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In its milestone second iteration, Charleston Arts Festival 2017 will once again celebrate cross-discipline collaboration and seek to challenge artists and attendees.

Charleston Arts Festival will feature Lowcountry luminaries working across artistic genres including music, dance, and visual arts to create a multi-week festival at venues across the Peninsula while celebrating all things creative.

Throughout the festival, attendees will be able to immerse themselves in singular experiences that draw from a variety of artistic fields. Charleston Arts Festival will celebrate creators of all types in seeking to bridge the gap between artist intention and audience expectation.

See Announced Events Below.


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HALLOWEEN FINALE


HALLOWEEN FINALE


BE AFRAID!!  BE VERY AFRAID!!  

As an extension of its uber-successful JAIL BREAK series, the Charleston Arts Festival will take over the Royal American for its Halloween-crazed Finale.  The gates will rip open at 4:00 PM with insanity reigning until 11:00 PM.  

Musical headliners will be Matadero, Beach Tiger, Benjamin Starr & Guests, and headliner Brave Baby.  DJ Sista Misses will be spinning throughout the evening.  These musical performances will be complemented with interludes by the troupe of Dance Lab as well as by visual art displays, a costume contest, and other interactive festivities.

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MOA


MOA


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PERFORMANCES

Thursday & Friday | October 12 & 13

Redux Contemporary Art Center 1056 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Doors Open at 7:30 PM | Show starts at 8 PM

MYTH OF AN ATOM is the brainchild of New York-based duo, visual designer Christian Hannon (NON Visuals) and musician/producer Fallen Atom. Eclectically fusing elements of hip hop, R&B, future bass, and electronic soundscapes with fluid, sound reactive imagery, this audiovisual performance explores the nature of light, sound, and the cinematic experience with a live band. Atom and Hannon are accompanied by other musicians behind a translucent screen that is projection mapped by Hannon's visuals, creating a holographic effect. The visuals and music are of a modular nature, making each show a unique adventure for the viewer and the performers.

Hannon and Atom are originally Charleston natives, who debuted their project locally at the Charleston Arts Festival Finale in October of 2016.

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PECHAKUCHA 27


PECHAKUCHA 27


Poster Design by Paul Cristina 

Poster Design by Paul Cristina 

On November 12, 2008, a disparate group of volunteers from a wide range of professions, interests, and experiences banded together to present the very first Pecha Kucha Night for the creatives of our community.  Who knew what would happen?

One thing that has happened: On October 5, 2017, almost NINE years later, a TWENTY-SEVENTH Pecha Kucha will blast into the Charleston Music Hall as a production of the second Charleston Arts Festival-- still all-volunteer and still edgy and thought-provoking.

This batch of stellar presenters will be eight Charleston superstar artists and will be revealed week-by-week as the PK 27 date approaches. Follow us for updates on featured speakers.

Tim Hussey, who presented at that long-ago and historic Pecha Kucha I, will serve as the emcee for this very special evening.

Pecha Kucha XXVII will also be part of the celebration of Art Mag’s ten years of publication.


PRESENTERS


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HOST - TIM HUSSEY

Tim Hussey lives in Charleston with his hot baby daughter and his tiny wife Elise.

His art can be found all over, in one form or another. At the first Pecha Kucha in 2009, he did 25 pushups behind the curtain to prevent throwing up on stage. For Pecha Kucha 27 he will be the emcee, bringing it full circle, meaning he has nothing meaningful left to say about art. But god love him, he’s gonna keep painting because it’s the easiest public persona to hide behind. He still has high hopes for Charleston growth in the contemporary arts and is extra enthusiastic about this PK lineup of presenters.


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PAUL CRISTINA

Paul Cristina was born in the metropolitan area of Cleveland, OH. in August of 1983. As a self-taught artist, he has continued to develop his creative sensibilities through the study of books, film, music, people and photographic images. These sources of education continue to inform his work through the experimentation of various style and media.


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Sara Pittman 

Sara Pittman is an emerging abstract expressionist who always found art to be an intrinsic part of her being. Relying heavily on intuition, Pittman's work explores the constant exchange between her repressed state of mind and her conscious self. These are represented through the juxtaposition of loose and controlled movement, defined areas with the use of negative space, and the tension between bold and soft color. Incorporating negative space invites the viewer to have a focused dialogue with the images that are presenting themselves and beckons deeper observation. A wordless narrative unfolds in the thin, transparent layers of paint and mark-making, evoking a sense of mood and mystery between what the viewer sees as the foreground and what the eye sees overlying it. The depth of her work creates an experience by asking those viewing it to come closer and unveil what is buried beneath. Pittman grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and was raised by an artistic family who acted as an inspirational staple throughout her childhood. Her mother, an encaustic artist and art therapist, was the first to really introduce her to the world of art. With her family's support, she quickly began evolving as an artist and went on to study painting at Huntingdon College, receiving her BFA in May 2015. Pittman moved to Charleston, South Carolina after being accepted into Redux Contemporary Art Center in August 2016 where she continues to work out of her studio as a full-time artist. Sara held her first solo exhibition at Mitchell Hill of Charleston in 2016. She recently had a two-person exhibition, “Paintings by Jeffrey Cortland Jones and Sara Pittman,” at Matthew Rachman Gallery in Chicago, IL. Her work can be found in over 40 regional and national private collections and has been included in projects such as renowned French designer Jean-Louis Deniot's Miami house for Elle Decor. Pittman has been published in both national and international publications.


Becca Barnet

Becca Barnet's work is driven by a fascination with natural history and preservation. Born in Spartanburg, SC, Becca is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She also attended the Missouri Taxidermy Institute where she fine-tuned her special knack and patience for taxidermy repair – from cleaning to complete mount renovations. She’s put her precision and passion for replicating textures and preserving animals into the creation of an array of museum displays including creating work for the American Museum of Natural History, the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Museum. She is currently focusing on creating exhibits and custom art installations under her company, Sisal Creative.

 

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ART RIDE


ART RIDE


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ART RIDE will be the result of a most unique partnering between four Charleston arts entities-- the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Southern Gallery, Beresford Studios, and the Charleston Arts Festival-- and our bike advocacy group, Charleston Moves. This collaboration will link together three distinctly important arts-related programs for an all-evening emphasis on our vibrant creative community.  

 

 Artspace Exploration Community Update

Redux Contemporary Arts Center

1056 King Street

5:30-8:00 PM

In September 2016, the Donnelley Foundation invited Artspace, the nation’s leading non-profit developers for the arts, to administer an online survey to further assess the potential success of an affordable multi-use facility in the Charleston region. Nearly 400  individual artists and arts organizations participated in the survey on various areas of need within the local artistic community. This evening’s program will reveal the results of this survey and preview several arts-related space concepts under development.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend, but seating is limited.  

 

 

"Plantation Tree of Life" by Colin Quashie

New Painting

The Southern Gallery

2 Carlson Court

7:00-10:00 PM

The Southern Gallery will presents New Painting, a group exhibition of painters and their exploration of techniques; old and new, reworking and updating to align with current, contemporary aesthetics.  This exhibit will feature works by Adam Eddy, Natalie Escobar, Shanequa Gay, Susan Klein, Karen (Myers) Paavola, Colin Quashie, and Sophie Treppendahl.  These works will remain on display through November 12.

For full exhibition details, please visit www.thesouthern.gallery/new-painting.

 

"Descension" by Vik Hart

Stories from Firn

Beresford Studios

20 Fulton Street

7:00-10:00 PM

 

Featuring new works by Vik Hart, the exhibit will be on display until October 15.

Artist Statement: "Firn is a land made of swirling masses of color and unfamiliar sights. These paintings and drawings seek to form a connected narrative that offers a glimpse into the landscapes and inhabitants of another world. I want my work to imply a story that happens beyond the pieces, just a single moment on a much broader scope."

For full exhibition details, please visit www.beresfordstudios.com.


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PBR ART SHOWCASE


PBR ART SHOWCASE


As the first event of its 2017 season, the Charleston Arts Festival will collaborate with PBR and Redux Contemporary Arts Center in presenting the third annual PBR Art Showcase. This unique and high energy event will feature PBR-themed artwork across various media from paint to fabric to sculptural. The opening of the showcase will be on September 22, 2017 from 7:00-11:00 PM at Redux. Artwork will remain on display until October 1, 2017.  


Featured Artist Todd Anderson 

Artist Todd Anderson discusses how he came to be a print maker. Music by Brave Baby