Monthly Archives: June 2010

Aster Hall presents Alex Leopold & Marcus Amaker

Clear your calendar for Friday night. No, seriously, cancel your plans, let down your blind date, and tell your mom you’ll call her later. Now, here’s what you’ll do instead: head to Aster Hall on King Street. There are two phenomenal artists presenting their work and you really won’t want to miss this event.

piece by Alex Leopold Georgia native Alex Leopold paints captivating and emotional pieces. As you can see from the photos, many elements go into his art, so you should really take advantage of the opportunity to see it in person. The collection on display this Friday is Alex’s third exhibition in Charleston and is entitled Points of Origin. As a former musician, Alex Leopold’s love for music and lyric naturally come forth in his art. Alex mentions that, “even though we live in a digital world, words are at the forefront of every through, spark, emotion, and intention we have.”

Marcus AmakerOn the subject of words, be sure to get a good spot before poet Marcus Amaker takes the stage. He will be performing his original piece Beautiful Strange. If you haven’t had the chance to see Marcus reading his intimate poetry aloud, you are in for a treat. Marcus Amaker was voted one of Charleston’s 15 Most Intriguing People by Charleston Magazine and is a prominent local artist as well as the Editor of Charleston Scene.

Not only will these two artists be celebrated, Aster Hall will be celebrating their one-year anniversary as a venue for contemporary art. This event is completely free, open to the public, and offers refreshments. Aster Hall is once again providing a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself into some amazing art and culture so be sure to raise a glass in their honor!

Aster Hall presents Alex Leopold & Marcus Amaker

Friday June 25 • 5:30-8:30 PM • 481 King Street

Celebrate the Goddess & the Solstice this weekend!

The fever of Spoleto is over…but the art continues in Charleston.  This weekend is packed with fun events you should not miss.

painting by Kenton James

Saturday night, head over to Eye Level Art for their latest show Ethereal.  Designs by Rachel Gordon, Photography by Ben Williams featuring Rachel’s clothing, Paintings by Kenton James & Patrick Nevins.  “Ethereal celebrates the female form and goddess aesthetic through fashion, photography and painted works on canvas in this special, multi-platform exhibition.”   Music will be spinning and refreshments available for purchase.

Eye Level Art  103 Spring Street, downtown.  Sat 6/19, 7 to 11 pm.  $10 general admission, $25 VIP Lounge, includes open bar.

Sunday Night, celebrate the summer solstice at The Still Sun, a soiree presented by SCOOP Studios.  This will be a small works sale, perfect for young professionals and new collectors.  SCOOP standards like Lisa Shimko, Christopher Murphy and Dorothy Netherland will be joined by local favorites Karin Olah, Luke Vehorn, and some CofC students will be in the mix too!

This is your perfect chance to check Tivoli Gardens and Studios, an old warehouse space converted into studios and exhibition space.  Nick and Lane, the brains behind the operation, are dedicated to using green initiatives like reusing found and donated materials to upfit the space.  Every dollar of the $10 suggested donation will go towards their goal of achieving cool, moving air in an environmentally-friendly fashion.

Everyone’s favorite psuedo-dive bar Recovery Room Tavern is sponsoring the beverages.

Tivoli Gardens and Studios  656 King Street, Sun 6/20, 6 to 10 pm.  $10 suggested donation

Avondale Mural Competition: Calling All Artists–Send Your Entry Now!

Last month we told you about the groovy folks of Avondale, just West of the Ashley, wanting our help to find talented muralists to fill their blank walls.  Well we haven’t forgotten about it, even in the rush of Spoleto, and we don’t want you to either!

This is your chance to have your artwork displayed for all the world to see in a high-traffic, trendy neighborhood.  And to have tthe great folks at Art Pimp promoting you & your work with all the gusto they’ve got.

Make sure you get your submission in soon–Deadline is July 10, 2010.  More information and submission guidelines are available on the Art Pimp website.

We highly recommend you mosey over to check out the area & get inspired.  While you’re there, pop into Lava Salon to visit with Geoff & Noelle Richardson, who came to the Art Pimp for help with this project.  You remember them; he presented at Pecha Kucha Night 6 while Noelle whipped out a stunning haircut in the 2 minutes and 40 seconds that Geoff presented!

UPDATE from Columbia: Veto decisions delayed until tomorrow, 9am!

Some good news from the “Break the Deal” and Save SC Arts Facebook event page: (edited for brevity)

[UPDATE as of, June 15] Great turnout of arts advocates this am in the SC State House Lobby!

House Reps have pushed the budget veto until they reconvene tomorrow, 6/16, at 9am, so there is *still time* to write + call SC House reps re: overriding Sanford’s budget vetoes. (Sources note that veto talks will likely go all week…)

This morning, roughly 40-50 arts advocates gathered to rally SC legislators to override Governor Sanford’s vetoes 32 & 105.  Vvenerable arts vets like Power Company founder Martha Brim to supporters of the State Museum, libraries, 701 CCA, ETV, the Archives, etc were joined by enthusiastic young arts supporters and local news cameras (ABC, etc) came to cover the indoor rally, as well.

Then the rally put away the signs and moved upstairs into the already-crowded 2nd floor lobby, where “override” request notes were written and passed to various House Reps by an overwhelmed staff at the page table.  Word is that more reps are joining the “override,” so it’s clear our efforts are actually doing something!


1. Keep emailing and calling House leaders!  Use their Capitol office phones. **Emails should include the word “CONSTITUENT” or could be classed as spam.**

2. Couldn’t make it to the State House today, but you’re free tomorrow? Well then go for it! The session starts at 9am — write detailed notes to legislators — note slips are at the page desk on the 2nd floor.


3. If any of these line items *are* overridden, please take the time to write thank-you emails to the legislators you contacted. This was advised by a number of experienced arts advocates for building goodwill in the legislature.

4. Join the SC Arts Alliance! It is the main organizing body for all goverment funded arts groups and the ideal next step for anyone concerned about the arts in SC:


Not in a position to fork over the $15 join fee? Then just send a note to Betty Plumb and she’ll add you to the SCAA email list! It is free, and you can keep on top of crazy gov’t antics like Sanford’s veto stunt:

Community Forums on the Future of the CSO

The College of Charleston, Coastal Community Foundation and the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts are hosting several public forums on the future of Symphonic Music in Charleston.  As many of you may know, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, on the verge of beginning its 75th Season, is in jeopardy.  The CSO suspended the rest of their 2010 season in order to regroup and come back stronger.  But it looks like that’s been more difficult than anticipated.

The first forum will take place tomorrow morning, June 16, at CofC’s Stern Center, 9 am to 12 noon.  There will also be forums held in the Seabrook/Kiawah area on June  21st, Daniel Island/Mt Pleasant area on June 22nd, and an evening session on June 22nd, downtown-ish, location to be determined.  Register here for the forums.