It is the season for amazing art all over Charleston. Actually, it's always the season for that, but this week kicks off both the Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In addition to that, our city is already being graced by all kinds of amazing murals by native Charlestonian Shepard Fairey There literally is art everywhere you look right now. Get out and bask in the power and glory of it all.
"Illusions: Celebrating the Art of Argentina" features works by gallery owner Sussan Sanavandi and guest artist William Hudson Temples of Charlotte.
The exhibit focuses on the dance and culture of Argentina.
"Sussan's paintings are best described as an aesthetic composition of color and richness of life. Her paintings search into a complex world of language, aesthetic shapes, and identity. She then represents her searches by making discoveries that dance in forms and colors. Sussan describes her current works as epic representations of tango," says Donna Daily, assistant to the gallery.
Temples' work focuses on four designs that incorporate the spiraling acanthus. This is a spiral shape often found in nature that many believe is repeated in various parts of our universe.
"They (his designs) reference the most recent manifestation of this ancient ornament, the Argentinean variant known as Fileteado. Temples traveled to Buenos Aires in 2013 to document the works of master Fileteadores such as Luis Zorz, and brothers, Alfredo and Enrique Brunetti. These paintings represent artist's unique interpretations of Fileteado, derived from a thorough study of the art form," says Daily about Temples.
Both artists are accomplished in their complimentary but different techniques of visual art, and they share a love of Argentinian tango.
The opening reception is 5-8 p.m. today at the Sanavandi Gallery, 66 Spring Street.
'Warp and Weft'
Longtime friends and textile artists Kristy Bishop and Camela Guevara have spent a lot of time dyeing wool, cotton and silk with natural plant-based materials and creating works of art from those. They have recently added tapestry weaving to their repertoire and the results are really interesting.
Bishop has been working with natural dyes for quite some time now. She has been primarily working with silk and has been making other large works that focus on color exploration.
Guevara is most well-known for her intricate hand beading. This spring, she studied weaving at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Ever since she's been back in Charleston, the two artists have been collaborating on this new project called "Warp and Weft." They were awarded funding from the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant for this.
"Warp and Weft" is a combination of dyeing and weaving textiles. The opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday at 193 King St., above Il Cortile del Re.
'Modern Millie Jr.'
The high-spirited musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr." has folks in New York City dancing the Charleston and celebrating the flapper era.
It's more than fitting that the Musical Theatre Center is producing the musical here in Charleston. The show features a seasoned all-kid cast with actors ranging from 9-15 years of age.
Musical Theatre Center owner Allison Lewis offers this synopsis: "In the fast-paced 1920s, Mille Dillmount from Kansas moves to New York City to find a new life for herself and to marry a rich man. She samples the 'thoroughly modern' flapper life, makes friends, and finds unexpected romance in this stage version of the 1967 film musical. Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of villainess audiences will love to hate, 'Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.' is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment."
Performances will be at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Music Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students with valid IDs. These can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com.
"One for all and all for one" is the motto of "The Three Musketeers."
See Porthos, Athos, Aramis and the young D'Artagnan in the show this coming weekend at the Flowertown Players Theatre in Summerville.
Jason Olson of the Flowertown Players has adapted the story a bit to make it even funnier.
With choreography by artistic director J.C. Conway and David Hatch, expect some excellent swordfighting on stage.
Dates are 8 p.m. May 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, June 5, 6, and 7 at and 3 p.m. May 25, June 1 and 8.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $20 for students. Purchase tickets by calling 875-9251 or visiting www.flowertownplayers.org.