HARVIN COLUMN: Buatta at art lecture series

New York-based interior designer to the stars Mario Buatta will share his thoughts on home decor and style at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Gibbes Museum of Art...


There are HGTV Design Stars, and then there is the real thing: Mario Buatta.

He started calling himself the "Prince of Chintz" in 1984 and probably started the whole celebrity designer trend. He is known for putting hundreds of bolts of floral fabric into his rooms and mixing in patterns such as plaids and stripes. All with 18th- and 19th-century designs, of course.

Buatta will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the Women in Art lecture series hosted at the Gibbes Museum of Art and with the Center for Women.

Considered one of Architectural Digest's Top 100 designers, Buatta has been working with famous clients for years. He may be 75, but he's still the go-to guy for the rich and wanna-be famous.

For instance, he designed the nursery for Mariah Carey's twins this year, and only would say about the design that Carey is "a glamour girl who loves silver and gold."

Maybe he will reveal more of his celebrity clients when he mingles with guests after the lecture.

Get your tickets in advance: $20 for Gibbes and Center for Women members, $30 for nonmembers. Call 722-2706, ext. 22, or go online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events.

Redux's ninth

Another opportunity to mingle and mix with artists will come Saturday when the Redux Contemporary Art Center holds its ninth annual art auction.

This event is a fundraiser, so the proceeds go to support artists of all ages and skill levels through the studio, exhibition, outreach and education programs at Redux.

More than 50 original works by local artists and dozens of art-related goods and services will be up for bid during the live and silent auction.

Paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and one-of-a-kind accessories will be on view in the Mark Clark Hall Auditorium at The Citadel beginning at 6:30 p.m., with live bidding beginning promptly at 8 p.m.

This auction is eclectic, and you never know what you will find there: either an emerging artist trying to make a name or an established artist who has donated work specifically because it helps other artists.

This year, guests may enjoy food and drinks as they prowl for the best bid.

Tickets are $30/$20 for Redux members and are available at the door.

Check it out, mate

The Charleston Museum continues its popular series of historic clothing. "Coat Check" is about historic outerwear -- coats, capes, cloaks, shawls, jackets -- worn in Charleston over the past 200 years. From fur coats to delicate embroidered shawls, these were the finishing touch on a fashionable outfit, and many would be wearable today.

There's a luscious black velvet evening coat with beaded ornamentation designed by the couture House of Charles Frederick Worth in Paris, c. 1912. It was worn by Ethel Sanford (1873-1924), wife of carpet industrialist John Sanford of Amsterdam, N.Y., and daughter of diplomat and businessman Henry Shelton Sanford of Sanford, Fla.

This coat would make a statement on any red carpet today. The exhibit runs through March 4.

But if you want to enjoy the museum another way, there's Textile Tuesdays online at http://charlestonmuseum.tumblr.com. Museum staffers pick out a piece from the collection, some too fragile to be exhibited, and post them along with pertinent info. If you happen to be a fashionista, this is a way to get a social media fix, thanks to your smartphone. Also, you can follow it on Facebook.

Bit parts

Quintin Washington worked for The Post and Courier as an Ink teen reporter in 1999. Now he has his own show, "Quintin Reports," at WLCN-TV digital channel 18, in Summerville. It's an interview webshow.

Visit http://wlcntv.com/index.php/shows/quintin-reports.

Washington said: "Recently, I interviewed former CBS News anchor Rene Syler, former Charleston County schools superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Arthur Ravenel and others for the webshow."

It launched this month.

And you may remember Terrance Holland if you went to many College of Charleston basketball games. He was the first male member of the Cougarettes Dance Team -- and a crowd-pleaser. He minored in dance while he was at the college, and now he's been accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School in New York. It's a two-year school that trains dancers for the company.