It’s here, folks, probably the most popular art walk of the year.
The weather, the art, the people — it’s all beautiful.
Almost all the galleries downtown, especially those in the French Quarter, will have opening receptions Friday night. Unless otherwise noted, these are all free and open to the public and take place 5-8 p.m.
It’s impossible to capture it all here, so put on some fun fall boots and go check it out in person.
Ann Long Fine Art: View works by guest artists Jonathan Koch and Megan Lightell. Gallery owner Ann Long said, “The two represent polar approaches to realism: Koch, who follows strict classical instruction in his still life, and Lightell, who enjoys more imaginative freedom in her landscapes.” The reception will be 6-8 p.m. The gallery is at 54 Broad St. Call 577-0447 or go to www.annlongfineart.com.
Charleston Artist Guild Gallery: View the world through David Scheffler’s camera lens with his photography exhibit, “Portals.” He seems to find inspiration everywhere. “There seems to be a never-ending stream of subjects. I find myself making mental notes of photo opportunities while driving, biking or walking so I can then return to the scene to get the ideal shot,” the artist said. The gallery is at 160 East Bay St. Call 722-2425 or go to www.charlestonartistguild.com.
Corrigan Gallery: A longtime local favorite artist and surgeon, this will be a solo show of Duke Hagerty’s work, this time with a focus on existentialism. The artist said, “The essential existential questions are as much the sphere of the visual artist as of the philosopher. ... The spectrum of possibilities is as vast and eclectic as the selections on a Wurlitzer. ... Insert your coin in the slot: Your choice automatically drops in the groove. The machine plays our individual selections, as if oblivious of the transcendental cosmic harmony that enwraps us all.” Think that’s a lot to think about? Check out the surreal paintings in “Existential Jukebox.” The gallery is at 62 Queen St. Call 722-9868 or go to www.lesecorrigan.com.
Ellis-Nicholson Gallery: Gallery owner Jeannette Nicholson describes artist Joan A. Davis’ solo exhibition, “Windows of Nature,” as figures and landscapes “all moving toward a journey into abstraction.” The artist herself said the challenge she found most exciting in these new works was the use of arbitrary color and diversity of materials, making them harmonious with the chosen composition. The gallery is at 1˝ Broad St. Call 722-5353 or go to www.ellis-nicholsongallery.com.
Gaye Sanders Fisher Gallery: Gaye Sanders Fisher’s newest body of work was inspired by Henry River Mill Village near Hickory, N.C. Built in 1904, there are only 21 houses and a large mill store on the 72 acres of land. The tiny village housed the mill workers and their families. “The workers were paid in script, which they used to buy food and supplies at the mill store,” explained Fisher.
Back in those times, textiles and tobacco were the main industries in the Carolinas, and mills were an extremely important part of it all. A super cool fact about this particular mill: This is where “The Hunger Games” was filmed! The gallery is at 124 Church St. Call 958-0010, www.gayesandersfisher.com.
Lambert Gray Gallery: Fotini Christophillis is all about emergence these days. Her oil paintings are colorfully bold, and her collection, “Emerge,” is centered on a theme of “emergence, arrival, coming into oneself, power and presence,” said the artist. Gallery co-owner Hilarie Lambert said this of Christophillis: “She covers a range of human emotion and seeks to understand through the work the complexities of what it means to be alive at this time.” Local singer/songwriter Harrison Ray will be performing during the reception. The gallery is at 54 Broad St. Call 709-1279 or go to www.lambertgraygallery.com.
M Gallery of Fine Art: Jeffrey D. Hargreaves’ father died seven years ago. “After Hargreaves inherited his father’s tools, he wanted to paint them as a series of still-life paintings to commemorate and honor his father. As this body of work developed, Hargreaves incorporated tools which also belonged to his father-in-law, grandfather and other objects that are meaningful to himself and his family,” explained gallery owner Maggie Kruger. The gallery is at 11 and 43 Broad St. Call 727-4343 or go to www.mgalleryoffineart.com.
Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art: Internationally known sculptor Martin Eichinger specializes in the gorgeous bronze statues he’s been doing for years. This Friday, however, he’s unveiling his “first three completed sculptures done with a cutting edge new style of patina uniquely designed to express and represents a new way of approaching an idea. Eichinger observes that the tides are shifting for humanity and we are in the process of discovering a new perspective and perhaps a new dance. His work creates an edgy effect symbolizing the concept of post-modern,” said his publicist, Paul Krupin. The reception will take place 6-8 p.m. The gallery is at 103 Broad St. Call 723-0303 or go to www.marymartinart.com.
Robert Lange Studios: “I had a job that was sucking the soul out of me,” said Erik Henry Johnson. “These paintings are metaphors tied to my own leap of faith.” Many of the works in this exhibit, Johnson’s first solo show in Charleston, are metaphors for people trapped in a corporate lifestyle. Gallery owner Megan Lange describes one of his paintings, “Corporate Culture,” as multiple gold fish trapped in tiny bowls stacked on top of each other. However, the painting the show was titled after, “Leap,” is just the opposite, as the fish is free. “There’s nothing else but that fish, nothing surrounds it. We don’t know where it came from or where it’s going. For me that represents where I am as an artist,” Johnson said. “There’s a grace associated with that picture.” The gallery is at 2 Queen St. Call 805-8052 or go to www.robertlangestudios.com.
Sylvan Gallery: Local favorite Rhett Thurman describes her work best: “As much as I would like to wax philosophical about red and the passionate life, the simple truth is that I just like the color. Seldom do I do a painting, or a dinner plate, that does not have at least a spot of red, and I’ve been thinking for a while about what fun it would be to pay homage to that. Unlike many artists whom I respect and admire, I couldn’t stick to one subject matter if my life depended on it. Dazzling light, what it does to color, and the intimate, fleeting moment will always be my theme. My paintings are my personal invitation to join me in that moment. Maine, Wyoming and home resound in this particular body of work.” The gallery is at 171 King St. Call 722-2172 or go to www.thesylvangallery.com.
Wells Gallery: Local writer Amy Mercer described Laurie Meyer well when she said she “is best known for her effervescent landscapes and warm urban settings. She paints with rich, natural color, using broad strokes and a palette knife to express the distinctive and recognizable softness evoked in her work.” Meyer’s new body of work, “One Light,” about 20 large oil paintings, is all about light. “Whether the subject is a historic street in Charleston or abroad, we are all under this ‘one light.’ In other words, the subject doesn’t really matter. I’ve always responded to the mood of light. The way it changes colors throughout the day and effects shadow color is magical to me,” said the artist. The gallery is at 125 Meeting St. Call 853-3233 or go to www.wellsgallery.com.
One of my favorite things about Charleston is experiencing people working together.
Throughout October, the North Charleston City Gallery will host its inaugural Redux Contemporary Art Center studio artists’ exhibition.
This group show will have works by Xin Lu, Sarah Kalani, Camela Guevara, Savannah Rusher and Jennifer Ervin.
“The diverse collection of works on display — Ervin’s intimate photography, Rusher’s nostalgic paintings, Guevara’s delicate fiber works, Kalani’s vibrant figures and landscapes and Xin Lu’s introspective monoprints — are a wonderful representation of the artistic innovation and creativity being fostered through Redux’s studio program,” said arts coordinator Anne Trabue Nelson.
There will be a reception 5-7 tonight. The North Charleston City Gallery is inside the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. Call 740-5854 or go to www.northcharleston.org.
‘The Satire Diaries’
If you love to laugh and are not easily offended, then “The Satire Diaries: Too Stupid to Fail” is for you.
This compilation of award-winning sketches and songs making fun of today’s culture has been said to be “painfully funny.”
“The Satire Diaries” have been brought to Charleston by Stan Gill, the same guy who portrayed Mark Twain at Piccolo Spoleto and is the creator of Sprouts Children’s Theatre.
The folks at Threshold Repertory Theatre, where the show will be put on, said this about the show: “Nothing is sacred in this hilarious satirical roast of movies, sex, dating, men and women, the arts, politics and much, much more!”
The show will be at 8:15 p.m. Friday and 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. It will have a second run at Creative Spark, 757 Long Point Road, in Mount Pleasant on Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. Tickets are $22; $19 for students, seniors and educators. Call 881-3780 or go to www.creativespark.org for more.
“Nature Will Find a Place” by Gaye Sanders Fisher will be on display at Gaye Sanders Fisher Gallery.×
David Scheffler’s photo “Courtyard Gate” will be on display at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.×
Joan A. Davis’ “Mystic Light” will be on display at Ellis-Nicholson Gallery.×
Fotini Christophillis’“Waiting for the Train” will be on display at Lambert Gray Gallery.×
“Hopscotch” by Gaye Sanders Fisher will be on display at Gaye Sanders Fisher Gallery.×
Duke Hagerty’s work will be on display at Corrigan Gallery.×
Fotini Christophillis’ “Afternoon Reverie” will be on display at Lambert Gray Gallery.×
Joan A. Davis’ “Looking Up” will be on display at Ellis-Nicholson Gallery.×
Erik Henry Johnson’s work will be on display at Robert Lange Studios.×