New art exhibits showcase Myrtle Beach area artists, culture

spalisin@thesunnews.comJanuary 24, 2014 

  • If you go – Outings to experience art

    ‘LINDA STEIN: THE FLUIDITY OF GENDER’

    What | Sculptural armor

    When | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Feb. 28

    Where | Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Art, on Conway campus

    How much | Free

    Also |

    • “Maura Kenny: Out of Hobcaw” solo exhibition, March 10-April 4, with opening reception 4:30 p.m. March 10

    • “Portfolio I: Studio Arts” thesis exhibition, April 10-21, with opening reception 4:30 p.m. April 10

    • “Portfolio II: Graphic Design” thesis exhibition, April 28-May 10, with closing reception 4:30 p.m. May 9

    Information | 349-6454 (call to arrange special parking for anyone with disabilities or mobility limitations) or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery

    FRANKLIN G. BURROUGHS-SIMEON B. CHAPIN ART MUSEUM

    What and when |

    • “Julyan Davis: Appalachian Ballads,” through March 16

    • “FiberArt International 2013” and “State of the Art: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection,” both through April 24

    Where | 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3 and Springmaid Beach Resort

    Open | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays

    How much | Free, but donations appreciated

    Also |

    • “Free Family Day” celebration of Chinese New Year – The Year of the Horse, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 8, including dragon parade at 11 a.m., “Chinese Tea Time” at 11:15 a.m. (registration required at 238-2510), as well as a slew of activities such as chopstick lessons, paper folding and Chinese calligraphy.

    Third annual “Collector’s Event” benefit art auction, 4-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Collectors Cafe and Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, for $100.

    • “Horry/Georgetown High Schools 13th Annual Juried Art Exhibition,” March 23-April 20

    • “Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater,” April 27-Sept. 14

    • “Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild 17th Annual Juried Exhibition,” May 1-May 22

    • “Winyah River Keepers Foundation Photo Contest Winners,” May 9-22

    • “Claire Ferrell: A is for Art,” June 3-Sept. 14

    • “Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams,” June 3-Sept. 21

    Information | www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org

    WINTER ART SHOW

    When | noon-midnight Mondays-Saturdays through April 1

    Where | Collectors Cafe and Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

    How much | Free

    Information | 449-9370 or www.collectorscafeandgallery.com

    SEACOAST ARTISTS GALLERY

    Who | Seacoast Artists Guild of South Carolina

    Featured artists |

    • January – Lorraine Dauphin, a designer, illustrator and painter

    • February – Ron Blanchard, photographer/artist

    Where | 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common

    Open | noon-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and noon-6 p.m. Sundays

    Also |

    • Book signing by Nicholas Mariano – author of two books published by Amazon: “Masai Mara Photo Safari” and “Masai Mara-A Photographic Safari” – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 22, with book and calendar sales benefiting the London-based David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ( www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org)

    • “Art in Common” art and craft festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29-30 nearby in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden

    • Second gallery at Applewood House of Pancakes, 14361 Ocean Highway, Litchfield Beach

    Information | 232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com

    BROOKGREEN GARDENS

    What and when |

    • “Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art” exhibit, Jan. 25-April 20, during regular gardens hours

    • “Sojun tu Gullah Geechee” (“Sojourn to Gullah Geechee”), a traveling exhibit from Geechee Kunda Center, in Riceboro, Ga., noon-4:30 p.m. daily through March 16

    Where | on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park

    Open | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

    How much | Free with gardens admission, which lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12.

    Also | Programs with “Sojun tu Gullah Geechee” exhibit, for free:

    • “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series, with "Carolina’s Gold: The Rice and The People,” 1-2 p.m. Feb. 15 by Jessica Harris, cookbook author and culinary historian; and “Carolina Gold,” 1-2 p.m. March 15 by Louis Nelson

    • “Priscilla’s Posse: A (Simulated) Press Conference about Gullah Heritage,” 1 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29, Feb. 19 and 26, and March 5, with Ronald Daise, Brookgreen’s vice president for creative education, using songs, lectures and photographs to recount the historical visit of Thomalind Martin Polite of North Charleston to Sierra Leone, West Africa, in May 2005, a seventh-generation descendant of “Priscilla,” a 10-year-old Sierra Leonean who was captured as a slave in 1756 and brought to a rice plantation in South Carolina.

    Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org

    ‘NEW PAINTINGS BY BRUCE CHANDLER’

    When | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through March 16

    Where | Rice Museum Prevost Gallery, 633 Front St., Georgetown

    How much | Free

    Information | 546-7423 or www.ricemuseum.org

    ‘THE BRUSHWORK ARTIST SOCIETY: A LOW COUNTRY SHOW’

    Works by | Jan Boland, Sue Ernest, Joyce Grazetti, Nancy Hester, Susan Mauney, Linda Pasulka, Phyllis Riley, Jo Ann Staat, Richard Staat, Roger Tatum, and the late Miriam Pinkerton

    When | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 11

    Where | Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C.

    How much | Free

    Information | 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com

    SPRING ART SHOW

    By | Associated Artists of Southport Spring Art Show

    When | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3-22 (during regular gallery hours)

    Where | Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C.

    How much | Free

    Information | 910-278-7560 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com

    SILVER COAST WINERY

    What | Exhibit of artworks by Michael Green, Gabriella Lynch and David McCune

    When | Through April 30

    Where | 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

    Open | Through February: noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays (until 6 p.m. Fridays); then March-December: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 7 p.m. Fridays) and noon-5 p.m. Sundays

    How much | Free

    Information | 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com

The day before the “Linda Stein: The Fluidity of Gender” sculpture exhibit opened last week, Jim Arendt exhibited energy and enthusiasm that might equal what Lynda Carter showed in the later 1970s as “Wonder Woman” in the TV adaptation of the old comic-book series.

This show of 18 artworks, some life size, fill the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. A new year has brought an array of exhibits across the Grand Strand, with all kinds of styles, so no matter how cold the weather gets outside, head inside and take in color, expression, meaning and even some history.

Arendt, in his third year as director of the Bryan gallery, said coordinating six professional exhibits or works by living artists and three CCU student art collections every year allows the campus to not only connect with youth studying for careers in the art field, but showcase some tools used in their education for the whole community to enjoy.

Walking through the gallery on its final day of preparations for the Stein exhibit, Arendt turned one of the body casts on a pedestal that will let viewers see all the details all the way around.

He said the exhibit shows how “armor protection relates to ideas of traditional roles of women and men in society,” perhaps “gender bending” to reflect “the male role as a warrior into in a female realm.”

Stein built casts and torsos are covered with leather, bits of metal and other materials in a “very innovative, creative” way, Arendt said, versus using “decorative art that has taken elements to be subversive.”

This exhibit lets viewers see a feminine quality, letting women state, “We’re warriors, too,” Arendt said.

Stopping to observe a wall piece that includes comic-book strips of “Wonder Woman,” he said the DC Comics series dates to the 1940s and that with the superhero’s strength without weapons and use of a “lasso of truth,” it “helped to improve the images of women.”

The father of two young daughters, one of whom revels in seeing a “Wonder Woman” cartoon series on television, Arendt wondered, in this age of movie remakes of classic stories, maybe the franchise is “due for a revisit.”

Looking at the works across the gallery, Arendt said “Fluidity of Gender” contains a “cross pollination of ideas” with pop culture and art for education, to find new ways to make them “relevant and expressive.”

Welcoming the public to this and every CCU exhibit all year round, Arendt said its presentations of art take “a lot of preparation and logistics,” incorporating elements such as signs, lights, design, speakers and digital accouterments all arranged “in house” with help from CCU arts staff and student interns.

Visitors to the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach also might spot Arendt’s name in one of its three new exhibits: “FiberArt International 2013,” an international juried exhibition by the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh through April 24.

This roundup of contemporary fiber art comprises 37 of the original 73 works – chosen from more than 1,200 entries – by artists from 36 countries, including Japan, Sweden and Wales. This collection includes a Captain America suit made of lottery tickets, and Arendt’s two-dimensional portrait in cut denim, “Yvette & Ansley,” showing a woman with a baby in her arms.

All tacked up

Brookgreen Gardens has saddled up to start 2014 with two art exhibits.

Besides “Sojun tu Gullah Geechee” (“Sojourn to Gullah Geechee”), a traveling exhibit from Geechee Kunda Center, in Riceboro, Ga., and continuing through March 16, “Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art” opens Saturday, going through April 20.

Robin Salmon, Brookgreen’s vice president of art and historical collections and curator of sculpture, said 75 pieces are spread across two galleries.

“For thousands of years, the equine image has been linked to mankind,” Salmon said. “First as hunter, and later as domesticator and partner, man’s long relationship with the horse is often celebrated as a powerful and complex image in art.”

She called “Equine Spirit” special because “it presents important historic and contemporary works from the Brookgreen collection alongside sculpture, paintings, drawings and etchings borrowed from the best American artists that portray the horse.”

“Visitors to the exhibit,” Salmon said, “will enjoy depictions of horses at work, race and show horses, and horses as patriotic and historic symbols.”

This exhibit took more than a year in planning.

“I reached out to the lenders that long ago,” Salmon said. “We have had what I call a ‘musical chairs’ kind of response. All of these artists’ works are desired for numerous museum and gallery exhibitions, therefore some of the pieces that I specifically requested were not available because they were promised elsewhere. And, artists have to earn a living; some pieces are sold in the interval and are no longer available.

“Then the fun begins – learning what the second choices or other options might be and, in some cases, they are better than the pieces I had originally asked for. Artists usually want to try to accommodate exhibit requests, so the ‘special’ pieces, often from the artists’ personal collections, come out of the vault and off of the studio walls. It’s great when that happens. You get a blending of my and the artists’ curatorial vision.”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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