A Blog about Finding Inspiration

"We have a wonderful world to be inspired by and each new day is like an adventure into the unknown, where things that require a second glance can be captured in time on a canvas for anyone to enjoy forever." (Louise Corke)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Calm before the Storm Irene 8 '11

Looking west from Pawleys Island towards Pawleys Plantation

It is incredibly peaceful this evening as we wait for Irene to move in tomorrow
Wouldn't this make a great painting?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Artist Date in New Bern NC 8 '11

New Bern City Hall
BJ and I had been confined to the house far too much this week, so we decided to set aside our chores for a day and do something interesting. We set out sights on the small town of New Bern, NC. It is a four hour (one way) a road trip to this picturesque town and well worth the drive.  Whether you are an architectural painter or a  nature photographer, or just a lover of art and history, this place has it all.
Water Front
 New Bern is located at the confluence of the Trent and the Neuse rivers in what is known as North Carolina's Inner Banks region. It was first settled by Europeans in 1710 by Swiss and German immigrants. It was named after the capital of Switzerland, Bern, meaning courageous, which is something these settlers must have been to brave the wilderness. New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina and served as the capital of the North Carolina colonial government and then briefly as the state capital.
County Courthouse

Today, New Bern has a population of roughly 30,000. people. Like most of America, most pf its day to day businesses and shopping have moved to newer shopping centers in the suburb. and it's inner city is struggling to find a new identity. Still for a community with such a small population, the residential and commercial historical areas are in remarkably good state of preservation. The unique architecture of those areas, along with the natural beauty of New Bern's location, has helped to make the town a bit of a mini tourist attraction.

The downtown area is very walkable, and every direction you go leads to something interesting. This path lead to a small courtyard park called "Bern Park which was filled with carved bears. (Actually the whole town has colorful statues of bears around it. I never did find out why. )

The town also has a lot of churches  And I do mean A LOT... all are beautifully maintained, with interesting facades.

New Bern's 's downtown commercial district is not only well preserved but has really interesting places to shop There are lots of eateries, art stores, and some great one of a kind places to visit.

This former bank building (c.1913), headquarters of the Craven Arts Council & Gallery, is both a cultural and architectural treat. The classical facade of Ionic columns provides a grand entrance for the two-story gallery. Changing exhibitions of various media such as painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and fiber art by artists of the southeastern United States are provided free of charge in the gallery area.  It is one of the most beautiful galleries I have ever visited. Be sure to visit the Bank of the Arts Sculpture Park on the corner of Broad and Middle Street across the street from the Cultural Council Gallery

PS I didn't get any photos of the residential neighborhoods, but if you enjoy photographing or painting architecture those are really interesting  as well.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Artist Date in Bluffton SC / Late August 2011

Anyone who questions that value of art in today's economy, should pay a visit to Bluffton, SC,  where local art is the powerhouse behind the town's economy.
BJ Enjoys local art as much as I do
Virtually every commercial establishment in the town is promoting art in one form or another

Even the signage is artsy

Some  are specialize in what they display  like the  tea house where we had lunch 
General Store
And some are down right funky 
An out of door art extension of the general store
The local filling station and auto repair shop display recycled  metal art
The local filling station 
For those who would rather make art, than purchase it,
  there are  also the usual anti-bellum buildings,

  interesting churches
 And beautiful scenery along the May River 
Shrimp dock
Anyway you look at it , Bluffton SC is worth a visit.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CC joining the Charlston Artist Guild Gallery

I just got confirmation that starting in October I will have wall space in the Charleston Artists Gallery. I was juried in as an exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild a year ago. Apparently that put my name on the wait list for an opening in the gallery. It came as a complete surprise to me when they called to ask me if I wanted space. Did I? Duh !  Of course I want it.
Its a primo location right in the heart of the art district in the historic district.  It exhibits  top notch  local artists. You can visit the gallery at:
160 East Bay Street
in Charleston, SC
I am overjoyed

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Little River Light House Aug '11

I had seen photos of a light house along the Little River in South Carolina, so today Bruce and I went looking for it.  It turns out to be a  replica of a light house that is used by a condo community  to store its pool supplies.  Functional or not, the clever camouflage has become something of a local landmark to boaters on the Little River, SC.