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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.

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.) 165361_196496820367788_8071227_n Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm - Prettier 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! unnamed

  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.

Abstract expressionist artist Sterling Edwards featured at Sunset River Marketplace

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC is featuring works by Hendersonville, NC artist Sterling Edwards from June 29 – July 30 in a show titled Sterling Edwards: Intuitive Experience. Edwards, who works in both watercolor and acrylic, is primarily self-taught and has developed a unique style of painting that has earned him international recognition and the respect of his peers, students and collectors. He is often commissioned to jury national and international art competitions.edwards_Cruisin   Edwards has been featured in Watercolor Magic magazine’s “Ones to Watch” and in Watercolor Artist magazine. He was awarded membership in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor as well as the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He was selected as a featured artist in the book “Best of America Watermedia Artists,” and is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process. He is also featured in “Masters of Watercolor,” written by Russian artist and author Konstantin Sterkhov.   He employs stylized shapes, bold lights and darks, and dramatic color rhythms to build his sought after abstract expressionist paintings. Edwards’ expressive calligraphy and splattering are signature techniques.   When asked about his recent works, the artist offers, “My non-representational paintings combine shape, line, color and texture to create a personal visual statement that allow me to say much more with a brush than I could every say with words.   “I often refer to my abstracted paintings as an intuitive and spontaneous artistic statement. They're a vision on display composed of energetic and expressive brushwork in some areas that are complemented with subtleties in other areas. What I demand from one of my abstracted paintings is that it truly is a spontaneous and intuitive artistic statement.”   Sterling Edwards: Intuitive Experience at Sunset River Marketplace includes over a dozen new works as well as a few from his personal collection.   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 watercolor 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.

The Art of the Brick® Debuts at Myrtle Beach Art Museum

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York-­based artist Nathan Sawaya. The event begins Saturday, June 11, 2016,
The Art of the Brick is one of the largest and most popular art exhibits touring the globe. CNN hailed The Art of the Brick as one of the top twelve "must-­see exhibitions in the world."
"This year alone, we've visited Australia, South Africa and Taiwan," said Sawaya. "We are thrilled to be bringing this collection to Myrtle Beach, SC."
Like most young kids, Sawaya started playing with LEGO at a young age. But unlike most kids, Sawaya never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. The award-­winning artist has catapulted the iconic LEGO brick into an art medium all its own, transforming this construction toy into awe-inspiring and thought provoking sculptures.
The centerpiece of Sawaya's collection of sculptures, as well as arguably his most famous piece of artwork, is entitled Yellow, a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity. Sawaya has made a name for himself by creating out of LEGO exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including anger, love, depression and joy. Concurrently on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and for the run of the exhibition will be Sawaya's unique multi-­media collaboration with award-­winning Australian photographer Dean West, entitled In Pieces. The two artists spent years traveling and working together to blend their crafts resulting in the In Pieces collection of visually stunning hyper-realistic images that are exhibited with corresponding and complimentary three-dimensional LEGO sculptures.
"I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people's reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place that it has never been before. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium. The right angles.  The distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves," Sawaya said.
The Art of the Brick will be on view at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC from Saturday, June 11 through Saturday, September 10, 2016.  The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. Admission is free; however donations are suggested.  Please check the website MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org for extended summer hours.
Yellow by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

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

About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO® bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO® into the art world and his touring exhibition - The Art Of The Brick® - has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts from Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, China and around the world. CNN heralded, "The Art Of The Brick® is one of the top 12 must-see exhibits in the world!" Originally from Oregon, Sawaya's childhood dreams were always fun and creative. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and of course also played with LEGO®. His days were filled with imagination. When it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art than sitting in a board room negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO®. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.brickartist.com.
Untitled by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

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

About Dean West
Dean West is an acclaimed and award winning photographer who specializes in highly conceptual and thought provoking contemporary portraiture.  His body of work has been featured in top photography magazines and art galleries around the world. Born in Australia and currently living in Toronto, Dean has also been named "one of the world's best emerging photographers" by After Capture Magazine and included in Saatchi & Saatchi's collection of the world's top 100 emerging photographers. See more of his work at www.deanwest.com.

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts Two-Day Art Festival

Brookgreen Gardens will host a two-day Art Festival On June 4 & 5, from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. It includes a juried show of over 65 local, regional, and national artists.  Held within the backdrop of the beautiful sculpture garden, guests will have a rare opportunity to meet the artists whose works are sold in Keepsakes and other fine galleries across the country. There will be demonstrations of much of the work on display. View More: http://momentscapturedbykellyrenee.pass.us/brookgreengardensartshow Whimsical items, new art for the gardens, hand-loomed fabrics, commissioned works of art, and exotic woodcrafts with nautical theme are just a few of the items available for sale. The festival is free with garden admission. For a list of artists who will be in the festival visit www.brookgreen.org. fe6056eb-f45d-4de9-8184-a92e9be9b9b1 Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily. For more information, consult our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

South Carolina Nonobjective Artist to Exhibit in June

IMG_3026Greenville artist Jane Doyle will hold her second exhibition of nonobjective paintings June 3-30 in Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. In the exhibit – A Common Thread -- some 20 acrylic paintings will be on display that reveal her talent for creating complimentary hues to produce paintings that are both enjoyable and pleasing to the eye. This exhibit will be free for public viewing Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Doyle’s work primarily consists of what she describes as an “imprecise abstract format” flowing from the conscious and continuous study of the interaction of color, light, mark and form. The result is that she is able to paint in a style that combines her love and appreciation of color with informality creating a truly revealing insight into how her work is experimental and influenced by Diebenkorn, Frankenthaler and other abstract artists of that time. Doyle grew up in South Carolina and has lived here most of her life. Her study of art began as a hobby about 20 years ago and developed into a passion. “I have studied under the guidance of national and local artists at various workshops from the Carolinas to Florida,” she said. “Visiting galleries to analyze the works of representational artists, impressionists and many other contemporary artists has helped me to understand color, light and shadow.  It was only when my studies led me to the works of Diebekorn, de Kooning and Frankenthaler that I knew that working in the imprecise abstract format was where I wanted to be. With this influence and further study, along with imagination and life’s experiences, I set out to forge my own visual statement. Slowly I have discovered the secret of my art, which consists of a meditation on color and the expression of combining complimentary hues that always inspire my work. By working in a nonobjective format, I have the ability to combine my love for color with informality of form to express the style that I paint in. I am constantly revising my intentions.  My color themes present different phases of my studies, which are evolving and progressive.” Her work has been exhibited extensively and includes First Citizens in Columbia and Anderson, Trident Technical College in Greenwood, SC School of Medicine in Greenville, and County Bank in Greenville.  Her juried shows include South Carolina Watercolor Society 2000; McCormick County Art Show 2001; Union County Art Show 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; Simpsonville Kudzu Art Show 2003 and 2004; Upstate Visual Arts Competition, 2004; South Carolina Festival of Flowers 2003, 2005; Spartanburg Guild Show 2005, 2006, 2015, 2016; and many others. To see sample of Doyle’s work, please visit online: janedoyleart.com. For more information about Doyle’s exhibit at Chapman Cultural Center, please call 864.764.9568.

Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof

Laura Herriott Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof on Saturday, June 4,2016, 2 to 5 p.m. Art Works hosts this benefit to help Laura Herriott re-roof her bed & breakfast on Sandy Island. Goodwill donation will go toward the $20,000 needed to Raise the Roof! More than $4,000 has been escrowed through fundraisers organized by Lee Brockington and Linda Ketron. Thirty local artists, artisans and authors will fill the atrium of the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway) with great summer reads, original artwork and cheerful crafts. Enjoy wine and cheese, punch and cookies, coffee and chocolates while you chat with Laura about her life on Sandy Island and the challenges of transporting labor and materials by boat. Great music by Pawleys Island Jazz Quartet. Free to look, listen, nosh and chat! For more information, call 843-235-9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

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 www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.