Special to The Post and Courier

Artist Karole Turner Campbell was deeply inspired by a quote from Frederick Douglass.

When Douglas was asked how to maintain freedom, his response was “through eternal vigilance.”

This moved Turner to create an exhibit about those who are eternally vigilant: both the watchers and the watched.

“The title of this show focuses on the vigilant, because they have watched or have been watched as horrific and benign events propelled them into taking a stand for freedom and against oppression, and the struggle continues,” Campbell said.

One of the pieces in the show is called “Martyrhood” and is dedicated to “all the mothers that have watched their children die as a result of ignorant violence.”

In addition to these three-dimensional paintings of visages, there will be the installation “Suffer the Little Children,” inspired by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

There will be an opening reception for “Eternal Vigilantes” from 6-8 Thursday at the Avery Institute, 125 Bull St.

‘Defining Focus’

Head over to the City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Saturday for a photographic experience of our Lowcountry coastline called “Defining Focus: Views of the Coast,” featuring the aerial photography of Yve Assad and the macro photography of David Batchelder.

This interesting combination of zooming in and out gives us a combination of images that are familiar as well as otherworldly.

“Offering unique and engaging vantage points, Assad and Batchelder are able to capture the flow, light and texture of the shore in each photograph,” said a City Gallery representative.

This should be an interesting show as it helps the viewer to see things in our daily lives from the vastly different perspectives that both of these photographers have made available for us.

“Defining Focus” will be on display through March 3 at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Call 958-6484 or go to www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com.

‘Women of Lockerbie’

When 270 lives are lost in a terrorist plane attack, a group of women want to turn the tragic result into an act of healing in the play “Women of Lockerbie,” which is being presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts.

Written by playwright Deborah Brevoort, the play follows a mother from New Jersey as she roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her son’s remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.

She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.

The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victims’ families.

Although the characters and the situations are fictional, “The Women of Lockerbie” was loosely inspired by the true story of a real Pan Am flight tragedy that happened in December 1988.

Nandini B. McCauley, media resources coordinator at the School of the Arts, said there are “many parallels between this act of violence and the more recent ones” and that the award-winning “story is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.”

There will be a show each night through Sunday, with a second run from Tuesday-Jan. 27.

All productions will be at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday shows at 3 p.m., and will take place at The Chapel Theatre, 172 Calhoun St.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, faculty, staff and seniors.

Call 953-5604 to purchase tickets.

Celtic New Year

The South of Broadway Theatre Company will hold a three-day Celtic New Year Festival.

The festival will kick off Friday with a gourmet Celtic banquet by Guerrilla Cuisine. As usual with Guerrilla Cuisine events, the location will be revealed just before the event to those that have purchased tickets, which are $60 at www.guerrillacuisine.com.

On Saturday, join New York-based performer Bill Lewis as he stars in a Celtic-inspired cabaret at the South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 East Montague Ave., North Charleston.

Lewis has appeared at The White House and The Lincoln Center, and performs regularly with Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, for whom he is musical director. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at www.southofbroadway.com.

On Sunday, the Festival Finale will be at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

This will be a celebration of all things Celtic, featuring some of the Lowcountry’s favorite Celtic music performers: Karin McQuade, Hazel Ketchum, John Holenko, Carl Byrne, Bart Saylor and others.

Tickets are $24-$34 and can be purchased by calling 800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.