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Arts and Foodways OneSC 2016

Arts and Foodways at OneSouthCarolina 2016

The tremendous contribution of South Carolina’s unique arts, foodways and music to the state’s economy and quality of life is reflected in the “creative thread” that runs throughout every OneSouthCarolina event. 

Each year, the Riley Institute and the South Carolina Arts Commission invite artists to represent some of the many dimensions of our state’s cultural expression. This year, in “Traditions IV: South Carolina Artist Entrepreneurs,” we focus on artist entrepreneurs who connect to community and create community through their art — from farmers markets to open studios, in galleries within and beyond our state. These master artists create products from steel, fiber, wood and clay. They work in their home studios located throughout South Carolina — in the thriving small Park Circle community of North Charleston, the deep woods of York County, and the rural communities of Harleyville and Eutawville. Cultural ambassadors for our state, they are recognized nationally for their fine craftsmanship.

Our foodways, too, are an important part of our cultural heritage, and this year’s foodways speakers fit well within our entrepreneurial theme, with a home port in Charleston, a second in Brooklyn, and a national presence through catalog and book sales and print and television media.

Please read below to learn more about OneSouthCarolina 2016’s “creative contributors!”

Mac Arnold, blues musician, Pelzer, is a renowned blues musician and recording artist whose love of the blues began at the age of ten when he learned to play his brother’s homemade guitar. His musical resume grew with his high school band, J Floyd and the Shamrocks, who often had guest pianist James Brown lend his talent to their performances. MORE




Jeri Burdick, professional visual artist, Eutawville, has established a strong base of support in all regions of the state and has had gallery representation throughout the United States and Canada over the course of her career. After earning an undergraduate degree in fine arts from University of Georgia and a master’s degree in art from Furman University, she taught in the Greenville County public schools until becoming a full-time artist in 1982. MORE




Arianne King Comer, indigo and textile artist, teacher, and consultant, North Charleston, holds a bachelor’s in fine arts degree from Howard University. In 1992 Arianne received the UN/USIS grant to study under her mentor, Nike Davies Okundaye, in Nigeria. From 1998 through 2005 she was the owner of Ibile Indigo House on St. Helena Island. MORE




Jason Knight, bladesmith, Harleyville, creates his beautiful yet functional art knives and utensils from forge to finish. He specializes in bowie knives, fighter knives, kitchen knives, oyster knives, and fireplace utensils. Jason has been forging professionally since 2001 and received his Mastersmith rating from the American Bladesmith Society in 2007. MORE





The Lee Brothers, Matt (Charleston) and Ted (Brooklyn, N.Y.), grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalog for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts. MORE




Stephen Owen, woodworker, Hickory Grove, makes utilitarian objects out of local fallen trees. When his home remodeling business took a hard hit from the financial apocalypse of 2008, Stephen looked into the natural resources on his home property for a new beginning. Living on 16 acres in Hickory Grove, Owen began taking the fallen trees off his property, turning them into useful goods and selling them at local markets. MORE