Archive for October, 2011

6th Charleston Art Auction Takes Place in Charleston, SC – Nov. 5th, 2011

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The 6th Charleston Art Auction will present over one hundred important paintings, sculpture and vintage prints by living and deceased artists who are generally associated with the South at the Double Tree Guest Suites in Historic Charleston at 181 Church Street in Charleston, SC, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 7:15pm.

Jonathan Green, Daughters of the South, lithograph, 24 1/2″ x 23 3/4″

An illustrated catalogue is available for $25.00 and the entire selection of lots can be viewed online at the auction website at ( Arrangements to attend may be made at 843/785-2318 or 843/722-2172 or through the website at ( All works will be available for preview at the hotel from 10am to 7pm, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

Auction principals Jack A. Morris, Jr., J. Ben Whiteside, David G. Leahy, Janie Sylvan and Joe B. Sylvan have over thirty years experience presenting fine art to collectors throughout the Unites States. “Our objective is to offer a showcase for the finest contemporary, representational work being created today” said Whiteside.
Shannon Smith, Shrimping Grounds, oil, 22″ x 28″

Artists presented will include Ken Auster, Bobby Bagley, Gerald Balciar, William Berra, George Botich, Joe Bowler, Scott Burdick, James Calk, Alan Campbell, Elaine Coffee, Guy Coheleach, John Carroll Doyle, Kathleen Dunphy, Ray Ellis, Ted Ellis, Kim English, Glenna Goodacre, Veryl Goodnight, Russell Gordon, Jonathan Green, Walter Greer, Chris G1011chasartauction-shannon-smithroves, Carol Guzmanj, John Austin Hanna, Michael Harrell, Betsy Havens, Evan Harrington, Mandy Johnson, Karin Jurick, Michael B. Karas, Jeff Legg, Earl B. Lewis, Weizhen Liang, Huihan Liu, Susan Lyon, Dan McCaw, Danny McCaw, Dean Mitchell, Joseph Orr, Robert Palevitz, Addison Palmer, Jim Palmer, George Pate, Guido Petruzzi, Joan Potter, Edward Rice, Jennifer Smith Rogers, Marilyn Simandle, Betty Anglin Smith, Shannon Smith, Loran Speck, Linda St. Clair, Rhett Thurman, Michelle Torrez, Karen Larson Turner, Mary Whyte, Scott Yeager, Stephen Scott Young and Alex Zapata.

Mary Whyte, Hidden, watercolor, 20″ x 20″

Morris, who is also a principal partner in Scottsdale Art Auction, which set a new record with $15,300,000 in sales on April 1, 2011, is responsible for the expanded offering of important work by deceased Southern masters.

“There is a renaissance of interest among collectors for fine Southern works,” Morris said, “and our sale offers an opportunity for new and experienced buyers to make significant additions to their collections,” pointing to works by William Halsey, Clark Hulings, Alfred Hutty, George Plante, Gigory Stepanyants, George W. Sully, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, William Aiken Walker and Eudora Welty, among others.

William Aiken Walker (1838-1921), Wash Day at the Cabin, oil, 6″ x 12″

Collectors who are unable to attend the sale in person should contact Charleston Art Auction to make arrangements for absentee and telephone bidding prior to 5pm on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Sale results will be posted at ( the week following the sale.

For further information call 843/785-2318, 843/722-2172 or visit (

Tracking the Numbers for the First Ten Days of the Oct. 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


What a difference a holiday makes – or the lack of one makes when it comes to downloads of our Oct. 2011 issue of Carolina Arts. Last month, in the first ten days of Sept. we had 29,593 downloads. We ended up Sept. with a total of 37,344 downloads. In the first three days of Oct. (without a holiday) we had over 38,000 downloads and by day ten – our total was 55,160.

Our Oct. 2011 issue was our largest issue ever with 76 pages of visual arts, so if we just get some decent downloads during the rest of the month we could surpass the all time download winner – May 2011 – which brought in 61,199 downloads. Can that be possible? I don’t know, but I’ve probably already jinxed it.

If you haven’t downloaded the Oct. 2011 issue yet – the magic link is ( It takes a few minutes to download depending on you internet speed, but I’ve been told by some it’s a great issue.

The other numbers for downloads of previous issues are as follows:

June 2011 – 351
March 2011 – 346
July 2011 – 206
January 2011 – 50
August 2011 – 30
September 2011 – 29

The other issues didn’t show up in the top 200.

I want to thank all those folks who are sending our download link out to their e-mail list, posting the link and notice on their Facebook pages, and spreading the news any other way you can. It really makes a difference in how many people see the paper and more and more of them are requesting to be put on our list that we send out at the beginning of each month.

We’ll report back after the end of the month on the monthly totals.

The Exhibit of Works by Patz and Mike Fowle at Francis Marion University Has Plenty of Funk and is Pretty Awesome

Sunday, October 9th, 2011


I’ve been wanting to see a big collection of works by Patz and Mike Fowle and the opportunity came on Oct. 6, 2011, at Francis Marion University. The gallery at the Hyman Fine Arts Center at FMU is presenting the exhibit, Funk and Awesome!, featuring individual and collaborative works by Patz and Mike Fowle of Hartsville, SC, through Nov. 10, 2011.

I first discovered Patz Fowle’s unique ceramic creations at one of thePalmetto Hands exhibitions during the North Charleston Arts Festival held at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston, SC. The first work I saw was a miniature Noah’s Ark with many sets of crazy looking animals on board. I had never seen anything like it. And, each successive year I would see another or maybe two new works by her and then eventually works by her husband Mike Fowle.

Earlier this year I had an opportunity to see an actual exhibition of works by these two talented artists at the Florence Regional Arts Alliance gallery in Florence, SC, but this was a small show. It just served to whet my appetite. And, I saw a few more pieces at exhibits at the Art Trail Gallery in Florence. So when I heard about the exhibit at FMU – I was ready to go.

Unfortunately for me, it was on a day when so many other interesting exhibits would be opening and I can only be in one place at a time. I’d love to have one of those Harry Potter devices where you can be in several places during the same time frame, but I haven’t been able to work that out yet. It’s one of the many problems with covering such a large region – making hard choices is never easy.

Florence is closer to Bonneau, SC, than most people know, so it helped make my decision a little easier. An extra bonus was that Linda was off from her “other” job and she could go too, but she worked the next day so our trip had to be a quick run in and out.

I think we were some of the first people to arrive, so I started taking photos before it was too late. Translation – before I started talking with folks. And, I did a lot of talking with some of the movers and shakers of the Pee Dee art community that night.

Taking photos was a bit of a challenge as many of the works were presented in glassed cases, but I was pleased with the results – never as good as being there, but still good enough to give you a taste. Without these images there would be no way for me to describe these works.

Tell Me More



After coming back from seeing the exhibit I posted this on my Facebook page, “It was like visiting a dream written by Dr. Seuss combined with Alice and Wonderland and Where the Wild Things Are. A lot of wild, crazy ceramic creatures.” This is a pretty good description of the collaborative creatures made by both of these artists, but this exhibit offered more than the ceramic creatures.

Magic Carpet Ride

Catbird in Flight

Let’s Sit a While and Yackety Yack

O’Keeffe’s Beautiful Bones

This exhibit also included some ceramic “portraits” with titles like: Frida Without Diego, Picasso’s Palette, Dali’s Dilemma, and O’Keeffe’s Beautiful Bones. One closer to home was A Pearl of A Man, of SC’s Pearl Fryar. There were also some paintings by Patz Fowle. And of course they all carry a touch of that Fowle humor – the couple’s trademark.

Pearl Fryar’s Fantastic Fro-piary Garden oil painting by Patz Fowle

What was unexpected was a group of works that were re-purposed. You wouldn’t say they were recycled as those are objects that some people toss away, but can be collected and remade into usable products again – like saving aluminium cans to be remade into aluminium cans or other aluminium products.

In this case the Fowle’s, mainly Mike, were re-purposing children’s plastic toys into works of art. He also does that a lot with discarded metal objects. Of course one piece entitled the Plastic Planet used plastic water bottles as a core material. The photos give you a better look at this piece, but it would take you maybe an hour or two to discover all the working “toys” making up the crust of this planet.

Plastic Planet

Plastic Planet, detail

Plastic Planet, detail

I can imagine if we, as a people, keep going the way we are that our planet could look like this one day – a big plastic ball.

Prestone by Mike Fowle

I didn’t get this work’s title but it reminded me of man’s beginning on earth (if I can say that in South Carolina) from the primordial ooze of the trash we leave behind, this creature evolved.

These works reminded me of another show that opened that same night in Columbia, SC, at Vista Studios. On view in Gallery 80808 is an exhibit featuring assemblage “portraits” by Kirkland Smith, entitled, Re-Created, on view through Oct. 18, 2011. Smith creates amazing paintings out of re-purposed objects and some that I’ve seen are made up of plastic children’s toys and action figures.

Image of Audrey Hepburn by Kirkland Smith

I don’t want to detract from the Fowle’s exhibit, but these three artists are saving our landfills from thousands of items which would take 100′s of years to breakdown by making works of art from them – art people want.

Smith’s show will be up for a shorter period of time, so you have to act fast to see it. I’m hoping I do that before it’s down, but time is not a friend of mine. You have a longer time to see Funk and Awesome!, but don’t put it off and miss it.

One advantage of going to an opening is that you can hear stories in the background, like the one of Mike Fowle going into second-hand stores looking for children’s shoes to use with some of their ceramic creatures.

Now you have to understand that Mike is a big guy – he could be described as a mountain man. So imagine this big guy going into a store and asking people if they have any small children’s shoes. It might make some people wonder – what is he doing with all those children’s shoes? It’s just part of being an artist. Sometimes you’re looking for unusual things to do your work – especially when you are re-purposing items. And, I’m sure his search for little children’s shoes have given some folks a creepy story to pass along. I don’t think it’s creepy – the picture it paints in my mind gives me a chuckle.

Walkin’ the Walk

Before I knew it – it was time to head home. It always seems like it’s time to head home.

You can read about this exhibit and Kirkland Smith’s exhibit in the Oct. 2011 issue of Carolina Arts and see a few more images of the works.

The gallery at the Hyman Fine Arts Center at Francis Marion University is open Mon. through Fri., from 8am-5pm.

For further information you can call the FMU Art Department at 843/661-1385 or visit ( To see more works visit (

Tracking the Numbers of the September 2011 Issue of Carolina Arts

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


Well – it’s official – holidays that fall at the very beginning of the month are real bummers for online newspaper distribution. Labor Day weekend took the wind out of our sails and we never recovered. Our total downloads for September were 37,344. That’s better than the damage the July 4th weekend did making our total for July 33,726. But I bet the totals for the October issue of Carolina Arts will be much better. It was our largest issue ever with 76 pages.

Look, since this is our first year at this online stuff I’m not totally expecting one thing or another as far as totals go, but once you’ve had an issue like May that brought in 61,199 downloads, you wonder why they all can’t be that way. Life has its roadblocks – like holidays, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. We have to work around what life throws at us.

Our first place winner in September was the (other) category with 61,048 and I think this is the last time I’m going to include it as it seems to be just a bunch of – maybe, perhaps and or it could be – stuff. I’ve explained so many times that our server says that they could be downloads but we just don’t know what they represent that I’m ready to just say – yada, yada, ya.

Number two was the downloads of the entire paper at 37,344.

We have a new third place contender with the June issue bringing in 2,599 downloads with July right on its heels with 2,495 downloads.

The former cult issue of March only brought in 2,275 downloads, but it was still twice as many as our January issue which had only 1,362. But March is still the all time leader when you add up all it downloads from month to month – nearing 100,000 downloads.

In sixth place was February with 743 downloads and seventh place was taken by the August issue with 587 downloads.

Coming in at a distant eighth place spot was May our all time monthly leader with 355 downloads. And, for the first time is many months we have 67 downloads for our long lost April issue. All previous issues showed up in the top 200. It’s good to see April back in the mix. I bet if people took a second look at April they’d wonder why it’s being so ignored.

We had 71,760 individual sessions on our website with 513,049 hits – slightly down from August. I guess people have more to do now that Summer is over.

That’s the numbers. We’ll have a report on how the October issue did in its first ten days – in about a week or so.

If you didn’t receive notice of the Oct. 2011 issue be available the link to download the paper is (