The October Art Walk is always a busy one. The weather has finally cooled down a bit and it offers the perfect opportunity to wander the beautiful streets of our awesome historic city.
Almost every gallery in the French Quarter and beyond will be open and feature new exhibits and opening receptions.
Here’s a quick glance of some not-to-miss ones, but there are many more, so be sure to put on your cooler weather boots you’ve been itching to wear and check it all out.
Unless otherwise mentioned, all receptions are 5-8 p.m. Friday and are free and open to the public.
Robert Lange Studios: Local artist Nathan Durfee has been hard at work creating an entire body of work for this solo show “Gentle Lines: Crossed by Veil and Vine.” The show consists of diptychs, or small “families” of paintings where “one painting shows the reality, when the accompanying ones show what is meant to happen, through either dream or desire,” says Megan Lange, gallery co-owner. 2 Queen St. 805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com
Corrigan Gallery: The Corrigan Gallery will feature an entirely new and different body of work by Mary Walker called “Myth and Morph,” where she has created all kinds of storylines, many of which come from literature or art history. “Walker has added a new twist to her works, taking printworks and collaging them together to make something additional,” says gallery owner Lese Corrigan. 62 Queen St. 722-9868, www.lesecorrigan.com
Charleston Artist Guild Gallery: Photographer Robin Joseph has been very successful in trying her hand at painting, a new medium for her. Her exhibit of paintings called “Wings of Charleston” was inspired by fellow photographer Brian Koury’s photos of the many egrets we see here in the Lowcountry. 160 East Bay St. www.charlestonartistguild.com
Lowcountry Artists Gallery: Native South Carolinian Sandra Roper will be showing a series of paintings inspired by the history and architecture of Charleston as well as scenes of local Southerners passionately engaged in various types of work activities. Appropriately titled “Southern Reflections,” the entire show is focused on the beauty around us on a daily basis. 148 East Bay St. 577-9295, www.lowcountryartists.com
For the second year in a row, the city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department will be hosting an exhibit of works by several of the studio artists from Redux Contemporary Art Center at the North Charleston City Gallery, located inside the Charleston Area Convention Center.
The group exhibit will feature works by Alizey Khan, India McElroy, Paula McInerny and Lulie Wallace and will consist of paintings, prints, and mixed media pieces.
“The diverse collection of works on display is a wonderful representation of the artistic innovation and creativity being fostered through Redux’s studio program and we are excited to open up a dialogue between their artists and audiences in the North Area,” adds AnneTrabue W. Nelson, arts coordinator for the Cultural Arts Department.
The exhibit will be on display throughout October and there will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. tonight that is free and open to the public.
For more information about purchasing works, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 740-5854. For more information about Redux Contemporary Art Center and its artists, go to www.reduxstudios.org.
As the 30th annual MOJA Arts Festival comes to a close this weekend, they plan on going out roaring with laughter and music. Well, “Five Guys Named Moe” plans on doing that with its musical being performed at the Dock Street Theatre.
Produced by Midtown Productions, this Tony-nominated musical theater piece will feature “upbeat jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and calypso music” says Sheri Grace Wenger of Midtown.
“With its script written by Clarke Peters, ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ features the music of Louis Jordan, one of the most beloved songwriting greats of the 20th century, who was acclaimed ... as the ‘father of rhythm and blues’ and the ‘grandfather of rock ’n’ roll,’ ” explains Wenger.
Performances are set for 8 p.m. today-Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $36 for adults, $33 for seniors and military, and $29 for students. Student rush tickets are $15 at the door 15 minutes before curtain if space permits.
For more, call 866-811-4111 or go to www.midtownproductions.org.
And remember, this year’s MOJA Arts Festival wraps up Sunday with the much-anticipated finale at Hampton Park.
Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy a performance by the Charleston Latin Jazz Collective featuring Charlton Singleton and check out the African-American and Caribbean craft vendors, food and games.
For more on the finale, go to www.MOJAFestival.com.
“Life as a teenage girl is hard enough with ever-changing bodies, boy crushes and the social hierarchy of the school elite, so going to school every day looking like your grandmother can’t be a walk in the park. Thus is the case with 16-year-old Kimberly Levaco, a sassy, contemporary teenage girl with a rare condition that makes her body age 4½ times faster than normal.”
The above is how What If? Productions’ artistic director, Kyle Barnette, describes their newest comedy “Kimberly Akimbo.”
The star of the show is Charleston favorite Samille Basler, who has won numerous awards over the years. And not only does Basler’s character have this strange and sometimes funny disorder, there are many twists and turns to the plot, but we won’t spoil it for you.
“Kimberly Akimbo” will be performed at 8 p.m. today-Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday. The show will be put on at 84½ Society St. in Threshold Theatre.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students, and can be purchased by calling 410-1950 or by going to www.whatifproductions.org.