Karen Keene Day’s paintings are inspired by some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet: horses.

“Moved by the noble, beautiful, powerful qualities of horses, Day successfully reveals the spirituality of the animals in her artwork through color and movement,” said Chelsea Steadman of the Michael Mitchell Gallery. “So deeply affected by the animals, Day feels compelled to transfer their majesty to canvas. Simple painted line is juxtaposed with slashes of vibrant color in order to capture the untamed beauty and spirit of the wild horses free of tack and rider.”

Day’s paintings have been featured in numerous horse magazine: Equine Image, Andalusian and Conquistador.

The artist clearly feels passionate about the subject as she gives regular workshops, slide shows and presentations to business groups, artists’ associations and schoolchildren.

View her latest collection, “Moments With Wild Horses,” 6-9 Thursday at the Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St. Day will be at the reception.

564-0034 or www.michaelmitchellcharleston.com

Paint It Forward

Wine and Design will be hosting its fifth annual Paint It Forward Fundraiser on April 24 as part of the Blessing of the Fleet in Mount Pleasant.

The money raised will help support local shrimpers, and attendees will be painting a 12-by-12-inch shrimp-inspired painting. Artist and instructor James Irving will teach everyone step by step.

There will be beer by Westbrook and doughnuts by Glazed. Guests are welcome to bring their own wine.

The event will take place 6-8 p.m. at Alhambra Hall. The cost is $40, which includes art supplies and everyone’s first beer and doughnuts.

388-7857 or www.wineanddesignus.com

Artisan market

The Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery will host an artisan market 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road.

There will be local, handmade crafts, including pottery from Cone 10, Charleston Woodturners, jewelry, glass, metal work, textiles and photography.

Celebrating Austria

Chamber Music Charleston has put on some really top-notch concerts over the past few years.

On Saturday, join them for the finale of the Kuhn & Kuhn Law Firm Memminger Concert Series featuring guest pianist Andrew Armstrong. The theme will be a celebration of Austria and will feature piano and string pieces by Austrian composers.

“The concert opens with a chamber version of ‘The Poet and Peasant Overture’ by Franz von Suppe and continues with two works by Fritz Kreisler, his Libeslied for cello and piano and Schon Rosmarin for violin and piano. The final work on the program is Franz Schubert’s famed ‘Trout’ Quintet, composed in 1819 for the unique ensemble of piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass,” explains Sandra Nikolajevs of Chamber Music Charleston.

The doors at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Table seating is already sold out, but theater seats are available for $25.

763-4941 or www.chambermusiccharleston.org

‘Driving Miss Daisy’

The play that inspired the Academy Award-winning film “Driving Miss Daisy” is opening Thursday at Midtown Productions on James Island.

The story of the relationship between Daisy, an elderly Southern woman, and her African-American chauffeur is a timeless American classic.

“Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions worldwide,” said Midtown artistic director Sheri Grace Wenger.

There will be performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday as well as April 25-27 and May 2-3 with 3 p.m. shows set for April 28 and May 5. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 for students.

795-2223 or www.midtownproductions.org

Arts festival gala

Support the talented creatives in North Charleston this year by attending the North Charleston Arts Festival Gala on April 26 at Montague Terrace at the North Charleston Coliseum.

We’re letting you know about this black-tie optional event in advance as you’ll need to purchase tickets by Tuesday by calling coordinator Pam Smith at 740-5847.

Smith talked about what to expect at the gala. “The 2013 arts festival gala begins with an outdoor reception under the oaks from 6-7:30 p.m. featuring light refreshments, musical entertainment by the Leonard School of Music Jazz Ensemble and a live plein-air painting demonstration by local artist Deborah Meyer.”

The garden party will move indoors to Montague Terrace at 7:30 p.m. for dinner service and an evening concert by the North Charleston Pops!, which will perform a variety of selections that include light classical, Broadway, rock ’n’ roll, country and more.

Following the concert, guests can dance the night away to music by the 17 South Band.

The North Charleston Arts Festival will be May 3-11.