Lunch series for artists continues
The Florence Regional Arts Alliance introduced a nine-week series of lunch-hour professional development conversations for artists on Monday, Sept. 28. Participants discussed the complexities of balancing a career and finding time to create. They heard from Dr. Sasha Federer on these complexities that time is one of most precious commodities an artist has. Dr. Federer touched on issues which can rob an artist such as fatigue and financial instability. Those who attended were energized by the creative conversation and left inspired, commented Uschi Jeffcoat.
During the second lunch in the series Dr. Brandon Goff discussed the nature of music industry. Brandon Goff is a composer with an often dramatic and always distinctive voice. Goff has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the Arnold Sallop Prize for Composition, the Smit Award, the ASU Graduate Composer Award, and Lantana Best in Show. Additionally, he was named a finalist in the BMG Young Composers Competition and the ASCAP Morton Gould competition.
Along with his accomplishments as a composer, Goff is also a prolific performer and producer. As the owner of Poppsycho Studios, he has innumerable production credits to his name. Goff has performed and toured world-wide with the pop group Pierce, with whom he produced and released numerous albums. Goff is currently on faculty at Francis Marion University where he serves as associate professor of music industry. The next lunch-hour conversation will be on Oct. 12 and the topic is “The Art of Telling a Story and Finding Inspiration” with Libby Swope Wiersema.
Libby is an editor and writer living in Florence. She earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from Queens University in Charlotte. Exploring the complexities of loss is a main theme of her work. Her first chapbook, “The Season of Terminal Cold” (Finishing Line Press), recounts the experience of her mother’s terminal illness and death. Her poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Calyx, The Other Journal, Main Street Rag, KAKALAK 2014, KAKALAK 2015, Wherewithal, Birmingham Arts Journal, River Poets Journal, Hip Mama, Jasper and others.
She is the former features editor for the Morning News and currently writes about the state’s culinary scene for the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism site, Discover South Carolina. The series schedule continues with the following: 10/20 – Creativity vs. Convention: Talent and the Real World / Dr. Jon Tuttle (*Note: This session will take place on a Tuesday) 10/26 – Pricing Work: How to Honestly Look at Cost and Time without Emotion / Louise Dargan Thompson November 11/2 – Is being an Artist a Business? Taxes & Sales Licenses for the Artist/SC Dept. of Revenue representative 11/9 – Free Advertising: Marketing on the Cheap / Charles Jeffcoat 11/16 – Crafting an Artist Statement and Bio of a Professional / Trizia Cox 11 /23 – Retirement Planning and Finances for the Artist /TBD The lunch-hour is from 12-1 p.m. in the Waters Building, 135 South Dargan Street.