On Friday, CFADA galleries stay open late for an art walk, and Saturday brings the popular Painting in the Park to Washington Square. Photographs (3) courtesy of CFADA
November 1, 2012
Canvasing the City
The Charleston Fine Arts Dealers‚Äô Association‚Äôs Fine Art Annual kicks off tomorrow
written by Emily Wilson
The Halloween revelry may have quieted just last night (err, this morning), but in true Holy City fashion, we‚Äôre already gearing up for another big weekend. And this time, its art that‚Äôs being f√™ted, as the Charleston Fine Arts Dealers‚Äô Association hosts their Fine Art Annual from November 2-4.
Start the weekend with a Friday evening stroll among CFADA member galleries downtown, many launching brand-new exhibits, with featured artists on hand to greet patrons. Then, keep the good times rolling at the Gibbes Museum during Society 1858‚Äôs Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper party ($40; $30 advance). From 8 to 10:30 p.m., guests can enjoy wine, beer, and hors d‚Äôoeuvres while perusing the Art on Paper Fair that runs all weekend, offering works for sale from 12 of the Southeast‚Äôs premier dealers.
The next morning, Painting in the Park begins bright and early (9 a.m.) in Washington Square‚Äîstop by to watch regionally and nationally known artists paint plein air. The Annual High School Art Competition will also be underway, with pieces by the city‚Äôs most talented students on display.
See a work you want on your own walls? Snap it up at Saturday evening‚Äôs Buy Art reception at the Gibbes ($65; $55 advance), where all of the paintings created during the plein air demos will be up for auction. Funds raised during the event help buy art supplies for Charleston County high schools. Come join in the f√™ting and fundraising!