Monthly Archives: December 2010

CSO is already getting back in the swing

I was worried about the lack of events this week, but never fear.  The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will have a Holiday Strings and Brass Performance this Wednesday.  Holiday music will be played by string and brass quartets.  What better way to get a little break from the holiday madness than to enjoy festive music and support our extremely talented Charleston Symphony Orchestra!

Wednesday December 22, 2010, 7 – 8:30 pm.  Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, downtown Charleston.  Tickets $15 adults, $10 children.

Video: Tim Hussey’s Drown Then Swim at City Gallery

Charleston artist Tim Hussey’s newest show opened at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Thursday, and we have a little sneak preview video for you!

Drown Then Swim with Me Tonight!

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During my time at the hallowed College of Charleston, I had the grand idea to enroll in the Arts Management class called “Gallery Fundamentals.”  Not really knowing what it would be about, but liking the sound of it, I went for it.  This class changed my life.

I had always loved art, but here I found the diving board for jumping into the swimming pool known as my career.  I was meant to be a gallery director!  I got to touch the art!  There was wine at the openings!  What wasn’t to love?!

That semester I studied with Buff Ross, who has become a long-time friend as well as mentor.  The class worked on several exhibitions at the Halsey Institute in the original gallery at the Simons Center.  This was where I first met Tim Hussey and his work.

Some girls go crazy over movie stars.  I was enthralled and starry eyed by artists.  A lot has changed since then–but I still never get tired of having the chance to swim around inside a fascinating person’s mind.  Hang a lot of their art work in one room and let yourself drown in it.   Tim Hussey is perfect for this.

Tim once told me that in order to abstract, you have to master the academic.  In layman’s terms, you must be able to make a perfect likeness of an object or a figure before you can jump from the high dive into abstract art.   Otherwise, the work will sell you out.  In the chaos and the madness of his artwork, you can see so many moments and pieces colliding into perfection on the canvas.

While I sometimes find his paintings to be incredibly sensual or alluring, sometimes repelling, they key is that they are engaging.  The definition of ‘Art’ can be so broad and very vague, but the ultimate goal is always the same–to engage.   I don’t really care whether you love or hate a piece of art work, I care that it makes you actually THINK.

Tim Hussey: Drown Then Swim opening at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, December 16, 6-8 pm.  Artists lecture and walk through Saturday, December 18, 6pm.  34 Prioleau Street, www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com.

Good Tidings for Charleston Arts

It’s been a big week in Charleston.  The beleaguered Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced that, after some intensive restructuring, it is back in business and resumes operations this month.  They had to do some serious downsizing, and cut their operational budget in half.  The smaller core orchestra of just 24 musicians will be augmented periodically by ‘freelance’ musicians, if you will, and the former CSO musicians will get preference for those jobs. It sounds like the board of directors did their best to take care of the musicians who were let go, especially right before Christmas.

We are so pleased that the CSO will continue, and applaud them for taking the big steps they had to to keep the organization sustainable–but at the same time mourn the loss of jobs for many fine musicians and the passing of long time director David Stahl, who lost his battle with cancer this fall.

The CSO’s first performance will be in conjunction with the CSO Chorus on December 18th.  Visit www.charlestonsymphony.com for more information and tickets.

The late David Stahl directing the CSO in 2004

 

PURE Theatre opens Waffle Haus Christmas tonight.  Written by co-founder Rodney Lee Rogers, and starring Rogers, wife Sharon Graci, and Graci’s children Sullivan Graci Hamilton and Tripp Hamilton.  Should be a tasty little holiday snack.  Check out the P&C’s preview.

Sharon Graci plays a pissed off waitress stuck working on Christmas Eve in "Waffle Haus Christmas"

Tonight, I will be attending Charleston Stage‘s production of A Christmas Carol.  As I am always a sucker for a good ghost story and Christmas is my favorite holiday, second only to my birthday four days later, I am looking forward to this very much.  Will report back later!

A Christmas Carol playing at Dock Street Theatre