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Hurry to the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, to See the Exhibit “The Opulent Object” – on View Through Jan. 5, 2014

Thursday, December 19th, 2013


Back in the Fall, Linda and I traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC, Linda’s hometown to visit the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, which was showing an exhibit I had come across when it was showing at other exhibit venues in the Carolinas, but never got a chance to see. The exhibition is, The Opulent Object: Tapestries by Jon Riis with Sculpture by Richard Mafong and Mike Harrison. I’m sorry for this late write-up, but somehow this trip had fallen through the cracks in my daily struggles to keep up with all that we’re doing here at Shoestring Publishing. But, this is a show you should make a point to try and see before it ends on Jan. 5, 2014. It’s my bad for giving you such a short heads up.

Although in the past Linda and I made many trips to Myrtle Beach when her mother still lived there we don’t get back there that often these days. It’s not like its on the way to other destinations. Well, it is if you’re traveling up and down the Atlantic coast, but we don’t make it that way much. Our beach days are over. We’re always amazed at how much Myrtle Beach has changed each time we make it back there, but all you have to do is go to the Gay Dolphin to see that in some ways it never changes. We discovered the new boardwalk on this trip.

The Art Museum is practically right on the beach, but far enough back to keep sand from blowing in the door. That’s a little inside joke. Years ago I sat in on a SC Arts Commission grant-funding meeting and one of the out-of-state panel members was shocked to hear that the Museum was on the beach. She was reluctant to approve funding for a facility that would, in her mind, spent most of its time sweeping sand out the doors. It was explained to her that the Museum wasn’t a Teke Hut on the beach – it was a modern facility. That’s a memory that comes up every time I’m dealing with the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, besides it having the longest name for a museum in the Carolinas. And, as we walked through it viewing the exhibits I was amazed at how good a shape it was in. There was no look of wear and tear that you’ll see in some urban facilities. The folks there must keep the facility well maintained.

One of the other exhibits on view that day was Passionate Collectors, featuring works from the collection of husband and wife Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel, which was donated to the Museum. The collection includes works in a wide range of styles, subjects and media all focused on Southern art. Represented in the collection are 21 pieces from South Carolinian Jonathan Green, along with works by noted African-American artists William H. Clarke, James Denmark, Cassandra Gillens and others.

Work by Corrie Parker McCallum

Some of the others in this collection were artists like Corrie Parker McCallum, Chris Ritsch, and Lynda R. Karl, an artist from Moncks Corner, SC, our backyard, and I’ve never seen any of her work before. But, I liked what I saw. I also saw the first work by Jonathan Green that I liked. Don’t get me wrong I admire what Green does, but that style has never appealed to me. I’d like to see more works by Green like the work included here.

Ambassador, 1984, by Jonathan Green

The third exhibit on view that day was, Celia Pearson: Glass Transformed, A Photographer Explores Sea Glass. Nationally known photographer Celia Pearson was commissioned to produce 150 images of the sea glass in the collection of Marylanders Richard and Nancy LaMotte. The photographs were not that impressive, adequate for the purpose, but the glass objects found on the world’s beaches was very interesting.

Works by Celia Pearson

The main show to me was the works of Jon Riis. His work was amazing and staggering to think of how much time went into each piece and there were so many – each equally impressive, if not more than the next. The images I took won’t do these works justice as you have to see them up close to realize the details.

Works by Jon Riis

Work by Jon Riis

Works by Jon Riis

You can get a better feel for this artist’s work by reading a blog entry (Feb. 17, 2012) by Susan Lenz, a fiber artist from Columbia, SC, who saw works by Riis at the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, SC, at her blog Art In Stitches at ( Lenz, a talented artist who works in fiber, among other mediums has a better feel for describing Riis’ works. We also had an article about this exhibition in our March 2012 issue of Caro1013bur-chapin-richard-mafong-mike-harrison-450x286lina Arts.

The works in this exhibit by Richard Mafong and Mike Harrison are impressive too. They’re a good match for Riis’ works. But, I have to admit that I was blown away by Riis’ works – even those that had subject matter I didn’t care for. Riis has a darker side to him which undoubtably will be the works others find more impressive. Different strokes for different folks.
Work by Richard Mafong and Mike Harrison

I took a picture of a class that was going on at the Museum – it’s the bread and butter of most visual art facilities these days. The children looked like they were having a good time with art. They weren’t making art – not yet, but they were having fun and maybe preparing for a future in the arts. Hopefully they’ll grow up to be art patrons. We’ve got enough artists.


Again, I’m sorry for the lateness of this blog post, but this show may pop up somewhere else in the Carolinas and if it does, I’ll give a holler. Hey, and you never know – this year could be like my first year in South Carolina where Christmas day and New Years day were 75 degrees back in 1974 – beach weather for a guy from Michigan. I got sunburned on Folly Beach on New Years day back in 1974. Called the folks back in Michigan and it was 20 degrees and the snow was blowing horizontally. Ya gotta love the winters here.

For further information call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (

Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers Tour of Exhibition – Feb. 27, 2010

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

We received this press release at Carolina Arts about an exhibit tour of fresh works by seasoned artists representing some of the best artists in South Carolina.

Here it is:

Art Museum Offers Tour of Milestones Exhibit

Bobbie Lawson, a retired Art History professor from Coastal Carolina University, will provide a guided tour of the Milestones: Celebrating 70 and Beyond exhibit at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, in Myrtle Beach, SC, at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27. The tour is free and open to the public.

Joseph Cave, Blue Ridge Dairy Farm, 2008, oil on canvas

Milestones are those momentous occasions that mark our lives, from birth to death and all the important events in between. Milestones: Celebrating 70 and Beyond, (on view through Apr. 25, 2010) comprises 27 South Carolina artists who have reached their 70th year and are still actively creating. The exhibition, features two works by each artist completed within the last two years, includes sculptures, paintings, prints, quilts, batiks, photographs, collages and hand-carved bowls.

Come enjoy the works of the “Who’s Who in South Carolina Art”. This exhibition features works from, Deane Ackerman, John Acorn, Bobbi Adams, Betty Bee, Carl Blair, Ethel Brody, Carrie Burns Brown, Edward Byrd, Joseph Cave, Ray Davenport, Jeanet Dreskin, Dixie Dugan, Maxie Eades, Tom Flowers, Darell Koons, Jean McWhorter, Rose Metz, Dottie Moore, Boyd Saunders, Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, Laura Spong, Barbara St. Dennis, Jo Ann Taylor, Carole Tinsley, Leo Twiggs, Sam Wang and Don Zurlo.

Dottie Moore, Om, 2009, art quilt-hand painted cotton fabric

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Regular gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the Museum is free at all times, but donations are welcomed.

For further information call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (

Don’t Miss Brian Rutenberg’s Lecture & Book Signing at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC – Oct. 21, 2009

Friday, October 9th, 2009

It should be no secret to any follower of Carolina Arts that I’m a big fan of Brian Rutenberg – we have featured his work on our cover twice – in full color and I have tried to make sure people always know when he has an exhibit in the Carolinas. I’m also a big fan of abstract art and Rutenberg’s work sings to my soul.

Blue Point

A few months ago on one of my daily trips to the post office to get the mail a large package was there and I wasn’t expecting a thing that large in the mail. When I opened it – it was an amazing book of Rutenberg’s work – I was blown away by it, but the big news came a few days later when I attended a gathering of folks involved in the visual arts at the Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston. Someone from the Gibbes was handing out a little flyer of upcoming exhibits planned for the Gibbes – interesting news as they don’t seem to release much info about upcoming exhibits – at least to me. As I scanned down the list I saw that Rutenberg was having an exhibit there in Oct. 09. It was hard to concentrate on the meeting after that.

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So why all the excitement for Rutenberg? Well, first I think he is very good and second, he is a SC native who has made it big and it’s my opinion that he will get even bigger as time goes by. I said in my editorial commentary in the Oct. 09 issue of Carolina Arts – he could be SC’s next Jasper Johns. The other thing I like about Rutenberg is that although he has made it big in bigger places – he still brings his work home to SC and the Carolinas.

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So I hope – if you can – you’ll go hear the lecture, buy the book and later visit the exhibition. See if I have good taste.


Here’s a press release about the event:

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, will offer an artist talk and book signing by Brian Rutenberg on Oct. 21, 2009, at 6pm. Abstract artist Brian Rutenberg will host a discussion about his upcoming solo exhibitionBrian Rutenberg: Tidesong on view from Oct. 23, 2009 through Jan. 10, 2010. Rutenberg will talk about his process and inspiration and will welcome questions from the audience.

A book signing of Brian Rutenberg, the first ever major monograph on the artist’s paintings and drawings, will be held immediately following the lecture. The artist talk and book signing is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at (

The exhibition was organized by the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Inspired by the landscape and waterways of his home state, Rutenberg’s work combines brilliant color with expressive brushwork to create visually stunning abstract paintings. Tidesong includes recent paintings on canvas and works on paper that explore the artist’s fascination with the landscape and quality of light along the South Carolina coast.

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Reflecting on his work, Rutenberg has said, “My imagination was in large part formed by my childhood experience growing up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina from Myrtle Beach down to Charleston and to this day I still use that sense of light and that geography as kind of a springboard, as a starting point for the work even though the work does not end up being about the Lowcountry or anything down there. There’s a certain kind of light down there when you’re around a lot of water. It’s like a silvery, blue light that permeates everything. It can be melancholic. It can be joyful. It can be many, many different facets, and I try to get that feeling of light.”

A South Carolina native, Rutenberg received a BFA from the College of Charleston and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Since 1985, Rutenberg has been honored with over 100 gallery and museum exhibitions across the United States, including a retrospective in 2006 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC. The artist lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

For further info call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (

37th Art in the Park Takes Place in Myrtle Beach, SC – Oct. 10 & 11, 2009

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild will hold its 37th year of Art in the Park on Oct, 10 and 11, 2009, from 9am-4pm both days in Chapin Park, 1400 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature works by over 60 artists from the East Coast and as far away as Tennessee with about 20 of those artists from the local Myrtle Beach area. Typical art will include original paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone.

The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild is a non-profit, state-chartered organization. Sixteen artists and crafts people who wished to encourage and promote fine arts in the community organized it in 1969. Membership is open to professional, non-professional and student artists and crafts persons as well as associate members interested in the arts.

A Board of Directors oversees the operations of the Guild. The calendar of events for the year includes: Monthly program meetings from September to May on the third Thursday of the month. A variety of programs are offered including demonstrations, slide presentations, social gatherings with exhibitions of recent works by members, and panel discussions on subjects of interest to artists such as framing and making slides of your art, etc. Guests are always welcome at no charge; Two art shows, at least one of which has been ongoing for 33 years; Three Art in the Park shows are held in Chapin Park each year giving artists an opportunity to display and sell their work; and an annual Student Show held at The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.

Members are kept informed of events of interest by periodic newsletters and postcards.

The next Art in the Park event will take place on Nov. 7 and 8, 2009.

For further info about Art in the Park or the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild, contact JoAnne Utterback at 843/446-7471 or visit (