Local Arts in Brief

A work by Patricia Boinest Potter, whose conceptual renderings are on display at the Halsey Institute.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art kicks off 2015 with the exhibit "Patricia Boinest Potter: Patterns of Place." The show runs Jan. 24-March 7. Admission is free.

The opening reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 24, will be open to the public and include complimentary refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres provided by ICEBOX and Whole Foods Market. A gallery walkthrough with the artist is scheduled for 2 p.m. that day.

Potter, a long-time Alabama resident who was born in Charleston, creates enigmatic work that takes the form of three-dimensional maps that she refers to as "Isomorphic Map Tables" and "1:1 Map Insets." Ostensibly representing a 100-mile stretch of northern Alabama, these works also expand outward to the cosmos, then inward again into the dark energy of particle physics.

The show offers a mix of technical experimentation, metaphor and expressions of curiosity.

Curated by Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute, the exhibition will feature a video about the artist and a 120-page color catalogue.

Potter says that the series' inception came after studying the murmuration of starlings, one of nature's most spectacular celestial visual displays.

A conversation with Potter, Douglas Hofstadter (a scholar and author of "Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid," which won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the National Book Award for Science) and Sloan is planned for 2 p.m. Jan. 25. A curator-led walkthrough is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 5.

Summerville Community Orchestra presents its MWV Subscription Series concert, Blue Notes, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave.

The concert, conducted by SCO Music Director Alexander Agrest, will feature music by Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael (with soprano Meredith Dickard), a salute to Frank Sinatra, Leroy Anderson's "Blue Tango" and William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony.

A pre-concert talk is planned for 6:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for those under 18.

Go to www.Summerville Orchestra.com or call (843) 873-5339. Tickets not pre-sold will be available at the door the night of the performances.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Kiawah Island Community Association present a free "Rebellious Leaders in Classical Music" concert at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3871 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island.

The program was designed by CSO Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker, who will conduct. The concert will feature works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, three composers who, each in their own way, rebelled against form and style as well as the social and religious strictures of their time. Complimentary tickets are available at Kiawah Town Hall or by calling (843) 768-9166.

The renovation of the Gibbes Museum of Art is underway. Crews have begun asbestos removal and early general demolition. New construction will begin soon.

"The Gibbes project contains the challenges associated with joining new construction to old, the faithful restoration of a beautiful historic building, and the incorporation of up-to-date museum infrastructure and technology," Project Manager Nick Cameron said in a statement.

"A great deal of coordination will be required to meet the project's objectives and meet the aggressive schedule that allows the Gibbes to reopen to the public in the spring of 2016," he said. "We are off to a very strong start with demolition. It has been carefully and efficiently conducted and there have been no significant discoveries that thwart attainment of our ultimate goals."

At this stage of the renovation, a majority of the construction will not be visible to the public eye, according to museum staff. Fencing has been placed around the front of the museum on Meeting Street and selective trimming of the live oak tree will be performed to facilitate the health of the tree during the construction process, and to allow artworks to be safely delivered to the new climate-controlled shipping entrance.

The courtyard garden is temporarily closed to the public and historic Gateway walking tours will continue with an alternate route.

Adam Parker