From Carnegie Mellon to Rome, New York to Greece ... and now in Charleston. Tom Potocki certainly has had an interesting life.

Potocki studied at Carnegie Mellon, spending a summer studying in Rome. After graduating, he moved to New York, where he became very involved with the Pop Art movement. He even produced the first “happening” at Fire Island off of Long Island. After this, he went abroad to live in Greece.

When he returned, he got his Master of Fine Arts from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, began teaching and then became a founding member of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists’ Association.

It was then that he started really experimenting with drawing, paintings, sculpture and photography.

“His eclectic style has been described as having the look of refined graffiti, a style that grew out of a combination of his neoclassical training and involvement with the Abstract and Pop Art movements of his time,” said the folks at Michael Mitchell Gallery, where Potocki’s work is represented in Charleston.

He has won numerous awards and accolades, and was recently included in a publication of some of the best contemporary drawings called “Strokes of Genius.”

There will be an opening reception for Potocki’s newest collection of paintings 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St. The works will be on display until Oct. 14.

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Blondes are the best

A few weeks ago, Charleston Stage kicked off its 35th anniversary season with the hit Broadway show “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at the Dock Street Theatre.

If you aren’t familiar with the movie, Beth Curley, director of marketing for Charleston Stage, gives a quick synopsis: “Based on the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, Elle Woods, the star of UCLA’s Delta Nu sorority, appears to have it all. But when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone more ‘serious,’ Elle puts down her credit cards, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law. ... And with the help of her adorable Chihuahua Bruiser, played by real life rescued Pet Helpers’ pup Lo Mein, and her classic bend-n-snap, Elle realizes, and Charleston will, too, that brainpower is as potent as a blonde in a pink dress!”

The seemingly ditsy, yet determined, blonde is played by Vanessa Moyen (Roxie in last season’s rendition of “Chicago”), who has already been wowing audiences with her performance.

With lots of fun sing-alongs, approachable characters “and a whole lot of blonde ambition,” this is a great show for the whole family.

There are still performances this weekend and next. Ticket prices range from $22.50-$52.50 and are available by phone at 577-7183 or on their website,

On Sunday, Charleston Stage and Pet Helpers are teaming up for a dog adopt-a-thon at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

The adopt-a-thon is free, and there will be a performance of the show at 3 p.m. Find out more on the website.