Artist's residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts results in 'new discoveries'

By Olivia Pool  Special to The Post and Courier   – Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Painter Brenda Gilliam's work will be on display at Art Mecca.
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Mixed-media abstract artist Sarah Boyts Yoder recently spent a weeklong residency at the prestigious Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

According to Yoder, the time she spent there has done her artist a world of good and her new solo show, "Nothing Passes, This Too Shall Pass," reflects that.

"Having so much concentrated, focused time allowed me to move forward in my work at a rate I've never experienced. I was able to create lots of work and in a much larger studio," she says. "The space I had allowed me to see everything on a bigger scale. This led to so many new discoveries and connections. I'm really grateful for the experience and excited to show the work at Jericho."

Jericho Advisors' public relations and media manager, April Adams, says, "During her residency, Yoder created multi-layered, abstract pieces with repetitive and powerful themes such as her popular 'buns' and 'suits.' Yoder's muses are her young children, their books and Abstract Expressionism. Shapes and illustrations ultimately became personal symbols throughout her life."

"They morph and become stories themselves, possessing a narrative, telling of a journey, a hardship, a triumph, a commitment to endure, in any form," the artist adds.

There will be an opening reception for Yoder's show from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Jericho Advisors, located at 815 Savannah Highway, Suite 101, in the Avondale area of West Ashley. The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Call 212-8482 or go to www.jerichoadvisors.com.

Opening reception

From 5-8 p.m. Thursday, there will be an opening reception at the Art Mecca of Charleston featuring new works by photographer John Chilton and painter Brenda Gilliam.

Chilton's contemporary photography reminds us how lucky we are to live in such an inspiring place.

Gilliam's paintings are unusual and her figures are quite expressive. Her style is very much her own and very recognizable.

Both artists will be present at the reception, which is free and open to the public. There will be complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.

The Art Mecca of Charleston is located at 427 King St. Call 577-0607 or go to www.artmeccaofcharleston.com.

'Holiday Cabaret'

Last winter, Theatre Charleston started putting on cabaret nights as a service to their members, but it was quickly obvious that the public wanted in on the fun, too.

Now they put on a few special, one-night-only performances open to the public.

The latest is "Holiday Cabaret" on Saturday at the Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St.

"Theatre Charleston's body of artists is continuously growing and our special events, such as this one, are a great way to spotlight new and familiar faces," says executive director Emily Wilhoit.

Expect to see and hear some of Charleston's favorite performers doing a mixture of classic holiday songs and modern favorites.

The "Holiday Cabaret" purposefully starts later in the evening so that patrons may attend other theater performances beforehand if they wish. The show will begin at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online.

Call 813-8578 or go to www.theatrecharleston.com.

'A Christmas Carol'

There's just nothing quite like Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

This holiday season, the Village Repertory Co. has created its own adaptation, using Dickens' own words from the classic tale. They also have transformed the Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St., into a two-dimensional "Victorian cutout" of the story, which sounds like it will be quite fantastic to see.

Directed by Village Repertory Co.'s associate artistic director, Robbie Thomas, "A Christmas Carol" features Brian Turner as Scrooge along with a cast of Village Rep. veterans.

Performances start at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and run through Dec. 21, so be sure to check out www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com or call 856-1579.

'Humbug Holiday Hour'

The Deuce Theatre is excited to bring back to Charleston "The Humbug Holiday Hour" featuring The Hackensack Candy Cane Kickers.

"These Radio City Rockette wannabes are returning to the Lowcountry for their first and only stop on their national tour," says Deuce's co-artistic director Michael Catangay.

"This cast of misfits will be sure to stuff your stocking with songs, satire and sass. So if you are feeling naughty or nice or both, this show will be right up your chimney."

"The Humbug Holiday Hour" will be presented at The Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, on James Island at 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 20-21.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.deucetheatre.com.