16th Annual “Come To Leicester” Studio Tour
For the 16th year in a row, artists in the small community of Leicester, NC will open their studios to the public for the annual "Come to Leicester" Studio Tour. This free, self-guided event is held every third weekend in August, and this year’s tour dates are August 21 & 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Visitors choose their own tour stops using a printed brochure with a full-color map of the area, and bold signs direct to the individual studios. The tour route travels through some of the most scenic rural countryside in Western North Carolina. Along the way, visitors can view hand-crafted work and meet the artists who create it. The variety of arts and crafts includes brooms, pottery, painting, furniture, iron work, fiber art, and stained glass.
Rasputin’ on the Ritz: A Subversive Gallery Tour
Drag Queen Ebony Wood leads guests on a subversive gallery tour through The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground and an art project. Registration required as space is limited to ensure physical distancing; includes take-home goodie bag.
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission and extended hours courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Head to the galleries at 6:30 p.m. to get insight on works in the CMA collection from our knowledgeable group of interpretive guides. Chat with our friendly docents about the art you see. Docents will be available throughout the galleries to provide further information and answer questions. Look for their “Ask me about the art!” buttons to learn more.
Plus, head out to Boyd Plaza in the evening for a beer garden from The Whig and a concert presented by First Thursday on Main featuring Charlie Boy, Keath Mead, and Melon In. Food available for purchase from The Wurst Wagon and Los Chicanos.
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.
Virtual Curator-Led Tour: Wunderkammer and You Are Here
Halsey Institute curators Bryan Granger and Katie Hirsch will lead members on a virtual tour of the current exhibitions "Dan Estabrook: Wunderkammer" and "Jibade-Khalil Huffman: You Are Here." Using antiquated forms of photography, such as salt prints and tintypes, Estabrook examines the objecthood of photography and its ability to represent the truth. Using unrelenting movement, Huffman’s work draws on all senses, utilizing video, audio, text, and the ultimate tool: the viewer’s own experience. Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m., you can explore the exhibition, get insider knowledge, and meet other Halsey Institute lovers. RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu.
This event is for all levels of Halsey Institute membership. Join online or call (843) 953-5652 with questions.
Summer Light: Art by Night
Brookgreen Gardens hosts a new after-hours series, Summer Light: Art by Night, Wednesdays through Saturdays from June 9 through August 21. The event offers special access to the botanical gardens at night, backdropped by nine newly-created light installations, along with live music performances at the Pegasus field, and indoor gallery spaces open with docent tours available. Harvest Restaurant will offer picnic boxes and the Brookgreen Beverage Cart will offer a variety of beverages.
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission and extended hours courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Plus, head to the galleries at 6:30 p.m. to chat with our friendly docents about the art you see. Due to the popularity of The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher, advance tickets are strongly recommended. There may be a small wait to enter the galleries.
Charleston Symphony Tour of Homes – Historic Charleston
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL®) announces its first ever Tour of Homes in downtown historic Charleston. For 44 years, the CSOL has hosted a month-long Designer Showhouse, a home transformed by area designers. Due to the pandemic, changes to the timing and format were made this year. The CSOL is holding a shorter event, still showcasing beautiful design and historic architecture. The homes and gardens can be visited on self-guided tours Saturday, May 22nd or Sunday, May 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ask Me About the Art!
Saturdays in March, get insight on works in the CMA collection from our knowledgeable group of interpretive guides. Docents will be available throughout the galleries to provide further information and answer questions about art on view. Look for their “Ask me about the art!” buttons to learn more. Free with membership or admission.
Ask Me About the Art!
Get insight on works in the CMA collection from our knowledgeable group of interpretive guides. Docents will be available throughout the galleries to provide further information and answer questions about art on view. Look for their “Ask me about the art!” buttons to learn more. Free admission and extended hours courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.