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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Announces Spandita Malik: Meshes of Resistance and Elisa Harkins: Teach Me a Song

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts presents two new exhibitions, Spandita Malik: Meshes of Resistance and Elisa Harkins: Teach Me a Song, to be displayed April 5 through July 20.

Spandita Malik is a New York-based visual artist from India whose work is concerned with the current global socio-political state of affairs, emphasizing women’s rights and gendered violence. Malik’s exhibition Meshes of Resistance will feature work from her ongoing Jāḷī series, featuring photographs of women in India Malik has connected with through self-help centers for domestic and gender-based violence. Malik prints these portraits, created in the women’s homes and personal spaces, onto fabric specific to the region. The women then embroider their portraits in any way they choose, taking agency over their ultimate representation and artistically collaborating with Malik. Specializing in process-based photography, Malik’s work in expanded documentary and social practice emanates from the idea of decolonizing the eye and aesthetic surrounding documentary photography of India. With work exhibited worldwide, Malik was named ‘Ones to Watch 2020’ by the British Journal of Photography and has garnered several awards, including The 30: New and Emerging Photographers Award in 2022.

Elisa Harkins is an Oklahoma-based Cherokee/Muscogee Native American artist and composer whose work is concerned with translation, language preservation and Indigenous musicology, using the Cherokee and Mvskoke languages, electronic music, sculpture and the body as her tools. In collaboration with Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College and The New Gallery at Austin Peay State University, Harkins will display her ongoing project Teach Me a Song for the first time in its entirety at the Halsey Institute, a multifaceted work structured on a series of exchanges wherein Harkins invites collaborators to teach her a song. With these song recordings, which may be ceremonial, religious, rock & roll, electronic, etc., Harkins’ practice of nation-to-nation sharing and trading music aims to decolonize the traditions of Indigenous musicology. In addition, the Halsey Institute is thrilled to co-present two performances of Harkins’s Wampum ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎦᎫᏗ with Spoleto Festival USA; purchase tickets HERE. Harkins’ work has notably been exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, documenta 14, Hammer Museum, Heard Museum and Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Halsey Institute will host an opening reception for the two new exhibitions on Friday, April 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. The event is open to the public and free to members; a $5 donation is suggested for all not yet-members upon entry. For a more in-depth look into the works, the Halsey will host free Artist Talk sessions with Malik on April 6 at 2 p.m. and Harkins on June 1 at 2 p.m.

“We are ecstatic to bring the work of Spandita Malik and Elisa Harkins to Charleston,” says Director & Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute Katie Hirsch. “Each exhibition features a stunning new body of work by these two rising artists. Together, Meshes of Resistance and Teach Me a Song reflect on structures of power and representation in highly collaborative projects. Malik and Harkins give such joyous respect to the individuals and cultures featured in the work. This results in two exhibitions that are not only visually beautiful but moving and broadening.”

For more information on upcoming events, including tours and memberships, visit

Leah Suárez: A Celebration of Women in Jazz

Leah Suárez, one of Charleston’s premier vocalists, will lead her jazz ensemble in a Celebration of Women in Jazz in the Capers Hall auditorium on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. This special evening concert during Women’s History month will pay homage to key women who have made significant contributions to the formation and progression of America’s unique art form. This is also the inaugural concert supported by the Bo Moore Fund for Performances in Jazz and Blues Music to recognize the esteemed artistic leadership of School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Winfred B. Moore, Jr. upon his retirement.

Music selections for this program will include dedications to female pioneers of the genre such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and more. The evening will feature a range of styles, from blues to swing, from bebop to bossa nova. Suárez will also perform her original composition, “City by the Sea,” that was commissioned by The Citadel in 2016.

General admission tickets are $20 and include a reception following the concert. Citadel students, faculty and staff as well as veterans may register for free tickets in advance. To purchase and register for tickets, please visit

American Advertising Federation – Charleston Announces Public Event in Charleston on March 14th

Charleston, S.C. – The American Advertising Federation – Charleston chapter is thrilled to announce an upcoming event that delves into the dynamic intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advertising. The event is scheduled to take place at Cooper River Brewing, promising an evening of insightful discussions, networking, and exploration of the transformative role AI plays in the advertising landscape.

Date: Thursday, March 14th
Time: 4pm-6:30pm
Location: Cooper River Brewing, 2201 Mechanic Street, Suite B, Charleston, SC 29405

Open to all advertising, marketing, and public relations professionals in the Charleston area, the event aims to bring together advertising and communications industry experts and thought leaders to engage in a dialogue about the latest advancements in AI and their impact on advertising strategies. Peter LaMotte, President of Strategic Communications at Chernoff Newman, will present to the group, followed by a Q&A session and happy hour.

Attendees can expect:

1. Expert Presentation on AI in Advertising: Peter LaMotte, President of Strategic Communications at Chernoff Newman, will present on the topic of “Embracing AI: A Game Plan for Agencies”
2. Q&A Sessions: Engage directly with experts and the AAF Charleston board to gain deeper insights into the integration of AI into advertising practices.
3. Happy Hour: Connect with fellow advertising professionals, exchange ideas, and build valuable relationships within the vibrant advertising community in Charleston.

“We are excited to bring together the advertising community of Charleston for an evening dedicated to exploring the transformative power of AI in our industry,” said Genna Shelnutt, Executive Creative Director at Buffalo Groupe and President of AAF Charleston. “This event provides a unique opportunity for professionals to stay ahead of the curve, exchange ideas, and foster collaboration in this ever-evolving landscape.”

Admission is open and free to all advertising employees in the Charleston area, and interested individuals can register for the event by registering at or reaching out at

As a dynamic and vibrant advertising community, AAF Charleston is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment that celebrates effective advertising. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or budding creative talent, join us in building up the advertising community in one of the most historic and culturally rich cities in the U.S.

Monteith Construction Corp. Adopts an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Positions Company for Long-Term Growth, Team Success

Carolinas-Based Monteith Construction, Grey Interiors, and Citadel Masonry are now 100% Employee-Owned

WILMINGTON, NC (March 5, 2024): Monteith Construction Corp.—including the companies Monteith Construction and its wholly-owned subsidiaries Grey Interiors, and Citadel Masonry—today announces the adoption of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), creating a strategic growth plan that directly reflects the company’s commitment to holistic team success.

“From day one, people have been central to our company purpose and growth, and for several years now, we have taken steps to make our company an employee-owned one,” says John Monteith, company founder and chairman. “We have always led with culture, so making Monteith a place where everyone shares in ownership is the natural next step in our evolution.”

“This is about putting ownership into the hands of the people who drive our success,” adds CEO and President Bryan Thomas. “Our team brings passion and grit to work each day, and the ESOP now provides a long-term, wealth-building benefit without changing any of our company values. We couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds.”

Established in 1998, Monteith has grown over the past 25 years to a 165-employee commercial construction business, building across North and South Carolina. The company has four established office locations in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, and Wilmington, and is opening a fifth location in Winston-Salem this Spring 2024.

With the ESOP adoption, 100% of Monteith’s current and future employees are eligible to participate and benefit from the plan.

Modern ESOPs are a result of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). According to the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), there are approximately 6,533 ESOPs in the United States, including a mix of private and public companies, and many of which fall within the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry.

Monteith’s project portfolio ranges across industries and asset classes—from higher education and healthcare to hospitality and multifamily/mixed use. Recent clients include Atlas Stark, Baker Motor Company, Brookfield Properties, Burroughs & Chapin, Cape Fear Development, Loden Properties, MegaCorp Logistics, North Carolina A&T State University, PulteGroup’s Del Webb active adult communities, UNC Health, UNC Wilmington, Wake Tech Community College, and Wilmington International Airport (ILM), among other private and public owner groups.

Beyond its core business, Monteith is actively involved in community outreach initiatives across all markets, including Camp Schreiber Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations founded by John Monteith which provides educational and out-of-the-classroom experiences to underserved Wilmington youth.

About Monteith Construction
Monteith Construction is a licensed general contractor building across North and South Carolina and into Virginia, known for turning passion into purposeful work since the company was founded in 1998. Our relationships are built on one thing: trust. We have an ironclad commitment to building to the highest quality standards and providing clients with a streamlined project experience a step above the rest. This, combined with our team’s constant drive to improve, makes the Monteith Construction team best-in-class. Discover more about our people, our passion and our purpose at

About Grey Interiors
Founded in 2012, Grey Interiors is focused on bringing a laser-like focus to interior projects and exterior envelopes, in partnership with general contractors and directly for owner groups. The Grey Interiors team shares a passion for the wall and ceiling industry, as well as creating quality interior environments and exterior envelopes that provide the highest levels of end-user experience, resulting in lasting partnerships. Learn more at

About Citadel Masonry
Citadel Masonry’s team of experts has extensive knowledge in construction with over 100 years of combined expertise. Our project portfolio includes work across the municipal, education, healthcare, and commercial retail sectors. From providing structural masonry to renovation and restoration services, we pride ourselves on improving our communities and contributing to the infrastructure of those who live and work across the Carolinas. Visit to learn more about our services and partnership opportunities.

Banker Exchange Highlights Female Empowerment & Achievement During Women’s History Month

As the world celebrates Women’s History Month, Banker Exchange, a pioneering firm in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, takes the opportunity to announce and celebrate its recent recognitions: the SCBiz Empowering Women Award and the prestigious 2024 GSA Women of Influence Award received by its President, Shonna Felkel.

The SCBiz Empowering Women Award recognizes organizations in South Carolina that have demonstrated a significant commitment to supporting and elevating women in the workplace and the community. This honor underscores Banker Exchange’s dedication to creating an environment that nurtures the professional growth and leadership of women.

In parallel, the GSA Women of Influence Award acknowledges 25 exceptional women who have made substantial contributions to making the Upstate a vibrant place to work and live. Shonna Felkel’s selection as one of the honorees is a testament to her unwavering passion, leadership, and commitment to community causes, alongside her remarkable contributions to the real estate industry.

“Women’s History Month offers a poignant moment to reflect on our collective strides towards female empowerment and leadership,” said Shonna Felkel, President. “At Banker Exchange, we’re honored by the recognitions of the SCBiz Empowering Women Award and my GSA Women of Influence Award. These accolades are a testament to our team’s dedication to fostering a culture that celebrates and supports the achievements of women, reinforcing our commitment to this important cause.”

Banker Exchange’s announcement aligns with the spirit of Women’s History Month, highlighting the firm’s and Felkel’s impactful roles in advancing the status of women in both professional arenas and community engagements.

About Banker Exchange: Banker Exchange is a leader in facilitating 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, offering comprehensive services and guidance to exchangers nationwide. With a commitment to integrity, expertise, and client-focused solutions, Banker Exchange is a trusted partner in maximizing real estate investments.

For more information about Banker Exchange, please visit

2nd Annual Hilton Head Kiwanis Cornhole for Charity Tournament

Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Cornhole for Charity Tournament hosted by Lincoln & South Brewing Company, April 27

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The second annual Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Cornhole for Charity Tournament hosted by Lincoln & South Brewing Company, will take place at 1 p.m. on April 27 at Lincoln & South at 138 Island Drive on Hilton Head Island. This year’s tournament will benefit SOAR Special Recreation of the Lowcountry. Cornhole teams will compete for cash prize donations to the local youth cause of their choice.

Sign up to compete and sponsor the event by visiting:

About us:

Lincoln & South Brewing Company is a Vermont-inspired brewery rooted in the Hilton Head Island community, and its team of local craft beer enthusiasts stays engaged in producing the best beer possible. Lincoln & South takes great pride in creating a comfortable culture for all within the brewery.

Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head was founded in the 1980s with a mission of helping to improve the lives of children on our island. It is a part of Kiwanis International, a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.


Meals on Wheels of Summerville Announces Inaugural Dink and Deliver Classic Pickleball Tournament

Meals on Wheels of Summerville announces the launch of the inaugural Dink and Deliver Classic, a pickleball tournament set to take place on April 13 and 14 at The Pickle Bar, 162 Cherry Street, Summerville, 29486. The event promises to be a lively fundraiser, with Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles categories ensuring something for everyone. Event proceeds directly support the Meals on Wheels of Summerville mission, addressing hunger and isolation by providing meals, companionship, and specialized programs without government funding, making a tangible impact on clients’ well-being.

Register now through April 7 at Players must register as a team for $60 per individual and $120 for a pair, which includes all events: Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles, as well as a commemorative t-shirt and swag bag.

“At Meals on Wheels of Summerville, we believe in being more than a meal – we are a beacon of hope for individuals facing food insecurities and isolation,” said Crystal Bovell, CEO and Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Summerville. “Funds raised from our Dink and Deliver Classic will go beyond providing a meal; they are a lifeline for those who are homebound, offering companionship, support, and a connection to the outside world.”

Each team registration provides 60 meals for individuals facing food insecurities and isolation. Since 1982, operating without government funding, Meals on Wheels of Summerville has relied on the support of the local community to make a difference. In 2023, the organization achieved the following milestones:

• 64,833 meals delivered through 23 routes.
• 40,736 miles driven by dedicated volunteers.
• 5,817 volunteer hours served.
• 3,408 pounds of pet food provided for those in need.

Meals on Wheels invites businesses and individuals to join as sponsors or secure vendor booths for the Dink and Deliver Classic. Thank you to Court Sponsors, Your Health Organization, Baldoni Aesthetic, and Republic Finance LLC; Dink Sponsors, Electric Supply Company, Lowcountry Home Sales-Carolina Jordan, First National Bank-Summerville, home Mobile Veterinary Service, Senior Care Insurance Services LLC, Modern Woodmen of America, Lowcountry Dentistry, Ridge Lake Farm & Pottery, and State Farm-Tony Pope.

Founded in 1982, Meals on Wheels of Summerville stands as a beacon of support for the Summerville community, addressing issues of hunger and isolation. The organization’s mission is to provide nourishing meals and compassionate companionship to individuals facing challenges such as limited mobility or isolation. Operating in the Summerville area and receiving no government funding, Meals on Wheels of Summerville is committed to enhancing the quality of life for its residents. Beyond meal delivery, the organization runs specialized programs, such as AniMeals, ensuring that both the nutritional needs of individuals and their beloved pets are met. For more information, visit or call 843.873.8224.

Don’t Let Termites Spring Into Your Home

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As spring heralds longer days and warmer climates, it also awakens a less welcome guest: termites. These pint-sized destroyers rack up a hefty $5 billion yearly in home repairs. National Termite Awareness Week, running from March 3-9 serves as a timely reminder, and Terminix Service, Inc. is empowering homeowners with proactive measures to safeguard their properties from termites, including the increasingly aggressive Formosan species rapidly spreading across the Carolinas.

“As the Carolinas continues to see a rapid influx of new residents, the importance of homeowner education increases,” said Terminix Technical Director Kevin Hathorne. “Our region harbors a variety of termites, including subterranean, drywood, and now Formosan subterranean termites are spreading into new areas. We’re committed to enlightening homeowners on how to make their property less attractive to these pests.”

Top 10 Tips to Terminate Termite Troubles: Terminix recommends these preventative measures, including:

1. Repair plumbing leaks.
2. Make sure gutters and downspouts are not clogged or damaged and are directing water away from the foundation. Install gutters if you don’t have them.
3. Point sprinklers away from your foundation.
4. Prevent pooling water next to your foundation by re-grading the soil so that water flows away from your house, or install a drainage system like a French drain.
5. Keep your roof in good shape and free of leaks.
6. Repair and replace damaged siding and flashing.
7. Store firewood, scrap lumber, or any other wooden products as far from your house as possible.
8. Do not use excessive mulch or pine straw around the foundation.
9. Trim any adjacent bushes and trees.
10. Ensure your crawl space has adequate ventilation and a moisture barrier or is encapsulated and conditioned like the Terminix Humidi-Seal system offers.

Locally-owned Terminix Service, Inc. provides a termite protection plan with the strongest guarantee in the business. For more information, visit or call 1-800-Terminix.

About Terminix Service, Inc.
For 75 years, our customers have trusted Terminix Service, Inc., for the best termite and pest control protection for their homes and businesses. With annual revenue of over $150 million, the family-owned and operated Terminix Service, Inc. is the tenth-largest pest control company in North America. Terminix Service, Inc. operates in South Carolina, western North Carolina, and the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia. Visit or call 1-800-TERMINIX.

LUX ~ A Medical Spa Annual Spring Open House

LUX ~ A Medical Spa Annual Spring Open House
“Baby, You’re A 10!” will take place from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21

The public is invited to celebrate LUX ~ A Medical Spa’s major milestone — 10 years in business. LUX will hold their annual spring open house — called “Baby, You’re A 10!” — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 21 at the medical spa’s Hilton Head location, 24 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 50.

LUX’s spring open house is one of the most anticipated community events of the year complete with live demos, food, fun swag bags, savings on products and discounts on services. To ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy the event, attendees are asked to register for a timeslot at

LUX will have specials on CoolSculpting® Elite, BOTOX® and Hydrafacials®. LUX also will unveil an exciting new procedure.

“This important milestone has all of us reflecting on what makes LUX so special ,”said Jasmine Alderson, spa director. “We are excited to celebrate 10 years with the whole community.”

ABOUT LUX ~ A Medical Spa:
LUX ~ A Medical Spa offers tailored treatment plans for men and women who are looking for non-surgical options for the whole body. LUX, LLC is co-owned by Frederick G. Weniger, M.D., F.A.C.S of Weniger and Associates Plastic Surgery and Carmen A. Traywick, M.D. of May River Dermatology — making Lux the only medical spa in the Lowcountry to be directed by a plastic surgeon and a dermatologist. They have locations in Bluffton and on Hilton Head. For more information, visit


The Society of Bluffton Artists Celebrates 30 Years

The Society of Bluffton Artists
SOBA Gallery:
6 Church Street
Bluffton, SC 29910

8 Church Street
Bluffton, SC 29910

Marie Burgeson,
The Society of Bluffton Artists Celebrates 30 Years
The Pearl Gala will take place 5-9 p.m. April 13th at the Berkeley Hall Club

The community is invited to attend The Society of Bluffton Artists’ Pearl Gala — celebrating 30 years of art in Bluffton — from 5-9 p.m. April 13 at the Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton.

The evening will include cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the beautiful grounds and then dinner and drinks, entertainment by a jazz duo and a brief slideshow of SOBA’s 30-year history. Attendees are also invited to participate in the silent auction of Wearable Art hand painted and modeled by SOBA artists.

“This is not a fundraiser, it’s a celebration,” said Marie Burgeson, SOBA’s president. “We’re offering something to the community for their enjoyment, and at the same time helping them understand and appreciate what our organization offers.”

Tickets are $100 per person. Registration with meal preference is available on the website Please respond by March 30th.

SOBA was established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and to assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities. SOBA was founded in the spring of 1994 by seven local artists, who had the idea of creating an organization where all levels of art skills are welcome, and to provide a place where their art can be beautifully exhibited for purchase.

Thirty years later, the non-profit 501c-3 organization has flourished with almost 200 members, who enjoy art classes, workshops, and demonstrations throughout the year by prominent artists. The SOBA gallery gives a home for experienced artists to exhibit their work, as well as for young artists who get to experience what it’s like to exhibit in a professional gallery and the thrill of selling their art. Over the years, SOBA has provided art programs at the Boys & Girls Club, sponsored trips to art museums throughout the state, funded scholarships to local college students pursuing art degrees and more.

About The Society of Bluffton Artists:

SOBA is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SOBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. The gallery is located at 6 Church Street and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays. Please visit for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843-757-6586.