West Main Artists Exhibit in Spartanburg, SC

Open Doors

West Main Artists Co-op to Exhibit 44 Members’ ArtWork

West Main Artists Co-op will host a month-and-a-half long “Open Doors” exhibit — Nov. 16-Dec. 30 — at which the general public can see the gathered and finished work of 44 local artists.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, which is Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk, about two dozen of the artists will be in their studios demonstrating how they create everything from jewelry and pottery to watercolor paintings and sculptures. Regular viewing the exhibits — Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — and touring the demonstrations during ArtWalk are free.

    “This is our biggest and most important exhibit for the year,” Chairwoman Beth Regula said. “We host different exhibits each month, most of which are by individual members, but some are by nonmember artists who we invite to show in our large gallery, the Venue. This exhibit, however, will be our largest of the year. It is an opportunity for us to focus on all of our members at one time; to bring them and their work together; to show breadth and scope of the art being produced by local artists in one place. We asked our members to display their most recent and new works. On ArtWalk night, we will have many of our members in their studios creating. For some people it is real treat to watch an artist at work. It certainly can be insightful.”

    “At this time there is no event like this in Spartanburg,” Glenda Guion, one of the exhibit’s organizers, said. “Many cities have city-wide open-studio events. We hope our event might eventually include other artists’ studios, similar to the Studio Trek in Tryon or Open Studios in Greenville. I was chairperson of the Greenville event for five years and participated for 10 years, beginning from its conception. Hopefully, teachers will encourage art students to visit the studios and talk to the artists about their journey that led them to the Co-op. Some members are 30-year professional artists, while others have recently become dedicated to making art. There is no other group studio space or open-studio event in the Spartanburg area.”

    At the heart of this exhibit is the Co-op’s mission to give its more than 50 members as many opportunities as possible to produce, show, and sell their artwork. But the timing of this exhibit during the Holidays is no coincidence. “First, we want to bring in new visitors to view the artwork, and to open the studios and educate the public about what a gem they have right here in Spartanburg!” Guion said. “I can’t believe how many people ask me ‘what is that place?’ We would like to remove the mystique of what goes on in our spaces and to invite people to visit us anytime during our business hours, not just on this night.

    “And this is perfect timing for Christmas shopping,” she continued. “There is a wide range of artwork at every price point. There is everything from handmade jewelry, quilts and pottery to original paintings, sculpture and photography.” She expects each of the 44 participating artists will have two to eight new works of art to show. In total there will be hundreds of pieces throughout the multi-story building, meeting an unmet need to make locally created art available on daily basis. Because of the scope of this exhibit, no other exhibits will be open at West Main Artists Co-op during this time, which normally has individual monthly member exhibits.

“This is the first time since the grand opening of the Co-op seven years ago that almost all of the artists will be opening their studios for the public,” Guion said. “Each artists will be available to answer questions about their work and process. During the past two years there are more than 20 new members. We hope that people will come to visit our long-established Co-op members and meet our newer artists. There have been lots of changes in just the past year, both in membership and our physical space. The participating artists hope to educate the public about where and how they create artwork, to showcase our workspace, art community and what we create.”

As a retail gallery, WMAC is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no admission to see the exhibits or shop. It is located at 578 West Main Street in downtown Spartanburg in what was originally a Baptist church. For more information, please visit online WestMainArtists.org or call (864) 804-6501.

Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish… Freedom Coming

Partake of the Spirit of the Season with the Gullah People of the Sea Islands

Enjoy a Weekend of Original Musical Theater, Storytelling and Great Food

Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

University of South Carolina-Beaufort Performing Arts Center

801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC

 

Artwork by Diane Britton-Dunham Griffin

A Taste of Gullah

Saturday, December 2 from Noon to 5 p.m.

Tabernacle Baptist Church

907 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC

 

Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk will perform their foot-stomping, soul-stirring musical, Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish… Freedom Comin’ on Friday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort’s Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort, S.C.

The show is set on a South Carolina plantation in 1860 just before the start of the Civil War shortly after South Carolina succeeded from the union and on the eve of reconstruction.  There is excitement in the air as the anticipation of war and liberation penetrates the “Quarters” and “Big House.” The expectation of freedom is joyfully expressed through story-telling and song. The production is intended for people of all ages and races.

The historically-based performance was created by Anita Singleton Prather, who stars as story teller and singer Aunt Pearlie Sue. The powerful voices of the Gullah Kinfolk – a 20-member choral group – generate a jubilant celebration of song, dance and audience participation demonstrating the hopeful expectation of the time and the deep faith of the Gullah people.

Prather is a retired school teacher, ordained minister and nationally-acclaimed storyteller and writer. She has appeared on SCETV and other television networks. She also produced and starred in the film, My Man Done Me Wrong, which was screened at film festivals around the nation. Prather and the Gullah Kinfolk were featured in the made-for-television film Circle Unbroken… From Africa to America, which was also written by Prather. She also performed before the United Nations in 2016.

The Gullah Kinfolk specialize in the hymns, spirituals, dances and traditions of the Gullah people. Many cast members are known individually for their vocal gifts and performance skills. Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk are scheduled to tour California next year for a series of performances and will appear at the World Bank in Washington, D.C, and Villanova University of Philadelphia and at shows in Virginia, New Jersey, Alabama and North Carolina.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Admission is $10 for those aged 7 to 17. Advance reservations may be made by called the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at (843) 986-1102 ext. 2.  Information for out of town visitors regarding hotel and meal packages is also available.

A Taste of Gullah will be enjoyed Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon until 5 p.m. at the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church, 907 Craven Street, Beaufort. It will offer a feast of soul food dishes, a Gullah art exhibit and marketplace and live entertainment. Menu prices vary. For more information call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce.

Prather said this first weekend in December promises a great opportunity to indulge in the gifts of the rich Gullah culture and the heritage of the Sea Islands of South Carolina. “We delight in sharing our history, music, stories and wonderful food with visitors and residents, family and friends of all backgrounds. To God be all the glory for the great things he has done,” she said.

The events complement other annual yuletide activities in Beaufort, including the popular Night on the Town, Light up the Night and the annual Christmas parade. For more information on these events, contact www.downtownbeaufort.com.

Brain Health for Life!

Join the Museum of Coastal Carolina for their continuing Sand Bar Lecture Series on November 14 at 6 pm. Geriatric care manager, JD and QMHP, Martin Case, will discuss and present studies on the role diet and exercise play in preventing decline and maintaining brain health. Martin has a clinical background in skilled nursing memory care units and as an administrator of a mental health facility. He remains avid about current studies and protocols in the industry, showing the simple changes we can make in our lives that can prevent or stop declines in brain health.

Martin Case carries a case load that provides care management for individuals dealing with cognitive decline. He has spent several years providing accredited continuing education to the medical community in dealing with dementia. Has taught at UNCW on Dementia and worked for the NCDHHS/GAST program for several years as an educator specializing in dementia and persistent mental illness.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuseumCoastalCarolina.

Recycled Art Contest at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina has selected Flashy Fish as the theme for its 2017 Recycled Art Contest. Contestants can submit artwork that depicts a real or mythical flashy fish. The dimensions of the artwork should be no larger than 15” x 12” x 12”. The artwork must be constructed only from recycled materials. Recycled paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and wood are all acceptable. Use of glue, tape, paint, markers, crayons, and colored pencils on recycled materials is permitted. Artwork will be judged and prizes awarded in four categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and an Adult (over age 18) category.

 

Artwork may be dropped off from November 10-17 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina located in Ocean Isle Beach on Monday-Saturday from 10-3. Each piece of artwork must be accompanied by an entry form. Entry Forms are available at the museum or may be printed from the museum’s website; visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org and look under the Special Events tab. Artwork will be judged and displayed at the Museum on November 18 through November 25.

 

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Annual memberships such as a Family Membership that includes 2 adults and 4 kids or a Plus membership that includes 4 adults, 4 kids, and 2 guests are an economical way to enjoy the museum’s programs year-round. Non-member all-day admission to the Museum of Coastal Carolina (including NC sales tax) is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuseumCoastalCarolina.

 

 

Dale Dye to Receive Inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Beaufort Film Society is pleased to announce that Dale Dye will be presented the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

“ If you look at his body of work in the film industry over the past three decades, read the stories from the directors he has worked with like Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone, you’ll see why we’re so very honored to present the first Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award to Hollywood Legend Dale Dye,” stated Beaufort Film Society President Ron Tucker.

The award is named for Best Selling Author and Academy Award nominated Screenwriter Pat Conroy who was a long time resident of Beaufort, SC before his death of pancreatic cancer in March 2016. “It is with the blessing of the Conroy family that we have named our most prestigious honor in the name of Pat Conroy. Beaufort’s long film history began with Pat when his novel The Great Santini was made into a feature film and shot right here in Beaufort,” stated Rebecca Tucker, Co-Director of the Beaufort International Film Festival. Dale Dye was the Military Advisor on three productions shot in the Beaufort area – Forrest Gump, Rules of Engagement, and the television pilot Semper Fi.

Dale Dye is one of the most recognized and respected players in the movie and TV industry. His work has had a huge effect both behind and before the cameras, particularly in projects with a military theme. He has been credited with single-handedly changing the way Hollywood makes war movies.

The work of Dale Dye in Hollywood has ranged from technical adviser to acting roles in war movies, many of which earned acclaim such as “Platoon,” “Casualties of War,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers” and he hosted History Channel’s documentary series, “The Conquerors.”

Dale is a native of Southeast Missouri. In 1962, he graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy with hopes of attending the U.S. Naval Academy. When that failed and there was no money available for college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and reported to boot camp in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970 surviving 31 major combat operations.

He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated including the Bronze Star with V for Valor and three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. Appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976, he later converted his commission and was a Captain when he was sent to Beirut with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in 1982-83. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Major in English.

As a lifelong movie buff with a special penchant for war movies, Dale decided to head for Hollywood when he retired from active duty in 1984. His idea was to see if he could help make war movies more realistic and improve screen portrayals of military men and women. He founded Warriors, Inc., a business with the stated agenda of shining some long-overdue positive light on the people who serve and sacrifice in American military uniform past, present and future. Over the years, Dale built his business into the premier military consultancy to motion pictures and television employing his well- respected, rugged and realistic method of fully immersing actors in a boot camp-style training program before the cameras roll. To date his firm has worked on more than fifty movies and TV shows including several Academy Award and Emmy winning productions. To further his agenda, Dale also founded Warriors Publishing Group which publishes a premium slate of military-themed books written by veteran authors.

Dale Dye is a published novelist, screenwriter and director as well as a consummate character actor with critically-acclaimed appearances in many films and television productions.

He is currently in pre-production with what will be his feature film directorial debut in the World War II themed film “No Better Place to Die.”

The Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by The Thorne Foundation, courtesy of Leslie and Landon Thorne.

For more information about the 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, visit beaufortfilmfestival.com. The festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society.

The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.

Author Ann Ipock to Speak in Calabash, NC

Author Ann Ipock brings latest in ‘Life Is Short’ series to Sunset River Marketplace on Nov. 9

Ann Ipock will speak at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. as part of the eclectic art gallery’s Coffee With the Authors series. The event is free but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

 

Ipock is an award-winning Southern author, speaker and humorist, Her writing is at once hilarious, and in the next breath, poignant said Dorothea Benton Frank, the New York Times best-selling author of All Summer Long. Dew On the Kudzu, the Southern writer’s blog said that Ann writes in the vein of Erma Bombeck, but in the gentler, Southern Belle manner – quiet smiles while reading as opposed to snorts.

 

Life is Short, Pack Your Bags Now! was released in late 2016 and follows Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller; Life is Short, So Read This Fast! and Life is Short, But It’s Wide and completes the Life is Short quartet. It explores the beautiful yet strange human race: elderly ladies hogging church pews, ridiculous Siri voice interpretations, and marital matches not made in heaven. Other subjects include holiday hysteria, kitchen misadventures including a large ham that needs its own seat belt and, of course, travel: bad vacation karma and tips on never packing light. Ipock’s zany humor is balanced by nostalgic tales of growing up in the sixties and affectionate family portraits, from her dancing 85-year old father to her lovable (but hairy) Grandog, Gus.

 

Ipock has written for Georgetown Times, South Carolina’s oldest newspaper; Sasee Magazine; Columbia County Magazine and Salt Magazine. She has taught at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop in Myrtle Beach, the Foothills Writers Guild Conference at Anderson University, and was selected as a judge for Catfish Stew anthology, as well as the Silver Coast Winery’s Short Stories.

History Lecture Revisits The Battle of Port Royal Sound

Key Civil War Event Marks 156th Anniversary

Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library, announces this season’s second program in its local history lecture series, The Battle of Port Royal Sound.  The event is planned for Tuesday, November 7, at 2:00 pm at the Beaufort Branch Library, 211 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC.

The Battle of Port Royal Sound was one of the earliest naval operations of the Civil War.  On November 7, 1861, a massive U. S. Naval fleet and U. S. Army expeditionary force sailed into Port Royal Sound and captured Fort Walker on Hilton Head and Fort Beauregard on St. Helena Island.  At the time, it was the largest armada ever launched by the United States.

Beaufort was among the first southern towns to fall into Union hands. The Federal occupation changed the course of Beaufort District history and led to the most misunderstood period of American history, the Reconstruction Era.

Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center Executive Director and historian Michael D. Coker will bring this important battle, and the events surrounding it, to life.  He will share stories from his book,The Battle of Port Royal Sound, about this pivotal  point of the Civil War.

Admission is   free. A donation of $5 is suggested and reservations are required. To sign up visit the BHM website: www.beauforthistorymuseum.com Please print out the ticket and bring to the event. Registration opens October 25. (Lectures sell out. Those with tickets admitted first.) Funds collected will be used to support ongoing Museum programs, which are open to all.

Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal on Craven Street, has   evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times.  The Museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday.

Sunset River Marketplace announces ‘Out of the Box’ show

Sunset River Marketplace brings back popular ‘Out of the Box’ show Nov. 2 – Dec. 30; reception Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m.


Adrienne Johnston-Harriett Hare-quilting with silk thread sketching and watercolor

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will once again feature works by the Art Matters painting group in an eclectic exhibition titled Out of the Box from Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 30. A reception, which is open to the public at no charge, will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Nancy Guiry-needle felted purse with hand-crafted embellishments

Susan Nern-Spring Splash-alcohold ink tile mounted on wood

Last year’s Out of the Box show was so popular, the gallery decided to present a similarly innovative exhibition with brand new works for 2017. The Art Matters group began in 2006 as a pastel class, which was taught by noted North Myrtle Beach, SC artist Jane Staszak. The lively and talented group dubbed themselves the Pastel Sisters and had their first group show at Sunset River Marketplace in 2010. Since then the class has evolved into an open studio where they often explore media other than pastel. In 2012, in order to cover a broader range of style and work, they changed their name to Art Matters.

 

Participating in the show will be Jane Staszak, Nancy Guiry, Linda Young, Beryl Kirkpatrick, Susan Nern, Tina Lepsig, Sue Ruopp, Joanne Bendy, and Adrienne Johnston.

 

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said, “This group of artists loves to experiment, love to create, so this show includes a range of unexpected pieces from quilt work to felting to hand-painted tiles and more. They also have some one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments, which will be especially fun because the gallery Christmas tree will be up, too. Be sure to join us for the reception!”

 

Sunset River Marketplace will be kicking off the Holiday season with the Out of the Box reception, so there will be plenty of holiday treats, spirits, free gift certificate drawings, Holiday pottery, gifts and more.

 

Fright Night at Ingram Planetarium

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach invites you to join us for  ghoulish evenings under the dome this October. Immerse yourself in our Fright Light Laser Music Halloween Special. Featuring hand rendered laser artwork, 360 degrees of live lighting effects, and Halloween music favorites such as “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and “Men in Black” by Will Smith, Fright Light is sure to bring out your inner goblin. Fright Light is family friendly, though all laser music shows feature concert level sound, and quick moving lights; this may not be appropriate for extremely small children or those sensitive to loud noises and bright, flickering lights.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Admission is 9.50 for adults, 7.50 for children 12 and under, and 8.50 for seniors 62+. Children under 2 years of age are free. All laser music shows are free to Ingram Planetarium members. For more information, call 910-575-0033, visit www.museumplanetarium.org, or like us on Facebook.com/IngramPlanetarium.

Hilton Head Oyster Festival Scheduled to Benefit Great Causes

The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association and South State Bank present the 2017 Hilton Head Oyster Festival  November 10-11, ending with an Oyster Brunch at Hudson’s on Sunday, Nov. 12.

The All You Can Eat Oyster Festival Party will be on Friday, November 10th from 5-8 pm. Enjoy all you can eat steamed local oysters, lowcountry boil, pulled pork, seafood chowder & chili provided by Roy’s Place Catering.

Along with great food, there will be live music/entertainment–Matt Mackelcan, 5:30-8, Bluffton’s Arial Elements–a football viewing area, and wine pull. Drinks sold separately provided by Southern Eagle and Carolina Tasting Room.

Limited availability, tickets on sale online: www.hiltonheadoysterfestival.com. Presale: $25/person, after Wednesday, November 8: $30/person. Long sleeve event t-shirts will be for sale.

The Oyster Festival will be in full swing on Saturday, November 11th from 11 am-6 pm. Saturday highlights steamed, fried and stewed oysters along with other delicious food for non-oyster eaters! There will be live entertainment, kid zone, local artisan pop up shops, marshmallow roasting and sports lounge for fall football games!

Admission for adults is $7, children under 10 and veterans (with ID) are free. Band line up:

  • 11:00-12:45 | The Nice Guys
  • 12:45-1:30 | Ember City
  • 1:30 -3:30 | Deas Guys
  • 3:30-4:15 | Ember City
  • 4:15-6:00 | The OCD Band

Both November 10 and 11 are located at Shelter Cove Community Park: 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head, 29926 and benefit The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund at the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center.

Wrap up the Oyster Festival with a brunch at Hudson’s Seafood Restaurant benefitting Equip for Fit at the Island Rec Center, People for Parks’ capital campaign to upfit the renovated and expanded rec center.

Island Recreation Association and People for Parks urges festival goers to bring a donation to benefit Equip for Fit during the weekend. The Heritage Classic Foundation will be matching 15 percent of all donations throughout the weekend.

For more information please visit www.hiltonheadoysterfestival.com