galleries to feature openings in October
By VLADIA JURCOVA SPENCER
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
24, 2009 -- October brings many exciting fine-art openings to Charleston
Fine Art Dealers' Association (CFADA) member galleries. As the association
(CFADA) celebrates its 10-year anniversary this fall, its member
galleries will be putting on some of their best shows yet in conjunction
with the French Quarter Gallery Association's Art Walk on Oct. 2.
in October, Ann Long Fine Art will present "Toscana: Recent
Work by Leo Mancini-Hresko." Toscana opens on Oct. 2 with a
reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the gallery at 54 Broad St. in
downtown Charleston and will show until Oct. 31. The artist will
be present at the reception.
in October, Carolina Galleries will presents new work from Stephen
Chesley. The opening reception is also from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct.
2. Known across the Southeast for his fantastically moody, compelling
and sometimes dark landscapes, Chesley is one of the gallery's most
collected artists. Stephen Chesley's work is frequently likened
to the palette and style of 19th-century Tonalist artists such as
George Inness or his student Elliott Daingerfield. New works in
oil will be on view for the month of October.
Gallery is pleased to present works of artist Manning Williams in
a show titled "Respecting the Past" that is made up of
his early pieces. These works mark the path of his rise as a spectacular
and notable Southern painter. These special jewels from his studio
are sure to please and provide a timeline for his life's work. His
work is legendary to many and includes his series of Indians and
the series of landscapes, which often were gigantic. Trucks replaced
the Indians and a series of narrative paintings tackling war followed
those. The past 18 years of work based on cartoon format with abstract
imagery still shows many figurative aspects and strong threads connecting
these paintings to his earlier work and sense of composition. The
opening reception for this show will be 5 to 8 p.m. during the Art
Walk Oct. 2.
French Quarter Art Walk.
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 2.
Where: Art galleries in Charleston's French Quarter,
the area bounded by South Market Street, Tradd Street, Meeting
Street and the waterfront.
Details: The Art Walk is free and open to the public.
Galleries will be featuring special exhibits and offering
wine and food as well. Art Walks are held the first Friday
in March, May, October and December. Maps are available at
More info: 722-1944 or online
Wells Gallery looks forward to sharing its most avant-garde show
to date by Sarah Ashley Longshore. Longshore's uninhibited, bold
oil paintings are best described in her own words as "pop expressionistic."
Guests will get a preview of Longshore's live streamed video blogs.
You don't want to miss this one-of-a-kind show at the Wells Gallery.
"Clever and bold," "shiny and fresh," are all
words that come to mind when viewing her work, but above all, "confident."
Martin Gallery for a special evening dedicated to a brand new body
of work by Montreal artist Joan Dumouchel. The gallery is pleased
to announce that author Carrie Host will be present signing her
book "Between Me & The River: Living Beyond Cancer, A Memoir."
The gallery's newest artist, Wanda Steppe, will also be present.
Robert Lange Studios will be moving to a new location at 2 Queen
St. while mounting perhaps its most ambitious show since its gallery
opening five years ago. Starting at 5 p.m. on Oct. 2, the anniversary
of the gallery, artist Nathan Durfee will present "Thoughts
Between the Sky and Sea." Durfee's popular original paintings,
ink drawings, and sketchbooks will remain on exhibit through October.
For the opening, Durfee has created more than 35 of these curious
and whimsical works. Durfee's paintings will not be the only thing
for patrons to enjoy; the massive 2,700-square-foot space will have
new work from all 12 RLS artists, as well as some creative renovations
and special touches.
Killian Fine Art will feature painter Kim English and his wife,
sculptor Andi Mascarenas, in their first joint show on the East
Coast. Smith Killian Fine Art is located at 9 Queen St.
in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association promotes Charleston
as a fine-art destination for avid collectors and passionate art
enthusiasts and supports the artists of the future. CFADA has donated
more than $140,000 to local high schools, the Gibbes Museum of Art,
Redux Art Center and the Studio Art Department at the College of
Charleston. For more information on CFADA, please visit www.cfada.com.
residents continue to be 'must-see TV'
ANN THRASH, editor
24, 2009 -- It's getting to be a full-time job to keep up with all
the local folks who are making a splash on national television -
but it's a job we'll happily accept.
latest news is that Lowcountry entrepreneur Leslie Haywood will
be appearing on the ABC program
"Shark Tank" at 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Haywood came up with
the idea for Grill Charms, a different take on the popular wine
charms - those little doohickeys that you can attach to the stem
of a wine glass at a party so you can tell your Cabernet from somebody
else's Merlot. The Grill Charms help cooks keep track of whose grilled
goodies are whose, so the person who wanted the mildly spiced chicken
breast doesn't get the extra-spicy Jamaican jerk version instead
(which is actually what happened to Haywood to spark the Grill Charms
Tank" hasn't been on very long and we haven't seen it, but
here's the deal: The show features five multimillionaires - "sharks"
- who slaved away to make their own entrepreneurial dreams come
true and turned their visions into bona fide financial empires.
ABC's Web site says, "Mark Burnett, the man behind 'Survivor'
and 'The Apprentice,' has brought these tycoons together in one
room. Each week, ambitious entrepreneurs from across the country
will present their breakthrough business concepts, products, properties
and services to the panel of ruthless investors. Their goal: to
convince these merciless moguls to invest - parting with their own
hard-earned cash and giving them the funding they need to jumpstart
ABC promo for Haywood's episode says, "A housewife from Charleston,
S.C., charms the male sharks." I'm sure that's a play on the
Grill "Charms" - but since four out of the five sharks
are men, let's hope it's also a good omen for our local favorite.
We'll be watching Sept. 29 to see what happens.
Holy City will also be in the spotlight the following night, Sept.
30. An episode of the Travel Channel show "Man
vs. Food" that was filmed at Joe Riley Park in May will
be hitting the airwaves that night at 10. Look for show host Adam
Richman to tackle the Charleston RiverDogs' concession-stand colossus:
the Homewrecker, an all-beef, half-pound, foot-long hot dog that
comes with a choice of 25 toppings.
are a few more local folks who did Charleston proud on TV recently:
Carter, executive chef extraordinaire at Peninsula Grill, was
the "CBS Early Show's" Chef on a Shoestring last Saturday.
Carter managed to make brunch for four for under $35 - and we're
not talking Egg McMuffins here. Carter whipped up Southern Eggs
Benedict (with country ham and creamy collard greens), Shrimp
and Pimiento Cheese Grits, and even a mini version of the restaurant's
celebrated coconut cake. Check out the video and get the recipes
here on CBS News.
Charleston-based fashion designers are still sewing strong on
"Project Runway" on the Lifetime channel. Carol
Hannah Whitfield and Gordana
Gehlhausen are among the 11 designers still in the running
for the $100,000 grand prize; five fellow competitors have already
been told "Auf Wiedersehen" by supermodel show host
weeks ago, a Saturday morning segment on the "Today"
show featured City Running Tours, which has a local affiliate
Fitness on Sullivan's Island. City Running Tours connects
runners who are traveling for business or pleasure with fellow
runners in five cities - New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C.,
Austin, Texas, and Charleston. The local runners serve as running
partners and guides, giving mini-tours of the city, insights into
local history and more. The "Today" segment focused
mostly on New York, but it did show a group of runners trekking
along the Battery, led by PrimeTime owner Meredith Nelson.
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for Women announces ovarian cancer outreach
Center for Women will announce its newest program - Lowcountry Women
with Wings, focusing on ovarian cancer outreach - at a press conference
announcement is planned for 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at Colonial Lake, at
the intersection of Queen Street and Rutledge Avenue. September
is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Representatives from a variety
of local women's organizations will be on hand, as will ovarian
cancer patients and survivors. Among the speakers will be Jennet
Robinson Alterman, executive director of the Center for Women; Dr.
Jennifer Young, a gynecologic oncologist at MUSC; and Veronica Walsh,
an entrepreneur who survived ovarian cancer.
Women with Wings will provide online and individual resources for
ovarian cancer patients, survivors and their families. The goal
is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer by teaching people about
the symptoms, demonstrating the urgent need for ovarian cancer testing
and research and offering nonmedical support to the women who have
"In 2008 the Center received a donation from ovarian cancer
patient Terry Scharstein to develop a program that helps women battle
the nonmedical issues, as well as the disease," said Alterman.
"We are delighted to unveil our expanded Web site and outreach
program, which includes a list of local volunteers who are offering
their expertise gratis to assist with the nonmedical issues such
as legal and financial considerations, as well as emotional and
other support issues."
year in the U.S more than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian
cancer, and within five years, 15,000 will be dead. The outreach
program will include the distribution of ovarian cancer awareness
information to every OB/GYN office in the tri-county area. The Francis
Marion Hotel is underwriting this outreach effort.
more information call 763-7333, ext. 202, or visit Lowcountry
Women with Wings. The Center for Women is a nonprofit partner
Hall to let history buffs help with excavations
Drayton Hall historic site
will hold its second annual Archaeological Institute next month,
giving the public a rare chance to go behind the scenes at the property
in a hands-on way. In the program, participants learn the skills
associated with excavation, recording, artifact identification and
laboratory work. The goal is to better understand the features of
the 17th-century house located underneath the present Drayton Hall,
such as a fortification trench associated with the earlier building.
learned from the experts things such as schnitting (a shoveling
technique), sifting, and reading the soil for features," said
one of last year's participants, Stan Younce of Charleston. "I
was fortunate enough to be assigned to a unit next to the house,
where I uncovered part of a wall from the house that predates Drayton
Hall. What a thrill! I wouldn't miss this year's institute for anything."
Sessions meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays,
Oct. 27 through Nov. 7, and participants can register for fewer
than the full 10 days if they wish. Space is limited, so early registration
cost for one to two days is $200 for members of the Friends of Drayton
Hall or $250 for nonmembers; for three to five days, $350 for Friends
members or $400 for nonmembers; and for the full 10 days, $500 for
Friends members or $600 for nonmembers.
more information or to register, contact archaeologist Sarah Stroud
at 769-2637 or email@example.com,
or director of preservation Dr. Carter Hudgins at 769-2617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 the deadline to register to vote in local elections
in eight of the 16 municipalities in Charleston County will be going
to the polls on Nov. 3, and county officials are reminding local
residents that Oct. 3 is the deadline to register to vote.
will be held Nov. 3 for posts in Charleston (City Council districts
2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12), Isle of Palms (mayor and three council seats),
Awendaw (mayor, three four-year council seats and one two-year council
seat, as well as a ballot question), the town of McClellanville
(mayor and four council seats), town of Mount Pleasant (mayor and
four council seats), town of Ravenel (three council seats), town
of Rockville (mayor and four council seats) and town of Seabrook
Island (mayor and four council seats).
an effort to create a uniform date for all municipal elections,
the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration
asked each municipality to set the first Tuesday following the first
Monday in November of each odd-numbered year as Election Day. "The
percentage of voters who participate in these elections is typically
very low," said Marilyn Bowers, the elections board's executive
director. "We are hoping that allowing voters to vote on this
uniform election date will create a larger turnout of voters to
select the mayor and/or council member who represents them on the
officials advise residents to go to http://www.scvotes.org
to check their registration information and make sure their name
and address are accurate. The Web site will also tell you the location
of the polling place for your precinct.
ballots are available at the Board of Elections and Voter Registration
Office, 4367 Headquarters Road in North Charleston. Voters who will
be unable to cast their ballot at their local polling location on
Election Day can cast their ballot at the office during normal business
hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays) through 5 p.m. Nov. 2. You
can also request the ballot to be mailed to you by calling 744-8683
or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
An application will be sent when your request is received, and the
ballot will be sent upon receipt of the completed application. The
last day to mail a ballot is Oct. 30.
ballots for all elections may be viewed at http://vote.charlestoncounty.org.
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Magazine was the last of the southern antebellum literary magazines
and arguably the best. It should be credited for a desire to keep
politics out of literary assessments, although in practice this
objectivity applied only as long as slavery was not in any way attacked
or "falsely" portrayed.
was also the home base for two of the best poets in antebellum South
Carolina, Paul Hamilton Hayne (its editor) and Henry Timrod, poet
and critic. Russell's was the magazine of the professional middle
class-lawyers, college faculty, and doctors. In Charleston the magazine
had the support of two literary groups. The first, the Wigwam, met
at William Gilmore Simms's town residence for little suppers, while
the second and larger group met in John Russell's Charleston bookstore.
They were confirmed conservatives, Charleston's most literary and
literate professionals, and all males.
promised to publish "undiscovered genius" in the South,
largely due to the reluctance of northern editors to publish southern
writers. The only undiscovered genius, however, turned out to be
Henry Timrod. George C. Hurlbut was added as assistant editor to
help Hayne, but no one could solve either the financial problems
or the political ones as secession and war drew nearer. At another
time Russell's might have succeeded, but the clock had run too late.
Its last issue appeared in March 1860.
did coax Timrod into writing his version of "What Is Poetry?"
(October 1857), presenting a case for romanticism as opposed to
the conservative taste for neoclassicism evidenced in the literary
opinions of William J. Grayson, author of The Hireling and the Slave.
The result was a version of the ancients versus the moderns and
the neoclassicists versus the romantics that reveals much about
the hesitancy of Charleston professional men to accept change in
literature. It was, however, the works published by the South Carolina
triumvirate of Timrod, Hayne, and Simms that distinguished Russell's
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of organizing a neighborhood food drive for a local agency in need?
With the holiday season fast approaching, a number of Lowcountry
organizations would appreciate a hand in stocking their shelves.
Here's a tip of the hat to seven East Cooper communities or subdivisions
whose residents have teamed up in the past few months to donate
food to East
Cooper Community Outreach. We're inspired -- maybe you will
Farms - 136 bags of food
- 114 bags
- Hamlin Plantation
- 160 bags (1,700-plus pounds)
- I'On - 180
bags (1 ton)
- 180 bags (1 ton)
- Daniel Island
- 500 bags (3 tons)
- Wild Dunes
- 120 bags (1,700 pounds)
objects are classified scientifically into three major categories:
those that don't work, those that break down and those that get
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Sept. 24 through Oct. 4, various locations. Tickets are now
on sale for the annual arts festival, which highlights black artists'
contributions to dance, music, literary arts, visual arts, theater
and the overall cultural community in Charleston. Schedules, tickets,
more info: http://www.mojafestival.com.
a Wish, Make a Wish: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Plum
Elements, 161-1/2 King St. Closing reception for mixed-media and
assemblage artist Tina Hirsig and the interactive exhibition "Wish"
(exhibit closes Sept. 26). Art reviewer Nick Smith has written,
"Hirsig's wish for open-minded teachers and administrators
won't always be fulfilled. At best, she'll encourage others to dream
and question the status quo of our school system." More info:
727-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 25, Charleston Visitor
Center, 375 Meeting St. Casual event to unveil featured artist Luke
Frazier's official poster for the 2010 Southeastern Wildlife Expo.
Includes oysters, barbecue and side from Buck Ridge Plantation,
plus live music by Triple Lindy, an open bar, and a silent auction
and raffles to benefit Ducks Unlimited. Attendees must be 21 or
over. Tickets: $40 in advance through http://www.sewe.com
or by calling 723-1748; at the door, if available, tickets are $50.
Finn Fish Fest: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26, Colonial Lake, downtown.
City of Charleston's annual Huck Finn Children's Fishing Festival
is designed to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing in the
Lowcountry. Open to ages 4-12. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
and fishing lasts until 11 a.m., with award ceremony to follow (age
categories are 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12). Participants must bring their
own fishing equipment. Cost: $3 per child. More info: 965-4002 or
Community Day: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26, Gibbes Museum
of Art, 135 Meeting St. The Gibbes, with support from the Junior
League of Charleston, will offer free admission and family activities
for Folk Art Community Day. Events include art-making activities
for children, a ballet performance by Once Upon a Ballet, and beverages
from Rising High Cafe. More
Fashion Show: Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 26, Jasmine Porch
restaurant, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Fashion show and luncheon
will benefit the Center For Women. Models will wear fashions from
Eden Boheme and Cose Belle, and jewelry designers will display their
work. Three-course lunch includes champagne. Cost: $45 plus tax
and gratuity; portion of the proceeds go to the Center for Women.
Lunch guests also get complimentary beach access at The Sanctuary
for the day. More info/reservations: 768-6253. The Center For Women
is a nonprofit partner of CharlestonCurrents.com.
in the Park: 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Mayflower Court park, next
to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St., Charleston.
The concert is part of the church's year-long centennial celebration.
Program will feature Holy Trinity's Centennial Choir performing
liturgical music as well as secular selections in both Greek and
English; in addition, Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers will
perform spirituals. Cost: $15 for adults; $3 ages 17 and under.
Tickets available at the Hellenic Center, 30 Race St., or by calling
577-2063 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays before Sept. 25).
ONGOING AND SOON
Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 30
through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's Palmer Campus,
66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses celebrating
the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston style
and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals,
authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their
distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light
beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More
Energy Workshop: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Quadrangle
Shopping Center (Weight Watchers building), Highway 17 west of the
Ashley. Free program sponsored by the S.C. Solar Council and the
Sustainability Institute. SCSC Chairman Bruce Wood will lead the
program, and local solar vendors will be on hand to offer information.
Registration not required. More
and Politics in the Park: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1,
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Mix and mingle with candidates
for Mount Pleasant mayor and Town Council at this event sponsored
by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $30; includes
food and beverages. Registration.
4 Paws: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 1, The Landing on Shem
Creek (former site of The Trawler). Fashion show featuring local
retailers to benefit the Charleston Animal Society. The finale will
be a pet parade featuring animals for adoption. Door prizes, freebies,
food and cash bar. Go
online to see a list of items that the animal society is requesting
as donations. Admission: $5 at the door; tickets also available
in advance from Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center at 971-2860.
Tour: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3. As part of the National
Solar Tour organized by the American Solar Energy Society, the S.C.
Solar Council is organizing a solar tour in Charleston to showcase
local homes and businesses that have decided to use solar energy.
For more information about the sites and locations, learn
Spirit": Various times, Oct. 7-Oct. 18, Sottile
Theatre at the College of Charleston, 44 George St. Charleston Stage
will present Noel Coward's classic ghostly comedy just in time for
Halloween. The plot in brief: Charles is celebrating his second
marriage when the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, shows up to join
in the celebration. When his old wife and his new wife cross paths
at a séance, spirits and tempers fly. Tickets: Online
or call 577-7183.
Branding Seminar: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, Wescott Plantation
Clubhouse, 5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville. Sponsored by the
Summerville chapter of the American Business Women's Association
(ABWA), the program is open to the public and will ABWA members
Shauna Heathman of Mackenzie Image Consulting and Cheryl Smithem
of Strategic Marketing & Charleston PR, experts on personal
image, strategic marketing and public relations. They will be discussing
the significance of building an effective and appealing personal
brand to help you reach your career goals. Cost: $20 ABWA members,
$25 nonmembers; price includes dinner and tea or water. Register
by Oct. 3 by contacting Kathy Berman by email
or at 795-9751.
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