The Fifth Annual Bra Project Announced for October to Benefit DragonBoat Beaufort

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The Fifth Annual Bra Project Announced for October to Benefit DragonBoat Beaufort

(Bluffton/Beaufort, SC) In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Pinnacle Medical Group announces “The Bra Project” will once again benefit DragonBoat Beaufort and local breast cancer survivors. This is the fifth consecutive year that the group has presented the event.

Local students from Hilton Head High School, May River High School and Bluffton High School have been invited to custom-design a bra and enter the competition. In total, 10 bras will be selected.

A kickoff unveiling event for these bras will be held at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery on Thursday, October 3, at 4 p.m. “The Bra Project” will then go on tour throughout the Lowcountry for the entire month.

“The Bra Project” student competition tour dates will be announced soon. Locations include:

Votes and donations will be collected for the public’s favorite submission at each of the exhibit locations.

This year, the Pinnacle Medical Group is inviting local artists to participate in a non-competitive portion of “The Bra Project”. Artists’ submissions should be inspired by someone with a history of breast cancer and can be created in the medium of their choice. The deadline to enter as an artist is Friday, September 13.

All pieces will be auctioned off at the grand finale celebration, “The Bra Project: Bras and Bubbly”, which will be held at the Thibault Gallery on Thursday, October 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During the “Bras and Bubbly” event, the students’ bras will be on display and the winner will be announced. Proceeds for the event will benefit DragonBoat Beaufort. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bras-bubbly-event-tickets-69224118201.

“So many of our patients are affected by breast cancer and we see first hand how someone’s family, work, confidence and overall quality of life can be impacted,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “As a practice, Pinnacle Medical Group is dedicated to supporting the breast cancer community and our neighbors who are facing the fight with cancer. This annual fundraiser is our way of helping and we encourage everyone in the Lowcountry to join in our effort.”

According to breastcancer.org, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. in 2019 alone. Overall, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

DragonBoat Beaufort is a non-profit organization that started in 2012 when a group of cancer survivors was inspired by “Awaken the Dragon,” a documentary shown at the 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival. The goal of the organization is to assist cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in the Lowcountry.

For more information on the events, the student competition or ways to get involved, please contact Melody Jones at mjones@pinnaclemd.com or 843.815.6699 ext. 1009.

2018 Winner of "The Bra Project"

2018 Winner of “The Bra Project”

2018 Winner of "The Bra Project"

2018 Winner of “The Bra Project”

ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.

Felder & Associates Adapts Historic Home for Savannah African Art Museum

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Felder & Associates Adapts Historic Home for Savannah African Art Museum

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah African Art Museum is moving to a larger and more accessible space.

Currently housed at 111 E. 34th St., the museum’s collection of more than 1,000 pieces of mostly central and western African artwork will relocate to a 6,000-square-foot historic home at 201 E. 37th St. in late summer.

Savannah architecture and design firm Felder & Associates is adapting the building, which was built in 1922 as a luxury home for a local family, for its new role. The structure was most recently used for an antiques mall.

“Our mission is to adapt a historic house from a retail environment into something of a neutral background for a vast collection of mostly three-dimensional sculptures, some of which have never been shown because of lack of space,” said Brian Felder, founder and principal of Felder & Associates. “Because of its size, this building is perfect for the African Art Museum as the large rooms are ideal for displaying his collection.”

The African art, representative of about 22 countries and 130 cultures and ethnic groups in central and west Africa, is collected by Don Kole, a local businessman and philanthropist, who has amassed the collection in extensive travels over the past 30 years. The artwork showcases a range of ceremonial and spiritual objects from the 19th and 20th centuries made from ceramics, metal, and wood.

“I’ve always been a collector and used to collect art of central and south America,” Kole said. “One day I went into a shop and saw this African art that was magnificent and sophisticated. I have been collecting it ever since.”.

For years, Kole stored the artwork at his property management office. Then, in 2014, he exhibited a portion of his metal works collection at Armstrong State University and saw a need to extend the educational opportunity to groups from Savannah’s public and private schools, especially to students who may know little of their ancestral homeland.

When a former photography studio across the street from his office became available a couple of years ago, he opened the nonprofit Savannah African Art Museum but soon realized he needed more space for the artwork, much of which was still in storage, as well as off-street parking.

At the same time, Felder’s team was working with the seller of the former antiques mall to find an opportunity to repurpose the space when Kole called to ask about the property.

“Brian Felder and his company have been wonderful,” Kole said. “Right from the start they understood what I wanted. The plans are phenomenal, and they’re a pleasure to work with.”

Felder & Associates has teamed with Bloomquist Construction and Chatham Engineering on the project, which is underway.

When the museum opens in its new, larger space in late summer, admission will continue to be free. The Savannah African Art Museum is a 501©3 nonprofit organization with the mission of providing an engaging experience and to start conversations about the power, diversity and spirituality of African art. It’s open at 111 E. 34th St. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information or to book a school tour, call (912) 421-8168 or visit online at https://www.facebook.com/SavannahAfricanArtMuseum/

Felder and Associates Start Work on African Art Museum in Savannah

(LEFT) Don Kole, art collector and founder of the Savannah African Art Museum and (RIGHT) Brian Felder, founder and principal of Felder & Associates, stand in front of the 6,000-square-foot historic home being adapted to showcase the artwork.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

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Artist Jim Cone Donates $20,000 to The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute

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Artist Jim Cone Donates $20,000 to The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah artist Jim Cone has presented a $20,000 check to the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center.

Cone donated 50 percent of his profits from his first public fine art exhibition, which was held at 24e Design Co. on Broughton Street featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces.

ACI provides cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, support services and long-term follow-up for cancer patients. Cone was diagnosed with throat cancer but has been found cancer-free after treatments at the ACI.

“Overcoming my recent battle with cancer gave me a second chance to explore my creative passion, so I wanted to use this new energy to give other cancer patients the same chance,” said Cone.

Cone, a retired Georgia Power employee, has been creating art for more than 40 years.

Ruel Joyner, owner of 24e Design Co., has known Cone for a number of years called Cone’s work a pure form of passion and said he was honored to showcase the work.

“Jim has painted for pleasure for over four decades. He started his artistic works in his spare time while working a full-time job at Georgia Power, and after his cancer, he really focused on his talents,” Joyner said. “Dr. Guy Petruzzelli and the professional staff at Memorial gave Cone a new lease on life and presented him with a new creative chapter in his life after cancer.”

At the exhibit, between 100 and 150 pieces were unveiled, including “Tybee Nudes” and “Street People.”

In his distinctive style, and with vibrant colors, Cone pushes cubism forward. Considered to be the first abstract style of modern art, Cubist artists try to piece together fragments from different vantage points into one painting. With the spirit of inclusion, one can see the incorporation of cubism in almost all of Cone’s artwork. The bold expression of color often separates and defines Cone’s cubist works from those cubist works by others like Picasso and Braque.

For more information on the Anderson Cancer Institute, visit aci.memorialhealth.com
For more information on the artwork, visit https://conecollection.com

 

Jim Cone donates $2,000 to Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute

Jim Cone donates $2,000 to Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute

ABOUT CONE COLLECTION

Jim Cone began painting in the mid-’70s and works mostly with oil on canvas, often embellishing each piece with found objects such as paper, wood and metal. Inspired by nature and artists Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Cezanne, Cone’s collection includes drawings, paintings, mixed media assemblages, sculptures and art sticks. To view his work, visit https://conecollection.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005

Tiny House, Big Heart Event to Benefit the CSAH Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans

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Tiny House, Big Heart Event to Benefit the CSAH Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans

(SAVANNAH, GA) Service Brewing, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and Judge Realty announce the “Tiny House, Big Heart” charity fundraiser to benefit the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ships of the Sea Museum, located at 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401. This event is the first community fundraiser specifically for the CSAH, Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans.

During the event, 21 Savannah artists will be showcasing tiny house artworks that will be auctioned off. Artists participating include: Marcus Kenney, Betsy Cain, Maggie Hayes, June Stratton, Michael Porten, Cedric Smith, Shea Slemmer, Jose Ray, Todd Schroeder, Debora Oden, Christine Hall, Maggie Evans, Juliana Peloso, Tobia Makeover, Pamela Wiley, Harriet Delong, Elizabeth Winnel, Gerome Temple, Troy Wandzel, Will Penny and Daniel E. Smith.

Tiny House, Big Heart

Tiny House, Big Heart

Savannah Clay Community, James Dean (known for Pete the Cat) and the SCAD Metals and Jewelry Club are also big contributors to the Tiny House, Big Heart event along with over 3 dozen community sponsors.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the first land payment of $30,000 for the Tiny House Project. This land will not only provide the future grounds for the neighborhood of Tiny Houses, it will plant the foundation of community and healing for our veterans with resources available such as an organic garden, three clubhouses for community meals, workshops and health and wellness programs.

Chef Lauren Teague of Atlantic, as well as, Big Bon Pizza will be cooking for the event. Army Veteran and celebrity bartender, Sid Lance is creating a special cocktail with the spirits from Ghost Coast Distillery. Guests will also enjoy Savannah’s favorite DJ, Jose Ray, who will be spinning vinyl from the 70’s, 80s, 90’s and today’s hits.

“This event is both educational for our community and a creative fundraiser to help Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless raise the donations needed for the land payment that is the future grounds for the Tiny Home neighborhood.” Meredith Sutton, owner of Service Brewing, said, “We have been really lucky to get so many creatives together in one space. All of these artists are volunteering their time and talents to help with Savannah’s homeless veterans. It’s really quite beautiful.”

Tickets are $10, which includes a door prize ticket and a Service Brewing beer ticket, can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tiny-house-big-heart-tickets-32532505600.

Donations can be mailed to CSAH, 761 Wheaton St, Savannah GA 31412. Checks are asked to be made payable to CSAH Tiny House Project with a memo of “Tiny House Big Heart”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/480782542312352/

The Cone Collection Art Exhibit Set For May 18

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Cone Art Exhibit Reception to Benefit Anderson Cancer Institute Announced for May 18

Savannah Artist Unveils Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures at 24e Design Co.

(Savannah, GA) The Savannah artist Jim Cone announces a fine art exhibition with the opening reception to be held on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 24e Design Co., located at 24 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401. The exhibition will be showcased at 24e and run from Thursday, May 18 until Sunday, June 25.

Showcasing different fine art works such as drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces, this art exhibition will be a rare opportunity to view Cone’s work as he does not often publicly show his art. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center. ACI provides cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, support services, and long-term follow-up for cancer patients.

Cone has been creating art for over 40 years, but after a recent bout with cancer, he has been energized with creativity and decided he wanted to use his talent to help others.

Ruel Joyner, owner of 24e Design Co., has known Cone for a number of years and feels honored to showcase his work at 24e Design Co., calling Cone’s work a pure form of passion. “Jim has painted for pleasure for over four decades. He started his artistic works in his spare time while working a full-time job at Georgia Power, and after his cancer he really focused on his talents. In a way, Dr. Guy Petruzzelli and the professional staff at Memorial gave him a new lease on life, and presented him with a new creative chapter in his life after cancer.”

At the exhibit, somewhere between 100 and 150 pieces will be unveiled including, “Tybee Nudes” and “Street People”. Street People, a series of paintings, was inspired by a found object (a round piece of metal) from the streets of Savannah, which had been bent into a shape that portrayed the image of a face. There are 20-plus “Street People” in the series to date.

“I offer the ‘Street People’ series as an artful way to introduce the viewer to a personality of a person living on the streets,” said Cone. “I want you to really see that person as an individual and feel that person’s struggle. We should all be inspired in our hearts to reach out and help the homeless street people in our community.”

In his distinctive style, and with vibrant colors, Cone pushes cubism forward. Considered to be the first abstract style of modern art, Cubist artists try to piece together fragments from different vantage points into one painting. With the spirit of inclusion, one can see the incorporation of cubism in almost all of Cone’s artwork. The bold expression of color often separates and defines Cone’s cubist works from those cubist works by others like Picasso and Braque.

Cone said, “For me, there needs to be a perfect mixture of creative energy, thought and muse, along with colorful paint, and countless brush strokes onto a wanting canvas, all to bring about a wonderful work of art. It’s making creative love.”

For more information on the Anderson Cancer Institute, visit aci.memorialhealth.com

For more information and to see samples of the artwork, visit https://conecollection.com
To make a reservation for the May 18th art reception, visit https://www.conecollection.com/contact

Flyer for The Cone Collection Exhibit Benefitting Anderson Cancer Institute

ABOUT CONE COLLECTION

Jim Cone began painting in the mid-‘70s and works mostly with oil on canvas, often embellishing each piece with found objects such as paper, wood and metal. Inspired by nature and artists Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Cezanne, Cone’s collection includes drawings, paintings, mixed media assemblages, sculptures, and art sticks. To view his work, visit https://conecollection.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
info@crussomarketing.com
912.665.0005