Saturday, February 27, 2010

Black Creek, Blue Jeans, & BBQ Sponsorship Opportunities

Without sponsors, Black Creek, Blue Jeans & BBQ would not be possible. Please help support the Arts in Darlington County by being a sponsor for our 2nd Annual BBQ Festival. There are several sponsorship levels. Contact Bruce Douglas at the Black Creek Arts Center to arrange your sponsorship for the Pee Dee's Premier BBQ Event.

Gold Sponsorship - $1,000

Gold Sponsors will have their name printed larger on all printed materials and banners. They will also be able to have a display table on Friday and Saturday. The sponsorship includes six tickets to each day's events. Gold Sponsors will be celebrity judges for Friday Night's Anything Butt Contest and will be Major Sponsors for the BBQ Butt Awards on Saturday.
Silver Sponsorship - $500

Silver Sponsors will have their name on all printed materials and banners. Silver Sponsors will be able to have a display table on Friday Night. The sponsorship also comes with 3 tickets to each day's events. Silver Sponsors will be celebrity judges for Friday Night's Anything Butt Contest and Major Sponsors for the BBQ Ribs Contest on Saturday.

Platinum Sponsorship - $250

Platinum Sponsors will have their name on all printed materials and receive 2 tickets for each day's events. Platinum Sponsors will also be recognized as sponsors of the People's Choice Awards on Friday (Anything Butt Contest) and Saturday (BBQ Tasting).

Supporter of the Pork Sponsorship - $100

This sponsorship is great for individuals, as well as businesses. Supporters of the Pork help Black Creek with the purchase of Boston Butts and Ribs for the Saturday cook-offs. Supporters of the Pork will have their name on all printed materials and receive one free ticket to either day's event.

I Love My Blue Jeans Sponsorship - $100

The I Love My Blue Jeans Sponsorship supports the prizes and crowning of Mr. & Mrs. Black Creek, Blue Jeans, & BBQ for 2010. Sponsors will be recognized in printed materials and during the I Love My Blue Jeans Contest. I Love My Blue Jeans Sponsors will also receive one free ticket to either day's event.

For more information about the events associated with Black Creek, Blue Jeans, & BBQ, click on the links below:

If you're interested in being a sponsor for Black Creek, Blue Jeans & BBQ, contact Bruce Douglas at 843.332.6234 or Judy Haenni at 843.229.3269.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Watercolor with Frankie Bush

One Monday in March, April and May, Frankie Bush will be leading a series of watercolor classes at Black Creek Arts Center. Dates are March 8, April 5 and May 10.

Frankie's classes are perfect for levels from beginner to intermediate. Class will take place at the Arts Center from 10am to 2 pm...please bring a bag lunch.

Cost for each session is $40. To view a supply list click here. Call 843.332.6234 to sign up. In the first session, students will be painting an iris.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Watercolor Workshop with Anne Patterson

Creating Successful Paintings
from Your Photographs

2-Day Watercolor Worshop
Anne Hightower-Patterson
Friday, March 19th & Saturday March 20th from 9:30 - 4:00
at the Black Creek Arts Center
Call 843.332.6234 to sign up.

More information below.

In this workshop, artists will be taught to analyze their photographs for design elements that will produce stronger paintings. Artists will be shown a demonstration on utilizing photoshop elements to create better images by cropping, adusting contrast, saturation, color and simplification for drawing. Students will have the opportunity to ask individual questions regarding their own images. All information will be anchored in the elements and priniciples of design.

Class Breakdown:

Students arrive at workshop by 9:30 a.m for socialization and set up.
Instruction begins at 10 a.m. We will break for lunch around 12:30 p.m.
Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch so that we can return to work around 1pm. The afternoon will end at 4pm.

What you need to bring:

Bring your usual watercolor materials, photographs that are potential resource material for painting. Please bring some masking tape, tracing paper, and transfer paper.

These are the materials I usually use, but are not required for you to have:


Art Xpress Round Kolinsky Sable Brushes Sizes 6,8, 10

Loewe Cornell Fabric dye brushes round and flat in a variety of sizes
(I use these for scrubbing. I purchase these from the fabric dye section of Michael's)

For applying liquid maskoid, I use the rubber paint shapers in the softer white rubber.
I like a number 3 or 4 round for this.


I use 140 lb Arches cold press paper for glazing techniques. For teaching I choose to watercolor blocks or sheet paper according to the size of the image.


I use a variety of colors, but always professional grade paint. My favorite basic palatte is quinacquidone red or permanent red, scarlet lake, permanent alizaron crimson, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, thalo blue, new gamboge yellow, aureolin yellow, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and sap green.

If you have any questions, please email Anne at

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Guild for Artists and Artisans to form in the Pee Dee

For the past several months, a group of artists and arts council personnel have been meeting to create a guild for the artisans that live and create throughout the counties that lie along the South Carolina Tobacco Trail. The group now plans to form the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail.

The Tobacco Trail runs through the counties of Horry, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Williamsburg, Clarendon, and Florence.

These meetings have led to the opportunity for artisans to display their work at the Black Creek Arts Center in Darlington County for the month of August 2010. The Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail will be the featured artists in the Jean & James Fort Gallery. This exhibit and opening reception will mark the public launching of the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail.

If you are interested in this opportunity and becoming a founding member of the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail, read the guidelines below.

All potential members are selected through a two-part jury process to ensure their craft is of a good standard. For the first stage, works will be reviewed by e-mailed jpeg photographs. Five images should be emailed to on or before March 26th. These photos will then be distributed to the jury. Those meeting basic standards will be asked to present their work in person for the final jury stage. This will take place at The South Carolina Tobacco Museum in Mullins on April 9th. Notification will be sent by e-mail within a week of jurying.

Accepted media for jurying are: clay, drawing, fiber glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, painting, paper, photography, sculpture, handmade books, and wood. Specialty foods made in the area will also be considered for jurying. The following forms of production are prohibited: crafts produced from commercial kits; commercial patterns, molds and forms; any item violating copyrights; plants (except Bonsai), polished rocks, decoupage and similar items; hobby crafts, shell crafts, country crafts, decal crafts, silk or dried floral arrangements, mass-produced items, commercial re-sales. No work made from commercial stencils or prefabricated forms. No copies of masters, advertisements or widely distributed photos. Work produced in a class or workshop is not eligible to be juried or shown.

Applications for Membership can be obtained by calling or emailing Barbara Streeter (, 843.248.4527) or Bruce Douglas (, 843.332.6234).

More information about the live jury phase and the exhibiting opportunity will be sent out when the jpeg images are received.

The mission of the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail is to bring together artists, artisans, and retailers for the benefits of marketing, tourism, education, and shared resources.

The Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail promotes the tradition of fine visual arts and fine crafts. It serves the professional artists, craftspeople and retailers of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail area, and work representing the area. It is run by and for its members; volunteers do most of the work. A board of directors is elected from the membership.

Dedicated to excellence in craftsmanship, ASCTT promotes the career development of its members through marketing, by operating wholesale/retail shows, maintaining a website, and by publishing a newsletter and an annual brochure which will be placed at interstate welcome centers, local hotels, chambers of commerce, arts groups, etc.

Shows are known for their consistent high-quality standards. This is achieved by a comprehensive jury system for professional membership. The guild also serves as a liaison between its membership and other cultural and educational organizations within the state.

The formation of the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail was made possible by Black Creek Arts Council of Darlington County through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Carolinas III

Library & Arts Center to Host Community Photography Exhibit

The Carolinas II Best of Show: Ruth's by Randy Drevland

Black Creek Arts Council and the Friends of Hartsville Memorial Library will be hosting their third annual community photography contest and exhibit in July. The Carolinas III will debut at the Hartsville Library and the Black Creek Arts Center with an opening reception and gallery crawl on July 8th from 5-7pm.

To enter the contest, simply bring your photo(s) to the Arts Center between June 22nd and July 2nd. Three entries per person are allowed and the prices are: $15 for the first entry, $25 for two, and $30 for 3. A discount of $5 will be given to Friends of the Hartsville Memorial Library and donors to Black Creek Arts Council.

All photographs will be considered in the Best of Show Category and will be entered in one of the following categories: Photographers 18 & Under, Small Photos (dimensions smaller than 11x14), Large Photos (dimensions 11 x 14 and larger), The Carolinas, and Darlington County Travelers. One winner and two honorable mentions will be given per category. One People's Choice Award will be voted on by visitors at each display location.

The Darlington County Travelers category is new for 2010 Contest. "We've broadened the scope for the entries based on feedback from the people who entered last year," said Bruce Douglas, Executive Director of BCAC. "There are so many people that want to share the images from their travels. Black Creek and the Library are going to give them that opportunity."

The contest is open to anyone who lives, works, or creates in Darlington County.

For more information, call Bruce Douglas at the Black Creek Arts Center, 843.332.6234.

The mission of Black Creek Arts Council is to promote and foster the Arts in Darlington County. BCAC’s offices are housed in a state of the art 10,000 square foot facility at 116 West College Avenue in Hartsville, SC. BCAC offers a variety of programs including art classes of all styles, after-school activities, pre-school aged programs, private music lessons, and various types of gallery exhibits. BCAC also offers assistance with arts management, funding, education, and program coordination to arts and cultural organizations in Darlington County.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Knitting at Birds Of A Feather

Lauri McLeland will offer Beginning Knitting at Birds Of A Feather on Thursdays beginning in March. The sessions will begin at 1pm and cost $10 per class.

Advanced knitters invited to join the group at no cost.

Call Linda Howle at Birds Of A Feather for more information, 843.616.2561.

Anna Coe to Lead Watercolor Class

Anna Coe will be leading a Watercolor class at Birds Of A Feather over five Mondays beginning February 15th. The class will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 and will cover topics such as Color Theory and Design Made Easy. An Italian canal scene will be the subject matter painted. Cost for the class is $85.

Call Linda Howle at 843.616.2561 to sign up and receive the supply list.

Oil Painting with Vicky McLain

Vicky McLain will be leading two oil painting classes on Wednesdays beginning March 10th. The morning session will meet from 10:00 to noon and the afternoon session will be from 1:00 to 3:00. Each class will meet four times and the cost is $70. Call Linda Howle at 843.616.2561 to sign up and get the supply list.

Vicky McLain will also be leaing an Open Studio session on Tuesdays beginning March 16. Open Studio will meet from 1:00 to 3:00. Oil, watercolor, and acrylic painters welcome. The cost is $70 for four weeks. Call Linda Howle at 843.616.2561 to sign up.