Friday Fiver: Heather Powers

heather powersHeather K. Powers is organized. And she knows you can be, too. The owner of HK Power Studio, Powers uses her artistic and organizational skills to help others – particularly artists – get organized. We sat down with Heather for this week’s Friday Fiver to talk about getting all of your ducks in a row.

What is the first thing people need to accept when they are ready to begin the journey to getting organized?

It’s not about the containers! I love a good container as much as the next striving-to-be-organized person but you have to start with the PURGE! That’s the word some people fear. I’ve seen people resist this step, thinking they just need more containers. It’s not going to work, trust me. When you can really address your stuff and begin to make decisions about what, why and where…then creating that perfect system and containing the stuff comes more easily.

What is the hardest habit to break when getting organized?

It takes patience, practice and maintenance to be organized but it’s worth the effort. Having realistic expectations and understanding that you will always have to keep doing this (file papers, put clothes away etc) is a good first step. Your home/office or whatever space your working on probably won’t look like a designer magazine or book, at least not on an everyday basis. I find people tend to be too detailed or too general and that leaves people feeling totally overwhelmed. It’s about striking that sweet spot, what’s right for you and your lifestyle.

You were a fibers major at Savannah College of Art and Design, and say that sitting at a loom felt like you’d “found home.” Is a loom still home for you, and how much time do you get to spend there these days?

Having moved to Charleston several years ago without a loom or a studio, I’m happy to say I have both now and I truly feel at home! I’m pretty busy running my business and don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like on my creative pursuits, but I’ve got my next weaving planned and a gallery bugging me for my work so that should be motivation to get me going! I also have some exciting creative projects I’ll be doing in the Charleston community that will keep me in the creative zone.

You are also a Master Gardener. Come spring, what will we find sprouting in your garden?

Last year I planted a butterfly garden and began beekeeping so I will continue planting thing that support pollinators, if I can cut what I grow and eat or enjoy the flowers indoors…Even better!

Your world is about organization. But are there times when you let a little bit of chaos take over for a spell, in a good way?

Of course! As a creative person I understand that there are cycles that include order and disorder. If we try too hard to find one without the other we are likely to fall out of balance and loose our inspiration or motivation. The key is to understand where that tipping point is for yourself. Most likely my tolerance of dis-order is lower than some peoples and that’s okay with me if it’s okay with them! If I invited you to come see my closets or kitchen cabinets I promise you would find order…the cat toys all over the living room though? That’s another story, I haven’t managed to teach them to put their toys away!


TEDx Charleston wants to hear from you

2016-Event-Header-JPG1Are you on the verge of a tipping point? Then TEDx Charleston wants to hear from you.

In case you’re not sure if you are, TEDx Charleston has defined a Tipping Point – this year’s theme – as “that magic moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”

TEDx Charleston has opened up applications for speakers, performers, and set designers. If you’ve got what it takes to be part of the TEDx Charleston production, hit the sites linked here and submit your application. And if you’re just wanting to be part of the audience, we’ll see you on Oct. 19. (Subscribe to the TEDx Charleston newsletter for updates on when tickets will be available.)

 


Friday Fiver: Josh Silverman

Josh Head ShotJosh Silverman is the founder and CEO of Jericho Incorporated, a business management and financial strategy company. But he keeps his hands firmly in the arts. Silverman is an art history major from the University of Pittsburgh, and has a Master’s in Art History from Williams College. He merges that background at Jericho with Jericho Arts, an art gallery that keeps a healthy rotation of diverse art exhibits. Recently Jericho launched the Avondale incubator, which “offers startups, artists, and entrepreneurs a collaborative, professional environment in which they can grow their companies, network with peers, showcase their wares, and gain access to mentors and best practices for their businesses. It is designed not just to enrich, but to allow for experimentation and growth within an affordable, high ­visibility location.” We sat down with Josh for this week’s Friday Fiver.

Jericho Inc. focuses on business strategies, which are often a contrast to the very subjective nature of art. What made you decide to incorporate an art gallery into your business?

Entrepreneurs and artists rely on innovation, training, and a bit of good fortune to craft their vision into something transformative for their audience, and I’ve found that both personalities can be quite similar, so it seemed a natural fit.  Since graduate school, I’ve also had a dream to run an art gallery with a dance floor, and with the space I leased for our offices, we have been able to do that.  We just re-launched that part of the business as 4th Wall, and you can check us out at www.4thwallchs.com

If you could pick any artist from any point in history to have an exhibit at your office, who would you go with and why?

Andy Goldsworthy.  His outdoor site-specific installations are elegant and thoughtful, contemplative, and at times humorous, and the idea of bringing his use of leaves, stones, and sticks indoors into the gallery, with the natural light we get in our space – it would really be quite special.  I don’t think I’d get a lot of work done.

With the launch of the Avondale Incubator, you are opening office space for entrepreneurs and artists to launch their dreams. Why is Avondale the right place for such an initiative?

After having offices downtown for the first few years of Jericho, I wanted to move to a tight-knit community close to the peninsula that was affordable, and offered amenities like restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops that were locally focused like my company.  With extra space in our space, launching the incubator was a logical step, and I created offices for other professionals to use, with shared conference and break rooms, and our gallery is now being rented as experimental retail for other businesses and pop-up shops.  Avondale is wide open for creative ideas and companies, and the neighborhood is extremely supportive of our efforts – I thought others might want to benefit from that type of environment.

What was on the radio on your ride into work this morning?

When I started Jericho in 2011, one of the first things I did was get a Pandora radio station going.  Music is pretty constant in my life, and Pandora is great once you train it with your likes and dislikes.  Funk, Soul, Hip-hop, and Jazz – Jericho Radio is frequently on when I drive.  Windows down, system up!

If you could wave a magic wand over Charleston, what would be the one thing you would make happen?

Fast-forward the improvements to our infrastructure.  From flooded streets to growing congestion to Grand Canyon size potholes, a underutilized public transportation system, suburban sprawl, and some pretty hellacious commutes, getting around is becoming a major undertaking.  Fixing all that with a magic wand would be a real pleasure.

 


Friday Fiver: Stacy Huggins

MH20151023-10Stacy Huggins is surrounded by art. As the Executive Director at Redux Contemporary, she oversees the exhibits as well as the artist work spaces in the facility. She is also the Executive Editor for Art Mag, which covers the Charleston art scene. In addition to the art exhibits, Redux is also known for its classes. Starting Jan. 20, Redux will be offering a four-week screenprinting class, led by instructor/artist Todd Anderson. We sat down with Stacy for this week’s Friday Fiver.

As a contemporary art studio, you have wide-ranging exhibits that rotate through Redux. What exhibit has most surprised visitors to Redux?

Probably the ones that included taxidermy – three to date – Wunderkammer, the most beautiful photographs of roadkill you’ve ever seen, with three taxidermied squirrels by Kimberly Witham in January 2014; Andrea Stanislav’s Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted in July 2013; and most recently Rufous: The Stuff of Life by local artists Becca Barnet and Michelle Jewell. Something about a formerly-live creature in an art gallery seems to throw people. I keep a Becca Barnet squirrel in my office year-round for the sheer joy of shocking folks when they notice her.

Who would be your dream exhibit to show at Redux (and feel free to bend the restraints of time)?

Well, to stay true to our mission, I’d stick with a modern day artist. I’d love to give Theaster Gates the keys to the castle and two or three weeks to work, then come back to see what he’s done with the place.

At the screenprinting class, attendees will learn the art of screenprinting and be able print a T-shirt, hoodie, etc. What is your favorite piece of screenprinting you have ever made?

I actually learned to screen print at Redux, from my predecessor Karen Ann Myers. I think more than anything I’ve made for myself in that class or since, my favorite print I’ve ever pulled was for a little girl at an Enough Pie Romney Street Mini-Park outreach event that we participated in. When she saw me put down a blank piece of paper, lay down the screen, pull the squeegee across it, and lift it all to reveal the print, she proclaimed it was “Magic!” and asked if she could keep it. That was the best print I ever made.

The mural on the outside of Redux is a huge part of the studio’s personality. How do you go about deciding what the next mural will be?

The mural changes once or twice a year, and it’s largely dependent on budget and the quality of the proposals we receive. It’s frightening to tally up how much painting a new mural on our wall actually costs; we’d change it a lot more often if we had the cash and/or supplies! Who wants to send me a proposal!?

If you could wave a magic wand over Charleston, what one thing would you make happen?

A 10,000+ sq ft building, with 20-30 killer artist studios, the most amazing galleries ever, lecture hall, classroom, print shop, darkroom, artist lounge, and a studio apartment or Tiny House out back for visiting artists – with the deed in Redux’s name!

 


Lynne Riding Artist Talk

On Saturday afternoon, contemporary artist Lynne Riding will give a talk on her exhibition The Pulse Beneath the Surface at Redux Studios. Nestled among her beautiful large scale paintings is the interactive installation Concerning Being, a collection of vessels ranging in size where viewers are invited to participate by writing responses and choosing a vessel to place it in.

We sat down with Lynne to get a glimpse of what we can expect from her talk:

Lynne speaks at Redux from 2PM until 3PM. Free to attend. Find out more here.


Friday Fiver: Charlton Singleton

Charlton-Singleton-Press-Photo-wTrumpet-2For many who love jazz, Charlton Singleton is the voice and the face of the genre in the Lowcountry. He has performed prolifically for years, and serves as the conductor and artistic director for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. Now, he will has an opportunity to share his love of music with the younger generation. The versatile and talented Singleton has been named the Gaillard Center’s first Artist in Residence and will be be bringing his love and passion for his art to schools across the Lowcountry. The part-time paid position will have the acclaimed musician visiting schools throughout the tri-county area, bringing his passion for music to Lowcountry students. We sat down with Charlton for this week’s Friday Fiver:

What is the biggest challenge you face when you are out in the schools meeting with students?

I don’t know if it is a challenge or not, but every classroom and every student presents a different situation. Sometimes you go into classrooms and there will be students that are doing pretty well, and then there other classrooms where students are just beginning and things can be challenging. As a former band director, I actually like the challenge of seeing how I can help and build off of what the students are doing.

For some students, this will be their first exposure to jazz. Tell us what it’s like to see a student experience jazz for the first time.

Unfortunately, most students today do not know a lot, if anything, about jazz. Once I explain it to them, share with them some clips of music, and talk to them about the history of how this great American art form began, they are usually pretty interested and excited to hear and learn more.

You have performed jazz across Charleston for years, and the music and the community have a natural union. Why are jazz and Charleston such a perfect couple?

Well…Jazz actually has roots here in Charleston, SC. Contrary to belief, New Orleans is NOT the one and only birthplace of Jazz. The truth is that there where a few cities in the South that had musicians playing what is now referred to as Jazz. One of the main places for us in Charleston is Jenkins Orphanage. Charleston has played, and continues to play, a huge roll in the development of Jazz.

If someone hasn’t delved deeply into jazz, what are three albums you would recommend as the essential jazz starter pack?

That’s pretty tough to narrow down into three albums, but I would say (not in any order) Kind of Blue (Miles Davis), Atomic Basie (Count Basie Orchestra), Winelight (Grover Washington, Jr.). I would probably say something different tomorrow, but these are usually the ones that I talk about the most.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure popular song?

That’s a hard one to answer. Most people that know me as a musician have seen and heard me play or reference a wide variety of songs. At this particular moment I’d probably say Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas. I only really know the opening lines, but I sometimes just belt it out at the oddest moments. That’s usually when my wife smacks me on the arm and snaps me out of it.


Enough Pie’s Love Bomb!

Enough Pie is certainly feeling the love.

Last night they embarked on a one-of-a-kind community art project at St. Julian Devine Community Center. With 50 rolls of yarn, a fishbowl full of crotchet needles, and huge hearts, Enough Pie commenced the first of six knitting circle Mondays. Knitters of all ages and experience levels showed up to help begin the process of yarn-bombing the two 134-foot tall chimneys that stand behind the Center. The project will be unveiled on Valentine’s Day this year.

Head over to Enough Pie’s website to read more about this amazing art installation and how you can help! No experience required – trust us.

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“Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs” – William Shakespeare