Sunday, June 29, 2008

SC State Fair Upcoming Events & Competitions

Greetings from the South Carolina State Fairgrounds!
The 2008 SC State Fair e-Newsletter, direct link to what's happening at the Fairgrounds.
SC State Fair Commercial Contest and your chance to win great prizes
See who's appearing at the 2008 PEPSI Grandstand go on sale July 1.
We hope you will enjoy the latest edition of the
2008 SC State Fair Summer e-Newsletter available at
In this issue:
SC State Fair
Video Commercial Contest - Win $250 Cash and Great Fair Prizes
PEPSI® Grandstand Entertainment
Internet & Phone Ticket Sales Begin Tuesday, July 1
Purchase Discount Gate & Ride Tickets Online, By Phone, or In Person
Commercial Exhibitor and Concessionaire Applications
Carolinas Mounted Patrol Association Exhibition
SC Donkey and Mule Association to Host Donkey/Mule Show & Fun Day
Competitive Exhibitors Remain Strong at SC State Fair
Important Changes for 2008 Competitive Exhibitors
2008-2009 "The Ride of Your Life" Scholarship Winners
Year Around
SC State Fair Employee Receives CFE Status
Summer Vacation? Be Safe...View the Fair Safety Video
Monthly Calendar of Events
RV/Camper Parking for Year-Round Events
2008 USC Football Fans - Reserved Parking in all Lots
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July Fourth and Freedom

A soldier in Iraq sends you a smile!
Photo taken by unknown soldier in Iraq.

Our Freedom

We are free to have barbecue or cook outs on July Fourth and enjoy the hot sun and frolic in the ocean waves at the beach or explore the mountains on our three day weekend off.

Not our soldiers.

Our soldiers in Iraq are on the job 24/7. They are working in 130 degrees of unbearable heat.
Please stop for a moment and do something special in honor of our soldiers.

Yes, our soldiers...

They are our sons and daughters, they are the boy or the girl next door; they do not have an Independence Day; they work so we can Play!!!
Thanks to all the Soldiers in all the Troops in Iraq and around the world
with a special thanks to the Fourth ID.

Our freedom - our soldiers are fighting for it everyday!!!!
Have a Happy July 4th Independence Day!

SC Water Media Society Artists Myrtle Beach SC

South Carolina Watermedia Society members
& all South Carolina artists

31st Annual Juried Exhibition
Franklin Burroughs-Simeon Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach
Oct. 24 – Dec, 31, 2008 Approx. $9,000 - $10,000 in awards

Entry Deadline: August 10, 2008 (via digital entry or postmarked)

For a prospectus with all entry details & forms, contact Damita Jeter, SCWS web site at

Eligibility & Deadline:
Please obtain a printed prospectus, read carefully & complete all the forms.

Only South Carolina Watermedia Society members may enter the exhibition. (A SCWS member must be a SC resident and/or property owner or past SCWS member who no longer lives in SC but maintained their membership with no lapses.) Members may join at the time of show entry.
Entry Requirements:
Each eligible artist may submit one digital image (JPEG format) that complies with the criteria. Entries must be original work, executed in watermedia; however other mediums in conjunction with watermedia are also acceptable, (oils and water soluble oil paints excluded) completed within the last three years, and not exhibited in a previous SCWS annual juried exhibition.

Size, Mats & Glazing, Requirements:
Upon selection, painting must be presented, wired and ready for hanging, in the designated frame (details below.) Mats (if used) must be white, off-white or pale grey. Maximum size is 48" in either direction, including the frame for paintings that are under Plexiglas/acrylic or 38” x 43” maximum for those paintings on canvas, masonite, clayboard, etc. without Plexiglas/acrylic. Maximum depth (with frame) is 2 ½” and maximum weight is 25 lbs.

Plexiglas/acrylic glazing (glass is not permitted) needs to be 1/8” thick and must be used for all pieces on paper or paper-like products. Canvas or other than paper surfaces do not have to be under Plexiglas/acrylic; however, they can not be larger than 38” x 43”, including the frame. If you choose to frame a canvas piece with Plexi/acrylic, then the maximum size may be up to 48”. Canvas pieces without Plexiglas have this size limitation due to the size of the special boxes that SCWS will use for the Traveling Exhibit.

Accepted paintings must use the following frame: Depending upon the painting size, a ¾” - 1 ½” width (preferable) or maximum 2” width flat-face museum style wood frame in a natural (light) color. Details will be included in your acceptance notification.

Jury Process:
Entries will be juried from digital images (JPEG on CD) only. Image resolution at approx. 1024 x 768 pixels. Pixel number will vary according to length & width of image. After the overall exhibit is selected, awards will be juried from original works.

Submit one JPEG file on CD (compact disk.) Image must appear correctly (vertical or horizontal.) SCWS will not rotate images. The image should not include the frame, artist name or painting title. Inoperable CDs will be disqualified. Write your first and last name on the CD. Disks will not be retuned.

Jury Result Card & Entry Card
Complete and include the Jury Result Card & Entry Card (PRINT NEATLY.) Include a self-addressed and stamped #10 business envelope. Do not include the Identification Card. Retain it and attach it to the back of your painting, if selected.

Artist Responsibility
Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work, nor withdraw the work once it has been accepted or remove it during the exhibition. Artists who do not submit their selected entry for the exhibition will not be allowed to enter another SCWS exhibition for 3 years.

While the juror has the final responsibility to select the exhibition and awards, the exhibition committee reserves the right to reject any work deemed inappropriate. By submitting a painting to this exhibition, the artist accepts all conditions as set forth in this prospectus. If a painting sells. the artist understands that there is a 30% commission The artist gives SCWS permission to photograph and video tape their entry and use it for educational or promotional purposes.

Check List

q One CD with JPEG image of entry
q Completed Entry & Jury Result Cards
q SASE #10 business envelope
q Membership dues, if not a current member

Mail entry to:
Jennifer Hamilton
431 Arch Dr., Rock Hill, SC 29730


Name ____________________________________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________________________

City _______________________________ State _____________ Zip _______________

Phone: _____________________________Email ________________________________

Out-of state members, are you a SC property owner?_____ Yes________ No
If yes, list SC address: ____________________________________________

For membership year (Sept 1, 2007 – Aug. 31, 2008) To enter the juried exhibition, dues must be
current through Aug. 31, 2008.

 New Member .............. $25  Renewal (Circle One)
Standard (late fee) ................ $30
(paid after Nov. 1, 2007 – Aug. 31, 2008))
Patron .......................... $35 - $49
Donor ........................... .$50 - $99
Benefactor ................... $100 & up

Mail Membership payment to:
Damita Jeter, SCWS
80 Ridgecreek Dr., Lexington, SC 29072

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Call for Artists!!! Juried Art Show Blue Ridge Mts.

Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Show
Entry Deadline: July 15, 2008
The Southern Appalachian Artist Guild is calling for
entries for its National Juried Show.
Juror, Alan Flattmann Cash award pool, $5000.
plus merchandise awards
Show opens October 18, 2008.
Prospectus may be downloaded at
For more information contact the
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association,
at 706-632-2144, or

Friday, June 13, 2008

June at the SC State Museum Columbia SC

June at the State Museum These special events and exhibits are scheduled at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia SC. Special Attractions!

Hollywood Comes to South Carolina: A Century of Filmmaking in the Palmetto State. This exhibit showcases the significant number of movies produced in South Carolina over the past 100 years. Explore the complexity of moviemaking while enjoying photographs, movie clips, filmmaking equipment, costumes, props and other artifacts. $3 in addition to regular museum admission for ages three and up. Media sponsors include WIS TV, The State and Lamar Advertising. Continues through Oct. 19, 2008.

Lobby (First floor)
Wilson 150. This five-panel exhibit examines the life of one-time South Carolina resident and United States President Woodrow Wilson. Continues through Sept. 28, 2008.
Stringer Discovery Center (first floor)

Enjoy hands-on activities in this special gallery for young children and their families.
Lipscomb Gallery (first floor)

South Carolina State Museum 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates both the 20th anniversary of the State Museum's opening and the diversity of South Carolina art. The first juried exhibition hosted exclusively by the State Museum, the show features the work of a large number of artists from across the state. These intriguing works will be on display April 25 through Sept. 7, 2008. Many of your favorite local artists are showing here.
Sorry, I didn't enter this one, so no my art isn't there. (waah)

Third Floor:
Catch of the Day: Recovery of the Lake Murray B-25. See images of the recovery process of a World War II bomber that had been at the bottom of Lake Murray, South Carolina for more than 62 years until it was finally recovered in 2005. Four artifacts from the plane and photographs documenting the recovery process will be on display through January, 2009.
Palmetto Gallery (fourth floor)
TET: Military Victory, Political Defeat. This exhibit, marking the 40th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, will explore the turbulent events, both overseas and on the homefront, surrounding the biggest single battle of the Vietnam War.
Sponsored by AT & T, The Real Yellow Pages. Continues through Jan. 25, 2009.
Recent Acquisitions Gallery (fourth floor)

The South Carolina State Museum: 20 Years of Treasures. The phrase “South Carolina under one roof” until March 2009. 401 Gallery (fourth floor)
SEEDS OF CHANGE: South Carolina and the Great War 1917- 1918. Learn about South Carolina's role on the home front in World War I through displays of photographs, uniforms of soldiers and nurses, weapons, a horse-drawn ambulance wagon and more. This exhibit is part of a collaboration between the State Museum, the McKissick Museum, S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, Historic Columbia and the South Caroliniana Library. Funded in part by Partnerships for America and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Continues through June 29.

14th – Hands-On Explorations. Explore South Carolina's environment, past and present. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., NatureSpace.
14th & 15th – Museum and a Movie. “Hollywood Comes to South Carolina” movie trailers, 1:15 p.m. and “Vietnam: Homefront USA.” 2 p.m., Auditorium.
15th – Fathers Day. Fathers of all ages receive $1 off regular admission today.
16th – 20th – Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Crazy Chemworks.” Students will learn and apply the concepts, tools and techniques of real chemists with spectacular hands-on activities, stunning demonstrations and inquiry-based discussions. Crazy Chemworks serves as the perfect introduction to elementary chemistry! 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or
16th–20th Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Secret Agent Lab.” Campers become amateur detectives as they examine a “crime scene” and learn about the functions of the body's cells. 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or
16th–20th Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Crazy Chemworks/ Secret Agent Lab” Combo Camp. Enjoy two camps in one! Camp highlights the best of “Crazy Chemworks” and “Secret Agent Lab.” 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or
21st – Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
21st & 22nd – Museum and a Movie. “Hollywood Comes to South Carolina” movie trailers, 1:15 p.m. and “Vietnam: The End of the Tunnel.” 2 p.m., Auditorium.
23rd –27th – Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Red Hot Robots #1.”
This “Robots” camp explores the “nuts and bolts” of robotics and campers will build their own “Weasel Robot.” 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or
23rd – 27th – Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Red Hot Robots #2.” Campers who have taken the first will build their own binary player robot, compete in a “Robo-Sapien” dance-off and more. 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or
23rd – 27th – Mad Science of Columbia Summer Program “Red Hot Robots #1/ Red Hot Robots #2” Combo Camp. Enjoy two camps in one! Camp highlights the best of “Red Hot Robots #1” and “Red Hot Robots #2.” 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Register at (803) 739-2122 or
27th – First day to see The South Carolina State Museum: 20 Years of Treasures.
28th – Art Day at the State Museum. Unleash your inner Picasso! The world of art is saluted in this day of hands-on art activities, workshops, programs and more.
28th – Museum Highlights Tours. Join a weekend walk-in tour highlighting museum exhibits. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
28th & 29th – Museum and a Movie. “Hollywood Comes to South Carolina” movie trailers, 1:15 p.m. and “Vietnam: Tet 1968.” 2 p.m., Auditorium.
Dates and times are subject to change. For the very latest information, be sure to check the State Museum web site often!
For additional information about these and other exhibits and events at the State Museum, please call (803) 898-4952 weekdays and (803) 898-4978 weekends.
The State Museum is located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Open on Mondays through Labor Day.
Admission is $5 for ages 13 to 61, $4 for adults 62 and over, and $3 for children ages 3-12. Children two and under are admitted free. Children under 13 cannot be admitted unless accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older.
To get free admission, store discounts and more benefits, join the Friends of the State Museum. Call (803) 898-4935 for information.
Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available. School-age groups should have one adult for every 10 children, both in the galleries and in the museum store.
The museum's web site is

Proposed Increase in Funding for the Arts

In my email box....Art nEWS : Please show your support of this increase request!

June 11, 2008
Dear Jean,
This afternoon in Congress, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which sets the initial funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), approved a $15.3 million increase for the NEA in its FY 2009 spending bill. Chairman Norm Dicks (D-WA) has once again proposed an increase in funding for arts and culture in the face of a dramatic cut proposed by the president's recent budget. Please click here to send a message to your Members of Congress telling them to support this important funding increase!

Currently funded at $144.7 million, this increase would bring the agency's budget to $160 million. President Bush requested a cut to $128 million for the NEA for FY09 from the current $144.7 million level. On Arts Advocacy Day, Americans for the Arts presented a panel of witnesses before Chairman Dicks' Appropriations Subcommittee calling for a significant increase in funding for the NEA. Witnesses included actor/director Robert Redford, musician John Legend, and actor Kerry Washington. Video of the hearing and further details including the witnesses' testimony are available online here.

Thanks to all of the grassroots advocates for your letters and calls to Congress and for attending Arts Advocacy Day. We're seeing the results! Next Steps:The FY 2009 Interior Appropriations bill will next go to full committee and then to the House floor for final consideration where your help may be needed to defend against floor amendments attempting to cut this increase. We must now put pressure on the Senate to match this funding level. Please take two minutes to visit the Americans for the Arts E-Advocacy Center to send a letter to your Members of Congress letting them know that the arts are important to you!

Americans for the Arts or its Arts Action Fund
1000 Vermont Avenue NW6th FloorWashington DC . 20005 T 202.371.2830 F 202.371.0424
One East 53rd Street . 2nd Floor New York NY . 10022 T 212.223.2787 F 212.980.4857

Columbia Summer Events & Things to Do

Columbia has lots of things happening this summer...take a look at this list and google any event you like. Upcoming Columbia Events

May 2 - June 27 Main Street Marketplace (*Fridays Only)
Arts and Crafts festival each Friday near the Columbia Museum of Art!!!

Every Sat. this summer-Now until ? 3-9 PM at the Park on Gervais St bridge "Riverfest" Music and Arts...artists creating work live; portraits done by Jean Ehler on the spot...Charcoal and you and the Artist...see Jean Ehler
art at Hillview Art.

June 13-22 "Disney's Aladdin Junior"
June 13-19 "The Duchess of Langeais"
June 13 Army Community Covenant Signing
June 13 Music at Sandhill
June 14 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 14 Eternal Voices in Concert
June 14 Flag Day with Historic Columbia Foundation
June 14 Rhythm on the River Summer Concert Series
June 15 Father's Day at SC State Museum
June 16 An Evening with Singer/Songwriter Danielle Howle
June 16 Pearl Jam
June 17 Certified Friendly
June 17 "A Little Summer Music
June 17 A.M. Butterflies featuring Elusive and Ebony Butterfly
June 17 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 17 Ripples of Hope
June 18 Arts at Shandon: Lunch and Band Concert/Photography Exhibit
June 18 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 19-21 Columbia Children's Theatre presents "Jack & the Beanstalk"
June 19 - July 1 John Hodge presents "Earth, Sea and Sky"
June 20-22 "Funny Games"
June 20 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 20 Music at Sandhill
June 21 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 21 Mrs. South Carolina Pageant
June 21 Rythym on the River Summer Concert Series
June 21 South Carolina Railroad Museum
June 21 Summer Concert Series 2008
June 21 Summer Safety Celebration
June 22 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 22 Concert in the Park
June 22 The SC Philharmonic, Rice Music House & Nickelodeon Theatre present "Note by Note"
June 23 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 24-26 "Snow Angels"
June 24 Clear Vision featuring Tyron Mack and Willie Wilson
June 24 Columbia Baroque Soloists Concert "The Grand Tour"
June 24 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 25 Columbia Blowfish Baseball
June 26 Third Thursday Exchange

For a complete list of upcoming and ongoing events, please visit Columbia's Visitors Bureau.

Monday, June 2, 2008

A True Chick Flick: Sex and the City Commentary


Okay, I will admit it this is a true "chick flick". Probably more so than any recent movie and there have been many chick flicks in the past year. I have never been a big TV watcher. I never watched the show when it was a regular TV show on prime time. However, since it has been in reruns and shown late night, I have caught enough episodes so I wanted to see Carrie's latest wardrobe and if she and Mr. Big finally tie the knot.

It's really kinda' funny how opening night was. I knew it would be a huge hit and I suspected lots of females would attend. The theater I chose to go to had 5 showings at one time; they cancelled other movies to accommodate this SOLD out event.

In the entire audience there were maybe 3 men; two that came with women and one lone male. It was obvious he was by his self too. The theater was full except for the two seats on Both sides of this man. When they showed the previews for future movies; he spoke out; "Finally a man movie" the entire group of women laughed so hard. It was like we were all connected and part of this big sisterhood of females. It wasn't just a movie it was an EVENT!!!!! (like no other)

The movie had some of the most beautiful clothes you could ever imagine and shoes; ohmy! I have a rating system that I use to judge weather a movie is good or not; there are three criteria:

1. Did it make me laugh?
2. Did it make me cry?
3. Did I stay awake?

YES, YES, YES!!!! This gets my highest rating of 3 YESES!!!! Considering the movie was three hours long; that is really saying something for me to stay awake during the entire show!!! (smile) I would love to tell you more; but I cannot reveal anything that might ruin the movie. I think all 4 played their roles fantastically.

Even though they have aged a little since they were on TV; I thought they looked great; so what if they are showing a few lines? They all have stayed in shape and could beat the body parts out of many younger women. The movie was a financial winner out grossed all the other movies and it made more on opening night then they expected it to make in the entire run of it. ALRIGHT: that really says a lot about this generation of chick flicks; for women of all ages!

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