The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department has named Camela Guevara as its artist-in-residence for 2017-18.
Guevara will share her talent and skill by offering workshops to schools, senior citizens and community groups through June next year. She is a contemporary textile artist and painter from Charleston, making tactile fiber-art pieces and gouache paintings.
She received a bachelor's degree in studio art from the College of Charleston in 2010 and attended the Penland School of Crafts to learn about weaving last year. Her work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions such as the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition, the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition and Nasty Women at Redux Contemporary Art Center.
She has already offered art instruction for children and adults in several places, and serves as assistant manager and outreach coordinator for Artist & Craftsman Supply’s Charleston Uptown location.
“I grew up in North Charleston and feel really lucky to have had art in school every single year,” she said. “It’s definitely why I’m still making art today.”
She plans to teach embroidery and share fiber art with the community.
“Embroidery is so expressive and customizable, as well as therapeutic,” she said. “I'm always amazed by how quickly people pick it up and do their own thing with it.”
Her work will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery in December and January.
Art teachers and school liaisons may ask for free services from the artist in residence by contacting the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5851.