Monthly Archives: October 2009

Annual Autumn Leaves Fundraiser a success!

The Autumn Leaves Festival kicked off another successful fundraiser event at the beginning of this October… if you weren’t lucky enough to attend, here’s a run down of the happenings.

Jeff Burden, a local Charlestonian, lead the annual Autumn Leaves auction festival, which benefits The Bascom, a new visual arts center in Highlands, NC. Taking place over two days, October 2 and 3, hundreds of people joined together for the first night in the resort community of Highlands at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn. Over 200 bidders mingled and nibbled on party treats while enjoying the live and silent auction items.

The second night, The Bascom hosted the event to over 450 people with a bluegrass and barbeque theme. Art demos and a pumpkin sale rounded out the fun. The event raised thousands of dollars for The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center that recently completed a six-acre, $13 million campus.CHARLESTON Burden Howard Carlton

Charlestonian Jeff Burden, left, pictured with friends David Howard and Pat Carlton.

To learn more, visit, or call (828) 526-4949.

Eco Minded, Earth Loving Schneblies at the SC Green Fair

Check out Susie Sheftel’s Schneblies at the SC Green Fair this past September.

Old City Jail like you’ve never seen it…

For all of you who attended the precursor REDy to Wear Party last Thursday, you already know what’s coming. The main event, The Red Party, that benefits the American College of the Building Arts, is only two weeks away!

The Red Party is going on at the Old City Jail on Thursday, October 29. In the spirit of Halloween, and the pre-party centered around handmade masks by local artists, required dress is a mask with red cocktail attire. Come bid at the silent auction, savor heavenly hors d’oeuvres,  and relish in delicious drinks.


The party will go from 7pm-11pm. The Old City Jail is located on 21 Magazine Street. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door. To purchase tickets, call 843.577.5245 or click here.


Check the Art Mag Facebook and Twitter for more updates on The Red Party!

No Mask? No problem.. Get REDy to Wear…..


The REDy to Wear Party is more than just masked fun…. It’s the kickoff party to raise awareness about the need for trained, skilled artisans in America, particularly Charleston.

The proceeds benefit the American College of the Building Arts. The ACBA educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage preservation.

Local artists including Jeff Kopish, Max Miller, Leigh Magar, Mary Edna Fraser, Charles Ailstock, David Boatright, Kate Stevenson Long, Lese Corrigan, William Bates, Ann Darby Parker, Susan Marlowe, Patrick Pelletier, and Kevin Harrison have all designed unique, playful, and lavish masks that will be auctioned off during the party.

Bid on the feather adorned masks to sweet grass or metal made masks and everything in between! All artists will also be on site at the event to meet and greet.

What you need to remember: REDy To Wear will be taking place THIS Thursday, October 8th, at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery from 6pm-9pm. It is FREE and open to the public.

Don’t forget…. The REDy to Wear party is a precursor to a larger event later in October, The Red Party. Proceeds will also go to the ACBA. It’s a perfect opportunity to don a mask from the REDy to Wear auction in cocktail attire and mingle at the Old City Jail. For tickets and information on the upcoming Red Party (October 29th), please call 843-577-5245 or visit the ACBA website at

Hope to see you all there!

Music and Arts Festival @ Holy Ascension Orthodox Church


The public is invited to the first annual Music and Arts Festival at Mt Pleasant’s Holy Ascension Orthodox Church . It will be from 11am-5pm on Saturday, October 17, at 265 N Shelmore Blvd, in the I’On community!

The main music event will be a 4pm concert of Holy Ascension’s choir featuring liturgical music from across the world in the Eastern Christian Tradition. Both the I’Onissimo Strings and Brass will also play in the newly completed garden. The Russian Tea room will highlight acclaimed international student pianists from the College of Charleston, flautist/story-teller Susan Conana, as well as the delicious talent of Christophe, our local French Chocolatier.

The central art exhibit–in the nave of the Church–will feature 20th century hand-painted Russian and Byzantine sacred Iconography. We anticipate a market of more than two dozen members of the Community of I’On Artists who will display their paintings, sculptures, and photography for viewing and for sale. Enjoy demonstrations of Russian bell ringing and Byzantine wood carving, a children’s art wall, face painting, tours of the church, and talks on architecture.

Free admission. Food and drink offered for free-will donations. Please bring a grocery-bag of non-perishable food for East Cooper Community Outreach’s (ECCO) food pantry.

For more information contact or 843-881-5010.

Art Institute of Charleston Awards $22,000 Scholarship..

The Art Institute of Charleston Awards $22,000 Fashion Your Future Scholarship


Art Institute of Charleston President Rick Jerue awarded new student Holly Cottone the Fashion Your Future Scholarship for $22,000, at the Charleston Fashion Week Documentary premier at the Hippodrome on September 2. The scholarship was created in conjunction with Charleston Fashion Week to identify talented students in the Lowcountry who want to pursue a degree in Fashion Retail Management at The Art Institute of Charleston. Cottone, an honor graduate from Manning, S.C., begins her college education in Charleston in October.