Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Saluda Shoals Unearthed Art in Nature Oct 2-5

Saluda Shoals "unearth days" Oct 2-5 Columbia SC -
Where nature and art co-exist

"Thursday (10/2) Food, Art & Business Market 5:00 p.m.
Presented in partnership with the Irmo Chamber of Commerce, this will feature unique businesses, delicious food" and beautiful art for sale by local artists. Contact Melody Powers at the CofC749-9355.

"Friday (10/3) The Palmetto Mastersingers Concert 6:30 p.m.
Bring a picnic and join us for an evening performance with SC’s Musical Ambassadors singing American classics, beach music and favorites from the “Rat Pack”. "

"Saturday (10/4) The Sound of Music 6:00 p.m.
People of all ages will enjoy singing along with local musicians as they perform our most favorite
childhood songs. When the sun goes down, gather around for the showing of the sing-a-long version of The Sound of Music. Coordinated in partnership with Nickelodeon & The Musician & Songwriters Guild of SC. "

"Sunday (10/5) A Day of Art at Saluda Shoals Park 1 :00 p.m.
A day showcasing art demonstrations, poetry, music, dance, and outdoor sculpture. Highlights include artist barbie Mathis painting along the river, as well as Michel McNinch and many others. The day concludes with a concert by the Lake Murray Symphony. "

This event is presented by the Saluda Shoals Foundation and Irmo Chapin Recreation
Commission in partnership with the Irmo Chamber of Commerce, Nickelodeon, Musician & Songwriters \ Guild of South Carolina and 701 Center for Contemporary Art."

"unearth Summary

Contact - Saluda Shoals Foundation Executive Directordpatton@icrc.net803.213.2035"

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Art Reception & Sale Featuring Ilona

Back Porch Studio on Two Notch Rd. in Columbia SC will be honoring the former ETV star of "Painting with Ilona" Sunday Oct. 5, from 1:30-5:30. A fine selection of art works done by Ilona and her students. Oil paintings in the impressionistic style; fine photography from Sandra Phaup; great giclees, prints and original realistic landscapes by Jean Ehler; mixed media collage and abstracts by Jean Bourque and great sculptures and pottery by Kevin Smith and Paul Moore. Many other artists will be included as well.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Coming Soon Art Classes with Ilona

Ilona will be returning to Columbia SC soon. (and to other SC destinations) Ilona Royce Smithken former tv star of "Painting with Ilona" will be hosted by Sandra and Bud Phaup of Forest Acres in Columbia SC. Sandra is the founder of the Back Porch Painters Gallery and Potter's Studios.

Painting with Oils in an Impressionistic Style classes will run Mon -Fri Sep 29-Oct 3 and Oct 6 to Oct 10 Mon-Fri. Both weeks the classes will be from 10 AM to 1:30 PM with a quick lunch break.
Ilona currently resides in NYC and summers in Provincetown, MA. During the fall and winter Ilona travels throughout the Southeast teaching her famous style from Columbia SC to Louisville KY.
More info to follow...

Email; Juried Art Competition in Knoxville, TN

Dear friends and artists,

I wanted to let you know about the upcoming Arts & Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition of 2008. The deadline for entries to be postmarked is Saturday, September 27, 2008. The selected art will be exhibited at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from December 15, 2008 - January 14, 2009, with an awards ceremony and reception scheduled for "First Friday", January 2, 2009.

This year's juror is Angela Usrey, Owner and Director of Tanner Hill Gallery in Chattanooga. Prizes include $1,400 in cash awards as well as future exhibition opportunities.

A prospectus and application are available on our Web site at http://www.knoxalliance.com/news/news.html#Juried. Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to pass this along to any interested parties.
Kind regards,
Arts & Culture Alliance
PO Box 2506
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 523-7543(865) 523-7312 fax

Friday, September 12, 2008

Artists for 701 Center for Contemporary Art Meeting

Calling All Visual Artists

Join Laura Spong, Jeff Donovan, David and Ellen Yaghjian and Mary Glickerson for an artists' event in support of Columbia's new 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The event will take place Sunday, September 21, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Laura Spong's on Pinemont Dr, Columbia, S.C. The event will be catered by Southern Way. Several 701 CCA board members will be at the event to talk about the center.

About 701 CCA: 701 will open to the public mid-October with a Grand Gala opening on October 16 and the public opening of the inaugural exhibition, Textile Tales, on October 17. The center has already welcomed its first artist in residence at the renovated 701 Whaley Street in Olympia, Columbia's historic textile mill village. 701 CCA's first resident, Beth Melton of Rock Hill, moved in September 1 and is working on a textile-based installation. Melton is part of the center's inaugural year that focuses on art and residencies that engage the legacy and materials of the textile industry, mill villages and mill workers. She will be in 701 CCA's inaugural exhibition, along with South Carolina's artists Ellen Kochansky, Phil Moody and Scotty Peek.
This information was provided by Mary Gilkerson. For further info contact her 803.799.1368.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Movie Reveiw: Babylon A. D.

Babylon was a fast moving action packed adventure story featuring several newcomers to the large screen and Vin Diesel as the main character along with Muchelle Yeoh. As with many action adventure movies; we have a "paid killer". This one however; played quite convincingly has decided to reform and has agreed to deliver a "package" from a convent in the hills of Asia to NYC.

The package turns out to be a "nun" and her (previously abandoned) adopted daughter. The girl is the package said to be carrying a rare virus. She is amazingly understated as both an intellect and a striking beauty. Although she flirts with the leading man; he is having none of it. All he wants to do is his job. In the end he realizes it is a suicide mission. Even so; the ending turns out to be quite surprising and cleverly crafted.

Using my standard rating guide:

Did it make me laugh? Yes, I laughed some; although its not a comedy
Did it make me cry? Yes, it had a few tender moments.
Did it keep me awake? YES and that is a miracle because I was very tired!

A movie worth seeing; but leave the kids at home....it is a little rough around the edges as are most movies in this genre. One thing I am not real clear on is why the movie was named Babylon A D ? The title total doesn't make sense to me in regards to the movie; so for that I am going to deduct a half point and rate it 2.5 points on a scale of three.

This movie is currently playing in several theaters throughout Columbia, SC

Alicia Leeke's Reception Date Changed to Sept 12th

featuring work by South Carolina artist

Due to the Storm Warnings in Charleston Alicia's show which I posted last week and was scheduled for this evening has now been changed to Sept 12th. The exhibition will be marked with an opening preview reception from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit will continue until September 30.

The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and is located at 6 North Atlantic Wharf, off East Bay Street and across from a convenient parking garage. You may contact Alicia about her paintings by calling (803) 429-5456, 888-429-5456, via email at leekeka@hotmail.com or by visiting her website at www.alicialeeke.com.

TAG features Howard Hunt as Guest Speaker 9/8

Like I mentioned last week; art season is about to begin. I say that with a grin as you know most of the art leagues do not meet during the summer months. Trenholm Art League aka: TAG will have their first meeting of the year in Columbia SC at 7PM Monday evening. Howard Hunt a gifted artist that paints nature's scenes on canvas as well as having an eye to capture beautiful images in photography will be the guest speaker.

Howard Hunt was very instrumental in the Artist's Round Table last year and helped secure art shows at various venues for many of our members through connections he has in the real estate business. Finding local business owners willing to allow art shows of the ART Group really makes Howard not only a gifted artist but truly a gifted entrepreneur and marketing guru. His presentation should be very informative and interesting.

I wish I could make it there; but I will be out of town on business. So ...go in my place and have a good time. Don't forget to tell Howard you read about him on my blog.