Ansel Adams’ photos helps summer exhibits shine in Myrtle Beach area

spalisin@thesunnews.comJune 6, 2014 

  • If you go


    What | 72 black-and-white images on loan from from the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences of Peoria, Ill.

    When | Through Sept. 21

    Where | Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach

    Open | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays – and June 17-Aug. 17, open until 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays

    Two other exhibits | “Claire Ferrell: A is for Art” and “Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater,” both through Sept. 14.

    How much | Free, but donations appreciated

    Lectures | All at 2 p.m. and free, but reservations required at 238-2510:

    • June 18 – “The Tender Soul of Stone and Space: The Landscape Photography of Ansel Adams,” by Elizabeth Howie, professor of visual arts at Coastal Carolina University

    • July 23 – “Classic Images of Myrtle Beach,” by Jack Thompson, photographer and historian

    • Aug. 6 – “The Alchemy of Ansel Adams' Darkroom,” by Easton Selby, professor of visual arts at CCU

    • Aug. 20 – “Ansel Adams and Contemporaries: The Intrepid Ones,” by Andrea Baldeck, fine-art photographer;

    • Sept. 3 – “Close to Home: Finding the Grand Landscape in Horry and Georgetown Counties,” by Donald Withers, photographer and naturalist

    • Sept. 10 – “Ansel Adams' Photography as Conservation Advocacy,” by Douglas Haller, archivist, curator and historian

    • Sept. 21 – “Far From Home: Wild Photography in a New Age,” by Kyle Waters, photographer and wildlife scientist

    Docent tours | All 2 p.m.:

    • June 22, July 13 and Sept. 14 with Janet Blackmon-Morgan, staff photographer at The Sun News

    • Aug. 10 with CCU’s Howie

    • Sept. 11 with Douglas Haller, former curator of photographs at the California Historical Society

    More information |


    What | Second annual Colored Pencil Members’ Show & Sale

    Who | Colored Pencil Society of America, District 124 of Myrtle Beach.

    When | Monday-June 21

    Where | Art & Soul, An Artisan Gallery, 5001 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

    Gallery open | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays

    Also | Everyone’s welcome to vote for his or her favorite artwork, and three people's choice awards will be announced at a reception, 4-6 p.m. June 21

    Information |

    • Colored Pencil Society at 503-504-7501, 234-2283 or

    • Art & Soul at 839-2727 or


    What | Solo exhibit of a variety of media, including photography, printmaking, installations and drawings

    Who | Michael Dickins

    When | Through June 27

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

    Open | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays

    Other exhibits |

    • “Herb Reith: Solo Exhibition,” July 7-Aug. 7

    • “Syd Mead: Progressions,” Aug. 18-Oct. 18, and artist reception 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in gallery, after lecture at 2 p.m. that day in Edwards Recital Hall

    • “Diana Farfan: Solo Exhibition,” Oct. 23-Nov. 24, and artist reception 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in gallery, after lecture there at 2 p.m that day

    How much | Free

    Information | 349-6454 (call to arrange up-close parking for anyone with a disability or mobility matter) or


    What | Works including Photos by Julie Bostian, photographer from Splash Studio, documenting turtles’ nests, hatchings and inventories

    When | Through June 14

    Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

    Open | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays

    How much | Free with admission: $5 ages 18-59, $4 ages 60 and older and students and military with ID, $3 ages 5-17, and free ages 4 and younger

    Information | 427-7668 or

    Georgetown County


    What | 48 works from 1969-2009 cast in bronze and steel in a traveling sculpture exhibit

    Who | Kent Ullberg, a naturalist, museum curator, and sculptor who lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Loveland, Col.

    When | Through Aug. 3

    Where | Brookgreen Gardens Rainey Sculpture Pavilion, 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, and open till 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays starting June 11-Aug. 8 for “Cool Summer Evenings”

    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


    What and when |

    • “Summer Solstice,” recent work by Elise Moore and Esther Sharp, June 21-July 21

    • “Fiber and figures,” work by Patsy Givens, Kathy Weiss, Bob Hoffman and Craig Bruce, July 26-Aug. 18

    • “Three-Woman Show,” paintings by Susan Goodman, Janice Coward and Gail Joley, Sept. 6 through November

    • Georgetown County Watercolor Society annual exhibition, Nov. 8-Jan. 10

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

    Open | During museum hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sundays

    How much | Free for gallery

    Also | Museum admission $7 ages 22-59, $5 ages 60 and older, $3 ages 6-21, and free ages 5 and younger

    Information | 546-7423 or

    Brunswick County


    What | Acrylic and watercolor paintings by the Brunswick County resident

    When | Through June 28

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

    Open | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays

    Other exhibits |

    • “The Sailing Life” group show, July 1-30

    • “Jeffcoat Pottery: 40th Anniversary Exhibiton,” by Joe and Tonda Jeffcoat, Aug. 1-Sept. 6

    • “Studio 12” group show, Sept. 9-Oct. 4

    Also | Artist demonstrations in :

    • Watercolors by Raney Rogers, noon-2 p.m. June 17

    • Watercolors by Dade, 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 19

    • Oil palette knife by Ortrud Tyler, noon-2 p.m. June 25

    • Acrylic by Ginny Lassiter, gallery owner, noon-2 p.m. July 2

    • Silk painting by Tyler, 1-3 p.m. July 17

    • Pottery by Joe and Tonda Jeffcoat, noon-2 p.m. Aug. 9 and 27

    How much | Free

    Information | Details at 910-575-5999 or


    What | Works in pottery, sculpture, drawings, watercolors, oils, and acrylics

    Who | Associated Artists of Southport and guest artists from across the Carolinas

    When | Through June 22

    Where | Franklin Square Gallery, 130 East West St., Southport, N.C., behind Franklin Square Park, off Howe Street

    Also | Meet the artists at an awards reception 5-7 p.m. Friday in gallery, during downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk

    Open | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays

    How much | Free

    Information | 910-457-5450 or

See what made music to Ansel Adams’ eyes in a newly opened special exhibit at Myrtle Beach’s oceanview art museum.

Having “Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams” through Sept. 21 has even prompted later hours at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum on four days per week from mid-June until mid-August.

This is one of various exhibits to shine this summer at major art showplaces such as Brookgreen Gardens and Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, as well as Art & Soul, An Artisan Gallery, in Myrtle Beach, again host for the annual Colored Pencil Members’ Show & Sale, opening Monday.

Standing upstairs in the museum lobby on May 28, before the Adams show opened this week, Patricia Goodwin, the site’s executive director, said an Adams exhibit in 2004 was its most popular to date. This “museum set,” a portfolio first printed in the 1970s by the late photographer as a career chronicle for his daughter, Ann Adams Helms, has Goodwin’s hopes as high as the exhibit banners hoisted on to street lights on South Ocean Boulevard in the museum vicinity.

Liz Miller, the museum curator, walked through the Adams gallery’s 15 sections last week after Logan Woodle, a visusl arts teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University, spent a few days hanging all 72 of the black-and-white works on the walls. She also pointed out a 73rd piece, a portrait of Adams taken in 1965 by Al Weber.

The groupings of photos go by location, such as the American Southwest, national landmarks and national parks. Miller paused by Adams’ “Moonrise,” which she called “iconic,” then soon stopped by two shots showing the same swath of aspen trees, but more than 20 years apart. She showed how the pair of perspectives showed how Adams saw them differently with time and in his approach behind the shutterbug.

By preparing and researching the information for the descriptive wall cards that awaited mounting beside the artworks last week, Miller said she has learned so much.

“Composition was so important to him,” she said, “and for in his framing the picture.”

Shaping the show also takes some customizing, Miller said, because presenting these views of Adams’ landscapes and “cloudscapes” in this museum, “an old beach villa and home,” inspired its own extra homework in packaging the sections.

Arielle Fatuova, the museum’s education coordinator, sat nearby with a laptop computer, devising elements for a scavenger hunt in which visitors are welcome to indulge. She said after scanning the works across the gallery, she wants viewers of all ages to challenge themselves to find the light source in each photo, for example. She also drifted to one of his distinct early works, a “fuzzy wuzzy” look at trees through a soft-focus lens.

Being married with dependents precluded his enlistment to serve in World War II, but he assisted the effort by teaching photography to soldiers. Living part of his life in the Yosemite Valley also let photo opportunies present themselves right outside his door, such as in a wintertime picture, “Half Dome and Merced River,” from 1938.

With only nature before his eyes, he also captured other looks through“Sand Bar, Rio Grande” from 1947, at the end of its 1,000-mile course in Big Bend National Park in Texas, and the 317-foot Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park in California, from 1948.

Quotes from Adams, who died in 1984 at age 82, are strewn through the exhibit, such as comments made to a Time art critic in 1977: “I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music – not in a sentimental sense, but structually.”

Everyone’s welcome to get blinded by the blend of light and dark he framed through film, the legacy left through the lenses held in his hands, in valleys and mountains.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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