Helms’ digitals exhibit on loan from state museum

A piece from Bill Helms’ “FADS: Fine Art Digitals” exhibit.

During April, there will be an exhibit of South Carolinia photographer Bill Helms (1927-2008) at the North Charleston City Gallery. This is a particularly interesting exhibit called “FADS: Fine Art Digitals,” and is on loan from the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program.

Considered one of the pioneers of digital photography, “Helms’ creative work includes transformations of personal visions and recombinations of the world as he saw it. ‘FADS: Fine Art Digitals’ features 42 photo montages and digital manipulations that range from a kind of modern impressionism to various degrees of abstract realism,” said North Charleston arts coordinator Ann Simmons.

Having led a full life, Helms was also one of the youngest combat photographers when he boarded the aircraft carrier Yorktown back in 1944.

After his military career, he went to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor of professional arts degree.

He then established himself as a food, interior design and travel photographer with editorial work featured in magazines such as House Beautiful, House & Garden, Better Homes and Gardens, Metropolitan Home, The New York Times Entertaining Magazines and Los Angeles magazine. His book credits include the Time-Life “Foods of the World” series and Metropolitan Home’s “The New American Cuisine.”

The North Charleston City Gallery is inside the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, and is open daily, but staff members are present only on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays.

Call 740-5854 or go to bit.ly/culturalarts.

Leave it to artist and curator Phillip Hyman to come up with fun and crazy art shows full of “art, music and other creative experiments.”

Join him through Saturday for a series of shows called “In the Minds’ Eye” at The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston.

Tonight there will be music by Circus McGurkus and the H. Michael Band, and visual artists will be painting live.

On Friday, Arboreal Minds will present the movie “Sogno” with a musical composition by MHUWE.

Saturday night, join Geoffrey Cormier for Wayang Puppet Theatre.

All events start at 8 p.m.

Contact Hyman for more information at 345-3670 or eyeballart@yahoo.com.

Every year, the Hope on Goat event benefits a different charity. This year, all of the ticket sales will be donated to Yo Art! Inc., an organization that helps enhance classroom curriculums with media arts programming to spark students’ curiosity and get them more engaged in the arts.

Yo Art is working with 10 local public schools and supports more than 500 students a year.

“Yo Art is filling the gap where funding has diminished for art related education,” said Gene Furchgott, director of the organization. “Our programs expand on the arts by relating to global and local issues such as recycling, good nutritional habits and community service. At Memminger (Auditorium), a mural was made by fourth-graders from nonrecyclable bottle caps for the school’s partial magnet school theme, ‘Globalization,’ and the project won recognition from the Nickelodeon ‘Big Green Help’ program.”

Hope on Goat takes place on secluded Goat Island. Attendees are ferried from the Isle of Palms Marina to Goat Island by Barrier Island Eco Tours. The shuttle, fresh local oysters steamed over a cedar fire, and live music by Jordan Igoe and The Distinguished Gentlemen are included in the ticket cost.

In addition, locally caught fish stew, hot dogs, dessert and water will be available for purchase. Coolers are welcome and chairs encouraged, and there will be a silent auction of donated items from artists, restaurants and the like.

The benefit will take place 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40 and free for children 12 and under. Limited to only 200 people, this event has sold out in the past, so advance ticket purchase is encouraged. Purchase tickets online at www.yoartinc.org and be sure to write Goat Island Benefit under the “donation” button.

Contact Furchgott at 556-6800.