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, kid’s activities, and more.
Where & When
Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Sunday, May 3, 2020 • Noon-5:00pm
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.
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.
Stage Schedule – Musical Performances
Noon-1:00pm – Vista Woodwind Quintet will perform a mixed repertoire of classical and popular music, ranging from Mozart and Gershwin to Star Wars and Disney.
1:00 – 1:30pm – Award Acknowledgements for Tri-County Youth Art & High School Sculpture Competitions.
1:30pm – 3:00pm – Sax y Guitar features local musicians Ian Sanchez on alto saxophone and Chris Dodson on hollowbody electric guitar. The duo will perform bossa nova, jazz standards, Latin jazz, and funk.
3:15pm – 5:00pm – Enjoy classical, jazz, and pop instrumentals by guitarist Gregory Guay. His delicate but lightning-fast playing is downright seductive, and his catalog of originals and covers encompasses a wide range of musical tastes.
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-1:30pm – Charleston based artist and designer Leslie Caneda specializes in live painting and derives her inspiration from childhood folklore, nature, femininity, and of course, music. With bright colors and vivacious patterns, her surrealistic style embraces positivity and light and aims to connect all things wonderful and whimsical. Follow along as she provides a visual recording of her experience at the Exhibition Encore.
1:45-3:15pm – Christopher Dotson is obsessive about lines, shapes, and color, and he is particularly fascinated by the effects of light and shadow on objects. Drawing and painting are his tools for exploring their meaning, telling a story, and bringing the viewer into his world. Chris’ background as an arts instructor means he’s quite used to an audience, so don’t be afraid to get up close to view the progress on his latest abstract oil painting and engage in conversation about his process, technique, materials, where he get his ideas, and more.
3:30-5:00pm – As a Southern abstract expressionist artist, Caroline McCloud Self is inspired by the complexity of shape, color, and texture. Her paintings layer mystery and movement, explore harmony and tension, and work to evoke the poetry of nature and the joy of beauty. Watch as she animates the inanimate and brings her canvas to life.
Other Activities & Attractions
Award acknowledgements for the young artists participating in the Tri-County Youth Art and High School Sculpture Competitions will take place on stage at 1:00pm during the Exhibition Encore.
The many works of art on view are sure to inspire! Children are encouraged to unleash their own creativity with free art activities, including watercolor painting with local artist and educator Daryle Halbert, and a flextangle craft combining art and geometry with the Liberty Hill STEM Initiative. Additional offerings for children include an inflatable zone near the entrance to the Convention Center, featuring a jump castle and the Dueling Dragon’s Lair, an obstacle course with a double slide!
Food & Drink
A selection of food trucks and carts will be on site to provide patrons a variety of delicious menu selections to enjoy for lunch or a snack. And, in the tradition of art receptions, complimentary wine will be served inside the exhibit hall from 3-5pm.