Friday, December 9, 2016

The Daily sets up box of love for Emanuel 9 families during trial

Shine a light

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 10:43 AM

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Reliving the tragedy of the death of the Emanuel 9 is hard enough for this city; we cannot imagine how the families feel, sitting through it in court each day. And neither could the owners of The Daily, so they've stepped up to offer a little bright spot in the dark days ahead — a place to send your thoughts to the Emanuel 9 victims' families.

Stop by anytime — The Daily is open daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. — and write a note to the families, showing how much Charleston supports them.

Melody Shemtov, co-owner of Butcher & Bee and The Daily, is spearheading the love campaign. She says that Senator Margie Bright Matthews (who replaced Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the Emanuel 9 victims) recently mentioned that the trials were hitting the families hard, and that notes of support may be helpful.

"We sent along a letter signed by our team members at The Daily and Butcher & Bee, but I wanted to open that door for others and provide the opportunity to spread the love, so the idea of a public box came to me. Charleston is an amazing community, full of pride, strength, and love and this was our small way of tapping into that. It's been well received and lots of people have been writing notes and dropping them in the box," says Shemtov.

She plans on keeping the box throughout the trial, and she may put a second one at Butcher & Bee. 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Author Drew Lanham to speak at Charleston Museum Thursday night

Bird's the word

Posted by Stephanie Hunt on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 4:02 PM

Drew Lanham as a kid in Edgefield, S.C.
  • Drew Lanham as a kid in Edgefield, S.C.
“It’s only 9:06 a.m. and I think I might get hanged today.” So begins the chapter titled “Birding While Black” in Drew Lanham’s worthy new memoir, The Home Place (Milkweed Editions, $24).

The Clemson professor and wildlife scientist is out doing what ornithologists do: identifying and counting birds, documenting what he sees in a three minute window along a designated survey route. Only this particular route happens to be “one of the whitest places in the state” and here he is, “a large black man ... sitting on the side of the road with binoculars pointed toward a house with the Confederate flag proudly displayed.”

He’s out profiling birds, and is terrified of being profiled himself.

Lanham may be a birder and a naturalist by training, but he’s a damn good writer by avocation, and as a scientist poet, he offers generous and gentle insight into the complicated nature of our being. There’s no manifesto here, and no political ideology tucked between the lines, just heartwarming and sometimes heart-wrenching stories of a young black boy, who was “fascinated with flight” and loved all things wild and feathered, growing up in Edgefield County.

The book takes us through tender memories and colorful family history, stretching back to slave days and a legendary Harry Lanham (born 1787, died 1860) “true and faithful” to his master to the end. But it’s actually more of an essay collection than true memoir, with the third section of the book featuring chapters that can standalone as keen odes on topics ranging from religion in the South to deer hunting.

His lifetime passion for all things wild and his personal reflections growing up as a black man in the South are the dueling themes throughout this book, but nature is the unifying ground. As a professional observer of wildlife, Lanham believes humans would do well to learn a few lessons from Mother Nature. “What is wildness? To be wild is to be colorful, and in the claims of colorfulness there’s an embracing and a self-acceptance,” he writes, noting that despite years of tramping through fields and forests, “I’ve yet to have a wild creature question my identity.”

“There’s a little of each of us in one another,” he says. Wise words at this particular moment in time, amidst our Walter Scott, Dylann Roof reality. And if you’d like to hear more of Lanham’s wisdom, head over to the Charleston Museum Thursday night at 6 p.m., where he’ll talk about “Coloring the Conservation Conversation,” in a free public event hosted by the Charleston Natural History Society, Audubon SC, and the Center for Heirs Property Preservation.

Oh, and books (The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature) will be on sale — perfect gifts for your bird-brained friends, or anyone who appreciates a natural touch with words.

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Check out Gallery 72's Holiday Market at Rutledge Cab Co. this evening

Pop in for a pop-up

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 10:24 AM

"Shem Creek Shrimper" - PETER ESTES
  • Peter Estes
  • "Shem Creek Shrimper"
Gallery 72, presented by Passport 72 — an organization that generates financial support for local charities through the sale of locally made artwork and handmade items — will show items at Rutledge Cab Co. tonight from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Participating artists will be creating works exclusively for this event, as well as showing pieces from their current collections.

Guests can enjoy food, coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate while perusing locally made goods. One of the participating artists, Peter Estes, will be on hand with his works — paintings that he calls "vibrant impressionism." The works are created with a palette knife and primary acrylics in heavy impasto. Learn more about Estes' work here.

Call for Submissions: 2017/18 National Outdoor Competition and Exhibition

Art outside

Posted by Erin Davis on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM

You can still check out the 2016/17 sculpture competition through March 2017. - PROVIDED
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  • You can still check out the 2016/17 sculpture competition through March 2017.
Now in its 12th year, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, opens up for submissions to artisans across the nation. This competition stands as a cornerstone component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest. A wide range of artisans, emerging and professional, have been able to showcase their sculptures throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park located on the Cooper River. Approximately 50,000 guests visit the park each year, so artisans gain a much larger audience than they could in smaller spaces like galleries.

The competition will award up to $19,750 in cash prizes. Honorariums for accepted artists are now set at $1,250 to assist with transportation, installation, razing, and incidental expenses. Best in Show will be awarded $1,000, Outstanding Merit $500, and up to three honorable mentions will receive $250 each.

Artists can submit up to four pieces for a flat fee of $35, and artisans must be 18 and older. The deadline for submissions is Sat. Feb. 25, 2017. Submissions can be made through Slideroom, found here.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Gibbes presents Jacob Lawrence and West Fraser exhibits this January

American art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:40 AM

"Forward Together" by Jacob Lawrence - PROVIDED
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The Gibbes Museum of Art, which reopened this past May after two and a half years of renovations, debuts two 2017 exhibitions highlighting two American artists: Jacob Lawerence and West Fraser. The exhibitions open on Jan. 28 and will run until April 30, 2017.

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence will feature a comprehensive overview of the printmaking work of Jacob Lawrence (who passed away in 2000) between 1963 and the year of his death. Lawrence, who was African American who created works that commented on African-American community life, work, struggle, and emancipation. The exhibition, which was organized by SCAD Museum of Art in conjunction with the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, features over 90 works.

“Lawrence’s bold and narrative style tells an important story about working life in American history,” says Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes. “While his slice-of-life portrayals offer a window into African-American history, his work reflects challenging issues that will resonate with visitors today.”

West Fraser paints Daws Island. - PROVIDED
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  • West Fraser paints Daws Island.
The Gibbes’ other exhibition, Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser, will feature about 25 paintings from Charleston-based painter West Fraser. The artist paints in the plein air tradition. Many of Fraser’s works include landscape scenes from the South Carolina coast. Learn more at

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