Archive for October, 2012

A Trip to the 2012 South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Linda and I decided to make a quick trip to Columbia, SC, to the SC State Fair to see the display the cowboys at One Eared Cow Glass had created. It’s being called the largest display of blown glass in South Carolina. If you like glass works and we both love the works of One Eared Cow Glass – how could you not go? Plus we’d get to see the Fine Art Show there.

We’ve been on a tight budget and several factors came into play making it possible for us to go. Linda was off work from her second job on Thursday (Oct. 18) mid-week a good day to go to the Fair. The Fair was offering a Lunch Time deal where you paid $5 to get in at noon and if you left by 2pm you got your $5 back. So we went to the Fair free. And, we could take advantage of cheaper gas in Columbia and by taking advantage of Wal-Mart’s Murphy USA 10 cents off deal by using Wal-Mart gift cards to get gas – we paid $3.28 to fill up. It all adds up.

When we got to the Columbia fairgrounds it seemed that half of the local population was also taking advantage of the Lunch Time special. It’s a good deal.

The Ellison Building where the glass display was housed was not too far from the gate we entered and the Canty Building was right across it where the art exhibit was. So except for the what seemed like five mile walk across the parking lot, we didn’t have to walk too far to the exhibits.

I’ve always been amazed at what the cowboys at One Eared Cow Glass can make out of glass, but this display of the Four Seasons was beyond my imagination. The big warehouse style building was not the greatest place to take photos, but that wasn’t stopping the hundreds of folks who were taking shots with their cameras and phones. I myself was very frustrated by the large ceiling lights that caused flairs every time you tilted your camera or phone upward. I imagine that there are a lot of images of this display floating around Facebook and e-mails. Again, except for a lack of zoom my iPhone took the best images.

Works were offered to represent the four seasons of South Carolina – including an amazing Winter snow scene with falling snow flakes, snowmen in a snowball fight, and a giant Christmas tree covered with colorful glass balls.

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They’ll be no shortage of Christmas balls this year.

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A fallen snowball fight victim.

Summer and Spring included many flowers, outdoor yard lights, and a host of creatures including a giant spider on a web, a larger than life green praying mantis, and a bug that looked more like a throwback to Jurassic Park.

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Fall offered a sky full of colorful falling leaves and a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables of all kinds and colors – so real looking most people were fooled as to which were glass and some real items sprinkled in with the fake.

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In the middle of all this was a pond with water spraying into the sky with three “contemporary” glass palmetto trees which once stood in front of the Columbia Museum of Art for an event.

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It all involved hundreds and hundreds of glass objects – some amazing for their ability to clone real objects and others for their color and shape.

I know this posting will be too late to generate traffic for this display, but the good news is that a lot of the works will be put on display right after the Fair at One Eared Cow Glass’ display room at 1001 Huger Street.

While there we ran into Tom Lockart, one of the cowboys, who actually had to warn me off getting too close to a display to get a good picture. You know the press – they ignore most boundaries. In talking with him I found out that they could make just about anything you could think of – out of glass – as long as you could afford it. After adding up a few comments about the cost of several of the objects it wasn’t hard to figure that there was about, if not well over, $250,000 worth of glass art on display.

There was a TV set up showing a video of how many of the objects were made in their studio. The cowboys have gotten good at creating videos showing off the glass making process. Lockart told me they took a lot of images setting up the display under better lighting conditions which I think will be posted on their website. Videos will probably be added to their other YouTube offerings.

If you didn’t see this display, I’m not sure if you’ll ever get a chance again. Of course some corporation could afford to make most of this display available to the public, but then I remember we’re in South Carolina and Columbia is not quite like Charlotte, NC, when it comes to supporting the arts with public art displays.

The 2012 Fine Arts Juried Professional & Amateur Show

I think it has been at least 15 years since I last went to see the Fine Art Show at the SC State Fair in Columbia, SC. It was a monster show back then and is still that today with 495 entries in the Professional categories and 625 entries in the Amateur categories, totaling 1120 works of art to look at. That’s not counting the Youth Art display.

I felt sorry for the juror this year, Hank T. Forman, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. That’s a lot of art to look at and then come up with winners.

This is not your typical fair art show. At least it’s better than any I’ve seen. Back 15 years ago I was pretty impressed at who they got to enter a fair art show and I was still impressed today. I remember back then that I usually had a migraine headache after making one pass. And on the second turn I saw works I didn’t even notice the first time. This time, I seemed to me able to look and enjoy the massive display of works a lot better. I also kept notes of works that jumped out to me.

I’ll state up front that I’m not going to say anything about the Amateur show as I feel it is somewhat a fraud. When you look at some of the works entered as amateur and they are equal or better than the professional works – something’s wrong with that. These folks may be amateurs in a technical sense, but it’s a shame they refuse to compete with the big boys and gals. Some of them would win awards in the pro categories, but they are sure to win awards with an amateur status.

The lighting is not good for photographing in this building either and many works are behind glass. I was lucky to get a decent shot of the Best in Show winner. I’m offering these comments as just my opinions of what struck my fancy and as an FYI – you should make an effort to go see this show next year and every year. And, as a shout out to some of the artists to give them some recognition. It’s the largest collection of really good art from around the state – excluding a major representation by academic artists, who most wouldn’t be caught dead entering a fair show. I applaud those who did and there were a few. But most of these academic artists don’t want common folk to see their art – they wouldn’t understand most of it without a catalogue of text explaining it anyway.

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Little Girl in Braids by Bob Graham – Best in Show

The Best of Show was a work by Bob Graham, of the Charleston area, for a work titled, “Little Girl in Braids”. Graham is always a top contender in juried shows he enters. Did I think it was the best work there? It could have been, but I saw dozens of works that could have been Best of Show winners. Graham should feel good as Foreman sees a lot of great art hanging on the walls of the Turchin Center.

So, as I started looking at the works offered I started writing down the names of artists who produced abstract works I liked. Go figure – right. And, then I started writing down names of artists who’s works I liked in a few categories. Finally, I went through the display again and wrote down the names of artists and the titles of works I thought were standouts. I know I skipped a few categories, but after all it was 495 works. Again, I’m just offering my opinion of what I liked with no technical considerations. But for those mentioned I might add, although I have no degrees in art – I’ve spent 25 years looking at a lot of not so good art, really good art and great art – so I feel my tastes are a little refined at this point.

I hope I didn’t copy anyone’s name down wrong. If I did, I apologize and you can get in touch (info@carolinaarts.com) and I’ll correct it.

Abstract Works

Christian Guerrero, Ann Lemay, Van Martin, Dawn Faber, Wendyth Wells, Heather Noe, Ann Peake, Vickie Jourdan, and Toni M. Elkins. Full disclosure – Wells and Noe are supporters of the paper, but I think they know that I wouldn’t say I like their works – if I didn’t. And, after 25 years I’m not looking to make brownie points with supporters – at least not when it comes to art. I can also add that there might be a name or two included of folks I don’t really care for. I’m just saying there might. I am capable of liking a person’s art and not liking them.

Drawing

Zachary Jenkins, Patty Guerry, Kellie Jacobs, Bob Graham, and Stephen Nevitt.

Mixed Media

Wayney Thornley, Laura Spong, and Stephen Nevitt.

Crafts

Patz Fowle, Tuula Ihamaki-Widdifield, Georgette Sanders, and Bryan Burgin.

Open Media – Sculpture

Susan Lenz, Susan Tondreau-Dwyer, Doni Jordan, James Davis, Janet Kozachek, and Margret Bass.

Photography

John Deas, Margaret Lindler, and Kristen Matthews.

Works I Thought Were Outstanding

Bob Graham – “Waiting for the Bus” and “Little Girl with Braids”

Frank McCauley – “Wolf House”

Patz Fowle – “Calling All Cats”

Vickie Jourdan – “Painters Block” and “Out of Bounds”

Kellie Jacobs – “Lowcountry Treasure”

Regina Moody – “Warmth of Other Suns”

Toni M. Elkins – “Black Swan”

Anne Peake – “Unnamed”

Van Martin – “Ambiguity”

Ann Lemay – “Hydrangeas by Creek”

Dawn Faber – Untitled”

Daryl Knox – “Freshfields”

James Davis – “Puck”

Susan Lenz – “My Bluegrass Roots II”

I couldn’t really come up with my own best or favorite over all others. I don’t know how jurors do it.

If you’re a SC artists and have never heard of this show opportunity – I’m not surprised. I think a few years back they stopped advertising it – they don’t have any more room.

Gibbes Museum of Art Hosts Charleston, SC’s First Ever Art on Paper Fair in Partnership with Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce the first ever Art on Paper Fair, from Nov. 2 – 4, 2012. The museum has partnered with Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) for the Fine Art Annual, an annual event that celebrates the visual arts in Charleston, SC, the first weekend in November. The Art on Paper Fair will be held at the Gibbes Museum and will feature dealers representing CFADA galleries as well as other premier galleries of the southeast. Works for sale will include prints, pastels, watercolors, photographs, and drawing. Admission to the Art on Paper Fair will be free during museum hours, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, Nov. 3 and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

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“Blue Heron”, by Mark Catesby, from THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CAROLINA, FLORIDA, AND THE BAHAMA ISLANDS. London, 1731.  (original hand colored copper plate etching). Courtesy of The Cheryl Newby Gallery.

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“The Garden Gate”, 14 Legare Street, by Alfred Hutty. Etching on paper; 8 3/8  x 5 1/2in. Edition: unknown. Signed l/r and snail symbol. Courtesy of Hampton III Gallery.

“I am incredibly excited to join forces with CFADA by presenting Charleston’s first ever Art on Paper Fair as part of the annual Fine Arts Weekend,” noted Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack. “Purchasing works of art from the finest dealers in South Carolina and beyond is the best way to celebrating the visual arts of our great city and support our creative economy.”

Participating galleries include Jerald Melberg Gallery, Cheryl Newby Gallery, Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art and Portraiture, Hampton III Gallery, Horton Hayes Fine Art, Helena Fox Fine Art, Morris & Whiteside Galleries, Smith Killian Fine Art, The Sylvan Gallery, David Allen Fine Arts, and The Wells Gallery. New inventory will be featured by all of the dealers and objects will be available in a wide price range, offering purchasing opportunities for both new and seasoned art collectors.

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“In the Garden”, 1979, by Romare Bearden (1911-1988). Lithograph; 22 x 16 in. Courtesy of Jerald Melberg Gallery.

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“Boykin Spaniel”, 2012, by Beth Carlson. charcoal on paper, 8×10 in. Courtesy of Dog and Horse Fine Art and Portraiture.

On Friday, Nov. 2, the museum’s young patron auxiliary group, Society 1858, will host an opening night preview reception for the Art on Paper Fair at the museum. The party, titled “Rock, Scissors, Paper”, will be held at the Gibbes from 8 to 10:30pm, following the Fine Art Annual Art Stroll. Tickets to the event are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events), or by calling 843/722-2706 ext 21.

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“Black Birds”, by Betty Anglin Smith.  Oil on paper. Courtesy of Smith-Killian Fine Art.

Art on Paper Fair Schedule (Museum admission and events are free unless otherwise noted):

Nov. 2
Charleston Fine Art Annual Stroll, 5–8pm

“Rock, Scissors, Paper” preview party and reception at the Gibbes hosted by Society 1858,
8–10:30pm, $30 advance purchase, $40 at the door

Nov. 3
Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes, 10am –5pm
Painting in the Park at Washington Square, 9am–12noon
Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes, 2pm
Buy Art Party and Auction at the Gibbes hosted by CFADA, 6:30–8:30pm, $55 advance purchase, $65 day of event

Nov. 4
Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes, 1–5pm
Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes, 2:30pm

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“Broken Man”, by Mary Walker. Monotype; 14 ¼  x 14 ¼ in. Courtesy of Corrigan Gallery.

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“Philip Simmons 3″, by John Michiels. Silver gelatin photograph, edition of 50; 14 x 14in. Courtesy of Wells Gallery.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Visit highlights of the Gibbes collection on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in South Carolina Adds Interactive Quilt and 100th Quilt to the Trail

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

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Cynthia Leggett brings us news of the latest additions to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in South Carolina starting with the Log Cabin Quilt, the first interactive quilt block in South Carolina.

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The End of the Road Studios in Walhalla, SC, now sports the latest addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.  The original Log Cabin Quilt was a joint effort by Judy Dubose and her daughter-in-law, Robin Anne Cooper Dubose.  Robin chose the fabric and cut the pieces, while Judy sewed them together.

Robin is a native of Clemson, SC, but her marriage to Stan Dubose, Judy’s son, brought her to Walhalla where she and Stan created the End of the Road Studios where they both practice their art. Stan is an accomplished potter while also teaching art at Oakway Elementary to Pre-K through 5th grade students. He’s dedicated his life to creating and promoting art in the Upstate of South Carolina. Robin is a professional artist who creates cut canvas collages.  Her one of a kind process allows her to create art that has strong textural presence with clean, crisp lines. Her unique vision and positive outlook on life bring whimsy, humor and interest to all her pieces.

Judy grew up in Flat Shoals, near Tamassee. She began quilting at an early age, sitting on her mother’s lap at the sewing machine, learning to stitch together 2 inch blocks of chicken feed sacking, four at a time. This became her first quilt. Since that time, she has made about 20 quilts.  The Log Cabin pattern is one that both her mother and grandmother made and she’s pleased to be able to pass on the pattern to her children.

The quilt display itself at End of the Road Studios is a departure from the typical quilts on the trail which winds through Oconee, Anderson and Pickens Counties in Upstate SC. This quilt is made up of 16 one foot squares with magnets on the back. Visitors to the studios will be able to move the squares around on a metal wall to create whatever strikes their fancy in quilt designs.

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Celebrates Adding the 100th Quilt on Trail

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Crazy Quilt, Double Wedding Ring, Rocky Mountain Road, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Carolina Mystery, Churn Dasher, President’s Wreath…the list goes on and on. The Upstate is seeing a riot of quilts on display as part of the Silver Jubilee of the Lake and Mountains Quilters Guild (LMQG) biennial quilt show and the celebration of the area’s 100th quilt block on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail (UHQT).

The City of Westminster was the recipient of the 100th quilt block on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The quilt pattern Friendship Garden, was mounted on the Municipal Building located on Highway 123 in Oconee County, SC.  Essie Jane Spencer Smith of the Madison (Old Liberty Baptist Church) Community of Oconee County, made the original quilt. It was completed sometime before August 1945, as a wedding present to her son, Spencer and his wife, Lelline Smith. Donna J. Smith Campbell, Essie Smith’s granddaughter, sponsored this addition to the trail.

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Over 100 friends of the Trail were on hand to celebrate this milestone. SC Senator Thomas Alexander presented to Martha File, Chair of the UHQT a certificate in honor and recognition of her leadership, dedication and hard work in establishing the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Oconee, Anderson and Pickens Counties. Mayor Rick McCormick presented her with a City of Westminster Proclamation, declaring September 7, 2012, as Martha File Day as a tribute to a leader who honors quilts, quilters, and the heritage they represent.

It all began in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001, with Donna Sue Groves, a Field Representative with the Ohio Arts Council. She decorated her family’s barn with a quilt square pattern from one of her mother’s quilts. The quilt trail concept was born. Today, over 4,000 quilt blocks in 47 states can be found throughout the United States.

In the spring of 2009, Oconee County became the first in South Carolina to embrace the Quilt Trail concept. The founding group thought that extending the Quilt Trail to homes, historic buildings, public buildings, destination venues and businesses would be a good way to preserve the area’s heritage and promote the Upstate. They decided to concentrate on Oconee County. With encouragement from the Mountain and Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau and Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism, they pursued development of the Trail, forming the Oconee Heritage Quilt Trail. They held a community meeting and began to build alliances with local groups and agencies. A $1,000 private donation was given to sponsor a workshop and buy supplies for one quilt.

As File told us, “To help us plan the workshop, our research led us to Don and Sara Hart of Kentucky, who had experience conducting workshops for local quilt trails in Kentucky. They led a workshop for us in October 2009 in Seneca, SC. Greg and Janice Nimmons volunteered their barn for the workshop and, slowly, things began to drop into place. We soon found a permanent workspace at the Conservatory of Fine Arts in Walhalla, SC, which became our production studio. We then became an affiliate program under the Conservatory. From there, the Trail began to grow quickly and spread into Anderson and Pickens Counties. With the expanded geographic range of our Trail we changed our name to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail would not be where it is today without all the community support it has received. It is a collaborative effort by many organizations, businesses and individuals in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. Some of our quilts have been painted by students in the schools, by community groups, by families, as well as by our volunteers. All quilt blocks are based on actual quilts. As we proudly display our 100th quilt block, help us celebrate. Visit all the quilt blocks and sites along the way. To view the Quilt Trail, visit our website at (www.uhqt.org) for an interactive map to create a self-guided tour or contact us for personalized suggestions.”

For more information and pictures, visit (www.uhqt.org).

if ART Gallery Presents The International (Mural) Project at Gallery 80808 in Vista Studios in Columbia, SC – Oct. 5 – 16, 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

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We just received this today – a little late for our Oct. issue, but an important event that readers should know about. The PR for such events should be handled better, but such is life in the art world – art first – worry about publicity later.

Here’s the press release:

if ART Gallery Presents The International (Mural) Project at Gallery 80808 in Vista Studios, located at 808 Lady Street in the Vista area of Columbia, SC, from Oct. 5 – 16, 2012.

The group exhibition and mural project features works by: Roland Albert, Stephen Chesley, Jeff Donovan, Ralph Gelbert, Mary Gilkerson, Tonya Gregg, Klaus Hartmann, Jorg Heieck, Peter Lenzo, Reiner Mahrlein, Janet Orselli, Anna Redwine, Silvia Rudolf, Laura Spong, H. Brown Thornton, Mike Williams, and David Yaghjian.

An artists’ reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, from 5- 9pm.

A panel discussion about the Columbia/Kaiserslautern Artists Exchange will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning at 2pm.

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Sunday, September 30, afternoon: Kaiserslautern artist Klaus Hartmann contemplating his next move as his Columbia colleagues Mike Williams, Tonya Gregg and Mary Gilkerson work on the mural.

For more than a decade, Columbia, SC, artists and those of the Kunstlerwerkgemeinschaft (KWG) in Columbia’s German sister city of Kaiserslautern have been going back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean. Columbians Mike Williams, Stephen Chesley, Jeff Donovan, David Yaghjian, Tonya Gregg, Laura Spong and others went to Kaiserslautern to work and exhibit. KWG members Roland Albert, Ralph Gelbert, Klaus Hartmann, Reiner Mahrlein and Silvia Rudolf came to Columbia, and their work graces the walls and backyards of many a local home.

The informal artists exchange’s next installment is Columbia/Kaiserslautern: The International (Mural) Project, an if ART Gallery exhibition at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC. Seventeen artists – six German, nine from Columbia and two formerly of Columbia – will participate in the event, which will consist, first, of the creation of a collective mural and, second, the exhibition.

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Monday October 1, 2012, morning: Detail of the mural in progress.

Two Kaiserslautern and nine Columbia artists collectively will create a mural at Vista Studios between Sept. 29 – Oct. 5. The mural will be on a patchwork of canvas pieces mounted to a wall as one single work of art. The German mural participants are Klaus Hartmann and Silvia Rudolf; the Columbia artists will be Stephen Chesley, Jeff Donovan, Mary Gilkerson, Tonya Gregg, Peter Lenzo, Anna Redwine, Laura Spong, Mike Williams and David Yaghjian. The mural will be the centerpiece of the Columbia / Kaiserslautern exhibition.

“It’ll be interesting to see how the mural turns out,” said if ART owner Wim Roefs, who is organizing the event. “These are artists with often rather different approaches and styles. On the other hand, they all have great affinity for each other’s work and all are talented and assured in their own abilities, so I suspect they will work to compliment each others’ contributions rather than artistically fight each other. I wouldn’t be surprised we if we were to end up with a work of art in which the various styles are beautifully integrated.”

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October 1, 2012, Monday afternoon: Kaiserslautern artist Silvia Rudolf and Columbia’s Tonya Gregg in front of the mural.

All mural artists also will be showing individual works in the exhibition, which will run Oct. 5 – 16, 2012. Others participating in the exhibition are Kaiserslautern artists Roland Albert, Ralph Gelbert, Reiner Mahrlein and Jorg Heieck; Aiken, SC, artist H. Brown Thornton; and Columbus, NC, artist Janet Orselli, who is a Columbia native.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, starting at 2pm, during a panel discussion, participants in the Columbia-Kaiserslautern exchange will talk about their experiences. “Columbia artists typically come back highly energized from their trips to Kaiserslautern,” said Roefs, who has visited Kaiserslautern several times. “The KWG, which has it’s own collective studio, is a vibrant group of artists that also includes literary and performing artists. It’s a membership-by-invitation-only club and its members are highly respected, serious artists who have organizational talents to boot. It’s an inspiring combination.”

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Monday afternoon, October 1, 2012: Detail of the mural in progress.

The collective mural will be shipped to Kaiserslautern after the exhibition. In Kaiserslautern, the mural first will be exhibited in its original form. Next, KWG members will add to the mural, exhibit the new version and then ship it back to Columbia.

“It should be good week,” Roefs said of Hartmann’s and Rudolf’s visit. “Silvia and Klaus will be working here alongside their Columbia colleagues. Artists will be going in an out of Vista Studios, working on the mural, exchanging ideas, drinking coffee. We’ll have a series of luncheons and dinners, and I am sure everyone will come out of the week energized.”

You can see more images here (http://ifartgallery.blogspot.com/2011/12/columbiakaiserslautern-mural-project.html).

Gallery hours during this event at Gallery 80808 will be: Weekdays, 11am-7pm; Sat., 11am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm; and by appointment.

For further information contact Wim Roefs at if ART by calling 803/238-2351 or e-mail to (wroefs@sc.rr.com).

The October 2012 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready to Download

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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The October 2012 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (www.carolinaarts.com) – all 87 pages of it. Our download numbers for the September issue came in just over 120,000.

We ask that you help us bring the news about the Carolina visual art community to others by spreading the link for the download around to your e-mail lists and posting it on your Facebook page. Once people see all that is going on in the visual art community they will spread it around to their lists and on their Facebook pages.

The link is: (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1012/1012carolinaarts.pdf).

If you would like to get direct notice that our latest issue is ready to be downloaded you can send us an e-mail to (info@carolinaarts.com) to be placed on our mailing list.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843-825-3408
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