Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Now through February you can enter to compete in North Chuck's outdoor sculpture competition

Art outdoors

Posted by Francesca Mathewes on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 10:04 AM

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This winter, the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department invites sculptors from the Lowcountry and beyond to enter their work into the 13th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, taking place in conjunction with the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest. Deadline for submission is Sun. Feb. 25, 2018 and interested artists can apply online.

Up to 14 sculptors will be selected and have their work displayed from May 1, 2018 to March 24, 2019 at the scenic North Charleston Riverfront Park. This year’s juror is Lilly Wei, an independent curator, writer, lecturer, critic, and journalist based in New York City. Wei is a longtime contributor to Art in America, in addition to her dozens of contributions to publications in the U.S and abroad, and serves as a contributing editor to ARTnews. She has curated exhibits across the U.S, Europe, and Asia.

There are cash prizes involved, too — up to $19,750 in them. A $1,250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Wei will be awarding the Best in Show, Outstanding Merit and up to three Honorable Mention winners, with cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively.

Learn more at

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Santaland Diaries returns to Woolfe Street Playhouse this weekend

Here comes Santa, err, Crumpet

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Robbie Thomas is Crumpet the Elf, one of Santa's helpers in a Macy's dept. store - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Robbie Thomas is Crumpet the Elf, one of Santa's helpers in a Macy's dept. store
Our favorite irreverent Christmas story, as told by David Sedaris, and adapted to the stage, is back. Santaland Diaries, the real life tale of Sedaris' days as Crumpet the Elf in a Macy's Department Store, heads to Woolfe Street Playhouse this weekend, Dec. 15-17. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

Village Repertory Company's artistic director Robbie Thomas plays Crumpet in this performance, which clocks in at just over an hour. In an interview with City Paper last year, Thomas talked about why he likes Santaland Diaries: "Nobody comes out unscathed. Even Sedaris himself says, 'I'm not a good person, I've never even been mistaken for a good person.' He's not gonna hold back on anybody, which can be refreshing. For an hour, watching someone do that is a breath of fresh air."
Event Details The Santaland Diaries
@ Woolfe Street Playhouse
34 Woolfe St.
Charleston, S.C.
When: Through Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 17, 5 p.m.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

SportsBook of Charleston hosts a holiday comedy showcase this Friday

So tacky it's funny

Posted by Francesca Mathewes on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 12:07 PM

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Call a sitter for the kids, don your tackiest holiday sweater and head to SportsBook Charleston Fri. Dec. 15 for a night of festive hilarity at their Holiday Comedy Showcase. Laughs start (for free!) at 9 p.m with a knockout lineup featuring comedians from all over.

These funny guys and gals include Bill Davis, who has opened for Amy Schumer; Asheville's Hilliary S. Begley; everyone's favorite podcaster, Hagan Ragland, of Petty Couch Podcast; 2016 Charleston Comedy Festival finalist Vince Fabra; newcomer and "Dale-Earnhardt dissing" Kevin Williams; WeirdBall podcast star Andrew Steiner; and headliner Brandon Rainwater. Keith Dee hosts the evening and even Santa Claus will be making an appearance, so bring your wish list if you've been nice.

Make sure you hang around after the show for a holiday party. Don’t worry — that hideous holiday sweater will be put to good use in the Christmas Sweater Pageant following the show as well — the ugliest one wins a prize.

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Charleston's Miller Gallery pops up in Greenville's Art & Light gallery this January

We can see the light

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 11:13 AM

"Sunny Side Up." - LAURA DARGAN
  • Laura Dargan
  • "Sunny Side Up."
Charleston's Miller Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in downtown's French Quarter, brings 10 of its artists to Greenville, S.C.'s Art & Light gallery this January. An opening reception will be held on Fri. Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Art & Light, 16 Aiken St., Greenville, S.C.
If you're in the upstate, swing by Art & Light for an exhibit featuring works from Charleston artists including Laura Dargan, Kate Hooray Osmond, and J.P. Shepard. Dargan, who is self-taught, creates figurative pieces, working with the idea that art is subjective. Osmond creates oil paintings inspired by aerial photos she takes while flying in helicopters across North America. Shepard is a full time blacksmith working at Robert Thomas Iron Design who also maintains a studio on James Island where he creates both functional forgings and abstract sculptures.
Additional Miller gallery artists showing in Greenville include Dixie Purvis, Teresa Roche, Marina Dunbar, Charlotte Filbert, and Miles Purvis.

Learn more about Art & Light and upcoming exhibits online.

"Winter Takes Leave" - MARINA DUNBAR
  • Marina Dunbar
  • "Winter Takes Leave"

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Rebekah Jacob exhibits at Miami's Scope Art Show, dismisses Charleston critics as "irrelevant"

Jacob tells the Miami New Times critics part of "smear campaign"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Rebekah Jacob has tacked "Vedado" onto her gallery name. Vedado is a central business district in the city of Havana, Cuba. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • Rebekah Jacob has tacked "Vedado" onto her gallery name. Vedado is a central business district in the city of Havana, Cuba.
Last we checked in with Charleston gallery owner Rebekah Jacob, we learned several artists who claimed that they lost work during business dealings with her were able to recover some of their missing work. These revelations came soon after City Paper reporter Dustin Waters investigated claims of nonpayment against Jacob by at least four artists.

Well Jacob is reportedly back, now selling art in South Florida at Miami Art Week. In a story published today by the Miami New Times, Jacob tells the alt-weekly that she has not read the City Paper story about her entitled "Artful Dodger," and dismisses allegations of nonpayment against her as being part of a "smear campaign." She told the New Times, "It's irrelevant to what I do."

New Times reporter Stefanie Fernandez says Jacob's new offerings focus on Latin American artists, particularly those from Cuba. Asked why she shifted from selling local Charleston and American artists, Jacob partly blamed the environment in her hometown, where she now maintains a gallery on John Street. "Certainly, Charleston has something to do with it. It’s not a progressive market."

Since the City Paper story was published, a number of people contacted the City Paper with claims similar to the ones laid out in the article. Just a week after the story was published, an Aug. 22 hearing was held, where a magistrate judge approved the decision to allow all interested parties to reclaim their property from Jacob's former gallery at 54 Broad St. One local woodworker, Justin Herrington of Born Again Heartwoods, received the furniture he'd been missing since they'd been abandoned at the Broad Street gallery, and photographer Ben Nixon was also able to recover 21 of his pieces.While artists were reunited with some of their works, Jacob continued to operate as usual at her latest gallery space, located at 49 John St. The Rebekah Jacob Gallery has changed names, now operating under the name Rebekah Jacob Gallery & Vedado Gallery. The gallery consistently sends out emails with new inventory and upcoming shows; City Paper's calendar desk received one most recently two days ago.

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