Monday, January 30, 2012

Forum on Beauty (with audio)

Art has a way of creating space. Whether you look at a sculpture, a painting, read a poem—whatever—you gain space to think more deeply about life.

Creativity creates space. From January 27th to the 29th we collaborated with Bird and Key to present a “Forum on Beauty.” We created a space to discuss the breadth and depth of Beauty—its importance, its source, and its various expressions. Friday night was a public concert night where we heard from the band Elonzo, and singer-songwriter, Jeremy Casella. All day Saturday we took in presentations and performances from an assortment of artists and critics. And finally on Sunday, a group of us visited the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Uptown Charlotte, NC to take in and talk about the art we saw.

Casey Mink Performance at Space 157
Mary Johnson, a participant, said this:
“I have to say again… what a fine weekend discussing beauty and the arts with such a stellar group of participants and contributors!  Wow. Luke Allsbrook, Casey Mink and Joseph Henderson’s talents were considerable and inspiring. Kirk, Sarah and the Friday Arts group did an amazing job of gifting all of us who came with an opportunity to be stretched and challenged in our own efforts to bring beauty, truth and goodness through our art to a broken world. I was so glad I came.”
Luke Allsbrook
Family Meal at Erin's Restaurant
Visit to Bechtler Museum of Modern Art


Joseph Henderson, Ph.D candidate in 19th & 20th Century American Literature and Theoretical Constructs at University at Albany, SUNY.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Beneath the Surface: Forum on Beauty

Friday Arts Project & Bird and Key present a weekend-long gathering dedicated to an exploration of Beauty. Special guest Kirk Irwin returns to Rock Hill to moderate several engagements with artists, musicians, writers and participants. Participants will have opportunities to experience various works in an arts salon format and engage with artists through interviews and dialogue. The weekend will be spent at Friday Arts Project's Space 157, other locations in Old Town Rock Hill and in Charlotte at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Kirk Irwin giving his lecture "On Beauty" at Space 157 in 2011

Speakers & Performers:

Kirk Irwin, Theologian & Arts Advocate

Jeremy Casella, Singer-songwriter and producer

Elonzo, Band

Luke Allsbrook, Painter

Casey Mink, Violinist

Joseph Henderson, Writer & Winthrop M.A. Candidate

Artists of Space 157



4-6 PM Check-in & welcome at Space 157 (157 East Main, 2nd Floor)

6 PM Dinner at Old Town Restaurants (on your own)

8 PM Forum Opening: Jeremy Casella & Elonzo in concert at the Courtroom at Gettys


9 AM Coffee & Pastries at Space 157 (included)

10 AM Morning Session: Luke Allsbrook, painter | Casey Mink, violinist

NOON Lunch (Included)

2 PM Afternoon Session: Arts Salon & Writer Joseph Henderson presenting

"Large and Startling Figures: The Shock of Mystery in Barry Hannah, Annie Dillard, and Cormac McCarthy"

5 PM Cocktail Hour (Guests are encouraged to patronize our downstairs neighbors at The Vault)

6 PM Family-Style Dinner at Erin's Restaurant (Included in registration)

7 PM Keynote & Discussion with Kirk Irwin


2 PM Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Visit | Closing remarks



Entire Event (includes admission to Bechtler Museum):

Regular: $50, Student: $35

Sans Museum visit:

Regular: $40, Student: $25


A lot of volunteer work has gone into this event, so if you’re interested in giving more, give $100 and we will include a special art gift from Friday Arts Project artists!

*includes Saturday meals: light breakfast, lunch, dinner

We accept cash or check. Make checks payable to Friday Arts Project, and send to: Stephen Crotts, 616 Cedar St., Rock Hill, SC 29730. Payment Deadline: (postmark by) January 20, 2012. Contact Stephen Crotts at for further details.


Support for this project is provided by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, which receives funding from the Rock Hill A-Tax/Tourism Commission, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, the SC Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sponsored in part by:
Jim & Poco Olson, Rock Hill Bike Shop, RUF at Winthrop, Hill City Church, Plumbline Communications