Ever wished you could have been part of the iconic Studio 54 days in New York? How about showing off your disco skills at a museum on Friday night instead?

The Gibbes Museum of Art and its young professionals group, Society 1858, have a rocking party planned dubbed "Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope." Expect lots of '70s disco attire (encouraged for attendees), cocktails and food from local companies, and music from DJ Jeff.

"Our annual winter party gets bigger and better each year," says Society 1858 president Amy Coy. "This cutting-edge event will stimulate all your senses as we blend art and entertainment."

Society 1858 does more than just throw awesome parties. The event actually serves as a celebration for the launch of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.

Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize opened Jan. 15 and can be made exclusively online at 1858prize.org through May.

Tickets for Studio 58 are $50 for 1858 members, $80 for nonmembers, and are available online at www.gibbesmuseum.org. The event will be 8-11 p.m. Friday at the Gibbes Museum, 135 Meeting St.

'Abstract Core'

On Friday, join the crew at Michael Mitchell Gallery for the unveiling of award-winning artist Jim Victor's newest works called "Abstract Core."

Victor says this of his own work: "I started experimenting and the outcome was the 'Abstract Core.' For me, excitement occurs while creating the unknown and the unpredictable."

Victor has been one of the main contemporary abstract painters in Charleston over the past several years and won the Mayor's Choice Award during Spoleto in 2009.

This self-taught abstract expressionist painter says he derives joy and liberation from his work and enjoys creating thought-provoking pieces for others.

View the "Abstract Core" collection in person from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St.

For more, call 564-0034 or go to www.michaelmitchellcharleston.com.

'The Other Side'

View Jessica Dunegan's newest works called "The Other Side" at Robert Lange Studios on Friday. Her technique of paint suspended in resin creates a fascinating floating effect of the subjects that seem to flow inside the pieces.

"It is about the dichotomy between the self-empowerment and patriarchal confinement of female adornment," says Dunegan about her work. "My paintings are influenced by my personal experience, as well as Naomi Wolf's nonfiction book 'The Beauty Myth,' which illustrates the parallel increase in women's social and financial power with the pressure to adhere to unrealistic physical standards of beauty."

Check out "The Other Side" from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St.

Call 805-8052 or go to www.robertlangestudios.com.


Charleston-born W. Case Jernigan is a professional artist now living and working in New York.

"We have always known Charleston was a breeding ground for artists and Jernigan is an example of this," says Lese Corrigan, owner of the Corrigan Gallery.

"Three solo shows in 2013 (two in New York) and participating in four group exhibitions after being in five the year before, Jernigan shows himself to be the consummate, focused artist, making works of art from his life experiences and traveling to enhance those experiences," Corrigan says.

Jernigan's first solo show in Charleston opens Friday at Corrigan Gallery.

The opening reception will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St.

For more, call 722-9868 or go to www.lesecorrigan.com.

'Heart of the Matter'

On Saturday, Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary and Twenty Six Divine will be celebrating four years of combined events and art shows. The community event, called The Heart of the Matter, will feature an art show as well as mini health events, food and wine from Twenty Six Divine, and music by folk band Moonlight Ale.

There will be artwork by local artists Seth Corts (pen and ink illustration), Farrah Hoffmire (paintings and sculpture), Nick Jenkins (illustration), Hirona Matsuda (mixed-media assemblage), Lisa Shimko (paintings), Kristen Solecki (illustration) and Lisa Abernathy (papercuts).

There also will be Kerry Benton's My Socky Ones sock creatures and chocolates by Santosha.

Saturday's schedule of events is: Meditation and Mindfulness at 11 a.m.; "Eating for Winter" at 1 p.m.; Ear Acupuncture mini-treatments from 2:30-4 p.m.; and from 6-9 p.m., there will be the art show and reception with live music.

Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary is at 680A King St. and Twenty Six Divine is next door at 682 King St.

Learn more about the clinic at www.blueheroncharleston.com and Twenty Six Divine at www.twentysixdivine.com.