30TH Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition

SPONSORED BY: Berkeley Electric Cooperative
September 23 through October 30; Monday through Friday: 10am to 4pm
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Sunday, September 22 from 5:30pm to 7pm
McKinley Washington Auditorium, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free
Juror: Amiri Geuka Farris
Coordinator: Francina Smalls-Joyner

Featuring regional artists, this annual juried art exhibition gives cash awards for first, second, third places, and three ribbons for honorable mentions. Artists selected to participate in this year’s exhibition are Mary Moore Anderson, Claire Barthold, Karen Brown, Karole Turner Campbell, Jennifer Coach, Lillian A. Cotton, Jesse Gadsden, Robert Hoffman, Katherine Houghton, Lori Starnes Isom, Blue Jim, Cindy Male, Roko Miller, Bridget Murray, Calvin Nizar, Cilia Pray, Pedro Rodriguez, Georgette W. Sanders, Patricia Sebree, Edward Shmunes, Christopher Smalls, Denise Spatz, and Marie Ella Williams.

Amiri Geuka Farris, this year’s juror, received his Masters of Fine Art in Painting, with his BFA in Illustration and graphic design, from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Amiri’s academic appointments include Professor of Fine Arts at Georgia Southern University, at the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, and Professor of Fine Arts, at Savannah State University. He is currently a professor at The University of South Carolina – Beaufort where he teaches studio and fine arts and also an instructor of art at Savannah State University.

Amiri’s work has been featured in more than 50 one-person gallery shows and juried museum exhibitions, including the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C and the York W. BaileyMuseum at Historic Penn Center National Historic Landmark on St. Helena Island, South Carolina. He was named the 2008 Artist-of-the-Year at the Penn Center.

The Spirit of Place: Traditions of the Agrarian Home in Barbados and the Lowcountry

September 7 through October 6, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday  10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm
The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St
Coordinator:  Anne Quattlebaum                                                                         

Exploring New World building traditions and typographies common to the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States, this curated exhibition brings together artists’ perspectives on the architecture of Barbados and the Sea Islands of the Carolinas with documentation of the history of these buildings.  Central to the exhibit is a model of a Barbadian chattel house, constructed in partnership with the American College of the Building Arts, the work of Barbadian Bob Kiss, Charlestonian Julia Cart, and  photos from the Avery Research Center archives by Robert Yellin and by Terry James of the Slave Dwelling Project.

Charles DeSaussure Memorial Exhibition: Through My Eyes

SPONSORED BY: Art Institute of Charleston and Chuma Nwokike
September 26 through October 30;  Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm, Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3 from 5pm to 7pm
The Art Institute of Charleston, 24 North Market Street
Admission:  Free
Coordinator:  Francina Smalls-Joyner, Greg Jenkins, and Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

Charles DeSaussure (April 5, 1954-July 16, 2013) was born in Yemassee, SC. At the age of five, his father moved the family to President Street in Charleston, SC. Charles was one of eleven children, and spoke of his father with awe. The DeSaussures were the first family of color to move into that part of downtown Charleston.

After he graduated from high school, Charles entered the Air Force and saw the world and had liked what he had seen, as he says, “I liked the excitement of travel but then I had a hard time settling down.” Using his innate drawing ability, he found part-time work as a sign painter on and off for years. His art benefits greatly from what he learned about light and shadow as a sign painter. Returning to Charleston, he started a family but still longed for a different lifestyle.

Charles was a very talented artist and had shown his work at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, and in various galleries in Washington, DC and New York City. He was one of the most popular artists at the Red Piano Too Art Gallery, St. Helena Island, SC where his work had been shown for twenty years. People from all over the United States admire and collects Charles’ wonderful reflections of people in everyday life.

Charles DeSaussure will be deeply missed by so many. It is irrefutable that he left his mark on the world. Whether you knew him through his paintings or personally, both could be described as beautiful works of art.

This memorial exhibition presents over a dozen of Charles’ paintings, including “Harvesting
Sweetgrass” the art featured on the 2013 MOJA poster.

Senior Outreach – SANAA NA WAZEE (SENIORS AND THE ARTS)

Admission: Free
Coordinator: Bettye Purvis

MOJA performers go into area nursing homes and senior citizen centers: Theresa Hilliard spins delightful Gullah stories and Shirley Green performs a mini gospel concert.

• Carter-May Homes/St. Joseph Residence, 1660 Ingram Road, October 2 at 10am and 1:30pm; October 4 at 3pm
• Charleston Area Senior Center, 259 Meeting Street, September 30 at 10:30 am, October 2 at 1:30am and October 3 at 2pm

Children’s Programs at the Library: The Telling Drum with Julian Gooding

PRODUCED BY: Charleston County Public Library
SPONSORED BY: The Post and Courier Foundation
Thursday, October 3 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Programmed by the Charleston County Library staff, this series provides offerings suitable for children ages 4-11 years old.

Poetry and Storytelling

SPONSERED  BY:  Café 7
HOSTED BY: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Thursday, October 3 from 6pm-7pm
Café 7, 2026 Savannah Hwy
Admission:  Free
Coordinator:  Warachal E. Faision, M.D. and Tribal Raine

Tribal Raine

Tribal Raine is dynamite wrapped in flowers. She walks in pretty as a picture and then explodes.  As an accomplished Spoken Word artist in her own right, her forte is primarily the written word by preference. Indeed she exudes a powerful and experienced presence on any stage. Tribal Raine is a multi-recorded and published artist whose works have been used as teaching tools for poetry college courses. On stages from Vegas to NY, her presence has been felt in all its quixotic creations.

Da Beat Gwine On From Africa Ta Da Gullah/Geechee Nation

Produced by: Carlie Towne Productions
Thursday, October 3 at 7pm
Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street
Admission: $16 General; $5 Children under 12
Coordinator: Carlie Towne

This is the journey of sons and daughters of West Africa who were forced to America in ships of pain.  In spite of their suffering, they have the highest retention of African tradition in America.  This journey of the beat is told through the eyes of Sista’s of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The story takes place in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The Sista’s are the major instrument of Gullah/Geechee in influencing the minds of the people about the importance of their culture, land, and legacy.  Just when they think they are getting the word across about their retention of their African roots and their Gullah/Geechee Tradition, one of their so called friends comes over disputing their intention.  The Sista’s get them straight and they keep it real.  This reality play is told by using mixed media, song, music, dance, poetry and oral history.

Midtown Productions presents: Five Guys Named Moe

PRODUCED BY: Midtown Productions
Directed by Ryan Ahlert
Thursday, October 3 from 8pm to 10pm; Friday, October 4 from 8pm to 10pm; Saturday, October 5 from 3pm to 5pm & 8pm to 10pm; Sunday, October 6 from 3pm to 5pm.   
Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street
Admission: $36 Adults; $33 Seniors/Military; $29 Students; Student Rush (w/ ID, space available) $16 – at door, 15 min before curtain

Five Guys Named Moe begins with “Nomax,” a guy down on his luck, singing the blues.  His girl has left him and he’s broke.  He’s drowning his sorrows in booze when suddenly, out of his radio pop Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe.  Through song and dance they comfort him, teach him about life and love, and set him on the straight and narrow – all while performing the mostly whimsical and always wonderful hit songs of Louis Jordan, one of the most beloved songwriting greats of the twentieth century.  The songs include Caldonia… Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying … Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens … Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby, to name just a few. The joint will be jumpin’ at The Dock Street Theatre with this funny, jazzy, and energetic tribute to Jordan, the musician acclaimed by such masters as Bill Haley, Chuck Berry and James Brown as the “father of rhythm and blues” and the “grandfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll”.  If you like your musical theatre with upbeat jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and calypso music, come join us for the highly entertaining, Tony Award nominee Five Guys Named Moe.

Spoken Word

Thursday, October 3 from 9pm to 11pm
Huger’s, 587 King St.
Admission: $10
Coordinator: Sheila Cole

Huger’s sets the mood for local and regional poets and poetry lovers to share their favorite works accompanied by Da’rrell Ravenell & company.  Join the fun!  Come out, sign up and share your favorite poems.

Writers’ Workshops

SPONSORED BY: The Post and Courier Foundation
Monday, September 30 through Friday, October 4 from 10am to 12pm
Admission: Free
Coordinator: Bev Prince-Muhammad

A series of writer’s workshops for pre-selected middle school students is facilitated by Bev Prince Muhammad formally of Omaha, Nebraska who now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.  Muhammad has always enjoyed writing and is an advocate of getting children involved with penning their poems and thoughts.  In 2004 and 2006 she also facilitated a writer’s workshop entitled “Let’s Get It Write” for young adults at an Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska.