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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! 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

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

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 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 $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!


Charleston Virtuosi Presents “Seven Last Words” by Joseph Haydn in Easter Concert, April 7

Peter Kiral

My Slovak friend, Peter Kiral who founded Charleston Virtuosi in 2009, is presenting a classical Easter Concert on April 7 at 4pm at the Circular Church. String Quartet will be performing “Seven Last Words” by Joseph Haydn. Tickets are $10 per person.

Check out Charleston Virtuosi performing  W. A. Mozart: Divertimento KV 436 Presto

2012 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition Announced

The City of North Charleston’s 2012 North Charleston Arts Festival is taking place on May 4-12. The nine-day celebration of the arts is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the Lowcountry. In the past over 30,000 residents & visitors enjoyed a fabulous array of performances, exhibitions, and activities. The City is taking entries for its 2012 North Charleston Arts Festival design competition with the winning artist to receive $500 and have the work become part of the city’s public art collection.

Categories are: Acrylic, Oil, Drawing/Pastel, Watercolor, Mixed Media

Deliver entries:

Fri., January 20 9:00am-7:00pm
Sat., January 21 9:00am-12:00pm
Address: North Charleston City Gallery located
in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention
Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418,
off of International Blvd. Digital images also accepted. Email two jpegs of each piece, including a close up image and an image of the frame or gallery wrapped edge, along with the entry card information and any support material to

The winning piece will be announced no later than January 24, 2012 and will become the official design of the arts festival (featured on promotional materials and merchandise, including advertisements, brochures, posters, apparel, online and more).

The winning artist also will be given an opportunity to exhibit other works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the festival.

Applications are online with a deadline of noon on Jan. 21. There is no entry fee to participate. For more information, call 843-740-5854.

“OPEN” Arts Expo Street Performances Schedule – September 10

“OPEN” Arts Expo Street Performances Schedule:
12:30 – 1    Repetory by Annex Dance Company
1 – 1:30    Stories by the South Carolina Storytelling Network
1:30 – 2    Shakespeare’s vignette by Flowertown Players
2 – 2:30    Reading by Poet Laureate Marjorie Wentworth and local author                                Elle Davis
2:30 – 3:30    Musical Performance by Charleston Virtuosi Ensemble
3:30 – 4    Native American stories and song by Hawk Hurst
4 – 4:30    Guinea W. African Dance by Wona Womalan African Drum and                                 Dance Ensemble
4:30 – 5    Acapella singing by the Charleston Barbershop Chorus
5 – 5:30    Poetry in Motion by award-winning poet and storyteller                                         Fouché Sheppard


What Locals Know/Where Locals Go: September 7-10, 2011

September 7, 2011

Charleston Restaurant Week kicks off today! Take your wife out for a date night. This one is not going to break a bank! Most restaurants offer great deals, a fixed menus features 3 for $20, 3 for $30 or 3 for $40. These are special discounted menus are determined by the restaurant and is usually based on the price point of their regular menu.

The three items you have to choose from will vary by the restaurant. Some offer appetizer, entree, dessert … while others may offer a beverage as one course. You need to make reservations as soon as possible. The restaurant week ends on September 18.

September 8, 2011

You can’t buy love but you can pay heavily for it! That is if you buy a bachelor at the Charleston Rugby Charity Auction this Thursday at Charleston Aquarium. The event starts at 7pm. And yes, the event is a benefit for Pet Helpers.

September 9, 2011

Travel fever? Stop by Horton Hayes Fine Art on Friday from 6 to 8pm to view – and take home if you wish – paintings from the new exhibition by the participants in Chris Groves’ and Mark Kelvin Horton’s painting workshop in Italy, The Light and Life of Tuscany.

The workshop took place last May near Siena in the Tuscany region of Italy.  The students spent a week at San Fedele, a restored monastery dating from the 12th century.  Instruction took place on the scenic grounds of the venue as well as in nearby hilltop villages and a local vineyard.  Jealous? You can join Mark and Chris next year!

September 10, 2011

Over 35 arts organizations, all wonderfully interesting – I know this for sure because I created  posts about all of them, most include a video – will be presented at the Memminger Auditorium on Saturday from noon till 5:30pm. The event is titled “OPEN” – it is an arts expo featuring interactive art booths, street performances, food trucks and much more! The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts’ greater mission is breaking the barriers to participation in the joy of the arts! So go, learn and participate! The cultural life in Charleston is incredibly rich and diverse, be open to doing something new this year!

The Most Exciting Charleston Summer Event – Palette and Palate Stroll -this Friday July 15!

Vladia and Anthony Spencer at the 2010 Palette and Palate Stroll

Putting the final touches on the 2011 Palette and Palate Stroll. We added a new pairing last week: Helena Fox Fine Art & Anson! Exciting. And the Boathouse at Breach Inlet came on board to partner with the Wells Gallery.

I also received some menus and this year is going to be the best ever~ The sixth annual fine art and fine cuisine event presented by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association will take place this Friday, July 15,  from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The event benefits local student art programs and scholarships.

Tickets are $45 per person and will sell out, click here to buy them today!

The 2011 Palette & Palate Stroll pairings are:

Charleston Renaissance Gallery & Circa 1886 (serving Wreckbass ceviche with avocado puree and raspberry hazelnut pave)

Corrigan Gallery & Cypress  (also featuring The Happy Camper Snoball truck)

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art & Blu

Helena Fox Fine Art & Anson

Horton Hayes Fine Art & La Fourchette

John C. Doyle Art Gallery & Caviar & Bananas (serving Himalayan salt slab seared scallop over summer charred corn & lady pea succotash with guests choice of sauce:  ambrose farms beet jelly, candied carrot coulis or salsa verde)

Robert Lange Studios & Charleston Grill

Martin Gallery & Social

Smith-Killian Fine Art & McCrady’s

The Sylvan Gallery & Halls Chophouse

Wells Gallery & Boathouse at Breach Inlet

BLU presented some amazing tastings at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art last year

The 2011 event is sponsored by the American Art Collector Magazine and Charleston Magazine! We received ink in Southwest Art Magazine, Spirit Airlines’ magazine, Southern Living and AmericanStyle!

“Moon Over Morocco 6” on July 9

I just got an invitation to “Moon Over Morocco 6” benefiting Creative Spark, taking place at 6:30pm on Saturday, July 9. The event features:
-Bellydance Hafla, Silent Auction and Dessert Party
-Ancient Echoes Bellydance performs in “Tales Of Scherazade” with live middle-eastern music by Papa Baba and G5 (Geoffrey Cormier) at 7:30pm.
-Wayang Modern will be performing “Shadows Of Culture-Medieval Music with Shadow Puppet Imagery”

$10 includes refreshments in a dessert setting! The event will be at Creative Spark in Mt. Pleasant.

Arts Offering of 2011 Piccolo Spoleto

Spoleto Festival USA was established in Charleston in the springtime of 1977. Two years later, Piccolo began as a “little sibling” to Spoleto Festival USA, presenting local and regional artists in a series of admission-free concerts against the stunning backdrop of Spoleto’s international arts extravaganza.

Yesterday I met with my client to select some of the Piccolo Spoleto art events that we were going to feature on our blog. Here are the ones that caught our attention. Some require tickets and some are free!

PICCOLO SPOLETO Literary Festival Finale featuring Pat Conroy:  Beloved Southern writer Pat Conroy is the author of The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, and many other books, including the recently-published My Reading Life. His lecture and the following reception will be the festival finale.  Reception immediately following lecture and book signing.  Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.  Tickets:  $51.  June 4 at 3pm.

Snow White: The classic tale of the beautiful but vain Queen and the lovely step-daughter of whom she’s jealous… Not JUST for children. Produced by SPROUTS Professional Musical Theatre. Creative Spark Center for the Arts 757 Long Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant.  Tickets: $11 in advance; $13 at the door. For tickets call (866) 811-4111. June 3, 10 at 7pm; June 4, 11, 12 at 1pm; June 5, 12 at 3pm.

For visual arts lovers: The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston magazine and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts present Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar, an art exhibit at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Eight emerging artists are featured, works include drawing, collage, painting, photography and installation by artists who deserve a closer look.  34 Prioleau St. May 26 (Opening reception, May 26 from 6-8pm) -July 31;  Festival hours:  Mon.-Sun., 10am-6pm.

Sunset Serenadeat the U.S. Custom House featuring Charleston Ballet Theatre with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra. U.S. Custom House, Concord St. at N. Market St.  May 27 from 8-9:30pm. This event is free!

Music for the pipe organ in the French manner and two very appealing programs at the beautiful Mepkin Abbey Church in Moncks Corner — one by The Orchestra of St. Clare at Mepkin Abbey and the other by the Taylor Festival Choir. Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St. May 28 from 2:30pm-3:15pm. This event is free!

And for the lovers of the Charleston Pirate History: A one-of-a-kind interactive theatrical event that brings to life the notorious Stede Bonnet titled The Gentleman Pirate. Written and performed by Rodney Lee Rogers. Pure Theatre, Powder Magazine, 79 Cumberland Street. Tickets: $16. May 27, 31, June 1, 2, 10, 11 at 4pm; May 28, 30 at 2pm; May 29 at 1pm; June 8, 9 at 3pm.

If you love Mexico, don’t miss the Jack Alterman Invitation Exhibition featuring the colonial City of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. Alterman focuses on the cultural lure and energy of this magic city built on a mountain of quartz. Along with vibrant photographs, Alterman will debut his documentary film featuring two Charleston artists and a longtime expatriate educator who have made San Miguel their home. Opening reception on May 25, 6-9pm. 36 George St. It’s free!

There is much much more. So pick up a program!