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January 2011

Florence Museum of Art, Science and History in Florence, SC, Features Annual Traveling Craft Exhibition

The Florence Museum of Art, Science and History in Florence, SC, will present 2011 - 2012 South Carolina PalmettoHands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition, on view from Jan. 10 through Mar. 4, 2012.

This traveling exhibit exhibition is offered by the SC State Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Program. Fine craft artists and artisans from across the state were invited to submit work for South Carolina’s only juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department with assistance from the SC Artisans Center in Walterboro, SC, the show is a featured component of the North Charleston Arts Festival held in May each year.

Denise Butler, co-founder and former Executive Director and Board member of the SC Artisans Center juried the show and selected pieces of exceptional quality to travel the state. Works in wood, fiber, glass, metal, clay and 3D mixed media are represented.

The 9th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition was on view at the Charleston Area Convention Center in May 2011. Fine craft artists from across the state displayed inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media in this annual juried competition and exhibition.

After an extensive pre-jury process, 39 applicants were asked to participate and 109 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror.

In addition to choosing the winners, Butler also selected pieces from the show to assemble a South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition, which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2011/2012 Traveling Exhibitions Program. This program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

Artists and their works featured in the exhibit include: Matt Wilson, It’s Your World, I’m Just Living in it! (Metal); Kim Keats, Woven Windows Tower (Mixed Media); Arianne King Comer, Haitian Cargo Tap Tap (Fiber); Michael Dubois, Knife Forged with Cooper River Bridge Damascus (Metal); Ben Pendarvis, Cherry Burl Bowl & Katalox Wood Rim (Wood); Jennifer Lowe, Interstellar Loways (Mixed Media); James St. Clair, My Cupcake Runneth Over (Mixed Media); Susan Livingston, Revenge of Kitty Galore (Fiber); Glen Grant, Jewelry Box (Wood); Joanne Angell, Dress (Luminary) (Clay); Sarah Edwards-Hammond, Easter Basket w/ Over Handle (Fiber); Kenny Teague, Oak & Sapele Bowl (Wood); Dede Vergot, Night Birds #2 (Mixed Media); John & Nicole Sedberry, Wading (Metal); Don Ward, Black Crappie (Wood); Blaine Tailer-Kimball Dixon, The Art of Letting Go (Glass); Barbara Miller, Romance (Metal); Jerry Mallard, Turkey Head Walking Cane (Wood); Mary Nicholson, Helix Vase (Clay); and Susan Tondreau-Dwyer, From Where I Was Standing II (Clay).

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 843/662-3351 or visit (www.florencemuseum.org).

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