Thursday, August 25, 2016

Local artists create door signs for Vendue

Do not disturb

Posted by Connelly Hardaway and Sigrid Johannes on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 2:50 PM

Nathan Durfee's Do Not Disturb sign says, "Shh." - PROVIDED
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  • Nathan Durfee's Do Not Disturb sign says, "Shh."
Those mundane “Do not disturb” signs are about to get a makeover at The Vendue hotel, thanks to Charleston artists KC Collins, Nathan Durfee, and Fred Jamar, current Vendue artist-in-residence.

Durfee, who was voted CP’s Best Local Visual Artist from 2010-2013, is collaborating with the boutique hotel to bring a splash of imagination to guest room doors. Durfee, who recently moved to California, is known for his whimsical works that explore themes of adversity, and certain characters, like a miniature panda, appear throughout his paintings. 

Jamar, a Belgian painter best known for his Charleston cityscapes. Earlier this year he designed the image on the Charleston marathon shirt, so he's no stranger to creating works for visitors to take home.

KC Collins creates hyper real landscape paintings (just check out that lightning strike if you don't believe us). She has been awarded the best in show at the 2010 and 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and she took home first place at the 2011 P/S Outdoor Art Exhibition. Learn more about her here.

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2017 Bridge Run winning design unveiled

Local artist claims this year’s honor

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Here is the winner! Congratulations to @tatenation9!

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The 2017 Cooper River Bridge Run may still be seven months, six days away, but runners already know the image that will represent next year’s event.

Unveiled Wednesday, the winning design was created by local artist Tate Nation, whose works have been commissioned by such big names as the U.S. Postal Service, Coca-Cola, and Delta. With a style described as non-traditional and vibrant, Nation was a featured artist for the 2000 and 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. For creating the winning design, he will receive $1,000, 100 posters, and 24 T-shirts all bearing his artwork, so hopefully he has plenty of available closets and wall space.

The 40th annual Cooper River Bridge Run is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 2017. Nation’s design will be featured on the Bridge Run T-shirts, posters, and promotional material, and all other design entries will be auctioned off to raise money for charity.
There’s still plenty of time to register for next year’s run. Those wishing to participate can sign up by visiting the official Bridge Run website at

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Service for Threshold Rep's technical director Mike Kordek to be held Wednesday

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Threshold Rep

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Mike Kordek, Threshold Repertory Theatre's technical director, passed away this weekend.

Threshold Rep's executive director Courtney Daniels says, "He was a ray of sunshine in our theatre community and there was never a task too big or small that he couldn't tackle with a smile. He was generous with his skills, gracing every theatre with his presence. He was a talented actor and director, having performed in numerous shows at Threshold Rep and started our Summer Shakespeare Workshop. He was more than a co-worker, he was family and our theatre community will miss him dearly."

His service will be held tomorrow, Wed. Aug. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at James A. Dyal Funeral Home in Summerville. In lieu of flowers his family asks that donations and memorials be made to Threshold Rep (84 1/2 Society St. Charleston, 29401).

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Creative Mornings gets weird with John Park and Marcus Amaker

The new normal

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Faculty Lounge was a pretty sweet spot to check out today's Creative Mornings. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • Faculty Lounge was a pretty sweet spot to check out today's Creative Mornings.
Charleston's Creative Mornings, a free monthly lecture series held on Fridays at 8 a.m., has been kickin' it in the Lowcountry for over a year now, with lectures almost always selling out. Talks have been held at the City Gallery, the Library Society, Cannon Green, Candlefish, the Cedar Room, and more. And this morning, we got to sit down in a bar — Faculty Lounge to be exact— to get our monthly dose of knowledge. And the topic? Weird.

Our first speaker, John Park, told us to use weird as a weapon. He should know how to best channel creative juices, he's the mastermind behind Progressive Auto Insurance's character, Flo. The founder and creative director of Arts and Sciences, a local marketing firm, Park preached both about the value of weird — and the value of tempering that same weirdness. "Weird isn't good enough by itself," he says. "You have to fight for it."

He showed us a binder chock-full of notes and directions and proposals — the six months of work that went into Flo's first commercial. "I had to fight to keep Flo quirky when clients wanted to bring her back to the middle," he says. 

Park will be giving an AMA on Reddit next week. Head here to sign up. 

Our second speaker, Marcus Amaker, kicked things off with a poem he wrote when he was 10 years old, a time when he says he felt very weird. Amaker, Charleston's first poet laureate, has a deep love for rockstar Prince, saying that his desire to design, write, and create music stemmed from Prince's ability to do all three.

We listened to Amaker's future chart-topper, another childhood creation — the song "Big Butt." "As you can tell," said Amaker, "I was very weird." He told us that if we're ever feeling creatively stifled, it's probably because we're creating for someone else, not out of your own desire to create. 

Amaker used to work for P&C's Charleston Scene and he says that while there he also had to create graphic design work on the side to maintain his creative edge. "It was my way of breathing," he says. 

Amaker is constantly working on new projects and collaborations. Stay tuned to his happenings here. 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WATCH: Halsey artist Fahamu Pecou debuts EP and short film

A man named God

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 12:32 PM

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Visual artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou's exhibition DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance, opens at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on Aug. 26. But you can check out Pecou's multimedia art before then with the debut of of an EP and short film, titled Emmett Still.

Emmett Still references the 1955 lynching of Chicago teenager Emmett Till, who was killed after reportedly flirting with a white woman. The film tells the story of a young black man named God who lives under the constant threat of death and violence, and incorporates elements of everything from hip-hop to the West African traditions and rituals of Yoruba and Ifa. The film is part of Pecou's DO or DIE exhibit and features music from Killer Mike, Okorie Johnson, DFocis, and more. You can check the video out below, or listen to the EP on Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, or SoundCloud.

Read more about Pecou's exhibition in our upcoming Fall Arts issue, coming out next Wed. Aug. 24. 

EMMETT STILL: A Short Film by Fahamu Pecou from Fahamu Pecou on Vimeo.

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