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S.C. Artisans Center Juries Colleton Native

The works of 19 newly-juried artists are now on display at the S.C. Artisans Center, including the works of a local artist.

The artisans center is the official folk art retail spot for South Carolina, and is located in Walterboro. Last week, 19 artists from across the Palmetto State were officially given their title as being juried, meaning they were selected by a panel of judges to showcase their works at the center. The mediums of art that are on display range from fiber art to jewelry to painting. Since the official folk art spot is also a retail headquarters, this artwork is for sale to the general public.

To become juried, interested artists must go through a two-phase selection process. The panel of judges during this two-phase process consists of local Colleton County artists and art teachers.

“Not all of the artists who initially applied made it to the final phase,” said Ashby Bonds, a marketing assistant at the artisans center. According to her, about 22 people originally applied to be selected an official artist at the center.

Among those chosen is Walterboro’s own Megan Utsey, whose medium of choice is fiber art, said Bonds. Utsey’s work is on display with other artists at the retail hot spot.

This is last group of artists from across the state to be chosen during the annual juried selection. Going forward, the artisans center will use quarterly-selection, said Bonds. The next juried selection will likely begin in January of 2018, she said.

In addition to announcing its new artists and their selections, the S.C. Artisans Center also recently received a $500,000 grant. These funds will be used to “rejuvenate” the center for better display of artist’s work, according to Bonds. “We want more pieces on display, and we want more of those pieces to flow to better showcase the work,” she said.

The newly-juried artists from across South Carolina: Jessica Cashman of Johns Island; Patrice Cole of Calhoun Falls; Joanne Crouch of Ward; Rush Dixon of Summerville; Annette Giaco of Pauline; Susi Godfrey of Indian Land; Kristine Hanson of Mount Pleasant; Vicki Herridge of Charleston; Will Kallberg of Summerville; Elizabeth LaRose of Columbia; Virginia Watson of North Charleston; Marsha Nordyke of Summerville; Kathy Oda of Ladys Island; Bessie Rawl of Wagener; Susanne Siever of Columbia; Megan Utsey of Walterboro; Nellie Woodruff of Charleston; Marquita Willis of Bluffton; and John Clark of Columbia.

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