Redux Contemporary Art Center, a nonprofit committed to “fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences,” is a staple of the local arts community, and they need your support Saturday for their 11th Annual Art Auction.

The event includes a live and silent auction of artwork by some local favorites. Redux is aiming to raise $25,000 this year.

The money raised will allow Redux to continue with its mission of providing subsidized studio space to contemporary artists working in Charleston; fine art exhibitions of national and international contemporary artists; education and community outreach efforts and more, explains Executive Director Stacy Huggins.

The event will take place 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday at Redux, 136 St. Philip St. Live bidding will begin at 8 p.m. with John Zinsser as this year’s auctioneer. Food and drinks will be provided by Tristan Dining, Holy City Brewing, Cathead Vodka and Wine Awesomeness. There will be live music by Mr. Jenkins and The Lovely Few. Attire is casually elegant or cocktail.

Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers, or get your ticket and a year’s individual membership for $75 (a $95 value).

To purchase tickets, call 722-0697 or go to www.reduxstudios.org.

Creative Spark benefit

Every fall, Creative Spark Center for the Arts organizes the fundraiser called Art on the Beach & Chefs in the Kitchen, where local artists and chefs work together to support the programs at Creative Spark.

This year’s event will be taking place from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and will include an afternoon tour of Sullivan’s Island homes and studios featuring more than 25 artists selling their wares, along with chefs doing demonstrations and offering tastings.

This year’s poster artist is local favorite Carol McGill with her vibrant painting called “Sunny Side.”

Patrons can earn a commemorative glass by spending $100 or more on art and enjoy bottomless champagne all day at Salt at Station 22 or at the Toast the Artists reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Island Club with a cash bar and desserts.

Tickets are $35 in advance at Sandpiper Gallery and at Everyday Gourmet, or by phone at 881-3780 or online at www.creativespark.org.

Tickets are $40 the day of the event at Battery Gadsden.

ATOMACON

The All Types of Media Arts Convention (ATOMACON) is the first three-day, multi-genre, sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology convention of its kind to be held here in Charleston.

The inaugural event will take place Friday-Sunday, at the InnPlace Hotel, 4770 Goer Drive in North Charleston (formerly the Sheraton Airport Hotel).

ATOMACON Inc. is dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for science fiction, fantasy and science through related literary and other popular art forms, says chairperson Janet Iannantuono.

Expect dozens of authors, artists, craftspeople, a costume contest, movie screenings, discussion panels, more than 130 hours of workshops, interactive events, the Ghostbuster’s Ecto 1, R2-D2, a full-sized TARDIS and more.

Featured author Jack McDevitt will be making an appearance. There also will be live music from the likes of Valentine Wolfe, the V-Tones, The Blibbering Humdingers and Danny Birt, and performances by comedian Dusty Slay and friends.

The convention will feature a charity auction to benefit the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital and the Charleston Animal Society.

ATOMACON will take place from 3 p.m.-midnight Friday; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Three-day convention memberships are $40 for adults, $20 for ages 13-18, and is free for children 12 and under with a paying adult.

Find out more at www.atomacon.org.

Art for Charity event

Michael Mitchell and Tyler Hill of the Mitchell Hill Foundation will be hosting another of their famous Art for Charity events this evening at the Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St.

The event will support the MUSC Children’s Hospital’s Change Bandits campaign.

For this event, previous patients and children from the community will paint piggy banks that will be up for silent auction until 5 p.m. Sunday; there also will be a “buy now” option available. Guests are welcome to drop their spare change into whichever piggy bank they like the best.

In addition, 20 percent of anything sold from the gallery during the event will be donated to MUSC’s Children’s Hospital.

The event will run from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Attendees will enjoy food, beverages, music and a silent auction. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

For more information, go to www.musckids.org.

Chamber Music Charleston opener

Chamber Music Charleston’s concert series at the Memminger Auditorium have become a bit hit as they pair amazing music with a tastefully thematic atmosphere and food and drinks available in their lovely bistro seating.

This has become a crowd favorite as the setting is much more comfortable and interesting than regular theatre seating.

On Saturday, Chamber Music Charleston will kick off to their 2013-2014 Ovation Concert Series with guest violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and guest pianist Andrew Armstrong in a program of music that will include Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major and works for violin and piano by Amy Beach.

“The evening will evoke a 19th century Viennese Salon where musicians, artists and actors would come together to share their art and enjoy each other’s company,” says Sandra Nikolajevs of Chamber Music Charleston. “Guests choose table seating directly in front of the stage (with the option to purchase a Bistro Box filled with culinary delicacies) or theater seating. Wine comes complimentary with table seating and is also available for purchase for theater seating.”

The 19th century Viennese Salon evening will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Tickets are available by calling 763-4941 or going to www.chambermusiccharleston.org.

New arts program

Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons are up to something quite interesting these days.

“Modeled after the popular Community Supported Agriculture movement in which consumers invest in a local farm and receive monthly deliveries of fresh produce, a new program is set to launch in early 2014 that will give Lowcountry art lovers the opportunity to purchase shares in exchange for original art created by a curated group of local, emerging and established artists,” explains Simmons. “The program, Charleston Supported Art (CSA), is part of a nationwide movement that has already spread to over 40 communities across the country and is the first of its kind in Charleston.”

Eighteen artists will be selected through a juried process, and each of these artists will be given $1,500 and asked to create 32 pieces of art. Those interested in purchasing seasonal shares to receive art will receive six original works per season. There are three seasons: spring/summer, fall and winter. So, if you are a shareholder that signs up for each of the three seasons, you would receive a piece of work from each of the 18 artists over the course of the upcoming year.

Seasonal shares are $450 and will begin in February.

This is truly a unique program that helps local artists as well as art patrons.

“For artists, the advantage to participate in CSA extends far beyond the monetary stipend. Being a CSA artist means that your work is guaranteed to find a home with 32 patrons who may wish to deepen the relationship by buying additional work in the future,” says Simmons.

Visual artists interested in participating in a season of CSA’s inaugural year should apply to the open call jury process between now and Dec. 1 through www.CharlestonSupportedArt.com.

Lisa Shimko pieces on display

Holistic health practitioners and acupuncturists Lisa Abernathy and Lauren Becker have just opened Blue Heron Acupuncture & Apothecary, and they believe that a relationship with the community and with artists is integral to everyone’s well-being. This is just one of the reasons why they have decided to feature local artist Lisa Shimko’s newest collection of water-inspired paintings as part of their ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at their new space on Upper King Street.

The public is invited to enjoy a day of learning and connecting at this new classical Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine clinic.

“The clinic helps patients meet their health goals with acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, Chinese massage, essential oils and collaborations with other health care providers,” says practitioner and owner Abernathy.

Saturday’s events will begin at 10 a.m. with an Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness and will continue with the Six Healing Sounds of Qi Gong at 11 a.m., a talk about Eating for Autumn: A Chinese Medical Approach to Health at 1 p.m., Ear Acupuncture and Chinese Massage Mini-Treatments from 2-3:30 p.m. and then an Art Show and Reception from 6-9 p.m.

Blue Heron Acupuncture & Apothecary’s neighboring café, Twenty Six Divine, will remain open late that evening and guests are invited to sample some of their treats.

Blue Heron is located at 680A King St. and can be reached by calling 813-3083 or going to www.blueheroncharleston.com.

Find out more about artist Shimko at www.shimkoart.com.