Charleston art lovers can check out a new gallery as well as an emerging local artist when The Gallery holds its opening reception on Fri. May 28 at 80 Columbus St. Curator Brenda Cook introduces Andrew John Dyck, a Charleston School of the Arts graduate, in his first solo show. He is only the first of what Cook hopes will be a series of emerging local artists.

Dyck is a multimedia artist, and many of his new pieces emphasize geography and perspective. Cook struggles to categorize Dyck, using terms like “street-style,” “eye-candy,” and “abstract” to describe his art. “I think you just have to see it,” she concludes. One example of Dyck’s work is a large charcoal mural that uses weatherized gesso on wood panels, which will be on display at the show’s entrance.

Cook has a background in the New York arts scene, but she has also done shows in Charleston before. However, her previous shows have been at temporary locations, and the new gallery is her first permanent location in the Holy City. Cook discovered the Columbus Street spot during her search for a live/work space. Cook says she is surrounded by artists living all around the gallery and loves the youthful, hip vibe. She’s also a fan of the overall art scene in Charleston and compares it favorably to New York. “The scene here is awesome,” she says. “We have everything here in Charleston that they have in New York City.”

The reception will start at 6 p.m., and there will be a second reception at 6 p.m. on June 12. Refreshments will be provided, and there will also be live music from Silly Little Miracles, Mr. Jenkins, and Raw Bacon. After its opening, The Gallery’s hours will be Mon.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.

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