If you are looking for things to do this coming week, there are a couple of exhibits opening that are sure to be interesting.
The first is the Berkeley Artists Guild show at the North Charleston City Gallery that will be on display through the end of the month. The Guild is a committed group of artists that always feature local scenes and ideas. The group has all levels of expertise in the show, and they are working in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and mixed media.
It's sure to be a varied show, and a look at artists who are inspired by nature and their surroundings.
The North Charleston City Gallery is in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free during regular center hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
The other show that will be up Saturday is the exhibit "We Cast Shadows: New Work by Mark Garry" at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. It will run until Aug. 24.
According to the information about the show, Mark Garry is an Irish artist who will transform the exhibition space with an installation of new works and ephemera created just for the exhibit.
He uses a variety of media and mechanisms, and his delicately considered works are measured and quiet, requiring meticulous systems of construction. Music also plays a part of Garry's work, so the exhibition will include listening posts so that patrons can experience his recording projects, "A Generous Act" and "Sending Letters to the Sea."
There will be a preview and reception with the artist at 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The events and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Images of birds seem to be the focus of the fourth annual Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Photo Contest, since all three winners photographed them.
Justin Falk of Charleston was awarded first place and a $300 prize with "Egret in Flight."
The second-place prize and $250 went to David Archer of Summerville for "Little Blue Heron Chicks."
Charleston resident Mary Wessner's "Waiting for Takeoff" won the $200 third-place prize.
Archer and Wessner also received $35 honorable mention prizes for "Great Egret in Breeding Plumage" and "Listening Intently," respectively.
Magnolia organizes the competition along with the Lowcountry Photographic Club. The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers. All photos submitted were taken at Magnolia between March 1 and May 31.
Judges also choose seven other entries for $35 honorable mention prizes:
Cary McDonald, Mount Pleasant, "Flying Fish"
Arthur Ellis, North Charleston, "Creeping Green Heron"
Leah Sparks, Charleston, "White Flight" and "Take Off"
Michael Watts, Martinez, Ga., "Breakfast"
Karen Seals, North Charleston, "Living History"
Matt Krausmann, Summerville, "Mom I'm Hungry Again"
Jim Miller, Mount Pleasant, "Swamp Opera"
Artist lending support
Joanne Threlfall, a Seabrook Island resident, is starting a new fundraiser for Mt. Zion Elementary School on Johns Island, called Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island.
They will supply nutritious food and snacks that about 50 kids will take home over the weekends to combat childhood hunger.
The service is aimed to start in the fall.
Threlfall has enlisted the aid of Judith Paxaio, a sea glass jewelry artist from Bermuda and St. Simon's Island, Ga. She has offered to donate a large portion of her sales to the fundraiser.
Her work uses beautiful pieces of sea glass collected from all over the world. Paxaio lives with her husband on a sailboat and they travel from port to port.
The sale will be held at The Resort Shop in Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island, www.theresortshop.com.
The fundraiser will run July 17-21. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Monday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. There will be an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at postandcourier.com or 937-5557.