5.46 | Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
exhibit will showcase Civil War photographs
SEPT. 16, 2013 -- At the start of the Civil War, the nation's photography galleries were overflowing with a variety of photographs of all kinds and sizes, many examples of which will be featured in an exciting exhibit here starting September 27.
On display at the Gibbes Museum of Art will be portraits made on thin sheets of copper (daguerreotypes), glass (ambrotypes), or iron (tintypes), and larger, "painting-sized" likenesses on paper, often embellished with India ink, watercolor and oils. The exhibition features groundbreaking works by Mathew B. Brady, George N. Barnard, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan, among many others.
One such example is Ruins in Charleston, South Carolina by George N. Barnard from 1865. This image depicting a scene of the devastated buildings along King Street is a particularly important photograph highlighting the artistic sensibilities of Barnard's documentary work. The images of the loss, death, and destruction of the South contain moral lessons about war, heroism and slavery.
Approximately 1,000 photographers worked separately and in teams to produce hundreds of thousands of photographs-portraits and views-that were actively collected during the period (and over the past century and a half) by Americans of all ages and social classes. In a direct expression of the nation's changing vision of itself, the camera documented the war and also mediated it by memorializing the events of the battlefield as well as the consequent toll on the home front.
The exhibit at the Gibbes -- "Photography and the American Civil War" -- was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It brings together more than 200 of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War. Through examples drawn from The Metropolitan's celebrated holdings, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, the exhibition will examine the evolving role of the camera during the nation's bloodiest war.
While the "War between the States" was the great test of the young Republic's commitment to its founding precepts, it also was a watershed in photographic history. The camera recorded from beginning to end the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war (1861-1865) in which 750,000 lives were lost.
and the American Civil War" features both familiar and rarely seen
images that include haunting battlefield landscapes strewn with bodies,
studio portraits of armed Confederate and Union soldiers preparing to
meet their destiny, rare multi-panel panoramas of Gettysburg and Richmond,
and languorous camp scenes showing exhausted troops in repose. Also included
are diagnostic medical studies of wounded soldiers who survived the war's
last bloody battles and portraits of both Abraham Lincoln and his assassin,
John Wilkes Booth.
are thrilled to bring this exhibition to Charleston, the very city where
the Civil War began," says Curator of Exhibitions Pam Wall. "These
photographs tell a powerful story of our nation's greatest struggle, and
the fascinating intersection between history and photography during this
years later: Letter to a newborn daughter
2003 - - Dear little Avery,
into the world today with wide open eyes that darted around the hospital
room and seemed to ask, "So what have you gotten me into now -- what
is this place?"
been born in South Carolina, one of the best places in the whole, wide
world. It has lush land from the rolling hills of the Upstate to the salt-scented
marshes of the Lowcountry. Its people are warm and generous with an independent
spirit. For the most part, they are kind and forgiving.
looked at me before the crack of dawn, there were so many things I wanted
you to know.
You should know our people are generally good. Sometimes they stray and do bad things or forget to do what's right. Some leaders forget to pursue justice and good for all South Carolinians by pushing a narrow agenda fueled by selfish desires. Sometimes people forget the lessons of church to love their neighbors and, instead, love themselves too much.
also should know that sometimes people need help -- a hand up to get past
hard times. There's nothing ever wrong with asking for help and you shouldn't
look down on somebody who needs it. When somebody asks you for help, you
should try to give it.
and I hope you learn how to recognize the difference between good and
evil, truth and lies. We hope you'll always tell the truth, eat your vegetables
and learn how to be a good friend to others.
Carolina, we hope you'll learn to mind your manners, be on your best behavior
at all times and obey the law.
you to appreciate hard work, value a dollar and learn to refrain from
wasting things. We hope you'll focus on our state's bright future and
keep from dwelling on the past.
pray you'll fight to protect our freedoms and stand up for the rights
of those who feel they have no voice. Too many people take the easy way
out, play the blame game and pit neighbor against neighbor. Too many leaders
really are followers who lack the courage to be different. We hope you
and your generation will challenge conventional wisdom. We hope you'll
be fearless in the midst of naysayers. We hope you'll help make things
a lot of challenges here in your new home in South Carolina. We need a
better education system for all. We need people to respect and understand
each other better. We need leaders who will find the courage to do what's
right for everyone, not just select groups of people. We need to provide
better health care, jobs, futures and opportunities for everyone.
all of the problems that are out there, our future is positive because
we have a shared sense of purpose and determination. You and your peers
have inherited it. We hope you'll use it to benefit everyone.
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In my regular Statehouse Report column on Friday, I outlined how
how state leaders should be ashamed of marginalizing poor people from
better health care by not accepting federal Medicaid dollars to expand
should consider reaching out
many of us are clueless about this subject ["S.C.'s
poor: When reality smacks into morality," 9/6] and about
the needy in general.
remain thankful for what we have no matter how we received it (through
hard work, inheritance or luck).
also consider reaching out with a helpful hand when the opportunity presents
itself or even when it does not.
Security has problems, too
only the tip of the iceberg of welfare.
body of the problem is Social Security Disability which is being scammed
by millions on fake injuries and illnesses in collusion with doctors and
lawyers aiding and abetting the fraud. This is undermining the support
of the working people for government and turning them into participants
or to the extremists in both parties, but particularly the Republican
Democratic power structure comes to grips with this problem, Social Security
will just continue down the path to bankruptcy with a large segment of
the population refusing to bail it out until this one aspect of it is
has to do it look at Illinois and California and its fiscal problems caused
in large part by politicians colluding with unions and other special interest
groups to get "free stuff" out of the government. Gov. [Jerry]
Brown refuses to come to grips with it as he is so beholden to his base
and figures that a recovering economy will right the ship of state but
when you have prison guards and other rank and file public officials retiring
on 6 figure pensions, something is wrong.
Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. This week, we welcome our nonprofit partner for the coming year, the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. The organization, which got its start in Charleston in 1897, provides young, at-risk pregnant and parenting women with comprehensive services to help them become self-sufficient and responsible mothers. Its residential program is for pregnant girls and young women from 10 to 21 from anywhere in South Carolina. Its family development program provides home-based support services to at-risk, low-income single parents with children ages 5 and under throughout the Tri-County area.
harvest time for kids
SEPT. 16, 2013 -- The best part of seasonal crop picking with children is the serious looks of concentration on all the little faces as each child tries to choose that perfect apple or pumpkin.
It can take time to meander through an apple orchard or pumpkin patch; kids study weight, color, size and shape all with the touch of tiny palms smoothing over the surface of each and every possible pick. Each year I remember that this fleeting milestone marks the passing of another harvest season in a childhood that only has so many of these sweet seasons and we take our time to savor that yearly trip to tote home the prize.
Don't forget to take your camera when you head off to gather apples or pick pumpkins as you will look back over the years and realize the criteria of what constitutes "perfect" will change in the eyes of your child as they grow and mature. When kids are tiny, they want a pumpkin that's bigger than they are and they struggle to fit their little arms around it. When they are in middle school perfection can be more about the coolest shape or color. The pictures begin to tell the story and lend clues as to the personalities that are emerging.
Here are a few suggestions for great orchards and patches in South Carolina to help you plan ahead and enjoy the most this season has to offer:
September/October picking in the Apple Orchards:
October picking in the Pumpkin Patches:
Call or visit the websites listed above to check hours and updates as well as current 2013 fees and admissions. Check in with Pluff Mud Kids too for highlights posted last season and fresh updates in the coming months.
Autumn on the Ashley attracting handmade crafts in October
Autumn on the Ashley, a two-day open-air craft fair, will be staged Oct. 12-13 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Sponsored by Magnolia and the Tri-County Master Gardeners Association, this year's event will include more food vendors and demonstrations, said Magnolia's operations manager Mary Ann Johnson.
"We are excited because this festival continues to grow," she said. "Now that we are going into our sixth year, we are ready to expand to include vendors who sell foods fit for a festival setting and plants."
More than 35 vendors are expected for the sixth annual open-air festival that attracts artisans that craft jewelry, pottery, glass bead work, wood work and folk art. The craft fair, which is free to the public, opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Demonstrators on both days will include the Lowcountry Woodcarvers, the Philip Simmons Artists Blacksmith Guild and the Charleston Artists Guild.
A $100 vendor fee will be charged for a booth space to display handcrafted items, paintings and photography. No retail items will be allowed. Vendors are responsible for their own pop-up tent, tables and chairs. Electricity will not be available.
The Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions and receive soil samples. The cost for soil samples are $6 each. Call 843-722-5940 to get tips on how to collect a sample. Plants and gardening books will be on sale.
New program to help make startups a reality
Accelerator is a new program in Charleston that will help entrepreneurs
take a startup idea from concept to reality. The free 14-week program
will provide mentors, curriculum and training along with dedicated space
where entrepreneurs focus full-time on executing their business idea.
The Harbor Accelerator program brings a new concept to Charleston's booming entrepreneurial economy by giving participants the opportunity to spend 14 weeks fully focused on their startup concept while gleaning invaluable insights from proven business leaders.
team of mentors already committed to the program includes a list of entrepreneurial
heavyweights in the Lowcountry, such as Patrick Bryant, the lead mentor
of the Accelerator; Eric Bowman of Sparc; Chad Walldorf of Sticky Fingers;
Bobby Collins of PURE; Steve Parker Jr. of Levelwing; Christine Osborne
of Wonder Works; Geoff Schuler, formerly of Boeing; and Robert New of
Charleston Port Services.
approached this process entirely from the lens of the entrepreneur starting
up," said John Osborne, the Accelerator's director and founder of
fundingcharleston.com. "The program keeps the startup focused on
the most valuable activities during the startup phase. Those accepted
will benefit tremendously from the cumulative learning experiences our
team has gone through. It is exciting to offer this level of support to
those launching a business."
are being accepted through the website. Only eight will be selected
for the program, which will run two times a year. Participants will work
out of Biz Inc., a business incubator facility run by the Town of Mount
the 14 weeks, participants will receive:
a springtime festival celebrating the digital economy in the Southeast,
will give participants in the accelerator program a regional platform
for their business idea.
collaboration between DIG SOUTH and The Harbor will be rocket fuel for
startups," said Stanfield Gray, executive producer of the DIG SOUTH
Interactive Festival. "They are exactly the type of intensive entrepreneurship
program the region needs in 2014."
Coca-Cola establishes new CofC scholarship program
of Charleston received a $100,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation
to establish the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program. It is the
first-ever scholarship program devoted to ensuring access for highly qualified
first generation students at the college.
South Carolina students received $5,000 per year for four years to assist
with tuition and fees. They will also be required to fulfill a contract
committing them to frequent development counseling (financial and career
workshops), academic support services, civic engagement, cultural development
- all to achieve the ultimate goal of graduation.
First Generation Scholars includes Sam McCauley from Greenville, S.C;
Cheri Hainsworth of Spartanburg, S.C.; Ariel McShane of Spartanburg, S.C.;
Erin Spencer, of York, S.C., and Meagan Dunham of Marion, S.C.
scholarships provide life-changing experiences for our students, "
says George Hynd. provost and executive vice president of academic affairs.
"We are grateful to the Coca-Cola Foundation for their partnership.
Their generosity gave five motivated and talented students the opportunity
to realize their educational and career goals."
goal of the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program is to provide
access and support to first-generation students, thereby fulfilling the
College's mission of educating a diverse, well-qualified student population.
Carolina Art Association
Organized in 1857 by a group of prominent Lowcountry planters and factors, the Carolina Art Association of Charleston was officially chartered by the General Assembly on Dec. 21, 1858. Its purpose was the cultivation of the arts and art education. Initial exhibitions and meetings were held on the upper floor of the Apprentices Library on Meeting Street.
The association entered a period of dormancy during and after the Civil War but reemerged by 1878. In 1882, under the presidency of Dr. Gabriel E. Manigault, the association purchased "The Depository" on Chalmers Street and began an art school. Although within two years the school had an enrollment of five hundred students, it closed in 1892 due to a lack of funds.
However, the association and the city of Charleston received a gift of $100,000 from the estate of James S. Gibbes (1819-1888), whose will directed that the money be used to acquire a building for "the exhibition of paintings" and the general promotion of the arts. In 1905 the Carolina Art Association moved into a new home: the Gibbes Memorial Art Gallery. In 1932 the association's board of directors hired its first professional director, Robert N. S. Whitelaw.
The association focused on collecting American art with significant connections to Charleston and the Lowcountry. From 1937 to 1950, the association partnered with an existing theater group to operate the Dock Street Theatre. Its community role broadened through involvement with the Civil Services Committee, a group organized and sponsored by the association to study the impact of modernization on Charleston.
In 1944, the association published an architectural survey of the city, "This Is Charleston," which spurred the creation of Historic Charleston Foundation. For the state's tricentennial celebration, the Carolina Art Association organized a major exhibition: "Art in South Carolina 1670-1970." In 1974, the group received accreditation for the Gibbes Museum of Art from the American Association of Museums. Entering the 21st century, the association continued in its mission to cultivate the arts and art education in the Charleston area.
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Citizenship ceremony: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 17, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Mount Pleasant. The National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will hold the 16th annual naturalization ceremony for up to 125 new citizens on the grounds of Snee Farm, home of Charles Pinckney, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution. Seating is limited. Bring chairs or blankets.
Lowcountry rice: The Charleston County Public Library will offer four programs at county libraries in September that offer 10 things everyone should know about Lowcountry rice. Dates and locations: 6 p.m., Sept. 19, John's Island Regional Library; 6 p.m., Sept. 23, Otranto Road Regional Library 6 p.m., Sept. 26, Main Library; 1 p.m., Sept. 28, Mount Pleasant Regional Library.
Moonlight Mixer: 7 p.m., Sept. 20, Folly Beach Fishing Pier. DJ Jim Bowers will keep your feet moving with oldies and beach music during the summer's last two mixer events. Costs are $8 for Charleston County residents. More.
9 to 5: Through Sept. 21, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. Charleston Stage kicks off its 36th season with "9 to 5: The Musical," one of Broadway's most outrageous comedies. For tickets, prices and times, click here.
Rhythm and Brewfest: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 21, Awendaw Green, Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. Highway 17 North. Awendaw Green will present the event to celebrate the area's beer culture and diverse original music. Music by Merri Creek Pickers, The Bent Strings, Simple Syrup with Doug Jones and Charles Hedgepath, The Train Wrecks , and Flatt City. Beer by Holy City, Coast, Palmetto and Westbrook breweries. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. More.
Jobim's music: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sept. 21, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston. Charleston Jazz Orchestra will swing into the fall season with a tribute to Bossa Nova music and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Tickets are $30 to $40, which discounts for seniors and students. More information.
Carolina Green Fair: Noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 22, James Island County Park. The fair will highlight conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play, music and experts. Enjoy beer, food and music. No coolers, outside food or beverages. More.
Shakespeare's problem plays: 6 p.m. Tuesdays for six weeks starting Sept. 24, Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston. Retired College of Charleston English Prof. Nan Morrison will explore Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and Troilus and Cressida on six successive Tuesdays. The plays have frustrated critics because they're not easily classified and dramatize challenging ethical questions. Cost: $200 for members; $250 for non-members. Click here to register and learn more.
MOJA Arts Festival:
September 26 to October 6, Charleston. Click
here to read our feature of major events of the 11-day festival.
Fraser lecture: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 26, Room 165, Bond Hall, The Citadel, Charleston. Renowned textile artist Mary Edna Fraser will discuss her batiks, some of the largest in the world, followed by a book signing and reception in the Daniel Library. The library is displaying some of her large-scale batiks through Oct. 26.
Photo walks: Two times, Oct. 5. Photographer Chuck Boyd will lead photo walks in Charleston (9 a.m., Pineapple Fountain, Waterfront Park) and Mount Pleasant (4:30 p.m., Shem Creek Park) as part of Worldwide Photo Walk, which last year involved 30,000 photographers in 1,300 cities. To participate, you have to sign up on the Kelby photo walk Web site.
(NEW) Latin American Festival: Noon to 6 p.m., October 6, Wannamaker County Park. Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latino world with live Salsa and Merengue music, great food, crafts and more. Tickets are $10; have for students and military; free for kids 12 and under and Gold Pass holders from the Charleston County Parks. More.
(NEW) Wine, Women & Shoes: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., October 6, Daniel Island Club, Daniel Island. The national charity will hold a fund-raiser to benefit Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina with wine tasting, good food, exclusive shopping and more. Learn more.
(NEW) Come Out for Equality: 6 p.m., October 12, Memminger Auditorium, Charleston. The Alliance for Full Acceptance will hold its annual Gayla celebrating its 15th anniversary and National Coming Out Day. Festive attire suggested. $125 per person. More here.
2013 Showhouse: Open at various times now through Oct. 20.
The magazine's newly-constructed home along the Wando River on Daniel
Island is open for tours with a portion of the $15 ticket proceeds to
info and times here.
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
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