John Ross Palmer to Unveil Ocean Isle Memories at Museum of Coastal Carolina

Houston Artist John Ross Palmer has vacationed at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina every summer for more than a decade with his extended family. The Founder of Escapism is honored to unveil an art series at the Museum of Coastal Carolina that features this picturesque family beach.

Red Wagon by John Ross Palmer

Red Wagon by John Ross Palmer

Internationally acclaimed artist John Ross Palmer will unveil a dynamic art series, Ocean Isle Memories, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, Friday, April 29.

Palmer, a native of Houston, Texas, has been traveling to Ocean Isle every summer for the last ten years to vacation with his husband’s extended family.  The series is inspired by their gatherings, fun time on the beach and iconic imagery from this beautiful family beach destination.

In the summer of 2013, Palmer, the Founder of the Art Movement of Escapism, visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina and was enthusiastic to learn about the museum’s mission and operations.  He presented the staff with a painting, More than a Museum, that now hangs in the museum’s entry.  Although the primary purpose of the museum is education related to maritime life on the coast of North Carolina plus astronomy through its planetarium, Palmer, in typical entrepreneur fashion, lobbied for an unveiling of his original artwork.

Ocean Isle Memories will feature twenty original Palmer paintings created with acrylic on canvas.  The smaller paintings show the time-honored pier, playing in a tide pool, a storm rolling in from the Intracoastal Waterway, walking to the beach with supplies in a wagon and many more classic Ocean Isle visuals.

“Ocean Isle is one of my favorite places on earth.  I work constantly, and, it is my only ‘true’ vacation each year.  It’s a tremendous honor and pleasure to honor Ocean Isle with my artwork.”

See John Ross Palmer’s Ocean Isle Memories art series and meet the artist in person at a wine and cheese reception at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on April 29 at 6:00 pm. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. Admission is free for museum members. Non-member admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under.


Artists Vie for Honors in Myrtle Beach Arts & Crafts Guild Competition

Over forty artists from around the region will vie for top honors and over $2000 in cash prizes in the 19th Annual Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Juried Exhibition, opening Thursday, April 28, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Michael Craig Smith, Watermelon Waterfall, 2014, oil, 40" x 30," Rebecca R. Bryan Best in Show Award, WACG 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition.

Michael Craig Smith, Watermelon Waterfall, 2014, oil, 40″ x 30,” Rebecca R. Bryan Best in Show Award, WACG 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition.

A reception (free and open to the public) will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the awards presentation beginning at 6:15. The exhibit continues through May 26, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. (Shortened hours may apply during some weekends in May. Call the museum to verify open hours.)


Seventy-five two-dimensional and three-dimensional works were selected for jurying. Works selected for display include oil, watercolor and mixed media paintings; photographs; and an array of craft items, such as batiks and other fiber arts. With creations from artists throughout the Carolinas, the show is a perennially popular event with locals and visitors. A large percentage of the works on display will also be available for purchase.


Judge and juror for this year’s competition is Jim Arendt, professional artist and assistant professor and gallery director at Coastal Carolina University.  Arendt’s work has been exhibited internationally and was recently featured in the museum’s 2015 exhibition Indigo: Works in Denim by Jim Arendt. He is regionally renowned for winning the $50,000 top prize at the first Art Fields (Lake City, SC) juried art competition in 2013.


At the opening reception for this exhibition, Arendt will provide insight on how the works were selected for inclusion in the exhibit and will participate in the awards ceremony.
Cash awards to be given include the $800 Rebecca R. Bryan Best in Show Award, as well as first, second and third place awards of $500, $275 and $100, respectively. An additional 10 works will also be selected for honorable mentions.


Admission to the museum is free, but donations are welcome. For further information, call 843-238-2510 or visit

Wine Fest Fundraiser at Museum of Coastal Carolina April 30

The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation will host its Wine Fest, the foundation’s biggest fundraiser, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina April 30 from 6:30 to 9:30  pm.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Proceeds from Wine Fest benefit the museum and its sister facility, Ingram Planetarium, in Sunset Beach.

This year’s Wine Fest theme is inspired by Tuscany. Ocean Isle’s own Petrea Imports, Inc. will provide some fine Italian wines for sampling. Tuscan-inspired food will be provided by La Cucina, Pelican’s Perch, Roberto’s, and Sharky’s.

Enjoy live music by Wilmington musician Teddy Burgh. Buy a $10 cork in the Cork Pull and walk away with an interesting bottle of wine.

Participate in live and silent auctions. Silent auction items include a football signed by Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, and Ryan Kalil; hand-painted wine glasses; gift certificates to area restaurants; and rounds of golf at local courses. Live auction items include trips to Napa Valley (including a hot air balloon ride) and Cancun, a Celestron telescope, a ride in an Aero Albatros jet, and a diamond-and-amethyst pendant.

Also included in the live auction: original art by Texas artist John Ross Palmer. Palmer’s exhibit, called Ocean Isle Memories, will be displayed in the museum’s Coastal Gallery. A wine and cheese reception for Palmer will be held on April 29 at 6 pm at the museum.

Reservations for Wine Fest are $50 per person and are available  by visiting the museum or calling 910-579-1016. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the event.


April Laser Light & Music Shows at Ingram Planetarium

Experience music from classic rock albums set to mesmerizing laser graphics at Ingram Planetarium April 22 and 23.

Complete playlists are available at

Apr. 22            6 pm — Laser Beatles – Take a trip down memory lane with The Fab Four and enjoy such classics as Magical Mystery Tour, Yesterday, Revolution, and more. Now featuring five NEW songs including Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Here Comes the Sun.

Apr. 22            7 pm – Laser Hypnotica – This eclectic soundtrack features techno and ambient electronic music artists such as Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, Delirium, and Faithless, all set to hypnotic laser artwork.

Apr. 23            6 pm – Laser Mania – This amazing laser music show showcases a variety of pop musical artists that include Ricky Martin, Beck, Celine Dion, Santana, Will Smith, and more.

Apr. 23            7 pm – Laser Metallica – This iconic American heavy metal band’s music makes for an entertaining – and very loud! – laser music show. Enjoy tracks such as Fuel, Master of Puppets, Sad But True, and more.

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Consider becoming a planetarium member; admission is free for members. Non-member admission (including NC sales tax) is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

The 11th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival is set for Wednesday through Saturday, April 20-23, 2016, at Carmike Cinema 17, Broadway at the Beach. 

The exciting event features films and filmmakers from around the world, many presenting their film as world premieres.  The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has been selected as the recipient of national and international awards, including Movie Maker Magazine’s List of Top 25 Film Festivals for filmmakers to submit their work. 

For tickets, visit or call 843-497-0220.  All ticket sales occur by MBIFF staff in the lobby, online or by-phone.  All-access passes (include all films and events) are $50 per person.  Individual tickets are $10 per person for each two-hour block of time.

For a full list of movies titles, times and descriptions, visit

“What’s Your Sign?” – Ingram Planetarium Explores the Zodiac

“Hey baby, what’s your sign?” This age-old icebreaker has been used for generations to get to know someone new, but what does your zodiac sign say about you? Find out on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 7 pm as Ingram Planetarium Manager Will Snyder presents an exploration of the zodiac constellations and astrology through the ages.

This 1970’s-themed presentation will examine what makes the zodiac constellations special in our night sky and how people from antiquity through modern times have applied meaning to the stars that dance overhead each night. Discover a better understanding of these pictures that circle the evening sky and why horoscopes use these celestial objects.

Whether you are a Taurus or a Pisces, an astronomer or an astrologer, “What’s Your Sign?” is guaranteed to entertain all ages.

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Consider becoming a planetarium member; admission is free for members. Non-member admission (including NC sales tax) is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and under. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit

New in Hilton Head recreation: Dive-in Movies

The Island Recreation Association is pleased to bring a new Summertime event to Hilton Head. Introducing “Dive-in Movies!” Dive in Movies are a fun event where you can float in the pool and watch a movie. Arrive to the Island Rec Center Pool before dusk to participate in games and activities based around the movie of the night. Pizza, popcorn, and drinks for sale. Floats welcome. Tickets will be sold at the door no advanced tickets. Movies start at dusk. $6 for adult $5 for child/senior.

April 29th: Surfs up | May 20th: Avengers | June 24th: Pirates of Caribbean | July 22nd: Elf

August 26th: Teen Beach Movie | September 23rd: Jaws | October 21st: Goonies

For more information call the Island Rec. at 843.681-7273 or visit our website

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Guild hosts Beethoven, Blue Jeans & BBQ

The Long Bay Symphony Guild will host Beethoven, Blue Jeans & BBQ from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Inlet Affairs in Murrells Inlet, SC.

BBQ_flyerThe menu includes pulled pork BBQ with rolls, chicken bog, mac and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, banana pudding and sweet tea.  There is a cash bar and a raffle for gift baskets.  Music and dancing by DJ Legendary Dave O.

Proceeds will benefit the Long Bay Symphony and the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Tickets are $50 per person. For reservations call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at or visit  1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.


Team Captained By PGA Tour Golfer Tim O’Neal and Former Football Star Jimbo Covert Wins Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker

The team led by PGA Tour player Tim O’Neal and former football star Jimbo Covert shot an 19-under par 53 to win the 22nd annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am title at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course Monday. [Full Leaderboard]

For the 11th consecutive year, a sellout out crowd of 6,000+ fans packed the Dye Course to watch their favorite athletes, musicians and celebrities compete in the Monday After the Masters, the largest one-day fundraiser in South Carolina.

Headlining the field were U.S. women’s soccer legend Mia Hamm, United States Ryder Cup Captain and 21-time PGA Tour champion Davis Love III, and pro football hall of famers Jonathan Ogden and Andre Reed.

The event was played on Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course for the 14th consecutive year.

Westwood One, America’s largest radio network, broadcast four national radio programs – the Gio & Jones, Tiki & Tierney, Chris Mannix and Doug Gottlieb shows – throughout the day, providing Myrtle Beach national exposure.

Other headliners that joined Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Dean Felber and Darius Rucker were hall of famers Eric Dickerson and Bruce Smith, Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim McMahon, Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin, and musicians John Cafferty, Aaron Lewis and Edwin McCain, among many others.

Among the professional golfers that joined Love were Lee Elder, Billy Horschel, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Charlie Rymer, and Woody Austin.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation through a fully funded endowment.

California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival

Join the reggae music fun at the inaugural California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Pavilion site, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.  The best reggae bands travel to Myrtle Beach to play tropical jams for the crowd, so bring a large blanket to sit on and simply enjoy the happy vibes. Food, beer, wine and gift vendors will be on site, and food vendors will offer vegetarian and vegan options, too!  The music festival is a family friendly event.  Security will be at the front gate, near stages and roaming throughout the festival grounds.  Children, ages 10 and under, get in free with a paying adult ticketholder.  Tickets from the previously cancelled festival (October 3, 2015) will be accepted for the April 9 show.  For more information, visit