New Folk Art Gallery Open

Artistic Spirit Gallery on the Naval Base in North Charleston focuses specifically on “visionary or outsider art,” that is, folk art produced by people who create without understanding exactly why. Their materials are varied and available to anyone: mud, stone, wire, and objects found on the street. These become devices through which these artists tell their life stories. Previously located in Indianapolis, the gallery displays items for sale by Mose Tolliver, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Benny Carter, and more. For information, call (843) 579-0149 or visit ­­—Meaghan Strickland

North Chuck Artist in NYC

James Christopher Hill’s skyscapes have been at the Agora Gallery in New York City According to the gallery’s website, each paintings is “a drama in its own right.” His paintings produce “a feeling of awe, mystery, and appreciation for the fragile beauty of nature.” Let’s just hope Hill doesn’t get too cozy. We’d like to have him back. For more, go to —Meaghan Strickland

New Fashion Degree At Art Institute

The Art Institute of Charleston has expanded its four-year degree program to include fashion and retail management. Beyond design, retail, and business-related coursework, the program hopes to strengthen communication and presentation skills, aspects important to careers in manufacturing, retail management, merchandising, and publicity. The Art Institute offers a variety of certifications and degrees in photographic imaging, culinary arts management, and graphic, interior, and web design. For more, go to —Josh Eboch

Preservation by Brush

As the Lowcountry’s population grows, many of the natural places that attract us to live here are increasingly threatened by development. For its 2008 Juried Art Exhibition at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Piccolo Spoleto has adopted the theme of “Vanishing Landscapes,” calling for works themed around the “green” movement and the environmental threats to our wetlands, forests, waterways, climate, and air quality. Sponsored by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Coastal Conservation League, the winners will receive cash prizes. Entries may be abstract and in any medium, and are accepted through April 24. Go to —Stratton Lawrence