Spoleto finale, other events keep weekend busy

Greg Hart’s work will be on display at King Dusko in a Gris Galerie pop-up exhibit.

My goodness, it’s hard to believe it’s the last weekend of Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto.

While the amazing performance arts offerings come to a close on Sunday, the arts scene throughout the Charleston area continues to plug along, offering up a great array of options for those that still haven’t gotten their arts fix.

It’s always exciting to see what pop-up gallery creators Greg Colleton and Elizabeth Bowers are going to come up with and where it will be, as their mission is to “highlight the gray area of art in Charleston.”

Their next event will feature work by painter Greg Hart and will take place at the hot new multiuse space, King Dusko at 541 King St.

Co-curator Bowers describes Hart’s work as neon portraiture and said attendees will see paintings of some recognizable locals, such as artists Charles Williams, Lulie Wallace and the Gris Galerie co-curators themselves.

“The space will be set up like a maze, the art hung on panels, to mimic the ever-present maze-like patches Hart incorporates in all of his paintings. You know the handheld puzzles where you lead a silver ball through a maze? They look like that,” Bowers explains.

Join them for the opening reception 6-10 p.m. Friday at King Dusko. Call 754-5533 or email grisgalerie@gmail.com for more information.

Local favorite Karole Turner Campbell, affectionately referred to simply as KTC, will have a show of her latest work, “Reflection of Rainbow Row,” this month at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.

KTC said she enjoys being a mixed-media artist because of the versatility and unique modes of expression it allows. It expands her ability to communicate, she said. “It’s like being multilingual. I get to speak many ‘visual’ languages.”

On the exhibit, she had this to say, “There is something sublime about these pastel-color buildings layered between the blue sky and the gray streets. This pastel and gray palette is punctuated by earthly browns, leafy greens and the stark blacks of the intricate iron-work fences. By condensing these colors and textures into their most basic elements, my abstract interpretations invite you in to partake of this visual tour of Rainbow Row.”

Join KTC for the opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St. Call 722-2425 for more information.

Clay Rice is a renowned silhouette artist, musician, storyteller and author.

Pat Conroy described him as a “great talent who combines soul and passion.”

This evening, he will be the special guest of the Daniel Island Historical Society and the Daniel Island Community Fund for an event where he will be performing music, telling stories and creating silhouettes.

“Clay’s beautiful and unique silhouettes are part of a family tradition spanning three generations,” said Lee Ann Bain, vice president of the Historical Society. “We are excited to be able to welcome him for his first performance on Daniel Island. This is definitely a ‘not to be missed’ opportunity for all ages.”

As mentioned, in addition to music and storytelling, after the show, he will cut silhouettes for interested audience members for $42 each. He will also be signing copies of his book and CDs.

The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Island Expressions or SunTrust Bank on Daniel Island, or by contacting Bain at 822-5248 or clunybain@gmail.com.

Fairly new to the area, the Charleston Youth Ballet is a “regional preprofessional ballet company preserving and promoting the art of ballet and empowering young artist in the Charleston area by providing meaningful performance opportunities that bring joy to Charleston and its surrounding communities,” according to Jonathan Tabbert, co-founder of the Charleston Dance Institute.

On Saturday, the company will be producing the world premier of “All in Rhyme,” based on the nursery rhymes of Mother Goose.

Here’s the basic storyline: A young girl named Mary has no interest in the studies her governess is teaching her friends and sneaks off and decides to take a nap instead. Mother Goose appears in her dream and brings many of the nursery book characters to life.

The performance is the culmination of many months of work, including a rigorous rehearsal process on top of the 18-plus hours of technique classes a week that these dedicated dancers take part in.

“All in Rhyme” will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Maree Myers Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Charleston County School of the Arts, 5109 B W Enterprise St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, and can be purchased by calling the Charleston Dance Institute at 284-8151. Go to www.charlestondanceinstitute.com for more information.

Have you heard of the “dansical” yet? It’s the most recent performance genre to hit Broadway.

“The Dansical is an in-depth choreographic project by which dancers take a story based on the musical theatre format and translate it entirely into dance vocabulary,” explains Stephen Gabriel, director of The Charleston Broadway Dance Ensemble.

The ensemble will be performing “Little Shop: A Dansical” on Sunday, and the dancers will be using this new Broadway jazz technique as well as ballet and modern dance styles.

The company consists of 21 dancers from the area who are all between ages 10 and 17.

“Little Shop” tells the well-known story of Seymour and Audrey and their dreams of a better life outside of Skid Row, perhaps by turning around a run-down flower shop with a special plant named Audrey II.

The dansical performance of “Little Shop” will take place at 7 p.m. at the Rose Maree Myers Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Charleston County School of the Arts, 5109 B W Enterprise St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, and can be purchased by calling the Charleston Dance Institute at 284-8151.