Thursday, December 30, 2010


Gallery Opening at The Florence Regional Arts Alliance from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 6th.
The Whimsical World According To Fowle. The show will feature artwork of both Mike and Patz Fowle.

Primarily self-taught, Patz Fowle is an award-winning ceramic artist, innovative teaching artist and published author. Fowle specializes in creating handbuilt anthropomorphic ceramic sculpture and her work is recognized for its distinctive, thought-provoking, witty style.

Fowle’s sculptures and original techniques are acknowledged by the American Ceramic Society and her ceramic sculpture is part of the permanent collection at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Her work has been chronicled in numerous books on the ceramic arts, reference books on contemporary sculpture, nationally distributed art text books, and featured in a documentary on a PBS series on South Carolina Educational Television. Considered a ground-breaking method for handbuilding in clay in 1970, Fowle’s significant contributions to the ceramic arts have become an American tradition. Through the years, she has taught the Patz Fowle Ceramic Technique nationally and internationally in hopes that this exciting art form will continue to inspire creativity in the ceramic arts for many, many generations to come.

Mike Fowle is a self-taught contemporary visual artist. He mainly focuses on creating sculptures. Fowle creates sculptures by using metal, clay, wood, and other materials that he finds suitable to create a piece of fine art. Whenever he begins creating a sculpture, Fowle is able to envision the final product of his piece from the reassembled recycled materials and objects he has discovered. When not working on a sculpture, Fowle likes to test his talents by oil painting.

For the last thirty years, Fowle has been working with his wife, Patz, in various art-related ventures. However, Fowle states that he only began creating “his own artwork” about three years ago. He has created about a dozen pieces.


FLORENCE – The Honda of South Carolina Concerts in the Park will feature Ervin Et Al from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 2nd in the Main Gallery of the Florence Museum. Presented in collaboration with the City of Florence Parks and Beautification Department and the Florence Museum, the Honda of South Carolina Concerts in Parks is a Florence Regional Arts Alliance programming initiative designed to showcase area performing talent while aso providing the community with family oriented entertainment on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. There is no admission charge.

Originally from Florence the Ervin Brothers, James and Dewey Ervin, will be joined by their sister, Floramay Holliday Racz from Dallas, Texas. They will also be joined by friends. The group performs Country, Rock and Blues.


The Alliance is currently accepting entries for CarolinaFest 2011, a Juried Art Competition designed to showcase the quality and diversity of artwork bing created by artists in North and South Carolina. There will be three Premier Merit Awards at $500 and three Distinguished Merit Awards given at $250 each. Applications need to be in by January 7, 2011. Prospectus is available on line at:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sample Posts of "New Works by Jack Dowis"

"Metaphorical Patterns"

"Carnival at Dusk"

"The Explorers"

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gallery 412 To Present "News Works by Jack Dowis"

Gallery 412 of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance will open "News Works by Jack Dowis" from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 4. The show includes 48 works completed by the artist since January of 2010 and offers art lovers a rare opportunity to enjoy so large and diverse a grouping of works by Dowis en masse. A retired architect, Dowis has had an avocational interest in drawing and painting for most of his adult life. In addition to exhibiting in groups shows and one-artist shows, he is a regular contributor to competitive exhibitions and has won a significant number of awards. In addition, Dowis has devoted much of the last 50 years to concerted efforts with respec to the advancement of the arts in his community, region, and state. He was instrumental in the founding ad organization of the Florence Area Arts Council. He is an Honorary Trustee of the Florence Museum and served from 1960 to 1970 and again from 1972 to 1975 as President of the Museum and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. When the South Carolina Arts Commission was organized in 1967, he was one of the orginial commissioners appointed by Govenor John C. West, and he served three years as Chairman of the Selection Committee for the State Arts Commission.

Concerts In The Park To Present 12 Percent

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance Honda of South Carolina Concerts In The Park will present 12 Percent from 3:00 until 4:30 pm on Sunday, November 7 in the Main Gallery of the Florence Museum at 558 Spruce Street. 12 Percent is are performers who aim to please. The acoustic trio pull from a vast catalog of cover tunes and styles. Wherever they perform, they bring down the house. The Name "12 Present" stems from an idea Rob Bispo had to take Jason Hill's solo act and broaden it. When the solo act was broadened, "12 Percent" was born. Members include Jason Hill, lead vocals and guitar; Rob Bispo, bass and vocals; and Phil Miller, drums and vocals. Together the three performers have over 40 years of playing experience. And that experience is guaranteed to get a crowd really going!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gallery 412 To Open October Show featuring Uschi Jeffcoat, Mollie Jerr Ludlam, and Minnemie Murphy

From 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, October 7, Gallery 412 of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance will open a month-long show featuring the works of Uschi Jeffcoat, Molly Jerr Ludlam, and Minnemie Murphy. On display at The Arts Alliance facility at 412 South Dargan, the show features 64 works by the three talented emerging artists. There is no admission charge, so take advantage of a great opportunity to experience the quality work being created by artists from right here in the immediate community. And because most of the works are for sale, this just might be the right time to start or grow that personal collection for your home or your office.

"End of the Day" by Minnemie Murphy

"Hold a Friend with Both of Your Hands" by Molly Jerr Ludlam

"Fluid Utopia" by Uschi Jeffcoat

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Honda of South Carolina Concerts In The Park To Feature Melanie McMillan and M Theory

On Sunday, September the 12th from 3 to 4 pm, join with your fellow citizens from across the community, and sit back in chairs or lie back on blankets with a well stocked hamper of munchies and non-alcoholic beverages nearby as together we enjoy the vocal stylings of singer-songwriter Melanie McMillan and instrumental support provided by the remarkably fine musicians of M Theory. It will be a memorable afternoon of music. It's the Honda of South Carolina Concerts In The Park, and it's sponsored by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance in collaboration with the City of Florence Parks and Beautification and the Florence Museum. It's a monthly gift to the community, and it provides one of those wonderful opportunities to enjoy that exceptional talent of those living in our own community as well as those living in the Southeast. When talent sings, plays an instrument, speaks, dances, or expresses themselves in a myriad of other artistic ways, we mere mortals savor the gift of the Muses and often come really close to experiencing the sublime. Mark you calendar for Sunday, September the 12th. The time is 3 until 4:30 pm. The place is the Timrod Park Amphitheatre. Make this Honda of South Carolina Concert In The Park as must. You won't regret that you did. Be there!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

"The Perspectives of Pollie Bristow"

Amongst all the materials related to the upcoming exhibition, I just unearthed a really great artist's statement by Pollie Bristow: "Being an artist, I will never grow old because I am always learning and am a quintessential student. My art journey has taken me to many places with many detours, stops, and surprises along the way. Boring, never! I don't always know my path, but I am surely having fun getting there." Pollie's statement should make the Opening of "The Perspectives of Pollie Bristow" from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, September 2 a must for all who follow and embrace the visual arts, whether as practitioners or as purchasers or as aficionados. Please come and enjoy.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"The Perspectives of Pollie Bristow"

Four of the forty-one works included in "The Perspectives of Pollie Bristow," the featured show at the Florence Regional Arts Alliance's Gallery 412 from Thursday, September 2 through Thursday, September 30. Attend the Opening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 2, and show your support for the arts. Gallery 412 is open from 1:30 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday or by special arrangement.

"Tubb's Inlet"

"Artichoke Relish"

"In a New York Minute"

"Collision Course"

"The Perspectives of Pollie Bristow"

Join the Florence Regional Arts Alliance from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, September 2 when Gallery 412 opens "The Perspectives of Pollie Bristow." On display at The Arts Alliance's facility at 412 South Dargan Street in Downtown Florence, the show includes 41 works that the artist calls non-representational but which are probably more accurately termed abstract impressionism. Regardless of how the works are described, the show is one that should be experienced by all who enjoy and appreciate the visual arts. Support the arts by attending the September 2 Opening from 6:00-8:00 pm. Although contributions are appreciated, the Opening is free to all who attend, so take advantage of this great opportunity to experience quality work that has been created by a seasoned and prolific artist from right here in the immediate community.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Gallery 412 Opens 2010-2011 Season with "Last Words" by Susan Lenz

Image from "Last Words," the fiber installation exhibition by Susan Lenz that opened the 2010-2010 Season of Gallery 412 of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.