Daufuskie Island Iron artists wins $10K national award

Chase Allen, resident artist of the Iron Fish Gallery on Daufuskie Island, is the winner of the prestigious 2014 “American Made Audience Choice Award” national competition sponsored by Martha Stewart Living.

The annual competition was established to honor American small businesses and entrepreneurs with awards given in a number of categories.
Allen was notified that he was the winner after garnering more than 55,000 votes and beating out more than 1,000 other contestants. Allen pledged to donate most of the $10,000 prize to help pay the medical bills of 6-year-old Holmes Desmelik, a Brevard, N.C., boy who is battling an inoperable brain tumor.