Local Arts in Brief

Artist Lisa Shimko was selected winner of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. Her painting “Air and Water” will grace the cover of the festival program.

The city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department announced last week that Charleston artist Lisa Shimko is the winner of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition.

Shimko’s acrylic painting “Air and Water” will be used to promote the festival, taking place April 29-May 7. The artist received a $500 purchase award and her work will become part of the city’s public art collection.

Shimko’s design was selected from a total of 64 entries by artists from across the state. The selection was made by a review panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Department who judged the entries based on quality, originality, appeal to festival patrons from a broad range of backgrounds, and ability to convey the spirit of the festival as a public celebration of arts and culture

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation has engaged Artspace, the nation’s leading nonprofit developer for the arts, to lead a local exploration of the potential for a live/work space for artists. During a two-day visit, Feb. 24 and 25, Artspace will tour neighborhoods and meet with arts, business, government and community members to explore the feasibility of an arts development.

The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Charleston Museum Auditorium, 360 Meeting St., to learn more about Artspace and weigh in with ideas.

For the study, a series of focus groups will explore gaps and opportunities within the arts community, potential funding sources, support of local leadership and the viability for arts-related development. The intent is to include both emerging and established voices.

The Donnelley Foundation invited Artspace to conduct the preliminary feasibility study.

Charleston Cabaret Theatre and the The Jon Thornton Quartet will present “Let’s Get Lost: A Tribute to the Music of Chet Baker” for two performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Jon Thornton (trumpet) will lead his group featuring Frank Puzzullo (piano), Elisa Pruett (bass) and Markus Helander (drums) in an evening celebrating the incomparable jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.

Chet Baker gained fame in the 1950s and became an icon of West Coast jazz. Theater guests will enjoy tableside seating while costumed waiters serve drinks and desserts before and during the show.

The shows will be held at the Charleston Performing Arts Center, 873 Folly Road. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. No reserved seating is available. Tickets may be purchased online at charlestonperformingarts.org/buy-tickets or by calling 843-991-5582.

The ArtFields competition and festival, held in Lake City this spring, is seeking artists for its fourth annual portrait contest to be held April 30. Twenty-four artists will be selected to create portraits of local educators and compete for cash prizes.

Artists of all levels from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia are eligible to apply (online only). The deadline is March 18. There is a $35 nonrefundable application fee. A panel of art professionals will review all submissions. Accepted artists will be notified on March 25.

Artists may sell their portraits after the contest, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. The portrait contest will be held at the Bean Market, 111 Henry St., Lake City, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For details, and to apply, go to www.artfieldssc.org/artists/portrait-contest/. For additional information, contact Holly Shady at holly@artfieldssc.org or by calling 843-374-0180.

Pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky will offer a solo recital at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

Vynnytsky is a native of Ukraine who makes his home in Mount Pleasant. He performs regularly with cellist Natalia Khoma, a professor at the College of Charleston.

For his recital, he will play music by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Chopin.

Tickets are $20 for library members, $25 for nonmembers. Go to www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org for more information and to buy tickets.

Pianist-singer Judy Carmichael is returning to Kiawah Island for record her radio show “Jazz Inspired” and offer a concert.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, Carmichael will interview and perform with pianist Bill Cunliffe. At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, she will talk with author Al Green about his new biography of his father, Count Basie guitarist Freddie Green. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Judy Carmichael Quartet will perform a combination of classic swing numbers and original tunes.

All three events will be held at the River Course Club, 10 River Course Lane. They are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Call Stephanie Braswell at 843-768-9166 or email her at sbraswell@kiawahisland.org .

Carmichael’s appearance at Kiawah is made possible with a grant from the town of Kiawah Island Cultural Events Fund. For more information, go to www.jazzinspired.com/kiawah.

The Charleston County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, led by Christopher Selby, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school’s auditorium, located at 5109 West Enterprise St. in North Charleston.

The program includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture and portions of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. The concert is free and open to the public.

James Island Arts, a committee of the town of James Island, will hold its third annual Silent Art Auction and Artists’ Reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday at James Island Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Road. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 30 artists’ works will be featured in the silent auction. Starting bids are set by the artists, and proceeds are split between them and James Island art classrooms.

The committee also is organizing a competition for James Island K-12 students. Entries are selected by James Island art teachers and put on display at Town Hall and at Island Bazaar next door. This contest is judged by West Ashley High School teacher Dan O’Brien.

Student musicians will perform during the action. Complementary wine, light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

James Island Arts is a division of James Island Pride, whose mission is to create a positive image for James Island through various beautification projects and to build cultural awareness in and of our community.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/jamesislandarts.

Adam Parker