Fall can be one of the most inspiring times of the year for artists -- or anyone feeling creative for that matter.
So it's no wonder artists around the Lowcountry, such at the talented faculty at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, are releasing new work this week.
The 2015 Annual Fine Art Faculty Exhibition opens Oct. 30, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sea Islands Center Gallery on the university's Beaufort campus. The exhibition will feature a variety of media produced by faculty members.
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Above: University of South Carolina Beaufort's 2015 Annual Fine Art Faculty Exhibition opens Oct. 30. The exhibition will feature a variety of media produced by faculty members, such as Brian Glaze whose work is shown here.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday or by appointment. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 15.
The 5th Annual Arts in the Barn follows. The event will showcase artists from the Low Country Plen Air Society and 4 Corners Gallery and is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Widgeon Point Preserve Barn, 43 Okatie Highway, Okatie.
A portion of the proceeds go to the Beaufort County Open Land Trust.
After that, N. Jack Huddle will be the featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery, at 6 Church St., Bluffton, SC , beginning Monday, Nov. 2.
An Ohio native, Huddle has had a distinguished career as an architect and also works with glass but his paintings use bold compelling colors to create an abstract, impressionistic feel.
Above: Detail from "Yellow" by painter N. Jack Huddle, who will be the featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery in November.
An opening reception with refreshments for "An Exhibit of Contemporary Art" is from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 8. The exhibit runs through Dec. 5.
For details visit sobagallery.com or call 843-757-6586.
A Comedy Tonight!
If you like to laugh, you're in luck.
Not one, but three comedic performances are set to hit to the Lowcounty next week.
First, The Capitol Steps will take the stage of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head.
Started by a group of Senate staffers with a keen eye for satire, this acclaimed comedy group serves up bi-partisan hilarity.
The show is at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 through Nov. 6 and 5 p.m. Nov. 6.
Tickets are $58. For details, call the center's box office at 843-842-ARTS or visit www.artshhi.com.
Then you'll want to dust off your Daisy Dukes because "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is coming to The Shed, at 809 Paris Avenue, Port Royal.
Directed by Travis Hornsby and featuring an all-local cast, this bawdy musical is at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7.
Tickets are $20 with discounts for students and military. Available at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com.
For details visit http://facebook.com/coastalstageproductions.
Finally, those of you who are, ahem, a certain age may recognize yourself in one of the six characters in May River Theatre Company's latest production, "You Haven't Changed a Bit (And Other Lies)."
In this riotous musical comedy, three married couples who have known each other for more than 30 years take us through the roller coaster of emotions that mark the so-called "Golden Years."
The show starts Nov. 6 and runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 22 at the May River Theatre, 20 Bridge St., Bluffton.
The show is not recommended for children ages 18 and younger.
Tickets are $25. Reservations can be made by calling 843-815-5581. For details visit http://www.mayrivertheatre.com.
Stately -- and Saintly -- Music for All
November also brings music to lift the spirit.
Douglas Bruce of Wollbach, Germany, will give an organ concert at noon Oct. 30, at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in Beaufort.
The organist at the Parish Church of Wollbach in Germany's famed Black Forest region, Bruce has played some 100 recitals in 25 states.
Today's performance will be the third in the church's fall series of organ concerts. Upcoming concerts will feature Dr. Gregory Peterson on Nov. 6 and Clara Gerdes, the program's featured young organist, on Nov. 20.
Concerts are free and last about 50 minutes.
For details call 843-522-1712 or visit http://www.sthelenas1712.org.
BachFest, as in German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, kicks off next week with two opening concerts.
The "Luther-Bach Connection," a multi-media event featuring internationally-acclaimed organist Hector Olivera, and narrator Pamela Hollinger, will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head, while "Bach for Voice and Instruments," featuring the Mary Woodmansee Green Women's Chorale group, will take place at the same time, 7 p.m. Nov. 6, at The Baptist Church of Beaufort, 601 Charles St., Beaufort.
Additional concerts for BachFest will include a repeat performance of The Luther-Bach Connection at 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Ladys Island Drive, Beaufort; the Mary Woodmansee Green Women's Chorale again at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head; "Bach and the Organ" featuring organist John Stender at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 at St. Helena Church, 505 Church St., Beaufort; and again at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Luke's Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island.
Tickets are $20 per concert with discounts for full-time students with ID, or $50 for three concerts.
For details, call 843-681-6751 for Hilton Head and 843-521-4060 for Beaufort or visit http://www.lccago.org.
And speaking of great musical performances, First Presbyterian Church is looking for singers to perform Handel's "Messiah" this December.
No auditions are necessary. Rehearsals will be held at the church, at 540 William Hilton Parkway, on Tuesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 3.
"Messiah" will be presented at the church at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13.
For details call 843-681-3696.
A Little Jazz, A Little Rock
If swing is more your thing, then you won't want to miss three-time Grammy nominee Freddy Cole who will make a two-night appearance at the Jazz Corner.
Known as a "musician's musician," Cole is a renowned jazz singer and pianist whose career has spanned more than 50 years.
The shows are 8 to 11 p.m. Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 at the club, at 1000 William Hilton Parkway in the Village at Wexford, Hilton Head. The music charge is $25.
For details call 843-842-8620 or visit http://www.thejazzcorner.com.
And these kids may not have been alive during the '80s, but they are ready to go toe-to-toe with some of the metal bands of the era.
Native, featuring teens Ben Hughey, Grayson Lentz, Zach Stevens and Davis Lentz will throw a Halloween preview show tonight Oct. 30 at 9, at Corks, 14 Promenade St., in Bluffton. Costumes are welcomed.
The Bluffton band has plans to open for Silicone Sister when they play at The Rooftop Bar at Poseidon on Nov. 28. The veteran rockers have challenged the younger lions, so for all you hair band enthusiasts (and you know who you are) you may not want to miss this epic show.
Before Jamestown and Plymouth, there was Santa Elena, the Spanish settlement on Port Royal Sound.
The story of Santa Elena, founded in 1566 on Parris Island, is a fascinating one and now you can learn more about it at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at The Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway.
The cost is $10.
Reservations are required. Call 843-686-6560.
Literary Thriller Nearby
Above: Best-selling suspense author Brad Thor will make an appearance in Savannah. (John Reilly/Submitted photo)
Best-selling suspense author, terrorism expert and frequent guest on TV news and network programs, Brad Thor will make an appearance in Savannah next week.
In addition to having authored 15 books of suspense, Thor is a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Analytic Red Cell Unit, a group that practices out-of-the-box thinking to take on terrorism.
"An Evening with Brad Thor" will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., in Savannah.
Tickets are $15; free for students with ID and all military with ID, and their family members.
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