Above artwork pictured left to right: Voyeur Series by Yvette L. Cummings, Daughter of Man by Uschi Jeffcoat, and Apprehensive Love (3rd place) by Ashley Arakas.

About the Competition

The Trustees of the Florence Museum are proud to present the 2017 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition sponsored by Chick-fil-A. The competition highlights the best contemporary art in the Pee Dee region. One of the state’s oldest juried art competitions, the first Pee Dee Regional dates back to 1954 where the competition was held at the former Florence Museum on Spruce Street in Florence, South Carolina.

This year’s exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 24, 2017 in the FCM Waters Gallery. Visitors are invited to inspect this year’s selection and cast their vote for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open through Friday, March 10 with the winner being announced on Monday, March 20 via a press release and the museum’s social media.

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FCM Waters Gallery
135 South Dargan Street
Florence, South Carolina

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday
10:00am – 5:00pm

Left:
Jim Boden
Hartsville, SC
Harpy
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Jim Boden
Hartsville, SC
Pursue
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Jim Boden
Hartsville, SC
Stilt Walkers
Oil and acrylic on canvas

The Selection Process & Awards

Professional comic book artist and native of Kingstree, South Carolina, Sanford Greene served as the competition juror overseeing the selection of works and awards for this year’s exhibition. First place in this year’s competition was awarded to Yvette Cummings of Conway for her painting When the Magpie Came. The other award winners include second-place acrylic painting by Florence resident Debbie Broadway titled And So It Was and third place Apprehensive Love by Myrtle Beach artist, Ashley Arakas. The honorable mention was awarded to the watercolor titled, Through the Eyes of a Child by Lynda English of Florence.

The exhibit this year is composed of 34 works of art selected from 119 online submissions by 57 artists representing northeastern South Carolina. This year’s exhibit is comprised from a balanced variety of paintings, mixed media, prints, drawings, photography and three-dimensional works.

Yvette Cummings
Conway, SC
When the Magpie Came
Acrylic on Canvas

See our blog for an interview with Yvette L. Cummings.

Debbie Broadway
Florence, SC
And So It Was
Acrylic

Ashley Arakas
Myrtle Beach, SC
Apprehensive Love
Watercolor on paper

Lynda English
Florence, SC
Through the Eyes of a Child
Watercolor

Debbie Broadway
Florence, SC
And So It Was
Acrylic

Juror’s Statement

First let me say it was an honor to be asked to participate as the juror for the 2017 Pee Dee Regional. Over the last few years I have begun to recognize the amount of artistic talent in South Carolina, especially in the Pee Dee, and it was gratifying to see the diversity of entries into this year’s competition.

There were many pieces that made the judging thought-provoking. Yvette Cummings’ work, When the Magpie Came, created a benchmark for the selection process by demonstrating the best qualities of fundamental skill, aesthetic balance, composition and conceptual strength. The other award-winning works represented equal attention to those artistic principles.

As a teacher, I always encourage my students to apply themselves in all aspects of their art, to make good artistic decisions which will set a standard for themselves that they can aspire to throughout their entire lives.

In my professional life as a comics artist, I am often reminded of the advice of my own teacher, Tyrone Geter, who taught me how important it was to engage in a critique with myself.

Art competitions produce the kind of feedback that is necessary for artistic growth and confidence; let these be teaching moments. Do not be discouraged by others’ judgment, but always use the best of your own.

January, 2017

List of Works

Ashley Arakas
Myrtle Beach, SC
Apprehensive Love
Watercolor on paper

Ashley Arakas
Myrtle Beach, SC
Translucent
Oil on canvas

Jim Boden
Hartsville, SC
Border
Oil and acrylic on canvas

Jim Boden
Hartsville, SC
Harpy
Oil and acrylic on canvas

Jim Boden
Hartsville, SC
Pursue
Oil and acrylic on canvas

Jim Boden
Hartsville, SC
Stilt Walkers
Oil and acrylic on canvas

Debbie Broadway
Florence, SC
And So It Was
Acrylic

Yvette Cummings
Conway, SC
When the Magpie Came
Acrylic on Canvas

Yvette Cummings
Conway, SC
Voyeur Series
Acrylic and hand-cut paper on canvas

Jarrett Davis
Pamplico, SC
Destiny
Acrylic on canvas

Lynda English
Florence, SC
Through the Eyes of a Child
Watercolor

Robert Garey
Florence, SC
Fiddlin’
Oil on linen

Jim Gleason
Pamplico, SC
Baby Dragon Lunch
Found object sculpture

Jim Gleason
Pamplico, SC
Clarigator
Found object sculpture

Jana Goss
Florence, SC
Flame
Mixed media collage

Douglas Gray
Florence, SC
Erasure
Sagger-fired ceramics with encaustic medium

Douglas Gray
Florence, SC
Rift
Sagger-fired ceramics with encaustic medium

Denise Greer
Rembert, SC
Obsessed
Mixed media

Jean Grosser
Hartsville, SC
Open Carry
Wood, brass, nails, fabric, gun replica

Uschi Jeffcoat
Florence, SC
Daughter of Man
Watercolor

Uschi Jeffcoat
Florence, SC
Vainglory
Watercolor

Treelee MacAnn
Myrtle Beach, SC
A Zen Place
28 color serigraph

Claire Sallenger Martin
Supply, NC
Seaside Comics
Mixed watermedia

Julie Mixon
Florence, SC
Eight Not Seven
Photo transfer on wood panel

Julie Mixon
Florence, SC
Monticchiello Surroundings
White marble gelatin fresco image transfer

Chris Richardson
Marion, SC
Homeless
Acrylic on canvas

Walter Sallenger
Florence, SC
Gervais Street Bridge
Black and white infrared photograph

Walter Sallenger
Florence, SC
Sunset, Mount Hope
Black and white infrared photograph

Talbot Selby
Conway, SC
To Burn the Head
Archival pigment print

Jim Stratton
Florence, SC
Poverty at Rest
Oil on canvas

Cat Taylor
Longs, SC
Judas Kiss
Oil on canvas

Genia Tyson
Florence, SC
Channeling Klimt, I
Acrylic

Jaclyn Wukela
Florence, SC
Crying Time
Colored pencil

Jaclyn Wukela
Florence, SC
Toward the Light
Colored pencil

Competition Schedule

Acceptance of Online Entries
Tue, Oct 4 – Fri, Nov 25, 2016
Juror Selection
Mon, Nov 28 – Fri, Dec 2
Digital Semifinal Acceptance Notification
Mon, Dec 5 – Fri, Dec 9
Delivery of Accepted Works
Tue, Dec 13 – Tue, Dec 20

Juror’s Final Review & Awards
Fri, Jan 13 – Sat, Jan 14, 2017
Final Acceptance Notifications
Mon, Jan 16 – Fri, Jan 20
Opening Reception
Thurs, Jan 26
Final Day of Exhibition
Fri, Mar 24
Last Day to Pickup Work
Fri, Apr 21
Left:
Jim Gleason
Pamplico, SC
Baby Dragon Lunch
Found object sculpture
Jim Gleason
Pamplico, SC
Clarigator
Found object sculpture
Jean Grosser
Hartsville, SC
Open Carry
Wood, brass, nails, fabric, gun replica
Cat Taylor
Longs, SC
Judas Kiss
Oil on canvas

Exhibit Catalog

Printed copies of the catalog are available in the exhibit. You may also view and download a PDF of the catalog here.