Alloneword Design

Background and Mission: A design and development shop focused on artists, restaurants, and cultural organizations.

What do you appreciate most about Charleston’s arts community and wider culture? As Charleston sits in the midst of unparalleled growth and an influx of voices from afar, the opportunities to change and add to the artistic narrative abound. The market is still maturing thus removing barriers for inclusion that larger markets face. A more egalitarian (pudding in the proof) approach is blending with important established art creating the current scene.

What Charleston Arts Festival event are you most excited for, and why? Women & Radiohead, simply because I have missed all of the other one of these creations and keep hearing about how magical they have been. Looking forward to all events though.


Dance Lab

Background and Mission: The lab is more than just a dance studio. it is a safe environment, a friendship mecca, a creative dance breeding ground, a performance platform and a beautiful space for dancers of all ages and genres to create, transform and discover. our dance classes are filled with positive vibes and unthinkable brilliance. whether it's your first time on the dance floor or your one millionth, the lab creates a learning environment rich with encouragement and lush with opportunities. we provide an all-encompassing dance education for recreational through professional levels including an unmatched performance season experience for concert and competition dancers alike. if you are looking for an evolved dance experience, come check out the lab, we know you'll be pleased with our "chemistry". no pun. #verypunny.

What do you appreciate most about Charleston’s arts community and wider culture? The openness to try something new. the support.

What Charleston Arts Festival event are you most excited for, and why? Excited to see how the "origin" will be executed and received.


Artist & Craftsman Supply

Background and Mission: Artist & Craftsman has been serving Charleston creatives for over 20 years. Our mission is to promote the arts by providing our community with the resources to create.

What do you appreciate most about Charleston’s arts community and wider culture? Its energy.

What Charleston Arts Festival event are you most excited for, and why? The finale at the old city jail. That event brings together so many different styles of art and performance.


Charleston City Paper

Background and Mission: Charleston's best source of entertainment, cuisine, and arts news.

What do you appreciate most about Charleston’s arts community and wider culture?  City Paper most appreciates Charleston's willingness to experiment with new art forms and art experiences.

What Charleston Arts Festival event are you most excited for, and why?  Pecha Kucha 25 features some great speakers (including CP's Kelly Rae Smith), and we're looking forward to open and honest conversations about Charleston's music scene today.


105.5 The Bridge

Background and Mission: The Sound of Charleston is 105.5 The Bridge (WCOO-FM). A AAA station, The Bridge plays quality rock and true variety, with an emphasis on home-grown Charleston bands. Our mission is to keep radio live and local here in Charleston, and give listeners an opportunity to enjoy and discover new music, while staying informed in local community events and happenings.
What do you appreciate most about Charleston’s arts community and wider culture? Charleston has become a hub for creative musical performance and visual art. 1055 The Bridge is proud to be apart of the local community that embraces such a diverse environment of cultural and artistic expression.
What Charleston Arts Festival event are you most excited for, and why? The Finale - it really brings all different sorts of artists together in such a unique showcase, in one of the oldest and historic buildings in Charleston!


Lisa Thomas Creative Planning

Lisa Thomas, the Art of Creating founder, event guru and creative entrepreneur is a woman who likes meaningful experiences, oil paintings, discovering hidden treasures in antique markets, dogs, collaborating with talented people and the process of creating…anything. From florals, to apparel, flatware, event rentals and wedding planning, Thomas a former Corporate New York Times event producer has built an award-winning southern event, wedding and beauty empire. Producing over 150 events a year, and with forty employees on staff, the Art of Creating portfolio now includes specialty boutiques, wedding venues and a 25,000sq ft. Charleston design center. For more information visit or



Fallen Atom, a Charleston native, has been a rising presence  in popular music. You may have heard him play guitar or bass with the likes of Skylar Grey, Elise Testone, Queen Latifah and Eric Benet. He is always working to expand boundaries of the sonic flavors of Hiphop, R&B, EDM, and Jazz into his electro-future bass productions. Following a jazz studies degree at College of Charleston and Queens College, he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he currently resides as an instrumental figure in the music scene in NYC. Fallen looks to release his debut album as composer and producer early 2017 where he chose 9 tracks from a 100 song project he did in 2015. 


New York based digital artist Christian Hannon a.k.a. NON Visuals is a Charleston native who has merged his interests in art and technology into an audio visual experience called projection mapping. Paired with live music, Hannon projects his own moving images onto 3D structures and installations to create an exceptional audiovisual experience.

Stephen Blackmon = photographer

Beginning with a PEPSI branded red, white and blue Polaroid camera given by his grandmother, then stumbling into the darkroom at the age of 17, Stephen has progressed through the current digital era and run multiple photo finishing labs.  He has been a part of the professional photographic industry for more than 10 years.  Stephen specializes in many forms of photography including: commercial, photojournalistic wedding and event, portraiture, and live performance.  His photographs have been featured in numerous magazines, papers and blogs including Weddings Unveiled, The Wedding Row, Charleston City Paper, The Art Institute of Charleston Quarterly and others.  Awards include 1st and 2nd place along with honorable mention in Charleston City Paper Photography Contest, Martha Stewart Bride's Choice Awards 6 years running and Best of The Knot Weddings.  Stephen also enjoys leading workshops as well as educating enthusiasts and pros alike on a one-to-one basis.  In 2016, he partnered as the official photographer to the Charleston Arts Festival in it's inaugural year.



Mado Smith was born in Lake Mary, Florida in 1986, where he received K-12 education. But when he wasn’t being ironed out in school, he grew up on Edisto Island, SC. He moved to downtown Charleston in 2005 to double major in English and Studio Art. In 2009, he graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston and hasn’t seemed to get the itch to leave since. He paints and plays music everyday.  His favorite flower is jasmine.


Sarah Haynes = Visual Artist

Sarah Haynes was born in Alabama and raised in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Her mother educated her aboard a boat built by her parents, and the sense of isolation, stark beauty and Bohemian living found in island life ultimately contributed to her development and worldview as an artist. Upon moving to Charleston, Haynes placed into the Charleston County School of the Arts as a Visual Arts Major. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art on full scholarship in the Pre-College Summer Residency Program, and earned a BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston. Haynes has exhibited locally in several shows, including Portrait Slam at Eye Level Art and Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Dark Arts Ball at Eye Level Art, Student x Faculty and Girls Girls Girls at Redux, Young Contemporaries at Halsey Gallery, and has been a featured artist in Charleston City Gallery’s Charleston Contemporaries 2010: Influence show.  Haynes’ work was recently highlighted in “Talent Freaks The Web Series.”

Sarah Haynes

Donna Cooper Hurt = Visual artist

BIO- Donna is a visual and community engaged artist living in Charleston SC. She holds a Master of Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Donna incorporates photography, sculpture, and performance in her practice to address the intersection of place, memory, history, and the body. Some of the highlighted institutions that have exhibited her work have been the Chicago Cultural Center, The New Orleans Museum of Art, the Fac Modern in Colorado, and the William King Museum in Abington Virginia. Donna has received grants from Alternate ROOTS in Atlanta, GA. and the Greenbelt Urban Grant program in South Carolina.


Steve Stegelin = Illustrator

Once known for his 90s-era small press comic BOONDOGGLE, this recovering indie comic book creator has been the editorial and Blotter cartoonist for the CHARLESTON CITY PAPER for more than a decade. When not Trumpster diving and mocking local drunks and petty thieves in his West Ashley home studio, Steve creates content experiences at one of Charleston’s umpteen tech firms. 


Victor Hart = Visual Artist

I was born in Charleston and have lived here my whole life. I always have difficulty describing my art to people. Most pieces are started with just a simple concept and the meaning and intent to the piece often only comes to me while I’m working on it. My work usually contains a central, concrete idea that is then enforced with vague suggestions and thoughts that I like to sprinkle through the piece in the form of simple doodles and scribbles. People often see my work as having frightening imagery or elements of horror, but I don’t see it that way. Despite the odd imagery I strive to impart my figures with a sense of dignity and a welcoming quality to the viewer.



vassiliki falkehag = Visual Artist

Vassiliki Falkehag lives and works in Mount Pleasant, SC. For 25 years she divided her time between Charleston, Greece and Sweden working with exhibitions, public commissions, cooperative art activities, and as a quest lecturer at art academies and universities. She is affiliated with Orebro Art College in Sweden where she was a head teacher from 2000-2009. She exhibits internationally with major exhibitions at the Lunds Konsthall, Leksands Konsthall, Orebro Konsthall, Orebro OpenArt, Orebro university Gallery, Stockholm Culture Capital, Sweden. Lausanne Musee des arts Decoratifs, Lauzanne National Theater Garden, Switzerland. Polychronopoulos Museum, Skironio Sculpture Park, Athens, Greece. John Moores University Gallery, Liverpool, UK. Moore Farms Botanical Garden, commissioned by ArtFields, Lake City, SC. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Ga. Her mostly site-responsive work ranges from intimate interventions to large-scale installations. Employing a light ecological footprint in the choice of recycled materials, ideas and diverse plants, it is often interactive raising questions of place, space, public/private and nature.

Jessie Peterson Tarazi = Visual Artist

New York City based artist Jessie Peterson Tarazi, is new on the scene and quickly grabbing the attention of collectors. Originally from the South Carolina Lowcountry her paintings reflect her ability to capture that natural Southern light and weave it into her portrayals of Island life. Her modern composition and scale stands in juxtaposition to a yearning nostalgia for the calm and tranquility of the Islands where she was raised. Her paintings reflect a similar ebb and flow to that of the Lowcountry tidewaters. In October she will be showing her work not only The Charleston Art Festivals FINALE, but also the 'Take Home a Nude' show at Sotheby's New York. Additionally she has a piece hanging locally in Charleston at The Vendue with the New York Academy show curated by The Robert Lange Gallery until the end of the month. For more info visit

Photo by: Hailey Wist

Photo by: Hailey Wist

Sara Pitman = Visual Artist


Sara Pittman is an emerging painter who always found art to be an intrinsic part of her being. Her work is integration of abstract and abstract expressionism, relying heavily on intuition and spontaneous thought. She begins each piece with a thought or a feeling and naturally allows her instinct to take control and guide her process. She focuses on creating an aesthetic of balance by combining bright colors with muted tones, creating negative space with pockets of detail and incorporating loose and controlled movement. Working with mostly oils and acrylics, she finds that this approach gives her more freedom to explore.

Sara was recently selected to participate and exhibit her work in the fourth annual Southern Makers Festival, a curated event that seeks out creativity and talent throughout the state of Alabama. Her work is in private collections throughout the country as well as Hampstead's frst Southern Living Inspired Home in her hometown. Sara moved to Charleston, SC after being accepted into Redux Contemporary Art Center where she continues to work out of her studio as a full-time artist.

Alan Jackson = Visual Artist


Alan is originally from Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Florida, School of Architecture in 1975 and worked in a series of architectural offices in Savannah, Beaufort, Kiawah Island and Charleston. He has lived in Charleston since 1979. He is a LEED accredited professional architect and formerly a partner in the architecture firm McKellar & Associates. He now has a private practice.

He has an interest in abstract expressionism and minimalist artwork. His artistic efforts have developed out of an interest in deconstructing architectural drafting and rendering techniques and reassembling them into simply composed and precisely rendered non- representational drawings. 

His work has been shown at the Corrigan Gallery, Mitchell Hill Gallery, The Venue Inn, and the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Show at the City Waterfront Gallery he recently collaborated with Hirona Matsuda on "Wall Line 2" a site specific installation at ArtFields in Lake City. Alan lives in Mt. Pleasant with Pat, his wife.

Alan Jackson