VIC Column: “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage”
This quote from Georgia O’Keefe rounds out the on-line bio of Clinton High School Visual Arts Teacher Adri Jordan on the CHS website.
Jordan and her students, Sydney Raber and Kaitey Threatt, recently completed 35 days of mural painting at a Clinton church. Dedication of their mural was Oct. 27, and was the subject of a Judith Brown article in the Laurens County Advertiser, Oct. 30, I believe. While I did not get to give the story the coverage it deserves, I know that it merits a mention here.
Our friend Elizabeth Craven send us a notice of the mural dedication at the Greater Faith Apostolic Church of Jesus, Clinton, and Adri has a 35-day pictorial account of the progress on her Facebook page. The mural depicts The Baptism of Christ (15 ft. by 9 ft., more than 200 hours of work).
Adri Jordan was raised in Waterloo. She and husband Jason live in Greenwood with their young daughter, Sadi Jane. She says in her on-line bio, “The arts, whether it is watching, listening, teaching, or creating, have become a part of my life and my passion. This passion has helped me not only develop individually as an artist, but now, it prepares me to teach and share my experience in the art world with other young artists.”
She was graduated from high school in Columbia and earned degrees from Midlands Tech, Lander University, and Coastal Carolina and The College of Charleston (Masters plus 30 in Technology).
Now in her fifth year at CHS, Jordan has been a teacher for seven years.
Elizabeth Craven’s note to me included: “Lots of time and effort put forth by a young mother and her two students. CHS’s long-time and beloved employee, Ms. Delois Bluford, recommended Jordan to create this masterpiece for her church. She has a great day-by-day pictorial on her Facebook page. Would love for the community to know what talent we have in our Art Department here at Clinton High School.”
Now, you know!
Charleston is my adopted hometown. My family spent from my junior high school days through Hurricane Hugo (a long time!) living on the Isle of Palms. While I was there, and on visits since, I’ve had little contact with The Citadel. One exception, for some reason we went to a Newberry-Citadel football game while I was in college and watched Stump Mitchell go for what must have been 400 yards. By the fourth quarter, I was begging them to take the future NFL runner out of the game - we didn’t have any Indians left willing to try to tackle him.
On a kind of related, Scottish note, the only tattoo I have seen was in Scotland County, N.C. If we go to the event mentioned here - big honor for The Citadel - I will even wear my KILT.
The Citadel News Service reports, “The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will proudly represent the United States as the country's designated military band performing at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland in 2020. The band will represent America for the fourth time and remains the only U.S. military college band to have received the coveted invitation to perform on behalf of the nation in the world’s most famous military music festival. The invitation, received from Brigadier David Alfrey, chief executive and producer of the Tattoo said, ‘It would be an honour to welcome the Citadel cadets back to the Tattoo. The Band performed with us to huge plaudits and it would be wonderful to present their talents to the Tattoo audience once more.’”
The college’s reply: “Our cadets are honored and humbled by the opportunity to participate alongside the accomplished military bands and performers from around the world on the venerable Edinburgh Castle Esplanade in 2020.”
So, this is the date: Aug. 7 - 29, 2020, when The Citadel’s band will perform at The Castle.
As much as I hate to fly, it is a better than average bet that we WILL NOT GO to Scotland in 2020. But it’s starting to sound more and more like fate - The Tattoo turns 70 during the event that wraps up Aug. 29, and I turn 67 on Sept. 29, 2020. Those two numbers are really close - all that I’m sayin’.
The Tattoo must have been celebrating its 3rd birthday just before I was born but, how would we know? We didn’t have cable.
Now, through the magic of worldwide television, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the largest production of its kind and is broadcast to more than 30 countries. The Citadel’s participation as America’s band puts Charleston and South Carolina in the global spotlight. An estimated 100 million viewers tune in annually according to the show’s producers.
Sounds like a road trip for Henry McMaster.
(Vic MacDonald is editor of The Clinton Chronicle. He is a descendant of Scots in Greensboro, North Carolina. The views expressed here are his and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. MacDonald can be reached at 833-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org)