Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Philanthropic Cyber Monday Sale: Buy Your Tickets for Chase After A Cure Gala

When Chase Ringler was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a rare and extremely aggressive childhood cancer, the odds of him ever seeing his teenage years were bleak.  He has overcome the 30% chance of survival and is in full remission.

Chase Ringler

The annual Chase After A Cure Gala celebrates Chase’s life and continues their mission of raising awareness and money for research.  Today, Cyber Monday only, Gala tickets will be on sale for the discount rate of just $85!

Chase After A Cure is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and funds for research for a cure.  There is currently no drug or treatment specific to Neuroblastoma, despite the fact that it’s the most common solid tumor cancer in infants.  There’s no cure for relapsed Neuroblastoma.

The Gala is February 25, 2012 at the swanky Crystal Ballroom in the Marriott on Lockwood.  Dinner will be prepared by a star-studded team of local chefs, and there’s an open bar.  Don your tux and formal gear for Calvin Taylor, one of Charleston’s favorite performers.  DJ Sonar will be spinning late night.

So while you do your Cyber Monday shopping, but a ticket and help support the great mission behind Chase After A Cure.  Tickets go up to $100 after Cyber Monday.

Revisiting: Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent–profiled in Art Mag Winter 2011

shovels & rope, photo by Sully Sullivan

I’ve been so obsessed with Shovels & Rope lately, the brain/lovechild of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, I thought I’d share the profile we did on them with you again, from the Winter 2011 issue of Art Mag.

They have certainly had a big year.  Hearst was named Singer of the Year, Singer-Songwriter of the Year, Country band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year by the City Paper Music Awards.  It’s hard to argue with that.

Shovels & Rope also landed the cover of Charleston Magazine‘s music issue and a profile on Shrimp Records in November 2011, with another of Sully’s amazing photos!

At Entropy Art’s  Jail Break 2 on Nov 12, I got some fun video of them performing.  They were rocking out so hard the neighbors complained (boo to them)

Personal Favorites: Bad Luck (Michael Trent, The Winner); Long Road (Cary Ann Hearst, Dust and Bones); Are You Ready to Die, Hell’s Bells (Cary Ann Hearst, Are You Ready to Die); 1,200 Miles, Boxcar (Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent, Shovels & Rope).  You can find them all on iTunes.

Charleston Fashion Week®2012 Announces Emerging Bridal Designer Competition!

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CFW 2012 Is Looking For Undiscovered Bridal Designers To Debut Their Collections On March 24th, 2012

For the past five years, Charleston Fashion Week® has served as a platform for emerging talent to showcase their designs and collections to industry experts, press, and the public. In addition to five nights of shows, CFW, along with Charleston Weddings magazine, also hosts a standing-room-only daytime bridal event featuring established, high-end regional and national designers. Next year, the white gloves will come off when the Spring Bridal Show debuts its first-ever Emerging Bridal Designer competition.

The winner will headline his or her own fully produced runway show during the Charleston Weddings magazine Spring Bridal Show, with a collection of 10-12 bridal gowns and/or wedding party wear on March 24th. Aspiring bridal designers interested in submitting should apply online by visiting The competition will be open to residents of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Submissions are due Friday, December 16, 2011.

B Boys and Spray Paint: chART Walk was awesome.

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We’re pretty slammed getting the next issue ready to go to print, but just wanted to share pictures from yesterday’s chART Walk in Avondale.  The chART Outdoor Initiative and Gallery is coming along nicely, and yesterday’s block party proceeds are going to help fund more artists making their mark in the alleyways of Avondale.

What was once a dirty and sad series of alleyways and parking lots has gotten a vibrant infusion of street art by muralists and painters of all types.  Want your own wall?  Just call Geoff Richardson at Lava Salon, community catalyst and chART instigator. Check out this interview we did with Richardson a few months ago:

Next up?  Richardson is trying to get a Park Circle branch of chART going in North Charleston.

Here’s artist Patch Whisky talking with Art Mag’s intern extraordinaire Maggie:

Do you like Bourbon? Then Come Meet Tom Bulleit at Fish on Friday!

If you know the Art Mag girls at all, you know that we LOVE Fish Restaurant…. Chef Nico, Evan, Jodie, Angel and the whole team.  I highly recommend you head there for lunch during the week–get the moo shu and the sesame noodle salad.  Nom.

Tomorrow night, they have a really special Bourbon Tasting with Tom Bulleit of Bulleit Bourbon and Rye.  6:30 – 8:30 pm, 442 King Street.  Check out what they have to say about it:

Fish Restaurant welcomes Tom Bulleit of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye for a meet & greet and cocktail tasting.  Bulleit makes small batch whiskeys based on family tradition and Bulleit is renowned for it’s individual character. This intimate event will provide guests the opportunity to learn about the process that goes into making Bulleit Bourbon and Rye and learn the history behind the brand. Guests will have an opportunity to taste the products on their own as well as sample an array of handcrafted cocktails from spirits professional Evan Powell that are designed to enhance the inherent flavors of the whiskeys.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for whiskey lovers to learn more about America’s homegrown whiskey industry with the ability to learn from one of the masters, Tom Bulleit.

Join us at Fish to taste the Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Rye and a sampling of festive cocktails.

Call 843-722-3474 for more information

Rosita Means Giddy…

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Today was easily the best day at the Art Mag office this week…

Angelique Cunningham of Rosita Jones stopped by with the prototypes for her Holiday nail color collection and let the Art Mag girls pick colors to be named for them!  We LOVE Rosita Jones polish…it ranks up right there with our favorites like champagne and poodles.

our nail polish fairy godmother...we love you.

Jack McCray: A Tribute to a Very Good Man

Word came late Wednesday night that Jack McCray had passed away.  Charleston has lost one of it’s best.

photo by Priscilla Thomas, courtesy Charleston Jazz Orchestra

As a big Jazz Artists of Charleston and Charleston Jazz Orchestra enthusiast, I’ve had the privilege to spend time with and learn from Jack.  He’s been one of the most active and influential supporters of the JAC and CJO, and we are all better for having known him.

Jack helped found both organizations and frequently wrote about Charleston’s Jazz scene in the city’s newspapers and magazines.  He was a tireless supporter, and I regularly ran into him, sitting at the bar in Charleston Grill, listening to his friends like Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton or Duda Lucena playing.

His enthusiasm and energy were inspiring.  His knowledge on jazz was broad and deep.  His love for it was endless.  His influence will hopefully be too.

Love, sympathy and prayers go out to Jack’s family and friends, to the members of the JAC and CJO, to all who had the privilege to know him, and all who hadn’t yet met this incredible soul.  We thank you for all you did, Jack, and we’ll miss you enormously.  We at Art Mag will do our best to continue your legacy.

-Stacy Huggins

Bring Your Canary: Jason Baxley

Mr. Baxley's Mustache

Until recently, if you knew Jason Baxley, it was probably for his insanely long beard, which has recently been hacked down to nothing.   But what you should know him for is his photography.

You can find him at the Charleston Farmers Market every Saturday from March – December, selling his photos of Charleston shot from all sorts of angles, tilt-shift perspectives and panoramic scenes.  But tonight you can find him at Buzzworthy 2, a mobile gallery and project of Stephanie Burt and The Beehive PR, taking place at The Cocktail Club, 479 King Street, from 7 – 10 pm.

Check out what Baxley had to say to the Canary:

When did you first pick up a [paintbrush/camera/pencil/charcoal/etc]?

I was 6 years old and my Aunt gave me one of those learn to draw books and I think I drew every single turtle and blue jay in that whole book.

What was your favorite childhood toy?

My J.I. Joe Hovercraft with exploding depth charges! Lotsa fun in the tub.

What do you love about your medium?
I think everyone sees the world a little differently. Photography gives me a chance to show you my perspective.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you run off to?

I’m exactly where I want to be. Wouldn’t mind an extended vacation in the Alps though.

Finish the sentence: When I run away to join the circus, I will…fall in love with the bearded lady.

Bring Your Canary: Kristy Bishop

the artist

Mixed media artist Kristy Bishop will be part of tonight’s Buzzworthy 2 mobile art gallery, featuring emerging artist who are doing cool things but not represented in town yet, a project of Stephanie Burt of The Beehive PR.  Check the show out — it’s at The Cocktail Club, 479 King Street, from 7 – 10 pm.

We caught up with Kristy this afternoon to ask her a few questions for Bring Your Canary–come tunnel with us through this artist’s mind!

What inspires you to get creative?
A lot of times its other artists. I am going to Art Basel next month so that will be the ultimate inspiration.  Also a lot of times when I am experimenting with something that leads to a new technique or idea


Are you a bankers hours kind of artist or whenever the mood strikes or up all night?
I usually work everyday even if its just for a little bit.  I guess I would say that I work usually from 12 to five and then again at night.

What artist(s), living or dead, would you like to have dinner with?
Frida Kahlo

If you could collect any artist’s work, regardless of price, who would you buy?
Lauren Dicioccio  

What do you love about your medium?
I feel like I can work more abstractly and the possibilities are endless.  I’ve begun working in more relief using fabric and I want this to lead to more sculptural/3-d work.

Out on a Limb: Fundraiser & Film Preview

Photographer, Jack Gescheidt, talks to a guest in the lobby.

Guest make donations by purchasing some of Gescheidt's Photographs. All proceeds go towards funding the film and Jack's work.

It was last May when photographer Jack Gescheidt and his crew made a pilgrimage to save the Angel Oak Tree from developers who wish to build condos around the 1500-year-old tree. Gescheidt and a few very brave models captured the image they were looking for just before police arrived on the scene. You may have even read about it in the newspaper.

If you’re wondering why the police arrived and why those models were so brave, then you must not know that Jack Gescheidt shoots his subjects in the nude, hugging trees and without anyone’s permission.

His artistic process is the subject of Out on a Limb, a documentary still in production. In order to continue the film, Gescheidt’s organization,  TreeSpirit, hosted a fundraiser last Tuesday. Guests were treated to a small preview of the documentary. More importantly though, Geschiedt was there to raise awareness about an issue here in South Carolina.

Tree Spirit makes headlines

Tree Spirit makes headlines

Many of the nude volunteers made it to the event on Tuesday. One moment they were in the lobby, smiling, laughing and eating popcorn,; the next moment, they entered the theatre, the lights were dimmed and  onscreen there they stood, unabashedly naked, smiling just as they were in the lobby.

The stunning photo is hung in the lobby.

At the Q&A, a debate raged on about the proper avenue for saving the Angel Oak. Some were adamant that a social networking campaign could create the buzz to save the tree. Others argued that only attorneys could save the trees, not public opinion. What they failed to realize was that Jack Gescheidt had offered them something unique. He had brought the community together to do something a little crazy for a good cause and because he did that, activists with different backgrounds and ideas were in the same room on Tuesday figuring out how to save the tree.

Gescheidt discusses ways to save the angel oak with the Coastal Conservation Society

The Q&A panel

The Q&A panel

Jack listens as Charlestonians discuss a solution

Gescheidt listens as Charlestonians discuss a solution