Cellular Alchemy

Local painter and sculptor Alex Cox’s Rising Tide Studios will present a collection of his abstract paintings and wall sculptures at Alchemy Coffee this month. Cox visits scrap yards and collects parts from old cotton gins and diesel engines, whose “implied functions” then become the central figure of his sculptures. This series of paintings focuses on cellular, organic shapes, veering away from his typical fish and ocean themes to emphasize the “human connection to all things responding to stimuli.” The Alchemy show’s opening is July 25 at 7 p.m. (11 Magnolia Road, West Ashley) and includes drinks and music by DJ D-Rock. —Stratton Lawrence

Mysteries on Folly

The Lost Dog Café on Folly Beach is a prominent location in mystery novels The Pier and Folly, which makes it a great place for a book signing. Mystery author Bill Noel will sign copies of and discuss his two literary endeavors on Aug. 5 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The very next day, Noel will be at Bert’s Market from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Noel’s Folly Beach Mystery Series is not yet completed. The debut novel, Folly, was released in 2007, and The Pier was released in May 2008. —Caitlin Baker

Writing to grieve

Carol Kiparisus of Lexington, S.C., uses her grief to comfort grieving mothers. After her son died unexpectedly in a car accident, Kiparisus began writing as a way to heal. Eventually, her first book, an anthology of poems titled Words from God Through a Grieving Mother’s Heart, was published. Four years ago after her son’s death, Kiparisus started a website for Mothers Out Mourning Support of South Carolina (momssc.com), where mothers can communicate openly with one another about the death of their children. —Caitlin Baker

The Future of Humanity

Jean-Marie Mauclet and Gwylene Gallimard’s community-based art collaboration that began in 2003 is finally being shown to the public starting Sept. 12 at the Gibbes Museum of Art and on Sept. 13 at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. The project, called The Future Is on the Table, began five years ago when Mauclet and Gallimard, the owners of Fast & French, handmade 56 three-legged stools painted with a world atlas, and sent them to fellow artists around the globe in hopes of generating conversations about the future of humanity. Special discussions are Sept. 13 at the City Gallery and Sept. 14 at the Gibbes. —Caitlin Baker