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MODERNISME TO CLOSE

Modernisme announced it will close after Nov. 21. The announcement was made Saturday via an e-mail message to patrons of the gallery, which has since 2006 built a reputation as a forum for local contemporary artists who have had difficulty gaining entrée to commercial space in downtown galleries.

The reason for the closure was financial, said co-owner Kristy Cifuentes, during an interview Saturday.

Since April, business has slowed considerably, she said, because of the downturn in the national economy. Businesses in the Avondale area did not grow as quickly as she expected. Some, such as the Uni Bar, have even been shuttered. With a baby on the way, Cifuentes and her husband, Eddie, decided that closing was the right move.

"It was an extremely difficult decision," Cifuentes said. "This gallery has been the love of my life. Only now can I talk about it without crying."

The lease for the building will be turned over to a new business after Nov. 21. Resident artists have been placed in other galleries. In the email message, Cifuentes said she hoped to open a new downtown gallery in the future. In the interview, she said she did not know when that would be. —John Stoehr

IN PRAISE OF FOLLY

A few years ago, Aileen Morgan was going through something we've all been through: heartbreak. In trying to heal, the singer-songwriter spent time on Folly Beach reflecting on her experience. Part of that process was writing a delicate song called "Love Alone."

"It's about being in love with someone who so deeply changed my life," Morgan said by phone from New York City, where she lives. "I expressed all that pain through that song. I really put my heart in it."

She made a video of the song on Folly Beach and posted it on YouTube. The beach and the song go hand in hand, she said: The throbbing ache of "Love Alone" could only be appeased by the hypnotic, tranquil hush of Folly's rolling surf.

"Folly is my favorite place in the world," she said. "It healed me. There was such a deep connection to the person I sing about. I was going through a lot of pain. I could heal by being on the beach."

The pain is gone now but the video continues to connect with people. On YouTube, the New Jersey native said, she can reach people all over the world far better than she can even on MySpace. You can see the video at youtube.com/user/AileenMorgan. "Love Alone" can also be found on iTunes in two versions, acoustic and studio produced. For more, go to Morgan's website, www.aileenmorgan.com. —John Stoehr


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