Have you made a New Year's resolution to help others?
Consider kicking things off at The Art and Heart of Philanthropy event put on by the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Center for Women.
The special luncheon and discussion will take place Tuesday at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island and will focus on educating attendees on all the intricacies of donating and how it can be beneficial for all parties. Moderator Jane Perdue will talk to panelists Laura Gates, Carolyn Hunter, Susan Romaine and Anita Zucker about the art of giving back.
The event will begin with coffee and registration at 10:30 a.m. with a panel discussion at 11 a.m. Guests will continue their conversations over lunch at Jasmine's Porch. There will be a champagne social after lunch hosted by the Wells Gallery at The Sanctuary.
Tickets to the event are $75; the amount includes the presentation, the luncheon, as well as a $50 tax-deductible contribution to the Center for Women and the Gibbes. Purchase tickets or find out more by calling the Center for Women at 763-7333 or online at www.c4women.org.
Photographer Stan Foxworthy explains proactive photography as "visualizing one's photography in a holistic way by controlling composition, timing and the purposeful use of light to create mood or emotion in the final image."
On Monday, Foxworthy will give a presentation at the Charleston Center for Photography about how anyone, regardless of the type of camera they are using, "can take control of their photographic vision by practicing proactive photography."
Foxworthy has spent more than 30 years as a professional photographer, working as a freelance photojournalist as well as shooting weddings, debutante balls, theatrical portraiture, products and travel.
Knowing what a client needs from a technical standpoint is every bit as important as artistic merit, and Foxworthy will showcase a wide variety of imagery, from commercial products, motorsports, weddings and portraits to creating compelling art with limited gear, describing how he reached the final product and why they are special to his clients, as well as to him.
Foxworthy's lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. at the Charleston Center for Photography, 654 King St.
For more information, call 720-3105.
Factor Prize rebranded
In 2007, Elizabeth and Mallory Factor established the annual Factor Prize, which honored an artist whose work contributed to the understanding of the South.
John Westmark won the prize in 2012; and this spring, his work "John Westmark: Narratives" will be shown at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Amy Mercer, marketing and communications manager of the Gibbes, said the Factor Prize to now being called the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.
Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize will open Wednesday and can be made exclusively online at 1858prize.org through May. Artists must reside, work in or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia to be eligible. The finalists will be announced in June and the winner in September.
Society 1858 is kicking off the opening of submissions for the 2014 prize competition on Feb. 7 with its annual winter party: "Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope."
Tickets are $50 for 1858 members, $80 for nonmembers.
There will be a $110 combo ticket available, which includes a Gibbes membership, 1858 dues and a party ticket.
For more information, go to www.gibbesmuseum.org.
'Piano Man and Diva'
Prepare to be blown away as South of Broadway Theatre Company founder and producer Mary Gould and New York City pianist/singer/arranger William "Bill" Lewis team up for "The Piano Man and the Diva."
Expect a fun night with a program ranging from pop to opera to musical theatre and more.
Charleston is lucky to have Gould as a local these days as she has graced the stages in prestigious theatres and opera houses from New York to England, Scotland to South America, playing Carmen as well as Mimi in "La Boheme," just to name a few roles. She most recently starred as Madeline Mitchell in Jake Heggie's opera "Three Decembers" in Pittsburgh. Having spent much of her childhood in Brazil, Gould's repertoire ranges from opera to musical theatre to pop.
Lewis lives in New York City, where he has a career as a pianist, coach, accompanist, arranger, recording artist, musical director and conductor.
Over the past 45 years, Lewis has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Iceland, Brazil (with Gould), China, Germany, Sicily, Austria and the British Isles with singers such as Ronan Tynan, Marcello Giordani, Maureen O'Flynn, Victoria Livengood, Patti LaBelle and others, according to Gould.
Lewis and Gould have been working together since 1983. This concert will pay homage to that long friendship, recall both touching and hilarious moments from their careers, and includes a sizeable helping of irreverence, wit and laughter, says Gould.
There will only be four performances of "The Piano Man and the Diva," with the first shows Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25.
South of Broadway Theatre Company is at 1080 E. Montague Ave. For show details or to purchase tickets, call 745-0317 or go to www.southofbroadway.com.