By Casey Church
Over 40 artists from around the region will vie for top honors and over $2000 in cash prizes in the fifteenth annual Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Juried Exhibition, opening Thursday, May 3, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.
A reception (free and open to the public) will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., with awards presentations beginning at 6. The exhibit continues through May 24, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays. (Shortened hours may apply during some weekends in May. Call the Museum to verify open hours.)
Up to 70 two-dimensional and three-dimensional works will be selected for jurying. Works selected for display include oil, watercolor, and mixed media paintings; photographs; wood and clay sculptures; and an array of craft items such as batik, quilts and fiber arts. With creations from artists throughout the Carolinas, the show is a perennially popular event with locals and visitors. A large percentage of the works on display will also be available for purchase.
Judge and juror for this year’s competition is Jacqueline Balog, a North Carolina artist, an educator and a member of the Fuquay-Verena Art Guild, the Colored Pencil Society of American and the Colored Pencil Society of Raleigh, North Carolina.
She will provide a descriptive tour of the exhibit at Thursday’s reception, offering insights on how the works were selected for inclusion in the exhibit and for prizes.
Cash awards to be given include the $800 Rebecca R. Bryan Best in Show Award, as well as First, Second and Third Place awards of $500, $275 and $100 respectively. An additional ten works will also be selected for Honorable Mentions.
Visitors to the Museum may also view At First Light: The Katagami Sculpture of Jennifer Falck Linssen, which is on display through September 16.
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome. For further information, call 843-238-2510 or visit www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.