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Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC, Features Annual SC Watermedia Society Show

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC, is presenting the, South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 33rd  Annual Exhibition, on view through Nov. 21, 2010.


The exhibition includes 75 works selected from the Society’s membership, SC’s largest statewide visual arts group, by this year’s juror, Barbara Nechis. The Top 30 Award winning entries will travel around SC to art venues throughout the following year.

Barbara Nechis, is an artist who has developed a style known for its masterful balance of spontaneity and control of the watercolor brush. She holds a BA in History and Fine Arts from the University of Rochester and an MS from Alfred University. She was a faculty member of Parsons School of Design for many years and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute, throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Nechis has served as a juror and director of the American Watercolor Society. She is the author ofWatercolor From the Heart (Watson-Guptill Publications, 1993) andWatercolor the Creative Experience (North Light Books, 1979). Her work appears in many publications and collections, among them the Butler Institute of American Art, IBM, and Citicorp. Nechis resides in Napa Valley in northern California.

The Letter by Kathy Caudill

The Top 30 Award Winners and selections for the 2010 South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Show include: Best of  Show for $1000- Steve and Miriam McCrae Memorial Award – Kathy Caudill, (dry brush watercolor on paper) The Letter; Guy Lipscomb Memorial Award for $600 –  Denise Greer, (watercolor, some acrylic, painted collage paper) Daybreak; Williams and Fudge Award for $500 –  Steve Garner, (acrylic) After Dinner Confrontation; Springs Creative Products Group Award for $500 –  Barbara Stitt, (acrylic/collage on paper) Oracle;

Oracle by Barbara Stitt

Becca and Harry Dalton Award  for $500 – Steve Jordan, (watercolor on illustration board) Bottoms Up; Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Award for $300 – Trish Arnold, (watercolor on paper) Footprints and Raindrops;  Florence Visual Artists Guild Award for $250 – Harriet Goode, (acrylic, Caren Dache and charcoal on paper) Puzzle; Gatewood R. Kistler Memorial Award for $250 – Seth Rouser, (acrylic on paper) The Correspondence; In Honor of the William Randolph Sims Family given by Allen and Randolph Armstrong for $250 –  Rose Metz, (acrylic) Still Life; In Memory of Lena Massara Memorial Award for $250 – Lee Monts, (acrylic on canvas textured with gesso) Abstracting the Respite of My Childhood;

Melt Away by Wendyth Wells

City Art/ Art Express Award for $200 – Carrie Burns Brown, (acrylic on canvas) Emerging Elements; The Artists of Studio South Award for $200 – Arnold Carrouth, (acrylic mix/ paper hand painted) Untitled; The Palmetto Bank Award for $200 – Anne Hightower-Patterson, (watercolor and casein)Power Lunch; Georgetown County Watercolor Society Award for $200 – Carolyn Epperly, (watercolor on paper) Alkmaar Market; Past Presidents Award – $150 – JoAnne Anderson, (watercolor, gouache, watercolor pencil on bristol board) Almost Done;

After Dinner Confrontation by Steve Garner

Artists Helping Artists Award for $150 – Terry Laughlin, (acrylic) Two Dozen; Fine Arts Emporium Award for $100 –  Joana Wardell, (acrylic on paper) Perilous Journey; Catawba River Art Guild Award for $100 – Maura Kenny, (watercolor/appliqué) Memories Like Paper Dolls II; Crooked Creek Art League Award for $100 – Nancy Clayton, (acrylic on paper) Pullet Surprise; Trenholm Artists Guild Award for $100 – John Davis, (watercolor/acrylic) An Old Friend;

Life’s Puzzle by Patsy Tidwell-Painton

Seven Oaks Art League Award for $100 – M.C. Churchill-Nash, (watercolor on bristol board) The Bulls; Friends of Ralph L. Hamilton Award for $100 –  Alice Bachman, (acrylic on gel medium illustration series) No Vacancy; Jean Kirby Plowden Award for $100 – Wendyth Wells, (watercolor on clayboard)Melt Away; Husbands and Wives and Friends of Artists Award for $100 – Al Beyer, (gouache, watercolor) Geoff; Friends of Steve McCrae Award for $50 – Randolph New Armstrong, (acrylic) The Daisy; Betty Caughman Award for $50 – Al Stine, (watercolor on paper) Verda Mae; The Art Emporium Award for $50 –  Marcia Murry, (watercolor) Front Porch Blues; Leroy Springs/Springmaid Workshop voucher redeemable for $547.40 at workshop – Patsy Tidwell-Painton, (acrylic) Life’s Puzzle; M. Graham and Co. Merchandise Award worth $500 –   Barbara St. Denis, (watercolor and acrylic collage on #140 Arches) Time Series 140: Within; and Cheap Joe’s Merchandise Award worth $250 – Blaine Tailer-Kimball Dixon, (acrylic on paper) Pone.

These 30 paintings will travel to art venues around SC during the next year under the direction of the SC State Museum’s Outreach Program. For info about that program or booking this exhibit contact Jeff Powley at 803/737-4159.

Since 1977, the South Carolina Watermedia Society has been promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members as well as providing visual arts programs to the public. The Society works towards achieving its goals by making the accomplishments of its members available to a broad base of South Carolinians.

SCWS, the largest statewide visual arts group, is an active presenting organization. We nurture and promote South Carolina artists by providing exhibition opportunities, special programs to market their original works and coordinate educational programs. In addition, our goals include public outreach and participation in the arts.

For further information contact Damita Jeter by calling 803/351-2721 or visit (

Greenville, SC’s Open Studio Tour is a BIG Event – Taking Place on Nov. 7 & 8, 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

At times I find myself in a conflict when I’m promoting several events taking place at the same time. Such is the case with the Greenville Open Studios tour in Greenville, SC, and the Charleston Art Auction taking place on Nov. 7, 2009, in Charleston, SC, during the Charleston Fine Arts Annual weekend. Both the tour and the auction are big supporters of Carolina Arts. People could really attend both, but human nature for most is just to chose one. I just hope I’ll be finished delivering our Nov. issue and have that opportunity. But, then again – with every issue of Carolina Arts or Carolina Arts Online were promoting dozens of events that take place at the same time – even in the same city or town.

Carl R. Blair

In this posting I’m plugging the Greenville Open Studios tour – taking place Nov. 7 & 8, 2009, 10am-6pm Saturday and noon-6pm Sunday. The event is organized by the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville. This is the biggest or at least one of the biggest studio tours in the Carolinas. And, Alan M. Ethridge, executive director of MAC, would just love it if I would plug the events two major sponsors – Wachovia and SEW Eurodrive, so I guess I will.

Wachovia Bank, N.A. and SEW Eurodrive are proud to be the presenting sponsors of the eighth annual Greenville Open Studios and congratulate the 124 participating artists.

Hopefully some of you got a copy of the tour booklet I helped distribute during the delivery of our Oct. issue of Carolina Arts. It’s a great resource about the studio tour and the Greenville area visual art community. With 124 participants, it doesn’t represent the entire visual art community but it does feature a lot of the area’s heavy hitters – at least a lot of folks I like. Alice Ballard, Carl R Blair, Jane Todd Butcher, Bob Chance, Lynn Greer, Diane Hopkins-Hughs, Glen Miller, Susan Sorrell, Barbara Stitt, Enid Williams, are just a few I’ll mention. Of course there are just as many that I like who are not on the tour, but out of 124 – anyone should find plenty to like.

Barbara Stitt

The booklet offers one image by the artists, contact info, including website addresses to see more work, a short description – even info on wheelchair accessibility. If also offers maps that can be very helpful in figuring out your driving route from studio to studio. The booklet also offers info about other programs by the Metropolitan Arts Council and an arts calendar of other events taking place in the area during the months of Nov. and Dec. It also gives a complete list of sponsors – of which there are many. So even if you don’t go to the tour – the booklet is a great resource to have.

I took these booklets to a lot of places we don’t go to every month distributing Carolina Arts.

Why don’t we distribute Carolina Arts to every inch of South Carolina, much less every inch of the greater Carolinas? Come on – we’re a business, not a non-profit charity. Besides, anyone with access to the Internet can see every page of Carolina Arts every month. If you have a library in your community – you can most like get access to the Internet. The address is (

I guess there are some who would make a game out of the tour by trying to go to all 124 studios in the two-day time frame, but that’s no way to look at art. The tour is a great opportunity to see the environment in which these talented artists create, talk with them, see their latest creations, and – wait for it – buy art. That’s right – they’re going to let you buy art during the tour. So don’t let this opportunity go by.

Now, if you think this is something you might be interested in and you’re making plans to go – here’s a tip. Plan to go to Greenville on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, so you can also enjoy the First Fridays event (6-9pm) – a gallery crawl of many of Greenville’s art galleries and some of the folks on the tour will be open that evening too – giving you a few extra hours to see more of the 124. The booklet tells you who is doing the First Friday and who is not.

Man, this booklet reminds me of another great resource of the visual art community in the Carolinas. It’s on the tip of my tongue.

Well, anyway I’ve made my plug – it won’t be the last and you may just run into me there – you never know. It seems to be a surprise for anyone who does see me at an event as they are always saying – “What are you doing here?” which I hope refers to the distance the event is away from homebase Bonneau, SC – because I do actually show up at a lot of events. Not as many as we report on – but a lot. It seems such a funny question to ask – considering what I do.