Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CCPL selects new director, Nicolle Davies

Calling all bookworms

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 9:38 AM

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Yesterday the CCPL Board of Trustees announced that it has selected Nicolle Davies as CCPL's newest executive director. Davies was one of three finalists interviewed by the board earlier this month, following a national search and over 100 applications for the position.

In a statement Davies said, “It is an exciting time for public libraries, and I am happy to join a community that invests in their libraries." Recently named Library Journal's 2016 Librarian of the Year, Davies come to Charleston from Denver, where she served as director of the Arapahoe Library District, managing eight branch libraries and a $30 million annual budget. Learn more about Davies here. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pre-order your Charleston Animal Society 2017 firefighter calendar now

Is it hot in here or is that just us ...

Posted by Becca Starkes on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Fire Dept. Captain Dustin Ford and Caitlyn the dog. - CHARLESTON FIREFIGHTER CALENDAR
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  • Fire Dept. Captain Dustin Ford and Caitlyn the dog.

There are still five months left in 2016, but Charleston Animal Society is giving everyone a head start on snagging a copy of the 2017 firefighter calendar. Sales from the calendar raise money for Toby’s Fund, the animal society’s medical fund for injured, abused, and abandoned animals.

Calendars start at $20 with autographed and personalized versions available at an additional cost. This year, each pre-order will come with a free “pet alert” window cling that helps firefighters identify residences with pets potentially trapped inside during a house fire. Pre-order your calendar here.

The debut party for the 2017 calendar will be held on Oct. 1 at Memminger Auditorium. At the party, you can bid on your favorite hunky heroes (the firefighters, that is) to raise more money for Toby’s Fund. 

If you have an immediate need for a calendar, the 2016 version is still available. This year’s calendar features the story of Caitlyn, a pup found last summer with her muzzle taped shut on the streets of North Charleston. The calendar project has raised over $600,000 for Charleston Animal Society so far this year.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Reserve your spot for this Friday's Creative Mornings' talk on Love

The love of art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 9:31 AM

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Starting at 10 a.m. you can reserve your spot for this Friday's Creative Mornings Charleston talk on the topic of love. Angela Mack, executive director and chief curator for the Gibbes Museum of Art, will speak at 8 a.m. on Friday at the Gibbes. Sign up for the talk here. 

We recently toured the renovated Gibbes Museum, which reopened this May after almost two years of construction, and y'all, it's a beautiful space. Learn more about Mack and Creative Mornings here.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Redux's current exhibition, 'The Talking Cure,' is multifaceted

The power of words

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 12:09 PM

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Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, believed that mental ailments could be "cured" by talking through them. This theory is what inspired Melissa Stern's exhibition The Talking Cure, which has been on display at Redux since May, and will be open until Sat. August 6.

Stern, an artist who works with figurative sculptures, drawings, and collages, says that people have always asked her about her work: "What's it all about?" So, she decided to have 12 writers and 12 actors come up with their own answers. After creating sculptures, Stern enlisted the help of various writers, from playwrights to poets, to write stories about whatever piece spoke to them. She then got 12 actors, six male and six female, to record themselves telling the stories. The result is an interactive exhibition created through layers upon layers of interpretation.

"Tongue-tied." - MELISSA STERN
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  • "Tongue-tied."

"It's about connection with art and often with each other," says Stern of the exhibition's purpose. On the phone, she's talking from a mountaintop in New York, where she has just made it in before a thunderstorm rained down. Sitting in Charleston, a thunderstorm passes by my window. I get what she means by connection.

Viewers walk through The Talking Cure wearing headsets, listening to the monologues associated with each sculpture. The exhibition features large drawings as well, which don't have associated stories, but are, according to Stern, still integral to the show.

You can either grab a provided headset and push play when standing before a certain piece — they have names like "Hear" and "Friends" — or use your phone to scan a QR code and listen that way.
"Friends." - MELISSA STERN
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  • "Friends."

"People seem to really want a narrative," says Stern. "People want something to hang their hat on." While Stern says that a piece of art accompanied by a story doesn't work for everything, or everyone, she thinks it's a great fit for her often whimsical pieces.

Walking through The Talking Cure it's as if a storybook has come to life. The pieces are simple and complex at once, and each one breathes a new life into the room with its accompanying story. "My work has an openness, it's waiting to have stories written about it," says Stern, who admits that none of the resulting stories reflected any of the thoughts she had while making the sculptures.

Stern talks about watching sixth grade students from the School of the Arts walk through the gallery, saying "It's a dream come true for an artist to make something that brings people together and that stirs them up in a good way." Experience that stirring sensation now through Aug. 6.

"The Queen's Advice." - MELISSA STERN
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  • "The Queen's Advice."

Check out Deane Bowers' Creative Reuse exhibition now through the end of July

One woman's trash ...

Posted by David Hall on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM

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Charleston may have been voted the No. 1 city by Travel + Leisure readers again, but local artist Deane Valentine Bowers contends that despite its beauty, Charleston is dirty. In her new exhibition Creative Reuse Charleston, Bowers says she hopes to do her part to help clean up the city’s streets. Check the trash-inspired art out at the Main Library's Saul Alexander Gallery now through the end of the month.

Bowers made all of the pieces in Creative Reuse from trash she’s collected around the the city. But Bowers isn’t in the Ranks of Deauchamp, flipping toilets and scaring people; she instead seeks to inspire more positive sentiments with her art.

“I hope to uplift people,” says Bowers. “I want everyone to smile and spread light and cheer. That is the best thing in the world.”

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Bowers says that she finds the trash while walking in her daily life. After finding the objects, she then constructs them into sculptures, utilizing bright colors and simple scenes. Many of the sculptures in the new exhibition are facades of homes reminiscent of the Charleston singles around the city.

“I love the idea of home and the idea that home is everybody’s sanctuary,” says Bowers. 

Ultimately, Bowers hopes in particular to inspire kids to see what’s possible when you see things that are considered garbage a little bit differently.

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