French Quarter galleries to hold first art walk of year

A KC Collins piece from her first solo show "Radiate."

Ah, March. You've just begun and I'm already a combination of excited and tired. I challenge anyone who's referred to Charleston as a quaint little town to be a socialite here during March.

In addition to this week's art walk and the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, the upcoming Pecha Kucha and Fashion Week later on in the month, there's something amazing going on almost every night.

Luckily, most of us are skilled at party hopping.

Art walk

The French Quarter Gallery Association is holding its first big art walk of the year this Friday.

It's impossible to list every show, so here's a smattering. But be sure check them all out. Unless otherwise noted, all receptions are free and will take place 5-8 p.m.


Representing the new guard of contemporary are 11 local artists who have put together a show called "Concurrent: An Art Show."

Artists featured in the show are Camela Guevara, Josh Jeffords, Liz Vaughan, Marshall Thomas, Melinda Mead Sharstein, Nathan Drew Hagy, R. Harrelson, Rebecca West Fraser, Savannah Rusher, Tess Thomas and Tony Csavas.

The event will be 5-9 p.m. with local beer donated by Holy City Brewery and music provided by DJ Party Dad. Knights of Columbus Council No. 704 building is at 143 Calhoun St.

Contact organizer Rebecca Fraser for more info at 870-5155 or

Gris Galerie

There's a new gallery in town, and it's not your average black-and-white variety. This one is all about the gray areas.

"On the heels of both the sad closings of SCOOP Studios and Eye Level Art, something different is needed now more than ever," said Gris Galerie co-owners Elizabeth Bowers and Greg Colleton.

Their mission: To host monthly pop-up art shows that are "meant to bring about progression, help to change contemporary art in Charleston for the better."

"On the first Friday of every month, Gris Galerie will change locations and artists, medium and entertainment, all while trying to bring new talent to the city and highlight the local, underrepresented artists," Bowers and Colleton said.

Gris Galerie's first pop-up art show is Friday. It will feature the cutting-edge photography of Cyle Suesz, and it will take place in an old funeral home.

Suesz has made an impact on Charleston with his strong aesthetic sense and fearless artistic expression. This show, "The Liquidation," will be his last before he moves to New York.

There will be a photo booth set up in the old embalming room. Local DJ Dr. Fuzz will supply tunes.

The event is free and will take place 6-10 p.m. at the former Gadsden Funeral Home, 221 St. Phillip St.

For info, call 754-5533 or email