Charlestons arts scene
By KAREN ANN MYERS
Executive director, Redux Contemporary Art Center
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
12, 2010 Charleston is a city on the brink of a cultural
explosion. The city is home to a thriving art, music, theater and
festival scene, and possesses a great capacity for supporting arts
and culture. Charleston is often thought of as a traditional conservative
Southern city, but it is a bustling Mecca for creative, new and
interesting thought while still holding true to its history and
cultural scene already has undergone a huge makeover in the last
few years. Newer galleries, such as Redux
Contemporary Art Center, Scoop Studios and Eye Level Art, are
setting the stage for cutting edge work and putting Charleston on
the path to becoming one of the trend-setters of the art world.
The city is full of forward-thinking people interested in improving
the quality of life through innovation, revitalization, economic
development, environmental efficiency and educational outreach.
These initiatives continue to make Charleston the "most livable"
and "progressive" city in the nation. It is a city that
is rich in history but making progressive moves towards the future.
at 136 St. Philip St., Redux Contemporary Art Center is one of the
few facilities to offer contemporary art in Charleston and educate
the citizens. It fills a need for artists and community residents
alike. Reduxs mission is tri-fold: to educate the public,
provide a gallery space and offer affordable studio space to artists.
Redux is in a unique position to answer these needs.
in 2002, Redux is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering
creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse
exhibitions, subsidized studio space for artists, expansive educational
programming, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between
artists and audience. Housed within a 6,000-square-foot warehouse
are two galleries, 15 private artist studios, print shop, darkroom,
woodshop, classroom and a film-screening area.
the past seven years, the exhibition program at Redux has expanded
to include renowned international and national artists whose work
has never been exhibited in South Carolina. These artists introduce
Charleston to issues in contemporary art that would be nearly unavailable
to the public otherwise. We select artists who ask tough questions
and make works that please, astonish and sometimes unsettle audiences.
Working with a limited budget and support from the community, we
have managed to bring many outstanding, challenging contemporary
artists to Charleston. Redux presents six to eight exhibitions a
year, featuring work by internationally renowned and local, emerging
and mid-career artists. We shoot for diversity in style, media and
subject matter when planning our season.
artist-in-residence program transforms Redux into a project space
where resident artists produce original works on site, with complete
freedom as to how they utilize the galleries. They also engage the
local community through special workshops and artist talks. In addition
to the interior gallery space, Redux recently received approval
to use the buildings façade as a rotating mural space.
In a city with stringent rules regulating the appearance of public
buildings, our mural series is the first of its kind in Charleston,
which allows us to exhibit contemporary art to the public in an
outreach and education program is closely tied to the exhibition
program. Groups of children, from grade school to high school, regularly
visit our galleries and participate in workshops led by our studio
renters and visiting artists. Arts education has a severe lack of
funding in South Carolina. The programs that Redux provides can
supplement what children have access to in school. Redux partners
with many after-school programs to offer a comprehensive continuum
of creative studies. Our youth programs prepare students for future
careers by giving them the tools to engage, interact and contribute
to the community around them.
100 classes and workshops are available throughout the year covering
topics both traditional and non-traditional. Courses include painting,
photography, drawing, printmaking, art history and much more. We
have a class for everyone, whether you are a beginner or more advanced
artist looking to broaden and enhance your talents.
classes are affordable, fun, challenging and taught by talented
local qualified instructors. Courses are timed to fit the schedules
of working people and are taught by working professional artists.
Through our classes, workshops and studio space, we provide the
guidance and resources you need to bring your creativity and passion
is home to Charlestons most creative artists. We offer emerging
and under-represented artists full access to professional artist
studios. Individuals work in a productive atmosphere alongside other
contemporary artists. Each artist at Redux concentrates on developing
a personal artistic vision. Reduxs exhibition program and
education program make for a resourceful location that has a supportive
atmosphere where studio renters are constantly exposed to visiting
artists, artist lectures and most importantly the ideas of their
neighbors. This results in a creative momentum for everyone.
moved to Charleston a little over a year ago to take the executive
director position at Redux. The job has been such a great way for
me to practice all the things I love, which include curating and
planning exhibitions, teaching classes and developing curricula,
working with artists and facilitating opportunities for artists.
Originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., I completed my undergraduate
work at Michigan State University in East Lansing and received my
MFA from Boston University. My academic training is in education,
fine art and graphic design.
a practicing artist, I am always being challenged and inspired by
the artists at Redux. My paintings and studio practice have benefited
from Reduxs creative environment. I see a bright future for
the arts scene in Charleston and invite you to explore Reduxs
unique classes and workshops and join us in an open, supportive
environment where you can truly unleash your creative side.
Ann Myers is executive director of Redux
Contemporary Art Center.
is always interesting for Thoughts of the Day
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
12, 2010 The panic hit first thing Monday morning when my
weekly Rotary Club e-newsletter arrived in my Inbox: Guess who would
be offering the Thought of the Day and the prayer at
the next mornings meeting? Uh-oh. Yours truly had forgotten
that shed volunteered.
seems like it would be easy to come up with a few worthy words for
the Thought of the Day, and certainly my fellow Rotarians at the
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club are an easygoing group
you have to be when your meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. but
it was the first time Id been asked to do the job, and I wanted
to do well.
taking a few detours, I settled on some This Day in History
facts, which my group usually seems to like. My favorite fact for
our meeting day Tuesday, Aug. 10 was that on that
day in 1776, the British government in London learned that America
had declared its independence. Crazy stuff I mean, think
about how long ago it seems like the Fourth of July was this year,
and youll realize how slowly news traveled back then. What
were the Brits going to do at that point say, Wait!?
Whatever their response, by the time it reached us over here, wed
be working on our 23rd state.)
on the road to assembling some factoids, I browsed through a great
little local history book called East Cooper Gazetteer: History
of Mount Pleasant, Sullivans Island and Isle of Palms
(The History Press, 2004). Local historian and author Suzannah Smith
Miles uncovered some little-known anecdotes and local lore and compiled
it all alphabetically in a neat, readable fashion. While I couldnt,
in my abbreviated search, find any East Cooper history facts that
were specific to Aug. 10 to share with my Rotary Club, I did find
a few neat nuggets that you might enjoy. Here they are, straight
from the book:
Pond A stop on the Georgetown Road at Six-Mile Road.
It is said that here a traveler could exchange an empty jug of
grog (a mixture of rum and water) for a full, cool one. The jugs
were kept cool in a nearby pond.
tree Also known as sea ash, prickly ash, or Hercules
Club, commonly found on barrier islands. The bark and leaves of
the toothache tree (Zanthosylum americanum) were once used
medicinally for the Novocain-like numbing substance they contain.
Placed on the gums, it could ease a toothache. The trunks and
limbs of this indigenous woody shrub are covered with sharp, claw-shaped
Village One of the original villages developed in the
Old Village area of Mount Pleasant. In the 1760s, Jonathan Scott
established a typical English-style village. Within its 100-acre
plat, a portion was dedicated to house lots on the waterfront
and the rest designated as the town common. The harbor area in
front of this village was known as Greenwich Bay. Greenwich Street
retains the name of this early village.
Factory Located on the south side of Shem Creek in
the mid-1800s, the Mount Pleasant Bucket Factory was owned by
John Hamlin and provided painted and unpainted pine, cypress,
an assortment of lumber, lathes, and, of course, buckets. An advertisement
in the April 24, 1854, Courier corrected the misinformation that
the Bucket Factory had closed, stating that operations
had merely been suspended shortly for repairs. Factory Street,
now a part of Live Oak Drive, was named for this business.
the Salts Also referred to as the freshes,
the 18th-century term for the area of the rivers beyond the salinity
point. Captains of vessels awaiting goods were careful not to
leave their ships anchored in the harbor too long because of the
quick damage salt water marine worms could do to a ships
hull. The upper reaches of the Ashley, Cooper, and Wando Rivers
were used as anchorages, particularly in the summer months when
shipping from Charleston was slow since rice was harvested in
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PETER LUCASH, contributing editor
12, 2010 -- Tickets sell out fast for this gathering of creative
folks in the Charleston area. They say sevens a lucky number
and the charm for Pecha
Nathan Durfee MC for the evening
2. Brad Ball, Sommelier/Owner, Social Restaurant + Wine Bar
3. David Boatwright- painter/artist/musician/designer Visual
4. Mitchell Davis Media and Publishing
5. Ayoka Lucas, Style Editor, Charleston Magazine Charlestons
fashion culture has changed over the last ten years Visual
6. Leah Suarez Latin Singer Performing Arts
7. Christopher Zorn Collecta Real-time social media
location is always kept under wraps until the last minute
and is often interesting space. You need tickets so go to this
Charlestons Business and Technology Summit
Association of Information Technology Professionals will present
the Greater Charlestons Business and Technology Summit Sept.
9 and 10 at the Charleston Convention Center Embassy Suites Hotel.
The Summit has pulled together a wealth of experts from the worlds
leading technology companies and top-tiered local resident technology
specialists to present and exhibit at this years two-day event.
Organizers expect over 200 attendees.
For more detailed information call Sherry Deese at 843-767-7022
or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also register, sign up to participate as a sponsor, and
Solutions relocates corporate headquarters to Charleston
Solutions, a leading provider of web-based, all-in-one mortgage
origination software for community banks, credit unions, and mortgage
bankers, has relocated their corporate headquarters to Daniel Island
from Columbia, SC. For four consecutive years, the privately held
firm has been named a Mortgage Technology Magazines Top 50
Solutions CEO, Mark Phlieger, cited Charlestons support of
the technology industry through targeted initiatives, the ability
to attract high quality talent and Charlestons lifestyle as
primary reasons for choosing to locate their headquarters in Charleston.
The Charleston Digital Corridor provided transitional office space
for Avista in the Flagship incubator space.
Verizon conspire to dunk net neutrality maybe
the first shot and after days of non-denial denials, Google
and Verizon have proposed a way to get around net neutrality
while claiming to protect it. Essentially, they have proposed a
second, faster Internet service that websites would pay to access,
promising faster speeds.
least one FCC commissioner has expressed strong reservations, and
the FCC broke off discussions they had been having with industry
on seeking formal authority from Congress to regulate the Internet.
Look for a lot of debate in the months to come.
Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital
CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that
works to improve the business management of organizations. You can
read and subscribe to the full edition of the Business
Indigo blog here.
Charleston helps local nonprofits
up-and-coming leaders in Charleston worked for nine months this
past year to help 10 local nonprofit organizations with specific
projects as part of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerces
public service was a new component for Leadership Charleston, which
concluded its 37th year of training in June. Ten projects were
selected from area nonprofits, and working in teams of five, participants
put in a total of more than 830 hours of volunteer work.
the 2009-2010 projects were:
Norton Lowcountry Childrens Center.
The project team explored creating a Web-based training module
for teachers on the processes surrounding mandatory reporting
of suspected child abuse.
The Project Team helped find and set up a new tutoring center
at the Sunnyside Development Center in the Neck area, and then
volunteered 287 hours tutoring there.
The Project Team developed a manual on how to build a sustainable
community garden, then built two gardens.
Charleston is now seeking another 10 metro Charleston nonprofit
organizations that are Chamber members to partner with for the upcoming
year. Contact Graham Drayton at email@example.com.
close of MUSC healthy challenge
are being accepted through Aug. 18 for the Healthy Charleston Challenge,
the Medical University of South Carolinas Biggest Loser 12-Week
Weight Loss and Activity Competition.
program begins Sept. 9 at the MUSC Wellness Center, 45 Courtenay
Dr. For an application
go online or go to the Wellness Center Membership Desk.
12-week fitness and weight loss program is designed to increase
physical activity and provide skills, professional guidance and
accountability for developing healthy lifestyle habits. The
team of professionals includes experienced personal trainers, a
registered dietitian, exercise physiologists, and program clinical
Participants are divided into teams, each with a personal trainer
to help them achieve permanent lifestyle changes. There is
also weekly education with the program nutritionist, physician,
Fee: Non-member: $300 ($150 with application), Member: $150 ($75
with application), Student: $125 ($50 with application) For more
information contact Janis Newton at (843) 792-4141 or email her
for Nationwide Tour Championship
than 650 volunteers are needed to staff the Nationwide Tour Championship
at Daniel Island, a season-ending golf event where the tours
top 60 money winners compete for 25 PGA tour cards and a spot on
the 2011 PGA Tour.
Oct. 25-31 tournament will be televised live on the Golf Channel.
Volunteers ages 12 and up can serve, and many positions are available
for those who may not have golf knowledge, but want to participate.
Volunteer information and applications can be found online at NationwideTourChampionship.com,
or by contacting Alexa Devine Harnig at (843) 881-2532 or via e-mail
If you have a review or recommendation of a book, movie, restaurant
or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to
editor Marsha Guerard.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
in earthquakes, gales and theyre pretty
rods are long pieces of iron several inches in diameter that are
inserted through the walls of buildings to reinforce them. These
rods are screwed into turnbuckles or toggles and are secured at
the outside ends with large washers and nuts. Repairmen ran these
rods through the walls of hundreds of buildings injured by the great
Charleston earthquake of 1886 to guard them from further injury.
Many of the buildings fitted with this hardware after the earthquake
are located in the Charleston region, although buildings as far
away as Savannah, Georgia, display them as well.
called earthquake bolts, these iron reinforcement rods
commonly were incorporated into buildings in Charleston and elsewhere
before the great earthquake. Their initial purpose, however, usually
was to safeguard against gales and hurricanes rather than to protect
from the rending and wrenching of earthquakes.
who objected to seeing unadorned rod ends on the exteriors of their
buildings covered them with stucco or capped them with cast-iron
decorations depicting such objects as stars, concentric circles,
long rectangular bars, lion heads, butterflies, diamonds, ss,
vs, xs, and crosses. While the rod portions of earthquake
rods are seldom visible, in some buildings no effort has been made
to conceal them, such as in St. Pauls Episcopal Church in
often are fascinated with earthquake rod caps, and they have become
a standard decorative element in much of Charlestons architecture.
Tour guides point them out, and some hotels and bed and breakfasts
that have them advertise the fact in their promotional literature.
Some modern buildings, such as the Omni Hotel at Charleston Place,
even feature faux earthquake rod caps on their exterior walls.
from the entry by Kenneth E. Peters. To
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check out The
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The dog days
of summer officially arrived sometime in May this year, we believe.
Heres a list of great places to play off-leash with your fuzzy
Park Dog Park, downtown Charleston
Island County Park Dog Park, 871 Riverland Drive, James Island
of Palms Bark Park, 29th Avenue, Isle of Palms
County Park Dog Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston
Park in Summerville 651 Wassamassaw Road, off Highway
drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and
homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of
accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies."
G. Vest, Eulogy on the Dog, speech during lawsuit,
1870; and Congressional
Record, October 16, 1914
Legacies Brown Bag Lunch: Noon, Aug. 12. Barbara Currey,
M.Ed., leads a discussion of the relationship between mothers and
daughters and their emotional legacies. Explore what you have inherited
from your mother and your grandmothers. It may surprise you. Cost:
required:Call (843) 763-7333.
Tournaments: Registration begins at 6 a.m., Aug. 14. Aug.
21 and Sept. 11. Get ready to catch some fun at the Folly
Beach Fishing Pier's annual Big Kahuna Tournament on Aug. 14. The
Mount Pleasant Pier's final tournament of the year will be Aug.
21, and the Folly pier will hold its end-of-the-season tournament
on Sept. 11. At the Big Kahuna tournament on Folly, competitive
fishermen and women can compete at Folly's pier for a chance to
win a boat, motor and trailer with a state record catch of Whiting.
For more information, call (843) 588-FISH (3474), the Mount Pleasant
Pier at (843) 762-9946 or go
Science Saturday: 10 a.m., Aug. 14, The Charleston Museum
will offer this two-hour science time to allow students the opportunity
to examine the stages of matter and experiment with dry ice. Free
for Museum members; free for nonmembers with general admission.
Day Festival, 1 p.m., Aug. 15, Liberty Square, downtown
Charleston. The City of Charleston hosts the 8th First Day Festival
to help students transition back to school. Not only will they be
able to play in a Kids Zone, they'll be able to tour the S.C. Aquarium,
get school supplies and get their face painted. Last year's festival
drew more than 10,000 kids. Learn
Friends of Bob Waggoner Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 18,
Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St. Circa 1886 Executive Chef Marc Collins
is joining other renowned chefs to raise money for a local
nonprofit organization and giving attendees a chance to be part
of a local weekly cooking show as part of the Friends of Bob Waggoner
event. Along with Collins and Waggoner, the former chef at Charleston
Grill, two guest chefs will cook up a five-course dinner with wine
to raise money for Louies Kids, an organization dedicated
to fighting childhood obesity. Cost is $75 per person. For more
online. To purchase tickets for the event, call Circa
1886 at 843-853-7828.
Charleston City Gallery: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday,
through Aug. 31. Local artist Pedro Rodriguez presents expressionistic
acrylic paintings of real and dream-world places with characters
as ethereal as the cityscapes this month. The Gallery is located
in the public areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center and
admission is free.
ONGOING AND SOON
Piccolo Spoleto applications: Deadlines in September. The City
of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is accepting applications
for the 2011 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Applications
Gallagher at RiverDogs: First pitch at 7:05 p.m., Aug. 18.
Be prepared to get messy. His act is legendary. His signature hair
and mustache are iconic. He is a man so renowned that he goes by
only one name. Get ready for a smashing good time, as world-famous
comedian Gallagher brings his watermelon-smashing antics to Riley
Park during the RiverDogs' game against the Rome Braves, the Single-A
affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Fans of the outrageous performer
are encouraged to get seats up close to the action as Gallagher
and his "Gallagear" always gets the audience involved
in the act. Ticket information online
or call the RiverDogs Box Office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647).
Resource Workshop: 7:30-11 a.m., Aug. 18. Experts will
discuss important legal updates concerning employment and labor
law, immigration and e-verify and non-compete agreements during
the Labor Climate Network Human Resource Workshop at the Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave., Suite 100, in North
Charleston. Industry experts and HR professionals will discuss how
they can connect businesses with the right resources. Cost: $55
Members, $95 non-members, which includes breakfast. Register.
Tour: 2-6 p.m., Aug. 19. The Charleston Metro Chamber's
annual Port Tour and Briefing will feature an update from Port leadership
on plans to recapture Charleston's national position among ports
by attracting new business. The tour includes a bus tour of the
new terminal site and waterside view of all terminals. Cost: $75
for Chamber members $150 for non-members. Register.
and Bait Event: 6-8 p.m., Aug. 19. Face to Face Charleston
combines business networking and a dating event at Charleston Harbor
Resort & Marina in the Reel Bar at 20 Patriot's Point Drive.
This event caters to men ages 30 to 60, and brings them together
with some of the best women in the Charleston area. Happy hour drink
specials and live acoustic guitar by Brantley Harris provides a
great backdrop to mingle and meet new people. Attendees can fill
out profiles in advance to be specially introduced by professional
matchmakers. Required reservations are $10. Go
online or call 843-529-9960. No payments at the door will be
Networking: 7:05 p.m. Aug. 19, RiverDogs game. Charleston
Hoteliers and Exchange Club will host an after-hours get together
at the game at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. Hoteliers, caterers, tour
management companies, museums, plantations, meeting planners and
others in the hospitality business are invited, whether members
or nonmembers. More
Do Lunch: Noon, Aug. 20, Fish Restaurant. Have a great
meal at Fish Restaurant and help out Louie's Kids, a local organization
that raises funds to help treat childhood obesity, which afflicts
25 million American children today. King Street Marketing Group
will host and each guest will receive a King Street Goodie Bag,
free parking and an opportunity to take home valuable prizes from
King Street and Charleston Peninsula businesses. Ticketed admission
is $18. More
online or call (843) 303-1113.
Annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival,
Sept. 3-5. The city will come alive as local and international
artists join forces at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center
and other locations around the city. Confirmed artists include legendary
contemporary jazz band Spyro Gyra; saxophone journeyman Euge Groove,
formerly of Tower of Power; Paul "Shilts" Weimar, former
bandleader of Down To The Bone; and noted Charleston jazz musician
Charlton Singleton. All proceeds from the festival will benefit
"Closing The Gap In Healthcare Inc." More
info online or call (704) 534-4228.
and writing: 9 a.m., Sept. 11. The Charleston County
library is sponsoring a discussion on spirituality and writing featuring
novelists Denise Hildreth, Beth Webb Hart and Nicole Seitz. Admission
is free to the session, which will be held at the main library,
68 Calhoun Street, Charleston. More: Phone 843-805-6947.
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