Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stop in to these Festival eve art openings

Twas the night before Spoleto

Posted by Amy Thomson on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Spoleto doesn't officially start until Friday, but tonight you'll find a handful of preview shows, a festival eve concert, and several art openings. Below are the galleries hosting receptions tonight, but don’t forget about the other exhibits that have already opened that are still on view, like Jason Hackenworth at Redux, Carol Ezell-Gilson at the Dock Street Theater, Art and Music in Times of War on the USS Yorktown, and Manifesting Memory at the Art Institute (you can find a full list here).


The Halsey is hosting Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto, a site-specific installation created by the Japanese artist. Working for the past two weeks, Yamamoto has tangled the Halsey floor into a complex maze of salt. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. and is rumored to be Japanese-themed with Japanese food and beverages.

Lisa Abernathy
  • Lisa Abernathy

Over at City Gallery, join local artists like Lisa Abernathy and Xin Lu for A Long Time Ago… where they explore the ancient art of storytelling through painting, sculpture, paper cutting, collage, and pen and ink composition. The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m.

Mikayla Mackaness
  • Mikayla Mackaness

Night & Day: The Sun Always Rises brings together musicians, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, and installation artists to unravel the constants in life that go unnoticed. The goal is to reveal those constants we may take for granted and unleash a new and original perspective on life. The reception is at Citadel Square Baptist Church from 5-9 p.m.


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Motoi Yamamoto finishing up Saltworks installation

Go see the creation process in action before it's too late

Posted by Amelia Thomson on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM


We stopped by the Halsey Institute this morning to see artist Motoi Yamamoto putting the finishing touches on his site-specific installation made entirely of salt. He's spent the last two weeks using the main gallery floor as his canvas to create an intricate labyrinth. Guests are invited to walk around but not within the installation, and platforms have been built to allow for a bird's eye view.

Return to the Sea: Saltworks opens on Thurs. May 24 from 5-7, but we encourage you to stop by now when you can see Yamamoto in action, squeezing salt from a small ketchup bottle. We hear the opening reception will be Japanese-themed, complete with sake, Japanese beers, and maybe even sushi.

Keep an eye on the Halsey blog for more details.


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Eames Demetrios inspires students to create their own world

The Event

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM


Los Angeles-based artist Eames Demetrios will be in town this weekend to launch the local branch of his exhibit Kcymaerxthaere, but this isn’t his first time in the Lowcountry. In February, he visited the Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston to share his 3-D storytelling methods with the Scribes, a group of creative writing students taught by Junius Wright.

Inspired by the artist, the students created their own “Event” in the abandoned Naval Yard. They installed markers throughout the area detailing fictional histories about the buildings leading up to the event that resulted in their abandonment. Visitors can view the markers and also use QR codes on various buildings that will lead them to a website with photographs of additional markers, stories, and more info on the project.

And don’t miss the chance to see the work of the artist who inspired it all this week. Demetrios will install three markers around Charleston and his work will be featured at the Halsey Institute starting May 26. He’ll host an artist talk at the Old City Jail on Sat. May 28 at 4 p.m., as well as a plaque unveiling at sea later that day at 7 p.m. There will be a nominal fee to attend the plaque unveiling event, which will depart from 10 Wharfside St.

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Mapping out your visual arts openings plan of attack

Head Start

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Spoleto doesn’t technically start until Friday, but it unofficially begins on Thursday. We’ll see preview performances of Khmeropedies, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Red Shoes. And then there are the opening receptions for a slew of art exhibits. Fitting them all in will take some seriously smart scheduling and wine chugging.

Borderland gets started early with a reception at 4 p.m. at the Footlight Players Theatre. Presented by the Charleston Artist Collective, this solo exhibition features contemporary oil paintings of marshscapes by Dee Schenck Rhodes, the Piccolo Spoleto poster artist.


Next, head to the reception for Paolo Ventura’s Winter Stories, arguably the biggest visual arts event in this year’s festival. This Italian artist created a miniature town based on memories of his childhood. You’ll see photographs of his creations as well as the sets themselves. It’s taking place at the Halsey from 5-7 p.m. In keeping with his work’s circus theme, Bill Carson will be performing “Music for Tiny Circuses.” While you’re there, check out works from Eames Demetrios’ Kcymaerxthaere, a different sort of alternate world altogether.


Over at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, the reception for the city-sponsored Contemporary Charleston: Under the Radar exhibit will take place from 6-8 p.m. There you’ll get a chance to check out a diverse range of works from talented local up-and-comers like Conrad Guevara, Nina Garner, Rebecca West Fraser, and Greg Hart.


Lastly, head to Citadel Square Baptist Church on Meeting Street for Infusion: The Laws of Force and Motion from 5-8 p.m. Curated by Artist on Fire, the show will feature more than 15 artists from all over the Lowcountry representing all sorts of media, like painting, photography, sculpture, installation, film, and writing. There will be live music from Volcanoes in the Kitchen, Mannie Schumpert, Jer DeLoach, Tim Evans, and Emily Richardson. And if you can’t make it out there Thursday, they’re having an encore reception Friday from 5-9 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Piccolo Spoleto unveils official 2011 poster image

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 2:47 PM


Piccolo Spoleto recently unveiled the official image for the 2011 poster. Charleston resident Dee Schenck Rhodes' painting "Gold Marsh" was selected from a statewide competition.

The real buzz typically surrounds the Spoleto Festival USA poster, which will be unveiled at the Spoleto Saturday event at the Gaillard on May 7. Stay tuned for more info.

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