The amount of striking art exhibits across the Grand Strand matches the sizzle of the heat from this last week of spring into the first weekend of summer.
Just as local galleries maximize their wall space to showcase artworks, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach has transformed its two floors into visual escapes for visitors, especially to take them back in time.
Start with a walk into “Norman Rockwell’s Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn.” Among 16 signed prints on loan from the Rockwell museum in Massachusetts and illustrated for some of Mark Twain’s most famous novels, check out scenes enhanced by Coastal Carolina University’s theater department and Karen Olson, the museum’s special projects coordinator. From a pebble stone path, see Sawyer stuck whitewashing a fence and glance at a barrel top crowded with trades he accepted for the “privilege” of a paint brush to do his work, such as a one-eyed kitten doll and a brass doorknob. Also, sit in a classroom with a cedar plank floor and sketch a self-portrait to reflect your mood, and step onto a wooden raft with a tent.
Liz Miller, curator at the museum, said these extra steps with the “vignettes” help overall in the layout to “bring it to life,” moves that the museum likes to make, especially for summer exhibits in recent years.
Pat Goodwin, the museum’s executive director, pointed out a wall card explaining the roots of Samuel L. Clemens’ Mark Twain pseudonym, from his days as a river pilot on the mighty Mississippi: Mark No. 2, designating 2 fathoms or 12 feet, the safe depth for a riverboat. She also said the subject matter in these literary classics “are not just for kids, but adults,” perhaps to think back to childhood dreams and wishes.
In “Huck Finn Praying in the Closet,” a lithograph from 1940, the white cat in the foreground at left, with back to the viewer, will lead all eyes to a kneeling Huck Finn, eyes closed, almost face to face with Ms. Watson.
Another world of color and feeling radiates from “Steve Jameson: Ode to the Grand Strand,” with almost 50 paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic in a first-ever solo exhibition, all signed by a pen name, “CEDAR.” Miller called this North Myrtle Beach sign merchant’s architectural landscape work approach to painting “so different,” because for palette knife works, he likes to prime canvases in an orange-red tone, so when covered, going from the sky and moving top to bottom, the specks of red allowed to remain give a work “a confetti feel” and happy tone.
Jameson’s “Yellow Surfer’s Shack,” a large oil painting done with a palette knife, illustrates his point of letting some red shine through the background, as a video playing nearby shows his process to produce a work, from a digital photo taken of a local site at sunrise with his three cocker spaniels in tow, to projecting and tracing the dimensions on to the canvas, and using oils, instead of acrylic, which dries too quickly.
Even coves on the top floor, filled by the works of “Ode,” inspired Miller to pair up certain works by Jameson across the wing, such as images of beach chairs and others of salt marsh scenes. Looking at some of his transparent watercolors, Miller remarked her love for his clouds. A breeze really shows itself through a lone palm’s branches in “Grey Beach House.”
The 36 paintings in “John Baeder’s Road Well Taken,” full of oil and watercolor paintings of diners, many from the Northeast, will take visitors on a ride into history and nostalgia spanning more than three decades of observations across the country. Miller said just this month that guests already have reported patronizing places portrayed, such as Curley’s in Stamford, Conn.
If you happen upon “Katie’s Kandy Shop,” from Bay St. Louis, Miss., a black-and-white oil from 1972, look up close and be assured it’s not a photograph.
Goodwin said this exhibit’s timing works out ideally, especially with release later this year of Baeder’s newest book, of the same name, and the artist and author will have a book signing at the museum at a date to be announced for September.
“Sandy Logan: Ironic Abstraction” gives a Charleston native and career architect his own first solo spotlight for creative photographs, finding color with subjects such as “Evensong,” a cloudscape from rusted metal, and “Dressing the Monkey,” which shows feathers and a headlamp.
The titles of each piece, Miller said, are “just as important as the works,” perhaps eliciting some “irony and humor.”
This exhibit also fulfills a homecoming of sorts for Logan. The architectural firm for which he is a vice president, LS3P, now with six offices across the Carolinas, renovated the former Springmaid Villa, which dates to 1924, for the museum’s opening in June 1997.
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If you go – most for free
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
What, who and when |
▪ “Steve Jameson: Ode to the Grand Strand,” 47 paintings, through Sept. 13.
▪ “Norman Rockwell’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,” with 16 prints; “Sandy Logan: Ironic Abstraction,” with 25 photographs; and “John Baeder’s Road Well Taken,” with 36 paintings – all through Sept. 20.
▪ “Before I Die,” through Sept. 29, on front lawn and accessible at any time and day for everyone to write down a lifetime dream or goal.
Open | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
Where | 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3 Golf and Springmaid Beach Resort.
▪ Gallery talk with Sandy Logan, 3:30 p.m. July 29, for free, but reservations required.
▪ Book signing for release of “John Baeder’s Road Well Taken,” time and date for September to be announced.
Information | 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org
Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery
What, who and when |
▪ Claudia Wiburn “Reflections,” with mixed media drawings based on photographs, sketchbooks, writings and found text, ending Friday.
▪ “Eliot Dudik: Broken Land/Still Lives,” July 13-Aug. 21, with closing reception 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21.
▪ “Deborah Rockman,” Aug. 31-Oct. 10, with opening reception 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3.
Where | Coastal Carolina University, in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, on main campus, off U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in Conway.
Open | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays
Information | 349-6454 – call to arrange up-close parking for anyone with a disability or mobility matter – or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery
‘Spring Art Show’
What and who | More than 100 new pieces, by local artists Judith Cole, Stuart Fleishman, Becky Jones, and gallery owners Thomas Davis and Mike Smith, each in oil paintings; Karen Edgar in black pastel; Bobbie Holt and Rebecca Zdybel, each in mixed media; Elizabeth Knipes and Nicholas Mariano, each in photography; and Daniel Simeonov in acrylics. Also, from out of town: Fleetwood Covington of Wilmington, N.C.; Robert Crombie of northeast Ohio, Michael Kennedy of Charleston, and Connie Logan of Greensboro, N.C., each in oils; Lawrence Feir of Greensboro, in metal; and Katy Gilbert of St. Petersburg, Fla., in acrylics.
When | Through July 20.
Where | Collector’s Cafe and Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
Open | Noon-11 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
Information | 449-9370 or www.collectorscafeandgallery.com
‘Drawing and Meaning’
Who | Alex Powers of Myrtle Beach
When | Through July 25.
Where | Artspace 506, 506 37th Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach.
Open | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays.
Also | Treelee MacAnn, “The Printmaker’s Art,” July 30-Sept. 19.
Information | 273-0399 or www.artspace506.com
IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY
What, who and when |
▪ “Carolina Roots: Works by Sigmund Abeles and Grainger McKoy” and “Antebellum Waccamaw: Paintings and Drawings by Emily Esdaile Weston,” both through July 26.
▪ National Sculpture Society 82nd Annual Awards Exhibition, Aug. 8-Nov. 1.
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, and for “Cool Summer Evenings” until 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays through Aug. 7.
How much | Free with admission, which lasts seven days: $15 ages 13-64, $13 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger.
Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org
28th annual Multimedia Show
By | Winyah Arts Association
When | Opening reception 2-4 p.m. SaturdayJune 20, with exhibit through Aug. 1.
Where | The Rice Museum Prevost Gallery, 633 Front St., Georgetown.
Open |10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sundays, for free.
Also | Visit museum, open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, for $7 adults, $5 ages 60 and older, $3 ages 6-21 and students, and free ages 5 and younger.
Information | 546-7423 or www.ricemuseum.org
‘New Works by Mike Williams’
When | July 18-Aug. 15, with opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 18.
Where | Cheryl Newby Gallery, 11096 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, in The Shops at Oak Lea.
Open | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
Information | 979-0149, 800-435-2733 or www.cherylnewbygallery.com
IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C.
Sunset River Marketplace
Who, what and when |
▪ “Finding My Balance in Brazil” by Kimberly Dawn Clayton, through July 4.
▪ “Fusion” by Jill Hope, July 8-Aug. 1.
Where | 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C.
Open | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
Information | 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com
Franklin Square Gallery
Where | 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C., behind Franklin Square Park.
What, who and when |
▪ Summer Regional Show, ends Saturday.
▪ Members Shows, Monday-Aug. 22 and Aug. 24-Oct. 9.
▪ Student Class Show: Sept. 21-Oct. 17, (2D up; 3D down)
▪ Quilters Show: Aug.24-Sept. 19
Open | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
Information | 910-278-7560 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com
Silver Coast Winery
What and who | Art exhibit with works by Suzanne C. Hunday, David McCune and Steven Schuman.
When | Through Oct. 31.
Where | 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.
Open | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
Also | Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room, 105 S. Howe St., Southport, N.C., open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.
Information | 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com