What is this?

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.

How does this work?

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

Monday, May 18, 2009

CharlestonCulture.com Launch Party Video

If you couldn't make it to the party, check out the video here:

CharlestonCulture.com Launch Party from Anthony Spencer on Vimeo.


Friday, May 15, 2009

thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended the CharlestonCulture.com Launch Party last night at Robert Lange Studios--it was amazing! Thanks again to Shine for the food & swinging after party, British Wine Merchant for the wine and DJ Icebread for the fabulous soundtrack. And especially a huge thank you to all who came! What an incredible arts community we have in YOU.

Please visit CharlestonCulture.com and create your free profile, add your events to our calendar and check out all the arts events of all types happening right here in Charleston!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

LILA celebration on May 15th

Friends -

Please come on May 15th 6-8PM to our special celebration of "To Kiss a Biting
Spider" - The Burke High School literary magazine made possible through
Lila's Poets In the Schools Program.

Silent auction featuring signed books by LILA Advisory Board Members,
Tickets to The Colbert Report, gift basket donated by Jonathan Green etc.

Warm wishes,

Marjory Wentworth, SC Poet Laureate
843/693-5191 (cell),843/849-12849 (FAX)


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

CharlestonCulture.com is Here!

Join us Thursday, May 14, 2009 6 - 8 pm
Robert Lange Studios {151 East Bay St} 843.805.8052

Food by Shine, Wine from British Wine Merchant, Entertainment by DJ Icebread & door prizes from Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston Nut Company, Beaded Venus, Country Bumpkin and more!

58 Line Street, at the corner of King and Line
Drink specials on their very popular sparkling sake-Don't miss it!

A Charleston Arts Coalition Project
Supported in part by the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Monday, May 11, 2009

May Art Openings in Charleston, SC

Opening Friday May 1st, Ann Long Fine Art will present recent work from Jura Bedic, Sofia Romark, and Jordan Sokol. The exhibition features three young painters who have been studying and teaching classical painting techniques at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. They were taught to draw and paint from nature using the techniques of the Old Masters and are now passing on their knowledge to the next group of painters. The exhibition opens with a reception on May 1 from 5 to 8 pm in the gallery at 54 Broad Street and will show
into June. Artists will be present.

Carolina Galleries, located at 106 A Church Street, is pleased to present new work by Mickey Williams featuring his recent exploration of the Carolina nighttime landscapes. Opening with a reception on Friday, May 1 from 5 to 8 pm, Williams’ work examines the mysterious and exotic world of the South Carolina nightscape.

The Charleston Renaissance Gallery
is launching its next virtual show on May 1, 2009. The title is Southern Economy: Images of Life and Labor. The show will feature nineteenth and twentieth century masterworks by such noted artists as Elliott Daingerfield, Emil Gruppe, Harry Roseland, Alfred Hutty, Anna Heyward Taylor, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Margaret Law, Edmund Marion Ashe, and William Aiken Walker. The gallery is located at 103 Church Street in Charleston, SC.

The Corrigan Gallery
in downtown Charleston will host its second solo show for Lynne Riding during the month of May. The show entitled Connections – An Inner Landscape opens Friday, May 1, 2009 with a reception that evening from 5 to 8 pm. The Corrigan Gallery presents art with a future instilled with intellect, and is located at 62 Queen Street.

Helena Fox Fine Art presents a variety of new works by gallery artists Don Demers, West Fraser, Becky Parrish, Kent Ullberg & Teri Whitner. The works will be on view at the gallery as it celebrates the Spring season. The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 1st from 5 to 8pm. The gallery is located at 12 Queen Street.

Horton Hayes Fine Art is pleased to present a series of new works by Nancy Hoerter. The show entitled Patterns opens on April 30 and runs through May 21. An opening reception attended by the artist will be held on April 30 and May 1 from 5 to 8 pm. Horton Hayes Fine Art is located at 30 State Street (corner of State and Queen) in downtown Charleston.

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art is pleased to present an exciting show of new works by Hilarie Lambert and Jeff Jamison titled Celebration of Life. The reception will take place on May 1 from 5 to 8 pm. Some of Lambert’s fabulous new paintings were created during her recent trip to France. The art show will also include a body of new works from Charleston. The gallery is located at 58 Broad Street in Charleston.

The John Doyle Art Gallery will be participating in the May Art Walk on Friday May 1, serving light hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 8 pm and showing new works by Charleston artists, John Carroll Doyle and Margaret Petterson.

Martin Gallery
, located at 18 Broad Street, will celebrate its 10th year as one of Charleston’s premier art galleries, with a reception on Friday, May 1st, from 5 to 8 pm. The gallery is pleased to announce that they will be joined by Montreal artist, Joan Dumouchel, who will be presenting a new collection of original paintings. Joan Dumouchel’s paintings are incredibly striking and unique. As though peering into some mystical world, Joan’s work give a sense of wonder and fantasy.

Robert Lange Studios
is proud to introduce two new artists to Charleston, Jessica Dunegan and Adam Hall. The gallery will also display 5 new works by artist JB Boyd. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8pm on May 1st. The gallery is located at 151 East Bay Street in Charleston, SC.

Betty Anglin Smith will present her new works in a show titled A Series of Square Paintings. The art show is opening on May 1 with an artist reception from 5 to 8 pm at Smith Killian Fine Art located at 9 Queen Street in Charleston.

The Sylvan Gallery presents Shirley Novak’s The Hope Flowers Bring from May 1 – 30 with a reception Friday, May 1 from 5 to 8 pm. Being surrounded with flowers especially poppies inspires smiles and hope for one’s own summer garden as well as an understanding of the cycles of life. This show of Novak’s new paintings will bring color and joy to one’s heart. The gallery is located at 171 King Street, in downtown Charleston’s historic district and antique row.

The Wells Gallery
, located at 125 Meeting Street, will feature 20 regional landscapes by Karen Larson Turner in a show titled Emergence: Seeking a Steadfast Light. Show opens on Friday, May 1 with a reception from 5 to 8pm.

For more information, contact Vladia Jurcova Spencer at Stylee PR and Marketing or visit cfada.wordpress.com


Friday, May 8, 2009

Hello fellow artists.
I just came across a really cool new technique that I thought some of you might be interested in checking out called TattooWall and UrbanTattoo.
If you have ever imagined having one of your paintings or photographs blown up to fit on an entire wall, ceiling, entranceway, bottom of pool... almost anywhere! This is how you can do it. Having been dubbed as the 21st Century fresco, this process allows you to take any image and make it any size and be used in almost any fashion to enhance an existing fa├žade.

TattooWall and UrbanTattoo have just arrived in the US and Charleston from Europe and one of the first certification classes in this process is being offered right here on the weekend of May 9-10. This weekend-long certification class will teach you everything from how to get the right image ready, how to apply the technique, and how to put the finishing touches on the final “mural.” I wanted to send out this information because I think something like this could help you to diversify what you are able to do with your artwork, and what you can offer your clients. The possibilities really are endless! You could create an entire scene in your living room, galleries and museums could use this to create or advertise installations, you could create an entire mural on the outside of a building, a smaller image above a fireplace, a big shark at the bottom of your pool, the list really does go on.

The 2-day class costs $695 and you do receive a certification after successfully completing the class.

I’ve attached a pdf about the class and some contact info below for those of you interested in registering. The class is limited, so if you’re interested, get in touch with them immediately. The class is being put on by Two Girls From the South. View a video of the process at www.twogirlsfromthesouth.com or contact them via phone (843.810.1000) email (support@twogirlsfromthesouth.com) to sign up.

Please feel free to pass this along to any interested artists you may know.

Olivia Pool

ART Magazine
Renaissance Media, LLC
PO Box 13115
Charleston, SC 29422

innovative MURAL technique offers the opportunity to take your business to a new level and grow in any market!
www.TwoGirlsFromTheSouth.com support@TwoGirlsFromTheSouth.com 843-810-1000 or 843-860-7312 or 800-791-9995 menu2,ext 0


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

CharlestonCulture.com Launch Party May 14

The Charleston Arts Coalition Launching CharlestonCulture.com May 14

CharlestonCulture.com Created to Provide Virtual Gateway for Charleston's Creative Community

CHARLESTON, SC (April 30, 2009) - The Charleston Arts Coalition, a creative hub for all disciplines in Charleston's creative community, will launch its first project, CharlestonCulture.com on Thursday, May 14 from 6 to 8 pm at Robert Lange Studios followed by an after party at 9 pm at Shine. The event is free to members and $5 donation to non-members. Space is limited, RSVP necessary.

CharlestonCulture.com, an open source website accessible simply by signing up, fulfills Coalition's promise to provide a virtual gateway to the creative arts community of Charleston. The website promotes and gives the general public access to all creative disciplines in our community through profiles, calendar listings, postings and more. Sponsored in part by the Charleston Visitor's Bureau, the site broadens public access and participation in the arts and culture of the area.

"It is our goal to provide a virtual center of creativity where every creative individual of Charleston will be able to promote and market themselves and their talent, trade and craft," says Jessica Solomon Bluestein, president of the Coalition. "Locals and visitors will also benefit from having one central hub where information will be uploaded directly by creatives and not a third party. It will be the master list and calendar of Charleston creatives," she continues.

The Charleston Arts Coalition offers this website to Charleston's creative arts community free of charge with a goal of creating and uniting a dynamic and thriving creative arts environment. Members of the Charleston Arts Coalition will receive premium calendar listings, profile space and postings on the website. Individual membership is $30 per person, and business membership is $50 per business or organization.

The coalition would like to extend its gratitude to Shine Restaurant, Robert Lange Studios and British Wine Merchant as well as DJ Icebread. Robert Lange Studios is located at 151 East Bay Street. Please RSVP to chasartco@gmail.com. For more information about the coalition, to get involved or to take a survey, please visit www.charlestonartscoalition.com.


About the Charleston Arts Coalition:

The Charleston Arts Coalition is devoted to uniting our community through advocacy, outreach, promotion, and educational and professional programming. The Coalition is providing a forum for creative individuals, organizations and businesses to collaborate on projects, exchange ideas, host special events and, in general, promote creativity in Charleston.