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North Charleston Cultural Arts Department June 2016 Programs/Events/Classes
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North Charleston City Gallery Exhibit – Randy Akers

Randy Akers of Savannah, GA, will present Land Marks, a collection of 25 improvised, site-specific paintings based on memory. Colors and shapes are evocative of architectural and topographical influences, loosely based on the grid, with modernist roots. Akers strives to keep his work raw and unedited, so as to reflect on life in its most natural state. 

Free Admission/ Free Parking 

North Charleston City Gallery (w/in Charleston Area Convention Center)

5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston

On view: June 2-30, 2016

Gallery hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily

National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

The eleventh annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition FY16/17 is currently installed at the stunning North Charleston Riverfront Park.  The eleven month exhibition features twelve established and emerging artists from three states displaying imaginative and thought provoking sculpture.  Visitors can enjoy the sculpture displays among ten acres of walking paths, a fishing pier, boardwalk, playground, and children’s play fountain. 

Free Admission/Free Parking

North Charleston Riverfront Park

1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston

On display through March 22, 2017, park open daily

10th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition – A Piece of Peace 

This annual, juried exhibit showcases works in fiber created by African American artists from the US and Canada. The 10th installment features pieces by 38 artists inspired by the concept of peace. This year’s theme challenged artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that expresses their personal vision of peace.  In today's world, many are feeling lost, frightened, or overwhelmed. Life can often feel tumultuous and fractured. Where can one go to find a "piece of peace"? For some, it’s through a long meditation, a walk in the woods, or a good book. Others find it through action - caring for a beloved child or aging parent, spending time with an animal friend, worshipping in a sacred space, or working towards social justice to help change the world in both small and large ways. Curated by award-winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique opportunity offers African American fiber artists a showcase to exhibit their original and innovative designs executed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional fiber techniques.

Free. North Charleston City Hall, 1st & 2nd floors, 2500 City Hall Lane

April 29-June 20, 8:00am-8:00pm. daily

Works by Andrew Brown - Baltimore, Munich and a Chinese Restaurant

Andrew Brown’s abstract paintings and drawings challenge the viewer’s perception through the use of illusionistic elements. His work is an interpretation of space, surface, and experience. Recently, the Florida based artist has begun to investigate and answer questions regarding the fractured nature of how people experience their immediate surroundings, more specifically as they relate to the role of digital media in their lives and environmental interactions. Brown seeks to explore how in the layering of “screens,” one’s environs, the computer, smartphone, iPad, and television, together alter how one perceives the world at the most fundamental level.  Experiences wholly disconnected in time and place can be brought together with technology, allowing disparate elements to be combined in a new context.  In so doing, time, place, and even one’s perception of physical space is altered. Brown grew up in Baltimore, MD, the son of educators.  He earned a BA with Honors in Painting at Towson University in 2005 and completed an MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2013, receiving the Dean's Medal for academic excellence. After completing his degree, he worked as an adjunct instructor of foundations at Louisiana State University and is currently a full time Instructor of Foundations and Associate Graduate Faculty at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. 

Free. North Charleston City Hall, 3rd floor, 2500 City Hall Lane

April 29-June 20, 8:00am-8:00pm. daily

Works by Kimberly Riner – What Remains

Statesboro, GA, based artist Kimberly Riner creates mixed media ceramic installations that document the journey of loss and grief as experienced through the death of loved ones, and reflect upon the variety of effects it has upon the survivors. Each installation presents a perspective associated with grief as an intuitive response. The works are informed by cultural norms associated with mourning. By investigating specific ceremonies, rituals, and interactions, she constructs pieces that bridge the line between memory and memorial. Kimberly Riner is the Visual Arts Director for the Averitt Center for the Arts. She received an MFA from Georgia Southern University in 3D Art with an emphasis in ceramics and has held faculty positions at Georgia Southern University and Ogeechee Technical College. Riner is actively involved in growing the art scene in the Statesboro area where she has worked with the Migrant Youth Summer Camp, ArtsFest, Summer Studios, and Creative Art Studio. Her artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in private collections.

Free. North Charleston City Hall, 2nd floor, 2500 City Hall Lane

April 29-June 20, 8:00am-8:00pm. daily

Works by Daryle Halbert – Lowcountry Kitchens

Local artist Daryle Halbert became very interested in the rich African American history and culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry upon relocating to Charleston from Philadelphia in 2011. His most recent paintings depict scenes of Lowcountry cuisine, agriculture, music, and folklore. In Lowcountry Kitchens he presents a collection of works focused on the culinary symbols and traditions unique to the Gullah-Geechee culture. Halbert currently works from his home studio in Goose Creek, SC, is a member of the Charleston Artist Guild, and offers residencies to North Charleston schools and community groups as the City of North Charleston’s 2015/16 Artist-in-Residence.

Free. North Charleston City Hall, 2nd floor, 2500 City Hall Lane

April 29-June 20, 8:00am-8:00pm. daily


Farmers Market Concerts 

The North Charleston Farmers Market takes place every Thursday through October 27. The market offers fresh, locally grown produce, and features art & craft booths, food vendors, and live music. Stefanie Potter will perform folk and soul originals on June 2.  Enjoy beach music and a shag dance radio mix by Steve “OJ” Hardy on June 8 and traditional blues harmonica tunes by Chuck “The Cat” Morris on June 16. John Etheridge will perform blues, rock and boogie on June 23 and Juke Joint Johnny is set to present classic blues harmonica, swing, jazz and country stylings on June 30.

Free Admission/Free Parking

Felix C. Davis Community Center grounds

4800 Park Circle, North Charleston 

Thursdays, June 2, 8, 16, 23 & 30      

Market open 12:00-7:00pm / Concert 4:00-6:00pm 

Summer Children’s Theatre – The Wagsters: World Class Magic & Illusion 

The Wagsters are not your typical magic act. With over 20 years of theatrical & illusionary training combined, Brandon & Hannah Lynne are taking classical magic and bringing it into this century. They are the NEW Classic Illusionists. This husband and wife team use classics of magic and are keeping them alive with fresh modern presentations for the hip crowd that has seen it all. For all ages. Two performances at two locations.

Tickets: Children $2, Adults Free. Group reservations required.

Friday, June 17, 2016

10:00-11:00am at Northwood Park & Recreation Center, 8348 Greenridge Rd., North Charleston

2:00– 3:00pm at the Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston

Summer Children’s Theatre – Storytree Theatre presents Tattle Tall Tales…

Relive the adventures of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and Calamity Jane through the eyes of nine-year old Anya, who just can’t understand why those guys didn’t get in trouble with their teachers! For all ages.  Two performance times at one location.

Tickets: Children $2, Adults Free. Group reservations required.

Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston

Friday, July 22, 2016 

10:00-11:00am & 2:00-3:00pm   

--Classes, Workshops & Camps--

Creative Arts Workshop Basic Drawing: Perspective & Proportions with Stephen Herchak

Using various drawing tools, learn the beginning basics of perspective and proportions from a still life subject.  Herchak is a Charleston native, artist, art instructor, and tour guide. Realistic in style, his artwork focuses on local subjects and historic themes. Materials are provided.

Fee: $15.  Registration closes June 23. Call 843-740-5854.

Olde Village Community Building

4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Workshop - Flower Arranging: The Secret Language of Ikebana

Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is considered an art form in its own right alongside painting and sculpture. It is a representation of the Japanese spiritual philosophy that stresses harmony between man and nature. What distinguishes ikebana from Western forms of flower arrangement is the heavy reliance on negative space to create an asymmetrical, lively composition. Under the instruction of Kathy Huang, participants will complete two arrangements to take home: one in the ikebana style and one in the free style. Influenced by her grandmothers, who were master gardeners in Asia, Kathy Huang has unique training in cut flower arrangements of the Japanese Ikebana style.  She has been inspired by her adventurous travels while living and working in the United States for the past 30 years and has studied under ikebana masters in Asia. Materials are provided.

Fee:  $40, materials included.  Registration closes June 3.  Call 843-740-5854.

The Olde Village Community Building

4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston

Tuesday, June 7, 2016



Details for each camp and registrations forms are available on the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website, northcharleston.org. A minimum number of registered students are required for the camps to take place, so register early. Registration for each camp ends one week prior to start date and the cost is $50 per week.  All camps are Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Visual Arts Camp I (ages 5-8) - June 6-10 at the Olde Village Community Building

Visual Arts Camp II (ages 9-13) - June 13-17 at the Olde Village Community Building

Drama Camp I (ages 5-8) - June 20-24 at the Olde Village Community Building

Music Camp: Kickin’ Keyboards (ages 9-13) - June 27-July 1 at the Olde Village Community Bldg

Drama Camp II (ages 9-13) - July 11-22 (Mon- Fri) at the Olde Village Community Building

African Drum and Dance (ages 5-13) - July 25-29 at the Olde Village Community Building

Visual Arts Camp I (ages 5-8) - Bilingual camp - June 13-17 at Midland Park Building 200

Visual Arts Camp II (ages 9-13) - Bilingual camp – June 20-24 at Midland Park Building 200


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