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**NEW IN 2019!**

This NEW event serves as a day-long 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, hands-on activities, and more.


Where & When

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

Sunday, May 5, 2019 • Noon-6:00pm
**Award acknowledgements for the young artists participating in the Tri-County Youth Art and High School Sculpture Competitions will take place on stage at noon during the opening of the Exhibition Encore.**

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Featured Exhibitions

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


The Judged Fine Art Competition & Exhibition features hundreds of pieces in acrylic, oil, drawing, pastel, watercolor, printmaking, 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.


The South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition, now in its 18th 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.


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. Students visiting the exhibition are invited to cast a vote for their favorite Youth Art piece for the first-ever “Youth Choice Award.” The inaugural 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.


Stage Schedule – Musical Performances

Noon – 12:30pm – Award Acknowledgements for Tri-County Youth Art & High School Sculpture Competitions.

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Charleston-based quartet ContraForce is the high-energy experimental folk project of fiddler Andrae Raffield, percussionist/handpan/saxophonist Joey Dorwart, guitarist Jimi “Two Nails” Peirano, and vocalist Karin Mcquade. Their take on old standards and new originals is based on the Celtic and Appalachian folk styles normally featured at contra dances, with an intoxicating addition of Middle Eastern and heavy rock influence that gives their sound a psychedelic feel.

1:45pm – 2:45pm – Accomplished solo guitarist David Archer utilizes modern looping technology that allows him to sound like a one-man jazz trio. His repertoire of toe-tapping instrumentals ranges from jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, to pop and classic rock favorites.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Looping and intricate compositions are a staple of guitarist Jesse Shafer’s modern jazz style, mixed with a roots/Americana feel garnered through his upbringing in Nashville, TN. Currently studying jazz guitar at the College of Charleston, Shafer plays on a guitar that he hand-built himself, along with pedal steel guitar.

4:15pm – 6:00pm Wayne Daws will play a variety of guitar instrumentals, with selections ranging from classical to contemporary. The veteran musician has more than 20 years of experience performing solo, as a lead guitarist, and in numerous theatre productions.

Live Art Demonstrations

Noon-6:00pm – 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.

12:30-2:30pm – Local painter and illustrator Vik Hart describes himself as an artist inspired by many things – some real, most fiction. His vibrant mixed media works depict a world far from the one we know, featuring surreal, alien landscapes created with spontaneity and a dark playfulness. Follow along as he employs drawing and painting techniques to further explore the fictional world that exists within his canvases.

2:00-4:00pm – With a special focus on female narratives, local artist Marian Smith loves the challenge of visually translating elements of culture (food, music, architecture, etc.) into anthropomorphized portraits.  Whether it’s re-imagining classical paintings, the blending of architecture and human anatomy, or the serene simplicity of a woman in repose, Smith hopes to inspire meaningful discussions, curiosity, and playful exploration of sensuality through her abstract paintings. Watch as she animates the inanimate and brings culture to life in her live painting demonstration!

3:30-5:30pmPedro Rodriguez’s acrylic paintings of cityscapes, religious iconography, social commentary, and music scenes are often characterized by bright colors and vivid brush strokes. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, his upbringing and Latin American heritage inspire his work, as does his formal education in art therapy and 28 years as an art and Spanish teacher in Charleston County schools. His background as an arts educator means he’s quite used to an audience, so don’t be afraid to get up close to view the progress on his latest piece.

Other Activities & Attractions


Joseph Kameen, winner of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition, will offer a live painting demonstration from noon-3pm. He’ll then host a meet-and-greet from 3-5pm, where you can get your official Arts Fest poster autographed! Meet Joseph at the North Charleston City Gallery, just down the hall from all of the Exhibition Encore action, for an artist-led tour of his exhibition, Balancing Act, from 5-6pm.


Guests of all ages are encouraged to unleash their own creativity by participating in a Re-Action style painting with Amiri Gueka Farris. Part collaborative painting, part improv performance, this fun and engaging activity combines color, energy, emotion, and movement, resulting in a unique, large-scale painting. Additional art activities for children include coloring sheets featuring the Arts Fest’s winning poster design Shadow Boxer, and paper butterfly creations with local artist and instructor Anna Vecchione.


Kids can get a quick thrill in the 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!


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.