C of C professor talks shop

The earthen labyrinth was created by Herb Parker outside the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in 2004 as part of Piccolo Spoleto. The labyrinth was made with sod, steel, stone, earth, plants, and mulch.

I’ve quietly watched Herb Parker’s career over the past few years and must say I’m so impressed by this sculpture professor who teaches at the College of Charleston. He has done amazing things throughout the world.

Karen Ann Myers of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art said, “Parker has participated in over 50 site-specific installations in the landscape since the early 1980s, creating pieces in botanical gardens, a centuries old Japanese temple, universities, urban centers and museums around the world. The artist states that his ‘nature-based installations are created to enhance a viewer’s perception of the environment and our relationship with nature.’

“Herb Parker combines the art of architecture and sculpture with the beauty of landscape to create organic sculptural installations that resemble grass houses or temples made from lawns. His art combines the beauty of nature’s ‘materials’ with easily recognizable man-made structures, which give off an ethereal, contemplative feeling,” continues Myers.

And Parker states, “The nature-based work speaks in a hybrid language from three distinct realms: architecture (experience), sculpture (concept) and landscape (medium).”

My layman’s reaction to his works of art is simply that is just so cool!

His sculptures are not just visually interesting, but many of them are also creations that people can actually walk on or in and physically interact with. A double “cool” in layman-speak.

Find out how he does it with a free artist lecture at 6 tonight in Room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St. The public may attend. Immediately following the lecture, there will be a reception at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St.

Painting class: Wine and Design, the recently renamed and refurbished Mount Pleasant art studio hosting weekly group painting classes, summer camps and local art events, will host its fourth annual “Painting Under the Bridge” class.

Benefitting Blessing of the Fleet and the local shrimping community, the event will be April 26 at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park on Harry M. Hallman Jr. Boulevard.

Cost is $40, which includes all paint supplies and the finished canvas. Beer and wine will be for sale on-site, and guests may bring their own food.

Space is limited, so reservations are required and can be made at www.wineand designsc.com or by calling 388-7857.

Peter Max comes to Charleston: Legendary artist Peter Max will have a brief but impressive exhibit of works in Charleston on April 26-29.

The Karis Art Gallery on Hilton Head Island will host a temporary pop-up gallery in the Kress Building on Wentworth Street showcasing Max’s vibrant works.

It’s been said that “Peter Max was to art what The Beatles were to music. As The Beatles sang of the surreal characters in ‘Sergeant Pepper,’ Max’s bold, beautiful colors painted a world of cosmic fantasy.”

Meet this man in person next week.

More information can be found at www.karisart gallery.com.