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Local author brings historical exhibition to Aiken middle school

During March 2022 and beyond, Aiken Center for the Arts connects students at Schofield Middle School with local author Dr. Walter Curry through an author in residence program to enrich the study of South Carolina and African American history as it is depicted in his books.

Curry’s work brings Aiken County’s African American history to life through the narratives of his own family. Discussions of the narratives in his books initiate conversation about the past to help students shape the narratives of their future. Combining education, creativity, and passion into student engagements, Dr. Curry shares real life ancestral stories in his books, The Thompson Family: Untold Stories from The Past (1830-1960) and The Awakening: The Seawright-Ellison Family Saga, Vol. 1, A Narrative History, which connect to the 8th grade South Carolina Social Studies Standards. [caption id="attachment_50193" align="alignright" width="450"]Dr. Curry speaks to students from the floor of the school gymnasium as they look on from bleachers. Dr. Curry speaks to students from the floor of the school gymnasium as they look on from bleachers. Provided photo. Click to enlarge.[/caption] Schofield students are reading Curry's second book The Awakening: The Seawright-Ellison Family Saga, Vol. 1, A Narrative History, and discussions focus on the sharecropping experiences of Dr. Curry’s ancestors who lived in Barnwell and Aiken counties. Curry points out that “this book is pertinent to Schofield students as it also incorporates Schofield Normal and Industrial Institute history with the story of Schofield graduate Floster L. Ellison Jr. who was a World War II veteran and co-founded the Palmetto State Barbers Association during the Civil Rights Movement in 1960.” Dr. Curry talks about these narratives that are in the book and engages students by leading them through an exhibition of artifacts and images exploring sharecropping life of his ancestors in the book, showing that history is alive and an important source of connection to our communities. Mrs. Whetstone, who teaches South Carolina history and African American History to 8th graders at Schofield, speaks to the project's relevance. “When you teach history, you teach a lot of dates and sometimes we don’t make the connections. Dr. Curry’s work is the connection. It shows that this happened to Dr. Curry’s family it happened to your family. It happened to all of us. We study the diaspora of African American culture starting from slavery. When you get to reconstruction you understand that we already had those civil rights but had to work through it. Society is not going to be able to move ahead unless we can have these kinds of discussions,” she said. Aiken Center for the Arts believes in the importance of this Author in Residence program because it uniquely delivers our mission by sharing a local voice of untold stories from Aiken County’s African American history, by inspiring area youth through the personal story Curry shares of his journey to authorship alongside the educational enrichment Curry’s books provide as those narratives give real life examples of the concepts taught in the standards. Supporting local artists and authors through the Author in Residence program celebrates rich human resources that are among us while opening opportunities for deeper understanding of the human experience. This project is funded in part by SC Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The South Carolina Cotton Museum and Jerry Morris, author of the book Barnwell County, are also contributors to this engagement.
For more information contact Caroline Gwinn, executive director of Aiken Center for the Arts: execdir@aikencenterforthearts.org or call the Arts Center at 803.641.9094.

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Tuning Up: Amiri de Artist to be featured on Juneteenth + Arts Center of Fountain Park

Good morning! 

"Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

New Amiri Farris exhibition tour kicks off on Juneteenth

You remember Amiri Farris, right? Farris' art figured prominently in the Art of Community: Rural SC's Creativity + Public Health initiative. He's back this summer with a touring exhibition that kicks off on Juneteenth. Before it hits the road, there's even a send-off concert with Quentin Baxter and his Quentin Baxter Quintet that will feature Farris painting live on stage. Where can you find this #SCartists goodness? All the details and more are right here.

New performing, gathering space coming to life in S.C.'s Olde English District

Big things in the works in York County. Arts Center of Fountain Park is coming to life to become the home for performing arts across York, Lancaster, and Chester counties. "The new center will be a hub for the organizations to produce and present events and activities year-round for diverse and eager audiences," according to its just-launched website. The Hub is eager to track its progress! (We promoted the search for its executive director earlier this year.)  

Jason Rapp

SCAC Fellow lands residency in Columbia

701 Center for Contemporary Art announced Adrian Rhodes today as its new artist in residence.

The 701 CCA Prize 2020 winner receives a six-week paid residency at 701 CCA. A solo exhibition following the residency will feature work created during it. 701 CCA in Columbia provides the time and place for conversations and reflection. The 701 CCA Prize is an art competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years old and younger. The project identifies and recognizes young professional South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. Rhodes submitted to all four previous prize competitions. The printmaker and mixed media an installation artist holds both bachelor's and master's in fine arts from Winthrop University and has exhibited widely and often throughout the Carolinas and beyond. Recognitions of her career so far include being South Carolina Arts Commission visual arts fellow in 2020, selection for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial in 2019 and 2021, and the recent region-wide exhibition Coined In The South at the Mint Museum in Charlotte.

Artist statement

“My work is about relationships, and the complexity of closeness- the simultaneous struggle to separate from your past and return to it in the same breath. As a medium based in the creation of multiples, printmaking becomes a method for creating structure. This framework, indulging a desire for order, creates space for disruption. Using prints as modular components allows the work to inherit visual information across pieces. I am interested in how this repetition of imagery and motif reflects recurring thought patterns. Tedious handwork is an anxiety response, reflecting an obsessive desire for control, which is undone through woundings within the work. In a world of instant gratification, the act of sitting with heavy thoughts and repetitive processes for an extended time becomes a statement in itself, bringing that act to the content and context of the work."

Jason Rapp

Mary Whyte donates first sculpture to Charleston

New addition at Joe Riley Waterfront Park

[caption id="attachment_49901" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Mary Whyte and Lilly Jones (l-r) are all smiles in front of "Lilly." Charleston Post & Courier photo by Henry Taylor.[/caption]

Last week, Mary Whyte joined Charleston dignitaries and one special Citadel cadet in a Charleston park for a memorable gifting.

Though Whyte's normal medium is watercolor, her foray into sculpture is now a fixture in her city's Waterfront Park. Lilly depicts a young Black girl reaching to the sky. The eponymous subject of the bronze statue, Lilly Jones, is now a Citadel cadet who attended the dedication ceremony. “On behalf of our citizens, I'd like to thank Mary Whyte. This remarkable statue of Lilly is a beautiful and joyous work of art, and I can't imagine a more appropriate home for it than Waterfront Park,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said. “The statue of Lilly is not only a tribute to our African American community, but will be a joyful welcome to Waterfront Park visitors as well,” Whyte remarked. Visit Lilly at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Vendue Range & Concord Street in Charleston.      

Jason Rapp

Jasper Magazine turns 10

Time for a party!

After two previous attempts to celebrate that were rescheduled due to pandemic safety concerns, the Jasper Project is finally celebrating the 10th birthday of Jasper Magazine on Thursday, April 14 in the newly restored area over 701 Whaley’s 100+ year old swimming pool.

[caption id="attachment_381" align="alignright" width="280"]Jasper Magazine May June 2012 The May/June 2012 issue of Jasper Magazine - the Word on Columbia Arts.[/caption] The party begins at 6 p.m. with a VIP champagne reception then opens to the public at 7 p.m. for a night of music, art, food, and fun. A limited number of tickets are available at www.JasperProject.org. Performances are scheduled for Post Timey String Band, Adam Corbett, Columbia Repertory Dance Company, Live Art from Michael Krajewski, and Lucas Sams, and DJs Preach Jacobs and Dick not Richard. More than 20 artists will be exhibiting and selling their work in a gallery show curated by Laura Garner Hine. Artists include:
  • Thomas Crouch,
  • Cait Maloney,
  • Dawn Hunter,
  • Candace Thibeault,
  • Michael Krajewski,
  • Lucas Sams,
  • Pam Bowers,
  • Lori Isom,
  • Eileen Blythe,
  • B.A. Hohman,
  • Bohumila Augustinova,
  • Rachel Church,
  • Gina Langston Brewer,
  • Lindsay Radford,
  • Jennifer Hill,
  • Laura Garner Hine,
  • Adam Corbett,
  • Mike Dwyer,
  • Jeff Donovan
  • and more.
All attendees will be entered into an all-night raffle with prizes including art, books, music lessons, and more. Chef Joe Turkaly will be cooking -- And there will be cake!
Jasper Magazine published its first issue in September 2011 and soon began to offer ancillary arts events including Fall Lines literary journal, 2nd Act Film Project, and several one-off arts and culture commemorations including Marked by the Water, Art from the Ashes, Syzygy, and the Supper Table, the organization’s most ambitious project to date. Filing for 501(c)3 status, the organization became a non-profit entity in 2016 and has since grown to publish several multi-disciplinary arts books and establish a number of successful collateral projects such as Tiny Gallery, Jasper Writes, the Play Right Series, Jasper Artists of the Year, and more.

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Pop-up arts shows coming thanks to Richland Library

Richland Library is hosting its first pop-up art show of the season at Richland Library Sandhills on April 16 at 11 a.m.

Richland Library's Pop Up Art Shows aim to highlight the work of local, emerging visual artists and their unique personal ties to the specific communities where our libraries are located. Stop in (763 Fashion Dr., Columbia, 29229) to meet Bradley Williams and Ashlan Bishop, browse the art or make a purchase. Bradley Williams is an artist living in Camden who has been painting and drawing since he can remember. Williams paints life as a visual journal and is currently working on a series of paintings inspired by his time living and working in Yellowstone National Park. Ashlan Bishop is a South Carolina native fiber artist with a focus on needle-felted wool art pieces. Affectionately known around town as “the ghost lady,” Bishop's needle-felted wool art allows folks to keep the spirit of Halloween going all year. The April 16 pop-up art show is the first of the Spring exhibition series and will be followed by two additional opportunities to view the works of South Carolina artists on:
  • May 5 | First Thursday on Main (Boyd Plaza)
  • June 18 | Richland Library Main branch (1431 Assembly St.)

About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 13 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: Nickelodeon screenings to resume + Sandlapper Singers

Good morning! 

"Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

Columbia's Nickelodeon Theater to reopen next week

From ColaDaily.com: The Nickelodeon theater will reopen next week, with two movies beginning Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Audiences will be able to enjoy 'The Worst Person in the World', a 2021 drama-comedy about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo, and Everything Everywhere all at Once, a sci-fi comic-action-adventure film, in updated facilities.  The new announcement comes after the theater suspended screenings March 1. According to The Nickelodeon Board President, Xavier Blake, theater board members are working to reset and recommit to the organization's purpose.

Choral group to present Dan Forrest requiem

Dan Forrest is a South Carolina-based composer whose “Requiem for the Living” has been presented all over the world since its premiere in 2014. A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest—traditionally, for the deceased. The five movements of Forrest's “Requiem for the Living,” however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow. The Sandlapper Singers are set to share the stage with the Charleston Southern University Concert Singers and chamber orchestra accompaniment to present this work in Columbia and Mount Pleasant: The Sandlapper Singers is funded in part by operating support from the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Sandlappers, visit https://sandlappersingers.org/.

Jason Rapp

Charleston Jazz Festival announces 2022 lineup

Charleston Jazz is excited to announce the lineup for the Charleston Jazz Festival, April 21-24, 2022.

The festival draws fans from around the world for a four-day celebration of the Holy City’s rich jazz heritage and thriving music scene. It started in 2015 and since, jazz fans throughout the country flock to Charleston to celebrate the Holy City’s rich jazz heritage and thriving jazz scene. Previous festival performers have included Bobby McFerrin, Ranky Tanky, Regina Carter, Freddy Cole, Nnenna Freelon, Arturo Sandoval, and Manhattan Transfer to name a few.

2022 Festival Highlights

From April 21-24, the 2022 Charleston Jazz Festival will feature student musicians, local jazz groups, and internationally acclaimed performers including the Emmet Cohen Trio, the Jorge Luis Pacheco Quartet, Kandace Springs and Etienne Charles in multiple venues around Charleston. The festival will open on April 21 with Lowcountry Jazz Day, hosted by Forte Jazz Lounge. Expect a host of Charleston's own top musical talent and an appearance by the city Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker. From April 22-23, the Charleston Music Hall will host internationally-acclaimed artists Emmet Cohen Trio (pictured above, with Lucy Yeghiazaryan and Bruce Harris), the Jorge Luis Pacheco Quartet, Kandace Springs, and Etienne Charles & Creole Soul. The festival will close with Family Jazz Day on Sunday, April 24 as Charleston's brightest young musicians carry on the torch of the city's jazz art form in a special showcase at Royal Missionary Baptist Church. The Charleston Jazz Festival is made possible, in part, by the Medical University of South Carolina. Get the entire festival lineup and, importantly, ticket information right here.

Jason Rapp

Park Circle Gallery to exhibit #SCartists Guevara, Shank

Opening today! The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is offering concurrent solo exhibitions of mixed media works by Camela Guevara and photographs by Stephanie J. Shank.

They are on display at Park Circle Gallery through March 26, 2022. A free reception hosted by the artists will be held at the gallery on Friday, March 25, from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

render – Mixed media works by Camela Guevara

In render, Charleston based artist Camela Guevara contemplates the intersection of art and craft, activating ordinary art materials of canvas and plaster with fiber art and her distinctive painting style. The works evoke the tension between ephemerality and permanence, encasing knots within plaster like built up scar tissue. She contemplates our stubbornness and intractability in the face of change, and whether we can meet the needs of our society in terms of care and climate reality. Guevara graduated from the College of Charleston in 2010 with a bachelor's in studio art with a concentration in sculpture, printmaking, and painting and, in 2016, she attended the Penland School of Crafts for weaving. She has been teaching embroidery, sewing, and mending in workshops and one-on-one lessons since 2012 and served as the city of North Charleston’s 2017/2018 artist-in-residence, as well as the Gibbes Museum of Art visiting artist in May 2021. She received an SCAC Artists' Ventures Initiative grant for FY22. Her work has been displayed in several solo and group exhibitions in local and regional venues, including Greenville Center for Creative Arts, North Charleston City Hall and City Gallery, Virago Gallery, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Public Works Art Center, and Redux Contemporary Art Center. Camela is currently the sculpture studio technician at the College of Charleston, in addition to freelance sewist and graphic designer. Learn more about the artist at camelaguevara.com.

June – Photographs by Stephanie J. Shank

In her exhibit June, Stephanie J. Shank of Summerville presents a series of photographs that collectively represent a surrogate portrait of her grandmother’s domestic life, rich with tradition, southern craft, and feminine daily ritual. "June" is an investigation of memory, chore, and emotion, found through what remains of the feminine and material culture of the early 20th century. The featured photographs, presented in both pairs and grids, document the artist’s process of disentangling her grandmother’s narrative through her carefully collected and well curated belongings; the belongings that tie Shank’s family together as a whole. Through these intimate images, the photographer aims to explore and celebrate the life of her beloved relative, while also preserving part of her own history. Stephanie J. Shank received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Clemson University in 2007, and quickly transitioned to Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her Master of Arts in teaching in 2008, followed by her Master of Fine Arts in photography in 2020. She has served as program director for Sea Island School of the Arts, was a former photography instructor at Chapin High School, and has been a photography instructor at Summerville High School since 2018. Working as a freelance photographer since 2008, Shank has a portfolio of varied accomplishments, including numerous print publications and solo and group exhibitions throughout the southeast. Learn more about the artist at stephaniejshank.com.
The Park Circle Gallery is located at 4820 Jenkins Avenue in North Charleston. Admission is free and free street parking is available on Jenkins Avenue in front of the gallery, as well as on the adjacent streets and in parking lots close by. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and Noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. Staff and all visitors must wear a face covering while they are in the gallery. Hand sanitizer is provided upon entry. For more information about PCG, call 843.637.3565 or email culturalarts@northcharleston.org. For information on other Cultural Arts programs and artist opportunities, visit the Arts & Culture section of the city’s website at www.northcharleston.org.

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Upstate juried exhibition to highlight women of impact

City of Women opens Friday in Greenville

Exhibition runs March 4-April 27

Upstate artists are set to help celebrate impactful Greenville women in an exhibition starting Friday at Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA).

GCCA issued a call in late 2021 for art that highlights historical and contemporary women who have made a significant impact in the Greenville community. More than 50 artists submitted for judging by juror Jonel Logan, creative director of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte. Areas of recognition include healthcare and well-being, education, economic opportunity, science and technology, civic engagement, and (natch) arts and culture. This effort will culminate in a free public exhibition that will be featured through a virtual gallery on GCCA's website and in a special juried exhibition opening on First Friday, March 4, from 6-9 p.m. and on display through April 27. All appropriate entries will be included in the virtual gallery. Juror selections will be exhibited in GCCA’s Community Gallery and be eligible for $2,000 in prizes. Juror selections can be seen in GCCA’s Community Gallery. To view the virtual gallery and see all submissions, visit https://www.artcentergreenville.org/exhibitions/city-of-women. From March 4-6, the public can vote online for their favorite piece to receive a “People’s Choice” prize package of art supplies. Greenville Center for Creative arts is located at 101 Abney St. in Greenville. Greenville City of Women will run through April 27 on Tuesday-Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Provided images below. Click to enlarge. [gallery link="file" ids="49154,49155,49153"]  

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