Monthly Archives: July 2011

Art Mag Interviews artist Sally Tharp

At the March 2011 French Quarter Art Walk, we ran into artist Sally Tharp of the Wells Gallery and chatted with her about her show Nostalgia.  We love all the mason jars and vintage ephemera.  Stop by the Wells Gallery to see more of her work, and tell them Art Mag sent ya!

Art Mag Interviews Fred Jamar

from his March 2011 solo show Night by Day at Robert Lange Studios, meet Belgian oil painter Fred Jamar!

Bring Your Canary: Studio Visit with John Duckworth

Just a few bridges away on Johns Island, John Duckworth quietly works away in his studio, known by friends as The Ranch, where he spends his time cycling, photographing, painting and being a devoted father to his son and partner to the incredible Kelly Jean.  On Friday I headed out to spend some time with Duckworth, where chatted about his newest series of mixed media images–see the Buddha below, future plans and how much the art scene in Charleston has changed over the years.

Don’t miss his documentary and more videos below!

Duckworth looking over an Art Institute photography student's portfolio

from the Icons series, left, and new landscape on the right

shot with his iPhone on Wadmalaw Island during one of Duckworth's bike rides

from the Myopic series

Duckworth and his son

from the Landscape Abstracts series

Check out A Day In The Life, a documentary on Duckworth, made by friend and film maker Kevin Harrison, of PDA.

From a recent installation for a client in New York City, shot by Zsolt Haraszati.

Art Mag Seeks Intern: a love story unlike any other

Dear aspiring writers, magazine and art enthusiasts, most likely of the college age and persuasion,

Art Mag is looking for our Next Great Intern.

We have had some wonderful people in the past (ahem, Amy, come back!) and we are ready for the next amazingly cool, talented and ready to work/learn intern.  The Fall issue is well on it’s way, and so you need to be able to write.  You better love going to cool events (who doesn’t?!), taking pics and posting them into our social media outlets (I can’t do ALL of this myself!).  Preferably you drive a MacBook with CS5…and if you don’t know what that is, this might not be for you.  Oh yeah, you really love art, but we don’t necessarily care if you make it too.  You’re good with people, like to drink lots of coffee (and not mind picking it up too, hopefully), enjoy bubbles and poodles…

You might really like coming to shows with us...

You quite possibly could end up in a fashion shoot for the magazine...

You are really cool & love to tweet

So if any of this sounds like fun to you (and trust me, it is) email today!

Wine to Water Fundraiser at Social Wednesday July 20

One of the best things about Charleston is our incredibly high quality of life.  Even in the worst of times, we still live at the beach, in a town of incredible history, architecture and most of all, incredible people.

These incredible people are philanthropically minded, and always broadening our horizons.  Angharad Chester-Jones, sales manager at Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, is one of those people.  She is spear heading the 2nd annual Wine To Water local fundraiser, held at Social Wine Bar on Wednesday, July 20 from 8 – 10 pm.

$20 will get you in, where you can enjoy “bubbles, bites, beer and more,” and bid on cool silent auction items like a 4 day pass for standup paddle board rentals–all the rage now–from Air Wind & Water Sports, beach yoga from Yoga Lilly and lots more fun summertime activities.

Wine To Water’s mission is to bring clean water to the nearly who do not have access to it.  ONE BILLION.  That’s sick.  Wine To Water is working on projects with local organizations in Sudan, Uganda, India, Cambodia, Peru, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Haiti.

Doc Hendley founded Wine To Water in Raleigh, NC in 2004, and with their first event in February of that year, Hendley was living in Darfur by August, installing water systems to aid genocide victims.  That first experience has grown into a 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to fighting death and disease due to lack of clean water access and advanced sanitation.

Join in for Wine To Water Fundraiser on Wednesday, July 20 at Social, 188 East Bay Street, from 8 – 10 pm

Hey CHS Arts Orgs: It’s Time to Register for OPEN! Deadline is July 22nd

Register Now to Participate in “OPEN”
Presented by the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts
An Open Call for Local Art Organizations & Collectives, Deadline July 22, 2011

Charleston, SC — The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts invites local art organizations and collectives to participate in the 2nd annual “OPEN,” a multi-disciplinary art exposition that is open to the community, featuring the abundance of artistic and cultural offerings in the tri-county area. The event will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2011, from noon till 5:30 p.m. at the Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston, SC. The registration deadline is on July 22, 2011.

“OPEN” was created as an annual preview of the arts for local non-profit art organizations and collectives. Through this art expo, participating organizations are given the opportunity to captivate, intrigue and cultivate new audiences,” says Jessica Solomon Bluestein, executive director of the Alliance. “Last year’s event attracted 750 attendees, and although the art expo is targeting new audiences, loyal art enthusiasts and patrons mingled with art novices that are looking to explore music, dance, visual arts, theatre and the literary arts.”

“OPEN” 2011 will include a cultural marketplace of interactive art booths, multimedia & stage presentations, a family fun corner and an open-air courtyard of vendors, street performers and more. In addition, participants will receive:

·        Free training to help them promote and sell their mission, programs and events

·        Space to present the “best” of their artistry and to engage with spectators

·        An interactive booth to sell and promote their annual programming

·        Networking and collaborating with other organizations and patrons from the tri-county area

·        Collaborative Arts Marketing on national TV stations, radio, traditional and non-traditional media outlets and out-of-the-box community outreach.

To qualify, art organizations or collectives that consist of five or more artisans should be involved in one or more of the following art disciplines: music, dance, visual arts, theatre and/or literary arts. Registration fee is $100. Interested parties should contact Jessica Solomon Bluestein at 843.577.5288 or by email at

About the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts:
The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is dedicated to the shared realization of a dynamic and thriving arts community by serving arts organizations in the region of Charleston, SC with resources and best business practices. Acting as a catalyst and facilitator for Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, the Alliance envisions an engaged community that is fully expressive, creative and inspired by the arts. For more information visit          

Bring Your Canary: A Few Minutes with Tim Hussey

Norwegian Black 21 by Tim Hussey mixed media on paper 38 x 50 inches

The very first show I worked on as a student at College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute featured the work of Tim Hussey and Tom Stanley called Figure of Speech.  It was a life changing experience that brought me to where I am now, and so Tim Hussey has always had a special place in my heart.

Drown Then Swim, the 10 year retrospective at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park this past December, gave a wonderful view of the progression of his work and maturation of technique, content (or intentional lack of), and his exploration of styles from near total abstraction to delicate portraits.

Art Mag wanted to know a little more about this painter, and we think you’ll enjoy it too…

AM: When did you first pick up a [paintbrush/camera/pencil/charcoal/etc]?
TH: Hmmm.
I picked up a pencil when I was tiny. Bacteria-sized, in fact.
I started shooting pictures in college- 1988.
Never touched a paint brush until college, and started getting serious about it in New York, 1993.

AM: What artist(s), living or dead, would you like to have dinner with?
TH: My social phobia prevents me from getting excited about dinner with anyone.
However, I would love to develop a long-term friendship with:
Living: David Lynch
Dead: Cy Twombly
Sort of alive: William Eggleston
Kind of dead: Chan Marshall

AM: What is the first thing you reach for in the morning?
TH: Elise’s face

AM: Finish the sentence: When I run away to join the circus, I will…
TH: Call you to feed my cat

see Hussey’s work locally at Rebekah Jacob Gallery, 169 King Street.