exciting art on display at Charleston Fine Art Annual
By VLADIA JURCOVA-SPENCER
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
21, 2010 - Since 2004, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association
has donated more than $150,000 to Charleston County high schools
that participate in the association's High School Art Competition,
a part of the Charleston Fine Art Annual weekend.
Nov. 3, 5 and 6, the association welcomes once again avid art collectors
and nationally renowned artists to celebrate the diverse fine art
that the growing art market of Charleston has to offer. As Charleston's
premier weekend dedicated to the visual arts, the event features
art openings at member galleries, plein air painting in Washington
Park, an art auction and lectures.
With the donations provided by the association, art teachers at
public high schools are able to provide all students, especially
those who may be disadvantaged, with high-quality materials for
creating art. It is critical that students are provided the opportunities
to be creative, as children with a well-rounded arts education grow
to be better students, better employees and citizens. Arts education
strengthens students' problem solving and critical thinking skills.
fine art weekend kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 3 with the "Women
in Art" lecture series. This three-part lecture series explores
and celebrates the many contributions of women in art, and is presented
by the Gibbes Museum of Art. For ticket information on the lecture
historic district will be buzzing with activity from 5 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5, as a mix of local and visiting art enthusiasts will
find their way to 11 association member galleries. The November
art exhibit is the most important art affair of the year for each
gallery, which will present the most significant works of art by
their artists. This art stroll is free and open to the public.
Hans Turner of the Charleston School of Arts wins the 2009 High
School Art Competition sponsored by the Charleston Fine Art
Saturday morning, Nov. 6, participants once again will mingle and
watch artists at work in Washington Park. This is the most popular
event of the weekend and a unique opportunity to meet renowned artists
and watch them create their works of art, which will be auctioned
off to benefit the Charleston County High Schools' art programs.
The plein air event, Painting in the Park, takes place at Washington
Park from 9 a.m. till noon.
Seventh Annual High School Art Competition, a wonderful opportunity
for local students to show off their best works, is part of the
plein air event and will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at
evening is dedicated to the Charleston Art Auction. This elegant
evening features a preview/reception at 6 p.m. followed by an art
auction at 7 p.m. The auction features historically significant
paintings and drawings, together with contemporary works by recognized
American artists. The art works from Washington Park also will be
for sale that evening.
Charleston Art Auction will take place at the Renaissance Charleston
Hotel in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $50 per person. For more
information on the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association, please
visit www.cfada.com and for ticket reservations for the auction
Jurcova-Spencer is in charge of marketing for the Charleston Fine
Art Dealers' Association.
finest: local color, and oyster soiree and a great party
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
21, 2010 - The state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
has a great
Web site with up-to-the-minute reports on the best spots to
see fall color as the season progresses.
all due respect, though, there ought to be at least a small mention
somewhere of the seasonal colors that move through Lowcountry marshes.
No, it's not the same as the often-fiery show in the Upstate, but
it's still a beautiful sign of the changing seasons.
next time you're heading over one of the bridges, take a minute
(or if you're behind the wheel, at least a second or two) to appreciate
the golden-yellow and darker amber tones that are weaving their
way into the greens of the marshes here. It's one of my favorite
sights at one of my favorite times of the year.
though, if you're heading into the Upstate, the PRT suggests you
check out Caesars Head Overlook and Raven Cliff Falls at Caesars
Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park, Kings Mountain State Park,
Chester State Park and Poinsett State Park for particularly awesome
that we're into mid-October and the nights are consistently cooler,
expect the color changes to pick up their pace in the next few weeks
- so get up there while the gettin' is good.
Fall Soiree this weekend
means more than colorful leaves; yes, it means we're getting into
oyster-roast season again. The folks at the Southeastern Wildlife
Expo traditionally put on one of the best, most fun oyster roasts
around, and that's what's on the calendar and on the menu Friday
night during SEWE's annual Fall Soiree. Hosted by Ducks Unlimited,
the party at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting St.) will
be everyone's first chance to see the 2011 festival poster and welcome
featured artist Eldridge Hardie of Denver, Colo.
soiree, hosted by Ducks Unlimited, includes oysters, cookout fare,
an open bar, and live and silent auctions. Palmetto Soul will tune
things up with a mix of beach, oldies, classic rock and more. The
party runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or
can be purchased at the door for $50. Go
online or call 723-1748.
party that builds on tradition
a chicken at heart, I've never been to the Old City Jail -- even
during the daylight - because I've heard some pretty spine-tingling
stories about it being the most haunted site in Charleston. If you're
braver than I am (which clearly doesn't take much), you'll want
to visit the jail on Oct. 28 for the RED Party, sponsored by the
American College of the Building Arts as a fundraiser for the college.
(Even being chicken-hearted, I managed to watch
this video about the jail and the party without getting too
The historic jail, at 21 Magazine St. downtown, will be decked out
in blood red colors for the party, and guests are asked to wear
red - and masks, too.
"The Red Party is the kind of party that people are dying to
get in," says John Paul Huguley, the college's founder. "But
the main purpose is to raise awareness for our mission and emphasize
the need for educated artisans in America."
party features a silent auction including some incredible luxury
trips, fine art, various adventures, and items crafted by the students
of ACBA. Deejay Arthur Brouthers will provide music, Good Food Catering
will serve up the party fare, and there's an open bar, too. All
proceeds from the event will help support the education of ACBA's
are $55 in advance and $65 at the door. Call 577-5245 or click here
- www.buildingartscollege.us - to buy tickets. If you go and get
spooked, don't say I didn't warn you.
Thrash, a Mount Pleasant native, is a contributing editor to Charleston
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to build clean energy superhighway
GREG GARVAN, contributing editor
21, 2010 - Internet search engine giant Google is investing in a
mammoth project to build an underwater "superhighway for clean
energy" that would funnel power from offshore wind farms to
1.9 million homes without overtaxing the already congested mid-Atlantic
power grid, the company said.
is partnering with Good Energies, an environmentally focused international
investment company based in New York, London and Switzerland, and
Corp. to finance the project, which The New York Times
reported could cost $5 billion. The project, dubbed the Atlantic
Wind Connection, is being led by Trans-Elect, an independent electric
transmission company based in Chevy Chase.
greener big box
Wal-Mart has committed to sourcing much more of the food they sell
from small- and medium-sized farmers in local communities throughout
the world. The goal in the U.S. is 9 percent local, and they also
plan to sustainably source 100 percent of its palm oil by 2015;
sourcing only beef that doesn't contribute to the Amazon rainforest
deforestation; lower food wastes between 10-15 percent at all stores
and train over 1 million farmers in sustainable farming practices.
Because of the size of Wal-Mart, this is expected to produce significant
leadership tracks for other retailers to follow.
Garvan of James Island is president of Money with a Mission, an
18-year-old, fee-only financial planning firm that specializes in
socially responsible/ 'green' asset management. On the Web: moneywithamission.com.
Giovanni to speak at library friends' meeting
activist, mother, and professor Nikki Giovanni will speak Nov. 7
at the Charleston County Public Library main branch for the Friends
of the Library's Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting of the Board
will begin at 2:30 p.m., and Giovanni will speak at 3:30 p.m.
her presentation, Giovanni will answer questions and autograph books.
Several of her book titles will be available for purchase. Proceeds
benefit the Charleston County Public Library.
presentation will be free of charge and open to the public.
the span of thirty years, Giovanni has received 19 honorary degrees
from colleges and universities; numerous achievement, humanitarian
and recognition awards from government, private and public organizations
including Woman of the Year for the YWCA, Ebony, Mademoiselle, Essence,
and Ladies Home Journal magazines. Most recently, she was named
the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.
author of 27 books, including the seminal "Black Feeling Black
Talk/Black Judgment," Giovanni is University Distinguished
Professor/English at Virginia Tech. For
more information, call (843) 805-6882 or email Director@charlestonlibraryfriends.org.
offer incentives for saving energy
is Energy Awareness Month, and South Carolina Electric & Gas
would like to remind its customers that time is running out to take
advantage of federal tax credits that provide incentives for upgrading
their homes with energy efficient products. SCE&G also offers
customers additional incentives for upgrading to natural gas appliances,
which could mean hundreds of dollars in savings.
who purchased and installed qualified products, such as energy-efficient
windows, insulation, doors, roofs and cooling systems in the home
can receive a tax credit of 30 percent of the total installation
costs up to $1,500 for the 2009 and 2010 tax years.
also can qualify for the tax credits by upgrading their heating
and water heating systems with high efficiency natural gas systems
and appliances. For example, natural gas tankless water heaters,
which provide a seemingly endless stream of hot water, also provide
energy efficiencies that qualify them for the credit.
an added incentive for customers to upgrade to natural gas systems
from electric, natural gas water heaters (both tank and tankless)
and heating systems may qualify for bill credits of $300 each, courtesy
of SCE&G. The credit ends Dec. 31, 2010, so customers need to
act now to take advantage of the offer. Certain restrictions apply.
qualify for the federal tax incentives, improvements must be installed
in the taxpayer's principal residence in the United States. Home
improvement tax credits now apply for improvements made between
Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010. To learn more about federal tax
credits and SCE&G natural gas bill credits, go
retrofits 19 city trucks for cleaner air
The city of Charleston used a $129,000 federal grant to retrofit
19 medium- and heavy-duty city trucks with devices designed to reduce
pollutants released by diesel engines.
city's fleet management personnel worked with several vendors to
identify city trucks that were compatible with the federally required
technology components. The candidate trucks had to be fitted with
data monitors to determine if the baseline emissions and exhaust
temperatures met the criterion for retrofit.
After a request for proposal bid process, the city chose Cummins
Diesel for the project.
step we can take to minimize the emissions from our fleet vehicles
which travel the city makes a difference in the air quality in our
city," Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. said. "Our fleet management
staff has done a great job in utilizing this grant to benefit our
city and its residents."
provides great kickoff to Best of Broadway series
Special to Charleston Currents
Carol Burnett Show has been off television 32 years but there's
still a favorite Tim Conway skit: the fumbling dentist who accidentally
injects himself with Novocaine.
numbed himself again Sunday in Charleston.
Conway and Friends entertained about 1,000 people Sunday at the
Performing Arts Center, bringing back The Dentist, The Old Man and
Dorf, the short-statured golf pro. Sidekick Chuck McCann was in
the dental chair, the role originally played by Harvey Korman who
died in 2008.
90-minute show also featured Louise DuArt's many vocal impressions
- from Barbara Walters to Cher to George Burns AND Gracie Allen.
The 3 p.m. matinée was part of the PAC's Best Of Broadway
stern announcement beforehand said, "Management allows NO photography"
... then added, "but what could they do if you DID take pictures?
Go ahead, take all you want."
Conway then announced he had saved $18 by doing his own announcing
and introduced himself.
Boyd is the author of an online blog, chuckography.
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.
helped form a city, county and nation
Kershaw was born in 1727 in Yorkshire, England. Around the mid-1750s
he and two brothers, Ely and William, immigrated to South Carolina.
Joseph became a clerk for the Charleston merchant James Laurens,
the elder brother of Henry Laurens. In 1758, however, Kershaw struck
out for the colony's interior, establishing a store northwest of
Charleston near the Wateree River at Pine Tree Hill.
1763 Kershaw formed a partnership with his brother Ely, John Chesnut,
William Ancrum, and Aaron Loocock. Centered in Charleston, the partnership
used Kershaw to provide a base of operations to expand its trade
into the interior. Although the partnership experienced mixed success,
Kershaw's own mercantile operations made him the leading commercial,
and subsequently political, figure in the Wateree River region.
His business operations expanded to include a large flour and grist
mill, indigo works, a warehouse, a brewery, and a distillery. He
and his partners also acquired grants for several thousand acres
of land across the colony. In 1769 Kershaw played a lead role in
convincing his Pine Tree Hill neighbors to lay out a series of streets
and lots, which became the town of Camden.
was elected to the Commons House of Assembly in 1769, in which he
was a member of the committee that drew up the Circuit Court Act,
which established several new judicial districts in the interior.
He was returned to three more assemblies before the start of the
Revolutionary War and then was elected to the First (1775) and Second
(1775-1776) Provincial Congresses and the first five General Assemblies
(1776-1784). As a legislator and militia officer, Kershaw worked
to secure interior settlers and Catawba Indians to the patriot cause.
A major and later a colonel in the state militia, Kershaw saw action
at Purrysburg and Stono River and was captured at the Battle of
Camden (August 1780). He was imprisoned at British Honduras and
then Bermuda, where he nevertheless was able to mortgage his Carolina
lands to secure needed supplies for American forces (the vessel
carrying the cargo was unfortunately captured). He was eventually
exchanged and returned to South Carolina.
spent the last years of his life trying to rebuild his war-torn
business enterprises in Camden. He died on December 28, 1791, and
was buried in the town's Episcopal cemetery. That year Kershaw County
was named in his honor.
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to fight childhood obesity
Here are five
fast tips from Louis Yuhasz, founder of Louie's Kids, for parents
who want to fight childhood obesity. Founded in 2001 in Alexandria,
Va., and operated today from Charleston, Louie's
Kids serves economically disadvantaged kids nationwide.
- No one
has soda at home -- or really ever. Water, water, water is
what we teach our kids and try ourselves to live by (and some
coffee for the older of us!)
Food in the car is not dinner.
Three meals together, at home, at a table, each week as a family
is proven to be effective for weight control - amongst other things
- drug and alcohol use in children as well!
off the TV!
No way around it, limit TV time as well as time spent on computers
and games. Lights out should be at a reasonable time as well.
Lack of sleep and weight gain often go hand in hand.
-- do whatever but just do something. Do you or your kids need
to get back in the swing? Check out www.Runbuddies.org.
Giving back is just as important as honoring yourselves.
- BE THE
Practice what you preach and get out there - do something and
be a role model to your kid - and for yourself.
the need for autumn vacations
"Take a rest; a field that has rested gives bountiful crop."
Roman poet (43 BC - 17AD)
THIS WEEK |
in Defense events: 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 21, Hyatt Place
off Ashley Phosphate Road. The Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter
will hold its second Speed Networking Event. Participants will be
limited to 72. Admission: $11 (includes $1 PayPal fee) Each guest
will receive one complimentary drink ticket. RSVP to Meg
Rhodes . Second event: Col. Martha A. Meeker, commander, 628th
Air Base Wing, Joint Base Charleston, will speak on her career,
leadership experiences and Joint Base Charleston at the Women in
Defense luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Carrabba's,
2150 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston. Register emailing
this address by close of business today. Cash payment only will
be accepted at the door, $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
in Summerville: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 21. Fall arrives
with cooler weather, Scarecrows on the Square and Summerville D.R.E.A.M's
Third Thursday program. The Third Thursday event features music
around town with 26 East, an '80s music cover band on Hutchinson
Square, as well as sneak previews of the new Flowertown Players
show and Pinewood Prep's upcoming high school musical. Craft events
arer planned at Village Knittery and Craft Happy, and the Classic
Carolina Ford Car Club will be out with vintage cars. Short Central
will have jazz entertainment. For more info, click
here or phone (843) 821-7260.
Throw Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 21, The Jasmine Porch restaurant
at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Four-course meal will feature
ingredients procured from a "stone's throw" (within 100
miles) of Kiawah Island, focusing on first tastes of the fall, including
local "game" from Joseph Fields Farm on Johns Island and
MiBek farms in Barnwell. The dinner will benefit the Ronald McDonald
House in Charleston. For more information and to make reservations,
call 843-768-6253 or
Mr. Green: 8 p.m., Oct. 21, 22, and 23, Charleston
Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road. The Charleston Acting Studio presents
"Visiting Mr. Green," a play about two men forced together
through an accident who get to know and care for one another despite
their antipathy. Adults: $17, Seniors: $15, Students: $10. For tickets,
call 843-795-2223 or purchase
Fall Soiree: 7-11 p.m., Oct. 22, Charleston Visitor Center,
375 Meeting St. Hosted by Ducks Unlimited, the annual Southeastern
Wildlife Expo Fall Soiree will include the unveiling of the new
SEWE poster, and a meal of oysters, a Lowcountry cookout, open bar,
and live & silent auctions. Palmetto Soul will play a mix of
beach, oldies, rock classics, country, and more to keep the crowd
dancing all night. Go
online for tickets or call 843-723-1748.
Bottles 'n Brushes painting class: 3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 23,
under the Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant. Bottles 'n Brushes,
a local art studio that hosts weekly group painting classes in Mount
Pleasant and Summerville, is partnering with the Charleston County
Park and Recreation Commission to host an outdoor painting class
at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park under the Ravenel bridge.
Participants will be led by teacher James Irving, while instructor
Livy Conner provides live music. Cost is $45, which includes paint
supplies and the finished canvas. Reservations are required and
may be made by visiting
Sanctuary Family Picnic: 1 p.m. 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.
ONGOING AND SOON
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.
Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 27, Nov.
3, 10. Bring your lunch to the Clemson Extension Office located
at 259 Meeting St. for garden programs. Individual sessions are
$12 each or attend all four classes for $40. Go
to Web site for registration and class descriptions.
Daisy Dash 5K:
8 a.m., Oct. 30, Riverland Terrace on James Island. The annual
Daisy Dash 5K run/walk will raise awareness for Simply Divine Garden,
an organization that plants healing gardens for individuals going
through chemotherapy. Register at www.active.com
or on-site at the Baptist Church at Riverland Terrace located at
Wappoo Road and Maybank Highway. The cost per person is $20
before Oct. 20 and $25 after.
History: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 30, Charleston Museum.
In conjunction with the special exhibition "Threads of War:
Clothing and Textiles of the Civil War," the Charleston Museum
and Carolina Ladies Aid Society are to teaming up to offer a series
of Civil War living history events. The series will kick off with
a demonstration of the complexities of food preparation during the
Civil War. Examine unusual 19th century cooking implements and utensils
and learn the secrets of techniques like Dutch oven baking. The
Civil War living history series is free with general Museum admission
($10/adult, $5/child 3-12, under three and members free). For more
information, please visit www.charlestonmuseum.org
or call 722-2996.
Capital BookFest Charleston: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 6,
at the Charleston County Public Library on Calhoun Street, Blue
Bicycle Books on King Street and the College of Charleston. More
than 60 writers, poets and children's authors will congregate in
Charleston for a free, lively and informative day of storytelling,
readings and panel discussions during the inaugural Capital BookFest
Charleston, sister festival to the successful Capital BookFest in
Washington. Headliners include Nikki Giovanni, Mary Alice Monroe,
E. B. Lewis, Tananarive Due, Josephine Humphreys, Michelle Singletary,
Victoria Rowell, Gary Smith, Sonia Sanchez and Margot Theis Raven.
information, go online.
3rd Annual Rural Mission Oyster Roast: 3-6 p.m., Nov.
14, Bowen's Island Restaurant. Don't miss this terrific November
oyster roast that supports the outreach programs of the Rural Mission,
which helps those who have the least. Enjoy great roasted oysters,
food, drinks, live music and a great sunset view. Tickets are $25
for adults, $5 for children and are available from the Rural Mission
at 843-768-1720, or buy at the door or order
art of negotiation workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, begins Nov. 15, 297 East Bay St.
Erica Ariel Fox leads this workshop using the Beyond Yes Method
to turn stressful personal or professional relationships into successful
ones. Cost: $850. Go
online for more information or phone the Sophia Institute, 843-720-8528.
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