Arts roundup

'Near Roussillon,' oil on copper by Kent Lovelace. Lovelace's work will be on display at Indigo Fine Art Gallery.

Kent Lovelace likes to tell stories. But he's not your typical verbal storyteller. He likes to speak through his oil paintings, but even those are different from the norm, as they are painted on copper panels.

Indigo Fine Art Gallery co-owner Helen Beacham explains how Lovelace taught himself to paint luminescent oils on copper panels 10 years ago while he was surrounded by metals used in his lithography business, Stone Press Editions in Seattle. "There's a seduction in how the light is reflected through the transparent oils I use in the glazing process," says the artist.

"A unique and lovely feature associated with Kent's work is the outer edge of copper that he leaves totally untouched, as if in tribute to his process. ... He then seals his final paintings with a varnish that keeps the copper from oxidizing," says Beacham.

Indigo Fine Art Gallery is the exclusive representative of his paintings on the East Coast.

There will be a reception showcasing his newest series of oils on copper, titled "Stories, Elements and Place," 5-8 p.m. Friday at 102 Church St. Call 805-9696 or visit www.indigofineartgallery.com.

Looking for artists

Caleigh Bird and Stella Marris are two artists who are looking for more women to be part of a show they are organizing in conjunction with Eyeball Art on Oct. 6 at Jimbo's Rock Lounge.

"We are currently seeking artists, musicians, live performers and fashion designers interested in participating. We intend this to be a celebration of women in and as art," says Marris.

If you are interested, have current artwork that fits this theme, have fellow artists you wish to suggest or any other ideas for the event, contact either of these artists at stellamarrisurban@hotmail.com or lovecaleigh@gmail.com, or by phone at 640-4202 or 607-2498.

'Artists on the Hunt'

If you've ever wanted to capture small creatures or dive into the minds of a handful of talented artists, check out a new show opening Friday at the Oak Barrel Tavern.

"To Catch a Sparrow or Net a Fox Art: Four Female Artists on the Hunt" features works by all female artists -- Lisa Shimko, Lisa Abernathy, Sarah Boyts Yoder and Hirona Matsuda -- and focuses on their interpretations and interactions with nature.

Organizer Abernathy describes the show as "an interplay with stream of consciousness and a dialog with nature -- through Shimko's dynamic birds and beasts, Matsuda's incorporation of natural ephemera into her found object assemblages, Yoder's nature-inspired abstract paintings" and Abernathy's own "fairytale-esque stories of humans and their animal counterparts."

The opening for the exhibit will be 6-9 p.m. Friday. Guests can enjoy craft beers, fine wines and delicious food from Oak Barrel Tavern, 825-B Savannah Highway in West Ashley, next to The Roost Bar 'N Grille.

Admission is free, and the show will run through late October. For an interview with Yoder, see Page 29.

Portfolio show

Join recent graduates of The Art Institute of Charleston noon-3 p.m. Friday to celebrate their creations and see what they are forecasting for tomorrow's creative industries. The institute is at 24 N. Market St.

Call 727-3526.

Eclectic art object sale

Nationally known glass artist Steve Hazard is having a sale of art objects from his collection noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be art furniture, sculpture, glass, framed work, clay and prints available. The sale will take place at his private studio, 3180 Industry Drive, Suite A, Pepperdam Industrial Park, North Charleston. Call 552-0001 or visit www.stevehazardstudio.com.