April art walk part of another busy week

“Fish and Leaves” by Linda Elksnin

This week is another busy one in the Charleston arts community with the First Friday of April art walk.

It’s always difficult to write extensively about everyone during these weeks when there is so much going on, so here’s a brief overview of some highlights you may want to check out.

Unless otherwise noted, all the art receptions that are part of the art walk are free and open to the public and will take place 5-8 p.m. Friday.

All the galleries down Broad Street, now aptly named Gallery Row, will be hosting receptions. All you have to do is just walk down the street. This is a must on Friday night.

Participating galleries include: Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Hamlet Fine Art, Edward Dare Gallery, Coco Vivo, Mary Martin Fine Art, Utopia, Spencer Galleries, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Bernie Horton Gallery, Lambert Gray Gallery, Galerie on Broad and Robison & Richard Fine Art. www.charlestongalleryrow.com.

Also on Broad Street, check out alternative exhibition space at Carolina One Real Estate with a new show of work by contemporary photographers Michael Frenza and Stan Ullner. 49 Broad St., 577-0001.

Both artists’ work also can be seen at the Wells Gallery at Meeting and Queen streets.

Always a place to find different works, the Corrigan Gallery is showing Gordon Nicholson’s solo show “Unmaking.”

“Nicholson’s lovely, haunting watercolors and ink on paper include a stream-of-consciousness journal across, sometimes around, the buildings he is reconstructing in two dimensions,” gallery owner Lese Corrigan said. “One is reminded of old travel letters where notes and commentary have been interrupted by a visual notation drawn the correspondent.”

62 Queen St., 722-9868, www.corrigangallery.com.

You will never think of Prismacolor colored pencils as something only children play with ever again.

Contemporary artist Kerry Brooks seems to have absolutely mastered the use of this medium, and viewers seem to find themselves in awe of how precise the works are.

This solo show will feature 15 detailed pencil drawings of intricately cut pieces of paper adorning classic models, said Megan Lange, co-owner of Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St., 805-8052,www.robertlange studios.com.

Gibbes Museum of Art Director Angela Mack will be present to introduce the exhibit.

View new works by palette-knife painter Tina Edwards at the Spencer Art Gallery.

Edwards creates “vibrant colors and appealing texture in her Lowcountry landscapes and wildlife paintings.” 55 and 57 Broad St., www.spencerartgallery.com or www.TinaMayland Art.com.

You may not have known it was him, but you’ve definitely seen some of David Boatwright’s murals around town at places such as Hominy Grill, among others.

The city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is presenting a collection of works from his 25-year career as an artist with the exhibit “Look Away, Look Here” opening at 6 p.m. Friday at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

In addition to the retrospective pieces, there will be new works. These recent pieces “include depictions of a mythological Charleston to be created by the artist in two large-scale murals on the gallery’s center walls.”

This is definitely one of those opening receptions you would be sorry if you missed.

The City Gallery is at 34 Prioleau St., www.city galleryatwaterfrontpark.com.

A little off the main art walk path is The Real Estate Studio, and it’s definitely worth the short walk to see Linda Elksnin’s whimsical, colorful paintings.

“Linda’s inspiration comes from eclectic sources, including textiles, self-taught and outsider artists, and mainstream artists such as Mark Rothko and Romare Bearden,” said Traci Magnus of The Real Estate Studio. “The mixed-media works in the exhibit were created using watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil and include paintings from several of her series.”

Meet the artist 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday during the Second Sunday on King Street. The Real Estate Studio is at 214 King St. Check out www.lindaelksninart.com.

Photographer Lyn Calahorrano’s works are on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery with a reception this evening from 5-7. The exhibition is on loan from the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program.

“Inspirations: Photographs of the Lowcountry” is a body of work that “demonstrates the creative juxtapositions, skillful camera angles and artistic views of Calahorrano’s artistic process. With photographs taken from Myrtle Beach to Hunting Island, ‘Inspirations’ provides the viewer with familiar as well as out-of-the-way and unexpected images of the Lowcountry of South Carolina,” said Ann Simmons, arts coordinator.

The North Charleston City Gallery is in the Charleston Area Convention Center, 740-5854, www.north charleston.org.

Colin Quashie almost always has everyone talk-ing. Yes, his artwork is well executed, however, it is his message behind the work that really gets people going.

His upcoming solo show, “The Plantation (Plan- ta-shun)” is about pushing people to think for themselves, even if that means getting them upset and flustered.

His art bring up the po- tentially explosive “issues of culture, politics and race with a self-conscious awareness that often of- fends (or at least disturbs) blacks, whites and ‘others’; he discriminates with equality and equanimity,” said Janie Askew, executive director of Redux, 136 St. Philip St.

There will be an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday with an artist talk at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. 722-0697, www.redux studios.org.