Monday, January 23, 2017

Silhouette artist Clay Rice heads to Blue Bicycle Books next Sun. Feb. 5

High profile

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 3:51 PM

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Silhouette artist and author Clay Rice will be at Blue Bicycle Books on Sun. Feb. 5 from 1-3 p.m., cutting children's silhouettes. Parents can call the store at (843) 722-2666 to set up a five minute time slot for their kid(s). You'll get two personal silhouette copies for $42. Rice will also sign his books, The Stick and Ants 'n' Uncles.

Rice, a 21st century folk artist, learned the art of silhouette cutting from his grandfather, Carew Rice. Check out his work here. And read more about his foray into children's literature here.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Creative Mornings' speaker Sarah Adams talks about being a female business owner


Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 10:54 AM

Sarah Adams brings home her own bacon. - PROVIDED
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  • Sarah Adams brings home her own bacon.
This morning's Creative Mornings Charleston talk on mystery came at a fitting time, with Sarah Adams, chef and creator of Bad Bitches, speaking about how she created her own business. It's Inauguration Day, after all, with women's marches planned across the country (including in Charleston) for tomorrow. Adams spoke about the power of women, asking female business owners in the audience to stand up and talk about what they did.

Adams made the topic of mystery her own, offering us a look behind the scenes and shining a light on how she's gone from FIG's former sous chef, to the creator of a brand.

Bad Bitches has evolved since its creation last year. Initially a dinner series hosted by Adams and Nikki Anhalt, Adams says that the Bad Bitches sought to give the people what they wanted. "We asked ourselves, 'What would we really want if we sat down to dinner?'"

The answer was the dinner series, for a while. The series folded, with Adams realizing that while the dinners were fun, they weren't worth the time and effort.

In place of these dinners, Adams has become a chef consultant of sorts (our words, not hers). She puts recipes up almost daily on her Instagram and website, assists with dinner parties, events, and more, and you better believe she's got merch. Check out these iron-on patches. Oh, and the Bad Bitches wrap apron is pretty cool, too.

Adams told the audience that she was going to give some advice, to be (fittingly, for a chef) taken with a grain of salt. "No one actually knows what they're doing," she said. She sung the praises of social media — Instagram is her favorite platform — and of sending people DMs (direct messages, in case ya didn't know) to connect.

In the past two years, these are the ways Adams has become successful, methods that she files under her "unconventional business." Another piece of Adams' advice if you're looking to start your own unconventional business: "You're gonna be really poor for a really long time — it'll scare you."

And finally, Adams, who talked about working in kitchens where, as a female, she didn't feel respected, emphasized her final point: "Never concede. I've never regretted standing my ground." Hear, hear.

Follow Sarah Adams on Instagram, here, and on her website, here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hannibal Buress SOLD OUT, but FREE Theatre 99 passes available

LOL with us

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:50 AM

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In case ya missed it, the Charleston Comedy Festival starts today. With tickets left to one headliner, Jim Breuer, and to 25 other shows, there's more funny in the city than we can shake a stick at. Tickets to Hannibal Buress have SOLD OUT — but you can still read fun facts about him here.

And if you purchase Friday or Saturday night Comedy Fest tickets in advance you will receive a free pass to see a Theatre 99 show after the festival. Head to the box office and say the phrase, "I dig T99" and get some free passes.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Call for Art: Fabulon, Alliance for the Arts, 1858 Prize

You could win $10,000

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:18 PM

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If you're an artist in Charleston looking to get your stuff out there, then look no further. There are currently a bunch of art organizations looking for entries. Read on for details.

Fabulon: Back to the Garden
All mediums are accepted for Fabulon Art Gallery's upcoming exhibition, Back to the Garden. The show will, according to its description, "illuminate artists' ideals on nature and reverence for what we have. Artists will share views on ecology, sustainability, and global warming." Applicants should provide three-five representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $35 application fee. The deadline for submission is March 17, with an opening reception to be held on April 8 from 5-8 p.m. Learn more here.

Alliance for the Arts: ArtPop
The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts and ArtPop Street Gallery are launching an outdoor advertising initiative (with billboard space donated by Adams Outdoor Advertising) to promote five visual artists on billboards across the tri-county area. ArtPop started in Charlotte, N.C. in 2014 and Charleston will be the 13th city to participate. Any visual artist from Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties can submit works until March 3. Learn more here.

The Gibbes Museum of Art: 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art
Entries are now open for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, an award presented by the Gibbes' Society 1858. The $10,000 prize is awarded to an artist, as the description reads, "whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Artists from the Southeast are eligible to apply ($25 fee) and applications are accepted now through May. Learn more here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Register now for this Friday's Creative Mornings talk on 'Mystery' with Bad Bitches founder Sarah Adams

Hop on board

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM

This Friday's Creative Mornings Charleston talk is all about mystery. We'll leave you with that. No really, we'll tell ya a little bit more. The basics: get to Le Farfalle at 8 a.m. and snag a breakfast pizza (as if the free coffee weren't incentive enough). You'll be settling in to listen to Sarah Adams, founder of the Bad Bitches, among many other culinary ventures, talk about, well, we aren't sure yet. But we'll bet it's mysterious. Sign up here starting at 10 a.m.

Sarah Adams, a CofC grad, has been working in F&B for 15 years now. She's worked under FIG's Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope, where she moved her way to the position of sous chef. She's also been the sous chef at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, MD; cooked on a dock in Maine's Cranberry Islands; and spent time staging in kitchens from Portland to the East Coast. Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her wanderings.

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