The City Gallery's Piccolo Spoleto exhibition, Tales Transposed: a Celebration of Imagination, opens tomorrow, which means you can get in and see it before the Spoleto crowds hit. Swing by the opening reception tomorrow night from 5-7 p.m.
The group show features painter Nathan Durfee, collage artist Lillian Trettin, and sculptor Judy Mooney. Durfee, who is represented by Robert Lange Studios, is known for his fanciful, narrative paintings, while Trettin creates collages and paper figurines based on the Southern Gothic works of Flannery O'Connor. Mooney's work focuses on Gullah vernacular architecture, like praise houses and traditional cabins.
Tales Transposed is a bit of a departure for Durfee. Though his work always contains some kind of implied narrative, with characters who appear over and over, this time he decided to paint one single, fleshed-out story about a lonely dog named Bartholomeux who discovers his love for the piccolo (in honor of Piccolo Spoleto). We got a sneak peek at these new pieces inside his studio. Enjoy!
Singing super-group The Shock T's have performed in Charleston so many times, we forget they actually live in Chicago. They're returning for their third Piccolo Spoleto performance May 31-June 2, and they recently posted a video to encourage local audiences to attend their show. Their goal? Their third "A" review from the City Paper. And if they don't get it, well, you may not want to know the outcome. Let's just hope they get their "A."
Day has been writing about the arts in South Carolina for nearly 25 years. For most of that time he was the lead arts writer at The State newspaper in Columbia where he eventually covered all the arts, writing feature and news stories about the arts as well as criticism and columns. After being laid off from The State (along with many others) in 2009, he started the blog Carolina Culture by Jeffrey Day, which he ran for a year before becoming communications coordinator for the University of South Carolina Arts Institute.
Since 2011, he's been a freelance writer and done media relations work for several Columbia arts groups. He has organized and led discussions on the arts in various settings, curated several installation art exhibitions, written pieces for museum and gallery publications and for various newspapers and magazines. He was a National Arts Journalism Fellow and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in classical music, both at Columbia University in New York. He holds a degree in anthropology and has studied fiction writing, studio art, and art history on undergraduate and graduate levels.
Like our esteemed overview critics before him, Day will be sharing his thoughts throughout the festival on our Buzz blog and in the paper. Stay turned for more from Jeffrey.
Spoleto's General Director Nigel Redden unveiled the festival's official 2013 poster this morning. The poster features the painting "Angled Ring" by New York artist Robert Mangold. According to the release, "Mangold challenges the typical connotations of what a painting is or could be; his work frequently includes direct architectural references or has the feeling of being drawn by an architect’s hand."
We also learned that the Spoleto Window Display Contest will return this year and expand beyond King Street. Downtown business owners are encouraged to create a window display inspired by the poster by May 15. The winners will get two tickets to the Festival Finale at Middleton Place.
Spoleto is right around the corner, and we're getting prepared extra early this year. Though the festival attracts people from all over the world, they like to give special ticket offers to locals first. This year the local savings event is happening two weeks earlier than in past years, and it's been extended to an entire weekend.
Locals Weekend runs April 13-14, beginning Saturday morning with the opening of the box office, which is located at the Charleston Visitor Center. It will be open for walk-up buyers only from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Locals Weekend will continue through Sunday the 14th at King Street’s Second Sunday event. There will be a special booth at the corner of King and George streets equipped with Spoleto experts and brochures to answer any questions about this year’s festival. Tickets will be on sale again exclusively for walk-up customers nearby at the Sottile Theatre on George Street, as well as back at the Visitor’s Center from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
By purchasing tickets in person, locals can avoid any extra fees, like shipping and handling charges. Not to mention the special discounts they’re offering, like 20 percent off Jonhnnyswim’s show (pictured) and select classical chamber music performances. For more information about what’s going on at this year’s festival, visit spoletousa.org.