Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk Present Benefit Performance for Angels Charge Ministry

DSC_9456Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk will deliver their Gullah singing, dancing and storytelling in Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC, to support the Angel Charge Ministry Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM .

Angels Charge Ministry helps women rebuild their lives without condemning or judging them. It is based on Psalm 91 referring to God’s angels watching over and helping others. Since April, weekly Bible sessions involving praise services and prayer requests are held for women at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Nannie Jefferies, executive director of the ministry and pastor of Maranatha Free Church of Jesus Christ, 350 Garner Road, organized the program and is expanding it to help women once they are released from jail.

“The idea is to look at why these women continue to have a life of incarceration and what it will take to stop it,” Jefferies said. “We know the program is not for everyone, but it is for those who want to be whole. This program also deals with restoring their lives.”DSC_9400

Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk are the most exciting musical sensation ever to come from the South Carolina Sea Islands. Virtually all related, the closeness of this dynamic group is apparent from the first song. Audiences nationwide have been mesmerized by their unique style, memorable performances and uplifting renditions of their historical repertoire. The group was formed by Anita Singleton-Prather; best known for her beloved character Aunt Pearlie Sue, in an effort to preserve Gullah history and the Gullah dialect. A performance by the Gullah Kinfolk is a rare treat that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information and to purchase tickets contact Nannie Jeffries at 863-529-5472 or nanniejeffries@yahoo.com.

 

Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA) Fair Barbados presents at Prizm Art Fair 2014, Miami!

Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA) Fair Barbados and its artists will be featured at Prizm Art Fair in Miami from December 4-22, 2014. The 2nd Edition of  Prizm Art Fair, which opens at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design with a VIP reception co hosted by MOCADA Museum and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, will feature three New York City-based Caribbean artists representing CAFA Fair Barbados: Diogenes Ballester, Francks Francois Deceus, and Jamal Ince. This presentation is the result of an agreement between the organizers of CaFA Fair Barbados and Prizm to work in partnership to increase the exposure of artists of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas to a global audience.

Diogenes Ballester - America Can We Be Born Again

Diogenes Ballester, visual artist, educator, and writer holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BFA from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He has taught as professor of art at The Cooper Union in New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz, the College of New Rochelle and The State University of New York at Albany.  Ballester’s work explores oral history, memory, mythology, ritual and cultural identity along a transnational spectrum. In recent exhibitions, he has appropriated cultural objects and historical artifacts together with painting, drawing, prints and new media as a way of accessing the past and re-interpreting the present in a trans-Caribbean dialogue.  Ballester has received numerous honors for his artistic work and has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. His work is in numerous private and public collections. He maintains a studio in East Harlem, New York City.

Francks F. Deceus - TLouverture

Born in Haiti in 1966, Francks Décéus and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was nine years old. It wasn’t until he graduated from Long Island University with a degree in sociology that he turned to making art as a career. Stylistically his work incorporates many of the influences and aesthetic forms of the 40’s and 50’s visual artists like William Johnson and Jacob Lawrence and reverberates with some of the artistic strains of his native Haiti. His modernist style combines figurative, abstract and layered elements and relies heavily on a simplification of form and function. Décéus was profiled in a 1998 issue of the International Review of African American Art as “one of the leading young modern painters of his generation, whose work depicts a high degree of sensitivity to social issues and his culture.” He is currently featured in “100 New York Painters,” an extensive survey of significant New York painters and their widely diverse works. His work has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. His work is in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Xavier University and a legion of private collections.

Jamal Ince - Sweet Lingua

Brooklyn based artist Jamal Ince received his B.F.A in photography from Pratt  Institute in 1991 and his MS in education from Long Island University in 2005. Jamal has exhibited his paintings and photographs widely in the NYC tri state area, as well as in Miami and his native Barbados. Selected group exhibitions include The Stamford Center for the Arts, Selena Gallery/Long Island University, Skylight Gallery Restoration Plaza, Five Myles Gallery, The Barbados Consulate and most recently, Art Africa Miami. His work is held in private collections, and he has created several public works including one for the NYC transit system. Jamal’s painting “Angry Young Tenor” was recently featured in the interior design magazine New York Spaces.  Jamal has participated in artist residencies at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Museum of African Art. He currently teaches visual art to inner city youth in Brooklyn.

Prizm is the producer of a cutting edge art fair presented Art Basel Week in Miami that is multi-disciplinary in scope. Their goal is to expand the spectrum of international artists from the African Diaspora and emerging markets. E: info@prizmartfair.com        W: www.prizmartfair.com

CaFA Fair Barbados was created with the primary mission of increasing awareness and appreciation of Caribbean visual art and culture through the presentation of works of art and the distribution of information.  For updates please visit event website www.cafafair.com or call 646-267-8831.

Meet Elvis, Sinatra and More!

Aug2014 024Krispy KremeJCACRockinSinging Telegrams’ for a discount this month, especially the “Patriotic Singing Telegram” for Veteran’s Day, and the “Thank ya! Thank ya very much!” for Thanksgiving, and the Anniversary and Birthday Telegrams with 3 songs plus “HAPPY _____ DAY,” usually $75, now $60, including jumpsuit (Elvis), costuming (Motown, Sinatra, etc.) with portable PA system, background, and great photo opps too.

Available at your location! Ask us for details about these and more talented performers.

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Gullah Celebration on St. Helena Island

In keeping with history and tradition the Corner Community on St. Helena Island, SC is gearing up to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. The businesses at the Corner are planning an array of activities to recognize Memorial Day, a holiday the people of St. Helena Island have always celebrated as part of their American heritage.

Sea Island Breezes by Diane Britton Dunham

“Sea Island Breezes” by Diane Britton Dunham

The Red Piano Too Art Gallery is hosting a special art exhibit on May 24, 2014, featuring the work of well-known lowcountry artist Diane Britton Dunham. The theme of this show is “The Gullah Creole Caribbean Connection.” Gullah Creole is the term coined by Dunham because it best describes her artwork blending elements of her colorful Louisiana Creole roots with the rich historical Gullah culture of the Sea Islands. She will discuss the Gullah Creole Caribbean art connection and related history during the exhibit.

Noted Beaufort musician and Dunham’s husband, Phil Griffin, will provide music for the Gullah side of the event from 12 Noon until 2 pm, playing classic Southern Blues and traditional Gullah music.

A collection of Gullah themed needlework hangings by Bridget Murray will also be exhibited. These pieces emphasize the detail Murray incorporates in her work.

The Red Piano Too Art Gallery presents the East of the River Steel band from Washington D.C. This band is made up of young people ages 6 to 19, in a program which enhances lives, builds confidence and fosters resiliency as it also develops a love and appreciation of the arts. The band will present a special concert from 2 pm to 3 pm. This is a must see performance according to long time Caribbean resident, Elayne Scott, who said “These young people literally transported me to the Caribbean when I heard their mastery of the steel pans. The pans are not easy to play, yet this band performs as well as any pan band from the islands of the Caribbean. What a treat to hear the beautiful rhythms.”

An additional exhibit of Lauren DeLoach‘s lowcountry paintings celebrating regional natural beauty will be presented at Bella Vita and Octopuses which are across the street and next door to the Red Piano Too Art Gallery.

All activities are free and open to the public throughout the Corner. For additional information contact the Red Piano Too Art Gallery, 870 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island S.C. 29920, phone (843) 838-2241.

Call for Sculpture Artists

Avant Garde Center for the Arts will be hosting the Red Rose Sculpture Exhibition and Competition in downtown Lancaster, SC on May 17th from 10 am – 4 pm. The event will be at Red Rose Park, 118 S. Main Street during the fifth annual Red Rose Festival.

The sculpture show is juried, and prizes and honorariums will be awarded to all participants.

Applications can be found at http://www.lancastercitysc.com or by contacting Cherry Doster at cmstevens@comporium.net or 803-289-1492. Deadline for application is May 11, 2014.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to provide arts opportunities in partnership with existing arts and other agencies.

Amiri Geuka Farris Wins North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department announced Bluffton, SC, artist Amiri Geuka Farris, as the winner of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Farris’ mixed media piece, titled “Gullah Islander Toss,” will be used to promote the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10. In addition, the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.

Amiri Farris Gullah Islander TossFarris’ design was selected from 53 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture.

“Gullah Islander Toss” honors the traditions of the Gullah-Geechee culture and is also an attempt to draw a greater focus to “a celebration of history,” Farris said.

“You will see elements like dance and rejoicing with references to important cultural elements like the land, cast net making, throwing and artistic traditions,” he explained.The piece is composed of a number of layers that involve design elements such as Adinkra symbols, paint drips, and paint embellishments. The dynamism of these elements represents the passing of time and movement into the future. As with many of Farris’ other works, the piece refers to specific Gullah traditions and historic elements while blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation.

An exhibition of his work, including the winning piece, “Gullah Islander Toss,” will be on display at the North Charleston City Gallery throughout the month of May 2014. The gallery is located within the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, SC. Gallery hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily, and admission and parking are free. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery on May 3 and 4 during the Main Event of the North Charleston Arts Festival. T-shirts and posters featuring the winning design will be available for sale.

Doster Sculpture on Exhibit in Charleston

bob doster sculpture 012Lancaster, SC artist, Bob Doster, will have his works featured at the Saul Alexander Gallery in the Charleston County Public Library for the month of March, 2014.  WavesThe Charleston Public Library exhibition space, located as 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC , serves as an avenue for the respectful exchange of artistic and conceptual ideas within a diverse constituency, to reflect the varied experiences and viewpoints of the people of SC.  Artists are selected solely on the basis of the quality of their work.bob doster sculpture 009

Bob Doster has been creating sculpture for more than fifty years, and his works can be found in museums, galleries, and collections worldwide.  New works on exhibit in Charleston are part of a “Winds of Time” series, inspired by the landscape of the South.  It is the artist’s intent to recreate the emotions evoked by the endlessly churning waves on the coast, balanced by the winds from the Appalachians.  The sturdy, solid organic steel proves to be indestructible, much like the spirit of those living in the South – solid and unbending, even with the changes of time.bob doster sculpture 007Contact or learn more about the artist at www.bobdoster.com.bob doster sculpture 002

Hank D. Herring presents Frederick Douglass “Making of a Man”

Hank D. Herring will present highlights from the life and the famed July 4 speech of Frederick Douglass in a one-man stage show at ARTworks in Beaufort, SC February 14 and 15.

Hank D. Herring presents Frederick Douglass

Hank D. Herring presents Frederick Douglass

Doors for “Making of a Man” open at 6 pm, and the show opens at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online or at the door: $17 per person; students $12 and children ages 12 and younger $7. Call ARTworks for more information: 843-379-2787.

After escaping from slavery, Frederick Douglass became a leader of the abolitionist movement. A self-educated man, Douglass became known as a great orator and author. Campaigning tirelessly for emancipation throughout his lifetime, he made a firm case for the equal rights of all people. Douglass was quoted as saying, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

Herring is also the featured artist of the month exhibiting in the gallery at ARTworks. A specialist in framing, an educator and craftsman, he frequently exhibits and speaks at festivals and cultural events. His work also includes wood carving, collectible and functional ceramic and wooden boxes,  and a wide variety of mixed media creations which often use found materials such as driftwood, leather, glass or fabric. He is noted for his use of Adinkra symbols and customized designs.