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Mac Arnold, blues musician, Pelzer, is a renowned blues musician and recording artist whose love of the blues began at the age of ten when he learned to play his brother’s homemade guitar. His musical resume grew with his high school band, J Floyd and the Shamrocks, who often had guest pianist James Brown lend his talent to their performances. Mac’s passion for music led him to pursue a professional music career in Chicago with artist and saxophonist A.C. Reed. In 1966, he joined the legendary Muddy Waters Band, which helped shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Mac played on John Lee Hooker’s live album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, and Otis Spann’s classic recording, The Blues Is Where It’s At. After more than a year with Muddy Waters, Mac formed the Soul Invaders, who backed up many artists, including The Temptations and B. B. King.  In the early 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and LAFF RECORDS, headed by Redd Foxx.  He worked on the set of Soul Train from 1971 to 1975 and then with Bill Withers (“Lean On Me”). Mac moved back to South Carolina in the 1980s, where he formed his own band, Mac Arnold and a Plate Full O’ Blues. In 2010 he accepted the award for Best Historical Album for his participation in the 1966 recording Muddy Waters – Authorized Bootleg: Live at the Fillmore Auditorium (Geffen Records).

Jeri Burdick, professional visual artist, Eutawville, has established a strong base of support in all regions of the state and has had gallery representation throughout the United States and Canada over the course of her career. After earning an undergraduate degree in fine arts from University of Georgia and a master’s degree in art from Furman University, she taught in the Greenville County public schools until becoming a full-time artist in 1982. At that time Jeri established her own business, Radcliffe Street, Inc., which offers finished original art in a variety of media, as well as residential, commercial and educational services. In 1986 Burdick was awarded the S.C. Arts Commission Crafts Fellowship and had work purchased for the permanent collection of the S.C. State Museum. In the same year she became a founding member of Cats on A Leash, a South Carolina contemporary artists group. During the 1980s and 1990s Jeri was a member/exhibitor for the S.C. Crafts Association, Piedmont Craftsmen and the American Craft Council. In 1988 she completed illustrations for The Fisherman’s Tale, a children’s book selected for international publication by Green Tiger Press. The Sailor Cats, a subsequent book, was published by Simon and Schuster in 1993. Since that time she has been participating in group and juried exhibitions, creating mural installations as a part of the S.C. Artist in Residence school program, and designing and installing residential and commercial mosaic compositions, all the while continuing to provide unique pieces for individual and corporate clients.

Arianne King Comer, indigo and textile artist, teacher, and consultant, North Charleston, holds a bachelor’s in fine arts degree from Howard University. In 1992 Arianne received the UN/USIS grant to study under her mentor, Nike Davies Okundaye, in Nigeria. From 1998 through 2005 she was the owner of Ibile Indigo House on St. Helena Island. In 2002, Arianne traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, as a guest designer for her daughter, Nicole King Burroughs, for Mavi Jeans. In 2007 and 2008, she was Artist in Residence for North Charleston’s Cultural Affairs Office. In January 2007 Arianne joined the Charleston Rhizome Collective to conduct a batik/indigo workshop at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2008 she became a resident artist for Very Special Arts of S.C., for whom she convenes a master batik studio at North Charleston’s Production Center. Her work is in several permanent collections, including Seeking Indigo, North Charleston’s City Hall, and the Seltzer and Norma Dotson Collections. Arianne is featured in several documentaries and in design segments on PBS, Home and Garden TV, Alternate ROOTS, and local broadcasts and publications. In February of 2012, she was invited to the Rosa Parks Museum for a solo exhibition entitled “My Spirit Speaks” in Montgomery, Alabama, and she has artwork in several traveling exhibitions. From February to May of 2013, Arianne had a solo exhibition entitled “Voices from the Water” at the Dalton Gallery at Clinton College in Rock Hill. In 2013 and 2014 she participated in the Artfield Epic Art and joined the National Quilting Exhibition, Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition and the North Charleston Wearable Art Exhibition. Arianne is featured in the Giving Back segment of the May 2015 issue of Charleston Magazine for her work with Arts Access of S.C., providing “inclusion art” experiences for art students in Charleston County Schools. In fall of 2014 Arianne joined in a collective exhibition, “African Diaspora: Convergence and Reclamation” at the Waterfront Gallery in Charleston. The exhibition traveled to Picture This Gallery in Hilton Head in 2015. Arianne collaborated with the artist’s collective BAMN’N to create a conscious raising installation entitled “ISMS” at Avery Research Center in Charleston. In April, she collaborated on an exhibition called “Jubilee Celebration 150 Year Anniversary of the Emancipation of Slavery” at the Civil War Museum in Washington, DC. In September of 2015 Arianne spearheaded a National Exhibition at North Charleston’s City Hall for the National Slave Dwelling Project. She is now focusing on her textile line for the new Smithsonian African American Museum store, which will debut in September of 2016.

Jason Knight, bladesmith, Harleyville, creates his beautiful yet functional art knives and utensils from forge to finish. He specializes in bowie knives, fighter knives, kitchen knives, oyster knives, and fireplace utensils. Jason has been forging professionally since 2001 and received his Mastersmith rating from the American Bladesmith Society in 2007. He has won many national and international awards for his work and teaches the fundamentals of his craft in many venues throughout the United States, including his personal studio.

The Lee Brothers, Matt (Charleston) and Ted (Brooklyn, N.Y.), grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalog for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts. When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping through their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food and travel journalists. They currently are contributing editors at Travel + Leisure and frequently write food stories for Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Fine Cooking and Food & Wine, among other publications. Matt lives with his wife Gia and their two sons in Charleston. Ted lives with his wife, the artist E.V. Day, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Stephen Owen, woodworker, Hickory Grove, makes utilitarian objects out of local fallen trees. When his home remodeling business took a hard hit from the financial apocalypse of 2008, Stephen looked into the natural resources on his home property for a new beginning. Living on 16 acres in Hickory Grove, Owen began taking the fallen trees off his property, turning them into useful goods and selling them at local markets. He soon began to accept local trees that were destined for the landfill from tree service companies. That business model – using only local trees that have fallen due to storm or development – is the foundation of sixteenacrewood, Owen’s art-based business. The products are always utilitarian and include cutting boards, platters, bowls, benches and tabletops. Owen says “it’s all about the tree,” and that “each tree has its own story.” His expertise with wood – from hand-hewn sawing and planing the tree into logs to shaping the wood into what it “wants to be,” is an act of love and respect for the tree. The provenance of the trees, along with Owen’s strong and unique sense of art, has proven valuable and attractive to arts lovers.