It seems fitting that as 2011 comes to end and 2012 appears on the horizon, many other things end and begin. Two of Charleston’s favorite contemporary galleries will have their last shows Friday evening.

“For the past 21/2 years, Scoop Studios Contemporary Art Gallery has brought the Charleston art scene compelling exhibitions that often challenged the artist as well as all the visitors,” Scoop gallery co-owner Colleen Deihl said.

Even though they’ve put on interesting shows and represented various artists, the owners were finding it difficult to make ends meet. Many of the artists will move to other galleries.

The Scoop website will continue as a virtual gallery for artists who do not move on to have exclusive representation in the area.

There also is talk about Scoop going back to its roots of hosting more “one-night stand” events in nontraditional spaces around town. These pop-up art shows were, after all, how the gallery began in March 2009.

Join Deihl and Saramel Evans and the artists in celebrating the time they’ve worked to share their aesthetics with Charleston.

Featured and resident artists included in the final group show are Ben Timpson, Karen Ann Myers, Lisa Shimko, Bill Mead, Christopher Murphy, Kenton James, John Stango, Dorothy Netherland, Chad Haselden, John Morse, Austin Schulz, Stewart Young, Arthur Newman, Julio Cotto, William Goodman, Scott Debus, Joel Parker, Steven Nicoll, Jesse Mead, Cyle Suesz, Karin Collins and Anne Trabue Watson Nelson.

This final show will be 5-

8 p.m. Friday. The doors will close at 5 p.m. Saturday.

While the artwork is returned to the artists the following week, gallery hours will be by appointment only by calling 735-9014. 57½ Broad St.

www.scoopcontemporary.com

During the seven years that Eye Level Art has been a gallery in Charleston, it has made a significant impact on the art community, having served as a venue for showing an edgier side.

The last show, “Since the Beginning,” will be a group show of 11 artists, local and national. “This show will represent how art has come full circle at ELA,” gallery owner Mike Elder said. “?‘Since the Beginning’ reflects the role ELA has had in the arts community including its involvement in the community at the most human level.”

Expect to see works by Justin Van Hoy, Trever Webster, Nicholas Bowers, Kyle Morrissey, Kevin Morrissey, Will Kiser, Scott Debus, James Goulah, Evan Armstrong and John Pundt, as well as Elder. This will be the first time Elder has shown his own work (collage and paintings).

“Exposure to art will only further benefit our experiences in life,” Elder said.

Join the last show 7-11 p.m. Friday. The four-piece family band Elonzo Band will rock it out. 103 Spring St.

www.eyelevelart.com

As one door closes, another opens. Rust is a new artist-run venue at 47½-A Spring St., organized by Amanda McLenon of Circle the Stream and Jennafer Bryan of the Scarlet Poppy.

They will host a soft opening 5-9 p.m. today and will be open most of the day and into the evening Friday and Saturday.

Called The Procrastinator’s Pop-Up Shop, this is a place to get those last-minute, s

pecial gifts.

“Our aim is to give the last-minute shopper a local option for quality gift items that are handmade, printed or designed and more directly support our community,” a contributing artist said.

In addition to showcasing local talent, Rust also will bring in new contributing artists, such as Artisan Tees, Ink Meets Paper, Jaysen Edge, Austin Norvell and Charleston “Grow Your Own Roots.”

Tonight, treat yourself to some food and music at Muse Restaurant and Wine Bar. Singer Tim Davis will perform with restaurant owner Beth Anne Crane as a duo for their Star-Crossed Lovers Concert.

There also will be paintings on display by local artist Lynne Hardwick.

The concert will begin at 9:30 p.m. 82 Society St.

www.charlestonmuse.com; www.lynnehardwick.com.