Week One of Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto is complete, and it’s already been an awesome whirlwind of operas, theater, the book installation at the Halsey and fun in the sun with artists in Marion Square.
And while there is more to be had of Spoleto and Piccolo (see Pages 22-25), there’s still more going on locally outside the festivals.
As we are surrounded by all kinds of inspiring performance art during this festival time, it’s only fitting that the visual arts have something up their sleeve, as well.
There is a new, very progressive gallery space and contemporary art initiative in Charleston called Home Is Where the Art Is, founded by Stacie McCormick and other co-curators.
Publicist Kira Perdue said that the gallery space, which is at the curators’ home at 70 Warren St., is groundbreaking: “Fulfilling a lifetime dream of the curators, the space is designed to get the general public interested in and educated about contemporary art in a nonintimidating setting. Based in the curators’ historic circa-1880 home ... the organization’s goal is to share contemporary art in an intimate, relaxed setting.”
The first exhibit, opening today, will feature work by Chicago-based husband-and-wife team Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth.
Both graduates of the Royal College of Art in London, they work “in the realm of experimental and speculative object making.”
Perdue further explains, “Specific to this show, the artists will be exhibiting pieces from their celebrated works MeMo and American Ad Hoc. MeMo is a research-based installation which addresses our attitudes and practices toward death. American Ad Hoc is a series of objects that adapt classic American products, reappropriating them for interior domestic use. The show also will include ‘A Form of Happiness,’ the piece that introduced the artists to the curators of Home is Where the Art Is.”
The couple also will work locally in a studio creating a Charleston-based piece inspired by the city, which should be interesting to see when complete.
In addition to Parsons and Charlesworth, there will be Charleston artists exhibiting. Expect to see works by Joshua Lynn, David Boatwright and Jane Winefield.
The gallery at 70 Warren St. will be open to the public through June 9 from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
At 4 p.m. June 8, there will be a conversation with the artists that will be the inaugural event of their “Question Everything” series.
The North Charleston City Gallery will be showing the landscapes of Jimmy Leslie of New Jersey and the stain paintings of John A. Malveto of Louisiana from Monday through June 30.
“I love to get out of the studio whenever possible to take part in the tradition of plein-air painting,” Leslie said. “There’s something about hitting the road with a small paint box in the same way the Impressionists did; just my supplies and a desire to connect with nature.”
His show, called “Road Trip,” is about exactly that; Leslie’s experiences and experiments with various media while traveling.
Malveto is more interested in the whole man vs. nature conflict.
“Malveto’s pieces are autobiographical in nature, thereby enabling him the opportunity to integrate personal iconography within the compositions.
“His works include a combination of visually energetic surfaces created through his own unique approach to ‘stain painting,’ ” explains Ann Simmons, arts coordinator for the gallery.
The North Charleston City Gallery is inside the Charleston Area Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive.
For information or to purchase pieces, call 740-5854 or go to www.northcharleston.org.
“The Gibbes Museum of Art has partnered with Roper St. Francis to create a series of events and a new hospital-based art program to highlight the connection between art and healing,” said Amy Mercer, marketing and communications manager at the Gibbes. “The Art of Healing will include conversations, panel discussions and also a new initiative that will provide art to aid in the healing of patients who must spend extended periods of time at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital.”
This idea was born years ago when artist and composer Richard Moryl, husband of Ellen Dressler Moryl of the city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, was hospitalized for an extended period of time. Some of his paintings were placed in his hospital room, which made it feel more like home for him.
“When it comes to healing, I don’t think you can beat art,” Moryl said.
Dr. Jeb Hallett, Moryl’s doctor, agreed and the idea was born.
“Art can help transport a patient’s attention away from their pain or condition to produce more positive emotions. The art being provided through this wonderful Gibbes program will be a means of expanding our patient’s thoughts and interests, leading to improved mental and physical health,” said Hallett.
“Patients in the Rehabilitation Hospital can be hospitalized for weeks. Now, when they are checking in to Roper Rehabilitation Hospital, they will be able to choose from an array of beautiful artwork created by 10 local artists. Participating artists include Rick Reinert, Richard Hagerty, Brianna Stello, Lese Corrigan, Lynne Riding, Mary Edna Fraser, Brenda Orcutt, Austin Ball, Fletcher Derrick and Karen Ann Myers,” said Mercer.
The Gibbes also will be sponsoring special programs centered on the Art of Healing, such as a reception and conversation with Hallett, David Rawle, Carl Palazzol, and Dr. Joseph John Jr. focused on the special Spoleto Watercolors exhibition at 6 p.m. today. The event is ticketed with member tickets priced at $20 and nonmember tickets at $30. To purchase, call 722-2706, ext. 21, or go to www.gibbesmuseum.org/events.
Many sculpture artists sent in submissions to be part of the eighth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition that was part of the recent North Charleston Arts Festival.
Out of the 47 submissions, the jurors have chosen the nine winners whose sculptures will be on display for the next 11 months at North Charleston Riverfront Park.
The nine sculptures selected are by artists from six states. The winners are: Jeff Brewer of Texas; Anne Melanie, Gary Gresko, Adam Walls, Paris Alexander and Carl Billingsley of North Carolina; Bill Wood of Virginia; Davis Whitfield of Tennessee; and John Parker of Pennsylvania.
The sculptures are placed throughout Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave. on the former Charleston Naval Base. They will be on display through March. Call 740-5854 or go to www.North CharlestonArtsFest.com.