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August Issue 2006

Arts Council of Rock Hill and York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offer Jazz and Art Crawl and Annual Juried Show

The Arts Council of Rock Hill and York County and Main Streets of Old Town will host the Jazz and Art Crawl on Aug. 25, 2006, from 6-9pm in downtown Rock Hill, SC. The Arts Council will also open the 17th Annual Juried Exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. Over 75 local, regional, and national artists have submitted 147 entries for the competition juried by Wim Roefs.

This night will include free live Jazz by The Professionals, an Art Market on Main Street, shopping and dining with downtown merchants. Participating venues will include galleries at the Center for the Arts, Omi Tutu Gallery, Gallery at Gettys, Thi's Place on Main, Conscious Connections, Cookie Café, McHale's, and Designers' Workroom.

The crawl begins at the Grand Opening of Omi Tutu, an art gallery, studio, and internet café owned by Soafhi Lumoh. Located on 240 Johnston St. in downtown Rock Hill, the Jazz and Art Crawl will start here with free wine tasting from 6-7pm. Lumoh has recently relocated in Rock Hill from the North Davison area in Charlotte, NC.

The winners of the 17th Annual Juried Exhibition include: Best of show was given to Alfred McLeod, for a work entitled, Rolled Construction. "This is an exciting, original work of art. The piece is intriguing in part because it is delicate and robust, bulky and refined all at once. Furthermore, this porcelain clay piece has great surface qualities and is aesthetically both interesting and pleasing," stated Roefs.

1st Place was awarded to Marge Moody, for a work entitled, Italy Series: Shrines and Graveyards (Bouquet). "This piece shows an experienced hand at work. The composition is balanced without becoming predictable. The interaction between angular fields, fluid lines and color creates real energy. While hard color contrasts define much of the composition, subtle coloration within well-defined fields, not in the least the dark areas, gives the work visual depth," stated Roefs.

2nd Place award went to Wanda Steppe, for a work entitled, Hanging On By A Thread. "In this somewhat Magic Realist painting, the poetic sky and crisply rendered bird nest with egg show the artist's technical abilities, but the painting is more than just technical bravura. The scene has emotional and even psychological depth. It's simultaneously disquieting and comforting and combines eerie quietude with visual pop," stated Roefs.

3rd Place was given to Jane Spratt, for a work entitled, The Barn. "This is a lively, energetic painting built up through loose but controlled brush strokes. It shines in the way it manages to unify a broad pallet. The work has strong geometric qualities without being dominated by its geometry as the planes smoothly merge into an integrated composition," stated Roefs.

The Art Market will feature local and regional artists along Main Street with original art for sale.

Gallery at Gettys opens from 6 - 9pm with a large-format photography exhibit featuring work from local artists Lauren Peebles and Kathi Santora.

For more information contact the Arts Council of Rock Hill and York County at 803/328-2787 or visit (www.rockhillarts.org).



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