Art lovers know that art is transformative. It heals, it speaks, it unites, it expresses truth, it inspires. If you're an art lover, here are five ways to bring more art into your life -and the world- in 2017.
Sounds Suits by Nick Cave - an epic show at Halsey Institute
1. Become a member of a local museum
Charleston really is an art mecca. Become a member of our museums and get on the mailing list for local galleries - you'll get notices of new exhibits and openings, which essentially automates your art viewing and date night calendar.
2. Take a class
Sign up for a small group class at the Gibbes Museum or the exciting new Creative Arts of Mount Pleasant. You'll improve your own skills while making new art-minded friends.
3. Be More Creative
Go buy art supplies. Crayons. Paper. Markers. Paint. Glittter. Run down the ailes of Artists & Craftsman and fill a basket with whatever makes your heart sing. Create a masterpiece or just doodle in a bullet journal...it doesn't matter . Just make stuff.
4. Start a Collection
First, get yourself a big bowl of popcorn and Netflix Herb & Dorothy - the story of how two average people created one of the most important art collections of all time. Then, create an art budget for yourself and start collecting. Several local artists, including Art Mecca artists, create small works that start at $25.
Photo by Jason Crichton Photography
5. Get Inspired - Stay Inspired
Make enjoying art a part of your daily routine. Curate an inspiring Pinterest page, buy coffee table books, go on First Friday art walks, pop in galleries while you're running errands. The more you love art, the more it will love you back.
Alright. We know you're out there, you adorable last-minute shoppers. What to get the person that has everything? Something unique. Something they didn't know they always wanted. Something that celebrates Charleston. Luckily, we have lots of Charleston themed art created by Charleston artists. It doesn't get better than that! We're here for you and we have plenty of wonderful options. Here are some of our favorites:
Charleston" by Daniella Willett-Rabin. Giclee print. $175
"Charleston Box VI" by Robin Howard. Assemblage. $180
"Light Morning East Bay" by Barbara Greaux. Oil on Canvas. $300
Spalted Sycamore Bowl by Lloyd Mandel. Wood turned Bowl. $325
Christmas stockings. Hanukkah presents. Holiday hostess gifts. All occasions for tiny little indulgences for the people you love. Sure, you could run through the $1 isle at Tarjay - but you're not that kind of person. You're the kind of person that gives thoughtful gifts - gifts like local art. Stop in The Art Mecca any time - we'll help you find fun treats like this:
Enameled Copper Rings by Mackenzie King. $48 each
Hand painted Glass Ornaments by Lynn Dugan. Large- $15, Medium- $12, Small and Extra-small- $10
Large "Edisto Escape" Woodwick Candle- $16.50 and "Lowcountry Lavender" soap- $7 by Charleston Bathworks
Gold Wrapped Druzy Necklace by Kelly Grossman. $74