Archive for November, 2011

Monique Holenko to Present Holiday Sweets Program at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC – Dec. 14, 201

November 30, 2011

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic art gallery in Calabash, NC, will offer its monthly interactive Creative Exchange program on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, from 11am -12:30pm. The featured speaker will be Monique Holenko of Sugar Confections in Shallotte, NC. She will present The Art of Holiday Baking and demonstrate how to put together her popular donut tree.

After providing friends and family with tasty confections for years, Holenko, began a home-based baking and catering business in 2006. Her wedding cakes, cookies and other sweets became so popular, she says, she outgrew her home kitchen and opened up shop in Shallotte in 2010.

Her bakery, Sugar Confections, has become a regular destination for locals craving her cakes, cookies, cupcakes, breads, cannolis, pastries and other confectionery treats.

The program fee is $7 and includes lunch. Due to space limitations, reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910/575-5999.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are also classes in oil painting, watercolor, pastel and figure drawing.

For more information, call the number listed above or visit the website at (

The Earring Lady in Florence, SC, Features Jewelry by Beth Wicker – Dec. 9-11, 2011

November 30, 2011

The Earring Lady in Florence, SC, will be hosting a show and sale of original handcrafted jewelry by Beth Wicker on Dec. 9 – 11, 2011.

Wicker, co-president of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths, will be showing work in affordable copper, silver, and semi-precious stones. Light refreshments will be served Friday and Saturday nights. There will also be multiple door prizes all 3 days.

The Earring Lady is located at 2717 Second Loop Road in Florence. Look for the lavender house.

For more information call 843/317-1732.

Eck McCanless Pottery in Seagrove, NC, Offers Holiday Weekend – Dec. 3 & 4, 2011

November 30, 2011

Eck McCanless Pottery in Seagrove, NC, will celebrate the holiday season with a “Holiday Weekend” event on Dec. 3, from 10am-5pm, and Dec. 4, from 12noon-4pm. McCanless will offer hands-on demonstrations during the event.  Visitors are invited to try turning a pot on the wheel or carving McCanless’ signature agateware pottery. Holiday items, including gift ideas and stocking stuffers will be available during the event. Light refreshments will be served, as well.

Eck McCanless Pottery is one of the newest shops in Seagrove, located at 6077 Old US Highway 220. The doors opened on July 15, 2011. The shop features agateware and crystalline pottery. Agateware, sometimes known as swirlware, is made by turning multiple colors of clay together on the wheel.

McCanless takes the process a step further by carving the outside of his pots with special carving tools. Carving through the layers of clay reveals patterns similar to wood grain or fudge-ripple ice cream, and gives the pots texture.  The finished products are highly decorative, safe for food, and can be used in the oven, dishwasher and microwave.

“The more time I spend making agateware, the more I love it,” McCanless said. “I never know what I’m going to see when I start carving the pot, but I’m almost always pleased with the results. I want other people to experience the magic that happens when you carve an agate pot, so I thought I would offer the opportunity with hands-on demonstrations for the holiday event.”

The process is not as easy as McCanless makes it look. He had the opportunity to experiment with clay at a young age in his family’s shop Dover Pottery. When he was 18-years-old, he began taking the craft seriously, pushing himself to create artful shapes, and incorporating sculpture and carving into his work.

At 37, the years of experience show when McCanless creates a pot. His hands slide effortlessly over the clay when he’s at the wheel. His graceful forms are lightweight and elegant. Forethought and expertise can be seen in his carved agateware with eye-catching patterns that repeat themselves around each pot.

“When I help people try to turn pottery or show them how to carve my agate pots, they may not get the same results they see in the shop, but they can see firsthand why I love it so much,” McCanless said.

Eck McCanless Pottery is open from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 12noon to 4pm on Sunday. The shop is closed on Wednesday.

More information can be found at ( or by calling 336/873-7412.

Several other Seagrove area pottery shops will also hold special events during the weekend of Dec. 3 and 4. To find out information about other holiday events in Seagrove, visit ( or (

McCanless’s family’s shop, Dover Pottery is still open on Dover Pottery Drive. Eck McCanless continues to make all the crystalline available at Dover and in his own shop. His brother Will, owns and operates the McCanless Pottery shops on NC Highway 705.

In the Spirit of Giving, Nationally renowned Southern Artist West Fraser has hung his 7th Painting in a Tree, in Historic Charleston, SC

November 30, 2011

In the spirit of Christmas, gift giving, and trimming the tree, renowned Southern representational painter West Fraser has announced that he has placed his 7th painting in a tree. The painting is somewhere South of Broad in Historic Charleston, SC. Fraser’s Painting In A Tree project began in 2009 when he placed his first painting in a tree on Cumberland Island, GA. Since then, 7 paintings have been hung and found. Donations have been made to organizations such as: Wounded Warriors Foundation, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, American and Canadian Cancer Society, Gibbes Museum of Art, A Montessori School, a Hospital in Maine etc….

So be on the lookout – Fraser has hung a painting in a tree as a catalyst for gift giving this holiday season. On the back of the painting there will be a personal message from the artist. Be ready to receive and to give this holiday season!

Fraser started The Painting In A Tree project 3 years ago as a way to make gift giving a perpetuating process. He states, “ I hope that with my gift found, the discoverer will give as well, and perhaps tell others of a random gift found that in turn will prompt more gift giving. In the contemplation of the financial struggles I have experienced as an artist, my thoughts turned to my artist friends whom are dedicated and talented individuals, yet find themselves in the grips of this financial downturn working hard to make ends meet. With these thoughts in mind I am attempting to set an example of caring and giving, albeit in a very small way and by an unconventional method.”

Fraser continues, “I give this painting in a tree as a gift, to whomever may find it. However, the painting happens to have strings attached… literally. I ask you, the recipient, to give to your favorite charity or to your local hospital, high school art program, artist organization, museum in town or to a favorite artist or friend that is struggling or in need, etc….”

For further information e-mail to ( or visit (

Works by Susan Lenz are all Over Main Street for Columbia, SC’s First Thursday on Main – Dec. 1, 2011

November 30, 2011

Dec. 1, 2011 is the first Thursday of the month and in Columbia, SC, that means First Thursday on Main Street and also for this month, the annual Mingle and Jingle event. I know this from experience and I know of some of the events only from an e-mail from Susan Lenz. It seems the people who usually provide info on such events in Columbia are holiday challenged this month. They’re not too forthcoming with advanced info as it is any month, but here’s what we know.

Editor’s Note: Artists who leave the promotion of their activities to the media are fools and often sorry they did so. That’s my experience in doing an arts newspaper for 24 years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question – “They didn’t send you a press release?”

On Dec. 1, 2011, from 5-9pm, S & S Art Supply, at 1633 Main Street will present, Hung By the Chimney With Care Window Installation and Art Exhibition.

Using socks, buttons, photographs, and Christmas decorations from the old SC Department of Mental Health Hospital, Lenz has created a window installation to remember those who cannot celebrate the holidays in traditional ways.

Lenz’s “Muses Series” is featured inside S & S. The artwork was created on book pages published in 1655. Most  includes at least one button from the State Mental Hospital floor. Ink washes, collaged ephemera, machine embroidery and hand beading also embellish these antique pages.

Fiber Christmas ornaments ($12) and bookmarks ($4) are also available.

On Dec. 1, 2011, from 6-9pm, Anastasia and Friends, located inside the Free-Times building at 1534 Main Street.

This month the exhibition includes five of Susan Lenz’s “Window Series” as well as work by: Bohumila Augustinova, Lucy Bailey, Leslie Bennett, Rachel Borgman, Anastasia Chernoff, Candace Engel, Kara Gunter, Jennifer Stephens Hill, Paul Kaufmann, Michael Krajewski, Matthew Kramer, Whitney LeJeune, Paul Moore, Paula Riddle, Virginia Scotchie, Mallane Stanbury, Lyra Stephens, Woodie Wentworth, Lindsay Wiggins, and Roe Young.  There will be performances too!

From “Window Series”

On Dec. 1, 2011, from 6-9pm, Tapps Center for the Arts, 1644 Main Street, Two Hours at the Beach Art Quilt and Window Installation by Susan Lenz.

Lenz’s unique art quilt, Two Hours at the Beach, inspired this window installation currently on view at the Tapps Art Center.

Last spring Lenz spent a mere two hours along South Carolina’s coastline collecting beach trash at Folly Beach, SC. She resisted cigarette butts, aluminum cans, dog poop, and debris of enormous size. In June, Lenz combined her “trash stash” with recycled acrylic felt, netting, and thread. She called this unique art quilt Two Hours at the Beach.

For further info visit Lenz’s website at ( or her blog at (

NC State University in Raleigh, NC, Offers Lecture by Peter Murray – Dec. 5, 2011

November 29, 2011

NC State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, in collaboration with NC Museum of Art, presents the lecture, Art and Landscape: Henry Moore to Jaume Plensa at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, by Peter Murray, founding director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, one of the largest art parks in the world. Murray has been at the forefront of the intersection of landscape and contemporary art.

The lecture will be presented on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at 6pm in Burns Auditorium at Kamphoefner Hall on the NC State campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This presentation is part of NC State University’s 2011–12 Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, Collaboration—Beyond the Silo.

For further info contact the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation by calling 919/839-6262.

19th Annual Chatham Studio Tour Takes Place Throughout Chatham County NC – Dec. 3&4 and Dec. 10&11, 2011

November 29, 2011

The 19th Annual Chatham Studio Tour, sponsored by the Chatham Artists Guild and the Chatham County Arts Council, takes place throughout Chatham County NC for two weekends including, Dec. 3&4 and Dec. 10&11, 2011, from 10am-5pm each day. A reception will be held on Dec. 2, from 7-9pm at the Central Carolina Community College gallery in Pittsboro, NC.

Work by Martha Danek

The Studio Tour is self guided with each studio identified by a large red triangle on the map and signs near and at each studio. A printed brochure is available by e-mailing (

The reception at the Central Carolina Community College gallery in Pittsboro features one work by each participating artist on the tour and a display of art from the students of Chatham County Schools.

A preview exhibit of works by participating artists is on view at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC, through Dec. 15, 2011. A reception will be held there on Dec. 9, from 6-9pm in conjunction with Carrboro’s Friday Art Walk.

The Chatham County Open Studio Tour was founded in 1992 under the direction of Cathy Holt, with the goal of promoting artists living in the county. The Studio Tour was one of the many programs of the Chatham County Arts Council (CCAC, also known as ChathamArts).

Work by Kathleen Jardine

The Chatham Studio Tour is one of the oldest in North Carolina, a prototype for other area studio tours, and a highly respected art venue. Since its inception, participation in the Studio Tour has grown from 32 artists to nearly 60 in recent years.

For further information visit (

Conway Glass in Conway, SC, Offers Glass Blowing Demonstrations and Art Gathering – Dec. 3, 2011

November 29, 2011

On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, enjoy glass blowing demos, holiday shopping and then make time to relax at an afternoon “Art Gathering”.

Conway Glass, located at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway, SC, will host glass artist Wayne Fitzgerald of Hatboro, PA, who will offer glass blowing demonstration from 11am-4pm. Visitors are invited to see how glass candy canes are made. See Fitzgerald make a glass snowman from molten glass right before your eyes! This is a fun FREE family friendly event. Glassblowers will be demonstrating a variety of glass blowing techniques throughout the day.

An Art Gathering will follow the demonstrations at 4pm. Enjoy a bite to eat, and enjoy liquid refreshment and “live” music by singer/songwriter Brian Roessler. An Art Gathering is defined as a casual social event that celebrates local art with good food, great music, and awesome people.

For further information call 843/248-3558 or visit (

Benton Henry of Latta, SC, Awarded Grant to Assist in the Publication of a Book on Tobacco Culture

November 25, 2011

The South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded a grant to photographer Benton Henry to pursue the publication of a book uniting his photography of tobacco culture and the writings of Dr. Eldred “Wink” Prince. This new endeavor arose from the highly successful traveling photography exhibit, Tobacco Barns of the Pee Dee. The exhibit was featured in several cities throughout the Pee Dee in 2008-09.

The new project will explore in words and images the historical memory of the Pee Dee tobacco culture by those who lived it. “Wink and I are extremely excited to be working together again,” said Henry. “This is something that we have talked about for some time and it’s a great feeling to know that the Arts Commission supports our project.”

The images featured in the book will come from all over the Pee Dee and will showcase several aspects of tobacco culture. Much of the text is derived from historical research and interviews conducted in the 1990s by Dr. Prince, Director of the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, and Dr. Robert Simpson, former Chair of the History Department at Coker College in Hartsville, SC.

Henry, a resident of Latta, SC, and graduate of Francis Marion University, has been a professional photography for 25 years. Prince, a native of Loris, SC, is the author of Long Green: The Rise & Fall of Tobacco in South Carolina. Joining Henry and Prince in the project will be Bruce Douglas of Pee Dee Arts as editor and Nate Gulledge, a native of Chesterfield, SC, as designer.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.

For more information, visit ( or call 803/734-8696.

Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers Tour of Brian Rutenberg Exhibit – Dec. 4, 2011

November 23, 2011

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, SC, is offering the public a free docent tour through Brimming Tide: Paintings and Drawings by Brian Rutenberg. The docent tour, offered Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at 2pm, will be given by the former Art History professor at Coastal Carolina University, Bobbie Lawson.

The exhibition, sponsored by The Bellamy Law Firm, comprises 30 oil paintings and drawings representing a span of work from 1998 to 2011.

As a young and aspiring painter, Rutenberg sought to capture a unique representation of the landscape through abstraction. Drawn from his childhood growing up along the South Carolina coast, his early memories continue to be a presence in his painting. Inspired by artists like Gregory Amenoff, Joan Mitchell and Hans Hofmann, Rutenberg executes paintings that embrace spirituality, fascination with color and an obvious love of paint. Although nature continues to be the major theme in his paintings, each of his works presents a fresh a brand new approach and vision.

Rutenberg’s self titled book is available in the Museum Shop. A must-have for the coffee table and a great holiday gift, the book dazzles with over 100 pages of his vibrant works.

Admission to the Museum is free at all times, but donations are welcome. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1-4pm.

For more information, call 843/238-2510 or visit (