HARVIN COLUMN: Two art benefits set in outdoors
The arts are in full swing for spring, and there’s something for everyone, just check out our calendar. But it’s also a great time to get out of the office, house or even the museum for a little fresh air.
A couple of this week’s events let you do just that.
Another is plain funny, as it takes you on an adventure through film and allows you to pick the filmmaker’s brain afterward.
Getting your Goat
If you want to help children whose lives are enhanced by art, then you can head out to the fundraiser for Yo Art Inc.
It’s a great party on Goat Island, the small spit of land near Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms. Only a few hardy souls live out there, where the entire population is centered on the equivalent of a city street.
It’s long been a holdout for folks who like to live a more unconventional life because water, sewer, electricity and other city services are provided by the residents themselves.
So to go out to the “Hope on Goat” benefit is to take a step on the wild side with all the proceeds going to Yo Art, which strives to enhance the classroom curriculum with media arts programming just for kids.
The brainchild of photographer Gene Furchgott, this organization has done such unusual things as hand kids cameras and tell them to shoot pictures of their world. The photography show that followed was charming and inspiring.
The benefit will include fresh local oysters, kids’ activities and live music from Jordan Igoe and friends, among others.
Fish stew, hot dogs, dessert and water will be available for purchase. Coolers are welcome, and chairs are encouraged. A silent auction will include donated items from local artists, craftsmen, restaurants and vacation rentals.
Catch the boat shuttle service provided by Barrier Island Eco Tours 2-6 p.m. Saturday.
Go to Goat Island Gatherings and Barrier Island Eco Tours, 50 41st Ave. The price is $40, and children under 12 are free.
Call 556-6800 or go to www.yoartinc.org.
The second event that will take you out into the fresh air is Artwalk 2013 at the Bohicket Marina on Johns Island.
Sponsored by the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce, the group exhibition provides a showcase for some of Charleston’s visual artists working in a variety of styles.
And while there are wonderful artists in the show, the walk itself is set against the backdrop of the beautiful marina that is an increasingly popular gathering spot on Johns Island.
It’s a perfect venue to make a day trip and see the art, visit Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island and then drive back to town in the late afternoon.
ArtWalk 2013 will be 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 793-1234.
Misadventure and fun
If an adventure is still in the offing but you want to stay inside, there’s a free film at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, the independent film “The Misadventures of the Dunderheads” will be screened in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St.
And the filmmakers, D.G. Brock and Bruce Stubblefield, will be on hand afterward to discuss their work.
If you are wondering about the film itself, well, here’s a bit from the film synopsis: You will meet an old Montana family who have been in the mountains too long, but they are as American as apple pie and murder.
Eccentric, strong-willed Grandma Ira, played by Olympia Dukakis, is quietly raising her teenage grandkids, Womple, played by Haley Joel Osment, and Ella, played by Alison Brie, when Womple accidentally kills his best friend.
Before the local law can show up, Ira bundles the teenagers into an ancient Ford Falcon and takes off for her fantasy idea of a safe haven, Canada.
There is one big problem. Ira can’t read, not even highway signs, and leads the family on a bizarrely funny journey through the American West, ending up in Mexico.
Granddaughter Ella is a pretty and immature 18-year-old. She travels with a pillowcase full of headless dolls and tries to kindle romance with gas station attendants every time they stop. Her advances are successful until the penniless trio drives off without paying.
You get the drift. This is not your average family, and it will be fun to pick the brains of the men who have created it.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@ postandcourier.com.