Arts on the Ridge
May 3 and 4, 2013
Information regarding Arts and Crafts Show Entries:
Our committee has been busy planning an exciting Seventh Annual Arts on the Ridge.
We will again include a Friday, May 3rd preview reception (and sale) which is designed especially to welcome and introduce each participating artist. The reception is from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Century House. We will make artist introductions at the beginning.
This is not a formal event and is open to the public. Each person will have the opportunity to cast his/her vote for “Best in the Show” so bring family and friends. All items sold on Friday evening may be picked up the following afternoon.
The Saturday, May 4th Art Show will be from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. We ask that you leave your work on display until the end of the show.
Our theme this year is “Opening Doors to the Arts". We will have visual artists as well as a number of South Carolina authors. Ridgeway residents will also have a chance to be interviewed and share their stories of our history.
We are also hosting the Fairfield & Richland County Schools Art Exhibit and Show. Participants' work will be on exhibit Friday evening at 6 to 8 pm and on Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. Best In Show ribbons will be awarded at the Century House at 12 noon on Saturday.
Artists are asked to please bring your art work to The Century House at 170 S. Dogwood Ave., Wednesday, May 1st between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. We are asking that you bring recent work (in the last two years) if you have participated in Arts on the Ridge before. We want the public to look forward to new items each May.
Due to space restrictions, work may be limited to three or four pieces per artist at the discretion of the event producers. All artwork must be retrieved by 5p.m. on Saturday, May 4th, or it will become the property of the Town of Ridgeway to be disposed of at its discretion. The only exception will be for artists who have made arrangements with Phyllis Gutierrez prior to the close of the show.
Extreme care and caution will be taken in the handling of all artwork. Individual artists must assume liability for damage or theft. We will have security for the building from May 1st through May 4th, but the work will not be insured while in possession of the Town of Ridgeway or while on the premises of the Century House.
When you bring your pieces, we will have forms for you to complete indicating the title of each work, your name, price of each piece if it is for sale, and the type of media (i.e. watercolor, acrylic, etc.). All monetary proceeds go to the artist.
Some of you have indicated your desire to reserve table and possible tent space for additional work. There is a cost of $20 payable to the Town of Ridgeway for each space no larger than 10’ x 10’. This is for space only and does not include tables or tents. Locations of reserved spaces can be picked up on Wednesday, May 1st (4p.m.-7p.m.) or at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4th, in the area directly across from the Century House. A vendor application was enclosed in the letter you recieved in the mail, or you may download it below.
We are delighted to have you join us this year, and we look forward to this bringing you and Ridgeway much success. Arts on the Ridge is being advertised in several newspaper, websites, radio and TV stations.
Please let one of us know whether or not you plan to participate. We will also be glad to answer any questions. Feel free to call or email (Virginia) 803-337-3269 (VLacy@truvista.Net) or (Phyllis) 803-337-8675 (email@example.com) or (Darlene) 803-337-3326 (firstname.lastname@example.org)..
Phyllis Gutierrez, Chair
Ridgeway Historical/Cultural Committee
Click on a link ----> to download an application form
Schedule for 2013 Arts on the Ridge:
Friday May 3:
• Meet the Artists and Gala Celebration
6:00 pm at Century House
• Come Vote for Peoples’ Choice Award
• Wine Tasting and Art Walk through Downtown Businesses
* Fairfield & Richland County Schools Art Exhibit and Show 6 pm to 8 pm at the Century House in Ridgeway, SC
Saturday May 4:
• Art Show and Sales
10am to 4pm, Century House and Cotton Yard
• Historic artifacts and photographs
10am to 4pm, Century House Upstairs
* Fairfield & Richland County Schools Art Exhibit and Show 10 am to 4 pm.
Best in Show Ribbons will be awarded at 12 noon at the Century House in Ridgeway, SC.
* Visual and literary artists - Century House, Upstairs. Click here for the schedule of
demonstrations that include photography, painting, cane making, stamping, pottery, glass blowing, crocheting and basket weaving. Also featured will be a literary round table discussion with South Carolina authors and literary artists.
* Art for the Young and Young at Heart. Mural and Door Painting with Sasha Instone
10:30 to 2:30 at the wall on the side of the Ridgeway Florist on Dogwood Avenue
* Performing Artists on hand from 10:30 until 2: P.M. Click here for a schedule of the artists and
their performance times.
* Front Portch Tales/Interviews - Mayor's Front Porch
A live historical journey with local Ridgeway citizens. Click here for the schedule of times and participants.
Directions to Arts on the Ridge in Ridgeway, SC:
From Columbia: Take I-77 North to exit 34. Turn right and take Highway 34 into Ridgeway.
From Charlotte: Take I-77 South to exit 34. Turn left and take Highway 34 into Ridgeway.
From Winnsboro: Take 321 South to Highway. Take Highway 34 into Ridgeway.
From Lugoff: Take Highway 1 South to Highway 34. Take Highway 34 west into Ridgeway.
Parking will be available in the parking lot of the Charm Building on Church Street as well as in the grassy lots behind Palmer Street businesses. Side street parking is also permitted in town.
Sponsors for the 2013 Arts on the Ridge Include:
Town of Ridgeway, First Citizens Bank & Trust, Fairfield Arts Council & the
Pig on the Ridge Committee.
Click on the link to download a press release for the event:
Click on the link to download a flyer concerning the event:
This is a recent article published in the August 2013 issue 88 of Ridge Notes.
Cities Mean Business
Ridgeway is En Businesss, Entrepreneurial Business
The Town of Ridgeway is featured with other cities who support arts to improve the quality of life and local economy in the Cities Mean Business, MASC Publication, Issue 2, 2013. Here is an excerpt from the article, "An Artist's Touch", by Amy Geier Edgar.
Across the state, cities and towns host art walks, music in the parks and live theater. These events are entertaining for families and visitors, but they also serve a deeper purpose. Many city leaders see how these efforts build a sense of pride and community, attract tourism and spur additional economic development. Arts are basic to a well-rounded education and to th culture of a community according to Town of Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring. For the past seven years, the Town of Ridgeway has sponsored its Arts on the Ridge event, which features the art of local community members. There are free artist demonstrations, an author roundtable and live music performances. Businesses open their doors and put art on display during an art walk. Community members share memories of Ridgeway through oral storytelling. The schools also are involved with Fairfield and Richland county students participating in an art exhibit and show.
"We consider this a showcase event," Herring said. "We are very proud to be able to expose the incredible degree of artistry that resides right here in our own communities." The event has a great turnout and gets bigger every year, said Arts on the Ridge Chairwoman Phyllis Gutierreez. "The arts and culture are what make people fall in love with their city and their community," she said.