Piccolo Spoleto Festival's huge annual art gallery is back again - and it's all over town.
Three juried art exhibitions, one indoor and two in open parks, showcase works from more than 200 artists. It's an explosion of art that includes mixed genres on display at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, paintings and photographs at Marion Square and crafts at Wragg Square.
For years, the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition has been coordinated by the Charleston Artist Guild. This year, the city's Office of Cultural Affairs chose to work with Redux Contemporary Art Center to issue a call for artists in the state, according to co-coordinator Anne Quattlebaum.
At juror Linda Fantuzzo's request, the works of about three dozen artists will be shown, along with the winners, Quattlebaum said. Several other visual art events are on offer this year:
Our Common Thread: Environmental Awareness. Presented by the Sierra Club Robert Lunz Group and featuring the work of batik artist Mary Edna Fraser, this free show is 7-8:30 p.m. June 5 at MUSC Baruch Auditorium, 284 Calhoun St.
The Art of Healing. A conversation arranged in conjunction with the "John Westmark: Narratives" show at the Gibbes Museum, organized by the Gibbes and Roper St. Francis Healthcare. It's scheduled for 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 2 at the Gibbes, 135 Meeting St. Admission is $25.
Hollis Hammonds: Worthless Matter. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St., presents a solo show of works made with site-specific found objects and wood veneer. The free show runs through June 28.
The Art of Recovery. The S.C. Department of Mental Health presents an exhibition featuring work by state artists recovering from mental illness, through June 8 at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.
Walls Do Not Breathe. Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Drive, presents ceramic works by 27 artists, in collaboration with the Coastal Carolina Orchid Society. The free show runs Monday-June 8.
Yo Art Project. An exhibit of posters and photographs by children age 8-14 from Title I schools. The show runs through June 8 at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.
Insher Pan is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.
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Hilarie Lambert hangs her art for Piccolo Spoleto’s annual art show in Marion Square.×
Hilarie Lambert hangs her art for Piccolo Spoleto annual art show in Marion Square. Leroy Burnell/staff 5/22/2014×
Steven Hyatt hangs his art for Piccolo Spoleto annual art show in Marion Square. Leroy Burnell/staff 5/22/2014×
Amanda McLenon ‘s “Sweet Tea Moss”×
Elaine Berlin’s untitled work×
Laurie Meyer hangs her art for Piccolo Spoleto annual art show in Marion Square.×