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The Further Adventures of Kevin E. Taylor

Charleston gets a heavy mention in this month's Juxtapoz, the San Francisco-based progressive art and culture magazine. The references crop up in a profile of Kevin E. Taylor, who moved to SF a couple of years ago. Since skipping town he's been building up his reputation as an avant garde artist in shows at San Francisco's The Shooting Gallery, Red Ink Studios, and Space Gallery.

The profile is written by no less than Shepard Fairey, another Holy City transplant who has known Taylor since he was a teenaged skate punk. It turns out Fairey is more eloquent than most of Juxtapoz's regular writers, as he describes his initial meeting with Taylor, building an analogy between skateboarding and art. He also addresses Taylor's subsequent obscurity: the reason no one's heard of him, he says, is because the poor sap was living in Charleston.

By wising up and moving out West, Taylor has started to turn heads — so much so that his one-man show of recent work, Rise To Power, Fall from Grace was chosen as the inaugural exhibition for The Shooting Gallery's new space, Gallery Three in San Francisco. Next up for the 35-year-old artist: a group show called Deep Pop at the Kenneth Chapman Gallery in New Rochelle, N.Y., and Animalitia, a solo exhibition at Anno Domini in San Jose, Calif. —Nick Smith

Oh Yes... There Will Be Workshops

The South Carolina Writers Workshop is a big deal these days, with a 17-year history, chapters throughout the state, and pretty much every type of writing represented by its members, from poetry to novels and non-fiction.

This is the time of year when all the workshoppers converge at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort on Oct. 26-28 for their annual Writers Conference. Agents, editors, teachers, and readers all get together to celebrate writing in S.C. Writers can have their work critiqued or attend group workshops. There are also open mic sessions, literary contests, poetry readings, booksignings, and expert panels.

One of this year's new aspects is not for the faint of heart: slush fest sessions, interactive workshops among editors, agents, and writers where work is projected on a screen to be analyzed in front of the group.

Attendance fees range from $50 for a pre-conference Friday afternoon workshop to $389 for a complete package, including meals, a 20-minute critique of your work, and a year's membership. You can register and find out more about the event at the Writer's Workshop website, www.myscww.orgNick Smith

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