Member News | Feb. 20 – 24

NICK STOMSKI, SIOR OF NAI AVANT FACILITATES INDUSTRIAL LEASE TRANSACTION

IN NORTHEAST COLUMBIA, SC

Nick Stomski, SIOR, Industrial Specialist for NAI Avant, recently represented the landlord in an Industrial Lease to Optimal Physical Performance, LLC. The property is located at 720 Old Clemson Road inside the Forum II Business Park. The tenant will occupy over 9,700 square feet.

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe. NAI Global is the largest independent commercial real estate service provider worldwide and a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at www.naiavant.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAI Avant and like us on Facebook.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: STRUT YOUR JUNK AT RUNAWAY RUNWAY

A Columbia Design League fundraiser

The Columbia Design League (CDL), a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group, announces a Call for Entries for its fifth annual Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show. Entry is open to everyone and the entry fee is $10. Garments must be made from recycled materials and entrants are required to attend a rehearsal on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. The registration deadline is April 6. Raid your trash bins, recycling containers, and closets and come Strut Your Junk!

Runaway Runway is a design competition that brings together talented designers to turn trash into sustainable fashion treasures. The event is Columbia’s premiere spring fashion show and highlights the value of recycling and living green. Be a part of this fun and funky event that attracts a wide audience – from the young, hip and creative to long time patrons of the arts in Columbia. All come together to marvel at what designers can create from such a variety of used materials such as coffee filters, bottle caps, empty containers, industrial scraps, newspapers and plastic bags.

Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show is on Saturday, April 21 at the Township Auditorium. The Presenting sponsor is Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE). Additional sponsors are Companion Global Healthcare, 360 Vodka/Fetzer and Ben Arnold, Revente/Sid & Nancy, Rosso Trattoria Italia and the Abacus Planning Group.

Runaway Runway reinforces the recycling message in a festive style. Collect your garbage and get out your sewing needle! To enter, visit www.columbiadesignleague.org .

For inspiration, get up close and personal with outfits from the 2011 Runaway Runway fashion show and learn about the conceptual and construction process behind each outfit at the Meet the Designers: Runaway Runway community gallery installation at the Museum. From a bubble wrap gown to a Mad Hatter spin-off, these creations feature post-consumer materials, range in theme and materials and are wild eco-friendly fashions! The installation opens with a CDL reception on Friday, April 6 and is on view through May 13.

Since 1997 the Columbia Design League has brought speakers from around the nation and around the corner to engage, challenge and inspire us all to appreciate the impact of design on our lives.  Join the Columbia Design League and become part of Columbia’s dynamic community of citizens who are working for a brighter future by design.  For more information about the Design League, visit  www.columbiadesignleague.org.

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Every Third Grader in Richland School District One Visits

the Columbia Museum of Art

in partnership with the City of Columbia’s Together We Can Read Initiative

 
In partnership with the City of Columbia’s Together We Can Read initiative and in collaboration with Richland County Public Library, every third grader in Richland School District One came to the Columbia Museum of Art this winter to experience a special program based on the portraits in the installation, Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South by Richard Samuel Roberts.

All District One third grade teachers received a Teaching Kit designed for K-12 teachers and students across the curriculum, with emphasis on social studies and visual arts. The kit was designed to provide teachers with resources that reinforce key concepts and curriculum for arts integrated classroom learning. The kit included images and educational materials based on the exhibition Our Time, Our Place. To provide a complete lesson, primary sources were included to bring the people, time period, and geography to life. These resources range from reproductions of city directories, which listed people by name, job description and address, advertisements in The Palmetto Leader, an African-American newspaper, census records and photographs of Columbia in the early 20th century. This is the first time the Museum’s education team developed such an extensive teaching tool.

“The teaching kit was a good precursor to what was to come. It was great for the children to see the photographs before the visit,” Jim LeBlanc, third grade teacher at Horrell Hill Elementary, said. “The students really enjoyed the art project, which kept them constantly engaged.”

This three-part field trip program included a guided tour of Our Time, Our Place and portraiture in the Museum’s Collection. Students pondered over questions like, why did the subject choose to wear that outfit?  What does the outfit tell us about the person? What occasion is being celebrated in this picture?

“Seeing all the pictures and the portraits was my favorite part of the day,” Nekyra from Horrell Hill Elementary, said.

Following the tour, students created a story square, in the studios, using images from the installation.  This mixed media project required students to further dissect the image by adding words to their work to describe the subject and creating their own interpretation of Roberts’ portraits.  Each program concluded with award-winning, local author Dinah Johnson leading a storytelling session centered on her book, All Around Town, which features the photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts.

“Through this partnership, we have inspired nearly 2,000 third graders in Columbia to think creatively about local history,” Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby, director of education, said. “With connections to Columbia, African-American history and photography, students, educators and the community were engaged in this important subject and we hope it becomes part of their collective dialogue.”

Together We Can Read ends February 23, when the City of Columbia presents every third grader with an autographed copy of All Around Town to encourage them to continue reading and learning from the works of Richard Samuel Roberts.

Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South by Richard Samuel Roberts

Last December, the Columbia Museum of Art proudly unveiled an installation of 24 photographs selected by the board of the Museum membership affiliate group, Friends of African-American Art and Culture as well as members of the community, including Mayor Steve Benjamin. Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South by Richard Samuel Roberts features South Carolina photographer Richard Samuel Roberts, who captured some of the most realistic collective images of African-American life in the early 20th century, especially the rise of the economically secure middle class. Roberts’ photographs comprise a stunning visual history of the African-American community in Columbia. He frequently took his camera into the heart of the segregated Black District of Columbia and also to other towns and cities in the state. He photographed every facet of his community including bankers, teachers, social workers and even magicians. The images illustrate the richness and diversity of Roberts’ oeuvre and are just a fraction of the more than ten thousand images he is estimated to have made during his career. Our Time, Our Place is on view through April 29, 2012.

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AI AVANT BROKERS SALE OF TOWNHOMES IN THE PARKS AT RIVERS EDGE, NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

David Ingle, Senior Broker with NAI Avant’s Charleston Office, recently brokered the sale of 20 Townhomes located on Weld Street in North Charleston, SC. The transaction was valued at approximately $750,000

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe. NAI Global is the largest independent commercial real estate service provider worldwide and a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at www.naiavant.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAI Avant and like us on Facebook.

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