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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 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.

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.

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:

“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!