Archive for May, 2010

Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Partners with American Institute of Architects to Feature Works by Area Architects

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I’ve stated this a few times before in this blog – as deadlines go by, something interesting always comes in too late to do anything about. We received a press release about this exhibit – which will be included in our expanded online version of the June 2010 issue of Carolina Arts, and perhaps in our July printed paper, but I wanted to post it here ahead of time. Frankly the image sent with the press release did it for me.

Here’s the press release:

Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Area Architects

Work by Murray Whisnant

The Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Art by Architects, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, on view from June 4 through July 31, 2010.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Hodges Taylor Gallery are co-sponsoring an exhibition of art by architects, providing an opportunity for Charlotte area architects to showcase their other creative talents – painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography.

Thirty architects submitted a variety of works that reflected their artistic interests and activities beyond their architectural careers. The works were then curated by members and staff of AIA Charlotte and Hodges Taylor Gallery with the selected works comprising the exhibition.

In business since 1981, Hodges Taylor is uptown Charlotte’s oldest gallery, committed to supporting art and artists of the Southeast, including painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors. The gallery offers a public venue uptown for viewing artwork and, having established itself as a knowledgeable and experienced resource for contemporary art, serves as art consultants for collectors and businesses.

The gallery is located at 401 North Tryon and is open Tue. – Sat., from 11am to 3pm or by appointment. For further information call Christie Taylor at 704/334-3799, e-mail to ( or visit (

First Look At Piccolo Spoleto Visual Art Events for 2010 in Charleston, SC

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Right off the bat we have a few corrections to my preview of the Piccolo Spoleto visual art offerings taking place in Charleston, SC. It seems for some reason on the second day of the festivals two of the rest rooms at the Charleston Visitor Center were under “construction” – whatever that means beyond a reduction of rest rooms by 50%. Why now, I can not answer, but a staff person said they hoped they would be open soon. Me too – as well as a lot of other folks.

And, after a slow start, Amelia (“Mimi”) Whaley’s blog from the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Marion Square is now up and running with info from the inside. She has pictures and a list of the winning entries from this show. Visit this link to keep up with this show.

Our first stop was to see the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition. It just seems that this juried opportunity isn’t as important as it once was or should be to the visual artists of the greater Charleston area or for South Carolina’s visual artists. It’s not the best location for an exhibit (Charleston Visitor Center) – although it has a high rate of traffic – especially with the only public rest rooms within blocks in downtown Charleston. The lighting is bad and the displays are a little too tight.


My first impression is that photographers have started taking this show over. Not so according to the show breakdown (49 photographs and 63 paintings), but it sure seemed that way to me. One of the judges is a local photographer – the show has two – one for photography and one for everything else, but I’m not sure why the Charleston Artist Guild – organizers of the exhibit feel they need two judges. Why not just find one judge – well rounded in the visual arts – from outside the area (out of state would be better) to judge this show and treat all the visual art works entered – equally?

Of course the big problem with commenting about a juried show is that we will never know what was entered and what didn’t make the cut. Is this the best of what was entered or just what reflects the taste of the jurors? But, then that’s the way all juried shows are. Where the artists who made the cut are from isn’t given, but if I look at area codes for phone numbers listed – this is a Lowcountry or coastal SC show. My guess is that also reflects where most of the 463 works entered came from. Why more artists from around the state are not in the show is a puzzle. Did they not enter the show? Was it too difficult for them to enter due to distance? I don’t know why these kinds of shows always seem to be local. I think all areas of SC have great artists, – too bad more artists from other parts of the state aren’t represented in this show.

One of the good things about this exhibit was that I didn’t recognize a lot of the names of the artists. There is nothing worse than an annual juried show which seems to include the same folks – year after year. And, since names which are included in solo exhibits, group exhibits, and juried exhibits come across my radar on a regular basis at Carolina Arts – this show may have become a great opportunity for the up and coming artists of the area – with some of the veterans of the art community still giving them a run for the money.

I only found a few things hanging that made me wonder – was this the best they had to select from? But that is a very subjective feeling on my part knowing what doesn’t appeal to me may be other folks’ favorites. Like all art.

A lot of the other Piccolo Spoleto visual arts exhibits tend to feature artists who are not always so new to the area, nor unseen. I’ll go as far in saying that some should take a break if their egos can take it and give some others a chance, but here the problem stems from the question – who selects these special invitational shows. Do they know many artists to begin with and can they stop selecting folks who are “connected” in one way or another.

When you have been around as long as I have and seen as many Piccolo offerings as I have – you can recognize the cycles that keep recurring – every four or five years. Lately, we’re being offered some artists – every year. That practice needs to stop.

But, that’s not always a bad thing. When it comes to the outdoor art and craft shows – visitors look forward to seeing the new work their favorite artists are offering. Those shows actually bring visitors to Charleston on a regular basis – whether they return for the festivals or not. Visitors come to see known artists. Again – these words are offered with the recognition that these shows are also regular supporters of Carolina Arts. Would I heap such praise on them if they were not? I guess it’s a matter of my word and the trust in it.

Which brings us to the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Shows.

From the very beginnings of Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals the craft shows have been an annual “must see” for Linda (my better half) and I. We went when it first started in the middle of Marion Square Park under this huge tent – where it must have been 100 degrees under that tent at times. We started our art collection there and added to it almost every year – depending on the economy. It didn’t hurt that our anniversary and my birthday come in the same month the craft shows happen. It used to be called the craft fairs back then.


An image burned in my memory of those days out in the middle of the park was of a local blacksmith – Ira DeKoven who used to do demonstrations outside the tent in the hot sun. Man, that was going beyond the call of duty to let people see the process.

These days the weekend shows take place in Wragg Square, within a half block of Marion Square – mostly under the shade of live oak trees. During the walk from our car on the third floor of the Visitor Center parking garage to the ground floor we were able to give a half dozen folks the remainder of our free tickets to the craft show which we receive in the mail each year. One happy recipient was so glad – as she couldn’t find one in a gallery that she usually picks up each year. Timing is everything.


I’ve got to say, this year’s craft offerings were as good as ever – maybe a bit too many jewelry booths for one husband to take, but a well rounded selection of fine crafts. I paid special attention to potters from the Carolinas this year collecting info for an upcoming project. Most were from North Carolina. I always hate to point out favorites, but if I had won the lottery the day before I would have gotten something from Flying Pig Pottery(Suzanne Rehbock) of Greensboro, NC. Hey, if I had won the lottery the day before I would have put a smile on a lot of faces of the artists showing in this show. Unfortunately – I didn’t.

If you missed the craft show this weekend – you’re in luck. They will hold another one next weekend – same place, same times – June 4 – 6, 2010.

Parking cost for this day – $3. Not bad. We only had a limited time – I had to go to bed early so I could deliver some newspapers.

More info later.

Donna Craven Pottery Holds a Kiln Opening & Sale on June 5, 2010, in Asheboro, NC

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I posted my entry about the 2nd Annual Cousins in Clay event this morning and when I went to go get the mail a postcard about this event was there. I’m sure the folks at Cousins in Clay won’t mind this posting piggybacking it. You’re gonna be there anyway.

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The kiln opening and sale will take place from 9am to 5pm on Saturday.

I don’t know Donna Craven but her name comes up a lot while preparing Carolina Arts from month to month. That’s a good thing. It means her work is in demand at galleries and art museums throughout the Carolinas and by the public. I’ve seen her work and I like it. Also, I have encouraged potters from throughout the Carolinas to let us know what they are up to – about kiln openings, exhibits, pottery festivals, etc. So, I’m glad she is taking me up on my offer.


Donna Craven Pottery is located at 2616 Old Cox Road – near the North Carolina Zoological Park – between Seagrove, NC, and Asheboro. Here’s a Google map link.

Learn more about Craven at the Seagrove Area Potters Association website at this link. You can see some of her work at this link.

For further info call the pottery at 336/629-8173 or e-mail to (

2nd Annual Cousins In Clay Takes Place June 5 & 6, 2010 in Seagrove, NC

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Now is the time to make plans for next weekend. The 2nd Annual, expanded, “Cousins In Clay” event will take place on June 5 & 6, 2010, at two locations – Bulldog Pottery and Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery in Seagrove, NC. Here’s a link to the official website.

This event features works by Bruce Gholson & Samantha Henneke (Bulldog Pottery), Fred Johnston & Carol Gentithes (Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery) and special guest Michael Kline, Val Cushing and Allison McGowan. The “cousins” is a kinship based on shared appreciation for the pursuit of excellence within the diverse language of clay. Many also share a connection with Alfred University in New York.

Work by Val Cushing

Work by Allison McGowan

Work by Michael Kline

I hope that my delivery schedule of the June 2010 issue of Carolina Artswill put me in Seagrove on Saturday so that I can become a second-timer, having attended the first “Cousins In Clay” event.

Work by Carol Gentithes

Work by Fred Johnston

If you attend this event and find yourself at Bulldog Pottery – keep an eye out for Ed and Gloria Henneke and dog Max – all team members at Bulldog Pottery.

Work by Samantha Henneke

Work by Bruce Gholson

And, once you’re in Seagrove don’t forget to visit the NC Pottery Centerand some of the other potteries located there. You can check this link for the Seagrove Area Potters Association to learn more about the other potteries. But first go to the Cousins event for best selection.

Here’s some links to other articles or postings related to this event: Article posted at Carolina Arts Online about 2nd Annual Cousins In Clay event, a posting about Michael Kline Spring Kiln Opening, and a posting about the current exhibit at the NC Pottery Center, The Pottery of Buncombe County, A Historical and Contemporary Overview, on view through July 31, 2010.

I think that about covers it. Maybe I’ll see you there. At least a copy of Carolina Arts will be there.

6th Annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Takes Place at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mt. Pleasant, SC – June 5, 2010

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Talk about your best kept secrets or events that don’t get much publicity in the shadow of the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals – this event takes the cake. I picked up a flyer at one of the local library branches – otherwise we haven’t been sent a lick of info about this event at Carolina Arts.

Here’s some info:


6th Annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Takes Place at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mt. Pleasant, SC – June 5, 2010, from 10am to 8pm.

Memorial Waterfront Park is located at 99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant, SC, under the Arthur Ravenel Bridge.

The highly anticipated 6th Annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival will celebrate the rich Gullah Geechee cultural heritage and provides the most extensive showcase of sweetgrass baskets in the Lowcountry area.

This year’s event features an assortment of unique handmade arts & crafts, paintings, live performances, and documentary films. Festival-goers will enjoy a day filled with entertainment that includes gospel songs and praise dance, storytelling and Gullah Geechee skits, basket-making demonstrations and the Adande African Drummers and Dancers. Visitors will be treated to a variety of authentic Gullah cuisine, classic barbeque, fish, chicken and beverages offered for sale by more than 15 Lowcountry restaurants and food vendors. Children and adults will enjoy family friendly activities including a waterslide. Publications on Lowcountry Gullah Geechee history, fiction, and cookbooks will be available for sale as well.

Admission and parking are free. The festival is a family event and no alcohol is sold.

For further info visit (

Sunset River Marketplace To Sponsor Free Summer Concert Series in Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

This is about a performing arts event, but it is also another example of how the visual art community does a lot to help with the overall cultural community in the Carolinas. Commercial art galleries are often accused of just being interested in making profits – a trick these days at best, but they don’t often get credit for all they do to assist the over all art community and community in general. I try to make sure I point that fact out at every given opportunity.

Here’s the press release:


Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, will be one of the sponsors for Concerts On the Coast 2010, the free summer concert series in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter has announced.

“We are delighted to be part of this family-friendly event that has become a tradition with both locals and visitors to the area,” Lassiter said. “My husband Joe and I attend the shows most Friday nights. It’s a great way to wind down at the end of the week.”

The beach town’s 2010 concert series is set to begin on May 28, 2010, during the Memorial Day Weekend, and continue through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Most feature well-known beach music bands, but rock & roll and big band sounds are also in the line-up.

Scheduled entertainers include: May 28, The Entertainers; June 4, The Imitations; June 11, Goldrush; June 18, Legends of Beach; June 25, The Attractions; July 2, Mark Roberts & Breeze; July 9, Craig Woolard Band; July 16, Continental Divide; July 23, Band of Oz; July 30, GB4 Band; August 6, Bailout; August 13, The Holiday Band; August 20, Jim Quick & Coastline; August 27, Craig Woolard Band; and September 3, The Tams.

All concerts in the series will take place in the parking lot of the Coastal Carolina Museum at 21 East 2nd Street just over the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge. Bring your lawn chairs, pack a picnic and make a night of it.

Other sponsors for the concert series include Town of Ocean Isle Beach, Ocean Isle Property Owners Association, Brunswick County Parks & Recreations, Brunswick Beacon, Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Palms, Virginia and Odell Williamson, Cool 1-5.3 Radio, Victoria’s Ragpatch, Allstate Insurance/Rusty Russ, Angus Barn Restaurant, Bourbon Street Restaurant, The Bridge Grill, Ernie Crews Construction Co., First Bank, Green Up Landscaping, RDM Benefits/Bob McIver, Second Street Bar & Grill, Sunset Properties, Sunset Slush Italian Ice, Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty, Cooke Realtors, History Endeavors LLC, Ocean Isle Veterinarian, Resort Brokerage and Consulting, Williamson Realty.

Sunset River Marketplace is an eclectic 10,000 square-foot gallery housing works by over 200 artists – all from either North or South Carolina. Virtually every genre is represented here and prices range to fit every budget. Visitors are invited to enjoy gourmet coffee, tea and treats as they meander through the gallery space. Sunset River Marketplace offers ongoing art classes in pottery, watercolor, oil and pastel. There is also a full-service on site custom framing department. The gallery is located at 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C.179).

For information, call 910-575-5999 or visit (

Visual Art Offerings at Spoleto/Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, SC, for 2010

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Every year I try and give interested readers a heads up on the visual arts offered during the Spoleto/Piccolo Spoleto Festivals . I haven’t seen any of these exhibits as most haven’t started yet and I’m getting ready to deliver our June issue of Carolina Arts. But here’s a bit about what’s being offered and what I know.

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The Carolina art community in general is fairly focused on Charleston, SC, at this time of year due to the Spoleto Festival USA and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, which takes place from May 28 – June 13, 2010. Most interested in the arts have been reading about Spoleto in their daily papers for weeks if not months. And, let me remind you that you can read in detail about some of these exhibits in Carolina Arts May and June issues and at Carolina Arts Online – in Feature Articles, May and June (June soon to be posted June 1).

During this time period Charleston will see its largest, most art informed, arts audience. Arts writers and members of the art press – those who still have a job – will be here for their annual visit as well as art lovers from throughout the region. At least that’s what organizers are hoping. It’s still too early to tell about that.

First a few pointers, dress for warm temps, wear comfortable walking shoes, and carry some water and maybe an energy bar with you at all times. You may have to park far from the event you are headed for so pick spots you don’t have to keep running back to feed quarters in a meter. Parking at the Visitor Center will place you near four or five exhibits and you can get a day trolley pass which will take you all over downtown Charleston. Then you won’t have to worry about parking tickets at all. And, don’t leave home without your credit cards and cash. You’re going to see something you just have to own, so be prepared.

Let’s start our journey at Marion Square Park, located at King, Calhoun, & Meeting Streets, in downtown Charleston, where the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit will be on view from May 28 – June 11, 2010 – rain or shine.  This exhibit features works by over 100 juried exhibitors from around SC, juried by Elizabeth Rundorff Smith – under tents. Demonstrations are offered daily by participating artists at 11am & 2:30pm. The exhibit runs daily from 10am-5pm – rain or shine. This is one block from the Visitor Center.

Many of the artists in this show are also represented by art galleries in downtown Charleston, so if you see a style you like, but not the work that speaks to you – the artists can direct you to the galleries where you can see more work. But, just as many are not represented by any gallery, so this is an annual opportunity to see their new work. And shop early – as the 16 days move along – the selection thins.

Some works in the Carolina Arts‘ art collection have come from artists who have done this show in the past and by some who are still putting in their annual 16 days. Doing this show is bootcamp for the arts. It’s one thing to do a weekend outdoor show, but 16 days! My hat’s off to them who can be that focused.

Photo by Ron Rocz

If you can’t get down there to visit these hearty artists, you can follow the blog of  Amelia (“Mimi”) Whaley at ( She gives readers an inside view at what it’s like to sit in the park waiting for viewers and hopefully buyers.

Next, let’s move on to the 31st Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Craft Show and Demonstrations taking place in Wragg Square Park, located at Charlotte and Meeting Streets in downtown Charleston on two weekends: May 28 – 30 & June 4 – 6, 2010. This location is actually closer to the Visitor Center – just 1/2 a block, but it only takes place on two weekends. Admission is $3. Folks 18 and under or 65 and over get in free. If you see me walking around Charleston ask me about free passes – or if you’re in a gallery around town – ask them. But the tiny admission is well worth it. Artists and artisans represent areas from across the US. Media presented ranges from traditional to contemporary expressions; demonstrations by the exhibitors are presented throughout the shows. Hours for both weekends are: Fri.& Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., 11am-5pm.

This event is hosted by Charleston Crafts, a cooperative fine craft gallery located at 161 Church Street downtown.

Many pieces in our art collection have also come from this annual show.

Point of disclosure: Both these events are regular supporters of Carolina Arts. So, they come first in our book.

Since I’m using the Charleston Visitor Center, located at 375 Meeting Street, between John & Mary Streets, in downtown Charleston as a focus point, I should point out a few other important factors about this location. First and foremost – it has two – listen carefully – two sets of rest rooms. They sell drinks there, it’s air-conditioned, and while you’re there you can take in the 26th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, on view daily from  May 28 – June 11, 2010. The Visitor Center is open daily, from 8:30am-5pm.

Work by Melissa Gravano from the Juried Art Exhibition

The exhibit, open to artists from throughout SC features works in a variety of media and is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and coordinated by the Charleston Artist Guild, which has their own gallery located at 160 East Bay Street.

The Visitor Center is also a hub for tourist info, tours around the city and transportation – as well as picking up a copy of Carolina Arts and the official Piccolo Spoleto program. And, did I mention they have public rest rooms there?

A previous work by Cory Oberndorfer

Also very close to the Visitor Center, a block and a half, is the Redux Contemporary Art Center, located at 136 St. Philip Street in Charleston. They will be presenting the exhibit, Novelty, a solo exhibition by Redux’s 2010 Artist in Residence Cory Oberndorfer who will create paintings in the gallery space as well as on the façade of Redux, on view from May 26 through July 10, 2010. The Center is open Tue. – Sat., noon-5pm.

Work by Nick Cave

A little further from the Visitor Center, but still within walking distance and only a few blocks from Marion Square Park is the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, located in The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts at the College of Charleston School of the Arts, 161 Calhoun Street in Charleston. They are presenting the exhibit, Call and Response: African to America/The Art of Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo, on view from May 27 through July 16, 2010. Artist Nick Cave creates sculptural works that he calls “Soundsuits” consisting of brightly colored fabrics, elaborate embroidery, beadwork, raffia, and, other natural materials. Phyllis Galembo’s photographic portraits feature masqueraders from the West African countries of Benin, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso. The Institute is open Mon.-Sat., 11am-4pm. This exhibition is an official offering of Spoleto Festival USA.

Work by Phyllis Galembo

It seems that Spoleto Festival USA with this move has finally signaled that they have thrown the towel in as far as visual art offerings and are willing to just take claim to exhibits being offered by the Halsey Institute and the Gibbes Museum of Art. This may be good for these two local institutions, but falls far short of the individual exhibitions – or site-specific installations they once offered. This is not meant to be a negative view of the offerings these folks are presenting, but they just don’t compare to what Spoleto once offered – a long time ago.

While we’re on the subject of Spoleto – the Gibbes Museum of Art at 135 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston is presenting the exhibit, as part of Spoleto Festival USA, JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions, on view in the Rotunda Galleries from May 28 – Aug. 22, 2010. Organized in conjunction with Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, the exhibition features recent portraits and large single and multi-panel architectural prints made in Spoleto, Italy. The Gibbes is open Tue.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. The Gibbes also offers many other exhibits – the admission here ($9 for adults, less for children and seniors and under 6 free) is the most you will pay to see any visual art offered in association with the Festivals.

The Gibbes is within walking distance to the hearty, but you can take the trolley from the Visitor Center to get there. Parking near the Gibbes is in limited supply during weekdays – a little better during weekends, but then again this is Spoleto time so parking anywhere in Charleston will be a challenge. It’s possible at times to find good spaces, but you’ll have to work at it.

On what seems like the other side of Charleston – overlooking the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor is the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, located at 34 Prioleau Street in Charleston. It may be far from most other exhibits but the gallery has a lot in its favor – public rest rooms, a parking garage across the street and the Waterfront Park in its front yard. On view from May 20 through July 3, 2010, is the exhibit, Contemporary Charleston 2010, a Piccolo Spoleto Festival exhibition presented by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, curated by Erin Glaze, gallery coordinator and artist Max Miller. The exhibit matches Artist/Poet teams including: Timmy Pakron and Carol Anne Davis; Benjamin Hollingsworth and Paul Allen; Scott Debus and Brian Penberthy; Kat Hastie and Katherine Williams; Sarah Haynes and Dennis Ward Stiles; Jocelyn Chateauvert and Carol Peters; Max Miller and Morrow Dowdle; Julio Cotto and Jonathan Sanchez; Hirona Matsuda and Marcus Amaker; and Lynne Riding and Ellie Davis. The gallery is open Tue.-Fri., 10am-6pm and Sat. & Sun., noon-5pm during exhibits.

Again, this is far from the Visitor Center, but you can take the trolley and get off at the corner of East Bay Street and Broad Street – at that point you’re just a block from the gallery.

From the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, you can walk down the park toward Charleston’s Market area to The Art Institute of Charleston Gallery, located at 24 N. Market Street in downtown Charleston. Here you can see the exhibit, Composition & Decomposition, featuring an exhibit of paintings of Tate Nation, 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival poster artist along with photography by Sandy Logan, 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Concert Series poster artist. This gallery is open Mon.-Thur., 8am-8pm; Fri., 8am-5pm & Sat., 8am-1pm.

Work by Tate Nation

There are other visual art offerings being presented by the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, but if I told you everything you would have nothing to discover on your own. You can get further information by calling the Office of Cultural Affairs at 843/724- 7305, but might have better luck by visiting (

And, while visiting all or any of these venues – if you keep your eyes open, you’ll notice commercial art galleries located throughout Charleston – you’re never more than a few blocks from another art gallery and in some areas of the city – dozens are within a block of each other.


News From the South Carolina Arts Commission

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Today we received two items of news at Carolina Arts from the SC Arts Commission – one right after the other.


First, we learned that the SC Arts Commission Board meeting previously planned for May 26, 2010, has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 22 at the Arts Commission’s office in Columbia, SC.

Usually, this time of year the Arts Commission Board meeting was held in Charleston, SC – days before the opening of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, but not last year and not this year. Actually, I don’t know why they were going to Charleston when they didn’t have meetings in any other cities around SC – except Columbia. Well, I know why, but it’s not fair to the rest of the art community in SC.

Next, we received a press release that Ken May, acting director of the Arts Commission, was named Executive Director of the SC Arts Commission. This was a little confusing to me in that if the Commission Board had not met recently – how they came to today’s announcement. An announcement which took a year to name the number 2 guy – number 1 – after conducting a three-month national search and reviewing 230 applications. I will have more on this subject after some deliberation.

Here’s the press release we got today:

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Arts Commission Board of Commissioners today announced that Ken May has been named executive director effective immediately.

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May joined the Arts Commission in 1985 as a regional arts coordinator and served as director of planning, research and grants and assistant deputy director before being named deputy director in 1995. May has served as acting director of the agency since former Executive Director Susie Surkamer retired in May 2009.

“We look forward to working with Ken in his new role as executive director,” said Board Chairman Bud Ferillo. “Ken has proven his ability to lead the Arts Commission through the difficulties of the current budget cutbacks while positioning the agency for the future. His leadership in the agency’s core work — arts education, community development through the arts and artist development — will be crucial as we develop a new long-range plan for the state’s wide-ranging and diverse arts community.”

The executive director serves as the agency’s chief executive officer and is responsible for organization and administration, program development, fiscal accountability and staff supervision. The agency’s nine-member board is appointed by the governor and works with the executive director to make policy, advocate for the arts and ensure public accountability.

The board’s executive search committee, led by Commission Vice Chairman Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes, conducted a three-month national search and reviewed 230 applications.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is celebrating 40 years of increasing public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.

For more information, visit ( or call (803) 734-8696.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Offers Art Festival – Saturday, June 5, 2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Here’s notice of an opportunity we received at Carolina Arts to look at over 500 sculptures – all in one beautiful place and enjoy an arts festival too.


On Saturday, June 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Brookgreen Gardens, in Murrells Inlet, SC, more than 40 painters, potters, jewelry makers, glass blowers, and authors will gather to discuss, display, and sell their work during the Artists Under the Arcade Festival. Original paintings, hand-made jewelry, sweet-grass baskets, sculpture, photography, wooden bowls, and pottery will be on exhibit and available for sale.


Participating artists include: Albatross Pottery/Ceramics; Ann Berg-Artist/Painter; Ann Marie McKay- Book Illustrator, Artist/Painter- book signing; Anne Malarich, Photography; Chad & Heather Samson of Beach Beads, Jewelry and Glass with Demo; David McCune, Artist; Diana Johnson, Photographer; Doe Creek Gallery. Artist/Photography; Sweet Grass Baskets by Ivie; Jean Caveness, Artisitc Angels; Jef Sturm, Artist/Oil Paintings; Jeffcoat Pottery, Ceramics; The Art Box, Cast Sculptures & Demo; Judy O’Brien, Artist; Julie McLaughlin, Author – Hungry Mr. Gator, Mr. Gator’s Up the Creek, Mr. Gator Hits the Beach – book signing; Kathleen Hunt, Glass Artist-Kaleidoscopes; Kathryn Turnauer, Glass Artist; Indigo Jewelry; Liz Crosby, Artist/Photography; Mark Hilliard-Nature Photography; Meg Carter, Sea Glass Jewelry; Blue Mountain Traders Jewelry; Millie Doud, Artist/Mixed Media; Mud Bucket Pottery; Penny Low, Artist-Watercolor Painter; Richard & Jolyn Kuhn, Artists/Painters; Richard Nelsen, Artist/Painter; Robin Salmon, Author/Vice-President of Collections-Book Signing; Scott Penegar, Sculptor with Plaques and Reliefs; Sharyn Kovak, Artist; Steve Hazard, African Graffiti-Fused Glass; Susan Mole, Fused Glass Artist, Terry Lee Johnson, Artist/Wooden Works; The Bead Oasis, Jewelry; The Earring Lady; Thelma Johnson, Sweet Grass Baskets; Thompson Nature Photography; Wilma Cantey, Pottery/Ceramics; Shirtley Lawing, Artist/Painter; and Nancy Van Buren, Artist/Painter.

Brookgreen Gardens is one of the largest collections of outdoor sculpture in America. This preeminent collection of American representational sculpture includes – 560 works by 240 artists – representing such well-known artists as Charles Parks, Daniel Chester French, Carl Milles, August Saint-Gaudens and Anna Hyatt Huntington.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on US Highway 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island and is open to the public daily. Admission to Brookgreen Gardens is good for seven days. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Adults (13-64) are $12; seniors (65 and over) are $10; Children (4-12) are $6.

For more information call 843/235-6000 or visit (

Carolina Arts Unleashed Makes It Through Its Second Year

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Well, like the guys on the Nation Public Radio show Car Talk say, you’ve just wasted two years of your life reading Carolina Arts Unleashed – that’s if you’ve been following us since the beginning. If you’re a new reader – get ready to waste some of your life – I’ve got lots to say. I almost posted 300 entries in two years.


This fact is no surprise to those who have known me throughout my visit to South Carolina. And, after 36 years, there are some who wish I would go back to Michigan – something I hope to do this year. It will be nice to visit a state that may be hurting more than South Carolina for once.

Well, what has gone on during the last year as far as Carolina Arts Unleashed goes? I have posted more entries this year including many press releases which missed our deadlines or which were so timely they needed instant exposure. I’m planning on starting a separate blog just for those instances – so that Carolina Arts Unleashed can get back to just commentary, exhibit reviews, and previews of upcoming events taking place in the Carolina visual art community – by me.

I tried leaving the “Comments On” switch for one of my entries about donating art to charity auctions – which drew a few comments from people who actually read my comments, but like I expected – most comments offered were disguised links to sites selling all kinds of things – many were flattering to me or the site in hopes I would leave them up. But, it turned out to just be more work for me in administering the blog. I don’t have time for that.

Like I’ve said from the start and in between – if you would like to make a comment about something I’ve said – send it in an e-mail to ( and I’ll post it on the blog – if you’re not a potty mouth and the comments pertain to what I’m talking about. I’ll even go so far as to say that if someone wanted to have access to our readers on a subject which pertains to the visual art community in the Carolinas – about a subject I haven’t hit on – be my guest. All reasonable requests will be considered – unless you’re just wanting to call me a loud-mouthed idiot. Remember – it’s my blog. If you’re just wanting to plug something or sell something – send in a press release like everyone else.

I’ve tried this year to use more logos and photos to break up all the words, so I hope my entries are more inviting and less daunting as people look at the length of some of the entries. But some things take a lot of words to get through. But, I’m not going to do that this time.

So, thanks to all you readers out there, I hope I post something you feel is worth reading in the future so that you really don’t feel like you’re wasting your life away at Carolina Arts Unleashed. And, don’t forget about Carolina Arts Online – our expanded web version of Carolina Arts – our printed paper.