Busy arts weekend offers variety

Kristen Solecki’s work ranges from objects to streetscapes.

Kristen Solecki’s work is quite different from most seen in Charleston these days.

With a style very much her own, her pieces combine her bold ink drawing lines with acrylic paint, creating works that are fun, vivid and illustrative.

Her subjects range from series of objects, like a collection of various types of cameras, to streetscapes such as Rainbow Row.

Join her for her opening reception 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Flagship Gallery inside the Digital Corridor near East Bay and Calhoun streets. There will be at least 14 large new pieces on display until July 15.

Find out more at www.kristensolecki.com.

Over the past couple of years, Charleston’s dance community steadily has been creating amazing works of moving art.

On Saturday, join the Annex Dance Company and the Eclectic Chamber Orchestra as they perform “Overhaul.” This should be an interesting collaboration, as original pieces from Annex will be melded with Laura Ball’s musical talents in the Eclectic Chamber Orchestra, all set to a backdrop of artwork by John Duckworth.

“Old works get a new treatment and give rise to new innovations as the performers carve their niche in contemporary art practice,” said Kristin Fieseler, Annex’s creator.

She went on to say attendees should expect “an evening of unexpected moments and true human connection.”

“Overhaul” is a Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program, funded by the city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, the city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program, the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

There will be only two performances, at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Rick Rhodes Studio, 1842 Belgrade Ave. in West Ashley. Tickets are $12 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

For more information about Annex, go to www.annexdancecompany.org.

Jill Hooper and Kamille Corry are accomplished classic realism artists, but what many don’t know is that these two also are great friends and have spent years growing together as women as well as artists.

The two will have a show together throughout May at Ann Long Fine Art, 54 Broad St.

“Corry and Hooper met in the early ’90s as students of D. Jeffrey Mims. They spent months working beside one another in Mims’ atelier in Southern Pines, N.C., and with Mims in Florence, Italy,” explains Susan Kridler of Ann Long Fine Art. “Returning from Italy, they embarked on a road trip, traveling West across the United States to paint landscape. This trip solidified their steely dedication to inspire, be inspired by and challenge one another artistically.

“While the two women share a passion for classical realism, each has developed a voice that is clearly unique. For this exhibit, both artists have returned to the subject matter they are most well-known for: Corry’s emphasis is the human figure and portraiture; Hooper’s is still life,” Kridler said.

They’ve been preparing for this exhibition over the past few months, Corry in her studio in Lake City, Utah, and Hooper in her studios in Charleston and London.

The show will open Friday and will be on display through the remainder of the month. Call 577-0447 or go to www.annlongfineart.com.

The Gibbes Museum’s Art With a Twist series continues to gain popularity as they bring in more experts from different industries related to the arts to speak about their fields. Monday’s lunchtime lecture will be by author Susan Sully.

“In her latest publication, ‘Houses With Charm: Simple Southern Style,’ Sully explores Southern antiques and architecture. During her lunchtime lecture at the Gibbes, audiences will enjoy a virtual tour through the 18th to the 21st century properties featured in the volume,” explains Amy Mercer, marketing and communications manager at the museum. “The lecture explores the two themes of the book — the South’s ‘Pure and Simple’ vernacular architecture and the ‘Simple Elegance’ with which homeowners combine fine antiques with relaxed surroundings.”

Sully graduated from Yale with a degree in art history, and she has had works published in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living and Town & Country Travel, among others. She often lectures at the Smithsonian and Sotheby’s and has a blog called The Southern Cosmopolitan (www.southerncosmopolitan.com).

Her lecture Monday will begin at noon at the Gibbes. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. All tickets include a boxed lunch. For more information, go to gibbesmuseum.org/events or call 722-2706, ext. 21.

Last week, I told you about the extremely different works of local favorites Lisa Shimko and Hirona Matsuda, who have had several shows together over the years.

In the information provided about their newest collaboration, “Vagal Tone,” an error was made on the date of the opening reception at Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King St. The reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday.

To refresh your memory, “Vagal tone is the activity of the vagus nerve, the longest of the cranial nerves, which regulates the activities of our vocal cord, ears, facial muscles and heart rate. Vagal tone is known to be linked to our emotional state, how we communicate with others and how we respond to stresses,” said Chelsea Steadman of the gallery.

In this new show, the artists are creating works that are representative of the Western model of “body as machine” and the Eastern philosophy of “body as garden.”

“This dichotomy is represented in Shimko’s focus on organic subject matter and Matsuda’s use of remnants of the industrial world. Both bodies of work focus on the idea of things connected and linked together: elements affecting each other in order to function, not unlike the wandering vagus nerve,” Steadman said.

Call 564-0034 or go to www.michaelmitchellcharleston.com.