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This principal event, introduced in 2019, serves as a closing celebration for the Arts Fest’s visual art competitions & exhibitions. In addition to admiring the vast array of artwork on display, Exhibition Encore patrons can enjoy musical entertainment, live art demonstrations, and more.

Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418

Sunday, May 2, 2021 • Noon-5:00pm

***Due to the ongoing vaccination clinic operating in the Coliseum/Convention Center Parking Garage, parking for all Arts Fest events on the campus will take place in Lot C of the Performing Arts Center. Patrons may access this lot easily from the West Montague Avenue side of the complex.  Follow posted signage to enter the Arts Fest events area inside Convention Center Exhibit Hall A.***

Featured Exhibitions

A number of the artworks featured in these exhibitions are available for purchase!

Judged Fine Art

The Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition features hundreds of pieces in acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, printed new media, and 2-D mixed media by artists from throughout the Lowcountry.

Judged Photography

The Judged Photography Competition & Exhibition showcases a diverse collection of photographs in color and monochrome by professional and amateur photographers from throughout the Lowcountry.

South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft

The South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition, now in its 19th year, is the state’s longest-running fine craft competition and exhibition. The juried show features fine craft objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and 3-D mixed media by artisans from throughout the state of South Carolina.

Tri-County Youth Art & High School Sculpture

The Tri-County Youth Art Competition & Exhibition includes 2-D artwork in a variety of subjects and media by public, private, and home school students in grades 1-12 in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. The Tri-County High School Sculpture Competition & Exhibition features sculptures in a variety of subjects and media by public, private, and home school students in grades 9-12 in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. Students visiting the exhibitions are invited to cast a vote for their favorite Youth Art and High School Sculpture pieces to receive “Youth Choice” Awards.

Musical Performances

Noon-1:30pm – Wayne Daws – variety of guitar instrumentals, with selections ranging from classical to contemporary

1:45 – 3:15pmNikolai Svishev – medley of gypsy jazz, Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and new flamenco tunes

3:30pm – 5:00pm – Sax y Guitar – bossa nova, jazz standards, Latin jazz, and funk with Ian Sanchez on alto saxophone and Chris Dodson on hollow body electric guitar


Live Art Demonstrations

Noon-5:00pm – The Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild, an affiliate of the Handweavers Guild of America, is a community of handcrafters interested in the wide range of fiber arts, including, but not limited to, weaving, spinning, dying, felting, basketry, quilting, knitting, crocheting, tatting, and bead weaving. Members of the guild will offer demonstrations in a variety of these fiber art techniques throughout the day.

Noon-2:30pm – Christopher Dotson observe as he works by intuition and instinct to complete his latest abstract oil painting inspired by nature

2:30-5:00pmScott Wallace – watch as he explores unusual color palettes and the textural possibilities of acrylic paint in the creation of a new abstract work

Bubbles & Bites

In the tradition of art receptions, complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks will be served inside the exhibit hall from 2-5pm.