Red Piano Too Art Gallery will present its Annual Winter Art Show, “Music Within The Art.” The show is a satellite art exhibit in conjunction with The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” brought to the Beaufort library by The Humanities Council of South Carolina. The Winter Art Show will open December 3 through February 5, 2012, with a “Meet and Greet” the artists reception on Saturday, December 3, from 12-5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The gallery’s music theme exhibit will be comprised of approximately 30 or more works and will represent well-known Lowcountry artist the likes of Charles Desaussure, Allen Fireall, James Denmark, MARS, Victoria Smalls, Amiri Farris, Joe Spencer, Bridget Murray and Mary Mack. Other gallery regulars such as James Conner, Margaret Warfield, Jonathan Bowling and Howard Hunt will provide new work as well.
While most of the artists in the exhibit can be called contemporary, each will bring an individual approach to the theme. Gallery regular Clay Morton says, “Beaufort County is an art Mecca — it is amazing the range of artistic talent found in this area. This assemblage at the Red Piano Too is a striking example of this talent.”
To further carry out the music theme, Phil Griffin and National Fitness Champion vocalist Simone Mack will provide cool music as a counterpoint to the art. Some local folk will recognize Simone Mack as the featured vocalist at several Penn Center Galas. The Spartanburg native performs regularly with two Upstate bands “Okra” and with “Strictly Business.” Phil Griffin, a Beaufort native, regularly performs rhythm and blues music throughout the Lowcountry.
To add a further dab of local culture, author H.H. “Bubba” Von Harten will add his own touch to the day. Hailing from generations who made their living on the water, Von Harten’s life story chronicles men and women who lived by the sea and tide. With adventure, daring and pluck, Von Harten and his family created a shrimping legacy, day-by-day, working the nets. He describes life and its goings on in his beloved Beaufort and Lowcountry. Von Harten will be signing his book “Little Geech: A Shrimper’s Story.”
Treat yourself to a great time, viewing art, meeting artists and listening to great music. For more information on the exhibit call 838-2241.