Piccolo poster's painting makes 'Connections'

2010 Piccolo Spoleto poster.

"Connections," an abstract painting by Charleston artist Tate Nation, has won the statewide competition for the official 2010 Piccolo Spoleto poster image.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and Ellen Dressler Moryl, director of the city's Office of Cultural Affairs, unveiled the image during a Wednesday press conference at the Charleston Visitor Center, while showcasing highlights of the 32nd annual festival, to run from May 28 through June 13.

"Nation's 'Connections' truly represents the excitement, enthusiasm and celebration that Piccolo Spoleto brings to Charleston for 17 days," Moryl said. "From every street corner to narrow walkways, to balconies, to the storefronts, to churches and public spaces, the city comes alive during the festival."

Also unveiled was "Front Door at City Hall," a photograph by Charleston resident Sandy Logan, which was commissioned by the Office of Cultural Affairs as the poster for the Spotlight Concert Series.

The series again is one of the centerpieces of the festival, together with such draws as the Jazz Series, diverse theatrical and visual arts presentations and the

customary array of free events.

Two new Piccolo Spoleto box office locations were announced: the Charleston Visitor Center and the Office of Cultural Affairs at 180 Meeting St. Tickets may be purchased at both locations or by calling (843) 724-7295. Online sales already have begun at www.piccolospoleto.com.

Produced and directed by the Office of Cultural Affairs since 1979, Piccolo Spoleto is the official outreach program of Spoleto Festival USA. Riley reiterated that Piccolo's mission is to provide access to the Spoleto Festival USA experience for everyone in the community.

Reach Bill Thompson at 937-5707 or bthompson@postandcourier.com.