Small Works 2018: A Florence Regional Arts Alliance Juried Show

Small Works 2018 Winners Announced


Three South Carolina artists and one North Carolina were recognized at the opening reception for the Small Works 2018 Competition at ndc Photography Studio in downtown Lake City.


Competitions winners:


Bee by Adrian Rhodes of Hartsville


Harry Wade by Caroline Edwards of Winston-Salem, NC


Jupiter by Ariana Sellers of Myrtle Beach


Transition-2 by Greyson Smith of Columbia


Juror of the Small Works 2018 Exhibit, Wim Roefs commented, “The number of accomplished artworks in this competition was a pleasant surprise. The 30 artworks in the exhibition amount to a show worth seeing. There were several more candidates for awards and honorable mention aside from the four winners, and while that made my task harder, it sure beats having to scrape to find artwork worthy of an award. Greyson Smith’s Transition #2, is a vibrant work with an unpredictable but fine balance and a lovely pallet. Ariana Sellers’ Jupiter, is at once refined and raw and generates a lot of energy from a tiny space. Second Place Harry Wade, by Caroline Edwards, is a striking and intriguing portrait, its face beautifully painted. The First Place winner, Adrian Rhodes’ Bee, is simply an exquisite and inventive woodcut, doubling as sculpture, by an expert printmaker.”


These works by artists from throughout the state are no larger than 12” x 12” and will be available for purchase. ndc Photography Studio hours are Thursday to Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. The studio address is 105 East Main Street, Lake City, SC. The show runs February 2 – February 24.


The show provides a place for the emerging artist to place alongside the professional artist. Organized by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance the show is generously underwritten by The Citizens Bank, the South State Bank, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and Marshal’s Marine. The show aims to support the downtown economic revitalization efforts this year by highlighting a new arts space in the area. The size of these pieces allow for an affordable way for local art patrons to either compliment, add to, or begin a personal art collection. Commission sales of the artwork will help support this new arts business.


This year’s exhibition host is ndc Photography Studio. Owner, Nancy Devon Carsten of the ndc Photography Studio commented, “We’re thrilled to have the honor of hosting Small Works 2018. It’s a great way for us to be involved in our community. We are grateful to use our venue to showcase their work.”


Carsten’s signature work captures those life moments, like walking down the aisle, bringing home a new baby, or sitting with three generations in one living room. She has made it her brand to create photographic heirlooms, “that are as cherished as a mother’s pearls being passed on to a daughter.” For more information visit


The following entries and artists have been juried into this year’s competition:


Mule Cart by Matthew Cook of Florence

Harry Wade by Caroline Edwards of Winston-Salem, NC

Summer Fun by Jennifer Edwards of Florence

Christmas Cactus by Lynda English of Florence

Carolina Wren by John Fowler of Darlington

Belfry Bulb by Gregory Fry of Florence

Banner by Howard Frye of Florence

Banner 2 by Howard Frye of Florence

Leaf Fully by Janis Hobbs of Florence

The Descendants by Cheryl Hoffman of Hartsville

The Grey by Cheryl Hoffman of Hartsville

Regenerate by Rachel Jones of Conway

Secrets and Searching by Rachel Jones of Conway

Fleeting by Julie Mixon of Florence

Seekers by Julie Mixon of Florence

Siblings by Julie Mixon of Florence

Bee by Adrian Rhodes of Hartsville

Dearest by Adrian Rhodes of Harstville

Mask for Pentecostal Cult by David Sanders of Sumter

Barn Wall #1 & #3 by Mel Schnur of Bluffton

Missile and Sickle by Mel Schnur of Bluffton

Callanish on the Curve by Patricia Schoelkopf of Hilton Head Island

Stranded on Mull by Patricia Schoelkopf of Hilton Head Island

Viking Kiln by Patricia Schoelkopf of Hilton Head Island

Windows to the North Sea by Patricia Schoelkopf of Hilton Head Island

Jupiter by Ariana Sellers of Myrtle Beach

Transition-1 by Greyson Smith of Columbia

Transition-2 by Greyson Smith of Columbia

Cinderella by Kimberlee Smith of Hilton Head Island

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird by Molly Symon of Florence


About the Juror:  Wim Roefs is the owner of if ART Gallery in Columbia, S.C., an independent curator, art consultant and exhibition designer. He also is the artistic director of the Lake City Creative Alliance in Lake City, S.C. The LCCA is the organization that, among other things, organizes Lake City’s annual April art event ArtFields®, and exhibition and competition showing some 400 artworks from artists in 12 Southern states. Roefs is the chairman of the board of Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) and was the organization’s (founding) executive director until from 2008 until February 2013. Roefs is a member of the Art in Transit Advisory Committee (ATAC) of the Charlotte (N.C.) Area Transit System (CATS), supervising the implementation of the light rail system’s public art component. He has taught courses in contemporary art and African-American art at the University of South Carolina Art Department and Honors College. Roefs was the organizer of Columbia Open Studios 2007 & 2008, with which he is still involved in its new capacity as is a project now of 701 CCA. He has served as juror for several art competitions throughout South Carolina and beyond.

Roefs chairs the curatorial team for 701 Center for Contemporary Art and has curated dozens of exhibitions for his own gallery, which is widely considered one of the Carolinas premier contemporary commercial art galleries. In the Spring of 2011, he curated the largest exhibition of works by Leo Twiggs, for the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. His exhibition South Carolina Birds: A Fine Arts Exhibition opened at the Sumter Gallery of Art in August 2004, then traveled to the Burroughs & Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston and the Pickens County (SC) Museum of Art and History. The exhibition showed contemporary South Carolina art that included more than 80 art works by 43 artists from the state. Roefs also has curated numerous exhibitions for the Fine Art Center of Kershaw County in Camden, S.C., where he was for years on the exhibition committee, and two outdoors sculpture exhibitions for the city of Dillon, S.C. Among other exhibitions he curated are those of works by Laura Spong for Young Harris College, Young Harris, Ga., and Body & Sould: Michaela Pilar Brown, Tonya Gregg & Leo Twiggs for Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, N.C.

In addition to his gallery exhibitions, Roefs has designed numerous exhibitions, including from the South Carolina state art collection for the S.C. Arts Commission and for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 701 CCA, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, the Pickens County Museum, the Burroughs & Chapin Museum and the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, S.C. He also designed the sculpture exhibitions in Dillon and the Young Harris and Mars Hill exhibitions.

Through his gallery, Roefs has published more than two dozen exhibition catalogues and written dozens of essays about artists in his gallery and their work. He was the editor for several 701 CCA catalogues; among the essays he has written for 701 CCA are one for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 catalogue and the recent exhibition Frank Poor: Displaced. As a free-lance writer, he has written articles about visual arts and artists for publications in the U.S.A. and Europe. Among his book chapters are “Remembering Herbert Gentry” in: Herbert Gentry: The Man – The Master – The Magic (Chicago/New York City: G.R. N’Namdi Gallery Inc., 2008) and a chapter in a 2011 book about South Carolina artist Leo Twiggs.

Roefs is a native of The Netherlands who has lived in Columbia, S.C., since 1989. He holds a graduate degree in Economic and Social History from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands; one in Irish Political Studios from The Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland; and one in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.