Results of Past Juried Shows - 2007

Updated on July 19, 2007
The first annual "Southern Light Plein Air Paint Out" drew painters from all experience levels hailing from locals all around the southeast to converge to the French Quarter of Charleston, SC, for a weekend of painting and comraderie. The Broad Street Merchants Association in Charleston recently collaborated with Charleston Place, the Harbour Club and The Charleston County School of the Arts Music Program, to host the first annual "Southern Light-Plein Air Paint Out" which began on May 31 and ended with an exhibition and reception at the Harbour Club on June 2, 2007. One of the highlights of this Plein Air Paint Out was the honor of having nationally acclaimed lowcountry artist, Jonathan Green, as the juror for the painting exhibition resulting from the weekend of painting. The reception for the 38 southeastern artists registered for the event included presentation of awards, a silent auction and musical entertainment by the Charleston County School of the Arts with a large portion of the proceeds being donated to the School of Arts Music program. Juror Jonathan Green commented that he was very impressed with the quality of work that was created in the short 1-day time frame of the paint out, particularly with the event being open to all levels of experience. He made reference to Pablo Picasso's habit of regularly painting with not only unknown painters, but also those who were refused acceptance to galleries; so in the tradition of Picasso, this event will continue in the coming years to be open to all levels of experience. Noted art critics and reviewers consider Jonathan Green as one of the most important painters of the southern experience. His artwork, which has been exhibited in major venues nationally and internationally, reflects an intrinsic sense of history and place. He is renowned for capturing a significant part of our southern heritage with his portrayals of striking Gullah images in the lowcountry landscape. Green presented the following awards: Rick Reinert, Best in Show for the painting, "Josette with Needlepoint at Spoleto". Juror's comments: "This painting has a freshness and crispness about it. The absence of detail in the outer edges pulls you to the focal point and you are drawn in further by the painting within the painting. I love the use of white throughout the piece and the use of the figure. But most importantly this painting tells a story." Sally Cade, 1st Place for the painting, "Shades of Charleston". Juror's comments: "This painting has great composition and shows sophistication in the painting technique. I particularly love the use of the figure and you canít go wrong with the dog!" J. Christian Snedeker for the painting, "Moise Island". Juror's comments: "This is a special piece - sweet and beautiful. The location makes it appealing ñ this painting leads you to think of a place that is gone but not forgotten." Noel Mays for the painting, "The Worn Path". Juror's comments: "This painting has very good composition and great application of paint. The richness of the sky, the use of green throughout and the way the foliage becomes the subject of this piece make it a very strong painting." Diane Scher for the painting, "Garden on Queen". Juror's comments: "This painting has great energy, wonderful composition and a great palette-love the use of color." This event was a refreshing opportunity for painters just beginning their careers to work side by side and compete with seasoned professionals and vice-versa. There are many brilliant painters that have not achieved commercial success in some cases because they have not been in the right place at the right time - this event and others like it serve to provide a way for new artists to gain exposure and a taste of success; it also is a great way for seasoned professionals to develop mentoring relationships with aspiring artists. The benefactor of the event, The Charleston County School of the Arts Band Program, is nationally recognized as one of the nations outstanding high school bands. Philip Whirley, 2007-2008 treasurer elect of the SOA high school band program thanked attendees at the reception for their support of the charitable aspect of the plein air event and reminded them that "support of arts education is not just a good thing because art is fun. Young people need music, dance, and visual arts to develop into complete persons. Art education and art experiences inform all aspects of life. Arts and academics are inextricably intertwined and you cannot get one without attending to the other. Where you find excellent arts programs, you also find excellent academics. It should come as no surprise then that School of the Arts has the highest SAT scores in the state." Despite their impressive record nationally as musicians and as a top 10 school in the state academically, this program is faced with finding ways to continue its proud tradition of excellence with ever decreasing funds. With a budget of over $60,000, less than $4,000 is provided by the School District ($44 per student per year). As a result, the burden of increased funding falls upon the families of these talented young men and women; who many times cannot meet this shortfall. Through the generosity of participating artists, galleries, sponsoring merchants, and patrons of the arts, hopefully a portion of this funding deficit can be met. The "2008 Southern Light Paint Out" has been scheduled for late May 2008 so please mark your calendars. For more information about the Broad Street Merchants Association or this event please contact Julie Sweat at the Edward Dare Gallery 843/853-5002 or at (, or Stephanie Hamlet at Hamlet Fine Art 843/722-1944 or at (, or visit (
Spartanburg Art Museum (sam) in Spartanburg, SC, is pleased to announce the winners of our "Fourth Biennial Hub City Juried Art Competition & Exhibition". This year's juror was Lisa Wainright, Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Art History at The Art Institute of Chicago. Dr. Wainright is a lecturer and the author of numerous articles about contemporary American art. In her statement, Dr. Wainright said, "It was an exciting show and the preliminary salon style installation, in which work covered almost every inch of wall and floor, gave expression to the vitality of the art in the region." This year, 227 artists from 4 states competed for over $5,000 in awards. The 56 pieces chosen for exhibit will remain on display through June 17, 2007.
The awards are as follows: First Place $2,000 went to Mike Baker of York, SC, for "The Look", (photograph); Second Place $1,000 went to Kenny Walker of Lawndale, NC, for "Helen's Gift", (colored pencil); Third Place $750 was given to Vadim Bora of Asheville, NC, for "Sweet Dreams, Appalachia", (oil); and Fourth Place $500 went to Debra Kelly of Irmo, SC, for "From the Garden" (oil).
Merit Awards of $250 each went to Brandi Criscitiello of Spartanburg, SC, for "F-1", (photograph); Carlton Mullinax of Spartanburg, SC, for "Escaping Obesity Jungle", (acrylic); Teresa Prater of Campobello, SC; for "Sprite #1", (digital photography); and David Zacharias of Spartanburg, SC, for "Cinder Black Jar", (stoneware). For further info call the Museum at 864/583-2776 or visit (
The "2007 National Juried Show", sponsored by the Art League of Hilton Head was held at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's Greer Gallery, located on Hilton Head Island, SC, from May 4 - 27, 2007. The "National Juried Show" brings together some of the finest artwork by established and up-and-coming artists from across the nation and on Hilton Head. Hundreds of artists compete for the opportunity to be a part of this show. The artwork is selected by a nationally renowned artist/juror and only the finest win the opportunity to show their work here. This year's juror was Dean Mitchell. Award winners from this show included:
Best of Show - "Sunday Morning" (pastel) by Antonio Masi of Garden City, NJ.
Acrylic/Oil catagory: First Place - "What Happened to the Drinking Fountain" by Diane Bass of Hilton Head Island, SC; Second Place - "Botanic" by Carole Pickle of Emmaus, PA; and Third Place - "Identity" by Donna Watson of Camano Island, WA.
Pastel catagory: First Place - "Wilson's Personna" by Diana DeSantis of Whitestone, NY; Second Place - "The Shelter of a Tree" by Ben Nita McAdam of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Third Place - "Mirror Image" by Veronica Takacs-Fragman of Hilton Head Island, SC.
Watermedia catagory: First Place - "Canal Street" by John Salminen of Duluth, MN; Second Place - "Secrets Within" by Linda Baker of Spring Lakes, MI; and Third Place - "Island Beat" by Suzanna Winton of Thomasville, GA.
3-D catagory: First Place - "Noelle" (Sculpture) by Richard Hager of Osprey, FL; Second Place - "Praise"  (Sculpture) by Sheri Farbstein of Hilton Head Island, SC; and Third Place - "Jean"  (Sculpture) by Thomas Bichko of Johnstown, PA.
Mixed Media catagory: First Place - "Into the Past"  by Anne Hakala of Hilton Head Island, SC; Second Place - "Lupine Distances" by Patricia San Souci of Clackmas, OR; and Third Place - "Cedric" by Elsie Boyce of Wilmington, NC.
Photography catagory: First Place - "Pomp & Circumstance"  by Robert Flavin of Dayton, OH; Second Place - "Two Turtles" by Marci Tressel of Hilton Head Island, SC; and Third Place - "At Marble Point" by Bob Weissman of Hilton Head Island, SC.
All Other catagory: First Place - "In the Blink of an Eye" by Elizabeth Holster of Santa Ana, CA and Second Place - "Inside Yellow Hibiscus"  by Pam Green of Jacksonville, FL.
Hilton Head Art League Members Accepted into Juried Show include: Diane Bass, Jo Dye, Sheri Farbstein, Veronica Takacs-Fragman, Walter Greer, Anne Hakala, Louanne LaRoche, Barry Lowes, Angela Misthal, Joyce Nagel, Kay Nelson, Lynn Parrott, Mary Ann Putzier, Liz Rufenacht, Marci Tresssel, Robert Weissman, Arla Weible, and Irene K. Williamson. For further information call the Art League at 843/681-5060 or visit (
The Pickens County Cultural Commission in Pickens, SC, is pleased to announce the awards for the Pickens County Museum of Art & History's "28th Annual Juried South Carolina Artist's Exhibition" held April 28 through June 9, 2007. Amy Funderburk, a professional artist working in Winston-Salem, NC, served as juror for this year's competition. Specializing in oils, pastels, and black & white photography, Funderburk graduated summa cum laude in 1988 from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Her work has been exhibited widely across the country, including exhibitions in Chicago, Delaware, Maryland, New York State, Ohio, and South Carolina. She is best known for her large figurative symbolic paintings that use myth and the visual narrative as modern metaphor. Funderburk has been a freelance Exhibitions Coordinator and curator since 1989. A former art instructor with the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art and Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, she now conducts various art workshops and seminars, and has served as juror for an array of regional exhibits. She and her husband, photographer James C. Williams, led an artists' workshop to the Republic of Ireland in 2005. Funderburk has also written freelance reviews and articles for numerous publications since 1994. Funderburk spent the day of April 14 looking at, and contemplating 334 works of art representing 183 South Carolina artisans. The vast array of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramics, fiber and other mediums made for the difficult task of selecting works for, and eliminating works from, the final show. The impressive final selection of 160 works of art represents 118 individuals currently creating visual art in this state. About the jury, Funderburk said, "I was really impressed with the variety and amount of really high caliber work entered into the competition." She continued, "Everyone in the show, including many I had to decline, had excellent technique with their various media. Beyond that, a lot of people who I felt were going beyond excellent technique had me looking for artists who say more with their piece, whatever that message or narrative might be. One who is using their art as a voice perhaps a visual voice? I feel there were a lot of powerful visual voices in this exhibit."  The awards for this year's competition represent not only a cross section of what is taking place in the visual arts of South Carolina today, but are also a fair representation of the variety of artists actively "at work". Funderburk chose the pastel painting "Maggie, Before the Storm" by Seneca, SC's Nancy Oppenheimer as the First Place Award. Second Place was presented to Carla Padgett Clark of Liberty, SC, for her oil painting, "Creek Scene". The Third Place honor went to Clemson, SC's Sam Wang for the photograph "Kudzu in Fog". Honorable Mentions were bestowed upon Al Beyer of Aiken, SC, for his "Untitled" acrylic painting and to Heath Spring, SC's Fran Gardner for her Mixed Media Collage, "Orienting the Self". In addition to the above awards, Funderburk asked that a special "Juror's Choice" accolade, denoting artwork of special interest, be presented to Victoria Blaker of Taylors, SC, for her oil painting "In Your Dreams", to Easley, SC's Steven Chapp for his monotype "Preemptive Flight II", to Terry M. Davenport of Greenville, SC, for the photograph "The Sentinel", to Central, SC's Sandra J. Hadley for her Charcoal & Graphite drawing "Pardon Me. Have You Any Dostoevsky?", to Roger Lee of Clemson, SC, for his Ceramic & Velvet sculpture "If Hands Could Talk", to Greenville, SC's Dabney Mahanes for her painting "Folds of the Past", to Dana Taylor of Central, SC, for her manipulated digital photo "Before the Hour", to Walhalla, SC's Jean Paul Tousignant for his Mixed Media pieces "Untitled I & II", and to Pamela J. White of Salem, SC, for her painting "Clear Waters". The Museum's Director, Allen Coleman chose the spalted persimmon wood rocker, "Sitting Pretty" by Harold Dodson of Pickens, SC, as the recipient of the 2007 Director's Choice commendation. Thanks to the kind sponsorships of Pickens County & the Pickens County Cultural Commission, Roger & Susan Benjamin, Connie & June Bowers, Central Textiles, Inc., Donald & Margaret Collins, Seth & Doreen Heimlich, Dr. Hal & Sue Jameson, Greystone Industries, Inc., Liberty Denim LLC, Robinson Funeral Home & Crematorium, John & Judy Rozelle and Ralph & Shirley Sarlin, the Pickens County Museum selected seven works that, within the scope of their mission directive, will be added to the museum's permanent collection. The Pickens County Cultural Commission's Purchase Award honoring Shirley Sarlin was presented to Dave Appleman of Greenville, SC, for his alabaster stone carving "Heron". The Roger & Susan Benjamin Purchase Award was presented to Amanda Mensing of Seneca, SC, for her oil painting "Alton's Bridge (Winter)". Additional Museum Purchase Awards were made to Pickens, SC's, P. J. Dalton for her photograph "An America Patriot", to Barbara St. Denis of Easley, SC, for her mixed media collage "Time Series 107: Gone Are the Days of Trammeling", to Central, SC's, Dana Taylor for the digital photo "Before the Hour", to John J. Urban of Anderson, SC, for his oil painting "Eastatoee Valley" and to Clemson, SC's, Sam Wang for the photograph "Kudzu in Fog". In addition to the twenty-one works of art singled out for special mention, there are one-hundred and thirty-nine others on the walls and pedestals throughout the museum's Sealevel Gallery, G-1 Gallery and Focus Gallery. For more information call the museum at 864/898-5963.
Paintings, photography, and sculpture were just a few of the different types of artwork presented at Brevard College's juried student art show in Brevard, NC. Junior Caren Jones' clay, wood and Styrofoam sculpture, "Green Lady," won "Best of Show" and "President's Choice." Jones, who majors in art, said her inspiration for "Green Lady" came from her interests in environmental issues, the human form and the idea of "mother earth." "Every time I look at 'Green Lady' thoughts of sustainability, reverence and beauty rage through my mind," said Jones. "I was very surprised to win two awards and I am certainly thankful. I walked through the show while it was open for student voting admiring the work others had put into their pieces of art work and never really thought about receiving an award myself. Our students, as a group, all worked hard and I was surprised to win awards when chosen from all the other wonderful pieces!" Jones, who is majoring in art, said that sculpting has always been her interest but noted that she also dabbles in drawing, quilting, sewing, photography and writing. "It was really a great show," said Brevard College President Dr. Drew Van Horn. "I was impressed with the students' work. It was exciting to see such a broad range of vibrant works in different types of media." Judging the art were Ann DerGara, renowned artist and owner of Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard, and Sean Parrish, art teacher at Brevard High School. Also earning honors were - sophomore Katie Grace MacEachern, "First Place" for"Burning Down the House" (oil on canvas); junior Vincent Myers, "Second Place" for "Rock Proposition" (rock, metal); and junior Jonathon Shannon, "Third Place" for "Close Up Eye" (cyanotype). Earning "Honorable Mention" were senior Molly Carlson, "Meeting St. Station (oil on panel); sophomore Josh Carter, "The Rock Tree" (locust, concrete, stone); junior Austin Brodfuhrer, "Waking Dreams" (photograph); senior Katie Berube, "Conquest of the Inca" (concrete, iron); and freshman Wesley Wade, "Hard Labor" (wood). Myers also earned "Student's Choice" for "Rock Proposition" (rock, metal) and "Honorable Mention" for "Aspartame-Series of 3" (clay). For further info call Angelita Colón-Francia, Assistant Director of Public Relations at 828/884-8212.
The Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro, NC, held an Awards presentation for the "28th Annual Northwest Artist's League Juried Competition". Exhibit awards were presented by Jurors Marianne Suggs and Judy Humphrey. Awards for Division I: Paintings, Drawings and Original Prints were granted for 1st Place: "Papa's Words" by Nancy Canter; 2nd Place: "View of the Brushies" by Betty Powell; and 3rd Place: "Meme's Iris" by Juanita Johnson. In Division II: Miniatures awards were granted for 1st Place: "Winter Sunset" by Bill Gramley; 2nd Place: "Passage" by Nancy Canter and 3rd Place: "Hat Trick" by John Brame. Awards for Division III: Sculpture, Pottery and Fibers were granted for 1st Place: "Fruit Paradise" by Jim Lyall; 2nd Place: "The Potters Offering" by Kim Lewis and 3rd Place: "The Hut" by Sylvia Coppola. For Division IV: Photography awards were given for 1st Place: "Iron Work & Column" by Kirk Gulden; 2nd Place: "Colors of Ivy" by Gordon Burns and 3rd Place: "Man in Paradise" by Jessie Childress. The Margaret Bloomfield "Best in Show" Award was granted to Clara Sibley for her oil painting, "Willow Road, Cape Anne, MA". The Wilkes Art Gallery is very appreciative of the generous community sponsors supporting awards for the "27th Annual Northwest Artist's League Competition". A Peoples Choice Award was given for "Cat's Cradle", an oil on linen by Kevin Aita of North Wilkesboro, NC. This award of $200.00 is sponsored by Dr. Paul E. Coggins. Over $2,000 in cash prizes was awarded. Participating Sponsors for this year's exhibit are: Quickframe, George and Elizabeth Forester, Cathy and Reid McKenzie, Cindy and Paul Christian Breden, Dick and Barbara Johnston, Kirk Gulden, Beverly and James Cook, Brad and Mel Shinaman, Bob & Betty Powell, Ron and Nancy Canter, P.O. and Pat Melton, Cassie Stone Photography, Matt and Kim Lewis, Rick and Sheila Brame, Paul Coggins, Cam and Tammy Finley, David and Connie McNeill, James and Stacey Ruszczyk, Ginnie Story, and Todd and Diana Swofford. The Wilkes Art Gallery is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing programming in the visual arts through exhibits, classes, workshops and field trips for all ages. WAG promotes art as a necessary and enriching component of a well-rounded life. For further information call Kara Minton-Elmore at 336/667-2841.
The winners of the Charleston Artist Guild's "53rd annual Charleston Artist Guild Spring Sidewalk Show," held on the sidewalk in front of BB&T Bank, @ Meeting St. and Cumberland Streets in Charleston, SC. The display features works by members of the Guild were recently announced. The winners of the juried show were: First Place - Betty Condon, Second Place - Karen Tempel, Third Place - Don Robertson and Honorable Mention - Betty Beach. Steven Jordan judged the show. Congratulations to all the winners. For further info call the Guild at 843/722-2454 or visit (
The Charleston Artist Guild held its "Annual Juried Signature Show" from April 2 - 6 at the Charleston Visitor Center in Charleston, SC. The event attracted 150 total entries; 37 of which were, for the first time, fine art photography entries.
Awards for Painting catagory judged by Mark Horton include: First Place ($500) to Jaclyn Wukela, for "Willie I"; Second Place ($300): to Ben Nita McAdam, for "Weather or Not"; Third Place ($200) to Jan Sasser, for "3 Nymphaes, Cypress Gardens"; and Honorable Mentions ($75 each) to Claudette Bell for "St. Michaels View", Andrea Hazel for "Gullah Festival Dance", Lynda English for "Affection I", Colleen Weissman for "Destiny's Thought", and Patricia Forsberg for Still Life with Oriental Pot".
Awards for Photography catagory judged by Jack Alterman include: First Place ($350) to Gerardo Leccese for "Afternoon Walk"; Second Place ($200) to Stuart Blum for "Mt. Moran and Snake River, WYO"; and Third Place ($100) to Rachael Vykukal for "Untitled, Thanks To Be Queen".
For further info call the Guild at 843/722-2454 or visit (
The Goose Creek Artists Guild held their annual spring art show Feb. 24 through Mar. 11, 2007. It was graciously hosted by Julie Hendricks in her Wild Goose Gallery in Goose Creek, SC. Nancy Bracken of Pawley's Island, SC, was the Juror. The Best of Show Award went to Barrie Hinson with her lovely depiction of a Charleston Carriage ride "Touring Charleston". Peope's Choice Award also went to Barrie Hinson with a vivid sunset over Charleston Harbor called "Charleston Lights". The Best Floral Award went to Dorthea Heiland for her lively watercolor of magnolias in bloom "Testimony of Creation". Best Animal Award went to Lind Medders-Jackson with a fun gouache miniature of a Yorkie Terrier "Pocket Pup". Best Aquatic went to Linda Yoakum with her flowing oil painting of the river at Middleton Place "Middleton River Oak", Best Landscape went to Cecelia Pefley for a rustic barn in acrylic "Barn In Fall". Best Still Life Award went to Susan Cato for a well orchestrated oil painting "Musical Interlude". The Town of Goose Creek Purchase Award went to Trish Emory with a rich watercolor "Charleston Piazza". The Presidents Award of Achievement went to Willis Sanders. The Wild Goose Gallery Award went to Tony Young for his remarkable hand pulled print "Three Wise Men".
Watercolor Category: 1st Place went to"Dreams Do Come True" by Linda Medders-Jackson; 2nd Place went to "Testimony of Creation" by Dorthea Heiland; 3rd Place went to"Fast Ball" by Carol King; and Honoral Mentions to Trish Emery & Emma Burkhalter.
Oils Category: 1st Place went to "Charleston Lights" by Barrie Hinson; 2nd Place went to "Musical Interlude" by Susan Cato; 3rd Place went to "Autumn Colors" by Linda Yoakum; and Honoral Mention to Trish Emory.
Drawing Category: 1st Place went to "The Piano Player" by Willis Sanders; 2nd Place went to "Trouble" by Anita Pitnam; 3rd "Bethel AME Church" by Willis Sanders; and Honoral Mentions to Trish Emory, Anita Putnam & Cecelia Pefley.
Acrylic Category: 1st Place went to "Shrimply Waiting" by Linda Medders-Jackson; 2nd Place went to "Barn in Fall" by Cecelia Pefley; 3rd Place went to "After the Storm" by Jaunita Karasko; and Honoral Mention to Dorthea Heiland.
Mixed Media Category: 1st Place went to "Three Wise Men" by Tony Young; 2nd Place went to "Seclusion" by Linda Medders-Jackson; 3rd Place went to "Circle of Life" Barrie Hinson; and Honoral Mentions to Juanita Karasko & Tony Young.
Pastel Category: 1st Place went to "Field Bouquet" by Trish Emory.
For further info contact Linda Medders-Jackson at (
Area junior and senior high schools students put their best art work up against their peers from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida for Brevard College's annual Juried High School Art Competition. The competition, which was held at the Porter Center for Performing Arts in Brevard, NC, awarded academic scholarships and cash prizes to students whose original works of art earned first, second or third place. Judging the event were Brevard College professors Bill Byers, Jo Pumphrey and Kyle Lusk, and art instructor Dixon Brady. "There were really strong pieces of work featured in this year's competition, making it difficult to make a choice," and Professor of Art Jo Pumphrey. "We spent a good deal of time discussing each piece and we felt really good about the submissions and those works that earned awards." Each year the quality of work by the young artists has improved according to Pomphrey. She said she expects the students' work will continue to get better. Rosman High School senior Christine Hollingsworth earned first place for her charcoal drawing entitled "Contemplative Self Portrait."  She received a $500 Brevard College General Scholarship, a $1,000 Brevard College Art Award Scholarship and $75 cash. Junior Sonny Her of Paul M. Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC, earned second place for the drawing entitled "Mr. Urban."  Her eceived a $500 Brevard College Art Award Scholarship and $50 cash. Third place was won by junior Todderick Watkins, also of Dorman, for his piece entitled "Mr. David Benson."  He received a $500 Brevard College Art Award Scholarship and $25 cash. Earning Honorable Mentions were - junior Joshua Brogan of Dorman for "A Slice of My Life;" senior Tim Fisher of Rosman for "Self Portrait;" senior Kathleen Rogers of Brevard High for "Hot Day;" and senior Nate Mimms of Dorman for "The Urban Road." "I was so impressed with the caliber of talent featured in the exhibit," said Superintendent of the Transylvania County School System Sonna Lyda. "I was also impressed with the variety of media used by the students. I'm pleased that the college provides opportunities like this one for students to show their work and to be rewarded for it as well." All entries from the competition will be on display on the mezzanine level of the Francis Pavilion within the Porter Center until Apr. 13, 2007. Brevard College offers a range of distinctive baccalaureate degree programs on a beautiful residential campus in Brevard, NC. Academic programs and facilities are undergoing dynamic transformation, as enrollment grows toward a target of 1,000 undergraduates. Curriculum combines small-classroom instruction with creative internships and immersion experiences, provides a strong core in the liberal arts, and offers great strength in fine arts, as well as in interdisciplinary programs that educate for leadership and service and draw on the natural resources of our mountain setting. Brevard College was recently named one of the best Colleges and College towns in America by "Outside Magazine," among the top Comprehensive Colleges in the South by "US News & World Report". For further information contact Angelita Colón-Francia, Assistant Director of Public Relations at 828/884-8212.
The Camden Art Association (CAA) recently announced the winners of its "Annual Members Show," held in the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's Bassett Gallery in Camden, SC. The CAA is a diverse group of local artists from both professional artists to amateurs who meet each month and present two exhibits in the Fine Arts Center's Bassett Gallery. The group is one of six affiliates of the Fine Arts Center. Their diverse work demonstrates years of experience and the excitement of newly awakened expression. The work in the show displayed a wide variety of different talent, mediums, and styles. The show was judged by noted artist, Dale Mastro, who completed her formal education at Woodstock School of Art and Art Students League in New York City, and went on to study with renowned artists such as John Hould, John Hamberger, and Susie Goetz. The awards were given in first, second and third choices. First Place went to Gail Porter for her eye pleasing watercolor painting, "Lucas Brothers."  Bill Hicks garnered second place with "Garden Entrance," and the third place winner was Daniel Herbert with his drawing, "Precious." The three top winners along with the "People's Choice Award" winner will get to showcase their work in the Bassett Gallery during the May 2007 "Camden Art Association's Honors Show". The "People's Choice Award" went to published artist, Colt Shirley for his piece "Twister". Shirley is one of the newest members of the Camden Art Association, and is a great addition to the group. Honorable mention went to Jane Hannon with her confident landscape "Coast Marsh." Merit awards were given to Sharon Marley for her realistic landscape "Charleston" and Patricia Adelman with her watercolor "Back Then."  The Camden Art Association meets monthly at the Fine Arts Center. For more information, please call CAA Patricia Adelman at 803/424-1376. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For further info call Kristin Cobb at 803/425-7676 ext. 306.

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