Charleston’s French Quarter Art Walk is coming up, and in convenient conjunction, so are the openings of lots of new exhibitions around town. The Art Walk, held the first Friday of most months, see the art galleries of Charleston’s historic French Quarter staying open late with new shows, snackage, and plenty of schmoozing. Opening a bit early on Thursday night is 1968 Controversy and Hope: Iconic images by James Karales at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery on Lower King. The exhibit comprises over 50 moving black and white photographs taken during the Civil Rights movement. Also that night (and practically next door), Plum Elements hosts the reception for Our Artful Moment, a juried exhibit that shows the gathering, the celebration, and a “once in forever” mood that infused a nation and drew the eyes of the world. The reception on Thursday marks the 100th day of the Obama administration in office.

A little off the beaten path on Meeting Street, Cone 10 Studios hosts the opening reception of Men·tor, an exhibit honoring the historical relationship between master and apprentice in the realm of ceramics. The studio artists of Cone 10 will be displaying their work alongside that of the mentors who have guided them over the years. Closer to Broad Street and all the action, check out works by Joan Dumouchel at Martin Gallery, Mickey Williams at Carolina Galleries, Susan Miller Simon at Nina Liu, Rodney Huckaby at Coco Vivo, and many more. Check out the full list of openings here. —Hadley Lyman