Iranian-born artist Sussan Sanavandi recently opened her own gallery on Spring Street, and the work is unique and quite poetic with its calligraphic and harmonious elements.

And it's no surprise the pieces look that way as Sanavandi's current body of work, called "Sowing Words," was actually inspired by Persian poets Rumi and Sohrab Sepehri.

"(Her) paintings search into a complex world of language, aesthetic shapes and identity," says Donna Daily, a friend and assistant at the gallery. "She then represents her searches through the shapes of Persian language, making discoveries that dance in forms and colors. Grounded in her native language and culture, she shapes and reshapes her identity as an Iranian-American woman, flexible and hybrid, a mother, wife, friend, sister, and a painter and visual artist."

There's a very sophisticated flavor to Sanavandi's work, and it's apparent that she has had some formal training. She studied Persian traditional painting miniatures when she was living in Tehran, and later studied painting at Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma before immigrating to the United States.

There will be an opening reception Friday for "Sowing Words." In addition to the visual art on display, Dr. Meg Scott Copses, professor of poetry and composition at the College of Charleston and editor of Illuminations Literary Magazine, will read poems by Rumi and Sepehri at 6 p.m. Immediately after the poetry reading, Sanavandi will give a brief artist's talk about the relationship between those poems and her works.

The Friday reception will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Sanavandi Gallery of Contemporary Art, 66 Spring St.

For more, call 566-6877 or go to

'Dat Art Tho'

Local artists Lucius Nelson and Tommy Fox have gathered a group of young artists who have previously attended the College of Charleston for a show at King Dusko called "Dat Art Tho."

The Saturday show will be a one-night creative collaboration.

"The show will feature 12 local artists displaying their newer works in all mediums, from photography to painting to mind­bending three-dimensional works. Live music, a video spectacle and a special hip-hop performance will provide a spirited ambiance throughout the night," Nelson says.

Many of the artists involved have been featured in the Halsey Institute's Young Contemporaries exhibition, the Hill Gallery and throughout the community.

"Dat Art Tho" will take place from 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday at King Dusko, 541 King St. Eccentric dress is highly encouraged.

Art will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the C of C's Visual Art Club, says Nelson.

For more info, call 670-3343 or email

'Space Between Things'

"Cherith Lundin examines the experience and poetics of space through drawing, painting and installations. Her work abstracts moments of fluidity within familiar spaces, blurring the boundaries between interior/exterior, intimate/anonymous and presence/absence," says Stacy Huggins, executive director of the Redux Contemporary Art Center of their newest exhibit called "The Space Between Things."

Lundin grew up in Germany and received a Master of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Winthrop University, the Midwest Center for Photography, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, the Soap Factory, the Fitchburg Art Museum and Galeriehaus in Germany.

Lundin has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, and she has taught painting and drawing at institutions across the country. She now calls Chicago home.

The solo show of Lundin's work will kick off with an artist's talk and a reception on Friday. The artist's talk will begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the reception, which will include live music by singer-songwriter Becca Smith.

Redux is at 136 St. Philip St. For more info, call 722-0697 or go to