Jailbreak II brings Charleston’s most wanted art to the Old City Jail

Jailhouse Rock

Hundreds of paintings, photographs, and sculptures broke out of their gallery homes Saturday for Jailbreak II, an art and music event at the Old City Jail. All three floors of the spooky old building were filled with works from both up-and-coming and established artists. Wandering between former cells that once housed unlucky prisoners, we spotted naked funhouse mirror paintings from Scott Debus, a string and grenade installation from Andrew Gorence, and animal drawings on old architectural plans by Thomas Crouch.

Outside in the courtyard, the stage featured a good 10 hours worth of performances from everyone from Annex Dance to Nick Jenkins to Jonathan Brilliant. On the other side of the yard, vendors like Scarlett Poppy and J. Modiste sold handmade jewelry, hats, and art. We managed to escape the jail before the darkness took over, but we hear that things got a little wild before they locked it down for the night.

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