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Salute from the Shore

The 2014 Salute to the Shore flyover returns for the fifth year and will be passing over the South Carolina shores on July 4.  Vintage aircraft will be flying along South Carolina’s coast in a patriotic salute to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.Here are some expected fly-by times:DSC_0222·         1:00 p.m. – Cherry Grove Pier

·         1:02 p.m. – North Myrtle Beach

·         1:05 p.m. – Apache Pier

·         1:07 p.m. – 14th Avenue Pier

·         1:09 p.m. – Springmaid Pier

·         1:12 p.m. – Surfside Pier

·         1:16 p.m. – Murrells Inlet Jetty

·         1:18 p.m. – Litchfield Beach

·         1:19 p.m. – Pawleys Island

Sunset River Marketplace to feature sailing theme group show

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will feature a group show titled The Sailing Life from July 1 through July 30, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter has announced. Exhibiting artists include Ann McCray (oil), Freeman Beard (watercolor), Sue Coley (acrylic), Richard Staat (watercolor), Ortrud Tyler (oil),  Gwen Dumas (acrylic), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic),  Bryan Krpejs (watercolor), Donn McCrary (acrylic), Louis Aliotta (photography),  Marie Kasper (acrylic), Nancy Brennand (watercolor) and Shandi Berls (clay).

Crimson Goodnight oil by Ann McCray

Crimson Goodnight oil by Ann McCray

Wilmington, N.C. artist Ann McCray is known for her bold textural, gallery wrap canvases, many of which express the essence of sky and sea.  Originally a student of pottery, she studied art at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas.

Raised in the foothills of the N.C. mountains, Freeman Beard uses the traditional style of transparent watercolors. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) as well as an associate member of the National Watercolor Society.

North Myrtle Beach, S.C. artist Sue Coley paints the local landscape. She says, “I love to paint the beach and the coastline because it is always changing, always showing me something new.”

After graduating from Ohio State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, award-winning artist, Richard Staat spent 35 years as a commercial artist before moving to Oa

Ginny Lassiter is a graduate of East Carolina with a major in Art. Always a creative soul, she’s a potter, she paints, she sketches and she designs fabrics. Most recently, she has studied painting abstracts with Joe DiGiulio and Sterling Edwards.

Bryan Krpejs studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he learned the art of watercolor painting, acrylics and pen and ink. He has earned several local awards, including a second place in the Silver Coast Winery Viognier label competition; along with a 2014 Merit Award and a 2012 Honorable Mention at the Waterway Art Association Spring Show.

Whether working in mixed media, water media or oil, German born Ortrud Tyler creates a rich textured surface with strong colors. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine and “Exploring Color” by Neta Leland. She has also been a guest lecturer/artist at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Gwen Dumas earned her art degree at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. She has a background in interior design as well as hand-painted furniture. She studies with Frank Pierce in Southern Pines, N.C.

Sunset Sail acrylic by Donn McCrary

Sunset Sail acrylic by Donn McCrary

After retiring from a career in architecture, Donn McCrary now concentrates his creative energies in painting and sculpture. He is known particularly for his textural palette knife paintings. He has studied under Sterling Edwards, I.G. Regier, R.H. Hunter and accomplished sculptor F.T. Acorn.

Sail Southport by Louis Aliotta

Sail Southport photography by Louis Aliotta

Photographer Louis Aliotta, who is also the framer at Sunset River Marketplace, moved to Southport, N.C. from upstate N.Y. where he studied with master photographer John Freni. He began his career in the commercial sector, but now focuses on local landmarks, coastal scenes and sailing images.

Marie Kasper is a favorite among out-of-town visitors at the gallery because she paints so many miniature beach and harbor scenes. The New England native says, “My works capture a slice of time around our lovely coastline home where every day scenes offer the viewer a one-of-a-kind piece of art to be viewed and treasured.”  Her work has won several awards including a 2012 and 2010 Best In Show from Waterway Art Association.

Nancy Brennand became interested in watercolor when she studied Chinese painting at the China Institute in N.Y.C where she was pursuing a career as a professional harpist. Now living in Little River, S.C., she continues to pursue her passion for watercolor and performs with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington, N.C.

Shandi Berls, the only clay artist exhibiting in The Sailing Life, studied sculpture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and currently lives in Wilmington, N.C. Her high gloss ceramics take form as jewelry, wall pieces, tiles, wall hangings and more – including sailboats.

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 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 17th Annual MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon will deliver another music-filled, high-energy weekend! Myrtle Beach’s first and longest running major endurance event has seventeen entertainers scheduled throughout fourteen various locations!

Race Weekend Entertainment Schedule

Friday Night, February 14, 2014 (Valentine’s Day)

TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark: BULLFROG from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Ripley’s Aquarium: JUNIOR POST RACE PARTY begins at 6:30pm

Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Mile 8: THE PAUL GRIMSHAW BAND from 7am to 10am
  • Mile 11: DJ RYAN ROBINSON from 7:30am to 12noon
  • Mile 12: CORNBREAD from 7:30am to 12noon
  • Mile 14: SUPER REGGAE MAN from 7:45am to 12noon
  • Mile 14: MIKE O’DONNELL from 7:45am to 12noon
  • Mile 16: KISS DJ from 7:55am to 12noon
  • Mile 18: JUKEBOX ELLY from 8am to 12noon
  • Mile 18: FINNEGAN BELL from 8am to 12noon
  • Mile 18: KISS DJ from 8am to 12noon
  • Mile 20: SCHOOL OF ROCK from 8:15am to 12:30pm
  • Mile 22: KISS DJ from 8:30am to 1pm
  • Mile 23: MATT PARKER PROJECT from 8:35am to 1:15pm
  • Mile 25: BELOW THE BASSLINE from 8:50am to 1:45pm

Post Race Party

House of Blues: PAINTED MAN from 5pm to 7pm

For more information on the schedule of events for the MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend, please visit www.mbmarathon.com. Weekend events include full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.


Myrtle Beach Observes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee has a number of events planned for January 18 – 20 to commemorate the life of Dr. King. Activities include:

· 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18… Brown Bag Lunches, Myrtle Beach Train Depot (Two topics: A conversation with Brad Lofton and Brandon Sessions, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation; and Sharnell Ladson, facilitating a workshop on building sustainable small businesses.)

· 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, January 18… Community Talent Show, Coastal Carolina University Auditorium

· 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19… “Civil Rights Sunday: Unifying our Communities and Cultures,” Mt. Olive AME Church

· 8:00 a.m., Monday, January 20… Corporate and Community Awards Breakfast, featuring guest speaker Byron V. Garrett, Canal Street Recreation Center

· 11:30 a.m., Monday, January 20… Dr. Martin Luther King Grand Parade, Downtown, beginning at the Pelicans’ Stadium.


Volunteers Needed for 17th Annual MYRTLE BEACH Marathon


marathonThe MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon and all associated events have been produced entirely by volunteers since the founding of the race 17 years ago! With the city’s first and longest running major endurance event right around the corner, we need your help in assembling a team of volunteers to help participants in many fun ways.
On race weekend more than 1,000 volunteers are needed to aid participants in the following areas:
Race registration
Distribution of shirts
Assist in a water, food or aid station
Finish line assistance

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS are needed for the 12 First Aid Stations on the course and also at the Finish Line Medical Area. Volunteers needed include:
Physician Assistants
Nurse Practitioners
EMTs and Paramedics
Respiratory Therapists
Massage Therapists

All volunteers receive a FREE volunteer t-shirt, FREE entrance, food and beverage at one of the two post race parties, and the grateful thanks of the Marathon Committee and all participants!

If you would like to volunteer on February 13th, 14th or 15th and help make this a memorable event for all participants:

*Non-Medical: visit the VOLUNTEER tab on the Myrtle Beach Marathon website at www.mbmarathon.com to sign up
*Medical: email Dr. Mark Schecker at scheckmd@sccoast.net

Race weekend includes full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.

If you’d like more information about the 2014 Marathon weekend events or to schedule an interview with Shaun Walsh, Race President, please call 843.233.8088 or email smgusa@aol.com

Battleship Rare Artifacts Available for Public to View

pagebanner.jpgEver wonder what unique treasures are behind the steel walls of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA? The Interpretation and Collections Department and the Friends of the Battleship are giving everyone the opportunity to find out, and it is at no cost to the public.

The Battleship launched the first digital initiative to share the extensive collections online. The ship has been cataloging the collections into a database for more than 15 years; therefore the database represents years of work by staff, volunteers and college interns. Through dedication, perseverance and funding by the Friends of the Battleship, the free online catalog gives the internet community an insider’s look to rare artifacts.

“We are sharing more than 26,000 records of our collections (artifacts, photographs, archival & library materials) with 4,000 associated images,” says Mary Ames Booker, curator for the Battleship. “There are multiple avenues to search the collections. Even if you don’t have a particular object in mind, the system allows for a random search that pulls from all sources on the site. Viewers might be very surprised at what they can find; it is almost like a treasure hunt.”

Frank Glossl, chairman of the Friends of the Battleship, said, “The mission of the Friends is to support, promote and perpetuate ship activities. Membership with the non-profit arm of the ship, increases the impact of all of the Battleship’s programs — its artifact acquisition, support of exhibits, innovative research, restoration projects and commitment to education. As an organization, we are delighted to be able to provide funding for such an honorable initiative.”

The online catalog will be continuously updated as new items are acquired and catalogued. Future additions include audio files, video clips, PDFs, and an online ordering form for reprints. A link with more information regarding collections online as well as other benefits of becoming a Friends member can be found at http://www.battleshipnc.com/Friends.

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visit www.battleshipnc.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).


David M. Carmines Memorial Team Tennis Championship at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

Register now for the David M. Carmines Memorial Team Tennis Championship at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

Registration is open for the David M. Carmines Memorial Team Tennis Championship at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, Nov. 15-17, 2013. All proceeds go to the David M. Carmines Foundation and benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center, the American Cancer Society, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The 10th annual tournament will serve the foundation’s mission to support recreation, cancer patient support and cancer research. Food and beverages will be supplied by championship supporter Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks.

Adult divisions and surfaces include:
· Teams of Men’s/Women’s Singles, Doubles & Combo Mixed – 3.0/6.0, 3.5/7.0, 4.0/8.0, 4.5/9.0, 5.0/10.0, open Round Robin Format for Team Matches.
· All matches will be played on clay courts
Tournament entry is available at www.palmettodunes.com or at www.davidmcarmines.org. The event is not a USTA Sanctioned Event, so any adult is eligible to play.

World Team Tennis Format. Each match is 5 total sets. Scoring based on games accumulated. Start times are available by calling Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center after 4 P.M. Wednesday, November 13 at 843-785-1152. See tournament home page for additional information.

About the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association
The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all area residents by effectively managing and enhancing public recreation programs and facilities. The Association produces, provides and coordinates public recreation programs, “wellness” activities and special events. The Association commits itself to monitoring the recreation needs of the community and instituting change where appropriate. To learn more, visit www.islandreccenter.org.

About the American Cancer Society (ACS)
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices. Learn more about ACS, what we do, and our plans for the future by visiting www.cancer.org.

About the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
At M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, our mission is simple – to eliminate cancer. Achieving that goal begins with integrated programs in cancer treatment, clinical trials, education programs and cancer prevention. Visit www.mdanderson.org to learn more.

For more information about the tournament, please contact Tournament Director Jackie Reynecke at 843-785-1152.

Art Museum Celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Food, Music and Crafts

Myrtle Beach area residents and visitors can join in celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the most popular holiday of the year in Mexico, on Saturday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the Art Museum hosts a Free Family Day. This is the tenth annual festival hosted by the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Dia de los Muertos promises to be a fun-filled occasion for all ages.

In pre-Hispanic times, the day was observed with a simple feast for the returning dead; after the Spanish conquest in the 15th century, the day was encompassed into the holiday called All Souls’ Day. Homes would be gaily decorated and the deceased loved ones’ favorite foods would be prepared, along with special treats such as candy skulls inscribed with the names of the deceased or special breads shaped like ghosts or bones.

The museum’s celebration will give visitors a chance to sample traditional breads and Mexican hot chocolate, be entertained by Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara and traditional Mexican dancers under a tent and enjoy music provided by Charles Pineda and indulge in traditional Mexican foods provided by Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant. An altar in the main reception room will honor the deceased artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.

Workshops and demonstrations will be offered in the art of making papel picado (paper banners), decorating sugar skulls, calavera masks with BB&T Bank, paper flowers, calavera puppets and shadow boxes. Youngsters of all ages can enjoy traditional storytelling and face painting, and a chance at breaking the treat-laden piñata. Visitors of all ages can participate in lotería (Mexican bingo) and help paint a Jose Guadalupe Posada-inspired mural.

All events and activities are free. For more information, call the Museum at 843-238-2510 or visit www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

All Day Events
-An altar in honor of deceased artist Jose Guadalupe Posada
-Family workshops for paper flowers, calavera puppets, shadow boxes, calavera masks, papel picado (paper banners) and sugar skulls
-Sampling of traditional breads & Mexican hot chocolate
-Face painting
-Lotería (bingo)
-Children’s literature display
-Authentic Mexican food by Fiesta Mexicana
– Jose Guadalupe Posada -inspired mural

Scheduled Events
-Day of the Dead lecture (12 N) (Reception Room)
– Jose Guadalupe Posada lecture (12:30 p.m.) (Reception Room)
-Folk tales and storytelling (12:45) (Outside Tent)
-Roving Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara (1 – 3 p.m.) (Inside and Outside Tent)
-Traditional Dancing with Grupo de Dansa Tradiciónes (2:15 p.m.) (Outside Tent)
-Children’s piñatas (2:50 p.m.) (Front Lawn)

* Schedule is subject to change461The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Amiri Farris Creates the 2013 Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival Commemorative Poster

In celebration of The 2013 Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival Bluffton resident and well known artist designed a unique commemorative artwork and poster.

Amiri Farris Arts seafood festival pic1
“I wanted to create a poster that was fun , unique, visually interesting and that captured the festive atmosphere of the Arts and Seafood Festival. The crab, oysters and shrimp encompass the theme of the festival and I tried to illustrate that in my own unique style,” stated Farris.

He will be signing posters as well as working on an oversized painting at the
Friends of Bluffton Artists 2nd Annual Invitational Showcase of Local Art  October 13 from 11 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Old Town on Calhoun & Boundary and  October 19 and 20 on the festival strip Calhoun Street.

He will also be releasing his new series called Bluffton dreams.This series of paintings and prints is a layered interpretation of elements found in old town Bluffton.“Bluffton is a unique town and I wanted to create a series of artwork illustrating the different elements found in old town in my own style.”

About the Festival

The ninth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be  in the charming and eclectic historic district of Bluffton SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is a week long event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious lowcountry cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area.

The highlight of the festival is the Streetfest which includes a juried fine art show featuring more than 100 artists from 10 different states displaying and selling their art, delicious food provided by the area’s premier restaurants and caterers and great music and entertainment on October 19 and 20.



Art Museum Opens ‘Passionate Collectors’ Exhibit September 22

Jonathan Green

Festival Time by Jonathan Green

Four years ago, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum received one of the largest and most significant gifts in its then-12-year history: the 53-piece collection of husband and wife Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel. The collection included works in a wide range of styles, subjects and media all focused on Southern art.  Represented in the collection are 21 pieces from South Carolinian JonathanGreen, along with works by noted African-American artists William H.Clarke, James Denmark, Cassandra Gillens and others.

Jumpin' and Jivin' by James Denmark

Jumpin’ and Jivin’ by James Denmark

A selection of works from this exceptional collection, along with a new Jonathan Green painting, will comprise an exhibit titled Passionate Collectors and 25 Years of Jonathan Green, on display at the museum beginning  Sept. 22.

It's Delovely by Jonathan Green

It’s Delovely by Jonathan Green

In recognition of Jonathan Green’s efforts highlighting Gullah culture, the exhibit’s opening coincides with the Art Museum’s annual Gullah Culture Celebration, a day of entertainment and activities taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 22.  Regular gallery hours for Passionate Collectors continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 29.Former Bostonians, Ms. Burgess and the late Dr. Dinkelspiel (who passed away in March 2013), relocated to the Lowcountry and fell in love with its art and culture. Their art collection quickly grew to encompass numerous works by  Green along with pieces by nearly a dozen other Southern artists, as they became not only collectors but advocates for Southern art and artists.

Through  Green, the couple was introduced to the outreach projects of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, in particular, its work with children and school groups. At the museum, they felt their collection would find a permanent home and would also be the basis for a host of activities that would enlighten and inspire future generations of art lovers and artists.

The Burgess-Dinkelspiel collection of Jonathan Green paintings were created over three decades and feature familiar images drawn from his own personal experiences, steeped in the traditions of family, community and life in the Lowcountry.  They have drawn national and international attention to the wonderfully unique Gullah culture that has enriched the coastal regions of the Southeast for centuries. Green’s art, which has been featured in several previous exhibits at the Art Museum, captures the essence of simple acts of joy, whether dancing, fishing or walking on the beach.

An avid historian as well as artist and arts advocate, Green recently launched an initiative called Project RICE, an acronym that stands for Race, Ingenuity/Injustice, Culture and Economy.  The Lowcountry RICE Culture Forum, an organization whose aim is to discover and revive the significance of rice cultivation and its legacies and use this history as a launching pad for broad discussions of race, class, art, trade, history and economics in the Southeast, will meet this year in Charleston, September 12-14.  Green talks passionately about how the cultivation of rice led to prosperity in the Lowcountry, yet this part of slave history isn’t taught in schools.  The artist would like to see history texts give credit to his ancestors’ economic contributions to the region from their work in the rice fields. For his part, Green is currently developing artworks that incorporate the subject of rice culture. One of these works, an oil painting titled Lowcountry Rice Culture, is featured in Passionate Collectors.  The work depicts a woman flaying sustenance rice in a technique used by her African ancestors.

Harmonic Progression by Aaron Henderson

Harmonic Progression by Aaron Henderson

Also appearing in the exhibition is a recent acquisition of art collector Barbara Burgess, a work painted in coffee by Cuban artist Reynier Llanes.  Llanes, who now calls Charleston home,is a former artist in residence of Jonathan Green Studios, and his work in coffee was exhibited at the Art Museum in 2011.

Admission to the Museum is free. Donations are welcomed. For further information, call 843-238-2510 or visit www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org