Archive for July, 2013

Second Artisan Outpost in Johnsonville, SC, Takes Place – Aug. 3, 2013

Monday, July 29th, 2013


One of the newest entries onto the arts landscape in South Carolina is the Artisan Outpost established in Johnsonville, SC. The venture combines the charm of an old-fashioned market day with cultural and visual arts. Held in and around the old library at 151 East Marion Street, the Artisan Outpost is an example of cooperation between artists and their city’s officials who provide the building and assist with general operation. Headed up by local artist, Jackie Stasney, the Artisan Outpost had a very successful opening day in July and aims to repeat that once each month. Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11am to 5pm is the next event.

The Artisan Outpost complements economic development efforts to attract visitors to Johnsonville. The City made headlines recently when it installed a world-class bronze sculpture of Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, by well-known sculptor, Alex Palkovich, at Venter’s Landing on the edge of Johnsonville on Highway 51. History buffs know this as the spot where Marion received his commission in the Williamsburg militia in 1780. Canoeists, on the other hand, have a beautiful location to launch an exploration of the river that is nearby.


The Artisan Outpost has an expanded line-up for Aug. 3 with a combination of demonstrations and selling. To accommodate everyone, artists will be found inside and out. Demonstrations will include the very popular, Meck Hartfield, President and Librarian of the Philip Simmons Artist Blacksmith Guild, returning with his forge to show both the practicality and artistry possible in the hands of a master craftsman. John Siderio, from Conway and new to the Artisan Outpost, is a master flintknapper and will be outside demonstrating this ancient skill. Spurred on by a childhood interest in arrowheads, he has spent the last 20 years practicing flintknapping and other primitive technologies. For gun enthusiasts, this is the technique used to create flints for the old flintlock rifle. Jennifer Mazyck of Mt. Pleasant will also be on hand demonstrating the construction of the traditional South Carolina sweetgrass basket. Baskets will also be available for purchase. Inside, as time allows, Jane Madden will demonstrate Shibori techniques she uses to produce patterns on fiber.


Participating artists and artisans encompass a wide spectrum of creative endeavors, as well as expected elements of a traditional market. Jim Gleason, retired Marine and accomplished musical instrument technician from Florence, takes his technical expertise to another realm by fashioning sculptures and lamps from the parts and pieces of brass and woodwind instruments no longer able to be repaired. His work has shown at exhibits and galleries around South Carolina.

Unlike a traditional art show, many of the participating artists show their works on items having practical utility. Paintings are done on pillow cases, clothing, and glass such as the work of local artists Pat Singletary and Mary Lynn Hope or on bird houses such as those done by Taylor Burkett. More traditional visual arts are represented by watercolorist, John Cribb, Leslie Belflower who uses regular canvas, as well as gourds as the basis for many of her pieces, and Fred Riales, painter, and 3-D artist who works in shells. Connie Hartley, from Johnsonsville, will be showing her work in ceramics. Jackie Stasney will be displaying her original gemstone jewelry pieces, Monica Moore from Myrtle Beach, will display jewelry in a vintage style, and Elizabeth Eaddy will show the upcycling trend with her bottlecap jewelry.

Fiber artists include: Karen Martinez, Lake City, and Janice Green, quilters, Lavonia Olsen, crochet, Jane Madden, Florence, experiments in surface design on silk, Joyce McDaniel, the transformation of magazines into bowls, Stephanie Gore, wreaths, and Chrissy Smith who produces intricate beaded designs. Teri Kooper will also be there with her handmade cards.

Culinary arts are represented by: Dianne Moen, traditional canned goods, Debbie Hanna, baking, and Sherise Jackell, who specializes in homemade treats for canines.


Woodworkers include: Ed Palumbo, working with reclaimed lumber, Alex Miles, wood and metal signs, Ron Stephan, plaques, and Tom Stasney, traditional Williamsburg apple tree forms.

Rounding out the line-up for the diverse market approach is Becky Ratz of Camden with her hand-molded soaps and plant specialists Sally Haynes and Barbara Matthews. Fresh produce will be available from Marvin Russ. A traditional South Carolina chicken bog will be available on-site for lunch.

The complete list of participating artists include: Jim Gleason, Mary Lynn Hope, Chrissy Smith, Jennifer Mazyck, Dianne Moen, John Siderio, Meck Hartfield, Fred Riales, Leslie Belflower, Jackie Stasney, Teri Kooper, Taylor Burkett, Pat Singletary, John Cribb, Connie Hartley, Monica  Moore, Elizabeth Eaddy, Karen Martinez, Janice Green, Lavonia Olsen, Joyce McDaniel, Stephanie Gore, Debbie Hanna, Sherise Jackell, Ed Palumbo, Alex Miles, Ron Stephan, Tom Stasney, Jane Madden, and Becky Ratz.


If you go to Johnsonville don’t forget to visit General Francis Marion at Venter’s Landing and you could also visit the Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC.

For more information, to volunteer, or to participate, persons may contact Jackie Stasney at 843/621-1751 or visit the Artisan Outpost Facebook page at (

New Additions to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


The Board of the Belton Area Museum Association chose for their Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail project, the Carolina Lily quilt, because it is among the oldest in the local area and is owned by Board Member, LuAnne Foster.


The list of names for this pattern is long, dating back to the 19th century. Barbara Brackman’s reference book shows many, but none with this corner stem cluster. They are sometimes called Peonies, but Carolina Lily is the preferred name in this area. This particular lightweight summer coverlet is unusual not only for the corner cluster, but also for the detailed red and green vine border. It also is much larger than the average quilt made during that time period.

The quilt was started in 1851 and finished in 1854. It was made by Elizabeth B. Worsham to prove her worthiness to become the second wife of John H. Worsham of Jackson County, GA. His children’s initials and handprints are located in each corner and throughout the squares on the quilt. Elizabeth was born between 1819 and 1821 and died in April 1887, leaving this family heirloom to their daughter, Parthenia Worsham Shirley. The quilt was passed down from mother to daughter for three generations.

The painted quilt block is displayed at the Ruth Drake Museum located in the Old Southern Railway Depot, 100 N. Main Street, Belton, SC, at the North entrance. It is sponsored by the Belton Area Museum Association. The Old Southern Railway Depot was built in 1853 and served 68 trains and trolleys that serviced a line from Columbia and Greenville.

The town of Belton was incorporated in 1855 and the town limits encompasses an area within one half mile radius from the depot. The building itself was restored in 1978, 1983 and then again in 2006. It now houses a private company, the Ruth Drake Museum, and what is considered one of the best sports museums in the southeast, the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.

#101 Carolina Lilly
Quilter: Elizabeth B. Worsham
Sponsor: Belton Area Museum Association
Location: Ruth Drake Museum, 100 North Main Street, Belton, SC
GPS N34° 31.3789′, W082° 29.6449′

The real estate office of Lorraine Harding has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Called Holiday Splendor, the original quilt design was made by Mary Lynn Konyu of Washington State. Her husband used his engineering skills to design the pattern and then it was published in 1996 in “Quilted for Christmas.” June Kuter of Keowee Key made the original cloth quilt block.


“I sewed a lot and quilted when I lived in Syracuse, NY, but I really got into quilting after moving to Salem, SC, where I joined a weekly quilt group. It’s such a social activity! I picked up quilting tips and ability from the classes and from new friends. You might say I became obsessed by quilting and I love all quilters. I pieced and quilted this Holiday Splendor in 2010, using the sewing machine with a little bit of hand quilting thrown in.”

The Lorraine Harding Real Estate building, located at 10898 Clemson Boulevard in Seneca, SC, has a story of its own. Bruce Rochester of Rochester Real Estate originally used the building in the 1960’s to sell lots in Royal Acres located just off of Davis Creek Road. It later became a bakery and then was home to ‘Mother Mary’s’ Palm Reader. In 1971, Ebb Field of Rochester Real Estate used it and it was here that Lorraine Harding had her first job interview after moving to Clemson, SC, from Hacketstown, NJ. In the 70’s, it became a beauty shop called ‘Guys and Dolls’ operated by Linda Rogers, one of the first shops to offer the ‘Shag’ hair cut made famous by Farrah Fawcett.  It was standing room only and women came from near and far for that haircut.

Mrs. Harding purchased the building in 1976 and leased it to ‘Florida Bill’s’ CB Repair until 1995, when she renovated and opened Lorraine Harding Real Estate. She has operated from there for the last 18 years.

#116 Holiday Splendor
Quilter: June Kuter, Designer: Mary Lynn Konyu
Sponsor: Lorraine Harding Real Estate
Location: 10898 Clemson Blvd., Seneca, SC
GPS N34° 41.7186′, W082° 52.713′

For more information about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail visit (

The July 2013 Issue of Carolina Arts is Now Ready to Download

Monday, July 1st, 2013


The July 2013 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 67 pages of it.

This month we have a short message or goal – more “Likes” on our Facebook page (at Carolina Arts) and more “shares” of the post we make about the July issue being ready to download on Facebook.

The link is: (

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