Blume reps Charleston's blossoming underground arts scene 

Blume where you're planted

Here at City Paper, we like to use as many botany puns as possible when reviewing the Blume art show. That being said, the sixth installment of Blume flowered just as high as its preceding episodes. Number six was held again at Club Pantheon, and this time, live painting blossomed inside and outside of the venue. People germinated, looking and buying art by Nick Jenkins, Anson Cyr, and Allison Evans, among others.

But the dance floor was empty. That is until Blume organizers took the microphone. “Anyone who’s not dancing will be asked to leave!” one screamed before introducing Nicky Click to the stage. The self-proclaimed electro-pop diva made bodies move with her campy, West Coast, glam club rock. She paraded around in a wig and a scanty frock, singing “Diva’s in the house!” and songs about same-sex union.

Two dollar photos were taken by the front door, in a stage set crafted for the show. Inside, people posed on a bed covered with stuffed animals, surrounded by sultry white drapes. The Breakfast Club played from a black TV on the floor.

The more or less bi-annual Blume is put on by a community of artists and organizations, like the Women’s Collective and the Holy City Bike Co-op, who support each other to throw events so Charleston’s budding underground arts culture can thrive. Anyone from established artists to students to people who just paint in their rooms can contribute to Blume.

Best of all, proceeds help to propagate other parties, like March’s four-day-long, time-based art festival, Receiver Time Based Media Festival.

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