The beginning of autumn continues to bring an abundance of new exhibits and new music to the Lowcountry. From surrealistic art to chamber music -- there's something for everyone.
If you enjoy a bit of whimsy, you'll want to check out "Making Smiles: The Gentle Surrealism of J.K. Crum."
An illustrator and graphic artist in his earlier career, John K. Crum now focuses on painting and credits the Lowcountry for inspiration. But unlike most pastorals or seascapes, you may just spot an element of surprise or an unexpected twist in these paintings.
The exhibit runs Oct. 13-Nov. 7 at the Art League of Hilton Head's gallery inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head.
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An opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.
For details, call 843-681-5060 or visit http://www.artleaguehhi.org.
Speaking of painting, ever tell yourself you're too young or too old to pick up a brush?
A new show running at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Performing Arts may change your mind.
"Never Too Young -- Never Too Old (To Learn Art)" features the work of six students, all of whom studied under Beaufort-artist Linda Sheppard.
What makes this show interesting is the fact that several of Sheppard's students are retired, while others are young artists just starting out. All have one thing in common -- a passion for painting, and Sheppard helps fan the flame.
An artist reception is from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 16, at the center, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. The show runs through Oct. 31.
Above: The students of Beaufort artist Linda Sheppard will be featured in a new exhibit called "Never Too Young -- Never Too Old (To Learn Art)." Submitted photo
Also opening at the center is an exhibit featuring the work of textile artist Mary Edna Fraser. "Lowcountry Oils and Silks" will open Oct. 16 and will run through Nov. 4.
Above: Detail from "Congregation", oil on panel, 8" x 10", Mary Edna Fraser
Fraser uses maps, charts and satellite imagery to create breathtaking, large-scale silk batiks, which highlight her environmental concerns -- often for threatened areas around the world.
The Charleston artist has had numerous exhibits and was honored as the first woman offered a one-person exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
An opening reception is from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the center.
For details visit http://www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Good Causes, New Location
For those who'd like to support arts education and programming in area schools, an upcoming fundraiser may be right up your alley.
The Island School Council for the Arts' annual "An Evening of the Arts" is from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 17, at Sea Pines Country Club.
The gala will feature a live, juried art auction including artwork, handcrafted jewelry, literary works and "art experiences." The event also will include food, music and dance performances.
Pre-bidding on auction items starts Saturday, Oct. 10 and runs through Oct. 16 at the Karis Art Gallery in The Village at Wexford, 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.
Tickets are $125 per person.
For details visit http://www.isca-online.org.
Empty Bowls, a nationally known event organized by potters for food charities, is coming to Bluffton.
Organized by area potters Jacob Preston, Brynne Bowler and Tim Holsinger, the event is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Preston Studio, 10 Church St., Bluffton.
Money raised through the sale of handcrafted bowls will go to Backpack Buddies, Second Helpings and Meals on Wheels.
For details call 843-298-4228.
In other art news, Camellia Art has opened a second location in the J Banks building, 35 Main Street, Hilton Head.
The new gallery will offer a variety of original art as well as custom framing services.
A Song for Everyone
A variety of musical events are in the works including an upcoming performance by Savannah-based Uncommon Collective. The six-member group will play at 7 tonight, Oct. 9, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
Uncommon Collective mixes old-time jazz standards with contemporary rock classics and gives them a new twist.
Tickets -- available at the door -- are $15 with discounts for students and children 12 and younger. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
For details, visit http://www.uulowcountry.org.
Above: Savannah-based Uncommon Collective will perform tonight, Oct. 9, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. Submitted photo.
Chamber Music Charleston returns to Hilton Head's All Saints Episcopal Church for a performance you're not likely to forget. String quartet Jenny Weiss, Tomas Yakubek, Ben Weiss and cellist Timothy O'Malley will present an hour-long program mixing selections by Queen (yes, we said Queen) and The Beatles with Mozart and other classics. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 , at the church, 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head. A light reception follows.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
For details call 843-763-4941 or visit http://www.chambermusiccharleston.org.
Australian organist Travis Baker will kick off the first in a series of free organ concerts at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St. in downtown Beaufort.
Considered one of the finest organists in his homeland, Baker is director of music for the Bromley Boy Singers in Kent, England.
Baker will play on the church's historic organ at noon Oct. 16.
For details on the series, call 843-522-1712 or visit http://www.sthelenas1712.org.
Members of the Charleston-based roots rock band The High Divers will be returning to their Hilton Head hometown for the release of their new album "Riverlust." The show is at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 16, at Poseidon, 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head.
There is no cover charge for the 21-and-older show.
You can learn more about The High Divers at http://www.thehighdivers.com.
And just down the road, the Savannah Philharmonic will present a Halloween-themed concert of classics complete with selections from the Harry Potter score by John Williams.
"A Classical Halloween" is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St., Savannah.
Tickets range from $16 to $75. For details call 912-525-5050 or visit http://www.savannahphilharmonic.org.
A Look at Reconstruction
A new program coming up at The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn explores the complicated period of Reconstruction.
"Hidden in Plain SITE- Finding and Interpreting Reconstruction Era Historic Sites" is at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the museum, at 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head.
Led by National Park Service veteran Michael Allen, the program aims to shed light on this pivotal time in American History.
Reservations are required. To schedule, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223.
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