Member News | April 8 – 12

Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries host 10th annual Artist of the Year Soirée and Silent Auction on Friday, April 26

Columbia, SC – The Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries host the 10th annual Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year Soirée and Silent Auction on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. The event, established in 2004, is designed to increase awareness of and support for nearly 60 emerging artists in South Carolina. Tickets for the CAY Soirée and Silent Auction are $40 / $20 for Contemporaries members and includes artwork by SC artists, a silent auction, music, food, open bar and live entertainment. To purchase tickets, visit

This year, the jury includes – Dr. Will South, CMA chief curator, Tom Stanley, artist and chair of the Winthrop University Department of Fine Arts and Mary Walker, a painter and printmaker.

The jury selects the artwork for the silent auction and selects one winner, the Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year, based upon the following criteria: originality of concept, technical execution, consistency, professionalism and the degree to which the work is aesthetically interesting.

The CAY award is supported by Anne and Alex Postic and a matching gift from the Contemporaries. The winner receives a cash prize of $2,500.  Event guests vote on the People’s Choice award, and the winner is presented with an award and a cash prize of $300. Jasper Magazine is sponsoring the “State-of-the-Art” award, which includes a $200 cash prize and a feature in an upcoming issue of Jasper.

About the Contemporaries

The Contemporaries mission is to provide an opportunity to support the Museum through: promoting the Museum and its programs, diversifying the Museum’s membership, and leading the next generation of Museum supporters. A portion of the proceeds from the Artist of the Year Soirée goes toward the Contemporaries’ Art Acquisition Fund, designed to acquire a significant piece of art for the Museum. For more information about Contemporaries’ membership, visit or call 803.343.2197.

About CMA

The Columbia Museum of Art is South Carolina’s premier international art museum and houses a world-class collection of European and American art. Founded in 1950, the Museum opened its new building on Main Street in 1998 with 25 galleries. The collection includes masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, porcelain and works by significant furniture and silver makers, as well as American, Asian, and modern and contemporary art. Of particular interest are Sandro Botticelli’s Nativity, Claude Monet’s The Seine at Giverny, Canaletto’s View of the Molo, a Dale Chihuly chandelier and art glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Museum offers changing exhibitions from renowned museums and educational programs for all ages that include classes, lectures, films and concerts. It is the recipient of a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education and an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.


First Community Bank Promotes Four to Executive Vice President and Names Chief Risk Officer

Lexington, SC, April 8, 2013 – Today, First Community Bank announced that four of the bank’s senior level officers have been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President. Robin Brown, Ted Nissen, David Proctor, and Joe Sawyer, are all currently members of the executive management team and have been with the bank since its inception in 1995.

“All four of these individuals have served First Community well since the opening of the bank,” said Mike Crapps, President & CEO of First Community Bank. “These promotions are in appreciation of their loyalty and in recognition of expertise in their respective functional roles and to note their many contributions to our bank’s success during such a sustained period of time.”

The four individuals have a combined 118 years of experience in the banking industry. Ms. Brown serves as the Director of Human Resources and Marketing for First Community with responsibility for staffing, compensation and benefits, training and development, communications, advertising, and public relations.  Mr. Nissen serves as the bank’s Chief Commercial and Retail Banking Officer overseeing the bank’s loan and deposit production in the commercial and retail sectors as well as branch administration and business banking services.

In addition to his promotion to EVP, Mr. Proctor has been named the Chief Risk Officer for the bank; while continuing his responsibility for the bank’s credit culture and oversight of credit administration, this expanded role adds responsibility for audit, compliance, security and facilities.  Mr. Sawyer is the bank’s Chief Financial Officer and provides internal and external financial reporting, ALCO, management of the bank’s investment portfolio, budgeting, information technology, and deposit operations.

First Community Bank is a local community bank based in the Midlands of South Carolina. First Community operates 11 banking offices in Lexington, Richland, Newberry and Kershaw counties in addition to First Community Financial Consultants, a financial planning/investment advisory division and Palmetto South Mortgage, a separate mortgage division.



NAIPR2Grubbs DavidCharleston, SC (April 8, 2013) David Grubbs, Managing Principal of NAI Avant’s Charleston Office, recently consummated a lease renewal for East Cooper Women’s Center, a division of MUSC. The tenant occupies 7,249 square feet in the East Cooper Medical Arts Center located at 1280 Hospital Drive in Mount Pleasant, SC.


Charleston, SC (April 9, 2013) Dexter C. Rumsey, IV, Senior Broker withNAIPR1Rumsey NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, recently brokered the sale of 36 bank-owned town homes within Lakeview Commons, a subdivision located on Red Bank Road in Goose Creek, SC. Rumsey represented the seller in the transaction valued at $1,620,000. NAI Avant continues to represent the seller in marketing the 215 town home lots remaining within the subdivision.


NAIPR3EmblerCharleston, SC (April 10, 2013) Ruth Marie Embler, a member of NAI Avant’s Retail Specialty Team, recently consummated a 1,380 square foot retail lease at 341 King Street in downtown Charleston. Embler represented the tenant, Cariloha. Cariloha is represented globally by Erik Simper with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.


COLUMBIA, SC (April 11, 2013)  Jeff Hein, SIOR, and Roger Winn, both brokers with the NAI Avant Office Brokerage team, represented MERMEC, Inc., in the office lease transaction.  MERMEC, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of advanced measuring technology for the global railway industry, will utilize the 9,200 SF building at 110 Queens Parkway, West Columbia, for their South Carolina headquarters.





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