'Art of Healing' at Gibbes with John Westmark

The art of Patch Whisky will be on display May 31 at the Striped Pig Distillery.

The Gibbes Museum's "Art of Healing" series has become quite a popular thing in Charleston these days. In partnership with Roper St. Francis, this series consists of conversations, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and more, all with the intent of using art to help with healing patients who have a variety of ailments and challenges.

"We are pleased to present a variety of programs to the public and to engage the community in the ongoing conversation about art and healing," says Gibbes Museum Executive Director Angela Mack. "This discussion with artist John Westmark and psychiatrist Linda Austin will highlight the captivating connections between art, history, and healing as seen through the exhibition, 'John Westmark: Narratives.' "

Westmark has received numerous accolades for his artwork and Austin says her goal as a psychiatrist is "to reduce the fear, ignorance and stigma surrounding mental illness."

"Art of Healing" will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Gibbes, 135 Meeting Street.

Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. These can be purchased by calling 722-2706, ext. 21 or by visiting www.gibbesmuseum.org/events.

Patch Whisky is having his first solo art show in Charleston May 31 at the Striped Pig Distillery, says Elizabeth Bowers of Gris Galerie.

Anyone hip to the street art in Charleston knows Whisky and his fun little monsters whose little heads will pop up on electrical boxes or random places around town or Alicia's Alley in Avondale that is part of the chART Walk outdoor gallery.

Not only has he put his stamp on Charleston, Whisky now has representation in New York, and has been busy putting up murals in Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, Brooklyn, and in his home state of West Virginia.

"To play on the street artist's name, Gris Galerie chose a local distillery as the show's location. We'd prefer a whiskey shack but will settle for the walls of reclaimed barn wood, smell of local corn, and a warehouse of new shiny distillers to water the art lovers," says Bowers.

Expect some live painting, lots of monsters and skulls on street signs at the opening reception 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Striped Pig Distillery, 2225-A Old School Drive.

For more information, call 754-5533 or email grisgalerie@gmail.com.

Love music and art? Renowned New York photographer Michael Weintrob has put together a show of photographs of some well-known musicians. The photos, however, are not of the people but on their musical instruments.

This pop-up gallery show is called "Instrumenthead." Their will be an opening reception Friday for the show that will run through June 8 at King Dusko. There will be live music by Ironing Board Sam & Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops) starting at 8 p.m.

"InstrumentHead is a surrealist portrait series that captures musicians like Bootsy Collins, Scott Avett and Derek Trucks without ever showing their face. Instead, the instrument becomes the star, covering the performer's head to create an intriguing expression of each personality within the frame of a single, iconic photograph," says publicist Margaret Willard.

"When I began to really think about these intriguing, larger-than-life characters for whom music is seemingly just as important as air, I thought 'Where their head is really at' summed up the whole idea perfectly," said Weintrob, whose photos have graced the pages of Rolling Stone, SPIN, Jazz Times and Newsweek.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the prints will benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit organization that preserves and promotes the rich musical traditions of the American South.

The gallery will be open to the public 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily at King Dusko, closing for a special wrap party on June 8. To purchase prints online or view an extended gallery of InstrumentHead images, visit www.michaelweintrob.com/instrumenthead.

This Friday, check out the latest work by Hannah Farmer of HannahLane Photography as she shows her newest collection called "Visions of Life" at How Art Thou Cafe near the Terrace Theatre on James Island.

These black-and-white photos are of streetscapes in Charleston, Denver, Asheville, and New York City. Farmer says she hopes that these images will help the viewers to see something beyond just the images, and perhaps a glimpse into people's lives and the beauty of everyday moments.

Join Farmer from 4-10 p.m. Friday at How Art Thou Cafe, 1956 Maybank Hwy.

There will be live music from the Volcanoes in the Kitchen and the Oscar Rivers Jazz Trio.

For more, call 270-6682 or visit www.hannahlane photography.com.