If you’ve not yet heard of Jail Break, you must be living in a small, enclosed cell as this is by far the coolest multimedia arts festival in Charleston.
Adding to the cool factor is that it’s held at the Old City Jail, now home to the American College of the Building Arts.
The festival, presented by Entropy Arts, the American College of Building Arts and Ear for Music, was created by locals for locals and has everything from music to visual arts, dance, comedy, theatre, literature, film, activism, light shows, local vendors and beyond.
This fall’s installment of Jail Break promises to be bolder and more “in your face” as the goal is to embrace the spirit of punk.
In that vein, organizers have created the first original collaborative performance piece of the festival called “Punk: Art Untethered,” which promises a mix of craziness from DanceFX and other creatives.
There also will be tons of unique things for sale from local artists, artisans and vendors, and there will be food trucks on-site and alcohol available for purchase.
Bring on the spikes, studs and attitude.
Jail Break will be going on 4-11 p.m. Saturday at the Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the festival. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.jailbreakcharleston.com or at the following locations: King Dusko, Artist and Craftsman, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Artisan Tees and DanceFX.
Local artist Laura Liberatore Szweda has spent years perfecting her abstract paintings, and she’s excited to unveil her newest body of work, “Landscape Abstractions,” at an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday at The Real Estate Studio.
Szweda moved to the Lowcountry from the Northeast in 1997, and the move has had a transformative effect on her painting as she transitioned into more of an abstract artist, saying she is extremely inspired by the beauty of the Lowcountry.
Szweda obviously enjoys learning and teaching; she has a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Prior to moving here, she taught art at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md., and since relocating has taught painting at the Gibbes Museum of Art studio.
Adding to an already impressive resume, she has won numerous awards, including in the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Show, and has one of her paintings as part of the permanent collection in the library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington.
Join the artist Friday at The Real Estate Studio, 214 King St. The venue can be reached at 722-5618 and the artist herself at RYBGVO@yahoo.com.
Susan Colwell’s newest collection of paintings are not just beautiful, they are also pensive and peaceful. This body of work is an homage to time and how quickly it seems to pass.
The show’s title, “Passing Time,” is meant to be taken two ways: the seemingly speedy passing of time and just simply the artist “passing time” doing what she loves.
“The overused quote ‘time flies’ is an understatement and it dawned on me that I’d be exceedingly fortunate to be able to paint for another 20 years; hence, the show title ‘Passing Time,’ ” Colwell says. “I am now acutely aware of how fleeting time is and I wanted to capture small moments and the feelings they evoked. This current body of work is contemplative with emphasis on the nuances of light ... the quiet time between dusk and dawn ... for me, fragile moments.”
See these works in person this week. There will be an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St. Call the gallery at 564-0034.
‘Art of Pinar del Rio’
The city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs will feature a collection of works by more than a dozen Cuban artists for “The Art of Pinar del Rio,” a show curated by now-local artist Reynier Llanes, who is originally from Cuba.
“As a student in Cuba, Llanes could not look online or search out museums to find the works of European masters for inspiration,” explains Barbara W. Vaughn, director of city media relations/public information. “Instead, he found it in the art around him, that of his fellow students and instructors. He began collecting and trading works with his cohorts while still in school. When he left for the U.S. in 2007, he brought what works he had with him. Llanes has continued to collect contemporary art from outside the Cuban capital of Havana, and has amassed a collection of works by his contemporaries. These artists all have different styles of painting, but their artwork has a common message of harmony, unity, family and reflections of today’s Cuban society.”
There will be some of Reynier’s own works incorporated into the show, as well as pieces by Ulises Bretana, Javier Ampudia, Livan Hernandez, Lores Arquimides, Yaciel Marinez, Danis Ozuna, Juan M. Suarez, Pedro Oliva, Martha Camacho, Juan C. Morales and more.
There will be an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday, with the show on display through Dec. 29. In addition, Llanes will host a lecture at the gallery at 3 p.m. Dec. 7.
The exhibition, opening reception and lecture are all free and open to the public.
The City Gallery is at 34 Prioleau St. Find out more at www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com.
‘The Little Match Girl’
On Saturday morning, the timeless classic “The Little Match Girl” will be performed at the Circular Congregational Church as part of the Gibbes Museum’s Art With a Twist series.
“This performance will feature the professional student company of the Charleston Dance Institute, musicians of Chamber Music Charleston, choreographer Jonathan Tabbert and composer Laura Ball. This world premiere youth ballet will feature original choreography and score,” says Amy Mercer, marketing and communications manager at the Gibbes.
“The Little Match Girl is a story of a young girl with hope in her heart and determination in her bones, and through this touching tale, the dancers and musicians will leave the audience entertained and inspired,” says Tabbert.
This one-time special showing will take place at 11 a.m. at the church across the street from the Gibbes.
Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under and $10 for adults. Ticket prices include refreshments and museum admission, and they must be purchased in advance.
To purchase tickets or find out more, contact Rebecca Sailor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 722-2706, ext. 41.
Artwork lined the walls of the Old City Jail at Jail Break 5 earlier this year.×
Local artist Laura Liberatore Szweda’s newest body of work called “Landscape Abstractions” will be revealed at a reception Friday at The Real Estate Studio.×