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, 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