If it’s May, this must be Bravo!

For a decade we’ve highlighted our rich, diverse arts scene during May, with Bravo! A Celebration of the Arts.  It’s always a good time to vulture the culture in and around Hilton Head, but we put a particular energy behind it in May.  You just can’t go wrong. This time May overflows. Opening at the […]

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Take part in the art! Art Market flourishes at Honey Horn.

Be ready for a more active role than just browsing, when you visit the annual Art Market at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation, Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th. The artists themselves are there – it’s one of the rules – so ask away if their view, their technique or their […]

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The Testimony of Art: “We Get Along Here.”

Two events this month remind us of something vital about the history of the Lowcountry.  We get along here.  With each other.  With the environment.  Not always perfectly, but in a way we can celebrate and give thanks for. On March 30 the Gullah Museum will dedicate an historic marker so that generations to come […]

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Feast more than your eyes at the Gullah Pie & Cake Contest.

Sharing may be the essence of art. And it’s not a bad idea with dessert, too. Come to the Gullah Museum, 5 p.m. to 7:30 on Wednesday, October 19 for a unique session of both.

For the third year the Gullah Museum will host this gathering of art, stories, communities and pastry. Although the pies and cakes are judged, the guests are the real winners.

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On the main road. Off the beaten track. Four Corners gallery shows the unexpected.

Charlene Gardner started Four Corners in 2005 as a framing shop for artists and art lovers. By 2007 it was a gallery. Charlene’s curious mind and restless enthusiasm made it obvious to her that framing put her in touch with artists who weren’t showing at other galleries.

That was Four Corners’ pipeline to the unique. And unique is the final standard for what you’ll find there. It’s what these artists and works have in common. As a result, no art excursion through Bluffton is really complete without heading west from the top of Calhoun Street, until you see the tidy, white frame storefront on the right, at 1263 May River Road.

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Backstage is bursting with Dreamgirls. Join us for the Arts Center season opener.

As an actor, it seems I’m Facebook friends with several of the cast in Dreamgirls, the first play of this season at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. And I can tell you that the high spirits – the joy and confidence and eagerness – that I see there, at this stage of rehearsal, are remarkable. In fact, they’re almost not normal. The feeling inside the cast is that this show is shaping up to be very special indeed. Dreamgirls previews September 28 and 29, and it opens Friday, September 30.

Helmed by Hilton Head’s favorite New York director, Casey Colgan, Dreamgirls takes you on a flashy, passionate ride to the top, with the stars and star-makers of rhythm and blues, behind the hits. You’ll be hip deep in the panache, the conquer-the-world attitude of the early sixties, and you’ll be touched by the price they paid to live their dreams in the seventies. Don’t miss this one.

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Celebrate the wisecrack in art! Be there for the Fabulous Fakes Festival, September 24 at the Arts Center.

Every year or so the Art League hosts a brief, off-season Mardi Gras for artists and art lovers. Fabulous Fakes is a kind of masked ball exhibit where you might see Condoleezza Rice as the Mona Lisa, the Eifel Tower in place of the Harbour Town Lighthouse or Whistler’s Mother holding a martini.

Irreverent and fun, Fabulous Fakes is where art lets its hair down, and you’re invited to take part. Come Friday, September 24 from 1 p.m. to 5. Enjoy refreshments and a cash bar. And by all means take part in the Jackson Pollock Paint Pitch! Or create your own faux Alexander Calder mobile, in a workshop by sculptor Mark Larkin. You might even want to take home your own Fabulous Fake.

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The eye and heart of an artist: September’s Art League show goes way beyond the subject.

Flowers. One thing may have gotten more civilized during our lifetime. Flowers are abundant now and fairly easy to buy. Factors ranging from airplanes to fertilizer make it handy to pick up some respectable blooms on the way home from work.

The exhibit coming this week to the Walter Greer Gallery at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, though, is a lesson in the difference between seeing . . . and really seeing. The Color Of Life presents photographs by Jean-Marie Côté, and with one look there’s no mistaking that this is how flowers look to an artist with a very special eye.

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The Arts Center’s Got a Smokin’ Summer and a Dream Season To Come.

On stage now at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is Smokey Joe’s Café. The song and dance trip barrels like an express train through the 1950’s and 60’s. There’s barely time to breathe and clap as the talent-packed cast peppers us with over 40 hits from the guys who arguably invented popular rock & roll – songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

And just announced, the new season at the Arts Center looks like the most popular selection of plays yet. Proven hits, like Dreamgirls and Lend Me A Tenor, and classics like How To Succeed In Business, are joined by the funniest and most original new Broadway work, like The Drowsy Chaperone.

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