This Friday and the first Friday of each month, be sure to check out the opening receptions at many of the galleries along Broad Street and nearby. Unless otherwise noted, receptions take place 5-8 p.m. and are free.

Ellis-Nicholson Gallery

Glass artist John Miguel Almaguer will show his newest colorful glass art in a collection he calls “Breakthrough.”

“This will be Almaguer’s first solo show after returning from Murano, Venice, where he lived and worked in glass before he arrived in Asheville, N.C., where he currently creates his art,” said Vikki Ellis of the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery.

There also will be works available from his “Realms” series, along with his newest body of work, “Scratching the Surface.”

The gallery is at 1½ Broad St. 722-5353 or

Charleston Artist Guild

Talented photographer Brian Koury is the featured artist for the month at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery with his newest collection of photos called “Birds Out on a Limb.”

Koury has a gift for capturing intimate moments in nature. He particularly likes cloudy days and is inspired by water in all its forms: rain, fog, mist and marsh.

The reception will take place 6-8 p.m. The gallery is at 160 East Bay St. 722-2425 or

Sister show

On Thursday, enjoy a show of works by two sisters with different yet complimentary painting styles. Sue Sneddon works in oils and pastels while Nance Lee Sneddon works with acrylics and mixed media.

“Nance Lee Sneddon’s work has an exuberant, celebratory tone, weaving images together in a tapestry-like fashion. Sue Sneddon’s work includes land- and seascapes that capture fleeting moments of beauty, both realistic and meditative,” explains Susan St. Hilaire of the Real Estate Studio. “The Sneddon sisters have shown together in North and South Carolina, and have had numerous solo shows nationally.”

There will be an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday at 214 King St. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The works will be on display until May 20. 722-5618

CoOp Gallery and Sale

Every year, the city of North Charleston holds its annual Art & Fine Craft CoOp Gallery and Sale at The Meeting Place. This temporary artist-run gallery will be open each Friday and Saturday, April 5-June 1, and will be part of the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 3-11.

All of the works are from “Lowcountry artists of varied backgrounds in a diverse array of media and styles, from representational to contemporary,” said Ann Simmons of the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.

Participating artists include Sherri Bardsley, Olga Bixby, Andrea Cochran-Pastel, Jan Dalton, Daryle Halbert, James Christopher Hill, Angela Hiott, Muriel Lanciault, Barbara B. Sawyer, Pat Singletary and Francina Smalls-Joyner.

The gallery, inside The Meeting Place at 1077 E. Montague Ave. in the revitalized Olde Village area of North Charleston, will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

A free public reception will be 5-8 p.m. May 8 at The Meeting Place during the festival Art Walk.

Call 740-5854 or go to

Cabaret Night

Charleston’s performing arts community has a lot going on on a regular basis, and now the actors, performers and producers are bringing you yet another fun night of entertainment with Theatre Charleston’s Cabaret Night called “Under the Spotlight.”

Theatre Charleston’s Cabaret Nights started last winter as a service to its members. The affairs have been a little secret among the theater community and now is going public.

“We have such a talented pool of actors and singers in the Charleston area” Executive Director Emily Wilhoit said. “Even with all the fantastic theater being produced in town, these actors are eager for more opportunities to share their favorite pieces. Cabaret Nights provide a venue to perform songs and scenes from brand-new shows currently running on Broadway, pull out some of everyone’s favorites from shows rarely locally produced, and perhaps even give a sneak peek of an upcoming production at one of our 12 member theaters.”

“We’ve seen such incredible performances in the past, it seemed unfair to continue to allow these nights to be an industry secret,” she added.

Join members of Theatre Charleston on Thursday at the Woolfe Street Playhouse. The performance starts at 10:30 p.m.; the late start time is so that patrons can enjoy other productions by some of Theatre Charleston’s member theaters earlier in the evening and then attend Cabaret Night afterward.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at or at the door. 813-8578.