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Big Art Events Taking Place in the Carolinas – Nov. 18 – 21, 2010

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Starting this Thursday evening with Columbia, SC’s 25th Annual Vista Lights celebration and ending with Seagrove, NC’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters – this week offers some great visual art events – for both viewing and buying. Make your plans now.

Columbia, SC’s 25th Annual Vista Lights celebration, sponsored by the Vista Guild, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, from 5-10pm in Columbia’s Congaree Vista area along the Congaree River. Click on the name of the event to read an article from Carolina Arts newspaper).

Some of the highlights include:

Fabric artist Susan Lenz will be collecting socks for her art project called, Looking For a Mate, a community based art quilt. The public is invited to bring their “mate less” socks to River Runner, at 905 Gervais Street, as donations to the project. Lenz will be hand stitching these “found objects” onto recycled acrylic felt in order to create a unique art quilt. The felt was formerly packaging material for canoes and kayaks being shipped by distributors to retail shops like River Runner. If you bring a sock – children or adult; serious or comic – you may discover it in the final quilt, which will be unveiled at Artista Vista in Apr. 2011. Here’s a link to a blog entry I wrote about this project.

Poster image by Jeff Donovan

Vista Studios, one of the first art venues to locate in Columbia’s Vista area is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a special 20th Anniversary Show which will be on display from Nov. 16-30, 2010. The show will open on Nov. 18 in connection with this year’s Vista Lightscelebration. At Vista Studios, more than 30 artists (current and past members) will be exhibiting paintings, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture in Gallery 80808. For further info call the gallery at 803/252-6143 or visit ( Here’s a link to a blog entry I wrote about this exhibit.

Work by Bruce Nellsmith

Homeland, a collection of new paintings by Bruce Nellsmith, is another highlight of the Vista Lights celebration in the main gallery at City Art Gallery. This exhibition will be on view from Nov. 18 through Dec. 30, 2010. Various other types of art including textiles and jewelry will be featured at City Art Gallery during the celebration. For further info contact Wendyth Wells at 803/252-3613 or visit ( Here’s a link to an article we presented in Carolina Arts. A collection of handmade jewelry by Cindy Saad will also be featured during the Vista Lightscelebration.


And, no Vista event is complete without stopping by One Eared Cow Glasswhere Tommy Lockart, Mark Woodham, and their assistant, Ryan Crabtree will be doing the dance of glass blowing for everyone to see. They’ll have plenty of wonderful glass objects – just right for holiday gift giving and some pretty spectacular fine art objects for collectors. Here’s a link to a blog entry I’ve done in the past showing you just a peek at what you’ll be able to witness during Vista Lights.


To learn more about the Vista Guild, call 803/269-5946, e-mail to ( or visit (

The 3rd Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters will open on Friday evening, Nov. 19, 2010, at 6pm with a Gala Preview Party at the historic Luck’s Cannery in Seagrove, NC. Meet the artists and enjoy the opening night festivities of this fabulous event as visitors have the first opportunity to browse and purchase from the thousands of pieces, sip a favorite beverage and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, while listening to the jazz band of Joe Robinson. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to preview a select collection of unique collaborative pieces to be auctioned. This highly successful venture, teaming Seagrove artists, to produce highly collectable one-of-a-kind pieces was very popular in prior years. This artwork will be auctioned at 8pm on Friday evening.

Ben Owen III holds a pot created by himself and Will McCanless

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. They may be purchased on-line at ( Gala ticket price includes admission to the event on Saturday and Sunday as well. Here’s a link to an article we offered in Carolina Arts newspaper.

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, the show is open from 9am to 6pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. For further information visit their website at (

Jug made by Sid & Matt Luck

But here’s a link to a blog entry we posted at Carolina Arts Unleashed.

And, finally, this is the last weekend to see the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 33rd Annual Exhibition, on view at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, SC, through Nov. 21, 2010. Here’s an article we offered at Carolina Arts newspaper ( and a link to a blog entry we posted on this exhibit, with more images.

Work by Steve Garner

The gallery at the Center for the Arts is open Fridays, 9am-5pm; Saturdays, 10am-2pm; and Sundays, 2-4pm. For further info call 803/328-2787 or visit (

There, that’s three good possibilities to fill your weekend.

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 (