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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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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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