Monday, March 2, 2020

James Island Arts Council presents auction and student art competition on Sat. March 7

Support the arts

Posted by Shannon Murray on Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 11:33 AM

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On Sat. March 7, 5-7:30 p.m., the James Island Arts Council, in collaboration with the Town of James Island and the City of Charleston, presents its annual silent art auction and student competition at James Island Town Hall.

The auction highlights work donated by local artists and bids start as low as $5. The event is held each year as a way to raise awareness of local artists while raising money for local classrooms.

Attendees can enjoy food and drink, door prizes, raffles, and live music. Adult tickets are $5 and kids get in free. Stroll through juried student art exhibitions, including new 3D and photography categories.

Every JI arts event is also a food drive for James Island Outreach; bring cans, boxes, or bags of food to donate.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New pottery studio, Terrace Clay, now open in Riverland Terrace

Cone 10 lives on

Posted by Shannon Murray on Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Less than a year after beloved downtown clay studio Cone 10 closed downtown, a new pottery studio, Terrace Clay, is now open on James Island at 2041 Wappoo Drive. Opened by former members of Cone 10, including Myra Bowie, the studio offers hand building and wheel throwing classes.

The member-based studio hopes to provide a new home base for the local ceramics community. Take a class, peruse the goods on the "cup wall," or just chat with like-minded ceramicists.

Head online or call (843) 666-7697 to learn more.

Terrace Clay joins another Cone 10 offshoot, Studio Union CHS, an arts space that's opening in the Union Heights neighborhood this Spring. Founded by Susan Gregory and some other former Cone 10 members, Studio Union is located in an old warehouse just two miles from Cone 10's former spot on Morrison Drive.
When we chatted with Gregory last summer she said: "We're just trying to make a space where we can all work and stay without being run off again. A lot of us are trying to put down roots and make a creative life in whatever way. This feels like a great space to spread North and South."

Follow along with Studio Union's progress on their Instagram

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Head to the 11th annual Terrace Charleston Film Festival March 5-8

From Military Wives to a Dream Horse

Posted by Shannon Murray on Sun, Feb 23, 2020 at 10:32 AM

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From Thurs. March 5- Sun. March 8 the Terrace Theater will feature a collection of local, national, and international films across a variety of genres in their 11th annual Terrace Charleston Film Festival. 

In addition to over 15 film screenings, this year's festival includes panels, with discussions after films like Deceiver and A Nun's Curse. Hear from the films' actors, script supervisors, and directors to get a better understand of what goes on behind the scenes.

As always the festival has a solid lineup of Jewish films, presented in partnership with the Charleston Jewish Filmfest and the College of Charleston.

This year's Jewish films include:

Opening night movie, Resistance, which takes place during WWII. The film tells the story of Jewish boy scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save 10,000 Jewish orphans.

Watch The Keeper, a WWII based film about Bert Trautman, a POW who became the goalkeeper for Manchester City who overcomes prejudice and public hostility.

a feature film that views the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin through the eyes of Yigal Yamir, who killed Rabin to oppose the Oslo Peace Accords. After the Sunday screening, P&C arts writer Adam Parker will interview Incitement's writer Ron Leshem via Skype.

Additional film fest films include:

The Roads Not Taken, which follows a day in the life of Leo and his daughter, Molly as she grapples with the challenges of her father’s chaotic mind. As they weave their way through New York City, Leo’s journey takes on a hallucinatory quality as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.

Military Wives centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage.

A group's unlikely investment in breeding a racehorse plan pays off as the horse rises through the ranks and puts them in the running for a national championship in the movie Dream Horse.

On Fri. March 6 catch BURDEN, the redemptive true story of Reverend David Kennedy, a black Baptist Minister and Civil Rights activist, who took in Michael Burden Jr., a former Klansmen who owned a KKK and Neo-Nazi paraphernalia store. The real reverend Kennedy (who is portrayed by Forest Whittaker in the film) and the film's director Andrew Heckler, will attend the screening.

Fantastic Fungi is a "consciousness-shifting film" that takes viewers on a journey through time and scale into the earth beneath our feet. You'll learn how the fungi kingdom offers answers to some of today's most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

Check out the full lineup of films and buy tickets online at

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Master teacher Samantha Salters leads a West African dance workshop this Sat. Feb. 15

Alexa, play West African percussion music

Posted by Shannon Murray on Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 1:15 PM

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Master teacher Samantha Salters hosts a two hour West African dance intensive workshop at Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (CCSMS) Auditorium from 12-2 p.m. on Sat. Feb. 15.

Tickets are $20/adult, $10/student, or $25/parent and student. The proceeds from this community class cover the cost of a three-day, in-school workshop for CCSMS students.

Salters leads the class, accompanied by live music from special guests master percussionist Kofi Agyei and friends.

A professor at George Mason University, Salters performs with the distinguished Coyoba Dance Theater in Washington, D.C. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in dance as well as Comparative Ethnic (Africana) Studies.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Join Redux for art camp at Wildacres, N.C. this summer and fall

Who says art classes are just for the kids?

Posted by Shannon Murray on Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 10:09 AM

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Escape the Charleston heat and spur the creativity in your right side brain with a week-long immersive art experience atop Pompey's Knob, a mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

While there, you can pick a medium to focus on to develop your expert (or mediocre) art skills. These include clay, painting and drawing, plein air, watercolor, collage and multi-media, jewelry, and photography. During this time you will be able to complete a number of your own original pieces.

There are three weeks of dates and art mediums to choose from:

Week I — July 12-18
Week II—  July 19-25
Week III — October 12-18

The average cost is $775, but the cost is dependent on the art medium that you choose.

Register online or email with any questions. 

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