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South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Announces Second Shift Twosdays

October 8, 2014


The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is staying open late every Tuesday until 8pm for Second Shift Twosdays offering guests more time to experience the museum. The museum is calling their weekly extended hours “Second Shift Twosdays” to celebrate the history of its building and the mill workers who decades ago came in during the evenings to work the second shift. The museum is also incorporating the number “two” during Second Shift Twosdays through special offerings and savings.

Every Tuesday evening, the museum will feature something different, which may include programs, planetarium shows, 4D movies, lunar observing, exhibit previews, food and beverage events, discounts and more. In addition to special features, the entire museum will stay open during Second Shift Twosdays.

Photo by Thomas Hammond

During these evening openings, guests can sit back and watch a planetarium show, experience movies like never before in the 4D theater and explore the museum’s four floors of art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the newly reopened Lipscomb Gallery and the current blockbuster exhibit “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time”. Guests can also tour the new fourth floor observatory and telescope gallery. Night observing from the observatory will begin as soon as it is dark enough outside.  Please note: Observing can be done only if the sky is clear and may be canceled if the weather does not permit.

“Second Shift Twosdays are great for people who can’t make it to the museum during normal work hours or for those who are looking for something fun and different to do on Tuesday evenings,” said Merritt McHaffie, director of marketing, SC State Museum. “We decided to call these hours our ‘second shift’ to honor our largest artifact – our building, which was the first fully electric powered mill in the country.”

During the month of October, Second Shift Twosdays will be held on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 and will feature two Halloween-themed laser light shows in the planetarium.

At 6pm, enjoy HalloScream Laser Lights, a thrilling family-fun laser show featuring Halloween music favorites, including “Thriller,” “Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters.”

At 7pm, experience Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, an entrancing laser light show set to one of rock and roll’s most influential and bestselling albums, Pink Floyd’s 1973 “Dark Side of the Moon”.  Laser Floyd will only be available during Second Shift Twosdays and during Growl at the Moon on Oct. 30. Please note: Laser Floyd contains loud music and language that may not be appropriate for children.  Laser Floyd is appropriate for ages 17+.

Be sure to check out the museum’s new 4D theater during Second Shift Twosdays. In October, “Planet Earth: From Pole to Pole” will play at 5:30pm and “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs” will play at 6:30pm.  Visit ( for more information about Second Shift Twosdays and for ticket prices.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory.  These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

For more information about the museum, visit (

Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers 10th Anniversary Benefit Luncheon and Designer Handbag Auction – Nov. 10, 2014

October 8, 2014


The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, is now taking reservations for its Tenth Annual Bag Ladies Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, from 11am to 1pm, at the beautiful Grande Dunes Members Club.

The popular event offers attendees a stimulating two hours with a gourmet plated luncheon, a silent hand-bag auction; a strolling fashion show by The Pink Cabana; a trunk show by noted celebrity bag designer Mehera Blum, a Myrtle Beach native who has gained notoriety on the West Coast for her unique, high-end purses and a drawing for a Louis Vuitton handbag.

The trunk show featuring all of Blum’s bag and jewelry lines will directly follow the luncheon with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Art Museum.

Tickets for the event are $50. Space is limited and advance reservations (required) should be made no later than Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

The Bag Ladies Luncheon raises funds for the non-profit Museum’s operating budget and helps to provide free admission to all visitors year-round as well as to support numerous education and outreach programs.

The Bag Ladies Luncheon Presenting Sponsor this year is Myrtle Beach Travel Park. The Supporting Sponsors are Grande Dunes OBGYN & Facial Aesthetics, HUB International, The Market Common, The Pink Cabana, and WebsterRogers.

Tickets are available at the Art Museum, 3100 N. Ocean Blvd., on line at (, or by calling 843/238-2510.

The 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, 10am to 4pm and Sundays, 1 to 4pm. 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.

Night of the Living Arts ARTOBERFEST! Takes Place in Lancaster, SC – Oct. 24, 2014

October 7, 2014


Night of the Living Arts ARTOBERFEST! takes place in Lancaster, SC, )ct. 24, 2014, from 6-11pm. The event is sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and check in is at The Springs House, 201 West Gay Street, in downtown Lancaster, SC.

Night of the Living Arts (NOLA) ARTOBERFEST! takes on an Oktoberfest theme this year! Visit downtown Lancaster businesses while enjoying art, live music, food, beverages, prize giveaways & surprises.

Advance tickets available Oct. 1-17: $20 LCCA members, $25 Non-members. After Oct. 17 all tickets will be $25, available at LCCA office and at the door.

Participating business are Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio​, Native American Studies Center, Picture Perfect, Inc., Gallery 102, JR Wright Photographer & Fine Arts Studio, at Home by Casey, Tom & Sherry’s Ice Cream, Cafe Taylor, Charley’s Cafe, Edward Scott House, Estilo by CX Boutique & Make-up Studio and Purple Rooster.

​For more information please contact the Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 803-285-7451 or visit ( ​

Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster, SC, is Calling All Vendors for 2014 Winter Block Party – Dec. 6, 2014

October 7, 2014


Lancaster Performing Arts, in Lancaster, SC, is now accepting applications for holiday crafters and food vendors for the 2014 Winter Block Party. The Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in downtown Lancaster, SC, from 11am to 4pm during the Red Rose Holiday Tour.

This FREE family friendly event will rock you into the Holiday Spirit with live musical performances, holiday booths, and concessionaires. The Winter Block Party is a great opportunity to introduce your food or crafts to the many residents and visitors drawn to downtown Lancaster during the Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Other Red Rose Holiday Tour free activities taking place downtown on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, include a multitude of holiday open houses, an indoor artisan show, Santa Train & Workshop and much more!

For more information, contact Jimola W. Wade by calling 803/289-1494, e-mail at ( or visit (

USC Upstate Professor Bridget Kirkland Presents at Southeastern College Art Conference, in Sarasota, FL – Oct. 8-11, 2014

October 7, 2014


The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, is pleased to announce that Bridget Kirkland will present a paper entitled, “Whaddya Say Jim, Time and Memory in Slices,” during the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference in Sarasota, FL, Oct. 8-11, 2014.

Kirkland’s paper will be presented during the themed session, “Reinventing Memory.”

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Kirkland is a part-time professor of graphic design at USC Upstate and serves as a faculty design mentor for the STUDIO, a student-run design firm housed in the incubator at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

Kirkland also serves an adjunct professor at Converse College. She is a digital artist at Bridget Kirkland Design and serves as the art director for a college-themed app scheduled for release in summer 2015.

For further info call Carolyn Farr Shanesy at 864/503-7419.

Local Tourism Awards Named by Olde English District Tourism Commission in South Carolina

October 7, 2014


The Olde English District Tourism Commission promotes tourism for the seven counties of Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster Union and York Counties in SC. The commission held its Annual Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Duke Energy, on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse. A panel of South Carolina Welcome Center Managers and the Manager of the Visitor Services program from SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism discussed upcoming changes in the Welcome Centers, marketing opportunities and how to get more visitors to your city, attraction or accommodation.

The recipient of the Betty Skeen Hospitality Employee of the Year award for 2014 is Beckee Garris, the Visitor Coordinator of the Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC. She is the welcoming smile and wealth of knowledge visitors want to find on her travels. She takes great pride to ensure that everyone who walks through the doors of her attraction has a rich, rewarding experience. She will compete with the winners from the state’s other ten tourism regions for the 2014 South Carolina Hospitality Employee of the Year. The winner will be named at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel, to be held Myrtle Beach, SC in February 2015.

Linda Vaughan from Van Wyck was named the 2014 Carrie B. Dover Volunteer of the Year. She works tirelessly to in numerous volunteer capacities for Lancaster County- always with the goal in mind to improve the quality of life. The places she volunteers include Andrew Jackson State Park and the Celebrate VanWyck! Festival where she is a driving force. All of her volunteer efforts are to ensure that her county is a great place to live and work and of course, visit.

Cheraw State Park was named the 2014 Olde English District Attraction of the Year. Parks are a great place to unplug and Cheraw offers a variety of ways to relax- from an 18-hole championship golf course to paddle boarding to nature walks. It plays a major role in bringing tourists to our area and always delivers a top notch experience. While it was the first state park and is over 80 years old, it is constantly improving.

For further info contact Jayne Scarborough, Executive Director, Olde English Tourism Commission by calling 803/385-7098 or e-mail to (

Citizens’ Alliance for Support of Arts And Culture Meeting on Hilton Head Island, SC – Oct. 10, 2014

October 7, 2014

We need your ideas and your insights! The Citizens’ Alliance for Support of Arts and Culture (CASAC) invites everyone who loves art, culture, and history to a discussion on establishing an OFFICE of Cultural Affairs on Hilton Head, SC. The proposed Office of Cultural Affairs would promote Hilton Head’s vibrant community of design, arts, and culture, professionals and organizations to the nation and the world. In addition, the office would provide a resource for networking, creating events, disseminating information about venues, grants, marketing, volunteer and business opportunities, as well as offer a central calendar of community happenings.

Help us create this new venture. Bring your suggestions and creative thoughts to our community forum this Saturday.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2014, at 11:30am to 1:30pm, at Coligny Theatre in Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head.

Can’t make it and you want to SIGN THE PETITION or help, volunteer, contact information/questions: Mira Scott 843/842-5299, e-mail at ( or Carolyn Males 843/342-2250, e-mail at (

The October 2014 Issue of “Carolina Arts” is Now Ready to Download

October 1, 2014


The October 2014 issue of Carolina Arts is up on our website at ( – all 86 pages of it. Fall weather actually arrived on time this year. You can probably read the paper outside this month.

Single page downloads are more than double the amount for side by side format – which is good as many people desired one or the other. We’re here to please all we can so we’ll continue offering you the choice of two ways to download the paper:

For single page format use this link (

For side by side page format use this link (

So download that PDF and dig in – it makes for good reading and shows that you have lots of opportunities to enjoy the visual arts in the Carolinas this month. And, don’t forget to find a way to thank our advertisers – they make the paper possible.

And help us spread the paper around by sending these links to your friends.

If you want to get something in the November 2014 issue – send it now or as soon as you can. Don’t wait till the Oct. 24 deadline – or you could be left out. It happens.

Thanks – Tom and Linda Starland
Carolina Arts

One-Night-Only Exhibit and Reception Honors North Charleston (SC) History Mural Designer James Christopher Hill – Oct. 9, 2014

September 30, 2014

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to host a one-night-only exhibition and artist reception in recognition of graphic and fine artist James Christopher Hill on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, from 5-7pm. The free, public event will take place on the third floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston, SC.

In 2013, James Christopher Hill was awarded a commission by the City of North Charleston to design a large outdoor public mural highlighting the City’s history, from colonial times to the present. Plans to install Hill’s 140-foot by 40-foot mural design on an elevated tank near the City’s Olde Village were halted, but officials moved forward with commissioning the artwork. A large canvas giclée print of Hill’s creation currently hangs in the Executive Department offices at City Hall. The design, which includes renderings of maps, prominent historical figures, significant landmarks, and symbols of industry that are pertinent to the history and development of North Charleston, will be displayed as a public mural once an appropriate location is determined. For now, the public may view the design, along with some of Hill’s preliminary sketches and research, at the October 9 exhibit. The artist will also display a number of his fine art oil paintings.

James Christopher Hill is no stranger to producing public art pieces. His hand painted murals can be seen locally on the Planet Follywood restaurant on Folly Beach, at Cypress Gardens, and in the Mellow Mushroom restaurant located in downtown Charleston, SC. He is perhaps better known for his oil painted landscapes and skyscapes executed in traditional American realism and contemporary romanticism style, as well as illustrative works in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Gothic/Horror genres. His talent with a paintbrush translates seamlessly into his skills as a graphic artist, as demonstrated by his City History mural design, which he digitally painted using computer software.

Hill received formal training at the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Animation in 1998.  His senior animation thesis brought Ringling College their first OSCAR for Best Student Computer Animation from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Science.  Over the last 16 years, his award-winning original works have been collected extensively by private and commercial clients both locally and in various countries throughout the world, including Japan, Russia, China, Germany, France, Spain, India and many more.

For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail to (, or visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website at (

Artists in all Disciplines Sought for 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival – Deadline Dec. 5, 2014

September 30, 2014


The City of North Charleston (SC) Cultural Arts Department is seeking applications from artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature for participation in the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community based groups, and individuals are eligible to apply. Artists have the option to submit a proposal for one of the festival’s stand-alone Individual Events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week, and/or apply for inclusion in the Main Event, held May 2 and 3 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex.

Visual artists should note that this application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo or group exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, and not for participation in the Festival’s Judged Art Competitions. The 2015 Artist Application will be available for download from ( beginning Oct. 1, 2014. There is no fee to apply and Cultural Arts staff is available to assist artists with their proposals.

The deadline for submission of applications is 5pm on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.


The North Charleston Arts Festival is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, drawing over 30,000 residents and visitors annually to participate in a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions and activities in all arts disciplines.  The Main Event Weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and  Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, offers free admission and parking to over 40 performances on four themed stage stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft booths, and a food courtyard.  The Arts Festival continues with 65+ events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations.  An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances, children’s activities and fireworks over the Cooper River.

Past applicants to the North Charleston Arts Festival may notice that the application timeline for 2015 has been changed from previous years. The deadline is now one month earlier and booking notifications are set to be distributed in mid-January of 2015, rather than early February. “The number of applications we receive each year continues to increase, as does the quality and complexity of the proposals,” says Marty Besancon, Cultural Arts Director for the City of North Charleston. “The adjusted application schedule will give our office more time to process and review the increasing number of applications and also allows us to notify applicants of our selections sooner, which will give artists more time to plan and produce their work for the festival in May,” she explains.

In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing artists may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for over ten years.  The Processional is typically led by African drummers and dancers and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups. The Opening Processional application will be available for download from ( beginning Oct. 1, 2014, with submissions due by 5pm on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival and other participation opportunities visit (, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843/740-5854 or e-mail to (


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