We have another terrific ArtWalk in the books, and in the blog.
We are also saddened to bring you news of the passing of Jeffrey Catherine Jones, one of the premiere fantasy artists of the last half-century.
We’re also going to take a quick look at upcoming weekend events.
But first, it’s time for ArtWalk, kicking off with some cool work by Keith Allen (that’s some of it at the right of this text). Apologies for the sparseness of the captions this month. Your PopCulteer is still stretched a bit thin.
Keith Allen at Stray Dog Antiques
Traci Higgenbottom at Art Emporium
White Oak Photography
The Purple Moon featuring Sharon Lyn Stackpole
Modern By Design
Street Scenes From ArtWalko
Romano Associates presents William Price and Miranda Fields
Visions Day Spa
Taylor Books Annex Gallery presents “Modus Operandi” by Natalie Gibbs Burdette and Kristen Zammiello
Note: due to camera shakiness on the part of your PopCulteer, I did not get any good shots of Kristen’s work. The following art is all by Natalie Gibbs Burdette. Next week’s PopCulteer will feature work by Kristen.
That is our look at ArtWalk. Next week we will revisit “Modus Operandi” and bring you some more photos that didn’t make the cut this week.
The world of fantasy art lost one of its masters Thursday morning. Jeffrey Catherine Jones passed away due to respiratory issues at the age of 67. Hailed by Frank Frazetta as “The Greatest Living Painter,” Jones broke onto the scene in the early 1970s producing covers for sci-fi and fantasy books like Fritz Lieber’s “Fafhrd And The Gray Mauser.” Jones also dabbled in comics, with work for Warren Publishing and even a couple of covers for DC Comics. He landed a slot in The National Lampoon with his comic strip, “Idyl,” in which beautifully-drawn beautiful naked woman walked around talking. Later he did the similar strip, “I’m Age” for Heavy Metal.
Jones was part of the legendary group of artists known as “The Studio.” Along with Berni Wrightson, Barry Windsor Smith and Mike Kaluta, Jones became a sought-after commodity. The Studio was able to branch out into limited edition fine art prints and portfolios, and the group was at the top of their game for much of the late 1970s. After The Studio members went their separate ways, Jones began to explore a more expressionistic style, and faded from the fantasy art scene.
In the 1990s, Jones hit a rough patch. a failed marriage, a mental breakdown and a gender-reassignment surgery left Jones homeless, penniless and unable to work. About eight years ago Jones was able to get some help and was able to start creating art again. In the last few years, Jones used Facebook to reconnect with her audience, and was very encouraging. I’d traded a few messages with Jones, who offered very kind words about my art and Radio Free Charleston.
Filmmaker Maria Cabardo has been working on a film, “Better Things: Life Choices Of Jeffrey Jones.” A rather poignant clip shows Jones talking about being at peace with her impending death:
We’ve lost a wonderful artist, who at the end seems to have come to peace with what was an unduly troubled life.
There are some great things going on in town this weekend. You have two more chances to catch The Charleston Light Opera Guild production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” as seen on RFC 130. Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 PM at The Charleston Civic Center Little Theater.
Jonathan Tucker (seen on RFC 127) and Mark Scarpelli (seen on a ton of episodes of the show lately) will be entertaining diners at Fazio’s from 6 to 8 PM Friday night.
Blue Million (seen on RFC 129) will be performing at Bruno’s on Leon Sullivan Way
Friday starting at 9 PM. There is no cover charge.
InFormation, The Hard C’s and Chemical Valley will be at The Blue Parrot starting at 10 PM Friday, with a five-dollar cover.
Andy Park and The Kountry Katz will be sharing the bill with Jeff Ellis, both RFC guests in the past, at The Empty Glass Friday at 10:30. The cover charge is seven bucks.
Saturday night The Diablo Blues Band will be at The Boulevard Tavern, hosting a blues jam in association with the Charlie West Blues Festival.
That’s about it for this week’s PopCulteer. Next week, Cool Comics will really return, along with all of our other regular features. RFC 131 will be coming your way week after next.