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

Beaufort History Museum Celebrates the History of Women’s Hats

The Beaufort History Museum’s Third Annual Spring Tea is titled “Crowning Glory – Celebrating the Role of Women’s Hats in Southern Culture”.   Patrons are invited to wear their favorite hat and to “Strut their Hattitude” as they savor delicious traditional delicacies, sip tea, learn about the fascinating allure of fashionable hats from celebrity speakers, enjoy a Parade of Hats and bid at a silent auction featuring trips, dinners and other attractive items.

“Hats are really the stars this year,” says BHM Board President Carol Lauvray.
“We’ll take a look back at how meaningful church hats were and are, especially in the African American community, where they held a special significance.  We will also spotlight other occasions where hats play a key role, such as South Carolina’s legendary steeplechase thoroughbred horse races in Elloree, Aiken and Camden.  Southern women just know how to dress for a party! We are encouraging everyone to wear a beautiful hat and join in the festive spirit of the Tea.”

About the Tea

The tea is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, from 1-4 pm at the Dataw Island Club’s scenic Carolina Room. Reservations can be made at http://tea.beauforthistorymuseum.com.  Individual tickets are $60 and tables of 10 are available for $500 (see the website for restrictions and instructions to reserve a table.) Seating is limited. Proceeds benefit the projects of the Beaufort History Museum.

 

For the first time the museum is hosting a silent auction at the tea to include trips, dinners, cooking classes, tastings, luxury services and other attractive items available for bidding. A preview of the auction items will be posted on the Museum’s website with a “Buy it Now” option. Guests will also be able to view the items, choose the ones they like and then bid with cash or credit cards at the event.

Celebrity Designer

The principal speaker at the Tea is celebrity shoe designer and milliner Etu Evans, who will be coming to Beaufort from New York. His grandmother and mother, both of whom had extensive collections of church hats, jewels and shoes, influenced Evans’ path in the fashion industry.

 

An internationally prominent designer, he studied millinery at New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Footwear and Accessory Design.
Evans’ hats have been sold in his Harlem boutique and worn across Europe and Japan and have been featured in various national television shows and publications.  For a featured auction item he will offer one lucky bidder a consultation on the most flattering hat styles and correct size for the shape of her face and stature.

 

The famous Goorin Brothers Hat Company, founded in 1895, which has stores across the U.S. and in Canada with local shops in Savannah and Charleston, will also be a part of the program.  Hats and accessories will be on view along with advice on how to choose the perfect hat.

Event Sponsors

The Clark Troutman Group, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is sponsor of the Third Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea along with Live Oak Builders and the Carolina Cup Racing Association. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and may be arranged by contacting Lauvray by email clauvray@beauforthistorymuseum.com.

About the Museum

Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal, 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 Arsenal address is 713 Craven Street. BHM’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday.

Join the Museum

To join the Museum please visit the website at www.beauforthistorymuseum.com. To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Greeter or Docent please contact Lorrie Burleynoles at lburleynoles@beauforthistorymuseum.com.

 

The Friends of Brookgreen Sponsor Fine Art Auction

The works of internationally recognized sculptor Glenna Goodacre will the centerpiece of a Fine Art Auction hosted by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens May 5, 2017.

Brookgreen was selected to receive 15 of Goodacre’s works, including figures from her largest piece Irish Memorial, created in 2002 for Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.  In October of 2016, Goodacre announced her complete retirement from sculpting and casting bronzes. She began destroying her foundry molds, so there will be no new castings of her work.

 

Three etchings and one lithograph by Alfred Hutty, considered one of the leading artists of the Charleston Renaissance, will also be part of this auction; as well as works from noted artists such as Linda St. Clair, Stephen Scott Young, Jonathan Green, Bobby Bagley, and many more.

 

Beginning April 28 and running through May 10, Brookgreen Gardens will have these works displayed in a Curator’s Auction Exhibit of Work in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion.

 

Asked to describe her feelings about having her works as part of the Friends Fine Art Auction, Goodacre said “Brookgreen is very important to me. It is heaven for a sculptor, and there is much for an artist to learn there. I am proud to have had my work shown in exhibitions at Brookgreen, but I never dreamed one of my large works would be included in the permanent collection like Pledge Allegiance. Now, I am thrilled to participate along with collectors and Red Piano Gallery in The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens benefit auction to raise funds for my all-time favorite sculpture garden.”

 

Morris & Whiteside Auctions will provide several options for bidding, including live in-auction bids; telephone bids; absentee bids and bids via a live streaming webcam.  An online catalogue is available at their website https://morriswhitesideauctions.com/

 

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 www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

BEER, BACON and MUSIC Festival in Hilton Head

The Island Recreation Association  announces the Beer, Bacon & Music Festival! This festival will be at Shelter Cove Community Park in Hilton Head on May 6 , 2017, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Beer, Bacon & Music Festival was developed by the Island Recreation Association to benefit The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund to ensure that no child is denied recreational activities. Last year, the Island Recreation Center raised over $260,00 for the scholarship fund through events like Beer, Bacon & Music!

This extraordinary culinary adventure will be all the fun of a bacon themed block party mixed with a full-scale festival experience. Many of the area’s top restaurants, several of the area’s top bands and hundreds of the area’s top food lovers gather to celebrate American traditions – Beer, Bacon & Music. This event will feature bacon sampling and full sized bacon cuisine, bacon confectionery delights, live music from top bands (who also love bacon), local breweries and full service bars with beer, liquor, wine and bacon themed cocktails.

Live music includes the music duos: Baby Gray & the Hippie, Pretty Darn, and Richmond Brothers; and bands: The Nice Guys, The Chiggers, and Naytiv.

For the love of bacon  join the fun on May 6 at Shelter Cove Community Park!

Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach’s Military Appreciation Days is a month-long celebration in May of our military men and women, and the city celebrates with a jam-packed schedule of events.  The celebration includes the Military Appreciation Days parade, to be held on Saturday, May 27, on Farrow Parkway at Grand Park. The Military Appreciation Committee is returning the parade and picnic to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at The Market Common.  Come meet Grand Marshal Alek Skarlatos that Saturday and enjoy the Big Family Picnic, various exhibits and a live performance by the Andrew Thielen Big Band.  

Second annual Horry County JR ROTC Drill Meet, 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 6 – A competition among local high school ROTC drill teams, at the Pelicans’ stadium.  Free.

Military Family Members Event (Blue Star Mothers), 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 6 – Event follows the JR ROTC Drill Meet in the Picnic Area at the Pelicans’ stadium.  New and prospective military families are encouraged to attend to learn from current and former military members and their families.  Free.

Military Appreciation Days Dinner Dance, 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 25 –The event features delicious food and a live band in the Ballroom at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.  Tickets are $30 per person and are available at City Hall or from one of Horry County’s veterans groups, especially Vietnam Veterans of America.  (You do not have to be a veteran to attend.)  Come dine and dance with us!

Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ Military Appreciation baseball game, 7:05 p.m., Saturday, May 13 The game honors military veterans (gates open at 5:00 p.m.), at TicketReturn.Com Field.

M.O.A.A. Grand Strand Golf Tournament, Thursday, May 25 – Registration and lunch begin at 12:00 p.m.  The tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Golf Course.

Military Appreciation Days Parade, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27 – Parade takes place along Farrow Parkway at The Market Common and features Alek Skarlatos as Grand Marshal.  Free.

Big Family Picnic, Alek Skarlatos, Music, Exhibits and more, 12:00 p.m., Saturday, 27 – Immediately after the parade, the picnic event begins in Valor Memorial Garden and features exhibits, live music from the Andrew Thielen Big Band.  The Omar Chef Shriners provide the picnic fare.  Free.

Memorial Day Veterans’ March, 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 29 – Veterans come together to march side by side along Ocean Boulevard, from 16thAvenue North to Ninth Avenue North.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony, 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 29 – The ceremony is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach’s Military Appreciation Days Committee and takes place at the Convention Center Plaza.  Music begins at 10:30.  Free and open to the public.

Memorial Day Tribute Film, 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 29 – The annual film is shown at Grand 14 Cinemas, located at The Market Common.

Essential Oils Class at Hilton Head Island Senior Center

The Hilton Head Island Senior Center will host a class on Essential Oils on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  Liz Fair, Wellness Advocate, will instruct.  Learn about essential oils and the science behind Aromatherapy at this informative class.  Liz will discuss how to introduce natural healthcare into your home and how to manage stress naturally using essential oils.  The cost for the class is $5.00 per person.  Pre-registration is required by Friday, April 21st, 2017.   Please call the Senior Center at 843-785-6444 to reserve your spot.

This event will be at the Hilton Head Island Senior Center located at 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L, Hilton Head Island, SC  29928.

 

For more information on this class or for information on becoming a member of the Senior Center, please call us at 843-785-6444 or visit www.islandreccenter.org.

Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light Hosts Closing Celebration

Seeing Spartanburg in a New light will hold a closing celebration on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Ceremonies will take place at several of the public art site locations across the city simultaneously. 
 
In 2015, the City of Spartanburg was selected as one of four temporary public art projects from across the United States to receive a grant award from the first-ever Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Seeing Spartanburg opened on October 4, 2016 and included nine temporary art installations in public spaces within ten neighborhoods throughout the city. The project is a partnership among the City of Spartanburg Police and Community Relations Departments, internationally renowned light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, the Chapman Cultural Center, and neighborhood associations. Seeing Spartanburg built on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership, and neighborhood camaraderie. Planning and Design expanded sisteen months and culminating with opening on National Night Out October 4, 2016. Over the past seven months, the LED light and video installations transformed open spaces lending to more vibrant communities, inspiring local residents’ creativity, and lighting up Spartanburg on a national level. The closing celebration will feature live music across all nine sites, as well as comments from local residents, Mayor Junie White, Police Chief Alonzo Thompson and community leaders on the impact this project has had within their neighbourhoods and the City. Site Locations: 
 
  • “Video Village” Bethlehem Center | 397 Highland Avenue 29306 
  • “Under One Roof’ South Converse | 440 S. Converse St. 29306 
  • “Mobile Suspension” Downtown Denny’s Plaza | 203 E. Main St. 29306 
  • “Spartanburg Swing” Hampton Heights National Beta Headquarters | 267 S. Spring Street 29306 
  • “River Poetry” Cottonwood Trail | 1038 Woodburn Rd. 29302 
  • “Glow ” VCOM | 350 Howard St. 29303 
  • “Glow” Beaumont Village Smoke Stack | 401 Beaumonth Ave. 29303 
  • “Benchmark Spartanburg” Forest Park CC Woodson Center | 210 Bomar Ave 29306 
 
Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center says: “This has been a true public art process that has resulted in a transformational experience for our entire city including visitors to Spartanburg. The unique planning and design process with Artist Erwin Redl gave our residents and Spartanburg police officers the opportunity to be creative and explore the process of learning to trust one another and share positive experiences. Throughout the last eighteen months, Seeing Spartanburg truly shined a light of hope and community collaboration that all communities strive to achieve. I am extremely grateful to the hundreds of neighborhood residents, City Police and staff, and over sixty-five collaborative community partners that made the project a brilliant success.”
 
About Chapman Cultural Center
Chapman Cultural Center provides cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens.
The Chapman Cultural Center is located on East Saint John St in downtown Spartanburg, SC. Please visit www.ChapmanCulturalCenter.org for more information.