• Friday, April 27, 2012

There are only three days left in April, but cultural arts in Summerville remain very much alive to the very end and spill over into the Lovely Month of May. There is a literary opportunity on Monday. The Summerville Writers Guild (SWG) has a guest speaker who will be discussing pediatric cancer. Author Pat David, a retired pediatric nurse, will talk about her career and her new book, “HUGS,” at the SWG meeting Monday, April 30, at 6:30 pm at Perkins Restaurant on Trolley Road. HUGS stands for important healing factors of Hope, Understanding, Guidance and Support. The public, especially anyone involved with this disease, is invited. If you plan to come, please contact Dora Ann Reaves, at dareaves@sc.rr.com or 873-9866. Space is limited and we don’t want to have to turn anyone away.          

Pat’s book is described as cheerful, informational and uplifting with terminology everybody can understand. She uses the pseudonym “Glamour Gertie” when volunteering at a camp for children with cancer, where she provides transformations and makeovers for all the girls. “HUGS” is Pat’s first book, in what is planned as a series of children’s books about pediatric cancer.           Monday is also the last scheduled day of the student art show in the Town Hall Annex. This inaugural show displays the art of 28 students, representing some of the best art in Dorchester District II schools over the past four years. The show is sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) which hopes to make it an annual event. If you’re downtown Monday, take a few minutes to drop into Town Hall and peruse this art. You’ll be both impressed and delighted with the talent of our young people.          

And now for quilts. The CAA is sponsoring its second Juried Fine Art Quilt Show beginning May 7, and running until August 24. Who doesn’t love quilts? This longtime fabric art form has probably touched all of our lives in one way or another, likely though the works of mothers and grandmothers.          

Quilts go back much farther than that of course. Our own Diane Frankenburger of Summerville’s People, Places and Quilts, tells me rugs and quilts made of three layers put together, were found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians and that the Romans used quilts not only as insulation against heat and cold but as amour as well.          

I, alas, am a klutz when it comes to crafting with my hands. But I am an ardent appreciator who comes from good stock with a mother and grandmother who quilted their way well into their eighties.          

If you are a quilter, we encourage you to enter this show. Art intake dates, at the Town Hall Annex, are Friday, May 4, from 4-7 pm and Saturday, May 5, from 11 am-12 noon. Judging will be on Sunday May 6 and any work not accepted for exhibit is to be picked up on Monday May 7, from 2-5 pm. More information, including eligibility, contracts and entry forms are available at People, Places & Quilts, The Finishing Touch and online at www.SummervilleSCNow.com/cultural--arts.           If you are an arts appreciator – writing, painting or quilting – make a note of these dates, and come out to see just   some of the arts variety Summerville has to offer.    

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