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Sonic B3C by Lolita Huckaby The Art Instinct, a review by Helen Roper How Peachy Burned Down Her House, by Natalie Daise Optimistic Tribe, a poem by Scott Gordon Tools of Discovery by Pam Johnson Brickell


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Art and Process in the Technical Age

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November 2009 - February 2010

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ince art emerged man has been seeking a better way to express himself. Creating color from JW Rone at ACBC’s An nual Meeting berries and roots to enhance the and Awards Ceremon y basic charcoal stick from the fire, man added dimension to his creative process and suddenly the basic artwork is different. It is always the desire of the artist to be innovative in their creative use of new media. The field of sculpture has transformed from stone and clay to metal and space age polymers; using chisels and torches and lasers to take away or add to a work of art. What an advantage that man can create, can become divine and condense thought and process into an image or a form, so other humans can experience metal, wood, stone, sound or motion, and be moved to “thought.” Thought evokes emotion, feelings come to the surface, and the “meaning” of the piece becomes clear. Art by its very nature is controversial. Art expresses opinion and moves the audience to a shared experience. When we sit in a darkened theater presented with a situation and characters, we are all moved to the same emotion, towards an understanding of the human condition. Because the artist thinks, she reaches outside the box for new materials to find new methods to inform the process. The process is the thing that ignites the creative spark that is “creativity.” That process may be 1,000 years old or the newest laser printer. Carol Kamm, one of our resident artists, is working with a process that produces beautiful results. She prints an image on the wrong side of the photographic paper and manipulates that print into a new form. The creative force and the symbiotic relationship with other artists at ARTworks brought her to this new and exciting use of technology— you go girl! Technology can enhance or detract from the root of the art. Some art forms may not lend themselves as readily to technology as others. Individual artists and their work with new technologies may not be successful, but those experiments will lead to other successes informed by the portion of the process that was a success, lighting that creative spark of innovation that is crucial to the next success. My hope is that art and artists will continue to search for that next new idea that will give all artists from that moment on a new and improved way to express themselves. I also hope that their art will be more than just the beauty in the world, but also the joy, pain, love, hate and all the other words that describe the human condition. Express yourself, create, become divine! - JW Rone Executive Director, Arts Council of Beaufort County

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show of her new work opens with a reception on Friday, November 20th, 5:30 at The Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort. 843-521-9054,

J.W. Rone Executive Director Jenny Rone Development Director C.J. Norwood Office Assistant Lisa Annelouise Rentz Public Relations Coordinator Lisa Annelouise Rentz, Editor Lydia Inglett, Art Director Mailing address: PO Box 482, Beaufort SC 29901 Street address: 2127 Boundary Street, Suite 18A Beaufort SC 29902 843-379-2787

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Activities of the Arts Council of Beaufort County are made possible in part through funding from Heritage Classic Foundation; Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; Publix Supermarket Charities; the Alexander & Jacqueline G. Moore Memorial Fund to P. Earls of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Coastal Community Foundation of SC; the Beaufort Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation; City of Beaufort; Accommodations Taxes from Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort; South Carolina Arts Commission through the National Endowments for the Arts, and annual operating fund contributions from businesses and individuals.

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All Art Is Local by Pam Johnson Brickell. Pam conducts various workshops including Nature Journaling, Introduction to Watercolor Pencils, and Decorative Lettering for area organizations and through her studio. Past clients include the Coastal Discovery Museum, Spring Island Trust Nature & Arts Program, Palmetto Bluff, Society of Bluffton Artists, and the All About Art Club in Sun City., and 843-422-5964. • 3


A living story by Natalie Daise

Burned Down Her House Natalie performed a one-woman show in ARTworks’ black box theater this summer, called “Mouth to Hand,” and Peachy is a chapter that seems to have traveled far, based on a true family story, eventually written down and finally transformed into her autobiographical performance (and hopefully onwards to a book, don’t you agree?) “Mouth to Hand” is innovation, note the sensational and scientific explanation about tomato sap, and the steady cadence of an artist who knows her voice. And it is simplicity: it was just Natalie herself bringing Peachy to big-handed life, with only words and song and her comfortable posture on stage, innovating before our very eyes. back in the Island, down near Coffin’s Point. She was a hard-working woman. She followed the crops of the land and the water. When it was shrimp season she was down at the docks heading shrimp. When it was crab season she picked crab till her hands were raw and red. Tomatoes during tomato season. Beans when the beans were in. And after a while her hands had become as big and wide and hard as any man’s and her feet too, so that they

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hardly fit in the old man’s boots she wore, gaping open around her ankles. Now Peachy had too big ol’ ‘most grown’ children – Pot a Gold and Iwanna. Pot and Iwanna were big enough and old enough to work but they never did. Whenever Peachy would say to her son, “Pot why don’t you come down to the docks with me today?” Pot would remember his bad back, “Oh Mama I would come but, oh, remember that time I hurt my back…” and he’d clutch at his backside, his face twisted in a grimace. Whenever Peachy would say to her daughter, “Wanna, come on out to the fields with me today.” Wanna would murmur, “I don’t know mama, I have to, uhh, there’s this thing…I don’t think so,” her pitchy high voice dwindling off in a nasal whine. So Peachy would go on out by herself and work from dayclean till the sun be red fa down then return home to take care of those ‘most grown children. One day – it was tomato season – Peachy come to the end of her nerves. She’d been

out in the fields since first light. Picking tomatoes isn’t easy work. It’s paid by the pound, not by the time spent. The tomatoes are picked while they’re hard and bright green. And the vines are bright green. And the bugs. And so are the snakes. And you reach your hand right in there to snap the fruit off. And after a while the sap from the tomato plants begins to coat your hands and skin and then harden, like shellac. The only way to get that hard brown film off your skin is to squish a green tomato and use it to scrub at your arms till it comes off. That’s what Peachy had done all day, moving through the humid green fields in a semi-crouch, pulling and placing, pulling and placing, pulling and placing tomatoes. And by the time she headed home her skirts where sticky and mucky up to her knees and her shoulders ached with tired. When she walked into the little house there were Pot a Gold and Iwanna sitting at the kitchen table playing tonk. Thwip. Thwip. The cards hit the table. “Where you been Mama? I’m hungry. What you gonna cook?” Pot turned over two more cards. Thwip. Thwip. “Oh Mama, the Montgomery Ward catalog came and they had this pretty sweater! Mama look at that sweater I want that!” Iwanna dealt another card. Thwip. Peachy sighed deep. Set down her empty pail and turned toward the stove. It was an old black wood burning stove that sat near the center of the room. And it was cold. She looked over at the wood box. It was empty. She dropped her head to the side, trying to ease the tired tightness in her neck. “Somebody go get me some wood,” she said, resigned. Right on cue, Pot clutched his back, “Oh, Mama, there goes my back again,” he grunted. Iwanna started right in on whining, “It’s getting dark out there enty? Somethin’

could get me out there – haints or plateyes or somethin’. I’m not goin’ out there! Unnunnhh” her voice trailed off. Peachy looked at those two big ol’ most grown children. She looked at that cold stove. She looked back at the children. And she made a decision. She walked on over to an old straight back chair that was leaning up against the wall and she dragged it by the cold stove and she sat down. She sat down in that chair and she decided she wasn’t gonna move until there was a fire in that stove. And she didn’t care how it happened. She just sat down in that straight back chair and began to rock herself back and forth. She rocked herself and hummed a tune from way down in her chest. Now Pot a gold and Iwanna had never seen their mama act like this before. “Mama? Mama? You okay?” But Peachy didn’t answer. Just sat there rocking and humming in that old straight back chair. “Mama?” No response. Pot and Iwanna started to get scared as they watched their Mama moving herself back and forth, back and forth, that old dark tune wrapping around her like a slow thick blanket. Finally Wanna said, “Pot come outside, We gotta talk.” Out on the porch they turned to each other. “Wanna, you think Mama finally done gone cracky?” “I don’t know she muttered. She turned to look around. It was full dark now. Haints and their kin had taken the woods. ‘You gonna go cut wood?” she asked. “Unh-unh. Are you?” She shook her head. And then, Wanna just happened to look down. She was thinking and she looked down and noticed the loose top step. They’d been meaning to nail it down for sometime, but never got around to it.

And there it was, wiggly and ragged. “We can burn this!” she said. And she leaned down and pulled, hearing the brief rusty squeal of its one nail before it came loose in her hand. They went into the house and chook it in the stove and started a fire. And soon the stove got hot and Peachy reached out her big, hard hands toward its heat. Then she got up. Fried some fish. Made some pan bread. Put on some rice. And they had a good meal. Had them a good ol’ time. And everything was just like it should be. Until the fire died down. And when the fire died down, so did Peachy. ‘Til when it was out, there sat Peachy in the ol’ straight back chair, just rocking her body back and forth. Back and forth. And humming. Now this went on for some time with Peachy rocking and humming and humming and rocking until Pot a Gold and Iwanna got hungry enough or cold enough or scared enough to go out and get another piece of wood. And soon the stairs were gone. Then the porch. And they started on the house. A piece of the window frame. A piece of the door frame. A piece of the wall. A piece of the floor. Until, if you just happened to walk along that road some day, all unsuspecting, you’d come across Peachy and Iwanna and Pot a Gold sitting in the middle of an empty field with a wood burning stove. This might seem strange to you if you just happened on it, but Peachy and her children had been burning down their own house bit by bit and piece by piece for so long, that the neighbors hadn’t even noticed. Moral: You might think it’s peachy to wait on a pot a gold if you wanna, but you’ll end up out in the cold. Natalie Daise is a mother, educator, storyteller, and resident artist at ARTworks. gullahmama. • 5

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Lowcountry 2.0 Amos Hummell’s Arts Across the Water “I’m really touting the techno-tourism aspect of the participation experience here. Technology is liberating— the way it is portable now, oh yeah! Visitors can create content for media like blogs and flickr while they’re here, Calhoun Street and Daufuskie particularly need to be participation destinations. Kayaking businesses can have their groups go out, play with their techno toys to capture the experience (go on flickr. com to see how many people kayak) have an oyster roast, and then and there edit and upload what the kayakers captured— and it’s a mini-film fest! This approach gets people to mix, talk, and participate, instead of sitting and watching. It’s live and interactive with the rest of the world. Two and a half million tourists come to Hilton Head. We’re creating a new social ecology, it’s all about mixing up the assets.” Amos Hummell’s work, including info about the Creative Sea Island Community and Resort, can be found at; his artwork is at The Gallery in Beaufort, Camellia Art in Hilton Head, and The Complete Home in Bluffton.

Laura Lee Rose Two Acres of Flora, Fauna, Design “To plan the Midtown Common Garden, we’ve met with landscape architect 6 •

Kelli Franklin, and architects Ava Franzolini and John Sedowski. I met Kelli at the farmers market, she was interested in the master gardener course. She said she had worked on a community garden in grad school. She had tons of info from other projects. My vision is that there will be wonderful flowers, water features, pervious pavers, birdhouses, buffer gardens, fauna, native plant classes, no pesticides, just compost and organic fertilizers. The garden will not be organic but it will be sustainable and low impact, with on-site composting. We’re hoping to name the space for Ms. Coazell Washington who had the great solid yard just across the street. We’ve planned for forty plots and have raised over $3,000 in donations from residents. Eric Billig has been a big help, and Peggy Reynolds is the liaison with the Open Land Trust. Tom Davis of Four Winds Gallery and Emily Fader, a teacher at Beaufort High, are the volunteer coordinators. With the donations, we purchased soil— there was no topsoil there, when we stuck in the soil probes, there was just poor, poor soil or asphalt. So we brought in the soil, and Gracyo was generous in the price of the lumber for the boxes that volunteers installed. Twenty families are already involved, some open plots are available, and Mayor Billy is helping with a well. Many hands make less work.

There’s a lot of interest in earth based sculpture, so I’d love to see little earth buildings put up with palmetto frond thatched roofs, good earth sculptures for shade. We’re looking for a permanent residence for this garden, so we hope to earn enough popularity to have a long-term home. I see it as a patchwork quilt, like those wonderful Gullah quilts, there’s a lot of history here with medicinal plants and herbal cures and we don’t want to lose that— it’s a passalong garden that fills all the sense.” Laura Lee Rose is the Master Gardener and extension agent with the Clemson Extension in Beaufort. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of this artful garden on 2.77 acres of land on loan from Steve Tully and John Trask, located on Bladen Street, two blocks from Bay Street. 4703655 extension 124.

Kelli Franklin evolving Landscape Architect “Landscape Architects have a very broad education, we’re neither an art or a science, we’re in between. Landscape architects have to understand both to create a large scale project or a little garden— understand how the water is running, what the sun is doing especially, what the materials do, soft versus hardscape. That’s where our education begins, some on art side, some on the science side. I am a problem solver. I take what people verbalize as to what they want, and

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“When I paint I try to walk away from being earnest. Earnestness almost always means bad art. Rather I look to journey beyond realistic images better served by photography. I follow color to awaken emotion and mental excitement. The way I use color is a departure from established precedent. It is innovation guided by a desire to respond emotionally to an art work. Color is absolute and primary in all my

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Innovator Ellen Beinhorn in her studio. work. I feel a need to be able to look at my work over and over and still feel stimulated. I like the feeling of the heart pumping harder in response to certain combinations of color like the everlasting joy I feel at the sight of a butterfly. When I moved to the Bluffton/Beaufort area several years ago I restarted my academic life by teaching a course on Emily Dickinson at USCB. Inspired by Emily’s poems, I painted portraits to harmonize with her words. It was an innovation which culminated in a book “Emily and Me.” continued on page 16

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“Our Storybooks-4-Kids independent publishing project of juvenile genre books has been a case study in the national business press and the global independent publishing marketing network. We strongly believe that kids need to be read to in infancy in order to be able to read at age ten. We are trying to make positive difference for all children. In a word, “Innovation” by our definition is a process that needs to be continuously worked on by thinking of new or different ways to promote our books and improve our PR methods. An example of how we innovate to help ourselves was choosing the Newswire Plus service that helped us create a professionally written press release about our storybooks project and distribute them to a wide media audience across the world. The process is simple; it pushed our press release out to about 17,000 major and minor global news organizations, newspapers, magazines and 4,000 websites.” Bernice and Andy Tate are an author/ illustrator wife and husband team, promoting

themes of multiculturalism, empowerment, acceptance, anti-bullying and the power of diversity for children. They reside in Bluffton, and were featured in the AARP Bulletin in September. Their website is http://www.storybooks4kids. com/ follow them on Twitter storybooks4kids and view their video profile at ToAuthors/Tates.aspx


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we create the place that they’re thinking about, through drawings and sketches. With Laura, she was throwing ideas— 10x10 plots, compost demonstrations, master garden demo spots, a whole host of program elements. Since the site had been industrial, I had to use those soil considerations. People in Beaufort are starting to understand what we throw into the ground isn’t beneficial. My goal is to give her a visual to guide the community garden. With a visual in hand, she can take it to the next step. I’m evolving. I was an urban designer, working on large scale master plans for communities and urban street scape projects to beautify small downtowns. Now I specialize in small garden residential planning, getting to the more detailed aspects, like placement of plant material and helping people realize their spaces. My husband is too, and we both have green slant to what we do.” Kelli Franklin lives in Beaufort with her husband and son: visit, where dreams take root.

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Eco-system, Meet Photographer Diana Hoppe; Diana, Meet the Magnificent Lowcountry Ecology

“I moved to Beaufort from Asheville, NC to be in a warm beautiful environment. I landed on St. Helena Island, which is a spiritual Mecca in itself. Recently, I experienced the loss of a great companion. I found that walking in the solitude of St. Helena Island started the healing process. I found a sense of calmness losing myself in nature...and then it happened. Dragonflies started to appear around me. ” “I was amazed, in awe. I had never seen such beautiful little amazing creatures, they have little faces and big personalities. The green and blue ones are passive, the orange and purple chase the others away. There is a red one that looks like it’s wearing a skirt, I call it devil with a red dress on. It never lands but chases everything. Before becoming a resident artist at ARTworks, Diana Hoppe worked as a professional pool and billiards photographer for over a decade, photographing pros, celebrity products, and events, publishing internationally in print, as well as ESPN, SI and Sky sports network.

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Art: Instinct or Cultural By-Product? The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution by Denis Dutton Reviewed by Helen Roper


tion – both dangerously conspicuous n The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and wasteful – is not an incidental byand Human Evolution, Denis Dutproduct of some evolutionary process ton seeks to free the arts and art but is the very point of sexual seleccriticism from the ivory tower tion and fitness display.” In human and have the arts viewed in the beings, the adaptation of language light of evolutionary theory and goes beyond survival tactics of cominstinct. In his introduction, Dutton munication and imagination. Our states, “In this book I intend to show ability to master tens of thousands of why thinking that the arts are bewords is a fitness indicator for intelyond the reach of evolution is a misligence, wit, and other non-physical take overdue for correction.” When Nature meets backhoe in a painting by Jim Rothnie. qualities desirable in a mate. The I first heard about The Art Instinct, I synthesis of the mechanics of natural knew this was a book that I wanted to read. I looked forward to diving back into and imaginative experience. Dutton believes selection with the superfluous abilities of my long-neglected Art History undergradu- these features must be considered in clusters, sexual selection gives us our instinct. Denis Dutton makes a good case against ate field of study. I soon discovered that this none of them an absolute, when categorizing considering the arts “as evolutionarily usebook is not an easy, nightstand read. The Art an “artlike” object or performance as art. By comparing values and commonalities less spin-offs of the oversized human brain.” Instinct is best approached with all synapses of modern societies and tribal societies, Dut- Keeping up with the various scientists, sofiring, preferably with a dictionary close at hand, as well as an internet-ready computer ton refutes the “denial of a human psycho- cial scientists, art historians, etc. and their for searching the various works of art and logical nature other than what might have studies and theories throughout the book artists referenced throughout. The Art In- been constructed by local cultural condi- can be tiresome. Dutton seeks to discredit stinct is not a recitation of history or sum- tions,” laying the foundation for his discus- or support the various studies and theories mary of different art theories; the text should sion of natural selection. Simply put, natural with his own conclusions. As one who studbe viewed as fodder for a philosophy discus- selection is the concept that genetic traits ied Art History, I was surprised by Dutton’s which help a species remain fit for survival assertion that little aesthetic theory exists sion on aesthetics. Over the course of 243 pages and ten will be passed on through generations by way connecting the study of art to the study of chapters, Dutton relates our artistic inclina- of adaptations, or “inherited physiological, human nature. To me, these pursuits are tions to the adaptations of our prehistoric affective, or behavioral characteristic[s] that one and the same. The ability to imagine, ancestors, hence, connecting the creative ex- reliably develop in an organism, increasing create, and take pleasure in universal themes perience across cultures. He begins by setting its chances of survival and reproduction.” has existed since the time of our prehistoric forth empirical evidence of human beings’ Through mutations and selections, the hu- ancestors. This instinct is not merely the cross-cultural proclivity towards certain sa- man mind evolved the adapted ability to pro- result of the culture in which a particular vannah-like landscape paintings, and from duce works of imagination and fiction. Later person is born – though our environments there, discusses the connection between art in the text, Dutton goes further to tackle the do influence us - but a common thread of and human nature. He answers the ques- “problems” in art theory and criticism of an humanity. Upon finishing the book, I wondered whether Dutton had proven his point. tion “What is art?” by listing and describing artist’s intention, forgery, and Dadaism. Dutton’s most convincing, and most in- Upon further reflection, I realized I already twelve “characteristic features” of works or experiences of art: direct pleasure, skill and teresting, argument for attributing human instinctually agreed with him before having virtuosity, novelty and creativity, criticism, arts capabilities to adaptations is the paral- read the first page. Helen Roper is an attorney in Beaufort and representation, special focus, expressive indi- lel with sexual selection. Dutton describes viduality, emotional saturation, intellectual sexual selection using the example of a pea- a board member of the Arts Council of Beaufort challenge, art traditions and institutions, cock’s tail. Dutton proposes, “This ostenta- County. 10 •

JANUARY 16 ARTworks Home of the ACBC Painting Landscapes, Clouds, and Seascapes in Watercolor with Linda Sheppard Beaufort; 843-379-2787; www.

JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 6 Charles Street Gallery, New work by Carroll Williams, Opening Reception 01/15, 5:30-9pm Beaufort; 843-521-9054

JANUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 19 Main Street Youth Theatre Afterschool Session 3 HHI; 843-689-MAIN;

JANUARY 10 & 11 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff 8pm; HHI; 84-842-2055;

JANUARY 9 ARTworks Home of the ACBC Understanding Color Theory in Watercolor with Linda Sheppard, Beaufort; 843-379-2787;

JANUARY 7 - 10 SC Repertory Company “Broadway’s Royalty: The Composer/Lyricist” HHI; 843-342-2057;


JANUARY 21 Lunch with Author Series Maryann McFadden, “So Happy Together” Noon; Port Royal; RSVP required 843-521-4147

JANUARY 30 Beaufort Performing Arts As You Like It, Aquila Theatre 7:30pm; Beaufort; 843-521-4145

JANUARY 29 Hilton Head Choral Society Cantus 7:30pm; HHI; 843-341-3818; www.

JANUARY 24 & 25 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky On Stage! 8pm; HHI; 843-842-2055;

JANUARY 24 Fripp Island Friends of Music ETA3, chamber ensemble 5pm; Fripp island Community Center off island concert goers receive a pass at the entry gate

JANUARY 23 Beaufort Performing Arts, Dr. Etta Family Specialist, 7:30pm; Beaufort; 843-521-4145;

JANUARY 23 Arts Council of Beaufort County Mardi Gras Beaufort, Annual Fundraiser 7 – 11pm; 843-379-2787; wwww.

DECEMBER 20 Beaufort Symphony Orchestra Holiday Treats 3pm; USCB Performing Arts Center, Beaufort 877-548-3237;

JANUARY 31 Chamber Music Hilton Head Selections by Telemann, Vitali, Malcolm Arnold & Brahms, 3:30pm Bluffton; 843-681-9969;


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FEBRUARY 21 Fripp Island Friends of Music Zephyr Brass, southeastbased trio 5pm; Fripp island Community Center off island concert goers receive a pass at the entry gate

FEBRUARY 18 Beaufort Performing Arts Foklorico de Mexico 7pm; Beaufort; 843-521-4145;

Esmerelda by Caroll Williams: January 15-February 6 at the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort; at the Pluff Mudd Gallery on Calhoun Street in Bluffton;

FEBRUARY 25 - 27 Okatie Elementary School ”Seussical the Musical, JR.” 02/25 & 02/26 @ 6:30pm; 02/27 @ 2pm


FEBRUARY 14 USCB Festival Series Bach, Saint-Saens, Amy Beach, Weber, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and Wadsworth 5pm; USCB Performing Arts Center, Beaufort 843-208-8246;

FEBRUARY 14 & 15 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra By George! 8pm; HHI; 843-842-2055;

FEBRUARY 13 Red Piano Too "A Celebration of Love" 1pm - 5pm; St. Helena Island; 843-838-2241;

FEBRUARY 12 Beaufort Performing Arts PJ & Play ~ Are You My Mother 7pm; Beaufort; 843-521-4145; www.

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DECEMBER 9 “In the Park;” Downtown Lunchtime Performance Series Phil Griffin Free, 11:30am, Waterfron t Park, Beaufort

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NOVEMBER 6 - 8; 13 - 15; 20 - 22 May River Theatre, “Blithe Spirit” Bluffton; 843-837-7798 NOVEMBER 6 ACBC Community Arts Grant Recipient


NOVEMBER 5 President’s Circle art collections in Lowcountry Homes, twenty $20 tickets only, 3792787,

EVERY 2ND - 4TH TUESDAY Beaufort Writers Regular Meeting 5:30pm; Lady’s Island Airport

EVERY TUESDAY Open Studio Watercolor Classes 4:30 - 6:30pm; $10; (843) 524-2787

EVERY TUESDAY Lowcountry Chorale Rehearsals 6:45pm; Ladys Island; 843-252-6207

EVERY 3RD MONDAY Island Writers’ Network Open Mike 7pm; HHI; 843-682-8250

THRU NOVEMBER 7 Art League of Hilton Head, Four Part Harmony HHI; 843-681-5060;


EVERY 1ST MONDAY Island Writers’ Network regular meeting 7pm; HHI; 843-682-8250

EVERY MONDAY Beaufort Belles, ladies a cappella chorus rehearsals 4:45 - 6:45pm; 843-838-5787 or 843-524-1888;

EVERY MONDAY Beaufort Harbormasters rehearsals 7-9 PM; 843-522-0938 or 843-522-0800

EVERY 2ND MONDAY Photography Club of Beaufort Meeting 7pm; Beaufort;

EVERY 2ND MONDAY ACBC“Critique Drop In” with Deanna Bowdish, 6pm; $5; Beaufort; 843-379-2787; of Beaufort County

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NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 5 Art League of Hilton Head Tribute Works by Ted Jordan and other Art League Artists

NOVEMBER 10 - 19 Basketry Beyond Tradition with Kim Keats 6 - 8pm; 6 sessions Beaufort;; 843-379-2787

2ND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH Beaufort Shag Club Open Dancing 8-11:00 pm; Port Royal;

2ND FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH; STARTING IN JAN Lowcountry Chapter, American Guild of Organists Music at Noon, Holy Family Catholic Church, HHI

EVERY 2ND - 4TH THURSDAY Lowcountry Women Writers 5:30-7:30pm; Beaufort; 843-838-3910

EVERY 3RD THURSDAY Sea Island Quilters Guild 6pm; Port Royal; 843-525-1990

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NOVEMBER 3, 5, 10 & 12 ARTworks Home of the ACBC What A Relief?! Linoleum Printmaking with Melba Cooper 6 - 8pm; Beaufort;; 843-379-2787

NOVEMBER 2 - 4 MARSHCLASSES @ ARTworks Basketry from Tradition to Innovation with Kim Keats, 3 day workshop; Lodging Packages Available Beaufort;; 843-379-2787

NOVEMBER 2 - 4 MARSHCLASSES @ ARTworks Wheelthrown Pottery with Trevor Foster 3 day workshop; Lodging Packages Available Beaufort;; 843-379-2787

NOVEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 18 Main Street Youth Theatre, Afterschool Session 2 HHI; 843-689-MAIN;

NOVEMBER 1 USCB Festival Series, An Evening of Beethoven, Jean Françiax, and Schumann 5pm; Beaufort; 843-208-8246;

THRU NOVEMBER 14 Society of Bluffton Artists, “The Sky’s the Limit” Old Bluffton; 843-757-6586;

THRU NOVEMBER 14 Charles Street Gallery, New work by Cindy Zeiss Beaufort; 521-9054

THRU NOVEMBER 8 SC Repertory Company, “Mary’s Wedding” 843-342-2057; HHI;

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NOVEMBER 4 Picture This Gallery Paintings by Juliana Kim 5:30– 7:30 p.m., HHI; 843-842-5299

Balancing Act by Claudette Humphrey,

NOVEMBER 9, 11 & 16 Beaufort Art Association “Color Theory ~ The Stephen Quiller Method” Beaufort; Registration & Email: baastudio@

NOVEMBER 9 - 11 MARSHCLASSES @ ARTworks, Lampwork Beads with Curtis Cecil, 3 day workshop; Lodging Packages Available Beaufort; www.; 843-379-2787

NOVEMBER 7 Bluffton Historical Preservation Society “The History of Slavery and its Influence on Plantations of the Low Country” 11am; Bluffton Public Library;

NOVEMBER 7 Picture This Gallery, Drawing & Painting Workshop with Addison Palmer 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., HHI; 843-842-5299

NOVEMBER 7 ARTworks Home of the ACBC Drawing for the Absolute Beginner with Linda Sheppard, 8:30am - 3pm; Beaufort;; 843-379-2787

Photography Club of Beaufort Presentation by nationally known photographer Jon O. Holloway. Beaufort; www. NOVEMBER 11 “In the Park;” Downtown Lunchtime Performance Series Vic Varner Free, 11:30am, Waterfront Park, Beaufort

Opening Reception 11/10, 5-7pm HHI; 843-681-5060;

NOVEMBER 17 Beaufort Youth Orchestra 7pm; Beaufort; 843-476-1310,

NOVEMBER 16 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Classical Guitar HHI; 843-842-2055;

NOVEMBER 15 Fripp Island Friends of Music Thomas Pandolfi, pianist 5pm; Fripp island Community Center off island concert goers receive a pass at the entry gate

NOVEMBER 15 Meet the Composer/Community Concert Dan Goeller, The Baptist Church of Beaufort, 3 pm

NOVEMBER 14 Red Piano Too, Heritage Days Art Exhibit 10am - 5pm; St. Helena Island; 838-2241;

NOVEMBER 13-15 & 20-22 Beaufort Theatre Company Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat USCB Performing Arts Center; 843-521-4145

NOVEMBER 13 Friday Organ Concerts at Noon Free; The Parish Church of St. Helena Beaufort; 522-1712;

NOVMEBER 12 - 14 Penn Center 27th Annual Heritage Days Celebration.

NOVEMBER 11 Picture This Gallery Veterans Day Exhibit 5:30-7:30 p.m.,HHI; 843-842-5299

August Calendar

NOVEMBER 28 & 29 Beaufort Performing Arts The Hallelujah Singers ~ Gullah Christmas 7:30pm; Beaufort; 843-521-4145

NOVEMBER 27, 6:30PM ARTworks turns 1! Join the arts council to celebrate with live music and readings from Carl T. Smith. $5 or toys-for-tots donation at the door, at ARTWorks. 379-2787.

NOVEMBER 23 Hilton Head Choral Society “Fall into Winter,”7pm;HHI; 843-341-3818

NOVEMBER 21 The Jazz Corner 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament A Benefit For The Junior Jazz Foundation Contact Kelli Lesch or Mike Huffstetler; 843-842-8620 / 843-290-0219

NOVEMBER 21 Bluffton Historical Preservation Society “The Accomplishments of Thomas Heyward, Jr.” 11am, Bluffton Public Library

NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 12 Charles Street Gallery, New Work by Rebecca Davenport. Opening Reception 11/20, 5:30-9pm Beaufort; 843-521-9054

NOVEMBER 19 Beaufort Youth Orchestra 7pm; Beaufort; 843-476-1310

NOVEMBER 19 Lunch with Author Series Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, “Daufuskie Island” Noon; Beaufort, RSVP Required 843-521-4147

Beaufort Art Association “More about Masking” workshop, 2:30pm, Beaufort;


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DECEMBER 7 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Home for the Holidays 8pm; HHI; 84-842-2055;

DECEMBER 5 Red Piano Too Annual Winter Show & art auction benefiting BHS Voices 1pm - 5pm; St. Helena Island; 843-838-2241;

DECEMBER 4 Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation “Lowcountry Holiday Market” 10am - 2pm;

DECEMBER 4 - 31 Photography Club of Beaufort “Vanishing America” Beaufort Library;

DECEMBER 4 - JANUARY 15 ARTworks Gallery Resident Artist Show; Opening Reception 12/04 ~ 6pm Beaufort; 843-379-2787; www.

DECEMBER 3 - 20 SC Repertory Company “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” HHI; 843-342-2057;

DECEMBER 2 Beaufort Art Association “Holiday Home Décor - Table & Door” Workshop Beaufort; Registration & Email: baastudio@

DECEMBER 2 - 27 Arts Center of Coastal Carolina ”My Fair Lady” HHI; 843-842-2787;

DECEMBER 18 Picture This Gallery Christmas Party – Group Show

DECEMBER 18 - JANUARY 9 Charles Street Gallery Lowcountry Colors: the annual invitational Opening Reception 12/18, 5:30-9pm Beaufort; 843-521-9054

DECEMBER 17 Beaufort Symphony Orchestra Holiday Treats 8pm;USCB Performing Arts Center, Beaufort 877-548-3237;

DECEMBER 14 Beaufort Performing Arts Columbia City Ballet ~ Nutcracker 7pm; USCB Performing Arts Center, Beaufort 843-521-4145; www.beaufortscperformingarts. com

DECEMBER 13 USCB Festival Series Dvorak, Schoenberg and Mozart 5pm; USCB Performing Arts Center, Beaufort 843-208-8246;

DECEMBER 12 LowCountry Children’s Chorus 8th Annual Holiday Community Concert 4pm; The Baptist Church of Beaufort

DECEMBER 11 & 12 Gullah Kinfolk Christmas with Aunt Pearlie Sue USCB Performing Arts Center Beaufort; 843-521-4151

DECEMBER 11 Hilton Head Choral Society “The Sounds of Christmas” 8pm; HHI; 843-341-3818; www.

DECEMBER 10 Lunch with Author Series Panel of Children’s Authors; Marjory Wentworth, Leslie Pratt-Thomas, Clay Rice, and Margot Theis Raven HHI; RSVP Required 843-521-4147

FEBRUARY 9TH Arts Advocacy Day 2010 in Columbia,

FEBRUARY 4 - 28 SC Repertory Company "The Seafarer" HHI; 843-342-2057; www.hiltonheadtheatre. com

FEBRUARY 3 - 21 Arts Center of Coastal Carolina ”BOEING-BOEING” HHI; 843-842-2787;

FEBRUARY 1 Chamber Music Hilton Head Selections by Telemann, Vitali, Malcolm Arnold & Brahms 7:30pm; HHI; 843-681-9969;


Red Dog Searching for his Pension Fund, by Mary Ann Riley at Art & Soul Gallery on Bay Street in Beaufort,

FEBRUARY 25 Beaufort Youth Orchestra 7pm; Beaufort; 843-476-1310

FEBRUARY 25 Lunch with Author Series Karen White, “The House on Tradd Street” Noon; Bluffton; RSVP Required 843-521-4147

FEBRUARY 24 - 26 ARTworks Home of the ACBC Painting Landscapes, Clouds, and Seascapes in Oil, Acrylic, or Pastel with Linda Sheppard 3 day workshop; 843-379-2787; www.

FEBRUARY 23 Beaufort Youth Orchestra 7pm; Dataw Island; 843-476-1310

FEBRUARY 22 - APRIL 9 Main Street Youth Theatre Afterschool Session 4 HHI; 43-689-MAIN;

September Calendar

Arts in Education Across Beaufort County Peace Poles in Hilton Head Island &

Patriotism and music are alive and well

India Merely Worlds Apart. Last spring,

at Red Cedar Elementary School Students celebrated the 195th birthday of the¬ StarSpangled Banner in September. “We gathered as a school around the flag pole and sang together,” described Benji Morgan, music educator at the school. O! say can you see! Seriously Fun-E Clowns are serious about Education and the Arts at Lady’s Island Elementary School 3rd and 4th graders are training for C.A.R.E. Clowns, (Caring Attitude, Respecting Elderly) to present skits to a local assisted living facility. These children will bring the gift of laughter, song and warm friendship though the skills acquired in preparation for the holidays: first, Edna Crews will present a Laughter Therapy workshop, teaching them the importance of laughter as well as scientific effects of sound associated with the mind and body. Lynda McLain, Drama Specialist and clown coordinator, will assist in a circus arts residency with professional juggler Jef Lambdin, an SCAC roster artist, and an A+ Fellow working with arts integration and multiple intelligences in A+ Schools in NC. Laughter therapy all around! For news from the Lowcountry Arts Integration Project at Whale Branch and St. Helena, please read the Simple Answer column.

Hilton Head Island Middle School classes continued their annual participation in the Memory Project, creating portraits for orphaned children, providing a special memory of their youth, inspired by the Dalai Lama’s teaching of compassion. The Memory Projects extended the honor of portrait delivery to HH teacher Monique Dobbelaere, and the Island School Council for the Arts provided a partial grant for the trip to the Tibetan Children’s Village in India, where she discovered a Peace Pole on the grounds of a local Tibetan artisan community; very same message is echoed by the HHIHS Visual Performing Arts Center banners: May Peace Prevail on Earth. Founded in 1971, ISCA has funded nearly 2 million dollars to support arts programs in local schools: Animating Writing at Bluffton Elementary School. Students in grades two through five are animating their writings, using a program called ToonBoom. By acknowledging their love of video games as a hook, educators engage students in writing and adding more details to their stories. In order to animate the characters, the students must delve deeper into using description. After all, how can you animate your characters if you haven’t fully described their appearance? “In the fast paced world of today, technology and education need to go hand in hand in order to successfully reach the students,” said principal Christine Brown. “Bluffton Elementary takes a giant step when using what students already love as a tool in educating them.”

Top: Red Cedar Elementary School celebrates the 195th birthday of the Star Spangled Banner.Middle: a student at Bluffton Elementary School experiences animation. Bottom: Clowing around with circus skills at Lady’s Island Elementary School. • 15

The simple Answer: how do you innovate? continued from page 10 Pushing beyond the envelope, I wondered about applying color to the moods of some of her poems. The result was a series of color field paintings. Some are bright and spontaneous as in her nature poems while others are dark and sombre as in her reflections on death and immortality. In a sense I feel poetry is highly related to images— particularly color and color in movement. It’s an innovation I hope catches on.” Ellen Beinhorn lives in Bluffton and Banner Elk NC. She begins her lecture series at USCB on November 2nd, 843-208-8247 for registration.

Rebecca Davenport Admires Anatomy “I constantly use books about anatomy, and I look at Dürer a lot. Sometimes the photos I refer to don’t have enough definition, in that case I’ll use my own hands or look for photos with similar poses. I’ve taken photos of mules, and in this study, the mule’s ears are back, which means he’s angry, so I turned them around according to another photo. I like to look at the Old Masters too, all the muscles and horses. Rebecca Davenport’s paintings are in many private and public collections, including the National Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her first solo show in Beaufort in seven years will open with a reception on November 20th, through December 12, at the Charles Street Gallery. 521-9054.

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Lin Sippel Simplifies “I’m a horse freak, just love them, and I’m intrigued by the marsh tackies, the endangered state horse, and I don’t mind dedicating my art to that. I thought it would be interesting to incorporate the Blue Angels into a photo I had of horses just looking off. I don’t even know what innovation means, an artist does what an artist has to do. I’ve learned after all these years to clear my mind.” Lin Sippel lives on Lady’s Island and is represented by the Red Piano Too Gallery on St. Helena. She is donating a painting to the auction on December 5th, to benefit the BHS Voices trip to NYC for the Jazz Festival.

Rebecca Davenport’s plotted mule study; above, the artist stands before her Triad, and The Smoker.

Carolyn Males from Writing to Acting to Jupiter “We put together our first performance, Indiscretions & Alter Egos in September. The

Outer Planet Players is a group of people with various experiences on the stage. We wanted to do something out of the box— we’re not the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina or the SC Repertory Theater, who are very professional, doing interesting plays and big Broadway productions. Outer Planet Players does original

work and performance art. A few members are writers, so performing something original appeals to us, I’ve written one piece that’s a possibility. As a writer, working in theater helps me think about how the characters interact. Writers create a character, but on stage you get into the character.” Carolyn Males is a writer, photographer, resident of Hilton Head Island, and founding member of the Outer Planet Players. www.


Primitivo Futuro by Scott Gordon

Optimistic Tribe by Scott Gordon

Together we hunt for signs. We look to see which direction the Spanish moss is leaning. Judge the texture of swell on Egg Bank as we drive over the Harbor River. Listen to weather radios under a swaying light bulb in the soft salt air. Scour fibers of light for numbers transmitting from buoys in the sea. When the signs collide so we all come together for a board meeting of optimists. We test theories of relativity and confirm quantum physics until other days lead us back to more practical pursuits. Tasks like chasing fish and following zephyrs which pales in comparison to the pursuit of pleasure for no other end but itself.

Scott Gordon lives in Beaufort with his wife Patience and daughter Ella. He teaches at Beaufort High School, dual certified in art and technology: “the two have always been very much a part of my process. People seemed to push me towards technology, drafting and desktop publishing. A computer is the same as a hammer, it’s all in the hands of the user. My acceptance of technology doesn’t make me less wary. I view myself as a scout, out on the edges, reporting. I’m a technology critic.” His newest work is a series of portraits of neo Shaman masks created by Hawaiian dumpsterdivers of natural and found objects. “I’m drawn to these creations that are like cyborgs, they’re a more harmonious blending of technology than people wearing a Blue Tooth and looking like they’re talking to themselves.”

Science teacher Lois Lewis collaborates with artist Melba Cooper at Whale Branch Middle School “Our innovation is taking artistic elements and applying them to scientific observation. Students were investigating the structure of flowers. Azaleas were blooming. Melba brought in drawing paper folded into quarters. The first square for freehand warmup, the second for an outline, third for details, and fourth for color and labeling. Then the students expanded their work to a formal portrait. We used art vocabulary and learning standards, applied to science standards. Melba brought my attention to the amazing field journals of scientists, and this process helps me be more aware of the benefits of letting artistic kids use their skills, and to

encourage the scientific kids— it gets all the kids to the details of what we’re studying.” Lois Lewis teaches 7th grade Science and was SC Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year in 2006. She integrates the arts into her labs with Melba Cooper in the Lowcountry Arts Integration Project. Melba Cooper’s What A Relief?! Linoleum Printmaking workshop for adults starts November 3 at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. 828506-7559 or

Kim Keats honors the origins of her natural materials “I utilize traditional interlacing techniques in combinations that are nontraditional. The interlacing techniques are prehistoric in origin, predominantly used in basketmaking. The objects that I make are intended to honor or memorialize the origin of the materials from which they are made. I primarily use bark from trees, a vital and noble material that houses the wood and provides sustenance along with protection from life’s destructive elements. For the November show, I have an installation that I just finished at Lander University called Suspended Arborization. Seven tree-like forms will be arranged specific to the gallery at ARTworks, suspended and intricately woven from hemlock and palmetto root. My arts commission fellowship is an honor, making it possible for me to spend more time in the studio and in the good company of past recipients. When the arts council recognizes and promotes artists in the community, that shows their commitment to accessibility to the arts.” Based in Okatie, Kim Keats is the recipient of

A student at Whale Branch Middle School sketches a specimen to understand its properties. • 17

the South Carolina Arts Commission 2009-2010 Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Craft. She is also a teaching artist in the Lowcountry Arts Integration Project. Her duo show with Joseph Legree Jr at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center runs through November 30th, “including all new affordable pieces for everyday collectors.”

Painter Lee Pirozzi Studies Neuroscience I was trying to come up with something new, and became interested in the advances in the study of the brain that art could correspond and interact with, in a novel approach. So I researched neuroscience— websites, blogs, documents, monthly news. I took that information and thought of it in patterns of the brain itself and in representations in fabric, sculpture and paint. I decided to play with fabric because my grandmother was a seamstress. Research shows the individuality of the brain structure, and I wanted to portray that in art. I put scientists’ new findings into my own interpretations— to get the thought across. I created Blue Jean Brain #2 when IBM was trying to create their Blue Brain.” Lee Pirozzi has a studio in Hilton Head stocked with books like Cell of Cells: The Global Race to Capture & Control the Stem Cell, and A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. She offers art lessons as well as original art portrayals of children in photographs., 681-7729.

Painter Lee Pirozzi in her studio.

g a l l e ry s h ow @ ART wo r k s

Knots and Weavings Celebrating Beaufort County's Two SC Arts Commission Winners: 2010 Craft Fellow Kim Keats of Okatie, and 2009 Heritage Award Winner, cast net maker Joseph Legree, Jr. of St. Helena Island. Visit their show through November 30th at ARTworks. Laced Landscape by Kim Keats, by photographer Dennis Vernon, and a portrait of Mr. Legree’s hands at work, by photographer Pat Keown.

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Cool Projects Laudable Achievements

ARTworks turns one in November, please join us on Friday, November 27th, 6:30 pm to celebrate with live music and a reading by Carl T. Smith! Rick Hubbard has transplanted his Kazoobie kazoo factory to the Beaufort Industrial Village! The factory is also a learning experience for everyone interested in the musical instrument played by humming. • Deanna Bowdish was a featured artist at • Kudos to the Red Piano Too Gallery for offering a sweetgrass basket raffle and December 5 art auction, to benefit Beaufort High’s VOICES going to the Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center. • The Bluffton Jazz & Blues Festival, benefiting the Junior Jazz Foundation, celebrated its inauguration in October. • The American Society of Media Photographers has announced the winners of its annual competition for the best projects by ASMP members, including “Keeping the May River Wild,” a 24-minute multimedia project by longtime Bluffton resident Greg Smith, Smith remains available to share the documentary with interested groups. • Welcome to USCB’s new Artistic Director, Edward Arron who brings Beethoven, Jean Françiax, and Schumann, Dvorak, Schoenberg and Mozart, Bach, Amy Beach, Weber, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and Wadsworth, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, Ives and Brahms and noted musicians to the 2009-2010 USCB Festival Series. • Iraq: The World My Son Saw by artist Suzy Shealy explores the Iraq her son Joseph saw, from images that came home to her. In a moving series of realistic paintings, Shealy painted the images: Joseph’s friends; his life as a soldier, and the environment he found himself in. The Veterans Day exhibit runs through November at Picture This Gallery in Hilton Head. (843) 842-5299. Reading the Lowcountry • USCB’s Lunch with Author series celebrates 9 years of “mostly Southern”

authors such as Jeanne MoutoussamyAshe, Clay Rice, Maryann McFadden, Karen White, and Roger Pinckney, at eateries from Sea Pines to Port Royal, through April. 521-4147. • Carolina Shag, the Spirit of Southern Social Dance: an Introduction to Shag dancing in the Carolinas by Caroline Hoadley is out from Iodine Literary Projects, eatgoodbread. com. • In D.A. Welch’s second novel, Payback, Nate Dunlevy’s covert mission in Madrid goes wrong. The son of an alQaeda kingpin is killed and a Washington conspirator sells Nate’s identity to the terrorist. • Sally Drumm’s Milspeak Anthology of Warriors, Veterans, Family & Friends Writing the Military Experience & accompanying performance piece Scars on My Heart was accepted for a presentation at the 2010 AWP Conference in Denver, as well as other venues: • Ian Leslie finally got to hold the fruits of his labor in his hands: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting into Top Colleges can be found at Arts Advocacy Day 2010 is February 9th in Columbia ~ put a face on the arts, and talk to your legislators about improving quality of life in South Carolina:

Beaufort County artists linked, wired, & selling: • Scott Gordon @ • Debbie May @ • Cindy Male @ & “angorabugsy” spins Beaufort Gazettes into yarn at • Rhonda Jordan @ and blogs @ • Kami Kinard blogs @ • Barry Kaufman has established • LaShanta Ase @ any more? • 19

Sonic B3C by Lolita Huckaby

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istory books tell us the first tape recorder was produced in the late 1800s by a Danish inventor who called his device to capture sound a “sonic recorder” or “telegraphon.” The invention of Valdemar Poulsen was introduced to the world at the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris and history – or certainly the recording of history – hasn’t been the same since.

The Beaufort Three-Century steering committee, in its earliest organizational meetings almost two years ago, decided it was important to capitalize on that technology by including an oral history component as part of the community’s celebration of Beaufort’s Tricentennial, a celebration which will in culminate January, 2011. There was a strong feeling among the committee members that much of Beaufort’s oral history had already been lost or was being quickly lost as older citizens passed away or became unable to share their stories. A first step was to document what recorded histories were “out there,” either in the library’s Beaufort District Collection, in Historic Beaufort Foundation’s collections or sitting on shelves, in desk drawers or in someone’s closet, drawing dust and lost to the future because of improper handling. Almost 200 hours of oral histories were produced through the Beaufort County school district’s “Downtown as a Classroom” project, an effort ably spearheaded by district Fine Arts Coordinator Margaret Rushton.

Supported by an energetic group of 8th grade teachers from Beaufort Middle School, the Humanities School of Beaufort and Lady’s Island Middle School, Rushton worked with more than 1,000 students and 100-plus community members to produce annual projects which documented some facet of Beaufort life. Starting in 2007, the programs – some published as books, one as a calendar, even a roadmap game down Ribaut Road – incorporated oral histories with a number of Beaufort residents, many of whom are deceased. Through the efforts of the B3C committee, the taped interviews will be digitized using high-quality archival CDs designed to outlast even the students that recorded the original interviews. The B3C office, located at 207 Charles Street in downtown Beaufort, also has its own recording studio, complete with a

Marantz digital recorder where volunteers are eager to work with individuals who have a story to tell about days gone past. The motto of those behind the B3C oral history project is much like

The mystic chords of memory, stretch . . . from every . . . living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land . . . . —Abraham Lincoln

First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

the unofficial motto of the folks at the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina’s Southern Historical Collection where more than 4,000 interviews have been compiled: “you don’t have to be famous for your life to be history.” Come on down and talk to us, 843-4891711.

Beaufort Three-Century Project Activities & Events During the month of October, B3C volunteers also participated in an oral history and photo scanning project as part of American Archives Month. Activities included participation in Hunting Island State Park’s extensive 150th Anniversary celebration. In 2010, there will be an anniversary celebration on January 17th, and Take 2 of the Tricentennial Lecture series is from 7 to 9pm on January 15, 22, 29, and February 5th.

The President’s Circle

November 2009 - May 2010 an incredible chance to see art collections in Lowcountry homes, only 20 tickets available, at $20 each Benefiting the Arts Council of Beaufort County advance ticket purchases only: 843-379-2787. Evan R. Thompson, executive director of the Historic Beaufort Foundation will host the first President’s Circle of the Season on Thursday, November 5th, in his residence, the Richard J. Washington, Jr. House, circa 1875, in historic Beaufort. for details.

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Workshops Workshops & Marsh Classes @ ARTworks Amazing artists offer hands-on classes inspired by the ecomagical Lowcountry that surrounds ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center! visit for details and registration info • Pottery with Trevor Foster • Basketry Beyond Tradition with Kim Keats • What A Relief?! Linoleum Printmaking with Melba Cooper Classes with Linda Sheppard • Drawing for the Absolute Beginner starts November 7th • Understanding Color Theory in Watercolor, January 9th • Drawing Trees and Foliage, January 16th • Painting Landscapes, Clouds, and Seascapes in Watercolor, begins January 20th • Painting Landscapes, Clouds, and Seascapes in Oil, Acrylic, or Pastel begins February 24

Youth Art Month is in March! Art for Kids @ ARTworks free family activities art in a safe environment experienced art educators scholarships & family discounts for AFTERschool classes gallery shows & performances by kids AFTERschool intensives throughout November & December!

The Artist Unleashed Resident Artist Show in the gallery Opening reception Friday, November 4th at 6pm, though January 15. Works by Carol Kamm, Diana Hoppe, Victoria Smalls, Tyrone Moultrie, Pat Willcox, Lisa Clancy, Peggy Carvell, Natalie Daise, LaShanta Ase, Hank Herring, and Pam Nilsen. Give the gift of local art!

work by resident artists Victoria Smalls, Carol Kamm, Peggy Carvell, Tyrone Moultrie and Hank Herring.

ARTSbiz is for working artists free & affordable opportunities for your arts career: • Visual Art Critique sessions every 2nd Monday, 6-8 pm, $5. Artist & President of the Board Deanna Bowdish leads the informative discussions! • Community Arts Grants, next deadlines November 15 & February 15. ACBC staff helps you finalize your idea and fill out forms! • Apply for affordable studio space and oneon-one business incubation. Create your art in a colorful & synergistic environment! • beginning in February, classes in such topics as pricing, merchandising techniques, creating a wholesale product line, writing your artist statement, approaching galleries, and more.

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