Every year for the past 15 years, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association has put on one of the most prestigious visual arts events in the area with their Fine Art Annual weekend.

Not only does the event have lots of fun art happenings, but in true Charleston style, it’s also for a cause: to help the younger artists in the Lowcountry to have access to art supplies.

“The monies donated to visual arts education and art supplies by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association tops $300,000,” says Lese Corrigan of CFADA.

From 5-8 p.m. Friday, visit the following member galleries as they host receptions and exhibits featuring some of their best new art: Anglin Smith Fine Art, Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Helena Fox Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Robert Lange Studios and The Sylvan Gallery.

After the receptions on Friday, the fun continues with the preview evening of the Gibbes Museum’s Art on Paper Fair, in which some of the CFADA members are participating. The special preview event will be 8-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the night of.

The Art on Paper Fair runs through Sunday and is free during museum hours. Go to www.gibbesmuseum.org for details.

From 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Painting in the Park will be in Washington Park (at the corner of Meeting and Broad streets).

Sixteen artists from the CFADA galleries will be painting live, and guests can bid via silent auction on the works. All of these proceeds will go to the Charleston County High School art department.

In addition to the live painting, there will be a juried show of works from local high school art students and the winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.

For more on the weekend’s events and a map of the galleries, go to www.cfada.com.

Plein-air painters

In addition to all the CFADA festivities, Charleston is welcoming the Plein-Air Painters of the Southeast as they set up easels and paint all over town with specialty shows at Coco Vivo Art for Living, Edward Dare Gallery and Galerie on Broad.

“The plein air movement, which has accelerated over the last decade, brings artists from all over the country to one location where they paint together,” says Danny Laran of Coco Vivo Art for Living. The group will be in town Saturday-Nov. 7.

After Nov. 7, there will be an exclusive 10-day wet-paint show and sale at the three galleries, as well as a gala opening reception to celebrate these pieces from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 8

Call 720-4027.

New artist show

A staple in the Charleston art community, the Charleston Artist Guild has long been helping artists get their work out there and they are excited to introduce to the public some new faces from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Expect to see works by Patricia Forsberg, Lloyd Shingleton, Becky Taylor, Kat Eckel, Mila Garro, Susan Eisenhaur, Judy Dyches, Patricia Fylstra, Cathy Myers, Jennifer Koach and Patricia Schaefer.

The Charleston Artist Guild is at 160 East Bay St.

Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story gets a humorous makeover by the Village Repertory Co., in residence at the Woolfe Street Playhouse.

The fast-paced adaptation of the classic novel is performed by only three actors tackling dozens of roles.

Actors Robbie Thomas, Noah Smith and Dave Reinwald will be running the show Friday-Nov. 23. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children. Tickets can be purchased at www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at 856-1579. The Woolfe Street Playhouse is located at 34 Woolfe St.

‘The Birds’

“The Birds” is based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier of the same name, a story which also was the inspiration for the film “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock.

“This play fascinates me,” says Sharon Graci, artistic director and core ensemble member of Pure Theatre. “I am so intrigued by our current obsession with apocalyptic stories in which we exchange societal constructs for the opportunity to live by our wits, skill, strength, cunning and primal drive to survive. I think there is something quite innate in all humans, a desire to be tested that is buried deep in our developed society. It is the sense that ‘if I don’t succeed here, if I don’t strategically plan my next moves, my life could be over.’ It is like a primal reflex that yearns to know how we would fare if pushed to the limit. The imaginative exercises that we engage in, such as dreaming of how we would spend lottery money are of the same ilk as ones that plan for events like a zombie apocalypse. ‘The Birds’ is an intimate look at four survivors who find themselves living within extreme circumstances, and the atavistic, primal behaviors that surface and by which they are ultimately governed.”

The show begins Thursday and runs through Nov. 23. Pure Theatre has a new tiered ticket pricing structure: $18 on Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees, $27 on Friday nights and $30 on Saturday nights; with $15 student rush tickets available 15 minutes prior to curtain time. Tickets can be purchased by calling 723-4444 or going to www.puretheatre.org.

Pure Theatre is at 477 King St.