Ten Years of PopCult

Today is the tenth anniversary of The PopCult Blog, written by Rudy Panucci. Every hour, on the hour(sort of), we’re going to bring you one of our favorite posts from the preceding decade. Some are significant “firsts,” while others are deeply touching or overwhelmingly goofy. We’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.

We wanted to bring you at least one photo essay from ArtWalk, and we chose this one from October, 2011 because not only do you get ArtWalk photos, you also get the Charleston return of Brian and Brad Diller.

The PopCulteer
October 21, 2011

The big story at last night’s ArtWalk was the triple dose of Diller at Taylor Books last night. Brad Diller was on hand, signing copies of his book of cartoons, “The Neighbors Have Two Flamingos,” while his brother, Brian, and nephew, Nathan, were performing in Taylor’s cafe. When the matriarch of the Diller clan, Polly Diller, showed up, the family reunion was nearly complete,

But that’s not all that ArtWalk had to offer. The Charleston Ballet entered the fray with a cool exhibit, Art Emporium had a dazzling show by April Waltz, The Purple Moon offered up a room of way-cool vintage items like the one at the head of this column and the other galleries all made their mark.

We will jump into the photo essay after the “read more” link, right after this PopCult Instant Video of Brian Diller performing an old Stubby Dill classic.

Brian Diller with his mother, consumer advocate, Polly Diller.

Brad Diller, signing until the books were all gone.

The place was packed.

Taylor’s Annex Gallery, which had great artwok on display, wa also packed.

Art Emporium


The phenomenal color work of April Waltz is on display at The Art Emporium.

The phenomenal color work of April Waltz is on display at The Art Emporium.

April’s work is also available on nifty notepads.

The Purple Moon/Modern By Design

This month, one of the rooms "Over The Moon" has gone vintage, with some incredible cool old stuff, like this old Chinese Checkers set.

This month, one of the rooms “Over The Moon” has gone vintage, with some incredible cool old stuff, like this old Chinese Checkers set.

An audience of globes enjoys the work of Sharon Stackpole.

Over at The Purple Moon’s sister store, Modern By Design, they have some really great pieces, like this new coffee table.

Gallery Eleven

Larry Wolfe is the featured artist this month at Gallery Eleven.

Next month we’re told that a very special exhibit will be featured in Gallery Eleven’s classy new digs.

White Oak Photography

We popped by White Oak Photography early in the afternoon, where they were just getting set up for a fun evening of kid’s Halloween photos with music from Comparsa.

The Charleston Ballet

K.D. Lett, Dick Allowatt and Charly Hamilton had work on display at The Charleston Ballet’s new location on the corner of Capitol and Virginia Streets. K.D.’s work really needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

Romano Associates

Work from The Charleston Camera Club was on display at Romano Associates. Here’s a peek at work by B-N-C Photos and Ron Gaskin.

That’s it for this week’s PopCulteer. Next week is when all the Halloween stuff hits the fan, so who knows what’s going to wind up in this blog.