Wednesday, August 21, 2013

One by 100 exhibition@ Columbia Museum of Art

If you haven't had a chance to stop by the Columbia Museum of Art lately, check it out soon. The One by 100: Creating with Constraints exhibition is only up through September 8, 2013. I have a small piece in the exhibition along with 99 other local artists. While you're there, be sure to check out the Dale Chihuly chandelier in the atrium. Oh, and there's always an artful reflection in surrounding buildings.

Friends gather @ Richland Library

I was excited to attend the Richland Library Friends Annual Meeting recently and hear about the exciting new plans for the library by director Melanie Huggins. While I was there I always love viewing the center atrium of the library. I also toured the new Teen Space. What a great space, too bad I can't use it, would love to just hang out there.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Southern Author Kim Boykin Comes to Columbia, SC

Southern author Kim Boykin will sign copies of her book, The Wisdom of Hair on Tuesday, July 23 from 4-6pm at the Barnes and Noble bookstore at 278-A Harbison Boulevard, Columbia, SC, 29212. I met Kim during the 2013 South Carolina Book Festival and knew that I wanted to share her book with my book club, Read Between the Wines.

Boykin is a women’s fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. Her debut novel, The Wisdom of Hair (Penquin/Berkley Books) explores the camaraderie in beauty school and the holy connection that exists between stylists and their clients. Already compared to The Help, the novel is based on the simple observation that women innately know; they believe if they can change their hair, they can change their lives.

Following her book signing, Kim will attend our book club meeting and lead the book discussion and explain the details of her Ultimate Book Club Getaway, a 4 day stay at her Isle of Palms beach house.

To increase our chances of winning the getaway, our book club members recently gathered at Bedazzled Salon and Day Spa at 7421 College Street in Irmo for a salon experience photo shoot since a photo of the club is required to submit an entry. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A trip to the North Carolina mountains

Recently spent a few days in the North Carolina mountains. Love the serenity, the spaciousness and the fresh air. Was glad to spend some time at the Grove Park Inn during it's 100th year anniversary. It's a place of such incredible history.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Art of Steven Naifah: Found In Translation

I attended the opening of Found In Translation: The Art of Steven Naifah last night at the Columbia Museum of Art. Inspired by Islamic art and architecture, the geometric abstractions are illuminating!

A Day at Longwood Gardens

Every time I go to visit my family in Delaware, I always plan a visit to Longwood Gardens outside of Philadelphia, one of the largest public gardens in the United States. I am continually amazed by the transformation of the gardens and loved being there this spring!

Washington, DC in the Spring!

I recently visited Washington, DC with my sister and although the cherry blossoms had already bloomed, the city was still vibrant in color and with art.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Working in creative harmony, art collaborators Doni Jordan of Columbia, SC and Janette Grassi of Charlotte, NC  have created 5 artful violins, 4 for the South Carolina Philharmonic and one for the Chapin High School Philharmonic. They added paint, typography, heavy string and feathers to their violins. However, their favorite solution was play, a rhythmic painted violin which they created in 2008 and derived inspiration from the black and white lines on a printed score of musical composition.

Featured on the cover of the 2008 art benefit program and also in Painted Violins, a small commemorative handbook designed by graphic designer and artist Lani Stringer to benefit the South Carolina Philharmonic, Jordan and Grassi decided to revisit play again this year. So, they took the original photograph of the image by Les Stringer and with the help of nature photographer, Kent Porth, expanded the image it to create a tryptic on canvas.

play: 02 is one of 15 violins and six guitars that will be included in Painted Violins which opens on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 6 to 9pm at the Anastasia and Friends Gallery at 1534 Main Street, Columbia, SC, across from the Columbia Museum of Art.

A closing reception will be held on Tuesday, April 9 at Gervais & Vine at 620 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC from 5 to 8 p.m. Both receptions are free and open to the public. 

Since it began in 2006, Painted Violins has raised almost $30,000 for the educational programs of the South Carolina Philharmonic. 

ev(e)olution III in New York City

Across from Lincoln Center, the National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.) celebrates Women's History Month,  March 1  - 31, 2013 with an outstanding exhibit, EV(e)OLUTION III at the Riverside Branch of NY Public Library, 127 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

On display are works of 29 contemporary professional women artists from across the country:

Marcia Gloster Ammeen * Lolita Bronzini * Sheila Cappelletti * Julie Castillo * Judy Cooperman * Irene Gennaro * Robin S. Halpern * Susan G. Hammond * Gladys Hanft * Andrea Harris * Veronica Jaeger * Annette Jaret * Doni Jordan * Carole Richard Kaufmann * Mildred Kaye * Salvadora Lorelli * Sharon Navage * Irene Nedelay * Ruth Bauer Neustadter * Trish Elwood O'Day * Connie Legakis Robinson * Meredith Rosier * Caroline Rust * Istar Schwager * Nanette Shapiro * Kathy Stark * Miria Untoria * Georgette L. Veeder * Kathleen Zimmerman.   
See their ascendance in sculpture, painting, photography, graphics, drawings and mixed media.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Upload: Art of the Digital Camera Phone

Just saw this announcement from the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC…

At Upstairs Artspace, the 35th year kicks off with "Upload: Art of the Digital Camera Phone, an exhibit which explores the daily presence of the camera phone in our lives. Over 100 submissions included in this exhibit have come from from Turkey, Haiti, and Italy, and the USA from Maine to Florida and right in our own backyard. From children, photographers, artists and non-artists, this exhibit showcases works that might never have been seen if the digital revolution had not made cameras so accessible. This exhibit demonstrates everything from the spontaneity of the always-present mobile device to the creative manipulations and editing within the phone.

Colby Caldwell, professor of art at St. Mary's College of Maryland, the juror for the juried portion of the exhibit is a photographer who has shown widely both here and abroad. This show has been conceived and organized with the endless energy and creativity of Chris Tinkler.

Arline Boyce
Judd E. Daniel
Christopher Funk
Brian Ghiloni
Alessandro Greganti
Doni Jordan
Jennifer Kamell
Kimberly Nelson
Mellissa Parrish Pittman
Gary Peoples
Desmal Purcell
Amy Goldstein Rice
Harry Strider
Chris Tinkler
Gregory Wright

Ev(e)olution, National Association of Women Artists, New York Public Library

I was elated to learn that a piece of my work has been juried into Ev(e)olution, a multi- media exhibition of the National Association of Women artists which celebrates Women's History Month. The exhibition will be on display at the New York Public Library, Riverside Branch, from March 1-31, 2013.

volumes: women bound by art travels to Lexington County Public Library

volumes: women bound by art, an altered book exhibition, will be on exhibit at the main brach of the Lexington County Public Library from February 2 -28, 2013 at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29072. The art exhibition includes a collection of 13 altered books created by 13 women artists: Eileen Blyth, Cynthia Colbert, Jessica Cruser, Janette Grassi, Doni Jordan, Susan Lenz, Susan Livingston, Yukiko Oka, Kay Reardon, Liisa Salosaari Jasinski, Virginia Scotchie, Lani Stringer and Laura Windham.

Conceived and curated by artists Susan Livingston and Doni Jordan, each artist was given a volume of an oversized trade journal (Thomas Register of American Manufacturers Products and Services), which was retrieved from the curb outside the Orangeburg County Library by fiber artist Susan Livingston. The artists, which include art professors, potters, fiber artists, graphic designers, illustrators, painters, photographers and mixed media artists, were given total creative freedom for the project.

Lolly Petroft, Branch Manager of the Cayce-West Columbia library was present during the opening reception of the art exhibition at The Portfolio Art Gallery in October of 2012 and wanted to share the altered books with the residents of Lexington County. She encouraged Mark Mancuso, Branch Manager of the Lexington County Public Library to view the installation and plans were made to exhibit the work.

The Lexington Main Library is located at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and serves as the Headquarters Library for the Lexington County Public Library System. Hours: 8:30am -8pm /Monday -Thursday, 8:30am-5:30pm/Friday - Saturday and 2pm-5pm on Sunday.  For more information, contact Mark Mancuso at 803/785-2673.