Artist on Fire presents Sweet! for Piccolo Spoleto 2013

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Amelia Whaley depicts sweetness with a painting of the first taste of a pomegranate. PHOTO PROVIDED

Everybody loves chocolate, right? Babies, cakes, candy, birds, young love... What are the things in life that make you want to celebrate? What causes you to soar and be more freely you? What just makes you feel good? Artist on Fire presents “Sweet!” a visual arts exhibit celebrating the good things in life.

Twelve artists explore “sweet” things from the beauty of outer space (Melanie Spinks) to moments in relationships you never forget like young sisters sharing a milkshake (Alex Radin) and the first taste of a pomegranate (Amelia Whaley). Undiscovered wonders, the beauty of nature and the creativity of a child’s imagination are the focus of young artist Elianna Radin who is exhibiting for her second year. Karen DeLoach and Jan Placko take you to the land of ceramic chocolate delicacies through a sculptural Pop art installation room complete with cafe tables and menu. The show will feature paintings by Alex Radin, Hilary Siber, and Elianna Radin; photography exhibits by Kimberly Krauk, Helena Rutan, and Jacquelyn Hiott and Bethany Jaenicke; a sculptural installation by Karen DeLoach and Jan Placko; a short abstract film by Sara Radin; mixed media works by Amelia Whaley and Melanie Spinks; and poetry by Helena Rutan, Alex Radin and Sara Radin. There will be music by Volcanoes in the Kitchen at various times throughout the show.

The exhibit is free and open to the public at Citadel Square Baptist Church, 328 Meeting Street, (off of the Henrietta Street entrance, on the third floor), May 23-June 7.

Opening and artist reception will be held Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.; live music by Volcanoes in the Kitchen; catering by Sugar & Spice.

Exhibit hours will be May 24-June 7, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

Mt. Pleasant resident Bethany Jaenicke combines her eye for design and storytelling along with the creation of sculptural works as she and photographer Jacquelyn Hiott collaborate on a photographic series of children appearing in somewhat otherworldly circumstances—ie. arrayed in warrior’s armor or sitting at the helm of a miniature reed sailboat.


Bethany has dabbled in a variety of artistic mediums throughout her lifetime—including theatre, sculpture, writing, dance, and songwriting. She has shown sculptural work in local shows since 2003. Her largest piece to date (a pair of ten foot wide wings) was featured in Artist on Fire’s 2011 Piccolo Spoleto show “Infusion:The Laws of Force & Motion”.

Amelia (Mimi) Whaley unveils eight works in her new series “The Pomegranate Seals” as she reflects on a childhood memory of her first taste of a pomegranate and chooses to focus on the positive in life and look to the good things. Each piece incorporates words of wisdom illuminated on vellum with 23 karat gold, in the spirit of medieval manuscript illuminations, to reflect on the sweetness of the good life. Much as the ancients used a seal in wax as a symbol of authority, each illumination “scroll” is sealed in wax with a handmade pomegranate seal.


Amelia (Mimi) Whaley, from Mt. Pleasant, SC, began her art career in 1985. She is a member of the Charleston and North Charleston Artist Guilds, South Carolina Watercolor Society and CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts). In 2012, Mimi was honored to have “The Roar of the Waterfall” chosen for the CIVA traveling exhibit “Scribes of Hope II”, curated by calligrapher Timothy Botts. Mimi is also noted for painting during worship services, conferences and special events, and her original artworks are part of private, public and church collections. Mimi’s artwork can been viewed at her website, ameliawhaley.com, and her blog, mimispaintingaday.blogspot.com, frequently highlights recent work and each year offers an in-depth description of the annual juried 16-day Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Marion Square where Mimi is one of more than 80 South Carolina exhibiting artists.

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