One of the secrets artists don't talk about is how much fun paint can be.
You get it on your clothes and hands, and the medium squishes in every direction. It's pretty fun, even if you don't make a picture. Just join a child with some finger paint and you will remember that joy.
Glow in the dark
So, here's a question: Do you know DayGlow? Forget glow sticks. This is a party with body paint, stilt-walkers, contortion acts, fire shows and the famous "Paint Blast" cannons that shoot paint over the audience.
Think Cirque du Soleil mixed with live DJs and a screaming audience that will be disappointed if they are too far away from the stage to get dirty. DayGlow started in 2006 on Florida college campuses and has evolved into an extravaganza that is coming to the North Charleston Coliseum on Oct. 6.
The group is giving away tickets on Facebook. It probably isn't for the kids, but grown-ups can join in the fun.
It's the first time it has toured here, so get out the old jeans and T-shirts, but don't wear it to be cool if you expect to use it again. It'll be a souvenir of the show. Contact Ticketmaster or the coliseum box office for tickets.
On a different painterly note, but still in North Charleston, the city's Cultural Arts Department is sponsoring work by the South Carolina Watermedia Society for an exhibit Oct. 3-31 at the North Charleston City Gallery.
The society is a statewide organization promoting artists who work in watermedia, which includes watercolor, acrylic, gouache and casein among others.
The annual juried exhibition, which has been presented since 1977, offers new and established artists from around the state the opportunity to compete for prize money and to have their work exhibited in a variety of venues under the supervision of the South Carolina State Museum's Traveling Exhibitions Program. The show is accompanied by a DVD containing commentary from the juror.
The North Charleston City Gallery is in the Charleston Area Convention Center with free parking and admission during regular operating hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
New job, new show
Many in the local arts community know Karen Ann Myers as the executive director of Redux Contemporary Art Center, but starting Oct. 3, she will become the assistant director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. This is a woman who has guided Redux through many changes, and the new studio spaces for 22 artists open this fall. She is having a significant impact on local artists, and the move to Halsey assures another strong voice for local artists.
She also is an artist in her own right and has an upcoming solo exhibit called "A Room of Her Own" at SCOOP studios, 57 1/2 Broad St. The opening is 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7, and it will run through Oct. 31.
In the show, Myers continues to explore what it means to be a young woman in contemporary society. She investigates the psychological complexity of women through intimate observations in the bedroom. While not risque, it promises to be an interesting exhibit by one of our movers and shakers on the arts scene.
The exhibit is our favorite price, free, and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.