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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

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. (
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
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! 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.

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

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.

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 Charleston Farmers Market Applications Available

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is accepting applications from farmers/growers, artisans and food vendors for the 2012 Charleston Farmers Market which runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from April 7 to Nov. 24 in Marion Square. The Holiday Farmers Market runs Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 1 to 16 and a separate application is needed for the Holiday Farmers Market (this one will be released at a later date).

Applications, as well as the Charleston Farmers Market Handbook, which includes the general rules and regulations that govern the Charleston Farmers Market, are available at the Office of Cultural Affairs located at 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, in downtown Charleston; or you may request an application through email at: . Applications will be available online January 10, 2012, by 5 PM at The deadline for the receipt of application for artisans and food vendors is January 20 by 1 PM and January 25 at 5 PM for farmers/growers. Late applications will not be accepted. There is a non-refundable $15 application fee for each submission.

All applications and proposals should be mailed, or delivered to: City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, ATTN: 2012 Charleston Farmers Market Application, 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29401.

The Charleston Farmers Market is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers and growers and offers a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans.

1st Annual Charleston Auto Expo Calling All Car Enthusiasts September 25

My friends, John and James of Pleasant Details are the men behind the Charleston Auto Expo that will be held at the Omar Shrine Temple on Sunday, September 25th, from 12 until 5 PM, in Mt. Pleasant. 
John and James invited the top local and Southeast automotive specialists, presenting the latest advances in the automotive care and specialty products industries as well as conducting live demos, sharing product knowledge and offering giveaways! Proceeds from the auto show will benefit the Dillon Frisbie Foundation.
Live demos will include: 3M Clear Bra Protection, Wheel Repair, Upholstery Repair, Paintless Dent Repair by Dent Dynamics, Car Audio, Vinyl Wraps, Headlight Restoration, Window Tinting, Detailing, Paint Touch-up, and more.
Admission is $5.00 which includes a free goodie bag and automatic entry in all day drawings for thousands of dollars in free products and services. Rare cars, and Darius Rucker’s West Coast Custom USC Gamecock Karminn Ghia will be on display. In addition, attendees will enjoy continuous live music outdoors; Low Country BBQ and tacos provided by the Taco Boy Food Truck. The car show will also include a family fun corner, featuring our Car’s jump castle and a cotton candy station. 
For more information on the event and the Charity it benefits, the Dillon Frisbie Foundation visit:

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!

“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.

Garden and Gun’s 2011 Made in the South Awards

Garden and Gun Magazine just announced its 2011 Made in South Carolina awards.

The guidelines:
Any company based in the South with a new product may enter one of the four categories—Food, Sporting, Fashion, and Home. A panel of judges will choose a winner and honorable mentions for each category. Winners will appear in our December/January issue, receive a $500 cash prize, and get a chance to be a part of the Made in the South Awards online boutique at

To get started, download the online application here. All entries are due by August 1, 2011.

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!