Stretch creative side Local classes in art, photography provide outlets

The Morris Island lighthouse with the caretaker's house around the turn of the 20th century.

If it’s Sunday, then today is the finale of Spoleto Festival USA, and fireworks will light up the sky over the Ashley River.

It also means that many of our local arts groups take a well-deserved vacation so they can recoup from a busy spring season.

But for the art junkies among us, that means getting more creative to stroll through our galleries, take an arts class or take time to make art.

Who knows, maybe by fall, you will be the one looking for wall space at a local gallery.

To start, here’s a photo class by two noted photographers. Stacy Pearsall and Andy Dunaway of the Charleston Center for Photography are conducting a Morris Island Lighthouse Walk-A-Bout Workshop 6-8 a.m. June 23.

You have to get out of bed early for a sunrise photo opportunity at the Morris Island lighthouse on Folly Beach. The structure stands about 300 yards offshore and can be viewed from the northeast end of Folly Island.

It is 161 feet tall and was patterned after the Bodie Light of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It even used the same paint scheme — black-and-white horizontal stripes — although the Folly lighthouse has faded to a dull red.

During the sunrise walkabout, Pearsall and Dunaway will discuss good sunrise photography techniques, exposure and the creative process.

For those who don’t know, Pearsall and Dunaway were combat photographers whose work has won numerous awards and accolades.

The workshop fee is $25 or free for members of the CCP. The registration deadline is June 19.

Contact the Center at 720-3105.

Juneteenth celebrations are coming up at the Charleston County Library’s John L. Dart Branch at 1067 King St.

In case you don’t know, and many don’t, Juneteenth is otherwise known at Emancipation Day and commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865.

June 18 is the day Union Gen. Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves after the state had resisted the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth is honored in 42 states as a state holiday or commemorative day. To celebrate, the library is holding an African Mask-Making Workshop at 11 a.m. June 17, African Drumming Workshop at 11:30 a.m. June 18, a Middle Passage Connections workshop at 6:30 p.m. June 18 and a lecture on “Why Celebrating History and Cultural Arts Matter Today” at 6:30 p.m. June 19.

It’s a good way to help kids learn about their cultural heritage and have some fun at the same time. And it’s free.

If you are looking for serious instruction in a variety of artmaking forms, check out Redux Contemporary Art Center.

It has more than 100 classes and workshops throughout the year ranging from children’s to advanced adult levels.

Courses include painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, art history and much more. All courses are timed to fit the schedules of working people and are taught by professional artists.

You can check out its website at for times and classes since there are so many that it’s impossible to list just a few.

The quality of the instructors is wonderful, and you won’t regret learning to stretch your artistic genius a little.

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will be highlighted at the South Carolina Caribbean Culture & Heritage Inc.’s eighth annual Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival.

The four-day festival begins June 20 with a Carnival Street Parade led by Dr. Neil Parsan, Trinidad and Tobago’s ambassador to the U.S., and Dr. Anil Ramnanan, the Trinidad and Tobago consulate general.

The parade will go down King Street to Brittlebank Park on the Ashley River.

Lorna Beck, SCCCH’s president, said, “The Caribbean culture of wearing masks, reverence of the spirits and parading are carryovers from the early Africans who lived in the Caribbean and South Carolina.

“Learning the history of the Caribbean carnival celebration will provide a better understanding of the various activities incorporated into this celebration and will allow for better appreciation of it.”

Charleston Carifest started in 2006 as a carnival presentation. The festival moved to Brittlebank Park in 2007, during which time organizers focused on the music of the Caribbean. Since 2007, the festival has featured St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica in 2012.

Trinidad was a Spanish colony from 1498 until 1797, while Tobago changed hands 30 times among the British, French, Dutch and Courlanders. The island eventually became a British colony, although heavily settled by French colonists.

In August 1816, a group of 700 former enslaved people from the Southern United States were rewarded with land in Trinidad, and they settled there.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or