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This blog will be a resource for recording thoughts, ideas, schemes, and anything else that develops on the way to forming a unified voice and center for the Charleston arts community. Everything presented here is subject to change.

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There will be a designated set of authors who will be responsible for posting topics for discussion, to begin with anyone may comment on a discussion topic or suggest a new post but only the authors may post new topics (this is mostly to avoid spamming and over posting). In time this can develop into an online wiki or discussion board style web page of information and ideas, but at the moment a blog is the most direct, immediate and open way to track the development of the ideas being developed. if you have a suggestion or want to post please send email to

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Movement and Creative Process: Workshop for Poets, Painters, Philosophers and People
Presenter: Ann Igoe and Eliza Ingle

May 09, 2009
10 AM - 4 PM

Tuition: Workshop - $75 by April 10th, $95 after.
Register at http://www.thesophiainstitute.org/RegisterOnline.aspx?id=73&did=123&elo=N

The physicists tell us that ALL is movement. Movement itself is held together by movement. The body is our receiver and/or our interpreter of movement. We have within ourselves the movement of conscious, subconscious, and even pre-conscious metaphors of the psyche. This movement is the raw material of all of our creative work. It is the movement of our emotions actually traveling through the body. Today we have become so intellectual and dependent upon the words of others that we neglect the innate wisdom of our own bodies.

This is a workshop that helps us get in touch with the very interior of our being and discover our creative force. We will be working specifically in the arts of poetry, painting, dance and music. Movement flows through the body and out into the rhythm of dance and music, the marks of painting, the words of poets. We will move, draw, listen, and speak. All is very easy and natural: no experience is necessary to participate.

Wear comfortable clothes, running shoes, and bring a sandwich for lunch.

Eliza received her BA in Dance from Middlebury College in Vermont. She continued her training at the Merce Cunningham and Erick Hawkins schools and performed and choreographed her work in the North and Southeast. She has been teaching Modern Dance at the College of Charleston for the past 12 years.

Ann has a MFA in Dance and has worked extensively as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance therapist. She has studied with many pioneers in the arts and sciences including Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Robert Bly, Stanley Zompakos and Joseph Campbell. Among other things she is a beloved teacher in Charleston, SC, her native state, of The Existential Leap Workshop.

For more information, visit www.thesophiainstitute.org.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

2nd Annual Lowcountry Local First Chef's Potluck!

2nd Annual Lowcountry Locals First Chef's Potluck!
Great Local Chefs, Food and Music

Sunday, May 3rd 4-7 p.m. at Middleton Place. Don't miss another opportunity to get together with friends and share in a wonderful afternoon of food, drinks and music! We will have top chefs in the area preparing dishes using ingredients from our area growers and producers. There will also be live music with Elise Testone, COAST beer, wine, delicious artisan chocolates from SweetTeeth Confection, ice cream from Wholly Cow, and a silent auction. Click Here to see all the participating restaurants and chefs. Thanks to our sponsors Limehouse Produce and Fish! Click here to see a list of all the sponsors of this year's Chef's Potluck.

Tickets On Sale Now at http://lowcountylocalfirst.eventbrite.com/!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Upcoming Events- April 18 & May 15

Saturday April 18, 8pm - 2am @ Kulture Klash 4, 40,000 sq ft of art party mayhem and wonderment... http://www.heiligmultimedia.com/kk3/

Friday May 15, 6 -8pm @ Charleston City Gallery @ Waterfront Park, This is the 6 person Contemporary/Hip/New/Installation & Process Based Art Show that I've been talking about, working on, and maybe not returning your phone calls because of. Sorry. It's going to be fabulous. Contemporay Charleston 2009: Revelation of Proccess is a Piccolo Spoleto event. The 2nd floor of the gallery will be full of my work and Ishmael's work... plus a collaboration.. fingers crossed. I'm hoping to have 40 paintings ready in 4 weeks. Plus there will be a catalog and a short documentary.

New paintings will be uploaded to www.KarinOlah.com really soon.
Pass the time with this recent interview by Charleston author, Sara Dobie.


Reflections of the Gullah Community:

Reflections of the Gullah Community:
Work, the Environment, and Spirituality

April 24, 2009
9 am-4 pm

Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner, SC
(Home to a Trappist monastery located on the historic site
of the former Mepkin Plantation north of Charleston)

Mepkin Abbey—The Center for Humans & Nature—Penn Center, Inc.

Speakers and Presenters

Emory Shaw Campbell
Director Emeritus, Penn Center & President, Gullah Heritage

Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green Studios

Michael Allen
Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

Rosalyn Browne
Director, Culture and History, Penn Center

Featuring Gullah artisans demonstrating and discussing their work

Continental Breakfast—Catered Lunch—Items from Penn Center’s Collection

This forum is offered at no cost, but registration is required by April 16.
Write or call: Dr. William Bailey @ wbailey@sc.edu 803-777-1587.

Those registering will receive further details about the event.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Knology Launches Design Competition for 2009 Pajama Run Logo

Calling All Artists!

Knology Launches Design Competition for 2009 Pajama Run Logo

The Contest
Can you do better than this?

Knology is looking for a local artist to create the new design for the 2nd Annual Pajama Run. All media is acceptable and entry into the competition is free. For entry form and official contest rules, visit Design Competition .

Prize Details
The winner will receive $500 prize and Knology will donate $500 to a charity of the winner’s choice. The winner will also receive recognition as the official 2009 Pajama Run design artist, 10 posters, and 5 t-shirts. The winning artist is expected to attend a reception showcasing the design which will be held in the Edwin and Barbara Pearlstine Healing Garden at Hollings Cancer Center.

The Event
The Annual 5K Pajama Run/Walk was established to raise resources and awareness for cancers occurring below the waist. Benefiting MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, in its inaugural year, the run raised over $10,000 and had over 200 participants. Pajama-clad runners and walkers enjoy a race route that circles Harmond Field and Hampton Park and finish in front of Joe Riley Stadium. A pajama party follows the race with great food, music, awards, and prizes. The 2009 Pajama Run will take place in October. For more information about the Pajama Run, please visit www.knology.com/run .

Any questions regarding this competition, please contact:
Catherine Shubeck


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

H2Oly City Photography


Charleston Civic Design Center presents H2Oly City Photography Competition
Cash prizes up to $1,000
Submission deadline: Friday, May 8th, 2009
Exhibition: May through June
Winners announced at the exhibition opening on Friday, May 15th, from 6-8:00 PM
For more info: visit http://www.charlestoncity.info/h2olycity

The Charleston Civic Design Center is pleased to announce the H2Oly City Photography Competition: in order to promote awareness of the role of water in our lifestyle and how it influences Charleston’s civic environment. For more information, please call 843.958.6416, or see the H2Oly City Photography Competition website: http://www.charlestoncity.info/h2olycity

The competition is open to all and will offer close to 1,000 dollars in cash prizes. Entries are split into two different categories; one category is open to anyone, and the other is only open to youth (15 and under). All eligible photos must be taken in Charleston, must be the sole property of the photographer, must not be previously published, and should include a depiction of how our water influences our lifestyle and Charleston’s civic environment. The registration fee and submission deadline is Friday, May 8th, 2009. All eligible photos will be included in the May exhibition which will take place at the Civic Design Center, 85 Calhoun Street. The winners will be chosen based on the aesthetic quality of the photo and its effectiveness at promoting an awareness of the role of water in our lifestyle, and civic environment. All winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Friday, May 15th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm.


"Our Artful Moment," the first juried show at Plum Elements.
Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 16, 2009
Exhibition: April 27 - May 17 in Plum Elements' main gallery
Opening Reception: April 30th, the President's 100th day in office
No Entry Fee; Work available for sale.
For application or more info: email info@PlumElements.com or call 843.727.3747

Open to artists working in any discipline or media — painting, prose, drawing, sculpture, poetry, photography, graphics, mixed media, video, and digital. Only original work will be accepted. "Our Artful Moment" is an opportunity for all to capture, via their art, the power of President Obama's inauguration.

Andrea Schenck, owner of Plum Elements, said submissions are arriving, and she looks forward to more work of all types. “It was such a moment. I am optimistic that the work will be an exceptional depiction of that day," said Schenck. She encourages everyone to take part —
by creating and submitting or enjoying when the show opens.

Charleston's home for artful living, Plum Elements is located at: 161 1/2 King Street, across from the Library Society on Lower King. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10-ish a.m. until 6 p.m., on Thursday until 7 p.m. and by appointment. For more information contact: 843.727.3747 or info@plumelements.com.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Upcoming Opportunities

LINC Artist Retreat
May 30-31, 2009
Greenville, S.C.

Registration now to meet with fellow visual, media, literary, and performing artists, discover opportunities in your area and statewide, envision possibilities for collaboration, learn about entrepreneurial training for artists, and more! We'll welcome Fidelma McGinn, Director of Artist Trust in Washington, and Andrew Simonet, Director of Artists U in Philadelphia, plus highlight the ideas and successes of other South Carolina artists. For more information, visit http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/linc/retreat.shtml or contact LINC Project Director, Katie Fox at KFox@arts.sc.gov.

W.A.L.KW.A.L.K Gallery
CALL TO ARTISTS for May 21-June 28 Exhibition
Deadline for Submission is April 20, 2009
Email W.A.L.K at entryquestions@walkgallery.org for an application.

WALK Gallery, LLC is a new public art project whose goal is to fill empty King Street storefronts in Charleston, SC with artwork by local artists. The exhibition begins at the start of this year's Spoleto Festival USA. WALK Gallery exists to improve the quality of life through design and education.
· The project turns closed, vacant spaces into vibrant exhibit spaces.
· Local artists get a high-traffic venue to show their work while downtown businesses increase foot traffic
· Property owners have attention drawn to buildings and spaces that are available for sale or rent.


The Art Movement of Surrealism

You are cordially invited to share with me a special evening at the City Gallery.
On Thursday, April 9th at 6 p.m., the last of our Art History Lecture Series, "The Art Movement of Surrealism," will take place.

Not only is this a great opportunity to learn about surrealism from art collector and historian, Robert S. Seay , but also to view a select group of original graphics by the 20th century's greatest masters:

Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Paul Klee and more

A special thanks to:

-The City of Charleston's Office of Cultural Affairs, Sponsor
- ART Magazine, Sponsor
-Dish and Design, caterer for the event

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Elaine Hruska

The Charleston Artist Guild


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Call for Artists/Musicians/Actors/Singers for After School Arts Program

Hi everyone. I am sending this email to all of you because I think you or someone you know might be able to help me out with an after school program I'm putting together for the kids at Nativity School on James Island (SC) where I teach music to K4-8th. I came on this past year at Nativity to build a music program and also with the long term goal of restructuring and growing the fine arts curriculum there. I've made a lot of progress but I can only do so much by myself. Before you think I'm about to beg, let me tell you this opportunity would pay! YES! HUGE BUCKS! okay, not huge, but I want to offer creative arts as part of our after school choices for the kids. There's one dance class currently, but not much else that isn't sports. My ideas for classes stem from my childhood experiences and memories -- I'll share a few of them with you to give you an idea of what I'm looking for : art (can be more specific media), guitar, strings, percussion, music theory, songwriting, drama/acting, voice, honor choir, music technology, etc... There will be smartboards in the classrooms (google link for "smartboards" http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/smartboard.htm ) so you could potentially have classroom access for your program if you wanted to teach kids about music technology etc...

Anyhow, if any of this appeals to you or if it triggers any related ideas you want to share, please email me back! Eventually, (as in before May 1st) I'll need proposals from anyone that's serious about this with what you would charge (and i can give you an idea of what is being charged now ), group lesson or individual, what you would offer, etc... I'm also looking at offering different music camps, art camps for 1 - 2 week summer sessions if I can get it put together and approved. This can mean a bit of extra income if you're looking for it and if you like working with small groups of kids.

If you want to forward this along to someone you know, great! Hope to hear from some of you.

Take care and thanks for reading this!