Friday Fiver: Gail Lansing and Stephen Elliott Webb

Stephen Elliott Webb and Gail Lansing are an artistic power couple. Married for 18 years, the duo moved to Charleston in 2000 and keep their fingers on the pulse of the art industry. Stephen Elliott’s contemporary impressionist work is on display at Mitchell Gallery, while Gail is a consultant at the Grand Bohemian Gallery. We sat down with the couple for this week’s Friday Fiver.

1.  Stephen Elliott, you said that when you paint, you are “in a relationship with the canvas.” Any relationship takes some time getting familiar. What’s the hardest part about starting a work?

I have to essentially clear my mind of any pressing issues, and set the stage with the right lighting and the right music…….then, I can enter that “Controlled Sense of Abandon” where I can paint or sculpt. It’s kind of like getting ready for a date…I have to be at my best. If I’m not, it might show.Gail Lansing and Stephen Elliott Webb

2. Gail, when you are seeking new artists for the Grand Bohemian Gallery, what is the first thing you look for?

Passionate, career artists (even if they haven’t quit their day job yet).

3. What is an ideal relaxing Friday night in your home

STEPHEN ELLIOTT: Eating Gail’s food and re-hashing everything that happened in our lives that day. What? Wait…that’s every night!

GAIL: Cooking and entertaining friends at our home.

4. What is the last movie the two of you saw in a theater?

GAIL: I don’t go to movie theaters, drives Stephen nuts. I like watching movies at home and I’m hooked on the series Madame Secretary.

STEPHEN: I take my dad to the movies. The last one was the new James Bond movie, Spectre. I actually met “James Bond” …Daniel Craig, and his wife, Rachel Weisz, on Anson Street one night. I kept my cool, but jumped up and down like a little kid after they walked around the corner and couldn’t see me anymore!

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

STEPHEN ELLIOTT: MOMA would open a Museum in Charleston.

GAIL: Jaywalking would cease and a citywide “Don’t Block the Box” rule at our intersections.

 

Interested in being a Friday Fiver? Shoot us an e-mail at mike@artscharleston.org


Friday Fiver: Carol Antman

Credit: John Michael Hoffman

Credit: John Michael Hoffman

‘Art on the Beach & Chefs in the Kitchen’, features an afternoon house tour on Sullivan’s Island from 1 to 5 PM, more than 25 artists selling their creations, live music and chef demonstrations and tastings. All proceeds benefit Charleston Pro Bono Services which provides free legal aid to over 800 people in our community each year. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 the day of the tour or VIP tickets for $100 which include limo transportation with libations and commemorative gifts.Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.charlestonprobono.org, at Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island or at the ticket booth at Battery Gadsden (1917 I’On) on Nov. 8 starting at noon.  Sponsors include Jerry and Cheryl Kaynard, Mt. Pleasant Urgent Care, RPWB law firm, Lucky Dog Publications, Lowcountry Sun Publications, Herlong and Associates, Pratt-Thomas Walker and area restaurants  and food purveyors including the Old Village Post House, The Granary, Bull’s Bay Saltworks,  Mrs. Sassards, Palmetto Brewery, Lowcountry Olive Oil and the Americano.

We chatted with event chair Carol Antman about the event and her reading and writing ways for this week’s Friday Fiver.

1. What is one house that will most surprise people on the tour?

Event patrons will be charmed at Martha Gunter’s ocean front home where the seaside  view is shared by her whimsical found-object sculptures. Also, this year’s box office is  inside an historic bunker that is being reinvented as a cultural art center for the island.

2. What is your most anticipated chef creation on the tour? The chefs from The Old Village

The chefs from The Old VillagePost House have supported this event every year and always bring fantastic food. We also are excited to include Palmetto Brewery which will offer patrons tastes of their craft beers.

3. As a travel writer, what is one place you have yet to visit that is tops on your bucket list?

I would love to return and repeat a hike I took in the 1970’s across the mountains in Guatemala.  It went through areas only accessible by foot. It was tremendously strenuous and adventurous.

4. What is the last book you read?

I’ve been in my book club for over 25 years. We’ve read hundreds of books together. Last month we discussed the fascinating life of Oliver Sachs and his book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”

5. If you could wave a magic wand and have one thing instantly come true in Charleston,  what would it be?

My husband and I searched the country for a place to live and chose Charleston forty years ago. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. With my magic wand I would eliminate the threat that the rising ocean presents to our city’s future.

About Carol Antman:
Carol Antman

Wander lust, intellectual curiosity and a passionate interest in cultures has led me to the biggest adventures of my life.   met my husband while living on a  kibbutz in Israel, spent a year hitchhiking the Pan American highway through South America, vagabonded for months in Europe, traveled the United States searching for our home port of Charleston, South Carolina and hiked the trails of  North Carolina, Jamaica, Italy, Israel and South Carolina. My artistic life also includes being a life-long classical pianist and founding an art center, Creative Spark.  My monthly column “Roadtrips Charleston” in Lucky Dog and Senior Sun publications highlights nearby destinations while my freelance work in places such as Charleston Magazine, S.C. Wildlife Magazine and www.gonomad.com tells of more far flung experiences. I am inspired by the idea that everyone has a story and by the vast diversity of ways that people live in this world. Please review my published columns on my blog: www.peaksandpotholes.blogspot.com


Friday Fiver: Summer and Brian Peacher

CHSIFF Slide 2015If you’re a fan of movies, Brian and Summer Peacher have you covered. The dynamic duo hosted the inaugural Charleston International Film Festival in 2008, and it has grown and expanded each year. This year’s festival is Nov. 4-8, and is slam packed with a wide array for cinephiles. But it’s not just watching movies — the CIFF also hosts workshops and seminars (even one on drone filming). To learn more about the Charleston International Film Festival, visit www.charlestoniff.org. And, if you purchase an Arts Alliance Arts Matter Card (proceeds go to the Lowcountry Arts Fund that benefits area art non-profits such as CIFF), you will receive buy one get one free tickets at the CIFF (excluding opening and closing nights). To purchase an Arts Matter Card, visit https://charlestonartsalliance.org/artsfund/artscard/.

We hope you get to know the CIFF, and in the meantime, we sat down with the Peachers for our Friday Fiver so you can get to know them better.

The Charleston International Film Festival is now in its 8th year. How has it changed since the first Festival?

SUMMER: That’s tough – it has gotten better each year in so many ways: more high quality films from a variety of more countries (this year we have films from 12 countries), great informative industry workshops, fun networking events, stronger team and greater attendance.

BRIAN: The scope and size of the organization has grown. It started out Summer and I organizing things from the West coast. Now we live here and there’s a Board, Task Force, Screening Committee, and tons of kind Volunteers. Being a non-profit organization, it’s the people that are the strength of the organization and Brian and Summer Peachermake it successful.

What would you tell an aspiring filmmaker who would want to be in next year’s Festival?

SUMMER: Be smart on what film you choose to make, play into your strengths and start with a short.  Do something that makes you feel good, something that you can be proud about at the end of the day. Give it everything you got!

BRIAN: Start with a short film before trying to shoot a full length feature. Come to the festival to network and take advantage of some of the free workshops like virtual production, camera drone tips, and principles of animation.

The shortest movie you have in the Festival is “See You Soon,” which is two minutes long. What is the key to telling a story in that short of time?

SUMMER: Have a fun story, great actors to tell the story and a crew that can make it all come to life.

BRIAN: Make it quick :-)

If you’re scrolling through the channels at night, what is your one guilty pleasure movie that you have to watch to the end?

SUMMER: There are so many movies I love – I caught myself watching THE GREEN MILE the other day to the end and it still made me cry.  Oldie but still a good one.

BRIAN: We cut the cord and don’t have cable. I’m more of a HULU, Amazon, Netflix guy and like to check out the ‘new releases’.

Movie popcorn: Butter or no butter?

SUMMER: Butter and extra salt!  What is a movie without the proper delicious popcorn.

BRIAN: Light butter on the top with salt. At home, a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on popcorn is good too.

 


Friday Fiver with Cathryn Zommer

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Enough Pie and BoomTown will present the kick-off of Sound+Light, a pop-up warehouse art installation at 1505 King Street Extension. Over the next four days, the warehouse will come alive with an amazing combination of Sound+Light that will be a treat for the eyes, ears, and soul. Tickets for the over-the-top kickoff party (think hundreds of pies and a massive dance party) are available at www.enoughpie.org. The remaining five days? FREE! Make sure to come by between noon and six each day.) We snagged a few minutes with Enough Pie’s Executive Director Cathryn Zommer to ask her a few quick questions for our inaugural Friday Fiver.

I. What will most surprise people at Sound & Light?  >The size of the location sound and light promoand our SOUND + LIGHT contemplative coloring books.

II. What is your favorite pie? >Enough Pie, of course! And any pie in our ENOUGH PIE SHOP at our first fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct 27 — it’s going to be a stunning display of pies from our delicious F&B community. 

III. What was on the radio on your ride in to work this morning? >The Hounds of Love by Kate Bush – it’s been on heavy rotation this last month.

IV. At Enough Pie’s Awakenings III: Solstice, the public was treated to numerous outdoor art cathryn zommer headshotpieces at the Dixie Furniture warehouse on Huger. How has art transformed that corner? >Art illuminated the corner of Huger + Hanover and helped make it visible for the first time, transforming it into an animated and lively place. In a perfect world, we’d have a big round table in the lot for ongoing street level conversations about how to improve in Charleston. I can dream, can’t I?

V. You get to wave your magic wand, and one thing immediately happens in Charleston. What is it? >Racial Equity.

 

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