Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Charleston SC’

Charleston Development Academy in Charleston, SC, Calls for Photographers to Teach Students – Deadline April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017

FREEDOM SCHOOL in Charleston, SC, will have a summer program for 50 youth in the 5th and 6th grades, and 10 of these students will be taking a photography program. We need mentor volunteers to work with these kids, one hour a week on Mondays, from June 19 to July 28. They will be shooting in their community in downtown Charleston and need your mentoring.

The school will be at the Charleston Development Academy on Meeting Street, across the from the Visitors’ Center. The program will be similar to the previous Kids with Camera program.

If you are potentially interesting, we need to know by Monday, April 17. I should have more details soon.

Drop me an e-mail at (ronroczphoto@gmail.com).

Share your interest in photography with disadvantaged youngsters. It’s fun for you and impactful on the kids.

Thanks.  Ron Rocz

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, in Charleston, SC, Offers Book Signing for Photographer Andrew Feiler – Mar. 23, 2017

March 16, 2017

FABULON, A Center for Art and Education, located in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, will present a photography exhibit and book signing with Andrew Feiler, on Mar. 23, 2017, from 5-8pm.

Feiler’s book, Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College was published by the University of Georgia Press in association with the Georgia Humanities Council. The publication includes ten historical images, sixty contemporary images and essays by Robert E. James, Pellom McDaniels III, Amalia K. Amaki, and Loretta Parham. An accompanying exhibition opens later this fall in Atlanta, GA.


Photo by Andrew Feiler

Feiler offers the following about the book, “A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the now quiet campus of Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA). Its inscription reads, in part, “Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color”.  Founded by African Americans in 1881, Morris Brown lost its accreditation to financial pressures and scandal in 2002. Today its largely abandoned campus stands as a testament to a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all of America’s historically black colleges and universities.”


Photo by Andrew Feiler

“I was granted unique access to the hauntingly silent campus of Morris Brown with the intent to illuminate the stories told in its stilled classrooms and hallways.  In the resulting body of work, the proud past remains in the extraordinary quality of the facilities, school desks arrayed ready for class, faces of students in photographs from happier days. The challenging present resides starkly in broken stained glass, evidence of havoc wreaked by scrappers, hints of homeless humanity. And the uncertain future weighs heavily in the headlines: bankruptcy proceedings, a forthcoming professional football stadium next door, recycled pronouncements of plans to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Mixed with all of these are layers of timeless emotion…. wistfulness, pride, angst, loneliness, hope.”

FABULON is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston.

For further information call the gallery at 843-566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

A Visit to the Ever Changing Charleston, SC, 3/11/17

March 12, 2017

I needed some postcards to send to someone in Washington, DC, that I hoped would be soon taking an extended vacation from politics, and what better place to get postcards but the tourist city of Charleston, SC. The city that seems to add a new construction crane every time I visit. So I figured to also make that trip a short business trip and visit a few galleries.

I’ve been wanting to visit Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education,  located at 1017 Wappoo Road, in the West Ashley area of Charleston – between Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 17. They had just opened a new exhibit, “We The People”, an exhibit of artwork that makes you think, something not seen that often in Charleston. They had the opening a day before, but I don’t like seeing art in a crowd, so the day after was good for me.

This was a great show with art from local artists and many from outside the area. As usual I took a few images with my iPhone (I guess that’s less health insurance for me), but these works are best seen up close and personal. And as always works I include are not always the best or ones I want to talk about – they are the works I can get a decent image of. But I also like the ones I’m including.

First up is a photograph by Winston-Salem, NC, artist, Owens Daniels, who offered some images poking fun at the NC House Bill (HB2). This image titled “Citizen” was created in the style of American Gothic.

Next is “Life is A OK” by local artist, Caroline Self, who was/is Artist-in-Residence for The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. Loved this work for it’s color and texture. I just can’t pass by a well executed abstract work.

Kelly Burke, from the Baltimore, MD, area offered a couple of works from her ‘Reimagined American Flags” series. This work is titled “Don’t Lives Matter?” highlighting lives lost due to gun violence.

Susan Irish, owner and manager of Fabulon, also had an interesting work in the exhibit that made a statement about Charleston, that only an outsider would understand – which I got right away, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it without my shadow all over it.

There are lots of interesting works in this exhibit, which will give you lots of reasons to think, but don’t miss the artistic skill in thinking of the message offered.

This last work wasn’t part of the “We The People” exhibit, but it caught my attention and of course it’s an abstract. It’s a work by Laura McRae-Hitchcock , who has recently moved from Charlotte, NC, to our community. So, besides the works in the show, there are also good works to see – and buy, on view by resident artists.

Fabulon may not be one of those high-end Charleston galleries, but it’s an example of all things good don’t always come in shiny packages, it’s also a working studio, classroom, and gathering center – there was a group of fiber artists on hand working away while I viewed the exhibit.

Well it was time to get my postcards which I found at Brittlebank Park on the Ashley River – not your usual place to get postcards, but I’m hoping you’ll be reading about and hearing about these special postcards on about March 16 or 17.

Next I stopped by Surface Craft Gallery,  located at 49 John Street in downtown Charleston, my old stomping grounds when Linda (my better half) and I operated a custom photo processing lab on John Street and a short lived photography gallery – many years ago. I wanted to talk with Liv Antonecchia, owner, and get caught up on how the new group, Lowcountry Ceramic Artists, was coming along and see what new things they had in the shop.

Here are some works by Margaret K. Weinberg, who is part of the Cone 10 Studios in Charleston, which may be closing soon.

Next are works by Batton Clayworks in Asheville, NC. They are the works with the carved texture. I loved these unusual shapes.

Here are a couple of fused glass works by Tanya Craig. These are incense holders, but I don’t remember seeing any that were so colorful – back in my days of burning incense. The last time I bought incense was about ten years ago just outside of Disney World in Florida, but when we got home – I couldn’t find them and to this day never have.

This last shot is of a jar by Fred Prudhomme, another Cone 10 Studios artist. I shared a Facebook post that Surface Craft had made earlier in the week which attracted a lot of remarks about how beautiful the jar was but it would be much better if it was full of cookies and then milk got involved and than more comments about food were added, but when I saw this piece in person, it was much smaller than we all thought. It was about half the size of a cookie jar. I still like the jar, but man I was really disappointed that you wouldn’t be able to fit many cookies in it. Again – here was a case where art had effected my life once more – beauty and disappointment offered in the same object. Darn you artists.

Surface Craft Gallery had become one of my favorite spots to see fine art crafts in Charleston. If you haven’t been there check it out.

Surface Craft Gallery will be opening a new exhibit, “Spring!”, a ceramics renewal show featuring local and national clay artisans in both functional and sculptural work, with an opening reception on Mar. 23, from 5-8pm. The show continues through Apr. 13, 2017. Work by Kelly Thiel will be featured in the show. She left us to live in Bend, OR, but now her work is returning to Charleston.

Well, it was time to head back home to Bonneau and as I drove out of Charleston down Meeting Street I just couldn’t believe how they are changing the skyline of Charleston – pretty soon you won’t be able to see the sky. So sad. I still love you Charleston, but now I know how the old timers felt and talked of their “lost” Charleston when I first got here in the mid 70s.

The Citadel in Charleston, SC, Calls for Designs for Its 175th anniversary – Deadline May 1, 2017

March 7, 2017

The Citadel, in Charleston, SC, is issuing an open call to all artists for designs to be considered as the image that will commemorate the military college’s upcoming 175th anniversary. The milestone anniversary will be celebrated during the 2017-18 academic year. The winning design, which will be announced at the first home football game on Sept. 2, 2017, will grace t-shirts, banners, posters, and The Citadel magazine. The winning artist will receive $1,000 (subject to tax).

For complete details visit (http://www.citadel.edu/root/open-call-for-artists-to-submit-designs-for-citadels-175th-celebration-poster).

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers Works Focused Against Racism

March 6, 2017

Fabulon, a Center for Art and Education, located at 1017 Wappoo Road, in the West Ashley area of Charleston, SC, is presenting “We The People”, an exhibit promoting messages of peace and harmony, speaking out against racism, from Mar, 4 – 30, 2017. A reception will be held on Mar. 10, from 5-8pm.

Artist from across the nation have illustrated feelings, concerns, and some hope. There will be live drumming, refreshments, and information. Please join us. All are welcome and the event is free. Your presence alone can send a message that Charleston isn’t a place for hate.

Guest artists include: Robin Apple, Liz Aitken, Janet Braun-Reinitz, Kelly Burke, Micheline Callicott, Owens Daniels, Michel Demanche, Andrew Feiler, Dorian Hamilton, Julia Maudlin, Michael O’Donnell & Wendy Hacker, Megan Potoma, Lynne Riding, Caroline Self, Sally Ann Sisk, Michael Spillers, Pat Van de Graaf, Henry Wolfe,
and Andrea Zinn.

Fabulon resident artists include: Bly Triplett, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. , Louise Aug, Meyriel Edge, and Susan Irish.

Janet Braun-Reinitz was a freedom rider, Andrew Feiler wrote a book, and Micheline Callicott is a teacher. Each artist has a story. Look for profiles of each one to be posted on social media.

For further information call the gallery at 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Offers Exhibit Focused on Love

February 7, 2017

Fabulon, A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, is presenting “Not Your Typical Love Story”, featuring works that express different ways we love, who, why, what’s missing, what we want, pet love, sacrifice…, on view from Feb. 2 – 28, 2017. A reception will be held on Feb. 11, from 5-8pm.

Originally Valentine’s Day was about respecting people’s need for love, compassion, and acceptance. This group show illustrates artists’ interpretations on the theme. Celebrate all diverse interpretations of love in a less commercial representation. Except for the chocolate part. There will be lots of chocolate.

Participating guest artists include: Chrisi Blyth, Deane V. Bowers, Linda D’Elia, Kopeace, Dina Platt, Nicole Robinson, Shari Schultz, Vik, and Henry Wolf.

There will be new work by Fabulon artists including: Louise Aug, Meyriel Edge, Amanda England, Eugene Horne, Susan Irish, Liza S. Lindahl, Laura McRae-Hitchcock, and Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407. Free parking is available on site.

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC Announces Final Call for Artists for the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows – Deadline Feb. 3, 2017

January 27, 2017

The Applications Deadline is quickly approaching for the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.  The shows are to be held May 26-28 and June 2-4, 2017. This will be the 38th year the shows have been part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

Craft artists in a wide variety of media are invited to apply to exhibit at one or both of the 3-day shows. Applications are being accepted online via ZAPPlication.org (https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5212).

The application deadline is Feb. 3, 2017.

A list of acceptable media, rules and general information about the shows is available with the application materials. Please read the materials carefully before submitting your application. The application fee is $30. Booths are $275 per weekend.

Artists will be selected for participation in these shows based jury scores and media quotas for each show. Approximately 80 booths are available each weekend. Emerging Artist Grants, equal to booth fees, will be awarded a first-time applicants each weekend based on scores and artist statements.

For more detailed information about the shows, visit the official web site at (finecraftshowscharleston.com), e-mail to (piccolo@finecraftshowscharleston.com), or leave a message for Kasey at 843/364-0421.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is the official outreach festival of Spoleto Festival U.S.A. The craft events are two of the several hundred visual and performing arts events available to more than 250,000 people during the seventeen day festival. The festival begins on May 27th and concludes June 11th.

Fine Craft Shows Charleston, LLC is a partnership formed by three women, all working craft artists, for the management of the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Shows.

Fabulon – A Center for Art and Education in Charleston, SC, Call for Entries for Several Exhibitions

December 23, 2016

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, CELEBRATE ALL DIVERSE INTERPRETATIONS OF LOVE AND HAVE A LESS COMMERCIAL REPRESENTATION OF A TIME THAT WAS ALL ABOUT RESPECTING PEOPLE’S NEED FOR COMPASSION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

Different ways we love, who, why, what’s missing, what we want, pet love, sacrifice…

*All mediums accepted. All work must be original and not previously exhibited.  All work must be for sale. 40% commission taken on sales.

Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $35 non-refundable fee.  Accepted artists will be part of a group show. They will display up to 5 pieces. The work will be on display and for sale during the month of February. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.

DATES:  Deadline for submission is 1/20.17. Artists will be notified by 1/21/17. Work should be delivered on or before 1/27/17 and picked up by 3/5/17. There will be a reception with refreshments on  Saturday, February 11th from 5-8pm. The art will be showcased from 2/4 to 2/28/17.

Submit Online at (http://www.fabulonart.com/call-for-art/).

WE  THE  PEOPLE

AS ARTISTS, WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND PROMOTE MESSAGES OF PEACE AND HARMONY. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM.

NOW, MORE THAN EVER IT IS TIME TO LIFT OUR VOICES.

*All mediums accepted. All work must be original and not previously exhibited.  All work must be for sale. 40% commission taken on sales.

Interested artists should provide 3-5 representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $35 non-refundable fee.  Accepted artists will be part of a group show. They will display up to 5 pieces. The work will be on display and for sale during the month of March. Artists not accepted for this show will be notified with a brief commentary as to why their work was not chosen. All entries will be saved for future consideration.

DATES:  Deadline for submission is February 10th. Artists will be notified by 2/13/17. Work should be delivered on or before 2/20/17 and picked up by 4/8/17. There will be a reception with refreshments on  March 10th, from 5-8pm. The art will be showcased from 3/1 to 3/30/17.

Submission at (http://www.fabulonart.com/we-the-people).

Fabulon is located at 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29407.

For further information call 843/566-3383 or visit (www.fabulonart.com).

Charleston County Main Library in Charleston, SC, Offers Exhibit and Lecture by Ron Anton Rocz and Lamar Hunter – Oct. 19, 2016

October 17, 2016

You are invited to a special program and photography exhibit this Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at the Charleston County Main Library auditorium, at 6pm, in downtown, Charleston, SC. The photography exhibit is “MOVING STAR” by local photographer Ron Anton Rocz, featuring local hip hop dancer Lamar Hunter as he interprets local outdoor murals and a variety of settings related to African American history in Charleston.

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The program will include dance demonstrations, video, and a dialogue between Ron and Lamar about their collaboration, their 10 year mentor/mentee relationship, race relations, and the meaning of hip hop generally and specifically in Lamar’s life. Come see what this 19 year old black young man and 75 year old white guy have pulled off. A rare treat.

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For further info contact Ron Rocz by e-mail at (ronroczphoto@gmail.com).

Hurricanes Have Victims, But the Media Hurts Many More

October 12, 2016

When a hurricane comes to an area, it leaves many victims in its path, but not all are wiped out of commission, but media reports of disasters can leave all in the path of their destruction. I learned this during Hurricane Hugo and I see it happening again during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

I live 45 miles North-West of Charleston, SC, and had power until 11:30am Saturday, Oct., 8, 2016, when Hurricane Matthew had already come to the Charleston area and headed to North Carolina where it really did some of the worst damage in the form of rain and flooding in the US. I heard the weather folks tell us that Matthew could do more damage than Hugo in Charleston and then they went on to the next place the storm was headed. They never seem to follow up on anything but damage done. They’ll search and search until they can find that one place to stand in front of and show a huge tree down on a house or cars floating in water. They don’t come back and show what wasn’t harmed.

I feel sorry for those who suffered damage, those who are still suffering and those who may still feel damage from this hurricane. But this isn’t Haiti. Americans recover from damage much more quickly from tragedy and have the capacity to take a hit and at the same time help others.

I recently made a trip to downtown Charleston on Oct. 10, just a few days after the arrival of Hurricane Matthew and I was amazed at how little signs of damage was seen just a few days later – unlike Hurricane Hugo. Here’s a few notices I’ve received that represent pleas from folks who did not suffer damage from the storm, but don’t want people to forget them.

A Letter from Charleston, SC, from Hagan Fine Art Gallery and Studio, located at 27 1/2 State Street, in the heart of the French Quarter area of historic Charleston, SC.

Thank you for your calls and e-mails of support!

Dear Friends,

We’d like to give you an update on what’s going on in Charleston right now.  In general, we all feel very lucky to have homes and businesses to walk back into with little or no damage from Hurricane Matthew. However, there are many people here that are still struggling with no power and damaged homes.  Our pretty little State Street remained high and dry during the storm, and the gallery and paintings are all safe.  Our staff’s homes are all safe and standing. Some of us are still waiting on electricity, but we are all okay and very thankful. Most streets in Downtown Charleston that I’ve been on are dry and passable. Whew… we were spared.

We had just hung Dee Beard Dean and John Beard’s new paintings, when we heard the news of Hurricane Matthew’s approach. So we had to hurry and un-hang the show and store it safely away.  Dee and John’s Show and the Charleston Gallery Association’s Artwalk were cancelled and we covered everything in plastic.  It was an anxious time for everyone in Charleston.

Dee and John have been working on their show for many months, and it was (and still is) so very beautiful. It’s a really awesome thing to be witness to such a family of talent, inspiration and training by seeing these paintings in person and to know the artist who created these works so well.  We have found the paintings to feel calming, relaxing and soothing.

If you need a brief diversion from all the news of the Hurricane maybe you’ll enjoy looking at the paintings or this short video at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyQLfsrNQtI&feature=youtu.be).

We wish you a speedy recovery if you’re dealing with the aftermath of the storm. If you need any help, please let us know. I have a car full of tarps and plastic, and I’ll deliver if you need them.

If you’re far, far away and you’re getting this – hopefully you’re safe and sound and you’ll enjoy looking and supporting these artists who have worked so hard for their show.  By the way, both Dee’s and John’s homes (as are they) are safe. We were anxious because they both are near the water and John actually lives on a boat in Florida.

If you see a painting you can’t live without, the gallery will extend free shipping on your choices through Sunday at 5PM and we will add a copy of Dee’s beautiful book with the purchase of any of her paintings.

Artwalk (the Charleston Gallery Association first Friday ArttWalk) has been rescheduled for this Friday, October 14th from 5-8pm. Please join us on Friday night in raising a glass to John and Dee and the invincible spirit of Charleston.

Warm wishes, Karen Hagan

For further info call 843/754-0494 or visit (www.HaganFineArt.com).

Here’s a notice from the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The Museum is Fine and Will Re-open Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 10am.

If you saw the photos of the damaged Springmaid Pier and worried that the Art Museum was in the same condition – relax.  Aside from a few missing shingles and pieces of siding, the Museum came through Matthew relatively unscathed.  Power returned on Tuesday and we will open with regular Museum hours on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016.  We can’t express enough our gratitude to the City of Myrtle Beach for their help with our outdoor issues.

On exhibit is the “39th Annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Juried Exhibition”. Celia Pearson’s “Layerings: A Glimpse of Southeast Asia” will re-open shortly. The delayed opening for “Logan Woodle: Blessed Burdens” will be Tuesday, October 18th from 5:30 – 7:30pm, featuring a Gallery Talk by the artist.

If you have questions about any other events or the Museum itself, please contact us via our website at (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org), or by leaving a voicemail at 843/238-2510. We promise we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your support of the Art Museum, which is normally open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sunday 1 – 4pm, closed Mondays.

Don’t believe all reports by the media about these storms and don’t just write off whole areas that suffer some sort of damage. After the storm is when they really need your support. No one wants guakers but they also don’t want to be written off for a long period of time. Check with them to see if they’re ready to accept your visit. They’d love you to come see them – they need you to come see them.