Entering it’s fourth year, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance is pleased to announce artists participating in this year’s Small Works Juried Competition. Entries were received from cities throughout South Carolina and North Carolina. Thirty pieces by nineteen artists representing ten cities will be part of Small Works 2018.
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
On February 1st at 6:00pm the show opens at NDC Photography Studio in downtown Lake City with a reception at 105 East Main Street. Artists will be awarded the following prizes $500 (First Place), $250 (Second Place), $100 (Third place) and an Honorable Mention.
These works by artists from throughout the state are no larger than 12” x 12” and will be available for purchase. The exhibit is open through February 24th. Gallery hours are Thursday-Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 2pm.
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, 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.
About the Venue: NDC Photography Studio is owned and operated by Nancy Devon Carsten. Devon’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:
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.