Myrtle Beach area art museums change up exhibits in the new year

spalisin@thesunnews.comJanuary 10, 2013 

  • If you go Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum What and when | • “Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts 1960-1995,” 137 photographs by Jack Mitchell, through March 17 • “Mullen: 2009-2012” and “Room with a View: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” both through April 25. Open | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays Where | 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., across from Midway Par 3 and Springmaid Beach Resort How much | Free Information | 238-2510 or Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery What and when | • “Troy Wingard: Preciousness,” 16 pastel portraits and wall sculptures, Monday-Feb. 22, with opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. • “Imperfect Letterpress x3,” with work by Joey Hannaford, Mervi Pakaste and Jeff Pulaski, March 4-April 5, with opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 7 Open | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays Where | Coastal Carolina University, in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, in Conway How much | Free Information | 349-6454 or Brookgreen Gardens What and when | • “Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Family and Community,” Monday-March 1 • “Recent Acquisitions” and “Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor,” both Jan. 26-April 21 Open | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Where | On U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park How much | Free with admission, which lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12 Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or ‘Home’ Who | Bruce Chandler When | Opens with artist reception 2-4 p.m. Jan. 19 Regular hours | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays Where | The Rice Museum Prevost Gallery, 633 Front St., Georgetown How much | Free Information | 546-7423 or ‘Ruth Cox: Works in Oil’ What | More than 30 paintings, mostly oils, by the Myrtle Beach artist and Grand Strand native When | Through Feb. 16, with artist reception 2-5 p.m. Saturday Open | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays Where | Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C. How much | Free Information | 910-575-5999 or Also | Continuing oil painting class with Cox, for intermediate and advanced artists, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays; call for details ‘Grand Strand Visual Artist of the Month’ Who | Edmee Rodriguez, photojournalist When | Through January Where | See her works at: • Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, TBonz Gill & Grill, all at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach • Cowork MYR, 601 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 900-0270 or • Fresh Brewed Coffee House, 933 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach. Open 5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 251-8282 or Also | “2012 Grand Strand Artist of the Year” event, celebrating all 12 local Grand Strand Artists of the Month, from January through December, – Calvin Blassingame, Blair Browning, Jeff Norris, Don Perry, Sybil Alfano, Gwen Mis, Scott Smallin, Rachel Jones, Bill Strydesky, Joe Winkler, Natalie Sexton and Blake Brown – in two parts on Jan. 19: • Grand Strand Arts Crawl 4-7 p.m. at these Barefoot Landing merchants, for $10 admission: Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, Flying Fish Public Market, Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, TBonz Gill & Grill, and The Gallery Room at House of Blues, with live music by artists including Feel No Other, Liz Kelley, Candice Marotta, Brian Roessler, Sleeping Policeman, Jesse Uzzel, and the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra Ensemble. • Awards dinner, including artist of the year for 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at House of Blues Information | Colored Pencil Society of South Carolina What | Members’ exhibition When | Jan. 19-31, with reception 1-4 p.m. Open | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays Where | Art & Soul, An Artisan Gallery, 5001 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach Also | Student art show continues through Wednesday; meet students 3-5 p.m. Saturday Information | 839-2727 or Coastal Carolina Camera Club exhibit When | Through January: Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, and open until 6 p.m. Fridays Where | Silver Coast Winery Gallery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. How much | Free Information | Club at 910-287-6311 or, winery at 910-287-2800 or Art benefit for David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust What | Art show and sale Benefiting | David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, based in London with 25 orphaned elephants in sanctuary in Nairobi, Kenya, whose projects in Africa include rescuing orphaned elephants. Details at Where and when | • noon-10 p.m. Feb. 6 at Studio B Art Gallery, 2922 Howard Ave., Unit D, Myrtle Beach, with reception 7-10 p.m. • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 7 at misc. Everything Murrells Inlet art gallery, 4124-D U.S. 17 Business, across from The Marsh Walk. How much | Free admission Information | • Studio B at 839-1278 or • Misc. Everything Murrells Inlet at 357-3507 ‘Fall Art Show’ Who and what | About 20 artists, many of them local: watercolors by John Bickle, Suzanne Carlson and Suzanne Gaff; Lowcountry oils by Cedar; oils by Michael Craig and Thomas Davis; landscape oils by Rob Crombie; folk art and reflective acrylics by Kimberley Dawn; charcoal drawings by Karen Edgar; body sculptures by Lawrence Feir; acrylic pop art by Katy Gilbert; surrealism by Bobbie Holt; Picasso-inspired abstract acrylic portraits by Ronald Jones; Charleston landscapes by Michael Kennedy; scenic oils by Connie Logan and Loli Larson; scenic acrylics and Les Paul guitars by Becky Jones; abstract oils and acrylics by Martin Manning; abstract acrylics by Liliana Maya; metal art work by David McCune; acrylic landscapes and portraits by Daniel Simeonov; and abstracts by Bill Strydesky. When | Through Feb. 15: 11:30 a.m.-midnight Mondays-Saturdays, with lunch available 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and dinner 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily Where | Collectors Cafe and Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach How much | Free admission Information | 449-9370 or ‘1905: Georgetown’s Golden Year’ With | 35 enlarged and mounted photographs and other images When | Through winter Open | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays Where | S.C. Maritime Museum, 729 Front St., Georgetown How much | Free Information | 520-0111 or ‘Coastal Carolina Color’ What and who | Watercolors by James McIntosh When | Through at least January Open | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Where | Upstairs at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach How much | Free with admission: $8 ages 13-61, $7 seniors and $6 ages 3-12 Information | 910-458-7468 or

A showcase of 137 celebrity photos by Jack Mitchell puts poses in a positive light, and all in black and white, but each with a context adding its own color.

“Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts, 1960-1995” kicked off the new year at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, continuing through March 17, and many other exhibits have dawned or will open soon for the winter across the Grand Strand in places such as Brookgreen Gardens and The Rice Museum’s Prevost Gallery in Georgetown.

Once on the top floor at the Myrtle Beach art museum, visitors can focus on a slew of photos, some possibly of people whose works might have been seen or heard through the years without having a face of the artisans to match, such as composer Dimitri Shostakovich, wearing thick spectacles, from 1973, or visual artist Andy Warhol, clutching his dog Archie, in 1973.

A shot of Natalie Wood from 1979 comes with a halo-like glow around her hair, giving her an angelic look, and a youth she retained since she filmed “Miracle on 34th Street” from 1947. See Lauren Becall looking comfortable standing head to toe in a gown on the right side of her shoot in 1966, and Gloria Swanson waiting in the back seat of a car in 1960.

One section captures some men of the silver screen, including a bearded Jack Nicholson from 1969, Joel Gray in 1968, and Arnold Schwarzenegger the body builder in 1976, before his heyday in thriller movies and two terms as governor of California, and John Travolta, in 1983, still trim from “Saturday Night Fever” a few years earlier.

On what could be called a rock ‘n’ roll wall, check out sitar aficionado Ravi Shankar from 1976, the former Cat Stevens in 1971, Neil Diamond 1972, and from 1987, David Byrne from Talking Heads with Toni Basil, who was best known for the hit “Mickey.”

There are two photos of John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono from the same shoot, one in a straight pose with both looking at the camera, and another, at closer range, with Lennon having broken into a grin as Ono looks at him.

Singer Leontyne Price took a serious shot in 1981, while that same year, dancer Ann Reinking put the ultimate kick with her right leg in her moment.

Some notable personalities appear more than once in the exhibit, including Warhol and Patti LuPone, who other than her solo shot, leans in 1975 on the shoulder of Kevin Kline, with Norman Snow looking on.

A video in the gallery loops continuously with some subjects talking about their photographic experiences. LuPone, known for her chops in “Evita” on Broadway and even making a cameo in an episode of the “Frasier” sitcom, talks about various photos, joking, “I wasn’t bad looking as a kid.”

Find each of the three men in individual prints who would later sing as the Three Tenors: Luciano Pavarotti from 1976, Placido Domingo in 1977 and Jose Carreras in 1978.

Also, don’t miss “Fifteen Actresses,” showing each in the garb from her respective show, from 1984. Sunday afternoon, that photo was the talk of the gallery; numerous passers-by stopped and tried their lot at identifying some star such as Kathy Witton Baker, Christine Baranski, Glenn Close, Amy Irving and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

One portrait is not even a head-and-shoulders shot, but only of two feet crossed, showing crisp details of some wrinkles from bending the ankles, and hair on the lower legs of Julio Bocca, a ballet dancer from Buenos Aires.

Art on campus

James Arendt, in his second year as director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, continued set-up last week of “Troy Wingard: Preciousness.”

This show of 16 pastel portraits and wall sculptures opens Monday, going through Feb. 22. Arendt called the works “life size” in that they range from 4 feet to the smallest width at 18 inches.

“They’re part sculptural, part drawing, and they often have gold-leaf embellishments,” he said. “ They’re kind of reminiscent of religious works.”

Later this winter, the Bryan gallery will host “Imperfect Letterpress x3,” starting March 4, by a trio of artists.

Arendt said the gallery presents six professional shows and three student exhibits every year. That means planning one to three years in advance for each show, he said, and working over school breaks to get ready for and turn over each exhibit.

“Scheduling and timing” also matter mightily, said Arendt, who likes to scout the country for artists and exhibits to showcase in CCU’s museumlike, courtside gallery.

“You have to connect with them far enough in advance,” he said, “because you’re often in competition against other institutions to bring them here.”

Arendt said he first saw Wingard’s art in New American Paintings magazine a few years ago, and that since he made contact with Wingard, a teacher in Washington, D.C., he learned of his growing up in Columbia and his Horry County ties.

Also a working artist, Arendt said he tours galleries and museums as he travels nationwide, and showing his own work, he networks and meets other artists.

Quoting about how “it’s the hours, not the miles” spent shopping for potential exhibit pursuits, Arendt said no shortage exists “in the amount of talent out there.”

He also credits the CCU gallery’s namesake founder for ensuring this space on campus.

“We try really hard to bring in professional shows,” Arendt said, “so students have access to great work. ... It’s kind of like a teaching lab.”

With exhibits changing so frequently, and without a permanent collection as museums amass, Arendt said the fast pace continues a demand to usher in something new every six weeks.

“We have a beautiful space in a great institution behind me,” he said, pleased with the gallery’s reputation only widening among artists.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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