Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Work on Paper by Jean Bourque

Goodbye to the Riverfest Music and Art

Okay; I'll admit it I dragged my feet and was tied up with other things and never really made it to the Riverfest until this past Sat. And like so many things that one may put off until the last event or last semester; you say Whoa...I wish I had discovered this in the beginning.
But perhaps the powers that be wanted me to see the end rather than the beginning. I learned a lot in my short visit. Here is what I saw; besides great art; happy faces and an art festival; I saw a family of artists. They had become united. It was an interesting observation.

All the artists had really bonded and become like a big happy family. I had not seen this happen before. But week after week of hanging out at the River showing their art and listening to live music every Saturday night certainly would be a way to bond. It's not just the art or just the music its the People; the Artists and the time together; The Socializing. I often pick my "off duty" events by the social factor instead of the sales potential, but that's just me. My friends only sold a few things here and there; no one made a killing and to me it didn't seem like it was worth the time from the sales perspective; but then again....isn't developing new friendships and relating to a definite crowd; worth so much more???

YES; I think it is....

Southern Visions wants Your Feedback!!!

Southern Visions is the traveling exhibit program of the Southern Arts Federation that showcases Southern traditional and contemporary art. Recently, the Southern Visions program held an open call for submissions, looking for a new traveling exhibit to add to our roster. Below you will see work samples and details of each eligible exhibit.

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!! Let us know which exhibit you would like to see on the Southern Visions roster by taking our interest survey. Please respond to the survey by Thursday, July 31, 2008. Your input will help to determine which of these exciting exhibits will be available to you in the near future.

We recommend you and your colleagues view images from the proposed exhibits below before beginning the survey. Additional images from each exhibit can be seen HERE. The images and photographs in this document are provided for the purpose of educational activities only. All other uses are prohibited. Access to these images does not imply unlimited use permissions nor any release of copyright restrictions. Images and photos are provided for educational related use only. Photo credit must be given where indicated. Long-term use of these materials in publications, CD-ROMs, DVDs, Web sites (other than online articles), and any other non educational or non-press related, for-profit use is prohibited. The copyright holders reserve the right to withhold access to images if false representation is suspected or there are questions about intended usage.
Annual SCBWI Southern Breeze Children's Book Illustrators Show Jazz: the First Days New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians Southern Eccentric: The Paintings of Larry Connatser Southern Open 2008 The Faith Experience The Blues in Claiborne County: From Rabbit Foot Minstrels to Blues and Cruise

Sunday, July 6, 2008

2009 Flowertown Festival Call for Artists & Runners

The Annual Flowertown Festival was established 36 years ago to support the programs and community outreach of the Summerville Family YMCA. The Flowertown Festival has since become a nationally acclaimed event—drawing over 200,000 visitors to Summerville to see the wonderful arts and crafts, sample goodies at the Taste of Summerville and enjoy the Children’s Jubilee. All set against a backdrop of azaleas, dogwoods, and wisteria in the Town’s lush Azalea Park, the Festival is one of the largest events in the Southeast. The 2009 Festival will take place Friday, April 3—Sunday, April 5, 2009.

Twelve years ago, the Annual Flowertown Festival Run was added to the Flowertown Festival activities as the official kick-off event. Located in one of the South’s most beautiful locations, downtown historic Summerville, the Flowertown Festival Run draws over 850 runners every year. The run includes three distances: 10k, 5k and one mile—a distance for everyone’s pace. The 2009 run will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2009. Proceeds for both events benefit the Summerville Family YMCA.
Contest details:
- Entrants are asked to submit original paintings, drawings or digital artwork to represent one, or both of, the above mentioned events.
- The design entry must be appropriate to be used on T-shirts, posters, brochures, billboards and other promotional materials .
- No more than three (3) entries per person are permitted. Entries must be received no later than October 13, 2008 at 5:00p.m.
- The contest is open to all legal residents of the United States, except employees of the Summerville Family YMCA .
- Entry fee: $15/entry. Please make checks payable to the Summerville Family YMCA.
- Student entries will be entered in (and eligible to win) the open competition.
- Designs must be original to entrant.
To enter, send your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and design created by you for the event(s) indicated above. Only entries that comply with all contest requirements (listed below) will be accepted. Please mail your entry to:
Summerville Family YMCA
140 S. Cedar St.
Summerville, SC 29483
Attn: Liz Graham
You may also e-mail your entry with your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an e-mail attachment that must be saved in one (1) of the following formats jpg, gif, eps, bmp containing your t-shirt design entry. Please email to:
All submitted designs become the property of SFYMCA upon receipt and may be published in any medium by SFYMCA without additional compensation to entrants. The SFYMCA is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries. From all eligible entries received, the SFYMCA judges will select one winner based on design’s originality, creativity and reflection of the event image on or about October 24, 2008.

The winners will receive their choice of either $300 or a booth space at the Flowertown Festival (valued at $350), as well as 6 t-shirts and 10 posters. All other expenses and all federal, state and local taxes are winner’s sole responsibility. No transfer or substitution of prize is allowed. The winning design(s) becomes the property of the SFYMCA and may be modified as necessary. The winning design(s) will have sponsor logos added and the placement of those logos is at the discretion of the SFYMCA.

(Photo: of art done by Jean Bourque)