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

Friday, July 31, 2009

OUTSIDE the BOX workshop, Sept. 11-12

a carol mcgill workshop

OUTSIDE the BOX, two
september 11th & 12th

A FUN workshop, anyone can participate:
beginner to old pro. come enjoy!

paint OUTSIDE the BOX
and around and upside down!

you will create one oversized painting in acrylic
Learn painting concepts of VALUE SCALE and RHYTHM
Create your own color palette from housepaints
Expand study of a theme to form your composition

Thursday & Friday 9:30 - 2:30
get acquainted session Thursday evening at the artist's home

$250 plus canvas and minimal supplies
checks received by August 11th early bird discount: $200

For more info, contact Carol @


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Charleston Creative Co-Op Available


Monday, July 20, 2009

Two Great Upcoming Benefit Events- Check them OUT!

On July 23rd, there will be a fund-raiser for artist, Ella Watson, a young artist needing a liver transplant to survive at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery. The fundraiser, music, libations, and a raffle, will include a silent auction of Ella's art work and local artists' work. Portions of the proceeds will be going to Ella's Awesomeness Fund which is a grant for artists with medical conditions (you can read more at ellasliver.com ).

Contemporary Women, a benefit for the Center for Women
On Wednesday, July 22 Margo Kaufman Gallery will be turning the space at 438 King St into an art gallery and hosting a fundraiser for the CFW. The show will highlight new works by Charleston's most talented female artists: Sharon Lacey, McLean Stythe, Helen Rice, Sally King Benedict, Kaminer Haislip, Zelda Grant, and Maria Costa. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be present. This is a one night only event. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the art will be donated to benefit the CFW's job counseling program. $10 donation at the door.
Wednesday, July 22 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
438 King Street, Downtown Charleston


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We Need YOUR Feedback

Dear Friends,
If possible, please answer the following question by tommorrow at
Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
Based upon a recent study of the NEA, audience attendance for arts events is rapidly decreasing. Have you found this to be true at your events? If so, when did it begin or can you offer any specific statistics or other thoughts to be shared with the Post and Courier?

The Post and Courier is running an article analyzing participation in the various arts groups in Charleston. In light of a recent study conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts, which states that turn out of arts events is rapidly decreasing, they hope to compare the city to national trends and see if the occurrences have any correlation to the economy or if there is something else driving arts participation.