Charleston Cup Steeplechase NOVEMBER 11, 2012


Have you ever been to the Charleston Cup event? If not, now is the time to get your tickets! It’s a fun, festive time! Many of the women wear hats, the tents are festive and fancy, it’s a good time! Here’s a blip from Charleston Cup Steeplechase (check out their website for more info!):

The 19th running of the Charleston Cup is scheduled to take place at The Plantation at Stono Ferry on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Sanctioned by The National Steeplechase Association, the Cup has become one of the premier sporting events in the Carolina Lowcountry, offering spectators the opportunity to experience live horse racing at its finest.

Started by the South Carolina Jockey Club, the Charleston Cup is much more than just a horse race. The Cup is the social event of the season – and definitely not to be missed! You don’t have to be a “horse person” to enjoy all the Charleston Cup has to offer. The race weekend kicks off with the elegant black-tie Race Ball on Friday. Live music, fabulous food and a special race preview combine to make this gala party an essential element in the total Cup experience.

Sunday morning, the real excitement begins as the nation’s top riders, trainers, and owners prepare to compete for purses totaling $50,000. Over 16,000 spectators will enjoy a full day at the races with exciting steeplechase and flat races. The gates open at 9:00 a.m., and attendees arrive early with their picnic baskets packed with everything from champagne and caviar to fried chicken and cold beer. A vendor village and tailgating are in full swing by the time the paddock call rolls around at 12:00 noon.

A steeplechase race differs from a flat race in many ways. Flat racing is exciting in that it has a great deal of speed while a steeplechase takes that speed and combines it with the danger of jumping. The thoroughbreds that run in steeplechase races are three years of age or older and have been trained specifically for ‘chasing.’ Additionally, the jockeys are typically larger than ones that would participate in a flat race. The extra height is necessary in order to have a better hold on the horse while soaring over the jumps.

Whether you are entertaining clients in a private corporate tent, relaxing with friends in a reserved parking space, or just spreading a blanket out for a picnic with a view, the Charleston Cup will provide one and all with the ingredients for a fun-filled weekend.

Click HERE to get tickets!

On another note… Charlie has been with us THREE YEARS as of today! Woohoo Charlie! Love this little beast!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

CFADA Fine Art Weekend begins TONIGHT in Charleston, SC!

Laurie Meyer at CFADA painting in the park… Charleston, SC 2011
Laurie Meyer at CFADA painting in the park… Charleston, SC 2011

This weekend is one of my favorites. It’s Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association (CFADA) Fine Art Weekend here in Charleston, SC!
Tonight you can visit the galleries, meet both the local and visiting artists and tomorrow, ahhhh, tomorrow…!

Tomorrow (Saturday, November 3rd) you can watch them paint from 9AM until Noon in Washington Park. Nothing gives me greater joy than to watch an artist I admire paint a fabulous painting while I’m standing there with a cup of coffee in my hand, hee hee… It amazes me how everyone approaches a painting differently, yet they all end up so wonderful! I just cannot wait!

Paintings will be auctioned off Saturday night and  benefits go towards helping local schools provide art supplies…

Hey! Maybe I’ll see you there? I’ll be one of the ones with a camera around my neck! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Katie Dobson Cundiff!

“Merriewoods” by Katie Dobson Cundiff

I just love this painting for so many reasons. The cabin feels rustic and like something that fits within a perfect vacation, the trees are loose and full of character, the shadows are amazing and the clothes on the line, whoa! Those nicely added pops of color just make this painting extra special. This was one of the paintings that Katie had done for the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out (Cashiers, NC) that just ended on Saturday. What a delightful time that must have been. How great to be a spectator in such a beautiful location full of fabulous artists!

Another painting that I just love, also from the Cashiers Plein Air Paint Out:

“Toll House” by Katie Dobson Cundiff

I absolutely adore how the underpainting shows through, it just adds so much! The little bits of light on the house, the cool picket fence and gate, the bright green sunlit grass and the beautiful flowers in the foreground all make this painting what it is… fabulous!

If you happen to be in the Charleston, SC area, you’re in luck! You can see some of Katie’s work at Galerie On Broad… if you aren’t in the area, check out their website!

Here’s a blip about Katie from her website  (click HERE to read in full), she sounds like such an interesting person!:

I am primarily a landscape artist, although I enjoy painting many different subjects including portraits and figurative, animals, still life, rural landscapes, boats, and urban scenes.  I think my work differs from that of other artists because of the influence and instruction I received from my father.  As a child, I loved to sit and watch him work on his illustrations, and would often pose for him.  He would let me look through his art books and by the time I was a teenager, we had long discussions on art and artists.  He showed me the works of master artists Degas, Lautrec, Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn (to name a few). Frequent visits to the Art Institute provided me the opportunity to study these and other great painters. This strong foundation in drawing and painting, and exploring the works of fine art masters has been the most important element in my journey and quest to becoming a “painter of life”.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Images: Katie Dobson Cundiff Facebook

Shannon Runquist and the Palette and Palate Stroll!

“Butter Me Up” by Shannon Runquist – Image:

Shannon Runquist paints the coolest paintings. Other than landscapes and figures I always look forward to her still lifes. They are often whimsical, or reminiscent of days gone by, one I remember a cool old typewriter… They have character. This collection of paintings was done for the Palatte and Palate Stroll, where local chefs are paired with galleries for some fabulous art and tasty food (see information below)… it’s TONIGHT! (Check out the painting entitled “Pigs in a Blanket” – how creative!) I wish them much success! If you don’t have tickets for this event, then check out the Horton Hayes website to see more of Shannon’s paintings. Head on down to the gallery if you’re in town. (Note: you must have tickets for the Palatte and Palate Stroll). Horton Hayes Gallery is full of fabulous artists… every single one of them is beyond amazing and worth any effort to get there and check out their work!

I recently heard Shannon being interviewed on public radio, it was like listening to an old friend talk. Very good interview!

“Summertime” by Shannon Runquist – Image:

Don’t you just love this painting? “Summertime” epitomizes summer in Charleston… You need tea and cool air to survive!

Here’s a blip about Shannon from the Horton Hayes website (click link to read more):

Shannon Runquist was born is Savannah, Georgia and has spent most of her life in the South. She has lived on St. Simons Island, Georgia and currently resides in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and spends summers on Cape Cod. Spending time near the shore, she has developed a great love for coastal regions and the elements that define them. She has painted and studied in Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Runquist has participated in many national and international exhibitions including consecutive years at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Salon International. She enjoys traveling and painting en plein air as well as working in her home studio. Her paintings hang in both corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Artist’s Statement: “I would like for my paintings to convey a timeless aesthetic. They are often an extension of an emotion at the time I am painting but I hope my work remains ambiguous. I paint what is familiar to me, what I have collected or a place I have been. My favorite paintings are ones that tell a story but leave a little mystery for the viewer.”

Here’s a blip from

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Times Square Digital Gallery!

Times Square always has the coolest things going on… like New Year’s Eve where you could write your wish for the new year on the confetti that fell from the sky. Awesome! You’ve got to read more on this, and if you’ll be in NYC click the link below to see the schedule of who’s playing! Click HERE for more info… check out their site, it’s amazing!

Here’s a blip from Times Square Official Website:

Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery

This new program is presented by the  Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC)Times Square Arts, the public art program for theTimes Square Alliance.  The initiatve is a collaboration of the Coalition and the Alliance, with additional partners of participating signholders and artists.

Each month, the program will present  a new selection to be screened every day in a countdown to Midnight.  Creativity always has been at the forefront of the Times Square signs and their presence is now so integral to the identity of this iconic public space, that they are required within zoning regulations.  This level of signholder’s commitment to synchronize their daily programs to feature the artist work throughout the year is unparalled.  Every night in Times Square will feature a spectacular.

The preview during the month of April 2012 showcases Ori Gersht, a London based artist from Tel Aviv and an edited version of his 2006 filmBig Bang 01.

May 1, 2012 represents the official launch featuring the Robert WiIson Video Portraits. The series of work from this renowned American artist are HD video that blur time-based cinematography with the decisive moment of still photography.  For a few minutes, Times Square will feature a different potrait gallery of actors, artists, dancers, writers, athletes and animals.

Click Now Playing for the current program.

Click Proposals for the submission process.

Catch you back here tomorrow!


Mary Whyte – “Working South” book and exhibit schedule

“Working South” book by Mary Whyte / Image:

Mary Whyte is the most talented watercolorist I think I’ve ever seen. Her work is so amazing, I can’t even figure out HOW she can paint what she does. With watercolor HOW do you paint a persons arm so that you can see how humid it is, you can see the moisture… ? Fred and I have watched Mary paint at the plain air event in Charleston and it truly takes your breath away. She is gifted beyond words. You can see Mary’s work, in Charleston, SC, at the Coleman Fine Art Gallery!

T H E   B O O K 

The book “Working South” can be purchased at the gallery (with the bonus of Mary’s signature and little drawing inside the front cover), or from other booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. It is a staggering group of the hardest working people, you can feel their strength, exhaustion, excitement and frustration. It is truly a book you can FEEL and you won’t be disappointed . Here’s a blip about the book from

In Working South, renowned watercolorist Mary Whyte captures in exquisite detail the essence of vanishing blue-collar professions from across ten states in the American South with sensitivity and reverence for her subjects. From the textile mill worker and tobacco farmer to the sponge diver and elevator operator, Whyte has sought out some of the last remnants of rural and industrial workforces declining or altogether lost through changes in our economy, environment, technology, and fashion. She shows us a shoeshine man, a hat maker, an oysterman, a shrimper, a ferryman, a funeral band, and others to document that these workers existed and in a bygone era were once ubiquitous across the region.

“When a person works with little audience and few accolades, a truer portrait of character is revealed,” explains Whyte in her introduction. As a genre painter with skills and intuition honed through years of practice and toil, she shares much in common with the dedication and character of her hardscrabble subjects. Her vibrant paintings are populated by men and women, young and old, black and white to document the range southerners whose everyday labors go unheralded while keeping the South in business. By rendering these workers amid scenes of their rough-hewn lives, Whyte shares stories of the grace, strength, and dignity exemplified in these images of fading southern ways of life and livelihood.  

T H E   E X H I B I T

Here is the exhibit schedule. I hope you will be able to check it out, I personally cannot wait! It will be here locally beginning today through September 9, 2012 at the Gibbe’s Museum of Art in Charleston, SC!


May 4–September 9, 2012
Gibbes Museum of Art
Charleston, South Carolina

October 5, 2012–February 24, 2013
Telfair Museum of Art
Savannah, Georgia

April 6–July 7, 2013
Penninsula Fine Arts Center
Newport News, Virginia

ART WALK tonight if you’re in Charleston, SC! Here’s a blip from, click for more info including a list of galleries!

French Quarter Art Walk

March 2, May 4, October 5, December 7, 2012
5-8 pm
Free and Open to the public.
Located at Participating Galleries on: Meeting, Church, State, East Bay, Broad, Cumberland, Queen, Chalmers and Tradd Streets. Maps available at participating Galleries. 
Downtown Charleston, SC 
(843) 805-8052
Stroll the cobbled streets and gas lit alley ways to discover the works of well over 500 artists representing a diverse variety of styles and mediums from traditional to contemporary. All galleries of the French Quarter will be open with artists on hand and refreshments. Held seasonally the first Friday in March, May, October and December. The French Quarter is located within the original walled city of Charleston between S. Market and Tradd, and Meeting and the waterfront past E. Bay.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Blessing of the fleet… a Charleston area event… this year held at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mt. Pleasant!

Isn’t this a fabulous photo I took… hee hee, (pat on the back)… looks like it should be in an advertisement! Well, this Sunday there is a festival event happening here in town… It will take place at the Memorial Waterfront Park in Mt. Pleasant. Shrimp, food, fun and a blessing for the fleet! If you’re in town you must check it out!

A blip from the website..

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival
Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Blesssing of The Fleet and Seafood Festival at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant, SC

  Why not give our local shrimp and fisherman a bit extra this year?!  Join others in local tradition for this year’s Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival.  This Charleston area event will be held at Memorial Waterfront Park under the bridge, on the Mt. Pleasant side. 

  The line-up for the festival this year has been beefed up with more maritime themed events including the main event, a boat parade and the official Blessing Of The Fleet.  It’s all held in an almost panoramic setting on the park’s pier, which jets out into the Charleston Harbor. 

  Also, at this year’s Blessing Of The Fleet and Seafood Festival, there is a shrimp eating and shag contest,  seafood “tastes” from local Mt. Pleasant restaurants, live music and children’s activities.  Bring the kiddies! 

With the main blessing held at 1PM, each individual shrimp and fishing vessel, that passes Mt Pleasant’s Waterfront Park, will get a kind reinforcement that the upcoming season will be a prosperous and safe one!

2012 Mt Pleasant Blessing Of The Fleet and Seafood Festival.  The clergymen give the local shrimp vessels and crew prayers of safety and prosperity in the 2012 shrimp season ahead.  Its not all business though. There will be plenty of South Carolina’s freshest juiciest shrimp and seafood!!  Make sure to bring your appetite with you!

You will get your fair share of shrimp and seafood at this year’s festival!  That’s for sure!  But, there is more fine restaurants and bars to sample on that side of the bridge!  Make sure to visit some of  Mt. Pleasant’s restaurants and bars, while you are in the area!

Catch you back here tomorrow!