For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists and emerging performers. Now approaching its 39th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.
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Join the Art Mecca of Charleston on October 17th during the monthly Upper King Shop and Stroll. From 5- 8pm the gallery will be featuring artist Michael Hayes in his solo exhibition "Water Preserved".
Michael Hayes's artistic career began in the 1980's in New York City where this rich artistic and cultural submersion formed him. Taking inspiration from the nearby Hampton beaches and travels to Italy, his waterscapes began to semi abstractly show themselves.
Landscape paintings with water became his main theme with use of color and light. Trips to the Caribbean eventually influenced Michael to paint water in Lyrical Abstraction. In 2012 he moved to Campobello, SC and has continued to convey water abstractly from the local waterways to the Caribbean and France.
The gallery will be serving complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Stop by the gallery at 427 King Street.
The Gibbes Museum has temporarily closed for major renovations that will begin in October 2014. The Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place on October 10 at 11am. Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. will be joined by the Board of Directors of the Carolina Art Association, the project committee, and other notable community members to officially launch the renovation. Brief remarks will be followed by a reception in the Welcome Gallery.
“The purpose of the renovation of the Gibbes Museum of Art is to bring together these two components of the visual arts – creativity and the finished product,” says Gibbes Museum Executive Director Angela Mack. “We are all looking forward to the museum’s reopening and its re-engagement with the community on a much broader scale.”
Threshold Repertory Theatre's Season 5 opener, The Sunset Years, written by their 2014 award-winning Playrights-in-Residence Thomas and Judy Heath, opens on October 23rd. With the tagline, “Sometimes adult children just won’t leave the nest.” you just have to be curious about this family comedy.
A lovely Long Island home sets the scene where the Thompsons' plot their newest venture...Retirement! Maureen and Jack are headed to Sun City and a life of golf, tennis, and dance lessons, but the sale of their house will be harder than it seems as the couple’s overly attached grown children continue to get in the way of their dreams. Enter Blossom - the quirky and lovable real estate agent, who is unwittingly dragged into the family chaos as she works her magic with her “Signature Package.”
The Michael Mitchell Gallery will be hosting a curated exhibit, "Asheville Nashville," on Friday, October 3rd. The exhibit will celebrate the work of three talented and beloved artists Stephen St. Claire, Elizabeth Foster, and Eva Magill- Oliver.
Stephen St. Claire has received international awards for his paintings which are created on various types of metal leaf. The results of his technique are incredibly unique and are reminiscent of the stained glass windows and wood block prints of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s.
Rick Reinert has all new plein air paintings from Maine. Pictured to the right is his "Morning at Grimes Cove" 16x20 oil painting. Visit the Reinert LePrince Fine Art Gallery at 179 King Street to see more of Rick Reinert's impressionist landscapes.
Charleston Constant of Domicile Real Estate Brokerage is pleased to announce the purchase of 7 Cordes Street in Charleston's historic French Quarter. The 4,000 square foot property, circa 1800, was listed for $1,450,000. Boasting two addresses and zoned for limited business, the property created a fantastic investment opportunity for both residential and business use. The building features exposed brick walls, original wood beams, and antique heart pine floors - a beautiful mix of modern and historic architecture representative of the charming characters of Charleston, and particularly this neighborhood.
Society 1858, an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, is pleased to announce Sonya Clark as the 2014 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.
This year, over 250 artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia submitted applications. Clark is the first female artist to be awarded the 1858 Prize. Her work examines contemporary issues of gender and race through a variety of mediums.
Clark uses objects such as cloth, hair, and combs to give voice to the complexity of American identity and history. Simple objects become an interface for dialog that ranges from the vernacular to the political to the poetic. Her work includes a variety of mediums. In “My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” she engages Southern hairdressers to use her body as canvas to re-frame Black hairdressing as art.
Charleston native and long time local chef John Ondo and his wife, Angela Hall, are bringing a new kind of flavor to their flagship establishment, Lana Restaurant & Bar, in the form of a vividly colored palette on linen canvas. They hope the newly crafted oil paintings by local and prolific artist Rick Reinert will welcome their patrons with a certain ease as they enter the dining room.
World renowned, Reinert has been commissioned to capture the very essence of Lana’s Charleston neighborhood, Cannonborough, through his large, expressionistic style. As Lana is half surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, Reinert’s artwork will feel much at home as each piece resonates a luminous quality, capturing the natural sun or moonlight peering in through the glass panes. Through color-swathed brushstrokes that take cues from his serene hometown, his subjects of ordinary streets and buildings coupled with his beautiful, impressionistic interpretations depict places one might visit in a dream.
It started at the last 2nd Sunday on King Street. Mellow Mushroom picked up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge just as it began trending, and the King Street staff challenged the folks at Mellow Summerville and Mellow Avondale, followed by pretty much everyone else in the city and as we now know, the world. The Challenge was a great response to a devastating disease that doesn’t get much funding because ironically, not enough people get it. It was also a perfect example of news going viral, which is rare and wonderful especially when it doesn’t involve anybody twerking.
Kickin’ Chicken presented a check for over $10,000 to the Teachers’ Supply Closet after their five locations each competed to raise the most money, and dollars were matched by Kickin’ owners David Miller, Bobby Perry and Chip Roberts. I know a number of teachers who dig into their own funds to provide supplies to their students, and Teachers’ Closet is a great help.
Kevin LePrince has added a new art auction feature to leprince.com to provide users with a weekly online auction of a small study. 50% of the proceeds from these sales will be donated to charity. Last week's study was "Tug Boat Study" and 50% of the proceeds went towards Charleston's Feed the Need organization to help support local food pantries and end hunger.
This town is full of artists; you can tell by the number of beautiful local galleries. We are virtually crowded with creativity and the awards garnered by this talented group are far to many to name. Two of my favorites, Rick Reinert and Kevin LePrince, share a gallery and studio at 179 King Street. It’s a fine space that smells of oil paint and canvas where the light bounces around playfully on vibrant colors—both artists are impressionists. There’s one of those inviting courtyards you only find tucked away downtown for further inspiration. Rick and Kevin take theirs from the area’s architecture, flora and fauna, stamping each piece with unique perspectives and techniques.
On Monday, August 25 Rick Reinert will welcome ten fellow artists to a three-day workshop “Bringing Light into Your Paintings.” They will spend two days painting plein air and one from a reference photo, with advice from the master on how to turn work into Work, and creative inspiration from the group. Rick’s workshops always sell out, and knowing the place, the atmosphere and his easy going charisma, participants walk away grateful for the opportunity. There’s a repeat in October and more to come I’m sure.
In the coming weeks, Charleston abstract artist Tate Nation, known for his boldly textured acrylic paintings, will be painting one of his stylized Charleston scenes on the front and back of this cello. You may have seen him painting this outside his gallery during 2nd Sunday on King Street.
The cello will be auctioned off at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Fundraiser Gala in September. Tate Nation's mother was a lifelong musician, music teacher and cellist so he is honored to have been selected by the CSO for this project.
The Gibbes Museum of Art has received a grant award in the amount of $100,000 from the prestigious Henry Luce Foundation for the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the permanent collection as part of the Gibbes renovation. The renovation will begin in early fall of 2014, and is designed to showcase the museum's distinguished collection and afford a complete picture of American visual culture in the South from the early colonial era to the present. The Luce Foundation is committed to supporting the continued vitality of American art scholarship and programs, and this grant strengthens the Gibbes’ commitment to generating scholarship and exhibitions that promote a broad understanding of the dynamic role that the art of the South plays in the larger context of American and world art history.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the reinstallation of our collection. The highly regarded Henry Luce American Art program has supported significant projects including the reinstallation of the permanent collection at a number of museums, including the Andy Warhol Museum in 2014 and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in 2013. We are honored to be included in this selection of esteemed institutions,” says Gibbes Museum of Art Executive Director, Angela Mack.
The workshop, "Bringing Light Into Your Paintings," includes 2 days of painting en plein air and one day painting from reference photos. This workshop is $695 and includes lunch daily and a cocktail party on Wednesday evening.
6 out of 10 spaces are still available, limited to intermediate or advanced artists. If interested, email email@example.com or call (843) 345-1785.
Explore the art of The Charleston Story which highlights significant people, places, and periods from Charleston's beginning as a British colony, through the American Revolution, the later ravages of the Civil War, and culminating today as a culturally diverse and dynamic community. The Gibbes Museum is located at 135 Meeting Street. Visit their website to plan your visit.
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