Sunset River Marketplace features works by Sue Sneddon and Deb Hill through Sept. 5

A Summer Pairing

Works by oil painter Sue Sneddon and jewelry designer Deb Hill

August 3 – Sept. 5, 2016

Oil painting by Sneddon

Oil painting by Sneddon

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC is showcasing two new artists for the month of August. Sue Sneddon works in oil and pastel. Her paintings are fleeting moments of light in the sky, on the water or on wet sand. Sneddon says, “I had my first thought of being a painter was when I was 13 or 14. My mother and I were discussing whether the pink in a bank of oyster shells was a reflection of the pink sky or in the shells themselves. We were on the south end of Pawley’s Island, SC witnessing a glorious sunset. I said to myself, if I could paint the joy I feel in this moment, then I could be a painter.”A Durham critic has said:  “Her scenes, which are so similar but so different, are about the light and the shapes; the water and the land are just the means by which she finds their essence and abstracts them into something much more than a traditional landscape….(Sneddon’s) views change with the tides and with the moon.  She shows us the many infinite patterns the water makes as it moves to and from the shore.  She considers it from every angle, in every light, and in many different mediums.”

 

The same critic earlier observed:  “While dealing with familiar subjects—nature—in a realistically simple fashion, the artist leads us into new territory.  Things are not as they seem.  Nothing is easy.  The work takes more than a quick look.”

From a show held in Hilton Head, SC a reviewer said:  “Characterized as a realist, even surrealist or photorealist, Sneddon favors an approach to the re-creation of her subjects that is uniquely hers.  Her special spin, her angle, her view and her interpretation amount to far more than the images in question…Sneddon offers equal doses of detail and of mystery.”

 

Deb Hill graduated from Coker College in Hartsville, SC with degrees in both Fine and Commercial Art. She has worked in commercial and fine art for many years, including six years as a graphic artist for the city of Charlotte, NC. She began studying jewelry-making in the 1990s and has been creating her own ever since.

Deb Hill, Hand crocheted necklace with fresh water pearls, mother of pearl, glass beads and gem stones.

Deb Hill, Hand crocheted necklace with fresh water pearls, mother of pearl, glass beads and gem stones.

Hill’s artisan jewelry features her signature hand crocheting which she incorporates with a variety of gemstones and natural objects. The multi-dimensional artist often paints porcelain with minerals mixed with flux that melts into a glazed disc during kiln firings to create a miniature piece of wearable art.

 

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 150 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and four wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel, and water media classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors program features presentations by local and regional offers. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design.

 

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, NC. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com) or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910.575.5999.

image: Sue Sneddon, In the Outer, oil on canvas, 24 x 48 inches

The Moveable Feast Literary Luncheons Announced

The Moveable Feast Fall 2016

Mostly Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 each

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week or even a Saturday Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more when the book is included); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com.

August 12 – Curtis J. James (High Hand) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

99fca3_5e00fd715b12425eaeb245ef21da7db5Only two people stand in the way of a covert CIA takeover of the White House: Frank Adams, a recovering alcoholic who was once his newspaper’s biggest star, and his ex-wife, Lisa Hawkes, a female James Bond exiled by the government. This remarkable debut spy thriller, combines the driving suspense found in Tom Clancy’s books with John le Carré’s textured tension. Curtis J. James is a pseudonym for the three writers who collaborated on this book. They are Curtis Harris, James Ellenberger, and James Rosen. Curtis Harris is a physician-scientist who is world renowned in the field of cancer research. Medicine. James Ellenberger worked for nearly 30 years in numerous capacities with the national AFL-CIO. A Vietnam War veteran, he has traveled extensively in Asia and the Middle East. James Rosen is Pentagon correspondent for the McClatchy Co., based in its Washington, DC, bureau.

 

Tuesday, August 16 – Kim Wright (Last Ride to Graceland) and

Joy Callaway (Fifth Avenue Artists Society) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

Lauded for her “astute and engrossing” (People) writing style imbued with “originality galore” (RT Book Reviews), Kim Wright channels the best of Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Pekkanen in this delightful novel of self-discovery on the open road as one woman sets out for Graceland hoping to answer the question: Is Elvis Presley her father? Blues musician Cory Ainsworth is barely scraping by after her mother’s death when she discovers a priceless piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia hidden away in a shed out back of the family’s coastal South Carolina home: Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk, its interior a time capsule of the singer’s last day on earth. A backup singer for the King, Cory’s mother Honey was at Graceland the day Elvis died. She quickly returned home to Beaufort and married her high school sweetheart. Yearning to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past – and possibly her own identity – Cory decides to drive the car back to Memphis and turn it over to Elvis’s estate, retracing the exact route her mother took thirty-seven years earlier. As she winds her way through the sprawling deep South with its quaint towns and long stretches of open road, the burning question in Cory’s mind – who is my father? – takes a backseat to the truth she learns about her complicated mother, the minister’s daughter who spent a lifetime struggling to conceal the consequences of a single year of rebellion.

Historical novelist Joy Callaway takes us to The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters in a family living in genteel poverty, knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, the boy next door and her first love. When Charlie proposes instead to a woman from a wealthy family, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and turns their story into fiction, obsessively rewriting a better ending. Though she works with newfound intensity, literary success eludes her-until she attends a salon hosted in her brother’s writer friend John Hopper’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Among painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under the handsome, enigmatic John’s increasingly romantic attentions. Just as she and her siblings have become swept up in the society, though, Charlie throws himself back into her path, and Ginny learns that the salon’s bright lights may be obscuring some dark shadows. Torn between two worlds that aren’t quite as she’d imagined them, Ginny will realize how high the stakes are for her family, her writing, and her chance at love.

August 19 – Carla Damron (The Stone Necklace) at Inlet Affairs

Clawing chest pains and a fiery car crash take one life and change the destiny of four others. Debut novelist Damron braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a troubled homeless man, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways our lives touch one another and how, together, we can recover from even the greatest of losses. Weighted down by their respective pasts, the four Columbia, SC, characters must make life-altering choices that reverberate into the fates of the others, ultimately bringing them together in unexpected but healing acts of compassion, forgiveness, and redemption.

 

August 26 – T.D. Johnston (Friday Afternoon and Other Stories) at Carefree Catering

Memorable in the fashion of a favorite music album, this eclectic series of powerful tales range from humor to tragedy, from epiphany to comeuppance, from history to the future, reflecting the variety of conflicts and experiences present in the human condition. Johnston’s short stories have appeared in numerous acclaimed magazines and anthologies, including Hobart, PineStraw Magazine, Mulberry Fork Review, Literary Juice, Civil War Camp Chest, Rod Serling Books’ inaugural anthology, Submitted for Your Approval, and Short Story America anthologies of contemporary short fiction, where he serves as publisher and editor. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

 

Sept. 2 – Kim Boykin (Echoes of Mercy) at Pawleys Plantation

“Forty years of atonement ought to count for something. After all, Billie Warren was just nine years old when she did what she did. She’d hoped the memory of that one horrible act would be diluted by time, by the birth of her daughter, and the death of her father. But the recollection was always there, following her around like a pack of lost dogs…” And with that opening, Boykin is off and running with her newest novel, the kind of book (says Huffington Post) “that makes you want to lock the door, turn off the phone and read every page straight through to the end.” The author of A Peach of a Pair, Palmetto Moon and The Wisdom of Hair, Boykin is every soccer mom’s dream come true – an acclaimed writer whose stories started in snippets while cheering from the bleachers.

 

Sept. 9 ~ Jim Casada (Bird Dog Days, Wingshooting Ways:

Archibald Rutledge’s Tales of Upland Hunting) at Sea View Inn

Archibald Rutledge has long been recognized as one of the finest sporting scribes this country has ever produced. A prolific writer who specialized in stories on nature and hunting, over the course of a long and prolific career, Rutledge produced more than fifty books of poetry and prose, held the position of South Carolina’s poet laureate for thirty-three years, and garnered numerous honorary degrees and prizes for his writings. In this revised and expanded edition of Bird Dog Days, Wingshooting Ways, noted outdoor writer Jim Casada draws together Rutledge’s stories on the Southern heartland, deer hunting, turkey hunting, and Carolina Christmas hunts and traditions. This collection, first published in 1998, turns to Rutledge’s writings on two subjects near and dear to his heart that he understood with an intimacy growing out of a lifetime of experience – upland bird hunting and hunting dogs. Its contents range from delightful tales of quail and grouse hunts to pieces on special dogs and some of their traits. Bird Dog Days, Wingshooting Ways also includes a long fictional piece, “The Odyssey of Bolio,” which shows that Rutledge’s literary mastery extended beyond simple tales for outdoorsmen.

 

Sept. 16 ~ Susan Boyer (Lowcountry Book Club) at Ocean One

The USA Today bestselling author and winner of multiple awards, including the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Boyer is back with her fifth in the Liz Talbot mystery series. Somebody pushed Shelby Poinsett Gerhardt out her second-floor library window, and it wasn’t her husband. At least that’s what Charleston’s most prestigious law firm wants Liz to prove. To bring the killer to justice, Liz must run the spectrum of Southern society, from the local homeless shelter where Shelby volunteered to the one-hundred-year-old book club where Charleston’s genteel ladies are dying to join. “Boyer delivers a beach read filled with quirky, endearing characters and a masterfully layered mystery, all set in the lush lowcountry. Don’t miss this one!” (Mary Alice Monroe)

 

Sept. 23 ~ Robert Hicks (The Orphan Mother) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

An epic account of one remarkable woman’s quest for justice from the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock – the “Widow of the South” – has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically-minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah – no stranger to loss – finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead? Mariah’s journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people – including George Tole, a recent arrival to town, fleeing a difficult past of his own – and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle).

 

Sept. 30 ~ Kathryn Smith (The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story

of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency) at Inlet Affairs

The first biography of arguably the most influential member of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand, FDR’s de facto chief of staff, who has been misrepresented, mischaracterized, and overlooked throughout history…until now. Widely considered the first female presidential chief of staff, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand was the right-hand woman to Franklin Delano Roosevelt – both personally and professionally – for more than twenty years. Although her official title as personal secretary was relatively humble, her power and influence were unparalleled. Everyone in the White House knew one truth: If you wanted access to Franklin, you had to get through Missy. She was one of his most trusted advisors, affording her a unique perspective on the president that no one else could claim, and she was deeply admired and respected by Eleanor and the Roosevelt children. With unprecedented access to Missy’s family and original source materials, journalist Kathryn Smith tells the captivating and forgotten story of the intelligent, loyal, and clever woman who had a front-row seat to history in the making. The Gatekeeper is a thoughtful, revealing unsung-hero story about a woman ahead of her time, the true weight of her responsibility, and the tumultuous era in which she lived – and a long overdue tribute to one of the most important female figures in American history.

 

SAT., Oct. 8 (12-2 pm) ~ Geraldine Brooks (Secret Chord)

at Pawleys Plantation, $45 (includes book)

A master of bringing the past alive, Pulitzer Prize winner (March) and international bestseller (Caleb’s Crossing) Geraldine Brooks seems able to time travel. Sometimes, reading her work, she draws you so thoroughly into another era that you swear she’s actually lived in it. Peeling away the myth to bring the Old Testament’s King David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him – from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikhal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans. This special Saturday Moveable Feast is $45 (including the book), and will begin with lunch at noon, followed by Brooks’ presentation and book signing.

 

Oct. 14 ~ Erika Marks (The Last Treasure) and Marybeth Whalen

(The Things We Wish Were True) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

It’s been almost a decade since Liv, Whit and Sam were together. The three students became fast friends over their fascination with the lost schooner Patriot, which disappeared of the coast of North Carolina in 1813. Liv is particularly interested in the fate of passenger Theodosia Burr, daughter of Aaron Burr; there have been rumors about Theodosia and the wreck for over 200 years. But the little group breaks up when Liv falls for the charismatic Whit, leaving Sam out in the cold. Now, Liv has left her obsession with the Patriot behind to concentrate on her diving career and her increasingly contentious marriage to Whit. When Liv is able to read a diary written by Theodosia Burr at a museum, she gets caught up in the excitement of the search again and the three old friends reunite in another attempt to find the ship. The real star of this story is the Patriot and all the rumors surrounding Theodosia Burr.

 

From the author of The Mailbox (which sent numerous readers in search of it on the North Carolina coast) comes a novel about an idyllic small-town neighborhood when a near-tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations. From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel. During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?

 

Oct. 21 ~ Janice Y. K. Lee (The Expatriates) at Ocean One, Litchfield

Following her New York Times bestselling debut (The Piano Teacher) where she was described as a “female, funny Henry James in Asia,” Lee’s long-awaited new novel explores the emotions, identities and relationships of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong. Mercy, a young Korean American and recent Columbia graduate, is adrift, undone by a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her struggle to have a child, something she believes could save her foundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, once a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. As each woman struggles with her own demons, their lives collide in ways that have irreversible consequences for them all. Atmospheric, moving and utterly compelling, The Expatriates confirms Lee as an exceptional talent and one of our keenest observers of women’s inner lives.

 

Oct. 28 ~ Mary Alice Monroe (A Lowcountry Christmas) at Pawleys Plantation

Lucky us! Two Mary Alice books in one year! In this poignant continuation of the Lowcountry Summer series, a wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas. As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever. His father’s shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can’t afford the dog he desperately wants. “Your brother’s return from war is our family’s gift,” his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor’s service dog arrives – a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog! When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father’s axe, determined to get his family the tree they can’t afford, he takes the dog for company – but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.

 

CLASS Productions presents Clay Brown

CLASS Productions presents “Clay Brown Salutes the Greats of Soul and Motown” in concert at Kimbel Lodge, Hobcaw Barony, on Saturday, September 10, 3-5 p.m.

Clay Brown

From his childhood gospel roots in Florence, South Carolina, where he sang harmony with his brother and older cousins, Clay Brown went on to harmonize with groups like the Soul Stirrers and the Dixie Hummingbirds. The evolution to rhythm and blues was natural and, in 1967, Clay Brown and the Invaders formed with Clay as lead vocalist. In addition to recording, the group performed up and down the East coast before Clay made the decision to move to the Big Apple. In New York, he was a vocalist with the Al Brown Orchestra, famous for entertaining at the Waldorf Astoria.

Back in South Carolina since the late ‘70s, Clay has performed with Bill Pinkney and the Original Drifters, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Sonny Turner of the Platters, The Lettermen, Ruth Brown, Billy Scott and the Sugarbees. Now backed impressively by the Legends Band, the group is known for performing ’60s soul music across the Carolinas.

He also teaches and performs ‘50s and ‘60s music as part of a program on music history, along with Donald Ceasar and music historian Harry Turner, at public schools and venues throughout the region.

Clay Brown’s song list for the Kimbel concert will include “My Girl,” “Stand by Me,” “You Send Me,” “Georgia on my Mind,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Moon River,” and “Ooh Baby Baby.” His CD (“Old School”), which pays tribute to some of the era’s greatest musicians, including Sam Cooke and Jerry Butler, will be available at the concert.

 

Tickets are $25. Space is limited. For reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

 

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Schedule

The Museum of Coastal Carolina continues the summer season programs through September 5, 2016. The Museum is open 10-8 Monday-Thursday, 10-5 Friday, and 10-1:30 Saturday. The museum is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member admission is $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors (62+), $7.50 children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Questions? Call the museum at 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

schedule of events:

Monday

11:00 – Touch Tank Feeding – Help docents feed the live animals in the Touch Tank

3:30 – Odyssey of the Sea Turtle – Learn about the life cycle of sea turtles

6:00 – Mysteries of the Sea – Marine animals: Learn to differentiate myth from reality

Tuesday

11:00 – Shell Sleuths – Learn about local sea shells and the animals that live in them

3:30 – Ocean Reef Explorer and Gyotaku Fish Printing – Learn about marine animals, then make a fish print using a Japanese technique called Gyotaku

6:00 – Sand Bar Lecture Series – Sponsored by OIB Surf & Java – Dates/topics:
— July 26 — The Ins & Outs of Surfing – presented by Jesse McCrery, OIB Surf & Java
— August 2 – Severe Weather Safety & East Coast Tsunamis – presented by Sandy LaCorte, National Weather Service in Wilmington
— August 9 – Aurora Fossil Museum Park: The History – presented by Cynthia Crane, Aurora Fossil Museum
— August 16 – Air Officer! USS Enterprise – presented by Harry Hartsell, former U.S. Naval Officer & Aviator
— August 23 – Core.Sounders: Living from the Sea (movie)

Wednesday

11:00 – Touch Tank Feeding – Help docents feed the live animals in the Touch Tank.

3:00 – Ocean Isle Beach Fire & Rescue – Kids: Learn fire safety techniques and climb aboard a fire truck! This activity is based on the weather and the availability of OIB F&R staff.

3:30 – Commotion in the Ocean – Kids: Learn about the animals you might encounter in the ocean as well as some basic beach safety rules.

6:00 – Beachy Bingo – Play bingo on a card featuring museum exhibits, then use your card to explore the museum.

Thursday

11:00 – Forensics in the Sand – Kids: Make a set of your own fingerprints and learn about forensic identification techniques.

3:30 – Shark Hunt – Learn about sharks, then dig for shark teeth in the museum’s fossil pit.

6:00 – Snakes Alive! – Meet live snakes and reptiles up close and personal. Live feeding precedes the program.

Friday

11:00 – Touch Tank Feeding – Help docents feed the live animals in the Touch Tank.

6:30 – Free concert in the museum’s parking lot – Sponsored by OIPOA – Bring a beach chair and a cooler and enjoy the music.

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition

After the Bath by Ben Hammond

After the Bath by Ben Hammond

The ever popular National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition will be on display in an exclusive showing at Brookgreen Gardens from August 6 through October 20, 2016.  The collection of sculptures features the work of 45 talented sculptors from across the United States. The exhibition is included in garden admission and the public is invited to vote for their favorite sculpture for the People’s Choice Award.

Unbroken by Mark Edward Adams

Unbroken by Mark Edward Adams

 

The human figure dominates as the subject of the works, as does bronze as a medium of choice.  Included in the selections are carved works in stone by Bela Bacsi, Marciano Amaral, Carter Jones, Steve Flom, and Dominique St. Cyr, and in wood by Peregrine O’Gormley.  Sculptures in terra cotta, fired clay, and ceramic are by Mary Buckman, John Belardo, Pamela Mummy, Garrett Masterson, and Suzanne Storer. Whimsical works are alongside pieces depicting mythological themes, allegorical subjects, and moments of everyday life.  Portraiture is another popular subject, represented by 11 works.

The Messenger by Jeffrey Briggs

The Messenger by Jeffrey Briggs

 

The Jury of Awards will meet at Brookgreen Gardens in September to determine the winners of the 14 awards given by the Society.  Serving on the Jury of Awards are Simon Kogan, FNSS; Roger Martin, NSS; and Burton Moore, Director of the Audubon Gallery inCharleston, SC.

 

There will be a closing celebration and reception for the 83rd Annual Exhibition onOctober 29 for Brookgreen members and the sculptors in the exhibition.  The National Sculpture Society Awards will be presented at that time.  Also, the Brookgreen Gardens’ People’s Choice Award winner will be announced along with the winner of an award given byFine Arts Connoisseur magazine.

 

National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group ofAmerica’s most prominent sculptors.  Its members have created much of this country’s public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s.  It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States, and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century.

 

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Presents Final Week of “Cool Summer Evenings”

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening for the final week  this summer when gardens stay open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

 

On Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee – adults $8, Children $4.) Here is the entertainment schedule for the week of August 3-5.

 

Wednesday, August 3 at 7 pm – TruSol – hear the music of a Myrtle Beach based favorite Pop/Rock band.

 

Thursday, August – Start Family Night with a “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!

 

Friday, August 5 – The Ross Holmes Band – performs big band standard, beach music and more!

 

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only.

 

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

 

Art Museum Offers Tours of LEGO-Sculpture Exhibition

Yellow by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

Yellow by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

The Art of the Brick®, a globally-touring exhibition of sculptures created entirely of LEGO® bricks, is now on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.  The exhibit fills the museum’s entire two floors of gallery space, and one of the knowledgeable docents can point out the intricate – and often hidden – details in these incredible works of art.

Beginning Wednesday, August 3 and continuing through Wednesday, September 7, 2016, the museum will offer free, guided tours of the exhibit every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (Admission to the Museum is free; however, donations are encouraged.)
In The Art of the Brick, rated by CNN as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions,” New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya has crafted intriguing and thought-provoking contemporary sculptures using thousands and thousands of LEGO bricks. These range from everyday, recognizable objects – clouds, a tree, a dog, a pair of flip-flops – to complex human forms meant to inspire viewers to be unafraid of going against the grain to pursue their dreams.
Says Sawaya, “These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity. The Art of the Brick exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts.  Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home.”
Like most young children, Sawaya started playing with LEGO at a young age. But unlike most, the artist never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history as well as making an indelible mark on the art world.
The Art of the Brick has entertained and inspired millions of art enthusiasts from across the country and around the world. The exhibit will remain at the Art Museum through September 10.  The Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is free; however donations are encouraged.

The Moveable Feast Welcomes Julia Franks in Myrtle Beach area event

 

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week or even a Saturday Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more when the book is included); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com.

 July 22 – Julia Franks (Over the Plain House) at Carefree Catering

It’s 1939, and the federal government has sent USDA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families on modernizing their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irenie Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent’s self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irenie’s fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: She has taken to night ramblings through the woods to escape her husband’s bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain cavern. To Brodis, these are all the signs that Irenie – tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt – is practicing black magic. When Irenie slips back into bed with a kind of supernatural stealth, Brodis senses that a certain evil has entered his life, linked to the lady agent, or perhaps to other, more sinister forces. Working in the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this mesmerizing debut by Julia Franks is the story of a woman intrigued by the possibility of change, escape, and reproductive choice – stalked by a Bible-haunted man who fears his government and stakes his integrity upon an older way of life. As Brodis chases his demons, he brings about a final act of violence that shakes the entire valley. In this spellbinding Southern story, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity can’t quite dispel.

Brookgreen Gardens “Cool Summer Evenings” this week

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when the gardens remain open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from through August 5.

On Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee – adults $8, Children $4.)

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Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pmPrettier than Matt, Folk/Pop, this likeable duo have made a name for themselves in the Carolinas with a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll energy and acoustic accessibility that allows them to appeal to a wide audience. They’re Americana, pop, rock, and more on the newly released album “Better Left Said” which features lead single “Anymore.”

Thursday, July 21 – Start Family Night with a “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!

 

Friday, July 22 at 7 pm – Enjoy the Mike Frost Band a jazz staple in the Carolinas and beyond, regularly appearing on stages from California to New York. The band’s CD releases include Riddle Me This (2011), Get Frosted! Live at the Blue Horse (2011), Frosty Christmas(2012), Live at the Red Pepper (2013), and Inside Your Eyes (2015). Originally an instrumental trio, in 2011, the band teamed with singer-saxophonist Lauren Meccia.

 

 

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only.

 

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens’ Cool Summer Evening Performances July 13-15

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when the gardens remain open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from through August 5. Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee – adults $8, Children $4.)

Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. – High Steppin’ Country is the longest running seasonal show in Myrtle Beach, SC. The show is host to some of the best high energy dancing and singing in America. High Steppin’ Country has 14 cast members that travel and perform all over the USA.

Thursday, July 14 – Family Night  with a “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!

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  Friday, July 15  – 7 p.m. – Common Ground, Bluegrass – Founded in late 2000, Common Ground bluegrass band has become an iconic part of the Lowcountry scene.  The premier bluegrass band in Charleston, their captivating sound draws an amazingly diverse fan base. Their unique blend of progressive and traditional styling is often described by aficionados as “fresh, soulful, enchanting, and a great time.”

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.