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




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




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.




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


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


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. 





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. 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.
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.



Your Take on Photography


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.

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


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


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

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


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


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


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.




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