Legos!

The John M. Dunnan Gallery is hosting an opening for "The Dunnan Lego Spectacular." Artists of all ages were invited to enter into this Lego competition/exhibition.

The chosen Lego creations will be unveiled and the winner will be announced and will receive prizes at the reception from 5-8 p.m. today at the gallery at 121 Church Street.

Call 720-7425 for more information.

'Passing Notion?'

"Passing Notion?" is one of the new visual arts events on this year's Piccolo Spoleto program.

Put together by Artist on Fire, "Passing Notion?" is described as a multimedia exhibit that explores the way God may be speaking to us today through moments in our everyday lives.

Works featured are meant to search out and explore the unusual and extraordinary messages that catch people's attention as they walk through life.

Artist on Fire, founded by Alex and Sara Radin, is on a mission of seeing and providing more opportunities for artists to fully express themselves in order to be a voice of positivity and change through the creative arts.

"Our goal," says Alex, "is to inspire people to dream, to see the beauty that is around them and to be a voice of hope, truth and life in this world."

Works include photography, film, installation art, live music, sculpture, live art, landscape art and painting.

Featured artists include painters Alex Radin and Amelia (Mimi) Whaley; photographers Mahmood Fazal, Kimberly (Kimmie)

Krauk, Carson (Kip) Bulwinkle, and Ginger Christy; poet Sara Radin; sculptor Pamela Crout; film producers Douglas Fotia, Larry Spann, and Karen DeLoach; installation artist Beverly Currin; and landscape architects J.R. and Holly Kramer of Remark Studio.

The visual artists will be accompanied by more than 15 live art performers and 20 musicians playing original compositions and arrangements throughout the 17 days of the festival, beginning May 28.

The exhibit will be at Citadel Square Baptist Church, 328 Meeting St. in the chapel off Henrietta Street, and on the third floor.

Opening night festivities will be 6-9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information about the show, visit www.artistonfire.com or contact Alex or Sara Radin at 270-3137.

For information on Piccolo Spoleto, call the Office of Cultural Affairs at 724-7305 or visit www.PiccoloSpoleto.com.

'Things Grow Here'

SCOOP Studios will have a closing reception for its newest artist, Lisa Shimko, 5-8 p.m. Friday at 57 1/2 Broad St.

Shimko's solo show, "Things Grow Here," provides an intimate perspective on the relationship between humans, animals and the environment that surrounds us.

The images of nature are intended to provoke thoughts on processes of food production, treatment of the environment, and the organisms that are directly effected through these choices.

The artist describes her style as between realistic and abstract, "allowing each piece to have an enchanting beauty deeply rooted in current social issues."

For more information, call 224-6184 or visit www.scoopcontemporary.com.

Hot Glass/Cool Art

Today, the Wells Gallery at Kiawah will be hosting a reception featuring its new glass art from 4:30-7 p.m.

Local glass artist Felice Killian of Felice Designs will be in attendance doing live demonstrations of the art of "lampwork" and jewelrymaking.

Other artists featured in this show include David Goldhagen, John Geci and Michael Paul DiFazio.

'Celebrating Women'

The Center for Women marks its 20th anniversary with "Celebrating Women," a Piccolo Spoleto visual arts event featuring works by eight members of Women's Caucus for Art, Charleston.

Artists include Karole Turner Campbell, Betsey Carter, Beckie Dobbs, Leigh Ann Davis, Linda Elksnin, Kate Landichow, Laura Szweda, and Lillian Trettin.

The exhibit is inspired by the work of photojournalist Paola Gianturco, who documented her travels to festivals around the world that celebrate women.

Gianturco noted that because "culture shapes gender roles, societies deem very different characteristics worth celebrating as they honor the feminine spirit, observe women's rites of passage and commemorate women's achievements."

"Celebrating Women," published in 2004, depicts festivals that honor women as goddesses, lovers, warriors, lovers, healers, protectors, providers and flirts.

WCA Charleston artists used a variety of media to depict the diverse ways women are celebrated.

The exhibit will take place at the Center for Women headquarters, 129 Cannon Street and will be on display through Aug. 31.

For more about Women's Caucus for Art, Charleston, visit www.wcacharleston.blogspot.com.

For more about the Center for Women, visit www.c4women.org.