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Supporting the Arts

This past weekend I went on the Columbia, South Carolina Open Studios tour with two other artists, Glenda Keyes and Barbara Yongue.  In the past, I have opened my studio to the public on these tours and was sad that I was not able to visit the other studios, so this year I wanted to support the tour as a  visitor.

We started early at Soda City Market on Main Street for Inda Coffee, microgreens and kale from City Roots, and Sicilian Coast goat cheese from Trail Ridge Farm.  I also found a cute Nana by Sally clutch at the market.  I like how Sally Peek puts together unusual combinations of colors and patterns.  This one has my favorite blue/green gray colors in a bold floral pattern with gray and white stripes inside.

Sophie Clutch Nana by Sally Peek Purchased at Soda City Market Columbia, South Carolina

Sophie Clutch
Nana by Sally Peek
Purchased at Soda City Market
Columbia, South Carolina


Interior of Sophie Clutch Nana by Sally Peek

Interior of Sophie Clutch
Nana by Sally Peek

When the studios opened at 10:00, we started in Cayce at the newly opened pottery studio of John and Venetia Sharpe.  They have a variety of sturdy food-safe serving pieces and decorative raku vases.  I may need to have a party just to use this beautiful bowl….

Food-safe serving bowl Pottery by John and Venetia Sharpe Cayce, South Carolina

Food-safe serving bowl
Pottery by John and Venetia Sharpe
Cayce, South Carolina

We visited several other studios along the way.   I’m endlessly fascinated by the way artists make use of tiny outbuildings, vast industrial buildings, repurposed objects, and expensive rare materials to make art.

Near the VA hospital, we found beaded jewelry and a flame working demonstration at the studio of Betty Evans and Carolyn Ramsey. (Do you notice a color theme developing in my purchases?)

Sterling and bead earrings by Carolyn Ramsey Earrings by Betty Evans

Sterling and bead earrings by Carolyn Ramsey
Glass earrings by Betty Evans

Finally, my favorite artist on the day’s tour was Nancy Butterworth in Shandon.    She makes delicate pottery using impressions of leaves of fatsia, collards, and other bold leafed plants with earthy glazes.  In case you missed Open Studios, she’s having another sale this coming weekend.  For more information, contact her at nkbutterworth@gmail.com.  Of course, I have already picked out the best pieces, but she might have a few pieces left for you.

Pottery bowl by Nancy Butterworth Columbia, SC

Pottery bowl by Nancy Butterworth
Columbia, SC

I was impressed with the quality and variety of art available on the tour and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk to the artists.  It is great fun to come home with unique pieces and the memory of a fun day.

As always, I would love for you to buy my art, but if you don’t buy art from me, BUY ART SOMEWHERE!

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What Do Palms Mean To You?

Gold Palm, 20x16", Acrylic on canvas, ©2012 Lucinda Howe

Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun kissed hair. That endless summer, take me there. (Unknown)

It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened. (Philip Sidney)

The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind. (Carl Hiaasen)

In South Carolina culture, Palmetto trees are ubiquitous.  In a broader context, palms have many meanings.

What do palms mean to you?

Do palm trees remind you of tropical vacations or ancient civilizations?  Does your religion recognize palms as spiritual symbol?  Have you eaten the fruits of palms… coconuts, dates, cabbage palmetto?  When you see a photo of palms bending in the wind, do you think of hurricane warnings or good surfing?

I hope you will come visit me at my studio this weekend to experience my palm paintings and reconnect with your love of palms.

Saturday, April 21, 2012   9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  (Come early for a cup of coffee 9:30 − 10:00 a.m)

Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

10203 Two Notch Road, Suite F, Columbia, SC (across from Target)

More information about Columbia Open Studios  www.columbiaopenstudios.org.


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Hunting Island Palms

Hunting Island Palms

Hunting Island Palms, Acrylic on paper, 5x7", ©2012 Lucinda Howe

This small painting was created on location at Hunting Island State Park.  I used a thin wash of gold and lavender gray to suggest filtered sunlight and trees in the background and painted the palms with opaque paints in the foreground.

This 5×7″ painting and others from Hunting Island will be matted and available for purchase for $45.00 at the Open Studio event April 21-22.  I hope you will put the event on your calendar and plan to stop by.

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5 Reasons to Buy Original Art















1.  To own something unique. Original art is a one-of-a-kind creation.  You have something that no one else has.  Art that is made with high quality materials and techniques will remain a beautiful treasure for a lifetime.

Last Dance, 11×14″, Acrylic, by Lucinda Howe

Mass-produced reproductions may seem like a good deal at first, but they can’t copy the texture of the original and the colors may fade. Living with a piece of original art instead of a print is like living with your pet rather than a photo of your pet.  If you prefer granite counters and wood floors to laminate or vinyl,  you may also appreciate the authenticity of original art.

2.  To express yourself.  Art is a way to express your personal style and taste in your home or office.

Don’t hesitate to display art wherever you will see it often.  Hang a small piece at seated eye-level in a cozy reading nook, or display it on your bedside table.  Mix with other art in a group to create a combination with personal meaning.  If you are redecorating a room or moving into a new home, you can use a favorite piece of art as a starting point to develop your decor.

3.  To support your local economy. Buying art is a personal choice and is risky as an investment, just like the stock market.  There is no guarantee that the art will increase in value.  However, you are investing in the artist’s career.  If you find an artist that you like and buy several pieces over time, you help support the longevity of the artist’s career and the value of your pieces.

Much of the money that you spend with an artist is returned to the local economy as studio rent, art supplies,  and other goods and services.

A vibrant arts community makes your community more attractive to visitors and businesses with educated work forces.

4.  To build your legacy. Many art collectors begin buying art that speaks to them personally or to support their friends.  Over the years, some of these collections have been donated to museums and have become priceless records of the culture and time in which the collectors lived.  You may not have this goal in mind when you start collecting, but once your collection starts to grow, you will be glad that you invested in quality.

5.  To experience magic. Whether you call it good vibrations or karma, the passion of the artist resides in the art.

Because our society is focused on verbal communication, it is necessary for artists to talk about their work in blogs and artist statements and to tell stories to connect with viewers.  But artists secretly hope that you will recognize the ember of meaning that goes deeper than words and speaks directly from one soul to another.  That connection is the joy of sharing art.

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