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!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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