Saturday, November 6, 2010

Charleston -- Arts and Crafts Shows Galore

You may have noticed, but the skinny column to the right is a wealth of information and pictures. There's a great little section that changes regularly called "What's Coming Up." Along with meetings and guild events, we've tried to use that area to announce exhibits and shows our members are participating in. Here are a few pictures from a couple I've been able to attend recently.

The Hands & Heart Project was sponsored by the Charleston Area Senior Center downtown and featured work by local female artists who are over age 50. Arianne King Comer participated with a wonderful variety of her work. Wraps, scarves, ties, lampshades, and painting (you know she's painting on silk, right?) were just some her offerings.

Arianne is a batik and indigo artist with many accolades to her name. She also teaches -- often giving young people who struggle to express themselves a new, unexpected way of doing just that.

 This painting by Arianne was part of the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Crafts Exhibition juried show at this year's North Charleston Arts Festival and was one of 14 pieces selected to be part of the state's Traveling Exhibits Program this year.

For our program at our Nov. 20 Guild meeting, Arianne will speak to us about "The Gift of Our Creativity." What a good topic at the very beginning of the holiday season. This Thanksgiving, we will be thankful for our ability to be creative and to enjoy the creativity of others.

The second show I attended was the famous Holiday Craft Show at the home of Anita Sloane on James Island. Anita's house is located on a beautiful setting on the Clark Sound. For this show, all of her furniture is relegated to the upstairs to make way for crafters' displays throughout the downstairs and spilling out onto the sunporch.

 The always effervescent Anita, has her holly on as she rings up my purchases. I bought a lovely 10-inch dried flower wreath, a sea-shell wreath, and two bundles of lavender. I later came back with more -- some Christmas ornaments and a loaf of pumpkin bread! 

This show is huge -- close to 30 crafters participated -- there was jewelry, pottery, stuffed toys, Charleston-themed crafts, painted trays, plus lots of Christmas items. And this year, there was even food! Anita's daughter-in-law was the cook -- I asked which one she was and Anita told me "She's the cute one."

You can tell I'm a fiber-girl, because with everything at this show, Anita's knitting was my favorite thing -- she had hats and scarves using lots of beautiful and fun novelty yarns that made you want to touch -- and she also had a lot of shrugs and wraps that I especially liked.

There's one more day on this show. You can go tomorrow, Sunday the 7th from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. It got me in the spirit -- and believe me, I'm usually resistant until Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are gone.

There will be tons of craft shows and art exhibits coming up in the next few weeks. If you are participating in one, or know of one you think our members would find particularly interesting, let me know and I'll put it in our list of "What's Coming Up."