Half-Moon Outfitters and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Hosting a Public Mural Competition

Lowcountry visual artists age 18 and up may submit proposals for a public art piece on the exterior of Half-Moon Outfitters’ new building addition, the Half-Moon Annex, located on the corner of East Montague and Jenkins Avenues in the Olde Village area of North Charleston.

Up to three artists will be selected. Selected artists will be given a materials stipend to create an 8’x8’ mural and have an opportunity to compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. Deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19.

To apply, artists must provide sketches of the proposed mural, a written description of the piece including information on medium, inspiration, and execution methods, a resume, and contact information. Application materials should be submitted by the deadline to City of North Charleston Arts Coordinator, AnneTrabue W. Nelson, via email, post, or hand-delivery to:

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department
PO Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419-9016
Cultural Arts Dept. Office
North Charleston City Hall, 2nd Floor
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406

There is no theme for the mural competition; however, mural concepts must be family-friendly and appropriate for public display. Half-Moon Outfitters will furnish an 8’x8’ wooden panel and a $100 materials stipend for each selected artist. Any additional materials expenses must be covered by the artist. Artists will be notified of selections by Friday, April 26. Murals must be complete and ready for installation by Tuesday, May 7. A free public reception will be held in honor of the mural artists during the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival Art Walk on Wednesday, May 8, from 5:00-8:00pm. During the event, the public will be invited to vote on their favorite mural. Results of the vote will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, which are Half-Moon Outfitters gift cards in the amounts of $300, $200, and $100, respectively.

For more information about the Half-Moon Outfitters public mural competition, contact AnneTrabue W. Nelson at 843-740-5852 or anelson@northcharleston.org. For more information about Half-Moon Outfitters, visit www.halfmoonoutfitters.com. To learn more about other programs and artist opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, visit http://bit.ly/culturalarts.

Words by  TheDigitel.com

Food Trucks and Chef Curtis Stone at Tanger Outlets April 13-14

Here is yet another great reason to schedule a shopping spree at Tanger Outlets in North Charleston this April. Local food trucks will set up shop at Tanger April 13-14. The event will feature live music, entertainment and other activities, including food tastings and contests 

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone will do cooking demonstrations from 1-3 p.m. April 13. Food trucks will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Tanger customers are also eligible to win a three-day trip to Los Angeles where the winner and guest will personally dine with Curtis Stone at Beverly Hills restaurant The Blvd on May 20. The winner will also receive a $1,000 shopping spree at Tanger Outlets.

Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley at The Columbia Museum

Don’t miss out on your chance to see 55 paintings and drawings by Impressionist artists like Monet and Renoire. The Columbia Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, Impressionism from Monet to Matisse, will be on display through April 21, 2013. The exhibition features paintings by the well-known leaders of French Impressionism: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley as well as paintings by America’s most noted Impressionist painters, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. Major modern paintings by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin and Georges Braque are also on view.This is a show full of artistic richness where one may meditate for hours on why painting continues to fire our imaginations. Admission to the exhibition is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and $5 for students over the age of five.

Capture the Essence of Rural South Carolina for a Photo Contest

The ninth annual Amateur Rural Summit Photography Contest is seeking photos that capture the essence of rural life in South Carolina.

Sponsored by the Small Business and Rural Development Division of the S.C. Department of Commerce, the Rural Summit Photography Contest is part of the annual South Carolina Rural Summit conference, which will be held in Aiken on March 4, 2013.

The contest is open to the public, and entries should reflect the unique features of rural life in the Palmetto State. Fifteen finalist photos will be chosen by S.C. Department of Commerce staff and displayed at the Rural Summit. Attendees of the Rural Summit will vote. The winning photo will be announced at the end of the program on March 4.

Deadline for entries is February 15. Photographs must be original work of the applicant and feature rural South Carolina subject matter.

Belk Seeing Southern Fashion Designers for the Annual Southern Designer Showcase

Belk’s Southern Designer Showcase is back.  The 2012 inaugural competition was filled with exceptional designs from talented designers located throughout the South, earning the winners a place next to today’s most recognizable fashion names. Think you have what it takes? Belk is looking to partner with Southern designers, winning designs will be featured in Spring 2014 advertising campaigns and sold at Belk and Belk.com.

DESIGNERS: Must currently live in our footprint of Southern states or have a strong connection to the region.
DESIGNS: Winning designs will match Belk’s identity of Modern. Southern. Style. and be appropriate for Spring 2014.
CATEGORIES: Women’s, Men’s & Kids Apparel, Shoes & Women’s Accessories
All entries must include photograph samples no larger than 8.5 x 11. Fashion illustrations and actual samples will not be accepted. Limit
entries to 10 items. Submissions will not be returned. Please prepare entries in the manner outlined below:
1. Label the back of each photograph with your name and contact information in upper right corner.
2. Provide a resume, bio and brief statement why the looks you
designed are appropriate to the Belk brand.
3. Sign and complete entry form. (belk.com/southerndesigner)
Submit your completed entries to Belk by March 1, 2013.
Please send to:
Arlene Goldstein, VP Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction
Belk, Inc., 2801 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
Finalists will be chosen by Belk’s panel of judges and notified by email on or before April 1, 2013. Finalists will be invited to Charlotte, NC to present to our panel of judges on May 22, 2013.
Showcase winners will be notified by May 31, 2013 and announced on June 12, 2013
Winning designers will have the opportunity to become a Belk vendor partner featured in select Belk stores and on Belk.com.
Winning designs will be featured in our Spring 2014 advertising campaigns and on multiple Belk social media platforms.

Starting an Art Collection or Collect Art, Join CFADA for a Fine Art Weekend November 2-4

West Fraser Painting in the Park

I have been working with local art organizations and galleries for almost 10 years now and I often get asked: how do I start an art collection, what artist shall I collect. Well, the answer is very simple, just buy what you like. Often art collectors collect works of artists that they connect with on a personal level.

Each year, we have a great fine art event right here in Charleston. CFADA’s Charleston Fine Art Annual, taking place on November 2-4, raises money for art programs at local high schools, but also offers an opportunity to meet “who is who” in the Charleston art world.  The event features art receptions at CFADA galleries, plein air painting demonstration at Washington Park, receptions, silent auction and print fair at the Gibbes Museum.
The most popular event is the Painting in the Park on November 3 from 9am till noon at Washington Park. This year’s participating artists are: West Fraser, Lese Corrigan, Robert Lange, Susan Romaine,  Shannon Smith, Jennifer Smith-Rogers, Karen Larson Turner, Mark Bailey, Curt Butler, Laurie Meyer, Craig Nelson, Karen Weihs, Rhett Thurman, Trey Finney, Mark Kelvin Horton, Chris Groves, Nancy Hoerter, Elizabeth Pollie, Shannon Runquist, George Pate, Marty Whaley Adams, Nancy Pellatt, John Hull, Donald Demers, Larry Wheeler, Mary Erickson, Arnold Desmarais, Simon Kenevan, Fred Jamar
Works of art from the park will be up for bid (benefiting art programs at local high schools) at CFADA’s BUY ART Silent Auction & Patrons’ Reception on Saturday, November 3 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. If you are thinking of starting an art collection, or already collect art and these are your favorite artists, join CFADA for a fun evening filled with art and support the next generation of local artists. Tickets for the silent auction are $55 per person and available at www.cfada.com! Catering provided by Cru Catering. The Painting in the Park is free and open to the public. CFADA will be accepting absentee bids in the park, so if you love a painting, just give them your credit card info and they will bid for you!
Here is the program for the weekend:
Friday, November 2:
5 – 8 p.m. – CFADA gallery receptions & Charleston Fine Art Annual Art Stroll
8 – 10:30 p.m. – Society 1858’s Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper preview party & reception at the Gibbes, $30 advance purchase, $40 at the door. Tickets at wwww.gibbesmuseum.orgSaturday, November 3:
9 a.m. – noon – Painting in the Park in Washington Park
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. –  Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Artist Demonstrations and Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – CFADA’s Buy Art silent auction & patrons’ reception benefiting the Charleston County High Schools’ art programs, $55 in
advance/$65 day of event. To purchase tickets, please visit www.cfada.com

Sunday, November 4:
1–5 p.m. – Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes
2:30 p.m. – Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

CFADA has donated over $250,000 to art programs at local high schools since 2004.

CFADA’s 2012 Charleston Fine Art Annual

CFADA’s Charleston Fine Art Annual, November 2-4, 2012

Friday, November 2:

5 – 8 p.m. – CFADA gallery receptions & Charleston Fine Art Annual Art Stroll

8 – 10:30 p.m. – Society 1858’s Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper preview party & reception at the Gibbes, $30 advance purchase, $40 at the door

Saturday, November 3:

9 a.m. – noon – Painting in the Park in Washington Park

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. –  Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Artist Demonstrations and Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – CFADA’s Buy Art! silent auction & patrons’ receptionbenefiting the Charleston County High Schools’ art programs, $55 in advance/$65 day of event.

Sunday, November 4:

1–5 p.m. – Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

2:30 p.m. – Curator-led Tour of Art on Paper Fair at the Gibbes

Purchase tickets at www.cfada.com.

The Charleston Fine Art Annual raises funds that keep art alive in local high schools. Since 2004, CFADA has donated over $250,000 to art programs at eleven local high schools.

Charleston Auto Expo & Car Show this Sunday at Blackbaud Stadium

I admire people that start a small business and take it to the next level! My good friends at Pleasant Details did just that. Started a mobile car detailing company, later added new services such as installing the 3M and Avery Nano clear bra paint protection film and also created a car expo in Charleston.

The 2nd Annual Charleston Auto Expo & Car Show, taking place on Sunday, September 23 from 11am-5pm at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island, SC, will showcase local and southeast automotive shops that specialize in a wide variety of areas, including 3M Clear Bra, Wheel Repair, Upholstery Repair, Paintless Dent Repair, Car Audio, Vinyl Wraps, Headlight Restoration, Window Tinting, Detailing, Auto Dealerships, Paint Touch-up & more. This year’s event features guest appearances by Leh Keen with Brumos Racing and local author Ken Burger. The expo will include specialists in their respected field performing live demos, giving product knowledge, and giveaways!

Admission is $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at http://2012charlestonautoexpo.eventbrite.com/.

Bring the whole family and enjoy: live music, kids zone, Monster Mobile Game Theater, jump castle, hot rides, Food Trucks & more.

Featured Cars: Transformer Decepticon Motormaster & Bumble Bee.

Chris Glasgow’s 64’ Olds Cutlass Convertible. Chris will be touring the country on the car show circuit with this beast – 600+ HP big block Olds 455 with one-off fuel injection under the hood, the custom interior, frame off resto, & the list goes on.

Plus multiple cars from private collections that have been featured in top shows around the country including:  Amelia Island best in class winner, and some of the rarest cars you’ve never seen.

The event will also be a meet for car clubs/groups and auto enthusiast.

The 2012 Charleston Auto Expo will include FREE Clinics, Workshops, and Demonstrations by vendors and sponsors highlighting services and products! the goal of the Charleston Auto Expo is to inform the average car owner of services and companies that help maintain or add value to a owners vehicle. Most demos will last less than 15 minutes and and will be followed up with Q&A sessions.

Help a Friend – Seph’s Sunday Phun Day at O’Brion’s Pub, August 12

Seph, Leigh and baby Ellen

For the second time, my friend’s husband battles colon cancer. To help the family with everyday needs such as gas, transportation, groceries, diapers, etc. Leigh and Seph’s friends are organizing a fundraiser, Seph’s Sunday Phun Day at O’Brion’s Pub in I’on on August 12 at 3pm. There is a donation at the door of minimum of $10. Kids are free. Acoustic Music by Five Way Friday


Charleston Summer Event Features Fine Art and Local Cuisine

Butter me Up by Shannon Runquist

You always know what local produce and products are in season when you participate in the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Palette and Palate Stroll. The event features local chefs and restaurants paired with local fine art galleries, all members of the CFADA. With menus like: Charleston Shrimp, Corn Kimchi, and Bibb Lettuce prepared by Chef Brock of McCrady’s, and Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche prepared by Circa 1886 Chef Collins, the popular summer event will once again sell out! Locals and visitors who travel to Charleston for the event are to expect great local fair paired with Southern art. Galleries will feature food paitings (Horton Hayes Fine Art will feature Shannon Runquist) or local artists or Southern scenes.

So either you want to meet and mingle with your favorite chefs or artists, or you just want to be part of Charleston great social scene! See and be seen at the Palette and Palate Stroll this Friday, July 13th from 5:30-7:30pm!

This year’s pairings are:

Corrigan Gallery – Barsa Tapas
Dog and Horse Gallery – Circa 1886
Ella W. Richardson Fine Art – BLU
Helena Fox Fine Art – Anson
Horton Hayes Fine Art – Oak
Smith Killian Fine Art – McCrady’s
The Sylvan Gallery – Eli’s Table
Wells Gallery – Social

Tickets are still available at www.cfada.com. $45 per person. Once you buy a ticket online, you can check in at any participating gallery and enjoy your evening, strolling through the historic street of Charleston,  making stops at 8 local galleries! I suggest that you think about your preferred stops beforehand because you will have such a good time at each gallery that it will be hard to move onto the next one!