There are artists who produce things because they sell and there are those who produce because there are images and messages that simply must be born.
If you are an artist of any sort, you know exactly what I'm referring to: It's a flow, a state of joy, a time and place of pure authenticity.
Local artist JahSun of FariStudios has certainly tapped into this place within himself for his upcoming solo show, "Organics of Man," on Saturday night at the Charleston Maritime Center. He shares that his brightly colored, imaginative paintings often focus on themes such as love, nature, mindfulness, spirituality, healing, inner peace and releasing the creative potential of the unconscious mind.
Originally from New Jersey, he now calls Charleston home and has spent the past several years executing large-scale murals spreading positive visual messages for all to see throughout the Lowcountry.
He also started the Urban Arts Club of Charleston, where he spends many of his weekends teaching youngsters how to paint and use their energy for creative endeavors. He describes it as "a program that teaches Urban Art at-risk teens how to creatively express themselves while beautifying their community."
JahSun is also an author and illustrator of a children's book called "Indigo Blume and the Garden City," which was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award.
Being of service to others is important to the artist, and in a few weeks he'll be traveling to Belize for the second time, with fellow artist and muralist Crosby Jack, to help paint and beautify some of the schools and buildings there, simply to help inspire the locals.
"Serving community, sharing art that uplifts my community, both spiritually and consciously, is the driving force behind my work," the artist states.
"My last art show was in 2007. Over the years, I have had many requests to put on another showing. I could not be more excited about the opportunity to share this body of work, which has come from the depths of my heart and soul, with everyone."
"Organics of Man" is a more pensive and more adult body of work than the murals and illustrations he has come to be known for, and it will be a rare treat to see a glimpse of this man's inner-most thoughts and ideas. The exhibition will be up for one night only, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. The artist will be in attendance.
For more, call 817-1971 or go to www.faristudiosart.com.
'Playboy of the Western World'
Be sure to check out South of Broadway Theatre Company's latest play, "The Playboy of the Western World," which caused riots in Dublin in 1907.
Director Linda Eisen provides a synopsis of the show: "On the west coast of County Mayo, a young man named Christy stumbles into Flaherty's tavern. There he claims that he is on the run because he killed his father by driving a loy (shovel) into his skull. Flaherty praises Christy for his boldness, and Flaherty's daughter, Pegeen, falls in love with Christy, to the dismay of her fiance, Shawn. Christy quickly becomes a town hero. He enjoys the life of a celebrity until his angry father, who is very much alive, shows up at the tavern looking for him. Along the way there are, toasts, songs, power plays, a wake, angry villagers, a mule race, unusual gifts and one knock-down drag-out fight."
This is the last weekend to catch this hilarious, and a bit dark, Irish comedy. Tickets are $18 and there are performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at South of Broadway Theatre, 1080 E. Montague Ave., in Park Circle.
For more information, call 745-0317 or go to www.southofbroadway.com.
For the past couple of years, various performing artists have wowed us with their collaborative performance called Fascinations. This weekend, get ready for Fascinations 3.0, a collaboration between the Robert Ivey Ballet Company and Annex Dance Company featuring classical and neo-classical ballet with a splash of modern dance.
Michael Wise of Robert Ivey Ballet says he is particularly excited about this as it will be the launch of transforming the Robert Ivey Ballet into the Charleston City Ballet. He says it will "become Charleston's own ballet company, continuing to provide a permanent home for the open arts platform that Fascinations has brought to life for three years."
"Where homegrown musicians and dancers share the stage with emerging local artists, the result is nothing short of a sensory feast. Five musical pieces will be paired with original choreography and custom artwork to create a mixed repertoire sure to satisfy the appetites of art lovers of all tastes."
Expect to see the full orchestra on stage with the dancers.
The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sottile Theatre, 66 George St. Tickets can be purchased through BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door one hour before show time.