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‘Tis the season for celebrating all things art and culture in Charleston, and Charleston’s art community was more happy to celebrate last night’s opening reception of the Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar exhibition. Created with the aim of promoting local emerging artists and supporting Charleston’s art community, this year’s Under the Radar exhibition featured the works of DH Cooper, Rebecca West Fraser, Nina Garner, Conrad Guevara, Greg Hart, Alan W. Jackson, Melinda Mead and Lauren Frances Moore.

Local artists, musicians, poets, and art aficionados packed into the City Gallery at Waterfront Park to show their love and support for this year’s featured artists, who were selected from a pool of over 170 applicants by judges Jarod Charzewski, Erin Glaze, Ellen Dressler Moryl, Karen Ann Myers, Colin Quashie, Darcy Shankland, Rebecca Silberman, and Mark Sloan.

Guests circulated through both floors of the gallery, spending ample time studying the work before grabbing a cocktail, congratulating the artists, and mingling with the crowd. The show, co-curated by Erin Glaze and Rebecca Silberman, featured photography, sculpture, painting, and mixed media, and attendees couldn’t help being awed by the quality of each and every piece hanging in the gallery. Congratulations to each of this year’s featured artists, Charleston is lucky to have you and can’t wait to see more of your work!

Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar, a Piccolo Spoleto Festival exhibition, was presented by The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston magazine and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Contemporary Charleston: Under the Radar originated in 2006 and highlights emerging artists creating in the Lowcountry. All works are available for sale, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.