First-, second- and third-place awards were presented to Florence-area artists at the inaugural Art’s Alive Art Show, April 16.
The Art’s Alive Art Show is a one-day exhibition and sales event designed to promote the quality of diverse artisans residing in the region. Art’s Alive is an all-day festival of the performing and visual arts, and features a wide variety of dance, music, theatrical performances and song.
Jane Jackson of Florence was awarded first place and a $600 check. Winner of the 1992 Piccolo Spoleto Mayor’s Purchase Award for Best in Show at the Outdoor Art Festival in Charleston, she has had many one-person exhibitions and won awards in numerous competitions. Her paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Richard Johnson of Florence was awarded second place and a $300 check. A full-time professional artist educated at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla., Johnson lives and works in South Carolina. His acrylic canvases range from huge, such as those which hang (by commission and request in boardrooms of corporations), to smaller wildlife and nature studies.
Tari and Sasha Federer were awarded third place and a $150 check. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia Republic, Sasha has lived in the U.S. for half his life, and in Florence for nine years. He is a clinical psychiatrist by profession, and a potter by passion. He studied pottery in Washington and Wisconsin, worked three years as a professional potter in New Hampshire and served as artist-in-residence with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Spending much of her life in the Southwest, Tari studied as an art major at Ventura College and the University of California at Santa Barbara. A few years ago, she closed her studio in North Carolina and moved to Florence to marry and join forces with Sasha. They now work out of their own studio, Feather Pottery.
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