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The State of Arts in West Ashley

 

Did you know that West Ashley has a theater? Not the megaplex cinema for movies, but the kind of theatre for live action plays. Its called 5th Wall Productions. They have high quality plays, classes, workshops, and open mic poetry. It’s conveniently located in the Citadel Mall. http://5thwallproductions.org/

I met Jason Olson and Sarah Daniel the other day when Jason and I served on a panel with Geoff Richardson of Lava and the chArt Outdoor Initiative and Gallery, Mike Gibbons from Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, and Scott Watson from The Office of Cultural Affairs.

The West Of paper got together with the West Ashley James Island Business Association at their monthly meeting to discuss the state of the arts in West Ashley.

What a great group of intelligent and supportive people dedicated to our community. The dialogue and ideas were flowing.

The most important take away is that there are many hidden gems right here in West Ashley, and people want to know about them so they can show support for small local businesses while they are being entertained or enlightened.

This makes my art teacher heart full with joy.  Sometime people involved in the arts feel isolated. Many are self-employed, so we don’t get to leave our shops. We are eager to share, but we are often introverted by nature, so sharing can be awkward. And we can seem unapproachable because the arts have long been associated with privilege and high price tags. But what I heard at this meeting was an attitude of inclusion; that arts should be accessible and available for everyone. More people are working to make this a reality.

So help me spread the word. If you know of a place or a person in West Ashley that is all about the arts: theater, dance, visual arts, music, creative writing, poetry, or storytelling, send me a link, contact info, or a recommendation. Post something about them on West Ashley Cultural Arts page on Facebook, or direct them to it. Ask them to join the

West Ashley Arts Initiative, they have a Facebook page too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/240440809639269/ 

Share the love to make West Ashley truly experience the renaissance we have been promised.

Join the West Ashley United page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WestAshleyUnited/ 

See the giant murals in Alycia Aly. The chArt Outdoor Initiative and Gallery is always open.  https://www.facebook.com/chARTinitiative/

And check out these Fabulon events:

  • Saturday March 4th, 7 pm, Fabulon presents Devin McKinney Light by Fire at Avondale Therapy 815 Savannah Highway.
  • Friday March 10th We the People, artists respond to racism reception at our 1017 Wappoo Rd location. This show features nationally known artists. All works are for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to your choice of several related charities.

www.fabulonart.com

https://www.facebook.com/fabulonart/

 

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Not Your Typical Love Story ii

In a love story does it matter who says it first?

 

As we reflect on this pending Valentine’s Day and prepare for our NYTLS show, I am thinking fondly about my stepmother. When you hear Stepmother do you think of wicked evil women locking children in closets or making them clean the fireplace? She is often portrayed as the villain and not the subject of a love story. This year she is the subject of mine.

When we met, I was still at an age when boys were yucky so the idea that Daddy had a girl friend was really repulsive. But she grew on me. I always imagined that she was some type of saint getting involved with a man with three children. I admired her manners and gentle affect. Eventually, I loved her. By the time I was an adult we even became friends. I then had someone else’s children in my life. I would call to commiserate but she never said anything negative about us.  I knew she loved my brothers and me but it wasn’t her way to express it. I would always end a phone conversation with “I love you” and she would responds with “Me, too.” But she never said it first.

She has been battling Alzheimer’s and we have now called hospice. I was sorting through some memorabilia when I came across the program from her 50th high school reunion. Each member of her class wrote a profile. I was shocked to see that it was full of details about her stepchildren and our children, how happy she was and that, even though we weren’t hers, she loved us so much. She could have padded that profile with tales of her career or her retirement in Florida or the many trips she and my father took. But she wanted to brag about us. We brought her joy.

So maybe it never really matters who says it first but who says it best.

Come see some paintings I’ve been working on based on this thought.

See new work from my esteemed Fabulon colleagues and a few pieces by new friends.

Not Your Typical Love Story reception: Saturday February 11th,

5-8pm with a chocolate fountain.

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Why I Did Not March

Why I Did Not March

So many people called me or sent texts and emails from Portland, Boston, and Charleston. Where was I? Surely, I was marching somewhere.

Almost a year ago, long before the primaries, debates, or elections, I made a commitment to host an event at the gallery.  I kept that promise. So, I was at work on Saturday.

Even though the March is over there is still work to be done. Keep the dialogue and activism going.

If something is of concern, speak up. Offer a solution, idea, preference, or a hope. It does make a difference. So many people express their opinions and commiserate at work, online, and at parties but not to the people we put in charge.

When I was part of a social justice committee in Massachusetts we were told by the secretary to our State Senator “a letter makes my boss nervous, a phone call makes him sweat, and if someone visits I need to get the defibrillator.” We communicated with our officials and visited the state house in Boston on a regular basis.  We asked for input. We expected accountability. We saw change.

Here are some pertinent links:

To receive a text message of your Representatives names and phone numbers, text your zip code to 530-200-2223 

This one helps find everyone:

https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

SC

http://www.sc.gov/Government/Local/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.governor.sc.gov/ContactUs/Pages/index.aspx

        US Senator(Senior) Lindsey Graham

http://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/

         US Senator (Junior) Timothy Scott

https://www.scott.senate.gov

US Representative Mark Sanford

  http://sanford.house.gov/

State SenatorSC Senate District 42 Marion Kimpson

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=994318063

SC State Representative SC House District 111 Wendell Gilliard

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=675568101

Charleston

http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=400

If letters aren’t your way, make a painting, or write a poem.

Come to Fabulon on March 10th for a Drum Circle.

Above all, be kind to each other.

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December! I Can Hardly Believe it.


December! I can hardly believe it.

 
In this age of cell phones, does anyone wear a watch anymore? I never did. I was conditioned to an awareness of the time by years of teaching in a classroom. My days were once regimented into 45 minute segments. But now I am planning way ahead for September 2017 even though it seems we just celebrated Souvenirs of Summer 2016. I don’t even know what day it is anymore.
 
Maybe everyone is done shopping for the holidays?
 
Just in case you are still looking, I wanted to send a quick message to parents about art supplies for kids if I haven’t already told y’all in person. My best advice is “less is more”. Avoid the large kits full of everything. Opt for a smaller package of one medium in a higher quality. Think nice drawing pencils or one set of Expressionist pastels or Prismacolors. Buy red, yellow, blue, and white paints instead of a rainbow of cheaper prepackaged paints. The kids know how to make a million colors from these few. The quality of the larger sets are often compromised by volume and in the long run are frustrating to kids more so than inspiring. "How to draw" books rarely break stuff down into manageable parts.  So I always suggest books on the lives of the artists. These are my favorites: http://www.mikevenezia.com/artists/
 
And for the adults, art is always in fashion, appreciates in value, and is a fabulous gift.
 
Fabulon is having a blast with the Maker’s Markets. We met some new people and had great press. Thanks to Christophe's Chocolates and their new West Ashley store for coming out last Saturday.
 
The next and last event is Saturday, December 10th from 12-4pm. There should be 2 new artist vendors. The food truck features the latest trend these days: Blackanese: soul and Asian fusion.
Hope you can make it!
 
Ps: Don’t forget about I Live Here photography show reception on Friday, December 9th from 5-8pm. The photographs are so beautiful!

 

 

 

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Mid October News

 

 

Mid October News 

 

Everyday I get to surround myself with stunning works of art created by people with whom I have forged relationships. I know each piece of art intimately like one knows a favorite book, sweater, or other treasured item.

 

Then along comes Matthew threatening to blow it all away!

 

So I wrapped, packed, tucked and stowed each piece away. Fortunately all is well. I hope the same for all of you and your treasures.

 

Poor, poor Haiti. How sad on so many levels. One story that is especially poignant to me: the students are eager to go back to school but many schools are still being used as shelters. In the meantime, children lay out their clothes and schoolbooks hoping that they will dry and be put to use soon. May it be so.

 

Comparatively anything that may have changed for us here is just a minor inconvenience verses a real problem.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

Moja Finale was cancelled. Still waiting a new date.

The last event to happen was the juried art show.

I am ecstatic to tell you that two Fabulon artists received awards!
1. Meyriel Edge 2nd for her portrait of Hampton. The Edges of Olfus 
2. Hampton Olfus Grand Prize for his painting. 
Moving In and Out of the Game with a Smooth Glide


Charleston Arts Festival has been rescheduled for Ocotber 22. This is a ticketed show taking place in the Old City Jail.

 

Hopefully the Farmer’s Market will not be rained out anymore. Next week October 19

Fabulon is curating a Pop Up Art Show featuring Fabulon artists and other artists from West Ashley.

 

Downtown Art Walk was moved to this Friday October 14.

Fabulon will be open late, too. Swing on in and see what I see.

 

Happy Fall,
Susan

 

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Future Casting: An Interactive Hip-Hop Representation

The Underground Sounds of "M!key Dee & DJ Ophus Olfus on the Beats presents " Art & Science"

Future Casting of the genre tagged Hip-Hop and highlight the generational and contemporary links within the arts to Hip-Hop.

While the seeds of Hip-Hop were being blown around the world, by the winds of creativity, the music industry was planning a takeover of the art form. By the early 1990’s Hip-Hop had been directed into being a musical genre that glorifies ”thug life”. This hijacking of the art form into a musical hybrid about ”thug life” was primarily about making money at the expense of the music and those who created it. But all was not lost, Hip-Hop, via the music underground, continued to morph and integrate with other art forms including jazz, classical, country western music, poetry, visual arts, and fashion.

Collaborative mural project, generational spoken word performances by Horace Mungin! Carter Smith!
Break & Hip-Hop Dancers, and the "Food Box” food truck.

Come celebrate what is true to the art form’s creative beginnings as we project into the future with messages of hope, unity, progress, and harmony.

Saturday  October 1, 2016 4-8pm
FABULON 1017 Wappoo Rd West Ashley

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Our First Anniversary was a Success!

Our first anniversary celebration was a successful Fabulon event. It was so packed, I felt like I barely spoke to anyone as the evening came and went in one fabulous blur. I do truly appreciate everyone who attended and has played a part in Fabulon’s first year story. If I didn’t get a chance to address you personally, I do apologize but am most sincerely grateful.
 


In case you missed the news, the mayor was at Fabulon! This is kind of a big deal to me. He said he supports the arts. He promised to include West Ashley. He personally told me that he would attend an event sometime at Fabulon.

In this election year it is impossible to escape the quagmire of political banter with it's slogans and recriminations. But our mayor made some promises and followed through on them. That works for me.

The Mayor and Mrs. Tecklenburg’s visit at the start of Fabulon’s second year means that we are being recognized as an entity in the art scene.  We have made a contribution to West Ashley. We are a go to kind of place. We strive to foster relationships and offer opportunities for new and emerging artists. We hope to assist in learning about art appreciation and facilitate art making for everyone. This is a big deal to me. It is my promise to do all I can to continue to grow in this manner.

 

Here’s some plans for the coming weeks, months, and into next year. Help me spread the word.

 

Classes are starting now! 

  • Exploring Painting for Adults starts this week. 9/1
  • Creative Endeavors for Kids starts next week. 9/6
  • Painted Furniture Workshop Saturday 9/ 10
  • Encaustic Workshop Saturday 9/24
  • Third Thursday Art Night Out starts 9/16

Our next awesome show features the work of Michael Hayes. He paints large-scale abstract pieces. This is the kind of work I love to show people. It’s the stuff they don’t get at first but then learn to appreciate once they are encouraged to slow down and really study. They grow on you. And he has some smaller works on paper that are very affordable.

 

In October we will be at the Farmer’s Market, Moja, and we will have a Hip Hop Pop Up show, and be at the Charleston Arts Festival.

 

Plan to do all your holiday shopping at Fabulon’s Maker’s Market starting in November. Buy Local!

I Live Here photography in December, Not Your Typical Love Story in February, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother in May.

New classes are starting September 1st! See details on the website.

We had such a blast with our Art Night Out that we decided to continue it every third Thursday starting in September. Each week features a different project, no registration or experiences, $20 fee includes all materials and a fun night of art making.

Coming soon: Michael Hayes solo show, "Finding the Form" September 23rd

 

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There is an Art to Looking at Art

Friday is our first anniversary show. It should be a fun night. This will be the first time presenting artwork for some of the artists. They might be a bit nervous. Please come and cheer them on. The work is truly quite good and reasonably priced. I have reassured the artists that I have delightful people on my newsletter list and all have been invited. Maybe you, as an attendee, are as nervous about talking with the artist as they are about meeting you. After all few people have ever been taught how to look at art. There is an art to looking at art.
 
We hear a lot about reading, writing, and arithmetic. But it is equally important to have a certain degree of visual literacy. As we move toward the more universal language of emojis, icons, and graphic language, it is easier to appreciate why this is important. We are more acutely aware of the fact that we learn and retain better from pictures. Some symbols and signs are easy to read. But we can learn to read more complicated images, too.  This is important for communicating, understanding, and learning.  
 
When I was teaching in Maine, the Visual Thinking Strategy was a hot way to approach learning and communication knowledge. This method fostered critical thinking skills and analysis by using art. Students were encouraged to look at pieces of art and ask a series of questions.
What do you see?
What is going on?
What do you see that makes you say that?
What can you infer from certain details?
 
The part I liked best is that the students looked longer, and they would dig deeper and then back up their answers with details based on the evidence in the painting.  Then they applied it to other aspects of life. Most of what I know and retained about history came from studying art. When I read the newspaper I look at the photos and really read into them, too. When faced with an advertisement, I dissect them and am less often sold something I don’t really want. Try it. It is fun.





















Look at this painting and imagine this conversation:
What do you see
I see a man
What ids going on
He’s deep in thought
How do you know this?
Because he is looking down with his hand to his lips.
What can you infer
I think the artist wanted to show that he has had many experiences.
What do you see that makes you say that
 because she painted all of the colors and lines on his face.
 
What do you think? Come see this painting for yourself on Friday. Be sure and say hello to the artists. Ask some questions. I bet they won’t mind.

 

 

 

This piece by Jirah Perkins will be available in our Souvenirs of Summer Show. 

Come celebrate the last vestiges of summer with our new year celebration! Souvenirs of Summer II August 26, 5-8pm. 

Awesome new art, collectors wall of $50 paintings, refreshments, live music, meet the artists, and art activities.

New classes are starting September first. See details on the website.

We had such a blast with our Art Night Out that we decided to continue it every third Thursday starting in September. Each week features a different project, no registration or experiences, $20 fee includes all materials and a fun night of art making.

Coming soon Michael Hayes solo show finding the form September 23

 

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Summer's End

 


It’s the first week of school for most districts in the area. For me, this time of year brings that same sense of renewal and new beginnings, hopefulness and promise as New Year’s Eve. Once a teacher, always a teacher so I still function best with a July to June academic calendar verses the tradition January to December version and I have an obsession with wanting new pens. I am organized and ready for a new year at Fabulon!

This time of year also comes with some reflection on the previous year. So much has happened this year that it would take forever to recount all of the fabulous events, joys, and phenomenal people that have entered my life. If you are new to Fabulon, you can catch up with our previous newsletters under our blog heading on the website.

Let me focus briefly on just this summer. In the span of a few weeks I worked with middle school, elementary, and high school, painted with preschoolers, the elderly, and a student who is deaf. But the most profound experience was trying to help my mother learn to use the shower in her new room at the memory care facility. This single moment in our relationship underscores what it means to be a teacher.

The lesson that stays with me the most from all of the pedagogy and inspirational lessons from my entire teacher training is that teachers are not supposed to teach reading, writing, arithmetic or even art. Teachers teach people.

Remember to be kind to yourself as you try something new. You aren’t merely learning a different skill or perfecting a hobby, you are developing your self as a person. That is pretty precious. May all of my students find teachers who get this idea. May all my teachers remember this. May all parents expect this.

May this year be a joyous new year for everyone.

Painting of the Week
Homage to Rothko I by Michael Clifford Hayes 

New classes are starting September first. See details on the website.

We had such a blast with our Art Night Out that we decided to continue it every third Thursday starting in September. Each week features a different project, no registration or experiences, $20 fee includes all materials and a fun night of art making.

Coming soon: Michael Hayes solo show "Finding the Form", September 23rd

 


This piece by Jirah Perkins will be available in our Souvenirs of Summer Show. 

Come celebrate the last vestiges of summer with our new year celebration! Souvenirs of Summer II August 26, 5-8pm. 

Awesome new art, collectors wall of $50 paintings, refreshments, live music, meet the artists, and art activities.


 

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Floor Polish

 

A patron who is originally from South America wanted to informed me that fabulon is a brand of floor polish in her country. I did know this but only recently.

Thirty plus years ago my college friend and I bantered about the word fabulon. Anything exciting or awesome or fabulous was dubbed FABULON. It was my favorite word. At that time, I seriously vowed that I would use our word, a word I thought we made up, for my someday future art business.

A year ago I signed a lease on that business. It started as a dull gray box. After a hot July of painting and repair work, we transformed this old space into a bright polished center for art and education. Within a flash, a year has passed. So much has developed in this year. We started with a fabulous Souvenirs of Summer show. I met fantastic artists and forged deep friendships. Fun students came to Fabulon and left feeling enlightened. Fine art was produced and sold here. We formed the West Ashley Arts Initiative to bring more art to West Ashley. All in less than a year.

My friend came to see Fabulon shortly after we opened. While studying our signage, he said. “looks good for floor polish”. He appropriated the word. All along I thought we were so witty and original.

Fabulon has grown into an original and unique place. And my own computer spell check finally recognizes it as my word. I am proud of what it has become and inspired to start our second year of fabulous awesome excitement. Lots of projects on the horizon.

Please accept my most sincere gratitude I have for anyone still reading: for attending shows, supporting the artists and the Arts in West Ashley, for taking classes and entrusting us with your children. Thank you for being part of the Fabulon family.

To my artists: I appreciate you so deeply and find your work to be so engaging.

Associating with you has made me grow as an artist. I hope to continue to do the same for you.

Thank you to Cody of Knitted City who taught me so much about promotion and marketing and getting it all together. If you are thinking of starting a business, see Cody first.

Congratulations to Jirah our executive of social media and marketing. She is the glue that keeps Fabulon together. She graduates this week! She will continue to make Fabulon shine!

There are not enough endearing words to express my gratefulness to Steve who truly is the foundation of Fabulon and also the electrician, painter, plumber, furniture mover, carpenter, advertiser, and supporter. Hope you are ready for round two because we have so much planned!

Tune in to the website or like us on Facebook to see more details.

Starting June 1 until late August, the Gallery will be open for camp, special events, and by appointment only. Call 843-566- 3383 and leave a message.

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Been Really Busy

04/19/2016

All of my experiences affect and influence me and my work. They jumble in my head, touch my heart, stimulate my brain, and come out in my conversations. I try to string them together, call it a blog, then send it to you as a newsletter. I hope you read it. This week there is so much to share.

Every week I see beautiful works of art at Fabulon. Some are the phenomenal pieces brought in by the artists, and some are created before me by my students. Oh if you could see the look in their eyes when they feel that surge of brain moving hand until images emerge. The people I meet are the most amazing creations. Just met folks visiting from my old home town, never knew them until now. They were so delightful. There was the most amazing older woman who walks with a cane but once did a yoga retreat at the Kripalu Center. She taught teachers to be teachers and went to Harvard when it was still primarily a school for white men. I met a woman who survived a brain tumor and now actively speaks out for people in our community. 

I had a meeting with community members, civic leaders, artist, and teachers who are united to bring more art for everyone to West Ashley and we started a Facebook page for West Ashley Cultural Arts to network. Spread the word for us, please. 

I've been so busy that I am having trouble getting my brain to shut down long after my body requires me to rest. So late at night I watch back to back episodes of Naked and Afraid. What? Why? Two strangers remove their clothes, take only one utilitarian item, then proceed to survive together for 21 days in some remote location. What? Why?

Apparently the people have some previous survival experiences and they want a realistic test for their skills. There is no prize or cash reward at the end. And now there is a newer version, the people get to take a pack of gear and specific survival items but they are alone. All alone for a month. In the wilderness of Vancouver. With bears. Alone. 

This fascinates me. At first glance my captivation with this theme is out of my character. It perplexes me why, when I abhor reality TV of every incarnation, am I glued to these shows. 

Then I heard a fascinating statement that clarified the enticement to this genre. One of my business advisors said, referring to himself “I am so vulnerable.” And “I love it”. 

What? Why?

He explained that his position of launching entrepreneurs means that he is working with graphic designers and using all social medias as tools so he reads blogs by colleagues that detail the ups and downs of careers and reveal the insecurities that come with the territory. He can relate.  In an emerging small business each day brings the fight for survival and so many unknowns.

I’m from New England. We don’t share like that. I grew up with the expressions “Never let them see you sweat” and “Put your game face on”. Why would I ever reveal my uncertainties? 

Celebrate and publish them.

Oh wait. I am an artist! That is exactly what I do everyday!  I pour my soul out on a canvas and share it with the world. Please like me. Give me money for what I made. I am standing here naked and afraid. 

And I love it.

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Art is Powerful

03/22/2016

Riverbed by Hampton R. Olfus, Jr

Riverbed by Hampton R. Olfus, Jr

“Art is powerful”
“Art saved me.”
“Art School was the best thing I ever did.”
“Making art keeps me healthy.”


All of the above statements were spoken at Fabulon in the same day but by different people. I concur.

We are born trying to express ourselves. It becomes a life quest. For many, the best way of communicating ideas, thoughts, or complicated feelings is through some form of art. Dancing, singing, painting, sewing, crafting, sculpting, arranging flowers, drawing, playing music. Ask any artist, something happens when we are engaged in any of the mentioned endeavors. Try something and see for yourself! Don’t wait to be good at it to give it a try. Don’t worry about doing it right, having the best equipment, or being vulnerable. Just play. Remember play? It was the work of childhood. We experimented and experienced. It was all about the process. And we weren’t stressed out.

As adults we started to edit ourselves and become so goal oriented. Goals are great and self critique is important too. But don’t lose sight of the play and the process. Artists have a lament that what we do is called artwork for a reason. And I do work at it but fortunately for me it is closer to the work of childhood. Each time I create something, I feel happier, healthier, and more connected to everything I have ever experienced or learned. I feel rejuvenated and need to channel that youthful exuberance.


Aspiration is like water, it needs a place to flow.*

(*Another great quote I heard on NPR this week from an author who’s name I did not catch.)

April 6th at 6pm People will be gathering at Fabulon to discuss how art can create unity and harmony. Artists, teachers, and civic leaders who are hoping that the arts will flow in West Ashley will join minds and share ideas to see what we can do together to realize the potential of the area that is inclusive and healing because art truly is powerful.
Please join us. 
 

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Post NYTLS

02/18/2016

Thank you to all who made it to our artists’ reception for Not Your Typical Love Story. It was a fabulous turnout. Spectacular people, gorgeous art, excellent food from Foodies, broken hearted cookies from Gala Deserts! We filled the cracks in our concrete floor with red sand. Find out why here. http://mollygochman.com/performanceinstallation/red-sand-project/ We gave away kits for others to participate in other areas.

We still have a few posters left.


The proceeds go directly to support My Sister’s House. http://mysistershouse.org/
You can purchase directly from my website or swing by the shop to get one. 
 
Horace Mungin was very sad that he was unable to make the event to read some of his poetry. He promises to make a special guest appearance. See future newsletter for that date. As serendipitous events occur, I met Louise Aug! She is a poet, writer, artist, and teacher. Everyone should be so lucky as to meet her. She will be represented by Fabulon and will start a new class next week. She came through for us and read some of her poetry at the event. People seemed to really enjoy her work. The little one line poems were very witty and gritty.
 

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Fabulon: Open Studio Policy!

01/20/2016



Lots to report from Fabulon

I truly do feel lucky to work and teach in the space of Fabulon. Being surrounded by the artwork is so inspirational. We are working on an open studio policy coming soon so others can have the same experience. Artists of all levels can come to Fabulon to work together. There will be certain times dedicated just to watercolorist and times for other mediums. Bring your own supplies and inspire each other.

If you prefer more instruction, we will also have specific days dedicated to a certain element or principle. Maybe these are your trouble spots or hurdles in a project. There will be a short exercise then time to use that new experience or insight on your own project. There will be a nominal fee but requires no registration or reservation. 

Registrations for our next session of classes are being posted on the website. And look for an ad in West Of this week, too. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Encaustic workshop, Chalk Painted Furniture, Artistic Endeavors for Kids, all starting soon.

Please check out this article in City Paper. http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/at-west-ashleys-fabulon-susan-irish-creates-a-space-for-artists-andmdash-and-herself/Content?oid=5681598

Thanks to Connolly for the kind words and to Jonathan for making me smile. The article talks about our next show Not Your Typical Love Story and the reception February 12 from 5-8:30. Hope you can make it.

Our Garden Party show of Julia Deckman’s large scale florals was a delightful way to spend a chilly evening. The show runs until the end of January and speaks of spring’s promise. If you couldn’t make the opening, stop by and be amazed.

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Your Take on Photography

12/21/2015

I like to ask provocative questions. Here is the query from Fabulon’s recent photography show “A New Take on the Portrait”: How can we use the camera to record document and foster more unity, empathy, and harmony?

The responses were quite motivating. 

  • Capturing moments of happiness between friends/family and strangers helps foster unity no matter the language.

  • By capturing the ephemeral moments that show love, compassion and caring in the world we can create a better feeling of well being in others. This will supplant the feelings of fear and anxiety we harbor from the images we see in the media.

  • Record the images of pain, glee, and family.

  • By taking the WHOLE picture. By being less subjective and more objective.

  • Taking more photos with less judgment.

  • Although a photo is 2 dimensional, it has the capacity to stretch and deepen our emotions. For a moment, two or more people are equal in a page. When one takes time to look they realize we are different but alike at the same time.

  • Document photos of assorted groups of people on Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market in

  • Marion Square. Have individuals pose together who have never met before. People from all walks of life gather there.

  • Take photos of people with adorable animals in them and share on social media.

These last two responses sound like a call for art or a topic for a thesis. Could we really have diverse people pose, introduce any two strangers for the purpose of an image, or get opposing forces to unite long enough to snap a photo? And would it make a difference?  You might think not. I never understood why people would leave flowers at the scene of a tragedy. Then I saw the video of the little boy in Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9bk76nB6Bk

Watch his face. He does feel better. And that is a start. Maybe a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe pictures can effect change.

The photography show will be hanging until December 30. Stop in and see what you think. Add a comment of your own.

Have a Happy Holidays!


 

 

 

 

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I Have the Best Job Ever

11/13/2015


I have the best job ever! Seriously. The other day I was serenaded. My favorite song no less, sung to me right in the middle of the work day. If that isn’t the gold standard of the best job ever, then I can’t imagine what could be more exciting. 

Before y’all are green with envy, here’s whole the story. One of my most favorite students has a most awesome little brother who had just learned the Rainbow Song. He proudly sang it for me eyes as shiny as violet blue. Then he indulged me again so I could video tape it. I play it back on my phone until I am tickled pink. 

I wish I had preserve the moment when a student shared with me all the images that he saw in my recent painting. It was merely foggy grey ground primer but he saw so much in it and inspired me to continue. Play that video back when the inspiration wanes. And then there is my older lady who said she had little painting experience. She grabbed a house painting brush then transformed a dull white canvas into a colorful garden as if she were performing a magic trick. 

I want to video everything so all that is packed into each vibrant day doesn’t fade to black. Despite the secret vow I made to request that students be technology free during class time, I want documents and validation that it all really happened. That my Fabulon dream is real. 

We have been open for 2 months already. Check out all the upcoming events and new classes.  Come on in and make my day even more fabulous!

Painting of the Week

Events 

Open Studio
November 7, 14, 21 See Artists working at the Gallery

Kids Holiday Crafts
Saturdays 10-2
December 5, 12, 19

Shows

A Different Take on the Portrait
Photography Exhibit and Sale 12/1- 12/30 with artist reception 5:50-8:30 December 4
As always: fabulous food, libations and interactive happenings.

Julia Deckman Solo Show “Garden Party”
Art Exhibit and Sale 1/1- 1/30 with artist reception 5:50-8:30 January 8

Not Your Typical Love Story
Group Art Exhibit and Sale 2/1- 2/28 with artist reception 5:50-8:30 February 12 Proceeds of a special piece of art will be donated to My Sister’s House

Classes

Pet Portrait Acrylic Painting Workshop with Sharon Turk

November 14-15 2-4

People Portraits for Aspiring Artists
Fridays 1:30-3:3 November 13-December 18

 

Fabulon will be closed Thanks Giving Day and the dreaded day after. But we will reopen for Shop Local Day Saturday November 28.

 

 

 

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Our Inner Critic

09/17/2015

Our Inner Critic by Sharon Turk

Our Inner Critic by Sharon Turk

I love a good movie as much as a fabulous painting. One that stays with me. Makes me think. Laugh. Cry.

Go see Hector and the Search for Happiness. Visually pleasing. Thought provoking.

Can we find happiness?

Perhaps many are unhappy because they let the inner critic voice speak louder than any other. I once thought that as an artist I should attempt to exorcise the inner critic squawking in my head. Recently, I met a person who specializes in mind work. How the mind works, how to work inside your mind. Intriguing. 

The goal is not to get rid of the critic but to learn how to peacefully coexist. Hmmmm Is that a key to the happiness quest?

I do know that there are places where I feel better. Practices that bring me more fulfillment. People who lift me up.  And oh how I do enjoy pretty things. 

I acquired a new painting. It’s a good painting. It isn’t pretty and at first glance may not seem uplifting. But it sure resonates with all that see it. 
 

This painting will be a part of Fabulon. I shall use it as a teaching tool. Perhaps for my students, and artists, and guests, it will facilitate a deeper sense of tranquility.

As you may imagine or already be enlightened enough to realize, happiness isn’t a place, possession, or person. 

But Hector can explain it better than I. See the movie.

And come to Fabulon. It is a happy place.

Regards, 
Susan

 

 

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