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: