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

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

American College of the Building Arts Competing for $250,000 from Pepsi Refresh Everything

Great news for the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA)! The college has been selected to compete in the Pepsi Refresh Everything online poll. Pepsi gives away $1.3m in grants each month to people, businesses, and nonprofits with ideas to positively impact their communities. Through an online poll, voters can choose their favorite ideas. So if you support ACBA, you can vote at the school’s page at http://www.refresheverything.com/acba, and can also text 104043 to 73774. Last time I checked (and voted), the college still had a long way to go to the top, so they need your help.

If voted as the top idea, ACBA will receive $250,000 to support scholarships, recruitment, the building of a new science lab, and to fund materials for the six trade workshops.

The only college of its kind in the United States, ACBA trains future artisans in the traditional building arts of architectural stone, carpentry, forged architectural ironwork, preservation masonry, plaster working, and timber framing while at the same time providing a quality academic education resulting in Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

The college’s mission is to educate and train artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage through a liberal arts education. In order to fulfill its mission, ACBA has the following goals:

* To offer a comprehensive educational program that embodies the apprenticeship model while also providing a quality academic and artistic education.
* To effectively increase the quality as well as the number of master artisans throughout the United States in the major building trades.
* To elevate the position of skilled artisans trained in the building arts in the United States, reawakening respect for work that has been greatly devalued in the 20th and 21st centuries.
* To serve as skilled stewards of historic buildings in the United States and internationally through well-executed traditional building practices appropriate to each structure and the environment.
* To achieve national status as an institution integral to preservation and sustainable building practices.

ACBA has been described by Mayor Joseph P. Riley as “Charleston’s gift to America.” And it is no exaggeration as ACBA is truly a national institution, with graduates working in preservation and sustainable building across the country. The National Trust’s Preservation magazine noted in its September-October 2009 issue that, in the absence of skilled artisans, the nation’s historic structures are in great danger. ACBA is a unique school producing students fluent in the building arts and able to communicate effectively with historians, architects, and engineers. Their unique skill set will ensure the artistic and structural integrity of the built environments in cities across the country far into the future.

Here is a video that Stylee PR & Marketing created for the college this year. We talked to the founder, John Paul Huguley and students about what makes their school so outstanding and different.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Charleston Jewish Community Brings “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” to Charleston

2010 marks the inaugural year for the annual Jewish Film Festival created by the Charleston Jewish Experience. For their first annual event titled “A Night of Jewish Film,” they selected Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, a documentary produced for PBS (will air next year). This documentary that debuted earlier this year in Israel is produced and directed by Peter Miller, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, and written by the Pulitzer Prize winning former New York Times sportswriter, Ira Berkow.

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story is a documentary about the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews since the 1860s .

More than a film about sports, Jews and Baseball is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes. The film features a rare interview with the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax as well as interviews with Larry King, Kevin Youkilis, Shawn Green, Yogi Berra, Ron Howard and many others.

The film will light up the screen of The Sottile Theatre on October 24, 2010 at 7:45 p.m. Prior to the movie screening, the organizers will host a desert & champagne reception and present the Melvin and Judith Solomon Humanitarian Award for the Arts to Judith Solomon. Mrs. Solomon is the grandmother of my dear friend, Jessica Solomon Bluestein who is the executive director of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts.

Since October is the National Arts and Humanities month, the timing of the award is really appropriate. The Melvin and Judith Solomon Humanitarian Award for the Arts was created to honor the Solomons as lifelong supporters of the arts in Charleston and Jewish culture and to inspire others to do the same. Melvin Solomon, a successful businessman, played a key role in establishing Spoleto USA, contributed to medical research and care at MUSC, and both he and Judith were recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals by their Lowcountry Philanthropy Award.

There are many reasons for establishing a Jewish film festival in Charleston, but first and foremost the organizers hope to inspire a greater appreciation and long-lasting connection among members of the broader Charleston community by showcasing our rich traditions but also our modern Jewish culture. The event will start a tradition of featuring iconic Jewish filmmakers and movies as well as honoring individuals devoted to supporting the arts and Jewish culture in our city.

The Sottile Theatre is located at 44 George Street. The desert and champagne reception starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for the film and reception, and $20 for the film only. For information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.CharlestonJewishExperience.com. To view the movie trailer, please visit www.jewsandbaseball.com/trailer.html.


Friday, August 20, 2010

OPEN Invites Everyone for a Sneak Peak of this year's Fall Art Season, September 11

On September 11, 2010, the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts kicks off Charleston’s fall season with "OPEN," a multi-disciplinary arts event open to the public, featuring an abundance of artistic and cultural offerings in the tri-county area with the greater goal of breaking down the barriers to participation in the arts. It is an opportunity to awaken the senses of attendees to the wonderment of the arts with a personal guided tour by local arts organizations. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston, SC.

The Alliance introduces the first ever annual preview of the arts where local arts organizations and collectives will be given the opportunity to captivate, intrigue and cultivate new audiences as well as existing arts patrons. Attendees of this arts expo can expect a cultural marketplace of interactive arts booths where they can buy tickets, memberships and merchandise as well as get information by talking with arts organizations about their mission, programming and events.

In addition, there will be performance stages, multi-media presentations and a family fun arts corner where spectators will get to “taste” a sampling of Charleston's arts. An open-air courtyard of vendors and street performers will add to the arts extravaganza which includes an art installation of Jarod Charzewski, debuting on Friday, September 10th in an invite-only Patron Preview cocktail party. With this year's theme, Camelot and the Round Table, all participating arts groups will unite under one roof with the common purpose of showcasing the vitality of the arts in our tri-county area. Sighting of knights, heralding trumpeters, hanging Renaissance flags and a round table is expected.

Participating arts organizations include City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston Concert Association, Charleston Stage, Creative Spark Center for the Arts, Taylor Music Group, Chamber Music Charleston, Redux Contemporary Art Center, PURE Theatre, American College of the Building Arts, Gibbes Museum, Flowertown Players, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, League of Charleston Theatres, Yo Art Inc., Moranz Entertainment, Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association, Charleston Ballet Theatre, City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, Jazz Artists of Charleston, Charleston Documentary Film Festival, South of Broadway Theatre Company, Deuce Theatre, Capoeira Charleston and Carolina Storytellers Network.

“I invite every member of our community to open the door to experience the magic of the arts at our event,” says Jessica Solomon Bluestein, executive director of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts.

“Art should never feel exclusive but rather shine a spotlight where all can feel brilliant in a new universe of expression. Everyone is welcome to our event and all will be invited to discover the secrets of producing a show, singing a song, writing prose, creating a dance, painting a canvas, acting a scene and much more,” continues Bluestein.

In addition to performances, the Alliance will introduce “A Ticket to the Arts” coupon book, enticing new audiences to experience the arts. The Alliance in partnership with its sponsors is also providing the arts organization with the opportunity: to market their organizations in a new way at “OPEN” with interactive art booths; showcase themselves through performances, presentations, and/or youth arts activities; personally network with donors at the “OPEN” Patron Preview party at no cost to them; learn valuable participation and design techniques in a pre-event marketing training; and entice new audiences to experience the arts with discounts and added value coupons in the saver booklet.

The event is sponsored by Piggly Wiggly, Wachovia/Wells Fargo, Knology, PDA, William Aiken Rhett House, Call Experts, Clear Channel, Social Restaurant and Wine Bar and the American College of the Building Arts. For more information about the event, contact Jessica Solomon Bluestein at 843-724-6440 or by email at Jessica@ArtsCharleston.org. The event is free to public. The Memminger Auditorium is located at 56 Beaufain Street in downtown Charleston, SC. For more information, please visit www.artscharleston.org.

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is dedicated to the shared realization of a dynamic and thriving arts community by serving arts organizations in the region of Charleston, SC with resources and best business practices. Acting as a catalyst and facilitator for Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties, the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts envisions an engaged community that is fully expressive, creative and inspired by the arts.


Friday, July 23, 2010

City Gallery at Waterfront Park: Call for Exhibit Proposals

Calling All Contemporary Artists!

The City Gallery is now accepting exhibition proposals for our 2012 exhibition schedule. We are a contemporary art gallery looking for a wide range of art work, including installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, multimedia, etc. A solo or group exhibition may be proposed. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2010.

The City Gallery maintains certain criteria for our exhibitions. The gallery only produces fine art exhibitions, and anything outside this realm will not be considered.
*For more information call or e-mail the City Gallery.
About City Gallery at Waterfront Park
The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is a venue for artwork that is new, vital, and innovative--with a focus on broadening the Charleston art outlook. The gallery provides a contemporary visual arts center to exhibit the work of local, regional, national, and international professional artists. Each year, the gallery produces six to eight exhibitions, along with artist's lectures and other educational programs.

How to submit:

1.Drop off a proposal package in person
2.E-mail proposal package to Erin Glaze at Glazee@charleston-sc.gov
3.Mail proposal package to the City Gallery:
(adress listed in contact information block)
Proposal package should include but is not limited to:
1. Letter of intent
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Past press
4. High resolution art work images
(atleast 300 dpi)
5. Projected budget
(i.e. artwork shipment/transportation, gallery guide/brochure, postcard invitation, outside exhibition banner, opening reception catering and beverage, installation materials, etc.)

Untitled red by Samantha Magowan

Artwork images (listed from top to bottom)
1. The City Gallery Piece by Jonathan Brilliant
2. Untitled (Red) by Samantha Magowan


Monday, June 14, 2010







Dear Arts Supporters:

One legislator has been forthright in telling his constituents why next week, the Governor’s vetoes will be sustained unless we can get our legislators to ‘BREAK THE DEAL”. We thought you would want to know this important information. Please read the following from House Majority Leader, Representative Kenny Bingham (R-Lexington Co.):

“In the House of Representatives, our first try to pass the final budget conference report, failed by a vote of 47 to 69. After several days of intense negotiations, we were finally able to pass the budget, but only by the slimmest of margins and without any help from the House Democrats. This set the stage for what we now have before us. As a result of not having the support of House Democrats throughout this years budget process, this allowed the Governor and a group of his closest allies, to hold us hostage with this year's budget. We were faced with the dilemma of either agreeing to accept his line item vetoes, or he was going to veto the entire budget document which would have required that we start the budget process over from scratch. A process that took 5 months to complete the first time, and one that would have been next to impossible to complete prior to government having to shut down on July 1st.

Therefore, when the House Democrats informed us on the last day of session that they would not help us override the Governor's veto of the entire budget, we were left with no other real option but to agree to sustain the Governor's line item vetoes. While this is clearly not the kind of news that I hoped to be sending you, it is unfortunately the truth. So barring the Governor having a change of heart, or some other unforeseen circumstance, I anticipate that the Governor's vetoes will be sustained.”



IF YOU FEEL THAT THE ARTS ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOUR COMMUNITY AND OUR SCHOOLS, CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS AND TELL THEM TO “BREAK THE DEAL”. CONTACT YOUR HOUSE MEMBERS IMMEDIATELY AND THEN YOUR SENATORS – in your home district or in Columbia BY TUESDAY! Even if you have already contacted your legislator, you may want to contact them again with this new information, asking them to BREAK THE DEAL!


Governor Mark Sanford has issued vetoes that will decimate the South Carolina Arts Commission and state arts funding as we know it! Veto #32 cuts “Statewide Arts Services” totaling $1,212,733 – a little over HALF of the Arts Commission’s budget. This funding represents their budget for programs, services, grants and related personnel, leaving the agency but a shell of itself with no ability to carry out its mission and undermining 40 years of work as the catalyst of arts funding and services in our state. This funding also includes arts education – such as the nationally recognized Arts in Basic Curriculum Project (ABC). Veto #105 cuts the $250,000 in stimulus funds for their competitive grants program, which funds local arts programs in communities and school districts in every county of the state. These grants fund arts education, general operating support for local arts organizations and efforts to grow the arts economy of our state through cultural tourism. These drastic cuts will virtually leave the Arts Commission incapable of serving the citizens of this state.

The State Museum is holding a rally at the Statehouse on Tuesday at 11:30 AM. Please feel free to join them and bring your own signage that says something like “Support the Arts – Override Veto 32 and Veto 105” or “Break the Deal!” Override Veto 32 and Veto 105 and support the Arts.”

Here is some other helpful information:

House Fax: 803-734-2925

House Ways & Means Phone number (Rep. Dan Cooper’s office) 803-734-3144

Senate Fax: 803-212-6299

Senate Finance Committee Phone number (Senator Hugh Leatherman’s office) 803-212-6640

Please share/forward this email to your colleagues and friends, board member, volunteers, affiliate organizations, teachers. Share it through your address lists, using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. This is a case where NUMBERS MATTER!

If you believe in the work of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, please support our work with your 100% tax deductible contribution at:

http://www.scartsalliance.net/membership/membership-application/ . THANK YOU!

"Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Arts"

Betty Plumb, Executive Director

South Carolina Arts Alliance

P. O. Box 2442

Rock Hill, SC 29732-4442

PH 803-325-2435; FX 803-325-2463




Saturday, May 8, 2010

SC Artists Retreat May 15-16

The South Carolina Arts Commission is hosting the 2nd annual statewide Artists Retreat next weekend, May 15 & 16 at Hand Middle School in Columbia, SC. Make sure you register ASAP.

From the SC Arts Commission site:
"You'll have numerous chances to learn about your fellow artists, their interests and current projects. You'll also have time to try your hand at some new artistic endeavors, and together we'll focus on envisioning our future and bringing the vision to life. Sessions will be led in a relaxed atmosphere by artists from South Carolina and beyond.

All this (and lunch each day) for only $45. Attendance is limited, so register today!"

This program is part of the South Carolina Artists Venture Initiative. You can learn more about the retreat and register at their blog here.

The S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative, a broad-reaching project at the Arts Commission, is dedicated to improving conditions for S.C. artists by helping them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers.

This is an incredible opportunity to connect with artists from across the state, learn more about the SC Arts Commission and the incredible resource they are, and there will even be mini Pecha Kucha's--if you've ever been to Pecha Kucha Night in Charleston or any other city, you already know how awesome they are.
This whole retreat is about helping you as artists grow your art and your careers, looking at the needs of the individual and the community, and how we can work together for the benefit of us all.

So make sure you get signed up for this incredible opportunity immediately. We'll see you in Columbia!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

We Have a Logo!

Big Thanks to Megan Lange, artist, gallery owner and graphic designer extraordinaire. Here is the new Road Show Charleston logo:


Monday, March 29, 2010

Arts agency to hold forum tonight to get community ideas

The S.C. Arts Commission is holding seven public forums around the state, including one tonight in North Charleston, to give state residents a chance to offer input on the agency's 2011-2020 Long-Range Plan. The forums are part of "the 2010 Canvas of the People" (playing off the canvas artists use for painting and the verb "canvass," meaning "to survey").

Tonight's forum will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane. The program is free and open to anyone who's interested. Those who can't attend but would like to comment on the plan or offer suggestions can fill out an online survey.

For more info, visit the Canvas of the People Web page or contact Milly Hough at (803) 734-8698.


Enter The Artist's Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition!

Win cash and see your artwork featured in the pages of The Artist's Magazine. There's more than $25,000 up for grabs in 5 categories. But hurry—the deadline is May 3, 2010. Click here for more information or to enter online!

5 First Place Awards:$2,500 each
5 Second Place Awards:$1,250 each
5 Third Place Awards:$750 each
15 Honorable Mentions:$100 each

Students and beginners: visit artistsmagazine.com to find out how you can participate in a special category just for you!

Compete and win in 5 categories:
Abstract/Experimental • Animal/Wildlife • Landscape/Interior
Portrait/Figure • Still Life/Floral


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Art Studios for Rent Downtown

So many artists need space. Check out this great opportunity!

Art Studios available for rent downtown- $200/month, with 24 hour access, monthly open studio events and exhibition opportunities. Call Tina 843.709.1279 or Angie 843.693.3482 to schedule a tour!

If you haven’t seen Spark Studios and Gallery lately, plan to attend the next Open Studio on Friday December 18th, 6-9 pm, featuring the work of Danny McSweeney, Amanda Momeier, Angie Brown, Jen Husvar, John Davis, Michael Barnett, and Tina Christophillis. It’s a whole new Spark- the heavy layer of clay dust has been washed away and fresh coats of paint have been applied. And with the addition of five newly constructed studio spaces, Spark doubles its creative population.

Spark Studios and Gallery at 12 Hagood Avenue, reinvents itself. The downtown art space shifts focus from pottery instruction to local art hub. Spark now hosts a hive of working artist studios, an exhibition space for local contemporary artists, and an expanded class curriculum. Spark has been a Charleston mainstay since 2006, serving the creative community with pottery classes led by owner Danny McSweeney. Danny will soon be heading to Mexico to concentrate on his work, handing over the management reins to Angie Brown and Tina Christophillis.
Currently home to several potters, a glassblower, a stone sculptor and a painter, a few studios still remain open for rent- and all media are welcome. Spark hosts monthly Open Studio and Exhibition events, inviting the public to come meet the resident artists and view their work.

Exciting things have been planned for the new Spark Studios and Gallery. Regular exhibitions of local artists will be held in the main gallery in conjunction with the open studio events for the resident artists. Classes will resume in the spring with a broader scope, including drawing and painting.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Call for Submissions for Women Painting Women Group Show - Robert Lange Studios

Robert Lange Studios is looking for female painters that paint women for the upcoming “Women Painting Women” Group Show, opening November 5, 2010 as part of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’ Charleston Fine Art Annual.

This show will be from 5:30 – 8:30 on Friday, November 5 and is open to the public. The fine art weekend events include exhibits on Friday, plein air demonstrations in Washington Park during the day on Saturday with the Charleston Art Auction to follow Saturday night. The show will be a celebration of contemporary women painters and held at Robert Lange Studios’ 2 Queen Street location. In addition to the weekend events, the Gibbes Museum will be displaying works by prominent women painters, including a collection of paintings by Henrietta Johnson, who in 1707 became America’s first woman artist by painting portraits in Charles Towne’s (now Charleston).

All paintings must be by women of women. Email submissions to info@rlsart.com (subject line Women Painting Women Submission). You do not need to submit the work(s) you would like in the show, you can email a few images of other works and then create something once you know you are participating.
If you are new to our group shows here’s the short of it: Traditional 50/50 split of sales, unless you are exclusively in a gallery whose contract won’t let you participate in group shows unless they receive a portion of the sales, in which case it is a RLS Gallery 30/Gallery 30/Artist 40 split, we cover shipping work back to the artist. You will receive an official show contract once your accepted with more details.

- Email submissions as soon as you can.
- September 1 National Press Deadline. We must have all participants names and images for advertising. If your piece is not complete that’s ok, it will just not be included in the press kit.
- October 15 Local Press Deadline, Mailers, Email blasts
- All work received by Oct. 27 All pieces must be framed and ready to hang.
- We will be hanging the show on Nov. 1
- Show opens on Nov. 5 (come, drink, have fun!!) and it will come down at the end of the month.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Masters of the Building Arts Festival Dedicated to Restoring Pride in Artisan Trades and Preserving Cultural Heritage, April 15-17

The Masters of Building Arts (MBA) Festival, hosted by the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA), will be held on April 15-17, 2010 in historic downtown Charleston, S.C. The College will roll out the red carpet for master artisans from all over the United States as well as its students and faculty who showcase their skills and artistry of the building arts.

The event kicks off on Thursday, April 15, with a wine and cheese reception and book signing of Ingrid Abramovitch’s new book, Restoring a House in the City. A former magazine editor at House & Garden and Martha Stewart Living, Abramovitch is a journalist who writes about design and architecture. She has contributed to such publications as the New York Times, Elle Decor, Cookie, the Wall Street Journal, and Departures.

The book includes the stories, told in words and photographs, of 21 antique homes in ten cities. The houses range from a Greek Revival townhouse in Charleston to a double-wide brownstone in Troy, NY. ACBA trustee, Harriet McDougal, widow to Wheel of Time author, Robert Jordan, will host the garden party at her historic home located at 129 Tradd Street. Tickets for the book signing are $10 per person.
The signature and most anticipated event of the weekend is FĂȘte des Artisans, a celebration of the exceptional craftsmanship of the College’s faculty and students. Fete des Artisans also pays tribute to the College’s connection with Les Compagnons du Devoir, the world renowned French training school for artisans, and inspiration for ACBA. The exclusive event will take place at the Old Charleston Jail on Friday, April 16, from 7 to 11 p.m. and will feature live music, fine French fare prepared by local chefs, open bar and silent auction. Tickets for this event are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door. French attire suggested.

The Old Charleston Jail Campus will be buzzing with the activity of outdoor workshops given by accomplished national artisans and ACBA students as well as tours of the property and live music on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as the Masters of the Building Arts Festival opens its door to prospective students and general public. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience exquisite craftsmanship and watch the students and faculty working on special projects in their chosen trades of architectural metal, plaster working, masonry, stone carving, timber-framing and carpentry. Free lectures and workshops include a presentation by Ingrid Abramovitch, Sidney Wagner of Eclectic Interior Design Group. This event is open to the public and there is no cost for admission. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

To purchase tickets please call 843-577-5245 or visit our website at www.buildingartscollege.us.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Charleston Road Show Info

So if you haven't heard about the Charleston Road Show already, you're going to be hearing a lot more. This is a really exciting opportunity for arts organizations and people aged 23-39 years old in Charleston to get to know one another better.

We are currently in the process of taking applications for the participating organizations. There was an orientation session this morning, but if you couldn't make that, don't despair. Please get in touch with me, Stacy Huggins, project coordinator for the Charleston Road Show. You can call me at (843) 364-8333 or email me at charlestonroadshow@hotmail.com. I will be happy to send you a questionnaire and set up a time to talk more with you about it.

We will be publishing more information when the organizations have been chosen, but in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have! Once we have the organizations chosen, we will begin accepting applications for the participants--the Roadies.

This project is a collaboration of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Charleston Arts Coalition. Check out the SC Arts Commission webpage about the original program in Columbia. Here is a YouTube video made about the first Road Show.

Interested in learning more about Road Show?
Stacy Huggins
(843) 364-8333


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Road Show Orientation Session This Thursday!

All Charleston arts organizations interested in learning more about the upcoming Charleston Road Show are invited to an informational session this Thursday at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

The meeting will take place at 11 am with Stacy Huggins, Charleston Road Show Coordinator, and Katie Fox, Program Director for Arts in Education with the South Carolina Arts Commission.

The program, its mission and goals will be explained and a presentation by Katie Fox, coordinator of the Columbia Road Show on which the Charleston edition will be based. Learn more about what the Road Show organizations and participants can expect, and what will be expected of them.

The Charleston Road Show will be an exciting program to develop audience participation among 23-39 year olds in Charleston. Participants will visit local arts organizations, affording them the chance to learn more about the arts & organizations in Charleston and the organizations to reach new audience members & learn from them.

We are looking for arts organizations of all disciplines to participate. This program is administered by the Charleston Arts Coalition.

Please contact Stacy Huggins with any questions at (843) 364-8333. The meeting will last approximately 1 hour.

Charleston Road Show Orientation Session
Thursday, March 11, 2010
11 am at City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau St
Charleston, SC 29401


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

American College of the Building Arts is Launching “Sweet Sixteen” Campaign to Raise Money for Scholarships

Do you share a passion for well-made homes and buildings, structures that endure? Do you admire the people who build and maintain them? If you answered “yes” then you may want to learn about the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA): the only college in this country teaching old-world artisan skills at the same time providing a first-rate liberal arts education.

ACBA was established to solve a growing problem in building preservation that became evident in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo swept through Charleston, SC and severely damaged many of the city’s historic structures. Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and the citizens of Charleston sought to restore these buildings to their historic glory by using traditional building methods and materials. It was discovered that in spite of Charleston’s commitment to historic preservation, there were only a few local craftsmen trained and qualified for the task. The lack of master craftsmen is not unique to Charleston, as quality and design and craftsmanship training have been steadily declining throughout the nation.

ACBA is launching its first online marketing campaign, Sweet Sixteen, to increase awareness and support of the College. The goal is to reach 16,000 people within 16 days, while raising a minimum of $160,000 – just 10 bucks a person.

If you choose to support the College with your $10, please pass the Sweet Sixteen message to your network of family, friends, and associates with your appeal for everyone to do the same. . . this rapid multiplication of the Sweet Sixteen message should result in a little from a lot of people and it will make a big difference. The Sweet Sixteen deadline is March 3, 2010.

Tuition for an ACBA student is $19,000. There are many qualified young people across the country who cannot afford it. Each dollar raised helps to recruit more deserving students while it also helps to provide a first-rate liberal arts education.



Monday, February 22, 2010

SC Arts Commission Forum Coming to Charleston March 29, 2010

Please join the Charleston Arts Coalition at the Open Forum hosted by the South Carolina Arts Commission to contribute your vision for the future of the arts in our state!
North Charleston City Hall, Monday, March 29th 6:45 - 8 pm

From Charleston City Paper:
S.C. Arts Commission seeking public input on the arts
State of the Arts
by Christina Janke

The South Carolina Arts Commission wants to hear from you. They are holding seven forums across the state to get public feedback on the arts.

“We want to have the public say what they value in the arts in their community,” says Communications Director Milly Hough, who describes the forums as a sort of brainstorming session. “We want to hear what they want to see happen, what’s already there that they love ... Different communities bring in different values.”

They’re looking for ideas on what to put into their upcoming long-range plans that will span over the next 10 years, starting in 2011. Hough encourages everyone, not just artists, art educators, or media personnel, to come to these forums so there can be a more widespread idea of what people really want to see happen in the arts.

The first forum will be held at the Columbia Museum of Art on February 22. There will be one coming to the North Charleston City Hall on March 29. For more information, visit southcarolinaarts.com or call Milly Hough at (803) 734-8698.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Studio Space Available

Hi Artists and Friends, Please forward this on to anyone you think may be interested. Thanks!
Just wanted to let everybody know about a great new opportunity for studio space located downtown just off the crosstown at 656 King Street. Nic Roberts and his partner Lane are looking for artists to inhabit about 10 private studios and 10 communal studio memberships that are currently being laid out to fill a warehouse space on King Street next to the Center for Photography. Is you studio space too small, are you overpaying for it, or is it taking up too much room in your house? This is a great opportunity to become part of a community of artists in Charleston who want a space to work and to share their cool craft capabilities with others. The space, tentatively called Tivoli Studios, will be a center for exhibiting awesome artistic creations and abilities, as well as a place for a non-profit venture to introduce disadvantaged kids to the world of working as an artist. Participate as much or as little as you like, but to have a private studio or be a member of the communal one, you gotta be a believer. Green conscious, and progressive, and boasting an interior inspired by botanical gardens, this space will be used to host events of all kinds and is a great opportunity to get your product or art more foot traffic and interest than it might otherwise get. Once these studios go up, it will take no time at all for them to go like hot cakes. There will also be a second location for heavy duty, loud and messy arts! Reserve your studio today and be in business by the time the market starts back up! And they are affordable!!!!! Anyone who gets to be a part of Nic and Lane's vision will be lucky to call 656 King Street the home of their creative inspirations! Please contact Nic Roberts at 843-367-2524 or email him at nicrobertsusa@yahoo.com for more information.

Libby Ganong
Add Libb Designs
1A Wesson Ave
Charleston, SC, 29403


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Charleston County Schools music students to perform in concert with world-renowned electric violinist Mark Wood!

International recording artist Mark Wood, one of the original members of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is working to inspire young string players with “Electrify Your Strings,” his groundbreaking music education program. He and his band, the Mark Wood Experience, will perform in concert with music students from many Charleston County Schools on Friday, March 19th at 7:00.

Mark Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins, one of the largest electric violin manufacturing companies in the world. He studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein, and is a Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer who has done string arrangements for Celine Dion and others. In addition to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, he has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel, Everclear, and many others. The Mark Wood Experience includes other members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Mark will be performing with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra! The audience will be entertained by Mark’s original material, as well as his exciting arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Beatles, and more.

As part of this year’s “Electrify Your Strings” tour, Mark has been spending much of his time performing at schools all across the country, and has worked with orchestra directors to create more than 50 student rock orchestras. His music programs build on the strong foundation in classical music provided by the music teachers at each school he works with, creating a partnership with educators to create a learning experience for music students that can grow and evolve from year to year.

To prepare for this concert, Mark will be spending several days during the week leading up to the concert visiting schools all over Charleston County, performing for and rehearsing with students. The end of the week will include a full two-day workshop with the entire band. In these workshops, students learn improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses.

Utilizing Mark’s music arrangements that were sent to the district prior to this
visit, the music students will perform in a live concert, open to the public:

Friday, March 19 at 7:00PM
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Dr
North Charleston, SC 29418

Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased in advance at the coliseum ticket window, charged by phone at 1.800.745.3000, or purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information on “Electrify Your Strings,” please visit www.electrifyyourstrings.com.

To find out more about Mark Wood, please visit www.markwoodmusic.com.
The Viper electric violin is one of several electric instruments manufactured by Mark’s company Wood Violins – check them out at www.woodviolins.com.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Here is a link: CHARLESTON ALL STAR ROCK ORCHESTRA.

PLEASE consider sponsoring this event or connecting us with someone who would really value this kind of exposure to Fine Arts students and their families!

We welcome sponsors at all levels as well as artists, parents, students, fellow musicians, and Mark Wood fans to join us for an evening that will be "Electric"! Please have anyone you know that is interested in sponsoring this amazing event, please contact Zoe Roff at 937-6586.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Charleston Scene debuts March 11, 2010!!

Take 2 very worthwhile minutes of your time to learn about the new incarnation of Preview Magazine that will the the all-color, expanded, ultra-fabulous CHARLESTON SCENE!

Charleston Scene magazine promo number 1 from charleston scene on Vimeo.


"Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative 50 State Tour" in Charleston

Tuesday, February 23rd at 9 am, Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will visit Charleston, SC on his 50 state tour. This is a not to be missed opportunity for arts organizations and administrators across the country!

The "Arts in Crisis Tour" provides an opportunity for representatives of arts and cultural organizations to participate in two important tasks: engage in conversation with Michael Kaiser, one of the most respected arts leaders in the U.S., and execute the important lessons he has learned through past experiences. During the event, attendees will gain first-hand information and practical advice that is of particular interest to arts organizations seeking a new direction in order to survive or, at the least, remain sustainable.

Michael Kaiser has successfully restructured, reinvented and revitalized numerous well-known arts organizations by aggressively thinking outside of the proverbial box. His actions have successfully turned-around organizations on the brink of failure through the use of ten simple steps. Mr. Kaiser is the author of The Art of the Turnaround and initiated the "Arts in Crisis" program.

If your organization has experienced a decline in revenue, reduction in charitable contributions, decreased attendance, or all of the aforementioned, the information presented in the following programs will be extremely useful as you prepare for the challenge of a drastically different future. These programs will especially be helpful for members of non-profit boards.

Book discussion and review
Saturday, February 13th, 2pm at City Gallery at Waterfront Park
Admission is free; RSVP at (843) 958-6484
Michael Kaiser's book The Art of the Turnaround is available for purchase at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street.

Discussion with Michael Kaiser
Tuesday, February 23rd, 8:30 am Registration/Coffee; 9-11 am Discussion
College of Charleston's Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, 54 St Philip St
Admission is free; Advance reservations required; call The Charleston Concert Association at (843) 727-1216 or email CCAGrants@aol.coom

Networking Lunch
Tuesday, February 23rd, 12-1:30pm at City Gallery at Waterfront Park
Admission is free to attendees of the discussion; RSVP at (843) 958-6484

Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative is hosted in Charleston by the Charleston Concert Association in partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, and College of Charleston School of the Arts


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Iaconfano's Restaurant Looking for Artists Interested in Showing their Works

Iacofano's Italian Bistro & Bar on Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant is looking for artists that would like to have an art show at the restaurant possibly paired with wine and tapas. They have a jazz night starting on the 3rd Thursday in February and that may be a good match. If you know of any interested artists they can email John Iacofano john@iacofanos.com or the event coordinator Matt Rabon at mrabon@iacofanos.com.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

How Much Is that Doggy in the Wondow?

Hello Artists!

WALK Gallery, LLC is excited to tell you about our newest collaboration with Charleston Animal Society (CAS) on an art show titled, How Much is that Doggy in the Window?

Our hope is that you will donate a work of art for this show to benefit CAS. What does not sell will be entered into the 2010 A Furry Affair, CAS's annual fundraiser, in June. To donate your work please email us at entry@walkgallery.org for details. All artwork will need to be dropped off by Feb 5, 2010 ready to hang. Allison Bolduc will be accepting artwork at the CAS facility off of Remount Road, and a downtown drop off location will be announced later through email.

The artwork needs to be related to animals. 2d work is preferred, but if you have a 3d piece you're interested in donating please send a picture of it. Please fill out the attached donation form and bring it with your art donation when you drop it off. The artwork will be in the Millennium Building windows on the corner of King and Calhoun and at 501 King Street.
Download: Donation Form

This is a great opportunity to get your work seen, and its for a great cause. The works will be up through Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE), where potentially tens of thousands of people will see it. The work will be up through February.

If you have any questions please email Christina Bailey at entry@walkgallery.org

Thank you for all your support toward bringing an awareness to the public about CAS, and the services they provide for our furry friends.


WALK Gallery Volunteers


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jurried Art Show NYC March 13-28, 2010

BWAC Juried Art Show

Call to Artists for Submissions
Deadline for submissions: January 11, 2010 (or Late entry deadline: January 25, 2010)
Gallery show dates: March 13th-28th, 2010 Weekends 1-6 PM

Opening Reception: Saturday March 13th, 2010 1-6 PM

Anne Strauss - Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Nicholas Baume - Director & Chief Curator, Public Art Fund, NYC
Mark Hughes - Director, Galleria Lelong, Chelsea, NYC
Bill Murphy - Associate Professor & Gallery Director, Printmaker & Painter, Wagner College, NYC

Best of Show: $1,000. The artist whose work is juried as ‘BEST of SHOW’ will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a complimentary one-year BWAC membership.

PEOPLES’ CHOICE: $500. The artist whose work is voted ‘Best’ by attendees at the Show opening will receive a $500 cash prize and a complimentary one-year BWAC membership.

CURATORS’ CHOICE: $250. The artist whose work the Show Curators, (Anna Annus Hagen, Joseph Anastasi, Fritz (Steven) Weiss and Bill Murphy) choose for excellence will receive a $250 cash prize and a complimentary one-year BWAC membership.

CERTIFICATES Certificates will be awarded in the following categories: Best Oil Painting, Best Acrylic Painting, Best Watercolor Painting, Best Photograph in Traditional, Best Photograph in Digital formats, Best Mixed Media, Best Assemblage or Installation, Best in Classical Pastel/Drawing/Print/Graphic media, Best in Computer-aided Drawing/Print/Graphic media and Best Sculpture.
Show Details

THEME: "Wide open spaces… arms wide open… eyes wide open… Just feel all the possibilities of knowledge and freedom and love. But as with all things, there is the inevitable opposite. Wide open to attack… wide open to a lawsuit… wide open to corruption… wide open to failure…What kind of phantasy phrase is this? What does it really indicate? This juried show looks to explore this idea of “wide open”, in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche."

ELIGIBILITY: This call for submission is open to all residents of the U.S. and its Territories 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists working in all traditional and non-traditional 2D and 3D media, except for film/video. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Note: Crafts, kit work or reproductions after original works in other media (such as giclees), unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered.

Oversize Work, Assemblages and Installations are welcome at the discretion of BWAC, but must meet all other specifications and be delivered, installed and removed by the artist (or their agent).

JUDGING: Final judging will be on site. Jurors may reject entries that differ significantly from their digital images. Decision of the judges is final.

Only original works may be submitted. They must be in a .jpg file format. No slides, photographs or DVDs. CD’s will be accepted when application is submitted by mail.
Early Bird Submissions (through January 11): $45.00 for up to three (3) images, plus $8.00 for each additional image.
Submissions between January 12 and January 25: $65 for up to three (3) images, $10.00 for each additional image.
All entry fees are non-refundable

BWAC prefers an Online Entry, mailed CD entries are charged an extra $10 uploading fee. All entry fees are non-refundable.
Cost of Entry is $45.00 for up to three (3) images ($55.00 if mailed) plus $25.00 for up to three (3) additional images. All entries must be registered/received by midnight, January 11, 2010. Late entries will be accepted between January 12 and midnight January 25, 2010, at an additional flat fee of $20.00.

Click here for directions for online submission:


Monday, January 11, 2010

Pecha Kucha Charleston Vol. 5 Set for Jan. 21

Volume 5's coming to a location near you.

January Blahs will be banished on January 21 at Charleston’s first Pecha Kucha event of 2010. Volume 5 of the popular forum for creatives from diverse industries and backgrounds will be presented at a downtown Charleston location which will be revealed three days prior to the event.

You can purchase your tickets by following this link.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010



The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences invites emerging and established South Carolina artists to enter an exhibition that will be juried by the cadets of Professor Tiffany Silverman’s art history class. On view in the lobby of the main academic building, Capers Hall, the exhibition will open on Friday, March 5th and run through Wednesday, April 21st. All types of 2-D media and techniques are encouraged, including painting, printmaking, multimedia, and photography.

To enter, please submit up to 3 JPEG images of 2-D works no larger than 24” x 24“ (including frame) along with a CV and a statement about your artistic influences and creation process to Tiffany Silverman at tiffany.silverman@citadel.edu by February 1, 2010.