With this being the last weekend of Spoleto and Piccolo, there's no time for sleeping.

There's so much amazing art and performances and all kinds of amazing creative things all over town at the moment. Bask in the creativity that has permeated our city.

You can rest when it's over.

'Edge of Abstraction'

On Friday evening, be sure to stop by Anglin Smith Fine Art to see a collection of new works by artists Betty Anglin Smith, Carl Plansky and Micheal Zarowsky. The show is called "The Edge of Abstraction" and is a truly great combination of these contemporary abstract artists.

Smith says she gets a lot of joy from her connection with the actual landscape, and now that she's expressing this in an abstract way, it's even more about the "essence" of the landscape that inspires her works.

"The image is not 'the thing,' " she explains, "but the long fluid brushwork that flows into a colorful rhythm with unrestrained freedom becomes the expression of the image. And the result is a reflection again of nature, but now it has been abstracted into its essence."

Alongside Smith will be works by the recently deceased Plansky, who is also known for his textured and vibrantly colored paintings.

"His surfaces look like the moon, building up to thick, craggy mountains of pigment and pockmarked with thin, perfect plains of washes. He was in love with the textures and colors of oil painting," The Examiner states in his obituary.

Canadian artist Zarowsky will also be part of this group show. His abstract landscapes are created using watercolor on gessoed birch panel.

There will be an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Anglin Smith Fine Art, 9 Queen St.

853-0708 or www.anglinsmith.com

Art for Charity

Every year since 2009, the Michael Mitchell Gallery has hosted an event called Art for Charity, where proceeds from the gallery benefit various nonprofits.

On Friday evening, the featured nonprofit will be Roper St. Francis' Ryan White program and the event is themed as a "white party" called White for Ryan White.

There will be works available from more than 25 different artists, including Jamie Blackburn, Betty Foy Botts, John K. Crum, Karen Keene Day, Elizabeth Foster, Kim Keats, Alicia Leeke, Debbie Martin, Tom Potoki, David Ryden, Ed Shumnes, Jim Victor, Dixie Purvis, Susan Colwell, Stephen St. Claire, Chris Fulp, Phil Durst, Molly B. Right, Lisa Shimko, Sebastian Smith, Marissa Vogl, Timmy Pakron, John Duckworth, Hirona Matsuda, Mike Ryon, Trever Webster, Emily Brown, Eva Magill-Oliver and Celia Rochford.

There will be a silent auction of works and DJ Trevor D will be spinning music throughout the evening. There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend.

The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St.

564-0034 or www.michaelmitchellinteriors.com

'Driven to Abstraction'

Muriel B. Lanciault has made quite a shift from representational realism to abstraction works. And, she is excited to share her new collection, called "Driven to Abstraction," this month at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.

Lanciault was working as an educator in upstate New York before moving to Charleston to begin her painting career. She mastered her watercolor techniques and now has works in private and municipal collections in 18 states, Canada, Germany and England.

"Eighteen months ago, Muriel began exploring abstract themes in several media, including oils, acrylics, collage and textures. She made use of her former work experience by incorporating some themes from the classroom into her art, like a five-painting series in oil of Abstract Nouns. Several watercolors explore the effects of various techniques to achieve intriguing patterns and shapes. Mixed media paintings depict nature, family and musical themes. Muriel's soon-to-be-unveiled collection includes large and small canvasses, tabletop paintings and miniatures, all abstract interpretations of subjects that intrigue her," says Susan Budnick of the Charleston Artist Guild.

There will be an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St.

722-2425 or www.charlestonartistguild.com

North Charleston City Gallery shows

The North Charleston City Gallery is showing works by painter Alvin Staley and pyrography artist DeWayne Sykes throughout the month of June.

Staley's collection of paintings is called "Icons & Images: Christian Metaphors" and is a collection of his works on this subject for the past 30 years.

"The featured paintings focus on the artist's Christian beliefs, concerns, doctrines and fascination with the souls of people. A number of the paintings contain personalized icons that signify Staley's visual concept of Deity," explains city of North Charleston Arts Coordinator Ann Simmons.

Staley says, "Scriptural references in the titles provide guidance to the Biblical content being explored within the artworks. The work is intended to both enlighten and challenge the viewer."

Sykes' works are actually two different series, one called "Gullah Inheritance" and the other called "The Gullah Define," together forming a collection he calls "Carolina Soul."

These pieces are inspired by his Lowcountry heritage, religious inspiration and childhood memories.

"His featured images of Gullah-Geechee people, places and traditions are created through a technique called pyrography, which involves burning images into wood using an electrical tool or a pit fire. While the 'Gullah Inheritance' series and 'The Gullah Define' series are two distinct bodies of work, with the latter incorporating the Gullah language and half-hidden symbolism, they influence one another greatly and hold significant meaning to the artist's life and reverence for the Gullah-Geechee culture," says Simmons.

"In these series, I am returning to my roots and childhood memories of being with my grandparents," Sykes explains. "They would carry my siblings and me around to visit family in Kingstree, Georgetown and Hollywood, S.C., and we would go out into the fields and pick rice, peas, corn, watermelon, etc. In my work the open horizon, the joining of sky and marshy lands, is my view of the Lowcountry lands that I grew up in."

There will be an opening reception for the artists from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the North Charleston City Gallery, which is inside the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, in North Charleston. For more information, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 740-5854 or go to www.northcharleston.org.