Arts Scene: Pop-up show aims to add color to the gray area
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
‘Think edge,” Gris Galerie’s Elizabeth Bowers said of Friday’s art show at the old Gadsden Funeral Home on St. Philip Street.
This will be Bowers’ and partner Greg Colleton’s third pop-up art show at the old funeral home, and each one has showcased some of Charleston’s edgier artists in a professional but unconventional manner.
And that is exactly the aim to “highlight the gray area of art in Charleston.”
The pair explains that the shows are “meant to bring about progression and help to change contemporary art in Charleston for the better.”
Friday’s show will feature graffiti and mural artists from the Southeast as local favorite Ishmael brings his friends to the Lowcountry. From Asheville, N.C., will be Dustin Spagnola, Ted Harper, Old Faithfull and Vincent Luca. Trek6 will come from Miami, while Ishmael and Patch Whisky will bring the Charleston vibe.
Artists will create an original mural that evening on the 100-foot cinder block wall in the courtyard of the funeral home. There will be hanging art for sale. Refreshments will be provided, and Dr. Fuzz will DJ the show, which will run 6-10 p.m. at 221 St. Philip St.
Also looking to do something different in the Charleston arts scene are John Duckworth, a local painter and photographer, and Josh Silverman, a financial adviser and DJ.
Silverman’s company, Jericho Advisors, has hosted numerous art shows at the office on St. Philip Street. Silverman said that they “encourage the artists they feature to explore new ideas that may not typically work in traditional gallery spaces.”
For September and October, look to see works by Duckworth at Jericho.
As a constantly evolving artist, Duckworth often rides his bicycle all over the Lowcountry in search of inspiration. Most people are familiar, maybe unknowingly, with his landscape photographs (they look like paintings) that have been hanging in places like FIG restaurant, but he’s got a whole other body of work that would surprise most.
This exhibition is a chance to see some of the pieces that are not normally on display.
There will be a reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 5 at the office, 207-A St. Philip St. Refreshments will be provided, and the public may attend.
Call 276-6316 or go to www.jerichoadvisors.com.
“Mermaid stories may have first come to the USA through the South Carolina Lowcountry with the first three black slaves that arrived in the year 1670 along with Colonial Barbadian immigrants,” said Torreah “Cookie” Washington.
Fascinated by this intriguing and niche-specific folklore, Washington has decided to curate a show of fiber arts called “Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore,” which will be on display through Oct. 28 at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.
The show will bring together well-known and emerging fiber artists and educate the public about this little-known folklore.
“Each piece is a storyteller, using color, texture, form and embellishment to express a narrative,” Washington said.
In addition to the fiber arts, there will be a variety of events and performers, including poet and quilter Jacqueline Johnson, poets Joanna Sophia Crowell and Maritza Rivera, spoken word poet and musician Kurtis Lamkin, filmmaker and poet Bianca Spriggs, Akua Lezli Hope, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Poet Laureate of South Carolina Marjory Heath Wentworth and more.
There are so many events planned for the two months it would be difficult to list them all here. To find out what’s going on when, email email@example.com or call 259-8108.
Get in touch with your emotions through photography.
Allison Evans uses “photography as a mode of meditation, and her recent work explores how images, particularly in nature, can equate with emotional or psychological states.
Her collection of seascapes, depicting water in various stages of motion, is a representation of this internal exploration.”
Meet Evans and see her works 6-9 p.m. Saturday at an opening reception at Rick Rhodes Photography & Imaging, 1842 Belgrade Ave., West Ashley.
Call 766-7425 or go to www.rickrhodesphotography.com.