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February Issue 2010

SC Book Festival in Columbia, SC, Offers Art Exhibit and Sale

Over 25 South Carolina artists will participate in the first-ever Fine Art Exhibit and Sale at the 2010 SC Book Festival, being held Feb. 27 & 28, 2010, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC. This will be the 14th annual statewide book festival held in Columbia. With an annual attendance of over 6,000 people, the festival has a weekend filled with books: an Exhibit Hall filled with exhibitors, book sellers - including Antiquarian Book Dealers, and over 100 award-winning authors over the weekend.

The festival has added a new component this year to showcase some of South Carolina's finest artists who will show and sell their work to an audience that has been proven to have discerning tastes in books, arts and culture.

Artists to be featured in this exhibit include: Clay Burnette, Pat Callahan, Stephen Chesley, Heidi Darr-Hope, Claire Farrell, Phil Garrett, Pat Gilmartin, Mana Hewitt, Ann Hubbard, Tyrone Jeter, Susan Lenz, Carol McGill, Michel McNinch, Marcelo Novo, Leslie Pierce, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, Christian Thee, Candy Waites, Mike Williams, David Yaghjian, and Ellen E. Yaghjian.

Columbia's own Claire Farrell is the 2010 SC Book Festival official artist and her piece, The Reader, will be featured in the Book Festival's marketing and publicity materials. It will also be available for sale at the festival as the official festival poster. Farrell will sign posters on Saturday from noon till 2pm and Sunday from 1-3pm.

Farrell is a native Charlestonian, whose earliest art encounters included private art lessons in Japan, and Saturday classes at the Gibbes Art Museum in Charleston. She graduated from Duke University, holds two master's degrees from the University of South Carolina, and has studied printmaking in Santa Fe, at Penland, NC, and at SantaRaparata Art School in Florence, Italy.

Farrell's work has been accepted in numerous national and state juried exhibitions and she received "Best in Show" awards in the Florence (SC) Statewide Juried Exhibition, South Carolina State Fair, the San Diego Watercolor Society Exhibit, the Friends of the Coast Exhibit in Charleston, the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Judged Show in Myrtle Beach, and the University South Carolina Alumni Art Competition.   She is a past president of the South Carolina Watercolor Society and a signature member of that organization. Farrell is represented by the Wells Gallery in Charleston and City Art in Columbia, SC. Her work is included in corporate and private collections nationwide.

Over the last 14 years, the festival has hosted Scott Turow, Harlan Coben, Nikki Giovanni, David Baldacci, Dottie Benton Frank, Joyce Carol Oates, Madison Smartt Bell, Gail Godwin, Percival Everett, and many other award-winning authors. This year will feature Sharyn McCrumb, Ron Rash, Rick Bragg, John Hart, Dacre Stoker, Dorothea Benton Frank, Jill McCorkle, Francis Ray, Robert Hicks, Walter Edgar and many, many others.

The SC Book Festival is a program of the Humanities Council SC.
The festival kicks off on Feb. 26 with an opening night ticketed event, held at the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library. The festival takes place on Feb. 27, 9am-5pm and Feb. 28, 11:30am-5pm at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center with free general admission. The festival features over 80 exhibitors, over 100 authors, and 25 artists showing and selling their work in the Fine Art Exhibit and Sale in the Exhibit Hall.

Updated author information and registration for special events taking place is available online at (www.scbookfestival.org).

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