Several famous names from our community are in the news this week, and a few aren't names you usually associate with the arts.

For instance, two of the mayors of North Charleston are going to be immortalized in bronze. There's a call out from the city of North Charleston looking for a sculptor to enshrine the first mayor of North Charleston, John Bourne, and of course the current one, Keith Summey.

Between these two men, most of the history of the city has been written and they deserve some attention. Their administrations were separated by Bobby Kinard, who, while famous for riding his motorcycle to work, isn't known for leaving the city with lasting achievements.

So it is only fitting that the city wants to commission permanent likenesses of the two men who have shaped the city. The busts will be featured on granite outdoor pedestals at the newly built outdoor monument at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

According to the specifications, each bust would be about two feet talk, and cast in bronze or another outdoor metal.

This is not amateur hour by any means. Sculptors usually work in clay to begin with, have the final maquette (small scale model) approved by a committee and then still have to get the work cast in its final form. It's quite a long process, but considering that outdoor statues can last far longer than the sculptor or the subject, it's worth all the effort.

This is a nationwide search and anyone interested can apply online at

It costs $7 to apply and proposals are due by April 8. The work would be for both pieces. Since the city hasn't determined a budget for this, artists' proposals should include all costs associated with the project, including, but not limited to: artist's design fees, materials, production costs, travel, documentation, shipping and any permits, license, or insurance.

Artists will be notified of the commission award by April 15. The sculpture installation will be approximately 120 days from the April 8 submission deadline.

For more information about this public art project, contact Cultural Arts Director, Marty Besancon, at 843-740-5850 or .

Puzzling attraction

Some very famous artists have contributed to a new fundraiser called Master Pieces for Autism that will happen March 14 at the Embassy Suites downtown.

This unusual art auction features 30 puzzle pieces designed by celebrity artists, including Jeff Bridges, Edwin McCain, Grace Slick, Dabo Swinney, Jesse McCartney, and Michael Godard among others.

There also will be a signed football by Steve Spurrier and an autographed photo of Ernie Els.

The puzzle piece serves as a symbol for autism awareness because of the complexity of the disorder.

And, of course, silent auctions like this have upped their game. All bidding for the auction is electronic. Bidders are encouraged to register online ahead of time and bring their smartphones or other mobile devices to the event.

Bidding is currently going on, so you don't have to wait until the night of the event to check out the work.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. To purchase advance tickets or RSVP, email or call (251) 895-8473.

So much for lurking around the bidding sheet on the artwork at the last second of the auction to see if you won.

New poetry

The last celebrity to have an event is our very own South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth.

She has a new book out called "New and Selected Poems" and she will be giving a reading at 4-6 p.m. March 23 at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St.

Marjory was appointed poet laureate by Gov. Mark Sanford and she gave a great reading at his first inauguration. She's also been tirelessly working to promote poetry.

While poet laureate sounds like a glamorous position, it's also a lot of work to keep poetry alive and changing in the era of electronic media. Her book will be a way to slow down to read with a good cup of coffee.

If you have never been in Blue Bicycle Books and you love to read, this is a great time to go to an event.

This is your old-fashioned bookstore that just smells like books. And there is likely to be a small who's who of our poetry world at the reading. Because the shop is intimate, you need to RSVP for the reading at 722-2666.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or