Laurel Posey

“Artists Drawing Artists”

Stormwater Studios in Columbia presents “Artists Drawing Artists,” an exhibition in which 46 artists have done exactly that! Looking to capture the full splendor of faces – free of masks – pairs of artists have drawn each other. The resulting portraits will be displayed simply, unencumbered by mat, glass, or frame. The show opens on Saturday, July 24 with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Viewers are invited to experience the gratitude, joy, persistence and purpose shining through these artists' faces. The exhibition runs July 25 – August 1. Participating Artists: Guy Allison, Pam Bowers, Jeri Burdick, James Busby, Jim Campbell, Michael Cassidy, Lauren Chapman, Steven Chapp, Stephen Chesley, Craig Crawford.

Laurel Posey

Halsey Member Meet-up: Meet the New Dean and New Director

Join the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Thursday, Wednesday, June 23 at 5 p.m. for a happy hour Member Meet-up over Zoom, featuring the new Dean of the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts, Dr. Edward Hart, and the Halsey Institute’s new director, Katie Hirsch. Hart succeeds Dean Valerie Morris, who served as the School of the Arts dean from 1998-2020. Hirsch takes the helm of director following the December 2020 retirement of Mark Sloan, who had served as Chief Curator and Director since 1994. The new leaders will share their vision for the future of these two important cultural institutions in Charleston. This event is open to all levels of Halsey Institute membership; RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu. Join or renew your membership at halsey.cofc.edu.

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Baby Boy: Paintings by Malik Greene

Inspired by everything that he has called his own throughout his journey, searching through the epic of his life to find his true calling, the prodigal son has returned home. Local contemporary artist Malik Greene presents his debut solo exhibition, “Baby Boy,” comprised of 17+ new paintings that convey Malik’s journey from a boy to a man, featuring the people, memories and moments that are the pieces of him. “Baby Boy: A Personal Narrative by Malik Greene” is on view at Stormwater Studios in Columbia, July 9-18. Opening Reception: July 9th from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Artist Meet & Greet with Gina Moore

Columbia-based artist Gina Moore is the latest in a string of contemporary artists to display their work at the Stanley Arts Center in rural Hampton County. The exhibit features features a mix of non-objective works and pieces from her "Heredity" series. These works are derived from vintage family photos, recapturing nostalgic memories and personal reflections. Group and individual portraits are rendered using mixed media and/or graphite on various found and repurposed objects/surfaces, many reclaimed from antique furniture. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. May 1st at the Stanley Arts Center at 105 Lee Avenue in Hampton, SC. Mind Gravy Poetry will be on hand to present ekphrastic poetry readings. Light Refreshments will be provided and wine will be available for cash donation.

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Ebb & Flow: Coastal Rhythms in Black & White

A two-person show featuring photography by Mike Basher and oil paintings by Renee Levin begins with an Open House, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both artists will be in the gallery to meet patrons Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday’s Open House coincides with the Charleston Gallery Association’s First Saturday Art Stroll. This will be hosted by Ella Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad Street, Charleston, SC. Exhibition on view through June 3, 2021.

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Trivia Night at the CMA

Join us on Boyd Plaza to test your art smarts and general trivia prowess on topics and themes emerging from the CMA collection and beyond. Hosted by CMA staffers Wilson Bame and Dana Witkoski and featuring a special guest. Prizes for first, second, and third place, plus most creative team name. Registration required as space is limited to ensure physical distancing. Beer and wine available for purchase. Face coverings required while not at your seat and while inside the museum. Priority registration for members only through Wednesday, April 14.

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CMA Contemporaries: Picnic Pop Up

Local company Picnic Pop Up joins CMA affinity group the Contemporaries to create a downtown picnic party. Physically distanced pods of 4 or 8 people on Boyd Plaza give plenty of space to comfortably enjoy this event featuring live painters, paint-with-your-pod activities, and music. Two separate seating times are available. Sponsored by Alexandra Madison Weddings. Face coverings required while not seated and while inside the museum. Entry into the CMA galleries included with your ticket; food and drink all inclusive. Due to the popularity of the Escher exhibition, there may be a wait to enter the galleries. Registration required by May 16.

Laurel Posey

Sandy Rhodes: “Wildlife Art and More”

South Carolina native Sandy Rhodes has been selected as the Society of Bluffton Artists’ Featured Artist for May. Her show “Wildlife Art and More” captures iconic Lowcountry scenes on canvas. Rhodes’ artwork will be on display at the SoBA Gallery in Old Town Bluffton from May 4-31. An opening reception with the artist will be held there from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.

Laurel Posey

2021 North Charleston Arts Fest

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department proudly presents the 2021 North Charleston Arts Fest. This annual event highlights regional and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, theatre, music, literature, and visual art. For more than 38 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting residents and visitors to experience a variety of free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in multiple venues, including libraries, community centers, businesses, and parks. Enjoy concerts, theatre presentations, dance performances, virtual programs, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, and more.

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Foothills Philharmonic Season Finale: Pops Celebration and Instrument Petting Zoo

The Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its 2021-22 season with the Pops Celebration Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo, April 30, 2022, at 7 p.m. at Riverside Baptist Church in Greer. The concert includes popular classical music plus favorites from movies and television shows. In addition, we will be holding an instrument petting zoo before the concert. At this event, children of all ages will be able to try out the different orchestral instruments as we work to encourage the next generation to pursue music studies. The audience can meet and greet the performers at a post-concert reception with refreshments provided. Performing in Greenville since 2000, Foothills Philharmonic is committed to providing high-quality, classical music performances to the Upstate community. All of Foothills’ concerts are free and general admission.