Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Save the Date: IAM Encounter 10

A group of artists, poets, and scholars at IAM Encounter. Photo by Cameron Bunce

Join us the first weekend of March as we travel to New York City for the annual International Arts Movement Encounter. This will be our fourth year participating, and we hope many will come along! With a well-considered lineup of speakers, workshops, performances and interactive spaces each year, the IAM Encounter is always a memorable and valuable experience.

From March 4-6, 2010, with spring budding in New York City, our movement will gather at the prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a place that has housed weighty ideas, thinkers and movements for 150 years.

The Great Hall at Cooper Union

When not gathered there, we take to the streets. Carefully selected coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, and clubs will serve as creative zones for engagement. In partnership with The Curator, Encounter 10 will move out into the cultural hub that is New York City to encounter one another and explore, discover and enjoy the innumerable cultural artifacts that ae already part of the world that ought to be. For one weekend, our movement will come together from the four corners of the world to reconnect with old friends and build new relationships that spur each of us to pursue our vocation more fully.

Hear more about Encounter 10 HERE.

NEWS: We are thankful and excited to now be listed among IAM's regional groups!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Red & Green: A Christmas Show

The Gettys Center in Rock Hill

Recently, we have been painting the lower level walls of a glorious 80-year old building on Main Street.  The Gettys Center opened in 1932 and was Rock Hill's courthouse and post office until the late 1980s, when it began being used for art studios.  We are excited to bring an unused part of this building into the light and open a new gallery space!

Our first show opens December 5, in conjunction with many other events & gallery openings during the ChristmasVille festival.

"Red & Green" is a themed show exhibiting new works from friends & local artists.

Opening is 6-9 on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Portrait Sessions

Our Monday night portrait drawing sessions are now every week at the Center for the Arts in Old Town Rock Hill.  

We have a clothed model for a two-hour pose. Sessions are open to experienced individuals who desire to work with a live model. Tables and chairs are provided. Please bring any other materials. No instruction will take place.

There is a $5 suggested contribution for the model.

Enter at the Cotton Alley Entrance to the Center for the Arts.
121 East Main Street Rock Hill, SC 29730
Call 864.923.5151 for more information

Monday, October 12, 2009

Jeremy Casella in Concert

Friday Arts Project is partnering with RUF at Winthrop to bring singer/songwriter Jeremy Casella to Old Town Rock Hill.  

Jeremy's new record, RCVRY, has been called "A Masterwork" by Derek Webb.  Christianity Today Magazine says "5 out of 5 stars...captivating, a hauntingly beautiful album to say the least."

Check out this video about the making of the album.

concert info:
Augello's Coffeehouse on Main Street Rock Hill
Friday, October 30
7-9 PM
Free Admission (CDs for sale)

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hendrix article

Communication Arts magazine recently published an article about our St. Louis illustrator friend, John Hendrix.  In the interview, he discusses his experiences in the realms of art school, editorial illustration, and church. 

“As an artist, I just don’t see any other choice but to describe all the uncomfortable, ambiguous and messy things in the world, as well as the things that are good and beautiful. I think that’s why we make art. It helps us sort these things out.” -John Hendrix

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What is Studio?

What is it like to work in the real world?
Wrong question. The real world does not exist.
Or rather, the real world is none other than this one, so stop waiting to get ready for the next time when you figure it all out. Ready? Set. Go!

This week we'll visit a local painter in her studio and you'll be able to see what it looks like to not go to class, not have critiques, not have those pesky instructors always nagging you to do your homework. Are you ready to work for yourself?

Next week we'll talk about one of the most potentially catastrophic questions in our field: "What is Art?" There are plenty of resources to base opinions on, but what do you think? Does the institution make it "Art?" Can anything be "Art?" Is there art, and then Art?

Friday, August 21, 2009

August Happenings

Coffee & Crayons V: Come meet Friday Arts Project folks after Winthrop's freshman convocation picnic on Monday, August 24.

All are welcome.

Coffee, refreshments, crayons and paper will be provided.

We'll gather in the Dinkins Student Center parking lot at 8:00 to walk/carpool over to Courtney's place.

The Marshall Tucker Band will be in concert on August 29 at the Old Town Amphitheater at City Hall. Show starts at 7:00 PM.

Friday Arts Project is partnering with the City of Rock Hill to promote community events in Old Town. At the concert, Friday Arts Project will have an exclusive balcony area reserved at a huge discount! Instead of the $28 general admission, we have a limited number of $10 tickets for F.A.P. friends who are Winthrop students & alumni.

There will also be a coffee bar.

Contact Stephen ( or Cameron ( for more information.

See you in Old Town!

Our Monday night portrait sessions continue on August 31. We will have a clothed model for a two-hour pose. Sessions are open to experienced individuals who desire to work with a live model.

Tables and chairs are provided. Please bring any other materials. No instruction will take place.

There is a $5 suggested charge for the model.

Parking available in the White Street lot at First A.R.P. Sessions are upstairs.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Works

New Works exhibition is up at the Perimeter Gallery at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill.

Featuring work by:
-Mary Courtney Blake
-Cameron Bunce
-Stephen Crotts
-Brandi Voigt Fox
-Daniel Romanoski
-Nicki Verechia

Reception Wednesday, July 22 from 4-6 PM

Work on view presently through July 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Gazing Into the Abyss

Photograph by Robert Murphy

Christian Wiman is a writer and the editor of Poetry magazine - the premier publisher of contemporary verse. This essay is an account of how his creative work lead him into despair, and ultimately to a "hope toward God."

To believe that being conscious means primarily being conscious of loss, to find life authentic only in the apprehension of death, is to pitch your tent at the edge of an abyss, “and when you gaze long into the abyss,” Nietzsche says, “the abyss also gazes into you.” I blinked.

Read it here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Empty Page

Jon Acuff talks about the value of the arts. Read here.

I was skimming and found some good thoughts on creativity.

Good to be reminded.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Arts Project Alum interviewed

Hey folks - here's my talk with Christy at IAM. Also, check out the other interviews!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Lauren Pope, with writing from the Pope

Hey guess what.

What you say?

Did you know that the Pope (big hat, armored golf cart, lives in Rome) wrote a letter to you?

You didn't know?

it's here but...

there's writing about it here that makes a nice edit of it.

Even beyond its typically religious expressions, true art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience.

I'm not saying that I completely agree with the letter to the details, but there are nice points. It's reassuring and validating to have the attention of someone called the "Heir of Christ" whether you ascribe to that or not.

lots to chew on,
and as a reminder, Nicki will be talking about her work this Friday at Augellos ( be there at 8am ) and be reading Amos for Sunday.

Be well
do good work