FOWL Request for Art Donations
The Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) will be holding a live and online art auction Saturday, June 23, at the home of Caroline and Rich Drummond in Prince George ~ River to raise matching funds for The Library Center – Waccamaw (TLC), a new facility to be constructed on Willbrook Boulevard in Litchfield.
Auctioneer Joe Exxum will be handling the auction which will receive considerable exposure in the press, locally and regionally. We are soliciting quality donations from local artists for this effort. You will be in very good company! In addition to several works by well known artists who have passed (e.g., David Bellucci, Tallulah McInvaill, Kathy Metts and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner), many of the area art instructors have already committed to donating major pieces, including Danny McLaughlin, Barnie Slice, Jef Sturm, Zenobia Washington, Kathy Welde and Jane Woodward. And they are promoting the project to their students. As Barnie advises, “When you donate, give your best!” For a completely new group of prospective art collectors, your work is your best advertisement.
We welcome works in all the paint media (framed, please), as well as photography, glass, clay, metal, wood and fabric artwork. Your affiliation with any guilds or galleries where your work may be viewed will be included in the identifying information. The artwork will be posted on the auctioneer’s website for regional online bidding.
If you are interested in contributing to this important project, the deadline is May 15. Please contact Linda Ketron at 843-235-9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made at Art Works in the Chocolate & Coffee House inside the Litchfield Exchange.
The Moveable Feast
This popular series is presenting its 14th season of exciting authors talking their new books at Waccamaw Neck restaurants, followed by lunch and a book signing. Held every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., paid reservations are requested by the Wednesday prior to the feast. Each feast is $25. The 2012 schedule is available at the CLASS office inside the Chocolate & Coffee House (Litchfield Exchange behind Applewood House of Pancakes on U.S. 17), online at www.ClassAtPawleys.com, or by phone, 843-235-9600.
May 11 – Ron Rash (“The Cove”) at Tara Ballroom, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. New York Times bestselling author of “Serena” returns to Appalachia, this time at the height of World War I, with the story of a blazing but doomed love affair caught in the turmoil of a nation at war. Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe – just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin. Then it happens – a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. Laurel finds him in the woods, nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and nurses him back to health. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel’s heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known.
Special Monday, May 14 – Mary Alice Monroe (“Beach House Memories”) at Pawleys Plantation. New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her classic Southern setting in the Isle of Palms with the sequel to her beloved novel “The Beach House,” skillfully weaving together issues of class, women’s rights and domestic abuse. Set in the tumultuous South during the 1970s, she tells the story of Olivia, “Lovie” Rutledge, the mother from “The Beach House.” As Lovie sits on the porch of her charming beach house and looks out over the ocean, the old woman reflects on the difficult choices she made in many years earlier – during the summer that changed her life. Beautifully wrought and rich with keen insight, this is an unforgettable tale of marriage, resilience and one woman’s private strength.
May 18 – O’Neal Smalls (“Blessed Be the Ties that Bind”) at Ocean One. A benefit for FOWL/TLC (The Library Center-Waccamaw). Before joining the USC law faculty in 1989, Professor Smalls taught at American University and George Washington University. Recent scholarly activities included the design and coordination of a workshop to present research on early twentieth century rural African American education in Southern schools. Professor Smalls has served on a number of boards and committees, including President and Chair of the Freewoods Foundation, which has established Freewoods Farm, dedicated to re-creating life on farms owned or operated by African Americans.
Local Author Wins First Place for Historical Fiction
Winner of the Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Historical Fiction, as part of the Reader Views Literary Awards, Sarah Bruce Kelly’s newest novel is sure to satisfy all lovers of historical fiction, and especially those interested in the personal lives behind the music of great composers. Kelly makes the world of opera in eighteenth century Italy and Austria live again in “Vivaldi’s Muse.”
As a young girl in Mantua, Annina Giro dreams of being a famous singer and studying under the great composer Antonio Vivaldi. When an opportunity arises for her to travel to Venice to study music, she leaves behind the pain of her dysfunctional family for a new world of backbiting and jealous prima donnas. But Annina rises above it all until she can attain Vivaldi’s tutelage, and soon the two develop an inseparable relationship that leads to Vivaldi composing some of his greatest music for her voice.
Tyler R. Tichelaar, former winner of the Reader Views Literary Awards for Historical Fiction, has since sponsored the award in the historical fiction category. Tichelaar wrote, “Sarah Bruce Kelly has done a masterful job of blending her research into the story. I was most impressed by her meticulous efforts to present Vivaldi and Annina Giro’s relationship truthfully, without sensationalism, making it more poignant and realistic as a result. I could not put the book down and finished it in two days.”
Kelly’s first historical novel, “The Red Priest’s Annina” (2009), has met with international acclaim; her second, “Jazz Girl” (2010), is based on the turbulent early life of African-American pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams. Her newest novel “Vivaldi’s Muse” (2011), can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www.BelCantoPress.com.