ArtScene: North Charleston City Gallery to feature two artists
By Olivia PoolSpecial to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, March 6, 2013
After all the excitement of the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival on the peninsula this past weekend, let’s look to North Charleston for this weekend’s fun.
N. Charleston gallery
Artists Dayton Colie and Michael Fowler will be showing concurrent solo exhibitions at the North Charleston City Gallery this month. Each artists’ works are unusual and quite different from one another: Colie works in watercolors and Fowler in oils.
“Every day when (art teacher) Dayton Colie walks out of his classroom at R.B. Stall High School, he encounters music. The marching band, the steel drums class and the chorus can be heard right down the hall. The rhythms and melodies created by the students permeate his soul on a daily basis,” explains city of North Charleston arts coordinator Ann Simmons.
It was this experience of the students and the music that inspired this series, called “Band of Blue.” The artist said, “The students’ talent has both a positive effect on the community and the people around them. Few people get to see this powerful reality, so I’ve decided to share what I have seen and heard with the public.”
Fowler’s series, “Recent Huescapes,” consists of landscape oil paintings created from memory and imagination.
“These lyrical paintings are crafted with a formalist approach, focusing on both color and shape relationships,” said Simmons.
Fowler said, “Often the act of painting, and then contemplating the product, consists of insights and feelings, which can have no verbal explanation. My artistic experiences with paint, and hopefully the viewers’ experiences as they pause to view and contemplate, remind us that seeing comes before words — that art reaches beyond the verbal and gives form to the emotional.”
The North Charleston City Gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and is inside the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive.
There will be a reception for both artists 5-7 p.m. Thursday, and the public may attend. Call 740-5854 for information or to purchase works. For additional information, go to the Cultural Arts section of the city’s website at www.northcharleston.org.
The Meeting Place
Artist Alvin B. Glen will host an opening reception for the exhibit of his newest mixed-media and pastel pieces 6-9 p.m. Friday at The Meeting Place. There also will be an open house 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
With his show, called “Renditions,” Glen seeks to capture the essence of the Lowcountry as well as some interesting social and spiritual concepts related to his upbringing in rural Dorchester. “I try to encourage the viewer to see familiar subjects in new and sometimes challenging ways,” said Glen.
North Charleston arts coordinator Ann Simmons said, “Seldom are images in fully recognizable environments, as the artist has either included or taken away some element. He calls this idea ‘Surreal-Realism’ and uses this term to describe his works.”
Glen adds, “I prefer not to tell a complete story, but instead allow the viewer to complete the story with the knowledge they bring to the piece.”
The Meeting Place is at 1077 E. Montague Ave. in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Call 740-5854 or email email@example.com for information.
“No, this isn’t a play about Charleston’s Boeing plant,” explains Beth Curley, marketing director for Charleston Stage. Enjoying its 35th anniversary season, the theater company is celebrating with this fun comedy set in Paris in the ’60s.
Curley gives a synopsis of the play: “There (in Paris), we meet bachelor Bernard, a man living the dream juggling three gorgeous stewardesses, all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend, Robert, comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, catastrophe looms and comedy ensues.”
With a cast from all over the country, the production should be a good one.
“Boeing-Boeing” will be performed at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. in downtown Charleston, and shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 13-16 and 20-23, and 3 p.m. Sunday as well as March 17 and 24. Tickets are $34.50-$53.50 and are available by calling 577-7183 or going to www.charlestonstage.com.