Sunday's Open Arts Expo seeks to share with new audience

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts will again put on its annual Open Arts Expo.

For the past four years, the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts has put on its annual Open Arts Expo.

The one-day multimedia festival has something for everyone, bringing together more than 35 of the various arts organization throughout Charleston County and beyond. Many of the organizations will be putting on performances, and there will be live music by The Music Initiative.

“Open this year will be a celebration of local arts and culture and will be the kick off to Charleston’s fall arts season,” says Maggie Hendricks, executive director of the Alliance for the Arts.

This year’s event will take place noon-4 p.m. Sunday in The Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston.

In addition to live music and other performances, there also will be a few special activities.

Gris Gallery will be hosting a special outdoor art exhibit, the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts will host a Literary Arts Garden, Carolina Studios will have its Mobile Studio parked at the front of the Cistern to give tours, Bottles & Brushes will bring its mobile painting studio called the “Brush Bus” and Enough Pie will conduct a “tactical urbanism” project in front of the Cistern.

The event is free and open to the public. Call 577-5288 or go to for more.

World traveler and artist Renee Kahn will be showing her latest collection of works this month at the Ellis-Nicholson Gallery.

The show, called “One World, Many Peoples: An Artist’s Journey,” is reflective of the experiences she has had throughout the world and with various types of people.

“I am intrigued by the people, concentrating on their dress, religions, culture, jobs and lifestyles,” Kahn says. “Each work has a story and reason as to why it was painted.”

There will be an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, 1½ Broad St. For more information, call 722-5353 or go to

Artist Ali Cavanaugh is known for her delicate modern frescoes, which consists of watercolor on clayboard.

These pieces often depict soft movements of hands and/or feet of one of her loved ones, and this particular show focuses on all kinds of movements of hands covered in socks.

For this show, Cavanaugh felt inspired by the following quote about age by Madeleine L’Engle:

“I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be ... This does not mean that I ought to be trapped or enclosed in any of these ages ... the delayed adolescent, the childish adult, but that they are in me to be drawn on; to forget is a form of suicide ... Far too many people misunderstand what ‘putting away childish things’ means, and think that forgetting what it is like to think and feel and touch and smell and taste and see and hear like a three-year-old or a thirteen-year-old or a twenty-three-year-old means being grownup. When I’m with these people I, like the kids, feel that if this is what it means to be a grown-up, then I don’t ever want to be one. Instead of which, if I can retain a child’s awareness and joy, and ‘be’ fifty-one, then I will really learn what it means to be grownup.”

The artist says, “The months of creating this show coincided with a period of deep reflection about age, experience and wisdom as it is my 39th year of life. This show will open on my 40th birthday. This reflection (above) by Madeleine L’Engle encapsulates many thoughts and emotions that I have as I am growing older.

“This new group of paintings I have titled ‘Odyssey’ is a sampling of concepts that I have worked with over the last 20 years of painting.”

See the collection Friday evening at Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Call 805-8052 or go to