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The April 2018 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

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The April 2018 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/418/418carolinaarts.html) – all 65 pages of it.

This month’s cover art features works by Bob Trotman, from the exhibit, Bob Trotman: Business as Usual, on view at the Gregg Museum of Art, at NC State University, in Raleigh, NC, on view through July 8, 2018. We had such a hard time selecting works for the cover that we created a back cover this month on Page 65. And, we also re-ran the article about this exhibit which we offered in February of this year. If you’re enthralled with Trotman’s works as I am you might want to visit (http://www.bobtrotman.com/videos) where you’ll find some creepy videos and a couple that show closer looks of the artist and his work process.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our May 2018 issue will be April 24 at 5pm.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

The March 2018 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

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The March 2018 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/318/318carolinaarts.html) – all 61 pages of it. That’s 1 page more than last month.

This month’s cover art features a work by Susan Colwell, who is having an exhibit at Fine Art at Baxters in New Bern, NC, from Mar. 9 – Apr. 30, 2018.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our April 2018 issue will be March 24 at 5pm. It will be good to get those extra three days back to pull the April issue together after the deadline. February is madness.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

The February 2018 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

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The February 2018 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/218/218carolinaarts.html) – all 60 pages of it. That’s 12 pages more than last month.

This month’s cover art features a work by Betsy Jones McDonald, who is having an exhibit at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery in Charleston, SC, from Feb. 1 – 28, 2018. It’s a sneak peek at Spring, which I hope gets here soon.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

Don’t forget that the deadline for our March 2018 issue will be February 24 at 5pm. Now that only leaves us four days to put that issue together so if you can be an early bird this month great, but don’t be a last minute sloth.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

The January 2018 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Monday, January 1st, 2018

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The January 2018 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/118/118carolinaarts.html) – all 48 pages of it. That’s 8 pages less than last month.

This month’s cover art features a work by Jean Grosser, which is part of her exhibit, A Culture of Violence, on view at the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery at USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, on view from Jan. 12 through Feb. 16, 2018.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.
And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the February 2018 issue about an exhibit – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the January 24th deadline.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

The December 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Friday, December 1st, 2017

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The December 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1217/1217carolinaarts.html) – all 56 pages of it. That’s 13 pages less than last month.

This month’s cover art features a work by Herb Jackson. Jackson is being presented in an exhibit at NC State University in Raleigh, NC, entitled “A Door is not a Window,” on view at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, The Historic Chancellor’s Residence, through Jan. 28, 2018.
So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the January 2018 issue about an exhibit – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the December 24th deadline. Yes, that’s Christmas Eve, but it’s also our deadline, so maybe it’s time to get us your info for January early.

And, have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

The November 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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The November 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1117/1117carolinaarts.html) – all 69 pages of it. That’s 2 pages less than last month.

This month’s cover art features special one-of-a-kind works made by two different Seagrove potters working together to make one work for the Gala auction held at the 10th anniversary of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters, taking place at the Historic Lucks Cannery in Seagrove, NC, the pottery capital of the Carolinas and probably the Southeast. You can read about it on Page 34.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the December 2017 issue about an exhibit – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the November 24th deadline.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

The October 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

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The October 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/1017/1017carolinaarts.html) – all 71 pages of it. That’s 2 pages less than last month, but it could have been much larger if we kept including all the articles about exhibits that came in well after our deadline had passed.

This month’s cover art features a painting by contemporary Native American artists who have works on view at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. You can read about it on Page 29.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.
If you want to get something in the November 2017 issue about an exhibit – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the October 24th deadline.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

The September 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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The September 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/917/917carolinaarts.html) – all 73 pages of it. That’s 16 more pages than last month as things are getting active as the Carolinas gear up for the Fall.

This month’s cover art features a painting by Veronika Hart of Hendersonville, NC. She will be taking part in the sixth annual Open Studio Tour of Henderson County on Sept. 23-24, 2017. She also has some work a The Gallery at Flat Rock in Flat Rock, NC. You can read some about her in this month’s Commentary and the Tour on Page 34.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make this publication possible.

And help us spread this issue around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the October 2017 issue about an exhibit – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the September 24th deadline.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

The August 2017 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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The August 2017 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at (http://www.carolinaarts.com/817/817carolinaarts.html) – all 57 pages of it. That’s a few more pages than last month – as we gear up for the Fall.

Our cover art features a photograph by Alfred Stieglitz of Georgia O’Keeffe. The Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will present an exhibit of O’Keeffe’s works. You can read about that on Page 27 of our Aug. issue. But, our big news is that we have a new Queen of the Carolina Arts Facebook page – Kristi Ryba, who offered her work for last month’s cover. You can read all about that in my commentary on Page 4.

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending this link to your friends.

If you want to get something in the September 2017 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the August 24th deadline.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts
843/693-1306
info@carolinaarts.com

I Took a Trip to West Ashley to See Some Art – It’s an Area of Charleston, SC, but It’s Like a Step-Child

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Summers are not supposed to be this busy. Yet, I seem to be as busy as I ever have been. There’s this publication that expects to be finished by deadline every month. Then there is my new hobby of protesting the current Government, so scratch Tuesdays off the calendar, And, then there is the Grandboys who want – no, make that demand their Grandpa’s time (they don’t care about the arts or the government – yet). Not to mention a wife, who I see in passing, a yard that is out of control, and the dog – which I swore I wasn’t going to be taking care of but gives me that look of – you’re the only responsible person in the house that will give me snacks and take me out. And above all, I promised myself I was going to see the movie “Dunkirk” when it came out, but here I am writing this blog about an art exhibit I went to see last week.

Now, as busy as I have been, it should tell you something that I took time to drive to Charleston on a Saturday afternoon, when the heat index was 105 degrees to go see art on a wall. I’ve seen lots of art on a wall many times before and I’m sure to see more art on a wall in the future. But here I was headed to the reception for “The Quench Project and the mire of desire,” an exhibition of works by Robert Maniscalco, on view at Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education, located at 1017 Wappoo Road in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC. The exhibit will be on view through Aug. 10, 2017.

I went for several reasons. First, I suggested to Maniscalco that Fabulon was perhaps a good match for the type of work he was doing to line up an exhibit of his works when we were working on his profile and it turned out they were a good match. And, second, because I wanted to support the artist and the gallery for producing and showing respectively, art with a message. Or art that supports a cause.

Don’t get me wrong, I like art that is just beautiful, art that is abstract, and art that makes me feel good when I look at it. I have plenty of it in my personal collection. But, as of late, I’ve been drawn to art that has a message for some reason. I wonder why that is? And, I’m not saying that all art doesn’t have a message of some sort. After all you can project a message into any art you look at.

When I look at one of John Moore’s abstract photographs of rust, I can see beauty in the colors of the rust, but I can also see man’s neglect of the things he has put on this earth. When I see a landscape by Betty Anglin Smith, I don’t see any marsh scene I have every seen, but I see the Lowcountry through rose colored glasses the way visitors do when they first come to the Lowcountry and fall in love with it. It’s not reality, but it’s the way we see it in our mind, and we want to live there in all those colors. It’s like pluff mud – it smells better than it is to be in it with the noseems biting away at you. Art can help you escape from reality but it can also bring you back to reality.

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“The Next Big Thing” by Robert Maniscalco

While some artists make their pilgrimages to Provence, France or Santa Fe, New Mexico, Maniscalco chose to go to Haiti (after the earthquake) and Flint, Michigan, when it was dangerous to drink the water.

Why do that? Well, the best way I can explain that is to say that Maniscalco is a Christian in the mold of a Jimmy Carter Christian, where deeds are more important than words. I’m not an overly religious guy, but I admire those who show their faith in deeds – not words. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

We offered a sort of profile on Robert Maniscalco in our May 2017 issue on pages 12 and 14 (http://www.carolinaarts.com/517/517carolinaarts-pg12.pdf) or (http://www.carolinaarts.com/517/517carolinaarts-pg14.pdf). Check that out for more info on him and what he’s been up to in the last couple of years.

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This portrait is of Louise Noel, mother of Pastor Medit, Maniscalco’s host at the Bread of Life Orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti.

So, getting back to the exhibit, it was nice to finally see some of the works, up close and personal that we promoted in our May 2017 issue of “Carolina Arts”. I always tell people if you like the images you see in our publication, you’ll love them in person, as they are always much more alive when you’re standing in front of them. Maniscalco agreed with that concept in thinking there is a spark in the originals that no copy could show. And, I also feel that every artists puts a little of their soul in many of their works. Although, some works seem lifeless, but not in this exhibit.

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Children at the Bread of Life Orphanage learning to read and teaching each other to read.

Most of Maniscalco’s works are portraits of individuals or groups of people. What I liked about most of them is that he captures the joy and hope in people who should be feeling pretty hopeless after what’s happened to them. And I’m sure there was plenty of hopelessness to go around, but he chose to capture something else – the spirit of people doing the best they can with the situation that was handed to them. Along side each painting is a fairly long description of what you’re looking at to give you plenty of background. Maniscalco has a story to tell and a message to deliver to the viewer – you might say a call to action.

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“Overcome” a portrait of Quinn Tyler of Flint Michigan

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Maniscaloc offered a choice of water – didn’t see anyone taking the water from Flint.

I have some images of Maniscalco’s works on view, a few I had on file and a few from his website (www.maniscalcogallery.com), not from the exhibit, as they were too hard to get a decent photo of with reflections, but I do have images from the reception.

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Maniscalo is explaining a work to one of the folks at the reception. That’s one of the benefits of going to receptions – you get to talk with the artist.

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Here, Maniscalco is talking with some folks about the courtroom sketches he did for the recent Dylan Roof Trial.

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There was a nice spread of food offered.

Now, as always, I don’t want you to just read this and think – well I have a good idea of what’s there and skip it. I want you to go see this exhibit and to check out Fabulon if you have never been there. It’s easy to get to and there is plenty of free parking – something that is in short supply in Charleston.

Now, like any time I’m at an exhibit reception or visiting a gallery – I look at everything and talk to people. And, not to take away from Maniscalco’s exhibit, but there were other works on view at the gallery and I just happen to take a few images of what caught my eye. Guess what? – they were abstract works. One by Michael C. Hayes that reminded me of work I’d seen before and I verified with gallery owner Susan Irish, that Hayes had work in the recent “Piccolo Spoleto Juried Show” at Charleston’s City Gallery at Waterfront Park. I mentioned his work in a blog I did about that show. Hey, if anything I’m consistent. And there were a couple of works by Vicki Hickman that I liked and I found out she was the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Berkeley County School System – from my own backyard. When are we going to have a gallery in Berkeley County to show the talents of Berkeley County artists?

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Work by Michael C. Hayes

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Work by Vicki Hickman

And, of course I did a bit of talking with Irish and Maniscalco, but like all conversations between me and folks in the arts – it stays between us. That way people can tell me how they really feel about things.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to stay too long at the reception as I had an errand I had to do before heading home. I always have to make the best use of gas and time on these trips. But, I’m sure I’ll be back to Fabulon sometime. They’re not your typical Charleston art gallery and they don’t present typical Charleston exhibits. So if you’re looking for something different – check them out.

Fabulon is open, Tue.-Sat., 10am-6pm. For further info about the exhibit call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).