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What the Art Mag kids are up to, Holiday Edition, part 1…

Happy Holidays, dear readers and art lovers.  You know our saying, “Art Lovers are the Best Lovers,” and you prove it all the time.  We love You.

So I’m the only one in the office, and it’s a wee bit lonely.  But never fear, there’s updates to be had from the team here at Art Mag, so enjoy this holiday cheer from us!

Callie, our diminutive and talented editorial intern, attended a tacky Christmas party last weekend.  I must say, she looks more ‘adorable’ than ‘tacky.’

I co-hosted a Luau Christmas Shower for one of our best girlfriends and her fiance, Mr. & Mrs. Claus there in the middle.  Suffice to say it ended with a fantastic dance party.

Mika Claus wishes you all a very Merry Christmas!!


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!

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          

I need a little time to brag…about Olivia

Most of you who read Art Mag know that Olivia Pool is the Publisher and Editor, Creator and Empress of Art Mag, and I couldn’t be more excited or luckier than to work with her.  Today we are going to honor her achievements and accomplishments in business at the Charleston Regional Business Journal‘s 40 Under 40 party.

We’re preoccupied with figuring out what to wear and the like, but I wanted to take a moment to step back and acknowledge the great work that Olivia has done and continues to do every day.  Charleston is really lucky to have her.

Congratulations, Olivia!

Barbara Marx Hubbard at the Sophia Insitute: a review by Andrea Schenck

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Say “art” — and depending on their perspective, a person will respond with “performance,” “visual,” “culinary” or maybe even “fashion.”

But who links HOW they live to art? Or social artistry—how we are constructing and creating communities. Envision that person you know who seems so grounded, holds peacefulness in their heart. Or that place that feels magical. There’s an art to how they weave their life, so says Suzanne Hubbard, daughter of Barbara Marx Hubbard.

Who IS Barbara Marx Hubbard? In the world of conscious evolution, she is a Rock Star.  Buckminster Fuller called her “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism.” I first heard Marx Hubbard, last October attending the Sophia Institute WOW Conference.

“Conscious evolution”


“Young Universal Humans”

“Vocationally aroused”

“from Biosphere to Noosphere” and

“Synergistic Convergence”

These are some of the concepts the 82 year old futurist opined. When the opportunity to learn more from her arose, I couldn’t refuse.

She introduced meme codes: such as, “evolution by choice NOT chance” and “follow [your] compass of joy.”

During her presentation, I was a sponge absorbing potent, life altering concepts, punctuated with real life applicability. Like a prism reflecting light or color, the learnings one gleaned vary, depending on one’s perspective. Similar to other profound insights, the fundamental lessons come down to underscoring some firm grasp of the obvious— a concept inherently known; but one that takes on a golden aura when mirrored by a teacher.

My big take away: stepping-out, sharing more—connecting leads to more and greater “potentiality.” This lesson exemplified by Suzanne, who though an extremely private person was co-facilitating the workshop and sharing her journey (on tape nonetheless!; I dread being recorded). It clicked; more serendipitous moments occur with greater intention and being in opportunities to connect with others.

If you don’t want to wait until October when Barbara returns to Charleston, there’s an opportunity to learn from her now. Without sounding like a late night ginsu knife info-mercial, check out Barbara’s 12 week course the Agents of Conscious Evolution on the Shift Network.

–guest contributor Andrea Schenck

Something WICKED This Way Comes! North Charleston PAC Announces 2011/2012 Season

You heard it here first.  The 2011-2012 Best of Broadway series at the Performing Arts Center is going to ROCK.

Hear the Untold Story of the Wizard of Oz in WICKED

In a press conference this morning at the Performing Arts Center, along with North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Dave Holscher, General Manager of the PAC and Nick Scandalios, Executive VP of Nederlander Producing Company of America announced the 2011-2012 season coming to North Charleston.

In The Heights  November 15-16, 2011

Mamma Mia!  Deceber 6-8, 2011

Mary Poppins  February 1-4, 2012

Wicked  April 18-29, 2012

This will be the Lowcountry premier of Wicked, and with an unprecedented two-week run, the first of any show in the Coliseum/PAC history, Wicked will be the headlining show of the season.

Scandalios promised that “if Wicked sells out, 1. it will be back and 2. there will be more.”  Wicked has won 35 major awards and has been called “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” by the New York Times and also the “defining musical of the decade.”

As I have been attending Best of Broadway show at the PAC for probably 5 seasons or more, I can absolutely say this is the strongest lineup yet.  My prediction: season ticket sale will go through the roof, and younger audiences will be showing up.  I noticed this trend at the last two performances there, of Spring Awakening and Spamalot. So buy your tickets now for the whole season, or risk sitting in the nosebleeds.

Best of Broadway season tickets are available at Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, 843.202.2787 or online at

Head over to Redux tomorrow for their 8th Annual Membership Celebration!

Yeah, we’re gonna screen print the shirt on your back.

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Saturday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm.  136 St Philip Street.  Be there.

You don’t even have to be a member, but you’ll find out why you want to be!

live FREE screen printing–bring a shirt, bag, hat, whatever your little heart desires and you can make it extra cool through screen printing

FREE buttons and stickers to show your love for Redux at all times.  You know you’re all jealous of my buttons…now you can get your own!

beverages provided by Social Wine Bar and the Taco Boy truck will have food for sale

the artists will let you into their studios to check out what they’re working on…and they’ve all promised not to bite!

buy a t-shirt so you can be super cool wearing it all over town…weddings, state dinners, Riverdogs games, wherever.

help paint the next mural on the outside of the building.  You can finally leave your mark on the city.

supporting non-profit arts centers (it’s our only one of its kind!) in Charleston just feels so good.

Art Mag loves Redux and we know you will too.  So go, say hi to executive director Karen Ann Myers and tell her Art Mag sent you.  You’ll be so much cooler for doing it.