Copper, cupcakes, and jasmine at the May Art Walk 

Springtime Strolling

The conditions were perfect for a gallery stroll Friday evening, as warm weather, the smell of jasmine, and a pink-hued sunset took over downtown’s French Quarter. The moderately sized crowd was all decked out in their pretty summer gear as they hopped between galleries, some with plastic wine cups in hand (Segway cops be damned).

Scoop’s teeny studio was packed with a sweaty group enjoying Chad Haselden’s innovative copper art just as much as the whiskey punch. Down on Church, we ran across two galleries we’ve somehow managed to miss on previous Art Walks — Carolina Galleries, which featured new works from Craig Crawford; and Charleston Renaissance Gallery, a stunning, airy space with paintings from Linda Fantuzzo (and copious cupcakes).

Piccolo Spoleto poster artist Tate Nation displayed his colorful Charleston streetscapes in a temporary gallery space upstairs on Broad Street. Over on Queen Street, a saxofonist greeted guests at Robert Lange Studios, which was, as usual, a hub of the evening, with new pieces from Nathan Durfee and Jessica Dunegan. Up on King Street, Rebekah Jacob presented Richard Sexton’s vibrant photographs, fans packed into Alison Sprock’s homey upstairs space, and curious strollers stopped in to check out the treasure at the newly opened pirate gallery Galleons Lost.

Don’t wait until the next Art Walk to check out all of this goodness: it’s available for your enjoyment (sans crowds) just about every day.



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