Villa Voice Winter 2017Museum Musings | A Message from Our Chairwoman
Museum Musings | A Message from Our Chairwoman
2017 is off to a fast start at the Art Museum. In January Susan Walker King and Brad King hosted the very successful Whiskey and Jazz party at their home. Guests sampled the best whiskeys and bourbons and enjoyed scrumptious food while listening to the coolest jazz, provided by Ann Caldwell of Charleston. The weather was chilly, but the party was hot! In February, Board member Grace Sandoz and her team put on another successful Collectors’ Event at Tommy Davis’ Collector’s Cafe and Gallery. If you haven’t experienced the Collectors’ Event , plan to join us next year. Every ticket holder goes home with a wonderful piece of art.
In February, our Museum family kicked off the Year of the Rooster at our Chinese New Year celebration. And of course, on Saturday, March 11, we had our 17th Annual Spring Tour of Homes, featuring six of the area’s most eclectic and stylish homes.
Back at the Museum, Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints and Stitchin’ and Pullin’-Painted Illustrations by Cozbi Cabrera are delighting visitors. The unique quilts created by the African American women of Gee’s Bend, AL, are exhibited next to the fine art etchings produced by the quilt makers. In our second-floor galleries are the original illustrations from the children’s book Stitchin’ and Pullin’ — A Gee’s Bend Quilt. To complement the Gee’s Bend quilts, we are exhibiting art from our permanent collection that references fabric as a medium, subject matter and style. I encourage you to visit, and experience these exhibits.
The Board of the Art Museum is very pleased to welcome our newest member Brett Yates. Brett is a financial adviser with The Mattingly-Yates Group of Merrill Lynch. He and his wife, Pam, and their two daughters live in the Carolina Forest area. Brett and his family are enthusiastic Museum visitors.
Another piece of good news: I would like to thank Board member Sharon Clayton for helping the Museum receive a generous grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation. This is the fifth year the Foundation has donated to the Museum, and the funds will be used to support the Art Museum’s operating expenses.
I hope you’ll make the Art Museum a part of your spring plans. As always, it’s a great time to be part of the Museum.
Chair, Museum Board of Trustees
Top New Myrtle Beach Attraction of 1997? Our Museum | A Message from our Executive Director
Remember 1997? The top-grossing movie that year was Titanic; the top-rated television show was Seinfeld; and Bill Clinton was President. And in Myrtle Beach – in June, to be exact – a group of art enthusiasts celebrated the opening of the City’s first and only visual arts museum. This exciting process had actually begun some 14 years earlier when the Springmaid Villa itself was moved from 5429 North Ocean Boulevard to its present location. The Museum’s full story can be found on our beautiful new website .
To some this may all seem like yesterday; others can’t even remember when there wasn’t an art museum gracing the south end of Ocean Boulevard. This was two years after the opening of Broadway at the Beach and long before the nearby Market Common district was created.
In those 20 years we’ve hosted over 300 visual arts exhibitions, scores of Free Family Days, lectures and lecture series, workshops and other public events, and we’ve seen our visitor count grow every year. And it was in 2013 that the Art Museum won the South Carolina Arts Commission’s prestigious Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award as the outstanding arts organization in the state.
So what’s on tap for our 20th anniversary year? There will be even more fabulous exhibitions and events. Currently on view are Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints, a collection of fine art etchings derived from those famous quilts which we first exhibited in 2010; and Stitchin’ and Pullin’, a collection of illustrations by artist Cozbi Cabrera depicting the Gee’s Bend story. The former will be on view through April 23; and Stitchin’ and Pullin’ will run through April 16th. Gee’s Bend curator Matt Arnett and artist Cozbi Cabrera will be visiting the Museum on the weekend of April 16, so please be on the lookout for information about our special plans. A third exhibition designed to complement these two is titled The Fabric of Our Collection. It features works from our permanent collection which reference fabric in terms of medium, subject matter and style. This exhibit runs through April 23.
Later in the year, we’ll be presenting Douglas Balentine: Beyond the Horizon, a collection of paintings by a Charleston artist. He takes his inspiration from the scenic beauty of his homeland and his early experiences living in Paris, France, and his art studies in Italy.
And coming this summer are a pair of exhibitions – along with a multi-week lecture series – that promise to delight the “foodie” in all of us. Opening on June 10 is Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South which will feature over 100 works of art, in multiple media, depicting the tradition of Southern food as nourishment, as cultural and artistic expression, and, at times, as an object of obsession. Accompanying this delicious exhibition will be a companion show by renowned local editorial photographer Scott Smallin. To deepen the experience of Feast Your Eyes, the Museum will offer Food for Thought, a series of lectures and food events to explore food topics both local and regional.
We’ll also be presenting The South Carolina Arts Commission Turns 50: Spotlight on Fellow Visual Artist Jocelyn Chateauvert. It should be a fascinating exhibit from this jeweler and paper artist, who creates lighting, sculpture and installations from the paper she makes by hand.
Grand Strand Collects (September 28 through December 14) will be an exhibition of art borrowed from private collections along the Grand Strand. Our first Collects exhibition was presented in 2005 and we’re excited to be doing it again some 12 years later for the Museum’s 20th Anniversary. In addition to the art that will be on display, visitors will enjoy reading accompanying labels that will tell the story of how the art was acquired.
To complete the celebration, and in recognition of the Museum’s permanent collections, we’ll take a nostalgic look back at our 20-year history: 20/20 Vision: Selected Works from Our Collection. In this exhibition, a group of 20 Grand Strand celebrities and dedicated Art Museum patrons will get to choose their favorite works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Accompanying 20/20 Vision will be Ode to the Villa: Imagery of the Art Museum, featuring multiple depictions of our beloved Art Museum facility created over its 20-year history.
It truly will be a year to remember, and a great time to be part of the Art Museum! I look forward to seeing you at all these wonderful events.
Education Corner with Arielle Fatuova
With the arrival of the new year, the Art Museum enters its 20th year and we are so excited to begin celebrating!
To start, we are thrilled to announce the start of construction of a fully equipped pottery studio, thanks to a grant from the Chapin Foundation. We will be sure to keep you updated through this process. We look forward to expanding our education department to include pottery classes for all levels of artists in both hand-building and wheel-throwing courses. This expansion is sure to have a positive impact on the cultural life of our area, and we know this will invite new artists, visitors, and families to become part of the Art Museum’s community.
While we wait for the completion of the pottery studio, we are very busy with our regular education schedule both at the Museum and away.
The after-school program we started at the Chapin Memorial Library has continued into the new year. We are hoping to fill up the class every second Thursday of the month with fun and creative art projects that help children unwind after a busy day at school.
Our regularly scheduled classes at the Museum have welcomed several new families this year. We look forward to enjoying long lasting relationships with these families as their children grow and develop through the various levels of classes.
The Museum was bursting at the seams on February 4th for Chinese New Year as we celebrated the Year of the Rooster. People born in the Year of the Rooster are said to be hardworking, resourceful, confident, and talented. In addition, their active, talkative, and outgoing ways make them popular. To celebrate this lively character, our children’s workshops included newly designed rooster masks that the children decorated, Chinese paper lanterns and Chinese toile plates designs. All of our visitors enjoyed celebrating the exciting culture of China!
In honor of Black History Month, Ms. Arielle has been busy touring school groups and teaching KidsArt classes through Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints and Stitchin’ & Pullin’: Painted Illustrations by Cozbi Cabrera. We’ve had discussions about what peace and love means to us, how to illustrate how we are feeling about these topics and how we can make the world a better place. We’ve also started a Peace Pledge that is displayed outside of the Art Studio composed of children’s handprints from Pee Dee Elementary, Ocean Drive Elementary and our KidsArt Saturday classes. Spreading kindness is our theme for this year in the Museum’s Art Studio. There’s no better way of doing that than creating beautiful artwork that can be shared with friends, family members and Museum visitors!
Thank you to our generous sponsor for
Chinese New Year:
How I Saved $40 while Falling in Love with Kehinde Wiley’s Paintings…
It was a balmy January day in sunny Arizona when a friend and I decided to visit the Phoenix Art Museum to take in its monumental Kehinde Wiley exhibition (if you don’t know this artist’s work, Google him now – you’ll be blown away). A little piece of me gasped when I saw the reduced admission for a senior was $18; I couldn’t help but think how lucky we are in Myrtle Beach to have a free admission museum. But I had a secret weapon in my arsenal-my Art Museum membership card with its little gold North American Reciprocal (NARM) sticker in one corner (more about that later).
I asked the admission person if the Phoenix Art Museum was a NARM member. After looking puzzled for a brief moment, her face lit up like a sign in Times Square. “Yes, we just got all our ducks in a row. We are officially a NARM museum today, and you are the first visitor to inquire!”
That meant free admission for me; I could hang on to my $18. But I magnanimously decided to use my savings to pay for my friend. “Oh no, your guest is free too,” the cheerful employee announced to my enormous delight. So off we went to spend hours oohing and ahhing over a marvelous collection of paintings by the truly great Wiley. The cherry on my sundae came when I went to purchase a Wiley catalog and saved 10 percent on my gift shop purchase-ka-ching, $40 saved in total! Thank you, NARM.
Are you wondering how you can get in on great deals like this? You must already be a Museum member since you are receiving this newsletter, right? So all you have to do is increase your annual membership level to that of a donor ($100) or more. All members at this level and beyond will find a small gold sticker on their membership cards with the words “North American Reciprocal.”
The North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association is one of the largest reciprocal membership programs in the world with members in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, El Salvador and Mexico. NARM has 880 arts, cultural and historical institutions along with botanical gardens, children’s museums, science and technology centers and more that offer their individual NARM qualified members reciprocal benefits.
It’s easy for individuals and families to participate. Join the Art Museum at the NARM level of membership (Donor/$100). Then, simply present your current membership card validated with accepted NARM identification to any participating NARM institution to receive:
Free/member admission during regular museum hours
Member discounts at museum shops
Possible discounts on concert/lecture tickets
If you like to stay close to home there currently are 11 museums in South Carolina that offer NARM benefits, including the Gibbes and the Halsey in Charleston. But if you’re like me and like to stretch your wings, the possibilities are beyond tantalizing (visit the NARM website for a complete list of participating museums: https://narmassociation.org). To just mention a few of my personal free highlights, I’ve seen Chihuly glass in Montreal, Annie Leibowitz photographs in our own Columbia, Georgia O’Keefe works in Santa Fe and Andrew Wyeth paintings in Maine…not to mention those Kehinde Wiley’s in Arizona.
Special Projects Coordinator
Museum Events Offered New Experiences, Old Favorites
Our winter and early spring events offered some exciting new experiences, along with those our members and friends have long enjoyed.
In January, to kick off the Art Museum’s 20th Anniversary Year, Museum Board member Susan Walker King and her husband, Brad, hosted our first-ever Whiskey and Jazz party at their home. Guests sampled sumptuous hors d’oeuvres – along with the best whiskeys and bourbons – as they were treated to an evening of contemporary jazz provided by Charleston singer/songwriter Ann Caldwell. We are very grateful to Donna Hughes, The Mattingly-Yates Group of Merrill Lynch and the Sea Captain’s House, who sponsored this special evening.
In February our 6th Annual Collectors’ Event, was again held at the Collector’s’ Café. This popular event was first presented in 2012 during the Museum’s 15th Anniversary and has become one of our most popular events on the calendar. One hundred lucky ticket holders walked away with an original artwork, as well as enjoying an exciting, fast-paced evening. Not to mention those gourmet munchies and decadent desserts for which the Café is famous. Thanks again to Collectors’ owner Tommy Davis, and to BlueCross BlueShield of SC and Century 21 Boling & Associates, Inc. for helping to make this fun – and fund-raising – event happen. Special thanks, too, to our 100 artists who each donated a work of art to the event. We certainly couldn’t do the event without these talented friends.
Over the past weekend, we presented our 17th Annual Spring Tour of Homes featuring six stylish Myrtle Beach homes ranging from formal and elegant to delightfully quirky. The Tour serves as the Art Museum’s major fundraiser. We were happy to welcome over 700 tour goers this year. Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Myrtle Beach Automotive, for its major support of this event. Thanks also to our Luncheon Sponsor, Charter Communications; to our Supporting Sponsors, B. Graham Interiors, Hucks & Washington Furniture, and Monarch Roofing; and to our Media Sponsors Easy 105.9/100.7, Grand Strand Magazine and WBTW News13. Special thanks also to Grand Strand Regional Hospital and LHWH Advertising & Public Relations.
And, of course, thanks to all of you who supported our Art Museum programs by attending these wonderful events.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Special thanks for donated services to:
Grand Strand Regional Hospital
LHWH Advertising & Public Relations
Whiskey and Jazz:
The Mattingly Yates Group of Merrill Lynch
Sea Captain’s House
Sixth Annual Collectors Event:
17th Annual Spring Tour of Homes:
Birds Have Landed in the Museum Shop…
Springtime in Myrtle Beach always brings birds to our Museum Shop. For the last few years we’ve made a joyful tradition of welcoming these oh-so pleasant, sunny days with whimsical designs by the renowned Charlie Harper. This year we are offering a delightful assortment of puzzles, notecards, postcards, playing cards, bookmarks, mouse pads and even some fun items for kids-all featuring Harper’s distinctive and joyful creations.
We’ve also brought back our unique felted wool birdhouses, cozy and welcoming for even the pickiest of birds. These always go quickly, and we only have them in the spring, so don’t wait too long.
Also back are Ashley Licht’s screen-printed felt birds. We dare you not to smile when you see these cuties. They are available in four colors-red, teal, marigold or herb green-and they have appeal for bird lovers of all ages.
If you have not yet seen our mirrors by the father-daughter team of Craig and Madeline Carey, you are in for a real treat. Gaily painted and polka-dotted in the cheeriest of colors, these wooden mirrors are three-dimensional with leaves hanging from wooden branches that provide a roosting spot for some really cute and kooky birds.
No pun intended, but everything is “flying” out of the Shop, so hurry in…and always enjoy your 10 percent member discount.