Piccolo artist inspired by his grandmother

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Trever Webster is preparing for the opening of “A Long Time Ago ...” at the City Gallery, where he and eight other Charleston contemporary artists will be showcasing their work inspired by the ancient art of storytelling as part of Piccolo Spoleto.

The other artists are Lisa Abernathy, Becca Barnet, Seth Corts, Baird Hoffmire, Michelle Jewell, Xin Lu, Lisa Shimko and Liz Vaughan.

The free opening reception is 6-8 tonight, and the exhibit will be on display until July 29.

On July 28, Webster will be giving a lecture about art and his creative process.

His work is influenced by his grandmother, who inspired Webster to create art with a sense of narrative.

His materials include acrylic paint, birch board, watercolor, X-rays, ink, maps, books and grommets. His love of art began with comic books and graffiti.

“I learned a lot about color, composition, pattern and that renegade feeling you get that allows you to create in the moment. ... One of my favorite parts of making art is hearing what it means to the viewer. That’s why I tend to create vague landscapes that really get people thinking,” Webster said.

View “A Long Time Ago ...” at the City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St.

My Mantra: Stop thinking about it.

Last thing I do before I go to bed: Turn on “The Simpsons.”

My daily routine consists of: Coffee, work (either the job or studio), enjoy the company of friends or my cat.

Habit I’d like to break: My inability to say no.

I am most grateful for: Family and friends.

resolution: Eat more ice cream.

In five years: I will be in a similar place and loving life.

If I knew then: I would have been more organized and hopefully better prepared for the “art world.”

Last time I cried: Probably listening to a “Beirut” song.

Price range of artwork: $200-$700 is my happy place.

WOULD YOU RATHER WIN THE LOTTERY OR FLY INTO SPACE?: Space.

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