The Gibbes Museum of Art and painter West Fraser, whose work currently is on display at the museum until April 30, have organized a city-wide scavenger hunt to find a painting by Fraser hidden in a tree.

Fraser is a Charleston-based artist who specializes in landscapes and cityscapes and embraces an impressionistic plein air style. In an effort to challenge dedicated and resourceful art patrons, Fraser began the “Painting in a Tree” project in 2009, sending participants on a hunt to find an original oil painting. But there's a string attached.

Clues to the painting’s whereabouts will be announced weekly on The Gibbes Museum’s social media channels and in the museum. The first clue, announced Feb. 17, is: Orient yourself in this street scene ( depicting Charleston’s Old Exchange building and follow the direction of the viewer’s perspective to determine whether your hunt should begin north or south of Broad Street.

The person who finds the painting can keep it, but is asked to contact Helena Fox Fine Art, the gallery that represents Fraser, and to make a donation to the Gibbes Museum.

To view an image of the painting, go to

N. Chas City Gallery
hosts S'ville artists

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department will present the Summerville Artist Guild's 41st annual Judged Show, featuring works by more than 40 guild members, March 2-31 at the North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Drive. A free reception will be at the gallery 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Many of the exhibiting artists will be present and refreshments will be served.

Ribbons for Best of Show as well as first, second and third places and honorable mentions in multiple categories will be awarded by guest judge Bob Graham.

The Summerville Artist Guild meets on the first Thursday of each month September through May. For more information, visit

For more information on North Charleston exhibits, programs and events, go to the Arts & Culture section of the city’s website at

3-day Bach Festival
set for March 3-5

The Bach Festival, organized by the Bach Society of Charleston, is scheduled for March 3-5 at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.

First up is a program called "Dismays, Charms and Flourishes," featuring oboist Stephen Hammer, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The program also features soprano Margaret Kelly Cook, harpsichordist Jennifer McPherson and baroque cellist Barbara Krumdieck. Hammer is principal oboist of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society and plays recorder regularly with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra. The program will include music of Handel and Telemann.

At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the festival presents its first Young Artists Recital at Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, James Island. The program features eight musicians, ages 13 to 18, along with three pianists, four violinists and a flutist, all performing music by J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. The program is meant to encourage the study of Baroque music among young students.

The final program, "Bach Family Motets," is 4 p.m. March 5 at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church and features the Charleston Baroque Voices, a new chamber choir specializing in baroque repertoire under the direction of Ricard Bordas. The program includes J.S. Bach’s "Jesu Meine Freude," as well as works by Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Ludwig Bach and Johann Michael Bach. Murray Somerville will play continuo and chamber organ; Barbara Krumdieck will play baroque cello.

For more information, including tickets, go to

Charleston Symphony
set for big concert

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will present another concert in its Masterworks Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Gaillard Center. The concert features two monuments of the classical music repertoire: Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral") and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, a devilishly difficult piece that will be played by CSO concertmaster Yuriy Bekker.

Music Director Ken Lam will conduct. The Charleston Symphony also will perform John Adams’ "The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra," a musical response to the image of a youthful Mao Zedong dancing with his mistress.

For more information and tickets, go to

CCPL hosts talk
on environment

The Charleston County Public Library will host environmental lawyer Gus Speth and conservationist Albert George Jr. at 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the main branch, 68 Calhoun St.

Speth and George will discuss current local and national environmental justice issues.

Speth is a former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, founder and president of the World Resources Institute, and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He recently published "Angels by the River," a memoir about growing up in Orangeburg. George is the first director of conservation for the South Carolina Aquarium and co-founder of the Amazon Reforestation Project.

A Q&A session will follow the talk. Speth will sign copies of his "Angels by the River," and a portion of book sale proceeds will go to Charleston Friends of the Library.

Hilton Head hosts
piano competition

The Hilton Head International Piano Competition, presented by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, will hold its 22nd annual event March 6-11.

Twenty pianists ages 14-17 will perform two preliminary rounds at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on March 6-9, with a final round at the First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head scheduled for 7 p.m. March 11. The finals will feature five pianists performing with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, led by John Morris Russell.

The first two rounds of the competition will be live-streamed at and available online for 30 days after the competition.

A Coffee and Conversation with judges will be 9-11 a.m. March 7 at the Westin Hotel and Spa. Jury members will hold master classes for competitors on March 10 at All Saints Episcopal Church.

The competitors will vie for $21,500 in cash prizes and concert performances, including a return engagement as soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

This six-day event is open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door and at Check the website or call 843-842-2055 for up-to-date information about schedule, location and other details.

—Adam Parker

Contact Adam Parker at or 843-937-5902.

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