Hill, SC; Michael Slattery of Greenville, SC; Paul Martyka of Rock Hill, SC; and John Wofford of Charlotte, NC. The high quality of work allowed Brice Brown, juror for the exhibition, the opportunity to select four non-prize winners to receive the "Juror's Nod" designation for exceptional work. Recipients were Daphne Dwyer of Charlotte, Janet Link of Raleigh, NC; Thomas Teague of Raleigh, NC; and Cindy Taplin of Winston Salem, NC. During the opening event approximately eight-hundred attendees were treated to music by the twenty-voice Renaissance Singers of Charlotte. On Saturday morning following the opening event Brice Brown conducted an open discussion of the selection process he went through to construct the exhibition. A catalogue of winners and other pieces accepted into the competition can be seen at (www.carolinasgotart.com). "Carolina's Got Art!' was sponsored by Elder Gallery in Charlotte. For further info call 704/370-6337 or visit (www.elderart.com).
 
The Florence Museum of Art, Science and History in Florence, SC, is presenting the "SC Watermedia Society's 32nd Annual Member Exhibition", on view through Nov. 29, 2009. The SC Watermedia Society has announced the award winners from this exhibition. Pat Dews, AWS, NWS, who served as juror of the exhibition, has named the top 30 selections. The show features 60 visual art pieces from artists across the state of South Carolina. The results are as follows:
Best of Show ($1000) In Honor of Pollie Goodson Bristow, Friends of the President Award and additional Merchandise Award donated by M. Graham and Co. went to Claire Farrell, Columbia, for "Belly Dancer". The other top 30 awards included: Husbands, Wives and Friends of Artists Award and additional Merchandise Award donated by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff ($700) was given to Alex Powers, Myrtle Beach, for "Conscience is a Nuisance"; The Jo F. Scarborough Award ($500) went to Carolyn Epperly, Charleston, for "Pool Angel"; Daphne and Dave Aycock Award ($500) went to Carole Knudson Tinsley, Greenville, for "Spirit Land"; Mr. and Mrs. Banks Scarborough Award ($500) was given to Barbie Mathis, Lexington, for "How Long Must I Wait?"; Bristow Family Award ($500) went to Anne Hightower Patterson, Leesville, for "Remembering Pink Ribbons and Blue Skies"; Friends of Carol Ann Rose Memorial Award ($450) was awarded to Carrie Burns Brown, Greenville, for "Harmony"; Past President's Award ($300) went to Maura Kenny, Pawleys Island, for "Foreclosure"; Friends of Jack Dowis Award, given by the Lynda English Gallery and Helen Quarles ($250) went to Anna Kay Singley, Prosperity, for "Home Tweet Home"; Florence Visual Arts Guild Award ($250) went to Kate Lagaly, Myrtle Beach, for "Indigo Invocation"; Bristow Oil Company Award ($250) was given to Steve Garner, Simpsonville, for "Keowee Nightscape"; Allen Armstrong Award, in Memory of Mary Sims New and in Honor of Randolph New Armstrong ($250) went to Jackie Wukela, Florence, for "Shadai II"; Victor's Bistro Award ($200) went to Lynda English, Florence, for "Starry Night"; The Lena Massara Memorial Award ($200) was given to Jennifer Hamilton, Rock Hill, for "In Dreams I Run Wildly"; The Artists of Studio South Award ($200) went to Marilyn Dizikes, Hilton Head Island, for "Window to the Soul"; State Farm Award, Lynda Edwards, Agent ($200) went to Russell Jewell, Easley, for "Anna's Twilight"; Mr. and Mrs. Reamer King Award ($200) went to Edie Fagan, Seneca, for "Recycling Memories"; Mr. and Mrs. Furman Brodie Award ($200) went to Denise Waldrep, Greenwood, for "Meltdown"; Georgetown Watercolor Society Award ($200) was given to Ruth Hopkins, Anderson, for "Kaleidoscopic Kale"; Fine Arts Emporium Award ($200) went to Nancy Clayton, Seneca, for "Turkey in the Straw"; City Art/Art Xpress Award ($200) went to Barbara St. Denis, Easley, for "Time Series 139: Rumination"; Betty Robinson/Suzann Marchin Memorial Award ($200) was won by JoAnne Anderson, Belton, for "Cousins"; Steve McCrae Award ($150) was given to Randolph New Armstrong, Greer, for "Highlands Meadow"; Trenholm Artists Guild Award ($100) went to Rose Metz, Sumter, for "As the Crow Flies"; The Palmetto Group Award ($100) went to Barbara Stitt, Simpsonville, for "The Wise One"; Seven Oaks Art League Award ($100) went to Renea Eshleman, Cayce, for "Heron Lilies Park"; First Citizens Bank Award, Darlington Office ($100) went to Lynne Hardwick, Summerville, for "Petroglyph IV"; Crooked Creek Art League Award ($100) went to Harriet Goode, Rock Hill, for "Tribute"; Olivia and Charlie McGee Award, given by Carole and Al Tinsley ($100) went to Vickie Bailey Ebbers, Hilton Head Island, for "Nicky, Reflecting"; and The Brenda Phelan Award ($100) went to Dwight Rose, Spartanburg, for "Santorini East". For further info about SCWS visit (www.fineartsemporium.com).
 
Recognizing Caldwell County (NC) artists whose medium includes 2 and 3-dimensional art, the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, recently hosted a competition for local artists, "33rd Annual Caldwell Visual Artists Competition" and awarded the following prizes: Best In Show ($250) was given for "Ursa" by Phillip Carter; First Place ($200) was given for "Summer Lake" by Susan Powers; Second Place ($150) went to "Louis" by Charlie Frye; Third Place ($100) was given to "When Luck Runs Out" by Ann Miller; Honorable Mention ($50) went to "Oxford Farm, Lenoir" by Adeline Sauer; and Honorable Mention ($50) was given to "Armadillo" by Carole Childers. This exhibit is always a favorite among Gallery attendees, and includes a wide variety of styles and media. Most of the artwork is available for purchase. For further info call 828-754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).
 
Local, regional and national artists submitted over 130 entries for the Arts Council of York County's "20th Annual Juried Competition,". Thirty two entries were selected for display in the exhibition, which are on display in the Dalton Gallery, at the Center for the Arts in downtown Rock Hill, SC, until Sept. 18, 2009. Frank McCauley, Assistant Director and Curator of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, juried the competition for the Arts Council. The winning entries are:
Best of Show (sponsored by the Arts Council) went to Michael Henry of Charlotte, NC, for "Rhino"; 1st place (sponsored by Elizabeth Patrick) was given to Margaret Rose of Beaufort, SC, for "Sleeper"; 2nd place (sponsored by Elizabeth Patrick) went to Tom Stanley and Shaun Cassidy of Rock Hill, SC, for "Hanger"; and 3rd place (sponsored by Elizabeth Patrick) was awarded to Meagan Chaney of Ocala, FL, for "Journey to Outburst". Honorable Mention awards went to Samantha Dixon of Little River, SC, for "Oma-1929"; Trena McNabb of Bethania, NC, for "Mother Earth - Happenstance"; and Selena Nawrocki of Douglas, GA, for "Contempo". For more information, contact The Arts Council at 803/328-2787 or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).
 
Award winners of the "56th Annual Pee Dee Regional Art Competition" were announced at the opening reception held at the Florence Museum in Florence, SC, on Aug. 20, 2009. The awards are as follows: First Place was "The Wave," a photograph by Jennifer Ervin; Second Place was "Scream Sequence III," an intaglio print by Treelee MacAnn; and Third Place was "Staircase Shenanigans," a digital image/Iris print by Kathleen Pompe. Honorable Mentions were given for "Morning Shower," an oil on linen by Jack Cayton; "Imprisoned," an oil on canvas by Adam Dial; "Corridor of Shame," a mixed media work by Carolyn Govan; and "Beauty and Its Purveyors," a gouache, charcoal and pastel by Alex Powers. At the opening reception, guests had the opportunity to submit a ballot for a People's Choice Award. This year's award went to artist Jo Murray Owens for her mixed media sculpture, 'Hanging On By A Thread". For 56 years, the Florence Museum has hosted the "Pee Dee Regional Art Competition," the longest running art competition in South Carolina. This juried exhibit highlights contemporary works of art from a 12 county region, which includes Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Sumter, Marlboro, Williamsburg, Lee and Kershaw counties. This years Juror Beth Grabowski; faculty member of the UNC Chapel Hill Art Department, selected 50 works to exhibit from 220 works which were submitted. Grabowski stated, "I was drawn to works that provided unique artistic vision; presenting a perhaps familiar subject in a way that was not at all familiar. I responded to works that were like an unfinished sentence, leaving space for ideas to form and connections to the viewer's lived experience to be made". The Trustees of the Florence Museum are thankful to Chick-fil-A, who have sponsored this annual exhibition since 2000. Chick-fil-A is a committed advocate for the Florence Museum and the visual arts community. The "56th Annual Pee Dee Regional Art Competition" will be on exhibit through Sept. 27, 2009. For further information call the Museum at 843/662-3351 or visit (www.florencemuseum.org).
 
The Berkeley Artist Guild Annual Member Exhibition Show was held at the Berkeley County Museum, located at the Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner SC, from July 3 through Aug. 3, 2009. The exhibit had 56 entries and was juried by Joni Purk of Charlotte, NC. The following is the results of the show's awards:
Best of Show went to Linda Medders-Jackson for "Morning Light".
Pastels Category: 1st - Linda Medders-Jackson for "A Tale Untold"; 2nd - DeeDee Evans for "Tulips"; 3rd - Marcia Litschewski for "Sunset Lake Moultrie"; and Honorable Mention - Trish Emery for "The End of the Rainbow".
Mixed Media Category: 1st - LaRon Peace for "Moon Dancer"; 2nd - Linda Medders-Jackson for "Moonstruck; and 3rd - Libby Comer for "Moonlit".
Drawing Category: 1st - Trish Emery for "Suite Francaise"; 2nd Barbara Bennett for "Plum Beautiful"; and 3rd - Linda Medders-Jackson for "Ashe Leigh".
Acrylic Category: 1st - Elliott West for "Hands of Time"; 2nd - Lynn Boltin for "In the Palms"; 3rd - Ellen Gosnell for "Flight of Fancy"; and Honorable Mention - Mary Anne Brignac for "Murray Ferry Plantation".
Watercolors Category: 1st - Trish Emery for "Daughters of a Noble House"; 2nd - Mary Anne Brignac for "Vegetable Market"; 3rd - Linda Medders-Jackson for "Charleston's Finest"; and Honorable Mention - Lynn Boltin for "Dusk at Beresford Creek".
Oil Category: 1st - Gayle Jourdain for "Beauty and the Sea"; 2nd - Elliott West for "Old Friend"; 3rd - Ruth Griebe for "Cypress Garden Sunset"; Honorable Mentions for Janet Dooley for "Friends" and to Ellen Gosnell for "Old Home Place".
Other Special Awards include:
 Bird award - DeeDee Jackson for "On The Farm"
Kitty Branch Award - Horace Nobles for "A Splash in the Swamp"
Human Figure Award  - Elliott West for "Best Buds"
Mayors Award - Elliott West for "Best Buds"
Aquatic Award - Mary Anne Brignac for "Me & My Buddy"
Emma Williams award - Jan Roach for "Cypress Gardens"
Berkeley County Museum award - Gayle Jourdain for "November in New England"
Floral Award - Ruth Griebe for "Cypress Gardens"
Landscape Award - Janet Dooley for "Friends".
For further info visit (http://berkeleyartistsguild1.blogspot.com/).
The City of North Charleston's Cultural Arts Department (SC) is proud to announce the winning entries of the"2009 South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition". Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, with assistance from the SC Artisans Center in Walterboro, SC, this show is a component of the 2009 North Charleston Arts Festival. After an extensive Pre-Jury Process, forty-eight applicants were asked to participate and 131 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or 3D mixed media. Award winners were selected by Juror Cynthia Bringle, owner of Bringle Gallery in Penland, NC. Bringle earned a BFA from Memphis College of Art and an MFA from Alfred University. She is a painter, printmaker, ceramic artist and gallery owner in Penland, and has taught workshops nationwide and at Penland School for many years. She is a fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the North Carolina Award for Fine Art. Her work is in the collection of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Burlington Art Centre, and the High Museum of Art. Announcements were made during the Artists' Opening Reception at the Charleston Area Convention Center on May 1, 2009. Winners have received monetary awards totaling $6000, award ribbons, and Arts Festival T-shirts. Their entries remained on display in the Charleston Area Convention Center throughout the duration of the North Charleston Arts Festival, May 1-9, 2009. Pieces selected as Purchase Awards became part of the City of North Charleston's permanent art collection. The Juror also selected pieces to become part of the 2009/10 SC State Museum Traveling Program which will visit various galleries, museums, and art centers. The City of North Charleston would like to congratulate all the winners and offer our sincere appreciation to each individual who entered the competition. The Juror, Cynthia Bringle, made the following statement regarding her choice for winning entries: "The opportunity to view some very fine work has been a pleasure. The variety is always a challenge but creative imagination and fine craftsmanship come to the front. In evaluating, I look at all of the entries from each person, so recognition is given for the overall quality. Keep on with your passion for creating. Artists selected for Best in Show and Outstanding Merit were recognized for their overall body of work, not just a singular entry."
The awards are as follows:
Best in Show went to Susan Lenz of Columbia, SC.
Outstanding Merits were given to: Kim Keats of Okatie, SC, and Ben Pindarvis of Orangeburg, SC.
Honorable Mentions were given to: Lola Alston of Columbia, SC; Arianne King Comer of North Charleston, SC; Janet Ellis of Johns Island, SC; Pati English of Seneca, SC; Pal Gooz of Charleston, SC; Judith Heyward of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Mary Jefferson of North Charleston, SC; Jason Scott Luck of Charleston, SC; Barbara Miller of Hollywood, SC; and Lee Sipe of Columbia, SC.
The City of North Charleston Purchase Award was given to Arianne King Comer of North Charleston, SC.
Following the close of the exhibition, these selected works will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum's 2008/2009 Traveling Exhibitions Program. This show will be available for sites across South Carolina to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. The artists had the option of offering their work for the Traveling Exhibition. To book the exhibition, contact Jeff Powley, Outreach Manager for South Carolina State Museum at 803/898-4921 or e-mail to (jeff.powley@museum.state.sc.us).
The artists included in the Traveling Exhibition are: Lola Alston of Columbia, SC; Michele Blank of Mt Pleasant, SC; Ward Brown of Meggett, SC; Jillian Carway of Summerville, SC; Janet Ellis of Johns Island, SC; Pati English of Seneca, SC; Patz Fowle of Hartsville, SC; Martha Gomez of Charleston, SC; Pal Gooz of Charleston, SC; Mary Jefferson of North Charleston, SC; Connie Lippert of Seneca, SC; Jason Scott Luck of Charleston, SC; Ben Pendarvis of Orangeburg, SC; Addelle Sanders of Charleston, SC; Angelika Sobolewska of Greenville, SC; Kelly Thiel of Folly Beach, SC; Dede Vergot of Edisto Island, SC; Dennis Vernon of Okatie, SC; and Dorothy Wright of Charleston, SC.
The Cultural Arts Department is the recipient of the 2000 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts and receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the SC Arts Commission, and the corporate community. For further information call 843/745-1087 or visit (www.northcharleston.org).
 
Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the fourth annual "National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition", a component of the 2009 North Charleston Arts Festival. Presented by the City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $14,750 in Exhibition Honorariums and Awards. Thirteen sculptures were selected by the juror, David Furchgott, founder and president of International Arts & Artists. Once installed at the exhibition site, the juror then selected pieces to receive awards for Best in Show, 2nd Place, and Honorable Mention. The thirteen sculptures selected for exhibition are by thirteen artists from eight states. Division I includes twelve sculptures that are anchored to a concrete pad or in the grass. Division II includes one sculpture that is secured to a concrete pedestal.
Division I includes: "Big Water Bottle Basket" - welded steel & enamel by Jonathan Brilliant of Charleston, SC (Honorable Mention); "Rich Sis" - corten steel and locust logs by James Burnes of Santa Fe, NM; "Boxes in a Box" - painted aluminum by Samuel Burns of Chattanooga, TN; "Cathedral Arch" - corten steel by Bob Doster of Lancaster, SC; "Thoughts Like A River" - painted aluminum by Pattie Firestone of Chevy Chase, MD; "Suffering Passes, Having Suffered Never Passes" - oak by James Fuhrman of Glenmoore, PA (Best in Show); "Wave Form #5" - reclaimed dock boards by Gary Gresko of Oriental, NC;
"Ollie's Buoy" - steel and concrete by Roger Halligan of Chattanooga, TN (2nd Place); "Personal Space" - steel by Hanna Jubran or Grimesland, NC; "Where Have I Come From, What Will I Leave Behind" - forged & fabricated steel, copper & cast iron by Corrina Sephora Mensoff of Atlanta, GA (Honorable Mention); "Ker-Plunk" - painted steel by Adam Walls of Red Springs, NC; and "Triangle Tango" - welded corten steel by Bob Turan of Earton, NY (Honorable Mention).
Division II included: "Orion's Pyramid" - hand forged steel, by Stephen Chilingirian of Zirconia, NC.
Sculpture sites are located throughout the picturesque Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC. The impressive Riverfront Park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. Visitors enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a Performance Pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children's play fountain. The historic site is centered in the Noisette District, the largest urban redevelopment project ever undertaken in the US. The "National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition" will be on display May 1, 2009 - March 25, 2010. For more information or to be added to a mail list for the "2010 Sculpture Competition", please call 843/745-1087 or e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org).
The Cultural Arts Department is the recipient of the 2000 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts and receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the SC Arts Commission, and the corporate community. For further information call 843/745-1087 or visit (www.northcharleston.org).
 
The Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC, has announced the award winners for it's "34th Annual Juried Art Show" which was on view from Apr. 17 - May 29, 2009. The 2009 juror for the exhibition was Michael W. Haga, Assistant Dean at the College of Charleston's School of the Arts. He is responsible for the School's administrative activities and budgets as well as special events and projects related to stewardship and educational and cultural programming. Haga received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College and a Masters of Arts and Liberal Studies degree from Hollins College. As an adjunct member of the faculty, Haga has taught Art History 101 since the Spring 1994 semester. He taught Introduction to Arts Management in the Spring 1998 semester and has been named Outstanding Adjunct Facility in Art History in 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Haga has been involved with several arts organizations during his time at the College of Charleston. He has served on the boards of the Lowcountry Arts and Cultural Council, Print Studio South, and the South Carolina Artisans Center. He also has served on the Charleston County Magnet School of the Arts' School Governance Council and as Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Haga has been a member of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's Art Committee and served as President of the South Carolina Arts Alliance. He currently serves on the organization's Executive Committee and as co-chair of the International Council of Fine Arts Dean's Advocacy Taskforce. Haga has written exhibition reviews for "The New Art Examiner", "Art Papers", "Carolina Arts", and "The Charleston City Paper". His interests have led him to serve as a slide juror and judge for exhibitions in the Southeastern United States, including the "Piccolo Spoleto Craft Exhibition" and a national exhibition for the Artisans Center for Virginia. Haga has served as a Visual Arts Grant panelist for the South Carolina Arts Commission and as a Crafts Fellowship panelist for the Oregon Arts Commission.
The awards are as follows:
BEST OF SHOW ($1,000:$300) from Carolina First Bank went to Michael Slattery for "Vatican Security Cam"; SECOND PLACE ($500) from the Trehel Corporation went to Mana Hewitt for "Tattoo II"; and THIRD PLACE ($300) in Honor of David Vandiver went to Bob Jolly for "Totemesque"
MERIT AWARDS are bestowed by the Juror in recognition of excellence in the visual arts. They are generously donated by the Anderson Arts Center supporter seeking to purely reward artists for their talent.
($200) from Lynn & Steve Kay went to Beth Bullman Regula for "Transcendance"; ($100) from Julie Barton Collins in Honor of Elizabeth Belsar Fuller went to Michael Cassidy for "Hodgeman's Field"; ($100) from Charles W. Fant went to Kent Ambler for "Little Yellow Bird"; ($100) from Gallery 3·1·3 went to Jane Todd Butcher for "Summer Solstice"; ($100) from Donna Greer went to Charles Mosteller fr "Artist Self Portrait"; ($100) from Louise & Ernie Trammell went to Michelle Berg Radford for "Roadtrip"; ($100) from Renaissance Interior Design, Amanda Knobel & Linda Miller went to Carole Knudson Tinsley for "Fragment"; ($100) from Diann Simms went to Nathan J. Cox for "The Hook: Need vs. Gratitude"; ($100) from Kimberly & Billy Spears went to Bob Graham for "Who Do You Say I Am?"; ($100) from Alexandria Stathakis went to Al Stine for "WhiteWater Falls"; and ($100) from Smith Wham went to Tim A. Graham for "Vessel with Red Side".
PHOTOGRAPHY MERIT AWARDS:
($250) from Anderson Independent-Mail went to Willard Pate for "Rural Peru"; ($100) from Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gallant went to Jean Niles for "Serenity on the Nile"; and ($100) from Clinky & Cordes Seabrook went to Edward Shmunes for "Passing Fancy".
FINE CRAFT MERIT AWARDS:
($250) from LaDonna & Harry Geisberg went to Amy Goldstein-Rice for "Fossil Hunter"; ($100) from Kay & Juan Brown went to Maya Adams-Smith for "Murmur"; and ($100) from Mary Lynn Pond went to Eileen Powell for "Geological Record".
PURCHASE AWARDS:
($700) from BB&T Bank went to Taylor Dubeau for "Hartwell Sunset"; ($700) from Carolyn & Perry Voisin, Roylco, Inc. went to Joesph Bradley for "Vintage Tabletop"; ($700) from Bill Ducworth & Bob Roche went to Sally Donovan for ""Work" In Progress"; ($500) from Floral Arts, Ltd went to Breann Lollis for "Red at Night"; ($500) from Foothills Community Foundation went to Beti Crobett Strobeck for "Glow"; ($500) from Annette & Anthony Guiseppi-Elie went to Barbara M. Ervin for "Drifting"; ($500) from Miss Sally Hancock went to Marti Hartwig for "My Pleasure"; ($500) from Suzanne & John Rogers went to Connie Lippert for "Arc"; ($500) from Judy Swain & Mrs. Eloise Hughes, given to the Anderson Arts Center's Permanent Collection went to Lance Anderson for "The Arts: Dream It! Feel It! See It!"; ($500) from Louise & Ernie Trammell went to Ron Ponce for "Copper Red Vase"; ($500) from Sue Tuten went to Steven Jordan for "Bumper to Bumper Traffic"; ($500) from Faye & Neal Workman went to Joe Park for "In the Barrens"; and ($250) from Amy & Don Chapman went to Jean Niles for "Serenity on the Nile".
A SPECIAL AWARD:A special purchase award for the Anderson Arts Center's Permanent Collection to honor the memory of Callie Stringer Rainey and her contribution to the arts went to Stacey McAdams for "The Market #2".
For further information call 864/222-2787 l or visit (www.andersonarts.org).
The Pickens County Cultural Commission is pleased to announce that the Pickens County Museum of Art & History's "Thirtieth Annual Juried South Carolina Artist's Exhibition" awards ceremony was held on Apr. 18, 2009. The exhibition will continue through June 11, 2009. Jay Williams, the Gary R. Libby Curator of Art at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, FL, served as juror for this year's competition. He received his BA in Art Education and Printmaking in 1971 and his MA in Art Education in 1974 from the University of South Florida in Tampa. In 1994, he received an additional MA in Art History from Vermont's Norwich University. Born 1949 in Richmond, KY, and now living in Palm Coast, FL, Williams has held numerous prestigious positions including Curator at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA; Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina; Curator for Edison College's Gallery of Fine Art in Fort Myers, FL, and Head of Education and State Services at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL. During his career Williams has curated a plethora of fine exhibitions including "The Songs of Maybelle Stamper," "Myth, Memory and Imagination, Universal Themes in the Life and Culture of the South," "Realist Paintings by Bryan Leboeuf" and "Tom Nakashima: Two Decades." Williams spent the day of Apr. 6, 2009, looking at, and contemplating 421 works of art representing 223 South Carolina artisans. The vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 131 works of art represents 124 individuals currently creating visual art in this state. About the jury process, Williams said, "This Thirtieth Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Exhibition represents an important aspect of Pickens County Museum of Art and History's objective, to 'tell the stories of Pickens County and the Carolina Upcountry.' Like our earliest ancestors who expressed themselves in the visual arts, South Carolina's artists still express their most important values through their chosen media. Our artists think deeply about the world and their place in it." He continued, "the artist in society has not changed much during the thousands of years of human history, since the earliest known artists represented the relationship between human culture and the natural world in their depictions found on the surfaces of caves and rock outcroppings. Their works of craft also quickly transcended the realm of pure functionality and became expressive." To summarize his role in this endeavor, Williams said, "To see and appreciate the 'Thirtieth Annual Juried SC Artists Exhibition' is not just a matter of enjoying its entertainment value. It may be enjoyable, but it is much more than that. These artists have poured their hearts and souls into their works of art. As I juried the exhibition, I was overwhelmed by their collective curiosity and creativity, their psychological, philosophical, and in some cases, religious understanding, and their ability to synthesize a complex variety of thoughts and feelings into a painting, photograph, drawing, print, basket, or piece of furniture."
Warren Carpenter
Deborah Pagano
Heidi Jensen

Maya Adams Smith --------------------------- Mark Mulfinger
The awards for this year's competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively "at work". Williams chose the assemblage "Absolution; The Kool-Aid Kid" by Clemson's Deborah Pagano as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Warren Carpenter of Seneca for his turned wood "# 1101 Pecan Burl". The Third Place honor went to Central's Heidi Jensen collectively for her graphite, gouache & acrylic pieces, "Snatch" and "Pluck". Honorable Mentions were bestowed upon Maya Adams-Smith of Greenville for her porcelain sculpture "Chorion" and to Greer's Mark Mulfinger for his acrylic painting "Brandon Mill Houses".
Glen Miller
Amanda Mensing

In addition to the above awards, Williams asked that a special "Juror's Choice" accolade, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to Roy Drasites of Chapin collectively for his Epson prints "Gallery Clutter" and "Gallery Floor", to Clemson's Terry Jarrard-Dimond for her pieced and stitched hand dyed fabric piece "One of These Things is Not Like the Others", to Zane Logan of Taylors for his photograph "The Intimidator", to Travelers Rest's Steve Marlow for his photograph "Silverstreet Rider", to Jerry Maxey of Anderson for his basketry piece, "River", to Greenville's Linda Williams McCune for her graphite, charcoal, wax, ink & watercolor drawing "Stress Series No. 9: Shredded Forest", to Amanda Mensing of Seneca for her oil painting "St. John", to Greenville's Michelle Petty for her ceramic sculpture "Looking for Her Lover", to Robert Phillips of Clemson for his curly maple and walnut furniture pieces "Salamander's Secretary", to Clemson's Sam Wang for his photograph "Kudzu Totem", and to Susan Watson of Seneca for her oil painting "Dirty Laundry".
The Museum's Director, Allen Coleman chose the acrylic with charcoal painting "Living Room" by Glen Miller of Greenville as the recipient of the 2009 Director's Choice commendation.
Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission along with the museum's 2008­2009 exhibition season sponsors, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Pickens Savings & Loan and Upstate Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center, Cornerstone Bank, First Citizens Bank, ING Financial Partners­Sam Head, Liberty Family Pharmacy, Richard & Laura Powers, Pumpkintown Community Club, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Robinson & Family and the Rozelle Stone Company and the additional sponsorships from Mr. & Mrs. J. Connie Bowers, Mr. & Mrs. Philip Hendricks and Mrs. Shirley Sarlin, the Pickens County Museum selected seven works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum's permanent collection.
The Pickens County Cultural Commission's Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Warren Carpenter of Seneca for his turned wood "#1101 Pecan Burl".
The 2009 Benjamin Purchase Awards were presented to Karen Maters of Liberty for her collage "Number Five" and to Seneca's Amanda Mensing for her oil painting "St. John".
Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Walhalla's Denise Detrich for her porcelain "Covered Jar", to Lynda Macaluso of McCormick for her watercolor "Basking", to Anderson's Jerry Maxey for his mixed media basketry piece "River", and to Eli Warren of Greenville for his photograph "Artist's Hands II".
In addition to the twenty-three works of art singled out for special mention, there are one-hundred and seven others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum's Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. No matter where your individual taste in art may lead, you will find some satisfaction in this exhibition. The variety of work represented is a generous reflection of the community of artists presently at work in South Carolina. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, friends and members of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963.
The Beaufort Art Association in Beaufort, SC, has announced the results of its "48th Annual Spring Show and Sale" held at the Charles "Lind" Brown Center in Beaufort from Mar. 27 through Apr. 5, 2009. Award winners were selected by renowned watercolorist Linda Kemp. The results were as follows:
Best in Show was given to Ann Hakala for "Sunflowers & Crow"; First Place went to Bill Dula for "Pugilist"; the Watermedia Memorial award was given to Lydia Kaeyer for "Port Royal Reflections"; the Photographic Memorial award went to Donna Kirkpatrick for "Chechessee River Bridge"; Second Place was awarded to Mary Jane Martin for "Concentrated Rain"; and Third Place went to Mary Grayson Segars for "Just a Morsel (Tiruchirappelli, India)"
The BAA Founders Award was given to Ginger Anderson for "grieve"; and the EBA Giclée Award went to Polly Swenson for "Racing Against the Storm".
Memorial Awards of Excellence - Letty Lee Saville Award went to Julia Smoak for "Path to Enlightment"; Creativity & Imagination Digital Art Award was given to Clare Taylor for "Zorro Ascending"; and LaBella Vita for Excellence in Photograhy Award was awarded to Karen Harvey for "Always Alone/Room to Dance".
Memorial Awards of Merit: the Rosemary Davies Fuller award went to Pam Hagan for "Rainbow Palm"; the Grant Nathaniel Bosserman award was given to Vicky Baily Ebbers for "Higher"; the Henry Charles Fienning award went to Marisa Reilly for "Fordham's Market"; the Alberta Lubkin award was given to Gay Torrey for "Tidal Pond"; the John Levin award went to Vickie Jourdan for "Sunny Side Up"; the Joy Keyserling award was given to Melba Cooper for "Head to the Light"; the Agnes Neighbors Carter award went to Robin Carrier for "Frogmore Parade"; the Leith Paul Trask award was given to Madeleine Blachere for "The Professor"; and the Joanne Brennan award was given to Carol Kamm for "Between The Lines".
Achievement Awards went to: Kathy Crowther for "Roosters in a Basket"; Marsha Leinberger for "After the Storm"; Dorothy Fetters for "Composition - February 2009"; and Robert Steinmetz for "Lobstermen".
Honorable Mention Awards went to: Betty Powell for "Crossing the Bar"; Juliana Kim for "Venetian Reflections"; Annie Estes for "March Magic"; and Ron Ledlow for "Gone But Not Forgotten".
Judge Linda Kemp felt it important to recognize the following top finalists that she selected and state that she would have given each an award of some type had there been additional awards to distribute, recognizing that no artist would receive two awards. They include: "Marsh Light" by M.A. Riley; "Magnolia Plantation Path" by Karen Peluso; "Taking it Easy" by Mary Ann Putzier; "After the Rains" by Veronica Stewart; "Lagoon in Fog" by Ed Funk; "Oak Limb at Sheldon Church" by Scott Hansen; "Hunting Island Sunrise" by Eric Horan; "Lady of the Mist" by Art Cornell; "Distant Island" by Eve Miller; "Copper Koi" by Ellen Long; "Morning Tide" by Sandy Dimke.
Student Awards for High Schools & Home Schools: First Place went to Emily Pockette for (Multiple Exposures) from BCHS; Second Place was given to Pagan McLemore for "Self" from BHS; Third Place went to Nicholas Perry for (Boy on Hood of Car) from BCHS; Cheap Joe's Achievement award went to Catherine Brown (Portrait) from BHS; Judges Special Award went to James Partridge for (3 girls & a dog) from BCHS; and Honorable Mentions went to Charlotte Westrob for (Untitled Mirror Collage) from BA and Justin Nettles for (Hands Series) from BHS.
For further information contact the Beaufort Art Association by calling 843/379-2222 or visit (www.beaufortartassociation.com).
 
The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) in Bluffton, SC, announced the winners of its annual competition held at the SoBA Gallery on Boundary Street in Old Town Bluffton. The exhibition will be on view through Apr. 18, 2009. The winners are: Best of Show: "Savannah Cargo" an encaustic triptych (3-pieces) by Diane Dean; First Place: "Princetta Praying" a graphite drawing by Ted Jordan; Second Place: "Where Am I?" a mixed media/collage painting by Lark Smith; and Third Place: "Marsh in Bloom" an oil painting by Judy McElynn. Honorable mentions were awarded to: "The Farm Stand" by Don Nelson in photography; "Window to the Soul" a mixed media painting by Art Cornell; and "Annie" a pastel painting by Vickie Bailey Ebbers. Holly McCullough, Chief Curator, Fine Arts and Exhibitions at Savannah, GA's, Telfair Museum of Art, who judged this year's show said this year's show is "further confirmation that our region is blessed with an abundance of artists working in a wide variety of media and styles." McCullough was impressed by the diversity of the exhibition and that diversity is certainly represented in the various mediums winning awards. The medium represented in Best of Show winner "Savannah Cargo", Diane Dean's work, is encaustic, also known as hot wax painting which involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted to reveal a textured surface. Dean has collaged images of container ships in the Savannah River under the wax surfaces in this three-painting composition creating an atmospheric view of commerce from Savannah's River Street. Encaustic technique was notably used in the Egyptian mummy portraits between 100-300 AD, and in other early icons. Encaustic painting was also a technique of ancient Greek shipbuilders, who used hot wax to fill the cracks in their ships. Soon pigment (color) was added and this led to painting on the surface of the waxed hull: an art form was born. Though Dean's paintings likely won't embellish any crypts or ships in the near future, visitors to the SoBA Gallery can enjoy this ancient art form in the comfort of a stylish, air conditioned exhibition space. Ted Jordan's drawing, "Princetta's Prayer", is a fine example of this talented artist's diverse abilities. It is a simple, yet complex image depicting innocence and hope. "Where Am I?", Lark Smith's worldly, complex mixed media/collage is filled with inviting, surreal and ethereal images. Her use of lines, color and texture enhance the interest and bode the title's question. Oil painter Judy McElynn's "Marsh in Bloom" is rich and soothing. She has captured the atmosphere of a Lowcountry marsh and delivered a gem all will enjoy. Along with the winners and honorable mentioned artists' work, over 90 paintings and sculpture complete the exhibit and the public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork. The gallery is located on Boundary Street in old Bluffton. For further info call the gallery at 843/757-6586 or visit (www.sobagalleries.com).
 
"Lowcountry in Focus" is the theme of the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island's exhibit currently on display at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC. The organization has announced the results of the People's Choice Vote that was held. The first place award was a tie this year, with "Serenity" by John Parsons and "Homer Carleton's" by Kim Lewis sharing the honors. Second place went to "Classic Old Sheldon" by Bob Ovelman. Honorable mention went to: "Sexy Egret" by Jim Newman, "Aphrodite" by B.J. Stevens, "Magnolia" by Carolyn Benjamin, "Bull Dollar" by Ron Selby and "Ruby Throated Hummingbird" by Ken Mak. The exhibit is on display through Apr. 30, 2009. For further info call Robin Swift at 843/689-3033, ext 224.
 
March is National Youth Art Month and the Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC, has on display artwork from Anderson County public and private schools as well as home school associations. This year's exhibit is sponsored by the AnMed Health Women's and Children's Hospital. The awards were sponsored by Dr. Jamie Groeber. The award winners are as follows:
Elementary Schools: 1st Place - Matthew Bolt, Centerville Elementary; 2nd Place - Breanna Cain, West Pelzer Elementary; and 3rd Place - Mary Kate Powell, Midway Elementary; Honorable Mention - Sydney Saylors, Midway Elementary. Honorable Mentions were given to: Rhiannon Pearson, Whitehall Elementary; Leia Burriss, Iva Elementary; Zander Goodine, Centerville Elementary; and Lauren Pittman, Powdersville Elementary. The Anderson Arts Centers Permanent Collection award - Raymond Fretwell, Concord Elementary.
Middle Schools: 1st Place - Anna Rice, McCants Middle; 2nd Pace - Maddison Whitman, Southwood Middle; and 3rd Place - Jennifer Pelfrey, Riverside Middle. Honorable Mentions went to: Austin Wilson, Powdersville Middle; Faith Porter, Southwood Middle: and Daequanye Miller, Southwood Middle. The Anderson Arts Centers Permanent Collection award - Faith Porter, Southwood Middle.
High Schools: 1st Place - Wesley Trutwin, TL Hannah High; 2nd Place - Nikki Norris, Wren High; and 3rd Place - Ashley Loper, Pendleton High. Honorable Mentions were given to: Blake Nickles, Anderson Montessori; Whitney Price, Pendleton High; and Orlando Williford, TL Hanna High. Since 1972, the Anderson Arts Center has worked to promote and foster the practice and appreciation of the arts in Anderson, SC, from arts programming and outreach for all ages, to special events and festivals, to gallery exhibits and receptions and more. For further info call Stacey McAdams at 864/222-2787 or e-mail to (staceym@andersonartscenter.org).
 
First Federal Bank of Charleston sponsored the Seacoast Artists Guild of South Carolina's "Spring Exhibit and Sale" at Sandpiper Retirement Village in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  The event was held from Mar. 18-25, 2009, including a kickoff reception for the SCAG artists and Sandpiper Village residents. "Best in Show" award went to Susan Duke for her watercolor painting "Rainbow of Flowers", 1st Place award went to Michael Covington for his photograph "Marsh Moon", 2nd Place award was given to Judy O'Brien for her collage "Far Eastern Influence" and Third Place went to Jane Woodward for her oil painting "Fishing on the Marsh". Honorable Mention awards went to Jane Woodward and Mary Ann Davis. First Federal awarded $900 in prize money. SCAG President Ron Blanchard complemented First Federal Bank on their sponsorship, commenting that, "Lynn Small, Special Events Coordinator of First Federal, did an outstanding job working with SCAG member Laverne Davis and Marsha Clayman, Marketing Director at Sandpiper Village in organizing this event.  Sandpiper Retirement Village is a great residential facility in Mt. Pleasant with courteous and dedicated staff that helped make the event a success. Several pieces of art were sold to attendees and the artists and residents had a great time! We are very grateful for the opportunity to expand our art offerings to residents of yet another area of South Carolina. For further info call Edna Fenske at 843/357-2626 or e-mail to (fensk@aol.com).
 
Once again, Richland Northeast High School, in Columbia, SC, art students took top awards at the South Carolina Scholastic Art Competition. This year, RNE students won a total of 12 awards-putting RNE among the schools with the highest number of winners. Palmetto Center for the Arts senior Lyla Shlon won four of the awards: a Gold Key for her overall art portfolio, the American Vision Award for her painting "Substance Abuse," a Silver Key for her painting "Rodenstock One," and an award for her drawing "Nine." Allison Minsk, also a PCA senior, took two awards: a Gold Key for her art portfolio and an award for her painting "Pasture Mates." Richland Northeast's three Gold Key and American Vision winners will advance to the National competition. All artwork selected will hang in the Monsanto Gallery at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, through Feb. 13, 2009; the awards ceremony and reception will take place on Saturday, January 31, at 2pm.
 
The school's art winners by teacher are:
Mary Catherine Newman: Allison Minsk, Art portfolio, Gold Key Award Lyla Shlon, Art portfolio, Gold Key Award Lyla Shlon, Painting: Substance Abuse, American Visions and Voices Award Sophia Jenkins, PCA senior, Drawing: Dead Silence, Silver Key Award Lyla Shlon, Painting: Rodenstock One, Silver Key Award
Katherine Kelly, PCA junior, Drawing: Driller Allison Minsk, Painting: Pasture Mates Marcel Osborne, senior, Drawing: Train Mirage Lyla Shlon, Drawing: Nine Alan Youngblood, PCA junior, Mixed Media: Green Self Catherine Trosclair: Emily Theus, PCA sophomore, Sculpture, Hocus Pocus Nancy Underwood: Anne Beaudette, PCA junior, Photography: Digital, Modern Audrey Hepburn. For information about art programs at Richland Northeast, contact Mary Catherine Newman, department chair, at 803/699-2800 ext. 2713.
 
The Arts Council of Lincoln County in Lincolnton, NC, announces the winners of the 2009 Amateur Photography Competition:
Best of Show: "Potters Hands" by Jon Arrowood
Category Winners:
Plant life/ Landscapes: 1st "Green Moss Falls" by Gerald Johnson; 2nd "Sunset Over Siesta" by Catherine Lafferty; and 3rd "After the Rain in Central Park" by Bonnie Bradley
People/ Animal life: 1st "Winter Wonder" by The Sinclairs; 2nd "Ophelia" by Gerald Johnson; and 3rd "Bird on Walkway" by Kathy Goodson
Abstract/ Special effects: 1st "Hawaiian Princess" by Candice Banks; 2nd "Surprise Art" by Randi Morrison; and 3rd "Jade" by Linda Friendland
Miscellaneous: 1st "Masterpiece" by Casey Elizabeth Walker; 2nd "Behind the Scenes" by Robin Johnson; and 3rd "Why Are We Hanging Here" by Jerry Cook
Black & White: 1st "Potters Hands" by Jon Arrowood; 2nd "Alone on the Range" by Chris Robinson; and 3rd "Fishing" by John Lafferty
For more information contact the Arts Council of Lincoln County at 704/732-9044. This project is supported in part by a grant provided through the Grassroots Arts Program of the NC Arts Council, a state agency.

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