Magnolia Plantation’s Autumn on the Ashley expands

The George Gallery at 50 Bogard St. opens with a reception on Friday.

On Saturday and Sunday, head out to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens to experience the Autumn on the Ashley open-air craft fair.

This will be the sixth year of the fair and they are expecting more than 35 vendors of craft jewelry, pottery, glass bead work, wood work and folk art.

This year, they are adding food vendors and will have demonstrations by Lowcountry Woodcarvers, the Philip Simmons Artists Blacksmith Guild and the Charleston Artists Guild.

“We are excited because this festival continues to grow,” operations manager Mary Ann Johnson said. “Now that we are going into our sixth year, we are ready to expand to include vendors who sell foods fit for a festival setting and plants.”

Of course, Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions and receive soil samples. The cost for soil samples are $6. Call 722-5940 to get tips on how to collect a sample. Plants and gardening books will be on sale.

The event is free and will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to

“Give people what they really want when you entertain: Comfort food — nothing trendy, pretentious or precious. They can diet the rest of the week,” says celebrity chef and author Alex Hitz.

Tonight, meet Hitz in person as part of the Gibbes Museum’s Art With a Twist program.

Hitz has become famous for his down-to-earth food philosophies, and he’ll be sharing those as well as some food Thursday. He’ll also be discussing and signing copies of his book “My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking With a French Twist.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

On a side note, the Gibbes has also recently partnered with Roper St. Francis to create a series of events called the Art of Healing.

“The Art of Healing includes conversations, panel discussions and an initiative that is providing art to aid in the healing of patients who must spend extended periods of time at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital,” says marketing and communications director Amy Mercer of the museum.

There are 16 artists participating with 22 original works that are on loan for long-term patients to have on display in their rooms. Participating local artists include Rick Reinert, Dr. Richard Hagerty, Dr. Mickey Bagg, Dr. Bill Carter, Dr. Ken Hanger, Brianna Stello, Lese Corrigan, Lynne Riding, Mary Edna Fraser, Brenda Orcutt, Dr. Austin Ball, Dr. Fletcher Derrick, Scott Henderson, Kevin LePrince, Mary Walker and Karen Ann Myers.

In addition to the hospital-based program, Art of Healing has and will continue to sponsor related conversations and panels, such as the Oct. 15 Mandala Workshop with registered art therapist Dianne Tennyson.

Tickets are $35 for member and $45 for nonmembers.

Tickets to either event can be purchased by calling 722-2706 or by visiting

Last year, local artists BadJon, Meta Sapient and Proton created a show of their works called “The 3 Amigos.” Now, they’ve decided to have another one this year and add local street artist SHT! to the mix.

This year’s show is called “The 3 Amigos Meet El Guapo: Showdown in Cornhole Alley” and will take place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at The Monster, 4845 Chateau Ave., in Park Circle.

The four artists will be showing photography, screenprints, portraits and other works, and BadJon (Jonathan Stout) will be showing pieces from last year’s series.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be a live graffiti demonstration by Charleston graffiti crew RT, music by Worship the Sky (formerly DJ Rocky Horror) and DJ Lanatron. There will be cornhole games provided by Holy City Games, and sweet treats will be served by the Dulce Dessert Truck and Sweeteeth Chocolate.

For more information, call 437-6266 or go to

If you haven’t been to SpaceCraft Studios yet, you most definitely need to go there as owner Allison Merrick has created a space where people of all ages can create and learn all kinds of unusual and interesting things.

And this weekend offers the perfect opportunity for a visit.

Today through Saturday, SpaceCraft will host a special trunk show of DIY pieces from Alabama Chanin, a lifestyle company based in Florence, Ala., that focuses on slow design and sustainable practices. They produce custom ready-to-wear hand-sewn garments using organic cotton grown in the United States.

Merrick has been inspired by these projects for several years and even visited the factory and studio for a weekend retreat recently.

“Visiting the Alabama Chanin ‘factory’ provided insight into a working creative sewing studio that is at once extremely functional and yet also beautiful and inspiring. I’ve tried to interpret that blend of feeling and functionality, in my own way, at SpaceCraft,” she says.

In addition to the trunk show, SpaceCraft will host an Alabama Chanin Open Sewing Night from 7-9 Thursday. The price $20, and advance registration is required to ensure availability; the open sewing night is free with the purchase of an Alabama Chanin DIY kit during the trunk show.

If there is significant demand for the open sewing night, a second one will be added Friday.

Refreshments will be provided.

The trunk shows will be from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. SpaceCraft is at 8 Avondale Ave. near Gerald’s Tires. For more info or to register, call 284-6253 or go to For more on Alabama Chanin, go to

Anne Siegfried Elkins has always worked in the art world and knows it extremely well, and it was just a matter of time before she would open her own place.

Elkins has made the leap and has opened her own exhibit space, the George Gallery, located at 50 Bogard St. in the Cannonborough area of downtown Charleston.

With an eye for discovering emerging talent, she tapped Alan Taylor Jeffries, Evan Armstrong, Paul Yanko, Amanda Norman and Gary Grier to shape the gallery’s initial installation, says publicist Jackie Tyler of Leapfrog PR.

After a search for the right space, she happened upon a circa-1890 building at 50 Bogard St.

The George Gallery is a clean, open, white space that is perfect for the contemporary pieces that she will be showing.

Elkins says Charleston is ready for some more abstract, contemporary pieces and is excited to be the one to bring it here.

The gallery will open its doors Friday with a reception that is free and open to the public.

Go to for more.

Professional photographer Stan Foxworthy will be teaching a special workshop about how to correctly light and photograph the human form this weekend at the Charleston Center for Photography.

The workshop will be special in that Foxworthy will be using live male and female models to demonstrate how to achieve the desired lighting effects.

Center for Photography Program Director Douglas Carr Cunningham explains: “Figuratively, this is a hands-on learning experience of posing and lighting alive and breathing male and female models.

“Also, the workshop will place a heavy emphasis on the proper etiquette of working with nude models. The workshop includes instruction on how to choose and use various lighting and modifiers, how to properly operate a hand held light/flash meter and how to create lighting on a budget for best results.”

Lighting equipment will be provided for the duration of the workshop.

For more information and to register, call 720-3105 or go to