'Woman': The everlasting enigma

'Sphinx' by Charles Weed will be on display at the Ann Long Fine Art gallery. The painting was recently sold.

Tonight, Ann Long Fine Art will present "Woman," a group show of enigmatic female portraiture painted in the classical tradition.

The exhibition features work by Daniela Astone, Kamille Corry, Louise Fenne, Daniel Graves, Jill Hooper, Ben Long, Paula Rubino, and Charles Weed.

"The image of the female has permeated visual media since humans etched their first mark on a cave wall and has continued to be a fascination of painters throughout the ages. 'Woman' offers a contemporary look at this fascination," says gallery owner Ann Long.

There will be a reception for "Woman" at 6-8 p.m. today at Ann Long Fine Art, 54 Broad Street.

Call 577-0447 or visit www.annlongfineart.com.

Christo at Gibbes

For more than 40 years, Christo and his late wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude, have created fabric installations of the grandest magnitude and elegance throughout the world.

They created "The Gates" in New York's Central Park, which shrouded the city with bright orange "gates."

They wrapped an entire section of the coast of Sydney, Australia. They "curtained" an entire valley in Colorado to look like a dam.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24 1/2 -mile-long Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California.

And the list goes on.

Two mixed-media works by Christo will be part of the upcoming Gibbes exhibition "Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection" running April 30-May 22.

On Tuesday, Christo will discuss past and future temporary works of art in a slide presentation and dialogue at 5:30 p.m. at the Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. Christo will share images and stories of famed art projects and will welcome questions from the audience.

A book signing will follow. This event is sold out. For more info, call the Gibbes at 722-2706, ext. 22.

Kiawah tour

The 10th annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour, sponsored by the volunteer group, Gibbes, etc., will be 2-6 p.m. Friday.

This year, stunning Kiawah Island homes that showcase art collections and dramatic views of the salt marsh, creeks, ocean, and woodlands have been selected to allow touring guests a myriad of visual experiences, says Marla Loftus, director of communications at the Gibbes.

This year, Gibbes, etc. is debuting a silent art auction featuring the works of Charleston artists Jill Hooper and Mary Whyte, both represented in the Gibbes permanent collection.

"Still Life with Bread," an oil painting by Hooper, has a retail value of $4,000, and "Lower Church Street, Morning Light," a watercolor painting by Whyte, has a retail value of $4,500.

The winning bid of each painting will be recognized at the conclusion of the tour Friday.

Tickets are $55 and include the tour, light refreshments throughout the afternoon at the Cassique clubhouse, and an admission pass to the Gibbes valid through the end of the year.

All ticket proceeds fund special exhibitions and art education programs at the museum.

Tickets may be purchased at the Gibbes Museum Store, online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events, at Kiawah Island Real Estate located at the Kiawah Main Gate or Freshfields Village, or by calling 722-2706, ext. 21.

Gibbes prize

The Gibbes recently announced the short list of finalists for the third annual Factor Prize, which awards $10,000 annually to an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

The six finalists are Aldwyth, Radcliffe Bailey, Willie Birch, William Christenberry, Sally Mann and Joyce Scott.

The winner of the 2010 Factor Prize will be announced on May 3 at the Gibbes.

Nominations for the 2011 award can be made beginning June 1 on the Web site, factorprize.org.