Beaufort International Film Festival Named to Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals

FilmFreeway, a marketing service that connects filmmakers, screenwriters, and film festivals from all over the world, recently recognized the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals in a recent survey. Over 5,000 of the world’s best film festivals and contests, including 43 Academy Award accredited festivals, use FilmFreeway to reach over 400,000 filmmakers and artists worldwide. According to the survey, BIFF was ranked #10 in the world and #1 in South Carolina.
“We’re honored that our festival has been recognized as a Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival especially since these reviews are coming from the filmmakers and screenwriters who have attended or had a film to screen in Beaufort. As we’ve said many times, it takes a village of volunteers, sponsors and of course an adoring audience to make a film festival a success. We share this honor with them. ” stated Rebecca Tucker, Co-Director of the Beaufort International Film Festival.
The 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival will take place February 21-25, 2018. For more information about the 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.

 

Exhibit Beyond the Horizon Opens May 30 at Myrtle Beach Art Museum

After years of painting in classical style, Charleston-based artist Douglas Balentine felt the need to step away from the work he had been doing.

Douglas Balentine, Cargo, 2012, oil on panel, 19″ x 19″, courtesy of Roy Maybank

“So I went out to the beach [Sullivan’s Island, SC], somewhere I hadn’t painted before, except maybe when I was very young,” Balentine said in an interview with Charleston Art Mag.  “In classical art you have your verticals and horizontals, structure and geometry, but out there it’s just this big empty space, this expansiveness.”
Many of the works he created, while painting en plein air on Sullivan’s Island, contained images of cargo ships, which he observed “reference something that’s beyond our field of vision.  It’s as if to say the painting doesn’t end at the horizon, there’s more there.”
An exhibition of 43 works including studies, sketches, paintings in progress and finished paintings, titled Beyond the Horizon, opens May 30at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and runs through September 10. Gallery hours for the exhibit are from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday.  Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome.
Beyond the Horizon is a retrospective exhibition of Balentine’s work as it pertains to the beach,” says Museum Curator Liz Miller.  “Visitors will get a well-rounded view of Balentine’s process, from his initial sketches and studies to finished paintings, one of which was a decade-long project and measures over nine feet long.”
Many of the included works are from distinguished private collections that have never been publicly displayed.
Although born in Charleston, at the age of nine Balentine moved with his family to Paris, France. During the family’s two years there, the young artist-to-be found innumerable stimuli in daily Parisian life – in particular, exposure to art in the world-famous Louvre Museum – which proved to be of lasting inspiration.  Balentine went on to study art at Parsons School of Design in New York and the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.
In the mid-1990s Balentine returned to Charleston, where he found new inspiration in the natural and historic beauty of the area, which he interpreted through the classical principles of his formal studies.  This led him to create a more personal direction in his work which he describes as “coming full-circle back to my roots.”
“Through work,” says Balentine, “I came to understand that my interest was in the underlying elemental forces at play which are not just ‘out there,’ but also within.  Quiet observation deepens experience of the immense inner-connectedness of everything.  Perception is not simply about looking at but connecting with.”
His methodology consisted of placing his easel on the beach facing directly toward the ocean with his gaze directed at the horizon. “The challenge here is that one must confront empty space head on,” Balentine writes in his artist statement. “It is elemental. Earth/Sand. Water/Ocean. Air/Sky. It’s never the same twice. A continuous work in progress. The sand being sculpted by the wind and the tides, the ocean sometimes tranquil and rhythmically hypnotic, sometimes ominously vast and powerful.”
Museum director Patricia Goodwin and Curator Miller were attracted to Balentine’s work when they saw a piece on display at ArtFields, in Lake City, SC, in 2014, Miller recalls.  “We knew that we wanted to learn more and once we did, we knew we wanted an exhibition.”

DragonBoat Beaufort Announces Open Registration for DRAGONBOAT RACE DAY 2017

DragonBoat Beaufort, the local cancer survivor/supporter racing team, is pleased to announce that Dragons will once again invade Beaufort on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Henry C. Chambers Park in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina.

Over the last few years, the event has become increasingly popular among locals and out-of-towners alike. The 2016 Dragonboat Race Day drew nearly 500 paddlers, 22 teams and thousands of spectators to the Beaufort seawall. The event raised $20,000 for the organization which helps support those impacted by cancer in Beaufort County, both through the sport of dragonboat racing, and outreach efforts, including one-one-one grants to help with needs that are typically not met through traditional means. This will be the 5th annual event for the non-profit organization.

 

Join us Wednesday, March 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the new high tech Digital Corridor building where DragonBoat Beaufort members will be on hand to walk you through the new super easy online team sign up process. Light refreshments will be served. The Beaufort Digital Corridor is located at 500 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902. You can also register your team at www.dragonboat-raceday.com.

 

Anyone can form a team – businesses, community organizations, civic clubs, churches, schools. All you need is 20-25 paddlers and a drummer to form a team. All teams will be trained how to paddle a dragonboat and all equipment will be supplied including a trained steerer. Teams will race three times during Race Day on June 24 competing for medals.

 

For more information, please visit www.dragonboat-raceday.com.

 

[Dragonboat Beaufort is a non-profit organization located in Beaufort, SC. DragonBoat Beaufort’s mission is to provide cancer survivors the opportunity to heal and regain physical and psychological strength and wellness through the camaraderie and competition of dragonboat paddling and racing and to support those impacted by cancer through outreach and one-and-one grants to local cancer patients to assist with needs they are unable to afford or for which they lack coverage; and through support and counseling for cancer patients in treatment and in remission, including support for their caregivers.]

Sea Turtle Program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina presents Turtle Talk  May 20 at 11 am.

Jim and Deb Boyce present their program, Turtle Talk – OIBSTPO Getting Ready for Summer Turtles! They will discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, focusing especially on the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Ocean Isle Beach every summer. The presentation will include a 14-minute video and a question-and-answer session at the end. Learn what you can do to help protect these magnificent animals.

Jim and Deb Boyce are island coordinators for the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (OIBSTPO). They are licensed by the NC Wildlife Commission and coordinate a network of approximately 50 volunteers in a year-round effort to promote sea turtles and educate the public about them.

Volunteers are especially active between May and late September when female sea turtles dig their nests and lay their eggs. Volunteers identify and mark the nests, do their best to protect the nests from predators, keep an eye on hatchlings as they make their way from their nests into the ocean, and transport sick and injured sea turtles to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail Island. For more information about OIBSTPO, visit www.oibseaturtles.org.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  The museum is open from 10-8, Monday through Thursday, 10-5 on Friday and 10-1:30 on Saturday. 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. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Sunset River Marketplace features group show Blooms through June 3

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is featuring a group show titled Blooms from April 19 through June 3.

White Camelias by Ruth Cox. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24.

According to gallery owner Ginny Lassiter, the exhibition is celebrating Spring and rebirth with a colorful mix of works in a range of media.  Included in the show are works by Ruth Cox (oil), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic), Gene Horne (oil),  Karen Casciani (watercolor), Brenda Butka (oil), Beverly Offitt (pressed flowers), Louis Aliotta (photography), Roseann Bellinger (oil),  Joyce Volmer (oil),  Mark Hilliard (photography),  Sue Marion ( watercolor), Ardie Praetorius (clay), Kim Clayton (folk art), Pat Smelkoff (batik), Celia Wester (oil),  Micheline Sansregret (watercolor), and Karen Day-Vath. Sterling Edwards (acrylic), and the late Ramona Batsford Bendin (oil).

Hydrangeas by the late Ramona Batsford Bendin. Oil on linen, 24 x 30 inches.

“Spring is always an active time here at Sunset River Marketplace,” says Lassiter. “The changing season brings both new residents and visitors to the area, so we’re happy to offer an exhibition that presents a wide range of art and style. And we hope folks new to the area will stop by to enjoy the show and see what we have to offer.”

Brenda Butka’s evocative Blazing Coffee, oil on board, 16 x 20 inches.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook.

 

Surf Fishing for Fun at Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will host “Surf Fishing for Fun” May 13 at 11 am. This program will be a basic introduction to surf fishing.

Join Ron Binetti as he discusses types of rods, reels, type of gear and tackle needed, and how to rig your rod for surf fishing and how to select the proper bait. For this program, there will be a discussion in the Hayden O’Neil Lecture Hall followed by hands-on instruction on the beach.

Please bring your fishing license, rod, reel, hooks no. 2, weights 1 ½ and 2 oz., bottom rig single, bucket for your gear, sand spike for your rod, and a chair if needed. Bring a cooler and a measuring device to keep what you catch! Most of all, be sure to bring your beach wear and sunscreen!

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. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Spartanburg SC West Main Artists Co-Op Opens Three New Exhibits in May

Spartanburg’s West Main Artists Co-Op (WMAC) will open three new exhibits in May: “Residuals” by founding member Addam Duncan, “Explorations In Wax” by Terry Jarrard-Dimond, and “Calming Rhythm: Washing the Soul Clean,” by Converse College students Christine Swetenburg and Nancy Vaughn. All of these exhibits will be open for free public viewing on Thursday, May 18, during ArtWalk, the city’s monthly self-perpetuating and self-guiding tour of local art galleries. The free opening reception will be 5-9 p.m.

WMAC, 578 West Main Street, is a converted 20,000-square-foot church now being used by more than 50 member artists to produce and showcase their work. The 32 studios accommodate various media, including printing, ceramics, pottery, textiles, jewelry making, quilting, sculpture, photography, and many others. In addition to the studio space, there are several art galleries and the opportunity to purchase locally made art.

Duncan, 36, is a native of Inman, SC. His artistic abilities travel many avenues, including painting, printmaking, sculpting, and writing both prose and music.  “Residuals” will be an exhibit of his use of leftover or discarded ink and paint to make abstract monotypes, printed directly from the pages of telephone books. “I’m using the ink and the paint that I would normally throw away to make abstract monotype prints on nice printmaking paper,” he said. “They are printed directly from telephone book pages, as the phone book is kind of an obsolete item in this day and age. The concept is ‘Why dispose of something that has the potential to be something beautiful?’” With no formal art training or education, Duncan has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Asheville, Columbia, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg. Since 2012, Duncan has owned Honor & Glory Tattoo in Inman. The unframed prints in this exhibit will be reasonably priced for sale. This exhibit will end June 10.

Jarrard-Dimond’s “Explorations In Wax” exhibit is a collection of nonrepresentational canvas images created with encaustic paint, which is a combination of beeswax, pigment, and tree sap. This is a rich medium that has been used for many centuries to create images known for their sense of depth. The works in this exhibit were created during the past three years and are noted for their striking colors and bold, organic, and contemporary images. In her artist’s statement, the Seneca artist said: “My work is the physical manifestation of my dreams, fantasies, and imagination. I experience the act of making as an altered state where I make unique visual relationships between marks, smudges, stains, and shapes. I look for moments of chance where these same elements unite to reveal figures, structures, landscapes, and mindscapes.”

Jarrard-Dimond earned a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and a master’s degree in fine art from Clemson University. She worked for more than 15 years as a sculptor and taught at several colleges and universities. Her work is represented in collections such as Coca-Cola International in Atlanta, The Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte, and The State Museum of South Carolina, in Columbia. Her work has been featured in many solo shows, including Furman University, Columbia College, The Fine Arts Center in Greenville, and Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC. This exhibit will open Tuesday, May 16, and end Saturday, June 10. More info about Jarrard-Dimond is found online at TerryJarrardDimond.com.

“Calming Rhythm: Washing the Soul Clean” will be the joint graduate exhibition featuring the work of Swetenburg and Vaughn. This exhibition will showcase artwork created during their education at Converse College and will consist of acrylic paintings, handmade books, soapstone carvings, and clay work. The name, “Calming Rhythm: Washing the Soul Clean,” blends together the two artists’ themes for their creativity. Swetenburg works with a range of materials, including clay and handmade books. This body of work shows her exploration with water and its spiritual and cleansing effect that it has in her life. Much of her work is abstracted from the rain she saw hitting windows as an undergraduate student. Swetenburg is an art teacher in Greenville County, where she teaches 4K-5th grade students. She is also a candidate for a master’s degree in art education from Converse College.

Vaughn is a mixed media artist who incorporates dimensional aspects in her works, which include sculpture and the use of trapunto techniques in her paintings. She has always been influenced by words and music that often evoke vivid pictures in her mind, she said. Vaughn used these images as inspiration to create the work in this exhibit. She teaches art in Spartanburg County and is a candidate for a master’s degree in art education from Converse College.

For more information about these new exhibits at West Main Artists Co-Op in May, please call (864) 804-6501 or visit WMAC’s website at WestMainArtists.org or on Facebook.

Museum Presents Carnivorous Plants in NC

The Museum of Coastal Carolina presents guest speaker Mark Todd at 11:00 am on May 6.

Todd’s topic is the Venus Flytrap Expedition: Myrtle Head Excursion.

North Carolina has over 20 species of carnivorous plants, including venus flytraps which only grow within 60 miles of Wilmington NC.

Attendees will meet first at the Museum of Coastal Carolina for a brief presentation and then go to Myrtle Head Excursion for a guided expedition.

Todd’s excursion will include a walk through a Pine Savannah Habitat to see Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews, and butterworts. He will discuss the importance of a Pine Savannah Habitat and demonstrate how each plant attracts, traps, kills, and digests its prey. Learn how to identify and help safeguard the fragile carnivorous plant population of North Carolina. Questions will be welcomed at the end of the presentation.

Todd is the president of North American Sarracenia Conservancy (NASC), a national non-profit organization that protects carnivorous plants and their habitat.  Todd has been relentlessly pursuing the conservation of carnivorous plants for over ten years. He is the conservation director and a founding board member of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy. In addition to his administrative duties, Todd tirelessly promotes education by leading tours showcasing local carnivorous plants – venus flytraps as well as twenty other species.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

May Immersive Light and Music Shows at Ingram Planetarium

Fully immerse yourself in the music of your favorite artists as their songs come alive in a 360 degree environment of light and sound during May events at Ingram Planetarium!

This sensory experience unlike any other wowed sold out crowds this spring! Before our summer schedule begins, join us for two final shows featuring mesmerizing laser artwork accompanied by 3D atmospheric effects and 360 degree lighting. Let go as the light seemingly dances around you to enjoy music from the most popular and influential bands in history through our area’s best sound system.

Doors open at 6:30 pm on the night of a show, and seating is limited. You are encouraged to call Ingram Planetarium at 910-575-0033 on the day of the event to purchase your ticket over the phone, or arrive promptly at 6:30 pm.

For a complete schedule, please visit www.museumplanetarium.org or call 910-575-0033. The May lineup of shows is featured below:

May 6              80’s Night – Join us for a tribute to the great anthems of the 1980s! Laser art, 360 degree lighting, and atmospheric effects are coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs from one of the most exciting periods in mainstream music. Sing along to your favorite hits from Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, The Eurythmics, and more!

May 13            Metallica – Newly enhanced with live 360 degree lighting and 3D atmospheric effects! Considered to be one of the pioneering groups in what would become the heavy metal genre, the musicianship and force of Metallica has been hailed by critics and fans worldwide. Experience their greatest hits as the music comes alive in a concert of light and sound!

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member, per-show admission (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 910-575-0033, visit www.museumplanetarium.org, or Facebook.com/IngramPlanetarium.

Artists Vie for Honors in Arts and Crafts Guild Competition

More than 40 artists from around the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, region will vie for top honors and more than $2000 in cash prizes in the 20th Annual Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Juried Exhibition, opening Tuesday, May 2, at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.

 

A reception (free and open to the public) will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with awards presentation beginning at 6:00. The exhibit continues through June 1, 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-four two-dimensional and three-dimensional works were selected for jurying. Works selected for display include oil, watercolor, and mixed media paintings, photographs and 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 Linda Daly Baker of Charleston, SC.  Her watercolors capture the transformative effects of light and its ability to abstract the subject matter upon which it is cast.  Baker teaches workshops internationally and is a signature member of a number of guilds, including the American Watercolor Society, the International Society of Experimental Artists, the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

 

At the opening reception for this exhibition, Baker 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 www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org