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North Charleston Cultural Arts Department November 2014 Programs/Events/Classes
11/1/2014 10:18:51 AM




North Charleston City Gallery Exhibit - Setsuko Lawson & Mary Jane Nichols

Concurrent exhibitions. Local artist Setsuko Lawson presents Landscaped Memories, an exhibit of oil paintings and charcoal drawings that prompt the viewer to tap into their own pleasant memories and experiences of both the natural world and the simplicity of the day-to-day. Mary Jane Nichols of Charlottesville, VA, presents a collection of oils in Greetings from the South, a reflection of growing up in the south while living in New York for a decade. Lawson will host a free public reception at the gallery on Thursday, November 6, from 5:00-7:00pm.

Free.  North Charleston City Gallery (within Charleston Area Convention Center), 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston, SC 29418

On view: November 1-30, 2014

Gallery hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily

Free public reception: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm


North Charleston City Hall Exhibit

Debbie Broadway of Florence, SC, presents Beach Days & Southern Connections, featuring a collection of paintings exploring beach and Carolina living themes.

Free Admission/Free Parking

North Charleston City Hall

2nd Floor, 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston

On view: October 1 – November 30, 2014

Viewing hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily


National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

The ninth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition FY 14/15 is currently installed at the stunning North Charleston Riverfront Park.  The eleven month exhibition features eleven established and emerging artists from seven states displaying imaginative and thought provoking sculpture.  Visitors can enjoy the sculpture displays among ten acres of walking paths, a fishing pier, boardwalk, playground, and children’s play fountain. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.

Free Admission/Free Parking

North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston

On display through March 22, 2015, park open daily




Dinner Theatre - Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun, and Gin Club: A Murder Mystery with Manners

The Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness have held their monthly Garden, Gun & Gin Club since back when such decent ladies knew their place in society; before miniskirts, meter maids, and men wearing shorts ruined everything. And certainly there had been more than a few meetings which dissolved into a bit of hair-pullin’, heir-provin’, and homemade hare-puddin' pitching. Still, until this new sort of female up and invited herself, the crème of Charleston’s ladies hadn't ever had to dirty their white gloves with something so revoltingly common as a murder! Presented by Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, this program features professional actors and volunteer audience roles.  Menu includes pan-fried buttermilk chicken with sweet onion & tasso velouté. Catered by Embassy Suites.

Tickets: $40 each, group discounts available. $12 for play only.

Call Pam Smith at 843-740-5847 to purchase by Tues., Nov 4.

Charleston Area Convention Center Ballroom, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston, SC 29418

Friday, November 7, 2014           

Doors open for dinner at 7:00pm


--Classes, Workshops & Camps--


Watercolor Painting Workshop w/ Charlynn Knight

In this beginners’ workshop for adults, participants will learn about the color wheel and methods of mixing colors and creating textures with watercolors to maximize painting success. Under the guidance of the City’s former artist-in-residence, Charlynn M. Knight, participants will also practice the fundamental techniques of watermedia. Materials are provided.

Fee: $15.  Registration closes November 20. Call 843-740-5854.

Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston

Saturday, November 22, 2014



Writing Workshop – Starting to Write with Frances J. Pearce

Local writer Frances J. Pearce will lead this workshop for beginning and experienced writers ages 18 and up who want to write creatively but don’t know where to begin, or those who are seeking to expand their repertoire. Participants will explore writing through guided exercises, learn how to engage their creativity, and receive tips on how to communicate more effectively.

Fee: $25. Registration closes on October 24. Call 843-740-5854.

Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston

Saturday, November 1, 2014



Painting Workshop –Studio Session with Deborah Meyer

Adults ages 18 and up will receive one-on-one assistance from seasoned artist and art instructor, Deborah Meyer, to develop and refine paintings that they currently have in progress or that are ready to be tackled.  Students must bring their own materials: paints, brushes, canvases, easels (if use of table is not preferred).

Fee: $25. Registration closes on October 29. Call 843-740-5854.

Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston

Wednesday, November 5, 2014



Monthly Lecture Series – The Proactive PhotographerTM

Join Doug Cunningham and Stan Foxworthy of D&S Group, LLC, for casual, monthly presentations on the subject of photography. November’s presentation will focus on topics about lenses and lens selections. (Exs. Why does the selection matter? Prime (fixed focal length) or Zoom?)

Free & open to the public

Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston

Monday, November 3, 2014



Dance Workshop – African Dance with Queen Atterberry

Dancers of all levels, ages 18 and up, are invited to join Queen Atterberry of WOSE Charleston for an intense hour of high energy African dance! Participants will be taught authentic, traditional movement from West Africa set to live drumming.

Fee: $10. Registration closes on October 29. Call 843-740-5854.

Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston

Wednesday, November 5, 2014





Veterans Day Tribute - Veterans Story Swap and Special Ceremony

The City of North Charleston will honor all veterans with a special program featuring keynote speaker Lt. Col. Clebe McClary, USMC (Retired), musical entertainment, and an exhibition of photographs of military by Joint Base Charleston’s Combat Camera unit. Veterans interested in attending should contact the North Charleston Recreation Department at 843-745-1028 or Cindy Dambaugh at . The Cultural Arts Department will host a public pre-program Story Swap session from 9:30-10:30am.  The story swap offers veterans an open opportunity to share memories and stories about their service. Veterans interested in signing up to share their stories are asked to contact Marty Besancon at 843-740-5854 or .    

Free Admission/Free Parking

Felix C. Davis Community Center

4800 Park Circle, North Charleston

Tuesday, November 11, 2013

Story Swap 9:30-10:30am, Official Program 10:30am-1:00pm




North Charleston Exhibition Opportunities

Visual artists and artist groups may apply to exhibit original works at the North Charleston City Gallery, located in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, or North Charleston City Hall for July 2015-June 2016. These locations offer great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons as well as out-of-state visitors.  Exhibits are rotated on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and may feature two or more artists concurrently. Applications can be downloaded from the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website, Deadline for submission of application: November 30, 2015


North Charleston Arts Festival Participation Opportunities (NOTE: Application release date & deadline moved up one month!)

National, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, photography, crafts, media arts and literature are welcome to apply to participate in the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, May 1-9.  This annual nine-day celebration of the arts provides over 30,000 residents and visitors with an array of free and moderately priced performances, exhibitions and activities that take place throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area. In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing artists may also consider applying for the Opening Processional, which has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for over ten years!  Processional participants include groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and local performing groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups.  Both applications will be available on October 1 and can be downloaded at There is no fee to apply.

Deadline for submission of Artist/Opening Processional applications: Friday, December 5, 2014


2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition

South Carolina visual artists are invited to submit entries for consideration as the official design of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. The selected design will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection and will be featured in all advertising and promotional material, including thousands of program booklets, hundreds of t-shirts, and print & broadcast media. The winning artist will be awarded $500 and will be recognized in special press releases as well as during the Artist Reception of the Festival.  There will also be an opportunity for the artist to exhibit original works at the North Charleston City Gallery during the 2015 Festival.  Applications will be available on November 15 and can be downloaded at

Deadline for submission of entries: 12:00pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015


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