09/03/2021 to 05/06/2022
Stroll through the art scene of one of America’s most cultured cities.
Charleston has been named the number one place in America for art lovers. The distinction is based on a per capita breakdown of the number of art entities (like galleries and museums) compared to the population. So when you visit the Isle of Palms, you are just a short drive from an exceptionally high concentration of creativity.
First Friday Artwalks are a great way to experience Charleston’s art scene.
Basically, a few dozen galleries in downtown Charleston’s French Quarter stay open after hours on the first Friday evening of the month and host special exhibits. Galleries are located on Broad Street, Queen Street, King Street, East Bay, Church Street, State Street, Meeting Street and others. Many have complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, some have live music. Oftentimes the artists are on hand to discuss their work.
The Charleston Gallery Association sponsors the Artwalks, and they provide maps of participating galleries. A wide spectrum of artistic styles and media are represented - abstract, realism, landscape, Lowcountry and contemporary, in the form of paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more.
Traditionally, Artwalks took place from 5:00 till 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday evening during the months of March, May, October and December. The pandemic changed the schedule. They’re planning to bring them back by kicking off on Friday, September 3rd. Check the website for the latest updates and future dates.
Word to the wise: wear shoes that are comfortable for walking.