Candice Glover starring in Saturday Night Fever

The Arts Center is thrilled to feature Candice Glover, winner of the twelfth season of American Idol, in our summer disco hit and Southeastern premiere of Saturday Night Fever. Glover has clearly been bitten by the musical theater bug and her enthusiasm for her role in Saturday Night Fever is contagious.

Director Antoinette DePietropolo said Candice was a dream to work with and brings incredible energy and talent to her role as the club singer “Candy.” In platform shoes and sparkling disco wear, she belts out iconic Bee Gees songs and boogies alongside ‘DJ Monty’ played by dance captain Vincent Ortega.

After winning American Idol, Candice has had numerous opportunities to shape her career path – a 2 month stint in a Broadway review opened up a new world and she discovered how exciting it is to be part of a musical. Working at the Arts Center this summer has given Glover a chance to learn more about the craft from DePietropolo and the cast, as well as exploring how a character changes and grows over time. She loves the comraderie of being part of an ensemble, and the instant reaction live theater provides from the audience, allowing the cast to feed off the audience’s energy and take the show to a higher level.

Having creative control over her own career is gratifying for Glover. Her new video will be shot on location on Beaufort’s historic waterfront and will feature the permanent highway sign that reads “St. Helena Island Home of 2013 American Idol Winner Candice Glover.” The world is her oyster right now, but Candice is a Lowcountry girl at heart.  She’ll always be part of the Sea Islands Community, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

Photo Credit Group Shot: Candice Glover and the cast of Saturday Night Fever, Jordan Sturm Photography

Photo Credit Candice/Vincent: Candice Glover, Vincent Ortega and the cast of Saturday Night Fever, Jordan Sturm Photography

Town of Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Municipal Gallery to Open at Town Hall

Town of Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Municipal Gallery to Open at Town Hall

Hilton Head Island, SC – The Town of Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs announces the launch of The Artist’s Gallery at Town Hall, an initiative to celebrate the contributions made by Hilton Head Island’s art community to the Town. The gallery is being presented in partnership with the Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head and the opening is slated for the end of September in time for “Crescendo” a month long celebration of the arts on Hilton Head Island in October.

“The Artist’s Gallery will be a public forum to highlight local artists, creating a space to showcase their work and an opportunity for our town to honor the important a role played by art in our community,” said Jennifer McEwen, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Town. “We are thrilled to create this platform to say thank you to island artists and share their talents with all who walk the halls of town hall, young and old.” With the gallery set directly outside Benjamin M. Racusin Council Chambers on the administration hallway, visiting officials, employees, and citizens will experience a welcoming and diverse display of art and culture from Hilton Head Island artists.

Artists will be selected through a review process and will need to demonstrate high quality of work and show a clear artistic voice. Submissions will be accepted through the Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head Island and must include residence information, artist bio, headshot, and a visual representation of the piece for submission. An online application is available at hiltonheadartsdaily.org and any questions regarding the application process should be directed to Natalie Hefter at nhefter@coastaldiscovery.org.

Pieces for the gallery will be selected through a juried process. The Selection Committee will be comprised of ACCHH members and personnel from the Town of Hilton Head Island. Members of the selection committee are not permitted to apply for entry for inclusion in the gallery.

The Town of Hilton Head Office of Cultural Affairs works to promote and support Hilton Head Island as a vibrant cultural destination that enriches our diverse community. We strive for the island to be recognized as a vibrant & distinctive destination known for its unique arts & culture assets that serve a diverse community and create a richer quality of life.

Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head coordinates, promotes, communicates and showcases the arts and cultural entities of the Hilton Head region, for the purpose of creating an arts destination, enriching the quality of life and speaking with one voice on cultural issues. Currently, the ACCHH consists of over three dozen members representing organizations large and small, individuals, writers, theaters, artists and more working together to highlight our rich cultural, historical, and artistic heritage.

Crescendo is the annual Celebration of Arts, Culture and History on Hilton Head Island and in the Bluffton area. Sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head (ACCHH), this regional event, is organized in October in collaboration with National Arts and Humanities month, and highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton area.

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Arts Center of Coastal Carolina partners with the Beaufort County Schools

Beaufort County School District highlighted its partnership with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in a short video from the February 13 professional development workshop with teaching artist Hobey Ford. 

Teachers from 7 Beaufort County Arts integrated schools participated in the second of a 3-part series professional development curriculum the Arts Center and the Beaufort County School District have planned for these Beaufort County teachers, through the Arts Center’s Kennedy Center Partners-in-Education program. 

During this session, the teachers learned how to use puppetry to instruct, inspire, and illustrate the scientific process of metamorphosis and the mysteries of migration of the monarch butterfly.

CRESCENDO! Celebrating Arts, Culture and History: The Heart and Soul of the Lowcountry

CRESCENDO!

CRESCENDO-"Celebrating Arts, Culture and History: The Heart and Soul of the Lowcountry.” Sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head, October 2017.

 

CRESCENDO-THE Inaugural ANNUAL Arts, Culture and History Celebration, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head (ACCHH), will be held throughout October 2017. This regional event, organized in honor of National Arts and Humanities month, highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton area. Join the celebration and honor the importance of arts and culture in America and our local community.   

Arts and cultural patrons of all ages are invited to help celebrate this important month-long event in our community by attending or participating in any of the myriad of outstanding and engaging cultural programs offered, many free or reasonably priced, and highlighted on the ACCHH website’s calendar.  To see a listing of all arts and culture events happening in the month of October and beyond, please go to www.hiltonheadartsdaily.org

The October 2017 CRESCENDO Celebration features more than 50 unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational offerings which are estimated to attract more than 10,000 people from all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe.

National Arts and Humanities Month, first launched 30 years ago by Americans for the Arts, includes these goals: Focus on the arts at local, state and national levels, Encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in the arts, Allowing Governments and businesses to show their support of the arts and Raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

“This event is our first joint program venture as an organization since Bravo in 2006”, said ACCHH President Natalie Hefter. We hope that everyone in the community, residents as well as visitors, will come out and support the incredible arts, culture and history organizations, working artists and high-quality arts programs we have in Hilton Head and Bluffton. Just go to our website www.hiltonheadartsdaily.org and explore our calendar to find out what you can see, learn, or experience during CRESCENDO. Our community is full of talented individuals sharing their expertise and passion with visitors and residents alike.”

The Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head coordinates, promotes, communicates, and showcases arts and cultural organizations and businesses in the Hilton Head area for the purpose of creating an arts destination, enriching the quality of life, and speaking with one voice on cultural issues. Membership is open to non-profits and for-profit entities in Southern Beaufort County that support the mission of the ACCHH. Currently, thirty-five arts, cultural and history organizations as well as individual artists in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area make up the diverse membership.

For event or membership information, please go to www.hiltonheadartsdaily.org or contact Arts & Cultural Council President Natalie Hefter by email at nhefter@coastaldiscovery.org. or 843-689-6767 x 225. For media requests please contact Linda Bloom by email at bacartcon@aol.com.

MAIN STREET YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS THE WIZARD OF OZ

The Wizard of Oz is a musical commissioned by the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The Muny) based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz and using the film's songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The book of the musical is by Frank Gabrielson, who would later write an adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz for Shirley Temple (1960).

Debuting as Director is Dan Brown who performed in many MSYT productions. Musical Director is Philip Paluszak who has a magnificent music background is coming to MSYT as a guest artist.  And rounding out our crew, Jodi Layman who has a long association with MSYT will choreograph this show.

A teenage girl, Dorothy (double cast played byEllie Lentz and Jacey Robinson), lives on a farm in dreary Kansas with her Uncle Henry ( played by Dakota Jimenez) and Aunt Em (played by Kerry Gudaitis) dreaming of faraway places ("Over The Rainbow"). One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, is swept off by a tornado to Munchkin land in the Land of Oz. The falling house kills the cruel ruler of the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins and the Sorceress of the North greet Dorothy ("Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" and "Munchkinland"). The Sorceress tells Dorothy that she will have to go to the Emerald City to ask the great Wizard of Oz to help her return home. We follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. Dorothy meets along the way the Scarecrow (played by Grant Grace), the Tinman (played by John Rosenblum) and the Lion (played by Ethen Cornett).

The show runs June 21 - 24 and June 28-July 1 at 7:00 pm, June 25 and July 2 at 2:00 pm at the HH Prep School Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. June 22 is THRIFY THURSDAY, Adults $15 and Students $10. Group Rates available by calling the Box Office. There is a $1 ticket fee charged per ticket for a credit card transaction. Avoid the ticket fee by purchasing online at www.msyt.org.

Main Street Youth Theatre is a nonprofit 501( c) 3 celebrating 20 years of putting young actors in the spotlight. For more information about MSYT go to www.msyt.org. Follow us on FaceBook and Instagram for pictures and more about this fun, family friendly show.

15th Annual Art Market at Historic Honey Horn Wraps Up for 2017

The 15th annual Art Market at Historic Honey Horn was held on April 29th and 30th. This year, 95 artists from 9 different states participated in the juried show. Judges awarded $5,000 in prizes to 14 different artists representing a variety of mediums. Local photographer, Paul Shatz, won best in show. Paul recently moved to Hilton Head Island from Charleston and has participated in hundreds of fine art festivals annually around the country. The judges for this year’s show were impressed with his spectacular images as well as his method of continuing the historic tradition of silver-gelatin photography.  According to Shatz, “My silver-gelatin original photographs are created by me, using traditional materials and techniques. I use 8x10 and 5x7 large format film and make silver prints one at a time using my hands, my head and my heart. They are selenium toned to achieve an archival quality. This traditional method of photography creates a depth and magic in the print that is unmatched.”

2017 Art Market awards:

Best in Show – Paul Shatz, Hilton Head Island, SC – Photography

2nd Place – James Herndon, Walterboro, SC – Wood

3rd Place – Murray Sease, Bluffton, SC- Oil / Acrylic

Awards of Merit:

Michele Blank, Mt. Pleasant, SC - Glass

JoAnn Graham, St. Helena Island, SC - Jewelry

Lyn Hise, Inverness, Fl – Mixed Media 2-D

Amanda McLenon, Daniel Island, SC – Oil/Acrylic

Eric Moore, Pomaria, SC - Sculpture

Diane Ness, Acworth, GA – Fiber

Blake Olsen, Orange Park, FL – Clay

Jody Rankin, Awendaw, SC – Oil/Acrylic

David Russell, Camden, SC – Glass

Michael Smalls & Dino Badger, Fiber (Sweetgrass Baskets) – Round O, SC

Valerie Thomas & Dana Shirley, Jewelry – Naples, FL

Lean Ensemble Theater presents the comedy The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl

 

A whimsical comedy centering on an earthy young Brazilian housekeeper who’d rather be doing stand up comedy than cleaning bathrooms for her uptight employer. Off-beat humor impromptu arias, wacky poetry, and romance spice big themes of love and loss.

April 27-May 7  HHPS Main Street Theatre      www.leanensemble.org or 843.715.6676

 

Who is Scoot? Spotlight: Ann Eilers Lilly

 Anne Eilers Lilly

Anne Eilers Lilly

A charming little boat has moored on Hilton Head Island, and he may become the most well-known traveler on our waters. A children’s book, Scoot’s New Home was a top seller at the recent Heritage Library and Bluffton Book Fairs. One peek inside proves little Scoot’s popularity well-deserved. A happy little boat who makes friends and faces his fears, Scoot provides inspiration and a tour of Hilton Head to both natives and visitors.

Author Ann Eilers Lilly moved to Hilton Head Island from Kentucky sixteen years ago. She has been writing and sharing stories ever since. Lilly discovered Scoot in a leaky old boat her husband purchased. Skeptical it would even float, she found joy and solace on the water, and a character she could bring alive. Scoot signals a departure for Lilly. Here, she follows her unique perspective and imagination and brings children into her world. Her first published nonfiction, two humorous stories about family hijinks, appears in Island Writers’ Network’s Time and Tide.

Lilly works as a licensed broker associate for Charter One Realty. When she is not working, she enjoys the water on Scoot.

Sixteen original watercolors by her equally artistic brother, Steven Eilers, illustrate recognizable Lowcountry panoramas and landmarks. Eilers lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he retired from owning and operating a graphic design studio. His work can be found in the American Folk Art Museum in Atlanta and galleries from Hilton Head Island to San Francisco. When not creating art, he writes and performs music with local bands.

Scoot’s New Home can be purchased at the Boathouse Marina Store, the Sandbox Children’s Museum, the Coastal Discovery Museum, Gifted, Lettrs, Pyramid--Sea Pines Center, the Lighthouse Shop, Markels, Moonlit Lullaby, Storybook Shop, and the Beaufort Book Store.