I found what South Carolina's visual artists need in Kentucky
By TOM STARLAND
Editor and publisher of Carolina Arts
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
30, 2010 - In these tough economic times, art galleries are closing
throughout South Carolina. It's getting harder for visual artists
to find places to show -- and hopefully sell -- their art.
visual artists in our state take a back seat to no one in creating
some of the best art in the region. I'm not one to advocate the
state taking over the roll of commercial art galleries, but I found
a happy medium on a recent trip up I-75 in Berea, Kentucky.
exit 77, just 40 miles from Lexington, I found the Kentucky
Artisan Center, a full-service tourist information center, rest
stop and art center.
After an hour, I left with the impression that Kentucky's artists
were lucky leaders in that state had vision to build such a center.
this 25,000-square-foot facility you can shop for Kentucky products;
experience Kentucky hospitality; explore Kentucky crafts and history;
enjoy Kentucky cuisine; learn about other must-see places; use the
Internet on its wireless system, and use an ATM. Parking is plentiful,
including pull-through spaces for buses and RVs.
is exactly what we need in South Carolina, and we have an even better
location for it - at the intersection of I-95 and I-26. Thousands
of people travel on I-95 and I-26 through our state, and the amazing
thing is that there is nothing to lure them to stop at this major
of the Kentucky Artisan Center is provided by a 13-member board,
assisted by partnerships among cabinets of state government with
city and county governments, colleges, other organizations and agencies,
and individuals interested in the Center's mission and goals. The
Center is attached to the state's Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
This points out one of the problems with our state's arts agency.
The South Carolina Arts Commission is a stand-alone agency. Unlike
Kentucky and North Carolina, which both placed their state arts
agencies under the umbrella of their state tourism agencies, South
Carolina hasn't learned yet that the arts help develop tourism.
Kentucky Artisan Center offers works by more than 700 artists. Artists
can "jury in" three times a year, and everything - fine
arts, crafts, music, literature, clothing and specialty foods -
is for sale. Instead of competing with commercial galleries in the
state, the Center directs those who wish to explore further where
to go. If visitors are just traveling through, any purchase made
at the Center is a bonus for the state and the artists.
wait, we do have a South Carolina Artisan Center off I-95 in Walterboro.
It is a retail outlet featuring works by South Carolina's artists,
but it is in no way comparable to The Kentucky Artisan Center.
Artisan Center could fit into the Kentucky center's front welcome
area. Although our center is located off I-95 in Walterboro, it
is far from the highway and it's my bet many people turn around
before finding it. You can see the Kentucky Artisan Center from
the interstate and once you exit the highway, you are driving in
the entrance within a minute.
S.C. Artisan Center had bigger plans at one time, but neither the
state nor the town of Walterboro has been able to support the development
of the master plan. If it was completed, it would never compare
with the Kentucky Artisan Center's facility, nor would it be in
the best location in South Carolina, the intersection of I-95 and
artists in South Carolina are lucky to have the Artisan Center in
Walterboro, but let's for once dream a little bigger. Are we willing
to say we can't do what Kentucky can?
can learn more about The Kentucky Artisan Center by visiting its
Starland is editor and publisher of Carolina
Arts, a newspaper about the visual arts in North and South Carolina.
It Grow' serves up gardening tips with a drawl, smile
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
30, 2010 - Somewhere on a sleepy salt marsh in Mount Pleasant, fiddler
crabs have run amok in a vegetable garden, leaving a homeowner at
in Walterboro, Frances' baby-pink Christmas cactus has gone south
after several productive years and looks awful. And up in Little
River, Rae Anne, a self-described "transplant from New England"
is asking for help with native plants to try to turn around some
bad gardening luck she's had since she moved here.
all in a week's work on "Making It Grow," a really wonderful
slice of South Carolina life that also just happens to provide some
of the best gardening know-how around. As the show's host, Clemson
Extension's Rowland Alston, says in his unmistakable drawl, "MIG"
offers "a commonsense approach to gardening in the Carolinas."
But the gardening advice isn't the only thing that makes the Emmy-winning
show worth watching. It's the distinctive blend of down-home talk,
live-TV unpredictability, and Palmetto State lore that you just
can't find anywhere else - and that always makes me feel lucky to
live in South Carolina.
this past Tuesday's show. In addition to advice on the fiddler crab
invasion and Christmas cactus crisis, topics included when and when
not to fertilize lawns, when to transplant hydrangeas, how to get
rid of "highway grass" growing in a yard, a visit to a
wildlife nursery, and more. There never seems to be a shortage of
callers who need help with gardening matters, and Alston greets
them all the same way, with a chipper "Happy gardening to you!"
of my favorite parts of the show is that Alston comes up with an
infinite number of unpredictable, sometimes crazy ways to identify
the city that a caller lives in. Here's a classic from this week's
next caller is from a town that's got a restaurant called the Pita
House, and I love to eat at the Pita House. It's on Pleasantburg
Road in Greenville, and Tom is in Greenville, too. Happy gardening
to you, Tom! You ever eaten at the Pita House?"
no, Rowland, I haven't."
it's got some great Mediterranean food!"
know when I'll be in Greenville next, but I know where I'm eating.
addition to the live phone calls, there's a live chat room, and
the ongoing discussion is monitored on set -- usually by a Clemson
Extension agent named Webby Debby, but this week by another agent,
Chatty Patty (whose real name, come to find out, is Trish).
chat room is where the Mount Pleasant resident raised the question
of how to keep fiddler crabs out of his vegetable garden. At one
point during the show, when Alston checked in with Chatty Patty
to see if anyone online had come up with a solution, Patty said,
"I think we've stumped the chatters in the chat room.
I hope that's the only kind of crabs he's got." Indeed.
has a great knack for putting gardening issues in language everyone
can understand. In talking about the importance of not applying
big doses of fertilizer to lawns and plants right before cold weather
sets in and they go dormant, he didn't use a lot of technical language.
He said simply, "It's kind of like us when we eat a big meal
right before we go to sleep - we don't sleep good, do we?"
the show always manages to bring attention to some of our state's
unappreciated natural attractions and the hardworking people who
keep them going for all of us. This week, one of the expert panelists
helping Alston take calls was from Kalmia Gardens at Coker College
in Hartsville. I'd never heard of the place, so I went online to
check it out. Who knew that right there in the Pee Dee was a 35-acre
botanical garden that's on the National Register of Historic Places?
If you're interested in camellias, azaleas, wisteria, tea olives,
and dogwood, Kalmia Gardens is your kind of place. And it's the
gateway to another fascinating-sounding S.C. spot that I hadn't
heard of - the 796-acre Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve.
out "Making It Grow" Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
on ETV. You can also see
episodes online. Happy gardening to you, Mr. Alston, and thank
you for teaching all of us a little bit more about South Carolina.
tips on getting to know the Lowcountry: Thanks to Muffi J.
Brinson for some great suggestions in response to last week's
column, which included ideas of things to see and do to help some
new neighbors get settled in the Lowcountry. Muffi says, "How
about the Angel Oak, Pitt Street Bridge, (and) Mount Pleasant
Waterfront Park? Breach Inlet -- you can almost always see dolphins.
You can see our amazing sunsets from almost anywhere in Charleston."
And I'll add, after the downpour of recent days, look for our
amazing rainbows, too.
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Check out the daily educational programs with animal feedings and
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accounting giving you the chills? This class is for you
PETER LUCASH, contributing editor
30, 2010 -- I will be teaching a four-session continuing ed class
at Trident Tech beginning Oct. 21. The course introduces operating
and staff managers to finance and accounting management skills critical
in running a business. Register
Bash Oct.14: Are you a member of the Charleston Digital Corridor?
Time for the annual Corridor Bash - good food, drink, music and
great people! Go to the Web
site to RSVP.
Nov 3 for Chamber Small Business Innovation Summit: The Chamber's
Innovation Summit will be at the Memminger Auditorium on Nov.
3. Key speakers include Jason Lucash, co-founder of OrigAudio
and other products, and Tom Glaser, head of the American-Israel
Chamber of Commerce.
returns Nov. 13: The "user generated unconference"
returns to Charleston at the College of Charleston. Tickets are
limited, and sold out quickly last year, so hop
online and buy yours. And take a friend.
announces fiscal 2010 year-end results and highlights: The
South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) has reported results
for the 2010 fiscal year ended June 30. Revenue for the year was
a record at more than $170M, up 60% compared with fiscal year
2009. SCRA also opened two Innovation Centers including the SCRA
MUSC Charleston Innovation Center last December. The
full report is online.
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.
enter U.S. Senate race to cook DeMints goose
Charleston cookbook writer and food personality Nathalie
Dupree today will announce that shes running as a write-in
candidate to cook [U.S. Sen.] Jim DeMints goose.
says she knows shes getting into the campaign late but that
she just had to do it. What really motivated her, she said, was
DeMint's "stubborn refusal" to join U.S. Sen. Lindsey
Graham in seeking an earmark for a study by the Army Corps of Engineers
for deepening the harbor for the port of Charleston, as has been
done for all other East coast ports.
I am running for one simple reason, she told Charleston
Currents. Ive come to love South Carolina and recognize,
along with a majority in the Palmetto State, that dedicated in leadership
is needed in order for us to move forward in the second decade of
the 21st century.
who touts himself as the most conservative senator in the country,
already faces relative unknown and newcomer Alvin Greene, a Democrat,
and Green Party candidate Tom Clements.
South Carolina is the only state in which a non-incumbent write-in
candidate ever won election to the U.S. Senate. When U.S. Sen. Burnet
Maybank died two months before the 1954 election, former Gov. Strom
Thurmond ran a successful write-in campaign. He held the Senate
seat until 2003.
What Ive learned to love about this state is its capacity
to come together on issues important to all of us, to accept ideas
from within, to show others that we can act for the good of all
of our people, says Dupree, a Georgia native who moved to
Charleston years ago.
The write-in campaign of Strom Thurmond proved that. The
odds are greater today, and I know that. But its a fight that
will enable us to show South Carolinas real stuff to the nation.
Lets get cookin so I can bring home the bacon.
Three agencies get
grants to serve seniors
local organizations will be among 25 in North and South Carolina
to receive grants from BJH Foundation for Senior Services this year.
grants totaling more than $153,000 will go toward improving the
lives of underserved Jewish seniors in North and South Carolina.
Sholom Beth Israel Congregation will use its grant for the Serving
Jewish Seniors program, a collaborative effort with the College
of Charleston to create a database of underserved and isolated
Jewish seniors from the Greater Charleston area. Services will
include taking Shabbat services to retirement communities and
providing transportation to weekly services, which will include
meals and various speakers.
Jewish Community Center will use its grant for a comprehensive
computer training program teaching seniors computer literacy.
It will include learning programs such as Microsoft Word, computer
games and puzzles. In addition, they will learn how to download
publications and navigate the Internet to stay connected with
family and friends.
Kadosh Beth Elohim will use the grant to continue and expand the
Senior Shabbat Services program, which provides onsite worship
services and opportunities at area retirement facilities for Jewish
seniors who cannot travel for Temple services. The program will
allow them to consistently serve senior Jewish seniors in the
Greater Charleston area and contribute to their spiritual and
social well being.
Symphony Orchestra celebrates 75th anniversary
Charleston Symphony Orchestra has an upcoming concert to celebrate
the 75th Anniversary of its founding. The concert, featuring Ludwig
van Beethoven's majestic Symphony No. 9 in d minor, "The Choral,"
will be on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium.
The city of Charleston is serving as the fiscal agent for the event.
concert features Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians in performance
with the CSO Chorus, CSO Spiritual Ensemble and the College of Charleston
Concert Choir, prepared by Dr. Robert Taylor. Guest conductor is
Maestro Stuart Malina, music director of the Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Symphony and former associate conductor of the CSO (1993-97).
Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. praised the 75th Anniversary Committee,
comprised of community leaders who support the orchestra, and members
of the orchestra. "These are vital members of our community
They teach in our schools, mentor our children, enrich our
religious services with beautiful music and add so much to our quality
of life. I hope that everyone will support this effort and ensure
that we will be celebrating many more anniversaries with these musicians
in the future."
more information, visit the 75th
Anniversary Concert Committee's Web site.
Civic Design Center honored by bicycling group
The Charleston Civic Design Center is one of 63 businesses awarded
Silver designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League
of American Bicyclists. It's the first Lowcountry business to achieve
League is especially excited to recognize the Charleston Civic Design
Center as a 2010 Fall BFB. As an agency of the City of Charleston,
the CCDC is leading the way to encourage biking to work. They are
setting a community-wide example," said Andy Clarke, League
Businesses that apply for the award are contributing to a more bicycle-friendly
lifestyle for their employees. The CCDC serves as an example for
best practices and innovations in bicycle friendliness at the workplace
by making bicycling an easy option for daily transportation and
providing innovative incentives to support employee's more sustainable
Bicycle Friendly Business is making a difference for employees,
customers, and communities," said Bill Nesper, director of
the Bicycle Friendly America Program. "The Charleston Civic
Design Center promotes bicycling as a viable form of transportation
and gives their employees choices and options that make biking to
work easy and fun."
For the CCDC, supporting and promoting bicycling is part of its
mission to demonstrate leadership and innovation in urban design.
The CCDC upholds its belief that bicycling is the most efficient
and lowest impact form of transportation, and continues to support
any opportunity to improve bicycle facilities, usability and knowledge.
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Pastor Oliver Hart supported Revolution
Hart was born in Warminster, Pennsylvania, on July 5, 1723. He was
one of the most influential religious, social, and political leaders
of the pre-Revolutionary War South. He began his adult life as a
carpenter, though he was also licensed to preach by the Philadelphia
Association (Baptist) in 1746.
1749, Oliver Hart, a young minister from Philadelphia, came
to the pulpit of what is now called First Baptist Church of
Charleston. He was pastor there for 30 years.
1749, after receiving a request from the Charleston Baptist Church
for help in locating a pastor, the association encouraged Hart to
answer the call and ordained him to the ministry. The Charleston
church accepted Hart's unannounced arrival as a sign from God and
installed him as minister in 1750, despite his meager education.
He would hold that position for thirty years, leading the church
in the Regular Baptist tradition.
church's trust was well placed. After educating himself, Hart became
a leader not only to his congregation but to Baptists in the entire
region. His Regular Baptist heritage inspired him to recruit worthy
young men, including Richard Furman, to enter the ministry and to
challenge the Charleston Association and the Charleston Religious
Society to raise the funds needed for the education of these ministerial
also become a champion of liberty, equality, and cooperation among
Christians. He encouraged ministers to preach to Native Americans
(thereby recognizing their humanity), and he opposed slavery. He
wrote in 1754, "Oh that all Bigotry was rooted out of the earth."
In 1775 Hart's involvement in the Revolutionary cause, especially
in the recruitment of support for the patriots, both in Charleston
and in the backcountry, forced him to flee for a time with his family
to the Euhaw tribal lands.
1777, with the support of Baptist leaders in Virginia, Hart became
an activist for religious liberty in South Carolina. In 1780 he
was driven once again to the Euhaws by the British advance. From
there he went to Hopewell, New Jersey, where he served as pastor
until his death. Hart never returned to Charleston, though Richard
Furman who succeeded him in the pulpit at Charleston expressed a
willingness to step down in deference to his leadership at any time.
died in Hopewell, New Jersey, on Dec. 31, 1795, and was buried in
the Southampton Old School Baptist Cemetery in Southampton, Pennsylvania.
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of our favorite childhood memories revolve around hauling huge piles
of books home from the library. So we thought we'd ask an expert,
Pam Cadden, the children's services coordinator at the Charleston
County Public Library, for her five favorite children's picture
- The Copycat,
by Ruth Brown. "At one time I owned a dog and a 'copy' cat
that looked just like the ones in the book, so every time I read
the story, with its realistic and beautiful illustrations, I was
filled with love."
Bird, by Jeremy Tankard. "Along with his follow-up, 'Boo
Hoo Bird,' Tankard brings to life the 'I Get By With A Little
Help From My Friends' theme with hilarious expressions that are
laugh out loud fun!"
Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr. and
Illustrated by Eric Carle. "A true classic that carries
a rhythm for the listener long after the reading is over. A
great read that can be adapted into a quick 'I Spy' game wherever
- The Snowy
Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. "The very first book I was drawn
to as a children's librarian. This simple, gentle tale and its
colorful pictures make for a very satisfying read. On Oct. 7,
we'll be reading this Caldecott-prize-winning book across the
county to help set a world record for the national Read for the
George, by Jules Feiffer. "Amusing illustrations, an
entertaining story and a comical surprise ending make this book
a delight for all ages."
better of it
going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor's
office was full of portraits by Picasso."
Rudner, comedian (1953 - )
THIS WEEK |
Couture Gala: Sept 30, Memminger Auditorium. This gala
features bolo ties, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots to benefit the
Treatment Foundation. After filling up on grub from Iverson
Catering, hit the dance floor to bluegrass favorites by the Carolina
Chocolate Drops and funk and soul ensemble The MAXX. A live auction
has fantastic items in store. Tickets are $150 and can be ordered
by phone (843) 647-8662 or online.
French Quarter Art Walk: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 1. The French
Quarter Gallery Association is holding its October Art Walk. The
works of hundreds of artists are housed in galleries between South
Market and Tradd streets and Meeting Street and the waterfront.
Many of the galleries are hosting special shows and receptions.
Play's world premiere: 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. matinee; opening
night Oct. 1 with additional performances Oct. 2, 8, 9,
10 (matinee), 14, 15; PURE Theatre at Charleston Ballet
Theatre, 477 King St. AWOL: A Soldier's Journey, world premiere
of a new play written and directed by Joanna Crowell, is a moving
portrait of the real-life experiences of three American soldiers
faced with the harsh realities of the Iraq War. Based on a series
of interviews, AWOL: A Soldier's Journey is an inspiring,
thought-provoking, and at times gut-wrenching piece. Ticket
The 5 Browns: 7 p.m., Oct. 2, Gaillard Auditorium. The
first family of five siblings ever accepted at Juilliard at the
same time! The 5 Browns have taken the classical music world by
storm - both on the concert stage and the classical charts. Tickets
Slow Food Potluck Picnic: 4-7 p.m., Oct. 3, Fields
Farm, 3129 River Road, Johns Island. Join Slow Food Charleston for
their annual Fall Potluck Picnic. Festivities include picnic potluck,
live music from the Bluestone Ramblers, farm tours and a cooking
demo. Guests should bring their own beverages, picnic supplies and
a dish to share for the potluck as well as a pie for the American
Pie auction. Proceeds from ticket sales and the pie auction will
benefit the Slow Food Charleston nutrition projects in local schools.
The picnic will take place rain or shine. Tickets available at the
ONGOING AND SOON
& Brew: 6 to 10:30 p.m., Oct. 7, Omar Shrine Temple,
176 Patriots Point Street, Mount Pleasant. The Second Annual Bubbly
& Brew will benefit My Sister's House. Guests will dine on selections
from High Thyme, Home Team BBQ, Gullah Cuisine and more as well
as sip on champagne, cocktails from Firefly Distillery and beers
from local brewers. A silent auction and live music from party band
Permanent Vacation are planned. Tickets are $50 in advance and can
be purchased online or $60 at the door.
Dill Sanctuary Family Picnic: 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 24,
Dill Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends
and Needed Supporters (FANS) of The Charleston Museum will host
their Annual Family Picnic, including a nature walk with naturalist
Billy McCord, a butterfly release, live music by the Susie Summers
Duo, a Lowcountry dinner, children's games, hayrides, demonstrations
by Birds of Prey and the SCDNR Touch Tank. Advance reservations
are required; please call (843) 722-2996 ext. 264 or register
online. No pets or outside coolers.
and paint: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26, The Meeting
Place, 1077 East Montague Ave., North Charleston. An adult workshop
featuring Poetry and Paint taught by Mary Harris and Karole Turner
Campbell. Participants will be inspired to combine poetry and paint
in a unique experience that combines two art forms. Materials are
provided. Fee: $5. Registration begins one month ahead and ends
two days prior to class.
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