Mount Pleasant Towne Centre plays host on Saturday to Artfest, a community celebration that brings families and cultural enthusiasts together with budding and professional artists.

The event is all about showcasing a diverse array of local and regional artistic talent, yet it doesn’t stop there. Artfest also will include local music, dance and visual arts performances.

The family-friendly event will offer children the chance to ignite creative aspirations as they explore many art forms and create their own masterpieces, such as beaded jewelry, sand art and a variety of crafts.

The Mount Pleasant Artists Guild also will present a juried art show.

All activities and performances are free of charge.

Artfest runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Find out more at or call 216-9900.

One-night show

Painter and textile worker Lulie Wallace has gotten a lot of attention and recognition in the past year.

Join her for a one-night-only exhibition of her floral paintings and 2013 textile line of bags 5-10 Thursday at Stems, a boutique floral design studio at Coming and Cannon streets.

If you aren’t familiar with her name, you may have already seen her pieces at places such as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Serena & Lily and One Kings Lane.

Wallace’s works are almost always floral, bright and happy.

If you can’t make Thursday’s reception, call 706-536-3282 or go to her website,, and make an appointment.

Gallery talk

One of Charleston’s better-known and loved artists, Linda Fantuzzo, has an exhibit called “Brush With Nature,” consisting of new large-scale paintings, at Rebekah Jacob Gallery.

Gallery owner Rebekah Jacob said, “Linda is the best landscape painter in our region.

“Combining tradition and modernism, Fantuzzo characteristically explores dualities in her landscapes that border on the abstract. She skillfully layers warm colors and cool tones with broad, loose brush strokes, creating images of landscapes distinguished more for a romantic, magical rendering of light and color than for the tropical flora that identifies the region,” Jacob said.

And Fantuzzo said this of the new body of work: “After many years of painting in the field, I now sense the landscape as myth. Nothing is set or fixed in the terrain; it is elusive and is altered minute to minute as sun and clouds traverse the sky. I can only render what is seen in an instant, and it is this instant that opens pathways to the use of color and texture in order to create an atmosphere that describes the land.”

Fantuzzo will give a talk at 6 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 502 King St.

Call 697-5471 or go to

Spa show

Painter Marcus Colburn has had an interesting life, living in places as varied as Iowa and Spain, and he and his wife soon will be moving to Beijing.

His abstract watercolors are like explosions of color on paper.

Check out his vibrant pieces this week only at Lordis Loft Salon and Spa, 310 King St. There will be a closing reception Saturday; the time is still being determined.

Call 347-557-2232 for more details.

View more of Colburn’s works at

Double feature

The South of Broadway Theatre Company has created not one, but two operas for audiences this month.

“Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star” are companion pieces written by James McLure that “offer two points of view about the ‘goings-on’ in the town of Maynard, Texas,” explains Mark Gorman of South of Broadway.

“Laundry and Bourbon” is set on a back porch with three wives — Elizabeth, Amy Lee, and Hatti — as they drink bourbon and coke, fold laundry and gossip.

The companion story somewhat parallels this one as it is set at Angel’s Bar, where the three women’s husbands — Roy, Ray and Cletis — are gathered for an evening of beer, booze and tall tales. Things start to get interesting when a few too many secrets are revealed.

The performances will run 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Monday and March 21-23, and 3 p.m. Sunday at 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston.

Call 745-0317 or go to