Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Savannah's Telfair Museums to exhibit 21 Rembrandt etchings starting in March

Going Dutch

Posted by Michael Pham on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 3:15 PM

"Self Portrait with Lowered Saber" (detail) - COURTESY TELFAIR MUSEUMS
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  • "Self Portrait with Lowered Saber" (detail)
Beginning March 15 at the Telfair Museums' Jepson Center in Savannah, Ga., you can check out an exhibition on Rembrandt van Rijn, the 17th-century Dutch master painter, draftsman, and printmaker. That's right y'all, Rembrandt's coming to Savannah.

Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience: The Berger Print Collection will feature 21 etchings with Judaic subjects from the artist, as well as a drawing by his mentor, Pieter Lastman. The etchings highlight Rembrandt’s relationship with Amsterdam’s Jewish citizens and his personal interpretations of the Old Testament Bible stories.

"The theme of this exhibition is particularly relevant here in Savannah, home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the country. Savannah’s first Jewish settlers arrived in 1733, just a few months after the city was founded by James Edward Oglethorpe," said Courtney McNeil, Telfair Museums' chief curator and deputy director for curatorial affairs, in a press release.

"Abraham's Sacrifice" - COURTESY TELFAIR MUSEUMS
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"These settlers fled from Europe to Georgia for many of the same reasons of persecution and discrimination that drove so many Jews to settle in Amsterdam during Rembrandt’s lifetime."

The exhibition will be open to the public from March 15-June 30.

Rembrandt lived and worked in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, introducing new and innovative techniques to printmaking. Unlike most artists of his time, he was a master in three different media, creating unconventional works with emotional depth, dramatic body language, and harsh use of lighting and shadows.

Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and features world-class art collections in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. Learn more about the museum online.

If you're heading to Savannah sooner, the Jepson Center is currently exhibiting Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism through Feb. 10.

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Learn about and give input on Charleston's planned bus rapid transit system at three sessions this month

23-mile rapid transit line planned to connect Summerville and downtown

Posted by Michael Pham on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 2:23 PM

The EmX system in Eugene, Ore. is one that local officials cite as similar to the bus rapid transit system planned in Charleston - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/USER CACOPHONY
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  • The EmX system in Eugene, Ore. is one that local officials cite as similar to the bus rapid transit system planned in Charleston
Later this month, Jan. 29-31, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments is hosting public workshops to begin the next phase in the Lowcountry Rapid Transit project.

The Lowcountry Rapid Transit project is a proposed 23-mile transportation system to enhance regional mobility along the I-26 corridor that connects communities from Summerville to downtown Charleston.

The three workshops will be held in Charleston, Summerville, and North Charleston, offering citizens a chance to hear updates and voice their opinions about the vision of the project. The sessions will include a presentation followed by an interactive period with organizers.

Dates, locations, and times are as followed:

Tues. Jan. 29 - Downtown
Longshoremen's Hall
1142 Morrison Dr., 6-8 p.m.

Wed. Jan. 30 - Summerville
Alston-Bailey Elementary School
820 W. 5th North St., 6-8 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 31 - North Charleston
The College Center at Trident Tech
7000 Rivers Ave., 6-8 p.m.

Those unable to attend can access a 24-hour online workshop beginning Tues. Jan. 29 through Thurs. Feb. 28 for comment and input.

The Lowcountry Rapid Transit is planned to operate like a conventional rail, operating in its own dedicated lanes, allowing flexibility through mixed traffic along Highway 52 and Highway 78, providing ease of transportation through Summerville, North Charleston, and Charleston.
The proposed route for the Lowcountry Rapid Transit - LOWCOUNTRY RAPID TRANSIT
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  • The proposed route for the Lowcountry Rapid Transit

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South Carolina Historical Society winter 2019 lecture series kicks off Tuesday

Topics range from evolving diets to Lafayette's influence

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 9:51 AM

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Learn more about Lowcountry history in the annual Winter Lecture Series hosted by the South Carolina Historical Society. The six-week lecture series will feature a wide variety of speakers, all talking about topics that relate to eighteenth-century South Carolina. The series will run on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. starting Jan. 15 and running through Feb. 19.

Held in First Baptist Church, the series costs $75 for Historical Society members and $90 for non-members. Tickets for individual lectures can be bought at the door for $20 each.

Dr. Gail Wagner, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina since 1989, will kick off the lecture series on Jan. 15 with her lecture “Colonial Encounters: What Happens to Diets When Worlds Collide?” Wagner travels around South Carolina giving public lectures about human-plant relationships, has led workshops, talks at national and international conferences about science education, and has served as a consultant for re-creating the traditional eastern North American Indian gardens.

Sheila Ingle, a children’s author, holds a talk on Jan. 22 titled "Judith Giton Manigault, a Woman of Substance.” Ingle worked as a teacher for over 30 years in Spartanburg County schools teaching English. She then moved on to higher education where she was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate for over 20 years. Ingle's passion is telling the stories of brave women during the Revolutionary War in a way that children will understand.

Chris Judge, Director of Native American Studies Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, will mark the halfway point for the lecture series with his talk on Jan. 29,  "Gathering Up the Fragments: The Elusive Cheraw Indians in Colonial Times." Judge has studied Native Americans in South Carolina for over 30 years and continues his research by actively researching oral histories of Native American communities in South Carolina.

He has served as President of the Council of South Carolina Professional Archaeologists, Chair of the Native American Liason Committee of the COSCAPA and member of Native American Advisory Committee, South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs and the Southeastern Archaeological Conferences’ Native American Liaison Committee.

Donald West, Coordinator of History and Humanities at Trident Technical College, will host a lecture on the Atlantic slave trade that has yet to be named on Feb. 5.

Bill Davies, a retired attorney and current member of the governing board of the South Carolina Historical Society, will host a lecture on Feb. 12 called "Lafayette and the Rights of Man."

The final lecture in the series will be presented on Feb. 19 by Martha Zierden, Curator of Historical Archaeology at the Charleston Museum. She has yet to name her lecture, but it will focus on artifacts of colonial Charleston. Zierden has a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from Florida State University and was essential in helping the College of Charleston’s Anthropology program during the 1980s when the major was newly created. She helped create and maintain the biennial archaeological field school the College of Charleston’s Anthropology program puts on with The Charleston Museum.
Event Details South Carolina Historical Society Winter Lecture Series
@ First Baptist Church of Charleston
61 Church St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 19
Price: $90/nonmembers series, $75/members series, $20/individual lecture

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The GOOD Fest wellness event comes to Charleston Sat. Jan. 26

Good for us

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 8:03 AM

Movement queen Sarah Frick is one of the panelists speaking at GOOD Fest - PROVIDED
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  • Movement queen Sarah Frick is one of the panelists speaking at GOOD Fest
GOOD Fest, a wellness event started by three women who believe that "living well doesn't have to be about sacrifice and denial," comes to South Carolina for the first time Sat. Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cannon Green. The four hour, $109 midday event features a keynote self empowerment workshop, guided sound bath and meditation, a self-care panel made up of female entrepreneurs, a wellness swag bag, healthy lunch, and "plenty of time to mingle with like-minded women."

If a $100 price tag for a four hour fest gives you pause, you're not alone. Especially if that event is founded on inchoate buzzwords like 'wellness,' 'empowerment,' and 'self-care.' We've been so intrigued by these buzzy terms (and find a new, more puzzling phrase every day) that in August we devoted a cover story to exploring the evolving concept of self-care, its history, and how the industry is growing at a rapid pace.

The takeaway? There's a lot to unpack when it comes to taking care of ourselves, and it isn't all face masks and bath bombs. It's easy to dismiss the self-care industry as an expensive trend, one that tricks burned out Millennials into investing measly paychecks into workshops and classes and pop-ups. But then there are the people behind the brands, lots of them badass women, who devote their lives to improving the health and wellness of others.

Some of these women will be on the GOOD Fest panel, including artist, writer, and transformational coach Alexandra Roxo; holistic life coach Elli Richter; One Part Plant author Jessica Murnane; the woman behind the blog Bare Beauty, Jessica Morse; The Works founder and movement queen Sarah Frick; and Dr. Carrie khoLi of Khafra and Company, a "dream incubator investing in communal actualization" that is run by a team of 100 percent people of color, over 80 percent women, and more than 51 percent of people who identify as queer.

GOOD organizers are planning similar events in New York and Austin.

In a press release last week, fest founders say, "We recognize that wellness is not one size fits all, and finding what works for you is key in becoming the best version of yourself ... Our events are rich with thought-leaders and change makers who seek personal growth, but more importantly, hope to raise the vibration of the world and community around them."

We aren't sure that we would drop $100 for a four-hour fest focusing on 'thought-leaders' but yes, we would spend a Benjamin to hear smart savvy women talk about what gets them out of bed in the morning. Hell, that may just be a pretty good way to spend a Saturday morning.

Event Details The GOOD Fest Self Care Saturday
@ Cannon Green
103 Spring St
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Price: $109
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Charleston library and Wannamaker park team up for interactive Storywalk to get kids excited about reading

Starting with an Eric Carle tale

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 11:42 AM

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Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) has joined forces with the Charleston County Parks and Recreation department along with support from Healthy Tri-County to create a free interactive Storywalk for book lovers of all ages. The Storywalk will open with an official free kickoff event on Sat. Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at North Charleston's Wannamaker County Park.

The Storywalk takes place around the lagoon at the park and guests will have access to dozens of games, songs, activities, and a special storytime all in an effort to promote a love for literacy, activeness, and nature. The Storywalk follows a path marked with pages from a children’s story. Guests walk through the path and follow along with the story, effectively bringing it off of the pages and into reality.

The original concept for the Storywalk Project came from the mind of Vermonter Anne Ferguson and was developed alongside the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. The purpose of the walk is to create a fun and safe way in which children of all ages can embrace — or unlock — their inner book nerd.

Amy Evans, operations manager for Wannamaker County Park says, "The paved path around the Wannamaker lagoon is the perfect place for children of all ages to enjoy a whimsical book along with a walk in the woods."
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CCPL'S strategic programming manager Devon Andrews also believes the Storywalk at Wannamaker County Park is a good way to get children excited about reading: "We’re always trying to think of new and exciting ways to engage, inspire, and educate. We’re excited to work with the county parks to bring this fun and educational family activity to our community."

The first book to be featured in Storywalk will be From Head to Toe by the classic illustrator Eric Carle. From Head to Toe offers an interactive experience that uses vibrant imagery and basic wording to inform children about the importance of listening to others, staying fit, and challenging one’s self. The Storywalk will produce four book installments and associated activities a year, with others TBA.

The Storywalk is free to all park guests during the park’s normal operating hours. Learn more online.
Event Details Wannamaker County Park Storywalk
@ Wannamaker County Park
8888 University Blvd.
North Charleston
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Ongoing
Price: Free to Attend
Family + Kids and Books + Poetry

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