Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Christmas Shoppe 2010: Call to Artists

The Christmas Shoppe is back again and Black Creek is now accepting applications.
The shoppe will be on November 18, 19 and 20 here at Black Creek. This event will feature artists from around the area who will be selling their work. In in past, the Christmas Shoppe has consisted of jewelers, potters, photographers, glass artists, and a soap maker.
If you are an artists interested in appling to be in this year's Christmas Shoppe email Jordan Heydt at with the following information:
Phone number(s)
A Brief Description of Your Work
At least 3 jpeg images of items similar to what you plan to sell
Booth Spaces will be $100. The applicants will be juried. Applications must be recieved no later than 5pm on September 15th. Notification of selection will be made by September 30th. Payment will be due by October 15th.
Please click here for a completed list of Christmas Shoppe rules.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pee Dee Artwork on Display at BCAC in August

On August 5th, a collection of artwork by Pee Dee artists will debut at the Black Creek Arts Center. The exhibit will be made up of works by the Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail (ASCCT) and the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail (ASCTT). An opening reception will be helf from 5:30 to 7:00pm on that Thursday.

Above: The 2010 ASCCT Image of the Year
(by Frankie Bush)

ASCCT was formed in 2008 under the leadership of Black Creek Arts Council director Bruce Douglas and Cheraw jewelry-maker and owner of Three Cats & a Dog Studio Beth Wicker. The group is made up of nearly 40 artists from Chesterfield, Darlington, Lee, Marlboro, and Florence counties.

ASCTT was formed in 2010 and currently has 13 members. ASCTT serves artists that live in the counties along the South Carolina Tobacco Trail (Horry, Williamsburg, Marion, Dillon, Georgetown, Florence and Darlington). Douglas worked with ASCTT founding president, Barbara Streeter of Pop's Glass in Conway, to launch the regional organization earlier this year.

Juried artists in these two groups work in the following media: ceramics, glass, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture. Both organizations strive to bring together artists, artisans and retailers for the benefit of marketing, tourism, education, and shared resources.

The exhibit will remain on display until August 20th. The Black Creek Arts Center is located at 116 W. College Ave. in Hartsville.

Above: 2010 ASCTT Image of the Year
(by Lon Calhoun)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

ROTFL at BCAC on July 16th

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? On July 16th, look no further than the Black Creek Arts Center on College Avenue in Hartsville.

Patrick Doughty, Brooke Mogy, Amelia Little, Jon & Dustin Moree, and the Emili Price will be leading an improv night at the Arts Center. The doors will open at 6:30 and the show will kick off at 7pm with a Whose Line Is It Anyway-style performance by Darlington County's young thespians.

Admission is free.

"These young people are so talented. We're (BCAC) very excited to have them performing at the Arts Center," said BCAC Executive Director Bruce Douglas. "Tracy Price has worked with these young people in the past. I look for this to be yet another successful community-produced performance Tracy is involved in."

ROTFL (Rolling On The Floor Laughing) will take place in the Jean & James Fort Gallery at the Black Creek Arts Center on Friday, July 16th from 6:30 - 8:30pm. For more information, contact Jordan Heydt at 843.332.6234.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Carolinas III: Opens July 8th at the Arts Center & Library

On Thursday, July 8th, the third annual community photography contest and exhibit know as The Carolinas will open at the Black Creek Arts Center and Hartsville Memorial Library. The opening reception and gallery crawl will begin at 5pm. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Nearly 150 photos make up The Carolinas III. A Best of Show winner will be named, as well as winners and honorable mentions in four other categories. Like last year, photos will be judged as Small and Large Photos. Photographers under 18 have their own category. New to the contest this year is the Darlington County Travelers category.

The announcement of the juried winners will be made at 5:45 and all visitors will be able to vote for the People's Choice Award at both display locations.

The Black Creek Arts Center is located at 116 West College Avenue in Hartsville. The Hartsville Memorial Library is located at 147 West College Avenue. For more information, contact Jordan Heydt at 843.332.6234 or

BCAC and HML would like to thank Sonoco for its sponsorship of the Opening Reception and Gallery Crawl for The Carolinas III.

The Black Creek Arts Center
The Hartsville Memorial Library