Art, music, theater

The Taylor Choir is known for its a cappella work. They will be performing for Maestro Robert Taylor’s 50th birthday Nov. 4.

Next weekend is certainly a great one for those who enjoy visual art. There are so many events going on, it will be hard to attend them all, but it will be an art collector’s paradise.

The Charleston Fine Art Annual, Charleston’s premier fine art weekend that brings hundreds of art enthusiasts to the downtown Historic District, will take place Friday-next Sunday. The event features works from more than 100 nationally known artists, and includes paintings, sculpture, glass, mixed media, photography and jewelry.

Highlights of the weekend are art openings at Charleston Fine Arts Dealers’ Association member galleries, plein-air painting, a print fair at the Gibbes Museum of Art, gala receptions, silent auctions and lectures.

Proceeds will benefit Charleston County high school fine art programs.

Many local artists such as Lese Corrigan are scheduling special showings. Her new show is titled “Over the Edge” and is a contemporary study of birds poised on telephone wires performing a balancing act of nature’s adaptation to man’s creation.

Corrigan will be painting in Washington Park on Saturday with the CFADA group, including gallery artist John Hull and visiting artist Susan Romaine.

The plein-air paintings give viewers a chance to see artists develop a work that will be for sale later in the weekend.

Corrigan’s gallery is at 62 Queen St.

This year, the Gibbes Museum of Art is presenting its first Art on Paper Fair in conjunction with the Fine Art Annual. The print fair will feature dealers representing some of the CFADA galleries as well as other premier galleries of the Southeast. Works for sale will include prints, watercolors, drawing and photographs.

Admission to the Art on Paper Fair will be free during museum hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

For a full weekend schedule, check out the CFADA website, www.charleston

Every year, Creative Spark Center for the Arts comes up with one of the most engaging fundraisers of the year, Art on the Beach & Chefs in the Kitchen.

This Nov. 4 event features an afternoon house tour on Sullivan’s Island with more than 25 artists selling their creations, live music, chef demonstrations and tastings.

Patrons are invited to bicycle, drive or buy golf cart tickets to move easily on the four-mile loop around the island, which begins at Sandpiper Gallery.

A highlight this year includes the wisdom of Red Wood, one of the island’s favorite philosophers. He posts daily signs in his yard, and is willing to give pithy comments to anyone who will listen.

Creative Sparks’ Carol Antman sent along a couple:

“People who think they know everything are very irritating to those of us who do.”

“The peacock of today may be the feather duster of tomorrow.”

“If you are not afraid to face the music, you may one day lead the band.”

Tickets for Art on the Beach & Chefs in the Kitchen are available online at or by phone at 881-3780. They are $35 in advance ($40 the day of the tour) and include a reception at Station 22 Restaurant from 5 to 6 p.m.

The second annual Greater Charleston Fine Art Festival is coming to Mount Pleasant Towne Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday with artists from 20 states and several countries.

On exhibit and for sale will be paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal and woodworking, digital art, graphics, printmaking and fabric art.

Every artist was selected by a jury of fine art professionals based on the quality and originality of their artwork. Many of these nationally and internationally acclaimed artists are represented in major museums and prestigious private collections throughout the world.

Admission and parking are free. The Greater Charleston Fine Art Festival is directed by Paragon Fine Art Festivals. For more information and to see a list of artists, go to

Pure Theatre presents “Good People,” a play that won the 2011 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, as well as being a 2011 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play.

It’s the second show of Pure Theatre’s Season X line-up with Rodney Lee Rogers directing, and it is chock-full of Pure core ensemble members: R.W. Smith, Cristy Landis and Brannen Dougherty, and introducing Erin Wilson, Brittani Minnieweather and Cynthia Barnett.

Rogers paints us a glimpse of the difficulties of escaping a place like Southie, Boston, where the accent both defines a person and traps him into a certain social setting.

“Good People” will play for three weeks starting Friday and running through Nov. 24. The evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., with the Nov. 11 Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. Advance single ticket purchases are strongly recommended. Go to or call 723-4444. The Pure Theatre box office is at 477 King Street.

This new Ashley Hall School series features cellist Edward Arron, violinist Steven Copes and pianist Jeewon Park.

The series is made possible through a gift from an alumna and brings together internationally known chamber artists performing in the Sottile Thompson Recital Hall.

Anyone who has ever been to this jewelbox of a hall knows it is the perfect setting for an intimate concert and these are some wonderful artists.

Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has opened for cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Copes is a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and appears frequently as soloist with various symphonies. Park is rapidly gaining the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism.

The concert is Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and student tickets are free. Call 720-2850 to reserve a seat.

Also at Ashley Hall on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the same location, Andre Dubus III will be talking about his work in the Ashley Hall Guest Writers Series.

Dubus is the author of five books including “The Cage Keeper and Other Stories,” and his memoir, “Townie,” is named on many of the top nonfiction book lists of 2011.

The series is free.

The Charleston Concert Association is presenting the Warsaw Philharmonic, one of Poland’s most distinguished musical institutions.

The orchestra returns to Charleston with Antoni Wit. The 110-member orchestra will be joined by 25-year-old Yulianna Avdeeva, the 2010 First Prize Winner of the 16th International Chopin Competition and the first woman to win the competition in 45 years.

The program, which will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sottile Theatre, includes Lutoslawski’s “Little Suite,” Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 2,” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 727-1216. Individual tickets are $35-$75.

The Taylor Festival Choir presents “Music for the Soul” at 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at Grace Episcopal Church, 96 Wentworth St.

The choir, a semi-professional chamber ensemble based in Charleston and founded and conducted by Robert Taylor, will sing works of living choral composers: “Mass” by James MacMillan; “Four Nocturnes” by Morten Lauridsen; and “Three Flower Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre. MacMillan’s “Mass” is part of the Taylor Festival Choir’s current recording project, which also features Michael McGlynn’s “Celtic Mass.”

A silent auction fundraiser will precede the concert and continue at intermission. The concert will be followed by a Spaghetti Dinner Roast in celebration of Taylor’s 50th birthday.

Tickets are $25 for preferred seating, $18 for general seating and $10 for students. They can be purchased at www.taylormusic or at the door.

Tickets for the roast reception are $15.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at or 937-5557.