Sometimes one of Charleston's favorite topics (think sea turtles here) combines with location (the S.C. Aquarium) and a well-known artist (Guy Harvey) to make a push for conservation.

An exhibit now up at the aquarium and running through July is by Harvey, the famous painter of fish. He's a marine wildlife artist and conservationist, and former Charleston restaurateur. (Guy Harvey's Island Grill closed after a year at Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant.) The range of artwork includes original canvases, prints and giclees, which is a form of reproduction usually on canvas, that will benefit both the aquarium's mission of conservation and educational programs as well as research by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

Harvey probably is best known by sports fishermen for his portrayal of warm-water deep-sea fish. But this exhibit, called "Canvases for Conservation," will feature other images such as the original loggerhead sea turtle painting in acrylic done specifically for this exhibit. That painting will be unveiled in about two weeks, according to Kate Dittloff, public relations manager at the aquarium.

It will be displayed alongside pieces featuring wildlife native to South Carolina, such as a bald eagle, rainbow trout, alligator, redfish, marlin, and sharks. .

Entrance to the exhibit comes with aquarium admission. And, it's just in time for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition next month.

Special book club

So here's a good idea that more mothers and daughters should emulate: The annual Mother/Daughter Book Club meeting at Marrington Elementary Library. The book club is open to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls and their mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other female relatives.

This month's book selection was "Everything on a Waffle," an 2002 Newbery Honor winner. The author, Polly Horvath, joined the meeting from her home in British Columbia via Skype to answer participants' questions about the book and herself.

This seems like such a fun way to get the girls in the family (and I use the term loosely) to not only love reading, but spending time together and sharing opinions.

With so much time going to electronic learning, the good old-fashioned book has its own pleasures.

It's with clubs like these that young girls will grow up to read and share their explorations with the world.

Have you thought of starting one? It only takes time and a good book.

Recycling videos sought

It's time for the annual student recycling video contest sponsored by the Charleston County Government's Environmental Management Department and Charleston County School District. The goal is to increase recycling awareness and participation in local schools.

By creating a video, students learn about conserving resources, reducing pollution and increasing the life of the county's landfill. The contest also will serve as a learning tool by providing lessons in ecology, art, drama, technology, marketing and teamwork.

The video will be "judged on the creativity, overall quality and persuasiveness," according to the rules.

The public will be able to vote for their favorite submission on the contest website. Winners will be chosen based on a combination of public voting and scoring by a panel of judges.

The County's Environmental Management Department has an outline of the contest rules and guidelines and a list of helpful resources.

For more information, contact Bronwyn Santos, at 720-7111 or or go to

Vixens + vice

And here's one for the adults, especially if you like throwing stuff at the screen or need to put on your glitter boots.

Billed as the "Rocky Horror Show for the Millennium," this show makes its regional premiere next week at the American Theater for a limited engagement run.

It's reportedly "set inside the futuristic cabaret bar Saucy Jack's where the music is pumping and the atmosphere is moist and dripping with vice" if you read the ticket information (and I always do).

"Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens" is a musical, but I'm thinking its a great (adult) party night. It's brought to us by What If! Productions, so it's going to be on the eclectic side of fun. Never can tell what they will produce.

It's opening Thursday and running through Feb. 8 at American Theater, 446 King St. Tickets are $25.

For more information go to

Artist of the year

One of the good grants to local artists is the Griffith/Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year through the Coastal Community Foundation. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the award that is given to support the creation of a work of visual art that represents the "look and feel" of the Lowcountry.

The grant was created and funded by Mike Griffith and Donna Reyburn, and the $5,000 is intended to support the artist during the creation of a work of art, which will then be the personal property of the artist to keep, show or sell at his or her own discretion. The selected artist also will be honored at an opening show and reception featuring his or her new work in the fall

Applicants must be citizens or residents of Charleston County and at least 15 years old.

The proposed work of art can be done using any form or combination of media, or may be a three-dimensional sculpture.

Specific guidelines and applications are available on Coastal Community Foundation's website at or may be requested directly from Richard Hendry at

The deadline is March 13.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at or 937-5557.